FBI San Bernardino iPhone Hack Apple

FBI will tell Apple how it hacked the San Bernardino iPhone… after Apple patches it

By on April 27, 2016 at 7:15 AM.

FBI will tell Apple how it hacked the San Bernardino iPhone… after Apple patches it

The FBI challenged Apple in courts twice in the last few months, asking the iPhone maker to unlock devices. And twice, the Feds had to drop their cases, after finding ways to break into the iPhones. One of the two handsets belonged to the San Bernardino shooters, and the FBI unlocked that one with help from outside experts. Reports suggest the FBI may have paid well over $1.3 million for the vulnerability. But the Bureau said the security flaw doesn’t work on all iPhones, only on the iPhone 5c that belonged to one of the shooters – it didn’t use the same hack on the other iPhone it wanted Apple to unlock.

Even so, the FBI isn’t likely to share with Apple the vulnerability, a new report reveals. It’s more likely that Apple finds it and patches it before the Bureau steps up. More →

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Apple Earnings Release

Apple reports Q2 earnings: Revenue drops, iPhone sales sink for first time ever

By on April 26, 2016 at 4:30 PM.

Apple reports Q2 earnings: Revenue drops, iPhone sales sink for first time ever

Apple’s second-quarter earnings report for fiscal 2016 is historic for all the wrong reasons. The iPhone has driven growth at a breakneck pace for nearly a decade now, and has helped Apple consistently post on-year sales and profit growth in every quarter. But in the March quarter this year, Apple’s revenue declined for the first time in 13 years as the pillar on which Apple has stood since 2007 finally began to crack. For the first time ever, Apple’s iPhone sales declined, dropping significantly in fiscal Q2 2016 compared to the same period a year ago. More →

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Best Free iPhone Apps

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

By on April 26, 2016 at 11:53 AM.

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

If you think high-quality paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free are easy to come by, think again. Hundreds of iOS apps go on sale each day and it takes a whole lot of time to dig through them and come out with the best apps of the bunch each day. But we fight through the pain for you, our readers, because we know how much you love them.

Today’s list includes 10 paid iOS apps on sale for free, and you’ll find another handful that are still free downloads in yesterday’s post as well. 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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iPhone Manufacturing

A look inside the top-secret factory where iPhones are assembled

By on April 25, 2016 at 6:47 PM.

A look inside the top-secret factory where iPhones are assembled

Some companies are more than happy to announce their product roadmaps months, if not years, in advance. Apple is not one of those companies. On the contrary, Apple takes elaborate and arguably excessive measures to ensure that its upcoming products remain completely hidden from the public up until the moment Tim Cook trots out on stage and officially introduces it.

Apple’s penchant for and obsession with product secrecy is well-known at this point; which is why the company’s recent decision to grant Bloomberg access to a top-secret factory where iPhones are assembled caught many off-guard.

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iPhone Projector Review

My iPhone screen is bigger than your HDTV, but it still fits in my pocket

By on April 25, 2016 at 12:37 PM.

My iPhone screen is bigger than your HDTV, but it still fits in my pocket

One of the reasons I like the Galaxy S7 edge so much is the fact that it stuffs a large 5.5-inch display into a smartphone that is surprisingly compact and comfortable to use with one hand. Samsung’s S7 edge design is fantastic, featuring curved glass edges on the front and back of the phone. Couple that with practically non-existent bezels on the sides of the handset’s Super AMOLED display, and you’ve got a wonderfully compact phone that still has a big, beautiful display.

And here I am stuck with the tiny little 4.7-inch screen on the iPhone 6s.

I would love to switch to the Galaxy S7 edge. Sadly, I cannot. It would also be awesome if I could switch to Apple’s larger iPhone 6s Plus. Unfortunately, that’s also a no-go. There’s simply no perfect solution for me right now, but an awesome accessory I recently found makes my iPhone 6s screen the size of an HDTV, and I’m shocked at how much I’ve been enjoying it. More →

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Best Free iPhone Apps

11 paid iPhone apps on sale for free right now

By on April 25, 2016 at 11:47 AM.

11 paid iPhone apps on sale for free right now

We’ve got one week left in April and we plan on closing this month out with a bang. That means you can expect a solid week packed with more paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free than you know what to do with. To start things off, we’ve dug up 11 premium iOS apps that are all free downloads for a limited time, and you’ll find them all laid out below. More →

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Best Free iPhone Apps

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

By on April 22, 2016 at 12:04 PM.

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

It’s our last post on paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free this week, which means we’ve got to make it count… and make it count we have. You’ll find 10 fresh freebies on today’s list that range from utilities and lifestyle apps to photo apps, a gorgeously minimalistic game and more. There are also still a few apps on sale in yesterday’s post, including one of our favorite calendar apps of all time, so be sure to check it out if you missed it. More →

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iPhone iTunes Movies iBooks China

China bans key iTunes products for iPhone, iPad and Mac

By on April 22, 2016 at 7:15 AM.

China bans key iTunes products for iPhone, iPad and Mac

The Chinese government decided to ban two iTunes products which may be detrimental to Apple’s continued success in the country, its second-largest market after America. China wants to encourage local products and business that rival Apple’s iTunes Movies and iBooks Store, which is why Apple users in the region won’t be able to purchase or rent movies and buy books from Apple anymore. More →

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Apple Vs FBI

FBI likely paid more than $1 million for specialized iPhone hack

By on April 21, 2016 at 9:00 PM.

FBI likely paid more than $1 million for specialized iPhone hack

Early on, it was believed that the FBI paid upwards of $15,000 for a software hack that enabled them to access data housed on the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino terrorists. However, recent remarks from FBI Director James Comey reveal that the FBI likely paid a whole lot more.

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Best Free iPhone Apps

11 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today

By on April 21, 2016 at 2:43 PM.

11 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today

Our list of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free is coming in a little behind schedule today, but we’ve done our best to make sure that it was worth the wait. We’ve got 11 apps in total today that span a number of categories, and there are also still a whole bunch of freebies in yesterday’s post if you want to head back there to grab them. More →

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iPhone Flash Drive SanDisk

This tiny device might be every iPhone owner’s new best friend

By on April 21, 2016 at 9:00 AM.

This tiny device might be every iPhone owner’s new best friend

The iPhone’s lack of expandable storage has created an entirely new breed of services and accessories aimed specifically at iPhone users. $650-$750 is a huge amount of money to pay for a smartphone with just 16GB of storage, and that 16GB of space always seems to vanish in a matter of weeks considering how big games and video files are these days. Even users with 64GB or 128GB iPhones often end up filling their handsets with data, and then the dreaded errors like “cannot capture video” begin to appear.

Several solutions exist for this problem. You can use a service like Google Photos to back up your images and videos, or you can use a device like the Lyve Home Photo and Video Manager. Personally, I like the simplicity and efficiency of a simple iPhone-compatible flash drive, and I may have just found my new favorite one. More →

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iPhone Camera Tips And Tricks

6 secret iPhone camera tricks you’ll wish you had always known

By on April 20, 2016 at 12:32 PM.

6 secret iPhone camera tricks you’ll wish you had always known

Even for its time, the 2 megapixel camera that came with the original iPhone was unremarkable; the captured detail was wanting and the camera performed horribly in low light settings. But over time, Apple picked up the pace  and wisely decided to devote a tremendous amount of engineering resources towards improving photo quality on the iPhone. Today, Apple has more than 800 engineers who work exclusively on iPhone camera related technologies.

Flash forward to 2016 and the iPhone camera today is, not surprisingly, a far cry from the laughing-stock it was back in 2007. Quite the opposite, each new iPhone model seemingly sets an entirely new bar for mobile photography excellence. In turn, it’s become easier than ever for even novice photographers to take absolutely stunning photos. Indeed, Apple has even centered an entire iPhone advertising campaign around amateur iPhone photography.

All the same, there remain a number of iPhone camera tricks and tips that, for whatever reason, tend to fly under the radar. Not to worry, we’ve compiled 6 lesser known tips designed to help you take your iPhone photos to the next level.

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