One way to keep your iOS device in good working order is to benchmark its performance. Comparing your results with others is a good way to see if you are getting the sort of performance you should. Read more »
Straight Talk’s service $45 a month plan works on more phones: The company has nano SIMs for the Moto X and Apple’s iPhone 5s and 5c. Data is slowed after 2.5 GB but if you can live with that, it’s a solid deal. Read more »
Strava’s running and cycling apps are no more. Sorta. The company merged the two together for iOS and Android, bringing new features at the same time in a huge app update. Read more »
Recipe search engine Yummly wants to be more than just a research tool. With its new iPad app it hopes to become a digital kitchen assistant. Read more »
Bring your iOS device or laptop on an upcoming United Airlines flight and you may have free access to 150 movies and 200 television programs over Wi-Fi. The airline launches the new entertainment option next month. Read more »
Wearing headphones on your bike? That’s not the safest way to enjoy music or hear training data on your ride. Instead, consider Allo, a new Kickstarter that puts a speaker in an iPhone case and mounts to your bicycle. Read more »
Google added a new Orders feature to its Google Wallet software for Android and iOS on Wednesday. The updated app will now track orders that were paid for through Wallet, providing online tracking status notifications on delivery and a history of all prior orders. Android Central notes that package tracking through Wallet was already available through the web version, so the new features have migrated down to mobile devices. Personally, I use Slice on Android and iOS for online package tracking but I’d consider using the new Orders feature in Wallet if I made all payments through Google’s software.
The company is reportedly breaking its popular music streaming app out into its own standalone app. Read more »
Apple quietly updated its return policy with a much shorter window of time in which to return a new iPhone. Read more »
The company plans to hire new engineers and UI experts as Tipbit aims to bring its app to the iPad and, eventually, to Android devices. Read more »
Until now, the only iPhones you could bring to Ting and save money on service were the 4 and 4s. Now you can activate a Sprint-compatible iPhone 5 on Ting, which has unique plans and flexibility. Read more »
Apple has been given final approval to begin work on a new store and public plaza in Union Square. Read more »
Apple wants to provide a better mapping experience than Google in the next version of its mobile operating system. Read more »
Apple is providing greater discounts to customers who spend $5,000 or more per year, according to a report. Read more »
Apple’s latest iOS update finally introduces CarPlay support, fixes a bug that caused devices to crash, and brings along some nice UI tweaks. Read more »
Samsung is set to manufacture the A8 processor for Apple’s upcoming smartphones and tablets, according to a report. Read more »
On its own, the iPad is capable of accomplishing a great number of day to day tasks. With a little help from an add-on accessory it can do quite a bit more. Read more »
The anonymous sharing iOS app Secret has raised close to $10 million from Google Ventures and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in a round valuing it at over $40 million, according to a Wall Street Journal report citing unidentified sources. The company had previously raised $1.2 million in seed funding, with Google and Kleiner Perkins both participating then as well. Secret also released an update on Friday that lets users share secrets to their social networks and view secrets by location — features that might make the app more appealing to a larger audience.
Two years after being promised seamless connections to public Wi-Fi networks, my iPhone made its first Hotspot 2.0 handshake. It’s a long time coming, but carriers and wireless ISPs are finally starting to deploy the technology. Read more »
Now that 4k monitors are hitting the market, it might be time for OS X to support scaling on these high-resolution displays. If the beta of OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 is in any indication, the feature should be coming very soon. Read more »
Apple will receive nearly one billion dollars in damages, but failed to win a permanent injunction against a number of Samsung devices. Read more »
Wello slips onto your iPhone and reads a number of your vital signs including blood pressure, heart rate and temperature. Read more »
Industry sources suggest TSMC is already producing Apple’s chips for the next iPhone. It’s possible that this is just a test run but the timing makes sense as Apple has reportedly been looking to move some of its chip-making business away from Samsung. Read more »
Google announced a Gmail for iOS update on Wednesday that should virtually eliminate manually refreshing your Inbox on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. The software now supports background refreshing so messages are pre-fetched and synchronized. Users will have to enable the background refresh function after updating the app, which can be found in the iTunes App Store. Apple notes that enabling background refresh for an application can impact battery life, so you’ll need to consider if the constant mail syncing is worth it compared to the manual or scheduled refreshing of your Inbox in Gmail for iOS.
The Mophie Space Pack isn’t perfect, but it’s the most useful iPhone case I’ve ever tested. Read more »
The company, which boasts 20 million active monthly users, now has a mobile app that lets users transfer up to 10GB in pictures and videos. Read more »
NCR isn’t just going after Square with its iPad point-of-sale terminal Silver. It’s now challenging loyalty platform startups like Belly in its attempts to crack the small brick-and-mortar business. Read more »
A new app lets you fight parking tickets right from your iPhone. Read more »
Apple’s senior vice president and CFO Peter Oppenheimer will retire at the end of September. Read more »
A Belgian magistrate has mulled blocking Apple’s websites there, according to local reports on Tuesday, as spotted by Tech.eu. This was as a result of the still-ongoing kerfuffle over Apple and warranties – although EU law says consumer goods should automatically come with a two-year warranty, and although Apple acknowledges as much on a webpage, the firm still advertises its gadgets as being covered by a one-year warranty and tries to upsell customers to a two-year AppleCare plan. The reports suggest the magistrate may have realized blocking Apple’s sites would mess with iTunes and other services, so is still considering his next move.
CarPlay will be one of many smartphone frameworks running in cars, and it’s not meant to replace the automakers’ infotainment systems, but augment them. The danger is that CarPlay could overshadow everything else in the dash. Read more »
Apple is said to be hiring engineers from rival companies like HTC to develop more products and speed up launches. Read more »
The service, previously known as “iOS in the car”, will bring Siricentric infotainment functionality to the dashboards of a wide variety of cars. Read more »
Now that Adobe InDesign is part of the Creative Cloud, I thought it was worth taking another look at this valuable took for ebook design and page layout. Read more »
Whistle started out selling a dog collar tag that monitored your pets activity, but it’s trying to evolve its platform into more than just a means of measuring walks. Read more »
As many outgrow their quotas for free online storage, hosting a personal cloud on becomes a more economical solution. This primer will go over some of the aspects of personal storage one should consider before diving in data first. Read more »
Big names Mark Lucovsky, Vadim Spivak, Richard McAniff, Karen Poole team up to make mobile story telling drop-dead simple. Read more »
Although Apple considers it just a hobby, its Apple TV and related content is generating big revenues: Sales topped $1 billion in 2013. With a current $25 promotion for Apple TV, is the connected set-top box about to graduate from hobby status with new hardware? Read more »
A court said drivers can look at maps on your phone — but not talk or text. This will only lead to more confusion at a time when we need new rules for computers, including Google Glass, in cars. Read more »
Apple just launched an Apple TV promotion that looks a lot like an attempt to clear the shelves for new hardware: Apple TV buyers will get a $25 gift card, effectively lowering the price to $75, reports 9to5Mac. Last month, reports surfaced that Apple was getting ready to introduce new Apple TV hardware in the first half of this year.