• Google Drive can now back up iPhones and makes Android switching easier

    Posted on December 15th, 2016 Henry | 345 comments

    Google has just updated its website with the guidance for iPhone users to make the switch from iPhone to Android. But the point here is Google adding a new feature to its iOS version Google Drive: the ability to back up data on your iOS device like contacts, calendar, and camera roll and save it in the cloud. With this neat little feature added, you can have all your stuff prepared in Google’s various apps when you want to make the switch from iPhone to Android devices like the Pixel. Data backup is being done automatically, as opposed to the old days when all those data have to be uploaded from several different apps.

    This new data backup option can be found in the settings menu under “backup”. And you’d expect the backup process to be fast and efficient, but in actuality, if you’ve got a lot of stuff on your iPhone, it’s probably going to take a while. Google says that it can take several hours in some cases, so you’d better have your iPhone plugged in and keep it charged and connected to stable Wi-Fi network before you start the process. Also the app have to stay open and on screen during the process.

    This is basically Google’s attempt to make it easier for iOS users to switch to Android. But that’s not what Google Drive is all about, it can do a lot of other great stuff, this new backup feature is more like a bonus from the already awesome program. Unfortunately, you can’t have your texts or music library backup with Google Drive. For that you’ll have to do some extra work, like plugging your iPhone directly into the Pixel or other android phones for data transfer. The Google Drive update doesn’t seem to be available just yet but it should be coming pretty soon.

    Switching from one operating system to another could be painful, which is why a lot of people keep buying phones of the same brand. And even switching to phones under the same brand could be troublesome. Leawo iOS Data Recovery, a program that can back up and recover data types like contacts, messages, call history, notes, calendars and reminder between iOS devices, making phone switching a more pleasant experience.

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  • 5 Reasons Why You should Choose iPhone over Android

    Posted on October 10th, 2016 Echo Brown | 1,109 comments

    Even though more and more high-end Android phones appear, like Samsung, LG,Huawei. There are still some key reasons to choose the iPhone over Android if you want to buy a new mobile phone. Here’s why you should pick the iPhone over Android phones.

    1. Guaranteed Software Updates

    iOS is the only platform that keeps updating with new features and bug fixes. In fact, Apple supports old iPhones long after most people stop using them. For example, the latest iOS 10 even works on the iPhone 5, which launched four years ago.
    Android phones rarely get that kind of support. Many manufacturers stop issuing Android updates after a year or so, if you’re lucky. That means you’re likely to miss the latest and greatest features that come to Android each year.

    2. Get the Best Apps First

    Both iPhone and Android have a robust selection of apps, but iPhone still tends to get the best apps first. Developers tend to make more money from the iPhone, which is why it often gets preference over Android. For example, Nintendo’s first Mario game, “Super Mario Run,” will be an iPhone exclusive when it launches later this year.

    3. No “crapware” from Your Wireless Carrier

    Carriers have a lot of control over what appears on Android phones, and they use that leverage to stuff the devices full of apps and services you don’t need. Even worse, those apps are taking up your storage space on phone and often impossible to delete from your device.
    The iPhone never comes with carrier crapware. The software is exactly the same no matter which carrier you buy your iPhone from.

    4. Run Smoothly for Years

    Even you have been using your iPhone for few years, you will find that it still runs very smoothly and you can easily access to all functions. But Android phones will run slowly after using several months. When you want to access some functions, like camera, you have to take a few more minutes, which will waste your time a lot.

    5. The Best Apple Support

    Apple has a vast network for customer support. Just walk into an Apple Store and someone will help you with your issues. It gets messy with Android phones though. In most cases, you have to deal with your wireless carrier if you have a problem with your phone, not the manufacturer, which means you’re working with people who aren’t as well-versed in how your device works.

  • 10 New Features of iOS 10 Worth the Upgrade

    Posted on September 12th, 2016 Yuson Zou | 193 comments

    Apple released iOS 10 on September 7, 2016, together with the latest iPhone (iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus), and Apple Watch 2. Many iOS users have no idea whether or not to upgrade their devices to iOS 10. Actually, iOS is packed with useful features that will give your iPhone or iPad a much-needed refresh. Here is a look at 10 new features of iOS 10.

    #1: Raise to wake

    The first thing you’ll notice when you pick up your phone is that the lock screen turns on without your even touching the home button. The new raise-to-wake feature uses the M9 co-processor on the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus to detect motion so you can check the time and notifications on the fly. To turn off the feature, go the “Display and brightness” option in the Settings page, and click on the raise-to-wake switch.

    #2: Quick camera launch

    Launching the camera app from your lockscreen is even faster in iOS 10. Just swipe left from the main page to capture that candid shot.

    #3: Sort photos by faces and places

    The photo app in iOS 10 automatically sorts through your endless reel and organizes your shots based on places and people in the Albums tab. Or you can really narrow down your search by date, place or person using the search feature at the top of this page. To assign a name to a face, just click on a picture where that person appears, press Details, People and Add name at the top.

    #4: Hide stock apps

    Apple finally lets you get rid of those useless apps cluttering your home screen in iOS 10. Delete as you would any other app: Press and hold on the app icon until it begins to shake and hit the X to remove. This won’t get rid of the app for good, but at least it will remain hidden until you redownload in the App store.

    #5: 3D-touch Control Center

    Apple doesn’t let you customize your Control Center yet, but at least you’ll have more shortcuts to chose from on this screen. If you have an iPhone 6S or 6S Plus you can 3D-touch the icons at the bottom to pull up a new list of options without leaving the page, or slide left to access the music remote.

    #6: Voice mail transcription

    Next time you get a missed call from an unknown number, don’t bother listening to the voice mail. iOS 10 gives you a full transcription of the message directly from your Voicemail tab in the phone app. Click on the name or number in this screen to open the transcription and share it as an email or text from the share icon at the top. The transcription is not perfect, and it’s only available in English at the time when this article was written.

    #7: Bilingual keyboard

    If you type in more than one language, chances are this feature will save you from an autocorrect nightmare. Once you’ve installed the keyboard languages you want in the Settings, the Messages app will automatically detect which one you are typing to save you from having to switch manually from the globe icon.

    #8: Live links in messages

    Another practical feature in the Messages app that lets you preview a link without leaving the chat window. Paste the URL in the chat bubble and send. The app automatically renders a thumbnail preview with the title, or the full video player if it’s a YouTube link.

    #9: Use Siri with third-party apps

    Voice control has become much more useful in iOS 10 now that Siri can control more than just Apple’s own apps. Some of the third-party apps with Siri integration at launch include Square Cash, WhatsApp, Pinterest and LinkedIn.

    #10: Lyrics!

    Apple music now lets you belt out your favorite Adele song right from the app. Start playing the song, click on the song bar at the bottom to maximize and scroll down until you see the lyrics. Not all songs have this option at the time we wrote this article.

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  • Rumored No Longer: Apple Confirms September 7 as iPhone 7′s Announcement Date

    Posted on August 29th, 2016 Yuson Zou | 253 comments

    Apple has made it official that its next iPhone will be revealed to the world on September 7, the first Wednesday in September. Along with the announcement of its next iPhone, most likely called iPhone 7, it is also possible that Apple will roll out its new watch, too. The venue is once again at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, with the familiar start time of 10 a.m. PT.

    iPhone fans are now expecting the iPhone 7 and 7 plus to be unveiled by CEO Tim Cook and company. The current rumor mill points to nearly identical external designs to the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, improved cameras (with a dual-lens system on the larger iPhone), and most controversially, no headphone jack.

    The event would also offer the opportunity for Apple to repromote iOS 10, the update to its mobile operating system first unveiled in June. The free upgrade is expected to be rolled out to hundreds of millions of iPhones and iPads later in September.

    The Apple Watch, a product that hasn’t been updated since April 2015, is also due for an upgrade. In addition to the new operating system (coming to existing watches alongside iOS 10), new fitness features including rumored GPS tracking could help position a refreshed watch as a better activity tracker.

    Beyond new iPhones and wearables, Apple could also address the smart-home landscape: the launch of a dedicated Home app in iOS 10 means a bigger push for HomeKit-connected appliances and home accessories.

    Apple’s line of Mac computers is also rumored for an eventual refresh including MacBook laptops with an OLED touch bar, but that’s said to be slated for later in the year.

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  • Google Maps Continues Attempt to Tempt Back iOS Users with Cleaner UI

    Posted on July 26th, 2016 Yuson Zou | 217 comments

    While Apple Maps got off to a rocky start, with many of us opting to use Google Maps instead, it did manage to gradually win back our confidence – with three times as many users as its Google rival by the end of last year. But Google is working hard to tempt back iOS users with an improved user-interface and a new way to highlight where the action is when visiting a new city.

    The most visible difference is that many road outlines have been replaced with solid color. This small change makes a surprisingly big difference to the clarity of the maps, as seen below (new user-interface seen on the left). But it’s the new ‘areas of interest’ feature that may provide the greatest temptation to switch apps.

    comparison-between-the-new-and-the-old-map

    As you explore the new map, you’ll notice areas shaded in orange representing “areas of interest”—places where there’s a lot of activities and things to do. To find an “area of interest” just open Google Maps and look around you. When you’ve found an orange-shaded area, zoom in to see more details about each venue and tap one for more info. Whether you’re looking for a hotel in a hot spot or just trying to determine which way to go after exiting the subway in a new place, “areas of interest” will help you find what you’re looking for with just a couple swipes and a zoom.

    Google’s blog explains that it uses an algorithm to identify the highest concentration of restaurants, bars and shops in most areas, but supplements this with ‘a human touch’ in high-density areas like NY.

    A new color scheme also aims to make it easier to differentiate built-up areas from rural ones.

    Check out the brief video below for a (silent) demo of the ‘areas of interest’ feature. Previous improvements to the app include giving ride fares and pickup times for six different car services, pit stops and gas prices with business hours. Apple Maps, in contrast, has been majoring on bringing 3D Flyover and traffic data to more locations.

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  • How to Fix iTunes Not Recognizing iPhone/iPad/iPod

    Posted on July 26th, 2016 Echo Brown | 477 comments

    It is very frustrating that your iPhone/iPad/iPod can’t be recognized by iTunes. It means that you will have no access to transfer files or backup/restore iOS devices with iTunes. In the occassion, what you need to when iTunes does not recognize your iPhone/iPad/iPod? Here’s some advices in the post.

    1. Update iTunes

    Generally speaking, when iTunes does not recognize iPhone, it may have something to do with the version of iTunes. If you are using an old version of iTunes on your computer, it may not be capable of recognizing your iOS devices. So updating iTunes to the latest version is a fastest way to get the problem solved.

    2. Check Computer

    If you are running iTunes in the latest version, but still can’t get your iPhone recognized, you may want to take a look at your computer, sometimes if your computer lacks necessary software, it might lead to the malfunction of iTunes.

    3. Change USB Cable

    USB port on your computer can be another reason why iPhone not recognized by iTunes. So you can try more than one USB port to see whether the USB port works well.

    4. Restart iPhone

    Of course, your iPhone may also be the cause of iTunes not recognizing iPhone. At this moment, you can restart your iPhone by holding the Sleep/Wake button and Home button at the same time until you see the Apple logo, then connect iPhone to computer with USB cable again.

    5. Install Apple Mobile Device Support

    You should also make sure your iPhone trusts your computer, because after changing a new system on computer, your iPhone will regard it as a new computer. What’s more, you should check out whether Apple Mobile Device Support is installed on computer. If not, you need to install Apple Mobile Device Support on your computer.

    6. Set iPhone Up as A New Device

    After checking out all the aspects mentioned above, you can try to connect iPhone to computer with the USB cable again.
    If none of these methods work out, you may want to try set your iPhone up as new after iTunes not recognizing iPhone. You only need to tap General > Settings > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings, and then choose Set Up as New. When you have set iPhone up as a new device, you are able to connect iPhone to computer with USB cable. But before erasing all contents on your iPhone, you may want to back up iPhone files to computer to keep them safe.

  • 8 Great Android Features That iOS Fails to Offer

    Posted on June 27th, 2016 Yuson Zou | 144 comments

    As a iPhone user, do you really think that your iOS device performs better than Andriod device? If yes, think again! There are at least eight Android features that your iOS device cannot provide, from automatic power-saving mode and installing apps from the web to smarter keypad shortcuts and the ability to clear storage-hogging app caches with a single tap.

    1. Gesture typing for the stock keypad

    Although iOS has allowed third-party keyboards with swipe-to-type capabilities for a few years, non-Apple keypads tend to grow sluggish, fail to appear, or even crash altogether on iPhone.

    gesture-typing-stock-keypad

    The stock Android keyboard, on the other hand, has long supported gesture typing (just tap Settings > Language & input > Virtual keyboard > Google Keyboard > Gesture typing), making it a compelling choice for any Android device. Why Apple won’t add gesture typing support to the stock iOS keypad is a head-scratcher, for sure.

    2. Number and symbol shortcuts visible on every key

    Speaking of the Android keypad, here’s another clever feature that, once you turn on, you’ll never turn off: the ability to display number and symbol “hints” on every key (Settings > Language & input > Virtual keyboard > Google Keyboard > Preferences > Long press for symbols).

    number-and-symbol-shortcuts-on-keys

    For example, you can opt to have the Android keypad show tiny numbers in the top corner of every letter key in the top row; just long-press one of those keys to type the number rather than the letter.

    Meanwhile, other keys on the keypad boast hints for symbols that are usually hidden until you tap the symbol key, such as the “@” sign in the corner of the “a” key and the dollar sign over the “d” key.

    Those number and symbol “hints” come in handy when you’re trying to tap out a quick message, and they’re sorely lacking on the stock iOS keypad.

    3. Auto battery-saver mode

    One of the smarter Android features in the past few years is its Battery saver setting (Settings > Battery > Battery saver), which turns off background app activity, automatic email fetching, and other battery-draining activities, perfect for conserving battery power when your device is about to run out of juice. Apple wisely followed suit with its own low-power mode, which made its debut with iOS 9.

    auto-battery-saver-mode

    Unfortunately, the iOS version of battery-saver mode is missing a crucial component of its Android counterpart: a setting that turns on low-power mode automatically once your battery meter falls below a certain level.

    On Android devices, you can set the battery saver feature to snap on the moment your remaining battery power falls below 15 percent or 5 percent. With iOS, on the other hand, lower-power mode must be turned on manually, although at least you’re prompted to turn it on once your iPhone’s battery level falls below 20 percent.

    4. Install apps from the web

    Apple’s App Store changed the game when it arrived on the scene back in the early days of the iPhone, but in many ways, it seems to be standing still. My biggest frustration with the App Store: It’s best browsed from an iOS device rather than the web.

    install-apps-from-web

    The Google Play app store, on the other hand, works quite nicely in a desktop web browser—and best of all, you can install apps remotely over the web.

    With iOS, the closest you can get is to click the Get button in the App Store on iTunes, which only adds the app to your iCloud app library. To install the app, you’ll still need to search your app library on your iOS device and download it manually.

    5. Turn on “Do not disturb” for just an hour

    I loved Do not dist

  • Features, Specs, Price & Release Date of Purported iPhone 5S & iPhone 5C Before Official Release

    Posted on August 21st, 2013 Amanda | 54 comments

    The latest report reveals that the purported iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C is soon to be released on Sep. 10th Apple’s http://iga.edu/best-paper-writing-service-essay/ 2013 Launch, while, they won’t hit store shelves until Sep. 20. So let’s check out what features the high-end and low-end iPhones have before official release. Here are iPhone 5C and iPhone 5s release date, specs, colors, price, features and more you want to know.

    iPhone 5S specs, colors & price:

    iPhone 5S concept

    Targeted at high-end market, we’d expect the iPhone 5S to come with a built-in fingerprint scanner, a dual-flash 12-megapixel camera, a new Apple A7 chip, a 4in screen with a resolution of 1,136×640 pixels, and a 128GB storage option.

    The only improvement of iPhone 5S in appearance may be the new added color. The purported iPhone 5S is expected to come in a new champagne gold color, besides the traditional black and white. The golden color of iPhone 5S is expected to be welcome in both India and China and should also have a large number of customers in the west.

    Rumors suggest that the iPhone 5S would cost £529 for the 16GB model, £599 for 32GB model and £699 for the 64GB model. If there is a 128GB model, it may cost £799.

    iPhone 5C features & price:

    Purported iPhone 5C

    Perhaps the main features of iPhone 5C are cheap, plastic-cased and colorful. As a budget iPhone model launched alongside a fully-featured iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C will have very similar hardware specifications to the existing iPhone 5 and have a design similar to the iPad Mini, maybe the only difference is that iPhone 5C will use cheaper components and a plastic case to save cost. Certainly, the retail price of the budget iPhone 5C is expected to be US$400-500, around half the price of current iPhone 5, so as to compete against low-end Android devices.

    You must be curious about what “C” means in iPhone 5C. Guessed by many reports that the letter “C” in iPhone 5C stands for “Color”, because iPhone 5C may come in a rainbow of colors, including green, white, black, champagne, golden, pink, etc.

    iOS 7 on iPhone 5S & iPhone 5C

    iPhone 5S with iOS 7

    Apple has released the new iOS 7 Beta to developers, but the official version of iOS 7 won’t be available to all until September. Rumors suggest Apple would probably show us the iPhone 5S with iOS 7 Beta running on it on the Sep. 10th press conference, because the full and official version iOS 7 wouldn’t be revealed until Sep. 16th. So Apple fans, just wait patiently for another month to download the official version of iOS 7, or you may suffer from the annoying bugs of iOS 7 Beta and have to look everywhere to find a solution to recover lost data after iOS 7 upgrade.

    Featured with a radically overhauled interface, new Control Center, transparent animations, new multitasking feature for apps and more, we are sure that the new iPhone 5S will give us a better user experience. So let’s wait and see!

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