iOS/Android: If you find yourself overly-dependent on your smartphone, and can't help but check it every few minutes for no reason, this simple tweak might make it easier to cut back.
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iOS: There are always a few hiccups when you jump ship from one platform to another. If you're switching to Android from iPhone, for example, don't forget to disable iMessage.
The problem with investing in smart, connected devices like Wi-Fi colour-changing light bulbs, internet-enabled power strips and wearables like Fitbits is that you need a dozen apps for them all. Stringify is an iPhone app (Android is on the way) that links all of it together. Imagine it: One app to manage them all, one app to automate them. Here's how to set it up.
Siri and Google Assistant basically do the same thing: they're mobile "digital assistants" that can be used to effortlessly set reminders, access apps, get directions and answer random questions via voice command. This infographic from product reviews site Zlated compares both products in a series of pitched tests, ranging from memory to affability.
If you have an Apple iPhone or iPad running iOS 8, 9, 10 and above, there is a way to gain access to the photos and contacts on your device without unlocking it with a passcode or fingerprint ID. The security flaw makes use of Siri voice commands. It's a bit finicky, but you don't have to be a genius-level hacker to exploit the vulnerability. Here are the details.
iOS: Workflow is an intensely powerful app for iOS that allows you to create small micro-apps that trigger specific actions inside an app, like instantly capturing a note in Notes or downloading a file from a URL. It's always been relatively complex to use, but today it's getting easier.
Android/iOS: Lookout Mobile is an excellent app for keeping your phone safe. Now, subscribers can get warnings when a service they use gets hacked, and warnings when they visit malicious sites.
iOS: Apple recently introduced a new Portrait Mode that adds a faux depth-of-field effect when you take a photo, but it only works on the iPhone 7 Plus. With Patch, you can get a similar effect on any iPhone.
iOS/Mac: There's certainly no shortage of notes app out there, but Bear's an app that manages to toe the line between a few different popular styles, and might suit you if you need more features than plain text offers, but not as much as something like Evernote.
Android/iOS/Web: Microsoft's IFTTT competitor Flow has been in beta for the better part of 2016, but it wasn't quite fully-baked yet. Now, the company is ready to release it to the world and it's starting to look good.
Whether you're a globetrotter, language student, or business owner, tools like Google Translate and Microsoft Translator make it easier for everyone in the world to understand one another. But while both can translate text, speech, and images, they still each have their own quirks. So all aboard the showdown train! Next stop: translation station.