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9 Practical Tips For Your iOS7 Device

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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.

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                    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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                    How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

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                    How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

                    There comes a time when we may be searching online and don’t want the browser to remember our footsteps. The reasons don’t always have to be what we obviously think of as the main reason; for example, sometimes, you may not want Safari to remember your passwords or prompt you to enter your password when surfing the web.

                    Whatever the reason, we may think that we are totally in the clear with Private Browsing on Safari and the other browsers on a Mac. However, a quick Terminal command can bring up every website you’ve visited. How do you do this? Also, how do you clear your tracks for good? We will provide both answers and more today.

                      What Does Private Browsing Do?

                      When activated, Private Browsing on Safari prevents your browsing history from being kept in the history tab of the application. Along with this, it doesn’t autofill information that you have saved in the browser. In this mode, you essentially become incognito and any references of previous use is essentially hidden when you are in private mode.

                      For example: if you are on Facebook or filling out a form and some information or your login is already filled in in the spaces provided, this is called autofill. It’s activated by simply clicking Safari next to the Apple symbol in the menubar and selecting Private Browsing, then clicking “OK” to the prompt.

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                      The reasons behind private mode differ for each individual. While we won’t go into all of those reasons, one thing that is  important to remember is that private browsing doesn’t forget the websites you visit. As we will see later on, Macs keep a second copy of the websites you visit in either mode. If you are in frantic mode looking for a solution to this, look no further.

                      The Terminal Archive

                      While Safari does a good job of keeping your search history out of prying eyes in the history tab, there is a less-than-obvious way to view a full list of visited websites on Mac. This is done in Terminal; the command-line emulator that allows you to make changes to your Mac.

                      Terminal is located in the Utilities folder on your Mac. Once activated, simply add the command:

                      dscacheutil -cachedump -entries Host

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                      Once you hit “enter”, a list of the visited sites appear. Showing only the domains, the sites appear in a format of:

                      Key: h_name :(website domain)ipv4 :1

                      However, there’s no need to fear—there is a way you can clear this information from Terminal with a command that’s just as simple.

                      Clearing Your Tracks

                      Just as simply as you were able to enter the command to view the websites, you can clear the cache that Terminal showed you with the comamnd:

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                      dscacheutil -flushcache

                      As the command denotes, this literally “flushes” the domains from Terminal. This does not prevent the record from continuing to be recorded for future sites, however, so if that’s an issue for you, repeat this process regularly.

                      Other Browsers and Private Browsing

                      Other browsers have this form of privacy mode for their service. They promise many of the same things as Safari, but they do not have the same Terminal issue due to how this command only presents websites visited on Safari (the browser Macs come shipped with).

                      If you use Firefox, you’ll notice that its private mode is also known as Private Browsing. Chrome calls private mode Incognito, while Internet Explorer refers to it as InPrivate Browsing. Opera is the newest to the scene, denoting it as Private Tab. Safari is the oldest well-known browser with this feature.

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                      As you can see, despite Private Browsing not being 100% private, Terminal allows for your browser to be. In what ways has Terminal helped your life or allowed you to become more productive? Let us know in the comments below.

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