Some Chinese users are giving their old iPhones a makeover to look like iPhone 7

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 14, 2016

Reuters is reporting that some users in China are giving their older iPhones a makeover to look like the latest iPhone 7 rather than buying brand new devices. Folks who don’t have the money to upgrade to the latest and greatest iPhone have resorted to replacing their iPhone 6/6s back casing with a fake iPhone 7 shell complete with false dual-cameras and even dust plugs to hide the removed headphone jack.

“The makeover quirk mirrors a broader view among some Chinese users that the iPhone 7 doesn’t have enough new features to convince them to trade up,” writes Reuters. Read More


Jailbreak tweaks of the week: EmojiSuggest, PasswordRecovery, & more…

By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 13, 2016

There has been a slight resurgence in activity for the jailbreak community this week compared to last week, but things are still a lot slower than they usually are due to the lack of a refreshing jailbreak release for iOS 10.

Despite the lull, there have been some pretty interesting jailbreak tweak releases in Cydia this week, and we’ll be recapping on all of those on this roundup. Read More


Rushline, Feelca B&W, Delphi, and other apps to check out this weekend

By Cody Lee on Nov 12, 2016

This week’s Apps of the Week roundup features some great selections, including a new app for holding private conversations in public, a black & white photography app, and a strange countdown timer aimed at helping you get things done. And as always, we’ve picked two cool games for you to check out. Read More


AT&T to throttle streaming video next year with new ‘Stream Saver’ feature

By Cody Lee on Nov 11, 2016

AT&T on Friday announced a new feature for its data plans called Stream Saver. The carrier calls it a “free and convenient, data-saving feature” that will cap most mobile video streams at DVD quality (or around 480p).

It sounds harmless at first, but customers who aren’t concerned with data may not like that the feature will be enabled by default. To watch hi-def video, you’ll have to opt out via the myAT&T app or the AT&T website. Read More


Analysts: curved-screened iPhone 8 to come in 5″ and 5.8″ varieties with bezel-free design

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 11, 2016

After analyzing the latest chatter in Apple’s supply chain following a trip to Asia this week, Barclays Research analysts predicted the Cupertino firm will offer a next-generation ‘iPhone 8’ in 2017 in two sizes, one with a screen measuring five inches and the other featuring a 5.8-inch display.

Because the handsets will utilize curved screens, they’re expected to have a bezel-less design allowing them to increase display size while retaining the same overall size as the current 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones. Read More


How to make the most of Portrait mode on iPhone 7 Plus

By Steffen Reich on Nov 11, 2016

With Portrait mode for iPhone 7 Plus having been launched in late October, by this time most owners of the dual-lens enabled device are sure to have played around a little with the exclusive camera mode. From experience, portrait shots can turn out real gems that will absolutely reaffirm you in your decision to go large, while at other times the camera setting can also prove agonizingly unreliable.

Regardless of your personal success rate with Portrait mode as yet, there are a handful of tricks to take into account when trying to nail that depth effect. I am by no means a professional or maybe even advanced photographer, but adhering to a couple of simple rules and learning from recurrent observations has without fail increased the quality of my personal portrait efforts. If you are underwhelmed with the camera setting or have not even given it a go yet, let me share a few knacks with you to bring you up to speed.

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Instagram confirms live video streaming is coming to its mobile app

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 11, 2016

According to Instagram co-founder and CEO Kevin Systrom in the Financial Times newspaper this morning, the popular photo-sharing service will be gaining the ability to stream live video. “Live is really exciting for us,” Systrom said without detailing when it’ll launch in the mobile app. Russian news outlet was first to report that Instagram appears to have been testing the upcoming feature with a subset of its Russian users. Read More


EmojiSuggest brings iOS 10-like emoji suggestions to the predictive keyboard

By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 11, 2016

One of the cool new features of iOS 10 is the ability to input Emojis through the predictive row at the top of the keyboard that tries to guess what you’re trying to say before you say it.

When you express certain words, iOS 10 will recommend Emojis to communicate the word instead, and a new free jailbreak tweak called EmojiSuggest brings this functionality to jailbroken iOS 9 devices as well. Read More


Apple’s free app of the week: Perchang

By Cody Lee on Nov 10, 2016

Apple on Thursday updated its App of the Week promotion with the game Perchang. This means that for the next 7 days, you’ll be able to download the popular puzzler for free on both iPhone and iPad—a solid savings of $2.

Perchang is kind of a cross between pinball and a physics puzzler that exercises your brain and tests your coordination. Use flippers, magnets, portals, fans and other gizmos to guide tiny marbles to their goal to win each level. Read More


Instagram update brings Boomerang features, mentions and links in Stories

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 10, 2016

You no longer need to have Instagram’s standalone Boomerang app installed on your iOS device to create looping videos: thanks to the latest Instagram update that went live on the App Store today, Boomerang features are now available to you from within Instagram 9.7 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Instagram for iOS also includes other enhancements, such as support for @mentions and links in Stories. Read More


YouTube for iOS gains Dreamy filter, better search & interactive timestamp links in comments

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 10, 2016

Google today pushed a small update to the native YouTube application for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. YouTube 11.43 for iOS, a 105-megabyte download from the App Store, packs in three interesting improvements.

YouTube creators can now take advantage of a new Dreamy filter that can be tried out by uploading a video, then hit the filters icon. You also get tappable timestamps in YouTube comments and recent history/personalized recommendations in search. Read More


“Hey Siri, send Sébastien $100 using PayPal”

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 10, 2016

PayPal’s iPhone and iPad application was updated on the App Store this morning with support for iOS 10’s SiriKit integration for mobile payments, allowing you to send and request money in 30 countries around the world using just your voice.

With a simple voice command like “Send $20 to Dad using PayPal” or “Request $20 from John with PayPal”, Siri connects with the PayPal service and pulls up a custom sheet with details of your transaction before you authorize it. Read More


WiJoin lets you know what Wi-Fi network you’re connected to

By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 10, 2016

WiJoin is a new free jailbreak tweak that displays a small popup in the bottom half of your iPhone‘s screen any time your device connects to a different Wi-Fi network.

The popup itself displays the name of the network you’ve just connected to, and it does so in a minimalist HUD.

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How to synchronize Desktop & Documents folders across other Macs, iOS devices & PCs

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 9, 2016

iCloud keeps your personal data like contacts, photos and calendars, along with other files, in perfect sync across multiple macOS, iOS and Windows devices. And with macOS Sierra or later, you can have the same exact files on the desktop and in your Documents folder across multiple Macs.

In this tutorial, you’re going to learn how to set up and use Desktop and Documents sync in macOS Sierra, manage and synchronize the files across multiple Mac and Windows PCs, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices and more. Read More


Apple posts iOS 10.1.1 with build number “14B150”

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 9, 2016

A little more than a week following the public release of iOS 10.1.1 with bug fixes for Health data, Apple on Wednesday published a slightly revised build of the software update.

The Cupertino company admittedly has a good reason for replacing the existing iOS 10.1.1 installer on its servers with another one that shows a slightly bumped up build number.

We’ll update the article when we learn more.

The new build of iOS 10.1.1 arrived two days after iOS 10.2 beta 2 was seeded to developers and less than 24 hours after its accompanying public beta launched. Read More


Viber launches Public Accounts for brands, overhauls media menus in iPhone app

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 9, 2016

Popular messaging app Viber today launched a new account format, called Public Accounts, which allows businesses and brands to interact with users. More than a thousand Public Accounts from such brands as BBC, Mashable, The Washington Post, The Weather Channel and more were available at launch, with many more to follow in the coming days and weeks. Subscribing to Public Accounts allows users to get updates from brands they love and post messages that other followers will see. Read More


iOS 10.2 brings Emergency SOS feature from the Apple Watch to your iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 9, 2016

The potentially life-saving Emergency SOS feature which debuted on the Apple Watch with the release of watchOS 3 this fall is coming soon to your iPhone via a forthcoming iOS 10.2 software update. As my colleague Cody pointed out, Emergency SOS is now available on an iPhone with iOS 10.2 beta 2. Here’s a quick overview of Emergency SOS on the iPhone, how it’s invoked and what happens when you use it. Read More


Join Microsoft’s Skype Insider initiative to beta-test upcoming features

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 9, 2016

Microsoft is launching a new Skype Insider initiative which invites users to download pre-release builds and test upcoming features before they’re rolled out to everyone.

Microsoft already has similar programs available for Windows and the Xbox and now Skype users can sign up online at the Skype Insiders registration form. If you decide to participate in the program, you will be permitted to install pre-release builds of Skype alongside your current version of the app. Read More


Dedicated Apple Support app soft-launches in the Netherlands

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 9, 2016

A year ago, screenshots and information leaked concerning Apple’s dedicated iPhone app designed to consolidate users’ support, repair and troubleshooting needs in the palm of their hand. Last evening, a brand new Apple Support app launched on the App Store in The Netherlands ahead of its presumed staggered rollout around the world.

With it, owners of iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices can explore their support options, schedule repair appointments, manage AppleCare services and more. Read More


Daily Deals: Amazon Echo $120, 23-inch HP display $87, and more

By Cody Lee on Nov 8, 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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