10 Photography Tips every iPhone User Must Know

No doubt the iPhone is the trendiest looking fashion accessory that you can pick. Using an iPhone has become just as much of a style statement as a need for those who buy it. There are several phones that may compete with an iPhone in terms of utilities but in terms of making a statement, there is nothing really like a shiny new iPhone put inside a fancy cover.

iPhone camera

However, one thing that has been consistent with the very first iPhone has been that Apple has produced fantastic cameras on their iPhones. There is no shame in admitting that the iPhone cameras are without a doubt the easiest to operate as well as the best in terms of quality when it comes to just about every smartphone apart from the likes of Lumia 1020 which are phone-cum-cameras.

The iPhone camera app is really simple and there is not an awful lot that you can do with it, but given the strong developer support, there are several third party camera apps that help you click the perfect picture. However, despite all of this, there are several basic things you must keep in mind when clicking a photo using an iPhone. So, here is a selected set of ten tips and tricks that any and every iPhone user, who uses the camera often must know about:

iOS 8 allows you to buy a song playing on iTunes Radio right from the Control Center

As the beta version of iOS 8 undergoes the microscope of the developers, new ever features are being discovered every single day. This is interesting as we get something new to look forth everyday to the fall when the final consumer version of the iOS 8 will be made available for free. You will be able to enjoy iOS 8 on devices including and upwards from the iPhone 4s and iPad 2.


When Apple brought Beats, there were rumours that it was because Apple wanted to use the streaming service offered by them in taking the iTunes Radio forward. However, looks like the two will remain a separate entity at leafs for now. The biggest clue that Apple will persevere with iTunes radio is in iOS 8 where if you are playing a song on iTunes Radio and open the Control Center, you can purchase the song by simply clicking the buy button that will now appear.

iTunes Radio is Apple’s proprietary music streaming service that allows you to listen to music of your choice and go ahead and buy it on iTunes store. This move to integrate a buy button within the Control Center is in line with the quick action route that Apple seems to be taking in order to make purchases faster and easier for its users. You can simply search and purchase a song using the Spotlight search too, and this option only reiterates the stand that Apple wants you to purchase music without any hassle.

How to Turn Blinkfeed off on the HTC One (M8)

HTC M8 is perhaps the best designed smartphone of 2014 taking cues from the immensely well appreciated HTC M7. For HTC’s sake, we hope that this appreciation would also convert into sales numbers would would help the company come out of its mini slump that engulfs it currently. However, the M8 is not all about beautiful hardware, it also has some really nifty features when it comes to the software side.

M8 Blinkfeed off

The HTC Sense 6 is definitely an improvement on the Sense 5 and perhaps one of the very few OEM designed skins that are worth trading for Vanilla Android. One of the features on the Sense UI that received major changes is Blinkfeed. The news aggregator section automatically is se as the first screen on your springboard. While Blinkfeed is without any doubt more comprehensive than ever, it may not appeal to those who just want to get to their device and get the job done.

With Sense 6, it is now possible to turn Blinkfeed off. To do this, all you need to do is follow the steps below:

Step 1: Go into Settings app of the device.

Step 2: In settings, you must look under personal, and click on personalize.

Step 3: When you are inside personalize, under homescreen, you will find ‘Manage home screen pages’. Click that.

Step 4: You will be greeted with all te home screen places side by side, simply go to Blinkfeed page and click on remove.

Once you do that, Blinkfeed will automatically be gone. That’s it, you are done and your phone will directly unlock to your desktop and not Blinkfeed.

MSGAutoSave allows you to Automatically Save Images and Videos Received on iMessage

One of the best things about iMessage is that you can use it to send and transfer videos and images using the service without it compressing the images to a point where they are nearly impossible to use. Hence, it may take a while to send images across using iMessage but given the high res quality that you receive, it is usually worth the time and wait.


However, these images, unlike Whatsapp are not saved in your system by default. Instead you have to long press on the image and then only does it save to the photo gallery. However, if you receive images often which are important from your friends and family and would like to save them up instantly without any intervention than MSGAutoSave is the perfect Cydia Tweak for you.

Obviously, you must be on a jailbroken iPhone to be able to use this tweak and download it from the Cydia Store. The tweak is available from insanelyi repo for absolute free. All you need to do is fire up Cydia and search for the tweak by its name and install it. You will be prompted to restart the springboard on your device and once you do that, go ahead and test out in the iMessage window of a friend, you will see that the photos will automatically be saved into the photo gallery as long as you have given permission for the app to access the gallery. You can obviously, enable or disable the tweak in the settings section of the tweak as well as add in a prompt message which will alert you whenever a photo is being saved, but that kind of kills the whole purpose doesn’t it?

Via: Addictive Tips

How to Turn your Chrome Browser into a Notepad?

We all like to take notes constantly. Yet, most of us prefer to have a stand alone Note taking application to help us take notes and maybe sync across different devices. Several free apps like Notepad for Windows or Simplenote are available for Mac. You could also use something like Evernote for a more feature packed writing and sync it with your mobile device via cloud. But what if, that is not what you are looking for and just want to quickly scribble something temporarily and get rid of it when done. It could be anything, maybe in a boring lecture to look busy for the sake of it, we have all done it!

Notes on Chrome

To help you with this, you can simply turn the browser window on your Chrome browser into a note taking application. To convert the tab into a note taking background with light background, you need to paste the following code into the tab without the quote marks obviously.

Paste this in the URL Window and press enter:


You can go on and type away to glory once you have done this. However, what if you like writing with dark backgrounds. This is especially handy for night time scribbling as you do not want the glare of the screen to kill your eyes. To convert to a dark background Note pad simply go ahead and paste the following URL in the new tab on your browser:


That is it, it is as easy as that to convert your Chrome browser into a note taking app.

How to Hide your Caller ID when Making a call from your iPhone 5s?

Are you conscious that when you make a call somebody is not responding appropriately or not taking your call because they know its you who is calling thanks to caller ID on all the mobile phones today? If you have an iPhone then you can actually do something about it and turn the caller ID off. This means that whenever you make a call to somebody, their phones will say ‘Unknown Calling’ or anything but your number based on the carrier settings.

Caller ID iPhone

We would like to make clear that this procedure is subjected to go through based on your carrier, for example some of the carriers in India have bared this feature from working, in that case, there is nothing your iPhone can also do. However, to turn Caller ID off, just follow the steps below:

Step 1: Go into Settings of your device from the home page.

Step 2: Once you are in settings, you need to go to Phone option that is living within the list.

Step 3: In that list, click on Show my Caller ID and turn the corresponding toggle off.

As you can see, our option was blocked out by our carrier, so if you have a carrier that supports this, this option will not be locked and you will be able to immediately turn it off and enjoy hours of calling out without someone second guessing who it is.

How to do Reverse Search Using Image in Google?

How many times it has happened with you that you have found an image on the web and would like to know where the image came from or would like to know more about the image or simply find similar images. Recently while looking at some images of a historical event, I wanted to get more of the same, similar and related images. However, there was no straightforward way of doing it until I came across Reverse Search image. Did you know, you could simply search for information that may be related to a particular image directly from Google? This will give you the source of the image as well as the context it has been used on several websites.

Reverse Search Google

To do this, all you need to do is reach for the image you want to perform reverse search on an image, select it and click on S with Right click from your mouse. We got this to work just on Chrome and within the Google Image section on a Windows PC. It was rather strange that it did not work on a Mac and kept on popping up the right click menu.

However, to find a work around this, we did use an extension on Chrome which can be downloaded from here. Once you have this extension enabled, all you need to do is go to any image and right click it and from there select the option of ‘Search Google with this Image’. This will perform a reverse search for you and give you the results in a new tab not hampering your current session.

How to Play Legendary Snake Game on your Android Phone

For most of us, last month was one of mixed emotions. The reason for that being Nokia was no more Nokia. The mobile division of Nokia was renamed to Microsoft Mobile and while it marked beginning of a new journey, it was also a sad to see something most of us grew up with disappearing into oblivion. Nokia has always stood for stellar quality of phones that were always designed uniquely. Some f those designs, even if replicated today will be a super hit. Nokia indeed was the one that connected people and brought them together.

Snake 1102

One feature that everyone must have used on Nokia phones is the legendary game of Snakes. i still remember playing the game on my Nokia 1110 and it felt like the best thing ever. Obviously, mobile gaming has moved to another level since then and we have intense graphics today as compared to bare few pixels in the days gone by. But, if you are feeling a bit nostalgic and would like to go back to the good old days of playing Snake, you can do that on your Android phone.

Snake 1102 replicates the age old experience where you have to move your snake around to feed it and help it grow. The game runs in a B&W like environment and you have to use direction keys on the numpad within the application to give you the exact feel. The game requires you to be on Android version 2.3 and above and definitely deserves a spot on your Android mobile phone. Needless to say, the app is available for free.

Download Snake 1102 for Android here

How to Turn any HTC One M8 into a Harman Kardon Edition

HTC recently announced the HTC M8 Harman Kardon edition for Sprint in the USA. The device from the outside looks just like any other M8 and you could be forgiven if you asked what was the big deal until you played some music on the phone. After a failed experiment with Beats Audio, HTC has turned to Harman Kardon to appeal to the music centric community. HTC has teamed with the Harman Kardon folks to tailor the equalizer on the device which affects the sound output both from the Boomsound speakers and the Headphones. At the end of the day it is just another software tweak.

Harman Kardon

As a result it is possible to port this to your HTC M8 which may not be from Sprint after all. All you need to have is a rooted HTC One M8 and some inner strength to go ahead and flash things. You can easily turn your normal HTC One M8 to a sweet music sounding device by flashing a zip file which has the equaliser in built. You can find the ROM and instructions by heading to the XDA page here.

It is advised that you are on an S-OFF HTC One for the mod to work. Also, it is better if you flash this zip on top of a stock variant of the HTC M8 as it is known to give issues when used on custom ROMs including the GPE ports. Once you have installed the .zip file, you will be able to find the option to turn Harman Kardon equalizer on in the Settings of the device.


How to Correct the ‘Cannot Connect to Camera’ Error on Android

If you are a judicious Android user, there is no way you have been spared of the dreaded, ‘Cannot Connect to Camera’ error cropping up. Imagine, taking your Android phone out to capture a moment on your device and instead of the viewfinder, you are greeted by the aforementioned error message. Not just would this drive you nuts, but also handicap you in that moment worth capturing.

Cannot connect camera

So, if you have caught this bug on your phone, these are the possible solutions you can look up to:

1) Quit the app and re launch: It is always a good idea, to turn the application down, close it from the multitasking screen and run the Camera app again. 7 times of out of 10, this will work in your favor.

2) Turn off any other app that is using camera: Apps such as Hangouts, Skype are notorious for causing wakelocks with the camera of your device. If any of these apps are running on your smartphone, make sure you turn them off and start the camera app again. To see if the app is not being used by any other app go to Settings and from there Battery and in apps running and check if mm-qcamera-daemon is running. Exit it and launch the app.

3) Force Stop and Clear Cache of the Camera App: Another helpful way is to clear the cache of the camera app by going into the settings of your device and finding installed apps.

4) Restart your phone: A solution as old as human dynasty itself, restart your device and if luck would have it, things would be great again.

5) Install a third party camera app: Chances are a third party application like Google’s dedicated camera app could help you make things better. There are other options available too from Google Play.

6) Clear