Valerie Morton

3,375 Flips | 13 Magazines | 5 Likes | 2 Following | 3,425 Followers | @nana_vg | Wife of a retired Army officer; mother of four and grandmother of seven; retired Human Resources professional; memory keeper; and amateur photographer

Our 20 Favorite Ideas for Outdoor Living Spaces

One area of the home to come the furthest in terms of design over the years is the outdoor living space. These were once just spaces to place a patio …

Landscaping

How to use the amazing new iOS 12 Voice Notes app

Voice Memos has been a built-in iPhone app since iPhone OS 3.0, and has reminded pretty much the same ever since. In iOS 12, Voice Memos has gotten a complete redesign, and will also be available on the iPad and the Mac, syncing between them using iCloud.<p>Even if you never make a voice memo, you …

Apps

How to Quickly and Easily Sharpen Any Blurry Photo

If you thought you couldn't use or rescue blurry, pixelated photos, think again. This tutorial will not only show you how to rescue and sharpen …

Tutorials

How To: Disable the 'Unlock iPhone to Use Accessories' Notification in iOS 12

If you're on iOS 12 and go more than an hour without unlocking your iPhone, an "Unlock iPhone to Use Accessories" message will appear whenever you …

A look at the iPad-specific features in iOS 12

Apple mostly touted the benefits of iOS 12 on the iPhone during the two-hour WWDC keynote, but that doesn't mean the iPad was overlooked. We've found …

Why Apple's Mini iPhone X Will Not Be Made

Olixar is back. The popular case maker, with a remarkable track record of smartphone leaks, has updated information on Apple’s major iPhone refresh and it sings a very different tune…<p>Having repeatedly claimed Apple would produce a ‘mini iPhone X‘ no larger than the iPhone SE (and produced the …

Mobile Technology

50 Genius Ways to Clean Up Your Garage

Cleaning up your garage doesn’t have to be a huge chore.<p>Drill 1-in. holes spaced every 4 in. in the PVC pipe. Use a utility knife to cut slits in the …

iOS 12 will include a new life-saving feature for iPhone customers in the US

Apple is announcing a new life-saving feature in iOS 12 that hasn’t been publicly disclosed before today. Starting this fall when iOS 12 is released, first responders will be able to access location data “securely and automatically” when iPhone customers call 911.<p>The move is intended to …

Emergency Medicine

How to use the new iPad gestures in iOS 12

iOS 12 is clearly preparing the iPad for a future where Face ID replaces the Home button. Apple revamped the tablet’s gestures for the first version of the iOS 12 beta, bringing us an easy way to return to the Home screen and an iPhone X-style gesture to access the Control Center.<p>If you’re a …

How To Use Apple Pay On iPhone: The Complete Guide For Reluctant Users

Apple Pay has been around since October 2014 in the U.S. and July 2015 in the U.K. More countries have followed suit since. It’s an Apple product so, as you’d expect, it’s intuitive and straightforward to use, right? Well, mostly, yes.<p>But I find a lot of people I talk to (really, a lot), don’t use …

5 Reasons Why iOS 12 Is the Biggest Upgrade in Years

In fact, iOS 12 may change the way we interact with our iPhones more than any previous iOS release since the App Store arrived 10 years ago. Here are …

iOS

I tried the iPhone X for a few weeks to see what hooked even the biggest skeptics — here's what I found

My boyfriend recently traded his iPhone 7 in for an iPhone X, having been enticed by a deal from Verizon, and it went exactly as I predicted: He became utterly frustrated with Face ID, and yet inexplicably unwilling to switch back.<p>I had already written off getting one for myself, having seen a …

Everything You Need to Know About Hydrangeas

Without hydrangeas, would summer as we know it exist? From Tokyo to Nantucket, their big, blowsy blooms are synonymous with warm nights and lazy days.<p>…

Apple is quietly introducing new features, improved support for Raw photos in iOS 12

It wasn’t one of the standout details featured on stage at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) earlier this week, but improved Raw photo …

Apple's New Designs 'Confirmed'

In May my exclusive story confirmed Apple’s new iPhone line-up and one cancellation. Now, I can reveal the designs of the most exciting models and the radical move Apple will make…<p>Working in collaboration with popular accessories maker Ghostek, a partnership which previously saw me leak Samsung’s …

Mobile Technology

Before and After: A Six-Week Solution to A Very Dark Kitchen

This family kitchen had a lot going for it—tons of windows, seating, and storage—but its owner described it as "SO dark. Dark counters, dark …

This Surprising Hack Will Keep Mice Away For Good

Mousetraps aren't the only tactic for keeping mice away. This simple, natural remedy will help keep those furry little creatures gone for good.<p>It’s …

Peppermint

Share Passwords With AirDrop From iOS 12's New Password Management System

Password managers are a great way to keep your logins secure. Instead of using Post-It Notes or spreadsheets to keep track of your passwords, password managers like 1Password — and Apple's new password management options and API in iOS 12 — allow you to store unique and difficult to crack passwords …

CarPlay in iOS 12: Audio app improvements, new framework, third-party navigation apps

At WWDC on Monday, Apple officially announced that CarPlay is gaining support for third-party mapping applications such as Waze and Google Maps. Apple offered additional details about this feature, as well improvements to existing CarPlay apps, during a WWDC session this week…<p>First and foremost, …

Hands-on: 50 new watchOS 5 changes and features [Video]

We’ve spent some considerable hands-on time with the watchOS 5 beta, comparing it with watchOS 4 in order to discover what’s new. Have a look at our hands-on video as we walk through 50 new changes and features that are headed to the Apple Watch.<p>Changes covered in this video:<p>Activity<p>Activity app …

Amazon's Best-Selling Mattress Is Only $95 and People Are Obsessed With It

NBD, but one buyer said it's better than their $3,000 Tempur-Pedic.<p>It's a competitive boxed-mattress world out there, y'all. With so many to choose from —Casper, Allswell, Helix, to name a few — picking one is hard. But this might make your decision a little bit easier. There's a mattress on Amazon …

iOS 12 definitely speeds up your iPhone

Apple took to the WWDC stage to promise that iOS 12 would offer better performance than the iPhone’s current operating system. And tests on the first beta seem to bear this out, even on older devices.<p>Side-by-side comparisons between iOS 12 beta 1 and version 11.4 show clear speed improvements. …

iOS 12 tidbits: AirDrop saved passwords, new 3D Touch options, more

Smaller, useful enhancements in iOS 12 continue to surface as beta testers spend quality time with the update. While we previously highlighted features such as easier Face ID rescans and Apple Music lyric search, read on for a few additional iOS 12 tidbits…<p>New 3D Touch Options<p>Apple has added a pair …

iOS 12 has plenty of hidden tricks and features – here are most of them

The next major software update for iPhone and iPad is focused on improving the overall experience and performance, but that doesn’t mean iOS 12 is as …

How to Create a New Apple ID on iPhone

You can't effectively use an iPhone without an Apple ID. It used to be, in the pre-family sharing days, that family members sometimes shared an Apple ID; this created all kinds of complications. If you want to buy apps in the App Store, sign up for Apple Music or an iTunes account, or use iCloud, …

All the iOS 12 features Apple didn’t mention

iOS 12 is shaping up to be one biggest software updates Apple’s ever released and it’s so stuffed with major and minor new additions there wasn’t time to go over a lot of them at the WWDC 2018 keynote.<p>We’ve been combing through the first iOS 12 beta looking for all the new goodies and have found …

19 Easiest Houseplants You Can Grow without Care

19. Inch Plant (Tradescantia zebrina)<p>Also called “Wandering Jew” or “Purple heart”, it is a flowering houseplant that has beautiful trailing vines …

WWDC 2018: Software, hardware and everything Apple is rumored to reveal | ZDNet

What is WWDC and when is it?<p>WWDC is Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference.<p>Apple holds this multi-day event in order to get developers up to …

This Genius Trick Will Make More Space in Your Fridge

There’s something especially satisfying about opening the door of the refrigerator to find tidy, organized shelves stocked with food and every item …

Cook Out

The Ultimate Guide on How to Use Photoshop Layer Masks

Diving deep into Photoshop can seem daunting, but to suit both beginners and more experienced Photoshop users alike, Colin Smith from Photoshop Cafe …