Tip: quickly share your Activity rings, workouts or achievements as standalone screenshots

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 16, 2017

Our in-depth tutorial explains the process of sharing your Activity data with friends, family or even a personal trainer.

But there are times when you may simply want to brag about meeting your daily goal by sharing just your Activity rings or the workout you just finished or an achievement you won rather than go through the whole process of setting up Activity sharing.

In this brief tutorial, you’ll learn how to quickly share your workout, achievement or Activity rings as a standalone image. Read More

 

Video: Adobe shows off voice-based image editing on iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 16, 2017

How about editing photographs by voice commands alone? In a recent concept video, Adobe showed off performing basic image-editing functions on an iPad by conversing with a Siri-like digital assistant. The proof-of-concept clip gives us an interesting glimpse into a not-so-distant future when we’ll use our voice for complex tasks beyond simple things like scheduling reminders or creating alarms. Read More

 

Apple honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a tribute on its website

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 16, 2017

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the United States and Apple has joined the celebration with an appropriate tribute in the form of a full-page image on its website and a tweet from CEO Tim Cook. “We honor Martin Luther King by working to help achieve justice and equality,” reads Cook’s message.

Cook’s tweet is accompanied by the famous King quote: “We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.” Read More

 

Jimmy Iovine: original TV series and movies part of Apple Music pop cultural experience

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 16, 2017

The Wall Street Journal thinks Apple wants to buy rights to original television shows and movies as another way of enticing users into choosing Apple Music over competitors like Spotify and Pandora. Monday, The Hollywood Reported published an interview with Apple executive Jimmy Iovine, who said that adding original video content to the music-streaming service is part of the plan to turn Apple Music into a pop cultural phenomenon. Read More

 

Samsung reportedly discovers that faulty battery caused Note 7 fires

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 16, 2017

Official investigation conducted by Samsung Electronics has determined that a faulty battery was the main reason for Note 7 fires, a fiasco which led to a worldwide recall of the handset before the device was fully discontinued, Reuters reported Monday. A person familiar with the matter told the news gathering organization that Samsung should officially announce the results of the investigation next Monday, January 23, a day before the company is scheduled to reveal its fourth-quarter earnings. Read More

 

Want podcasts on your Apple Watch? There’s finally an app for that

By Steffen Reich on Jan 16, 2017

The ability to store and play podcasts on Apple Watch is one of many features advocated for regarding future watchOS updates, but so far it has fallen on deaf ears at Apple. With the cries for podcasts on Watch slowly reaching fever pitch, developers have taken matters into their own hands and released a fully functional podcast app that enables the transfer of your favorite subscriptions from iPhone to Apple Watch.

The app goes by the name WatchPlayer and (while moody at times) gives a solid account of itself, effectively beating Apple to the punch in the podcast race. Find out below how the data transfer is realized, where it trumps Apple’s stock apps and what areas of WatchPlayer could do with some attention. Read More

 

Store and watch the latest news stories offline with Hyper News

By Steffen Reich on Jan 16, 2017

If you have ever travelled on a metro line you know what it’s like to whiz from one station to the next, always holding out for the next patch of reception somewhere between the constant outages afflicting your iPhone. Most times, the internet will cut out in the least opportune moments, like on your commute home when you slump in your seat and want to mindlessly gaze at moving images on your phone.

To weather the crisis of poor connection, Hyper News functions as a pocket of pre-downloaded news clips to fall back on whenever your data leaves you hanging.

In a spell of news apps being tested at iDB, Hyper News stands out for its utter simplicity and the concerted effort to occupy a unique space in the news realm. Here are the ins and outs to know about Hyper News. Read More

 

How to pair your Bluetooth headphones or speakers with your Apple Watch

By Steffen Reich on Jan 16, 2017

At iDB we strive to offer a comprehensive and deep catalogue of tutorials for readers of all skill levels, which is the reason why a brief workshop on pairing your wireless earbuds or external Bluetooth speakers is still in order. If you are already well-versed in this procedure, more power to you. You can probably sit this exercise out.

However if you are new to Apple Watch or have recently managed to grab your first cord free headset, these are the steps that get you ready to jam out to the music stored right on your wrist: Read More

 

Wallpapers of the week: geometry pack

By Jim Gresham on Jan 15, 2017

With a weekly collection of wallpapers spanning a few years, it is easy to see a trend in reader preference. One of the top Wallpapers of the Week categories is geometry. You vote with your page views and your social shares.

Each time we host a collection of geometric inspired wallpapers, it goes really well! So, to continue to give the people what they want, take a step inside for another set of similarly inspired images. Also, you will find backlinks to many of our previous geometry wallpapers. Read More

 

Jailbreak tweaks of the week: OnceMore, Photicon, & more…

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 15, 2017

Despite what appeared to be a couple of busy weeks previously, it seems the jailbreak tweak assembly line has slowed down slightly once more, as releases weren’t as rapid this week.

Nevertheless, we wrap up with a jailbreak tweak roundup every single Sunday, so we’ll be taking this opportunity to talk about all of the jailbreak tweaks that were released this week, starting with our favorites. Read More

 

The top stories of the week on iDB

By Sébastien Page on Jan 15, 2017

Like every Sunday, we get to take a look at some of the most popular posts that were published on iDB during the week that just ended. Whether it is a news item, a new jailbreak tweak, a tutorial, or an app review, we sum it all up in one convenient place for you.

As always, if you like what you’re reading, please feel free to spread the love by sharing our posts on your favorite social network.

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Photicon replaces your Photos app icon with a preview of your most recent picture

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 15, 2017

A new free jailbreak tweak dubbed Photicon (short for Photos App + Icon) aims to add a little more excitement to your Photos app icon by making it dynamic, rather than static.

With this effect, your icon will never be the same old icon ever again. It will change over time as you use your iPhone’s camera to snap photos on a regular basis. Read More

 

AdaptiveColorAlerts colorizes all your alert messages to match anything behind them

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 15, 2017

Most people use banner notifications for their day-to-day notifications, but some apps like Calendar and Reminders default to alert-style notifications because they require a little bit of extra attention.

For the most part, these alert messages look pretty boring on a stock iOS device, but with a new free jailbreak tweak release called AdaptiveColorAlerts, your alerts can automatically color themselves based on whatever background is residing behind them. Read More

 

New fitness-focused Apple Watch ad challenges you to close your Activity rings

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 14, 2017

Apple’s official YouTube channel was refreshed Saturday with a new advertisement for Apple Watch Series 2, challenging viewers to close their Activity rings by moving more, having some exercise and standing up every 50 minutes for a bit. The firm also shared three new ads for AirPods today, highlighting such features as Siri integration, seamless Bluetooth pairing on Apple gadgets via the W1 chip and more. Read More

 

Apple shares new AirPods ads showcasing Siri, seamless Bluetooth pairing & more

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 14, 2017

Apple on Saturday shared four brief television commercials for AirPods on its official YouTube channel, running fifteen seconds long each. The videos showcase some of the key user features of the wireless earphones, like accessing Siri with a double-tap and seamless Bluetooth pairing on Apple gear made possible by the firm’s in-house designed wireless chip, dubbed the W1. Watch the new ads and let us know how you like them in comments.

In addition to the company’s first-ever AirPods ads, they also released a new fitness-focused Apple Watch advertisement which challenges you to close those Activity rings. Read More

 

Aura, Filmborn, songpong, and other apps to check out this weekend

By Cody Lee on Jan 14, 2017

Happy weekend everyone! We are back with another edition of our Apps of the Week roundup. This week’s list features some great selections including a new meditation app, a unique photo editor, and a new app for recording songs with friends. Plus, we have two great new games for you to check out. Read More

 

How to use Activity sharing

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 13, 2017

Apple’s Activity app on iPhone and Apple Watch includes a social feature that encourages some friendly competition by pitting your own fitness data against folks who are willing to share it with you. This lets you see if you can beat a friend in closing all three Activity rings, permit your trainer to keep an eye on your daily progress and so forth.

This how-to lays out all there’s to know about sharing Activity data, including getting progress update from friends, engaging in smack talk, viewing shared Activity rings, removing a friend from shared Activity or muting their notifications for the day and more. Read More

 

Daily Deals: Beats Solo3 headphones $220, Sony PS4 $220, and more

By Cody Lee on Jan 13, 2017

iDB’s Daily Deal post is a roundup of our favorite deals on tech and tech-related products from around the web. This includes everything from smartphones, tablets and accessories, to connected devices and even video games.

Every deal you see below has been hand-picked based on a variety of factors including personal experience, online reviews from customers and experts, and discount percentage. So what are you waiting for? Get shopping! Read More

 

How to preserve your iPhone camera settings

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 13, 2017

Prior to iOS 10.2, iPhone’s stock Camera application always defaulted to the factory Photo mode. ForIf you were recording video, for instance, Camera would switch to Photo mode as soon as you exited out instead of keeping the selected Video mode on. Similarly, taking pictures with one of the built-in live filters was cumbersome because Camera would set the filter to None after exiting out. This behavior used to be quite a hindrance for iPhone photographers who rely on a specific capture mode.

On iOS 10.2 and later, new user-facing toggles in the Settings app permit you to preserve your last-used shooting mode, live filter and Live Photo settings so they’re don’t reset every time Camera launches. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to preserve camera settings on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Read More

 

LG teases big 5.7″ screen, smaller body, waterproof design & more for upcoming G6 flagship

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 13, 2017

LG Electronics is teasing an upcoming G6 flagship smartphone in a new 45-second teaser video posted to its YouTube channel yesterday.

Listing some of the things people apparently want in an ideal smartphone, the clip seems to tease a minimum-bezel 5.7-inch waterproof phone (you’ll recall that Apple’s iPhone 8 is rumored to feature increased IP68-rated water resistance).

Although it does not specifically mention G6, the clip asks you to “imagine how your wishes will come to life” before hinting it’ll all happen in February, when G6 is expected to be formally announced at Mobile World Congress. Read More

 
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