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

How To Get A Plus Code For A Location In Google Maps

You can share locations in Google Maps via a link. If you'r trying to help someone find your house or a place of business, the easiest thing to do is to drop a pin and share it. When someone clicks or taps on the link, they jump to the location in question. The link is more or less the longitude and latitude coordinates for the location in question. Google Maps has another way to share locations though; plus codes. You can get a plus code for any location you drop a pin on. The codes are available only in the Android and iOS apps and not the web interface. In Google's own words, a Plus Code is like a postal address, one that Google Maps understands. Here's how they work.Read More

How To Customize iMessage Font And Background In iOS 10

iMessage apps are mostly sticker apps. There is a small selection of actual productive apps but the stickers category is the more populous one. We don't have anything against stickers but the average sticker app costs $0.99 and it comes down to how many of these are you going to buy. You have to choose your sticker packs carefully. If you aren't too excited about stickers for iMessages, give Custom Message Styles a try. It's a free iMessage app that lets you change the font and background of the message bubbles that you send.Read More

How To Fix Alerts Not Dismissing Automatically In iOS 10

Notification alerts behave differently in iOS 10. New notification alerts behavior isn't exactly one of the features Apple highlights at WWDC so it's something you will likely observe as you use iOS 10 more and more. iOS, from the earliest days, has had two types of notification alerts. Users can choose, on a per-app basis, which type of alert they want to receive; banners or alerts. In iOS 10, the 'alerts' notification has been overhauled so that it is no longer the pop-up that appears in the center of your screen. It is, instead, a variation of the 'Banner' type alert with only on key difference. The 'Banner' alerts appear at the top of your screen and disappear after a few seconds. The 'Alerts' appear as banners at the top of your screen and remain there unless you swipe to dismiss them. If you have notifications appearing on your device that refuse to dismiss automatically, you need to change the alert type. Here's how.Read More

How To Customize Assistive Touch In iOS

iOS has long had a feature called 'AssistiveTouch' as part of its Accessibility support. iPhone users who have ever had a defective Home button have often relied on the AssistiveTouch feature to use their device until it could be fixed. Since its inclusion in iOS, AssistiveTouch buttons have been customizable. In iOS 9 and 10, the customization menu is significantly different than it was in older versions. Here's how you can customize the AssistiveTouch buttons in iOS.Read More

How To Unlock The Walking Dead Filter For Snapchat

Snapchat comes with some neat filters that you can apply to your photos. Some are simply color filters while others feature graphics for your current city, the current time, and even the current temperature. They are easily one of the more popular features of the app. The filters are often also a great way to promote things like important events or upcoming TV show premiers which is just what AMC has done. The Walking Dead Season 7 premier is just days away. To get viewers excited, AMC has released a special Snapchat filter just for fans of the show. It needs to be unlocked by taking a photo of a particular zombified ghost icon. Here's how to get it.Read More

How To Turn Off Read Receipts And Typing Alerts For LinkedIn Messages

It seems email is the only way left to read a message without automatically sending a 'read' receipt. Likewise, email seems to be the only way people don't know whether or not you're currently typing a reply to an email they've just sent. LinkedIn, like so many other social networks, has a messaging feature. It has introduced a 'read' receipt and a typing indicator for the messaging service. When you read a message, the sender will know you've read it. If you start typing a reply, the sender will be alerted that you are typing. The good thing is, you can turn it Off. Here's how.Read More

3 Productive Ways To Use Snapchat

Snapchat is an exceptionally popular messaging app. It distinguishes itself from other messaging apps by focusing on photos to send a message. You have the option to send text messages but Snapchat is a photo heavy messaging platform. It encourages you to share the exciting moments of your life, or what you're currently doing, with your friends. You can of course broadcast a collection of photos as a story to everyone and let them know what you're up to. Even if you're not looking for a new messaging app, Snapchat is something you can use productively as well. Here's three ways to use Snapchat productively.Read More

How To Turn Off Integrated Calling For Skype Calls In iOS 10

Callkit is a major update in iOS 10. The feature is big for app developers behind major messaging apps. It allows calls from apps like Whatsapp, Viber, and Skype to appear on your lock screen and home screen as though they are regular network calls. Up until iOS 9, alerts for calls from these messaging apps were little more than a notification. With iOS 10, developers are actively integrating Callkit into their apps. The recent Skype update has brought this very same feature to the app. When you get a call on Skype, it appears as though it were a regular call. If you aren't a fan of integrated calling for the Skype app, the app lets you turn it Off. Here's how.Read More

How To Share Health App Activity Via Stickers In The Messages App In iOS 10

The Messages app in iOs 10 now has its own ecosystem of apps. For the most part, the apps released for the Messages app have been stickers. Some are free but most are not. The artwork of the stickers are what make a sticker app worth buying. Of course, not all sticker apps are the same. Meet Health Stickers, a sticker app for the Messages app in iOS 10 that connects with the Health app and lets you share your activity in the form of stickers. The app regularly fetches current data from the Health app. You can send an iMessage contact your blood group, number of flights of stairs you have climbed, calories burned, steps walked, and more.Read More

How To Send Secret, Self-Destructing Messages In Facebook Messenger

Facebook announced it was testing encrypted self-destructing messages for its Messenger platform. The feature has begun to roll out to users. It's called 'Secret' messages and requires both the sender and recipient to have an updated Messenger app to send and receive them. The interface is more or less the same as that of regular messages and you have access to emoji, stickers, and photos on your device. What differs slightly is how the message is sent. Here's how to send secret messages in Facebook Messenger.Read More

How To Get Rid Of Siri App Suggestions On The Lock Screen In iOS 10

When you open the Search screen in iOS, you get suggestions for apps you might want to access. These suggestions are based on the apps you use most frequently. To turn them Off, you need simply disable Siri Suggestions under Settings>General>Spotlight Search. This isn't the only screen where you get app suggestions. You also get them on your Lock Screen and neither Siri's settings nor this option can disable them. If you aren't a fan of the suggested apps appearing on your lock screen, there's a very simple way to turn them Off. Here's what you need to do.Read More

How To Enable/Disable Effects In The Messages App In iOS 10

When Apple showcased all the new features in iOS 10 at WWDC, the Messages app was demoed in great detail. A lot of new features have been added to this app that seemed to fare well with the WWDC crowd. The thing is, as of iOS 10, the Messages app is no longer the sensible, simple, texting app that it was. I personally loved the app because it was a no non-sense texting and that's what made it great. Apple feels differently and has added all sorts of effects to the app to make messages more 'expressive'. These effects come in the form of confetti or balloons raining down over your message, or your message jiggling or appearing bigger to show you're happy or excited. If you do not like the effects there is a simple way to turn them off. If you love the effects but can't get them to work on your device, here's a little setting to turn Off to fix the problem. Read More

How To Use Digital Touch In The Messages App In iOS 10

The Messages app in iOS 10 now has a whole app system built into it. A slew of sticker apps have been released for the Messages app. Of course, there are many other features introduced in this app one of which is Digital Touch. It's a built-in drawing tool that lets you draw and send a message to any iMessage contact. It has presets for sending a kiss, a broken heart, or a fireball. Additionally, you can use it to take a photo and draw over it. This feature was originally introduced in the Apple Watch and has been added to iOS 10. Here's how it works.Read More

How To Save Articles From Your LinkedIn Feed

LinkedIn isn't known much as a publishing platform even though it allows users to publish articles. The feature was initially introduced to LinkedIn influencers but was eventually rolled out to all users. Additionally, news sites also push their content to LinkedIn. You can subscribe to areas of interest and regularly view trending posts. LinkedIn has recently rolled out a new 'Save' feature that lets you save posts for reading later. It's only available on iOS and Android apps and not on the web interface. Here's how it works.Read More

How To Turn Off Read Receipts For Individual Contacts In iOS 10

Messaging apps have long had a 'read' or 'seen' feature. It tells if a message you have sent has been read by your recipient. Likewise, it lets your contacts know when you've read a message they've sent. The feature has existed for quite a while in the Messages app in iOS. Users have always had the option to turn 'Read' receipts Off for iMessages but the setting effected all conversation threads. It was, up until iOS 10, an all-or-nothing affair. As of iOS 10, users can turn off 'Read' receipts for individual contacts. Here's how.Read More

How To Enable The Universal Clipboard In iOS 10 And macOS Sierra

In iOS 8, Apple introduced a feature called 'Handover' that worked with macOS Yosemite. It allows users to seamlessly transition between devices by allowing apps to sync work between them. Users are able to leave and pick up work right where they left it off. The feature is available with almost all Apple apps and third-party apps can add support for it as well. In iOS 10 and with macOS Sierra, this feature has been expanded to work with your clipboard. iOS 10 and macOS Sierra can now share a clipboard giving you a universal clipboard across all your devices. Here's how to enable it.Read More

How To Collaborate On Notes In iOS 10

The Notes app in iOS 10 has one new feature and it's a pretty awesome one. The new feature is called collaboration and it lets you invite any one of your contacts to contribute to the note. There are some limitations to it i.e. if the person you invite to collaborate on the note doesn't own an iPhone, they will not be able to edit it on any other phone. They can also view it on either a Mac or a PC via the iCloud web app. The downside is, anyone who does not have an iCloud account cannot contribute to the note. It is more less a closed environment at work. Here's how the new feature works.Read More

How To Fix Missing “Add People” Button In iOS 10 Notes App

iOS 10 has its bugs and most of them, if not all, can be fixed by restarting your device. iOS 10.0.2 was released to deal with the bugs a restart, a hard reset, and a factory reset failed to fix. That said, all is not well with the new OS. Odd bugs plague iOS 10 with text being cut off in the Messages app, a serious battery drain issue, games running slower on slightly older devices being some of the more common ones. One problem that effects the Notes app is the missing 'Add People' button. The Notes app in iOS 10 lets you collaborate with other people. To collaborate on a note, there is an 'Add People' button next to the Share button at the very top of a note. You must tap this button if you want to add a collaborator to it. Unfortunately, not all users can see it. The solution is fairly simple. Here's what you have to do.Read More

How To Enable And Disable Threaded View In The Mail App In iOS 10

The Mail app in iOS 10 has a new threaded view. This threaded view has been migrated from the Mail app in macOS. What it essentially does is that it lets you see all emails sent and received in a single threaded conversation. If you've ever used Gmail on your phone or the web, you know exactly what this looks like. The execution is slightly different in iOS 10 in that you have to tap a little button to expand the thread but the concept is the same. Threaded view keeps older emails that belong to the same conversation from being buried. Here's how you can enable or disable threaded view in the Mail app in iOS 10.Read More