How To Use QR Codes For Twitter Accounts

Twitter has rolled out QR codes because, why not? Facebook's Messenger app has them. The Twitter QR codes allow you to scan a code and automatically start following the account it belongs to. Likewise you can get a QR code for your Twitter profile and share it wherever you want. QR codes are available for all types of accounts i.e. verified and unverified. Since it impractical to scan or share a QR code from Twitter's web interface, they cannot be accessed from it. A QR code can only be copied and shared from Twitter's official mobile apps. Here's how they work. Read More

How To Find Your Nearest Coffee Shop [iOS]

There is no need to explain how important coffee is. Most people run it, or on the slightly milder version of it i.e., tea. For anyone who needs a cup, or three, of coffee to start the day, there is a system in place for getting it. The average person knows all the coffee shops near them, and on their way to work. That said, when you're visiting a new place, you need to be able to find coffee easily or the world will perish. Coffee NSEW is a free iOS app that points you to the nearest coffee shop. Read More

How To Mute A Twitter Conversation

Twitter introduced a feature to mute accounts that you follow quite a while ago. The feature blocks tweets from the account in question but allows you to continue following it. Twitter has introduced a new feature now; muted conversations. You can now mute entire conversations that take place in reply to a particular Tweet. It's incredibly useful for when you get caught in a Twitter argument that you aren't really that vested in. The mute function works for Twitter threads and not for hashtags. Read More

How To Manage Playback Quality Over Cellular And WiFi Networks For The TV App In iOS 10

A dedicated TV app is coming to iOS. It has already debuted in the iOS 10.2 beta that is available for developers and users part of the public beta. The app lets you download content to watch,  and sync your library to your Apple TV. It also looks like the app will function even if you don't have an Apple TV. The TV app can download/stream content over both WiFi and cellular networks. You have the option to prevent it from downloading content over a cellular network and choose what quality it downloads the content in. Here's how. Read More

How To Enable LED Flash Alerts Only When Your iPhone Is Silent

The iPhone doesn't have a dedicated LED notification light. iOS on the other hand has long supported LED alerts for new notifications. When enabled, your iPhone uses the camera's flash to send the LED alerts. It flashes whenever there is a new notification. It goes without saying that the camera flash is far more power hungry than any LED light on an Android phone will ever be. It is never a good idea as far as battery life is concerned to enable the LED alerts. As of iOS 10 though, there is a new option for enabling LED alerts. You can enable them for all new notifications, or you can enable them only when your iPhone is in silent mode. Here's how. Read More

How To Add A TV Provider Account In iOS 10

Apple has steadily been releasing iOS 10.2 betas to both developers and the public. One of the major new features coming to iPhones with iOS 10.2 is the TV app. Apple has been working to improve Apple TV and there is now a companion app for it on the iPhone. The app doesn't do much just now. It has a store of its own for downloading content, and it can manager your library. Most of it isn't functional. The TV app also has a setting preference of its own in the Settings app however, iOS 10.2 also has a brand new setting for adding TV providers that will work with the TV app. Here's how you can add a TV provider in iOS 10.2 Read More

How To See A Color Corrected World Using Your iPhone

Color blindness is not the kind of vision impairment you can fix with laser surgery. There are specials Enchroma glasses available to fix color blindness. They aren't the cheapest, especially if you compare them to normal prescription glasses. To make life easier for those who are color blind, technology tries to compensate for it via special accessibility features. Both iOS and Android have color correction options available. Binoculars is an iOS app released by Microsoft that lets you see a color corrected world via your camera. The app is basically a camera app that isn't meant for taking photos but for looking at the world and seeing it better. It has filters for all three types of color blindness defects. Read More

How To Add Effects To Your Audio Messages In iOS 10

The Messages app in iOS lets you send audio messages. Granted, only your iMessage contacts can send and receive an audio message, but it is nevertheless a useful feature. As of iOS 10, iOS users have specific apps for the Messages app. Most of these apps are for sending stickers but every now and then there's an app that does something different. Another Voice is a free iMessage app that lets you modify your voice when you send an audio message. It comes with preset effects. You select the effect you want to use, and then record your message. You can playback the message before sending it. You must have iOS 10 installed in order to use this app. Read More

How To Get Public Transport Timings Inside Facebook Messenger

If you rely on public transport, and so many of us do, missing the bus or the train is the worst thing that can happen. It's bad if you're going for an interview and it's bad if you're trying to catch the last train home. For a daily work or school commute, most people know what time their public transport of choice arrives. Likewise they know their next option in case they miss the first one. For times when you're caught unprepared, Moovel's new Facebook Messenger bot Public Transport By Moovel is the answer. It works on both your phone and your desktop but is best used on phones. You send the bot your current location and it gives you public transport timings for it. Read More

How To Send GIFs And Convert Short Videos To GIFs In Whatsapp

Whatsapp has finally added support for GIFs. The app is one of the more popular messaging apps available for Android and iOS, and it did not support GIF playback up until now. When you send and receive GIFs over a conversation thread in GIFs, you will see a 'GIF' badge on the image to highlight the image type. The GIFs don't play automatically. You have to tap a GIF to play it. It is very similar to GIF support in the Facebook apps. Whatsapp has also introduced an in-app video to GIF converter and live photo to GIF converter. When you're sending a video, you have the option to send it as a GIF. The option is available for videos that are 6 seconds or shorter in length. Read More

How To Change Device Settings Via Siri In iOS

Siri can create reminders, send messages, initiate calls, enable alarms, and give you the weather update. As of iOS 10, it can also let you send a message via a third-party app like Whatsapp or Skype. Apple is slowly opening Siri up to developers but on its own, Siri can still do quite a few things. You can use Siri to change your device's settings i.e. change the brightness, enable night shift, turn on Bluetooth, and more. Here's how to change device setting via a Siri command and a list of device settings you can change. Read More

How To Discretely Dial An Emergency Number From Your iPhone

Apple has been receiving quite a bit of criticism for its Macbook lineup. The iPhone 7 has likewise been the target of quite a few jokes. iOS 10 is plagued with odd bugs. All this equals to a lot of people saying the end of Apple is near. It's times like this when you have to remember that Apple is still paying attention to the small things. Back when iOS 8 first debuted, it brought with it a feature called Medical ID. This put essential medical information on your lock screen. It can be accessed by anyone if you ever experience a medical emergency and be helpful for anyone trying to assist you. In iOS 10.2, Apple has added yet another awesome feature aimed towards safety; Emergency SOS dialing. The feature lets you discretely and quickly dial your local emergency number when you are unable to dial it. Here's how it works. Read More

How To (Finally) Undo Send In Gmail For iOS

Gmail has long had an 'Undo Send' feature. It must be enabled, but once done, it gives you a thirty second window to take back an email after sending it. For a long time, this feature was experimental. It was only last year that it was made a standard feature in Gmail. Despite the feature now being stable for over a year, it hasn't been added to the Gmail mobile apps. Gmail for Android still lacks the 'Undo Send' feature but Gmail for iOS has just received an update that adds the 'Undo Send' button to it. Read More

How To Send Handwritten Notes In The Messages App In iOS 10

Handwritten notes is one of the new feature introduced in the Messages app in iOS 10. It's possibly one of the lesser known ones because there is no obvious way to access it. Unless you know about the feature you won't really look for it. The feature is similar to the digital touch feature in that it lets you 'write' a message. Unlike digital touch, your recipient receives the final message you've written. It isn't played out like a digital touch message. The writing itself looks like ink to give it  more handwritten look, hence the name. It comes with a few preset messages that you can send but you're free to compose your own. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Hide Notification Previews Only When Your iPhone Is Locked In iOS 10

Notifications are tricky; you want to be able to look at your phone and know what the notification is for without actually going into the app. At the same time, you don't want anyone else to be able to look at your locked phone and see a snippet from an email or text message. iOS has a setting that lets you hide the preview of a notification on a per-app basis. It effectively turns off the notification preview for said app regardless if your iPhone is locked or unlocked. This gives you privacy but also prevents you from getting notification previews when your phone is unlocked and in your hands. As of iOS 10.2 though, you can hide the preview on the lock screen but allow it to appear when your phone isn't locked. Here's how. Read More

Turning Off Siri Access From Home Button Turns It Off Completely In iOS 10.2

There are two ways to use Siri; long press the Home button or say 'Hey Siri'. For older devices, you can only use 'Hey Siri' when your device is connected to a power source. Newer devices have 'Hey Siri' set to always on. This is awesome for when you can't manually access Siri via the home button. iOS 10 has new settings in the Accessibility menu that let you disable Siri access from the home button. Unfortunately, disabling Siri access from home button turns it off completely so that you can't even use it via a 'Hey Siri' command. This is the very definition of one step forward and two steps back and Apple needs to fix it before iOS 10.2 hits the stable version. Read More

How To Preserve Camera Settings In iOS 10

The Camera app in iOS always defaults to Photo mode. The app supports several different modes for capturing photos and videos including a time-lapse video recording mode and a panorama photo capture mode. You can switch between these and other modes by swiping left or right. When you leave the app and return to it later, it always returns to the Photo mode. The app also supports live filters but like the different capture modes, the filter is also reset to 'None' when you leave the app. Users have found this to be a hindrance and iOS 10.2 has a setting that lets you preserve the camera mode and the filter you've applied even after you leave the app. Here's how to enable it. Read More

How To Automatically Keep All Digital Touch Messages In iOS 10

Digital touch messages are a new addition to the Messages app in iOS 10. They work between iMessage conversation threads and replicate a feature of the same name from the Apple Watch. Digital touch messages let you draw a message and send it. When you receive a Digital touch message, you see a 'Keep' option under it. Tapping it will save the message forever. The person sending the message will know it was kept. If you don't keep a message, it expires after two minutes which is a rather small time frame. The good news is, you can automatically save all Digital Touch messages you receive if you know what switch to flip. Read More

How To Enable Or Disable Profile Picture Login For The Facebook App

When was the last time you actually signed into Facebook? The social network is such an essential part of our lives that we habitually leave our accounts signed in on trusted computers. For those who try to take a break, Facebook does everything it can to make it easier to come back. The Facebook mobile apps have a Profile Picture login feature that lets you log in to the Facebook app by just tapping on your profile picture. This feature is meant to be used when you log out of the app or uninstall it, and need to log in again. It isn't automatically enabled and you have to give Facebook explicit permission to enable it. If you have enabled it and are having second thoughts, disabling it is easy enough. Here's how. Read More

How To Backup And Download Your Favorite Vines As MP4 Files

Vine is being shut down. Twitter made the announcement just before the weekend. Users will no longer be able to record and upload new vines. Twitter said it will keep the old Vines around so they aren't lost forever, yet. Given that Vine is being shut down so soon, it's not a good idea to bank on Twitter keeping your favorite vines around forever. Fortunately there are other ways to keep your Vines around, ones that don't rely on Twitter. Giphy is offering to convert them to GIFs but that will leave you without the sound. A far better way to backup your Vines is to download them. RIP Vine is a free web app that lets you download Vines by any user. The Vines are saved in MP4 format. You are free to immortalize them/upload them to other websites like Facebook or Instagram once you have the MP4 file. Read More