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iPhone 5s Tips and Tricks

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iPhone 5s Tips and Tricks

Photography

Camera in Control Center

Access your camera quickly by swiping up from any screen — including the Lock screen — and tapping the Camera icon.

Panorama

You can easily shoot panorama photos from left to right or right to left. Just tap the arrow to switch the direction.

Burst mode

Capture multiple shots of the action — for as long as you hold down the button — by snapping 10 photos per second. And real-time analysis suggests the best photos of the bunch.

Photo filters

Apply one of eight live photo filters to any picture. Just choose a filter to see the effect before you take the shot, or apply it later.

Mapped pictures

View the locations of your pictures on a map by tapping the location heading under Years, Collections, or Moments.

Working with Text

Format text in Mail

Double-tap any word to bring up the options menu, tap the arrow, and select the B I U option to bold, italicize, or underline your text.

Define a word

In apps like Safari and Mail, you can define a word by double-tapping it to bring up the options menu, and then tap Define.

Swipe Gestures

Delete a message in Mail

Simply swipe from right to left on messages in your inbox to quickly delete them.

Go back in Mail

To go back, swipe left to right from the edge of your screen.

Spotlight search

To open Spotlight search, swipe down from anywhere on the Home screen — such as the middle. Then type in what you’re looking for to quickly find it on your device.

FaceTime

Messages

View timestamps of your messages by touching and dragging message bubbles to the left.

Weather

View all your locations by pinching to see a collapsed view. To reorder locations, simply drag them where you want. Swipe from right to left on a location to delete it.

FaceTime audio

Now you can make audio-only FaceTime calls. On your contact’s card, tap the phone icon in the FaceTime section.

Maps

Get there with Quick Route

When Maps drops a pin on a location, you can get turn-by-turn directions to that location almost instantly. Just tap the Quick Route button next to the location’s name.

See up close with Flyover

Tap the 3D icon to switch to Flyover view and explore select cities from the air. You can zoom, pan, and rotate around landmarks.

Tilt and rotate your view

As you’re looking at a map, use two fingers to tilt or rotate the view. Maps keeps the names of the streets and places where they belong. So everything’s easy to read, and you won’t get lost.

Share a pin

In Maps, drop a pin on a location you want to share. Then tap the pin and select Share. Now you can share the location via AirDrop, Messages, Mail, Twitter, or Facebook.

Siri

Tell Siri who’s who

Tell Siri about your relationships, such as “Natalia is my wife” or “Rick is my dad.” Then you can say “Text my wife” or “Call Dad” and Siri knows who you mean.

Set your locations

Enter your home and work addresses in Contacts. That way, Siri can remind you to do things when you leave or arrive at either place.

Change the way Siri pronounces a name

If Siri mispronounces a name, simply say “that’s not how you pronounce that.” Siri will ask you for the correct pronunciation, then say the name back to you three different ways so you can choose the one you like.

Calendar

New views in Calendar

View your calendar by list, day, or month. Switch to landscape view to see a full five days.

Swipe gestures

Tap the month name in the left corner to change to Month or Year view. In Day view, you can swipe the week bar at the top to jump to days in the next or previous week.

Search for specific events

Tap the search icon for a list view of every event in your calendar.

Music

Create playlists

In the Music app, tap Playlists, then tap Add Playlist and give it a name. Now tap any song or video to add it to the playlist. You can add individual songs, entire albums, or all songs by an artist.

Create radio stations

To create a station in iTunes Radio, tap the + button under My Stations and search for an artist, genre, or song. Or choose from over 250 genre-focused or DJ-curated stations.

Edit radio stations

Adding and deleting stations is easy. Tap Edit and select the + button to add a new station. To remove a station, swipe left on the station name and tap Delete. Or remove multiple stations at once by tapping Edit and the – button next to each station.

Buy songs from iTunes Radio

Tap Buy on a song that’s currently playing or one in your History or Wish List, and it downloads instantly from iTunes to your library.

Musical landscape

While browsing your music collection, switching to landscape view displays a mosaic of your album covers. Swipe to scroll, pinch to zoom in and out, and tap to play.

Mail

Insert a photo or video

When you’re composing an email, touch and hold in the message to see the “Select, Select All” menu. Tap the arrow and select “Insert Photo or Video.” Now you can choose a photo or video to attach from your Camera Roll, albums, or shared streams.

Keep your inbox clean

You can delete or move messages in batches. From your inbox, tap Edit, select the messages you want to organize, then tap Trash or Move.

Get back to your draft

Touch and hold the Compose button to switch to your list of saved message drafts.

Safari

Single sign-in

Sign in once under Settings, and you can tweet or update your Facebook status directly from Safari, Photos, Camera, and Maps. Or ask Siri to do it for you.

Manage open Safari pages

Drag and drop to rearrange your tabs. To close tabs, tap the X or just swipe them off the screen.

Create web clips

Quickly visit your favorite websites by creating web clips for them on your Home screen. Visit the site and tap the Share button. Then select “Add to Home Screen.”

AirPlay and Wireless

Broadcast live with AirPlay

When connected to a Wi‑Fi network, you can use AirPlay Mirroring to share exactly what’s on your iPhone with your HDTV connected to an Apple TV. Just access Control Center by swiping up, tap AirPlay, and select your TV.

Print wirelessly from iPhone

AirPrint makes it easy to print email and web pages from your iPhone to your AirPrint-enabled printer. To print an email, tap the Reply icon and select Print. To print a web page, tap the Share button and select Print. You can also print photos, documents, and more.

Accessibility

View more accessibility tips and tricks

Have text read back to you

iPhone can read text out loud in apps like Mail, Safari, Messages, and iBooks. Just turn on Speak Selection in Settings > General > Accessibility. Then go to the app, highlight the text you want to hear, and tap Speak.

Control font size

Adjust fonts to your preferred reading size in all apps that support Dynamic Type. Simply turn on Larger Type in Settings > General > Accessibility. Then choose your desired font size.

Get flashing alerts

Your iPhone can give you a visual alert for incoming calls and texts. Just go to Settings > General > Accessibility and turn on LED Flash for Alerts.

Let your iPhone do the typing

Dictation lets you talk where you would type. Tap the microphone button on the bottom row of the keyboard, say what you want to write, and your iPhone converts your words into text.

View closed captions

To turn on the captions in closed-captioned movies and TV shows, just go to Settings > General > Accessibility. You can even customize captions by size, font type, and color.

Merge left and right audio

Play left- and right-channel audio in both ears to accommodate hearing loss on either side. Just go to Settings > General > Accessibility and turn on Mono Audio.

Settings

Enable emoji characters

Access all sorts of smileys, animals, shapes, and other peculiarities from the emoji-enabled keyboard. Go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Add New Keyboard and select Emoji. Now when you type, just tap the globe button and choose the emoji that fits the mood.

Keyboard tips

Go to Settings > General > Keyboard to turn on or off features like Auto-Capitalization, Auto-Correction, and more.

Do Not Disturb

In Settings, turn on Do Not Disturb to silence sounds from incoming calls and notifications. You can allow calls from your favorites, specific contacts, or contact groups. Enable Do Not Disturb manually or schedule a recurring time.

Compass

Access a level or an inclinometer by swiping left in Compass.

Find My iPhone

If you’ve lost your iPhone, Find My iPhone can help you locate it. Go to Settings > iCloud and turn on the Find My iPhone feature.

Read more at http://www.apple.com/iphone-5s/tips/

Upcoming Windows Phones For 2014 Could Support Android Apps, Report Claims Microsoft Is Already Thinking About It

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Upcoming Windows Phones For 2014 Could Support Android Apps, Report Claims Microsoft Is Already Thinking About It

If you are looking for decent upcoming Windows Phones in 2014, then you may be among the few who are not very fond of browsing hundreds of thousands of applications from your mobile’s Windows Store. However, it appears Microsoft will be doing something radical that could change the texture of the competition.

For many years, Windows Phone OS has struggled against perennial favorites iOS and Android due to its slow adoption of the latest applications. Now, Microsoft is allegedly thinking of allowing Android apps to run on its mobile platform.

According to a report by The Verge, the Redmond giant is already working on it and the project is in its early stages. This rumor certainly sounds promising for Windows Phone, but what could this mean?

This just means Microsoft has given up on the Store competition against Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store. In this attempt to even the competition, more people will be able to pick Windows Phone devices as an option over their Android-powered counterparts.

Of course, this project will also enable Windows Phone owners to install Android apps with ease, and if Microsoft is able to get the job done, it may be on its way to a true rennaisance of sorts.

Read more at http://www.kpopstarz.com/articles/79323/20140212/upcoming-windows-phones-2014.htm

 

 

Samsung Galaxy S5 may be unveiled on February 24

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Samsung is reportedly expected to launch its highly-anticipated Galaxy S5 at its ‘ Unpacked’ event this month.

 The ‘super curvy’ smartphone is said to come in two versions and Samsung is speculated to swap the Amoled screen for an LCD.

According to Cnet, the device would include a 16 megapixel rear camera and a 2 megapixel front camera with Snapdragon

Earlier speculations pointed that the Galaxy S5 would not include either an ‘ iris scanner’ or a ‘ quad-HD display ‘ and would rather include modest changes like a better camera, a better processor, and some alterations to its design, along with a new version of Samsung’s Knox security software.

Read more at http://www.hindustantimes.com/technology/gadgets-updates/samsung-galaxy-s5-may-be-unveiled-on-february-24/article1-1183110.aspx

Sony Xperia Z2 to offer 15.5-megapixel manual mode, 1080p recording at 60fps: Report

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Sony’s alleged successor to the Xperia Z1, thought to be codenamed Sony D6503 ‘Sirius’ and expected to be released as the Sony Xperia Z2, is once again doing rounds of the internet, with new reports detailing its camera feature.

The rumoured Sony D6503 ‘Sirius’, which has in the past been expected to have the same 20.7-megapixel camera as the Xperia Z1, in its recent leak of screenshots of the camera settings, shows off the ability to record 1080p video at 60 frames per second. If true, it will be more than twice as fast as Xperia Z1, which has the usual 30fps recording mode.

With the Xperia Z1, users could click 20-megapixels images only in the 4:3 aspect ratio. Users can could click widescreen 16:9 images only at a 8-megapixels resolution. With the latest report however, it seems evident that the But here the settings shown on the Sony D6503 “Sirius” suggest that one can also get the same 16:9 aspect shot with 15.5-megapixels.

Last month, XDA developer’s forum member has posted a bunch of alleged live images of the rumoured Xperia D6503 ‘Sirius’. The same XDA developer also published leaked UI screenshots of the Xperia D6503, which showed the alleged Sony device running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

Later a report in January pointed the numerous Xperia UI changes, are expected to be skinned on top of Android 4.4 KitKat when the device ships. The other purported screenshots also detailed the new features. Some of the features said to be included are 4K recording, Timeshift video, smart backlight control, the presence of two home launchers, USB DAC audio support, and more.

The revealed specifications of the alleged Sony Xperia D6503 ‘Sirius’ so far includes a quad-core Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974-AB) chipset clocked at 2.3GHz with Adreno 330 GPU; 3GB of RAM; 5.2-inch full-HD display; and a 20.7-megapixel rear camera with a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera.

Read more at http://gadgets.ndtv.com/mobiles/news/sony-xperia-z2-to-offer-155-megapixel-manual-mode-1080p-recording-at-60fps-report-481711

Windows Phone 8.1: Action Center to manage all apps and system notifications

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A leaked screenshot of confidential presentation confirms Windows Phone 8.1 aka Blue will have a notification center dubbed as “Action Center”.

Windows Phone 8.1: Action Center to manage all apps and system notifications

Julia Martin | On 09, Feb 2014

The most-requested feature of Windows Phone OS, a notification center seems to have confirmed. A screenshot of Microsoft confidential presentation has leaked on the Web.

Windows Phone 8.1’s notification center – dubbed as Action Center – will function similar to the Android and iOS notification center. With a long-swipe down from the top of the screen, the Action Center will show all missed notifications; and at the same time, Apps will able to add/update and delete them silently.

In Action Center, there will also be ‘Clear All’ option to dismiss all notifications at once. In addition to Apps, it will also show alerts coming from Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Airplane mode and Driving mode.

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By observing the screenshot, we also find the operator name, battery life and date inside the Action Center. The Verge also confirmed that these screenshots were authentic, which indeed strengthens the aspects of the leak.

Among other additions, Windows Phone 8.1 will also include a new voice assistant codenamed ‘Cortana’; actionable notifications; separate volume controls; optional on-screen keys and dual-SIM support for OEMs; SkyDrive as OneDrive, perhaps a File manager; support for larger displays; the ability to install apps and games to micro SD cards and configurable quick settings.

Windows Phone 8.1 update will be available for all Windows Phone 8 devices. Microsoft is likely to release this update sometime this spring, more precisely during the annual BUILD developer conference, to be held from April 2-4, 2014 in San Francisco, CA.

We expect plenty more leaks related to Windows Phone 8.1 in weeks ahead – and we’ll be covering them all here on Inferse.com. So stay tuned.

Source: winphollowers.com via The Verge

 

Read more at http://www.inferse.com/12445/windows-phone-8-1-action-center-manage-apps-system-notifications/

Moto X In Review: 7 Battery Life Tips And Tricks For The Motorola Flagship

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Moto X Battery Life Review Issues Problems Tips and Tricks

The Moto X is a popular smartphone, and likely will be even more so when it is released throughout the world. But how can you make the battery last longer?

The Moto X is the first smartphone to offer always-listening voice control, or as Motorola calls it “Touchless Control.” It works along with the rest of the phone’s sensors without causing serious battery problems because of the Moto X’s innovative chipset.

Since its release stateside in August, many Moto X owners enjoyed excellent battery life. However, some may want to try to push the device to last another 12-18 hours, and others have reported battery life issues — especially following the Moto X’s update to Android 4.4 KitKat.

Protip: If you fall into the latter camp, there is a simple trick that might fix up your issue. It is likely that your Moto X’s battery is fine, but having trouble correctly identifying how much battery life is left.

Simply run the battery down to about five to eight percent and let it die. You can speed this up by streaming a YouTube video. Then, when the Moto X has died, let it charge for a few hours before turning it back on. This will fix the issue if the Moto X is having trouble accurately reporting its remaining battery life.

1.) Identify The Problem

If your Moto X battery is truly having trouble lasting as long as you think it should, then the first thing to do is find out what is creating the problem. Go into Settings > About Phone > Battery Use to see what apps or services are causing an issue.

An Android device like the Moto X, or any smartphone for that matter, often uses the most battery power on its display. This is true even of the Moto X’s AMOLED screen, which is more energy efficient than LCD.

2.) Keep Your Screen’s Brightness As Low As Possible

While a brighter Moto X really shows off those colorful default wallpapers, keeping the display dialed down is going to maximize battery power. If you really prefer things looking bright and shiny, I can’t blame you – but I would at least recommend setting the Moto X screen brightness to “Auto” so it dims in darker settings.

If you truly want to maximize the Moto X’s battery life, leave the screen brightness to somewhere around 10 percent, as this is bright enough for mostly any setting. You can more easily access controls like screen brightness using a simple app like Notification Toggle, available for Android on Google Play.

I did not like the icon that always showed up in my status bar, but then I realized that the icon can be changed to report remaining battery life, battery temperature, or day of the month.

3.) Reduce The Time Before Moto X Goes To Sleep

You can do this by navigating to Settings > Display > Sleep. Like brightness, many users have a personal preference before how long their screen goes to sleep. You do not want to set it annoyingly low, but having the Moto X go to sleep as quickly as possible will maximize its battery life.

Also, make sure to press the power button when done using the Moto X. This is a good habit on just about any smartphone, instead of putting the phone down or in your pocket with the screen on and waiting for it to go to sleep automatically.

4.) Keep GPS Location Settings And Bluetooth Off When Not In Use

This is one of the basics of owning any smartphone: if you are not using Bluetooth to connect to your car or other device, keep it turned off. It is an unnecessary drain on the Moto X’s battery.

GPS location services are even worse. Keep them turned off when not in use if you want your Moto X battery to last all day, and in many cases, well into Day 2.

5.) Turn Off Wi-Fi AND Wi-Fi Scanning

To disable Wi-Fi scanning, navigate to Settings > Wi-Fi > Menu (three dots, lower right-hand corner) > Scanning always available and uncheck the box.

Google included the feature in Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, and it allows apps to estimate your location with GPS turned off. However, even with the Moto X’s dedicated co-processors, the feature drains battery, and can be a privacy issue for many users.

6.) Keep Power Saver Turned On

Go into Settings > Battery > Power Saver and make sure that the Motorola exclusive feature is turned on. It restricts background data use when your battery life is waning.

Some manufacturers include a power saver mode that reduces a processor’s frequency, which slows them down a bit. Motorola chose not to include such a feature on the Moto X, since the system-on-a-chip already does a decent job of managing performance against the remaining battery life.

7.) Enable Android Runtime (ART)

A new runtime for Android devices (ART) will eventually replace the older Dalvik runtime completely. ART changes the way all apps are run, allowing them to open more quickly, and use less power to do so.

Enabling ART on the Moto X is a great way to extend battery life. Unfortunately, ART also causes apps to take up 10 – 20 percent more storage space, and it will not be compatible with WhatsApp until your Moto X is upgraded to Android 4.4.2 (KitKat). Please note that the International Business Times is not liable for problems due to enabling ART, and Google has said that the runtime is not yet ready for everyone, so proceed at your own risk. I have, however, used ART on several different Android devices, including the Moto X and Nexus 5, with no issues.

To turn ART on for the Moto X, or any Android device running 4.4 or higher, navigate the phone to:

Settings > About Phone > Tap “Build Number” 7 times

Then back out and go into the new option, > Developer Options, and select ART instead of Dalvik. Wait about an hour while your apps are optimized for the Android Runtime, and enjoy extended battery life.

Read more at http://www.ibtimes.com/moto-x-review-7-battery-life-tips-tricks-motorola-flagship-1542976

Top five tips and tricks for your new Nokia Lumia Windows Phone device

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Top five tips and tricks for your new Nokia Lumia Windows Phone device

Just got yourself a brand new Nokia Lumia Windows Phone device? Whether it be a new Lumia 520, 920, 1020, 1520, or any other Lumia device available in the market, these tips and tricks we are about to mention are sure to make things a bit more convenient.

Whether you are new to a Nokia Lumia device or you are looking to expand your knowledge about your Windows Phone device, these five favorite tips and tricks of ours are sure to help. If you have a favorite tip or trick, share them via the comments below.

Typing faster with keyboard shortcuts

With this tip, you no longer have to press the numeric or punctuation buttons to enter their respective modes on the keyboard, only to find your desired key, then tapping the key you first pressed so you can return to the standard keyboard. Instead, press and hold the numeric or punctuation button and slide your finger over to the key you want to use and then release your finger to automatically snap back into the default keyboard mode.

This is especially useful for those who wish to type faster without having to navigate into different keyboard modes. If you love to text or write a long email on your Windows Phone device, this tip will definitely improve your productivity. Go ahead, try it out!

Translate text using your camera

Did you know that your Windows Phone device can also translate text using your camera? All you have to do is hit the Search button on your phone and select the eye icon. Position your Lumia over the text and select “scan text.” You can even translate the text you capture.

This is obviously a neat feature for those looking for a quick way to translate a menu or any other text using your Lumia smartphone.

Identify what music is playing

Windows Phone also allows you to quickly identify what music is playing (on the radio for example). All you have to do is hit the Search button on your phone and select the music note icon. Place your smartphone over the source of the music and Windows Phone will identify the track, the artist of the track, and offer you a link to the Windows Phone Store so you can purchase the track.

Switch between your apps

For those of you who tend to use more than one app at a time, this tip/trick will be useful. Press and hold the back button on your smartphone and you will be presented with the multi-tasking screen that allows you to quickly switch between apps. You can even return back to the home screen.

If you want to close an app, simply hit the “x” that is located at the top-right of each app.

Take a screenshot of your screen

If you are looking to show off your home screen or an app you have running, you can easily do so by taking a screenshot of your screen. All you have to do is quickly tap-hold the Window key while simultaneously pressing the power button. You will see a quick flash of the screen indicating that a screenshot was taken.

You can find your screenshot in the Photos app, under the Screenshot folder.

Now, these are just our top-five favorite tips and tricks for Windows Phone. There are plenty of more shortcuts and tricks to make your experience enjoyable. Lets hear your favorite tips and tricks! Post them in the comments below.

Read more at http://www.winbeta.org/news/top-five-tips-and-tricks-your-new-nokia-lumia-windows-phone-device