How to Download iOS 8.1 Without Deleting All Your Stuff

The new, Apple Pay-inclusive iOS update is finally here, and it's a big one—2.2GB big, specifically. Of course, most of that's just the install package, so if you go about this the right way, you should be able to avoid having to delete anything at all. Here's how to download iOS 8.1 without saying goodbye to any of… » 10/20/14 1:27pm Yesterday 1:27pm

iOS Expert: Don't Use Whisper If You Want to Remain Anonymous

When apps are accused of shady behavior, Jonathan Zdziarski is the guy that investigates. And this week, the self-identified iOS forensics expert was quick to respond to requests for a deep dive into Whisper, the supposedly anonymous secret-sharing app that's been taking heat lately. Guess what: Whisper's not so… » 10/17/14 12:13pm Friday 12:13pm

Report: Whisper Tracks Users Even When They Ask It Not To

[Updated 3:00 PM] You should know by now that purportedly anonymous apps aren't really anonymous. But now, The Guardian reports that Whisper, the secret-telling app and so-called "safest place on the internet," actually tracks its users to a frightening degree of detail. Even if you opt out of location services, The… » 10/16/14 12:22pm Thursday 12:22pm

Your Phone Could Become Part of the World's Largest Telescope

If you could enlist your smartphone to become part of an earth-sized telescope searching for the source of cosmic rays, would you? Researchers at University of California are hoping you'd say yes—they've developed an app that will leverage the power of one million smartphone cameras to answer one of the great… » 10/14/14 11:52am 10/14/14 11:52am

Smartphones Turn These Masks Into Incredible Animated Halloween Costumes

Proving that sometimes all it takes is a popular YouTube video to kickstart a successful business, Mark Rober, the guy who made the gaping hole in your gut costume using two iPads a few years ago, is back with even more easy but impressive costume ideas. And that includes a line of Halloween masks that come to life » 10/09/14 11:00am 10/09/14 11:00am

Microsoft's Xim Is the Easiest Way to Share Photos To Friends' Phones

Smartphones have all but replaced a digital camera for most users, but easily sharing those snaps is still a problem. Creating online galleries, emailing photos, or even crowding around a tiny display are all less than ideal ways to share. So Microsoft's researchers created Xim, a surprisingly simple way to create… » 10/08/14 12:30pm 10/08/14 12:30pm

5 Apps That Show Off How Awesome Android Wear Can Be

Any Android app works with Android Wear in terms of simple notifications and alerts, but there now are a growing number of dedicated apps that try and do more with the interface. If you're wondering exactly what Android Wear's capabilities are—whether or not you've picked up a device yet—browse through this selection… » 10/08/14 12:00pm 10/08/14 12:00pm

Adobe Gives Its Mobile Apps More Familiar Names, Adds a Few New Tools

Search for Adobe in the App Store and you will find a slew of snappy-sounding apps. It can seem a bit disjointed, so starting today, Adobe is updating and re-organizing its mobile app lineup under the monikers of the desktop Adobe fare you know and love. There are also a few new ones to try out. » 10/06/14 9:00am 10/06/14 9:00am

Put Your Key Apps on the Android Lock Screen for Easy Access

Lock screen widgets have been around since Android 4.2, but it's not always easy to find apps that can take advantage of the feature, and many users simply forget that it's there. But lock screen widgets are great! You can check them without the hassle of keying in passcodes or drawing out a pattern, and there are… » 10/05/14 10:01pm 10/05/14 10:01pm