App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for June 3

By Cody Lee on Jun 3, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the wonderful world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today’s picks include great deals on apps like Cinch, and some awesome new apps and games to try. Read More

 

Typo gives up on iPhone, announces $189 iPad keyboard case

By Cody Lee on Jun 3, 2015

Following its recent settlement with BlackBerry that forbids it from making iPhone keyboards, the embattled Typo announced today that it is launching a new keyboard case for the iPad. It costs $189, and is available for the iPad Air and Air 2, and soon the iPad mini 1,2 and 3.

For those who missed the news Monday, the Ryan Seacrest-backed Typo said it would no longer sell its flagship iPhone keyboard case. It had been sued by BlackBerry over the case multiple times for design infringement, and it finally decided to give up and focus on tablets. Read More

 

Google Drive receives Material Design overhaul with faster scrolling, syncing and image viewing

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 3, 2015

Google on Wednesday issued a version 4.0 update to its free of charge Google Drive for iOS application in the App Store. The first thing you’ll notice is a brand new design which follows Material Design guidelines set forth by Google itself.

In addition to a cleaned-up interface, other changes in Google Drive 4.0 for iPhone and iPad include much faster syncing of your files, as well as image viewing.

Scrolling performance has been improved, too, and they’ve finally implemented iOS’s standard swipe gesture to go back. Read More

 

Showtime confirms online-only streaming service, launching next month on iOS and Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 3, 2015

Showtime, a CBS-owned premium cable television service, has taken the plunge and will offer a standalone video-streaming service over the Internet with Apple as its first partner, the company confirmed Wednesday.

Simply called Showtime, the service will cost $10.99 per month and will be hitting the Apple TV, iPhone, iPod touch and iPad on July 12 ahead of season premier of several shows such as Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex.

A free 30-day trial will be available to new customers who sign up through Apple in July. Like HBO Now, Showtime’s new service will be an Apple exclusive at launch. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for June 2

By Cody Lee on Jun 2, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the wonderful world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today’s selections include great deals on apps like Weather Line and Up Next. Read More

 

How to change your email sender name

By Sébastien Page on Jun 2, 2015

Maybe you made a mistake when initially setting up your email account, or maybe you want to play some sort of prank on someone. Whatever your reason might be for doing so, you sometimes may want to change the name that is displayed as the sender when sending emails. In this post, I will show you how to change your email display name on iPhone, Mac, and iCloud. Read More

 

Wunderlist gets acquired by Microsoft

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 2, 2015

6Wunderkinder GmbH, the makers of Wunderlist, the popular to-do, list and tasks application for the Mac, iOS, Apple Watch and other platforms, confirmed today it’s being acquired by software giant Microsoft.

With more than thirteen million users across platforms and more than one billion to-dos created in Wunderlist, the app should seamlessly fit in Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s mobile first, cloud first vision.

But don’t fret, mobile Wunderlist apps aren’t going anywhere, at least for the time being. “As Wunderlist becomes a part of the Microsoft family, we’ll introduce a host of new features, keep adding partner integrations, and progress further in delivering Wunderlist to billions of people,” Christian Reber, 6Wunderkinder founder and CEO said Tuesday. Read More

 

iHome launches smart plug receptacle with HomeKit, pre-orders beginning June 15

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 2, 2015

Among the first wave of HomeKit-certified devices from SmartLinc and Ecobee, which dropped today ahead of Worldwide Developers Conference next week, iHome on Tuesday launched its HomeKit-enabled smart plug receptacle.

The first in iHome Control series of smart home products, the iHome iSP5 SmartPlug not only controls smart home appliances but “dumb” ones like lamps, using Apple’s HomeKit. The accessory will be available for pre-order on iHome.com beginning June 15. Read More

 

Turn any iPhone or iPad into a universal remote with Blumoo

By iDB Deals on Jun 2, 2015

The Blumoo universal remote allows you to control your entire home theater right from your iPhone or iPad instead of the remote hiding out under the couch cushions. Order the Blumoo for over 30% off at iDownloadBlog Deals. Read More

 

Imgur for iOS picks up upload feature

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 2, 2015

Imgur back in March 2015 released a much improved iPhone client for browsing the fascinating world of animated GIFs, replacing its original iOS app which got removed from the App Store due to user complaints.

Tuesday, they refreshed the software with a key feature request from many users: the ability to directly upload your own images and animated GIFs to the service. Previously, you had to use a different app to send your memes to the service or resort to using the web interface. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for June 1

By Cody Lee on Jun 1, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the wonderful world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today’s picks include deals on apps like Remote Mouse and games like Tesla Wars and Death Rally. Read More

 

Mosaic, Geometry Wars 3, Google Photos and more apps to check out this weekend

By Cody Lee on May 30, 2015

It’s the weekend again, and if you’ve found yourself looking for a way to fill the hours of a lazy Saturday or Sunday afternoon, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve compiled a list of some great apps and games that were released this week, that we think are worth checking out. Read More

 

Readdle launches Spark, gorgeous iPhone and Apple Watch email app to tame your inbox

By Christian Zibreg on May 29, 2015

Ukrainian developer Readdle, the maker of some of the finest productivity apps for the iPhone and iPad, today launched its most ambitious project yet, a personalized email client for the iPhone and Apple Watch conceived to help you deal with your inbox faster.

The app is called Spark, it looks neat and offers a number of compelling features, like quick replies, powerful search, fast signatures, smart notifications, attachments, cloud services support, email-to-PDF conversion, a WatchKit extension to check important messages on the wrist with an Apple Watch app and a glance, and much more. Read More

 

Unsurprisingly, iPhone Messages bug crashes iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, WhatsApp, Twitter and Snapchat

By Christian Zibreg on May 29, 2015

An odd software bug which causes the iPhone’s Messages application to crash and sends the handset into a respring after a certain text is received affects the iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch, too. In addition, the text bug apparently affects third-party social and messaging apps that deal with text, including WhatsApp, Twitter and Snapchat, The Guardian newspaper learned today.

That’s hardly surprising. The issue can be traced back to a specific series of Unicode characters, suggesting a bug in the text engine framework called CoreText that exists in iOS and OS X.

That would explain why third-party apps that deal with messages, like Twitter and Snapchat, were affected as they tap into Apple’s CoreText engine to manage strings of text and layouts. Read More

 

Google-owned Snapseed brings back Grunge filter, adds a couple improvements

By Christian Zibreg on May 29, 2015

Following a major 2.0 refresh in April of this year, Google on Friday issued a minor update to Snapseed, its mobile photo editing app popular amongst iPhone photographers.

Available free of charge in the App Store, Snapseed 2.0.2 features half a dozen improvements, among them the popular Grunge filter which has made an unexpected comeback following its mysterious removal.

“After releasing Snapseed 2, we’ve heard a lot of excited voices, but also listened to your constructive feedback,” Sven Tiffe, Snapseed’s technical program manager wrote in a blog post. “You told us and we heard you, Grunge is back!” Read More

 

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

By Cody Lee on May 28, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the wonderful world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today’s selections include great deals, and cool new apps and games you don’t want to miss! Read More

 

Arcade puzzler ‘Hyper Square’ goes free as Apple’s App of the Week

By Cody Lee on May 28, 2015

Apple has just named “Hyper Square” its App of the Week for this week. This means that from now through next Thursday, you’ll be able to download the popular arcade puzzler for both iPhone and iPad for free—a solid savings of $1.99.

For those who haven’t played Hyper Square before, it’s premise is fairly simple: place all squares in their respective targets as fast as possible. As the difficulty increases, watch the amount of time you have get reduced to fractions of a second. Read More

 

Google announces new ‘Photos’ cloud service with free unlimited storage

By Cody Lee on May 28, 2015

Google hosted its annual developer conference this morning where it talked about Android M, Android Pay and other initiatives. It also announced a new cloud-based storage service for your photos and videos called Google Photos, and it’s available on iOS today.

At first, Google Photos sounds a lot like iCloud Photo Library and other storage services: automatic back ups, integration with compatible apps, quick editing and sharing tools, and the ability to sort by various metrics. But there a few features that set Photos apart. Read More

 

Google opens Inbox app to everyone: updated with Undo Send, Trip Bundles, new gesture options and more

By Christian Zibreg on May 28, 2015

Inbox, a gesture driven email application from the Gmail team built on Google-acquired Sparrow technology, got refreshed with new features this morning starting with Undo Send. Now, Undo Send has been available for quite some time through Gmail’s web interface.

Now for the first time on your iPhone, Undo Send lets you take back an email right after sending in case you spotted a mistake, or have second thoughts. Also important, Inbox is now open to everyone so all Gmail fans can get in on the action right away. Read More

 

IneffectivePower and Unicode Suppressor will protect jailbroken devices from the “effective power” Messages bug

By Josh Pasholk on May 28, 2015

There is a new bug in iOS that resprings most peoples phones due to a low memory crash. It is caused by iOS’s inability to render certain strings of Arabic characters which overloads the memory, causing resprings and reboots or safe mode on a jailbroken device. Simply explained, when someone messages you those characters and you get a banner notification, your phone starts kicking the bucket.

A few developers have stepped in and saved the day for jailbreakers. This isn’t the first or second time the jailbreak community receives a security fix quicker than Apple is able to push one to stock devices. It’s a great example of the argument that jailbroken iOS, in the right hands, can be more secure than stock. Read More

 
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