Daily Deals: $100 iTunes gift card for $85, $50 off Nest Cam, and more

By Cody Lee on Jun 6, 2016

Hello! Welcome to iDB’s new exploratory ‘Daily Deals’ post. Here you will find a roundup of some of our favorite deals of the day on tech and tech-related products such as smartphones, tablets, accessories, connected devices, and even video games and consoles.

This is an experiment of sorts, born out of our love for tech and discounts. So we’re going to do a little trial run, and see how it goes. If it turns out to be something readers are interested in, we’ll add more products from more websites, and make this a daily thing. Read More

 

Instagram’s new iOS extension finally lets you share without needing to launch the app

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 6, 2016

It’s hard to tell from release notes alone, which only mention bug fixes and performance improvements, but Instagram’s version 8.2 update that went live this morning on the App Store packs in a much improved Share sheet extension.

Long overdue, the new extension finally lets you upload photos and videos directly to the service, without needing to open the app at all. Read More

 

Apple seeds iOS 9.3.3 beta 2 to developers

By Cody Lee on Jun 6, 2016

Apple on Monday seeded the second beta of iOS 9.3.3 to developers. Registered iOS developers can grab the new build from the Apple Developer Center, or via an over-the-air update on a compatible device with the latest software.

The update comes two weeks after the first iOS 9.3.3 beta was released, and it’s mostly bug fixes. It’s also worth noting that Apple has seemingly fixed the 9.7-inch iPad Pro issue, as there’s now a beta available for the flagship tablet.

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Checking out Focus, a minimalist task manager for iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 6, 2016

Focus for iPhone, a new task manager by Oslo, Norway-headquartered digital marketing agency Dots Design, is a beautifully conceived application with a minimalist user interface which makes creating lists built around your lifestyle a breeze.

Available at no charge on the App Store, Focus, as the name suggests, is all about focusing on the task at hand. The minimal user interface lends itself nicely to keeping the app very easy to use, with gestures-driven actions and a single screen on which everything takes place. Read More

 

Viber gains iCloud backup, support for sending money, animated GIFs and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 6, 2016

Messaging service Viber this morning pushed a new update to its App Store app, adding several new long overdue features. For starters, iPhone users can now back up and restore their chat history through iCloud, making keeping their conversations after an iOS restore possible.

The application now has a brand new native watchOS 2 app for your wrist with canned responses on your Apple Watch. Other new features in this edition of Viber include support for sending and receiving animated GIF images, sending money from within the app and low-rate Viber Out calling plans via a redesigned screen. Read More

 

Look, Finch for Twitter, Annotable, and other apps to check out this weekend

By Cody Lee on Jun 4, 2016

In this week’s edition of our Apps of the Week post, we’ve hand-picked 5 titles for you to check out this weekend. The selections include a video streaming app with a unique twist, a different kind of Twitter client, a full-featured annotation app, and two new games that you won’t want to miss! Read More

 

Daily Deals: $200 off 4K iMac, $270 off 13.3-inch MacBook Air, and more

By Cody Lee on Jun 3, 2016

Hello! Welcome to iDB’s new exploratory ‘Daily Deals’ post. Here you will find a roundup of some of our favorite deals of the day on tech and tech-related products such as smartphones, tablets, accessories, connected devices, and even video games and consoles.

This is an experiment of sorts, born out of our love for tech and discounts. So we’re going to do a little trial run, and see how it goes. If it turns out to be something readers are interested in, we’ll add more products from more websites, and make this a daily thing. Read More

 

Get ready for WWDC 2016 with official Apple TV app

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 3, 2016

Just ahead of WWDC 2016, which kicks of with a keynote presentation on Monday, June 13, at 10am, Apple issues a timely refresh to its official WWDC app for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

The refreshed app has an all-new dark interface and now runs on the fourth-generation Apple TV so you can watch WWDC action from the comfort of your couch. Read More

 

Instagram’s new algorithm that rearranges your feed is now live

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 3, 2016

In mid-March 2016, Facebook-owned Instagram said it would soon tweak its algorithm to surface posts you care about at the top of your feed. Since then, the company has been testing the improved algorithm with a very small subset of its 400 million monthly active users. Starting today, this feature is available to all Instagram users without needing to update the mobile app, the company reported. Read More

 

Twitter implements half-baked support for 360-degree video

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 3, 2016

Micro-blogging startup Twitter has added basic support for 360-degree video after both YouTube and Facebook did the same months ago, said The Verge. However, videos shot with 360-degree cameras won’t yet play inline inside Twitter’s mobile app or website. Rather, users are taken to a separate website where they can click and drag to look around the videos. Read More

 

Facebook is shutting down Notify, its little used real-time news app

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 3, 2016

Facebook is killing off Notify for iPhone, its mobile notifications app for news, sports, weather and more, a company spokesperson confirmed to TechCrunch.

The app debuted on the App Store about six months ago, in November 2015. Notify was conceived as a real-time news app designed around push notifications “from sources you love, right on your lock screen, all in one place.” Read More

 

Check out the top 40 user-created Badland levels

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 3, 2016

The original Badland game is still one of my favorite atmospheric puzzlers on any platform. Although it’s two years old now, there’s nothing quite like it on the App Store. That’s because its creator, Helsinki, Finland-based Frogmind Games, has made a smart move of building a level editor into the game.

As a result, you get more levels to play than you could bargain for. But, with 2000+ levels created each week, small wonder people are having a hard time finding ones worthy their time. Frogmen has thought of that: in its latest “Eternal Day” update, the game brings out a curated selection of the best 40 levels out of 70,000+. Read More

 

Turn your physical notes into digital ones with Equil Digital & Ink Smartpen 2

By iDB Deals on Jun 3, 2016

Some people can retain information just as easily via typing as they would when taking notes by hand, but studies have shown that the act of physically writing results in significantly more retention. The best of both worlds is now available in the Equil Digital & Ink Smartpen 2, allowing you to create, edit and share your ideas seamlessly between paper and digital. Now you can pick up your own with a $50 SmartMarker coupon bonus, all for 31% off.

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Daily Deals: $85 Apple Pencil, $7 iPad Pro case, $650 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and more

By Cody Lee on Jun 2, 2016

Hello! Welcome to iDB’s new exploratory ‘Daily Deals’ post. Here you will find a roundup of some of our favorite deals of the day on tech and tech-related products such as smartphones, tablets, accessories, connected devices, and even video games and consoles.

This is an experiment of sorts, born out of our love for tech and discounts. So we’re going to do a little trial run, and see how it goes. If it turns out to be something readers are interested in, we’ll add more products from more websites, and make this a daily thing. Read More

 

Apple’s free app of the week: Sago Mini Road Trip

By Cody Lee on Jun 2, 2016

Apple on Thursday updated its App of the Week promotion with the game Sago Mini Road Trip. This means that for the next 7 days, you’ll be able to download the popular children’s title on both iPhone and iPad for free, a solid savings of $3.

In Sago, kids play as Jinja the cat as they set out on a road trip. There are more than 10 vehicles and 6 destinations to choose from, and no rules or time pressures to worry about. So kids can relax, hit the road and explore at their own pace. Read More

 

Apple releases updated version of iOS 9.3.2 for 9.7-inch iPad Pro

By Sébastien Page on Jun 2, 2016

Nearly two weeks after pulling this version for bricking 9.7-inch iPad Pro devices, Apple has released iOS 9.3.2 today, presumably fixing the bricking issue once and for all. Carrying build number 13F72 this iOS 9.3.2 update is specifically for the 9.7-inch version of the iPad Pro. The update is now available both over the air, and as a separate download. Read More

 

Many third-party Instagram apps no longer working

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 2, 2016

Do you use a third-party app to browse Instagram feeds and hashtags more efficiently on an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad?

If so, there’s a high likelihood that your app has now ceased functioning due to Instagram’s new and much stricter policy pertaining to the official API, which has gone into effect today, as first noted by MacRumors. Read More

 

iOS continues bleeding share to Android as smartphone market slows considerably

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 2, 2016

Mary Meeker’s 2016 Internet Trends Report is a treasure trove of surveys and predictions on the global trends concerning our industry. I found out this morning that half of the searches will be either through images or speech by 2020 and that Siri was handling more than one billion requests per week through speech as of June 2015.

I’ve now compiled the report’s most interesting tidbits regarding Internet usage around the world, the iOS vs. Android battle and more. Read More

 

Relax with Alto’s Adventure’s new Zen Mode

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 2, 2016

Alto’s Adventure from developer Snowman, the popular endless snowboarding odyssey set in the tranquil wilderness, was updated this morning on the App Store with all-new Zen and Photo modes and other perks.

Zen Mode, a new way to enjoy the game, is a dedicated experience that helps you unwind “for all those times when catching llamas and chasing high scores isn’t high on the agenda”. Read More

 

Facebook has added over 1,500 new emoji characters to Messenger

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 2, 2016

Facebook announced yesterday that it’s adding more than 1,500 new emoji to its free mobile Messenger app, bringing a lot more diversity to your communications.

Underscoring that emojis have changed the way we talk to each other, “from skin tones that you can choose to lots of women in great roles”, the post reveals that nearly ten percent of mobile sends in Messenger include emojis. Read More

 
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