Apple posts ‘Backstage’ video shown during WWDC keynote

By Cody Lee on Jun 11, 2015

Apple posted a new video to its YouTube channel Thursday night called “Backstage.” Those who watched Monday’s WWDC keynote will recognize the comedy sketch, which aired at the beginning of the live stream before Tim Cook took the stage.

The four and a half minute video stars SNL alum Bill Hader as director David LeGary, who is attempting to produce an over-the-top opening number for WWDC. It features several celebrity cameos, and inside jokes about apps and Silicon Valley. Read More

 

How to downgrade iOS 9 beta to iOS 8.3

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 10, 2015

Although it’s not currently possible to downgrade watchOS 2 back to watchOS 1.01, I’m happy to report that iOS 9 beta 1 can be downgraded back to iOS 8.3 if you so desire.

Upgraded to iOS 9 and now regret it? Apple indicates that it’s not possible to downgrade an iOS beta firmware, but thankfully, that’s never been exactly true. In this video tutorial, we’ll show you how easy it is to downgrade your iOS 9 device in mere minutes. Read More

 

Vine updated with new search feature for finding and discovering videos

By Cody Lee on Jun 9, 2015

Twitter updated its 6-second video sharing app Vine today, bringing the iOS client to version 3.4. The change log only includes a single item, but it’s a significant one for users who have ever had trouble tracking down a clip: proper search.

Since its inception, or close to it, users have been able to search Vine for users and hashtags, but this returned extremely limited results, and made it nearly impossible to discover or track down older, popular videos. But that changes today. Read More

 

You can select multiple photos at once in the iOS 9 Photos app with this gesture

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 9, 2015

Apple seems to be paying keen attention to the wants and needs of its users. Take this “new” gesture select ability in the stock Photos app for example.

By entering select mode in the stock Photos app, you can now tap and drag on a group of photos to select multiple photos with ease.

Oddly enough, this was once a stock gesture in older versions of iOS. In fact, I did a post on the disappearance of this very gesture earlier this year, pleading with Apple to bring it back. You all can thank me later.

Want to see how it works? Watch our video walkthrough for a flashback to the same gesture in iOS 4, and the reimplemented gesture in iOS 9. Read More

 

WWDC 2015 keynote posted to iTunes as a downloadable high-definition video podcast

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 9, 2015

Following promotional footage for Apple Music that the Cupertino company posted to its YouTube channel along with the inspirational ‘App Effect’ video, the entire keynote presentation has now been uploaded to iTunes and made available to everyone in the form of a video podcast.

In case you haven’t had a chance to sit through the whole keynote talk yesterday, you can now download the video to your Mac, iPhone, iPod touch or iPad and watch it on your own time. Read More

 

A look at iOS 9’s jailbreak-inspired features

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 9, 2015

iOS 9 has brought a lot of new features to the table, and many of those features have been borrowed, whether by coincidence or not, from already existing jailbreak tweaks. In this post, I summarize some of the tweaks that have been natively added to iOS 9 beta 1. Did your favorite tweak make the cut? Read More

 

How to enable or disable the iCloud Drive app in iOS 9

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 8, 2015

As noted by Cody earlier, there is now a standalone iCloud Drive app available in iOS 9. This application provides you with the same file picker interface that you see when accessing iCloud Drive from within other apps.

The nice thing about having a native iCloud Drive app is that you can now access stored files, share them, and delete them, without relying on another app to act as a go-between.

The iCloud Drive app in iOS 9 is quite limited in its first iteration, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction when it comes to making the iPad, and iOS in general, more productivity friendly. Watch our full video walkthrough to see more. Read More

 

Watch Apple Music promo footage and inspirational ‘App Effect’ video on YouTube

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 8, 2015

During its keynote talk, Apple played a bunch of videos to WWDC attendees to visualize some of the new products and features it announced this morning.

The company still hasn’t uploaded the full keynote video to its official channel on YouTube—though you can stream it from the Apple.com homepage—but now promo footage highlighting the new $10 per month Apple Music service have popped up on YouTube, along with an inspirational video showcasing the App Store success story. Read More

 

Watch the WWDC 2015 keynote now

By Cody Lee on Jun 8, 2015

Folks who missed Apple’s WWDC keynote this morning, or would just like to watch it again, will be happy to hear that Apple has posted the full video online for your streaming pleasure. Obviously you can read everything you need to know about today’s event right here on iDB, but if you have the time, the video is worth watching. Read More

 

How to move pictures from the Mac Photos app to Google Photos

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 8, 2015

Google Photos is a recently released cloud service from Google that allows users to store an unlimited amount of high quality photos without having to worry about costs or storage ceilings. If you’re someone who takes lots of photos with your phone, then it may be worth considering.

Announced at the 2015 Google I/O developer conference, Google Photos is available on a variety of different platforms, including the web, iOS and, of course, Android. But what if you already have tons of photos stored in the Photos app for Mac, which was also recently released?

In this brief tutorial, I’ll show you two ways to easily copy the pictures in your Photos app library to Google Photos. Watch our video to see how easy it is. Read More

 

Review: the Nexus 9 from an iPad user’s perspective

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 6, 2015

As someone who no longer personally owns an iPad, it was great to finally get back into the tablet game with the adoption of a Nexus 9 from Google. I know some of you probably think I’ve lost it as of late, or I’m simply pulling a classic Jeff move, but hear me out.

After adopting the iPhone 6 Plus, I felt that there was simply too much overlap between it and my 7.9” iPad mini. The difference in screen size between those two devices, while still technically large, just wasn’t enough for me to justify carrying both of them around. I was, and still am convinced that my next tablet will have to be larger than 7.9 inches.

With the recent release of Android M, I wanted a tablet that I could use to test out Google’s latest OS update. Unfortunately, due to the massive fragmentation present in the Android universe, the hardware options were quite limited. Basically, I needed to get a Nexus device, and since I already own enough Android phones, I decided to go with a tablet—enter the Nexus 9.

I’ve been using the Nexus 9 for about a week, and I’ve been using it a lot. In this post, I want to talk about five things I like about the Nexus 9, versus five things I don’t like. I shot this video a few days ago, and my opinion is still evolving about the hardware and the software experience, but this is a good starting point for this discussion. Watch the full video walkthrough and tell me what you think. Read More

 

Developers of Camera+ launch new app ‘Vee for Video’

By Cody Lee on Jun 5, 2015

Camera+ developers Lisa Bettany, Scott Meinzer and Karl von Randow today announced a new app called ‘Vee for Video.’ It essentially hopes to accomplish what the popular Camera+ app has for photos on iPhone, for videos.

Bettany tells BGR that Vee was born out of the team’s desire for an app that let you shoot, edit and share videos seamlessly. They considered adding video to Camera+ at one point, but ultimately decided to build a standalone app. Read More

 

Kabam teases upcoming RPG ‘Star Wars Uprising’ for mobile

By Cody Lee on Jun 5, 2015

Star Wars fans have a lot to be excited about this year. There’s, of course, the new movie ‘The Force Awakens’ that’s coming out in December, and a handful of new console games are on the way. There’s also apparently a new RPG coming to mobile devices.

Publisher Kablam has begun teasing its upcoming role-playing game, Star Wars Uprising, which will debut on various mobile platforms later this year. It will serve as a bridge, connecting the events of Return of the Jedi and this year’s new Star Wars film. Read More

 

Apple looking to change 70/30 iTunes revenue split for media services

By Cody Lee on Jun 5, 2015

Apple is planning a departure from the long-standing 70/30 iTunes pricing arrangement it has with digital media companies, reports the Financial Times. According to sources familiar with the matter, Apple is discussing new commercial terms with a number of players in the video, music and news subscription space.

The split, which doles out 70% of app and media sales to content owners/creators and 30% to Apple for hosting and distribution, has been around since the iTunes Store first launched in 2003. Apple hopes the change can improve its relationships with media firms, and reassure regulators that it’s not abusing its power. Read More

 

Periscope for iPhone gains instant replays, finding location-enabled broadcasts and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 4, 2015

Periscope for iPhone, a Twitter-owned live-broadcasting app, was updated Thursday with a few new features, including one that lets you browse live broadcasts on a world map by location.

You’ll notice a new Map option under the Global section within the app. Tap it for a nicely done zoomable map which highlights live streams relevant to your current location. Read More

 

Showtime confirms online-only streaming service, launching next month on iOS and Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 3, 2015

Showtime, a CBS-owned premium cable television service, has taken the plunge and will offer a standalone video-streaming service over the Internet with Apple as its first partner, the company confirmed Wednesday.

Simply called Showtime, the service will cost $10.99 per month and will be hitting the Apple TV, iPhone, iPod touch and iPad on July 12 ahead of season premier of several shows such as Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex.

A free 30-day trial will be available to new customers who sign up through Apple in July. Like HBO Now, Showtime’s new service will be an Apple exclusive at launch. Read More

 

Review: HazeOver dims background apps on Mac to reduce distraction

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 2, 2015

There never seems to be a shortage of apps that promote focusing on a single task, especially writing apps. And then you have hardware like the iPad, which forces you to focus on a single app at a time.

With the Mac, focusing has never been that easy, because multitasking is at its core.

HazeOver is a new Mac App Store utility that seeks to change the way we work on the Mac. By dimming background apps, it aims to help users focus on one app at a time by reducing distractions from surrounding apps. You can still have other apps open, they’ll just be dimmed in such a way that they’re less noticeable.

Does the idea work? Check out our video walkthrough for all of the details. Read More

 

Apple to live stream this year’s WWDC keynote

By Cody Lee on Jun 1, 2015

It looks like Apple is going to once again be providing a live stream of its WWDC keynote this year. On Monday the company updated its Events channel on Apple TV with a new program labeled “WWDC 2015 Keynote – LIVE.”

There’s no word on Apple’s website yet regarding streaming to other devices, but the company typically offers live video on both Macs and iOS products via its Safari web browser. It’s set to begin at 10am Pacific Time on June 8. Read More

 

WeatherPeek will bring quick weather highlights to the Home screen

By Jeff Benjamin on May 31, 2015

WeatherPeek, an upcoming jailbreak tweak from the AtomDevTeam, does something pretty cool—it allows you to use a simple “peek” gesture while on the first Home screen page to see current and upcoming weather info for a designated area. The peek gesture is basically a swipe and hold gesture that reveals the weather information hidden off screen. Watch our video inside to see what I mean. Read More

 

BlurryLaunch: remix the iOS app-launching animation

By Jeff Benjamin on May 31, 2015

BlurryLaunch is a simple new jailbreak tweak that adds a a smooth blur effect to the app-launching animation. The tweak, which is available for download free of charge from Cydia, includes several blur themes to add custom colors to the launch animation as well. Watch our video walkthrough to see how it works in action. Read More

 
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