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15 Iphone Apps To Be Even Lazier in 2015

The new year is knocking. Time to break out your goals for self-improvement and… eh, forget it. For most of us, these things won’t live to see the Superbowl half-time show. This year, why not be honest with ourselves and embrace our ever-increasing laziness? Call it maximizing our efficiency, if it …

AppAdvice's top 10 best free iPhone apps of 2014

What a year it’s been for iOS! With 2014, we got iOS 8 with plenty of under-the-hood improvements over iOS 7, as well as some awesome goodies like …

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 …

Apps

The Tech That Will Change Your Life in 2015

Gadgets and Ideas With the Best Chance of Making an Impact … and What You Can Do to Prepare for Them<p>This was a year of big technology promises—2015 is the year we find out how many live up to the hype.<p>We looked into our crystal ball for the gadgets, upgrades and ideas we think have the greatest …

Gear & Gadgets

Recyclable and Rechargeable: Mini Power Cardboard Batteries Juice Your Phone On-The-Go

From designer Tsung Chih-Hsien comes this 2014 Red Dot Design Award-winning cardboard<p>From designer Tsung Chih-Hsien comes this 2014 Red Dot Design Award-winning cardboard phone-charging battery. Called Mini Power, these tablet-like batteries are sold in strips and come in configurations of two-, …

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 …

17 iPhone-Only Apps That Will Make Your Android Friends Jealous

It may not be fair, but it's a great perk for iPhone users. That means there's always something new to try.<p>You can enjoy exclusive apps from Instagram and Facebook, cutting-edge photography apps, your own digital butler, and even an app that will tell you the exact minute it's going to start …

Cheapest place to buy an iPhone? It’s not where you’d expect

Looking for a Black Friday or Cyber Monday bargain?<p>Don’t forget to check the stores… in Tokyo.<p>This autumn’s collapse in the Japanese yen on foreign …

Do dreams occur in slow motion?

When we dream, does time pass at a different pace? David Robson investigates.<p>When my alarm wakes me up, I’ll often hit the snooze button before returning to the warmth and safety of my duvet for another quick doze. But although what follows can seem like a short dream – perhaps a single …

Consciousness

8 Things You Should Be Telling Your Phone to Do

We know you’re good at talking *on* your phone, but are you talking enough *at* your phone? We live and Tweet by our tech, and our smartphones are smart for a reason and yet we still do a lot of the work. Let them help you cross off your to do list, be the personal assistant you wish you had and …

The 6 mobile games that will help get you through Thanksgiving

Ignore your family with these helpful games<p>Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year, a chance to spend a few days with family and friends and enjoy an amazing meal. But there's also a lot of downtime, whether it's due to travelling across the country or hiding to avoid your uncle droning on about …

Why the Most Famous Astrologer in the Universe Says You Shouldn't Buy an iPhone Right Now

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 …

Apple Loop: Buggy iOS 8, iPhone 6 Lead Times, And Apple's Horrific September

Taking a look back at another week of news from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop covers the ups and downs of September, the bugs in iOS 8, marketing the Apple Watch, a new head of Worldwide Comms, iPhone lead times, the branding ‘i’, banned launchers, and a case for your bent iPhone 6 Plus.<p>Apple …

Apple iPhone 6 goes on sale around the world

Doors open at Apple stores across the globe as the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus hit the shelves.<p>As the world turns and the sun rises Friday, Apple stores worldwide have opened their doors to massive crowds seeking the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus .<p>This year's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are most …

Apple Store

iPhone 6 Launch Day: Australian Man Drops It On Concrete, Brits Only Want The Plus, And First Ever Owner Smashes It To Pieces

It’s finally here, the iPhone 6 is going on sale around the world and eager customers are queuing up outside of Apple stores to join the day-one gang. Broadcasters have been following events and interviewing those mad enough to queue up for days, and researchers have been surveying the thoughts of …

See inside the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus with new teardown

Intrepid wreckers have broken into the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to reveal their secrets -- and found out how easily they smash.<p>Some people just want to watch the world burn. And some people can't get their hands on a new piece of technology that costs a month's salary without wanting to immediately …

Mobile Technology

Social network for rich people costs $9,000 to join

If Facebook is just too plebeian for your tastes, then whip out your credit card and head over to Netropolitan, a social network for the wealthy.<p>Facebook and Google+ have an inherent problem. Anybody can sign up for them. There are no safeguards, no credit checks and no proof of assets required.<p>If …

Personal Finance

Looking at Accessibility in iOS 8 – MacStories

Soon after WWDC ended in June, I wrote a piece for <i>MacStories</i> in which I briefly summarized all the new features Apple added to Accessibility in iOS 8. Since then, I’ve spent a lot of time with the iOS 8 beta builds over the summer, and have found several features and little touches – even some …

Visual Design

The ultimate photo shoot: on location in Iceland with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

By Austin Mann<p><i>As with any smartphone in 2014, there's no more important feature than the camera. It's what we use to take photos with our friends and families, how we remember what we ate and what our kids looked like way back when.</i><p><i>The camera has always been one of the iPhone's most impressive</i> …

The One-Paragraph iPhone 6 Review

A time-saving summary of today's many, many, many evaluations of the new gadgets<p>Late Tuesday night, the first reviews of Apple’s new smartphones were published. Though the reviews come from a wide swath of writers—everyone from the Gray Lady to an elite Apple blogger to Stephen Fry has had their …

Sub-$1 3D-printed microscope turns phones into science tools

Your next great scientific discovery is a 3D printer and less than $1 worth of materials away when you print your own smartphone microscope.<p>Smartphone cameras are great for a lot of things, but they're not designed for getting super-duper up close with tiny objects like salt crystals or blood …

3D Printing

The first iPhone 6 sold in Perth was dropped on concrete

Prepare to cringe, Apple fans: the first iPhone 6 sold in Perth, Australia has made an unfortunate entrance into the world. During an interview on …

Every Once In A While, Someone Invents Something Truly Amazing

Can everyone stop talking about the iPhone 6 and start talking about this?

iOS 8 Adoption Off To A Slower Start Than iOS 7, Say Multiple Usage Trackers

The iOS 8 installation spike is high, but lower than it was for iOS 7 last year, according to numbers from a variety of mobile OS usage monitoring platforms. Chitika, Tapjoy, Mixpanel and Appsee all show adoption numbers that, while high, fall short of the rocketing pick-up rate we saw when Apple …

Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are being torn apart so you can look at their insides

Apple's newest iPhones are on sale, which means it's time — once again — for <i>iFixit</i> to tear them to pieces. It's not doing this in malice, but to determine how good (or bad) a job Apple's done at letting people repair them, as well as to note changes in how the company puts its devices together.<p>As …

The Apple Watch Is Most Interesting At The High-End

While we got to see a number of features and a <i>ton</i> of variations of the Apple Watch at this week’s event in Cupertino, there was also quite a bit of info Apple chose not to divulge despite the presence of hundreds of interested techies. The most important was probably pricing: we know that the Apple …

How Many Megapixels Does Your Camera Really Need?

<i>Jo Plumridge is a British writer and photographer who specializes in design, travel and comedy pieces. As a photographer, she focuses on portraiture, and, if you’re asking, she will have a cup of tea — black, no sugar.</i> <i>This post was originally published on the</i> <i>Shutterstock blog</i> <i>and has been reprinted</i> …

Steve Jobs Was Completely Wrong About Why People Like the iPhone

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>The launch of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus — and the latter's massive 5.5-inch screen — appear to prove Apple founder Steve Jobs was completely wrong when he said in 2010 "no one" would want to buy a phone with a big screen.<p>And while this sort of …

Revenge of the Phablet: What iPhone 6 Plus Mania Says About Smartphones

Pre-orders for Apple's new iPhones are off and running, and there's already a clear winner: the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus is sold out, well ahead of the …