Welcome to the latest edition of our series on gorgeous iPhone apps. We talk about apps a great deal here on BGR and the reason is fairly obvious: apps make the phone. Thanks to the advent of on-device application stores, smartphones now ship as blank canvases, waiting for users to fill them with third-party software that extends their functionality in any number of directions.
In this series, we try to bring you the cream of the crop — apps that are beautifully designed as well as useful — to help fill your canvas. More →
Here’s a new iOS app that will either delight your friends or make them want to murder you. Gifit, which went live on the App Store earlier this month, has cataloged “thousands and thousands” of GIFs and has made them searchable by several different topics, including the TV show they’re from, the celebrities they feature and even just the emotional reaction that they’re conveying. Once you find the GIF you’re looking for, you can send it in messages to your friends, which they’ll either find endearing or infuriating. More →
Wiper is a new smartphone app that will let you do something you may have wanted to do with certain drunk texts, and that’s delete them after the fact both on your phone as well as on the recipient’s handset. Spotted by Business Insider, Wiper is available for iOS and Android devices, where it acts almost like any other messaging app, allowing users to chat (text and voice), as well as send and receive media files. More →
Following an extensive security report from an iOS forensic and security expert that questioned some of Apple’s iOS tools when it comes to the user’s security and privacy (see his questions in the image above), Apple has taken another step to address “backdoor” concerns on top of stating that it’s not working with anyone to include backdoors in any of its products. More →
An extensive research paper from a security specialist revealed earlier this week that governments and other third-parties with malicious intentions would be able to use certain tools in iOS to extract information from iPhones and other iOS devices, without the user’s consent or knowledge. Apple has already issued a response on the matter, denying the existence of backdoors in its products, and further emphasizing the security and privacy features of iOS. More →
Apple’s placing a lot of emphasis on iOS security (especially when compared with that “toxic hellstew” Android) and on privacy (again, compared to its rival) but it turns out that iOS might not be as secure or private as Apple has led customers to believe. Security researcher Jonathan Zdziarski has a new paper out called “Identifying Backdoors, Attack Points, and Surveillance Mechanisms in iOS Devices,” in which he reveals Apple’s complex tools inside iOS that would allow Apple to share certain user data at the request of law enforcement without the user knowledge.
More importantly, with or without Apple’s help, spying agencies such as NSA and other third parties that are very familiar with how iOS operates can apparently use these vulnerabilities to grab plenty of data from an iPhone, or to install applications for spying and other malicious purposes without the user’s knowledge. More →
Apple’s iOS devices may get even more secure in the future, a new patent application discovered by AppleInsider reveals, as devices will be able to get used to the owner, and determine differences between iPhone users in order to prevent theft and unwanted access. As a result, iOS devices would be able to lock themselves down when a stranger is detected, and even transmit an alert to a predetermined person. More →
Yes, all but two of the top 80 highest grossing iPhone apps in America are now free downloads. The freemium beast has eaten the entire app industry. But there are still a couple of rare exceptions out there — paid downloads that generate millions of dollars of revenue. More →
Siri is one of Apple’s crown jewels. The intelligent virtual assistant was introduced in 2011 alongside the iPhone 4S and the software has seen tremendous improvements since then. Siri has also seen its functionality expand exponentially, which is obviously a good thing — but it also means there are so many features packed in that there’s no way we can remember them all.
Luckily, there is now a ridiculously comprehensive guide to help us out. More →
If you play guitar, then you’ll definitely want to check out an incredible new iOS app that can transcribe chords for just about any song you have in your iTunes library. Per 9to5Mac, music software company SuperMegaUltraGroovy, Inc. has just released its Capo touch app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch that comes with brilliant software that’s capable of picking out chords as they’re being played in a song. This way, you won’t have to use unreliable guitar tabs on the web that are often either written in the incorrect key or that don’t correctly transcribe songs that use more complex harmonies than those found in the standard major and minor chord progressions. More →
In terms of monthly shipments, Android devices surpassed Apple’s iOS lineup long ago. Apple executives and Apple bloggers repeatedly point to a different stat, however, that paints an interesting picture: Despite Android’s huge lead in terms of shipments, iOS remains the global leader in usage as measured by companies that monitor web traffic.
Unless the current trend is reversed in the next month or two, however, there will soon be a changing of the guard. More →
It wasn’t exactly pretty and no firm statements were made last Thursday, but USA managed to advance to the round of 16 despite its 0-1 loss to Germany. The World Cup is really heating up now that we’re into the knockout stages of the tournament, and USA will need to beat Belgium on Tuesday if it hopes to keep chasing the cup. Oddsmakers have Belgium as the favorite but USA has stunned the world so far, having escaped the “group of death” that sports analysts gave the scrappy team almost no chance of advancing through. In other words, anything can happen.
Do you want to watch Tuesday’s huge USA vs. Belgium match but you don’t have access to a TV? Here, we’ll tell you how to stream all the action live to your computer, tablet or smartphone for free. More →