How To Access The Medical ID On iOS 8 In An Emergency

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The Health app in iOS 8 is a huge deal for both users and developers. The past few years saw the gadget world explode with personal health and fitness trackers and with the Health app and Health Kit, those amazing devices can feed the information directly to one of the most popular phones. Where the app is amazing for letting us connect our favorite fitness devices, it also adds something very essential to the iPhone; an emergency contact sheet. We've been saving ICE (In case of emergency) numbers to our phones for ages but the Health app has allowed a proper Medical ID to be created. It includes numbers to contact during an emergency, as well as details of any medication an individual might be on, pre-existing conditions, allergies, and their blood group. You can create the ID in the Health app and here's where you can access it from the lock screen in an emergency Read More

OftenType: Create Custom Keys To Enter Email, Phone Number, & Names [Paid]

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As phones evolved, the generic keypad that we used to type texts was soon replaced. First by physical QWERTY keyboards, and then by on-screen keyboards that, as our phone screens grow bigger, make typing more comfortable. With the advent of on-screen keyboards and open systems like Android, newer ways to make typing easier were invented signaling the start of third-party keyboards. Developers created keyboards that had added features to make typing easier and OftenType is one excellent attempt at creating a keyboard that makes it easier to enter redundant information like your phone number or an address. It is a $1.99 iOS app (requires iOS 8.1 or above) that lets you can create custom keys for phone numbers, addresses, names, and more. A simple tap on the key will allow you to enter an email address or a street address without having to type it all out. Read More

How To Rearrange The Order Filters Appear In Instagram

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Instagram has just received a fresh update and it's a big one. The update has introduced five new filters and a filter management feature. No doubt the new filters are exciting news and you'll want to try them on your next coffee or dessert but the filter management feature is deserving of equal attention. It lets you do two things; hide filters that you don't like or don't use at all, in my case that would be the Inkwell filter. It also lets you rearrange the order the filters appear in when you scroll through them in the app's interface. You can bring your favorite or most frequently used filters to the start of the line-up and move less frequently used ones to the end. Here's how. Read More

Relive Your Past Years On Facebook And Instagram In Photos

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When Facebook celebrated 10 years of its existence, it did so with a very nice little new feature that allowed used to look back on their own past years on Facebook. Users came away with a really nice video featuring photos and status updates from your past. It was nice revisiting those memories and if you're nostalgic for something like that, give PastBook a try. It's a simple little web app that can compile events from any year between 2014 - 2003 on Facebook or Instagram. It searches through your profile and compiles events into an e-album. Needless to say the app will access all your photos if you use it to revisit your Facebook past. Read More

3 Free GIF Keyboards For iOS 8

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The GIFV project by Imgur and the introduction of a GIF maker to YouTube are both indicative of the growing popularity of GIFs. GIFs have also made an entry in a far more unlikley place; keyboards in iOS 8. Following the announcement that third-party keyboards would be allowed in iOS 8, developers set to creating something truly awesome for the platform; GIF keyboards. For those who are unfamiliar with what a GIF keyboard is, it is a collection of GIFs that you can insert in messages without leaving your texting app or messenger. Instead of letter keys, you have GIF thumbnails featuring both popular and obscure ones GIFs from the app's library. Here are three free GIF keyboards that you can download for iOS 8 now. Read More

Four Noteworthy Additions To The Messages App In iOS 8

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iOS 8 brought with it so many changes that Apple felt the need to include a Tips app just to highlight them all. No doubt the company realized just how complex its OS had gotten and the new stuff would be pretty hard to learn all at once. In iOS 8, the Health app has gotten a lot of attention as has the continuity and handoff feature but this latest version of Apple's mobile operating system brought some great and very welcome changes to the Messages app and here are all four of them. Read More

Exchange Breaking Bad Inspired Greetings With Aaron Paul’s New App

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You might recall an app called Yo that came out a while back and not only was it seriously popular, it raised a considerable amount of money in funding. It also left a lot of people wondering what had just happened. For a texting or messaging app to stand out these days, it needs to do a lot. The messaging space is very saturated and anyone wanting to break into the market will need a significant advantage. Meet YB, it's a messaging app with the seal of approval from Aaron Paul, your favorite meth cook (please, don't ever do drugs. It's not worth it.). It doesn't replace your stock messaging app; instead your friends sign up to the service, add you and others, and send and receive messages that the app provides. The app is free and comes with four different variations of the phrase 'Yo Bit*h'. You can upgrade to get more greetings. Read More

Send A Message To Let Someone Know Why You’re Calling

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The Do Not Disturb mode, or Interruptions if you're using Android, is a feature that prevents notifications from disturbing you on your device. You can ensure that only calls from important people come through or only your most essential apps can send you alerts while your phone is resting on your night stand, or on your desk at work. I've personally found Do Not Disturb or Interruptions to work great but to only be suitable for use at night. I don't really favour it at work for one simple reason; working hours is when a lot of important activity happens and blocking calls isn't the best way to avoid interruptions. I just keep my phone on silent and prefer people text me before calling. Lots of people don't have time for their devices when they're working so taking calls isn't easy. Calltag is a great way around this; it's an app available for both Android and iOS that lets you quickly compose a message with your name and where you're calling from, and add tags that describe what your conversation is about. The message is sent to whoever you intend to call to give them a heads-up on why you're calling. Once the message is sent, the app initiates a count down before the call is made. Your recipient will know why you're calling and they can choose to take the call, or ignore it. Read More

3 Android Features That Will (Probably) Never Make It To iOS

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We often compare Android with iOS and each time Google and/or Apple announce a new version of their OS, fans of both take to the internet to debate who did it first, or who did it better. A lot of times, the two operating systems do indeed borrow or adapt popular features from the other but a lot of features, a lot of popular ones, often do not make the transition. That's where you see a lot of variance between the two in terms of features. Both Google and Apple follow a certain philosophy when adding features to their respective mobile operating systems and there are just somethings neither will adopt (voluntarily or otherwise) from the other, Here are three very awesome Android features that are highly unlikely to make it to iOS. Read More

Gmail’s Inbox Doesn’t Organize Email, It Reminds You To Answer It

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A lot of you may have heard about Inbox, Gmail's new email app for iOS and Android. You might be wondering just why Gmail decided to launch a new email app for both these platforms when it already has a pretty great email app for both platforms already out in the field for several years now. I took a look at the new app and also at the need for it to exist, which I found to be genuine. Inbox supports multiple accounts and is built on Material design which works pretty nicely on iOS. One misconception we should probably clear up about Inbox is that it isn't just an email client, it's also a reminder app. The reminder feature is actually a pretty great feature which we'll go in to more detail. Also, access to the app is still invite only. Read More

Set Custom Volume And Snooze Time For Individual Alarms In iOS [Jailbreak]

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Alarms, where would we be without them? Probably sleeping in late till past noon and unable to show up to work on time which makes them the necessary evil in our lives. The stock clock app on iOS is clock, alarm, timer, all in one. Where it fills so many requirements, it doesn't make room for a lot of customization. The same can be said for Android but customizing it isn't much of a problem ever. That said, iOS users can always Jailbreak and if you have, give Safe Alarm PRO a try. It's a Cydia tweak available in BigBoss repository for $0.99 that lets you customize how you turn alarms off (the swipe and power button behavior) and also customize the volume and snooze duration for each individual alarm. Read More

TakeOff – Schedule Instagram Posts At Regular Intervals For The Day

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There aren't a lot of apps out there that can legitimately claim to improve your Instagram experience. Plenty of web apps have surfaced attempting to do just that and it's hard to mention one that came any close. So far only apps that allow us to download all out photos from Instagram are the winners in this category.  TakeOff is a free app available for both Android and iOS that lets you schedule up to ten posts a day on Instagram. The app asks how many photos a day you want to post ( from 1 -10). You select the photo, add a caption, and the app will decide what is the best time to post them. You cannot give the app a custom date for scheduling a post. The app is super simple and can legitimately claim to be a great companion app for the avid Instagram user. Read More

Beam For Reddit Is Yet Another Great Way To Procrastinate [iOS]

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It's the middle of the week and you probably know by now if the rest of it is going to be any good. In case you're in for a bad week and could do with some procrastination cheering up, try out Beam for Redddit. It's a brand new Reddit browsing app for  iOS and is designed to impress. You can leave comments and upvote or downvote posts from the app if you're signed in though there seems to be no way for you to sign out. What sets Beam apart from other apps is that it isn't just for browsing Reddit but also for discovering new sub-reddits. It has a dedicated discovery tab that shows you trending sub-reddits and the posts currently popular in them. You can view GIFs, play videos, subscribe or unsubscribe to a sub-reddit. You can also filter out NSFW and spoiler content and open links in Chrome instead of Safari. Read More

Facebook Launches Groups App, Lets You Add A Group To Your Home Screen

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Facebook launched a new app today, Facebook Groups. Much like the Messages app, this app takes a popular Facebook feature and lets you use it in a stand alone app. The point is of course to make access easier because Facebook as a service has grown significantly complex to the point that messages and group interaction isn't convenient from your news feed. Facebook groups is a lot like the Messages app in layout. You have a home screen where all your groups are listed. You can post a status or photo to a group, get regular push notifications for any group activity, and even create a new group from the app itself. Perhaps the crown jewel in terms of features on this app is the ability to add a group to your phone's home screen. The app is available for both iOS and Android although at the time of writing, the Google Play Store link isn't working. Read More

Waaaaay! – Follow the Arrow Is An Easy-To-Follow Navigation Tool

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If you're good with directions, rarely get lost, and are quick to find yourself again if you do, you know this ability is sort of like having a super power. You also know that a good sense of direction isn't popularly recognized as a supernatural ability, you're pre-disposed to think that everyone should be able to find their way from point A to point B without any trouble. If nothing else, anyone should be able to use Google Maps but that sadly isn't the case. Lots of people still get lost and/or have trouble following a map. Waaaaay! - Follow the Arrow is turn-by-turn navigation for dummies (no offense). If you find following directions is overly complicated, this app is what you need. It detects your current location, asks you to pick a destination, and then guides you with nothing more than a compass. It's up to you to pick which route you want to take as long as you're following the arrow. Read More

Dear Developer, This Is Why I Won’t Buy Your App

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In my line of work, I get to test a lot of apps. I hunt for them, I judge their usefulness, I try them out, and then when I find an app works well enough or addresses a real problem, I review it for our readers. It sounds like a fun job and as I've continued to test and review more and more apps, I've picked up on tell-tale signs of what makes a good app. But I'm not overly clever to pick up on these signs; it's a by-product of experience and where I can identify if an app is good or bad just by looking at the screenshots and reading a brief description, it isn't a foolproof check. Developers are just as clever (if not more) at the game  than I am and they give me the slip. It's times like this that the true test of a good app comes down to one thing, and one thing alone; features. Read More

Stop Read Receipts Being Sent On Whatsapp With This Cydia Tweak [Jailbreak]

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Messenger apps that tell you when/if a message you sent has been read are a double ended sword; on the one hand, you know your message has been read and you don't have to send a reminder or worry that the message may not have been seen on time. On the other hand, it makes it exceptionally difficult to ignore a person or delay replying to a message by using the age old excuse, 'I didn't see your message' and this is something WhatsApp users learned the painfully hard way. The company pushed an update to their servers that enabled a 'seen' read receipt to appear when a message had been read. The receipt comes in the form of the grey check mark that signals a message has been delivered turning blue when the message has been read. It caught many users unaware and because the change wasn't an app update, it means for now there is no way to disable it. If you've got a jailbroken iPhone though, you can use WhatsApp Read Receipt Disabler. It's a free Cydia tweak available in the BigBoss repository that, as its name clearly states, stops the read receipts from being sent. Read More

Can’t Receive Messages After Switching From iPhone To Android? Now There’s An Official Fix From Apple

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Apple is known to poach Android users, and when someone decides to switch from an iPhone to an Android phone people are more than just curious as to why anyone would make a decision like that. Whatever the reason to switch may be, anyone who previously went from an iOS device to an Android device or Windows Phone would have experienced a delay or a complete failure to receive messages sent by iPhone using friends. Try as one might, they just couldn't get iMessages or even regular texts to find their way to the new Android phone. This happens when you don't disconnect iMessages from your  phone number. You may have removed your Apple ID from a device but iMessages is a service that must be turned off and simply removing your Apple ID from a device just doesn't cut it. Unfortunately, not a lot of people will know this until it is too late. This very issue got a significant amount of attention in the blogsphere earlier this year, and Apple has just released a tool to let you deactivate iMessages from any browser using your Apple ID. Read More

Sleep Better Tells You How Well You’re Sleeping

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Scientists still debate over why we sleep. There is no doubt that we need to sleep but the effects of sleep are simply amazing and worth every bit of research that is done about it. While scientists are figuring out the many mysteries of sleep, the REM cycle, why we dream, sleepwalk, talk in our sleeps, and that one time when Professor Utonium began robbing toy stores in his sleep, we wake up to the shrill call of our alarms wondering why it feels as though we haven't rested at all. Sleep Better is an iOS and Android app by Runtastic, a popular name in heath and fitness apps, and it helps analyze your sleep patterns telling you how efficient your slumber was. Sleep Better integrates with iOS 8's health app. Read More

PrefDelete Lets You Uninstall Tweaks From The Settings App [Jailbreak]

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A world without Cydia is hard to imagine. You could very well jailbreak your device and not have this app installed on it but unless you've actually owned a jailbroken iPhone, you won't know just how crucial this one app is to the experience jailbrokers enjoy. That said ( and I have all the admiration in the world for Cydia), I've never quite liked the process of uninstalling a tweak. Just finding it in the Installed tab is itself a tedious task. The Recent tab does help but unless I remember what a tweak was called, uninstalling it is going to be time consuming. PrefDelete is a free Cydia tweak available in the BigBoss repository that lets you uninstall a tweak from the Settings app. Read More