19 iPhone and iPad Tricks and Tips

Thanks Emily! I learned some cool ideas from this (but I gottaask on #18: THREE hours, really??). Details from BuzzFeed:

19 Mind-Blowing Tricks Every iPhone And iPad User Should Know

1. On the iPad: Make typing more comfortable by switching your keyboard to thumb mode.

On the iPad: Make typing more comfortable by switching your keyboard to thumb mode.

Simply swipe two fingers across the keyboard. This displays a different keyboard, which allows you to type with your thumbs the same way you type on your iPhone.

***Alternatively, you can press the “dock and merge” button in the bottom righthand corner of the keyboard and drag up. The keyboard will turn into thumb mode, and you can also drag it wherever you want.

2. If you put your phone on airplane mode, it will charge twice as fast.

If you put your phone on airplane mode, it will charge twice as fast.

3. Make use of offline Google Maps when traveling abroad.

Make use of offline Google Maps when traveling abroad.

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While you’ve still got internet access, go to the area you want to save. In the search bar, type “ok maps” and the map will be cached for offline use.

This is also super useful for iPads that are only Wi-Fi enabled.

4. In the Calculator app, remove an accidental extra zero by swiping left to right.

In the Calculator app, remove an accidental extra zero by swiping left to right.

If you’re, say, calculating a bunch of expenses for your taxes, you don’t have to start over if you accidentally type in extra numbers.

5. Turn on Guided Access while a child is playing with your phone or iPad.

Turn on Guided Access while a child is playing with your phone or iPad.

Guided Access, once turned on, keeps users from errantly clicking or tapping within an app and ending up someplace they’re not supposed to be, or deleting something accidentally.

First, you need to go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Guided Access and turn it on. You’ll also want to turn on the Accessibility Shortcut.

Triple-click the home button in whichever app you want to turn it on for. From here, you can select any buttons that you don’t want clicked. Or you can also disable the home button while keeping the touchscreen on.

6. Take selfies using the remote on your earbuds.

Take selfies using the remote on your earbuds.

Just click the volume + button on the remote on your Apple or Apple-compatible earbuds while in camera mode to click and shoot, or the middle button (play/pause) while in video mode.

No more selfie arm!

7. Quickly get to the Camera app without having to unlock your phone.

Quickly get to the Camera app without having to unlock your phone.

Swipe up on the little camera icon in the bottom right corner of your home screen. The Camera app will open, bypassing the unlock screen.

This is especially handy when something incredibly photo-worthy is happening and you need to access your camera ASAP. It’s also great when handing your phone to others for taking photos — they won’t need to enter in your password.

8. You can use ANY bluetooth keyboard with your iPhone or iPad.

You can use ANY bluetooth keyboard with your iPhone or iPad.

It turns basically any iPhone or iPad into a portable laptop.

9. There’s a built-in level gauge in the Compass app.

There's a built-in level gauge in the Compass app.

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Open up the Compass app and swipe to the left and you’ll be at the level screen. If you need to hang a picture in a pinch, this little hack could come in real handy.

10. Tap the top bar of any app to scroll back up to the top.

Tap the top bar of any app to scroll back up to the top.

No more tedious thumb scrolling when you’re way down on the page.

11. Invert your colors for better nighttime browsing.

Invert your colors for better nighttime browsing.

Inverting your colors will turn the screen black and the text white for less eye strain.Go to Settings > General > Accessibility. Turn on “Invert Colors.”

12. On the iPad: Did you know that a) you can add more apps to the home row and b) you can add folders to it?

On the iPad: Did you know that a) you can add more apps to the home row and b) you can add folders to it?

A lot of people don’t even know how malleable that bottom dock is. You can fit a couple extra apps in there (the default is four, but it fits six) or swap apps in and out. Just click any app and hold until you get the jiggly icons.

And you can move folders into the dock as well. Your most important apps are always just two clicks or fewer away.

13. When ending a sentence, instead of typing a period and then a space, just tap the space bar twice.

When ending a sentence, instead of typing a period and then a space, just tap the space bar twice.

Tapping the space bar twice adds a full stop, a space, and capitalizes the next letter. It may not seem like much, but when you’re composing a lengthy message, this little hack will really improve the speed of your typing once it becomes second nature.

14. With the remote of your earbuds, you can go to the next track or the previous track while listening to music or podcasts.

With the remote of your earbuds, you can go to the next track or the previous track while listening to music or podcasts.

This should work with any Apple-compatible earbuds with a remote.

15. Use this little trick when you want to go back and forth between the alpha and numeric keyboard.

Use this little trick when you want to go back and forth between the alpha and numeric keyboard.

Like, maybe you want to type a password that is a mix of letters and numbers. Click the “123” button and slide up to the character you want to input. When you let go, the screen will jump back to the alphabet keyboard.

16. Swipe right to left to banish a banner notification.

Swipe right to left to banish a banner notification.

Very important to know this when that embarrassing sext shows up suddenly on your screen.

17. In Safari, hold down the period key to quickly add a domain in the search bar.

In Safari, hold down the period key to quickly add a domain in the search bar.

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18. Use this simple Siri command for taking naps.

Use this simple Siri command for taking naps.

19. Outsmart your autocorrect by typing an extra letter when trying to spell a contraction.

Outsmart your autocorrect by typing an extra letter when trying to spell a contraction.

Paul Allen’s personal media browsing tool is now an iPad app for the rest of us

This looks pretty cool and comes from the brain and bankroll of a talented man – Paul Allen. I have been using it a bit and will let you know once I put it the rest of its paces, but so far – DLT!

FAYVE

Details from Geekwire:

Paul Allen’s personal media browsing tool is now an iPad app for the rest of us

new iPad app called Fayve, making its debut on Thursday, will join a crowded field of digital tools that help people discover movies and television shows. But this one is different — having started out not as a product but as a way for Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen to navigate his own giant collection of films and shows.

Yes, that’s right — when you’re a billionaire tech mogul, you’re not limited by off-the-shelf apps. Allen has a staff of people coming up with technologies and tools to help manage his stuff and address his challenges. And sometimes the things they come up with turn out to have broader appeal.

That’s the case with Fayve, which indexes content from Netflix, Hulu, iTunes, and other online video services. It recommends content based on ratings by the user, their social activity (such as Facebook likes), their wishlist items, Netflix queue, and also the preferences of the user’s Facebook friends, among other inputs.

“Paul has probably one of the world’s largest private digital collections of movies, music and TV shows. He wants to watch and listen to these things at his fingertips,” said Chris Purcell, the vice president of technology for Allen’s Vulcan Inc., via phone today. “We built Fayve to sit on top of his collection, to give him exactly that experience.”

Although the core of Fayve was originally developed for Allen’s personal use, his technology team went through extensive development and design work to get it ready for public use as an iPad app. The app is free, but this is a business venture, making money through revenue sharing from the different video services to which Fayve directs users.

Fayve uses a carousel approach that sorts movies and shows based on filters, such as genres, recommended items, actor or actress, new arrivals and other variables. Fayve can also be used to look up show times and buy movie tickets at theaters.

Apart from a reference to “favorites,” the name of the app is an homage to Allen’s mom, Faye, who passed away earlier this year.

It’s far from the first foray into Hollywood-oriented businesses for Allen, who also was an investor in DreamWorks and the backer of set-top box maker Digeo, among many other investments and ventures.

The iPad app is set to go live on Thursday in the App Store. Update: The app is now available for download here.

Allen’s team is also planning versions for Windows 8 and Android. Here’s an FAQ on the Fayve site, and more screenshots from the app. (Click any image for a gallery.)

Best Buy has $50 iTunes Gift cards for $40, today only

Today only! Can’t beat this deal:

$50 iTunes card for only $40 at Best Buy!

Thanks 9to5Mac for the details:

Best Buy has $50 iTunes Gift cards for $40, today only

As one of its daily deals, Best Buy offers the $50 Apple iTunes Gift Card for $40 with free shipping. The card contains an iTunes Store code redeemable for music, movies, TV shows, games, iOS/Mac apps, and more.

Bluefire looks to spark eBook sales

I love StartUps! They drive so much of our economy. And I am SO old, I remember when these companies were StartUps!:

  • Microsoft
  • Yahoo
  • eBay
  • Starbucks
  • and many others!

This one looks interesting – check out Bluefire.

From GeekWire:

More consumers are turning to electronic reading devices. And Seattle’s Bluefire Productions, which emerged from founder Micah Bower’s 10-year-old design and development services company last year, is looking to help booksellers make the transition.

Bowers is at the Frankfurt Book Fair this week, showcasing the company’s iOS and Android applications for publishers and booksellers. The Bluefire service allows publishers to integrate technologies such as in-app purchases and account management.

We chatted with the 44-year-old entrepreneur to get an inside look at Bluefire, which is being used by Canada’s Archambault and others to distribute book titles via iOS and Android.

Explain what you do so our parents can understand it: “We develop software that gives eBook retailers and publishers a way to sell their books and other content to consumers through mobile apps on iPads, iPhone, iPod Touch, and Android tablets and smartphones.”

Inspiration hit us when: ”We realized that distributing digital documents to mobile devices in a secure, managed and branded way is going to be valuable to any business or institution — not just eBook retailers.”

VC, Angel or Bootstrap: “Bootstrap, because the eBook marketplace is evolving extremely rapidly, and we wanted maximum freedom and flexibility to be nimble and turn on a dime.”

Our ‘secret sauce’ is: Our fanatical focus on creating a ludic reading experience for long format content — where the device and the application ‘disappears’ and the reader is completely immersed in the content.”

The smartest move we’ve made so far: ”Focusing on creating a great platform that levels the playing field for book retailers and publishers on mobile devices rather than becoming a retailer ourselves.”

The biggest mistake we’ve made so far: ”Thinking that once we had built our iOS app that it would be easier and faster to build on Android. It was much harder.”

Would you rather have Gates, Jobs, Zuckerberg or Bezos in your corner: “Zuckerberg. Integration with social network API’s are an important part of our roadmap.

Our world domination strategy starts when: “Large enterprises and institutions realize the value of distributing digital content to their employees, customers, and investors on mobile devices in a managed and branded way.”

Rivals should fear us because: “We have the lead, and it will get bigger.”

We are truly unique because: “We are a team with extremely strong technical chops in digital content technologies, a deep understanding of the eBook marketplace, and a fanatical focus on long format reading user experience. We’re also not affiliated with any particular major player in the space and thus can help anyone who wants to play.”

The biggest hurdle we’ve overcome is: ”Going from an unknown brand to a globally recognized brand in the eBook technology space.”

What’s the one piece of advice you’d give to other entrepreneurs just starting out: “Focus on solving small parts of big problems quickly and get it out into the market and then listen and learn as you iterate.”

How You’re Using Your iPad

I like seeing the who what and when of iPad usage – cool infographic from Mashable:

If you are one of the 53.2 million people currently with an iPad, there’s a good chance you’ve already developed habits related to how you best like to use your device.

The team at Infographic Labs has put together an infographic that details how users have embraced the iPadover the years, from using it while watching TV to cozying up to it in bed or even using it in the bathroom.

There’s no denying that the iPad’s popularity has grown significantly over the years — only 11.5 million people owned an iPad in 2010, but that number grew to 28 million users in 2011. Now, the Apple device makes up 65% of all owned tablets on the market.

Not surprisingly, the third-generation iPad brought in the most sales, with one million sold the first day and three million sold in the first three days. Even though the device has experienced massive growth among different demographics and age groups, it remains most popular among male users (66%), with those ages 25 to 36 leading the pack.

Web browsing is also the top activity done on the iPad, followed by checking email (54%), reading the news (54%) and visiting social networking sites. Not surprisingly, about 70% of iPad users enjoy playing with their device while watching TV. About 57% use it while lying in bed, 25% use it while in the bathroom and 21% access it while shopping and running errands.

Check out the infographic below and let us know in the comments below how you are using your iPad. What’s your favorite place to use it?

How You're Using Your iPad

Upgrade to LodgeNet Mobile – now with mCheckOut!

A while back I posted about a cool free iPhone app called LodgeNet Mobile (see here: LodgeNet Mobile App Makes Your Smartphone a Hotel TV Remote Control). Well they have recently updated it and you can now check-out of your hotel room using it – very cool!

Upgrade to LodgeNet Mobile - now with mCheckOut!

Upgrade to LodgeNet Mobile - now with mCheckOut!

LodgeNet Mobile has announced the addition of mCheckout capabilities for the app.

With the new feature available across 2,600 hotels in North America, guests now have a convenient option to check out of their hotel room from any location via their mobile device. Receipts can also be automatically sent to guests, via email, upon completing the mobile checkout process.

If you are interested in learning more about the new feature and the impact that it has on travelers, check out their website: LodgeNet Mobile App.

Create a Makeshift iPad Speaker with a Solo Cup

This is really clever and simple! Perfect MacGyver solution! Details from Lifehacker:

Create a Makeshift iPad Speaker with a Solo Cup

If you want to watch videos on your iPad or other tablet from afar, without headphones, its speaker is pretty worthless. This trick can boost the sound significantly with almost no work at all.

We’ve shared a bunch of ways to do this in the past—from sticky notes to blocks of wood to drilling holes in the tablet itself—but this is one of the best methods we’ve seen yet. All you need is a plastic cup and some scissors. Cut a hole in the end big enough for your tablet to fit in, and press play. You should find that the sound is significantly louder, so you can hear it from far away. Obviously, this won’t boost the soundquality in any way—so music listening still won’t be great—but for listening to podcasts or watching TV, it’s a very clever solution.

iPad Amp | Reddit