Nomad’s new Lightning cables cross durability with function

By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 23, 2016

When you decide to pick up another Lightning cable for your iPhone or iPad, you could choose to go chintzy with another OEM cable that’ll just wear out again in no time at all, or you can go with a beefier option that will have a much longer operating life.

Nomad offers an awesome lineup of MFi-certified heavy duty ballistic 1,000D nylon braided lightning cables that are reinforced with K-29 Kevlar. But what makes these different from the competition? Read More

 

Niantic expands Nearby Pokémon feature as players begin catching Ditto in Pokémon GO

By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 22, 2016

Millions of Pokémon GO players are in for a surprise this week as game developer Niantic is making some big server-side changes to the game.

A limited amount of players in certain regions of the world will be able to see Nearby Pokémon, a feature that has been in experimentation in just San Francisco, California for months.

The news of its expansion comes just a day after the announcement of the in-game Thanksgiving double XP event. Read More

 

Facebook is testing an upcoming Find Wi-Fi feature in the mobile app

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 22, 2016

Facebook appears to be testing a new location-based feature that permits some users to identify free Wi-Fi hotspots through the social network’s mobile application for the iPhone and iPad.

As reported by The Next Web, some users, myself included, are now seeing a Find Wi-Fi option in the app’s side menu, between the Nearby Places and Nearby Friends options. Tapping it puts up a prompt asking to grant Facebook access to your location so it can find public Wi-Fi hotspots around you. Read More

 

Is Jony Ive no longer directly involved with iPhone and Mac product design?

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 22, 2016

In an article Tuesday titled “Pundits Believe Apple’s Jony Ive No Longer Involved in iPhone, Mac Product Design,” AppleInsider reports that journalist Jason Snell and Daring Fireball’s John Gruber speculated on a recent The Talk Show podcast that Ive, who is Apple’s Chief Design Officer, may be now more focused on architectural projects like the upcoming Spaceship campus and special initiatives such as Project Titan than industrial designs related to the iPhone, iPad, Mac and other consumer products from Apple. Read More

 

GBA4iOS creator launching new SNES, Game Boy & Nintendo 64 emulator in beta this December

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 22, 2016

Developer Riley Testut, the brains behind a Game Boy emulator for iOS called GBA4iOS, said on Twitter yesterday that he is now focusing his energies on a brand new software designed to emulate the hardware of popular SNES, Game Boy and Nintendo 64 consoles. He’s calling it Delta and it’s launching this December in beta although a teaser website does not reveal if this will be an app that you’ll be able to sideload onto an iOS device without jailbreaking. Read More

 

Longstanding bug causes iOS devices to crash after playing a maliciously crafted video

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 22, 2016

YouTuber EverythingApplePro has has been sharing a bug in iOS which causes any iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to glitch out after playing a malicious video link in Safari. The device will first slow to a crawl before freezing or crashing altogether, requiring a hard reset. This appears to be a longstanding bug because iPhones and other iOS devices running iOS 5 were found to be affected by the glitch.

As noted on Reddit, the top level domains that are currently hosting the glitchy video are vk.com and testtrial.site90.net. Read More

 

How to use less cellular data in the Facebook app

By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 22, 2016

Many people rely on Facebook every day to keep in touch with their friends and family, but its popularity across the mobile devide market consequently also means it’s one of the world’s biggest cellular data hogs.

Fortunately, there are ways you can mitigate your cellular data usage while using the Facebook app thanks to some flexible settings, and in this piece we’ll show you how. Read More

 

Twelve South’s new HiRise Duet simultaneously charges iPhone/iPad and Apple Watch

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 21, 2016

Twelve South’s versatile HiRise accessory is among the best stands I’ve used for charging my iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. Recently, it’s gotten even better with an overhauled version sporting refined looks, reduced footprint and increased stability with larger iOS devices.

But what if you own an iPhone and an Apple Watch and need a stand that can charge both devices at the same time? That’s exactly what HiRise Duet does for you. In fact, it’s the first dual charging stand that powers up your Apple Watch in Nightstand mode.

A $119.99 purchase gets you a fully assembled stand with an integrated Lightning connector for iPhone, a built-in magnetic charging disc for your Apple Watch and a single AC power cable to charge both devices simultaneously.

As a bonus, you get a bunch of international wall plugs. Read More

 

Infuse 5 is out: Up Next, Split View, PiP, iCloud sync, cloud streaming & more

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 21, 2016

aTV Flash Black developer Firecore today released Infuse 5, a major new version of his versatile media player for the Apple TV, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It’s the single biggest Infuse update Firecore ever released and they’ve been working on it for the better part of the year.

Infuse 5 packs in a bunch of goodies, including iCloud sync, a new “Up Next” discovery list for the Apple TV, Split View and Picture in Picture support on compatible iPads, cloud streaming and much more. Read More

 

Instagram unveils live video for Stories, vanishing photos and videos in direct messages

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 21, 2016

Photo-sharing service Instagram today announced a staggered roll out of a pair of major new features in its mobile apps for iPhone and Android smartphones: one is the previously hinted live video functionality in Stories and the other gives you the ability to send and receive auto-disappearing photos and videos for groups and friends in Direct. Read More

 

Niantic hosts another double XP event for Pokémon GO during Thanksgiving week

By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 21, 2016

Pokémon GO players had a chance to participate in the Halloween event last month, in which ghost Pokémon spawns were increased, distances to hatch eggs were decreased, and double candies was rewarded for the entire week the event ran for.

Now, Niantic has announced a second event coming to the game in celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday this week, but this time the rewards are a little different. Read More

 

Listen, Later, Firefox Focus, and other apps to check out this weekend

By Cody Lee on Nov 19, 2016

Looking for ways to pass the time before next week’s holiday mayhem? You’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together a great list of apps for you to check out this weekend including a service for anonymous communication, a quick and easy reminders app, and a new private web browser. And as always, we’ve also picked out some awesome games for you to try. Read More

 

Daily Deals: $10 Bluetooth speaker, $470 Sony 4K Smart TV, and more

By Cody Lee on Nov 18, 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

 

Twitter for iPhone and iPad gains support for rich notifications on iOS 10

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 18, 2016

Twitter for iPhone and iPad, a free download from the App Store, now supports rich notifications on iOS 10 that come complete with embedded images and the usual options for interacting with tweets without having to open the app.

Pressing a rich Twitter notification on the Lock screen or in the Notification Center with 3D Touch pulls up an expanded view of the tweet with an enlarged image thumbnail, along with the usual options such as Like and Retweet. Read More

 

Google revamps Play Newsstand, adds For You recommendations, rich media, web app & more

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 18, 2016

Google earlier this week announced a major overhaul of the its magazine and news reader, Play Newsstand. The new version of the iPhone and iPad app sports a new app icon and provides a refreshed user interface alongside a few new “smart” features.

These include a personalized news briefing, a “For You” stream of personalized stories, support for rich media in articles, tab-based navigation and other perks. Read More

 

Apple’s free app of the week: Tayasui Sketches Pro

By Cody Lee on Nov 17, 2016

Apple on Thursday updated its App of the Week promotion with the app Tayasui Sketches Pro. This means that for the next 7 days, you’ll be able to download the popular drawing app for free—a significant savings of $5.

Sketches is described as the most realistic, versatile and user-friendly sketching app designed for mobile. This artist’s toolbox helps users create dazzling sketches, cheerful paintings and smashing illustrations on the go. Read More

 

Workflow updated with redesigned UI, search, profiles, and more

By Timothy Reavis on Nov 17, 2016

Popular iOS automation app Workflow received an update on Thursday that introduced a redesign across the app with a number of improvements. A redesigned onboarding system greets new users with a friendly introduction to the app, while the Gallery has received a number of additions for helping both Workflow newbies and veterans discover new flows. Read More

 

How to use less cellular data in the Skype app

By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 17, 2016

If you’re a Skype user and frequently use the iPhone or iPad app to keep in touch with people, then you could benefit from knowing how to limit cellular data use to prevent your capped data plan from burning through your limits too quickly.

Fortunately, Skype comes with some options you can use configure to fine-tune your data usage whenever you’re not connected to a Wi-Fi network. Read More

 

Daily Deals: $30 off Sony PlayStation 4 Pro, $70 off Beats Solo3 headphones, and more

By Cody Lee on Nov 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 removed nearly 50,000 apps from App Store in October

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 15, 2016

The Great App Store Purge, announced in September, has resulted in the removal of nearly 47,300 outdated, abandoned or non-functioning iPhone, iPad and iPod touch apps from the App Store in October.

That’s a 238 percent increase versus the previous month and about 3.4 times more than the average month for the App Store prior to the Great Purge, according to data from research firm Sensor Tower shared by TechCrunch. Read More