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Kayaker's iPhone survives 82 days under the waves

Dave McGregor is attached to his iPhone 4, but it wasn't attached to his kayak well enough to prevent it from falling into the sea while he was out recording his paddling adventures in Australia. The smartphone spent 82 days under water before washing up on the beach.

A lot of phones won't survive a dunk in the toilet, much less a three-month soak in the sea. McGregor's phone, however, was covered by a waterproof Optrix case. He held out hope for weeks that he might be reunited with his phone, but eventually gave up and threw away the accessories.… Read more

iOS security hole reportedly exposes your screen input

Every tap, touch, and press you make on your iPhone and iPad could be monitored and captured remotely due to an iOS security flaw. At least, that's the claim from security firm FireEye.

In a blog posted Monday, FireEye researchers said they conducted a test on non-jailbroken iOS 7.0.x devices in which they installed a "monitoring" app. This app was able to record all touch and press events in the background, including screen touches, home button presses, volume button presses, and TouchID presses. Based on its findings, the team concluded that an attacker could use … Read more

SermonAudio iPhone + iPad Edition review

SermonAudio gives you the tools to find the sermons that you're looking for, either from your own church or from many miles away. You can search to find churches by zip code or by state, and you can access lists of recent sermons to find what you're looking for.

From the app's home screen, you can search using keywords or locations to bring up a list of all relevant sermons. Or you can select the My Church tab from the navigation bar on the bottom of the screen to set your home church and view the latest … Read more

Avantgarde Acoustics Zero 1 is a 10,000 Euro iPhone speaker

BARCELONA, Spain -- There's a vast number of new phone accessories here at Mobile World Congress -- cases, clips, and camera widgets galore -- but I'm willing to bet I don't see a more lavish or expensive one than this.

German company Avantgarde Acoustics is here showing off its new Zero 1 speaker, which as the headline gleefully informs you, will set you back an eyebrow-raising 10,000 Euro ($13,750, £8,250).

Weighing 40kg, this isn't the kind of smartphone speaker you take on a picnic. It's just over a metre tall (3.… Read more

Apple promises to fix OS X encryption flaw 'very soon'

Apple said it will fix a bug "very soon" that allows hackers to spy on financial, e-mail, and other personal data on computers from its Mac desktop and notebook lineup.

The Cupertino, Calif.-based technology giant confirmed in an e-mail to Reuters that it was aware of the issue and already has a software fix that will be released likely in the next few days.

The severity of the bug was significant enough for Apple to issue an iterative update to its more popular iOS 7 software -- version 7.0.6, released on Friday -- instead of … Read more

Use mobile dictionary apps even when offline

Having an online dictionary with you at all times is a terrific convenience. Google's "define" search feature is probably one of the quickest and most convenient ways to look up a word, but it's only good when you have an Internet connection. Providentially, there are two mobile apps that allow you to look up definitions even when you're offline.

The Merriam-Webster and Dictionary.com mobile apps are two of the most popular dictionary apps in the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. The Android versions of the apps and Merriam-Webster's iOS app … Read more

GIFWrapped syncs your GIF collection across all iOS devices

Sometimes the only proper response to someone on Twitter, or even via Messages, is a GIF. With a proper search, you can find an animated image for almost any situation.

As I've mentioned in the past, managing GIFs in iOS is a pain. Boxie does provide for a simple method of organizing GIFs, but it doesn't help you discover GIFs.

Enter GIFWrapped. This free app not only makes it easy to sync and share GIFs using any one of your iOS devices, but it also gives you the ability to search (and then save) new GIFs. You can … Read more

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