Facebook SDK for Swift beta now available to iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS developers

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 18, 2016

This past weekend, the social networking giant Facebook announced that a beta version of its brand new software development kit (SDK) for Apple’s Swift programming language is available for download. The new SDK integrates Facebook buttons into iOS, watchOS, macOS and tvOS apps written in Swift, and integrates such features like Facebook Login, Analytics for Apps, Graph API and Share to Facebook sheets. The Facebook SDK source code is available via GitHub on an open-source basis. Read More

 

GlaxoSmithKline starts rheumatoid arthritis study using Apple’s ResearchKit

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 18, 2016

British pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) announced Monday that it has started a new rheumatoid arthritis study which uses Apple’s ResearchKit platform that lets medical researchers gather robust and meaningful data from iPhone users. The drug maker will be using ResearchKit in its new GSK PARADE iPhone app. Read More

 

Catch ‘em all using Yelp’s built-in PokéStop filter

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 18, 2016

Pokémon Go’s burgeoning community has been painstakingly creating and maintaining a detailed Google map of PokéStops and gym locations found in specific spots around the world. Actually, whole websites have sprung up dedicated to the Internet phenomenon that seems to be taking the word by storm. Now Yelp developers have decided to jump in on the action with a new PokéStop filter in their mobile app. Read More

 

Japan’s SoftBank is buying iPhone CPU supplier ARM for a reported $32 billion

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 18, 2016

Japan’s carrier SoftBank has announced it will be purchasing British fabless semiconductor maker ARM Holdings plc for a reported $32 billion, which is around a 43 percent premium on its closing market value of $22.25 billion on Friday. ARM confirmed the deal (PDF download) on Monday.

According to the statement, ARM’s board is expected to recommend shareholders accept the offer. Apple is an investor in ARM and licenses its technology as a basis for custom CPU designs for its own A-series chips which power iOS devices. Read More

 

Easily delete photos from your iPhone or iPad with Image Capture on Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 18, 2016

If you have a Mac, then you also have a really useful image importing app called Image Capture lurking in your Applications folder.

To be completely honest, I still use the Image Capture app despite the fact Apple released their new Photos app for OS X last year, and that’s because it’s a dead simple utility that isn’t bloated with extra features I really don’t feel like using.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to use the Image Capture app on your Mac to remove photos or videos from your iPhone or iPad. Read More

 

Another video compares claimed iPhone 7 casing to iPhone 6s

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 17, 2016

Two days ago, a six-second clip gave us our first non-static look at a claimed iPhone 7 dummy case.

Last evening, French blog NowhereElse.fr shared another video that was posted to Chinese microblogging site Weibo, which offers a side-by-side comparison of an iPhone 7 casing against the iPhone 6s’s industrial design.

Corroborating prior rumors, the claimed clip shows a larger camera opening on the backside plus redesigned, more subdued antenna lines and—you guessed right—no headphone jack. If Apple follows its usual release schedule, the iPhone 7 will make its debut in September. Read More

 

Notebook, Darby, Prisma and other apps to check out this weekend

By Cody Lee on Jul 16, 2016

Pokémon Go fever is still in full swing, but for those of you looking to try out different apps and games this weekend, iDB has you covered. In this edition of our Apps of the Week roundup, we have a beautiful new productivity app, a video social network for DIY’ers, a cool new photo editing app, and of course some great new games for you to check out. Read More

 

Daily Deals: Beats Pill 2.0 speaker $120, Harmony Touch remote $100, and more

By Cody Lee on Jul 15, 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

 

Spark for iPhone is locking some people out of their Apple IDs, Readdle blames server issues

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 15, 2016

Reports surfaced yesterday on Reddit that some users of Readdle’s excellent free mobile email client, Spark for iPhone, got locked out of their Apple ID account. Some of the affected people were able to re-gain access by performing a password reset on their Apple ID. It would appear that an error on Spark’s servers has caused this behavior though Readdle assured customers that there was no breach or data leak. Read More

 

Pokémon Go is now available in Italy, Spain, Portugal, UK and Germany

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 15, 2016

Nintendo’s tremendously successful Pokémon Go is expanding in more countries across Europe. In addition to releasing on the App Store in Germany and the United Kingdom a few days ago, the augmented-reality game which requires people to go out hunting for pokémon is now available for download in Italy, Spain and Portugal. Read More

 

Short but sweet video out of China shows iPhone 7 design similar to previous leaks

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 15, 2016

Following a bunch of photographs, most of which have been leaking out of Asia, that purport to depict various iPhone 7 components, dummy cases and molds, a fully assembled iPhone 7 case has now been caught on video.

Posted to the Chinese social network Weibo by an unknown source, and first spotted by Dutch site TechTastic.nl, the short six-second clip gives us a look at the backside of what appears to be a 4.7-inch iPhone 7. Read More

 

3 ways to prevent iTunes from automatically backing up your iOS device

By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 15, 2016

Whenever you make important changes to your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, and then plug it into your Mac or PC with iTunes installed, iTunes may launch and attempt to automatically sync and back up your device.

If you don’t want your device to back up on your computer automatically because it takes too long due to how much stuff you have, then be sure follow the steps we’re about to show you in this tutorial. Read More

 

Daily Deals: LG UltraWide FreeSync monitor $270, unlocked iPhone 6 $399 and more

By Cody Lee on Jul 14, 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

 

Apple’s free app of the week: Super Sharp

By Cody Lee on Jul 14, 2016

Apple on Thursday updated its App of the Week promotion with the game Super Sharp. This means that for the next 7 days you’ll be able to pick up the popular puzzler from hit developer 1Button SARL, for both iPhone and iPad, for free—a solid savings of $2.

Super Sharp is the epitome of the pick-up-and-play puzzle genre. There are no characters or qwerty storylines. Players simply use their fingers to cut through platforms, ropes and obstacles and they attempt to make their way through 120 physics-based stages. Read More

 

Early CPU scores suggest modest gains for iPhone 7’s A10 chip vs. iPad Pro’s A9X

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 14, 2016

Early Geekbench 3 benchmark of the Apple-designed A10 system-on-a-chip—which will be the next iPhone and iPad’s engine—was posted Thursday by Dutch blog TechTastic.nl. Purported scores suggest the device may not be much speedier than the iPhone 6s and iPad Pro. The upcoming chip scored a tad more than last year’s A9 powering the iPhone 6s series and a little bit faster than the A9X in the iPad Pro.

On the other hand, the benchmarked A10 is almost certainly a prototype unit so final scores should be higher than is currently the case. Read More

 

Additional photos depict curved camera bulge on iPhone 7

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 14, 2016

Following a photograph posted this morning by Italian site Macity.it, which allegedly showed iPhone 7 case molds in Gold, Rose Gold, Space Gray and Silver (but not in the rumored Apple Watch-like Space Black appearance), French blog NowhereElse.fr posted a pair of case mold shots of its own. Read More

 

Tip: your iPhone’s stock Compass app has a level built into it

By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 14, 2016

There’s a feature hiding inside of your iPhone’s Compass app that could come in handy in many scenarios.

You’ve probably downloaded third-party level apps from the App Store at one time or another to make sure that a picture frame or something you built turned out nice and flat without any signs of being crooked, but did you know you didn’t have to? Read More

 

Rumor: iPhone 7 packs in a notably stronger battery than iPhone 6/6s

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 13, 2016

A sketchy Weibo post claimed two months ago that the next iPhone would arrive outfitted with a slightly stronger battery than the iPhone 6s. Today, prolific leakster OnLeaks gave us a more specific information as to precisely how bigger the iPhone 7’s battery might be in comparison to the current iPhone 6s/Plus and previous-generation iPhone 6/Plus.

According to his Twitter post, the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 will have a 1,960 mAh battery, comparing very favorably in terms of sheer specs to both the 1,715 mAh package found in the iPhone 6s and the 1,810 mAh battery in the previous-generation iPhone 6. Read More

 

iOS 10 beta 2 opens up live-streaming support for apps and games

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 13, 2016

Live streaming support for third-party apps is among the 30+ developer-focused features Apple did not discuss publicly during the WWDC 2016 keynote. Realized through ReplayKit Live, a new framework on iOS 10 that lets players share gameplay recordings or broadcast live games to other players and viewers online, the feature was originally absent from the first beta of iOS 10.

iOS 10 beta 2 turns on this functionality and, as a Reddit post noted today, live-streaming can already be found in Apple’s Swift Playgrounds app for the iPad. Read More

 

Daily Deals: MacBook Air $750, GoPro Hero4 Silver $274, and more

By Cody Lee on Jul 13, 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

 
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