Pro Tip: Max out your iPhone battery life with this extreme trick

My iPhone 6 Plus is a battery hog. I routinely get around 12 hours off of one full charge. I carry around external battery packs to make sure I’m not short when it matters. I’d do pretty much anything to increase the amount of battery I have left at the end of the day, including […]

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How to get your Apple Watch to leave you alone

If you’ve spent any time with an Apple Watch lately, you might have noticed that it notifies you quite a bit. There’s the ubiquitous Stand Up commands, notifications from Messages, Calendar, and the like, and then all the third-party apps…Read more ›

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How to Set Up and Manage Notifications on Apple Watch [iOS Blog]

One of the Apple Watch’s most important features is the ability to keep you connected to your notifications without needing to have your iPhone in your hand or even in your pocket all of the time. I often miss important text messages because my iPhone is too far away from me to hear my alerts.

But with Apple Watch, all of your notifications are at your fingertips, as if someone is next to you, tapping you on the wrist whenever you get an alert. We’ve got a tutorial for you today that will explain how to set up and manage notifications so that you get the alerts you want and aren’t distracted by the ones you don’t want.

Set Up Notifications

Notifications on Apple Watch are actually mirrored from your iPhone by default, so any app you have notifications enabled for on your iPhone will also appear on your Apple Watch. To make sure you don’t miss any notifications, you can turn on a Notification Indicator that will display a red dot on your watch face if you have unread notifications.

  1. Enable compatible apps on your iPhone via Notification Center that you want to receive alerts for. It is likely these apps are already enabled on your iPhone, but it is a good idea to check on them.
  2. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  3. Tap the My Watch tab.
  4. Select Notifications from the menu list.
  5. Toggle Notification Indicator to the On position.
  6. You can also set your notifications to private so that it requires you to tap the screen in order to see it.

Customize Notifications

Some Apple apps, like Calendar, Mail, and Messages are customizable with a few additional features. Be sure that the notification you wish to customize is already enabled on your iPhone first.

  1. Open the Apple Watch App on your iPhone
  2. Tap Notifications
  3. Select the app you wish to customize
  4. Change „Mirror my iPhone“ to „Custom“ to see your options, like sound, haptics, and repeat options.

Third-party apps do not have customization options, offering only a toggle to turn on or off the mirroring of notifications from your iPhone for a given app.

View and Respond to Live Notifications

Viewing a notification is as simple as raising your arm. To respond to it, scroll to the bottom of the notification and tap the button to perform the action.

You can also dismiss a notification by swiping down on it or scrolling to the bottom of it and tapping Dismiss.

View and Respond to Unread Notifications

When you receive a notification on Apple Watch that you do not view right away, as long as you have the Notification Indicator turned on you will see a red dot at the top of your watch face, so you can access the notifications at any time.

  1. Navigate to the watch face, and then swipe down from the top of the screen.
  2. Rotate the Digital Crown or swipe up and down to scroll through unread notifications.
  3. Tap a notification to respond to it.
  4. Clear a notification by swiping to the left on it and then pressing clear. Use a hard „Force Press“ on a notification to bring up an option to clear all notifications.

Silence Notifications

If you are in a meeting, going to the movies, or would like to otherwise be undisturbed for a short period of time, you can do so two ways.

Silent Mode

  1. Navigate to the watch face, and then swipe up.
  2. Swipe to the Settings glance.
  3. Tap Silent Mode
  4. You will still feel a tap when a notification arrives.

Do Not Disturb

  1. Navigate to the watch face, and then swipe up.
  2. Swipe to the Settings glance.
  3. Tap Do Not Disturb.
  4. Both sound and vibrations will be turned off.

By managing and customizing your Apple Watch notifications, you will be able to ensure that you stay connected to the things you want while avoiding distractions from unnecessary alerts. Plus, for those times when you just need to disconnect, you can silence your notifications temporarily.

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Turn off iOS 8 notifications for uninterrupted gaming

I’ve been playing Vainglory quite a bit lately, and the one thing that really distracts me and (when on my iPad 3) actually impacts my gameplay: notifications. They can make the game stutter, which wreaks havok on my ability to…Read more ›

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OS X Yosemite Public Beta 2 is now available

Apple has released the second public beta of OS X Yosemite to participants in its first ever open beta program for the desktop operating system that opened up last month. The public release follows the sixth OS X Yosemite beta…Read more ›

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Here Are Another Five Great Tips And Tricks For OS X Mavericks Beta [Feature]

We’re still finding some great new features and tricks in OS X Mavericks beta, and while it’s not a huge overhaul like the more populare iOS 7 update, Mavericks has plenty of great things going on under the hood. And some of it even on top of the hood. Here are five more interesting tips […]

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Here Are Five New Hidden OS X Mavericks Secrets For Your Mac [Feature]

OS X Mavericks (named after a surfing hot spot in California) was announced recently, and it contains a ton of new features for Mac users to pore over and learn anew. While not as incredible an overhaul as the concurrent update to iOS 7, Mavericks still contains some fairly helpful features and additions to make it worth some poking around, even in the beta.

Speaking of the beta, remember that any of the stuff we talk about below may only exist in the beta, or in some other form, so enjoy playing around with these things, but don’t worry when things are different when Mavericks releases for real in the Fall.

That said, let’s take a look at five new, hidden, and above all, interesting, features of the latest beta for OS X: Mavericks.

First, You’ll Need To Install Java

If you need to use Java for any reason on your Mac, and you install OS X Mavericks beta on it, you’ll be sad when you try and run that Java-reliant bit of software.

For me, it was setting up the Minecraft server for my kid after I installed the beta last night to take a look at things. When I went to run it in Terminal, I got an error, saying there was no Java installed. So, even though I’d had Java installed in Mac OS X Mountain Lion, the Mavericks install seems to have taken Java off my Mac. No worries; it was kind of an easy fix.

Open up your Terminal app, and type java -version into the window. You’ll see the arrow, and then get a dialogue box that will send you to the Java download web page if you click the More Info… button. Do that, and you’ll get a download page. Scroll down and find the Mac OS X version of Java, and download the dmg file.

Once it’s downloaded, double click on the package file after opening the disk image (.dmg), and enter your admin password to install Java. Once the install is complete, check to see if Java is now enabled on your Mac with the same command as above: java -version. If you’ve installed it correctly, you’ll see the version you downloaded.

Now you can run your Java stuff without a hitch. My son is pretty happy he can run around our Minecraft server now with his little buddies, building and crafting to his heart’s content.

Use Enhanced Dictation And Keep Your Speech Data Private

Speech to text is the next new thing, with all devices we use, including our Macs, having the ability to listen to our speech and type what we say for us. What usually makes this magic possible are network-connected processing data centers, that take your speech and convert it to text, all somewhere other than your iPhone device, say. But what if you want to keep what you say to your devices private?

In the new version of OS X, Mavericks beta, there’s a new option to do just that. It’s called Enhanced Dictation, and here’s how to enable it.

Launch System Preferences in OS X Mavericks beta and click on the Dictation & Speech icon. Once in the preference pane, turn Dictation On with a click. You’ll see the following warning:

If you have the space on your hard drive, and a decent enough WiFi connection, you can click the Use Enhanced Dictation checkbox and download a 785 MB file that will contain the processing that typically gets sent off to Apple data centers. Now you’re not relying on Apple to keep what you say to your Mac secret.

Unfortunately, there’s still no way to do this on iOS, as the devices are smaller, space-wise, and have less processing power than a full sized Mac laptop or desktop computer.

Via: Wally David

Show Notifications Is Now Do Not Disturb

When you click on the Notification Center icon in the upper right corner of your Mac’s screen, you’ll see the familiar gray linen background from OS X Mountain Lion. If you’re looking for a toggle switch to Show Alerts and Banners, though, you’ll miss it until you scroll up with your mouse or trackpad.

When you scroll up in OS X Mavericks beta, however, you’ll see Do Not Disturb, a feature that’s been on the iPhone since iOS 6. Clicking the Do Not Disturb toggle on your Mac will get rid of any lingering notifications that may have been sitting there, and will keep you from getting notifications on your Mac until the following day, assumedly at midnight.

You may also notice that there’s no Facebook button up at the top of the Notification Center, as there is in OS X Mountain Lion. In the Mavericks beta, there’s a button to open your Messages app, instead.

Access Special Characters In Any App

Many apps have had access to special characters before, like iChat and Messages. You’d simply click the little smiley face, for example, and get all the fun emoticons Apple has provided.

If you wanted to type a special character in a text document, though, you’d have to remember that Option-8 is a text bullet, and Option-K is the degrees symbol, and Option-2 gives you the Trademark symbol.

Now, though, in OS X Mavericks beta, you can see visually what special characters are available to you across all applications. Here’s how.

When you’re typing in any application that can accept text, simply hit Command-Option-T (or ⌘-⌥-T) to bring up an extensive palette of special characters, including emoticons, emoji, and text widgets. Use the button bar along the bottom to choose the special character set you want, or use the clock icon in the far left to access recently used characters. It’s a lot like the emoji keyboard in iOS, only in any app on OS X Mavericks beta.

Slick, right?

Pro tip: If you click and drag the little pop up special character window, it will tear off from where you were entering text, and become its own window, letting you move it around on the screen.

Via: Tips & Tricks In Mavericks

Move Dashboard Around In Mission Control, Like Any Other Space

Prior to OS X Mavericks beta, the Dashboard, loaded with useful widgets of all stripe, used to be limited to two states: disabled, or locked to the top left side of the Mission Control screen.

Now, however, with the advent of OS X Mavericks beta, that’s no longer the case. The Dashboard is now treated the same as any other Space when enabled. Here’s how to get it enabled, and then how to move it around.7

First up, you’ll need to activate Mission Control, either with the keyboard key defined in System Preferences, or with the Dock icon. If you see Dashboard to the left of all the other Spaces across the top, it’s enabled. If not, head to System Preferences, click on the Mission Control preferences icon, and click on the Show Dashboard as a Space checkbox. Then you can activate Mission Control.

To move Dashboard around, simply click and drag on the little rectangular Dashboard space at the top left, and drag it to the right, letting go of the mouse button when you’ve moved it to where you want it to go. Now the Dashboard space can be anywhere in the rotation you like it. Sweet!

To move it back, or disable Dashboard, simply do the same steps in reverse.

Via: Tips and Tricks in Mavericks

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