Opinion: neither the iPad Pro nor 12-inch MacBook Air make much sense to me

By Oliver Haslam on Jan 30, 2015

There’s a lot going on at Apple right now. Record quarters aside, there is a lot to be hopeful for as 2015 gets into full swing, and not just because the fabled Apple Watch is finally on the horizon. If the rumors are to be believed we could see both the iPad Pro and 12-inch MacBook Air some time in the next eleven months, and both have plenty of people excited.

The iPad Pro story is one that has gone on for years now, and with photos of supposed parts for the new tablet starting to crop up, it’s looking more and more likely that not only is the thing real, but it’s not too far away either.

The same can be said about the 12-inch MacBook Air. Again, photographs of what it is claimed are parts for the unannounced product have started to circulate around the internet, and the noises that it might only have one USB Type-C connector rather than a MagSafe for power have meant that there have been plenty of column inches and podcast hours afforded to the subject.

But what is all the excitement really about, and more importantly, is it justified? Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for January 29

By Cody Lee on Jan 29, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the wacky world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today we have more discounted apps from Apple’s Get Productive promotion, and a TON of new games. Read More

 

How to watch Super Bowl XLIX on iPhone, iPad and other devices

By Cody Lee on Jan 29, 2015

We are now just a few days away from Super Bowl XLIX, one of the most highly anticipated sporting events of the year. At 6:30 (EST) on Sunday, more than 110 million people are expected to tune in to watch the Seattle Seahawks take on the New England Patriots in a battle for the NFL Championship.

For those of you who don’t plan to spend the day huddled around a television set, we’ve put together a list of ways to follow the action on other popular devices. Live streaming will be available this year on iPad and PC/Mac, courtesy of NBC, no cable subscription required, and on iPhone via NFL Mobile. Read More

 

‘ProCam 2′ goes free as Apple’s App of the Week

By Cody Lee on Jan 29, 2015

Apple has just named Samer Azzam’s ‘‘ProCam 2” its App of the Week for this week. This means that from now through next Thursday, you’ll be able to download the popular photo and video editor for iPhone and iPad for free—a solid savings of $1.99.

The app offers features such as Night mode, Burst mode, anti-shake, and a self-timer. It also has face detection, intelligent HDR, dozens of photo filters to choose from, and a variety of other tools that make taking and editing great photos and videos a breeze. Read More

 

Video: Sid Meier’s Starships gameplay

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 29, 2015

Earlier this month, publisher 2K Games and developer Firaxis announced that Sid Meier’s Starships, a brand new tactical strategy game in the Beyond Earth universe, will be coming to the Mac, iPad and Windows platforms this Spring.

And now, the first ever gameplay footage of Starships went live on YouTube, with Sid Meier himself demoing the game as part of the Firaxis Games Megapanel at PAX South. Read More

 

Revamped Yahoo for iPhone brings interactive magazines, Weather and News Digest

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 29, 2015

Ever since Marissa Mayer took the CEO job in the summer of 2012, mobile software and digital magazines have been a big part of her turnaround efforts at Yahoo.

Having released new apps like News Digest and revamped key ones such as Mail, Search and Weather, the pioneering Internet company’s focus now sharpens on its namesake mobile app.

Now available in the App Store, the new Yahoo 6.0 sports a redesigned appearance with fresh new features that make it more in line with Yahoo’s new digital strategy while resembling Flipboard in certain functional aspects. Read More

 

Claimed protective case mold hints how massive iPad Pro might be

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 29, 2015

Aside from an alleged manufacturing mold and Ming-Chi Kuo’s prediction of a creative stylus accessory for Apple’s purported pro tablet, it’s been a few weeks now without a newsworthy iPad Pro rumor in sight. Courtesy of the French blog NowhereElse.fr on Thursday, we now have a better idea of the large form-factor iPad’s massiveness.

The publication has ostensibly managed to get hold of a manufacturing mold for an assumed iPad Pro protective case said to have been designed according to the genuine device dimensions. For context: rumors have mentioned two possible screen sizes for the iPad Pro, twelve inches and 12.9 inches. I’ve included the photo right after the break so check it out and feel free to chime in with your thoughts in comments. Read More

 

Annual Back to School promo launches in New Zealand and Australia with $25-$100 gift cards

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 29, 2015

Apple’s annual Back to School promotion launched today in Australia and New Zealand, as noted by 9to5Mac. Unlike last year when the promo included iTunes gift cards, this time around Apple Store gift cards are being offered to university students, students accepted to a university and parents buying for a university student.

A qualifying Mac, iPad or iPhone purchased is required.

The sale runs from January 30 through March 19. Read More

 

SoundCloud for iPad finally gets its facelift, but drops the audio recording feature

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 29, 2015

SoundCloud, an online audio distribution platform hailing from Berlin, Germany, has finally refreshed its user interface on iPads, following a major revamp on the iPhone and iPod touch side last summer.

And just like the iPhone revamp, the more visual iPad experience with an emphasis on album art in the new SoundCloud 3.7.1 comes with a major disappointment as the audio recording feature has now been killed. Read More

 

Scanbot updated with reminders, endless scanning and 1Password integration

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 29, 2015

Scanbot, the popular document scanner and QR reader that Apple listed among its Best Apps in 2014, has received an update which allows you to add smart reminders and tasks via iOS Reminders and Evernote to your scanned documents, with alerts delivered via Push Notifications to the Lock screen.

Secondly, Scanbot 3.5.1 brings out support for the login and password management app 1Password, making possible adding cloud services to Scanbot using data stored in 1Password. And thirdly, developers have implemented endless scanning by removing any limitations in terms of the amount of pages you can scan, allowing you to literally scan full books now. Read More

 

Microsoft releases native Outlook app for iOS

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 29, 2015

Microsoft on Thursday released the official Outlook email client in the App Store (not to be confused with the native Outlook Web App for the iPhone). Optimized for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, the iOS 8-only app is based on Microsoft’s $200 million purchase of the popular mobile email app Acompli.

Featuring a built-in calendar, comprehensive search features, gesture-based interface akin to Dropbox-owned Mailbox and support for popular cloud storage services like Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft’s own OneDrive service, it brings together the core tools you need to get things done in one sweet package. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for January 28

By Cody Lee on Jan 28, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the wacky world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today we have a number of high profile apps, such as Duet Display and Workflow, on sale courtesy of Apple’s Get Productive promotion. Read More

 

Microsoft just made OneDrive totally awesome

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 28, 2015

Wednesday, Microsoft rolled out an all-new version of its OneDrive sync client for the Mac while bringing out a plethora of really cool features on the web and releasing a revamped iOS app.

The iOS client now supports OneDrive for Business accounts so basically your work and life can now be on all your Apple devices in a single app.

Not only does the redesigned iPhone and iPad app look nicer, it also lets you search photos by tags and create gorgeous albums. It even recognizes text in photos and PDFs and integrates with the popular password-management software 1Password and LastPass. Read More

 

Tumblr app adds new alert types, better 1Password integration, likes/follows on Lock screen, more

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 28, 2015

As growth of Yahoo-owned Tumblr continues unabated, new features are being added to the official iOS app on a regular basis.

After picking up support for two-factor authentication last October, the new Tumblr 3.8 for iOS now includes greatly improved integration with the popular 1Password password-management app, as well as with Authy, a handy iPhone software for generating two-factor codes. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for January 27

By Cody Lee on Jan 27, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the wacky world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today we have some great discounts for you, as well as some interesting new apps and games. Read More

 

Apple patches several vulnerabilities used by TaiG jailbreak in iOS 8.1.3

By Cody Lee on Jan 27, 2015

Apple has posted a support page on the security content of the just-released iOS 8.1.3, confirming fears that the firmware effectively breaks the TaiG jailbreak tool. In the page, the company credits the TaiG Jailbreak Team for discovering four vulnerabilities patched in the update.

Among those vulnerabilities was a hole in the symbolic linking mechanism of AppleFileConduit, which allowed access to protected parts of the filesystem, and a state management issue, which gave local users the ability to execute unsigned code. Keep reading for a full rundown. Read More

 

iOS 8.1.3 is out with reduced firmware storage strain, Spotlight fix and other improvements

By Cody Lee on Jan 27, 2015

Apple has released iOS 8.1.3 this morning, after weeks of extensive testing. The release notes say that the update includes increased stability and performance improvements, as well as various major bug fixes. It also reduces the amount of storage required to perform updates.

You can access the new firmware over the air via Settings > General > Software Update, or via iTunes by connecting your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to a computer. But as usual, we recommend that users who are jailbroken, or plan to jailbreak, avoid the update for now. Read More

 

Snapchat rolls out Discover feature that highlights curated stories and videos

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 27, 2015

Tuesday, Snapchat announced a new feature called Discover which highlights curated stories from Snapchat’s different editorial teams.

Snapchat is moving to become a media platform so they’ve partnered with some of the major names in media like the ESPN, Vice and CNN to build a storytelling format which puts the narrative first.

“This is not social media” nor is it aboutwhat’s most new and trending, remarked the firm in a blog post. No, sir — Snapchat believes in curation and high-quality content so “We count on editors and artists, not clicks and shares, to determine what’s important.” Read More

 

Google Play Newsstand gets Handoff & offline support and other goodies

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 27, 2015

Google’s Play Newsstand iOS app (formerly Google Currents) was updated Tuesday with a few new features and several bug fixes.

The software now implements support for Handoff, a technology Apple built into iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite to make it easy to seamlessly transition between Macs and iPhones/iPads in apps.

With Handoff support in Google Play Newsstand, it’s now easy to resume reading on your Mac running OS X Yosemite or an iPhone or iPad running iOS 8. Jump past the fold for other changes in Google Play Newsstand 3.1. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for January 26

By Cody Lee on Jan 26, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the wacky world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today we have a number of game discounts and freebies you won’t want to miss. Read More

 
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