Best Android Apps

It took about 5 seconds for this free Android app to become one of my favorite news readers

By on May 18, 2015 at 4:40 PM.

It took about 5 seconds for this free Android app to become one of my favorite news readers

There is no question that news readers make up a category of apps that is completely flooded. On one hand, this is great because it gives people plenty of choices that offer all sorts of different functionality. But it also means that you might never find the perfect news app for you because there’s just so much clutter to dig through.

I have a few different apps that I consider my go-to news reader apps on iOS and Android, but now there’s a new one to add to the list, and it became one of my favorites immediately. More →

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Apple Watch Vs Mechanical Watches

Confessions of a watch collector who fell in love with the Apple Watch

By on May 18, 2015 at 4:12 PM.

Confessions of a watch collector who fell in love with the Apple Watch

By now you’ve read and listened to plenty of commentary covering the Apple Watch from watch lovers young and old. There’s no question that Apple’s first wearable device is making waves in Switzerland, where longtime leaders are now struggling to figure out exactly how to respond to Apple’s new gadget. Sadly, most of the responses we’ve seen so far are just awful.

There is no question that Swiss watchmakers need to respond to the Apple Watch. As younger generations get older and connected devices proliferate, Switzerland’s customer base will continue to shrink unless it can begin to not just compete, but also innovate.

But it’s not just younger generations Swiss watchmakers need to worry about — even lifelong mechanical watch collectors are abandoning the devices they love in favor of the Apple Watch. More →

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Keylogger For PC

$10 gadget that looks like a harmless phone charger lets you spy on your coworkers

By on May 18, 2015 at 11:54 AM.

$10 gadget that looks like a harmless phone charger lets you spy on your coworkers

The number of tools that nefarious hackers have at their disposal these days is positively frightening. Attacks seem to be growing more complex and more dangerous by the day, and we constantly see new stories emerge that cause us to rethink our own security practices. But as we are reminded constantly, it doesn’t always take complex machinery or even any real coding know-how to steal things using technology — in fact, people were recently caught using an iPod nano and a piece of plastic to steal cash from ATMs.

Now, it looks like anyone can spy on others in the vicinity with a new gadget that is cheap, relatively easy to build, and looks just like a normal cell phone charger. More →

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Best Free iPhone Apps

8 awesome paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time

By on May 18, 2015 at 10:43 AM.

8 awesome paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time

It’s time to start off another week on the right foot with a great list of paid iPhone and iPad apps that are on sale for free. We showed you dozens of deals last week, and this week we’re kicking things off with a list of eight paid iOS apps that can all be downloaded without paying a dime. As always, these sales could be over a week from now or a minute from now, so be sure to hurry. More →

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iPhone Tricks

This hidden iPhone feature lets you perform one of 6 secret functions in an instant

By on May 18, 2015 at 10:18 AM.

This hidden iPhone feature lets you perform one of 6 secret functions in an instant

With millions of new people continuing to buy Apple’s iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and other iPhone models each month, it’s important for us to remember that there are tons of great tips and tricks newer users simply don’t know about. Even when we cover handy tips and tricks on the site, it can be important to address them again down the road for these new users. It also helps existing users, of course, who can often forget about cool iPhone features because there’s just so much to remember in iOS.

Today, we want to bring one simple hidden iPhone feature to your attention that can be used to perform any one of six different functions in a fraction of a second. More →

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Tidal Vs Spotify

Video: Jay Z freestyle rips into Spotify and YouTube

By on May 18, 2015 at 9:30 AM.

Video: Jay Z freestyle rips into Spotify and YouTube

Tidal subscribers who attended Jay Z’s private concert on Saturday night were treated to the latest chapter in the saga of Tidal vs. the world. The rapper’s new streaming music service has come under fire since its debut. While Jay Z believes the wave of criticism is linked to an “organized smear campaign” being carried out by a number of large companies, others posit the service’s position as a haven for upcoming indie musicians is in stark contrast with the image it created by parading around a bunch of multimillionaires to promote it.

Regardless, Jay Z on Saturday took the fight straight to the competition when he called out the big boys of the music streaming business on stage during his concert this past weekend. More →

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Apple Watch Review

The most infuriating thing about the Apple Watch

By on May 15, 2015 at 11:40 AM.

The most infuriating thing about the Apple Watch

The Apple Watch won’t be the best-selling device in Apple’s lineup anytime soon, but it’s certainly one of the most important. It’s the first new product Apple has launched since the original iPad back in 2010, and it’s also the company’s first foray into an exciting new market. Two exciting new markets, actually, since the Apple Watch is really the only device to marry wearables and luxury goods.

I have spoken a great deal about the Watch on our podcast and I’ve started writing about it as well, but I’m not running a full review until I’ve spent more time with it. In the meantime, there are certain parts of the Watch experience that I’m highlighting in individual posts.

Last time, I discussed a great aspect of the device that had a huge positive impact on my life. Now, it’s time to discuss the absolute worst thing about the Watch. More →

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Galaxy S6 Cases

Samsung sells an official Galaxy S6 case that ruins the phone’s display

By on May 15, 2015 at 9:35 AM.

Samsung sells an official Galaxy S6 case that ruins the phone’s display

Can you imagine the backlash and media uproar we would see if Apple ever sold an accessory that ruined iPhone displays? “Casegate” would be sung far and wide, and even your local news anchor would demand on air that Apple take action. Well, you won’t see quite that amount of attention in this case, but it looks like Samsung is selling shoddy protective cases that leave customers with badly damaged smartphones. More →

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Pay TV Bundles

The funniest thing you’ll see today: What if everything was bundled like pay TV?

By on May 15, 2015 at 8:45 AM.

The funniest thing you’ll see today: What if everything was bundled like pay TV?

Comedy site Funny Or Die has plenty of hits and plenty of misses. When it misses, it usually misses pretty monumentally. When it hits though, it hits in a big way… and such is the case with one of the site’s latest sketches. The short video, which stars well-known comedian David Koechner from The Office, imagines what the world would be like if everything was bundled like pay TV. More →

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Tidal Vs Spotify

Tidal vs. Spotify: Indie hip hop producers release album on both and declare a surprising winner

By on May 14, 2015 at 1:50 PM.

Tidal vs. Spotify: Indie hip hop producers release album on both and declare a surprising winner

Tidal seemed like a service with such promise, but a botched launch caused the iPhone app’s popularity to plummet soon after it was released. Jay-Z’s music service was supposed to be a haven for music fans and artists alike, giving fans access to higher-quality premium tracks while ensuring that artists — independent artists in particular — make more money in the process. Then, to promote Tidal to the world, the service paraded around a bunch of multi-millionaires no one wants to support.

But forget everything you’ve read in the media and forget the fact that even Kanye seems to think the service is doomed, because Tidal now has some support from just the type of people it needs to begin vocally supporting it: Independent artists. More →

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Gmail Android App

Google’s Gmail app for Android was just updated – here’s everything that’s new

By on May 14, 2015 at 1:04 PM.

Google’s Gmail app for Android was just updated – here’s everything that’s new

It’s easy to forget just how much we rely on Gmail. Perhaps that’s part of the beauty of Google’s free email service – it’s a part of our lives now, so much so that we don’t even remember what a mess email services were before Gmail came along and flipped the industry on its head.

As great as Gmail is, Google is always working on improving the service and adding new features, both online and to its mobile apps. To that end, the company just released an update to its Android app that users can begin enjoying immediately. More →

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Quick Charge 2.0 Amazon

Charge your smartphone 75% faster with this $11 quick charger from Amazon

By on May 14, 2015 at 11:30 AM.

Charge your smartphone 75% faster with this $11 quick charger from Amazon

Battery life is and will continue to be one of the biggest pain points for smartphone owners, regardless of which handsets they might use. Comparatively poor battery life really doesn’t matter at all when it comes to Apple’s iPhones, but Android smartphone owners have a much wider range of choices, so battery life can certainly impact their buying decisions — and according to several surveys, it does.

The amount of time a charge lasts is the biggest issue when it comes to smartphone batteries, of course, but it isn’t the only issue. Wouldn’t your life be easier if your smartphone charged to full capacity quicker when you plugged it in? Well now, it can. More →

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Best Free iPhone Apps

10 awesome paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time

By on May 14, 2015 at 11:05 AM.

10 awesome paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time

Yesterday’s list of paid iPhone and iPad apps that were on sale for free was one of our best of the week, but we’re going to outdo ourselves with Thursday’s list. Not only have we found some really great paid iOS apps that are currently on sale for free, we’ve managed to dig up 10 of them today, making this our biggest list of the week.

If you want even more paid apps for free, head back to yesterday’s post, where there are a few apps that are still on sale. More →

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