Most motorists know by now that texting and driving can be more dangerous than drinking and driving. And teens, who'd just as soon text as talk, are among the drivers most likely to have a texting-related accident.
The new Road Wars for iOS aims to keep drivers safe by gamifying safe driving. The app monitors your driving behavior, rewards you for safe practices, and penalizes you for speeding, swerving, and, most of all, interacting with your phone.
Created with teens in mind (but suitable for anyone), Road Wars (which appears in the App Store as RoadWars) bills itself as … Read more
EGW Writings is a compilation of thousands of writings by one of the most prolific writers in American history -- Ellen G. White. Since the vast majority of White's writings were on topics of spirituality and religion, the format is split here between essays and papers and her writings on The Bible and other religious texts. The result is an easy-to-navigate app that provides numerous tools for finding different bits of information and opinions she expressed in her works.
EGW Writings opens much like any other compilation app on the iPhone. There is a central browser that allows you … 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
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
People have a tendency to identify with their mobile operating systems. They may be saddled with nicknames like fandroids, Apple fanboys, or Windows Phoners (OK, I made that last one up). It's a choice that can feel like an emotional decision as much as a practical one.
The numbers certainly tell a story. Android has hit 81 percent market share for smartphone shipments globally, according to consulting group IDC.
Instagram is the current king of the photo-sharing hill, but it's no longer ad-free and there is still no iPad version of the app. If an Instagram feed interrupted by ads has you headed for the exits, or if you like to view and share photos on a tablet, then I suggest you give EyeEm a whirl. It's a free app whose most recent update for iOS introduced iPad support, and it's also available for Android.
Launch EyeEm and after signing up via Facebook or email, you'll find yourself staring at a grid of nine subject … Read more
I lived in New York City during the late 1990s and early Aughts, which is to say I lived in New York City at a time that predated the iPhone. I returned to New York last week and could not believe how different the city felt as the majority of pedestrians were walking around staring at or tapping on their phones. Eye contact was never something found in abundance in New York, but last week I felt as though I were surrounded by the (briskly) walking dead while ambling about the city, except instead of coming after my brains, these … Read more
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
BlackBerry's BBM messaging app needs a little help from its friends.
Since launching on Apple's iOS and Google's Android last month, the popularity of BBM has been a rare bright spot in an otherwise messy situation at the company. But while BBM has done well in select foreign countries where its phones are still popular, it has had less luck in its home market of North America, where BlackBerrys remain passe.
As such, BlackBerry knows it needs to woo former BBM users, and introduced "Tell your friends," a way for the BlackBerry faithful to broadcast … Read more