SwitchHUD makes it easy to toggle between iPhone volume modes

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 20, 2016

The two most commonly-used volume modes in iOS are the ringer volume and media volume. The ringer volume controls the volume of text tones, ring tones, and notification sounds, while the media volume controls the volume of your music and videos.

The only problem is, iOS likes to default to the ringer volume all the time, unless you have media playing. If you do, that’s the only time the volume buttons will actually change the media volume level.

If you don’t like that solution, then hold on to your seats, because we’re going to be showing you a new free jailbreak tweak called SwitchHUD, which takes volume switching to the next level by letting you manually toggle between the two at any time with an Activator action. Read More

 

Marquee lets you have long, scrolling folder names in iOS

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 20, 2016

If you’ve ever had a folder name that was too long for iOS to display, then you probably had an atrocious-looking folder title like the one above; cut off, and ended with an ellipsis.

Unfortunately, the way stock iOS handles longer folder names makes it nearly impossible to tell what the entire folder title is.

That’s why a new free jailbreak tweak called Marquee is going to appeal to those of you with the desire to have longer folder names on your Home screen. Read More

 

Daily Deals: Amazon Echo, Beats headphones and more

By Cody Lee on Apr 19, 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

 

Privacy-enhanced Viber for iPhone lands with end-to-end encryption, hidden chats and more

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 19, 2016

Two weeks after rival WhatsApp announced that chats on its platform are protected from eavesdropping with end-to-end encryption, the popular messaging app Viber on Tuesday released a privacy-enhanced edition of its iPhone and iPad app.

Bumped to version 6.0, messages you send and receive through Viber are now protected with end-to-end encryption, as indicated by the new padlock icon, and you can also hide away specific chats. Read More

 

Have you seen Pinterest’s new-look iOS app yet?

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 19, 2016

Pinterest today announced a completely overhauled iPhone and iPad application—“our fastest, cleanest app yet”—that lets you focus on more Pins than ever before. The app, used by more than a hundred million people around the world, is a lot faster than the previous version it replaced, with your Home feed now loading up to three times faster.

The refreshed application is now rolling in the App Store so check back later if the new version isn’t immediately available where you live. The Android edition of Pinterest and its web-based counterpart are next on Pinterest’s list to tackle, though they wouldn’t commit to a firm release dates for these. Read More

 

Tip: text replacement in iOS makes it easier to input email addresses

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 19, 2016

Email addresses can be long and annoying to type, especially when you’re one of those goofballs out there with the weird emails like iph0n3_fan_09325@emailaddress.com, or something else with a bunch of wonky characters you don’t care to remember or spend the time typing.

This is why when I came across this tip on how to make email address entry simple and fast from a friendly iDB reader, I wanted to share it with the rest of you. Read More

 

Daily Deals: Logitech Harmony remote, Sony TV and more

By Cody Lee on Apr 18, 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

 

Downgrades no longer possible as Apple stops signing iOS 9.3 for some devices

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 18, 2016

On Monday, Apple has pulled the signing plug on its iOS 9.3 firmware for its lineup of iPhones, iPod touches, and iPads.

As a result, downgrades through iTunes to iOS 9.3 are no longer possible, and there’s no way to upgrade specifically to iOS 9.3 from an earlier firmware.

Instead, users will be directed to install iOS 9.3.1 when restoring or updating their devices through iTunes.

Update: It seems that not all versions of iOS 9.3 have stopped being signed. It appears that iOS 9.3 is not being any longer for newer devices (i.e. iPhone 6s, iPad Air 2), but it is still being signed for older devices (ie. iPhone 5s). Read More

 

Tip: increase your privacy by removing location from Diagnostic & Usage Data logs

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 18, 2016

Apple collects anonymous information about how you use your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and other devices so that it can improve its products in future releases. End users can easily opt in and out of diagnostic collection in the Settings → Privacy → Diagnostics & Usage section.

I have this enabled to help Apple improve their products, but privacy-minded people might opt out of diagnostic collection on the grounds that the logs include their approximate location.

In this tutorial, we’ll explore increasing your privacy on iOS by having your location excluded from diagnostic data that iOS creates. Read More

 

Pod Pro review: the portable Apple Watch & iPhone battery dock

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 18, 2016

Those who need a portable battery pack for the Apple Watch that aren’t so keen on just plugging the USB end into the receiver of a battery pack and letting the magnetic end dangle around everywhere are going to be hard-pressed to find a good portable battery pack made specifically for the Apple Watch’s proprietary charging platform.

Fortunately, Nomad has the Pod Pro, which can be had on Amazon for $85, and is a great solution for on-the-go Apple Watch charging, and even includes a built-in Lightning cable for charging your device, whether it’s an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. We’ll show you what the Pod Pro is all about in this review. Read More

 

Quickly and easily record animated GIFs with Giphy Cam

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 18, 2016

Animated GIFs are fun, the only thing is, creating them generally requires a computer and either some fancy GIF-making software, or a website that can convert video files to animated GIFs.

Fortunately, for those of you that spend most of your time mobile, rather than at a computer, the free GiphyCam app from the App Store provides an all-in-one experience for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad users.

We’ll talk about GiphyCam in this piece and show you how you can use it to record your own animated GIFs right from your mobile device. Read More

 

This by Tinrocket, Blogo and other apps to check out this weekend

By Cody Lee on Apr 16, 2016

It’s the weekend, and you know what that means: it’s time for another round of iDB’s Apps of the Week post. Every week we put together a list of apps and games we think are worth checking out, and this time around we’ve got some great selections. This week’s picks include a navigation app for walking, an annotation app, and more! Read More

 

‘Volume Mixer 2’ lets you configure all volume settings in one interface

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 16, 2016

Your iOS device has multiple volume settings, and each one controls something different.

For example, you have your media volume, which affects your song and video sound output, and you have your ringer volume, which affects your ringtones, text tones, and notification sounds. But there are also other volume settings that you can set where applicable.

Volume Mixer 2 is a jailbreak tweak that provides you with an interface where you can conveniently adjust all of those volume levels at one time, and in this review, we’ll talk about how it works. Read More

 

Daily Deals: TP-LINK Wi-Fi plug, Vizio Smart TV and more

By Cody Lee on Apr 15, 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

 

Daily Deals: 15% off $100 iTunes gift card, Fitbit Charge HR and more

By Cody Lee on Apr 14, 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

 

Apple selects sci-fi Wild West shooter Space Marshals as its new Free App of the Week

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 14, 2016

Like on any given Thursday, Apple today refreshed the App Store to reflect new software arrivals and promotions.

In addition to highlighting apps whose proceeds will go to the World Wildlife Fund until April 24 through the new ‘Apps for Earth’ section, Apple’s editors have slashed Pixelbite’s award-winning sci-fi action adventure, Space Marshals, as the App Store’s new Free App of the Week.

This universal iPhone, iPod touch and iPad game normally retails for $4.99, so do yourself a favor and save a few bucks by grabbing this great freebie right now. Read More

 

Tip: highlighting matched fingerprint in Touch ID list

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 14, 2016

Registering more than one finger with the Touch ID system is a sure-fire way of improving the overall accuracy of fingerprint recognition on your Touch ID-enabled iPhone or iPad.

If you have registered  multiple fingerprints, it’s also helpful to name them (i.e. index finger, right thumb, etc.), as one of our recent tutorials explained.

Naming a fingerprint is super useful, for sure.

But in its typical fashion, Apple’s gone one step further: though most people will be aware of this, novice users may be oblivious to the fact that they can easily highlight in the list of registered fingers a finger that Touch ID matches. Read More

 

You can now watch Vine clips without having to manually scroll through individual posts

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 14, 2016

A new Watch button was rolled out yesterday to Vine’s iPhone application in the App Store, allowing you to enjoy videos in channels and on profile pages without having to manually scroll through individual posts. It’s basically a whole new way to watch Vine as you can now kick back and view the entire story of any channel or watch an account from start to finish. Read More

 

What to do if iTunes doesn’t recognize your iPhone or iPad

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 14, 2016

If you ever sync your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad with iTunes, then more than likely you’ve experienced hiccups at some point in time where iTunes has been unable to find or recognize your device.

You have it plugged in, but for whatever reason, it just doesn’t show up in iTunes. What gives?!

In this piece, we’ll go over what to do if iTunes doesn’t seem to recognize your iOS device when you plug it in to your computer so that if and when it happens to you, you’ll be prepared to tackle the situation. Read More

 

You can now attach Google Drive/Dropbox files and GIFs from Tumblr to emails in Yahoo Mail

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 13, 2016

The failing Internet pioneer Yahoo today announced a major update for its mobile email application.

Bumped to version 4.3, Yahoo Mail for iOS introduces new third-party integrations allowing you to add cloud files directly from your Google Drive or Dropbox to your messages as attachments, or add animated GIFs to your emails from Tumblr, which is another Yahoo-owned property.

The compose interface makes it easy to choose among Tumblr’s most popular GIFs of the moment, search for that perfect GIF or browse GIF categories including Love, LOL, Cute, Cheers, Fail, Happy and more. GIFs are added to your emails as attachments. Read More

 
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