Photo Cast lets iOS devices send photos to Chromecast

After Google opened up the Chromecast to all developers who were interested, it was only a matter of time until we started seeing apps hit Android and iOS markets alike.

One such app that's especially useful for iOS users, will send photos to a Chromecast. The app is called Photo Cast and is available for free.

After installing the app the only setup required is to grant the app permission to access your photos, and tapping on the Chromecast icon to select the device you'd like to send the photos to.

Then, any photos you select will show … Read more

Add to your Feedbin using a Safari bookmarklet

I'm always looking for an easier way to subscribe to new RSS feeds. With most of my browsing of new sites coming on my iPhone or iPad, due to following links on Twitter to new sites, I wanted to figure out a quick way to add a feed to Feedbin without having to copy and paste the URL into another app.

I figured the easiest way would be to use a Safari bookmark that would send the URL of the site I was currently viewing to Feedbin, and subscribe me to its main feed. My idea was to find … Read more

Turn iPhone photos into beautiful watercolors with Waterlogue

There is certainly no shortage of iOS photo apps, but Waterlogue is worth investigating for its ability to create convincing watercolor paintings across a variety of styles -- and also well worth its $2.99 price. If you are looking for a new outlet for your stock of iOS photos, Waterlogue is sure to enliven your Instagram feed. It would also be fun to use in conjunction with a printer service such as Pixuru.

To get started with Waterlogue, tap the camera button to select a photo, snap one using the app, or use one of the 10 example images … Read more

How to edit your OneDrive documents via HopTo's iPad app

Still waiting for Microsoft to release Office for the iPad? Don't bother. Here's another app that fits the bill, and it's free.

Released in November for the iPad, HopTo lets you view, edit, and create Word documents and Excel spreadsheets, and view PowerPoint presentations. You can access and edit those and other types of files from your local computer and from Dropbox, Box, and Google Drive. And thanks to the latest update, you can now tap into your Microsoft OneDrive files.

Updated on Wednesday, the newest version of HopTo directly supports OneDrive, though the app still refers … Read more

Apple eyes smart magnets to attach accessories to your iPad

The iPad's magnetic personality could help users attach an array of accessories to their tablets.

Published Thursday by the US Patent and Trademark Office, a patent fittingly named "Magnetic Attachment Unit" describes how the iPad's current magnet system could be expanded to hook up with docks, stands, touchpads, joysticks, cameras, other iPads, and even a special magnetic ring. iPad owners would be able to couple the tablet with an accessory without having to rely on the dock connector.

Accessories would connect to any side of the iPad, including the bottom, letting the tablet attach to compatible … Read more

And now Samsung skewers Apple's iPad Air pencil ad

This isn't going to stop, is it?

Samsung is going to relentlessly tweak Apple's slightly tired-looking cheek until everyone in the playground is laughing.

In another new ad that chuckles at Apple's allegedly retrograde nature, Samsung -- or rather its California-based creative types -- decides to take the well-known iPad Air ad featuring a pencil and suck the air out of it.

Should you have somehow forgotten this Apple ad, it's the one in which an iPad Air is said -- by Walter White of "Breaking Bad" -- to be thinner than a pencil (… Read more

Google Translate iOS app adds support for more languages

Google has updated its Translate app for iPhone and iPad users with more language support and a couple of iOS 7 features.

Released on Tuesday, version 2.1 of the app adds handwriting input for 12 more languages. So you can now get translations for characters that you write in Arabic, Esperanto, Gujarati, Hebrew, Javanese, Maltese, Maori, Marathi, Persian, Punjabi, Telugu, and Zulu.

The app also sports a couple of iOS 7-related updates, namely the new style of keyboard and status bar.

Google Translate provides on-the-go translations among 80 languages. You can type, hand write, or speak the word or … Read more

More signs that Apple A8 chip production is approaching

Apple may be getting closer to production of its A8 processor as news from Asia points to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) as the main supplier.

Taiwan-based TechNews (via MacRumors) reported that TSMC has already started production of Apple's next-generation A8 processor.

That report jibes with a source who CNET spoke to December. That person, who is familiar with TSMC's plans, said that Taiwanese contract chip manufacturer had already begun making Apple's A series processors. To date, Samsung has been the sole manufacturer of Apple's processors.

But TechNews takes this a step further, claiming that TSMC … Read more

'iPad Pro' iffy, Microsoft Office on iPad 'alive' in 2014: Reports

A pair of reports speak to coming iPad attractions. One addresses the prospects for the so-called iPad Pro, the other, Microsoft Office running on Apple's tablet.

A larger iPad in 2014? Don't bet the farm on it is the crux of a report, via AppleInsider, from Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities.

While Kuo expects development of the iPad Pro to be important for Apple's future, the device -- rumored to be 12.9 inches -- will require a modified operating system. The upshot: that may not be doable by the end of 2014, Kuo claimed.

And … Read more

How to retrieve iCloud Keychain passwords on iOS

With iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks, Apple introduced a new feature called iCloud Keychain. The feature aims to help keep your online accounts more secure, and at the same time speed up the amount of time it takes you to enter your log-in credentials on certain sites.

In an effort to help you keep accounts secure, Apple helps create account passwords when you're setting up a new account or changing a current account password in Safari. The password is saved to your iCloud account, retrievable by another Apple device with iCloud Keychain enabled.

Should you need the password … Read more