35 Best iOS Apps Of The Year 2014

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With the first month of 2015 coming to a close, we're finishing our 'best of 2014' lists with the best saved for last. Here is our round-up of the very best iOS apps reviewed last year. We normally only review apps that are free but will occasionally make an exception for a particularly amazing paid app, and some of those apps have made it to our list. Enjoy! Read More

Create To-Do Items From An Email And Add Them To Your Calendar [iOS]

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Reminder apps and To-do lists are an area where innovation is difficult. Just about every imaginable way of remembering to do things, or trying to be productive with lists and alarms has been developed. You can always improve on an existing concept but it is hard to think of something truly original. Google tried its hand at making email more manageable with its recent Inbox app. Something developed along those same lines is Handle, a free reminder app for iOS that can connect with your email account and create reminders from any email. In addition to email, the app can also connect with the Calendar app on your iOS device and let you create events from the email or add ones that aren't tied down to one. Read More

Create A Color Scheme Centered Around A Single Color Of Your Choice

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Just last week we reviewed Sip for iOS; the newly released partner app for the color picking tool of the same name available for Mac. We compared it to Adobe Color in terms of feature and functionality. A brand new arrival in the same niche is Coolors, a free iOS app that generates random color schemes. You can cycle through the many schemes it has to offer, or you can enter any color code and have the app suggest colors to go with it. Once you've settled on a scheme, you can export it over email, as a PDF, a URL, or a PNG file. Read More

Create Color palettes On Your iPhone And Sync To Your Mac

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Sip is an amazing Mac app released in 2012 that lets you pick colors from your screen and can convert them to 12 different color formats. By far, it's one of my favorite and highly recommended utilities for anyone working on web or app design on a Mac. The developer has now released an iOS version of this amazing app, it's free and I couldn't help but take it for a spin. Sip Color is very close to what Adobe Color (formerly Adobe Kuler) had to offer when it first launched. You can create an account and back-up your color schemes to the cloud so that it's also available on your Mac (provided you have Sip Pro installed). You can extract a color scheme either from live camera input, or from a picture in your camera roll. Read More

Control Your Desktop From iPhone or iPad With Chrome Remote Desktop

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Chrome is by far the most popular web browser in the world. Where it's really fast, it's also pretty simple to use and because it has such a huge market share any features it offers automatically have a large user base off the bat. A good long while back, Chrome came out with remote desktop support that would allow users to access and control other connected desktops, remotely. The connection was established through the Chrome browser. In April of last year, a Chrome Remote Desktop Android app was released so that you could connect to a computer from your tablet or phone. The same Chrome Remote Desktop has now been released for iOS and it couldn't come at a better time than when we have larger iPhones. It does not require a jailbroken device, and it's absolutely free with complete mouse and keyboard control. Here's our review. Read More

Add Animated GIF Patterns To Your Photos & Videos

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GIFs, more than enough has been written on this wonderful format and the images created in it but here we are writing a bit more. Meet Gifx, a free iOS app that lets you add GIF patterns to your photos to make them look cool. The app offers a free pack of GIFs to get you started, and a few more patterns in exchange for leaving a review on the App Store, and following it on Instagram. It's basically fusing a GIF with any photo you might take. With the free version of the app though you can only save the final output in MP4 format and it comes with a watermark . To save it as a GIF, you have to buy any sort of upgrade the app has to offer. It also restricts the quality of the video you can save to just low quality. You can mask a GIF and add multiple GIFs in layers. Read More

58 Top Tips & Tutorials Of The Year 2014

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This past Monday we gave you a list of the best Windows apps reviewed in 2014. To start the weekend off, and maybe give you something you might want to try over the weekend, here are the best tips and tutorials covered in 2014. Ranging from simple little tricks for your smartphone, to far more complicated tutorials or running Windows on a Mac, this list features how-tos for the Android, iOS, Windows, and the OS X platform. Read More

Fixing The ‘iTunes Could Not Connect To This iPhone’ Error

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Backing up, and syncing data to your iOS device from a PC or Mac is really easy and taking a regular back-up is a great idea. That said, it's not always an error free experience and the 'iTunes Could Not Connect To This iPhone' error is one of the more common ones to occur when you connect your iOS device to your system. What's more is that once you start getting this error, it appears repeatedly. It prevents your phone from charging and from syncing which means no backups can be taken and no music can be synced to your device. It's not the most pleasant of errors but here are a few ways for you to try and fix it. Read More

How To Hide The Notification Badge For A Stock App In iOS

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I have a super secret email account that I share with no one; no services that I randomly sign up to, and even some of the ones that I use regularly don't know that this email ID of mine exists. It's very special and only services that are extremely important to me know about it as my recovery email. I have never before even configured the account on my phone, opting instead to sign in, and out on my desktop every time I needed to access it in an attempt to keep my self safe should I lose my device. That changed recently and I added this account to the Mail app on my iPhone and it came with a huge (read 25000+ unread emails) badge on the folder in which the Mail app resides. That badge obviously needed to go. iOS lets you choose which apps you want to enable badges for so I went straight to Settings>Mail and was very surprised I couldn't find the option to remove the badge since that's where I would look to remove a notification badge for any other app. It took a few minutes of searching but I was able to find the option for removing the notification badge for the Mail app. Read More

Manually Adjust White Balance, Shutter Speed, ISO, & More With Reuk [Paid]

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Just a few days ago we showed you how you could adjust the focus and exposure in the Camera app in iOS 8. We talked about how before iOS 8 allowed users to adjust the exposure separately, people relied on third-party apps to do it. It wasn't so much a hardware limitation as it was a software one. With iOS 8, Apple gave developers more control over the camera; specifically it allowed developers to control exposure, white balance and focus. Reuk is an iOS app worth $0.99 in the App Store that takes advantage of this. It gives you full control over the ISO sensitivity, shutter speed, and white balance. You can also manually set the focus point, and a built-in level adjuster shows you if you're holding the camera at the correct level or not. The app comes with a great flash feature, and timer. Read More

How To Set Focus And Adjust Exposure In The iOS 8 Camera App

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Apple regularly adds something new to make the camera on the iPhone better with each successive model. With the past few versions of iOS, Apple has also been making improvements to the camera app. Features like panoramic photos, a timer, time-lapse video recording, and even filters have been added. With iOS 8 the most noteworthy addition to the Camera app was the ability to set focus and exposure separately. This isn't something only newer devices can do. Long before Apple added this ability to the camera app, lots of apps in the App Store existed that allowed you to set focus and exposure separately. Now that it's a stock feature, users won't have to hunt down a good app to achieve this. Here's how you can set the focus and exposure in the Camera app in iOS 8. Read More

Turn Videos Into GIFs On An iOS Device, Control Playback & Frame Rate

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Sharing a video is something that was confined to desktops where we would upload what we had created or recorded live to Facebook or YouTube and share it with the world. That's changed considerably now; apps like Vine have made video sharing really easy and Instagram soon picked up on the flow. Both apps and services have given users a quick video sharing platform. Vines and Instagram videos are still videos which means they are going to be relatively large files. Gyf is a free iOS app that can record a ten second video, or take one from your camera roll and turn it into a GIF. The file can be uploaded to your GYF profile and shared. Unfortunately saving it to your camera roll isn't possible and saving it to your local drive requires jumping through a few hoops. What sets the app apart though is that you can manage the frame rate and how fast or slowly the GIF plays all from the app and sharing the GIF is made easy with Facebook and Messenger integration. Read More

Facebook’s Stickered App Lets You Add Stickers To Photos Live

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Facebook has released a new app called Stickered for Messenger. Surprise. Surprise. The app is meant to work as a partner app for Facebook's Messenger; it allows you to add stickers to photos. The Messenger app itself will let you draw on a photo, and it will allow you to send a sticker as a message but Stickered will let you add as many stickers as you want live to your camera. The stickers feature all those available on Facebook and in the Messenger app. You can add multiple stickers, and postiion and resize them. Once a photo has been snapped, it can be shared directly to the Messenger app. Read More

Are Heart Rate Monitoring Apps Really Accurate? We Put Them To The Test

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Health has become the focus of many new gadgets with personal fitness bands growing increasingly popular. Health apps have become a stock feature in both Android and iOS and long before that happened, developers had been working to put the these devices to better use. There have long existed apps that claim to measure your heart rate using nothing more than the front and/or rear camera on your phone. People obviously have their doubts about apps like this because measuring medical information can't be that simple. I've personally tried to 'fool' these apps and those that claim to measure heartbeat by scanning one's face are quite easy to fool with nothing more than a picture placed in front of it. We did however decide to give these apps a chance; see if they really can measure a person's heart rate and how accurate the reading is. Read More

Tunity Is A Shazam-Like App That Sends TV Channel Audio To Your Device

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Shazam is a very popular service that helps identify songs. All you need to do is let the service listen to a small snippet of what's playing on the radio or on TV, or maybe blaring out from someone's headphones, and it can correctly identify the song. Tunity is an app for iOS and Android that does something much like that but for TV channel audio. Think of any scenario where you're sitting staring at a muted TV. The news might be on, a re-run of your favorite movie or series, or maybe just a really interesting documentary. Unfortunately, given the place you are, the audio is muted. That's where Tunity comes in; it lets you scan the TV screen, and streams the audio from that channel directly to your Android device or iPhone. Read More

How To Access The Medical ID On iOS 8 In An Emergency

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The Health app in iOS 8 is a huge deal for both users and developers. The past few years saw the gadget world explode with personal health and fitness trackers and with the Health app and Health Kit, those amazing devices can feed the information directly to one of the most popular phones. Where the app is amazing for letting us connect our favorite fitness devices, it also adds something very essential to the iPhone; an emergency contact sheet. We've been saving ICE (In case of emergency) numbers to our phones for ages but the Health app has allowed a proper Medical ID to be created. It includes numbers to contact during an emergency, as well as details of any medication an individual might be on, pre-existing conditions, allergies, and their blood group. You can create the ID in the Health app and here's where you can access it from the lock screen in an emergency Read More

OftenType: Create Custom Keys To Enter Email, Phone Number, & Names [Paid]

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As phones evolved, the generic keypad that we used to type texts was soon replaced. First by physical QWERTY keyboards, and then by on-screen keyboards that, as our phone screens grow bigger, make typing more comfortable. With the advent of on-screen keyboards and open systems like Android, newer ways to make typing easier were invented signaling the start of third-party keyboards. Developers created keyboards that had added features to make typing easier and OftenType is one excellent attempt at creating a keyboard that makes it easier to enter redundant information like your phone number or an address. It is a $1.99 iOS app (requires iOS 8.1 or above) that lets you can create custom keys for phone numbers, addresses, names, and more. A simple tap on the key will allow you to enter an email address or a street address without having to type it all out. Read More

How To Rearrange The Order Filters Appear In Instagram

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Instagram has just received a fresh update and it's a big one. The update has introduced five new filters and a filter management feature. No doubt the new filters are exciting news and you'll want to try them on your next coffee or dessert but the filter management feature is deserving of equal attention. It lets you do two things; hide filters that you don't like or don't use at all, in my case that would be the Inkwell filter. It also lets you rearrange the order the filters appear in when you scroll through them in the app's interface. You can bring your favorite or most frequently used filters to the start of the line-up and move less frequently used ones to the end. Here's how. Read More

Relive Your Past Years On Facebook And Instagram In Photos

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When Facebook celebrated 10 years of its existence, it did so with a very nice little new feature that allowed used to look back on their own past years on Facebook. Users came away with a really nice video featuring photos and status updates from your past. It was nice revisiting those memories and if you're nostalgic for something like that, give PastBook a try. It's a simple little web app that can compile events from any year between 2014 - 2003 on Facebook or Instagram. It searches through your profile and compiles events into an e-album. Needless to say the app will access all your photos if you use it to revisit your Facebook past. Read More

3 Free GIF Keyboards For iOS 8

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The GIFV project by Imgur and the introduction of a GIF maker to YouTube are both indicative of the growing popularity of GIFs. GIFs have also made an entry in a far more unlikley place; keyboards in iOS 8. Following the announcement that third-party keyboards would be allowed in iOS 8, developers set to creating something truly awesome for the platform; GIF keyboards. For those who are unfamiliar with what a GIF keyboard is, it is a collection of GIFs that you can insert in messages without leaving your texting app or messenger. Instead of letter keys, you have GIF thumbnails featuring both popular and obscure ones GIFs from the app's library. Here are three free GIF keyboards that you can download for iOS 8 now. Read More