Beam For Reddit Is Yet Another Great Way To Procrastinate [iOS]

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It's the middle of the week and you probably know by now if the rest of it is going to be any good. In case you're in for a bad week and could do with some procrastination cheering up, try out Beam for Redddit. It's a brand new Reddit browsing app for  iOS and is designed to impress. You can leave comments and upvote or downvote posts from the app if you're signed in though there seems to be no way for you to sign out. What sets Beam apart from other apps is that it isn't just for browsing Reddit but also for discovering new sub-reddits. It has a dedicated discovery tab that shows you trending sub-reddits and the posts currently popular in them. You can view GIFs, play videos, subscribe or unsubscribe to a sub-reddit. You can also filter out NSFW and spoiler content and open links in Chrome instead of Safari. Read More

Facebook Launches Groups App, Lets You Add A Group To Your Home Screen

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Facebook launched a new app today, Facebook Groups. Much like the Messages app, this app takes a popular Facebook feature and lets you use it in a stand alone app. The point is of course to make access easier because Facebook as a service has grown significantly complex to the point that messages and group interaction isn't convenient from your news feed. Facebook groups is a lot like the Messages app in layout. You have a home screen where all your groups are listed. You can post a status or photo to a group, get regular push notifications for any group activity, and even create a new group from the app itself. Perhaps the crown jewel in terms of features on this app is the ability to add a group to your phone's home screen. The app is available for both iOS and Android although at the time of writing, the Google Play Store link isn't working. Read More

Waaaaay! – Follow the Arrow Is An Easy-To-Follow Navigation Tool

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If you're good with directions, rarely get lost, and are quick to find yourself again if you do, you know this ability is sort of like having a super power. You also know that a good sense of direction isn't popularly recognized as a supernatural ability, you're pre-disposed to think that everyone should be able to find their way from point A to point B without any trouble. If nothing else, anyone should be able to use Google Maps but that sadly isn't the case. Lots of people still get lost and/or have trouble following a map. Waaaaay! - Follow the Arrow is turn-by-turn navigation for dummies (no offense). If you find following directions is overly complicated, this app is what you need. It detects your current location, asks you to pick a destination, and then guides you with nothing more than a compass. It's up to you to pick which route you want to take as long as you're following the arrow. Read More

Dear Developer, This Is Why I Won’t Buy Your App

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In my line of work, I get to test a lot of apps. I hunt for them, I judge their usefulness, I try them out, and then when I find an app works well enough or addresses a real problem, I review it for our readers. It sounds like a fun job and as I've continued to test and review more and more apps, I've picked up on tell-tale signs of what makes a good app. But I'm not overly clever to pick up on these signs; it's a by-product of experience and where I can identify if an app is good or bad just by looking at the screenshots and reading a brief description, it isn't a foolproof check. Developers are just as clever (if not more) at the game  than I am and they give me the slip. It's times like this that the true test of a good app comes down to one thing, and one thing alone; features. Read More

Stop Read Receipts Being Sent On Whatsapp With This Cydia Tweak [Jailbreak]

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Messenger apps that tell you when/if a message you sent has been read are a double ended sword; on the one hand, you know your message has been read and you don't have to send a reminder or worry that the message may not have been seen on time. On the other hand, it makes it exceptionally difficult to ignore a person or delay replying to a message by using the age old excuse, 'I didn't see your message' and this is something WhatsApp users learned the painfully hard way. The company pushed an update to their servers that enabled a 'seen' read receipt to appear when a message had been read. The receipt comes in the form of the grey check mark that signals a message has been delivered turning blue when the message has been read. It caught many users unaware and because the change wasn't an app update, it means for now there is no way to disable it. If you've got a jailbroken iPhone though, you can use WhatsApp Read Receipt Disabler. It's a free Cydia tweak available in the BigBoss repository that, as its name clearly states, stops the read receipts from being sent. Read More

Can’t Receive Messages After Switching From iPhone To Android? Now There’s An Official Fix From Apple

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Apple is known to poach Android users, and when someone decides to switch from an iPhone to an Android phone people are more than just curious as to why anyone would make a decision like that. Whatever the reason to switch may be, anyone who previously went from an iOS device to an Android device or Windows Phone would have experienced a delay or a complete failure to receive messages sent by iPhone using friends. Try as one might, they just couldn't get iMessages or even regular texts to find their way to the new Android phone. This happens when you don't disconnect iMessages from your  phone number. You may have removed your Apple ID from a device but iMessages is a service that must be turned off and simply removing your Apple ID from a device just doesn't cut it. Unfortunately, not a lot of people will know this until it is too late. This very issue got a significant amount of attention in the blogsphere earlier this year, and Apple has just released a tool to let you deactivate iMessages from any browser using your Apple ID. Read More

Sleep Better Tells You How Well You’re Sleeping

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Scientists still debate over why we sleep. There is no doubt that we need to sleep but the effects of sleep are simply amazing and worth every bit of research that is done about it. While scientists are figuring out the many mysteries of sleep, the REM cycle, why we dream, sleepwalk, talk in our sleeps, and that one time when Professor Utonium began robbing toy stores in his sleep, we wake up to the shrill call of our alarms wondering why it feels as though we haven't rested at all. Sleep Better is an iOS and Android app by Runtastic, a popular name in heath and fitness apps, and it helps analyze your sleep patterns telling you how efficient your slumber was. Sleep Better integrates with iOS 8's health app. Read More

PrefDelete Lets You Uninstall Tweaks From The Settings App [Jailbreak]

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A world without Cydia is hard to imagine. You could very well jailbreak your device and not have this app installed on it but unless you've actually owned a jailbroken iPhone, you won't know just how crucial this one app is to the experience jailbrokers enjoy. That said ( and I have all the admiration in the world for Cydia), I've never quite liked the process of uninstalling a tweak. Just finding it in the Installed tab is itself a tedious task. The Recent tab does help but unless I remember what a tweak was called, uninstalling it is going to be time consuming. PrefDelete is a free Cydia tweak available in the BigBoss repository that lets you uninstall a tweak from the Settings app. Read More

Pilot Reader: Read & Save Tech News Catered Specifically To You

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There are hundreds of ways to keep up with news; Twitter, Reddit, RSS, Newsletters, and whatnot. The demise of Google Reader certainly opened and enriched this particular niche and new apps and services are still developed to this day. Pilot Reader is an iOS and Android app that caters to people interested in technology news. The app is free and very Tinder-like in its functionality. Not only does it curate technology news but it also learns to recognize what you like and save, to give you more relevant news. Like Tinder, you can swipe an item right to save it, and left to dismiss it. Read More

Fused Lets You Blend Two Photos Or Videos Into One Amazing Image [iOS]

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Filters, and frames are getting boring. There are about a thousand or so apps that let you apply either or both to your photos and there will probably be a thousand more in the years to come. Fused is a nice new app that lets you do something more original with you photos and it's free. Fused lets you merge two photos or videos, or a video and a photo into one, and create a stunning single photo. It comes with a great masking tool and lots of blend options that help you use one photo as a background, and overlay a second one over it to create something truly original. Read More

PhotoMath: Solve Linear Equations And Fractions Using Your Camera [iOS]

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Simple arithmetic is easy enough; adding, subtracting, multiplying, and division. You can do it on a basic calculator. Add brackets to the mix and you have to remember which order to solve them in. It's still do-able with an ordinary calculator. Now think linear equations in one unknown variable or fractions. If you haven't done a lot of maths recently, you are probably going to be choppy at some of this. PhotoMath Solve is a free iOS app that I could've benefited from in my school years. It's an app that solves maths problems simply by scanning them with your camera and it shows you the individual steps that led to that solution. The app isn't exactly going to help you ace an advanced degree in Mathematics but if you have children who get Maths homework, the app can be a useful in helping them learn. At present, the app can only scan problems that have been printed and not hand written. It can solve basic arithmetic operations, fractions, decimals, linear equations in one unknown variable, and some logarithmic functions. Read More

What’s New In iOS 8.1

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iOS 8.1 was released a few days back and since the release of iOS 8, this is the third update to the OS with iOS 8.0.1 and iOS 8.0.2 being rolled out earlier to deal with the many problems the OS brought with it. And iOS 8 did indeed bring quite a few problems with it. iOS 8.1 fixes some bugs but it also rolls out some other features that require Yosemite to be running on Macs. Talks and speculation of bugs aside, here is the list of the new features made available with the update. Read More

Hooks: Get Alerts For TV Shows, Concerts, Games, Rain And More [iOS]

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Reminders, alerts, alarms; they're all great at making sure you don't forget important things like meetings, picking up the milk, remembering to take the trash out, not skipping leg day. Everything thing that is a drag to do, and therefore more likely to be forgotten, is kept on our radar by these ever helpful apps. But what about the fun stuff we forget about? There is more to life than just meetings and piking up the dry cleaning. Hooks – Alerts that Matter is an app for creating alerts for important things like when the next episode of your favorite show airs, when your favorite band is playing, when a new movie is going to be released, and more. Unlike other reminder apps that help you be more productive, this app reminds you of the up and coming fun things in life. Read More

Eat Your Greens Analyses What’s On Your Plate From A Photo [Paid]

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The desire to eat fries or enjoy one piece of cake will let you convince yourself that you otherwise eat healthy and that one little detour on the road to health isn't going to matter. Breakfast was healthy, lunch was light, dinner had plenty of meat so what's wrong with fries? The thing is, we all know fries aren't good for us, that unless we've been eating healthy, the slight slip isn't a good idea but we don't know that about everything we eat. Not many restaurants will provide nutrition information so what's a quick way to tell if what's one our plate is healthy or not? Eat Your Greens is a remarkable new iOS app available in the App Store for $1.99. It does two really amazing things; it identifies food by its color and it tells you what color you need to eat more of. All you have to do is take a picture of your food, identify the different colors by placing markers, and the app does the rest. It is a unique approach that lets you analyse food nutrition by color instead of counting calories all the time. Read More

Everything Wrong With iOS 8 In 450 Words or Less

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We did a run down of killer features introduced by Apple in iOS since iOS 3 to date. We hoped to look at what great new features have been part of the offering that compels us to update to the next version. Likewise, it's up to us to look at the dark side of things and by dark side we mean the awful bugs that are currently plaguing iOS 8 users. These aren't the  simple bugs that you can overlook; they are recurring and annoying enough for Apple to promise iOS 8.0.1 to the masses in the near future. Take into consideration how long the company took to acknowledge the iPhone 5 had a faulty power button and offer a free fix for it and you know that the problems are real. So here it is, a brief overview of the bugs iOS 8 users are experiencing on various supported devices. Read More

iOS Killer Features Introduced Over The Years

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For many people, buying an iPhone 6 will be a decision to upgrade to a larger screen and a better camera, etc. For those who aren't buying a new phone, they will be upgrading their devices to iOS 8. Every new version of iOS has had quick and almost immediate adoption. In 2007 when the iPhone was first announced Apple aimed to sell one million units in a year. With the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, that same number has been achieved in a week. We are definitely still in love with Apple's amazing hardware but iOS upgrades aren't a matter of fandom and blind dedication to the company. They have always been about features; what does the new OS give you that's worth upgrading for and through the years, Apple has given us killer features in every single version of iOS to make it worth the upgrade. We revisit those killer features again to see if iOS 8 has delivered like its predecessors and what features in the latest version are going to push the upgrades. Read More

View Source Of Any Web Page In Safari With This iOS 8 Extension & App [Paid]

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For web developers, having access to a site's source is imperative. There is a convoluted method of viewing source natively, one that involves some degree of manipulation of javascript and favourites, OR we could just download View Source for iOS and call it a day. It's a new iOS app worth $0.99 in the App Store and it's one of the newest apps to take advantage of extensions on iOS 8.  Needless to say, it won't work unless you have iOS 8. The app allows you to view the source of a web page on an iOS mobile device. The app lets you view source inside its own browser and also works as an extension for Safari so that you can view the source of any page you have open in it. Read More

How To Add/Remove Third-Party Keyboards In iOS 8

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I should just use the same introductory sentence for these posts, since they are all just some variants of "iOS 8 is out, it has new features". So, iOS 8 is out, it has new features, like widgets and third-party keyboards. Not that there is anything wrong with the native keyboard, but sometimes one has to experiment with what else is out there, perhaps you might like a third-party over your cherished iOS 8 keyboard. Only one way to find out, install it (like SwiftKey) and see for yourself. Allow us to walk you through how to install third-party keyboards on iOS 8. Read More

5 Ways To Put Your Obsolete iPhone 4 To Good Use

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Now that iOS 8 is out, your iPhone 4 is effectively obsolete in terms of OS. Where the iPhone 4 will not be receiving an OS update, it also doesn't support some major features from iOS 6 and iOS 7 such as Siri and the ability to take panoramas. Additionally, the phone didn't handle the iOS 7 update all too well; it slowed the phone down and it wasn't until Apple issued an update with a performance fix for the iPhone 4 that things improved. So, if you still have an iPhone 4 that you used or if you have one lying around unused, what can you do with it now that substantially faster devices are available? Here are five suggested uses that might let you use it as something more than a seriously expensive paperweight. Read More

How To Add And Remove Widgets In iOS 8

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Since we already spent a lot of time discussing the abridged biography of iOS 8, we will skip that particular introduction and go right to the meat of the matter. Widgets are now regular constituents of iOS 8, located where iOS 7 offered a control no more complex than an off switch; you can now completely customize your Notification Center and what widgets you show there and in what order. Let us take a look at how to do exactly that on iOS 8. Read More