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How to master Dictation on your iPhone


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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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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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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How to remove your device(s) from Find my iPhone


If the time comes when you want/need to remove your iPhone from Find my iPhone, you have several options available to you.  The quickest, and easiest way is to do it right from your device.  To do this on your iPhone, launch Settings–> Apple iD Tab at the top of the page–> iCloud–> Find My iPhone–> Toggle Find my iPhone to the off position.

However, perhaps your iPhone is not currently in your possession, or maybe you sold it and forgot to delete your data and/or turn this feature off.  No worries, you have additional options available.  There are two more options that are just as effective at removing your iPhone from the list of tracked devices.

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How to create offline Google maps on your iPhone

Google-MapsI don’t know about you, but in my line of work, I often find myself off the beaten path in the middle of nowhere. In times like these it’s super helpful to have maps that I can still reference, even without an active internet connection.  For the most part, if you don’t already have the poor coverage area pre-loaded in your map program, you won’t have the ability to interact with the map.  This can be a huge inconvenience when I am trying to pin-point specific particular lat & long coordinates.

I really wanted to be able to accomplish this in Apple Maps.  However, after some searching around, I just couldn’t figure out how to make it happen, nor could I determine if it is even a possibility.  No worries, though, Google Maps is a perfectly good alternative, and even a preference for many iPhone users.

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An Apple Campaign: One Night on iPhone 7 in Pictures


Back in November of 2016 professional photographers from all around the world set out to canvass the  globe for one night using only their iPhone 7.  As part of the “Shot on an iPhone” campaign these photographers set out to capture the essence and beauty of life from dusk to dawn showcasing the low-light camera capabilities.   The fruits of their work will be displayed around the world in 25 countries starting today.  The variety and range of their work encompasses Arctic ice caves and Indonesian volcanoes, as well as the clubs of Johannesburg and rooftops of Shanghai.

Photographers ventured out and endured conditions in some extreme climates in an attempt to push the limits of the iPhone 7 and find the perfect shot. From pictures taken with a drone carrying an iPhone 7 over active volcanoes, to the foreboding terrain of the Arctic, photographers pushed the limits of the iPhone armed with just their imaginations.  The final products were stunning and a remarkable tribute to what the iPhone is capable of.

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iPhone App of the Week: BADLAND 2

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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 BADLAND 2, by Frogmind.  The app is currently 50% off–what a great reason to give the sequel to Apple’s App of the Year a try!  Game apps on my iPhone are a tricky proposition for me.  For the most part they reside in one of two categories–apps that I would really like to try for one reason or another, or apps that I have played a few times, but have since been forgotten and now just take up space in my extra storage space.  One thing I’ve noticed over the last few weeks, is that I don’t make time in my day for any leisure/fun time–even if just for a 10 minutes at a time.  I haven’t made it a resolution or anything serious like that, but I’d like to allow myself a little more down time.

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What’s on your iPhone Home Screen?

img_0673_iphone6splusspacegrey_portraitWith the start of a new year, I thought I’d take another look at my iPhone home screen, and make some decisions on what I “need” and what apps I have simply accumulated over the last 3.5 months since purchasing my iPhone 7 Plus.  The majority of my most used apps live on the first home screen page, with the next page consisting of mostly folders and recent downloads that I have yet to decide if Im going to keep or not.  Since there is only room for 28 app icons on one screen I have assigned (5) icon slots with my most frequently used folders.  These folders are broken down into two groups–my most used app categories like Social apps and Productivity, and brand based apps such as Apple, Google and Microsoft.

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iPhone App of the Week: Runtastic Results: Strength & Fitness Workout

Runtastic for iPhone

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 Runtastic Results: Strength & Fitness Workout, by Runtastic.  Perhaps on the surface it might seem like a copout to select an exercise app for the App of the week, being that it is the first week in a brand new year.  However, being that losing weight and getting in shape is one of the most reported New Year’s resolutions, I actually think that it’s the perfect choice.  Although many of us try to use a new year to get back on track with a variety of causes in our lives, many just don’t know where to start when it comes to exercise.

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