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How To Hide QuickType in iOS 8

QuickType is one of the many new features in iOS 8.  As I discussed in our iOS 8 Review, QuickType appears above the keyboard on your iPhone or iPad and gives you word suggestions or spelling suggestions based on the context of what you are writing.  The idea is to improve your speed as you type messages or mails on your iPhone or iPad.  But for some this is a bit distracting and is more a a nuisance than a help.  Fortunately there is a quick way to hide QuickType in iOS 8 and you don’t even have to go into settings.

First, open up messages or mail as you would normally and begin to compose an message.  QuickType will show up as you would

Hidding Predictive Text in Mail

Hidding Predictive Text in Mail

expect just above the keyboard and will give you the normal word suggestions.  If you want to hid QuickType just tap-and-swipe down to minimise the QuickType bar.  Now you will see a minimised line above the keyboard (see my screenshot to the right).  Now you won’t have the QuickType bar in the way of your message and it won’t be a distraction to you.

The bar will stay minimised until you open it up again.  This is done by a tap-and-swipe up of the holder in the minimised bar (the white bar in the centre of the bar).  Doing this will show the QuickType bar once again.

How To Do Email Handoff in iOS 8

One of the great new features of iOS 8 is continuity and part of that is handoff.  Handoff allows you to start working on a file, message or email from one device and finish it on another.  Let’s say you are walking to the train station and you start an email on your iPhone.  When you get on the train and you open up your iPad, you can swipe up on the Lock Screen to move that email to your iPad for a more comfortable typing experience.

In this How To I will show you how to do email handoff in iOS 8.  Just remember that like all of the Continuity features, it only works between iOS 8 devices and OS X Yosemite on your Mac when it is available later this year.

Today Screen Widgets in iOS 8

One of the new features that has come in iOS 8 are Today screen widgets.  These widgets allow you to get app information or access the app straight from the Today screen instead of having to find the app on your Home screen and open it.  It is something that I personally welcome.  As I stated in my review of iOS 8, one of the aspects of the Home screen is that it is boring and needs widgets.  Having them on the Today screen certainly is a step in the right direction and may prove to be better from a user experience that having them on the Home Screen.

Time will tell.

If you aren’t sure what I’m talking about, take a look at the screenshot after the break.  It is a screenshot of my Today screen on my iPad from this morning.  There you will see the normal weather and calendar event things but right below that you see the latest news headlines from The Wall Street Journal and below that Evernote.  It really brings the power of what the Today screen was originally designed for which is to give information to you at a glance.  Now that this is open to 3rd party developers, the Today screen has become much more useful.

How To Get Past The iCloud Terms & Conditions in iOS 8 (Updated)

It is being widely reported that some users are experiencing errors with iCloud after upgrading to iOS 8.  The issue has to do with the iCloud Terms & Conditions which were changed with the new version of iOS.    This is very similar if not identical to the issue that plagued users after iOS 7 was released last year.  Basically what happens is after upgrading, users are prompted to accept the new iCloud Terms & Conditions but when they attempt to do so they get a “Unable to connect to server” error.  This then disables iCloud on their device.

If you have experienced this error here is how I was able to get around the error.  I will note that this has not work for everyone but it seems to work for the large majority.

iOS 8 Wallpapers to Download

With the release of iOS 8 coming on Wednesday, there will be a whole new set of wallpapers that Apple includes in the update.  If you don’t want to wait or have no plans to upgrade, we have all of the iOS 8 wallpapers available for you here on AlliOSNews for you to download.

All of the wallpapers, which can be found in the Wallpapers section of the site, are available for both iPhone and iPad so you don’t have to do any rescaling or sizing to get them to work on your devices.  I’ve also put all of the iOS 8 wallpapers on this post after the break so you can view them and download them from here.

To download the images, just right-click and Save Image As to save them to your Mac or PC.  If you are viewing a wallpaper from your iPhone or iPad, tap-and-hold until you are prompted to either Set as Wallpaper or Save to Camera Roll.

iOS 8 Install Guide

The release of iOS 8 is fast approaching this week.  On Wednesday the 17th of September it will be made available by Apple to install on your existing iPhone and iPad.  To help make the upgrade go smoothly, we’ve put together this iOS 8 Install Guide.  The guide is designed to give you tips and tricks from our years of experiencing in upgrading iOS versions to assure it goes as quickly and as pain-free as possible.

To remind everyone, iOS 8 will be available for the following existing iOS devices.  Remember that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will come already loaded with iOS 8.

  • iPhone 4S
  • iPhone 5
  • iPhone 5s
  • iPhone 5c
  • iPad 2
  • iPad 3rd Generation
  • iPad 4th Generation
  • iPad Air
  • iPad Mini
  • iPad Mini with Retina Display
  • iPod Touch 5th Generation

Before I start the iOS 8 Install Guide a word of patience.  Generally an iOS upgrade is made available on launch day at 10:00 PST.  That’s 13:00 EST and 18:00 BST.  When the release happens there will quite literally be millions of people trying to upgrade at the same time.  It could take you several tries and several hours to actually get the upgrade onto your device.  Be patient.  You’ve lived this long without it, a few more hours won’t hurt. :-)  For Tricia, she isn’t even going to try to attempt to install iOS 8 on her existing iPhone 5, iPad Mini and iPad 3rd Generation until Wednesday night even though she is in California.  For me here in London, I probably won’t be installing it until Thursday morning my time, around midnight Wednesday in California.  If you can wait, do it.  It will be a lot less frustrating.

Review of Camu for iPhone

One of the newest and brightest photo taking and editing apps in the App Store is Camu for iPhone.  Camu is a real time editing app that allows you to apply photo filters on-the-fly to the photos you are taking at the moment or add those effect to photos later.  It then allows you to post those creations to a wide range of social networks for sharing.  The beauty of Camu for iPhone is in its simplicity but don’t let that fool you:  This is a powerful photo editing application.

I’ve been using Camu now for a couple of weeks and I have to say I’m nothing short of impressed.  It has a nice selection of filters that you can apply to your photos (and not you don’t get nickel & dime’d to death with having to buy filters) but it is also completely gesture driven in using so there is virtually no learning curve.  This is one of those apps that truly anyone could pick up and figure out in about 5 minutes.  In fact my only real disappointment with the app is that there isn’t a native iPad version.

It is well worth your time and iPhone storage to take a look at Camu for iPhone.

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Vivino Wine Scanner App for iPhone Review

I love wine but I fully admit that I’m a bit of a neanderthal when it comes to being able to pick a good wine from a not-so-good wine.  As I have discovered, price isn’t necessarily a reflection of a wine that is good and there is certainly an element of personal tastes that come into the picture.  Compounding my problem is when I go to my local grocer or “bottle store” (AKA Liquor Store), there is a dizzying number of wines of all times and all price ranges.  Regardless of your wine selecting skills, there is a great app that can help you find that perfect wine as you stand there looking at a wall of bottles.  The Vivino Wine Scanner app allows you to scan the label of any wine and instantly get peer ratings, price ranges and reviews of that wine.  It helps eliminate the guess work so you can find wines you like at a price that is right.

The Vivino Wine Scanner app is one of those apps that just makes life easier.  It works amazingly well and I’ve yet to find a bottle of wine that it didn’t recognise.  Literally all you do is snap a photo of the label of the wine bottle and it does all the work of giving you information about that wine.  It has become my favourite app to use while I’m stood in my grocer trying to find that bottle of wine that goes with that meal.

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Orderly for iOS Gets Major Update

Tekton Technologies today is thrilled to announce the release of Orderly – Tasks and To-Do Lists 2.5, a major update to their productivity app exclusively designed for iOS7, with nice simple gestures, and auto adjustment of fonts based on the amount of content, adding even more convenience and ease of use for users of this App. Featuring awesome themes and location based reminders, the Orderly for iOS app makes sure that a task never goes unnoticed. 

Once a to-do is created, it is displayed on one of three shelves using Apple’s bookshelf metaphor: High Priority, Medium, and Low. Users can instantly view all their To-Dos, expand and contract them with pinch gestures, edit items, change their priority, mark them as complete, or swipe them to delete. The Orderly for iOS app includes two full-screen bookshelves, Home and Work, allowing users to keep To-Dos posted according to priority and location.

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Foursquare App Undergoes Radical Change

We can debate on direction that Foursquare is trying to take but make no mistake:  Foursquare wants to be the app you use to discover places and things no matter where you are in the world.  The updated Foursquare app for iPhone reflects that in a dramatic, new user experience that will take long time Foursquare users a while to get use to using.  In fact if you are anything like me, you may find it a bit frustrating.

When you update or install the new Foursquare app you will be prompted by the app to let it know your tastes and preferences.  You do this by tapping provided keywords that reflect things around you or things that you have rated in the past.  These keywords help Foursquare determine what discoveries to provide to you when you use the app.  These can be very broad in nature (like “Spanish Food”) to very specific (“Chicken Paella”).  Once you have tapped in these keywords, the Foursquare app then presents its new and radically different user experience.

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