By Scott Fegette | Wednesday, May 20, 2015
When the apps we use day-to-day are scattered across phones, tablets, laptops, and desktop computers—things can get confusing.
You might start an email on your iPhone, but after a page of painful texting, realize it would be easier to finish it on your laptop. Or you might have left a document open on your office computer upstairs, but you need to access it from your tablet while taking a phone call downstairs. If you’ve got more than one device, you can probably relate.
Apple’s recent releases of OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 tackle this digital dilemma with a new feature called Handoff, which allows you to easily, well, “hand off” certain tasks between devices.
For example, open your MacBook Pro’s current browser tab on your iPhone. Pass that spreadsheet on your iPhone to your iPad Air for a bit more breathing room. Respond to that desktop IM message on your iPhone.
It’s a pretty compelling promise—but does Handoff walk the walk? Let’s set it up, and take a look.
By Scott Fegette | Thursday, February 26, 2015
Typing on iPads or iPhones will always feel like a second-class experience compared to the raw efficiency of a physical keyboard.
Fortunately, there are lots of shortcuts and tricks to help—and with iOS 8, Apple added the ability to install third-party keyboard extensions to make text entry and typing on iOS devices even easier.
Here are your options.
By Scott Fegette | Tuesday, February 24, 2015
With today’s hectic pace of life, it’s hard to stay on top of correspondence. And maintaining an empty email inbox can seem an unattainable goal for everyone but the obsessively efficient.
Fortunately, if you’ve got an iPhone or iPad with Siri, you’ve got a built-in social assistant at your beck and call.
Not only is Siri handy for managing your day-to-day logistics, but with a few Siri commands, you can have her manage your social interactions, as well. Here’s what Siri can do for you:
By Scott Fegette | Monday, February 02, 2015
Despite the power of today’s iPhones and iPads, the basic task of editing text on them can still feel clunky compared to the ease of doing so on a desktop or laptop computer.
Simple text-editing tasks like cutting and pasting can feel foreign at best.
Let me show you how to copy and paste on iPads and iPhones—plus how to use other handy text-editing features.
By Scott Fegette | Saturday, January 31, 2015
When Siri first debuted on the iPhone 4, I upgraded immediately. The thought of voice-activating my life drew me in like a magnet.
But after my first few tries, the reality of using Siri day-to-day fell far short of what I’d expected.
I didn’t give up, though. And despite periods of frustration, I finally learned how to get the most out of Siri. Now I use her many times a day, with great success. Here’s how:
By Jeff Carlson | Wednesday, December 10, 2014
It’s hard to beat the convenience of having a good camera in your pocket, which is why so many people are now snapping most photos with their iPhones.
But what happens next with those images? Do they languish in the Camera Roll until it’s time to free up space?
One option is to turn those digital bits into physical products. If you’re still looking for holiday gift ideas, or want to assemble a visual remembrance of the year, everything you need may be right there on your phone.
You don’t even need a computer! Apps and services make it possible to order prints and create photo projects—even while you’re waiting in long lines or curled up by a fireplace.
By Justin Seeley | Wednesday, November 26, 2014
The holidays are a great time of year to pick up a new smartphone. Every manufacturer has their latest flagship product out and on display.
But when you’re buying one for someone else, it’s hard to know which one to choose.
Let’s take a look at some of the hottest phones on the market today—to help you decide which one’s right for the lucky recipient on your list.
By Ashley Kennedy | Sunday, November 16, 2014
Yesterday’s parents reached for their wallets to show off photos of their kids and grandkids. But today’s parents pull out their mobile phones to proudly display their family moments—so if you’re considering holiday cards this year, think about offering your season’s greetings in the digital realm!
With very little effort, you can send a digital holiday card: a simple photo-based video project, which your loved ones can easily play on their phones, tablets, or desktop computers.
Best of all, you can create it quickly and easily using nothing more than the contents of your phone’s photo gallery and any basic editing software.
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