And if you've ever plunked down in bed or on the couch to read something, you've probably discovered that the screen will automatically rotate between portrait and landscape orientations depending on how you hold your phone or tablet. This can be useful, or it can be a huge hassle -- especially if you move around a lot and don't want the screen constantly shifting back and forth.… Read more
At the risk of incurring Android fanboy wrath, Google Now is a lot like Apple's Siri: it responds to voice commands and can perform lots of cool and practical functions.
Of course, like Siri, it comes without an instruction manual. And, in fact, if you invoke the help command or look at Google's own support page, you'll get only an abbreviated list of the available voice actions.
Over at Trendblog.net, however, there's a new infographic listing around 60 Google Now voice commands, everything from Communication to Notes & Reminders to Easter Eggs.
I'll admit … Read more
Until recently, I was a fairly regular customer of Apple's Cards app, which allowed me to choose any photo in my Camera Roll, add it to a greeting card for just about any occasion, write a personalized message, and get it printed and mailed to the recipient(s) of my choice -- all for just a few bucks.
Convenience, thy name is Cards.
Or so it was, until Apple quietly and unceremoniously pulled the plug back in September. I'm bummed, because the app helped me out of many a last-minute oh-crap-I-forgot-so-and-so's-birthday jam.
Thankfully, there are alternatives. Apps … Read more
Google Now for iOS isn't quite on par with its Android counterpart, but it's getting very close -- especially after yesterday's release of the updated Google Search app.
In case you're unfamiliar with it, Google Now integrates with the Search app to provide you custom, personalized information, everything from local weather to sports scores to traffic reports -- and now, reminders. This data appears on cards when you swipe up from the main Google-search screen.
The update adds a few noteworthy new features to the mix, most of which Android users have already been enjoying. Here'… Read more
Apple's iDevices famously -- make that infamously -- rely on fixed storage. If you need more space, well, too bad.
Granted, you can try a utility like PhoneClean, which can reclaim some space, but that gets you only so far. For any kind of significant storage boost, you have little choice but to upgrade to a more capacious iPhone, iPod, or iPad.
Actually, you do have one other option. A growing number of devices give you extra space for music, movies, photos, documents, and other data, and some of them are surprisingly affordable.
I'm talking about wireless card … Read more
Feeling left out? You can stop right now. Slow-mo is nothing new, and iPhone 5S owners aren't the only ones who can enjoy it. Older devices, including iPads and iPod Touches, can capture slow-motion video -- not at quite the same frame rates as the 5S, but with some pretty nice results all the same. Here's how.
Apple's iOS 7 makes its debut today, and many users are champing at the bit to get their hands on this massively overhauled operating system.
Before you make the jump, however, it's a good idea to make sure you've got a full backup of your iPhone, just in case something goes wrong. That's not likely, given that beta testers have been putting iOS 7 through its paces for months, but better safe than sorry.
Your iPhone gets backed up to one of two places: iTunes on your computer or iCloud in the, er, cloud. Here's … Read more
Even those of us disappointed with the iPhone 5S can't help but feel those familiar stirrings of it's-a-new-iPhone-I-want-it desire. Credit Apple's shrewd marketing department for putting a fresh coat of paint on what is basically just last year's iPhone.
But the reality is that unless you're nearing the end of a contract and looking to upgrade anyway, there are few compelling reasons to make the move to a 5S. Indeed, with a few tweaks, you can upgrade (well, OK, "upgrade") your iPhone 5 with nearly all the accoutrements of its newer Sibling. (Capital "S" intentional. See what I did there?)
In an ideal world, Apple would have designed its iPhones, iPods, and iPads with memory-expansion slots. But in this world, you're stuck with whatever fixed amount of storage you purchased.
So what happens when you go to download a movie or install a big game like Madden NFL 25 and your iDevice tells you don't have enough space available?
You're out of luck, that's what. Your only real option is to free up additional space by deleting apps and data. Ah, but how can you determine which apps and data are using the most space? If … Read more
Siri has been a controversial figure (incorporeal though she may be) since she made her debut nearly two years ago, adding much-needed voice-powered automation to iOS but sparking controversy over her limited capabilities and problems recognizing accents.
In fact, to hear some of my friends and family members tell it, Siri is just plain useless. With all due respect, that's because they're doing it wrong. Siri may not be perfect, but she works properly most of the time -- provided you follow a few simple rules of operation.
Here's how to sweet-talk Siri so she behaves the … Read more