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Hey, Siri: 142 useful voice commands for Siri

Do you use Siri to its full potential? Perhaps it’s time to refresh your memory with this list of useful things you can ask it to do for you.<b>Control</b> …

Siri

Mac user? These 10 tricks will help you get more out of your machine

Mac users often know the ins and outs of their gear – after all, we’re generally talking about a passionate bunch who love their machine – but like most technology, it’s estimated we only use a small fraction of what a Mac can do.<p>If you’re like most, you stick to what you need, and don’t venture …

Operating Systems

Who Accepts Apple Pay – The Ultimate List of Stores, Apps, and Websites

With Apple’s latest batch of quality products, iPhones are not going extinct anytime soon. And it is safe to say that Apple Pay is here to stay …

How to check if Apple is slowing your old iPhone

In a recent statement, Apple has officially confirmed that yes, it is technically slowing down some old iPhones. Before you freak out, realize that …

Mobile Technology

15 'Secret' iPhone Hacks That Will Even Impress Siri

Want to know how to charge your phone super fast and correct Siri when she's wrong? These elusive shortcuts will help you save time.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>While Apple products were created to be simple and easy-to-use tech tools for the everyday person, it …

Apps

How to Make a Custom Ringtone on Your iPhone

Earlier this fall, Apple released an update to iTunes (version 12.7), which removed Apps and Tones (ringtones and alert tones) from the software. …

Apple says color and hue shifting, OLED burn-in expected on iPhone X

iPhone X is finally arriving to customers today, and with it comes the new 5.8-inch OLED screen that Apple calls the Super Retina display. iPhone X is the first model that uses this screen technology, and with it comes a few disclaimers…<p>Namely, Apple wants customers to expect color and hue shifting …

Three Macs declared obsolete/vintage as free ‘Staingate’ coverage ends for 2012 Retina MacBook Pro

Apple has declared that three Macs are now obsolete or vintage, and that the company will no longer offer repair services or replacement parts for them. For legal reasons, the situation is different in Turkey and California, where some of the computers are instead labeled ‘vintage’ and will …

iPhone 8: How to force restart, enter recovery-mode, and enter DFU mode [Video]

With the release of the iPhone 8, Apple made some changes to the methods used to force restart its flagship device. These changes come just a year after Apple made similar changes to the iPhone 7 — the first iOS device to don a solid state Home button.<p>These changes not only affect force restarts, …

iPhone 8 is so much faster than Android that even Geekbench creator can’t believe it

The A11 Bionic moniker may admittedly be nothing more than a marketing gimmick, but Apple’s next-gen processor is nothing short of a monster. In the …

Mobile Technology

Apple confirms problem with new iPhone 8

APPLE fans who forked out $A1079 for the iPhone 8 have been complaining of a very irritating problem when making calls.<p>Customers have reported …

Mobile Technology

Initial agreement for T-Mobile and Sprint merger may happen soon

A report this morning from <i>Reuters</i> shares that T-Mobile is “close to agreeing tentative terms” for a merger deal with Sprint after months of talks. News of a T-Mobile and Sprint merger have been floating around since May.<p>The details of this year’s merger would give T-Mobile’s parent company, …

The best ARKit apps to try on iPhone and iPad

The first wave of ARKit-powered apps is crashing into the App Store this week to change the way you use your iPhone.<p>With iOS 11, Apple has turned the iPhone and iPad into the world’s biggest augmented reality platform and some of the first offerings from developers are pretty mindblowing. You’ll …

Apps

Can’t send email on iOS 11? Apple working on fix for Outlook.com and Exchange mail accounts [update]

<b>Update</b>: Yesterday, Apple released iOS 11.0.1 which includes a fix for the email bug described below. Update your iOS devices if you encounter this issue.<p>Whilst the launch of iOS 11 yesterday has been mostly plain-sailing, there has been one issue flagged up regarding some email accounts no longer …

iPhone 8 Plus vs. iPhone 7 Plus: Every New Feature Compared

Apple at its annual September event introduced the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X.<p>iPhone X is Apple's new flagship smartphone, with a radically redesigned edge-to-edge OLED display and a TrueDepth front camera system with Face ID facial recognition, but it's also considerably more expensive …

Mobile Technology

50 New Features in iPhone X

Apple has officially introduced the iPhone X, its new flagship smartphone with dozens of new features. It won't be available until November 3, but here's a preview of 50 changes and improvements coming.<p>Design<p><b>Glass:</b> iPhone X's front and back are all glass, with a strengthening layer that is 50 …

Mobile Technology

Apple Releases iOS 11 and iPad How-To Videos

Apple has published a series of six short videos to YouTube highlighting the marquee features of iOS 11 on the iPad. Each of the how-to videos is about one minute long and shows how to use a new feature:<p>'How to harness the power of the amazing new dock’ demonstrates how to add items to the dock, …

Apple Pencil

7 years after Steve Jobs waged war on Flash, it's officially dying

The company announced the software was "end-of-life" in a blog post on Tuesday. From the blog post:<p>"Given this progress, and in collaboration with several of our technology partners - including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla - Adobe is planning to end-of-life Flash. Specifically, we …

Software

iOS 11 Tips: Two-Factor Authentication Replaces Two-Step Verification

A little over two months ago, I wrote a Tips article covering Apple’s Two-Step Verification and Trusted Devices. This is a very important weapon in constant battle to protect your accounts from unauthorized access, and I highly recommended that anyone reading this who is not already on iOS 11 …

Information Systems

10 major iPhone failures – and how Apple learned from them

With around 1.2 billion devices sold in just ten years, the iPhone is an unequivocal success story. That’s not to say there haven’t been some …

Bill Gates

25 iPhone Secrets and Stories We're Only Learning 10 Years Later | Inc.com

Ah, the iPhone. Roughly a third of American adults use them. In fact, my analytics suggest there's a better than even chance you're reading this article on one right now.<p>As we reach the 10-year anniversary of the day it first went on sale--that would be June 28, 2007, in the United States--there …

Voice Mail

It's about to get a lot easier to fix your broken iPhone screen | Trusted Reviews

<b>Apple is set to introduce its own screen repair machines into hundreds of third-party stores according to a new report.</b><p>The company will make it …

Mobile Technology

How to take a screenshot on a Mac — and 15 other useful keyboard shortcuts

There are a ton of hidden keyboard shortcuts in MacBooks and Mac computers. Here are the best and most useful ones that only power users know about.<p><b>Volume:</b><p>1. Turn up or down the volume in 1/4 increments: press and hold "Option," "Shift," and either "Volume Control" key.<p><b>In the "Finder" …

Keyboard Shortcuts

OSX.Bella trojan discovered installing backdoors into Macs

Security researchers have discovered a nasty bit of Mac malware similar to OSX.Dok trojan, which can bypass Apple’s GateKeeper feature.<p>The new bug, dubbed OSX.Bella, behaves and distributes itself in a completely different manner than OSX.Dok. But once installed, it executes a script that’s just as …

Security

iPhone 7 Skins, Wraps & Covers

How to Delete All Emails at Once on Your iPhone or iPad

Need iPad and iPhone help? Sign up for iPhone Life Insider and I’ll help you with all of your iPhone troubleshooting and iOS-related issues. Here’s a question from an Insider who wants to know how to mass delete emails on iPhone. In my answer I cover how to get rid of all emails at once on iPhone …

IOS 10

Steve Jobs Initially Thought the Genius Bar Was 'Idiotic’

“That’s so idiotic! It’ll never work!” is initially how Steve Jobs responded to the idea of a Genius Bar, according to former Apple retail chief Ron …

How to take a screenshot on any device

Grab that screengrab<p>There are lots of reasons why you might want to take a screenshot on your computer or phone: to prove you finally completed that video game, to record a website layout for safe keeping, or even to make some desktop wallpaper from your favorite movie. Whatever the reason, here's …

Here’s how to restore contacts on an iPhone from iCloud

Contacts are an important part of your iPhone, especially if you’re constantly making calls, sending emails, or texting friends and family. You may …

iCloud

Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection demo is live on the PlayStation Store

It’s nearly time to return to some of the PlayStation’s greatest adventures.<p>Sony has just released a demo for Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection on the PlayStation 4. You can head to the PlayStation Store here to add the preview to your library — if you’re signed in, you can even start …