Third-party keyboards and widgets may be getting all the attention with the release of iOS 8, but there are a lot of little tweaks you may not even know about. While we recommend getting yourself SwiftKey and messing with your notification center, we also recommend knowing about these little tricks to improve your experience.
Okay, so you may not be using Apple's Maps, but if you're one of the iPhone users who haven't gone to Waze or any other service, there's one new neat little feature Apple came out with. For some locations, you can get a flyover tour of the city. For an example, search New York and check it out.
Talk To Siri Without Pressing a Button
When you're charging your phone and it isn't by your side, Siri is kinda pointless. With iOS 8, however, when ... continue reading
You might not be sitting under a tent in Munich wearing lederhosen, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some Oktoberfest beer. The rich and caramel sweet Märzen usually clocks in around 4-6% ABV, making it a flavorful style you can drink a few of (or a maß of). Here are eight we recommend stocking your fridge ... continue reading
After months spent designing a mind-bending range of patterns, mastering the newest knitting technologies, and pulling impeccably dynamic color palettes, Nice Laundry is proud to announce their epic Fall/Winter 2014 collection. The $99 sock drawer makeover (18 pairs) is still their most popular offering, allowing you to load up on high-quality socks for a fraction of the price you'd pay anywhere else. Plus, they'll recycle your old socks for free. It's a perfect fresh start for fall. Cool Material readers can even get a special edition bonus pair and free US shipping with their first order. ... check it out
In our ongoing effort to find the latest and greatest in gear and products for you, our dear readers, we decided to take a trip to Tokyo last week to see what was up at the Tokyo International Gift Show. After a couple of days of non-stop sushi, ramen and robots, we made our way over to Tokyo Big Sight with camera ... continue reading
There are more fake Cohiba cigars out there than there are fake Louis Vuitton purses. And just like when you’re studying a potential designer item, there are things to look for to determine if your Cohiba is legit. Here’s a breakdown of things to keep in mind next time you’re out of the U.S. and searching for ... continue reading
Like Liam Neeson in Taken, to compete on American Ninja Warrior you’ll need a certain set of skills. Push around all the weights you want, if you don’t train right, you probably won’t conquer one obstacle. We spoke with Aaron Himelright, a competitive rock climber and parkour enthusiast who made it to the finals ... continue reading
Instead of wading through the massive amount of new app releases searching for a few diamonds in the rough, just check out these picks. This is a collection of our favorite new apps for both iOS and Android.
Ask Me Anything - iOS
Swing Copters - iOS Android
Wakie - Android
The Fridge - iOS
Photo Sphere ... continue reading
We can't remember the last time we watched a movie without consulting Rotten Tomatoes first. The new Ben Affleck flick only scored a 26%? We're out before the first scene rolls. A new movie we didn't know what to expect from surprisingly scores over a 90% (see: Guardians of the Galaxy)? We're already in line for ... continue reading
During the height of the Roman Empire, emperors had a select group of body guards known as the Praetorian Guard. These were warriors selected for skill and courage, and they required durable gear that was also easy to move in. That's the inspiration behind the Praetorian Hoodie from Triple Aught Design. A heavy-duty ... continue reading
While in Stockholm for the launch of Volvo's new XC90, we took some time to peruse the Scandinavian design shops that litter the streets of the Swedish city. While many of these stores and studios contain the same minimal aesthetic you'd expect from the Ikean utopia, there's one where you can go if you want to take ... continue reading
While you're no doubt familiar with craft beer from California, Vermont, and other U.S. hotspots, you're doing yourself a serious disservice if you haven't sampled from some of the other small breweries that have popped up overseas. Okay, to be fair, they're not all good, in fact some are terrible, but every once ... continue reading
In a packed amphitheater in Sweden last Wednesday, you might have felt like you were at a Katy Perry concert. Piercing lights cut across a crowd of fans all holding up their phones to capture their next Instagram post. Giant screens blanketed the stage, and video projections gave life to inanimate objects. Only this ... continue reading
If there's one thing we learned from this past weekend's Made in America Festival, it's that the American flag bikini industry is alive and well. As Big 5 coeds packed the Art Museum District of Philadelphia to hear the likes of Kanye, Pharrell, and The National, we braved the sweaty red, white, and blue clad masses ... continue reading
There are two things you think of when you think of Sweden: Leggy blondes and Ikea. Both are great in certain situations—the latter when you want some clean-looking furniture on the cheap, and the former when you don't already have a lady-friend waiting for you at home. While Ikea is the Scandinavian furniture staple ... continue reading
As touchscreens and keyboards make writing instruments less and less necessary, we, along with many others, still appreciate jotting things down the old fashioned way. We consider our pens the tools for documenting our lives. Whether you use a Mont Blanc or a Bic disposable, if you’re like us, it’s your daily ... continue reading
Everyone knows you can ask Siri to search the web for things, read your email out loud and have some Buzzfeed worthy conversations with her. We know she's had her issues in the past, but these ten tricks are reason enough to take her out of storage--which you can do by clicking Settings > General > Siri.
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