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$37 worth of awesome paid iPhone apps you can get for free right now (8 apps total)

By on August 29, 2014 at 10:45 AM.

$37 worth of awesome paid iPhone apps you can get for free right now (8 apps total)

Another week is coming to an end and it’s been a huge one for iPhone and iPad owners looking to save some money on great apps. We’ve shared dozens of apps with you this week that are worth a combined $232, and every single one was available for free. In fact, some apps from Thursday’s post are still free. Now, we’re going to bump this week’s total up to nearly $270 with eight more paid iOS apps you can download right now without paying a cent. More →

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App Store

Six years in, the mobile app market is already mature

By on August 28, 2014 at 4:04 PM.

Six years in, the mobile app market is already mature

It’s tough to remember an iPhone without third-party apps, but sure enough, the ability to download from the App Store didn’t arrive until iOS 2.0 in the summer of 2008. Though the iPhone 3G wasn’t nearly the global phenomenon that the iPhone brand as a whole is today, it was still quite clear that what Apple had just opened was the modern-day gold rush. Curious users flocked to the App Store on a daily basis — back in my time at Engadget, a few editors even pored through every single app release on a given day to see what was worth downloading. Now, with thousands being published every 24 hours, that same tactic is simply untenable. More →

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iPhone, iPad and iWatch Wireless Charging

Apple has figured out a brilliant way to wirelessly charge iPhones, iPads and iWatches

By on August 28, 2014 at 1:41 PM.

Apple has figured out a brilliant way to wirelessly charge iPhones, iPads and iWatches

Apple is constantly trying to improve the battery performance of its devices, including iPhone, iPad and MacBook, working on various ways to either increase efficiency or provide alternative charging methods. For example, the company has a patent describing ways of intelligently adapting iPhone power consumption to cater to a user’s daily needs, but also at least one patent on charging a device’s battery using solar power.

Now, Patently Apple has discovered a new Apple patent application related to battery charging that describes a brilliant way of wirelessly charging a device without compromising its design. More →

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iPhone Battery Life Comparison

How to find out which apps are killing your iPhone’s battery life

By on August 28, 2014 at 11:35 AM.

How to find out which apps are killing your iPhone’s battery life

Relatively poor battery life is one of the biggest complaints people have about Apple’s iPhone lineup, and the iPhone 6 isn’t really expected to make any huge advancements in this area. The next-generation iPhones are indeed expected to have bigger batteries than current models, but they’ll also have larger displays and other new power-gulping features.

As much as people complain about battery life, few actually make an effort to adjust their usage patterns in an effort to extend each charge as long as possible. For those interested in getting more out of their batteries, there’s a nifty new iPhone app that will be a huge help. More →

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Best Free iPhone Apps

9 awesome paid iPhone apps that are now free downloads (a huge $65 value!)

By on August 28, 2014 at 10:45 AM.

9 awesome paid iPhone apps that are now free downloads (a huge $65 value!)

If you follow along with our daily features on paid iPhone and iPad apps that are available as free downloads for a limited time, you’ve gotten your hands on an unbelievable $167 worth of paid iOS apps so far this week without paying a cent. But this week isn’t over yet, and today we have another nine apps worth a combined $65 that you can download for free. More than $230 worth of paid iOS apps for free in just four days? That’s right, ladies and gentlemen. More →

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Google Maps Location Tracking

Google Maps tracks every single step you take – here’s how to stop it

By on August 28, 2014 at 9:55 AM.

Google Maps tracks every single step you take – here’s how to stop it

Google Maps has completely changed the way people navigate the world. Without having to pay a dime, users are able to find almost any location on the planet, learn about it, and even navigate to it. Of course, “free” always comes at a price with Google as we have discussed at length in the past, and sometimes Google collects far more data than most people are aware. Google’s various services always detail data collection in their terms and conditions, but we all know just about no one actually reads those lengthy jargon-filled disclaimers.

When it comes to Google Maps in particular, you might be shocked at how much private data the app collects — even while it’s not open. More →

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Mozilla Firefox OS Smartphone

This $33 smartphone is the first-generation iPhone of 2014

By on August 27, 2014 at 1:52 PM.

This $33 smartphone is the first-generation iPhone of 2014

Earlier this week, Mozilla unveiled its first-ever low-end smartphone for customers in India: the Intex Cloud FX. At just $33, the Firefox OS device is one of the cheapest smartphones on the market, but how do its specifications stand up to other cheap phones in emerging markets? The Cloud FX is clearly not meant to compete with the Galaxy S5 or the iPhone 5s, but there is one Apple handset it might be able to go toe-to-toe with. More →

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Best Free iPhone Apps

$68 worth of awesome paid iPhone apps you can get for free right now (8 apps total)

By on August 27, 2014 at 10:41 AM.

$68 worth of awesome paid iPhone apps you can get for free right now (8 apps total)

This has been an incredible week so far for paid iPhone and iPad apps that have gone on sale for free. Between Monday and Tuesday alone, we shared $99 worth of iOS apps with you that all could have been downloaded for free thanks to limited-time sales from the developers — in fact, a bunch of Tuesday’s apps are still free if you move quickly. Today, we’ve got eight more iOS apps for you that are worth a combined $68, but they’re all free downloads right now for a limited time. More →

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T-Mobile $50 iPhone Discount

You might want to hold off on that $50 T-Mobile iPhone deal

By on August 27, 2014 at 6:50 AM.

You might want to hold off on that $50 T-Mobile iPhone deal

T-Mobile will cut the prices of iPhones by up to $50 starting with August 27, TmoNews has learned from a leaked internal document, including older iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S models, but also the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s. More →

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iPhone Flexible Display Patent

iPhones and iPads of the future might have incredible flexible displays

By on August 26, 2014 at 3:00 PM.

iPhones and iPads of the future might have incredible flexible displays

Apple is considering including buttons contained within future displays for upcoming iPhone and iPad models, a patent discovered by AppleInsider reveals, that could not only improve the design of the device, but also increase the screen size and protect elements that may be otherwise exposed to accidental damage. More →

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Best iPhone Trade-In Deals

Think twice about where you sell your old iPhone

By on August 26, 2014 at 2:40 PM.

Think twice about where you sell your old iPhone

The Wall Street Journal has come up with a handy guide to reselling your old iPhone before splurging on a new model. For comparison purposes, all prices are for 16GB models, though phones with more memory will naturally command a higher value. In all the WSJ’s study came up with some fascinating results. More →

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iMessage Spammer How To Stop

How to stop all of that annoying iMessage spam

By on August 26, 2014 at 12:50 PM.

How to stop all of that annoying iMessage spam

Apple’s iOS and OS X messaging product iMessage is used by millions upon millions of people around the world, and for the most part, it’s a great service. iMessage includes none of the bells and whistles found in other popular messaging apps like WhatsApp, Kik, Line and BBM, but Apple did a great job of providing just enough differentiation that users feel even more locked into the iOS ecosystem.

Here’s a perfect example from my own experience: More →

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Best Free iPhone Apps

8 more awesome paid iPhone apps you can download free right now (a huge $49 value!)

By on August 26, 2014 at 10:45 AM.

8 more awesome paid iPhone apps you can download free right now (a huge $49 value!)

We started off the week with an awesome batch of paid iPhone and iPad apps worth a total of $50 that could all be downloaded for free — and many of them can still be had for free if you act fast. Today, we’ve got another eight nifty paid iOS apps for you that are worth $49 but are all on sale for free for a limited time. Nearly $100 worth of great paid apps for free in just two days? You’re welcome. More →

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