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9 Practical Tips For Your iOS7 Device

9 Practical Tips For Your iOS7 Device

Since iOS7 became public for use, the latest Apple software has gotten mixed reviews. While overall users have found the software to come with multiple benefits, there are many individuals that feel that the user interface could have been developed a bit better. Other complaints of iOS7 are how a lot of the features aren’t easily found or known to new users. Which is why today, we will offer you 9 practical tips for your iOS7 device.

Burst Photography

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    Burst mode on cameras, and in photography in general, is when you are able to press down the shutter release and take multiple photos as long as the shutter release is pressed. In iOS7, this is possible by pressing the volume up button the iPhone itself, not headphones. This is great for taking action shots on your phone.

    New Way to Quit Apps

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      On previous versions of iOS, you would have to double press the home button to release the icons of previously used applications. To quit, you would then have to press and hold on an icon and press the “x” to quit each one. When you don’t quit each app, it continues to run in the background. However, in iOS7, to quit an application, you just have to double tap the home button and slide up the page of the app that is shown. This is similar in design to “cards” found on Palm devices.

      Mastering Control Center

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        Thanks to iOS7, we are able to adjust various settings without having to actually go to your iPhone’s system preferences. This is made possible with Control Center. By simply sliding up on the screen from the bottom of the screen just above the home button, you are able to find the following controls:

        • Airplane Mode (On/Off)
        • WIFI (On/Off)
        • Bluetooth (On/Off)
        • Do Not Disturb (On/Off)
        • Lock Orientation (On/Off)
        • Brightness (Slider)
        • Music/Audio Controls (Fast Forward/Rewind/Pause/Play/Volume)
        • AirDrop (Activate/Adjust Permissions – iPhone 5 and newer)
        • Flashlight (On/Off)
        • Timer (Launch Clock App)
        • Calculator (Launch Calculator App)
        • Camera (Launch Camera App)

        Message Timestamps

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          When you are messaging other individuals, your iPhone would previously show the day it was sent at the top of a thread of messages. However, you weren’t able to get a very accurate timing on when a message was specifically sent. iOS7, this is possible by sliding to the left on any message in the thread. From there, you can view the specific time a message was sent or received. To scroll through messages while revealing the timestamp, simply slide to the left and slide up and down without lifting the finger. This feature works in both iMessage and texting.

          Next Page, Please

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            In various apps and most parts of iOS 7, to go to a previous page, all you have to do is swipe to the right. This works in everything from Safari to Messages and supported apps. This prevents you from having to search for a back or forward button, which makes navigation more seamless.

            Improving Battery Life

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              The biggest complaint of iOS7 is how the battery life sucks. With the new features being added, iPhone 5 and 5S/5c devices suffer very minimally but iPhone 4 and 4S devices can feel the bunch a bit. So, how do we extend the battery life as best as we can? This is possible by first and foremost turning off background app refresh. This refreshes content when an app is in multitask, and with it being turned on automatically on iOS7, this is a battery eater.

              By going to Settings > General > Background App Refresh, you can either turn it off completely or at least allowing it on apps that truly need it. Also, make use of Control Center to adjust brightness periodically. Finally, automatic updates can put a hamper on your battery if you have a ton of apps. To disable this feature, go to Settings > iTunes and Apple Store and then deselect updates.

              Stop Background Motion Sickness

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                Have you been trying to figure out why iOS7 is making you a bit motion sick; it’s not because of the colors. Well, it could be, but the biggest culprit could be that your background is actually moving. If you haven’t noticed, go to your home screen and just stare at your icons for about a few seconds while moving your phone around like a gyroscope. You will begin to notice the icons are moving as well. To turn this off, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Turn on “Reduce Motion”.

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                Discover iTunes Radio

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                  Pandora was the Internet radio service that allowed individuals to discover new genres and artists based on other songs they enjoyed. iTunes Radio played on this idea by allowing individuals to enjoy Internet radio based on songs and singers they create stations for based on specific genres or artists. To enjoy iTunes Radio, simply look at “Featured Stations”, click on “New Stations”, or use the search tool to find artists and genres that interest you. From there, play away. You can skip up to seven songs, but you can fast forward or rewind.

                  Optimizing Location Services

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                    iOS7 is very location intensive, with the ability to even track your most frequented locations in settings. iOS7 also allows you to make use of locations in Notification Center, where you are able to time your commute without opening an app. The software tracks your most frequent destination and tells you how long it takes from where you currently are to get to your most frequented destination. To find your most frequented locations, go to Settings > Privacy > System Services > Frequent Locations.

                    Despite iOS7 not having some of the best reviews, it is still software that offers a lot for the user to explore. We hope that this article will allow you to become more acquainted with the finished product of iOS7 and even help you to become a master of the new software. Let us know in the comments below what the biggest hurdle was for you to become acquainted with iOS7. Was it the design or was it control center? We’d love to hear your thoughts.

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                    Last Updated on February 15, 2019

                    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

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                        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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