The best apps for learning music

By Lory Gil on Apr 6, 2014

I’ve been actively playing music in a variety of bands for the past 17 years. I taught myself everything I know. I’m far from being an expert or professional, but I can hold my own against other musicians.

I would have loved an iPhone or iPad when I was learning how to play music. I probably would have progressed a lot faster, and might even be more competent than I am now.

For those potential musicians or secret rock stars out there, we’ve got a list of apps that are geared toward learning your instrument. We believe these are some of the best apps for learning music. Have a look at our selection and add to it if you think we’ve missed something… Read More

 

The best calendar apps for iPhone

By Lory Gil on Mar 30, 2014

Calendar apps are like blue jeans. Everyone has a different idea of what makes them good, and oftentimes, they get more comfortable the more you use them. Especially when you haven’t washed them for a week. Different types of people have different needs from their calendar. Some want a simple design with very little clutter. Others want a productivity workhorse that will offer a wide variety of features.

Whether you know what kind of calendar app you prefer or not, we’ve done some research to track down the best in this category. We came up with a list of what we believe are the best calendar apps for iPhone. No matter what you’re looking for in a calendar app, we think these are just the right fit for the wide variety of readers we have at iDB… 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

 

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 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

 

iOS 7: The ultimate Notification Center guide

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 15, 2014

Notification Center first appeared in iOS 5 as a way of receiving and accessing notifications from anywhere. It consists of an overlay slide down menu interface, banner notifications, and other types of alerts. Prior to iOS 5, notifications were extremely intrusive and clunky. Notification Center solved many of the issues stemming from receiving notifications on iOS.

Over the past two iOS iterations, Notification Center has been streamlined and improved. iOS 7 brought about several new changes to Notification Center, including the new Today View, which provides users with an overview of the pertinent appointments, stock prices, and even driving alerts.

Needless to day, Notification Center has evolved into a significant feature in iOS with many moving parts. To assist you, we’ve created this ultimate Notification Center guide in order to help you understand how to benefit most from this handy feature. 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

 

iOS 7: The ultimate Messages app guide

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 1, 2014

The stock Messages app in iOS 7 has undergone significant improvements over the years, and the latest version that ships with iOS 7 is the deepest and most feature-complete version of Messages yet. The Messages app is home to both traditional SMS messages, and Apple’s very own iMessage technology for intercommunication with other Apple devices like iPads, iPods, and even Macs.

iMessage is one of the best ways to stay in touch with friends, family, and work colleagues. In fact, here at iDB, it’s the go to app for keeping in touch with fellow staffers. Since every installation of iOS 7 comes bundled with a fully functional iMessage app, there’s simply no better way to stay in touch with the people you know. In this in-depth tutorial, we’ll cover some of the basic concepts of the stock Messages app, plus we’ll share handy tips, and break down the app’s settings. We encourage you to sound off in the comments at the end of this guide with your own tips, suggestions, and thoughts… Read More

 

How to create contact groups on iPhone

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

 

How to delete all photos from your iPhone

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

 

How to create contact groups on Mac

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

 

How to find, merge, and delete duplicate contacts on iPhone

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

 

How to reduce pictures file size on iPhone

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

 

How to resize a picture on iPhone

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

 
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