iOS: That Stupid [Bleep] Siri and Its [Bleep] Nicknames

8:55 AM, Feb. 5th, 2016 · · iOS

Siri can bleep your name for you

If you're one of those people who has Siri calling you "your highness" or "Captain Magnificent" rather than your first name, then boy, are you going to love this tip. A Reddit user found a way to bleep out Siri, so you can have Apple's voice assistant call you "you massive stinking pile of BEEP" if you want. We accept no responsibility for the repercussions of having your boss hear your new nickname, though. 

How to Delete iPhone Apps Stuck on Installing Updates

9:50 PM, Feb. 1st, 2016 · · iOS

How to delete iPhone apps stuck installing

Updating apps on our iPhones and iPads should be an easy and simple process, and it usually is. When an app gets stuck part way through installing, however, it's frustrating because you're trapped in an endless loop and trying to reinstall typically doesn't help, plus doing the tap-and-hold trick to delete the app doesn't work, either. There is a fix, although it certainly isn't obvious.

The Full Stack iOS 9 School: $39

5:04 PM, Jan. 29th, 2016 · · iOS

The Full Stack iOS 9 School

Check out the Full Stack iOS School, a bundle of training courses with 16 classes, 100 videos, and 30 hours of content. During the training, you'll learn how to build ten different iOS apps, including designing in Sketch 3, prototyping in Xcode, and coding with Swift 2. This tradining course is $39 through our deal. Check out the listing for more information.

iOS: Solving Network Connectivity Problems

9:10 AM, Jan. 22nd, 2016 · · iOS

Troubleshoot iPhone and iPad network connections

Today's tip is about what to do if your iPhone or iPad just won't join a Wi-Fi network that you know is working perfectly. Sometimes those pesky devices just need a virtual slap on the wrist, and Melissa Holt's going to give us the scoop on how to do just that.

California Bill Would Ban Encrypted Smartphones

6:20 PM, Jan. 21st, 2016 · · iOS

Promo shot of Assembly Member Cooper, in the middle

It turns out that New York isn't the only state with uninformed state legislators with misguided thoughts on technology. California Assembly Member Jim Cooper (D-9th) introduced Assembly Bill 1681 this week, a bill that would ban the sale of all encrypted smartphones without backdoors available to the manufacturer.

Apple Took 2.5 Years to Fix a Security Flaw, but this Time it’s OK

1:45 PM, Jan. 21st, 2016 · · iOS

Apple knew about one of the security issues iOS 9.2.1 fixes 2.5 years ago

When Apple released iOS 9.2.1 earlier this week it fixed several bugs and security flaws, one of which the company knew about for two and a half years. That makes it look like Apple dropped the ball, but in this case it was more about needing some serious time to properly address the security flaw.

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We shouldn't cut Apple any slack when security issues aren't addressed in a timely manner, but we also need to remember that sometimes it takes longer than expected to really address the underlying issue.

Apple Launches iOS App Development Center in Italy

3:33 AM, Jan. 21st, 2016 · · iOS

Apple in Italy

Apple announced Thursday the creation of what the company said was the first iOS App Development Center in Italy. In a press release that emphasized Apple's impact on Italy's economy and the number of jobs the company has directly and indirectly fostered in Europe, Apple said the Center would help give students "practical skills and training on developing iOS apps."

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Thursday's press release was a big banner reminding the EU that Apple contributes greatly to the European economy. 

Apple Unveils GarageBand Live Loops for iPhone and iPad

2:35 PM, Jan. 20th, 2016 · · iOS

GarageBand's Live Loops for iPhone and iPad

Apple ramped up its music creation efforts for the iPhone and iPad on Wednesday with the introduction of Live Loops for mobile GarageBand. The loops are included with the GarageBand 2.1 update and include rock, electronic dance music, house, and electro funk, and more.