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Supercharge Your ControlCenter with These Cydia tweaks

January 22, 2014 — by Xin Chan0

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It has been quite some time that iOS 7 can be jailbroken running on any support Apple devices. One of the major focus for jailbreak hackers and developers that were identified before the jailbreak release is on ControlCenter (CC as named below), say for instance, add or remove widgets on it. So now it comes to reality and that there are numerous tweaks that you can find on Cydia with single or multiple functionality that you may need to control over CC. So here I would like to share with you what I use at the moment.

iOS 7Tips & How-to

8 Tips to Improve Battery Life on iOS 7

October 12, 2013 — by Simon Ng0

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So you’ve upgraded to iOS 7 and found the battery life runs out faster on your iPhone or iPad than the previous version. This is one of the most common complaints every time Apple releases a new version of iOS.

If you’re not satisfied with your battery life on iOS 7, here are a few tips that will keep your device to run all day long.

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iOS 7 Tip: Use App Store Wish List to Save Your Desired Apps

September 25, 2013 — by Simon Ng0

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You come across an app in App Store but for whatever reasons you’re not ready to purchase it. Probably you think the app is too expensive and you want to wait for a discount. Or the app size is too large for download while you’re on the road. You want to get it until you get a Wi-Fi connection. The same goes for songs, books, movies in iTunes Store.

In the past, you may jot down the items somewhere (say, by using Reminders) to remind yourself. With the release of iOS 7, it provides a new feature that allows you to save your desired apps into a wish list.

iOS 7Tips & How-to

iOS 7 Tip: How To Use AirDrop to Transfer Files

September 20, 2013 — by Simon Ng0

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ios7-airdrop-logoUnless you live under a rock, you should know about the official release of iOS 7. Starting from today, we will cover the tips and tricks of the new iOS. Okay, let’s start with AirDrop.

AirDrop is Apple’s answer to file and data sharing. Before the debut of iOS 7, you’ll need to rely on 3rd-party apps such as Bump if you want to share files between iOS devices. In iOS 7, Apple has brought a version of AirDrop to all iPhone 5 models, the fourth-generation iPad, the iPad mini, and fifth-generation iPod touch models. With AirDrop, you can easily share data with other nearby iOS devices.

As one of the highlights of iOS 7, AirDrop allows you to share photos, videos, contacts, URLs, Passbook passes, app listings on the App Store, media listings on iTunes Store, location in Maps, etc.

AppsTips & How-to

Top 10 Candy Crush Saga Tips and Cheats to Help You Move to the Next Level

May 26, 2013 — by Sette Capati6

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I’ve been so hooked up with Candy Crush for more than a month now, and though it is daunting to finish chocolate-coated jellies in advanced levels, there’s something about it that makes my brain tick. Honestly, I was caught-off guard with it. Frankly, I’m a self-confessed Candy Crush addict.

Playing with it for a few weeks has helped me discover some strategies and cheats to move on to the next level. Whether you’re just starting to play it or you’ve been tinkering with it for a few months, here are the top ten Candy Crush tips and cheats you should know.

iPhoneiPhone 5Tips & How-to

5 Tips to Make the Most of iPhone 5’s Camera

May 17, 2013 — by Simon Ng2

This is a guest post from Archie.

Yeah, the iPhone 5 is out of its league when compared to Android flagships this year. The quad-core devices have multiplied and feature the latest of what Qualcomm has to offer, an octa-core is threatening global domination, screens haven reached insane levels and Google’s Play Store is once again on the march. This time, it is within striking distance of actually overtaking Apple’s App Store.

The future is bleak for Apple’s flagship, the iPhone 5. Indeed, last year’s flagship should not be fighting this year’s slew of powerful flagships. It’s just not fair. Anyway, as the saying goes, all is fair in love and war and for the iPhone 5 this is very much a war.

Here are smart tricks which you can use to increase the productivity of your iPhone 5’s camera and increase your patience while waiting for the iPhone 5S and not selling your iPhone and jumping-ship to Android.

1. Use the Lockscreen to Take Pictures

You can actually open the Camera app and take a picture while the device is locked. All you have to do is to tap the home button while your iPhone 5 is locked and a camera icon will appear on the screen. Tap that and the Camera app will launch. This is great for sudden picture-perfect moments.

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2. Shoot Pictures While Recording Video

This is a very useful feature for providing screenshots of the video you’re shooting. Just tap the camera icon at the top right corner of your screen while shooting a video to take pictures simultaneously. The best part is your recording won’t stop as your iPhone 5 takes pictures.

3. Use Your Earphones to Shoot Pictures

If you found the iPhone 5’s onscreen camera button to be unresponsive or you’re just not used to it, you can use the volume up button on your headset or the volume up on the device itself to snap a picture. How convenient is that?

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4. Capture High Quality Photos Using Accessories

The good thing about iPhones is that the list of available accessories is just endless. Consider adding a detachable lens to your list of iPhone 5 accessories. You can use the added lens to produce much better pictures that are almost on par with DSLRs and mile ahead of the competition. Not that the image quality of the iPhone 5’s camera is subpar, it is even better than its competitors, but then the added quality wouldn’t hurt either. Olloclip is one of the great add-on for your iPhone camera.

5. A Shared PhotoStream Is the Way to Go

Sharing pictures has never been easier than with PhotoStream. With this app, you can set up a shared photo folder on your iPhone and add the pictures that you want your select subscribers to see, comment and like. You can activate PhotoStream on your iPhone 5 by going to Settings > Photos and Camera. There, toggle to ON both “My Photo Stream” and “Shared Photo Streams.”

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And here we go again to the crux of the matter. While the newer flagships, save the HTC One, flaunt cameras with higher megapixels (Sony Xperia Z, and LG Optimus G Pro) and cameras with many features (Samsung Galaxy S4), the iPhone 5 trumps the others through superior image quality and features that just work and are not too gimmicky. I say, don’t sell your iPhone 5 just yet.

The iPhone 5 might be outdated, but then, although out of its league against these new flagships it is still pretty iconic and still a solid contender for your money.

The iPhone 5’s camera, too, is just awesome.

This post is contributed by Archie, a tech blogger and an environmentalist who writes for an
e-waste recycling company, eCycleBest.com.

iPhoneTips & How-to

iPhone Camera Tips for Taking Better Photos in Your Next Adventure

April 25, 2013 — by Simon Ng2

Anyone planning an adventure will carefully consider how they will record their travels, and the temptation is often there to spend far more than the cost of the trip on a fancy SLR camera to document it with. Fortunately, the iPhone has made it cheaper and easier to take high-quality photos at little to no additional cost. Both the iPhone 4S and 5 boast an 8 MP camera on the back of the phones, surpassing the dedicated point-and-shoot cameras of just a few years past.

With an iPhone, a little skill and an app or two, users can easily produce great photos without the long-standing expense of purchasing a professional quality camera and the requisite lenses, leaving more money to spend on your grand adventure.
Following are photography tips and iPhone apps that will enable amateurs to take high-quality, expressive photos with the camera that’s already in your pocket.

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Backup and Restore iPhone Contacts without iTunes

February 12, 2013 — by Simon Ng1

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Normally you can use iTunes to backup and restore contacts. However, not everyone of you like this approach. Some may prefer to backup the contacts manually. My Contacts Backup offers an easy way to backup and restore your contacts all from your phone without needing a computer or synchronization.

The app is very simple. Once opened, there is just a “Backup” button on screen. Tap “Backup” to start the backup process.

AppsTips & How-to

How To Transfer Music File between iPhones

February 11, 2013 — by Simon Ng1

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Even with the latest version of iOS, you’re not given an option to transfer songs/audio files between devices. However, there is always an app for that. If you want to share a song file with another user, you can download an app called Bump.

Originally, Bump only allows users to share contacts and photos. The latest version of Bump adds features to let you transfer various types of files including audio file. After opening Bump, swipe to the below screen.

iTunesTips & How-to

iTunes 11: 10 Tips and Tricks You Should Know About

December 25, 2012 — by Simon Ng3

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Several weeks ago, Apple released a new version of iTunes – iTunes 11 which brings you a complete different user experience. Some users love the upgrade and enjoy the new user interface which is fresh and less cluttered. But some do not. Whether you love the upgrade or not, we’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks that would help you get the most out of the new iTunes.