Surface 2 accessories step up: Backlit Type and Touch Covers, Power Cover, Docking Station (hands-on)

How do you improve upon the Surface, Microsoft's tablet-as-PC that debuted last year? Internal upgrades are always welcome: more battery life, a better display, amped-up graphics. But the real killer apps of the next Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets might once again be the accessories.

The Type Cover was the one part I loved the most about the last Surface Pro, for good reason: it worked great, felt small, and acted as a screen cozy. The Type Cover 2 and Touch Cover 2 make small but very important improvements: they both add backlit keyboards, and the Touch … Read more

Getting to know Control Center on iOS 7

The simple act of enabling Bluetooth, or disabling Wi-Fi on an iOS device has never been truly simple. The process required way too many taps to navigate to a switch buried deep within the Settings app.

With iOS 7 the process to control things such as Wi-Fi, orientation lock, music, brightness, airplane mode, and Do Not Disturb has been streamlined into a convenient panel. Selecting any of the respective buttons for a service at the top of the panel, such as Bluetooth, will toggle the status of said service.

In addition to quick access to the controls mentioned above, you'… Read more

Hackers claim to have defeated Apple's Touch ID print sensor

A day after the iPhone 5S hit the streets, a group of hackers in Germany said they have bypassed the biometric security on Apple's new Touch ID fingerprint sensor by using "easy everyday means."

The Chaos Computer Club announced late Saturday that it defeated the security system by photographing an iPhone user's fingerprint from a glass surface and using that captured image to verify the user's login credentials. The Touch ID sensor, which resides under the home button of the iPhone 5S, can replace the four-digit passcode to unlock the handset and authorize iTunes Store … Read more

7 unexpected features in iOS 7

My review of Apple's iOS 7 went up Wednesday morning, but since then I've been writing posts about what I think are the seven best and seven worst things about the new mobile OS.

Here is the third and final part of this series, covering some unexpected or hidden features in iOS 7.

There are certainly a ton of things that people are finding as they use iOS 7, so this is just a list of things that caught my attention over the past couple of days. If you have other hidden gems, please let me know in … Read more

Sen. Franken questions privacy of iPhone 5S fingerprint scanner

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law, has some concerns about privacy issues related to the iPhone 5S Touch ID fingerprint scanner.

In a letter sent to Apple CEO Tim Cook Thursday night, Franken included a series of questions concerning the safety of the biometric data stored and legal protections Apple might offer for the the fingerprint data.

"Passwords are secret and dynamic; fingerprints are public and permanent," Franken wrote. "If you don't tell anyone your password, no one will know what it is. If someone hacks … Read more

How to turn off Background App Refresh in iOS 7

For the first time since the introduction of the first iPhone and iOS, apps can run in the background, carrying out whatever tasks are requested. Until now, location services, music playback, and VoIP calls were the only types of apps that could run in the background on iOS.

The biggest factor that kept Apple from opening up background apps was battery life. Well, apparently Apple feels it's finally ready to open up iOS apps on iOS 7 and let developers have full access to background activities.

Should you find your battery life isn't as good as you'd … Read more

How to completely silence Do Not Disturb in iOS 7

When Apple first introduced Do Not Disturb (DND) in iOS 6, it was welcomed as a solution for not interrupting meetings or waking you up all night from alerts.

While DND succeeds at those two claims, immediately after the release of iOS 6 users realized it needed more. You see, on iOS 6 users who had DND turned on but were still using their device would still see and hear alerts while the screen was on. The only time DND was truly silent is when the phone was locked and the screen was off.

For users who want to truly … Read more

New in iOS 7: App Store, iTunes Wish List

Spotting an app in the App Store you want to purchase, but not being sure if you're ready to pull the trigger, or wanting to wait until it goes on sale is common. Same goes for a movie, book, or album in the iTunes Store.

In the past, iOS left you to remember what content it was you were on the fence about. Thankfully, with iOS 7 Apple has given users the ability to add apps and iTunes content to a Wish List, where it will be ready for purchase at any time.

Adding an app from the App … Read more

The complete guide to iOS 7 (roundup)

A few months after iOS 7 was first shown off by Apple at its World Wide Developer Conference, the wait is finally over. iOS 7 is now available for iOS users around the world to download, install and start putting to use.

With the number of changes Apple included in iOS 7 there's bound to be questions regarding how to use old and new features alike. But that's what we're here for. Below you'll find a roundup of posts covering every possible aspect of iOS 7 we think should be covered; all of which will show … Read more

How to adjust the systemwide font size on iOS 7

In prior versions of iOS, users were able to adjust the font size for specific core apps through the Accessibility menu. Those apps were Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Messages, and Notes. Sure, this was helpful to those who had trouble seeing the default text size on an iOS device, but outside of those apps it was of no help.

With iOS 7, users can change the default size of text across the entire device, so long as developers have properly updated their apps to support the latest APIs found in iOS 7.

To change the size of Dynamic Text (its technical … Read more