Apps of the Week, Skullduggery, TeleStory and more!

Apps of the week

The leaves are starting explode with color, your favorite beverage is available in a pumpkin flavor and there are so many great new apps lining the shelves of the App Store. This week, we let the kids create their own TV shows, track down deadbeats in the afterlife, and find new ways to pair down our photo libraries. It's time for the everythingiCafe apps of the week for October 12th, 2014.TeleStory With TeleStory, it lets kids explore their creativity while creating original TV shows and more. The app lets you write, direct and star in their own program. Kids can choose from different categories that include music videos (The Band), science fiction (Star Adventure), mystery adventure (EyeSpy) and TeleStory for completely original … [Read more...]

iPhone 6 Review

iPhone 6 review

The introduction of new iPhones always bring great expectations. None bigger than this year, when it was largely anticipated that Apple would drastically increase the size of the display, bringing them more in line with the offerings from the likes of Samsung, HTC, Motorola and Nokia. Every year, like clockwork, Apple releases a new iPhone. Every two years or so they make major changes to the design, with last such change ushering in the iPhone 5. In 'off' years, S models offer significant refinements and new product features. In recent years, we've seen Touch ID, Siri and faster networking among other improvements. Despite a steady stream of iPhones that have up to this point, have been well received and reviewed, not a one was offered in … [Read more...]

How to send quick audio messages in iOS 8

Send quick audio messages iOS 8

The number of features that are nestled in iMessage in iOS 8 is astonishing. Messages had always been a capable and very good messaging app, but Apple has packed new features inspired by some of the more popular third party apps like WhatsApp. As one of the primary stock applications in iOS, it's hard to not to appreciate the delicate balance of simplicity with robust features. Tasks like sending a quick photo or video have become even easier. Useful features like sharing or sending your location, let friends or family get a quick map of your location. In addition to pictures, text and maps, iOS 8 lets you send quick audio messages. … [Read more...]

How to share or send a map of your location using Messages in iOS 8

My location

Tucked inside the Messages app in iOS 8 are new features that make it one, if not the best text messaging app. It's not even fair to call it a text messaging app, since it's so much more allowing you to quickly send short videos, photos and audio clips. One other useful feature found in iOS 8 lets you send a map of your location. Your iPhone can help you solve the age-old problem of two people trying to answer the question, "Where are you?" No longer will you need a long, convoluted message with mysterious landmarks. Just a single message, with map to your exact location. That's technology, working for you. Here's how to send a map of your location using Messages in iOS 8. … [Read more...]

How to Quickly Send Photos or Short Videos Using Messages App on iOS 8

Tap record video

Typically when people go looking for new features in an iOS update, they look at changes to the operating system. In iOS 8, some of the biggest changes occur in the more frequently used stock apps. At the top of that list is the Messages app. In iOS 8, Apple has made it easier to send a quick photo or record and send a short video. All with a single touch.There is no debating that Apple creates great software. On occasion, they borrow good ideas, putting their own Apple spin on them. That's exactly what's happened with Messages in iOS 8. The ideas originated in third-party apps WhatsApp and Snapchat. By folding these features into a stock app like Messages, it increases the value of the software that ships with each new iPhone, iPad or … [Read more...]

Saying My Goodbyes To One-Handed Usability

One-handed usability

I've been using the iPhone 6 Plus extensively over the past week. It's got a heavy duty case on it, because I'm deathly afraid of dropping it. For all of the improvements, if you drop an iPhone, there's a good chance that beautiful screen will shatter. Unlike in previous years, the cost to repair is $129, significantly less now that Apple had the facilities to do them on location. I have not been able to use the iPhone 6 Plus with one hand, at all. It's strictly a two handed device. That's the trade-off for having a bigger than bigger phone. As for the iPhone 6, it feels incredibly small when I switch to that phone. My wife got the smaller 4.7-inch iPhone 6. I definitely feel a bit more comfortable navigating with one hand. With either … [Read more...]

Apple Releases iOS 8.0.2 With Fix For Cell Service, Touch ID

Apple today released iOS 8.0.2. The update is rolling out now. You can download using either iTunes or over-the-air (OTA). The update for those updating OTA requires 1.6GB of free space, despite the paltry 61MB update. This update comes on the heels of a botched rollout of iOS 8.0.1 that rendered phones without cell service and also disabled Touch ID.Fixes a bug so HealthKit apps can now be made available on the App Store Addresses an issue where 3rd party keyboards could become deselected when a user enters their passcode Fixes an issue that prevented some apps from accessing photos from the Photo Library Improves the reliability of the Reachability feature on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Fixes an issue that could cause … [Read more...]

Apple: Only 9 Customer Complaints of Bent iPhone 6

In response to the growing concerns over bent iPhones, Apple today issue a short statement to CNBC on the subject. According to Apple, only 9 customers have complained to the company about bent iPhones. They also noted that the new iPhones "feature steel/titanium inserts to reinforce stress locations and use the strongest glass in the industry."After a few, isolated reports of the larger iPhone 6 Plus bending, the story became national news. Not helping matters were YouTube torture test videos. These showcased the bending of iPhones using pressure well beyond what anyone would consider reasonabily normal. If there was one takeaway from the videos, it did show the iPhone 6 to be more difficult to bend.Here's the full context of … [Read more...]

Bending Perspective

Bending perspective

The recent news of the iPhone 6 Plus possibly being susceptible to bending has caused strong reactions, from all sides. Another year, another controversy that hasn't gone quietly, at least yet. A new iPhone is big news and an even bigger target. People love to find a chink in the aluminum-clad armor of Apple's iPhones. Within hours of the first report on MacRumors, there were trending hashtags for #bendgate and in less than 24 hours, it was being woefully distorted by major news networks.The Pocket Let's clear something up. No phone, regardless of its size, should ever find its way to your back pocket. That's never a good idea, despite a bevy of ass shots posted on the Internet showing how the bigger iPhone 6 fits in rear pockets … [Read more...]

How to fix iOS 8.0.1 no cell service issue

Restore backup

Apple's iOS 8.0.1 has introduced a nasty bug that breaks cell phone service and Touch ID. From most reports, the issue is specific to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. You have a few options here, none of which are great, but can help you get your cell service back.Another option is to restore your iPhone to iOS 8.0 using iTunes. Apple has already pulled iOS 8.0.1. When you go through this process, iTunes will download the latest working version of iOS. This seems to be the easiest and most effective way at fixing cell service on your phone. It also means that you must backup all of your data.1. Connect your iOS device to your Mac or PC. Open iTunes if it does not launch by itself. 2. Select your iPhone either from the left hand menu … [Read more...]