How to disable pop-up character previews when typing on iPhone keyboard

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 22, 2015

iOS has always displayed the traditional pop-up character preview when a key is pressed on the virtual keyboard. In iOS 9, there’s a new setting to control that behavior.

In addition to turning the keyboard back to all caps, iOS 9 lets you disable pop-up previews when pecking away on your iPhone or iPod touch keyboard.

If you’re concerned that someone might be looking over your shoulder as you’re typing in sensitive information on your iPhone, here’s how you can disable character previews. Read More


Why iOS 9’s Facedown detection doesn’t work on iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPad and iPod touch

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 21, 2015

Facedown detection stands as one of the underrated features in iOS 9’s rich arsenal of power-saving tactics designed to help extend your run time by up to an additional hour.

Facedown detection avoids turning the display on when a notification comes in and your phone is put facedown. But as it turns out, Facedown detection doesn’t work on all devices compatible with iOS 9 and there is a good explanation for that  why. Read More


How to stop videos from autoplaying in your News Feed on Facebook

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 21, 2015

Autoplay videos are everywhere these days and Facebook is no exception. I suppose an argument could be made that autoplay content provides a smoother user experience by removing the need to manually tap the play button.

But having videos load automatically as you scroll through your News Feed on Facebook might incur mobile data overage charges that outweigh any benefits. That a lot of users deem autoplay videos a total nuisance and distraction, played silently or not, isn’t helping either.

If you use Facebook’s mobile application, I’ve got some good news for you: autoplay videos in your News Feed can be easily turned off completely with just a few taps. Or, you could do as I do and set videos to autoplay on Wi-Fi only in order to avoid unwanted cellular charges. Read More


Shazam update brings support for iOS 9’s enhanced Spotlight Search and more

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 21, 2015

Shazam, the popular music and media identification software, has rolled out a brand new 9.0 update to its iPhone and iPad application in the App Store, bringing out support for Spotlight Search on iOS 9, improved Bluetooth listening and other tidbits.

Shazam songs and artists can now be searched from the Home screen on iOS 9 and tapping a Shazam result takes you directly into that content within Shazam’s mobile app. Read More


iPad mini 4 has iPhone 6-class display tech with record-low reflectance for improved readability

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 21, 2015

A thorough analysis of a much improved screen utilized on Apple’s fourth-generation iPad mini conducted by DisplayMate has determined that the tablet’s display technology is comparable to the iPad Air 2, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The long story short, its screen has richer colors and better color accuracy with a 36 percent better reflectance versus the iPad Air 2 for improved readability. Read More


Some Skype users experiencing issues with calling and messaging, Microsoft working on a fix

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 21, 2015

Are you plagued with various Skype issues, such as the inability to place VoIP calls, update your status or send instant messages? Are all of your Skype contacts showing as offline? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

According to a support document published Monday morning, many people are reporting issues with Skype status and calling and Microsoft is working on a fix.

“We’re doing everything we can to fix this issue and hope to have another update for you soon,” the company wrote. “Thank you for your patience as we work to get this incident resolved.” Read More


New in iOS 9: a more detailed upload indicator in stock Photos app

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 20, 2015

Apple’s streamlined Photos app for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad has not gained major new features in iOS 9, unlike Photos for Mac whose upcoming OS X El Capitan release contains several new features that didn’t make it into the inaugural version of Photos for OS X last fall.

But there’s one tiny refinement in iOS 9’s Photos app that I think will delight people like myself who rely on iCloud to keep their photos and videos synchronized across their devices: a more detailed upload progress indicator. Read More


How to upload HD photos and videos on Facebook

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 20, 2015

One of the more annoying things about Facebook has got to be the diminished quality of photos and videos you upload to the service, be it via iOS’s Facebook integration integration or through the official mobile app for the iPhone and iPad, a free download in the App Store.

For whatever reason, Facebook’s mobile app defaults to low-resolution photo and video uploads, likely in an effort to minimize bandwidth usage in this digital age of capped cellular data.

Fortunately, there is an easy yet not immediately obvious way to configure Facebook for iPhone and iPad to record and upload videos and photos in glorious high-definition. Read More


How to quickly locate a specific setting on iPhone and iPad with iOS 9

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 18, 2015

As Apple continues cramming new features into iOS, the Settings app has slowly but surely gotten populated with a bunch of toggles for customizing different aspects of your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, so much so that it can feel a little overwhelming to normals and non-techies.

And with an ever-growing array of different settings to choose from, it’s getting harder to find the exact one you need, especially considering that Settings is among the most frequently used stock apps.

But worry not, my friends. iOS 9 addresses this customer pain point by implementing a dedicated search field within Settings for quickly finding a specific setting on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. Read More


How to switch iPhone and iPad keyboard from lowercase to UPPERCASE keys in iOS 9

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 18, 2015

iOS 9 has brought out some important keyboard enhancements aimed at boosting your typing efficiency and productivity on iPads. In addition, the look and feel of the keyboard has been refreshed with the new San Francisco typeface and lowercase keys commonly found on Android keyboards.

Lowercase keys not only affect Apple’s stock QuickType keyboard, but other keyboards that use a Shift key to switch between uppercase and lowercase letters. Should you, for any reason, dislike lowercase keys and would like to switch back to all-uppercase design, you can do so easily with just a few taps. Read More


New in iOS 9: two-column landscape layout in Notification Center on iPads

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 18, 2015

iOS 9 packs in a whole bunch of nice-to-haves and small refinements that haven’t even made it into the official release notes.

Among other things, the operating system introduces a more streamlined Notification Center view in landscape mode which Apple designed to take advantage of the larger screen real estate on iPads.

The enhanced look is based on a two-column layout to allow the simultaneous display of your Today view in one column and your Notification Center widgets and app notifications in the other, so you don’t have to switch manually between them. Read More


How to monitor batteries of connected devices with iOS 9’s new Notification Center widget

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 18, 2015

iOS 9 promises to extend your iPhone’s battery life even further with features like Low Power Mode, which reduces or disables non-essential features when the battery falls below twenty percent to help your iPhone’s battery charge last longer. But wouldn’t it be great if you could monitor battery status of other devices connected to your iPhone, like your Apple Watch and Bluetooth accessories?

Now you can, thanks to Apple’s new Notification Center widget. Here’s how to turn it on and enjoy battery readouts of your Apple Watch and wireless accessories such as Bluetooth headsets right from the Lock screen. Read More


Teardown reveals iPad mini 4 has 2GB of RAM, smaller battery and more

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 18, 2015

A teardown analysis performed by repair experts iFixit has confirmed that the iPad mini 4 (model number A1538) ships with two gigabytes of RAM, twice as much as the previous-generation and the same amount of RAM found inside the iPad Air 2, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

In addition, the device sports a fully laminated 2,048-by-1,536 pixels LED-backlit LCD IPS screen, an improved eight-megapixel iSight camera out the back, faster Touch ID and a thinner 19.1 Wh rechargeable lithium-polymer battery of lesser capacity. Read More


New in iOS 9: a larger iPad folder layout

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 17, 2015

One of the more unheralded benefits of iOS 9 is its new folder layout for the iPad. In earlier versions of iOS, folders on the iPad were limited to a 3×3 grid of app icons per page. This allowed users to see a total of 9 apps at once on a single folder page.

In iOS 9, things have changed a bit with regard to folder layout. Apple’s newest iOS update allows users to view up to 16 apps per folder page instead. Read More


Popular 3D puzzler Shadowmatic goes free as Apple’s App of the Week

By Cody Lee on Sep 17, 2015

Apple has named Triada Studio’s Shadowmatic its App of the Week for this week. This means that from now through next Thursday, you’ll be able to download the popular 3D puzzler for free, for both iPhone and iPad, saving yourself a solid $3.

For those unfamiliar with it, Shadowmatic is an imagination-stirring experience in which you are tasked with solving a series of 3D silhouette puzzles. The title has received high praise for its stunning visuals and relaxing, captivating gameplay. Read More


How to prevent Spotlight from searching certain apps on iPhone and iPad with iOS 9

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 17, 2015

iOS 9 sports an easily overlooked yet significant enhancement to Spotlight, permitting you to search and discover content buried deep within the apps on your device right from Spotlight’s search field on the Home screen.

This was made possible because the iOS 9 SDK gives developers the tools to expose content stored inside their apps to the operating system in order to make it searchable and linkable within Spotlight.

But as you install apps from the App Store that support Spotlight, they get automatically added to Spotlight, whether you like it or not.

And with too many apps feeding their content to Spotlight, the feature shows the tendency to run slower than usual due to indexing. Of course, not each and every app needs to be searched this way.

In fact, it might be prudent to turn off ones that pollute your search results and make Spotlight run slower than usual. In this tutorial, we’re going to explain how you can selectively exclude content from specific apps from surfacing in Spotlight search results. Read More


Hulu, Pocket, BBC iPlayer, at Bat and more updated for iOS 9’s Picture in Picture mode

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 17, 2015

Picture in Picture mode is one of the several productivity-focused enhancements on iPads with iOS 9. This handy feature allows you to watch a video while doing something else. The video plays in a small window overlaid on top of your apps so you can, for instance, browse the web while watching your favorite show at the same time.

Developers can decide whether or not they wish to enable Picture in Picture mode in their apps.

Thankfully, some of the well-known developers have already implemented Picture in Picture mode in their apps, including Hulu, Pocket, at Bat and BBC iPlayer. Read More


Dropbox updated with support for iOS 9, 3D Touch and more

By Cody Lee on Sep 16, 2015

Dropbox joins the onslaught of app updates today, following Apple’s release of iOS 9. The new version of the cloud-based storage provider’s iOS client is labeled 4.0, and it brings about a number of improvements, including support for some of iOS 9’s new features.

Folks with the new Dropbox app on iOS 9 will see Dropbox files in Spotlight search results. This includes recently used files, plus any marked for offline access, and a quick tap will open them in-app. Additionally, any Dropbox link you tap on will open within the app. Read More


iMovie for iOS updated with 4K video editing on iPhone 6s and much more

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 16, 2015

At its ‘Hey Siri’ media event last week, Apple demonstrated how the all-new ‘A9’ microchip ticking inside the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus has enough oomph to edit 4K video by showing off native 4K video editing on both new iPhones and the iPad Pro with iMovie.

Today, iMovie for iOS receives a timely refresh in the App Store to bring this feature to the latest devices along with more than a dozen other enhancements for older iDevices. Read More


How to save your iPhone battery even further with Low Power mode on iOS 9

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 16, 2015

Among the numerous performance-enhancing techniques employed by iOS 9 is a special battery-boosting feature, aptly called Low-Power Mode.

When enabled, Low Power Mode extends your iPhone’s battery life even further with up to three additional hours of run time before you need to charge your iPhone again.

Apple says Low-Power Mode “pulls switches you didn’t even know existed” and these switches basically optimize your iPhone for power efficiency by throttling down its processor and shutting down a few non-essential features like automatic downloads, fancy visual effects and more.

This tutorial covers enabling and using Low Power Mode on iOS 9 while briefly touching upon other battery-saving tactics that iOS 9 employs. Read More