8 Things You Need To Know About Apple’s Photos App for Mac

Photos for Mac OS X

Announced last year, Apple has released a developer preview of their new Photos app for Mac OS X. This is intended to be the next generation photos app for Mac, replacing both iPhoto and Aperture. Neither of those apps will be receiving updates. Apple hopes that its customers will rejoice at the release of Photos, a streamlined application that has heavy ties to iCloud. In advance of its public release, we've outlined some of the key things you should know about Photos for Mac and the eventual transition from iPhoto or Aperture. 1. It's fast! iPhoto is plenty of things, but one thing it's not is fast. In fact, with a fair amount of photos installed, it can be incredibly sluggish. A number of news outlets have had early previews of the … [Read more...]

Best Email Apps for iPhone

Best email apps for iPhone

One of the most frequently used applications on any iPhone is email. Whether you rely on email for business or personal, it's a vital application and one that you will likely interact with countless times throughout a typical day. With iOS 7, Apple's stock mail app underwent some major interface changes, but functionality has largely remained the same. That's continued with iOS 8. Sure we swipe left, instead of right to delete mail, but there has been little in the way of innovative changes to make users more productive. While Apple's stock mail app has remained somewhat stagnant from a features standpoint, there are a number of developers that are rethinking how we should manage our inbox. So while the default Mail app 'just works', these … [Read more...]

I’m Not Buying The Apple Watch

Apple Watch

When it was first announced back in September, I asked members of our community if they had plans to buy the Apple Watch. As with any new Apple product, there was a tremendous amount of interest. Surprisingly, that hasn't translated into definitive purchase plans. I've seen more and more saying, "I'm not buying the Apple Watch." These aren't fence sitters, with most offering up a clear cut no, when asked. Granted this is an incredibly small number of folks, but one that falls into the enthusiast category or those who don't mind increasing their gadget budgets. So why the resistance and will things change come April? … [Read more...]

Apple Releases iOS 8.2 Beta 5 To Developers

not enough storage iOS 8

Apple today released iOS 8.2 beta 5 to developers. This release will be necessary to support the Apple Watch, due out in April, according to Tim Cook. The release includes assorted bug fixes and improvements. The release is strictly for developers. It supports Watch Kit, the development kit that allows for applications that can be extended to Apple's new watch. The release is available OTA (over-the-air) or as a download from Apple's developer portal.   … [Read more...]

How to use an iPhone as a microphone

iPhone 6 microphone

The days of convergence are upon us and the way in which people utilize their iPhone continues to astonish. As someone who has covered trade shows, I’ve found that you can use an iPhone as a microphone, removing the need to carry an extra piece of equipment. There are a few options, so let’s break them down. Apple’s Voice Memos Your iPhone comes with an application titled ‘Voice Memos’ that resides in the Extras folder. While it may be hidden, this app packs a punch, offering a number of valuable features. The red button to the left allows you to start recording. Apple includes a audio level meter, helping you monitor your levels. Keeping levels below ‘0’ is recommended for the best quality audio. Going past this could result … [Read more...]

iTunes Connect Displaying Wrong Apps When Logged In

A major security issue is affecting iTunes Connect, the portal used by developers to manage their apps. The issue is widespread and it appears a good number of developers are not able to access their own apps. The portal allows developers to login, but once logged in, they are presented with an entirely different account. This of course presents unauthorized users with complete control over an account. As a developer, I logged in this morning and was granted access to an account responsible for apps from major magazine publishers. iTunes Connect has been shut down. If and when Apple provides a statement, we'll pass it along, along with any information as to when it will be available again. Developing... … [Read more...]

Apple Releases iOS 8.1.3 Software Update

Apple has released iOS 8.1.3. The software update includes bug fixes, increased stability and performance improvements including: Reduces the amount of storage required to perform a software update Fixes an issue that prevented some users from entering their Apple ID password for Messages and FaceTime Addresses an issue that caused Spotlight to stop displaying app results Fixes an issue which prevented multitasking gestures from working on iPad Adds new configuration options for educational standardized testing The update, which is only 247MB), is available OTA (over the air), but requires a WiFi connection to update. … [Read more...]

Best Free iPhone Apps for 2015

Best free iPhone apps 2015

There are a wealth of great free applications for the iPhone, but with the App Store offering hundreds of thousands of apps, selecting the cream of the crop can be a daunting task. We’ve scoured the App Store, bringing you the best from all categories. Every application you’ll find here was carefully selected and tested. Free apps still require time on your part and we value your time. Our goal with this article was simple. Provide our readers with a comprehensive list of the best free iPhone apps, bar none and then update it on a consistent basis. This year, we're adding a table of contents with categories, making it easier to find apps in a specific category. Also new this year is the Widgets category, a feature introduced with iOS 8. … [Read more...]