Google Chromebooks can now detect iOS devices and automatically import all images and video to Google+ thanks to the newly installed Google+ Photos app. While this makes it easier for iOS users to upload images and video to their Chromebooks, it is also annoying because sometimes you don't want your files to be automatically shared on social media sites.
Luckily you can disable this feature by locating the Google+ Photos app in the Apps tab located at the bottom of your Chromebook's display. You can then navigate to the Google+ Photos Settings by clicking the gear icon in the top hand right corner. Just remove the check next to "Automatically import photos when I plug in a camera or memory card," and this will stop your Chromebook from detecting your iOS device and trying to import your photos to Google+.
Even though the addition of the front-facing camera on most smartphones has eliminated the "selfie arm," there is another way to snap the perfect self portrait using your iPhone's headphones.
To take a picture using your headphones, just aim your phone and push the + button on the your Apple earbuds remote while the camera app is open. You can also use the play/pause button in the middle of the remote to start and stop recording video when in video mode. Of course your headphones will need to be plugged into your device for this trick to work.
iOS users with Siri-enabled devices can now access LyricFind's database of over 2,000 music publishers. Siri learned its new trick after Wolfram|Alpha teamed up LyricFind to add a new lyric query option to its search engine. The new service also allows Wolfram|Alpha users to create word clouds of popular terms used in a certain song. However, this feature does not seem to work on Siri at the moment.
iOS users can get the lyrics to almost any popular song by opening Siri and asking “What are the lyrics to (song title)". For some reason completing this task seems to take Siri longer than usual, and it will also refer you back to the web if it can't locate a title in LyricFind's library.
The Control Center makes it simple to toggle commonly used settings in iOS 7. But what if you're in a hands-free situation, and need help changing something in a hurry? Siri has your back. With the right voice command, Siri can change settings or enable specific features of iOS while you're driving or otherwise unable to use the screen.
For example, tell Siri to "turn on airplane mode" and voilà, the radios on your iPhone switch off. Other toggles such as "turn on Bluetooth" or "turn off Wi-Fi" will also immediately change these settings. If Siri is asked to turn something on that's already enabled, the personal assistant will let you know this is the case.
The list of commands recognized by Siri gets longer with every major iOS update. Many of the best features of Siri can easily be overlooked or forgotten. One thing Siri can assist with is checking up on new messages and email. This is especially helpful in a hands-free situation such as driving.
When it comes to email, simply activate Siri by holding the home button and say "read my email." New messages will appear and Siri will begin to read everything out loud. By everything, that means the date, sender, receiver and all text within the message body. While this can be tedious, it beats taking your eyes off the road.
One of the great new iOS 7 features on the iPhone 5s is burst mode. iPhone photographers can snap up to 10 frames per second if they're sporting the latest Apple hardware. Now there's a jailbreak tweak that brings some of this burst mode functionality to devices running iOS 6.1.2 or earlier.
BurstMode is a free tweak that adds some useful functions to the stock Camera app. Once installed, several settings provide options for how BurstMode behaves when taking a photo. Of course, the BurstMode tweak can be completely disabled thanks to a toggle. When enabled, holding down the shutter release button or volume button will snap continuous pictures.
Frequent Do Not Disturb users might be wondering how they can gain more control over the feature. Luckily for those running iOS 6.1.2 or earlier the DNDPro jailbreak tweak does the trick. Installing this free package will add two new options to the stock Do Not Disturb settings. These same items will also appear in their own location under Settings -> DND Pro.
DNDPro revolves around enabling Do Not Disturb mode while using specific apps. This means that notifications can be turned off automatically while an application is in use on the device. Closing the app will turn Do Not Disturb mode off again, resuming normal alerts and phone calls.
When it comes to quickly accessing iOS Settings, there are many options available on a jailbroken device. Toggles and other shortcuts can make burrowing through multiple Settings menus to change one item a thing of the past. MultiShortcut adds another free option for those looking to change settings in a flash.
Once installed, MultiShortcut adds 32 instant shortcuts right to the iOS home screen. How is this accomplished? Touch and hold the Settings icon and the list of shortcuts appears. Scroll to the desired item and select to instantly access this portion of Settings. There's also a Close button to dismiss the menu and skip entering Settings if needed.
Does your jailbroken iPhone have a long list of alarms set up in the Clock app? Sometimes things can get disorganized, with some alarms on and others off. Scrolling through this list is easy enough, but the AlarmControl tweak makes things even easier. All alarms can be toggled immediately with just one button at the top of the screen.
Once installed, AlarmControl will add this Toggle Alarms button to the Clock app, right next to the add new alarm (+) button. Tap the toggle once, and all alarms are off. Tap it again, and every alarm will be turned on, it's that simple. Imagine going on vacation and touching a single button to keep your iOS alarm clock silent for the entire trip.
Despite the high iOS 7 adoption rate, developers are still working on new and useful tweaks for those with older, jailbroken devices. With an iPhone 5 or earlier running iOS 6.1.2 there are many options available on Cydia. Many of these tweaks simulate iOS 7 features, and others such as MultiLS add new functionality to iOS.
Essentially, MultiLS adds a second lock screen to iOS. Incoming lock screen notifications are stored on a separate lock screen, hidden from view. Instead of popping up immediately, when a new message or alert arrives a slick glowing bar appears on the right side of the lock screen. The text in the slider bar also changes from "slide to unlock" to "slide to view".