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Must See HDTV for the week of March 31st: HIMYM finale, Game of Thrones, Final Four

March Madness comes to an end this weekend, but it’s the perfect time for the return of one of our favorite series, HBO’s Game of Thrones. It’s joined Sunday night by the premiere of Mike Judge’s new comedy Silicon Valley, and Turn, a new…

Study claims kill switch for stolen cellphones could save $2.5 billion per year

It’s easy to understand the personal benefits of a potential kill switch requirement for cellphones; thieves would have less incentive to swipe your handset if they knew that it would become a brick. However, Creighton University professor William…

Political backlash against Mozilla’s new CEO continues as OkCupid suggests browser alternatives

Last week Mozilla appointed former CTO Brendan Eich as its new CEO, but the response to that move has centered on something other than its focus on mobile. In 2008 Eich donated $1,000 to support Proposition 8, a ban on gay marriage in California, and…

CBS Says It Made 'Audio Editing Error' With Tesla On 60 Minutes

CBS Says It Made 'Audio Editing Error' With Tesla On 60 Minutes

You know that Tesla Model S on 60 Minutes on Sunday that was unusually vocal? CBS is now admitting there were some noises accompanying footage of that car being driven that should not have been there.

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The Best Calendar App for iPhone

The Best Calendar App for iPhone

Going by the number of calendar alternatives in the iTunes App Store, nobody seems satisfied with Apple’s offering. Even with so many good choices, we feel Sunrise trumps them all thanks to its intuitive interface, great features, and support for so many calendar services.

Sunrise Calendar

Platform: iPhone
Price: Free
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Features

  • Compatible with Google Calendar, iCloud, and Exchange.
  • Hybrid app works with your iPhone and iPad.
  • Syncs in real-time and in the background.
  • Quickly add an event with real language (e.g. "Lunch tomorrow at 1pm!").
  • Add reminders the same way.
  • Include Facebook events and birthdays.
  • Weather forecasts based on your location included in your daily agenda.
  • Use Google Maps for directions.
  • Connect multiple Google Calendars.
  • No ads—completely free.

Where It Excels

Sunrise is beautiful and easy to use. By default, you get a straightforward agenda view that shows you exactly what’s coming up over the next day or so on all your calendars, plus the local weather. You can access the day you want to view, too, and open up an entire month to quickly find the date you’re looking for. If or when you prefer, you can also switch over to a traditional calendar view and see everything scheduled out at specific times.

Aside from having a great and intuitive feature set, Sunrise works with just about everything. You have support for Google Calendar, iCloud, and Exchange—pretty much everything you’d need.

Where It Falls Short

Sunrise doesn’t necessarily fall short in any department, but there are some calendar apps that offer additional features that Sunrise just doesn’t have. If a simple, everyday calendar isn’t your thing you might find this one doesn’t meet all of your criteria. Check out the competition section below for more options.

The Competition

Canary (Free) is really the main competitor. While not quite so intuitive, it provides a fantastic view of your day and how much free time you have. You can then switch into regular calendar mode to add and view other events. It displays Facebook events and birthdays and makes scheduling a breeze. If it supported more than Google Calendar and was a bit easier to navigate, it would definitely be our top choice. (It’s the top choice of Nick Denton, who owns Lifehacker and all of Gawker. If you have tons of meetings and events to deal with, you’ll probably appreciate it just the same.)

Cal by Any.Do (Free) feels pretty similar to Sunrise, except Sunrise supports more services. Cal, however, will important a lot of different kinds of data and keep it in sync with Any.Do’s services. Speaking of which, it handles reminders by integrating into the Any.Do app, so that’s a big plus if you already use it.

Fantastical 2 ($5) is a great calendar app that’s easy to use. It was our top pick prior Sunrise. That said, it’s not really better any any way and it costs $5 while Sunrise is free. You won’t go wrong using it, but you’ll be spending $5 for pretty much no reason.

Week Cal ($2), our (former) former favorite calendar app, packs in a lot. Like most of the competition, it offers multiple views for your events and tasks. Where it truly excels, however, is in how easy it is to use such a vast number of features and still see all the information you need directly from any view. You can still scan the events of your day quickly even in year view, simply by tapping a date. Moving events around works just like moving apps on your home screen—you tap and hold, then drag it to where you want. Everything is very intuitive, it feels like you’re using iCal or Google Calendar but in a way that’s suited for your iPhone. Basically, it has the elegance of a minimal calendar app while still retaining a very respectable set of features.

Calvetica, or Fast Calendar and Tasks ($3) and Agenda Calendar ($1) are both great options if your main draw is a minimalist aesthetic. That’s not to say they aren’t great—they both have simple, intuitive interfaces that allow you to quickly navigate around all your events. That said, they’re not designed to be the feature-rich behemoths mentioned above. If you don’t need much more than the built-in calendar app provides but would prefer a better interface with additional views and some extra features, both of these apps are completely serviceable and nice to look at.

Finally, it’s just worth mentioning the UNIQLO Calendar (Free) purely for its uniqueness. It costs nothing, syncs with Google Calendar, is very attractive, and plays tilt-shift videos while you navigate. It may not be the most practical option, but it is free and a lot of fun.


Lifehacker’s App Directory is a new and growing directory of recommendations for the best applications and tools in a number of given categories.


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Why Was The Subaru Impreza Voted Best Off-Road Beater?

Why Was The Subaru Impreza Voted Best Off-Road Beater?

Jalopnik‘s March Madness bracket of beaters has reached the Failure Four and a champion of each category has been selected. There were some strong candidates among the off-roaders; Jeep XJ, Ford Ranger… yet you chose to exalt the first-gen Subaru Impreza as the bastion of beater dirt devils.

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Deadspin Did Tucson Police Go Too Far In Putting Down Arizona Riot?

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Supreme Court hears argument on a patent worthy of King Tut

Can an obscure Australian holding company use a software patent to sue the global foreign exchange system? The Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in Alice v. CLS Bank.
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An hour-long oral argument (PDF) at the US Supreme Court today didn’t reveal much about what kind of test the justices might install to stop overly “abstract” patents from being granted. But several justices did seem skeptical about the idea that Australian holding company Alice Corp. had invented much of anything with its patents on a form of financial risk-management.

Alice Corp v. CLS Bank could be the most wide-ranging patent case in years if the justices choose to install a new test on software or “business method” patents. They last addressed the issue in Bilski, but that case left in place a rule that was unevenly applied. And the chaotic state of the law became clear when the Alice v. CLS case resulted in a deeply fractured set of opinions from the nation’s top patent court.

Alice is an Australian holding company that used four patents to make infringement claims against CLS Bank back in 2007. CLS Bank, owned by more than 60 large banks throughout the world, is a key piece of the global banking infrastructure, settling upwards of $5 trillion in foreign-exchange trades each day.

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The Fall Of The Coachbuilders Has Been A Long Time Coming

The Fall Of The Coachbuilders Has Been A Long Time Coming

Welcome to Must Read, where we single out the best stories from around the automotive universe and beyond. Today we have reports from Automobile Magazine, The New York Times and Architectural Digest.

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Google+ adds page view counts to user profiles

Earlier this month, we learned that Twitter’s considering introducing view counts to individual tweets, and it looks like Google+ just flipped the switch on a similar initiative. Follower counts are now joined by the total number of page clicks,…