Warning: Lock Saver Free tweak comes with a trojan

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 24, 2015

Talk about bad timing. Just after I posted about how jailbreaking was relatively safe, here comes news of a trojan that slipped through ModMyi’s review process.

The tweak in question, Lock Saver Free, is a tweak that we featured in our new tweaks of the week video last night. Lock Saver Free was published by developer dmarinov, and is unfortunately still available for download on ModMyi as of this post. Read More

 

10 jailbreak myths debunked

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 24, 2015

Over the years, there have been lots of misconceptions about jailbreaking, the type of people that jailbreak, and the overall purpose of jailbreaking. What’s true, and what’s not? Does jailbreaking void your warranty? Is it hard to do? Is it even necessary nowadays?

In this post, I’ll break down and debunk 10 jailbreaking myths. I’ll show you why I still jailbreak, and why jailbreaking may be quite different than you perceived it to be. Read More

 

New Apple web campaign lays out a few reasons ‘Why there’s nothing quite like iPhone’

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 24, 2015

Apple on Friday kicked off a new interesting web campaign on its website which strives to lay out the reasons for the iPhone’s uniqueness.

Delivered under the tagline “Why there’s nothing quite like iPhone” and accompanying its “If it’s not an iPhone, it’s not an iPhone” series of television commercials, the new webpage goes through a few key aspects of the iPhone.

Some of the highlights include the iPhone’s tightly integrated design, strong security, powerful imaging capabilities, robust messaging, privacy and much more. Read More

 

Apple reportedly approached BMW over using i3 as basis for its electric car

By Cody Lee on Jul 24, 2015

Apple approached BMW last year regarding its rumored electric car project, reports German business magazine Manager. The publication says that Tim Cook and other senior executives visited the i3 assembly plant in Leipzig, Germany during “autumn 2014″ to discuss the possibility of using the i3 as the basis for its own vehicle.

For those who aren’t familiar with the i3, it’s BMW’s urban 5-door electric car that looks like a hatchback from the future. It’s been generally well-received by critics, but with a 0-60 time approaching 7 seconds and a battery range of under 100 miles, it’s not turning nearly as many heads as the model S and other Tesla-made cars. Read More

 

Watch the first trailer for the provocative ‘Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine’ documentary

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 24, 2015

A new movie about Apple’s legendary co-founder, titled ‘Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine,’ is scheduled to open in select theaters in less than two weeks and Mashable today released the first official trailer which provides an early look into the forthcoming documentary.

In addition to exploring the impact of Steve Jobs’ work on the society and our embrace of computers and technology, the 120-minute nonfictional documentary plays off the controversies that had surrounded Jobs’ persona for many years.

Directed by Alex Gibney, it apparently paints the picture of a “bold, brilliant and brutal” Steve Jobs, the description which did not sit well with Apple’s Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, who called it “an inaccurate and mean-spirited view of my friend” and ”not a reflection of the Steve I knew.” Read More

 

How to get notified when we post a new YouTube video

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 24, 2015

As a part of yesterday’s YouTube app update for iOS, it is now possible to receive a push notification whenever we post a new video on iDownloadBlog’s YouTube channel.

Each week, we post several videos about jailbreaking, the latest Cydia tips, tricks, tips, reviews, and more. iDB’s YouTube channel is a great source for the latest information on all things Apple, jailbreaking, iOS, and the iPhone and iPad.

With this latest update, it’s even easier to stay up to date with all of our new video content. In this post, we’ll show you how to do just that. Read More

 

Your iPhone is the key to this Bluetooth-enabled lock

By iDB Deals on Jul 24, 2015

Are you always losing your keys? Don’t worry, you won’t need them with the advanced wireless-enabled QuickLock. Use your phone or the two RF/NFC wireless enabled cards included in the package to unlock it and enjoy solid safety for just $49, saving 18% with iDownloadBlog.

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Apple engineers 2mm-long high-resolution camera that could be suitable for use in Apple Watch 2

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 24, 2015

9to5Mac recently learned from sources in the know that a second-generation Apple Watch will integrate a tiny camera into the top bezel for conducting FaceTime video conversations from your wrist. The report, short on details, has left many questions unanswered and prompted watchers to scratch their head in curiosity.

The logic goes: if Apple couldn’t develop a non-protruding camera for the latest iPhones, how on Earth is the company supposed to fit one into such a tiny wrist-worn device?

Having faced the very same engineering challenges, rival Samsung has taken the easy route by embedding a camera into a Gear’s band rather than the smartwatch’s body.

Though not the prettiest of solutions, it is in fact functional—to a certain extent. But can you really imagine a camera bulge on an Apple Watch band? Yeah, me neither. Thankfully, Apple appears to have shrunk a high-resolution camera into a tiny module that could fit inside an Apple Watch. Read More

 

New version of Phantom released to sidestep potential jailbreak lockouts

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 24, 2015

Snapchat has apparently abated from its cat and mouse game with jailbreak tweak developers. Less than a few days after Snapchat begun locking out users who had Snapchat-specific jailbreak tweaks installed on their devices, Snapchat stopped locking out users.

How long will Snapchat stop its lockouts? Is this just a temporary thing until it’s able to adequately update and clarify its terms of service? It’s still relatively unclear at this point.

What is clear is that Phantom, a Snapchat-centric tweak created by jailbreak developer CokePokes, has been updated to workaround the Snapchat crackdown. So even if Snapchat were to change its course again, and reengage jailbreak users, Phantom’s latest version should work regardless. Read More

 

TurboScan puts the power of a high quality mobile scanner in the palm of your hand

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 24, 2015

TurboScan by Piksoft Inc., a small Bay Area company, has been available on the App Store for more than five years. Yesterday, they finally launched a free version which leaves no features behind so anyone can now experience the power of a high quality scanner in the palm of their hand, at zero cost.

Ranked #1 business app in the US App Store and with over three million existing users, this document and receipt scanner includes powerful features wrapped around an engaging interface. Read More

 

Google releases Spotlight Stories, an impressive 360-degree movie app for iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 24, 2015

Originally released on Android back in the fall of 2013, Google’s 360-degree spherical video app called Spotlight Stories has arrived on the iPhone as a free of charge download.

Based on the technology originally developed by Motorola’s Advanced Technology And Products division ahead of Google’s 2011 purchase of the handset maker, Spotlight Stories uses a variety of advanced technologies to deliver cool-looking animated stories in the palm of your hand, including 3D and 2D animation, 360-degree spherical video, sound sphere audio and various sensor fusion techniques. Read More

 

Xenowerk review: a top-down shooter with an ever-expanding arsenal

By Lory Gil on Jul 24, 2015

If you are a fan of top-down arcade shooters, then you know how much fun it can be to run from room to room, killing things and blowing up stuff with wild abandon. Pixelbite, the team that brought us the Sci-Fi western Space Marshals is back with a new adventure in space.

Xenowerk is an action shooter that puts players in charge of cleaning up a mutant mess left by a biological experiment gone bad. We’ve got a hands-on game review of Xenowerk for you today. Read More

 

The UE Boom Bluetooth speaker offers 360 degrees of immersive sound

By Lory Gil on Jul 24, 2015

Apple’s new streaming service is a big hit. While it may still need some polishing, it is an excellent music player that houses an immense collection of tunes for you to listen to both on and off line. Now, you just need something to play music through that is better than the iPhone 6’s tiny speakers.

If you are looking for a little more power than just a personal, portable speaker, the UE Boom is the best in its class. It is small enough to fit in your drink holder, rugged enough to take camping, and powerful enough to be heard in a room full of partiers. Read More

 

100 apps and games discounted to $0.99 in massive App Store sale

By Cody Lee on Jul 23, 2015

Apple is running a massive sale in the App Store right now, marking down the prices of 100 notable apps and games. The promotion includes titles from a variety of genres, and everything has been discounted down to $0.99.

The promo has been split up into 6 sections: Apps for Photography Lovers, Apps for Kids, Smart Tools for Everyone, Game Hits, App Store Veterans, and More Games to Explore. We’ve listed some of our favorite deals below. Read More

 

28 new jailbreak tweaks showcased on video

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 23, 2015

The pace of jailbreak tweak releases is still fairly high, even a month after the iOS 8.3/8.4 jailbreak. In this latest video, I showcase 28 new jailbreak tweaks.

The tweaks range from app backgrounding tweaks, to Apple Music tweaks, to volume HUD tweaks. There’s a large variety shown off in this latest video. Take a look, and see what you may have missed. Read More

 

YouTube app updated with support for fullscreen vertical videos

By Cody Lee on Jul 23, 2015

Google’s YouTube updated its iOS client today, bringing the app to version 10.28. The update brings about two major enhancements: support for fullscreen playback of vertical videos and push notifications.

The former is fairly significant. Users can now view vertically-filmed videos in fullscreen when in portrait mode—a big improvement over previous versions, which would shrink content between two black bars. Read More

 

Apple highlights apps for anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act

By Cody Lee on Jul 23, 2015

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Apple has begun highlighting apps with specialized accessibility features. The curated section features apps such as TapTapSee, Color Identifier and more.

Apple has long been praised for its efforts to ensure iOS devices can be used by those with various disabilities, including vision, hearing and motor skill impairments. It also regularly spotlights third-party accessibility applications. Read More

 

Apple pulls Nest products from its website and retail stores

By Cody Lee on Jul 23, 2015

Apple has stopped selling the Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest Protect smoke alarm online and in its retail stores, reports Mashable. A search for the products on Apple’s website now redirects customers to HomeKit-compatible devices.

The move comes a month after Apple debuted HomeKit, a platform that aims to streamline communication between iOS devices and smart home accessories. Among the compatible products available at launch was the ecobee3 thermostat. Read More

 

Honda announces CarPlay support for 2016 Accord

By Cody Lee on Jul 23, 2015

Honda on Thursday debuted the 2016 Accord at its research facility in Mountain View. While car makers typically reserve new car unveilings for major auto shows, Honda says that it chose the location to highlight the role Silicon Valley is playing in the industry.

The ninth-generation Accord features a thorough refresh for 2016, with a big focus on technology. All EX and above models will include a Display Audio infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen display and support for both CarPlay and Android Auto platforms. Read More

 

Apple working on TV remote with built-in fingerprint sensor

By Cody Lee on Jul 23, 2015

The US Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published three patent applications from Apple relating to biometric input devices. As noted by AppleInsider, all the filings mention a device with a built-in fingerprint sensor that could be used in a future TV remote.

It’s not hard to imagine the biometric possibilities of a remote control for a TV or set-top box. The device would be able to identify users—paving the way for custom profiles, settings and parental controls—and could support multi-finger shortcuts and simple gestures. Read More

 
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