Viber launches Public Accounts for brands, overhauls media menus in iPhone app

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 9, 2016

Popular messaging app Viber today launched a new account format, called Public Accounts, which allows businesses and brands to interact with users. More than a thousand Public Accounts from such brands as BBC, Mashable, The Washington Post, The Weather Channel and more were available at launch, with many more to follow in the coming days and weeks. Subscribing to Public Accounts allows users to get updates from brands they love and post messages that other followers will see. Read More


Join Microsoft’s Skype Insider initiative to beta-test upcoming features

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 9, 2016

Microsoft is launching a new Skype Insider initiative which invites users to download pre-release builds and test upcoming features before they’re rolled out to everyone.

Microsoft already has similar programs available for Windows and the Xbox and now Skype users can sign up online at the Skype Insiders registration form. If you decide to participate in the program, you will be permitted to install pre-release builds of Skype alongside your current version of the app. Read More


Dedicated Apple Support app soft-launches in the Netherlands

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 9, 2016

A year ago, screenshots and information leaked concerning Apple’s dedicated iPhone app designed to consolidate users’ support, repair and troubleshooting needs in the palm of their hand. Last evening, a brand new Apple Support app launched on the App Store in The Netherlands ahead of its presumed staggered rollout around the world.

With it, owners of iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices can explore their support options, schedule repair appointments, manage AppleCare services and more. Read More


This app lets you try out Touch Bar on Macs that lack a physical Touch Bar

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 9, 2016

Crafted by developers Andreas Verhoeven and Robbert Klarenbeek, a new proof-of-concept app allows you to play with the MacBook Pro’s new Touch Bar via your iPad or on your Mac’s screen. What the demo app does is render the Touch Bar interface on an iPad or your computer’s screen that you can use to control apps and features on your Mac. Read More


Daily Deals: Amazon Echo $120, 23-inch HP display $87, and more

By Cody Lee on Nov 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


iOS 10.2 beta 2 now available to public beta testers

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 8, 2016

If you’re enrolled in the Apple Beta Software Program, you can now download a second beta of iOS 10.2 to your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Apple yesterday released iOS 10.2 beta 2 to members of the Apple Developer Program and now the software is available to public beta testers, too. In addition to this new public beta, Apple also seeded macOS Sierra 10.12.2 beta 2 to registered developers today. Read More


Apple granted a patent for augmented reality-enhanced maps and navigation on iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 8, 2016

We know from Tim Cook’s remarks that Apple dabbled in virtual reality systems before deciding that augmented reality is the way to go. As opposed to virtual reality which completely immersed you in computer-generated environments, augmented reality overlays computer imagery on live video feed of the real world, enhancing or augmenting the images of your real-life surroundings.

Apple’s latest patent award for augmented reality maps that surfaced today in the database of the United States Patent & Trademark Office underscores the company’s commitment to augmented reality technologies. Read More


Snapchat update enables new gestures for sharing Snaps and using Lenses

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 8, 2016

Snapchat today issued a small update to its iPhone application, which can be downloaded for free from the App Store. The app’s version number has been bumped to as the latest update enables two new gestures for easier sharing of content and navigating your Stories and the Discover tab. As a bonus, Snapchat fans now have an easier way to use Lenses. Read More


The Trail is a beautiful jaunt in the palm of your hand

By Steffen Reich on Nov 8, 2016

In gaming circles, the mentioning of Peter Molyneux’s name alone will cue plenty of associations. The Brit gained industry fame at the helm of projects such as Black & White or Fable, inextricably linking his name to figments of fantastical worlds, deep characters and far-reaching decisions on virtue and morality. In 2012, Molyneux founded 22Cans and branched out to mobile gaming. So far, remarkably little has come off it on iPhone.

In view of the latest product out of 22Cans’ think tank, the rules might however just have changed. Their latest adventure goes by the name The Trail and revolves around the ostensibly quiet premise of wandering nature. Contrary to some notions inherent to hiking though, it is remarkably entertaining, oddly social and distinctly Molyneux. Oh, and it is a visual treat for your eyes.

Find out if the game with the curious premise is cut out for you in our review.

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Anker’s power banks and solar chargers keep your devices juiced up while on the go

By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 8, 2016

If you do a lot of traveling and like to stay connected with your friends and family via your smartphone or tablet, then you probably need as much battery life as you can get. Out and about, you won’t always have access to a plug in the wall, so it’s a good idea to have a backup plan for keeping your devices charged.

Anker makes some great solutions, including the PowerCore 20000 and PowerCore+ 26800 power banks, and a 21W PowerPort Solar charger so you can harness the power of the Sun. Any of these can help make mobile charging easier. Read More


Apple clamps down on fake shopping apps, invites users to report problematic apps

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 7, 2016

Fake apps that pretend to be from well-known brands have been an incredibly annoying issue for almost as long as the App Store has existed. Like clockwork, apps that spoof big brands manage to make their way into the App Store ahead of a pre-holiday surge and this year’s no different.

As The New York Times reports, rogue app factories in China have been busy churning out counterfeit shopping apps by the hundreds, with one particular developer being responsible for an avalanche of fake apps for brands like Puma, Nike, Canada Goose, Celine and others.

Beware these apps as they’re scams designed to fool you into providing your passwords and credit card data. Thankfully, Apple is clamping down on the latest round of fake apps as the Great App Store Purge continues unabated. Read More


How to search along your route in Apple Maps

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 7, 2016

Apple Maps has improved significantly over the years and is now miles ahead of its initial version in terms of reliability, accuracy and features. As part of the latest set of improvements in Maps, users can now search for various points of interests along their route while navigating, stuff like gas stations, restaurants, shops, motels and other businesses.

You can then add a quick stop to your plotted route and even get an estimate of how it will impact the length of your trip.

In this quick tutorial, you’ll learn how to search along route in Maps for iPhone using a new feature called Quick Controls. Read More


A quick look at Apple’s new TV app

By Cody Lee on Nov 7, 2016

Apple released the second betas of iOS 10.2 and tvOS 10.1 on Monday and in them, it included its new TV app. The company introduced the new app at its ‘hello again’ Mac event last month, saying they believe it’s going to “completely change how you watch TV.”

TV is essentially a television guide that helps you find and discover available content. So after using Single Sign-On to login with your cable credentials, the app will populate with movies, TV shows and live events, with a focus on stuff you might be interested in. Read More


Apple seeds beta 2 of iOS 10.2, watchOS 3.1.1, and tvOS 10.1 to developers

By Cody Lee on Nov 7, 2016

Apple on Monday seeded the second beta of iOS 10.2 to developers. Folks enrolled in Apple’s developer program can install the update via the over-the-air mechanism in the Settings app, or from the dev center.

Beta 2 comes one week after the first beta was released, which revealed a number of user-facing changes and improvements like new wallpaper and emoji. Today’s beta adds onto that with Apple’s new TV app. Read More


Hit PC/Mac strategy game ROME: Total War is launching on iPad later this week

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 7, 2016

Mac and Linux games publisher Feral Interactive has confirmed today that it will be bringing the iconic PC strategy game ROME: Total War to the iPad this coming Thursday. “On November 10, the grandeur, glory and brutality of Ancient Rome comes to iPad,” said the company.

The premium title is priced at $9.99 and includes no In-App Purchases whatsoever. Feral is promising touch-friendly controls, optimized Retina graphics with updated textures and other enhancements.

This marks the first time ROME: Total War has been ported to mobile devices. Read More


Server-side update for Pokémon GO provides players with daily bonuses

By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 7, 2016

Although the Halloween event might be over for Pokémon GO players, a new server-side update for the game is rolling out to all players that aims to invoke a resurgence in the game’s popularity. Read More


Bear, Workfrom, 60dB and other apps to check out this weekend

By Cody Lee on Nov 5, 2016

It’s been a long week so let’s just get right to it with our latest round of Apps of the Week selections. We have the hot new note-taking/writing app Bear, a new app for finding cool places to work from, and an app for listening to personalized, short-form news and entertainment audio clips from ex-Netflix employees. And as usual, we have two cool new games for you to check out. Read More


Round the corners of the multitasking cards in the App Switcher with RoundedSwitchr

By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 5, 2016

RoundedSwitchr is a new free jailbreak tweak that lets you add rounded corners to the multitasking cards in your iPhone or iPad’s App Switcher.

The tweak adds a preferences pane to the Settings app where you can control the corner roundness radius. The default is 10.0, but our screenshot above is pretty close to the 30.0 mark. You can set this radius amount as low as 0.0 or as high as 100.0. Read More


Get rid of the clunky stock volume HUD in iOS with SmartVolumeControl

By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 4, 2016

The stock volume HUD has always been a pain point of iPhone and iPad users for years. As a result, it’s not surprising that so many jailbreak tweak releases have come along in Cydia to bring a better solution for what seems like a major oversight by Apple.

A new jailbreak tweak called SmartVolumeControl is just another one of those releases, and it aims to be a solution that can be customized to your heart’s content and also stays out of the way when you don’t want it to be. Read More


Gameloft’s Asphalt Xtreme screeches its way into App Store

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 3, 2016

French games developer and publisher Gameloft today released Asphalt Xtreme, the latest installment in its popular Asphalt mobile racing franchise. If Asphalt 8: Airborne was too boring for your tastes, this new racer should get your adrenaline going and juices flowing.

In Asphalt Xtreme you’ll be ripping around dunes, charging through canyons, drifting across the mud and flying past your opponents to reach the finish line.

Like many, many, many premium games on the App Store, Asphalt Xtreme is a freemium download with extra features, in-game currency, optional upgrades and other items available optionally via the In-App Purchase mechanism. Read More

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