One app to rule them all: Lego Lord of the Rings for iOS

I can't say enough good things about TT Games' Lego series, which have brought everything from Batman to Harry Potter to "Star Wars" to life in glorious brick form.

And last year's Lego Lord of the Rings was among the best yet, an epic and thoroughly entertaining game version of the entire three-movie series. Of course, you needed a PC or game console to play it.

Not anymore: Lego Lord of the Rings is now available for iOS.… Read more

Logitech T400 mouse lets you get touchy-feely with Windows 8

Any video editor will tell you that their work is only as good as the performance of their three-button mouse. Traditional three-button input devices are contemptibly clumsy to use and require a bit of practice to master, but the added flexibility of that extra button can mean a big difference in time management and creativity.

Logitech hopes to bridge the gap between two and three-button mice with the $40 Zone Touch Mouse T400, a companion to Windows 8 devices that features a Zone Strip between the main left and right buttons to navigate movement using simple touch gestures.

Design and … Read more

Apple to offer in-store iPhone repairs, says report

Break the touch screen on your iPhone and your local Apple Store may soon be able to replace just the screen rather than charge you for a whole new phone.

Apple is prepping its stores to repair and replace parts for the iPhone 5S and 5C, "sources with knowledge of the upcoming initiative" told 9to5Mac. This means that damaged iPhones won't necessarily need to be turned in for an entirely new unit.

The initiative will cover several components, according to the sources, including the screen, the rear camera, the volume buttons, the motor, the speaker system, and … Read more

Get rid of the annoying blur effect in iOS 7

One of the many new visual effects added in iOS 7 is a blur effect. You have no doubt seen it on a daily basis if you use an iOS device running the latest version of iOS. By pulling up Control Center, or using the keyboard in most apps (especially Messages) you've seen how objects in the background are blurred out by the graphics being layered on top.

It's a neat magic trick, and definitely adds a bit of depth to iOS. But not everyone is going to be amused by seeing app icons or chat bubbles blurred … Read more

Review: TouchCopy for Mac quickly transfers media from iOS to Mac or iTunes

TouchCopy for Mac lets you transfer all your favorite media, such as music and playlists, videos, podcasts, album art, and more, from an iOS device to your Mac, quickly and painlessly. The app is small in size, so you'll have it up and running on your Mac in no time. You'll appreciate its smooth performance even more.

As soon as you launch TouchCopy for Mac, you will be notified that you're running the Demo version, which allows you to copy 100 files for free to your iTunes library. To import more files, or to back up and … Read more

Five tips for using the iPhone 5S Touch ID fingerprint sensor

The fingerprint sensor feature on the iPhone 5S, called Touch ID, is a convenient security tool that makes it easier to unlock the iPhone, compared to using a 4-digit PIN code. It also allows purchases from iTunes and the App Store without having to type in your Apple ID password. If you already use a 4-digit PIN, you'll likely find Touch ID to be more convenient. If you don't use any security at all, Touch ID might finally be the security measure you've been looking for.

Setting up Touch ID is fairly straight forward. Just go to … Read more

Review: i Visual Info Touch Lite is an infographic creation tool for the iPad

i Visual Info Touch is an infographic creation tool for the iPad that has a number of useful features in a fairly easy-to-use interface. From laying out the background for your infographic to dragging and dropping pieces onto it, everything works as intended, even if some of its best options are locked away by the trial restrictions pending an upgrade to the paid version.

When you open the app for the first time, you can start creating infographics right away. The first step is to choose a background for your infographic; there are a few options here and they all … Read more

How to add more storage to an iOS device

Apple's iDevices famously -- make that infamously -- rely on fixed storage. If you need more space, well, too bad.

Granted, you can try a utility like PhoneClean, which can reclaim some space, but that gets you only so far. For any kind of significant storage boost, you have little choice but to upgrade to a more capacious iPhone, iPod, or iPad.

Actually, you do have one other option. A growing number of devices give you extra space for music, movies, photos, documents, and other data, and some of them are surprisingly affordable.

I'm talking about wireless card … Read more

Search Web, Wikipedia returned to Spotlight in iOS 7.0.3

Apple released an update to iOS 7 after it's iPad event on Tuesday. The update, iOS 7.0.3, fixed a long list of bugs and issues, including the random inability to send or receive messages using iMessage.

One feature listed in the changelog is the addition of the familiar Search feature previously found in Spotlight. When iOS 7 was first launched last month, the ability to search the Web or Wikipedia was surprisingly missing. With the release of iOS 7.0.3, users will be able to search from Spotlight once again.

As you already know, you can … Read more

Remove a filter from a photo in iOS 7

Using the filters in iOS 7's Camera app is a fun way to spruce a photo. For whatever reason, iOS 7 doesn't deselect a filter after you exit the Camera app, leading you to inadvertently filter some photos.

For example, if you take a pic using any of the available filters, exit the app, and then awhile later quickly launch the camera to catch an impromptu photo, the filter is still selected and thus applied to your photo.

Luckily, there's a quick and easy way built into iOS 7 that allows you to change or remove filters … Read more