Tip: increase your privacy by removing location from Diagnostic & Usage Data logs

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 18, 2016

Apple collects anonymous information about how you use your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and other devices so that it can improve its products in future releases. End users can easily opt in and out of diagnostic collection in the Settings → Privacy → Diagnostics & Usage section.

I have this enabled to help Apple improve their products, but privacy-minded people might opt out of diagnostic collection on the grounds that the logs include their approximate location.

In this tutorial, we’ll explore increasing your privacy on iOS by having your location excluded from diagnostic data that iOS creates. Read More

 

Pod Pro review: the portable Apple Watch & iPhone battery dock

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 18, 2016

Those who need a portable battery pack for the Apple Watch that aren’t so keen on just plugging the USB end into the receiver of a battery pack and letting the magnetic end dangle around everywhere are going to be hard-pressed to find a good portable battery pack made specifically for the Apple Watch’s proprietary charging platform.

Fortunately, Nomad has the Pod Pro, which can be had on Amazon for $85, and is a great solution for on-the-go Apple Watch charging, and even includes a built-in Lightning cable for charging your device, whether it’s an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. We’ll show you what the Pod Pro is all about in this review. Read More

 

Tip: quickly and easily re-enable Low Power Mode right from its notification

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 18, 2016

For the most part, my iPhone 6s runs in Low Power Mode unless I’m playing a game or using an app that requires the full power of the Apple A9 processor. I’ve found that I wake up to a fuller battery after leaving my iPhone in Low Power Mode during the night.

That being said, overnight charging in Low Power Mode can be challenging due the fact that iOS 9 automatically disables it when the battery level crosses the eight percent mark.

Instead of venturing into Settings to re-enable Low Power Mode manually, you can save yourself a few taps and do so right from its notification banner. Read More

 

KGI: major iPhone redesign due in 2017 with all-glass enclosure, AMOLED Retina screen and more

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 18, 2016

An iPhone 7, which we expect will launch this fall, won’t differ much from the existing iPhone 6/6s design style because Apple is saving a major visual refresh of its smartphone for 2017, according to a research note Sunday by well-informed KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

The note, a copy of which was obtained by MacRumors, quotes the analyst as saying that a 2107 iPhone refresh will bring not only the rumored jump to the superior AMOLED display technology but a whole new design language for the iconic smartphone that will ditch the all-metal appearance in favor of an all-glass enclosure. Read More

 

Quickly and easily record animated GIFs with Giphy Cam

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 18, 2016

Animated GIFs are fun, the only thing is, creating them generally requires a computer and either some fancy GIF-making software, or a website that can convert video files to animated GIFs.

Fortunately, for those of you that spend most of your time mobile, rather than at a computer, the free GiphyCam app from the App Store provides an all-in-one experience for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad users.

We’ll talk about GiphyCam in this piece and show you how you can use it to record your own animated GIFs right from your mobile device. Read More

 

Can’t activate your iPhone? Here’s why and how to fix it

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 18, 2016

It would be really nice if every single time you went to activate your new or restored iPhone, everything worked without any flaws, but that’s just not how man-made things work.

If you are having issues activating your iPhone after buying a new one, or after restoring your device in iTunes, we have some troubleshooting ideas that you can put to the test to solve the problem once and for all. Read More

 

This by Tinrocket, Blogo and other apps to check out this weekend

By Cody Lee on Apr 16, 2016

It’s the weekend, and you know what that means: it’s time for another round of iDB’s Apps of the Week post. Every week we put together a list of apps and games we think are worth checking out, and this time around we’ve got some great selections. This week’s picks include a navigation app for walking, an annotation app, and more! Read More

 

‘Volume Mixer 2’ lets you configure all volume settings in one interface

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 16, 2016

Your iOS device has multiple volume settings, and each one controls something different.

For example, you have your media volume, which affects your song and video sound output, and you have your ringer volume, which affects your ringtones, text tones, and notification sounds. But there are also other volume settings that you can set where applicable.

Volume Mixer 2 is a jailbreak tweak that provides you with an interface where you can conveniently adjust all of those volume levels at one time, and in this review, we’ll talk about how it works. Read More

 

Daily Deals: TP-LINK Wi-Fi plug, Vizio Smart TV and more

By Cody Lee on Apr 15, 2016

Hello! Welcome to iDB’s new exploratory ‘Daily Deals’ post. Here you will find a roundup of some of our favorite deals of the day on tech and tech-related products such as smartphones, tablets, accessories, connected devices, and even video games and consoles.

This is an experiment of sorts, born out of our love for tech and discounts. So we’re going to do a little trial run, and see how it goes. If it turns out to be something readers are interested in, we’ll add more products from more websites, and make this a daily thing. Read More

 

Apple’s allegedly brokered $2.6 billion deal with Samsung to supply OLED panels for iPhones

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 15, 2016

Apple has reportedly brokered a deal with its South Korean frenemy Samsung, worth an estimated $2.59 billion, to supply OLED panels for future iPhones, scheduled to ship in 2017. Citing sources familiar with Samsung’s plans, The Korea Herald reported Friday that Samsung’s mobile display making arm, Samsung Display, will manufacture about hundred million OLED panels annually, measuring 5.5 inches diagonally, starting next year. Read More

 

Daily Deals: 15% off $100 iTunes gift card, Fitbit Charge HR and more

By Cody Lee on Apr 14, 2016

Hello! Welcome to iDB’s new exploratory ‘Daily Deals’ post. Here you will find a roundup of some of our favorite deals of the day on tech and tech-related products such as smartphones, tablets, accessories, connected devices, and even video games and consoles.

This is an experiment of sorts, born out of our love for tech and discounts. So we’re going to do a little trial run, and see how it goes. If it turns out to be something readers are interested in, we’ll add more products from more websites, and make this a daily thing. Read More

 

Instagram updates Explore feature with video channels

By Cody Lee on Apr 14, 2016

Instagram announced on Thursday that it’s going to be rolling out a new look for Explore featuring video channels. The Facebook-owned social network says that it hopes the move will make it easier for users to discover video content they’ll enjoy.

Starting today, iOS and Android users will begin seeing a personalized channel in the Explore tab of the Instagram app called “Videos you Might Like.” The channel will feature videos collected from across the world in a seamless viewing experience. Read More

 

Apple selects sci-fi Wild West shooter Space Marshals as its new Free App of the Week

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 14, 2016

Like on any given Thursday, Apple today refreshed the App Store to reflect new software arrivals and promotions.

In addition to highlighting apps whose proceeds will go to the World Wildlife Fund until April 24 through the new ‘Apps for Earth’ section, Apple’s editors have slashed Pixelbite’s award-winning sci-fi action adventure, Space Marshals, as the App Store’s new Free App of the Week.

This universal iPhone, iPod touch and iPad game normally retails for $4.99, so do yourself a favor and save a few bucks by grabbing this great freebie right now. Read More

 

Tip: highlighting matched fingerprint in Touch ID list

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 14, 2016

Registering more than one finger with the Touch ID system is a sure-fire way of improving the overall accuracy of fingerprint recognition on your Touch ID-enabled iPhone or iPad.

If you have registered  multiple fingerprints, it’s also helpful to name them (i.e. index finger, right thumb, etc.), as one of our recent tutorials explained.

Naming a fingerprint is super useful, for sure.

But in its typical fashion, Apple’s gone one step further: though most people will be aware of this, novice users may be oblivious to the fact that they can easily highlight in the list of registered fingers a finger that Touch ID matches. Read More

 

You can now watch Vine clips without having to manually scroll through individual posts

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 14, 2016

A new Watch button was rolled out yesterday to Vine’s iPhone application in the App Store, allowing you to enjoy videos in channels and on profile pages without having to manually scroll through individual posts. It’s basically a whole new way to watch Vine as you can now kick back and view the entire story of any channel or watch an account from start to finish. Read More

 

Danny P. iPhone Wallet Case review: a premium case with great functionality

By Cody Lee on Apr 14, 2016

For the past few weeks, I’ve been using a leather iPhone wallet from a company called Danny P. It’s a vertical bifold wallet, with 5 credit card slots, a spot for cash, and a pouch located on the rear cover that securely holds and protects your iPhone 6 or 6s.

In short, I really like this wallet. It’s beautiful, made with premium materials, and has great functionality. It’s easily one of my favorite iPhone accessories that I’ve tested in recent months. But it’s not going to be for everyone. Read on for my full review. Read More

 

What to do if iTunes doesn’t recognize your iPhone or iPad

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 14, 2016

If you ever sync your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad with iTunes, then more than likely you’ve experienced hiccups at some point in time where iTunes has been unable to find or recognize your device.

You have it plugged in, but for whatever reason, it just doesn’t show up in iTunes. What gives?!

In this piece, we’ll go over what to do if iTunes doesn’t seem to recognize your iOS device when you plug it in to your computer so that if and when it happens to you, you’ll be prepared to tackle the situation. Read More

 

You can now attach Google Drive/Dropbox files and GIFs from Tumblr to emails in Yahoo Mail

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 13, 2016

The failing Internet pioneer Yahoo today announced a major update for its mobile email application.

Bumped to version 4.3, Yahoo Mail for iOS introduces new third-party integrations allowing you to add cloud files directly from your Google Drive or Dropbox to your messages as attachments, or add animated GIFs to your emails from Tumblr, which is another Yahoo-owned property.

The compose interface makes it easy to choose among Tumblr’s most popular GIFs of the moment, search for that perfect GIF or browse GIF categories including Love, LOL, Cute, Cheers, Fail, Happy and more. GIFs are added to your emails as attachments. Read More

 

Reliable Japanese blog reaffirms Smart Connector, no headphone jack and other iPhone 7 rumors

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 13, 2016

Mac Otakara, a fairly reliable Japanese-language blog, learned from its own sources this morning that the rumors pertaining to some of the more controversial iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus features are in fact true. No headphone jack? You bet! That CAD design rendering supposedly sourced from Apple manufacturer Catcher Technology which gave us a closer look at a trio of suspicious-looking dots on the back of the phone? Yup, that’s a Smart Connector! Wait, what? Read More

 

Daily Deals: iPhone cases, screen protectors and more

By Cody Lee on Apr 13, 2016

Hello! Welcome to iDB’s new exploratory ‘Daily Deals’ post. Here you will find a roundup of some of our favorite deals of the day on tech and tech-related products such as smartphones, tablets, accessories, connected devices, and even video games and consoles.

This is an experiment of sorts, born out of our love for tech and discounts. So we’re going to do a little trial run, and see how it goes. If it turns out to be something readers are interested in, we’ll add more products from more websites, and make this a daily thing. Read More

 
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