Weird iOS bug permits unlimited photo zooming

By Christian Zibreg on May 31, 2016

Apple’s stock Photos app has a lot of nicely implemented features and it gets used a lot on my iPhone 6s, but I’m still yearning for the ability to zoom on photos unlimitedly, using the pinch-zoom gesture.

Zooming in Photos isn’t possible beyond a certain threshold and that’s been ticking me off for quite some time now. Curiously, there appears to be a bug in iOS which overrides this behavior and lets you zoom unlimitedly on a photo. Read More

 

Finding the RGB or Hexadecimal value of any pixel on your Mac screen

By Anthony Bouchard on May 23, 2016

RGB, otherwise known as red/green/blue, is a color identification method used by digital computer monitors. Every color gets its own RGB value, and this is because a mixture of those three colors makes up the color you’re looking at.

RGB values may be used for a variety of reasons, but mostly for those that do a lot of photo editing, or who may be tinkering with graphics or web design.

A little known feature of your Mac is that its operating system comes with a meter that can identify the RGB color of any single pixel on your screen, and in this tutorial, we’ll show you just how that’s done. Read More

 

Duo of tweaks enables round profile pictures in Facebook & Twitter apps

By Anthony Bouchard on May 20, 2016

As iOS moves forward in design, square profile pictures across the platform are becoming somewhat dated in terms of aesthetics.

A new free jailbreak tweak duo called Round Profile Pic (for Facebook) and (for Twitter) are available in Cydia that let you bring the round profile picture effect to Facebook and Twitter, an aesthetic that already exists throughout all modern iOS versions in various native apps. Read More

 

The Roll helps you organize and find your best shots

By Sébastien Page on May 18, 2016

The Roll is a new application that aims to help you organize your photos, but also find your best shots. Using a proprietary algorithm, The Roll will sort, tag, and even score your photos in a way that will make it very easy for you to uncover your best images. Read More

 

How to easily transfer contacts, photos, and videos from an iPhone to another

By Sébastien Page on May 13, 2016

Depending on your set up, transferring contacts, photos and videos from your old iPhone to your new one can be pretty simple. You might use iCloud to store all this data, in which case, your contacts and photos/videos will automatically come back once you sign in your new device. Or maybe you back it all up in iTunes, which allows you to sync all that data from your computer to your new iPhone. Maybe you don’t do any of that, and if you’re looking for a relatively quick and easy way to transfer all this data from one iPhone to another, then read on. Read More

 

Reposting Instagram photos and videos properly with Repost for iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on May 6, 2016

Reposting Instagram photos and videos is easier said than done. For starters, the mobile Instagram app lacks the option to natively repost someone else’s media so people usually screenshot Instagram photos to post as their own from iOS’s stock Photos app.

Not only does this requires cropping out unwanted UI elements from the image, but risks flagging your account if you forget to credit the original poster.

Fortunately, there are a number of applications available on the App Store that let you work around Instagram’s restrictions and repost someone else’s Instagram content while ensuring that credit goes where credit is due. Today, we take a look at one such app, Repost for Instagram by Red Cactus LLC. Read More

 

Apple makes your Mom star in ‘Shot on iPhone’ ad

By Christian Zibreg on May 6, 2016

Mother’s Day is this Sunday and Apple is taking notice. In addition to airing a Mother’s Day-themed iPhone 6s ad and sending an email blast to remind customers to pick up an Apple Watch as a Mother’s Day gift recommendation, the company has now launched a dedicated website that lets you make your Mom appear in her own ‘Shot on iPhone’ film.

The interactive web app is aptly named “Moms Shot on iPhone” and is really amazing. Read More

 

Fun with iPhone: how to swap two faces in a photo with FacePlant

By Anthony Bouchard on May 6, 2016

Sometimes there’s no greater humor than that of which you can dish out by way of photo editing.

If you’ve ever wanted to swap two faces in a photograph for the giggles you know it’s going to bring to the table between yourself and other people, then you’ve come to the right place.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can use a simple and free iPhone app to quickly swap two faces in a photograph right from your device. Read More

 

Google Photos gains revamped search with emoji support, customizable movies and more

By Christian Zibreg on May 5, 2016

After introducing smarter albums with text, maps and locations back in March, the search giant Google today issued a refresh to its mobile Photos application on the App Store. Now available as a free download for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, Google Photos version 1.10 packs in a redesigned search experience with support for emoji search (it really works) and Spotlight integration, better movies with the ability to add your own music to them and other perks.

On the web, Google Photos has gained a handy overlay with keyboard shortcuts and new features when uploading images to the service. Read More

 

What to do if music, videos, and other content disappear after an iTunes update

By Anthony Bouchard on May 5, 2016

It’s not that uncommon for the music, videos, and other content in your iTunes folder to disappear after updating iTunes. It doesn’t seem to happen to everyone, but as many internet stories will tell you, it does occur to a number of users on some occasions.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to get your iTunes music, videos, and more back when you notice it has gone missing after installing an iTunes app update. Read More

 

How to transfer photos and videos from your old to new iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on May 4, 2016

Your photos and videos are some of your most precious memories so transferring them to a brand new iOS device should be a top priority. There are a number of different ways to transfer media from one iOS device to another. As is the case with most things, smart planning goes a long way in ensuring that no photo or video gets left behind when making a switch to a brand spanking new iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

If you currently don’t have a backup strategy, you’ll definitely need to think of one. This tutorial will assist you in transferring the photos and videos from your old to new iPhone with step-by-step instructions for both built-in features and third-party solutions that will get the job done. Read More

 

Add artistic flair to your photos with Filters, a free Mac app with 30 effects

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 27, 2016

Like the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, the Mac supports third-party extensions inside Apple’s stock Photos app.

This potentially powerful capability makes it simple for Mac owners to touch up their photographs using compatible third-party filters without leaving Photos.

Filters, a new app from California-based MacPhun, boosts your photography with as many as thirty artistic and creative filters.

You can use Filters either as a Photos extension or run the software standalone in case you prefer to edit your images outside of Photos. Read More

 

How to disable iCloud Photo Library everywhere and recover your iCloud storage

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 21, 2016

Here’s someone who’s been using iCloud Photo Library to keep his photos and videos synced across all devices from day one. You could say I’m a big believer in this feature: it’s never failed me once and makes good use of my paid 50-gigabyte iCloud storage tier.

Anyone can take advantage of iCloud Photo Library without upgrading to one of paid iCloud tiers, with a major caveat—five gigs Apple “generously” provides will only get you so far.

Though not as pricey as they used to be, iCloud upgrades are not very competitive so some folks have made a switch to Google Photos. Other people may prefer a third-party photo syncing solution. Or maybe you’ve signed up for one of those cloud services that let you store huge photo libraries at no charge whatsoever or for a much lower monthly fee vs. iCloud storage buckets.

This tutorial lays out the steps you must take to properly stop using iCloud Photo Library. By “properly” we don’t just mean disabling iCloud Photo Library: we’ll ensure that the iCloud storage that’s been taken up by your synced media gets freed up, too. Read More

 

Here’s how to add location to photos and videos in Photos for Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 13, 2016

With Photos for Mac, Apple pulled an iWork: that is, the re-imagining of how you should organize and manage your photos across devices originally wasn’t as feature-complete as the now phased-out iPhoto used to be.

That’s especially the case if you consider the need to edit location for some photos in your library: it wasn’t before the OS X 10.11.3 El Capitan software update that Photos for Mac got this ability.

Be that as it may, that’s a God-sent feature—in certain cases, Photos would place my pictures at the wrong geographic location, or location information wasn’t available at all when I snapped them. As I mentioned, these incorrectly located pictures can be fixed as of Photos 1.4 for Mac or later.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to create a smart album to automatically identify the photos without location data embedded in them and then use new features in the Photos app to add, remove or change location data for your photos and videos. Read More

 

Mobile forensics firm that unlocked terrorist’s iPhone 5c thinks it can hack iPhone 6

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 11, 2016

Mobile forensics firm Cellebrite that helped the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation bypass the passcode protection on the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone 5c is adamant that it can also work around Apple’s security protections and hack into an iPhone 6, CNN reports.

Italian father Leonardo Fabbretti, who wanted to see the photos stored on his dead son Dama’s iPhone but was told by Apple that it was impossible to get into the device without a passcode, has now met with Cellebrite executives who have been working on accessing the files. Read More

 

How to recover deleted photos on iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 11, 2016

Deleting photos and videos you no longer need is one of the most effective techniques for freeing up storage space on mobile devices. Apple, in its wisdom, gives you the tools to recover your deleted photographs and video content from the stock Photos app.

The process is easier than you might think and our quick step-by-step tutorial will teach you to recover your recently deleted photos and videos like a pro. Read More

 

How to convert images to different file types on iPhone or iPad with The Image Converter

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 7, 2016

It comes up every so often where you may want to convert the file type of an image file stored on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.

For example, screenshots are saved as .png files, while photographs taken with the camera are saved as .jpg files. Because .jpg files are typically smaller in size due to the lesser-quality detail, you could save some storage space by converting screenshots to .jpg rather than storing .png alternatives.

In this review, we’ll walk you through how to convert the file type of an image file on your iPhone with The Image Converter, a useful conversion all for iOS that can be had from the App Store for just $2.99. Read More

 

Server-side patch fixes vulnerability that allowed access to Contacts and Photos on iPhone 6s

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 6, 2016

An iOS vulnerability that permitted nefarious people to gain access to Contacts and Photos data has been fixed swiftly without the need for a software update. A server-side fix has patched a security hole in Siri which allowed the personal digital assistant to use email links in tweets to gain access to contacts and photos on a locked iPhone 6s running iOS 9.3.1. Apple has confirmed to The Washington Post that it’s fixed the flaw on its servers. Read More

 

Easy to fix iOS bug bypasses Lock screen on iPhone 6s, giving access to Contacts and Photos

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 5, 2016

First spotted by Jose Rodriguez, who last September found a similar flaw in iOS, and highlighted by The Daily Dot, Apple’s mobile operating system contains a vulnerability that lets others access your Contacts and Photos using Siri on the Lock screen of your iPhone 6s, bypassing your passcode.

Fortunately, there’s an easy fix for this which involves revoking Siri access to Twitter and Photos and disabling Lock screen access to the personal digital assistant. Apple has not commented on the bug, which will likely be squashed in an upcoming software update. Read More

 

How to prevent kids from sharing photos and videos to specific apps on iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 31, 2016

Are you’re a parent to a kid who just can’t get enough of that iPhone of yours? If so, you’re probably concerned that the junior might post candid shots from your photo library to social media, be it by accident or intentionally.

Your photos are your business and iOS lets you determine which apps are allowed to access your Photos library. As you know, this can be set on a per-app basis in Settings → Privacy → Photos.

This tutorial goes one step further, leveraging parental controls to lock down Photos privacy settings for apps. This should be enough to prevent your kids from re-enabling apps to access media in Photos without your restrictions passcode. Read More

 
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