What you can do with the iOS8 update by Apple

So, we’ve had a few days to play with Apple’s  iOS 8 up-date and here are our favourites and top tips to use regularly.

The double-click –  Use the double click on the home button from anywhere to see your favourite contacts now at the top.  You can also scroll through what apps you have open here too. To set up your Favourites or change the order so your top three or four appear first, go to Phone, then Favourites and edit them by dragging them up or down using your finger to the right of the screen.

Quick Reply –  For me this is an ‘at last!’ update.  You can now pull down the message and type a reply without having to load the messages app.  When you’ve replied you are straight back to whatever you were doing.

Taking photos – There’s a new timer and time-lapse mode.  Don’t forget our previous blog on using Pano mode too.

Edit photo  Now you can improve your photos right on your phone.  Change any skew by rotating in degrees and adjust brightness, contract and exposure etc.  It’s like having a little version of Photoshop on your phone.

Sending photos – It’s now really easy to send a recent photo you’ve taken without leaving the message screen.  Click the attach photo button, scroll along your recent photos to send, or tap to open your full photo library.

Predictive text –  QuickType’s suggestions of words or phrases can even now follow your usual written style, even down to the difference in the way you might type more casually in text messages and more formally in an email. The more you use it, the more it learns how you type and how to spell special words you use, names and phrases.  Personally, I’m loving this so do give it a good go but if you really don’t like it you can hide this QuickType bar by touching anywhere on the bar and sliding it down. You’ll see a line that you can swipe upwards when you want it back.  Apple say you can tap and hold the globe button on the keyboard to enable predictive input in any app. It doesn’t seem to be available in all my apps yet.

Quick voice and video clips in messages –  Now this is Inspector Gadget kind of stuff! In a message, hold the microphone or camera icon to record a quick voice message or video to send.  You can play them back and/or delete and re-record them before you send.  These messages will self-destruct after being played, unless the recipient saves them, in order to save storage space. I’m finding this a great addition. It’s ideal when you have something more complicated than a text to send, or want to show someone something but you know they might not be able to listen or answer their phone right when you are ready to send it.

‘Hey Siri‘ – When you’re phone is plugged into a power source you can just say ‘Hey Siri’ and talk to your phone. This is great if you are busy typing a blog and want to get planing a route to a meeting at the same time, or if you are in the car and want to look something up, or get directions whilst driving.  I still find it difficult sometimes to instruct Siri, but it’s learning and improving.

“What song is playing?” Siri is now Shazam so you can ask Siri what music is playing and Siri should be able to tell you.

‘Details’ in Messages.  From any conversation, top right you’ll see ‘Details’. Here you can see all attachments you’ve shared with someone by scrolling down, and share your location. This is very helpful if someone is trying to find you to meet up. You can permanently, or for a limited time, allow them to see your location.  This, for me, replaces the Friend Finder app I use with my husband so I know if he’s left work or how far from home he is etc without having to contact him.  I can even have the kids run to the window to see him walking home from the train station and excitedly open the front door to him!

From Details in Messages, the Do Not Disturb allows you to mute a text conversation if you don’t want to get involved right then and there and read them later.  This is useful if you’re in a group conversation that’s going on a bit and you’re busy!

There’s loads more.  Apple themselves feature, on their ‘Whats New‘ page, improvements to Photos, Messages, their smartest keyboard ever, family sharing, iCloud Drive, Health, connecting your apple devices, and new Spotlight features to find out stuff!

What have you found most useful about the changes or are eager to try?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reframing the same content to post it again

Reposting the same information on your social media channels will get you more exposure.  However, the best way to do this is to reframe the content to suit your audience.   For example, change the header, slant or tile describing the post, blog or article to entice different people to click to read or share your information.    According to Buffer’s blog, “9 Best Social Media and Content Marketing Tips from Buffer (see No 4)  they can get double or triple the amount of engagement by highlighting different elements of the content when they repost it!

That’s pretty amazing.  So, don’t forget to keep re-posting and reframing your content, mixed in with interacting with others on your social media as always of course.

Here’s an example of how we’ve done it for you to see how you could do this too.  These are Tweets about one of our other Blog posts:

How to see ALL the activity on your Facebook page – good to know !”

“A Facebook blog – how to see all the activity on your page in one go – by

“This is really helpful, a way to see ALL activity on your Facebook page – NEW blog by Wendy. It also works on

The example by Buffer was using Facebook and explains how they also use imagery to create more ways to repost the same content and increase engagement as well.

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Scrap the iPhone 6 – this is even more exciting!

If you aren’t an Apple fan then maybe you haven’t waited with baited breath for, or watched in full the Keynote about the new iPhone 6.   However, there is something we feel is even more exciting about this launch, and that is the Apple Watch.

It’s interesting to note that this doesn’t look any bigger than my husband’s current Gadget Show-style watch, a Phosphor e Ink.

Phosphor e Ink

Phosphor e Ink watch

Apple say there’s an Apple Watch for everyone.  It certainly seems so if you are ready for it in early 2015.  You need an iPhone 5 or 6 to be able to connect and interact with it, but it is stand-alone too.   If you’ve got other Apple gadgets like Apple TV, then you’re able to interact with all that too.

The Apple Watch is waterproof and screens are protected by sapphire crystal or Ion-X glass for the sport version, and, of course, there’s the Edition version in gold!

It does look amazing and suddenly it feels like we really are now experiencing that fantastical stuff from the film Back to the Future.

Are you an Apple fan?   Have you watched the Keynote or looked at the capabilities of the new products?  We find it fascinating and can’t wait to see who will be wearing one in 2015.

If you haven’t seen it yet, go and have a look at the Apple Watch and/or watch the Keynote.

A great photo mode you could be using on your mobile

To create a great panoramic photo we used to use an image-stitching software tool for creating panoramic photos.  Basically, you take a set of pictures of the view, which is normally a big expanse before you, and use software such as AutoStitch to merge them into one panoramic shot afterwards when you get back to your PC. 

However, there is, for most of us, a great mode on our phones to do this right then and there.

The Pano setting is brilliant.  Find it!  It should give you basic instructions or guidance.  Sweep across the view to get the same effect.  The above picture was taken with an SLR camera and stitched, but with a good camera on your phone you can get a great Pano shot easily with no faffing around.   It will even, in some instances, cope with people moving around as you sweep across the scene.

This Pano mode is also great for a group shots close-up as well as for views.   You can even use it vertically to capture tall buildings.   You don’t have to all the way, you can stop where you want. You can get a bit of distortion depending on how wide a view, how close you are etc but do go and have a try in various situations if you have the pano setting.  It’s great for catching a group or crowd close together (preferably if they’ll stay still for a moment!) when ordinarily you couldn’t fit them all in, taking a picture of someone posing at the bottom of a tall building, and panoramic views.

You may find uses with this to show of your next exhibition stand, crowd at an event or workshop if you are running a business too.   Tweet them to us @DotSocialise

iPhone Pano

iPhone Pano