5 cool new features in iOS 8.3

5 cool new features in iOS 8.3

Apple released iOS 8.3 last week, but it didn’t really divulge many of the newest features that you can use in your workflow now. After upgrading your device, here are five of the coolest features you’ll find in the latest iOS update.

1. Password not required for free downloads

With the iTunes App Store, if you don’t have Touch ID enabled for purchases, you can easily tweak the password settings so that you no longer have to enter the password when downloading free items from the iBook Store or iTunes App Store.

Here’s how to do this:

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Navigate to iTunes & App Stores | Password Settings
  3. Select either Always Require or Require After 15 Minutes
  4. Disable the toggle for Require Password (Figure A)

Figure A

Figure A
Disabling this option will no longer require you to enter your password when downloading free items.

2. Wireless CarPlay

If you utilize CarPlay in a compatible car, you’ll love this new feature. With iOS 8.3 and compatible CarPlay systems, you can now use CarPlay from your device without the need to plug your device into your car. Consult your particular CarPlay system to find out how to enable this feature.

3. Siri speakerphone calls

You can now make speakerphone calls using Siri in iOS 8.3. Use Siri as you normally would to call a contact, but add “using speakerphone” after the comment. For example, you can easily call a contact by saying the following phrase to Siri:

“Call [Contact Name] using speakerphone”

When you do this, Siri will initiate a call per normal; however, the call will be placed on speakerphone, allowing you to be completely hands-free with the conversation. Pair this with the “Hello Siri” command to wake Siri when your iPhone is plugged in, and you can start a phone call on speaker without ever needing to touch your phone.

4. Filtering iMessage conversations

The Messages app includes a new feature that lets you easily filter out messages based on people who are in your contacts list and those who are not. To enable this feature, perform the following steps:

  1. Open Settings
  2. Navigate to Messages
  3. Locate the Filter Unknown Senders toggle, and ensure that it’s switched ON

After doing this, whenever you navigate to the Messages app, a new toggle will appear at the top of the view that lets you switch between Contacts & SMS and Unknown Senders (Figure B).

Figure B

Figure B
This feature lets you easily determine which messages you want to focus on at a particular time.

5. Report iMessage spam

If a sender is not in your contact list in iOS, and you receive an iMessage from them, you can now report their message to Apple as a junk message. Simply follow these steps:

  1. Open the Messages app
  2. Select a message thread that you want to report as junk
  3. At the bottom of the message list, you’ll see a new button that says Report Junk. Tapping this button will mark the message as Junk and report it to Apple (Figure C).

Figure C

Figure C
Marking a message as Junk automatically reports the sender to Apple.

What other cool new features have your discovered in iOS 8.3? Let us know in the discussion thread below.

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WhatsApp: 14 secret features

Its most recent overhaul affirmed what we’ve generally suspected (yet never tried discovering) up and down, that the ticks demonstrated when your messages were conveyed, and now read.

On the flipside, this occurrence additionally uncovered how little we think about the informing administration we trade such a variety of privileged insights on. So here we endeavor to instruct you on alternate highlights covering up in the hideouts and corners of WhatsApp. You can say thanks to us later.

1) Make calls at last

Line has done it, so has Snapchat and WeChat. What are we discussing? The capacity to make free calls through the informing application which has been reputed to be in progress for a very long time. Think about what, its here at this point.

How: Make beyond any doubt you’re utilizing the most recent adaptation of WhatsApp. You ought to see another Calls tab nearby the regular Chats and Contacts. Simply send a voice call welcome to another WhatsApp client and you’ll be talking ceaselessly quickly. This highlight lives up to expectations for Android clients right now however, so you can’t be making calls through WhatsApp to an iOS client. Apologies, other people, you’ll simply need to quietly sit tight.

Additionally remember that the calls are utilizing information, so in case you’re not on Wi-Fi, you can’t go call-insane. Unless you need to hazard your rational soundness when you get your telephone bill.

2) Prevent people from accidentally reading your messages

Theoretically, messages on WhatsApp are private. But not when you leave your phone on the table, and a new message notification comes in. How many times have you unintentionally read someone’s message just because you’ve curiously looked over when their phone screen blinked to life with a new message notification? Admit it, we’ve all done it, and read something we all regretted.

How: Go to Settings, then Notifications, and disable Show Preview. Now you can gossip in peace, without anyone accidentally reading your conversations by just glancing casually at your phone when a notification comes in. Your notification will just reveal who has just messaged you without divulging any of its super secret contents.

3) Reply directly from a popup

Oh, new message! Swipe down the notification bar, tap the message and reply. Sounds simple, right? We’re tell you there’s an easier way. Cut to the chase and reply to it directly from a notification.

How: Go to Settings, Notifications, then Popup Notification, and choose from four different options. You can change this setting for both individual messages and group messages respectively. Unfortunately, this feature is only available for Android. For now.

4) Begone, blue ticks of misery

Sometimes we need to glance at a message, and then take a little time to formulate a response as we carry on with the rest of our day. All that, without having the sender realise that we actually looked at said message five hours ago. But the inception of the double blue ticks took that privilege away.

Recently though, the chat app has realised the error of its ways and silently come up with a workaround. The liberty of message-mulling is ours again.

How: Users can just access Privacy via Settings and disable Read Receipts. However, this feature is currently only available to Android users who are on the all new beta version of the app.

If you’re that desperate though, you have to download the beta and head to your Android phone’s settings, enable Unknown Sources to install the APK file as it’s not in the Google Play Store yet. There, now it’s time to iron out the kinks in your friendships that the blue ticks have caused. The rest of us will just have to wait for a future update.

5) See when your messages are read
Think the twofold blue ticks are the most exceedingly terrible thing to happen to connections since Last Seen? Reconsider. There’s another approach to cause irritate and obliterate kinships, and in a particular manner at that. More than figuring out your message has been perused, you can see the precise time your message was effectively conveyed, and the accurate time your message was perused on the off chance that you decide to stay with the ticks.

How: Go to any of your WhatsApp talks, tap and hang on any of the messages you’ve sent in that visit, took after by the Info choice. For iOS clients, you can likewise drag towards the left to uncover a window which will demonstrate the time your message was conveyed and thusly perused. Lives up to expectations for gathering messages too with the window posting the time every member read the message. Surmise you can no more escape with WhatsApp murder.

6) Tied to your number

In case you’re abroad and you get another information sim, there’s no compelling reason to enlist the new number joined to the SIM and need to reintroduce yourself to all your WhatsApp contacts when you can simply keep WhatsApping utilizing your ordinary number.

How: When you put your new SIM in and enact WhatsApp, you’ll be incited by the informing administration to enlist the new number. Anyway doing as such will foul up your contacts list. Simply overlook the pop-up or scratch off it and your WhatsApp ought to work connected to your old number, while utilizing your new information SIM.

7) Sending public messages privately

On the off chance that you’ve got a nonexclusive declaration to make, in the same way as a welcome to a weekend bbq. Furthermore, you would prefer not to do it on the windbag stage that is Facebook, this highlight meets expectations in essentially the same path as BCC-ing individuals in an email. Your beneficiaries will get the message like its a secretly created one, unbeknownst to the way that you’ve sent literally the same one to 342 other individuals. Earnestness? What’s that?

How: On the upper left hand corner of your WhatsApp Chats window, just beneath the hunt bar, you’ll recognize a Broadcast Lists. Tap on it for the choice to make another rundown of gets in touch with you need your message to go out to (like the individuals on your birthday party guest list, or your collection of mistresses of sweethearts who may not think around each other… ). Also, message away like you would ordinarily.

8) Back it up

Agonized over losing your year of messages? You don’t need to. WhatsApp knows how valuable your visit history is to you and secures it just for you in the cloud.

How: iPhone clients get the choice of support their talk history to iCloud consequently on a day by day/week after week/month to month plan. If its choice visit histories you yearning, click on the talk you need, then the client’s name lastly email discussion to yourself or whoever else.

Android clients will discover the record inside the WhatsApp organizer in their telephone. Exchanging Android telephones? Verify that document, found in WhatsApp > Databases and named msgstore.db.crypt7, is duplicated and exchanged to literally the same organizer in your new Android gadget.

9) Shortcuts to conversations

On the off chance that there are sure individuals you banter with more than the others, on a moment to moment premise, it may be a smart thought to make an alternate route for them specifically on your homescreen so you don’t need to continue opening and shutting WhatsApp just to converse with only them.

How: Tap and hang on the visit (gathering or individual) of your decision and a tab will appear. Select the Add Conversation Shortcut choice and the talk being referred to will show up as the individual’s profile photograph on your portable desktop. Lamentably this applies for Android clients and not iPhone ones. Sorry gentlemen.

10) Saving media

When you’re on a 2GB information arrange, each MB numbers. You would prefer not to be slapped with a powerful bill toward the end of the month from sending imbecilic shareable pics and screenshots of each easily overlooked detail. There’s an approach to verify that all that overwhelming obligation picture sending won’t eat up what minimal complimentary information you may have in your arrangement.

How: Go to Settings, then Chat Settings and after that Auto-Download and change the settings for how you need your got media to be downloaded. Pick Wi-Fi on the off chance that you would prefer not to over-burden your information arrangement. Then again, you can trigger downloads physically by exchanging Auto-Download to Never. You can likewise spare the bother of needing to clean up your cam roll from time to time by tweaking Save Incoming Media off.

11) Keeping group chats on the down low
As WhatsApp turns into the go-to talk application for more individuals, the probability of settling on cooperative choices gets extended too. So in case you’re continually getting added to new gathering visits loaded with outsiders (you outgoing person, you), you may need to keep certain points of interest private until those outsiders get to be companions.

How: Head to Settings, Privacy, and afterward change your Last Seen, Profile Photo and Status to hold a touch of puzzle. Decide to impart them to Everyone, or just your Contacts, or Nobody by any means. Lamentably, there’s nothing you can do about concealing your telephone number.

12) Mute group chats

We’re all in at any rate a couple gathering visits at any one time, made in light of the fact that somebody (likely the gathering administrator) was exhausted. Individuals have a tendency to get exuberant in talks, particularly since WhatsApp permits bunch discussions of up to 50 members. Who hasn’t woken up to the unpleasantness of 100+ unread messages fueled by a night of weariness?

How: To keep yourself from being woken up by the steady illuminating of your cell phone screen, you can (an) either turn it down screenwards or (b) Mute the culpable gathering talk. Tap on the gathering talk of your decision, then the name to raise Group Info where you will discover the alternative to Mute the visit for eight hours to one week or a year. Then again, you can leave it out and out.

13) Staying selectively notified

Not all gathering talks are made equivalent as some are loaded with only repetitive sound. What’s more, its precisely those gathering visits you need to disregard until you get some down time to strainer through everything that has been said. On the flipside, there are the gathering talks you need to remain focused of like ones choosing supper plans for the night etc. Here’s the means by which you can stay specifically told.

How: Go to the noteworthy gathering talks, tap on the name to raise Group Info and after that Custom Notifications. There, you can choose a custom message caution for the gathering talks of your decision. All you need to recall is which ready tone you appointed to which gathering visit. This customisation is appropriate for gathering talks however.

14) Find out the truth about where your friend is

Every one of us have been a victimized person to that “In transit” lie when the individual being referred to is still in bed. To keep yourself from always getting hoodwinked once more, demand that the contact imparts his current area to you by tapping on the bolt symbol by the content box and afterward Share Location. We hear you challenge that he can at present physically enter the area he’s apparently at. Which is genuine, however there’s a method for getting around it.

How: The way the area shows up is a sign to whether he sent his current area, or whether he decided to enter the area he’s purportedly at. On the off chance that its the GPS-based area he’s at, the area offer will show up as a dropped pin, yet in the event that its an area he needed to enter, its address will show up next to the dropped pin. Don’t hesitate to get down on him about it.

Now you can order Domino’s on Samsung Smart TV From Couch

Domino’s already has made ordering its pizza practically as easy as breathing. You can do it from your smartphone, online, inside your Ford using Sync, and on a Pebble or Android smartwatch. But if you’re plopped down right in front of the couch without as much as one personal digital appliance within arm’s reach? Until now you’ve been sunk — or had to rise.

But Domino’s has launched its first ordering app for Samsung Smart TVs, just in time for the final weekend of March Madness, when the brand expects to sell more than 1.7 million pizzas nationwide, and most of them to fans watching the NCAA men’s basketball semifinals and finals on television on Saturday and Monday.

Domino’s said that it now has enabled customers to order via their Samsung Smart TVs, yet the latest extension of the brand’s AnyWare suite of technology that gives customers the ability to order pizza on more devices and in more ways than ever before.

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Its’ one more way that Domino’s is battling Pizza Hut for supremacy in the digital-ordering arena that has become crucial to the two companies’ sales and efficiency. “The great thing about this is we’re making it as easy as possible for people to keep enjoying whatever experience they’re experiencing, while still ordering pizza,” Dennis Maloney, vice presdient of multi-media marketing for Domino’s, told me. “It’s a major step change in the ordering experience if you don’t have to change anything else.”

Of course, there is some “fine print” involved. Customers who want to order Domino’s via their Samsung smart TV must have one of Domino’s Pizza DPZ -1.95% Profiles from earlier online ordering with a saved recent order — and a 2013 or newer television.

Maloney said that Domino’s is “constantly talking” with all variety of potential tech partners and that this partnership with Samsung arose from such discussions, not a definitive approach from either side to the other. “One nice thing about moving this capability to TVs is that they’re in every household, and a lot of technology is embedded in them,” he said. “We just keep continuing to add to our platform so that anyone can order, anyhow, anywhere.”

Indeed, Domino’s and No. 1 seller Pizza Hut, and to a lesser extent No. 3 Papa John’s, have been absolutely pressing the metal on digital ordering as consumers get used to the convenience of it. The chains love it because it’s more efficient for them, and online orders tend to be significantly larger than phone-in ones anyway.

Contributor: Dale Buss

Better Alternatives To Your Phone’s Lousy Default Apps

SwiftKey (free, iOS and Android)

14 Better Alternatives To Your Phone's Lousy Default Apps

Type without lifting a finger. It’s perfect for times when you’re clinging onto the bus for dear life in one hand and texting with the other.

The app also learns how you type and makes creepily accurate autocorrect suggestions based off of that information. An optional feature called SwiftKey Cloud analyzes your writing style from social media accounts like Facebook and Evernote.

Sleep Cycle ($1, iOS and Android)

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The app uses your phone’s accelerometer to detect movement while you sleep. Sleep Cycle can then determine when you’re in a deep or light sleep state. It’ll ring in the “lightest” part of your sleep phase, so you feel awake and refreshed in the morning.

Not a morning person? Need something more intense? Try Spin Me ($2, iOS and Android), an app that will continue to ring until you get up and spin your phone around twice.

Captio ($2)

 Type something up and with one tap, the app lets you send an email to yourself. It’s quick, efficient, and especially useful if you spend all of your time on email anyway.

Wunderlist (free, iOS and Android)

This app is a must if you cohabitate. Wunderlist is available as a mobile app, desktop app, and extension. Lists are synced across all of your devices, and if you share a list with say, a significant other, your collaborative list updates in real time too.

If you want something simpler, try the very beautiful and gesture-friendly Clear ($5, iOS).

Sunrise (free, iOS and Android)

Sunrise (free, iOS and Android)

Sync your Google Calendar, iCloud, or Exchange info with the most beautiful calendar experience around. The desktop version of Sunrise is just as nifty. Being able to set multiple reminders for one event is great for forgetful folk. I personally like the built-in weather forecasts.

PhotoMath (free, iOS, Android, and Windows Phone)

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It reads and solves mathematical equations using your phone’s camera. THIS IS THE FUTURE.

Camera Plus With Airsnap ($2, iOS)

Camera Plus With Airsnap ($2, iOS)

Between filters, different focus modes, and a private folder that locks photos away from public view, this app has all kinds of bells and whistles.

But the killer feature is Airsnap, which enables another iOS device (like your iPad) to trigger the camera shutter on your iPhone (or vice versa). Very selfie friendly.

If you’re more of a video person, Hyperlapse (free, iOS) by Instagram is your best bet. Shoot clear, stable, cinematic mini movies that can be turned into timelapses of varying speeds.

Waze (free, iOS and Android)

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Bike Maps by Maplet

For driving, opt for Google-owned Waze, which uses data from other drivers to make sure you avoid heavy traffic areas. User-reported police alerts help drivers slow down in speed trap areas.

Google Maps, duh! (free, iOS and Android) — The best biking and public transit directions around.

Bike Maps by Maplets ($1, iOS) — If you’re a cycling urban warrior, this app has high-resolution elevation maps for most metropolitan areas. Color-coded streets help bikers avoid those steep hills! Maps can also be downloaded and navigated offline.

Overcast (free but $4 for premium, iOS)

Fuel your Serial addiction with this clutter-free podcast manager. The free version gives listeners everything they need — playlists, podcast search, seek controls — but the premium version unlocks a treasure trove of interesting features like a sleep timer and Smart Speed, which dynamically shortens silences in talk shows.

VSCO Cam (free, iOS and Android)

Even professional photographers love this app because photos come out looking art gallery-ready every time. Carefully crafted filters that can be adjusted with precision and VSCO’s robust editing tools will score you those double taps.

DarkSky ($4, iOS)

DarkSky ($4, iOS)

Because weather patterns change so frequently, daily forecasts aren’t enough. This app offers minute-by-minute information. It knows how long you have until it starts pouring or snowing next.

Word Lens (free, iOS and Android)

Word Lens (free, iOS and Android)

It translates Russian, Portuguese, German, Italian, French, and Spanish signs IN REAL TIME using your phone’s camera. Pure wizardry.

UPDATE: Google acquired the company that made Word Lens, and its technology is now a part of Google Translate.

Cord (free, iOS and Android coming soon)

OK, JK. Nothing can replace your phone app. But Cord’s Snapchat-style press-and-record app just for audio might be the best new thing. Faster than a phone call or a text for sure.

Humin (free, iOS and Android)

Humin is a more intelligent address book. Search contacts by when you met them, by where they work, who they’re friends with, or where you met them. It also merges duplicates and can ask contacts to update their info on your behalf.

‘Hey Siri’ in iOS 8.3 allows for automatic speakerphone calls

Apple has made a small, but helpful, change in the way that iOS 8.3 can make phone calls via Siri. With the launch of iOS 8.0 last fall, Apple added a feature to Siri that allows users to activate the service hands-free by saying the phrase “Hey Siri” if the phone is plugged into power. However, if a user asked Siri to make a phone call via the “Hey Siri” hands-free command, the call would strangely not automatically transfer to speakerphone. Based on our tests, this will change in iOS 8.3. As can be seen in the screenshots above, if a user asks Siri to make a phone call through speakerphone, the call will actually be made on speaker phone…

In addition to this enhancement, iOS 8.3 will bring support for several new Siri languages, a new set of more diverse Emojis, improved login for Google accounts, and support for wireless CarPlay. Apple is also working on an iOS 8.4 update that include the company’s upcoming new streaming music service and iOS 9, which will include a focus on bug fixes and performance improvements. Apple has not announced when iOS 8.3 will ship, but it has recently gone into Public Beta.

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Report: In June, Apple will Debut New Apple TV with App Store and Siri

Report: Apple Debuting New Apple TV with App Store and Siri in June

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All of the pieces are falling into place for an overhauled Apple TV, and we may just see one come June. According to BuzzFeed News, Apple is planning to debut a revamped Apple TV at its World Wide Developers Conference. The new box will reportedly support third-party apps, voice control with Siri, and presumably the internet-TV service that The Wall Street Journal described earlier this week. BuzzFeed says that the new device will likely include more storage and a version of Apple’s latest mobile chip, the A8.

Apple’s more serious entrance into the living room has been long awaited. And, really, it’s about time. The Apple TV has been a nice but overly simple box for most of its lifespan. The addition of an App Store, which BuzzFeed says will be included, would make it dramatically more capable and interesting, allowing apps and games to take over an entire TV. If Apple’s long-rumored internet-TV service makes an appearance as well, the Apple TV would quickly become a major play for the living room. BuzzFeed reports that the Apple TV will include basic home automation features, too, however some are already built into the model that’s shipping today. Apple recently reduced the price of that model to $69.

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St. Patrick’s Day – Free App Giveaway! (Limited Time)

It’s St. Patrick’s Day, which means you need to find more ways to get in the spirit of the holiday. Instead of simply just going to a bar and drinking green beer, maybe you could also play and enjoy Lep’s World 3.

Lep’s World 3: The platformer sequel that’s like Super Mario with leprechauns

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Lep’s World 3 is a platform game that is sort of like Super Mario, but with leprechauns and Irish details. You’ll run, jump, smash, and blow your way through and over a number of obstacles and enemy types, all while on your mission to retrieve your gold and rescue your friends from the evil trolls. The game comes with 120 levels of nonstop action, all filled with gorgeous elements designed to create an engaging environment that keeps you finding new things around every corner.

There are 18 items and abilities you can acquire, each one focused on helping you in specific situations. Even further, there are 4 different playable characters, rankings to see which of you and your friends is the best, and intuitive controls. Download Lep’s World 3, get your friends to do the same, and party on St. Patrick’s Day a little differently.

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Lep’s World 3 is a platform game that is sort of like Super Mario, but with leprechauns and Irish details. You’ll run, jump, smash, and blow your way through and over a number of obstacles and enemy types, all while on your mission to retrieve your gold and rescue your friends from the evil trolls. The game comes with 120 levels of nonstop action, all filled with gorgeous elements designed to create an engaging environment that keeps you finding new things around every corner.

There are 18 items and abilities you can acquire, each one focused on helping you in specific situations. Even further, there are 4 different playable characters, rankings to see which of you and your friends is the best, and intuitive controls. Download Lep’s World 3, get your friends to do the same, and party on St. Patrick’s Day a little differently.

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