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dave

by dave

What in the bejesus is a "full OS"?
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Over in the comment section, I had an interesting discussion on what constitutes a "full" operating system. Basically, it was about whether or not you can consider something like Android or iOS to be a "real" operating system (whatever that means). To me, this seems like such a bizarre distinction.
Our conversation went something like this:
Commenter: I like my tablets to have a full OS.
Me: What exactly is a "full OS"?
Commenter: Not iOS or Android
Me: Seriously, what... Read more →
dave

by dave

Favorite fitness apps?
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Now that HealthKit is live on iOS 8, there’s been a ton of app updates that enable support for Apple’s new service. In fact, it seems like health apps are all the rage right now, and even Google is jumping into the game with its Google Fit API [ https://developers.google.com/fit/ ].
Long before HeathKit and this push toward centralized health and fitness data, there’s always been a number of fitness apps available in both the App Store and Google Play. What are... Read more →
frankspin

by frankspin

Let's get automated!
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One of the benefits of computing is being able to take everyday tasks and making them simpler to accomplish. Over the years what we can do has gotten more and more powerful while also getting quite easy. It seems like an eternity ago I remember reading everyone going nuts over Quicksilver [http://qsapp.com]. Which since has been replaced by Alfred [http://www.alfredapp.com] or LaunchBar [http://www.obdev.at/products/launchbar/index.html ] as the go-to Spotlight... Read more →
frankspin

by frankspin

Favorite features of iOS8 and your impressions so far
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iOS dropped yesterday and a lot of the features Apple introduced help bring it up to parity with Android. Better TouchID support, widgets, sharing, keyboards and a whole slew of stuff. What features have you been enjoying the most so far?
For me it's definitely better TouchID support. 1Password and Day One have implemented this for unlocking each app. It makes getting into them much easier.
After that it's improved sharing. I no longer need some hokey way to save stuff to Instapaper or Pinboard. I... Read more →
frankspin

by frankspin

Apple finally introduces the Apple Watch, and the iPhones get bigger. What do you think?
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iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus:
Apple finally kicked up their iPhone to a 'phablet' size with the 6 Plus, which now clocks in with a 5.5-inch screen. The ole 6 comes in at 4.7-inches which is a step up from the previous 4-inch display.
The new phones also bring with them Apple Pay, Apple's answer to NFC based payment systems. This has been around in Android phones for at least 18 months now, but... Read more →
frankspin

by frankspin

How are you keeping your online data safe from 'hackers'?
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In light of the recent[1] Apple iCloud news[2], I think it's a good time as any for us to re-evaluate how we're keeping our data safe in the cloud. I have a few measures in place including some two-factor methods and completely random passwords. Unfortunately no solution is full-proof but any methods can help.
With nearly every photo coming from iCloud, I'm beginning to second guess my reliance on auto-back up services. I know SpiderOak is supposed to be all... Read more →
dave

by dave

What's causing this spinning wheel in iOS all day long?
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Yesterday, this spinning wheel was going to town all day long on my phone. I'd force close apps and nothing would change. It's no wonder my battery life went from about 90% to 20% in 3 hours, while barely touching my phone! Finally, after rebooting my phone last night, it appears to have gone away.
That said, is there any way to see what apps are currently accessing data? (Similar to how we have a screen that tells us what apps are currently /...
LandRovers

by LandRovers

Your Greatest moments in Mobile Technology
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Ok, so we've all have had our favorite moments of technology, and I'm wondering what are yours. Like the moment when the most useful feature you've ever used was announced or anything like that.

Mine? The announcement of iCloud at the 2012 WWDC. Also, the time I first got an iPhone.

Multiple moments are allowed!
frankspin

by frankspin

Are digital magazine subscriptions worth it?
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I've been contemplating picking up digital subscriptions for various magazines to help encourage me to read more on the weekends. The thing is, looking at the prices of something I feel like they may be a little overpriced. When I browse through the store a lot of them (if I can actually find them) don't even look like they're designed for tablets, offering nothing more than PDF scans of the articles.
I'm likely going to purchase a few issues before a flight to see if it's worth it, but I'm just... Read more →
iDockMobi

by iDockMobi

Kickstarter ending soon, Why Wouldn't You Want In On This?
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Why Wouldn't You Want In On This? I started this Kickstarter https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/idockmobi/bui... about creating a Platform that allows anyone, especially with NO Programming Skills to be able to get in the App environment and bring some of their ideas to life. Many people don't even think they can develop an app because it generally requires all a specific programming knowledge.
This platform is equipped to help beginners who can use... Read more →
UniqueLight

by UniqueLight

Current version of Skype for iOS flaw allows messages to be received while logged out....
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I'm currently running iOS ver. 7.1.1 (Current), and i'm running Skype for iOS ver. 4.17.3(Current).
Interesting bug in the current software. After using it. You sign out normally, and if you're logged in on a computer and are getting text chats, you still receive them in notification center and can read them if you have the notification center set to that. But yet when you click on the messages it opens the app and asks you to log in....
I've submitted the info to Skype, the agent I chatted with... Read more →
sas786

by sas786

mobile operating systems
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Hi all, seeing as most users on here have a good understanding of tech, i was hoping for a small request in getting some feedback through my questionnaire.
Im currently doing research on mobile os as part of my final year dissertation in computing and would be extremely grateful for those who could fill it out. Ive approached companies head on and they don't seem to have the time to spare 5 minutes (less than that even) to fill it out. No personal details are required, just simple information on... Read more →
frankspin

by frankspin

How do you find new apps and software to check out?
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While we all probably have the pieces of software we've come to rely on day-in day-out, I think we all can agree we're always open to finding new apps and software to try out. Aside from relying on news sources, like here at Engadget, app store suggestions and Twitter, where do you go to get recommendations for apps and software?
My favorites sites of late are the following:
The Sweet Setup (http://thesweetsetup.com/) -- this is a site started by Shawn Blanc where the focus is to pick the best... Read more →
groovechicken

by groovechicken

Leaving Google - Eternal annoyance is the price of liberty
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[if you are impatient, just scroll down to the bottom to see the links to the articles in this series]
Forgive the adaptation of the popular 19th century quote, but it really is the best summation of the series of articles I am going to put together about my Exodus from the land of Google. Before I dive into how I have managed to replace Google services, though, I want to clear up why I decided to start breaking the chains of convenience.
Given Edward Snowden's recent disclosures of the universal... Read more →
groovechicken

by groovechicken

Sending Gmail to the Spam Folder
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Of all the Google services I am kicking to the curb, I actually expected Gmail to be the most painful before starting this experiment (see the meta article for the back story on this series of articles - http://www.engadget.com/discuss/leaving-google-eternal-annoyance-is-the-price-of-liberty-1plj/). Surprisingly, though, it has turned out to be the least painful. In fact, I am even liking my new scenario for mail even better than the old "Gmail everywhere" strategy.
The reason I dreaded this... Read more →
groovechicken

by groovechicken

Replacing Google Voice
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I knew before going into this exodus from Google (see the meta article for the back story on this series of articles - http://www.engadget.com/discuss/leaving-google-ete... that finding a replacement for Google Voice was going to be painful, and might not even be possible. I have sung the praises of this service since I first joined it when it was still GrandCentral. At that time, I had recently been through 2 different work-issued cell phones, with... Read more →
sirijo

by sirijo

Wearables...priced as tech or as fashion?
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We've seen some examples of wearable tech hit the market over the last few years and rumors continue to swirl out of nearly every major electronics manufacturer about some development or other. We've seen examples that technically work but aren't quite 'there' yet (the Sony Smartwatch comes to mind), some brave attempts to set a standard by which others a judged (Pebbles entry), some failures (from Samsung) and of course, the buzz generating devices that make us dream of a far flung future... Read more →
yashendra2797

by yashendra2797

Fitbit Force vs Jawbone UP 24 vs Nike Fuelband SE vs Pebble
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Hey there! I was planning to buy one of the fitness tracking bracelets, but I am confused regarding which one to buy. For me the obvious comparison is between jawbone up 24 and the Fitbit force. This is because the Fuelband doesn't track sleep patterns. But then I thought about the pebble smart watch. While it may not be that comprehensive in fitness, it's amazing overall, and I can still use it for logging miles using runkeeper. So, which one should I buy. Here's my list of pros and cons for... Read more →