Hit the road without hitting rock bottom! The holidays are prime time for travel – be it for a trip to grandma's house or on a vacation – but getting there isn't always half the fun. Eliminate mad dashes through the airport in search of a toilet and road trip boredom with a few apps designed to make the air, roads, and rails just a wee bit friendlier!
Candy Crush and Instagram might be the most used apps on your phone, but you don't necessarily want your kids using them. With a little time spent in the iTunes and Google Play stores, you can easily convert your device into a learning tool for your tot. From letter and number learning apps to introductions to music and more, there are apps designed to educate and entertain the youngest students out there. Here, more than a dozen of our favorite apps for the preschooler who will inevitably take over your phone!
An updated version of Apple's beautiful, bold new mobile operating system — iOS 7.0.4 — was released today. The update, which fixes dropped FaceTime calls and more, is available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch now, but before updating, make sure your mobile files are safe and sound, just in case.
It's essential to back up your iPhone and/or iPad every time you update the device's software. New releases are not without their flaws. Follow this guide on backing up, restoring, and updating your phone and tablet.
Who Can Update?
The iPhone 4 and later, iPad 2 and later, iPad Mini, and iPod Touch (fifth generation) can run iOS 7. Unsure about the device model? Plug it into your computer, open iTunes, and the model as well as the currently installed version of iOS are listed under the Summary tab. You'll also need to know the device's passcode in order to update. iTunes will prompt you to unlock the phone or tablet once it's connected.
If you've already installed iOS 7 and need to just update to 7.0.4, then head to Settings > General > Software Update. You should see an Install button. The device needs to have at least 50 percent battery life left to perform the update.
How to Back Up on iTunes
If iTunes is your preferred method of backup, then connect your iPhone or iPad to a Mac or PC. You can only back up a device on one computer. Once the device is connected, click on File > Devices > Back Up to begin.
Alternatively, you can access the the "Back Up Now" button under Summary in iTunes. Double-check your work by clicking the iTunes top menu > Preferences > Devices tab. You should see the name of the device and the time of backup.
How to Back Up on iCloud
On your device, open the Settings app, select iCloud, and tap Storage & Backup. Slide the iCloud Backup option to On. After this option is selected, the device will automatically update when it is connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi, the screen is locked, and it's hooked up to a power source.
What's the Difference Between iTunes and iCloud?
If you have a lot of photos or videos in your Camera Roll (1GB or more), then iTunes Backup will be the best option. If you don't connect the device to a Mac or PC frequently (or ever), then iCloud will be your best bet. You can restore data to a device from anywhere with a Wi-Fi connection via iCloud Backup. However, iCloud will not back up media not purchased through iTunes.
- Selecting "Encrypt iPhone Backup" will encrypt the information stored on your Mac and require a password to restore a new or existing device from backup. Don't forget your password, because you will not be able to recover the data without it.
- Camera Roll photos will not be restored to an iPad from a backup if they were taken with an iPhone or iPod. The reverse is also true: Camera Roll photos taken on an iPad will not be restored from backup to an iPhone or iPod Touch.
- If you don't have enough storage space to back up, then a window reading "Not Enough Storage" will pop up. Reference this tip sheet on what to delete on your iPhone to make some more room.
How to Update to iOS 7
On the device, update by opening the Settings app, tapping on General, and selecting Software Update. You can also connect the device to a computer and find the software update button next to the backup section.
Now that you're all backed up, discover all of iOS 7's greatest tips and tricks.
Even the littlest ghouls will love playing these Halloween apps that are age-appropriate without being too spooky. These fun games sneak in the learning long after the excitement of All Hallows' Eve has gone. From coloring apps that allow your child to use her finger to create a Halloween scene to fun games that encourage your tyke to use shapes to form a silly jack-o'-lantern, we've found the best budget-friendly — or free! — Halloween games to get your kids ready for the big day! Click through to find the perfect one to play today.
There's no party like a clothing swap party, and ladies everywhere can attest. Whether you've hosted your own or convinced your BFFs to trade, it's a fun and free way to refresh your closet. These days, a new app from the website 99dresses promises to make the whole concept even easier. Calling itself the largest 24/7 clothes swap party to hit the planet, it's changing the trading game straight from your phone.
The way the free app works is pretty simple. List your unwanted goods by uploading a picture and including details like the brand and original price. You then earn "buttons" based on the value of the piece, and you're free to spend those points on clothes or accessories listed by other users. All you pay for is shipping and a small swap fee.
If, say, multiple women want the same piece before the 24-hour listing period is up, whoever has the highest "karma" scores the item. How do you get good karma, you ask? By listing high quality items and racking up positive feedback on transactions. Good juju for the win.
Consider this one party where you don't want to be late, but you'll still definitely be fashionable.
That iOS 7 sure is nice to look at — but boy is it a battery suck. If you're using Apple's newest mobile operating system on an older phone, like the iPhone 4, 4S, or even 5, all those zippy animations can drain your phone's power. Prolong your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad's battery life with these simple tips.
- Turn off Parallax — The technology that makes the home screen's icons appear to be floating above the wallpaper is called parallax. This motion-sensitive feature is supercool, but it also takes a toll on your phone's battery. To disable Parallax, open the Settings app, tap on General > Accessibility, and turn Reduce Motion to on.
- Disable Auto App Updates — It's convenient, but iOS 7's Background App Refresh feature, which automatically updates or refreshes mobile app content over WiFi or cellular data, could be draining battery without your knowledge. To turn it off, open Settings and tap on General > Background App Refresh, then slide to turn it off.
- Use Airplane Mode in low-coverage areas — If your phone is repeatedly cutting in and out of cellular service, then switch to Airplane Mode by swiping up to view Control Center (tap the plane icon) or opening Settings and sliding Airplane Mode to on.
- Autolock your iPhone — Set your phone to automatically lock if it's left unattended for a shorter time, like one or two minutes.
- Charge up to 50 percent — If you're traveling for an extended period and leaving your iPhone unattended for a while, then charge it halfway before shutting it down and storing it.
- Lower screen brightness — Open Control Center by swiping up or open Settings > Brightness to dim your screen.
- Use WiFi as much as possible — Limit your cellular, 3G, or 4G LTE use by connecting to WiFi where you can to download apps, use Google Voice, or browse the web.
- Block GPS tracking — When you're using lots of apps that include automatic GPS location and tagging (like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter), your phone is working overtime to locate you. If you don't need to geotag your posts and updates, then keep the GPS off.
- Turn Fetch and push notifications off — When an iPhone is "fetching" data, it's checking to see if you have new updates for mail, calendars, and contacts periodically. Open Settings > Mail, Contacts, and Calendars > Fetch New Data, and select Manually at the bottom. Push notifications are the pings received after getting a comment on Facebook, a Twitter mention, or any other app update. Open Settings, and go to Notification Center. For each app, switch Show in Notification Center to off.
- Close apps often — When you're done using apps, quit them by double-tapping the home button and swiping up on the application's window.
Go with the flow! While breastfeeding may be the most natural of acts, it's not without challenges! Given that nursing tends to commence in the exhausting post-delivery new mom bleariness phase of parenting, new moms can use all the help they can get. Check out the following seven apps that support new moms and their hardworking breasts.
Constantly squinting your eyes to read texts? Join the club. Give your eyes a break and adjust the text size on your iPhone or Android.
In iOS 7, open Settings and tap on General. To increase Dynamic Type (the text you see in SMS messages, email, and articles in Safari), tap on Text Size and drag the slider accordingly. The thin text of iOS 7 is beautiful, but can be hard to read. In General > Accessibility, you can enable Bold Text and Larger Type.
For iPhones running iOS 6, go to the Settings app > General > Accessibility > Large Text, and select the most comfortable text size between 20pt and 56pt. In Accessibility settings, you can also turn on zoom, which enables use of a three-finger double-tap to zoom anywhere on the screen, drag three fingers to move around the screen, and double-tap three fingers and drag to change zoom.
On Android devices, from the home screen go to Settings > Accessibility > Large Text in phones with Ice Cream Sandwich or later. Text in the web browser will be normal size, but you can make the font bigger by tapping on the menu button in the address bar > Settings > Accessibility, and increase "text scaling."
Now that you've made the choice between iPhone 5S and 5C, what to do with your old iPhone? While you can always sell the phone, any profit is dependent on the quality of the phone. A phone that's seen its share of wear and tear likely has a low resale value. Consider turning that gently used iPhone 4S or 5 into the equivalent of an iPod Touch, perfect for kids wanting an iDevice to call their own.
To get started using an old iPhone as an iPod Touch, insert a SIM card into the phone — be sure the card is from the same wireless carrier that the phone uses. Connect the iPhone to a Internet-enabled computer with iTunes. The program will activate the iPhone, letting you use it as an iPod Touch.
If the SIM card used in the above activation is still active, you can remove it from the now iPod Touch and place it back in the device that will continue to be used as an iPhone. Or, if the SIM card isn't activated, leaving it in the device is fine, since there's no paid plan connected to it. Make sure to enable a WiFi network, and you're good to use apps and listen to music as before!
When's the last time you made a call? These days, texting is the king of communication, and iPhones aren't making voice calls very frequently. Save those limited minutes and take advantage of your WiFi connection or unlimited data plan by using FaceTime Audio.
Voice-only calls in FaceTime are a new addition to the iPhone, courtesy of iOS 7. To initiate FaceTime Audio, open the FaceTime app and select the contact you'd like to call.
Next to "FaceTime," a video camera and a phone icon should appear. Tap the phone icon to invite the contact to FaceTime Audio with you. Like a regular voice call, you can elect to mute or put the call on speaker. You can also access the FaceTime Audio button via Contacts.
Talking on the phone via FaceTime Audio is a little bit like having a conversation with that person in the room. The call quality is high definition, and Apple claims it's even better than wideband audio, which is considered the next generation of HD voice.