iQunix makes an affordable, high-quality stand for MacBook

By Anthony Bouchard on May 16, 2016

If you’re looking for a durable aluminum stand for your Apple notebook, then don’t count out iQunix. Although the popular brand names look appealing and are tried and true, we had the chance to go hands-on with the iQunix Edin, which is also a very high-quality stand for all MacBook models, all this at a lower price.

In this review, we’ll show you how the iQunix Edin looks and touch on its build quality and features. Don’t be shy; we think you’re gonna like it! Read More

 

Tim Cook talks Didi acquisition during China trip

By Christian Zibreg on May 16, 2016

Apple CEO Tim Cook visited an Apple Store in Beijing this morning with Liu Qing, president of Didi Chuxing, the company the iPhone maker invested an astounding $1 billion in.

Also called the Chinese Uber, Didi is a ride sharing service and Apple’s investment comes at a time when the Cupertino firm is widely rumored to be secretly working on an electric car project. Cook said Apple and Didi both shared concerns for the environment.

He also revealed, according to China Daily, that app developers in China have now earned over $7 billion, half of which came in the past twelve months alone. Read More

 

How and why to report spammy iMessages to Apple

By Anthony Bouchard on May 16, 2016

Sometimes your contact information ends up where you don’t want it, and you end up with annoying spam iMessages from people, companies, or bots that try to scam you or steal personal information.

Fortunately, Apple’s iMessage service comes with an abuse report feature that you can use to report senders who are misusing the iMessage platform and making it a less enjoyable thing to use.

In this piece, we’ll talk about how and why you should be reporting iMessages that seem spammy. Read More

 

TarDisk Drive Expansion adds 64GB of storage space to your 13″ MacBook Air

By iDB Deals on May 16, 2016

“Startup disk almost full” are four of the most frustrating words a MacBook user will see – and once it appears, it tends to keep coming back, even after the frantic file purges to free up extra space. Now you can put an end to the free-space struggles once and for all with the TarDisk 64GB MacBook Drive Expansion, now 32%. Read More

 

Gradient wallpapers for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and desktop

By Jim Gresham on May 15, 2016

Sunday arrives with a fresh set of device images for the Wallpapers of the Week section. One of the site’s most anticipated weekly posts, aims to bring you new device-specific wallpapers. There are a myriad of images amongst the vast Internet, but we ensure they are photo quality and perfectly scaled for your iOS, and sometimes desktop, devices.

The section is completed with images found around the Web, submitted to us directly, or stumbled upon through Twitter. Today, we highlight a long-time iDB fan favorite wallpaper creator, Jason Zigrino. Step inside for his latest. Read More

 

Jailbreak tweaks of the week: PersonalAssistant, & more…

By Anthony Bouchard on May 15, 2016

Every week, we do a recap on all of the jailbreak tweaks we show you. This Sunday will be no different.

Although Cydia isn’t exactly kicking with new releases like it does after a fresh new jailbreak, the community is continuing to show its fortitude as new releases hit the Cydia store for current jailbreakers.

First, we will kick off by showing you our favorite releases this week, and then we’ll show you the rest of them. Read More

 

The best iPhone and iPad apps for scanning documents

By Andrew O'Hara on May 15, 2016

The App Store has over a million and a half apps. This can make it difficult to find apps, especially if you are looking for the best one for a certain task. So to help out, we are taking a look at countless scanning apps in order to find the best one for iPhone and iPad. For our ranking, we look at a number of different criteria. We consider ease of use, speed of capturing an image, sharing options, OCR (optical character recognition), edge detection, and any unique features they may have. Read More

 

The top stories of the week on iDB

By Sébastien Page on May 15, 2016

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.

We’re usually hanging out a lot on Twitter and Facebook, more rarely on Google+.

Don’t forget to listen to the latest episode of our new podcast, Let’s Talk iOS:

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The Acesori 3-in-1 Smartphone Camera Lens Kit is now 80% off

By iDB Deals on May 15, 2016

The DSLR industry is feeling some serious heat these days, as smartphone cameras get better and better with each new model. With the arrival of the Acesori 3-in-1 Smartphone Camera Lens Kit, in short time you may be ready to trade in your pricy camera entirely, now that you’ll have fish-eye, wide angle and macro lens options at the ready – especially when you apply your 80% discount.

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Bring organization to your SMS & iMessage conversations with Message Groups [jailbreak]

By Anthony Bouchard on May 14, 2016

Message Groups is a new jailbreak tweak that aims to give you more organization in your Messages app, especially if you’re like the developer and have many conversations going on at once, as shown above.

With this tweak, you can add and manage your own custom groups in the Messages app, making it easy to filter through certain contacts or conversations, and as a result, making it quicker and easier to text in general.

In this review, we’ll talk about Message Groups and how it can help you. Read More

 

A fix for iTunes deleting users’ music without permission is coming early next week

By Christian Zibreg on May 14, 2016

Following multiple reports from disgruntled users that a glitch in iTunes is causing the software to inadvertently delete music from their personal library, an Apple spokesperson has acknowledged the issue in a statement issued to The Loop yesterday.

The company is unsure as to what might be causing this issue and has not been able to reproduce it, but it’ll still deliver an update for iTunes early next week “which includes additional safeguards”. Read More

 

What’s on your Home screen: Sebastien Page

By Sébastien Page on May 14, 2016

“Show me your Home screen and I’ll tell you who you are.”

Indeed, the Home screen is a very personal place that reflects who we are and how we use our devices. The way we organize apps and folders can tell a whole lot about our personality, and so does our specific choice of apps.

I’ve been asked twice this week to share a screenshot of my Home screen set up, so I figured I might as well share with all of you and explain the rational behind the placement of icons and the overall layout, and of course, the specific apps I use. Read More

 

Using your iPhone as a remote for your Mac or PC

By Anthony Bouchard on May 14, 2016

You’re probably familiar with Apple’s Remote app for iOS devices, which allows you to control your iTunes playback on your Mac from your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad so long as you’re on the same network.

On the other hand, when I think of the word “remote,” I think of much more than just controlling music.

It would seem that the makers of the popular Mobile Mouse Remote app for iOS thought the same, and in this piece, we’ll talk about how the app works to make your iOS device a superior remote for your Mac. Read More

 

3 simple tips for eye-popping photos

By Jim Nix on May 14, 2016

We are back with another installment in our photo education series. Today we will share an easy tip for making your photos really pop. If you missed the first in this series, you can catch up and find out how to create beautiful HDR photos in under 3 minutes.

Do you ever take a photo of something, only to show it to your friends later and have to add “Well, you had to see it for yourself. It looked better than that.” I think we have all been there. Our photos don’t always accurately represent what we saw, and certainly they can’t represent how we felt at that moment, which in my opinion is intricately tied to the final image.

While there are countless apps available that allow you to make minor adjustments to your iPhone photos, I like to adjust mine with the many tools available in the Creative Kit by Macphun. It’s super-easy to use Creative Kit on your iPhone photos by running them inside of Photos for Mac; you’ll be creating your own masterpieces in no time.

Today, I share the first of three tips you can use on your photos for quick and effective enhancements. Each can give your photo a bit more punch, or add some artistic flair, and it only takes you a couple of minutes to do it. Follow along! Read More

 

Health Tracking, Hopscotch, Boom, and other apps to check out this weekend

By Cody Lee on May 14, 2016

In this edition of Apps of the Week, we’ve rounded up some fantastic titles for you to check out this weekend. The list includes a new app called Health Tracking by Gyroscope, a new iPhone version of the popular learn-to-code app Hopscotch, and two new games that you won’t want to miss! Read More

 

Daily Deals: $640 12.9-inch iPad Pro, $15 Speck iPhone case, $5 desktop stand, and more

By Cody Lee on May 13, 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

 

Getting your point across, artfully, with PointOut

By Christian Zibreg on May 13, 2016

PointOut for iPhone, an exciting image annotation app, is celebrating its first birthday with a feature-packed update that surfaced yesterday on the App Store.

As its name hints, this app lets you point out things on your photos and iOS screenshots with pointers such as arrows, dots, circles, lifelike loupes, precision glasses, different canvas layouts, focus areas and more.

These tolls make it super easy to highlight or enlarge specific details on your photos in a manner that’ll make an impact on your audience.

In its latest update, PointOut has gained some new pointers with draggable text labels for making even greater impact, a flat magnifying glass for those who couldn’t stand the skeuomorphic ones, full support for non-standard iOS keyboards and more.

Having been using this app for months, I’ve grown to like it quite a lot. This quick review should give you an idea why I deem PointOut a unique iOS annotation app. Read More

 

Google’s own Amazon Echo-like accessory, dubbed ‘Chirp’ is landing soon

By Christian Zibreg on May 13, 2016

Code-named ‘Chirp’, Google’s upcoming hardware appliance will integrate the company’s search and voice assistant technologies akin to the Amazon Echo, and is landing soon, Re/code reported yesterday.

The rumored device should resemble Google’s OnHub wireless router, according to several sources.

If the increasing popularity of Amazon’s integrated wireless speaker and voice command device is an indication—it’s estimated they sold three million Echo units to date—Google’s rumored accessory could prove popular with users, especially given Google’s expertise in voice and search. Read More

 

How to view recent Safari history on your Mac

By Christian Zibreg on May 13, 2016

Not only does Safari give you the fastest way to surf the web on your computer, it’s also the most energy efficient web browser on OS X that maximizes your Mac’s battery life.

As so many Mac owners use Safari on a daily basis, their browsing histories are packed to the gills with records of previously visited websites.

Finding your way back to a previously visited site by searching the entire browsing history can be quite tedious with months or years of data stored in it.

Like on iOS, Safari for Mac provides a convenient shortcut that lets you quickly jump to any previously visited webpage on a per-tab basis. Read More

 

Opera VPN offers a free and unlimited VPN service

By Andrew O'Hara on May 13, 2016

VPNs can afford a lot of benefits to users. They route your data through special servers that can help you access content that is only available in certain regions, bypass firewalls that block content like iDownloadBlog or music streaming services, and protect yourself on public networks. They grant these features, usually in exchange for a monthly fee. The new Opera VPN app brings all of this and more, for free. However, it isn’t without compromises.

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