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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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                                                    5 Best Language Learning Apps to Master a New Language

                                                    5 Best Language Learning Apps to Master a New Language

                                                    Learning a new language is no easy feat. While a language instructor is irreplaceable, language learning apps have come to revolutionize a lot of things and it has made language learning much easier. Compared to language learning websites, apps offer a more interactive experience to learn a new language.

                                                    The following language learning apps are the top recommended apps for your language learning needs:

                                                    1. Duolingo

                                                      Duolingo is a very successful app that merged gamification and language learning. According to Expanded Ramblings, the app now counts with 300 million users.

                                                      Duolingo offers a unique concept, an easy-to-use app and is a great app to accompany your language acquisition journey. The courses are created by native speakers, so this is not data or algorithm-based.

                                                      The app is free and has the upgrade options with Duolingo Plus for $9.99, which are add free lessons. The mobile app offers 25 languages and is popular for English-speaking learners learning other languages.

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                                                      2. HelloTalk

                                                        HelloTalk aims to facilitate speaking practice and eliminate the stresses of a real-time and life conversation. The app allows users to connect to native speakers and has a WhatsApp like chat that imitates its interface.

                                                        There is a perk to this app. The same native speakers available also want to make an even exchange and learn your target language, so engagement is the name of the game.

                                                        What’s more, the app has integrated translation function that bypasses the difficulties of sending a message with a missing word and instead fills in the gap.

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                                                        3. Mindsnacks

                                                          Remember that Duolingo has integrated gamification in language learning? Well, Mindsnacks takes the concept to another level. There is an extensive list of languages available within the app comes with eight to nine games designed to learn grammar, vocabulary listening.

                                                          You will also be able to visualize your progress since the app integrates monitoring capabilities. The layout and interface is nothing short of enjoyable, cheerful and charming.

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                                                          4. Busuu

                                                            Bussu is a social language learning app. It is available on the web, Android, and iOS. It currently supports 12 languages and is free.

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                                                            The functionality allows users to learn words, simple dialogues and questions related to the conversations. In addition, the dialogues are recorded by native speakers, which brings you close to the language learning experience.

                                                            When you upgrade, you unlock important features including course materials. The subscription is $17 a month.

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                                                            5. Babbel

                                                              Babbel is a subscription-based service founded in 2008. According to LinguaLift, it is a paid cousing of Duolingo. The free version comes with 40 classes, and does not require you to invest any money.

                                                              Each of the classes starts with with a sequential teaching of vocabulary with the help of pictures. The courses are tailor made and adapted to the students’ level, allowing the learning to be adjusted accordingly.

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                                                              If you started learning a language and stopped, Babbel will help you pick up where you started.

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                                                              Takeaways

                                                              All the apps recommended are tailored for different needs, whether you’re beginning to learn a language or trying to pick back up one. All of them are designed by real-life native speakers and so provide you with a more concrete learning experience.

                                                              Since these apps are designed to adapt to different kinds of learning styles, do check out which one is the most suitable for you.

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