iOS

How to Have iOS Speak Text Back to You

10:30 AM, Mar. 29th, 2014 · · iOS

A young lady holding up an iPad with Italian text on the screen.

You can set your iPad or iPhone to read selected text out loud for you. There are several great uses for this capability, and it supports multiple languages. Sandro Cuccia is here to tell you all about Speak Selection and how to enable it.

3 Free App for the Citizen Scientist

4:30 PM, Mar. 28th, 2014 · · iOS

All science isn't done in a lab by white coated professors.You can do scientific field work where ever you are with these three free iOS app featured in this week's Free on iTunes. Project Squirrel, Project Noah, Merlin Bird ID.

3 Free iOS Note Apps

7:38 PM, Mar. 21st, 2014 · · iOS

Free on iTunes

Need a better iOS note app? Vern Seward points out 3 that might fit the bill in this week's Free on iTunes: DraftPad, Squarespace Note, and SwiftKey Note.

Apple Pulls Fake Tor Browser After Media and Security Attention

7:31 PM, Mar. 20th, 2014 · · iOS

Apple pulled a fake Tor browser called "Tor Browser" from the App Store on Thursday, a move that took almost three months of notifications from the Tor project, plus a little more than a day of media and security attention. The app written and submitted by someone not affiliated with the Tor project at all, and was reported to the Tor Project itself to be laden with adware/spyware.

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Seriously? This made it through the review process and after being reported to Apple, only got yanked after it was reported by the tech press?

Apple Might Be Replacing iPad 2 with $399 iPad 4

7:10 PM, Mar. 17th, 2014 · · iOS

iPad 4 with Lightning Connector

Apple is about to replace the US$399 iPad 2 with a $399 iPad 4, a move that would dramatically increase the value of Apple's entry-level iPad price point. Online reports say that iPad 4 units have been delivered to Apple Store locations with instructions not to open them until Tuesday, March 18th.

MOTO TC Rally Car Controlled by iPhone for $39.99

9:01 PM, Mar. 14th, 2014 · · iOS

Moto TC Rally Car

We have a killer deal on a fun toy for you, Griffin's MOTO TC Rally Car, an RC car you control with your iPhone through a companion app. This USB-rechargeable car can be raced on pavement, and it has impact sensors that detect damage from other drivers and obstacles. You can add armor (that slows you down), and it's usable with iPhone 5/5c/5s, iPhone 4s, iPod touch (5th gen.), iPad 3, 4, and Air, and the iPad mini. It retails for US$99, but in this TMO deal, you can get it for $39.99, an offer that expires in 11 days.

iOS 7.1: The Keyboard and Shift Key Apple Should’ve Given Us

9:51 AM, Mar. 14th, 2014 · · iOS

Apple made some great improvements in iOS 7.1. It's faster, more stable, you can add shapes to more easily see buttons, and more. That awesome update didn't, however, hit the mark with its new on-screen keyboard representation for the caps lock key. I have a much better idea for how that could've played out.

United Adds iPad In-flight Movie Service, Leaves Android at the Gate

9:48 AM, Mar. 13th, 2014 · · iOS

The skies will be a little more friendly for United passengers with iPads and iPhones come April because the airline will begin offering in-flight movies just for those devices. United will be adding the service to some of its planes next month, and plans to eventually offer iPhone and iPad owners movies and TV shows throughout its fleet.

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Services like free in-flight movies can help airlines differentiate themselves, and potentially draw in travelers that otherwise would've gone with a different company. Skipping the Android-toting crowd says United sees iPhone and iPad owners as potentially more valuable customers -- or at least those are the travelers the airline is most interested in.