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Did you know? Photo tips and tricks with Apple’s iOS8

By Bogdan Lazar   October - 16 - 2014    See more Apps inTips & Tricks   Comments

With iOS8 out and almost 50% of compatible devices running it from day one, it seems there is no shortage of questions on how to do this or that with Apple’s latest mobile OS. While I’m not going to try and cover everything, my next few articles will cover issues that have really bugged me and issues that iOS has found a quick solution too (or sometimes surfaced more of a bug than anything else).

One of my favorite complaint about Messages in previous version of iOS was the lack of ability to send multiple photos or videos to a recipient in one go, without having to tap the camera icon multiple times, each time attaching just one new image or video. With iOS8, when you tap the camera icon in Messages, you have the ability to shoot something on the spot, but if you go to Photo library, you can select a bunch of photos in one go. Neat! Rather late [...]

How to use your iPhone to perfectly align a picture

By Bogdan Lazar   September - 17 - 2014    See more Apps inTips & Tricks   Comments

When you want to hang a picture on the wall or perfectly level a piece of furniture, you don’t need any fancy leveler that’s just plain uncomfortable to use. All you actually need is your iPhone. No additional apps.

Did you know that the Compass app that comes bundled in right in your iOS has a built in leveler? Just swipe left in the app and your iPhone becomes an instant perfect leveler that you can actually hold in your (one) hand. Compass might ask you first to calibrate the phone by rotating it so that the ball travels on the circle on the screen. It’s annoying, but necessary.

So next time you want to align that family photo on the wall, don’t yell for help from the person behind you. They don’t have the perfect leveler that you have right in your pocket.

How to create a virtual home button on your iPad

By Bogdan Lazar   September - 3 - 2014    See more Apps inTips & Tricks   Comments

If your iPad home button is broken, you can still use your device by creating a virtual button on the screen. Every iPad has this feature and it’s a real unexploited gold mine, if you ask me.

To turn the feature on, simply go to Settings > General > Accessbility > Assistive Touch and turn the feature on. A virtual home button should appear on your screen and it will sit on top of all the other apps. You can drag it to move it around, although it will always stick to the closest edge of the device’s screen. When you tap it, the button will show a popup with easy access to all of your iPad’s physical buttons: Home, Sleep [...]


If you’re like me and have a bunch of email accounts hooked up to your iPhone Mail via IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol), then you know the shriek of pain when trying to delete a email on one of these accounts. “Unable to Move Message. The message could not be moved to mailbox Trash.” Yeah, that’s the one.

This only happens however if you’re using the IMAP protocol, and not POP3. So basically if you’ve added a Gmail account, you’ve experienced the issue. If you have your own mail server, chances are you’ve experienced it as [...]

Did you know?

By Bogdan Lazar   August - 20 - 2014    See more Apps inTips & Tricks   Comments

So you’re jogging and want to time your jog with music? Working and want a simple Pomodoro timer that works with your iPhone music library that notifies you when to take a break? Or you’re cooking and want to set a timer for when to check in on the turkey in the oven, again listening to music at the same time? Here’s a nifty tip that will, simply put, set a timer on your music playback and stop playback when the timer hits zero.

Reading Appbite With A RSS Reader

By Bogdan Lazar   December - 19 - 2012    See more Apps inApp Reviews, Productivity & Utilities, Tips & Tricks   Comments

If you’ve followed along with our IFTTT article last week, you’ve seen how easy it is to set up some simple email notifications for when your favorite blog (Appbite, wink, wink) posts a new article. But what happens if you have more than a few blogs you’re following and they’re all pretty active publishers? WEll, the gist of it is that you’ll see a ton of email coming to your account. That may be fine for some of us who live in our Inbox, but for others, email is counter-productive. But fear not, there’s an easy way to stay up to date with Appbite and other blogs without worrying about email overload. Enter RSS readers.

In short, a RSS reader is a piece of software, desktop, mobile or browser-based, that allows its users to read RSS and atom feeds. Whenever a blog or publication that supports these types of feeds (and they pretty much all do have it) [...]

How To Stay Up To Date With Your Favorite Blogs

By Bogdan Lazar   December - 12 - 2012    See more Apps inApp Reviews, Tips & Tricks   Comments

I often find myself checking various blogs and websites for new articles they may have posted. Manually doing this for every website takes time, not to mention it’s boring as hell. Luckily there are better ways to do this. How about a quick and dirty solution to email you a notification whenever publishes a new article? The same solution can be applied to almost any web blog, so keep on reading…

We’re going to be using a free online tool called IFTTT (pronounced like “gift” without the “g”). IFTTT comes from If This Then That and is a dead-easy tool to create powerful connections between various online services, called channels. These connections are known in the IFTTT community as recipes and they always involve two services (this and that): a trigger (this) and an action (that). Quick annalogies for this [...]