iOS: The words “Apple” and “free” are a bit like oil and water — just ask anyone who works at the company and doesn’t get to partake in the Silicon Valley custom of free lunches and dinners for all. However, Father Cook is feeling generous this month, and Apple is offering up the excellent Obscura 2 camera app for free. Here’s how you get it (and save $7.99).
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While a lot of the stuff you do with your phone will involve Wi-Fi, the essential functions of a phone — the calling and the texting — still rely on a connection to a mobile phone tower. If that link breaks, you can miss important messages or be out of reach to family and friends. Here's what you can do if you struggle to get a solid mobile network connection at home.
Battery issues are one of the more headache-inducing problems you’ll deal with as an iPhone owner. Whether it’s Apple’s alleged planned obsolescence or just the simple physics of your iPhone’s battery — it won’t last forever — there will come a time when you can’t make it through the day on a single charge. But consider this: It might be an app’s fault instead.
The iOS Voice training app Vanido just added an important new feature. It can now help you learn to sing Bohemian Rhapsody (or, if you must, other songs.)
While Quick Response, or QR, codes aren't as prevalent as they once were, they can still prove handy in certain situations, say, scanning a two-factor authentication profile. If you have an Android device, you'll need to download an app to take advantage of QR codes, but for iPhone and iPad users, that functionality is built right in.
We'll be the first to say that being worried about someone knowing if you've read their message is a little ridiculous. Reading the message is the whole point of texting and yet... we can also admit there are some strategic reasons why you'd want a message to appear unread. Many messaging services like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and DMs on Twitter all support read receipts. iMessage-sending iPhone users have read receipts too, with a fun caveat: they're very easy to get around.
In iOS, the read receipts option can be toggled on in the Settings app, under Messages. If you usually keep this option off then you'll never have to worry about sending read receipts, even if the person you're texting has theirs set to "On".
If you usually have read receipts turned on, however, but want to secretly read a message, 3D Touch is your friend here.
There's something magical when it comes to porn. At least when it comes to porn popping up in the most unintended of places, like the web browser of your brand-new smartphone. Luckily you have me to help you figure out how they got there. Because I know you never tapped, clicked, or typed in anything that you wouldn't say in front of a nun.
iOS: You probably shouldn’t run an iOS public beta on your primary device. But maybe you took the plunge anyway — anything to get in on that sweet Memoji action — and now you regret it. Maybe an app you use every day isn’t compatible with iOS 12 yet, and you want to go back.
It's important that you get out there and see the world, but it's equally important that your phone is as ready for your travels as you are. After you've thrown a dart on the map and purchased your plane ticket, try these tips to make sure you're not burning through your smartphone's battery — or data plan — while away.
iOS: There are plenty of incredible password managers out there — 1Password and LastPass come to mind — but Mozilla has password-management aspirations of its own. The company just released two new new mobile apps as part of its Test Pilot program and one, Firefox Lockbox, is a pretty convenient way to pull up your passwords on your iPhone and iPad.