Blend, Quicky, Bynd and other apps to check out this weekend

By Cody Lee on Sep 24, 2016

This week’s edition of our Apps of the Week roundup features some great apps and games for you to check out this weekend. We have an easy wallpaper-maker, a productivity app for shortcuts, a one-stop-shop for all of your news and social feeds, and of course two awesome new games that you won’t want to miss. Read More

 

Tips for reducing battery drain on iOS 10

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 24, 2016

Apple’s newest firmware update for iPhone and iPad brings a slew of new features to them, but according to several users, iOS 10 also happens to be quite thirsty for battery power.

If you feel you’re not getting the battery life you should expect after upgrading your device(s), you may want to follow these tips to help increase the amount of time you can spend using them on a single charge. Read More

 

Pokémon GO update shows where Pokémon were caught, adds Go Plus features & bug fixes

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 23, 2016

Game publisher Niantic has published yet another update for its popular GPS-based Pokémon GO game on Friday that adds some new features and squashes bugs. Version 1.9.0 of Pokémon GO can now be downloaded by avid Pokémon trainers who want the latest features. Read More

 

Some heavy duty cases for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

By Cody Lee on Sep 23, 2016

Although Apple has taken some major steps this year to make the iPhone more durable, the device is still very susceptible to bumps and scratches. This is why we recommend putting a case on your smartphone if you want it to stay in like-new condition.

We’ve already recommended a number of different cases, but for those who work and use their phones in more harsh environments, a heavy-duty case is the only way to go. Here are a few we like so far that are available for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus right now. Read More

 

How to edit, annotate & manage attachments in Messages for iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 23, 2016

Apple’s expressive Messages application on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch includes features that help you annotate image attachments with the Markup tools, touch them up with just a few taps using built-in Photos filters and browse files such as PDF or Pages docs separately of images—all without ever leaving the Messages app.

In this step by step tutorial, we’re going to teach you how you can edit, annotate and manage attachments in Messages for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Read More

 

Apple releases iOS 10.0.2 with bug fixes for audio controls, Photos app, & app extensions

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 23, 2016

Apple has released a small update for compatible iPhones, iPod touches, and iPads on Friday dubbed iOS 10.0.2 that fixes a handful of small bugs introduced with the initial release of iOS 10. Read More

 

Project “Invisible Hand” would let users fully control Apple devices via Siri within 3 years

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 23, 2016

Bloomberg today published an article that shed more light on Apple’s rumored Amazon Echo-like Siri hardware, which has purportedly exited the research and development lab and is now in prototype testing. As part of the report, Bloomberg alleges that Apple has another secretive project in the works that would improve Siri on iPhones and iPads.

Code-named Invisible Hand, the project would give us the ability to fully control our Apple devices through “a Siri command system within three years”. Read More

 

Some great minimalist cases for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

By Cody Lee on Sep 22, 2016

If you recently purchased an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, and are in the market for a minimalist case, this post is for you. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite minimalist cases for Apple’s new handset based on price, personal experience and customer reviews.

So what qualifies as a “minimalist” case? Obviously the term is a bit subjective, but to us this means it has a subtle, unassuming design free of complex patterns and unsightly branding. They’re typically thinner, made of a single material, and solid in color. Read More

 

Apple’s free app of the week: AG Drive

By Cody Lee on Sep 22, 2016

Apple on Thursday updated its App of the Week promotion with the game AG Drive. This means from now through next Thursday, you can pick up the popular futuristic racing title for free—a solid savings of $4.

AG Drive puts you behind the wheel of a blazing fast anti-gravity craft and up against opponents on gorgeous tracks. It features amazing graphics, easy-to-learn controls, and it works on both iOS and Apple TV. Read More

 

How to use bubble and screen effects in Messages for iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 22, 2016

Apple’s expressive Messages app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch allows you to change the way the message bubbles look and deliver your chats across in an impactful way with animations that take over the entire Messages screen.

Messages offer four built-in effects to animate the bubbles with different expressions and five fullscreen animations. Here’s how you can use these animated effects to deliver your chats in style. Read More

 

How to adjust iPhone 7 Home button “clicks”

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 22, 2016

The iPhone 7 has a shiny new Home button that takes advantage of built-in pressure sensors and an enhanced Taptic Engine to detect and simulate clicks. Because the button no longer uses any moving parts, you’re less likely to break it. A new “Meet the new Home button” section in the iOS installer allows you to “make your iPhone experience even more personal by choosing the click that’s right for you”.

Of course, you can select between three degrees of haptic feedback that simulate clicks at any time using the stock Settings app, here’s how. Read More

 

Facebook Messenger gains iOS 10 integration on the Lock screen and in Phone app

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 22, 2016

Facebook just pushed a major update to its Messenger software in the App Store. On iPhones with iOS 10, the app now takes advantage of Apple’s new CallKit framework to make audio (VoIP) calls from Messenger look and behave like normal cellular calls with full support for Lock screen and Phone integration.

Bumped to version 89.0, the app now shows incoming VoIP calls from Messenger contacts right on your Lock screen complete with fullscreen contact images, standard controls like the Mute, Keypad, Speaker, Add Call and Video buttons and more. Read More

 

Snapchat rolls out Sticker Search

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 22, 2016

Snapchat recently rolled out a minor refresh to its iPhone application in the App Store, bumping version number to 9.39.3.0 and bringing out a new Sticker Search feature. As the feature’s name suggests, this lets you find precisely the sticker you want simply by typing its description. A previous Snapchat update introduced a few tweaks, including support for caption styling with the new bold, underline and italic options. Read More

 

Google’s Allo messaging app hits the App Store and it logs all your chats

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 22, 2016

At the annual I/O developer conference in April 2016, Google previewed two new mobile apps: a one-to-one video calling app called Duo, which released in mid-August, and a messaging software called Allo, which surfaced on the App Store this morning as a free download.

It sports features commonly found in messaging apps and includes a built-in Assistant, Google’s conversational artificial intelligence helper, an Incognito mode and more.

While Google originally promised Allo would only store messages transiently and in non-identifiable form, the firm’s had a change of heart as Allo logs all chats by default. Read More

 

5 ultra-thin cases for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

By Cody Lee on Sep 21, 2016

Have a new iPhone 7 or 7 Plus? The first thing you’re going to want to do—unless you don’t care about scratches or abrasions—is find a case for it. And if you’re like me, you don’t want some big bulky case. You want something ultra-thin that won’t get in the way.

So we’ve put together a list 5 great ultra-thin cases for both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. These obviously aren’t the only available cases for Apple’s new handsets, but we picked these specifically based on personal experience, user feedback, features and pricing. Read More

 

Tip: use Messages low quality image mode to conserve precious cellular data

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 21, 2016

Apple’s Messages app provides an optional iOS-only mode which cuts down your cellular data consumption to a bare minimum when sending image attachments. I don’t know about you, but I worry about sharing high-resolution images when cellular data is on. In my experience, most normals are oblivious to the fact that sending a single shot-on-iPhone photograph through iMessage burns through one to five megabytes of data, sometimes even more.

In low quality mode, Messages uses only 100KB per image attachment. Another way to think about it: you can send 30 to 50 images for the same amount of data required to share a full-resolution attachment in Messages. In this brief tutorial, we’ll teach you how to tell Messages to send lower quality images in order to optimize your cellular data consumption and prevent unwanted overage fees. Read More

 

Apple seeds first beta of iOS 10.1 with new Portrait camera mode

By Cody Lee on Sep 21, 2016

Apple on Wednesday issued the first beta for iOS 10.1. Registered developers can grab the new software via the over-the-air update mechanism in the iOS Settings app, or via Apple’s online developer portal.

Perhaps the most significant change in this first 10.1 beta is the addition of Portrait camera mode— a software feature for the iPhone 7 Plus Apple showed off earlier this month that creates a ‘bokeh’ effect.

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How to save Instagram posts as drafts

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 21, 2016

Instagram has been testing a Drafts feature with a subset of its users since this summer. Today, the company has rolled out Drafts to everyone. With Instagram Drafts, you can save any half-finished photo edits and work on them later, which is handy for those times you get too busy to pos right away. And if you run an Instagram account for your business, letting your social media manager save a post as a draft makes it easy for you to review it in advance of publishing. Read More

 

How to use voicemail transcription on iPhone

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 21, 2016

One of the more useful features for iPhones that comes packed inside of Apple’s new iOS 10 release is voicemail transcription, which transcribes your voicemails into text so you can read them rather than listen to them.

The feature is available to users in the United States and it’s very much still in its beta stages despite the fact that iOS 10 is now a public firmware, but if you want to know how to use it, or to see if you can use it yet, then you’ll be happy to know it’s quite easy to follow. Read More

 

Daily Deals: $300 off 13.3-inch MacBook Pro, JBL Charge 2+ speaker $70, and more

By Cody Lee on Sep 20, 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