Microsoft Researcher iPhone Reaction

Microsoft exec explains why she uses an iPhone even though she ‘despises’ it

By on July 3, 2014 at 7:00 PM.

Microsoft exec explains why she uses an iPhone even though she ‘despises’ it

It might not surprise anyone to learn that not all Microsoft employees use Windows Phones and PCs in their personal lives, but Lifehacker’s interview with the Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, danah boyd (and no, I didn’t forget to hold down shift) shows that it’s not all-Windows all the time. When asked about her current mobile device, danah admitted that her “primary phone is an iPhone, but I despise the device.” She only uses it to test apps in development and she really misses her old-school Sidekick. More →

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Apple iPhone patent: settings and profiles change based on location

How Apple plans to make sure your iPhone never goes off in a movie theater again

By on July 3, 2014 at 6:15 PM.

How Apple plans to make sure your iPhone never goes off in a movie theater again

A couple years ago during a performance at the New York Philharmonic, an iPhone alarm interrupted a performance of Mahler’s 9th Symphony, prompting the conductor to stop the performance. The culprit said his iPhone had been set to mute, but the iPhone overrode this switch for a preset alarm that its own said he didn’t even know about.  More →

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Why Smartphones Are Good

What happens when an iPhone addict is forced to use an ancient Razr V3 for a month?

By on July 3, 2014 at 1:43 PM.

What happens when an iPhone addict is forced to use an ancient Razr V3 for a month?

It’s easy to forget just how awesome our smartphones are. Over the past 10 years, our mobile phones have morphed from being our primary tools for talking and texting to being our primary all-purpose computers that let us do things that we never imagined we could do with a device that fits into our pockets. Gizmodo writer Ashley Feinberg now has a unique appreciation for the greatness of smartphones after she decided to deprive herself of her iPhone for a full month and instead use the ancient Motorola RAZR V3, which just happened to be the hottest smartphone released in 2004. More →

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Day One Free Download

Paid apps gone free: Day One for the iPhone might change your life

By on July 3, 2014 at 1:10 PM.

Paid apps gone free: Day One for the iPhone might change your life

It is simply not possible to remember everything we experience each day, and yet everything we do and see impacts us. What if there existed a simple and beautiful way to ensure that any and all experiences we deem to be important are stored forever, waiting to be called upon at any time? Day One by Bloom Built is an iPhone and iPad app that does exactly that.

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Apple Q3 2014 Predictions

The iPhone is more important to Apple than ever before

By on July 2, 2014 at 10:30 PM.

The iPhone is more important to Apple than ever before

Apple is announcing its third-quarter earnings on July 22nd, but in the meantime we’ll have to be satisfied with hearing the projections of various financial analysts. Today’s latest predictions come from Maynard Um at Wells Fargo Securities, and in a report picked up by AppleInsider, he projects that Apple will beat Wall Street predictions and have another record quarter based almost solely on the strength of iPhone sales.

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Free iPhone Apps

6 fantastic paid iPhone apps you can download for free right now

By on July 2, 2014 at 10:25 AM.

6 fantastic paid iPhone apps you can download for free right now

Another day, another batch of awesome paid iPhone and iPad apps that can be downloaded for free if you act fast. Different app makers are constantly offering their paid apps for free in an effort to drum up some extra interest, but sifting through all of those apps can be a tiring task. Luckily, BGR is happy to do the heavy lifting for you. Today we have six nifty apps to tell you about, but remember: These sales often last for just a short time, so be sure to act quickly if you see anything you like. More →

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Android Market Share

Android’s share of global mobile usage may soon top iOS for the first time ever

By on July 1, 2014 at 6:15 PM.

Android’s share of global mobile usage may soon top iOS for the first time ever

In terms of monthly shipments, Android devices surpassed Apple’s iOS  lineup long ago. Apple executives and Apple bloggers repeatedly point to a different stat, however, that paints an interesting picture: Despite Android’s huge lead in terms of shipments, iOS remains the global leader in usage as measured by companies that monitor web traffic.

Unless the current trend is reversed in the next month or two, however, there will soon be a changing of the guard. More →

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Android Vs iPhone

This is what it’s like for an Android fanboy to switch to an iPhone 5s

By on July 1, 2014 at 10:46 AM.

This is what it’s like for an Android fanboy to switch to an iPhone 5s

The Android vs. iOS debate will rage on until one or both of these mobile platforms are no longer market leaders. In the meantime, each operating system offers dozens of important pros and cons when compared to its rival. Android’s open nature allows for a much wider range of functionality in third-party apps, for instance, and you can see numerous examples of this in our series on great Android apps that do amazing things the iPhone can’t. On the other side of the fense, iOS offers a much smoother and more refined user experience with an app ecosystem that is second to none.

So, what is it like for a “fanboy” to make the jump from one platform to the other? More →

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Free iPhone Apps

3 awesome paid iPhone apps that are free right now for a limited time

By on June 30, 2014 at 10:50 AM.

3 awesome paid iPhone apps that are free right now for a limited time

June is almost over but there are still some awesome deals on great iPhone and iPad apps that can be enjoyed before the second half of the year is upon us. Today, we have three nifty apps to share with you that typically sell for a combined value of $13, but they can all be had for free if you act fast and download them as soon as possible. More →

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iPhone Screen Mirroring App

New app lets you mirror your iPhone or iPad’s display on any computer

By on June 27, 2014 at 6:15 PM.

New app lets you mirror your iPhone or iPad’s display on any computer

IPhone and iPad users looking for a simple solution that will allow them to mirror their iOS device’s displays on any Windows or Mac computer now have a terrific new option in Mirroring360. Just announced by Splashtop, this nifty app does one thing and it does it quite well: It uses AirPlay to stream anything and everything that might be displayed on your iPhone or iPad’s screen to your desktop or laptop PC. More →

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Download Moment iPhone App

New iOS app ironically vows to cure your iPhone addiction

By on June 27, 2014 at 3:15 PM.

New iOS app ironically vows to cure your iPhone addiction

Moment is a new iOS app that has some interesting tracking abilities, TechCrunch reports. The app will run in the background, looking at how much you use the phone each day, and – if enabled – it will even track locations. Furthermore, the app can list usage statistics and can help users set up a limit on their daily iPhone usage in order to cut down their addiction. More →

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Stackables Free Download

Paid apps gone free: Stackables will push your iPhone photo editing to the next level

By on June 27, 2014 at 12:11 PM.

Paid apps gone free: Stackables will push your iPhone photo editing to the next level

Photo editors are a dime a dozen in Apple’s App Store, but the best of the bunch always seem to catch our attention. Among them is Stackables by Samer Azzam, whose iPhone apps we have featured here on BGR a few times before. Stackables is another example of unique filter options combined with great design, and the key differentiator in this app is its “stackable” layers that allow the user to apply multiple effects with tight controls. More →

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CalCube Download Free

Paid apps gone free: CalCube for iPhone is one of the coolest calendar apps we’ve ever seen

By on June 25, 2014 at 2:48 PM.

Paid apps gone free: CalCube for iPhone is one of the coolest calendar apps we’ve ever seen

The calendar app is one of the most important apps on any smartphone and since iOS 7 first launched, Apple’s iOS calendar has left much to be desired. Luckily, Apple has built the best mobile software ecosystem in the world, so there are dozens of great third-party calendars to choose from. We have covered several different calendar options here on BGR in the past, but today we want to bring your attention to one in particular that is unlike any other iOS calendar app you’ve ever used. More →

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