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PhotoTouch review

PhotoTouch is a powerful photo editing software that lets you adjust every aspect of an image until you have it exactly the way you want it. Adjust color, brightness, or contrast, and add all kinds of effects and filters, and then share your work with friends on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter; or save your photos to your phone.

The main menu that shows up when you open PhotoTouch includes options for taking a photo, choosing an existing photo from your phone, editing photos already saved to your PhotoTouch albums, and Help. The Help feature explains all parts of the interface, … Read more

How to list daily events in iOS 7.1 Calendar app

When Apple released iOS 7 late last year, the overhauled user interface included tweaks and changes throughout the entire operating system.

One such change was the removal of the ability to view your daily agenda from the month view in the Calendar app. As it was in iOS 7's month view, you simply saw a dot on each day where something was scheduled. To view the agenda, you had to tap on the day, opening another screen. This lead to a lot of tapping and navigating just to view your agenda for multiple days within a given month.

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How to completely turn off parallax wallpapers on iOS 7.1

Apple's iOS 7 launched with a revamped design and new features galore. Not all features were welcomed, with some users pleading for the ability to revert back to iOS 6 or turn off some of the more "annoying" features. One such feature was the motion found throughout iOS 7, including the motion found on wallpaper images across all home screens.

Apple did provide a method for reducing the motion effect, but not a way to disable it across the board. With the release of iOS 7.1, the ability to turn off what Apple calls "Perspective … Read more

Apple eyes fingerprint sensors to connect various devices

Apple debuted its fingerprint sensor with the release of its iPhone 5S in September. Currently, the smartphone is the only Apple device that totes the security scanner. But, it looks like Apple may be looking into using biometric data to let users connect all of their devices for wireless pairing and cross-device communication.

An Apple patent application for "a system for wireless pairing and communication between devices using biometrics" went public on the US Patent and Trademark Office's Web site on Thursday. The tech giant originally applied for the patent on August 31, 2012.

The patent application … Read more

Mac and iOS users, here's how to install that major security fix

Grab your iOS and OS X devices -- this is a security update you can't afford to ignore.

According to a study by Chitika released yesterday, only 25.9% of users have updated their operating system with a bug fix that prevents third parties from intercepting and fiddling with activity on an iOS device.

More specifically, without the update, the system does not check SSL/TLS hostnames, so connections that should be encrypted are left wide open.

The same security hole is also apparent in systems running OS X Mavericks.

iOS devices (all iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices) … Read more

The quickest way to close all open Safari tabs in iOS 7

When iOS 7 launched with a redesigned Safari tab interface, we showed you how to manage open tabs. But one thing we missed that should have been obvious was a workaround to closing every open tab at the same time. Have you ever tried swiping away 10 or 15 tabs? It's an exercise in frustration, to say the least.

Thanks to a tip posted on Mac OS X Hints, the process of closing all tabs can be done in just a few taps.

Launch Safari and view your currently opened tabs. Instead of swiping each open tab away on … Read more

Meet the LTE-capable Alcatel One Touch Idol 2 S (hands-on)

BARCELONA, Spain -- You'd be hard pressed to tell the Alcatel One Touch Idol 2 S apart from its twin the Idol 2. The only clue is at the bottom of the phone, where the speaker grilles are located -- the 2 S has more holes. And if you have the eyes of a hawk, the 7.4mm-thin 2 S is 0.1mm thicker.

That said, the Idol 2 S packs better specs that makes it feel more like a premium device than the Idol 2.

While they come with the same brushed metal design and similarly-sized 5-inch IPS … Read more

Alcatel's One Touch Idol 2 Mini S comes loaded with LTE speeds (hands-on)

BARCELONA, Spain -- Sporting a similar design and form factor to the Idol 2 Mini, the Alcatel One Touch Idol 2 Mini S is a faster variant, packing LTE in its small 4.5-inch chassis.

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Design-wise, the Idol 2 Mini S is very similar to the Idol 2 Mini and sports a metallic finish in bright, vibrant colors. The handset runs on a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, and is powered by Android 4.3. Unlike the Idol 2 Mini, the 2 Mini S is promised an update to 4.… Read more

Hands-on with Alcatel's metallic Idol 2

BARCELONA, Spain -- The sequel to last year's Alcatel One Touch Idol is the Idol 2, a 5-inch Android handset sporting a beautiful premium metallic design in a slim 7.3mm frame.

While Samsung has been stuck in a plastic cycle since forever (though the upcoming Galaxy S5 may change this), other handset manufacturers have tried to win our hearts by using premium materials in their handsets. The Idol 2 uses this approach with a brushed metallic finish that feels sleek and polished in the hand. A quick caveat though -- I noticed the "metal" bands around … Read more

The Alcatel One Touch Pop Fit is a 2.8-inch wearable phone (hands-on)

BARCELONA, Spain -- Announced alongside the company's Idol 2 range of Android-powered handsets is the Pop Fit, a 2.8-inch "wearable" handset designed for fitness buffs. While it may not have the fastest specs (and feels decidedly low-end in specs), the handset does have a few things going for it.

For a start, since it's designed for exercise, the phone comes with the RunKeeper app pre-installed. It's also meant to be a music player, and comes packing either 16GB or 32GB of onboard storage.

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Included out-of-the-box are … Read more