Ben Patterson

Ben has been writing about technology and consumer electronics for more than 20 years. A PCWorld contributor since 2014, Ben joined TechHive in 2019, where he covers smart speakers, soundbars, and other smart and home-theater devices.
How-To

4 smarter ways to search on your iPhone or iPad

If you're hunting for a specific mail message or looking for a name in a lengthy web page, skip Spotlight and try a specialized iOS search tool instead.
6 years ago
News

6 only-for-iPad gestures you need to know

Nope, you can't pinch your iPhone's display to get to the home screen, nor can you swipe directly through your open apps—but you can if you're an iPad user. Read on for six gotta-know, only-for-iPad gestures.
6 years ago
News

7 truly annoying iOS features, and how to make them stop

Nope, you're not the only one who's ever barked "stop it!" to your iPhone or iPad because it was being, well, a little too helpful. Luckily, you can tweak or turn off many of iOS's most nagging and intrusive features.
6 years ago
News

10 gotta-know calendar tips for iOS

Confused by Apple's sparse, ultra-simplified Calendar app for iOS? Read on for ten tips that'll help you get your bearings with the revamped iOS Calendar, as well as a few advanced pointers on setting default alert times, dealing with time-zone changes, adding a non-iCloud calendar, and more.
6 years ago
News

Make the most of Mail for iOS with these 8 powerful tips

Learn how to see more of your messages from Mail's inbox view, zip directly to your draft messages, manage mail recipients with your fingertip, get special alerts whenever (say) your boss sends you a mission-critical email, and more.
6 years ago
Feature

4 tricks every Gmail for iOS user should know

There's more to the recently revamped Gmail app than just checking your Gmail inbox. You can manage threads, respond to mail from Notification Center, set a vacation responder, and more.
7 years ago
How-To

4 tricks for Messages in iOS 8

You can forward any text messages you receive, shush an annoying group thread, and sync messages between devices.
7 years ago
How-To

9 typing tips every iPhone and iPad user should know

Oh, the joys of typing on a little touchscreen keyboard! From how to turn on “caps lock” to a simple shortcut to the exclamation mark, these tips will make it easier.
7 years ago