Create Your Own Stickers To Use With Facebook Messenger [iOS]

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Stickers have become exceptionally popular and are often used instead of emojis. They're cuter, more expressive, and animated. There's a fair number of apps out there that give you a rich library of awesome stickers to use. Snackshots is a new iOS app that lets you create your very own stickers, and send them over Facebook Messenger. Snackshots provides you a library of different characters that you can use.  They come in many different poses and you can add a background, and text to it, and send it to a Facebook contact. The app gives you lots of customization options; you can set the color and size of the text, choose from different fonts, and even change the color of the background you've selected. Read More

A Quick Look At The New Music App In iOS 8.4

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iOS 8.4 has been released and the big news about this update is that it brings Apple Music to all supported devices. What those not interested in Apple News may not know is that it also means a fresh and very different look for the Music app. We're taking a quick look at the UI improvements that have been made to the app and will only be touching on Apple Music as part of the UI and not how great/terrible a service it is. Read More

Arrange Photos In Your Facebook Post When Uploading Them From Your Phone

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The photos we share on Facebook make up a huge part of how we interact with other people on the social network. Take the ability to post photos away from Facebook and you'd be left wondering what to there. Facebook knows just how important photos are and it makes a deliberate effort to give us a great photo sharing experience. It also buys apps like Instagram to make sure it owns all your photos. Photo sharing is of course a feature everyone uses and if you often post photos from your smartphone you might wonder how you can post them in the right order (appetizer, main course, drinks, and dessert). The Facebook app lets you arrange them easily whether you're posting them for the first time or editing a post after sharing them. Here's how. Read More

Add Comic Book Style Text And Speech Bubbles To Your Photos [iOS]

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Adding text to photos is possibly the second most popular type of edits people make, second of course to applying filters. There are some exceptionally popular apps like Over and Photolettering that are popular because they give users wonderful fonts and complete control for playing with typography. Fork is a new app and social network that lets you add speech bubbles and comic book style elements to photos. The app aims to give photos a more comic-book like feel and comes with the stickers to boot. Here's a look at all the app has to offer. Read More

Search Imgur For Reaction GIFs From Inside Facebook Messenger

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Imgur, while great for sharing images on Reddit is notorious for its very bad mobile apps. They recently released a fresh Android app and just a while before that overhauled their iOS app. The effort made on either one was unimpressive but Imgur still remains one of the biggest hoards of images available online. If you installed the app but are considering uninstalling it because it's so terrible you might want to keep it around because it lets you search for and send reaction GIFs from the Facebook Messenger app. Here's how. Read More

Find The Best Hashtags By Subject For Your Instagram Photos [Paid]

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Instagram is a social network like no other; what started out as an app for sharing photos turned into something huge, inspiring other apps and making filters popular. Filters are one area that Instagram has been a huge inspiration but there are other utilities that the app has inspired one of which is Tagdock. It's a third-party keyboard app for iOS that's meant to be used with the Instagram app. It's worth $0.99 in the App Store and while entering hashtags isn't something overly complicated, the app makes it easier to do so by suggesting the right hashtags to use given the subject of your photo. For those of you wondering why hashtags would matter so much it's because using the right hashtag can make a difference in how many people find, view, and like your photos. You must be running iOS 8 or above to use this app. Read More

How To Use Autofill In MS Excel For The iPad And iPhone

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The larger screen on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus allow us to work more comfortably on our phones. One app that I previously couldn't have imagined using on a smaller sized iPhone but can use with considerable ease on the larger screen is MS Excel. I recently needed to make a quick spreadsheet for something (yes, this actually happens to people) but hit a bit of a snag when I realized I was on a phone and not my desktop. I needed to use the autofill function that allows me to fill a certain number of rows or columns with a series (days, months, years, etc) bu didn't know how that would work on a touchscreen.  It took some time to figure out but here's how to use the autofill feature in MS Excel for iOS. Read More

You Can Create Custom Vibrations On Your iPhone, Here’s How

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If phantom vibrations bother you, or you feel the default vibrations on your iPhone don't do a good enough job of alerting you when you have new notification, then there's good news. iOS has a built-in feature that lets you create your very own custom vibration. It sounds complicated and nearly impossible but Apple's found a way to make it happen and the feature has been part of iOS for a good while now. Here's how you can create your very own vibration pattern for alerts on your iPhone. Read More

Get LINE Messenger App’s Emojis Without Installing The App Itself [iOS]

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Messenger apps are not an overcrowded app category but these apps are some of the hardest to build a strong user base for. Facebook leads this space with Messenger and Whatsapp, followed by Viber. Line is another popular messaging app though with far fewer users than the top three in this category and it features some great Emojis. If you like the emojis the app has to offer but are reluctant to have yet another messaging app to check and keep up with on your phone, you can now install Line app's emoji's as a separate keyboard on your iPhone. Be warned, this app requires full access that will send everything you type (using the keyboard) to its developers. You must have iOS 8 or above running on your iPhone to use the app. Read More

Record A Screencast On Your iPhone Without A Mac Or Jailbreak

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Recording screencasts on your iPhone  isn't very easy to do unless you've got a Mac running Yosemite or you're willing to shell out $40  (or more) on an app that lets you record screencasts with your Windows PC. There are ways to do it if you've got a jailbroken device but for those of us who run their iPhones on vanilla iOS, a Mac is almost always needed. It's times like this that you should thank the gaming community. Watching people game is an oddly popular thing, so much so that it's inspired the launch of several services (like Twitch) that lets people earn money by streaming their game play. This very same community has inspired lots of great apps for recording your screen of which Shou.Tv is free and doesn't require a jailbroken device. You must have iOS 8.3 or above running on your device. Read More

What Are iOS 8 Extensions And How To Enable Them

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Extensions in iOS 8 make it easier for apps to talk to each other. More precisely, they allow you to send information and data from one app to the other or use an app from within another app. Extensions are essentially apps themselves that need to be enabled from within share menus for them to work. They work with as both share/action buttons and as stand alone apps. Here's a quick overview of iOS extensions and how to enable them. Read More

Download Files Directly On Your iPhone & View Them In A Library [Paid]

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Long before there were smartphones, there existed feature phones and Nokia ruled that market. Feature phones came with memory cards and with most you could plug them into your system and copy files to directly them. Then came smartphones and everyone had a different way of how the file system should work when connected to a computer. Android phones still let you treat the phone as a mass storage device but iOS is more restrictive. You can save movies and photos to your camera roll from your mobile browser but that's about it. Saving files from your Gmail, or downloading a zipped file to your device without apps like Dropbox is not possible. Meet Quik downloader, an iOS app worth $1.99 in the App Store that lets you directly download files from Safari and Chrome. The app is exceptionally smart; it works as an extension and scans an entire page for download links. You can choose which files to download and then view them in the app's own library. You must be running iOS 8 or above for the app to work. Read More

Group Emails By Type And Send Quick Replies [iOS]

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Mailstrom is an old, and exceptionally useful tool that helps you clean up your inbox. It's one of those innovative services that to date does not have anything that remotely compares to it. Spark is somewhere in the same category. It's an iOS app for managing email. It's safe to say that email management, while not a saturated niche, has quite a few existing apps and services that aim to make it easier and Spark is just another entry. What sets it apart is its smart inbox which will separate emails by date and type. Once you've connected your email account(s) and Spark has synced your email, it sorts it into categories; New, Newsletters, Notifications, and Pinned emails. You can then sort through the type of email you need to read first. It takes some hint from Gmail's Inbox and has a snooze feature that you can use to set a reminder for answering an email or following up on it. It has three quick response buttons that you need only tap to send a reply to an email and a pin feature that lets you pin emails to a separate inbox, much like 'starring' or 'favoriting' an email. Last, but certainly not least, the app has an amazing number of customization features. Read More

Annotate, Blur Or Add Shapes To Screenshots On Your iPhone

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Whenever I need to share a screenshot taken on my phone, I often have to stop to remove personal information from it. This process has me going through several different apps just to highlight the area that I want to bring attention to or add text to an image while scribbling over the information I want to hide. This is probably because most photo editing apps for phones are meant to enhance photos, frame them, or make them more visually appealing for Instagram. Apps that target screenshots are rare and often carry a price tag just to try out. Pinpoint is a free iOS app that lets you add text, a pixelated blur box, and arrows, to screenshots directly from your iPhone. The app has one color, red with bold white outline for the text and shapes however, you can get more colors with an in-app purchase. Read More

Snap Photos To Create Lists And Sort Them With Action Based Tags [iOS]

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Think of something you need to get done and it's likely to fall into one of nine categories according to NINE, a new list making app for iOS. NINE runs on a simple concept; anything that you need to remember or do can be sorted into nine types of actions; something you need to do, some place you need to go, something you have to buy, music you plan on checking out, a movie that you want to watch, a book you've been meaning to read, a little note you jotted down about something, something you really enjoyed and want to remember for later, and something you want to eat or cook. This app is only compatible with iOS 8. Read More

Use Your iPhone To Find Free WiFi Networks Anywhere In The World

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Internet is a basic human right in some countries, while in others, it's pretty much a luxury. Regardless of what status the internet has where you live, free WiFi is something no one would say no to. WiFiMapper is a free iOS app that uses your location, and your WiFi radio to scan your surroundings for free WiFi networks. Naturally, the range is short but it's also a crowd-sourced tool for mapping all the free WiFi available in the world. Users can log places where free WiFi is available and they are displayed in the app on a map so you can see from miles away where free internet is available even if you can scan the area with your phone. Read More

Challenge Yourself To Put Your Phone Away While You Eat [iOS]

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Smartphone addiction is something we all suffer from in varying degrees. Some of us might wake up in the middle of the night just to check every single social media and messaging app we have installed on our phone, while others might feel their phone has become an extension of their hand. This habit is annoying especially when you're with a large group of people in any sort of social setting. If you're guilty of not being able to put your phone down, DinnerMode is a free app that you might consider using to curb your addiction. It's a very simple app that lets you set a 15, 30, or 60 minute timer. So long as your timer is running, you must not pick up your phone and check it and from the sound of the app's name, using it during dinner is recommended. Read More

Use Front & Back Camera To Record Video-In-Video Movies On Your iPhone

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You've likely seen a lot of reaction videos on YouTube. Often they are created in the PiP (picture in picture) format. If you've ever wanted to record a short video in the same format Twicer is the free iOS app that lets you do just that. You can either record a new video with the front and back cameras, or you can use a video from your camera roll and record commentary or reactions, to the video using the front  camera. The app can only record videos up to a minute long and there isn't an in-app purchase available that will let you record a longer video. The app also adds a 'Twicer' watermark at the bottom right of the video and videos are compressed before being saved though there is no significant loss in video quality. Read More

Get Guided On-Screen Instructions To Compose A Better Photo

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The rule of thirds is a fairly popular rule that people can easily learn to compose better photos. There are of course other layout rules and options that you can try but knowing a rule often isn't enough to compose a good photo. You must have some understanding of how to position the main object. Camera51 is a free iOS and Android app that comes to the rescue; it provides an on-screen guide to help you frame all objects you want in a photo such that you have a nicely composed photo in the end. It's incredibly easy to use and can serve as a good learning tool. Read More

Add Comments And Enable Alerts For Comments On Dropbox On Your iPhone

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Dropbox updated its iOS app and the update now lets users read and leave comments on documents from within the app. This brings a very important collaboration feature that was previously only available on Dropbox's web interface to your phone. You can mention a user, and enable alerts for new comments on a file. You will also be able to read any and all previous comments left by a user on a file. Here's a closer look at how it all works. Read More