Regardless of which feature-rich smartphone you have, its main function is to keep you in contact with the people in your life. Calling someone is one way to catch up, but it’s hard to argue against texting and SMS messaging, which, for many, is faster and more convenient.However, there are times when you may receive a message from a contact you’d rather not see again, or get a random message from someone with a questionable number. Sure, you can delete the message and move on, but a much more permanent solution is to block those people entirely, thereby preventing their texts from reaching you until you decide otherwise. Thankfully, both iOS and Android devices allow you to easily do this, and we’ve broken down how to block text messages on your cell phone.If you’re looking for a guide on how to block numbers from calling you, we’ve created guides on blocking calls on Android, and blocking calls on iOS too. Block texts from known contacts and phone … [Read more...] about How to block text messages on iOS and Android
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The iPhone X is more than just another iPhone. It’s a top-to-bottom redesign with a bright and colorful edge-to-edge OLED screen, depth-sensing front cameras, wireless charging, and the most powerful Apple-designed processor ever engineered. In other words, it’s the Cadillac of smartphones, and that’s reflected in its price tag: The iPhone X starts at $1,000.Getting a new iPhone this year doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg, though. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are the other new smartphones announced at Apple’s event, and while they’re still expensive (but not as fancy as the iPhone X), they offer a redesigned all-glass back, an improved camera, slightly faster hardware, and a longer-lasting battery.How does the iPhone X, Apple’s most powerful iPhone yet, compare to the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus? Check out our iPhone X vs. iPhone 8 vs. iPhone 8 Plus specs comparison for all the crucial differences you need to know about.Specs … [Read more...] about iPhone X vs. iPhone 8 vs. iPhone 8 Plus: What are the differences?
Once you have iTunes 7.3 installed on you PC or Mac, syncing your iPhone with your calendar, contacts, music, videos, photos, bookmarks and e-mail is astoundingly easy. In fact, the process synced so quickly and seamlessly with my MacBook that I wasn't sure everything happened correctly.Sure, I followed the steps, but I expected failures, problem windows and troubleshooting. Something had to go wrong, right? I checked the Calendar app on the iPhone -- events were listed. I listened to music via the iPod application -- songs from my selected playlists were all there. Same success with videos, the photos I wanted and, to my big surprise, e-mail. I have six completely different e-mail accounts, four of which I access via Apple's OS X built-in Mail program, plus a Yahoo Mail and a Google Gmail account.All of the accounts were easy to add, and before I realized what was happening, they were busy downloading the last 50 e-mail messages automatically via AT&T's EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates … [Read more...] about PRODUCT REVIEW Syncing the iPhone: As Simple as You Want It to Be
When Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the new iPhone, he made it clear he believes the device has the potential to follow in the footsteps of earlier Apple innovations.The first Mac computers, he noted, changed the PC industry forever. Even though Apple never became a dominant computer maker in terms of market share, its interface and usability innovations are in every PC today, Jobs said.The iPod, meanwhile, the device from which the iPhone evolves, forever changed not just portable music, but music in general, igniting a paid-download revolution just when the music industry was facing extinction due to illegal song-swapping.Now Apple has the mobile phone industry squarely in its sights. By all early accounts, the iPhone is a major leap forward in product design -- at once slimmer and more powerful than just about all others in the market.From the innovative touch-screen approach to dialing and Web surfing to the large color screen, the iPhone may actually live up to the months of hype … [Read more...] about Will the iPhone Turn the Mobile Phone World on Its Ear?
30/30 is available in the iTunes App Store for free. In-app purchases are available.I'm a sucker for productivity management -- too much to do, never enough time, and there is always, it seems, some sort of flashing distraction. There's plenty of people out there with similar problems: Even if they survived a round of layoffs, there's usually a business need to get more done with fewer resources and people.If the ability to avoid distraction and meter out your energy in timed sprints sounds good, you'll want to check out 30/30 by Binary Hammer, a (mostly) free app in the iTunes App Store. I spotted it after Apple made it a New and Noteworthy pick in the Productivity category. Not only does it come with a good task management metaphor -- a timer to help you focus -- it boasts a 4.5 user review rating via more than 2,500 reviews. Definitely worth a closer look, I thought.I was right.There's lots of problems when it comes to getting things done, particularly for so-called "knowledge" … [Read more...] about IPHONE APP REVIEW The Clock Is Ticking on 30/30’s Simple, Powerful Task Manager
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office just granted Apple a patent for a facial recognition feature that could unlock a mobile device as well as control how it works. That's right, Apple just got a patent so our iPhones and iPads can look at us all the time.I just got used to the idea of using my fingerprint to unlock an iPhone 5s, but now my face? Will it recognize me after a hard night of drinking when I've got a throbbing hangover? Will I have to smile and patiently train it -- and then lock myself out of my iPhone after I start yelling at it for being stupid and not recognizing my delightful expression the first time, in poor light?Those were my knee-jerk reactions as I read the news and rolled my eyes. The forward march of technology. The Xbox One wants to pay attention to the humans around it all the time. Android has had facial recognition unlocking capabilities for a couple years or so. Heck, every time I import new photos into iPhoto on my Mac, iPhoto starts analyzing the photos … [Read more...] about OPINION Here’s Looking at Me, iPhone
Mobile truly has created an "always on society," where people are online and accessible 24 hours per day. Mobile platforms have become more than simple communications devices; they are lifestyle assistants that enable people to connect, interact, inform and influence.Because of this, they are also an incredibly valuable piece of the commerce puzzle -- no other channel provides such a direct and persistent connection to customers, partners, prospects and suppliers.However, mobile commerce is one of the most overhyped and least understood disciplines in commerce. Thanks to most mobile commerce initiatives today being either stand-alone efforts or "bolted on" technology to existing e-commerce platforms, mobile commerce is limited as a stand-alone function.For example, an iPhone application that shows simple product information and pricing is of limited use unless it includes some sort of mechanism to drive customers to a store or online where they can purchase the product. It is of no use … [Read more...] about EXPERT ADVICE Beyond the iPhone App: Seizing Today’s M-Commerce Opportunities
It appears the latest iPhone isn't finished yet. The battery life and the problems with MobileMe have many favoring the older model (kind of like Vista vs. XP), but lines are still forming for the 3G version. This showcases both the amazing capabilities of brilliant marketing and the risks associated with applying it to the wrong product. In this case, at the core of this marketing is Steve Jobs.An executive with a very similar charisma skillset -- Carly Fiorina -- has popped back into the news as a spokesperson for John McCain. I think it is time to chat about both the power and the problems that come with excellent marketing and a charismatic personality. I'll start with technology and end with politics.I'll close with my product of the week: a work and computer gaming desk from Steelcase that should allow you to trim down and live longer. At its essence, good marketing has a lot of similarity to the skills that are used to get you to disclose information -- called "phishing" -- … [Read more...] about OPINION The iPhone 3G and the Risk of Great Marketing
Tips and Tricks -- iPhone Secrets, an app from Intelligenti, is available for 99 US cents at theApp Store. secrets are always tantalizing, right? But each time the app's screenshots with the cheesy and hyperbolic marketing verbiage slathered across the iPhone screen turned me off.Besides, I've been using iPhones since day one, so did I really want to shell out a buck to learn that the built-in iPhone calculator app turns into a more powerful scientific calculator when I tip it to landscape mode?Nah.But still ... secrets ... might there be a tip in there that's actually worth a buck? Avoid SMS EmbarrassmentThe other day, when I stumbled into this app yet again, I pushed past several of the really bad screenshots and noticed a tip called "Avoid SMS Embarrassment."Hmm.Though I haven't received any self-portrait messages from Brett Favre, I've recently started leaving my iPhone face down on the counter or in the charging station because I've received a few text messages that weren't … [Read more...] about IPHONE APP REVIEW Secrets, You Say? Tips’n’Tricks, Perhaps, but No iPhone Secrets
If you believe Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg's version of events, his company's wireless division wasn't even in the running for the iPhone years ago when Apple was first shopping the device around to carriers. Other reports tell a different story, but either way, the fact that Verizon had to wait nearly four years to offer its customers the iPhone had its advantages and disadvantages. On the down side, it really gave a customer boost to its biggest rival, AT&T. On the upside, though, the competition did motivate Verizon to invest in a strong competitor to Apple's platform, Android, which it's helped become a major force in mobile.It also got to sit back and watch as the iPhone's popularity and AT&T's response to the pressures placed on its network turned into a nightmare. The volume of complaints about spotty or just-not-there AT&T cellular service reached huge proportions, and pretty soon people were practically begging Verizon to carry the iPhone just so they could get a … [Read more...] about WEEKLY RECAP On the Eve of iPhone, Verizon Cinches the Throttle