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Why iOS Updates Require So Much Space

Every iOS update is a small deception. 117MB, well that's not so bad! Then you look at the fine print, and some a few gigabytes are required make to …

How to Enable Apple’s SMS Relay on your Mac or iPad

When Apple announced iOS 8 at WWDC one feature was met with great applause: SMS Relay. This allows users to send and receive Text Messages (i.e. the …

The best iPad apps for Twitter

Twitter isn’t just for conferences and nerds anymore, like it used to be back in the beginning when it started way back in July of 2006. Now everyone …

How to send large email attachments from your iPhone or iPad with Dropbox

The iPhone and iPad make great email companions, thanks to the built-in Mail app. Unfortunately, large attachments can eat lots of data, or worse, …

Swing Copters: Top 5 tips, hints, and cheats for the hardest game since Flappy Bird

It's hard not to feel like whipping your phone against the wall after a few rounds of Swing Copters. Odds are if you have any experience with Flappy …

Dropbox for iOS updated w/ search support within Word and PowerPoint documents, larger GIF support, more

A minor update to Dropbox for iPhone and iPad is out today bringing a few new features and enhancements.<p>With Dropbox version 3.3, the app now supports search within Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint documents. Dropbox says this improvement is due to “new, higher fidelity previews” available …

Smart IR Remote gets updated, makes it easy to control your TV via Google Now

Out of the box, Google Now offers an excellent voice-driven experience that makes it easy to open apps, set reminders and so much more. For those willing to do some tinkering, this experience can be greatly widened beyond this thanks to apps like Tasker. This includes just about anything under the …

Android News

Music eating your iPhone's cellular data plan? Here's how to fix it!

3. Limit your streaming<p>Like any other streaming music service, Apple Music uses a data connection in order to serve up Beats 1, its curated …

Skype makes chat notifications less annoying when using multiple devices

Skype announced today that it’s finally fixing the way notifications work for users with multiple devices by only delivering chat notifications to the device you’re actively using. If you’re signed into Skype on multiple devices like your Mac, iPhone and iPad, Skype will now recognize which device …

Apps

Yo now has some features

Profiles, hashtags, and a list of things you can actually do<p>Yo, the minimalist messaging app that sends nothing but "Yo" alerts to your friends, has launched its first major update for iOS. How do you improve on an app that does nearly nothing? Well, in version 1.1 you're now able to edit your own …

Weather app: The ultimate guide

The Weather app for iPhone can show you a list of cities, along with local times and temperatures, which makes it incredibly easy to glance at a wide …

Maps

11 tricks to make your Android run faster

It’s frustrating to drop several hundred dollars on a high-end smartphone only to find that the smooth and speedy performance you expected remains elusive. Mid-rangers and the budget end of the market are even more prone to stuttering and lag. There are various ways to speed up that Android …

Android News

Google adds call-back button to Android Device Manager lock screen

Google just added a very useful feature to its find my phone service, Android Device Manager.<p>When you lock your phone from either the Android Device Manager web app or the Android app (latest version), you can now add a phone number so whoever has your precious device can easily contact you right …

Web Applications

Show Subject Field on iPhone: How to Add or Remove a Subject Line in Messages

There’s a setting called Show Subject Field on on iPhone that a lot of people are scratching their head over. Simply put, this setting allows you to add or remove the subject line in iMessages and text messages in general. Whether you’ve never used this feature but would like to add a subject line …

iMessage

iMessage in iOS 8: Explained

Messages is the most popular app on the iPhone and iPad, according to Apple. Given the enormous demand for instant messaging, and the integration …

Lumsing's Samsung extended batteries on sale for as little as $10

One of the biggest advantages to Samsung smartphones is the presence of a removable battery, in an era where many manufacturers have moved over to designs that feature non-removable batteries. A removable battery slot means you can not only swap out your dead battery for a backup, you can even …

Samsung Galaxy

Why a 32GB iPhone 6 could cost just $199

Ever since the iPhone 3GS was first released back in 2009, new iPhones have shipped in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB flavors, priced $199, $299, and $399, respectively.<p>But 16GB doesn’t get you very far these days, and although iOS 8 will help users out with cheaper iCloud storage, smartphones like the …

How to increase legibility with large and bold text for visual accessibility on iPhone and iPad

Large and bold text is an Accessibility feature that helps increase legibility by using the iOS dynamic type engine to make fonts bigger and/or …

iPhone or iPad keeps shutting off? Here's how to fix it!

If you have an iOS device that keeps shutting off without you asking it to (or due to low battery), you might be able to fix your problem <i>without</i> a …

How To Move Your iTunes Library to an External Drive

If you’re like me, you may find your hard drive getting a little crowded sometimes. What seemed like a huge amount of space a year or so ago, …

Best apps to manage stress on your iPhone or iPad

Say you're sitting at your desk and suddenly, the fire alarm goes off. Even if it's been falsely triggered, your heart rate will climb and blood …

Actions for iPad: Turn your iPad into a Productivity Booster and a Perfect Companion to your Desktop Computer

Invalid data returned from the iTunes Web Service. Check your app ID, and verify that the iTunes is currently up.<p>Editor’s Pick:<p>Integrate your iPad …

What's on Joe's iPad right now!

Wallpaper: While I change my wallpaper frequently, my current favorite is iPad variant of the Seas by Louie Mantia, and you can find this and more …

How to record video with your iPhone or iPad

Your iPhone and iPad isn't just a still camera, it's also a video camera. It can record standard video in up to 60 fps, and more recent models can …

How to use VoiceOver and visual accessibility on iPhone and iPad

iPhones and iPads aren't just for those with perfect, 20/20 vision. Using the accessibility features — functions like inverting colors and VoiceOver …

Sky TV subscribers get a new iPhone app for on the go account management

If you are a subscriber of UK broadcaster Sky, you'll now be able to manage your account while on the move with the company's latest iPhone offering. …

iTunes U 2.0 iPad Review: Education for Everyone?

Being a teacher and a die hard geek, I’ve long been searching for a way to take my courses online in a meaningful way where students can engage in their work in Martini fashion (anytime, anywhere, not drunk). There have been lots of, what we might call ‘Virtual Learning Environments’ over the last …

Education Technology