Recent Articles By Melissa Holt [RSS]
It's great to be able to invoke Siri from your iPhone's lock screen, but it sure isn't very secure. Leaving that feature on means that anyone who grabs your device can use it, too. With the iPhone 5s, though, you can configure Siri so that only you can access it when your phone is locked, thus keeping your data safe. Well, safer, anyway.
One of the most user-friendly new features in iOS 7 is swipe navigation, and it's available in a whole bunch of places. So if you think you don't like Safari's redesign, for example, this may make you change your mind. In this article, we'll talk about where and how you can use it.
Just picked up your sweet new iPhone 5s? Then you'll need to know how to add in your spouse's fingerprint or additional digits of your own for easy unlocking. In this tip, Melissa Holt will tell us how to add them, and she promises to avoid gushing over the 5s as much as possible. We’ll believe that when we see it.
Siri's got some new tricks up her…um, his…uh…its sleeve for iOS 7. Now you can search Twitter (using people's names or hashtags!), play iTunes Radio, and even say things like "turn on Private Browsing," and if Siri can't do it, it'll teach you how. In this tip, Melissa Holt will discuss her favorite new ways to harass Apple's voice assistant.
Folks with more than one email address, listen up—you can configure each of the accounts on your iOS device to play a different sound when new messages come in. With this, you'll know without looking whether an email was sent to your important, work-related address or just to that old Hotmail account you're still holding on to. Sound neat? Then come on in for Melissa's last iOS 6 tip!
If you send out lots of group emails (or if you'd like to learn how to in the first place!), then look no further than this Quick Tip. We'll cover how to use your Contacts groups to send messages and how to control what email addresses Mail picks when you do so. Why, when we're done, you'll be able to blast everyone you know with every silly email forward you can come up with.
Siri is helpful for all sorts of things—task scheduling, reminders, composing text messages, and so on—especially while you're on the go. One of our favorite things to use it for, however, is setting and editing alarms and timers, so that's what we'll cover in this article. We think you'll dig it, too.
Preview, your Mac's built-in application for viewing and annotating images and PDFs, is awesome, and it's especially great for those of us who don't need the power of a program like Photoshop. In this tip, we'll talk about selecting text and graphics in PDFs and manipulating them within Preview, and you'll get some little tricks to make your workflow easier.
If you read a lot of books on your iOS device, then here's a feature that you'll find useful. It lets you use more of your screen to turn to the next page, making one-handed reading a snap. In this tip, we'll cover how to turn it on (and how to access previous pages if you need to afterward).
Do you see "Birthdays" within Calendar and aren't sure where that comes from (or how you can edit events within it)? Then boy howdy, will you find this to be a useful tip. We'll cover how to edit birthdays, how to troubleshoot things if you can't seem to use the feature at all, and how to turn on notifications for those dates.