By Joe Rossignol on Dec 27, 2013
While much of the emphasis has been placed on the arrival of popular jailbreak tweaks such as BiteSMS and Zeppelin, a number of lesser-known iOS extensions have also been released or updated for iOS 7 in recent days. Before you get too excited, remember that these tweaks are incompatible with the iPhone 5s, iPad Air and second-generation iPad mini until a MobileSubstrate update arrives. But if you are still rocking an older iOS device, read ahead for a quick look at five tweaks to explore this weekend… Read More
By Jim Gresham on Dec 7, 2013
As iPad becomes more of a portable workhorse, the need for professional grade accessories drastically increases. Our own Jeff Benjamin swears by his iPad to muscle common tasks for his daily blogging needs. Of the most important professional additions, the keyboard rates at number one.
A virtual keyboard is perfect for portability. Software keyboards only take up screen space, but do not take up space in a travel bag or add weight. They are equally as noticeable when trying to actually accomplish some real work. The Bluetooth keyboard is the answer for users looking to get extra mileage from their iPad Air. Inside, we give a short spotlight to some of the best iPad Air keyboards… Read More
By Cody Lee on Nov 27, 2013
Black Friday is now just a few days away, meaning folks planning to do some bargain shopping this weekend don’t have much longer to put their game plan together. The day is infamously hectic, for both retailers and consumers, thanks to limited-time and supply sales and unruly crowds of shoppers, so planning ahead is crucial.
But never fear, iDB has you covered this year with a complete guide on where to locate the best deals. We’ve sifted through as many Black Friday ads as we could get our hands on in order to find out which stores are going to be worth going to this weekend, so you don’t have to. Presenting our first Black Friday Deals Roundup… Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 28, 2013
Apple just announced its earnings for its September quarter, and despite all of the ‘doom’ talk and lowball analyst predictions, the numbers are actually pretty good. In fact, the company set a record for iPhone sales during the 3-month period.
We’re just finishing up the conference call, where Tim Cook and his CFO Peter Oppenheimer talked about Apple’s performance, and offered some insight into its future. And as usual, we’ve rounded up the 15 most interesting points for you… Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 22, 2013
Well, that’s all folks. Apple’s highly anticipated iPad event has come, and gone. All announcements have been made, all software has been released, and we now know what the future of the popular tablet line looks like.
A lot has transpired over the past 10 hours or so, and we understand that it might have been a bit difficult to keep track of it all. So we’ve put together this awesome roundup of everything important that happened today… Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 22, 2013
Apple introduced two new tablets this morning at a media event in San Francisco: the iPad Air and the iPad mini with Retina display. Both tablets got performance boosts thanks to the A7 64-bit processor, among other changes.
After the event, attending journalists were given the chance to go hands-on with the new devices. And for those of you who still don’t know what to make of the two new iPads, we’ve collected some of their initial impressions of them… Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 20, 2013
Last week, Apple sent out media invitations for an event set to take place on Tuesday, October 22 at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco, California. It’s believed that the event will focus on new iPads, but OS X Mavericks and new Macs are also expected to get some on-stage time.
On the iPad front, we’re anticipating a new 9.7-inch model with a redesigned shell, an A7 processor and other upgraded internals. And as for the iPad mini, it sounds like Apple’s tiny tablet is finally going to be getting that high resolution Retina display everyone has been asking for.
What else? Keep reading for our full rundown of what to expect from this week’s event… Read More
By Cody Lee on Sep 18, 2013
With Apple releasing iOS 7 today, a number of popular apps have posted updates in order to make sure they work properly with the new firmware. Some are just minor compatibility updates, and others are complete redesigns.
Instead of trying to do individual posts about each of these updates, we’ve decided to keep a running list of all of them so that you can get an idea of which applications have been updated and what the new versions look like… Read More
By Cody Lee on Sep 18, 2013
Right after its big iPhone event last Tuesday, Apple gave a select group of journalists early access to the final build of iOS 7, along with its two new handsets: the iPhone 5c and the iPhone 5s.
The move is a familiar one for the company, who typically gives out products for analysis ahead of launch. And tonight, right on schedule, the embargo lifted on this week’s round of reviews… Read More
By Cody Lee on Sep 10, 2013
Well, that’s all folks. The highly anticipated iPhone event has come, and gone. All announcements have been made, all software has been released, and Apple has shown us the future of its smartphone line.
A lot has happened in the last 12 hours, and we understand that it might have been difficult to keep track of it all. So we’ve put together this awesome roundup of everything important that happened today… Read More
By Cody Lee on Sep 7, 2013
It’s been a long, long time, or so it seems, since Apple unveiled the iPhone 5. And while the handset has done decidedly well for the company, it’s been close to a year now, and consumers are ready for something new.
If our intel is accurate, they shouldn’t have to wait much longer. Apple sent out invites last week to a media event set to take place on Tuesday, September 10 at its Cupertino, California campus. And it’s widely expected to use the stage to unveil a new handset.
In fact, most of the evidence suggests that, for the first time in its history, Apple will unveil two new iPhones next week. One is the replacement for the flagship iPhone 5, believed to be called the iPhone 5S, and the other is an all-new budget model, allegedly called the iPhone 5C.
Now, Christian has already done a great job going over what we expect to see from the latter, so it’s time to take a look at the former. Here’s everything we think we know about the iPhone 5S… Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 24, 2013
Two years ago today, to the date, Tim Cook officially took over the reigns as Apple’s CEO. Cook had long been handling the position’s day-to-day duties, and had played interim CEO on a few occasions, but on August 24, 2011, Steve stepped down and Tim stepped up.
One can only imagine what it’s like to try and take over a chief executive role for a company as big as Apple, following up someone like Steve Jobs. But Tim Cook has thus far managed to do it. Here are some of the more notable moments from his two-year tenure… Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 16, 2013
After months of speculation, interviews, and movie clips, the highly anticipated ‘Jobs’ biopic starring Ashton Kutcher finally hit theaters today. And despite Open Road Film’s best marketing efforts, initial reviews are a mixed bag.
Looking at review aggregation site metacritic, the flick scored a decent 43 out of 100, but over at Rotten Tomatoes, it scored just 25 out of 100. Want to see what others thought about the movie? Keep reading for our review roundup… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jun 30, 2013
In case it’s somehow skipped your mind, Google is going to be turning off Google Reader, it’s popular RSS aggregating service, on July 1st. That’s tomorrow. And if you haven’t taken the proper steps, such as backing up your feeds or syncing them with a suitable replacement, you’re going to lose them.
But never fear, as usual, iDB has you covered. Here’s everything you need to know about this week’s Reader shutdown… Read More
By Jim Gresham on Jun 29, 2013
It was a pleasant time, gathered with family on the sandy East coast beach. There was a gentle breeze and a calming 80 degree forecast. Everything was going perfectly until I had the displeasure of dropping my naked iPhone on the beach. What a way to kill your afternoon.
Obviously, when Sebastien asked me to do a beach-friendly iPhone case roundup, I was certainly onboard with the idea. After spending the remainder of the afternoon making homemade ice cream and sucking the sand out of my iPhone’s speakers, ports, and mute switch, I was cautiously excited to have removed all of the visible sand grains from my infected device. Nothing will stop your heart faster than dropping a $600 iPhone into the slushy beach sand, or swimming pool, or your favorite mixed drink, an oncoming wave, or everyone’s favorite place to drop a phone, the toilet.
Inside, I highlight multiple waterproof options to keep your Apple product safe from the elements this summer, and year-round for that matter… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jun 10, 2013
Well, that’s all folks. Apple’s highly anticipated WWDC keynote has come, and gone. All announcements have been made, all new software and products have been unveiled, and now the day is coming to a close.
A lot has happened in the last 10 hours, with a new version of Mac OS X, iOS and new Macs all making an appearance during today’s event. And we understand that it might have been difficult to keep track of it all, so we’ve put together this awesome roundup of everything important that happened today… Read More
By Cody Lee on Apr 10, 2013
After years of rumors and speculation, Facebook finally announced its entry into the smartphone space last week. But it didn’t unveil its own hardware, or operating system, like a lot of folks were expecting. Instead, it showed off Facebook Home, a software shell for Android.
As you’d expect, feedback following the announcement has been filled with mixed emotions. Luckily, Facebook lifted the embargo on tech journalists last night, allowing them to publish their full reviews of Home to help give folks a better idea of what it’s all about… 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 Feb 20, 2013
After months of teaser videos, and years of speculation, Sony has just unveiled its next-generation gaming console, the Playstation 4, at its “See the Future” event in New York City. That’s right, it’s supercharged, it’s intuitive, it’s social, and it’s finally here.
This might seem a bit off topic for iDB, but with growing rumors that Apple’s looking to add apps and games to its set-top box, you don’t have to work very hard to create the connection. Not to mention, we love games too. So without further a do, here’s the PS4… Read More
By Cody Lee on Feb 6, 2013
After years of sitting on the sidelines, Microsoft entered the modern tablet space late last year with the Surface RT. And although it sparked a lot of initial interest, it failed to translate that into sales, with reports claiming it didn’t fair very well over the holidays.
But alas, the Redmond company has a second shot at greatness with its new Surface Pro tablet. And it too has stirred up quite a bit of commotion, with some pundits deeming it a possible iPad/Macbook Air killer. But will this MS slate actually live up to the hype this time?