Quick Tip: Show detailed weather information in iOS 7 weather app

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Due to the simplicity of iOS 7, there are some features that can tend to “hide.” There isn’t always a blatantly obvious way of knowing whether or not taps in certain places will do anything due to the shift away from “fake” on-screen buttons. But the functionality is still there. This is actually one of the biggest arguments against the iOS 7 redesign.

As you may or may not know, Weather.app can actually give you detailed information about any given area including humidity, chance of rain, wind direction and speed, and a “feels like” temperature. These features are a bit hidden, but to find them simply tap the large temperature number on the weather screen. You’ll be presented with a bit more information regarding the current conditions!

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App Store on iOS 7 Now Includes “Did You Mean…”

The App Store’s search engine isn’t the greatest, but when we misspell or miss a letter it’s nice to know that a new “Did You Mean” feature will suggest the name of the app we’re looking for.

This is just a small addition to iOS 7 that can make a big difference. iOS 7 will be released to the public as a free software update for eligible iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices this Fall.

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iOS 7 Shows Lengthy iMessages in Full Screen Mode

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While there are more effective mediums for long-form communication — yes, there is still a thing called email — you might find yourself in the middle of a lengthy iMessage conversation from time to time. Apple is looking to improve that experience in iOS 7, by showing long iMessages in full screen mode.

When you receive a lengthy iMessage on an iPhone, Cult of Mac discovered that it will now truncate the message and display an ellipses with an arrow. You can then tap the conversation bubble and read the entire message in full screen mode. I like to think of it as Reading List for iMessage.

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10 OS X Mavericks Tips and Tricks

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We’ve got 10 tips and tricks for the latest OS X Mavericks software.

Apple announced OS X Mavericks last month at its WWDC keynote, and a preview of the upcoming Mac software has been in the hands of developers for just over one month now. Among the features introduced include iBooks and Maps for Mac, Finder tabs, tags, new multiple display enhancements and more.

As you would expect, there are also a number of lesser-known features bundled throughout OS X Mavericks. Ahead, we have rounded up a list of ten tips, tricks and hidden features found in the new software version. If you make any “easter egg” discoveries of your own, share them in the comments section.  (more…)

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How to Reset Your Thunderbolt Display

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This quick tip will explain how to reset the Thunderbolt display, the 27-inch external monitor and Cinema Display successor that Apple has been selling since mid 2011. The need to reset a Thunderbolt Display can stem from a myriad of reasons: the inability to detect an Apple keyboard or other USB peripheral, the need to reset the System Management Controller (SMC), no image showing on the display and so forth.

To reset the Thunderbolt Display is actually quite a simple task that involves just four steps: unplug the Thunderbolt cable from the Mac that you have the display connected to, unplug all devices and peripherals from the USB slots and other ports, unplug the AC power cord and leave the display powered off for 30 seconds.

After you have followed the above instructions, you should have successfully reset your Thunderbolt display. You can then proceed to turn the display back on, after the power cord is plugged back in, and then reconnect the Thunderbolt cable and all USB devices and other peripherals.

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Inside iOS 7: How to Enable or Disable Control Center on iPhone and iPod Touch

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Control Center is a useful new feature on iOS 7 that brings quick toggles to the iPhone, iPod touch and soon iPad, accessible by swiping up from the lock screen or home screen, but perhaps you don’t want to have the arrow icon showing on the bottom of your lock screen. Not to worry.

To enable or disable Control Center on the lock screen in iOS 7, simply navigate to Settings > Control Center > Access on Lock Screen and switch the toggle off. It’s that easy. This method applies to all devices that support iOS 7: iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch 5G and soon the iPad and iPad mini.

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How to Block iMessage, FaceTime and Phone Contacts in iOS 7

messagesThe three most common communication mediums on iPhone are Messages, FaceTime and Phone, yet the trio of services were lacking a crucial feature until now: the ability to block another user.

That has all changed with iOS 7, thankfully, as Apple finally allows you to block contacts that are perhaps a touch on the annoying side. When you add a contact to the list, that user is unable to send you phone calls, messages or FaceTime requests.  (more…)

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How to Block YouTube Ads on iPhone, iPod touch or iPad

AdBlockerYou grab your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, load up the YouTube app, tap on your favorite video and twiddle your thumbs through a fifteen-second advertisement. While advertisements are now at the forefront of the YouTube experience, there are a number of alternatives for blocking those annoying commercials.

You’ll need to jailbreak your iOS device, and download one of the following Cydia tweaks: AdBlocker, YourTube or ProTube Extension for YouTube. AdBlocker ($2.19) will block the video ads in YouTube along with Mobile Safari, while YourTube ($4.99) and ProTube Extension for YouTube ($2.99) offer a lot more functionality in terms of downloading videos, changing the playback quality and so forth.

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How to Stop Image Capture From Opening When iPhone or iPad is Plugged In

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If you have ever found yourself frustrated that Image Capture opens automatically on Mac OS X Mountain Lion when you plug in your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, you’re not alone. It’s a common problem, with an incredibly simple solution. The next time you plug an iOS device into your Mac, simply navigate to the bottom left corner of Image Capture and select No Application from the drop-down menu.

You can also use this menu to change the application that opens by default upon connecting your Apple device, if Image Capture isn’t your fancy. Perhaps you want Preview or AutoImporter to open instead. And there you have it: a simple yet effective way to overcome one of the most annoying problems that plagues iPhone and iPad on Mac. Do you have any similar quick tips that you use?

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Quick Tip: Tap to Edit Siri Speech Bubbles

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While there are times when Siri can be a legitimately useful feature, the voice assistant can become frustrating when it fails to recognize your voice properly. Usually when this happens, Siri will display a speech bubble that shows what it thinks you tried to say; but, in most cases, it’s terribly wrong.

Fortunately, a lesser-known trick has surfaced that most iOS users probably didn’t know about. Simply tap the speech bubble with the incorrect text, and you can actually backspace and type in what you meant to say. Of course, this kind of defeats the purpose of the voice assistant feature in the first place.

Nevertheless, this is a very minor quick tip that should be valuable to at least some heavy Siri users that deal with the frustration of improper voice recognition. Siri does learn your voice with time, and it’s still advertised as a beta service, so we’ll cut her some slack for at least a little longer.

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