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
By Sébastien Page on Mar 1, 2014
A few days ago, we published a post explaining how to create contact groups on Mac, so we thought it would be a good idea to show you how to do that directly from your iPhone or iPad as well. Creating contact groups on iPhone is a fairly simple process, however, it does require to install a third party application as the stock Contacts app for iOS doesn’t let you create and edit groups on the fly.
No one will argue that not being able to manage contact groups directly from your iPhone is a terrible limitation of iOS, but we’re not really here to discuss what could and should be.
In this post, we will show you how to manage contact groups on iPhone or iPad by using an application called Address Book Plus. Not only we will explain how to create contact groups, but we will also show you how to manage and edit these groups… Read More
By Sébastien Page on Feb 28, 2014
I hadn’t even started typing the title of this post that I could already imagine the comments from witty readers. Of course you know how to delete photos from your iPhone. We all do. It’s so basic even my mom can do it without having to ask for directions.
Yet, deleting pictures directly from your iPhone can be a tedious task if your ultimate goal is to batch remove hundreds, maybe even thousands of photos. In this post, we will show you how to delete photos from the iPhone photo library. We will explore the various options we have for not only deleting photos one by one, but also for deleting all pictures from an iPhone at once.
All this information applies to the iPad too. The process is exactly the same no matter if you want to delete photos from iPad or iPhone. If you want to delete photos from your iPad, just follow the instructions below and you’ll be all set.
If you think you already know it all, I encourage you to take a peek at this post because you might still learn a thing or two… Read More
By Sébastien Page on Feb 26, 2014
Every day of the week, we have social connections with various groups of individuals. These groups of people can be family, friends, colleagues, clients, and any other group of people you interact with. All their names, addresses, phone numbers, etc can fit in the palm of your hand, in a virtual contact book.
The contact book can be kind of a mess sometimes though. How do you separate all your contacts into distinct groups? How can you quickly email your work colleagues without manually inputting each email address? The answer is contact groups. Just like you put a label on certain groups of contacts in your life, you can do the same with these same contacts in your address book.
A group list can be handy if you want to create a distribution list for example, or simply if you want to quickly send messages to a group list.
In this post, we’ll show you how to create contact groups on your Mac. There are several ways to go at it. You can manually create groups of contacts or let Mac OS X do the heavy lifting for you by quickly creating smart groups. Of course, we’ll show you how to edit and delete those contact groups as well… Read More
By Lory Gil on Feb 25, 2014
With technology these days, it gets harder and harder to keep track of all of your friends and families’ various contacts. You may have one friend whom you mainly communicate with through Facebook, but you know their phone number. You just can’t remember where you put it. Maybe your mom recently moved and you gave her a new contact card because you were in a hurry and didn’t want to track down the original. Which card has the right number?
If you find yourself bogged down with too many contacts and want to clear out your figurative drawers, we’ve got a quick tip for taking care of duplicate contacts that doesn’t involve deleting them, one at a time.
In this post, we will show you how to find duplicate contacts, and how to merge or delete them directly from your iPhone… Read More
By Sébastien Page on Feb 22, 2014
Although storage space gets cheaper and cheaper, it seems we always need and want more and more. It’s particularly true if you have a 16GB iPhone. If that’s the case, storage is even more precious to you and you should try to make every MB count.
Along with music and videos, photos are probably one of the most notorious storage eaters on your iPhone. I know mine is filled with over 10 GB of pictures alone. If you’re in the same situation and you want to save some storage space on your iPhone, one of your option is to decrease the file size of your iPhone pictures.
As always, there is an app for that. As a matter of fact, there are probably dozens of apps for that, but the one I use is called Shrink My Pictures, an app which only purpose is to lower file size of PNG, JPEG, and GIF images while maintaining the original dimension. It might not be the prettiest one out there, but it’s the one that I found works best for me.
In this post, I will show you how to reduce pictures file size on iPhone using Shrink My Pictures in order to regain some storage space on your device… Read More
By Sébastien Page on Feb 16, 2014
Something I like about the iPhone and just about any Apple product is their simplicity. You can just pick up any of their device, and without much technical knowledge, you’re usually able to figure things out pretty quickly – my mom is the living proof of this.
Simplicity usually comes with trade offs though, and the iPhone is no different. For example, have you ever tried to precisely resize an image on your iPhone? While you can crop the image, effectively reducing its size, you can’t change the resolution of a picture to a specific size.
This is where third party apps come into play. There are many apps out there that will let you change the size of a photo on your iPhone so I’m not saying the one I used in this post is the one and only, but it’s one that I’ve found to work particularly well, and of course one that has been updated for iOS 7.
In this post, I will show you how to resize a picture on your iPhone using Image Resizer+… Read More
By Sébastien Page on Jan 19, 2014
I spent the holidays in a resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, which didn’t offer free wi-fi to its customers. If I wanted to get online, I had to pay a hefty price. Even worse, paying for this wi-fi plan would only allow me to connect one device. Signing out of a laptop to sign in from an iPhone simply wouldn’t work. Because I really wanted to get things done, I chose to pay for wi-fi on my MacBook Air.
Once I got wi-fi access on my MacBook Air, I figured I would probably be able to share this connection with my iPhone or iPad. After doing a bit of research, I found out that it was impossible for some reason to share my connection with my iPhone. However, it was possible to share it with my iPad.
Here is what I did to share my MacBook Air internet connection with my iPad… Read More
By Lory Gil on Jan 11, 2014
Summarize is a feature that has existed in the Mac operating system for years. It has always been somewhat hidden. However, within the past few OS updates, it has been completely removed as a default keyboard shortcut and now must be turned on before it can be used.
Today, we have a quick how-to guide for activating and using the Summarize feature on your Mac OS X so you can read the short version of any document on any native OS X program… Read More
By Sébastien Page on Jan 8, 2014
Zephyr is, with BiteSMS, one of my must-have jailbreak tweaks for iPhone. While BiteSMS has started making its way to devices on iOS 7 for a few weeks now, Zephyr is still nowhere to be found.
In fact, after chatting with Zephyr developer Grant Paul (aka chpwn), I was told that there were no plans at this time to update the tweak for iOS 7. So I decided to make the best I could with what I have: Activator by Ryan Petrich… Read More
By Lory Gil on Dec 27, 2013
How did the world get its news before the Internet was around? When I was a kid, you didn’t know about what was happening across the globe until 5:00. Now, news is reported within minutes of events. With the proliferation of mobile devices, people can even read breaking news from anywhere, anytime.
The writers at iDownloadBlog have come up with a list of what they think are the 10 best news apps of 2013. Check out our favorites and then vote for the one you like best to be added to our Best Apps of 2013 list… Read More
By Lory Gil on Dec 14, 2013
If your New Year’s resolution is to get more organized, you probably need an app to help you make your resolution come to pass. You may even need an app to help you come up with a list of resolutions to set next year.
This year was a great year for productivity apps. Since Apple announced the iOS 7 redesign, app developers pushed it into overdrive to redesign, recreate, and rework their apps. Plus, some great new titles found their way into the App store this year. The writers at iDownloadBlog have come up with a list of their favorites and below is a list of the 10 best productivity apps of 2013. Don’t forget to tell us which one is your favorite for our Best Apps of 2013 list… Read More
By Lory Gil on Dec 11, 2013
I’m not one of those calorie counting fitness fanatics. I just really hate buying clothes and don’t want to have to purchase larger sized pants. In order to stay the same size and squeeze into my two-year-old jeans, I try to keep my eating habits and exercise routine as regular as possible.
However, from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, I go off the wagon in a big way. Whether I’m guzzling eggnog by the gallon or munching on Christmas cookies, there is nothing stopping me from over-indulging for the holiday season.
If you are like me, you are probably going to need to invest in some quality fitness apps to shed the extra pounds in the New Year. The writers of iDownloadBlog have created a list of the 10 best health and fitness apps of 2013. Check them out and let us know which is your favorite for our Best Apps of 2013 list… Read More
By Lory Gil on Dec 8, 2013
As 2013 inches closer to its last days, we take time to reflect on everything that we have experienced over the past year. With 365 days of apps and games to sift through, it is hard to figure out which ones are the best. Don’t worry, you are off the hook. We took care of it for you.
Take a look at our list of weather apps that the writers of iDownloadBlog consider the best of this year’s releases. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite one for the Best Apps of 2013 list… Read More
By Jim Gresham on Dec 7, 2013
As iPad becomes more of a portable workhorse, the need for professional grade accessories drastically increases. Our own Jeff Benjamin swears by his iPad to muscle common tasks for his daily blogging needs. Of the most important professional additions, the keyboard rates at number one.
A virtual keyboard is perfect for portability. Software keyboards only take up screen space, but do not take up space in a travel bag or add weight. They are equally as noticeable when trying to actually accomplish some real work. The Bluetooth keyboard is the answer for users looking to get extra mileage from their iPad Air. Inside, we give a short spotlight to some of the best iPad Air keyboards… Read More
By Lory Gil on Dec 3, 2013
The year is coming to a close. We’ve spent the past 52 weeks talking about jailbreaks, rumors, new products, gear, Apple news, and apps. Apps are my specialty around here. I find them, test them, and tell you all about them.
That’s why it is my job to tell you about apps and games that the writers of iDownloadBlog think are the cream of the crop for the entire year. For the rest of this year, and probably into 2014, we will have lists of our favorite apps in the most popular categories that released in 2013. This week, the category is photography… Read More
By Lory Gil on Nov 27, 2013
As of Friday, Nov. 29, the U.S., and much of the industrialized world, will go on a month-long spending spree that will break their budgets, put them in debt, and help the economy grow, all at the same time.
We have a list of the best personal finance apps for iPhone that we think might be helpful to you this holiday season. If you are living from one paycheck to the next, you might need one of these helpful budget trackers… Read More
By Lory Gil on Nov 24, 2013
Around this time of the year, families are preparing to hit the road, over the mountains and through the woods. Holidays mean travel. You may be only be a few hours away from the in-laws, or you may be thousands of miles from home.
If you are planning a trip this Thanksgiving, or anytime in the future, you can use your iPhone to take care of pretty much all of the arrangements. Whether you want a great deal on a hotel, recommendations on good eats, or are planning an all-inclusive trip to the Bahamas without the kids, we’ve got a list of the best travel apps that will help make that come true… Read More