Google’s iOS keyboard gains dark theme, GIF suggestions & expanded language support

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 4, 2016

Following its debut on the App Store nearly three months ago, Google’s gesture-driven predictive keyboard for the iPhone and iPad—called Gboard—today received its first feature-focused update. Gboard 1.1 for iOS, a free download, includes a darker keyboard theme, smart GIF suggestions and increased global availability with language support for English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese (Brazil and Portugal) and Spanish (Spain). Read More

 

Telegram for iOS gains personal storage, group previews and trending/archived stickers

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 3, 2016

Telegram, a secure instant messaging service that supports rich media attachments and optional end-to-end encryption, today refreshed its mobile app on the App Store with a few new features. Telegram for iOS, now bumped to version 3.11, offers some interesting new sticker packs and lets you archive those you no longer use.

You can now preview groups before joining them and store your messages and media in the new storage chat.

Telegram is available free on the App Store and Mac App Store. Read More

 

Dropbox Paper enters public beta, iPhone and iPad app now available

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 3, 2016

As of today, Dropbox Paper, a collaborative document editor akin to Google Docs and Apple’s iWork for iCloud suite (only better!) is in public beta after spending about a year in private beta, the cloud storage startup announced.

In addition, the mobile Paper app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch launched today, too, so you can immediately download it at no charge from the App Store. Read More

 

Daily Deals: portable battery pack $14, Beats Pill 2.0 speaker $100, and more

By Cody Lee on Aug 3, 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

 

Snapseed update adds Text filter, image resizing when exporting and sharing & more

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 3, 2016

Since buying Snapseed from Nik Software in September 2012, Google has been somewhat neglecting this once popular mobile image editor, issuing maintenance updates that were light on new features. Today, the search firm announced that Snapseed, at long last, is getting some interesting new capabilities via an update on iOS and Android. The Text filter is now available and you can configure the app to resize photos when sharing/exporting.

UI adjustments and bug fixes are included in Snapseed 2.8 as well. Read More

 

Snapchat rolls out city-specific stickers that mock local trends and highlight landmarks

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 3, 2016

Snapchat for iPhone, an ephemeral image messaging app, yesterday announced a new feature called Geostickers. Basically special stickers available in some of the biggest cities around the world, they can be applied to images and moved around before sending them. You can also stick these city-specific stickers on your Snaps.

Geostickers are available now in Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, Washington DC, Honolulu, London, Sydney, São Paulo, Paris and Riyadh. Read More

 

Astropad graphics tablet app for iPhone and iPad is now a lot faster and uses less battery

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 3, 2016

Astropad is a very cool app from former Apple engineers designed to let you draw into Mac apps by connecting your iPad or iPhone to the computer via USB or Wi-Fi. You can then draw into most Mac apps directly on your iOS device’s screen, using your finger as a replacement for a professional graphics tablet. In fact, it’s too good that people are replacing their Wacom tablets with Astropad and an iPad.

I’ve been using Astropad quite extensively and it works like magic, really.

There’s very little discernible lag, courtesy of the proprietary Liquid engine providing nearly three times more fluid responsiveness than Apple’s AirPlay. That’s why I’m happy to report that in its most recent version 2.0 update, Astropad is now even faster and more fluid than before and a lot less taxing on the battery. Read More

 

Twitter for iOS adds iPad keyboard shortcuts

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 3, 2016

Yesterday, Twitter’s mobile application for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch added a few useful keyboard shortcuts for iPad owners, said Twitter app developer Amro Mousa. If you have an iPad connected to a third-party Bluetooth keyboard or Apple’s Smart Keyboard, Twitter for iOS now lets you use various keyboard shortcuts to quickly access some of the most frequently used options without needing to tap on-screen controls. Read More

 

Apple debuts international Smart Keyboards for iPad Pro

By Cody Lee on Aug 2, 2016

Apple on Tuesday debuted international versions of its Smart Keyboard for the iPad Pro. Previously you could only purchase the accessory with a United States English layout, but now you can get it in British English, Spanish, French, German, Italian and several other languages. Read More

 

Daily Deals: $5 Lightning cable, $450 iPhone 6s, Xbox One S gift card deal, and more

By Cody Lee on Aug 2, 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

 

Video walkthrough: 20+ changes, fixes and new features in iOS 10 beta 4

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 2, 2016

The fourth beta of iOS 10 was seeded to Apple’s registered developers yesterday and the matching iOS 10 Public Beta 3 dropped this morning. For those of you who have been wondering what’s new in iOS 10 beta 4, here’s a video hands-on of nearly two dozen changes, enhancements and fixes that we’ve managed to discover in iOS 10 beta 4 thus far. Read More

 

iOS 10 Public Beta 3 is now available

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 2, 2016

Just 24 hours following the fourth developer-only betas of iOS 10, macOS Sierra, tvOS 10 and watchOS 3, Apple on Tuesday morning has made the latest beta of iOS 10 available to public beta testers who are singed on the Apple Beta Software Program. If your device is registered for public betas, runs a prior iOS 10 beta and has a proper configuration profile installed, iOS 10 Public Beta 3 should appear in Settings → General → Software Update.

iOS 10 Public Beta 3 and developer-only iOS 10 beta 4 contain the same features. Read More

 

iOS 10 tidbit: sending fireballs via Digital Touch

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 2, 2016

The Digital Touch interface made its debut on the Apple Watch in April 2015. With iOS 10, Apple is bringing Digital Touch features to the Messages app and it does so much more than its wrist counterpart was capable of at launch.

With Digital Touch, you can doodle over live video, adorn your messages with animated kisses, digital taps and auto-dissapearing drawings and even send animated hearts and broken hearts to other people.

Today, we’re taking a closer look at another nifty feature in iOS 10 Messages: the ability to express your angst or anger by shooting virtual fireballs at your recipient(s). Read More

 

Instagram is rolling out Stories—Snapchat-like auto-dissapearing slideshows

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 2, 2016

Snapchat has Stories and now Instagram announced a similar feature of its own, called—wait for it—Stories. Basically a slideshow format designed for sharing multiple photos and videos, Stories appear on user profiles and, similar to ephemeral messaging services, automatically disappear 24 hours after being posted on the service.

This cool new feature will be rolling out globally over the next few weeks on the mobile Instagram app for iOS and Android. Read More

 

New ad positions iPad Pro as a computer replacement

By Cody Lee on Aug 1, 2016

Apple on Monday released a new commercial for its iPad Pro line. Titled “What’s a Computer,” the ad spotlights the firm’s latest and most powerful tablet, showing off various productivity and multitasking features that one might desire from a PC.

This isn’t the first time Apple has suggested that the iPad Pro is powerful enough to replace your computer or laptop, but it is the first time it has done so blatantly in an ad. It’s so flagrant, in fact, that it almost has a Microsoft Surface feeling to it. Read More

 

Daily Deals: Apple TV 4 64GB $110, wireless mouse $5, and more

By Cody Lee on Aug 1, 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

 

All-new Apple TV Remote app with Siri and tilt gaming support hits the App Store

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 1, 2016

The new Apple TV Remote app with Siri features and support for controlling games on the fourth-generation Apple TV via tilt controls on your iPhone is now available for download on the App Store. Formally announced at WWDC in June 2016, the app used to be available as a developer-only preview, but now everyone can download it from the App Store. The new app doesn’t replace the old one, which is still available on the App Store.

Both apps support the second, third and fourth-generation Apple TV, but only the new one packs in full support for Siri and tilt-based gaming on the new Apple TV. Read More

 

Apple seeds fourth beta of iOS 10, watchOS 3, tvOS 10 and macOS Sierra to developers

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 1, 2016

Two weeks following the release of the third beta of iOS 10, watchOS 3, tvOS 10 and macOS Sierra, Apple on Monday issued iOS 10 beta 4, macOS Sierra beta 4, watchOS 3 beta 4 and tvOS 10 beta 4 to members of the Apple Developer Program. The public beta of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra matching the latest developer-only releases should be released tomorrow to public beta testers enrolled with the Apple Beta Software Program. Read More

 

This website chronicles a comprehensive list of things you can do with Siri

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 1, 2016

As Apple continues perfecting Siri and adding new operations to her arsenal of supported actions, chronicling everything the digital personal assistant can do on your behalf is becoming increasingly difficult, even for Apple itself which highlights only the most popular Siri queries on its website.

That’s where a new website, aptly named Hey Siri, jumps in. As first discovered by The Loop, it’s a comprehensive list of things you can do with Siri which uses crowdsourced data to share some of the most successful queries made to the digital assistant. Read More

 

Apple Maps Transit directions launch in Prague

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 1, 2016

Apple customers in Prague, Czech Republic, can now use the firm’s stock Maps app on an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac to take into account local transit directions when planning their routes. Apple Maps transit data just launched in Prague with support for the city’s busses and trams and the Prague Metro and Esko Prague commuter rail. Read More

 
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