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Back in February, we learned from a security researcher that various iOS apps can secretly leak login data and other personal information to hackers that know how iOS works, and how to take advantage of various flaws. Three months later, it looks like many of these apps, including mobile banking applications, have not been fixed.

Sudo Security Group Will Strafach explained that no less than 76 apps were susceptible to man-in-the-middle attacks, including banking and medical apps. Hackers could fool these apps into leaking a user’s login details, without the user knowing.

You’d think app developers would go ahead and fix their apps following the notice. It turns out some of them have done so, including HipChat and Foxit. But ZDNet reports that many others haven’t taken action.

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The majority of the apps that can leak user data will still expose login info have not been fixed, including banking apps Emirates NBD, 21st Century Insurance, Think Mutual Bank, and Space Coast Credit Union, to name just a few.

Other apps including private web browser Dolphin Web Browser, blood glucose level Diabetes in Check, and an app that allows Indiana residents to vote are still affected by the hack.

There’s no indication anyone is abusing this iOS security flaw, but that’s not a good excuse for any app developer not to fix the issues. If you still have to use any of this apps, Strafach advises to avoid Wi-Fi networks and use your cellular plan instead.

Source: This article was published on bgr.com 

Categorized in Internet Privacy

Dozens of iOS apps that are supposed to be encrypting their users' data don't do it properly, according to a security researcher.

Will Strafach, CEO of Sudo Security Group, said he found 76 iOS apps that are vulnerable to an attack that can intercept protected data.

The developers of the apps have accidentally misconfigured the networking-related code so it will accept an invalid Transport Layer Security (TLS) certificate, Strafach claimed in a Monday blog post.

TLS is used to secure an app’s communication over an internet connection. Without it, a hacker can essentially eavesdrop over a network to spy on whatever data the app sends, such as login information.

“This sort of attack can be conducted by any party within Wi-Fi range of your device while it is in use,” Strafach said. “This can be anywhere in public, or even within your home if an attacker can get within close range.”

Strafach discovered the vulnerability in the 76 apps by scanning them with his company-developed security service, verify.ly, which he's promoting. It flagged “hundreds of applications” with a high likelihood of data interception.

He’s so far confirmed that these 76 apps possess the vulnerability. He did so by running them on an iPhone running iOS 10 and using a proxy to insert an invalid TLS certificate into the connection.

Strafach declared that 43 of the apps were either a high or medium risk, because they risked exposing login information and authentication tokens. Some of them are from “banks, medical providers, and other developers of sensitive applications,” he said.

He's not disclosing their names, to give them time to patch the problem.

The remaining 33 apps were deemed low risks because they revealed only partially sensitive data, such as email addresses. They include the free messaging service ooVoo, video uploaders to Snapchat and lesser-known music streaming services, among many others.

In all, the 76 apps have 18 million downloads, according to app market tracker Apptopia, Strafach said.

It’ll be up to the app developers to fix the problem, but it only involves changing a few lines of code, says Strafach, who’s been trying to contact the developers.

He included some warnings for developers in the blog post.

“Be extremely careful when inserting network-related code and changing application behaviors,” he wrote. “Many issues like this arise from an application developer not fully understanding the code they’ve borrowed from the web.”

Users of affected apps can protect themselves by turning off the Wi-Fi when in a public location, Strafach says. That will force the phone to use a cellular connection to the internet, making it much harder for any hacker to eavesdrop unless they use expensive and illegal equipment, Strafach said.

Author : Michael Kan

Source : http://www.itworld.com/article/3166529/security/dozens-of-ios-apps-fail-to-secure-users-data-researcher-says.html

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There is a reason why so many of us simply can’t live apart from our smartphone or tablet, actually several reasons. These reasons are apps. As Steve Jobs used to say “Software is the soul of a hardware”, without it any smartphone or tablet is just a piece of metal. Despite the genius of Apple’s Chief Design Officer, Jonathan Ive, that makes iPhone design so exceptional, when it’s turned off, it’s useless, the iOS operating system is what makes it tick. Forgive us for repeating this metric once more, we know you’ve heard it countless times, but here it is – there are more than 3 million iOS and Android apps combined. By 2015 iOS apps in particular, were downloaded more than 100 billion times. To put this number in perspective, there are only 26 million songs on the iTunes store and up-to-date they’re downloaded 25 billion times. In fact, it’s really hard to find other example of a digital content that can compete with mobile apps in terms of quantity and diversity.

Number of  iOS apps downloads  from 2008 to 2015
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All those apps have a particular reason for their existence, a particular problem to solve or just to entertain and, as with any market, the majority of those apps, to put it mildly, aren’t spectacularly good. You see, it’s about human’s talent and creativity, some people are exceptionally bright, some are absolutely ok with just following the flow and imitating others. But in the ocean of these apps there are handful that over the years have managed to win the greatest number of user hearts and they become part of our daily smartphone or tablet usage routine.

Checking some of those apps is the first thing we do in a morning, before drinking coffee or anything else, some of them make us smile or sad as we learn about what’s going on in the world around us. Let’s look at the TOP 10 apps that, according to AppAnnie app intelligence platform report, to date were downloaded more than other apps and became super popular.

The Full List

Without a further ado, let’s walk through each app on this list and dig into a bit of its history.

Facebook
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In a sense this app has become even more essential than many iOS native apps. In fact, Facebook app in many cases is the reason why people reach out their smartphone in the morning – to check what’s new in their Facebook feed. The app is available in 27 languages and there are countries where the majority of population has an account on Facebook and on the other hand it’s prohibited in China, what certainly limits its user base growth, which is by Q4, 2015 reached 1,59 billion. On average people spend on Facebook at least 20 minutes a day. The top three countries with the great number of accounts on Facebook are US (151M), India (109M), Brazil (70M).

Key Facts:

F8 2015 – Facebook on iOS: Inside the “Big Blue App”


Facebook Messenger

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In August of 2011 Facebook released a standalone app to separate instant messaging communication between Facebook users into a standalone app. This Facebook’s move had a mixed reception but ultimately the app took off and by April, 2016 it had 900M users. The most distinctive feature that sets Facebook Messenger apart from other instant messengers is chatbots support, that allow businesses to build a communication channel with their customer via Facebook Messenger. Countries where the app is popular the most are US, Canada, Sweden and Australia.

Key Facts:

  • Release data – August 9, 2011
  • Current version average rating – 3.0 stars
  • Category – Social Networking
  • Data point – as of mid April, 2016 it had 35 chatbots already

Introducing Video Calling in Messenger

YouTube
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If you asked people 10 years ago about what popular video sharing websites did they watch, they would tell you that it was DailyMotion, Vimeo and YouTube. Ask this question today and people will smile at you because the answer is obvious – YouTube only. It was one of the apps that iPhone was introduced with by Steve Jobs on January 9, 2007, it was a time when the App Store didn’t exist and iPhone users app choice was limited with a handful of apps. In 2012 Apple decided to drop YouTube from the set of native apps with introduction of iOS 6 and soon after Google released its own app, which since has gone through 11 major iterations and today proudly sits on the third place of the Top 10 Most Popular iOS apps.

Key Facts:

  • Release data – June 2008 (an iOS native app), September 2012 (a standalone app)
  • Current version average rating – 2.5 stars
  • Category – Photo and Video
  • Data point – people upload on YouTube 300k hours of videos daily, which is 24 TB of data.

YouTube app iOS 9 recent update review

Instagram

Online photo sharing took off with an introduction of services like Yahoo Flickr, Google Picasa and others back in 2004-2005. Later with iOS and Android ecosystem introduction, photo sharing services went mobile and as of today you’d have a hard time trying to find more popular photo sharing app than Instagram. On a contrary from many popular apps that are a mobile extension for a website service, Instagram was initially conceived as a mobile app. It was launched in 2010 and in 2o12 it was acquired by Facebook for approximately $1 billion in cash and stock. Today the app is available in 25 languages and allows users to share both photos and videos, it’s got an advertising solution for businesses that provides among others a mobile app user acquisition solution. The top 5 countries where the app is most popular are US, Russia, Brazil, Turkey and UK.

Key Facts:

  • Release data – October, 2010
  • Current version average rating – 4.5 stars
  • Category – Photo and Video
  • Data point – the most popular hashtags on Instagram are #love and #selfie.

Introducing Photos of You

Skype

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Take any popular instant messaging app and most likely it has a video calling capability but as with any popular feature there is one particular app that set it on a trajectory to become popular at some point in a past. For video calling it was definitely the Skype app and even though Google HangoutsFacebook MessengerApple’s iMessageViber apps provide video calling feature, still Skype is the major choice for people when it comes to placing a video call and it rightously occupies the fifth position on the Top 10 Most Popular iOS Apps chart. Skype has more than 47M in US alone and more than 300M worldwide.

Key Facts:

  • Release data – summer of 2009
  • Current version average rating – 4.0 stars
  • Category – Social Networking
  • Data point – Skype Translate can translate calls on-fly in 7 languages: Chinese Mandarin, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese

Skype Conversations Of The Future

WhatsApp Messenger

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If ICQ instant messaging application name doesn’t ring your bell, it’s ok – today people hardly remember about it but back in the day it was The instant messaging application you could find on any desktop computer or a laptop. Today’s reincarnation of the same concept is WhatsApp Messenger app, it’s a cross-platform instant messaging app that allows people on iOS, Android, Windows, BlackBerry and Nokia phones communicate freely and it has over 1 billion users worldwide. Aside from a phenomenal number of users that rivals with its current parent company, Facebook Inc., the price that Facebook paid in February 19, 2014 to acquire the company – $19.3 billion.

Key Facts:

  • Release data – January, 2010
  • Current version average rating – 4.0 stars
  • Category – Social Networking
  • Data point – WhatsApp team has crossed 1Billion downloads on Android with 4 engineers (and 1 guy overseeing it), in their own words they’re 4.25 people vs 1Bn+ android users.

WhatsApp: Voice Messages

Find My iPhone

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In its own right, this app is the most important of all ten on the list, meaning how would you able to use all those apps if you’ve lost your iPhone? Well, seriously speaking this iOS app has a great record of being really useful for iPhone owners in situations, ranging from having their beloved device stolen, lost or simply put somewhere in the house by their kids and they wouldn’t find it quickly without this app. It’s one of those apps that you better not turn up to be in a situation when you need it but you better have it when you do.

Key Facts:

  • Release data – June 15, 2010
  • Current version average rating – 3.5 stars
  • Category – Utilities
  • Data point – Activation lock function, part of the Find My iPhone service, has decreased iPhone theft by 40% in San Francisco and 25% in New York.

Find My iPhone iOS app

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Google Maps

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Another app that debuted on iOS platform as one of the native apps that was developed by Apple in collaboration with Google and than, with iOS 6 introduction, became a third-party app developed solely by Google. Even though the initial reaction on this Apple’s move was controversial but looking back now in retrospective, we can say that eventually all parties have won. Apple managed to decrease its dependency on services of its rival in mobile arena, Google got more freedom for developing the app the way the company wanted to and iOS devices owners got more choice of high quality navigational apps. One thing was clear about the Apple’s own maps app from a get-go that it’s going to require a big effort on Apple’s part to compete with Google that had years of a head start with mapping technology. As of today Google Maps continue to rule the mobile navigational apps space and it’s number eight on the chart of Top 10 Most Popular iOS Apps.

  • Release data – Dec 12, 2012
  • Current version average rating – 3,5 stars
  • Category – Navigation
  • Data point – Google Maps covers over 25% of the world’s land surface and over 60% of the world’s population in sub-meter high resolution.

Experience 36 Hours through Google Maps

Twitter


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Conceived initially as a service to help families and friends to inform each other about updates in their lives, today Twitter has become so much more than that. It’s become the major source for news people can pick up in a matter of minutes after they being reported on Twitter by regular usrs or media outlets. Twitter is the place for celebrities, politicians and hundreds of millions of regular users to share and consume information. Even though Twitter has apps for for iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows 10, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, Firefox OS, and Nokia S40, its iOS app for iPhone continues to be the flagman for new features to be implemented on and, along with the Android app, contributes the bulk of usage among Twitter users worldwide.

Key Facts:

  • Release data – April, 2010
  • Current version average rating – 4,5 stars
  • Category – News
  • Data point – 347,000 tweets are sent every minute.

How to use Mute on Twitter

iTunes U

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Aside from Apple’s achievements with hardware and software oriented towards consumer and Enterprise markets, its ongoing effort with digital education is what sets Apple aside from other tech giants. On May 30, 2007 Apple introduced a new section on iTunes – iTunes U, to host audio and video courses from universities for people to download free of charge. This was a tremendous step to make educational materials accessible to people who wouldn’t be able to get a hold of them otherwise. As of today iTunes U iOS app concludes the Top 10 Most Popular iOS apps chart and demonstrates people’s thirst of knowledge. It’s a good example of how solutions like iTunes U can be a great digital campaign for universities curriculum and increase education efficiency.

Key Facts:

  • Release data – April, 2010
  • Current version average rating – 3,5 stars
  • Category – Education
  • Data point – In February, 2013 iTunes U crossed 1 billion content downloads mark.

Understanding iTunes U

Conclusion

When we look at the list of these ten apps, we see distinctive patterns. Number one – almost all of them are from the Social Networking category, it bolsters one of the major trends for mobile apps, which is that they feed our necessity to communicate, we are social creatures, we need to be able to share information whenever we want to and, in a current fast-forwarding world, it’s not an easy task. Trend number two – these apps are extensions of a previously existing desktop service and their enormous success can partly be explain by that.

Hence a takeaway lesson for app developers could be that to launch and sustain a successful app, they need to apply a complex approach – an app should be one of the channels to reach out their audience with the service they provide.

Author : Artyom Dogtiev

Source : http://www.businessofapps.com/top-10-popular-ios-apps-time/

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Which are the best free iPhone apps?

Looking for the best free iPhone apps? We're here to help, with our guide to the best free apps for iPhone, covering the best news, photography, entertainment, work and social apps.

Nobody likes spending money if they can avoid it - even those who've just spent a fortune on an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s. In fact, you've probably got less cash to spare than the rest of us after settling up with Apple. Luckily there are masses of free apps on the App Store, many of which are just as good as the paid-for alternatives, enabling you to expand your device's capabilities in a myriad of exciting ways.

In this feature we're focusing on non-gaming apps, but if you're interested in gaming, take a look at our dedicated roundup of the best free iPhone games. (We also have an article listing the best free iPad games.) On the other hand, if you're interested in the dark side of the free app business model, check out Freemium is the worst thing in the history of gaming: a rant and Why apps need to be more expensive.

Reddit

The newest entry to our round-up of the best free iPhone apps is Reddit. It replaces the old Alien Blue Reddit app, which until April 2016 was the closest to an official Reddit app we'd seen so far after Reddit's acquisition of the company in 2014.

But now, Reddit has used what it learned from Alien Blue to come up with its own app built from the ground up. You'll see the latest news, trends and memes available to browse, search and discover within the app's clean, easy-to-use interface.

You'll also be able to access your inbox to stay up to date with messages, comment replies, post replies and mentions.

Buffer

Buffer is a neat tool that lets you easily post - or share pages you've found - to multiple social media accounts (although only a single account per social network, unless you upgrade to the paid-for version) at scheduled times.

It's fantastic for media and business types who've used analytics to find out the optimal time to send out tweets and Facebook updates; you can set up a series of strong posting times, and updates will automatically be queued up for the next window. 

Best free iPhone apps: Buffer

 

Facebook

If you're on Facebook - and if we're honest, most of us are - then this is probably the first app to download on a new iPhone. It's free, it looks good (and fits in with the design aesthetic of iOS 9) and does a good job of getting out of the way and letting you find out where your ex-girlfriend has been on holiday.

Find My Friends

Find My Friends had a pleasant make-over following the release of iOS 7, and those still interested in stalking their friends, checking up on their wife's whereabouts and making sure they don't end up in the same pub as their dad will find it as useful as ever. For those that haven't tried it, it's free to download and well worth exploring.

Gmail

If you're reliant on Google's mail service the Gmail is an obvious one to try. It's free, it looks good, and it's tightly integrated with other Google services.

Gmail for iPhone iOS 7

Messenger

Facebook introduced Messenger to the world in 2011, when they enabled the functionality of sending and receiving messages by an app, rather than via a browser. In order to use the app, you are required to sign into your Facebook account. Read next: Best iPhone Keyboards.

Periscope

This is one of those super-hot ideas that threatens to upend an entire industry. It remains to be seen whether 2016 will see all news reports delivered via live Periscope broadcast, but either way, this app has made waves.

It's a little like Snapchat, but for live video: you start a broadcast, which any of your followers can view as it happens, and the video remains viewable for 24 hours after you finish - and then is erased from existence. Thrillingly immediate, utterly nerve-wracking for journalists who used to have the best part of a month between filing an article and seeing it on the shelves, and lots of fun to try out. 

Best free iPhone apps: Periscope

Skype

Superb and versatile alternative to FaceTime for when you want to video-call friends and relatives who aren't on Apple devices. Features a slick, user-friendly interface and the ability to make calls over 3G, although call quality issues and data limits mean we'd recommend this as an occasional indulgence only. 

Skype for iPhone iOS 7

 

Twitter

Like Facebook, Twitter's free native iOS app is simple and effective. It's intuitive to use and ideal for the more basic aspects of using the service - which is what you want from the iPhone app.

WhatsApp Messenger

WhatsApp is one of those apps that divides people into camps: the ones who haven't heard of it, and the ones who won't shut up about it. (See also: The best apps for messaging on iPhone)

It's superb for keeping in touch with groups of friends without spending a groat, allowing you to send text messages, videos, pictures and audio to your friends or family at no cost. The app is easy to use and in our experience totally habit-altering. It has also recently been announced that the app will now be completely free, removing its previous 69p subscription fee. 

WhatsApp Messenger for iPhone

Adobe Photoshop Express

Originally called Adobe Photoshop Mobile, Photoshop Express for iOS was first launched in 2009 as a cut-down, free version of Adobe's dominant image-editing software. Its limited palette of features was expanded with the second and third versions, adding packs of effects and camera effects which can be purchased from within the app, private online albums for ease of sharing and, of course, iOS 7 optimisation. 

Dubsmash

Want to have fun creating voice-overs or miming popular internet videos/sounds? Then Dubsmash is the perfect app for you! We find this app a lot of fun and is a nice way to pass-by time with your family and friends. You will need a login to use the app, but it’s free and easy to do so.

Flickr

If you’re a photographer and often upload your photos to Flickr, then this app is a must-have. If however you’re just a passer-by, and just like looking at beautiful and often professionally taken photographs, Flickr is a fantastic app that will make you stare at your screen for just that little bit longer. In order to use the app, you’ll need to have a Flickr account created. If you’ve not got one already, you can do so straight from the app.

Instagram

There are two main areas of Instagram: the photo editing and the social side to it. Editing photos is very simple: existing photos can be selected from your photo roll, or you can capture a new image within the app itself. Once you've chosen a photo, the Filter panel enables you to tweak the look of your photos using different effects.

 

But it's the social side of Instagram that really sets it apart. You can share your photos on your Facebook, Flickr and Tumblr accounts as well as with Foursquare, which enables you to tag a photo with its location. Instagram also works as a social network in its own right.

Musical.ly

A lot of people use this app to ‘Do it for the Vine’ – in other words, they lip sync a famous song whilst making fun, yet utterly pointless hand gestures to give their songs some flavour. It’s a fun app and who knows you might just end up as the next Beyoncé…at least that’s what the app will make you feel like.

Pinterest

Best free photo & video apps for iPhone: Pinterest: Often used to view the latest fashion and inspiring artists, Pinterest is a fun way to pin your favourite interests in one place. The app is well designed and fun to use. To use the app, you’ll need to sign in using a Pinterest or Facebook account.

Snapchat

Want to send a quick picture to your friends or family? Well Snapchat took the world by storm when it released back in 2011, and ever since it has grown from strength to strength. With various different functionalities and filters to choose from it’s a fun way of sharing your life moments with those close to you, without it actually being a stored photo – rather a quick photo that you set a timer on, once the timer is expired your contacts aren’t able to view it any more (unless you send it to your ‘Story’, where it is available for replay for 24 hours). Be warned though – Snaps, like other photos can be saved by those that receive it – so make sure you don’t send any sensitive material.

Snapseed

Snapseed might be free, but its tools and enhancements rival those of many paid-for photo apps on the iPhone.

From single tap Auto Correct and tools for cropping and straightening to more creative options such as Retrolux, Grunge and Tilt-Shift, Snapseed is packed with features and worthy of a place on your home screen.

Tumblr

This fantastic microblogging platform app is used by numerous users to procrastinate and share stories with each other. The app is simple to use and you’ll need a login in order to use it.

 

VSCO Cam

A must-have iPhone photography app, even in its free form.

Offers a solid choice of everyday editing tools along with striking, evocative photo presets. VSCO Cam also includes a social aspect in the form of VSCO Grid, a photo-publishing platform that allows users to submit work, find and follow photographers and view a curated selection of appealing images.

Best free iPhone apps: VSCO Cam

Best free work/office/business/productivity apps for iPhone

Adobe Acrobat Reader

On your iPhone you'll already be able to view and synchronise PDF documents via Safari and iBooks, but if you're looking for that extra bit of functionality, Adobe Acrobat Reader adds that zing - in other words, allows you to edit and annotate PDF Files.

Any.DO

Any.do is a free productivity app for iPhone that delivers in just about every way. It's great to look at, easy to use, and effective at helping users get stuff done. In either the category or schedule view, the task list is presented in a clean, spare format, and Any.Do has many layers of organisation. It's both easier to use and more pleasing to look at than the native Reminders app in iOS.

Any.do for iPhone

Dictionary.com

Sometimes we forget how to spell a word and other times we want to know the meaning or origin of a word. Dictionary.com’s app enables you to find any word you desire and has a fantastic user-friendly interface that makes it easy to navigate on your iPhone.

Documents 5

Documents 5 is, as the name suggests, an app for keeping your documents in one convenient place, particularly when on the move. Those documents include text, audio, music files and web and email content. It's been awarded 'Editors' Choice' by Apple in more than 70 countries, which is a fair reflection of the app's quality and usefulness.

Dropbox

Dropbox's cloud service lets you store and sync files online, so they’re accessible from multiple computers. And with the company’s free iPhone app, you can access your Dropbox files on the go. (See also: iCloud vs Dropbox comparison review)

It’s a reliable and user-friendly offering. But Dropbox has an ace up its sleeve in the form of Photo Uploads. Install the Dropbox iOS app and switch this on and any pictures snapped in your iPhone will be copied to your Dropbox cloud storage, making it easy to quickly view the files and share them with other people.

Dropbox free app for iPhone

Evernote

This note and snippet managing service lets you type text notes and take photo notes with your iPhone's camera. After you capture a note, Evernote automatically uploads everything that you put into it to the company's servers, where your notes are indexed for easy search and retrieval, and become available for syncing to all your devices. Fast, smooth and extremely functional.

Google Translate

Having a translator at hand can be expensive. Thankfully Google created Google Translate, a free app which provides you a basic translation to almost every language imaginable. It’s a useful app to have on your phone, especially if you like travelling abroad and need to quickly and roughly know what something says.

Microsoft Excel

Excel is used all over the world to view and edit spreadsheets, it’s available on your iPhone too – a worthy recommendation. However, you’ll only be able to view spreadsheets via the app, as if you want to edit or create them you’ll need an Office 365 subscription. Read next: Best iPhone Keyboards.

Microsoft PowerPoint

PowerPoint is used all over the world to view and edit presentations, it’s available on your iPhone too – a worthy recommendation. However, you’ll only be able to view presentations via the app, as if you want to edit or create them you’ll need an Office 365 subscription. Read next: Best iPhone Keyboards.

Microsoft Word

Word is used all over the world to view and edit documents, it’s available on your iPhone too – a worthy recommendation. However, you’ll only be able to view documents via the app, as if you want to edit or create them you’ll need an Office 365 subscription. Read next: Best iPhone Keyboards.

XE Currency

Having the ability to convert money on the fly, using the latest exchange rate (provided you’ve connected to the internet at some point) is extremely handy. The app is useful especially when you’re abroad and want to know the conversion rate or even how much the currency exchange booth is ripping you off by.

Amazon Mobile

Amazon's iPhone app lets you do exactly what you'd expect: search for products, read user reviews, compare prices, track packages, view and cancel orders, and actually buy stuff.

Brilliantly, however, the app takes things further into the realm of future-shopping . You can scan barcodes using your iPhone, or take photos of things you like while out in other retail establishments, and Amazon will do its best to provide you with price comparisons of the same or similar products on its own books. Clever stuff.

eBay

The first rule of online auctions is that you need to be constantly connected - if not, how will you be able to bid on a desired item last minute if you’re away from your computer?

Thanks to eBay's iOS app, you don't have to worry about ever missing an auction. This fully fledged app allows you to do just about anything eBay's full website does.

Groupon

If you’re looking for an app that provides you with discounts and coupons to events, restaurants among other places, the Groupon app is a must have on your iPhone. The beauty of this app is that it’s free and can save you up to 70% off the retail price of a product or service – it’s a win-win!

Gumtree

Selling that present that you never wanted and the shirt that you haven’t worn in a decade couldn’t be easier with Gumtree. The local-shoppingapp is fantastic as it connect you with local sellers or buyers. With Gumtree’s re-branding in early 2016, it has refreshed its complete look and made it even sleeker to look for used (or even new) goods. You’ll need a Gumtree account to sell and buy gear – but can still browse the app without an account.

JUST EAT

Everyone is hungry at some point during the day, and often we’re quite lazy, be it for genuine reasons that involve work and family versus you not willing to get off the sofa and cook a meal for yourself in the kitchen. No matter the reason, JUST EAT, as per its name allows you to…well you guessed it: EAT! This app gives you the power to order takeaway food from a choice of over 20,000 restaurants. The convenience of the app is its design based on location. It’s nifty and if you’re hungry whilst reading this, give the free app a go.

Tastecard

We can’t think of anyone that doesn’t like a deal, especially if it’s a restaurant and you’re strapped for cash. The tastecard app presents you with many 2 for 1 deals and 50% coupons at popular restaurants all over the UK. This includes fan favourites, such as Prezzo, Zizzi, Strada and even Pizza Express. This app is extremely useful for getting a cheaper meal on-the-go and better still not having to print out any vouchers – it’s all done straight from the phone.

Audiobooks from Audible

A lot of us now don't have time to read all the books that we want, and Audiobooks have grown in popularity. Audiobooks from Audible is a fantastic little app that allows you to listen to your books on the go, an extremely useful app if you commute a lot.

Chromecast

If you don’t have Apple TV, you'll know one of the many, a cheaper alternative is the Chromecast. If you happen to have a Chromecast or Chromecast 2 dongle at home, then this app will be extremely useful if you want to stream content from your iPad to a TV.

Netflix

If you have a Netflix account, this is a no-brainer. The app is useful to watch your favourite on-demand TV shows and films. You will of course need a Netflix account to use the app.

GarageBand

If you're a serious musician you might find the iOS version of GarageBand a bit gimmicky (although it's much more likely that you'll appreciate it as a handy portable notebook). However, for those who can hear it all in their heads, but have no training whatsoever, and never felt confident enough to try and lay it down, the interface of GarageBand for iOS is nothing short of a miracle.

It's free, but only for download to certain new models of iPhone - if you view its listing in the App Store in the browser on your Mac, for example, you'll see a price of £3.99.

Instapaper

Macworld is funded by advertising, and it's therefore debatable whether I should be recommending Instapaper, which offers a charmingly user-friendly way of consuming advertising-funded content without having to look at the adverts. Still, at least Instapaper users briefly glimpse the adverts when they visit the page they're interested in, unlike adblockers.

And make no mistake, Instapaper is really charming, and really user-friendly. You set up a Read Later button in your desktop browser, then whenever someone on Twitter links to an article that you want to read, but it's too long and you're at work, you just hit that button and then load it up - laid out beautifully and cleanly, with (most of the time) the images from the article in the correct places, or near enough, but none of the adverts - on your iPhone while you're commuting home.

It's perhaps the single biggest change that smartphones have made to the way I read, and a neatly designed app. Just a shame about that ad revenue.

Best free iPhone apps: Instapaper

iPlayer

With its large catalogue of television programs and radio shows, all streamed without commercials, the BBC iPlayer app enables you to watch any show broadcast in the last seven days on the move.

The BBC iPlayer app should be a stock download for all iOS device owners in the UK. The ability to cache shows for 30 days - added in version 2 - will make it a vital component for anybody going on long journeys without reliable connection, and also make it less data intensive for watching television shows.

iPlayer free app for iPhone

iPlayer Radio

BBC iPlayer Radio brings together the corporation's vast and varied radio output into one dedicated, convenient app for computers and iOS devices. It's a sensible approach, complementing the BBC's popular iPlayer while emphasising audio over visual content. The BBC has a lot of audio content to offer - both live and archived via catch-up and podcasts - which clearly can get overlooked in the search for the latest episodes of popular TV shows like EastEnders, Top Gear and Doctor Who.

BBC iPlayer Radio

Kindle

How do you judge a reading app? We demand an app with a pleasant reading experience; benefits like a built-in dictionary, easy and fast navigation and search, and customisation options; and a store with a massive ebook selection, and one that's easy to browse from an iOS device. Amazon's Kindle app shines on all those fronts. That's why - despite competition from no less a giant than Apple and its iBooks offering - it's still the best e-reading option in the App Store. 

Kindle free app for iPad and iPhone

Podcasts

Apple's first stab at its Podcasts app didn't support playlists, didn't sync podcasts between devices, and its Now Playing screen was split into two pieces. But since version 1.2 - Podcasts is on version 2.2 - it's been a different matter. Playlists (called Stations) have been added, iCloud syncing has been implemented to ensure synchronisation between devices (and with iTunes on your computer), and the Now Playing screen is a single unit that blessedly lacks the old tape-deck interface.

Podcasts free app for iPhone

Radioplayer

Founded by various broadcasting heavyweights, including the BBC, Global Radio, Guardian Media Group, Absolute Radio and RadioCentre, Radioplayer bills itself as a not-for-profit company with a single purpose: 'to serve radio and its audiences by making listening easy'. The app delivers on that promise.

If your musical map doesn't extend beyond the UK, then Radioplayer really is an excellent choice, with plenty of favourite channels available despite the geographical limitations. Its 'Recommended' option, much improved by logging into Facebook, also helps discover new channels and broadcasters for when you want to broaden your horizons a little.

Radioplayer

Shazam

Shazam started life before the advent of smartphones and tablets but has essentially been refining one idea, the ability to identify the music all around you, over the last 10 plus years. Users simply tap the Shazam button to identify tracks they like the sound of - or indeed want to avoid ever hearing again.

For music fans, Shazam really is an essential app, one that should also appeal to casual users who simply want to identify which song is being used to soundtrack a new ad or drama, without resorting to a trawl through the internet. Its ability to identify even the most obscure of tracks is very impressive.

Sky+

Sky's free Sky+ app puts you in full control of your Sky+HD box from the sofa in front of it to the other side of the world.

Most useful is the ability to set your Sky+ box to remote-record your favourite TV programmes away from home and on the move. Forgotten to set the final episode of Games of Thrones to record? Getting round Sky's bug of recording that second back-to-back episode via series link? The free Sky+ app sorts all that out for you from the comfort of your smartphone or tablet.

Sky+ free app for iPhone

SongKick Concerts

Another neat and ingenious free app, SongKick noses through the artists in your music library, then creates a calendar of upcoming concerts in your area. Simple but radically convenient.

SongKick Concerts free iPhone app

SoundCloud

Finding the latest music trends or even some of the best DJs around the world can be sometimes hard to listen to. SoundCloud brings music lovers together to enjoy and listen to songs for free. Sometimes you're even able to legally download the songs you listen to. Via the app you'll be able to follow friends and artists, discover podcasts, comedy and even listen to the news. You aren't required to sign into a SoundCloud account to use the app, but in order to fully benefit from the functionalities, we recommend creating or signing into your SoundCloud account.

Spotify

Arguably one of the most popular music streaming services, Spotify allows users to listen to 20 million tracks for free (although peppered with ads) or ad-free via the £12.99-per-month Spotify Premium service.

A neat trick is that tracks can be stored locally on the iPhone. This means you can listen to tracks even when you haven't got a data connection, or when you're out and about and don't want to waste your 3G data contract. In this sense, Spotify becomes an almost complete replacement for (or at least an effective addition to) the Music app built into the iPhone.

TuneIn Radio

Possibly the best app to listen to radio from across the world; provided you have an internet connection, TuneIn Radio provides an easy way of listening to music no matter where you are. There are pop-up adverts through the app, which can be annoying after a while, but you are able to get rid of them if you purchase the Pro version of the app for £7.99.

Twitch

Games are always fun to play, but sometimes we like to watch others play it too. Twitch is the go-to app for watching streams or people ramble on about games (or even technology streams). You won’t need an account to watch the streams, but can create an account to mark your favourites. Read next: Best iPhone Games.

Google Maps

It's time to take sides: are you Apple Maps or Google Maps?

Actually, the joy of free apps is that you can hedge your bets and try both as much as you like. Apple Maps is now used by far more iPhone users, but this is obviously influenced by Apple's own app getting preferential treatment - location links from the Mail app, Safari and so on will always default to Apple Maps. And Google Maps has a lot to recommend it.

Indeed, while Apple Maps has done a good job of catching up over the past few years, adding public transport directions when iOS 9 launched, for example (Google Maps had that features before Apple Maps existed), most users reckon Google is still ahead, and we'd strongly recommend that you download Google Maps and test it out for yourself. What people need from a navigation app is accuracy, and we still feel that Google is more reliable.

London Bus Live Countdown - FREE Bus Stop Checker

Bus checker apps, such as this free example for Londoners, fit into the category of apps that quietly improve your life. Stuck at a Barnet bus stop late at night with no idea if it's worth waiting for the next 184? Hook yourself into the TfL mainframe and see a ticker of approaching buses and their approximate times. (With the emphasis on approximate - look out for the crushing disappointment of the very occasional 'phantom bus'. But that's down to glitches in the system, rather than the fault of the app builders.)

There are adverts - such is the price of free. You can remove them for £2.29, which incidentally is the same price you'd pay for the rival bus checker app we tend to favour, London Bus Checker.

London Bus Live Countdown

National Rail Enquiries

Having the ability to know when and where your next train is can be extremely useful. Whereby using the National Rail app allows you to plan your journey and even check for delays. As we all know there are always delays on public transport…so this app comes in very handy!

Navmii GPS UK & ROI

Navmii is a free satnav app available for the UK, Ireland, USA and other countries from the App Store. It operates just as a TomTom or Garmin satnav would: you enter a postcode or an address, and it provides a quick and effective route to get you where you need to be. Additionally, you can also carry out a Google search for a business name then navigate to that business based on the results fed back to the app. It may be free, but it gets the job done.

Trainline

This extremely useful app allows you to arrange your travel plans with greater ease. You can check live train times (including delays and cancellations), check the platform as you rush out of the taxi or bus and event buy UK rail tickets on the fly. What more could you ask for? An app that produces coffee? This free app is fantastic for? travellingby train around the UK.

TripAdvisor

This app provides fantastic information for those that like travelling, by providing users with the chance to view and read reviews, find photos of iconic places and restaurants and even see the map of a city. The app is a must-have when you want to go on holiday and have access to an internet connection.

Tube Map London Underground

As someone who commutes and works in London, having a map handy with service information is really useful. The Tube Map for the London Underground does just that and gives you the vital information at a touch of a button. Furthermore, if you happen to get lost on the Tube or unable to find a map, the app will allow you to see the London Tube map even when you’re offline.

Wheely

Wheely is a free app that adds convenience to the cab-booking process, and may even save you money. Because the journey fee is agreed before you step in to the vehicle, you know exactly how much you're going to pay regardless of how long the journey will take. Given London's notorious traffic, that can only be a good thing.

And if you do get stuck in a jam, all of Wheely's vehicles offer free onboard Wi-Fi so you can keep working as you wait. Or, let's face it, you can send emails, surf the web, tweet about your predicament and generally faff about as only the internet allows you to faff about.

Wheely free app for iPhone

Yelp

Apple's Maps service features built-in Yelp reviews of Local business, but if you don't like Maps - or just want to get straight to the reviews - the company's own app is free. The information available (especially on restaurants and bars) is pretty detailed. As well as reviews, you get pricing, nearest transport options, photographs, opening hours, and even information on ambience, noise level and expected attire.

Yelp is certainly worth downloading. It's a good way to find local listings, and a good tool for business owners too.

Yelp free app for iPhone

BBC News

BBC's News app provides the latest news from around the world, and offers push notifications to alert you to breaking news as it happens. You can tailor the news categories to your preferences, and there are video reports on most of the top stories.

BBC Weather

BBC Weather is a useful, attractive addition to the wealth of weather-related apps, and while there are more detailed and varied alternatives available, the BBC's offering wins out for ease of use and clarity.

BBC Weather

Flipboard

We've popped the mighty Flipboard in our news and reference section, but it could have easily appeared with the other social apps - because social networks are where it sources its articles. According to the team behind the app, Flipboard "is on a quest to transform how people discover, view and share content by combining the beauty and ease of print with the power of social media".

Flipboard is a must-have app. Beautifully tactile and responsive, it makes reading anything on your iPhone an absolute pleasure, one ideal for exploring both favourite news sources and discovering new and inspirational content, including wonderful user curated personalised magazines.

Flipboard: Your Social News Magazine

Yahoo Weather

After BBC Weather, here's another brilliant and free alternative to Apple's own Weather app for the iPhone - is Apple doomed?

Well obviously not, but armchair meteorologists have plenty to enjoy on the App Store. 

Yahoo Weather is a vast improvement on Apple's (Yahoo-powered) preinstalled Weather iPhone app, combining plenty of weather-junkie data with attractive views of the UK and beyond. Apple was impressed enough to award Yahoo Weather an 'Apple Design Award 2013' award, proclaiming that the app "stands apart with its simple, uncluttered, and beautiful visual design". High praise indeed for what amounts to a direct rival.

Yahoo Weather stands out amongst the crowd thanks to accurate forecasts, good balance of information and an attractive yet simple design.

Yahoo! Weather for iPhone

BBC Sport

When it first launched, we criticised the BBC Sport app for its bugs and lack of ambition, but the offering has been polished and improved in the intervening years. And the vital simplicity and ease of use remains.

They've also added a feature called My Sport, which allows you to create a personalised page that will supply the latest scores for the teams you support (or strongly dislike, if you're into the whole schadenfreude thing) as well as news that involves them.

Best free iPhone apps: BBC Sport

ESPNcricinfo Cricket

Obviously this one's a bit more niche than the BBC's general-sports offering, but when your niche is the world's greatest sport - "battle and service and sport and art" - then you're probably doing okay.

Like the best website-to-free-app translations, ESPNcricinfo offers essentially the same content and offering that you'd find on its website, but arranged in an easier-to-consume and mobile-friendly format. You can swipe easily between the most important sections - scores (leading through to deliciously stat-heavy ball-by-ball live commentary), news, and a section called Editor's Picks where the site's best long- or longish form journalism appears.

The only thing that's missing right now is an Apple Watch companion app to give you a wrist tap when a wicket falls, a niche that's currently only filled - to our knowledge - by the English Cricket Board's official app, which is all right but (other than this killer feature) a bit uninspiring.

Best free iPhone apps: Cricinfo

Reuters

Knowing what’s going on in the world is always useful, and Reuters is a well-designed app which allows you to quickly see breaking news, analysis and even market data.

The Weather Channel and weather.co.uk

Arguably one of the best apps to check the weather on the iOS App Store. Its pleasant and easy interface allows you to quickly check the weather. It can also be used within the Notification Centre in the Today view.

Yahoo News Digest

A beautifully designed news app from Yahoo has earned the app several design awards. We really love the app: it's sleek and stylish and provides the information you want to know at a glance. It naturally uses Yahoo's in-house news to offer a digest of the day's big stories.

Chrome

Google's Chrome browser for iOS is well made and a pleasure to use, particularly if you're deeply entrenched in Google's ecosystem. If you use Chrome on the Mac, for instance, you can sign into Chrome on both and sync your tabs.

Like Dolphin (below), Chrome includes a voice-search mechanism, but this time it's bundled with the browser for free; and we all know how good Google is at voice control.

Chrome's tab management is excellent, if currently quite similar to Safari. You can quickly create new tabs, rearrange them and move between them in a 3D manager view; unlike in Safari's equivalent, swiping any tab to the right closes it.

The general interface is strong, too: back in the main view swiping right takes you to the previously viewed tab, and we like the user-friendly 'drag down to refresh' that you get on all web pages.

As with Dolphin, it's easy to invoke 'private browsing', although in this case it's called Incognito Mode. And like Opera Mini, Chrome offers to cut your data usage with a Data Saver optimisation mode. According to Google the reduction may be as much as 50 percent.

Best free iPhone apps: Chrome

Dolphin

Dolphin is a feature-rich alternative to Safari with impressive gesture support.

Dolphin supports tabs (just as Safari does) but we find it easier to navigate between them. Swipe from the righthand edge to bring up the tabs page and pick an option: an approach we prefer to the showier but generally less informative and intuitive '3D view' offered in Safari on the iPhone.

A horizontal swipe from the lefthand edge allows you to access bookmarks and navigation shortcuts.

Dolphin's gestures can be used to navigate to a page or refresh the current one, or open a new tab, among other things. The app lets you draw your own custom gestures directly on the screen, and we've found its gesture recognition consistently accurate.

Dolphin's range of features is hugely impressive, although this can be overwhelming for new users.

Best free iPhone apps: Dolphin

Ghostery

If you don't like advertisers tracking the websites you visit - and this is a widespread practice - then Ghostery is the browser for you.

The app is designed with anonymity as its primary aim. The app collects no user data, and there are no cookies and no signups. And if the web page you're on is using any ad trackers, Ghostery will spot them and warn you with a red icon.

Best free iPhone apps: Ghostery

Opera Coast

Compared to Opera Mini (below), Opera Coast's attitude to data usage is positively profligate, and it's quite happy to slow things down (very slightly) by introducing the odd fancy animation. Whereas Opera Mini is a stripped-down browser for speed freaks, this is a heavily designed browser that's designed to look good. It also likes to recommend online content it thinks you might like, based on the terms you search for.

Opera Coast can be baffling initially: it takes a while to grasp what's going on and even how to access a new web page (there's no conventional URL bar, for instance - you enter the name of the website in the 'search the web' field and it will attempt to autocomplete its address). But that's an inevitable side effect of the app's bold design.

Every aspect of the user experience has been re-evaluated from a mobile point of view; instead of trying to replicate a desktop experience on a smaller screen, Coast starts from scratch. The result is a highly mobile-optimised, beautiful one-thumb browser.

Best free iPhone apps: Opera Coast

Opera Mini

Opera Mini takes the approach that speed is key. By some clever trickery involving proxy browsers returning static pages (don't worry about it), Mini is quicker than the most popular browsers.

In (very unscientific) tests it appeared to return pages in about half the time it took Safari and Chrome (oddly enough, Dolphin was the slowest, although it has the habit of returning a page fairly quickly but then sitting with the progress bar virtually finished for another 10 seconds, so the experience isn't significantly worse). It's also an economical browser, reducing your data usage significantly.

Opera Mini makes compromises to achieve these savings, but you are able at least to choose how extreme you want these compromises to be. There are three settings - Mini, Turbo and Off, of which the fastest, confusingly, is Mini - and you can choose to load or not load images, and at what quality you want them to appear.

The tab manager view is 3D, as is apparently industry-standard now, and like Chrome allows you to simply swipe a tab to close it. The tabs are arranged horizontally, though, and therefore swiped upwards. This horizontal layout also means (in this user's humble opinion) that it's a little easier to see at a glance what's on each page.

Opera Mini's keyboard, meanwhile, is masterly - the best of any browser in this roundup. It includes two handy shortcut buttons: one to input a QR code, and another to switch between default searches in Google, Wikipedia, eBay and Amazon. But its triumph is the central slider/rocker switch that deftly moves the cursor in the URL bar and, if you hold it down for a moment, selects text too. The only thing missing is a '.com' or 'co.uk' autocomplete button.

Author:  David Price

Source:  http://www.macworld.co.uk/

Categorized in News & Politics

It’s easy to find text on a page with a desktop browser, with just a keyboard shortcut you’ll have a search field. This is a bit different in the world of smaller mobile screens though, and if you need to find text on a current web page with Safari for iPhone or iPod touch you’ll need to do the following instead:

This is the same with Safari for iOS 6 and iOS 5:

  • While on the page you wish to search, type the phrase or text you want to search for in the upper right corners Search box
  • With the suggestions populated, swipe down to the bottom of the suggestion list to find “On This Page (x matches) and tap on ‘Find “search text”‘

Search on Page in Safari for iPhone and iPod touch

After you type “Find” the matched search terms will be highlighted in yellow, just like in Safari on Mac OS X or Windows. When finished tap on the blue “Done” button and the search phrase will no longer be highlighted.

Find on Page in Safari for iPhone

This is the same for iPhone and iPod touch, though it’s a bit easier on the iPad, where the Find On Page item is attached to the top of the onscreen iOS keyboard.

With Apple simplifying the Safari UI within OS X Mountain Lion to include an omnibar, we should probably expect this feature in iOS to change slightly with it and adopt the same omnibar. If that happens, chances are you’ll just tap in the universal bar to perform the same functionality.

Source:  osxdaily.com

Categorized in Search Engine

1. Move an Event in the Calendar in a Jiffy

Did you know that events in your calendar can be changed or moved simply and quickly, just like the icons on your iPhone’s home screen? To do this, just tap and hold on to the event in day mode. You’ll see two dots that have appeared around the box. You can drag edges of this box up and down to make a change in the event duration. To move an event, just tap and drag the entire event.

2. Quick Access to Spotlight Search

If you feel that Spotlight Search has disappeared from iOS 7, you’re wrong. It has just been integrated into every screen so that you can have easy access to this facility from just any home screen. All you need to do is touch anywhere on the home screen (not the top edge, which is reserved for Notification Center). Next, swipe down gently. The screen will drop down and the Spotlight field will reveal itself.

3. Take a Sneak Peek at Recently Taken Pictures

If you want to take a quick look at the pictures you have just taken, go to the camera app and simply slide the screen from left to right. The last picture taken will immediately pop up!

4. Include More Emojis

If you’re looking for ways to include more emojis into your texts within nanoseconds, there’s a way for that too. Open Settings, go to General and then to the keyboard. Add Emoji keyboard and you’re ready to use as many emojis as you want in your text. You can use the same settings to access keyboards in other languages.

5. Use Your Ears to Open Siri

This is certainly a rare gesture control! You can now open Siri without holding down the Home button. Open Settings, go to General and open Siri. You get an option of ‘Raise to Speak.’ Once you activate this option, the light sensor on the iPhone is set to work. Simply press the phone to your ears, and once the sensor detects your ears, Siri will open up.

6. Scroll Up with the Menu Bar

Scrolling up manually through the web pages is irritating. Now you can do so without using your hands–you can scroll up by using the menu bar. When you read an article or any other long text, then simply tap the menu bar present at the top of the screen. This will take you to the top of the web page or article. This feature works with most browsers and apps.

7. A Quick Glance at Drafts

Apple provides you with the ease of viewing your drafts from the Mail’s main menu. To get to your drafts within seconds, press and hold the ‘Compose’ button present in the bottom right-hand corner. This will immediately present the drafts folder and you can get back to complete those incomplete messages you left in a hurry.

8. iPad’s Split Keyboard for Typing Faster

If typing on Apple’s tablet is troubling you, there is a more comfortable keyboard available for you. By holding down the keyboard key of iPad, you can split the keyboard apart. This way you can type easily with your thumbs, which is better for people who are accustomed to typing on Smartphones. In order to put the split keyboard in a convenient position, just drag the keyboard button upwards.

9. Set Custom Vibrations

Setting custom ringtones are known by everyone, but custom vibrations are a rare feature. Here’s how to do it. Open Settings > General > Accessibility. In Accessibility, you’ll find Hearing. Go here to turn on Custom Vibrations. After turning it on, navigate back to Settings and again open Sounds. At the bottom, you’ll find Vibration Patterns.

Tap this option and customize vibrations at the bottom of the screen. Simply tap on the pattern you want. You can hold down your finger to get longer notes. Assign these customized vibrations to specific contacts.

10. Swipe through Safari History

The latest iOS 7 has bestowed Safari with a gesture-based navigation of its own. Simply swipe from left edge to the right and the screen goes back to previous page of browser history. Similarly, swipe the right edge to left and the screen will take you forward (if you’ve gone back to a previous page). These gestures come in quite handy in finding a particular web page, especially on a tablet or Smartphone.

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11. Use Camera Flash for Alerts

A great thing that iPhone users don’t know is that camera flash of their Smartphones can smartly be used for alerts, too. Here’s the way to set it. Navigate to Settings > General > Accessibility. There you’ll find Flash for Alerts. Slide on and the LED in your iPhone will start serving as alerting beacon.

12. Sync Your Downloads

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all your downloaded files could be synced automatically across all your iOS devices? Rejoice! It is possible now. For music, apps and books, IOS 7 allows you to sync your downloaded files through Automatic Downloads. To do so, go to Settings and open Store. Here you can check Automatic Downloads option for any of the three, i.e. music, apps and books. After that, all your files will stay in harmony across all devices. Neat!

13. Quick Navigation of Home Screen and Multitasking Drawer

Apple’s iPad consists of few gestures that enable users to navigate through the home screen easily and quickly.

Pinch the screen with four fingers and you’ll get back to the home screen. You don’t even need to click the home button. To get to the multitasking interface, simply swipe, four fingers up. However, if these gestures don’t work on your iPad, then perhaps you need to turn them on. Go to Settings > General, and there you’ll find options for these gestures.

14. Better Control Over Symbols and Letters

Apple provides you a better and faster way to get capital letters, numbers, and special characters. Press the shift key and then, drag your finger to the desired letter. Similarly, you can get numbers too. First of all, press the number key and then drag it to the required number. Although you still have to use the number button and shift key, typing becomes much easier this way.

For special characters, simply hold down on any keyboard button and you instantly get all the special characters for that letter. This even includes the ‘.com’ that appears by holding down period button in Safari.

15. Keep an Eye on Storage

You may get an application that is free of cost, but never one that doesn’t eat memory and space on your IOS device. If you are lacking storage, go straightaway to Settings > General > Usage and you’ll get to see a list of all your applications and which app is eating how much memory. This dissection of storage comes in highly useful when you’re trying to find some useless apps that you need to get rid of.

 

16. Save Images Right from Websites

If you’ve come across a beautiful image that you want as your wallpaper, put your finger on that image and hold it for a second or two. A menu slides from the bottom of the screen where you can find the Save Image option. That’s it. Simply save it and it is ready to adorn your iPhone’s or iPad’s screen. Besides Save Image, you also get an option for copying it to the clipboard.

17. Refresh by Simply Pulling Down

Surprisingly, this gesture’s been around for quite some time, though some iOS users are still unaware of it. It’s a useful and easy shortcut to refresh–just pull down. Whether you’re looking at your Inbox or using an app, pull down the window and all contents of the page are refreshed. When you pull down, you will see an icon or arrow along the top that indicates that you’ve pulled far enough and now the page is refreshed.

18. Shortcut to Phrases

Avid SMS senders will love this one. It’s seriously irritating to type the same phrases several times every day. Now you can create shortcuts for such phrases. Open Settings > General > Keyboard. After you reach Keyboard, scroll down to find Shortcuts. Next, enter the phrase and a shortcut for the same. Next time you need to type the same message, simply type the shortcut and the phrase appears automatically. This gesture can also be extremely useful for texting numbers or email addresses and unwieldy chunks of text.

19. Find the Meaning ASAP

Some people just love to play with words and if you have a friend who keeps texting you with difficult-to-decipher messages, or you’re stuck with an unknown word while reading an eBook, then here’s how you can find word meanings ASAP. When you come across any such word, simply hold down on it. Select the option called Define, and you will discover the meaning!

 

20. Browse Secretly

If you want Safari to keep your information intact, then browse secretly. You can go incognito with Safari. Navigate to Settings > Safari, then click the button of Private Browsing. That’s it. Now you can browse secretly.

If you have more interesting iOS shortcuts or gestures that you love, please feel free to share in the comments.

Source: lifehack.org

Categorized in Science & Tech

You work hard running your business, so why not let your iOS device do some of the heavy lifting? With the right apps, your iPhone or iPad can help you take notes, update your calendar and even balance the books. Here are our top picks.

Office productivity: Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint (Free)

 

Don't confuse these apps with the old, limited Office Mobile app, which was intended to let you make basic edits to documents, spreadsheets and presentations on an iPhone or iPad. Instead, these are full-fledged mobile versions of ExcelWord and PowerPoint. All of the apps are jam-packed with advanced formatting and editing features, although they don't include quite as many options as the desktop versions. They're also beautifully designed and touch optimized, with big, easy-to-tap buttons. Unfortunately, they only work on iPads; iPhone users should stick to Apple's own iWork suite (which includes Pages, Numbers and Keynote).

Advertisement Email: Outlook (Free)

 

Microsoft's new email app for iOS is packed with perks for business users, especially if you already use Outlook to manage your inbox at the office. Outlook for iOS fully integrates with the desktop Outlook calendar, so you can send and accept meeting invitations via email and then receive alerts when it's time to meet. You can also access your full calendar right from the app to review appointments and schedule new ones. We also like the app's Focused Inbox feature, which intelligently sorts your email to keep important messages at the forefront.

Note taking: Evernote (Free)

Why take notes on paper when you have an iPhone or iPad on hand? Evernote saves your notes to the cloud, so they're backed up and accessible from anywhere. The app lets you dictate or manually enter your notes, and even insert photos. And if you want to write out notes with a stylus, its text-identification functionality can recognize and index your handwriting so it's fully searchable later on. Another perk is that Evernote is available for just about every platform — including iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Mac and PC — so you can view your notes on just about any device.

Cloud storage: OneDrive (Free)

 

There are plenty of good cloud storage platforms for iOS, but OneDrive is our top pick for business users, thanks to its tight integration with Windows. The app lets you access your files from anywhere on your iPhone or iPad, including documents saved to your Microsoft Office account. And PC users don't have to download any extra apps to get the system working; just drag files into the OneDrive folder on your PC, and they'll be backed up to the cloud automatically. As with other cloud storage systems, you can even recover deleted files and revert to previously saved versions, to give you a little peace of mind.

Contact management: CamCard (99 cents)

Even in the digital age, swapping business cards is still one of the best networking tools for entrepreneurs. But cards are easy to lose, and manually inputting all that contact information into your address book is a time-consuming chore. Thankfully, the CamCard app can automate the process. Just point your iPhone or iPad camera at a business card and snap a photo. CamCard's text-recognition software will extract key details like names, addresses and contact information, and then update your address book automatically.

Remote meetings: GoToMeeting (Free)

 

GoToMeeting is a solid videoconferencing app with good options for business users. For starters, the app lets you host virtual meetings with up to 25 attendees joining remotely from just about any Web-connected device. And with its built-in invitation system, it can also streamline the process of scheduling a meeting. Plus, it has handy features like speaker identification, so you always know who's talking in a crowded meeting. You can share your screen with a few taps, which is great for remote presentations. You can even share your keyboard and mouse controls with other attendees to collaborate on a project from anywhere. 

Access your work PC: Microsoft Remote Desktop (Free)

Your work PC has everything you need for a productive day, including your programs, files and documents. But what if you can't make it into the office? A good remote desktop application like Microsoft Remote Desktop can be a lifesaver in those situations. The app works like a direct portal back to your desktop computer, letting you virtually view your Windows desktop, and even remotely control Windows programs from your iPhone or iPad. Using the app is as simple as installing a client application onto your workstation so it can mirror your desktop on the screen of your mobile device.

Payment processing: Square Register (Free)

What if your small business could accept credit cards and didn't need a lot of special equipment to do it? That's the idea behind Square Register, a mobile payment app that lets you process customer payments using your iPhone or iPad. Once you sign up, you can request to receive a credit card reader dongle in the mail. Plug the accessory into the headphone jack on your mobile device, and then swipe a credit card to accept a payment from anywhere. As with all card processing services, Square takes a cut of each payment. But face it: If your business doesn't accept credit cards, you are losing out on business.

Accounting: FreshBooks (Free to download with a FreshBooks subscription, starting at $20/month)

FreshBooks is a full-featured mobile accounting app with solid cloud integration and an easy-to-use interface. Most important, the app lets you record and track your business's expenses and profits. Then, there's extra functionality, like a feature to track how long you or your employees spend on a project for easier invoice generation. And like any good accounting software, FreshBooks can help you file your taxes.

Source : businessnewsdaily.com

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