Back in the days when we all rocked iPods, its singular use as a music player allowed for users to focus on getting the most from their portable music player. Now that the iPhone has effectively replaced the iPod, managing music can often take a backseat to the infinite functionality of our phones. Music still has tremendous meaning, but it's easy to find yourself content with loading up music without any filters or extensive thought. That can have several unintended consequences. It can chew up valuable storage space and make it infinitely more difficult to get the absolute best listening experience from your music collection. We've compiled five super-smart playlist tips that will rock your iPhone, like a hurricane! … [Read more...]
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Take a great photo on your iPhone and it’s natural to want to share it with friends and family. We’ve covered sharing photos from the Photos app, but you can also share photos directly from within your Mail application. As more and more are using their iOS devices for productivity and work, attaching files like Word documents or PDFs becomes a necessity. Here’s how you can attach files and photos on iPhone or iPad, directly from the Mail app. … [Read more...]
Do Not Disturb is one of the best and often ignored features in iOS. If your iPhone is home to multiple social network apps, email, messaging and more, I’m guessing it buzzes and beeps plenty throughout your day. While not uncommon, this sort of thing can be extremely distracting when night falls and you’d like to get some well deserved rest. In the past, that mean switching on Airplane mode, which is like taking a hacksaw to a dandelion. With Do Not Disturb enabled, and customized to your preferences, calls and alerts that you designate will be silenced if your iPhone is locked. Read on for how to use do not disturb on iPhone. When you wake up tomorrow, you’ll be well rested and you will not have missed anything important. … [Read more...]
If you’re like me, at times you can experience a love/hate relationship with Siri. You press the home button and ask her to phone a friend or family member, only to have her completely misunderstand your request, mangling what you thought was the proper annunciation of the name. We’ve all been there and my Long Island accent certainly doesn’t help matters. Thankfully, there are ways to improve Siri with a few easy steps and improve her accuracy. Read on for how to set relationships with Siri using your contacts. This tutorial works for the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. … [Read more...]
Both the iPhone and the latest 4G LTE iPads offer a wide array of applications that allow you to do most anything when you are outside of the home. From streaming live television using Slingbox to more mainstream uses such as checking email, browsing the web or surfing YouTube. All of these and many more have a direct impact on your data usage. It’s important to track your iPhone data usage where possible. Not only to prevent unwanted overage charges, but also to possibly downgrade your plan and save money. … [Read more...]
There are a number of status icons on the iPhone, each of which provide information. This short overview will provide you with a guide to the common icons and some which are not as familiar. This list has been updated to include the latest icons used in iOS 8. For those running older operating systems, we've kept an archive of some older status icons. The cell signal icon displays your current cellular signal and the strength of the signal. Starting with iOS 7, Apple replaced bars with circles. You want to see more solid circles on this display, which means better service for making and receiving calls. If you are outside of the range of your wireless carrier, the circles are replaced with “No Service”. When airplane mode is … [Read more...]
Using the iPhone or the iPad, we often find ourselves in a constant state of feeling connected, with the ability to pull up a webpage in a matter of seconds. Whether it’s by using a locally available WiFi network or your carrier, it’s easy to access information from the Internet with just a few taps. However, there are times when you might find yourself in an area with spotty wireless coverage, no access to WiFi, or you might simply be too busy to read an article you’ve found on the Internet. Learn how to use Reading List in Safari and you will never find yourself without great content on your iOS device. … [Read more...]
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...]
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...]
Every two weeks, Facebook pushes a new software update. Often these are bug fixes and what they term as improvements. The most recent release 22.214.171.124.12 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...]