iPhone Tips And Tricks

How to enable the secret emoticon keyboard hiding in your iPhone

How to enable the secret emoticon keyboard hiding in your iPhone

December 2nd at 9:45 AM

Emoji are sooooo last year. It’s almost 2017 and it’s time to change things up. You’ve been sending messages packed full of emoji for years now, just like everyone else. In fact, even your parents and grandparents are stringing together all sorts of emoji in their text messages. Do you really want to keep filling your messages with emoji now that they’ve officially been adopted by the olds? No, of course you don’t — you know it, and we know it. What you might not know, however, is that the answer is already hiding in your iPhone right now… you just have to learn how to uncover it. More →

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Galaxy Note 5 Android 7.0 Nougat

Galaxy Note 5’s Android 7.0 Nougat update may be closer than we think

December 2nd at 6:50 AM

Galaxy Note 5’s Android 7.0 Nougat update may be closer than we think

Samsung kicked off an official Android 7.0 Nougat beta program for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, but these aren’t the only Android handsets that will be updated to Google’s latest mobile operating system. A new discovery on benchmark site GFXBench indicates that the Galaxy Note 5 may soon receive its own Nougat update. More →

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iPhone iCloud Calendar Spam

Apple apologizes for ruining iCloud calendar

December 1st at 9:13 PM

Apple apologizes for ruining iCloud calendar

Some iPhone and Mac users have been experiencing a new annoying issue recently: iCloud calendar spam. What happens is that event invitations start appearing in the Calendar app on iOS and macOS, containing links to fake websites. There are ways to fix the problem, although none of them come officially from Apple, and not all will completely deal with the matter. However, the Cupertino-based company is aware of the iCloud spam phenomenon, it’s sorry, and it’s working on it. More →

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ok google commands

Android Auto gains ‘OK Google’ functionality so you can talk to your car

December 1st at 8:37 PM

Android Auto gains ‘OK Google’ functionality so you can talk to your car

If your dream for the future includes everyone talking to their cars as though they’re KITT from Knight Rider, Google has some good news for you. The most recent versions of Android Auto allow you to enable “OK Google” voice commands for the very first time.

The feature, which Reddit user neo5468 is credited with first discovering, is useful for things like checking the weather and managing your music playlist while driving, and it’s obviously a perfect fit given that it’s all hands-free.

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1600 app

U.S. Government publishes augmented reality app that turns a dollar bill into the White House

December 1st at 5:18 PM

U.S. Government publishes augmented reality app that turns a dollar bill into the White House

The United States government has just published an iOS app that uses augmented reality to identify dollar bills and create three dimensional models of the White House on top of them. No, you didn’t accidentally click over to The Onion, this is an actual real thing.

The app, which is called 1600 (iOS, Android) — in reference to the White House address of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue — utlizes the iPhone camera to search detect the paper currency. Then, like magic, a little 3D White House pops up, complete with a waving flag and a flurry of activity.

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apple maps vs google maps

Apple may soon be sending drones to map your neighborhood

December 1st at 9:49 AM

Apple may soon be sending drones to map your neighborhood

We’ve known for some time that Apple has an army of sensor-packed vehicles doing its best to keep its Maps app up to date, but a new report claims that the company’s ambitions are taking it skyward. Bloomberg says Apple is hard at work on a fleet of drones that will monitor road changes and allow for more rapid Maps updates.

Apple has already obtained an exemption from the FAA that gives the company clearance to “operate an unmanned aircraft system to conduct data collection, photography, and videography,” the report states. Citing unnamed sources, the report also claims that Apple is building up a team of experts to oversee the drone effort.

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DirecTV Now App

The best streaming TV app for cord-cutters is now available for download

November 30th at 2:36 PM

The best streaming TV app for cord-cutters is now available for download

While Apple’s rumored TV streaming service has fallen by the wayside, AT&T has managed to swoop in with a compelling TV streaming service of its own. Dubbed DirecTV Now, the new streaming service  from Ma Bell offers users the ability to enjoy 60+ channels (in 1080p resolution when available) for just $35/month. As far as cable packages are concerned, you’ll be hard pressed to find a deal that offers more bang for your buck than what AT&T is bringing to the table. Of course, users willing to pay more can receive as many as 120+ channels.

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Yahoo Answers App

Yahoo launches standalone Yahoo Answers app so we can decide if God is real or not

November 30th at 9:18 AM

Yahoo launches standalone Yahoo Answers app so we can decide if God is real or not

Yahoo Answers is one of the internet’s greatest punchlines, but the fact remains that the long-running platform is still a popular destination for people with questions to ask. Now, Yahoo is turning its Q&A site into a standalone iOS app dedicated to asking, answering, and browsing the massive database of questions.

The app is called Yahoo Answers Now, and it’s currently in an invite-only beta, though you can freely download the app and request an invitation be sent to your email from within it. TechCrunch reports that the app has actually been in testing for several months, but was listed under the name “Yahoo Hive,” before officially changing to its new moniker.

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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

November 29th at 12:06 PM

It felt like it might never end, but the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales are finally over. We have to go back to a world where everything is full price… except for our daily selection of free apps, of course. That’s right, Black Friday or not, we’ve still got a bunch of paid apps on sale for free to choose from today.

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Best Free iPhone Apps

11 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today

11 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today

November 28th at 3:36 PM

No Cyber Monday is complete without a handful of paid iPhone and iPad apps that are available as free downloads for a limited time. We’ve got a terrific batch in store for you today, including several premium apps that have never been made available for free before. Check them all out below. More →

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