Microsoft is taking baby steps toward offering its operating system for free or on the cheap -- a necessary tactic in a world dominated by Google's Android and other up-and-coming free operating systems, an analyst tells CNET.Read more
Good news for iPhone 4 owners: Apple's iOS 7.1 update, released earlier this week, should make your handset feel a little snappier.
The bad news: It still won't run as fast as it did on iOS 6.
So writes Ars Technica, which conducted basic iPhone 4 performance tests with iOS 6.1.3, iOS 7, and 7.1. Specifically, the blog clocked load times for various stock apps like Camera, Messages, and Mail, and also the time to complete a cold boot.
The results: iOS 7.1 boots a bit more quickly than iOS 7 (43.1 … Read more
Make an in-app purchase via iOS 7.1, and you'll now be warned that the buying spree can continue for another 15 minutes without need of your password.
After you type your password to confirm an in-app purchase, the following message pops up:
"In-App Purchase Complete You can now make additional purchases in any app for the next 15 minutes without reentering your password. To change this, tap Settings and go to Restrictions."
Tap OK, and the message goes away. If you want to restrict this behavior, tap Settings and launch the Restrictions screen. From there, you … Read more
Just 45 hours after its release on Monday, iOS 7.1 has snagged 12 percent of all iOS Web traffic seen by Chitika for North America.
In this regard, iOS 7.1 adoption has taken off at a rate close to that for iOS 7.0.6, Chitika said Wednesday. Launched on February 21, iOS 7.0.6 reached a 13.3 percent adoption within 48 hours. Given Apple's notification process for new updates, future minor iOS 7 version updates will likely see comparable levels of adoption, according to the ad network.
The latest adoption rate for iOS 7.… Read more
Just when you cozied up to the new-looking iOS, Apple dropped a software update that adds a handful of new features. But have no fear -- the look hasn't changed too dramatically, and the new features are very much welcome.
If you haven't already, upgrade your iOS device to the latest operating system, and check out these new tools and settings.
How to teach Siri some manners New features introduced in iOS 7.1 and 7.0 can help Siri be more responsive and better-behaved, at least if you know where to look.
While fast and functional, Windows, Linux, Unix Emulator loses points for its limited OS file support, as well as for its rather clumsy file loading process. This emulator needs strong hardware to run properly, preferably a quad-core processor, and at least 1GB of RAM, especially for emulating more intensive operating systems, like Windows. For those with good technical knowledge and patience, this app is useful; for everyone else, not so much.
Windows, Linux, Unix Emulator comes with a basic, effortless interface. To be able to emulate one of the supported operating systems on your Android device you have to install … Read more
World Clock provides a multipurpose clock that includes an alarm, timer, and stop watch, all included in a straightforward albeit plain interface. The app's key feature, a world clock, allows you to check the time in any city around the globe, making it a useful tool for travelers. The app's unappealing background, however, makes it less enjoyable than it could have been.
Word Clock installs in no time and then shows you the current time and date in a digital format, as well as an analog clock on a rather dull dark blue background which cannot be changed … Read more
Game Booster gives your apps a subtle boost in performance, which could make a big difference for slower phones. It earns bonus points for working with more than just games, as well. While this app may not be very impressive if you have a recent Android, older phones and tablets may need this app for more high-demand games.
This app is made to release RAM, so your phone can focus on operating the apps at which you aim it. You just assign a particular app to this one and then load it from inside of Game Booster for better performance. … Read more
Holy Bible (NKJV) doesn't offer all of the features of other Bible apps, but it makes reading the good book a real treat. It offers an excellent night reading mode and bookmarks, which make up for the lack of sharing or spoken chapters. You won't find many better options in terms of effectiveness when it comes to Bible apps.
As you might guess from the name, this app gives you New King James Version translations of the Old and New Testaments. Every chapter is presented in the order you'd find in a hard copy of the book, … Read more
Insymbus is an interesting way to throw symbols over your favorite pictures, but the app can be tough to use at times. It's susceptible to lag and the pop-up ads that support it show up too often. However, if those don't bug you, you can make some nifty pictures with this app.
This app slaps symbols and icons over your photo, creating an interesting frame-like effect. There are hundreds of frames to choose from, including diamonds, hearts, bombs, stop signs, and more. You can choose to include a letter or word, as well. Insymbus lets you choose a … Read more