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All posts tagged "iOS"

  • Ware of the Week: Prey Anti-Theft

    In our weekly series, Ware of the Week, we showcase our favourite organised lines of code from the world of mobile and desktop computing. In today’s edition, we profile a cross-platform app that's all about device security -- Prey. If you missed our previous Ware of the Week winner, catch it below. Read more: Ware of the Week: Imagine Free for Instagram There are some applications and programs I immediately install when I receive a device. Prey is definitely high up on that list. It's usually because I ask myself these two questions before I venture beyond any set of doors: "How...

  • These 50 apps let you track your life one bit at a time [infographic]

    Technology is slowly creeping its way into every part of our lives, through smartphones and the internet of things alike. While the latter is still a little way off from becoming a fixture in every household, the humble smartphone has infiltrated pretty much every dwelling in every continent on earth. With that said, there's plenty of opportunities to use the smartphone as a life log -- a device that's more than a mash-up of plastic, glass and silicon. In the infographic below, kindly provided by Vouchercloud, lists some 50 apps that can all play a part in tracking your life, whether...

  • Ware of the Week: Meerkat

    In our weekly series, Ware of the Week, we showcase our favourite organised lines of code from the world of mobile and desktop computing. In today’s edition, we profile an app that took SXSW by storm and challenged the likes of Twitter for the mobile streaming crown -- Meerkat. If you missed our previous Ware of the Week winner, catch it below. Read more: Ware of the Week: Button Savior Live mobile streaming has suddenly become a big potential business. With the current crop of flagship and mid-range smartphones boasting some incredible camera technology, there hasn't really been a better time...

  • Microsoft’s Windows 10 will embrace reworked Android, iOS apps

    Prior to the announcement made at BUILD, long term Windows watcher Paul Thurrott suggested that Windows 10 could be coerced into running the likes of Android apps on its platform. This has now been confirmed at BUILD, but in addition, Microsoft has also announced that iOS apps will also run on the OS. It's a notion that's in stark contrast to previous Microsoft operating systems, but Nadella's new Windows will let its competitors play on its proving grounds. It's transforming into a developer-friendly platform. We've seen the company experimenting with Windows 10 running on Android devices from Xiaomi a few weeks...

  • 10 iOS games that got us hooked in 2014

    Although for the most part I have long moved over to Android, I do still keep an iOS device handy almost exclusively for the purpose of playing games. Impractical perhaps, but there are so many games exclusive to that platform that I would be kicking myself if I missed out on any of them. There were some pretty awesome ones released in the last year (some of these are cross platform) and you need to download them now or run the risk of being, well... just lame. I'm aware that some of these were technically released in 2013, but since they were...

  • 8 essential apps every budding technology journalist needs

    Apple likes a tag-line or two, doesn't it? Remember that "There's an app for that" quip that instantly turned into a meme? We're all for that line. In fact, we believe that you should be equipped with an app for every potential situation one should find oneself. And you know what? There is an app for every situation out there -- from being lost in a big African city to snapping that perfect picture of a yellow daisy. The possibilities are endless. As journalists, we also have a habit of equipping ourselves with a plethora of apps, just in case. So we've...

  • The Apple’s out the basket: possible iWatch, iPhone announcement coming 9 September

    It's official, Apple is planning something mega come 9 September, just 11 days away. Will it be the launch of Apple's ultra-secretive iWatch, or the first official sighting of the iPhone 6? Hilariously, the first official announcement of the season inspires even more speculation than any clarifying factoids. But we kinda know what the new iPhone will feature. Have a look at our iPhone 6 rumour round up for a summary. Either way, we'll likely get an announcement that it is in fact, a real device running iOS 8. But what of the iWatch? It's a more speculative matter. For one, there...

  • Timberman game review: the game we never axed for, but seeded all along

    What goes up, must come down. This is the embodiment of any simple arcade game, especially Timberman (available now on iOS, Android), an "an oldschool arcade style casual game" with a lot more going for it than Flappy Bird -- its spiritual predecessor -- could ever muster. Here's the premise: a team of time-travelling lumberjacks have reached Gaia, the immortal tree mother and have to chop at her as fast as possible, lest she grow too tall and cover the sun itself. With meteorite axes fused in the heart of the sun, each swipe of Gaia removes another chunk from her...

  • TwoDots review: beautiful frustration

    What do you look for in a casual game? Something quick and sweet to entertain you while you queue? Or something so addictive and potentially frustrating you'll become numb to what's going on around you, miss your bus stop while intensely sliding across your screen or throw your phone across whatever room you're in? Having just come back from making myself a cup of hot chocolate to calm down (after sending the Gearburn editor an eloquent and descriptive message reading "KILL IT"), I can safely attest that TwoDots falls into the later category. The sequel to mega hipster Tetris puzzler...

  • 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...