Apps of the Week, Monkey Preschool Explorers, Tinker and more!

Apps of the week

With celebrations abound in the U.S. for the 4th of July, there are more great apps in the App Store than pork at a Joey Chestnut hot dog eating contest This week, we rock out, send our kids to preschool with monkeys, go on the hunt for monsters, find new ways to be productive and still find time for some classic meditation to free our minds. It's time for the everythingiCafe Apps of the Week for July 5th, 2014. Boom! … [Read more...]

5 Things You Can Do Right Now To Personalize Your iPhone

Set iPhone wallpaper

We all share the excitement that comes with a new phone. The unboxing, the fresh scent of new tech and all of the fun stuff that comes with a new iPhone. All too often, the excitement dies down. You're left with an iPhone that looks no different from everyone else in your office or school; a technological companion that while functional, is no longer the Apple of your eye. If I had to guess, I'd say that I pick up my iPhone 180 times per day. Okay, I may not be average, but suffice to say that you are probably picking up and looking at your iPhone quite often throughout the day. Yet so often, we do very little to make it our own, other than jamming it with all of our stuff. There are easy things you can do right now to personalize your … [Read more...]

Facebook Messenger for iPad Now Available

Facebook Messenger iPad

Available in the App Store, the new Facebook Messenger finally brings support for the iPad. The user interface in version 7.0 brings much of what we've seen in previous versions, but thankfully, in a tablet friendly version. The update changelog is predominantly bug fixes, noting that calls are more reliable and it fixes an issue where the list of people active on Facebook shows up faster. Messaging is completely free, but does of course require a WiFi or data connection. Facebook Messenger includes stickers, private photo sharing and lets you access messaging without opening Facebook. It supports group messaging and even supports sending messages to phone numbers of contacts who aren't Facebook friends. In messaging isn't your … [Read more...]

Video Shows iPhone 6 Front Panel Compared to iPhone 5s

iPhone 6 display part

In recent weeks and months, there have been no shortage of iPhone 6 mockups, based on the purported leaked schematics. Recent reports suggest the dummy units suffer from low build quality and are not accurate,specifically the 'stripes' that grace the back of the device. Today we are seeing what appears to be an actual part leak of the iPhone 6. Chinese website iFanr provides us with a video look at the alledged glass display of the iPhone 6 in comparison with the current iPhone 5s. … [Read more...]

Phone 6, 5.5-inch iPhone Air Release Date Reportedly Set For September 25th

iPhone release date

A new report via claims Apple will release the iPhone 6 on Thursday, September 25th. Citing internal sources, this varies from previous reports claiming a German carrier was informed of a September 19th release date. Apple will reportedly introduce two new iPhones on September 15th, a date which isn't in keeping with the typical Tuesday event schedule. Then again, nothing is typical when it comes to the iPhone 6, which will see Apple breaking from the traditional single device release. Sure we had the iPhone 5c last year, but all signs point to the company release two sizes of the flagship model. One will feature a 4.7-inch display and the other offering a massive 5.5-inch display. … [Read more...]

Why Managing Mail in iOS 8 Is Faster, More Efficient

Mail in iOS 8

When Apple releases a major software update, as they do yearly, new functionality often extends to the stock applications. The core applications that ship with each and every iOS device play a key role in how we use our iPhones and iPads, so changes to these apps is big news. Last year brought significant changes, due to the transition to iOS 7 that demanded cosmetic changes in keeping with the new design aesthetic. To be fair, some apps lost functionality, which hindered folks hoping for a happy transition to iOS 7. With iOS 7 now in the rear view mirror, Apple seems poised to tackle stock apps, improving up their functionality. Messages will see new features that rival Snapchat and WhatsApp. Also on the agenda for iOS 8 will be … [Read more...]

Google Acquires Songza Streaming Music Service


Google today announced they had acquired Songza, the free streaming music service that provides expert-curated playlists to fit your mood and interest. Songza is one of the better streaming music apps for iOS, Android and Sonos (which also happens to be ad-free). According to the official statement, "no immediate changes to Songza are planned, other than making it faster, smarter and more fun to use." … [Read more...]

Will Apple cut storage prices on iPhone 6?

Storage prices iPhone 6

If you missed it last week, Apple updated their iPod touch line to include a new version of the 16GB entry-level model. It now includes a rear camera and color choices, bringing the specs in line with the 32Gb and 64GB versions. Despite its premium pricing of $229, he previous low-end model was severely knee-capped when it was first introduced, with no choice of colors and no rear camera. Prices have also been adjusted to a more reasonable $50 difference between each model. Value increases as you move up the line, with the most expensive 64GB iPod touch offering the most value at $299. Only $100 separates the 16GB from the 64GB. When you compare pricing to the iPhone 5s, each incremental jump costs you an extra $100. Double. That's a nice … [Read more...]

Apple Releases iOS 7.1.2 Update

Apple today pushed out iOS update version 7.1.2. The update includes improvements to iBeacon connectivity and stability. Other fixes include correcting a bug that affected data transfer for some 3rd party accessories, including bar code scanners. On the security side of things, iOS 7.1.2 fixes an issue whereby mail attachments were unencrypted. As per the release notes, the release "corrects an issue with data protection class of Mail attachments." … [Read more...]

Tips For Keeping Your iPhone Safe From The Cruel Summer

Tips iPhone safe

It was a warm summer night and I had been leaning back in adirondack chair, enjoying a cold Samuel Adams as the warm breeze reminded me that summer was upon us. The moment was short lived. Being the parent to an active toddler, chasing her to prevent her from [jumping in pool, pulling on a dogs tail, insert any incredibly poor decision] is a common occurrence. Jumping into action, my phone slid out of my front pocket, landing flat on the pavement. Summer was here, the season responsible for the untimely deaths of so many smartphones. Smashed screens, water damage, theft and loss become commonplace during the season of summer. The cost of repairing or replacing an iPhone, even with Apple Car, can be expensive. Summer should fun, but nothing … [Read more...]