Mobile Productivity

View your iPhone on your Mac

Apple's iPhone and iPad support several options to display on larger screens, including using a VGA, HDMI, or DVI adapter. In addition, Apple supports its Wi-Fi-based AirPlay mirroring technology that allows streaming of the iPhone or iPad's screen to supported devices. This allows for viewing through projectors and on televisions which have this technology.

While this feature is convenient if you have a device that supports AirPlay mirroring, you might find that Apple's own line of Macs lack this feature. As with iOS, Apple has included AirPlay mirroring in OS X to stream to devices that support … Read more

Simple smartphone photo tips

Today's smartphone cameras have become nearly as complex and feature-laden as the compact cameras they replaced. It's easy to get overwhelmed, but here are four simple tips for better photos that will work with virtually any modern smartphone.

High Dynamic Range (HDR)

Most smartphones now have an option called HDR, which is short for High Dynamic Range.

When you take an HDR photo, your camera actually shoots three photos at three different exposures: low, standard, and high. Then, your phone stacks all those photos to create one composite image that's super sharp and looks closer to what … Read more

How to disable or limit in-app purchases in iOS

Worried about your kids running up a big bill for in-app purchases on an iPhone or iPad? You can avoid sticker shock by disabling or limiting those purchases.

The parental controls that limit in-app purchases aren't new. They've been around since Apple added them in iOS 4.3 in 2011. But the option is worth revisiting in light of Apple's recent reaction to the legal trouble caused by the in-app purchasing process.

You must enter your iTunes password to confirm an in-app purchase. But by default, that password is good for 15 minutes. Make additional in-app purchases … Read more

How to teach Siri some manners

Siri tries its best to be helpful but sometimes doesn't seem to know how to respond or carry on a conversation. How can you improve the sometimes rocky relationship with Apple's voice assistant?

Let's start with one of Siri's worst faux pas -- interrupting you. By default, Siri doesn't know when you've ended a question or command and often misinterprets a pause as the end of your query. But in the new iOS 7.1, you can easily correct Siri's poor manners.

Simply hold down the Home button until you've finished your … Read more

Use IFTTT, iOS to hold you accountable for going to the gym

One of the hardest parts of starting to work out is staying motivated to actually go do it. Friends and family members can be terrific motivators, especially if you team up with someone to go work out with you.

But not everyone is going to have the option of a regular workout buddy. So instead of sitting at home unmotivated, use your iPhone, the automation service If This Then That (IFTTT), and a friend to hold you accountable.

First you'll need to install IFTTT's iPhone app. (IFTTT can be used with Android, but it's easier with iOS.) … Read more

Use TheFind on Android to shop, compare retail outlets

Shopping online is super convenient. You get to sit in the comfort of your own home, browsing various sites to find the best deal on a product. Sometimes you don't even have to browse Web sites, due to most major retail chains having native apps for various platforms.

But let's face it, going to a number of sites (or launching a number of apps) brings a whole new meaning to the phrase "shop till you drop." To tackle this first-world problem, TheFind will help you "search over 500,000 stores and 500 million products" … Read more

Five super useful features in Chrome mobile

For a smartphone browser that's fast and feature-packed, Chrome is a no-brainer choice. Not only did it crush the competition in our browser speed test, but its countless desktop-like tools and settings make it a hot contender against whatever default browser you're currently rocking.

For the best Chrome experience, make use of these built-in features.

How to get better battery life on Android

Android gets a bad rap for short battery life, but that's only if you stick with its default settings. Make these simple adjustments to give your phone or tablet a battery boost.

Disable location reporting and history GPS is a huge battery hog, as it harnesses data from the phone's GPS chip, cell phone towers, and Wi-Fi hotspots to find your location. The more a phone surveys your location, the more battery it uses. And that goes beyond just Google Maps.

Location reporting and location history are two GPS-based services with somewhat unclear motives. According to a Google … Read more

Safari vs. Chrome vs. Opera: Which is the fastest iOS browser?

Speed has long been the benchmark of good desktop browser, letting you spend less time staring at the loading bar, and more time clicking through links.

On mobile, that's no different, so we set out to find the fastest browser among some popular choices: Safari, Chrome, and Opera.

Designed by Apple, for Apple, Safari would seemingly beat the competition, but you might be surprised at what we discovered during our real-time speed test.

To make things fair, each iPhone 5S was connected to the same 4G hotspot. In addition, the caches and browsing histories were cleared from each respective … Read more

The Fix: Optimize your smartphone

Welcome to the second episode of The Fix! This is CNET's newest show, and each episode revolves around ways to make the most of the technology in your daily life.

This episode will change how you use your smartphone. They've become an indispensable part of our lives, and when they underperform or run out of power, it's enough to make you scream. To help you out, we've got some simple advice that can make your phone faster and its battery last longer.

First off, to see if your phone's browser is slowing you down, Eric … Read more