None more black: LG’s OLED displays show that nothing is really something

This post is brought to you by LG Electronics. When it comes to TVs, more is the new black. As the visual fidelity of film and television gets ever more refined, the visual subtleties and dynamics can be lost by TVs that aren’t able to produce a true black tone. It’s a benchmark of a […]

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How to hide your apps in iOS 9 without a jailbreak

Every once in a while, you might have an app or two that you really don’t want to show off. Whether it’s a racy game or two or dating apps you don’t want your children seeing when you hand them your phone to keep them occupied, being able to hide those apps from general view […]

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Pro Tip: Bring your Mac to life with a custom video screen saver

If you’re enamored of the beautiful aerial screen savers on your new Apple TV and want to do something similar on your Mac, you’re in luck. SaveHollywood is a screen saver module that will work on any Mac running OS X 10.8 or later, and it lets you play any movie you want when your […]

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How to Use Live Photos on iPhone 6s and 6s Plus

Apple’s latest flagship handsets, the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, are the first to include the ability to take Live Photos. A Live Photo is a combination of up to a three-second .mov file and a still .jpg file that is taken automatically when you press the shutter button in your iPhone 6s or 6s Plus camera app. It grabs up to 1.5 seconds of 960×720 video before and 1.5 seconds of video after you tap the shutter button.

The camera app on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus automatically starts recording the moment you open the app. Then, after you tap the shutter button, it saves only that 1.5 seconds beforehand and discards the rest.

That means, if you open your camera app and leave it open for a few minutes, your iPhone will be recording video the whole time. However, once you tap that shutter button, everything recorded prior to 1.5 seconds beforehand will be deleted.

To help you get the most of Live Photos, we’ve put together this guide for how to get the best Live Photos, and what to do with them afterward.

How to Take a Live Photo

Most iPhone 6s and 6s Plus devices have Live Photos on by default. However, there have been cases where the feature is off.

  1. Open the Camera app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap the Live Photos icon in the center-top of the screen between HDR and the timer. It looks like a set of concentric circles.
  3. You will know when Live Photos is on when the icon is highlighted in yellow.
  4. The word „Live“ will also appear at the top of the screen. This label will remain on until 1.5 seconds after you tap the shutter button. It signifies that the video recording is complete.

Your Live Photo is automatically stored in your Photos app, just like traditional photos are for non-iPhone 6s or 6s Plus users. However, when you use 3D Touch on the screen, they come to life.

How to Get the Best Live Photo Shot

Keep in mind when taking a Live Photo that the app is already recording beforehand. So, you don’t want to jerk your iPhone around right before taking a picture. Instead, make sure you have a steady hand just before your shot and don’t immediately put your device down right afterward, either. The camera will be recording for just a couple more seconds.

As of iOS 9.1, the iPhone’s software automatically senses if the phone is being raised or lowered during the 1.5 seconds of video before or after a Live Photo is taken, and omits any video taken during that time. The feature results in potentially shorter Live Photo videos, but keeps the final product looking good by not including blurry footage taken by an iPhone in motion.

Live Photos also record audio, so keep that in mind when trying to grab a candid shot of your friends having drinks. Their conversation will be heard in the Live Photo, and all but three seconds of it will be cut off.

Adding a Live Photo to the Lock Screen

You can set a Live Photo as your Lock Screen wallpaper, and use 3D Touch to activate it at any time. It works almost the same way that you would add a traditional wallpaper, but with a couple of added steps.

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone and select „Wallpaper“ from the list.
  2. Tap „All Photos“ to choose a Live Photo that you’ve created.
  3. Select the Live Photo you wish to use and select „Set as Lock Screen.“

When prompted, you can choose to set the image as a still, perspective, or Live Photo. Select Live Photo.

When prompted to set the image as your Lock Screen, Home Screen, or both, select Lock Screen. The animation of the Live Photo only works on the Lock Screen.

Sharing Live Photos

You can share your Live Photos with anyone running iOS 9 on their device, even if it’s not an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus. Live Photos are also supported in OS X El Capitan.

Sharing Live Photos is similar to sharing traditional ones. Tap on the Live Photo to select it and then tap the Share icon in the bottom left corner of the screen. Then select the method for sharing, such as Messages, AirDrop, etc.

Live Photos are not supported in non-Apple services like Twitter and Facebook. If you wish to share the JPEG part of the Live Photo, tap the „Live“ icon in the upper left corner of the picture to toggle it to the still image before sharing it.

How to View Live Photos on Older iPhones and iPads

As long as your iPhone or iPad is running iOS 9, you can view Live Photos. It works similarly to using 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus handsets, but instead of hard-pressing your screen, simply touch and hold the screen while the video plays. You must keep your finger on the screen for the duration of the video.

How to View Live Photos in El Capitan

Live Photos can only be viewed in Apple’s Photos app on Mac computers running El Capitan. So, if you receive a Live Photo through AirDrop or something, you must first import it to the Photos app on Mac to view it. The Live Photo will automatically play when you click on it.

Editing Live Photos

The short version is that you can’t. Even though the best part of the video may have taken place during the 1.5 seconds before or after you tapped the shutter, those video clips are off limits for editing.

You can edit the JPEG that was taken as part of the Live Photo in the Photos app, just like you can with traditional images. However, this will turn off the live portion of the photo entirely.

If you do decide to edit the JPEG of a Live Photo (add a filter, crop it, etc.) and decide you want the entire file back, tap the Edit button with the photo selected. Then, tap the Live Photo icon in the upper left corner. You will be prompted to revert the image to its original form.

How to Disable Live Photos

You probably don’t want to keep Live Photos on at all times, as the feature is a bit of a storage hog. It creates two files, one .jpg and one .mov. Each fills up a couple of megabytes of space, and even though the video portion is taken at a lower resolution than the still image, Live Photos still roughly doubles the file size for each photo. So, you should only have Live Photos on when you are intending to use it.

To disable Live Photos, simply tap on the icon (the one that looks like concentric circles) at the top-center of the screen. You’ll know when Live Photos is off because the icon will no longer be highlighted in yellow.

There are still some important things missing from Live Photos, like the ability to edit the full file or turn off audio recording. However, this is Apple’s first version of the feature, so keep an eye out for further updates. As customers provide feedback, Apple might add something you thought would be good to have.

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How to get gorgeous new Apple TV screensavers on your Mac

One of the coolest features of the new Apple TV is its absolutely stunning new screensavers, which fly you through some of the most gorgeous locations in the world. Apple hasn’t announced any plans to bring the screensavers over to the Mac yet, but they’re such a perfect fit that developer John Coates created a […]

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Inside iOS 9: Split-Screen Multitasking for the iPad

iOS 9 brings a long-awaited Split-Screen multitasking feature to the iPad for the first time, letting users operate two apps simultaneously and bolstering the productivity capabilities of Apple’s tablet lineup. There are three different multitasking features that are available on various iPad models: Slide Over, Split View, and Picture in Picture.

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Slide Over can be activated within any app by swiping left from the right side of the iPad to bring up a small side pane that displays a secondary app alongside the first app. Slide Over takes up 1/3 of the space, and any app that has built-in multitasking support will appear in the side pane. Swiping downwards on the Slide Over window from the top of the iPad screen will allow you to switch between apps.

Slide Over is not a full multitasking experience because both apps are not active at once. When the side pane is open, the app that’s taking up most of the screen is paused and relegated to the background. Slide Over can be used in portrait or landscape mode and is useful for answering a quick message or looking something up in Safari while using another app.

Pulling the Slide Over window further towards the middle of the screen in landscape mode on an iPad Air 2 or an iPad mini 4 will activate Split View. Split View displays two apps side-by-side, with each app taking up half of the screen. With Split View, both apps can be used at the same time and controlled independently, so you can do things like copy and paste content from one app to another while both are open on the screen.

Picture in Picture, the third multitasking feature, lets you watch videos or participate in FaceTime video calls while using other apps. When on a FaceTime call or when watching a movie, tapping on the Home button sends the video to a corner of the iPad’s display. From there, you’re able to use other apps while you watch the movie or carry on with the FaceTime conversation.

If you have an iPad Air 2 or an iPad mini 4, you can use all three of the different multi-tasking features. Both the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 have A8 or better processors and 2GB RAM to support full multitasking. The upcoming iPad Pro will also support all three multitasking features.

If you have an iPad Air, iPad mini 2, or iPad mini 3, you can use Slide Over and Picture in Picture, but you can’t use Split View because those older iPad models are not powerful enough to reliably support two apps at once. If you have an older iPad, like an iPad 2, an older Retina model, or an original iPad mini, none of the multitasking features will be available.

Apple’s built-in apps support the new multitasking features, but third-party developers need to build multitasking support into their apps. We’ll be seeing the first crop of iOS 9 apps with multitasking beginning today, but it may take some time for all apps to be updated with the APIs required to work with Slide Over, Picture in Picture, and Split View.

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