Tag: iOS news

Here’s why you need to stop force quitting apps on your iPhone right now.

If you’re like me, then you’ve probably thought that force quitting apps on your iPhone or iPad (by tapping the home button twice and swiping up) would make your phone run faster and save your battery. Well, turns out that tip — which I’ve been following religiously since then — is absolutely wrong. And in fact, it’s eating up your battery. Related: Do you know these 3 handy iPhone email tricks? When you double-click the home button, you’re actually accessing a navigation tool that’s there to help you find apps you have recently used. These apps aren’t running in...

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Web coolness: Custom emoji are coming, moms defending screentime, incredible tech-created artwork and more.

Here are some of our favorite tech links from around the web. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did. Hooray! Custom emoji are coming – and hopefully we’ll get to use of these feminist emojis too. (That PMS cramps emoji is kind of genius.) Free Apple Camp sessions for kids this summer! But hurry! The dark side of putting your family on YouTube. Yikes. The kids who lost their Harvard acceptance letters because of social media posts. Video of a  toddler Star Wars fan you have to see. (Yes, a toddler.) A mom defends children using tech devices...

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What’s new and exciting from Apple for parents: The iPhone SE, the 9.7 inch iPad Pro, and iOS 9.3

There was lots of news at this week’s big Apple Event, from cool new developments in Apple’s dedication towards sustainability to awesome new product announcements (and price changes on existing ones). We took the time to go through it all, to share the most exciting news we think parents will care about. And yes, non-parents too.   iPhone SE As popular as the new bigger iPhone 6 and 6S models have been (not to mention the 6+), the demand for a smaller phone is still high. We’ve heard it from our own readers plenty — especially those of us ladies with smaller hands and tinier pockets....

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How to use the Spotlight Search Page in iOS 9 to make your life easier

Like most busy working parents out there, I pretty much unboxed my new iPhone 6S and started using it like I did with my iPhone 5S. In other words, I was texting and calling and really not spending a ton of time getting to know about all the cool new iOS 9 features.  But after discovering the Spotlight Search Page and using it more over the past week, I’ve found it to be a huge timesaver that will hopefully do the same for you. And like me, you may not even know you have it. Related: 8 smart ways to use the iPhone Control...

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Web Coolness: Peeple is Yelp for people, Phubbing, and the iOS9 feature you’ll want to turn off right now

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you enjoy them too.   The ultimate cups for space geeks: They show the various stages of the moon as you drink from them! The new app Peeple that’s apparently  Yelp for people. Oh my. Only…are we all being punked in one big publicity scheme? These geeky baby onesies are cracking us up. Do you know what Phubbing is? Here’s hoping you’re not doing it right now.   This is fun: How to spookify your photos for Halloween over at PicMonkey. (Don’t we look sexy?) We’re...

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The big Apple announcement highlights you’ll actually care about: iPhone 6S, Apple TV, a keyboard, and whoa Siri!

The annual Apple announcement always marks the passage of yet another year for those of us in tech — and is also a reminder of the new, shiny iOS features that my current iPhone now lacks. Each September, we come to expect a flurry of new products, features and upgrades, and this event didn’t disappoint. If it was only a bit long. Which is why we’ve spent a lot of time poring through it and paring it down to just the news we think you’ll care about if you’re a consumer trying to figure out just what you might be interested in...

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The big Apple iOS 9 news: Revamps, upgrades and a sparkling new music streaming service that parents will love

Plenty of coolness was rolled out at Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference this week, and we’re here to share the intel with you that we think parents will care about most. And yeah, non parents too. The biggest news is that Apple iOS 9  is coming this fall (along with OSX, or El Capitan) and it’s bringing more intelligence with it. Also, hold on to your hats, music fans, because Apple is jumping into music streaming game with the potentially Spotify-killing Apple Music. Of course as parents, we always ask ourselves not whether the technology is innovative and capturing the attention of...

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Why the new HBO NOW could be the most amazing service for families

As someone who has been trying to cut the cord from cable TV, I’m pretty excited to learn that HBO NOW  means the network is taking that first step towards saying, hey cable companies, we don’t actually need you anymore. And that’s a huge deal, both for the future of cable, and for families trying to cut back on entertainment bills but not their entertainment options. Essentially HBO NOW is a new subscription service that allows you to keep your weekly dates with Game of Thrones, Girls, and True Detective, all through your iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV — and without the downer of a cable bill. Sorry Android...

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The new MacBook 2015. Lighter, thinner, and oooooh gold. But do you need it?

If you’re an Apple fan like me, then you had the Apple Watch Event marked on your calendar with multiple alarms yesterday. But it turns out that the Apple Watch wasn’t actually the star of the show. For me, and from the number of tweets about it, the big hit was definitely the new MacBook 2015. And not just becomes it comes in gold. GOLD! (Okay, and two other tones too, but who cares because GOLD!) Here’s a rundown of the most important features that can help you decide whether you should switch from your MacBook Air or MacBook Pro, or make the...

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The Apple Watch: The best thing ever, or the end of human interaction as we know it?

Today the world was treated to a comprehensive demo of the Apple Watch via the Apple Watch Event live announcement. On one hand, the geek in me is flipping out. Anyone who ever watched Get Smart is probably nodding vigorously right now and thinking, the future is here. The Apple Watch is basically an iPhone, only you wear it on your wrist. Also, it has the added benefit of inviting strangers on the street to come up to you and bug you and ask you questions about it all day long. If I sound cynical, well I am to some degree. However...

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