Perfecting the Notification Center on your iPhone can take some work. Getting it dialed in to your preferences can include removing stocks, weather, customizing the view and turning off alerts on some of your apps. Once you have the Today view perfected, the next logical step is to look at the ordering of your notifications in the Notification Center. It’s not uncommon to have an extensive list of apps, all vying for your attention. This also makes it entirely too easy for important alerts to get suppressed. There are a few methods here to help gain control of how your […]
Apple’s Notification Center is plenty useful, allowing for both app alerts and a today view that can include the date, weather, calendar events, stocks, reminders and more. It can include everything, but the kitchen sink, which may come in iOS 8. Having that information accessible can be advantageous. By default, the Notification Center can be accessed when your iPhone is locked or unlocked. In some cases, this presents a privacy problem. Without unlocking an iPhone, someone can swipe down from the lock screen, revealing personal information. For example, someone could view text messages, previews of emails (as shown below) and more. […]
The Notification Center in iOS 7 presented a new way to show important information in a new ‘Today’ view. With a single swipe down gesture, you can easily access the date, weather, reminders, stocks and calendar events. This is in addition to all of your notifications. When you rely on your iPhone to provide you with information that matters to you, the default settings in iOS 7 can result in information overload. You can remove weather and stocks from the notification center on iPhone and customize the settings to create the ultimate iPhone Notification Center, personalized just for you.
In addition to sounds, vibrations, banners and alerts, there is yet another way to ensure you get notified when you miss an important call or text. There are times when sound or standard alerts are just not sufficient enough. Luckily, there are options. One of the hidden features in iOS is the capability to use the camera flash on your iPhone as an alert. If you turn on LED flash notifications, you’ll be notified by the flash on your iPhones camera continuously blinking. While auditory alerts aren’t enough, visual alerts are great options.
As you start to amass a huge library of apps, many of which ask for permission to send you push notifications, you can find yourself with an iPhone or iPad that is constantly pushing notifications. When first installing an app, I tend to make the mistake of letting apps push notifications, without first thinking it through. As a result of my mismanagement of notifications, I’m rewarded with a steady stream of pop-up banners, alerts and a Notification Center that looks like Grand Central Station. It’s easy to find yourself with too much information, some of which is not exactly mission critical. Do I really need SpeakZoo […]
Today we’re covering some iOS basics. Specifically, how you can deal with annoying iOS banner notifications. Notifications can be super-helpful, letting you know when you’ve received new email, a Facebook message, a direct message in Twitter or some other app that you’ve permitted to interrupt your daily workflow. Having said that, when you are working in an app, the banner notifications at the top can get in the way. If you wait a few seconds, they’ll disappear. Those don’t help in instances where you are in a public place and the notification contains information that’s better left private. If you’re […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]