iOS8: Heart your Favourite Photos

Yep. I’m still perusing the new iOS8 tips, in an effort to get to know this finicky new operating system.

This is a tiny tip, but could be helpful in terms of quick selection. For instance, say you want to choose some images from student artwork for a slide show, all you would have to do is scroll through your photos, heart the images you would like to use and they will automatically go into a “Favourites” album.

Here are a few screenshots of the process:

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Simple, but could be handy?

iOS8: Set DuckDuckGo as your Default Browser

I saw this tip in this article that features 35 tips for iOS8 and thought I would pluck it pout of the line up and emphasize it. We forget that as great as Google is, it is not the only search engine in town, nor is it the one that respects your privacy very well – it is notorious for tracking searches, profiling its users as well as targeting search results depending on the suer (which can admittedly be good or bad, depending).

Here is what MACworld says about DuckDuckGo:

Privacy could be the next big issue that divided Apple and Google – and one of the ways Apple has set itself on the ‘privacy-respecting’ side of things is this small concession to iOS users: you can now set DuckDuckGo (a search engine that doesn’t track your searches, doesn’t profile its users, and shows the same search results to everyone) as the default search engine on your iPhone or iPad.

To chane your default browser just go to settings–>Safari–>Brwoser and choose the best one for you!

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Here is a screenshot of a search in DuckDuckGo:

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iOS8: New Mail features

iOS8 also has some handy dandy new mail features, which I think we can all agree has been a long time coming.

First, it gives you some extra sorting features. Simply swipe to the right to “Mark as Unread”:

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Swipe to the left for the following options:

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Hmmm. What is the “more”? Let’s check it out:

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The Notify me is also new. This means you will get a notification when someone replies to your email:

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What also interested me was the “move messages” feature. When you tap this option, the mailbox sidebar will pop up (sort of like the Table of contents for your email). Just tap on the mailbox (AKA folder) you would like to put the email in:

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Very handy! And just in case you can’t remember, to create a new mailbox, go to the account you wish to create a new mailbox in and tap on edit:

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See the new Mailbox tab at the bottom here? Tap on that and you are golden!

iOS8: take a selfie with the timer!

I am so excited about this! Used to be, when we were on a family vacation, my husband would prop the camera on a rock or a ledge while we stood still so he could get us all in the frame then press the timer, and race and smile before the click came. It has been many years since all of our photo taking has been on the iPhone camera and we have not been able to inflict the family timed photo on our daughters. Until now! I am rubbing my hand in evil anticipation at all the eye rolling and sighs of impatience this will engender from my kids!

Just tap the little clock icon and choose from either 3 seconds or 10 seconds.

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I was a little confused at first. You have to actually take the photo by pressing the button to trigger the timer. Yep. I was sitting there like an idiot, thinking all I had to do was set the timer. No, you actually have to start it too…Duh.

And then, once I finally figured that out, I was waiting to hear or see a countdown. There was none. It just counts down inside its head and then shoots, no warning. So I recommend counting in your head too so you are no caught unaware. Or freeze frame your face, either one…

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I got tired of looking at myself, so took a photo of the library instead.

iOS8: Change the Brightness of a photo!

Okay. As a way of getting to know all the little tweaks in iOS8, I thought I would check out one feature a day. Did you know that when you take a photo now, you can change the brightness of a photo just by tapping on the image and sliding you finger up and down the sunshine bar?

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Of course, it doesn’t make it a better photo…Sigh. Just tag this #nothingwillmakethisphotogood.

Family Sharing on iOS 8: Explained

If you have updated to iOS8, you will have no doubt come across the push notification asking you to turn on home sharing.  What is this you, might ask yourself? I know I did. Could it be a better, more streamlined way of sharing apps, etc. with your family? Dare I believe it?

YES! Yes, that is exactly what it is! Along with some awesome features like a family calendar (OMG, I am so excited about this one, I am levitating while hugging my iPad! Okay. Not really). But seriously, this is super exciting! I have resorted to a google calendar for each kid and adult in our family and then have shared it with everyone just to have it completely ignored. No longer!

A question I had after reading the article below was whether kids can still purchase tmusic, etc. on their devices with their own iTunes account. This is important to me as a mother of two teenagers, who tend to get a lot of iTunes gift cards as gifts. (and also because mostly I don’t want their music. The exception being Lorde and Lana Del Rey (don’t judge me- it might be a midlife crisis.) Now I can finally get my hands on those albums!

The answer is YES! According to this hand dandy apple support article,

Content downloaded from family members or acquired via redemption codes is not subject to Ask to Buy.

Oh good. This will also change some info on our school’s iPad FAQs page as now homesharing is so much easier. Thanks Apple!

iPhones, iPod touches, iPads everywhere — everyone in the family has devices and uses them for everything. One of iOS 8’s key improvements is more convenient family sharing. This is what it is and how it works. Easier media sharing and better parental control You’ve been able to share media content with other members of your family for quite some time thanks to Apple’s Home…

Source: www.imore.com

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