This awesome secret iOS 8 trick will change the way you use your iPhone
Apple's new messaging features in iOS 8 are awesome, but they'll be even better once you learn this great trick
Whatever the actual merits of the Bendgate “scandal,” you just knew it wouldn’t take long for Samsung to try to take advantage of it. In a new two-minute promotional video, Samsung shows us how you’ll be able to happily stuff your massive Galaxy Note 4 into your back pocket with no fear of it bending. More →
The new iPhone 6 models aren’t the only iOS handsets selling well, as many people are more than happy to purchase a cheaper used iPhone model. However, one problem with the used devices selling in various places is that they might be stolen, or still accidentally protected by Apple’s Find My iPhone features. In such cases, the active Activation Lock iOS security feature will prevent buyers from using an iOS device without using the original Apple ID and password in order to activate it. But iDownloadBlog has discovered that Apple released a new online tool that lets users check whether Activation Lock is active on an iOS device. More →
Apple’s iOS 8 releases haven’t exactly gone according to plan so far, especially when iOS 8.0.1 bricked tens of thousands of brand new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets. We already know that Apple is hard at work on at least three major new mobile software releases though, and a new report claims to reveal the exact launch date for the first one, iOS 8.1. More →
Even though many smartphone enthusiasts were quick to scoff at the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus for their seemingly substandard specs, reviews and benchmark tests revealed that the new iPhones, with their dual-core A8 chips and 1GB of RAM, can easily beat high-end Android devices that pack fast quad-core CPUs and 2GB to 3GB of RAM when it comes to performance. To further test the speed of the iPhone 6 and compare it with the current top offerings from HTC and Samsung, including the HTC One (M8) and the Galaxy S5, Phone Buff has put all three devices through the same speed test, recording their performance in the process. More →
Mobile messaging apps are incredibly hot right now, as evidenced by Facebook’s recent $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp. As popular as various cross-platform solutions like WhatsApp, LINE, Snapchat, Kik and others are becoming, Apple’s own first-party app Messages is still one of the most widely used apps on iOS devices because of its clean interface and solid feature set. iMessages added a new dimension to Apple’s messaging app when it first launched, and it provided yet another feature that helps lock users into the iOS ecosystem.
The recent iOS 8 update introduced several terrific new features to Messages that make iMessage better than ever, but there’s one hidden new feature you didn’t know about that will change the way you use Messages. More →
It is astonishing to think that BGR started eight years ago, and it wouldn’t have existed if not for our great readers, so we wanted to do something special this year. In addition to celebrating our anniversary, we’re also extremely excited to announce that September was our biggest month ever by a mile, and it’s all because of you. As a thank you to our awesome audience, we wanted to throw a party and invite all of you.
We are really happy to also announce an amazing event partner — HTC! In fact, this is such a special event that not only are we giving away a boatload of HTC devices, but it’s also going to be the public’s first chance to get up close and personal with some new HTC products. Plus, food and drinks are on us, so what more could you ask? More →
Google is expected to launch a new Nexus smartphone this fall, a huge Motorola-made Nexus 6 handset supposed to offer high-end specs and run Android L out of the box, according to the many detailed reports that have hit the web recently. The Nexus 6 will be a bigger version of the Moto X, with some renders and even alleged pictures showing a test device spotted in the wild having already hit the web. Android blog Droid-Life has also created some new in-house renders of its own based on information it has received about the device, further confirming the phone’s design. More →
BlackBerry would never do anything gimmicky like pay U2 to play at its flagship phone launch… well, OK, it did sort of appoint Alicia Keys to be its creative director that one time and it did have Wayne Gretzky introduce the Passport, but those two things were totally different because there’s always something pure about what they do! The point is, BlackBerry has never really been about getting celebrity endorsements for its products, although we can’t imagine it will turn them down if they just happen to come along. More →
There’s little question at this point that the recent round of nude celebrity photo leaks are Apple’s fault. Hackers supposedly used simple brute force attacks, which consist of quickly and repeatedly guessing different passwords for an account until one works, to infiltrate iCloud accounts belonging to celebrities. Hacks of this kind are quite old and a simple security measure that restricts access to an account when incorrect passwords are used too many times in a short span would have prevented the leaks, if brute force attacks were indeed the hackers’ weapon of choice.
When Netflix announced that it would produce its first movie — a sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon — you’d expect movie companies to wave their fingers of objection in the direction toward Netflix for dipping into their profits. Well, you would be right because that is exactly what they’re doing.
Apple announced official iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launch plans for China earlier this week, and while the phone will only start selling in local Apple and carrier retail stores on October 17th, with preorders and in-store reservations set for October 10th and October 14th, respectively, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus reservations are already available to early buyers, already topping 2 million units in the first 6 hours. Sina reports that even though Apple offered an October 10 preorder date for the new iPhones, all three major local carriers and other retailers have started taking reservations for the handset. More →
Apple isn’t ready to sell you a brand new Apple Watch just yet, but the company is certainly interested in making you want to buy one. In addition to showing the device in Paris in celebration of Fashion Week, Apple also allowed fashion magazine Vogue to write an ample Jony Ive profile, providing the publication access to its top designer. Most importantly, Apple offered the magazine access to the unannounced device weeks ahead of the actual iPhone 6 event where the Watch was unveiled, although Vogue only published its interview on Wednesday, almost a month after the Watch was first introduced to the world. More →
Did you know that if Apple and Google encrypt the data on your smartphone, then pedophiles, bank robbers and terrorists will be able to wreak havoc upon America without any kinds of reservations? That’s the message that the United States federal government and law enforcement agencies are trying to send to both major tech companies and to the public at large about the dangers of smartphone encryption. More →