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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

Has your phone replaced your camera?
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It's that time of the year when we get all the latest bits on the camera industry: Photokina. Of course we're there and covering it [1]. I know it's still early but one thing I'm noticing is we're not getting a ton of announcements for point and shoot cameras. Sure, Canon has a fancy new rival with the RX 100. Panasonic followed up with the update the LX7. But these are higher end cameras commanding something in the $500-700 price range.
As our phones get more and more powerful, we're getting... Read more →
johncolucci

by johncolucci

If you're thinking about pre-ordering a new iPhone tonight, read this first.
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I'm pretty excited about the iPhone 6 Plus and hope to score one tonight (er, tomorrow morning - September 12) when it goes on pre-order. If you're thinking about doing the same (or getting an iPhone 6), pre-orders will start on Apple Store's website, major mobile carriers and select Apple retail partners like ... 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 often do you upgrade your phone?
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We're getting a lot of exciting phone announcements over the last week.
IFA gave us the following:
  • Galaxy Note Edge
  • Galaxy Note 4
  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha
  • LG G3 Stylus
  • Sony Xperia Z3
  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
That same week Motorola also showcased the following:
  • Moto X
  • Moto G
And tomorrow is Apple's big day where we'll likely be seeing a new iPhone (or two).
The thing is, even with all this exciting new stuff I don't have any urge to upgrade. I bought my iPhone 5S on release day and a... 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 →
frankspin

by frankspin

Have you replaced your remotes with a mobile device?
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Ever since I picked up a Harmony One I have been singing its praises. To me it's the perfect device for the living room with its sleek profile and convenient to reach buttons. This is why it pains me every time I go to use it and notice buttons not responding as well as they once did: it's on its last legs. Naturally, these aren't made anymore and the options from Logitech aren't great. The Hub is a... Read more →
dave

by dave

Do you need 128GB in a phone?
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Bill Gates may or may not have said this statement. And also, it wasn't about memory, but storage capacity. That won't stop Dave from making a similar statement about phones though!
64GB ought to be enough for anybody. Right?
As Apple's fall event approaches, there's no rumor about a new iPhone that tech news websites won't consider. Titanium oxide earbuds? Sure! Optical retina scanners? Why not? Solar powered kinetic pedometers? I don't even think that's a real thing... Read more →
frankspin

by frankspin

What do you keep in your bag for work and travel?
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We haven't done of these in a while, but what's everyone keeping in their bags?
Topo Design Daypack -- I moved away from shoulder bags because I found backpacks to just be way easier to carry around. I get less shoulder fatigue which is also a plus
  • iPhone 5s
  • Macbook Pro Retina 15-inch
  • iPad 3rd gen -- i bring this for Instapaper queue, but I'm hoping to upgrade to a mini at some point
  • Playstation Vita -- perfect way to unwind on the train ride home. Despite all the...
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    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 →
    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 /...
    rshnvjy

    by rshnvjy

    Virtual horizons on smartphones
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    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.
    cjtylr

    by cjtylr

    Is Amazon's Fire Phone worth caring about?
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    Just a few hours ago, Jeff Bezos took the stage to announce Amazon's latest hardware venture: Fire Phone.
    It mostly has spec parity with many of today's popular smartphones: large screen (4.7 inches), nice resolution (1280x720), fast processor (2.2GHz), and a seemingly good camera (13MP). However, Amazon is also introducing a few new tidbits: the screen features "Dynamic Perspective" which adjusts the... 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?
    treverendt

    by treverendt

    iPhone "6" phone size and components
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    So I was thinking earlier today...The iPhone 5S has pretty impressive specs. It has contending specs with the similar competitors phones released at the time. All this while being in a much smaller frame, and thicker body. If Apple says to hell with keeping the weight low (which they should) shouldn't the next iPhone be a monster powerhouse?
    MacReal

    by MacReal

    Apple vs. Samsung
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    I was kind of disappointed when I first seen this phone because the only new things on it are really the TouchID and a faster chip and the Samsung Galaxy S4 has a ton of other cool features that Apple should of been already had with their phone. There is nothing wrong with the vast majority of apps in the App Store but Apple needs to stop depending on that and work better on their hardware. Hopefully they will do better with the next version of their iPhone and they should start first with a...
    johncolucci

    by johncolucci

    What's the deal with luxury feature phones?
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    Today on Engadget, we shared news of two different luxury phones coming to market:
    TAG Heuer Meridiist Infinite
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    Gresso Azimuth
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    My question is, why would anyone of considerable wealth go back in... Read more →