For drawing, scribbling, writing, Paper for iPad, whatever you need to do, a stylus can be a great help in our touchscreen world, helping keep your screen clean and your movements precise. iPad and smartphone-users know this all too well. But as you'd expect, there are tons of options if you're in the market for a stylus. Everyone wants the best bang for their buck, quality and a reasonable price, and we've tracked down the best. Our list will outline the 5 best styli for the iPad and smartphone.
TunnelBear for iOS provides a mobile solution to accessing the Internet over a virtual private network (VPN). If you need to block web trackers that are tracking your every move while online, it’s fortunate TunnelBear is extremely easy to implement. Download the app, follow the on-screen instructions, and within minutes you’ll have installed a set of settings called a profile. Your iOS device will use these files to configure a location-specific VPN tunnel that all your data is filtered through. There is a free option available with TunnelBear in addition to two account types that cost a monthly fee. Read on to find out how to easy it is to setup a VPN on your iPhone or iPad. We’ll also look at how to get a free gigabyte of data every month to make your free version last that much longer.
Google Now has recently updated to include some really cool features. Most notably, a hands-free search and response feature. Search Google or tell the app for a reminder, all without touching the device. The means by which the hands-free feature works is by a special phrase, much like Google Glass, that is uttered to give the device reason to begin listening to you. From that point on, it’s similar to Google’s voice search feature we’ve seen before.
We looked at automatically saving iPhone photos to an Amazon Cloud Drive account, but this is glaringly restrictive if you don’t have an Amazon account. If, however, you already use SkyDrive, you could choose to backup pictures there – and do it automatically at that. SkyDrive has 7 GB of storage for the free plan. This is plenty space if you’re only using it to backup iPhone images. The procedure for keeping images backed up with SkyDrive is very easy to follow. We’re going to use BitTorrent Sync to pair the iPhone with a folder on a computer, which in
iTunes has become the standard transfer medium for music to our iOS devices. While our frustrations of the software arose, alternatives also sprung up. These programs offer an alternative method to transfer music to an iPhone or iPad. We’ll be looking at some applications for use via a computer and then some apps that can be downloaded on an iOS device for streaming music. Every method below avoids using iTunes during the transfer process. See Also: 2 Ways to Backup and View iPhone Text Messages on Your PC Using Desktop Apps Desktop apps don’t require anything but a computer and the
BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) has been a big highlight of the BlackBerry phone. Previously exclusive only to the BlackBerry, it is now being rolled out free for iPhones and Android devices. A couple features I find notable in this version of the app is read and delivery receipts for knowing when a message has been delivered as well as when the contact opens (reads) it. Also, in contrast to the timestamps on the iPhone’s native SMS app, BBM includes the time next to each message for easy viewing. Before using the app, you must register an account so you can be
Despite WhatsApp’s widespread popularity, many people looking for a solid instant messaging service on their mobile devices like to experiment with WhatsApp alternatives, just to see if the grass is greener. Others simply dislike WhatsApp, with the $0.99 one-off fee for the application not helping their standing with skeptical users, especially when they know there are free alternatives. Whatever your reasons for seeking out WhatsApp alternatives, you can rest assured that there is indeed a fair amount of competitors to choose between, all of which offer a little something different. To help narrow your search, here is a list of
Apple announced that the new iPhone 5S will feature the first 64-bit ARM processor used in a mobile phone at its last big conference. The news surprised industry watchers by its unusual nature. Apple, of all companies, extolling an iPhone’s technical specs? However, the iPhone 5S’s new chip heralds the future. What it lacks in applications today it makes up for in preparation for the future. Apple’s decision to use a 64-bit processor speaks volumes about where it thinks the industry will go. With a little guesswork, we at TechNorms believe we can guess Apple’s course for the future. Maybe
Apple really should have included the option to backup messages via FTP, HTTP, or even iTunes but after all these years they still haven’t implemented a straightforward way to do so. That is, they haven’t explicitly explained a way to do it nor have they made it a native feature, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be done. We’re going to use two methods. The first is only a few steps out of your regular routine. That is, we’re going to use an iTunes backup of your iPhone to extract the backed up text messages. To do this we’ll need a certain
If there’s one company well on its way toward world domination, it’s Apple. Even more than Google and Microsoft, the company out of Cupertino has dominated the technology industry. The story of the last ten years in tech has been Apple’s story. After spending the ‘90s in the gutter, it's back with a vengeance. Steve Jobs’s baby has grown into the most valuable company in the world. Apple’s plan for dominating the technology industry is easy to understand. All you have to do is use an Apple product to see what it’s doing. Apple wants to build and run every part of your tech experience, locking you into a seamless ecosystem of fruit-branded devices. Here’s how it’s making that happen.
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