Apple published an updated chart on its developer Web site for the iOS App Store, which shows that iOS 7 is now on 74 percent of all iOS devices. This means adoption of the operating system has grown 10 percent since numbers last reported in October.
While Apple has continued to crush the US smartphone market, Samsung and Motorola also have seen some gains.
New data from ComScore analyzing the smartphone market in August through October shows that Apple nabbed 40.6 percent of the market share, up 0.2 percent from July. However, Samsung and Motorola also saw market share boosts. Samsung's share went up 1.3 percent to 25.4 percent, and Motorola nailed the third spot by rising 0.1 percent to 7 percent share.
Dragging behind were HTC and LG, respectively. Both of these phone makers lost market share during the … Read more
The Dock is one of the most used features of OS X, being an indicator for both open applications, as well as a quick-access point for frequently used ones. Once set up, you may only click items placed in it, and leave your use at that, however, there are several options the Dock supports, not only to adjust its view, but also to access and manage items you have placed on it.
The first options are ways to adjust the Dock's size and position. While the size and positioning of the Dock can be done from the Dock pane … Read more
With the arrival of iOS 7, iPhone and iPad users received a smattering of Instagram-style visual-effect filters for snapping photos. But they can't be used when shooting video.
Enter Spotliter Video, a free app that provides a choice of distinctive filters for video recording. It is, quite simply, like Instagram for video, though without the integrated sharing options.
It works like this: fire up the app, then tap to choose an effect from the scrolling selector along the bottom. Spotliter offers a dozen of them, but not just the usual assortment of sepia, black-and-white, and so on.
Rather, you … Read more
So many social networks, so little time. If you struggle to keep up with your various lines of communication on Facebook, Twitter, and Gmail, then perhaps Swifty can help. It's a $1.99 Mac app that sits in your Mac's menu bar and lets you quickly fire off messages and e-mails to your contacts.
After installing the app and launching it, a small paper-airplane icon will appear in your Mac's menu bar. You will need to allow it to access your contacts, after which you can choose to connect it to your Facebook, Twitter, and Gmail accounts.… Read more
Apple's Siri possesses many skills, but subtraction doesn't seem to be one of them.
Asking Siri "What's 3.23 minus 1.27?" resulted in an odd answer. Instead of responding with the correct value, Apple's voice assistant told me the current date. I tried again and got the same response. Delving further, I asked Siri to subtract a variety of other numbers with decimal points, such as "4.23 minus 1.27," "8.12 minus 3.23," "6.43 minus 2.41," and "5.25 minus 4.… Read more
The Dock in OS X serves as a launcher for commonly-accessed programs, as well as folders and documents that you drag there, and as an indicator of running programs. In addition, it holds the trash and the smiling Finder icon since this program as the default file browser is not usually quit.
Since the Dock is regularly accessed, it is always present in some form on the edge of the screen; however, while Apple by default places it at the bottom of your display, there are several options available to you for its position.
The first options are those Apple … Read more
The Xbox 360 was released in the fall of 2005 and the PlayStation 3 a year later. Back then smartphones weren't all that smart, the mobile market was dominated by players like BlackBerry and Nokia, and gaming was split between consoles and PCs.
Everything changed, however, when Apple released the iPhone; and once again with the release of the iPad. The mobile revolution has changed the way we share, consume media, and play games. You would be hard-pressed to find someone without a cell phone these days, let alone a smartphone.
To take advantage of the increased adoption rate … Read more
I'm almost exclusively a Johnny Mathis and Bing Crosby guy when it comes to holiday music, but if your tastes are more eclectic than mine, you may enjoy Apple's holiday gift of a free, eight-song playlist.
You'll find Apple's offer in the Apple Store app -- not to be confused with the App Store -- for the iPhone (but, oddly, not in the Apple Store iPad app.) From the Holiday tab, scroll down to the Holiday Cheer menu item. Tap on it and then tap the Download button, at which point you'll get kicked over … Read more
I want my iPhone contacts list to contain only phone contacts. I need neither Facebook friends nor e-mail contacts included. And with iOS 7, there is an easy way to hide e-mail contacts from your contacts list.
I previously covered how to remove Facebook friends from your contacts list, and that process remains the same for iOS 7. For e-mail contacts, however, there is a faster and easier way than going into Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars and then toggling off Contacts for each e-mail account.
With iOS 7, it creates a group for each e-mail account. This means that … Read more