October 12, 2014
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October 4, 2014
Previously, I discussed how to have your iOS device read text for you in iOS 7, and in iOS 8 it works pretty much the same way – but with some little differences. It is now easier to set up and make text speakable on an iOS device. Before we discuss how to do it, let’s first set up our iOS device so we can do it:
September 28, 2014
Multitasking dramatically got redesigned with iOS 7. With iOS 8, Multitasking added a shortcut to the people who are most important to you. In this how to, I will discuss customizing the people that appear at the top, using multitasking to contact your important people, as well as disabling it.
September 27, 2014
Have you ever wondered how much of your battery is being used? Or have you ever wondered why sometimes when you use certain apps your battery dramatically drains? New in the iOS 8 Settings application is the ability to track battery usage per each app you have installed on your device. This method is very similar to tracking your cellular data usage. expand full story
September 21, 2014
If you are curious to see how the iPhones compare to each other in terms of speed, this video tests all of the iPhones and compares them against every previous generation. It includes the original iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. This video shows them all being shut off at the same time, powering up at the same time, ran a Geek Bench test, and going to Reddit. The powering up test is interesting as the iPhone 5S powers on first, the original iPhone powers on before the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 4 powers on last.
Check out the video down below.
New in iOS 8 you are able to create a Medical ID in the Health App. Even though the rest of the Health app is down, the Medical ID is fully functioning. The Medical ID is important because in case of an emergency, medical responders can look at your phone and know any allergies or medical conditions you have and know who to contact for you without unlocking your phone. To continue to make a Medical ID, press the word Create Medical ID in red.
September 19, 2014
Before Family Sharing, there was Home Sharing, which allowed you to share apps and media with your family by having an Apple ID that contained the purchases to be used on up to five computers and an unlimited number of iOS devices. For your family to make purchases with that Apple ID, they either know the password to that Apple ID (which also means they can access your passwords, credit card information, documents), or they have to go to the account holder every time they want to purchase an app or music.
Now with iOS 8 there is Family Sharing and it does not require sharing an Apple ID. Instead your family of five (six including yourself) each have their own Apple ID with the same credit card and can download apps and iTunes. Your family does have to have their Apple ID based in the same country. Also, parents can approve their kids’ purchases right from their device. Besides managing the App Store and iTunes purchases, Family Sharing can help you track where your children are using Find My Friends and can help find their lost devices using Find my iPhone.
Family Sharing also allows you to easily create a shared family calendar and shared family reminder list that anyone in the family can view and edit. It also creates a shared family photo album. In this how to, I will discuss how to set up Family Sharing and how to use it.
September 17, 2014
With iOS 8 launching later today, it’s worth taking a look at how you should prepare your device for the new operating system. Before installing the update, it is recommended that you have a backup of your data. This how-to is going to walk you through backing up your iOS 7 device and transitioning it over to iOS 8:
August 31, 2014
August 27, 2014
A couple of months ago, we covered the launch of Ringly, a high-tech smart ring that can notify users of incoming messages, notifications, and phone calls. Their pre-order sales campaign has been extremely successful. They exceeded their $60,000 goal within eight hours of launching and reached over $100,000 in sales in under 24 hours.
Through the Ringly app, which will support iOS and Android, you can customize the light and vibration patterns for different kinds of notifications. The ring can notify you when you receive a text, phone call, calendar alert, or email, as well as when you leave your phone behind. It also supports third-party notification from Airbnb, eBay, Facebook, Gilt, Hinge, Instagram, LinkedIn, Lyft, Pinterest, Poshmark, Skype, Snapchat, Tinder, Tumblr, Twitter, Uber, Vine, WhatsApp, and Words with Friends.
The fall launch collection rings are made of 18K heavy gold plating are still available in black onyx, pink sapphire and rainbow moonstone for $145 at the early-bird pricing. After September 1st they will be $195.
Today Ringly is launching a new limited-edition winter style ring, Dive Bar. It differs in style from the initial rings that were launched by being a bit edgier and more modern in design. It is now available for pre-order for $195 and will ship in Winter 2014/2015. One of our lucky readers will be able to win one of the Dive Bar rings. To enter in the giveaway, leave a comment in the post and include your ring size. Winner will be announced next week.
August 26, 2014
August 21, 2014
New startup Q Designs seeks to help solve a problem that many people have: we sometimes need to power our mobile electronic devices, but we don’t want to carry external battery packs or bulky charging cases. Q Designs’ solution, the QBracelet, looks like an ordinary bracelet, but it is actually a high-tech charger that can juice up your electronic device discreetly.
The QBracelet will work with iOS and Android devices at launch. No cord is needed, since inside the bracelet’s clasp there is a lightning adapter for Apple products and a micro-USB port for Android devices.
July 19, 2014
June 10, 2014
New startup Ringly seeks to help solve a problem that many busy women have: missing important phone calls, texts or notifications because they cannot hear their phone go off in their purse, or find the phone quickly enough to get to it. Personally, I’ve run into this problem several times.
Ringly’s solution looks like an ordinary fashionable ring, but is actually a high-tech smart ring that can notify users of incoming messages, notifications, phone calls, and more.
May 24, 2014