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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
During my iOS 7 review, I often opined about how slick Apple’s new pseudo 3d effects, zoom and animation has had on the iOS experience. The level of depth created by the parallax feature is unlike any other smartphone platform. Positive response to these effects has not been unanimous, with numerous reports of folks suffering from motion sickness from iOS 7. By just using their iPhones, the symptoms include nausea, dizziness, headaches and not feeling well overall. Thankfully, there are a few changes you can make to the settings on your iPhone or iPad that should help.