iPhone and Android Encryption vs. FBI

Why the government keeps telling you iPhone encryption will eventually kill a child

By on November 20, 2014 at 12:50 PM.

Why the government keeps telling you iPhone encryption will eventually kill a child

The U.S. government doesn’t appreciate the increased personal data protection measures tech companies including Apple, Google and others offer their American and international customers following the many reports that detailed the advanced spying and mass data collection tools the NSA has at its disposal. As a result, the government keeps offering tragedy scenarios — that a child will die because law enforcement agencies will not be able to access crucial data on an encrypted phone belonging to a criminal — in its attempt to persuade tech companies to come up with some sort of encryption technology that would give law enforcement agencies access to protected phones and other devices with a warrant, while still protecting other users’ privacy. More →

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Best Free iPhone Apps

7 awesome paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free (save $62!)

By on November 20, 2014 at 10:36 AM.

7 awesome paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free (save $62!)

Every day is Black Friday here at BGR when it comes to paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free. Yesterday’s batch included 8 great apps, and some of them are still free downloads if you rush. Today, however, we have an even better group of apps on sale — seven apps in total that would normally cost you a combined $62 to download, but right now they’re all free for a very limited time. More →

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iPhone Mini Power Recyclable Cardboard Battery

This tiny cardboard capsule is exactly what the iPhone doctor ordered

By on November 19, 2014 at 10:05 PM.

This tiny cardboard capsule is exactly what the iPhone doctor ordered

No matter how big smartphone batteries are, smartphone users still often must rely on external battery packs to keep them going, so it’s no wonder the accessory market is filled with third-party accessories that promise to prolong battery life on iPhones, Android devices and other gadgets that might require frequent charging. FastCoDesign has found a new external battery concept though, and it offers a different and unique take on providing extra power. More →

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iPhone Touch ID Login

This is why you can’t use Touch ID to log in to your iPhone after rebooting

By on November 19, 2014 at 5:15 PM.

This is why you can’t use Touch ID to log in to your iPhone after rebooting

In the 14 months since Touch ID launched, it has become a standout feature of the iPhone and iPad line of devices. It makes paying for apps easier than ever, it’s a shift toward enhanced mobile security and it was the key to making Apple Pay a reality… but it still has its limitations.

Reddit user Xenon808 asked a question this week that many of us have probably pondered in the past:

“Why do you have to type in your PIN after rebooting your phone or after a certain amount of time?” More →

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Best iPhone iPad Games November

The 5 best iPhone and iPad games of November

By on November 19, 2014 at 3:50 PM.

The 5 best iPhone and iPad games of November

Here at BGR, we’re in the business of bringing you all of the best free iPhone and iPad apps every week, but there are plenty of apps on the App Store that deserve your hard-earned pennies. Today, we’ve rounded up five of the best iOS games of the month so far. November’s still not over, but these are the games that should be on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. More →

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Beats Music on iPhone

Beats Music will reportedly come bundled on every iPhone starting next year

By on November 19, 2014 at 1:45 PM.

Beats Music will reportedly come bundled on every iPhone starting next year

It’s been hinted at repeatedly ever since Apple acquired Beats Electronics earlier this year, but it looks like the Beats Music paid subscription service is finally going to become an inseparable part of iOS devices in 2015. Financial Times reports that the service could make its way into an iOS software update as early as next March, according to those familiar with the matter. More →

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Best Free iPhone Apps

8 awesome paid iPhone apps that are free downloads for a limited time

By on November 19, 2014 at 11:35 AM.

8 awesome paid iPhone apps that are free downloads for a limited time

We have had some great lists of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free so far this week — hurry up and you can still get some of yesterday’s apps for free — and now it’s time to celebrate hump day with yet another batch of paid iOS apps on sale for free. We’re all trying to save up as much money as possible as Black Friday 2014 approaches, and snagging a few nifty paid iPhone and iPad apps for free is a good way to do it.

As always, make sure you hurry and grab everything you see here before these limited-time sales are over. More →

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Apple Watch and iPhone Apps

Don’t buy an Apple Watch if you don’t already own an iPhone

By on November 19, 2014 at 7:45 AM.

Don’t buy an Apple Watch if you don’t already own an iPhone

Apple is expected to launch the Apple Watch at some point in early 2015 — some reports point to a Valentine’s Day release date, while others say the wearable device will arrive later in spring — and the company might sell as many as 40 million units in the first year, according to a recent report from Asia. But those buyers looking forward to buy an Apple Watch should also be prepared to purchase an iPhone, or other supported iOS device, in case they don’t already own one, to fully take advantage of the smartwatch.

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Black Friday 2014 Sales

These 2 free iPhone and Android apps will help you find the best Black Friday deals

By on November 18, 2014 at 1:00 PM.

These 2 free iPhone and Android apps will help you find the best Black Friday deals

Black Friday 2014 is now less than two weeks away, and we have shared some of the biggest and most impressive Black Friday sales ever with you over the past few days. Highlights include Best Buy’s big Black Friday sale, more than 165 deals from Samsung, Walmart’s big sale and tons of deals from Target. In all, however, there are thousands of deals to look through and it can definitely get overwhelming.

We recently shared a few mobile apps with you that will help you find the best deals this holiday season and save as much money as possible, and now we can add two more great free apps to that list. More →

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Apple Patent Infringement

Apple slapped with $24M fine for stealing tech from old SkyTel pagers

By on November 18, 2014 at 11:45 AM.

Apple slapped with $24M fine for stealing tech from old SkyTel pagers

Apple on Tuesday was ordered to pay a $23.6 million fine to Texas-based Mobile Telecommunications Technologies after being found guilty on Monday evening of infringing six patents. A federal jury in Marshall, Texas determined that Apple’s iPhone and several other Apple devices make unlawful use of the patented technologies, which relate to pagers and date back to the 1990s.

This marks the second recent trial in which Apple was accused of stealing pager technology — the first was in California last month and Apple escaped unscathed. More →

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Best Free iPhone Apps

7 awesome paid iPhone apps that are completely free right now

By on November 18, 2014 at 10:55 AM.

7 awesome paid iPhone apps that are completely free right now

Monday brought us eight great paid iPhone and iPad apps that were on sale for free for a limited time, and several of them can still be had for free if you visit yesterday’s post right now. Today, of course, we have more nifty paid apps on sale lined up for you, and this batch is particularly good. As always, be sure to hurry and download anything that looks good to you because these limited-time sales can end at any time. More →

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Prynt Smartphone Polaroid Printing Case

Meet Prynt, the cool iPhone accessory mobile photographers have been waiting for

By on November 17, 2014 at 4:00 PM.

Meet Prynt, the cool iPhone accessory mobile photographers have been waiting for

What if you could print your selfies immediately after taking them? That’s the kind of problem French startup Prynt has been trying to solve for almost a year, and the company has produced just the kind of Polaroid-like mobile printer that mobile photographers have been waiting for. Prynt has come up with a smartphone accessory that acts as a case and photo printer for the handset, and it will be available on Kickstarter for $99 at some point after CES 2015, according to TechCrunch. More →

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How To Free Up Space On iPhone

How to see which apps are hogging all the storage on your iPhone or iPad

By on November 17, 2014 at 11:10 AM.

How to see which apps are hogging all the storage on your iPhone or iPad

While iOS 8 is probably the most substantial update Apple’s mobile software platform has ever received, adoption has been shockingly slow compared to earlier iOS updates. It makes sense that people might not be quite as quick to update to iOS 8 as they were with iOS 7, which introduced an exciting new look for iOS. But the gap has been fairly significant, and most people seem to agree that the explanation for the slower adoption rate is fairly simple: People just don’t have enough free space on their devices to download and install iOS 8 or iOS 8.1 over the air.

Connecting to iTunes to perform the update is one possibility, but many people have never connected their iPhones and iPads to a computer and don’t want to start now. If you fall into that category, here’s the best thing you can to free up space and update your smartphone or tablet. More →

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