Apple's iOS updates have a reputation for degrading the performance of slower devices. On one hand, it makes sense — more features require extra grunt. On the other, given the strict range of phones and tablets the company has, surely it can take a bit of time to tune its updates for specific hardware? Well, iOS 9 could signal a shift in Apple's attitude towards optimising the platform for the likes of the iPhone 4S.
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I use a 15-inch MacBook Pro and one of several Android phones laying around the Gizmodo office, and sharing content between those two ecosystems is a bunch of garbage. Third-party apps like the fantastic Pushbullet app every phone should have help, but Microsoft thinks it has a better solution for the Windows crowd with OneClip.
Windows 10 is set to mark a sea change in the way Microsoft's OS works, but even the modern-looking Windows 8.1 carries a bunch of legacy tools and apps that you may not know about. One of those is the Task Scheduler, a built-in utility enabling you to automate a multitude of tasks with no additional software required.
It was inevitable Microsoft would have to wipe the slate clean when it came to building a replacement for Internet Explorer. While IE 11 is a far cry from the creaky ship that was 6, there's just too much cruft to work with. Hence the creation of IE's replacement, "Spartan", or Microsoft Edge as it's now called. So, what's Redmond getting rid of? All the bad stuff.
The best way to get along in a foreign country is to know the local lingo. But if you don't, your smartphone can help you cheat your way through. The instant picture translation feature rolled into Google Translate last month is only a tap away, though you shouldn't take everything it says at face value.
Lenovo's pre-installation of the Superfish adware is one of the biggest fuck-ups the company could have made, but at least it's cleaning up fairly quickly: it created a custom uninstall tool to clean your computer of the program and its certificates and in a responsibly transparent move, also posted the source code and licence of the removal tool for scrutiny.
"Rational expectations" is a term commonly thrown around by economists trying to work out why people do stuff. It's based on the idea that individuals weigh up the pros and cons of a certain action, and use that to make a decision. It's one of the fundamental underpinnings of a free market economic model, but as this app proves in miniature, it's also bullshit.
Google Earth Pro, the premium version of Google's popular Google Earth service, is now free. Google sliced the price from $US400 a year, so this is a pretty solid deal. If you like to make 3D measurements or create HD videos of virtual trips around the world, I'd jump on this. You can download the software key directly from Google and start an online global journey.
How are you going to be spending your 2015? More work and less play? More time outdoors and less time on the couch? With such a broad range of time-tracking apps and services now on the market, you can monitor where all of your hours, minutes and seconds go like never before. Here's our pick for some of the leading options currently available for web, desktop and mobile.
If you feel like you don't spend enough time stargazing and don't have the time to actually stargaze, you should check out "NASA's Eyes" an application created by the space-focused organisation to allow anyone to explore our galaxy and tap into the knowledge we've gathered so far thanks to missions including Kepler, Hubble and Spitzer.
The CarPlay interface is undoubtedly better for using while driving than the regular 'ole screen. But unless you've got a shiny new car (or one of the expensive aftermarket dashes), chances are you don't have anything to pair your iPhone with. But this tweak gives you an idea of what CarPlay would look like running on just your handset.
Google's marching onwards with giving Android, and all its associated Google apps, a fresh lick of Material Design-coloured paint. This weekend, it's the turn of the YouTube app to get the rolling-pin treatment.