iOS 10 Tips and Tricks

All the best new features in iOS 10 Messages

By on September 28, 2016 at 3:48 PM.

All the best new features in iOS 10 Messages

One of the apps that got the most redesign love in iOS 10 is Messages. The little chat bubble is now a lot more than a texting app, with its own app store and the ability to send a lot more than just texts.

But with great features comes great confusion, and not all the settings are immediately obvious. Here’s all the new stuff you should actually care about.

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Best Free iPhone Apps

11 best paid iPhone apps on sale for free today

11 best paid iPhone apps on sale for free today

By on September 28, 2016 at 12:28 PM.

Today’s list of the best paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free is a solid one, packed with 11 different apps that span all sorts of categories. And of course if 11 apps aren’t enough for you for some reason, you’ll find even more freebies in yesterday’s post that haven’t yet expired. More →

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Spotify Daily Mix Playlists

Spotify’s new Daily Mix playlists will get better the more you listen to them

By on September 27, 2016 at 11:00 PM.

Spotify’s new Daily Mix playlists will get better the more you listen to them

Despite the fact that Spotify allows me to listen to any song I want to at any time, I often find myself using Pandora instead. It’s not that I prefer Pandora to Spotify, it’s just that I can’t be bothered to make my own playlists, and my Pandora account already features dozens of stations that have been tuned to my preferences.

On Tuesday, Spotify might have won me back over with the introduction of Daily Mix: a series of playlists which include your favorite songs as well as songs that the streaming service thinks you might enjoy.

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Apple Music

How Apple is trying to fix Apple Music

By on September 27, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

How Apple is trying to fix Apple Music

Apple Music is an interesting beast. By any objective metric, Apple’s streaming music service is a success, what with more than 17 million subscribers attained in just a little over a year. But Apple isn’t a traditional company and, in turn, it’s not often held to a higher standard than most.

That said, some have pegged the rollout of Apple Music as something of a disappointment. In addition to early functionality problems and a myriad of UI choices, Apple Music still lags behind Spotify in terms of overall subscribers. Not too long ago, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek hinted via Twitter that his company now boasts more than 40 million paying subscribers. All the more impressive is that Spotify is growing at a faster clip than Apple Music, despite the latter’s reliance on exclusive releases from big name artists like Drake and Frank Ocean.

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Best Free iPhone Apps

10 paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time

10 paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time

By on September 27, 2016 at 1:33 PM.

How are you enjoying those new iPhone 7s and iPhone 7 Pluses, Apple fans? Well guess what, some sweet new apps can make your older iPhone model feel brand new again, and it won’t cost you $650+. In fact, it won’t even cost you a penny — check out today’s list of the best paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free. More →

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YouTube Go Download

YouTube Go is the offline YouTube app you’ve been waiting for (and you still can’t have it)

By on September 27, 2016 at 7:45 AM.

YouTube Go is the offline YouTube app you’ve been waiting for (and you still can’t have it)

Google’s official YouTube apps for iOS and Android are always wildly popular, but people who pay attention to app store rankings regularly see third-party YouTube apps come and go on the top free app lists. The official YouTube apps are so well-designed and they pack all the great features Google wants YouTube users to have, so why are Android and iOS users so interested in third-party apps? Simply put, people want the ability to save videos for offline playback, and Google’s official YouTube apps don’t support this key feature.

With a new app from Google called YouTube Go, Google has finally added this great capability. But there’s just one teeny, tiny problem: You can’t have it. More →

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Apple Watch Health Tracking

Report: Apple is building more fitness apps for the Apple Watch

By on September 26, 2016 at 2:47 PM.

Report: Apple is building more fitness apps for the Apple Watch

Apple has big plans for the Apple Watch and the tiny sensors embedded within. We’ve known that ever since a team of doctors took center stage to introduce Apple Watch software, but a new report sheds a little more detail on what Apple’s plans look like.

According to a report in Bloomberg (although not from famous Apple sage Mark Gurman), Apple is working on at least two standalone apps for the Apple Watch, with the aim being to turn the Watch and associated HealthKit platform “into a tool that improves diagnoses.” It’s a long way from facilitating Candy Crush, that’s for sure.

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Best Free iPhone Apps

9 paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time

9 paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time

By on September 26, 2016 at 12:30 PM.

Monday is always the worst day of the week, but you know what might make you feel better? A bunch of free apps for your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch! We’ve gathered an eclectic collection of games and tools for you to download today, including a photo editor, an iMessage calculator and a robot party.

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Google Pixel Launch Andromeda

The Pixel phones may not be the most interesting thing Google unveils next month

By on September 26, 2016 at 10:40 AM.

The Pixel phones may not be the most interesting thing Google unveils next month

Google started teasing its October 4th mobile event a few days ago, and if you’re familiar with recent rumors you probably know two things about it: the Nexus phone is dying, and the Pixel phone will replace it.

Google will have other hardware on display during the event, but the company is also expected to unveil a massive milestone for Android. Andromeda, as a new operating system is internally called, might be the most important thing coming out of Google’s October 4th event.
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