Learn how to build 14 different apps for Apple Watch with this course

By iDB Deals on May 22, 2015

The Apple Watch’s debut is the perfect opportunity to learn how to create apps for a brand-new product—especially considering that it’s expected to be on the wrists of more than 2.5 million people in the coming months. Check out our deal on an Apple Watch Course. At 87% off, it’s an amazing deal for the amount of hands-on instruction and experience you’ll get.

The course starts with the very basics of Swift and WatchKit and doesn’t require any prior programming experience — but if you’ve got some, it’s easy to skip ahead. You’ll get a whopping 134 lectures and 12.5 hours of content covering actionable notifications, glances, general interface principles, working with APIs, and beyond. Read More

 

Catalyst Waterproof case protects your iPhone 6 up to 16 feet under water

By Lory Gil on May 22, 2015

When I go camping, I tend to leave my iPhone behind. Not because I’m trying to be closer to nature, or unplug from the world, but because I tend to worry about getting dirt, marshmallow goo, ash, or beer on my device. Even if I’m brave enough to bring it to the campsite, I still won’t take it anywhere near a body of water.

The Catalyst Waterproof iPhone case eases my fears by having a waterproof rating up to 16.4 feet deep. Plus the lanyard connector means I can secure my iPhone to my body for even more security and protection. Read More

 

How to choose which notifications are sent to Apple Watch

By Jeff Benjamin on May 22, 2015

Notifications are a big part of the Apple Watch experience, so it’s important for you to configure them to your liking. Notification alerts appear on your Apple Watch when you’re wearing it and it’s unlocked.

If you’re using your iPhone, then notifications on Apple Watch will be suppressed, since you will see them on your iPhone anyway. If your iPhone is locked, then notifications are forwarded to your Apple Watch.

In this post, we’ll show you how to configure both stock apps and third party apps to send notifications to your Apple Watch. Read More

 

How to use glances as app shortcuts

By Jeff Benjamin on May 22, 2015

Glances are the quick information summaries of apps that are accessible by swiping up from the bottom of the watch face on your Apple Watch. In a previous post we told you all about glances, how to use configure them and how to use them.

But there’s an additional thing that you should know about glances that is proving to be extremely useful for Apple Watch users. You see, a glance can be used as a direct shortcut to the app that it represents.

In this post, which is a part of our larger Apple Watch guide, we’ll show you how to use glances as app shortcuts on your Apple Watch. Read More

 

How to enable or disable Handoff on Apple Watch

By Jeff Benjamin on May 22, 2015

Handoff is the feature that lets you use your iPhone to pick up where you left off with apps on the Apple Watch. It’s a feature that first debuted with iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, but has since made its way to the small screen.

If you aren’t a big fan of Handoff, or if you just don’t see yourself ever using it, you can easily disable it by means of the Apple Watch companion app on your paired iPhone.

Or, if you find that Handoff isn’t working, it may be because you have it disabled. In this post, we’ll show you how to enable or disable Handoff in just a few steps.

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How to use Google contacts on iPhone

By Sébastien Page on May 22, 2015

For the longest time, all my contacts and calendars were managed via Gmail and Google Calendars. It was just hard for me to mentally make the jump from everything Google to everything Apple. But with the advent of iCloud, I’ve completely broken up with Google to handle these two features and now entirely rely on Apple to handle both my calendars and contacts.

I realize not everybody can make that decision though, for both personal and professional reasons. Maybe you just don’t trust Apple with your contacts and calendars and want to rely exclusively on Google and Gmail for that. Or maybe your company uses Google Apps and it just makes more sense to make Google a more integrated part of your iPhone experience.

Whatever the reason might be, I’m going to show you how to import your Google contacts to your iPhone. Read More

 

How to use your Apple Watch to locate your iPhone

By Jeff Benjamin on May 21, 2015

The Apple Watch contains an unheralded feature that allows you to ping and locate your paired iPhone—handy for when you’ve misplaced your iPhone nearby while still connected. This can be done via the Settings glance, which happens to be the only mandatory glance on Apple Watch.

If your Apple Watch is nearby when you tap the ping button, your iPhone will emit a high pitched sound. Learn more about pinging your iPhone in this post. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for May 21

By Cody Lee on May 21, 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 selections include several great deals on apps and games, and some new games you have to try! Read More

 

Apple working on glasses-free 2D/3D display with adaptive eye-tracking

By Cody Lee on May 21, 2015

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a new Apple patent application on Thursday entitled “Spatially interactive computing device.” The filing describes an advanced display system that can output both 2D and 3D images at the same time, without the need for specialized glasses.

More specifically, the display uses multiple layers to provide differing output to a viewer’s left and right eyes, as well as adaptive eye-tracking courtesy of a built-in image sensor. These technologies allow the display to produce 3D images to one user, or multiple images to different users, simultaneously. Read More

 

Apple Store app updated with support for Touch ID, two-step verification

By Cody Lee on May 21, 2015

Apple posted an update on Thursday for its Apple Store app, bringing the app to version 3.3. The update brings about at least two significant improvements: support for Touch ID and Apple ID two-step verification.

Folks checking their Apple Watch orders frequently using the app will be happy to hear that you no longer have to input your password. You can now use Touch ID to access orders, Easy Pay receipts and reservations. Read More

 

How to delete several contacts at the same time on iPhone

By Sébastien Page on May 21, 2015

If there is one app that hasn’t changed much since it was released along the first generation iPhone, it is the Contacts app. Besides a fresh coat of iOS 7 paint, it didn’t see any noticeable features added to it, leaving room for third-party apps to come in and offer more functionality.

If you’re wondering how to delete several contacts at the same time on your iPhone for example, then don’t waste your time playing with the Contacts app, because it won’t let you do that. You can painstakingly delete one contact at a time, but you’re not able to delete several of them at once.

That’s where App Store apps come in handy. Read More

 

Maxboost Liquid Skin: an ultrathin case for iPhone 6

By Lory Gil on May 21, 2015

The iPhone 6 may have the largest screen of any past model, but it is also the thinnest so far. If you prefer keeping your device as thin as possible, while still providing scratch resistance on the back, ultrathin cases are just what you need.

The Maxboost Liquid Skin is an ultrathin case for iPhone 6. It is so slim that the company claims it is the “World’s thinnest” iPhone case, but Spigen makes the same claim. What is sure, is that Liquid Skin is practically as thin as paper. Read More

 

Physics-based puzzler ‘Magnetized’ goes free as Apple’s App of the Week

By Cody Lee on May 21, 2015

Apple has just named “Magnetized” its App of the Week for this week. This means that from now through next Thursday, you’ll be able to download the abstract physics puzzler for both iPhone and iPad for free—an awesome savings of $2.99.

In Magnetized, you are tasked with navigating a moving ball through a series of neon mazes using magnetic control points. It sounds simple at first, but the mazes get increasingly difficult, forcing you to try and master momentum and direction. Read More

 

Adobe retires Photoshop touch apps & previews Rigel, its new retouching solution for iPad

By Christian Zibreg on May 21, 2015

Photoshop maker Adobe said today it will be pulling Photoshop Touch apps for the iPhone and iPad from the App Store and other mobile platforms next Thursday, May 28. At the same time the company gave a sneak peek of its forthcoming new retouching solution for mobile, Rigel, which should be available later this year.

Adobe said it will sharpen focus on Creative Cloud mobile apps like Photoshop Mix, Photoshop Sketch, Adobe Comp CC, Adobe Shape CC, Adobe Brush CC and Adobe Color CC. Read More

 

App Store highlights apps for Global Accessibility Awareness Day

By Cody Lee on May 21, 2015

In honor of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Apple has begun highlighting apps with specialized accessibility features. The curated section features apps such as Instapaper, which offers text-to-speech, and Workflow, which can automate complex tasks, and is featured on the front page of the App Store.

Apple has long been praised for the accessibility features in iOS. Grammy Award-winning artist, who has been blind for most of his life, famously took time out of a concert to thank Steve Jobs and company for their work, saying “there’s nothing on the iPhone or the iPad that you can do, that I can’t do.”

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New report details 12″ iPad with dual-app viewing mode and iOS 9 multi-user support

By Christian Zibreg on May 21, 2015

Apple is developing not one, but two new twelve-inch iPad models, codenamed “J98” and “J99”. Also, the firm’s doubled down on advancing productivity aspects of iOS with a much-needed dual-app multitasking mode and support for multiple users in iOS 9, a report Thursday by 9to5Mac alleged.

The same publication originally claimed side-by-side multitasking would debut in iOS 8 with the iPad Air back in 2014 so take today’s story with a grain of salt.

“Sources now say that Apple plans to show off the side-by-side feature for iOS 9 using currently available iPad models,” the article states.

Split-screen multitasking should be formally announced at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference next month, with multi-user support reportedly slated to arrive later this year alongside new iPads. Read More

 

Shazam gains camera support for scanning QR codes and images with Shazam camera logo

By Christian Zibreg on May 21, 2015

Music identification app Shazam now lets you scan QR Codes thanks to the latest update with camera support.

Now any image that contains QR codes or the Shazam camera logo can be scanned within the app to unlock additional content, interactive experiences, special offers and other embedded content. Read More

 

Asphalt 8 picks up new cars, exclusive decals, Tenerife track, widget support and more

By Christian Zibreg on May 21, 2015

Asphalt 8: Airborne, Gameloft’s free-to-play arcade racing title for the iPhone and iPad, today received a major content update in the App Store. The game has gained a number of new cars, tracks and loads of other improvements, amongst them support for the Apple Watch and a widget for the iOS Notification Center.

Asphalt 8 was first to support Metal, Apple’s new graphics framework in iOS 8 that makes graphics intensive games run smoother with more effects. Now Gameloft provides the latest Asphalt update as a 64-bit application that should run even faster on iPhones and iPads powered by Apple’s A7 chip or newer. Read More

 

In time for Memorial Day, Google Maps adds new traffic alerts and alternate routes

By Christian Zibreg on May 21, 2015

Memorial Day is one of the busiest driving days in the U.S. so little wonder that Google is now boosting traffic alerts on Google Maps to warn drivers of congestion on the route ahead, helping them avoid traffic jam.

“Now when you input your destination, you’ll get an explanation of upcoming traffic conditions that helps you identify the quickest route,” according to the Internet giant. Read More

 

Standalone Apple Watch bands begin hitting select Apple retail stores

By Christian Zibreg on May 21, 2015

Standalone bands for the Apple Watch are now available across select brick-and-mortar Apple Stores in the United States, the United Kingdom and possibly elsewhere, according to latest reports.

As reported by Twitter user AppleRadar, an Apple Store in Miami is now carrying the Classic Buckle and the Sport Band in multiple colors, with additional bands likely arriving soon. Read More

 
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