All items tagged with "iOS"

Become a Safari search master with quick iOS tip

Searching within Safari pages is pretty easy, but well-hidden. Photo: Rob LeFebvre

Searching within Safari pages is pretty easy, but well-hidden. Photo: Rob LeFebvre

On the Mac, it’s super-easy to search for a word or phrase within the currently loaded page. You simply hit Command-F on your keyboard and Safari, Chrome or any other web browser will open up a little field to type your search terms into.

But what about when you’re using mobile Safari on your iPhone or iPad? How do you find a specific word or phrase there?

It’s pretty simple, but not super-intuitive. Here’s our recipe for finding search terms on your iPhone’s version of Safari.

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Gamify your commute: Waze drops Easter eggs all over the road

Need to gamify your ride? Waze has you covered. Photo remix: Stephen Smith/Cult of Mac

Need to gamify your ride? Waze has you covered. Photo remix: Stephen Smith/Cult of Mac

Crowd-sourced navigation app Waze has got a neat little idea for this coming Easter: little eggs you can drive over while using the app for points (three per egg!) and bragging rights.

So, as you drive down the street, headed to the grocery or picking up the kids, you can maximize your route to get as many egg points as possible.

This fun little promotion is happening now (it started last week) and will last through April 5.

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WhatsApp might make chat backup painless with Google Drive

Never lose your WhatsApp chats again.

Never lose your WhatsApp chats again.

Transferring your WhatsApp data to a new device can be a pain — particularly if you’re switching from Android to another platform, or vice-versa. But WhatsApp looks set to make it a whole lot easier by giving users the ability to backup their messages to Google Drive.

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How to mark all iMessages as read on your iPhone

Too many unread iMessages? Try this simple trick. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Too many unread iMessages? Try this simple trick. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

If you’re like me, you’ve got a ton of unread iMessages on your iPhone and tapping through them all just to get rid of your app badge anxiety seems like a bit too much effort.

Apple has your back, though, with a nicely designed way to mark all your iMessages as read. It might not be apparent at first glance where to find this magic trick. Here’s how.

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The year’s creepiest puzzle game goes free on iOS as App of the Week

Could this be 2015's most atmospheric game? Photo:

Could this be 2015’s most atmospheric game? Photo: RAC7 Games

Although the App Store is still full of freemium games like Angry Birds, Apple is pretty great when it comes to highlighting some of the more unusual titles that pop up on iOS — from the M.C. Escher gorgeousness of Monument Valley to the nihilistic weirdness of Sometimes You Die.

The company continues that trend with its latest pick for App of the Week, which would normally set you back a couple of bucks, but can be downloaded completely free of charge for the next seven days. It’s Dark Echo, a uniquely twisted puzzle game by RAC7 Games — and I’m here to tell you it’s excellent.

Check out the trailer and a description below. Trust me, if you like unusually minimalist puzzlers, you won’t be disappointed.

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Nintendo shares skyrocket with iOS and Android games on the horizon

Mario's getting some major coin on the back of Nintendo's news. Photo: Nintendo

Mario’s getting some major coin on the back of Nintendo’s news. Photo: Nintendo

The video game world rejoiced yesterday at the news that Nintendo is finally backing down on its anti-smartphone and tablet stance, and is working to bring its most beloved franchises to Android and iOS.

But gamers aren’t the only ones celebrating!

Nintendo shares shot up 21 percent in the 24 hours after the company said it was teaming with Tokyo-based mobile company DeNA to develop smartphone games. The result was Nintendo’s value on the Tokyo Stock Exchange rising to its best closing price since June 2011.

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Future versions of Windows could update like World of Warcraft

Future version of Windows could update like MMOs, will Apple follow suit? Photo: Neowin

Future versions of Windows could update like MMOs. Will Apple follow suit? Photo: Neowin

These days, Apple has one of the better cloud infrastructures in the world. Even so, the sheer demand for a new version of iOS or OS X on release day can bring Apple’s network to its knees. Apple’s servers simply can’t keep up with the demand.

But Microsoft might have found a better way. In the latest version of the Windows 10 operating system beta, there’s an option to download app and OS updates from multiple sources: not just Microsoft’s cloud servers, but all local network or PCs on the internet.

In other words? The future of updating operating systems might be a lot like updating World of Warcraft.

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Nintendo gives in: Mario, Zelda and more are coming to your smartphone

It's really happening.

It’s really happening. Photo: Nintendo

Nintendo has always been adamant it wouldn’t develop games for smartphones and tablets, but it has finally given in.

Mario, Zelda, Donkey Kong and other popular franchises could soon be coming to Android and iOS after the Japanese company confirmed it will be developing new titles for smart devices with the help of game developer DeNA.

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Use these wallpapers to spend less time on your iPhone

Playful design with a serious message. Photo: Molly McLeod

Playful design with a serious message. Photo: Molly McLeod

Designer, artist and feminist Molly McLeod has an iPhone problem. It’s one we probably all share: We spend too much time staring at it. Imagine how much worse it’s going to get when we replace our neurotic iPhone obsession with an Apple Watch.

McLeod created four delightfully playful designs that we could use to remind us (with a healthy dose of irony) to stop staring at our tiny screens for a moment.

“I find myself habitually looking at my phone when I’m commuting or idly waiting for something,” she writes on her website, “so I thought I would make my phone give me this gentle reminder. There are always other interesting things to look at if you look up!”

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Hide iOS QuickType bar and free up screen space

QuickType just might be cramping your style. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

QuickType just might be cramping your style. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Got an iPhone 6 or smaller? You might be feeling a little cramped for space on your screen due to iOS 8’s new word-prediction system.

That little gray bar that sits just above your iOS keyboard is called the QuickType bar, and it’s where all the auto-correct and typing suggestions appear when you’re sending an email, typing a note or iMessaging with someone. The suggestions are based on your past conversations, which lets QuickType take your writing style into account. It even keeps track of who you’re writing to, since your word choice is typically tied to your conversation partner.

If you want to hide it because you need more space on your screen, you can do so in any of three ways. You can also bring it back if you’ve inadvertently hidden it and don’t know where it went.

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