Apple Maps WWDC iOS 8

Apple Maps is still too much of a mess to even get mentioned at WWDC

By on June 9, 2014 at 9:05 AM.

Apple Maps is still too much of a mess to even get mentioned at WWDC

If you were hoping that Apple would announce big improvements to its Maps application on iOS 8 last week, you came away sorely disappointed since Apple barely bothered to mention the oft ridiculed mapping application at all. Now TechCrunch’s sources inform us that there was a reason for that: Apple Maps is apparently still too much of a mess to even warrant a mention at Apple’s big developers conference. More →

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Google Now Voice Command List

Here’s a comprehensive list of every Google Now voice command you need to know

By on June 2, 2014 at 10:30 PM.

Here’s a comprehensive list of every Google Now voice command you need to know

Google Now is easily one of the coolest things about Android but do you know how to take full advantage of it? The team at Phandroid have put together a comprehensive list of all the voice commands that you need to know to get all the information that you need from Google Now, including basic functions such as snapping a picture, going to a website, checking voicemail or opening email, along with more complicated tasks such as giving you translations for English phrases into different languages and converting English measurements to the metric system. More →

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BlackBerry BBM Protected Leaked Video

Leaked video shows us the most secure version of BBM ever created

By on May 22, 2014 at 4:05 PM.

Leaked video shows us the most secure version of BBM ever created

Earlier this year, BlackBerry announced plans to release a new messaging service called BBM Protected that the company billed as an even more secure version of its popular messaging app. CrackBerry draws our attention to a new set of videos that it’s posted on YouTube showing a live demonstration of BBM Protected that gives us an idea of how it will deliver even better security than standard BBM. One of the ways that BBM Protected will keep your messages more secure is by encrypting every individual message you send and receive with a random key, which means that even if one of your messages gets compromised somehow, the hacker still won’t be able to access all of them because they’ll have different keys. Be sure to check out both videos showing off BBM Protected below. More →

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Heartbleed Password Change Required

Heartbleed showed us how shockingly lazy people are with their passwords

By on May 21, 2014 at 1:10 PM.

Heartbleed showed us how shockingly lazy people are with their passwords

Heartbleed, the massive security threat that has recently affected millions of websites, was patched by most large Internet companies and by many site owners, but regular Internet users failed to grasp the significance of the threat, a new Avast study revealed. Furthermore, less than half of those people who knew about Heartbleed failed to take any action once sites fixed the problem. More →

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Fix iMessage

How to avoid the annoying SMS bug plaguing people who switch from iPhone to Android

By on May 19, 2014 at 2:37 PM.

How to avoid the annoying SMS bug plaguing people who switch from iPhone to Android

Thanks to an ongoing issue with the way Apple built its iMessage platform, users who switch away from an iPhone to an Android phone or any other cell phone are faced with a huge problem: once they bail on the iPhone, they often can’t receive text messages from contacts who are still using iPhones. This is because Apple’s system still sees them as iMessage users, and it tries to deliver messages sent using Apple’s Messages app as iMessages. To make matters even worse, the iPhone users who send those messages see their status as “delivered” even though they are not being received.

Thankfully, there are ways to avoid this annoying bug if you’re planning to make the switch from iOS to another platform. More →

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Beats Music Review

A fantastic in-depth review of Beats Music​

By on May 19, 2014 at 2:06 PM.

A fantastic in-depth review of Beats Music​

Apple is buying Beats Electronics. Maybe. Some day. News of the deal broke nearly two weeks ago and at that time, an announcement was supposedly imminent. Then a video of Dr. Dre’s drunken celebration seemingly confirmed the news alongside additional reports from several big papers. But Apple and Beats have yet to make any announcement. More →

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Apple iCloud Vs. Google Vs. Microsoft

How Apple blew its shot to rule the cloud

By on May 13, 2014 at 12:30 AM.

How Apple blew its shot to rule the cloud

Although “Apple is doomed” stories are overblown and ridiculous, that doesn’t mean there aren’t areas where Apple has significantly fallen behind the competition. One of these areas is in the realm of online services, where Apple has failed to develop anything close in scope or quality to Microsoft’s Office 365 or Google’s Google Maps. More →

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Gmail Help Tips Tricks

7 tips to help you optimize and organize your Gmail

By on May 2, 2014 at 10:15 AM.

7 tips to help you optimize and organize your Gmail

For many email users, Gmail seemed like a gift from the heavens when it first debuted in April 2004. Compared to other popular email services at the time it was unique, simple and free, and it offered far more storage than any rival service. Fast-forward to 2014 and Gmail is still one of the top email services in the world, but it has also gotten far more complex. Gmail was all about making people’s lives easier in 2004 but now, 10 years later, it’s a feature-packed service with so many great value-adds that it’s easy to miss things in all of that clutter.

Thankfully, there are plenty of great guides out there to help you optimize and organize Gmail so you can ensure that you’re getting the most out of Google’s great free email service. More →

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Google Maps Street View 4D

Awesome new Google Maps feature lets you live in the past

By on April 23, 2014 at 11:20 AM.

Awesome new Google Maps feature lets you live in the past

Google Maps’ Street View has always been known for its gorgeous and immersive 3D panoramic images, but now it looks like the feature is about to go 4D. A new Google Maps feature announced on Wednesday will give you the option to look at some locations’ entire histories in Street View so you can see how they’ve changed and evolved over the past few years. You can access this “way-back machine” for Google Maps by clicking on a new clock icon that appears on the lower left-hand side for some Street View images. More →

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How To Make Siri Better

Hackers make Siri vastly more useful by modifying it to control Nest, Spotify

By on April 17, 2014 at 11:00 AM.

Hackers make Siri vastly more useful by modifying it to control Nest, Spotify

Siri is getting a lot of competition from Google Now and Microsoft’s Cortana these days, but some young hackers have just made Siri much more useful, even if they did so without Apple’s permission. Engadget draws our attention to GoogolPlex, a new hack for Siri developed by a quartet of freshmen at the University of Pennsylvania that lets you use Apple’s voice-enabled personal assistant to adjust the temperature on your Nest thermostat or to shuffle through your Spotify playlist. More →

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Microsoft Clippy Returns On Cortana

Microsoft brings back Clippy… but don’t worry, it’s not what you think

By on April 15, 2014 at 10:30 PM.

Microsoft brings back Clippy… but don’t worry, it’s not what you think

Unlike some tech companies out there, Microsoft has the ability to laugh at itself. WPCentral has found that asking Microsoft’s new voice-enabled personal assistant Cortana about the company’s last “personal assistant” for Microsoft Office will get Clippy to pop up on your smartphone display and thank you for asking about him. More →

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Gmail Help

5 great tricks every Gmail user needs to know

By on April 11, 2014 at 12:18 PM.

5 great tricks every Gmail user needs to know

Google changed the game when it launched Gmail almost exactly 10 years ago. The service offered a terrific minimal interface, plenty of storage and best of all, it was free. Gmail has evolved quite a bit since then, of course, and it now includes tons of new features that attempt to improve the user experience. Google has added so much to Gmail over the years, however, that there is probably a laundry list of great features that you don’t even know about. More →

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