You use your smartphone a lot, we’re sure of that, but you’re probably just touring round the same apps and the same settings day after day. Are you aware of everything your pocketable mobile device is capable of? Here are 11 features you might have missed that should come in useful somewhere down the line.
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It happens to the best of us. You’re going about your day, tapping through your smartphone while navigating around your little slice of the world. Before you know it, you realise that you’ve accidentally done something on your device you didn’t mean to do. So lets take a look at how to undo that big delete button.
WhatsApp just got a neat new security feature on iOS. With version 2.19.20, iPhone and iPad users can now lock the app using their devices’ biometric locks — Touch ID on iPhone 5-8 and Face ID on the many models of iPhone X. Adding the lock requires you to re-authenticate yourself every time you open the app, even if your iPhone never locked.
It’s a really nice feature if you’re the kind of person who lends people your phone, or has nosy friends and relatives who want to see your private conversations, or swipe through your photo library uninvited.
Have you ever picked a song on your phone using Spotify and found yourself looking at a 5-10 second looping video? That’s a “Canvas,” a new type of complimentary content Spotify added last year, similar to Genius’ “Behind the Lyrics” annotations. They’re currently attached to new songs from artists like Ariana Grande, Logic, and Demi Lovato. If you listen to any of Spotify’s top playlists, you’ve probably already seen them.
Apple has, once again, found itself stuck with an eye-rolling iOS bug that puts your data security and privacy at risk. And, no, this isn’t the usual “someone found a way to bypass whatever authentication method you use” deal that tends to pop up around iOS releases. This one’s a big one: a bug with FaceTime that allows another person to eavesdrop on your device.
Clive Palmer's attempt at a technology-inspired political comeback has taken another turn for the worse. After the widely panned SMS campaign that bombarded inboxes, it now turns out the mobile game Palmer commissioned and released last year can not only mine data but there's rules against him doing so. It's an object lesson about why clicking 'OK' without paying attention isn't very smart.
I’m always appreciative when a calendar app makes it a little easier to schedule events. And in a number of apps, you’ll find that the developer has assumed you’re going to be planning meetings, get-togethers, and other fun hangouts on the hour — or if not, at some time that either ends in a “5" or a “0”.
There’s nothing wrong with your smartphone’s alarms. As long as they wake you up in the morning, they’ve accomplished their primary task, and you should commend them for not forcing you to resort to more extreme measures to get out of bed.
iOS: There are plenty of apps you can use to check the weather in the morning, including whatever tools are already baked into your smartphone by default. If you’re on an iPhone, I recommend looking at A Weather Way, a cute little app that lets you see the effects of the weather on your typical daily routines.
This week, Instagram rolled out a new feature that allows you to post an image across multiple accounts, or even post an image on more than one account at the same time. Though that sounds like a niche feature created to help power users, there are plenty of people who juggle multiple Instagram feeds: Users who keep public and private feeds, side accounts for their pets, and other photography side projects.
And yes, in the age of influencer culture, the number of people who use Instagram for both business and pleasure is only rising.
iOS: There are so many task management apps out there that picking the perfect one for you is a task in itself—one you’ll likely want to track on a to-do list or, honestly, a huge spreadsheet. However, if you’re the one always stuck buying the groceries in your household, a brand-new feature you’ll find in Any.do’s app might bump it up to the top of your (app) shopping list.
This privacy-themed mobile browser gives you considerable control over the data your browsing sessions share with the websites you visit. Best of all, most of its anti-tracking features are enabled by default.