Adjust The Focus After Taking A Photo On Your iPhone

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iPhones have some of the best cameras you can find on a smartphone. The iPhone camera not only captures absolutely stunning photos but it also often outperforms stand alone digital cameras. It's no surprise that iPhone users take a ton of photos or that the App Store has a dedicated category for photography related apps. Live Focus is a brand new iOS app available in the App Store for $1.99 and it is absolutely amazing. The app lets you capture photos and readjust the focus afterwards. Your phone must be running iOS 9 and above to use the app. Read More

Use Your iPhone To Solve Handwritten Math Problems

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We live in a time where you can point your phone at text and have it translated to a language you can understand. There's an app called PhotoMath that lets you point your iPhone at an algebraic equation in your text book and the app will solve it and then we have Mathpix. It's a free iOS app that can solve hand written math problems. It can solve equations and plot them on a graph and can solve both simple problems and algebraic ones. Read More

Why Does My iPhone Ask For The Passcode When I Haven’t Restarted It?

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Every time you restart your phone, even if it's after an iOS upgrade, the phone will ask you to enter the passcode. Touch ID has to be enabled again for purchases in the App Store. However, it happens at time that it will start asking for your passcode even though you haven't restarted the phone. It isn't a bug and there's actually a good reason as to why this happens; it's because you failed to unlock the phone with Touch ID. Read More

How To Use Google Maps & Apple Maps On The Go Without An Internet Connection

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Data plans can be exceptionally expensive and carriers will often bar messaging and call services from being used over them. You know you can't use your carrier's data plan to FaceTime mom and will instead have to pay the carrier a different call rate. Your carrier's data plan will let you browse the internet, Tweet, post to Facebook, or find a place on a map. If you're using a small data plan and trying to conserve bandwidth, the maps app is one place you can cut back. If you use either Google Maps or Apple Maps, here's a little trick to using it offline. Read More

How To Watch VR Or 360 Degree YouTube Videos On Your Phone

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360 degree videos have been quite popular on both YouTube and Facebook. The first 360 video I found on YouTube was on the Team Coco channel featuring the cast of X-Men Apocalypse. Unfortunately I found it on my desktop and watching it wasn't much fun. This was about a year ago when Google Cardboard had already debuted. Since then, 360 degree videos and VR content has been added to YouTube but it's only a recent update that's allowed both iOS and Android users to watch one on their phones. Android of course had the ability to watch these videos long before iOS did but a recent update to the YouTube app for iOS has made the feature available for both major smartphone devices. You will need Google Cardboard or any other VR headset to watch the videos. Read More

How To (Sort Of) Get The Old Instagram Logo Back On Your iPhone

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Instagram's new logo has upset quite a few people. The UI overhaul isn't bad but the logo itself hasn't met with public approval. If you stop to think about it, the old logo wasn't just loved because it wasn't blindingly loud but also because the retro camera icon made Instagram out to be more than just a camera app. The new logo, even if you were to excuse the choice of colors, looks like any other camera app now. For iPhone users who are put off by this new logo, there's a little hack available to deal with but bear in mind that it's a hack and it has its limitations which we will point out. Read More

How To Search Google From Your Keyboard [iOS]

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iOS 8 introduced third-party keyboards to iPhone users and since then all sorts of keyboard apps have been developed for the platform. A third-party keyboard will generally put an additional function inside a keyboard. For some apps, this additional feature might be text translation, getting the link to files in your Dropbox or Google Drive, or the more popular function; searching for GIFs. It's been over a year since third-party keyboard support was added to iOS and Google has just made a foray into the niche with GBoard. It's a free third-party keyboard app for iOS that lets you search anything on Google, Google Images, and find GIFs. Read More

How To Collect Useful Tweets So You Can Easily Find Them Later [iOS]

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Twitter has borrowed some of Facebook's features in the past, the most recent of which was replacing the 'Favorite' button with the 'Like' button. The changes the network makes are often functional and or UI ones but rarely is a new feature introduced. If there were a wishlist of features that Twitter ought to introduce, something akin to Facebook's Save feature should be on it. It allows users to save interesting content to their Facebook account and has been expanded to work outside of Facebook as well. For now, Twitter users can only 'Like' or retweet a tweet if they want to be able to find it again but the tweets you've liked can be difficult to search through as time passes. Charm is free iOS app that works much like Pocket but is exclusively for saving tweets. Tweets can be saved from inside the Twitter app via the Charm app's extension. You can group them together into collections and revisit them whenever you want. Read More

How To Search Google Images From Your Keyboard [iOS]

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The Messages app on your iPhone has long supported sending images and as of a few updates ago also began supporting GIFs. With third-party keyboard support added in iOS 8, keyboards that allow you to search for and insert GIFs from inside any app have become very popular. Image Search Keyboard is a free iOS third-party keyboard app that works in the same field but lets you search Google Images and insert images from the results into a conversation. Read More

How To Use AirDrop To Send Photos & Videos Between Two iPhones

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AirDrop is an iOS and OS X feature for sending and receiving files. On supported devices the feature lets you send photos and videos between your phones and tablets, and all sorts of files between desktops. It also lets you stream music from your phone to your Mac, to AirDrop enabled speakers, or the Apple TV. So long as the sending and receiving devices are on the same WiFi network, you can send files without needing a cable or an app. Here's how you can use AirDrop to send photos and videos between two iPhones. Read More

Let Mom Know Your iPhone Battery Is Low So She Doesn’t Worry

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Every year Apple releases a new iPhone with a bigger, better, longer-lasting battery but no matter what, no battery is going to last forever. Unfortunately, batteries have a knack for dying when we're running a late and no doubt many of us have been on the receiving end of several missed calls simply because our phone couldn't turn On. It's usually a concerned parent or spouse that's calling but by the time you get to an electricity outlet or get home, a missing person report has been filed and a search party has been organized. Battery Share is a seriously awesome iOS app worth $0.99 in the app store that lets specific people know your phone's battery is low. Not only does this give them peace of mind that you're live and well, but it also lets them know not to call repeatedly as that will deplete the battery. Read More

How To Turn Autoplay On/Off In The YouTube Mobile Apps

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Early in 2015, YouTube added a new autoplay that would automatically play the next suggested video when the one you were watching ended. The feature is somewhat similar to the play next feature on Hulu in that it gives you a brief window to stop the autoplay. The good thing is that the feature can be turned Off easily on the web. At the time, it hadn't been rolled out to YouTube's mobile apps but that's no longer the case after a recent update. YouTube has added autoplay to both its Android and iOS apps. Here's how to use it and turn it Off if you find it annoying. Read More

Use One-Handed Keyboards To Type Better With Your Left Hand

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People with a dominant left hand often find themselves at a disadvantage almost everywhere they go. Even tech favors those who have a dominant right hand over those who are left-handed. Laptops are seldom built for someone who is left handed and even phones aren't built to cater to left-handed users. With phones, particularly those with larger screens, navigating with just one hand is often impossible however, if you do manage to use a large phone with just one hand, it's likely that one hand is your right one. If you are left-handed and the default keyboard makes it hard for you to type with your dominant hand, consider using a 'one-handed' keyboard instead. Read More

How To Schedule An Uber Ride Days In Advance [iOS]

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Uber is the taxi service that has rivaled traditional cab services in some of the biggest cities in the world. It's slowly expanding to other countries and impacting how we catch a cab. Rides are booked via the Uber app and it tells you how many drivers are nearby to pick you up as well as how long it will take for them to get to your current location. Depending on your location, the wait might be as small as five minutes or it might be longer. What the Uber app lacks is an advance booking functionality. You can get a ride now, but you can't set one up so that it's there at a certain time on the weekend. TaxiLater is a free iOS app that fills in this gap. It lets you schedule an Uber ride days in advance. All payments are handled by Uber and if you're likely to incur a 'surging' price, TaxiLater will ask you if you want to go ahead with the ride before you're charged. Read More

How To Reduce White Color Intensity On Your iPhone

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iOS 9.3 added Night Shift, a new feature that lets you tint your screen a sepia color so that you can sleep better. The feature as it turns out is a major battery drain and as of this writing, you cannot enable both Night Shift and Low Power Mode at the same time unless you use a hack to do so. That means you've got to make a trade-off between better sleep or a phone that will drain your battery a bit more than it usually does. If you're looking for an alternative method you can try reducing white color intensity on your phone. Doing so will make the white color on your phone appear significantly less bright. It's a feature that's existed since iOS 7.1 so you can do this on an iPhone 4, and an iPhone 6S and all other devices in between. Read More

View Concert And Stadium Seats In VR Before You Buy Tickets [iOS]

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Attending a live event, whether it's a hockey game or a concert, is about the experience of actually being there. In most cases the view you get watching something at home is always going to be better than the view you get from a fixed seat in the stands. That said, there is little that beats attending a live event such as a baseball game and some seats give you a better view than others. Rukkus Tickets is a service that sells tickets to sporting events and concerts. The service has an iOS app  that lets you check purchase tickets and as of a recent update, you can use the app to check out the view from your selected seats in VR. The app lets you 'try out' the seats in VR before you buy them. You will need either Google Cardboard or a similar VR headset. Read More

How To Cast A Video Or Image From Google Drive And Dropbox

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Chromecast is natively supported on Android and you can cast just about anything, even your entire screen to a TV. If your device is running a much older version of Android that lacks native Chromecast support or you're using an iPhone, your casting options are limited to those apps that support the Chromecast. This is a problem because despite the device being incredibly useful and affordable, support for it is still lacking. Often developers pigeon hole the purpose their apps will be used for and don't take into account the fact that a user will always try and get more out of. Take for example Google Drive and Dropbox; both are incredibly popular apps with a myriad of uses and they do not support Chromecast. If you're looking to cast anything from either of these two apps you need an intermediary app called LocalCast. Read More

How To Edit The Geotag Of A Photo On Your iPhone

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The photos you take on an iPhone don't just have image data but also a wealth of EXIF data saved. If you were to look at this data you could find when the photo was taken, the device used to take it i.e. which phone, the focal length, exposure, and the location a photo was taken in, among other things. The location is saved in the form of your longitude and latitude coordinates that you can use to pin-point where a photo was taken using Google Maps, Apple Maps, or any other mapping service. While the iPhone camera can save this information with ease, it doesn't let you view it or edit it on your device. If you want to edit the location a photo was taken in, you will need an app called Mappr. Read More

What Is A Facebook Messenger Bot?

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At Facebook's F8 Developers Conference, Messenger Bots were announced. These bots are being developed by media corporations and retailers alike and very quickly so which raises the question as to what a Messenger bot is and how it's useful to so many different types of companies. Even more important to know is what these bots mean for the average user, whether or not they will always be safe or can they present a potential threat if they are developed by anyone with malicious intent. Here's a the answer to all that and more. Read More

How To Send Dropbox Files From Facebook Messenger

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Dropbox can sync your files to multiple desktops, tablets, and of course your smartphone. The Dropbox app for both iOS and Android is pretty awesome; you can view some of the more common file types in it, upload files, create folders, and manage your files. As of a recent update, the Dropbox app has made file sharing even easier by integrating itself with the Facebook Messenger app. Where normally you would find options for stickers, emojis, and GIFs to send over Messenger, you will now also find Drobox listed as an option to send files. Here's how to use it. Read More