How to exclude vehicles from your public transport route in Maps

By Steffen Reich on Nov 28, 2016

Apple Maps is still expanding its public transport information worldwide but with more and more locations being added incrementally, there is a growing chance you by now live in the backyard of a city that Maps does relay public transport data to.

Apple has touted the service for its clean integration into Maps and comprehensive breakdown of the local train, tram or ferry schedules, which for most users has very much lived up to the expectations set. It also allows for swift routing on your iPhone at the hands of said public transport means. But did you know you could narrow down the public transport options in order to avoid certain vehicles when en route?

Here comes a small knack that can help you get ahead in many scenarios, such as circumventing rush hour traffic on the streets through the omission of bus lines by way of example. Excluding specific lines from your route is an expedient way to avoid any form of known gridlock before entrusting Apple with captaining you to your travel destination. As every so often, the feature is somewhat tucked away in Maps, so here is how you do it best:

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How to set up automatic login on Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 28, 2016

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just turn on your Mac and start using it without having to log into it all the time?

If you live in a household where you don’t need Fort Knox-like security to keep people from getting into your computer, then you can set up your Mac to log in to your account automatically when you turn it on. Read More

 

How to use less cellular data in the Twitter app

By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 28, 2016

Twitter is popular among iPhone and iPad users, and it can easily consume vast amounts of our cellular data when you’re using the app and aren’t connected to a Wi-Fi network.

Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to reduce the amount of data used by Twitter. In this tutorial, we’ll show you some of the best ways to do it with the app’s own settings. Read More

 

Cyber Monday deals on Mac apps and iOS development

By iDB Deals on Nov 28, 2016

Congratulations! You survived Black Friday. Isn’t it nice to take a temporary break from the festivities? Just when you thought the deals would end… no need to return to the chaotic shopping mall today. The internet is your oyster and with that, here are two Cyber Monday deals to check out:

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Wallpapers of the week: minimal scenery

By Jim Gresham on Nov 27, 2016

Every Sunday, we strive to bring you excellent photo quality images from around the ‘Net. Wallpapers of the Week is the best way to deck out your devices with a fresh set of images every seven days. We cover a lot of different genres, but a continual favorite is the minimalist category. Whether it is minimal CGI designs to drawings, we receive a lot of feedback and hits.

Consequently, today, we present another set of minimalist wallpapers, this time with ‘landscape’ as the primary focal topic. Inside, download our latest offering.  Read More

 

Jailbreak tweaks of the week: NotificationPop, Notifications10, & more…

By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 27, 2016

This week was an improvement over last week in terms of jailbreak tweak release volume in Cydia, but things are still slow as we continue to go on without a jailbreak for iOS 10, Apple’s latest mobile operating system.

In this roundup, we’ll discuss all of this week’s jailbreak tweak releases, starting by showcasing our favorites and then talking about the rest afterwards. Read More

 

The top stories of the week on iDB (and the best deals still around)

By Sébastien Page on Nov 27, 2016

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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Noise, Write.as, BeCasso and other apps to check out this weekend

By Cody Lee on Nov 26, 2016

If you’re looking to relax this holiday weekend with leftover turkey and a new app or game, you’ve come to the right place. In the latest edition of our Apps of the Week roundup, we’ve selected some awesome titles including a music-making app, an anonymous blogging client, a paint-style photo editor, and some great new games for you to check out. Read More

 

Review: the high quality leather cases from Nodus Collection

By Jim Gresham on Nov 26, 2016

Nodus Collection, which I reviewed exactly one year ago, is back in-action with updates for iPhone 7 and their wallet collection. If you remember the article regarding the iPhone 6 versions, it was a gushingly positive exposé about their high quality leather, excellent craftsmanship, and attention to detail.

Be warned, this is another one of those glowing reviews. However with a Black Friday twist, you can nab one for yourself at 25% off, or donate the savings to ShelterBox, supporting relief in areas hit by natural disaster or global conflict. Read More

 

This tweak keeps Google Maps from nagging you when Location Services are disabled

By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 26, 2016

While most people grant Google Maps access to their location for navigation purposes, not everyone uses Google Maps for navigation. Other users primarily use the app for region exploration and keep Google Maps from accessing their location for privacy reasons.

If you’re one of these people, and you hate seeing the location services warning alert every time you open the app, then you should install a new free jailbreak tweak called Google Maps – No Location Services Alert right away. Read More

 

Five ways to make the most of a file manager on jailbroken iOS

By Joaquim Barbosa on Nov 25, 2016

The vast majority of non-developers who jailbreak do it for the tweaks, and use Cydia almost exclusively to find, maintain, and update them.

However, jailbreaking your device brings much more than the ability to install tweaks; its real power lies in granting unfettered access to the filesystem, which allows you to make almost any change you like.

In this article, I’ll go through five of the most interesting and ubiquitous uses for file managers on iOS. Read More

 

The best Black Friday deals on iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, monitors, TVs and more

By Cody Lee on Nov 25, 2016

Black Friday often gets a bad wrap. The words tend to bring forth visions of hoards of shoppers, stampeding down store aisles to save a few dollars on frivolous items. But the truth is, retailers are actually using the promotional holiday to offer significant discounts on popular products. So we’ve put together a list of some of the best deals we could find on stuff we know you’ll love. Read More

 

Here’s a special tool Apple uses to recover data from MacBook Pro’s non-removable SSD

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 25, 2016

iFixit’s teardown analysis of both the 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar has found a non-removable SSD inside soldered to the logic board. In contrast, non-Touch Bar Pros use a removable PCIe-based SSD, simplifying upgrades.

iFixit discovered that Touch Bar Pros include a hidden connector on the logic board that leads nowhere which, as reported by 9to5Mac, works in conjunction with a special tool to let service technicians rescue data in case of a hardware failure. Read More

 

Apple has stopped disclosing how much it spends on advertising

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 25, 2016

Apple has stopped disclosing how much it spends on advertising, as revealed in its annual report (10-K) filed with the United States Securities and Exchange (SEC) commission in October.

Apple’s motives behind this move are unclear and the SEC filing makes no mention of its advertising expenses for the whole 2016. In 2015, Apple’s ad spend rose fifty percent to a record $1.8 billion.

The decision to stop reporting how much it spends on advertising may have something to do with the fact that the iPhone maker ended 2016 with its lowest operating margin since 2009, partially due to spending more ad dollars to drive total revenue. Read More

 

Ottm is a stunning hardwood wrist band for your Apple Watch

By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 25, 2016

Back in March, a really sweet Indiegogo campaign for a trio of Apple Watch wrist bands made completely of wood dubbed Ottm was announced, and now the first units are making their way from the production line over to the hands of consumers.

We’ve finally got ours after months of waiting, and we’ve excited to show you what we think about them. Read More

 

NotificationPop lets you use a 3D Touch gesture to open notifications

By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 25, 2016

Although I enjoy the Plus-sized iPhones, I don’t very much enjoy having to reach all the way up to the top of the display to tap or drag on a notification banner when someone texts me.

Now, jailbreakers can work around this with a simple 3D Touch gesture thanks to a new free jailbreak tweak called NotificationPop. Read More

 

Black Friday means great deals on the things you need

By iDB Deals on Nov 25, 2016

Today is the day. The most thrilling shopping day of the year for some, and the most dreadful for others. Who stands in Black Friday lines anymore, it’s all about online deals. Before this crazy day ends, check out these two featured deals:

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Tip: delete Apple Music cache in iTunes to reclaim storage space on your Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 24, 2016

iOS 10 provides a handy feature allowing users to limit the amount of storage space used for keeping songs downloaded on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. On the Mac, things are a little more complicated because iTunes lacks a dedicated interface for adjusting the size of its cache.

As explained in this tutorial, you only need to delete a pair of special folders on your Mac to free up quite a bit of storage space lost to caches that accumulate as you stream tunes with Apple Music. Read More

 

Open source Darwin code for macOS 10.12 Sierra now available

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 24, 2016

Apple today released open-source Darwin code for macOS 10.12 Sierra, 9to5Mac reports. Darwin, for those unfamiliar with it, forms the core set of Unix components upon which macOS, iOS, watchOS and tvOS are based, including drivers and the unencrypted kernel along with its BSD portions.

Apple typically releases Darwin code shortly after major macOS releases, and Sierra is no exception. Anyone interested in the intricacies of Sierra’s inner workings can now grab a copy of Darwin via this direct download link. Read More

 

10.5-inch iPad Pro rumored to target education and enterprise markets

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 24, 2016

Apple may position its rumored new 10.5-inch iPad Pro model as the go-to tablet in the education and enterprise markets, if a report Tuesday in DigiTimes is anything to go by. The Taiwanese trade publication learned from Asian supply chain makers that the Cupertino firm’s decided to add a new screen size to the lineup because existing 9.7-inch models proved too small and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro too expensive for business users and students. Read More

 
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