IOS7 TIP- 6 more things the Home Button can do
Click the your iPhone’s (or iPad’s) Home button once, and you’ll end up on the home screen. Double-click it, and you’ll jump to the iOS multitasking screen (you know, the one that shows all the apps that are running in the background). But what happens if you try triple-clicking the Home key?
Well, most of the time, you’ll just wind up back at the home screen—or, if you’re already on the home screen, the multitasking screen will play a brief game of peek-a-boo.
But if you flip some switches deep in the Settings menu, you’ll be able to choose between six new functions that triple-clicking the Home key can activate.
Tap Settings, General, Accessibility, then scroll all the way down to a setting labeled “Accessibility Shortcut.”
Just tap the Accessibility Shortcut feature (or features) you’d like to activate. Note that Guided Access, which must be togged on or off from a separate screen, is grayed out.
You’ll now see the six (or maybe just five—more on that in a moment) actions that your iPhone/iPad can take when you triple-click the Home key. They include:
- Guided Access: A mode that locks your iPhone or iPad into one app while (if you wish) disabling the Home and Sleep buttons, as well as specific areas of the touchscreen. (I like to call this the “baby-proof” mode.) Unlike the other items on the list, you can’t toggle it on and off from the “Accessibility Shortcut” screen; instead, you’ll need to back up to Settings, General, Accessibility, Guided Access.
- VoiceOver: Pick this option, and your iDevice will switch to a mode where it reads aloud web pages, email, and navigation labels on its touchscreen, perfect for iPhone users with impaired vision.
- Invert Colors: In this mode, your iPhone or iPad reverses the colors on its screen, resulting in a display that shows white text on a black background for email, text messages, and most web pages. The inverted colors don’t stop there, though; wait until you get a load of the groovy white-on-black home screen.
- Zoom: Find yourself squinting at the tiny text on your iPhone’s/iPad’s screen? Turn on the Zoom function to magnify the display with a three-finger tap.
- Switch Control: Lets you control your iOS device using one or more physical or virtual switches. For example, you can use the switch (which you can “flip” with a Bluetooth accessory, by tapping the touchscreen, or even by nodding at your iDevice’s FaceTime camera) to select an item, virtually rotate or shake your handset, or press the sleep/wake button.
- AssistiveTouch: Activates a mode that lets you “pinch” or swipe the display—or even “shake” the entire phone, for that matter—without actually having to pinch, swipe, or shake, an essential feature for anyone without the full use of their fingers.
Just tap a feature to switch it on when you triple-click the Home key.
If you select more than one item, your iPhone or iPad will ask which one to activate whenever you triple-click Home.
Don’t want your iPhone/iPad to do anything when you triple-click the Home key? Then make sure all five items (or six, including Guided Access) are unchecked
Microsoft shows off real-time Skype translator
RANCHO PALOS VERDES Calif. (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp showed off a test version of a real-time, spoken-word translation service for Skype calls on Tuesday, the first time the world's largest software company has demonstrated the breakthrough technology publicly in the United States.
Skype Translator, as it is currently called, allows speakers in different languages to hear the other's words spoken in their own language, according to a demo introduced by Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella at the Code Conference technology gathering in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.
"It is going to make sure you can communicate with anybody without language barriers," said Nadella, who took over as Microsoft CEO in February and is keen to re-establish the company as a technology leader after a decade of slipping behind Apple Inc and Google Inc in mobile computing.
Nadella described the underlying technology as "magical," but said the task now was turn it into a real product rather than just a research project, promising it would launch by the end of the year. He did not say if it would be a free add-on for Skype users or a paid extra.
Immediate reaction to the demo, featuring an English-speaking Microsoft executive chatting with a German counterpart, was mixed. One German-speaking audience member said the translation was good enough for vacation, but not for business.
The new technology, which Microsoft demoed in a rougher form 18 months ago in China, could represent a significant feature for its Skype online chat service, which boasts hundreds of millions of users. It is an advance on Microsoft's current translation features that only work with written words on its Bing search engine and Internet Explorer browser.
Microsoft has been working hard on speech recognition technology for years. Earlier this year it showed off Cortana, its voice-activated "personal assistant" designed to rival Apple's Siri.
(Reporting by Alexei Oreskovic and Bill Rigby; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)
Vulnerability in Microsoft Internet Explorer Announced
(April 29, 2014) — A
significant vulnerability in Microsoft's IE (Internet Explorer) was detected
this past weekend that could affect your computers and business security.
All versions of IE 6 through 11 for
Windows are affected.
No patch is available as of today.
This newly discovered exploit could be used against Microsoft’s web browser,
Internet Explorer (IE). The browser may inadvertently access an object in
memory that was previously deleted. The memory may be corrupted in a way that
allows a cyber criminal to use a code to target your computer.
Microsoft plans to release a security update, but it won’t protect you if you
use Windows XP. With the dropping of support for XP, we believe that we’ve
had the first of many attacks that will be targeting Windows XP.
What Should You Do?
Don’t use Microsoft's IE (Internet
Explorer) on any computer.
Use an alternative browser such as
Google Chrome or Firefox.
When the patch is issued, it won’t
apply to XP users-ever!
If you are an XP User, use an
Think seriously about upgrading your XP
7 Things You Didn’t Know Siri Could Do for You
Sure, Siri on the iPhone makes for a fun way to ask out what the weather is like outside, but Apple’s polite personal assistant can also do a heck of a lot more for you.
Here are seven great Siri features that you’ve probably never used.
1. Opening apps. If you don’t learn to use Siri for anything else, for the love of Mike, learn this one.
You can say, “Open Calendar” or “Play Angry Birds” or “Launch Calculator.”
Result: The corresponding app opens instantly. It’s exactly the same as pressing the Home button, swiping across the screen until you find the app you’re looking for, and then tapping its icon—but without pressing the Home button, swiping across the screen until you find the app you’re looking for, and then tapping its icon.
2. Change your settings. This one’s new in iOS 7, and it’s excellent. You can make changes to certain basic settings just by speaking your request. You can say, for example, “Turn on Bluetooth,” “Turn off WiFi,” “Turn on Do Not Disturb,” and “Turn on Airplane mode.” (You can’t turn off Airplane mode by voice, because Siri doesn’t work without an Internet connection.)
You can also make screen adjustments: “Make the screen brighter.” “Dim the screen.”
Result: Siri makes the requested adjustment, tells you so, and displays the corresponding switch in case she misunderstood your intention.
3. Read full emails to you. In iOS 7, Siri can actually read the full messages to you—not just the header information (to, from, and subject line).
For example, if you say, “Read my latest email” or “Read my new email,” Siri reads aloud your most recent email message. (Siri then offers you the chance to dictate a response.)
Or you can use the new summary-listing commands. When you say, “Read my email,” Siri starts walking backwards through your Inbox, telling you the subject of each, plus who sent it and when.
While this recitation is going on, you can tap the microphone button to interrupt with, “Read that email” or “Read the third email” (for example)—and Siri will read a summary of the email (not the whole body).
She once again invites you to dictate a reply; if you say no, she picks up from where she left off, reading the rest of the subjects.
Result: Siri reads aloud.
You can also compose a new message by voice; anytime you use the phrase “about,” that becomes the subject line for your new message. “Email Mom about the reunion.” “Email my boyfriend about the dance on Friday.” “New email to Freddie Gershon.” “Mail Mom about Saturday’s flight.” “Email Frank and Cindy Vosshall and Peter Love about the picnic.” “Email my assistant and say, ‘Thanks for arranging the taxi!’ ” “Email Gertie and Eugene about their work on the surprise party, and say I really value your friendship.”
(If you’ve indicated only the subject and addressee, Siri prompts you for the body of the message.)
You can reply to a message Siri has just described, too. “Reply, ‘Dear Robin (comma), I’m so sorry about your dog (period). I’ll be more careful next time (period).” “Call her mobile number.” “Send him a text message saying, ‘I got your note.’ ”
Result: A miniature Mail message, showing you Siri’s handiwork before you send it.
4. Search and play music. Instead of fumbling around in your Music app, save yourself steps and time by speaking the name of the album, song, or band: “Play some Beatles.” “Play ‘I’m a Barbie Girl.’ ” “Play some jazz.” “Play my jogging playlist.” “Play the party mix.” “Shuffle my ‘Dave’s Faves’ playlist.” “Play.” “Pause.” “Resume.” “Skip.”
If you’ve set up any iTunes Radio stations, you can call for them by name, too: “Play Dolly Parton Radio.” Or be more generic: Just say “Play iTunes Radio” and be surprised. Or be more specific: Say “Play some country music” (substitute your favorite genre).
Result: Siri plays (or skips, shuffles, or pauses) the music you asked for—without ever leaving whatever app you were using.
5. Find My Friends. You see this category only if you’ve installed Apple’s Find My Friends app. “Where’s Ferd?” “Is my dad home?” “Where are my friends?” “Who’s here?” “Who is nearby?” “Is my mom at work?”
Result: Siri shows you a beautiful little map with the requested person’s location clearly indicated by a blue pushpin. (She does, that is, if you’ve set up Find My Friends, you’ve logged in, and your friends have made their locations available.)
6. Search movie facts. Siri is also the virtual equivalent of an insufferable film buff. She knows everything. “Who was the star of Groundhog Day?” “Who directed Chinatown?” “What is Waterworld rated?” “What movie won Best Picture in 1952?”
It’s not just about old movies, either. Siri also knows everything about current showtimes in theaters. “What movies are opening this week?” “What’s playing at the Watton Cineplex?” “Give me the reviews for Titanic 2: The Return.” “What are today’s showtimes for Monsters University?”
Result: Tidy tables of movie theaters or movie showtimes, displayed on a faux movie marquee. (Tap one for details.) Sometimes you get a movie poster filled with facts—and, of course, a link to rent or buy it on iTunes.
7. Post to Twitter or Facebook. iOS is a red-blooded, full-blown Twitter companion. So you can say things like, “Tweet, ‘I just saw three-headed dog catch a Frisbee in midair. Unreal.’ ” “Tweet with my location, ‘My car just broke down somewhere in Detroit. Help?’ ”
Facebook is fair game, too. You can say, “Post to Facebook, ‘The guy next to me kept his cellphone on for the whole plane ride,’ ” or “Write on my wall, ‘I can’t believe I ate the whole thing.’ ”
Result: Siri offers you a sheet (miniature dialog box) where you can approve the transcription and then, if it all looks good, send it off to your Twitter or Facebook feed.
How To Recover a Lot of Space on Your iPhone Fast
It was a logical mistake. You didn’t imagine you’d ever fill up 32 or 64 gigabytes of storage, so you saved some money by buying an iPhone with less. And now you can’t even take a video or a photo, because your phone says it’s full. You’re frozen out until you have the time and expertise to delete stuff.
But which stuff? You probably know that the biggest space hogs on your phone are likely your video files. Heck, deleting just one downloaded movie or TV show could solve your storage crunch instantly. But apps, photos, and music files also add up.
Fortunately, iOS 7 makes it very easy to see what’s eating up your space — and to delete the fattest culprits to make the most room with the least effort. Here’s where you start: Open Settings, then tap General, then Usage, then Manage Storage.
The list shows what’s using up your space, biggest items first. By tapping the > button at the right edge, you can see the details and, in many cases, make some deletions on the spot.
Delete movies and TV shows
Tap Videos to see a list like the one shown here at left:
There are all the TV shows, movies, and podcasts you’ve bought or downloaded. Tap Edit to get red delete buttons beside their names (above, right), so that you can free up some space right now.
Photos and camera
This list shows how much space your Camera videos and photos take up, but, unfortunately, it doesn’t let you delete them individually. To purge your photos, the quickest method is to hook up to iTunes, import the photos, and take advantage of the option to delete the freshly imported photos from the phone.
Turning off your Photo Stream can give you back an instant gigabyte, too. (In Settings, tap iCloud, then turn off Photos.)
The Usage list presents a long list of apps, biggest listed first. There’s a Delete App button for each one.
Delete ‘other’ items
Not everything appears in the Usage list, ready to delete.
You know the colored graph of what’s on your phone that shows up in iTunes?
Often, the biggest item here is the mysterious Other category. What is that stuff? It’s caches (Internet data stored on the phone to make repeated visits faster), backups, partial downloads, and data from iOS 7’s built-in apps — all your text messages and email, for example. Here’s how you clean them out:
Delete the web browser cache. The phone saves web pages into its own memory so that they’ll appear faster the next time you try to visit them. If you’ve had your iPhone awhile, those cache files can really add up. Open Settings; tap Safari; tap Clear History and Clear Cookies and Data. You may get a speed boost as a side effect.
Delete text messages. In the Messages app, you can delete individual texts or entire conversations; because they frequently include photo, audio, or video files, you can reclaim a lot of space.
Delete email attachments. Files downloaded with your email take up a lot of space, too. The solution is to delete the email account (open Settings, then Mail, Contacts, Calendar, then the account name; scroll down and tap Delete Account) — and then add it again. Make sure you know your email passwords before you do this!
In the process, you’ll vaporize all the attachment files and message caches that you’ve ever downloaded and opened on your phone. When you add the account back again, those files will still be online, ready to download — but only when you need them. (This trick works for most account types — but not for POP3 accounts.)
Delete voice memos, music files, and ebooks. Audio files and iBooks eat up a lot of space, too. Consider purging the recordings, books, and songs you can do without (from within the Voice Memos, iBooks, and Music apps).
IOS 7 TIP: How to zoom the entire display on your IPhone Or IPad
Having a hard time reading the tiny type on your iPad or iPhone screen? Believe me, you’re not the only one.
Indeed, after a long day of iPhone swiping, my aching eyes feel like they might get stuck in a perpetual squint.
Springing for a new pair of reading glasses is one solution, or you could always “pinch” to zoom, say, a web page in Safari.
But here’s another idea: by tweaking a key setting, you can zoom the entire display on your iPhone or iPad, no matter what app you’re using.
Having a hard time reading the tiny type on your iPad or iPhone screen? Believe me, you’re not the only one.
Indeed, after a long day of iPhone swiping, my aching eyes feel like they might get stuck in a perpetual squint.
Springing for a new pair of reading glasses is one solution, or you could always “pinch” to zoom, say, a web page in Safari. And if you’ve updated your iPhone or iPad to iOS 7, you can always make the on-screen text a bit more bold
But here’s another idea: by tweaking a key setting, you can zoom the entire display on your iPhone or iPad, no matter what app you’re using.
Want to zoom the entire display on your iPhone or iPad? A three-finger tap will do the trick.
Ready to give it a try? Here we go…
- From your iPhone or iPad home screen, tap Settings, General, Accessibility, Zoom, then switch Zoom to “On.” You can also get quick access to the Zoom feature through the Home key.
- Now double-tap the screen with three fingers at once, and well … zoom!
- Want to pan around your zoomed-in iPhone/iPad display? Just swipe around as your normally would, except using three fingertips at once rather than just one.
- You can also adjust the magnification level by double-tapping and holding with three fingers (it’s a “tap” and a “hold,” not a double-tap and then a hold), then dragging your fingertips up (to increase the zoom level) or down (to decrease the magnification).
- Had enough? Double-tap the screen with three fingers again to make it jump back to the normal view.
So, did you lock your iPhone while the display was still magnified, and is the “Slide to unlock” slider somewhere off the screen? Don’t panic.
Just double-tap the display with three fingers, and the display will instantly un-zoom, revealing the slider again.
Apple Announces CarPlay, Putting Siri and Its Maps in Cars for the First Time
Siri, won’t you drive my car?
On Monday, Apple officially announced CarPlay, integrating many of the applications you can find on its iPhone directly into the inboard display in automobiles for easier use. Cars that are preloaded with CarPlay will let drivers access turn-by-turn directions on Apple Maps, as well as their iPhones’ messages, music (including streaming apps like Spotify and Pandora) and telephone, without having to take out the phone itself.
The system will work with the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s.
Drivers will apparently connect their iPhones via a cable into the car’s infotainment system. That cable will both charge your iPhone and hook up your phone to be used with CarPlay. You can use CarPlay either with the car’s touchscreen or via Siri voice control; CarPlay cars will also ship with a button on the steering wheel that will activate Siri. A CarPlay app for iPhone will soon be available via an update to iOS 7, though the app will be useless if you don’t own a car with CarPlay. (And you thought your Candy Crush habit was an expensive in-app purchase.)
CarPlay is debuting at this week’s Geneva Motor Show, in models from Ferrari, Volvo and Mercedes-Benz. Apple said in a press release that CarPlay will later be available in cars from (deep breath) BMW, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia, Mitsubishi, Nissan, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota.
Volvo teased the new technology in a YouTube video released Monday morning.
Apple had shown off an early version of CarPlay — then dubbed “iOS in the Car” — at its Worldwide Developers Conference last year. Though other cars have been able to hook up to smartphones and play multimedia through the car’s infotainment system, CarPlay represents the first solution made by Apple.
Ios 7 TIP: How to re-download apps, music, movies and TV shows
So, did you just delete an app from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch that you wish you hadn’t? Don’t panic.
Thanks to iCloud and iOS 7, you can get that missing app—or purchased song, TV episode or movie—back in just a few clicks, for free.
It’s a great way to conserve space on your device, or to restore your iTunes purchases in case something bad happens to your handset.
Indeed, you can re-download just about anything you’ve bought from iTunes, over and over, so long as you’re logged into the correct iTunes account.
Same goes with media like TV shows, music, and movies, which is why you’d be wise to back up all your iTunes purchases on a Mac, PC, or external hard drive.
So, ready to re-download? Let’s get started…
For apps (iPhone, iPod Touch):
- Open the App Store by tapping the App Store icon.
- Tap the “Updates” button in the bottom-right corner of the screen.
- Near the top of the following page, you’ll see an option that reads “Purchased”; go ahead and tap it.
- You’ll now see a list of every app you’ve ever purchased using your iTunes account. To re-download any of them, tap the little cloud icon to the right.
- You can also filter the list by tapping the “Not On This iPhone” tab at the top.
You can see a list of all your re-downloadable iPad apps by tapping the Purchased button from the App Store application.
For apps (iPad):
- Tap the App Store icon from the iPad’s home screen.
- Tap the “Purchased” tab at the bottom of the display, just to the left of “Updates.”
- Now you’ll see a sortable list of all the apps purchased through your iTunes account. Tap the “Sort by” button to sort by app name or most-recently purchased apps. You can also filter by tapping the “Not On This iPad” tab.
- Last but not least, tap the blue “iPad Apps” link in the top-left corner of the page, then select “iPhone Apps” from the drop-down menu to see apps specifically designed for iPhone.
For music, movies or TV shows (iPhone, iPod Touch):
- Launch the iTunes Store app, tap the “More” button in the lower-right corner of the screen, then tap “Purchased.”
- Next, you’ll get the choice of viewing your purchased music, movies, or TV shows; just tap the option you want.
- You’ll now see a searchable list of your purchases. To re-download a show, movie or song, tap the little cloud.
For music or TV shows (iPad):
- Tap the App Store icon from the home screen, then tap the “Purchased” tab at the bottom of the screen.
- On the next screen, you’ll see a list of all your purchased songs from iTunes, organized by artist. Tap an artist’s name to see which songs are available for re-downloading.
- You can also tap the “sort Songs by” link to sort your iCloud-stored music grouped into albums rather than individual songs.
- Want to check out your downloadable movies and TV shows? Tap either the “Movies” or “TV Shows” tabs at the top of the screen.
You can save yourself some steps by letting the iOS Music and Videos apps display all your iCloud media, including songs, TV shows and movies that aren’t stored on your iPhone or iPad.
Tap Settings, iTunes & App Store, find the “Show All” heading, then flick the switches next to “Music” and “Videos.”
Keep in mind, though, that any music or videos you download over your iPhone or iPad cellular connection will count against your monthly data allowance.
IOS 7 Tip : 8 Typing tips you need to know
Wish you could send a text message in ALL CAPS? Can’t find the em dash key? Tired of your iPhone or iPad constantly fixing your typing, even when it doesn’t need to be fixed? Read on for eight iOS 7 typing tips you need to know.
1. Turn on caps lock
Sending a text message or an email IN ALL CAPS is usually considered yelling—but hey, sometimes yelling is called for, right? And even if you’re not in a yelling mood, you might need something ASAP, or maybe you’re just LOL.
Just double-tap the Shift key to enable All Caps mode.
Here’s the trick to turning on caps lock on the iPhone: just double-tap the shift key. When the key turns dark gray, the caps lock is on; tap it again to turn caps lock off.
2. Turn off auto-correct
Had enough of those little pop-up bubbles that correct your misspellings, abbreviations, proper names, or anything else you don’t want corrected? You can always tap the bubble to dismiss it, or you can simply deactivate the iPhone’s auto-correct feature altogether.
To do so, tap Settings, General, Keyboard, then switch “Auto-Correction” to off. (And if you find you miss auto-correct after awhile, don’t worry—just turn it back on.)
While you’re at it, you can also keep the iPhone from capitalizing the first word of each new sentence by switching off “Auto-Capitalization,” or have it quit checking your spelling by turning off the “Check Spelling” setting.
3. “Long-press” your way to an em dash, a bullet, a “curly” quote, or an ellipsis
Can’t find your favorite symbol on the iPhone keypad? Maybe it’s just hidden. Tapping and holding a specific key (or a “long-press,” as it’s often called) will sometimes reveal a series of additional keys.
Who doesn’t love an em dash?
For example, while typing the body of a message, you can find the em dash (“—”) by jumping to the symbols keyboard (press the “123″ key) and pressing and holding the dash key.
Within a second or so, the pop-up “-” will expand with more options, including an em dash, a mid-size dash, and a bullet. Slide your fingertip up to the button you want, then release. Presto!
Press and hold the period, and you’ll get a pop-up for an ellipsis (“…”). Tap and hold the exclamation or question marks for their inverted versions (“¡” and “¿”).
And for a variety of “curly” quotes, tap and hold the quote key. Keep long-pressing other keys, and you’ll find even more options.
4. Add a “.com,” “.net,” “.org,” or other dot-somethings
When you’re tapping an Internet or email address into the iPhone’s browser or the “To:” line of an email message, you don’t have to type in “.com,” “.net,” or “.org” every time.
Don’t want to type “.com” over and over in Safari? Just long-press the period key.
Instead, just tap and hold the period key (or the “.com” key when you’re using the web browser), and a pop-up will appear with all manner of dot-somethings.
Hint: Want to select “.com”? Since .com is selected by default in the “dot-something” pop-up, you can just long-press the period key, then release.
5. Create keyboard shortcuts
Tired of typing out your street address over and over, or wish there was a quicker way to ask your instant messaging buddies if they’re around?
You can create keyboard shortcuts that will replace a few letters with full words or even entire phrases—perfect for, say, quickly tapping “ut” for “You there?” or “myadd” for your home address.
Tap Settings, General, Keyboard, and then scroll down to the Shortcuts section.
6. Add emoticon and “emoji” keys
Want to add a smiley, a frowny face, or a pout to your messages, all without having to remember and type out a bunch of colons, dashes, and parentheses?
When a simple “:-)” isn’t enough, there’s always the iOS emoji keyboard.
All you have to do is dive into the iPhone’s international keyboard settings and add the “Emoji” keyboard.
(“Emoji,” by the way, is a Japanese term for emoticons and tiny, often elaborate pictures in digital messages; think of them as emoticons on steroids.)
Here’s how to do it:
- Tap Settings, General, Keyboard, then tap Keyboards on the next screen.
- You should see a list of all the virtual keyboards supported on the iPhone, along with an “Add New Keyboard” button; go ahead and tap that last button.
- Scroll down the long list of keyboards until you find “Emoji,” then tap it.
- Now, close the Settings app, go back to your Messages or Mail app, and begin composing a new message. In the bottom-left corner of the keyboard, you’ll see a key with a globe icon stamped on it; tap that key.
- Your default keyboard will disappear, and in its place you’ll see a bunch of emoticons and emoji; swipe the keyboard, and you’ll find more. For even more choices, tap the tabs at the bottom of the screen.
- Ready to go back to your regular keyboard? Just tap the globe key again.
Having a hard time typing on your iPad? Try this: tap, hold and drag the keyboard apart.
7. Split the keyboard
Wish it were easier to type on your iPad while holding it in both hands? You can try, sure, but good luck stretching your thumbs across the screen.
Here’s a nifty trick, though: if you tap and hold either side of the keyboard and pull your fingers apart, the keyboard will split in two.
8. Type characters with accent marks
Yep, you can type letters with accents—everything from acute (“á”) and grave (“à”) accents to umlauts (“ä”) and tildes (“ã”).
Just tap and hold the letter you want to add an accent to; in a moment or two, a pop-up with a range of accent marks will appear.
Slide your fingertip to the accent you want, then release
iOS 7 Tip: Bold, Italicize, or underline words text in an e-mail –
Want to add a littlefont-aidedemphasis to email messages composed on your iPhone or iPad? Turns out there’s an easy way to do it.
To be perfectly honest, I hadn’t realized you could bold, italicize, or underline words in the standard iOS Mail app until a helpful reader pointed it out.
The trick? Poking around a bit in the iOS editing pop-up (you know, the one that appears when you tap and hold to select text).
Tap the BIU button to bold, italicize, or underline text in an email message.
Here’s what you do…
- Open the iOS Mail app, tap the Compose button, tap out some text in the body of the message, then tap and hold, tap Select, then drag the tiny little blue handles to highlight the words you want to edit.
- You should now see a small black pop-up with a series of editing buttons on the top, such as Cut, Copy, and Paste. You may also see a button marked BIU; if you do, go ahead and tap it. No such button? Tap the arrow on the right side of the pop-up until the BIU button appears.
- Once you tap the BIU button, three new buttons will pop up: Bold, Italics, and Underline. Tap one, two, or even all three of the buttons you want, and presto!
10 handy ios7 tips and tricks you need to know
With prior version of iOS for iPhone and iPad, the way to shut down a specific app was to double-click the home button, tap and hold the app in the row of icons along the bottom of the screen, and then tap the little “x” in the corner of the icon.
With iOS 7, though, all that’s changed—and for the better, if you ask me.
Is someone out there not taking the hint that you really, really don’t want to talk to them anymore? Maybe it’s time to block ‘em.
You can block callers directly from the Recent list in the Phone app.
Thanks to Apple’s just-released iOS 7 update, you can finally block phone calls, text messages, or FaceTime calls from a specific contact or phone number—or even an entire group of contacts, if you wish.
Surprised that your iPhone or iPad is burning through your monthly data allowance so quickly? Streaming too many videos or songs via, say, Netflix or Pandora could be the culprit, but maybe there’s another iOS app that’s siphoning off your precious (and expensive) cellular data.
Well, good news: one of the handiest features in Apple’s just-released iOS 7 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch is a detailed list of which apps are using the most 3G or 4G mobile data.
The all-new Safari web browser in Apple’s big iOS 7 update for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch boasts a series of nifty tricks up its sleeves, from a “private” browsing mode to an easy-to-access panel of your favorite bookmarks.
Can’t find “private” mode or your open “cloud” tabs? Here’s where to look.
In previous versions of iOS, you used to tap the Edit button in the top-right corner of the screen, select the message you wanted to forward, and then tap the Forward button.
But in the revamped Messages app for iOS 7, there’s no Edit button once you open a message thread. Now what?
Having a tough time making out iOS 7′s slender font? Good news: there’s a new setting that lets you make the type a little more bold.
Worried about the email, text messages, photos, and other personal data sitting on your iPhone or iPad?
Don’t want just anyone messing with Control Center from your device’s lock screen? There’s a setting for that.
If so, you should probably take a little time perusing the security features—some new, some older but still worthwhile—in Apple’s big iOS 7 update, from buttoning up the lock screen to enabling the new “Activation Lock” feature, which prevents thieves from reactivating a stolen iDevice without your iCloud password.
Got an iMessage in your iPhone’s Message app that simply refuses to send? Join the club.
So, what’s the deal? Well, your stuck iMessage (Apple’s free, Internet-friendly alternative to a traditional text message) might be a victim of a spotty cellular data connection, or perhaps Apple’s iMessage server is temporarily on the fritz.
Luckily, there’s a simple remedy for a stuck iMessage: forcing it to send as a text (or SMS) message.
Want to clean out the text messages in the Messages app without deleting the actual conversation? Easily done.
Wondering what happened to the handy “list” view in the all-new iOS 7 Calendar app?
Never fear, it’s still there—you just need to know where to look.
Peter writes: I like the list view for my calendar. Have we lost this with iOS 7?
Hi Peter! So, short answer: no, the old “list” view is sill there in the new iOS 7 Calendar app, provided you know where to look.
Indeed, the Calendar app got one of the biggest iOS 7 makeovers of all the “native” iOS apps, and while buttons for the new day, month, and year views are fairly obvious, the handy “list” view—which corrals all your upcoming events into a simple list—is easy to miss.
Tap the Search button to get the old “list” view in Calendar for iOS 7.
The trick? Just tap the Search icon (the little magnifying glass at the top of the screen).
When you do, the familiar list view will appear—or at least, the new, iOS 7-ized version of the list view.
Go ahead and tap an event to view or edit it, or tap the Search box at the top of the screen to search your events.
How to close apps in iOS 7 and other tips for Apple’s new mobile operating system
How to close apps
Closing apps has been simplified – and as a result, a lot of people are a little confused. No more double-tapping the home button and pressing the red sign. Instead, you still double-tap the home button, only this time, put your finger on the window of the app you want to close, and swipe up. Away it goes, the app is now closed.How to stop the background moving
If you’re on an iPhone 5 or higher, you have a nifty added feature, called a parallax effect: When you tilt the screen left and right, the wallpaper shifts slightly, making it look as if the apps on the home screen are floating there. After reading around online, I’m not the only person who got a little queasy after having this on for a while, along with some concern for what it was doing to my battery life. If you’d like to turn this feature off, go to Settings > General > Accessibility, then select Reduce Motion and switch it to On.How to have full names on your texts and emails
iOS 7 by default goes for a more ‘personal’ feel by showing only the first name of your contacts on emails and text messages. If you’ve got several people with the same name in your contacts, though, this can quickly get confusing. You can change what names are displayed by going to General > Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars and clicking on Short Name (under Contacts). You can choose to have your phone display first name only, last name only, first initial and last name, first name and last initial, or if you want to go back to your phone showing full names, you can toggle the feature to Off.How to view Calendar in list mode
One of my biggest frustrations out the gate with iOS 7 was with the new calendar; the hourly view was too zoomed up to give me an accurate picture of my day, and the monthly view wasn’t detailed enough. To get a better overview of what you’re doing over a day or week, you’ve got two options.
How to improve navigation on iOS 7 if you’re colour-blind
- With portrait mode turned off, move your phone into landscape mode and you’ll see your schedule for the next five days.
- From any of the calendar views, click the Search icon and it will show you all of your upcoming events in list view. Thanks to TUAW for this tip.
For people who experience various kinds of colour-blindness, the colour green and light colours on a white background can prove very problematic. Unfortunately for them, this colour scheme is used in spades across iOS 7. To try and counteract this, Apple has included two accessibility features which might help.
- Invert the colours so it shows up with white text on a dark background. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility and toggle Invert Colours to On.
- Add an on/off icon to all of the toggle switches that appear in iOS 7 menus. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility and switch On/Off Labels to On (it should show as | instead
10 tips, tricks, and timesavers to get more out of iOS 7
iOS 7 is here, and it's the most radical update
that Apple's mobile OS has ever seen. But while the overhauled interface and bold new look is getting all the attention, iOS 7 comes with a bucketload of new features and enhancements that make it easier to use and more secure.
The new features are easy to use, but Apple's radical overhaul of the iOS interface has made some of them a little tricky to find. We'll show you how to locate and get the most out of ten handy new features in iOS 7—some of which you might not have even known existed.
How to turn on automatic app updates in iOS 7
Sick of seeing the little red circle on your App Store icon? You'll love the new iOS 7 feature that lets your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad automatically download and install app updates as soon as they become available.
To start, open the Settings app, then scroll down to and select iTunes & App Store. Next, scroll down to the Automatic Downloads heading; there you'll see options to automatically download music you've purchased from iTunes, apps you've downloaded and installed on any other iOS devices, and app updates for the apps you have installed on that particular device. Automatic updates are on by default, but you can tap the slider to toggle the setting on and off.
By default, iOS 7 will only download automatic updates when you have a Wi-Fi connection, but you can download them while on a cellular network if you really want to. To do this, look for the Use Cellular Data switch in the iTunes & App Store settings screen, and slide it to the right. Unfortunately, this is an all-or-nothing setting: You can't tell your iPhone to stream iTunes Radio while on a cellular network but restrict automatic app updates to Wi-Fi, so be aware of this catch if you don't have an unlimited data plan.
Also, there's no way of preventing iOS 7 from updating a particular app if you use automatic updates; for example, if you like the old version of an app but think the new one is terrible, you can't prevent it from getting updated unless you switch off automatic updates entirely. Block numbers from texting or calling you in iOS 7
We've all been there. The survey takers keep trying to reach you, or the wrong number that keeps dialing you, never seeming to realize that your'e not the person they're looking for. Blocking numbers usually requires the assistance of your cell provider, but with iOS 7, you can block selected people from calling, texting, or starting a Facetime session with you.
Scroll aaaaaaaaalll the way to the bottom of a contact card to block someone. (Sorry, Jason.)
If you want to block someone, you can go about it one of two ways: Through your contacts list or through the Settings app. To block someone already on your contacts list, open the Contacts app, select a contact card, scroll down toward the bottom, and tap Block this Caller. If you're blocking someone in your Recents list of the Phone app, you'll need to tap the "i" to get their contact card, but aside from that, the process is the same.
If you want to edit your blocked list more quickly, open the Settings app, then go to either Phone, Messages, or FaceTime settings; scroll down to Blocked, and you can add or remove people from your blocked list. To add someone, tap Add New...; to remove someone, swipe a person's name from right to left, then tap the Unblock button that appears.
Keep in mind that if you block someone, they won't be able to call you, send you text messages, or start a FaceTime conversation with you. You can't block someone from texting you while allowing them to call. Keep this in mind, and block responsibly. How to share files on iOS 7 using AirDrop
Introduced in Mac OS X Lion, AirDrop is a feature that lets you easily share files with other Mac users on your local network. With iOS 7, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users get to join in the fun. AirDrop on iOS devices can share photos, videos, web pages, map directions, and more. You can't share with Mac computers, though.
AirDrop sharing in the Photos app.
To use it, you need to make sure you and the person you want to share something with have AirDrop turned on. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open Control Center, then tap AirDrop. To receive AirDrop shares only from people who are in your contacts list, tap Contacts Only; to share with anyone nearby, tap Everyone. Ask the person you want to share with to do the same.
Next, open an app that supports sharing via AirDrop—in this case, let's use the Photos app as an example. Open a photo, then locate the share button (it's a square with an upward-pointing arrow). If the other person has AirDrop turned on and is nearby, they should show up along the top of the sharing panel. Tap the name of the person you want to share, and they'll get a message asking to accept the photo. Once the person you're sharing with taps the Accept button, your phone will beam the photo to theirs.
What your friend will see when you share a photo with them.
AirDrop works over Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, but it doesn't work over the cellular networks. You don't even need to be on the same Wi-Fi network for it to work—you'll automatically create an temporary direct connection to the other person, so long as you're within a close proximity to one another.
Bear in mind that AirDrop does not work on all iOS 7-compatible devices: It only works with the iPhone 5 and newer, the 4th-generation iPad and iPad Mini, and the 5th-generation iPod Touch and newer. You'll also need an iCloud account in order to use it. AirDrop's transfers are encrypted, too. How to change Siri's voice in iOS 7
Siri, Apple's sometimes-snarky virtual assistant, gets a new voice in iOS 7—a couple new voices, actually. Siri still has a smooth female voice by default, but you can swap that out for a male voice if you prefer.
For US English, you can give Siri either a male or female voice.
To change Siri's voice, open the Settings app, then go to General settings. From there, tap Siri, then tap Voice Gender: Here you'll be able to choose from a female voice—one that sounds a little less robotic than the one in iOS 5 and 6—or a male voice, and have Siri take on a new persona.
Unfortunately, you're limited to only one male and one female voice, so you can't change Siri's voice with reckless abandon, or load in lots of new voices as you can on some auto GPS systems. Also, if you have Siri set to a language other than US or Canadian English, you may still only have one voice to choose from—sorry, UK iPhone users. Still, some choice is better than none. How to use Activation Lock in iOS 7
If you ever lose your phone or tablet, iOS 7's Activation Lock feature could potentially save you some angst by locking out would-be thieves. When you erase your lost phone through Apple's Find My iPhone tool
, iOS 7 will not only erase your data from the phone, but it will also require a thief—or whoever happens to find your lost phone—to enter your Apple ID and password in order to use the phone in any capacity. This effectively turns your lost, erased iPhone into a glorified glass-and-metal paperweight.
There's not much you need to do to set up Activation Lock. If you associated your iPhone with an iCloud account, odds are you're all set to go. To make sure that your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch are set up for Activation Lock and Find My iPhone, go to the Settings app and tap iCloud.
From there, scroll down until you see Find My iPhone, and make sure the slider is set in the On position (the round slider will be to the right, and green).
Find My iPhone.
How to customize Notification Center's 'Today' view
To lock or erase your phone or tablet, go to iCloud.com
on your computer and sign in with your Apple ID and password. Once logged in, select Find My iPhone
, then select Devices
and select your device. Find My iPhone will track down your device's location, and it will give you the option to play a sound (useful if you lost your phone in the couch cushions), put your phone into "lost mode" (which lets you protect your phone with a PIN and put a message on the lock screen), or to erase your device completely, which puts it in Activation Lock mode.
New in iOS 7's Notification Center is the Today view, which, as its name suggests, provides highlights about today. Be default, it will provide that day's weather forecast, your calendar, reminders on your to-do list, your stock quotes, and any events on your calendar for tomorrow. But perhaps you don't need to know where stocks stand, and maybe you don't have enough going on in your life to have the calendar appear. Here's how to adjust it to show what you want it to.
Apple gives you some control over what appears in the Today view.
To tweak what appears in the Today view, make your way over to the Settings app, tap the Notification Center settings, then scroll to the Today View heading. There, you can pick and choose what appears on the Today screen by flipping a few toggle switches.
Today Summary: This gives you an overview of today's weather conditions, and tells you what's next on your agenda.
Next Destination: Is your next calendar appointment across town? This will give you an estimate of how long it will take to get there, or how long it will take to get home at the end of the day.
Calendar Day View: Shows the iOS Calendar app's appointments for today.
Reminders: Shows anything you have in the Reminders app that you want to be nagged about today.
Stocks: Current stock prices as listed in the Stocks app.
Tomorrow Summary: A brief overview of what you have to do tomorrow.
You can shuffle the order in which items appear—to a limited extent, anyway. Tap Edit in the upper right corner of the Notification Center settings screen and then drag around the items using the "grabbers"—the three lines next to each item in the list. You can only reorder Calendar Day View, Reminders, and Stocks, though; the other sections stay in place. Once you're done shuffling things around, tap Done.
For now, that's all you can have appear in Today view, and if you want to hide Today view entirely, you can't—even if you disable all Today view items, the panel will still be there, empty and lonely.
Change the size of text in iOS 7 with one simple slider
Adjustable text sizes aren't new to iOS, but iOS 7 improves upon it with its new text size adjustment tool. In iOS 6, you could adjust the text in certain apps to appear much larger than the default. You can still do that in iOS 7, but you can also adjust it to be smaller, too, in any app that support iOS 7's Dynamic Type feature.
To change text sizes, make your way to the Settings app, tap General, then tap Text Size: You'll be presented with a slider that lets you adjust text size from tiny to quite large. Adjust the text to the size you want, then exit out of Settings. Any changes you make will take effect the next time you go to an app, so you don't need to manually close an app the reopen it for the change to occur.
If you would like to use text that's larger than the Text Size tool allows, you can do so through iOS 7's accessibility features. Open the Settings App, tap General, then tap Accessibility. Once there, look for Larger Type, and tap it. Enable the toggle next to Larger Dynamic Type, and you'll now be able to set even larger text sizes.
How to view a timestamp for each message in Messages
Look, hidden timestamps!
In iOS 6, the Messages app will show you when you started an exchange with someone, and it will remind you of the time you chatted periodically thereafter, but it won't show you the timestamp for each individual message you send or receive. iOS 7 keeps track of timestamps for individual messages, and it will show you them—provided you know this simple trick.
Open the Messages app and navigate to a conversation thread. Once there, make a swiping gesture onscreen by swiping your finger from right to left. As you swipe, the timestamps for each message will appear. Lift your finger or slide it back to the right, and the timestamps will hide again.
Unfortunately, iOS 7 doesn't let you always show timestamps for all messages, but at least the info is there if you need it. How to see which iOS apps are popular nearby
iOS 7 lets you find out which apps are popular near you. As gimmicky as it may seem, it could help you discover some interesting new apps you might not have otherwise used, and it may tip you off to some apps—such as local public transit apps—that will help you find your way around a new city.
To discover these apps of local interest, navigate to the App Store, then tap Near Me in the toolbar at the bottom of the screen (it replaces Genius from iOS 6). You'll then be presented with a list of apps that are popular among those in your current geographic area.
Here in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood, popular apps include Socailcam
(a video recording and sharing app) and LevelUp
(a mobile payment app) as well as Pocket MUNI
, a navigation app for San Francisco's public transit system.
We can't guarantee any of the apps popular near you are of any actual use to you—much less any good—but it's a fun new way to explore the App Store.
Make iTunes Radio play more of what you want, less of what you don't
iTunes Radio, Apple's new Internet radio service that launches alongside iOS 7, gives you some limited control over what you hear—and what you don't. Here's how to make sure Miley Cyrus stays out of your stations. Play more songs like your favorites
Tap the star on iTunes Radio's Now Playing screen, and you can tell it whether you love or hate the current song.
If you can't get enough of Imagine Dragons
' hit song "Radioactive
" and want to hear more songs like it in your station, tap the star in iTunes Radio's Now Playing screen, then tap Play More Like This
. This will adjust the mix of songs you hear to include more songs that are similar in nature to that song.
Mix it up
OK, maybe you can't stand Imagine Dragons. Who am I to judge? It's just as easy to block songs you don't ever want to hear again. Ever. Tap the star, then tap Never Play This Song
, and iTunes Radio will banish that track from your station. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear that you can block artists entirely, so while you might be able to block "Radioactive," You still might have "It's Time
" pop up in your station.
In addition to specifying what specific tracks you want or don't want to hear, you can also adjust your station's general mix of songs to include only hits, or to also include more obscure songs.
iTunes Radio lets you adjust the variety of songs you hear in your stations.
To do so, tap the "i" at the top of the iTunes Radio Now Playing screen. Under Tune This Station, you'll see a slider that lets you choose your station's breadth of song choice. Select Hits if you only want to play hits (this is the default), select Discovery if you want to only listen to lesser known tracks, and select Variety if you want a mix of both.
By default, iTunes Radio excludes tracks with explicit language, but if you aren't easily offended, tap the switch next to Allow Explicit Tracks. Just don't blame us if you want to wash your iPhone's mouth out with soap, so to speak.
There is one catch: If you're listening to one of Apple's Featured Stations, you can't block songs—you're stuck with whatever Apple gives you, though you can still disallow explicit songs.
8 new iOS 7 features that are worth the update
1. Call and message blocking
At last, you’ll be able to block annoying callers and text messages (particularly annoying group message threads) directly from your iPhone, no third-party app required. Here’s how…
2. FaceTime voice calls
Love the crystal-clear audio quality of FaceTime video chat, but don’t feel the need to actually see the person you’re talking to? With the arrival of iOS 7, FaceTime will let you make audio-only calls, perfect for making distortion-free voice calls without worrying how your hair looks.
3. Apps will update automatically
Begone, red badge on the App Store icon. With iOS 7, all your apps will update silently and automatically, no tapping required. Hallelujah.
4. Bigger app folders
Up until now, app folders on the iPhone home screen have been restricted to just 12 apps. Once you install iOS 7, though, app folders will be able to contain more than 100 apps, which you can swipe though with your fingertips.
5. Do Not Disturb will silence your iPhone/iPad while you’re using it
The “Do Not Disturb” mode that made its debut with last year’s iOS 6 update would only silence incoming calls, alerts and notifications when your iOS device was locked. The iOS 7 version of Do Not Disturb, however, gives you the option of muzzling calls and notifications even when your iPhone or iPad is unlocked and in use, perfect for watching movies, playing Candy Crush, or reading a Kindle book without annoying banners or buzzes whenever a text message arrives.
6. Activation lock
Here’s a clever iOS 7 feature that’ll make thieves think twice before swiping your iPhone. Once you enable “Activation Lock,” your lost iPhone will required your iCloud password before it can be reactivated—essentially turning your handset into a paperweight if it falls into the wrong hands. Here’s how…
7. Find out which apps are the biggest data hogs
At last, iOS 7 will let you find out which apps are taking the biggest chunk out of your monthly mobile data allowance, and you’ll even be able to shut off cellular data use for specific apps. Long overdue. Here’s how…
8. Turn the camera flash into a flashlight, anytime
Sure, the Apple App Store is already littered with flashlight apps, but none that’ll let you turn the camera flash into a flashlight directly from the iPhone lock screen. Enter iOS 7′s Control Center, which lets you pull up a panel of controls—everything from Airplane mode and Bluetooth to screen brightness and, yes, a flashlight button—by swiping up from the bottom of the display, even from the lock screen.