iOS

How to Compose and Shoot Great Photos With Your iPhone

10:30 AM, Feb. 1st, 2014 · · iOS

iPhone Composition

It’s not too difficult to shoot prize-winning photos with your iPhone. However, to maximize your chances of dazzling your viewers with compelling imagery, you need to understand the basics of photographic composition. Sandro Cuccia offers a handful of guidelines to help you out.

Zynga Cuts Staff, Buys Clumsy Ninja Maker

11:12 AM, Jan. 31st, 2014 · · iOS

Zynga, the company that owns iPhone games like Words With Friends and Draw Something, is laying off 15 percent of its staff while at the same time buying NaturalMotion, the company behing Clumsy Ninja. The US$527 million deal also gives Zynga NaturalMotion's other iOS games including Icebreaker Hockey, CSR Racing, and Jenga.

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Seeing more layoffs at Zynga hurts, and probably doesn't make Clumsy Ninja fans feel very confident about the game's future. Hopefully buying NaturalMotion won't leave Clumsy Ninja, CSR Racing, and Jenga fans in the lurch.

Lenovo Plans to ‘Surpass’ Apple and Samsung in Smartphones

9:42 PM, Jan. 30th, 2014 · · iOS

Lenotorola

Lenovo CEO Yuanqing Yang's plan for buying Motorola is nothing less than "surpassing" not only fellow Android OEM Samsung, but iPhone maker Apple. In an interview with Fortune held right after Mr. Yang addressed Motorola employees in Chicago, the Chinese executive said he believes his company can pass up both companies "over time." Good luck with that, sir.

Facebook Targets Flipboard with New iPhone Paper App

1:07 PM, Jan. 30th, 2014 · · iOS

Facebook is giving iPhone users a new way to view their newsfeed come February 3 with a new app called Paper -- not to be confused with the iPad drawing app with the same name. The new interface aims to offer a more compelling way to view Facebook content, and has a feel that's very much like the news and social network reader Flipboard.

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Facebook wants to be the one-stop destination for its users, and adding a compelling way to view content from big name news sources as well as friends could be a big thing. The company has, however, stumbled in the past when rolling out new ideas, so there isn't any guarantee Paper -- Facebook's Paper, not Paper by 53 -- will be a success.

PayPal Wants in on Apple’s Mobile Payment System

11:19 AM, Jan. 30th, 2014 · · iOS

The online payment service PayPal is hoping to get in on whatever Apple has planned for a mobile payment system and has even gone so far as to pitch its ideas to the iPhone and iPad maker. PayPal is apparently willing to be a part of Apple's back end systems without any branding, hinting that it sees whatever plans Apple may have as a very big deal.

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PayPal is smart to do what it can to be Apple's partner instead of competitor. Just last quarter alone Apple sold over 50 million iPhones, all of which are potential mobile payment customers who could use their service instead of PayPal.

iOS Developers: How To Preserve User Purchases When Releasing a New App

10:45 AM, Jan. 30th, 2014 · · iOS

A common issue plaguing long-time iOS developers is the desire to merge the free and pro versions of an app, instead utilizing in-app purchases, while still preserving existing users' paid-for features. Apple doesn't make it obvious how to accomplish this, but our friends at DigiDNA have found a creative solution using free in-app purchases.

iOS 7 Adoption Hits 80 Percent

5:53 PM, Jan. 27th, 2014 · · iOS

Apple released iOS 7 in September 2013, and just four months later it's running on 80 percent of compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models. The company shared the figure with investors during its 2014 first fiscal quarter earnings report Monday afternoon.

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Four months in and iOS 7 has an 80 percent penetration. That's impressive, and something that Google simply can't ever brag about with its fragmented Android OS platform.