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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

1Password shows off their iOS8 app extension, and it looks awesome!
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As you may recall one of the newest additions to iOS 8 is a more open intent system, and this is something iOS fans have long been wanting. Currently there is tool called OvershareKit [1] that developers can take advantage of, but that's only for sharing. What the wonderful folks at AgileBits have done is create[2] an extension to let developers use 1Password to auto-fill password fields. It's a huge feature I've been wanting out of 1Password and iOS for a while and... Read more →
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 →
frankspin

by frankspin

Best way to identify battery draining apps on iOS?
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Something is absolutely destroying my battery on my iPhone 5s. I can take it off the charger at 6:30 and by 2:30 I'm having to place it back on the charger because it's almost in the red (less than 20%). It's a feature I never used on Android, but I'm kind of missing it right now.

How can I best identify just what in the hell is crushing my battery?
dave

by dave

Taking photos with a tablet
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Back when the original iPad came out, there was a small segment of people who lamented the fact that the device didn't have a rear facing camera. But there was a larger group of people that were annoyed at the suggestion that a tablet should even have a camera -- myself included.
Apple ultimately released the iPad 2 with a camera and since then, nearly every tablet that's been released has included a rear facing camera.
And this is something that's seemingly changed... Read more →
swin1974

by swin1974

What's your most effective and satisfying app experience?
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I have bitched and complained about iTunes a lot. But I have to say some apps just deliver a cool experience. Like iMovie on iOS. iMovie on the iPhone or IPad, is quick, fun and easy to use. Slow motion is cool too. I make simple 2 or 3 minute videos with music and effects of my 3 yr old son enjoying a snow day or learning to ride a bike and share them with family on Vimeo, iMovie Theater, or Google+ Also, I started the year wanting to get healthy, so I bought a Fitbit Force, began faithfully... Read more →
swin1974

by swin1974

Why do I still use iTunes?
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Seriously. If anyone can give me a good reason, I'd love to hear it. There was the "cash for clunkers" initiative for old cars that people were stuck with a couple of years ago; if only there was something similar for iTunes. I love my iPad, iPhone and Apple TV. I reluctantly continue with a Dell Inspiron (Windows 7 Laptop) because I can't afford an iMac or MacBook to use as my server for my movie library. I like iTunes Match and the fact that when I buy anything it arrives across all my... Read more →
swin1974

by swin1974

What apps and devices are you using to get healthy?
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The new year was the impetus I needed to think seriously about getting healthy. So I bought a Fitbit Force, started tracking nutrition on Lose it app again, bought the premium version of Fitstar (my favorite app right now) and have them all connected so I don't permanently have my face buried in my phone logging activity, sleep, hydration, nutrition and workouts. I have a Garmin Forerunner 305 which I use for more accurate heart rate, calories burned and mileage data for my workouts (connected... Read more →
TgD

by TgD

Does an iPad Pro make sense?
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There have been a large number of rumors lately about a possible iPad Pro to be released this year. Some say it will be a hybrid, some say it will have a 4K display, but most agree that this could be a great solution for the savvy business user that needs a mix of power and portability.
Me? I am not convinced. Perhaps I am reading into things too much, but these are the main points that make me skeptical. The following is all conjecture, nothing is based on fact
1. Architecture and Multitasking.... Read more →
JasonTsay

by JasonTsay

"The iPad is just a big iPod touch"
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That’s the line that went around a few years ago when the first iPad was announced. As time has gone by and I’ve given the matter more thought, I realize those people were right.
As phones get larger and larger ( 3.5" iPhone -> 5.7" Galaxy Note 3) and tablets get smaller and smaller (10" iPad -> 7" Nexus 7), it becomes more evident to me that they’re essentially the same product category.
Think about it - for every iPad app, you could have a smaller version on the iPhone that does the... Read more →
camron

by camron

Ipad Air Smart Case vs Smart Cover
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I recently bought an ipad air, and I'm trying to decide whether to get a smart cover or smart case. I don't want the extra bulk of the smart case, but the full protection is important to me. Also, I'd prefer not to get a 3rd party case, but suggestions would still be appreciated. If anyone who has one or the other could give me some advice, I'd appreciate it!