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...]
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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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
In iOS, there are a number of reset options for your iPhone or iPad. They all function differently and there are different scenarios for why you might use one versus another. In this guide, we’ll present all of the reset settings on iPhone and iPad, what they do and when to use them. If you are having a problem with your iOS device, at times these can be a quick and easy fix. They are also helpful to know should you plan to sell or trade-in your iPhone. Updated for iOS 7 and iOS 8 Reset All Settings Erase All Content and Settings Reset Network Settings Reset Keyboard Dictionary Reset Home Screen Layout Reset Location and Privacy Reset All Settings This will reset all settings. This will not delete any data. If … [Read more...]
As an iPhone owner, you hold in your hand a phone that can produce beautiful photos. Having quick access to our phones, makes it easier than ever to capture moments or events without having to dig out our point & shoot or bulky DSLR. Take a moment to think about how photography has changed since 2008. It's really quite amazing. The iPhone's camera is both capable and meets the ever so important characteristic of the best camera being the one you have with you. While it meets all of the technical criteria for taking excellent pictures, taking truly great photos often depends on the one behind the lens. Ok, having an incredibly cute kid or pet does help, but what you do can transform good pictures into great. When you take a photo, you … [Read more...]
Apple Pay is a great and secure way to pay for goods and services. Ultimately, you are using a traditional credit or debit card to make a purchase. By using Apple Pay, you don't have to physically hand a stranger your card information and your full name. Payments made using the new service wirelessly transfers a unique Device Account Number specific to your iPhone, coupled with a transaction-specific dynamic security code. This information is used to process your payment. In the past year or so, big retailers like Target and Home Depot have had data breaches. If you have a credit or debit card, it's not uncommon to have to be issued a new card from your bank due to security concerns. When this happens, you're left scrambling to update … [Read more...]