Quick Tip: How to find and easily open apps that aren’t on your Home Screen (and contacts, texts, and emails)

As you add more apps to your iPhone, iPad , or iPod Touch, it can become increasingly difficult to locate the apps when you need them. This is especially true if you have created folders for your apps. Thankfully, there is an easy way to search for and open any app on your device (this also works with contacts, texts, emails, and more). If you are running iOS 7 or later, all you need to do is to pull down on the the Home Screen. This will initiate a Spotlight search. Once in Spotlight, just start typing the name of the app Continue Reading →

How to save battery life while using Turn by Turn directions with Apple Maps App

There is no doubt that whenever you use any mapping application on the iPhone or iPad (Mini) Cellular, there will be significant strain on the battery life of the device. This is because the GPS chip is constantly sending and receiving signals in order to provide you with moment by moment location updates. One of the tremendous advantages of using the turn-by-turn directions on the built in Apple Maps app is the way it is integrated into the operating system. This gives the Maps App a significant advantage over other mapping apps like Google Maps. Some of these advantages include Continue Reading →

Quick Tip: Access Camera Roll directly from Camera App

This is a quick tip that comes in handy if you take pictures with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. To quickly jump over to your Camera Roll without leaving the Camera App, simply tap on the thumbnail icon in the lower-left of the screen that displays the last photo or video you took. This will give you immediate access to the photos in your Camera Roll. Hit the Done button in the top-right to jump back over to the Camera App. Pretty simple.           3D Touch Bonus Tip! – If you 3D Touch on the thumbnail instead of tapping, Continue Reading →

Create typing shortcuts on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch

One of the lesser known, and  features in iOS is the ability to create keyboard shortcuts. You can choose a phrase that you type often and then create a shortcut made up of a few letters. For example, if you are in a lot of meetings, you may need to respond to texts telling people that you can’t talk at the moment. Another way you can use this feature is to create a shortcut to often-typed items, such as email addresses. You can create a 4 letter shortcut that will then be translated into an entire phrase response. Here is Continue Reading →

Top 10 Best (some hidden) Features of iOS 9

Top 10 Best (some hidden) Features of iOS 9

This article gives the top 10 best (some hidden) features of iOS 9. With the release of iOS 9, Apple added some incredible features to the software on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Although there are hundreds of new features in iOS 9, here are the best top 10 features. 1. More Intelligent Siri: Search (inside apps, specific settings: open bluetooth settings, photos) and Reminders Siri received some of the biggest enhancements since being introduced with iPhone 4s. The most significant improvements, besides better word detection and quicker responses, include what Apple calls, Intelligence. Siri is smarter in so many Continue Reading →

How to turn on text message forwarding from iPhone to iPad and Mac

How to turn on text message forwarding from iPhone to iPad and Mac

This article is about how to turn on text message forwarding from iPhone to iPad and Mac. This is a great feature that was introduced in iOS 8 and continues to be available in iOS 9. Text message forwarding allows you to sync all of your text messages (both iMessages and SMS texts) with your iPhone, iPad and Mac. Previously, the Messages app on the iPhone, iPad, and Mac would allow for synchronizing of iMessages but not for SMS (normal Text) messages. This was frustrating since not all messages are iMessages. So, text message forwarding was a welcome introduction in Continue Reading →

Unboxing Apple Watch

In this video, I unbox my 38mm Space Gray Apple Watch Sport. I give my initial thoughts on the device, its packaging, and presentation. Click here for our previous video, where I head to the Apple Store for an Apple Watch fitting appointment. Did you order an Apple Watch? What kind did you get? Has it arrived yet? Sound off in the comments section below. And stay tuned for our upcoming video, which will overview the Apple Watch set-up and pairing process.  

Hands on with Apple Watch

Come along for the ride as I head to my local Apple Store to try on Apple’s latest, and most personal product: Apple Watch. In this video, I’ll tell you about my experience at an Apple Watch fitting appointment, give my opinions on the different collections  and bands, and show you a little bit about how Apple Watch works. My watch fitting made me really excited for when my pre-order arrives! I can’t wait to integrate Apple Watch into my day to day life. Are you excited to use Apple Watch? Let us know in the comments section below. For Continue Reading →

Get Ready! Apple Watch Pre-Orders Begin Friday

The time is upon us, folks! Apple Watch pre-orders go live on Friday, April 10th, at 12:01am PST. I for one will be staying up late on Thursday night and clicking the “buy” button when the watch becomes available for pre-order. Pre-ordered watches will be delivered to homes and to Apple Stores on April 24th. If you’re still on the fence about whether the watch is for you, check out our previous posts overviewing Apple’s spring and fall media events where the watch was described in detail. Also, check out Apple’s website for the watch to get an overview of its features Continue Reading →

Jawbone UP Review – Two months wearing a fitness tracker

For the last two months I’ve been wearing the Jawbone UP, a fitness tracker. Let’s see what this experience can tell us about using the Apple Watch. The dawn of the Apple Watch is upon us. It remains to be seen if Apple’s latest new product will redefine the industry like the Mac, iPod, iPhone, and iPad did. That said, I’m looking forward to trying out the Apple Watch for myself and will be part of the dedicated (and/or crazy) crowd of people that stay up late and pre-order the watch on April 10th. It will be interesting to see Continue Reading →