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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Mac: Spark, one of our favourite email apps for iPhone and iPad, has made the jump to Mac. Now you can use all of your custom filters, gestures and smart notifications on your laptop or desktop — and it's still free.
The smartphone you use everyday is a complex machine that is made up of a number of different components. But when you break it down, there are around 75 elements - that's two-thirds of the periodic table - that go into the creation of a smartphone. Some of these elements are extremely prevalent while others are exceptionally rare. Why does this all matter? Let's find out.
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.
Apple's Renew program pays you in Apple gift cards and good Earth vibes to recycle old iPhones, iPads, Macs, and other devices. Here's what you can expect to get back if you send in your used stuff.
The iPhone's 3D Touch makes certain actions a little simpler, but here's one shortcut that's easy to overlook. You can press on any folder icon and get a quick list of your notifications.
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: 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: iOS 10's "Raise to Wake" feature is great, but it's a little finicky. How-To Geek flipped an iPhone around for a while to figure out the best way to make it actually work consistently and found two different methods.
Smartphone battery life sucks and carrying power banks around with you is one way to keep your handset juiced up. But it's easy to forget to bring a power bank or to charge them up to take with you in the first place. This contraption that you can build yourself could be a good alternative to keep your phone charged up, albeit at the expense of your friends' handsets' battery life.
At a glance, iOS 10 didn't seem to bring along that many changes, but anecdotally I haven't heard people complain about how much they dislike an update this much since iOS 7. So, let's hear it, what is it about iOS 10 that drives you mad?