It’s hard to believe that it’s already December. But if the iTunes App Store is anything to go by, all the Christmas-themed apps can mean only one thing – the holidays are just around the corner. From games and stories for the little ones, to recipe and planning apps for the grown ups, there’s something for everyone, to ensure that this Christmas season is a tasty and fun-filled holiday.

To get you in a festive mood, here’s a list of 10 Christmas themed iPhone and iPad apps and games, available for download for free from the iTunes App Store.


Christmas!! [iTunes link] is an iPhone-specific app with all sorts of goodies packed into one little app. With a Christmas countdown, an Advent Calendar filled with surprises that you can unlock each day, including iPhone wallpapers, jokes and a gift list. The app is the perfect companion to get you into the Christmas spirit as you count down the days to Christmas Eve.

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Christmas Tale

An interactive Christmas story for kids of all ages, Christmas Tale is available in both iPad [iTunes link] and iPhone versions [iTunes link]- although it really comes to life on the iPad screen. Have the story read to your kids, or have them read it themselves, while also discovering little gems hidden in the gorgeous pictures on each page of the story from a Christmas wish list to helping Santa get the presents under the tree.

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Amateur Surgeon Christmas Edition

It may not be entirely Christmasy but the developers behind Amateur Surgeon (the $2.99 iPhone game) have, strangely enough, put together a free Christmas edition [iTunes link] of their popular game. Rather than pull out shards of glass and nails from your patients (starting with an elf), how about Christmas lights, candy canes and crackers instead? You might never have imagined a Christmas take on the grizzly game, but they’ve somehow managed it, and are sharing the cheer for free.

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Christmas Sound Shelf Free

Want to get some Christmas sound effects going? The Christmas sound shelf [iTunes link] has a variety of sound effects that you can play against the background of either Jingle Bells or Silent night. From sleigh bells, to a crackling fire, kids will have fun creating all the sounds that come with Christmas. Unfortunately, recording or continuous playback are features that are sorely missing from the free app.

christmas ipad

Christmas Tree Maker

Decorating the Christmas tree is probably one of the main events for kids in any family. Why not let them practice with the iPhone/iPad app, Christmas Tree Maker [iTunes link] which lets them choose the tree, lights, and decorations. When they’re done, they can share the tree with their friends via email.

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Christmas Snow

ChristmasSnow [iTunes link] is another kid-friendly iPhone/iPad app perfect for holidays. Throw snowballs across the screen to uncover where the presents are hidden. The game is simple, and so is suitable for the much younger children in the family.

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Waitrose Christmas

From the UK supermarket chain comes an app, suitable for mum and dad – Waitrose Christmas [iTunes link]. Jampacked with Christmas recipes, tools, planners and gift guides, the app has left no stone unturned. Avoid any disasters in the kitchen this Christmas with their Turkey Timer and Canape Calculator.

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Fuzzle Christmas

Another developer to release a free version of their paid game, Candy Cane are offering Fuzzle Christmas [iTunes link] for free. The free version does have its limitations – not all levels are available – but if you want to keep your kids busy for a bit with the ornament themed game – it will do the trick. Align five ornaments next to each other to make them disappear, while making sure the board doesn’t fill up.

Yummy Christmas

If you want to get your kids involved in Christmas cooking, try some of the easy, child-friendly recipes in the free iPad app, Yummy Christmas [iTunes link]. From pineapple christmas trees to ice cream santas, the recipes are easy and will be lots of fun for the children. A word of warning, you may want to mute the music after a while, as the one song playing over and over could easily grate on your nerves.

Removem Christmas

Removem is yet another iPhone game offering a free Christmas edition [iTunes link], packed with Christmas music and pictures, from snowmen to Christmas tree to ornaments. Play the traditional removem game, removing balls from the screen of the same colour that are side by side. The aim of the game is to clear the screen, or at least get the highest score possible.

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Authot:  Nancy Messieh

Source:  http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/10-free-christmas-iphoneipad-apps-festive-mood

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IBM today announced Watson Analytics Mobile for iPad -- an app that can be used along with a free personal or paid enterprise Watson account.

The app can import data from a cloud-based Watson account into a spreadsheet or CSV format, as well as use apps such as OneDrive and Dropbox to import files. In addition, Twitter hashtags can be entered directly into the app for analysis.

Most features are available to free-account users -- except for analyzing Twitter hashtags, although if you're new to Watson, you'll get a 30-day trial of that.

The app "is not a replacement for the Watson Analytics web application," according to an e-mail from Marc Altshuller, general manager of business analytics at IBM Analytics. "As such, the mobile app focuses primarily on the discovery capabilities." Those include answering ad-hoc questions, using natural language queries to discover patterns in data, and asking questions with voice commands.

In a quick test of the new app, it was clear that Web Watson has considerably more power. Like many mobile apps extracting useful information from data, Watson Analytics Mobile for iPad performed well with sample sales data that had well-understood values such as revenues, expenses, and countries. Some data prep might be useful for other types of data before expecting easy natural-language answers to queries, though.

For example, I loaded in a spreadsheet of Massachusetts early-voting data from the Secretary of State's office, hoping to get some sort of histogram or bar chart showing distribution of early voters, but the bar chart needed some manual fiddling in order to get something close to what I wanted.

And when I asked for the relationship between number of registered voters and percent of early voters, only 100 points were shown on the bubble chart. There are more than 300 cities and towns in the state, and it wasn't clear whether those 100 were a representative sample. In the Web version, all points displayed and there were more choices to create a customized data visualization.

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One task the app is clearly designed for is monitoring Twitter hashtag sentiments on the go. For fun, I imported a few hash tags about my favorite NFL team, the New York Giants, to check sentiment about the team. There were few "ambivalent" tweets and a lot of positive ones. Not surprisingly, tweets spiked late Sunday, December 11 into the early morning of December 12, when the Giants played a nationally televised evening game and beat the Cowboys 11-1. (The game was the highest rated primetime  regular seasongame in almost three years, excluding kickoff weekend, so Twitter activity was probably unusually high.)

Author:  Sharon Machlis

Source:  http://www.cio.com/article/3151116/analytics/first-look-ibms-watson-analytics-comes-to-the-ipad.html

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What are the hottest new apps and games on the App Store right now? These!

There are over a million and a half apps for iPhone and iPad and the number just keeps growing. Every day new and newly updated apps hit the App Store, and it's impossible to keep up with all of them. Luckily, you don't have to. All you have to do is bookmark this page and come back every day. When you do, we'll have the best of the best new apps and games waiting for you!

Best new apps

This week, find your perfect credit card, get a streamlined Old Navy shopping experience, explore your artistic side, and tune in to AT&T's new streaming service.

New apps

  • NerdWallet - Find the credit card that's right for you based on what matters to you. Do value cash back more, or travel points? NerdWallet will find the perfect card and give you your credit score to help make a match. - Free - Download Now
  • Old Navy - With its latest update, Old Navy's app lets you shop its online store faster and easier than ever. - Free - Download Now
  • Patternshop - Put your own design on products that you buy, including throw pillows, tote bags, and phone cases. You can even use Apple Pay to pay for your customized item right in the app. - Free - Download Now
  • DirecTV Now - AT&T has at last launched its TV streaming service, offering live and on-demand access to over 120 channels. You can sign up now for a free 7-day trial, after which you'll need to pay for a package starting at $35 per month. - Free - Download Now

Best new games

This week, you can fly around the galaxy, command a massive army, take to the boxing ring, and fight to save the internet.

New games

  • Galaxy on Fire 3: Manticore - Fly off into the stars once again in the latest Galaxy on Fire title. Get into accept combat contracts, engage in thrilling dogfights, and explore a rich galaxy. - Free - Download Now

  • Dawn of Titans - This strategy game puts you in control not only of massive armies, but giant titan characters can turn the tide of battles. Boasting interesting gameplay and impressive graphics, Dawn of Titans should be on any strategy fan's to-play list. - Free - Download Now

  • Rocky - Take to the ring with the iconic characters of the Rocky franchise, boxing your way to glory with the likes of Apollo Creed, Ivan Drago, and Rocky himself. - Free - Download Now

  • Glitch Fixers: The Powerpuff Girls - Save the internet and learn basic programming skills while you solve puzzles and fight off monsters with the Powerpuff Girls. Battle against the creations of the Amoeba Boys, which are trying to take over the web, with all of the skills at your disposal. - Free - Download Now

Featured apps

This week on the App Store, Apple is highlighting its favorite apps of the year, including apps for productivity.

Featured apps

  • PDF Viewer - Quickly view, annotate, and sign documents on the go. You can even create and edit PDFs, and easily share them across a number of services. - Free - Download Now

  • Notebook - This simple, yet stylish, notes app lets you take rich notes and sync them across your devices. You can add checklists, photos, and even audio recordings to your notes. - Free - Download Now

  • Scrivener - The popular Mac app for writers made its way to the iPhone and iPad earlier this year, offering a full-featured composition experience for everyone from the beginner to the veteran novelist. - $19.99 - Download Now

Free app of the week


Linia - This puzzle game offers a unique mix of relaxation and challenge. Create a color sequence by tracing a line to connect the various shapes on the screen. The shapes are constantly on the move and changing, though, so you'll need to be able to outsmart them.

Here's what you can expect from Linia:

  • Original gameplay
  • More than 80 unique and colorful levels and...
  • ...new levels released with future updates
  • Game progress saved to the cloud
  • Achievements!
  • A little surprise if you complete all levels

You can get Linia for free from the App Store until December 15.

Source : http://www.imore.com/


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How can the iPad be made even better? Can this even be possible? This article endeavors to show you a few tips and tricks which will make your iPad an amazing computing machine, whether you want to use it to take high-quality video to post on Youtube or to surf the web while in the bathtub.

If you want to secure your iPad’s backups, you can do it by opening your iPad in iTunes, going to the summary tab and choosing Encrypt Data. That way, you will have all of your information saves in case something happens, and you lose all the information on your iPad.

Most people know that an SD card can be plugged into the iPad directly from their camera to view photos. Many people do not know that a connection kit can be purchased to connect your camera to your iPad. You can search the online Apple Store to find one for your camera.


Wait until accessories are on sale until you buy. Your device comes with what you need up front – the iPad and a charging cable – and everything else can wait. If you want a standing charger, case, keyboard, screen protection or any such item, they go on sale frequently online, so keep your eyes peeled and be patient.

If you plan to take your device into the kitchen, you absolutely must have a screen protector, stylus, and stand case. You will accidentally drop goo all over your iPad, and the protector and case will ensure it says of the iPad itself. The stylus keeps sticky fingers off the screen, too.


You can listen to your home iTunes library from your iPad. If you do not want to duplicate your songs, there is an alternative way to listen to them. Just use Home Sharing, enabled on the computer and the iPad. In the iPad’s Music app, click on More and then Shared. The next step is to enjoy your tunes!

All of the satellite navigation applications on the iPad are not free. A good substitute for this is using the Maps instead. Tap on Directions in the upper left of Maps. The iPad will then figure out your location and will direct you on each stage of your travels to your destination.

Google Search

Do you dislike Google Search on your device? It can easily be replaced with another preferred engine! Go to the menu to Settings, pick Safari and then Search Engine. Choose the search engine you want from the list of installed engines. Various search engines, such as Bing and Yahoo are available.

The final row of icons on your device will be locked no matter what page of icons you are on. This should be used for your most accessed apps. Generally, people like to put social applications, email or musical programs here. Play around with these slots to find what is best for you.

Try to use a wallpaper that is not that dark if you are worried about seeing smudges and fingerprints on the screen. They show up more prominently when the background is dark, so it would be a better idea to choose a wallpaper that is a bit lighter in color.

Different Keypad

When typing on an iPad, you have the option of using a different keypad. Typing on a tiny keyboard that is projected on a screen can be quite challenging. You can buy a Bluetooth keyboard and simply attach it to your tablet without a problem. This allows you to type with the same ease that you regularly enjoy on your laptop or desktop computer.

Is an app annoying you with notifications? In the Settings app, click on Notifications and you’ll be able to turn off any obnoxious apps, ensuring they don’t interrupt you in the future. You can set other options here as well, so it’s a good idea to check out what each app allows for.

iPad is a Great Entertainment Tool

The iPad is a great entertainment tool, but it can also be great for education. There are podcasts available for higher learning, as well as dozens of educational games and applications for younger children. There are also great math programs to help elementary children learn their multiplication or division tables.

You can take better pictures by focusing on your subject and improving the metering of the light. All you have to do is tap on your subject and your device will focus on this area and meter the light to make your subject more visible. Experiment with this tool to take some artsy picture!

While you do need to be careful with your device in general, it is surprisingly resistant. Even if you drop it, it should survive. The best way to extend this feature is to purchase an appropriate case that will give an extra layer of cushion to avoid any type of damage.

If you are struggling to see your device under bright sunlight, consider buying a matte screen protector. While the iPad’s glossy screen may look stylish, in bright sunlight, the glossy finish can have a huge amount of glare. A matte screen protector will reduce the glare from your iPad in brightly lit rooms.

Screen Protector

While it may seem like a good idea to place your iPad in a case to protect it, why would you want to hide something that you spent so much money on? It would be best to place a screen protector on it when you want to carry it around instead of concealing it in a nondescript case.

Before you purchase any apps for your device, always read some reviews. There are many iPad apps in the marketplace that are unfit for purpose, but unfortunately, Apple makes it very difficult for you to get refunds on app purchases. Therefore, it always pays to read app reviews before reaching for your credit card.

Anyone can use an iPad successfully, whether they are a baby playing with a number learning app or a senior who wants to play Tetris. Everyone and anyone in-between can find great utility in this tablet. This article has provided tips to make the iPad the best tool for anyone who wishes to own one.

Source : https://www.musttechnews.com

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Both the 12.9-inch and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro are due for an upgrade, and their absence in Apple’s recent iPhone and MacBook Pro events appear to signify that the powerful tablets would have a dedicated release just for themselves. With numerous rumors emerging about the iPad Pro 2’s specs and release date, speculations are high that Apple’s next productivity tablets would be the tech giant’s best ones yet.

The first two iPad Pros that the company launched were designed to bridge the gap between Apple’s tablet and notebook line. Prior to the iPad Pro, the tech giant’s tablet line was widely considered as devices that are specifically designed for the casual user. While enterprises embraced the iPad, the tablet in itself was not really advertised as an enterprise-grade productivity machine. This changed last Fall when Apple unveiled the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, followed by the 9.7-inch iPad Pro earlier this year.

The 12.9-inch and 9.7-inch iPad Pro

The 12.9-inch iPad Pro was Apple’s first attempt at creating a new, portable device that is powerful enough to serve as a replacement for full-fledged computers such as the MacBook Air. However, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro’s rather unwieldy size, its mobile operating system and the fact that its Keyboard Cover and Apple Pencil were accessories that needed to be separately bought compromised much of the device’s potential. Even after Apple released its smaller sibling, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, users’ issues about the devices remained largely the same.

With the iPad Pro being advertised as a hybrid enterprise-grade device, it is entering a market that is dominated by powerful 2-in-1 machines like the Microsoft Surface Pro, a device that has continually gained a formidable reputation as a portable machine that delivers the best computing experience in the industry. Thus, for the iPad Pro 2 to perform better than its predecessor, it must be able to accomplish a number of very important things.

The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is Apple's first enterprise-grade tablet, which is designed to replace notebook computers.

Provide A Real Multitasking Experience

One of the biggest gripes of iPad Pro users was the fact that the device simply does not perform very well when it comes to multitasking. While the 12.9-inch iPad Pro introduced the concept of split screen computing for its users, the fact that it could not even display two MS Word documents and an internet browser at the same time crippled its productivity. Numerous fans of the device, including Apple aficionados, remarked that the multitasking features of the 12.9-inch and 9.7-inch iPad Pro simply felt too unrefined.

For the iPad Pro 2, Apple would be wise to make sure that the upcoming device’s multitasking features would be far smoother than before. Fans of the powerful tablet have suggested a more intuitive multi-application system, which could easily toggle between multiple windows of the same app beside a running application. After all, enterprise users usually deal with multiple Word docs and Excel spreadsheets while taking down notes at the same time. Being able to do this on a system that does not feel incomplete and limited would definitely help.

Provide A Significant OS Boost

While both the 12.9-inch and 9.7-inch iPad Pro are devices that were advertised as productivity machines, numerous users have remarked that iOS simply pales in comparison to the robust feature set of Apple’s desktop-grade operating system, MacOS. While the iPad Pro did maximize the utilization of iOS, users of the device have been left wanting. iOS has always been a mobile operating system, and it is perfect for smaller devices like the iPhone. For larger machines like the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, however, numerous fans have remarked that MacOS would simply be a far better fit for the device.

While it would be a long shot to think that Apple would release a MacOS-bred tablet next year, a significant boost to the feature set of iOS would definitely add to the device’s selling points. When the 12.9-inch iPad Pro was released, numerous users immediately noted that several iOS apps simply don’t do justice to the machine’s massive real estate. If the iPad Pro 2 could at least make sure that it does not simply feel like an oversized iPhone but a completely different breed of computer, it might be able to stand toe-to-toe with Microsoft’s Surface line of devices.

The Smart Keyboard is one of the most important accessories for the iPad Pro, though its reception among fans has largely been mixed.

Improve The Smart Keyboard And Apple Pencil

The iPad Pro’s productivity feature lives and dies with its two primary accessories, the Smart Keyboard and the Apple Pencil. However, both accessories attracted the criticism of numerous users. Numerous fans, for one, have stated that the keys in the Smart Keyboard are simply far inferior to the excellent keys found in the MacBook Air. The lack of a trackpad on the Smart Keyboard was also a source of frustration for many as numerous productivity applications such as MS Excel are best used with a pointing device. As for the Apple Pencil, users have also remarked that the nifty stylus still has a huge area for improvement.

Thus, it would be best if Apple would introduce a revamped Smart Keyboard for the iPad Pro 2. The simple addition of a laptop-grade trackpad and a better set of keys would take the device a long way. Apart from this, an improved Apple Pencil, complete with an eraser function, would also improve the experience of the device significantly.

iPad Pro 2 Conclusions

Apple might very well have a winner with the iPad Pro 2. Rumors are high that the next generation of Apple productivity tablets would be far better than their predecessors. Speculations about the device are encouraging, with fans pretty much unanimous in the belief that the entire iPad Pro 2 range would be equipped with the A10 Fusion chip and coupled with at least 4GB of RAM. Storage-wise, the iPad Pro 2 would most likely keep Apple’s 32GB/128GB/256GB options, though a 512GB variant for the 12.9-inch variant is also rumored to be in the works.

While it is certain that Apple would improve upon the 12.9-inch and 9.7-inch iPad Pro, the tech giant might need to step away from its comfort zone in order to ensure that its next breed of productivity tablets reach their utmost potential. With a speculated release date of early to mid-2017, the iPad Pro 2 would need to be in a completely different league than its predecessors. If any, rumors about the device have been very encouraging. Thus, when it comes to the iPad Pro 2, the ball is truly in Apple’s court.

Source : http://www.inquisitr.com

Author : Simon Alvarez

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Very few iPad users have unlocked an iPad’s full potential. Learning how to operate the iPad in the way that it was developed to be used is essential to gain a full understanding of its capabilities. Continue reading to unlock your iPad’s potential through the help of the tips and tricks listed below.

Are you getting too many notifications? If some apps send notifications, you do not need, you should go to your settings and tap on notifications. You will then have access to a complete list of your apps and be able to choose which notifications you want to receive.

The percentage of battery you have left is rarely accurate. You can turn this feature off by going to the general tab in your settings and tapping on usage. You will then be able to turn off the battery percentage feature. Your iPad will display a battery with a certain level of power without calculating a percentage.

Avoid iPhone Charger

If you don’t have a lot of time, avoid using your iPhone charger in order to charge your device. The wattage on the two devices is different. It’ll take a long time for an iPhone charger to totally charge an iPad. For best results, use the charger that came with your iPad.

If your battery is draining fast than you’d like, turn off some notifications and location-based items. Your device is constantly monitoring where you are (as long as it’s on wifi, 3G, or LTE). This monitoring sucks the life out of your battery. If you don’t need the features, then you can extend your battery time with a few flicks of a button.

If you are on the Internet constantly you can use the cloud storage for your iPad. Use the cloud to store things without taking up valuable space on the device itself. Make sure that you save critical documents to both your iPad and the cloud.

Strongest Emotions

You can show the web your strongest emotions by simply turning your caps lock on with new iOS devices, such as the iPad. Rather than fighting the shift key over and over again, you can now double tap the button and enter caps-lock mode. This setting is great for typing an entire sentence or paragraph in a capital font.

Use the hidden apostrophe on the virtual keyboard’s first screen instead of navigating to the second screen. Simply hold down on the exclamation mark key. A hidden apostrophe option then appears. Slide your finger up to select it. This shortcut comes in handy for typing emails and other messages.

Does your device contain private information that you don’t want other people to access? If so, then your iPad has a feature that will erase all its data whenever the passcode has been incorrectly inputted ten times. Simply go to the Settings tab, go to General, Passcode Lock, and finally Erase Data. Just make sure you don’t forget your passcode!

If you will not be using the Internet for some time while on your device, take advantage of airplane mode. Airplane mode will essentially shut off your Internet, and this helps to reduce your battery usage. The Internet is a large draw on your battery usage, so using airplane mode can mean that you can use your device longer without having to plug it in.

Search Engine

Would you rather use a search engine other than Google on your device? You can easily change the default to your favorite search engine. Under your Safari Settings menu, select Search Engine. Once you are there, you will see options for Yahoo and Bing in addition to the default Google browser.

Do you find yourself using the same phrases over and over? If so, there is an easy way to create shortcuts for your most common phrases. Go to the Keyboard Settings of your iPad and click Add New Shortcut. Type your common phrase in the field named Phrase; then, simply add a shorthand version in the field named Shortcut. For example, if you use the sentence: How are you doing today? Type it in the box and use a shortcut such as haydt. Every time you type “haydt” the iPad will know to type out the complete sentence.

If you only have Wifi, but not 3G, you can still get a lot of use out of your device. Not only can you download songs beforehand, you can also download most of your applications while within wifi range and then use it anywhere. This is also true for podcasts.

PDF Files

Would you like to use the iPad to open PDF files? If so, then email yourself the PDF files so that your iPad will open it via the iBooks function. The iTunes app has a book tab that you can use to synch PDF’s from any computer to you use with your iPad.

You should erase the history if you do not want anyone to see it. Lord knows what the last thing you might have searched is! This browser will load up whatever page you looked at last, so pick out a page that you won’t be ashamed to show someone else.

Keep your iPad’s screen free of smudges and grime with a microfiber lens-cleaning cloth. These lint-free cloths contain no cleaning solutions that can harm the screen. They are also inexpensive, and you can pick them up at any eyewear retailer. Tuck one into your iPad’s case or you pocket for on-the-go cleaning.

Your iPad’s space bar can be used to type a period. When you reach the end of a sentence and want a period, just tap the space bar twice. Your period will be followed by a space. This can be a big time-saving tip, especially if you are typing a large document.

You are now equipped with some of the best tips and tricks are known for using an iPad. Give them each a try and you will soon have the iPad experience you are meant to have. Continue to learn about your iPad and you will see that the possibilities are nearly limitless in what it can do.

Source : musttechnews.com

Author : Mustafa ULU

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If you’ve ever been miffed that iOS reveals your “frequently visited” websites whenever you tap Safari’s address bar, good news: that’s one of several Safari options that you can easily change.

Not only can you hide Safari’s “Frequently Visited Sites” feature, you can also change the way newly opened tabs behave, pick a new folder for your Favorites, choose a new Reader mode font, and more.

1. Hide your most-visited websites

When you tap the address bar in Safari for iPhone and iPad, you’ll see a grid of your website Favorites, along with a second grid of “frequently visited” sites—or at least, your most-visited sites according to iOS, given that some sites in the grid seem to appear after just a single visit.

Hide your most-visited websites

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If you don’t want your “frequently vistied” sites revealed whenever you tap Safari’s address bar, you can hide them by changing a single iOS setting.

If you’d rather Safari keep its reckoning of your oft-visited sites to itself, there’s a setting that’ll disable the “frequently visited” panel altogether.

Tap Settings > Safari, scroll down to the General section, then switch off the Frequently Visited Sites option.

Bonus tip: To keep the Frequently Visited Sites grid but nix a specific site, simply tap and hold its icon, then tap the Delete bubble.

2. Pick a new bookmarks folder for Favorites

By default, the grid of Favorites in Safari for iOS is based on the bookmarks in Safari’s Favorites folder. If you want to pick a different folder of bookmarks to appear in the Favorites panel, it’s an easy change.

Pick a new bookmarks folder for Favorites

Ben Patterson

You can pick any bookmarks folder you like for your Safari Favorites.

Tap Settings > Safari, scroll down to the General heading again, tap Favorites, then choose a new folder from the list of bookmark folders.

The folder of bookmarks you picked will appear whenever you tap the address bar, and any new sites you flag as a favorite (just tap the Action button at the bottom of the screen, then tap Add to Favorites from the second row of buttons) will be added to that folder.

Bonus tip: Not only can you quickly delete sites from the Favorites panel by tapping and holding them, you can also drag icons to rearrange them.

3. Show or hide the Favorites bar (iPad only)

If you’re using Safari on an iPad, you get the luxury of a desktop-style Favorites bar sitting just below the address bar. But if you want to make the most of your iPad’s screen real estate or you’re just not a fan of the Favorites bar, there’s a simple way to hide it.

Show or hide the Favorites bar (iPad only)

Ben Patterson

Don’t need the Favorites bar in Safari for iPad? There’s an easy way to hide it.

Tap Settings > Safari, then scroll down and switch off the Show Favorites Bar option. Keep in mind that even after the Favorites bar disappears, you can still tap the address bar to reveal your Favorites in grid form.

4. Show or hide tabs bar (iPad only)

Another desktop-like advantage of Safari for iPad is the tabs bar, which shows all your open tabs just below the address bar (or the Favorites bar, if you still have it enabled). As with the Favorites bar, you can hide the tabs bar to make more room for actual webpages.

Show or hide tabs bar (iPad only)

Ben Patterson

Once you hide the tabs bar in Safari for iPad, you’ll need to tap the tabs button to switch tabs, or you can pinch the page to jump to the tabs overview.

Tap Settings > Safari, scroll down to the General heading, then switch off the Show Tab Bar setting.

Once that’s done, you’ll need to tap the Tabs button in the top-right corner of the display to change tabs, or pinch the screen to get to the tabs overview screen.

(Note: In my tests with an iPad Air running iOS 9.3.4, I could have the Safari tabs bar revealed while hiding the Favorites bar, but not the other way around, even with the Show Favorites Bar setting enabled. Hmmm.)

5. Change the way new tabs behave

By default, opening a link as a new tab in Safari for iOS will open the new tab in the foreground, replacing the tab you just had open. If you like, though, you can set Safari to open new tabs in the background, keeping the current tab open while tucking the new tabs behind.

Change the way new tabs behave

Change Safari’s “Open Links” setting to make new tabs open behind the current tab.

For iPhone, tap Settings > Safari > Open Links, then select In Background. For iPad, tap Settings > Safari, then enable the Open New Tabs in Background setting.

Now, when you tap and hold a link in Safari, the pop-up menu will include an Open in Background options. Tap it, and the link you open will disappear behind your currently open tab.

If you’re using an iPad and you have the tabs bar enabled, tapping and holding a link will give you an Open in New Tab option; tap it, and the new tab will open next to but behind the currently open tab.

6. Change the font and background of Reader mode

Safari for iOS’s “Reader” mode does a nice job of taking a web article and reformatting it for easy reading, stripping away all the extraneous elements while leaving the text, headlines, and images intact.

Change the font and background of Reader mode

With the arrival of iOS 9, Safari’s Reader mode now boasts a selection of text fonts and background colors.

Until recently, you couldn’t customize reader mode beyond changing the font size, but all that changed last year with the arrival of iOS 9.

Now, when you’re in Reader mode (which you can enable by tapping the three-line button on the left end of the address bar), not only can you change font sizes, you can also choose between eight fonts and four background colors.

Just tap the font button (“aA”) in the address bar, then tap to pick a new background color (white, beige, gray or black), or select a new font from the list (choices range from Athelas to Times New Roman).

Source : macworld.com

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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is expected to drop an amazing set of handsets next year. These include the iPhone 8 and a few new iPads as well. Analysts are certain the company will focus on gadgets that defy its norms, an opinion driven by a few factors. One of these is the significance of the 2017 flagship. It will mark 10 years of iPhone production and, for this reason, experts are sure the firm is out to make a revolutionary device for next Fall. Apple also has investors on edge over declining sales. Wall Street has emphasized the tech giant’s need to produce innovative products that will offset its reliance on iPhone sales. However, instead of pushing out all-new product lines, Tim Cook and his company are more likely to focus on making existing devices like their iPads, MacBooks and Apple Watches a lot more appealing.

It is already mid-November and 2016 is coming to an end. Consumer tech giants are more or less done with new releases too, now set on making the most of the holiday-shopping season. So what can we expect from Apple next year? Well, analysts believe the iPhone 8, along with the next range of iPads and MacBooks, will be huge on display tech.

New edge-to-edge iPads from Apple

Industry analysts were holding out for new iPads to land this fall. Reports now suggest Apple’s next iPad, or range of iPads, will land in March 2017. They will get a recognizable face-lift and a long-awaited upgrade in screen tech. Right now, the company pushes out iPads in three screen variants. They come in 9.7- and 7.9-inch display sizes, with the giant iPad Pro offering a whole 12.9-inches.

But a few changes are said to be coming to the iPad, of which the most talked about is an edge-to-edge display. Apple is suspected to be doing away with the bezeled design on all its handsets next year. There is also talks of a new screen sized iPad that bridges the gap between the mega iPad Pro and its smaller compadres. Apple could unveil the new 10.9 inch iPad in March.

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The alleged arrival of the edge-to-edge screen iPad is highly contested. While experts at Barclays say the new design will be seen in the coming months, the likes of KGI Securities — a trusted conveyor of Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL) happenings — says iPad fans will probably see these slick new iPads some time in 2018.

Apple takes OLED

Pushing the excitement for Apple’s next iPhone — thought to be the iPhone 8 — is the tech firm’s adoption of OLED technology. Apple has long been critisized for not making the most of its screen tech. The company’s defenders point out that OLED comes with its own set of drawbacks like not retaining its clarity over time. However, Apple has been working on its own screen innovations for years and it thought to finally be making the switch to OLED next year.

Experts predict OLED screens to feature on most of the company’s devices, from the iPhone to the iPad. Even the next Apple Watch is expected to see a great OLED screen upgrade.

OLED offers a few benefits over LCD and other screens. Plastic OLED is a lot more flexible and resilient. This means the screens are less likely to crack when dropped or scratch over time. They also allow better color contrasts due to how they relay pixels. Simply, dark colors gain a lot of depth while bright colors become noticeably more vivid.

Big edge-to-edge OLED iPhone 8

It is speculated that the iPhone 8 will ship in bigger screen sizes too. This is according Blayne Curtis and Chris Hemmelgarn, two analysts at Barclays. Compared to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus’s respective 4.7- and 5.5-inch display sizes, the experts stated this week that the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus will have 5- and 5.8- inch screen sizes.

Adding to the aesthetic, Apple Inc. is reportedly taking a page from Samsung’s flagship smartphones. The iPhone 8, like the next set of iPads, could come with an edge-to-edge display. This adds weight to the speculations over OLED. Edge-to-edge touchscreen designs demand displays that aren’t opposed to bending. OLED would be Apple Inc.’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) most ideal choice in this regard as it allows for curved edges without the bezels.

However, Apple has made no official confirmation. The alleged design changes are derived from expert speculation and rumors. Whatever Apple has in store for it’s 2017 editions, the public can be sure it will be tightly held secret until the devices are officially unveiled.

Source : learnbonds

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Can't charge your iPhone or iPad? Here are some fixes you can try!

If you can't charge your iPhone or iPad, whether it's the latest iPhone 7 or iPad Pro, or an older iPhone 4 or iPad Air, there's a lot you can try on your own before contacting Apple for help. Sure, sometimes it's a hardware problem with the Lightning or Dock connector or the battery, but often enough it's a software issue that a few simple steps can fix. If so, follow along and we'll get you back up and battery running in no time.

1. Force a restart

If your iPhone or iPad won't charge, one of the first and easiest things to try is a forced restart. Make all the "reboot Windows" jokes you want but sometimes bad bits get stuck and need to be flushed out. To force a restart:

  1. Press and hold down the Sleep/Wake button on the right side (iPhone 6 or later) or top (all other iPhones, iPods, and iPads) of your device.
  2. While continuing to hold the Sleep/Wake button, press and hold the Home button (iPhone 6s or older) or the Volume Down button (iPhone 7 or newer).
  3. Hold both buttons as the screen turns off, and keep holding them until the screen turns back on and displays the Apple logo.

2. Switch outlets or ports

Funny as it sounds, sometimes outlets or USB ports just don't work. That's especially true if you're plugging into a wall or computer you've never plugged into before. It can also happen if an electrical or other problem occurs in your regular outlet or port.

So, make sure you try plugging into a different outlet or USB port and see if your iPhone or iPad starts to charge. If it does, you're good. If not, keep reading.

3. Switch cables

Like outlets, cables can fail. Sometimes they get chewed up by the wear and tear of travel or even household life. Other times, especially for third party cables, defects catch up with them. If there's no problem with the iPhone or iPad, and no problem with the power source, you need to check the cable in-between.

Try a different cable. If you don't have one handy, try one from a family member, friend, schoolmate, colleague, or even one from a store in the mall. Just get your hands on a cable or two other than your regular and see how goes. If it works, awesome. If not, keep reading.

4. Restore in iTunes

After trying the easy fixes, it's time to try the harder ones. In this case, restoring your iPhone or iPad in iTunes. iTunes is a safer bet than iCloud because it actually offloads, re-installs, and reloads your data rather than doing everything in-place and on your device. That can sometimes shake loose bad bits that even a forced restart or iCloud restore can't. If you use an encrypted backup, it'll even restore your passwords so you can get back up and running faster.

  1. Connect your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad to iTunes on your Mac or Windows PC via Lightning or 30-pin Dock connector.
  2. Click on the Device tab at the top left.
  3. Click on Backup.
  4. Wait for the backup to finish.
  5. Click on Restore
  6. Wait for the restore to finish.

When you're all done, try charging again. If it works, huzzah. If not, there's one last thing you can try...

5. Contact Apple

Sometimes a problem really is a problem. Like any physical connector, the Lightning or 30-pin Dock port is subject to both wear-and-tear and electrical failure. There could also be an issue with your battery. If you have AppleCare+, don't walk, run to get it fixed. If you don't, get an estimate and weigh the cost of repair against the cost of upgrading to a new device.

If you don't live close to an Apple Store, you can call 1-800-MY-APPLE in order to set up a mail-in repair. If you don't have AppleCare, you may have to pay for the call, but it's less of a waste than having a dead iPhone or iPad.

Your fixes?

If you had an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad that you couldn't charge, and one of the above fixes worked for you, let me know! If something else worked, let me know that as well!


Source : imore

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Safari is easy to use, but you may never find all of its useful features unless you go looking for them. iPads have many useful navigation tricks you may never stumble across, and Safari has its own tricks.

The screenshots here were taken on an iPad, but Safari functions very similarly on an iPhone. Safari for Mac is a full desktop browser and works differently, although all versions of Safari sync with each other. 

Find in Page

Safari has a Find in Page feature, although it’s a bit hidden. To perform a search for words on the current page, tap the address bar and type your search. Tap the Find option under On This Page at the bottom of the list to search the current page. If you don’t see this option, scroll down — it may be obscured by the on-screen keyboard.


Swipe to Go Back and Forward

You can go back a page or go forward a page by swiping from either side of your screen. For example, to go back to the previous page, place your finger at the left side of the screen and slide it towards the center of the screen.


Enable Reader Mode

Safari offers a special reader mode that simplifies articles on web pages. Reader Mode strips away all the navigation elements and shows you only the essential bits of the article — the article text and its images. To view the current web page in Reader Mode, just tap the icon at the left side of Safari’s address bar — it looks like several horizontal black lines.


Save Web Pages for Offline Reading

The built-in Reading List feature in Safari allows you to save a list of web pages you want to read later. It works sort of like Pocket, Instapaper, and similar applications. Like these other applications, Reading List also downloads an offline copy of the pages add for later reading, so you can view them offline.

To add a web page to your Reading List, tap the Share button on the toolbar and tap Add to Reading List.


To access your Reading List, tap the book icon on the toolbar and tap the eyeglasses. To remove an article from this list, swipe it to the left and tap the Delete button that appears.


Use Bookmarklets Like Browser Extensions

Safari for iOS doesn’t support browser extensions, but it does support bookmarklets. Bookmarklets are small bits of JavaScript that can be saved as a bookmark. When you open the bookmarklet from your bookmarks, the JavaScript will be executed on the current page. Bookmarklets can take the place of many browser extensions.

For example, if you use Pocket, you normally can’t share pages from Safari directly to Pocket. Install the Pocket bookmarklet and you can open your bookmarks and tap Save to Pocket to add the current page to your Pocket queue for later reading. Bookmarklets can be used in many, many other ways.


Clear Private Data and Change Settings

Safari’s settings aren’t exposed in Safari itself. If you’d like to clear your private browsing data, change your default search engine, or tweak any other settings, you’ll need to do it from the system-wide Setting app.

To access Safari’s settings, go back to your home screen, tap the Settings icon, and select the Safari category in the sidebar.


Sync Browser Data With iCloud

Safari’s iCloud integration allows you to synchronize your saved passwords, open tabs, favorites, and other browser data with your iCloud account. This data will sync back and forth with the Safari browser on iOS and Mac OS X, so it works well if you have Apple hardware. Just tap the cloud icon on Safari’s toolbar to view open tabs from your other devices.

Apple no longer supports Safari for Windows, but they do provide another solution for Windows users. Install Apple’s iCloud Control Panel and you’ll be able to sync bookmarks with Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, or Internet Explorer.

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Activate Private Browsing Mode

Safari offers a private browsing mode. Any browsing you do in private browsing mode won’t leave any “tracks” — history entries, cookies, and other similar usage data. Because it doesn’t save any cookies, it also ensures you’ll be logged out of any websites you logged into as soon as you leave private browsing mode.

To activate private browsing mode, open a new tab with the + button on the toolbar and tap the Private button at the bottom of the Favorites page. Safari’s toolbars and interface will turn from white to near black, indicating that you’re browsing privately. To leave private browsing mode, open a new tab again and tap the Private option at the bottom of the page.


If you have an iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch that your kids use, you can also enable Restrictions. Restrictions function as parental controls, blocking access to websites you don’t approve of and allowing you to lock down your device in other ways.

Source : howtogeek

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