Apple shares tips on getting the most out of Portrait mode photos on iPhone 7 Plus

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 6, 2016

Rejoice, iPhone photography fans, as Apple shares useful tips from professional photographers on using Portrait mode with iPhone 7 Plus dual cameras to help users achieve best results when taking depth of field photos. As noted in a blog post published Tuesday morning on Apple’s website, the iPhone’s popularity has increased among photographers in 2016.

The post cites Flickr’s camera stats which rank the iPhone 7 Plus sixth within iPhone cameras on Flickr at over five million uploaded photographs. Read More

 

Apple’s machine learning researchers are now free to publish their findings

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 6, 2016

Apple demands that its machine learning (ML) experts and artificial intelligence (AI) researchers do no publish their findings in research papers or share results of their work with fellow ML/AI experts, which scientists think is preventing the company from recruiting the brightest minds in the field. Realizing its mistake, Apple is changing its stance.

As announced by Russ Salakhutd, Apple’s director of AI research, the company’s machine-learning researchers are now free to publish some of their breakthroughs in and confer with colleagues. Read More

 

Upcoming Instagram update will let you turn off comments on a per-post basis & more

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 6, 2016

In its never-ending fight to curb abuse on its service, Instagram today said an upcoming new tool will let you completely turn off comments on individual posts.

As reported by The New York Times this morning and confirmed by Instagram itself, in addition to being able to turn off comments on individual posts users will be also permitted to remove followers on private accounts and like other people’s comments as well.

Back in September, Instagram launched keyword-based comment moderation as another measure to fight spammers and abusers who have been harassing honest users with unwanted comments and marketing messages. Read More

 

Galaxy S8 rumored to drop 3.5mm audio jack, adopt USB-C & use in-screen Home button

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 6, 2016

SamMobile is reporting today that Samsung’s next-generation Galaxy S8 smartphone will replace the physical Home button with a non-moving variant embedded right behind its AMOLED screen. The firm is also said to adopt USB-C for charging and data transfer and ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack to make the phone thinner and lighter.

The Galaxy S8 should be unveiled in February 2017 and could beat Apple’s rumored iPhone 8 to the virtual Home button. Read More

 

Some new MacBook Pros are shutting down repeatedly and unexpectedly

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 6, 2016

Some proud owners of the new MacBook Pro with TouchBar are reportedly seeing their notebooks shut down repeatedly and unexpectedly. According to a report from Jeff Porten of TidBits, the problem might be related to external hard drives connected to the notebook through its Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports.

Apple declined comment. This is yet another in a series of teething issues that have been plaguing early adopters of the new MacBook Pro. Just a few days ago, for example, some MacBook Pro owners reported an annoying graphics glitching issue. Read More

 

AMC and The Hallmark Channel added to Apple TV universal search

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 6, 2016

As first reported by MacRumors, Apple on Tuesday added AMC and The Hallmark Channel to its growing list of video apps supporting tvOS’s universal search function, which lets owners of the fourth-generation Apple TV in the U.S. use Siri voice search to find TV shows and movies across participating channels.

Other video apps have gained support for tvOS’s universal search feature this fall, including Australian streaming service Stan, popular Spanish network Telemundo Now, The CW, Viacom-owned Comedy Central, and music networks MTV and VH1. Read More

 

Netflix becomes top-grossing iOS app following offline playback introduction

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 6, 2016

After gaining the long overdue offline playback feature last week, Netflix’s mobile app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch has emerged as the top iOS app on the App Store’s Top Grossing charts for the first time ever, overtaking apps like Spotify and Candy Crush Saga, according to stats from app tracking firm SensorTower. By comparison, just last month Netflix was the #7 top-grossing iPhone and iPad software overall in the United States.

At the time of this writing, Netflix’s iPhone and iPad app was the top-grossing item on App Stores in the United States, India, Mexico and Colombia. Read More

 

Apple: more iPhone 6s units suffering from random shutdowns, software update may fix it

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 6, 2016

Apple has clarified in a new support document on its Chinese website that random shutdowns that have been plaguing some customers may affect more iPhone 6s models than previously thought, saying a software update may fix the issue on units outside of iPhone 6s devices which were manufactured between September and October 2015 and for which it’s offering a free battery replacement program.

As first noted by Gizmodo, Apple wrote it needed additional diagnostic data to determine the exact cause of the problem. Read More

 

MacPaw unveils Setapp, the Netflix of high-quality Mac apps

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 6, 2016

The way you get apps is about to change: Setapp from MacPaw is one of the best things to happen to third-party Mac development in years. Think of Setapp as the Netflix of quality software or an “unstore” alternative to Apple’s store. But unlike the Mac App Store which continues to disappoint with sandboxing requirements, lack of paid upgrades and other missing features, Setapp unlocks dozens of high-quality, cherry-picked Mac apps in exchange for a flat-fee monthly subscription of $9.99.

You won’t find subpar software in Setapp and all of the apps are fully functional and available without trials or In-App Purchases, including ones like Screens, Ulysses, RapidWeaver 7, Reveal and Eltima Player.

After testing Setapp for approximately two weeks, I’ve come to the conclusion that it is the best source of premium Mac apps that you can get for a fraction of their combined price, all at once. Read More

 

Limitless: the curious case of the Cydia fork project

By Joaquim Barbosa on Dec 6, 2016

John Coates, the creator of the popular patching platform Flex and a well-respected developer in the jailbreak community, announced this week the first public releases of a new endeavour called Limitless. Currently at Beta 6, this ambitious open project aims to bring newer features to Cydia’s traditional functionality by freeing it from some of the constraints which the stalwart package installer faces, for example, version compatibility reaching through every iOS back to iOS 2.0.
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Tips to save cellular data on iPhone

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 6, 2016

Many cellular carriers are skimpy and they charge absurd amounts of money for capped data plans.

If you’re like most people, you’re stuck on one of these capped data plans and you will need to have some kind of self discipline to keep yourself from going over indulging and being charged overage fees.

In this piece, we’ll talk about some of the ways you can help reduce the amount of data you use on your iPhone every month. Read More

 

Let’s Talk iOS 164: A battery of problems

By Sébastien Page on Dec 6, 2016

Cody got a new MacBook Pro but he doesn’t talk much about it. The guys discuss the calendar spam issue that has been plaguing users and how to prevent it. They also talk about battery problems that affect some iPhone 6s users, the new Spark mail app for Mac, DirecTV Now, and more.

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How to switch to Power Reserve mode on watchOS 3

By Steffen Reich on Dec 6, 2016

If you are not closely tracking every subtle interface change that Apple puts into practice on iOS, macOS or watchOS, it is likely you have entirely lost sight of a smaller feature or setting before. This is because, in short, Apple likes to relocate and thereby slowly supplant features no longer withstanding the test of time. With watchOS 3, the complete renovation of the operating system and reinvention of the Side button on top of it has had a similar ripple effect for numerous older features.

Power Reserve mode has become one of such cases, a feature still of much use despite the improved battery performance on Apple Watch Series 1 and 2. It used to be as easy as holding down the Side button and swiping to activate Power Reserve, but mind you, nothing is permanent with Apple and it has been silently relocated since. In case you have been caught napping on Power Reserve, let’s quickly fill you in on how to deploy the potential life saver on the latest watchOS.

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The HyperDrive USB Hub will give you access to up to five ports on your new MacBook

By iDB Deals on Dec 6, 2016

The new MacBooks are leading the port revolution, and you can take innovation a step further with the HyperDrive USB Type-C 5-in-1 Hub to expand the number of ports available on your MacBook to five. For a limited time, you can take 20% off the retail cost for a total of just $39.95.

With HyperDrive’s 5-in-1 Hub, your USB Type-C port will expand to include access points for SDXC, a microSDXC, 2 USB 3.0, and an extra USB Type-C port, all on a single, simple bar. You’ll enjoy the convenience of full sync and transfer capabilities for flash drives, camera cords, microSD cards and more, all in a small and light hub which fits snugly on the side of your new MacBook.

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Tim Cook: Apple Watch sales set new record during first week of holiday shopping

By Cody Lee on Dec 5, 2016

Sales of the Apple Watch to consumers set a record during the first week of holiday shopping, Apple CEO Tim Cook said in an emailed statement to Reuters. Additionally, he says the current quarter is on track to be the best ever for the wearable.

The comments were in response to a Monday report from technology research firm IDC, which estimated that Apple sold just 1.1 million Watches during its Q3, down 71% from the year-ago quarter. But Cook says its growth is off the charts. Read More

 

Apple airs new ‘Romeo and Juliet’ ad showcasing the iPhone 7’s camera

By Cody Lee on Dec 5, 2016

Apple on Monday night posted a new iPhone 7 commercial it’s calling ‘Romeo and Juliet.’ The ad, which aired during Monday Night Football, highlights the video recording capabilities of the company’s latest handset.

The spot opens with two children acting out a scene from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. It looks very movie-esque, until the camera zooms out and you see a father sitting in the audience, recording the play on his iPhone. Read More

 

10 great gift ideas for Apple TV users

By Cody Lee on Dec 5, 2016

Welcome to the latest edition of iDB’s ongoing Gift Ideas series, where we provide curated roundups of some of our favorite products. Throughout the year we cover and test a number of devices and accessories, so we decided to use that experience to help those searching for the perfect present. Today’s roundup is focused on Apple TV users. Read More

 

iCloud account & sign in services and web apps are down [U: resolved]

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 5, 2016

According to multiple reports on Twitter that have since been officially acknowledged on Apple’s own System Status dashboard webpage, some iCloud services are currently down for an unknown number of customers, including Account & Sign In services and web apps available through iCloud.com.

Login issues seem to have been affecting users since at 8am Pacific time, according to Apple. Is your device putting up a prompt repeatedly saying it cannot sign in to iCloud? Well, now you know why.

UPDATE 2:45pm Pacific: All iCloud services are now operational. Read More

 

Amazon’s new grocery store uses artificial intelligence and sensors to eliminate checkout

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 5, 2016

Online retail giant Amazon is testing a new type of brick-and-mortar convenience store where you simply walk in, pick up your items and walk out, no clerk or a cash register required whatsoever because everything you’ve put in the shopping basket is automatically charged to your Prime account as soon as you leave the store. Located at 2131 7th Ave in Seattle, the futuristic grocery store, dubbed Amazon Go, has been four years in the making.

The system uses computer vision, sensor fusion and deep learning to detect when goods are removed and returned to the shelves. Amazon’s retail store of the future that eliminates checkout is launching in early-2017. Read More

 

App Store refund policy under fire from Korean game publishers

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 5, 2016

Apple’s app refund policy on the App Store has come under fire from South Korean game developers who are complaining about a loophole that permits ill-minded users to purchase charged content multiple times, request refunds and continue to consume the content without actually paying for it.

The Korea Times is reporting that the issue stems from Apple’s policy of withholding information about those who have been issued a refund. Read More

 
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