Make Tech Easier: 14 of the Best Augmented Reality Apps for Android and iOS

Make Tech Easier: 14 of the Best Augmented Reality Apps for Android and iOS. “Augmented reality apps, or AR apps, are a growing trend. Apple’s ARKit and Google’s ARCore are both expanding the ways augmented reality can be used in the real world. More applications are also taking advantage of these features in new and interesting ways on both iOS and Android. These are some of the best augmented reality apps currently for iOS and Android.”

MakeUseOf: 25 Useful iPhone Productivity Apps That’ll Help You Get Things Done

MakeUseOf: 25 Useful iPhone Productivity Apps That’ll Help You Get Things Done. “Your iPhone is one of the best tools for becoming more productive. But there are thousands of productivity apps out there—how do you know which ones to use? We’ve ranked the 25 best iPhone productivity apps for you here. Which app will take the #1 spot? Keep reading to find out.”

Lifehacker: How to Keep People From Snooping Around on Your Phone

Lifehacker: How to Keep People From Snooping Around on Your Phone . “Sometimes when you show pictures to a friend or relative, they start rudely swiping to other pictures. We have a hack for that. But what if they start opening other apps? Good lord! I was shocked to hear people do this. But you can stop them. Here’s how to enable the Guided Access shortcut and easily lock people into one app when they borrow your phone. You can even use it to entirely freeze your phone on one screen.”

Hands-On: Flitter for iOS is the Twitter App You Deserve (Matridox)

Matridox: Hands-On: Flitter for iOS is the Twitter App You Deserve. “It seems every few weeks, there’s some sort of new social media app or client that tries to shake things up. Twitter, for instance, as seen its own fair share of clients over the past few years for both iOS and Android. They seem to arrive a dime a dozen while not exactly packing features that would grab a user’s attention. But then I heard about Flitter. If you haven’t, it’s a new Twitter client by Shihab Mehboob that aims to provide a killer user experience while packing all the necessary features you’d want from a paid app. When it went up for preorder, the sample screenshots of the app really caught my eye. I was given a code to download the app in advance and have been using it this past week as my main Twitter client. In short, it’s the Twitter app you deserve.”

MakeUseOf: The Definitive Guide to Backing Up Your iPhone or iPad

MakeUseOf: The Definitive Guide to Backing Up Your iPhone or iPad. “What would you do if you lost or broke your iPhone tomorrow? Assuming your iPhone is never coming back, you have two options: restore the backup you made, or start over from scratch. Nobody likes catastrophic data loss, but it happens. Fortunately, you can safeguard against the unthinkable by putting a backup plan into action. Protect your personal data, Camera Roll, contacts, and more with regular iPhone backups. Here’s what you need to know to do that.”

TechCrunch: App Store shrank for first time in 2017 thanks to crackdowns on spam, clones and more

TechCrunch: App Store shrank for first time in 2017 thanks to crackdowns on spam, clones and more. “The App Store shrank for the first time in 2017, according to a new report from Appfigures. The report found the App Store lost 5 percent of its total apps over the course of the year, dropping from 2.2 million published iOS apps in the beginning of the year to 2.1 million by year-end. Google Play, meanwhile, grew in 2017 — it was up 30 percent to more than 3.6 million apps.”

BetaNews: Apple releases iOS 11.3 with a massive focus on privacy

BetaNews: Apple releases iOS 11.3 with a massive focus on privacy. “Ahead of GDPR in Europe, Apple has released iOS 11.3, complete with a selection of privacy-focused tools. But while privacy is at the heart of the release, it is far from being the end of the story. The recent Facebook scandal has focused attention on privacy, and this is something Apple will be more than happy to capitalize upon, bringing GDPR-prompted tools to the world — not just Europe. But iOS 11.3 also includes an extensive changelog with a range of fixes and updates.”