Instagram gains pinch-zoom on photos and videos, a new button to improve low-light shots

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 31, 2016

Instagram today announced that users of its free of charge iPhone app can now use the familiar pinch-zoom gesture to zoom in on photos—and videos—found in their feed and elsewhere in the app. I’ve long craved for this feature: in fact, I’ve been using iOS’s system-wide Zoom feature to get a closer look at photos in the Instagram app that interest me. Just yesterday, Instagram pushed another update which brings out a new low-light button for its built-in camera. Read More

 

First hands-on demo of Siri’s app integration doesn’t disappoint

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 31, 2016

Capabilities of SiriKit, a new iOS 10 framework that lets third-party apps work with Siri, were on full display in the first hands-on demonstration given to Nathan Olivarez-Giles of the Wall Street Journal. In addition to extending Siri’s support for messaging, photo search and phone calls to more apps, SiriKit also adds support for new services, including ride booking and personal payments.

Nathan was pretty impressed with the usefulness of Siri’s app integration on iOS 10, calling it a “long-overdue” enhancement that will make Apple’s personal digital assistant “more useful in everyday life” than it’s ever been. Read More

 

How to create your own Geofilters for Snapchat

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 30, 2016

Snapchat’s Geofilters, special overlays that communicate the “where and when” of a Snap, can be quite useful—you can apply one to a Snap before sending it to a friend, or add it to your Story.

Today, Snapchat released a brand new web tool that lets you make custom On-Demand Geofilters using your own graphics or pre-made templates costing as little as $5 for a party in a small geographic area, no image editing software required.

You can customize your own Geofilters with the color palate and the text of your choosing. Once published, guests see your Geofilter when they post Snaps during your event. In this brief step-by-step tutorial, we’re going to guide you through the process of creating your own Geofilter using Snapchat’s new browser-based web tool. Read More

 

Daily Deals: $300 off MacBook Pro, $90 off Mini Jambox speaker, and more

By Cody Lee on Aug 30, 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

 

Snapchat’s sweet new update makes a handful of things a tad easier

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 30, 2016

A brand new version of Snapchat is now available in the App Store on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It’s a point update but don’t let that fool you as it makes a handful of things a bit easier. For starters, you can now finally preview a person’s public Stories without adding them as a friend. Before today, you had to add a contact as your friend to view their Stories so just this nice improvement alone could go a long way toward helping us discover new accounts and content on Snapchat a bit more easily than before. Read More

 

Where Cards Fall from Alto’s Adventure creators gets its first trailer

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 30, 2016

Back in March, we told you about a promising upcoming game, titled Where Cards Fall—a collaboration between Alto’s Adventure developer Snowman and LA-based studio The Game Band. Today, they shared with us their first-ever trailer for the game and it’s definitely worth a quick watch.

Even though the video doesn’t reveal much about game mechanics, we can tell from it that Where Cards Fall is going to have atmospheric look to it. The game will task you with building and re-building various structures in different ways using cards and today’s trailer shows off some of its eye-candy visuals. Read More

 

Instagram’s popular Explore tab now recommends Stories from people you could follow

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 30, 2016

Today, Instagram’s Explore tab will start showing some users a bar of Stories from accounts they could follow, TechCrunch reported yesterday, saying these algorithmically personalized suggestions will roll out to everyone soon. Stories recommendations are based on who you follow and the topics you care about, making it easy to add someone new to your Home feed’s Stories section. Read More

 

Daily Deals: $300 off LG 55-inch OLED TV, $100 off MacBook Pro, and more

By Cody Lee on Aug 29, 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

 

Steven Levy confirms that some of the data in Apple iBrain can be restored to a new phone

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 29, 2016

Journalist Steven Levy’s excellent in-depth look at Apple’s machine learning and artificial intelligence systems used throughout iOS and its other products have left some people wondering about transferring the so-called iBrain database to a new device. Apple told Levy that iBrain is local to a device and doesn’t get sent to the cloud.

The explanation promoted some people to wonder if that means that iBrain has to start all over again after getting a new phone, and lose all memory of what it learned in the process. As it turns out, some of the information in that “brain” can indeed be restored and moved to a new device in a safe manner. Read More

 

New Surface Pro 4 ad calls MacBook Air “less useful, like a hat for your cat”

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 29, 2016

Following its recent iPad Pro-dissing commercial, Microsoft today released another nicely done Surface Pro 4 ad which takes aim at the MacBook Air, calling it “less useful, like a hat for your cat”. Surface ads have successfully promoted competitive advantages of the hybrid device, which comes with a detachable keyboard, pen, touchscreen and more. And thanks to an Intel chip, it runs the full Office suite and most other Windows programs, like Photoshop. Read More

 

Bonk!, tldarling, Jam Looper, and other apps to check out this weekend

By Cody Lee on Aug 27, 2016

We’ll keep things short and sweet this week. The latest edition of our Apps of the Week roundup includes a fun new photo editor from Jimmy Fallon, an app that auto-summarizes long web articles, a minimal music-maker, and of course two new games for you to check out. Read More

 

Daily Deals: Unlocked LG G5 $400, Fitbit Charge HR $86, and more

By Cody Lee on Aug 26, 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 issues iOS 10 beta 8 to developers & beta 7 to public beta testers

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 26, 2016

Apple today released an eighth beta of iOS 10 (build number “14A5346a”) to members of the Apple Developer Program and the seventh beta of iOS 10 to public beta testers who are signed on the Apple Beta Software Program. It’s worth repeating that iOS 10 beta 8 for developers and iOS 10 beta 7 for public beta testers contain the same features.

The devices on a prior beta can be updated in Settings → General → Software Update, but some users are reporting issues trying to update to beta 8. Read More

 

Intel could begin fabricating iPhone and iPad chips as early as 2018

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 26, 2016

Both in-house designed ‘A10’ and ‘A11’ chips for this year’s iPhone 7 and 2017 iPhones/iPads, respectively, are believed to be manufactured solely by Taiwan’s semiconductor foundry TSMC (sorry, Samsung).

According to Nikkei Asian Review, Intel is now perfectly poised to give TSMC a good run for its money in as little as two years because any Apple chips after the A10/A11 should be fabricated by Intel.

The recently signed licensing deal between Intel and UK-based ARM Holdings lets the former fabricate chips for smartphones based on the latter’s CPU technology. Read More

 

Daily Deals: 16GB iPhone SE $370, 12.9-inch iPad Pro $640, and more

By Cody Lee on Aug 25, 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’s free app of the week: MindNode

By Cody Lee on Aug 25, 2016

Apple on Thursday updated its App of the Week promotion with the app MindNode. This means from now through next Thursday, you’ll be able to pick up the powerful mind-mapping app on both iPhone and iPad for free—a huge savings of $10.

Mind maps are a visual representation of your ideas, starting with a central thought and growing from there. MindNode allows you to brainstorm, organize and share your thoughts in an intuitive way, so you can really focus on the ideas behind them. Read More

 

iOS 9.3.5 update patches three major security vulnerabilities

By Cody Lee on Aug 25, 2016

The just-released iOS 9.3.5 update patches three major security vulnerabilities, reports The New York Times. Apple was alerted to the flaws just 10 days ago by security researchers Bill Marczak and John Scott Railton, and is urging users to update.

Investigators discovered that Israeli-based digital arms dealer NSO Group was using the exploits in software it sells that can track smartphones. The program can read texts and emails, track calls and location, and can record sounds and passwords. Read More

 

How to opt out of WhatsApp-Facebook account data sharing

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 25, 2016

As you may have heard, WhatsApp is starting to share some of users’ account data with Facebook (things like your registered phone number and the last time you used the service) to improve targeted advertising and friend suggestions on Facebook and better fight spam on WhatsApp. Thankfully, you can easily opt out, right when the prompt goes up, or within 30 days of accepting the new terms, here’s how. Read More

 

WhatsApp begins sharing account data with Facebook to boost targeted advertising

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 25, 2016

Facebook-owned WhatsApp today updated its Terms and Privacy Policy for the first time in four years to reflect that the messaging service will start sharing select account data with Facebook in order to improve targeted advertising. Wait, does that mean that you’re going to be inundated with ads on WhatsApp? In a word, no—at least for the time being. As per the amended terms of service, “We still do not allow third-party banner ads on WhatsApp.” Read More

 

Daily Deals: $270 off Vizio 60-inch 4K TV, $320 off MacBook Pro, and more

By Cody Lee on Aug 24, 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

 
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