The Spotlight feature of iOS allows you to search your entire iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch for an e-mail, a contact, an app, or a particular note and much more. When you start using Spotlight, you may not really like the order of search results, or perhaps you don't want to see music results while using Spotlight. This simple guide will show you how to customize the Spotlight feature to fit your preferences and needs. … Read more
It's really easy to accidentally click on ads when using your phone to browse the Web. Many of us are spoiled by the ad-free browsing we experience on our desktop computers, and wish we could experience the same on our rooted Android phones that have less screen real estate to work with. The solution is simple, AdFree, an app by BigTinCan, offers the ability to block out all ads--if it's the right option for you.
Note: This particular application requires that you have a rooted Android phone. Even though you will still be able to install the app … Read more
Apple has released iOS 5 to developers to begin testing apps with the upcoming release. One of the new features is the addition of widgets in the new Notification Center, which you can turn on or off. This video shows you how to use the widget, as well as a new feature in the native Weather app that allows you to view the hourly forecast for any given city, or your current location.
Highlights of the video:Swipe left or right on the Weather widget to view the weekly forecast. Tap or swipe in the Weather app on the forecast … Read more
Are you tired of providing on-site tech support for your friends and family? Providing support remotely is an easy way to help them while maintaining your sanity. If you don't have a computer nearby, but have your Android phone, you can still help. Here's how:
Computer setup Step 1: On the computer you want to remote control, download "TeamViewer QuickSupport" from TeamViewer. The downloaded file is named TeamViewerQS_en.exe. The program is self-contained so it does not need to be installed.
Step 2: Double-click on the TeamViewerQS_en.exe file to launch TeamViewer on the computer you … Read more
Have you ever wondered who you call the most or how many minutes you've used in a given billing period? You can log into your carrier's Web site to check, but why not use an app on your Android phone instead? With an app called Phonalyzr, you can. Here's how to set it up:
Step 1: Install the app, Phonalyzr, from the Android Market.
Step 2: Launch the app and hit the Menu Key to access settings.
Step 3: Set your own billing date and your off-peak times.
Step 4: Select what call data you'd like … Read more
If your iPhone passcode is 1234, you might as well disable it. In fact, if it's in the top 10 of the most common iPhone passcodes, it's not really doing you a whole lot of good. To keep your iPhone secure should it fall into the wrong hands, you might want to think about choosing another four-digit code. Better yet, you can create a custom passcode that will make your iPhone much more secure. It's a snap. Here's how:… Read more
When experimenting with different applications from the Android Market, you might come across a pop-up that asks if you want to set an application as your default choice. For instance, let's say you're trying out Google Voice on your phone and accidentally set it as the default texting app, but you want to be able to choose between Google Voice, Handcent and the default SMS app each time you send a text. Follow these steps to help correct the default app and get your choices back.
Step 1: From the Home screen, press the Menu button and then … Read more
Whether you want to share baby pics with older relatives, stir up vacation envy among your work buddies or just have a memento to affix to the fridge, it's nice to have something to hold. Postcardly lets you assign a unique e-mail address to anyone you like; any picture you send to that address is converted to a physical post card and mailed to them automatically--with a message, if you like. It's incredibly simple to send post cards from your Android device's camera. Here's how to get started:
Sign up for a Postcardly account. They'… Read more
Google Goggles has a peculiar Sudoku-solving feature. If you want the answers because you can't get past a certain point or need them to check your work, here's how:
Step 1: Launch Google Goggles and take a picture of the Sudoku puzzle.
Step 2: Once Google Goggles recognizes it as a Sudoku puzzle, you'll see a notification box that states that it is a Sudoku puzzle. Tap the notification area to move on to the next step.
Step 3: The following screen will display links to Sudoku sites as well as the option to solve the puzzle … Read more
Please keep in mind that this post is based off of a beta version of iOS 5. Apple can (and often does) change the behavior of features before the latest OS hits consumers hands. If anything drastically changes in regards to this feature in iOS 5, we will be sure to update the post.
When Apple announced a new Notification Center with iOS 5, it also revealed that iOS 5 would come with a couple of widgets: weather and stocks. The widgets are active in the Notification Center, the same place you will find the rest of your app alerts on iOS 5.
Some users may not want one or both of the widgets displayed on their iPhone or iPod Touch (as of iOS 5 beta 1, the iPad does not have widget support). This simple guide will show you where to find the toggle switch to turn the widgets off. … Read more