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5 Steps to Fix an iPhone App That Won’t Stop Crashing

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If you're careful to only purchase reputable apps on the App Store (always get recommendations or check reviews), you usually won't run into any major problems. But every so often, be it due to an iOS update, an app update or just pure bad luck, you'll find yourself stuck with an app that keeps crashing. If you're lucky, it only crashes once in a while. If you're unlucky, you might not be able to open it. When this happens, many iOS users will simply leave a bad review and then delete it, but that's such a waste of money. Before you go to that extreme, consider a few simple steps that might clear up the problem. … [Read more...]

The ultimate guide to using emoji on iPhone, iPad and Mac

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Emoji has become such a vital part of our communications. The ability to send small images that help convey our emotions is an extremely powerful feature. Since 2011, Apple's iOS devices have provided native support for emoji. It's a fantastic feature, but often left unused. If you're new to emoji or an old pro, we've got you covered with the latest in Master Class series. Using our table of contents, you'll have quick access to answers to your most pressing questions. It's time to get your thumbs up icon ready. Read on for the ultimate guide to emoji on iPhone, iPad and Mac! What is emoji Emoji etiquette How to enable emoji on iPhone, iPad How to use emoji Best Third Party Emoji Apps How to use emoji on your … [Read more...]

How to turn off those awful Facebook sounds on iPhone

Turn off Facebook sounds

Every two weeks, Facebook pushes a new software update. Often these are bug fixes and what they term as improvements. The most recent release introduced a most unwelcome feature, sounds. Every navigation point now includes an audible reminder. More importantly, those in your immediate surroundings, are also privy to the soundtrack of your Facebook activity. Luckily, if you'd prefer to to turn off these sounds, it's easily done. How to turn off Facebook sounds 1. Open Facebook and tap on the 'More' menu. 2. Tap on Settings. 2. Select Sounds. Toggle in-app sounds to off. It's odd that Facebook has committed  to such a bizarre update schedule. Are these updates that vital? Are they improving things? I understand the … [Read more...]

8 Killer Tips To Master Safari On iPhone

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Apple's Safari for iOS is an incredibly capable web browser. Years of improvements have resulted in advanced features throughout, some of which you may not know. We've uncovered 8 things you can do to master Safari on iPhone and iPad. Don't just browse the web, take control of it with these tips. 1. Change Safari's Default Search Engine If you had a list of the most often used features on a smartphone, searching the web would probably rank near the top of that list. As recent as iOS 8, Apple sets the default search engine to Google. You can make a radical change to your web searching experience by changing it and when you do, there are a number of options. 1. Navigate to Settings > Safari > Search Search Engine 2. Tap on … [Read more...]

How to setup iCloud Photo Sharing on iPhone and iPad

Setup iCloud Photo Sharing

If you are someone who shares photos from your iPhone or iPad with friends and family often, then you should rejoice at iCloud Photo Sharing. Before Photo Stream, most people would use iMessage, SMS or attach photos to an email. Apple realized this was a terribly inefficient method of sharing photos made even worse if you want to share more than a few images. If you share photos often, read on for how to setup shared Photo Streams on iPhone and iPad. This might just be the best feature in iOS, making it easier than ever to share those important moments. … [Read more...]

How to sync Safari bookmarks on iPhone, iPad with Mac or PC

Sync Safari bookmarks

Having an organized set of bookmarks can vastly improve your experience when browsing the web. Conversely, having different sets on different computers, iPhones and devices can be frustrating. It’s not simply a matter of remembering your favorite sites, but the time you save in manually entering each website address. Whether you are surfing the web for fun, work or education, bookmarks are a vital part of the overall experience. If you mainly surf the web from your iPad, you may be looking to export your favorite bookmarks, so that they are accessible on your Mac or PC. We’re here to help you bring a sense of order to your bookmark chaos. Read on for our comprehensive guide to how to sync Safari bookmarks on iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. … [Read more...]

How I use an iPhone controlled thermostat for convenience and to save money

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In a matter of months, Apple's going to make a big play in the smart home market with the introduction of HomeKit. It should help simplify the setup and use of common smarthome products. For iPhone and iPad owners, the biggest advantage will be the ease of control, some of which can be done using Siri. It will allow users to group actions and have Siri execute them. "Hey Siri, lower the temperature to 75 degrees." That's the future and it's not far away. When considering devices that transform a traditional home to a smart home, the thermostat plays a key role. It's one of my most used devices in my smart home. Here's how I use it, how it's added a new level of convenience and helping us save money. I was one of the early adopters of … [Read more...]

How to use an iPhone as a microphone

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The days of convergence are upon us and the way in which people utilize their iPhone continues to astonish. As someone who has covered trade shows, I’ve found that you can use an iPhone as a microphone, removing the need to carry an extra piece of equipment. There are a few options, so let’s break them down. Apple’s Voice Memos Your iPhone comes with an application titled ‘Voice Memos’ that resides in the Extras folder. While it may be hidden, this app packs a punch, offering a number of valuable features. The red button to the left allows you to start recording. Apple includes a audio level meter, helping you monitor your levels. Keeping levels below ‘0’ is recommended for the best quality audio. Going past this could result … [Read more...]

How to restore your iPhone from an iCloud Backup

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When you first set up your iPhone or iPad, you are encouraged to enable iCloud and offered the option to back up your data to Apple’s iCloud service. Before the advent of iCloud in iOS 5, backups took place locally on your Mac or PC, using iTunes. While still an option, there is no questioning the simplicity and ease of using iCloud. One of the main advantages is that your data is secure. Local backups can be problematic. I always encourage folks to have a backup strategy using a secondary hard drive, NAS or service like Crashplan, Backblaze or Carbonite. What happens if your hard drive crashes and you don't have a backup in place? Not only are your files gone, but you no longer have access to your iPhone backups. By using iCloud, that's no … [Read more...]

How To Restore iPhone To Factory Settings Without iTunes

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There are a number of reasons why you might want to restore your iPhone factory settings. If for some reason your iPhone isn’t working properly or maybe you are selling it, so that you can upgrade. If you have access to a Mac or PC, you can restore using iTunes, which we'll also cover in this guide. But when disaster strikes, not everyone has access to iTunes. If you are away from your computer, it’s very easy to restore your iPhone to factory settings. And when you do, you can easily restore to the last known backup using either iTunes or iCloud. Simply follow these steps. As a reminder, make sure that you have synced all of you data to your computer or to iCloud. A factory restore means that means all of your data and personal information … [Read more...]