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10 decades in the cult of Mac, how do we leave

After 10 years almost exclusively using Apple products we are thinking about moving back to a PC environment but are weighing up how to and if it is worth the drama. [more inside]
posted by Megami on Jan 19, 2017 - 29 answers

Navigating Apple's encryption red tape in 2017

Question for developers about your experiences submitting apps to the App Store with encryption without having Apple make a big deal of it... [more inside]
posted by johngoren on Jan 19, 2017 - 2 answers

Socially interactive iPhone games

My kids like playing with my iPhone. I like playing with my kids. What are some kid-friendly iPhone (or browser-based) activities that act as springboards for face-to-face human interaction? I'm not so much looking for games like Ticket To Ride where we each take turns focusing on the phone. I'm more looking for things like Heads Up or Spyfall where the phone is involved, but the main focus is on the other humans in the room. [more inside]
posted by yankeefog on Jan 9, 2017 - 6 answers

Dual-pane iPad ebook reader

Is there an ebook reader for the iPad that will allow me to have two different books pulled up side-by-side? [more inside]
posted by griphus on Jan 8, 2017 - 1 answer

Apps for communicating with deaf friend?

I'm looking for apps that will help me communicate with a deaf friend. Are there apps that will add subtitles to real life, so that he can read what's being said during group conversations? Also, is there a way to video chat with captioning, so that he can skype someone in real-time? [more inside]
posted by tinymegalo on Jan 4, 2017 - 3 answers

Anti-slip/grip solution for AirPods

Mostly loving these ridiculous new AirPods, but as many have noted they are slippery as can be. I don't necessarily mean even in your ears, as much as just pulling them out of the case. I know that at some point there will be "skins" to cover them, but the tight tolerance of them fitting in the case, plus the holes for all of the sensors, will make these solutions difficult. What I'm looking for is a solution to add some "grippy points" strategically to the earpieces themselves. [more inside]
posted by rtgoodwin on Jan 4, 2017 - 17 answers

Receipt-tracking in this modern world

With year- end tax prep, I am prompted to wonder if there's a better way to track receipts than I've been doing, using Paperless and a scanner. [more inside]
posted by adamrice on Dec 31, 2016 - 6 answers

Google Maps and iOS podcasts not getting along

The behavior of Google Maps and iOS podcasts over bluetooth has changed recently for unknown reasons (maybe iOS 10.2) and I want it to change back. [more inside]
posted by obtuser on Dec 30, 2016 - 1 answer

What's your favorite app for breaking news push alerts?

NBC is unfortunately discontinuing the Breaking News app, which has great push alerts. What's the best replacement? [more inside]
posted by boombot on Dec 15, 2016 - 10 answers

Affordable ways to add chat to an iOS app

I was using some chat software in my app called Sendbird until the price went through the roof. Does anyone know of any low-budget alternatives for giving you the server part of chat? [more inside]
posted by johngoren on Dec 13, 2016 - 2 answers

AppleTV games for a 4 year old?

Recommendations for AppleTV or iPad games for a 4 year old? [more inside]
posted by blue_beetle on Dec 10, 2016 - 2 answers

Toddler iOS/iPad apps that encourage a LONG attention span?

As a followup to my previous question, I'm wondering about toddler-appropriate "slow" iPad apps that encourage a long attention span. I'm explicitly looking for things that do not have stupid music, falsetto voices, branding, IAPs, or really anything saccharine. The more abstract, the better.
posted by dmd on Dec 2, 2016 - 10 answers

How Do I Disable Google's "Related Searches" Display on iOS Safari?

Google insists on gobbling screen space by displaying a stack of "Related searches" at the bottom of every search results page (Safari, iPad Pro). How do I disable this? All "Suggestions" entries in Settings->Safari are turned off. I don't see anything useful in Google's search settings.
posted by justcorbly on Dec 1, 2016 - 4 answers

Fun ways for a 5 year old to enjoy playing music on an iPad?

It's coming up to my daughter's 5th birthday and I'd like to get her some kind of musical instrument (probably a keyboard) that will connect to her iPad and allow her to play some fun games, learn some simple tunes, develop her ear and generally have a good time. [more inside]
posted by tomcooke on Nov 7, 2016 - 4 answers

Dedupe and Merge Crufty Contacts for Mac/iPad

I've delayed tidying my 400-record Address Book/Contacts info way too long. I sync my Contacts between Mac 10.11.6 and iOS 10.0.2 using iCloud. Because my contacts are very private info, I don't want to use an online service like Scrubly. [more inside]
posted by Jesse the K on Oct 6, 2016 - 0 answers

Is it safe?

Is it safe to update my iPhone to ios10 ? It keeps bugging me. I have a 6s plus.
posted by banshee on Oct 6, 2016 - 34 answers

Best practices for using an iPhone on a public Wi-Fi network?

I'm looking for best practices for using our iPhones and iPads on public Wi-Fi networks. That is, what can we do to best protect/secure/encrypt the data that is transmitted over such networks to/from the devices (aside from not using the public networks in the first place)? Would using a VPN accomplish this? Any recommendations for one? Something else? These are iPhone 7's and iPad Pro's, all running the latest version of iOS 10. Thank you!
posted by jroybal on Sep 29, 2016 - 6 answers

Improvements or alternatives for YouTube Kids on Android & iOS

How can I address the following problems with the YouTube Kids app: (1) no whitelisting, (2) no downloads and (3) stability problems? The solution can be another app that offers similar control over viewing, or any other tips or configuration options, but the end result must be suitable to put in the hands of a young toddler. Thank you!
posted by howfar on Sep 21, 2016 - 5 answers

Sleep app with custom-by-day alarms

What sleep app (available for iPhone) allows you to set multiple alarms for specific days? E.g. Mon/Wed/Fri wake up at 8AM, Tu/Th wake up at 9AM, weekends no alarm at all. Willing to pay if I have assurance that the app actually has this dealbreaker feature.
posted by serelliya on Sep 13, 2016 - 11 answers

Mobile Development

What's the best platform for developing cross-platform (ie mac, windows, android, desktop, tablet & mobile) games these days? How about apps? [more inside]
posted by missmagenta on Sep 13, 2016 - 6 answers

Super easy casual games for elders

My dad is 70 and wants to play some super easy casual games on PC, iOS, PS4, and possibly Wii or Wii U. Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain on Aug 15, 2016 - 25 answers

iOS app that has historical weather data

I have the best weather app, Dark Skies. I am looking for an app that will show me historical weather data by day, or something close to it. My ideal app would show me today, the record temps, and then just historical data for the date. E.g., the temp last year, the year before, in 1964, etc. I'm most interested in temperature data, but other stuff like precipitation would be great too. I feel like some enterprising soul must have made an app like this.
posted by OmieWise on Aug 3, 2016 - 3 answers

Best iOS apps for lecturing/notetaking

I just bought an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. Looking for suggestions for the best apps for (1) lecturing in the classroom and (2) serving as a research notebook. [more inside]
posted by leahwrenn on Aug 1, 2016 - 5 answers

What's the best Clash of Clans-like iOS game that isn't P2W?

My 6th grader really enjoys Clash of Clans, and has enjoyed the Advance Wars games on DS, but is not having fun with Clash's enforced waiting. I'd like to find a similar turn-based iOS strategy game where we can just pay for it once rather than get tangled up in freemium marketing. Unfortunately, this isn't my genre and I have no context for weeding through the recommendations Google brings me. Any expert opinions?
posted by blueshammer on Aug 1, 2016 - 7 answers

How do I thwart the app store redirect ads?

Chrome in iOs. Sites like ESPN now frequently redirect me to the app store without my clicking any ads. It happens frequently enough that I've stopped going to some sites I used to like. Is there anything I can do to stop this? Is Chrome the problem? Hope me!
posted by Joseph Gurl on Jul 29, 2016 - 3 answers

iOS (Android too) map app to plot all my places of interest

I'm looking for a map app for my iPhone that would let me input lots of spots I might want to visit and when I open the app it shows me which are near me. I keep browser bookmarks of places that look interesting nearby but I'd love to just open a map and find out which is nearby when I'm driving around doing other things. I've played with the built-in iOS map app, Google maps, and MapQuest but I can't seem to figure out how to do it. Thanks in advance!
posted by pibeandres on Jul 25, 2016 - 6 answers

Need a QR Code scanner app that doesn't suck, and can export to CSV

So, I've been tasked with finding an app my co-workers can install on their phones for an upcoming event to scan people's QR codes on their badges. My co-workers are generally not technical people, so it should be very easy to use. Must work on iOS and Android. [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Jul 22, 2016 - 4 answers

iPhone Tumblr App Safari Integration Issue

I have an iPhone 6 running iOS v. 9.2. I downloaded the Tumblr app but for some reason it's not properly integrating with Safari. [more inside]
posted by Sangermaine on Jul 5, 2016 - 2 answers

Best way to sign PDFs received in outlook on iPad?

What is the best (fewest steps) to returning an emailed pdf with my signature on my iPad? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad on Jun 28, 2016 - 2 answers

How best to manage YouTube on an iPad for a child?

My four-year-old loves our iPad, but I don't want him to use it for nothing but YouTube videos. I'm also unhappy with some of the videos that Google considers to be OK for children. How can I manage his viewing, in terms of both time and content? [more inside]
posted by Zonker on Jun 26, 2016 - 15 answers

Best iOS Twitter app?

What's the best Twitter app for iOS these days? I have been using the official app but the increasing amount of ads is getting to me. One feature that it does well is let me hide thumbnails in tweets. Is there an alternate app that gives that option? I've seen Tweetbot and Twitterific mentioned, but don't have any experience with either. Thanks!
posted by cozenedindigo on Jun 25, 2016 - 10 answers

Best iOS app for groceries?

Can you suggest iOS apps for groceries that you like? Must be able to sync with another iOS user, and an Apple Watch app would be nice if well done but not critical. [more inside]
posted by leahwrenn on Jun 5, 2016 - 17 answers

Mindless iphone games?

I'm looking for a truly mindless game or two to pass the time. Low stress, quick play, no major commitment. Examples within! [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on May 21, 2016 - 38 answers

Voice to text, app or software recommendation required.

My colleague is based in Kenya and has badly torn up his shoulder. We are looking for solution for him to work on the computer. He has an iPhone and uses a PC. The Dragon app is only for US and Canada. Can you recommend a solution he can try before he buys that will be available to him in his location? This is rather urgent. Thank you.
posted by infini on May 12, 2016 - 7 answers

What Animated Transition Effect Can We Use in iOs App?

I'm working on an iOs app (a wordy reference work). We've enabled a user to shortcut between sections via left/right swiping, and want to add an animated transition effect - something prefab we can simply plug in, as we don't have time to cook something up from scratch. [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover on Apr 26, 2016 - 3 answers

New GPS app for iOS

MotionX, the company who made my favorite GPS app, GPS Drive, has gotten out of the business of driving apps, citing an inability to compete with Apple and Google. I'm looking for a new app for iOS with a few specific features. [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain on Apr 25, 2016 - 8 answers

Need to record 8 hours of continuous video, on the cheap

I need to record an upcoming training classroom session from start to finish. All the videocameras I see, as well as iDevice apps that I can find, record in high def and can't store nearly enough footage. Low quality video, akin to a 1990s camcorder, is a tradeoff I'm willing to accept. I need the 8 hours to run continuously - no pauses to change storage cards or upload content in order to create space for more filming. Is there an app that will do this? If not, what's the least expensive solution?
posted by philosophygeek on Apr 21, 2016 - 5 answers

Quiet, cross-platform, local multiplayer phone games?

My GF and I are at a café with our respective, slightly outmoded Android and iOS phones. We want to play a game, but Spaceteam is TOO LOUD for public. What’s something fun, quiet and cross-platform? Thanks! [more inside]
posted by Going To Maine on Apr 10, 2016 - 7 answers

My iPad has stopped showing images in Safari. Why?

About four days ago, my iPad stopped showing images in web pages--there's either a grayed out box where they should be or they're just missing. All the text loads fine, it really just looks like image resources are deciding not to load. This happens in Safari, and in Safari view controller views like Tweetbot (so it's Webkit-wide?) Force quit Safari, restarted, still broken. Upgraded it from 9.2 to 9.3.1 this morning, and same thing. Did I toggle some setting inadvertently? Or is this a bug, and if so, how do I fix it?
posted by hwickline on Apr 5, 2016 - 3 answers

Zombies, bike!

Has anybody tried doing Zombies, Run! on a bike? I hate running but enjoy biking, so this is of interest to me.
posted by Pope Guilty on Mar 29, 2016 - 3 answers

App for graphing a phylogenetic tree?

What's the best app for graphing out a phylogenetic tree, including pictures, for a fantasy taxonomy? (OSX or iOS, please.) [more inside]
posted by progosk on Mar 23, 2016 - 7 answers

The next chapters in Monument Valley, or another similar game

I really, really loved playing Monument Valley. It was immersive and a delightful puzzle and visually excellent and there were no in-app purchases I didn't want. No intrusive ads or tricksy cheats or extras. I can't find a similar game to love, and I can't find current information on new chapters of MV. Help! [more inside]
posted by witchen on Mar 19, 2016 - 16 answers

iOS appstore accounts for children and parental controls

Hello fellow parents, I'm looking for advice on how to best set up an iOS device for a child. [more inside]
posted by gen on Mar 19, 2016 - 6 answers

Name my app

I'm developing a vocabulary learning/practicing app for iOS. Please help me come up with a kick-ass name. [more inside]
posted by OCDan on Mar 17, 2016 - 8 answers

How to see addresses in My Maps (Google Maps) on iPhone

I'd like to see the address of each location I added to My Maps, when I view the map on my iPhone. [more inside]
posted by Joleta on Mar 8, 2016 - 2 answers

Block building, saving, sandbox game for iPad?

My son is playing Exploration on the iPad (a sandbox game, like a basic minecraft clone where you just build things) and while he really enjoys it, it doesn't seem capable of saving his creations. Is there another recommended game that allows saving? [more inside]
posted by circular on Mar 4, 2016 - 7 answers

App discovery in 2016

Where do you go for (iOS) app reviews and reccomendations? [more inside]
posted by segatakai on Mar 3, 2016 - 10 answers

iOS Photos: can I download selected albums in full resolution?

I have a 200GB Photos library in iCloud, so in order to have access to my library on my iPad, I have to optimize space. I'd like to make a few of my albums always available in full resolution on my iPad. Is there a painless way to do this? [more inside]
posted by stonerose on Mar 2, 2016 - 2 answers

Seeking secure iOS app to store photos of IDs and other private docs

I'm looking for an app where I can securely store photographs of my IDs- these might include drivers license, passport, health insurance card, etc. From what I can tell, LemonWallet used to do this but was discontinued. Is there an equivalent that is still available? [more inside]
posted by cushie on Feb 21, 2016 - 13 answers

How to find free or cheap iOS design assistance?

I'm a midcareer technical professional who is learning Swift and building an iOS app that I plan to release for free. I'm not much of a designer and I don't really want to be one; I'm used to working with staff designers and implementing their designs. What are some places where I can try to enlist free or cheap design help? [more inside]
posted by Kwine on Feb 19, 2016 - 6 answers

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