How To Add/Remove Third-Party Keyboards In iOS 8

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I should just use the same introductory sentence for these posts, since they are all just some variants of "iOS 8 is out, it has new features". So, iOS 8 is out, it has new features, like widgets and third-party keyboards. Not that there is anything wrong with the native keyboard, but sometimes one has to experiment with what else is out there, perhaps you might like a third-party over your cherished iOS 8 keyboard. Only one way to find out, install it (like SwiftKey) and see for yourself. Allow us to walk you through how to install third-party keyboards on iOS 8. Read More

5 Ways To Put Your Obsolete iPhone 4 To Good Use

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Now that iOS 8 is out, your iPhone 4 is effectively obsolete in terms of OS. Where the iPhone 4 will not be receiving an OS update, it also doesn't support some major features from iOS 6 and iOS 7 such as Siri and the ability to take panoramas. Additionally, the phone didn't handle the iOS 7 update all too well; it slowed the phone down and it wasn't until Apple issued an update with a performance fix for the iPhone 4 that things improved. So, if you still have an iPhone 4 that you used or if you have one lying around unused, what can you do with it now that substantially faster devices are available? Here are five suggested uses that might let you use it as something more than a seriously expensive paperweight. Read More

How To Add And Remove Widgets In iOS 8

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Since we already spent a lot of time discussing the abridged biography of iOS 8, we will skip that particular introduction and go right to the meat of the matter. Widgets are now regular constituents of iOS 8, located where iOS 7 offered a control no more complex than an off switch; you can now completely customize your Notification Center and what widgets you show there and in what order. Let us take a look at how to do exactly that on iOS 8. Read More

Swiftkey Now Available In The App Store For iOS 8, Here’s Our Take [Review]

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iOS 8 is here! Wait, we already said that in our last article. Okay, so let's start talking more and more about it. One of the biggest advances in iOS 8 are not at the cosmetic level, it is at the developer's end, which come back on a cosmetic level. Now the environment is a little more open and to that end, there will be support for custom keyboards (amongst other things, check out our review). Predictive text is the weapon of choice for the legend of Android SwiftKey which steps foot into the battleground of iOS, armed with swipe-to-type functionality. Read on to find out how it fared. Read More

iOS 8 Is Out! Here Is What’s New And What’s Improved [Review]

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Since the announcement of iOS 8's launch, supplemented with news of Yosemite and iPhone 6/6+ and the Apple Watch's arrival, people have been torn between those saying that Apple is late to so many parties (large screen, wearables, widgets, etc.). The other suggesting that this is the kind of move that reworks the entire platform from the ground up and needed to take its time. Perhaps it is both. It does not matter to either camp because iOS 8 is out. It is the most natural evolution of a platform. If you own a compatible Apple device, you should get an upgrade. Let us walk you through why. Read More

Miranda Helps You Coordinate Time In Multiple Time Zones [iOS]

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One of my most memorable mistakes/job fails was the direct result of my inability to work, or rather plan anything in two different time zones. To say I learned to deal with them later on would be a lie. Instead, I decided to concern myself with my own time zone and let people work it out for themselves. Miranda is a free iOS app that I could have used back then and probably will keep on my phone for the remainder of my life. It's a very simply app that helps you find time in multiple time zones with respect to your own. You can then add an event to your calendar knowing what time the event starts for you and when it starts in the other time zone using the app. Read More

Next Deadline: A To-Do App For Projects That Focuses On Due Dates [iOS]

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There are two types of people in this world; those that get right down to tackling a task given to them opting to finish it as early as possible. Then there are people who look at how many days they have left until a project is due each time they consider starting work on it. These people are deadline driven, possibly they were among those genius kids in college who would cram one week before an exam and make it through with reasonable grades. If approaching deadlines are what drive you to excel at work, consider giving Next Deadline a try. It's an iOS app that lets you add up to four projects to it and each project may have multiple tasks added to it. Each of those tasks have their own deadline and the app's home screen will always arrange projects with respect to the nearest deadline of the next task. You can add upto four projects but will have to upgrade if you want to add more. Read More

Master Password: Off-Line Password Generator & Vault For Desktop & Mobile

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In light of recent security leak scandals, people are beefing up security on their personal accounts to paranoid levels. Security is always at a premium and to serve that end there are numerous solutions available. Solutions that secure imagesindividual folders, apps (android and iOS) and even bookmarks. The irony of security is that security providers seem to want more of your personal information to improve security. In order to really secure certain online services, you can add anything from fingerprint verification to phone confirmation, implying that in case of a security breach, not only is your web service compromised, so is your fingerprint ID and your personal phone number. However, Master Password for Mac, Java desktop, iOS and Android (beta) makes it easy for you to remain secure without the hassle of memorizing any complicated strings. Here's how. Read More

PHHHOTO: Shoot Moving Pictures With Your iPhone And Save As GIFs

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Moving photos are videos last time I checked and if you take audio out of the equation, you have a GIF. Now GIFs are ridiculously popular on the internet as a form of expression and they are what give truer meaning to the phrase, 'a picture is worth a thousand words', especially if you can screen cap some text on to the GIF before you share it. PHHHOTO is a free iOS app that lets you create photo GIFs i.e. moving photos from your device's camera. It serves this sole purpose though it does have a nice little black and white filter that you can apply to the GIF before it's saved to your camera roll or shared on Facebook, Twitter, and/or PHHHOTO itself. Read More

Wallpaper Plus Is A Complete Image Editing App For iOS [Jailbreak]

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Have you ever found an image online that would make a great wallpaper if only you could crop a few pixels off the side and maybe resize it a bit? If so, it's likely you ended up not using said image as your background unless you have a good photo editing app on your phone. Photo editing apps are very popular and the good ones are rarely free but if you have a jailbroken device, you should consider giving Wallpaper Plus a try. The app can be installed from the BigBoss repository and it's everything you could ever want in a photo editing app. Originally meant to help you fix an image up to use as a wallpaper, this app can be used for just about any sort of photo editing needs; cropping, resizing, adding text, playing with the color tone of the image, adding stickers and emoticons, and more. Read More

Contact Center Tries To Make Group Messaging Easier [iOS]

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Everyone has one ICE (in case of emergency) number on their phone but we also have a group of people, friends or family, that we need to stay in constant contact with. Call them your in-crowd, call them your nagging parents, or call them your peeps, but you have a need to stay in constant contact with a specific group of people. iOS isn't very flexible when it comes to group messaging which is why you might want to look for a better option for sharing with large groups. Contact Center is a free iOS app that lets you get in touch with your in-group super fast. It lets you send them a group message via the default messages app, a group email, and place quick calls to anyone in the group as well as send them GIFs. Read More

Hyperlapse Records Time Lapse Videos & Lets You Share To Facebook And Instagram [iOS]

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Instagram has just released an new app for video recording called Hyperlapse. If you're wondering why the company needed to release a video recording app when Instagram itself can both record videos and import them from your camera roll, then read on. Hyperlapse is for creating time lapse videos, really good ones at that. Unlike the Instagram app that lets you selectively record with your device, Hyperlapse will record a full video and speed it up anywhere between normal playback to playback at twelve times the normal speed. The video can then be shared to Instagram and Facebook. Read More

MessageEnhancer Makes Both Cosmetic & Functional Changes To Messages App [Jailbreak]

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The Messages app is a popular app in iOS that jailbreakers like to tweak. You will find lots of tweaks like Messages Conversation Photos that make it better. Now imagine everything you wish the Messages app did, everything you wish you could change about it, and whatever else in between that annoys you about this particular app. MessageEnhancer is a Cydia tweak available for free in the BigBoss repository that lets you tweak just about anything and everything in the Messages app that you could ever want. The tweak can enable a fullscreen mode for the app, a dark keyboard, contact photos appearing within conversation threads, wider message bubbles, and more. It can also hide features you don't like such as separators, the camera button, and the delivered label. Read More

Camu: All-In-One Photography App Offers Live Editing, Filters And Text [iOS]

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I don't look kindly on camera apps that apply filters and do little else but Camu has my attention. It has live filters that you can edit later but apart from that, it has one of the most comprehensive feature sets you will find in any photography app, that too for the amazing price of free. Camu is a free iOS app that lets you apply live filters when you take a photo. The app works with the front facing camera, comes with a timer, and lets you add text to a photo in four different fonts. It also lets you capture and arrange photos in a collage, straighten or angle a photo, add a tilt-shift effect, and share your photo over email, to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Wahtsapp. Read More

Google’s Photo Sphere Camera Takes 360 Degree Photos, Uploads To Maps [iOS]

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When Google released the Android Camera app to the Google Play Store, I wondered, with little hope that it would ever be released for iOS. Google's Camera app is amazing  and though there are alternative iOS apps, nothing free comes as close to what's available for Android. Google has just released Photo Sphere Camera, an iOS app that is free and lets you take a 360 degree photo of a place. The app is meant to be used outdoors mostly so that users can take photos of places they visit, geo-tag them, and upload them to Google Maps. The photos become available to anyone using Google Maps. This isn't as much about personal photography as it is about crowdsourcing photos for the map service but the app is excellent and we took it for a spin. Read More

SwipeExpander Assigns A Shortcut To Each Key On The Keyboard [Jailbreak]

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Back in May, a Cydia tweak called SlideCut was released allowing you to add keyboard shortcuts to the on-screen keyboard on your iOS device. These shortcuts mimicked the ones we've all become accustomed to using on our desktop. The tweak itself is pretty good if you want just the usual keyboard shortcuts. If you want something more, then try  SwipeExpander. It's available in the BigBoss and Insanelyi repositories and it lets you assign a long list of actions to any key. It's also a great text expander; you can assign text to any key and when you swipe it, the text is entered. Swiping a key is how all shortcuts are triggered. Read More

Youmiam: Swipe through Instruction Cards When Following A Recipe [iOS]

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It's not the weekend just yet but my search for an app and my impulse to cook something new on the weekend collided today. I found Youmiam for iOS. It's an app that gives you hundreds of recipes to browse and if you've so much as ever looked up how to make an omelette, you know that there are numerous sites that list lots of recipes for you to browse. It's no reason to install an app. What sets Youmiam apart is the cooking instructions and they are presented. If you have an iPad in the kitchen, Youmiam is going to make following recipes really easy. Apart from the easy to follow instructions, the app lets you search recipes and create a shopping list of all the items needed to prepare a dish. Read More

AppControl: Password Protect Apps & Mange Settings From App Switcher [Jailbreak]

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If, as an iOS user, you have ever wanted to keep your apps locked behind a password and manage quick settings from them more easily then the app/tweak developing gods have smiled on you. AppControl is a new Cydia tweak available in the BigBoss and Insanelyi repositories that lets you rename and manage the volume of an app, manage brightness, and hide the app preview from the default app switcher in iOS. In addition to these four settings, the app also lets you set a password, a different one for each app, that restricts access to it. Read More

vHome Adds A More Accurate Virtual Home Button To iOS [Jailbreak]

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The Home button on my iPhone had a short life span and I couldn't get it repaired immediately after it stopped working. I tried 'going easy' on it for a while, and praying it would just fix itself (yes, I actually did that) and began looking for a way around it. That's when I found the AssistiveTouch feature, used it a few days, and immediately realized I had to have the real button sorted out. AssistiveTouch did fill the gap and then some but it was a bit too cluttered and above all, it didn't let me so much as respring my device and failed when I tried to recalibrate the Home button. That's why I love vHome, a free Cydia tweak available in the BigBoss repository that emulates the Home button on your phone the way it should. Read More

Timeful: A Smart Task Scheduler That Syncs With iCal & Google Calendar [iOS]

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Reminders and to-do lists are what we turn to so we want to keep a tab on things that need to get done. Timeful is a free iOS app that is a to-do list crossed with a scheduler. It helps you remember important things you want to do but also lets you record repetitive tasks and find the time to do them daily. In short, it is not your average list or note taking app, nor is it a reminder app. It's more of a task planner where you add things you need to get done and then fit it into time slots on a calendar. Read More