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Apple just released iOS 10 beta 8 and public beta 7
Okay seriously, this is getting a little bit ridiculous now. Apple used to stick to a two-week release schedule for its iOS beta software, but the company just released iOS 10 beta 8 and iOS 10 public beta 7 because... well... why not? iOS 10 beta 7 and public beta 6 were released just seven days ago , so we were clearly due for new builds. DON’T MISS:  Apple’s new iPhone 7 is going to be SO much better than any Android phone… If you have an iPhone or iPad running either iOS 10 beta 7 or iOS 10 public beta 6, you'll be able to install the new update by going to Settings > General > Software Update and following the instructions on your device. The new builds will also be made available shortly on Apple's developer website, where they can be downloaded and installed using iTunes. Or you could just skip iOS 10 beta 8 or public beta 7 and wait for the next new beta builds, which should be released sometime later this afternoon at this rate. As for what's new, Apple Music has a new look as does Apple's News app. There are also obviously a wide range of bug fixes and other refinements. Apple is expected to release the final public version of iOS 10 in early September ahead of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus release, so the iOS 10 GM (Gold Master) build should be released sometime soon. Probably shortly after iOS 10 beta 497 is pushed out.
Batman suit boasting 23 gadgets earns Guinness World Record
Boasting a "bat tracker", a bat sign projector for the nighttime sky, smoke guns and an array of other devices, a Batman costume fitted with 23 gadgets has earned a place in the Guinness World Records book. The bulky black-caped suit, made by Batman fan and special effects expert Julian Checkley, takes the title for "the most functional gadgets on a cosplay suit", Guinness World Records said in a statement. The costume, which will feature in the "Guinness World Records: Gamer's Edition 2017", is based on the suit the superhero wears in videogame "Batman: Arkham Origins".
‘Bendgate’ strikes again, but this time it’s called Touch Disease
There’s a new issue affecting plenty of iPhone users, one that Apple is still keeping a tight lid on. Specifically, the “Touch Disease” is an iPhone 6 Plus condition that affects the phone’s TouchID sensor and the screen. Users report a flickering gray bar along the top of the screen and a faulty TouchID sensor. Apple doesn’t have a repair plan for the issue, which seems to be widespread and affecting mostly 5.5-inch devices. But third-party repair shops can fix the problem, and a report explains why it all happened. It appears that Bendgate problem Apple had to deal with soon after the iPhone 6 launched is back. DON’T MISS: iPhone 7: New leak may have just solved the only mystery left This “Touchgate” is related to Bendgate according to iPad Rehab’s Jessa Jones, who told Cult of Mac that the problem might be caused by the fact that bigger iPhone 6 units do tend to bend when a certain force is applied. “Nearly 90 percent of devices with Touch IC Disease are iPhone 6 Pluses,” Jones said. And it’s all because of Apple’s design choices. In the iPhone 6, instead of using a metal shield to protect the board like on the iPhone 5s, Apple reverted to a sticker shield. The sticker doesn’t protect the chips as good when the board bends and the Touch IC chip is especially susceptible to damage when the phone bends. “This is a signature failure,” said Jones. “Every phone has one, but this one is a signature failure that got to epic proportions.” The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are unaffected by the issue, as the touch chips were moved to the display to power the 3D Touch screen, the blog notes. Not to mention that the iPhone 6s units do not bend. Meanwhile, to prevent Touch Disease, you should use a case for your phone, and prevent any bending. For many users, that might be too late.
10 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today
Want to manage your budget, fix your wallpapers and build a 3D city on your phone without spending a penny? You're in luck! You can do all of those things and more with today's selection of free iPhone and iPad apps. And if that's not enough, you can probably find a few more free apps from yesterday’s post as well, but you'll have to act fast, as the sales could end at any time. MUST SEE:  New report leaks details on Apple’s upcoming Snapchat rival and other new apps These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged. MindNode Normally $9.99. MindNode makes mind mapping delightful. Mind maps are a visual representation of your ideas, starting with a central thought and growing from there. MindNode allows you to brainstorm, organize & share your thoughts in an intuitive way, so you can focus on the idea behind it. The clean interface lets you concentrate on generating and connecting thoughts, and an infinitely expanding canvas means that no matter how big or complicated your project gets, MindNode can keep up. MindNode has helped students, artists and project managers to be more creative with less effort. Brainstorming — Just Start With Your Ideas • Create new ideas with a tap of your finger • Create multiple mind maps on a self-expanding canvas • Create connections between otherwise unrelated topics • Add photos and stickers to illustrate your ideas • Full VoiceOver support including gestures and other accessibility features Organizing – Think Content, not Layout • Simply rearrange your thoughts and hide entire branches to stay on top of your idea • Automatically keep complicated mind maps organized using Smart Layout • Highlight important nodes using different colors, fonts, and strokes • Add notes to topics and labels to connections for additional details • Easily browse large and complicated maps using a built-in outline • Get things done by turning nodes into tasks, with parent nodes showing your progress Sharing — Spread Your Thoughts Easily • Access all your mind maps from your iPhone, iPad or Mac using iCloud Drive • Share interactive documents publicly via the web through our MyMindNode service • Import your mind map from MindManager, FreeMind, OPML, Markdown, TaskPaper, CSV, or text outline • Export your mind map as a PDF, FreeMind, OPML, PNG, Markdown, TaskPaper, CSV, or text outline • Export your tasks to Apple’s Reminders and OmniFocus Download MindNode AmpliTube Acoustic Normally $7.99. INTRODUCING AMPLITUBE ACOUSTIC: THE FIRST COMPLETE MOBILE ACOUSTIC TONE STUDIO THE NO#1 TONE STUDIO HAS GONE ACOUSTIC! CONNECT YOUR GUITAR, UKULELE OR OTHER INSTRUMENT TO YOUR PHONE WITH iRIG ACOUSTIC AND PROCESS WITH 3 AMPLIFIERS AND 6 STOMPS SPECIALLY DESIGNED FOR ACOUSTIC INSTRUMENTS! AmpliTube Acoustic is a complete mobile tone studio for acoustic instrument recording and processing. Powered by AmpliTube technology, it lets you practice, play and record with a collection of acoustic-centric virtual gear that offers world-class tone and sonic sculpting flexibility anytime and everywhere. Build your own custom rig with up to 6 stompbox FX and 3 amps. You can even drag and drop your stomps to sit before or after your amplifier (4 slots pre and 2 slots post). Designed for use with IK's iRig Acoustic mobile acoustic instrument interface, it provides plug-and-play sound thanks to its built-in calibration system that sculpts iRig Acoustic's EQ response to suit your particular acoustic guitar. With the two combined, you can get studio-grade condenser microphone sound from an interface that slips easily into your pocket. AmpliTube Acoustic gives you 6 creative stompbox effects and 3 amazing amps that are all tailored for acoustic instruments. Turn your acoustic into a jangling 12 string with the "12 String" simulator, add some low-end with the "Bass Maker" or even change your guitar's body from big to small (or vice versa) with the "Body Modeler." Feed your signal through solid state or tube amps and graphic EQs to get just the sound you want. Use the "Feed Kill," a special stomp, to have the app eliminate feedback for you through smart frequency filtering. You'll be absolutely floored by the sound quality. AmpliTube Acoustic uses the same tone technology as the acclaimed AmpliTube 4 Custom Shop for OS X and PC. You'll hear the difference and understand why AmpliTube is an essential for so many professional musicians and recording studios. Like to loop? Now you can get creative with loops in AmpliTube via its new Super Looper, which is available through in-app purchase. It makes it easy to record, play back, adjust levels and play along with up to 4 loops. Looper is controllable via MIDI or iRig BlueBoard. Looper feature is available for in-app purchase. Need a drummer? Use the built-in Loop Drummer system to jam to killer drum tracks. Make your own rhythmic patterns or let it create some inspiring drums for you. Get more loops via in-app Style Packs. Use AmpliTube’s streamlined built-in 8-track recorder and DAW-style studio (available via in-app purchase) sections to record, edit and tweak and share your compositions via SoundCloud, FTP, file sharing or email. Now you can use the power of AmpliTube with your favorite acoustic instruments. AmpliTube Acoustic features: • Lets you intuitively create acoustic instrument rigs with up to 6 stomps and 3 amps • Includes 6 stomps and 3 amps • Add more features via in-app purchase • Included single-track recorder (in-app purchase unlocks up to 8-tracks) • Studio mode for intuitive DAW-style editing (unlocked via in-app purchase) • Loop drummer module that plays in sync with the recorder • Includes speed trainer, metronome and tuner • Inter-App Audio support (available on iOS 7 and above) • Project sharing between versions and devices • Import and play songs as backing tracks from your Music Library or computer • Export audio via E-mail, SoundCloud, FTP or File Sharing • MIDI controllable • Low-latency for real-time playing • FREE version available Download AmpliTube Acoustic Ananda Normally $1.99. Ananda helps you concentrate, focus and work with progressive binaural tones and high quality peaceful sounds. -Enhance your brainwaves Choose from one of Ananda’s numerous binaural programs to focus, concentrate or brainstorm. Each program comes with binaural beats designed to help you reach a specific mood or state of mind. -Discover a new ambiance every time Each session provides a subtly fresh, new ambiance. A unique combination of nature sounds, chants, mantras and peaceful bells is generated on top of binaural tones every time you start Ananda. Main Features - 4 Binaural programs - Creativity - Deep Meditation - Lucid Dreaming - Intuition - Short description and benefits of every binaural program - High quality nature and peaceful sounds - Choose the sounds you prefer - Sounds are mixed together in a new way for every session - Simple and minimalist design - Information on brainwaves and binaural tones included in the app Download Ananda Blox 3D City Creator Normally $2.99. Create amazing cities with buildings,cars, roads and people! Blox 3D City lets kids create cities and towns with simple taps, from busy metros to sleepy towns and rain-swept plazas. Add cars,trucks,roads and people to watch your world come alive. People walk into buildings, cops chase robbers and trains chug through the night. Planes and helicopters roam the sky as boats skim through water. *Designed to develop children's creativity with hours of city building fun. *The worlds can be as simple as a tiny village or a teeming's the limit. *Control the weather and lighting to change time of day or setting with night,day and rain environments. *No sounds, distracting animations or virtual currency..just pure creative fun. Based on the bestselling apps Blox 3D World and Blox 3D Junior which have collectively been downloaded more than 500,000 times since last year,Blox 3D City Creator is the latest in a series which has been featured on Itunes in 17 different countries. Download Blox 3D City Creator FileOpener Normally $1.99. FileOpener is the ultimate app to download, organize and view all your files on your iPhone or iPad. Easy to import files, documents & media from PC/Mac, email attachments, google drive to FileOpener along with amazing transfer features. You can carry or browse all your files along with FileOpener to anywhere. DOWNLOAD FILES: Getting your documents onto your iPhone or iPad is really easy. You can download your files from your computer using iTunes or import them from Google Drive. You can also open file attachments from E-mail. Import options are: -iTunes -Google Drive -Email -From other apps using share extension ORGANIZE DOCUMENTS: With easy to interface you can organize the files the way you want. The app allows you to: -Create Folders -Email Files -Unzip Files -Move Files from one folder to another folder -Sort Files By Date, Name or Type -Rename Files/Folders -Open files with other apps -Play media files with in the app BROWSE/VIEW FILES: FileOpener allows you open any kind of file with in the app. Supports all major file types. - PDF Files - Microsoft Office Files (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) - iWork Files (Pages, Numbers and Keynote) - Image Files (JPG, PNG, GIF, TIFF etc.) - HTML Files - Web Archives - Plain Text Files - Audio Files (MP3, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAVE, AIFF, CAF) - Video Files (QuickTime, MP4, M4V, MPV) - Archive Files (.zip/.cbz, .rar/.cbr, .7z/.cb7; handle passwords, splits) Transfer Files Via USB: Simply connect iPhone/iPad to any PC/Mac and Transfer files(Both download and upload allowed) Download FileOpener Wonderoom Pro Normally $4.99. Wonderoom is a full-featured, powerful photo editor, with clean interface, designed for quick editing. It supports undo/redo, preserves EXIF data while editing, and it auto-saves you current progress, you can safely close the app and continue in any time. You can import Instagram and Flickr photos from your account or do a search by hashtags. With Wonderoom you will have all the freedom to customize your photos with pretty filters, effects, frames and fonts. FILTERS & EFFECTS Choose from dozens of breathtaking filters and effects to completely change you image. - Photo Filters - Light Effects - Art Filters - Vignette - Pixelate area - Sharpness - Blur (5 types) COLOR CORRECTION Take full control over the tone and color of your image with advanced color adjustments. - Enhance - Warmth - Brightness/contrast - Hue/Saturation - Exposure COLOR SPLASH Give your photos a dramatic look by converting them to black and white, while keeping your chosen details in color. - Color Splash DECORATIONS Add a caption to the photo. Choose from bunch of different stickers, frames and shapes to give your photos some extra flare. - Shapes - Stickers - Frames - Text labels (bunch of fonts) DRAW Draw on your photo with any color you want. - Draw (5 tools, color picker, undo/redo) TRANSFORM - Crop - Orientation - Resize (with or without aspect saving) GEOLOCATION & TIMESTAMP You can add, edit or delete the geolocation and timestamp of your photo preserved in EXIF. - Location Download Wonderoom Pro Kool Normally $3.99. Kool is a simple, yet powerful voice to text app that allows you to convert your speech into text in a matter of seconds. :: :: KEY FEATURES:: :: - Send emails, texts and WhatsApp messages directly from the app. - Tweet and update your Facebook status. - Copy your text to use in other apps. - Beautiful and minimalistic design. Download Kool Wallpaper Fix Normally $0.99. Ever had a frustrating experience setting a picture as your iOS 8 wallpaper? Your photo looks zoomed in and pixelated? iOS 8 doesn’t let you resize or position it the way you want to? These frustrating times are over thanks to Wallpaper Fix. Wallpaper Fix lets you freely resize, rotate and position your picture in order to use it as your custom iOS 8 wallpaper in seconds. iOS 8 needs wallpapers to be of a specific size, that is why Wallpaper Fix adds a not visible border to your image so iOS 8 shows your wallpaper exactly how you want it to be. Optimized for iPhone and iPad. Download Wallpaper Fix Stringly Normally $2.99. Stringly is a great way to save the little thoughts, snippets, and bits of information that we deal with everyday. The app sets aside all the complication of most note-taking apps while still remaining robust and powerful: Add photos and Markdown rich text to your words. Everything you type is synced to all your devices in real time. If you are looking for a powerful to store simple things, Stringly is perfect. Give it a try! Download Stringly Coyn Normally $1.99. Coyn — Simple, Secure, and Stylish way to manage your cash balance. Introducing new feature: Coyn Share. • Manage your money like it’s no one else’s business. • A brand new experience to manage your daily expenses. • Be the only one who tracks your cash expenditures and earnings. • Traveling a lot? No problem! use Coyn to track all your cash expenditures and focus on your adventures! • Never lose track of where and how you spent your cash. • Improve your financial wellness by defining budget and meeting the goals. - Introducing Coyn Share, now you can share your expenses with anyone. - Premium users to have Unlimited Accounts to manage their cash balance. - 3D Touch feature allowing users to add expense/ earning quickly and also see the balance instantly. - Premium users can see their expense and income balance for each accounts using the 3D Touch features. - Secure your Coyn using your finger print. Use Coyn Share to: - Manage expenses from your road trip with friends - Report your business expenditures to your boss - Pay your electricity / rent to your roommate - Split bills at the restaurant - or simply pay your friend for that cold beer! -"Keep your cash and your Coyn in your pocket." Simplicity: Coyn is all about efficiency. We spent days and nights testing the usability of Coyn so that you can experience the most unique user-interface and enjoy managing your cash. Simply swipe up to add expenses and swipe down to add income! Privacy: Coyn respects your privacy and will never allow your data to be posted to any websites, bank accounts, or cloud services. We don't require you to log in or add your bank accounts. With Coyn you can focus on saving money and being on top of your cash expenditures and earnings and stop worrying about privacy and accounts FOREVER! Personalize: You can customize all categories and set target budget to make sure you are on top of your financials. Coyn is the most powerful tool for anyone who uses cash for daily expenses or even have cash incomes (gift cards, pocket money, etc.) it will help you track your cash activities and keep the records only to yourself. If you travel with cash or want to track business vs. personal expenses Coyn would be your best friend! Download Coyn
Jetpack pilot rockets out of Colorado Lake in stunt
Jetpack pilot Eric Scott shot out of the water and navigated his jet pack above a remote Colorado lake before landing safely, all the while strapped to an 800-horsepower rocket. Scott, also known as "Rocket Man," performed the 21-second-long feat at Lake San Cristobal in southern Colorado on Tuesday. Although jet packs have existed for decades now, Scott's stunt highlights how the gadget's technology has evolved.
New report leaks details on Apple’s upcoming Snapchat rival and other new apps
Smartphone social apps including Facebook, Snapchat and instant messengers have seen tremendous growth in recent years thanks to the iPhone and Android. Apple revolutionized the smartphone business with the iPhone and the App Store, creating a massive mobile software business. But now that iPhone sales are slowing, Apple is looking to monetize its services by launching compelling apps and services for its customers. According to a new report, Apple plans to go after top smartphone apps with alternatives of its own. The first one will debut this year in iOS 10, while next year’s iPhones might come alongside exciting new camera and social apps that will compete against Facebook, Snapchat and other services. DON’T MISS: iPhone 7: New leak may have just solved the only mystery left A report from Bloomberg says that Tim Cook is looking to the App Store and iCloud to compensate for Apple’s slowing hardware business. Apple’s iMessage update coming in iOS 10 is proof that Apple wants to improve its already popular messaging app and make it even more appealing to smartphone users who likely also use popular apps such as Snapchat, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. Next year, Apple may be rolling out a standalone camera app that will let an iPhone or iPad user record, edit (apply filters and drawings) and share video in less than a minute. The unnamed Apple app is meant to take on Snapchat, which currently has more than 150 million daily active users who spend an average of 30 minutes inside the app each day. Facebook users, on the other hand, spend an average of 50 minutes inside the News Feed, Messenger and Instagram (combined) each day. It's this screen time that Apple might be going for in future iOS releases. The new app is reportedly being developed by the same team behind Final Cut Pro and iMovie, with Apple having hired Joe Weil to oversee the project. Weil co-developed a blogging app called KnowMe before joining Apple. A different team is working on new social features for the iPhone and iPad. Apple wants to be able to suggest social actions to users so that they can easily connect with their contacts. Apple’s proactive features already suggest location-based and time-of-day-related suggestions on the iPhone. Apple is also working on consolidating communications between iPhone and iPad users. For example, an app might show a user a single window where he or she can see all the text messages, emails and social network interactions with a specific contact. It’s not clear whether these features will be available as standalone apps or baked into a future release of iOS. Apple is expected to launch a radical iPhone redesign next year, marking the handset's 10th anniversary, as well as iOS 11. The report also mentions that the video sharing and social apps Apple is currently developing could be canceled if they fail to meet Apple’s requirements. Furthermore, a privacy team inside Apple will be assessing the privacy implications of a revamped social sharing feature inside iOS, before the apps can be launched. If the team decides a feature exposes too much user data, it might be canceled.
How Apple stopped the Siri disaster, and quietly became great at AI
When Siri was originally released on the iPhone 4S back in 2011, the reviews were somewhat lukewarm. On the positive side, having an intelligent assistant baked into a massively popular smartphone was a huge leap forward. On the other hand, Siri didn’t always perform as advertised. Even more problematic was that Siri's feature set was purposefully stunted by Apple. In fact, the Siri Apple released in 2011 wasn’t even as capable as the Siri app that Siri’s original developers had previously released on the App Store. What’s more, it eventually became apparent that rival AI systems from the likes of Google were far superior than what Apple was bringing to the table. DON'T MISS:  Case maker claims the most intriguing new iPhone 7 feature is actually fake As time marched on, Siri began to slowly but surely improve. Not only did the scope of its functionality expand, but its speech recognition and processing capabilities also got markedly better. A fascinating in-depth piece from Steven Levy, writing for Medium’s Backchannel , details how Apple’s ongoing research into machine learning made all of these improvements possible. What’s more, Apple’s machine learning techniques can now be found across many parts of Apple’s software. With access to top-level Apple executives like Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi, not to mention some time spent with two Siri scientists, Levy provides us with an unprecedented glimpse into some of the fascinating work Apple is currently doing with deep learning. If you’re an iPhone user, you’ve come across Apple’s AI, and not just in Siri’s improved acumen in figuring out what you ask of her. You see it when the phone identifies a caller who isn’t in your contact list (but did email you recently). Or when you swipe on your screen to get a shortlist of the apps that you are most likely to open next. Or when you get a reminder of an appointment that you never got around to putting into your calendar. Or when a map location pops up for the hotel you’ve reserved, before you type it in. Or when the phone points you to where you parked your car, even though you never asked it to. These are all techniques either made possible or greatly enhanced by Apple’s adoption of deep learning and neural nets. Indeed, Apple emphasized to Levy that machine learning now permeates all aspects of the iPhone user experience, often in surprising ways. For instance, Apple leverages machine learning to improve face detection in the Camera app and even when deciding if connectivity is stronger on a Wi-Fi network or on cellular, One particularly interesting tidbit from the piece details how Apple leveraged its machine learning expertise when developing the Apple Pencil that debuted with the iPad Pro. When the iPad Pro first came out, reviewers lauded the Apple Pencil and specifically noted that inadvertent touches via the palm were thankfully unregistered. As it turns out, this was made possible by machine learning. Using a machine learning model for “palm rejection” enabled the screen sensor to detect the difference between a swipe, a touch, and a pencil input with a very high degree of accuracy. “If this doesn’t work rock solid, this is not a good piece of paper for me to write on anymore — and Pencil is not a good product,” says Federighi. If you love your Pencil, thank machine learning. Apple famously likes to keep everything under wraps, a fact which makes Levy’s write-up all the more enthralling and worth checking out in its entirety. For the full scoop on how Apple has used machine learning to improve Siri and why Apple believes that controlling both the hardware and software helps improve overall AI, make sure to hit the source link below. Apple doesn’t make its executives and top-level scientists available too often, but when they do, it’s always worth exploring.
How I get a new iPhone for $125 a year
A new iPhone is rapidly approaching, which means it's time for my yearly tradition of flogging my old iPhone to strangers on the internet. Upgrading phones every year might be a ridiculous luxury, but if you're smart about how you do it, upgrading once a year is actually less expensive than upgrading whenever your old device dies. DON'T MISS:  Android 7.0 has a hidden feature that could finally make it better than iOS There's a bunch of different ways of selling old devices, ranging from grandma-level easy to requiring actual time and effort. We've detailed those before, but what we'll be looking at here is selling privately. If you have a device in decent condition, selling online can get you pretty close to the as-new device condition, which is way, way above what you'll get on trade-in. Pick your selling site There's nothing wrong with using all the usual culprits to sell your iPhone, but I find the more local-specific the website, the higher price you can get. There's a glut of new or as-new iPhones on eBay, which drives the price down. Local Craigslist ads can be better, but I find the best place to sell consistently is local Facebook free-and-for-sale groups. Since there's less competition, and you're dealing with people who want to buy something  right now  in many cases, I've found much higher prices on Facebook. Using Facebook groups also tends to cut down on people messing you around or aggressively undercutting. Because you know the public Facebook profile of whoever you're dealing with, you get fewer no-shows. Of course, it's not perfect, so you should use the usual precautions of meeting in a public place and making sure you count the cash or verify the bank transfer before handing over your device. Keep your device in good condition There's a huge price difference between selling an as-new iPhone and one that's been thoroughly used. If you keep your device in some kind of case, a year's usage shouldn't put any noticeable scratches on the handset. Try to avoid using badly-designed cases that scratch your phone as you take them on or off. Before taking photos of your device to post, use a small amount of window cleaner and a paper towel to clean fingerprints off and remove any dirt that would show up in photos. It's also a good idea to update it to the latest software. Original box and accessories are worth more than you think Continuing the whole as-new vibe, hanging onto the box and accessories for your iPhone will massively boost the resale value. I hate the Apple Earpods and I have lots of charging cables, so I leave the ones that come in my iPhone in the original box, hidden in a drawer for a year. When it comes time to sell my iPhone, having the original box and brand-new accessories is a huge selling point. If you're planning on upgrading to a new iPhone and you've already used the accessories that came with your old phone, there's an easy way around this: buy your new phone before you list the old one, and transfer the brand-new accessories into the old box. Trust me, you're better off doing that and buying more Lightning cables off Amazon than you are using the new cables and headphones. Take good pictures It's a cliche that you should take good pictures to sell things online, but it's also true. Try to use a decent camera, but a modern phone camera will work well if it has to. More important is the lighting and the setting. The best option is to use a balcony or something outdoors right around sunset. That provides more than enough light, but not so bright that the phone is washed out, or has reflections coming off the screen. As for location, place your phone on a background that's simple and non-distracting. A plain-colored table or carpet works well here, but the important thing is that the phone is the focus of the photo. It's the same rules that tech journalists generally use for photographing gadgets, and what works for blogs also works for you selling your stuff. Pick your timing Back in 2013, I scraped data from eBay to try and work out if the release of a new iPhone has any effect on the resale value of previous-generation handsets. Remarkably, the differences are tiny. Given that Apple will drop the price of the iPhone 6s as soon as it releases the 7, the decrease in resale value is less than you'd expect. Back in 2013, I found that while the release of the iPhone 5S saw a dramatic increase in the volume of iPhone 5 sales, the price stayed nearly the same, only decreasing by 5 percent in a month. In other words: you don't need to panic-sell your old phone as soon as you've bought a new one. But, you should try and make the sale within a month or two, as prices of older iPhones take a nosedive about three months after the release of a new model. The bottom line As I said before, with careful selling and planning, buying a new iPhone every year doesn't have to be expensive. To give you some anecdotal experience, I've bought a new iPhone for full price for the last three generations. For the 64GB models, the price (with tax) is normally around $700. My average resale value has been $575, meaning in effect, I spend $125 per year to have the newest iPhone. What if I upgraded once every three years, which I think is about the most I can stretch it? Well, I wouldn't be financially much better off. If that were the case, I'd be using an iPhone 5s right now, and be getting rid of it to get a new iPhone 7 in a few weeks. 32GB iPhone 5s devices in good condition are selling for about $200 right now on eBay . Assuming that I get a little more for having it in good condition and keeping the box, I'd expect to get $250-$300 for mine. That means I would've spent $400 over three years for that phone, or about $135 per year. So, for almost the same amount of money, I get a brand-new iPhone every year, rather than upgrading once every three years. That's without taking into account that by buying new (on the right credit card) every year, I benefit from six months of no-deductible insurance, and my device is always under warranty. The iPhone argument The market in used smartphones is the one killer reason for why I've spent my own money on iPhones for the last few years. Despite the fact that I hate the bigger form factor, and I'd love to have my daily phone be waterproof, it's just not worth the cost. Even the biggest-name Samsung devices don't hold their value nearly as well as iPhones, which makes them hundreds of dollars more expensive in the long run. Being an Apple fanboy isn't a matter of taste -- it's just economics.
U.S. appeals court sends BlackBerry lawsuit back to lower court

An illustrative photo shows Blackberry smartphoneA U.S. appeals court on Wednesday upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit accusing BlackBerry Ltd of fraudulently inflating its stock price by painting an upbeat picture of the prospects for its BlackBerry Z10 smartphone line that was misleading. While the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said the lawsuit failed to state a plausible claim, it ordered a lower-court judge to reconsider whether to let the plaintiffs amend their complaint in light of what they said was new evidence. Neither BlackBerry nor a lawyer for lead plaintiffs Todd Cox and Mary Dinzik responded immediately to requests for comment.

11 paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time
We've got something for everyone in today's batch of paid iPhone and iPad apps that have gone on sale for free. From photos apps to music steaming apps to games and everything in between — there's even an app in there that will help you cheat at Pokemon Go. We also found an app that lets you listen to your own music while on hold during a phone call, instead of the crummy music on the other end of the line. Pretty cool! A few additional freebies can be snagged from yesterday's post as well, but remember that all of these sales could end at any moment. MUST SEE:  iPhone 7: New leak may have just solved the only mystery left These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged. MusicRogue Normally $1.99. MusicRogue is the best way to listen to YOUR hold music when making a call on mobile. No in-app purchases, no ads, and no call charges. Enjoy a clean and easy solution. When on hold, play any track from your playlist, change playlists on a call, or chose music from your Spotify account (coming soon). Your music on hold with zero ads or in-app purchases. Features • Play your music on your smartphone when on hold • Select new playlists easily by “swiping” while on a call • Companies called are blocked from advertising their products to you • No ads or in-app purchases from MusicRogue • Secure automated return to your call • App can be used as a music player offline Privacy Policy: Terms of use: Download MusicRogue WeatherHop Normally $0.99. Do you take lots of photos that you never see again? WeatherHop will help you relive those memories by showing you photos from your current location and other locations you've saved alongside the current weather and a full 7-day forecast. Download WeatherHop Shift Normally $0.99. Shift 2.0 allows you to create thousands of custom photo filters by combining textures, color overlays, and blends to produce stylish effects like grain, vintage, light leaks, and high contrast black and whites. Completely redone from the ground up, Shift 2.0 gives you full control over each element of the photo filter to achieve beautiful and unique finish to your photos. Textures Shift 2.0 is preloaded with 37 original textures that add film grain, dust, and light leaks that can be repositioned, scaled, rotated, and repeated to your heart's content. The strength of the texture can also be adjusted separately from the strength of the color overlays, meaning you can decide whether the texture, color, or both takes the main stage. Complete texture manipulation like this is the first in the realm of photo filtering. Colors Overlays Shift 2.0 provides striking color overlay presets that can be easily tweaked and customized. In its most basic form, color overlays can be a single color, which changes the tone of the entire picture. Color gradients that combine the overlay color from one to another provide an even more stunning look, simulating effects like light leaks or the look or vintage film. Shift 2.0's innovative approach to color gradients comes in two flavors - two-point control or three-point control. Each individual point, which represents the focus of each color, can be moved, repositioned, rotated, and zoomed allowing for even more control of how the colors fade into each other, producing incredible outcomes. Blends Blends bring everything together by combining the original photo with the color overlay and texture. Every blend produces a different result - switching between them will produce another entirely different effect even with the same color overlay and texture. Altogether, Shift 2.0 has seven blend modes including standard Photoshop favorites such as multiply, overlay, additive, and screen, as well as custom blends like desaturate and psychedelic. Favorites Even though creating custom filters that are perfect for each photo is half the fun, favorites let you save and name their go-tos for quick and easy access for the next photo. Of course, the favorites can be adjusted themselves and be used as a starting point for yet another custom filter. There is no limit to the number of favorites that can be saved. Features * Create thousands of beautiful photo filters by mixing textures, color gradients, and blends * 23 sample filters - Use them as starting points or make new ones from scratch * 12 color overlay presets and color wheel - Pick a color overlay preset and use the color wheel to achieve the perfect look * 37 original textures that can be moved, scaled, rotated, and repeated * Fine tuned control over color gradients - Adjust position, strength, and direction * 7 blend modes including multiply, overlay, additive, and screen * Image adjustments like brightness, contrast, saturation, and temperature * Save and name an unlimited number of custom photo filters to your favorites Download Shift SnapTube Premium Normally $2.99. SnapTube Premium is buit for music lovers. Search, discover, organise and play millions of youtube music, vevo music, live stream music videos. Keep tracking on trending, hottest, just released youtube music videos. - Discover trending youtube music videos in your country - Discover just release youtube music, vevo music - Explore new youtube music, vevo music hits - Background music playback - Control music playback from lock screen - Search unlimited youtube music tracks, playlists - Seamless play millions of youtube music, vevo music - Video streaming is optimized for both speed and quality Media Library - Add unlimited youtube music, vevo music - Browse by Date or Duration or Name - Search by Artist, title Playlist manager - Create playlists and listen to your favorite music seamlessly - Organise unlimited number of playlists Player - Best youtube player for youtube music videos - Play all high quality music video Smoothly and Seamlessly - Streamer is optimized Download SnapTube Premium Zuki's Quest Normally $0.99. Zuki's Quest is a mobile, turn-based puzzle platformer. Solve challenging puzzles by controlling the gravity and helping Zuki to free a mysterious island from its ancient curse. Story Zuki and her hummingbird, Pico, travel to a mysterious island. The gods have tasked the island-dwellers to collect the golden idols from the temples and sacrifice them for their amusement. On Zuki's arrival, the island-dwellers capture and try to cook her, but instead, the wise island chief decides to send Zuki on this difficult endeavor. Of course, those temples have plenty of traps, poisoned spikes, falling blocks and long-forgotten ghosts. From here, the adventure begins... About Zuki's Quest is a mobile, turn-based puzzle platformer. You solve puzzles by changing the gravity and moving Zuki through the levels. Every move can have multiple consequences and it's always good to think about where to jump next. With a limited number of moves per level and plenty of mind-bending challenges, Zuki's Quest is great game for puzzle lovers! Zuki's Quest Features + Innovative mechanic to solve puzzles + Simple swipe controls + Physics-based gameplay + Beautiful Game Art + 72 challenging Levels + Game-Center Achievements + Easy to learn, hard to master Download Zuki's Quest Spends Normally $1.99. It is a household account book app that there are three types of layout. ●Three of the household account book layout You I can use the week and month display household accounts of that infinite horizontal scrolling. ●Beautiful two themes And a two themes of WHITE and BLACK, you can use to choose the one you like best. Function ------------------------------------------- Three types of graph - By the scope of the week day line graph - Another range of the month day line graph - Range is the month of category pie chart Other Features - Editing of expense items, additional functions - Theme change function. It can be changed from two types of theme Download Spends 8 Minute Workout Normally $0.99. 8 minute workout is a sport annex based on scientific research and practice of audience by women of all ages who achieved colossal results. This simple and effective set of exercises was first presented by a leading scientific journal by international organization American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and later made popular by newspaper NYT. Do you want to have a slim belly and a beautiful abs, but can never find time to work out? All you need is dedicate 8 minutes a day to these simple exercises and watch your results! This annex contains carefully picked exercises for a complete workout. Features - Training regimen with built in stopwatch. - Demonstration in photos and videos of each exercise. - Step by step description of proper exercise. - Training calendar. - Optimal training schedule. - Your weight control. - Gallery of personal achievements. - Sound accompaniment for workouts. - Reminder for upcoming training. - Integrated music player. - Training timer set ability to pick individual perform and rest timing. - Ability to share your achievements on Facebook / Instagram. All the material is stored inside of this application (no Internet connection required). All exercises designed specifically for women and are very simple, but extremely effective - you can work on your weight without special equipment and simulators only 8 minutes a day! Download 8 Minute Workout NoLocation Normally $0.99. "If you want to protect the privacy of your photos then NoLocation is a simple app that can help you with this. It's easy to use and the whole process only takes a couple of seconds." - appPicker Location data is stored in every photo you take with your iPhone. When your photos are shared on the internet, anyone that sees them can see exactly where they were taken. NoLocation is here to fix that problem. With just a few taps, you can remove that data. After the data is removed, it will automatically open the share menu so you can send it to the to the internet or your favorite social network. Download NoLocation MemoMa Normally $3.99. MemoMa is a notes app that you can write your memos, ideas, journals, or any kind of text directly into your iPhone calendars. You can add a note very quickly by tapping a plus (+) button, and your note will be registered with a time stamp. You can also add a calendar event using MemoMa. You can start your day by checking MemoMa’s today’s view. That is where the app starts when you launch it. It shows all of your notes and events for the day. Everything you write is displayed on your timeline, so you don’t have to expand each item. Scroll through the day with your finger to learn all the details, including addresses, emails, URLs, whose hyperlinks can lead you to external resources. If you want to copy one of your notes or events, long press it and the text will be copied to the clipboard. You can move to another day by swiping left or right, or by specifying a date. If you have difficulty finding a specific note or event, expand the view to a week, a month, or a year. A full text search not only helps you find a specific note or event, but tells you how many entries fit your criteria for a specified period. And, it can be displayed in both chronological and reversed chronological orders. It helps you track down how many times you've had a certain activity, and lets you know when it happened the first as well as the last time. What MemoMa Can Do: - Create and edit plain text notes with date and time stamp. - Create and edit calendar events. - View entire texts for a given period (e.g., a day, a week, a month or a year) without having to open each event or note. - Copy a note’s or event’s detail to clipboard. - Hyperlink addresses, URLs and phone numbers to launch external apps. - Full text search within given period (up to a year). - Search results in chronological and reversed chronological orders. - Create notes and events off-line. - Change text size through system settings. CAUTION: MemoMa has the following limitations: - Cannot insert image, video, audio or other multimedia content. - Cannot change fonts or format rich text. - Alarms, reminders and invitations are not supported (it can be set but, the functionalities are delegated to iPhone's main calendar app) Download MemoMa Tank Super Wars Normally $14.99. One of the most Classical Tank Battle NES / FC Game since 1990 Game Rules: - Defense your base - Destroy all enemy tanks - Game over, if your tank or your base is destroyed It is a modern NES classical mobile tank battle city. Game of modern war, Boom the map, Summon your alliance, Strike the Enemy! Key Features: - 5 difficulty levels - Built-in 250 Maps - Map Editor (Available on iPhone5 or higher) [Suggest use Touch Pen] - Custom playlist (Available on iPhone5 or higher) * All custom map need to create on you own, you cannot edit or change internal built-in maps. ** We will update the number of internal map every 2 to 4 months. Download Tank Super Wars Cheats for Pokémon Go Normally $0.99. Features: ● Guide for Po ké mon GO is an application that provides full details for all 150+ confirmed Po ké mon in the game and how to use this. ● The best guided videos. Download Cheats for Pokémon Go
Case maker claims the most intriguing new iPhone 7 feature is actually fake
Apple is expected to unveil its brand new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus smartphones exactly two weeks from today, on September 7th. At that point in time, Apple fans will have to do their best to act surprised — thanks to months of persistent leaks and rumors, we now know just about everything there is to know about Apple's next-generation iPhone models. In fact, the last mystery may have just been solved . Everyone knows what to expect and in spite of all the claims we've seen on gadget blogs that Apple's new iPhones will be "boring," we all know that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are shaping up to be far more exciting than some might think . Unfortunately, however, a new claim suggests that one of the coolest new features reportedly coming to Apple's new iPhones will be a no-show next month. MUST SEE:  iPhone 7: New leak may have just solved the only mystery left According to more reports than we can count at this point, Apple's next-generation iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will feature an updated design with new antennas and no traditional headphone jack. They'll also both sport new cameras, though the iPhone 7 Plus will feature a dual-lens setup while the smaller iPhone 7 will have just one rear camera lens. Several reports have also suggested that another exciting new feature will separate the Plus model from the 4.7-inch iPhone 7: a Smart Connector. First seen on the iPad Pro last year, Apple's Smart Connector is made up of several magnets and contacts that can pass power and data from the iPad to a connected accessory. The addition of a Smart Connector port to the iPhone 7 Plus could open the door for a wide range of nifty accessories similar to what we've seen from Motorola with its new Moto Z and Moto Z Force . Unfortunately, a new claim suggests the iPhone 7 Plus won't actually include the special connector. In a post on Instagram (via Reddit ), iPhone case maker Carved penned a quick note about its upcoming iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus cases. The company said that it would have new cases available to ship as soon as Apple's new iPhones are released, and preorders would be made available ahead of launch. The company also noted that as far as it knows, Apple's larger iPhone 7 Plus will not include a Smart Connector. Here's the full post: This is hardly a confirmation, of course, but case makers have been known to get good intel from sources at Apple's manufacturing partners. As such, it might be a good idea to avoid holding your breath for a Smart Connector on the iPhone 7 Plus.
12 paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free today
Word on the street is that Apple's upcoming new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will offer twice as much storage with each tier. So the entry-level model will have 32GB, the mid-tier iPhones will have 128GB and the most expensive iPhone will have 256GB. You know what all that means, right? It means you have to stock up on free iOS apps now so you'll be able to make good use of all that extra space when your new iPhones come. MUST SEE:  I built a Wi-Fi paradise and all I needed was one device These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged. WebCheck Normally $0.99. With WebCheck you can see what the people in your address book are doing online. The app makes a request for every contact and shows you what the major search engines have to offer for your contacts. Now you no longer have to look up the persons you are interested in manually. WebCheck does the work for you. You can scroll through the results and get to know more information about the people you saved in your address book. All results as well as your address book information will not be saved. Only the names of your contacts will be sent to the search engines to get the corresponding results. Afterwards no requests or savings are made at all. Download WebCheck Easy Spending Expense Tracker Normally $1.99. *** Over a Million satisfied users of our apps *** @ User Friendly Plus! "I use this app every single day and is by far the most valuable app on my iPhone." - John Fredrick NY See where your money goes and take control of where to spend your money effectively using the simple and yet powerful expense manager on iOS. The Easy Spending expense tracker, is the most powerful and convenient daily expense manager App on the go for iPhone and iPad, that neatly tracks all your cash flow between different accounts that you can budget, and is an easy to use budgeting App. It is now all the more secure, with the addition of Automatic Backup Service as part of its In-App purchase. With this feature you never have to worry about losing valuable financial data, either through accidental deletion or change of device. You can restore it on any device with this App installed. Comes with easy gestures with convenient layout and clutter free interface, with large fonts, well spaced layouts for easy viewing and readability. Great for maintaining monthly recurring bills with reminders, it has the convenience of an Expense Tracker and BILL reminders at one place. HIGHLIGHTS @ Never loose your valuable financial data with the All new Automatic Backup Service, (available as an In-App purchase) @ Excellent and seamless cloud sync of all your transaction data. (available as an In-App purchase) @ BILL Reminders. @ Recurring income/expense tracking @ MULTIPLE ACCOUNT(S) Summary in a single screen, and nice reports. $ Passcode LOCK. $ Support Fortnightly transactions. $ NOTIFICATIONS added to Default calendar for recurring transactions as an option. Using this option, NEVER forget to pay your BILL on time. $ See future bills/payments and income using, "UPCOMING TRANSACTIONS" view. $ Cool Search based on category and notes $ Allows transactions to be emailed as CSV, and also uploaded to your Google Drive account $ Store data for MANY MANY years $ Preview comments in History while drilling down the transactions. $ Use MULTIPLE accounts like Checking, Savings, Credit card, Cash flow, Mortgage accounts etc. $ Preview comments in History while drilling down the transactions. *** REPORTS *** $ Powerful reports, timeline reports $ Doughnut chart reports gives a clean break up of where your money is going. $ Email csv file of all your data for single or all of your accounts. $ Upload csv file also to your Google Drive account --- Automatic Backup Service ---- Automatic Backup Service is an auto-renewable In-App purchase that lets you take automatic backup without you having to do anything manually. Just keep using the App, and an automatic backup of all you data is safely stored either weekly or monthly. When you App is deleted by mistake or phone is replaced there is no hassle in getting your data back. This feature is offered as a free trial for one month, and the cost of subscription is $0.99 per month, after the trial period. It auto-renews every month until it is cancelled. This feature is also offered as an annual subscription with a cost of $7.99 per year, with a initial trial period of 1 month. It auto-renews every year until it is cancelled. Payment will be charged to iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase, and account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period. *** What our users say *** @ As a financial planner for 42 years this App is all you need. Its simple clean and to the point. If you think you need more than this, then you don’t get it. - LouCFP @ Excellent I am using this app to track our club income/expenses. So easy to use and to create reports then email to whoever needs a copy ! I love it !. - i apple Download Easy Spending Expense Tracker Web for Two Normally $1.99. [ Simple App Series No.1 Web for Two ] Double window web viewer for check website together. You can share an iPad with a person sitting in the seat opposite. Search results can be sent to another by "Send" button. For example, parents or teacher can choose a website for education and send it to child on an iPad . Details 1. Split window for Browsing 2. Share Web page using "Send" button. 3. Simple controls, only Back, Forward and Home buttons. 4. Homepage settings for each window. 5. Upper user's Send button disabler on Settings. 6. Video playback is not possible to simultaneously. 7. Only you can use Software Keyboard. 8. No Bookmark function because of simple use. Download Web for Two Angry Dragon Bot Dress Up $2.99 in-app purchase to remove ads now free. The world is in danger and it needs your help. For dozens of years, advanced robotic technology has been researched underground. Now, the time has come for a brave person to unravel the secret and design the ultimate robot. The future of humankind is in your hands. Do you have what it takes to compose a true hero of iron? Angry Dragon Bot Dress Up is a dress up game with a wide variety of cosmetic choices and built-in social sharing system. Assemble an outstanding machine using different body parts and save your people. How to play Angry Dragon Bot Dress Up is not a competitive game. Instead, it gives you the freedom to design your own robot dragon by combining different body parts. It focuses on inspiration and visual appeal. Basically, you are given a dragon robot template with various customizable body parts. You can customize the design of the dragon's armor, mask, gloves, pants, top, shoes or emblems. The game also provides players with different backgrounds, setting a completely new mood to their robot design. The game encourages exchanging of ideas by the players. You can also share your robot design to your friends via social media or e-mail. While Angry Dragon Bot Dress Up is a free game, a small fee can be paid in order to unlock locked items or unique pet robot designs. If you wish to disable in-game ads, you can also do so by paying a small fee. Download Angry Dragon Bot Dress Up Call a Taxi Normally $6.99. ⊛⊛⊛⊛⊛ This app means you can instantly find a taxi - whenever you need it. Wherever you are in the world! ⊛⊛⊛⊛⊛ In 2 clicks you'll be talking to the closest (and therefore cheapest) taxi company to your current location. Never get stuck for transport in a strange city or late at night again. Buy it for your wife, girlfriend, husband, boyfriend now! Even better - buy it for yourself. Call a Taxi is one of those great iPhone apps. A must-have friend in your pocket, ready for when you need it. Download Call a Taxi Text 2 Group Pro Normally $2.99. * Over 1,000,000 people love Text 2 Group :) * Instantly send group text & email * Group text was never easier! Text 2 Group is just simpler and fast! GROUPS ○ Save your own contact groups ○ Instantly send group text / iMessage ○ Instantly send group email ○ Add attachments easily SMART FILTERS ○ Quickly find the contacts you need ○ Filter contacts by Company & Job title ○ Filter contacts by upcoming birthday & creation date ○ Note On iPad you can only send Group iMessages (SMS in not available on iPad devices) AVAILABLE IN 15 DIFFERENT LANGUAGES English, Español, Français, Italiano, Deutsch, Português (Br.), 中文 (Simplified), 中文 (Traditional), 日本語, 한국어, Nederlands, Русский, Türkçe, العربية, עברית Download Text 2 Group Pro Compass Zen PRO Normally $6.99. Compass Zen is an eye-catching, minimalist compass app designed specifically for your ipad or iphone. Compass Zen delivers many features with an accuracy that will exceed all your expectations. The magnetic north compass will ensure your co-ordinates are exact and will also tell you your altitude and speed. The elegant design offering easy-to-read information also sports a background customization facility, meaning you can decide what works best for you. There are options of reading the speedometer in km or mph, choose your GPS altitude in meters or feet and view your co-ordinates in DMS or Decimal. All of this gives you the ultimate user experience of a compass but with a simplicity and flair that is matched by no other iOS app on the market. Features: - True/ Magnetic North Compass - Speedometer (in km/h or mph) - GPS Altitude (in meters or feet) - Coordinates (in DMS or Decimal) - Elegant Minimalist Design - Background Customization Download Compass Zen PRO Letters from Nowhere® 2 Normally $4.99. The immersive free-to-play version, Letters From Nowhere®: A Hidden Object Mystery, is already live! Don't miss out! Have you played the prequel to this fascinating game? Don’t miss Letters from Nowhere - on iPad and iPhone! Travel to the town of Nowhere and search for clues to remove the terrifying curse in this thrilling and spooky sequel! Audrey collected all the letters with the help of the dead postman, hoping they would lead her to Patrick, her missing husband. Instead, she is taken to a mysterious sleepy town. In Letters from Nowhere 2, Audrey discovers that her husband is a descendant of a cursed family, and is doomed to death. Now it’s up to her to confront the evil that haunts her beloved and prevent a series of grisly murders. Search through over 30 cryptic locations including the sinister mansion and a bloody sacrifice room for important artifacts. Play mini-games, collect all the pages of a missing diary, and save Patrick before it's too late! ● 50 Stunning locations ● 11 Adventurous settings ● 11 Mini-games ● 4 Useful search powers ● 2 Bonus play modes – Unlimited and Puzzles ● Game Center Support ● iPhone 5 Retina Display support Download Letters from Nowhere® 2 WorldScan Pro Normally $2.99. Over one million downloads on iPhone! WorldScan is an indispensable application for your iPhone. With WorldScan, you can rapidly scan documents and convert them into PDF format, as well as save them or send them by email, wifi or dropbox. Adopting an advanced and speedy algorithm, WorldScan automatically detects edges , removes shadows and sets the proper contrast levels to make documents come out even. With a powerful yet simple interface, WorldScan can quickly and easily adjust brightness, rotation, and color with one click per page. All WorldScan documents can be processed on your iPhone ensuring document privacy to the greatest extent. (Free of network connection) WorldScan features: 1. Scan multi page documents: Scan and manage documents that may include multiple pages. 2. Fast batch scanning: Scan continuously in batch without waiting for processing. 3. Automatic side cut: WorldScan's professional image processing algorithm automatically helps you crop the images. 4. Image enhancement: Ensure documents are clear and readable. 5. Produce PDFs: Preview and produce PDFs. 6. Multi-sized PDFs: More than 10 PDF sizes are available (Letter,A4,B5, etc).You can customize the size or use self-adaption mode. 7. Save image to image library: Conveniently process images and save them to image library. 8. Email: Send your documents (PDF) or processed images by email. 9. Add Header: Search page of document may add headers, which can be searched. 9. Custom category: Set custom categories for your documents to keep them organized and easy to find using "search". 11. Multiple browse modes: Support browse modes such as list and document-categorization. 10. Copy: Support function of document copy to achieve convenient document management. 11. Search: Quickly locate documents by searching document headers, page headers, etc. Scanning tip: Make sure your document is smooth and sensitive to light. Download WorldScan Pro Cloud Music Free Normally $0.99. Search, listen, stream free music from Sound Cloud to your iPhone/iPod/iPad. Millions of free songs, DJ sets, remixes and live concerts. Cloud Music give you access your favorite music across Dropbox, Google Drive, etc. Cloud Music comes with with a powerful music player which includes features like favorite, repeat, shuffle, playlist repeat, quick forward/rewind, sleep timer and much more. Key features: √ No Advertisement √ Supported formats: mp3, m4a, m4b and flac √ Playlist organizer by title or date. √ Download and play your songs without internet (offline). √ Offline list, to maintain located your download files. √ Quickly found your song, album or artist using the search bar. √ Order your music by title, added by date or artist. √ Play in background with control of your headphones. √ Lock screen controls √ Playback with repeat of song or list and shuffle. √ Complete your music collection looking for free music on SoundCloud (Only streaming. The download is not available) - And many more… Download Cloud Music Free Minibudget Pro Normally $1.99. Establish a budget, record and manage your expenses by category. "Shall we help to manage the couples dating spending(expenses)?" This was the idea that we started the Minibudget project. Minibudget is a simple account book as household budget, subtract the expenses from the budget. It can be used as build plans, managing budget, travel expenses, simple account book. There is also "expected expenditure" feature to help more convenient use. You can simulate the dating and travel expenses in advance, and it can be used as a checklist when you go to shopping. - Convenient manage the budget - Manage spending by Category - Check spending list more easily by graphs - Intuitive user interface (Intuitive design) We’ve been thinking how we give you the most easiest way to use in this universe and more intuitive user interface that gives you fun feelings. Make your life more plentiful and richer. We support your love. Download Minibudget Pro Swift Keyboard Normally $0.99. “Hey Siri, what’s the new keyboards in the AppStore?” Swift Keyboard - Weather Edition is just here for you! * Have you ever wanted to see beautiful nature? * Have you ever wanted to add more style to your keyboard? * Have you ever wanted to have 9 amazing themes changing automatically? Enjoy the opportunities of new era of typing with lightweight Swift Weather Storm Keyboard. Who is your best friends in iOS? Of course, it's Siri - an intelligent personal assistant and knowledge navigator. Who else? Spotlight - a selection-based search system. And we strongly believe there's one more friend - a keyboard, Swift Keyboard - Weather Edition! Wanna try? Just do it! * Express your love fast; * Chat with style; * Nice & beautiful wallpapers; * Quick backspace; * Smart touch. Take the full list of advantages with Swift Keyboard - Weather Edition. Love you ^_^ Download Swift Keyboard
This awesome gaming controller turns your iPhone into a Nintendo DS
If you want to play hardcore games with killer graphics and complex stories that take week to work your way through, you'll probably want a dedicated video game console or a pricey gaming PC. But if you're a casual gamer who prefers to just have some relaxing fun, you already own the perfect console — you just might not know it. Apple's iPhone is an ideal gaming machine because there are so many great developers out there making games for it. You've got every conceivable genre covered, and iOS games are far more affordable than any PS4 or Xbox One games out there. The problem is the controls — there's only so much you can do with a touchscreen. It's time for you to meet the  Tt eSPORTS Contour Wireless Mobile Gaming Controller , which transforms any iPhone into a portable gaming console like the Nintendo DS. Actually, this cool contraption is even better than a DS because you can mount your iPhone on it like a portable console, or you can use AirPlay to stream from your iPhone or iPad to a TV and play games on your big screen. Here are some key details: Apple certified Compatible with all iOS devices: CONTOUR is the perfect mobile controller for Apple TV, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad Mini 3, iPad Mini 2, iPad Mini, iPod Touch (5th Generation)). No strings Attached: Unleash the potential of your Apple devices to the fullest and connect wirelessly via Bluetooth to transform your mobile devices into a gaming console with the full-featured and console style! Adjustable Clip: Built with a strong adjustable clip and rubber tabs to ensure powerfully locked your devices to the controller. The stand can be adjusted over 3.75 inches to fit your mobile devices! Remarkable Gaming Control: CONTOUR consists the most advanced set of console-quality controls available to ensures you'll game at the highest level with dual clickable analog sticks, shoulder buttons and shoulder triggers. Long Gaming Time: Extend your gaming time with a built-in rechargeable battery with up to 10+ hour battery life so you'll be able to use it wherever and whenever you want, allowing you to enjoy your game to the fullest! Connect to your TV: Transforms your iOS device into a portable gaming controller! Connect your Apple devices to your home TV with the Apple's Lightning Digital AV Adapter and you can get the true console-style gaming experience. Warranty: 2 year The  Tt eSPORTS Contour Wireless Mobile Gaming Controller  is typically $80 on Amazon, but the site is offering it for just $64.99 from now through September 4.
We’re still blasting Tim Cook for no good reason
When Tim Cook assumed the CEO position at Apple five years ago, he was faced with an impossible task: follow in the footsteps of Steve Jobs. Indeed, given Jobs' remarkable track record within the tech industry, it's widely accepted as gospel that no one on earth could ever truly replace Jobs. Looking back, Jobs helped spearhead not one, but three technological revolutions, first with the Mac and later on with the iPod and the iPhone. With Tim Cook currently at the helm of Apple, it's still curiously popular, not to mention intellectually lazy, to reflexively point out that Tim Cook is no Steve Jobs. In fact, any time Apple runs into trouble, we're inundated with pundits and talking-heads who still love pointing out that Tim Cook lacks the vision that Steve Jobs famously boasted in spades. DON'T MISS:  There’s an iOS 10 update coming on September 30th and at least one new feature was revealed The reality of Tim Cook's tenure at Apple is much more nuanced. Revolutionary devices like the iPhone only come along once every so many decades. Consequently, analysts who are quick to demand similar innovations out of Tim Cook's Apple demonstrate a fundamental lack of understanding as to how innovative products come to be. More often than not, innovations don't emerge out of thin air but are rather the culmination of many advances across a wide swath of technological areas. As former Apple executive Jon Rubinstein has opined, the iPhone would not have been possible without some of the previous software and hardware innovations Apple first pulled off with its Mac lineup. Additionally, looking at Tim Cook's tenure through the prism of Steve Jobs ignores many of Apple's achievements over the past few years. Remember, the last iPhone released when Steve Jobs was alive was the iPhone 4s. Since then, the iPhone's capabilities have increased by leaps and bounds. Touch ID and Apple Pay, in my personal opinion, are complete game-changers. Deifying Steve Jobs while blasting Tim Cook may make for a great talking point, but it tends to ignore the fact that Steve Jobs was very human and was far from perfect. Jobs had no shortage of failures underneath his belt and, as a quick example, was initially against the idea of rolling out an App Store. Speaking on the fifth anniversary of Tim Cook's CEO position, Recode managing editor Ed Lee appeared on CNBC today and trotted out many of the same tired lines about how Apple is in desperate need for a visionary leader. It's essentially formulaic punditry at this point: 1) Praise Tim Cook as an operational genius 2) Blast Tim Cook for not being Steve Jobs. The Street writes of Lee's appearance on CNBC this morning: "Apple needed a Tim Cook with operational excellence because Steve Jobs was all over the place, making last-minute changes to all kinds of things," Lee said. Lee cited the infamous situation in which Steve Jobs wanted to change the iPhone screen to glass from plastic just six-weeks before the product's launch. The original prototype of the phone had been plastic. However, Jobs, frustrated with the amount of scratches the screen had, wanted an overhaul. Cook stepped in and ensured the problem was sorted out in a timely and efficient manner. Despite his calm, cool and collected demeanor in handling crisis situations brought about by the company's founder, Lee says Cook lacks something Steve Jobs embodied that propelled Apple into becoming an icon. "Now what they're lacking is they don't have a vision guy. Cook is a great operator, a great executive, but we haven't seen evidence of the next game-changing product," Lee explained. What a load of nonsense. First off, the idea that Jobs was all over the place seems like an odd and factually empty premise to begin with. To wit, the example Lee uses to back it up is bizarre to say the least. Jobs wanting to change the iPhone screen from plastic to glass underscored Jobs' commitment to product excellence. Upon realizing that an iPhone that could scratch easily upon being placed in one's pocket, Jobs was determined to find a better solution and subsequently used his influence to help bring Gorilla Glass to the mainstream. Hardly an example of Jobs being all over the place, Jobs' last-minute decision was a stroke of genius. As for the overhaul, much of that credit is owed to Corning, not Tim Cook. Lee here seems to be saying any number of random things to clumsily support his misguided conclusion. Moving along, Lee's assertion that we haven't seen "evidence of the next-game changing product" from Apple is once again an example of someone not quite understanding how innovative cycles tend to operate. The reason the iPhone was revolutionary was precisely because it was a product that only comes along once every few decades. Further, it's easy to forget that many years often pass between any two hit products. As an obvious example, look at the lag time behind the introduction of the original Mac and the iPod. Even the time frame between the iPod and the iPhone was a good six or so years. Will the Apple Watch prove to be a revolutionary device? Maybe. Maybe not. If we look back, it took the iPod a few years to truly get off the ground and running. Taking a step back, evaluating Tim Cook's time as Apple CEO should be an all-inclusive evaluation, not an exercise in cherry-picking. Under Tim Cook, the entirety of Apple's hardware suite has improved by leaps and bounds. Under Tim Cook, shares of Apple soared to new heights. And perhaps most of all, if we want to laud Steve Jobs as being an absolute genius who could do no wrong, why are we supposed to assume that him choosing Tim Cook to be CEO was such a catastrophic mistake? Tim Cook isn't perfect and he'll be the first to tell you that he's no Steve Jobs. Again, nobody on this earth is. Tim Cook may lack the vision that Steve Jobs had, but Apple is not a one-man operation. Apple is staffed by some of the smartest engineers and research scientists in the world who are continuously working hard to push the technological bar higher. One of Tim Cook's best attributes is that he is cognizant of his own shortcomings and is willing put smart visionary people around him while also being able to acknowledge and rectify mistakes when his judgement runs askew. With Apple still making money hand over fist and compelling new upgrades set to hit both the MacBook Pro and the iPhone (curved OLED display anyone?), I think it's high time we stop blasting Tim Cook for no good reason.
11 paid iPhone apps on sale for free right now
By our count, anywhere between 400 and well over 1,000 paid iPhone and iPad apps can go on sale for free on any given day, and going through all those apps is a huge task. That's why we do the heavy lifting for you here at BGR, and we pick out the cream of the crop each day for your downloading pleasure. Today's list includes 11 different premium iOS apps that have been made available for free by their developers, but remember that these sales could end at any moment so be sure to check them out now. MUST SEE:  I built a Wi-Fi paradise and all I needed was one device These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged. Briefcase Pro Normally $2.99. Briefcase is an all-in-one document reader and manager for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. It can import files from Camera, Photo Albums, PC/Mac(via Wi-Fi or iTunes), Email attachments, GoogleDrive, Dropbox,SkyDrive,Box and so on. All files are saved to your deivce locally so you can enjoy reading them anywhere! ======== Features ========== ● Import files From Mac or PC via Wi-Fi or iTunes Any Mac OS X, Windows XP/Vista/7 computer can transfer files to the iPhone,iPad and iPod Touch and operate it like a wireless flash drive. 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Week Calendar Pro allows you to fully customize what you what to see on your calendar through a nice drop down preset that you can quickly switch between. Add unlimited presets to filter out: - Days (show/hide any day) - Select which calendars to show - Select up to three working weeks (15 days) - Zoom in/out on hours or view 24 hours - Select which day is first day of week - Tap and hold to add new event - Drag existing events to reschdule - and many more to discover ... Download Week Calendar Pro Zombies After Me Normally $16.99. Your city has been invaded by hordes of hungry zombies, your only goal is to escape and save yourself as fast as you can before being eaten by some horrible undead! Make your way through the walking dead slaughtering them with your Chainsaw and blasting their brains with the Shotgun before it's too late! 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Forget the considering, time to start zapping! GAMEPLAY HIGHLIGHTS Absorbing atmosphere with captivating special effects. You’ll spend every spare minute playing Tower Siege. No watching, start acting! Use your strategic skill between the levels and your tactic skills during the attacks. Face new enemies, new weapons and new tactics. Any one of the countless levels is unique and challenging. Plan carefully to collect more specials. All the weapons are unlocked so building the perfect defense depends on your strategy and skill only. Use different approach to tweak your defense. Get extra money if you’re outnumbered. Find the best strategy. Use different game profiles for your experiments. Collect them all! Earn Tower Siege achievements with OpenFeint and GameCenter. Download Tower Siege Music tube pro Normally $2.99. We are the best & most powerful YouTube client for your iPhone. Try it for FREE and you will love it. • Optimized for the new iOS 9 and iPhone 6s & 6s+. 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You can narrow down your search filters by views, time, likes and more! • Search autocomplete & history makes it easier to search for videos and playlists • Easily access all the new videos from your Subscriptions. • Just swipe to view all your subscribed channels in side menu • Access Trending, Top Charts, multiple Genres (Music, Movies, TV Shows, Trailers etc), History easily. • Add videos to watch later list • UNLIMITED Playlists for all your music needs! • Advanced Queue management which videos can be added, removed and reordered from. You can even Repeat, Shuffle your queue! • Easily Like, Comment, Reply to Comments, Share videos with others • Watching videos in bed? No Problem! We even have a fully customizable sleep timer which automatically stops the playback after the set time! We have you covered ;) • Clean and Gorgeous UI makes it easier to find what you are searching for in as few taps as possible Our mission is to provide access to your favorite video content as easily as possible and as few taps as possible! Download Music tube pro Fotocam Weather Pro Normally $2.99. Do you want add rain, rainbow, snow, stars and fog effect to your photos? ***** Transforms your photo into various nice season by adding weather effect to your photo instantly! ***** * LIMITED TIME PROMOTION * All effects are designed together by professional photographers and real artists to provide you the most amazing effect to your photo. There are 30 type of different effects to choose from. We have more than 5 MILLION users, so we know what you want. * INSTANT one click effect. Even your child know how to use it. * LIVE EFFECT. 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Simple, elegant in design, very happy to have discovered her." -- ***** Download Voice Secretary Spinny Phone Normally $2.99. "If you have ever played with a Bop-It, Spinny Phone will make you nostalgic for what was likely the bossiest toy of your childhood." - Mashable Pump up the volume and get ready to move fast. Your iPhone is your joystick. Spin it around different directions and follow each command to get the highest score. Be careful, the more you spin the faster it gets! Download Spinny Phone Neptune Notes Normally $4.99. Neptune Notes is the perfect way to quickly sketch ideas. The app is built to be fast and responsive. Beneath its minimal interface, Neptune Notes offers powerful features such as realtime cloud syncing, robust sharing options, and other tools that make it a compelling choice for capturing inspiration. Neptune Notes offers the following: • Realtime drawing engine. Every stroke is saved instantly to all your devices. • Organize your work into a notebook hierarchy • Beautiful interface, designed for iOS 9+ • A variety of drawing tools and colors The App is perfect for: • Quickly capturing ideas and inspiration • Sketching out a thought like you would on a napkin • Taking notes in class • And More! Give Neptune Notes a try today. We think you'll love it. Download Neptune Notes Socium widget Normally $0.99. Socium widget it's a buttons of favorite social networks right at Notification Center. Post to Twitter and Facebook from any app. Create new publication in two-tap. Just select a social network and write the post. Widget is performed in the native design of the operating system Apple, completely repeating usability and aesthetics this OS Download Socium widget
One of the iPhone’s best RPGs is getting a sequel
Although it never received quite as much attention as Pokemon Go , Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas made a big splash when it launched in 2013. Virtually unprecedented in scope and scale, Oceanhorn was a full 3D RPG for iPhone and iPad. Developed by small independent studio Cornfox & Bros., it was a perfect substitute for a true mobile Zelda game. Nearly three years later, we're finally getting a sequel . MUST SEE:  The holy grail: Hack Pokemon Go so you can walk anywhere, no jailbreak required "We are proud and excited to reveal the next installment of the Oceanhorn franchise, Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm ," the development team announced on Monday. The first game was praised for its impressive graphics, but based on the first screenshots, the sequel is going to blow the original away. According to the team, Oceanhorn 2 is set in the same world as Oceanhorn , but in a different time period following a new hero. There are sure to be plenty of improvements, but Oceanhorn 2 will still feature the exploration, music and familiar RPG gameplay that made the original an instant classic. Cornfox isn't ready to reveal any gameplay footage yet, but you can get a glimpse of what the game looks (and sounds) like in the title track video below: The studio also isn't prepared to announce a release date yet, but in the meantime, the original Oceanhorn is coming to PS4 and Xbox One on September 7th . If you haven't played it yet and prefer a controller to touch controls, this might be the best way to experience the game.
The massive iPhone speed improvement that no one is talking about
Every year we want our pocket computers to be even faster at doing amazing smarter things and be more energy efficient than last year. We look for faster chips, more RAM, more storage, and bigger batteries. Smartphone makers often deliver, making each new smartphone generation quicker and better than the previous one. As consumers, we often focus on processor types, and the amount of memory and storage to determine whether a certain smartphone is going to be good enough. One thing we don’t always acknowledge is the quality of certain components, and we consistently fail to talk about the speed of one critical part of an iPhone or Android device: the speed of its “hard drive.” Having massive amounts of built-in flash memory and expandable storage isn’t enough if it’s not fast. Thankfully, some of the companies developing these storage solutions for iPhone and flagship Android devices are working on faster and more energy efficient storage solutions. Samsung is one of the company to keep an eye on when it comes to mobile storage, as it just announced plans to make its insanely fast smartphone storage solutions even quicker in the coming years, and that might benefit the iPhone as well. DON’T MISS: Best Buy has 50 hot deals that will be good for just 50 hours One of the reasons the iPhone 6s is so fast when compared to the iPhone 6 is because of Apple’s way of handling memory. According to AnandTech ’s detailed explanation of the matter, Apple adapted its MacBook SSD controller — which makes MacBook data transfers incredibly fast — and modified it to use inside a smartphone. Furthermore, the report revealed that the iPhone 6s uses NVMe protocol with custom NAND memory which ruled out UFS or traditional eMMC. The iPad Pro and iPhone SE uses the same type of storage as the 2015 iPhones. In tests, Apple’s storage solution beat the Galaxy S6 series, which came loaded with UFS 2.0 built-in storage , itself being an incredibly fast memory. Samsung this February announced that its UFS 2.0 technology is getting even faster. Furthermore capacity increased up to 256GB as speeds went up to 850MB/s (sequential reading) and up to 260MB/s (sequential writing). But Samsung’s freshly released Galaxy S7 can’t beat Apple’s iPhone 6s storage speeds, according to the same tests from AnandTech . Neither does the Galaxy Note 7  (see charts above). This, however, doesn’t mean that Samsung isn’t looking to come up with even faster storage solutions for mobile devices. Speaking at the Mobile & IOT 2016 Forum in Seoul earlier this week, Samsung said that UFS storage would be significantly upgraded in coming years, Business Korea reports . “4K or 8K cameras on drones make high-capacity storage devices essential parts.” Samsung’s Cho Hee-chang said. “The use of UFS will rise in production of VR contents or semiconductors for automobiles where camera sensors are very important.” Cho expects some 50 billion of connected devices by 2020, with UFS popularity set to expand in following years. Internal UFS 2.0 and UFS 2.1 memory, the one that goes into phones like the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note, and has theoretical speeds of 1.2GB/s should move to 2.4GB/s in the first half of 2018. Samsung also wants to double the speed of its UFS card v.1.0 standard ( for its incredibly fast new microSD cards ) that supports speeds of up to 600MB/s to UFS card v2.0, which would transfer data at 1.2GB/s speeds. And since Samsung is a major memory provider for a variety of companies , even Apple, we have plenty of reasons to be excited about the smartphones of the future, iPhone included. Sure, some will point out that Apple uses its proprietary controller technology with PCI-E NVMe protocols for its iPhone memory, while Samsung uses the AHCI protocol for its UFS V-NAND memory. It's all sounds too complicated with all the acronyms, but so far Apple's solution is the faster one according to benchmarks, with SanDisk claiming that PCI-E NVMe is the future for mobile ( see this presentation ). Samsung, meanwhile, is sticking with UFS for the foreseeable future, and that's not a bad thing. UFS memory will only get faster in future Galaxy S and Galaxy Note smartphones, at least according to Samsung's projections for the following years. Furthermore, Samsung has plenty of competition in the storage market that will not want to fall behind when it comes to overall storage speeds and energy efficiency. Not to mention that Samsung has been known to combine V-NAND technology and NVMe standards into a single storage package: it’s called Samsung 950 PRO , an M.2 SSD that features sequential read speeds of up to 2.5GB/s and write speeds of up to 1.5GB/s. It might be only a matter of time before this type of technology is miniaturized for smartphones that will have increasingly higher storage needs and speed requirements.
iOS and Android inch closer to owning 100% of the entire smartphone market
The latest research numbers from Gartner reveal that iOS and Android are inching ever closer towards completely owning 100% of the entire global smartphone market. According to the latest figures, sales of Android and iOS handsets during the recent June quarter accounted for 99.1% of all smartphone sales worldwide. Broken down by platform, Android devices accounted for 86.2% of sales while iPhone sales accounted for 12.9% of sales. DON'T MISS:  The Galaxy Note 7 has a big problem, and it might also affect the iPhone 7 As evidenced by the chart below, sales of Windows and Blackberry devices have effectively been reduced down to mere footnotes. The share of Windows devices, for example, dropped down from an already unimpressive 2.5% during the June 2015 quarter to just 0.6% during the most recent quarter. If we look more closely and divide up marketshare across individual handset manufacturers, it's no surprise that Samsung is still the big name to beat. Indeed, three out of the top five handset manufacturers enjoyed year over year growth during the last quarter, with Apple being a notable exception. That, of course, shouldn't come as too much of a surprise given that Apple over the past two quarters has posted two year-over-year declines in iPhone sales. For some historical context, it's interesting to note that both Samsung and Apple's share of the smartphone market have fallen off over the last few years, primarily due to the emergence of brands like Huawei and Xiaomi. For example, Samsung and Apple's share of the smartphone market in 2013 checked in at 31% and 15.6% respectively.
iOS and Android inch closer to owning 100% of the smartphone market
The latest research numbers from Gartner reveal that iOS and Android are inching ever closer towards completely owning 100% of the entire global smartphone market. According to the latest figures, sales of Android and iOS handsets during the recent June quarter accounted for 99.1% of all smartphone sales worldwide. Broken down by platform, Android devices accounted for 86.2% of sales while iPhone sales accounted for 12.9% of sales. DON'T MISS:  The Galaxy Note 7 has a big problem, and it might also affect the iPhone 7 As evidenced by the chart below, sales of Windows and Blackberry devices have effectively been reduced down to mere footnotes. The share of Windows devices, for example, dropped down from an already unimpressive 2.5% during the June 2015 quarter to just 0.6% during the most recent quarter. If we look more closely and divide up marketshare across individual handset manufacturers, it's no surprise that Samsung is still the big name to beat. Indeed, three out of the top five handset manufacturers enjoyed year over year growth during the last quarter, with Apple being a notable exception. That, of course, shouldn't come as too much of a surprise given that Apple over the past two quarters has posted two year-over-year declines in iPhone sales. For some historical context, it's interesting to note that both Samsung and Apple's share of the smartphone market have fallen off over the last few years, primarily due to the emergence of brands like Huawei and Xiaomi. For example, Samsung and Apple's share of the smartphone market in 2013 checked in at 31% and 15.6% respectively.
I built a Wi-Fi paradise and all I needed was one device
I have a confession to make. Despite all the fantastic routers we cover here on BGR that offer cutting-edge technology and long range, I have used one of Apple’s Time Capsules for home Wi-Fi for the past few years. It’s not even one of the newer models, which would be bad enough. It’s an old flat one, and while it does a great job of backing up my Macs, it does an awful job of blanketing my house with fast Wi-Fi signal. But I had it and it was easy, so I used it. DON'T MISS:  Inside the CT6: It doesn’t take a Tesla to surround yourself with tech I’ve endured years of being too lazy to do anything about all the dead spots in my house — my home office is literally 30 feet from the Time Capsule, separated by one flight of stairs and open air, and yet my iPhone still can’t see the device's 5GHz network while I’m sitting at my desk. I'm not sure how that's even possible, but I use powerline adapters to connect my work computer to the internet so my phone's Wi-Fi connection isn't a huge deal. Every so often, however, the fact that I pay Time Warner Cable almost $100 each month for internet service hits me. That's just internet service, mind you. No TV and no home phone. $100 each month for internet service that doesn't even work reliably in some rooms in my home because my router is so bad. So, a couple of weeks ago, I decided to do something about it. I had already tested a few different routers and was leaning toward the  TP-Link AC5400  when someone from Ubiquiti Networks coincidentally reached out and offered me an  AmpliFi HD system to test. I was familiar with the company's first AmpliFi router, which is one of several next-generation home networking devices. This new flock of routers look to remove the pain from home networking by offering a simplified setup process and enhanced performance. One of these next-generation routers even won a CES 2016 award from BGR earlier this year. The timing was right, so I agreed to give the AmpliFi HD a shot — and I'm glad I did. The AmpliFi router itself is an adorable little cube with a clear base that glows and a circular touchscreen display. Tapping the display cycles through different screens that can show information such as the amount of data you've transferred, real-time upload and download speeds, or a clock. And don't worry about that glowing base, because you can control the brightness or even turn it off completely. The router also has a configurable schedule feature that can turn the base and the screen off at night and back on again in the morning. In addition to the base station are two antennas that Ubiquiti calls "wireless super mesh points." These are remote antennas that can be plugged into any wall outlets around your home to extend the AmpliFi system's range. I'm not sure how configuring the AmpliFi system could be any simpler. In fact, you don't even have to turn on your computer. Simply download the company's free companion app on your iPhone, iPad or Android device. The initial setup of the base station took me about a minute using the iPhone app, and adding the two mesh points was just as quick once I found good spots and plugged them in. AmpliFi's app has a simple interface that makes controlling the router a breeze. From within the app, you can monitor network status, diagnose and troubleshoot any problems that arise, run speed tests, enable a guest network, and see information about all of the devices connected to the network. You can also reboot or reset the system using the app, and adjust settings such as port forwarding and security. Some of the device's best features are hands-off, as the case should be with any wireless router. For example, band steering constantly monitors connections and steers them toward 5GHz whenever possible. The router can also monitor other Wi-Fi signals in the area and adjust its broadcast channels to avoid interference. In terms of performance, I shouldn't even have to say that things have improved a bit compared to my old Time Capsule. With one mesh point centrally located on my first floor and the other centrally located on my second floor, I've yet to find a spot in my house where my phone shows anything less than full Wi-Fi strength. In fact, I have to go outside and walk about 50 feet up my street before the signal begins to fade. My connection speed varies a bit depending on how far I am from the base station or a mesh point, but it's consistently fast. In my home office, where my iPhone could never even see my 5GHz network in the past, speed tests are generally within a few Mbps of my wired powerline connection. Using my Time Capsule, I'm lucky if I see speeds that are half as fast. Ubiquiti makes three different AmpliFi models dubbed AmpliFi, AmpliFi LR (long range) and AmpliFi HD (high density). The base station looks the same with each kit, but the latter two models offer longer 20,000 sq ft range. The AmpliFi LR model has four total radios and a maximum speed of 2.35Gbps while the AmpliFi HD version has six radios and a max speed of 5.25Gbps. The AmpliFi costs $199 and new orders ship immediately. The other two models are currently available for pre-order, with the AmpliFi LR priced at $299 and set to begin shipping later this month, and the $349 AmpliFi HD slated to begin shipping in September.
Target blames disappointing quarter on shrinking demand for Apple products
Target released its earnings for the June quarter earlier today, and while earnings came in a bit higher than anticipated, the company notably lowered its overall guidance for the full year. Additionally, year over year revenue fell by 7.2%. What's particularly interesting about Target's earnings is that sales of electronics experienced a double-digit decline year over year. All the more interesting is that Target attributes this drop-off to a surprising and marked decline in sales of Apple products. DON'T MISS:  iPhone 7: Our biggest question was just answered Specifically, Target said that sales of Apple products fell by more than 20% compared to the same quarter a year-ago. What's more, Target CEO Brian Cornell added that declining sales could be seen across the entirety of Apple's product line, which is to say that consumers weren't flocking to Target to purchase iPhones, MacBooks or any other products for that matter. "Our guests come to us looking for those products,” Cornell said during an earnings conference call. “They’re looking for the newness and the innovation. We’re putting together plans with Apple and our merchandising teams to make sure we’re ready to take advantage of that in the back half of the year.” Of course, it's not as if a sales drop-off is unique to Target. Apple this year famously experienced its first annual decline in iPhone sales in history. On top of that, iPad sales have been trending downward for quite a few years now. It's also worth pointing out that foot traffic at Target stores declined by about 2.2% year over year, perhaps adding another layer to lower than anticipated sales of electronic devices in general and Apple products in particular.
FCC complaint: Baltimore police phone trackers disrupt calls
WASHINGTON (AP) — Civil rights groups filed a federal complaint against the Baltimore Police Department's use of a portable technology that mimics cell towers to locate suspects and their cell phones.
There’s finally a single cable that can charge all your Apple and Android devices
It has been more than a year since we first told you about the  Just Mobile AluCable Duo , which is still one of our favorite smartphone accessories after all this time. That's right, a charging cable is one of our favorite accessories. What's so special about Just Mobile's cable. It's simple — instead of having to travel with a mess of different cables to charge all of your different devices, the AluCable Duo has a microUSB connector and a Lightning adapter on a single cable, so it'll charge every iPhone, iPad, Android phone, Android tablet and eBook reader you own, all with just one cable. A few details you should know: 5ft/1.5m USB to Micro-USB/Lightning duo connector cable Apple certified - works with iPhone, iPad Premium aluminum connectors, heavy-duty, shielded cable Both Micro-USB and Lightning connectors Ultra convenience to charge all Micro-USB and Lightning devices The AluCable Duo  costs $23.50 on Amazon from now through the end of August, so you should definitely check it out.
iPhone 7: Our biggest question was just answered
Apple's upcoming new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are the most talked about smartphones of 2016... and they don't even exist yet. We're less than one month away from seeing Apple unveil its next-generation iPhone lineup and if an earlier report from a reliable source ends up panning out, we're almost exactly one month away from seeing the new iPhone models hit store shelves . Of note, a more recent report suggests that the iPhone 7 might be released a bit later than expected , but we're not very confident that rumor is accurate. Leaks and rumors from reliable sources have painted a near-complete picture of Apple's upcoming new iPhones, but there are still a few questions that remain. Now, however, one of the biggest ones may have been answered. MUST SEE:  See the Space Black iPhone 7 Plus you’ve been waiting for in these leaked photos At this point we know exactly what the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will look like. They'll feature a familiar design in line with the current iPhone 6s and last year's iPhone 6 lineup, but they'll have new cameras and tweaked antenna lines. They will also reportedly feature a new home button design that utilizes Apple's 3D Touch technology. We can expect more power thanks to a new Apple A10 chipset, twice as much internal storage, better water-resistance and even a new color option — check out leaked photos of the iPhone 7 in both  blue and  black . But there's one key area where no one really knew what to expect until now. Apple is switching things up in 2016. Since the company has a completely overhauled iPhone planned for next year to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the original iPhone's release, this year's iPhone is going to be an "S" upgrade of sorts. Of course, last year's new iPhone was an "S" upgrade as well. While everyone has been referring to the new 2016 iPhones as "iPhone 7" and "iPhone 7 Plus" to keep things simple, no one really knew what the phones would be named at launch. Well,  Mac Otakara has a good track record with reports covering unannounced Apple products, and on Wednesday morning the blog confirmed the names of Apple's upcoming new iPhones. Are you ready? They'll be called... the "iPhone 7" and "iPhone 7 Plus." It seems like a gimme since we've all been referring to them by those names for months now. Nothing was confirmed until now, however. Some reports suggested Apple's new iPhones would somehow fall under the iPhone 6 name — "iPhone 6se" and "iPhone 6se Plus," perhaps — while others suggested the larger iPhone model would be named "iPhone 7 Pro" to better align with Apple's iPad lineup. According to this new report, however, neither will be the case. Apple is expected to unveil its next-generation iPhones during a press conference on September 7th. Preorders will then reportedly kick off on September 9th ahead of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus release on September 16th.
Microsoft’s Surface brutally bullies the iPad Pro in a new commerical
There's little love lost between the Microsoft Surface and the iPad. Apple's device is more popular, but the Surface is more powerful and versatile, which Microsoft argues makes it an all-around better device. The debate will never be settled, but Microsoft has taken out an ad to show the iPad Pro who is boss. The format is not new: both devices, side-by-side, with Siri talking to Cortana. The idea is that Siri is putting on a party to celebrate her new keyboard, but Cortana is the rude kid that shows up and craps all over everything. DON'T MISS:  Samsung Galaxy Note 7 review Siri just wants to have fun! It's true: after far too long, the iPad is grown up, with a proper keyboard accessory. But as everyone noticed when the iPad Pro first launched, it's a very similar device to the Surface 4, with a fabric keyboard cover, 13-inch screen, and optional stylus. (I refuse to call it a Pencil. Fight me.)   So Microsoft is right to gloat, just a little. It created the whole concept of a tablet that can be used for serious work, iterated it over four years, and finally produced something great. Apple mocked the Surface for a couple years, before producing something virtually identical. But by mocking the iPad Pro's existing shortcomings, Microsoft sounds a little like the kid who turns up to their frenemy's birthday party and just talks about how his party was so much better. No one really cares who made which device first; people just care about which is easier to use. And yes, the Surface might be running full-fat Windows apps, but the interface is also much less touch-friendly than the iPad. You only need a trackpad on the Surface because the user interface demands it, and Microsoft making fun of the Office apps sounds a bit desperate to me.
Microsoft’s Surface brutally bullies the iPad Pro in a new commercial
There's little love lost between the Microsoft Surface and the iPad. Apple's device is more popular, but the Surface is more powerful and versatile, which Microsoft argues makes it an all-around better device. The debate will never be settled, but Microsoft has taken out an ad to show the iPad Pro who is boss. The format is not new: both devices, side-by-side, with Siri talking to Cortana. The idea is that Siri is putting on a party to celebrate her new keyboard, but Cortana is the rude kid that shows up and craps all over everything. DON'T MISS:  Samsung Galaxy Note 7 review Siri just wants to have fun! It's true: after far too long, the iPad is grown up, with a proper keyboard accessory. But as everyone noticed when the iPad Pro first launched, it's a very similar device to the Surface 4, with a fabric keyboard cover, 13-inch screen, and optional stylus. (I refuse to call it a Pencil. Fight me.)   So Microsoft is right to gloat, just a little. It created the whole concept of a tablet that can be used for serious work, iterated it over four years, and finally produced something great. Apple mocked the Surface for a couple of years, before producing something virtually identical. But by mocking the iPad Pro's existing shortcomings, Microsoft sounds a little like the kid who turns up to their frenemy's birthday party and just talks about how his party was so much better. No one really cares who made which device first; people just care about which is easier to use. And yes, the Surface might be running full-fat Windows apps, but the interface is also much less touch-friendly than the iPad. You only need a trackpad on the Surface because the user interface demands it, and Microsoft making fun of the Office apps sounds a bit desperate to me.
Google will fight the iPhone 7 with phones of its own, but don’t call them Nexuses
The iPhone 7 isn’t the only hot new smartphone coming to town this year. In case you haven’t been paying attention, Google has two new HTC-made smartphones in the pipeline and they're rumored to launch in early October. But a new report says that rather than including them in the Nexus family, Google will do something entirely different: It’ll launch its first ever Google-branded smartphones this year. DON’T MISS: Samsung Galaxy Note 7 review The report comes from Gadgets 360 , which has supposedly learned from unnamed sources that Google will launch the devices “later in September” in a handful of countries, including India. The phones will come in two sizes, including 5 inches and 5.5 inches. They will also run Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box and feature 32GB and 12GB variants. The source who saw the two handsets confirmed they ran Nougat, featuring the new launcher we’ve seen in leaks. The launcher lacks the iconic Google search box you’re used to on Android handsets, and the phones come with Google Assistant preloaded, which would be a “headline software feature” of the new phones. If these details sound familiar, that’s because the HTC Sailfish and Marlin are supposed to be high-end Nexus handsets sharing the same specs. Recent leaks have suggested there’s no Nexus branding on these devices. Instead, a “G” for Google might appear on the rear cases, something Android Police  reiterated in a recent report . This design detail seems to support Gadgets 360 ’s claims. However, official documentation filed with the FCC says that the manuals for the upcoming HTC devices will be found online on Google’s Nexus mini-site. The report goes on to say that Google is looking to position these devices “as premium smartphones with excellent overall experience,” looking to better take on the iPhone. The phones will even come with a new mechanism to transfer data from an iPhone so that switchers can have a seamless transition to Android. Interestingly, market experts told the site that Samsung’s high-end sales are most likely to be impacted by the launch of Google’s phones in India. Does that mean the Google-branded phones will be cheaper than Samsung’s top Galaxy devices? On a related note, we’ll also remind you that a few months ago, a Huawei exec let it slip that the Chinese company will have a new Nexus device in stores this year. However, that device failed to appear in recent rumors. Is it possible that Google will launch both new Nexus and Google phones this year? September can’t come soon enough.
Berkshire takes bigger bite of Apple, pares Wal-Mart

Warren Buffett, Chairman, CEO and largest shareholder of Berkshire Hathaway takes part in interviews before a fundraising luncheon for the nonprofit Glide Foundation in New YorkWarren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc on Monday said it has increased its stake in Apple Inc by 55 percent, boosting its bet on the iPhone and iPod maker even as prominent investors like George Soros and Carl Icahn shed theirs. Berkshire owned 15.23 million Apple shares worth $1.46 billion as of June 30, up from 9.81 million shares as of March 31, according to a regulatory filing from Buffett's Omaha, Nebraska-based conglomerate. The filing also said Berkshire cut its stake in Wal-Mart Stores Inc , the world's largest retailer, by 27 percent to about 40.23 million shares from 55.24 million.

12 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today
Welcome to another week packed full of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free. We go out of our way to make sure that you can fill your iOS devices with how apps that don't require you to break the bank, and we finished off last week with a fantastic list. Well, we're starting things off this week right where we left off, so be sure to check all these hot apps out before the sales end. MUST SEE:  New photos and video show iPhone 7 Plus in the color we’ve all been waiting for: Space Black These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged. Active Voice Normally $4.99. * * Join over a Million people around the globe using Active Voice on a daily basis!! Download it now! * * Active Voice is the power of your voice in the palm of your hands! - Use your voice to send messages and emails. No more tedious typing. Just speak and it's done. - Translate your text into 32 foreign languages. - Copy your text with one tap. - Correct your text using voice dictation or typing. - Voice recognition support for 34 languages and accents. - Full support for American and British English. :: :: ::Customer Reviews:: :: :: - WoW ... Great app...thank U !!! - This is one thing I have always wanted! Even better than I thought it would be!!!!!!! - It is quite intuitive and makes sending messages a breeze - I just started using this and it's on my front page... Really fast and accurate ! - Highly recommend this app just great - Great app for virtually hands-free texting on Facebook. 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So, in a nutshell, you can do the following: - Convert your voice into text. - Send your text as an SMS message or email. :: :: Technology: Active Voice is powered by cutting-edge technology in speech recognition that requires a Wifi or 3G Internet connection. - Tired of typing your messages and emails? THEN WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? GET YOUR COPY OF ACTIVE VOICE NOW. Download Active Voice Draw Pad Pro 2 Normally $2.99. Draw Pad Pro² is a simple yet powerful way to capture your thoughts, notes, and ideas. With a beautiful and clean interface designed for iOS 9, the app is a joy to use and easy to learn. Underneath the simplicity, Draw Pad Pro² packs powerful features. Each stroke you make is synced in real time to all your devices. Your work is organized into notebooks, with the ability to add titles to each page. Features: • Robust drawing engine • Beautiful iOS 9 design • Cloud Syncing to all your devices • Notebooks Galore Give Draw Pad Pro² a try today. We think you’ll love it! Download Draw Pad Pro 2 Adventures of Poco Eco Normally $2.99. A relaxing, exploratory audio-visual experience for all ages! Get a full-length 7 track LP with your purchase! Discover a new world where there’s a lot to see and even more to hear. Help Poco Eco, the curious explorer complete his mission. Your goal is to help Poco and his tribe find their Sounds that they’ve lost by solving the mini puzzles and completing all twelve 3D animated levels. By downloading the game you also get free access to Iamyank’s new LP. LOSE THE SILENCE, WIN THE FUN The game world is built around a mixture of electronic music and design, placing you into its unique atmosphere. It was designed and developed by POSSIBLE Games & it features Iamyank’s newest LP - the Lost Sounds. THE COMPOSER Iamyank is a highly acclaimed multi-talented artist: designer, musician, producer and composer from Hungary, notorious for filling venues he’s playing at the capital’s nightlife. He describes his music genre as dreamy electronic - influenced by all kind of soulful music.His newest album, the Lost Sounds is already available on Bandcamp. DESIGNERS & ENGINEERS POSSIBLE Games creates quality mobile games that entertain and challenge gamers of all levels. Adventures of Poco Eco was designed by visual artists with years of experience in 3D, street art, fashion, typography and of course mobile game design. Download the app and help Poco in his mission! Download Adventures of Poco Eco LightArrow Pro Normally $4.99. Grow your business with Pro.Calendar - the organizer for business owners, real estate agents, freelancers, contractors, and project managers! Unified views for all calendars, appointments, todo lists, checklists, tasks, reminders for managing work and life in one place. Pro.Calendar is a smaller version of LifeTopix. Start powerfully, add what you want. 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Printing is also available for notes and drawings. CUSTOMIZE REMINDERS & NOTIFICATIONS Customize your local notifications from Pro.Calendar to remind at custom times. The device calendar is used for local notifications allowing you to take advantage of the Notification Center. DEVICE SYNC Supports device-to-device sync to keep data on your multiple iOS devices the same by using a free Dropbox or Box account, as well as with our LightArrow Organizer for Mac. NEAR ME Enjoy one-tap access to calendar items that are in the vicinity of a selected or current location. Powered by a 3rd party location-based social networking service, you can search for entertainment, events, food, shops and more. EXCELLENT SUPPORT If you have an issue, give us a chance to help, you will be pleasantly surprised! Download LightArrow Pro Pocket Wiki for Pokemon Go Normally $0.99. Looking for help or the latest tips for the game Pokémon Go? This all-in-one solution is exactly what you need: everything for the good game and improving your gaming skills. No ads! This app will be useful for both novice and experienced players. Does not require an internet connection to use, so that any relevant information is always available to you. This wiki app is unofficial. - Features: • Badges • Evolutions • Guides • Hints • Level ups • Locations • Moves • News about the game • Pokédex • Pokémons • Potions • Server status • Tips • Tricks • Videos • XPs • iPhone & iPad supported • Optimised for iOS9 • Works offline • Guides, hints, tips & tricks Tons of useful and nice guides that will be useful for both novice and experienced players. • News & videos Follow the latest news & watch awesome videos about this game. • Optimised The app is fully optimised to work on all mobile devices from Apple Inc. • Pokédex Full info for each pokémon: descriptions, image, stats, etc. • Relationship All objects (moves, pokémons) are interconnected with each other. • Works offline The app does not require internet connection, meaning you can use it when you want. Did you know that developers can not respond to comments in the App Store? 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Easy Translation, as its name suggests, is an easy to use yet powerful full-text translation tool for iPhone users. With support of around 32 languages, this top-of-the-line app, offers the best possible translation for your text. Need to translate your text? No problem. Pick your source and target languages, type your text and click the button. Done! :: :: FEATURES :: :: - Translate your text into 32 foreign languages. - Input your text by typing or speaking. - Share your text on Facebook, Twitter or WhatsApp. - Copy your text with one tap. - The app can read aloud both source and target texts. An Internet connection is required. :: :: SUPPORTED LANGUAGES :: :: ● Arabic ● Basque ● Catalan ● Chinese ● Chinese (traditional) ● Czech ● Danish ● Dutch ● English ● Filipino ● Finnish ● French ● German ● Greek ● Hindi ● Hungarian ● Indonesian ● Irish ● Italian ● Japanese ● Korean ● Malay ● Norwegian ● Polish ● Portuguese ● Romanian ● Russian ● Spanish ● Swedish ● Thai ● Turkish ● Vietnamese Make your life easier and get your copy now. Download Easy Translation Night Photo and Video Shoot Normally $4.99. Optimized for iPhone 4S, 5 ,5S, iPhone 6, 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, iPhone SE Bright, Fast, Simple a good subject to start! While your photo flesh is unable to light the exotic beauty of nature, or moon and stars high in the skies, or beautiful sea waves, or flowers at night: Night Mode Camera is ready to do that at the lowest luminosity without any additional appliances. With low light support during the photo/video recording you can dynamically change camera sensitivity to achieve the best result as well as set any 1-8x zoom simultaneous to the recording due to the professional development. The app not only allows you to keep and organize your own library but as well to share them on Facebook, DropBox and Twitter. Optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus. •Аmplifier picker •Color saturation picker •Green amplification mode •Fast exposure •Front, rear camera •Led light •HD photo video mode •Focus refresh button •8x zoom •Built In library •Photo video slider •E-mail photo video share •Facebook photo video share •Twitter photo video share •Dropbox photo video share Download Night Photo and Video Shoot Delayed Camera Normally $2.99. This app shows camera preview after few seconds. Good for checking form of sports, hair styles. Download Delayed Camera World driving color dots Normally $2.99. Control your tiny circle and eat nuclear same color to grow atom larger! But watch out: speed of nuclear each the time as faster than you will be trying to make you perfect control the circle. Survive and eat long enough to become the biggest atom in the game and pass level! You will lost when any nuclear of other color pass in circle control. Download World driving color dots TranslateSafari 2 Normally $4.99. TranslateSafari 2 - Translate & Speak Extension for Safari The app is a Safari extension that translates and speaks aloud the entire web page of Safari app. A must have app to translate and speak aloud web pages of Safari. Useful Features ● Translate the entire web page of Safari app - Support both Bing Translator (40+ languages) and Google Translate (60+ languages) translation services - Show both original web page and translation - Display the original text for each translated sentence ● Speak aloud the entire web page of Safari app - Speak 30+ languages - Read all unread web pages automatically - Swipe to control skipping sentences - Highlight word by word for each speaking sentence - Speak aloud the clicked web page - Add favorite web pages with "Starred" to speak aloud later - With funny bear and human face animations while speaking - Support useful speaking repeat, pause, speed and pitch options ● Optimize speak functions (Pro) - Background operation support: keep reading aloud web pages in the background while using another app - Lock screen support: play, pause, skip a sentence, adjust playback volume and see the sentences list on the lock screen - Headphone support: play, pause, adjust playback volume and detect headphone plugged and unplugged Features ● A Safari extension that translates the entire web page The app provides a Safari extension that translates the entire web page of Safari app. ● Supports both Bing Translator and Google Translate translation services The app supports both Bing Translator (40+ languages) and Google Translate (60+ languages) translation services. The service requires the internet connection while translating. ● Display the original text for each translated sentence The app could display the original text while taping the translated sentence. Show both original web page and translation. Switch between the translation and original web page (Google Translate, iPad). ● A Safari extension that speaks aloud the entire web page sentence by sentence The app integrates the system text-to-speech engine, speaks aloud sentence by sentence without internet connecting. Speak 30+ languages: Arabic (Saudi Arabia), Chinese (China), Chinese (Cantonese), Chinese (Taiwan), Czech (Czech Republic), Danish (Denmark), Dutch (Belgium), Dutch (Netherlands), English (Australia), English (Ireland), English (South Africa), English (United Kingdom), English (United States), Finnish (Finland), French (Canada), French (France), German (Germany), Greek (Greece), Hebrew (Israel), Hindi (India), Hungarian (Hungary), Indonesian (Indonesia), Italian (Italy), Japanese (Japan), Korean (South Korea), Norwegian (Norway), Polish (Poland), Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Romanian (Romania), Russian (Russia), Slovak (Slovakia), Spanish (Mexico), Spanish (Spain), Swedish (Sweden), Thai (Thailand) and Turkish (Turkey). The app supports one system language, you can make in-app purchases to buy extra languages. ● Add favorite web pages with "Starred" Add favorite web pages with "Starred" to speak aloud later. You can swipe to mark a starred item as read or unread, and flag or unflag a starred item. ● Read all unread web pages automatically The app can read all unread starred web pages automatically. ● Swipe to control skipping sentences You can skip a sentence or all below sentences while in Speak mode. ● Speak aloud the clicked web page If you click the link on web page while in Speak mode, the app will read the clicked web page automatically. ● Support useful speaking options Repeat times of the whole article, repeat times of each sentence, speaking pause seconds between sentences, speaking speed, speaking pitch and font size options. ● Speaking face animation ● Highlight words while speaking The app will highlight word by word for each speaking sentence. Download TranslateSafari 2 Wright Normally $3.99. With Wright, anyone can create beautiful markdown documents and notes. The app features a beautiful and streamlined interface, designed for iOS 9 and the latest devices. Your words are instantly synced to all your iOS devices in real time. Wright has the following features: • Beautiful Markdown Styling • Real time data syncing between your devices • GitHub flavored Markdown (for code snippets) • Organize your work into notebooks. • Clean minimal interface. Whether you are a seasoned writer or a beginner, give Wright a try. We think you'll love it Download Wright SHOW-iColor Pro Normally $1.99. EXTRA Feature for Pro: # Switch to front camera in capture - Tap "Cam" button on the left # Pick color from photos - Tap "Photo" button on the top left corner - RGB sliders to Mix color - Use camera to Capture real world color anytime - Record the colors you like - Tap to show your color! # Show color with Full-Screen - In Mix/Capture, tap color preview, in Record, tap a color record. With Full-Screen show, press the Home and Sleep/Wake buttons at the same time, to save a screenshot with the color in Photos # Auto Save Temp Colors - In Capture, 50 temp colors will be auto saved, tap "Pause" button then you can scroll the picker on the right and pick the color you want.So you won't worry about tremble when capture color with camera. # Save Color - In Mix/Capture, Press "Save" button on the top right corner to save color. Saved colors can be looked in Record. # RGB,HEX...Form Convert - In Record, Press the button on the top left corner to switch form between RGB,HEX,CMYK,HSB or blank(no text). # Shake Random Color - In Mix, Shake your device or press the "Shake" button on the top left corner to generate random color Download SHOW-iColor Pro
Group claims to have hacked the NSA, wants $500 million to release files
A group of hackers going by the name "The Shadow Brokers" claims to have penetrated an NSA-backed hacking operation , and has leaked a bunch of hacking tools it claims is from the NSA. But that's not all: the Shadow Brokers claim to have much more data, and are currently hosting a Bitcoin auction to sell it off to the highest bidder. The hackers claim to have penetrated something called the "Equation Group," a hacking organization widely believe to be the NSA. A sampling of the stolen files already posted shows similarity between the files and information revealed about the NSA's hacking operations in the Snowden leaks. DON'T MISS:  Apple just released iOS 10 beta 6 for the iPhone and iPad The files mostly appear to be hacking tools and scripts, although it's unclear how much the hackers made off with. Their announcement on Pastebin specifically keeps the details of the stolen files a secret, since "Equation Group not know what lost. We want Equation Group to bid so we keep secret." The big question is obviously whether the data is legit. The overt grab for money means this could just be a fake; post a bunch of promising-looking files and screenshots, and then hold an anonymous Bitcoin auction for the rest. The NSA makes sense as a target here, as there's minimal information known about the Equation Group already, and the NSA is unlikely to comment too publicly on the hack. If it proves to be true, this would be one of the highest-profile and most serious hacks in years. Otherwise, it's just a neat fake, and a very bold plan to make quick cash.
With Android on top of the world, Google is already working on a mysterious new OS
Android is currently the most popular mobile operating system in the world by a massive margin. At Gartner's last count , Google's Android OS held 78.8% of the global market compared to 17.9% for Apple's iOS platform. Meanwhile Net Marketshare measures usage to determine market share and it puts those figures a touch closer at 66.01% for Android and 27.84% for iOS as of July . In either case, Android's lead is huge right now — but that doesn't mean Google plans to sit still and hope that Android stays on top forever. It has been revealed that Google is already working on a brand new operating system, though it's currently unclear what the company intends to use it for. MUST SEE:  New photos and video show iPhone 7 Plus in the color we’ve all been waiting for: Space Black The new Google platform is currently in the very early stages of development. A GitHub page for the new "Fuchsia" operating system was discovered on Friday evening by Android blog Android Police , and details are scarce at best. The only description offered on the project page is "Pink + Purple == Fuchsia (a new Operating System)," which obviously tells us nothing. People have begun to dig into the code on the page though, and a few worthwhile details have indeed been uncovered. The most interesting note so far is news that Fuchsia is not based on the Linux Kernel. Why is that significant? Both Android and Chrome OS are based on Linux, which means Fuchsia is an entirely new beast. The next important notes are the developers listed on Google's Fuchsia page: Christopher Anderson and Brian Swetland. Both have historically dealt with embedded systems, as The Verge noted , which suggests that Fuchsia could end up being Google's "Internet of Things" platform built to power next-generation smart devices. But Google is apparently leaving the door open for plenty of other applications Fuchsia might have, including smartphones. Google's documentation states that Fuchsia "targets modern phones and modern personal computers" in addition to less complex devices like smart home gadgets. Is Fuchsia the future of Google's mobile strategy? Will it replace Android? It's far too early to say, but this is certainly a space we should all keep an eye on.
Sinking iPhone sales aren’t just hurting Apple
The price of Apple shares dropped like a rock earlier this year after the company reported a worse than expected decline in iPhone sales for the March quarter. On year, iPhone units sales plummeted by 10 million iPhones, which inevitably led to doomsday prepping among finicky investors. The tide turned quickly though, and Apple share have since recouped those losses and then some when June-quarter earnings were better than expected . Of course, iPhone sales are still sinking despite how well the fiscal third quarter was aligned with investor expectations, and Apple isn't the only company that relies on iPhone sales as its chief moneymaker. MUST READ:  The iPhone 7 is going to be so much more exciting than you think In the June quarter this year, Apple managed to ship 40.4 million iPhones. That figure is hugely impressive and it was in line with Wall Street's expectations, but it still represents a steep decline compared to the same quarter last year, when Apple sold 47.5 million iPhone units thanks to insanely strong iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sales. For Apple, that meant seeing its fiscal third-quarter revenue slide to $42.4 billion this year compared to $49.6 billion in the same quarter last year. But the iPhone isn't crucial solely to Apple's business, of course. Thousands of companies around the world rely on the iPhone make money. Most of them are app developers, which often rely entirely on iOS app sales for income. Of course, Apple's component suppliers and manufacturing partners also rely heavily on the iPhone, and they're taking big hits as iPhone sales slump. Earlier this week, iPhone and iPad display supplier Japan Display asked the government for what is essentially a bailout to help cover huge revenue declines that have resulted from weakening iPhone sales. Japan Display generates about half of its revenue from supplying displays for Apple devices, so Apple's declining sales have had a massive impact on the company. Fast-forward to Thursday, when Apple's top iPhone manufacturing partner Foxconn posted a massive 31% decline in second-quarter net profit due to a sharp drop-off in iPhone orders. The company said its profit sank to 17.7 billion New Taiwan dollars from 25.7 billion during the same quarter last year. Apple is expected to unveil the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus on September 7th ahead of their release on September 16th, and the refresh will likely help slow the decline or even level. Still, Apple's iPhone business isn't seen returning to any meaningful growth until next year when Apple releases its big tenth-anniversary iPhone refresh.