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dave

by dave

My problem with Siri...
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I've been trying to make a conscious effort to use Siri more than just setting a timer while we cook. Things like reminders, notes, and the occasional Google or Wolfram Alpha query. However, there's one issue that keeps cropping up that makes it frustrating to use (besides its horrible accuracy):
STAGE FRIGHT
Seriously! I have some sort of eloquent thought I want to save, or maybe a list of 5 items I want to add to a shopping list. I hit the home button, wait for the... Read more →
dave

by dave

My iPhone's Lightning connector stopped working and you'll never believe how I fixed it
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(Props to Upworthy for the headline inspiration)
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Recently, my iPhone 5 started having some charging problems -- basically, the connector seemed to be really finicky. If I even thought about moving my phone, it would stop charging. This is especially fun when you wake up to your phone having 8% battery life left (and you use it as an alarm).
Anyway, I thought maybe I have a defective device (hello, new iPhone 5s???) and started Googling around to be sure. It turns out,... Read more →
dave

by dave

iPhone 5 battery issues
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Has anyone else had battery issues with their iPhone 5? I've had mine since about October 2012. As of late, I've noticed that if I let the battery level get below 40%, it's danger zone area. Somewhere between 30 - 35%, the phone will just shut off and then I have to plug it in before I can use it again.
Interestingly enough, once it's connected to a power outlet and comes back on, it resumes charging at about 35%! Ugh. Anyway, it sounds like it has some major battery... Read more →
frankspin

by frankspin

How much does audio quality matter when buying music?
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In a recent conversation via Twitter I came across the site mp3ornot.com which uses an A/B test to see if you can find the difference in the files. It's an interesting test to take and see if you can actually notice the difference; mind you it's still not the best since they're not local files and sources may vary.
It did get me to thinking about music quality and perhaps some peoples obsession with having the best quality when they may not even notice. If you're... Read more →
dave

by dave

Do you make music using a mobile device? If so, share it!
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Both Android and iOS devices have a ton of music creation apps. It's something I'm really interested in (though I completely suck at it, myself). Have you made any music exclusively on your mobile device? If so, share the details below!

This is sort of cheating, but here is my auto-tuned song called "It's Monday," created using "Songify" by Smule.

https://soundcloud.com/davely-1/its-monday

I'll have to dig through my collection and see if there are other random songs.
JasonTsay

by JasonTsay

My Year with Android
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I’m coming up on a year of living with an Android phone, so I thought now might be a nice time to post some thoughts about it.
A year ago, I was using an iPhone 4, which I had seen though iOS 4, 5, and 6. I was on the route to getting a used 4S, and then Google came along and announced the Nexus 4 – a pretty well specced, stock Android phone for $350 unlocked (16GB). I’ll admit, although I liked what I was seeing in terms of Android evolution at the time, I was pretty deeply invested in... Read more →
frankspin

by frankspin

Moving from Android to iOS is not as bad as you think
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As a previous Android user I often saw a lot of Android users exclaim about how coming to Android was such a liberating experience from the grasp of Apple's walled garden. For the last few years I believed this, but over time I started to open up to what Apple and iOS have to offer. After moving to the iPhone 5s this past September I can comfortably say making the move is not nearly as bad as it's made out to be, and to be honest it's been nice to not have the freedom that Android provides.
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dave

by dave

How much space does iMessage data occupy on your Apple device?
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While chatting with a fellow coworker yesterday, he mentioned that he was perplexed on why the storage space on his iPhone 5 seemed to inexplicably disappear. After examining the storage options (which can be accessed by going to Settings → General → Usage → Storage), he found a significant chunk of data being taken up by the iMessage app. Almost two gigabytes of data!
I took a look at my own usage and discovered something equally crazy.
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Almost 5GB of space on... Read more →
frankspin

by frankspin

Are the iOS 7 animations causing motion sickness?
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The Verge ran across an Apple support thread about a number of users complaining of headaches and nausea from the increase in animations for iOS 7. A number of users are chiming in to say they too are having issues from the new animations. The single biggest request is the ability to turn them off, or potentially speed them up.
I have to agree that the animations are a bit long in the tooth and they can be a bit excessive with the zoom-in and zoom-out affect.
If you upgraded to iOS 7 have you been... Read more →
dave

by dave

What does Apple need to do tomorrow for the iPhone 5S announcement?
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"The iPhone 5 keynote last year was so dull..."
"Ho hum, new colors rumored for this iPhone 5C..."
"iOS 7 looks like a Fisher Price toy..."
"Apple Maps are still borked!"
We've heard variations of the above comments over and over, but it's almost time. Tomorrow, Apple will finally unveil their new iPhone(s) and iOS 7!
A lot has happened since the iPhone 5 announcement last year. Samsung has continued to dominate sales of... Read more →
dave

by dave

What are your favorite gadgets right now?
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It's been awhile! Let's talk about your favorite gadgets that you're using right now. Here's my list -- it's not necessarily the latest and greatest, but this is what helps me get through the day.
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1. iPhone 5 - Yeah, yeah. A new edition is coming out soon with a new coat of paint and an oil change. But this thing is critical for me being connected each day. I'm sure if I was using a different phone, it'd also be at the top of this list.... Read more →
day4bananafish

by day4bananafish

Apple's iOS 7 is finally here and it's different, how do you feel about it?
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Apple has finally announced iOS 7 at WWDC today and it's certainly a stark change from the previous 6 versions. It's cleaner, flatter, and more colorful from the lock screen to the notifications menu. However, the changes are more than skin deep; iOS 7 is modernizing functionality as well.
The Look
The new iOS is flatter. Somewhere between Jelly Bean and Windows Phone, iOS has done away with skeuomorphism completely in favor of flat... Read more →
frankspin

by frankspin

What are your WWDC 2013 Predictions
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WWDC is just hours away, and there has been no shortage of rumors about what Apple has planned, especially for iOS. It seems like ever since the news broke about Scott Forstall leaving the company (1) and Jony Ive stepping in, there have been expectations of a major iOS redesign. This became even more clear when Apple updated their podcast app on iOS to a much more modern design (2). As the weeks and days have gone on more mockups and rumors kept swirling about a redesign, with even this years... Read more →
marc

by marc

When is the "best" smartphone not the best choice?
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We just scored the Samsung Galaxy S4, a smartphone that critics are calling "one of the best phones you can buy," and "the best Android phone on the market right now." And, as befits a phone with such accolades, we gave the S4 a gdgt Score of 92, and awarded it a Must-have badge, as we had done with its predecessor, the Galaxy S III.
However, we could have gone the other way, and withheld the Must-have status. The fact is, as many critics... Read more →