Google Helpouts for iPhone Puts Expert Video Help At Your Fingertips

Google Helpouts

Google Helpouts is a new iOS app that lets you easily find help experts across a wide variety of topics. If you have every used YouTube to seek out expert advice on a topic, that's exactly what Google aims to do with this new service, but it goes one step further. You'll find teachers, counselors, doctors, home repair specialists, personal trainers, hobby enthusiasts, and more. Helpouts can be either free or paid. The key difference between Google Helpout and other video sharing sites is that you can interact directly¬†with the expert. If you are taking a guitar lessons, the expert can offer real-time one-to-one instruction, something you won't find on YouTube. Google is hoping to lure in experts, who can charge by the minute or by session. … [Read more...]

Pioneer To Offer Aftermarket CarPlay Options This Summer

Pioneer AVIC NEX CarPlay

Pioneer is the second aftermarket car audio manufacturer to pledge support for Apple's CarPlay, which brings iOS in the car, making it easy and safe for iPhone owners to access commonly used features. Pioneer will release a firmware update for five of the 2014 NEX model in-dash receivers. Plans are for the update will get pushed early this summer, allowing consumers a chance to experience CarPlay, without having to purchase a new car. … [Read more...]

Microsoft Offering Lower-Cost Office 365 Personal Subscription

Office 365 subscription

Launched to much fanfare, the suite of Office apps for iPad continue to be among the most downloaded apps in the App Store. Be it curiousity or a genuine interest in having access to the ubiquitous productivity suite, there is no denying the popularity of Excel, Word and PowerPoint becoming available on the iPad. While the free apps are great for viewing, the need for an Office 365 subscription had made for a costly upgrade. Starting today, Microsoft is offering a lower-cost option. The 'Personal Subscription' is just that, perfect for individuals with a single computer and tablet. … [Read more...]

Windows 8.1 Developer Preview Working With Apple Passbook Data

Passbook Windows Phone

Microsoft today introduced the developer preview of Windows Phone 8.1, the next major update for the line of smartphones. One surprising feature that surfaced was support for Apple's Passbook data, which was uncovered by The Verge's Tom Warren. It allowed Warren to display a boarding pass for Virgin America using Microsoft's Wallet app. "Windows Phone 8.1 supports Apple's Passbook natively. I've been using it for flights. Works perfectly," tweeted Warren. Rene Ritchie at iMore explains that the current implementation of Passbook involves rendering what ultimately is a web page consisting of HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Apple processes this information in the Passbook app, but ultimately it's no more than a browser, specific to boarding … [Read more...]

How to fix Touch ID when your fingerprint cannot be read

Setup Touch ID on iPhone 5s

When it works, Touch ID is transformative technology that leaves many wondering how they ever went without it. There are no shortage of iPhone 5S owners who look to the 2nd generation iPad Air or iPad mini with retina, so they can gain the convenience and security that comes with a Touch ID enabled device. Like all good things, technology can is great, when it works. It can also be incredibly frustrating when it doesn't work, even more so in the case of Touch ID, which is the gatekeeper to accessing your iPhone. Over time, have you seen Touch ID lose its luster. Have you seen a decline in accuracy? Here are a few tried and true tips on how to fix Touch ID when your fingerpints cannot be read. … [Read more...]

Apple Reportedly Considering Big Changes to iTunes, Offering High Resolution Music

iTunes Radio

Apple's iTunes Radio has not gotten off to the fast start many had expected when it was introduced as one of the bigger features in iOS 7. It was heralded as an opportunity for Apple to reverse the fortunes of iTunes, which has seen a steady decline in sales over the past decade. Instead it has seen little in the way of sales, with industry sources saying only under 2 percent of users buy music as a result of using the Apple's free streaming radio service. When faced with declines of 15 percent yearly, Billboard reports that Apple is considering a major overhaul of iTunes and some rumors indicate a move to HD tracks could be part of it. … [Read more...]

How to use HDR auto on the iPhone for better pictures

HDR auto photos iPhone

One of the options that's not used hardly enough on the iPhone is HDR, which stands for High Dynamic Range imaging. In photography, an expansive dynamic range (light to dark in a photo) can help you capture shadows and highlights, changing the entire perspective of the resulting image. Rich, vivid imagery can often be the result of HDR photography, which uses three images to capture an image at different exposure levels. These are blended together to create a single image. When Apple introduced HDR as an option in the Camera app, it was disabled by default. Those who enabled it were met with multiple copies of a photo in their camera rolls, which can impact your storage by filling up your iPhone. It's not always the case that HDR will have … [Read more...]