iOS 8 brought a lot of neat little improvements that aren’t immediately apparent, and one that I’ve found especially useful is Shazam integration with Siri. This allows you to easily identify any track that’s playing on speakers near you, without having to unlock your device.
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Having used a bunch of Android devices for the past few years, I’ve enjoyed several features on Google’s platform, that I’m now glad to see on iOS 8 — most notably third-party keyboard support. This opens up new input methods, personalized dictionaries, multi-language support, customization options and more for users to play with, and there are already a bunch of keyboards available in the App Store to try out. So what are they like to type with, and are they worth getting used to? And which one comes out on top?
iOS 8 brought a bunch of new camera and photo editing features to iOS devices, including the new Time-lapse mode in Camera. This mode shoots and generates accelerated sequences of photos taken over a period of time, making slow changes appear to take place faster — the light of day as the sun sets, for example. Camera now lets you shoot time-lapse videos by merely tapping the shutter — but there are a few things to keep in mind before you begin. Here’s how to shoot great time-lapse videos on your iPhone.
This was a huge year for Apple, entering a new category (wearables), launching a new phone in two sizes and also releasing the latest iteration of iOS — and while it all sounds like just another year at Cupertino, I can’t help but wonder how they pulled it all off this time. While iOS 7 represented a quantum leap in the way Apple’s mobile OS looked and worked, iOS 8 builds upon the solid foundation of iOS 7 to improve the user experience, integrate more tightly with Mac and iCloud, and enable increased interoperability between iDevices as well as between apps.
Knowing what the local weather is like not only helps you plan your day better, but also makes for great small talk! If the weather in your area is unpredictable, a good app can give you the low-down on temperature, precipitation and snow conditions around you, so you can dress appropriately, plan your commutes and travel, and schedule your appointments to avoid getting caught in the rain.
When you’re looking through or setting up your schedule for the week, it’s important to have maximum visibility of your available time slots, and be able to fill them accurately and easily. Several developers in the App Store believe they make the best tool for the job, but we can’t just take their word for it. To find out which calendar apps we could get used to using regularly, we took a bunch of them through a rigorous couple of weeks, packed with meetings, parties, lunches, dinners and everything in between.
I love how far desktop browsers have come, in terms of the functionality and flexibility they offer users. Between extensions and bookmarklets, I’ve got all my essential functions just a click away, including saving articles to read later, taking a screenshot of the active page, and sharing links via email and social networks. So when I’m browsing pages on my iPhone, I definitely want as much of the same experience as when I’m using Chrome on my PC.
The idea behind taking email with you on your mobile device is to stay productive and keep in touch with friends, family and colleagues easily — but your choice of email client can make your mobile correspondence a pain or a delight. These days, email is hardly ever just about reading and replying to a plain text message; I hardly ever hit Send without sharing a link, attaching a file, jotting down a task, checking my calendar or creating an event. A capable email app should make all these actions easy, rather than forcing you to leave your messages unread till you get to a desktop.
While our beloved iPhones and iPads are precious enough by themselves, they also store our sensitive data and personal information — and that’s why it’s important to keep your device and its contents safe from attacks and intrusions. iOS 7 makes it easy to secure your iOS device, whether you’re using it or not. Here are a few tips to keep your device and data safe and sound.