Apple’s free app of the week: Lifeline: Whiteout

By Cody Lee on Jan 5, 2017

Apple on Thursday updated its App of the Week promotion with the game Lifeline: Whiteout. This means that for the next 7 days, you’ll be able to pick up the popular interactive adventure title for free—a solid savings of $2.

In Lifeline: Whiteout, you must help guide a lost adventurer to safety and aid him in finding his identity in what turns out to be a gripping story of survival. Each decision you make has a profound impact—you shape the story. Read More

 

Daily Deals: $50 off Nest thermostat, $90 off iPhone SE, and more

By Cody Lee on Jan 5, 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

 

Report: next iPhone to feature Tap to Wake and fast charging

By Cody Lee on Jan 5, 2017

The next iPhone may feature Tap to Wake, fast charging and other new features, reports Forbes. The outlet spoke to noted tipster Sonny Dickson, who laid out what he expects from Apple’s next handset.

First Dickson says the new iPhone will include a “Tristar 3, Hydra” chip, which manages the charging port and supports fast charging. He doesn’t offer up any additional details, though, and notes that just because it supports the tech, doesn’t mean Apple will utilize it. Read More

 

Apple: App Store shattered records on New Year’s Day

By Cody Lee on Jan 5, 2017

Apple on Thursday announced that the App Store broke records on the first of January. The company says New Year’s Day was the Store’s single busiest day ever with nearly $240 million in revenue.

The day put a nice cap on a record-breaking holiday season and year. Apple says App Store purchases topped $3 billion in December alone, and developers were paid more than $20 billion in 2016. Read More

 

Incipio’s OX case lets you charge your iPhone 7 and listen to music simultaneously

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 5, 2017

Among the many things being unveiled at CES 2017, accessory maker Incipio has just unveiled a new case for both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus called OX that has a built-in 3.5mm headphone jack in addition to a Lightning port.

The case intends to do away with the convoluted process of charging your device and listening to music at the same time even when you don’t have a pair of expensive wireless headphones to solve this problem for you. Read More

 

How to mute progress updates from your friends and hide your own data in Activity sharing

By Steffen Reich on Jan 5, 2017

Activity sharing is a tried and tested way to boost your app engagement by pitting your own fitness data against others that are willing to share theirs. Fitbit and Nike knew for a while of the extra motivation released when someone else monitors your activity, Apple knows full well since iOS 10 and watchOS 3. Agreeing to share and relay your activity on Apple Watch can hence be an inspirational thing, but it also results in a considerable increase of wrist-buzzing every day.

The following tutorial on no account is an insider’s tip, however if you have committed to sharing your activity and your patience with the daily activity updates from your friend is starting to wear thin, remember that there is an option to mute those notifications. The tutorial, or reminder (depending on your level of knowledge), also demonstrates how to hide your own activity from that friend, in case you don’t want them to know about your newest calories crushing workout just yet.

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NoTodayView disables the Spotlight widget page on the Home and Lock screens

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 5, 2017

NoTodayView is a new free jailbreak tweak for iOS 10 devices that can disable the Spotlight widget page on both the Home screen and Lock screen, which depending on how you use your device, can be very useful.

While most people like to use the Spotlight and widget page system that comes stock, it gets in the way when you try to use some other Home screen-modifying jailbreak tweaks like Mobius, which allow you to scroll infinitely through all of your Home screen pages and folders without coming to any dead-ends. Read More

 

Energous says truly wireless charging tech rumored for next iPhone is coming this year

By Cody Lee on Jan 4, 2017

Rumored Apple partner Energous says its truly wireless charging tech is nearly market-ready. In a phone call ahead of CES, the company’s CEO Steve Rizzone told The Verge their wireless charging transmitters, capable charging devices wirelessly from several feet away, will begin shipping by the end of 2017.

As you may recall, the company made a similar claim at CES 2015, but Rizzone says their plans changed after it signed a “key strategic partnership” following the convention. The deal saw Energous refocus its efforts on miniaturizing the tech, and gave its partner the right to be the first to ship it in its products. Read More

 

This app helps you find your lost AirPods

By Cody Lee on Jan 4, 2017

Finder for Airpods is a new iPhone app that aims to ease user concerns of losing their new wireless earbuds. Using your AirPod’s wireless signature, the app can search for your missing earbuds and even tell you if you are getting closer or further away.

How does it work? Well once you’ve noticed you’ve misplaced an AirPod, just fire up the Finder app on your iPhone, close the lid of your charging case and move about the area you suspect you lost it. The app’s meter will tell you when or if you get close.

Update: Apple has pulled this app from the App Store. The developer explains “they didn’t find anything wrong with the app itself, but rather they they didn’t like the ‘concept’ of people finding their Airpods and hence was deemed ‘not appropriate for the App Store.” Check out LightBlue Explorer in the App Store for similar functionality.

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Daily Deals: Moto 360 Sport smartwatch $115, Beats headphones $80, and more

By Cody Lee on Jan 4, 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

 

DJI introduces new Osmo accessories for iPhone

By Cody Lee on Jan 4, 2017

Leading drone manufacturer DJI late Tuesday introduced two new Osmo accessories for iPhone at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas: the Osmo Mobile Silver and the Osmo Zenmuse M1. The former is a silver edition of DJI’s already popular gimbal stabilizer, and the latter is a smartphone mount for the original Osmo stabilizer. Read More

 

Hide or show your Home screen dock on demand with ShyDock

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 4, 2017

In macOS, you can configure your application dock to hide away and only appear when you need it, so wouldn’t it be nice to bring that kind of functionality over to your iPhone or iPad as well?

With a new free jailbreak tweak dubbed ShyDock, you can hide or show your app dock on demand with a simple Activator action. Read More

 

Daily Deals: Logitech Harmony remote $40, Vizio sound bar $100, and more

By Cody Lee on Jan 3, 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

 

Twelve South’s BookBook and Journal leather wallet cases are both classy and unique

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 3, 2017

Just a couple of weeks ago, Twelve South announced the launch of two new cases for Apple’s latest handsets, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. One is an updated model of the popular BookBook case, which Twelve South is well-known for, while the other is a completely new case known as the Journal.

Both cases are crafted out of high-quality leather and include built-in wallets that let you store a number of credit cards, IDs, and cash. We’ll give you a hands-on look at both of them in this review. Read More

 

Resetting AirPods fixes charging case battery woes for some users

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 2, 2017

Just last week, problem threads began to surface on Reddit suggesting that there was some sort of bug in Apple’s newfangled AirPods case that could cause premature battery drainage. While the number of people affected isn’t known, it goes without saying the issue was affecting a decent number of users and kicked up quite a bit of controversy.

It’s unknown if the problem is related to a software glitch simply displaying the incorrect battery percentage or if the battery inside the case is actually draining more quickly than it should be, but either way, seeing 30-50% drainage after a full charge and just a few hours of idle time is really getting under users’ skin. Read More

 

Daily Deals: $70 off Beyerdynamic headphones, 10 iTunes movies for $10, and more

By Cody Lee on Jan 2, 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

 

Beautiful iPhone 7 photos show New Year’s Eve celebrations around the world

By Cody Lee on Jan 2, 2017

New Year’s Eve may be over, but Apple invites you to relive the festivities with these beautiful iPhone 7 photos. According to CNN, the Cupertino company partnered with 15 photographers to highlight NYE celebrations from around the world using iPhone 7 and 7 Plus devices.

In the above photo, taken by noted writer and iPhone photographer Samah El Ali, you can see fireworks going off above the Sydney Harbour Bridge at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Australia. And below, photographer John Lehmann’s image captures the party scene in Vancouver. Read More

 

The best VR apps and games available on the App Store right now

By Steffen Reich on Jan 2, 2017

For years, techy gifts have been on an unstoppable rise and these holidays more than ever, new VR headsets of all kinds were added to the mix. If you are one of the lucky receivers of a Cardboard or any other generic pair of VR goggles compatible with your iPhone, your first address to go for VR-ready apps should of course be the App Store.

To help you get on top the bulk of apps available and break the tedious ‘download, try and delete’ chain, we have been weeding through the vast app-scape and given VR-ready apps a hard look. If you want to put your new toys to good use, here is a list of some of the best VR games and apps we believe you will want to embark on first. Read More

 

Jailbreak tweaks of the week: CCLowPower, CCRecord, Evanesco, & more…

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 1, 2017

We were in a lull for quite a while, but the jailbreak community seems to be making a comeback as of late, especially in the midst of a jailbreak for iOS 10.1.1 by Luca Todesco, which is currently in beta.

This week, there have been a number of jailbreak tweak releases, and we’ll be rounding them all up for you as we always do on Sunday. We’ll start with our favorites, and then talk about the rest afterwards. Read More

 

CCLowPower adds a Low Power Mode toggle to Control Center

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 1, 2017

As many of us use our iPhones a whole lot more than others do, we find ourselves combating the ongoing issue with conserving battery life, and that’s why Apple introduced a handy little feature known as Low Power Mode.

Although it’s useful at times, it still requires you to dig through the Settings app to get to it, which is not only cumbersome, but also inconvenient. To fix that problem, a new free jailbreak tweak made especially for iOS 10 called CCLowPower will let you enable Low Power Mode via a new toggle button in Control Center. Read More

 
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