Parental Control Tips for iOS

Parental Control Tips for iOS

My thanks to Curbi the makers of an amazing parental control app for iOS for sponsoring the web safety series of content. Curbi allows you to monitor, block, and curb your children’s iOS devices easily and safely. Ensuring the most priceless of things peace of mind with your kids on the internet. Try out Curbi today!

Nowadays kids everywhere have iOS devices be it their parents, siblings, or even their own. So its important to ensure their safety on the device to prevent any trouble, wrongful spending, or just general safety. Here’s a rundown of some iOS tips you can use on any current iPhone, iPod, or iPad.

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1. Restrictions

iOS allows you to actually restrict you kids access to the device. This is highly useful in that you can tailor specifically what they can or can’t access. A great example of this being app-store purchases this prevents them from spending on your iTunes account and can save you countless dollars from kids who are purchasing things without knowing any better.

This is achieved by going to Setting-General-Restrictions

 2-Guided Access Mode

GAM or Guided Access Mode allows you to actually lock the iOS device to one app. Normally this is used on devices within the apple store or presentation devices. However using this to lock kids to one app can be highly beneficial. It has the ability to prevent tapping in defined areas of apps or even set a time limit usage.

This can be enabled by going into Settings-General-Accessibility-Guided Access 

3-App Solution

Overall these built in iOS tips are great tips packed into the OS that most parents may be unaware of. They’re great ways to control the experience of your child and limit or prevent harmful usage on the iOS devices. However all of this can be achieved even easier within an app solution. Curbi for example does all of the above from restrictions, time limits and even more but a simpler package. Furthermore the benefits of Curbi extend in that it monitors your children’s usage tracking information and reporting it to you even when your away.

You can’t always monitor your kids usage and actions on a device let Curbi handle that for you. Check out our overview post we did on the service for more info on setup. Overall these tips provide a safer experience for you and your young kids be it on their own device or yours.

Amazon Dash buttons Allow you to Order with just a click

Amazon Dash buttons Allow you to Order with just a click

No this is not an Aprils fools joke on Amazon’s part, this is a real and useful product. The Amazon Dash buttons will allow consumers to order frequently used items in tap of a button. These tiny receivers that connect via your Wi-Fi network allow you to reorder products in your house by simply clicking them.

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The update is sent out to your phone to alert you so you can cancel the purchase if need be. Otherwise the button will automatically place the order so that you can receive the items as soon as possible. Dash buttons are held up via a reusable adhesive & a hook for you to hang it on certain places/surfaces. All of this is linked up between your Wi-Fi network & the official Amazon application making it easy to purchase products on the fly.

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Amazon plans to offer these for a range of brands & products such as Tide, Bounty, Kraft Mac & Cheese and more.

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Simple yet effective these basic buttons can come in handy in many households. Again this isn’t some April fools hoax. The tiny assistive devices are exclusively for Prime members right now. They’re currently free with an invitation request & you can sign up and learn more here.

Periscope Overview: Twitter’s Live Streaming App

Periscope Overview: Twitter’s Live Streaming App

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Periscope was purchased by Twitter several months ago for $100 mllion & was going to be their entry into the livestreaming space. The company officially released the mobile app yesterday to the public for iOS users. This comes at a time where live streaming & social network integration has become a big thing with competing services like Meerkat.

The idea behind Periscope is to see the world through someone else’s eyes. The application is a mixture of livestreaming & the social network Twitter integration. Combining socializing & sharing to the world whatever it is your seeing.

Periscope’s app has a very polished & clean look to it. Compared to its counterpart Meerkat the app features a much more complete & native experience. From streaming to viewing other streams Periscope offers a great UI.

The app features the ability to:

  • Live Stream to your followers (private stream) or public stream w/external or front facing camera
  • Chat with your stream viewers/streamer (Built into the app) Unlike Meerkat which carries the conversation through Twitter
  • Tap to “Heart” the stream
  • Save your stream as a “Replay” feature for others to watch later

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Your account is based off your Twitter account so you automatically have the option to follow your exisitng followers who have Periscope acconts. Live streaming has been around for quite a few years now & is nothing new. However the integration on the mobile end allows users to share their moments live with their own social following. Creating an interactive experience thats easy to turn on/off. Apps like Periscope or Meerkat are paving the way to make live streaming a social norm.

That said we’ll have to wait to see how Twitter continues to integrate Periscope within their already popular social network & how it’ll stack up to Meerkat overtime.

 

Download Persicope for iOS (Coming for Android soon)

Review: Layout from Instagram

Review: Layout from Instagram

Instagram has released yet another app in the photo/video tool space to acommpany their social network. Previously they released Hyperlapse their stop motion tool & today they’ve released Layout. As the name entails its a photo collage based app, making it easy to upload multiple photos in one to your Instagram or across the web.

 

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Focusing on simplicity & ease of use controls.

Download Layout for iOS (Coming for Android soon)

You can view our full video review down below:

The app in itself features a very simple interface thats easy to use & navigate. Compared to other layout based apps I’ve used it has the most inuitive design from swapping photos, adjusting sizes, and more. However it is lacking in some areas as well. To break down here are the pros/cons

 

PROS:

  • Simple Interface
  • Instagram Friendly Resolutions
  • Supports up to 9 Photos
  • Built in Photo Booth

Cons:

  • Lack of “Undo” button

 

These line of apps have been something Instagram/Facebook has been focusing on to keep the tools & experience in-house. Rather than incorporating these features into Instagram they’ve made completley dedicated apps to solve these solutions then tie back into Instagram. As of now this will replace my default collage app based on the UI experience alone. Grab your copy for iOS today for free!

Apple’s $700 Billion Empire

Apple’s $700 Billion Empire

Apple has just closed with a market value surpassing $700 billion the first company ever in history to do so. The technology empire is now the first ever company to surpass such a milestone beating out the likes of Exxon Mobil, Microsoft, and Google. Recently disclosing their record breaking earning of $18 billion out of the $74 billion revenue they made silenced much of the press that forecasted Apple’s doom.

At the course Apple is going & with projected growth and product launches it isn’t inconceivable to think that they’ll be the first trillion dollar company.

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To put things into perspective Apple as a company has the power to buy out its rival competitors such as Google or Samsung or for that matter both at their current market caps & still have billions left over. No big deal.

The bigger question going forward is their growth & future of the empire. With product launches such as the Apple Watch, future iPhone launches, and other avenues Apple may dive into can only lead to larger revenues. The question isn’t so much as what they’ll do from here but how high can the company go. Tim Cook Apple’s CEO recently made claims that they’re heading into their “biggest & boldest project ever.”  with their recent investment into First Solar of $848 million to build a 1,300-acre farm of solar energy to power their all new HQ in California. This will lead to energy cost savings over time & ultimately money (not that they’re at loss of that).

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Tim Cook recently went on to state in his interview at Goldman Sachs that he believe Apple can keep up their growth. More importantly that like Steve Jobs before him that Apple doesn’t believe in limiting themselves.

“We don’t believe in laws like the law of large numbers, Steve ingrained in us that putting limits on your thinking is never good.”

So whether its the Mac, iOS, or some other ecosystem Apple will focus on going forward we’re more than positive they’ll excel. Setting a new bar for competitors not just in the technology space but worldwide.

Thus begins the journey for the first ever trillion dollar company.