Put Your Favorite Contacts on the iOS Multitasking Screen

With iOS 8, Apple introduced a row of contact shortcuts at the top of the multitasking screen (tap twice on Home to get to it). If you want to take more control over which faces you see here, or you want to shut off the feature altogether, these are the settings you need to tweak. » 3/23/15 12:06pm 3/23/15 12:06pm

4 Apps to Get All of Your Contacts in One Place

If you've got a well-organized contacts book, our hats are tipped in your direction. Keeping track of hundreds of people across dozens of sites and services is no easy task, and it seems strange that no one's quite cracked the formula for getting all this information sorted out. Here are four apps taking on the… » 3/03/15 7:19pm 3/03/15 7:19pm

Organizing Your Gmail Contacts Is About to Get So Much Better

Organizing your contacts in Gmail historically atrocious. And now, thanks in part to the demise of Google+, it's about to become way better. » 3/03/15 5:28pm 3/03/15 5:28pm

How to Make the Switch from Android to iOS

Android is a fine OS, but the lure of a new iPhone may be too much to resist. If you're going to make the switch, you won't want to leave any scrap of your precious mobile identity in Android's cold robotic embrace. Here's how to pack up everything you'll need to bring to your new life in Apple's walled garden. » 12/25/13 8:35am 12/25/13 8:35am

Considerate iPhone Thief Returns Handwritten List of Stolen Contacts

What really sucks about losing your phone—besides losing the phone—is that you also lose a whole bunch of your data. But to help ease that pain, a iPhone thief in China copied down a list of all his victim's contacts (by hand!) and returned it to its rightful owner. All 1,000 of them. » 11/25/13 10:30am 11/25/13 10:30am

NumberSnap for Android: Secretly Snap Pics and Never Forget a Face

For a good portion of the population, remembering both names and faces is a task too astronomical to even conceive of. You meet a fun, new person, and you don't want to be rude—but chances are, as soon as they walk away, you've already forgotten what they look like. The problem only exacerbated when you've downed a… » 7/23/13 6:00pm 7/23/13 6:00pm

WhatsApp Violates International Phone Number Privacy Laws

WhatsApp, the Instant Message client beloved of people too cheap to text, appears to contravene international privacy laws because of the way it forces users to grant it access to their entire address book. » 1/29/13 3:41am 1/29/13 3:41am

Phonedeck Lets You Control Your Android Phone from Your Computer

One of the benefits of using Android is the options and flexibility you get. Like Phonedeck, an app that essentially lets you control your phone from a web browser. That's right, you can send texts, make calls and reject calls on your phone all through your computer. » 4/04/12 12:40pm 4/04/12 12:40pm

Buzz Contacts for iPhone: A Faster and Smarter Contacts App That's…

I was always confused at why Apple bothered making a contacts 'app' since it was nothing more than a shortcut for what was already inside the contacts tab in phone app. There was no imagination to it! Buzz Contacts is a contacts app that's actually useful: it's faster, better and looks reaaaally good. » 2/22/12 6:07pm 2/22/12 6:07pm

Here's How To Remove Your Contacts' Phone Numbers From Facebook's…

Facebook loves doing unexpected things with your data. Now it's culling numbers from your phone and adding them to its online database to "help you" find contacts. Don't trust Facebook with your mom's number? Here's how to fix it. » 8/11/11 7:54pm 8/11/11 7:54pm

How to Hook Up With Your Outlook, LinkedIn or Mac Contacts on Google+

Finding friends on Google+ is easy if all your contacts are on Gmail. But what about if they're stored on your Mac, or in Outlook? Or, for some crazy-in-the-coconut reason, you want to rub shoulders with your LinkedIn contacts? » 7/20/11 4:00am 7/20/11 4:00am

The 500-Year History of Contact Lenses

Sticking glass in your eye is objectively a bad idea. And yet, in the 1800s, there were several highly educated individuals repeating that very action. » 6/23/11 4:31pm 6/23/11 4:31pm

Apple's Thinking About Tile View For Contacts and iTunes Store

Even though the iTunes app and the Contacts app are two things the iPhone does fairly well already, Apple's patenting a tile-based view for both. Though, it's just as likely they grab the patent but don't implement this feature. [Patently Apple] » 3/24/11 3:01pm 3/24/11 3:01pm

App of the Day: Friends for iPhone

You probably have more friends scattered across more social networks than you can even think of right now. Friends wants to be the place where you can find them all—and see what they're saying, wherever they're saying it. » 12/15/10 7:20pm 12/15/10 7:20pm

The Friends App Might Be the Only Contact List You Need

Cyberstalking: it's exhausting! First you've gotta check Facebook statuses, then move over to Twitter updates, maybe give a quick call for a nice heavy breathing moment. Thank goodness this Friends app collects all that info in one place. Time: saved. » 11/12/10 8:40am 11/12/10 8:40am

Facebook and Gmail's Dispute Over Your Contacts' Details Has Got Dirtier

Google allows its users to download their data for exporting elsewhere. But after their tough stance against Facebook not sharing its own data, they blocked that option. Facebook's cleverly circumnavigated the block, meaning Gmail users can still find friends there. » 11/09/10 4:10am 11/09/10 4:10am

Soon, Gmail Users Won't Be Able to Find Contacts on Facebook

After Google hired the Facebook app developer (it was "frustrating" claims Zuckerberg), their relationship has now soured even more, as Google's changed their terms of service so Gmail users can't import their contacts to Facebook—because Facebook doesn't reciprocate. » 11/05/10 4:00am 11/05/10 4:00am

Gmail Contacts Receives Minor Improvements

Another week, another change to web-based Gmail. This time the contacts section has received a lick of paint, with keyboard shortcuts, organization by surnames and custom labels being just a few of the improvements. Check it out from today. [GmailBlog] » 8/11/10 6:10am 8/11/10 6:10am

Spanning Backup Secures Your Data in Google's Cloud

Those who use Google Apps probably assume data is safer in a cloud than it is on a laptop, prone to being dropped and spilled upon. Spanning Backup says otherwise, offering data protection services against data loss on Google's end. » 7/30/10 12:21pm 7/30/10 12:21pm