How to master Dictation on your iPhone

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There are two main methods for capturing text while using your iPhone.  One way is by using Siri to carry out an ever growing variety of commands and tasks.  The other method is through dictation accessed via your keyboard.  While Siri is a perfectly capable dictation tool, and might be the preferred way to capture text by many, I have found that my favorite digital assistant especially shines when asked to answer questions and perform tasks.  Dictation, however, is more of a quick and dirty way to collect your thoughts and have them transposed right onto your iPhone screen whenever you typically would desire to enter text in an app.  Think of it as an alternative to typing.  While a very helpful tool, there are some initial challenges to dictating effectively on your iPhone.  The manner in which we speak doesn’t always translate exactly to how we write–or even how we collect our thoughts.  As a result I’ve collected some tips to help you be the most efficient at using dictation.

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How to use Accessibility to enable Speak Selection on your iPhone

Your iPhone has enhanced accessibility features dating back to iOS 8 that can be very useful for everyone.  My favorite such feature, and the one I use on a regular basis is focused on speech–specifically, reading selected text back to me while I’m driving.  There are countless benefits from such a feature, from reading a how-to aloud while you actively participate in making or fixing something, to catching you up on your RSS reader feed while you wade through your backlog of emails.  I find it particularly helpful to finish reading a post when I need to redirect some of my attention to another task.  Whatever the reason, I’m certain you’ll find a scenario that is beneficial for you, too.

Start with opening the Settings App on your iPad, and select General.  Next, open the Accessibility tab and locate Speech at the bottom of the Vision section.  Here you have three options–Speak Selection, Speak Screen and Speak Auto-text

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Apple Granted Patent for Fingerprint Reader Integrated in Display


It seems like the rumors of an iPhone 8 with an edge-to-edge screen, no Home Button and TouchID integrated into the display are getting to the point where that are looking less like rumors, and more like legitimate leaks. Apple has now been awarded a patent for technology covering a fingerprint sensor integrated into a screen for authentication.

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How to view your Photo library by Geolocation

There are various ways that you can search, organize and view your photo library on your iPhone.  You can choose to view your photos based on when they were taken, or by how you grouped them into albums.  You can even view them based on when and who you shared individual or groups of photos with.  One lesser know use case is viewing your photos based on where the pictures were taken.  For this to be an option on your iPhone in the first place, you need to allow the Photos application to have access to your location.  You can check the setting and/or change it, by launching the Settings App and  selecting –> Privacy–> Location Services–> Photos.  Here you will have two options to choose from–allow the Photos App access only while you are using the app, and never allow.

To view your photos based on their geolocation tag, you must have  the “while using the app” feature selected or your pictures won’t even have a location associated with them to sort into groups .  Once you have the setting updated, all of your photos taken on your iPhone moving forward will now have a geolocation stamped into the metadata stored within the photo.  Armed with this knowledge, you can now sort and search your photos based upon this location.

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Review: Vaja Niko Wallet-Leather Case


I’ll preface this review by saying that I’ve never been a big fan of side-flip cases, and I’ve never actually used a wallet case with any iPhone that I have owned. With that said, it may seem a little odd that I would be taking a look at a side-flip wallet case, right? However, that doesn’t mean that I ever wrote off trying to find one that I like. In fact, lately I’ve been giving wallet cases a second look.

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iPhone App of the Week: MMX Hill Dash — Off-Road Racing

MMX Hill Dash — Off-Road Racing

Who doesn’t like great iPhone apps? At iPhone Insight we definitely do. With that in mind, we offer up a quick review of an excellent iPhone app published here each week.  Check out all out picks below and you’ll soon have a collection of stellar apps for your favorite phone.

This week’s pick is MMX Hill Dash — Off-Road Racing, by Hutch Games Ltd.  Sometimes, or most of the time if you’re like me and rarely let loose for some fun iOS gameplay on you iPhone, you just want to play a fun game that allows you to check out for a little while and forget about everything else going on around you.  With MMX Hill Dash you’ll get just that with a sprinkle of physics based racing that will leave you wanting more.

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Review: ZAGG Screen Guarantee Plan


Raise your hand if you’ve ever broken your iPhone’s screen? If you don’t have your hand raised, you are probably either new to smartphones, or lying. I’m as careful a mobile device user as you will ever find, and I managed to make it 15 long years, using PDAs, early smartphones, and then all the way up to the iPhone 5S before I finally joined the club. All it took was leaving the bottom part of my case off for a few minutes to do me in. I dropped my 5S on the concrete floor of a mechanical room, and the next thing I knew, I was out $150. Ouch.

I also didn’t have a screen protector on at the time, so as you can likely imagine, I haven’t been without one on any iPhone I’ve owned since. As such, I’m always on the lookout for the latest new designs, especially in glass and hybrid protectors that add additional protection. When I saw that ZAGG was offering a Screen Guarantee Plan with their latest top of the line screen protector, I took notice. ZAGG is the biggest and most respected name in mobile screen protection, so if they are willing to put a money-backed guarantee on your screen, then it’s a big deal, and worth taking a look at.

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Ten Years In- Part II: Where Are We Now and Where Are We Headed?

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In Part I of Ten Year In, we talked about Steve Jobs’ iconic original iPhone announcement in January of 2007, and how it looks in the light of history. Ten years is a perfect time to look back at where it all started. Now let’s go from there up to the present. Where are we now, and how did we get here? Let’s take a look.

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