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

Draw On Photos Before Sharing Them Over Facebook Messenger [iOS]

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When Facebook Messenger was first released, it was seen as an attempt on Facebook's part to try and get its hands on everyone's contacts. Whether that was the case or not, Facebook Messenger, despite the harsh criticism it received when it was unveiled, has become very popular. It's now come to the point where apps are being developed to go with the Facebook Messenger app on your phone. Drawl for Messenger is a free iOS app built for just that purpose. It lets you draw on photos before you send them via Facebook Messenger. Read More

Manage Diabetes By Tracking Blood Sugar, Activity & Medication [iOS]

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Diabetes, whether it's type one or type two, needs to be managed. In most cases, people with the disease continue to live normal lives but a lot of it centers around monitoring your blood sugar and making sure it is in the normal range. Many people rely on small blood sugar monitors to keep track of sugar levels but most devices are basic with limited memory and recall features. One Drop is a free iOS app that lets you keep a record of your blood sugar, the mediciation you take, the foods you eat, and how much activity you have in a day. You can then view your history on a chart, see if you're in the danger zone, and even compare your health with others who have diabetes. Read More

How To Search For And Install Apps On The Apple Watch

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The Apple Watch orders are in the process of being filled and for anyone who followed the development and the news following this new device, you know that it works with an iPhone and not without it. It is not meant to be a stand-alone product. The App Store for the Apple Watch has just gone live and lots of big name brands and apps have already made apps for it. Here's how you install an app on the Apple Watch. Read More

Turn Your To-Do List Into A Game And Level Up When You Get Things Done [iOS]

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Productivity apps are always going to be in demand and developers will always continue to look for ways to help us manage email better, remember things we're prone to forgetting, tackling tasks in the right order, etc. To-do lists and task managers lead in this category and they offer monetary rewards, coupons, calendar and email integration, and much more in a bid to motivate you to work. Quest is a To-do list managing app crossed with a game. You create lists, your tasks are individual 'quests' and as you complete each quest, you level up. The app is aimed at those who are likely to be motivated by a 'reward'. In this case, the reward comes in the form of levels that you clear. Read More

Open A Link Or New Chrome Tab From The iPhone Notification Center

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Ever since iOS 8 introduced widgets, I've been waiting for some of the more popular productivity oriented apps to do something impressive with it. The widgets have been slow in being developed and so far Launcher is the only one that you can call a 'must have'. Chrome is one of the latest apps to introduce a notification center widget and it's one of those things you didn't know you needed until you try it out. The widget lets you open a new tab, launch voice search, or open a URL copied to your clipboard. Read More

Look Up How Long You Can Store A Particular Food In Your Fridge

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Storing food seems like a simple enough thing we do everyday. For most people buying groceries for an entire week is normal. Some food like milk is bought more than once because you can't store it too long or too much of it, or can you? Milk itself is simple enough but when it comes to meat, vegetables, and other food types you might wonder how long it can be safely stored and consumed. USDA FoodKeeper is a free app available for both iOS and Android that works as a simple reference guide for how long you can store a particular food without risking your health. Read More

Disable Alerts For iMessages From Anyone Not In Your Contacts

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Have you upgraded to iOS 8.3 yet? If not, there is one great reason to do it and I do not mean the new emojis. The update adds a seriously great feature to the Messages app that specifically targets iMessages from unknown numbers or email addresses. When enabled, it not only stops notifications for any incoming iMessages from people who are not in your contacts but it also sorts them into a separate tab in the Messages app. Here's how to enable it. Read More

Answer Messages With A Thumbs Up Or Thumbs Down On Your iPhone

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Facebook's Messenger app has a thumbs up button that, when tapped, sends a Thumbs-Up emoji (Or sticker?) to whoever you're talking to. Using it is even better than typing out 'K' in place of 'Ok' or 'Okay' and it induces far less range on the recipient's side when it is sent. The thumbs-up symbol, not to mention the thumbs-down which Facebook doesn't support, is pretty universal in meaning. You can use it to communicate approval and disapproval but only Facebook capitalizes on it. Thumbify is free a third party keyboard app for iOS with exactly two buttons; a thumbs up and a thumbs down (and a pretty pointless number pad for some reason). Once enabled, you can use it to quickly send the thumbs up and thumbs down emoji when texting. Read More

Highlight Specific Colors In A Photo With New Fade & Color Feature In Instagram

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Filter apps keep crowding the photography app category on both iOS and Android app stores. Meanwhile, Instagram which fuelled their popularity isn't sitting back and allowing the photo-filter space to crown a new king. A recent Instagram update for Android has rolled out two new features; Fade and Color. Fade as the name implies allows you to give a sort of washed out look to your photo whereas the Color feature lets you pick colors to highlight or tone down. It is something like an extension of the Shadows and Highlights feature introduced a while back but with an emphasis on a particular color. The features have rolled out for Android and will be rolled out soon for iOS. Update: The features are now available for iOS. Read More

Extract HD Photos From A Video On Your iPhone

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When you record a video with the default camera app on the iPhone you can snap photos while you record. There's a button next to the record/stop button that lets you do that. The photos  can only be taken while you record. Once you'r done recording, there is no built-in feature that allows you to extract photos from a video. To do so, you would likely need a third-party app, possibly one that you will have to use from the desktop. Taplet is a free iOS app that tackles this; it lets you record videos and take HD photos while recording (more or less the same as the default camera app) but it also lets you save any part of a video, with frame-by-frame support, as a photo. There is one downside though; the app seems to add a watermark to the photos after the first few you save. It can be removed with a $1.99 in-app purchase or by inviting three friends to download the app. Read More

Upload Screenshots From Your iPhone To Your Dropbox Account

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Screenshots are a popular feature on the iPhone and not just because we have text conversations to tweet or post to Reddit. It's an easy way to save something useful on your screen without resorting to a third-party app to bookmark or save it for you. For my own part, I end up taking quite a few screenshots when I review an app. You can use Carousel, Dropbox's own app for backing up photos if you want everything in your camera roll backed up but if you want to limit it to just screenshots, Drop Shot is a decent alternative. It quickly filters through your camera roll and identifies which photos in it are screenshots. You can then select from the filtered out screenshots which ones you want to upload. Once you've uploaded images, you get the option to delete them from your device and free up space. Read More

Scan And Convert Images To Text On Your Phone And Export To MS Word

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Microsoft has just released Office Lens, a photos, whiteboard, and document scanning app for both the iPhone and Android. The app can scan a document and convert the image to text. The text can then be exported and opened in the MS Office or MS PowerPoint app if they are installed on your device. The text can also be exported to OneNote, the file can be saved to OneDrive, the text can be sent to the Mail app (on your iPhone) and it can be saved as a PDF. That about covers everything you could ever need a document scanning app to do but it also scans images and whiteboards so that you can share them with others. We took it for a spin and it works great. Read More

Share Screenshots & Text From Your iPhone To Multiple Social Networks [Beta Invites]

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Almost three years ago we reviewed an app called PolarFox for OS X, Windows, and Linux that allowed users to share screenshots to multiple social networks. A PolarFox app for iOS is now close to launch with the closed Beta live right now (see the end of this article to get your Beta invite). The Beta version supports Twitter, Facebook, WordPress, Facebook Pages, Tumblr, WordPress Hosted, LinkedIn, Facebook Group, app.net, and Webhook. You will be able to connect multiple accounts while the app is in Beta. Once the PolarFox app goes live, you will need to upgrade to connect multiple accounts. In addition to sharing screenshots, the app also lets you share any text copied to your clipboard. It also features a quick share mode that will automatically pick the most recent image you saved or screenshot you took and attach it, ready to share. Update: PolarFox for iOS is now live on the App Store. Read More

View A Complete List Of All Broadcasts Live On Periscope

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Periscope has become quite popular since its launch. It's too soon to say whether or not it's going to feature great content but we have seen some really impressive fridges in the past few days so it does have potential. The app is still in its early days and Twitter didn't go crazy trying to incorporate every single feature imaginable so there's still plenty missing from the Periscope app. The live broadcasts is one thing that needs improvement and there isn't a search feature just yet. On Periscope is a service that lists all broadcasts that are live or that have ended on Periscope. You can't view a broadcast in your browser so this web app is best accessed on your mobile browser. Read More