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iOS 8 adoption rate now stands at 77%

iOS 8 adoption rate now stands at 77%

Apple's latest App Store distribution numbers show that iOS 8 has now been installed on 77% of all compatible devices as of March 16, 2015. iOS 7 now stands at 20%, with all the older versions claiming a total of 3% of installs. While the new stats represent a 5% gain compared to the iOS 8...
Here's why you should turn on two-factor authentication

Here's why you should turn on two-factor authentication

These days, simple passwords aren't good enough to secure your data. Hackers are too good, and security systems flawed. Longer complicated passwords created by generators like 1Password and Safari's iCloud Keychain can help, but the best way to lock down your accounts is to add extra...
What would you change about Notification Center?

What would you change about Notification Center?

Notification Center is a way to collect all your widgets and alerts all in one place. Since its debut in iOS 5, Apple has included first-party widgets, removed them, then added support for third-party widgets. Apple has added a missed tab and then taken it away. Apple has added predictive...
iOS 8.3 beta now on AppleSeed, appears to be invitation only

iOS 8.3 beta now on AppleSeed, appears to be invitation only

Apple has started sending out email invitations to some members of the AppleSeed program, inviting them to beta test iOS 8.3. Based on the contents of the email — some of us here received it — it looks like Apple is not doing a full-on public beta like they did for OS X Yosemite, but are instead...
Apple releases third developer betas of iOS 8.3, Xcode 6.3

Apple releases third developer betas of iOS 8.3, Xcode 6.3

Apple has released the third beta for iOS 8.3 for developers. Registered developers can grab the beta from Apple's Developer Center, or as an over-the-air update to any device with the previous beta installed. In addition to iOS 8.3 beta 3, Apple has also released the lastest beta of Xcode 6.3...
How to turn off your iPhone if your Lock button doesn't work

How to turn off your iPhone if your Lock button doesn't work

If your iPhone's sleep/wake button stops working, here's how to power it down with AssistiveTouch! The iPhone only has two main buttons, the Lock (sleep/wake) button, and the Home button. Day in and day out we use these two buttons constantly. So what happens if one of them fails? In this case,...
Apple releases iOS 8.2 with Apple Watch support and several improvements

Apple releases iOS 8.2 with Apple Watch support and several improvements

Apple has released iOS 8.2 to the public. The second major update to iOS 8 is available to customers over the air right now, and should soon be available to customers through iTunes. iOS 8.2 brings support for the upcoming Apple Watch. This includes the Apple Watch app, which will let you pair...
Alto's Adventure: Tips, tricks, and pointers to get you past the triple backflip and more

Alto's Adventure: Tips, tricks, and pointers to get you past the triple backflip and more

Alto's Adventure is an addictive, delightful endless runner. Here's how to master it. As anyone who follows me on Twitter can attest, I've become a teensy bit obsessed with Alto's Adventure. The endlessly-charming endless runner combines llamas, snowboarding tricks, beautiful landscapes, and...
Udacity opens enrollment for first iOS developer Nanodegree, focusing on Swift

Udacity opens enrollment for first iOS developer Nanodegree, focusing on Swift

Udacity, the online "university by industry" born out of a Stanford project, has rolled out their first "Nanodegree" program for learning iOS development — and it's focused on Swift. Why Swift? From the Udacity blog: Apple explains it succinctly: "Swift makes it easier than ever for developers...
Apple to patch 'FREAK Attack' vulnerability in iOS, OS X next week

Apple to patch 'FREAK Attack' vulnerability in iOS, OS X next week

"FREAK Attack" is an SSL/TLS vulnerability disclosed by researchers on March 3, 2015 that can be exploited to force browsers into a weaker encryption state. Attackers can theoretically use FREAK Attack to intercept what should be a secure HTTPS connection — the one with the lock icon in the...
The iOS 8 animation curve

The iOS 8 animation curve

Following the introduction of iOS 7 back in June of 2013, a common complaint from developers and designers was that the system animations took to long to complete, making the interface feel slow. Apple sped up the animations before release, but for some they still felt too slow. Since iOS 8 didn't...
iPhone slow? Here's how to speed up iOS 8!

iPhone slow? Here's how to speed up iOS 8!

No matter which generation iPhone you have, there are ways to help keep scrolling smooth, apps launching fast, and the system snappy. Whether you're still worried about updating to iOS 8 on your iPhone 4s, or you simply want to make sure your brand-new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus stays as quick as...
How would you change Siri?

How would you change Siri?

Siri, originally created as a stand-alone App Store app by Dag Kittlaus, Adam Cheyer, and Tom Gruber, was bought by Apple and integrated into iOS 5 for the iPhone 4s launch in 2011. A digital assistant with sequential inference and context awareness, Siri answers questions and executes commands...
No, OS X is NOT the 'most vulnerable OS' despite shoddy reporting

No, OS X is NOT the 'most vulnerable OS' despite shoddy reporting

Security, as we take great pains to repeatedly point out, is something that deeply affects people. It affects their stress and trust levels when dealing with technology. When it's misreported it turns what should be an empowering experience into one of fear, uncertainty, and doubt. And it's far...
Here's how to copy photos from your Mac or PC to your iPhone and iPad

Here's how to copy photos from your Mac or PC to your iPhone and iPad

Confused about how to sync your Mac or Windows PC photos to your iPhone or iPad? We've got you covered. Apple's new Photos app for OS X (and with it, full iCloud Photo Library support on your Mac) is on its way, but until it arrives, people are stuck in photographic limbo, relying on iTunes or...
Apple adds Maps Flyover support for Venice, Edinburgh and 7 more cities

Apple adds Maps Flyover support for Venice, Edinburgh and 7 more cities

Apple has added nine new cities to its list of locations that support the 3D Flyover imagery included as part of its iOS Maps app. The new additions bring the total number of cities that use the Flyover imagery to 121 locations around the world. The list of new cities that have Flyover...
The 250 still-missing emoji

The 250 still-missing emoji

Apple has added 300 new emoji to the iOS 8.3 and OS X 10.10.3 betas, but they're focused almost exclusively on inclusivity — diversity in skin tones and country flags. The watch, phone, and computer emoji have been redrawn to match Apple's current products, but it doesn't appear that any of the...
Files.app for iOS 9 — because we're halfway there!

Files.app for iOS 9 — because we're halfway there!

You knew this was coming, right? For years and years and years and years and years and years now I've begged and pleaded for two things — a Files.app repository for the iPhone and iPad, and a DocumentPicker API for developers to make iOS file management easier. Last year, with iOS 8, Apple...
How to use your iPhone or iPad hands-free with Hey Siri

How to use your iPhone or iPad hands-free with 'Hey Siri'

"Hey Siri" lets you use your iPhone or iPad hands-free. As long as it's plugged in and within range of your voice, all you have to do is say the magic word and Siri will wake-up and wait for your question or command. It's great for the iPhone when you're in bed or in the car, or the iPad when...
Apple continues focus on inclusivity with 300 new, diverse emoji in iOS 8.3 and OS X 10.10.3

Apple continues focus on inclusivity with 300 new, diverse emoji in iOS 8.3 and OS X 10.10.3

iOS 8.3 and OS X 10.10.3 betas have over 300 new, more diverse emoji, including 32 new country flags The iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite beta 2 updates are part of Apple's ongoing efforts to address diversity, and it's extending beyond organization and into software, with a much wider array of cultures...

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