Category: smartphones

How to Stop Your iPhone Camera From Recognizing Text Everywhere

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Back when it was first released, we called Live Text the best new feature in iOS 15, and it’s not hard to see why—the tool can recognize any text in any photo (or within the camera view) so you can copy and share it. But the more we use it, the more annoying we find it can be. When you’re in the camera view, for…

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How to Use Captions to Organize Your iPhone Photo Library

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Google Photos does a great job sorting through your photos using a text search, thanks to the tech giant’s prowess with image recognition, machine learning, and, er, search. Apple’s Photos app isn’t nearly as useful—but you can do a few things to fix that.

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How to Know When Your iPhone Could Be Recording You

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You’ve probably had the (legitimate) fear that your smartphone is listening or watching you. Your iPhone certainly isn’t without privacy risks, and you should absolutely audit your settings and all of your app permissions, but one helpful feature that Apple has built in is a visual warning when your device is queued…

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How to Lock Your Secrets in the Notes App (and Why You Should)

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Searching for data or photo lockers will lead you to many apps. Some of them are genuinely secure—others, less so—but given that you’re dealing with secure data (documents, photos, security codes, or bank details), you maybe don’t want to trust a third-party iPhone app that happens to have a thousand 5-star reviews.…

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How to Set Up Rain and Snow Alerts on Your iPhone

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Weather forecasts can be helpful for planning in advance, but knowing it’s about to rain right before it actually starts can save you the headache of getting literally caught in a storm. If you’ve updated to the latest version of iOS 15, you can now set up real-time precipitation notifications right in Apple’s…

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How to (Finally) Use SharePlay to Watch Videos Together on FaceTime

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Apple’s SharePlay was one of the features that didn’t make it to the final iOS 15 release. But now, with iOS 15.1, it’s out for all iPhone and iPad users (macOS Monterey will receive the update later in the Fall).

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10 of the Worst iPhone Annoyances (and How to Fix Them)

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Even though iOS works great for most people, it has a lot of minor, frustrating annoyances. With a little bit of effort, though, you can get rid of most of these issues and make your iPhone work for you. Here’s a list of 10 things that are likely to bother you, and how you can fix them.

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How to Fix the Express Transit Vulnerability on Your iPhone

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I love paying with my iPhone. I use Apple Pay at grocery stores, vending machines, and really anywhere else that’s compatible. However, if you use Apple Pay, too, be warned—a recently discovered security flaw could allow hackers to steal from right from your mobile wallet, particularly if you use public transit.

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How to Fix the iPhone 13's 'Unlock With Apple Watch' Bug

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So, you bought a brand new iPhone 13, 13 mini, 13 Pro, or 13 Pro Max. Congratulations! Are you enjoying the new and improved cameras? The 120 Hz pro displays? Or are you pissed because your $1,000 iPhone won’t unlock when you’re wearing a mask—even though your old iPhone did just fine? Let’s help you fix this “Unlock…

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How to Finally Organize Your Random iPhone Notes

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Tagging is a feature that can separate a basic notes app from a powerful one. And when it comes to note-taking apps, you used to have to choose a third-party option (often one that cost money) to take advantage of this helpful feature—but no more.

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