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25 hidden iPhone features that are really, truly hidden

By on January 22, 2016 at 10:37 AM.

25 hidden iPhone features that are really, truly hidden

How many times have you seen posts on tech sites about “hidden iPhone features” and thought to yourself, these tricks aren’t really hidden at all. We’ve even had a few articles here on BGR with tips that were indeed unknown to most users, but the savvy iOS device owners out there were undoubtedly familiar with at least a few of them.

Well, in this piece we’re going to tell you about 25 hidden features that are really, truly hidden. As in, you could look through your iPhone from now until the end of time and you wouldn’t find any of these tricks unless you know what you’re looking for. More →

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Apple Europe iOS App Development Center

Apple says it already created over a million European jobs as it opens new app center

By on January 21, 2016 at 8:40 AM.

Apple says it already created over a million European jobs as it opens new app center

Apple’s iPhone wasn’t just a game changer in the smartphone industry, it sent ripples across countless other industries as well. In fact, iOS was the catalyst that created an entire new economy. Mobile application development has become an industry worth many billions of dollars each year, and it has spawned a number of large development houses with market values that reach into the billions themselves.

Part of the beauty of this bustling new industry is that it has no borders. Developers can thrive anywhere there are computers and Internet access. The Flappy Bird phenomenon, painful though it may have been, was proof of this. And now, Apple has announced that it will open a brand new app development center in Europe to help educate young developers and set them on a course for success. More →

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iPhone Vs. Android Fan Analysis

Android fan confesses all the things he likes better about iOS

By on January 18, 2016 at 11:21 AM.

Android fan confesses all the things he likes better about iOS

Even if you have a preferred platform, it’s always good to keep an open mind about things that other platforms do better. Android Police’s Shawn De Cesari has put together an interesting list of six things that he believes iOS actually does better than Android, even though they’re not enough to make him completely switch platforms. While some of the items on his list are obvious — I think even the most hardcore Android fanboys would have a hard time saying Android does a better job than iOS at pushing out timely software updates — others are surprising and perhaps even counter-intuitive. More →

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iOS 9.3 Update

iOS 9.3 may hint at Apple’s plans to shake up its iOS release strategy

By on January 17, 2016 at 6:50 PM.

iOS 9.3 may hint at Apple’s plans to shake up its iOS release strategy

Apple last week rolled out the first beta of iOS 9.3 and delivered a number of interesting enhancements. In fact, with features like Night Shift, TouchID protection for Notes, and a whole array of enhanced 3D Touch functionality, iOS 9.3 arguably represents the most interesting iOS update not to have been unveiled at WWDC.

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How To Hide iPhone Apps

You can finally hide Apple’s default iPhone apps in iOS 9.3 – here’s how

By on January 14, 2016 at 1:18 PM.

You can finally hide Apple’s default iPhone apps in iOS 9.3 – here’s how

Honestly, we’re pretty shocked at the news we’re about to share: there is now an official way to hide Apple’s default iOS apps on an iPhone or iPad. Apple has long resisted the idea of allowing users to uninstall or hide any of the apps that ship on iOS devices, likely in part due to the fact that the company considers each of its apps essential to the user experience. With Apple’s latest iOS 9.3 beta software release, however, there is now a way to hide Apple’s apps on your iPhone or iPad.

It’s not as simple as uninstalling a third-party app and you’ll need to connect your device to a PC, but at least it’s now possible beginning with iOS 9.3. More →

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iOS Vs Android

Apple dominates holiday shopping season; iOS accounted for 49% of new device activations

By on December 29, 2015 at 7:45 AM.

Apple dominates holiday shopping season; iOS accounted for 49% of new device activations

Shares of Apple may be slumping, but the company’s products continue to resonate with consumers in impressive fashion. During the Christmas holiday shopping period, measured from December 19th through December 25th, iOS devices accounted for nearly 50% of all new device activations, according to data recently released from the analytics firm Flurry.

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iOS Vs. Android App Developers

App developers give brutally honest answers about why they pick iOS over Android

By on December 18, 2015 at 9:35 AM.

App developers give brutally honest answers about why they pick iOS over Android

Much to Android users’ collective chagrin, many top mobile apps seem to come to iOS before they come to Android. We’ve written a lot about the reasons for this in the past but now The Next Web has given five popular mobile app developers a platform where they can anonymously spout off on the real reasons they’re going with iOS over Android first, without any fear of offending Google. Some of their answers are brutally honest and are worth highlighting, even though I personally think many of them are overly harsh. Let’s go through the highlights below. More →

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Google Maps iOS Update Gas Prices Business Hours

What can’t Google Maps do at this point?

By on December 14, 2015 at 12:24 PM.

What can’t Google Maps do at this point?

Google Maps is no longer just about helping you get to where you need to go, and with the latest update to the app for iOS, it will help you save both time and money. Google Maps version 4.13.0, which is now available to download from the iTunes App Store, has added two important new features: Lists of gas prices at nearby gas stations and hours of operation for nearby businesses. More →

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Google Maps Holiday Traveling Tips

Traveling this Christmas? Remember these essential Google Maps tricks

By on December 4, 2015 at 5:05 PM.

Traveling this Christmas? Remember these essential Google Maps tricks

Regardless of whether you’re going home this Christmas or whether you’re planning an exotic getaway, the Google Maps app shouldn’t be missing from your iPhone or Android smartphone. The app is now even more useful than ever, as Google added various handy features over the past few months. More →

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App Store Malware

iOS apps aren’t any more secure than Android apps, study finds

By on November 11, 2015 at 4:55 PM.

iOS apps aren’t any more secure than Android apps, study finds

A new security report from Checkmarx claims that the walled garden that is Apple’s App Store may not be the safe haven it’s hyped up to be. The report specifically claims that iOS apps have a greater percentage of critical or high severity security vulnerabilities when compared to Android apps.

For purposes of the report, a critical vulnerability is defined as one “that exposes a major security risk with a direct exploit (not needing user involvement). If exploited, the security threat might cause major damage to the application and/or have major impact on the company.”

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iOS Vs Android Gaming

As a gaming platform, Android still can’t compete with iOS

By on November 10, 2015 at 4:28 PM.

As a gaming platform, Android still can’t compete with iOS

No matter what you think about the Android/iOS divide from either a hardware or software perspective, there’s simply no getting around the fact that many developers still take an iOS-first approach with respect to app development. With games, where development costs are already sky-high, the dynamic is even more pronounced.

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Unsubscribe Email List

New free iPhone app unsubscribes you from annoying email lists in just a few swipes

By on November 6, 2015 at 3:50 PM.

New free iPhone app unsubscribes you from annoying email lists in just a few swipes

Can you imagine how much more productive your work life and your personal life would be if you didn’t have all that junk cluttering up your email inbox every day? You probably don’t even know how your email address was added to half the lists you’re subscribed to in the first place, but here you are with dozens of emails every day that you simply don’t want or need.

There are a few solid options out there to help you unsubscribe from newsletters and other junk mail you don’t want, and now a new free iPhone app called Unroll.me with a unique approach and a sleek user interface can be added to the list. More →

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Google Maps iOS Update Spoken Driving Directions

Google Maps iOS update gives you real-time spoken traffic alerts

By on November 5, 2015 at 9:00 PM.

Google Maps iOS update gives you real-time spoken traffic alerts

Google Maps just keeps getting better and better. The latest update of the app for iOS adds a terrific new trick in the form of real-time spoken traffic alerts that will let you know about traffic jams and accidents as you’re driving. This feature will pop up automatically whenever you’re using the Navigation feature to give you spoken turn-by-turn directions. More →

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