By Cody Lee on Nov 21, 2013
Last month, Apple announced that it had finally found its new head of retail after nearly a year of searching. Her name is Angela Ahrendts, the current CEO of British fashion house Burberry, and she’s believed by many to be a great choice.
And apparently Fortune agrees. The business news outlet has named Ahrendts #4 in its 2013 list of top executives. The list is an annual affair, and is filled with execs who defied expectations, led big turnarounds, and delivered big results… Read More
By Cody Lee on Nov 7, 2013
Despite all of the ‘doomed’ talk, and its share price being down nearly $200 from a year ago, Apple is still the world’s most valuable brand. In fact, according to Forbes Magazine, its brand is worth nearly twice that of its closest competitor.
In its annual ranking of ‘The World’s Most Valuable Brands,’ Forbes lists Apple’s value at $104.3 billion. That’s an increase of 20% from last year, and well above Microsoft and Coca-Cola, which came in second and third respectively… Read More
By Lory Gil on Oct 23, 2013
Just when you thought there couldn’t possibly be any more ways to make a list on your iPhone, another simple app launches with new and different features to make it easy for you to stay on task.
Tick – Customizable To-Do App is a list maker that is both simple and effective. Organize different tasks by category and label them with animated illustrations for quick access to what matters most… Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 16, 2013
A report surfaced last week claiming that Apple’s Board of Directors are worried about the company’s ability to innovate, and they’ve spoken with Tim Cook about it. The concern follows a near year-long stretch without any major product announcements.
And apparently, the folks over at Forbes agree with them, because Apple has dropped way down on their infamous list of ‘World’s Most Innovative Companies.’ The iPad-maker, which once sat as high as number 5, now comes in at the lowly number 79 spot… Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 15, 2013
Back in January of this year, we reviewed Finish, a timeframe-focused todo list app that promised to help users “overcome the clutches of procrastination.” We liked it for its UI design and unique features, and it even went on to win an Apple Design Award.
Well today, the app gets even better with a major 2.0 update. The new version of Finish includes design improvements and a number of new features such as task-by-task time setting, optional ‘Bother Me’ reminders, and real-life rewards for completing tasks… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jun 10, 2013
Apple showed off a lot of cool new features in iOS 7 this morning. There’s the anti-theft measure, called Activation Lock, and ‘iOS in the Car,’ which lets users mirror their iPhone screens on in-car displays. And don’t forget about the new iTunes Radio.
But there’s also a lot of stuff in iOS 7 that Apple didn’t talk about today, due to time limitations and other restrictions. And looking at this slide behind Tim Cook at the end of the keynote, there’s at least 24 features that weren’t mentioned today… Read More
By Cody Lee on May 28, 2013
Earlier this evening, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook took the stage at AllThingsD’s D11 conference to talk about all things Apple. Cook rarely does interviews, but he looked like a pro fielding questions from tech veterans Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher.
Over the course of the hour-long talk, the trio discussed a wide range of fascinating topics including iWatch rumors, iOS 7 and Android’s growing marketshare. And as usual, we’ve combed through it all to bring you the 15 most interesting points… Read More
By Cody Lee on May 6, 2013
You wouldn’t know it by reading through the latest tech news headlines, but Apple is on track to have another stellar year. It’s already recorded two record-breaking quarters, and it has yet to launch a new or refreshed product.
But not everyone is ignoring Apple’s success. Fortune today released its annual, high-profile ”Fortune 500″ list of the largest companies in the United States. And the iPad-maker has risen up several spots from last year, to #6… Read More
By Cody Lee on Mar 14, 2013
Google sent shockwaves throughout the tech world yesterday when it announced that it would be killing off Google Reader this summer. Despite a recent decline in usage, a number of people, and apps, still depend on the service.
But never fear, as usual, iDB has you covered. We’ve done all of the leg work, and put together a list of 10 Google Reader alternatives. And by the time you get done reading through them, you’ll be saying “Google what?” Read More
By Cody Lee on Jan 30, 2013
The evad3rs just launched their official website a few moments ago, unveiling the name of the 6.x jailbreak: evasi0n. They look to be about 60% done with the hack, as they’re finishing up the GUI and about to start private testing.
The site also divulges some other information regarding the jailbreak, including device and firmware compatibility. And as expected, evasi0n is going to support all iOS devices running iOS versions 6.0 to the just-released 6.1… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jan 6, 2013
Consumer reports is an American Magazine (and web resource) that has been bringing its readers reviews and comparisons of consumer products and services for nearly 80 years now. So needless to say, their opinions are highly regarded but many.
But I know a few iPhone 5 owners that aren’t going to agree with its latest report regarding flagship smartphones. In its February 2013 issue, the magazine ranks Apple’s handset as one of the worst high-end devices available on the larger US carriers… Read More
By Cody Lee on Dec 28, 2012
Given the fact that millions of iPhones, iPads and iPod touches were given as gifts this year, and that a number of apps and games were on sale, it’s no surprise that there was a huge spike in app downloads on Tuesday.
In fact, app analytics firm Distimo found that daily downloads in the App Store increased by 87% on Christmas Day compared to the December 2012 average. So what was everyone downloading? Read on to find out…
By Cody Lee on Dec 27, 2012
Christmas is over and 2012 is winding down, meaning it’s about that time where folks start reflecting back on the year. As such, Instagram has posted a list of its most popular picture-taking locations for the past 12 months.
Out of anywhere else in the world, Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport was the most popular, with over 100,000 photos taken there in 2012. Interested in the rest of the list? We’ve got the whole thing for you after the break… Read More
By Cody Lee on Dec 21, 2012
Nielsen, a highly regarded information and measurement firm, released its “Digital Tops of 2012″ lists yesterday, which included topics like the top 10 Internet brands, and the top 10 iOS apps for the year.
The apps were picked based on average unique users from Q1 of 2012 to Q3, and as you might have guessed, four of the top 10 chosen are (were) native iOS apps like Maps and YouTube. We’ve got the full list after the fold… Read More
By Cody Lee on Dec 12, 2012
Christmas is rapidly approaching, and a quick glance at the calendar tell us we only have about two weeks left to finish up our last-minute holiday shopping. Luckily, for those of you that are still having trouble deciding what to get that special someone, iDB is here to help. Over the past few days we’ve been bringing you our top picks for Christmas gifts as part of our first ever iDB holiday gift guide. And now that you know what Sebastien and Jim suggest, here are my personal recommendations… Read More
By Cody Lee on Nov 13, 2012
Apple may not always sell more phones than the competition, but between its trend-setting handset designs and gargantuan fan base, it’s easy to see why it’s considered one of the most powerful companies in the wireless industry.
In fact, the folks over at FierceWireless just posted their annual list of the top 25 most powerful people in US wireless. And out of all of the carrier CEOs and heads of government agencies, they ranked Tim Cook number one… Read More
By Cody Lee on Nov 9, 2012
Apple doesn’t get a whole lot of respect from the tech world when it comes to innovation. The company is seen more as a re-innovator than an innovator, as it typically builds its products on top of previous inventions.
But according to a new report by Global management consulting firm Booz & Co, Apple is the most innovative company in the world. The iPad-maker finished ahead of the likes of Google, 3M and its rival Samsung… Read More
By Cody Lee on Nov 8, 2012
Realmac Software has just released a new OS X version of its popular Clear to-do app. That’s right, the popular list-maker is now available for the Mac, and it includes a lot of the same gestures and UI stuff from the iOS version.
Speaking of the iOS version, Realmac also released a major update to its iPhone app yesterday. Clear 1.2 contains several new features including iCloud-syncing, which goes great with the new Mac app, quote sharing, and more… Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 31, 2012
Apple has filed its end of the year 10-K document, a performance report required of all companies by the SEC (Security Exchange Commission), and as you might expect, it contains some pretty interesting information about the iPad-makers.
Perhaps most interesting is that it names Scott Forstall’s new official title at the company, following Monday’s announcement that he is no longer the SVP of iOS software: Special Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer… Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 22, 2012
We are now just 24 hours away from Apple’s October 23 media event, where the Cupertino company is expected to do something it hasn’t done since January 27, 2010: unveil a new iOS device. Sure, we’ve seen updated iPhones and iPods over the years. But the last time we saw an all-new mobile product from Apple, Steve Jobs was hoisting it on stage.
That should, however, change this week, when Apple introduces the long-rumored “iPad mini.” The scaled-down tablet has been the subject of speculation and gossip for more than two years now. And if insider reports and part leaks hold true, it looks like the mythical slate is finally going to materialize in San Jose’s California Theatre tomorrow.
If this all sounds like a big deal, that’s because it is. With the iPad mini’s pricing said to be somewhere around $300, and its screen size between 7 and 8-inches, Apple’s wading into an already well-established budget tablet pool that is currently dominated by the likes of Amazon, which just introduced a slew of new Kindle Fires, and Google.
Even with the tough competition, though, analysts and pundits alike are betting on Apple to sell millions of these bite-sized iPads — especially with the holidays around the corner. But does the Cupertino company’s new tablet have what it takes to live up to the high expectations? You tell us. Here’s everything we know right now about the iPad mini … Read More