Apple agrees to analyze contents of iPhone found in boat of missing teens

An iPhone 6 is at the center of an investigation of two missing Florida teens. Last July, 14-year-0lds Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen set out on a boat trip in the Atlantic Ocean, but both of the bodies went missing and boys never returned. The United States Coast Guard performed an eight-day search for the boys, but never found them. Last, month, however, their boat was recovered 100 miles off the shore of Bermuda and on the boat was Stephanos’ iPhone (via ABC News). more… Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: Apple,...

This week’s top stories: iPhone 7 leaks, AAPL Q2 earnings, Apple Music releases, new apps & more

There was lots of news for Apple this week with the company’s Q2 2016 earnings representing some notable declines across the board despite reporting $50.6 billion in revenue and $10.5 billion in profit. But readers were more interested in the latest rumors and expectations for the upcoming iPhone 7 and Apple Watch 2, as well as some new “exclusive” Apple Music and iTunes releases and this week’s new apps and updates. Head below for all the handy links to this week’s top stories and more. more… Filed under: AAPL Company, iOS Tagged: AAPL, Apple, Apple Music, Drake, Icahn, iPhone 7, Q2 Earnings, this week’s top stories,...

How-To: Find your MacBook’s battery cycle count and learn what it means about its battery life

Recently I noticed that my Late 2013 MacBook Pro with Retina Display seemed to be dying at a faster clip. Naturally, I assumed that the battery might be going bad. After checking the battery cycle count, I learned that I was probably wrong about the battery being bad, as the cycle count was still well within the normal life span of my MacBook. Here’s how I was able to verify that everything was okay with my MacBook’s battery. more… Filed under: How-To, Mac Tagged: battery, battery life, how to, Mac, MacBook Pro, OS X, System Information,...

The Pros & Cons of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Other Social Networks [Infographic]

Nowadays, social media is one of the main channels used by companies to reach their target audiences. But with so many different social networks available, how do you choose which will work best for you? It’s not a one-size-fits-all solution. For example, recent research has shown that teens and millennials are moving away from Facebook and into other social networks like Instagram and Snapchat. So if you’re primarily targeting teens, you may want to focus your resources on building a stronger presence on those networks. To learn more about each social network’s strengths and weaknesses, check out the infographic below from Visage. It’ll cover the key stats, pros, and cons for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Snapchat. Acknowledging these can help you create and publish the most engaging content possible on the networks that work for...

You Can Now Set Goals in Google Calendar: Here’s How to Set It Up

While setting and working towards personal goals is often hailed as a way to stay motivated and productive, the science behind goal-setting paints a different picture. For starters, a study from the University of Liverpool revealed a connection between depression and setting generalized, abstract goals. It turns out that when we don’t have precise criteria for what it means to achieve a goal, it’s difficult to ever feel a sense of accomplishment. It’s like kicking a soccer ball toward a goal line, but the goal line keeps moving further and further backwards. Couple that with the fact that, as psychologist Robert Cialdini explained in his best-selling book Influence, sticking to any goal you set is incredibly difficult — unless you take the time to write your goals down and/or share them publicly. Fortunately for all of us who have been struggling with defining and sticking to our goals, Google has released a new feature for Google Calendar that can help. It’s called “Goals,” and it could be the solution to the goal setting problems I outlined above. What are “Goals” in Google Calendar? Google announced the addition of the “Goals” feature to its Google Calendar application on April 12, 2016. The feature lets you set clearly defined goals (e.g., “practice speaking French three times per week”) and then Google Calendar automatically schedules those goals based on when you have open slots in your calendar. When you’re setting a goal, you also have control over how much time you want to dedicate to each session. Just like with a meeting, you can have a goal session last 15 minutes, 30...