The digital world is hungry for your eyeballs, and the tools we have to manage and mitigate those potential distractions and filter through the most valuable information are looking increasingly inadequate. How many times has your smartphone buzzed or beeped in your pocket in the last five minutes? The demands on our attention are only going to get more frequent, and it’s time for a new breed of notification to address that.
Some would say that, like the game itself, the iPad version of Double Fine's high profile Kickstarter game "Broken Age" was a long time coming. Regardless whether iPad users felt entitled to it or not, considering it was never promised in the Kickstarter campaign initially, the game is here, or at least part of it.
Apple has just made a public service announcement that informs its users in several countries in Europe and Asia that a certain make of its USB adapter for the iPhone poses risks as it is prone to overheating. The good news is that it is accepting responsibility for this QA failure and will replace faulty adapters at no cost.
Now that Starbucks and Duracell are rolling out a nationwide wireless charging initiative at Starbucks stores, will it work with your phone? Not a lot of us have phones that can accept a charge via a contact pad like the Powermat Starbucks will be using. Especially those with iPhones, which has never had any method of wireless charging. That’s changed, though, and we’ll tell you how you can charge your iPhone wirelessly at Starbucks in the near future.
New (alleged) iPhone 6 photos have emerged, offering up a look at what could be the final build of the device. The device in the pictures is said to be a final build, and looks quite a bit like the previously leaked shots. With a bit more detail, we start to see just what the new, larger iPhone may have for us.
Hangouts is fast becoming the video chat platform of choice, but they may have company in the iOS landscape. Those with access to both OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 are reporting FaceTime is getting some tweaks, allowing it to act a bit more like Hangouts. Group video chats are said to be inbound, as is a screen sharing feature.
The promise of a new iOS brings the joy of customization, with several third-party keyboards already primed to launch. That customization may end up reaching into the settings as well. Code has been found in iOS 8 which offers up the ability to customize things we’ve not yet been able to, even though we’ve been asking for it.
Home automation and security firm Vivint is working on a version of its new Sky smart home system for renters, having so far focused on fully-installed systems. The more temporary setup is still on the drawing board, Vivint CEO Todd Pedersen told me, with decisions still to be made as to the form-factor of things like the SkyControl touchscreen.