How to use the Clock app for iOS as a sleep timer

You can use the Timer function of the Clock app for iOS as a sleep timer. Go to Clock app and tap on the Timer tab. Setup the “hours” and “min” and tap “When Timer Ends”. Scroll all the way to the bottom and select “Stop Playing”.

How to use the Clock app for iOS as a sleep timer

You have now setup a sleep timer for any app. Play the Music, YouTube, movies or run any game/app, and it will be stopped when the timer ends.

Travel back to the original Mac with Cloudpaint

Travel back to the original Mac with Cloudpaint

Cloudpaint is literally MacPaint in the cloud. Created by Martin Braun, the site presents you with a monochrome bitmap editor emulating as faithful as possible the MacPaint interface as in the original Macintosh. Try it out and you might be astonished at how the team at Apple can achieve so much in a 128k computer almost three decades ago. 

Use the Airplane Mode to reduce embarrassment

Airplane Mode is a quick tap on the Settings app to disable wireless features of your iDevices to comply with airline regulations. When you switch it on, iOS will disable cellular, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS functions.

Use the Airplane Mode to reduce embarrassment

When you accidentally text to the wrong person or are sending wrong message, immediately put your phone on Airplane Mode. If it is not too late, the message will appear as failed to deliver, and you can then delete the unsent message. 

How to move existing iWork documents from your Mac to iCloud

Storing your iWork – Pages, Keynote, or Numbers – documents on iCloud is convenient as it allows you to work on the same documents on your Mac, iPhone, iPad or via iCloud.com in your browser. Documents are readily available where ever you are or with whatever device you have.

If you have older iWork files that are stored locally on your Mac, you can move them easily using the File Open dialog window.

Launch Pages on your Mac. You must be running the latest version or a version new enough that support iCloud. Select from the menu File > Open for the File Open window. Click on the “iCloud” button at left-top corner of the window to display the iCloud folder.

How to move existing iWork documents from your Mac to iCloud

To move your existing Pages documents in your Mac to iCloud, simply drag-and-drop the files from Finder to the File Open window. Repeat the same for Keynote and Numbers.

iCloud folder is application specific, thus you can only drag-and-drop Pages documents into the File Open window of Pages app. Likewise for Numbers and Keynote.

There is a piedpiper.com

 There is a piedpiper.com

Making it more real than ever, there is now a piedpiper.com website, completes with the “technology” behind the startup and bio description of its “founders”. Well this is all for HBO’s latest “Silicon Valley” series, a show by Mike Judge (Office Space) about startups in the valley. And the latest news is HBO has just renewed the show for second season in 2015. 

How to disable autoplay for video ads on Facebook

Facebook announced in March that it is launching video ads that will automatically play on your News Feed. These autoplay video ads are slated to roll out in late April. The ad is 15-seconds video that will start playing without sound as it appears on screen and stop if you scroll past it. When you tap on the video ad, it will expand into full-screen view and sound will start.

You can’t opt out of the video ads, but you can disable it from playing automatically. Log in to Facebook in your browser, click on the arrow at the end of Facebook menu bar, and then select Settings in the drop-down menu.

How to disable autoplay for video ads on Facebook

On the left menu bar of the Settings page, click on “Videos” at the very bottom. You might not see this “Videos” option if Facebook has yet to roll out video ads to your account.

How to disable autoplay for video ads on Facebook select videos

On the Videos setting page, you can see that by default Facebook has enabled autoplay videos in your feed. Click on the arrow drop-down to change to “Off” to disable autoplay.

How to disable autoplay for video ads on Facebook video settings

Call it clever or scheming, this Video settings only applied for Facebook on the web. It is completely separated from Facebook mobile apps.

Unfortunately there is no way to completely shut off autoplay for video ads on Facebook for iOS. The best you can do is to setup so that video ads will autoplay only when your phone is connected to Wi-Fi.

To setup, go to Settings app and select Facebook. Tap on Settings and tap to switch on “Auto-play on Wi-Fi only”.

How to disable autoplay for video ads on Facebook on iOS

By restricting autoplay to Wi-Fi, your mobile data plan will be a lesser hit. And you’d have save precious battery life especially if you’re on Facebook a lot. Hopefully one day Facebook will come to its senses by allowing us to disable autoplay completely.

Use Google or Wikipedia for search in Siri

Siri’s default search engine is Microsoft Bing. There is no option to change the default to use other search engine such as Google or Yahoo!.

Use Google or Wikipedia for search in Siri

You however can say “Search Google for” to get Siri to use Google to search for the results you want. For example ask Siri to “Search Google for Captain America”, and Siri will launch Safari and display the search results for “Captain America”. Similarly you can say “Search Wikipedia for” to search for entry in Wikipedia.

iOS is keeping your Frequent Locations by default

There are many apps that use the iOS location services. Apps such as Maps, Camera, Weather, App Store, Safari or even Dropbox. If you’re using at least one such app for location specific info, you have Location Services enabled on your iOS.

When Location Services is turned on, by default Frequent Locations is enabled. Frequent Locations is an iOS system services that record “places that you frequently visit in order to provide useful location-related information”.

To locate this settings, go to Privacy > Location Services on Settings app. Scroll all the way to the bottom and locate System Services > Frequent Locations.

iOS is keeping your Frequent Locations by default

For each frequent location in the History list, tap on it to display a map and detail timing of when you visited the place. You can clear this history if you choose by tapping on “Clear History”.

These Frequent Locations info is cached in your iOS devices. If you have “Improve Maps” settings switch on, these location info will also be accessible by Maps and other Apple apps such as Reminders. This is to allow Apple apps to give you more useful location-based info. It is anyone’s guess if Apple is storing these info on their server. If you’re not comfortable with these info available anywhere, just turn off the switches for “Frequent Locations” and “Improve Maps”.