Mobile app

Remains of the Day: Apple Quietly Updates the iPad

Apple added a couple of new products to their lineup this morning to little fanfare. The new red iPhone, in partnership with the (RED) charity, may be the only head-turner but they also upgraded the most popular size of lower-end iPad.

  • The new 9.7 inch iPad is a slight upgrade over the iPad Air 2, with a starting price of $329. That simplifies things a little bit; now the whole lineup includes the iPad Mini, the normal iPad, the iPad Pro, and a jumbo iPad Pro. Apple also announced a weird video app that they’re developing called Clips, which lets you create videos to be shared on other services. It’s sort of like Apple’s version of Snapchat minus the actual chat. You can add emojis and filters and all that jazz and do simple video editing. Clips will be available in April. [Apple]
  • In other news, following the U.S. ban…

You Can Now Clear Out Wasted Storage in the Twitter iPhone App

iPhone: Twitter has rolled out an update for the official Twitter app that solves the pesky problem of app bloating. Now, you can manually clear out the cache in the app.

A lot of apps on iOS have a problem where they bloat up in size over use, which can cause issues with those of us with 16GB phones. The best workaround I’ve found for this involves downloading a giant app to force iOS to clear the…

How We Lose Billions Of Hours And Money On Social Apps Without Even Noticing It

The time and money we spend on social apps is shocking, and here’s the truth revealed:

People spend 1.15 billion hours each month on playing mobile games.

Games rank second behind social media activity in terms of time spent on devices according to a survey conducted in 2016.[1]

On average, we spend 2 hours on social media apps per day, which add up to 5 years and 4 months over a lifetime.[2]

In case you’re wondering, you can actually fly to the moon and back to Earth for 32 times with that time!!

And it’s not just the time that we’re losing.

Social apps gain millions of dollars from us every day.

Many of us don’t mind spending a dollar or 2 on mobile apps—multiple dollars, on multiple apps.

For instance, one of the top-grossing games in the App Store Pokemon Go, earns as much as $2.3 million per day; while another popular game, Candy Crush, makes $1.1 million a day.[3]

Now you’re probably a little concerned about the time and money you’ve been spending on apps, so it would be a good idea to look at why this is happening, and what you can do about it.

We spend a lot of time on our mobile because we feel bored easily and our phone is too handy.

Boredom doesn’t make us happy and it’s natural that we want to get rid of it no matter what, and impulsive behaviour, such as playing with the phone, is our way of doing it.

Our phone provides us with a comforting escape from boredom—endless scrolling might be mind-numbing but it’s still better than doing nothing, and we just can’t stop.

The reason why social media apps seem so attractive is that they give us (a bit of) the excitement we crave when we’re bored. On top of that is their convenience, since we always have our phones nearby and unlocking them only takes 1 second.

But do you know that playing with the phones can’t really kill our boredom?

We thought playing with the phones could keep us busy and happy, but science says…

How to Pause Internet Access on Google Wi-Fi

Whether you need your kids to get their homework done or if it’s just dinner time, Google Wi-Fi has a feature that lets you “pause” the internet on their devices. Here’s how to set it up.

This feature doesn’t pause internet access for your Google Wi-Fi network, just certain devices that you specify. You can even create groups of devices and pause all of them at once with a single tap, as well as create automatic resume times.

Start by opening up the Google Wi-Fi app on your phone and tap on the tab with the settings gear icon and three other circles.

Tap on “Family Wi-Fi”.

Tap on “Setup” at the bottom on the next screen.

From here, you can either tap “Next” to create a group of devices to pause all at once, or hit “Skip” to skip over the group-creating process and pause devices one-by-one.

Hitting “Skip”…

13 Secret Google Functions That Can Instantly Make Your Life Happier And Easier

Google Plug-Ins

Do you think you are a Google whiz and know of every app there is on it to make life fun and simple? Well, you could be right, but you may not have heard about the following. Today we bring you 13 secret Google plug-Ins and apps that will make your life fun and so much easier!

1. Tic-Tac-Toe

Feeling bored? Simply type Tic Tac Toe on Google and this cool mind game will appear and you can have a bout with the system if you please.

2. Say Hello to Allo!

Allo is Google’s chat app that not only lets you have awesome doodling and sticker fun with your pals, but also helps you search Google for anything you need with its handy assistant.

3. A Really Handy Search

If you are on an Android smartphone and want to know something that’s on your screen, just press and hold the button and…

How to Set Up Parental Controls on the Nintendo Switch

You can play the new Nintendo Switch on the TV or on the go…which means your kids can get twice as addicted to it. Here’s how to set time limits, bedtime reminders, and content restrictions on the Switch.

While the Switch comes with some basic parental controls, like filtering games by their rating, the real star is a new parental controls companion app that you can use to set time limits, monitor your child’s activity remotely, and even block access to the console entirely.

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How to Set Up Nintendo’s Parental Controls App

To get started, you’ll need to download the app for Android or iOS. Open the app and make sure your Switch is nearby.

When you first open the app, tap Next (you can also tap About Data Usage, if you’d like to disable Nintendo’s analytics tracking). Then, tap Sign In/Create Account to link your Nintendo Account.

Tap “Sign in” to log into an existing account or tap “Create a Nintendo Account” if you don’t have one. We’ll assume you already have an account. If you don’t, check out our guide to Nintendo Accounts here. Enter your email address or User ID and your password, then click “Sign in.”

Tap “Use this account” to link your Switch console to your Nintendo Account.

The next screen will tell you to get your console ready. Tap Next to see your registration code, then grab your Switch for the next few steps.

On your Switch’s home screen, tap the Settings button.

Scroll down to the Parental Controls section and tap Parental Controls Settings.

Choose “Use your Smart Device.” If you don’t want to use the app, you can choose “Use this console” here, but you won’t have access to features like limiting play time or getting notifications when your…

Remains of the Day: It’s Now Easier to Use Google Assistant in Allo

One of the defining features of Google’s latest chat app, Allo, is that it works closely with Google Assistant to help you get stuff done through chat. Now they’re adding a dedicated button for the assistant to save you some typing. That and more in today’s news.

How to Set Up the Canary Home Security Camera

The Canary home security camera is an easy-to-use camera that connects directly to your Wi-Fi network (or over ethernet) and lets you see what’s going on while you’re away from home. Here’s how to set it up and get started with it.

While the Nest Cam is one of the most popular Wi-Fi cams available, the Canary is a popular option that comes with some pretty cool extra features—like temperature monitoring, or the ability to provide humidity and air quality levels in the room that it’s in. Plus, you can connect it via ethernet rather than Wi-Fi if you want.

To set up the Canary camera, you’ll first want to download the app to your iPhone or Android device. We’ll be doing this setup through the iPhone app, but the process is largely the same on both mobile platforms.

Open up the app and tap on “Get Started”.

Enter in your email address and create a password for your Canary account. Then hit “Next” in the top-right corner of the screen.

Tap on “Accept” to accept Canary’s terms and policies.

Next, Enter in your name and phone number, and then tap “Next”.

On the next screen, you’ll select whether or not you want the app to have access to your location, which allows it to automatically know if you’re home or away. Select either “Now Now” or “Allow” at the bottom.

However, either way you’ll need to let the app know where you live, so it’s just a matter of the app finding your location automatically or manually entering in your location details on the next screen.

After that, select either “Not Now” or “Allow” when it comes to receiving notifications.

Next, it’s time to set up your Canary camera. In the app, select…

What Is “Developer Mode” in Windows 10?

If you dig through Windows 10’s settings, you may come across something called “Developer Mode”. When put into Developer Mode, Windows allows you to more easily test apps you’re developing, use the Ubuntu Bash shell environment, change a variety of developer-focused settings, and do other such things.

How to Enable Developer Mode

This setting is available in the Settings app. To access it, head to Settings > Update & Security > For Developers and select “Developer mode”.

Your Windows 10 PC will be put into Developer Mode. This works on all editions of Windows 10, including Windows 10 Home.

Sideload Unsigned Apps (and Debug Them in Visual Studio)

This option is located below “Windows Store apps” and “Sideload apps“. Select “Windows Store apps” and Windows will only allow you to install UWP apps from the Windows Store. Select “Sideload apps”, the default setting, and Windows will also allow you to install apps from outside the Windows Store, as long as they’re signed with a valid certificate.

But if you select “Developer mode”, you can install UWP apps from outside of the Windows Store, even if they’re not signed. This is a crucial option for UWP app developers, who will want to test their apps on their own PCs while developing them. This option replaces the need for a “developer license” on Windows 8.1.

Developer Mode also allows you to debug UWP apps in Visual Studio. In fact, if you open a UWP application project in Visual Studio without Developer Mode enabled, you’ll see an “Enable Developer Mode for Windows 10” prompt message that instructs you to enable Developer Mode. You’ll then be able to run an app in debug mode directly from Visual Studio, testing it on your PC before uploading it to the Windows Store.

Bash on Ubuntu on Windows 10

If you want to use Ubuntu’s Bash shell on Windows 10, you must first put your device into “Developer Mode”. Only once your device is in developer mode can you enable the “Windows Subsystem for Linux” and install the Ubuntu environment in Bash.

If you disable Developer Mode, the Windows Subsystem for Linux will…

What Is PlayStation Vue, and Can It Replace Your Cable Subscription?

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Getting away from traditional TV service is becoming more and more popular, with streaming TV services leading the charge. Today we’re going to take a closer look at Sony’s take on TV streaming: PlayStation Vue.

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What Is PlayStation Vue?

PlayStation Vue is Sony’s take on traditional TV. It streams live TV over the internet, with most of your favorite cable and network channels along for the ride.

Despite its namesake, PlayStation Vue isn’t just available on PlayStation devices—there are also apps available for Android, Android TV, iOS, Apple TV, Fire TV, Roku, and Chromecast. It also works in the browser, though the experience is pretty watered down compared to the full application experience. Either way, even if you don’t have a PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, or PlayStation 4 Pro, you can still benefit from PlayStation Vue. Good move, Sony.

When you sign up for Vue, you’ll have to select your home location. That’s probably the biggest thing worth noting about Vue: some channels are geo-restricted. I’m going to assume these are local channels, but restricted channels will only work when you’re inside of the Home Location that you set when you sign up for service. You can modify your home location if you move, but you can only do so once. Otherwise your account may be blocked from service. It’s really kind of bizarre, and something I’ve never experienced with other streaming services. That said, it does make sense—they don’t want you living in Dallas but getting access to Chicago’s local channels.

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Otherwise, Vue is straightforward. It offers an absolute ton of channels, along with what I feel is a pretty aggressive pricing model. It’s broken down like more of a traditional TV service with its packages, not a more à la carte structure like some other services offer. Here’s a quick breakdown of what you’ll get with each package:

  • Access, $39.99/Month: This is the entry-level package, which offers 45+ channels including ESPN, Fox, Disney, and more. At the time of writing, this package is on sale for $39.99 a month, with a normal price of $49.99 a month.
  • Core, $45.99/Month: All of the channels included in Access, plus access to regional and national sports channels, for a total of 60+. At the time of writing, this package is on sale for $45.99 a month, with a normal price of $55.99 a month.
  • Elite, $54.99/Month: All Core and Access channels, plus more sports, movies, and entertainment channels, for a total of 90+. At the time of writing, this package is on sale for $54.99 a month, with a normal price of $64.99 a month. This is the service I used for testing.
  • Ultra, $74.99/Month: All the channels from Elite, plus HBO and Showtime.

If you’re looking for a bit more from your plan, there are also a handful of add-ons that you can tack onto any plan:

  • Showtime: $10.99/Month.
  • HBO: $15.00/Month.
  • Epix Hits: $3.99/Month. Included in Ultra.
  • Premium Pack (Showtime + Epix): $13.99/Month.
  • Cinemax: $15.99/Month.