WWDC 2016 Analysis

WWDC 2016 could be the start of something better

By on June 22, 2016 at 4:40 PM.

WWDC 2016 could be the start of something better

Apple’s WWDC 2016 was one of the most exciting in recent memory. Packed full of non-stop updates to all four major platforms, Jonathan and Zach give first thoughts on some of the new software out of Cupertino, what Android does that could be better than Apple’s approach to the OS, and of course, some talk on Tesla’s future.

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The full episode is embedded below, or you can download it on iTunes. More →

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iOS 10 New Features

6 things Apple needs to get right with iOS 10

By on June 8, 2016 at 11:21 AM.

6 things Apple needs to get right with iOS 10

WWDC, the conference where Apple lays out its software plans for the upcoming year, is always a big event. But this year feels especially momentous: Google, Amazon, Facebook and Microsoft are all going big on AI, from smart home speakers to chatbots. Chromebooks have overtaken Mac sales, and iPhone sales are slowly falling.

Frankly, it’s time for Apple to make some big changes to stay competitive, and iOS, the most widely distributed piece of Apple software, is the most important place to make them. Here’s a few things we’re hoping to see next week

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Best Email App For iPhone

Morning Mail for iPhone is an email app like you’ve never seen before

By on June 2, 2016 at 5:30 PM.

Morning Mail for iPhone is an email app like you’ve never seen before

Email hurts and everyone knows the pain all too well. Inboxes have a funny way of overflowing with more messages than you know what to do with, and it can be overwhelming. Facebook notifications, emails from your boss, emails from your coworkers, emails from your parents asking you how to fix their email… it all tends to pile up faster than you can deal with it. Isn’t there any way to stop it?

I have good news and bad news. The bad news is that the answer is no, there really isn’t a way to stop it and remain a productive member of developed society. But the good news is that there are new options out there that might help make dealing with email slightly less painful. More →

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Gboard Review

Apple ruined the dream of having Google take over my iPhone

By on May 16, 2016 at 2:46 PM.

Apple ruined the dream of having Google take over my iPhone

Try though I might, there’s simply no way I can ditch my iPhone and switch to Android. Why? Because the software experience on Apple’s iPhones is just too good for Android to touch. Third-party apps on the iPhone look better and perform better than they do on Android, and when it comes to the smartphone user experience, third-party apps are everything.

And interestingly, one of the best third-party iOS app developers in the world is none other than Apple’s top platform rival, Google. More →

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Best iPhone Apps 2016

These are the apps hardcore iPhone fans can’t live without

By on April 26, 2016 at 10:38 AM.

These are the apps hardcore iPhone fans can’t live without

Apple’s iPhone had a huge impact on the industry right out of the gate since it prompted a shift toward the touch-centric smartphone experience we all enjoy today, but the iPhone’s real game-changer came a year later courtesy of the App Store. By moving app portals off of the web and onto the device itself, Apple brought apps to the masses, allowing users to completely alter the iPhone’s capabilities with just a few quick taps. The app market took off from there, and it has since grown into a multibillion dollar business as well as the most important part of the smartphone experience.

As big as mobile apps have become though, the App Store is flooded to the point where finding great apps is quite difficult. We do our best to help by drawing attention to the top apps we come across and by publishing a very popular series on paid apps that go on sale for free. Now, it’s time to see which apps hardcore iPhone fans say they can’t live without. More →

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Best Email App For iPhone

This the best iPhone email app that has ever existed and I can’t use it

By on April 12, 2016 at 11:57 AM.

This the best iPhone email app that has ever existed and I can’t use it

It’s not always easy to appreciate all of the hard work that goes into building mobile applications. This is especially true when they involved synchronizing data to remote servers, and even more true when they involve synchronizing data to remote servers when that data is also being synchronized with other devices. That’s one of the many reasons email is so difficult — beyond developing a novel and useful client, you also have to grapple with complex sync issues in order to put together a good solution.

Airmail for the iPhone is easily the best iOS email client the world has ever seen… but for me, it’s also completely unusable. More →

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iPhone 6s Malware Protection

It’s insanely easy to make iPhone malware, but you probably shouldn’t worry about it

By on April 8, 2016 at 3:03 PM.

It’s insanely easy to make iPhone malware, but you probably shouldn’t worry about it

It’s apparently very easy to develop iPhone malware, a new report shows. And it’s not Apple’s fault. The security features built into iOS and the App Store are as strong as ever, but there are certain things that make a hacker’s job a lot easier.

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iOS 9.3.2 Beta Release

iOS 9.3.2 beta available as Apple releases software updates faster than ever before

By on April 6, 2016 at 3:42 PM.

iOS 9.3.2 beta available as Apple releases software updates faster than ever before

It used to be that Apple took its sweet time with iOS updates, but the company appears to be embracing a new strategy focused on releasing software enhancements, tweaks and bug fixes faster than ever before.

Just about two weeks after releasing iOS 9.3, MacRumors is reporting that Apple has already seeded developers with a beta version of iOS 9.3.2. What’s that you say? What happened to iOS 9.3.1? Well, you might have missed it because Apple quietly rolled it out less than a week ago.

While iOS 9.3.2 in and of itself doesn’t appear to be a momentous update – just the typical smattering of performance improvements and bug fixes – Apple’s more aggressive iOS release schedule is encouraging.

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Miitomo Release Date

Nintendo’s first iOS and Android app launches in the U.S. on March 31st

By on March 29, 2016 at 9:30 AM.

Nintendo’s first iOS and Android app launches in the U.S. on March 31st

Nintendo’s first smartphone app is coming west. On Tuesday, Nintendo announced that Miitomo will launch in the United States on Thursday, March 31st. That will also mark the two week anniversary of the social app releasing in Japan, where it managed to rack up over one million downloads in just three days. More →

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iOS Security Alert

Warning: Anyone can access sensitive info on your iPhone without even unlocking it

By on March 28, 2016 at 10:52 AM.

Warning: Anyone can access sensitive info on your iPhone without even unlocking it

Apple refused to unlock the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone for the FBI, but the Bureau might be interested to learn that there’s some seriously sensitive information that can be accessed on an iPhone without even having to unlock it. In fact, you may be shocked to learn what anyone and everyone has access to on your iPhone without knowing your PIN or passcode.

There’s some good news to be had as well, though: Switching one simple setting will plug up this potentially serious flaw and ensure that your data is safe and secure. More →

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iOS 9.3 Bug

iOS 9.3 has a nasty bug and you might not want to upgrade just yet

By on March 28, 2016 at 7:45 AM.

iOS 9.3 has a nasty bug and you might not want to upgrade just yet

Though Apple typically saves major iOS upgrades for September, the company shook things up last week with the release of iOS 9.3. Typically, mid-year iOS updates are rather boring affairs that tend to focus on minor security enhancements and even more minor bug fixes. iOS 9.3, however, delivers a number of compelling features, including Night Shift and the ability to secure Notes behind Touch ID.

Ahead of the iOS 9.3 roll out, Apple released to developers seven betas of the relatively major software update. Nonetheless, Apple didn’t seem to catch a major bug that recently began affecting many users who opted to upgrade to iOS 9.3 just a few days ago.

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