iOS Security Alert

Warning: Anyone can access sensitive info on your iPhone without even unlocking it

By on March 28, 2016 at 10:52 AM.

Warning: Anyone can access sensitive info on your iPhone without even unlocking it

Apple refused to unlock the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone for the FBI, but the Bureau might be interested to learn that there’s some seriously sensitive information that can be accessed on an iPhone without even having to unlock it. In fact, you may be shocked to learn what anyone and everyone has access to on your iPhone without knowing your PIN or passcode.

There’s some good news to be had as well, though: Switching one simple setting will plug up this potentially serious flaw and ensure that your data is safe and secure. More →

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iOS 9.3 Bug

iOS 9.3 has a nasty bug and you might not want to upgrade just yet

By on March 28, 2016 at 7:45 AM.

iOS 9.3 has a nasty bug and you might not want to upgrade just yet

Though Apple typically saves major iOS upgrades for September, the company shook things up last week with the release of iOS 9.3. Typically, mid-year iOS updates are rather boring affairs that tend to focus on minor security enhancements and even more minor bug fixes. iOS 9.3, however, delivers a number of compelling features, including Night Shift and the ability to secure Notes behind Touch ID.

Ahead of the iOS 9.3 roll out, Apple released to developers seven betas of the relatively major software update. Nonetheless, Apple didn’t seem to catch a major bug that recently began affecting many users who opted to upgrade to iOS 9.3 just a few days ago.

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Google Keyboard App

Google’s upcoming keyboard app for iOS actually sounds exciting

By on March 23, 2016 at 8:33 AM.

Google’s upcoming keyboard app for iOS actually sounds exciting

Though it took a few years to get there, Apple with iOS 8 finally introduced support for third-party keyboards, thereby allowing iPhone and iPad users to install and enjoy custom keyboards for the very first time. Looking to get in on the action, The Verge reports that Google has been busy developing its own third-party keyboard for iOS.

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How To Save Money

5 free apps for iPhone and Android that will actually change your life

By on March 18, 2016 at 10:22 AM.

5 free apps for iPhone and Android that will actually change your life

When it comes to making significant positive changes in your life, there’s only one thing that can make any effort a success: willpower. The simple fact is that nothing important will ever be easy so if you want to make major life improvements, you need to have the drive to initiate change and the determination to stick with it. Trust me, I know — I recently lost 50 lbs in three months, and I’ve shed even more weight since then. It took a huge amount of hard work and focus, and it paid off in the end.

But I had help. While there are never any shortcuts that will allow you to entirely avoid putting forth effort, there are definitely tools that will help you excel and work smarter instead of just harder. In this article, we’ll focus on two major things that people strive for — losing weight and saving money — and we’ll show you five free apps for the iPhone and Android devices that have the potential to help you quite literally change your life. More →

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iPhone AceDeceiver Malware iOS Jailbreak

New malware can infect iPhones without requiring a jailbreak

By on March 17, 2016 at 6:50 AM.

New malware can infect iPhones without requiring a jailbreak

The iPhone is generally safer than Android when it comes to malware infections though Apple’s smartphone isn’t impervious to such threats. We’ve seen various malware attacks in the past, some of them targeting jailbroken iPhones, or Apple’s older versions of Xcode to sneak malicious apps in the App Store.

A brand new malware strain was just discovered, a sneaky attacks that fooled not only Apple’s app review team into allowing malware apps into the App Store, but that can also quietly install apps on any iOS device without the user’s explicit knowledge or permission. A jailbreak status is not even needed for the attack to work. More →

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iOS Vs Android

As iOS 9 adoption reaches 79%, most Android users are still running a painfully old OS

By on March 15, 2016 at 10:56 AM.

As iOS 9 adoption reaches 79%, most Android users are still running a painfully old OS

Earlier today, Apple updated its App Store dashboard and revealed that iOS 9 adoption has now jumped up to 79%, a slight increase from when Apple released iOS 9 adoption figures in February. All the same, it’s worth noting that iOS 9 adoption is still outpacing iOS 8 adoption, albeit by a very small margin. By way of contrast, iOS 8 adoption at this time last year checked in at 77%.

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iPhone Battery Life

Everyone manually closes all their background apps, right?

By on March 10, 2016 at 1:29 PM.

Everyone manually closes all their background apps, right?

Apple software engineering VP Craig Federighi recently dispelled one of the more long-standing myths about iPhone battery life. In short, if you spend a few minutes every day double clicking the iPhone home button and manually closing up applications in an effort to maintain battery life, you’re wasting your time.

In a report published on 9to5Mac, we learn that an iPhone user recently emailed Tim Cook asking if frequently quitting iOS apps from the multitasking pane is necessary to ensure optimal battery life. Though Cook didn’t respond, the message was passed on to Federighi who responded with an emphatic ‘no.’

Undoubtedly, Federighi’s response may come as a surprise for many. For whatever reason, ever since Apple added multitasking support to the iPhone with iOS 4, it quickly became common practice for people to open up the multitasking pane and manually close applications in order to ostensibly prevent battery drain.

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iOS 10 Features

iOS 10 concept video shows off some intriguing new features

By on March 1, 2016 at 4:40 PM.

iOS 10 concept video shows off some intriguing new features

With so much buzz surrounding Apple’s upcoming iPhone SE and the highly anticipated iPhone 7, we curiously haven’t heard much about iOS 10, the software that will power Apple’s next-gen lineup of smartphones.

With rumors surrounding iOS 10 few and far in between, visual designer Sam Beckett recently put together a concept video showcasing some intriguing and clever ideas Apple might be smart to incorporate into the upcoming version of its mobile OS.

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iPhone Date Change Problem

Apple’s new software won’t let you brick your iPhone with the date change bug

By on February 26, 2016 at 8:49 AM.

Apple’s new software won’t let you brick your iPhone with the date change bug

People can be so cruel at times. For no reason other than to trick people into rendering their iPhones useless, someone recently put together an elaborate hoax. It was discovered that if an iPhone’s date was manually set to any day earlier than a certain point in the past and reset, the phone would enter an endless reboot cycle and become completely unusable. So naturally, someone created a graphic that looked like a page from Apple’s website and explained that by setting the date on your iPhone to January 1, 1970 and rebooting the device, a special retro Mac theme would appear.

Needless to say, a whole lot of people fell for it and bricked their phones. More →

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Apple FBI iPhone iOS Hacking

Why it would be harder for Apple to hack its own iPhone than you think

By on February 25, 2016 at 8:25 PM.

Why it would be harder for Apple to hack its own iPhone than you think

Apple’s fight with the FBI is in full swing and neither party looks ready to budge. The federal agency has made this a difficult battle for Apple from a PR standpoint, but the iPhone maker is determined not to break into its iPhone using a custom firmware to bypass its own passcode security measures. Using such a so-called “backdoor” would set a dangerous precedent and would have an adverse impact on the security of Apple’s entire iOS and OS X ecosystems, the company argues.

Accomplishing the tasks requested by the FBI isn’t easy, not because Apple doesn’t have the technical ability to do it, but because it would jeopardize future software releases. More →

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iOS History

The history and evolution of iOS, from the original iPhone to iOS 9

By on February 12, 2016 at 11:21 AM.

The history and evolution of iOS, from the original iPhone to iOS 9

When Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone in January of 2007, he remarked that phones at the time fell into one of two categories; On one hand you had phones that were powerful but extremely complicated to use, and on the other, you had phones that were easy to use but were rather feature limited. With the iPhone, Apple set out to turn the phone industry on its head with a product that was not only extremely easy to use, but also more powerful and capable than anything else on the market.

And looking back, it’s abundantly clear that Apple did just that. The iPhone undeniably ushered in the modern smartphone era, forever changing the way we use and interact with technology. Even if you’re beholden to Android, there’s no getting around the fact that Android as we know it today wouldn’t exist without the work Apple did on the original iPhone. Hardly a controversial statement, even Google engineers have said that Jobs’ iPhone unveiling prompted Google’s Android team to “start over” and reimagine the smartphone experience altogether.

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Best Email Apps For iPhone

The only 5 email apps iPhone users should consider using

By on February 4, 2016 at 2:01 PM.

The only 5 email apps iPhone users should consider using

There are a few cases where a pre-installed iPhone app made by Apple is the best tool for a particular job, but the Mail app certainly isn’t one of them. For light email users, it’s a nice clean option that offers a fairly basic set of features and a nice user interface. For the rest of us, we need a solution that offers a broader feature set than Apple’s Mail app will likely ever offer.

I’ve personally been back on the hunt for a new email app ever since my email solution of choice was shut down by Dropbox. And no, I still haven’t forgiven the company. I’ve gone through more than a dozen apps in my search for a Mailbox replacement though, and in this post I’ll save you the pain and suffering that I’ve had to endure. More →

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Best iPhone Calendar App

You’ll never find another iPhone calendar app this beautiful and original

By on February 3, 2016 at 11:13 AM.

You’ll never find another iPhone calendar app this beautiful and original

On iOS, or any other platform for that matter, there is no shortage of calendar apps. It seems like they’re a dime a dozen, in fact. While the concept of a calendar is anything but novel, developers have all sorts of different takes on calendars and scheduling that move well beyond the typical grid of dates and into some pretty interesting new territory.

Our longtime favorite calendar app for the iPhone is Timepage, a gorgeous offering by Moleskine that we first told you about in May of last year. A new app that was just released a few weeks ago is giving Timepage a serious run for its money though, and it offers a completely new take on the concept of a calendar app. More →

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