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by Rob929

iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy S6
I'm looking to upgrade my phone from my current iPhone 5. I would be buying the phone off contract so price is a factor, but only a small one as I'm hoping to sell my current one to take away some of the financial hit of buying either of the phones in question.
I want a phone with a large screen size, hence my choices above. I'm having trouble deciding between the two. I've a mac, which makes me lean towards the iPhone 6 Plus, but is it worth it for the extra €100 ish?
I'm considering... Read more →

by sn12

using a smartphone with no service provider
I am trying to see if I can use a smartphone without buying service for it in the US. Like no service providers and just working using wi-fi. I am planning on getting a used Android or iphone and doing this. I use google voice anyway for my daily texting/calling (currently using an aged BB n laptop). My question is can I do this using a smartphone? and just buy Ting service when I am travelling/as needed. What do I look for in the phone? does it definitely have to be unlocked? Can I still... Read more →

by frankspin

Favorite features of iOS8 and your impressions so far
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 →

by frankspin

Apple finally introduces the Apple Watch, and the iPhones get bigger. What do you think?
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 →

by frankspin

1Password shows off their iOS8 app extension, and it looks awesome!
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 →

by dave

What's causing this spinning wheel in iOS all day long?
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 /...

by rshnvjy

Virtual horizons on smartphones
We all know that smartphones today have built in accelerometers, gyroscopes and magnetometers. With all these orientation-aware stuff packed in, why can't any phone manufacturer enable a feature like a 'virtual horizon' on the camera viewfinder? Most DSLRs and mirrorless cameras have this feature today.

by dave

Why do dedicated cameras take such horrible panoramas?
Kalalau Lookout: 9 images from my Nikon D300 stitched together in Photoshop back in 2007.
Back before we had this newfangled technology built into our cameras and phones that automatically create panoramas, we previously had to stitch together such a photo inside apps like Photoshop. It used to be a tedious process but has gotten much easier.
Once the smartphone revolution happened and everyone started developing apps, a number of... Read more →

by dave

Do I have an unhealthy fear of in-app purchases?
I think it's pretty common knowledge that I love playing games in various forms and on various platforms. Consoles, PCs, mobile devices, and even board games.
While browsing through the App Store, I noticed a new game that seems pretty awesome. Virtual multiplayer jousting! Being obsessed with things like Game of Thrones and other medieval high fantasy genres, this is something that should be an immediate download for me.
Of course, I click it and see that it's free.... Read more →

by dave

How do you manage the mobile data crunch?
Recently, I started taking a more serious look at how much mobile data I've been using. My Verizon plan provided me with 4GB of data per month (plus allowed me to use a mobile hotspot).
After looking at how I've been using my data, I've used more than **2GB** exactly once in the last year: ~3.2GB for December. Well, enough throwing away money!
So, I dropped down to the lowest tier (2GB / month, no mobile hotspot). Go figure, the moment I do this, I start to run into... Read more →

by frankspin

Best way to identify battery draining apps on iOS?
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?

by UniqueLight

Current version of Skype for iOS flaw allows messages to be received while logged out....
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 →

by lancewu

Is Qipack really worth the money for my iPhone 5c
I learned qipack is a wireless portable charging with 3000 mah battery built-in from Gigaom
And as shown on kickstarter page, it's fit my moto droid mini.
I also noticed tylt vu wireless charging pad sold on Verizon, compare to VU and Qipack,
Vu supports 45 angle view while iPhone 5c lay on it for wireless charging, but need to connect power adaptor, $69.99 already available now.
Qipack supports backup battery pack for cordless/wireless charging, $54, but need to pre-order on kickstarter.
Buy Vu now...

by dave

RBI Baseball '14 is here!
Fans of old school gaming consoles and baseball know there's always been one baseball game that stands out in terms of sheer fun: RBI Baseball on Nintendo. Released in North America way back in 1988, it became one of the most popular baseball games at the time.
More recently, the game gained notoriety when someone recreated Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, famous for the Mets come from behind victory when Red Sox first baseman Bill... Read more →

by frankspin

Does the remote control really need to die?
A recent post[1] on the website Read Write Web discusses the remote control, and how the author feels it needs to "die." Over the course of the article, there are points made with regards to the current implementations of remote controls and their pitfalls, including:
  • Rather than evolve with televisions, remotes just got bulkier
  • Navigating endless amount of channels is cumbersome due excessive button pressing
The author goes on... Read more →

by frankspin

iTunes Match, Google Music or Amazon Cloud Player. Do you use them and which do you prefer?
Currently I have a computer running Subsonic so that I can easily access my library anywhere. For a while I loved the software, but of late it has been less than stellar. Not to mention the local client support for OSX is getting pretty terrible.
I've been looking into alternatives, but I'm finding options are pretty limited with what I need. I'm ultimately looking for a service that is similar, but still offers me the things I enjoyed about Subsonic. Mainly having access to my files still (no... Read more →

by immatryitout

wait for iPhone 6 or go with upcoming flagship Android?
it seems that every year myself and most of the globe gets stuck with the question, "Should I Wait???!". ive had the 1st gen, 3gS, 4, 4s, and now I have iphone 5 and am up to my knees in the apple ecosystem, and its literally no diff except how pretty its looks now with ios7 -_-.... but every time im relaxed listening to pandora and i want to make sure to tweak my station perfectly song 4 song and its like K CAN I PLEASE LIKE A PANDORA SONG WITHOUT UNLOCKING MY PHONE, OPENING THE APP, X-ing OUT... Read more →