Tips on using iPhone Live Photos

Tips on using iPhone Live Photos

Without trying to exaggerate to much I have fundamentally changed the way that I take photos on my iPhone now  At its launch there were minor tweaks to from the iPhone but one that I really like the look of was Live Photos.  

When I talk to others it is one of the points I highlight to them, and I am constantly surprised how many are unaware of this feature (perhaps I am just too geeky!).

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Stop iOS 9 eating all your data

Stop iOS 9 eating all your data

Ok don't get me wrong this is not a post about why I hate iOS9, in fact the opposite, I really like it! But a new setting introduced with iOS9 is WiFi Assist.

WiFi Assist is a great idea but if you do not have a fairly decent amount of data with your contract you might want to turn this off.  Basically when you are connect to WiFi if the signal is pretty poor or a weak bandwidth it will switch to using your mobile data automatically to ensure the best experience and quick loading of pages etc.

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3 apps to help you edit images on the go!

3 apps to help you edit images on the go!

You will know by now (if you are a regular reader) that I love taking pictures, be it with my iPhone 6 or Nikon DSLR it really doesn't matter.  I am a massive fan of Instagram and just love how creative people are with their images!

When I am out and about it is great to be able to edit pictures quick and simply on the fly and share them straight away or upload to your blog on the go! 

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This geek is in a quandary...

This geek is in a quandary...

Why oh why oh why does there have to be so much nice tech out at the moment?

Being a gadget geek I am always looking out at new (and sometimes a little older) gadgets, but for some reason at the moment my wish list seems to be growing out of control!

To give you an idea of what I am going through, these are the gadgets at the top of my wish list! 

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Using custom keyboards on your iPhone?

Using custom keyboards on your iPhone?

So with iOS8 Apple introduce custom keyboards!  I don't know of many people that use them, probably because they are used to not doing so, but there are some great keyboards out there!  I have been mucking around recently with some and though I would share the ones I have enjoyed!

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The littlest daughter is happy!

We spoke about when is the right time for a phone for the little geek previously in this post, and it looks like the right time is now!   If you have a Tween (sorry I hate that saying but it works) and have not been asked the question "Can I have a phone?" then prepare yourself as I am sure it is just around the corner! 

She is 10 going on 20, and very grown up for her age!  As such we want to give her more independence and as a number of her friends already have phones we have agreed to get Little Geek an iPhone.

It will only be the iPhone 5C, in a nice vivid pink colour!

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Top apps for your iPhone

So you have had your iPhone for a while and the AppStore was a novelty when you first go it, but when did you last download some new and decent apps?

Wow that long ago?  Well here are some you may have missed.


If you are also a Mac owner then this is a must have in my opinion, its so simple!  Tether will lock your Mac when you're not there and will come straight back to life when you approach again! Now this is dependent on you having your iPhone with you but to be honest most of the time I have my phone with me when I walk away from my mac!  Its great because it protects your Mac when you're away, most times it protects it from Friends & Family posting in appropriate updates on your social media (you know who you are!)

Nokia HERE

Ok Nokia are history right? Wrong! They may have turned their back on manufacturing phones (for now) but they still have some great apps, and the here is a great maps app! They are going to struggle against Google Maps / iOS Maps but if you are going away you should seriously look at this! here enables you to download the full maps to your phone so you can use them without munching away all your data, especially helpful if you are going on holiday!  Check it out 


Tempo is a clever little video editing app, it lets you combine Timelapse and SlowMo videos in one, as well as add music to these videos, the UI is very simple and clean and straight forward to use!  You can save them directly to your phone or share them to Instagram etc 


This is the newest app from Instagram and it is again a very simple app that lets you make great one off collages (or remixes as they call it)


Ok this isn't a new app but it has had a great update, obviously only useful if you are a Gmail user.  They have updated the app to take advantage of the new access made available on iOS to 3rd Party Apps, the interactive notifications now allow you to respond or archive directly from notifications.  They have also updated the way Gmail handles attachments and improve the sharing or saving of these to other apps. 

IF (Previously IFTTT)

Ok I have previously blogged about how great IFTTT is, they have now produced 3 new apps that will act as buttons they are the 'Do Button' 'Do Camera' and 'Do Note'

You can set up each button to run a specific recipe that you can amend depending on your needs.  IFTTT is really great and these new apps make it that little bit easier.

The Do Button, is as it says, enables you to do something specific at the touch of a button.  

The Do Camera, this is a specific recipe that will automatically send a photo to a specific album, or to an account such as, Dropbox, Evernote or even Facebook.

The Do Note, is as you guessed a specific button to send a note, email tweet or Facebook update! 

Well these are just a few apps, if you have found some great apps recently let me know, would love to find out what you are using! 


Some great features added with iOS 8

Have you downloaded iOS 8 yet? 

Photo Credit: Apple Inc.

Photo Credit: Apple Inc.

According to stats released by apple conversion is up to 45% currently which is not bad, but no doubt a few people have been put off due to the massive amount of space you need to update the iOS.

A quick tip, if you don't want to download the update via your phone / iPad you can still do this the old fashion way by connecting your device to your computer and updating via iTunes!

Now as for iOS8 there are some great additions to this:

  • Battery Usage
    • ou can now see which apps are draining your battery most, this is added into the usage part of the settings menu. 
  • Touch ID in 3rd Party Apps.
    • ouch ID will not be new to iPhone 5s users but the fact that you can now use this on certain 3rd Party apps.  So far for me this works very well for Day One app.
  • 3rd Party Keyboards
    • pple have updated the Apple keyboard, but for the first time 3rd party keyboards are accessible on the iPhone.  SwiftKey is an excellent one which i use but go and have a look there are a few now in the app store.
  • Updates to messaging app and additions of voice notes and quick video sharing
    • or me this is a god send, not because I do a lot of group messaging but because the teen does so she can now mute some of them.  As well as adding the do not disturb function to individual message, the ability to share current location as well as any easy access to attachments shared within the message.
  • Handoff - ipad / Mac intergration
    • A previous post has talked about issues using this and a fix, but this is a great little addition to the iOS.  It enables you to start reading a website on your phone for example but then easily continue reading that on Mac or iPad without having to re enter site address, or on emails for example save the email as a draft and then re open on another device, it all works nice and seamlessly.
  • Interactive notifications
    • his enables you to quickly respond to the notification from within other apps etc, quickly respond to an message or sleep a reminder.
  • Addition of 3rd Part widgets 
    • lot of people wanted widgets to be accessible from home screens but thats not been added instead they are on the notifications screen when you pull down from the top of the device.  The today tab now lets you customise and add third party apps.  I have added Yahoo News Digest to mine and Evernote so I can quickly create new notes, pictures 
  • Camera update
    • nother nice little treat, time lapses will soon be everywhere, I have already added a couple to Instagram but more are surely to follow 

There are other updates that I will no doubt realise and will update the post as and when I find ones I think are worth sharing.

I was also going to do a video to show you some of these but there are plenty of YouTubers out there way ahead of me such as macmixing, so check out his video here which shows you most of the above, plus a few more.

Let me know what you like dislike re iOS8 and what are your favourite changes? 

2-Step verification is your friend

If you have been living in as a hermit for the last couple of weeks and avoided social media during that time then you wont know what The Fappening is.... but basically a load of 'A list' celebs appear to have had their iCloud accounts hacked and load of what we call 'personal' photos have been shared around the world.

Now who would give a damn about your photos?  The answer is somebody, the point is that your photos are your property and your probably wouldn't be happy with someone accessing them with out your authority.

There are a few simple steps to make this very difficult.  The answer is 2-step verification.  Now I already use this for Facebook, twitter, google etc but I recently added my apple account to that list.

What is 2-Step verification?

Its pretty simple, 2-step verification is an additional security feature for your account that's designed to prevent anyone from accessing or using your account, even if they know your password.

How do I set up 2-step verification?

  1. Go to My Apple ID.

  2. Select Manage your Apple ID and sign in.

  3. Select Password and Security.

  4. Under Two-Step Verification, select Get Started and follow the onscreen instructions


I did this and it was very simple and took all of 2 minutes to set up

You will need to have your password and your iOS app to hand as that will received a confirmation code to set up the 2-step verification.

Once you have this set up you will also receive a recovery key which it is highly recommend you keep in a secure place, or like me in a couple of secure places! 

And that's it! If somebody tries to access your account from a computer or device not enabled by you then they will face something like this

It is worth exploring other 2-Step verifications for accounts that you have if they are available... 

Any questions give me a shout!