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All posts tagged "iOS"

  • 4 alternatives to Microsoft’s dying Sunrise calendar app

    Microsoft will soon shutter Sunrise, the calendar app it bought back in February 2015. If you were an avid user of the rather brilliant calendar app, you're probably hunting for an alternative that doesn't suck. Luckily for you, we've scoured the Play Store to find you five possible alternatives. Google Calendar If you're on Android, this is probably the no-brainer alternative. The new Calendar app boasts plenty of colour, clean Material Design and the typically simple Google app setup. Multiple viewing options compliment the options to quick-add events with Google Maps integration, and search events across all calendars. Being it a Google product,...

  • Meet Gboard, Google’s keyboard for iPhone users

    Apple took a page out of Google's playbook when it announced support for third-party keyboards on iOS 8. This of course meant that fan-favourite keyboards Swiftkey, Swype and more were no longer the sole domain of Android. One notable omission has been Google's native keyboard, but the Mountain View company has now released a rather feature-filled app in the form of Gboard. The biggest feature is integrated Search functionality, which should make for a more streamlined approach, the company said in a blog post. Google said that until now, users had to leave the communications app and then open Google Search to find relevant...

  • Angry Birds, sharks and Pokemon: this week’s top mobile games

    Welcome to Gearburn's Mobile Game Picks of the Week, a weekly series in which Hadlee takes a look at the latest, most entertaining, or time-consuming mobile games on portable screens. We're always on the hunt for new mobile video games, and there have been quite a few solid releases in recent days. So let's take a look at some of the more notable titles you should consider downloading this week... Hungry Shark World The Hungry Shark games are one of the more popular mobile franchises out there, so the latest release has quickly shot up the charts. Is it any good though? Hungry Shark World...

  • Here are your mobile gaming picks of the week

    It's that time of the week once again, where we scour the various app stores for the latest and greatest mobile videogames. We've got some solid picks in this week's edition, from an Advance Wars-style title to a neat take on tower defence games. Warbits Platforms: iOS Price: R60 It costs a fair chunk of change, but fans of turn-based strategy games will enjoy Warbits, from two-man studio Risky Lab. The game is heavily inspired by classic Nintendo franchise Advance Wars, so you'll be taking turns to move your various units across the murky conflict zone. Warbits stands out thanks to its nifty multiplayer suite, though, delivering one...

  • Apple TV (2015) review: TV reimagined but not reinvented

    As someone who hasn't surrounded himself with Apple gadgets from a tender age, I was extremely excited to have access to the Apple Watch, iPhone 6S and Apple TV all at the same time. And to begin an Apple review of any kind without stating that "it's more about the experience within the ecosystem than the exorbitant price" would be wrong. Especially since that's largely correct. But still, does this apply to the company's media box as well? And is it worth forking out the same price for the new fourth generation Apple TV as some low-end Full HD television...

  • Error 53: Apple updates iOS, TouchID remains broken

    Apple's finding itself in a deep security quagmire this month, with the FBI hot on its tail, and the recent Error 53 feature still rearing its ugly head, which locked some users of repaired devices out of their phones completely. But while Tim Cook has slapped the FBI with his consumer ethics handbook, the company has also updated iOS to fix Error 53 for good. iOS 9.2.1 is a special update for those who had their devices (more imperatively, their TouchID home buttons) repaired by third-party non-authorised Apple wizards. Once the repair is made and the user attempts to gain access...

  • Setting your iPhone’s date to 1970 is not a good idea

    There's many ways to break an iPhone. Sitting on it used to be the most popular, until repairing the home button became the worst thing you could possibly do earlier this month. But now, there's an entirely new way to ruin your life, thanks to 4chan. Hilariously for some, the imageboard aired a purported Easter egg hiding beneath iOS's fragile exterior. Flipping the date back to the seventies will unlock a classic Mac theme. Sounds totally legit, right? Nope. Resetting your iPhone date to 1 January 1970 and restarting the phone effectively bricks the device, thanks to the various methods UNIX...

  • A Day in the Woods is getting festive with a Christmas update

    Local indie puzzle game, A Day in the Woods, is getting in the festive spirit with a Christmas themed update. The update is set to roll out on 25 December, just in time for Christmas. As with A Day in the Wood's previous Halloween update, all characters and stages will be receiving a makeover, such as the bears wearing reindeer antlers. Users will be able to switch between themes for A Day in the Woods, which means you aren't locked into the Christmas theme while you play. Read more: A Day In The Woods receiving Halloween update To celebrate the update, RetroEpic has announced...

  • Nintendo announces its first mobile game coming in 2016

    We knew that Nintendo was heading for the mobile gaming sphere, but we didn't quite know when or how it would do this. Finally, at a company press conference, Nintendo's president Tatsumi Kimishima announced his company's first mobile game, Miitomo. If that sounds familiar, it's largely because the concept is used extensively in new Nintendo consoles. Essentially, the game allows users to make personalised digital profiles of themselves, called Miis, who can then interact in the virtual Miitomo world. We're not sure if it'll be an extension of the Miiverse -- the social portal behind the Nintendo consoles -- but it...

  • 5 essential free apps for #FeesMustFall demonstrators

    It's not easy fighting for what you believe in, regardless of the end goal. It's hard enough rolling out of bed in the morning on the odd occasion, but to literally take a stand for rights that you're largely entitled to can only fill onlookers with admiration. But protesting has evolved since the prehistoric days of pitchforks and torches. It has become an interactive digital social experience, often using social media to propogate ideas and organise large groups of participants. This has been demonstrated this week by the #FeesMustFall protests. With that said, there are a number of essential apps and...