More evidence that iPhone 6 and new iPads may ship with fully reversible Lightning cable

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 18, 2014

This past Friday, a pair of images appeared ostensibly showing off an upcoming Lightning cable variant featuring a reversible connector on the USB side.

Now additional and fairly credible-looking shots have surfaced, supporting the thesis that the new Lightning cable will feature a brand new, smaller and fully reversible USB 3.1 Type-C connector.

More importantly, the latest batch of images for the first time depict a bunch of Lightning to USB cables in their retail boxes, serving as the strongest indication yet that the upcoming new iPhones and iPads will most likely ship with the new cable. One publication was even able to verify that iTunes recognized the cable as an officially sanctioned product… Read More

 

iPhone 6 may have only 1GB of RAM, claimed schematic alleges [updated]

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 18, 2014

The general consensus among watchers and analysts regarding the engine powering the next iPhone(s) is that Apple will use an in-house designed A8 processor (reportedly clocked at 2Ghz per core). And that’s about everything we know thus far about the chip.

We’re still left in the dark as to how many processing and graphics cores the A8 might incorporate and we’ve been certainly wondering a lot about the amount of the chip’s RAM. According to a leaked schematic, the iPhone 6 will remain stuck with the same 1GB of RAM as past three models… Read More

 

In Boshi, you must be a stealthy lumberjack to avoid the wolf pack

By Lory Gil on Aug 18, 2014

Most stealth games require the player to stay hidden until out of the line of sight of others. Moving from one room to another without getting caught is harder than you’d think. But, what if there are no rooms to hide in and the sound of trees falling in the forest will also set off the alarm?

Boshi is a sort of stealth game where players must chop down trees without being seen or heard by nearby wolves. If you get caught, your only help is a flare gun with four flares. Good luck fending off all of those hungry wolves… Read More

 

How to enable Enhanced Dictation in OS X for streaming speech-to-text with live feedback

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 17, 2014

OS X includes a nifty Dictation feature which allows you to control your Mac and apps with your voice. You can use “speakable items”, basically a set of spoken commands, to open apps, choose menu items, email contacts and convert whole spoken sentences to text, wherever you can type text.

This is much like iOS’s Dictation feature as both iOS and OS X use the same Nuance-powered technology that turns speech to text. iOS devices have limited computing power so the Dictation feature on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad requires network connectivity in iOS 7 (iOS 8 supports streaming voice recognition and 22 new languages).

On the Mac, computing resources like CPU power, battery life and RAM are not of paramount importance as on mobile, Therefore, OS X Mavericks provides a new Enhanced Dictation feature which converts your words to text without utilizing Apple’s servers.

In other words, server-based Dictation lets you dictate without an active Internet connection. Because voice recognition processing runs locally on your Mac, text appears instantly as you speak. That is: continuos, streaming dictation with live feedback is made possible.

In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to turn on Enhanced Dictation in OS X and take advantage of speech-to-text, even when you’re off the grid… Read More

 

Apple Stores shave 10 percent off Beats by Dr. Dre headphones until Saturday

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 17, 2014

Apple’s short-term strategy regarding the $3 billion buy of Beats Electronics and Beats Music is starting to take shape with each passing day.

Not only is it actively advertising and selling Beats products through its brick-and-mortar locations and online retail stores, but now the California firm has shaved a cool 10 percent off all Beats by Dr. Dre headphones and assorted accessories.

This is virtually an unheard-of move — the company rarely discounts its own products by more than a meager few percents.

I’d say that it’s kinda interesting seeing the maker of overpriced gadgets — as haters usually diss Apple — actually bring the overpriced Beats by Dr. Dre headphones to more bearable levels… Read More

 

iPhone 5s holiday ad, ‘Misunderstood,’ wins Emmy Award for 2014′s Outstanding Commercial

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 17, 2014

Apple’s marketing boss Phil Schiller is going to have a field day over this.

After a mishmash of some memorable and mostly forgettable advertisements that ensued following Steve Jobs’s October 2011 passing, Apple – not Samsung – has now won the coveted title of this year’s most Outstanding Commercial for the iPhone 5s ad dubbed ‘Misunderstood’, which was airing on television during the 2013 holiday season.

The award is granted by the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards just a week before the live Primetime Emmys telecast… Read More

 

Wallpapers of the week: stars and moons

By Jim Gresham on Aug 17, 2014

Previous popular wallpapers included galaxy images. Our galaxy variant and starred night sky wallpaper posts were some of the most popular over our first year of Wallpapers of the Week. In the spirit of giving the readers more of what they want, this week we present another set of galaxy inspired wallpapers.

Today, there is a pack of wallpaper posts highlighting a whimsical approach to the starry sky. From creatively placed moons, to clouds and even space ships, if you are into galaxies, possibly far, far away, step inside for your downloads… Read More

 

The best iPhone apps for tracking earthquakes

By Lory Gil on Aug 17, 2014

I live in California. I was born and raised here. I’ve never lived more than three hours from the coast my entire life. Growing up in Southern California, I was raised on earthquake preparedness. Every year we would experience a handful of tremors that would send me scrambling to the nearest doorframe or desk. I’m kind of terrified of earthquakes.

I found that I alleviate my fears, somewhat, if I can keep an eye on the shifting plates below my feet. Knowing what has happened historically helps me plan for the future, or at least makes me think I can. We’ve got a list for you of what we think are the best apps for watching earthquakes for those of you who like to keep an eye on things, too… Read More

 

Size DOES Matter, but only in this game…

By Lory Gil on Aug 17, 2014

O.K., I know what you’re thinking, but it’s not about that. When you find out a little bit more about this game, you’ll see how apropos the name really is. Sometimes, you just have to go with what works.

Size DOES Matter is a rhythm game where… well, size matters. Players control a series of blocks that can shrink and grow in order to fit into different sizes of gates. Don’t crash into them or you’ll lose everything. Read More

 

This week on iDB: iPhone 6, Activation Lock, and best jailbreak tweaks

By Sébastien Page on Aug 17, 2014

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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The best jailbreak tweaks for Control Center on iOS 7

By Alihassan Mahdi on Aug 16, 2014

One of the major features Apple introduced in iOS 7 is Control Center, which provides users quick access to settings toggles, stock apps, media controls and more. However, it is very limited and doesn’t give you complete control to customize it. This is why Control Center has been the subject of focus by many jailbreak tweak developers and ever since the iOS 7 jailbreak was released, there has been no shortage of tweaks for Control Center.

Below, we’ve compiled a list of the best jailbreaks tweaks for Control Center on iOS 7, ranging from customizing the feel and look of Control Center to adding more toggles. Read More

 

How to view the exact timestamp of a photo or video in Instagram

By Alihassan Mahdi on Aug 16, 2014

Instagram is one of the most popular social network and photo/video sharing app available for iOS. If you’ve used Instagram at some point, you’ll know that it doesn’t show you the exact timestamp when an image or a video was posted. You will only get a preview of the less informative timestamp, which only displays the time passed since an image or a video was posted. InstaRealDate is a new jailbreak tweak that gets rid of this issue.

InstaRealDate displays the exact and more informative timestamp of a media including the date (day, month & year) and time that it was posted. To view the more informative timestamp, you have to tap on the time located in the top right corner of every image/video and it displays the exact time and date that it was shared such as “8/16/14, 12:30 PM”… Read More

 

Apps of the week: The Manhattan Project, Hanx Writer, Light Apprentice, and more…

By Lory Gil on Aug 16, 2014

It makes me happy to see a robust App Store brimming with lots of new and interesting titles. This week was another exciting one with great new games and epic updates for some of our fan favorites.

If you are looking for something new to play around with this weekend, we’ve got a list of apps and games we think you will be able to pass the time with… Read More

 

Pokemon Trading Card Game coming to iPad

By Cody Lee on Aug 16, 2014

Good news Pokémon fans, the company is bringing its popular Trading Card Game to the iPad. While we’ve seen several Pokémon and Pokemon-related apps released for Apple devices, this will be the first time that a full game from the franchise has landed on iOS.

That’s the actual title in action shown in the photo above. A beta version of the game is being shown off to some attendees at The Pokémon World Championship, which takes place this weekend at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C… Read More

 

New photos claim to show 5.5-inch iPhone 6 display, logic board and battery

By Cody Lee on Aug 16, 2014

Some new photos popped up online this evening, showing what are said to be components for the 5.5-inch version of the iPhone 6. The claim is significant, as unlike the 4.7-inch model, we’ve seen just a handful of parts belonging to the larger handset.

Among the parts are a display panel, logic board, and perhaps more interesting, a battery. The battery runs at 4.35 volts, and has a capacity of 2,915 mAH. If legit, this would put the 5.5-inch iPhone ahead of the Samsung Galaxy S5 in terms of battery size… Read More

 

How to delete videos from your iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 16, 2014

Keeping all your photos on an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad is one way of filling up your devices and Sebastien has already explained how you can remove unwanted photos in order to conserve storage.

If you’re anything like me, perhaps you keep a few movies stored on your iPhone.

I personally prefer having some entertainment handy in order to make long flights more bearable, or simply to catch up on the latest episode of my favorite television show while commuting, waiting in the bank to have a simple question answered and so forth.

The problem is, nothing eats up on-device storage more quickly than high-resolution movies and it’s all too easy to forget deleting videos right after you’ve watched them. In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to free up significant amounts of storage by removing heavy video files from your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

I know, many of you already know how to do this. Nevertheless, I’d encourage you to take a peek at this how-to because you might learn a few new tricks… Read More

 

AdThief malware found infecting 75,000 jailbroken devices

By Sébastien Page on Aug 15, 2014

Security researcher Axelle Apvrille recently published a paper about AdThief, a malware aimed at hijacking ad revenue from a reportedly 75,000 infected devices. First discovered in March 2014, and also known as “spad,” the malware, which comes disguised as a Cydia Substrate extension, was found to replace the publisher ID of publishers with the one of the malware creator, effectively attributing all ad revenue to him. Read More

 

Apple working with Quanta to correct labor violations found in FLA report

By Cody Lee on Aug 15, 2014

Apple is once again being criticized for the behavior of one of its Asian supply chain partners. The Fair Labor Association (or FLA) has released a new report, auditing two factories operated by the company’s partner Quanta, and it found quite a bit of non-compliance at both facilities.

The issues detailed in the report range from inappropriate recruitment fees, to extended overtime. In fact, the FLA found that 62% of Quanta employees at its Changshu plant failed to receive mandatory rest days at least once over a three-month period during the fourth quarter of 2012… Read More

 

Apple adds Beats Music to ‘Apps Made by Apple’ section in App Store

By Cody Lee on Aug 15, 2014

Following its addition to the ‘new user’ prompt in the App Store earlier this week, Apple has added the Beats Music iOS client to the ‘Apps Made by Apple‘ section of its digital storefront. The move comes just two weeks after the two companies made the acquisition official.

If you’ve never seen the section, you can find it in under the Quick Links portal of the App Store—either on the right-hand side of the desktop version, or the very bottom of the iPhone version. And it houses a number of Apple’s iOS apps including iBooks, Podcasts, and Remote… Read More

 

Poll: is ability to use iPhone 6 with one hand a priority to you?

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 15, 2014

Analysts and bloggers take it for granted that Apple’s 4.7-inch iPhone 6 employs smart desing in order to make it perfectly usable with just one hand.

Whether or not the handset adheres to Apple’s supposedly “unwavering principle of one hand use,” as one analyst put it, is anyone’s guess because no one’s seen the phone yet.

Most people would agree that older 3.5-inch iPhones are perfectly suited for one-handed use.

And by making the 4-inch screen taller but not wider, Apple’s made recent iPhones efficient enough for the vast majority of users for whom one-handed use is a priority.

But 4.7 inches is on a different level than 4 or 3.5 inches. Unless Apple pulled some dark magic tricks, not everyone may be able to hit the top left corner with their thumb.

In today’s poll, we challenge you to focus on the conceivable usability issues with the upcoming iPhones stemming from their much-talked-about bigger screens.

So, is being able to use an iPhone 6 with one hand important to you? Cast your vote below and meet us in comments… Read More

 
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