Daily Deals: $200 off Apple Watch, Bluetooth speaker $13, and more

By Cody Lee on Jul 1, 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 tidbit: managing read receipts on a per-conversation basis

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 1, 2016

iOS 10 has a new hidden switch, called Emergency Bypass, which permits you to override your global Do Not Disturb setting on a per-contact basis. It’s especially handy for those times when you wanna enable Messages notifications for a contact that isn’t in your Favorites, even if Do Not Disturb is on.

A similar new feature in iOS 10’s Messages app makes it easy to enable or disable read receipts, which tell the other person when you’ve read an incoming text, on a per-conversation basis. Read More

 

Check out this beautiful Space Black iPhone 7 concept

By Cody Lee on Jun 30, 2016

Prolific designer Martin Hajek was back again on Thursday with a new set of mockup photos for the iPhone 7 in the rumored Space Black colorway. As usual, Hajek’s renderings are gorgeous and the details of the handset match up closely with recent reports.

Following up on its own claim that Apple is looking to add a deep blue color variant to this year’s iPhone, Japanese publication Mac Otakara said earlier this week that the hue is going to be closer to a “Dark Space Black,” similar to that used for the Apple Watch. Read More

 

Daily Deals: UE Roll Bluetooth speaker $50, Aukey mini drone $25, and more

By Cody Lee on Jun 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

 

Facebook shutting down Paper app

By Cody Lee on Jun 30, 2016

Facebook has announced that it is shutting down its newsreader app Paper. The app itself is no longer available for download in the US App Store, and the company says it will cease functioning for existing users at the end of next month.

Introduced in January 2014, Paper received praise for its beautiful design, swipe-based navigation, and exclusion of the typical Facebook noise like ads and game invites. However, it failed to gain much traction among the 1 billion+ users. Read More

 

Apple’s free app of the week: Mimpi Dreams

By Cody Lee on Jun 30, 2016

Apple on Thursday updated its App of the Week promotion with the game Mimpi Dreams. This means that for the next 7 days, you’ll be able to download the critically-acclaimed puzzle-platformer for free on both iPhone and iPad—a solid savings of $2.

Mimpi is a lazy dog who likes to take naps and dream about being a super hero. Players are tasked with helping him save his friends by solving puzzles and manipulating environmental objects as they work their way through originally-illustrated levels. Read More

 

iOS 10 tidbit: ‘Hey Siri’ intelligently responds on one nearby device at a time

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 30, 2016

iOS 10 adjusts how a tetherless Siri feature works in a rather interesting way. Rather than have every single nearby device respond to the ‘Hey Siri’ command, creating a cacophony of multiple sounds, iOS 10 responds to the hotword on only one nearby device at a time.

As first discovered by 9to5Mac, the Siri waveform animation reveals that even though all nearby devices are listening for voice input all the time, iOS 10 intelligently determines which devices should stop listening and let just one device take the lead. Read More

 

Samsung could build 240M AMOLEDs for future iPhones in the next 3 years

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 30, 2016

LG Display, Japan Display, AU Optronics, Samsung Display and Foxconn-owned Sharp are all said to share production of AMOLED panels for future iPhones, with Samsung alone providing an estimated 240 million AMOLED units in the next three years beginning in 2017, DigiTimes Research predicted yesterday.

Samsung is the world’s top producer of AMOLED panels. When deployed to the iPhone, this technology will result in crisper colors, deeper blacks, increased brightness, high visibility under direct sunlight and reduced power consumption. Read More

 

Facebook tweaks News Feed to prioritize friends over news sites

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 30, 2016

Adam Mosseri, Facebook’s Vice President of Product Management, announced yesterday an upcoming change to the News Feed ranking algorithm on the service.

Soon, your News Feed will prioritize content from friends over news stories from publishers to address missing important updates from friends because content from professional publishers would get preferential treatment. Read More

 

Long exposure and time-lapse photography made easy with updated Pocket Tripod

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 30, 2016

Pocket Tripod, a credit card sized phone holder that started as a Kickstarter project in 2013, has been updated to accommodate iPhones and Android smartphones of all sizes, with or without a case. Created by Geometrical Inc.‘s Rambod Radmard, this tremendously useful accessory fits in your wallet and unfolds into a phone stand.

More importantly, it doubles as a mini-tripod for times when you need your iPhone’s camera to be steady. The updated version is expected to ship in October. Read More

 

MetroPCS to start selling iPhones on July 1

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 30, 2016

MetroPCS, a prepaid wireless carrier in the United States that is part of T-Mobile USA, will start selling Apple’s iPhones on July 1 in a limited number of retail stores in Florida. The program should expand nationwide following the Florida launch.

According to the official announcement from T-Mobile, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be available for $649 and $749, respectively

The iPhone SE and iPhone 5s will be available for $349 and $199, respectively. Read More

 

iPhone 7 ‘A10’ chip orders to help grow TSMC’s quarterly revenue by 20 percent

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 30, 2016

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, the world’s top semiconductor foundry which Apple has commissioned to build ‘A10’ processors for the next iPhone alongside Samsung, is expected to grow its revenue substantially in the third quarter of this year thanks to these orders.

Taiwan’s Central News Agency, quoted by trade publication DigiTimes, said this morning that TSMC is reportedly forecast to grow revenues almost twenty percent sequentially in its third quarter “as shipments for Apple’s A10 processors will kick off soon”. Read More

 

Drawing app Procreate is free right now within the Apple Store app

By Cody Lee on Jun 29, 2016

Heads up folks, Apple is giving away free copies of the popular Procreate Pocket app. You can find promo codes for the app, which normally retails for $2.99, within the ‘Stores’ section of the Apple Store app on iOS.

For those who aren’t familiar with it, Procreate Pocket is the iPhone version of the award-winning painting app. It uses the same 64-bit Silica engine as its bigger brother, and it includes the same great set of features. Read More

 

watchOS 3 preview: new watch faces on your wrist & Face Gallery on iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 29, 2016

After telling you about the improved performance and more intuitive navigation in the Apple Watch software, our watchOS 3 Preview series continues with an overview of three new watch faces that have been added to watchOS 3 and a brand new Face Gallery feature found in the companion Watch app on iOS 10.

watchOS 3 also lets you launch more apps from faces like Workout, Music and Messages.

And as a cherry on top, you can now use complications on faces that previously didn’t support them, like Photo, Motion and Timelapse. Read More

 

Daily Deals: Beats Pill 2.0 $120, $280 off 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and more

By Cody Lee on Jun 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

 

Apple supplier Cirrus Logic releases MFi Lightning headphone development kit

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 29, 2016

Apple supplier Cirrus Logic, which provides audio chips for iPhones, iPads and iPod touches, today released a software development kit for third-party vendors who wish to build Lightning-based headphones under the ‘Made for iOS’ (MFi) program.

iOS already supports headphones based on the proprietary Lightning connector, some of which are sold by Apple itself. As you know, the next iPhone is widely expected to drop the standard 3.5mm jack in favor of Bluetooth and Lightning headphones. Read More

 

Photographs of claimed Lightning-based EarPods leak on the web

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 29, 2016

A sketchy photograph just surfaced on the Chinese microblogging service Weibo, appearing to show off a Lightning-based version of Apple’s standard EarPods headphones. As you know, Apple is widely expected to ditch the 3.5mm analog audio jack on the next iPhone in favor of wireless headphones via Bluetooth and all-digital wired headphones based on Apple’s proprietary Lightning connector. Read More

 

Concept imagines iPhone 7 in Space Black with Force Touch Home button

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 29, 2016

You’ve probably read stories by DigiTimes and 9to5Mac, which were seemingly corroborated by today’s analyst report and an earlier blurry photo, that the iPhone 7 would supposedly have a Home button that would sit flush with the face of the phone.

A UK-based conceptual artist took those rumors as a base for imagining a possible design for the next iPhone’s Home button. He also envisioned a rumored Space Black finish for the device that should resemble the Space Black Apple Watch.
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Until death do us part: this guy just married his iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 29, 2016

How far would you be willing to go in order to profess love for your iPhone? I bet not as far as one dude, who’s taken loving his phone to a whole new level.

Aaron Chervenak just married his iPhone in—you guessed right—Las Vegas, probably the only place in the world where a wedding ceremony between a human being an an inanimate object can take place.

Chervenak is a completely sane person who simply took it upon himself to marry his smartphone as a clever way of sending a wake-up call to our gadget-obsesses society. Read More

 

Evernote just raised its prices

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 29, 2016

I stopped using Evernote more than a year ago because Apple’s much-improved Notes fulfills all of my note-taking needs. That said, I understand that some folks still prefer Evernote because it’s cross-platform and has advanced features like geotagging and uploading lots of data.

In announcing the price hike on its paid subscription plans, Evernote said the move would permit its developers to add even more features for power users.

Furthermore, customers who are on Evernote’s Basic plan will no longer be permitted to use the service on more than two devices at the same time. Read More

 
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