Phones

9 apps that enhance iOS 8's camera

iOS 8 gave the iPhone's camera app a major upgrade: automatic straightening and cropping, one-touch light and color adjustments, built-in filters and editing tools, time-lapse videos, and the iCloud Photo Library, among other improvements. But for iPhotographers who want more manual control over their photos, sharing options, and storage, here are our nine picks for photo apps that play well with iOS 8.

More features for control freaks

VSCO Cam

When you're out and about, you don't want miss an important shot because you're searching through a cluttered app. VSCO Cam has a streamlined, minimal interface … Read more

Apple's new iPhones, Watches, and apps

Today Apple announced a bushel of new products: not one but two iPhone 6s, three Apple Watches, iOS 8, Apple Pay, and assorted other apps. Here's what you need to know about the goods.

iPhone 6

What: iPhone 6 with a 4.7-inch screen; iPhone 6 Plus with a 5.5-inch display.

When: September 19 (preorders begin Friday, September 12).

How much: iPhone 6: $199 for 16GB, $299 for 64GB, $399 for 128GB; iPhone 6 Plus: $299 for 16GB, $399 for 64GB, $499 for 128GB -- those are US prices, all with a two-year contract. (Bargain hunters can now … Read more

eBay launches Sell Your Phone campaign

iPhone 6 will be available starting September 19, so future adopters have a little over a week to sell their old phone and get in line for the new iOS 8-compatible phone. But if haggling with sketchy strangers from Craigslist over the best price for your existing phone isn't your cup of tea, then let eBay do the work for you.

Let eBay unload your phone

Check the eBay tracker to see how much your device is worth. The price calculator covers a variety of brands: Apple, Samsung, HTC, Motorola, and more. Choose your phone model, carrier, color, extra … Read more

Fandango Movies review

Fandango Movies gives you quick, easy access to movie tickets for nearby theaters. This application does not contain many features for social networkers but does succeed in providing speedy service for customers.

Pros

Pinpoint precision: Upon installation, movie theaters in a 50-mile radius were suggested to us, verifying the accuracy of Fandango's GPS tool. Additionally, logging in to your account instantly pulls up all previously visited theaters, which eases your shopping experience.

Attractive entertainment: Fandango Movies offers high-quality, fast-loading movie reviews, video interviews, and film stills. All of these items help you decide which films to watch in an … Read more

Data Recovery for iPhone for Mac review

Data Recovery for iPhone lets you access items that you may have accidentally deleted or those that were lost from your device after a jailbreak. Once you've completed a scan, you can view the recovered files to find the ones you're looking for, and then you can save them straight to your computer.

Pros

Intuitive interface: This program features a clean interface with tabs across the top of the main viewing window to facilitate navigation. Clicking these tabs lets you move from one type of recovered file to another, so you can quickly find the types of files … Read more

Phone Stick review

Phone Stick lets you manage and back up the contents of your iOS device on a Windows computer without having to go through iTunes. Just plug your phone into your computer, and you'll soon have the ability to move files back and forth from the device to the computer, and more.

Pros

USB stick option: In addition to the expected features, like managing your music and other media, this app can also turn your phone into a USB stick, so you can use it to store and access files from your home computer at work, or vice versa. You … Read more

Microsoft OneNote for iPhone review

Microsoft OneNote for iPhone is a flexible note-taking program that lets you save all kinds of important information in one place. Photos, text, and links are all searchable in this app, and you can organize your notes into different notebooks and pages to make things as easy as possible to find later on.

Pros

Checkable lists: While the blank page you start writing your notes on may look just like a regular document or piece of paper, there's a lot of functionality lurking just below the surface. For instance, you can insert checkboxes into lists, and then check them … Read more

SimpleMind for iPhone review

SimpleMind for iPhone is a program to help you map out all kinds of projects and ideas efficiently, so you can stay organized. It features multiple customization options and many tools to make the mind mapping process as smooth as possible.

Pros

Sync with desktop: When you sync this app with the desktop version, you can work on your mind maps in both locations whenever it's convenient for you. This is also a nice option because the larger screen of the desktop will let you zoom out and see the big picture, while the mobile app means you can … Read more

Phone Amego for Mac review

Phone Amego for Mac sits on your menu bar and interacts with your phone for a number of functions, monitoring and controlling calls, blocking unwanted callers, doing Web reverse lookups, and setting calendars. It works well and proves useful, but doesn't support Wi-Fi.

Pros

Intuitive interface: Configuring Phone Amego for Mac does not take long. Everything is clearly presented on the application's different panes. Setting your communication logging parameters, for instance, is as easy as ticking check boxes.

Works with AppleScript: You can use AppleScript to automate your interaction with connected phones, which means you can place calls … Read more

VLC Media Player review

VLC Media Player is an open-source program that lets you play all kinds of media on your iOS device even if they're in formats that are not normally supported. Just download your music and videos to your iPhone or iPad, and you're ready to enjoy them wherever you go.

Pros

Multiple transfer options: When you're ready to move files from your computer to your VLC library, you have several options. You can connect your device directly to the computer, and then complete the transfer through iTunes, or you can connect both your computer and your device to … Read more