Many people charge their smartphones every night because most handsets can’t yet offer the battery life we expect. And many tablet users also charge their devices at night as well, which is the most convenient time to do it anyway since they might want to simultaneously use it for some quick content consumption before sleep. But using the device while it’s plugged in and charging, whether it’s a smartphone or a tablet, might be a seriously annoying endeavor because charging cables are usually rather short.
This has been a great week for paid iPhone and iPad apps that have gone on sale for free, but we have a few more gems to share with you before the week is done. Thursday’s list included seven great paid iOS apps that were made available for free for a limited time (a few of them are still free if you hurry), but today we have nine apps regularly worth a combined $36 and each and every one is free for a short time. More →
Rumors swirled last year suggesting that Google was trying to acquire email startup Mailbox, but all that came to an end when Mailbox was acquired by Dropbox. So, Google decided to build its own Mailbox. Unveiled and released earlier this week, “Inbox” is Google’s new email app that has tech bloggers buzzing, once again heralding a fresh take on email as a game-changer. We have used the app ourselves and there’s no question that Google has done a terrific job so far of aping many of the best features from Mailbox and dumping them into a gorgeous interface with some great new features.
Inbox is an early beta and it still has a long way to go before it can be considered a complete email solution, and for the time being it only works with personal Gmail accounts. Also, the service is accessible only by invite, though invitations are fairly easy to come by (go here and click the link in the top right corner to request an invite).
Are you looking for a similar solution that’s even more comprehensive and works with a wider range of email services? We might have just the app you’re searching for. More →
If you use Facebook, Apple Maps, or Google Maps, it’s pretty easy to find where you are on a map with GPS. But what about when you want others to know where you are at any given time? Imagine if you’re in a car wreck and no one knows where you are. Or if a loved one is picking you up and they don’t know the exact address where you’re standing. It would be helpful for friends, family and the police to be able to find you with a location-sharing option for your iPhone, and luckily iOS 8 does just that. More →
The week is almost over but there are still plenty of awesome paid iPhone and iPad apps to be enjoyed for free. Wednesday’s list had eight nifty apps — some of which are still on sale if you hurry — and Thursday brings another seven apps regularly worth a combined $42. For a limited time, however, each and every one of them is completely free to download. More →
Apple’s iOS mobile operating system works on a variety of devices, with screen sizes starting at 3.5 inches and going all the way up to 9.7 inches. Over the years Apple had to adapt its iOS design to fit more and more display sizes and resolutions, especially with the introduction of the bigger iPhone 6 models. But now, 9to5Mac thinks it has found a solution to make sure future iOS versions will adapt to any display without causing hassles for developers or end users. More →
Ask a smartphone user what aspect of his or her phone is most in need of improvement, and “battery life” will be the answer you hear more often than not. Whether it’s a brand new iPhone 6 or any recent Android smartphone, battery performance is never quite where we want it to be. The simple fact of the matter is battery technology just isn’t progressing quickly enough to keep up with all of the new technology vendors are now stuffing into their smartphones.
Of course, there are plenty of ways to help squeeze as much battery life as possible out of each charge. More →
Another day, another batch of nifty paid iPhone and iPad apps that are now on sale for free for a limited time. On Tuesday, BGR shared a list of seven paid iOS apps that were on sale for free, and a few of them are still free if you hurry. But now, we have eight more paid apps for you that are all available for free… but only if you hurry, because each of these sales could be over at any time. More →
We’ve seen a lot of iPhone 6 cases pop up on Kickstarter lately, but this one still looks like something special. The Rhinoshield Crash Guard is a new case that’s being pitched as a “slim profile bumper case that provides amazing drop protection for the iPhone 5/5S/5C, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. Protection that does NOT compromise on the original design.” The case’s Kickstarter fundraiser has already exceeded its original goal of £6,000 and has now raised more than £100,000. It has 17 days remaining, and has already racked up an impressive 3,844 backers.
We shared a terrific list of eight paid iPhone and iPad apps on Monday that were normally worth a combined $60 but were all on sale for free for a limited time. In fact, if you hurry, you can still download a few of them for free. Tuesday brings a new batch of software sales though, and this time we have another seven iOS apps regularly worth $18 all together, but each and every one of them is free for a limited time. More →
Before actor John “And I’m a PC” Hodgman turned the PC into a laughable dope, before dancing silhouettes convinced you to buy an iPod and before George Orwell’s novel came to life in a 60-second spot during the 1984 Super Bowl, Apple made posters.
The history of Apple’s advertising campaigns is almost as interesting as the history of the products it advertises. On Sunday, The Loop’s Dave Mark stumbled upon an article from 2009 on Web Designer Depot which contains an extensive collection of Apple’s ads, from Apple II posters to commercials for the iPhone 3G.