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Tag Archives: iOS

Control a Paper Airplane With Your iPhone. For Real.

I might just have to add this one to my wish list – a gadget that let’s you remotely control a paper airplane with your iPhone. Forget Christmas, as it doesn’t come out until June for the general public. An Android version is planned, too.

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How to Add Icons to Folder Titles on Your iPhone or iPad

Chalk this one up as something that I didn’t know. You can icons to your folder names on your iPhone or iPad. It involves enabling the Emoji keyboard on your device. For a full write up, check out the blog of Christopher Horrel. I’ve find this quite handy in making my folders distinguishable at a glance.

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Apple Adds iCloud Bookmark Syncing to Chrome and Firefox on Windows

One of the nice features of Safari on Mac and iOS is how your bookmarks can stay in sync between your devices, with no plugin required. The one flaw in that setup was that there was no way to sync your bookmarks to any other browser on Windows aside from Internet Explorer. If you wanted a universal bookmark experience, you had to use another browser with cross platform sync support, such as Chrome, on all of your devices. That has now changed. One piece of news almost lost amid the hoopla with iOS 7 and the new iPhones, is that Apple has added Chrome and Firefox to the list of browsers that support bookmark sync on Windows.

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Byword Adds Blog and Evernote Publishing [Mac/iOS]

Byword has long been one of my favorite text editors on the Mac and on iOS. I like it for its simplicity, its effortless sync between Mac and iOS, and its Markdown support. (For a primer on Markdown, check down my earlier post on it. Byword has recently become even more useful, adding support for direct publishing to Evernote, WordPress, Tumblr, Blogger, and Scriptogram.

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Dismiss Intrusive iOS Notifications With a Tug

On iOS, you can configure your notifications on a per app basis to appear in different ways. One type of notification drops down in a thin box from the top of the screen. Occasionally, this box can get in the way. If you’re typing a web address for example, you might think that you have to wait for the box to disappear to continue your typing. You can actually dismiss the box.

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Let Us Know Your Favorite iOS Apps, With Applr

Are you like me – a bit of an iOS app addict? I’ve never found Apple’s App Store to be particularly helpful in discovering new apps. A recent tweet by Adam Christianson of the MacCast mentioned something called Applr, which I had never heard of. It turns out that Applr is a web app that helps you find new iOS apps, by following other people and seeing what they’re using. Other users can also follow you, to see your favorite apps.

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How to Find a List of Commands That Siri Can Perform

If you haven’t noticed, I switched to an iPhone recently, after a couple of years with an Android device. (I recently promised a post explaining my reasons for switching, but just realized that I’ve already written it). The posts here tend to be about my experiences, which is why you’ve seen some iPhone-related posts lately.

Siri is one feature of iOS that has received some knocks, but that I’m finding to be quite useful. I love being able to say, “remind me when I get to work to return John Doe’s call,” and have that reminder pop up as I arrive at the office. That set me off in search of other Siri commands.

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How to Easily Add Your Contact Info to Your iPhone/iPad Lockscreen

Katie Floyd is the host of one of my favorite podcasts, the Mac Power Users, and over on her blog she highlights an app that could help you out if you ever lose your iPhone or iPad. Contact Lockscreen Info is an app that makes it easy to add your contact info to the lock screen of your iOS device.

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Evernote Web Clipping on iOS Made Easy [iOS]

At this risk of sounding like a snob, I can say that user reviews of certain iOS apps seem to miss the mark at times, because of uninformed users. This often seems to occur with subscription-based apps, such as LastPass, where users don’t realize that a subscription is required to get the full features of the app. Other times, this happens when users don’t seem to understand the limitations of iOS, and the workarounds that these limitations require of developers. One example of this is EverWebClipper, an app that makes clipping web pages into Evernote much easier on iOS devices, but somehow has received many low reviews.

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Make Your iOS Device More Useful With Safari Bookmarklets

iOS devices are handy, but limited. I’ve written previously on some workarounds I’ve come up with to address these limitations, such as how to download full resolution images from Dropbox to your iPad. Another way that you can “hack” your iPad is to set up Safari bookmarklets, which are bookmarklets that run code and let you perform a variety of actions, such as sending a page to Instapaper, clipping content into Evernote, and more.

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