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Exploding Flowers Photographed by Martin Klimas

It’s not the first time we’ve seen German photographer Martin Klimas blow up a thing or two, but somehow it never tires. Here he tries his hand at …

How to Add Phone Numbers to Contacts from Mail

You probably already know you can call a phone number from within an email by tapping on the number. But did you know that you can also quickly add the phone number to Contacts as well?<p>Simply press and hold on the phone number to bring up the menu and tap Add to Contacts.<p>You will then need to …

FaceTime

How to Recover Safari Tabs You Accidentally Closed on iPhone

I constantly use tabs in Safari. When I'm viewing a page and see a link I want to read— without closing the page I'm currently on—I tap and hold the link to open it in a new tab. I sometimes have as many as a dozen tabs open. And nothing is more frustrating than inadvertently closing a tab when …

Google

Tip of the Day: Quickly Add a Website to Favorites

I like the features of Safari in iOS 8. In a previous tip I showed how to request the desktop version of a site by tapping in the address bar and then dragging down on the Favorites window that pops up. I also just learned of a quick way to add the current page to Favorites, to your reading list, …

iOS

Tip of the Day: View the Desktop Version of a Website in Safari

One of the most useful features of Safari—and one that saves a lot of frustration—is the ability to view the desktop version of a website rather than the mobile version. For years I’ve had a personalized Yahoo page that's well organized into three columns: 1) stocks, sports, weather, 2) top news, …

Political Cartoons

How to Use Reader Mode in Safari on iPhone

Reader mode in Safari on iPhone allows you to read a webpage without any distractions. When you turn on Reader mode, only the text and photos are left. This makes it easy to focus on reading the article you’re looking at; I’ve also found that Reader mode makes the text easier on the eyes. Here’s …

iPhone

How to Change Mail Swipe Options in Settings on iPhone

Since the release of iOS 8 a few years back, the Mail app on iPhone has swipe options. This means that when you’re viewing an inbox, you can swipe an email left or right to select options such as mark read/unread, delete, flag, or archive an email. Plus, tapping the More option gives you access to …

Archives

Tip of the Day: Use Siri Hands Free with iOS 8

Siri can be quite useful, but if you really want a "Jarvis" kind of experience, like Tony Stark in <i>Iron Man</i>, you need to be able to interact with Siri without touching a button. Fortunately, iOS 8 makes this possible.<p>There is an iOS 8 setting that allows Siri to listen for the command "Hey Siri." To …

Handsfree

Tip of the Day: Easily Add Up To 20 Widgets to Your iPhone or iPad

iOS 8 finally brought the ability to customize the iPhone and iPad interface by allowing you to add widgets to the Today screen in Notification Center. In an earlier post, I explained the simple steps for doing this. You simply swipe down from the top of the display to view the Notification Center …

Widgets

Tip of the Day: See Only the Widgets You Want in the Order You Choose

Thanks to iOS 8, Apple lovers finally have access to widgets on their iPhones. But users will find some widgets more useful than others. Maximize their utility by deleting widgets you don't need to see in the Today view in Notifications and arranging the rest in the most convenient order.<p>To delete …

Widgets

Tip of the Day: How to Correct Siri With Typing Instead of Voice

As anyone who has used to Siri to make calls, search the web, or send messages knows, Siri doesn't always understand what you say. This can be followed by increasing frustration levels if Siri fails over and over to understand your voice corrections. But when Siri gets it wrong, you don't have to …

Typing
Apps

How to Quickly Mark All Emails as Read on iPhone

Mail on the iPhone and iPad has a lot of helpful features that makes it easier for you to deal with the onslaught of email messages. Luckily, there is a quick way to mark all email messages as read that’s been around since iOS 8. If you've glanced down the list of messages in your Inbox and …

Productivity

What Are Widgets, Plus How to Add Them to iPhone's Today View

Beginning with iOS 8, iPhone users finally got the ability to customize their interface by adding widgets for iPhone to the Notification Center. We can still add widgets in iOS 11, these days to what Apple calls the Today View, which can be accessed by swiping right on the first Home screen on your …

Widgets

Tip of the Day: Get Notified When the Email Reply You're Waiting for Arrives

Stop checking your inbox every five minutes for that reply to the email you sent. Enable reply notifications instead so you receive an alert whenever a reply in an important email thread arrives.<p>There are two ways to do this. First, in your inbox, swipe left on a message and tap more. Next, tap …

Apps

Tip of the Day: Delete Mail Faster in iOS 8

In iOS 7, deleting individual emails from your inbox in the Mail app was a multi-step process. You had to swipe left on the email preview and then choose Delete from the options that appeared. It's much faster in iOS 8.<p>In your inbox, simply swipe all the way to the left of the screen on the email …

iOS

How to Recover Deleted Photos

If you like to use the camera on your iPhone or iPad, one of the features you'll appreciate is the ability to recover deleted photos. When you delete a photo, it remains available in the Recently Deleted album on your device for 30 days. If you decide that in fact you want to save a photo you …

Albums

Tip of the Day: Answer Phone Calls On Your iPad

Forget running downstairs to where you left your iPhone, take the call on your iPad or iPod instead (as long as you have later-model devices running iOS 8).<p>To make or receive a phone call on an iDevice other than your iPhone:<p>Make sure both devices are signed into Facetime with the same Apple …

iPod

How to Find Your iPhone Even If It’s Dead (with & without Find My iPhone)

If you need to find and track a lost iPhone, using Find My iPhone is the easiest method. But does Find My iPhone work even when your iPhone is turned off or dead? Well, kind of. We’ll go over all the details and what to do if you need to find an iPhone without Find My iPhone. If you need to find a …

Google Maps

How to Manage Your Apple ID Account in Settings on iPhone

For quite some time now, you’ve been able to manage your Apple ID account in Settings on your iPhone. But with iOS 10.3, Apple made it even easier. At the top of your Settings menu, you’ll see your Apple ID profile photo and name. This new option allows you to look at your Apple ID profile in one …

Apple Store

Tip of the Day: How to Add a Third-Party Keyboard

Apple introduced third-party keyboards in iOS 8 after a lot of user requests. Now, the options seem endless, from the popular SwiftKey app to adding a gif keyboard for fun communication between friends. To add a third-party keyboard, the first thing you need to do is download a keyboard app from …

App Store

Tip of the Day: Quickly Access Contacts Without Opening an App

If you want to quickly call, FaceTime, or text a contact, there's no need to open any of the related apps. Those who have iOS 8 on their iPhone can quickly access Favorite and Recent contacts via the App Switcher.<p>Double press the home button. Above the App Switcher you'll see a swipeable menu of …

Apps

Tip of the Day: How to Use iOS 8's Manual Exposure in Camera

Automatic exposure (which determines how light or dark our images should be) is so convenient and accurate most of the time, but then there are those times when we end up with overexposed or underexposed images that make us cringe. After all, our cameras are pretty advanced, but it's still …

iOS

Tip of the Day: Quickly Find an Attachment in a Message Thread

You know when you want to show people that cute picture someone texted to you that you didn't bother saving to Photos? You don't have to scroll through endless conversations in Messages until you find it.<p>Open the conversation in Messages and tap Details. Scroll down and you will see all the …

Apps

How to Turn On Location Services Only While an App Is in Use

There's no need for most apps to track your location at all times. With older versions of iOS, the only choices you had for location tracking were Always or Never. So if you wanted your photos to be tagged with the location in which they were taken, you had to allow the Camera app to always track …

Apps

Follow Our 'Top iOS 8 Tips' Magazine on Flipboard

Due to popular demand, we're publishing the best of our ongoing "Tip of the Day" series as a Flipboard magazine to help you take advantage of all the hidden features of iOS 8. Follow our <i>Top iOS 8 Tips</i> magazine on Flipboard and get regular updates with time-saving tips on everything from Apple Pay …

Apple Pay

How to Crop Pictures on iPhone (Without an Editing App)

You don’t need a photo crop app to edit your pictures on iPhone or iPad. The Photos app makes it easy to perform minimal edits such as rotating or cropping a picture. If you want to edit a photo on your iPhone or iPad, you <i>could</i> buy a fancy photo editing app. But if all you need are the basic …

Mobile Photography

Tip of the Day: How to Remove Contacts from the App Switcher

In iOS 8 you can now quickly access your contacts via the App Switcher by double clicking the Home Button. If you don't want to look at a list of your favorite and most recent contacts every time you use the App Switcher, or if you don't want anyone else to easily see who you call or text most …

Calendars

Your Guide To ‘Serial,’ The True Crime Podcast Everyone Is Freaking Out About Right Now

If you’ve spent any substantial amount of time on the Internet in the past week or so, or spent any substantial amount of time with anyone who has, you’ve probably been introduced to <i>Serial</i>, the new <i>This American Life</i> sister podcast that is taking the world by storm. Created by longtime <i>TAL</i> producer …

There’s a Serial parody, and it’s pretty damn funny

<i>Serial</i> is a podcasting phenomenon, and for good reason: The anthology series, spun off from <i>This American Life</i>, tells the gripping tale of a real-life …

Serial (Podcast)