Daily Deals: Samsung 4K Smart TV $530, Amazon Tap Alexa speaker $100, and more

By Cody Lee on Sep 9, 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

 

7 great Bluetooth headphones for your new iPhone 7

By Cody Lee on Sep 9, 2016

Now that you’ve ordered your iPhone 7 and picked out a case, it’s time to think about getting another accessory: Bluetooth headphones. With Apple choosing to remove the 3.5mm jack from its latest handset, wireless headphones make the perfect companion for your new gadget.

As for which model to get, Apple’s just-announced AirPods look pretty cool. But between their steep $160 price tag and unproven real-world performance, we think there are some better options out there. Here is a list of 7 great pairs of Bluetooth headphones for your new iPhone 7. Read More

 

Auki 2 launches in Cydia, brings Quick Compose and improved Quick Reply to iOS 9

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 9, 2016

Back in the day, Auki was one of the coolest jailbreak tweaks to have on any jailbroken device. It brought a very native-feeling Quick Compose and Quick Reply experience to iOS.

Auki 2 for iOS 9 has been in development for some time, and after all that hard work, it’s finally become a finished project and is available in Cydia starting today. Read More

 

Google Photos for iOS gains Live Photos stabilization feature

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 9, 2016

iPhone photography fans who use Google Photos for iOS as their go-to photo management and backup solution will be delighted to learn that the latest version of the iPhone and iPad application now integrates advanced stabilization and rendering features that can make Live Photos smoother. Borrowed from Google’s Motion Stills app which debuted in June 2016, this feature can freeze the background in your Live Photos or create sweeping cinematic pans. Read More

 

How to disable Direct Message read receipts on Twitter

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 9, 2016

Twitter has made some new changes to the Direct Message system that lets its users communicate with one another privately. Among those changes is the addition of sending and receiving read receipts.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can disable those read receipts so you’re not letting everyone know when you see their Direct Messages. Read More

 

Daily Deals: $100 off PlayStation 4 bundle, $300 off 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and more

By Cody Lee on Sep 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

 

Pro Tips: how to pre-order your iPhone 7 as fast as possible tonight

By Sébastien Page on Sep 8, 2016

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus pre-orders go live at 12.01am PT Friday morning, and as always, first come will be first served as supply is expected to be limited during the first few weeks. But fear not, because we have a few tips on how to make sure you get your pre-order in as fast as possible to put all the chances of getting a new iPhone on day one on your side. Read More

 

6 great iPhone 7 cases you can buy right now

By Cody Lee on Sep 8, 2016

Once you’ve made the decision to purchase an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, the next thing you’ll want to consider is what kind of case you’re going to get for it. With a starting price tag of $650, and some models prone to fine micro-abrasions, you’re definitely going to want to protect your new handset.

There are several types of cases already available for the iPhone 7, including thinner slim-fit cases, bulkier rugged cases, and those with built-in credit card slots so you can leave your wallet at home. So we decided to round up some of our favorites in an effort to help you with your selection. Read More

 

Apple’s free app of the week: Blek

By Cody Lee on Sep 8, 2016

Apple on Thursday updated its App of the Week promotion with the game Blek. This critically-acclaimed title is an Apple Design Award-Winner, and for the next few days you can get it for free on both iPhone and iPad—a solid savings of $3.

The goal in Blek is simple: shape a line that collects all colored circles while avoiding black holes on its route. There are no specific moves to master, and potential level solutions range from delightfully simple to exceptionally deep and complex. Read More

 

Apple Watch Series 2 is a bit thicker and heavier than the original Apple Watch

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 8, 2016

Although they look just about the same on the outside, the new Apple Watch Series 2 is built just a little bit thicker and heavier than the Apple Watch Series 1 and the original Apple Watch.

The findings might be a deal-breaker for some people who already thought the original Apple Watch was too thick to begin with. After all, many were hoping Apple would thin out the footprint of the next-generation Apple Watch, rather than make it thicker. Read More

 

Poll: Will you buy the Apple Watch Series 2?

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 8, 2016

Apple unveiled the Apple Watch Series 2 at yesterday’s keynote event alongside the iPhone 7 lineup with improvements to speed and capability, and also bumped up the specs of the original Apple Watch all while re-branding it the Apple Watch Series 1.

But is the second-generation Apple Watch everything you were hoping for? Let us know in this poll whether or not you’ll be ordering one. Read More

 

iOS 10 Golden Master is now available to public beta testers

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 8, 2016

Apple has released the golden master of iOS 10 for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad to public beta testers on Thursday. Read More

 

Poll: Which iPhone 7 configuration will you buy?

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 8, 2016

There are two new iPhones in Apple’s iPhone lineup: the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus. Both are power-houses, but each has its differences. With that in mind, we’re curious about what iPhone configuration you’re planning to buy. Read More

 

Get notified when Super Mario Run launches in the App Store

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 8, 2016

One of the first things to be shown off at Apple’s keynote on Wednesday was the upcoming Super Mario Run game for the iOS platform.

Although no solid release date has yet been announced, apart from “in time for the holidays,” the game is already showing up in the App Store with the ability to set up a notification for launch day. Read More

 

Is the iPhone 7 Plus dual-camera system worth getting the larger iPhone?

By Sébastien Page on Sep 8, 2016

In previous years, the slight camera upgrade in the Plus model, never was a strong enough differentiator for me to upgrade the size of my iPhone. After all, 4.7 inch is the right size for me. Anything bigger and I’d need a man purse to carry it around.

Rumors leading up to the unveiling of the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus made it sound like the dual camera module on the larger device was going to be a big deal. For many, including yours truly, doubt started settling in. But after watching the event and going though Apple’s website, I’m not sure the iPhone 7 Plus dual-lens camera system is actually worth it. Explanation: Read More

 

Apple stops reporting opening weekend sales numbers for new iPhones

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 8, 2016

An Apple spokesperson has confirmed to CNBC that the company won’t be reporting opening-weekend sales numbers for the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, giving the publication a funny reason for the unexpected decision: due to demand outweighing supply, Apple feels that first-weekend sales stats are “no longer a representative metric” for investors and customers when it comes to iPhones.

To me, that sounds more like Apple management aiming to pre-empty any further fallout in case launch sales are not as high as Wall Street analysts like to predict. Read More

 

Apple execs go on PR offensive to defend removal of “dinosaur” headphone jack from iPhone 7

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 8, 2016

Apple’s marketing honcho Phil Schiller said during yesterday’s iPhone 7 keynote that the company has had the courage and vision to remove the ubiquitous 3.55 mm audio headphone jack from the handset in a forward-thinking move that has allowed its engineers to cram more hardware features inside the handset than ever before.

Schiller, Greg Joswiak and hardware chief Dan Riccio took to BuzzFeed News to list some of the new iPhone 7 features made possible by the abolished jack. Read More

 

Poll: Will you be upgrading to iPhone 7?

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 7, 2016

Apple’s newly-unveiled iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are truly stunning in visual appeal and new features, and many of you are undoubtedly going to be either pre-ordering this Friday or lining up at your local stores to try and get one when they’re available. Read More

 

iPhone 7 is water resistant but liquid damage is not covered under Apple’s warranty

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 7, 2016

Apple’s new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are the first dust and water resistant iPhones with IP67 protection, meaning they’re 100 percent resistant to dust and sand and should survive being submerged in about a meter of water for up to 30 minutes. The devices have waterproofed components like the buttons, the chassis and the SIM tray.

Plus, they most likely use gaskets and seals like other water resistant phones. But if water does make its way into the device and damages it, don’t count on Apple to replace it at no charge because liquid damage is not covered under its warranty. Read More

 

Watch the product videos from today’s iPhone 7 event

By Cody Lee on Sep 7, 2016

Apple has posted the product videos shown during today’s iPhone 7 event to its YouTube channel. Included in the spots are clips showing off the Apple Watch Series 2, the iPhone 7, and the all-new, wireless, in-ear headphones it’s calling “AirPods.”

Of course if you missed the keynote this morning, we recommend watching a replay of it in its entirety, or at the very least check out this humorous highlight reel. But for folks who just want to get to the meat of the event, these videos will do the trick. Read More

 
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