Control Music Library From iPhone Notification Center

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I've never considered replacing the default Music app on my iPhone with a third-party one. You may or may not agree that the app is perfect but it gets the job done. You can still find a lot of music apps in the App Store and some of them are exceptionally popular. That said, even if you're perfectly satisfied with the default music app, you might want to give Musica - Widget Player a try. It's a free iOS app that, as its name implies is first and foremost a widget. The logical question to be asked is, do we need a music widget in the Notification Center when we can already play/pause songs, skip to the next or previous ones, and control volume from the lock screen and control center. The answer is yes because this widget-app puts your entire music library, all your playlists, and the shuffle and repeat song controls in the Notification Center. Before iOS 8, you could only get something like this on your iPhone if your device had been jailbroken. Read More

View EXIF Data From Inside The Photos App On Your iPhone

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Extensions and widgets on iOS 8 have not been getting the attention they deserve. They are a whole new way to interact with apps without having to go through the home screen pages and they're flexible. Apple's opened up more of its exclusive and reserved areas to developers and told them to go crazy. A while back we reviewed View Source an app-cum-extension that lets you view the source of any web page in Safari. Another similar app/extension is ViewExif that lets you view EXIF data for a photo from the Photos app. Although it's a paid app, it is free for a limited time. Read More

How To Set Up Parental Controls On The YouTube Kids App

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YouTube Kids has just been released and its purpose is to help parents control what kids watch on YouTube. The content filters come built-in meaning YouTube decides (based on video rating and content) what types of videos are appropriate for young viewers. What it leaves in the hands of the parent is how long a child may use the app, and whether a child can freely search for videos. The settings are secured behind a PIN that will fool kids so long as they can't read numbers. Here's how the parental controls work in the new app. Read More

Search For Stickers In The Facebook Messenger App

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Facebook Messenger doesn't just try and capitalize on Facebook being a popular chat platform, it also tries to set itself apart from other services in the instant messaging niche. The stickers for one are really nice and the sticker library itself is pretty huge. It's almost like having a nice GIF keyboard. Given the rather large library and the fact that the galleries aren't exactly based on a single theme, or emotion, it's hard to find the right one when you need to. Here's how you can make it easier to quickly locate the right sticker during a conversation. Read More

Monitor Your iPhone’s Network And Data Usage From Notification Center

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I find it odd that Android got rid of lock screen widgets the same time that iOS added widgets. I miss widgets on the lock screen on Android but I'm also surprised that they haven't taken off on iOS the way I thought they would. The bigger more popular apps like Dropbox and LinkedIn have of course added widgets but there are plenty of apps that haven't updated to add a widget for the Notification Center. It's prime space and if you're often concerned with how much data you might be using, need to check your local or public IP, CPU usage, Memory Usage, and how much data you've used on your Wi-FI plan and Carrier plan, the Notification Center is a pretty convenient place to keep a check on it all. Here are some iOS apps that support widgets to for network and data monitoring. The apps themselves have more to offer but we're concerning ourselves with what they let you do from their respective widget. Read More

Take Photos And Backup Them To Three Different Services Automatically

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IFTTT is an exceptionally ingenious service that lets you connect web services with each other. It's a simple concept that lets you create recipes for connecting services using their open APIs without you needing to know how to work with an API. The service has mobile apps for both iOS and Android but it's just launched a new app that targets something we use our phones for quite often; photography. The new app is called Do Camera and for each photo you take, you can have the app back-up the photos or upload them to any three services of your choice. The question here might be which services does it support and the short answer is; lots. Just about any service that has an open API can be used to create custom recipes. Read More

Hide Seldom Used Capture Modes From The iOS Camera App [Jailbreak]

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The iOS Camera app is hard to beat for a lot of reasons but if you had to pin it down to one thing it might be that you can't find a free alternative that does everything the Camera app does but better. That said, as of iOS 8 the Camera app has evolved to include a slo-mo mode, and a time-lapse mode in addition to the existing panorama, square, photo, and video modes. It's overwhelming and in all fairness it's trying to compete with a lot of other more popular apps that take better time-lapse and slow-motion videos. If you don't use some of these modes you can hide them from the Camera app with a Cydia tweak called CameraModes which is available for free in the BigBoss repository. Read More

Add Genre, Composer, Or Compilation Tabs To The iOS Music App

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The albums tab on the Music app on my iPhone is useless for me. I don't remember album names. I mostly jump between the songs list and the artists' list to find a song to play. What would make it easier for me to select songs is if I can jump straight to the Genre list and listen to the kind of music I'm in the mood for. It isn't impossible to do; just tap the more button at the bottom right of the Music app and select Genre. If like me, you find Genre, (or Composer, or Compilation) are tabs that would be far more useful to you on the app's main screen instead of hidden away behind the More button, here's how you can sweep one of those tabs with the default ones. Read More

Set iPhone Screen Brightness Far Lower Than What Apple Allows [No Jailbreak]

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Have you ever picked up your phone in the middle of the night to check the time or  if see you have a new message/email, only to be blinded by the screen's brightness? It happens to the best of us. The pain aside, the light from your display might even wake someone you're sharing a bed with while you're busy bringing up the control center to reduce the brightness. There's a simple little way to reduce the screen's brightness to one far lower than what you can set from the brightness slider in Control Center and Settings. It's actually built right into iOS and takes a little setting. Here's how you can enable it and activate it with a little shortcut. Read More

35 Best iOS Apps Of The Year 2014

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With the first month of 2015 coming to a close, we're finishing our 'best of 2014' lists with the best saved for last. Here is our round-up of the very best iOS apps reviewed last year. We normally only review apps that are free but will occasionally make an exception for a particularly amazing paid app, and some of those apps have made it to our list. Enjoy! Read More

Create To-Do Items From An Email And Add Them To Your Calendar [iOS]

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Reminder apps and To-do lists are an area where innovation is difficult. Just about every imaginable way of remembering to do things, or trying to be productive with lists and alarms has been developed. You can always improve on an existing concept but it is hard to think of something truly original. Google tried its hand at making email more manageable with its recent Inbox app. Something developed along those same lines is Handle, a free reminder app for iOS that can connect with your email account and create reminders from any email. In addition to email, the app can also connect with the Calendar app on your iOS device and let you create events from the email or add ones that aren't tied down to one. Read More

Create A Color Scheme Centered Around A Single Color Of Your Choice

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Just last week we reviewed Sip for iOS; the newly released partner app for the color picking tool of the same name available for Mac. We compared it to Adobe Color in terms of feature and functionality. A brand new arrival in the same niche is Coolors, a free iOS app that generates random color schemes. You can cycle through the many schemes it has to offer, or you can enter any color code and have the app suggest colors to go with it. Once you've settled on a scheme, you can export it over email, as a PDF, a URL, or a PNG file. Read More

Create Color palettes On Your iPhone And Sync To Your Mac

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Sip is an amazing Mac app released in 2012 that lets you pick colors from your screen and can convert them to 12 different color formats. By far, it's one of my favorite and highly recommended utilities for anyone working on web or app design on a Mac. The developer has now released an iOS version of this amazing app, it's free and I couldn't help but take it for a spin. Sip Color is very close to what Adobe Color (formerly Adobe Kuler) had to offer when it first launched. You can create an account and back-up your color schemes to the cloud so that it's also available on your Mac (provided you have Sip Pro installed). You can extract a color scheme either from live camera input, or from a picture in your camera roll. Read More

Control Your Desktop From iPhone or iPad With Chrome Remote Desktop

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Chrome is by far the most popular web browser in the world. Where it's really fast, it's also pretty simple to use and because it has such a huge market share any features it offers automatically have a large user base off the bat. A good long while back, Chrome came out with remote desktop support that would allow users to access and control other connected desktops, remotely. The connection was established through the Chrome browser. In April of last year, a Chrome Remote Desktop Android app was released so that you could connect to a computer from your tablet or phone. The same Chrome Remote Desktop has now been released for iOS and it couldn't come at a better time than when we have larger iPhones. It does not require a jailbroken device, and it's absolutely free with complete mouse and keyboard control. Here's our review. Read More

Add Animated GIF Patterns To Your Photos & Videos

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GIFs, more than enough has been written on this wonderful format and the images created in it but here we are writing a bit more. Meet Gifx, a free iOS app that lets you add GIF patterns to your photos to make them look cool. The app offers a free pack of GIFs to get you started, and a few more patterns in exchange for leaving a review on the App Store, and following it on Instagram. It's basically fusing a GIF with any photo you might take. With the free version of the app though you can only save the final output in MP4 format and it comes with a watermark . To save it as a GIF, you have to buy any sort of upgrade the app has to offer. It also restricts the quality of the video you can save to just low quality. You can mask a GIF and add multiple GIFs in layers. Read More

58 Top Tips & Tutorials Of The Year 2014

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This past Monday we gave you a list of the best Windows apps reviewed in 2014. To start the weekend off, and maybe give you something you might want to try over the weekend, here are the best tips and tutorials covered in 2014. Ranging from simple little tricks for your smartphone, to far more complicated tutorials or running Windows on a Mac, this list features how-tos for the Android, iOS, Windows, and the OS X platform. Read More

Fixing The ‘iTunes Could Not Connect To This iPhone’ Error

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Backing up, and syncing data to your iOS device from a PC or Mac is really easy and taking a regular back-up is a great idea. That said, it's not always an error free experience and the 'iTunes Could Not Connect To This iPhone' error is one of the more common ones to occur when you connect your iOS device to your system. What's more is that once you start getting this error, it appears repeatedly. It prevents your phone from charging and from syncing which means no backups can be taken and no music can be synced to your device. It's not the most pleasant of errors but here are a few ways for you to try and fix it. Read More

How To Hide The Notification Badge For A Stock App In iOS

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I have a super secret email account that I share with no one; no services that I randomly sign up to, and even some of the ones that I use regularly don't know that this email ID of mine exists. It's very special and only services that are extremely important to me know about it as my recovery email. I have never before even configured the account on my phone, opting instead to sign in, and out on my desktop every time I needed to access it in an attempt to keep my self safe should I lose my device. That changed recently and I added this account to the Mail app on my iPhone and it came with a huge (read 25000+ unread emails) badge on the folder in which the Mail app resides. That badge obviously needed to go. iOS lets you choose which apps you want to enable badges for so I went straight to Settings>Mail and was very surprised I couldn't find the option to remove the badge since that's where I would look to remove a notification badge for any other app. It took a few minutes of searching but I was able to find the option for removing the notification badge for the Mail app. Read More

Manually Adjust White Balance, Shutter Speed, ISO, & More With Reuk [Paid]

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Just a few days ago we showed you how you could adjust the focus and exposure in the Camera app in iOS 8. We talked about how before iOS 8 allowed users to adjust the exposure separately, people relied on third-party apps to do it. It wasn't so much a hardware limitation as it was a software one. With iOS 8, Apple gave developers more control over the camera; specifically it allowed developers to control exposure, white balance and focus. Reuk is an iOS app worth $0.99 in the App Store that takes advantage of this. It gives you full control over the ISO sensitivity, shutter speed, and white balance. You can also manually set the focus point, and a built-in level adjuster shows you if you're holding the camera at the correct level or not. The app comes with a great flash feature, and timer. Read More

How To Set Focus And Adjust Exposure In The iOS 8 Camera App

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Apple regularly adds something new to make the camera on the iPhone better with each successive model. With the past few versions of iOS, Apple has also been making improvements to the camera app. Features like panoramic photos, a timer, time-lapse video recording, and even filters have been added. With iOS 8 the most noteworthy addition to the Camera app was the ability to set focus and exposure separately. This isn't something only newer devices can do. Long before Apple added this ability to the camera app, lots of apps in the App Store existed that allowed you to set focus and exposure separately. Now that it's a stock feature, users won't have to hunt down a good app to achieve this. Here's how you can set the focus and exposure in the Camera app in iOS 8. Read More