Daily Deals: $70 off Beats Pill 2.0 speaker, $100 off Moto 360 Sport, and more

By Cody Lee on Apr 26, 2016

Hello! Welcome to iDB’s new exploratory ‘Daily Deals’ post. Here you will find a roundup of some of our favorite deals of the day on tech and tech-related products such as smartphones, tablets, accessories, connected devices, and even video games and consoles.

This is an experiment of sorts, born out of our love for tech and discounts. So we’re going to do a little trial run, and see how it goes. If it turns out to be something readers are interested in, we’ll add more products from more websites, and make this a daily thing. Read More

 

Pay What You Want for the Spring 2016 Mac Apps Bundle

By iDB Deals on Apr 26, 2016

While Apple goes to great lengths to raise the bar with each OS X release, tech aficionados are always seeking out new ways to take their Mac to new heights of function and capability. If you’d like to enhance your Mac’s security, photo library, data backup and more, the Spring 2016 Mac Bundle can help you maximize your computer’s productivity with enormously useful results. For a limited time, you can pay what you want for 13 premium apps – a combined $946 value.

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Apple’s Q2 2016 earnings: 51.2M iPhones, 10.2M iPads, $50.6B revenue

By Cody Lee on Apr 26, 2016

Apple on Tuesday released its earnings report for the second [fiscal] quarter of 2016. The Cupertino company fulfilled expectations that it was going to report its first ever year-over-year decline in iPhone sales, moving just 51.2 million handsets vs. 61.2 million in Q2 last year. Revenue is also down substantially from the year-ago quarter. Read More

 

YouTube’s revamped Home feed is smart, too, thanks to Google’s deep neural network algorithm

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 26, 2016

Google just said that YouTube’s mobile apps for iOS and Android are gaining a revamped homepage design today. The newly redesigned Home feed within the mobile app has a clean look and a simple format “that invites you to discover and enjoy,” said Google.

More importantly, the overhauled Home feed now does a better job spotlighting content you might be interested in with smarter recommendations based on deep neural networks and larger high-resolution video thumbnails which make it easy to identify videos you want to watch. Read More

 

Hangouts 9 for iOS drops with Low Power Mode support and share extension

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 26, 2016

Google’s Hangouts application wants to become a unified communications solution for all your messaging needs despite not seeing new features in months. Now we know why: Google’s been busy working on a major new version.

Now available on the App Store, the new Hangouts 9.0 brings a pair of new features, including one that’ll automatically suspend video sharing during VoIP calls when an iPhone enters iOS 9’s Low Power Mode. Read More

 

Apple seeds iOS 9.3.2 beta 3 to developers

By Cody Lee on Apr 26, 2016

Apple on Tuesday seeded the third beta of iOS 9.3.2 to developers. The update is available to registered developers either via an over-the-air update, or as a standalone download through Apple’s online developer center.

Today’s release comes just one week after beta 2, suggesting 9.3.2 may soon be ready for launch. From what we’ve seen so far, the update will bring about various under-the-hood improvements, but few user-facing changes.

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How to remove Adobe Flash from your Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 26, 2016

The succession of vulnerabilities found in Adobe’s Flash Player shows no signs of dying down: not a month goes by without Adobe releasing another yet emergency update for Flash to patch a bunch of newly discovered vulnerabilities (measuring in the dozens).

Some of them can be pretty nasty as they introduce new attack vectors for spyware, ransomware, trojans and other malicious applications that you don’t want anywhere near your computer.

A few years ago, Flash Player was impossible to avoid because a bulk of web video was encoded in Adobe’s proprietary Flash format, but not anymore: YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook and many other popular web services now use HTML5-based video players that work in any modern browser.

While Apple does block older, vulnerable versions of Flash in the Safari browser on OS X, you should do yourself a favor and remove Flash Player from your Mac using step-by-step instructions provided in this tutorial. Read More

 

Facebook hopes a standalone camera app with Live Video might re-engage users

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 26, 2016

Facebook used to have a dedicated camera app on the App Store that didn’t get much love from users so it was eventually pulled.

But now, the company is said to be working on a brand new, standalone mobile application designed to encourage its 1.6 billion users to create and share more photos and videos, including live video broadcasts, The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday. Read More

 

Deal: Best Buy is offering iPhone 6s on a Sprint contract for $1, a savings of $199

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 26, 2016

Best Buy is running a new promotion that might interest those who’re in the market for an entry-level iPhone 6s. Just this week, the consumer electronics retailer is offering the entry-level iPhone 6s with sixteen gigabytes of storage for just $1.

The U.S.-only promotion requires would-be iPhone 6s shoppers to sign a two-year contract with wireless carrier Sprint or commit themselves to one of Sprint’s monthly installment plans that don’t require signing a long-term contract. Read More

 

Upcoming Dropbox feature won’t take up storage space on a Mac until files are actually needed

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 26, 2016

Popular cloud-storage startup Dropbox said today at the Dropbox Open London conference that it’s working to let you access your files through the Finder as you normally would, but without taking up storage space on a Mac until they’re actually needed—no matter how small your hard disk, no matter how much stuff’s in your Dropbox.

Code-named Project Infinite, the initiative will let you decide which files in your Dropbox will be instantly downloaded and which ones will be referenced. Read More

 

Nokia is buying French health tracking company Withings for a reported $192 million

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 26, 2016

Nokia said this morning that it’s buying French health tracking company Withings for a reported €170 million, or about $192 million, as it looks to gain a foothold in the competitive digital health market.

Withings, which designs, builds and sells wearables with health and fitness tracking features, as well as devices for the connected home such as smart weighing scales, thermometers, blood pressure monitors, home and baby monitors and so forth, will become part of Nokia’s Technologies business. Read More

 

Let’s Talk iOS 132: Apple Watch 2, refreshed MacBook, iOS 10 wish list, and more

By Sébastien Page on Apr 26, 2016

This week on Let’s Talk iOS, Sebastien starts off the show pointing out some privacy concerns in the Instagram application. The guys the talk about Apple Watch 2 rumors, the refreshed MacBook, WWDC and an iOS 10 wish list. Finally, they discuss a couple Apple Watch accessories as well as new apps.

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Fixing size mismatch errors in Cydia when trying to install a tweak

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 26, 2016

Size mismatch errors are something that seem to plague me every once in a blue moon when I try to install a jailbreak tweak right after an update is released, or after Cydia refreshes its sources.

The issue can occur when Cydia tries to fully refresh its sources at the time of a repository sync, and I’m sure some of you have probably stumbled upon this same error one time or another.

If you ever do get a size mismatch error in Cydia, we’ll be explaining in this short tutorial how you can fix the problem and install the jailbreak tweak you want to download once and for all. Read More

 

How to configure Automatic Downloads on your Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 26, 2016

Mac users can take advantage of Automatic Downloads, which allows your Mac to automatically download apps, movies, music and other media that were downloaded on other Apple devices you own.

Unfortunately, some users may not want this. Some apps and media take up a lot of storage space, and there’s no reason to sop up all of your individual devices’ storage space to keep home to one specific app.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can configure Automatic Downloads on your Mac so you have better control over the content that is downloaded to your machine. Read More

 

Apple slowing down recruiting efforts, report says

By Cody Lee on Apr 25, 2016

Apple in the past few weeks has been dismissing all of its contract recruiters, reports VentureBeat. Citing a source familiar with the matter, the outlet says the Cupertino company has begun cutting full-time recruiter as well.

These moves are part of a broader plan to slow down recruiting efforts across the board, the report says, as Apple looks to reevaluate. At least 100 people are expected to be cut, and there are no new job postings for recruiters. Read More

 

Daily Deals: 42-inch 4K TV for $225, $20 off Twelve South HiRise Deluxe, and more

By Cody Lee on Apr 25, 2016

Hello! Welcome to iDB’s new exploratory ‘Daily Deals post. Here you will find a roundup of some of our favorite deals of the day on tech and tech-related products such as smartphones, tablets, accessories, connected devices, and even video games and consoles.

This is an experiment of sorts, born out of our love for tech and discounts. So we’re going to do a little trial run, and see how it goes. If it turns out to be something readers are interested in, we’ll add more products from more websites, and make this a daily thing. Read More

 

Unicorn sipface and coffee “emojis” are cool, but Starbucks’s iPhone keyboard needs more work

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 25, 2016

Apparently, software keyboards for the iPhone have become a must for brands. Earlier this morning, Microsoft released Word Flow for iPhone, its gestural Windows 10 keyboard with one-handed typing and predictive text input.

And now, Starbucks has jumped on the bandwagon and released an iPhone keyboard of its own.

Available for free from the App Store, Starbucks Keyboard lets you add a little personality to your emails, texts, social media posts and more with branded “emojis” like Frappuccino blended beverages, iced tea, coffee and even a purple unicorn sipface.

It’s a nicely done app that shows potential, but I dislike the fact that they’re advertising it as an emoji keyboard because these things are more of stickers that get pasted as image attachments. Read More

 

New iPhone 6s commercials are all about Touch ID, 4K video capture and chopping onions

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 25, 2016

Following its nicely done Earth Day ads featuring iMessage and a recycling robot dubbed Liam, Apple on Monday released a pair of brand new television commercials for the iPhone 6s, which promote Touch ID and the handset’s ability to capture video in crisp 4K resolution through the lens of its twelve-megapixel rear camera.

The new commercials, titled “Fingerprint” and “Onions,” run thirty seconds each and are available on Apple’s official YouTube channel, but we’ve embedded them into this article for your viewing pleasure. Read More

 

One of the most reliable Apple analysts doesn’t see “many attractive selling points for iPhone 7”

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 25, 2016

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has arguably the strongest track record among his peers when it comes to anticipating unreleased Apple products. That being said, his most recent research note that he issued to clients last evening is something of a surprise to ardent Apple watchers.

In it, the revered analyst pours cold water on various iPhone 7 expectations, stating he doesn’t see “many attractive selling points” for the upcoming handset. A copy of Kuo’s note to clients was obtained by AppleInsider.

As a matter of fact, Kuo believes Apple will be the only top-five smartphone vendor to see its shipments decline this year before they rebound in 2018, in time for a rumored monster iPhone 8 refresh. Read More

 

iFixit tears down the 2016 Retina MacBook, finds minor hardware tweaks

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 25, 2016

Just last week, Apple launched the second generation of its Retina MacBook lineup with a bump in CPU and SSD speed performance, as well as in battery life.

iFixit has now torn down the new 2016 Retina MacBook to reveal what kinds of hardware gems could be hidden inside of the very familiar aluminum enclosure.

Unsurprisingly, they have torn down the new rose gold-colored model. For the most part, a lot of the internals are similar, although there are a few tweaks to the design and internal hardware that users will love and hate. Read More

 
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