How to Create Contact Groups on the iPhone

Organizing contacts into groups can help to locate specific contacts faster with iOS. Unfortunately, the stock iOS Contacts app does not have built-in support for creating new contact groups. While existing groups can be accessed directly from iOS, new groups must be created and populated with contacts by using iCloud.

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This process will only work if iCloud is enabled to sync with the iPhone under Settings -> iCloud -> Contacts. To begin, access the iCloud website at iCloud.com and sign in using the same Apple ID and password that is connected to your iOS device. Once logged in follow these steps:

Apple's R&D Expenditure Reaches a Record $1.6 Billion in June Quarter

Along with announcing its 3Q FY 2014 earnings, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) yesterday filed several forms with the Securities and Exchange Commission, one of which shows a large year-over-year increase in the company's research and development expenditure.

Apple accelerates research and development spending

Apple's 10-Q form, filed yesterday with the SEC, discloses most of the company's financial information for the third quarter. Under operating expenses lies "Research and development," and it shows that Apple spent $1.603 billion in the June quarter, compared to $1.178 billion during the year ago quarter. The $425 million difference represents a whopping 36% year-over-year increase. The report also shows that

Tap the Camera Viewfinder to Snap iPhone Photos

When taking photos with the iPhone, there are actually several ways to release the iPhone camera shutter. The tweak TapToSnap adds yet another option to the list for those with jailbroken devices.

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Once installed, TapToSnap makes fumbling for the iPhone shutter release button a thing of the past. Tapping anywhere on the live camera preview screen will capture a photo immediately. Of course, this means that refocusing on a specific location in the viewfinder will always snap a photo.

Apple Reports Q3 Earnings, Numbers Show Third Quarter Record for iPhone Sales

On Tuesday, after the market closed, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) announced its fiscal 2014 third quarter results in a conference call with CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri. Once again, the numbers were positive.

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For the quarter ended June 28, 2014, Apple posted a revenue of $37.4 billion and quarterly net profit of $7.7 billion, or $1.28 per diluted share. Those numbers in the year ago quarter were $35.3 billion, $6.9 billion, and $1.07 respectively. Gross margin was 39.4 percent compared to 36.9 percent in the year-ago quarter.

AAPL Financial News Weekly Roundup: Q3 Earnings Expected to be Strong, iPhone 6 Production to Begin and More

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) closed at $94.43 with a volume of just under 50 million shares, which is about average in recent weeks. As of this writing, AAPL is trading at $94.66, which doesn't seem too exciting considering the company is widely expected to post strong numbers when it releases its Q3 earnings after today's closing bell. The iPhone largely drove sales in the first half of 2014 and, according to Bidness Etc., third quarter sales will be strong as well, with analysts expecting 35.88 million units sold (UPDATE: Q3 earnings report is in). This will miss second quarter sales of 43.72 million units, but it was expected that customers would hold off buying new iPhones this quarter, with the iPhone 6 launch just around the corner.

AAPL stock news roundup and outlook.

In other news, we recently reported that Apple CEO Tim Cook was looking for new members for Apple's Board of Directors. This past week, on Thursday, Apple announced that Susan L. Wagner, founding partner and director of BlackRock, has been elected to Apple's board of directors. She will replace Bill Campbell, the board’s

WSJ: Apple Preparing to Build a Record Number of 4.7-Inch and 5.5-Inch iPhones

It looks like Apple is preparing for its largest iPhone launch yet. The company told suppliers it is planning to build 70-80 million next-generation devices by December 30, according to The Wall Street Journal. This is a large increase from the 50-60 million iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s units Apple ordered last year. Apple is predicting that iOS users will be drawn to the new larger sized iPhone models, and hopes for an increase in sales after a disappointing performance by the iPhone 5c.

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There have also been rumors that the 5.5-inch model is suffering from manufacturer delays and that it will be pushed back until 2015. Even the WSJ noted that display makers "are struggling to improve the production of the larger 5.5-inch screens".

"The production is complicated because the displays are using in-cell technology, which allows the screens to be thinner and lighter by integrating touch sensors into the liquid crystal display and making it unnecessary to have a separate touch-screen layer," explained the WSJ.

New Mobile Game 'Bio Inc.' Lets You Slowly Kill People with Lethal Diseases

Some people may find Bio Inc. - Biomedical Simulator a bit controversial, but is there really any difference between blowing up your opponent in a first person shooter, or killing someone slowly by infecting them with horrible diseases? If you're easily offended or "triggered" then this is not the mobile app for you. The goal of the game is to kill innocent people by making them sick and it is a lot of fun!

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Bio Inc. is a simulation title where your skills at resource management games will help you succeed. The game play is simple, you just tap viruses to earn points to spend on three categories: Diseases, Risk Factors and Recovery. Like in any resource management game, you must spend your Bio Points wisely. Concentrating all your points on one part of the body, like the circulatory system, will only send your victim to the doctor so he can be cured. You want to take your time and shut down all of the person's systems at once , ultimately creating a lethal and incurable illness that doctors won't be able to stop.

iOS 8 Beta 4 Adds Tips App and Other Improvments

Apple today seeded iOS 8 beta 4 to developers. The update brings the usual bug fixes, a few UI tweaks and the addition of Apple's Tips app. The new stock app currently offers six tips with tutorials, but Apple promises it will be updated with more tips each week.

iOS 8 Tips App

The Tips app includes tutorials like, how to quickly respond to a notification, how to enable the "Hey, Siri" option, and how to send a spoken message. According to iDownloadblog, there is also an option to "Like" individual tips, but it "apparently doesn't do anything". You can also share you favorite tips on social media sites like Twitter or Facebook.

Customize iOS Voice Control with Acute

Acute is a jailbreak tweak that makes it possible to add new voice commands to iOS devices. Not only does this jailbreak tweak come with its own set of built-in commands, new phrases can be assigned to any Activator action. This means users can tell their devices to do just about anything.

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Once installed, the listening mode of Acute must be configured to an Activator action. Peforming this action (such as a right-swipe on the status bar) will invoke Acute, displaying a waveform icon in the status bar once loaded. When the tweak is listening, commands can be issued.

Springtomize 3 Gets iOS 7.1.x Update and Dark Folders

Springtomize 3 has been fully updated for iOS 7.1.x compatibility, which is good news for users jailbreaking with Pangu. The super-tweak from developer Filippo Bigarella provides incredible levels of control for those looking to customize the look and feel of iOS on their devices.

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Several bug fixes relating to the tweak's performance on iOS 7.1 and later have been addressed. This includes various items not hiding properly in recent firmware, and other display issues. The most interesting part is a new feature, the addition of an option for dark folder backgrounds.

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