How to share or send a map of your location using Messages in iOS 8

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Tucked inside the Messages app in iOS 8 are new features that make it one, if not the best text messaging app. It's not even fair to call it a text messaging app, since it's so much more allowing you to quickly send short videos, photos and audio clips. One other useful feature found in iOS 8 lets you send a map of your location. Your iPhone can help you solve the age-old problem of two people trying to answer the question, "Where are you?" No longer will you need a long, convoluted message with mysterious landmarks. Just a single message, with map to your exact location. That's technology, working for you. Here's how to send a map of your location using Messages in iOS 8. … [Read more...]

How to Quickly Send Photos or Short Videos Using Messages App on iOS 8

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Typically when people go looking for new features in an iOS update, they look at changes to the operating system. In iOS 8, some of the biggest changes occur in the more frequently used stock apps. At the top of that list is the Messages app. In iOS 8, Apple has made it easier to send a quick photo or record and send a short video. All with a single touch.There is no debating that Apple creates great software. On occasion, they borrow good ideas, putting their own Apple spin on them. That's exactly what's happened with Messages in iOS 8. The ideas originated in third-party apps WhatsApp and Snapchat. By folding these features into a stock app like Messages, it increases the value of the software that ships with each new iPhone, iPad or … [Read more...]

Saying My Goodbyes To One-Handed Usability

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I've been using the iPhone 6 Plus extensively over the past week. It's got a heavy duty case on it, because I'm deathly afraid of dropping it. For all of the improvements, if you drop an iPhone, there's a good chance that beautiful screen will shatter. Unlike in previous years, the cost to repair is $129, significantly less now that Apple had the facilities to do them on location. I have not been able to use the iPhone 6 Plus with one hand, at all. It's strictly a two handed device. That's the trade-off for having a bigger than bigger phone. As for the iPhone 6, it feels incredibly small when I switch to that phone. My wife got the smaller 4.7-inch iPhone 6. I definitely feel a bit more comfortable navigating with one hand. With either … [Read more...]

Apple Releases iOS 8.0.2 With Fix For Cell Service, Touch ID

Apple today released iOS 8.0.2. The update is rolling out now. You can download using either iTunes or over-the-air (OTA). The update for those updating OTA requires 1.6GB of free space, despite the paltry 61MB update. This update comes on the heels of a botched rollout of iOS 8.0.1 that rendered phones without cell service and also disabled Touch ID.Fixes a bug so HealthKit apps can now be made available on the App Store Addresses an issue where 3rd party keyboards could become deselected when a user enters their passcode Fixes an issue that prevented some apps from accessing photos from the Photo Library Improves the reliability of the Reachability feature on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Fixes an issue that could cause … [Read more...]

Apple: Only 9 Customer Complaints of Bent iPhone 6

In response to the growing concerns over bent iPhones, Apple today issue a short statement to CNBC on the subject. According to Apple, only 9 customers have complained to the company about bent iPhones. They also noted that the new iPhones "feature steel/titanium inserts to reinforce stress locations and use the strongest glass in the industry."After a few, isolated reports of the larger iPhone 6 Plus bending, the story became national news. Not helping matters were YouTube torture test videos. These showcased the bending of iPhones using pressure well beyond what anyone would consider reasonabily normal. If there was one takeaway from the videos, it did show the iPhone 6 to be more difficult to bend.Here's the full context of … [Read more...]

Bending Perspective

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The recent news of the iPhone 6 Plus possibly being susceptible to bending has caused strong reactions, from all sides. Another year, another controversy that hasn't gone quietly, at least yet. A new iPhone is big news and an even bigger target. People love to find a chink in the aluminum-clad armor of Apple's iPhones. Within hours of the first report on MacRumors, there were trending hashtags for #bendgate and in less than 24 hours, it was being woefully distorted by major news networks.The Pocket Let's clear something up. No phone, regardless of its size, should ever find its way to your back pocket. That's never a good idea, despite a bevy of ass shots posted on the Internet showing how the bigger iPhone 6 fits in rear pockets … [Read more...]

How to fix iOS 8.0.1 no cell service issue

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Apple's iOS 8.0.1 has introduced a nasty bug that breaks cell phone service and Touch ID. From most reports, the issue is specific to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. You have a few options here, none of which are great, but can help you get your cell service back.Another option is to restore your iPhone to iOS 8.0 using iTunes. Apple has already pulled iOS 8.0.1. When you go through this process, iTunes will download the latest working version of iOS. This seems to be the easiest and most effective way at fixing cell service on your phone. It also means that you must backup all of your data.1. Connect your iOS device to your Mac or PC. Open iTunes if it does not launch by itself. 2. Select your iPhone either from the left hand menu … [Read more...]

Apple iOS 8.0.1 Released, Breaks Cell Service, Touch ID

Apple today released iOS 8.0.1. The update is rolling out now. You can download using either iTunes or over-the-air (OTA). The update for those updating OTA requires 1.6GB of free space, despite the paltry 61MB update.UPDATE: There are numerous reports on Twitter and social media that iOS 8.0.1 causing a number of problems. Users are reporting they have no cell service after the update. It also appears to be breaking Touch ID in some cases. If you haven't updated yet, I'd advise holding off.Fixes a bug so HealthKit apps can now be made available on the App Store Addresses an issue where 3rd party keyboards could become deselected when a user enters their passcode Fixes an issue that prevented some apps from accessing photos … [Read more...]

BendGate Raises Concerns Over Pocketability of iPhone 6 Plus

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There are been a few reports (via MacRumors) from users who claim that the iPhone 6 Plus bent as a result of carrying their phones in their front pockets. While the world spent last week determining whether the device would fit into 'skinny jeans', the concern now shifts to whether that could damage your iPhone. One instance has the user pocketing his iPhone 6 Plus for roughly 18 hours, mixed in with dinner and dancing at a wedding. Noting a slightly distorted image, upon further inspection, it was determined that the device had suffered damage. … [Read more...]

You Can’t Fix Battery Life on iOS 8, But Here’s How To Improve It

Fix battery life on iOS 8

The Ultimate Guide For Improving iOS 8 Battery Life on the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5/5c/5s, iPhone 4Are you looking for a way to fix battery life on iOS 8 or your new iPhone 6? With each major iOS release, we see a rush of folks who are experiencing some sort of battery drain, that's not in keeping with their past experiences. If you have an old iPhone that had been running the latest version of iOS 7, it included several updates from Apple that have fixed bugs and optimized battery life. iOS 8 may look and feel much like iOS 7, but it's got a number of new features and it's a major update. That translates to significant changes to the underlying code that runs on your iPhone. So whether you have upgraded an older iPhone to iOS … [Read more...]