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Fantastical 2 for iPhone adds Japanese localization, lets...

Today, 04:19 PM

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Fantastical 2 for both iPhone and iPad have added full Japanese localization in its latest update, which is rolling out now. Additionally, Fantastical 2 for iPhone will now let you save events as drafts.

Saving an event as a draft allows you to come back to your event or reminder later. For instance, if you're planning a party, but are still deciding on the best time for everyone, simply swipe down on your new event to save it for later.

With full Japanese localization, Fantastical 2 is now localized in six languages, the others being English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. The update is rolling out in the App Store across the world right now, so you should be able to grab it for both devices soon.





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The best iPhone 6 protective cases

Today, 12:00 PM

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Your iPhone 6 is an investment, so protect with a case.

The iPhone 6 looks great. From the lines and curves to the metallic finishes, Apple's design team has done their usual outstanding job. But life can be tough, even for a phone. So, if you want to preserve your iPhone 6's natural good looks, you'll need a case strong enough to protect it. Here are some of our current favorites, from full on multi-layer Iron Man-style armor to lighter, more scientific impact absorption.

OtterBox Defender Series

The OtterBox Defender Series offers three layers of protection, ensuring your iPhone 6 can survive tumble unscathed. On the inside is a hard plastic core, which includes a built-in screen protector. Once assembled around your iPhone, the whole package is wrapped in a rubber skin for extra impact mitigation. The included holster can be clipped to stay open and act as a stand in a pinch. The iPhone 6 gets some splash protection thanks to plugs for inputs along the bottom, but this isn't a fully waterproof case. Still, the Defender Series remains a solid choice for those that live a rough-and-tumble lifestyle.

TwelveSouth BookBook

TwelveSouth's BookBook is arguably one of the best-looking wallet cases available for the iPhone 6. The exterior looks like a well-worn novel, complete with real leather construction, but on the inside, you'll find plenty of room for your important ID cards and some cash. This series has been available for older iPhones, but new to the mix this time is a mounting mechanism so you can slip off the wallet portion when you need to. The underside is a soft-touch shell that still offers great protection. This also allows the outer wallet layer to act as a stand when you want to prop up your iPhone 6. For the convenience of taking just one thing with you when you head out the door, the TwelveSouth BookBook is a good bet.

LifeProof FRE

The LifeProof FRE case manages to combine total waterproof protection with an extremely slim profile. A gasket sits between the two halves of the FRE case, and covers up the headphone jack, leaving power and volume keys accessible via pass-through buttons on the case. Touch ID still works just fine through the integrated screen protector. If one were so inclined, you could dunk your iPhone 6 underwater up to two meters for an hour. The FRE case is also certified to handle drops of over 6 feet. If you want a little extra power and don't mind added bulk, the FRE Power is also available, or you can run with the LifeProof NUUD, which offers all the same waterproofing, without needing a screen protector. Whichever you pick, LifeProof cases live up to their name.

Tech21 Classic Check

Tech21 makes a wide range of cases, and one of their most popular is the Classic Check. This is a very slim case with easy access to keys and inputs, with the option for a clear build so your iPhone 6's profile stays fully visible. The Classic Check manages to maintain a high amount of impact protection through D3O gel lining the inside rim of the case. I've used boxing gloves with this stuff injected in the knuckles, and it's down right awesome how much impact they absorb. Nab a the Classic Check case if you want good protection with the bare minimum of additional bulk.

Spigen Tough Armor

The Spigen Tough Armor offers well-rounded protection without a ton of bulk. It protects the iPhone 6 with a combination of a flexible core and a hard plastic outer plate. Inputs remain open with a little extra wriggle room to accommodate third party accessories. Additional rear guards along the back keep the case raised just a little bit off flat surfaces to avoid extra scratches. The angular design helps glance impacts, but also looks extra-sharp.

Your favorite?

There are a lot of iPhone 6 cases out there, and paring them down to the five best is a tough call. For example, our own Peter Cohen digs the iGlaze cases by Moshi and the NuGard KX, while Jared DiPane is a fan of the Incase SYSTM.

Shout out in the comments and let us know which one you pick or, if you prefer something else, which iPhone 6 case you're using and loving right now!





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VMWare offers 10% off Fusion 7, free upgrade to Fusion 8...

Today, 04:10 PM

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To celebrate the launch of Windows 10, the folks over at VMWare are offering a discount on their Fusion virtual machine software for new buyers. Fusion allows you to run both OS X and Windows side-by-side simultaneously. For a limited time, new customers can get Fusion 7 and Fusion Pro 7 10% off, for $62.99 or $134.99, respectively.

In addition to the 10% discount, customers that purchase VMWare Fusion 7 or Fusion Pro 7 now will be eligible for a free upgrade to Fusion 8 and Fusion Pro 8 when they are released later this year. Without going into specifics, VMWare says this next major release will have between 50 and 60 major new features.

For more on Windows 10 itself, be sure to check out the full Windows Central review.

Get VMWare Fusion 7 for 10% from VMWare

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Sprint's Family Share Pack offers 10GB of shared data...

Today, 03:40 PM

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Sprint has announced the introduction of new family plans, aiming particularly for T-Mobile and its plans. The Sprint Family Share Pack offers four lines with unlimited talk and text, with 10GB of shared high-speed data for $100 per month.

The carrier is also offering to quadruple Family Share Pack data for $20 more per month. This would give you unlimited talk and text, and 40GB of shared high-speed data for $120 per month.

For a limited time, Sprint will also help select customers pay off their current phone and wireless contract on rival carriers in order to get them to switch. Customers will need to use their American Express Reward Card after registering with Sprint online, and Sprint will only pay after you've turned in your current phone.

Source: Sprint





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Save 44% today on this 3000mAh battery case for iPhone 6

Today, 02:31 PM

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Protect your iPhone 6 against impacts while providing extra battery life to get you through the busiest work days with this CasePower EDGE Battery Case. The ABS plastic shell is easy to grip, and it comes with a headphone extension cable to keep things compatible. Grab one today for only $49.95!





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How to delete all locally-stored music from your iPhone,...

Yesterday, 07:54 PM

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Want to save some space and get rid of all the tracks stored on your iOS device? Here's how.

Especially in these Apple Music days, it's easy to amass a sizeable offline music collection on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch—and a sizeable storage deficit along with it. To clear your device of tunes and start over, here's the simplest way to do so.

How to delete all locally-stored music from your iOS device
  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go to General > Usage > Manage Storage.
  3. Wait for it to load; after it does so, tap on Music.

  4. Tap Edit in the upper right corner.
  5. Tap the red minus button next to All Songs, then tap Delete.

How to delete music on an artist-by-artist basis on your iOS device
  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go to General > Usage > Manage Storage.
  3. Wait for it to load; after it does so, tap on Music.

  4. Tap Edit in the upper right corner.
  5. Tap the red minus button next to the artist(s) in question.


Still running into trouble deleting your music? Hit us up in the comments.





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VSCO Cam's Collections let you share your favorite ph...

Yesterday, 08:11 PM

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VSCO Cam for iPhone and iPad has been updated to add Collections, a new way of showing off your favorite photos and interacting with other photographers using VSCO Cam. Collections allow you to find and publish your favorite images for your followers to see.

This VSCO Cam update also allows you to take photos with the Volume Up button on your iPhone. Check out what's new in the list below:

  • New Collections feature allows for unprecedented interaction within the VSCO ecosystem
  • Connect with other creatives and their work
  • Double tap to save inspiring images, then publish those images to your Collection
  • Added ability to take photos using the volume button
  • Fixed various issues and bugs

You can grab the latest version of VSCO Cam from the App Store right now.





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Quick comparrison: iPhone 6 vs OnePlus 2

Yesterday, 06:03 PM

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A small Android startup with an intensely vocal following is making some bold claims about their newest creation, so we took a closer look at reality.

We don't usually get too far through a day without seeing at least one person claim an Android phone assumes dominance over the iPhone for one reason or another, but rarely do you see the company making the hardware focus their energy on the same claim. OnePlus is such a company, and they don't just focus on claiming their hardware is better than Apple's. OnePlus is in the Flagship Killing business, it seems. Not just this year's devices, either. The branding attached to the launch of the OnePlus 2 makes it clear this phone is going to be better than all of the phones that come out next year as well. Brazen doesn't even begin to cover it.

By OnePlus logic this new phone should leave the current iPhone in a heap of molten slag in the corner and leave Apple seriously considering scrapping their entire 2016 launch plans and starting over. It seems only fair that we put the two phones side by side and see just how true that is.


Lets start with the basics. With it's 5.5-inch 1080p display and 3300mAh battery, the OnePlus 2 starts out sounding like something we should be pulling out the iPhone 6 Plus to do a proper size and spec compare with. When you realize that larger display and higher capacity battery comes with 175g and 9.85mm of bulk, it really doesn't matter either way.

This phone is not only slightly heavier than the biggest iPhone, it's well over two millimeters thicker than both. OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei explained in a conversation with Android Central this decision was made to keep the large camera sensor from protruding, but the end result is the same. Side by side with any iPhone, the OnePlus 2 is just plain chunky.


Despite the obvious downsides to having a thicker, taller phone, OnePlus gets points for style. The bottom port is the first USB-C to appear on a smartphone, though it currently lacks the increase in data transfer or power output we've seen with the new MacBook. On either side of this reversible port you get a pair of symmetrical holes, one side for mono audio, the other for the microphone. While we'd be lying if we said the design didn't seem familiar, OnePlus succeeded where Samsung failed in making this design choice actually look nice.

Additional style points are awarded for an overall sturdy construction thanks to the aluminum chassis and user-replaceable backplate. OnePlus is making five options available at launch, including three wood panels, a kevlar panel, and a sandstone panel. It's a shame one of those panels doesn't offer the same polished metal feel the sides of the phone offer, but the ability to choose is something we've seen more and more Android manufacturers do recently.


OnePlus also included a touch fingerprint sensor in this new phone, and it is by far the fastest way to unlock any smartphone. This feature currently lacks the flexibility and interoperability of TouchID, but when it comes to just unlocking the phone it works well. Part of what makes the OnePlus version of fingerprint unlock just a hair faster than TouchID is the lack of a physical press in the unlock process. The fingerprint sensor on the OnePlus 2 isn't on a push button, and the touch sensor wakes up even when the screen is off. By removing the added step where you physically push in the home key or power button to wake the phone, you get a slightly faster unlock.

Also found on the side of the OnePlus 2 is a physical switch for muting and unmuting the phone. This isn't something you ever see on Android phones, and unlike the switch on the iPhone it slides vertically into three stages. These stages currently are set to the three modes for Android notifications, All, Priority, and Mute, and seems to work well. Functionally it serves the same purpose as the switch on the iPhone, save for the ability to set the switch to do something other than handle notifications.

The 13MP camera on the back of the OnePlus 2 includes optical image stabilization and ƒ/2.0, using a dedicated laser sensor for autofocus instead of the phase detection found on the iPhone. We've not been able to take these two phones around the city and do a quality compare just yet, but the sample photos we've seen so far reveal a sensor that could compete with the current iPhone, not blow it out of the water.

Finally, the software. While a direct comparison between iOS and Android would take an entirely separate series of articles, there's one clear point where a compare is appropriate. Android phones made by big companies often struggle to update in line with Google's release cycles, but OnePlus has built a version of Android close enough to Google' version that rapid updates aren't likely to be a problem. The phone will never update the day something from Google is released, like you'd see from an iPhone, but in theory it's a significant improvement over the months long wait time usually seen with popular hardware in Android land.


As you can see, the OnePlus 2 is a phone that might give the iPhone 6 a run for its money if someone was seriously considering a switch away from iOS, but against the iPhone 6 Plus — and, perhaps more important, whatever Apple releases next — there's nothing here that is "killing" anything. It's a nice looking phone, despite being a little thick, but overall the bark is way worse than the bite.





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New on iTunes: Early access to Unfriended, pre-order Mad...

Yesterday, 06:38 PM

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Every week, the iTunes Store adds new movies and TV to its catalog. This week, get found footage horror film Unfriended early, find deals on women-lead comedies, and more.

This week in movies, you can get early access to Unfriended, a supernatural horror film. Before fans head out this weekend to to Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, they can get a bundle with all four previously released films in the series for $19.99. A number of comedies lead by women are available for $9.99 each this week, including Easy A, Legally Blonde, Election, and The Devil Wears Prada. You can also pre-order Mad Max: Fury Road, which is expected to hit iTunes in just two weeks on August 11. The Movie of the Week is Selma, which is available to rent for $0.99 and $9.99 for the next week.

In TV, Comedy Central is currently offering major discounts for seasons of several shows, including Key & Peel, Broad City, and Inside Amy Schumer, which are all available for under $15. Ahead of the series revival with Heroes Reborn, you can get Season 1 of NBC's Heroes for just $9.99. Fans of spy shows can get their hands on seasons of The Americans, 24, and more at a discount this week.

Check in next week for more in movies and TV from the iTunes Store.





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Qualcomm masters wireless charging on smartphones with me...

Yesterday, 10:58 PM

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Qualcomm has announced that the company has engineered a solution to enable wireless charging on mobile phones that sport metallic exteriors. Utilizing Qualcomm's WiPower technology, the company has made it so should you own a smartphone with a metal casing (and this new tech), you'll also be able to take full advantage of wireless charging.

Steve Pazol, General Manager of Wireless Charging, Qualcomm Incorporated, commented on the announcement:

"Building a wireless charging solution into devices with metal exteriors is a significant step for moving the entire industry forward. Today, more device manufacturers are choosing to utilize metal alloys in their product designs to provide greater structural support and, of course, aesthetics. QTIs engineering advancement eliminates a major obstacle facing wireless power and opens up the continued adoption of this desirable feature to a much wider range of consumer electronics and use cases."

This is potentially great news for the iPhone in particular because of its aluminum body. It's doubtful that wireless charging will be making its way to this year's iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, but Qualcomm makes a number of components in the iPhone already, so this could be a potential avenue for wireless charging in the future.

Check out the press release below for more details.

Qualcomm Becomes First Company to Enable Wireless Charging for Mobile Devices with Metal Cases

SAN DIEGO, July 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), today announced it has engineered a solution to allow wireless charging for devices with metal exteriors. The solution, which uses Qualcomm® WiPower™ technology, is designed to be compliant with the Rezence™ standard and becomes the first announced solution to support wireless charging for metal devices, serving as another proof point of Qualcomm Technologies' commitment to innovation in wireless power. The techniques for designing a device to charge through a metal back cover, as well as the full suite of WiPower reference designs, are available today to WiPower licensees.

The ability to charge smartphones and other devices without wires offers unmatched convenience to consumers, and until now, charging a device with a metal exterior has been incompatible with wireless charging technologies.

"Building a wireless charging solution into devices with metal exteriors is a significant step for moving the entire industry forward," said Steve Pazol, General Manager of Wireless Charging, Qualcomm Incorporated. "Today, more device manufacturers are choosing to utilize metal alloys in their product designs to provide greater structural support and, of course, aesthetics. QTIs engineering advancement eliminates a major obstacle facing wireless power and opens up the continued adoption of this desirable feature to a much wider range of consumer electronics and use cases."

WiPower, as well as other technologies that meet the Rezence standard, operate at a frequency that is more tolerant of metal objects that come within the charge field. Up to now, this meant one could typically have objects such as keys and coins in the charge field and not affect the charging process. Today, WiPower has added the ability to have the device itself made of metal. This advancement maintains WiPower's existing ability to charge devices requiring up to 22 watts today, at speeds equal to or faster when compared to other wireless charging technologies.

Based on Near Field Magnetic Resonance technology, WiPower enables greater flexibility and convenience in wireless charging, allowing a wide range of compatible consumer-electronic and handset devices to charge without the need for precise alignment or direct physical contact. Additionally, the technology enables simultaneous charging of multiple devices with different power requirements while using Bluetooth Smart to minimize hardware requirements.

As a founding member of the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP), Qualcomm is actively engaged in the advancement of wireless charging, becoming one of the first member companies to receive Rezence certification on multiple receiver and transmitter designs.





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