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iOS 9 allows access to photos and contacts on a passcode locked iPhone - here's how to prevent it

If you have an iPhone running iOS 9, you should be aware that it may be possible to access your photos and contacts on a locked device, even with a …

How to create free Apple ID without Credit Card on iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

It is essential for any iOS user to have an Apple ID, as without it you cannot use iPhone or iPad’s most important services. Those of you who have …

App Store

Opinion: I spent a week with the Apple Watch, and here’s what I thought

As anyone who knows me or follows me on Twitter will tell you, I’ve been openly critical of the Apple Watch and the entire concept of smartwatches for a long time now. Most people have responded with an attitude of “don’t knock it until you try it,” which I suppose is a fair attitude to have. The …

How to create a new Apple ID on your iPhone or iPad

Launch the <b>Settings app</b>.<p>Tap <b>Sign in to your iPhone</b> at the top of the screen.<p>Tap <b>Don't have an Apple ID or forgot it?</b><p>Tap <b>Create Apple ID</b> when the window …

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Are night shifts killing me?

<b>There has been a steady stream of studies over recent years that suggests long-term night-working is extremely bad for your health. It's a sobering thought for those who have to work at night, writes Sarah Montague.</b><p>I've been getting up in the dead of night to go to work for years. It's the price …

Apple Makes iOS 9 Beta Available for Download

For the first time, Apple is making a forthcoming iOS available to the public before its official release this fall. A "beta" version of iOS 9 is now available for you to download by signing up on Apple's website. You likely know that "beta" means it's a test version — and possibly still buggy. It …

The top 15 laptops you can buy right now

Between the new MacBook, the Chromebook Pixel and the Spectre x360 (HP's newest laptop, which it designed with Microsoft), we've been testing a <i>lot</i> of notebooks over the past few months. That means we've had to make a bunch of new additions to our buyer's guide, and in the process, rethink which …

Laptops

How to learn with zero effort

What is the easiest way to learn? David Robson meets a group of scientists and memory champions competing to find techniques that make facts stick... fast.<p>Face to face with the world’s leading memory experts, my mind is beginning to feel very humble. Ben Whately, for instance, tells me about the …

Study Skills

300+ Awesome Free Internet Resources You Should Know

Sit back and let the hottest tech news come to you by the magic of electronic mail.<p>Prefer to get the news as it happens? Follow us on social media.

iOS App Design Bundle: Name your Own Price!

If there’s one thing the world’s most popular mobile apps have in common, it’s that they look great. Designing the perfect interface takes time and requires skill and practice – and our latest bundle includes everything you need to shape a beautiful iOS app.<p>Pay what you want for four top-notch …

Should you leave your smartphone plugged into the charger overnight? We asked an expert

It’s an issue that has plagued humanity since the dawn of the mobile phone. We use our trusty pocket computers so much that they rarely get through a …

Tech Trends

How to type the  Apple symbol with your iPhone or iPad

How do you type the  Apple symbol on your iPhone or iPad? After posting the keyboard shortcuts roundup yesterday, I was flooded with requests (and …

Apple

How to set up and use action extensions on iPhone and iPad

Action extensions, part of extensibility, let apps share their functionality with other apps installed on your iPhone or iPad. For example, you can …

Apps

Seagate Debuts iOS-Compatible Storage Option, Personal Cloud and Ultra-Thin Portable Hard Drive

At the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, tech companies often take the opportunity to unveil new products. Well-known data storage company Seagate is no exception, and is introducing three impressive new products at the show.<p>The new 500GB Seagate Wireless portable hard drive is the …

Gear & Gadgets

Frustrated Android fan explains why he’s dangerously close to buying an iPhone 6 Plus

Jason Kallelis of <i>Writing About Tech</i> wants to make something clear: he’s loved Android for years now. However, he’s recently found himself reaching a …

My Must-Have iPhone Apps, 2014 Edition – MacStories

<i>For the past four years, I’ve been running a series called My Must-Have Apps that, once a year, collects all the apps I find indispensable to get work done on my iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Considering changes to my daily life and workflow, this year only features my must-have iPad and iPhone apps.</i><p>The …

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 …

The 7 most useful accessibility features of iOS 8

From the very beginning, Apple has focused its attention on iOS’s accessibility features. In fact, when one turns on their iDevice for the first …

App of the Week: Philips Grooming – Your grooming advisor

- Nov 2, 2014<p>It’s that time of year again – Movember (or No Shave November for you lazier folks). During the month of November, many men decide it’s …

How to Do a Clean Install of OS X Yosemite

Apple released OS X Yosemite to the masses on Thursday as a free upgrade, so plenty of users are likely already busy preparing to install the new …

​Google's News and Weather app is now available on iOS

Dig Google's card-based interfaces, but still in love with iOS? Don't worry -- the company has just ported <i>another</i> one of its Android apps to Apple's platform: Google News and Weather is now available for iOS users. Like the Android version, this app curates headlines and weather from 65,000 sources …

Google's search app now reminds you to pay your bills

You might not have to set reminders to pay your bills on time in the future. After a bit of testing with a limited audience, Google has updated its mobile search app to show both upcoming and past bills it finds in your Gmail. So long as a notice mentions both the due date and the amount you owe, …

Learn How to Build iOS Apps from Scratch

Have you always wanted to build an iOS app, but lacked the knowledge and skills? Have you ever signed up for an online course on creating iOS apps, only to feel frustrated because the content was out of date or not comprehensive enough? Are you dying to learn more about Swift and programming for …

Apps

Paste+, a Clipboard Action Widget – MacStories

When iOS 8 launched three weeks ago, I came across a company called Avanio Labs that had launched a set of three apps on the App Store: Paste+, Agenda+, and Forecast+. The apps were presented as Notification Center widgets, and I found that interesting as I assumed that Apple would reject apps that …

Use Apple’s new iCloud tool to check that used iPhone isn’t stolen before you buy it

As the makers of some of the most attractive (and high-end) smartphones around, Apple devices are ripe for theft. With that in mind, the good folks at Cupertino have just added a new iCloud tool which lets users work out whether the used iPhone they’re about to lay down their hard-earned money for …

Here’s how iOS 8.0.2 compares to iOS 7 on an iPhone 4s

Apple is still supporting the iPhone 4s when it comes to new software, despite the fact that it is now outdated by several generations. But while iOS 8 is technically usable by iPhone 4s owners, just how fast can it run compared to iOS 7?<p>Finding the answer to this question is the basis of a new …

How to use archive and trash simultaneously in the iOS 8 Mail app

One of the main reasons I've used third party mail apps such as Mailbox for such a long time is because the stock iOS Mail app has never made it easy …

Apps

This Video Shows How The iPhone 4S Performs Running iOS 8.0.2

- Sep 27, 2014<p>Popular wisdom has deemed you might want to think twice before installing iOS 8 on your iPhone 4S. Many, MacTrast included, were …

Adaptxt might be the iOS 8 keyboard you’re looking for

If you’ve been on the hunt for a new iPhone keyboard, this one might be your best bet. Adaptxt is now available for iOS, and brings with it just …

Carrot Fit's quips whip you into shape with iOS 8's Health integration

Carrot Fit is one of the latest fitness trackers that integrates with iOS 8.0.2 and Apple's HealthKit. Carrot is an unorthodox fitness coach that has …

Apple