TouchMyApps » Tips http://www.touchmyapps.com All Things iPhone and iPad for those who like to Touch. iOS App reviews, News, New Apps, Price Drops and App Gone Free Fri, 17 Oct 2014 21:42:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.4 Read easier on iPad mini (while surfing the web) with these bookmarklets http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/11/17/read-easier-on-ipad-mini-while-surfing-the-web-with-these-bookmarklets/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/11/17/read-easier-on-ipad-mini-while-surfing-the-web-with-these-bookmarklets/#comments Sat, 17 Nov 2012 17:45:30 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=70619 The iPad mini is a fantastic 7.9-inch tablet, though there’s no denying that there’s plenty of room for improvement when it comes the display. Factor in the smaller screen and only 163 PPI (pixels per inch), browsing the web on the mini with Safari can at times be trying. The easiest way of course is to simply double … Read more]]>

Readability’s bookmarket lets you change font size, themes and margins

The iPad mini is a fantastic 7.9-inch tablet, though there’s no denying that there’s plenty of room for improvement when it comes the display. Factor in the smaller screen and only 163 PPI (pixels per inch), browsing the web on the mini with Safari can at times be trying. The easiest way of course is to simply double tab or pinch-and-zoom into any webpage, or better yet, tap the Reader button located in the url bar once the page has completely loaded, which then strips out everything save for the text, with the option to increase/decrease font size. But for those who like to tinker and tweak, there are other options out there that can get the job done too. More specifically, they’re bookmarklets that you can easily “install” on your mini (or any iDevice for that matter); one works very much like iOS’ Reader functionality, the other lets you change the font size right from the bookmarks toolbar.

While I may have switched over to Pocket for saving articles to read later on iOS, I still use Readability’s bookmarklet from time to time on the iPad mini. Like the Reader button, the bookmarket removes all the unnecessary clutter and displays only the text in a easy to read format. The advantage here is that aside from being able to change font size, you can also cycle through several themes (one of which is great for night reading) and increase or decrease the margins.

  1. First head over to www.readability.com/bookmarklets on your iPad mini or other iDevice (you must be on mobile device to see necessary info)
  2. Under the Read Now box, tap Select All and Copy the block of javascript code
  3. Tap the Action Add Bookmark Icon button and then select the Bookmark icon
  4. Give it a different name if you wish (i.e ‘Read Now’) and choose location of where you want to save it (Bookmarks Bar will give it easy access). Tap Save.
  5. Tap the Bookmarks icon (Bookmarks Icon) and locate your newly created bookmark
  6. Tap ‘Edit’ in the corner of the window and delete the URL that’s shown. Now Paste the javascript code you copied in step 2 into this url field, hit ‘Done’ on keyboard and ‘Done’ again in corner to complete the edit.

If you chose to save Readability bookmarklet under Bookmarks Bar, just make sure that under Setting –> Safari –> Always Show Bookmarks Bar is turned to ‘On’. Below you can see how Readability converts a webpage:

…to this after converting webpage into much easier layout for reading on 7.9-inch diplay.

Readability isn’t nearly as fast as iOS’ own Reader, though I do prefer how it formats webpages. And the fact that you can change themes/margins and embedded non-flash videos (Youtube) won’t be stripped out are just an added bonus.

Now onto the other bookmarklet. If you’ve ever wondered how to manually change font size on iOS’ Safari (there is no such feature unfortunately), this “hack” should be right up your alley. Created by Marcos Kirsch, this tweak will let you change font size on the fly, which is a great feature to have on the iPad mini.

As pointed out by Marco, there are two ways to install them. The easiest way can be accomplished on the computer, assuming you use iCloud to sync bookmarks between Safari on your Mac/PC and your iDevices. Simply drag the Font- and Font+ links found in his blog (under Method A) into your Bookmarks Bar and in a short while, they will automagically appear on your mini and other iDevices (just make sure that under Settings –> iCloud, Safari is turned ‘ON’). If you don’t have access to a computer at the moment nor use iCloud to sync your bookmarks, below are steps (Method B) which are similar to the install for Readability bookmarklet.

  1. Copy the following Javascript code on your iPad mini: javascript:var p=document.getElementsByTagName(‘*’);for(i=0;i<p.length;i++){if(p[i].style.fontSize){var s=parseInt(p[i].style.fontSize.replace(“px”,”"));}else{var s=12;}s-=2;p[i].style.fontSize=s+”px”}
  2. Tap the Action Add Bookmark Icon button in Safari and select the Bookmark icon
  3. Tap the ‘x’ to delete the title (first box) and name it Font- (or you can give it a something similar)
  4. Make sure you choose ‘Bookmarks Bar’ as the location and hit ‘Save’
  5.  Tap the Bookmarks icon (Bookmarks Icon) and locate your newly created Font- bookmark
  6. Tap ‘Edit’ in the corner of the window and delete the URL that’s shown (which will be this TouchMyApps url assuming you’ve added it from this page). Now paste the javascript code from step 1 into this url field.
  7. If you have numerous bookmarks in your Bookmarks Bar, there’s one more step to make sure that it’ll always be there for easy access.
  8. Tap Bookmarks (Bookmarks Icon), go into Bookmarks Bar folder and tap “Edit”. Find Font- and drag it (by 3 horizontal stripes icon) to the very top. It will now appear in the top left section of the bookmarks bar. Note: Make sure that under Setting –> Safari –> Always Show Bookmarks Bar is turned to ‘On’.
  9. Now copy the following Font+ Javascript code on your iPad mini and repeat steps 2 – 6: javascript:var p=document.getElementsByTagName(‘*’);for(i=0;i<p.length;i++){if(p[i].style.fontSize){var s=parseInt(p[i].style.fontSize.replace(“px”,”"));}else{var s=12;}s+=2;p[i].style.fontSize=s+”px”}

Here’s what you should see in your Bookmarks Bar after adding both Font- and Font+ bookmarklets.

By tapping on the corresponding -/+ bookmarklets, the font size on the webpage will change accordingly. To reset the size back to its default, just reload the page.

Advanced Tip: There’s a way to make it so that the incremental increases are much bigger (as pointed out by a Macrumors user), should you find that it’s somewhat of a pain to repeatedly tap Font+ to blow up the font. Here’s what you need to do. Tap on Bookmarks icon once again, locate Font+ and hit ‘Edit’. Now tap the box with the javascript code and look for the red bolded part below:

  • %7Ds-=2;

The default value is 2, which you can replace with a bigger number. I’ve been using a value of 8 and it’s worked well for me. Now when you use Font+, the font size will increase significantly more with just one tap. You can play around with the value and see what works best for you. Also, you can do likewise for Font- if you wish.

So there you have it. Several ways to increase font size on your iPad mini while surfing the web. iOS’ Reader functionality is the easiest and fastest way to go about it, though depending on how a particular webpage is designed, these bookmarklets could come in handy as well.

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iPhone 5 and iOS 6 battery drain issues revisited http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/09/26/iphone-5-and-ios-6-battery-drain-issues-revisited/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/09/26/iphone-5-and-ios-6-battery-drain-issues-revisited/#comments Wed, 26 Sep 2012 22:46:00 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=70030 As I mentioned in my review of the iPhone 5, battery life was certainly a concern during the first several days of use. The battery drained at an alarming rate of 1% every 3-4 minutes with just basic web browsing (3G on, LTE off), and during the first 2 days, my phone would lose 20-30% overnight while on standby. … Read more]]>

As I mentioned in my review of the iPhone 5, battery life was certainly a concern during the first several days of use. The battery drained at an alarming rate of 1% every 3-4 minutes with just basic web browsing (3G on, LTE off), and during the first 2 days, my phone would lose 20-30% overnight while on standby. With my iPhone 4, it would drain no more than 1 or 2% throughout the night. Not surprisingly, after searching online for similar cases, I soon found that many iPhone 5 users were also experiencing poor battery performance. Furthermore, those who upgraded to iOS 6 with their iPhone 3GS/4/4S were also finding that they weren’t getting nearly as much juice out of their phones. Not wanting to exchange my iPhone 5 a second time unless I really had to (i.e defective battery), I tried a number of “fixes” in hopes of rectifying the issue. Thankfully, they seem to be working and I’m starting to see some improvements.

Upon reading the many threads in the Apple support forums (aka Communities), one common suggestion that seemed to help many was restoring the iPhone to its factory setting via iTunes. Traditionally, upgrading iOS and restoring from an (old) backup was often the culprit for poor battery life. But seeing how I’d setup up my iPhone 5 from the start as a ‘new phone’ and not from a backup, I didn’t think it would matter much. Feeling rather desperate, I did a restore anyway (if you’re unsure how, check out Apple’s instructions here). At first it seemed as though the battery did improve, though shortly after, the rapid drainage soon returned. In fact, I only got about 6 hours of battery life with a full charge. This was with LTE off the entire time and splitting between 3G and Wifi for emails and mobile Safari. Definitely less than the 8-10 hours of usage according to Apple’s spec sheet.

Not satisfied, I went through all my settings and looked at what others online were suggesting that worked for them. That’s when I came across numerous users indicating that after draining their iPhone 5 completely and charging it back up to a 100% without disrupting the charge cycle (as in not using the phone), they found it made a significant difference. So this was exactly what I did Monday night and sure enough, I immediately noticed the improvement in battery life; I was no longer losing 1% every few minutes.

Leaving no stones unturned, I also tweaked a few things in Settings to see if I could prolong my battery’s run time even more. Here’s what I changed in particular:

  • Cellular Data –> Off if using Wifi
  • If Cell Data On, turn Passbook Updates –> Off
  • Siri –> Raise to Speak –> Off
  • Privacy –> Locations Services –> System Services –> On for only Compass Calibration and Traffic (the rest set to Off)
  • iCloud –> Passbook and Photo Stream –> Off

With the above changes and after its first full charge cycle, I was able to get about 9 hours and 24 minutes of usage before the phone shut off on its own (no LTE, mostly on Wifi, 20 mins of phone calls, an hour of listening to audiobooks, emails and web browsing). That’s nearly 3 hours better than it was the day before. It seems that calibrating the iPhone 5 battery from an almost empty tank to 100% does address these drainage issues. To be certain, the phone is going through its second full charge from 0% as I type this and hopefully I’ll be able to hit the 10 hour mark next.

If you’re having issues with your iPhone 5′s battery life, I suggest you let it run down completely and then do a full charge. To be on the safe side, while it’s charging don’t use the device. Top that with some of tweaks in the Settings area (feel free to try the above or play around with the different options to cater to your needs), and you should start to see a much more manageable drainage rate.

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How to Use Dropbox to store all your ebooks in the cloud http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/12/05/how-to-use-dropbox-to-store-all-your-ebooks-in-the-cloud/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/12/05/how-to-use-dropbox-to-store-all-your-ebooks-in-the-cloud/#comments Mon, 05 Dec 2011 17:55:31 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=61424 Previously, we looked at how to read your old ebooks (i.e. LIT, MOBI, PDB, RTF) on iBooks, Apple’s e-reader app. It involved converting them into ePubs, the only ebook format supported by iBooks, and uploading them via iTunes. Well we’re going to show you today a far superior method — one utilizing Calibre and Dropbox — for storing your … Read more]]>

Previously, we looked at how to read your old ebooks (i.e. LIT, MOBI, PDB, RTF) on iBooks, Apple’s e-reader app. It involved converting them into ePubs, the only ebook format supported by iBooks, and uploading them via iTunes. Well we’re going to show you today a far superior method — one utilizing Calibre and Dropbox — for storing your ebook collection and transferring books to your iPhone, iPod Touch and/or iPad even if you’re far away from home, without access to your home computer.

Many of you have likely heard of Dropbox already, and are perhaps even using it on a day-to-day basis. For those you not familiar, Dropbox is a free web-based service that allows users to store their photos, files and other documents “in the cloud”. They’re then synced across any computer (Mac, Windows, Linux) or Mobile OS (Android, iOS, Blackberry etc) with Dropbox installed and can easily be shared with friends and family. So if you add or edit a file on one computer, all other PCs/Macs/iDevices at your disposal will also have the exact same file uploaded – often seconds later. The idea behind it is very much like Apple’s own iCloud that was introduced with iOS 5, though in many ways, iCloud’s lot more restrictive in the sense that you can’t simply upload/download individual files like you can with Dropbox. With this in mind, let’s take a look at how we can use both Calibre and Dropbox to effectively manage your ebooks, as well as be able to retrieve them no matter where you are.

Note: If you are already using Dropbox, skip down to step 6

1) First thing you’ll need to do is register for a free Dropbox account. Please note this is a referral link, meaning you will receive an additional 250MB of free space on your free account after you’ve successfully installed Dropbox..which brings us to..

2) Download and Install Dropbox on your PC, Mac or Linux

3) One of the initial setup screens will ask if you already have a Dropbox account. New users can create an account by filling out their name, email and password. Existing Dropbox users setting up the install on a new computer can simply link up to their account by providing the email address associated with Dropbox and password.

4) Dropbox is completely Free to use (you get 2GB of storage to start with), though you can upgrade to 50GB for $9.99/month and 100GB for $19.99/month. Unless you’re planning on uploading large files like videos and MP3s, 2GB should be more than sufficient – especially for storing ebooks. You can always upgrade at a later time if you feel you require more space. And keep in mind that as you invite friends and family to use Dropbox, you’ll get an extra 250MB of space for each person refered, up to a total of 8GB.

5) You can then take the brief 5 step tutorial highlighting the basics of Dropbox, as well as choose where the Dropbox folder will be located.

6) Locate the newly installed Dropbox folder on your computer and create a new folder called ‘eBooks’ (or something similar). You can do this by right clicking anywhere within the Dropbox folder and select “New Folder”. Or you can simply hit Cmd+Shift+N on a Mac or Ctrl+Shift+N on Windows.

7) Next, we’ll need to setup Calibre on your PC, Linux or Mac. For those of you not familiar, Calibre is a free and open source e-book library management application that allows you to manage your entire eBooks collection (rate, tag, sort, download metadata and covers etc.). It can also accept a wide range of ebook formats for conversion – great for turning those old Lit, Mobi and other ebook files into ePub. Just think of Calibre as the iTunes for eBooks.

8) Download and install Calibre for your Operating System. The setup wizard will initially ask you to choose a location for your books. Change it so that Calibre is pointing to the ebooks folder you’ve just created in Dropbox (see above screenshot). This step here allows Calibre to directly add/edit ebooks stored in your Dropbox account.

9) Assuming you’ll be reading your ebooks on an iPhone/iPad, select Apple –> iPad or iPhone/iPhone/Touch when asked to choose your ebook device. This ensures that any conversions made are tailored to your ereader.

10) With Calibre installed, you can begin adding ebooks into the software by either clicking on the “Add Books” icon located in the top left corner, pressing “A” on the keyboard, or simply dragging and dropping ebook files into the center and main panel. Note that once you add any new books or make any changes via Calibre, your Dropbox account will instantly be updated as well. Basically, if you add an ebook on your iMac/PC via Calibre, all other desktops, laptops and mobile devices with Dropbox installed will also receive the file. How cool (and handy) is that? Also, if you are planning on reading your ebooks on the iDevice, make sure that you convert them into ePub beforehand – apps like iBooks and Stanza (and most others) only accept this format. For converting and adding metadata/covers, refer to steps 4 and 5 in our previous post.

11) Now it’s time to download and install Dropbox on your iPhone, iPod Touch and/or iPad. Using the Dropbox app, we’ll be able to access all your ebooks from the cloud and import them into iBooks and other e-reading apps from the App Store.

12) Upon launching the app, tap on “I’m Already a Dropbox User” and enter your login email and password.

13) Once you link the app to your Dropbox account, all your folders and files will appear on your iDevice. Find the eBooks folder you created earlier on your desktop and select it. Assuming you’ve already added books via Calibre, your eBooks folder within the Dropbox app will have all your books neatly organized by Author.

 14) Locate an ebook (the actual ePub file) and open it. After downloading the book from the cloud, you’ll immediately see a “Unable to view file” screen. This is perfectly normal as Dropbox doesn’t support the viewing of this file format. Simply tap the “action” button on the bottom right of the screen and you’ll see a list of apps installed on your device that you can send the ePub to.

15) Choose an e-reader from the list (i.e. iBooks, Stanza, Kobo or others) and your ebook will be opened within that particular app. You can still send your ePub to the likes of Evernote, GoodReader or other file managers, but you won’t be able to actually read the ebook – they’ll simply save and store it like any other document.

16) One other thing you can do with the Dropbox app is save these ebooks/epubs right on your device, which gives you access to them even if you don’t have an internet connection. This way, you can transfer certain books over to various e-reader apps anytime you want. To do this, simply tap on the Star (center bottom) after you’ve opened a file (if it’s an epub, it’ll be the “Unable to view file screen”. Now whenever you go into the “Favorites” section, all the ebooks/files you’ve starred will be waiting for offline use.

Well there you have it folks. Once you get everything set up and use it a few times, you’ll find that the combination of Dropbox and Calibre will make managing your ebooks a whole lot easier, especially when it comes to transferring them into your iPhone or iPad. Take a look at the video below made by Kovid Goyal – creator of Calibre – as he highlights some of the advanced features and UI tips of the powerful eBook management software.

If you have any questions or comments regarding this tutorial, please feel free to leave a comment below.

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10 iOS 5 Tips and Tricks You Need to Know http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/11/17/10-ios-5-tips-and-tricks-you-need-to-know/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/11/17/10-ios-5-tips-and-tricks-you-need-to-know/#comments Thu, 17 Nov 2011 15:21:03 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=60718 iOS 5 has been released for over a month now, and while it’s reportedly been the source of battery drainage issues for many (in particular iPhone 4S owners), the new OS is still by far the best that Apple’s offered to date. From the overhauled Notification System to iMessage, iOS 5 boasts over 200 new … Read more]]>

iOS 5 has been released for over a month now, and while it’s reportedly been the source of battery drainage issues for many (in particular iPhone 4S owners), the new OS is still by far the best that Apple’s offered to date. From the overhauled Notification System to iMessage, iOS 5 boasts over 200 new features for iDevice users. So unless you’ve made it a point to learn all there is to know about iOS 5, it’s likely you have yet to come across certain “hidden” features on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. Let’s take a look at 10 Tips and Tricks that’ll add functionality to your device you may never knew existed.

1. Create Keyboard Shortcuts

   

One of the more useful iOS 5 features, Keyboard Shortcuts allow users to create custom abbreviations, which will then expand into snippets of text. Just like the popular TextExpander app, iOS Shortcuts will save you loads of time when banging out that email or iMessage. To enable it, go to Settings –> General –> Keyboard –> Shortcuts –> Add New Shortcut… Then create your own Phrase (ie “What’s For Dinner”) and Shortcut. Once that’s saved, the moment you type out “wfd”, you’ll see What’s For Dinner appear above the abbreviation (same as the auto correct functionality). A simple tap on the space bar and the custom text fully expands. The default On My Way shortcut has already been created for you to get started.

2. VoiceOver – Have your emails and webpages read out to you

   

As cool as Siri is, it currently can’t read emails back to you – or any user selected text for that matter. The VoiceOver feature, which made its debut on iOS 4, is found under the Accessibility menu. While it was created to assist the visually impaired, VoiceOver can just as easily be used to dictate emails for when you’re driving, for example. To enable it, go to Settings –> General –> Accessibility –> Triple-click Home –> Toggle VoiceOver. Now whenever you triple click the home button, VoiceOver becomes active and is ready to do thy bidding. Tap on any block of text (in an email or webpage) and its contents will be read aloud. To move onto the next sentence/paragraph, simply swipe right on the screen, and three fingers are needed to scroll up/down the page. Note: you can turn on VoiceOver at the very top of the Accessibility menu as well (Under ‘Vision’), but for this purpose, the method above will allow you to turn it on/off no matter where you are on the iDevice.

3. Weather – View Hourly Forecasts

The stock Weather app remains essentially unchanged from iOS 4, except for one handy feature: Hourly forecast. To reveal the hourly forecast, simply tap on the screen with a selected city and the current day will display the weather for the next 12 hours, by the hour. Useful for when you want to see whether it’s likely to rain later in the day. And if you have the Weather widget displayed in the Notification menu (by default, it only shows current temperature, you can swipe it left/right to show the forecast for the next 5 days.

4. Custom Vibrations

   

That’s right, you can actually lay down your very own vibrating beats on iOS 5 and assign them to specific contacts. Now you can “see” who’s calling or texting by feeling and/or listening to the custom vibrations. First, head on over to Settings –> General –> Accessibility and turn Custom Vibrations to On. Then make your way to Settings –> Sounds and ensure that Vibrate is turned ON (either in Silent or Normal mode). Scroll all the way down to Vibration Patterns and open the Vibrations Menu. Five “Standard” (or defaults) are already there, but to make your own, you’ll need to tap on Create New Vibration. The next screen is where you let your creativity shine. Start tapping and the device will begin recording your pattern – up to 10 seconds long. Once you save, you’ll give it a name and it now becomes the default vibration for all incoming calls.

Should you wish to assign different vibrations to individuals (i.e one for your wife, another for your boss), you’ll need to go to that person’s contact page (found in the stock Contacts app) and tap Edit on top right of screen. Now scroll down until you see “vibration”. Tap that and you can then choose a custom made one (or create a new vibration from this screen).

5. Create Photo Albums

iOS 5 finally lets you better organize your photos right from within the iDevice. In the Photos app, tap the Edit button, then Add in top left corner. Select the album you wish to add images from (most likely the Camera Roll if its your first time), and tap on the thumbnails one by one. Hit Done and voilà! Alternatively, you can be in the Camera Roll screen and tap the bottom left action button. Now make your individual selections and tap the Add To button at the bottom. From here, you can add photos to a new or existing album. This feature doesn’t actually move your pictures into folders – they’re all still in the Camera Roll. Rather, think of it as image tagging, where a photo can appear in more than one album.

6. Swipe for Photo Library, Pinch to Zoom and Shutter button(s)

While you’re in the Camera app, you can easily jump into your Photo Library without having to tap on the thumbnail square located on bottom left of the screen. Simply swipe to the right to transition into the Camera Roll. You can continue swiping right to view previous photos, and left swipes will eventually bring you back into the Camera. To activate the digital Zoom, you can use multi-touch gestures – move two fingers apart to zoom in, and pinch them to zoom back out. Finally, the Volume Up button now acts as a physical shutter button, making it a whole lot easier for most when taking pictures. And did you know that the volume up on the earphone’s remote (Apple’s own or third party both work) also mimics the shutter function?

7. Private Browsing

You don’t have to rely on the likes of PERFECT or Atomic Web Browser to hide your naughty surfing habits anymore. iOS 5 lets you turn on Private Browsing for mobile Safari. Settings –> Safari –> Private Browsing –> On. You’ll be asked right away if you’d like to close all existing tabs or keep them open. Upon using Safari again, you’ll notice that the browser’s “skin” has gone black (an indication that private mode is on). Until you turn the option off, Safari won’t be saving any urls visited, cookies, search terms and other browsing history info.

8. Access Camera from locked screen

For shutterbugs, this is undoubtedly a favorite iOS 5 feature. From the locked screen (or when iDevice is in sleep mode), a double tap on the home button will bring up not only the iPod controls, but also a new Camera icon (bottom right) that will take you into the i-Camera. Not to worry, existing photos on the Camera Roll can’t be accessed via this method, though pictures that have just been taken can still be previewed.

9. Open Safari Links in the Background

   

Here’s a minor Safari ‘tweak’ that I’ve come to love. By default, if you tap and hold on a link in Safari, you’re given the option to “Open in New Page”. That’s fine and dandy, but what if you want to continue reading the article and not have to switch back to current webpage after the new one has been opened? With the “Open Links In Background” function, you can do just that. To enable: Settings –> Safari –> Open Links –> In Background. Now when you tap and hold a link, you’ll see “Open In Background” instead, which will allow you to continue reading while the new page loads in the background. Tap the bottom right “Tabs” icon and you’ll find the recently opened page waiting for you.

10. App Management – View App sizes (and delete)

It used to be that you couldn’t view how much space each app took up on your iDevice while away from iTunes on your desktop (without jailbreaking anyway). Thankfully, iOS 5 makes it easy to see just how many MBs or GBs an app is actually using. To get there, navigate to Settings –> General –> Usage. Here under the ‘Storage’ heading, your list of apps are shown from largest to smallest. Tap on an app and you’ll be given the option on the next screen to wipe it from your iPhone/iPad. And if you have audiobooks onboard, you can even delete them if you select Music from the list of apps displayed (entire books only, not individual chapters).

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Quick Tip: How to disable In-App Purchases on your iPhone http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/02/28/quick-tip-how-to-disable-in-app-purchases-on-your-iphone/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/02/28/quick-tip-how-to-disable-in-app-purchases-on-your-iphone/#comments Mon, 28 Feb 2011 23:25:10 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=48814 In-App Purchases (IAP) on the iDevice is nothing new, but it was given significant news coverage earlier this month when an 8 year old unknowingly spent $1,400 in real money buying Smurfberries — used to speed up the growth of the virtual crops and village — in the popular game Smurfs’ Village. Aside from parents not … Read more]]>

Several iOS games with IAPs in Top Grossing chart

In-App Purchases (IAP) on the iDevice is nothing new, but it was given significant news coverage earlier this month when an 8 year old unknowingly spent $1,400 in real money buying Smurfberries — used to speed up the growth of the virtual crops and village — in the popular game Smurfs’ Village. Aside from parents not being aware of the potential costs that can accompany such “free” farming-type games, the 15 minute login window that Apple has implemented has made inadvertent (or unauthorized) IAPs more rampant. What this means is that once the password has been entered on the device when an app is downloaded, iOS won’t prompt the user for another login during this time frame, be it for downloading new Apps or IAPs.

So until Apple decides to change their policy or even enforce a login for each IAP, what can you do to prevent your children or nieces/nephews from racking up the bill? We’ll show you below in a few simple steps how you can disable In-App Purchases on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.

Disabling In-App Purchases on iOS

1. Go into Settings on your iDevice

2. Tap General

3. Tap Restrictions

4. Tap Enable Restrictions and you’ll be prompted to create 4 digit Restrictions Passcode. Remember this code!

5. Scroll down until you see the Allowed Content section.

6. Tap on the In-App Purchase toggle to switch it to “OFF”. Now no one can make IAPs on the device, including yourself. So if you need to make IAPs at a later time for your own games/apps, simply make your way back into this menu and turn it back on.

As you can see, the Restrictions settings can come in handy when there are young children around the house. It’ll give you the option of disabling default apps like Safari or YouTube, prevent the installation/deleting of apps and even specifying which category of Rated Apps (4+, 9+, 12+ and 17+) are visible on the springboard (those apps not allowed won’t appear back on the iPhone until the settings are changed once again).

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Watch Flash Videos on iPhone and iPad without Apps or Jailbreaking [Video] http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/12/07/watch-flash-videos-on-iphone-and-ipad-without-apps-or-jailbreaking-video/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/12/07/watch-flash-videos-on-iphone-and-ipad-without-apps-or-jailbreaking-video/#comments Tue, 07 Dec 2010 23:24:36 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=44318 Thanks to a neat little bookmarklet for Mobile Safari, Skyfire (TMA Review) isn’t the only legit way to watch flash videos on your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Once installed on your iOS, videos from Dailymotion, Flickr Video, MegaVideo and Vimeo that are embedded on websites can now be viewed with ease. Installing this bookmarklet is … Read more]]>

Thanks to a neat little bookmarklet for Mobile Safari, Skyfire (TMA Review) isn’t the only legit way to watch flash videos on your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Once installed on your iOS, videos from Dailymotion, Flickr Video, MegaVideo and Vimeo that are embedded on websites can now be viewed with ease. Installing this bookmarklet is extremely simple and can be done via several steps:

  1. Open http://iosflashvideo.fw.hu/ on your iOS Device (iPhone, iPad or iPod)
  2. Hit the + button, select Add Bookmark and tap the Save button
  3. Open your bookmarks by tapping the bookmark icon and press Edit
  4. Choose iOSFlashVideo
  5. Delete everything before “javascript:” and hit Done
  6. Select iOSFlashVideo from Bookmarks whenever a video isn’t natively supported on iOS in order to make it viewable

If you haven’t purchased the Skyfire app and wish to check out flash videos powered by Dailymotion and the like, this iOSFlashVideo tool is well worth a try. Check out the video tutorial by Greek-iPhone.com after the gap.

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Dropped an iPhone in water? Follow these steps, quick! http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/08/14/dropped-an-iphone-in-water-follow-these-steps-quick/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/08/14/dropped-an-iphone-in-water-follow-these-steps-quick/#comments Sat, 14 Aug 2010 16:56:53 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=37722 Other than dropping an iPhone onto solid ground and watching it smash to bits, dropping it by accident into water is likely the next most unnerving thing that can happen to your precious gadget. If this ever happens to you, don’t panic (too much) and follow these instructions that can potentially save your iPhone/iPod Touch. … Read more]]>

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Other than dropping an iPhone onto solid ground and watching it smash to bits, dropping it by accident into water is likely the next most unnerving thing that can happen to your precious gadget. If this ever happens to you, don’t panic (too much) and follow these instructions that can potentially save your iPhone/iPod Touch.

  1. Remove iPhone/iPod Touch out of water immediately (d’oh!)
  2. Power off the device (quickest way is to hold down both power/sleep button and home button for several seconds)
  3. Remove sim card
  4. Place iPhone in a ziplock bag filled with uncooked rice
  5. Tighten bag to remove as much air as possible and seal it.
  6. Leave for at least 24 hours before opening bag/container and attempting to power on device

Rice as you may already know, is a natural desiccant and it can help absorb the moisture found in a previously submerged iDevice. While I have never tested out this “fix”, Chantelle over at iPhoneAppGirl.com told me yesterday that this method does indeed work. Having dropped her brand new iPhone 4 into a bucket of water a week ago (not on purpose I can assure you), she quickly quarantined her phone in a tupperware container filled with fried uncooked rice and left it in there for 24 hours. Luckily for her, the phone turned out just fine after the quarantine and she hasn’t had any problems since. Here’s a photo of her iPhone 4 chilling and drying out.

Update: Aside from just the rice, you could also throw in some Silica Packets (buy some or use the ones that came with your new pair of shoes) into the bag as well. They’re designed to absorb ambient moisture. [Thanks Chantelle!]

Take a look at the video below by repair site iFixYouri as they take you through step-by-step on what to do should this happen to you. Hopefully you’ll never have to resort to the method, but it’s always good to know – just in case.

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How to make your own iPhone dock http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/09/16/how-to-make-your-own-iphone-dock/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/09/16/how-to-make-your-own-iphone-dock/#comments Wed, 16 Sep 2009 16:02:31 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=20013 Tired of those $50+ docks those big companies sell? Want to show off your “jesus” phone in style? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Following these simple instructions you can build a dock with your very own hands in just 10 minutes or less! All you need is this PDF template. Then you can … Read more]]>

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Tired of those $50+ docks those big companies sell? Want to show off your “jesus” phone in style? Well, you’ve come to the right place!

Following these simple instructions you can build a dock with your very own hands in just 10 minutes or less! All you need is this PDF template. Then you can decorate it to your heart’s desire and be a proud owner of a one in a kind stand for everyone’s dream phone. And note that the dock is perfectly eco-friendly which is also very import in this age. I’m not even talking about the immense satisfaction you get when you build something of your very own. So, go ahead, you Jack of all trades, you!

And let those companies trying to milk the zillions of $$$ from us weep pathetically in the corner. One step closer to global domination! Mua-ha-ha!

Please note that you should use a good 220-270 g/m sheet of paper to have the best result. It isn’t strong enough with regular office/thin paper.

Disclaimer: TMA is not liable for any damage to your iPhone resulting from using this dock.

Iphone Paper Dock / Stand from Dessine moi un objet on Vimeo.

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How to set an Alphanumeric Passcode for your iPhone/iPod Touch http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/08/04/how-to-set-an-alphanumeric-passcode-for-your-iphoneipod-touch/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/08/04/how-to-set-an-alphanumeric-passcode-for-your-iphoneipod-touch/#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2009 22:07:51 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=17214 Ever wondered if using only digits as your password was enough to keep prying eyes from your highly sensitive data on your iDevice? If so, you’re in luck, since in this tutorial, I will show you how to set a passcode for your iPhone/iPod Touch using a combination of both letters and digits (if you … Read more]]>

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Ever wondered if using only digits as your password was enough to keep prying eyes from your highly sensitive data on your iDevice? If so, you’re in luck, since in this tutorial, I will show you how to set a passcode for your iPhone/iPod Touch using a combination of both letters and digits (if you please) for that extra level of security and piece of mind.

Step 1: Download the Alpha Passcode profile from your Desktop/Laptop here
Note: Make sure you do NOT download it with Safari since this browser messes up the file extension. I used Firefox.

Step 2: Email the file to yourself, and open up the email on your iPhone/iPod Touch

tutorials-alphanumeric-passcode1Step 3: Click on the .mobileconfig file. It should then open up a screen like the one found below.

tutorials-alphanumeric-passcode2Step 4: Go ahead and tap ‘Install’

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Step 5: Simply tap on ”Install Now’

tutorials-alphanumeric-passcode4Step 6:  Now, enter your current password (you’ll have to switch the keyboard to numeric view).

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Step 7: It will install the profile and then you’ll come to a screen asking for a new password on your iDevice. Enter the alphanumeric passcode you wish.

tutorials-alphanumeric-passcode6Step 8: Re-enter the passcode that you entered in step 7.

tutorials-alphanumeric-passcode7Step 9: Now you should get this screen on your iPhone. Finish it up by tapping ‘Done’ (Top right corner)

Step 10: That’s it! Now whenever you unlock your iPhone, you’ll have to enter in your new alphanumeric password. With this little trick, your iDevice will be even more secure than ever!

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Note: If you wish to remove this little utility, simply go to Settings > General > Profile and uninstall it.

I hope this tutorial worked for you and enjoy your super-secure iPhone!

This Tips ‘n Tricks article was brought to you by TouchMyApps contributor Alok.

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Shinkansen: iPhone No Go? No Mo… http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/01/19/shinkansen-iphone-no-go-no-mo/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/01/19/shinkansen-iphone-no-go-no-mo/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2009 03:13:45 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=4007 Japan has a huge mobile network that for many users, predicates the PC’s role as superfluous.  However, that mobile network makes use of what Apple might call the ‘non-real internet’.  If your needs turn you to that ‘non-real internet your user experience is at best turbulent and sometimes laughable.  It just won’t do mobile internet with … Read more]]>
None of this with the Jesus Phone

None of this with the Jesus Phone

Japan has a huge mobile network that for many users, predicates the PC’s role as superfluous.  However, that mobile network makes use of what Apple might call the ‘non-real internet’.  If your needs turn you to that ‘non-real internet your user experience is at best turbulent and sometimes laughable.  It just won’t do mobile internet with any semblance of reliability.  Even some ‘real’ internet pages don’t display correctly, becoming a choppy and unusable mess.

The age old question still remains:  what does one do when they must reserve shinkansen tickets from sites like express yoyaku?  Answer, hop on a computer or use a phone that can only access the ‘non-real internet’.

Till now, it has not been an easy task, but doable though afflicted by mobile Safari’s aloofness to the mobile internet.  The author of an intriguing blog, Yoshimasa Niwa, has released a ‘bookmarklet’ that allows iPhone users to reserve their tickets from express yoyaku which stymied the stalwart mobile Safari Mobile.  What I found in his article was the useful application of mobile Safari’s strengths to overcome its own weaknesses.  The author explains his methods here:

I sometimes use Sinkansen ticketing service named Express Yoyaku.

I think there are many guys who use this service frequently for their business or travel. We can use this ticketing service from iPhone’s Safari, but it seems crappy and the screen will be cropped suddenly.

So, I made a bookmarklet which allows you to use it more comfortable. This bookmarklet includes next features:

  • Works as a bookmark to the login screen
  • Auto filling user id and password
  • Patching the crappy screen items like bottom bar etc.

While fixes like this certainly help, it would be salvation indeed  if Apple chose to see beyond America and divine their Jesus Phone a palm-laden path to the Japanese mobile internet. Until then, prophets like Mr. Niwa will have to anoint for us sinners holy workarounds.

In the coming months, iPhone and iPod Touch users should with updates, see a stronger internet experience and at long last full real internet and non-real internet compatibility.  Concurrent to an increasing user base, solutions from adventurous users will pop up that allow the tiny internet powerhouse to fully realise its destiny in staking its market.

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Top 10 iPhone Tips and Tricks http://www.touchmyapps.com/2008/12/13/top-10-iphone-tips-and-tricks/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2008/12/13/top-10-iphone-tips-and-tricks/#comments Sat, 13 Dec 2008 17:29:21 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=2270 tap tap tap has recently posted a comprehensive Top 10 list for tips on the iPhone 3G. It is certainly one of the best I have come across on the web, with pictures that are pretty much self explanatory found for each tip. It even talks about how to register your WIFI with Skyhook WPS … Read more]]>

tap tap tap has recently posted a comprehensive Top 10 list for tips on the iPhone 3G. It is certainly one of the best I have come across on the web, with pictures that are pretty much self explanatory found for each tip. It even talks about how to register your WIFI with Skyhook WPS ( to locate where you are if GPS isn’t available) and how to setup AIM Mobile Forwarding. New iPhone users will certainly find lots of very helpful tips here, and who knows maybe even hardcore users will learn a thing or two from the guide. Here are a few more sample shots:

The entire post and all the tips can be found here

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