iOS

How To Prepare Devices For An iOS 8 Upgrade

6:58 PM, Sep. 8th, 2014 · · iOS

We know iOS 8 is coming, and we're pretty sure there's a new iPhone in the near future as well. Kelly explains how to technologically prepare devices for iOS 8 (emotionally preparing is a totally different process).

Apple: HealthKit Data Off Limits to Advertisers

7:39 PM, Aug. 28th, 2014 · · iOS

Apple's HealthKit will be off limits for advertisers, which means app developers planning on supporting the health and fitness logging platform won't be able to make money by selling information about how far we walk or how much we weigh to other companies. The rule should help keep personal information that should stay private out of the wrong hands, and could help boost trust in HealthKit once iOS 8 ships in the coming weeks.

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Locking down our health and fitness data so it can't be sold to advertisers is a great move on Apple's part. That'll go a long way towards helping iPhone owners feel like data that's very personal in nature won't be used to target them with inappropriate or embarrassing ads.

California Gov. Signs Smartphone Kill-Switch Requirement into Law

8:09 PM, Aug. 25th, 2014 · · iOS

Thief

California governor Jerry Brown signed SB-962 into law on Monday. The law requires all smartphones made on or after July 1st, 2015, to come with a kill-switch that will make the device unusable in the event it is lost or stolen. Apple and Google had both already pledged to do so—and Apple has had kill switches in place for years—but the law makes it mandatory.

Apple Adds Humana, UnitedHealth to HealthKit Discussions

9:32 AM, Aug. 22nd, 2014 · · iOS

Apple continues to expand its circle of potential HealthKit partners with dialogs now happening with both Humana and UnitedHealth Group. Both companies are big-name health insurance providers, and the talks could mean Apple is hoping HealthKit will be part of the incentive programs carriers offer for subscribers who actively work to stay healthy.

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If Apple can get big-name health care providers and insurers on board with iOS 8's HealthKit, it could easily become the standard for health and fitness data collection and sharing -- and that translates to more iPhone and iPad sales.

3 Free iPhone Apps for Ordering from the Starbucks Secret Menu

10:29 AM, Aug. 21st, 2014 · · iOS

Ordering an espresso, vanilla Frappuccino, or even an iced soy chai is easy enough at Starbucks, but how about a Snickerdoodle or Cap'n Crunch Frappuccino, or Apple Juice Blossom? Those are all part of the Starbucks "secret menu," and we found three cool free iPhone apps that'll help you order those and plenty more, too.

China’s Xiaomi Is No Apple

6:30 PM, Aug. 18th, 2014 · · iOS

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China's Xiaomi. It's the Apple of China, or so some would have us believe. This company has been called China's Apple, and its CEO has been called China's Steve Jobs. It's a bunch of crap, of course, and this weekend Xiaomi demonstrated its commitment to proving it. Bryan Chaffin offers his thoughts on the subject.