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


Apple-approved screen protectors will work with 3D Touch on iPhone 6s

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 17, 2015

No need to fret over whether or not your ‘Made for iPhone’ screen protector will work with the new iPhone 6s because covering its display with a protective film won’t cause issues with 3D Touch.

As confirmed by Apple, screen protectors which follow the company’s guidelines will continue to work with the 3D Touch pressure-sensing feature that the new phones come equipped with. Read More


Angered Android fans vent their frustration at Apple in ‘Move to iOS’ reviews on Play Store

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 17, 2015

Apple’s new ‘Move to iOS’ app is now available on Android and a lot of fans of Google’s mobile platform have already posted hate-spewing reviews on the Play Store. The app lets people switch over from Android to iOS by wirelessly migrating their data, settings and personal information to an iPhone.

The vast majority of reviews have nothing to do with the app itself and instead criticize Apple’s closed ecosystem and walled garden approach.

In venting their frustration at Apple, angered Android fans are taking advantage of Play Store reviews to ridicule Apple, call its fans ‘iSheep’, criticize the iPhone’s battery life and diss the Apple Watch as an overpriced luxury device in an apparent absence of any real arguments. 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


1Password 6 is out with new design, support for iOS 9 features and more

By Cody Lee on Sep 16, 2015

AgileBits on Wednesday pushed out a significant update for their 1Password iOS app, bringing the popular password manager to version 6.0. The release includes a number of new features and improvements, including a refreshed design and broader support for iOS 9.

The new look isn’t a major departure from its predecessor, but it’s instantly noticeable. The developers said that they felt 1Password had become a bit “too monochrome,” so they decided to brighten things up. You’ll also notice new category icons and an improved browser.

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Twitter: one of the first apps to embed Quick Reply within notifications on iOS 9

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 16, 2015

One of the new features of iOS 9 that Apple hasn’t actively advertised has the tremendous potential to be actively used on an everyday basis by the vast majority of users: it at last permits third-party developers to implement Quick Reply functionality within banner alerts, the Notification Center and notifications shown on the Lock screen.

Twitter is one of the first applications out of the gate to have readily adopted this feature in its most recent update that just hit the App Store. And if you own an iPad with iOS 9, you can now use Twitter in iOS 9’s new side-by-side multitasking mode.

People are reporting on Twitter that Quick Reply is broken in this update and a few members of our team were able to independently confirm this. Read More


AT&T raises LTE throttling threshold for unlimited customers to 22GB

By Cody Lee on Sep 16, 2015

AT&T on Wednesday updated its website with a minor but noteworthy change to its throttling policy. The carrier says it will no longer throttle subscribers on grandfathered unlimited data plans in congested areas until they surpass 22GB of data in a single bill cycle.

The move represents a significant change from AT&T’s previous stance on throttling, which was to start slowing down unlimited data plan customers in high-traffic areas after just 5GB of usage, and it probably has something to do with the FCC’s $100 million fine. Read More


Apple releases iOS 9 user guides for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 16, 2015

Following the release of iOS 9 earlier today, Apple has now posted matching users guides for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad on the web. These new iPhone and iPad user guides for iOS 9 are available as free downloads from the iBooks Store.

The guides cover the basics of iOS 9 and focus on stuff like stock apps, various user interface improvements and new features such as enhanced Spotlight with Proactive search, 3D Touch on the new iPhones, the new News and iCloud Drive apps, side-by-side multitasking features on iPads and more. Read More


How to improve network performance on your iPhone and iPad with Wi-Fi Assist on iOS 9

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 16, 2015

There’s nothing more annoying than seeing your iPhone getting stuck on weak Wi-Fi signal. We’ve all been there before: the iPhone latches onto a poor Wi-Fi connection and forces you to waste time manually switching to cellular data in Setting.

At long last, iOS 9 solves this incredible annoyance in one fell swoop with a new feature called Wi-Fi Assist, which basically tells your device to switch away from weak Wi-Fi connections and hop on cellular instead.

It’s tremendously convenient and works like magic: you don’t have to do anything on your part other than enable Wi-Fi Assist. This tutorial will teach you how to take advantage of Wi-Fi Assist and avoid disruptions when you’re browsing the web in Safari or using your favorite apps. Read More


How to request desktop website on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad with Safari on iOS 9

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 16, 2015

Don’t you hate it when visiting a website in Safari on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad takes you to a crippled mobile version rather than the full desktop experience? Thankfully, iOS 9 has made it a cinch to load up desktop versions of websites you deserve.

The ability to request the desktop version of any website has long been available in Google’s Chrome browser for iOS. iOS 8 has conveniently brought this time-saving feature to Safari last year.

Still, a lot of folks are oblivious to its existence as Apple appears to have gone to great lengths to burry that feature deep inside Safari’s interface. Thankfully, iOS 9 makes it a lot easier to load up a desktop version of any website on an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. As this tutorial attests, it is now dead simple to skip those skimpy mobile websites and go straight to their full desktop versions. Read More


Here is everything that’s new, improved and enhanced in iOS 9

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 16, 2015

Following Apple’s release of the free iOS 9 software update for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, the California firm has provided an exhaustive list of improvements, new features and other tidbits that will make your mobile computing life easier and allow your devices to run faster and last longer between charges.

Apple says this update makes your iOS devices become more intelligent and proactive with enhanced search, improved Siri, better multitasking on iPads and more.
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iOS 9 software update for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad now available

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 16, 2015

Today, Wednesday, September 16, Apple released the iOS 9 software update for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Provided free of charge, iOS 9 is compatible with the fifth and sixth-generation iPod touch and with any iPhone and iPad model from the iPhone 4s and iPad 2 onward, respectively.

Needless to say, folks who are jailbroken and want to keep your jailbreak are advised to stay away from iOS 9 for the time being. Read More


Watch Apple CEO Tim Cook talk iPhone 6s and more on Late Show with Stephen Colbert

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 16, 2015

Apple CEO Tim Cook appeared on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” last evening to discuss several topics of interest in a ten-minute segment. Among other things, Cook pitched the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus smartphones and talked about Apple’s effort to improve its supply chain conditions, his coming out as gay, social responsibility, driverless cars and more.

Apple has even created witty Siri response to Colbert’s queries about what he should ask Cook, to which the personal digital assistant responded “Do me a favor. Ask him when I’m going to get a raise”. We have a video of Cook’s Tonight Show appearance for you to watch in case you missed the show. Read More


Apple Pay adds support for 46 new US banks and credit unions

By Cody Lee on Sep 15, 2015

Apple on Tuesday added 46 new banks and credit unions to the growing list of Apple Pay-supporting issuers in the United States. With these additions, Apple Pay is now compatible with more than 500 financial institutions nationwide.

Launched in October of last year, Apple Pay is a mobile payment service that allows users to pay for goods and services using their iPhone or Apple Watch. It’s accepted at hundreds of thousands of retailers and restaurants around the country. Read More


Facebook working on a ‘Dislike’ button

By Cody Lee on Sep 15, 2015

Facebook is working on a ‘Dislike’ button, reports CNBC. CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg confirmed the news himself during a public Q&A session on Tuesday. “People have asked about the ‘Dislike’ button for many years … and today is a special day, because today is the day that I actually get to say we are working on it and are very close to shipping a test of it.” Read More


Launch Center Pro updated with Today widget, support for new apps

By Cody Lee on Sep 15, 2015

Popular productivity app Launch Center Pro was updated today, bringing the software to version 2.5. The new release includes a series of bug fixes and improvements, support for over 100,000 new apps, and a Today widget for Notification Center.

The new widget is a significant addition for users, as it allows them to place up to 12 of their favorite Launch Center actions in the Notification Center. So you can send a group text, start a new Tumblr post and more, regardless of where you’re at in iOS. Read More


Snapchat brings Lenses to front camera as it starts charging to replay disappearing snaps

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 15, 2015

Snapchat today issued a refresh to its iPhone and iPod touch app in the App Store that enables a new software feature on your front-facing camera: Lenses. “Before you take a selfie, press and hold on your face for a surprise,” the startup teased.

Lenses are essentially animated effects that can be applied in real-time when taking a selfie, similar to Apple’s Photo Booth app on the Mac.

One new Lens will rotate in every day.

In addition to Lenses, Snapchat also rolled out virtual Trophies and announced plans to start charging $0.99 for three Replays. Read More

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