iOS 11 Quick Tip: turn off Background Refresh

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Turning off background refresh (your phone’s insistence to update content on your apps whenever it can) will drain your battery life. iOS 11 has this option enabled (thanks Apple). Here’s how to turn it off:

  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap General
  3. Tap Background App Refresh
  4. Go through all your apps and turn off the ones that you don’t need to keep on.

For more check on this read:  Quartz-iPhone Battery Draining Tips

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Cheers!

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At last, a Mermaid! iOS 11 has new emojis

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Just in time for Halloween, Here’s the real reason people upgrade software..NEW EMOJIs!!

 

Taking a (not so sneaky) Peek at iOS 11

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Multi-tasking made easy with Dock

iOS 11, released in BETA in June, promises many cool features for Mac fans to crow about. Including:

  • Improved multi-tasking with Dock
  • Better Apple Pen support
  • Document Scan

and more.

Click below to see quick video playlist highlighting 6 new enhancements.

New Features in iOS 10 – (yay, more emojis)

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Cause couldn’t we all use more emojis.

iOS 10, released Tuesday, came with a few unheralded features. So who better to sing their praises than yours truly.

Among the new enhancements:

  • Text to Emoji. In the messaging app, when you type text (e.g., “Yo Q, you up for some basketball?”) and activate the emoji keyboard, key words appear highlighted in yellow. Tap+hold the highlighted text to swap it for its emoji.
    (‘cept, why would type basketball and emojify it instead of just selecting the bball emoji from the get go?? hmmm?)
  • Dude, Have You Seen My Car? Now Maps automatically puts a pin in where you parked (I know! Right!?).
  • Search photos: Looking for something? Photos analyzes your images so you can find pics of Fido by typing ‘dog’ in the search bar.
  • Delete Hide Default apps: Just like deleting your own apps; long+press the app and click on the x on the iOS apps you don’t use. The iNoying app is  hidden from view and any associated data, cleared.
  • and, of course, these guys newmoji4newmoji3newmoji2newmoji1

For more newbies features see: 15 neat hidden features in iOS 10

iOS 7 Tips

April is upcoming and I am handing out Easter Apples Eggs! iOS7 has been out for some months now, so this post may seem overdue. In defense, I was initially an un-fan of the new OS. Over time it has shown itself to be ‘a good thing’. So now, having made my peace with it, I am highlighting some of the better and under-exposed features.

My favorite of iOS7 features. 

Spotlight Search
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Swipe down from Home screen. Previously, you had to swipe all the way to the left most Home screen page. Now you can access Spotlight Search from any Home screen page. Use this to locate everything (i.e., apps, messages, contacts).
Control Center
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Swipe up from bottom of the screen to access Control Center. From here you have access to key features (camera, airplane mode, music) without having to navigate to the Settings app.This feature can also be disabled if it interferes with a particular app’s swipe gesture. To manage settings, open the Settings app and tap Control Center.Settings
Flick to stop running apps
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Double press the Home button to display running apps, then Flick app up & away to terminate. This gesture is far more satisfying than the previous ‘click the x‘ method.Bonus: you can flick-close multiple apps at a time!
Camera Burst Mode
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From the Camera app, Press & Hold Capture button to take rapid fire shots. Release button to stop.
This makes it easier on us iShutterBugs to capture that three-pointer.
Gesture back*
Gesture Swipe

*also a release mechanism to cope with road-rage.
Give your Home button a rest. Gesture (five-fingered** swipe) left or right to get back to your previous apps.


**(four fingers, for Disney execs)

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Comments and questions are always welcome!

Windows & iOS Tricks & Treats

Trick or Treat! 

In honor of Halloween I am handing out treats and tricks! So reach in and fill your bag with this odd collection of operating system tips!

Windows 8 Trick or Treats

TRICK TREAT
Hold windowsLogoKey (the Windows key) and Press M Shows DESKTOP
(aka Minimize All)
Hold windowsLogoKey and press R Opens RUN dialog
Hold windowsLogoKey and press E Opens Explorer window
Hold windowsLogoKey and press C Slide COFFEE CUP HOLDER out
(aka CD Tray)*
Hold windowsLogoKey and press Print Screen CAPTURE & SAVE SCREEN
The screen shot is saved automatically to your Windows Pictures Library; no filename/folder prompt

*requires Windows 8.1SB (Starbucks edition).

iOS Trick or Treats

TRICK TREAT
With two fingers on the keyboard, pull outward (left & right) Splits single keyboard into two for easier typing
On the lock screen, swipe the notification left to right After inputting your password/pin, opens the item from the notification
Tap and hold Number button, swipe and select punctuation, then release Select punctuation without requiring a switch between Numerica and Text keyboards
While holding down the menu button (the main button below the screen), press the power/lock button Saves screenshot of the active screen to your camera roll

And in case you missed it:
Google Celebrates Halloween With a Spooky Interactive Doodle

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Comments and questions are always welcome!