1 day ago
iOS 8 review: 3 months later
Three months ago we reviewed iOS 8, arguably the most jam-packed versions of the iPhone and iPad operating system we've seen since the introduction of the App Store back in 2008. Since then we've gotten updates — up to iOS 8.1.2 on the production branch and iOS 8.2 beta 2 on the developer branch. We've gotten bug fixes, performance enhancements, and even more new features. But with the good comes the bad. With new possibilities come new frustrations and with new workflows come new bugs. So, how has it held up? How are we liking iOS 8 now, some three months later?
52 sec ago
How to record phone calls on your Mac
If you're in a business — as I am — where you occasionally conduct interviews over the phone, or want to remember brainstorming sessions with a friend, you may wish to record your calls. In the past, this was a bit of a pain with iPhone calls, since iOS apps can't hijack your audio signal. You usually had to record using an external device, either by putting your iPhone on speaker or wiring it up in some way.
Thanks to the folks at Ecamm, you can use any Continuity-enabled Mac running OS X Yosemite to record your iPhone calls with Call Recorder for FaceTime ($30, free trial available).
5 min ago
Microsoft updates Bing apps for iPhone and iPad with new designs and more
Microsoft has updated the Bing apps for the iPhone and iPad today, offering up some revamped designs for the search engine apps.
7 min ago
iPhone 6, 6 Plus now ship in as little as 1 business day
If you've somehow held off on picking up a new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus so far, it looks like you still might be able to snag one before the holidays are over. Shipping times for both devices have improved dramatically to 1-3 days for the 16GB and 64GB iPhone 6 models, and just 1 business day for both lower capacity iPhone 6 Plus models — a far cry from initial delays.
8 min ago
McDonald's trial uses beacons to guide passersby to McNuggets
McDonald's trial with beacons in Columbus, GA to guide customers to its stores is a success. The company announced that using Bluetooth LE and an app developed by beacons supplier Piper, it was able to increase sales of McNuggets by roughly 8 percent in the store. With the beacon technology, McDonald's was able to push out offers to customers and passersby to save on Passbook for later redemption.
39 min ago
500px update adds built-in camera, Lightroom editor
500px has announced that its updated iOS app adds more capabilities for the mobile photographer. The update brings a number of new and notable features, including a built-in camera so you can snap shots directly within the app, a professional photo editor, import capabilities from Lightroom, and support for secure login thanks to 1Password integration.
1 hour ago
Secret app updated with chat and communities
Secret's anonymous confession app has had a significant overhaul in both style and function. In addition to being able to spill the beans about anything without fear of reprisal, now you can enter private conversations with other anonymous users.
1 hour ago
Undercover documentary finds Apple suppliers in violation of labor agreement
The BBC is set to air an undercover investigation into Apple's supply chain with findings that there were multiple violations of Apple's promises to protect workers. Titled Apple's Broken Promises, BBC Panorama explored both the Pegatron manufacturing facility as well as a tin mine in Indonesia. Apple has responded to the BBC documentary stating that it has done a lot and will continue to do more to maintain worker safety.
1 hour ago
Airmail 2 for Mac review: Email exactly the way you want it
When I reviewed Airmail last year, it was arguably the best mail app available for the Mac. Since then, I've used a handful of other apps before ultimately settling on the Mailbox for Mac beta. However, Airmail 2 just landed, combining the same advanced features with an even better Yosemite-style interface. So, is it enough to regain my heart, and the OS X mail app crown?
1 hour ago
Tim Cook makes 'generous' donation to Southern LGBT equality group
An LGBT equality group in the Southern U.S. has picked up an important backer today: Tim Cook. Human Rights Campaign (HRC), which runs the Project One America initiative that fights for LGBT equality in Alabama, Arkansas, and Mississippi, announced today that the Apple CEO has made a "generous personal financial investment in the program."
2 hours ago
Angry Birds Epic intros player-versus-player duels
Turn-based fantasy strategy game Angry Birds Epic has a new player-versus-player system, complete with different leagues and leaderboards. Players gather in the arena on Terence's ship and have to defend their banner while attacking those of their opponent. Participating in league play unlocks new gear for your banner, which provide unique bonuses to the owning team.
3 hours ago
The Hit List 2 now syncs with Mac, available for $9.99 through December 31st
The Hit List 2 for iPhone is hot off the press and available at an introductory price of $9.99. The first major release of The Hit List since Karelia acquired the Potion Factory, this version brings along sync with the Mac app, task cards, task list shortcuts, and much more.
3 hours ago
My Om Nom offers your own pet from Cut the Rope
The folks behind the well-loved physics puzzle series, Cut the Rope, have released a new game called My Om Nom. In it, you get your own adorable little green alien to feed, dress up, and play around with. There are a few simple games to enjoy, but most of it is just about having your own Tamagotchi-style pet. Although it looks like it amounts to little more than Clumsy Ninja with minigames, Om Nom's appeal can't be denied.
4 hours ago
iOS 8.2 beta 3 now available OTA for developers
Apple has just released iOS 8.2 Beta 3 as an OTA update for developers or anyone taking part in the iOS 8 beta program. This one has the usual round of "bug fixes and other improvements", but if you spot anything new be sure to drop a comment here and let us know.
5 hours ago
Verizon now lets you text Starbucks to your friends
Verizon is helping users give the gift of Starbucks this holiday season. Through the Verizon Messages app, users can send an Starbucks eGift card of $5, $10, or $15 to virtually anyone on any U.S. carrier. The cost of the card is billed to the senders account, and the recipient simply needs to scan the barcode at any Starbucks location, or add the gift to a Starbucks card.
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