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 Jeff Carlson | Thursday, April 9, 2015
My main photo library is stored in Adobe Lightroom, so I often browse and edit selected shots on my iPad using the Lightroom mobile app.
I sync a folder of images that I’ve already imported into Lightroom on the desktop and then, using the iPad, rate and edit photos on the couch instead of in front of my computer.
Until recently, if I wanted to use those photos in another app, I’d have to first share them to the iPad’s built-in photo library and then open them in the other app from there.
Well, some shortcuts are finally working around that diversion. Several apps can now pull images directly from an Adobe Creative Cloud account, bypassing the internal photo library.
Here are three apps that let you spend time being creative—instead of shuffling image files around:
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 2, 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 | Sunday, November 30, 2014
Tablets are a hot-ticket-item around the holidays, and with so many on the market now, it can be tricky to decide exactly which tablet is right for which kind of user. Let me show you several tablets that are sure to please anyone on your shopping list.
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