Aukey’s Ora 2-in-1 lens system for iPhone helps expand your mobile photography capabilities

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 20, 2017

I know a lot of people who take their iPhone photography seriously, and a number of them use the stock iPhone camera in all of its glory, while a select few use hardware lens attachments that can enhance the capabilities of their iPhone cameras beyond what software can.

In this review, we’ll show you a very affordable, yet high-quality 2-in-1 lens attachment option from Aukey called the Ora, which lets you experience both detailed macro shots and incredible wide angle shots. Read More

 

Photicon replaces your Photos app icon with a preview of your most recent picture

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 15, 2017

A new free jailbreak tweak dubbed Photicon (short for Photos App + Icon) aims to add a little more excitement to your Photos app icon by making it dynamic, rather than static.

With this effect, your icon will never be the same old icon ever again. It will change over time as you use your iPhone’s camera to snap photos on a regular basis. Read More

 

How to markup and annotate your own photos on iPhone or iPad

By Steffen Reich on Jan 9, 2017

Markup is a nimble annotation tool first introduced to iPhone and iPad in late 2015, which has since been showing up in more and more places throughout the OS. Here at iDB, Markup’s strengths have been illustrated widely (read on to learn about Markup in emails, or to find out about Markup in Messages), this being said there is always a little tidbit almost slipping through the cracks when Apple quietly update their software.

With the next one, it is a particularly useful tip because it essentially supplants (basic) third-party apps stored on your iPhone to do editing work in your own Camera Roll. Markup is mostly understood to be only at your disposal whenever you are sending media, but meanwhile it has also become a well hidden tool available for your personal use inside the Photos app. Once you know where to find it, you might quickly grow fond of doodling on your very own snapshots. Here’s the shortest path to the feature in Photos: Read More

 

AntennaGIFDL lets you download GIFs from the Antenna Reddit client app

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 5, 2017

If you prefer the Antenna Reddit client over the default app from the service itself, then you’re probably familiar with the fact that it lacks a way to download animated GIF images when viewing them from the app.

A new free jailbreak tweak called AntennaGIFDL fixes that by building in a way to download animated GIF images from the Antenna app straight to your device’s Camera Roll. Read More

 

CCRecord: a tweak to quickly and easily record your iPhone screen

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 31, 2016

Display recording tweaks have long been a favorite utility of the jailbreak community, and now you don’t even need to put an app icon on your screen to utilize this kind of functionality.

A new free jailbreak tweak called CCRecord adds a display recording toggle button right to Control Center on all jailbroken iOS 10 devices, making the feature more convenient than ever before. Read More

 

Reminisce more efficiently with ‘Show Photos from this Day’ in iOS

By Steffen Reich on Dec 29, 2016

The holidays are a natural time to sit down with friends or loved ones and flip through all of your photos ad nauseam. iDB features help and guides aplenty for confident navigation of the Camera and Photos app, however one little trick has managed to fly under the radar for many, albeit its capability to save you valuable time when browsing your compendium of years and years of photos.

The tutorial below will teach you how to ask your iPhone or iPad to show you all remaining photos captured on the same day the footage you were initially looking at has been taken. In simpler words, say you are laughing at a vacation video taken at the pool and want to reminisce what else went on that day – here is what you should do instead of going back to your collection and painstakingly scanning your catalogue for that day.

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How to remove the green dot that sometimes shows on your iPhone photos

By Sébastien Page on Dec 26, 2016

Have you ever shot a photo of a beautiful sunset and later realized there was a green dot in the middle of it, ruining it all?

This is an all-too-common problem for iPhone users that you’ve probably experienced before. Despite what some may believe, the apparition of a green spot in your photos isn’t an indication of something wrong with your phone.

In this post, I will explain what the green dot is, how you can prevent it from appearing to begin with, and how to remove that green dot from your existing photos. Read More

 

Revamped iCloud Photos web app rolling out to everyone

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 22, 2016

Apple today launched a redesigned Photos web app at iCloud.com/#photos following a period of testing when the software was available to beta testers via beta.icloud.com. The app runs in a web browser and sports several improvements to make it behave more like its desktop counterpart, such as a brand new sidebar on the left and a handy thumbnail scrubber when viewing an image. Read More

 

Scriblit lets you doodle anywhere on your jailbroken device’s screen

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 18, 2016

Scriblit is a new jailbreak tweak that lets you turn the display of your jailbroken iPhone or iPad into a virtual drawing canvas, allowing you to doodle all over or annotate just about anything you want.

With a slew of configuration options and tools to pick from, you can use Scriblit for a wide range of things, from helping someone out to toying around with photos, but how you use it will depend on your own creativity. Read More

 

The quickest way to take and store a private photo on your iPhone

By Steffen Reich on Dec 16, 2016

There is an abundance of third-party apps offering secure and private storage room for photos on your iPhone that are not necessarily meant for everyone’s eyes. As convenient as these can be, the crux with most privately-owned apps is that your pictures may end up being uploaded to somebody else’s (hopefully secure) server.

If you are already entrusting Apple with handling your most sensitive data and would like to keep it between the two of you, that does not mean you are barred from taking and privately storing photos. That is because if you know of a rather inconspicuous setting pertaining to the Notes app and acquaint yourself with a few gestures, swiftly taking and storing photos outside the Camera Roll becomes a breeze.

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How to access your iPhone Camera Roll on Mac or PC

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 14, 2016

Whether you have a Mac or you have a PC, you can use your computer to access your iPhone or iPad’s Camera Roll for easy photo and video transferring.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you the easiest way to access your iOS device’s Camera Roll on both operating systems: macOS and Windows. Read More

 

iCloud Photos web app is gaining a sidebar and thumbnail scrubber

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 5, 2016

As first noted by Brazilian outlet MacMagazine.br, Apple is readying some notable updates for its Photos app on the web at iCloud.com/#photos. In addition to a slightly overhauled appearance, the web app is gaining a pair of new features found on the desktop Photos app for the Mac: a sidebar and a thumbnail scrubber. The web app is currently being beta-tested at beta.icloud.com. Read More

 

How to add an image to your email signature on Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 23, 2016

Mac users who rely on the Mail app to send and receive emails can easily add a logo image to their email signature.

Doing so can make your email signature look much more professional (or tacky, depending how you look at it), and in this tutorial we’ll show you how it’s done. Read More

 

Instagram unveils live video for Stories, vanishing photos and videos in direct messages

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 21, 2016

Photo-sharing service Instagram today announced a staggered roll out of a pair of major new features in its mobile apps for iPhone and Android smartphones: one is the previously hinted live video functionality in Stories and the other gives you the ability to send and receive auto-disappearing photos and videos for groups and friends in Direct. Read More

 

New Lock screen bug bypasses iPhone/iPad passcode, lets you see photos/contacts

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 17, 2016

Apple likes to pride itself with strong security in iOS, but for all the platitudes the fact remains that the iPhone’s Lock screen is one of iOS’s weakest links. And now, YouTuber iDeviceHelp has discovered a new Lock screen vulnerability that lets anyone in possession of your iPhone bypass the passcode and get to your contacts and photos. The bug has been reported to Apple and should be fixed in a future update. Read More

 

Facebook for iOS will soon introduce AI-powered live effects for photos and videos

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 8, 2016

According to Facebook’s chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer, the company’s mobile applications for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android smartphones and tablets will soon bring out advanced Prism-like live filters and effects for your photos and videos.

Using artificial intelligence algorithms and high efficiency neural networks running directly on the device, these filters will let users turn their photos and videos into works of art, Schroepfer said. Read More

 

How to view animated GIF images on a Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 7, 2016

Have you ever received an animated GIF image from someone before and then had trouble trying to view it on your Mac?

That’s probably because the Preview app, which is the default image viewer on macOS, isn’t built to properly handle animated GIFs. Instead, you’ll have to try another workaround. Read More

 

How to set up an image as your Home page in Safari on Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 3, 2016

Safari, like just about all other web browsers, lets you set a home page to load every time you open the app. Most people think this feature is limited just to only websites, but that’s not the case at all. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to set an image file as your Home page in Safari. Read More

 

WhatsApp update enables drawing on photos and videos, new camera features & more

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 20, 2016

WhatsApp’s latest update, which surfaced this morning on the App Store, brings the ability to draw on photos and videos and adorn your media with text or emoji. You can also express yourself by sticking huge emojis on top of photos and videos. Users automatically see the new editing tools when capturing a new photo or video or sharing one that’s already on their phone. Coming soon: support for Retina flash for the selfie camera, zooming during video capture and a shortcut for quickly switching between cameras. Read More

 

How to use less cellular data in the Instagram app

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 19, 2016

If you’re an Instagram user, then you probably understand how all the photos and videos you view in the app can be a serious cellular data hog whenever you’re not connected to a Wi-Fi network.

For the most part, the nature of the app is to load a feed of photos and videos, so there’s nothing data-friendly about this app to begin with, but there is a way to mitigate data usage in Instagram and we’ll show you how in this tutorial. Read More

 
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