Apple

Best AirPod alternatives when Apple is late

Best AirPod alternatives when Apple is late

Unless you're one of the few early birds, chances are, you won't be plugging Apple's new and odd AirPods into your ears come Christmas time. You can still try your luck and make a goose chase when the earbuds hit stores next week, but you might also have better luck turning your gaze somewhere else. While the AirPods do have a distinct advantage when it comes to the iPhone 7, they're hardly the only game in town. And, depending on your actual needs, they might not even be the best. If you're still looking for a good pair of wireless buds for your ears, here's a shortlist for your holiday wish list.

Continue Reading

Apple AirPods coming next week: here’s exactly when

Apple AirPods coming next week: here’s exactly when

Is your new iPhone 7 or iPhone7 Plus feeling rather lonesome without an audio companion? Are you missing the opportunity to listen to your favorite tunes on the bus or anywhere your iPhone can’t freely belt out its audio? Depending on where you live, you only have to wait three days to fix all that. Yes, after almost not making it in time for the holidays, Apple’s eccentric-looking AirPod earbuds is finally coming on Monday for you to buy. That is, if there will still be supplies left after the crowd has dispersed.

Continue Reading

Super Mario Run Review: It is not free, there is a fee

Super Mario Run Review: It is not free, there is a fee

The game Super Mario Run was released today on iOS for free, with a single in-game purchase costing $9.99 USD. My first response to this was - wow, that's a different approach than I'm used to. Most in-app purchases center on coins, extra lives, and filter packs. Here, Nintendo has locked most of the game behind a single pay-to-open door.

Continue Reading

Super Mario Run release is live!

Super Mario Run release is live!

Super Mario Run will be released today, December 15th, 2016, at around 1:30 PM Central Time for both iPhone and iPad. This information may turn out to be off by a few minutes, depending on how close to the wire last-minute preparations go - glitches might also happen, but they probably wont. This is for the iOS version of Super Mario Run, and while iPhone and iPad may be first, Android won't be far behind.

Continue Reading

Super Mario Run hops its way onto iPhone and iPad

Super Mario Run hops its way onto iPhone and iPad

After a few months of waiting, today is the day that Super Mario Run arrives on iOS. After Pokemon GO, Mario is the second Nintendo property to make an appearance on mobile devices, with more franchises slated for mobile games in the future. Perhaps more importantly, Super Mario Run is the first Nintendo-developed game for iOS, so in a way, this marks the beginning of a new era for the big N. UPDATE: It's out now!

Continue Reading

Evernote will “look at your data” (how to opt out)

Evernote will “look at your data” (how to opt out)

Privacy in saved information in Evernote might not be what it used to be come January 2017. According to the company itself, they'll be updating their service to "process and take action on [your thoughts] - to think." If that weren't creepy enough, they're also updating their privacy policy which now includes an opt-out provision which says Evernote Engineers wont "look at your data to improve the service."

Continue Reading

Photoshop gains MacBook Pro Touch Bar Support

Photoshop gains MacBook Pro Touch Bar Support

Mac users who are also avid Photoshop users will love this new announcement. That new MacBook Pro touchbar has gained some cool new functionality within the photo editing platform. Adobe says that it has been working hard to bring support for the Touch Bar to Photoshop and as of yesterday the update adding in that support is available for download.

Continue Reading

Apple Support app finally lands in the US

Apple Support app finally lands in the US

Apple has always prided itself for its more personal approach to customer support, especially with its Genius Bar setup. However, let’s face it, not everyone has the opportunity to haul themselves over to the nearest Bar. Or appointments are so packed that it’s near impossible to find an empty slot. Times like those, it might be better to get some self help. Fortunately, Apple is also making that as humane as possible as well, with the Apple Support app that’s finally available in the US, just in time for the holidays.

Continue Reading

macOS 10.12.2 removes Time Remaining estimate, users cry out

macOS 10.12.2 removes Time Remaining estimate, users cry out

Apple has been hailed for championing simplicity and minimalism but, at the same time, also accused of “dumbing” things down because users will be too confused. The latest macOS Sierra maintenance update, version 10.12.2, will probably be remembered for the latter. Together with the dozens of fixes for actual issues and security holes, Apple silently sneaked in, or rather out, one more. Much to some users’ exasperation, Apple has removed the “Time Remaining” indicator from the battery applet. Apple’s reason? It’s not exactly accurate and, therefore, confusing

Continue Reading

Apple watchOS 3.1.1 update pulled over bricking fears

Apple watchOS 3.1.1 update pulled over bricking fears

Once upon a time, Apple users would boast at their Android and Windows counterparts about how iOS and Mac updates are timely, smooth, and flawless. While updates do still arrive on time, the same cannot be said of their quality. Every so often, an update to an iPhone or iPad would reportedly brick the device. Now, it seems to be the Apple Watch’s turn. No acknowledgment or announcement has been made, but it seems that the watchOS 3.1.1 security update has been pulled for some reason, with the reason usually being reports of bricked smartwatches.

Continue Reading

Snapchat Group Chat vs Snapchat Spectacles – will they work?

Snapchat Group Chat vs Snapchat Spectacles – will they work?

This week the folks at Snap are bringing Snapchat Groups to the chat platform. This system allows up to 16 people to chat in the same room - almost like a chatroom! It's like we're back in the year 1998 and America Online has allowed us to go online and be in message groups about topics we love and chatrooms that are still in their infancy - only now, we do it with photos and brief video clips instead of text.

Continue Reading

Apple AirPods available at last, begin shipping next week

Apple AirPods available at last, begin shipping next week

It's been a bit of a bumpy road, but we seem to have found the end of it: Apple AirPods are finally available. This announcement follows a delay that hit back in October. At the time, Apple didn't give a new release date for the wireless earbuds and said that it needed "a little more time" to perfect the product for customers.

Continue Reading