The Best Video Player for iPhone

A long time ago, Apple made it difficult for third-party developers to make a good media player for the iPhone. Thankfully, over the years they’ve loosened their restrictions, and now you can get a really solid video player with PlayerXtreme.

Platform: iPhone and iPad
Price: Free ($4.99 for Pro features)
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  • Supports plenty of video and audio formats: 3gp, asf, avi, divx, dv, dat, flv, gxf, m2p, m2ts, m2v, m4v, mkv, moov, mov, mp4, mpeg, mpeg1, mpeg2, mpeg4, mpg, mpv, mt2s, mts, mxf, ogm, ogv, ps, qt, rm, rmvb, ts, vob, webm, wm, wmv
  • Simple, familiar folder-based interface that feels a lot like Finder, which also includes multiple ways to view and sort your library
  • Various ways to search through your files
  • Supports streaming over SMB, UPNP, and Wi-Fi
  • Download files to the app over your local network
  • Open files from directly from email attachments
  • Great control over the look of subtitles
  • Supports HD playback
  • Change playback speed
  • Hide folders that guest users of the app can’t see but you can
  • Support Chromecast and AirPlay (Pro version only)
  • Boost the volume of soft audio (Pro version only)
  • Passcode protection to lock away files (Pro version only)

Where It Excels

PlayerXtreme can handle just about any file format you throw at it, which means that it can easily become your main video player without much effort. It does just about everything you need a video player to do: you can create playlists, add your own subtitle files, play audio in the background, play files from a variety of sources, and customize playback in tons of ways. If you buy the Pro version of the app for $5, you can stream videos to your Apple TV or Chromecast.

Beyond being just a solid media player, PlayerXtreme also makes it easy to transfer files from your computer to your iOS device using a ton of different methods. PlayerXtreme will automatically search your local network for shared folders, where it can then download or stream any video files it finds. You can…

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App developers like creating for Apple’s sexy iPhone and iPad systems, but there is a simple fact programmers can’t ignore — the Android operating system is running nearly 80 percent of devices worldwide. If you’re not building for Android, you’re missing out on most of your potential customers… so get the training to capitalize on your talents with lifetime access to the Professional Android Developer Bundle.

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Through this multi-course instruction, you’ll not only learn the basics of coding and how each operating system environment works, but you’ll go…

Zones Provides Easy Time Zone Conversion on the iPhone

iPhone: Your iPhone has a built in world clock, but it kind of sucks. Zones is not only a better alternative, it also packs in features Apple’s option should have.

As you’d expect, Zones lets you add a bunch of different time zones so you can easily glance at the current time anywhere in the world. Better still, you can change the time in…

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iPhone: Annotable is one of the best image annotation tools around, especially after Evernote abandoned Skitch a couple of years ago. Now, it’s been updated with a slew of new features, making it much more versatile.

The new customization options allow you to change which tools are shown on screen and change the colors of any tool. You can also add…

Everything You Can Do With Your iPhone’s Secret “Interrogation Codes”

Your iPhone has secret codes you can plug into the dialer to access hidden options. These codes “interrogate” the phone to find and change various settings. For example, you can view a more precise display of your cellular signal strength and set up call barring to block outgoing phone calls.

Many interrogation codes do things you can now do from your iPhone’s normal Settings screen. All interrogation codes are used by opening the Phone app, typing a code into its keypad, and tapping the call button. Here’s what you can do with them.

Field Test Mode

The most commonly used option here is probably Field Test Mode. Field Test Mode shows you more detailed information about your cellular signal strength, including a precise numerical value for your signal strength rather than the usual five dots. You can walk around your home or office and see where your signal is strongest and where it’s weakest, for example.

To access Field Test Mode, open the Phone app, type the following code into the keypad, and tap “Call”.


You’ll see the numbers appear in the upper left-hand corner of your screen, as shown below.

Call Barring

You can set up “call barring”, preventing any outgoing calls until you disable the call barring feature. This feature is not available in your iPhone’s Settings screen, so you have to use these hidden codes to enable it.

You don’t need to set a SIM card PIN to use this feature. However, if you have enabled a SIM card PIN at Phone > SIM PIN, you’ll need to know it. This is different from your screen unlock PIN.

To enable car barring and prevent outgoing calls, plug the following code into the dialer and tap “Call”. Replace “PIN” with the numerical PIN of your SIM card. If you don’t have a SIM card PIN, you can type any number you want in place of the PIN….

11 reasons why you should dump your iPhone for the BlackBerry KEYone

The KEYone is BlackBerry's best phone in years.
The KEYone is BlackBerry’s best phone in years.

BlackBerry’s back and this time it’s finally got a winner with the QWERTY keyboard-equipped KEYone.

With a physical keyboard, a handsome aluminum design, and the latest version of Android, the KEYone is the BlackBerry that should have been released years ago.

Another plus: Its $549.99 unlocked price is much more affordable than the $699 BlackBerry Priv was at launch.

I’ve been testing the KEYone for a little over a week and as with every phone phone, there’s a lot I like and dislike. Yes, the KEYone is a BlackBerry and has a keyboard in an era of touchscreen-only phones, but it’s also running Android, and that makes all the difference. The apps problem that plagued BlackBerry’s old phones is no longer an issue with the KEYone.

Is the KEYone perfect? Of course not, but with all phones now just glass slabs, the KEYone’s somewhat throwback keyboard and industrial design is kind of refreshing. So here’s why you should consider dumping your iPhone or Android for the KEYone. (To learn why the KEYone isn’t worth it, click here.)

1. It’s got a physical keyboard


Let’s be real: The No. 1 reason why anyone should consider buying the KEYone is for the keyboard. It’s a good keyboard… if you embrace it. The glossy transparent buttons are a little mushy in my opinion, but if you liked the BlackBerry Passport or Priv’s keyboard, you’ll like the KEYone’s.

2. Screen is pretty nice


At a time when phones are getting taller, the KEYone’s squat 4.5-inch display with 3:2 aspect ratio is quite unusual. Despite having fewer pixels (1,620 x 1,080 resolution) than most Android phones, the KEYone’s screen is still quite bright and sharp. It doesn’t have any fancy curved edges or rounded corners, and that’s A-OK with me.

3. Scroll with keyboard gestures


It’s no classic BlackBerry trackball or trackpad, but the KEYone’s QWERTY keyboard does support limited gestures like on the BlackBerry Priv. You can swipe up and down on anywhere on the keyboard to scroll up and down through apps and websites, and you can swipe left and right to switch between homescreens. It’s nice not having to smudge up the screen with your fingerprints. You can also swipe up to quickly select suggested words when you’re typing and swipe left to delete words.

4. Space bar doubles as fingerprint sensor


Unlike most Android phones that have fingerprint…

New iPhone 7S Threatens Apple’s Cash Cow

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Tim Cook has suggested that the leaks of the upcoming new iPhones have had a material impact on the sales of the current iPhone range during the last quarter.

Speaking on a conference call following the announcement of the results, he indicated a belief that users have decided on a “pause in purchases” because of “earlier and much more frequent reports about future iPhones”.

Apple CEO Tim Cook looks on during a visit of the shopfitting company Dula that delivers tables for Apple stores worldwide (Photo: Bernd Thissen/AFP/Getty Images)

The drop in the volume of sales was balanced out by an increase of the average selling price (up $13), no doubt driven by the more expensive and larger screened iPhone Plus models. Apple has always prided itself on having a large margin on its mobile devices, but the fall in unit sales is a worrying one. A one percent rise in revenue coupled with a one percent fall in unit sales is not a disaster, but it is a warning sign. The margins can be as high as Apple sets them, but the units still need to be sold.

Every smartphone manufacturer has to contents with ‘reports about future phones’. Apple has benefitted in the past with leaks building up the anticipation around a new device and potentially informing consumers of their options. Now it s dealing with the flip side.

A “pause in purchase” is a…

Wednesday Tech Wrap: Apple, Microsoft, Samsung

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Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during a product launch event at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California on October 27, 2016. (Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)

reported a small but surprising fall in iPhone sales for the first three months of 2017. The company sold 50.8 million iPhones in the last quarter, down 1% on an annual basis. Chief Executive Tim Cook said the “pause” was due to customers waiting for the next iPhone, traditionally due out in September. But Apple’s shares were down 1.8% or $2.66 in pre-market trading on Wednesday morning in New York; Apple reported after trading closed on Tuesday. The stock had hit an all-time high of $147 per share on Tuesday as investors expected a blowout quarter, Forbes’ Brian Solomon reports.

The results were mixed overall. While iPhone sales did slide, the company was more profitable than expected, earning $2.10 per share compared with the $2.02 expected by analysts, Solomon added.


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Apple’s Stock Races Ahead as Investors Bet on New iPhones

SAN FRANCISCO — A year ago, many investors had given up on Apple, whose stock price had fallen more than 30 percent from its 2015 peak. Apple’s once-unstoppable growth had come to a crashing halt: The number of iPhones sold was down 13 percent, and the company posted its first revenue decline in 13 years.

Today, Apple’s business remains sluggish, but that hasn’t stopped investors, including the famously tech-averse Warren E. Buffett, from falling in love with it again. Shares of the tech giant — the most valuable company in the United States by market value — have repeatedly hit new highs this year. On Friday, they closed at $143.65, up nearly 60 percent from last May’s trough.

What’s driving the stock, say skeptics and fans alike, is hope — hope that the new iPhones due in September, on the 10th anniversary of the original iPhone’s introduction, will be dazzling enough to inspire existing iPhone users to upgrade and prompt others to switch from Android phones made by Samsung, Huawei and other manufacturers.

“Everyone expects Apple to cure cancer with their next product launch,” said Kevin Landis, chief executive of Firsthand Funds, who has managed tech-focused mutual funds through many ups and downs.

Investors will get more data about Apple’s performance, and perhaps some clues about its future, on Tuesday, when the company reports its results for the financial quarter that ended in March. Analysts expect the company to report a slight increase in iPhone sales and overall revenue.

Apple declined to comment ahead of its earnings report.

Mr. Landis sold most of Firsthand’s Apple position near last year’s bottom, but he said he had no regrets despite the stock’s recent gains. He expects Apple to continue churning out incremental improvements rather than shake up the industry. The biggest change in last fall’s iPhone 7, he noted, was the elimination of the headphone jack.

Apple is expected to make more exciting updates in its next high-end iPhone, including a high-resolution screen that covers the phone’s entire face. But the company has also suggested that much of its future growth will come from services like Apple Music, Apple Pay and the cut that Apple takes from application sales and subscriptions in the app store.

Apple executives, who are fond of using the word “revolutionary” to describe their products, have also acknowledged some missteps. After watching iPad unit sales spiral downward for 12 quarters in a row, the company introduced a cheaper model in March to win over schools that were flocking to Chromebooks. Apple is also likely to update its Pro models for businesses this year.


How to Add IFTTT Shortcuts to Your Phone’s Home Screen

IFTTT lets you automate a ton of your favorite web services, but you can also create convenient home screen shortcuts for a whole host of different tasks. Here’s how to set them up.

In addition to applying rules that work automatically in the background, like most IFTTT applets, IFTTT also has “button widgets” that streamline applets into a single button press. You can put these butotns on the front page of the mobile app, in your iPhone’s Notification Center, or right on the home screen on your Android device.

In the past, IFTTT had a separate app for this, called DO, but the functionality is now built right into the main IFTTT app. And though these button widgets are still slightly limited compared to what you can do with IFTTT as a whole, the convenience of accessing the applets from a single location can’t be overstated. Here’s how to set up these widgets.

How to Set Up IFTTT Button Widgets on the iPhone

Start off by opening up the IFTTT app and tapping on the “My Applets” tab down in the bottom-right corner of the screen.

Tap on the settings gear icon in the top-left corner.

Select “Widgets” from the list.

Tap on “Get Widgets”.

Next, scroll through the nearly infinite widgets that you can enable. Unfortunately, though, there’s no search function and no way to create your own custom widget. However, the widgets that appear are based on IFTTT services that you have enabled.

Once you find a widget that you want to to enable, tap on it and then tap “Turn On”.

Next, you’ll likely need to configure the widget. In this case, we need to select which Belkin WeMo switch we want to be able to control, so tap on the dropdown menu at the bottom.

Select which switch you want the widget to control and then hit “Done”.

Hit “Save” in the top-right corner.

Next, a pop-up will appear at the bottom. Tap on “Go” within that pop-up.

Tap on the widget that you just created.

From here, you can choose where you want the widget to appear on your iPhone. You can even add a home screen icon…