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15 Incredible Ways iOS 8 Has Improved Our Lives

15 Incredible Ways iOS 8 Has Improved Our Lives

The launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus triggered a huge amount of interest among consumers, with a grand total of 21 million units shifted globally during its first month on sale. The success of these products is not only driven by their advanced design and quality, however, but also the supporting operation system that empowers users and enables them to get the absolute most from their devices.

In this case, the new and improved iOS 8 has created an entirely new dimension for iPhone users and Apple customers. With this in mind, let’s consider the unique benefits of this software and how it has improved the typical user experience.

1. New Interactive Notifications

In previous versions of Apples iOS software, users would often have to leave an application to view new or real-time messages. This is no longer the case with iOS 8, however, as it is now possible to view and respond to new interactions in real-time and without having to close an existing tool or app. Simply by swiping down when you receive a message, you can view it instantaneously and reply. Interestingly, the new software also enables you to interact with third party app notifications in the same way.

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    2. Third Party Keyboards

    For users of the iPhone 6 Plus in particular, there is likely to be a keen emphasis on the creation and sharing of documents. It is therefore fortunate that the iOS 8 allows you to install third party keyboards such as SwiftKey, Skype and Fleksy, as this makes it easier to type accurately and efficiently as and when required. These keyboards can easily be downloaded from the app store, and they are ideal for professional iPhone users who are looking to be productive while on the move.

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      3. A Brand New Predictive Typing Keyboard

      On the subject of keyboards, the new iOS 8 also features an advanced predictive typing system that helps you to create documents more seamlessly. More specifically, it makes suggestions for upcoming words that you are likely to type, using intelligent programming that enables you to work quickly and efficiently. It is even context sensitive to different types of content and can be customized to suit different users or recipients, so it is undoubtedly one of the most unique and innovative features of the new software.

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        4. Find and Access Contacts Easier than Ever Before

        If access to predictive and third party keyboards helps to create an improved and more convenient user experience, the same can be said for the way in which you can search and access contact through the new iOS 8. Simply by double tapping the home button you will be able to view both popular windows and a new row of circles to denote your most recent contacts. You can then swipe right to access favorites and make instant calls to your friends and family alike.

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          5. Send More Photos

          There is nothing better than being able to share photographs with loved ones, and thanks to the iOS 8, it is now possible to share multiple images simultaneously without having to leave the messaging window. With previous incarnations of iPhone operating system, you would have to constantly go back and forth from your photo stream, but now you can tap the camera icon and access up to twenty of your most recently captured images. Then it is up to you to select which images you would like to send from your iPhone.

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            6. Send Photos and Videos Instantly from your iPhone 6

            Similarly, you can also send images and videos instantly from your iPhone using the new radial wheel camera feature. You can simply press and hold camera icon to access this tool, which subsequently enables you to capture and instantly send a photograph or video without forcing you to visit your photo stream. It is the ultimate in real-time imaging and sharing features, and marks the iOS 8 as a cutting edge piece of software.

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              7. Share Applications with your Close Family Members

              One of the main attractions of the iPhone series it is range of innovative applications, whether these are free to access or subscription based. The new iOS 8 builds on this by introducing a brand new family app sharing feature, which lets you share a chosen application or program with up to six members of your family at any given time. You can enable this by visiting the settings page on your iPhone, before clicking on iCloud and then ‘Set up Family Sharing’ to enter your details.

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                8. A Brand New 3D Graphics Engine

                Arguably the single most impressive iOS 8 features, gamers will be pleased to know that the iPhone 6 includes a new 3D graphics engine called Metal. Essentially, this means that the new software can render improved three dimensional graphics and enable better integration with desktop development kits, which in turn creates a more interactive gaming experience whether you are enjoying a sporting title or an immersive instant play casino platform. This is a significant feature of the iOS 8, especially when you consider the popularity of mobile gaming in 2014.

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                  9. New Message Features and Developments

                  One of the first things that iPhone 6 users may notice is the significant improvements surrounding group messaging, as it is now possible to add and remove people from conversations in real-time through the iOS 8. You can also leave a thread yourself, while also having the opportunity to access a brand new attachment view that presents an entire conversation in a single screen shot. If you enjoy group conversations, the new iOS 8 software will offer several pleasant surprises.

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                    10. New Mail Gestures and Management Tools

                    In addition to boasting new messaging features, the iPhone 6 and iOS 8 also includes innovative mail gestures and management tools. These include the option of instantly flagging or deleting new emails, while you can also swipe right to mark individual messages as being either read or unread. The updated operating system also enables you to swipe down on a new message and hide it temporarily, so that you can focus on alternative tasks before returning to it later.

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                      11. Spotlight Enhancements

                      The appeal of modern smartphones is often defined by their online capabilities, and many of the noticeable improvements in the iOS 8 are focused on Internet browser capacity. Take the Spotlight Enhancements feature, for example, which has incorporated a number of tools from OS X Y Yosemite and now enables users to seamless search online for data and access movies, applications and music files through iTunes. This can help you to save time when surfing online and get the most from your iPhone experience.

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                        12. Extensions in the Safari Browser

                        Apple has always featured the Safari browser, and thanks to the new iOS 8 software, this now supports browser extensions. This has a number of potential applications for all iPhone users, depending on their preferred actions and applications. It is possible to install and instantly use a translation extension when browsing foreign web pages, for example, while you can also sync and automatically log in to your 1Passwords accounts from a single location. These extensions are a huge component of the iOS 8 and have improved the versatility of the iPhone considerably.

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                          13. Health Integrates All Your Data into a Single Application

                          Health and fitness applications are among the most popular across all mobile developers, with the iPhone having access to the most innovative and purposeful on the market. iOS 8 is able to capitalize on this with its brand new ‘Health’ app, which offers you instant and unrestricted access to all of your fitness information and physical data. As if this was not enough, you can also integrate relevant third party applications and store all of your health information in a single, conveniently accessible file.

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                            14. Touch ID Works In Any Application

                            Touch ID is Apple’s signature fingerprint recognition feature, which has previously featured on the iPhone 5S and iOS 7. It is much more prominent on the iOS 8, however, as Touch ID is now accessible through any application on both the iPhone 6 handset and the iPhone 6 Plus phablet. The result of this is significantly enhanced security and peace of mind, with email accounts and apps such as Day One now capable of being password protected by your unique fingerprint.

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                              15. Improved iCloud Function and Performance between Apps

                              Fans of the iOS 7 will be interested to learn about iCloud drive, which is a new iOS 8 feature that has been designed to let users access all documents and share them across multiple platforms. In essence you can edit a file in one application and then share it with another program seamlessly. It is an innovative and entirely brand new feature, and while it is not yet accessible through Yosemite, it should be rolled out universally in the coming months. For professional users, this will be a huge boon and something that can enable them to work more flexibly.

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                                7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                                7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                                Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                                Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                                Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                                So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                                Joe’s Goals

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                                  Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                                  Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                                  Daytum

                                    Daytum

                                    is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                                    Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                                    Excel or Numbers

                                      If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                                      What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                                      Evernote

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                                        I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                                        Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                                        Access or Bento

                                          If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                                          Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                                          You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                                          Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                                          All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                                          Conclusion

                                          I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                                          What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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