Error messages popping up from failed automatic iOS updates? Here’s the fix

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 21, 2016

Your iPhone and/or iPad can perform over the air (OTA) software updates automatically during the night while you’re sleeping, so long as it’s connected to a power source and you’ve given it permission first. While this feature is incredibly convenient for anyone who doesn’t have the time to wait for software updates during the day, it can sometimes be problematic.

There are all kinds of error messages that might pop up, but one of the more common messages you may come across, especially on iOS 10 devices, will look a lot like the one you see above. In this piece, we’ll talk about troubleshooting steps you can take to fix various types of similar error messages once and for all and get your device up to date. Read More

 

Apple stops signing iOS 10.1.1

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 20, 2016

Apple has stopped signing iOS 10.1 and 10.1.1 on Tuesday in a move that’s sure to choke the jailbreak community a little bit further. It’s typical of Apple to follow this kind of behavior after a new firmware release, so it’s not surprising this would happen as iOS 10.2 was released just over a week ago.

With the firmware no longer being signed, downgrades to iOS 10.1.1 are currently no longer possible, so if you’ve upgraded to iOS 10.2 recently or need to do a fresh restore of iOS 10.1.1 in iTunes, then you’re out of luck. Read More

 

Viber launches instant video messages, chat extensions, redesigned emoji & more

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 20, 2016

About a month and a half ago, Viber rolled out Public Accounts as a new way to reach brands. Today, the messaging service pushed another update to its mobile app on the App Store. With Viber 6.5.5 for iPhone, you can now send instant video messages to contacts, share interesting online content with chat extensions without leaving the app, enjoy completely redrawn emoticons and add up to 250 participants to a group chat. Read More

 

Instagram enhances Stories with stickers, Save Story option, hands-free shooting & more

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 20, 2016

Instagram is on a roll: hot on the heels of enabling a bookmarking feature, Boomerang montagescommenting improvements and disappearing media attachments in Direct, the popular photo-sharing service today announced additional features for your Stories. These include regular and holiday-themed stickers, text enhancements, hands-free video mode, the ability to save a Story video to iOS’s Camera roll and more. Read More

 

Apple launches beta 2 of iOS 10.2.1 and macOS Sierra 10.12.3

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 20, 2016

Apple on Tuesday seeded to members of the Apple Developer Program a second beta of iOS 10.2 and a second beta of what would become the third major update to macOS Sierra. iOS 10.2.1 beta 2 (build 14D15) and macOS Sierra 10.12.3 beta 2 (build 16D17a) are now available to install over-the-air via Settings → General → Software Update on iOS devices and under the Mac App Store’s Updates tab on the Mac. Read More

 

Duet Display update brings Touch Bar to your iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 20, 2016

Duet Display, an app from ex-Apple engineers that turns your iPad into an extra display for your Mac or Windows PC, was updated today on the App Store with an interesting new feature that adds a Touch Bar to your tablet. Simply use Duet Display’s free of charge iOS app to connect to Duet Display running on a Mac with Sierra 10.12.2 or later and enable the new feature in Duet’s menu bar settings. Read More

 

How to delete your Super Mario Run game data without deleting the app

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 20, 2016

The popular new Super Mario Run game by Nintendo doesn’t have a whole lot of levels to play, but if you ever get to the point where you want to just delete all your in-game progress and start all over again, then you’ll be happy to know there’s a way to do that.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can delete all your Super Mario Run game progress data without having to delete the game from your device and re-download it later on. Read More

 

How to use the on-demand VPN feature on your iPhone or iPad

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 20, 2016

Depending on the VPN you’re using, your iPhone or iPad might be able to take advantage of a feature called VPN on demand (VPoD).

Essentially what this does is it connects you to your VPN automatically when it’s needed so you don’t have to toggle it on manually before accessing the internet from your device. As a result, you can have peace of mind because your information is protected once you begin using the internet. Read More

 

YouText lets you colorize the text and background of the Notes app

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 18, 2016

Despite all of the new features the Notes app keeps getting in Apple’s iOS updates, one of the most basic things you still can’t do is change the text color.

A new free jailbreak tweak in Cydia called YouText gives you the ability to change both the text and background color of the Notes app, giving jailbreakers an added layer of customization in the Notes app they didn’t have before. Read More

 

FlixEnhancer adds handy new features to the Netflix app

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 17, 2016

Netflix is one of the world’s most popular media streaming services in terms of movies and TV shows, and their mobile app is no exception to the service’s popularity.

On the other hand, that doesn’t mean the app is perfect, and that’s why a developer has made a new jailbreak tweak called FlixEnhancer, which brings a slew of new features and improvements to the native Netflix app for iOS. Read More

 

Darkr, Bookout, PRIMO, and other apps to check out this weekend

By Cody Lee on Dec 17, 2016

It’s the weekend again, and once you get tired of playing Super Mario Run, you’re going to be looking for other new apps and games to try. Never fear, iDB is here to help. In this week’s Apps of the Week roundup, we have an awesome new black and white photo editor, a book-reading tracker, an app for buying things on-the-fly, and of course two new games for you to check out. Read More

 

The quickest way to take and store a private photo on your iPhone

By Steffen Reich on Dec 16, 2016

There is an abundance of third-party apps offering secure and private storage room for photos on your iPhone that are not necessarily meant for everyone’s eyes. As convenient as these can be, the crux with most privately-owned apps is that your pictures may end up being uploaded to somebody else’s (hopefully secure) server.

If you are already entrusting Apple with handling your most sensitive data and would like to keep it between the two of you, that does not mean you are barred from taking and privately storing photos. That is because if you know of a rather inconspicuous setting pertaining to the Notes app and acquaint yourself with a few gestures, swiftly taking and storing photos outside the Camera Roll becomes a breeze.

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When is Apple going to pay FaceTime the attention it deserves?

By Steffen Reich on Dec 16, 2016

The other day I overheard a woman at the coffee shop spiritedly conversing on FaceTime with what I can only presume was her mother. The topic of discussion had been the daughter’s holiday trip, and her mom said something that struck a chord with me: why can’t you show me the photos on here? This got me thinking (at which point I stopped listening in, promised). Since its inception, FaceTime has received dreadfully little attention from Apple. The introduction of FaceTime Audio aside, the service practically makes for an absolute freeze-up in an otherwise constantly forward moving software environment.

As consumers, we have become used to companies spending more resources and time on pet projects of theirs and conversely less on comparably idle services, but what is astonishing is that this analogy does not explain the ongoing neglect of FaceTime. Because for all its faults and plainness, FaceTime is tremendously popular. For reasons only known to the Cupertino giant however, it does barely show in the application’s development. To add insult to injury, the lackluster state is likely to persist for yet another year until the next big software update for iOS rolls in. Never mind the fact this means forever in industry years, but it’s even worse because FaceTime is already adrift of the competition.

With that said, it is time for Apple to start play catch-up and resuscitate the service. Since the coffee shop encounter, I have been mulling over how Apple could ramp up the offering realistically in the near future. Here is what I believe is feasible and crucial for FaceTime to implement within the next year:

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Download Super Mario Run in the App Store right now

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 15, 2016

As promised, Super Mario Run, Nintendo’s first real smartphone game, launched on the App Store today, December 15. The side-scrolling, auto-runner platformer is available free of charge with a non-compulsory $9.99 upgrade to unlock the game’s three modes completely.

If you don’t see the GET button quite yet, force refresh the App Store app, then simply tap on the Notify button in the App Store description of the game. Enter your password or use Touch ID when prompted, and the game will begin downloading. If that doesn’t work, iDB editor Jim Gresham suggests force-quitting the App Store app, rebooting the device, launching the App Store app, and then download the game.

The anticipated title is optimized for one-handed play: as Mario automatically runs from left to right, you just tap the screen to make him jump. The longer you touch the screen, the higher he jumps. As with other Mario games, you’ll be avoiding various obstacles and collecting coins along the way whilst attempting to get our hero safely through the level in the fastest time possible. Read More

 

How to bypass jailbreak detection in Super Mario Run

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 15, 2016

The highly anticipated Super Mario Run platformer game from Nintendo launched on the App Store Thursday afternoon, but anyone who has a jailbroken device is in for a surprise when they try to play, as it appears Nintendo built jailbreak detection into the game.

This is particularly common among a number of hit games from the App Store, including Pokémon GO, and causes the app in question to do nothing but crash whenever you attempt to launch it, but there is a way around it if you still want to play Super Mario Run on your jailbroken iOS devices, and we’ll show you how. Read More

 

26 Super Mario Run moves to help you go further in the game

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 15, 2016

Super Mario Run just launched on the App Store, and as you can imagine, there has been a lot of energy from Apple and Nintendo fans around the world.

Being made for a smartphone rather than a handheld gaming unit as these kinds of games are usually made for, the game mechanics for Super Mario Run are a little different from your average Super Mario game.

In this post we’ll be outlining the many different moves you can perform in Super Mario Run and explain what they do. Read More

 

Instagram passes 600 million users

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 15, 2016

Aping Snapchat seems to have paid off in a major way for photo-sharing service Instagram as it announced passing a whopping 600 million users earlier today. The last hundred million Instagrammers joined the service in the past six months, said the Facebook-owned company.

Instagram infamously ripped off Snapchat Stories with its own Stories feature, which debuted in early-August. Read More

 

Apple’s free app of the week: Goat Simulator

By Cody Lee on Dec 15, 2016

Apple on Thursday updated its App of the Week promotion with the game Goat Simulator. This means that for the next 7 days, you can pick up the popular sandbox title for free on both iPhone and iPad—a savings of $5.

For those unfamiliar with the game, Goat Simulator is…exactly what it sounds like. You play as a goat, tasked with nothing more than running wild throughout a virtual town and causing as much destruction as possible. Read More

 

Video: how Mario games have evolved over the years

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 15, 2016

With Super Mario Run now live on the App Store following its announcement at the iPhone 7 event back in September, both Apple and Nintendo are now promoting the game like crazy. Early reviews indicate that Super Mario Run has all the hallmarks of the Mario franchise even though the game is optimized for one-handed gameplay so Mario constantly moves forward through the courses. Celebrating Mario’s App Store debut, Nintendo has put together a little video showing how the game has evolved over the years. Read More

 

iOS 10.2.1 and macOS Sierra 10.12.3 now available to public beta testers

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 15, 2016

After seeding iOS 10.2.1 beta 1 and macOS Sierra 10.12.3 beta 1 to members of the Apple Developer Program yesterday, Apple today released versions of these software updates for public beta-testing. If you sign up at the Apple Beta Software Program website to become a beta tester and install an appropriate configuration profile on your device, you too will be able to install the first beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.3 on your Mac and take iOS 10.2.1 for a spin on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Read More

 
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