Thanks to everyone who entered the April 20 iPhone Life Biweekly Giveaway! Every other week we give away three amazing prizes, so if you didn't win this time, make sure you enter the May 4 giveaway and tell your friends to enter too!
And the winner is... (drum roll please):
When using Family Sharing, some family members (like children) sometimes end up with things on their devices that others (like parents) didn’t really want to share with everyone, like when my favorite song (with explicit lyrics) popped up on my 10 year-old's iPad! Here’s a quick how-to for setting up your Family Sharing so you can share what you’d like, and keep hidden what you don’t.
I am attending MobileWeek in New York City this week, and learnng about some great new startups and apps. As a developer, I even got a chance to play with some of their new APIs (Application Programming Interface) that allow a developer to make an app even more powerful with little coding effort.
The Wordflex Touch Dictionary (free) is the most beautifully rendered touch-based reference technology you will hold in your hand. I only barely exaggerate how amazing it is to use. The last thing I want to do when researching a topic or looking for word substitutes (like the word "amazing"—I so overuse that word) is have to crack open an actual dictionary or thesaurus. It's both boring and silly in 2015. Why not watch the English language and it's various phylum unfold in graceful symmetry on the iPad screen!? The new version is now available without the need to spend one's shekels to attain it. Witness the beauty after the break!
Game Centered features roundups and reviews of the best in iOS games and gaming related news. Among the App Store’s myriad games, it’s all too easy to overlook some of the great new releases. Each installment of Game Centered will take a closer look at a select few iOS games that are worthy of special recognition.
Apple developers who registered for WWDC are finding out if they "won" the raffle to pay $1599 plus travel and expenses to attend the annual code-fest. There are far more iOS and Mac OS developers who would like to go than Apple can accommodate, so they have had to use a raffle in recent years. There are still opportunities for students, however, as they can create and submit an app that highlights their expertise and creativity. 350 students will be selected to attend and get the chance of a young lifetime.
With iOS 8, you can send and receive audio messages to and from other iOS 8 users. So if you'd like to send a clip of a concert or lecture you're attending, you can just use this Messages feature instead of killing your iPhone battery creating a video or audio recording.
If you receive an audio message, you don't even need to press play—just enable the Raise to Listen feature.
The compass app may be one of those Apple apps that you've forgotten you even have on your iPhone. Apple even has it hidden away in the Extras folder. But it could come in handy if you get lost or need to check if a picture you're hanging is level.
With summer practically here I figured, what better time to write about some great iPhone cases to keep your iPhone safe on summer adventures. The following roundup features some of the best medium-duty iPhone cases, ones specifically designed to keep your iPhones secure, without hiding the inherent beauty of the device.
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Unless you're using location-based reminders, you're not getting the full use of your native iOS 8 Reminders app. Location-based reminders can help you remember that you need milk as you drive near the grocery store and they can make sure you don't forget to call your mother as you arrive home.
Apple is just getting in to wireless charging, if you consider the Apple Watch's magnetic charger to be wireless. Other technologies, like inductive charging have been around and thanks to the Android's diverse set of manufacturers, this is an area where Apple lags behind.
As if buying accessories for the iPhone wasn't enough, now we need to buy accessories for the Apple Watch, which is itself an accessory. It reminds me of our daughters' American Girl dolls. Even those dolls have "pets" and toys of their own. Still, some of the Apple Watch accessories that have been filling our inboxes at iPhone Life do seem to make sense, and I may end up accessorizing my Apple Watch with them.
Don't forget to enter this weekend's Giveaway Contest!
Here's how it works: Every other weekend we raffle off tons of great apps and accessories for FREE then announce the winners through iphonelife.com, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. To enter, go to iPhoneLife.com/giveaways. If you win an app, we will email you the promo code. If you win an accessory, we will ask you for your mailing address.
A nice feature in the Photos app in iOS 8 is the ability to precisely rotate a photo to any angle. This can be very useful, since occasionally a photo gets a bit skewed.
In advance of April 24, when lucky enthusiasts will begin receiving their Apple Watches, Apple has posted four more Guided Tour videos, each running between one and two minutes, to show how this new gadget works. The latest videos cover Phone Calls, Siri, Maps, and Music. In addition, a Reddit contributor has created an infographic that gives you a quick-start user guide to the Apple Watch interface. Those who've tried an Apple Watch and the writers of the early reviews say that there's a learning curve when one first starts using the Apple Watch, with its various swipes and touches, and the various ways you use the Digital Crown and the contacts button. The infographic helps you make sense of it all. Click here for the full-sized graphic.
The iOS 8 update from last fall gave users the ability to send short video and audio messages right from a text message. This could be useful for telling your friend where you are or what you’re doing without opening your camera or recording audio in the Voice Memos iOS app.
You can even set these messages to go away after two minutes (the default) or to stick around on your iPhone forever. (Notes that this will not determine how long they stay on the recipient or other sender's phone.)
Microsoft and Apple have had an interesting relationship. In the early days, the two firms jockeyed for position in the nascent personal computing space. Apple leveraged the user interface and mouse design from Xerox PARC and Microsoft did the same from Apple. Later, when Steve Jobs returned to Apple, Bill Gates "rescued" Apple with a $130-million-plus investment and a promise to support Macs with versions of Office. This wasn't just a gesture of goodwill to keep Apple relevant. Apple was on the ropes and Microsoft needed an adversary to fend off antitrust regulators. Plus Office was a nice little revenue stream.
It took me a while, maybe a yearm to become accustomed to using Siri. And now I use it all the time. I'm surprised when Siri sometimes responds with, "I'm sorry, Jim, I can't answer that for you." So it helps to have a sense for the ways in which Siri can be the most helpful. To that end, Apple last week posted a new, well-organized Siri website that teaches you all the different ways that Siri can help you. The site advises you to "Talk to Siri as you would to a friend and it can help you get things done — like sending messages, placing calls, or making dinner reservations."
Ads are one way for developers to make money, as app prices drop to $0.99 or free. And advertisers are always trying to find ways to get in front of people. Advertisers consider devices like the iPhone and iPad the "Second Screen," after television. It looks like smart watches will be the "Third Screen" and may become targets for ads. A new report suggests smartwatch advertising could be a $70 million business by 2019.
Sharing iTunes and App Store content is important. Family Sharing allows families to access the same content across multiple devices. Adding members to your Family Group is easy! Once you've set up Family Sharing and started your group, you can easily add new members anytime. The benefits of Family Sharing are having access to the same music, apps, and even iBooks. Here's how to send and accept family sharing invitations.