By Cody Lee on Mar 16, 2013
I’ve been using an iPhone since the first one launched in 2007, so almost 6 years. And in that time, I feel like I’ve learned most of the ins and outs of iOS. Like many of you, I’m the one friends and family come to with their tech questions.
But I’ll be the first to admit I don’t know everything about Apple’s mobile OS, as I learn new stuff everyday. And yesterday, I found out that you can turn your Photo Streams into websites, viewable by anyone, in just a few easy steps… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jan 27, 2013
I’ve always loved the simplified iOS approach to screenshot taking just by pressing the power and home button simultaneously. This oft-used feature works in absolutely any app and, as an added bonus, iOS stores my screenies in the Camera Roll as crisp, lossless PNG files.
An indispensable part of my daily blogging workflow, I grab app graphics on a daily basis for use in reviews, news articles and guides such as this one. The old-school approach to syncing iOS screenshots (along with your photos) entails connecting your device to a Mac or PC via USB. But if you’re anything like me, you’ve long cut the cord to enjoy the benefits of wireless sync.
Now, iCloud makes photo sync a no-brainer: that is, unless the very thought of firing up iPhoto or Aperture on your Mac just to access your Photo Stream drives you nuts.
There must be a better way to bypass these resource-intensive apps and have the screenshots taken on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch automagically appear just a mouse click away in your Mac’s Finder. Read on for the full breakdown… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 26, 2012
Shared Photo Streams is a new feature in iOS 6 that allows you to selectively share photo albums with friends and family of your choosing. Unlike the My Photo Stream feature which is geared only towards individual photo sharing amongst iOS devices and computers owned by you, Shared Photo Streams brings a social element to iOS photography.
The streaming element comes from the fact that you can dynamically add or remove photos from a shared album and they will almost instantaneously appear or disappear on demand. Album viewers can also comment and like your photos, and you will receive push notifications any time someone does so.
Take a look at our full video walkthrough above for a look into how Shared Photo Streaming works. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 11, 2012
Photo Stream has always been a nice feature, but it’s always felt a bit limited, because you can’t currently share your Streams with other iOS users. Now all of that is about to change with iOS 6.
Shared Photo Streams will allow you to share you photos on the fly with selected iOS users. This could be a great feature to keep family and friends in touch with what’s going on in your life… Read More
By Cody Lee on May 2, 2012
We’ve talked about PhotoAlbums+ a couple of times here on iDB over the past two years. The tweak adds a host of features to the stock Photos app like the ability to create password-protected albums on the fly.
Well the developers just released a major update to PhotoAlbums+, adding new PhotoStream controls to the package. And even better, they’ve given us 10 free copies to giveaway to our awesome readers! Read on… Read More
By Cody Lee on Feb 11, 2012
One of my favorite components of iCloud is Photo Stream. I love having instant access to all of my photos on both my iPhone and iPad. Having instant access to my photos on my laptop is awesome too, but there is one major caveat.
You see, to access your Photo Stream photos on your Mac computer, you have to go through iPhoto — which I hate. It takes forever to load and the UI is terrible. Luckily, I’ve just come across a software-free way to access my Photo Stream photos on my computer… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 16, 2012
Need more proof that the iPhone 4S jailbreak is right round the corner? Then look no further than 3G Unrestrictor 5, the first tweak to our knowledge that outright claims support for the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 on its Cydia page.
3G Unrestrictor is a tweak that enables FaceTime calls and high quality YouTube streams over 3G. Its latest update brings iCloud Backups, and Photo Stream to the world of 3G as well.
It’s on sale for a limited time for $0.99 (existing customers), so if you think you’re going to need its services, especially on your newly jailbroken iPhone 4S, you might want to take a look inside. Read More
By Cody Lee on Jan 9, 2012
Last night, during its CES keynote, Taiwan-based manufacturer Acer announced that it was getting into the cloud business. Dubbed AcerCloud, the service will allow users to keep content synced between their phones, tablets and computers.
Now, we’re not trying to jump to any conclusions here. But there’s something about the service that looks awfully familiar. We can’t quite put our finger on it, but it seems like we’ve seen this service and, come to think of it, these slides before… Read More
By Cody Lee on Dec 12, 2011
Apple has released iOS 5.1 beta 2 to developers. The update comes exactly two weeks after the company seeded the original version of the iOS 5.1 beta.
The new software is expected to feature a number of bug fixes and additions, including a sufficient patch for the long-time running battery bug and a rumored Siri enhancement. We’ve got the full change log… Read More
By Oliver Haslam on Dec 10, 2011
Apple recently introduced Photo Stream, the iCloud service that keeps your photos in sync across your iOS devices and desktop computers.
The problem with Photo Stream is the distinct lack of video support. Apple and the carriers don’t want to be sending huge video files over their networks. With the iPhone 4S now recording 1080p video, that’s a lot of data going over 3G.
Thankfully, Apple has given developers an API so they can get their teeth into iCloud’s storage servers, and that is where one developer saw its chance. Video Stream offers a way to keep video files in sync across multiple devices, just as Photo Stream does for images…
By Oliver Haslam on Oct 31, 2011
While Apple’s Photo Stream is a great way of getting photos to sync across multiple devices, there’s one glaring problem. Photo Stream doesn’t support video, presumably because Apple doesn’t want its servers full of hours and hours of 1080p videos showing cats sleeping.
It makes sense from a technical standpoint, but that doesn’t help you if you need to get a video from one device to another. There’s syncing with iTunes, and doing the iPhoto jig in the hope that everything works as planned, but it’s a pain, and not always practical.
That’s where PhotoSync comes in… Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 14, 2011
One of my favorite features of iCloud has to be Photo Stream. My previous methods of wirelessly sharing photos between my iDevices and my computer involved emailing or using DropBox. Photo Stream eliminates all the extra work.
Much like the other components of iCloud, the automatic photo syncing service works great. But what do you do if you want to delete the photos from the Photo Stream? Don’t worry, iDB has you covered. Hit the jump for our step by step guide… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 12, 2011
Yesterday, we reported that the iPhone 5 might not receive the bump in storage that some have been expecting. Rumors swirling around a screen-grab from a Vodafone inventory listing, suggests that the iPhone 5 will arrive in one of four flavors — a black 16GB or 32GB option, and a white 16GB or 32GB option — 64GB of storage capacity was nowhere to be seen.
Now, at first, that might seem weird considering that Apple’s created 64GB iterations of the iPod touch and iPad lineup. But iCloud is right on the horizon, and with it, Apple has effectively eliminated the need for increased local storage capacity in their mobile devices. Check inside to see why… Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 31, 2011
If you’ve been around the Apple community for a while, you’re likely aware of the company’s habit of seeding beta version of upcoming software to developers. They do this so app makers can test their software, and it’s also a nice way to help iron out the kinks.
But lucky for us, it’s also a way for us to get an inside look at Apple’s future plans. We’ve been able to spot unannounced Nuance and Siri features from within the betas, and now we may have just gotten a glimpse of what the iPhone 5 will look like… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jun 16, 2011
It appears that the tech world hasn’t seen the last of major iOS software announcements this month. The folks over at TechCrunch have gotten their hands on some pretty interesting information regarding a certain social networking company and a new photo sharing app.
The website has received dozens of screenshots and documents from an unknown source that depict a new Facebook app running on an iPhone. What’s more, the software looks like a portal for a new Instangram-like photo sharing service… Read More
By Oliver Haslam on Jun 7, 2011
It’s been a hectic day or so here at iDB towers and we’re sure we aren’t the only ones. Yesterda’s WWDC kickoff provided more than a few talking points, with iOS 5 and iCloud being two of the biggest. Granted OS X Lion is one fine looking piece of software, but for us it’s the mobile stuff that gets the pulse racing.
This post will be a little roundup of just a few of the most important new things we’ve learned today, with links to some more in-depth coverage inside the iDB content vaults. So, without further ado, let us begin… Read More