“This image couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time as I have recently made the switch” – Insanity540
“This is from Gizmodo’s article, but I think a lot of people I know have iOS 7 now and would appreciate these tips”
Turn off parallax:
Have you noticed that since updating your background wallpaper seems to move behind your apps if you tilt your phone? that’s parallax. It’s nifty, but do you like it enough to warrant the extra juice it uses? Turn it off via Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion.
Turn off unneeded items (like bluetooth) quickly via Control Centre:
One of the big improvements from iOS 6 > 7 is the inclusion of the Control Centre (accessed by swiping up from the bottom of the screen). Here you can quickly turn Airplane mode, Wifi, Bluetooth, Do Not Disturb mode on and off as well as some other good things like screen brightness. Sure, Android users have had this forever… but now Apple has done it… better late then never. Also turn off AirDrop!
Turn off Location Services for apps that don’t need it
Sure some apps need location services (GPS) to function. Google Maps, Foursquare and Urbanspoon would be pretty useless without them – but does Facebook really need to fire up your GPS every time you use it? Change it via: Settings > Privacy > Location Services.
Turn off Background App updates
It’s a cool feature, but it also drains the battery. I personally like to tell my phone when to update apps so I can see when features are added. It might also access your cellular data; I prefer to let Wifi handle app updates (not certain if you can control that or not). Change via: Settings > iTunes & App Store (scroll down) > Updates under ‘Automatic Downloads’.
Turn off Background App Refresh
This is a personal preference call, how much multitasking do you want your phone to do? Personally there are only a few apps that I would like to be constantly up to date – but for the most part I would rather have them working only when I am using them. Change via: Settings > General > Background App Refresh.
Trim down your Push Notification list
Do you really really need to have so many push notifications? pick the ones you actually need and turn off the ones you don’t. Each item is something that has to be checked by your phone, which equals battery. Change via Settings > Notification Centre
Turn your email from Push to Fetch
Push notifications and tasks kill battery by forcing your phone to work. Fetch on the other hand switches it to checking on specific intervals. This might also help your sanity. Change via Settings > Mail, Contacts and Calender > Fetch New Data
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I see myself in this situation, especially having that tattoo. For once I feel Nokia actually stands out for something it’s good at: interrupting and looking relatively strong.
“Happens all the time” – Ben
Source: Loldwell comic
“Lol at Monster Cables, and ‘oh wow’ at the Chinese Workers” – Ben
Source: Joy of Tech
“I figured out how to do this ages ago, but someone mentioned it today and I explained how you do it. It’s a pretty handy trick and can be used for ANY custom words you want – not just swearing” – Ben
How to set it up:
Open up your Contacts on your iPhone.
Create a new contact
For the first name, put something like “swearing”
Under company, put as many colourful swear words as you like separated with a space – your iPhone will now accept those words once you hit save :)
**WARNING: Your iPhone might occasionally autocorrect TO swear words if you aren’t careful – so always read what you type!
“I recently taught myself how to ‘hard-encode’ subtitles into .mp4 and .m4v video files so I can watch them on my iPhone or iPad. I tested this out from some trial and error and found a pretty quick and simple method. Enjoy” – Ben
- A Mac (sorry windows people – I hear that VirtualDub is a good option).
- A video file in .mp4 or .m4v format (if not, I’ll how you how to convert them in Step 1)
- Handbreak for Mac – Download Link (needed if your video file is any other format than .mp4 or .m4v).
- Subler for Mac – Download Link or their official Page
- If your video file isn’t .mp4 or .m4v; Encode your video file to a mac-device friendly format (.mp4 or .m4v) using Handbreak. This is pretty simple, but you open up video file via ‘Source’, select your format type from the ‘presets menu’ on the right. If that menu isn’t there, go to your menubar and click Window > Presets Drawer. I prefer using the ‘High Profile’ option by default. This step will take some time depending on your machine and the size of the file being converted. For me an episode can take anywhere from 10-30 minutes. Pro-tip: if you are doing more than 1 file, say a whole season, use the ‘add to queue’ function and let Handbreak run overnight.
- If your video file is .mp4 or .m4v; open up the Subler app and do the following;
- Go to your menubar and click File > Open and find your video file. Subler will now look something like this;
- Click on the little + sign on the top-left of the Subler window (add content to video file) and find your subtitle file (.srt).
- It might launch a little window asking about subtitle file, just go with the default settings and click ‘Add’.
- Click on the ‘Export’ arrow (top-right) and it will place that ‘job’ into a queue.
- Click ‘Start’ and it will quickly add the subtitle file to your video.
- Enjoy your subtitled video on your iPhone / iPad
Note: During playback (whilst watching) you will have to manually turn on the subtitles. This is done by tapping the screen once to bring up the playback menu (play, next, etc)… there should be a ‘text / subtitle’ icon and you just turn it on.
“I’m a massive fan of The Oatmeals random commentary on things – I’ve only picked a few of them, there are more at their site” – Ben
Source: The Oatmeal Comic
“It’s a modern day / first world problem. We try to make sure we don’t play with our phones when we are out.” – Ben
Source: Loldwell comic