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How to type Spock's Vulcan salute emoji with your iPhone or iPad

How to type Spock's Vulcan salute emoji with your iPhone or iPad

How do you type Mr. Spock's live long and prosper (llap) Vulcan salute emoji on your iPhone or iPad? After posting the iOS 8.3 emoji keyboard how-to earlier, of course this was the question that quickly flooded my inbox. It's part of the same new unicode emoji set Apple has added to iOS 8.3 and...
How to use the new, diverse emoji keyboard on iPhone and iPad

How to use the new, diverse emoji keyboard on iPhone and iPad

iOS 8.3 has over 300 new, more diverse emoji, including five alternate skin tones and thirty two new country flags As part of Apple's ongoing efforts to address diversity, iOS 8.3 includes a much wider array of cultures and ethnicities for face and hand symbols on iPhone and iPad. Face and hand...
Apple releases iOS 8.3 to the public with performance improvements, new emoji, and more

Apple releases iOS 8.3 to the public with performance improvements, new emoji, and more

Apple has released iOS 8.3 to the public, and users can grab the update either over the air or through iTunes. The third major update for iOS 8, 8.3 adds a number of improvements, including over 300 new and diverse emoji characters. Also added in this update are a number of performance fixes....
How would you change the Lock screen?

How would you change the Lock screen?

The Lock screen serves too diametrically opposed functions — to secure your iPhone or iPad against unauthorized access, and to provide convenient access to information and actions. The original iPhone simply, delightfully let you swipe to unlock, with or without a passcode. Over time, Apple has...
iOS 8, OS X Yosemite and future shock

iOS 8, OS X Yosemite and future shock

I love my Macs and my iOS devices, but I can't help but feel like things are getting out of control. When I look at the gadgets that my family and I take for granted, I feel like I live in the future. Smart tablets, smart phones, smart watches. Despite all these smart devices, though, there's a...
Why does my iPhone or iPad freeze when I delete apps?

iPhone or iPad freezing when you delete apps? Here's the work-around!

You touch and hold an icon to put your iPhone or iPad into jiggly mode, tap the X button to delete an app, and then... nothing. Literally nothing. Everything just freezes up and seems to hang for a while. Eventually the confirm delete dialog box pops up, but it takes way longer than it should....
iOS 8 review: Six months later

iOS 8 review: Six months later

Six months ago Apple released iOS 8, the biggest update to the company's mobile operating system since the advent of the App Store in 2008. Six months ago Apple released iOS 8, the biggest update to the company's mobile operating system since the advent of the App Store in 2008. We reviewed iOS...
Apple releases new beta of iOS 8.3 for developers, Apple Seed testers

Apple releases new beta of iOS 8.3 for developers, AppleSeed testers

Apple has released a new beta of iOS 8.3 to developers and AppleSeed testers. It is available for download over the air, or through the Apple Developer Center. This is the fourth beta of iOS 8.3 for developers, and the second AppleSeed testers. Apple started the invitation-only Apple Seed beta...
What would you change about Control Center?

What would you change about Control Center?

Control Center is a way to get at all your toggles, sliders, buttons, and basic actions, all in one place. Since it's debut in iOS 7 back in 2013, Control Center hasn't changed much. Pull it up from the bottom of the screen and you get quick access to a variety of options. The top row gives you...
Siri and the potential for 'Voice ID'

Siri and the potential for 'Voice ID'

Yell "Hey, Siri!" on podcast — or out loud at an event — and you'll get dozens of complaints from people whose phones suddenly went into voice mode. That might sound like an edge-case for Siri, Apple's personal digital assistant, but here's something more common — a family charging station with...
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...

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