iOS 8 Privacy iAd Advertising

Starting with iOS 8, you might become ‘the product’ for Apple as well

By on October 16, 2014 at 8:30 PM.

Starting with iOS 8, you might become ‘the product’ for Apple as well

Apple has strongly advertises the privacy and security features of its products, arguing that customers’ personal data that’s used by some of Apple’s competitors for advertising purposes isn’t of interest to Apple. Tim Cook made it clear in interviews and in an open letter to consumers that for Apple, you aren’t the product. However, even if Apple is trying to offer users enhanced privacy-guarding features, it’s also trying to improve its faltering ad business, Digiday has learned. More →

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iOS 8 Tricks: iPhone 4s and iPad 2

These simple tricks might make your older iPhone or iPad much faster on iOS 8

By on October 13, 2014 at 2:28 PM.

These simple tricks might make your older iPhone or iPad much faster on iOS 8

Apple released iOS 8 almost a month ago, but its latest iPhone and iPad operating system has arrived with certain performance issues that Apple has yet to iron out. The company issued two minor iOS 8 updates so far, including iOS 8.0.1 and iOS 8.0.2, although the latter was needed to fix certain iPhone 6-related problems caused by the former. Apple is expected to release iOS 8.1 in the coming days, which is a major update that should enable certain new features on some iOS devices, and also fix certain issues. In the meantime, users of older devices such as iPhone 4s and iPad 2 may be looking for ways to improve their iOS 8 experience. More →

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iOS 8 Autocomplete Song

The most hilarious thing you’ll see today: The iOS 8 autocomplete song

By on October 13, 2014 at 1:45 PM.

The most hilarious thing you’ll see today: The iOS 8 autocomplete song

Having recently capitalized on the disastrous launch of iOS 8.0.1 with one of his timeliest songs of the year, Jonathan Mann is back with another Apple-themed ditty. This one is slightly more obtuse than the update song, but is equally hilarious. Rather than writing a song about the occasionally ridiculous iOS 8 autocomplete feature, one which has been complicit in willfully handing over our passwords, he let the song write itself. More →

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iOS 8 Tips And Tricks List

Here are some more terrific iOS 8 tricks that you need to try

By on October 13, 2014 at 12:30 PM.

Here are some more terrific iOS 8 tricks that you need to try

Who doesn’t love learning new tricks, especially if they’ll help you get more out of your iPhone? N4GM has put together a nice list of tips and tricks for iOS 8 newbies and while some of them have been covered to death — does anyone not know about time lapse videos at this point? — others are definitely more under the radar. More →

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iPhone Battery Life

This secret trick will dramatically improve your iPhone’s battery life

This secret trick will dramatically improve your iPhone’s battery life

By on October 13, 2014 at 10:41 AM.

As mobile devices grow increasingly more capable and complex, battery life is easily one of the most important features in smartphones these days. Sadly, it’s also one of the biggest pain points with Apple’s iPhone lineup, as we have seen in just about every survey and study that covers people’s complaints with Apple phones. Because battery technology progresses so slowly — and because Apple insists on making its iPhones as thin as possible — battery life in iPhones likely won’t see any dramatic improvements anytime soon.

Of course, that’s exactly why BGR makes sure to share as many tips and tricks as possible that might help readers extend the battery life on their iPhones. More →

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Best iOS 8 Keyboard Apps Ai.type

One of Android’s best keyboard apps was just released for the iPhone and iPad

By on October 10, 2014 at 1:50 PM.

One of Android’s best keyboard apps was just released for the iPhone and iPad

As if you didn’t have enough terrific new keyboard apps to choose from on your iPhone, yet another hugely popular third-party Android keyboard app has just made the migration and it’s well worth checking out. The ai.type app, which counts 20 million users and which has received an average of a four-star rating on Google Play with more than 250,000 reviews, just released to the iTunes App Store on Friday and it promises to customize your iOS typing experience like never before. More →

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iOS 8 Features

This iOS 8 app found a great new way to use the iPhone’s fingerprint scanner

By on October 10, 2014 at 9:05 AM.

This iOS 8 app found a great new way to use the iPhone’s fingerprint scanner

Like Siri, Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint scanner started out as a somewhat basic solution, but it was easy to see that it would end up being so much more. Now, Siri is packed full of functionality that can help simplify our smartphone experiences and, in a broader sense, our lives. Touch ID launched in 2013 on the iPhone 5s and it served just two purposes, unlocking the phone and authorizing App Store downloads.

But obviously, those two functions barely scratched the surface. More →

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iOS 8 Tips and Tricks: Hey Siri

iOS 8 trick: Here’s how to use ‘Hey Siri’ even when your iPhone isn’t charging

By on October 9, 2014 at 4:02 PM.

iOS 8 trick: Here’s how to use ‘Hey Siri’ even when your iPhone isn’t charging

One of the new Siri-related features Apple introduced in iOS 8 is the “Hey Siri” hotword that gives a device always-on listening abilities when it’s plugged in and charging. The feature doesn’t work when an iPhone or iPad is disconnected from the power supply, likely a measure meant to conserve battery life, but iDownloadBlog reports there’s a way to enjoy “Hey Siri” all the time, without having to charge the device at the same time. More →

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iOS 8 Features

This great iOS 8 tip will make your iPhone read text to you

This great iOS 8 tip will make your iPhone read text to you

By on October 9, 2014 at 3:11 PM.

We’ve covered dozens upon dozens of great iOS 8 tips over the past month or so in an effort to ensure that users get the most out of their iPhones and iPads after updating them. After all, iOS 8 includes hundreds upon hundreds of user-facing and behind-the-scenes changes, many of which can potentially have a big impact on how you use your iOS device. We try to zero in on one tip or trick that is particularly interesting or helpful from time to time, and today we’ll discuss how to get your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to read text aloud so you can focus elsewhere. More →

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iOS 8 Features

10 iOS 8 features you might want to disable

10 iOS 8 features you might want to disable

By on October 9, 2014 at 11:35 AM.

Since iOS 8 was released to the public last month, we have seen dozens of guides that show off tips and tricks to help users take full advantage of all the new features. These guides are clearly useful since iOS 8 is packed with so much great new functionality, but none of them really take into account the millions of people who might not think all of those new features are so great. For the many iOS users out there who aren’t as open to change, or who want to get rid of some of the new things they might not have a use for, there are 10 iOS 8 features in particular that you might want to disable. More →

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iOS 8 vs iOS 7 Upgrade

The simplest explanation of why iOS 8 adoption has almost stopped

By on October 9, 2014 at 9:30 AM.

The simplest explanation of why iOS 8 adoption has almost stopped

Unofficial statistics and Apple’s own iOS adoption stats have revealed that iOS 8 isn’t as “popular” as its predecessors when it comes to fast updates — iOS 8 was installed on 47% of iOS devices 20 days following its release, while iOS 7 was installed on 70% of devices in the same period of time. There may be plenty of reasons for why some iOS device users keep away from iOS 8, but Apple blogger John Gruber thinks he has figured out users’ main concern. More →

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iOS 8 vs iOS 7 Update

It looks like Apple’s recent blunders may be scaring people away from iOS 8

By on October 7, 2014 at 10:10 AM.

It looks like Apple’s recent blunders may be scaring people away from iOS 8

Released on September 17th, iOS 8 was quickly installed on many compatible devices, even though users had to battle with unexpected storage problems for iOS upgrades performed directly on iPhones, iPads and iPod touches. A few days later, on September 21, Apple revealed on its developer pages that 46% of devices that connected to the Apple Store were already running iOS 8. However, since then, reports have suggested iOS 8 adoption is far from matching its predecessor’s performance, and Apple is now confirming that iOS 8 installations have come to a screeching halt. More →

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