The 2013 iPad Air is the thinnest and lightest version of Apple's flagship tablet. It also has a faster processor, better front-facing camera, a completely flip-flopped internal layout, and lots of other hardware updates. Unfortunately, it's still extremely difficult to disassemble and repair.… Read more
We've all been there: One haphazard shuffle or slip of the fingers and time slows down as your smartphone sails toward the sidewalk, slamming down with the not-so-satisfying slap of glass on concrete. But rejoice, for the infamous feeling of shame upon shattering one's device may have a bright side. It turns out dismantled iPhones that are injured beyond repair make for interesting pieces of functioning furniture, jewelry, and kitchen accessories.
That's the idea behind Twice Used, the project of Chris Koerner, a phone and iOS screen repair specialist and owner of Alabama-based LCDcycle. On Friday, Koerner launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds in an effort to make the initiative a core part of his business, and to get out in the wild his iPhone ornaments -- from picture frames and coasters to pieces of jewelry and artistic renditions of clocks and coffee table countertops.… Read more
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Samsung's devices that looked like the iPhone made it "much harder" for Apple to differentiate and sell its devices, Apple's head of marketing, Phil Schiller, on Friday told a court here.
Schiller, speaking in a retrial for damages owed by Samsung for infringing Apple patents, said Apple's marketing would have had even more success if Samsung hadn't released similar products.
"This was an incredibly important time," he said. "As this [infringement] has been occurring, it's harder for us to get new customers and bring them into … Read more
Taking the DMV written exam to obtain a driver license can be nerve-wracking, especially if you're a new driver. Drivers who are upgrading to a different class should already be familiar with many of the traffic signs and laws, but newer drivers will need to study them to pass the written portion of the DMV driver test.
The California Department of Motor Vehicles has had a mobile app called "DMV Now" for the iPhone and Android, but until recently, didn't have anything available for tablets. Now, you can download the 2013 California Driver Handbook to your … Read more
There's too much fighting in the world.
Wars are everywhere. And then sporting and business entities co-opt the postures and the language, making themselves look faintly silly.
How unusually pleasant, then, for Xbox to offer simple congratulations to Sony on the launch of its PlayStation 4.
The Xbox Twitter account was adorned Friday with this message: "Congratulations on your launch, Sony."
All right, it wasn't exactly lyrical. It may not have been entirely heartfelt, either.
But most of the time we're used to one tech company explaining why another's products have feet of clay. … Read more
The mobile music war just hit a higher note.
Google on Friday launched its long-awaited Google Play Music application for Apple's iOS. The free application, which is available now in the Apple App Store, allows users to stream millions of songs and create custom radio stations. Unlike Apple's iTunes Radio and Pandora, there are no skip limits on Google Music.
Those who want to listen to their own libraries also can upload up to 20,000 of their own songs to Google's music cloud service and access those on other devices.
Schiller took the stand in a damages retrial against Samsung with only 11 minutes left in the session. That gave him just enough time to introduce himself and talk briefly about his role at Apple, the development of the iPhone, and the event introducing the product.
"There were huge risks [with the first iPhone]," he said. "We … Read more
That's one of the details from "Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple's Greatest Products," a new unauthorized biography about Apple's designer in chief that hit stores today. It's chock-full of tidbits about the designer, but many of the interesting insights revolve around the details and personality of Apple's notoriously secretive industrial design group.
The reason behind iOS 7 defaulting to minute increments for calendar appointments is beyond me. Have you ever scheduled a meeting for 8:03? I know I haven't.
In previous versions of iOS, the calendar would increment by 5 minutes, which makes a lot more sense. As it turns out, iOS 7 offers the same functionality, you just need to change a simple -- but hidden -- setting.
As WonderHowTo pointed out, a quick double-tap on the minute column when adding an appointment will change it from 1 to 5 minutes.
Sadly, the change doesn't remain in place; … Read more
This comes the same day the company introduced new versions of the iBooks and iTunes U software their look and feel in line with the rest of iOS 7. Notably, iBooks has lost its oft-criticized wooden shelf motif, the kind of real-world software design flourish championed by former head of iOS Scott Forstall.