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The 6 Best Third-Party Keyboards Available Right Now for iOS 8

Yesterday 12:39 PM — With over a million downloads in less than 24 hours, SwiftKey's third-party keyboard for iOS 8 is now the most popular application in the iOS App Store—and for good reason. So many people have been waiting to ditch their stock QuickType keyboard to use swipe gestures, themes, and have an overall better experience typing on an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. Now that iOS 8 ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Downgrade an iPhone to iOS 7.1.2 from iOS 8

Yesterday 4:02 PM — There are a lot of great new features in iOS 8, but not everyone is enjoying them. Some of you may just genuinely prefer iOS 7 over iOS 8, and some of you may be experiencing lag on older devices like the iPhone 4S, however minimal it may be. Whatever the reason, if you don't ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Clean "Uncleanable" Scorched Spots from Pots & Pans

Yesterday 2:37 PM — You're in the middle of cooking and a car alarm, cute kitten, or neighborhood brawl made you step away from the stove for a few minutes longer that you should have. It happens to almost every home cook. Most of the time, nothing dramatic happens, but every now and then, you en ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Set Chromecast Background Images as Your Android's Wallpaper

Yesterday 11:30 AM — Google's Chromecast streaming device is a marvel of functionality and form. Even with powerful features such as screen mirroring and collaborative party playlists, it's the device's idle screen that first catches the eyes of most folks. Breathtaking photos of nature and citys ...more

Samsung Galaxy S5 » How-To
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How to Track Your iPhone 6 Shipping Status

Yesterday 9:55 AM — Unless you're waiting in line for your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, it's a sure bet that you'll be sitting by at home for your new device to get delivered today. Preorders were record breaking for this year's iPhones, but there's a good chance you won't be getting yours deliver ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Food Hacks Explains: What Makes or Breaks a Perfect Pie Crust (& Why)

Yesterday 8:19 AM — Making a good pie crust can seem intimidating to the uninitiated, but once you master this skill, a whole world opens up to you. Not only can you make all manner of fruit, custard, and cream-filled pies once you know all the tricks, you can branch out into the world of quiches, savory pies, and flaky, crispy turnovers, too. We've already told you how to get perfect, fir ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Don't Buy the BS: iOS 8 Works Just Fine on iPhone 4S

Thu 7:31 PM — Shortly after the official release of iOS 8, news outlets like BGR, Gizmodo, and Huffington Post were instructing iPhone 4S users to refrain from updating (which were practically regurgitations of an Ars Technica piece). I'm not here to sway you in one direction or the other, ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » Inspiration
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How to Snapchat Directly from Your Photos App on iOS 8

Thu 6:22 PM — Thanks to Apple's new extensibility features in iOS 8, developers are now able to create extensions for their apps that let you perform actions in notifications, widgets, and in stock Apple apps without having to open up the specific app itself. Check out: The Coolest 33 Feat ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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The Ultimate S Pen Customization Tool for Your Galaxy Note 3

Thu 5:33 PM — When it comes to dictating what happens when the Galaxy Note 3's S Pen is detached, the stock settings that Samsung provides are severely lacking. There are only two measly options: launching Samsung's own Action Memo app, or displaying the Air Command menu. If you want to la ...more

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 » How-To
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How to Recover Your Missing iPhone Photos & Videos in iOS 8

Thu 3:25 PM — After updating to iOS 8, some of you have probably noticed that a lot of your pictures and videos are missing from the Photos app. Even if you were to restore your iPad or iPhone to your last backup, they would still be missing. But don't worry, that's just because albums work ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Horizon: The Solution to Crappy Vertical Videos on Android

Thu 2:22 PM — If you hold your phone upright while taking a video, you've surely seen the horrific end results. When you try to play the video back on any other display, roughly 70 percent of the scree ...more

Nexus 5 » How-To
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Customize Android's Volume Panel (No Root Required)

Thu 9:30 AM — Your phone's volume panel is one part of the user interface that usually goes unnoticed to themers and developers. With themes capable of changing the look and feel of the fingerprint sca ...more

Samsung Galaxy S5 » How-To
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Why You Shouldn't Install iCloud Drive on iOS 8

Wed 1:16 PM — Don't hit that button yet! I know that everyone is eager to update to iOS 8 as soon as humanly possible, but when it comes to enabling iCloud Drive, you need to wait. All the hype with t ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » Inspiration
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12 Food Hacks for Perfect French Toast, Every Time

Thu 12:45 PM — French toast is one of those things that everybody kind of knows how to make, but few people know how to do really well. And while the dish originally does hail from France (its original name, pain perdu, means lost or wasted bread), it has become a beloved American breakfast ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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6 Cheap & Easy Ways to Clean Your Garbage Disposal

Thu 10:48 AM — With all the kitchen sink debris that goes down the drain, it should be no surprise that your garbage disposal sometimes gets a little smelly and needs some extra cleaning. Using common household items from your kitchen or medicine cabinet, you can easily clean your garbage di ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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How to Passcode Lock Your Photos & Messages Apps in iOS 8

Thu 2:10 AM — I hate to break it to you, but you're probably here because you were trolled. Thanks to a Photoshopped image making rounds across Twitter, Apple fans were tricked into believing that iOS 8 allowed them to lock individual apps, accessible only through a passcode or fingerprint ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Add Widgets to Your iPhone's Notification Center in iOS 8

Wed 5:53 PM — While they're not exactly what you would expect if you know anything about Android, Apple has finally introduced widgets for their iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touch devices running iOS 8. You Gotta See: The Coolest 33 Features in iOS 8 You Didn't Know About Showing up-to-date i ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Add an Emergency Medical Card to Your iOS 8 Lock Screen

Wed 4:30 PM — In case you get hurt in a car accident, take a nasty tumble, fall down a cliff, or get struck by lightning (okay, those last two are a little extreme), it's always good to carry up-to-date information about your health, in case you can't speak for yourself. A physical medical ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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The Ultimate Guide to Freeing Up Space on Your iPhone in iOS 7

Wed 10:25 AM — Running out of storage space on your iPhone is annoying, but trying to free some up is downright aggravating. Until they figure out a way to throw a terabyte of flash memory in there, you're going to have to do some spring cleaning every now and then, especially if you're tryi ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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14 iOS 8 Privacy Settings Everyone Needs to Understand (And Probably Change Right Now)

Wed 12:00 PM — Keeping data private is vital in the days of smartphones and the free-floating information they carry. Justin wrote a guide on many of the deeply hidden and sometimes concerning privacy settings in iOS 7. Now we're back to cover some of the new (and old) privacy settings in iOS 8 that you need to address right now. Don't Miss: The 33 Best Hidden Features of iOS 8 Don't ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Silence Notifications for Specific Message Threads in iOS 8

Wed 10:07 AM — As hilarious and fun as group messages can be on your iPad or iPhone, they can also be equally annoying. You may not necessarily want to leave a group message thread, but you don't want t ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Search Your iPhone Photos by Date or Location in iOS 8

Wed 8:11 AM — Skimming through the hundreds of photos you may have on your iPhone for that one selfie of you and your friends in Los Angeles can be a tedious task, especially if you were inebriated and ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Hidden Zoom Features in iOS 8 Makes Reading Small iPhone Text Easier for Everyone

Wed 3:18 AM — Apple took great strides to enhance Accessibility features on iOS 7 for low-vision users, adding button shapes, dark colors, bold keyboard text, and more. With iOS 8, Apple looks to conti ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Everything You Need to Know About iOS 8 for Your iPad, iPhone, & iPod Touch

Wed 9:22 AM — Now that you've updated your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch to iOS 8, there's a lot of cool new things to explore. If you felt a little overwhelmed from all of the detailed information available in our Coolest Hidden Features of iOS 8 post, then I've got a simple breakdown of all ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Update Your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch to iOS 8

Wed 7:42 AM — iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch owners: it's that time again. iOS 8 has been released to the public, and those who have been eager to update since Apple's WWDC announcement won't have to wait any longer. Since iOS 8 promises to pack a bunch of new, really great features, it's tim ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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The Coolest 33 Features in iOS 8 You Didn't Know About

Wed 3:30 AM — Apple's newest mobile operating system, iOS 8, is out for the general public, and we've got a rundown on the best new features you can use on your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. While there's not a huge visual change as there was from iOS 6 to iOS 7, there's still plenty of cool new features in iOS 8 to be excited about. Don't Miss: 13 iOS 8 Privacy Settings Everyone Ne ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Send Audio, Picture, & Video Messages Faster on Your iPhone in iOS 8

Wed 3:10 AM — Texting just got a whole lot better for your iPhone. In iOS 8, you can send an in-the-moment picture or video without exiting the conversation you're in, and you can also send voice messages! Plus, they'll self-destruct, similar to Snapchat. Video: . Audio Recordings Text mes ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Leave a Group Chat on Your iPhone (Finally!)

Wed 3:03 AM — Group messages make for some hilarious conversations with your friends, and are also a great way to update multiple people without sending individual text messages. But as awesome as they can be, they can also be as equally annoying. We've all been there; you either get preoc ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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iOS 8's New Camera Lets You Set Timers & Control Exposure

Wed 3:02 AM — Among the additions that Apple's included in iOS 8 for iPhones are a couple of new features to the Camera app, including a timer and manual control of the exposure setting. Hit up the vid ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Email & Text Multiple Photos Faster in iOS 8

Wed 2:55 AM — As it is right now, you can only send 5 images by email at the same time from your Camera Roll in iOS 7. There are some workarounds to increase that number, but a new feature in iOS 8 is ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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This Secret iOS 8 Feature Gives You Quicker Access to Apps Based on Your Location

Wed 2:37 AM — Location-based app shortcuts in iOS 8 work at places like Starbucks, the Apple Store, as well as train stations, banks, hospitals, grocery stores, and more. When you're in the vicinity of ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Add, Remove, & Reorder Share Options on Your iPhone (iOS 8)

Wed 2:51 AM — The "share sheet" is the small window that pops up whenever you tap the share icon on your iPhone, and in iOS 7, the options listed are limited. No Instagram. No Dropbox. No Pinterest. Besides email, messages, and iCloud, the only third-party options to choose from are Faceboo ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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The Good & Bad About iOS 8's New Swipe Gestures in Mail for iPhone

Wed 2:27 AM — Staying on the move while managing email is a priority for many of us, from parents to students to business professionals. Seems that Apple had this in mind when improving the stock Mail application in iOS 8, which now includes swipe gestures that make marking messages as read ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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The 5 Best Hidden Safari Features in iOS 8 for Your iPhone

Wed 2:10 AM — Apple's new iOS 8 has a ton of new features, and so does their revamped Safari app, only some of the features aren't quite as obvious as others. In this guide, I'll show you my 5 favorite Safari secrets in iOS 8 for your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. Video: . You Can Access Rec ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Hey, Siri: How to Activate Siri in iOS 8 Without Lifting a Finger

Wed 2:06 AM — It seems that Apple is taking a page from Google's book with their new "Hey, Siri" voice activation feature in iOS 8. This feature mimics the one found in Google Now, the voice-activated intelligent personal assistant available to just about all Android users. Apple's version ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Set Up TouchPal & Other Third-Party Keyboards on Your iPhone in iOS 8

Wed 1:58 AM — Rather than just use the stock Apple keyboard on your iPad or iPhone, iOS 8 now lets you use keyboards from TouchPal, Fleksy, SwiftKey, Swype, and more. I'll be showing you how to set up a third-party keyboard on the iOS 8 beta builds, as well as giving you a firsthand look a ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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iOS 8 Lets You Add Rich Text & Photos (Even GIFs) To Notes on Your iPhone

Wed 1:41 AM — Quickly jotting down grocery lists, recommended books, phone numbers, and addresses, among other things, has been a pretty straightforward process on an iPad or iPhone. Through the Notes app, you can enter information and have it seamlessly synced across all of your iOS device ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Download All 15 Wallpapers from iOS 8 Right Now

Wed 1:55 AM — Patience is a virtue that many of us do not possess, which is exactly why we've previously shown you how to acquire the initial wallpapers for Mac OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 beta. Now, than ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Get to Know iOS 8's New Photo Editing Tools

Wed 1:53 AM — The new Camera app in iOS 8 has a few really great features, but some of the best photo-centric features were packed into the iPhone's photo editing tools. These new editing features can ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Edit Multiple Message Threads on Your iPhone at the Same Time

Wed 1:30 AM — As it is right now in iOS 7, there is no quick way to delete all of your message threads in the Messages app at the same time. They can only be deleted one by one. If you followed our gui ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Reply to Texts, Trash Emails, Snooze Reminders, & More with Interactive Notifications in iOS 8

Wed 1:31 AM — Notification banners and alerts aren't new to iOS, but the ability to expand and interact with them is. Apple's new iOS 8 has ushered in some small, yet convenient features to the banner and alert notifications that make them truly interactive. The new additions, as you will s ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Hide Your Home Screen Apps in iOS 8 for Less Wallpaper Clutter

Wed 1:28 AM — In addition to all of the cool features in iOS 8 (which you can get right now), Apple also add some beautiful new wallpapers. With detailed landscapes and colorful flowers, you might not ever want a custom wallpaper on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. Regardless of what wallp ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to View Battery Usage Stats for Individual Apps on Your iPhone (iOS 8)

Wed 1:22 AM — If rapid battery drain is something that's been an issue for you in the past, Apple is now making it easier to monitor what might be the problem. In the new iOS 8, you can now check battery usage for every app on your device. Video: . To check how much battery your apps use up ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Recover Deleted Photos & Videos from Your iPhone or iPad in iOS 8

Wed 1:19 AM — What happens when you accidentally delete a photo or video from your iPad or iPhone? How do you get it back? If your iOS device is jailbroken, you can use a free command line program like PhotoRec to recover the media. If it's not jailbroken, there are some third-party softwa ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Double-Tap Your Home Button to Access Recent Contacts Faster in iOS 8

Wed 1:21 AM — Accessing your recent contacts just became a hell of a lot quicker with iOS 8. In addition to accessing recent apps, double-pressing your Home button now shows off recent contacts at the ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Apple's New “Tips” App Wants to Make Your Transition to iOS 8 as Smooth as Possible

Wed 1:11 AM — If you thought iOS 7 was a drastic change from previous iterations, iOS 8 will certainly continue to rock the boat. From a revamped Control Center to enhanced "Continuity" to ephemeral me ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Minimize Email Drafts into Tabs on Your iPhone or iPad for Faster Access Later

Wed 12:59 AM — Apple's iOS 8 brings a few new features to the Mail app, including some speedy swipe gestures to flag, delete, and mark emails as read or unread. Another really cool thing they did was a ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Remove Recent Contacts from the iPhone's App Switcher in iOS 8

Wed 1:09 AM — Apple introduced recent contacts for the app switcher (aka multitasking menu) in iOS 8, useful for quickly calling and texting your most-contacted friends and family. Just tap on one of t ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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11 Hidden Features in iOS 8's New Messages App for iPhone & iPad

Wed 12:58 AM — Safari has some cool new features in iOS 8, but the app that seems to have gotten the biggest update so far is Messages. A lot of the new Messages features were discussed during Apple's developers conference, but we found many others and picked out our favorite hidden ones below. #1. Quick Self-Destructing Audio, Images, & Video It's now an extremely quick process to ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Siri & Shazam Team Up to Help You Identify Songs Quicker on Your iPhone in iOS 8

Wed 12:29 AM — Using Shazam has quite literally spared me hours of searching the internet for the name of a song I briefly heard for a few seconds. At WWDC, it was announced that iOS 8 now has Shazam te ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To