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  • Apple gets a taste of third-party keyboards with SwiftKey for iOS

    Now that Apple has finally opened its iOS platform to third-party keyboard developers, the eager bunch at SwiftKey are grinning from ear to ear. Although it's not completely understood how many iOS users -- stuck in their Apple keyboard ways -- will actually use the app, SwiftKey has unveiled it's plans for its iOS 8 keyboard that includes cloud prediction services and full swipe-to-type support. SwiftKey has been one of the most downloaded apps on the Google Play Store for a good while. It's not the only third-party keyboard out there though. 5-TILES keyboard and Swype are just two vying...

  • Apple’s next iPhone: before the launch, everything you need to know

    A few months ago, we all wondered what exactly the iPhone 6 would embody, what specifications it would boast, and what new groundbreaking ideas it would bring to life. So the questions floating around the internet for the past few months have been to the tune of this: What could Apple possibly do to improve the iPhone 5s? How could a brand that relied so much on the vision of Steve Jobs build another successful device without him? And, would the iPhone 6 be an evolution or revolution? Well, we're about to find out. With just over a day before the biggest...

  • 8 ways iOS 8 stole from WhatsApp, Android and everyone else

    I watched Apple's WWDC 2014 keynote presentation last night without expecting much innovation, but Tim Cook's company delivered unexpected surprises like a brand-new "more powerful than Objective C" coding language named Swift. Apple also announced OS X 10.10 and iOS 8, two operating systems that are trying their best to become inseparable. What I disliked were the updates to iOS 8 which were quite blatantly cribbed from other apps. Get ready, it's time to take a bite out of Apple. Photos  New to Photos is deeper iCloud integration. Make an edit on iPad, and it appears on the connected iPhone, plus...

  • Google Glass update adds SMS support for iOS, Glassware Calendar for all

    Good news Apple and Glass fans -- Google has announced that iOS users will soon be able to receive text messages from their friends using Google Glass. After last week's Google Glass Explorer program saw a one day only Glass sale in the US, the company has presumably received a voluminous amount of useful feedback from the lucky few. Intelligently bowing to consumer advice and demand, the text messaging feature already available on Android will now be included on iOS devices as well. A post over on Google's official Glass blog explains: "iOS fans, by popular demand you can now get...

  • New report finds Android apps more stable than iOS, Galaxy S4 most reliable

    Are you looking for a stable experience on your smart devices? According to a new report by performance monitoring company Crittercism, Android is said to have less reported app crashes than iOS. To further rub some salt in the wounds of Apple fans, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is said to be the most stable device out there. Based on the research company's 1-billion active participants, the report notes that while Android apps crashed an average of 1.7% of the time on Gingerbread, Google's mobile OS beats iOS overall. Newer Android versions: Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean and KitKat, were...

  • 5 Android/iOS games we can’t stop playing

    Addiction is a terrible thing. Except when it comes to games. We wholeheartedly support gaming and gear addiction, and these five games are still burning down our batteries. When will it ever end? Hopefully never. Flappy Bird (no longer available for download) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmnpxUMMfu0 Addictive is an understatement when it comes to Flappy Bird. You take control of a flying bird (more like a tennis ball with a face and wings), navigating it through the pixel-art retro world, taking caution not to hit the Mario-style pipes protruding from the top and bottom of the screen. It is a simple game to understand but...

  • You’ll love this: the plug, play and sniff bacon alarm app

    Tech can make our non-kosher dreams come true, by squirting a bacon scent from our iPhones and into our nostrils. Yes, it's true. Watch this video which unashamedly gave us goosebumps. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=PiWdF3u9C0w It's a small piece of hardware that when attached to the bottom of an iPhone, puffs out a waft of bacon-flavoured scent when the accompanying iOS alarm clock app activates. Take it like this: what sound would you prefer in the morning? That horribly shrill alarm tone, or the sound of crackling bacon paired with the smell of the sweetest meat candy ever. We know what we would choose...

  • iOS 7.1 update pegged for March release

    Apple is reportedly releasing iOS 7.1 in March. According to 9to5Mac, which says that reliable sources have confirmed the rumour. iOS 7 debuted in June last year and was followed by reported crashes, glitches and battery issues. And eventually, smiles. The biggest concern in need of a fix are the random iPhone 5s crashes. Better known as the white/black screen of death, people have experienced reboots when running certain first-party iOS apps. As we can see in this leaked screenshot, the update will upgrade the default Phone app, delivering a new and improved Calendar app, fixing numerous speed and bug issues....

  • Flappy Bird review: ‘Dark Souls’ distilled

    Firstly, download Flappy Bird (it's free) for iOS or Android. Secondly, play it. Thirdly, keep playing it. Resist the urge to uninstall it. Finally, allow your head to combust. Flappy Bird is a few things: frustrating, addictive, simple and above all, the purest game to roll onto iOS and Android since Dots. It's weird to even review it. Flappy Bird does what Super Hexagon did for geometry, by providing an unflappable representation of gameplay. Consistency, when presented in a digital form lends itself to analogous behaviour. In other words, a great game vanishes beneath the fingertips and provides a clear, coherent path of which we...

  • Geek out your fitness and win the smart iHealth wireless scale [competition closed]

    Update: And the winner is... *drum roll*... Adrian Phipps! Well done, he's won himself the iHealth Wireless Body Analysis Scale. Losing weight is a chore, and boring. To make life easier we've decided to give away the iHealth Wireless Body Analysis Scale. It's a scale for fitness geeks (or all geeks, really) in that it connects to your iPhone or any iOS device to make your fitness tracking experience smart. The scale works with Facebook, Twitter and Evernote. Using Bluetooth, the iHealth mobile app connects with the iHealth Wireless Body Analysis Scale that then lets you measure, save, track...