Google launches Toontastic 3D, a playful storytelling app for kids

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 12, 2017

Google today launched a new education-focused apps aimed at kids aged 6-8 years old, called Toontastic 3D. With this app, your youngsters can draw, animate and narrate their own cartoons. The concept and game mechanics are easy to grasp so your kids should feel right at home. They simply move their characters around onscreen to tell their story. The app records their voice and animations and stores content on their device as a video. Read More

 

OnceMore lets you repeat iPhone timers right from the Lock screen

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 12, 2017

If you’re familiar with the timer functionality that’s built into your iPhone and use it frequently to time stuff, then you might really enjoy a new free jailbreak tweak release called OnceMore.

This tweak adds a new option to the Lock screen whenever a timer completes so that you can restart another one immediately after. Read More

 

Daily Deals: Fitbit Charge 2 $115, LG 34″ UltraWide display $700, and more

By Cody Lee on Jan 11, 2017

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 discountpercentage. So what are you waiting for? Get shopping! Read More

 

Kantar: iPhone 6s/7/Plus were 3 most popular smartphones in U.S. in November

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 11, 2017

Kantar Worldpanel previously said that iOS achieved its strongest growth and the highest market share in the United States in more than two years. In its latest survey, the market intelligence company found out that iPhone’s share of the U.S. smartphone market grew 6.4 percent year-on-year in the three months ending in November 2016.

iPhone 6s, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus were the country’s three most popular smartphones during November, with the handsets taking share from Google’s Android platform in most markets globally. Read More

 

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth arrives after being yanked from App Store almost a year ago

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 11, 2017

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, an iOS version of the dungeon crawler game originally released back in 2014 by independent game studio Nicalis, is now available on iOS as a premium $14.99 download from App Store.

Nicalis originally submitted its dungeon crawler for iPhone and iPad a year ago, but the game got rejected for depicting violence against children. The iOS port has a 17+ rating. Read More

 

Early click wheel and icon-based iPhone prototypes shown in new video

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 11, 2017

After sharing images and a video of an early-stage prototype iPhone software based on iPod’s click wheel interface, leakster Sonny Dickson is back at it with another wonderful piece of Apple history.

A new video posted on Dickson’s website pits a pair of early iPhone prototypes against each other: Tony Fadell’s “P1” device based on the click wheel UI and ex-iOS chief Scott Forstall’s “P2” project. Read More

 

Why you should wait until Luca Todesco’s iOS 10 jailbreak is out of beta before using it

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 11, 2017

I get asked every day whether or not someone should jailbreak their iOS 10 device right now with Luca Todesco’s beta tool or continue to wait a little longer for a more stable jailbreak release.

In this post, I hope to tackle some of the confusion regarding the tool and help to answer some ongoing questions of whether or not you should jailbreak just yet. Of course, if you don’t have the time to read, the short answer is: no. Read More

 

Daily Deals: iPad mini 4 $280, MacBook Air $800, and more

By Cody Lee on Jan 10, 2017

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 patents tiny thru-holes in OLED display, HUD windows & more slick tech for full-face iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 10, 2017

A new patent No. 9,543,364 for “Electronic devices having displays with openings” has been awarded to Apple this morning by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). First filed for in February 2015, this newly granted patent reveals more ways iPhone 8 will outclass Android rivals.

The invention would basically put some common components typically found on the front face of the phone behind the display assembly.

What components are we talking about?

Well, stuff like the earpiece, forward-facing cameras, Touch ID and various sensors. Integrating such parts behind the display assembly would help design a truly edge-to-edge device. Apple is thought to be working on such designs for its upcoming OLED-based iPhone 8 refresh. Read More

 

Apple to adopt forging process for iPhone 8 stainless steel frame

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 10, 2017

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has predicted that iPhone 8 will be switching to an all-glass design akin to iPhone 4 with a stainless steel metal frame rather than aluminum. Today, trade publication DigiTimes shed more light on the matter.

Quoting supply chain sources, the report states that Apple will adopt a stainless steel forging process for the new chassis frame instead of the traditional CNC machining process although the metal frame will need to be further refined by CNC machining. Read More

 

Pokémon Go is dead, long live Pokémon Go!

By Steffen Reich on Jan 10, 2017

There is no debate that a large contingent on the internet has been holding out for less Pokémon Go news in 2017, but it is equally clear that this sentiment will not be echoed by the people at Niantic. No matter the side of the fence you are on, the fact that Pokemon Go is hands down one of the most successful apps in the history of the App Store (breaking first-week download and revenue records) is a big deal, and the augmented reality laced game will continue to rake in millions of users and dollars in the year ahead. It’s not all rosy though, as the daily player count is continuously pointing south and engagement data crumbling.

As much as this is Niantic’s battle to fight, Apple too has a vested interest in the preservation of Pokemon Go’s winning streak and will want to benefit financially from the game throughout the current fiscal year. The question both business entities therefore are going to have to find answers to is what’s next for Pokémon Go strategically, and what is Apple’s role in facilitating Niantic’s continued success with the app? Not so much content wise but rather in terms of product strategy, I have sized up a few moves that Niantic, The Pokémon Company and Apple could have up their sleeves over the next 12 months.

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Daily Deals: iPhone SE $290, 2016 MacBook Pro $1,300, and more

By Cody Lee on Jan 9, 2017

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

 

Tip: quickly fix mispronounced Siri queries with “Maybe You Said” suggestions

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 9, 2017

You may be probably aware that there is already a feature in iOS that sort of lets you type in your questions to Siri instead of using voice commands. It’s quite handy for those situations when talking aloud isn’t an option or Siri fails to recognize repeatedly what you said. Starting with iOS 10, Siri includes a “Maybe You Said” feature.

Taking advantage of machine learning and artificial intelligence, it suggests corrections for mispronunciations or incorrectly recognized queries. In this post, you’ll learn how to leverage this feature to avoid having to manually correct any mispronounced words. Read More

 

New betas of iOS 10.2.1, macOS Sierra 10.12.3, watchOS 3.1.3 and tvOS 10.1.1 now available

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 9, 2017

Apple today released new OS betas to its registered developers. iOS 10.2.1 beta 3 (build 14D23), macOS Sierra 10.12.3 beta 3 (build 16D25a), watchOS 3.1.3 beta 2 (build 14S959) and tvOS 10.1.1 beta 2 (build 14U711) are now available for testing to the members of Apple Developer Program.

The latest builds can be installed over-the-air via the Software Update mechanism on devices that have an appropriate configuration profile installed on them.

The new builds have arrived nearly three weeks after a second beta of iOS 10.2.1 and macOS Sierra 10.12.3 released to registered developers. Read More

 

Airmail 1.5 for iOS gains Workflow integration, custom actions & more

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 9, 2017

Airmail, the cross-platform email client by developer Bloop, has received a refresh on the App Store sporting a few noteworthy enhancements. Airmail 1.5 for iOS, a $4.99 download from the App Store, features integrations with the Bear Notes app and the popular iOS automation app Workflow. Other changes in Airmail 1.5 include new custom actions and Gmail authentication, the ability to select your default inbox, a new OpenURL action and minor fixes. Read More

 

Sharp setting up OLED production line at Foxconn’s iPhone manufacturing plant

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 9, 2017

Apple’s contract manufacturer Foxconn is taking advantage of its acquisition of Sharp as the Japanese giant plans to set up an OLED production line in Zhengzhou, a city of six million people in an impoverished region of northern China, according to a report by Japan-based Nikkei that was cited Monday by trade publication DigiTimes. Read More

 

Testing the operating range of AirPods and Beats Solo3 vs non-W1 Beats headphones

By Steffen Reich on Jan 9, 2017

Much has been said about the virtues of the W1 chip Apple started baking into their latest wireless Beats line-up and of course the AirPods. By now we know for sure that W1 facilitates a much faster pairing process, as do we know that the chip significantly amplifies both battery life and conservation techniques. What’s less prominently talked about – at least from official sides – is the operating range of these wireless headphones and the presumed effect the W1 chip addition has had on that benchmark.

For I felt information on the internet was just a bit too murky to count on, I decided to take it upon myself and conduct a little experiment: I packed my rucksack with four headphones (two of which boast the new W1 chip) and headed to a nearby park in order to pit them against each other. Pairing them one after another and then slowly making a bee-line for the opposite direction, one thing quickly became clear: the results for the maximum distance obtainable aren’t surprising in terms of order, but they definitely are in their clarity. Read More

 

How to markup and annotate your own photos on iPhone or iPad

By Steffen Reich on Jan 9, 2017

Markup is a nimble annotation tool first introduced to iPhone and iPad in late 2015, which has since been showing up in more and more places throughout the OS. Here at iDB, Markup’s strengths have been illustrated widely (read on to learn about Markup in emails, or to find out about Markup in Messages), this being said there is always a little tidbit almost slipping through the cracks when Apple quietly update their software.

With the next one, it is a particularly useful tip because it essentially supplants (basic) third-party apps stored on your iPhone to do editing work in your own Camera Roll. Markup is mostly understood to be only at your disposal whenever you are sending media, but meanwhile it has also become a well hidden tool available for your personal use inside the Photos app. Once you know where to find it, you might quickly grow fond of doodling on your very own snapshots. Here’s the shortest path to the feature in Photos: Read More

 

Apple celebrates 10-year anniversary of first iPhone unveiling

By Cody Lee on Jan 8, 2017

Apple on Sunday posted a press release entitled “iPhone at ten: the revolution continues.” The announcement recognizes that it’s been 10 years since Steve Jobs unveiled the original iPhone, and reflects on how far the handset has come.

By now, everyone knows the story. On January 9, 2007, Steve Jobs took the Macworld stage and told the audience: “every once in a while, a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything.” And the rest, as they say, is history. Read More

 

AutoLaunch can re-launch apps after they crash unexpectedly [jailbreak]

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 8, 2017

Apps, whether they’re downloaded from the App Store or Cydia, can crash from time to time because of underlying bugs, and re-launching it will sometimes let you go about using the app without any issues.

If you use a particular app that seems to crash here and there, then a new free jailbreak tweak called AutoLaunch could be your next best friend. It can automatically re-launch any app that crashes on your device so you don’t have to re-launch it yourself. Read More