STM Haven laptop bag review: high functionality packed into a minimal design

By Cody Lee on May 17, 2016

Ever since I was a kid I’ve been a closet edc/bag nerd. The more zippers and pockets, the better. There’s just always been something oh-so-satisfying to me about discovering new ways to pack and travel with things more efficiently. So naturally I jumped at the chance to try out STM’s Haven laptop bag.

The Haven is a backpack-style bag, equipped to fit most 15-inch laptops, that incorporates a minimal design constructed of great materials. It also offers features like pass-through holes for USB cables that help keep your stuff both organized and accessible while on the move. Read on for my full review. Read More

 

Let’s Talk iOS 135: If it flies, it dies

By Sébastien Page on May 17, 2016

The guys talk about the spree of updates Apple just released for iOS, OS X, watchOS, and tvOS, including the release of iTunes 12.4 and the minor design tweaks it brings. Cody and Sebastien also discuss the $1 billion investment Apple recently made in Chinese company Didi, iPhone 7 claims and rumors, and Siri’s many shortcomings.

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‘Hey Siri’ not working? Try these steps

By Anthony Bouchard on May 17, 2016

Hey Siri is an invaluable feature of Apple’s iOS devices that lets you invoke Siri without having to press any buttons.

Using nothing more than the device’s microphone, you can mutter the words “Hey Siri” from a distance, and Siri will instantly launch and wait for your command.

But what should you do if it’s not working as you’d expect it to? In this troubleshooting guide, we’ll go over a few things that could help you figure that out. Read More

 

How to manually check for Flash updates on your Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on May 17, 2016

Flash is among one of the most targeted web platforms for injecting computers with malware, including Macs, and that’s why Adobe is always turning around with updates for Flash all the darned time.

If you’re like me, then your security is important to you, and you may not trust automatic updates to deliver updates to you quickly enough.

This tutorial will show you how you can make sure Flash is up to date on your Mac, the manual way. Read More

 

Apple updates GarageBand with new sounds to celebrate Chinese music

By Cody Lee on May 16, 2016

Apple on Monday issued updates for GarageBand on both iOS and Mac, bringing the apps to version 2.1.1 and 10.1.2 respectively. The release notes for the updates mention various bug fixes and other improvements, but Apple points to some bigger changes in a press release.

Many new Chinese sounds were also added in today’s GarageBand updates, to “celebrate the rich history of Chinese music.” This includes traditional Chinese instruments like the pipa and erhu, percussion instruments like wood blocks and cymbals, and 300 Live Loops. Read More

 

Installing themes on your iPhone without a jailbreak

By Anthony Bouchard on May 16, 2016

Theming your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad has been a long time primary reason of jailbreaking. Unfortunately, as the wait for a new jailbreak becomes ever so longer in between iOS releases, the jailbreak scene is becoming less reliable for getting the features you want on the latest version of iOS.

For those who are tired of waiting, iSkin is a new platform that can be used directly from your Safari web browser to install themes on your iOS device without a jailbreak, and we’ll show you how it’s used in this tutorial. Read More

 

Apple working to launch first three Apple Stores in India by 2017

By Cody Lee on May 16, 2016

Apple hopes to open its first three retail stores in India by the end of 2017, reports FactorDaily. Citing sources familiar with the company’s plans, the outlet says the iPhone maker is currently eying “high street” locations in Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai for massive 10,000+ square foot stores. Read More

 

iOS 9.3.2 reportedly bricking some 9.7-inch iPad Pro models with ‘Error 56’

By Cody Lee on May 16, 2016

It appears that today’s iOS 9.3.2 update is causing problems for some 9.7-inch iPad Pro owners. As noted by MacRumors, a number of users have taken to Twitter and other forums to complain that the firmware bricked their tablets shortly after installing the over-the-air update.

More specifically, users are seeing an “Error 56” message, which instructs you to plug your device into iTunes. According to some of those who have received the error, however, plugging the tablet into your computer and trying to restore through iTunes doesn’t resolve the issue. Read More

 

Daily Deals: 9.7-inch iPad Pro $550, refurbished ARRIS cable modem $40, and more

By Cody Lee on May 16, 2016

Hello! Welcome to iDB’s new exploratory ‘Daily Deals’ post. Here you will find a roundup of some of our favorite deals of the day on tech and tech-related products such as smartphones, tablets, accessories, connected devices, and even video games and consoles.

This is an experiment of sorts, born out of our love for tech and discounts. So we’re going to do a little trial run, and see how it goes. If it turns out to be something readers are interested in, we’ll add more products from more websites, and make this a daily thing. Read More

 

Bloomberg: Twitter plans to stop counting photos and links within the 140-character limit

By Christian Zibreg on May 16, 2016

Twitter’s legendary 140-character limit per tweet (which mirrors limits on SMS messages) may not be going away anytime soon even though it was recently lifted from Direct Messages, but that doesn’t mean the company isn’t plotting new ways to help users squeeze more words into tweets.

As reported by Bloomberg, citing a person familiar with the matter, by not counting photos and links in tweets Twitter aims to make it easier to compose posts without losing 23 characters, or more, to these links—even after Twitter automatically shortens them. Read More

 

Apple releases iTunes 12.4 with minor design changes

By Cody Lee on May 16, 2016

Continuing with its string of update releases today, Apple has pushed out a new version of iTunes. Labeled as iTunes 12.4, the update confirms screenshot leaks we saw earlier this month depicting minor design and interface changes that make for a more streamlined experience in the desktop app.

Apple says 12.4 allows you to enjoy your media in a new, “simpler” design that features revamped navigation, better use of back and forward buttons, and a new media picker. Sidebar has also been refreshed, with new Library views and the ability to easily drag and drop songs into custom Playlists. Read More

 

Apple releases OS X 10.11.5, watchOS 2.2.1 and tvOS 9.2.1

By Cody Lee on May 16, 2016

In addition to iOS 9.3.2, Apple on Monday released OS X 10.11.5, watchOS 2.2.1 and tvOS 9.2.1 to the public. You can find the updates in the Mac App Store, in the iOS Watch app, and by navigating to Settings > System > Software Updates > Update Software on your fourth generation Apple TV.

From what we saw in the various developer and public betas for the above updates, none of them are going to include any significant user-facing changes. They’re mostly maintenance releases, featuring bug fixes and other improvements aimed at ironing issues noticed in previous software versions.

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Apple releases iOS 9.3.2 with bug fixes and other improvements

By Cody Lee on May 16, 2016

Apple on Monday seeded iOS 9.3.2 to the public. The official release follows 4 developer and public betas, and comes about a month and a half after iOS 9.3.1. Those looking to update can do so by navigating to the Settings app > General > Software Update > Install Now, or you can find the full version on our Downloads page.

As we saw in the betas, iOS 9.3.2 doesn’t contain a lot of new features. It’s mostly bug fixes—iPhone SE owners will be glad to hear that this update fixes the Bluetooth accessory issue—and other improvements. One thing users may notice is the ability to use Low Power Mode and Night Shift at the same time. Full change log below.

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How to disable Safari Suggestions

By Christian Zibreg on May 16, 2016

Apple’s browser on iOS and OS X includes a nifty content recommendation capability, called Safari Suggestions (not to be confused with suggested search words and phrases).

The feature activates when you start typing into Safari’s Smart Search field, popping up nicely designed interactive content previews for iTunes media, news, Wikipedia articles, weather forecasts, apps from the App Store, film showtimes, locations nearby and more.

Sometimes these suggestions are not related to your searches at all, sometimes they slow you down due to background activity and other times you simply might not care about them. You can, thankfully, turn Safari Suggestions off on your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or Mac with just a few taps/clicks, here’s how. Read More

 

Be a virtual tourist: take scripted 3D tours of world’s major metropolises on Apple Maps

By Christian Zibreg on May 16, 2016

You knew about three-dimensional buildings and landmarks on Apple Maps—a feature they’re calling Flyover mode. But did you know that Apple’s mapping service includes virtual tours of more than a hundred major metropolises worldwide? If not, that’s because Apple hasn’t exactly gone to great lengths to advertise it front and center in the Maps interface.

These virtual tours are basically auto-playing animations in Flyover mode, complete with three-dimensional buildings, terrain and landmarks. They’re quite useful if you’re visiting a city for the first time, though virtual tourists who want a quick overview of a major city will also find them fun and entertaining.

Here’s how you can explore and enjoy 3D Flyover Tours on Apple Maps for the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac. Read More

 

Google I/O 2016 is kicking off on Wednesday: keep tabs on it with official iPhone app

By Christian Zibreg on May 16, 2016

Google I/O, the search giant’s version of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, is kicking off this year on Wednesday, May 18, at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California and what better way to keep up with the conference than an iPhone app from Google.

The official Google I/O 2016 app, like Apple’s own WWDC for iPhone app, lets you follow conference news, explore tracks and speakers, watch session videos, enjoy a live stream of the keynote and more, right on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. Read More

 

App Store not loading? Try this

By Anthony Bouchard on May 16, 2016

I get those moments every so often where my iPhone or iPad likes to drag its feet when I launch the App Store app. When this happens, the screen just stays completely blank, and nothing seems to load despite being connected to a high-speed internet connection.

If you’ve ever been in a similar scenario where the App Store won’t load for you, or individual items in the App Store aren’t loading for you, there are a myriad of things that could be wrong.

In this piece, we’ll discuss what could be wrong and possible troubleshooting solutions you can take to get your App Store to load properly. Read More

 

Google to ditch Flash for HTML5 by default in Chrome come this fall

By Christian Zibreg on May 16, 2016

The slow death of Adobe Flash continues as Google preps to put another nail into the beleaguered technology’s coffin come this fall. According to a draft proposal from the search giant, a copy of which was obtained by Venture Beat, Google’s desktop browser will default to showing HTML5 content and video, falling back to Flash as a last resort.

Chrome ships with a built-in Flash Player which automatically kicks into action whenever a piece of Flash content is detected on a webpage. Read More

 

Apple just shot down an app that could detect iPhone malware

By Christian Zibreg on May 16, 2016

Stefan Esser’s iPhone app, called System and Security Info, can no longer be downloaded from the App Store, as first noted by The Next Web. Esser’s software let iPhone users know if their device had malware that could be used to spy on them, and could detect a jailbreak, too.

The app was removed from the App Store earlier this morning. Esser was basically told that detecting weaknesses in a user’s device could lead to “potentially inaccurate and misleading diagnostic functionality for iOS devices.” Read More

 
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