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How to fix Touch ID when your fingerprint cannot be read

Setup Touch ID on iPhone 5s

When it works, Touch ID is transformative technology that leaves many wondering how they ever went without it. There are no shortage of iPhone 5S owners who look to the 2nd generation iPad Air or iPad mini with retina, so they can gain the convenience and security that comes with a Touch ID enabled device. Like all good things, technology can is great, when it works. It can also be incredibly frustrating when it doesn't work, even more so in the case of Touch ID, which is the gatekeeper to accessing your iPhone. Over time, have you seen Touch ID lose its luster. Have you seen a decline in accuracy? Here are a few tried and true tips on how to fix Touch ID when your fingerpints cannot be read. … [Read more...]

How to use HDR auto on the iPhone for better pictures

HDR auto photos iPhone

One of the options that's not used hardly enough on the iPhone is HDR, which stands for High Dynamic Range imaging. In photography, an expansive dynamic range (light to dark in a photo) can help you capture shadows and highlights, changing the entire perspective of the resulting image. Rich, vivid imagery can often be the result of HDR photography, which uses three images to capture an image at different exposure levels. These are blended together to create a single image. When Apple introduced HDR as an option in the Camera app, it was disabled by default. Those who enabled it were met with multiple copies of a photo in their camera rolls, which can impact your storage by filling up your iPhone. It's not always the case that HDR will have … [Read more...]

Spring cleaning: How to hide apps on Apple TV

Apple TV homescreen

What had become a hobby for Apple, there has been an ever-growing interest in the set-top box, with an increasing number of adding channels that include SkyNews, HBO Go, Disney XD, Disney Junior and lesser known channels like KORTV and RedBull TV. With a 2-year old, I've got a great appreciation for those Disney channels, but little interest in Korean news provided by KORTV. Some folks have zero interest in Disney, so it all depends on what's important from your couch. While it's great to see Apple add new channels, it can make for an interface that can be unruly at times. At the end of the day, no one wants to scroll unnecessarily through a number of channels they never watch. Thankfully, Apple makes it relative easy to hide apps on Apple … [Read more...]

How to setup parental controls on Apple TV

setup parental controls on apple tv

Like many families, our Apple TV is connected to our family room television, accessible to my wife and our daugther. It makes it easy to watch all sorts of free programming (with subscription) including HBO GO, Netflix, assorted Disney channels. If you own an Apple TV, then you know it's also connected to the iTunes Store, making it easy to purchase or rent movies or TV shows. In some cases, it's too easy. Easy for kids who might know how to search, find and buy a program. From personal experience, it's also easy for a toddler to grab the remote and within a few button presses, order a movie rental. As my 24-hour windows to watch a movie that I have no interest in watching concludes, I thought it might be a good idea to setup parental … [Read more...]

How to mirror your Mac to Apple TV using AirPlay

Enable Mirroring to Apple TV

The crowded field of media streamers got even more crowded with the addition of the Amazon Fire TV. While there are a number of good options for streaming media, the Apple TV remains the one that works incredibly well within the Apple ecosystem. One of the many cool things you can do is to mirror the the display on your Mac to Apple TV, letting you wirelessly connect and use your HDTV as a display. While it's not practical for everyday use, there are certainly instances where this can be a useful feature. The Apple TV can serve as full-proof accessory when you need to make a big presentation. And when I say big, I mean 60-inch HDTV big. Here's how to mirror your Mac to Apple TV using AirPlay. … [Read more...]

How to block text messages in iOS 7

Block text messages in iOS 7

Apple's iOS 7 operating system offers more privacy controls, allowing you to control who does and doesn't contact you. Previous versions of iOS required you contact your carrier or use a third-party application that often required you jailbreak your iPhone. It was frustrating for people, who rightly so, expected Apple's iPhone to handle such an easy request. If you are receiving unwanted texts from ex-boyfriends, ex-girlfriends, telemarketers, having an iPhone often led to frustration. Things have changed with iOS 7 and Apple has made it incredibly easy to block text messages in iOS 7. … [Read more...]

How to create reminders on your iPhone or iPad

Create reminders iPhone

One of the apps which saw major UI changes with iOS 7 was the Reminders app, an incredibly useful app for making to-do lists and reminders of things you need to get done. Thanks to the magic of iCloud, the Reminders app syncs across all of your iOS devices, so your lists are always up to date. We'll help you get started with creating reminders, how to schedule items and more. … [Read more...]

Suffering From iOS 7.1 Battery Drain, Ways To Improve Battery Life

Fix battery life iOS 7

For the most part, Apple's iOS 7.1 is a welcome software update, bringing with it increased stability and relief from random crashes that plagued earlier versions. What is seemingly a yearly occurrence with either major or point releases, the trade-off appears to come in reduced battery life. Apple's support forums are filled with folks suffering reduced battery life. These typically get resolved with successive releases, but that doesn't help those who recently upgraded. If you're suffering iOS 7.1 battery drain, here a few tips on how to fix it or at a minimum, optimize your current battery life. … [Read more...]

How to use manual control to make Siri faster and more accurate


One of the smaller features in iOS 7.1 is the ability to manually control when Siri listens. In previous versions of iOS, you would press and hold the home button to summon Siri. Once you hear the familiar chime, you'd let go of the home button and speak your request. What followed was either a quick recognition that you were finished with your request or a slight delay, which could result in extraneous sounds muddling your question. Sure you can edit your Siri questions, but in many ways, that defeats the purpose of a voice activated assistant. So in iOS 7.1, Apple has introduced manual control, which should help make for faster and more accurate voice recognition, improving your chances of getting an accurate answer from Siri. … [Read more...]

How to add iOS 6 buttons in iOS 7.1

Button shapes iOS 7.1

A new features in iOS 7.1 allows you to modify the user interface of your entire phone, bringing back iOS 6-like buttons in Apple's new operating system. When Apple released iOS 7, there were mixed responses to the new clean and positively stark interface. The abundance of white space coupled with a new text-based UI made it difficult to distinguish between navigation elements and on-screen content. With the release of iOS 7.1, Apple now offers an option to set a background to the text elements, which creates buttons in most of your apps, including third party applications. Apple has once again relied on the 'Accessibility' settings to provide users with a way to customize the UI of iOS 7. You'll want to navigate to Settings > General > … [Read more...]