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

 

Deal with ARM would theoretically let Intel build 10nm iPhone and iPad chips

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 16, 2016

Chip giant Intel announced today at its Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco an important deal with UK-based fabless semiconductor maker ARM Holdings that will permit other foundries to build chips based on ARM’s most advanced Cortex-series CPU cores using Intel’s sophisticated ten-nanometer process technology.

Given that Apple’s in-house designed A-series chips include fully customized 64-bit CPU cores based on ARM technology, the announcement expands Apple’s options by letting its contract silicon manufacturers such as Samsung and TSMC fabricate iPhone and iPad chips using Intel’s foundry services. Read More

 

Intel unveils new Kaby Lake chips, VR headset for merged reality, drone platform & more

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 16, 2016

At Intel Developer Forum today, chip giant Intel announced a seventh-generation Core processors, code-named Kaby Lake, along with a new drone platform, an exciting open-source virtual reality project and a bunch of other goodies.

During an opening keynote presentation, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said the new Kaby Lake chips, due later this year, will let users stream movies in 4K resolution with smooth playback and long battery life.

The company did not say when a low-power edition of the latest Kaby Lake chips suitable for use in Mac notebooks and iMacs might become available to vendors. Read More

 

Apple recruiting lyric curators for Apple Music

By Cody Lee on Aug 16, 2016

Apple is hiring a Lyrics Curation Manager to lead a team of ‘Lyrics Curators,’ likely to work on the new song lyrics feature in iOS 10’s Music app. The job listing, first spotted by MusicBusinessWorldwide, was posted to Apple’s website within the last week.

The position calls for someone with excellent writing skills, music knowledge, and attention to detail, as well as a passion for technology and experience writing lyrics. They must also have experience with managing complex teams and using complicated tools. Read More

 

Video walkthrough: changes in beta 6 for iOS 10, macOS Sierra & watchOS 3

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 16, 2016

As you know, Apple yesterday seeded a sixth beta of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra to its registered developers and public beta testers along with developer-only builds of watchOS 3 and tvOS 10.

As we’re now weeks away from their tentative fall release, small wonder the latest betas lack new outward-facing features. Here’s Andrew’s hands-on video detailing changes in the latest betas of iOS 10, macOS Sierra and watchOS 3. Read More

 

Leaked AT&T memo suggests September 23 iPhone 7 retail availability

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 16, 2016

Credible sources have said that Apple is planning to unveil the next iPhone at a media event scheduled for Wednesday, September 7, with pre-orders beginning on Friday, September 9 ahead of retail availability on the following Friday, September 16. An internal document from AT&T leaked by 9to5Mac, however, now suggests that the handset may actually land on store shelves on Friday, September 23. Read More

 

Instagram update brings camera improvements to Stories feature

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 16, 2016

Instagram’s new Stories feature caused quite a stir as some users took issue with the fact that the Facebook-owned photo sharing service basically ripped off Snapchat Stories. Be that as it may, Instagram’s iPhone application, which is available at no charge on the App Store, has just received a nice update which packs in a few useful camera-related improvements to the Stories feature. Read More

 

What’s a computer? Just ask Cortana.

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 16, 2016

Apple’s most recent iPad Pro commercial attempts to position the powerful tablet as the ultimate computer, but Microsoft begs to differ.

But in its latest commercial for the Surface Pro 4 laptop/notebook hybrid, the Windows maker challenges Apple by basically saying that just because you call something a computer doesn’t mean it fits the description.

“Cortana knows that the Surface Pro 4, with its powerful Intel Core processor, detachable keyboard with real keys and a trackpad, pen, touchscreen, full Office and external ports fits the description. Everything else is just late to the party,” says Microsoft. Read More

 

Feast your eyes on crips shots of iPhone 7 Pro in Space Black and Deep Blue

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 16, 2016

If you can’t get enough of Space Black/Deep Blue iPhone colorways, we’ve got you covered with some nice looking photos of alleged iPhone 7 Pro units in Apple Watch-style Space Black finish that’s supposed to replace the current Space Gray option. Plus, we have a bunch of crisp shots of a working iPhone 7 Pro prototype in Deep Blue.

Feast your eyes on the photos and let us know your thoughts in the comments. Read More

 

iPhone 7 may implement fast-charge technology

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 16, 2016

Many Android devices, like Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, can go from zero to fifty percent charge in about thirty minutes, and Apple’s next iPhone could be able to offer a similar fast-charge technology of its own, according to a sketchy post attributed to an unverified Chinese source.

Smartphone leakster The Malignant tweeted out an image of a supposed circuitry which the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus should utilize to support at least 5-volt, 2-amp fast-charging, a major improvement over current iPhone chargers rated at one amp. Read More

 

Tim Cook resumes charm offensive in China, confirms Asia-Pacific R&D center

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 16, 2016

Tim Cook is on the road again, visiting China, where he’s promised to increase investment by opening up a research and development center in the increasingly tough 1.33 billion people market by the end of 2016. Cook has confirmed the move to Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli, one of China’s most senior officials, Reuters reports this morning. Read More

 

Google’s new video calling app Duo hits App Store

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 16, 2016

Duo, a video calling app announced at Google I/O 2016, released today in the App Store as a free download. A one-to-one video calling app “for everyone,” Duo allows iPhone users to call their Android-toting friends, and vice versa. After signing up with your mobile phone number, you can place video calls to contacts who also have Duo installed on their device. According to Google, Duo for Android and iOS began rolling out today and will be live worldwide in the next few days. Read More

 

Let’s Talk iOS 148: Size matters

By Sébastien Page on Aug 16, 2016

Now at the peak of rumors season, Cody and Sebastien go back and discuss what we might very well see in the new MacBook Pro, the new iPhone, as well as the new Apple Watch. This is not your typical round up of rumors, but rather a chat about some features that are very likely to make the cut in these new devices.

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How to let calls from certain people through Do Not Disturb

By Anthony Bouchard on Aug 16, 2016

Do Not Disturb is a very useful feature that lets you keep yourself from being notified when you want some time of peace and quiet.

Of course, there other times when you want peace and quiet from all apps and notifications, but don’t mind getting notifications about calls from a select few people.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to exclude contacts from the Do Not Disturb feature in iOS. Read More

 

Envoy lets you remove the unwanted sections from Facebook Messenger

By Anthony Bouchard on Aug 16, 2016

It seems to be a mutual interest of a great number of Facebook Messenger users to remove those unwanted “Favorites” and “Active Now” sections from the Facebook Messenger app.

Although we covered a tutorial in the past on how to remove these features manually for a temporary period of time, they would always come back after a few days or weeks. A new free jailbreak tweak dubbed Envoy aims to change that. Read More

 

Power your iPhone for a week with the Mophie Powerstation XL External Battery (69% off)

By iDB Deals on Aug 16, 2016

Our devices are constantly hungry for power. It’s the Achilles’ heel of the information age, where our most advanced gadgets need to be juiced up after just a few hours.

We need a reliable, fast charging solution to meet the power needs of our devices, and Mophie’s Powerstation XL is primed to deliver thanks to its 12,000mAh capacity. You can easily charge two tablets at the same time with the fastest output possible, all for a discounted price of just $39.95 (manufacturer refurbished).

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Former Apple Watch engineer talks working with Jony Ive’s design team, secrecy, and more

By Cody Lee on Aug 15, 2016

Former Apple engineer Bob Messerschmidt recently sat down with Fast Company for a wide-ranging interview. Messerschmidt joined the iPhone maker in 2010, when it purchased his startup, and led the team that designed the Apple Watch’s heart rate sensor.

As you can imagine, the interview is pretty interesting. Messerschmidt talks about everything from working with Jony Ive’s vaunted design team, to how secrecy is embedded in Apple’s culture. We’ve highlighted some of our favorite excerpts from the article below. Read More

 

Daily Deals: $100 iTunes gift card for $85, $400 off MacBook Pro, and more

By Cody Lee on Aug 15, 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

 

Apple seeds sixth beta of iOS 10, watchOS 3, macOS Sierra and tvOS 10

By Sébastien Page on Aug 15, 2016

Apple has seeded the sixth beta of iOS 10, watchOS 3, macOS Sierra, and tvOS 10 to developers today. These new beta software versions come a week after the previous versions. Touting the usual bug fixes and improvements, these betas aren’t likely coming with new features, but rather with small adjustments to both the UI and existing features. Read More

 

Microsoft’s mobile Office apps pick up support for drawing with a finger/stylus on iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 15, 2016

Microsoft today issued updates to its mobile Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps on the App Store, adding support for drawing with your finger on the iPhone. Back in January 2016, the Windows maker brought its inking tools to the iPad Pro with Apple Pencil support. With the latest update, iPhone owners can take advantage of the Draw tab to draw, highlight and annotate documents with their finger or a stylus. Read More

 
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