Google+ is becoming a popular medium for social content exchange. Whether this is due to the advent of its recent integration with YouTube comments or not, it’s certainly growing regardless. Just like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the like, Google+ has a mobile application to make sharing super easy when you’re out and about. In addition to viewing and engaging with your circles, a new feature has recently been included to backup all your photos and videos from iOS to your Google account. Follow along as we take a look at moving around the Google+ app, sharing and posting content, and a couple of the newer features it offers.
VLC Media Player is capable of playing multiple media file formats. It is one of the most widely used media players because of it’s versatility. If you’re using VLC player to play music or video on a remote computer in your network, it’s easy to use your iOS or Android device to control the playback. Sybu Remote Control for VLC is an app that pairs with a VLC player installation to remotely control playback. For example, you can load up a file either from the PC or directly from the iOS or Android device, then control the volume from the app. Stop the video or music at any time or skip to another media file with just a tap. Setup first requires changing some basic VLC player settings before pairing Sybu with VLC player. Here's how its done.
MEGA is a cloud storage service that offers a whopping 50 GB at no cost. This is plenty space for most of us. Now you can access all your files stored in the cloud with the new MEGA iOS app. View your files and images right from the app, with the ability to share a file or an entire folder with others via a unique URL. You can download files for local use and even define how much space MEGA is allowed to use on the device. If you use MEGA for image backups or to store other files, the app makes it super simple to view and share them on the go.
The SkyDrive app for iPhone and iPad has been adapted to work with the new iOS 7 design. The design is clean and easy to use, giving you access to basically everything you need to use your SkyDrive files on the go. One of the most notable improvements in this new app is it’s overall change to accommodate the iOS 7 feel that many other apps have been pushing more recently, which includes sliding between pages with a swipe motion. In addition, they’ve included larger thumbnails for images so they’re easier to see without opening them to full screen. As Dropbox included photo uploads in their app awhile back, SkyDrive now has the same feature with images and video. The last feature we’ll examine is the ability to open documents in the Office Mobile app for easy editing. Read on to know more.
TunnelBear for iOS provides a mobile solution to accessing the Internet over a virtual private network (VPN). If you need to block web trackers that are tracking your every move while online, it’s fortunate TunnelBear is extremely easy to implement. Download the app, follow the on-screen instructions, and within minutes you’ll have installed a set of settings called a profile. Your iOS device will use these files to configure a location-specific VPN tunnel that all your data is filtered through. There is a free option available with TunnelBear in addition to two account types that cost a monthly fee. Read on to find out how to easy it is to setup a VPN on your iPhone or iPad. We’ll also look at how to get a free gigabyte of data every month to make your free version last that much longer.
A lesser known feature that iOS 7 offers is called Frequent Locations. Enable this option to always be aware of the time it will take to reach common locations by just looking at the notification center. Turning this feature on only takes a moments time. After giving it ample time to recognize where you travel most often, the notification center will always stay on top of the time it takes to arrive at these places. Most of us spend the majority of our day at home and work. When your phone understands this, it will tell you how long it takes to get home when you’re at work, and also the time it takes to get to work before you leave your house. It serves not only as a time indicator, but you can also click the link in the notification area to open Apple’s Map application for directions.
Google Now has recently updated to include some really cool features. Most notably, a hands-free search and response feature. Search Google or tell the app for a reminder, all without touching the device. The means by which the hands-free feature works is by a special phrase, much like Google Glass, that is uttered to give the device reason to begin listening to you. From that point on, it’s similar to Google’s voice search feature we’ve seen before.
iTunes has become the standard transfer medium for music to our iOS devices. While our frustrations of the software arose, alternatives also sprung up. These programs offer an alternative method to transfer music to an iPhone or iPad. We’ll be looking at some applications for use via a computer and then some apps that can be downloaded on an iOS device for streaming music. Every method below avoids using iTunes during the transfer process. See Also: 2 Ways to Backup and View iPhone Text Messages on Your PC Using Desktop Apps Desktop apps don’t require anything but a computer and the
Parallax is defined as a “displacement or difference in the apparent position of an object”. Apple has included this concept into the new iOS 7 wallpapers. This applies both to the lock screen and home screen and gives a perception of movement when the device is tilted. The previous iOS versions had the standard wallpaper capabilities; those which were stationary and showed no different perception. The wallpaper seems more alive with iOS 7 – more amiable. We’re going to look at what it takes to make a nice parallax wallpaper in Paint and Photoshop and how to apply the wallpaper
The Manything app makes a video-monitoring device out of an iPhone, iPod, or iPad. Mount it anywhere and stream a constant video feed you can monitor from any browser. Think Nanny cam or a homemade surveillance system. The guys behind this app have put in a lot of thought in this app, and it showcases some solid features. Video feeds recorded using this app will detect sound and movements and point them out in the footage. Every video is saved to your own Manything account where you can clip out important parts and even share them with others via a
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