iOS Tip: Alternatives to iOS Stock Apps for iPhone & iPad

hero_frontApple’s core iOS apps are good enough for what they are intended for but there are much better apps out there that can improve your iPhone or iPad experience. A lot of them are free and the others are worth the price tag. Here I will offer a list and short review of each. Continue reading

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iPad Tip: Using the Split Keyboard

First point I’d like to bring up is typing on the iPad. Typing on the iPad is a lot more cumbersome than it is typing on a regular keyboard or on a smartphone. The keyboard is big and typing on a big touch screen keyboard is awkward so if you are expected to write paragraphs, short stories, or multiple-page papers it may take them much longer than just using a computer with a regular keyboard. Some people hold their iPad portrait style and use the pointer finger to type. Others lay their iPad flat on a table and put it in landscape to try to type like on a regular keyboard. Every person has their own preferences which also depends on what mood they’re in or what it is they’re actually typing. If time is always a factor then typing in either way you may get easily frustrated. So in many situations typing on a computer or laptop is simply the way to go.

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App Review: QBright – One Press to Change Your Screen’s Brightness

Image-1If you’re like me then the first thing you do in the morning is check your phone for any new messages, emails, facebook notifications, sports scores, and whatever else. (I call this moment ‘My Morning Briefing.’) However, when you’re just waking up your eyes are more sensitive to bright lights and even the iPhone screen can just be too much for your eyes to take. Enter Quick Brightness – QBright for short.

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iOS Tip: How to Hide the Newsstand App into a Folder

Let’s be serious; most people don’t use the Newsstand app. I know I don’t. Yet, iOS does not allow users to hide it in a folder. Therefore, it’s a useless app taking up space on your home screen. Fortunately, there is an extremely simple solution that only takes about thirty seconds!

From your Mac or PC download an app called ‘StifleStand.’ It is a very small file and the download time should only be about one or two seconds.

Once it’s downloaded, open the file and the following screen should appear:

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App Review: Jasmine – a Superior YouTube Client

20130126-214723.jpgJasmine is a full-featured YouTube app for iOS. It’s free and there is both an iPhone/iPod Touch version and an iPad version. The one word that comes to mind when using this app is elegance. It is just a simple yet beautiful app. I enjoy the user interface much more than Google’s official YouTube app. I actually wish Google would just buy it out and release it as its official one.

But the beauty of this app isn’t actually the reason I recommend this. What I love most about it is the ability to fully create and manage playlists. More specifically, you can search for all the songs of your favorite albums and organize the tracks in order into playlists. With this app you essentially have access to all your favorite albums. And it’s so simple to do. Even the official YouTube app doesn’t have the ability to create playlists. You can somewhat edit them but nowhere near as smooth and easy as you can on Jasmine. You can name a playlist of your favorite album, search for all the songs, and add them to your playlist all from within the search list in less than a minute. Doing this on the YouTube app is just much more cumbersome.
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