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Build your own WWDC Countdown app for iPhone [Code Tutorial]

WWDC dates have been announced, and you’ve seen some opinions on what may be shown there. What about a countdown? Every time Apple announces a new event date, I fire up Xcode, open my ol’ stock Countdown project code, and drop in some new images as well as the updated date and put it on my phone. I love keeping a little countdown on how long until Apple’s…

iPhone 5s vs. HTC One M8 – Speed Test

Last of our three comparisons before the full head-to-head is the speed test. We’re not interested in misleading Geekbench scores, or any geekiness like that. We wanted to see how each phone’s performance was in real life. That means loading up different apps, and testing the internet speeds. What made a surprising difference was the 802.11ac technology…

What I want to see at WWDC 2014

Apple today announced its Worldwide Developers Conference for 2014. As has become tradition, WWDC 2014 will be held at Moscone West in San Francisco and will give developers attending, and the world watching, an insight into the future of Apple’s mobile and desktop software and possibly some new hardware to get excited about.  I thought I’d put…

Auxo 2 Returns for iOS 7 and is Better than Ever [Review]

When the first Auxo came out last year, it reimagined what the app switcher can and should be. iOS 7 introduced a completely new app switcher, so it was back to square one for the Auxo team. They’ve built on the new app switcher and Control Center to create the ultimate switcher in the form of Auxo 2. The tweak merges the two into one beautiful, and…

iOS 7 bug found, allows you to bypass Activation Lock and switch off Find My iPhone without password

Within iOS 7, to delete an iCloud account requires you to have Find My iPhone disabled. And, if you need to change any settings for Find My iPhone, you need to log in using your Apple ID and password. The whole reason for this security is so that no one can grab your iPhone and switch off the location service, in order that you can track it, disable it…

Apple needs to allow me to leave iMessage group messages

iMessage is one of the few reasons that I am hesitant about giving up my iPhone. The service is so convenient, especially as I am often in areas without cell service, and the only way I can message people is through WiFi on iMessage. It’s probably one of my favorite iOS features, and one that I use literally every day (realistically probably hundreds of…

What Siri can learn from Windows Phone’s Cortana

At Microsoft’s BUILD developer conference today, among other things, the team from Redmond unveiled the latest iteration of their mobile operating system: Windows Phone 8.1. The star of the show was arguably Cortana, Microsoft’s personal digital assistant for Windows Phone. Cynics will say that Cortana is a blatant rip-off of Apple’s own Siri…

iPhone 5s vs. Nokia Lumia 930 – Spec Sheet Comparison

Nokia just took the wraps of its next Lumia flagship, and it looks a great update to its existing lineup. From a manfacturing and design perspective, it looks like the spitting image of the Verizon-only Lumia ICON released earlier in the year. Its main difference is its GSM network capabilities and its brightly colored plastic back. Like the ICON, it…

Fantastical 2 for iPad – First Look and Walkthrough [video]

Flexibits finally made Fantastical available for iPad today, and I couldn’t wait to sink my teeth in. At $9.99/£6.99 it’s not the cheapest calendar app, and that’s the introductory price. At some point in the near future it’s getting raised to $14.99/£9.99. Price aside, it looks fantastic and works beautifully. Natural language is as reliable and…