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

 

Sketchy leak reaffirms 32GB/256GB iPhone 7, no 16GB tier

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 25, 2016

A sketchy order assembly sheet leaked out by Twitter account @The_Malignant reaffirms many of the previously talked-about features that should come to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus come this fall, including a 256-gigabyte capacity model and the lack of the widely criticized 16-gigabyte tier. First spotted by AppleInsider, note that the sheet doesn’t bear any clear designation identifying Apple as the client. Read More

 

Apple researching a system that would capture biometric data of thieves via iPhone sensors

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 25, 2016

An Apple patent application published Thursday by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) describes methods of capturing and storing biometric information of thieves via the iPhone’s sensors, including fingerprints, photos, videos and a wealth of other forensic data.

Titled “Biometric capture for unauthorized user identification,” the proposed and somewhat controversial security system would leverage machine learning to proactively capture an unauthorized user’s fingerprint and a picture after unsuccessful Touch ID/passcode attempts or if user-defined criteria have been met. 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

 

A fascinating look at how artificial intelligence and machine learning work at Apple

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 24, 2016

Respected journalist Steven Levy has scored another nice exclusive with a new write-up over at Backchannel, a Wired Media Group property, giving us a rare inside look at how artificial intelligence and machine learning work at Apple.

The article contains a lot of gems, with company executives Eddy Cue, Craig Federighi, Phil Schiller and Siri leads Tom Gruber and Alex Acero providing a bunch of previously unknown facts about Apple’s AI efforts, including this one: machine learning has enabled Apple to cut Siri’s error rate by a factor or two. Read More

 

Obviously fake iPhone 6SE packaging photos are circulating around the Internet

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 24, 2016

Some reputable outlets are running supposed photographs of the supposed packaging for Apple’s supposed ‘iPhone 6SE’ smartphone—despite the fact that the images have been identified as poorly faked Photoshop mockups. The understandable excitement around those obviously doctored shots stems from a very sketchy post by German blog Apfelpage.de.

Earlier in the summer, that outlet made unsubstantiated claims that Apple might market the iPhone 7 under the ‘iPhone 6SE’ moniker or perhaps release an updated iPhone SE with iPhone 6-style design, neither of which makes any sense to me. Read More

 

You can now mark recommended videos as ‘Not Interested’ in YouTube for iOS

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 24, 2016

Google today issued a small update to its YouTube client on the App Store, adding a feature that enables better suggestions while fixing three annoying bugs.

Bumped to version 11.32, the iPhone and iPad application now makes it easy to improve personalized suggestions by marking recommended videos under the Up Next section as “Not Interested,” which helps train the algorithm to better tailor recommendations to your personal tastes. Read More

 

Daily Deals: $100 off iPad mini 4, free $50 gift card with Xbox bundle, and more

By Cody Lee on Aug 23, 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 smartphonestablets 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 experienceonline reviews from customers and experts, and discount percentage. So what are you waiting for? Get shopping! Read More

 

This just made my day: Oceanhorn 2 is in development—and it looks awesome!

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 23, 2016

Inspired by Nintendo’s wildly popular Legend of Zelda console game series, Oceanhorn by Cornfox & Bros is one of the best-looking, most satisfying RPG-based action adventure games “for the rest of us” that I’ve had a blast playing on my iPhone, iPad and Apple TV.

Ever since completing the game, I’ve been rooting for Oceanhorn’s developers to make a sequel and now, GameMob points us to the official confirmation that it’s indeed being worked on as we speak.

Titled Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm, the game’s mechanics are based on a third-person camera angle versus the original game’s isometric view. The storyline revolves around a new hero—a grown-up boy who is training to become a Knight of Arcadia. Read More

 

Apple taps Primax Electronics for some of dual-lens camera modules for iPhone 7 Plus line

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 23, 2016

Citing a report in the Chinese-language Economic Daily News, Asian trade publication DigiTimes reported this morning that Taiwanese supplier Primax Electronics will manufacture some of the dual-lens camera modules for Apple’s upcoming iPhone 7 Plus flagship smartphone model.

The supplier recently increased its camera module capacity by ten percent, boosting output to twelve million CMOS units per month, of which seventy percent are thirteen-megapixel models that the iPhone 7 Plus might use. Read More

 

Galaxy Note 7 vs. iPhone 6s real-life speed test proves specs aren’t everything

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 23, 2016

In spite of running Qualcomm’s latest 64-bit Snapdragon 820 processor with four CPU cores, Adreno 530 graphics and 4GB of RAM, Samsung’s latest Galaxy Note 7 phablet delivers embarrassing real-world performance when pitted against almost-a-year-older iPhone 6s and its in-house designed A9 chip with two CPU cores and just 2GB of RAM.

As seen in this side-by-side video comparison from YouTuber PhoneBuff, the iPhone 6s easily beats the latest Note when it comes to loading apps and games, thanks to the combination of efficient iOS software and Apple’s custom-designed hardware. Read More

 

How to keep your iPhone or iPad from backing up with iCloud

By Anthony Bouchard on Aug 23, 2016

iCloud is a useful tool, especially if you’re not around a computer all the time. One of the things Apple has available in its iCloud service is the ability to have your iOS devices automatically back up their data into iCloud so that restoring from a backup is made super easy.

On the other hand, not everyone wants their data backed up in the cloud, and that’s why we’ll be showing you how to keep your iPhone or iPad from automatically backing up with iCloud in this tutorial. Read More

 

Daily Deals: Nexus 5X $200, 29-inch LG UltraWide monitor $200, and more

By Cody Lee on Aug 22, 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 smartphonestablets 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

 

Skype for iOS gains connectivity status bar, more informative notifications & other perks

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 22, 2016

Microsoft today pushed an update to its mobile Skype application for iOS, bumping the app’s version number on the App Store to 6.22. The new edition includes several enhancements related to notifications and Skype Credit, which can now be purchased from within the app in more currencies than before. Skype for iPhone and iPad are available free on the App Store. Read More

 

How to use Night Mode in the official Twitter app

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 22, 2016

Available on Android since early-summer, Twitter’s Night Mode option has now expanded to its free mobile app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, the company said Monday. If you constantly check Twitter at night or scan your timeline before nap time, this option may help you have a good night’s sleep as Night Mode enables a darker appearance that’s much more appropriate for using Twitter at night. Read More

 

Nikkei: three new iPhones in 2017, including premium model with curved AMOLED screen

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 22, 2016

As you may have probably heard by now, Apple is expected to save its most significant smartphone overhaul—which many rumors said would include a wraparound screen based on advanced organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) display technology—for the Tenth Anniversary iPhone next year.

Japanese outlet Nikkei said today that Apple will position an AMOLED iPhone as a new premium choice. The device should come with a screen possibly measuring more than 5.5 inches diagonally. Moreover, existing 4.7 and 5.5-inch models will be updated next year, too, but are expected to retain flat screens like existing iPhones. Read More

 

Taiwanese pop idol claims he’s been photographed using dual-lens 5.5″ iPhone 7 Plus

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 22, 2016

Taiwanese pop singer, actor and race car driver Jimmy Lin is certainly no stranger to publicity stunts involving Apple leaks. In September 2012, for instance, Chinese social media lit up as he posted photos of himself using a then-unreleased iPhone 5.

Now, the attention-seeking star is back at it: he appears to have been photographed while using a dual-lens iPhone 7 Plus handset in Rose Gold. Read More

 

Samsung could start selling refurbished phones in U.S. next year

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 22, 2016

In June quarter, Samsung had nearly ten percent more U.S. market share than Apple, as per Gartner. To keep the momentum going, Samsung could start selling used versions of its premium smartphones in U.S. as early as next year, “a person with direct knowledge of the matter” told Reuters. Read More

 

AnsweringMachine: the amazing voicemail experience iOS never had (until now)

By Anthony Bouchard on Aug 21, 2016

iOS’ voicemail system has always had a lot to be desired. On the other hand, a new jailbreak tweak called AnsweringMachine aims to fill all the gaps that users have wanted for the iPhone for ages.

In this review, we’ll talk about what you can do with AnsweringMachine and show you why it’s a significant upgrade from the stock voicemail system. Read More