Chick-fil-A to accept Apple Pay starting tomorrow

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 18, 2016

American fast food chain Chick-fil-A said on Twitter it’s upgraded its registers and will start accepting Apple Pay payments tomorrow. Responding to an inquiry about NFC support, a company representative has confirmed that as of tomorrow, August 19, Apple Pay and Android Pay will be available for payment both in-restaurant and in the Drive Thru.

With Apple Pay support, Chick-fil-A customers will simply bring their iPhone or Apple Watch to the card reader to pay for their meal. Read More

 

Snapchat optimized for iPhone’s Low Power Mode

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 18, 2016

Earlier this week, Snapchat issued a small update to its free of charge iPhone application on the App Store. Bumping version number to 9.37, the app is now optimized for iOS’s Low Power Mode which debuted in iOS 9 last year.

“When your device is in Low Power Mode, Snapchat will now automatically reduce its battery usage,” according to release notes accompanying a 96.1-megabyte download. Read More

 

Deus Ex GO for iPhone and iPad now available

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 18, 2016

Thursday, Hitman GO and Lara Croft GO [review] creators Square Enix Montréal released their latest premium game on the App Store, Deus Ex GO. A turn-based puzzle infiltration game set in a stylized interpretation of the Deus Ex Universe, it puts you in the shoes of covert agent Adam Jensen. You’ll use hacking, combat and augmentations to solve “the most intricate puzzles of the entire GO series”, according to developers. Read More

 

Instagram gains Events channel highlighting media posted during specific events

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 18, 2016

Instagram yesterday announced a new Events channel in the Explore section of its free of charge iPhone app. Currently limited to users within the United States and resembling Snapchat’s Discover channel with Live Stories, it brings in one place all of the photos and videos posted on the service during specific events, such as concerts, sports games and more. Like the rest of Explore, the new Events channel is personalized for you and highlights events you might like. Read More

 

How to stop your iPhone from asking to install iOS updates

By Anthony Bouchard on Aug 18, 2016

iOS can download and install updates without the need to connect to iTunes; this is known as Over-the-Air (OTA) updating.

When you have an OTA update waiting for you, your Settings app typically gets a red badge and iOS will constantly nag you about software updates. The thing is, not everyone always wants to install Apple’s updates.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to disable requests for iOS updates on your iPhone or iPad. This trick will also remove the nagging badge on the Settings app. Read More

 

Grovemade’s walnut iPhone dock is built to last and looks stunning

By Anthony Bouchard on Aug 18, 2016

Docks are a great way to store your iPhone on your nightstand overnight or on your office desk while you work on your computer. There are a lot of options to choose from out there with varying degrees of quality, and Grovemade makes a product that you won’t be disappointed in.

In this review, we’ll show you the Grovemade walnut dock for the iPhone 6 Plus/6s Plus, a premium metal and hard wood dock that pays careful attention to detail and looks great anywhere you put it. Read More

 

Grab a 3-pack of official Apple Lightning cables for only $22

By iDB Deals on Aug 17, 2016

Your iPhone charging needs don’t often work in accordance with your daily schedule. Occasionally you’ll need to power up remotely, whether at the office or on the go. Carrying just one charging cable can be tedious, and put your cord through accelerated wear and tear.

That’s what makes this deal such a sweet offer: for a limited time, you can pick up a 3-Pack of official Apple Lightning Cables for just $21.99, a 61% retail discount. Read More

 

Target says Apple product sales are down more than 20% in their stores

By Cody Lee on Aug 17, 2016

Target on Wednesday said that a drop in demand for Apple’s products hurt its electronics sales during the second quarter. Reuters passes along comments made by the company’s CEO Brian Cornell during today’s conference call, who said sales of Apple products in their stores were down more than 20% year-over-year. Read More

 

Daily Deals: $150 off iPhone 6s Plus, 3-pack of Lightning cables $14, and more

By Cody Lee on Aug 17, 2016

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

 

AT&T unveils modest data upgrades at reduced costs ahead of iPhone 7 release

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 17, 2016

Conveniently timed weeks ahead of the expected iPhone 7 launch next month, U.S. carrier AT&T on Wednesday unveiled modest data upgrades at reduced prices while dropping overage charges for exceeding monthly cellular data caps. The new data plans, available beginning August 21, include the 1GB/$30, 3GB/$40, 6GB/$60, 10GB/$80, 16GB/$90, 25GB/$110 and 30GB/$135 tiers.

Overage charges will become a thing of the past as the carrier will no longer slap you with a $15 per 1GB charge after using rollover data. Instead, your data speeds will decrease to the sluggish 2G (128 kbps) after all of the cellular data in your monthly bucket has been used up. Read More

 

Speculation that AMOLED display could be limited to “specialized edition” of iPhone 8 makes no sense

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 17, 2016

As Barron’s reported this morning, Gabelli & Co. analyst Hendi Susanto and Universal Display executive Darice Liu speculated that AMOLED display might be limited to a “specialized edition” of an ‘iPhone 8’ (also referred to as ‘2017 iPhone’ and ‘Tenth Anniversary iPhone’) until suppliers are able to meet Apple’s needs for a full rollout. Read More

 

TSMC to build Apple’s in-house designed AMOLED driver chips for 10th Anniversary iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 17, 2016

TSMC is believed to have secured orders for an Apple-designed ‘A11’ system-on-a-chip expected to power so-called Tenth Anniversary iPhone and new iPads in 2017, trade publication DigiTimes reports. The chip should be fabricated on TSMC’s ten-nanometer process technology and use its backend integrated fan-out (InFO) wafer-level packaging technology. Additionally, TSMC should build Apple-designed circuitry to drive 2017 iPhone’s AMOLED panel. Read More

 

Sources reaffirm new 256GB iPhone 7 storage tier

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 17, 2016

Industry sources told Taiwanese trade publication DigiTimes that the iPhone 7/7 Plus (no, there won’t be a third ‘Pro’ tier) will feature up to 256 gigabytes of storage, effectively doubling the current top-of-the-line 128GB storage tier. The 256GB iPhone 7 tier was previously reported by Chinese-language MyDrivers, research firm TrendForce and PocketNow. Read More

 

iTunes carrier billing expands in Japan, Taiwan and Switzerland

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 17, 2016

Following initial launch of iTunes carrier billing in Russia with Telefonica’s O2 and in Germany with VimpelCom’s Beeline unit nearly a year ago, Apple has now brought this alternative option to customers in Japan, Taiwan and Switzerland, according to reports from CNBC and Mashable.

Carrier billing lets customers without access to credit or gift cards have their app and media purchases charged directly to their monthly mobile phone bill or deducted from their prepaid amount. Read More

 

Chinese supplier commits to 100% wind energy for all Apple operations

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 17, 2016

Apple today issued a press release updating the public on its environmental progress in China while applauding its supplier Lens Technology, which in an unprecedented move has committed to utilize 100 percent renewable energy in all its glass production for the Cupertino firm by 2018.

Lens will use wind energy to power its two facilities in Changsha, Hunan province which are used for Apple manufacturing. The move will avoid nearly 450,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year, equivalent to the energy use in 380,000 Chinese homes. Read More

 

FreedomPop’s new SIM gives you unlimited WhatsApp usage, 200MB data and more

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 17, 2016

FreedomPop today announced a new SIM aimed at fans of the popular messaging app WhatsApp. The new SIM gives you unlimited WhatsApp usage in the United States and more than thirty countries worldwide, plus 200 megabytes of additional cellular data and 100 voice minutes. You can also earn additional free data every month by adding friends and completing partner offers. Read More

 

Report confirms iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus names, no iPhone 7 Pro tier

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 17, 2016

A new report from the fairly reliable Japanese blog Mac Otakara has put an end to persisting iPhone 7 Pro rumors, saying Apple will stick to its regular handset naming convention and market the upcoming phones under the expected iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus monikers. Read More

 

AutoPaste makes using GIF keyboards easier on jailbroken iPhones

By Anthony Bouchard on Aug 17, 2016

There are a lot of people out there who love using GIF images as a way of expressing their feelings, and it would seem that jailbreak developer Ryan Petrich is no different.

With a new beta jailbreak tweak release he’s calling AutoPaste, he aims to make sharing GIF images in your favorite messaging apps with third-party GIF keyboards from the App Store faster and easier than before. Read More

 

Watch Apple’s ‘Behind the Scenes of iOS Security’ Black Hat presentation

By Cody Lee on Aug 16, 2016

You can now watch Apple’s ‘Behind the Scenes of iOS Security’ presentation from this year’s Black Hat Conference in its entirety. A video of the talk, featuring the company’s head of security engineering Ivan Krstic, has been posted to the official Black Hat YouTube page.

Apple’s presence at the conference was a nice change of pace, as the firm typically skips the event. Krstic covered a wide range of topics, including the technologies his team uses in services like HomeKit and iCloud Keychain that handle exceptionally sensitive user data. Read More

 

Daily Deals: Apple Watch $230, Logitech K810 keyboard $56, and more

By Cody Lee on Aug 16, 2016

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

 
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