iDB holiday gift guide: Timothy’s picks

By Timothy Reavis on Dec 16, 2014

The year has flown by and 2014 has reached its holiday season, which means the usual cold weather, long lines, gift shopping, family visits, delectable food, and exorbitant amounts of sweets. In an effort to help you avoid the lines and still find meaningful gifts for your friends and family, my colleagues and I have compiled our yearly holiday gift guides with a gift for everyone on your list.

Throughout the year, I’ve come across several amazing devices, accessories, and services that I’ve grown to love and use daily. Each of these has a lasting value and isn’t likely to be forgotten, abandoned, or returned the day after Christmas – a quality I look for in things I purchase all year long. Read More

 

iDB holiday gift guide: Chris’ picks

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 15, 2014

It’s that time of year again and iDownloadBlog is right on cue with its traditional Holiday Gift Guide. Choosing the perfect Christmas gift can be stressful, whether you’re looking to surprise your best friend with a useful item that won’t break the bank, delight your gadget-toting family members with handy accessories, or give that special someone in your life a unique surprise.

Here’s a list of holiday gifts that, based on my personal experience, provide long lasting value without costing too much. Needless to say, it’s a highly subjective list and you may not agree with all of the recommended products. That’s beyond the point, however, as the article is meant to provide an inspiration as you research before buying things for yourself and the people in your life you care about. Read More

 

iDB holiday gift guide: Cody’s picks

By Cody Lee on Dec 13, 2014

It’s gift-giving season again, and iDB is back with its annual Holiday Gift Guide. So for those of you panicking because you still haven’t figured out what to get that special someone, never fear, we have come up with some excellent suggestions for you.

I personally tend to do a lot of research when buying things for myself, to ensure that I get the best value for my money, and this is definitely reflected in my gift-giving. Below, you’ll find a list of a few things I think would make excellent gifts this year. Read More

 

38 new and updated jailbreak tweaks worth a look at

By Sébastien Page on Dec 7, 2014

These last seven days marked another solid week of worthy jailbreak tweaks releases and updates, and as you know, Cydia isn’t necessarily a great place to discover what’s new or what’s been updated… which is why we’ve come up with this weekly wrapup of new and updated jailbreak tweaks.

Each tweak comes with a short description of what it actually does, as well as the price and a link to our post on iDB if we covered the tweak in question. Of course this is not a one hundred percent comprehensive list, so some tweaks might be missing, which is where you come in: if you see a tweak that was updated or released that is not on this list, simply add it up in the comments section. Read More

 

Cydia refresh: 33 new and updated tweaks to check out

By Sébastien Page on Nov 30, 2014

In case you were too busy trying to burn the calories you gulped down over Thanksgiving, you might have heard that a new jailbreak for iOS 8.1.1 was released over the weekend. The TaiG jailbreak created the surprise, and to be honest, we’re still trying to wrap our heads around this release. But we’re not going to complain.

In the meantime, a lot of new jailbreak tweaks were released and updated. Some of them could be considered minor tweaks. Others definitely offer deeper functions. As we’ve been doing now for a few weeks, we bring you most of these new or updated tweaks in one convenient place so you don’t get lost into the mess that Cydia can be when it comes to discovery. Read More

 

iDB’s ultimate Black Friday deals roundup: save big on iPhone, iPad, Beats, apps, and more

By Cody Lee on Nov 27, 2014

Black Friday is upon us, and for the next few days, hundreds of retailers will be offering significant discounts on a number of items in an effort to coerce customers into their stores on the busiest shopping weekend of the year. High definition televisions, cameras, and even various Apple products will be sold at rock-bottom prices.

But trying to keep up with who is offering what can prove to be a fairly overwhelming task, even for those who know what they’re doing, so iDB has decided to simplify things with a Black Friday deal roundup. Below you’ll find the best deals from top retailers on iPhones, iPads, Beats headphones, apps and much, much more. Read More

 

29 new and updated jailbreak tweaks to check out this weekend

By Sébastien Page on Nov 23, 2014

We’ve now had an iOS 8 jailbreak for just about a month and it seems developers are finally catching up with updating their tweaks and even coming up with new ideas based on iOS 8’s new features. We do provide an ongoing coverage of what we believe are the most interesting jailbreak tweaks, but because of the sheer amount of releases and updates, we unfortunately can’t write about each of them, hence this round up that provides a quick look at what’s new and what’s been updated in Cydia. Read More

 

A roundup of new and updated jailbreak tweaks for iOS 8

By Sébastien Page on Nov 16, 2014

We’ve now been had a jailbreak for iOS 8 for several weeks and while while not all tweaks have been updated yet for Apple’s latest mobile software, many of them already have. Even better, we’ve started to see some brand new jailbreak tweaks, some of them even taking advantage of the new software and hardware features found in iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

While developers still have plenty of work to do updating their old tweaks, we can already enjoy many of them. If you’re not sure what’s new and what’s been updated in Cydia recently, we have a roundup that should bring you up to speed. Read More

 

Early iPad Air 2 reviews praise display, performance

By Cody Lee on Oct 22, 2014

Right after its iPad event on Thursday, Apple gave a select group of journalists early access to its two new tablets— the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3—for early review. Tonight, a number of those reviews hit the web, offering up initial feedback on the two devices.

Reviews for the new iPad mini seem pretty dull, given how similar it is to its predecessor, but reviewers had some interesting things to say about the iPad Air 2. So, as usual, we’ve rounded up some excerpts from Air 2 reviews to give you an idea of the consensus. Read More

 

Apple event recap: new iPads, Macs and more

By Cody Lee on Oct 16, 2014

Well that’s all folks. Apple’s iPad and Mac event has come, and gone. We’ll continue talking about the announcements made today for many, many weeks, but the keynote itself and all of the speculation and rumors we heard leading up to it, are now over.

A lot has happened in the last 10 hours or so, and we understand that it might have been difficult to keep track of everything. So as usual, we’ve put together an awesome roundup for you of everything important that happened during and after today’s event. Read More

 

Initial iPhone 6 and 6 Plus reviews rave about displays, battery life

By Cody Lee on Sep 16, 2014

Right after its big iPhone event last Tuesday, Apple gave a select group of journalists early access to its two new handsets: the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. Both devices feature larger displays than their predecessor, and both launch this Friday.

The move is a familiar one for the company, who typically gives out products to [favorable] writers for analysis ahead of launch. And as usual, we’ve put together a roundup of excerpts from these reviews to give you an idea of the general consensus. Read More

 

Everything you need to know about iPhone 6, Apple Pay and Apple Watch

By Cody Lee on Sep 9, 2014

Well, that’s all folks. The ‘historic’ iPhone 6 event has come, and gone. All announcements have been made, all products unveiled, and we finally got to see what was in the mysterious white structure Apple built outside of the Flint Center.

A lot has happened in the last 12 hours, and we understand that it might have been difficult to keep track of everything. So, as usual, we’ve put together this awesome roundup for you of everything important that happened at today’s event. Read More

 

An overview of Apple Watch apps and software

By Cody Lee on Sep 9, 2014

We’re still trying to sift through all of the information Apple dropped on us this morning regarding its new smartwatch, and I have to admit, it’s been tough. There is just so much to this device, and so much it can do, it’s tough to figure out where to begin picking out points of interest to pass along to our readers.

But we knew for sure that we wanted to highlight some of the software features and apps Apple showed off for its Watch today, such as Phone, Messaging, Siri and more. So we put together a brief overview, if you will, highlighting what we thought were some of the Watch applications and features worth noting. Read More

 

This week on iDB: you are not invited

By Sébastien Page on Aug 31, 2014

Like every Sunday, we get to take a look at some of the most popular posts that were published on iDB during the week that just ended. Whether it is a news item, a new jailbreak tweak, a tutorial, or an app review, we sum it all up in one convenient place for you.

As always, if you like what you’re reading, please feel free to spread the love by sharing our posts on your favorite social network.

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Early reviews dump cold water on Amazon Fire Phone

By Cody Lee on Jul 22, 2014

At a media event on June 18, Amazon entered the smartphone fray with the Fire Phone. Sure the company is 7 years late to a market that is largely dominated by a handful of heavyweights, but it hoped the device’s unique features would set it apart.

Tonight, the embargo lifted on early reviews of the handset, and they aren’t pretty. The consensus is that the aforementioned features—tilt scrolling, etc.—are gimmicky at best, and the phone itself is a pain to use. Read on for other initial reactions… Read More

 

The best apps for the 2014 FIFA World Cup

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 10, 2014

In case you haven’t noticed, Apple quietly introduced a new “Soccer Fever” section on the App Store ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, a month-long international soccer tournament that kicks off on June 12th. The section consists of four app categories: Soccer Apps, Soccer Games, Share the Fever and Discover Brazil. We’ve handpicked some of the best World Cup apps for iPhone and iPad from the list ahead…  Read More

 

Gift ideas for Father’s Day

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 7, 2014

Father’s Day is in less than two weeks in many countries around the world. If your dad is anything like mine, he probably has a knack for everything related to cars and the latest tech gadgets. While we’re not here to provide tips on how to stock your dad’s garage with the latest car-related items, we did prepare this detailed roundup of Father’s Day accessories. So if your old man has an iPhone, iPad or Mac, or simply likes tech, check out some great gift ideas ahead. All prices are listed in US dollars… Read More

 

The ultimate WWDC 2014 keynote roundup

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 2, 2014

Ladies and gentleman, we have survived the onslaught of announcements surrounding the WWDC keynote. We have already posted roundups of the major features in iOS 8 and major features in OS X Yosemite, but there is so much other news about the event that it can be overwhelming. That is why we have prepared this concise roundup of everything that has been covered since this afternoon. Take a look… Read More

 

A full breakdown of major OS X Yosemite features

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 2, 2014

While much of the excitement has been surrounding the arrival of iOS 8 for iPhone and iPad, Apple also pleasantly surprised us this afternoon with a more-than-impressive update to its OS X software. First and foremost, the company delivered upon the name OS X Yosemite that most bloggers figured out after a mountain from Yosemite National Park appeared on a WWDC banner at Moscone West. Now let’s dive into all of its features…  Read More

 

A breakdown of all the major new features in iOS 8

By Cody Lee on Jun 2, 2014

Apple just finished up with its huge WWDC keynote, and we’re still sorting through the madness. The company introduced a number of new developer tools and two new platforms (HealthKit and HomeKit), as well as new versions of OS X and iOS.

We’ve covered a lot of the new iOS 8 features individually, but given the sheer amount of things announced today, we thought it’d be helpful to create a roundup of everything you need to know about the update, which will publicly launch this fall… Read More

 
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