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Apple Releases Its Most Important Typeface In 20 Years

Yesterday, Apple released a new bundle of developer tools called WatchKit to help make third-party Apple Watch apps a reality. But for type lovers, WatchKit contained a nice little surprise: a folder containing 23 different variations of the Apple Watch system font, the first one Apple has designed …

San Francisco

The best tablet you can buy

Shot on location at WeWork. Also available on YouTube.<p>The Winner<p>Apple iPad Air 2<p>When you look at all of those things, Apple’s iPad Air 2 still stands alone as the best tablet for most people. It’s starting to age a bit, but checks all the boxes better than any other product on the market. From a …

Corning's Gorilla Glass 4 aims to protect your phone from deadly drops

It's unlikely we'll see a truly impervious smartphone screen anytime soon, but Corning says it's getting us closer. Today the company is announcing Gorilla Glass 4, the latest revision of its signature cover glass. Gorilla Glass has already been embraced by nearly every major electronics maker in …

iPad apps for editing your photos like a pro

After reviewing Pixelmator for iPad, I wanted to see how it stacked up against its biggest competitors in the photo-editing category.<p>Photo editors on iOS have come a long way since the App Store first opened in 2008. Along with Apple providing better lenses and processing power with each successive …

Tutorials

Apple Watch Distinguishes Between Short and Long Looks

It's fun to see so many more details of the Apple Watch emerging as a result of Apple's releasing their WatchKit to developers who are creating apps. I summarized many of these details in a previous post, including the pixel dimensions of both sizes of the Apple Watch. An interesting article on <i>The</i> …

Smartwatches

What to Expect from the Apple Watch Based on Apple's Release of WatchKit

As my fellow blogger Todd Bernhard noted in this earlier post, Apple has now released WatchKit to developers, enabling them to develop apps for the forthcoming Apple Watch. This is of interest even if you're not a developer because it has revealed details about the watch that Apple hadn't yet …

Smartwatches

Use This Clever Trick To See Your iPhone's True Signal Strength

Ever find yourself questioning how accurate those little signal strength dots are on your iPhone?<p>Luckily, there's a trick to reveal your iPhone's true signal strength, and it takes less than a minute to enable.<p>First, you'll need to access a hidden app on your phone called Field Test Mode. To do …

OS X

The 5 Best iPhone Apps You Should Download This Week

Paul Thompson—FPG/Getty Images<p>Keystone/Holton/Getty Images<p>Kypros/Getty Images<p>Lyn Alweis—Denver Post/Getty Images<p>Bill Dow—NBC/Getty Images<p>Mark …

College Basketball

Bing and Yahoo reportedly aiming to become default iOS search engine as Google’s contract runs out

Last week Mozilla announced that its Firefox browser would be dropping Google as the default search engine in favor of Yahoo. While it’s a good move for Yahoo, it won’t gain the company the exposure that comes with being the default search engine on something more widely used, such as Apple’s …

Emojimo Translates Your Text Into Emoji in Real Time

There seems to be a never-ending river of interesting iOS keyboards lately, and Emojimo is yet another interesting new take on typing.<p>Emojimo is a free iOS keyboard that translates text you type in real-time to the relevant emoji. It’s like autocorrect for when you’d prefer emoji instead of …

iPhone 6 And 6 Plus Are Shifting Reading Away From iPad, Study Finds

When Apple unveiled the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, it seemed likely that the larger screens on the devices would naturally lead to them assuming some of the functions of the iPad, giving users fewer reasons to turn to their tablets. Now, data from save-for-later reading and video app Pocket finds that …

Screeny is the screenshot-deleting iPhone app we have wanted all our lives

There's never been an easier way to clean up your camera roll<p>One of the iPhone's cleverest features is its ability to take a screenshot of the device just by holding down two buttons. I take screenshots every day, of all kinds of things: errant tweets that I know are about to be deleted, mobile …

Apple Watch site refreshed to highlight Timekeeping, New Ways to Connect, and Health & Fitness

Apple has quietly refreshed its Apple Watch microsite with a few changes including more details about the upcoming wearable and newly added interactive images of the device. Previously Apple had a single ‘Features’ page for describing the functionality of the Apple Watch, but has replaced that page …

Clever hack lets CarPlay run on an iPhone 6

The first vehicles to support Apple’s CarPlay infotainment system are just starting to appear on the market, but a clever hack from developer Adam Bell means you may be able to get your hands on it sooner than most — and without the need for a compatible in-car infotainment system.<p>Despite not quite …

Tip of the Day: Delete Mail Faster in iOS 8

In iOS 7, deleting individual emails from your inbox in the Mail app was a multi-step process. You had to swipe left on the email preview and then choose Delete from the options that appeared. It's much faster in iOS 8.<p>In your inbox, simply swipe all the way to the left of the screen on the email …

iOS

Tip of the Day: How to Search Within a Web Page

Often when you're searching the web for some particular bit of information, your search pulls up a long page of text. But you then have no idea where on that page to find the information you're looking for. The next step is to search within the page. The way to do that on iOS devices is simple, but …

IPad Air

iPad Air 2 vs. iPad Air and older 9.7-in iPads: Worth the upgrade?

Before we jump in, let's break down exactly which iPads we're going to be looking at:<p>iPad Air 2<br>• iPad Air<br>• 4th-gen iPad<br>• 3rd-gen iPad<br>• iPad 2<br>• iPad<p>For each …

Tip of the Day: Get Notified When the Email Reply You're Waiting for Arrives

Stop checking your inbox every five minutes for that reply to the email you sent. Enable reply notifications instead so you receive an alert whenever a reply in an important email thread arrives.<p>There are two ways to do this. First, in your inbox, swipe left on a message and tap more. Next, tap …

Apps

How to Find Your iPhone Even If It’s Dead (with & without Find My iPhone)

If you need to find and track a lost iPhone, using Find My iPhone is the easiest method. But does Find My iPhone work even when your iPhone is turned off or dead? Well, kind of. We’ll go over all the details and what to do if you need to find an iPhone without Find My iPhone. If you need to find a …

Google Maps

OS X Yosemite in 6 minutes: Everything you need to know

OS X 10.10, better known as Yosemite, is Apple's latest, greatest operating system for the Mac. It includes a new, flatter, more vibrant design, …

iOS 8.1 Features: Here's Everything New Coming To Your iPhone And iPad On Monday

When Apple announced its new iPads and the impressive iMac with Retina 5K display it was also wise enough to be candid about the problems that iOS 8 …

How to Share Multiple Recent Photos on iPhone

One of the great features of our mobile devices is the ease with which we can share photos and videos. You can use your iPhone or iPad to send multiple photos via email or messaging. And if you want to send recent photos, you can easily select multiple pictures to send to someone. Here’s how to …

Mobile Photography

Essential security apps for your smartphone and tablet

Hackers would love to weasel their way on to your smartphone or tablet, just like they try to do your computer. That's how they steal sensitive information like account details, passwords, important texts, intimate photos and whatever else possible.<p>Unfortunately for them, mobile gadgets are a bit …