ABC revamps its iPhone, iPad and Apple TV apps, adds throwback shows

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 13, 2016

The American Broadcasting Company (ABC), a broadcast television network owned by the Disney–ABC Television Group, announced today that its Watch ABC app for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV shall be known going forward as just ABC. In addition to rebranding, the new ABC app now packs in an overhauled user interface and more content, including exclusive digital series for users who download the app as well as 38 full seasons of “throwback” TV shows. Read More

 

How to set up repeating reminders on Mac and iOS

By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 13, 2016

Reminders are very useful for when you want to make sure you don’t forget something, and all-too-often, you need a reminder for the same thing more than once at different intervals.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you show to set up a reminder that repeats more than one time on both your Mac and your iPhone or iPad. Read More

 

Daily Deals: $280 off iPad Pro, $300 off MacBook Pro, Prime Day deals and more

By Cody Lee on Jul 12, 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

 

First Pokémon GO update squashes bugs, no longer requires full Google Account access

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 12, 2016

Nearly a week following its official launch in the United States, New Zealand and Australia, Nintendo’s incredibly successful Pokémon GO on Tuesday received its first update on the App Store. The freemium app was bumped to version 1.0.1, bringing out much-needed bug fixes whilst resolving an issue which caused the app to crash after attempting to catch any discovered pokémon. More importantly, full Google Account access is no longer needed for those who use this sign-in option.

Pokémon GO is a free download from the App Store. Read More

 

iOS 10 tidbit: Spotlight Suggestions in Messages

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 12, 2016

On iOS 10, Spotlight Suggestions appear in more places than before. We recently told you about Spotlight Suggestions in the Look Up interface (formerly known as the Define feature). We also discussed iOS 10’s expressive Messages app in depth and mentioned its super useful inline previews of URLs.

As it turns out, not only does Messages support inline previews of media URLs, but underlines specific terms in your chats—such as movie and app names—that Spotlight Suggestions can give you more info about. Read More

 

iOS 10 tidbit: sending broken hearts via iMessage

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 12, 2016

iOS 10’s much-enhanced Messages app includes the Digital Touch interface that first appeared on the Apple Watch. With Digital Touch, users can create iMessages that contain doodles, digital taps, video with effects and more.

We recently explained how Digital Touch can be taken advantage of to send nicely animated hearts to your recipients. Here’s another iOS 10 tidbit: Messages on iOS 10 also lets you shoot animated broken hearts to someone for those times you wish to convey more specific feelings. Read More

 

Apple may be forced to open a center for iOS device repair in Russia to avoid lawsuits

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 12, 2016

Following a lawsuit filed against Apple last June by iPhone owner Dmitry Petrov, which alleged that the Cupertino firm had failed to provide proper product support in Russia because its resellers and chain stores lacked the proper equipment to repair smashed displays, Apple could reportedly be planning to open a full-fledged center for iOS device repairs in the country to avoid future lawsuits.

It is not known when Apple’s centralized repair center will open, but it will reportedly be “big and expensive”. According to a report by The Moscow Times, one unidentified employee of an Apple partnership corporation told Vedomosti that “he believes it will cost between $1 and $2 million.” Read More

 

Daily Deals: Bluedio Bluetooth speaker $28, Logitech G502 mouse $60, and more

By Cody Lee on Jul 11, 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

 

Google wants to beat Apple to attracting India’s developer talent

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 11, 2016

Apple is opening a new facility in India early next year, aimed at improving the skills and success of Indian developers building iOS applications, and now Google hopes to do the same for Android. In introducing a new initiative this morning, called Android Skilling, Google hopes to beat Apple to attracting India’s developer talent to Android. Read More

 

Blind Apple engineer describes advancing Accessibility features for the blind

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 11, 2016

Mashable yesterday ran an interesting profile on 22-year-old Jordyn Castor, an Apple engineer who works on the company’s Accessibility team. Aside from other tidbits, the story reveals that Apple employs Accessibility engineers who themselves are users of those features as Castor has been blind since birth. Read More

 

The runaway success of Pokémon GO highlights safety issues of augmented-reality gaming

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 11, 2016

The runaway success of Pokémon GO is undeniable. In a few short days since its debut last week, the freemium title has become the top free app on the US App Store and the most downloaded and highest-grossing app in the countries where it is available. It sent Nintendo shares up 25 percent, adding $7.5 billion to the company’s market capitalization. Furthermore, the game is about to surpass Twitter among Android users in the United States in terms of daily active users.

But there’s a darker side to its success as widespread media coverage combined with pent-up interest and the power of the Nintendo and Pokémon brands in some cases seem to be resulting in a string of thefts, burglaries and even car accidents and other injuries. Read More

 

Nintendo shares post massive gains following Pokémon GO launch

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 11, 2016

Since releasing its augmented-reality game Pokémon GO five days ago on the App Store in the United States, New Zealand and Australia, Nintendo stock has jumped 25 percent, gaining a cool $7.5 billion and posting a record since it began trading in Tokyo in 1983, Reuters reported Monday. Read More

 

Buno, Folioscope, Instaread, and other apps to check out this weekend

By Cody Lee on Jul 9, 2016

It’s the weekend again, and you know what that means: it’s time for another edition of our Apps of the Week post. For those who aren’t familiar with the column, this is where we put together a small list of apps and games that we think are worth checking out, and we think we’ve really made some awesome selections this week. Read More

 

Daily Deals: Samsung Gear VR $50, 13.3-inch MacBook Air $850, and more

By Cody Lee on Jul 8, 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 releases Education Starter Guides for iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 8, 2016

Integrating the iPad into curriculum just got easier as Apple yesterday released a collection of guidebooks on the iBooks Store that its educational teams designed to help educators learn how to use iPads and first-party apps in the classroom. The new Education Starter Guides for iPad series consist of six interactive guidebooks with photos and videos.

Created and published published by Apple’s in-house Education team, the new e-books are promoted in an email blast to iTunes U users and on the Education section of the iBooks Store. Read More

 

Daily Deals: $15 Bluetooth speaker, $150 27-inch LG display, and more

By Cody Lee on Jul 7, 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

 

iOS 10 tidbit: warning message when launching apps that aren’t 64-bit compliant

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 7, 2016

In April 2015, Apple reminded developers that as of June 2015 all apps and app updates submitted to the App Store must include 64-bit support. After more than a year, some apps are still stuck on 32 bits and lack support for 64-bit devices. iOS 10 takes a naming and shaming approach by including a brand new warning message that appears when you open a 32-bit app on a 64-bit iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Read More

 

Apple’s free app of the week: Loopimal

By Cody Lee on Jul 7, 2016

Apple on Thursday updated its App of the Week promotion with the app Loopimal by Yatatoy. This means that for the next 7 days, you’ll be able to pick up the critically acclaimed children’s title for both iPhone and iPad for free—a solid savings of $3.

Loopimal is essentially a building kit of handcrafted animations and sounds that teaches kids about music. The graphics are both sharp and charming, and the rhythmic/melodic content makes for endless possibilities of creations and compositions. Read More

 

Capture, organize and share real-world objects with Microsoft’s experimental Thinga.Me app

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 7, 2016

Coming straight from Microsoft Garage, which “turns fresh ideas into real projects”, Thinga.Me for iPhone allows you to capture, organize and share real-world objects. Currently available as an invite-only closed beta, the app uses object recognition algorithm to detect and separate various objects on your photos. Read More

 

iOS 10 and macOS Sierra launching for public beta testing today

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 7, 2016

Apple will be releasing iOS 10 and macOS Sierra betas to public beta testers who enrolled in the Apple Beta Software Program, The Verge reports. iOS 10 is turning out to be much more than another release, with dozens of refinements and little things on top of headlining new features, some of which allow developers to build apps for the stock Messages, Maps and Phone apps, as well as integrate with Siri. Read More

 
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