Posts tagged ios

No, that's not a giant hand.

No, that’s not a giant hand. Photo: The Nipper

Modern mobile phones need a lot of power; chances are we’ve all got an external battery pack (or at least a second cable and wall plug) tucked away in a bag somewhere that will charge up our Android and iOS mobile phones while we’re on the run.

The thing is, those things need to be taken along with you when you leave the house. If you’re like me, though, that requires a heck of a lot of cognitive overhead and pre-planning.

The whole point of the Nipper, this tiny new mobile phone charger that uses two AA batteries to give you a bit of juice when needed, is to always be available.

Google Street View goes solo. Photo: Google

Google Street View goes solo. Photo: Google

Google Street View is no longer hidden away inside Google Maps; it now has its very own app on Android and iOS, which offers immersive 360-degree imagery, and allows you to contribute your own.

Skype's new look on Android. Photo: Skype

Skype’s new look on Android. Photo: Skype

Skype is today rolling out major updates to its Android and iOS apps that bring a brand new look and a bunch of new features. Users on Android can look forward to enhanced search and improved messaging, while those with an iPad can expect to see all the features they’re used to on iPhone.

Consumers aren't bored of the iPhone 6 yet. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Consumers aren’t bored of the iPhone 6 yet. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Apple’s iPhones might be on the verge of a big refresh this month, but that doesn’t make them any less appealing to those looking to take a break from Android.

In Europe, 27 percent of smartphone shoppers swapped their Android for an iPhone last quarter, while 9 percent of consumers made the same switch in the U.S.

New social features add solid functionality to both iOS and Android versions. Photo: Instagram

New social features add solid functionality to both iOS and Android versions. Photo: Instagram

Photo-sharing service Instagram takes another step closer to becoming its own self-contained social network today with features aimed at the 85 million folks using Instagram Direct, which lets you send direct messages to individual users or groups of up to 15 people.

The new features include threaded messaging and a new way to share Instagram videos or photos within those direct messages.

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