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?
By Cody Lee on Jan 27, 2013
In exactly one week, some 100 million people will gather around their television sets to watch one of the most popular TV broadcasts in the world: the Super Bowl. The long-running, annual championship game determines who the top team in the NFL is.
But the event isn’t just about football. It’s also about over-the-top commercials, parties and greasy food. And to ensure that you get the most out of your Super Bowl Sunday, we’ve put together this list of 5 free apps that will help you prepare… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jan 26, 2013
Ashton Kutcher’s long-awaited jOBS, a biopic on the late Steve Jobs, debuted for the first time ever last night at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. And as you can imagine, the screening was chock-full of critics and tech bloggers.
The first reviews of the movie hit the web late last night, and the overall theme seems to be “good, not great.” Both Kutcher and Gad (who plays Woz) received praise for their respective performances, but the film itself didn’t seem to impress.
Here’s a roundup of some of the top jOBS reviews from around the web…
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 Oct 30, 2012
While most of us have to wait until Friday to get our hands on the new iPad mini, a select group of journalists have been using the tablet since Apple unveiled it last Tuesday.
These writers were given early access to the device so they could post full-length reviews before it launches later this week. And a lot of those reviews just went live… 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
By Cody Lee on Oct 11, 2012
It would seem that we’re now in the heart of what some folks call the jailbreak season. Apple has just released a new iPhone, iPod touch, and a major update to iOS. And as usual, this has really shaken up the jailbreak scene.
When will the new devices be jailbreakable? What about iOS 6? We’ve seen a dramatic increase in these kinds of questions recently. So we figured it was time to give everyone an update. Here’s the state of the iOS 6 jailbreak… Read More
By Cody Lee on Sep 19, 2012
As expected, Apple has released iOS 6 this morning. After months of seeding beta versions of the new software to developers, it has finally made the update available to the public.
iOS 6 is the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, and it adds over 200 new features to the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. But there are a few things you should know before you update.
Note: If you’re not seeing iOS 6 yet, don’t worry. It’s a rolling update, so it will get to you eventually. Also, downloads might be running slow right now given Apple’s servers are slammed… Read More
By Cody Lee on Sep 18, 2012
While most folks, including us, will have to wait until Friday to get their hands on the iPhone 5, a select group of journalists have been using the handset in secret for several days.
These writers were given early access to the new iPhone so they could post full-length reviews of the smartphone before it launches this week. And a lot of these posts just went live…
By Cody Lee on Sep 12, 2012
Apple’s iPhone event ended more than 2 hours ago, but we’re still trying to sift through the gobs of information regarding the new handset and its features. And we figured you were too.
So we went ahead and did all of the leg work for you, and uncovered just about everything there is to know about the new iPhone hardware. And we’ve put it in a single, easy-to-read list.
Here’s the iPhone 5 by the numbers… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 11, 2012
It’s that time of year again: Apple is about to unveil a next-generation iPhone. A sixth revision to the world’s most beloved phone that just turned five is up for an announcement tomorrow at a media event in San Francisco. The last iPhone with Steve Jobs’s seal of approval arrives at an interesting time for Apple.
Earlier in the year, rival Samsung crushed both Apple and the embattled Finnish giant Nokia to become the world’s largest cell phone and smartphone maker by volume. The South Korea-based conglomerate’s flagship Galaxy S III handset has even managed to overtake the iPhone to become America’s best-selling smartphone in August.
With such massive pent up demand for the iPhone 5, a misstep of any kind would cost Apple dearly: the company owes nearly 70 percent of its fortunes to the iPhone. The iPhone biz is now worth more than all of Microsoft. And because the iconic smartphone is that huge, it poses a major litigation risk.
The iPhone 5 also marks a major test for Cupertino as customers will once again vote with their wallet and get to prove whether or not the iPhone has run its course… Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 26, 2012
Apple’s iPhone event is now less than three weeks away, and the rumor mill is in full swing. It seems like every day we hear new rumors regarding what the handset will look like and do.
And while the constant speculation can be exasperating, it does help paint a picture of what we can expect. Keep reading to see what the tech world thinks we’ll see in the new iPhone… Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 17, 2012
The end of the Apple-Samsung trial is drawing near, as the final day of witness testimonies is now complete. Both sides have exhausted their allotted 25 hours of arguments, and the case will soon be turned over to the jury.
In honor of this occasion, we thought we’d take a look back at some of the week’s more interesting moments in the case, from Samsung’s denial of copying Apple’s icons, to Judge Koh’s “smoking crack” comment… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jun 17, 2012
As expected, Apple took the wraps off the latest iteration of its mobile operating system last week. And although it may not be quite the upgrade that its predecessor was, iOS 6 still includes a ton of new features and other enhancements.
We’ve covered a number of these additions here on iDB already, but it’s hard to keep up with each and every new discovery. So, we’ve decided to put together a census of all of the new changes. Here’s iDB’s ultimate list of new iOS 6 features… Read More
By iDB Staff on Jun 11, 2012
If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed with the influx of Apple announcements that took over your Twitter stream today — don’t worry, iDB has you covered. Here’s a quick overview of what was introduced today… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jun 10, 2012
In less than 24 hours, Tim Cook and company are going to take the stage at WWDC to show off their latest mobile operating system: iOS 6. We know that Maps and other default applications are expected to get makeovers in the new software, but we haven’t heard much about other changes.
It’s no secret that iOS engineers have used the jailbreak community for “inspiration” in the past — we counted a number of instances of this in last year’s iOS 5 update. So we started thinking, if it were up to us, what 10 jailbreak tweaks would we like to see them implement in iOS 6?
And this is what we came up with… Read More
By Cody Lee on Mar 23, 2012
Out of all of the features you’ll find in Apple’s latest iPad, the new Retina display is the one causing the commotion. The screen, which is made up of over 3.1 million pixels, is by far the best in any tablet on the market right now.
And if you’ve recently picked up a new iPad, chances are you’re looking for some high resolution wallpapers to make that display really pop. Well lucky for you, we happen to have a list of 10 great ones after the break… Read More