Final Cut Pro creator Randy Ubillos calls it quits after 20 years spent at Apple

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 23, 2015

Randy Ubillos, who created the first three versions of Adobe Premiere — the first popular digital video editing application — and whom Apple hired away from Macromedia to lead Final Cut Pro development, announced on Twitter this morning that he’s ready to jettison from the mothership.

He was Apple’s Chief Architect of all Photo and Video Applications across the company. He lead Aperture and Final Cut Pro development and was instrumental in bringing iMovie and iPhoto to the iPhone and iPad.

“After an amazing 20 years working on Apple products, today is my last day,” the tweet reads. “I look forward to retirement and the adventures ahead,” he added. His departure comes just 24 hours after Apple’s senior PR director Natatlie Kerris announced, also on Twitter, her retirement to spend more time with her family. Read More

 

Hours Time Tracking for Apple Watch launches, iPhone app goes free for a limited time

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 23, 2015

Hours Time Tracking, a beautifully designed time-tracking app by Apple Design Award winner Tapity that debuted on the App Store in the summer of 2014, has gone temporarily free in the App Store to celebrate the launch of Hours Time Tracking for Apple Watch.

A bona fide Apple Watch extension provided inside the refreshed iPhone app will be unlocked as soon as you get your hands on the Apple Watch, giving you access to oft-used features like starting, stopping and switching your timers, adjusting start and end times, a Glance overview of your current running timer and more. Read More

 

djay Pro for Mac gains live video mixing, native Pioneer CDJ/XDJ integration and much more

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 23, 2015

In addition to transforming the Apple Watch into the world’s first wearable DJ controller with djay for Apple Watch, German developer Algoriddim also refreshed its Mac app this morning.

Djay Pro 1.1 for Mac, the company’s flagship product, includes major new features such as real-time video mixing, native support for Pioneer’s CDJ and XDJ line-up of professional digital decks used by the likes of David Guetta, high-quality Spotify streaming with up to 320 kbps and a host of other advanced features and capabilities. Read More

 

Algoriddim’s djay hits your wrist with a powerful Apple Watch app

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 23, 2015

The vast majority of Apple Watch apps that have been appearing on the App Store ahead of the wearable’s Friday launch are for the most part relegated to Glances and notifications, and that’s just fine.

As someone who loves music but sucks at DJ-ing, Algoriddim’s djay apps for the iPhone, iPad and Mac have for years excited and delighted me with a powerful selection of easy-to-use mixing tools that’ve turned me into the star of parties I threw at my home.

You could imagine I was watching with great intent how Algoriddim, which hails from Germany, would handle their Watch app. Well, djay for Apple Watch is now here and although I haven’t had a chance to try it out on the actual device just yet, Algoriddim was kind enough to treat me to a private demo of the app ahead of its official launch.

Suffice to say that I was smitten by what I saw. The app acts as a full-on remote controller for djay running on your iPhone, untangling you from the mixing booth while putting such headline features as Automix with Spotify and EchoNest integration.

With the Watch app, you can easily cue up and mix your favorite songs, all while controlling audio effects and loops for each deck individually, on your wrist.

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Glass Planner makes getting things done easier

By Lory Gil on Apr 23, 2015

Planning out your life can be a serious task. That’s probably why there are so many organization apps available in the App Store. Everyone has a different way of keeping track of projects and goals. Different features are important to people for a variety of reasons.

Glass Planner is a new task manager that combines your calendar with your to-do list so you can keep track of everything you need to do in life, every day. Don’t just make plans. Make planning work for you. Read More

 

Reiner Knizia’s dice game Pickomino comes to iOS

By Lory Gil on Apr 23, 2015

The tabletop game of Pickomino is played with domino style tiles and dice. It features 16 tiles and eight dice. This light play game is great for family night, or for those evenings when you and your drinking buddies want something fun to play that doesn’t require a whole lot of thinking.

Pickomino is now available on iOS, so you can play the game any time, anywhere and you don’t even need a friend to play with. Thanks to computer-generated opponents, you won’t ever be alone when playing Pickomino. Read More

 

Jailbreakers, our day of reckoning is quickly arriving

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 22, 2015

If you’re jailbroken right now on your daily driver, you have a tough decision to make in about 36 hours. Will you keep your device jailbroken, or will you sacrifice your jailbreak in order to pair your iPhone with your Apple Watch. That is the question that thousands of jailbreakers are probably mulling over right now.

It’s a very tough decision, and one that I’m not taking lightly. Not only do I love my jailbroken device and all that it can do, having a jailbroken iPhone is heavily involved in my day-to-day job responsibilities. Fortunately, I do have options, but with Apple Watch arriving on Friday, a decision needs to be made soon.

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Apple sends out email to reassure Apple Watch customers with “Processing Items”

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 22, 2015

Worried about your Apple Watch order that’s still showing “Processing Items”? Apple is no doubt aware of the concern. Just a few minutes ago, I received this email from Apple about one of my pending Apple Watch orders. Read More

 

Pharrell performs at Apple campus for Earth Day, shows off Apple Watch

By Jake Smith on Apr 22, 2015

Grammy Award winning musician Pharrell Williams performed at Apple’s campus in Cupertino on Wednesday, entertaining employees and showing off his Apple Watch in celebration of Earth Day. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for April 22

By Cody Lee on Apr 22, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the wonderful world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today’s selections include some great new games, and discounts on apps such as Busy and Coinverter. Read More

 

Apple Watch Guided Tours: Apple Pay, Activity, and Workout

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 22, 2015

Apple has posted the last of its series of guided tours for Apple Watch. The final three guided tours—Apple Pay, Activity, and Workout—round up a video series used to showcase the Apple Watch’s unique features. In total, there are 10 guided tours, with the last three being unlocked today.

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Some fashion boutiques will have Apple Watches on hand this Friday

By Cody Lee on Apr 22, 2015

As it turns out, you will be available to buy the Apple Watch in stores on Friday—just not Apple’s. The New York Times is reporting that select destination fashion boutiques around the world have their own stock, and will be offering the wearable for sale at the end of the week.

This isn’t top secret information. Premium retailers such as Dover Street Market in Tokyo and London, Maxfield in Los Angeles, Colette in Paris and 10 Corso Como in Milan have all been openly advertising that the Apple Watch would be available “in-store” on Friday, April 24. Read More

 

Nokia reportedly targeting Apple to buy its HERE Maps division

By Jake Smith on Apr 22, 2015

Bloomberg reports that Apple is among the list of companies Nokia is hoping will purchase its struggling HERE Maps, as it seeks to cut divisions that are losing money.

According to the publication’s anonymous source, Nokia is seeking more than 3 billion euros ($3.2 billion) from a sale of the unit. It’s selling HERE Maps for the “ubiquity and utility” of its location-based services. Read More

 

Apple confirms it’s shipping Apple Watch orders ahead of schedule

By Cody Lee on Apr 22, 2015

Apple confirmed this afternoon that the reports are true, Apple Watches are shipping ahead of schedule. A spokesperson for the company told BuzzFeed that “[Apple] is happy to be updating many customers today with the news that their Apple Watch will arrive sooner than expected.”

Additionally, the spokesperson said Apple “is working to fill orders as quickly as possible based on the available supply and the order in which they were received,” and explained the company is aware that many customers are still facing long lead times, and it appreciates their patience. Read More

 

How to disable WhatsApp Read receipts

By Sébastien Page on Apr 22, 2015

You probably already know the two blue check marks you see next to your messages in WhatsApp conversations are Read receipts indicating your contact has indeed read your message. This is a blessing and a curse. It’s a blessing because it can be very helpful at times, when you want to make sure your friend read your message for example. It can also be a curse, because you can’t really pretend you didn’t read a message if you actually have.

These problems are now a thing of the past with WhatsApp recent update that lets you disable and enable Read receipts at will. In this post, I’ll show you how to disable WhatsApp Read receipts. Read More

 

Google unveils ‘Project Fi,’ an MVNO with plans starting at $20 per month

By Cody Lee on Apr 22, 2015

After years of rumors and speculation, Google is officially getting into the wireless business. The tech giant on Wednesday announced “Project Fi,” an MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) set to shake up the wireless industry with plans starting at $20 per month.

Google has teamed up with Sprint and T-Mobile for the project, and it will piggyback on their networks. The service is designed to allow devices to dynamically switch between the carriers’ networks and nearby Wi-Fi networks, depending on which offers better service. Read More

 

Some Apple Watch pre-orders with May and June ship dates now ‘Preparing for Shipment’

By Cody Lee on Apr 22, 2015

Potentially good news today for folks looking at lengthy lead times on their Apple Watch pre-orders. Some customers with 4-6 week and June shipping estimates are reporting that Apple has charged them for their Watch purchases, and their order statuses have changed from ‘Processing Items’ to ‘Preparing for Shipment.’

Given how crazy the Apple Watch launch has been thus far, it’s possible that this doesn’t mean anything—perhaps it’s a system glitch or Apple’s trying out a new processing strategy. But typically, these actions indicate that Apple is about to ship an order, and that has raised hopes that Watches will arrive earlier than expected. Read More

 

Let’s Talk Jailbreak 104: Good news bad news

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 22, 2015

Episode 104: The iOS 8.4 jailbreak proof of concept video, controlling Spotify with Siri, hiding apps when unlocking your iPhone, a jailbreak tweak that’s a bonafide battery killer, and a way to bring Office 2013’s awesome cursor animation to iOS.

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Get 30% off this MFi-certified cable with Lightning, 30-pin and micro-USB

By iDB Deals on Apr 22, 2015

While we’re all iOS fanatics at iDownloadBlog, the reality of today’s tech world is that we all use so many different devices. That means we need different chargers to keep all our devices running. New iOS devices use Lightning, old Apple devices use the 30-pin connector, and if you own practically any non-iOS devices (Android and otherwise), you’ll probably need a Micro-USB cable. With the Tego 3-in-1, you can get all three in one convenient, high quality cable. Plus, our deal gives you 30% off with free shipping. Read More

 

This handy tool lets you download Apple Watch app screenshots

By Timothy Reavis on Apr 22, 2015

With Apple Watch shipments pending for many, developer Steve Troughton-Smith today tweeted a tool for downloading screenshots of WatchKit apps that have already received their updates ahead of Apple Watch’s public launch. The tool, titled AppleWatchStore, pulls the WatchKit screenshots from Apple’s servers using the app’s iTunes link and is extremely simple to use.

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