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Shopping for an iPad? Gizmag compares the features and specs of the current models

Shopping for an iPad? Gizmag compares the features and specs of the current models

iPads may not be the must-have devices they once were, but they’re still the best standalone tablets – not to mention the most popular by a longshot. Let Gizmag help you decide which one you want, with our 2015 iPad Comparison.

We’re breaking down the following five iPads:

  • iPad Pro
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad Air
  • iPad mini 2

Though you’ll still see the iPad mini 3 and other older models floating around at some retailers, these five are the only ones that Apple and its authorized third-party retailers will be selling for (presumably) the next year. read more

Is the Internet Killing Santa?

Years ago parents worried their children would learn the truth about Santa Claus from others, but now they have a new problem – the internet.

According to a recent poll from Hide My Ass!, 1 in 8 American parents said the internet was responsible for telling their children the truth about Saint Nick.

44% of parents blamed Google for ruining this Christmas story, as children searched for Santa and found pages explaining he is as real as an artificial Christmas tree. read more

I Saw You On Facebook – How Come I Wasn’t Invited?

by: the Common Constitutionalist

These days it seems most Americans have a Twitter or Facebook account – usually both. I don’t wish to offend but Twitter is just plain stupid. It’s merely a platform for most to “pop off” about something or someone. On occasion, it has its uses, like a breaking news event, but mostly its just nonsense. And it invariably gets people into a lot of trouble as it has no filter or send-time delay. Something idiotic pops into someone’s head, they type out their 140 characters and send. Within minutes they regret sending it. The only thing more absurd would be to have live Twitter feeds, where it is sent as you type.

Facebook does have its uses. Many, if not most businesses have some form of Facebook presence they find useful for communicating with customers, launching a new product, etc. Others, with personal accounts find it easier to share with family and friends. If one is smart and disciplined, Facebook is a great tool.

Then there are the not so smart and extremely undisciplined Facebook fanatics, who seem to live out their entire lives online. It’s an obsession to a growing number of people – mostly kids and younger adults, to stay in constant contact with their Facebook “friends.” And of course the more “friends” one has the cooler one must be. And everyone must be cool.

Facebook allows anyone to create an almost entirely false online persona – and more often than not that persona is one of 24/7 fun and frivolity. Rarely, if ever does anyone, particularly younger users, share anything but good news and fun on Facebook. When was the last time anyone shared the fact that they were just foreclosed on or lost their job or their health insurance due to Obamacare (had to get that in)? I would venture to say never. Why would they? The cool set doesn’t suffer those real life events. read more

Game Controller for iPad

Gizmag takes a quick look at our favorite physical control scheme for iOS devices, the GameviceGizmag takes a quick look at our favorite physical control scheme for iOS devices, the Gamevice (Credit: Will Shanklin/Gizmag)

The Gamevice is pretty much the ideal way to add physical controls to an iPad mini. Strapping it onto your tablet is less like using an accessory and more like transforming your iPad into an iOS-powered portable game console.

If you search somewhere like Amazon or Best Buy for iOS game controllers, almost everything you see will either be a sunflower-style controller that props your device up above, or a standalone gamepad that you hold separately from your phone or tablet. You’ll see a few that latch onto the sides of the device like the Gamevice, but they’re all pretty old and only compatible with obsolete (two years old at the most recent) Apple devices. read more

New Emojis are on the Way

Just months after the Unicode Consortium released its latest range of emoji, Apple has added a number of these symbols to its emoji keyboard.

Developers with early access to the files of Apple’s iOS 9.1 have spotted more than a dozen new additions including a wedge of cheese, a unicorn, taco, a champagne bottle, a weightlifter and a mosque.

Apple’s iOS 9 will be rolled out to all devices on 16 September and iOS 9.1 could be released as soon as the end of the year.    

Developers with early access to the files of Apple's iOS 9.1 have spotted more than a dozen new additions to the emoji keyboard including a wedge of cheese, a taco, a burrito, chili pepper, new faces, a spider, crab, scorpion, and squirrel as well as a robot, unicorn, lion and turkey

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Smartwatch Hack

Smartwatches are packed full of sensors to help you track fitness, heart rate, location and more, but these very sensors can also put you at risk.

Computer scientists have developed an app that sits on the watches and captures data from these motion sensors as the wearer types on a keyboard.

These movements are then sent to a ‘hacker’ who determines which keys are being pressed and in what order, potentially revealing banking passwords, login details and private emails.

Computer scientists have developed an app that sits on smartwatches and captures data from motion sensors as the wearer types on a keyboard (pictured). These movements are sent to a 'hacker' who determines which keys are being pressed and in what order, potentially revealing passwords and login details

Computer scientists have developed an app that sits on smartwatches and captures data from motion sensors as the wearer types on a keyboard (pictured). These movements are sent to a ‘hacker’ who determines which keys are being pressed and in what order, potentially revealing passwords and login details

The ‘attack system’ was created by Associate professor Romit Roy Choudhury and his team at the University of Illinois.

It has been called Motion Leaks through Smartwatch Sensors, or MoLe, and was demonstrated using a Samsung Gear Live watch.

The researchers began by typing while wearing the watch, with the app installed, and tracking keystrokes.  read more

iPhone 6 vs. Galaxy S6

How does the new iPhone 6s (left) compare with the Samsung Galaxy S6?How does the new iPhone 6s (left) compare with the Samsung Galaxy S6?

Wondering how Apple’s new iPhone 6s compares to its biggest rival on the Android side of the fence, the Samsung Galaxy S6? Let’s take a look at how their features and specs match up.

Size

The Galaxy S6 and its curved sibling, the Galaxy S6 edge, are both a little bigger than the new iPhone: the GS6 is 4 percent taller and 6 percent wider, while the GS6 edge is 3 percent taller and 4 percent wider.

The iPhone 6s is a bit thicker than last year’s iPhone 6. That has the 6s measuring 4 percent thicker than the Galaxy S6 and just a hair thicker than the S6 Edge. Just remember that, relatively speaking, all three are very thin phones. read more

How to Save Snapchat Video

Snapchat is one of the most popular apps used today for sharing quick photos and videos, which disappear within a few seconds after viewing. To save Snapchat videos before they’re gone for good, you have a few options to try out. - Photo © Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images

Saving Your Own Snapchat Videos: Easy!

If all you want to do is figure out how to save your own videos, then the solution is ridiculously easy. You simply do it the same way you save a photo before posting it.

  1. Film your video by holding the big red button down for as long as you want.
  2. Tap the downward arrow button that appears between the timer and the story buttons in the bottom left corner of the screen.

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Google’s Cardboard VR Gear

By now you’ve probably heard about virtual reality. (Heck, the technology has even found its way into a Hot Pockets commercial!) But while some of the more famous virtual-reality devices include the Oculus Rift ($350 for version two of the development kit) and the Gear VR ($200), you’ll find an intriguing device at the other end of the price spectrum.  -

Enter Google Cardboard. Originally introduced at the company’s developer-focused I/O conference in 2014, this device is made of (you’ve guessed it) cardboard, and is essentially a mount for a smartphone. read more