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20 top iOS 8 tips and tricks

Apple's mobile department has finally got its house in order with the release of iOS 8.1.1. Issues like battery drain and sluggish performance on …

Some Tips You Might Not Know About The iPhone 6 And iOS 8.1

For those who have purchased the new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, most likely spent a lot of time or a fair bit of time figuring out all the features …

Transporter: Your Own Private Cloud [Sponsor] – MacStories

Transporter is your own private cloud for syncing, accessing, protecting, and sharing all your files across all your devices. A storage device that you control, Transporter starts at $99 with no monthly fees or other recurring costs and it doesn’t put your files on anyone else’s cloud.<p>Setting up a …

Apps

Visa announces additional banks which will be supporting Apple Pay

Visa has announced a whole slew of banks that will be supporting Apple Pay "in the coming weeks". It's a long list, with hundreds of institutions on …

iOS 8 Third-Party Keyboards Explained and Reviewed

One of the most intriguing features of iOS 8 is how Apple opened it up to third-party keyboards. Google’s Android mobile operating system has allowed …

Groupon Launches Snap App – Pays Users Cash Back on Grocery Purchases

Deal site Groupon has launched a new app, “<i>Snap</i>.” The app pays user cash back for purchasing specific items when shopping at the grocery store.<p>After …

iOS 8: How to Enable Notification Center Widgets

You may have heard about Extensions and Widgets, both of which are new features in iOS 8. They sound neat, but if you aren't able to turn them on, …

25 Hidden iOS 8 Features You Probably Didn't Spot

With the switch to iOS 8, we get a lot of new features that really change the way our iPhones and iPads work. Visually, it's a much smaller change …

iOS

Apps disappeared after restoring a backup to your iPhone 6s? Here's the fix!

App Thinning and heavy worldwide iCloud usage can lead to restoration errors after setting up your new iPhone. Here's what you need to know.<p>iCloud, …

Tip of the Day: Answer Phone Calls On Your iPad

Forget running downstairs to where you left your iPhone, take the call on your iPad or iPod instead (as long as you have later-model devices running iOS 8).<p>To make or receive a phone call on an iDevice other than your iPhone:<p>Make sure both devices are signed into Facetime with the same Apple …

iOS

The Best Rugged iPhone 6 Plus Case for Under $20.

I only ended up with the Unicorn Beetle PRO <b>($19.99)</b> by happenstance. I needed a rugged case for my iPhone 6 Plus as soon as possible, since I didn't want to use it without a case, but while most case makers had plenty of cases for the iPhone 6 ready to ship at launch, few were ready with cases for …

Phones

How to install iOS 8’s most wicked widgets

The ability to add widgets to your Notifications dock is easily one of iOS 8’s most useful additions. The new functionality puts some of your favorite apps’ features right at your fingertips.<p>Only a limited number of apps offer widgets currently, but with developers hard at work you can be sure many …

iOS

Apple Pay Roundup: Everything We Know, Coming in October

Apple Pay is Apple's new mobile payments service, which it first debuted in September alongside the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus, and the Apple Watch. Apple Pay is expected to become widely available to consumers beginning in October, and ahead of its official release, we've gathered everything …

Secret developers launch new notification-focused app called Ping

The developers behind the controversial Secret social app have launched another piece of iOS software today. The new app is called Ping and its entire purpose is to send you notifications when certain events happen. It’s essentially like an automated version of Yo.<p>When you first launch Ping, you’ll …

iPad App of the Week: Docurama

Who doesn’t like great iPad apps? At iPad Insight we definitely do. With that in mind, we offer up a quick review of an excellent iPad app, or a few great iPad apps, here each week.<p>Our weekly picks for Best iPad App of the Week are published here every Saturday. Check out all out picks below and …

How to go jogging with the iPhone 6 Plus

At 5.5 inches, the iPhone 6 Plus is significantly larger than any phone Apple has ever created. Its size has made people question how they’ll continue doing basic things with the device, such as:<p>Talk on the phone without looking absurd<br>• Type (the 5.5 inch display requires 2-hand typing rather than …

iPhone 6s, iPad AND iOS 9: Getting The Most From Your iPhone & iPad

While anyone purchasing a new iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus or one of the new iPads will get iOS 9 straight out the box, for everyone else the new …

MacTrast Deals: New Pocket-Sized Karma Go LTE Hotspot: Exclusive Pre-Order (Updated – 1GB of Free Data!)

<i>(UPDATED! – 10/01/2014) – This pre-order deal has been made even better! Now you’ll get 1GB of LTE data when you pre-order! Don’t worry if you’ve</i> …

Igloo: An intranet that actually works on your phone [Sponsor] – MacStories

Club MacStories offers exclusive access to <b>extra MacStories content</b>, delivered every week; it's also a way to support us directly.<p>Club MacStories will help you discover the best apps for your devices and get the most out of your iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Plus, it's made in Italy.<p>Starting at $5/month, …

Apps

How to setup an iPhone or iPad as new

How to setup an iPhone or iPad as brand new<p>If you're trying to clear off a device you've already been using in order to sell it or hand it down to a …

iOS

Watch this: a full hour of Tim Cook's interview with Charlie Rose

Between the iPhone 6 and the Apple Watch — an entirely new product category for the company — this is one of the most interesting moments in Apple's history, which makes it a great time to hear CEO Tim Cook speak at length about a wide range of topics. Only the first half of Cook's fascinating …

How to restore your iPhone or iPad from a backup

If you're iPhone or iPad is running slow, network settings are messed up, or something is just wrong with your device, you can fix it by restoring …

How Apple HomeKit Is Already Changing The Smart Home Industry

At Apple's developer conference this year, the secretive tech giant devoted less than a minute and half to unveiling HomeKit, its iOS-based protocol for hooking up connected gadgets in the home. But 90 seconds was all startups and hardware makers needed to begin scrambling to figure out ways to fit …

Video worth watching: Apple's Tim Cook on The Charlie Rose Show

Tim Cook would be the first to tell you — as he told Charlie Rose Friday night — that he’s not Steve Jobs and never will be.<p>But the Tim Cook that …

Soundbook GO: Big Sound in a Small Space!

Bayan Audio has a wireless speakerphone that you have to get your hands on called the <b>Soundbook GO ($139.99)</b>. This amazing little mobile speaker is the real deal, producing 15 watts of crystal-clear sound with dynamic tones, and boasting an impressive set of extended features: NFC pairing, Bluetooth …

Audiophile

Reddit or not, here comes the official Ask Me Anything app

Reddit AMAs (Ask Me Anythings) are everywhere, attracting even the likes of President Obama (who answered his questions on a MacBook) to respond to questions fielded by users from around the globe.<p>Up until now there have been some pretty great apps for viewing Reddit AMAs, such as Interviewly, …

Apps

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, …

Best iPad Air keyboard cases: For professionals on the go!

The iPad Air is thin, light, and ultra portable. This makes it a perfect productivity tool while on the go. Pair it with a great keyboard case and …

Review: Boombot REX – Stay Connected to Your Friends and Your Music

Rating: 3.5/5<p>The world is full of small Bluetooth capable speakers. But how about a small Bluetooth speaker that’s also reasonably waterproof, has …