Monthly Archives: July 2014

How to enable automatic downloads for Newsstand subscriptions

As of iOS 7, Apple changed how automatic downloads for Newsstand are triggered. Instead of enabling automatic downloads in its own respective section of the Settings app, like other iTunes in the Cloud content is treated, Newsstand publications now have the option to take advantage of background app refresh.

How to enable background app refresh for Newsstand publications

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad running iOS 7 or higher.
  2. Tap on General.
  3. Tap on Background App Refresh.
  4. Find the name of the Newsstand publication that you’d like to automatically download new issues of.
  5. Turn background app refresh to On.

That’s all there is to it. Just enable background app refresh for publications you want to download automatically and leave it off for ones that you’d like to trigger yourself. It functions much the same as automatic downloads using iTunes in the Cloud, it’s just in a different area.

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Inhabitat’s Week in Green: translucent house shell, Prêt-à-Loger and a skyscraper made of waste

Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week’s most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us — it’s the Week in Green.

Self-driving cars are set to become a common sight on roads and highways around the world in the coming…

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How to use the Lock screen on iPhone or iPad: The ultimate guide

The Lock screen exists in between states, when your iPhone or iPad is no longer asleep, but is also not yet open and fully functional. It can protect your device from unauthorized access and actions by a simple slide-to-unlock gesture, by a 4 number pin-code, by a strong alpha-numeric password, or Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint identity scanner. Yet the Lock screen can be functional as well. If you want to, you can access Notification Center and Control Center, the Camera, and Siri. On the iPhone, you can even make emergency calls. Yes, the Lock screen can be secure or it can be convenient, it’s entirely up to you!

How to change the auto-lock time on your iPhone or iPad

The auto-lock feature on the iPhone and iPad lets you control how long you want the screen to stay on when the device isn’t being used. The shorter the amount of time you set it for, the faster the screen will go off due to inactivity. A shorter auto-lock time will make your iPhone or iPad prompt for a passcode faster, which results in better security. Not to mention battery life can improve since the screen isn’t on as often. Follow along and we’ll show you how to edit your auto-lock settings.

How to secure your iPhone or iPad Lock screen with a passcode, password, or Touch ID

Protecting your iPhone with a 4-digit passcode, long, strong alphanumeric password, and Touch ID, if available, makes it much, much more difficult for anyone to access your device and do things with it — like steal your data — without your permission. Passcodes provide enough protection for most people, most of the time. Long alphanumeric passwords provide stronger protection if you need it. Touch ID, if you have it, makes it quicker and faster to access your device without having to use the passcode or password.

How to quickly access your iPhone camera from the Lock screen

The iPhone’s iSight takes great photos under a wide range of conditions, but you still need to have it in your hands, ready to shoot, whenever the need arises. Sometimes that’s when you least expect it. Sometimes that’s when you see something spectacular or your child does something amazing. It’s not planned, it’s not posed, but it’s still incredibly important to you. That’s where quick camera access comes in. Apple knows you may need to get to the Camera app in a flash, and they’ve built in a great way to get right to it!

How to access and use Notification Center from the Lock screen on your iPhone or iPad

Notification Center collects and organizes all your alerts, all in one place, including on the Lock screen. Whether they’re in Notification Center proper, or a banner or a popup, whether they beep or buzz, Notification Center does all it can to make sure you get all the alerts you need. And if you prefer not to risk having anyone else access your notifications from the Lock screen, you can easily turn it off.

How to access and use Control Center from the Lock screen on iPhone or iPad

Control Center can be called up right from the Lock screen. Once activated, Control Center gives you instant control over radios like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and lets you toggle Airplane mode and orientation lock. There are also media controls for your audio and volume, brightness controls, and a way to quickly launch everything from the camera to the calculator. Of course, if you don’t want anyone accessing apps, toggling settings — or putting your device into Airplane mode! — from the Lock screen, you can easily disable Control Center.

How to access and use Siri on the Lock screen of your iPhone or iPad

Siri is Apple’s virtual, personal, digital assistant with a personality straight out of a Pixar film. With Siri, your iPhone or iPad can help you do all sorts of amazing things, from keeping in contact, to keeping on time, to keeping informed. And you can access all of it right from your Lock screen! If you don’t want anyone having access to Siri from your Lock screen, you can also turn that off.

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Get the D&D Basic Rules for free now!

A few days ago Wizards of the Coast made the D&D Basic Rules available as a free download in PDF format. For anyone who ever played Dungeons & Dragons in any of its incarnations, from Gary Gygax to TSR to now, from Greyhawk to Dragonlance to Forgotten Realms, to — well, you get the idea — the potential fun to be had is obvious. Best of all, you can download the straight into Apple’s iBooks app if you’d like, or any other PDF-friendly app you might have installed on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

The Basic Rules for Dungeons & Dragons is a PDF (over 100 pages, in fact) that covers the core of the game. It runs from levels 1 to 20 and covers the cleric, fighter, rogue, and wizard, presenting what we view as the essential subclass for each. It also provides the dwarf, elf, halfling, and human as race options; in addition, the rules contain 120 spells, 5 backgrounds, and character sheets.

How to add the D&D PDF to iBooks

If you want to keep your free copy of the Dungeons & Dragons basic rules safe, you can easily store it in iBooks.

  1. Go to Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Tap on the regular or print version of the PDF.
  3. Tap someone on the screen to show the Open In… controls.
  4. Tap on Open in iBooks.

If you’d rather use a different PDF app, just tap on Open In… and select the app from the list.

Give the D&D Basic Rules a look and let me know what you think of them!

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Weekends with Engadget: DARPA’s mad science projects, Google’s 3D-mapping tablet and more!

This week, we dove into the history of DARPA, explored the hand-drawn world of Cuphead, took an in-depth look at Google’s 3D-mapping tablet and interviewed two people who managed to cut ties with technology. Read on for Engadget’s news highlights…

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Murders, Tsunamis, Bus Singing: What’s Ruining Our Cities This Week

Murders, Tsunamis, Bus Singing: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

Why were so many people shot in Chicago last weekend? Does today’s earthquake in Japan mean another Fukushima meltdown? And why does Winnipeg want to fine people $100 for singing in public? These are the questions we address in this week’s edition of What’s Ruining Our Cities.

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13 of the Weirdest Computer Mice We’ve Ever Seen

13 of the Weirdest Computer Mice We've Ever Seen

Not too long ago, I asked you to help me dive into the world of unconventional, strange, and often horrible computer pointing devices . Some of them have very specialized purposes. Some of them are just dumb. Here are 13 of the weirdest.

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