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25 Hidden iOS 8 Tips & Tricks That You’ll Regret Not Knowing Now

25 Hidden iOS 8 Tips & Tricks That You’ll Regret Not Knowing Now

iOS 8 comes out, and brings tons of awesome features. Now, it provides you with more powerful photo editing, more convenient voice message editing, more intelligent keyboard typing, and healthy track. It even opens to third-party keyboard apps, and enables to integrate Touch ID with some apps. All of these bring more friendly and useful experience to enjoy iOS life. However, that’s not the end. Actually, they’re many useful but hidden tips and tricks. I searched the internet and tested it on my own, here I cover 25 iOS 8 tips and tricks to show you how surprising it is.

1. Check Battery Usage

Your battery drains in an alarming rate, which forces you to charge iPhone, iPad or iPod touch frequently. Don’t worry. iOS 8 helps to monitor battery usage and tells you which apps drain your battery most. Just go to Settings > General > Usage > Battery Usage.

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    2. Recover Deleted Photos

    Have you accidentally deleted photos from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch? Don’t panic. iOS 8 brings the deleted photos back effortlessly. Tap Photos app and you will see a Recently Deleted album. This album temporarily contains photos that have been deleted recently. It keeps these photos for 30 days. Thus, you’d better recover your wanted photos before the deadline.

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      3. Purchase Songs via Siri

      As you know, iOS 8 enables Siri to listen to the song that is playing and recognize it via Shazam. That’s not all that Siri can do. Now, Siri offers a URL to buy the song from iTunes Store. How convenient and intellectual it is.

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        4. FaceTime Call Waiting

        iOS 8 brings call waiting to FaceTime. That means, when you’re busy on FaceTime with your friends, you have the choice to reject the incoming phone call or end your current call for the new one.

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          5. WiFi Calling

          Are you a T-Mobile customer? Good news for you. Now, you don’t have to depend on T-Mobile cell tower coverage to make and receive phone calls. Instead, iOS 8 gives you the ability to make and receive phone calls over Wi-Fi. Just tap Settings > Phone > Wi-Fi Calls > turn on Allow WiFi Calls.

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            6. DuckDuckGo Search

            Fed up with Google search due to its tracking your searching? You have another choice. iOS 8 introduces DuckDuckGo, which protects your privacy to its extreme. To use it, you just need to tap Settings > Safari > Search Engine > Set DuckDuckGo as the default search engine.

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              7. Travel Time Notifications

              How long it will take to reach your wanted destination? When will you get to your appointment? iOS 8 gives you an answer on the calendar, so you don’t overbook. Tough as it is, it makes your trips more convenient.

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                8. Hide Predictive Keyboard

                It offers a brilliant feature that it can predict what words you want to type next. It’s convenient, but sometimes you might find it annoying. If so, you can hide the predictive keyboard by tapping the predictive words downwards. Whenever you need, you can tap upward to get them back.

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                  9. Rearrange the Share Icons

                  Want to share interesting or funny photos with your friends, but the share icons are too many? Now, there is a way out, which gives you the power to rearrange the share icons to any placement simply by tapping, holding and dragging.

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                    10. Lunar calendar support

                    If you’re a Chinese, I’m sure you love this fantastic feature. It brings Lunar calendar for you. That is to say, now you’re able to pay close attention to all the Chinese traditional holidays, Chinese birthday and make arrangement in advance. To use Lunar calendar, you should tap Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > go to CALENDARS section > Alternative Calendars > tick Chinese.

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                      11. Emergency Contact and Medical ID

                      Thanks to the In Case of Emergency feature of iOS 8, anybody has easy access to your emergency contact info and media ID without unlocking your iPhone. To set it up, tap Health app. Tap Media ID, the icon at the lower right corner to create your medical information. Then, tap Create Medical ID to enter your information, including birthday medical condition, medication, emergency contact, blood type, height, weight and more.

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                        12. Powerful Text Editing in Notes

                        Now, Notes app in this new iOS enables you to personalize and color your own editing style. You can apply italics, bold and underline to a word, phrase and even a whole paragraph. It’s not just about words. You can even add any photo to the note you’re editing.

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                          13. Hey, Siri

                          Just say “Hey, Siri”, and Siri will be launched. You can do it as long as your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch is on and is being charged. It brings great convenience for you when you want to speak to Siri. To set it up, you can tap Settings > General > Siri > turn on Allow “Hey Siri”.

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                            14. Send Video Messages

                            Stop getting everybody on FaceTime to share videos! Now, you can quickly send a video via messages. Go to Messages app and tap camera-like icon on the left. Choose Tale Photo or Video and then make a video clip and tap Use Video. Then, tap Send to send the video to anybody else.

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                              15. Camera Self-timer

                              Self-timer helps to take better selfie. Tap Camera app and slide to PHOTO mode. Tap the clock-like icon and you get 3 choices. You can delay the photo-taking for 3s or 10s. If you don’t want it, tap Off.

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                                16. Hide Photo

                                Have taken some photos, and want to keep it secret? Hide them. iOS 8 gives you the power to hide any photo you don’t want to expose. Just tap Photos app, and then tap and hold any photo. In the pop-up notice, tap Hide > Hide Photo. The photo will disappear. However, you must know that the photo you hide can be seen from Album. To let nobody see the photo, I think you’d better back it up and permanently delete it with some third-party tool, like SafeEraser.

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                                  17. Separate Controls for Focus and Exposure

                                  Finally, separate controls for focus and exposure come out with this OS. When you’re taking a photo and tap the screen, a yellow square and a small sun icon appear. Drag your finger up and down, and exposure lever will be up and down too. When you slide your finger up and down, the small sun will be up and down. By doing this, you can freely darken or lighten the brightness.

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                                    18. Favorite Photo

                                    It makes it very handy to add photos to your Favorite album. To make it, just tap Photos app and tap any photo. A heart-like icon appears at the bottom. Go tap it. Then, the photo will be in your Favorite album.

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                                      19. Quick Website Search

                                      The Quick Website Search feature allows Safari to use the smart search box to search within websites automatically. For example, enter “Wiki” in the address bar, and then correct Wikipedia website will appear in the search results. Tap it to easily access to the website.

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                                        20. Mark Messages as Read

                                        Too many unread messages stuck in the Message app? The new feature enables you to mark all unread messages as read. Just tap Messages app and tap Edit at the upper left corner. Go to the lower left corner and tap Read All.

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                                          21. Request Desktop Site

                                          Usually when you visit a website on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, the server automatically serves a mobile-optimized webpage. What if you want to browse a desktop website on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch? It gives you an answer. Now, the Request Desktop Website feature is built into Safari. Launch Safari and enter a website in the address box. In the pull-down menu, choose Request Desktop Site.

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                                            22. Grayscale Mode

                                            It’s cool that Grayscale Mode finally comes out. This accessibility feature lets you watch your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch in a temperate situation. To set it up, you just need to tap Settings > General > Accessibility > Turn on Grayscale.

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                                              23. Add RSS Feeds to Safari

                                              You’re able to subscribe to RSS feeds in Safari. The RSS feeds will appear in the Share Links tab. Just launch Safari and visit any website that you want to subscribe to. Tap Bookmarks icon and tap @ icon. Go to the lower right corner and tap Subscription and tap Add Current Site.

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                                                24. Disable Notifications for Annoying Apps

                                                Feel annoyed because some apps keep sending you useless notifications? Now, you don’t have to suffer anymore. It empowers you to disable notifications for an app. Go to Settings > Notifications > Tap any App > turn off Allow Notifications.

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                                                  25. See All Details in Messages

                                                  It adds a new Details feature, which allows you to see all attachments in a conversation, like photos and videos. This makes it extremely easy for you to delete the large files to free up space. Besides, it also lets you share your location with your friends.

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                                                    All in all, there might be some flaws in this new version, but more new features outweigh the downsides.

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                                                    Last Updated on September 11, 2019

                                                    8 Most Effective Games and Apps to Learn to Type Fast

                                                    8 Most Effective Games and Apps to Learn to Type Fast

                                                    Computers and cell phones have become an integrated tool in our professional and personal lives that the original methods of using pen and paper may not be so common anymore.

                                                    Although our old-school methods of note taking may not have entirely left us, technology is advancing with no intention of slowing down; iPads are moving into service industries, video calls are taking the place of in-person interviews, and store receipts are making its way into our email inbox – all of which requires the skill of typing.

                                                    Learning a new skill doesn’t have to be boring and never had to be. Thankfully, there are effective games and apps that can help you learn to type fast with swift precision and accuracy.

                                                    Why Typing Fast Matters?

                                                    Learning how to type fast is a game changer. In fact, you can save 21 days per year by typing fast!

                                                    Although shaving several minutes from curating a long email or texting paragraphs in a text message may not seem to be of great significance, the minutes soon do eventually add up and the long list of tasks then evolve into frustration. By the end of the day, time is being wasted, and the work pile is stacked high over your head.

                                                    Why not alleviate some of those frustrations through practice and dedicating your spare time to build muscle memory?

                                                    Learning a simple skillset like speed typing can drastically improve other essential areas in life including time-management and prioritization. Not only does it help you efficiently complete tasks at work and in your personal life, but it also boosts your productivity.

                                                    8 Most Effective Typing Games and Apps

                                                    Everyone learns at different speeds and uses various methods. While some work better under pressure and tight deadlines, others thrive when given ample amounts of time to learn and soak in the knowledge that is being provided. Despite the number of resources that are available in the hollow corners of the internet, it’s all about finding one source that helps you learn at your fullest potential.

                                                    Whether you’re a keyboard ninja or not, here are some effective typing games and apps that allow you to test your speed, accuracy, and maybe shoot some spaceships along the way.

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                                                    For Beginners

                                                    1. Speed Typing Online

                                                      What’s more fun than to type to the story of Alice in Wonderland or the lyrics to “Hey Jude”? Speed Typing Online is an online typing game that allows you to dive into the creative and familiar world of famous books, fables, songs, and even hone your skills in data entry.

                                                      The bright blue frame holds the text, which then turns green after punching in the accurate keystrokes. After the end of the personal timer, a statistics page appears to show you your typed words per minute, accuracy, correct and incorrect entries, and error rate.

                                                      2. Typing Trainer

                                                        Typing Trainer

                                                        is another online platform suited for beginner typists looking for step-by-step lessons. Learning the keys on a keyboard can confusing especially for those who aren’t as familiar or getting adjusted to typing on a computer keyboard.

                                                        Typing Trainer has a collection of step-by-step tutorials that covers everything from sentence drills, introduction to new keys as the lessons progress, and skills test. The Typing Trainer specifically highlights unique features in each lesson including a warm-up section where the user begin to build muscle memory and learn to type without looking at the keyboard.

                                                        The website is also programed to identify difficulties the user is facing when typing specific words or sentences.

                                                        3. TapTyping – Typing Trainer

                                                          There is the feeling of physically typing on a keyboard and then there’s the feeling of typing on a touch screen mobile device.

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                                                          Since the use of cell phones has become closely integrated into our everyday lives, learning to type on a mobile is much of a skillset as it is to type on a computer. The mobile typing app, TapTyping – Typing Trainer, allows users to practice while on-the-go making it perfect for commuters who want to practice typing during their down time.

                                                          The app allows you to challenge other typists around the world with TapTyping’s global leaderboard and test your skills by taking advanced lessons. There’s always room for improvement and with the app, you’ll be able to find your mistakes by watching a heat map of your finger strokes.

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                                                          4. The Most Dangerous Writing App

                                                            Suitable for writers facing a creative block or on a tight-deadline, the Most Dangerous Writing App is a website that forces your fingers to type as quickly as your ideas.

                                                            If you stop longer than 5 seconds, everything you had written will slowly disappear from the screen.

                                                            Sessions are timed from 3 minutes to 20 minutes, or can go from 75 to 1667 words. This online app is perfect to brain dump ideas, write a chapter of a manuscript you’ve been stuck on, or help with procrastination.

                                                            If you’re up to the challenge, try the hardcore mode – an alternative option where a single letter appears on the screen at a time. This level prevents you from seeing the entire word, sentences, or even correct any spelling or grammatical mistakes until the timer is complete.

                                                            If you’re wondering, copying and pasting is not an option until each the end of each session.

                                                            5. The Typing Cat

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                                                              Looking to upgrade your typing skills? Also working as a personal tutor, the Typing Cat has a list of regular typing courses with the option to try other lessons with more complexity such as HTML. Learning to type code is a another valulable skillset worth adding.

                                                              Even with disregarded interest in the coding world, using the code course enhances your typing skills and allows your fingers to familiarize itself with uncommon word combinations and placement of punctuations on a keyboard.

                                                              The coding course can be difficult even for typing whizzes, but it’s all a part of muscle memory. According Psychology Today,[1] only a handful of people actually learn how to type by looking at an actual keyboard, while a majority of the population locate specific keys intuitively through muscle memory.

                                                              Available courses include EcmaScript 6, HTML 5, and CSS 3.

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                                                              6. ZType — Space Invaders Meet Webster

                                                                Remember playing the iconic 70’s game that allowed you to shoot tiny purple and green aliens from one end of the screen to the other with a two-bullet laser? It’s hard to believe that Space Invaders just turned 40 , but you can still get the same adrenaline rush with ZType, a typing game with the same shooting concept.

                                                                Ztype works in waves – stages that must be cleared but instead of aliens, you must type out the words before the missiles destroy your ship at the bottom of the screen. Every so often, longer and mor complex words would appear and if the words are not typed in the allotted time, a series of letters will disperse like missles.

                                                                The game is quick on the fingers and will still have your heart pumping until the very end.

                                                                7. Epistory – Typing Chronicles

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                                                                  Although this game does cost money to purchase, it is worth the investment if you’re looking for a refreshing and alternative mode to learning how to type fast.

                                                                  Epistory – Typing Chronicles is a role-playing action and adventure game of a young girl riding a fox in a magical and fictional realm; together they combat enemies in the shapes and forms of words.

                                                                  Once you’re starterted, you almost forget you’re playing a typing game. The paper craft art aesthetics of the game has you captivated by the vibrant colors and character’s storyline, while having you build your typing skills.

                                                                  8. Daily Quote Typing

                                                                    Need some inspiration? Say no more.

                                                                    Daily Quote Typing is one of many gammes available on Wordgames.com – a website that offers a variety of typing games ranging from different levels based on your experience.

                                                                    With Daily Quote Typing, users are able to type out inspirational quotes by famous leaders, inventors, and innovators such as Mark Twain and Albert Einstein.

                                                                    Bottom Line

                                                                    At the end of the day, discipline and patience is what teaches to type faster. It comes down to making that commitment to improving not only your typing abilities, but in a lifelong skill that benefits other areas in life.

                                                                    By practicing daily and using effective games and apps, it’s only a matter of time before keystrokes will become second nature and your brain will adapt to learning other skills faster.

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