The last camera attachment we covered was one of the most ridiculous devices ever featured on BGR, but the Snappgrip from BiteMyApple.co actually looks like a reasonable companion for mobile photography. The Snappgrip is a small device that can snap right to your iPhone 5 or iPhone 5s with an included case. The device features every camera control you could possibly need, from an authentic shutter button to a tripod mount and all the shooting modes and zoom capabilities that appear on a standalone camera. More →
The return policy for the iPhone just became a little less lenient as Apple has officially dropped the grace period from 30 days to 14 days. 9to5Mac came across the change on Apple’s website on Wednesday after retail sources confirmed that a new policy would be implemented on March 13th. The iPhone was the only device for sale at the Apple Store that offered 30 days for returns, both online and at retail locations, whereas every other product was subject to a 14 day return policy. This change will bring the iPhone in line with the rest of the merchandise. It’s worth noting that even with 30 days to return an iPhone, consumers were still liable for early termination fees and other penalties from their carriers after just 14 days. The new policy should eliminate the confusion altogether.
One of the many reasons Apple’s iPhone lineup has been so popular over the years is because of how smooth and consistent the user experience tends to be. When it comes to mobile devices, however, there are always little tricks that can help smooth things out even more. Apple’s new iOS 7.1 software offers some huge performance improvements in addition to big visual changes, new feature additions and some bug fixes. Even still, there are a handful of things users can do in order to ensure that their iPhones, iPads and iPod touch handhelds are running as smoothly as possible. More →
Analysts and pundits have claimed that Apple simply needs to release new low-priced iPhones to better compete for smartphone market share, but the company is still choosing not to compete in that particular segment of the mobile business — or at least not actively by launching cheaper new iPhones each year. Instead, Apple keeps around older models that are sold for cheaper prices alongside brand new releases. And a new patent discovered by AppleInsider reveals how Apple may increase performance of aging devices, keeping them around for longer and potentially making them interesting choices for budget device buyers who could purchase second-hand iPhones instead of cheap new Android devices.
As BlackBerry looks to pull itself out of the fire and regain its former glory, new chief executive John Chen has so far done a good job of convincing investors that BlackBerry’s chances of a meaningful turnaround are real. As noted in a recent BGR report, BlackBerry shares have been screaming so far in 2014, gaining 36% through the first two months of the year and outpacing the company’s top mobile platform rivals by a huge margin. According to comments made last week, however, Chen’s confidence might be starting to get the best of him. More →
We’re hoping to spend much more time in 2014 than we have in years past showcasing beautifully designed software, and we have a few early efforts under our belt already. Most recently, we highlighted five gorgeous iPhone apps and we also ran a pair of posts covering awesome Android apps that do things the iPhone cannot. As we come across great deals on well-designed apps, however, we’ll also bring them to your attention individually — and such is the case with Andrew J Clark’s “Numerical.” More →
The LithiumCard isn’t the only credit card-sized battery for mobile devices seeking crowd-funding, as there’s also a TravelCard project that offers iPhone and Android smartphones exactly the same perk: a credit card-like device that packs enough energy to bring life to a dying smartphone. More →
Not all health and fitness smart devices launched this year will wrap around the user’s wrist (or even ankle for some products), but also around your mobile devices. Wello is such a product, a smartphone case that has some advanced health-tracking features in mind, and comes both with iPhone and Android support. More →
You know those horrendous full-screen ads that pop up on some news sites? The ones that hover there for a while until you angrily click an “X” to close them and read the article you shouldn’t have had to wait to read in the first place? Those are called interstitial ads, and it looks like they’re coming soon to an iPhone near you. More →
LG has released an interesting infographic that presents the history of the smartphone, including its past, present and potential future, at least according to the company. But for some reason, LG left out one particular event that actually made possible the very smartphones the company is selling today – the invention of the iPhone – though it did mark the launch of Google’s Android platform. More →
Have you been having problems with faulty Lightning cables that corrode over time and eventually stop charging your iPhone or iPad? You’re not alone. A recent report from ZDNet sheds light on an issue that may be widespread, impacting an increasing number of Apple device owners. The issue involves Lightning cables — the newer cable that connects Apple’s iPhones, iPads and iPod touch devices to a computer or charger — that stop working over time because of corrosion. More →
We were one of the first big tech news brands with an iOS app, but we’ve been one of the last to update it with support for iOS 7. However, thanks to our good friend Sean Kovacs, the new app is available in the App Store right now. It has a redesigned interface, support for gestures, comments are now working again, it uses the dynamic system font sizes, sharing has been updated to take advantage of the iOS 7 share sheet, push notifications work for breaking news, and of course, bugs have been fixed. More →