If you are not familiar with Photo Stream, it's a fantastic way to share photos and videos with a select group of friends and family. Not only is it easy to instantly share photos, it's easy for those who subscribe to your Photo Stream to access your photos. From my personal experience, it's been one of the absolute best and most frequently used features on my iPhone and iPad. Having a 2-year old, we take an insane amount of photos and share the best with grandparents who live out of state. Up until iOS 7, the person who created the Photo Stream was also the gatekeeper when it comes to posting images or videos. Thankfully, that's changed with iOS 7 and it's easy to allow subscribers to add to Photo Stream. … [Read more...]
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Have you had issues with applications misbehaving in iOS 8? You're not alone. Apple has continued to release software updates to remedy issues with iOS, with the last few releases including numerous bug fixes. It doesn't seem as if its been enough to bring the stability of previous releases. If you've experienced problems with apps that lock up or buggy, you can force quit apps in iOS 8. … [Read more...]
The holiday season is upon us and for many, that means dragging huge boxes of lights and decorations from either an attic or basement. It's time to take out the ladder, figure out which lights didn't make it from last year and start stringing bushes, columns, porches and rooftops with beaming lights of joy. Decorating for the holidays is an old tradition, but the nightly process of turning those lights on and off can benefit from modern technology. So sprinkle a little cinnamon on that eggnog and read on for how to control your Christmas lights with your iPhone. … [Read more...]
Apple's iPhone 5s and iPhone 6 includes the awesome capability of shooting slow-motion video, that can easily be edited and shared from your iPhone. When in Slo-Mo mode, the iPhone will automatically create a segment for your slo-motion capture, which can be edited. When you transfer your video to your Mac, the slow-motion portion appears lost, a common problem that occurs during playback. Thankfully, your video data remains in tact. Here's how to transfer and watch your slow motion iPhone 5s video on your Mac. Okay, so you've shot and edited some wonderful slow motion on your iPhone and share it with friends, family. You've even streamed it over AirPlay to your Apple TV, so you can view your masterpiece on the big screen. Naturally, … [Read more...]
I love TV and as a result, a key part of my home technology surrounds the remote control. Having a number of components has always required the use of a universal remote and for years, Harmony remotes have always graced my couch cushions. Years back, I dabbled with smartphone solutions like the Novii Remote, but it usually ended in disappointment. My IR-only needs have been suitably met by the Harmony 659, Harmony 880 and Harmony One. Within the past year, my needs shifted to include RF, so I made the jump to the Harmony 900. RF remotes allow you to control devices that are hidden in a console, closet or in my case, one floor down in a basement. The software is cludgy and that's putting it mildly. Once properly configured, the Harmony … [Read more...]
Available on the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 and the new iPads, Touch ID offers an easy way to secure your iPhone or iPad without the cumbersome process of having to enter a passcode for access. Setup still requires you select a passcode, should you need to use services like Find My iPhone or need to restore your iPhone. In addition to fast, easy and secure access, Touch ID can also be used to purchase apps from the App Store. This might very well be the killer feature on the iPhone 5s, but all too often, I come across friends and family who haven't had much success with it. I attribute it to an incorrect setup, a change in how you typically access your iPhone or both. If you've had trouble setting up your fingerprints or experienced middling … [Read more...]
Having parents that are seniors, I certainly understand the frustrations of technology from their perspective. It's only been in the past few years that they realized the need for a cellphone, let alone an iPhone. Times are changing. More and more seniors are seeing the benefits of technology. I credit the iPad, which often can serve as a replacement for an aging PC or Mac. This helps make for a natural transition for seniors from a cellphone to an iPhone. Everything pretty much works the same way and it can make calls. Many seniors have found a comfort zone with iOS. The major changes in iOS 7 can be a bit disconcerting. Here are a few iPhone tips for seniors to help you reclaim that comfort zone with iOS 7. … [Read more...]
There are hundreds of new features in iOS 7, not to mention the entirely new interface. We dug deeper into the Music app to see what’s new, what’s improved and how you can get more from your browsing experience. It’s our iOS 7 Music app tips for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, part of our ongoing 7 on iOS 7 series. 1. Rate Your Songs In iOS 6, the process of rating songs was cumbersome. If you were in now playing, you'd have to click to list view in order to rate a track. Apple has made this infinitely easier in iOS 7. When in now playing, tap on either the artwork or track name and the star fields will come up just above the playback controls. If you are looking to cut down the amount of storage you use on your iPhone, ratings when … [Read more...]
One of the many new features available in iOS is AirDrop, a remarkably easy and fast way to share content with friends, family and co-workers. For many households or in the workplace, transferring photos, videos or other content can be a lesson in frustration. Email, iMessage and Dropbox are all viable ways to move content between iPhones. These methods can be incredibly inefficient, take too much time and might present challenges for those in our house who are less tech savvy. Apple has made transferring files easy through the magic of Bluetooth and WiFi. Here's how to use AirDrop on iOS. … [Read more...]
For some users, the idea of making a video call using FaceTime or Skype is not a particularly welcome one. Most everyone loves video, but not everyone likes to see themselves on video. Newer iPhones have high quality FaceTime cameras, but the angle never seems to be incredibly flattering. Since it's free (with a data connection), to date it has been a serviceable alternative to using your minutes. But what about those of use who aren't fans of video chat? Good news awaits you in iOS 7. We'll show you how to make FaceTime audio calls in iOS 7 and set it to be your default option in favorites. … [Read more...]