Rumor Claims Hi-Def Audio Support Coming in iOS 8

9:48 AM, May. 13th, 2014 · · iPad

Apple may be planning on adding support for high definition audio playback support in iOS 8, and will release new in-ear headphones and updated Lightning cable designed to take advantage of the better audio quality. If true, that means iPhone owners would be able to listen to 24-bit 48 kHz audio files, which can offer better fidelity than the 16-bit files iOS 7 and earlier support.

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Better audio quality playback in the iPhone and iPad would be a welcome treat, but if our listening options are Apple's own earbuds or Beats headphones, why bother?

3 Free Funny Apps for iOS

7:54 PM, May. 9th, 2014 · · iPad

Free on iTunes

Need a laugh? Vern Seward points out 3 iOS apps that'll have you knee slapping in no time in this week's Free on iTunes. Comedy Central, Comedy Central Standup, and WitStream.

Apple’s iPad Gets Another JD Power Award, Cheap Tablets Get Low Satisfaction

3:38 PM, May. 7th, 2014 · · iPad

D Power Award

Apple's iPad was king of customer satisfaction for tablets, according to JD Power's 2014 U.S. Tablet Satisfaction Study—Volume 1. The research company announced on Monday that it was giving the iPad its self-titled JD Power Award, and that an increase in cheap tablets has led to an overall decrease in customer satisfaction for the segment.

Vanity Fair Profiles Samsung’s History as a Willful Copycat in Multiple Industries

7:49 PM, May. 5th, 2014 · · iPad

The Samsung Copier

Two U.S. juries have found that Samsung willfully copied Apple innovations and technologies, and those cases established that Samsung wilfully and deliberately set out to copy the iPhone. A five page spread in Vanity Fair digs deeper into Samsung's corporate culture, and the magazine detailed that Samsung has used willful patent infringement not just as a crutch, but as a deliberate, bottom feeding strategy.

3 Free Odd Apps for iPhone and iPad

9:30 PM, May. 2nd, 2014 · · iPad

Free on iTunes

This week in Free on iTunes Vern Seward points out several iOS apps that are towards the odd side. Sick Weather crowdsources illness reports, Now This News finds stuff that's a bit different, and the Digg app...well, it's Digg.

Google Brings Google Docs and Google Sheets to Apple’s App Store

1:53 PM, Apr. 30th, 2014 · · iPad

Be the Product

Google brought two of its flagship productivity services to Apple's App Store on Wednesday, Google Docs and Google Sheets. The company released native apps for the services as free hybrid apps designed for iPhone and iPad, and in a blog post announcing the move, Google said its presentation service, Slides, is "coming soon."

3 Free iOS Tech News Aggregators

8:41 PM, Apr. 25th, 2014 · · iPad

Free on iTunes

Have you got a nose for tech news? In this week's Free on iTunes, Vern Seward has three news aggregators dedicated to gathering tech news for you, including: Ez Tech News, Tech News Tube, and Tech Wire.

Siri: Asking for Sports Statistics

8:30 AM, Apr. 25th, 2014 · · iPad

Using Siri is a great way to see all sorts of information about your favorite sports team, and you can even go beyond asking about schedules or scores into getting pretty detailed statistics. In this Quick Tip, we’ll cover just how you’ll do that for teams and for players. Who knew that Apple’s voice assistant could help you win bar bets?