With iOS 7.1 Apple's added a new feature to Siri, their personal digital assistant — the ability to manually control how long Siri listens. The concept is remarkably similar to the old push-to-talk systems, just hold down the Home button, start talking, and then let go of the Home button and Siri goes to work. It's also remarkably different than the Moto X and Google's "always listening". But is that a good thing or a bad thing?
Microsoft Office for Mac hasn't seen a refresh in a few years now, but all that looks set to change in 2014. First reported from CeBIT by German site Computerwoche, Microsoft will finally update its office suite for Mac before this year is out. The folks at Macworld then followed up with a quote from Microsoft:
Every day dozens and dozens of new and updated apps and games hit the iOS and Mac App Stores. It's impossible to keep up with them all, but it's not impossible to pick out the very best. Today we've got updates to a popular social photo app, a web browser, and a couple of language apps, and more!
iOS 7.1 adds a few new accessibility options that make using your iPhone and iPad a little more convenient. If you haven't liked the plain text buttons in previous versions of iOS 7, enabling button shapes in Settings not only makes buttons more obvious, it adds a little more depth to iOS, which some people may prefer. Here's how to enable them:
While it's later than originally reported, customers using a Sprint-compatible iPhone 5 can now take their phone over to Mobile Virtual Network Operator Ting. You can either bring your existing device, or buy an unlocked iPhone 5 that works with Sprint's network.
Star Trek Online is now available for the Mac, four years after its Windows debut. Better late than never, I say: a Star Trek themed free to play MMO is something I'll be happy to spend some time getting to know.
I reported on it earlier today, and an eagle-eyed reader on Twitter pointed out to me that this isn't a "native" Mac game port (what that means, I'll get to in a moment) — in fact, they'd already been playing Star Trek Online for some time using a program called Wine, and they suggested this wasn't that different. This got me thinking: Does anyone really care if a Mac game is native anymore?
The iTunes Festival is here, and you can be a part of it! Leaving British shores for the very first time, Apple has organised the U.S. version of the iTunes Festival to tie in with SXSW in Austin, TX. The live action begins today, March 11, and will continue for five nights of live music from some of the world's hottest artists.
As with its London equivalent, if you can't be there in person there are a bunch of different ways you can join in and be part of the experience yourselves using your Mac, iPhone, iPad and Apple TV. Here's how.
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is the current hot trend. (And has been for a while, really.) There are many perceived advantages for a company that allows employees to bring their own devices to work and have access to your company resources, but is BYOD right for you? Can you make mistakes when developing your BYOD policies? Can you really let any device connect to your resources?
Lets look at a few top issues that you should be aware of.
The UP24 is Jawbone's latest fitness tracker that pairs with your iPhone in order to track steps, calories, distance, and even sleep. The companion app breaks down all that data into easy to understand information. With support for advanced reminders, timed sessions, and more — can the UP24 help you get healthy and stay healthy? Let's find out!
Gameloft has announced The Amazing Spider-Man 2 for iPhone and iPad, the follow-up to its original Amazing Spider-Man game. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 promises gamers a bigger Manhattan than the first game, where you'll be able to roam freely and webling above the streets to your heart's content.