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Microsoft is porting yet another app over to iOS, this latest one called Word Flow, a smartphone keyboard app that's similar to Swype. Word Flow allows you to type without lifting your finger off of the keyboard -- you start by touching the first letter in the word you want to type an then slide your finger to each subsequent one. It's the latest app or service to make the migration over to a competing platform. This has been part of Microsoft's strategy for quite some time now, one that it's ramped up rather aggressively since introducing Windows 10. You can find services like Microsoft's Cortana... Read more...
Apple released the first beta for its upcoming iOS 9.3 update and with it is a new website that lays out the new features and functionality. One of the more intriguing ones is "Shared iPad," which like it sounds allows for multiple users to log in to an iPad tablet, much in the same way that Mac OS X and Windows allows for more than one account to share a single device.It's a long overdue feature for the iPad, though unfortunately it appears this will only be a feature for students and teachers, not home consumers. The way it's worded on Apple's new preview website, students will have their own... Read more...
Back in September, Apple released a tool to the Google Play Store that helped users transfer all of their important information from an Android device over to an iOS one. To date, that app hasn't garnered the greatest of reviews, with most of the ire coming from fans of the less restrictive platform. While Apple allows users to move from Android to iOS, though, it hasn't up to this point made it easy for those who want to switch from its side over to Android. According to the EU, this could be one of the biggest reasons why we don't see many users switch from the iPhone to an Android device,... Read more...
It looks like there’s some big news to discuss with regards to Samsung’s Gear S2 Classic smartwatch. First and foremost, Samsung is adding two more finishes to complement the existing black metal finish: Platinum and Rose Gold. These finishes will be platings on top of the existing stainless steel housing, which should put it more in line with the similar Rose Gold and Gold finishes available on the Apple Watch Sport. In addition to the new two new finishes, Samsung is also introducing a number of new watch bands constructed of leather, steel and even nylon. But perhaps the biggest... Read more...
Microsoft's been spending time and resources releasing mobile applications for competing platforms, and while there's a certain logic in that, its latest app for iOS is, well, an interesting submission, to put it nicely. Called "Microsoft Selfie," it's essentially a version of its Lumia Selfie app, except for iPhone users. "Microsoft Selfie is a selfie and portrait enhancement application. The app takes age, gender, skin tone, lighting, and many other variables into account, applies different models automatically and finishes enhancement with just a single click," the app's description reads. "Users... Read more...
Rockstar Games is bringing a 10-year-old mobile game to new devices starting with iOS. That game is Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, a title that was originally released to Sony's PSP in 2005 and later ported to the PlayStation 2. The new version brings with it a fresh coat of paint and several enhancements, like real-time lighting and shadows, upgraded textures and art, and greater draw distance. It also boasts performance enhancements for touch-based gaming, cross platform cloud saves via the Rockstar Games Social Club, and support for Apple's pressure sensitive 3D touch functionality,... Read more...
Google Has Google Now, Apple has Siri, and Microsoft has Cortana. On the mobile side of things, all three digital assistants respond to voice commands to help manage your hectic daily schedule in Android, iOS, and Windows Phone 8/Windows 10 Mobile respectively. Unfortunately for Microsoft, its share of the smartphone market is rather dismal compared to the market leader Android and runner-up iOS. So in order to extend its reach in the mobile sector (and gain access to lucrative mobile search results), Microsoft has officially launched Cortana companion apps for iOS and Android. This is Microsoft’s... Read more...
When Apple released the first iPhone in 2007, it was almost impossible to anticipate what it'd truly become. At the time of its launch, the hype surrounding it was incredibly high, and fortunately for Apple, that hype was only the beginning. Its first phone became in an instant hit, and the rest, as they say, is history. Later that same year, Google and select companies established the Open Handset Alliance, one that revolved around developing and promoting the Android OS. The first Android smartphone became HTC's Dream, released in September 2008. Before long, we learned what Apple's thoughts... Read more...
Let me start by saying that Siri and I have a solid relationship. If I need directions to a place I've never been before or a reminder set, she dutifully obliges every single time. I like that. But if Siri turns on me and starts sharing my personal info without my permission, as a major security firm says is possible, we're going to have problems. Trend Micro, makers of self-named antivirus solutions, points to a flaw in Siri's software that takes only seconds to exploit. In doing so, anyone can tap into a Siri-enabled iOS device and get access to the owner's full name, email, phone number, and... Read more...
If you were hoping to see some sort of hybrid iPad/MacBook computing device in the future, similar in concept to Microsoft’s Surface Book, keep dreaming. Building on past comments related to the subject, Apple CEO Tim Cook doubled down, saying there’s no place for a hybrid iPad/MacBook in the marketplace. “We feel strongly that customers are not really looking for a converged Mac and iPad,” Cook reiterated in an interview this weekend. “Because what that would wind up doing, or what we’re worried would happen, is that neither experience would be as good as the customer wants. So we want to make... Read more...
Firefox has found new ground to run wild in. That ground is iOS, the mobile operating system for Apple devices, which opens Firefox up to a new audience of iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users who take the time to download the Mozilla's browser from the App Store. It joins Chrome, though not Internet Explorer (or Edge) as popular alternatives to Safari on Apple's platform. Firefox users will find a set of familiar features on the version Mozilla ported to iOS. It includes the ability to sync Firefox accounts so that things like bookmarks, browsing history, passwords, and other information stays consistent... Read more...
If you use Google Maps on your iPhone device, head to the App Store and download the latest update, version 4.12.0 (if you don't have it already). The latest release brings parity with the Android version by introducing spoken traffic alerts, a small but sometimes extremely helpful feature for motorists.When you're in navigation mode, the spoken traffic alerts feature will give you a heads up to things like traffic congestion, incidents on your route that might prompt you to find a different path towards your destination, and various traffic descriptions. It will do all this before you start driving... Read more...
Don't be taken aback if you someone barking commands to Cortana into their iPhone 6s Plus. They're not necessarily confused with technology, but perhaps taking advantage of Cortana on iOS. That's right, Microsoft is rolling out its personal digital assistant to iOS device much in the same way it did for Android gadgets. Like Cortana for Android, using the digital assistant on iOS comes with some feature restrictions. For example, saying "Hey Cortana" won't wake her up on an iPhone like it does on Windows 10 devices (assuming you have the feature turned on). And while not stated in the announcement,... Read more...
There’s no doubt that tablets have revolutionized the way many of us consume media.  The tablets on the market today have developed to fill many niche categories and are beginning to rival notebooks in terms of performance.  We see everything from the venerable iPads, to the upcoming Amazon Kindles, to a wide variety of Android slates and the latest installments of the Surface line from Microsoft.  So, how do you know what is right for you?As is the case with most devices, there just isn’t a single “best” tablet anymore.  A more useful start is to determine what kind of user... Read more...
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