How to use Handoff with your iPhone and iPad

Christopher Breen Senior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

Chris has covered technology and media since the latter days of the Reagan Administration. In addition to his journalistic endeavors, he's a professional musician in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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This week’s video is all about Handoff and how it works on devices running iOS 8.

Suppose that I’m working in Notes on my iPhone and after typing for a bit I realize that I’m going to need to do a lot more typing than I anticipated. Much as I love my iPhone, its keyboard is cramped. So I’d like to finish the note on a more appropriate device like my iPad, which has a larger keyboard. Well, if the two devices are on the same Wi-Fi network, I can.

All I have to do is leave Notes open on my iPhone and pick up my iPad. When I press its Home button I see a small icon of the Notes app in the bottom left corner. I swipe up on it, enter my passcode, and Notes launches. There’s the note I started. I then continue typing on the iPad.

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Rockin' the living room: Beats Music arrives on Apple TV

Christopher Breen Senior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

Chris has covered technology and media since the latter days of the Reagan Administration. In addition to his journalistic endeavors, he's a professional musician in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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If you have the latest Apple TV and have configured it to accept updates automatically, you’ve seen a couple of new channels on its home screen. The one I want to talk about today is Beats Music.

Beats Music is a $10 a month streaming music service recently acquired by Apple that grants subscribers access to millions of tracks. I think it’s great—and a terrific addition to Apple TV. Let’s take a look around.

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How to downgrade your iPhone or iPad from iOS 8 to iOS 7

Christopher Breen Senior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

Chris has covered technology and media since the latter days of the Reagan Administration. In addition to his journalistic endeavors, he's a professional musician in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Update: The technique outlined here for reverting to iOS 7 no longer works as Apple has stopped signing versions of iOS prior to iOS 8.

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As you’re more than aware, iOS 8 is out and it’s packed with a lot of great features. But suppose you’ve updated from iOS 7 to the latest version of iOS and aren’t entirely pleased with it. Perhaps you have an older iPad or iPhone and find it runs more slowly, or your favorite apps don’t behave well with it.

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Enable OS X's Enhanced Dictation for on-the-fly transcription

Dan Frakes Senior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

Dan writes about OS X, iOS, utilities, cool apps, and troubleshooting. He also covers hardware; mobile, audio, and AV gear; input devices; and accessories. He's been writing about tech since 1994, and he's also published software, worked in IT, and worked as a policy analyst. You can find him on the web at danfrakes.com.
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OS X’s built-in dictation feature works pretty well, but with a simple setting change, you can enable on-the-fly dictation, even when offline. In this week’s video, we show you how.

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An underused feature of OS X is dictation. Instead of typing all your text, you can speak to your Mac and have it transcribe your words into the current document.

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Four tips to soup up Safari on iOS

Dan Moren Senior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

Dan has been writing about all things Apple since 2006, when he first started contributing to the MacUser blog. Since then he's covered most of the company's major product releases and reviewed every major revision of iOS. In his "copious" free time, he's usually grinding away on a novel or two.
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If mobile browsing stats are any indication, iOS users spend way more time on the Web than their Android counterparts. Given how much we rely on Safari, though, there are a surprising number of features that you might not have heard of.

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This is Macworld senior editor Dan Moren. Safari’s probably one of the most used apps on your iPad or iPhone, but there are a handful of little features that you might not have stumbled across. Here are just a few that can help you browse more powerfully and efficiently.

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Learn these four oft-overlooked iOS 7 tips

Christopher Breen Senior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

Chris has covered technology and media since the latter days of the Reagan Administration. In addition to his journalistic endeavors, he's a professional musician in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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iOS 8 is going to be coming out in a few weeks and with it will come some cool new features. But before we get there it’s worth your while to take a look at some existing iOS 7 features that you may not be using, but should.

Do the splits. The first is the split keyboard on an iPad. If you’re a thumb-typer from back in the day, this one is for you. Just pull up the iPad’s keyboard, place two fingers in the middle, and stretch them out to the left and right. You can now thumb type while holding the iPad. With the keyboard in its normal position, typing while holding an iPad is more difficult.

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Macworld Video: Master the Weather app

Serenity Caldwell Associate Editor, Macworld

Serenity has been writing and talking and tinkering with Apple products since she was old enough to double-click. In her spare time, she sketches, writes, acts, sings, and wears an assortment of hats.
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Whether the weather be hot, whether the weather be cold, Apple’s weather app is here for you, whether you’re young or old. Yes, for today’s Macworld video, we’re going to talk a little bit about an old default: The weather app.

Apple’s Weather app is fairly easy to navigate and use; opening it presents you with a list of your favorite locations, along with quick glances at their time zone and current weather. Tap a location to view it in more detail.

Inside this expanded screen, you can get more information on your 24 hour and seven-day forecast. You can also see the current humidity, wind speed and direction, chance of rain, and feels like temperature by tapping the current temperature.

You can swipe left or right to see other locations, or pinch the screen to return to your weather overview.

If you prefer Celsius to Fahrenheit, scroll to the bottom of the screen; there you can swap temperature readings. You can also add new locations to the weather screen from here.

Of course, you don’t even need to be in the Weather app to take advantage of its data: You can just chat with Siri. Hey, Siri, do I need a coat tonight?

Thanks! You can also ask Siri about the weather for any day in the seven day forecast, or add the name of a city to get weather details for other places in the world.

For Macworld, I’m Serenity Caldwell, and thanks for watching.

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