Let’s be frank for a moment: most smartphone and tablet accessories are garbage. Countless companies race to the bottom and do everything they can to flood the market with cheap cases, chargers, charms, covers and anything else they can churn out of factories in China. As a result, it can be painfully difficult to find high-quality accessories because we often have no choice but to dig through a mountain of trash to get to them.
We saw plenty of complaints arise when it was first discovered that Apple’s iOS 7 software included a “frequent locations” function in the iPhone. The feature, which can be easily disabled, tracks users’ locations in order to determine the locations they visit most frequently. All sorts of privacy concerns arose, naturally, but none were quite as intense as the warnings issued on Friday morning by state broadcasters in China. More →
This has been a great week for iPhone and iPad app sales, and we’re finishing strong with seven solid apps you can add to your collection. Today’s list includes $14 worth of terrific apps that range from utilities and photo editors to a news app and even a writing aid. As always, be sure to act fast and grab any appealing apps as quickly as possible, because these sales could end at any time. More →
T-Mobile and its chief executive John Legere have given numerous indications that the carrier’s sales of Apple devices are much slower than they would like, and we now have another one to toss on the pile: A newly announced special offer will see T-Mobile pay $100 to customers who purchase a new iPhone and iPad at the same time. More →
This has already been quite a week for iPhone and iPad app sales, and today we have some big ones for you. We don’t cover many iOS games in these posts because there are just so many of them and they constantly see price changes. Today, however, we have two big ones to share with you along with a nifty utility. More →
Can we ever really have enough apps on our iPhones and iPads? It’s pretty great how the simple act of taking 10 seconds to download a new app can completely change your smartphone experience. Just a few dollars is often all it takes — but sometimes we can do it for free. Today, we have five nifty paid apps to share with you that are currently on sale for free for a limited time. See anything you like? Click the links at the end of each section to get them before these sales are over. More →
Batteries hold us back. It’s that simple. Battery technology is not progressing as quickly as other areas of tech, and our smartphone experience is hindered as a result. It could be years before we see any real progress made in terms of truly significant improvements in battery technology, which is why smartphone companies are devoting so much time to making software optimizations that extend battery life. Examples include the extreme power-saving modes on Samsung and HTC’s latest flagship smartphones, and Google’s “Project Volta” in Android L, which is already resulting in huge battery life improvements in pre-release stages.
Of course, we can also take matters into our own hands. By remembering a few simple tips and tricks, we can dramatically improve the battery life on our iPhones and Android phones. More →
Apple is no stranger to building devices mostly out of glass, but the company is apparently interested in the possibility of using only glass for future mobile devices such as iPhones, as well as even bigger gadgets like an iMac or a future “iTV” television set. AppleInsider reports that Apple on Tuesday was awarded a patent describing ways of building an electronic device using “glass housing structures” that are fused at the edges, without requiring metal components to hold them in place. More →
The typical device upgrade cycle at wireless carriers in the United States is two years, but Apple’s iPhones tend to remain quite usable for even longer than that. As is the case with any computer, tablet or smartphone though, things tend to slow down over time. There are plenty of factors that contribute to this slowdown, and some of them are beyond our control. For example, as new software updates are applied, older processors and other aging components might not be able to handle the new load as well as they used to.
While hardware limitations are insurmountable, there are some things that can be done to speed up a slowing iPhone. More →
Want some cool new apps to check out? Want the option to download them for free if you act fast? You’ve come to the right place. We do our best to bring nifty apps to your attention when they go on sale. As nice as it is to support developers, a freebie every now and again is certainly appreciated. Today, we have three terrific paid iPhone and iPad apps that are on sale for a short while, so you should definitely check them out for free while you can. More →