There comes a time in almost every life where you put a computer in your pocket that's more powerful than anything that went to the moon. I'm speaking of course, of owning your first smartphone. And for many that first smartphone will be Apple's iPhone. Years ago, a friend of mine made that astronomical jump from feature phone to iPhone, and in talking to him I realized there were things I take for granted that he found completely alien. He didn't know the difference between Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and had no clue about the difference between Messages and Mail. Why is the web browser named Safari? Does he really need iTunes on his computer? Why on Earth would anyone talk to Siri? Those questions have since been answered, but as the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone X make their debut, new users will join the iOS family. And there will be even more questions. Even seasoned veterans of the iPhone probably don't know every little basic tidbit. I'm not talking the advanced new features of iOS 11 … [Read more...] about iPhone and iOS: The Complete Newbie’s Guide
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Advertisement Apple is selling refurbished iPhones on its official website for the first time since 2007. Potential iPhone owners who balk at the price of the new iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus can now buy a refurbished iPhone 6S or iPhone 6S Plus from Apple.com. Unfortunately, they’re not cheap.Apple has been selling refurbished versions of pretty much all of its products on its website for years. Including Macs, iPads, and various overpriced accessories (but probably not dongles Apple Is Forced to Make USB-C Dongles Cheaper Apple Is Forced to Make USB-C Dongles Cheaper Apple has cut the price of its USB-C adapters. Because it turns out people still use USB-A and HDMI, and don't want to pay top dollar to use their own peripherals. Read More ). However, Apple hasn’t offered refurbed iPhones since 2007, when the original iPhone made its debut.Until now.As first spotted by MacRumors, you can currently buy a refurbed 16GB iPhone 6S for $489, a refurbed 16GB iPhone 6S Plus … [Read more...] about Apple Now Sells Refurbished iPhones, But They’re Expensive
Advertisement Google Assistant began life as an exclusive feature for Google Pixel phones. But now it’s slowly starting to spread its wings. First, modern Android devices running Marshmallow and Nougat got it, Google Assistant Is Coming to More Smartphones Google Assistant Is Coming to More Smartphones Google is beginning to roll Google Assistant out to more smartphones. Unfortunately, the majority of Android handsets are not included in this initial rollout thanks to fragmentation. Read More and now it’s available as a standalone app for the iPhone You Can Now Use Google Assistant on Your iPhone You Can Now Use Google Assistant on Your iPhone Google has done the unthinkable and brought Google Assistant to the iPhone. Google Assistant is Google's answer to Apple's Siri, Microsoft's Cortana, and Amazon's Alexa. Read More (in the U.S.).It’s no secret that when it comes to online services, Google is much better at it than Apple. And when … [Read more...] about Google Assistant vs. Siri: Which iPhone Voice Assistant Is Best?
Advertisement If I have a choice between a free app and a paid app that do very similar things, I’ll buy the paid app every time. In my article about choosing Photoshop over GIMP What Can Photoshop Do That GIMP Can't? What Can Photoshop Do That GIMP Can't? What can Photoshop do that GIMP can't? Quite a lot! Learn more in our comparison of GIMP vs. Photoshop. Read More , quite a few commenters said they didn’t use Photoshop (the inarguably better app) because they would have had to pay around $10 a month, a tiny fee for anyone to invest in professional calibre software. I find this whole line of reasoning ridiculous.When it comes to iOS apps, the vast majority cost less than $5. In fact, most cost less than a single dollar. By paying this small fee once, you get a whole host of benefits. I pay for apps, let’s look at why you should too.They’re Less Likely to VanishA few weeks ago Mailbox, the popular “inbox zero” mail app Take Your … [Read more...] about Why I Buy iPhone Apps (and You Should Too)
USA Today thinks Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is the best in the game. The publication recently released its list of the best passers in college football, and it’s hard to argue with the top spots. (RELATED: Clemson Football Coach Dabo Swinney Gets $93 Million Extension)Lawrence came in first, Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was second, Oregon’s Justin Herbert was third, Sam Ehlinger of Texas was fourth and Georgia passer Jake Fromm was fifth. Oh, I wish you could all see the smile on my face right now. Lawrence being named the best is 100% the correct call, but we all know SEC fans will complain. They’ll say Tua should be in the top spot and Fromm should also be a top-three talent. They’re naturally wrong, especially on the Alabama count.There’s not much space between three and five, but let’s not pretend for a second like Lawrence isn’t the best player at the position in the country. He brutalized … [Read more...] about USA Today Names Trevor Lawrence The Best Quarterback In College Football
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