Zagg acquires battery case maker Mophie for $100 million

By Cody Lee on Feb 2, 2016

Zagg has acquired popular battery case maker Mophie, the two companies announced on Tuesday. The Utah-based accessory giant has agreed to pay $100 million for Mophie, plus any EBITDA adjustments over that amount for the next year, in cash and debt.

In a press release sent out this afternoon, Zagg said that the transaction will leverage the unique strength of two “industry leaders” in the mobile accessories sector to create a business with greater product diversification and improved operational capabilities. Read More

 

Daily Deals: Logitech Bluetooth keyboard, Anker battery pack and more

By Cody Lee on Feb 2, 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

 

Analyst Gene “iTV” Munster calls for S-upgrade to Apple Watch this Spring

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 2, 2016

Apple analyst Gene Munster—the guy who has been predicting a full-on television set with a shiny Apple logo on it for well over five years before admitting he was terribly wrong—is back!

In a note to clients, a copy of which was obtained by Business Insider, the Piper Jaffray analyst is calling for an ‘S-upgrade’ to the Apple Watch this Spring.

In sticking to its annual upgrade cycle Apple will now make an S-version of the wrist-worn device, reasons Munster. If he’s right, that would constitute borrowing a page from the iPhone’s book.

As you know, iPhones recycle same design with so-called S-upgrades that focus on hardware advanced every other year. This Spring, Munster posits, the Apple Watch will receive refreshed internals like faster chips, packed inside enclosures unchanged from existing watches. Read More

 

iPhone 7 to lose camera bump and rear antenna lines, report says

By Cody Lee on Feb 2, 2016

The iPhone 7 won’t feature a camera bump or antenna lines on its rear casing, reports MacRumors. Citing a source who has “provided reliable information in the past,” the outlet says the smartphone is going to appear similar in design to the iPhone 6s, except for these changes.

For the camera bump, it appears Apple will use a thinner camera module for the iPhone 7’s iSight camera that will allow the lens to sit flush with the back-casing. The iPhone 7 Plus is rumored to feature a dual-lens camera, so it’s unknown if it will retain the rear bump or not. Read More

 

Review: this exquisitely done astronomical clock for iPhone might cure your Apple Watch envy

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 2, 2016

It’s funny how the Apple Watch’s debut prompted Apple bloggers to become self-proclaimed horology experts. I never pretended to be one, but as an amateur astronomer think Apple should be credited for going to great lengths in paying homage to the traditional environment in which horology was developed by putting strong emphasis on the device’s advanced timekeeping features and features like the cool Astronomy and Solar watch faces.

You don’t need to own an Apple Watch if you’re eager to discover the fascinating relation between time and the cosmos, all you need is a superb iPhone app by Swiss developer (how appropriate!) Celestial Dynamics, called Cosmic Watch. Read More

 

Nintendo: company’s second mobile game will focus on a “familiar” character

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 2, 2016

Following the continued decline in popularity of Nintendo’s game consoles and portable gaming systems, the Japan-based game maker has been forced to make the tough financial decision of developing for smartphones and tablets despite never wanting to in the first place.

Nintendo plans to have at least five mobile games available for such devices by March of 2017 as a part of its collaboration with DeNA, and now details regarding Nintendo’s intentions for a second mobile game have surfaced. Read More

 

Twelve South updates BookBooks for iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4, previews BookBook for iPad Pro

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 2, 2016

Premium, Apple-exclusive accessory maker Twelve South has refreshed its lineup of vintage leather cases that offer both protection and nice disguise with two new versions, one for the iPad Air 2 and the other for the iPad mini 4. In addition, the company has previewed a BookBook case for the iPad Pro, which will be shipping this Spring.

BookBook for iPad Pro will have “features that complete your iPad Pro,” including a display stand, a built-in sketching angle and an integrated pocket to protect and store your Apple Pencil. Read More

 

How to choose which contacts appear in Phone app’s 3D Touch shortcut menu

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 2, 2016

Are the contacts in the 3D Touch shortcut menu of the Phone app confusing you? Upon pressing Phone’s icon lightly, a menu pops up with three seemingly random contacts, making it easy to call them quickly from the Home screen. Believe it or not, there’s actually some logic behind listing these quick contacts. Even better, you can change their order as well as set other people to be listed in Phone’s shortcut menu. Read More

 

Hacker shows off untethered jailbreak for iOS 9.2, 9.2.1, & 9.3 beta

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 2, 2016

We haven’t seen a public jailbreak release for iOS since the Pangu 9 jailbreak for iOS 9.0-9.0.2, and as a result of the slowness in the jailbreak scene, many are either stuck without a jailbreak or are living without the latest features and performance/security improvements Apple brings to the table in current iOS releases.

But for those that are still hoping for another jailbreak to appear soon, iOS hacker qwertyoruiop has demonstrated that it is possible to jailbreak untethered iOS 9.2, 9.2.1, and 9.3 beta. Read More

 

DigiTimes: Apple testing dual-lens cameras for iPhone 7 Plus from three different suppliers

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 2, 2016

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is adamant that Apple is working on a premium edition of an ‘iPhone 7 Plus’ that will come outfitted with dual-lens cameras for telephoto functions and today DigiTimes is reporting that Apple is already testing dual lenses for the handset sourced from three different suppliers.

The hit-and-miss Taiwanese trade publication has it on good authority, citing sources from the upstream supply chain, that Apple supplier Largan Technology and two unnamed Japan and China-based vendors have shipped dual-lens camera samples to 1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, California, for testing. Read More

 

Ubisoft confirms action RPG Assassin’s Creed — Identity is launching on February 25

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 2, 2016

Following its soft-launch on the App Store in Australia and New Zealand in September 2014, action RPG Assassin’s Creed — Identity will be finally launching worldwide on February 25, French games maker Ubisoft confirmed yesterday on Twitter.

Filed as the first Assassin’s Creed action RPG game for mobile devices, Identity features open sandbox levels and lets you create, evolve and customize your own assassins and play them in the iconic Renaissance Italy setting. Read More

 

Apple said to unveil new 4-inch iPhone 5se, iPad Air 3 and new Apple Watch bands on March 15

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 2, 2016

Apple is currently planning to hold a media event on Tuesday, March 15, to formally unveil a rumored new four-inch iPhone 5se, a third-generation iPad Air and new Apple Watch band options, according to a report this morning by 9to5Mac’s reliable Mark Gurman.

“As the scheduled event is still a month-and-a-half away, the date could conceivably still shift or turn into an online announcement,” cautioned Gurman. Read More

 

Let’s Talk iOS 120: cord cutting, iPad Air 3 rumors, VR, and more

By Sébastien Page on Feb 2, 2016

Episode 120: After resisting the temptation, Sebastien finally cuts the cord (the cable one anyway). The three hosts then talk about the rumored iPad Air 3, which seems to sound more and more like a smaller iPad Pro. The discussion drifts towards Apple’s recent financial reports, and the timely facts and rumors about the company’s interest in Virtual Reality. A great show that fits in just about an hour. Enjoy!

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How to view time stamps in the Messages app on your Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 2, 2016

An important part of the OS X experience is the Messages app, which allows you to iMessage your friends, family, and co-workers, and even use SMS if you have configured an iPhone to forward SMS messages over to your Mac.

Sometimes, you may have a reason to look into when you received or sent a certain message, and fortunately for you, OS X comes with a way to view a time stamp of when the message was sent, whether it’s an iMessage or SMS.

In this tutorial, we’ll guide you through how to view time stamps in the Messages app in OS X. Read More

 

Joli Originals offers a premium leather sleeve for iPad Pro

By Jim Gresham on Feb 2, 2016

Recently, finding time in my schedule to offer a review has been very difficult. However, some products just beg to have a closer look and Joli Original’s iPad sleeve for iPad Pro is one of those accessories. After receiving my iPad Pro, I began the quest to find a protective covering, but was not interested in Apple’s expensive cases or the Smart Keyboard. As a fan of using naked devices, I was only looking for a simple, protective case when I found Joli Originals.

After browsing the product site, I felt like a sleeve was the best way of protecting my iPad Pro, but still giving me quick access to the device in its truest form. Based on the product images, I was convinced the Smooth Collection was a high quality sleeve, that would very well match the premium experience of the iPad Pro. Like they say, a picture is worth a thousand words and this case certainly fits the bill. Read More

 

How to annotate email attachments in iOS with Markup

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 2, 2016

One of the major features that shipped with iOS 9 was Markup, better known for the ability to draw on and annotate attachments of various file types that you receive in the Mail app and then send them back to the original sender, or someone else for that matter.

Despite how useful this feature is, few people actually use it, either because they don’t know it exists or they don’t know how to access it. In this tutorial, we’ll take you through how to access it and cover some of the features it provides. Read More

 

Review: Channels – watch live TV on your Apple TV with an HDHomeRun [video]

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 1, 2016

If you want to watch live TV on your Apple TV with an HDHomeRun, you can go the free route by using Kodi, but Channels is by far the best live TV watching experience to be had on Apple TV. Not only does Fancy Bits’ Channels app allow you to watch live TV, but you can also pause and rewind local or cable TV directly from your Apple TV when paired together with an HDHomeRun.

If you’re unsure what an HDHomeRun is, or how it can help you, then be sure to check out our post on the device. In a nutshell, the HDHomeRun allows you to stream free (or paid) television over your home network. The Channels app can then acquire the stream made available by the HDHomeRun, and display it on your television.

At $14.99 for a limited time (normally $24.99), Channels isn’t cheap, but it’s a great-looking and overall solid experience for cord cutters. Have a look at our full video walkthrough for more details. Read More

 

Daily Deals: UE Bluetooth speaker, JayBird earbuds, Fire TV Stick and more

By Cody Lee on Feb 1, 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

 

Pre-order Danny Boyle’s ‘Steve Jobs’ ahead of tomorrow’s release on iTunes

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 1, 2016

If the mixed reviews of Danny Boyle’s ‘Steve Jobs’ movie have discouraged you from seeing it in a local theater near you, you’ll soon be able to check out what all the kerfuffle was about as the flick is now available for pre-order in the iTunes Store.

Directed by Danny Boyle and released worldwide by Universal Pictures,’Steve Jobs’ features Michael Fassbender as the iconic co-founder of Apple, Kate Winslet as his girlfriend, Seth Rogen as the other Steve, Steve Wozniak, and other talents such as Jeff Daniels, Michael Stuhlbarg, Katherine Waterston, John Ortiz and Perla Haney-Jardine. Read More

 

New in Google app: 3D Touch for ‘I’m Feeling Curious’

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 1, 2016

Google today issued a nice little update to its mobile search application for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. In addition to the usual assortment of bug fixes and stability improvements, version 12.0 delivers a novel use case for the 3D Touch feature on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus: if you press the Google app icon on your Home screen, you’ll get a shortcuts menu with a new “I’m Feeling Lucky” option.

It’s the mobile equivalent of Google’s legendary “I’m Feeling Lucky” feature on the web which delivers a fun, interesting fact. But the new app has another surprise up its sleeve, provided your device is running iOS 9. Read More

 
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