Hulu for iOS gains user profiles for multiple-user accounts, offline viewing in the works

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 19, 2017

Hulu for iOS was updated on App Store with personalized profiles for multiple-user accounts following the introduction of single-user profiles in December 2016.

Personalized profiles for multiple users who share a single Hulu account are now available on the web at Hulu.com and in the mobile Hulu app for iOS and other platforms, TechCrunch reported yesterday.

The oft-requested offline viewing feature will arrive “in a few months” as the company is working hard on the technology as well as on securing content rights, Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins told Adweek. Read More

 

Apple’s new TV app doesn’t like ripped DVDs, here are some workarounds

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 17, 2017

Apple’s new TV app on iOS 10.2 struggles to play videos that have been ripped from DVDs and other sources and loaded into iTunes for Mac. It’s unclear whether this is a simple bug, but that didn’t stop people from flocking to Apple’s Support Communities forum to express their disdain for the app.

The TV app has replaced the old and mostly useless Videos app.

Thankfully, dedicated apps let you easily play non-iOS-friendly media on iPhone, like FireCore‘s versatile Infuse video player. Handbrake for Mac, which recently exited beta after 13 years, packs in a comprehensive set of tools for easy video conversion with handy presets for turning ripped DVDs into an iPhone-compatible format. Read More

 

Vine app officially becomes Vine Camera

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 17, 2017

Vine for iPhone was updated today with a cool dark icon, a new name and same old features, making good on Twitter’s promise to sunset the service and morph it into a dedicated mobile camera software.

Rechristened as Vine Camera and bearing version number 6.0, the app is focused on the tools that let you shoot and edit six-second videos shareable on Twitter, where they now loop. You can also add captions, save videos to your iPhone’s Camera roll and more.

Vine Camera is available free of charge from App Store and requires iOS 9.0 or later. Read More

 

This is your last chance to save your Vine videos

By Sébastien Page on Jan 17, 2017

Following the recent announcement that the Vine app as we know it will be sunset and morphed into a camera app, today is your last chance to save those Vine videos you created and published on the service over the years.

As the Vine app will officially become Vine Camera today (January 17th), the company says all videos uploaded will remain on the vine.co website where you’ll still be able to watch them, but if you were big on Vine, it might still be a good idea to save all your creations locally either to your iPhone or to a computer. Read More

 

Video: Adobe shows off voice-based image editing on iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 16, 2017

How about editing photographs by voice commands alone? In a recent concept video, Adobe showed off performing basic image-editing functions on an iPad by conversing with a Siri-like digital assistant. The proof-of-concept clip gives us an interesting glimpse into a not-so-distant future when we’ll use our voice for complex tasks beyond simple things like scheduling reminders or creating alarms. Read More

 

Store and watch the latest news stories offline with Hyper News

By Steffen Reich on Jan 16, 2017

If you have ever travelled on a metro line you know what it’s like to whiz from one station to the next, always holding out for the next patch of reception somewhere between the constant outages afflicting your iPhone. Most times, the internet will cut out in the least opportune moments, like on your commute home when you slump in your seat and want to mindlessly gaze at moving images on your phone.

To weather the crisis of poor connection, Hyper News functions as a pocket of pre-downloaded news clips to fall back on whenever your data leaves you hanging.

In a spell of news apps being tested at iDB, Hyper News stands out for its utter simplicity and the concerted effort to occupy a unique space in the news realm. Here are the ins and outs to know about Hyper News. Read More

 

TV provider Cable ONE & ESPN/WatchESPN apps gain support for Single Sign-On feature

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 12, 2017

Apple today refreshed the official list of Single Sign-On providers on its website to reflect that TV provider Cable ONE now supports the feature. Based out of Phoenix, Arizona, Cable ONE serves approximately 750,000 customers in 19 U.S. states.

With Single Sign-On, users can save their pay-TV access credentials in the Settings app on their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV so compatible video-streaming apps can automatically unlock paid content. Just two days ago, ESPN and WatchESPN iOS apps gained support for the feature, as well as compatibility with Google’s Chromecast. Read More

 

iSpaceship is finally coming together

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 11, 2017

Though Apple’s yet to confirm a move-in date for the 13,000+ employees it’s planning to house at a new Jony Ive-designed campus, the project is finally coming together after work on it began in 2013. New drone footage from Matthew Roberts suggests the campus may open its doors early this year.

Going by this gorgeous 4K clip, there’s still some work to be done before Campus 2 opens but the main building looks nearly complete, roads are being cleared and landscaping within the building and around its central courtyard is now visible. Read More

 

Early click wheel and icon-based iPhone prototypes shown in new video

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 11, 2017

After sharing images and a video of an early-stage prototype iPhone software based on iPod’s click wheel interface, leakster Sonny Dickson is back at it with another wonderful piece of Apple history.

A new video posted on Dickson’s website pits a pair of early iPhone prototypes against each other: Tony Fadell’s “P1” device based on the click wheel UI and ex-iOS chief Scott Forstall’s “P2” project. Read More

 

New details surface about Hulu’s live TV service

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 10, 2017

In a new report Tuesday, Mashable’s Pete Pachal took a closer look at the early build of an upcoming live TV service from Hulu. Having seen Hulu’s new iPhone, iPad and full-screen TV apps, Pachal shared his thoughts on the service. Hulu CEO said last week that the new service would be priced at under $40 per month.

The Wall Street Journal said earlier in the month that Hulu did manage to strike a deal with CBS to put both live streaming and on-demand content from CBS’s various channels on Hulu’s service. Read More

 

This is what the iPhone’s interface could have looked like

By Cody Lee on Jan 6, 2017

New photos and a video have surfaced online showing an early-stage prototype of the original iPhone with a click wheel interface. Noted tipster Sonny Dickson is behind the leak, who says Apple called the operating system “Acorn OS.”

As you can see in the images, Acorn OS’s interface closely resembled that of the iPod, with a touchscreen click wheel and a small gray menu. You can also see phone functions like Dial and SMS, and features like Contacts and Notes. 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

 

DJI introduces new Osmo accessories for iPhone

By Cody Lee on Jan 4, 2017

Leading drone manufacturer DJI late Tuesday introduced two new Osmo accessories for iPhone at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas: the Osmo Mobile Silver and the Osmo Zenmuse M1. The former is a silver edition of DJI’s already popular gimbal stabilizer, and the latter is a smartphone mount for the original Osmo stabilizer. Read More

 

Latest New Yorker cover illustrated using iPad Pro and Apple Pencil

By Cody Lee on Jan 3, 2017

The latest cover of the popular New Yorker magazine was drawn on an iPad. The artist, Jorge Colombo, used an iPad Pro, an Apple Pencil stylus and the app Procreate to sketch the image for the New Yorker’s cover story “Waterways.”

Colombo says that he likes to work at the local café, library, or the Staten Island ferry. “The ferry is a great place to work: there’s the smell of the water, and late at night there aren’t many people. It’s like being in a grand hotel lobby.”
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Kevin Hart stars in hilarious new Apple Watch Nike+ ads

By Cody Lee on Jan 3, 2017

Nike on Tuesday posted 7 new videos promoting the Apple Watch Nike+ featuring celebrity Kevin Hart. Hart was issued the first Nike+ Apple Watch back in October of last year, and the ads offer a look at what he has been up to since.

As you’d expect with Hart, the videos are pretty funny, portraying the comedian on an introspective 700+ mile run into the desert. Throughout the clips he can be seen running in Nike gear, and showing off various Apple Watch features. Read More

 

Apple posts new ‘Best of 2016’ video

By Cody Lee on Jan 3, 2017

Apple has shared a new video on its YouTube channel entitled ‘Best of 2016.’ As the name implies, the 53-second clip is a recap of some of Apple’s favorite music, apps, movies and games from last year.

Set to an upbeat soundtrack, the video features several picks from Apple’s Best of iTunes lists it released last month. including Drake’s song Hotline Bling, the movie Deadpool and the photo app Prisma.

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ForceInPicture enables Picture in Picture mode on unsupported devices

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 1, 2017

Picture in Picture mode is a type of multitasking that was introduced with iOS 9 so you could complete other tasks while simultaneously watching video. Unfortunately those with iPhones, iPod touches, and even some models of iPad can’t use it because it’s restricted to certain models of iPad only.

A new jailbreak tweak called ForceInPicture is now available in Cydia that will enable Picture in Picture mode on all unsupported devices, so long as you’re running iOS 9 or iOS 10 on them. 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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Hulu gains 50+ Disney films in exclusive streaming deal

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 28, 2016

Subscription video on demand service Hulu just announced an exclusive multi-year deal with the entertainment conglomerate Disney that gives it rights to stream a collection of hit movies and family favorites from the rich library of blockbuster films from The Walt Disney Studios. This means that Disney movies like The Nightmare Before Christmas, Mulan, Pocahontas, Hercules, Sister Act and Air Bud are all now available to stream exclusively via Hulu. Read More

 
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