Supercar wallpapers for iPhone

By Jim Gresham on Mar 22, 2015

Each week we throw out a set of images in the Wallpapers of the Week section. With a long weekly run of more than 18 months, it continues to be a popular post. However, despite the running record, a single yet popular genre continues to be ignored.

This week, we right our wrong as we feature hand-selected Supercar wallpapers for iPhone. If this proves to be another top performer, along with galaxy images and geometric shapes, expect to see more in the future. Show your approval by sharing via Twitter or Facebook with the buttons at the top or bottom of the post. Read More

 

Time to catch up on what you might have missed this week

By Sébastien Page on Mar 22, 2015

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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Review: Das Keyboard 4 Professional for Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 21, 2015

I’ve been using the Das Keyboard Professional Model S for the last two years, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed typing on this mechanical keyboard. If you do any sort of long form typing on a regular basis, then having a mechanical keyboard can make a huge difference in your life.

After typing on my MacBook’s chiclet keyboard for years, I began to develop problems with severe wrist pain. Although it was never officially diagnosed, I’m pretty sure that I suffered from some sort of repetitive stress injury, which made it excruciatingly painful to type for extended periods of time. Needless to say, having a mechanical keyboard has alleviated 99% of these issues, and I can never see myself going back to using the MacBook’s chiclet keyboard full time.

Earlier this month, Das Keyboard released an updated keyboard for Mac with new features and functionality. The Das Keyboard 4 Professional for Mac, as it is called, brings a similar typing experience to the table. Is it something you should consider if you’re in the market for a new keyboard? Should previous Das Keyboard owners upgrade? Have a look at our video review and walkthrough for the answer. Read More

 

How to unlock the Apple Watch Activity app on iOS 8.2, no jailbreak required

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 21, 2015

A few days ago, we showed you a detailed walkthrough video of iOS 8.2’s Activity App. Today, we’ll show you how you can go hands-on with this brand new app.

In the tutorial that follows, we’ll walk you through each step needed to get the iOS 8.2 Apple Watch Activity app running on your iPhone today, even though the Apple Watch is still weeks from releasing. No jailbreak required. Read More

 

A day in the life of an Apple Watch user

By Sébastien Page on Mar 21, 2015

5.15am: The alarm goes off on my iPhone. I make sure to turn it off quickly so I don’t wake up my wife. After a night of charging, I put my Apple Watch on. I wish I could just use it to wake me up, but it needs to be plugged in at night, at least for a couple hours. I’m hoping next year’s model will have better battery life. Read More

 

Good deal: 30% off Quirky Space Bar monitor stand

By iDB Deals on Mar 21, 2015

With the Quirky ‘Space Bar’ monitor stand, you can de-clutter your workspace and add simplicity and convenience to streamline your daily life. Get it with an exclusive discount at iDownloadBlog Deals now. Read More

 

Schools of Magic, SwapQuest, Pool Pal, and more apps to check out this weekend

By Lory Gil on Mar 21, 2015

Some weekends are for stepping out and having fun. Some are for sitting around like a couch potato, hoping no one notices the food you’ve spilled on the shirt you’ve been wearing since yesterday.

If this weekend you are in the latter camp, you may need some content to help you pass the time. Check out our list of apps and games for your weekend enjoyment. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for March 20

By Cody Lee on Mar 20, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the wonderful world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today’s picks include a ton of free games to help you get through the weekend. Read More

 

Spigen’s Air Skin Soft is an ultrathin case for iPhone 6

By Lory Gil on Mar 20, 2015

Now that the iPhone screen size is so much larger, a thick case is out of the question for most people. Protecting your iPhone 6 while maintaining the slim feel is not that easy, considering even a quarter of an inch makes a huge difference.

Spigen’s Air Skin Soft Clear case is thin enough to cover your case with the thickness of a piece of cloth, so the added coat is practically unnoticeable. Read More

 

Cool deal: Skeye Nano Drone for $35

By iDB Deals on Mar 20, 2015

Drones are taking over: they’re crashing on the White House lawn, shooting epic aerial videos, and soon, they’ll be delivering your Amazon packages. But you don’t need a huge expensive machine to join in on the action: you can have a really fun time indoors and out with the SKEYE Nano Drone – the world’s smallest precision-controlled quadcopter. Now you can get one from iDB Deals for just $35 with free US & international shipping. Read More

 

How to access the Couria beta for jailbroken iPhones

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 20, 2015

Yesterday, we brought you a preview of the upcoming quick reply and quick compose tweak, Couria. Today, we’re showing you how you can go hands on with the tweak.

Couria is now available on a special beta repo by its developer, QusicS. If you’ve been desperate for a good quick compose solution and an enhanced quick reply interface, then you may want to take it for a test drive. Read More

 

Here’s how Apple will let customers try on in-ear headphones

By Jake Smith on Mar 20, 2015

Following a report last month, Japan-based blog Macotakara was able to snag a look at the kit Apple Store employees will use to allow customers to try-on in-ear headphones before making a purchase.

The urBeats, Beats Tour, and PowerBeats 2 Wireless, all made by the Apple-owned Beats Electronics, and the RHA MA450i, JayBird BlueBuds X, and the Bose QC20, are seen in the kit that Apple Store employees will use to help present to customers. Read More

 

Firewatch preview: stunning mystery adventure for Mac set in Wyoming wilderness

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 20, 2015

If you own a Mac, the name of developer Panic may ring a bell. What do you mean ‘no’? This Portland, Oregon based studio is responsible for some well-known Mac utilities, such as the FTP app called Transmit (now available on iOS as well) and the brilliant web editor Coda, to name but a few.

Anyways, Panic has provided the funds to launch a small but scrappy new game studio, Campo Santo. And Panic and Campo’s inaugural Mac game called Firewatch will be a sight to behold, that’s for sure.

A mere glance at this eye-candy of a game tells you that Firewatch is going to be something special, an atmospheric adventure bound to push the envelope in terms of both graphics and storytelling. Read More

 

Poll: which Apple Watch Sport band color are you?

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 20, 2015

We recently asked you about your preferred Apple Watch case and now we want to learn which Apple-provided band Apple Watch Sport buyers will be picking up for their device.

We’re asking you to restrict your votes to the preferred band color for your Apple Watch Sport because that device has emerged as the de facto top choice for the vast majority of consumers.

The Apple Watch Sport has an entry-level asking price of $349 for the smaller 38mm edition, or an extra $50 for its 42mm counterpart. Read More

 

How Apple’s Force Touch trackpad with Haptic Engine elevates video editing experience in iMovie

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 20, 2015

The iMovie 10.0.7 update, released earlier in March, contains some nifty features for owners of Apple’s new 12-inch MacBook with Force Touch trackpad.

As first noticed by Final Cut blogger Alex Gollner, Apple’s Taptic Engine inside the notebook’s new trackpad (advertised as Force Touch) provides a nuanced video editing experience in iMovie.

The Taptic Engine can provide physical feedback in iMovie based on context. For example, when dragging a video clip to its maximum length, you’ll get feedback letting you know you’ve hit the end of the clip. Read More

 

Take a peak inside Apple’s top secret health and fitness testing lab for Apple Watch

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 20, 2015

ABC News has been given an unprecedented, exclusive look at Apple’s top-secret lab inside its Cupertino headquarters which the company has been using for testing health, fitness and movement tracking features of the Apple Watch.

The broadcaster has now released a short video which offers a rare glimpse into the facility. Jay Blahnik, the key Nike FuleBand developer whom the iPhone maker hired more than two years ago to help develop the Apple Watch’s fitness features, can be seen in the video discussing the purpose of the lab with ABC’s Rebecca Jarvis. Read More

 

Apple rumored to unveil slimmer Apple TV with App Store and Siri in June

By Jake Smith on Mar 20, 2015

John Paczowski of BuzzFeed reports Apple plans to show the rumored, redesigned, Apple TV this June at the World Wide Developers Conference, notably featuring an App Store and Siri. Read More

 

Inexpensive Apple Watch band adapter Adappt launches on Indiegogo

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 20, 2015

With April’s launch of the Apple Watch on the horizon, we’re starting to see first adapters designed to let Watch wearers use their device with third-party watch bands, not just Apple’s.

Advertised as the first and patent pending adapter for standard straps for the Apple Watch, the Adappt by four Italian students, two of which are behind the inCharge, a tiny keyring USB charging cable, has now launched on the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo.

The Adappt lets you wear your Apple Watch with any band. But don’t let this quite simple idea fool you, the Adappt is quite ingenious. Read More

 

How to use window snapping with HyperDock on Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 20, 2015

As many of you guys know, I’m a huge HyperDock ($9.99 on the Mac App Store) proponent. I use it primarily to have access to window previews of running apps in the OS X dock, but the tweak has additional features as well.

The biggest side benefit to using HyperDock is its window snapping capabilities. It’s not the deepest window snapping feature-set out there, but if you need basic Windows-like functionality, it’s should have more than enough to win you over. Read More

 

Blokshot Revolution review: swing and smash your way to a high score

By Josh Gallagher on Mar 20, 2015

Foxhole Games’ debut title is a highly stylized round of target practice with a heavy focus on combos and high scores. At its core, Blokshot Revolution depends on its interesting control scheme and creative shooting mechanic to differentiate itself from the pack of score attack games populating the App Store. Learning the basics takes only a moment, but this game is certainly worth a second glance. Read More

 
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