Is it time to wean yourself off of the smartphone?

Smartphones continue to enhance our lives, but all of the great apps, features and social connections can add stress. Is it time to cut back on smartphone usage or maybe we need smarter smartphones that route only the most important information to us.

We are all living inside the notification hell

Like you and millions of others, I find myself trapped inside notification hell. Emails, notifications, tweets, text and instant Messages, Facebook Alerts — are part of our over-notified self. Here is a video that does a great job of capturing this notification hell we live in.

iOS 5 arrives Oct. 12, brings many new features

Apple previewed iOS 5 in July, so it isn’t exactly a surprise announcement at today’s event. But we did nail down a firm release date for Apple’s next major mobile operating system update, and got a better look at how some of its features will work.

Early earthquake warning pops up in iOS 5 beta

A new feature has appeared in iOS 5 in Japan: It’s a built-in notification system tied to Japan’s sophisticated early-earthquake-detection service, which can provide between a few seconds and a couple of minutes of advance notice prior to an earthquake’s actually hitting.

The last things missing from Apple’s perfect cloud storm

iOS 5 and Lion are both great updates that are sure to please consumers, but while the platforms feel deeply and productively intertwined, there are a couple remaining last steps Apple could and should take that would make working back and forth between both seamless.

What developers think of the WWDC 2011 keynote

WWDC 2011 revealed a number of enhancements to OS X, iOS, and iCloud. I polled several independent developers ranging from long-time Mac mainstays, one-man shops, and large shops that cover both Mac and iOS development to get their reactions to the many changes.

What We Want in iOS 5, and What We’ll Likely Get

WWDC 2011 is just around the corner, and that means we don’t have to wait long before we see what Apple’s latest major mobile operating system update has in store. Here’s a list of some things that could make iOS 5 the best update yet.

iOS 101: Take Control of Notifications

The notification system in iOS is useful, but it can get a little overwhelming sometimes. Luckily, there is a way to disable notifications on a per-app basis, so that you can retain notifications for useful things like to-do reminders while cutting down on less-useful ones.