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A lot of iPhone and iPad apps have been updated – or are receiving iOS 7 bug fixes and related updates – ahead of the software’s general availability this Wednesday.

And while the micro-blogging service Twitter recently started embedding tweets right into its #music app (along with the ability to reply and re-tweet them), its plans for an iOS 7-focused update have been some time in the making but kept secret, until today.

According to people in the know and some deeply entrenched sources, Twitter is waiting until some time after iOS 7 is out to show off its brand new design, the third major revamp in Twitter’s seven-year history…

It’s going to be a multi-pronged, all-encompassing effort that extends to the main chúng tôi web interface and its mobile apps for iOS, Android and other smartphone and tablet platforms.

Keep in mind it was just recently that Twitter added the controversial blue lines to the redesigned conversation view in its iPhone and iPad app.

So, what’s to expect from the revamped app?

According to Matt Buchanan of The New Yorker, the Twitter of tomorrow will be a surprising departure from the current design with its strong emphasis on media content. The coming iPhone app redesign will “look cleaner and feel more alive,” Buchanan learned from his sources.

The Home, Connect, Discover (a Jack Dorsey innovation) and Me tabs alongside the bottom are gone. Instead, you’ll swipe from stream to stream, much like how iOS 7 encourages you to navigate menus in stock apps by swiping.

Your new views will include the main reverse-chronological timeline, a stream with conversations between other users and another one dedicated entirely to photos shared on Twitter.

“The streams themselves will be both airier and more immersive, consuming more of the screen,” allowing for more content and less interface. This means photos, videos and other media will soon appear directly in your stream – no need to tap a tweet to open the attached media.

This realization brings to mind Facebook, which for far too long used to stubbornly relegate its mobile app to a second-class citizen as it thought folks who didn’t know better would gladly flock to Facebook’s cumbersome mobile web interface.

Mike Isaac of AllThingsD sheds more light on Twitter’s all-new feed dedicated to TV-related tweets:

But perhaps the biggest change will be centered on that which Twitter wants to be connected to the most: Television. Sources say that Twitter is experimenting with another stream dedicated solely to TV-related tweets and conversations, one which will likely find its way into Twitter’s new redesigned app.

As for content discovery, Twitter has reportedly been experimenting with “a Twitter account that sends recommendations to users directly, among other things,” Buchannan wrote.

Be that as it may, the TV-related feed is another sign of Twitter wanting to become the primary media platform for not only news discovery, but social conversations about Desperate Housewives, Breaking Bad and just about anything and everything playing on your telly.

Twitter is free on the App store.

Note: screenshots in this article are taken from the current version of Twitter for iPhone and iPad and as such don’t represent the impending app redesign.

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The Windows 10 Update Checklist: 5 Things To Do After Major Updates

Instead of releasing a new operating system every few years, Windows now releases major feature updates once or twice a year. However, these updates often mean your personal settings and preferences get changed to whatever Microsoft wants. This is why you need a Windows 10 update checklist to guide you through some of the most common settings Windows updates tend to change.

1. Display Settings

Have you recently installed a major feature update only to discover the brightness is different or your desktop icons are a different size? The good thing about display settings is you’ll likely notice something’s wrong immediately. You can usually fix them within two settings groups.

These settings relate mostly to brightness, resolution, and other displays. If you have a second display and it’s not being recognized or not working correctly, the update likely changed your driver. More on how to fix that here.

From here, you can change your background (which Windows updates change every time for me), font sizes, lock screen settings, and more. This is also where you’ll make changes to your Start menu, which Microsoft likes to readjust during major updates.

2. Driver Issues

Another thing to add to your Windows 10 update checklist is drivers. Take a moment to ensure all your hardware and peripherals still work correctly. While you may have already had the best driver, Microsoft sometimes thinks you need something different, even if it’s not compatible at all. The wrong driver can also cause overall system performance issues.

Select “View update history” in the right pane. Expand “Driver Updates.” This shows which drivers were updated and on what date.

For devices that Microsoft changes the driver for often, you can use the Group Policy Editor or Registry Editor (Windows 10 Home users) to prevent it.

3. Network and Update Settings

Microsoft wants to keep your computer safer by ensuring you always get the latest updates. This means any settings you’ve put in place to restrict updates may be erased after a major feature update. Typically, smaller security updates don’t affect this.

You can also change whether your computer automatically connects and whether your PC is discoverable on a network on this screen.

4. Windows Apps Return

Apparently, Microsoft knows what apps and software users need more than users do. Of course, that applies to most any tech developer. But, as with most devices, you want the bloatware gone. For instance, many users don’t want XBox on their Windows 10 computers. While Microsoft makes it hard to remove it, it’s possible to remove almost all traces of it.

Check your installed apps to see if anything’s returned. If it’s something that’s not as easy as selecting Uninstall, use this bloatware removal guide for Windows 10 instead.

5. Default Apps

If you prefer an app other than the Windows defaults to open certain files, a major Windows 10 update may revert you back to the original default. A quick check ensures you’re using the right app when you open a file.

Customizing Your Windows 10 Update Checklist

As part of your Windows 10 update checklist, take the time to go through your personalized settings and list what you’ve changed. Then, when a new update arrives, you can use your personalized settings list to compare with the settings after a major update.

Always back up your files before major updates. While files aren’t supposed to be deleted, it does happen sometimes. Of course, an error during the update can also corrupt files. Also, don’t forget to check out the latest problems with Windows updates and how to fix them.

Crystal Crowder

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The Best Winterboard Themes For Ios 7

The recent release of a Winterboard update with 64-bit compatibility marks a convenient time to reflect on some of the best themes for iOS 7 devices to date. It’s important to keep in mind that a number of popular themes from iOS 6 have yet to be updated, although it is safe to assume that many designers will release new versions in the ensuing weeks and months. So, without further ado, take a look ahead for some of the best Winterboard themes for iOS 7 available on Cydia or elsewhere right now… 

Zanilla 2

There is not much else to say about this theme asides from the fact that it’s absolutely beautiful. While many third-party apps still require custom icons, which will be added over time, the ones that are currently themed look very good. Zanilla 2 has drop shadows much like Solstice does below, and the general color scheme of this theme is quite nice. Surprisingly, Zanilla 2 is currently without a home on Cydia. To get this theme, you’ll have to download it from this deviantART page and manually place the Zanilla.theme file in the Winterboard directory /Library/Themes/ using a tool such as iFile, iExplorer or iFunBox. Expect it to hit a repository soon.

Soft Remix for iOS 7

Easily one of my favorite themes on this list, Soft Remix for iOS 7 is a new take on the popular Suave HD theme. What I like best about Soft Remix is that it makes the Home screen icons slightly smaller, with so-called “squircle” edges, and has custom icons for some apps I wasn’t expecting—BlackBerry Messenger, IMDb, SoundCloud and a few others. Third-party apps without custom icons don’t stand out like an eyesore with this theme, and more icon requests are being fulfilled by designer Eduardo Lopez as we speak. Soft Remix for iOS 7 is free on Cydia in the BigBoss repository.

UltraFlat for iOS 7

While some themes are trying to mahe your Home screen really stand out, UltraFlat for iOS 7 takes a different approach by simply flattening the stock icons. Graphic designer Ciaran O’Brien has meticulously crafted each icon by using colors from the icon’s stock color pallet. All this results in a theme that offers a very consistent design while complimenting the rest of the iOS interface. The benefit of such a theme is that non-themed icons don’t stand out and fit right in. Free on Cydia for iPhone and iPad in the ModMyi repo.

Ayeris

Ayeris is not an overt punch-you-in-the-mouth sort of theme. This is a wine taster’s theme. It’s aimed at a sophisticated palate, one who has tired from the themes that simply try to do too much. Ayeris comes bundled with about 200 themed app icons. All of the stock iOS app icons have been tweaked and themed to match the overall style of Ayeris, and many of the popular third-party applications have been themed as well. You can find it in the BigBoss repo for $3.99

M’flat

We’ve been seeing quite a few ports of M’flat icons popping up in the theming community over the past week or so, and this collection with several dozen custom icons for third-party apps is worth a mention. M’flat in my opinion is a nature-oriented theme, with lots of off-green, grey, blue and outdoors icons. Better yet, even more icons are in the process of being added. Since this is another theme not hosted on Cydia yet, you’ll need to manually place the M’flat iOS 7.theme file in the Winterboard directory /Library/Themes/ using a tool such as iFile, iExplorer or iFunBox.

Clarity

People searching for a very simplistic yet sophisticated tweak should look no further than Clarity for iPhone. Clarity features almost 150 glyphs for many stock and third-party applications. The one major issue with a theme like Clarity is that non-themed icons will definitely stand out, making the theme look inconsistent and unfinished. One solution could be to put themed icons on the first page of the Home screen, and non-themed icons on following pages, but that’s merely a workaround. Clarity, by Smuys, is free on Cydia in the ModMyi repository.

7ransparency

With simplicity being at the heart of iOS 7 design, this new iPhone theme by Mike Birkey uses transparency to achieve a look that reminds us of the Clarity theme above. Just as we noted with Clarity, be prepared for non-themed icons to stick out like eyesores, at least until more icons requests are fulfilled. 7ransparency comes with nine different color hues that can be enabled through Winterboard. We’re using white in the screenshots above, which we believe goes well with this baby blue wallpaper and ClassicDock. 7ransparency is free on Cydia in the BigBoss repo.

1derful HD and 1Derland

We recently highlighted the new challenges that theme makers face because of the way iOS 7 is built, and Tim Collins is certainly one of those people. Nevertheless, he has gone ahead and issued iOS 7 and 64-bit patches for his popular 1derful HD and 1Derland HD themes. While these themes are intended to skin the entire user interface, limitations of iOS 7 will — at least for now — limit the both to providing custom icons on the Home screen. While the themes don’t have a tremendous amount of icons, they both look nice and can be yours for $2.99 each on the Cydia Store.

RocketSauce

Collins is also the creative brainchild behind RocketSauce, another well-designed theme that he recently patched for Winterboard on iOS 7 and 64-bit devices. RocketSauce was another theme that used to skin the entire iOS user interface, but currently just customizes the SpringBoard icons with fog-like curved edges. Collins will be issuing updates to this theme to add functionality back where possible, although it will take time. RocketSauce can be yours for $2.99 in the Cydia Store.

Solstice

Solstice takes the stock iOS 7 icons and redefines them with long shadows and a slightly less eye-popping color palette. The theme currently supports over 90 apps, with designer John Bussell vowing to add more every day. A shortlist of popular third-party apps with custom icons so far includes Alien Blue, Facebook, Google Maps, Rdio, SoundCloud, Twitter, Vine, WhatsApp and YouTube. Solstice is free on Cydia in the ModMyi repository.

Elite7

Elite7 themes many elements of the iOS 7 user interface, from the Status Bar and Control Center to the bottom bars in the Safari and Mail apps. The smallest of glyphs are even skinned, like app notification badges and the five symbols at the bottom of the Emoji keyboard. The quality and effort put into the icons is clearly apparent, with very detailed custom icons that have been crafted one pixel at a time. Elite7 remains a work in progress, with access to the beta and all future versions available on a subscription basis.

Space Blueberry

A theme that I have previously covered, Space Blueberry by Gionata gives over 70 of your Home screen icons a slightly more cartoon or flat appearance. The new and improved Game Center, Music, Reminders and Safari icons look much better in particular, compared to their original designs. If you have an iPhone or iPod touch, download Space Blueberry on Cydia for free in the ModMyi repository. Unfortunately, this theme is currently incompatible with iPad.

Flat7

Oil7

Oil7 is a redesign of Flat7 with an oil-based paint finish, and also includes some additional icon that the latter doesn’t have yet. All stock apps have custom icons, alongside several popular third-party apps. While this isn’t my favorite theme on the list, it might pique the curiosity of others. Oil7 is the work of designer Zutx, and is available now as a free download from Cydia on the BigBoss repository. Give it a try.

Final thoughts

If you like what you’ve seen here, please consider supporting the growing community of iOS designers by either purchasing a paid theme, donating to those that offer their work for free, or saying thank you. Every bit of support that these designers receive motivates them to work on additional icon requests and future projects for the benefit of all of us. Most designers offer various methods of making a donation, and leaving one is a great way to show a small token of appreciation.

For those of you who would like to keep up with our themes coverage, make sure to check out our dedicated theming section that not only highlights themes, but also jailbreak tweaks that can take your UI customization tothe next level.

Any noteworthy themes not covered here? What do you think are the best jailbreak themes? Sound off below!

A Comprehensive List Of Ios 7 Features

Since it was unveiled on June 10, 2013, iOS 7 has seen six beta and one final GM releases before it was made available to the general public today. If the overall look and feel of iOS 7 hasn’t changed much since Apple first demo’d it on stage during WWDC, the mobile operating system has been constantly improved on with the usual “bug fixes and stability enhancements,” but most importantly with new features.

These new iOS 7 features are sometimes obvious, but often very subtle. Over the course of the last three months, we’ve made it our mission to build a list of features that are new to iOS 7. It is not an exhaustive list, but this is probably as comprehensive as it gets. If you want to know all iOS 7 can do for you, you’ve come to the right place…

Note that we didn’t necessarily focus on the design aspect of things in iOS 7, but rather on features. This means that we didn’t list every new design element.

App Store

A closer look at the App Store app in iOS 7

Add apps to a Wish List

You can search your previously purchased apps by name

Tap the screenshot preview of an app to get a full screen screenshots of it

You can see popular apps “Near Me”

You are now asked if you want to download an app if it is over 59MB

New icon animations when downloading an app

You can now use apps while they’re updating

Camera Clock

The app icon now shows the current time

When setting a timer, remaining time appears on Lock screen

When alarm is snoozed, remaining snooze time appears on Lock screen

In World Clock, tap on a clock to display digital clocks

Compass

The app has a new calibration system

The app now features a level as well

Contacts

When editing a contact, you can now add date, social profile, or instant message handle

A contact now shows icons for Messages, Phone, FaceTime, FaceTime audio or email

Control Center

iOS 7 introduces Control Center

Control Center works in landscape mode

FaceTime

FaceTime now has its own icon

You can block callers

You can make FaceTime audio calls (without video)

Lock screen

A brand new Lock screen

You can pull down to bring Notification Center

You can swipe up to bring Control Center

Charging icon is now showing up for a few seconds when first plugged in

You can Slide to Unlock from everywhere on the Lock screen

Lock screen fades in as you hit the Home or Power buttons

Lock screen fades out after 10 seconds of inactivity

Mail

Smart “send from” feature

You can “Mark All” emails as Read, Unread, or Flag

New smart mailboxes

Improved Mail search

Maps

Maps app has a night view

Turn-by-turn walking directions

Night mode

Pin in Maps app now shows estimated driving time to location

Messages

A closer look at Messages in iOS 7

See Messages timestamps by swiping left

Messages app now opens to conversation list instead of opening to unread message

Double tap and hold a message to copy, delete, clear all, or select to forward

“Contact” button at the top of a conversation now makes it easy to access additional contact info

Long MMS support

You can block senders

Multitasking

Multitasking works in landscape mode

Music

Complete app redesign

iTunes Radio

Landscape mode now shows a tile view of your albums (no more cover flow)

Better Lock screen controls

You can skip up to 6 songs on iTunes Radio before hearing an ad

Tap on album cover in Music app to rate a song

Notification Center

A new Notification Center

Context-based alerts

Notification Center works in landscape mode

NC now has 3 tabs: Today, All, and Missed

You can now swipe between Today – All – Missed views in Notification Center

Notification sync

Passbook

You can share passes via email or Messages

Scan to acquire Passbook passes

Photos

The Map view is gone

Screenshots aren’t pushed to Photo Stream anymore

Photo collections

You can now see Shared Streams activity

A new tab for Videos has been added

Phone

You can block callers

Photos are showed for your Favorites

On the keypad, pressing “Call” will call the last dialed number

Reminders

Search bar in Reminders

A new card-like view

Safari

An all new mobile Safari

Full-screen interface

Unified smart search field

New layout for your Favorites

New tab view

Swipe tabs to the left to close them

Parental controls

Swipe left and right to navigate back and forward

Easy access to Private Browsing mode

Saved Passwords for Safari now ask you want to setup an on-device password

Settings

In Cellular, you can see cellular data used per app

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How To Change Your Do Not Disturb On Iphone After Ios 15 Update

After updating to iOS 15, your iPhone may have changed its Do Not Disturb settings. iOS 15 introduces some new Do Not Disturb features, like Focus, and makes some changes to others. In fact, with iOS 15, Focus is the new name for a set of features that includes Do Not Disturb. In this article, we will tell you how to adjust the new Focus settings for iOS 15.

Focus (Do Not Disturb) in iOS 15

You can access the Focus features in a couple of ways:

The Control Center is an easy way to turn on or off one of your Focus/ Do Not Disturb sessions. You can also get to the Focus settings from the Control Center: Swipe down from the upper-right corner of your screen. Tap on Focus.

To start or stop one of your Focus options, tap on its name.

To get to the Do Not Disturb Settings, tap on the three dots next to Do Not Disturb. Finally tap on Settings under Do Not Disturb.

The simplest way to access your Focus settings is to go to Settings, then tap on Focus.

After you access the Focus menu, you will see four options: Do Not Disturb, Sleep, Personal, and Work. These are explained in more detail below.

Do Not Disturb

Tap on Do Not Disturb. In the Do Not Disturb menu, you can manually switch it on or off by toggling the switch at the top. There are many other options available from this menu; They are explained below.

Allowed Notifications

Here you can specify people or apps that are immune to Do Not Disturb; You can have calls from important people ring through, while all other calls will be silenced.

Options

Under the Options section, there are a few different items.

Focus Status

Focus Status lets people know that you have your Focus or Do Not Disturb on; So, for example, with Focus Status on, if a friend tries to send me a text through Messages, they will see “Stacey has notifications silenced.” This is a nice feature, and it also shows the option to Notify Anyway, which can override the Do Not Disturb.

Home Screen

Under the Home Screen option you can choose to hide notifications from your home screen. You can also choose which home screen pages to show when Focus is on.

Lock Screen

From here you can choose to dim the Lock Screen. You can also choose to show silenced notifications on the Lock Screen.

Turn On Automatically

Under this section you can set a schedule for your Do Not Disturb – choosing the days and times for your Do Not Disturb.

Sleep

The Sleep feature has many of the same settings as Do Not Disturb. The main difference in the Sleep settings is that you can’t schedule anything from the Sleep menu. You instead will go to the Health app and set your Sleep schedule there. Once you turn Sleep schedule on from the Health app, more options will appear in the Sleep settings menu.

Personal, Work and More

For Personal and Work, you can set different Do Not Disturb settings for each of these situations. The options are like those you find under the Do Not Disturb feature; For example, you can set up Work with your work hours, choose the settings you want – including which people and apps you allow to Notify you during your work hours.

You can also add more Focus setups for your specific needs. From the Focus menu in Settings, you can tap on the plus sign in the top right corner of your screen. You will see some pre-labeled options and you can also choose Custom. After you select one of these options, you can set your desired Do Not Disturb settings for that Focus setup.

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Mobile Os Showdown: Android, Blackberry, Ios, And Windows Phone 7

Ladies and gentlemen, we are witnessing the most anticipated match in the history of smartphones for the heavyweight championship of the world. Are you ready? For those watching around the world, let’s get ready to rumble!

Gladiators, Step Forth

Android: They say it takes a village to raise a child, and Android is a great example. It’s parented not only by Google but also by the members of the Open Handset Alliance, many of whom are among the biggest, baddest companies in the world. It’s no wonder that this puppy is tearing through everyone else’s market share. Android first appeared on a phone in October 2008.

BlackBerry: The veteran of the four, the BlackBerry OS hails from Research in Motion. When they debuted in 1999, BlackBerry devices were little e-mail machines, and that was pretty much it. Now running on OS version 6, with 7 on the horizon, they can do a lot more.

iOS: The first iPhone was born in June 2007 to Apple. What was then known as “iPhone OS” in 2010 changed its name to iOS to incorporate the iPad, iPod Touch, and Apple TV. Coveted by yuppies, hipsters, and pretty much everyone else, iOS looks tough to beat.

Windows Phone 7 (WP7): The rookie. The successor to Windows Mobile OS (and Symbian’s usurper), Windows Phone 7 is Microsoft’s newborn, first appearing in November 2010. Windows Phone 7 was a major shift in focus from the business world to the consumer world, and Microsoft temporarily dropped support for many business features to get this first iteration out. Adoption has been slow, but now that Microsoft has partnered with Nokia, some analysts are predicting a growth spurt. As one might expect from the youngest OS, many features are still missing, but a number of those omissions should be addressed in this fall’s “Mango” update.

Now, contenders, return to your corners and come out swinging!

The Battles

Apple’s App Store has the most apps available for a phone (nearly 380,000), but soon it will be overtaken by the Android Market (about 300,000), perhaps this summer. Android has already overtaken iOS in the number of free apps. BlackBerry App World hovers somewhere around 30,000 apps, but it is expected that before turning a year old, the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace (currently about 18,000 apps) will surpass it later this year.

Windows Phone 7 apps work best when they try to match the aesthetics and flow of that interface, but otherwise tend to fall on their faces. Windows Phone 7 is still young, though, and many of these kinks should be worked out over time. Third-party apps can’t multitask at this point, and they don’t feel deeply integrated; however, such shortcomings will be fixed with Mango.

Apps Winner: iOS gets the win here, with Android close behind.

Productivity and Business Apps:

The vast majority of U.S. businesses work in Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, as well as with Microsoft Exchange (a server for e-mail, calendar, contacts, and tasks). Microsoft Office Mobile on Windows Phone 7 has all that and more. Office files are easy to work with, and can be synced using SharePoint.

Apple’s excellent iOS productivity suite, iWork, is now available for the iPhone. The App Store is also packed with third-party productivity apps, which range from fantastic to terrible. Exchange integration in iOS is decent. Android and iOS 4, by the way, both allow their devices to be used as Wi-Fi hotspots, which can be a life-saver.

BlackBerry is also relegated to third-party apps for dealing with Office files–including Documents to Go. Blackberry App World is relatively miniscule, though there are gems, such as RIM’s BlackBerry Mobile Conferencing. That said, BlackBerry’s Exchange integration is second to none–if your business is running BlackBerry Exchange Server (BES). BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS)–the server that’s more for consumers–will sync e-mail but not contacts, calendars, tasks, or notes. The other OSs do this without making you pay (BES is about $15 a month more than BIS).

Productivity and Business Apps Winner: Windows Phone 7 wins, thanks to Microsoft Office Mobile.

BlackBerry e-mail is fast and reliable; plus, it can funnel all of your accounts–and your SMS and BlackBerry Messenger messages–within a single inbox. E-mail on the other three operating systems looks cleaner, but I’ll take functionality first.

Android and iOS offer integrated inboxes that combine multiple accounts, whereas Windows Phone 7 keeps them separate (again, this will change with Mango). Interestingly, on Android your Gmail account gets its own app rather than being integrated into the single mailbox.

E-mail Winner: E-mail on any OS works well with Exchange, but BlackBerry wins.

Windows Phone 7 has the best-looking calendar tool of any mobile OS, and it can sync with multiple calendars from different sources. It’s not without limitations, however. For example, it can sync only with your main Google calendar.

Android and iOS have straightforward, easy-to-read calendars. They aren’t as pretty as Windows Phone 7’s, but they can handle virtually all of the same tasks, as well as multiple Google calendars. Naturally, Android handles Google Calendar better than the rest, but iOS is almost as good (though you may have to go through a few extra steps to use multiple calendars).

BlackBerry’s calendar does most of what the others do, but it doesn’t look as good. It has trouble with multiple Google calendars, and if you want it to sync with Exchange you need BES, as BIS can sync only e-mail. This should change to serve the consumer market.

Contacts:

All four operating systems deal with contacts fairly well, supporting multiple Exchange accounts and allowing you to integrate contacts from different Exchange accounts. But again, with BlackBerry, you can wirelessly sync contacts only if you’re on a BES server or use third-party software.

Contacts Winner: Android gets the nod for merging contacts wirelessly from multiple e-mail accounts and Exchange accounts, as well as Facebook and Twitter. If you already rely on Gmail, though, Android is a clear winner.

VNC stands for Virtual Network Computing. It means, essentially, the capability to control a computer remotely, via the Internet, from another computer or mobile device. It’s handy in a pinch, less so on devices with smaller screens and slower processsors. Android and iOS have the most and the best VNC options, with LogMeIn Ignition at the forefront. For Windows Phone 7, Remote Desktop is the most popular. BlackBerry falls behind; the few VNC clients built for it have low user ratings. The most popular is VNC Plus, but don’t expect too much if you’re using devices with smaller screens and slower processors.

Remote Control and VNC Winner: Android and iOS tie.

Keyboards:

One big reason to buy a BlackBerry phone is for its hardware keyboard. Touchscreen keyboards on BlackBerrys, however, are nothing to write home about.

The native keyboard standard in Android is decent, but the option to install third-party keyboards is great. Options include the sliding keyboards Swype or SlideIT, and the almost spooky text-prediction of SwiftKey.

Keyboards Winner: Android rules this hard-fought category.

From a business standpoint, BlackBerry remains the gold standard in security. All of the operating systems have remote-wipe capabilities, can set unlock passwords, and can help you find a lost device, but BlackBerry has more end-to-end data encryption than the others–including encryption for removable storage.

Windows Phone 7 lags a bit, though more security features will come with Mango. It’s worth noting that third-party iOS and Android apps often share more information than you would like, so read the permissions before you install. (For a more in-depth analysis, check out this PCWorld Business Center article on smartphone security.)

Security Winner: The BlackBerry OS locks it down.

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