Sep 112014
 

According to Apple’s press conference, its brand new iOS 8 is going to be available for download on September 17th. Though iOS 8 looks much the same like iOS 7, Apple developers are already doing amazing things with iOS 8. What exactly is new with iOS 8? Update to iOS 8 or not? How to get device ready for new iOS 8 update? Maybe all these questions occur to you at once. Now, let see in details.

 

What’s New in iOS 8

There are plenty of outstanding new features added to iOS 8:

1.       HealthKit makes heath information in control

HealthKit is one of the new features that can gather all information from various health and fitness apps and devices. With HealthKit, you could even send health information to doctors at certain hospitals.

2.       Credit card scanning

In iOS 8’s web browser, you can utilize the camera to scan credit card numbers when making online purchases, so that you don’t need to manually entering your credit card number.

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3.       Stay in sync

When a user’s iOS device is near his Mac, Handoff allows users to start an activity on one device and pass it to the other. SMS and MMS messages that previously only appear on the user’s iPhone now can appear in messages on all iDevices.

4.       Family sharing

Six family members will be able to share app purchases across their devices. It also means you can share things like calendar, notes across devices.

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5.       Wi-Fi calling

iOS 8 has an option for Wi-Fi calling, which allows you to make calls for free over Wi-Fi when connected to a Wi-Fi network.

 

What to Do with Your iPhone, iPad, iPod before iOS 8 Update?

After seeing those highlights of iOS 8, you must be eager to upgrade your device to new iOS 8. Yet there are some tips you need to pay attention to before iOS 8 update.

1.       Make sure your device can run iOS 8

Apple has a habit of dropping support for the lowest supported device of the previous iOS. This time, there is no different. Apple announced that iOS 8 will be compatible with iphone 5s/5c/5/4s, iPad mini2/mini, iPad Air, iPad 4/3/2, iPod touch 5th generation.

2.  Clear storage space on your device.

Check to see if you have enough space available for iOS 8. If not, delete some unimportant data and unused apps to clear the space.

3.        Backup your device

Remember to backup your files in iDevice, like contacts, photos, messages, etc. This is of great importance, since iOS 8 update would cause data loss. If you forget to backup, you can use iPhone Data Recovery to recover lost data on your device.

When you can finally get access to the new iOS 8, you take the above-mentioned tips as reference to install and update your device to iOS 8.

Aug 012014
 

Where can I find my homegroup password? Can’t view homegroup password in Windows 8.1? A homegroup is a group of PCs on a home network that can share files and printers. Using a homegroup makes sharing easier. You can share pictures, music, videos, documents, and printers with other people in your homegroup.

You can help protect your homegroup with a password, which you view and change it anytime. Below we list 3 methods for you to find Windows 8.1 homegroup password. if you forgot your homegroup password, read please.

P.S.: Also be interested in how to find Windows 8 Homegroup password, click here for a further view.

Method 1: View Windows 8.1 Homegroup Password in File Explorer

Follow 3 easy steps to find Windows 8.1 homegroup password using file explorer.

  • Open File Explorer, click on Homegroup in the navigation pane.
  • Click on the HomeGroup tab on the ribbon, click on View password. Or, Right click on Homegroup in the navigation pane, click on View the HomeGroup password.

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  • You will now see the homegroup password that you can also print out if you want.

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Method 2: Find Windows 8.1 Homegroup Password Using PC Settings

You can also easily see Windows 8.1 homegroup password in PC settings.

  • Open PC settings and click on Network on the left side.

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  • Click on HomeGroup on the left side; scroll down on the right side to see the homegroup password under Password.

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Method 3: Find Windows 8.1 Homegroup Password Using HomeGroup Control Panel

Follow 3 easy steps below to view Windows 8.1 homegroup password in homegroup Control Panel.

  • Open Control Panel and click on HomeGroup icon. Then click on the View or print the homegroup password link.

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  • Now you can find the homegroup password and you can print it out if you like.

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To sum up, we have listed 3 methods for you to find homegroup password in Windows 8.1. If you suffer finding the password, just have a try.

Jul 012014
 

Top 8 Hidden Features for iOS 8 That You May Want to Know

In last article, we referred to 10 new features of iOS 8 that have been released in WWDC. But there are still some other important features being hidden. Here I list 8 hidden features of iOS 8 that you may be interested.

 

Receive/Make Phone Calls on iPad and Mac

Imagine that you leave your iPhone in the drawing room charging while you are enjoying iPad or Mac on your bed. And at this moment, your iPhone receives a call but you may miss it because of the long distance. iOS can solve this dilemma by enabling you to receive calls on iPhone from the Mac or iPad as long as your iPhone and your Mac, iPad are on the same Wi-Fi network. Similarly, you can of course make calls as well.

Check Battery Usage of Each app

Older iOS allows users to check the storage space of their iDevice, but the newest iOS 8 is said to calculate and check battery usage of each App. This feature enables you to check which App consumes battery most and decide which App to be closed.

Wi-Fi Calling

Actually, Wi-Fi calling is a feature supported by major carriers like T-Mobile. This feature allows you to access voice and messaging features over Wi-Fi. Apple adds this feature to iOS and paves the way improved calls.

Separate Focus and Exposure for the Camera

Many years ago, third-party camera app has supported to control focus and exposure separately. And now iOS also provides this built-in app. Good luck, iOS users! This function helps photographers take high-quality photos.

Braile Keyboards

The emergence of Braile keyboards is a piece of good news for blind people to use Smartphone, which will definitely influence life of many people.

Add DuckDuckGo Option in Safari

Google adds some search options in Safari of iOS 8, which include DuckDuckGo at this moment. But the principle that DuckDuckGo follows is sort of different from that of Google. It won’t chase after the location of users’ in order to release ads, which will be a feature that most users of iOS 8 applaude.

Tips App

I’m sure that many Apple fans have seen the leaked screenshots and found that there is a Tips App icon on the home screen of iOS 8. It turns out to be true although the detailed operation of this function hasn’t been released. But it seems that Tips App will offer some tips about iOS usage to users.

Travel Time Notice

If you are an Android user, you must be very familiar to this function. Now iOS 8 also adds the function of travel time notice to its list. Although the detailed arrangement of this function is unknown right now, it is said that Apple may integrate it into the Notifications Center or Siri. Whatever, it will still bring convenience for iOS users.

Top 8 features of iOS 8 that hasn’t been announced have been listed here. Do you find anything interesting among these 8 hidden iOS 8 features?

Jun 092014
 

Recently, I have upgraded my notebook from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1, the latest version of Windows Operating System. But what makes me annoyed is that some keyboard shortcuts in Windows 7 fail to suit Windows 8.1 anymore. I spend a lot of time to search the new keyboard shortcuts in Windows 8.1. I’m sure that I am not the only one who has the confusion, so I’d like to share you new Windows 8.1 keyboard shortcuts here.

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Win + D: show and hide the desktop.

Win + E: launch File Explorer both from the Desktop and Start screen.

Win + L: lock Window 8.1 PC and takes you to the Lock screen.

Win + X: launch a hidden menu (also named WinX menu or the power user’s Start Menu)    with many useful shortcuts.

Ctrl + Shift + Esc: open Task Manager.

Win + F1: launch the Windows Help and Support documentation provided by Microsoft.

Win + C: bring out the Charms bar, where you can navigate with the arrow keys on your keyboard.

Win + I: display the Settings charm, which you can use to access Control Panel, Personalization options, the System information section and the Windows Help and Support module etc.

Win + Tab: switch between apps and the desktop.

Alt + Tab: switch between all apps, including desktop apps.

Alt + F4: completely shut down a Windows Store app and bring you to the desktop. If you are on the Desktop, it will display the old Shutdown dialog box.

Windows key: if you are on the Desktop when pressing it, it will bring you to the Start screen; press again, go back to the Desktop. If you press it when you are in a Windows 8.1 app, it takes you to the Start screen and pressing again bring you back to the app.

Escape: when you are on the Start screen, you can go back to the Desktop by pressing Esc key. But if you are on the Desktop, this shortcut makes nonsense.

End: when on the Start Screen, pressing End key will take you to the last or left-most Tile or Icon of the bottom-most row.

Win + Spacebar: choose a keyboard language and pick a different keyboard layout.

Here I list 15 new keyboard shortcuts in Windows 8.1 that you may use often. Knowing these shortcuts enables you increase productivity.

Jun 032014
 

Apple unveiled its latest operating system iOS 8 today at its annual WWDC event. According to Apple, iOS 8 is the biggest release since the launch of the App store, giving users new features, simpler and faster user experience. Here let’s go through the top 10 new features in iOS 8.

p.s.: Carelessly lost the data on iOS devices after upgrading to iOS 8? Don’t worry. Use iPhone Data Recovery to recover iOS 8 lost data.

More Interactive Notifications

Compared with the operating system before, iOS 8 is more actionable. You can deal with notifications for text messages, emails, reminders and Facebook without need to open their Apps. You can keep focusing on the task you are working on.

New Messages App

Apple have developed the messages app in iOS 8 and add many new functions, such as sharing map and locations with messages, supporting voice messages and videos apart from pictures and text.

Health App

The new health app in iOS 8 gathers information that users choose from various health apps and fitness devices. It can provide health data for you. At present, a new tool, HealthKit, is available for users. It is a piece of software which manages wearable devices. What’s important, it can be used as a health management platform and connect to hospitals.

Keyboards

Apple also introduces predictive typing in iOS 8. Apple’ Quick Type will suggest words and phrases on the basis of who the recipient is and which app users are typing in. in addition, iOS 8 supports third-party keyboards, such as Android and Swype.

Family Sharing

Family Sharing allows users to communicate and share photos, calendars and purchases with family members from the same household (as many as 6 persons). Family members can browse and download each other’s iTunes, iBooks and App Store purchases. For example, if a member of a family purchased music, films or other apps, other family members can use them with their own Apple ID.

Handoff

In iOS 8, users who are using iOS and Mac devices can switch between them perfectly through Handoff. iPhone owners can answer phone calls on the Mac and iPad as well as send SMS messages from Mac and iPad. They are allowed to write an email on one device and continue on another.

New Safari and Mail Apps

Safari browser now provides Tab view on iPad. And what’s more, users can check their bookmarks, reading list and shared links in a new Sidebar. The Mail App supports gestures for labeling or marking emails as read. And it can recognize a reservation, flight confirmation or phone number in an email.

iCloud Drive

Via iCloud Drive, users can store, access and edit documents of any type across devices. And if users edit on one device, then the latest version of the document will be available across all devices, including iOS devices, Macs, Windows PCs and icloud.com.

Improved Spotlight

Spotlight in iOS 8 is no longer limited to local search. It enables users to search for Apps, news, music and films etc. on the Internet. It can also detect context and location to improve the accuracy of search results.

New Photo App

The new photo app in iOS 8 enables users to browse pictures easily and quickly. Besides, the Photo app can automatically straighten horizons and allows users to adjust light and color of photos.

That is a quick preview of the top 10 new iOS 8 features.

May 272014
 

Cellular Data is used for data communication in cellular networks. When your iPhone is not connected with a Wi-Fi network, any app that needs data will use the cellular data network. Once exceeding the limit of the data plan, the cost will be extremely high. Therefore, learning to manage Cellular Data Usage on iPhone is quite necessary. Here I share you some tricks about how to manage your Cellular Data Usage on iPhone.

 

Manage Individual Apps on your iPhone

Individual apps are important parts which will consume a great proportion of Cellular Data, so you should find out how much Cellular Data has been used by these individual Apps and to see which App can be disabled.

Pop into Settings from the home screen and tap Mobile (named Cellular on some devices).

Scroll down to Mobile Data Usage. Here you can see how much data you’ve used.

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Scroll down further on the mobile screen and you will find a list of installed Apps on your iPhone. You can decide which one should be disabled here.

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Automatic Downloads

Another major part that will cost your Cellular Data is iTunes, which will automatically download books, music, Apps etc. You can follow the steps below to turn off these automatic downloads:

Pop into Settings and then tap iTunes & App Store.

Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and turn off the option to Use Mobile Data.

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System Service

iPhone will also use mobile data for some necessary services such as weather, time, location syncing, mapping services etc. To see how much data your iPhone uses for these services, scroll down further beyond the list of Apps and tap on System Service. For these services, you can only disable mobile data altogether to prevent your iPhone from using mobile data. It actually makes no sense to do so. But you can be aware of how much data your system services have used so that you can control Cellular Data Usage on iphone appropriately.

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Now, all parts that will consume Cellular Data on your iPhone have been covered. You can check them from time to time and manage the Cellular Data Usage better. For more iPhone tips, click here.

May 082014
 

Apple introduced iOS 7 in last September with improvements to its old OS. At the same time, some older features have been changed or moved. Recently, I heard some users complained that the new iOS 7 doesn’t have Spotlight. In fact, the Spotlight isn’t gone; it just improved. Below I will show you where the Spotlight search is in iOS 7 and how to use it to find apps, contacts, music and more.

Where to Spotlight search is in iOS 7?

With iOS 6 and older, you had to press the Home button twice, or swipe several times to the far left to find Spotlight search. Now in iOS 7, Spotlight search is accessible from any application page on your home screen, as opposed to just the one page in previous iOS versions.All you have to do is to swipe down on any page of your home screen to reveal the search bar.

 

How to Use Spotlight Search in iOS 7 to Find Apps, Contacts, Music, and More?

From search place, you can use Spotlight as you did before and type in whatever app, contact, or document you’re trying to find. And you can decide which options you want to appear during your searches to avoid something such as deleted messages to appear in the Spotlight search.

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Now you must have a clear idea about open Spotlight search in iOS 7 to find apps, contacts, music, etc. For more iOS 7 tips, click here.

Apr 222014
 

Computer crashes randomly on startup or while working on it? And now you have to restart your computer and lose most or all of the work you’d been trying to accomplish. Windows crashes issue is really painful and the reason caused the crashes aren’t just due to the operating system. Here we list the top 10 reasons that will cause Windows crashes.

1. Hardware conflict

Hardware conflicting is a leading reason caused Windows crashes. Each hardware device communicates internally or externally with other devices. Sometimes Windows receives conflicting information from different pieces of hardware, this will cause Windows crashes. The best way to fix this problem is to remove the problem device and reinstall it.

  • To check, if your computer has hardware conflict is through the following route:
  • Go to Start –> Settings –> Control Panel –> System –> Device Manager.
  • If a device has a problem, a yellow ‘!’ appears next to its description in the Device Manager.
  • Highlight Computer (in the Device Manager) and press Properties to see the IRQ numbers used by your computer.
  • If the IRQ number appears twice, two devices may be using it.

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2. Bad Memory or Motherboard

Many crashes, particularly those that result in a Blue Screen Of Death (BSOD), occur because of a memory or motherboard issue. You can use a built-in motherboard diagnostic tool to test your memory.

3. BIOS settings

Every motherboard is supplied with a range of chipset settings that are decided in the factory. If these settings are not properly set, there are chances that PCs won’t boot up properly.

4. Hard Drive Problems

A hard drive failure is a leading cause of boot issues. If your computer mysteriously loses its ability to find the boot drive, but BIOS is properly configured, a hard drive issue is the culprit.

5. Corrupt Registry

A corrupt registry can cause a computer to crash or may prevent it from booting properly. You can use a quality registry fix software Windows Boot Genius to fix this problem easily.

6. Incorrect or Corrupt Drivers

Drivers tell hardware what to do. If they aren’t working properly they can cause crashes, including BSODs, even if the hardware is perfect condition.

7. Viruses

A virus or Trojan can cause serious harm to a PC. Some viruses erase the boot sector of a hard drive, making it impossible to start. The best you can do is downloading a trusted antivirus and start scanning.

8. Software

Most software errors will not cause Windows to crash. Faulty or badly-installed software can also cause the Windows 7 crash. Incompatible software also cause of this problem.

To troubleshoot this issue, uninstall this software. Use registry to remove obsolete entries and enter Safe Mode to restore your computer to previous restore point.

9. Overheating

Computer components are sensitive to heat. Too much can cause permanent damage, so hardware will shut itself down before that point is reached. A crash error can result.

10. Power supply problems

In some cases a persistent crash issue, particularly a random reboot or a BSOD caused by hardware you’ve verified to be working properly, is the result of a power issue.

If it is due to the faulty power supply, the only solution is to replace the power supply. If it is due to the power in your home or apartment, diagnose this by moving the PC to another room to see if the crashes suddenly stop.

 

Now you have a clear idea about why Windows crashes, and for how to fix Windows crashes, click here.