Last month, Popcorn Time released an iOS installer for Windows that for the first time let iPhone users install the app onto their devices without jailbreaking their phones. Now the “Netflix for Pirates” has come out with a new installer for Mac that it hopes will get more iPhone users on board than ever before. More →
Inbox zero isn’t just a buzz term… it’s a way of life. Back in 2013, I wrote about how I destroyed email and the feedback I received was overwhelming. So many people were so happy to have been given some guidance and some useful tools, and the reason is obvious: Email is awful unless you constantly keep it under control.
Now it’s 2015, and there are a wide range of new tools at users’ disposal that can help in the quest to achieve inbox zero. And one of the newest available tools is a new iPhone app appropriately named “Zero.” More →
Facebook’s Messenger mobile app is already incredibly popular with both iOS and Android users, so it’s no wonder the company is constantly improving it. One of the features many users may have been asking for, especially those smartphone users who chat with people on other platforms, is finally here. More →
App developers have found plenty of ways to get creative with the widget support that Apple added to iOS recently. No, it’s not the same as having full-fledged home screen widgets like Android does, but iOS Notification Center widgets can still be quite useful. For example, a nifty new widget app called Uplify lets you launch apps, post to social networks or even send pre-configured messages through your favorite messaging app, all initiated right on your lock screen or from any other screen. More →
If you’re an iPhone owner and you’ve been looking for a reason to download WhatsApp, I have good news for you. As of the latest update, voice calling has been added to the iOS version of the app, which means that you can now call friends and family anywhere in the world for free as long as you have an Internet connection. More →
While security companies usually detail vulnerabilities in Android that hackers can use for malicious purposes, analytics service SourceDNA uncovered an encryption flaw that may affect as many as 1,500 applications, Ars Technica reports. Among them, you’ll find some popular titles, including Citrix OpenVoice Audio Conferencing, the Alibaba.com mobile app, Movies by Flixster with Rotten Tomatoes, KYBankAgent 3.0, and Revo Restaurant Point of Sale. More →
The one smartphone feature we take for granted every day, one that has evolved into an app category of its own, is the virtual keyboard. There are various custom keyboard apps listed in app stores waiting to offer smartphone users a better experience than default options. In fact, many of them extend across platforms, bringing the same features to users no matter what devices they own. The better and smaller these gadgets get over time though, the better the virtual keyboards must get as well.
Android may trump iOS in terms of market share, but when it comes to actually generating profits for developers, Apple’s mobile platform still stands supreme.
According to recently tabulated data from app store analytics firm App Annie, apps downloaded on iOS generate far more revenue than those downloaded via Google Play. What’s more, with Apple continuing to make strong inroads in China, the revenue gap between the two rival mobile platforms is increasing. All told, iOS users tend to spend up to four times as much on apps than Android users.
One of the longstanding complaints about iOS was that Apple, in stark contrast to Android, wasn’t open to third-party keyboards. Thankfully, with the introduction of iOS 8, Apple revamped its keyboard software in a major way. Now comes word that Apple may have a few more keyboard tricks up its sleeve, at least as it pertains to the iPad.
It’s gotten to a point where I’m a bit hesitant to download new iOS updates as they come in. Inevitably, new iOS updates have a penchant for crippling some form of basic functionality for large swaths of people. What follows next is a seemingly long wait for the next iterative iOS update to hopefully fix whatever was messed up previously.
After falling victim to this frustrating cycle too many times, I’ve decided to take a “wait and see” approach. And so, with iOS 8.3 having been released yesterday, I opted to sit on the sidelines and see how it was received before deciding to press the download button. As it turns out, some iPhone and iPad users who upgraded to iOS 8.3 are already experiencing problems with their device’s Touch ID as it pertains to App Store purchases.
Android fans are a proud bunch who don’t like admitting things they envy about other platforms, especially those made by (*spit*) Apple. However, open-minded Android and iOS fans alike can see things in other platforms they like and Reddit’s Android community recently had a confessional session in which they admitted what iOS features they’d most like to see Android adopt in the future. More →
What if you could instantly pick up your phone to learn more details about a certain historical landmark or your location and then get visual cues about how that particular place changed over time? That’s what a new application called Pivot looks to offer smartphone users: A way of traveling back in time and staying connected to the history of a certain place, as long as there are available pictures of that place to tell its story. More →