Having a list of the apps on your Android device can be helpful at times, for yourself and for others. Maybe you're setting up a new device and can't remember all the apps you've installed or someone you know has asked you for app recommendations for their new Android phone. You could go directly to your list of apps on Google Play, but that list can contain apps you've downloaded, then uninstalled.
One of the biggest complaints echoed by many iOS users since the introduction of iMessage and FaceTime with iOS 5 has been the inability to block people.
All it would take was one person getting your iMessage or FaceTime phone number or e-mail address, and you were an open target to constant messages and calls.
With iOS 6 Apple added the ability to silence messages originating from addresses not stored in your Contacts, but there was still no way to block a user.
One of the most annoying things about messaging on iOS is the lack of true time stamps for messages. It felt as if iOS would randomly place a time stamp throughout a conversation, but there was no obvious pattern. Because the time stamp was so random, it was very difficult to go back and view when a message was sent or received mid-conversation.
Someone at Apple finally was able to convince the powers that be to time-stamp every message in the Messages app. Can I get a "Huzzah!"?
To view a time stamp for a message, open the … Read more
Once you have iOS 7 installed, you might be surprised to see a standalone FaceTime icon on your iPhone or iPod Touch. Beyond making it clear that the device can make video calls, it also makes it easier to use FaceTime for audio.
With iOS 7, you'll be able to place audio-only calls through FaceTime, eliminating the need to watch minutes (but you'll need to monitor data usage if you're not on Wi-Fi).
The process for making an audio call via FaceTime is nearly identical to making a video call, with the lone exception being a phone … Read more
We've all seen the Samsung commercials wherein iOS users are constantly made fun of for buying into Apple products. One of the features often shown off in those commercials has been NFC sharing of documents and photos when two users bump the backs of the their latest Galaxy devices -- something everyone knows iOS devices can't do.
Apple took note of the dig at its products and has implemented a feature it assures users will be better than having to run around tapping phones together.
That feature is called AirDrop.
AirDrop may sound familiar to OS X users, … Read more
When Apple unveiled iOS 7 during its annual World Wide Developers Conference back in June, one of the first features shown off was a background that moves as you move your phone. The feature, called Parallax, shifts the point of view of your background image and icons to match how you're holding the phone.
Instead of being a feature that adds needed functionality, this is strictly a feature for good looks. And for those who find it to be a pointless feature, it can easily be lessened. To get started go to Settings > General > Accessibility.
Select the … Read more
Spotlight is a universal search box on iOS devices that makes it possible to quickly search for and find an app, contact, or e-mail directly from the home screen.
In previous versions of iOS, users would swipe to the left of the main home screen to access the search box. In iOS 7, as you may have already discovered, Spotlight is no longer located in the same spot.
Now, instead of swiping to the left of the main home screen, you can swipe down on any home screen to pull down the search field.
This is the same way users … Read more
The simple act of enabling Bluetooth, or disabling Wi-Fi on an iOS device has never been truly simple. The process required way too many taps to navigate to a switch buried deep within the Settings app.
With iOS 7 the process to control things such as Wi-Fi, orientation lock, music, brightness, airplane mode, and Do Not Disturb has been streamlined into a convenient panel. Selecting any of the respective buttons for a service at the top of the panel, such as Bluetooth, will toggle the status of said service.
In addition to quick access to the controls mentioned above, you'… Read more
For the first time since the introduction of the first iPhone and iOS, apps can run in the background, carrying out whatever tasks are requested. Until now, location services, music playback, and VoIP calls were the only types of apps that could run in the background on iOS.
The biggest factor that kept Apple from opening up background apps was battery life. Well, apparently Apple feels it's finally ready to open up iOS apps on iOS 7 and let developers have full access to background activities.
Should you find your battery life isn't as good as you'd … Read more
The bubble or spirit level is not among the headlining features of iOS 7, but if you are assembling a piece of Ikea furniture, hanging a picture, or otherwise find yourself in need of a level, it can save you a trip to the garage or basement for your actual level or the App Store for such a third-party app.
Apple didn't grant the humble bubble level its own app, instead choosing to hide it within another default app. Care to guess which one? Time's up! The answer (drum roll, please): the Compass app.
If you look carefully, … Read more