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7 Things to Try Immediately With Apple Music

The much-anticipated Apple Music has finally been unveiled! Users concerned with pricing don’t have to worry as it offers a free three-month trial period, so you can decide whether it’s the right streaming music service for you. The service is available for iPads/iPhones running on the latest version of iOS and Macs/PCs that have the most recent version of iTunes. Here are some great features of Apple music you ought to try out.

APPLE MUSIC FEATURES TO TRY TODAY

1. CHOOSE YOUR FAVORITE GENRES AND ARTISTS.

Head over to the accounts section and choose ‘Artists for you’ in the top left corner. You will be greeted with bubbles with the names of the different artists. To choose your artist, tap on the bubble or double-tap your favorite artists. For genres that you don’t like, press and hold to get rid of them.

2. CHECK OUT APPLE MUSIC’S RECOMMENDATIONS.

This feature is listed under ‘For you’ and is based on your selected genre and artists. Apple Music understands that you may not always remember all your favorite songs, and this list is a good way to keep your playlist fresh. You may find a few forgotten treasures in here.

3. CONNECT WITH YOUR FAVORITE ARTISTS.

Get to know what your favorite artists are up to by following them. You automatically follow the artists that you selected before but Apple Music gives you the chance to connect with more. This will give you an updated view of the artist’s feeds, videos and photos.

4. LISTEN TO THE SONGS IN YOUR LIBRARY.

It’s not all about streaming with Apple Music; the service also lets you access songs in your library by tapping on the ‘My music’ icon. Here, you can access all the songs you have in your playlists and any new song that you may have downloaded.

5. SAVE SOME TRACKS FOR LATER.

This is one feature you will appreciate when you cannot access internet and stream. Save your favorite songs for later by choosing to make them available offline.

6. CREATE A RADIO STATION.

Proving just how cool Apple Music is, it lets you create your very own radio station. If you are listening to a track and you want something similar, just click on the ellipses in the bottom right corner and choose ‘Start Radio’. Apple music will queue up similar songs that you may like. This is a great way to explore more music and find new favorites.

7. ADD CURATED PLAYLISTS TO YOUR MUSIC

Apple Music ensures its users are always taken care of by providing a wide variety of playlists. Click on the ‘plus’ icon to add the playlist to your music library.

Don’t Let Snapchat Drain Your Data: Use These Tips

Snapchat is one of the most popular apps on the market today. There’s something so magical about sending your friends and family pictures that only exist for up to 10 seconds at a time. As the app has evolved, there is a fun social component to the app in the form of Stories, so you can now follow all of your friends and favorite celebrities as they upload snippets of their day straight to Snapchat.

SAVE YOUR DATA WITH THIS SNAPCHAT TIP

If you use Snapchat often, you may have noticed that it’s started draining your data pretty badly. Have no fear, though, because the Snapchat developers heard our cries and released an update that helps solve this data issue.

Earlier this month, Snapchat updated the app and added new features. One of the best new features is something called Travel Mode. When you enable Travel Mode on the app, it will prevent the app from automatically loading things like the popular Stories when you are using a cellular connection instead of WiFi. You can still view your Stories while using your data, but the app won’t just automatically load them in the background.

The only problem with this upgrade is that the setting is kind of hidden in the settings screen of the app. To find it, click the settings wheel at the top of your Snapchat screen. Then click on ‘Manage’ under ‘Additional Services’. On this page you will find ‘Travel Mode; and you can activate it by clicking the box next to it. You know it is activated when the box is filled in and has a small check mark in it.

This allows you to be more conservative when you are using the app while not connected to WiFi. This will also help with battery conservation because if you use the app a lot, you will notice that it can quickly eat up your battery. This is the safer way to use the app while traveling, the reason why the developers have called it Travel Mode.

13 iPhone and iPad Tricks That Will Blow Your Mind

APPLE HACKS FOR IPHONES AND IPADS

  1. When typing on your iPad — There’s no reason to use a traditional keyboard when you are typing on your iPad. You can easily change your keyboard to one where you can type using just your thumbs like on your iPhone. Just swipe your fingers across the keyboard in opposite directions, and the new keyboard will pop up.
  2. Charge faster — If you need to juice up your battery in a hurry, put your phone or iPad in airplane mode and the battery will charge faster.
  3. Use child safety controls — Have you tried letting your kid use the iPad, only to continually have to navigate them back to the app they were using? When you turn on the Guided Access feature in the general accessibility settings, the iPad will stay in the app being used so you don’t have to worry about them accessing apps or making unauthorized purchases.
  4. Calculator hacks — If you are using the calculator and you add too many zeros, a swipe of the finger from left to right will remove one of the zeros.
  5. Selfies without a selfie stick — You can take selfies on your iPhone by using your earbuds. All you have to do is put your iPhone on camera mode and hit the volume + button on your earbuds. An instant selfie without having to have that weird, outstretched arm look.
  6. Turn your iPad or iPhone into a computer — All blue tooth keyboards will work with your iPhone or iPad, turning both into a computer on the go.
  7. Use the compass app to hang pictures — When you have trouble making sure something is level, open up the compass app on your iPhone or iPad. The app comes with an automatic leveler that can be used as a level in a pinch.
  8. Navigate your app quickly — It’s possible to return to the top of any app that you are using, simply by tapping the top bar. No more scrolling through with your thumb.
  9. Forget the period — When you are typing on the iPad or iPhone, you can skip typing a period and then the space bar after every sentence. Instead, simply hit the space bar twice and the period will be added in automatically.
  10. Get rid of banner notifications — To get rid of banner notifications, simply swipe right to left on your keyboard and it will disappear.
  11. Siri can be your best friend — Instead of setting an alarm manually, simply press down on the home button to access Siri and say, “Wake me up in two hours”. An alarm will automatically be set to go off after the two hours is up.
  12. Get your contractions right — When autocorrect is driving you crazy while trying to write a contraction, just add an extra letter to the end of the word and your contraction will come out perfectly.
  13. Skip songs with your earbuds — When playing music, press the play button twice to go to the next song.

8 iPhone 6s Tricks You Need in Your Life

Apple has once again sent consumers scurrying to their online store and waiting in line in front of the retail stores in order to snag the highly coveted iPhone 6S. As is the case when any new Apple device is released, there are myriad new functions and capabilities that Apple fanatics are eager to get their hands on. Here are a few of the coolest features that you can access right now with the iPhone 6S.

IPHONE 6S TIPS TO TRY TODAY

  1. Make the most of 3D Touch — The new 3D Touch feature incorporates several different techniques that are sure to enhance the iOS experience for any user. It’s easy to quickly ‘peek’ into a web link, access the multitasking menu, or adjust the 3D touch sensitivity so you don’t have to press as hard.
  2. Jump to app actions — 3D Touch also allows to bypass a step by taking you directly to an action within an app. Right now, this mostly works on Apple’s native apps, but developers will likely be expanding the feature in the coming months.
  3. Live Photos — Live photos are one of the most buzzed about new tricks the iPhone 6S can pull off. The setting is turned on by default, meaning that your camera will automatically capture a few seconds of video on both sides of the shot. Just watch out for your storage as live photos take up a bit more space than normal ones.
  4. DIY motion wallpapers — Live photos can also be used to create your own dynamic wallpapers.
  5. Enhanced contact info — Now, anytime you’re in a native Apple app (such as Messages, Phone, or Contacts), you can access a menu that will allow you to initiate a quick communication with a contact via any available method.
  6. More responsive Siri — iOS 9 has incorporated several new enhancements for Siri, including more proactive advice, integration into reminders, and increased search capabilities. With the iPhone 6S, you can also use the ‘Hey Siri’ function anytime by enabling it in settings. Siri can also be setup to recognize only your voice.
  7. Truer multi-tasking — 3D Touch offers more responsive multi-tasking by allowing you to quickly access your last app with a light touch, or bringing up a full list of open apps with more force.
  8. Trackpad — Selecting a particular bit of text has always been a pain on the iPhone, but with the hidden trackpad on the iPhone 6S you’ll be able to turn Apple’s default keyboard into a trackpad and cursor you can use to easily highlight.

5 Apps That Will Simplify Your Holiday Travel

It’s wonderful to spend time during the holiday season with friends and family, but if you have to travel to get there, it can be a really stressful time. Instead of dealing with traffic, parking delays and other travel-related headaches, check out some of our favorite apps that make traveling easier and the holiday time a lot less stressful.

5 OF THE BEST TRAVEL APPS

GATEGURU

If you’ve ever traveled during the November and December months, you know how busy airports can be under normal situations. Add a holiday and the airports turn into madhouses. Instead of getting lost in a sea of people, check out GateGuru. GateGuru is an app that shows you all of the available amenities at the airport you’re traveling to/from. It also shows you where the restaurant or shop is located so you’ll know if you can make it there and back to your gate in time. Get it on the Play Store, the App Store, or the Windows Store.

HOTEL TONIGHT

What do you do when you get to your grandparent’s house for Thanksgiving, only to discover that your cousin has decided to make a last minute visit and take up the last bedroom? Grab your phone and browse Hotel Tonight, where you’ll find a list of all hotels in the area with immediate availability. Get the app for your Android, iPhone or Windows phone.

UBER

Trying to navigate around an unfamiliar city is a daunting task, especially when the roadways are filled with holiday traffic. Instead, allow Uber’s simple location-based service to find a nearby driver for you. If you’re new to the service, it’s easy to find free ride promotions online. Also, if you’re traveling abroad, you never have to worry about having enough foreign currency to pay for your ride since the app is always linked to your credit card. Uber works across all platforms and you can even get free rides by recommending it to your friends and family!

EVERNOTE

Evernote is an extremely user-friendly note taking app that is perfect for jotting down any important info you’ll need during your travels. It can hold offline copies of emails and other important documents, and you can sync your notes across various devices. Don’t write your travel information on a piece of paper that you’ll probably lose — instead, keep it in a safe place with Evernote, available for Android and iPhones.

KAYAK

Despite the fact that all-in-one travel search sites have exploded in recent years, Kayak is still one of the best options when you need to search for a flight, hotel, or rental car across a variety of companies. Search results are displayed quickly and in an easy-to-read manner, and you can customize your results with dozens of different configurations using the filters. Search on Kayak from your Android, Apple device, Windows phone or Kindle device.

A Guide to YouTube Red

If you’re an avid YouTube viewer, you’ve probably heard that the company released its new paid service: YouTube Red. YouTube Red is a paid subscription service that runs completely ad-free. Read on to learn more.

YOUTUBE RED FACTS AND FEATURES

In exchange for a monthly fee of $9.99, users are guaranteed no pop-ups, opening ads, or interruptions during their videos. This allows YouTube to pay its video producers and make a profit without forcing everyone to watch ads. Users who prefer not to pay for YouTube Red still have the option of viewing ads, but may miss out on premium content offered only to the paid service.

In addition to an ad-free experience, YouTube Red subscribers will receive the following benefits:

  • Offline Options– Red users can download YouTube files for free. The videos will remain on their devices for up to a month, allowing them to watch YouTube videos even when they don’t have internet access.
  • Sound Service– Users who want to listen to discussions, music videos, or other videos where the audio is more important than the visual can turn the screen off or pull up another screen without pausing the audio.
  • Extra Entertainment– YouTube plans to begin uploading original movies and shows sometime next year. Red subscribers will have VIP access to this content once it becomes available.

YouTube Red currently offers a free trial for one month. It also provides samples of its upcoming shows and movies to let you know what you can expect as a Red member.

PARTNERING WITH GOOGLE PLAY

In order to increase consumer interest in both services, Google Play Music has decided to promote YouTube Red to its new subscribers. Anyone who signs up for Google Play will receive a free subscription to Red. Likewise, if you sign up for Red, you will receive free access to Google Play Music for one month, a $9.99 value.

COMPATIBLE DEVICES

YouTube currently offers Red access from the following sources:

  • Android TV
  • XBox One and 360 consoles
  • Chromecast
  • Playstation 3 and 4
  • Roku
  • Apple TV
  • Wii U
  • YouTube
  • All YouTube Gaming applications that are available on iOS or Android devices
  • Any Smart TVs that support YouTube

At present, you cannot use YouTube Red on an Amazon Fire TV, regardless of whether you download the TV’s YouTube app. YouTube plans to expand access to new devices, however, and will likely make Red available on Amazon Fire TV in the near future.

5 of the Best Photo Editing Apps

The abundance of modern photo editing programs is both a blessing and a curse. Photographers have a wide range of inexpensive options to touch up their photos, but choosing among those options is getting increasingly difficult. Instead of wading through all of the hundreds of photo apps available to you, check out some of our favorites:

5 POPULAR PHOTO EDITING APPS

PICSART PHOTO STUDIO

Available for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone devices, PicsArt offers 93 filters and countless other options to embellish your photos. It can download pictures from Flickr, Google, Instagram, Facebook, and other photo sharing sites as well as from your camera roll. Above all, this app has one of the most intuitive interfaces in the industry, making it easy to use without instruction.

INSTAGRAM

As a dual social media and photo editing app, Instagram lets you put your best face forward for your friends. It lets you edit photos before uploading them, and once they are up, you can make further edits in response to comments and views. Instagram is available on all iOS, Windows Phone, and Android devices, and can share photos with Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, Flickr, and Foursquare.

FACETUNE

Designed specifically to edit selfies, this program provides 30 filters and 14 textures. FaceTune is compatible with both Android and iOS devices. It can be integrated with email accounts, Instagram, and Facebook on both devices, and with iOS devices, it also integrates with Flickr, Twitter, and Tumblr. This software is great for removing wrinkles and red eye, whitening teeth, and changing face shapes and makeup.

VSCO CAM

VSCO does not offer as broad of a range of filters as other editing programs do, but the features it does have are highly-precise. The program is compatible with a particularly wide range of social media sites, including popular ones like Facebook and Twitter as well as WeChat, Weibo and Google+. The only major disadvantage of this software is that it won’t work with as many devices, as it is only available for iPads, iPhones, and Android phones and tablets.

AUTODESK

This app provides 93 different filters as well as a range of borders, stickers, and other features to embellish photos of any size or subject. It also provides a quick transition from photo editing to social media sharing. The only major disadvantage is its interface, which is complex and takes time to understand. This app works with iOS and Android devices, and can upload to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

How to Get Your iPhone to Connect to Wi-Fi

HOW TO GET YOUR IPHONE TO CONNECT TO WI-FI

CHECK THE ROUTER

The first thing you should do is make sure your router is turned on and that you’re within range. While this may seem obvious, you’d be surprised how often this exact issue is the problem keeping people from connecting to their Wi-Fi.

ENSURE YOUR WI-FI IS ON

Another obvious but often overlooked step is to make sure that you have your Wi-Fi turned on on your iPhone or iOS device. To do this, go to settings and then Wi-Fi to make sure it’s turned on. Make sure you can see your Wi-Fi network, because if it isn’t appearing then it’s likely the issue is with your modem or router and not your phone. If you see a blue checkmark by your network name, you’re connected.

MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED PROPERLY

If you’ve tried everything above and still can’t connect to your Wi-Fi, make sure that your cables and connections are all properly plugged in and connected. If everything is connected as it should be, try restarting your modem and router to see if you can get it back online.

IF YOUR WI-FI OPTION ISN’T CLICKABLE

If you aren’t able to connect to your Wi-Fi because the Wi-Fi option is grayed out and you’re not able to select it, there are a few things that you can do. First, make sure that your iOS device is running on the latest version of iOS. If it is, you’ll need to reset your network settings. You can do this by navigating through the following steps:

Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings.

Resetting your network settings also resets any of your saved Wi-Fi connections/passwords, any of your cellular settings and VPN/APN settings that you’ve previously used.

Make Your Own Charging Dock With These Simple Steps

Most charging docks aren’t exactly stylish. A lot of the docks available are downright plain looking. Why settle for plain when you can make your own charging dock with these simple steps?

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN CHARGING DOCK

ASSEMBLE YOUR SUPPLIES

For this project, you’ll need:

  • 1 block of wood
  • 1 charging cable
  • Paint or decorative items

For your tools, you’ll need:

  • Miter saw or chop saw
  • Drill
  • Sandpaper
  • Safety goggles

STEP ONE: DRAW IT OUT.

You don’t need architectural drawing skills or expensive design software; just a rough pencil sketch will work to help you visualize the final design. Since this is going to be a customized charging dock, get creative if you want. Just don’t make it so complex that it gets beyond your skill level. Make sure you include measurements as this will make the project much easier to complete, and ensure your success.

STEP TWO: CUT THE BLOCK TO SHAPE.

Use your miter saw to cut the wood block to the dimensions you want your charging dock to be. Be sure to wear your safety goggles during this step.

STEP THREE: MARK AND CUT THE SLOT.

Use a pencil to mark the position of the slot where your phone will sit. Make a second mark on the side to indicate the depth of the slot. Angle your miter saw to make the cut to the correct depth so the phone can rest against the back of the wooden block while it’s being charged.

STEP FOUR: DRILL THE CONDUIT.

Next, drill a hole down from the slot to a depth of ¾ of an inch from the bottom of the wood block. Now, drill a hole from the back of the block at a height of ¾ of an inch from the bottom of the block. As you drill in, you should match up with the first vertical hole you drilled.

STEP FIVE: INSERT THE CHARGING CABLE.

Now, guide the charging cable through the hole from the top down and through the horizontal conduit. (Note: You may need to widen the hole at the top end so the top of the charging cable is flush with the top hole.

STEP SIX: PAINT OR DECORATE IT TO YOUR DESIGN TASTES.

If you like the way the dock looks while it’s unfinished, then you’re done! If you want to spice it up a bit to match your space, then take this time to paint or stain it any way you’d like. Other fun decorative ideas are to incorporate washi tape, use stencils, have fun with decoupage or glue on rhinestones to give it a glam look.

And that’s it! You’re done!

Better Ways to Organize Your Digital Photos

As we try to keep up with our resolutions, consider extending your goals beyond your personal habits to include your digital habits as well. We live in a society where it’s perfectly acceptable to snap pictures all day every day, which makes keeping these images organized somewhat daunting. What’s the point of taking photos if you can’t ever go back and find the ones you’re looking for? Use these tips for keeping your digital photos organized.

5 WAYS TO BETTER ORGANIZE YOUR DIGITAL PHOTOS

SET THE DATE CORRECTLY ON ALL YOUR DEVICES

When you set your date correctly on your devices, you will be able to auto-sort your images later using the time stamp. It won’t matter which device you use if you have them all set to the same date and time. This way, you can create a timeline of all of the photos you have taken in a day, week, month or years. If the time stamp doesn’t work on your device, contact LifeLine Repairs to see if the problem can be fixed.

START HITTING YOUR DELETE BUTTON

You don’t need 100 pictures of your kid blowing out candles. A few images will capture the moment just fine. Delete any images that are blurry, or that are too similar to one another before you even download them onto your computer. Many people have trouble deleting photos, but try to remember that it is quality, not quantity when it comes to capturing memories.

DOWNLOAD EVERYTHING TO YOUR COMPUTER

Gather all of your memory cards and devices, and get all of your images into one place on your computer. Once all your photos are downloaded, you are ready to begin organizing your images chronologically and by event. This is done using software that either comes with your computer or a third party product you have purchased.

ORGANIZE YOUR IMAGES CHRONOLOGICALLY

Once you have all of your images loaded, you can organize them by date and time. This enables you to find the start and end of different occasions that you took pictures at. Once you find the images that mark the beginning and end of an event, simply select all the images in between, create a folder and transfer all the pictures.

LABEL YOUR EVENT FOLDER CLEARLY

Simply labeling an event folder “Party” isn’t going to do an avid photographer any good. Choose a lead photo that will be the display for the event folder. You will be able to scroll through your folders quickly and find the event images you are searching for.

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