How to add images to Google Docs and Slides documents on iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on May 14, 2015

Pictures play an important part in putting together a compelling business presentation, a detailed school report and what not. As much as I like Google’s DocsSlides and Sheets mobile productivity apps, their non-existent support for adding images to documents directly from an iOS device has been something of a deal breaker for me.

But not anymore. As announced on the official Google Docs blog, users of Google Docs and Slides application can now add images directly from their iPhone or iPad, here’s how. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for May 13

By Cody Lee on May 13, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the wild world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today, we’re featuring a number of deals on great apps like Pinnacle Studio and Duet Display, and great apps like Cut the Rope 2 and Shadowgun. Read More

 

Consumer Reports won’t recommend Samsung Galaxy S6, paints it inferior to last-gen Galaxy S5

By Christian Zibreg on May 13, 2015

Consumer Reports, an influential U.S. magazine that publishes trusted and mostly unbiased reviews and comparisons of consumer products, has recommended Apple’s iPhone in the past, but now they wouldn’t recommend Samsung’s latest Galaxy S6 flagship smartphone, which released a month ago, over the last-generation Galaxy S5.

You read that right, last year’s Galaxy actually ranked higher than the Galaxy S6 in Consumer Reports’ ratings. Putting the S6 through its battery of scientific tests, the publications has made some surprising, if not controversial, conclusions. Read More

 

Facebook launches quick-loading, interactive ‘Instant Articles’ as an iPhone-exclusive feature

By Christian Zibreg on May 13, 2015

Facebook today announced a new ‘Instant Articles’ feature which is rolling out to its iPhone application later today. As the name implies, this iPhone-exclusive capability lets cherry-picked publishers craft versions of news stories for mobile screens that load in a fraction of a second.

The new, mobile-optimized reading experience includes interactive features from Facebook’s Paper app, with support for rich media such as photos and video and other embeddable content types like multitouch maps and more. Read More

 

BitTorrent launches Bleep, secure peer-to-peer messaging app for iPhone and Mac

By Christian Zibreg on May 13, 2015

With ephemeral messaging growing in popularity, and given ongoing fear of government-sponsored snooping, small wonder that BitTorrent has now entered the market for secure chat apps — and in a pretty big way, too.

Bleep, their new Mac and iOS secure messaging and VoIP software, strives to ensure the privacy of your conversations by never saving them on your device or the servers. In a nutshell, Bleep uses encryption and peer-to-peer networking to establish a private, secure connection between devices.

With Bleep, you can whisper with friends on your Mac or iPhone and the messages will disappear after they are read. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for May 12

By Cody Lee on May 12, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the wonderful world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today we’ve picked out a handful of great freebies, and highlighted some significant updates to some solid apps. Read More

 

How to calibrate Apple Watch for accurate Workout and Activity tracking

By Christian Zibreg on May 12, 2015

I recently listed seven cool things your Apple Watch is able to do on its own, without its connected iPhone, among them tracking your activity and workouts.

In order for it to calculate a variety of metrics for your workouts and daily activity when its paired iPhone isn’t nearby and available, your Apple Watch must be first calibrated for improved Workout and Activity tracking.

The process is fairly simple and doesn’t require you to do anything specific to start the calibration process. In this post, I’m going to teach you how you can set up your Apple Watch for walking, running or cycling outdoors, using a treadmill or working out, when the GPS and your iPhone are unavailable. Read More

 

Lock or unlock your Mac right from your wrist with MacID for Apple Watch

By Christian Zibreg on May 12, 2015

MacID, a cool app by developer Kane Cheshire that lets you lock and unlock your Mac using Touch ID on your iPhone, or your passcode, is now available on the Apple Watch.

If you want to unlock your Mac right from your wrist, and own an Apple Watch, you should grab the new MacID 1.2 for iPhone, a $3.99 download from the App Store. You can even use the Apple Watch app to see what’s playing on iTunes or Spotify, and start screensavers on your Mac. Read More

 

KGI on next iPhone: 2GB RAM, 12MP camera, Force Touch, rose gold, no new 4-inch model

By Christian Zibreg on May 12, 2015

Revered KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo arguably has the most prescient track record in forecasting Apple’s plans. In a note issued to clients Tuesday, obtained by MacRumors, Kuo makes a number of predictions regarding the next iPhone refresh, many of which have already been rumored, but some never heard before.

He is expecting ‘iPhone 6s’ and ‘iPhone 6s Plus’ handsets to be powered by Apple’s next-generation A9 processor with 2GB of RAM, twice as much as the current iPhone lineup. The RAM will be of a speedier LPDDR4 variety versus the LPDDR3 RAM in current iPhones. More RAM coupled with a faster, more power efficient processor, should result in smoother performance and better multitasking.

The camera is likely to receive a pixel upgrade and should be twelve megapixels while Force Touch pressure sensitive screen will be “the biggest upgraded selling point”. Read More

 

FileMaker 14 released with Launch Center and other Mac enhancements, revamped iOS app

By Christian Zibreg on May 12, 2015

FileMaker, Inc., an Apple subsidiary, on Tuesday announced a brand new version of its Mac productivity app along with a redesigned iPhone and iPad application. FileMaker 14 is the first major update since FileMaker 13, which released in December of 2013. Read More

 

Microsoft Office apps for iPhone and iPad gain iCloud document support and other perks

By Christian Zibreg on May 12, 2015

Microsoft’s free of charge Word, Excel and PowerPoint productivity applications for the iPhone and iPad have been updated with the ability to open, edit and save your documents to iCloud, expanding on the previously available storage options such as Microsoft’s own OneDrive cloud storage and Dropbox integration. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for May 11

By Cody Lee on May 11, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the wonderful world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today’s picks include some solid updates to apps like Periscope and NYT Now, and other goodies. Read More

 

iOS 8.4 to bring textbooks and iPad-only iBooks to iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on May 11, 2015

When it’s released ahead, during or after next month’s WWDC, iOS 8.4 should at last make it possible to enjoy digital textbooks on your iPhone. Although Apple makes no mention of this feature in the official release notes accompanying today’s release of iOS 8.4 beta 3, Teddy Svoronos noted it on Twitter.

If true, this is a pretty big deal. In iOS 8.4 beta 3, any publication created with Apple’s free iBooks Author app, not just digital textbooks, is reportedly viewable on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus along with their video content, Study Cards, the glossary, highlights and linked online content. Read More

 

Selfiest for iPhone is a social network that pits you against other selfie-takers

By Christian Zibreg on May 11, 2015

Sharing a bunch of selfies on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram is so yesterday. What you need is a system that will motivate you to create meme-worthy selfies, award your best work and connect you to like-minded selfie takers.

Enter Selfiest, a new selfie challenge app for your iPhone by Snob Technologies that lets you discover and follow selfie takers around your current location, check out new selfies your friends post to the service and more. Read More

 

ON Charge magnetic wireless charging solution for iPhone launches on Kickstarter

By Christian Zibreg on May 11, 2015

Don’t you wish your iPhone had wireless charging like the Apple Watch does? I didn’t think wireless charging would be a thing for me until my Apple Watch and its inductive charger landed on my desk. I now want this technology on my iPhone but until Apple delivers a wireless charging solution of its own, we’ll have to make do with third-party accessories.

Today, I want to talk about the ON Charger battery and the ON Case for your iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus which recently launched on crowd-funding platform Kickstarter. Both the charging base and the case feature a cool magnet assisted design making them cross-compatible with multiple smartphone brands. Read More

 

NYT Now for iPhone goes completely free, adds 1Password support and more

By Christian Zibreg on May 11, 2015

The New York Times newspaper this morning issued a sweet update to its dedicated news summarizing application, Now for iPhone. By far the biggest change in this would-be Flipboard killer involves breaking away from a $15+ per month subscription model in favor of making the app along with its content completely free.

Whether or not the move will help attract more readers remains to be seen. NYT arguably leads the charge in terms of quality newspaper content so going free is a much appreciated change in my book. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for May 8

By Cody Lee on May 8, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the wonderful world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today’s selections include some great app deals and some great new games to help get you through the weekend. Read More

 

Nintendo to release first smartphone game this year, 5 games by 2017

By Cody Lee on May 8, 2015

After years of waiting, we could see Nintendo’s first smartphone game within the next 6 months. The Verge passes along comments made by CEO Satoru Iwata during a shareholders meeting, in which he stated the company is aiming to debut the game before the end of the year.

Additionally, Iwata explained that Nintendo plans to release 5 mobile titles between now and March 2017. “You may think it is a small number,” he said. “But when we aim to make each title a hit, this is not a small number and should demonstrate our commitment to smart devices.” Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for May 7

By Cody Lee on May 7, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the wonderful world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today’s picks include several deals—some old, some new—on premium apps and games that you absolutely don’t want to miss. Read More

 

‘Toca Nature’ goes free as Apple’s App of the Week

By Cody Lee on May 7, 2015

Apple has just named “Toca Nature” its App of the Week for this week. This means that from now through next Thursday, you’ll be able to download the award-winning education software for both iPhone and iPad for free—a great savings of $2.99.

Geared towards kids, Toca Nature allows you to shape nature and watch it develop. Want to grow your own forest? Go for it. Want to create a mountain range and enjoy the view? You got it. Plants, animals, landscapes and more are at your disposal. Read More