iOS and Android are now leveling out- and how the future is no longer in the phones

September 19, 2014

Apple announced iOS 8 a few months ago. It was an indication of the software finally becoming more open and flexible with features such as extensions, third party keyboard, widgets and interactive notifications. Other than the interactive notifications, Android has had those features for years. Only difference is that they are implemented differently.

Google announced Android L a few months ago. It was an indication of the software finally becoming more beautiful as well as simpler for the basic user. It includes features such as lock screen notifications, more animations & attractive design, remote wipe, heads up & actionable notifications. Other than the actionable notifications, iOS had those features for years. Except with different names.

Do you see my point here?
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Did Apple lose the screen size war?

September 14, 2014
When Steve Jobs first announced the iPhone in 2007, the 3.5 inch screen was referred to as “huge”. Compared to other screen sizes at the time, that size was indeed huge.

But as time advances, customers want different things from their phones. One of those wants is a larger screen. Android phone manufacturers such as Samsung and HTC were soon producing gigantic phones and were praised for it. This lead Apple to announcing the iPhone 5 with a larger 4 inch screen. Although this was the biggest iPhone at the time, it was smaller than its direct competitors who had phones with almost 5 inch screens.
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Everything Apple Announced In The September 9 Event

September 12, 2014
On September 9 2014, Apple held it's iPhone 6 event. Most announcements were rumored and predicted in advance, but we weren't aware of all details until they were announced.

Apple announced two new iPhones: iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Additionally Apple announced Apple Pay, a new payment system replacing credit cards and also the Apple Watch which probably was the most anticipated Apple product for years.

I'll cover details of all three products in this post.

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Unsnooze App Charges You Every Time You Snooze The Alarm

September 6, 2014
Waking up in the morning is one of the toughest things to do for a lot of people. We have seen alarm clocks that drive around your room, shoot rockets and other methods to force you to get up. I like to cut on the chaos and use an app called CARROT Alarm.

An app called Unsnooze has a different approach to get you waking up. For every time you snooze the alarm you pay a dollar. This will supposedly encourage users to hit stop and wake up.
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Video shows leaked iPhone 6 put together from factory parts

September 6, 2014
With just 4 days until Apple announces a beautiful and fresh new iPhone; leaks, rumors and concepts are everywhere. Rozetked, a Russian youtuber put together a 4.7 inch iPhone 6 using parts stolen from the production line. The result is a genuine looking iPhone that could possibly be Apple's upcoming iPhone.

The leaked iPhone has an original system board featuring an A8 processor and an NFC chip according to Rozetked.
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They Need To Be Fed 3 Review

August 31, 2014
On August 19, They Need To Be Fed (TNTBF) hit the trilogy mark. The game started off on PC then made its way into iOS almost four years ago. I've never played any version of TNTBF in the past, so it was exciting to give the third version a try.

The concept of the game is pretty simple. You need to move your character around levels of rotating blocks while dodging spikes and picking up diamonds until you reach a hungry plant at the end of the level. The game has a little twist in it which makes it a lot more fun: Gravity isn't pulling your character down. Instead, every block has it's own small gravitational field and you jump from one block into another. You can not fall off and die as you're always withing a block's gravitational field.
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Deleting Safari History Does Not Remove All Traces Of A Website From Your iPhone

August 30, 2014
It’s common habit by many iPhone users to clear browsing history from safari. However the assumption usually is that this removes all evidence of visited websites from the iPhone. Unfortunately that’s not the case.

Your iPhone automatically stores website data, this is visible in the settings app. Website data is used to help improve your safari experience as it saves your data and loads it for you. The problem with this is that even when you clear your history, your website data remains visible from the settings app. This could expose certain websites you’ve visited in the past.

Don’t worry though, there’s always a solution!
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Mustard- Upcoming App To Find Someone To Do Something Now

August 23, 2014
Smartphones have helped us with many things in our lives. It's now a lot easier to keep in touch with family and friends that lives continents away. You can turn your lights on and off using your smartphone, as well as order pizza in one tap. There are still aspects of our life that haven't been improved by smartphones yet, such as finding someone to hang out with right now. And that's what Mustard is for.

Mustard is an upcoming app that lets you find people to hang out with. No more sending messages in group chats and never reaching a conclusion, and no more texting a lot of people to find out if they're free. Mustard solves all that.

You can check in as free for temporary periods of time such as 2 hours or the weekend, and friends will do the same. This will lead to you having a list of all your free friends at the current time. So if you're bored at home and want to grab some coffee with a friend or if you want to watch a movie in the weekend; you can just open Mustard and see who's free too.

Mustard has a lot of potential. I think it'll kick off really well since I'm sure it'll help most people one way or another. I can already see it helping me in the future when the app is released.

I asked the founder of Mustard, Matt Hurley, why would people use Mustard to connect with their friends rather than traditional texting and calling. His response was:
While there is definitely no shortage of services keeping you "connected" to your friends - showing you what they've been doing, where they've been, or helping you organise events in the future - nothing answers the question: which of my friends is looking for something to do, right now? Traditional texting or calling is certainly an option if you know who to call, but finding someone who is available and keen can prove difficult.

Mustard will provide a simple answer to that question by showing you which of your friends are keen when you are. It could be someone you see regularly, or someone you haven't seen for years.
He absolutely nailed it. Mustard is an app to serve a completely different purpose than texting people when you're bored. Instead, it helps you meet these people in real life and have face to face conversations with them, which is a lot more sociable than online communication.

To keep up with Mustard, make sure you join their mailing list for prototypes and betas: 
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Pako Review- Fun Car Game for iPhone & iPad

August 22, 2014
The App Store isn’t short of games at all. Yet sometimes people struggle in finding the right game to play on their iPhones. I spend a lot of time looking for fun games and I have found a great one: Pako.

Pako is a simple car game. The objective is to drive around and avoid crashing into anything as your car will blow up if you crash. To spice up the game, there are police cars chasing you around the area and you have to dodge them too as well as the traffic, buildings and lamp posts. One of the areas even has tanks which fire at you!
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How to Use Third Party Alarm Apps Properly on iPhone

August 16, 2014
With the release of iOS 8, Apple has shown the world that it's moving towards a more flexible and open system with Extensions. One of the most annoying limitations I face that has not yet been addressed is how alarm apps can not bypass Do Not Disturb. Do Not Disturb is a feature Apple announced with iOS 6 that silents your notifications completely and avoids the screen lighting up or your phone vibrating during the night. I rely on this feature to ensure I get my peaceful goodnight sleep.

However, the alarm in iOS is the only app that can bypass Do Not Disturb (as well as phone but that's off by default). I recently downloaded CARROT Alarm. It makes waking up a lot more fun than regular alarms. However it requires me to keep my phone unlocked and the app running if I want to wake up since it can't bypass Do Not Disturb.

--> Related: CARROT Fit app threatens you into losing weight

I figured out a little trick that avoids this whole problem.
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