Apple’s new OS X Yosemite software is a huge update for Mac users. The latest version of Apple’s desktop software includes a great visual overhaul that makes the user interface much flatter and more modern, with some apps that even go as far as to mirror the look of iOS 8. But beyond the obvious new graphical changes, Yosemite also includes a nifty new “dark mode” that makes a few key changes to OS X’s interface that actually have a pretty dramatic impact on the look of the operating system. More →
This has been a great week for paid iPhone and iPad apps that have gone on sale for free, but we have a few more gems to share with you before the week is done. Thursday’s list included seven great paid iOS apps that were made available for free for a limited time (a few of them are still free if you hurry), but today we have nine apps regularly worth a combined $36 and each and every one is free for a short time. More →
After initially showing off iOS 8 during its annual WWDC event this past summer, Apple finally released the software in September and then issued its first major update earlier this month. iOS 8 and iOS 8.1 represent huge steps forward for Apple’s mobile devices, bringing tons of great new functions to compatible iPhone and iPad models. Features like audio messaging, the new QuickType keyboard and Apple’s Continuity functionality are all awesome additions to iOS, but of course there is still plenty missing from Apple’s mobile platform.
Rumors swirled last year suggesting that Google was trying to acquire email startup Mailbox, but all that came to an end when Mailbox was acquired by Dropbox. So, Google decided to build its own Mailbox. Unveiled and released earlier this week, “Inbox” is Google’s new email app that has tech bloggers buzzing, once again heralding a fresh take on email as a game-changer. We have used the app ourselves and there’s no question that Google has done a terrific job so far of aping many of the best features from Mailbox and dumping them into a gorgeous interface with some great new features.
Inbox is an early beta and it still has a long way to go before it can be considered a complete email solution, and for the time being it only works with personal Gmail accounts. Also, the service is accessible only by invite, though invitations are fairly easy to come by (go here and click the link in the top right corner to request an invite).
Are you looking for a similar solution that’s even more comprehensive and works with a wider range of email services? We might have just the app you’re searching for. More →
Is Apple Pay the future of the payment industry? Is it just an overhyped fad that will eventually vanish from sight like Google Wallet? Early indications certainly seem to suggest that the former may in fact be the case, but we won’t know for certain for quite some time. In the meantime, the early response to Apple’s mobile wallet solution has been tremendous as users continue to enjoy this frictionless mobile payment solution in the few establishments where Apple Pay is currently accepted.
Now, as companies begin a campaigns in support of Apple’s payment solution, the first TV commercial featuring Apple Pay has been aired. More →
The week is almost over but there are still plenty of awesome paid iPhone and iPad apps to be enjoyed for free. Wednesday’s list had eight nifty apps — some of which are still on sale if you hurry — and Thursday brings another seven apps regularly worth a combined $42. For a limited time, however, each and every one of them is completely free to download. More →
Google on Thursday made a few big announcements pertaining to Android Wear, one of which is the addition of a significant feature many users have been waiting for. Writing on Google’s Android blog, Android Wear product manager Kenny Stoltz revealed that Google’s first major Android Wear update adds support for devices with stand-alone GPS, meaning that Wear smartwatches finally become useful in a variety of situations without the need to tether them to a smartphone.
Along the same vein, Android Wear will now be able to store music locally on supported devices so that users can connect a Bluetooth headset and listen to songs without a connected smartphone. More →
Like every other smartphone on the planet, the auto-brightness feature on Apple’s iPhone models including the iPhone 6 never works quite the way people want it too. The bright settings are too bright and the dim settings are too dim, so despite the obvious benefits to battery life, many users disable auto-brightness in their iPhone’s display settings. This means that any time a user wants to adjust the screen brightness on his or her phone, a trip into the Settings app or a swipe up to open Control Center is needed.
But there’s a cool hidden trick that will make it fast and easy to instantly dim your screen anytime you want. More →
We have seen a number of photography experts and professional photographers review the camera on Apple’s new iPhone 6 Plus phablet. Apple’s iPhones are widely known for being among the best in the business when it comes to smartphone camera quality, and the optics on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are the best Apple has ever used. Since only the 6 Plus includes optical image stabilization (OIS), this is the handset photographers typically focus on when reviewing Apple’s latest handsets.
Reviews up to this point have been great. We have seen a number of respected photography experts review the iPhone 6 Plus camera and sing it praise, and we’ve even seen some photo samples that are so incredible it’s hard to believe they were captured by a smartphone.
But now, we finally have the iPhone 6 Plus camera review we have been waiting for. More →
Yes, we already know just about all there is to know about Motorola’s upcoming new Droid Turbo smartphone, which will be unveiled next week by Verizon Wireless. Everything we know has leaked quite recently though, so some might consider the Droid Turbo to be the most surprising smartphone of the year. After all, no one expected one of the most sleek and powerful flagship smartphones of 2014 to come from Motorola, a company that recently turned its focus away from bleeding-edge tech and more toward customization and user experiences.
Now, the world has seemingly been given its first glimpse of an actual Motorola Droid Turbo smartphone powered on and in use. More →
Nike and Apple have a long history together, so as the worlds of fitness and technology continue to collide, it stands to reason that these two giants of their respective industries would come together once again. Of course when Nike discontinued its fitness band recently, rumors swirled suggesting that the company would move away from hardware as a new partnership with Apple was formed. Now, according to some not-so-subtle hints in a recent interview, Nike CEO Mark Parker indicated that there are indeed some exciting things to come from Apple and Nike. More →
Ask a smartphone user what aspect of his or her phone is most in need of improvement, and “battery life” will be the answer you hear more often than not. Whether it’s a brand new iPhone 6 or any recent Android smartphone, battery performance is never quite where we want it to be. The simple fact of the matter is battery technology just isn’t progressing quickly enough to keep up with all of the new technology vendors are now stuffing into their smartphones.
Of course, there are plenty of ways to help squeeze as much battery life as possible out of each charge. More →
Apple fans breathed a sigh of relief this past summer when Nikkei, typically a reliable source of accurate early information on unreleased Apple devices, issued a report stating that the white plastic strips we had seen on countless iPhone 6 mockups would not be part of the final design. Those strips, which many people found to be quite an eyesore, reportedly stemmed from a misunderstanding of some iPhone 6 schematics that had previously leaked. Instead, the Nikkei claimed that those areas would actually be covered by glass panels similar to the ones on the back of the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s.
Unfortunately for people who think those plastic strips ruin the sleek look of the phone, they were still present when Apple’s next-generation handsets were unveiled last month.
Of course, had Apple found another way to give the antennas inside the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus some breathing room that was feasible technically and financially in such a slim phone, the company might have opted to ditch the plastic in favor of glass or another solution. And thanks to a new issue that seems to have arisen in recent weeks, we know of at least a few people who wish Apple had indeed found another solution. More →