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by dave

Do you need 128GB in a phone?
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 →

by frankspin

What do you keep in your bag for work and travel?
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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    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 cjtylr

    Is Amazon's Fire Phone worth caring about?
    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 →

    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 treverendt

    iPhone "6" phone size and components
    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?

    by MacReal

    Apple vs. Samsung
    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...

    by johncolucci

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

    Google Music in Canada
    I'm not sure if this is a common opinion but I'd like to find out: if Google Music was fully available in Canada and was competitive with iTunes Match I would have an Android phone. I wouldn't even have to think twice about it. However as it stands I'm simply too invested in the Apple ecosystem with an iTunes music library over 100GB which I access using iTunes Match everyday on my 64GB 4S on an unlimited data plan (I keep about 20-30GB on the phone and stream the rest). If I could do this on an... Read more →

    by frankspin

    How do you handle tracking your daily routines and journaling?
    Something that I have been trying to get into more is logging daily activities, work related duties, photos and just general journaling. This has become far easier thanks to smartphones and there is no shortage of tools to make this possible. I have a few different ones that I use to accomplish specific tasks, but I'm always open to hear how other people go about handling their daily journaling.
    • Daily Journal - I can't speak highly enough of DayOne and everything it...
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    by swin1974

    What's your most effective and satisfying app experience?
    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 →

    by swin1974

    Why do I still use iTunes?
    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 →

    by dave

    My problem with Siri...
    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):
    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 →