Apple: unexpected iPhone 6s battery shutdowns caused by a manufacturing issue

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 2, 2016

Two weeks ago, Apple issued a global battery replacement program to address a problem where some iPhone 6s handsets manufactured between September and October 2015 may unexpectedly shut down (see if your phone is eligible for a free battery via Apple’s web tool).

While the company originally did not say why these devices are shutting down when the battery indicator drops below the 30 percent mark, MacRumors points us to a message posted in a support document on Apple’s website in China which blames the problem on a manufacturing issue. Read More

 

Apple is switching App Store pricing from USD to regional currencies in 9 countries

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 2, 2016

Apple’s emailed its registered developers to inform them of some upcoming App Store pricing policy changes in Egypt, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Tanzania and Vietnam.

No longer will prices of paid downloads on these local App Stores be shown in US dollars. According to the communique, the App Store in these markets will now show prices of apps and In-App Purchases in their domestic currency. Read More

 

iOS 10.1.1 bug allows researchers to bypass Activation Lock protection on iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 2, 2016

Back in November, India-based security researcher Hemanth Joseph discovered a bug in iOS 10.1 which permitted him to bypass Apple’s anti-theft Activation Lock feature by entering an excessively long string of characters in the Wi-Fi setup text fields.

Apple has patched the flaw in iOS 10.1.1 but now, as noted by SecurityWeek, researchers at Vulnerability Lab have managed to find another method of bypassing Activation Lock protection on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with iOS 10.1.1 and they posted video evidence to prove it. Read More

 

SmallHint keeps a subtle hint for your passcode on your Lock screen

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 2, 2016

Forgetful people can now combat their inability to remember their iPhone or iPad passcodes with a new free jailbreak tweak called SmallHint.

What this tweak allows you to do is put an inconspicuous hint on your Lock screen, just below the date, that can help jog your memory in the event that you forget your passcode. Read More

 

10 great gift ideas for iPhone users

By Cody Lee on Dec 1, 2016

The holidays are once again upon us, which for most folks means cooler weather, hanging decorations, and gift shopping. While we can’t help you with the first two things, we can offer up some great gift ideas so you don’t have to spend hours fighting your way through crowded retail stores. Today’s roundup is focused on iPhone users. Read More

 

Apple’s free app of the week: Toca Hair Salon 2

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 1, 2016

Like every Thursday, Apple today updated its Free App of the Week promotion on the App Store with a brand new item, a kids-friendly game called Toca Hair Salon 2. This means that for the next seven days, you’ll be able to download this app free of charge—a savings of $2.99.

In Toca Hair Salon 2, you play as one of the six charming characters and run a hair salon of your own.

There are lots of virtual tools of trade at your disposal which you’d find in any hair salon that let you cut, color and style any way you want, from a simple comb and scissors to a curling iron and a straightener. Read More

 

iPhone 7 demand reportedly starts fading as iPhone 8 rumors continue picking up steam

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 1, 2016

Apple has enjoyed success with the new iPhone 7 family as the Jet Black iPhone 7 Plus models saw strong demand, in some part due to Samsung’s Note 7 debacle. But demand for latest iPhones may have started to fade recently, forcing Apple to cut back on orders, Taiwanese supply chain sources told trade publication DigiTimes.

That’s especially true with the rumor-mill in high gear regarding next year’s massive iPhone 8 upgrade and all the talk of the so-called Tenth Anniversary iPhone gaining all-glassbezel-free industrial design and a wraparound OLED displays akin to that on the Galaxy S7 edge. Read More

 

Here is how to find out if your iPhone 6s is eligible for a free battery replacement

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 1, 2016

After launching a repair program two weeks ago for iPhone 6s devices experiencing unexpected shutdowns due to a faulty battery, Apple has now updated its support document with a web tool that lets you check if your iPhone 6s is eligible for a free battery, MacRumors reported Thursday. You only need to enter your device’s serial number to see if you’re eligible for a battery replacement service. Read More

 

Everything you need to know about Ditto in Pokémon GO

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 1, 2016

Ditto was released in a server-side Pokémon GO update last week, and while many players have already caught the shape-shifting purple Pokémon, others are still having trouble trying to bag it for their Pokédex collection.

In this piece, we’ll talk about everything you’ll need to know about catching and using Ditto in Pokémon GO. Read More

 

Fitbit said to be buying Pebble for around $40 million

By Cody Lee on Nov 30, 2016

Fitbit is set to acquire troubled smartwatch-maker Pebble, according to a report from The Information. The deal is said to be mainly about the company’s intellectual property and software, and will likely result in the end of Pebble hardware.

In a subsequent report, TechCrunch says a source close to the startup pegged the deal in the neighborhood of $34 to $40 million, and it will just barely cover its debts. In the past, it was rumored Pebble received offers as high as $740 million. Read More

 

Google Maps for iOS updated with searching along route and Nearby Traffic widget

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 30, 2016

Google today pushed an update to its native Maps app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, adding a pair of new features whilst bumping version number to 4.25.0. Like with Apple Maps, Google’s app now supports searching for points of interest along your route while in navigation mode. In addition, you can also see traffic information on your Home/Lock screen and in the Notification Center with a handy new Nearby Traffic widget. Read More

 

Snapseed for iOS gains white balancing tool, RAW format improvements & UI tweaks

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 30, 2016

Google-owned Snapseed, the popular image editing app, was updated Wednesday on the App Store with a trio of improvements bringing the app’s version to 2.13. The first change tweaks the user interface to make it easier and simpler to select and change filter parameters.

The second new feature is basically the dedicated tool which got launched on Android a while ago that lets you adjust white balance of your images.

The last feature is a correction for developing RAW files with embedded color profiles. Read More

 

How to download Netflix movies and TV shows to your iPhone or iPad

By Sébastien Page on Nov 30, 2016

After what seems to be an eternity, Netflix has finally updated its application to allow users to download TV shows and movies for offline viewing. This will prove particularly helpful for long car or airplane rides, or just about any other situation where you might not want to put a dent in your data cap while watching your favorite episodes of Bojack Horseman when not connected to Wi-Fi.

In this simple tutorial, we will show you how you can download Netflix movies and TV episodes to watch on the go, but also how you can manage video quality and other features. Read More

 

DirecTV NOW launches on iPhone, iPad & Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 30, 2016

Two days ago, U.S. wireless carrier unveiled DirecTV NOW, its brand new Internet television streaming service that comes with a free fourth-generation Apple TV for those who would commit to at least three months of paid service.

Today, DirectTV apps for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV have gone live in the App Store. Read More

 

Netflix launches offline viewing in mobile app

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 30, 2016

Following reports back in the summer that offline viewing would be coming to Netflix “by the end of the year,” the company said that it’s starting to roll the feature to users around the world beginning today. A new Download button appears in the mobile Netflix app on select shows that can be watched without an Internet connection, including popular shows like “Narcos,” “Orange is the New Black,” “Stranger Things” and “The Crown”. Offline support for more shows will be added over time, said the firm. Read More

 

How to use Siri to remember where you parked your car

By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 30, 2016

Starting with iOS 10, your Maps app can remember where you parked your car. You can configure it to do this automatically, but in circumstances where you don’t have a compatible head unit, this isn’t going to work.

On the other hand, whether you have a compatible head unit or not, you can alternatively use Siri to remember where you parked your car manually.  Read More

 

LockLaunchApp brings up to six app shortcuts to your Lock screen

By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 30, 2016

We’ve all got those special apps on our iPhones that we use more than the others, and a jailbreak tweak called LockLaunchApp intends to make accessing them easier.

As the name suggests, it will put an app launcher on your iPhone’s Lock screen that can support up to six of your favorite apps, and best of all, you can customize the appearance of the launcher too. Read More

 

Daily Deals: Sony PlayStation 4 bundle $240, Beats Solo3 headphones $220, and more

By Cody Lee on Nov 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

 

How to stop spam calendar invites on your iPhone or iPad

By Sébastien Page on Nov 29, 2016

We’re all very well aware of email spam. It’s something we’ve been living with for just as long as we’ve been using email and quite frankly, it’s not as bad as it used to be because email services such as Gmail are increasingly better at catching these messages before they even show in your inbox.

Recently a new kind of spamming has surfaced, and it relies on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac and iCloud calendar. The technique is actually pretty low tech, yet very clever. Chinese spammers send iCloud calendar invites to your email address which they probably scraped from some website, knowing that it will most likely trigger a notification on your iPhone and iPad.

If you accept the invite, your calendar will be filled with events promoting various products, usually fake Ray Ban or Oakley sunglasses. If you decline the invite, well, you just alerted the spammer that you did notice the invite and confirm the email address he sent the original invite to is active, pushing him to send you more and more invites.

It seems that no matter what you do, you lose. Fortunately, there are a couple things you can do to disable calendar invite spam on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, and delete events you might have accepted. Read More

 

KGI predicts massive iPhone 8 upgrade cycle, 4.7″ model to feature wireless charging

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 29, 2016

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo issued a note to clients this morning, a copy of which was obtained by MacRumors, predicting record 150 million iPhone sales in the second half of 2017. A 4.7-inch iPhone 8 with an LCD screen and glass casing should feature wireless charging, he wrote.

“Unprecedented replacement demand” will, of course, be led by a rumored high-end iPhone 8 model with brand new industrial design, power-saving OLED display technology and other “notably superior specifications” from the “less exciting” 4.7 and 5.5-inch LCD iPhones. Read More