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26 of the best iPhone tips and tricks, according to Apple

Apple builds countless shortcuts and other hidden tricks into all of its products, especially the iPhone. Although most of the pro-tips are documented in Apple's user manuals, many people don't know about them.<p>If you want to use your iPhone with maximum efficiency, you've got to learn the tricks.<p>So …

Father's Day

One picture can unlock all your apps

What if you never had to remember another password again?<p>That's the promise coming from LogMeOnce, a company that says it can store all your passwords in one secure place and has developed a new feature called PhotoLogin. Just as its name suggests, people's passwords are protected by a picture. If …

Which iPhone lens is best? The Zeiss ExoLens looks like a winner.

The iPhone has one of the best smartphone cameras out there. The only thing holding it back? Its fixed lens.<p>Committed iPhone photographers have long …

Microsoft now offering Surface Membership Plans

Microsoft has quietly introduced a Surface Membership Plan that allows small businesses to keep up with the latest Surface hardware and buy the devices on a monthly payment plan. Starting at $32.99 per month, business users get "the latest Surface devices, accessories, support, and training." The …

Everybody can now try Microsoft's wacky work-sharing app that's so crazy it might just take off

Today, Microsoft is launching a free public preview beta of GigJam, so that anyone and everyone can install it on their Windows PCs, Macs, iPhones, and iPads and give it a whirl.<p>It was hard to understand GigJam before I saw it. But last September, I witnessed a demo of the app, and I have to say: …

Microsoft Office

The best iPad app for taking notes on documents just got a huge upgrade

LiquidText is the go-to iPad app for reading and taking notes on documents, whether they're Word docs, PDFs or PowerPoint presentations. You can pull …

The 10 best workouts for weight loss

When you’re looking to drop pounds, the basic formula is pretty simple: eat less and move more. But there are obviously ways you can optimize this …

Adhesive 'patch' monitors blood glucose without needles

Researchers from Cardiff University's School of Engineering have developed a glucose monitor that doesn't require you to prick your finger. It doesn't even need blood after the initial calibration, because it uses microwave to keep track of your glucose levels. The device then sends the data it …

Microsoft overhauls SharePoint to compete with Slack in the mobile era

Microsoft faces increasing competition from rivals like Dropbox, Slack, and Box, but the company is responding with improvements to its own SharePoint software today. SharePoint has been used by businesses for 15 years to organize documents, build intranet sites, and manage content. While it's used …

Apps

Find Zen Through Running

To achieve bliss as a runner, you need to tame your “monkey mind.”<p>If you could eavesdrop on a runner's internal monologue, it might sound like this: Forgot my sunglasses. Pretty bird. Should've worn another layer. What's for dinner? Hill! New shoes feel good. Pasta? Gotta buy pasta. And olive oil. …

Today Was World Backup Day, Are You Redundant And Protected?

Simply put, “save early and save often” is a mantra that has <i>saved</i> many people from all walks of life from catastrophic data, file and precious memories loss. You might find it tempting and convenient to rely on the cloud (iCloud, OneDrive, Google Drive or otherwise) to store your documents, music …

Nexar is more than a simple dashcam recording app

What do you get when you cross the smarts of an artificial intelligence (AI) dashcam app with the location and navigation prowess of Google? Apologies if you were expecting a hilarious punchline, but the answer is, in fact, Nexar.<p>So far, Nexar has pitched its inaugural product as the first AI …

Apps

Amazon warns Kindle users: Update by March 22 or else

This is pretty much your final warning: If you have a Kindle, you need to update it before March 22 or it's going to lose Internet connectivity.<p>That, just to be clear, would be very bad, because without the update you'll no longer be able to access the Kindle Store or sync your device with the …

4 apps that fix Apple Music’s shortcomings

I recently expressed my frustrations with Apple Music and why I didn’t plan to continue using the service. I <i>want</i> to love Apple Music. Siri integration and the ability to have a singular place to listen to <i>all</i> my music, both streamed and purchased, would be a dream come true.<p>Unfortunately, Apple …

How Friendships Change in Adulthood

“We need to catch up soon!”<p>In the hierarchy of relationships, friendships are at the bottom. Romantic partners, parents, children—all these come first.<p>This is true in life, and in science, where relationship research tends to focus on couples and families. When Emily Langan, an associate professor …

Relationships

As crucial deadline approaches, Apple finally explains how Apple Music works

With just days to go before free Apple Music trials start to expire, Cupertino is finally getting serious about explaining exactly how its streaming music service works.<p>A new wave of “guided tour” videos demystifies Apple Music’s functionality and features — but will this marketing and educational …

Apple Music

The future of iOS: apps you can enjoy without ever opening them

Apple wants app developers to start thinking outside the box.<p>Whatever the specifics of the company’s announcements at its developer conference this week, a major theme is likely to be features that break free of the rounded square app icons that have defined Apple’s mobile strategy since its …

Apps

Seatylock Turns Your Seaty Into A Locky

Do you value your bikey? Seatylock wantsy to helpy. This Brooklyn-based Kickstarter aims to help cyclists solve two perennial problems: the lack of solid, heavy-duty bike locks that are also portable and the tendency of snarfers to sniff and even steal bicycle seats.<p>The lock itself folds into the …

Protect your privacy online with 70% off the VPN Unlimited Premium Plan

Whether you’re working, shopping or socializing online, your Web activity should always be private, secure and safe from hackers and identity thieves. With VPN Unlimited, you can count on total security online, across your devices, and with no compromise on speed or bandwidth.<p>VPN Unlimited lets you …

Contact Center Has Changed The Way I Use My iPhone

Like Apple Maps and Notes before it, I’ve finally found an app that performs the functions of my iPhone’s phone app better than Apple’s native offering. For the past few weeks I’ve been playing with Contrast’s Contact Center, and based on my usage I don’t think I’ll be going back any time …

PawTrack Is A GPS Tracker Just For Cats

With so many GPS pet trackers out there, is there room for yet more? The pet products industry is estimated to be worth $58.5 billion and there are more than 170 million pet dogs and cats in the U.S. alone, and as long as pets keep getting lost, companies will keep figuring out ways to help frantic …

Automatic Diary App Rove Hits Android

Automatic ‘diary’ app Rove has been gradually iterating on iOS for some time, and today it’s made the leap to Android.<p>Rove is designed to bridge the gap between apps like Facebook’s Moves (that track your activity) and those like Timehop that present old memories in an attractive way. It logs the …

Easy Location-Sharing App Jink Is Kind To Your Smartphone’s Battery

Jink is an iOS and Android app with one goal: to answer the question “where the heck are you?”<p>The location sharing app, developed by Taipei and San Francisco-based Greenhouse Apps, is the latest entrant in a very busy space and is up against some formidable competition, including Glympse (which …

PlaceUs Uses Context Awareness To Maintain Close Connections Through Automation

There is no shortage of tracking apps used by families and loved ones to keep an eye on another, whether it’s to know where they are or for safety concerns.<p>We’ve covered apps like Alert.Us, Life360, iHound, React Mobile and Rapid Protect that do exactly that, but most of these apps rely on GPS and …

Here’s What’s New In The Xbox One August Update

Each month since launch, the Xbox One has received a software update meant to teach the console a few new tricks.<p>So far, these updates have primarily served to fix bugs, tweak the UI, and reintroduce things that were inexplicably absent after the jump from Xbox 360 to Xbox One — things like …

i-Bell Lets You Know Who’s Ringing Your Doorbell From Afar

Meet i-Bell, a new wi-fi connected doorbell contending for your crowdfunding cash so you can spy on callers to your home from the comfort of your smartphone.<p>We’ve seen a few of these devices before — notably DoorBot and SkyBell last year (as well as attempts to repurpose old smartphones as …

MacTrast Deals: Lifetime Access To Over 5,000 Adobe Authorized Training Videos

- Jul 16, 2014<p>Wouldn’t it be great to have lifetime access to over 5,000 Adobe Authorized training courses, covering such subjects as Photoshop, …

Apple brings iTunes Extras to Apple TV, HD Extras to Macs today & iOS 8 in fall

Apple today released iTunes version 11.3 and with it is making its iTunes Extras feature available for HD movies on Macs. Apple also announced today that the feature is now available for Apple TV with update 6.2 and will arrive on iOS 8 this fall.<p>While we’ll have to wait for iTunes Extras to arrive …

Somebody Flew a Drone Into a Fireworks Display and This Is What Happened

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to fly through a fireworks display?<p>This video, shot from a drone with an on-board camera, shows exactly …