YouTube videos keep buffering? Here’s the fix

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 21, 2016

I’m a big time YouTube user, and even though I have zippy fiber optic internet, it seems like there are still times when YouTube videos get stuck buffering instead of playing when I want to enjoy HD video streaming.

If you can relate, then you should take a few minutes to read this piece, because we’ll be talking about some common remedies for the annoying buffering problem. Read More


Apple will live-stream October 27 Mac keynote

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 20, 2016

Invites for a new media event went out yesterday and Apple just confirmed that the keynote will be live-streamed through its website. As you’ve come to expect from iDownloadBlog, we will be providing remote coverage of the keynote along with details of the announcements. This could be the last event at Infinite Loop’s Town Hall campus.

That’s because the massive Campus 2 building AKA “iSpaceship” should open come January 2017, barring any unforeseen delays. The site includes a massive underground auditorium where future corporate and press events will be taking place. 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


SmallVolumeStep lets you set a custom number of volume steps

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 14, 2016

Normal behavior for the volume level in iOS is for it to adjust one step at a time, up or down, depending on the button you press on the side, but a new free jailbreak tweak called SmallVolumeStep can change that Read More


Chrome 54 for Mac is out, replaces old Flash-based YouTube embeds with HTML5 player

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 13, 2016

Google stopped using Adobe Flash for YouTube’s desktop video player back in January 2016, replacing it with an HTML5 counterpart that doesn’t require any special browser plug-in to function.

Last evening saw the release of Chrome 54 for Mac, Windows and Linux which continues on Google’s mission to ditch Flash in favor of HTML5: the new version replaces old Flash-based YouTube embeds on websites with HTML5. Read More


You can now stream Facebook videos to your TV while browsing your News Feed

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 13, 2016

Facebook today announced that users of its mobile app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch can take advantage of some newly expanded options that let them stream any native video from Facebook to their television through devices like the Apple TV or Google’s Chromecast HDMI dongle.

Wait, haven’t we always had the ability to stream any video from an iOS device to the Apple TV or an AirPlay-enabled device via Apple’s AirPlay feature?

Yes, but this is different in that you can watch Facebook videos on the big screen while browsing the News Feed on the device you’re streaming at the same time. Read More


Periscope update brings camera and sharing improvements & more

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 13, 2016

Periscope, Twitter’s live video-streaming app, has been refreshed in the App Store this morning with a few new features related to in-app camera, sharing and more. For starters, you’ll notice improved tap-to-focus while broadcasting live video, plus you can now follow a broadcaster from the viewers list with one tap. There are also improvements to Persicope’s VIP Program and more. Read More


Video: all iPhone sapphire lenses scratch tested

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 3, 2016

As you may know, Apple’s marketing boss Phil Schiller recently insisted that rumors of the iPhone 7’s Home button and camera lens not being covered in pure sapphire were false. However, YouTuber JerryRigEverything has found that these parts do leave scratch marks at a level six on the Mohs scale of hardness, which is odd given that pure sapphire crystal should sustain scratches up to a level nine.

Apple on its website states that all of the iPhones it currently sells offer sapphire protection for the Touch ID sensor and iSight camera, which doesn’t explain why these parts appear to scratch more easily than they should.

Could Apple be using a sapphire/glass hybrid or even a normal tempered glass rather than a 100 percent sapphire crystal? That’s what JerryRigEverything set out to find in a comprehensive scratch test video of the iPhone SE/6/6s/7 series. Read More


Latest 4K drone flyovers show off iSpaceship facade glowing at night & more

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 30, 2016

A pair of new flyover videos from YouTubers Duncan Sinfield and Matthew Roberts reveal that Apple has installed exterior lights at Apple Campus 2 site, showing the iSpaceship building facade glowing at night. It’s quite a spectacular sight given the enormous scale of the flying saucer-shaped structure.

Apple Campus 2, as it’s officially called, will become home to more than 12,000 employees when it’s completed some time in early 2017. Read More


Apple airs new ‘Balloons’ ad highlighting iPhone 7 and expressive messaging

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 29, 2016

Apple’s much improved Messages app in iOS 10 is more expressive than ever, especially with nicely done animations that take over the entire screen.

One of the fullscreen effects in Messages, a bunch of balloons that fly up from the bottom of the screen, is the central theme of a new iPhone 7 commercial that Apple posted on its YouTube channel today.

The 30-second commercial wraps up with the message, “The all-new iPhone 7, with expressive messages. Practically magic.” Read More


No, you should not drill a hole in your iPhone 7

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 28, 2016

Unbelievably, some of the techies I spoke to believe that maybe, somehow, the 3.5mm headphone jack will make a comeback in the next year’s iPhone. That ship has sailed, of course, but that’s not stopping pranksters and jokers on YouTube from milking the headphone jack meme for all it’s worth, like a video titled “Secret Hack To Get Headphone Jack on the iPhone 7” from YouTuber TechRax.

In it, TechRax suggests that users drill a hole in their brand spanking new iPhone 7 in order to access a supposedly hidden headphone jack inside the device. Read More


Google announces YouTube Go app for watching and sharing videos without using any data

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 27, 2016

The annual “Google for India” event kicked off in New Delhi this morning, where the search company announced a new mobile app called YouTube Go.

Inspired by India for the next billion users, it’s designed to help people in areas with poor connectivity watch and share YouTube videos without burning up mobile data.

YouTube Go provides controls not found in the regular app to let users see the file size of videos before they download them to the device for offline viewing. And to save data, the app presents clips as slideshows. Read More


How to use Picture-in-Picture for YouTube videos on macOS Sierra

By Sébastien Page on Sep 20, 2016

macOS Sierra was just released with a flurry of new features, one of them being the ability to watch videos in a new mode called Picture-in-Picture. When enabled, this allows you to detach a video from its player, and place it anywhere in a resizable window on your screen. This is particularly handy if you want to watch a video while working, for instance.

While the majority of video players you will encounter will already support Picture-in-Picture, there are a few rebels out there that still don’t, and YouTube is one of them. Fortunately, there is a simple workaround for this. Read More


Top 20 iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus features [Video]

By Andrew O'Hara on Sep 19, 2016

The iPhone 7 has finally started arriving in (some) people’s hands merely two week after being unveiled. It wasn’t the full-blown makeover many people had hoped for but there are lots of notable changes to Apple’s flagship phone.

In our video overview, I take a look at 20 of the top new features for Apple iPhone 7. Some are major upgrades, like the iPhone 7 Plus’s dual camera setup, while others are small and easy to overlook like the wider color gamut on the Retina Display. Read More


Video: iPhone 7 running circles around Note 7 in terms of switching apps

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 19, 2016

Apple makes the fastest smartphone chips on the planet and the iPhone 7’s in-house designed A10 Fusion chip has given top Android handset makers who buy off-the-shelf processors plenty to worry about. Tight interplay between Apple-designed silicon, operating system, apps and services gives the iPhone a distinct advantage over competitors when it comes to smooth app switching and multitasking.

A non-scientific video put together by YouTuber PhoneBuff, which compares app loading and switching times on the iPhone 7 and Samsung’s latest Note 7, highlights the benefits of designing the hardware and software under one roof as Apple’s new phone with half the Note 7’s RAM runs circles around Samsung’s exploding flagship in terms of loading and switching apps. Read More


James Corden pitches commercial ideas in new Apple Music ad

By Cody Lee on Sep 18, 2016

Apple on Sunday night aired a new Apple Music ad during the 2016 Emmy Awards starring “Late Late Show” host James Corden. The spot is called “The all-new Apple Music,” and it highlights the content and discovery features of the company’s streaming service.

In the humorous clip, Corden pitches Apple Music commercial ideas to executives Jimmy Iovine, Eddy Cue and Bozoma Saint John. As you can imagine, most of Corden’s concepts are off-the-wall, and in the end the team decides the collaboration isn’t going to work. Read More


Check out the latest Apple Watch Series 2 ad

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 18, 2016

In addition to a pair of iPhone 7 ads showcasing water resistance and all-new camera sensors that capture more light in low-light situations, Apple today also released on its YouTube channel a new commercial for the Apple Watch Series 2.

Titled “Go Time,” the 60-second video takes us through the device’s major enhancements like a faster processor, built-in GPS, improved water resistance, swim tracking and more. Read More


Here’s a new “Meet the new Home Button” step in iOS 10 installer on iPhone 7

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 15, 2016

With less than 24 hours left until first iPhone 7 shipments start hitting customers’ doorsteps, YouTuber Marques Brownlee has put together a nice unboxing video featuring both new black options for the device, a supper glossy variant called Jet Black and its matte counterpart, referred to by Apple as simply Black.

The video offers interesting observations regarding the RAM, CPU performance, non-moving Home button and a new “Choose Your Click” Home button option. Read More


MKBHD unboxes iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

By Cody Lee on Sep 14, 2016

Popular YouTube tech reviewer Marques Brownlee, known by many as MKBHD, has posted an unboxing video for both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The 5 minute clip offers an up-close look at both handsets, in Black and Jet Black respectively, as well as the design and contents of their packaging. Check it out below. Read More


In time for NFL Thursday Night Football, Twitter launches live-streaming Apple TV app

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 14, 2016

Twitter’s new live-streaming Apple TV app arrives just in time for NFL Thursday Night Football. Available at no charge in the tvOS App Store, it lets owners of the fourth-generation Apple TV stream both top Twitter/Vine videos and the 10 NFL games that the micro-blogging services recently acquired the rights to broadcast, plus content from Bloomberg News, Campus Insiders, Cheddar, MLB Advanced Media, NBA, Pac 12 Networks and other premium sources. Read More

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