By Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd Chief Executive John Chen said on Monday he was two-thirds of the way toward achieving his goal of turning the Canadian technology company's fortunes around. "We have made investment over a billion-plus, all in software, all in security, and now we need to execute it," Chen said at an event in Toronto two days before the company will report its second-quarter earnings. Waterloo, Ontario-based BlackBerry, a once-dominant smartphone maker, has shifted its focus to software that companies and governments use to manage their mobile devices.
Monday is always the worst day of the week, but you know what might make you feel better? A bunch of free apps for your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch! We've gathered an eclectic collection of games and tools for you to download today, including a photo editor, an iMessage calculator and a robot party. MUST SEE: iPhone 7 review These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged. Sago Mini Robot Party Normally $2.99. Play wherever you are — without Wi-Fi or Internet. Endless fun! No in-app purchases or third-party advertising. Let’s have a robot party! Build your own cupcake-making robot. Mix and match funny robot parts to invent super silly combinations. Does your robot have two heads or wear bunny slippers? Power up your robot and it’s time to play! Make tons of cupcakes, dance to robot music and celebrate with balloons! Robot Party is the ultimate introduction to robots for little ones. Designed to spark creative experimentation, Robot Party is easy, intuitive and tons of fun! Kids will love the outrageous options, responsive animation and silly surprises. And with 58 billion robot combinations, the possibilities are endless! Features • Stretch your imagination to build billions of robots • Explore your robot's rhythm to make music • Put your robot to work: frosting, sprinkling and smashing cupcakes! • Take pictures to show and share your unique creations • Ideal for toddlers and preschoolers, ages 2-5 • Whimsical artwork and custom sound design • Play wherever you are — without Wi-Fi or Internet • Safe and kid-friendly — no in-app purchases or third-party advertising Download Sago Mini Robot Party Flying Slime Normally $2.99. Flying Slime is a 2D swinging platformer featuring “Slimie,” an adorable creature that swings through the trees of a forest to avoid the evil harvester machine and save the Slime homeland. In survival mode, you must use special skills to elude the harvester and collect Spirit stone to unlock Slimie’s friend. In story mode, you must find the Spirit Heart to rebuild the Slime homeland. Do you have what it takes to help the flying Slime? KEY FEATURES: * Enjoy a charming storyline and a cute, clean cartoon style. * Experience finely-tuned collision mechanics. * Revel in easy-to-play, hard-to-master gameplay. * Make it to the top of the in-game ranking system. * Record gameplay, learn to improve, and share videos with friends. * Switch between multiple modes: campaign, survival, multiplayer, challenge. * Invite friends to compete against you. Download Flying Slime PDF Pro Normally $3.99. Create, read or annotate PDF documents or convert documents to PDF on your iPhone or iPad. It permits you to mark up documents with highlights and handwriting, insert text, stamps, pictures or signature and share your documents with others through email or fax. Create rich text documents and save them as PDF or convert your existing Word, Pages, Text, Power Point or Open Office documents to PDF. You can open various file formats such as MS Office, Power Point, iWork, text files, images etc and it allows you to get these files from your desktop computers through wifi or USB. Users can download documents directly from email attachments, Dropbox, Google Docs or from other applications using “Open in". Download PDF Pro Phoenix Photo Editor Normally $0.99. Phoenix is a powerful and fast photo editor with a lot of editing tools, importing and sharing options. With Phoenix you will have all the freedom to customize your photos with pretty filters, effects, borders and fonts. - it saves your current progress, you can continue in any time - undo/redo feature - supports high resolution output (up to 3000x3000) - share your project to socials directly, send via mail or print it - preserves EXIF data while editing - you can add, edit or delete geolocation Tools: - Enhance - Photo Filters - Art Filters - Light Effects - Frames - Stickers - Text labels with bunch of fonts - Vignette - Blur (5 types) - Pixelate area - Color Splash - Draw (5 tools, color picker, undo/redo) - Brightness/contrast - Hue/Saturation - Exposure - Warmth - Sharpness - Crop - Resize - Orientation Supported socials: - Twitter - Instagram (import, search by hashtag, share) - Flickr (import, search, share) - Tumblr - VKontakte Download Phoenix Photo Editor uPArt Normally $1.99. uPArt: A pixel art sketchbook built on Unity3D. Just start drawing! You have a 1024X1024 canvas at your disposal and nearly infinite pages in your sketchbook (limited by hardware memory). Just start drawing anywhere! If you need to adhere to a particular size then activate the guideline system to give you a visual reference. Ever hit the edge of your canvas because you misjudged where to start? Never again with uPArt's origin system. Set origins for your pages on the fly! What I need, when I need it! Workflow was the primary driving force in uPArt's development. User interface focused on keeping the tools you need right in front of you! Don't make the user do in 2 clicks what can be done in 1. Little is BIG! The scope of uPArt is on the smaller side. I would say that large pixel art is in the 128X128 range. That is just my opinion. Most of my artistic exploits are smaller than 128X128 and this is where uPArt excells. Once you start getting into the 512X512 realm you've ventured beyond the scope of the tool I set forth to write. You begin to lose some of the freedom given by the dynamic origin system. Then why is the canvas 1024X1024? I said that you've ventured beyond the scope… I didn't say I wouldn't let you! I would love to see what people think about using uPArt for larger pieces though I haven't tried anything that large myself. Export your work as PNG through iTunes File Sharing. Download uPArt CalcKey Normally $1.99. CalcKey is a calculator iMessage app for iPhone. CalcKey allows you to perform calculations right within iMessage, without even having to leave the app, so you finally work out exactly how much your friend owes you for dinner more quickly and easily. With fun bouncing animations, bright, bold colors and speed and simplicity, calculating sums has never been so fun! Download CalcKey Spinny Phone Normally $0.99. Pump up the volume and get ready to move fast. Your iPhone is your joystick. Spin it around different directions and follow each command to get the highest score. Be careful, the more you spin the faster it gets! Download Spinny Phone Ice Road Pinball Normally $0.99. Hot on the heels of the award-winning Monster Pinball, Matmi makes lightning strike again with Ice Road/Snowy’s Pinball. Ice Road / Snowy’s Pinball has all the exciting gameplay of Monster Pinball and hundreds of new goals, challenges and other craziness. With super-smooth graphics and stunning stereo sound, Ice Road is a gaming feast with a whole new theme! Ice Road / Snowy’s Pinball has 2 x 3 feature-packed tables so novices and pros alike will get the best out of this crazy pinball extravaganza, and with local, global, and Facebook Connect leaderboards, you’re sure to find something – or someone – to challenge you! Features: NEW Ice Road Theme Switch to Original Snowy's Theme 2 x 3 fun-packed, connected tables in a masterful pinball tower. Varied and unique goals at every turn. 60fps giving extra-smooth gameplay. Realistic physics engine. Accelerometer tilt function. Iceball feature – Score double points when active. Amazing graphics and animations. Unique sound effects in stereo. Pause, Save & Resume functions. Local and Online scoreboards. Facebook Connect lets you post your score and challenge your friends. Created specifically for the iPhone/iPod Touch. Download Ice Road Pinball Data Cellular Counter Pro Normally $1.99. If you’re worried about exceeding your daily, weekly or monthly limit for data usage, it’s time you got Data Cellular. Data Cellular keeps an eye on your data traffic by providing you with useful info so that you can use your mobile worry-free. You will be updated in real time because Data Cellular collects your data directly from your mobile, not from your service provider. It’s easy to use and you can personalize it to suit your needs. Features: - Provides a fast and accurate reading of your data usage over a 3G/LTE network and WiFi - Personalised settings - Works with all service providers Download Data Cellular Counter Pro
Google started teasing its October 4th mobile event a few days ago, and if you’re familiar with recent rumors you probably know two things about it: the Nexus phone is dying, and the Pixel phone will replace it. Google will have other hardware on display during the event, but the company is also expected to unveil a massive milestone for Android. Andromeda, as a new operating system is internally called, might be the most important thing coming out of Google’s October 4th event. DON’T MISS: iPhone 7 review “We announced the 1st version of Android 8 years ago today. I have a feeling 8 years from now we'll be talking about Oct 4, 2016,” Google’s Hiroshi Lockheimer said cryptically on Twitter during the weekend. That’s the kind of message the often-accurate Android Police can interpret differently than most of us. The Android site has been sitting on information that something big is coming at Google’s event on October 4th. The announcement is greater than Pixel phones and bigger than Chromecast Ultra, Google Home, and Google WiFi, the site says. It’s probably Andromeda, Android Police thinks, the Android version that incorporates Chrome OS. Google has been rumored to merge the two platforms for a while now, and it may all happen next year. An Android operating system that has Chrome OS abilities would put Google in a position where it could propose buyers decent PC computing alternatives to Mac and Windows. Not to mention that Andromeda might be compatible with all Pixel-branded gadgets. https://twitter.com/lockheimer/status/779757830203068416 Lockheimer’s tweet is certainly interesting even if Android Police ’s explanation isn’t true. If Google is going to tease anything Android-related on October 4th, it’s definitely something that will affect the entire future of Android. Color us intrigued, Google!
I can’t believe I actually have to write this, but here we are. Absolutely don’t try to fix the iPhone 7’s headphone jack problem by drilling a hole where the port used to be. Apple did not leave the internal components in there. You won’t be able to use your 3.5mm headphone jack with a custom made hole. Instead, you’re going to ruin a very expensive handset. Honestly, I refuse to believe anyone would actually believe Apple would do such a thing in the first place. DON’T MISS: iPhone 7 review YouTube channel TechRax made a video that was supposed to make fun of Apple’s controversial decision to remove the headphone jack. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, and the video is brilliantly trolling Apple. Just don’t do it yourself. It should be pretty clear that the video is a parody. Some people are hopefully responding with parody comments to it when they say they have destroyed their iPhones after drilling holes as instructed. If any of them are real, then buying a smartphone is probably not the first things these people need to fix. Apple received plenty of criticism for its decision to kill the 3.5mm port, but the company simply doesn’t seem to care. And don’t expect the ancient port to make a comeback next year. Ultimately, everyone will just get with the program, including buyers, accessory makers, and even competitors. Meanwhile, check out TechRax ’s video below, which went viral since being posted online a few days ago. And whatever you do, never take a drill on a smartphone or any smart gadget, to fix it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tqH-Un9SFU
The problem with crowdfunding projects is that you can never know which ones to trust. They all look great on paper, but making new products with limited resources can be challenging for some startups — assuming they don’t plan to rip off excited buyers in the first place. But there are great projects coming out of Kickstarter and Indiegogo, and retailers are starting to pay attention to them. Amazon already set up its own virtual shop for startups, and Best Buy is about to follow suit. DON’T MISS: iPhone 7 review The company on Monday announced its Best Buy Ignite initiative, which will let customers try out brand new crowdfunded products in its retail stores, as well as giving them the ability to order some of them online. “Key features of the program include dedicated store space for products and services from startups; a new section on BestBuy.com where customers can browse, learn about, and purchase the newest products from startups; and a partnership with PCH, a product innovation company that works closely with startups to help get their products into consumers’ hands, faster and at a lower cost,” the company said in a press release. The first Ignite space will open for business in the new Mountain View Best Buy store. It’ll include a selection of crowdfunded gadgets including the Tangram smart rope, Flic smart button, RoBo 3D printer, Zuli Smartplug, and Noke Bluetooth padlock. The Ignite space will also feature Under Armour tech and music-related gadgets. Buyers outside of the Bay Area will be able to find products from hot startups online at BestBuy.com, but also in hundreds of Best Buy stores nationwide. The full press release follows: Best Buy Brings Leading Startups, Innovators to Consumers Like Never Before For more than 50 years, customers have relied on Best Buy to help them learn about and enjoy consumer electronics. Now Best Buy’s Ignite program gives customers access to even more of the latest technology from some of the world’s most inventive entrepreneurs and startups in consumer electronics. Key features of the program include dedicated store space for products and services from startups; a new section on BestBuy.com where customers can browse, learn about, and purchase the newest products from startups; and a partnership with PCH, a product innovation company that works closely with startups to help get their products into consumers’ hands, faster and at a lower cost. Revamped Silicon Valley Store A new Ignite space in the new Mountain View Best Buy store (which opened September 16 after relocating from its previous location in Sunnyvale) is designed to give customers an opportunity to discover and learn about some of the newest tech products on the market. The Best Buy Ignite space currently features three experiences: • A selection of crowd-funded gadgets from startups, including the Tangram smart rope, Flic smart button, RoBo 3D printer, Zuli Smartplug and Noke Bluetooth padlock – all of which are also available on BestBuy.com • Wearable technology showcasing the latest from Under Armour • Audio showcasing Muzik, smart and connected headphones, and Bragi, wireless smart earphones For customers outside of the Bay Area, other startup products can be found online and in hundreds of Best Buy stores nationwide. Examples include the Anova precision cooker and Fizzics draft beer system, Keen Home smart vent, Petcube pet camera and Luma Home Wi-Fi system. Many stores will also have the Mevo live event camera, SkyLab camera stabilizers and Prynt instant photo printer. PCH Best Buy’s partnership with PCH will make it easier and quicker for Best Buy customers to get their hands on startups’ innovative products, both in Best Buy stores and on BestBuy.com. Now, select startups will be able to take advantage of PCH’s services, including assistance with product development and manufacturing, to packaging and inventory management. Ignite Online Later this fall, customers will be able to visit a new Best Buy Ignite page on BestBuy.com to browse, learn about, and shop for new products from some of the most innovative startups. The new section will include a variety of gadgets, including many of those currently featured in the Best Buy store in Silicon Valley. Entrepreneurs and startups interested in participating in Best Buy’s Ignite program don’t need to wait; they can sign up now at https://www.bestbuy.com/ignite/vendors.
If the Starwood hotel chain has its way, the hotel room of the future will be more of a customizable set of experiences that listens to you and stands ready to cater to your wishes — and that’s less of, well, just a room. The company’s hotel brand Aloft in recent weeks started trialing voice-activated hotel rooms in its Boston Seaport and Santa Clara properties. The service, currently enabled in 10 rooms at each property, includes guests being greeted by a personalized welcome letter on the in-room TV when they check in. They quickly learn that a branded iPad is ready to be set up with a “Hey Siri” to learn the sound of their voice so it can go on to control the guest’s room experience. DON'T MISS: 10 hidden gestures in iOS 10 to help you get the most out of your iPhone Once the iPad learns the guest’s voice, says Aloft Hotels general brand manager Eric Marlo, a menu will list all of the functions available - things like personalized streaming for Apple or Android devices, Netflix, mapping for local area attractions and a full integrated TV experience. The iPads present guests with a tutorial to guide them through the setup process, and the voice-activated hotel rooms work with Apple HomeKit to allow guests to control the temperature, the lights via preset lighting options, music, or browsing the Internet. When the guest checks out, a message is sent to the app erasing all data so that the next guest walks into the room with a fresh app and no information stored from the previous occupant. “The world is constantly changing, especially in hospitality, and we need to adapt to it,” Marlo tells BGR. “Guests utilize similar innovations at home and may already be using Apple HomeKit in their personal lives, so we want them to have an integrated experience when they travel and stay at Aloft as well. Our guests want a level of personalization unlike ever before, which includes controlling their guest experience.” This experience is also the foundation of more to come, at both Aloft and elsewhere. This is actually the latest tech-focused offering from Aloft, which has previously introduced a robotic bellhop it calls Botlr (butler, get it?) that could accompany guests to their rooms. The chain rolled out a service that let guests use their smartphones as room keys and a service called RoomCast Powered by Chromecast, which lets guests stream content from their smart devices to guest room TVs minus passwords and logins (currently in the pilot phase at Aloft New Orleans.) Talking to the room, Marlo explained, seemed like the natural next step. Whether these offerings seem gimmicky or point the way forward, they do underscore how much the hotel room experience is changing beyond the expectation of a TV, bed and an assortment of other basic conveniences. Hilton recently rolled out a kind of concierge robot helper of its own — Connie — powered by IBM’s Watson that can do things like make restaurant recommendations for guests in addition to greeting them and answering simple questions. It’s not all high-tech tweaks, to be sure. Hospitality improvements touch everything from healthier food to greener facilities to quality linens for bedding as well as the basic layout of the room itself. But companies like Starwood-Aloft have started to think way beyond that. For example, Marlo said the chain has already gotten “tons of calls” from other properties looking to have the voice-activated offerings installed. Which is why he says he’s confident this will make its way to more Aloft properties as well as across the Starwood portfolio. “In thinking of what’s next for our voice-activated hotel rooms, we’re looking into the idea of room delivery on the app from our Re:Fuel lobby bars,” Marlo says. “This would bring the grab and go options from the main level straight to the guest’s door – and how cool would it be if it was a property with a Botlr delivering it. We’re also exploring the idea of electronic drapes controlled by ‘Hey Siri,’ and the addition of HomeKit triggers, meaning guest preferences would be integrated onto the (Starwood Preferred Guest) guest profile prior to his or her arrival. If they prefer the shades rise at 6 a.m., the room will know to do that. If the guest wants the room temperature lowered to 68 degrees at 10 p.m., the room will know to do that. It’s pretty cool stuff.”
Start the weekend off right with a fresh new collection of completely free apps for your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. There are a few camera apps, a cloud music manager, an app for audio professionals and even a tool to help you find the right home. Plus, if that's not enough, you can always check yesterday's post too . MUST SEE: iPhone 7 review These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged. M/S Processor Normally $0.99. M/S Processor is an Audiobus-compatible iOS application intended for audio professionals requiring Mid/Side (M/S) signal processing. Functionality While the most common use case for M/S Processor is decoding a M/S signal to L/R, the reverse process (encoding L/R to M/S) is also possible. A third mode, inline mode, is also included. In this mode, a stereo signal is encoded to M/S, and then decoded again to L/R. This 2-in-1 mode is useful for tasks such as narrowing or widening the stereo image, or muting the M or S channels independently for creative or experimental purposes. Audiobus Integration M/S Processor is most useful when used as an Audiobus filter. In this case, M/S Processor can be used to process audio before feeding it into any other Audiobus-compatible audio application such as Apple's Garageband for recording and further processing. Main Features • External audio and Audiobus input • Encode, Decode, and Inline processing modes • Peak and RMS metering for input and output channels with peak overload indicator • Gain (-48dB to +24dB) rotary controls (per channel) • Linked Gains button • Swap Channels (M ↔ S, L ↔ R) button • Mute, and Phase Rotation buttons (per channel) • Hi-res Retina graphics Download M/S Processor DataFlow Pro Normally $1.99. Track network data usage in real-time. Features: - Track cellular and wifi data usage in real-time - Network speed monitor - Data usage history - Auto reset on bill cycle date - All kinds of data plan (Monthly, weekly, daily…) - Themes and Widget styles - Support Apple Watch Download DataFlow Pro Flight Tracker Normally $0.99. Turn your iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch into an air traffic radar and see planes around the world move in real-time on a detailed map. Or point your device at a plane in the sky to find out where it’s going and more. Discover today why millions are already tracking flights with Flight radar. Download Flight Tracker Stream - Cloud Music Player Normally $1.99. Stream was created to give you a seamless listening, managing and syncing cloud music experience. It allows you to create a personal streaming service with cloud storage like Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive and Yandex.Disk to save space on your device and have access to all of your music. How it works? Upload all music to your favourite cloud storage then use Stream to connect and enjoy your music anywhere. Add your music to your device without iTunes, easy and fast using local WiFi transfer or download music to your iPhone to play it without internet (Offline mode). It’s a multi-cloud system therefore you can stream lists of music regardless where they are stored. Access your favourite music across all your devices: iPhone, iPad, iPod library, Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, Yandex.Disk and your computer. Stream your music with in advanced and powerful media player. App Features: - Full iOS9, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Support! Music player: - Full featured media player - Sleep timer - Lock screen playback controls - Background music playback - Equalizer with BassBooster - Over 20 realistic EQ presets - Stylish audio Visualizer - Fine scrubbing - Album cover art Playlists: - Create your own playlists Media Library: - Import music from your iPod library - Tabs for Songs, Albums, Artists Manager: - Wi-Fi Transfer - Download and upload music, pictures, archives from - Box - Dropbox - Google Drive - OneDrive - Yandex.Disk - Move, rename or delete tracks & songs - Search by artist, title, album - Create and manage folders Download Stream - Cloud Music Player Maze The Quest Normally $0.99. Maze The Quest is a small adventure action roguelike. Helps your hero in search key and the exit of each maze. Endless mazes and various sizes. Various monsters, traps, spells and attributes in the purest style of RPG. Many weapons, shields, accessories and items with which you can equip your hero. Game made by a person, 100% indie. Thanks for your support!!. Download Maze The Quest prism Normally $0.99. "prism" is the most beautiful and simple solution to enhance your browsing experience. #adblock Browse to your favorite sites without annoying adverts. Block tracking scripts to keep your privacy. "prism" has no whitelist. NO page is preferred when trying to block content. Browsing feels crisper than ever before! It is very memory friendly and can save you a lot of data usage when surfing. block ads, beautify the web! the perfect adblock app: › simple setup, fast browsing, no tracking, no ads! NO In-App-Purchases Download prism Gif Me! Camera Normally $1.99. Gif Me! is the best way to create and share short video in animated GIF or MP4. It's easy: capture a small moment with your built in camera, and share it on social networks. You can apply an image filter too. -- Features -- * Capture frames with camera * Import photos from your album * Import a video file * Import a live photo * Real time color filters * Add a frame, text on the animation * Stop motion or video mode * Send by email * Share on social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) * You can remove watermark in settings * You can create stop motion, time lapse, slideshow or wiggle gifs Download Gif Me! Camera Pro FX Camera Normally $1.99. Pro FX Camera contains 300 filters and all editing features that allow you to beautifully express the best moments of your life that let you see the world in a classic way. ◉ WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT Pro FX Camera themes vary from the feel of film camera to the unique sets of classy moods or fun creativity. Whether you are looking for special effects or light leak, you will find it all in Pro FX Camera. ◉ MORE AWESOME FEATURES • Provides 300 professional filter effects • Choose 10 effects filter groups • Support iOS 9 and Apple Watch • Edit in portrait or landscape mode • High resolution support up to 6528 pixels • Quickly search for filters • Create natural lighting effects • Digital Filter Suite Download Pro FX Camera Bokeh Pro Normally $2.99. Do you want to add romantic, fantasy, gorgeous feel to your photos? Bokeh is originally pronounced in Japanese for blur effect produced in out of focus image by a lens. Different shapes of bokeh can be produced from lens aberrations and aperture shape. Bokeh effects can show depth of field of a photo. We have more than 5 MILLION users, so we know what you want. There's no need DSLR camera to create bokeh effects now. You can have bokeh photo instantly with this app. Transforms your photo into various nice effects by adding bokeh to your photo! All effects are designed together by professional photographers and real artists to provide you the most amazing effect to your photo. * INSTANT EFFECTS. * LIVE CAMERA PREVIEW. Allow user to see how does an effect looks before capturing. * EDIT User may erase/remove bokeh on face after capturing. * Share to INSTAGRAM / FACEBOOK / TWITTER * Save to PHOTO ALBUM Download Bokeh Pro Burbium Normally $8.99. First Time Home Buyer? Find the Perfect Burb in Seconds with Burbium. SAVE TIME AND MONEY. ADD PEACE OF MIND. Use simple, intuitive tools to find the perfect suburb that meets your specific criteria. *** Custom Commute Calculator - Want to find nice burbs that are at most 30 minutes from work by car? Done. - Enter one or two work locations and your max commute time and Burbium automatically filters for towns that fit your commute criteria *** Personal Burb Rankings - Burbium will automatically generate a personalized Top Burb List just for you - Create a customized set of weightings for space, quality of schools, eco friendliness and more *** Detailed Burb Stats & Links - Save countless hours of online research with Burbium's detailed burb-specific stats and information - Find helpful links for each burb for specific school ratings, local brokers, listings and even grocery stores Download Burbium
When I reviewed Apple’s iPhone 6 two years ago, I wrote about how different reviewing an iPhone is compared to reviewing any other smartphone — or any other product at all, for that matter. A reviewer’s job is generally to present an overview of a product’s user experience, as well as to discuss strengths and shortcomings. The goal in doing this is to assist the reader in making a purchase decision. But with iPhones, this hasn’t been the case since the first-generation model. Either someone is going to buy an iPhone or he or she is not; reviews have almost no bearing on anyone’s decision. Interestingly, while Apple’s new iPhone 7 is the first new number-generation iPhones to resemble their predecessors so closely in terms of design, they are also the first new iPhones to differ so dramatically in this way: reviews actually do matter. Apple’s new iPhones look so similar to last year’s models and to 2014’s models that people aren’t quite sure what to make of them. Are they really "boring," like many gadget blogs have been saying for months? Or are they truly as impressive as Apple’s marketing rhetoric and Apple bloggers’ reviews would lead you to believe? In this review, we’ll cut through the noise and see just how impressive or disappointing Apple’s new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are. First, let’s work our way through the narrative that guided coverage ahead of the new iPhones’ debut. Yes, they feature a design that is strikingly similar to Apple’s iPhone lineup for the past two years. Is that a bad thing? It depends on who you ask. Apple strayed far from convention in 2016 and released two new phones that do not feature a dramatically different outward facing design. iPhone users are accustomed to seeing a brand new iPhone one year and an updated "S" version in the same housing the following year. Then, a fresh new iPhone is due to follow each new "S." This year, Apple didn’t exactly build an iPhone 6ss, but the new design of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus really isn’t that new at all. The antenna lines on the back are a bit different, the cameras are new, the color scheme has been updated, there’s no 3.5mm headphone jack, and the regular home button has been replaced by a capacitive button. Beyond that, it’s the same design. There are good arguments for Apple’s decision to keep the same design this year, and there are also good arguments for changing it. In the end, it obviously doesn’t matter. These are the new iPhones. Many people were left wondering why Apple chose to reuse the iPhone 6 design again though, and it’s absolutely a valid question. Nothing is confirmed at this point, of course, but multiple reliable sources have reported that next year’s new iPhone — Apple’s tenth-anniversary iPhone — will feature a dramatic redesign. Rather than deal with the expense and logistical challenges that would be presented by launching a redesigned iPhone lineup in two consecutive years, Apple chose to tweak its earlier design. The real question is, does it matter? Of course, there’s no wrong answer to that question. If you want a new iPhone but the idea of upgrading to a phone that looks just like your current smartphone gives you pause, then yes, it matters. If you want a new iPhone and performance and features are your biggest concerns, then it doesn’t matter. Or does it? As I noted in an earlier article , I decided to switch from the smaller iPhone 6s to the larger iPhone 7 Plus this year. I did get a 4.7-inch iPhone 7 to review though, and I received it a day before my new iPhone 7 Plus. As my personal phone, I found that the shine wore off within just a few hours. I was already bored. Now, there’s precious little question that the iPhone 7 is faster than the iPhone 6s, though the performance boost is nowhere near as noticeable as it was from the iPhone 6 to the iPhone 6s. The camera is also dramatically improved, as is the display. But it really doesn’t feel like a brand new phone, when you upgrade from the iPhone 6s. Instead, it feels like a better iPhone 6s. If you have an iPhone 6, an iPhone 5s or an older model, the iPhone 7 is a tremendous upgrade that will blow you away. If you have an Android phone and you make the switch to the iPhone 7, you’ll love the sleek design and snappy performance. But after a few weeks, days or even hours, I think a lot of people are going to find that the upgrade from last year’s iPhone 6s or 6s Plus to a comparable iPhone 7 model just doesn’t feel like a big jump. Is this going to be a problem for Apple? In the long run, I don’t think so. Bored iPhone users could sway purchase decisions toward the end of the iPhone 7 cycle and negatively impact sales to an extent, but next year’s massive redesign will instantly erase any memory of boredom among iPhone fans. Also, the iPhone 7 Plus is a more significant upgrade thanks to its new dual camera, so this problem will likely have less of an impact on phablet users. And if you jumped from the smaller model to the Plus like I did, you’re in for a great upgrade. Since we’re all familiar with the hardware design at this point, let’s focus briefly on what has changed. Beginning with the face of the phone, Apple’s updated displays on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are noticeably improved from last year’s models. They’re still LCD screens and they still feature the same resolutions — 720p for the iPhone 7, 1080p for the iPhone 7 Plus — but the quality of the screens is far more impressive. Colors are more vibrant and contrast is improved as well. In fact, a review from a display expert recently called Apple’s new iPhone 7 displays the best LCD displays in the world, adding that they are "visually indistinguishable from perfect." If that’s not high praise, I’m not sure what is. Beneath the screen you’ll find a completely redesigned home button that is no longer a conventional button. Instead, it’s a recessed surface that remains stationary when you press it. It feels like a normal button though, because Apple has introduced an advanced Taptic Engine that uses haptic feedback to simulate the sensation of a button press. And it’s pretty scary how good a job Apple has done. I’ve handed the phone to a number of people and had them play with the home button for a few moments before telling them that it’s not actually a button. When I do, they all have the same puzzled look on their faces. Then I have them try to press the home button with a fingernail and it sets in that it is not actually a button that can be depressed. It's pretty scary how close the haptic feedback feels to an actual button press. Features like raise-to-wake and the new 3D Touch home button are stepping-stones for next year’s new iPhone, which won’t have a home button at all. As we’ve seen described in patents and then again in recent reports, the Touch ID fingerprint scanner will be embedded beneath the display and the Taptic Engine will provide haptic feedback to simulate button presses. Also new on the face of the phone is a second loudspeaker to create a stereo listening experience for the first time on an iPhone. You won’t notice it while looking at the phone, but it’s where the ear speaker has always been. Just like the HTC 10, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus now have one front-facing speaker and one downward-facing speaker on the bottom of the phone. The result is a much better audio experience when watching video or playing music without connected headphones, though the sound quality isn’t quite as good as it is on the HTC 10. And speaking of audio experiences and connected headphones... As has been covered very, very extensively online and by the mainstream media, Apple’s new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus do not have standard 3.5mm audio jacks like most smartphones do. Apple had some very good reasons for removing the headphone jack, though Phil Schiller’s "courage" explanation certainly isn’t one of them. Instead, Apple removed the standard plug in order to free up space that was being occupied by a single-purpose legacy connector. Love it or hate it, the deed is done and we’ll likely never see another flagship iPhone ship with a 3.5mm audio port. Is this really such a huge deal? For some people, this is a big deal. Yes, Apple included an adapter in the box so that standard headphones with a 3.5mm plug can still connect to the phone. But people accustomed to listening to music through wired headphones while charging their handset are out of luck… unless they switch to wireless headphones or purchase a ridiculous third-party adapter. https://twitter.com/zacharye/status/773972335275704324 Personally, I don’t think the loss of the headphone jack is a very big deal. In a few months the complaints will have vanished and a year or three from now, we won’t even remember the old days when smartphones had 3.5mm audio ports. What’s a bit aggravating in this case though, is that Apple’s solution is half-baked and incomplete. An adapter solves the issue of compatibility with older headphones, but what about charging while listening? The inclusion of wireless charging support will resolve this problem to an extent — wireless charging isn’t always available or convenient yet — but Apple’s iPhone lineup won’t support wireless charging until next year at the earliest. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus do support one new wireless technology, however. Apple introduced a new "W1" chip in the iPhone 7 series and in the innovative though hideous new AirPods that use Apple's smart wireless technology to pair and the latest Bluetooth protocol to stream. Apple says its new tech is powerful enough to carry high-quality audio but also incredibly energy-efficient. Also of note, there is some good news to come out of the headphone jack debacle: removing the port was one of several major changes Apple made in order to achieve an IP67 dust- and water-resistance rating. That means the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus can be submerged under several feet of water for up to 30 minutes and still work just fine. They’re actually far more water-resistant than that, and we’ve already seen dunk tests in up to 35 feet of water . We’ve also seen people snap photos while their iPhones were submerged. Should you plan on using your new iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus underwater? It’ll probably survive if you do, but it would be best to avoid making a habit of it. The phone was designed to withstand rain, splashes, sprays and quick accidental dunks, but that doesn’t mean you should tempt fate. The other main hardware changes are found around back, where Apple has redesigned the iPhone’s antennas so that only two "antenna lines" are needed, one near the bottom of the phone and a second that runs across the top. Apple also included new cameras on the front and back of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and they represent one of the biggest upgrades the iPhones received in 2016. Both new models share the same upgraded 7-megapixel front-facing camera. Around back, Apple’s iPhone 7 gets a new 12-megapixel sensor that captures images 60% faster and is 30% more energy-efficient than the rear camera on the iPhone 6s. It has a 6-element lens, an f/1.8 aperture and a new image signal processor with twice the throughput of Apple’s previous-generation ISP. It’s also supported by what Apple is calling a Quad-LED True Tone flash, which includes four different LED bulbs to improve brightness and tone. Thankfully, the iPhone 7 camera also gets optical image stabilization this year. In 2014 and 2015, only the larger Plus model iPhones had OIS. The bigger iPhone 7 Plus gets a new dual-lens setup that includes two separate cameras positioned side by side on the back of the phone. One is the same 28mm camera as the rear camera in the iPhone 7, while the second has a 56mm telephoto lens. The new setup provides two main features that most smartphone cameras do not support. First, the iPhone 7 Plus has 2x optical zoom. A tap on the screen switches the main camera from the 28mm lens to the 56mm lens, allowing the shooter to zoom in without any loss of image quality. Both the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 7 have 10x digital zoom as well, and zooming can now be done either by pinching or by tapping the new zoom button on the 7 Plus and then spinning the dial that pops up either to the right to zoom in, or to the left to zoom out. Second, the telephoto lens captures depth information when taking a standard photo. Along with Apple’s upcoming iOS 10.1 update, the Plus camera will be able to produce a "bokeh" effect that blurs the background and simulates a photo captured by a DSLR camera. The dual-camera setup isn’t just for zoom and bokeh, however. Every press of the shutter button on the iPhone 7 Plus actually captures two images, one with the 28mm lens and one with the 56mm lens. Data from both images is then fused behind the scenes to create a single photo. Of note, the wide-angle lens has OIS while the telephoto lens does not. You can read more about the cameras and see photo samples in this post . The bottom line is this: there have never been better cameras on an iPhone than these cameras. In fact, they’re at least as good as the camera Samsung uses on its Galaxy S7 and Galaxy Note 7 phones, which has been the best smartphone camera in the world since March of this year. Personally, I can’t pick a clear winner between Samsung and Apple. Photos captured by the iPhone 7 or 7 Plus in some lighting conditions look better than the same photos snapped on a Galaxy S7 or Note 7, while the S7 and Note 7 clearly have the edge in other lighting conditions. All four of these phones feature cameras capable of capturing breathtaking photos and stunning video, making all of them fantastic choices for anyone who counts camera quality among their priorities when choosing a smartphone. The final big change regarding the iPhone 7’s design is the two new colors Apple introduced this year. Just one year after adding rose gold to its palette, Apple has added a pair of darker color options on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The first is black, which replaces space gray. The black iPhone 7 models feature a smooth finish that is similar to the other three available colors (silver, gold and rose gold), but obviously much deeper. Next up is Apple’s new "Jet Black" color, which has been a topic of much debate. Some people are upset that it’s next to impossible to buy a jet black iPhone right now. Others are angry because the new color is only available on the more expensive 128GB and 256GB iPhone models. Of course like most complaints, these will quickly fade as we move further from launch. But one issue will remain: Jet Black was built to fail. https://twitter.com/zacharye/status/778223454935982080 Apple’s new Jet Black iPhones are stunning. The smooth high-gloss finish reflects light and captures different colors as it does, but it also captures some things that are far less desirable like scratches, scuffs, grease and grime. In fact, the problem is so serious that Apple had to include a disclaimer on its website: The high-gloss finish of the jet black iPhone 7 is achieved through a precision nine-step anodization and polishing process. Its surface is equally as hard as other anodized Apple products; however, its high shine may show fine micro-abrasions with use. If you are concerned about this, we suggest you use one of the many cases available to protect your iPhone. If you buy a Jet Black iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, it will get scratched up. Period. If you put a case on it, it will still get scratched up as dust and dirt inevitably works their way in between the case and the phone. There’s simply no way to avoid it. So if the idea of buying a phone that will begin showing scuffs and scratches within a few hours of your purchase is off-putting, definitely purchase a different color. Moving inside the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, Apple made some serious internal improvements. The new iPhones have twice as much storage as last year’s models. The 16GB iPhone is no more, having been replaced at the entry-level by a new 32GB storage option. The mid-tier models include 128GB of storage, and the top-tier iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus ship with 256GB of internal storage. Where the smaller iPhone 7 is concerned, the storage bump comes at no additional expense. Pricing remains $649 for the entry-level model, while the 128GB and 256GB versions cost $749 and $849, respectively. The larger iPhone 7 Plus models are more expensive than the 2015 iPhones they replace, however. Pricing at each tier has been increased by $20, so the phones cost either $769, $869 or $969 instead of $749, $849 and $949, which is where pricing has been for the past two years. Why the extra $20 when prices haven’t increased for smaller iPhone 7 units? The answer likely lies in the new camera modules as well as the additional RAM in the Plus model compared to the smaller version. Apple’s 4.7-inch iPhone 7 has 2GB of RAM just like the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, but the iPhone 7 Plus has 3GB. Don’t expect any huge all-around performance benefit from that extra gig of RAM, though. Instead, the additional RAM is there to assist with photo processing since the dual camera setup captures so much more data than a single-lens camera. Running the show inside the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus is a new A10 Fusion chipset designed by Apple. The 64-bit chip features two high-performance processor cores that are 40% faster than the A9 chip that powers the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, and two high-efficiency cores that consume one-fifth as much power as last year’s A9. The result is blinding speed when the phones need to do some heavy lifting, and improved battery life during normal operation. The A10 Fusion chip also packs a six-core GPU that is 50% faster than the A9’s GPU and yet consumes only two-thirds as much power. Thanks to the new chipset and larger batteries in both iPhone 7 models, this year’s new iPhones are faster than last year’s models while also offering better battery life. Apple says the iPhone 7 lasts an average of 2 hours longer per charge than the iPhone 6s, while the iPhone 7 Plus outlasts the iPhone 6s plus during typical use by an average of one hour. Those are big improvements in terms of percentages, but in reality the user experience is largely unchanged. The Plus model will still go well past a full 24 hours without needing to be recharged, while the smaller model absolutely will not. iOS 10 is the rest of the story, though Apple’s latest major iOS update obviously isn’t unique to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Unlike Android, Apple has managed to create a system that allows it to push operating system updates directly to end users. As a result, iOS 10 was available the very same day it was released on all compatible devices, including ten different iPhone models, eight different iPad models and the most recent iPod touch. For those keeping score, the oldest iOS device that received Apple’s iOS 10 update was released just over four years ago. Do any four-year-old Android phones have Nougat yet? Marshmallow? Apple’s new iOS 10 software brings with it a host of new features that further enhance the iOS experience. As has been the case for the past few years, Apple focused on refining and enhancing existing features with iOS 10. The resulting operating system is dramatically improved and enhanced, but don’t expect much in the way of innovative new features. Highlights in iOS 10 include a new Messages app that’s packed full of features and now supports its own App Store, a new lock screen, redesigned widgets, a revamped notification system that lets you respond to messages right from within a notification on any screen, a new Photos app, big Maps updates, bigger Siri updates, a dramatically improved Apple Music experience, Quick Type enhancements including emoji recommendations, and plenty more. And of course, iOS 10 continues to be supported by the world's leading third-party app ecosystem . Apple’s new iPhones are the best iPhones the company has ever made. Obviously. The same can be said of every new iPhones that are released. But what separates this year’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus from their predecessors is where things get interesting. Whittled down to its simplest terms, Apple’s new iPhones are an "S" update, making this the first time Apple has ever released S updates in two consecutive years. iPhones get big performance boosts and nifty new features each and every year, but the external design is what separates number updates from S updates. Yes, there are some subtle design changes on the iPhone 7 series compared to last year’s models. But as far as most people are concerned, the iPhone 7 sports the same housing Apple used last year and the year before. Even the dimensions are identical, down to the millimeter. So the question becomes, are you willing to purchase another S update? If you currently have an iPhone 6, an iPhone 6 Plus or any earlier iPhone model, or if you’re switching from Android to an iPhone, this is truly a no-brainer. The performance boost when jumping to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will blow your mind — they’re the fastest phones in the world . Add in the incredible new cameras, the gorgeous new displays, twice as much storage and all the other new features Apple mixed in, and you’ve got yourself the best all-around smartphones on the planet. The real question for many users will be whether or not they should upgrade from an iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus. If you use an annual upgrade plan through your wireless carrier or through Apple, again, you should obviously upgrade. These phones are amazing. If you’re buying them outright though, you have a difficult decision to make. These are not "boring" iPhones by any stretch of the imagination but as I mentioned before, I did get bored very quickly when moving from an iPhone 6s to an iPhone 7. It’s an S upgrade. Again. Another S upgrade?! Is Apple doomed?! Should Tim Cook be fired?!? No. The iPhone 6/6 Plus cycle was the biggest smartphone cycle in history, and tens of millions of people now have 2-year-old phones that need to be upgraded. In the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, they’ll find an upgrade that will absolutely knock their socks off. The same goes for people coming over from a different manufacturer and switching to an iPhone. Then, next year, you get the massive design overhaul you’ve been waiting for. You get a gorgeous new OLED display that takes up more of the phone’s face. You get an innovative new all-ceramic housing in sleek new colors, perhaps. You get a slimmer design with wireless charging and no home button. You get an even better 3D Touch experience with an invisible TouchID fingerprint scanner embedded in the display. And of course, you'll also get a huge boost in power and performance. In the meantime, all you have to tide you over are the two best smartphones in the world.
Over the past few years, there has been an increasingly well-traveled narrative that would have you believe that Apple’s once vaunted penchant for design has vanished. Whereas Apple products used to be revered for taking bold risks and introducing cutting edge designs, it seems as if it's been a few years since a new Apple product has been heralded as a design-win. With the recent introduction of the iPhone 7, this narrative has picked up steam once again. Even though the iPhone 7 is jam packed with a multitude of compelling new features, including a better display, improved battery life and impressive camera technologies, some analysts and pundits can’t help but get hung up on the fact that aesthetic design of the iPhone 7 is boring, familiar, and proof positive that Apple these days is more interested in playing it safe than in taking risks and pushing the design envelope forward. DON'T MISS: 7 ways Apple’s iPhone 7 is much better than any Samsung phone Typically, critics of Apple’s design aesthetic offer nothing more than hyperbolic statements that would otherwise have you believe that Apple’s best days are behind it. This zero-sum game type of approach may make for eye-catching headlines, but it often ignore the nuance involved in product design. Having said that, a recent piece from designer Dustin Curtis takes a rather interesting and decidedly fair view of Apple’s somewhat repetitive design ethos as of late. In a piece titled What happened to Apple’s industrial design team?, Curtis, to his credit, doesn’t just lazily proclaim that the iPhone 7 looks similar to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6. On the contrary, Curtis takes a broad look at the entirety of Apple’s product line and can’t help but come away with the feeling that stagnation now defines a design team that was once renowned for innovation. The iPhone 6 looks and feels like every other modern smartphone. It is unremarkable. So I was incredibly surprised when Apple released the iPhone 7 last week, which, from an industrial design standpoint, is essentially an iPhone 6 with a new coat of paint. The iPhone has been committed to at least another year of sporting an unremarkable design. Unfortunately, this industrial design stagnation did not start with the newly released iPhone. It has been happening for years, and is even clearer when you look at the iPad, which has not seen a case design update since 2013–not even an update to integrate the materials and casing technology improvements from the newest iPhones–or the MacBook Pro, which has been virtually untouched for more than five years, since 2011 . Even the newest iPad Pro models simply reuse existing iPad industrial designs, including the same chamfered aluminum edge around the screen, which can be traced back to the iPad 2, also released in 2011. Curtis raises an interesting point here. While it’s one thing to defend a single Apple product for not evolving, it is something of a peculiarity that we haven’t seen any cutting-edge push-the-envelope type of designs emanate from Apple in quite some time. Now whether or not this is a bad thing isn’t entirely clear. As devices like the iMac and the iPhone have matured and essentially evolved into giant screens with impossibly thin form factors, the room designers have to work with, the area under which they can work their magic has necessarily become much narrower. Has Apple “lost the ability to experiment due to rapid growth and unprecedented scale” as Curtis suggests? That may be part of the equation, but it’s still hard to call Apple’s design stagnation a problem just yet, especially as the company’s products become more and more popular with each passing year. Consider this: did people buy iPods because they enjoyed the aesthetic of the design or because it was an incredibly intuitive and forward-thinking product? As Steve Jobs famously said, "Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works." To that point, one could argue that the hoopla over Apple's design stagnation is overblown. Championing this point of view, John Gruber of Daring Fireball opines : Here’s the genius of the black and (especially) jet black iPhones 7. In a very seductive way, they look like something new and desirable. And at the same time, they are instantly recognizable as iPhones. That is what Manjoo and similar-minded I’m-bored-with-Apple’s-designs don’t get. With a highly successful product and brand, new versions need to strike a balance between familiarity, the foundations of the brand, and hot newness. The bored-with-Apple crowd just wants the hot newness. You need to recognize a Porsche 911 as a 911. An iPhone needs to look like an iPhone. The design needs to evolve, not transform. The thing to keep in mind is that the iPhone itself, what it looks like in your hand, is the embodiment of the iPhone brand. There is nothing printed on the front face of an iPhone because there doesn’t need to be. The Apple logo is the company’s logo. The iPhone’s logo is the iPhone itself. Hot newness , as Gruber calls it, is undeniably exciting, but when consumers are bombarded by new designs just for the sake of new design, it tends to be more of a jumbled mess than anything else. Curtis finishes with an intriguing proposition: perhaps Apple has simply abandoned frequent and subtle design shifts in favor of more grandiose design transformations that necessarily require more of a runway before becoming ready to introduce to the public. But there is one other potential explanation: maybe Apple has taken the enormous–one might even say courageous –risk of spending all of its resources on far-future product designs to the severe detriment of current products. I sincerely hope so. Food for thought. Curtis’ entire piece is well worth reading in its entirety. As opposed to some pundits out there, he doesn't profess to have all the answers, nor does he make sweeping generalizations about Apple’s future prospects for success. If you're the least beast curious about the state of Apple design, it's well worth checking out.
Apple on Wednesday seeded iOS 10.1 beta 1 to developers, but anyone could install it with the help of the same trick that worked during the regular iOS 10 beta period. But true Apple fans know that a public beta release follows one day after developers get theirs. And, sure enough, Apple delivered. iOS 10.1 public beta 1 is available to download right away. If you own an iPhone 7 Plus and want to try out the new bokeh portrait mode that Apple did not include in the final iOS 10 release, you should definitely go get the beta. DON’T MISS: 10 hidden gestures in iOS 10 to help you get the most out of your iPhone If you’re already registered for iOS beta access, then you can update your iPhone or iPad to iOS 10 public beta 1 over-the-air (OTA). The process is similar to any other public beta update or regular iOS update. Beware, though, on the iPhone 6s the update measures 1.8GB, so you’ll need to make sure you have enough battery juice, a decent Wi-Fi connection, and enough storage to handle it. iPhone 7 owners should first go to beta.apple.com to sign up for the beta program, install the required profile, and then update their devices. The process is very simple, and if you’re not happy with the beta release, you can always roll back to iOS 10, regardless of what device you’re using.
Today's batch of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free for a limited time might be the best list we've put together in a while. There are plenty of high-quality iOS apps on sale for free today, and you'll find the 10 best ones in this post. There are also a few remaining freebies in Tuesday's post , so be sure to check back in that one for even more options. DON'T MISS: 7 ways Apple’s iPhone 7 is much better than any Samsung phone These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged. Privacy Pro Normally $39.99. 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[Video Collage] • 101 rectangular layouts with up to 9 videos • Load multiple videos at once • Trim each video at any time and size • Apply beautiful filters to each video • Adjust audio volume of each video • Add your own song as background music • Adjust audio volume and start/end time of background music • Unique decoration with rounded corner, margin, border, shadow • Tons of beautiful frames • Background colors and patterns • Gradient and shape background color • Powerful text editor and stickers • Easy width and height ratio • Portrait and landscape mode • Save and share in HD (up to 1080x1080) [Slideshow] • Photo slides with your own photos • Text only slides with texts and background color • Edit, swap, duplicate and delete each slide • Customizable play time • 10 transition effects • Background music with your own songs • Trim and adjust volume of background music • Customizable watermark with beautiful text styles and fonts • Apply 11 image filters to each photo slide • Add narration to each slide • Add text to each slide with beautiful text styles and fonts • Apply Background color to each text slide • Instant preview • Save to Camera Roll • Share to Instagram, facebook and youtube • Send email and copy to clipboard • Convert to animated gif [Photo Collage] • The ultimate photo collage layouts - Grid : Combine mulitple photos with 157 rectangular and polygonal layouts - Blended : Blend multiple photos and create stunning collage - Free Style : No limitation on how you add and arrange your photos - Squared : Create no crop squared photo and video for Instagram • Load multiple photos at once • Unique decoration with rounded corner, margin, border, shadow • Tons of beautiful frames • Background colors and patterns • Gradient and shape background color • Powerful text editor and beautiful stickers • Edit photo with aviary photo editor • Easy width and height ratio • Portrait and landscape mode • Save and share in HD (up to 2400x2400) Download InstaVideo Free Music Normally $1.99. Millions of Tracks, Playlist! Absolutely Free, without any limits! Browse, search and listen unlimited Free music to your iPhone/iPod/iPad and support to iPhone 6s/6s plus. Millions of free songs, DJ sets, remixes and live concerts. Free Music facilitates free streaming of legal and unlimited music. Keep millions of songs in your pocket and conveniently enjoy them on the go. Free Music has been called “ the best music streamer” and “ the most well-designed app ever” Key Features: Music Streamer: √ Millions of free and legal songs available √ Modern and intuitive user interface √ Explore hottest music on iTunes Top 100 chart √ Explore trending music by genres √ Search for favorite songs or artists √ Powerful and advanced music streamer Music Player: √ Sleep timer √ Equalizer with BassBooster √ Stylish audio Visualizer √ Fine scrubbing √ Lock screen playback controls √ Background music playback √ Album cover art – auto search or upload your own Playlist: √ Smart iPod-like music playlists √ Create your own playlists √ Full playlist manager √ Add and remove songs in Music Library Media Library: √ Import music from your iPod library √ Rate songs like in iTunes √ Tabs for Songs, Albums, Artists, Genres √ Tag editor Manager: √ Move, rename or delete tracks & songs √ Search by artist, title, album, genre √ Create and manage folders √ Sort by artist, track name, date, duration √ History of Recently listened tracks Support √ Shuffle and repeat mode √ Background playback √ Full lock screen controls √ Support both iPhone and iPad √ Optimized for iOS 9 with minimum requirement is iOS 6.1 √ Optimized for iPhone 6/6s and 6/6s Plus Download Free Music
Just over a week after finally releasing iOS 10 to the public, Apple has begun seeding the first developer beta of iOS 10.1 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It's still unclear which features, if any, are going to be added in 10.1, but we'll be keeping an eye out for any updates regarding the update. DON'T MISS: 7 ways Apple’s iPhone 7 is much better than any Samsung phone According to 9to5Mac , the developer release notes include two notable changes: a fix for motion handling and the Portrait bokeh feature for iPhone 7 Plus. Keep in mind, this is only the first beta, so more features, fixes and improvements are likely to be added as newer versions of the 10.1 update become available. Bokeh is one feature that every iPhone 7 Plus owner is looking forward to. Apple said during its press event earlier this month that depth-of-field would be coming to photos on the phablet before the end of the year. Here's what a photo looks like in the new Portrait mode: iOS 10 is one of the biggest iOS releases Apple has ever pushed out, with significant changes to notifications, a redesigned Music app, an App Store for Messages, the ability to delete system apps and plenty more that we've covered before . If you're a developer, you can download the update right now by heading to the Apple Developer Center. Apple says that the public beta of iOS 10.1 will be out on Friday, so even more iPhone 7 Plus users can play around with bokeh. [Updated post to reflect accurate release notes and public beta timing.]
By Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd has agreed to offer anti-hacking software from a startup that last year discovered a major Android bug, it said on Wednesday, as the once-dominant smartphone company seeks to leverage ties to corporate and government clients to boost its software revenue. BlackBerry's enterprise sales force will resell Zimperium's zIPS mobile threat protection application to customers of its mobile device management services, the two companies said in a statement. Zimperium said the product costs $10 a month per device, with bulk discounts available, and that BlackBerry will take an undisclosed cut of sales.
One of Apple's biggest pitches with the new iPhone 7 Plus is that it can capture photos that are comparable to a DSLR in terms of the "bokeh" background blurring effect you see in pictures taken with a DSLR camera. Of course if you already have an iPhone 6s or even an iPhone 6, $770+ is a whole lot of money to pay for a camera and a speed increase. Instead of paying somewhere near a grand for a new phone with a camera that's kinda sorta like a DSLR, check out the DxO ONE Miniaturized Pro Quality Camera , which attaches to any iPhone and captures photos that actually are DSLR quality. Some key details: World's smallest 1" format sensor camera, under 3" tall and weighing less than an iPhone. Standalone mode and Framing Assistant allow you to quickly compose and take photos with one hand. Lightning connector directly connects to your iPhone or iPad transforming your device into a beautiful viewfinder whose Retina display provides access to all the controls of a DSLR. Wi-Fi remote control capability using existing network (LAN) or direction connection (Peer-to-Peer). Instantly share your DxO ONE images from your iPhone to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more. Of course, seeing is believing so make sure you check out the DxO website and look at the incredible photo samples there. The DxO One is available right now for preorder on Amazon , and it'll be released on September 29.
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We dug through dozens upon dozens of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free today, and we can up with 11 in particular that we think our readers will enjoy. There are also still a few freebies in yesterday's post , so you should have more than enough new apps to check out on your shiny new iPhone 7 — or on your not-so-shiny older iPhone. MUST SEE: It’s already getting easier to find the iPhone 7 model you want, and we’ll show you how These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged. noPhone Hour Normally $0.99. There are so many things more important than mobile phone in our lives. So, when necessary, please lay aside it and concentrate on what you are doing. ･ This app encourages you to lay aside mobile phone and concentrate on what you are doing. You can set the time (one or half an hour), and briefly record what you’ve done at the end of the time. Day by day, will cultivate healthy habit of using mobile phone. ･ No limit to the functions of mobile phone, such as calls and texts. Putting your phone on silent mode is a good suggestion during the “noPhone Hour”. ･ There are six themes, with the growth of the “noPhone Hour” number, one by one to unlock. ･ With iCloud, it’s easy to transfer your data to an new iPhone. ･ No ads. Download noPhone Hour Watchover Normally $4.99. Monitor your kid’s computer use with Watchover. Sit anywhere in your house and see what your kids are doing on their computers from your iPhone, iPod or iPad. Free today with ‘App of the Day’. (20th September) Cyber safety is a challenge. Unless you are leaning over your kid’s shoulders it is hard to know what they are doing on their computers. Just like watching your kids in the park, Watchover lets you keep an eye on them from a distance. Watchover provides screenshots, so you see what they see, and records which programs are being used, when and for how long. So while the children are in their bedrooms, you can connect from your iPhone, iPod or iPad and view what they’ve been doing for the last few days – or see what is on their screens right now. “ Gotta love it! - The makers of VLC Streamer hit another home run for anyone with a teenager....I love this app and can keep an eye on my son now without having to constantly run to my laptop. Great job guys!” - US Reviewer “ I have a technologically advanced 13 year old boy (are there any other kind today?), and I've been looking hard for an unobtrusive, non-invasive way of keeping an eye on his internet browsing. We've tried various other approaches... Some of them got quite loud! Watchover provides concerned and caring parents with a way to discretely monitor their children’s online experience and the time they spend on their computers without overtly invading their space. Everybody wins. I will, sincerely, be recommending this app to every parent I know. Thanks, Lyn.” -Australian Reviewer • Features include • — Free helper app monitors all your Windows or Apple computers — Stores screenshots every minute — Keeps a two week history — Shows which applications have been in use, when and for how long — Statistics show easily which applications have been used the most — The Watchover Owl is always visible in the menu or system tray to let your child know that you're watching over them • Frequently Asked Questions • Q: Does Watchover block any sites, emails or people? A: No. Watchover is just a monitoring app, it won’t stop your kids going anywhere or stop anyone contacting them or them contacting people. All is does is monitor what is going on on the computer. Q: Will my kids know Watchover is installed? A: Yes. Hobbyist philosophy is to encourage appropriate computer use and safety through responsibility. The Watchover Owl appears in the screen tray to let your kids know you are looking out for them. The idea of Watchover is to give them some freedom to use the computer responsibly and appropriately, with the security of knowing you are there to help and keep them safe. The idea is to encourage them to keep themselves safe through educating them about computers and the internet – Watchover is there as a reminder and to let you check up on them, it will not to stop them doing anything. Q: What will Watchover show me? A: See the screenshots below for examples. Watchover will tell you what applications are running and for how long. You can review computer use for a whole day on one screen. You can also see the previous 14 days use. • System Requirements • - Supports Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10 - Supports Mac OS 10.7 and above - Connects to computers using your home wifi network • Response to feedback • -If you do have any problems with Watchover then please just check the help instructions in the app. Feel free to drop me an email (my personal mail is in the app) if you need help. Enjoy! Download Watchover WiseDay Normally $3.99. Today, the world is moving faster than ever before ! Time goes by so quickly. Start simplifying your life with the owl that thinks for you. WiseDay helps you to organize your life. It’s a smart app that analyzes everything. Enter a new task and WiseDay will prioritize it in your to do list. Enter a new appointment and WiseDay will suggest the best time to book it, based on your current schedule. WiseDay will help to improve your day, your week and your life. WiseDay is simple and easy to use. It's like having your own personal assistant… Automatic prioritization of your tasks You'll never waste time prioritizing your tasks ever again! WISEDAY helps you plan for the best time to tackle each of your day-to-day tasks. Assistant to create appointments Stop mindlessly searching in your agenda. WISEDAY will do it for you by suggesting time slots that are the most convenient in your schedule and managing schedule conflicts. Integrated display of your day Quickly view your entire day. On the same page, you'll see all your upcoming appointments, prioritized tasks and reminders. Schedule diagnostics Improve your time management! WISEDAY performs diagnostics on your schedule and provides recommendations on how to optimize your day, week and life. Data security Your data is secure. You are the only one who has access to it. Nobody else. Complete protection guaranteed. Automatic syncing You'll always be up-to-date! Your data is automatically synched on all of your devices: computer, smartphone and tablet. Download WiseDay Compass Zen PRO Normally $7.99. Compass Zen is an eye-catching, minimalist compass app designed specifically for your ipad or iphone. Compass Zen delivers many features with an accuracy that will exceed all your expectations. The magnetic north compass will ensure your co-ordinates are exact and will also tell you your altitude and speed. The elegant design offering easy-to-read information also sports a background customization facility, meaning you can decide what works best for you. There are options of reading the speedometer in km or mph, choose your GPS altitude in meters or feet and view your co-ordinates in DMS or Decimal. All of this gives you the ultimate user experience of a compass but with a simplicity and flair that is matched by no other iOS app on the market. Features: - True/ Magnetic North Compass - Speedometer (in km/h or mph) - GPS Altitude (in meters or feet) - Coordinates (in DMS or Decimal) - Elegant Minimalist Design - Background Customization Download Compass Zen PRO Solitaire FreeCell Normally $0.99. Classic Solitaire FreeCell game also known as Klondike and Patience. - Drag and drop to move cards - Timer - Option to change the background - Option to change Back of Card - Option to change theme of the Card Download Solitaire FreeCell Stock Target Calculator Normally $0.99. Stock Target Calculator is an easy tool for every investor to utilize on a daily basis! Making a decision to purchase more shares can be difficult. But with Stock Target Calculator you can make a better informed decision by calculating your expected average price per share prior to adding a position. Stock calculations have never been simpler. You can quickly calculate your expected average price per share for all your stocks. Simply enter all previous position and expected new position and click calculate. Along with an average price per share calculator, Stock Target Calculator can calculate the number of share you should purchase to bring you average price per share to any price you want. Stock Target Calculator does not take into account commissions, charges, or fees from brokerage firms. Calculations are rounded to the second decimal place but cannot be guaranteed. If calculations are not possible you will see negative numbers, error messages, or undefined values. Invest at your own risk. Download Stock Target Calculator Rune Gems Normally $0.99. Rune Gems is an excellent, well-presented game, friendly to both long and short play sessions. Five Star from -insidemobileapps.com The whole game is well executed and we really love to tap on one of the runes, for the animation is so smooth. Five Star from -fun2tap.com Rune Gems is a new & unique puzzle game. HOW TO PLAY: 1.You have a tray that holds 7 tiles. 2.Any tile you tap goes into your tray. 3.All tiles that enter your tray are automatically sorted by color and once you have EXACTLY 3 matching tiles of one of one color, those 3 tiles disappear and you score some points. If you happen to tap on too many unmatched tiles so as to clog up the tray with no way to form a group of three matching tiles from the available tiles on the board, the game ends the second you add that 7th tile and it isn't immediately part of an existing set. A little trick: Since a grouping can NEVER be more than 3, is to simply match as many triplets as fast as possible for an escalating speed combo bonus...but be careful, if in your haste you end up tapping on 4 red pieces, that 4th piece will now sit on the tray clogging stuff up until you find it two more partners. So always be mindful of what you put on the tray and make sure you can match it off quickly or letting it clog the flow up a bit is worth it if it is blocking your access to many other tiles underneath. Download Rune Gems Impossible Dial Normally $2.99. THE ORIGINAL!! ADS FREE! Impossible Dial It is a fun, fantastic, engaging and very simple game. must tap when it passes the correct color. Try it! Download Impossible Dial Ananda Normally $1.99. Ananda helps you concentrate, focus and work with progressive binaural tones and high quality peaceful sounds. -Enhance your brainwaves Choose from one of Ananda’s numerous binaural programs to focus,concentrate or brainstorm. Each program comes with binaural beats designed to help you reach a specific mood or state of mind. -Discover a new ambiance every time Each session provides a subtly fresh, new ambiance. A unique combination of nature sounds, chants, mantras and peaceful bells is generated on top of binaural tones every time you start Ananda. Main Features - 4 Binaural programs - Conscious Thinking - Focus & Concentration - Increased Attention - Learn & Memorize - Short description and benefits of every binaural program - High quality nature and peaceful sounds - Choose the sounds you prefer - Sounds are mixed together in a new way for every session - Simple and minimalist design - Information on brainwaves and binaural tones included in the app Download now and let us know how Ananda Focus & Attention helps you in your daily activities. *For more binaural beats program: - Check the Ananda - Meditate, Focus & Relax - PREMIUM - Or try the free version of Ananda - Meditate, Focus & Relax Download Ananda IQ Test Normally $1.99. IQ Test With solutions! Available for iPad and iPhone. 2 Tests +39 Questions Mensa iq test. +33 Questions European iq test. With solutions! An intelligence quotient (IQ) is a score derived from one of several standardized tests designed to assess intelligence. The abbreviation "IQ" comes from the German term Intelligenz-Quotient, originally coined by psychologist William Stern. Try it. NOTE: This test is intended for entertainment purposes only. Download IQ Test uRelax Normally $0.99. uRelax is a simple way to rest and relax after a long day. The eighteen hand-selected ambient sounds included in this app have been shown to reduce blood pressure, stress, and anxiety. Listeners also claim to be more energetic and alert after a fifteen minute session with this app. Band members and singers can also listen to this app before shows to reduce their performance anxiety. The three categories of sounds are nature sounds, relaxing ambience, and white noise. The nature sounds category includes thunderstorms, rain, wind, birds, rustling leaves, and an instrumental relaxation track. The relaxing ambience section includes water splashing, pond noises, a campfire, ocean waves, forrest creek, and coffee shop. The white noise section is mainly used to drown out background noise while sleeping and napping during travel. This section includes crickets, railroad sounds, a humming fan, brown noise, pink noise, and white noise. uRelax is extremely easy to use. Simply tap a picture to turn on the sound, and tap it again to turn it off. The sliders below the pictures control the volume of each sound. Combine different sounds in whatever way you want! Download uRelax
With all of the media coverage leading up to and following Apple's big iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus unveiling, just about everyone on the planet knows at this point that Apple ditched the standard 3.5mm headphone jack. Instead, its latest iPhones include only a Lightning port on the bottom. Apple suggests that iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus owners use either wireless headphones or wired headphones with a Lightning connector, like the EarPods Apple included in the box. Of course, there's also a 3.5mm-to-Lightning adapter included with the iPhone 7 series that lets you connect your old 3.5mm headphones with no problem. Despite all the steps Apple has taken and despite the popularity of wireless headphones, people still have a number of complaints about Apple's decision to do away with the 3.5mm audio port on its latest iPhones. Some complaints are valid while others are a stretch, but now it looks like a new issue may have been uncovered that no one even realized until now. DON'T MISS: iPhone 7 vs. Galaxy Note 7 speed test: This is just embarrassing… A German magazine has run extensive tests on the audio adapter included in the box with Apple's new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The magazine's goal was to determine whether or not there is any sound degradation when using the adapter as compared to the standard 3.5mm audio port on last year's iPhone 6s. While the article is in German and translations have varied a bit on Reddit and on the gadget forum where we the article was first linked, it looks like the tests did in fact find that sound quality is degraded when the adapter is being used. A translated quote from the article: The results are clear: with an iPhone 6S, the dynamic range worsens by 4.5 dB(A) for 24-bit music files. For the iPad Air, it worsens by 3.8 dB(A). The signal also gets worse for 16-bit music files, even if they aren't that drastic: the dynamic range worsens by 1.8 dB(A) and 3.1 dB(A) for the iPhone and iPad, respectively. And here's a chart that shows the full results from the tests: Now, before rage overcomes you and you smash your new iPhone 7 against a wall, you should know that these results aren't terribly troubling. Without diving into a technical explanation, the bottom line is that the difference is going to be completely imperceptible to most people. Even audiophiles with an incredible ear for sound won't notice the difference unless they're listening to high-quality 24-bit audio files. While streaming music through services like Spotify, or while listening to compressed sound files in popular formats like MP3, not even the snobbiest sound snobs out there will be able to tell the difference.
When Android fans learned that Google's upcoming new Nexus phones wouldn't actually be Nexus phones at all, speculation began running wild. Google would reportedly partner with HTC to produce two new phones, which obviously sounds suspiciously similar to the setup Google has had for years with its Nexus lineup. But the Pixels, according to rumors, would be designed by Google from start to finish, as is the case with Google's Pixel-brand Chromebooks. Some Android fans hoped aloud on forums and social networks that Google's new Pixel phones would be powerhouse Google devices that set the bar for Android handsets, but a new leak suggests that won't be the case. MUST SEE: iPhone 7 vs. Galaxy Note 7 speed test: This is just embarrassing… Is the Nexus brand dead? Will Pixel replace it? We won't know until Google unveils its new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, and that reportedly isn't happening until next month. But in the meantime, leaks continue to help paint a more complete picture of what we can expect from Google's next-generation pure Android devices. Sadly though, it's not all good news. Apart from the fact that Google's two new Pixel phones look a bit ugly in the renders we've seen so far, it now appears as though these new handsets won't offer the top-of-the-line performance many Android fans had been hoping for. In fact, new leaked benchmark test results that reportedly came from a Geekbench test run on a Pixel XL suggest that the phone won't even come close to competing with flagship handsets from the likes of Apple, Samsung and Huawei. Performance test results for the "Marlin," which is believed to be the codename for Google's upcoming Pixel XL phablet, were spotted on Geekbench by gadget blog WCCFtech . They show a single-core score of 1659 and a multi-core score of 3951. Those aren't terrible scores by any means, but they're not even in the same league as flagship phones from companies like Apple and Samsung. The Galaxy S7 managed a single-core score of 1806 and a multi-core score of 5228, while Apple's new iPhone 7 scores a ridiculous 3360 and 5354, respectively. Google is expected to unveil its new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones early next month before launching them a few weeks later.
Happy iPhone launch day, Apple fans! You've waiting long enough and now your precious new iPhone is finally here. We told you how to survive iPhone 7 release day and maybe even find that iPhone 7 Plus you want without needing a preorder . We showed you photos, videos and even poetry from iPhone launch day . Now, it's time to show you a handful of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free that'll help you fill up all that new storage space. MUST SEE: 10 best iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus cases we’ve found so far These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged. Ruler Normally $0.99. This is simple virtual Ruler app 17 feet/5 meters long. How to use Ruler to measure length: Put your finger on screen and slide phone with the other hand. Pull arrow down to reel off. See video and little practice and you may get 1% accuracy. Download Ruler Live 2 Photos Normally $1.99. [Live 2 Photos] is the World's first all in one tool which enables you to extract multiple still images from your Live Photo, Video, GIF and Burst Photo. * Extract multiple still images from Live Photos * Extract multiple still images from Videos * Extract multiple still images from Animated GIF * Extract multiple still images from Burst Photo * Easily get the exact moments * Extract unlimted number of photos * Save and share the extracted photos easily * You can even convert the extracted photos into photo collage and slideshow If you're Live Photo fan, you'll love this app! Download Live 2 Photos Pokedex for Pokemon Go Normally $0.99. Pokemon fans Assemble! Introducing Pokeforums! Your one stop place to chat and interact with thousands of other Pokemon Go players! Like and Unlike Each Other's post! Call Friends to come visit you and catch pokemon together! Presenting to you the most advanced Pokedex ever made, With over 700+ Pokemon and counting! The full guide you need to get ready for Pokemon Go! Has full Pokemon profile which includes Details, Type , Attack etc. Super fast search bar so that you never miss any chance to catch your favourite Pokemon! Download Pokedex for Pokemon Go Speedafari Normally $1.99. On a slow connection? Speed up Safari with Speedafari! "Kinda crazy, but it works." - Federico Viticci, Macstories.net Speedafari blocks unnecessary parts of websites from loading. By removing part of the experience (ads, tracking scripts, external fonts, videos, etc.), you save time, battery, and data. Speedafari is always just a swipe away, in the notification center. Just tap once, and — boom — Safari speeds up. No need to switch browser. Easily switch between three different aggressiveness levels — low, medium, and high. The higher the aggressiveness, the more will be blocked, and the faster the page will load. Note that some website functions may not work at all with the medium and high levels. Whitelist the sites you love effortlessly — without leaving Safari — to support them by letting them show you ads (which, naturally, makes them load slower). Use the Speedafari URL scheme to turn on and off speedup, and change the aggressiveness, from inside other apps. For example, you can make Speedafari semi-automatically trigger upon leaving home, by using the Launch Center Pro app. You're out in the woods? With Speedafari, don't worry about slow internet anymore! "Speedafari is a blocker that strips away everything it can so you can still load pages even when your connection is crap." - Thorin Klosowski, Lifehacker.com Oh, and don't worry about privacy! Speedafari has no access at all as to what web pages you visit. Note that all features are included in the download price, and that in-app purchases are not required to unlock anything. The in-app purchases simply provide a means to voluntarily support the development of Speedafari. What our users say: – "You didn't know that you needed this nifty little app until you used it; then, you wondered how you could have gone this long without it! Flawless so far." – "On its highest level of blocking it eliminates *all* graphics, which is terrific if you have limited bandwidth or just want to get to a site's text. [...] Very useful, unique features make this a must-have for me. Recommended." – "The ability to quickly turn it on and off and change the aggressiveness through the notification menu is a win win." – "It works beautifully." – "One of the best app purchases made" – "Get it. Quickly." Developed and designed by Arvid Lunnemark. Download Speedafari Snapshot Cam Normally $2.99. Snapshot Cam is a fun and easy to use camera & photo editor app. Create beautiful photos in seconds and share them with your friends. Add amazing stickers, apply stunning filters, draw & paint, add your own text or choose quotes from the extended library and personalize them with gorgeous fonts. Document your life or your travels with labeled photos. Make your friends laugh with funny edited pictures. Create your own birthday cards or invitations. The sky is the limit. Features: * Enhance photos with lots of different filters * Decorate photos with hundreds of different stickers, arrows, hearts, flowers, banners etc. * Make a message out of your picture, choose from thousands of quotes and citations or write your own text * Personalize your writing with colors and hundreds of fonts * Use a painting brush to directly draw onto your picture * Instantly share your photos on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks Snapshot Cam is an easy, quick and fun way to capture and embellish your photos and share them with friends. Use filters, quotes and stickers to transform your pictures into works of art or to send funny messages to your friends and family. Download Snapshot Cam Save2PDF Normally $3.99. Create professional, great looking PDFs simply and easily right on your iPhone without having to go near a computer! Save2PDF will convert most file formats into a PDF including Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Photos, Web Pages, Contacts and many more formats. What the Press Say: Macworld: "Save2PDF is a superb app that provides a fairly unique function" iAppSin: "Save2PDF is a practical app dedicated to converting and merging PDF files" iPad.net: "It is definitely a must-have app for professionals who use their iPad for business purposes" TouchMyApps: "There’s currently nothing like it at the App Store and iDevice users who’ve always wanted to create their own PDF files should definitely check it out." Save2PDF also enables easy merging of several documents into a single PDF, even if the files are completely different formats (i.e. create a single PDF by combining a document with a spreadsheet, or a Pages document with a Word file). It is also just as easy to merge multiple PDFs into a single PDF file. One of the other powerful features of Save2PDF is the ability to select a few pages from a file (i.e. a document or PDF) and a few from one or multiple other files - creating a new PDF containing only the pages required from those files. The PDF creation, arrangement and preview screen is intuitive and easy to use. Rearranging document order, selecting page ranges and adding further documents is all contained within one single area; there is no complicated file structure or hierarchy to learn! Save2PDF can easily be used in conjunction with other apps like Pages, Numbers or Keynote, simply use Open in.....Save2PDF to transfer any file from another app and convert it into a PDF - all done in only 2 steps! Providing the other app supports Open in... file sharing, transferring documents into Save2PDF is easy. 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From the creators of the original Night Sky™ app comes an all-new powerful encounter with the sky above! “I’m very impressed with The Night Sky … it offers a delightful and polished user experience.” - Avery Wang (creator of Shazam) “…Pure fun to use and really hard to put down. … Exactly what educational apps should be all about” - iDownload Blog ***** Over 15000 5 star customer reviews worldwide! – App Store With a breathtaking new Sky View, Deep Space Objects, Sky Time Machine, Light Spectrum Array, a 3D Solar System, World Traveller mode and many more features, all designed for iOS 9. Prepare to be blown away with our most powerful and feature packed version yet - Night Sky Pro™. 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AfterCam is a video camera that helps you keep only the memorable moments you’re really after - AFTER they’ve happened. It continuously captures video, but won’t save anything to your photo library until you tell it to. With AfterCam, there’s no need to record hours of video you know you’ll never edit. So, instead of recording your kid's entire game, or seven hours of baby’s ALMOST first steps, record only the highlights to begin with. You simply aim it as if you were recording video; then, when something memorable happens that you want to keep, press one of the number buttons to save the previous 5, 10, or 20 seconds as a video clip. You can also take still photos any time without affecting the video and the controls are duplicated on both sides for easy use with either hand! App Features: - Continuously captures video internally but only saves highlights you want to your photo library - Takes still photos without affecting video capture - Photo browser for playback and management - Controls duplicated on both sides for right- or left-handed use Download AfterCam Sniper vs Zombies Normally $0.99. Long awaited zombie sniper game has finally arrived! The fatal lab accident occurred in a research laboratory where a scientist was working with genetically modified viruses - the experimentation on humans has been catastrophic. The "Zombie Virus" has now infected hundreds of people and has spread rapidly throughout the city's homeless population. You're our last hope! Shoot all the zombies quickly and make sure they don't overrun the city! 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It was hard to swallow at first, but now that the iPhone 7 has officially launched, it's time to come to terms with the fact that the 3.5mm headphone jack is dead . How will you ever survive?! If you want to listen to music on your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, you'll either need Lightning or Bluetooth headphones, both of which Apple will be happy to sell you . But what are you supposed to do with your old, wired headphones? MUST SEE: 10 best iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus cases we’ve found so far Well, we have a few ideas: Learn how to jump rope. Play a game of tug of war in the backyard. Fashion a makeshift hands-free headset by tightly tying your phone to your face with all the wired headphones you have lying around. Tie several pairs of earbuds together end to end and use the resulting whip to thrash anyone who walks by talking trash about Apple (even though Apple's decision to kill headphones is the only reason you have this whip in the first place). Use it as a hipster-friendly super super skinny tie. Very fashionable. Floss. Try to lasso some Pokemon in Pokemon Go . Tie them to two lampposts and take down unsuspecting Android fanboys. Build one really long set of headphones to use with an old iPod or something. Start collecting all the wired headphones you find in the trash/on the ground and sell them to afford an iPhone 8 next year. Plug them into your new iPhone 7 with the adapter that comes in the box and stop complaining about the fact that Apple killed headphones. If you have any ideas of your own, sound off in the comments or on Twitter !
I've never been gung-ho on the prospects of an Apple branded car ever hitting the road, at least not within the compressed time frame that many analysts seemed to enthusiastically champion. Over the past few months, the excitement associated with the idea of Apple stepping into the automotive world blinded many to the myriad of complex challenges involved in researching, developing and ultimately bringing a car to market. From a Bloomberg report claiming that Apple wanted to begin car production in 2020 to an even loftier Wall Street Journal report claiming that Apple set a "target ship date for 2019," analysts and others within the tech community quickly began to view the idea of an Apple Car not as matter of if but as a matter of when . To be sure, it was never any secret Apple was heavily researching the prospects of developing an electric car, but Apple often pours R&D dollars into projects that never ultimately get off the ground, with the company's rumored HDTV being a prime example. DON'T MISS: This is the jaw-dropping iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus camera review you’ve been waiting for For months, I've maintained that Apple developing its own electric car made little to no sense for a variety of economic and logistical issues. Just a few days ago, the New York Times reported that Apple laid off dozens of employees from its car research team amid a shift in the project's focus. According to the Times, Apple's car initiative, now spearheaded by Apple executive Bob Mansfield, will focus more on self-driving car technology as opposed to the development of a physical Apple-branded car. With that in mind, I thought it might be an opportune time to briefly run down why Apple, in my estimation, would be foolish to release its own car. First off, there's the issue of money. Apple's all about the bottom line and margins within the auto industry are notoriously low even for luxury automakers like BMW. Whereas Apple typically enjoys margins in the 35-40% range, margins in the 8-10% range in the auto industry are considered impressive. Consider a magical scenario where Apple in 2020 successfully managed to manufacture and sell 315,000 cars. I call this a "magical" scenario because 315,000 cars sold would immediately transform the mythical Apple Car into a top 10 selling vehicle in the U.S. Now imagine that on top of selling 315,000 cars, Apple was also able to secure margins similar to what BMW enjoys. As a quick point of reference, the profits BMW enjoyed for each car it sold in 2013 was approximately $4,442. Even if Apple manages to sell 315,000 cars and make a generous $5,000 in profit per unit sold, that comes out to $1.57 billion over 12 months. Now given Apple's deep pockets, that's not exactly a needle mover. Remember, Apple during its most recent quarter posted a profit of $7.8 billion. Also remember, with 17 million Apple Music subscribers, the company's music streaming service generates approximately $2.4 billion in revenue across 12 months. If we assume that 45% of that is pure profit, that's about $1 billion in profits. All that said, is Apple really going to spend billions of dollars on car development and manufacturing when the profit levels would, realistically speaking, not even come close to matching what it accomplishes with Apple Music? A more realistic scenario might have Apple selling in 2020 as many cars as Tesla delivered in 2015 , which is to say somewhere in the ballpark of 50,600 units. Even if Apple can secure an even more generous profit of $8,000 per car, that's a net profit of $404 million per year. Again, that's chump change for Apple. To be clear, the underlying issue isn't whether or not Apple can release a car and make a profit, it's whether or not the profits generated are sufficiently high enough to justify Apple's entrance into an incredibly competitive and cut-throat market filled with established and sophisticated players. Another issue that doesn't seem to get much play in the press is that it's not entirely clear what type of innovation or differentiation Apple could deliver in the car space. As opposed to the state of the mobile market in 2006, the car industry has no shortage of innovative and sophisticated automakers who continuously deliver impressive innovations on a consistent basis. Apple's iPhone in 2007 was competing against laggard products from the likes of BlackBerry and Nokia. An Apple Car, in contrast, would be going to head to head with forward-thinking companies like Tesla, Porsche, BMW and Mercedes-Benz. That being the case, what would differentiate an Apple Car from the rest of the pack? A few months ago I said the following: A hypothetical Apple Car wouldn’t be entering an industry plagued by backwards-thinking corporations more than happy to just sit back and bask in the glory of past successes. On the contrary, they’d be entering a vibrant and highly competitive industry consisting of incumbents with decades worth of design and manufacturing expertise. They would be entering an industry that, quite frankly, isn’t necessarily in need of the famed Apple touch. BMW. Audi. Mercedes. Porsche. These are luxury brands that already embody the ethos of Apple product design. On another note, we haven't even touched on logistical issues such as where will Apple sell these cars? Where's the requisite infrastructure? Where will repairs be made? Additionally, developing a car from scratch requires a whole lot of manpower. And while Apple's existing car-team was estimated to be in the 800-1000 range (before the aforementioned layoffs), consider that BMW has more than 100,000 employees worldwide. Tesla, meanwhile, currently boasts upwards of 14,000 employees. As Jason Snell of Six Colors astutely pointed out a few months ago, Apple's research into developing an electric car was and remains just that, research . The next step in this process isn’t hiring a thousand people and planning a release date. It’s probably setting up a team to investigate all the issues involved in entering this field. Is there something here? What are the issues with entering a new industry? What do we need to create ourselves and what do we buy from suppliers? Do we do this ourselves or with partners? Should we buy someone or invest in someone? Are we really building a car, or just subsystems for a car? And is this all a bad idea that we should forget ever happened? With that in mind, reports that Apple is shifting the focus of its car project shouldn't come as much of a surprise.
Thanks to countless leaks in the weeks and months leading up to Apple's latest media event, there weren't many surprises to be found during the keynote. In fact, the closest thing we got to a genuine reveal was that of the wireless AirPods , which were meant to help explain away the lack of a headphone jack on the iPhone 7. Depending on who you ask, the AirPods are either sleek and well-designed or look ridiculous hanging out of someone's ears, but everyone agrees on one thing — if you buy a set of AirPods, you're almost definitely going to lose them. DON'T MISS: 10 best iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus cases we’ve found so far That universal truth is the theme of Conan's AirPods ad, which pays homage to the classic black silhouette iPod commercials while lambasting Apple's new hardware. You can watch the full (fake) ad from Conan below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_wImaGRkNY Early reviews of the headphones claim that you're much less likely to lose them than you might think. Even Tim Cook himself told Good Morning America this week that he'd yet to have the AirPods fall out of his ears while using them. Apple won't make the AirPods available to the public until "late October," so we'll have to wait more than a month to find out if the early reports about the hardware is true. In the meantime, we can all sigh over the jet black AirPods that Apple foolishly decided not to make and wish they were real.
In the wake of the iPhone 7 shipping without a traditional 3.5mm headphone jack, many have wondered how the controversial design decision might impact other devices in Apple's product lineup. While removing the headphone jack on a relatively small and tightly packed device like the iPhone can be justified as a means to make room for other components, it's hard to make a similar argument for removing the jack on larger devices like the iPad and Apple's Mac lineup. DON'T MISS: 8 cool iOS 10 features you probably haven’t found yet All the same, it appears that Apple is at the very least contemplating a future where the company's popular MacBook Pro may ship without a headphone jack. According to a report from MacRumors , Apple a few weeks ago began sending out surveys to select users asking them, among other things, if they ever use the headphone jack on their MacBook Pro machines. The question verbatim reads, "Do you ever use the headphone port on your MacBook Pro with Retina display?" "There are several other reports on Twitter from users who have been asked similar questions about the headphone jack," MacRumors adds, "suggesting Apple is exploring the removal of the headphone jack in a future version of the MacBook Pro." For what it's worth, there's no indication that Apple's upcoming MacBook Pro revamp will ship without a headphone jack. With an unveiling date rumored for October, various rumors and product leaks suggest that Apple's new MacBook Pro will feature an OLED touch panel in place of the function key row, will come in a thinner form factor, and will have four USB-C ports. The headphone jack, meanwhile, as evidenced by the leaked chasis below, doesn't appear to be on its way out the door just yet.
Ladies and gentlemen, you have one more day to go before Apple's new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus officially launch. Despite a string of negative posts on some gadget blogs ahead of the new iPhones' launch, the iPhone 7's release is shaping up to be one of Apple's biggest launches ever. In fact, preorders are outpacing Apple's record-smashing iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus at most US carriers right now. Of course, getting a new iPhone means you also have to purchase a new case, lest you want to scratch up that new phone. You're about to spend somewhere between $650 and $970, so scratching is the last thing you want. We've searched high and low, and we've rounded up the 10 best iPhone 7 cases that you can buy right now in this post. Some of them can be at your door in as little as one day, so your precious new iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus doesn't have to go a single minute without protection. MUST SEE: How to fix the most annoying things in iOS 10 If you're getting one of the new Black or Jet Black colors Apple has introduced on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, you'll definitely want to consider a clear case for your new phone. In fact, you should probably consider a clear case regardless of which color you ordered because they're all stunning. Spigen's iPhone 7 Ultra Hybrid Air Cushion case is a best-selling iPhone 7 case right now, and it's just $10.99 on Amazon with free Prime shipping. Spigen also makes a clear iPhone 7 case with a built-in kickstand for $12.99, which is a great feature for users who watch a lot of video. Also, the iPhone 7 Clear Case by Yousave Accessories is a great option and it's only $7.85 shipped. If you picked up a larger iPhone 7 Plus instead, you've still got some great options for clear cases. One of our favorite options is the Spigen Liquid Crystal Ultra-Thin Semi-transparent case for $11.99, and Spigen has a crystal clear option for the same price. If you want a leather case and Apple's own cases are too common and boring for you, Mujjo is absolutely the best in the business. The company's most popular leather slim cases and wallet cases are shipping right now for both the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, and they come in the company's instantly recognizable three-color palette: Black, gray and that gorgeous tan color. You'll find all of Mujjo's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus cases right here , and prices start at about $33. Dark cases are also very popular right now, and we've got three in particular here that are sleek and stylish without adding too much extra bulk. For the iPhone 7, the Spigen Liquid Armor Soft Black Premium TPU Case is our favorite at just $11.99. For the larger iPhone 7 Plus, we're split between the Spigen Thin Fit Black Premium Matte Finish Hard Case for $11.99 and the Caseology Parallax Series Modern Slim Black / Deep Blue Textured Grip Case for $14.99. Finally, if you need serious protection, Otterbox is the only way to go. $49.95 gets you the company's brand new Defender Series Case for iPhone 7 . The iPhone 7 Plus version costs an extra $10.
Samsung is not in a very good place right now. The company is in the midst of a global recall of its latest flagship phone, the Galaxy Note 7. As we're sure you've read by now, some Note 7 models shipped with faulty batteries that have been found to explode while charging. The explosions have so far caused personal injury to some users and extensive property damage for others. We've seen stories of Note 7 fires engulfing a parked Jeep in flames and even burning down one family's house . Most recently, an exploding Galaxy Note 7 started a vehicle fire while the car was driving down the road . The South Korean smartphone giant is taking a huge financial hit as a result of the recall, and its image has been tarnished as well. Of course, these will ultimately just be temporary setbacks; time heals all wounds and people forget about gadget gaffes pretty quickly — see Antennagate, Bendgate and every other "gate" for examples. So what's coming from Samsung next year, when all the fuss over the Note 7 has long since been forgotten? MUST SEE: You’ve never seen an iPhone that looks like this Samsung has two flagship launches each year. In the first half, the company updates its Galaxy S lineup and in the second half, the Galaxy Note lineup is updated. With the Note 7 launch behind us, sort of, attention is now beginning to turn to next year's Galaxy S8, which Samsung is undoubtedly eager to launch as it looks to put the Note 7 debacle behind it. We've seen a few reports that have begun to paint a picture of what we might expect from next year's Galaxy S8. One of the more recent claims is that the phone will come in two sizes just like the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, but both the 5.1-inch model and the 5.5-inch version will feature curved displays . Another report stated that the S8 series could be among the first smartphones to feature 4K ultra HD displays . Now, a new report out of China on Thursday morning states that the new Galaxy S8 models could be powered by a new Samsung Exynos 8895 processor. According to the report, which comes from a Weibo user (via WccfTech ) who has posted a few leaks in the past, the new chipset will be clocked at 3.0GHz but will be more energy-efficient than any previous Samsung processor. It will also apparently improve image processing by as much as 80% compared to this year's Exynos model. If accurate, this sounds great on paper — but we should all bear in mind that specs on paper don't always translate in real-world usage. As we know all too well, Apple's iPhone 6s from last year is still faster than Samsung's brand new flagship smartphones despite paling in comparison on paper.
By Julia Love SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Initial quantities of the iPhone 7 Plus have sold out globally as Apple Inc prepares to roll out its new gadget in stores, the company said Wednesday. Supplies of the larger size of Apple's new phone have been exhausted in all shades, and the smaller iPhone 7 has also sold out in the new jet black color, the company said. Customers who enter Apple Stores Friday, when the gadgets hit shelves, will not be able to purchase the sold-out phones on site, but they can continue to place orders for their desired models online, Apple said.
iOS 10 is one of the most significant iOS updates in years. On the surface, everything looks similar to iOS 9, the iOS version you left behind. But digging deeper, you’ll find a ton of brand new features that are included in this release. Just like with previous iOS launches, iOS 10 puts security and privacy front and center — after all, Apple has not changed its stance on either. There are various privacy and security features working for you in iOS 10, with many of them available on iOS 9 as well. But that doesn’t mean your iPhone or iPad running iOS 10 can’t leak information. So, you should make sure you set up your device correctly to prevent any problems. DON’T MISS: What the iPhone 7, new Apple Watch, and AirPods reveal about next year’s iPhone 8 upgrade Encrypt your iPhone Your iPhone or iPad is encrypted by default. But it’s only encrypted if you protect it with a PIN, password, or fingerprint. Head to Settings , Touch ID & Passcode and set up your passwords and fingerprints. An unlocked iPhone would let a malicious individual with intimate knowledge of the iPhone to steal credit card data, Safari passwords, pictures, and other valuable data you might hold on your phone. Tip #1 : Set a Custom Alphanumeric Code or a Custom Numeric Code , but don’t go for the 4-Digit Numeric Code . Tip #2 : Do not use Touch ID for iPhone Unlock if you’re worried law enforcement would use it against you, but keep using it for Apple Pay, iTunes and App Store, and other apps. Tip #3 : Always set the iPhone to auto-lock itself. Go to Settings , Display & Brightness and set the auto-lock time for as low as 30 seconds or as much as 5 minutes . Never set it to Never . Tip #4 : Enable Erase Data if you want the iPhone to automatically delete everything after 10 failed passcode attempts. Tip #5 : Encrypt your iOS backups as well, and backup your device via iTunes (where they can be encrypted) rather than iCloud. Enable Find My iPhone If it’s not enabled, Find My iPhone must be turned on (under Settings , iCloud ) so that you can attempt retrieving a lost or stolen device. Tip #1 : Enable Send Last Location so that the iPhone sends the last known location of the iPhone to Apple when the battery is critically low. You can keep it off if you usually run out of battery. Use 2-factor authentication Your Apple ID is a vital piece of information that hackers try to steal. You can secure it with 2-factor authentication over at Apple.com , and you should do it to make sure your wallet and data are both protected. A hacker could steal data information from your backups — say, naked pictures — and purchase items on your behalf after gaining Apple ID access. Tip #1 : Require password for additional purchases made on your iOS and Mac devices. Limit lockscreen data leaks One of the big changes in iOS 10 concerns the lockscreen. It can deliver more information than ever, and a sneak peak at it is enough for someone to glance useful information about your day. A malicious person could read personal information from notifications (including messages and mails) and widgets that are set up on the screen. You can limit access to certain features of the lockscreen by going to Settings , Touch ID & Passcode and disabling them one by one. The list includes Today View , Notification View , Siri , Reply with Message , Home Control , and Wallet . Tip #1 : The problem is that by disabling these features, and the useful widgets on the lockscreen, you miss out on some awesome features. So you could try to find other ways of limiting lockscreen leaks. One of them concerns notifications. Just go to Settings , Notifications , and manage the type of notifications you get from each app. It’s critical that you disable Show Previews for messaging and email apps, so the text doesn’t appear on the screen. Tip #2 : You might want to remove Home Control from your lockscreen. It’s pretty clear why. Tip #3 : It’s really easy for someone to spy on you if you’re on iOS 10 and have Raise to Wake enabled. A person could raise the phone and glance at all the information available on the lockscreen without making any sounds. Disable the feature ( Settings , Display & Brightness ) so that the lockscreen doesn’t light up when you or someone else moves it around. Tip #4 : If something you need to customize isn’t available in the Settings app, go to the lockscreen or home screen. Swipe down, then slide to the right to see your widgets. Scroll down until you see the Edit button to customize that screen. Don’t worry, only the person who knows your password can enter this menu. Manage your Location information You should be in control of location sharing on iOS, and Apple lets you do it. Just like before, head to the Settings app, then Privacy , then Location Services . This is where you can limit location tracking on a per-app basis. You tell apps never to track you, or track your device only while you’re using an app. Do not allow apps to track you in the background. Tip #1 : Under Location Services scroll down to System Services , then Frequent Locations , and disable it if you don’t want your iPhone to provide location-related information in apps like Maps, Calendar, and others. While you’re there, tap the Clear History button as well. Tip #2 : You should also limit other types of data that you’re sharing with apps, and you can do that from the Privacy screen. Camera and microphone access, contacts and calendars, Health and HomeKit, are some of the sections to pay attention to. Stop third-parties from tracking you via ads Go to the Settings app, then Privacy and then Advertising (at the very bottom of the page). Enable Limit Ad Tracking , and then tap on Reset Advertising Identifier . iOS 10 is even better at limiting ads, as it resets the identifier to 00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000. Good luck tracking that. Tip #1 : You can tap on View Ad Information to find out the information used by Apple to deliver relevant ads to you. Tip #2 : Browse the web in incognito mode. Go to Safari , tap on the page switch icon (the one on the right at the bottom of the screen), then tap Private . Private Browsing Mode is now enabled. Limit access to data If someone gets access to your phone’s data, they could be looking at all the information that’s on your phone. You can limit it by setting messages to self-destroy after a number of days. Go to Settings , Messages , and Keep Messages where you can select the minimum period to 30 days. Do the same for Audio Messages on the same page — set them to Expire after 2 minutes. Tip #1 : You can always manually delete conversations from the iMessage app. You can do the same thing with other chat apps on a per-conversation basis. Or you can use self-destructing chat apps or iMessage apps so that some chats stay hidden forever.
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By Peter Hobson LONDON (Reuters) - Online retailer Amazon brought Echo, its voice-activated smart home controls device to Britain and Germany on Wednesday, hoping the Star Trek-inspired gadget will replicate the success it has seen in the United States. The launch, the latest big marketing push in Britain by the retailer, is the first expansion of Echo outside the United States, where it says it has sold millions of the devices since its debut in 2014. Dave Limp, Amazon's head of devices, said it had spent two years preparing for the European launch, with 1,000 engineers working to train the software to understand everything from local accents, senses of humor and colloquial phrases.
Ladies and gentlemen, iOS 10 is finally here! After a long beta period that began back in June, Apple released the finished version of iOS 10 to the public this week and so far, the response has been overwhelmingly positive. People love the refinements in Apple's latest OS, and if your iMessages have been anything like ours lately, they also love all the new Messages effects and third-party iMessage apps that are now supported in iOS 10. Sure there were a few bumps in the road, but things are going reasonably smoothly following the release of Apple's new iOS 10 software for the iPhone and iPad. Of course, that doesn't mean that everyone is happy with all the changes Apple made this year. We showed you the 10 best new features in iOS 10 and we've also shown you 25 hidden iOS 10 features you probably had no idea were there. Now, it's time to show you how to fix all the most annoying changes Apple make in its latest mobile operating system. MUST SEE: You’ve never seen an iPhone that looks like this Unlock your iPhone with a touch iOS 10 adds a new raise to wake feature that shows you all those great new notifications and widgets as soon as you lift your phone. As a result, Apple's old Touch ID unlock had to change — leaving the old behavior would mean the lock screen would almost always be completely bypassed. But some people don't want to have to press the home button to unlock the iPhone. Luckily, it's beyond simple to restore iOS 9's unlock function. Open Settings and go to General > Accessibility > Home Button Slide the toggle next to "Rest Finger to Open" to the on position Disable raise to wake Whether or not you like the new unlock behavior, some people aren't fans of Apple's raise to wake feature. Don't worry, disabling it is just as simple. Open Settings and go to Display & Brightness Slide the toggle next to "Raise to Wake" to the off position Disable the ability to reply to messages when the phone is locked Apple's new notifications in iOS 10 are awesome. Where messages are concerned, you don't even have to open the Messages app anymore to reply to a text or an iMessage. Simply 3D Touch the notification and you can type and send your response right there without ever leaving the app you're in. Of course, there are definitely some privacy concerns when that functionality is enabled on the lock screen, which is how iOS 10 is configured by default. In other words, anyone can respond to your messages without having to unlock your phone. Here's how to prevent that from happening: Open Settings and go to Touch ID & Passcode Enter your password or PIN code Scroll down and slide the toggle next to "Reply with Message" to the off position Stop apps from automatically installing Messages extensions Third-party app support in the Messages app is one of the coolest things about iOS 10, but most people only want Messages-specific apps in there. For example, installing or updating the Yelp app will automatically install Yelp's Messages extension, and not everyone wants that. Here's how to stop it: Open any conversation in Messages Tap the arrow icon to the left of the text input field Tap the Apps icon Tap the four circles in the bottom-left corner Tap the Manage tab Slide the toggle next to "Automatically Add Apps" to the off position While you're on that screen, you can also toggle off any apps you don't want to see in Messages. Disable Safari auto-fill features This is the least annoying of all the features listed in this post, but we have seen a bunch of complaints about it. Apple's new contextual Quick Type features in Safari pop up your name, email address and other contact info when you visit a web page with forms that have those fields. It's a nice, convenient feature but it seems to be bugging some users. Here's how to disable it: Open Settings and go to Safari > AutoFill Slide the Toggle next to "Use Contact Info" to the off position You can also stop Safari from auto-filling logins and credit card details from this screen.