Items tagged with ios

We guess it’s a bad month for power adapters in the world of tech. Earlier this month, Microsoft announced a recall program to replace defective power cords on the first three generations of its Surface Pro tablets due to a fire risk. Now, Apple is joining the fray by recalling certain power adapters that shipped with a number of Mac and iOS devices around the world. Included in the recall are wall adapters that shipped with Apple notebooks and portable devices, along with the Apple World Travel Adapter Kit. And while Microsoft said that it received no reports of injuries related to Surface Pro... Read more...
If you're surfing the Internet with a browser (a rarity, we know), there's a new bug to be cautious of. With a bit of simple JavaScript, a browser's HTML5 History API can be called upon thousands of times, ultimately causing a meltdown. Of course, a dedicated website (CrashSafari.com) exists to act as a proof of concept, and of course, there are many trolls out there trying to trick you into visiting it. This prank isn't harmful, but it can still be a major nuisance. In a rare case, it could cause you to have to reboot, and almost always, it will cause you to lose your open tabs (unless you have... Read more...
Exploding Kittens, at one time the most monetarily funded project on Kickstarter and still the record holder for attracting the most backers, is now available to purchase as an app in Apple's App Store. It's proving just as popular in app form, having risen to the top spot after just one day, leapfrogging Minecraft: Pocket (No. 2) to get there.From the humorously warped mind of Matthew Inman of the hugely popular The Oatmeal comic, he and co-creators Eland Lee (Xbox, ARGs) and Shane Small (Xbox, Marvel) conceived the card game, offering backers a regular deck and a Not Safe For Work (NSFW) edition.... Read more...
These days, smartphones have become an extension of ourselves. Many of us can’t even go a few hours without a smartphones attached to our hip, so it stands to reason that a lost smartphone is enough to send someone over the edge. Luckily, smartphones running popular operating systems like Android and iOS have built-in apps that make it easy to locate a lost or stolen smartphone. And wouldn’t you know it, people actually take advantage of the features to track down their lost digital appendages. However, one Atlanta couple’s home has become an unwanted destination for people looking for their lost... Read more...
There's a good reason why Google is the default search engine in Safari on iOS, Apple's mobile operating system. It's all about the Benjamins, which collectively totaled $1 billion in 2014, the amount Google paid Apple as part of a revenue sharing agreement to keep its search engine as the default on iPhones and iPads. To put that into perspective. Dr. Evil initially wanted to hold the world ransom for $1 million before upping the ante to $100 billion.The fact that Google pays big time bucks to hardware and software partners to feature its search engine as the default option has long been known.... Read more...
It's no secret that success seen from creating a mobile app could be huge if done right. Small companies have become massive, all thanks to a single app. Look at King and its Candy Crush series as a great example. Knowing the possibilities and acting on them are two different things, though, and getting into the app-development game isn't something that most people are going to find easy. That's a problem Apple hopes to solve with its first ever "iOS App Development Center", one that will teach folks how to create apps for the iOS platform. The press release is a little light on certain details,... Read more...
Through a message that's kept as succinct as possible, Apple has announced that it will be pulling the plug on the iAd App Network on June 30. If this service doesn't sound familiar, don't fret: it was designed for developers to allow advertising in their apps for other apps. If you just launched a new app, for example, you could promote it through other apps to gain exposure. A simple mechanic, but one that apparently hasn't delivered the results Apple would have liked to have seen. "The iAd App Network will be discontinued as of June 30, 2016," Apple writes. "Although we are no longer accepting... Read more...
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...
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