If you’ve never really understood why Apple decided to make the iPhone’s signal bars circular in iOS 7 (I haven’t, either), then you’ll be pleased to know that you’ll soon have the ability to change it, thanks to an upcoming tweak for jailbroken iPhones called Meter.
I was pretty pumped about UpWord Notes when it came out back in February, and it’s still the first place I go when I need to jot something down. Meanwhile, my iPhone’s onboard Notes app just languishes in a folder marked “Trash” because I can’t delete it.
Developer Lau Brothers is dropping Version 2.0 of UpWord Notes on us today, and it includes several new features that make the app even more fun and useful.
Oyster, the all-you-can-read e-book subscription service that finally made its debut on Android earlier this month, is now even more accessible. From today, Oyster users can enjoy titles in a web browser on almost any device — including your Mac or PC.
BlueAnt’s Pump wireless headphones caught my eye at Mobile World Congress. Sports gear that also looks cool? Count me in!
I’ve been giving theses waterproof Bluetooth headphones a workout since they arrived last week, and I love them. That’s not to say they’re perfect – they’re not. But they have a job to do, and they get on and do it.
Nothing's better than a bloody surprise.
If there’s one thing we like more than vampires, it’s vampires that surprise us. Forget about your grandpappy's Brylcreemed Transylvanian counts, the bloodsuckers who really matter here in 2014 are the ones that break the established rules -- whether that's being a redneck vampire biker or a pistol-packing model, inflicting nocturnal death on werewolves.
With the last season of True Blood playing out at the moment, the time is right to take a gander at the characters that have changed our ideas about what a vampire should be. Who made the cut? Take a look through our ghoulish gallery to find out.
Caleb and Mae (Near Dark)
We’ve seen a few different redneck vampire characters now, but in 1987 — when the dregs of the Hammer Horror were still a (relatively) fresh memory -- Caleb and Mae, the vampires from Kathryn Bigelow’s horror western Near Dark were unlike anything most audiences had seen. For one thing, Caleb especially isn’t a killer: something that makes him a preview of the later soft vampires of the Twilight series. The rest of the film’s vampish cast are a little bit different too: a mix of classic vampire, cowboy, and biker. It’s a strange mix — but it somehow works.
Lestat (Interview With the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles)
Lestat’s a tricky one. Today we think of the brooding, tortured, slightly foppish vampire as almost as much a part of vampire legend as the whole stake-through-the-heart, dislikes-garlic aspects of the traditional lore. Not so. While vampires always possessed a slightly sexy edge, it took Anne Rice’s 1976 novel and subsequent movie adaptation Interview With the Vampire to reimagine these monstrous bloodsuckers as the kind of perennially stylish heartthrob we think of today. Definitely a mold-breaker.
Spike (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Originally I was going to include Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Angel on this list, but all he really did was take the Lestat model and add an (admittedly cool) dose of action hero on top of the brooding antihero model. Instead, consider Spike: The bleach-blond cockney punk turned what should have been a disposable character into one of Buffy’s most memorable players.
Buffy’s vampires tended to stick to established vampire lore, but remixed the archetypes in all sorts of inventive ways. Spike started breaking the mold by being a one-off character who turned into a series regular thanks to his surprising popularity. He continued to surprise us from there.
Selene (Underworld series)
Underworld’s Selene was what would happen if Keanu Reeves in The Matrix was vampirized thanks to a quick bite on the neck in between bullet-time sequences. Well, it would be if Reeves was a sexy lady with child-birthing hips and silver bullets. The Underworld movies may have been a bit of an incoherent mess, but the techno-inspired, leather-wearing, werewolf-gunning Selene was as far from the helpless Mina Harker female vampire as possible. Like many of the vampires on this list, it was a combination that worked bizarrely well.
Edward Cullen (Twilight series)
You almost hate to include Edward Cullen and the rest of Twilight’s sparkly vampires on a list of vamps who broke the mold, but there’s no doubt that Stephenie Meyer’s vampire saga broke with a few key aspects of bloodsucker lore: namely the whole vulnerability to sunlight thing.
While not an original part of the vampire myth (they were more active at night, but not actually afraid of the sun), this death-by-sunlight angle been included in almost every vampire story since Count Dracula appeared in the 19th century. Breaking with it not only changed Twilight by ridding its characters of a classic vamp weakness, it also ditched the whole “creature of the night” aspect for something altogether friendlier. For shame!
Eli (Let the Right One In)
Twists to the vampire legend don’t come much more heartbreaking than Eli, the female lead of 2008’s Let The Right One In. Taking the form of a lonely young girl, Eli befriends bullied 12-year-old Oskar, who is totally unaware that his new pal is anything but an equally troubled child. Their resulting friendship is troubling, surprisingly tear-jerking and unlike anything seen in other vampire movies before or since.
Deacon Frost (Blade)
Forget Wesley Snipe’s tax-evading vampire hunter (wait, I think that’s mixing up a few details!) — the really original character in Blade was Deacon Frost. The idea of yuppie-as-vampire had been explored in metaphor previously, but this is the first time I remember literally seeing it up on screen. Apart from the whole bloodsucking thing, is there anything about Deacon Frost that would seem out of place at a Silicon Valley drinks mixer? His murder of the vampire elders in the House of Erebus was a signal moment for ushering in the vampire v2.0.
Henry Fitzroy (Blood Ties)
Where to start with Henry Fitzroy, the most memorable character from supernatural drama series Blood Ties? The illegitimate son of Henry VIII, this Renaissance vampire winds up living in Canada in the 21st century, working as a graphic novel artist set on charming the pants off a female private investigator.
Unlike seemingly every other romantic vamp, Fitzroy’s not an angst-ridden teen, but a smooth chick-magnet/charmer who gets all the ladies. In a further departure from regular vamp lore, Fitzroy rarely kills humans and drinks only from those who are willing to offer him enough blood to sustain him.
Merek Davis is not a coder. The developer never even made an app before 2013. Yet on his first iOS at-bat, he hit an App Store grand slam with Mextures, his photo-editing app that quickly became one of the top photo apps of the year.
Mextures is like Photoshop for your iPhone, only easier to use. The app’s editing tools and formulas let you tweak and re-tweak pics, adding light leaks, textures and color gradients that can turn even your crappiest pics into something majestic.
It’s a bona fide hit, with some of the most-followed names on Instagram using Davis’ creation. But it almost never happened.
BlackBerry users have been warned that calling the emergency services will not charge their phone battery after some were fooled by bogus information that was circulated online. British Police have reminded users that unnecessary calls waste resources and could put lives in danger.
We’ve been waiting all year for Apple to finally reveal its long-rumored wearable creation, but if the big iWatch event ever does happen this year, we might be getting a lot more smartwatches than expected.
Swatch and other watch makers will supposedly team up with Apple to bring a variety of stylish iWatches to consumers, according to a rumor from VentureBeat, that claims Cupertino wants to partner with companies in the watch business to expand the smart watches’ appeal.
Apple’s big plan for mobile payments could debut as early as the iPhone 6 this fall, according to a new report from The Information. While the company has been in talks with major players in the payments industry for a while, its efforts haven’t made it into the light of day yet.
The mobile “wallet” would allow the user to pay in the real world using just their iPhone, and Apple already has the security feature in place to make it all work seamlessly.
When surfing the web or using one of your favorite applications, chances are your iPhone is burning through mobile data. Unless you have unlimited data on your wireless plan, this can quickly become a costly habit. Luckily, it’s easy to control your data on iOS no matter who your carrier is.
In today’s video, we show you how to manage data on your device so you can avoid a hefty bill.
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