As part of the iOS update expected this fall, Apple can automatically delete unused apps from your phone. I’m torn about how I feel with this one. On one hand, I have a storage issue. I have a teeny tiny iPhone and not enough room for all my data and apps. So this might be a good way for me to free up some storage space. On the other hand, I don’t know that I like the idea of Apple making these decisions for me and deleting my apps willy-nilly. There are other ways to free up storage space, but sometimes those aren’t even enough. I regularly delete podcasts, music and photos. Even moving things to iCloud, but it never seems to be enough. Will this help?
I find that there are a couple of apps that use a TON of storage on my phone. I’m not trying to pick on Instagram and Twitter, but those are two major culprits. I often find myself deleting and reinstalling just so I can free up some space. That being said, is Apple onto something? Or is this just lip service to a bigger issue? That being, there are some apps out there that just use up all of your storage space? In my case, Instagram and Twitter would never be deleted because I use them almost daily. So that wouldn’t necessarily help. I regularly go through my apps to determine what I need and what I don’t. … Read the rest
“Mispelled” – A New and Ironic Game for Your Apple Watch
I’m always looking for ways to entertain myself. More specifically, when I don’t have any other option. Like, if I’m waiting at the dentist or for a doctor’s appointment. Sure, I could read one of the germ infested magazines. I can browse Twitter or Instagram (which is what I usually do), but sometimes I just get bored of that. And I’ve been looking for some kind game that I doesn’t require a lot of time or skill. Something that I can open once a week, or less often and be able to pick up where I left of. So I was pretty excited when I saw the game “Mispelled”. What is even more cool about the game is that it’s available exclusively on your Apple Watch.
Yes, you download the app to your phone, but you can’t play it on your phone. You have to play it on your watch. I wrote a piece last week around the idea of smart watch etiquette. And whether or not it’s rude to check your watch when you receive a notification. Smart watch games elevate this idea, because you’re not necessarily checking that your friend has messaged you, but rather you’re playing a game. Fortunately, this game doesn’t require constant action, but it does require you to answer a puzzle in a short amount of time.
I love the concept of this game. Which is to figure out what the word is that is misspelled. … Read the rest
App Review: Here’s What I Think About Apple Clips for iPhone
Apple has recently added a new app to the App store. Apple Clips essentially allows you to create videos. I will get into more detail later, but I want to talk about the premise of the app. Not only does it allow you to create a video but it also allows you to add some fun emoji’s or text into the video. I should note that the videos don’t necessarily have to be of yourself. You have the option of grabbing a video from somewhere else and using it, but only if it’s saved on your device. You can also apply filters to either images or videos to give them a cool comic book look for example.
Overall, I think Apple Clips is really great. Lately I’ve been “in charge” of making slideshows for family get togethers – mostly birthdays. Which can take a lot of time and effort. What’s nice about this is that I can make said slideshow on the go. I am super keen on cramming as much as I possibly can into my day. Having this app on my phone would let me work on that. However, the downside to this is that I don’t know how large of a video file you can create. Presumably it would be based on how much storage you have on your phone. And I do not have a lot. Thus limiting me in this capacity. But still super cool.
As far as some of the other cool features , you can add words on top of you image or video – such as these:
As of this posting Rovio is the only company that has confirmed that its app was in fact infected. Angry Birds 2 was infected with the XcodeGhost Malware.
We all know that Android is filled with malware almost as bad as Windows 95 was back in the day. The saying has always been Macs don’t virus and iPhones don’t malware. Both of those statements are false. Mac can and do get virus. iPhones are not immune to the world of malware just because Apple keeps a tall walled garden up. Claims that approving apps keeps you safe are over rated. The AppStore ecosystem isn’t as safe as you 1st thought. Millions of iPhone and iPad users have been affected by a major App Store hack. The XcodeGhost Malware was just uncovered by Palo Alto networks.
Here’s the bad news: There are some very popular apps on this list, and the odds are pretty good that one or more of them are on your phone right now.
Apple has confirmed that the App Store suffered its first ever large-scale attack. They only did so after multiple security firms reported finding malware. Below is just a list of some of the apps that have been infected with malware. Expect more to come out in the next few days and weeks. If you have any of these apps installed. You should uninstall it until the developers confirm that the coast is clear.
Apple did a refresh of their AppStore last week. The focus was on the Games. They have combined all the previous game bundles collections which will be called..wait for it, wait for it..Game Collections. Game Collections is something that should have been there from the start and that AppAdvice does very well already on their site. The organization was much needed. Looking for games was like looking in a mosh pit for an iPhone. These pages are a quick helpful guide of types of games are available. Apple also says the collections will be updated on a regular basis.
Apple gave Google Maps the boot. I know Google is feeling the pain considering it got a reported $2 Billion from Apple every year to use it. The new Maps app that will come bundled with iOS 6 is pretty responsive and easy to use. The load time however is still at the mercy of your data connection. I was hoping that they would do what SkyFire does with browsing to speed up the download of maps. Alas it does not. The new Maps app uses data from TomTom. Today TomTom confirmed that it has a deal with Apple to get paid for doing something it already does anyway without having to up date its own app that is in the store. Alright, they didn’t say that but it’s only a matter of time before it kills its own map app.
TomTom (AEX:TOM2) has signed a global agreement with Apple® for maps and related information. No further details of the agreement will be provided. There was a concern that companies like TomTom that offer standalone turn-by-turn navigation apps in the App Store for quite a premium are going to find it extremely difficult to compete with Apple’s free Maps app. So the deal should come as a relief for TomTom shareholders.… Read the rest
When you hear the Hackstore; the first thing that comes to mind i s well…Hacks. That however is not the case with this off the grid store. HackStore is one a centralized place for third-party developers of OS X applications to showcase applications that Apple will not approve. This of it as Cydia but for software. Cydia is the alternative to app store on your jailbroken iDevice. Apple may not approve of jailbreaking or the Cydia store but that has not stopped them from blatantly stealing ideas from its developers. The most recent example is Wifi Sync for the iPhone. It was such a good idea that Apple incorporated it into iOS 5. They even kept the same logo that the developer came up with.
The point is that alternative app stores are where developers can get their apps out into the world. Its a way around the wall garden that Apple has setup. Also known as Apple’s approval process. The developers of Hackstore say that piracy will not be tolerated in their app store. Although just like Cydia, there are a lot of “crack” repos. If you want to give the Hackstore a try. You can Download it for the Mac OS X.… Read the rest