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iOS 8 review

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iOS 8 review

Last year Apple stripped iOS bare in order to redefine how we do things. This year they build atop everything that came before in order to redefine what we can do.

iOS 8 is the latest version of the operating system software that powers every iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. That's hundreds of millions of mobile devices used day in, day out, by hundreds of millions of people around the world.

It includes updates to Messages and Photos, and an all-new Health app, a predictive keyboard and contextual Spotlight, interactive notifications and better Mail and Safari, Family Sharing options and Continuity workflows, and there's Extensibility, which allows for custom keyboards, custom sharing and action options, custom photo filters and effects, notification center widgets, iCloud Drive, and custom storage providers.

There are also new frameworks like HomeKit for home automation, manual camera controls, Touch ID authentication for third party apps, SpriteKit, SceneKit, and Metal for games, and a new programming language called Swift.

Yang to iOS 7’s yin, iOS 8 is a functional rejuvenation that counterbalances last year's visual refresh. And just like last year, when iOS 7 was called the biggest redesign since the first iPhone shipped in 2007, iOS 8 is being called the most important upgrade since the App Store launched in 2008. So, is it?

Read on for our comprehensive review of iOS 8.

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3 hours ago

Pebble gets happy on your wrist with latest firmware

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Pebble gets happy on your wrist with latest firmware

Pebble has updated its firmware for both the regular Pebble and the newer Pebble Steel to version 2.5. Among the support features of the new update is the ability for Pebble to display emoji, so now rather than having little, square, white boxes appear when someone uses a happy face in a text message, your wrist will be smiling back at you!

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3 hours ago

Clearing up the iCloud Drive confusion: No, there's no iCloud Drive app on iOS!

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Clearing up the iCloud Drive confusion: No, there's no iCloud Drive app

Clearing up the iCloud Drive confusion: No, there's no iCloud Drive app on iOS!

The launch of iOS 8 brought with it the launch of iCloud Drive, and... a whole lot of confusion. Apple stated during the WWDC keynote that while iCloud Drive was coming to both the Mac and iOS, there would not be a standalone iCloud Drive app. That's not a problem with OS X Yosemite because it's built right into the Finder, but iOS doesn't have a Finder either, so the only way to access iCloud Drive on an iPhone or iPad is through an app like Numbers, Keynote, Pages, or an App Store app. Cue the internet pitchforks and torches. So, what's really going on with iCloud Drive on iOS, and how can you get to your files?

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3 hours ago

Vesper now looks aces on your new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus

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Vesper now looks aces on your new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus

Vesper, the iPhone app designed to help you collect your thoughts, has been updated with adaptive interface support for both the bigger iPhone 6 and the much bigger iPhone 6 Plus.

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4 hours ago

U2 and Apple are working on a plan to get people buying music again

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U2 and Apple are working on a plan to get people buying music again

The public may have had mixed feelings about a free U2 album showing up on their phones last week, but the world-renowned band and Apple are likely teaming up again to work on a new music format. This new music format, U2 claims, will make music so interesting and enticing that consumers will want to buy songs and albums once again.

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4 hours ago

Can't get Continuity calling or Handoff working in iOS 8? Here's the fix!

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Can't get Continuity calling or Handoff working in iOS 8? Here's the fix!

Continuity and Handoff are both new iOS 8 features that make for a more seamless experience than ever when it comes to using multiple devices. Continuity lets you answer phone calls that come in on your iPhone on your iPad, and soon on your Mac as well through Yosemite. Handoff, one of the major elements of Continuity, lets you start a task on one device, and pick up where you left off on another. Unfortunately, some folks seem to be having issues using either of them after upgrading to iOS 8. Luckily, there's a pretty easy fix!

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4 hours ago

Hours makes a timely launch for iOS 8 with nice discount

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Hours makes a timely launch for iOS 8 with nice discount

Time-tracking app Hours has been updated and is now launching for iOS 8. As the app wasn't available on iOS 8 launch day yesterday, the developers are running a special 50 percent off promotion, taking the launch price down to $4.99 from $9.99.

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5 hours ago

Photographer shows off the beauty of Iceland with iPhone 6 and 6 Plus cameras

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Photographer shows off the beauty of Iceland with iPhone 6 and 6 Plus cameras

Professional photographer Austin Mann was given the opportunity to put the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus through their paces with some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, in Iceland, and came out with some amazing results.

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5 hours ago

Readdle's Bundle saves money and forces productivity onto you

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Readdle's Bundle saves money and forces productivity onto you

Apple had introduced Bundles as a way to save money by buying a bundle of pre-selected apps. Now Readdle is jumping on the idea and the outfit has introduced its Readdle Ultimate Productivity Bundle to save you money while bringing you the best of Readdle's productivity apps. The Bundle of 4 apps would normally cost $27 if sold individually, but users can grab the collection for just $19.99.

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5 hours ago

How to transfer data from BlackBerry 10 to a new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus

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How to transfer data from BlackBerry 10 to a new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus

So you've been hanging onto BlackBerry for awhile, but you're ready to switch after seeing the shiny new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. We can't blame you - the iPhone 6 is a pretty attractive piece of hardware and the 6 Plus is a whole new ball game when it comes to big-screen beauty. iOS 8 is introducing a lot of great new features which make the entire package all the more enticing. For many this is going to be a return to familiar territory, for others it's going to be a bit of a culture shock. Either way, we're here to help.

Here's how to get your stuff from your old BlackBerry 10 phone to your new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus.

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6 hours ago

Take to the high seas with Down Among the Dead Men gamebook

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Take to the high seas with Down Among the Dead Men gamebook

The great folks behind 80 Days and Sorcery! have released a new interactive book full of piratey goodness. Down Among the Dead Men has you take on the role of a magician, a thief, a pirate, or a governor's daughter in disguise among a seafaring crew. There's some curses involving the undead here too. You'll have the choice to be nice, fair, or full-out evil, with the text changing and narrative branching off depending on your decisions.

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7 hours ago

Yes, Camera Roll is gone in iOS 8 — Here's where it went and why!

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Yes, Camera Roll is gone in iOS 8 — Here's where it went and why!

Yes, Camera Roll is gone in iOS 8 — Here's where it went and why!

One of the first things many people noticed yesterday after upgrading to iOS 8 was that the Camera Roll and Photo Stream sections in the Photos app were completely missing. This left many people confused and alarmed as to where their Camera Roll photos went, and understandably so. However, your photos are not gone and nothing is missing. They're just in a different location now.

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7 hours ago

Out of space to install iOS 8? Use iTunes instead!

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Out of space to install iOS 8? Use iTunes instead!

If you're getting an error message that says you can't install iOS 8 because you don't have enough free space on your device, you have two choices: Either you can delete stuff until you do have enough space, or you can use your Mac or PC and iTunes to take care of it.

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7 hours ago

App Store now featuring multi-title bundles

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App Store now featuring multi-title bundles

One pleasant surprise today from the App Store's weekly refresh following iOS 8 app update insanity is a new type of app content called bundles. As the name suggests, this lets you buy multiple apps at once, often with a net savings. For example, the swell guys at Pixite have their whole suite of surreal photo editing apps available for $7.99.

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7 hours ago

Reviewed: The AR.Drone 2.0 Elite Edition is the connected toy you've always wanted

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Reviewed: The AR.Drone 2.0 Elite Edition is the connected toy you've always wanted

I have had my eye on the AR.Drone 2.0 Elite Edition Quadcopter‎ for quite a while, though I was never quite ready to drop $300 for one. So when Parrot offered to send me one, to say I was ecstatic would be an understatement. When the package arrived at my door, I quickly dropped what I was doing and got to work (well, got to play I guess). I popped open the box, pulled out all of the pieces, installed the free app (Android & iOS) and it was up, up, and away!

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