How to set up an iTunes and App Store allowance

By Sébastien Page on Apr 19, 2014

I recently found out there is a feature in iTunes that allows you to set up an allowance for someone to have access to a pre-determined amount of money to spend each month in the iTunes Store, App Store, or iBooks Store.

A perfect illustration of this feature would be the case where parents would be able to set up an allowance for their kids. This way, kids have access to a credit they can spend each month, either on apps, movies, musics, books, etc.

In this post, I will show you how to set up an iTunes allowance so you can send a monthly iTunes Store credit to anyone… Read More

 

iOS 7: the ultimate App Store guide

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 19, 2014

The App Store app is the hub used to download additional apps on an iOS device. Out of the box, the iPhone only comes bundled with a handful of stock apps. The App Store app allows you to choose from hundreds of thousands of apps to download on to your device.

Apps can be anything from productivity tools, to games, to periodicals. There is a wealth of apps available to download in the App Store, and while some may come at a price, many of them are free.

It’s good to become familiar with the App Store’s features, because this is the only place where you can download additional software on a stock iOS device. Check inside as we journey through a detailed explanation of the App Store. Read More

 

How to fix choppy video playback in Safari on OS X

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 18, 2014

Recently I ran into a problem that I found to be quite annoying. Flash video playback in Safari began suffering from major stuttering and choppiness. It was so bad that videos essentially became unwatchable while using Safari.

For someone who’s constantly watching and editing video like me, this proved to be a big problem. I even pondered switching to Chrome for a bit, but quickly dismissed that thought and set out to find a solution to the problem.

Fortunately, the solution to fixing choppy video playback in Safari is an easy one. Have a look inside and we’ll show you how. Read More

 

How to display your Calendar events as list view in iOS 7.1 Notification Center

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 15, 2014

As is our wont, we’re covering iOS 7.x quite extensively here on iDownloadBlog, with Jeff doing roundups of stock apps and features such as Clock, Messages, Music, Siri, Mail and Notification Center (and more to come soon) in excruciating detail. But despite our laser-sharp focus on these things, every once in a while we learn about a new nice-to-have.

This one flew under our radar but thanks to the eagle-eyed iDownloadBlog reader Garen, we now know of yet another gem in iOS 7.1: if you switch your Calendar app to daily agenda, your Today section in the iOS Notification Center adapts its layout accordingly to display your daily agenda as a list.

It’s yet another reminder that even the tiniest details matter… Read More

 

iOS 7: the ultimate Clock app guide

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 12, 2014

The stock Clock app featured in iOS 7 is the central hub for managing anything that has to do with time on your iOS device. The app is basically four different applications combined into a single app interface.

You’ll find tabs for the World Clock, Alarm, Stopwatch, and Timer at the bottom of the stock Clock app interface. Each tab is capable of working independently of the other tabs; for example, I can run a timer and a stopwatch simultaneously.

That at all being said, the stock Clock app is still a very basic stock application. Please check out the table of contents below for each section pertaining to the features found in iOS 7′s Clock app. Read More

 

iOS 7: the ultimate Mail app guide

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 29, 2014

The stock Mail app is the best way to send, receive, and manage email on iOS 7. There are, of course, alternatives to the stock Mail app such as the official Gmail app and Yahoo Mail app, but no third-party app can match the feature-set and integration of the stock Mail application.

One of the primary advantages of the stock Mail app is that it can handle multiple mail accounts from a large variety of providers. There’s support for Gmail, Yahoo mail, Outlook.com, Exchange, Aol Mail, and iCloud mail. You can even configure an email account from your own server if you wish to do so.

The Mail app is an extremely versatile app with an insane amount of options, features, and idiosyncrasies. Have a look at our ultimate guide to the stock Mail app for more info on what makes it tick Read More

 

Glitch discovered in iOS 7.1 lets you hide stock apps

By Cody Lee on Mar 26, 2014

Folks who updated to iOS 7.1 earlier this month may be interested in this newly-discovered glitch that allows you to hide stock iOS apps. It’s very similar to last year’s Newsstand glitch, in that it involves a multi-step process and doesn’t [obviously] require a jailbreak.

The glitch is present on both iPhones and iPads, and is relatively easy to exploit. All you have to do, essentially, is create a folder full of apps you wish to hide, drop it in another folder, and then remove it. Interested? Keep reading for a full step-by-step video tutorial… Read More

 

How to delete apps from iPhone or iPad

By Sébastien Page on Mar 26, 2014

I know what you’re thinking. We all know how to delete an app from iPhone. Simply tap and hold your finger on an app icon until it starts wiggling, then tap the small x mark to delete it for good. That is one method to do it. But there is another way, which arguably can be quicker, depending on what your intentions are.

I routinely go through the folders and pages of my iPhone to delete apps that I don’t use at all, or simply apps that I don’t intend to use in the foreseeable future. I’m kind of a neat freak like this. My motto is “if you don’t use it, delete it.” I typically go through each folder and page of apps and tap on the x mark, then confirm that I do want to delete the app.

I recently stumbled upon a way to have a quick look at all the apps installed on your device, allowing you to delete undesired apps faster.

Before we go any further, let’s get one thing straight. If you just need to delete one app, then the usual way is still the best way to go. However, if like me you like to go through a massive cleaning spree from time to time, then read on… Read More

 

How to get turn by turn directions on Pebble watch

By Sébastien Page on Mar 23, 2014

I was very reluctant to get a Pebble but I have to admit that finally purchasing one a couple months or so ago is probably the best decision I’ve made in a while. If you listen to Let’s Talk iOS or Let’s Talk Jailbreak, then you probably already know that I am now a complete Pebble convert. Well, that is at least until Apple comes up with its own wearable, because as it is, the Pebble is extremely limited with what you can do.

Getting directions on your Pebble for example is something that I was anticipating before buying the smartwatch, but as it turned out, the alternatives that are available in the App Store are so bad, that I couldn’t believe someone hadn’t figured out how to get turn by turn directions on the Pebble the right way. Then I had a breakthrough… Read More

 

How to export iPhone contacts

By Sébastien Page on Mar 22, 2014

Earlier this week, I wrote a tutorial showing different ways to export Mac contacts. Admittedly, the process is much simpler on a Mac than it is on the iPhone, mainly because there is no way to export iPhone contacts directly from the device without the use of a third party application.

In this post we will learn a basic trick about how to share one contact card with someone. We’ll also go a little deeper and learn how to export iPhone contacts to a .vcf file, and we’ll also look into exporting your iPhone contacts to an Excel file (.csv)… Read More

 

iOS 7: The ultimate Music app guide

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 22, 2014

The Music app is a stock application that comes preinstalled on all iOS devices. It’s the primary way for playing music on the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. With iOS 7.0, a new feature was baked into the stock Music app called iTunes Radio. iTunes Radio is an ad-supported service that allows users to browse more than 250 curated stations. Users can also create and build their own stations, which feature Pandora-like customization over time.

The stock Music app has endured significant changes over the past few years. The Music app was once exclusively relegated to the iPod touch, with iPhone models offering an “iPod” app as a means to play music and watch videos. Eventually, with the advent of iOS 5, the iPod app was broken-up into separate Music and Video apps for the iPhone line, unifying the stock Music app presence across all iOS hardware.

While there are many ways to play music via third-party apps on iOS, the stock Music app is the only music application that’s closely integrated with iTunes and allows you to use the iTunes Match iCloud-hosting service. There may be benefits to other apps like Spotify, but no app is as tightly intertwined with the rest of iOS as the stock Music app. With that in mind, please take a look inside, as we break down the many facets of this ever-growing and ever-changing stock application. Read More

 

How to place folders within folders on iOS 7.1

By Joe Rossignol on Mar 21, 2014

Just when the ability to create nested folders appeared to be removed from iOS 7.1, iPhone enthusiast Jose Rodriguez has revealed a simple new trick that allows you to once again place folders within folders on the latest software version. iDownloadBlog and multiple users confirm that this quick hack works as advertised on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch running iOS 7.1. Instructions are outlined ahead…  Read More

 

How to export Mac contacts

By Sébastien Page on Mar 20, 2014

Whether you want to share a contact card with someone or backup all your Mac contacts to your computer, there is an easy way to go at it. It’s actually much easier to do that on your Mac than it is on your iPhone, as you’ll be able to tell.

In this post, we will show you various ways to not only share a contact card with someone, but we’ll also learn how to export your contacts directly to your Mac, so you can use them as a backup or simply to share them with someone… Read More

 

How to remove geolocation data from iPhone photos

By Sébastien Page on Mar 16, 2014

We recently published an article showing you how to view the metadata of iPhone photos, including EXIF and GPS data. Being able to view the metadata of your iPhone photos is great, but being able to delete that metadata, and maybe more importantly deleting geolocation tags from these photos can actually be even more helpful.

There are many reasons why you’d want to remove the metadata from your photos but the one that makes the most sense to me is that you’d want to remove GPS tags to prevent anyone from tracking the exact location where the picture was taken.

In this post, we will show you how to delete the metadata of your iPhone photos to effectively get rid of any data such as EXIF or geolocation. We’ll be using a free app called Koredoko. Other apps allow you to remove the GPS tags of iPhone photos but we’ll be using the one mentioned here… Read More

 

How to use AssistiveTouch on iPhone

By Lory Gil on Mar 14, 2014

I’ve had this irritating problem with my iPhone 5 for about a year now. The Sleep/Wake button doesn’t work very well. Sometimes, it works fine. Other times, it doesn’t work at all. It just isn’t responsive. I know I should have taken it to Apple within the first year, but I didn’t. Let’s not talk about what I should have done. Let’s tall about what I can do about it now.

After one particularly frustrating day when I was trying to take screenshots of an app I was testing, I just about pulled my hair out. Instead, I decided to figure out if there was another way to take a screenshot without needing the Sleep/Wake button. Turns out there is.

Not only that, but there is a way to access Siri and multitasking without needing to use the Home button, rotate the screen and simulate shaking of the device without actually moving it, and adjust the ringer volume and mute function without using the audio buttons.

It’s called AssistiveTouch and I’m here to show you how to use it… Read More

 

How to send group text messages on iPhone

By Sébastien Page on Mar 12, 2014

We all know how to send an SMS or iMessage to a group of friends: open up the Messages application and type in the name of the contacts you want to include in this group message. This is fine if you want to send a text message to just a handful of contacts, but what if you want to send a message to 25 contacts for example? Adding each of them could be a time consuming process.

As always, the App Store can provide a solution to this problem. Today, we will show you how to text message a group of contacts on iPhone, in a quick and efficient manner. To  do so, we’ll be using an application called Connect, a free download in the App Store. There are other applications that can streamline your group messaging, which we will list at the bottom of this post, but we’ll be using Connect as it is a free alternative that works really well for what we want to accomplish… Read More

 

How to view iPhone photos metadata

By Sébastien Page on Mar 9, 2014

Every time you take a photo, whether it is with your iPhone or an actual camera, a bunch of data is automatically added to the file of that photo. This metadata, as it is called in photography, is the data about the data of your photos.

There are several types of metadata that can list various points of information about your photos. If some of this metadata can be input by the photographer himself, other metadata is written automatically by your iPhone as you shoot a photo. That is for example the case of EXIF, GPS and TIFF metadata, which are automatically attached to the file of a photo you take with your iPhone.

In this post, we will show you how to view the metadata of your iPhone photos, including EXIF and GPS data… Read More

 

iOS 7: The ultimate Siri guide

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 8, 2014

Siri is a personal assistant feature found on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, that allows you to use your voice to control your device. You can use Siri to send messages, emails, tweets, and more. You can also use Siri to get movie showtimes, sports scores and times, make dinner reservations, etc.

The great thing about Siri is that it doesn’t require you to look at your device’s screen in order to interface with it. And Siri is smart enough to consider your location along with the context of your commands and conversations. By doing so, Siri can respond intelligently to your requests.

Inside, we’ll teach you some of the history of Siri and show you some of its basic usage features. We’ll then present to you with an exhaustive list of voice commands, and discuss Siri’s dictation features. Check inside for all of the details… Read More

 

How to send a group email on iPhone

By Sébastien Page on Mar 8, 2014

We recently published a post about how to send a group email from your Mac. You’d think that doing that from your iPhone would be just as straightforward, but unfortunately, it is not. Of course, some of you may think it’s easy to send a group email on iPhone. Just fire up the Mail app, and add in every contact you want to send the email to.

That sure works, but it’s not very practical, especially if you want to send an email to a group of 20 contacts for example. We do have a better solution to offer you, and in this post, we will show you how to send a group email from iPhone using an app called Connect.

As always, there are tons of apps that can help you send emails to a group of contacts, but I’ve found that Connect works fairly well, especially given its price tag (yes, it is free). If for some reason you do no want to use the Connect app, we will list a few alternatives at the bottom of this post.

Read on to find out how to easily and quickly mass email a group of contacts… Read More

 

How to send group emails on Mac

By Sébastien Page on Mar 5, 2014

In a recent series of post focusing on managing your contacts, we showed you how to create contact groups on your iPhone and on your Mac. Today we want to push this a little further by showing you how to send group emails on your Mac.

Creating a group email can be a real time saver as you don’t have to manually enter each recipient’s email address manually. Instead, you can quickly type in the name of a group of contacts that you want to send an email to and have the “to:” field of your email client populated for you automatically.

In this post, we will show you how to send group emails from your Mac. As you will soon be able to verify, sending messages to a group from your Mac is a fairly simple and quick process… Read More

 
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