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

Speed Up And Slow Down Playback For Different Parts Of A Video [iOS]

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Short videos, slow-motion videos, and time lapse videos have all become popular in the past few years. It's much easier to do now with apps like Hyperlapse from Instagram, Instagram's own short video feature, and of course; Vine. It may also have something to do with cameras on our phones being able to capture slow motion and time lapse video as well. Tempo Video Editor is a free iOS app that lets you speed up and slow down different parts of the same video as it plays. If you use the free version, you get a watermark on your final video. It costs $4.99 to remove the watermark. Read More

How To Send GIFs On Facebook Messenger [iOS]

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iOS 8 supports third-party keyboards. If you don't know just what that means in terms of faster typing and conversations that are way more fun with GIFs, just go ask one of your Android phone touting friends. They will have a lot to say on the matter. With the introduction of third-party keyboards, GIF keyboards have become a thing for iOS. They provide a searchable library of popular GIFs that you can send over messages. They work great in the Messages app but for some reason Facebook Messenger doesn't support them. This might have to do with Facebook wanting to promote only its own animated stickers (there's even a Stickers app for it) but it's disappointing that it has to be that way. GIFjam for Messenger is a free iOS app that provides a work around. It's not a keyboard app though so what you essentially end up doing is searching and selecting a GIF from the app and sending it via the Messenger app. You are switched to the Messenger app when the GIF is sent so it isn't that GIFjam is a substitute for the Messenger app. It acts as a bridge between GIFs and your conversations. Read More

3 Reasons To Use Live Video Broadcasting App Periscope

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You've no doubt heard of Periscope, the new live broadcast app launched by Twitter and set to rival Meerkat. With that assumption, it seems to limit the app's use to people who game or are interested in gaming. While they can get some use out of it if they like, the app is so much more than that. After using it for barely half a day, I'm hooked. The app is meant for live streaming but connecting it to Twitter's large user base opens up a whole new way to interact with people and to get information. Here's three great ways the app is being used now making it worth joining. Read More

A Cheat Sheet For Video Editing Apps For Your iPhone

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iOS has been around long enough for plenty of great apps to have been developed for just about everything. Whenever I want to do something new, something that I've never done on my iPhone before, I have to first search for the right app. Unfortunately, the search for the right app, the one that does what I want it to, is often frustrating. It involves lots of trial and error simply because I don't know if an app will do what I want it to and what limitations it has. With that in mind, this guide is a quick cheat sheet of apps that let you edit videos. Instead of organizing the guide by apps, it's been organized by function so that you can tell what is the go-to free app you can use to perform a particular editing action on a video. The apps work entirely on your iPhone with no need to connect to a PC or a Mac. None of these apps leave a watermark of any kind. Read More

Discover New Music Tinder-Style And Swipe Right On Tracks You Like [iOS]

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Whether you're an advocate of online dating or not, you have probably heard of Tinder. The app as a means to a successful relationship or an occasional hook-up may or may not be great but the way users interact with the app is certainly one that has gained popularity. Lots of apps mimic the swipe right and swipe left method to like or dislike content be it news or in the case of Choosic, music. Choosic is a free music discovery app for iOS that has you select your favorite genres of music and then plays tracks that belong to one of them. Swipe right if you like a song and it's added to your playlist, swipe left if you don't like a song and you will never hear it again. Read More

Create A Collage To Share On Instagram With Its New Layout App [iOS]

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Instagram does filters, and wonderfully so. There are three things that it doesn't so though; add text to an image, add a frame, or make a collage. To date, users have relied on other apps to compose photos before adding filters and sharing them from the Instagram app. Instagram has launched a brand new app called Layout which is basically a collage app with no more than eight layouts that you can choose from. Most of them are built to support two photos at a time with two able to support four photos in one, and one layout meant to support nine different photos at once. There are no frames but the images you add can be mirrored or flipped to compose a better photo. The app is free and available for iOS at present with an Android version slated for release in the coming months. Read More

Add Photo Filters Inspired By Top World Photographer’s Styles

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Photography apps almost all have filters as a feature. The App Store is practically saturated now with photo filter apps and any new entry in the niche will need something special to distinguish itself from the usual sepia and black & white filters. Priime is a photo filter and editing app that stands out with filters that are inspired by photography styles of the world's top photographers. The app is free and you start out with eight different styles. Other styles cost $0.99 a piece, or $9.99 for all sixty-six of them. Priime also features tools for adjusting the warmth, saturation, brightness, contrast, vignette, etc of the image, and for straightening or rotating it. Read More