How to set a keyboard as your default in iOS 8

One of the most popular new features of iOS 8 is the ability to use custom third party keyboards on your iPhone and iPad. Once you find the perfect keyboard for you, odds are you’ll want it to be your go-to default for everything. Luckily, there’s an easy way to set it as your default so you don’t have to toggle back and forth each time you want to use it.

How to set a custom keyboard as the default on iPhone and iPad in iOS 8

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on General.
  3. Tap on Keyboard.
  4. Tap Keyboards.
  5. Tap on Edit.
  6. Drag the keyboard you’d like to be the default to the top of the list.
  7. Optionally, I recommend setting the emoji keyboard as your second choice, if you have it activated that is.
  8. Tap Done at the top right.

That’s all there is to it! Whatever keyboard you have positioned in the top spot should now be your default. Keep in mind that many users have been reporting issues with keyboards and like all new features, there are tiny glitches that Apple will need to address in a point release of iOS. Until then, give this a try and see if it makes using your keyboard of choice more convenient!

Posted Monday September 22 2014 07:20 in News | Comments (0)

Best racing games for iPad

For adrenaline junkies, there are few types of iPad games that are as gripping as racing games. We’ve collected the very best available in the App Store, ranging from goofy and cartoony to serious automotive sims.

If you’ve got some spare room on your iPad, these racing games will be a great use of your storage.

Real Racing 3

Real Racing 3 is bound to keep gearheads entertained. It puts real brand-name cars on real-world tracks – hence the name. It features an interesting asynchronous multiplayer system whereby lap times are recorded from your friends, and you race against a bot that’s driving at that time. Of course you can bump them out and affect their track time, and there’s a single-player career worth playing through too. Over time, players earn new cars and can upgrade various mechanical bits with their winnings, but make sure you take it easy on your car – you’ll have to keep your ride in good condition to avoid repair costs.

Real Racing 3 is absolutely gorgeous, and the white-knuckled racing action will keep you coming back for more.

Mini Motor Racing

Mini Motor Racing is fast, finger-friendly fun. Despite the cartoony art style and physics, there is a lot of challenge to be had here. Players work their way through various race modes in a top-down perspective, buy new cars, and upgrade their existing ones. The 20-odd tracks are presented in varying weather conditions and times of day, which offers a ton of replay value even for the most familiar circuits. There’s a great Fruit Ninja tie-in with its own themed course and car, regular updates with new content, and local multiplayer over Wi-Fi. In-app purchases are available if you want to fast-track your car upgrades, though they’re far from necessary. There’s also a new extended championship you can buy your way into with in-game cash, though there are already 200 races in the core experience.

For a light and fun racing game with lots of polish, pick up Mini Motor Racing.

Smash Cops Heat

Smash Cops Heat is a good old-fashioned cops-and-robbers racing game where you take on the role of the police. Players guide their cruiser with an intuitive, touch-friendly control scheme. Small boosts provide ramming power, and when you need to really motor, there are consumable Supercop power-ups. Mission types include standard take-down missions, races to get to crime scenes, and specifically-tailored challenge scenarios.

Overall, Smash Cops Heat is a fast, fluid joyride with outstanding graphics.

Slingshot Racing

Slingshot Racing is a unique luge racing game, featuring fluid, precise, and surprisingly fun one-touch controls. Every corner has a turnstile off the track which just spins continuously. As you approach, you hold down your finger on the screen, and your little racer harpoons to it, enabling you to slingshot around the corner and gain momentum. You have to be sure to release your touch at the right moment though, otherwise you’ll just smash right into the inside wall and lose speed. This control scheme allows for easy local multiplayer on the same device, and combined with various in-track elements like boosts and hazards, you’ll find plenty of challenge here. There are over 80 races here to work on, each one unlocked by gathering enough bolts from completing previous tracks. Slingshot Racing has one $2.99 in-app purchase to unlock all of the tracks to play, and $0.99 for each of four purely cosmetic bobsleds.

Slingshot Racing is a polished, unique racing game perfect for sharing with friends.

Need for Speed Most Wanted

Need for Speed Most Wanted continues one of the top AAA racing game franchises from consoles. Players cruise through a variety of richly-detailed stages, often trying to avoid the cops and simultaneously trying to sideswipe competing racers. The mobile game has a strong tie-in with the console version, allowing users to rank up in a common leaderboard. The controls are absolutely stellar, using tilt, intuitive drifting, and full Moga controller support. In-app purchases are available to buy in-game cash, which can be spent on upgrading your various cars, though you’ll also earn that cash simply by playing through the game. If you absolutely want to avoid in-app purchases, and are willing to make a compromise in graphics, there’s also the last game, Need for Speed: Shift.

Need for Speed Most Wanted provides some of the best graphics you’ll find for racing games on iOS, and strikes a great balance between a goofy arcade feel and something more serious and competitive.

Asphalt 8: Airborne

Asphalt 8: Airborne is our favorite racing game on mobile right now. It skips all pretensions of realism and provides an over-the-top, high-octane game with all the fixings. Players can work their way through the career mode, unlock new rides, upgrade the ones they have, or take the competition online in staggered or live multiplayer. The usual race modes are there, plus a new Infected one where players have to tag other racers before succumbing to an explosive virus.

The incredibly polished graphics and outstanding soundtrack make Asphalt 8 an adrenaline trip you won’t soon forget.

Crazy Taxi City Rush

Drive fares all over town in this over-the-top racing game. In Crazy Taxi City Rush, you have a limited amount of time to deliver customers from point A to point B, and are awarded based on how quickly you do it. Unlock and upgrade all sorts of wacky vehicles, and explore new neighborhoods. Controls are extremely touch-friendly, and a decided departure from the classic franchise.

Crazy Taxi City Rush is lively, fun, and wonderfully animated.

Angry Birds Go!

Angry Birds Go is fun, free racing game featuring Rovio’s famous cartoon characters. Compete in a series of soapbox derby-style downhill races, grab coins, and activate character-specific power-ups to clear out the competition. Online multiplayer is available along with a variety of game modes. Over time you can upgrade your ride with all manner of ramshackle additions. An energy system in place which limits how many races you can play in a row.

Angry Birds fans will definitely dig this racing title.

Riptide GP2

Riptide GP2 is a fantastic jetski racing game where players ride through all sorts of waterways: some man-made, some out in the wild. The career mode puts you through progressively more challenging races, rewarding you with cash and experience points. The cash can be spent on getting new rides or upgrading the ones you have, and every time you level up, you can unlock killer new tricks to perform when launching off ramps on a course. Riptide GP2 is distinct from other racers in its bounding feeling as you skip over the waves, not to mention getting splashback in the camera view. Vector Unit’s other racing titles, Beach Buggy Blitz and Shine Runner, feature these liquid physics as well, but Riptide is very clearly built to showcase them to their fullest. Competitive online multiplayer is powered by Game Center. You can speed up your progression with in-app purchases, but, as usual, they’re optional.

Riptide GP2 is an outstanding pick if you’ve had your fill of puttering around in cars.


Repulze is a neat twist on the futuristic, high-speed racing game. It stays differentiated with a polarizing mechanic, whereby players slalom between red and green energy gates, depending which they have active. Get three in a row, and you earn a boost as well as change the polarity. Go through the wrong gate, and your speed will be knocked down considerably. Besides that, Repulze has dizzying twists and turns, tap, tilt, or hardware controls, and fully upgradeable vehicles. Every stage has a handful of toolkits which can be used to on upgrades if you can snag them, though there are in-app purchases to help you out if you need them, too.

Repulze is a buttery smooth, stunningly fast racing game with fresh take on a well-established genre.

Your favorite racing games for iPad?

There are plenty of other racing games in the App Store that play well on iPad. Shout out in the comments with your favorites.

Posted Monday September 22 2014 04:20 in News | Comments (0)

Oculus keynote reveals native apps will arrive on iOS

It looks like Oculus may be supporting native apps for its platform. In a keynote presentation, Oculus had shown off a slide revealing that native apps will be coming to Apple’s iOS, Google’s Android, and Microsoft’s Windows Phone.

No additional details were given as to when this will happen at this time. Are you excited for native Oculus apps on iOS?

Source: Reddit

Posted Monday September 22 2014 04:20 in News | Comments (0)

How to Setup Touch ID on the iPhone 6 / iPhone 6 Plus (Video)

One of the first things your new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus will ask you to do when you turn it on (besides beg to be caressed softly) is […]

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Posted Monday September 22 2014 04:00 in Jailbreak | Comments (0)

How to take a screenshot with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have moved the sleep/wake button to a new location, but you can still take screenshots as easily as ever. And yes, while this might be second-nature to some, Apple doesn’t tell you how to take a screenshot out of the box. So, not everyone may yet know that they can capture their iPhone screen content with just the touch of a button (well, two buttons actually).

Maybe you want to show off a game score, make a record of an email or ticket, keep a notification, or just capture a special moment, it’s quick and simple to do.

To take a screenshot with your iPhone or iPod Touch, press and hold the sleep/wake button and then click the Home button. You can do it the other way around, but if you’re trying to take a screenshot of your Lock screen, Touch ID might kick in and ruin it for you.

If you nail the timing, the screen will flash and you’ll hear the same camera shutter sound that the Camera app makes when you take a photo.

To access and share your screenshots go to Photos and open Recent Photos. They’ll be the latest ones added!

Posted Sunday September 21 2014 22:20 in News | Comments (0)

Media picks of the week: Erasure, X-Men: Days of Future Past, iOS 8 Guides

Every week Apple adds tons of new media content on iTunes — music, books, movies and more. It’s impossible to keep up with all of it, but it’s not impossible to pick out the very best. Here they are! This week we’ve got a new release from legendary pop band Erasure, a pre-order for the newest X-Men movie, a thought provoking documentary, free iOS 8 guides from Apple and more!

Erasure: The Violet Flame

For almost thirty years Vince Clarke and Andy Bell have been churning out dance hit after dance hit as Erasure. A Little Respect, Chains of Love, and Always are the band’s biggest hits in the U.S, but they’ve had dozens of top 40 hits in the U.K. and continue to churn out pop record after pop record, chock full of dance club hits. Their latest effort comes less than a year after Snow Globe, a Christmas-themed album. It’s darkly-tinged but still upbeat, with some EDM flourishes to keep it relevant to today’s clubgoers. But still solidly Clarke and Bell throughout, safely in the hands of producer Richard X, who proved himself early on in the bootleg scene as someone who loves and respects the synthpop era from which Erasure itself emerged. Preorder now and get it Monday.

Strange EP – Charlotte OC

Four more delicious dark pop and soul-inflected tracks from Blackburn, England’s Charlotte OC. She’s been compared to Stevie Nicks and Alicia Keys (the latter of which she admits is an idol), and as weird as the combination is, the comparison holds. A strong voice with lovelorn lyrics, and beautiful, sparse arrangements, all deftly assembled behind the board by Tim Anderson (who’s previously worked with Solange, Sia and others).

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Time-traveling adventure in which the the characters from the original X-Men trilogy join forces with their younger selves to battle the Sentinels, killer robots out to destroy mutants once and for all. Pre-order now and get it when it’s released on Tuesday.

Ivory Tower

This documentary looks at the state of higher education in America: How much it costs, where that money is going, and how crushing student loan is affecting and will affect generations of Americans who simply can’t afford to pay for their education and get ahead in life. This is a must-see documentary for anyone with kids approaching college age, or many already in school.

iOS 8 Guides

iOS 8 introduces a slew of new technology and features and iMore has you covered to help you get up to speed. But if you’d like to go straight to the horse’s mouth, Apple has developed a series of guides for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users who have migrated to iOS 8 and want to get the most out of their new operating system. All the guides are free and can be viewed using iBooks.

Your movie, TV and music picks?

There are my media picks for this week. What have you found in iTunes that you love? Let me know in the comments.

Posted Sunday September 21 2014 19:20 in News | Comments (0)

Deal of the Day: 65% off Amzer Hard Case for iPhone 5/5S

This lightweight hard shell case features impact resistance in an extremely slim profile design, showcasing your iPhone’s form and style. The back has an easy to grip texture with access to the camera, ports and buttons. Comes in 7 colors, available today for $6.95!

Posted Sunday September 21 2014 16:20 in News | Comments (0)

Here’s how the new battery usage monitor works in iOS 8

iOS 8 brings something similar to OS X Mavericks-style battery usage — aka battery shaming — to the iPhone and iPad. Located in the Settings, General, Usage section, it tells you which apps and system services are using power, and how much. Obviously the ones using the most power are doing something wrong and should be shut down, right? Wrong. Like many things, the answer is far more complex and nuanced than simple power bad, quit good. So, what does iOS 8 battery usage really mean and how should you use it?

Battery usage is best thought of as a sanity check. It lists each app (or service) you’ve used in the last 24 hours or 7 days, not including apps used while charging, along with the percentage of power drain they’ve been responsible for.

There are at least four reasons why apps will use a lot of power:

  1. You used the app a lot. (Messaging, reading, watching, etc.)
  2. The app remained active in the background a lot. (Downloading content, streaming audio, providing location, etc.)
  3. Poor signal strength or some other technical issue affected performance.
  4. The app misbehaved.

Reason 1 is nothing to be concerned about. You’re using power because you are using power. You’re Tweeting or surfing, or streaming the latest season of Arrow or otherwise keeping the screen on and the radios working. That’s what your device is for. So, if you’ve spent an hour in Tweetbot or Safari or Netflix and they’re top-of-the-list, that’s fine. If you’ve been rearranging your folders and Home screen is up there, that’s fine. As long as you’ve been using it, it’s fine if it’s there.

Reason 2 is likewise the result of proper activity. If you’d rather have extra battery life, you can turn off background refresh, turn off location access, or kill audio streaming, but you’ll have to wait longer for new content when you open apps, you’ll disrupt navigation and checkin apps, and you’ll lose out on listening to internet radio, podcasts, and more.

Reason 3 is because of things like low phone signal, which means the cellular radio needs more power to connect. If that’s the case, the Phone app will appear there and list low signal as the reason, making it easy to understand. Poor Wi-Fi performance can likewise cost power though I’ve yet to see it noted in battery usage. Likewise, firing up the GPS for turn-by-turn navigation is a huge drain I’ve yet to see noted.

Reason 4 is where battery usage shines. Let’s say you go to battery usage and see Google Hangouts, Facebook, Skype, etc. near the top of the power consumption list, and you find it strange because you haven’t been using them. That’s when you know there’s a problem and that you can likely do something about it, be it quitting the app or rebooting the device.

Again, if Tweetbot or Twitterrific is at the top, and you’ve spent much of the day tweeting, you have no problem. If Hangouts or Facebook is at the top and you’ve barely opened them all day, then thanks to battery usage, you now have a potential solution!

All that said, however, try not to spend too much time in battery usage. It’s not there to be obsessed over. Only check when and if you suspect you’re draining power faster than normal, and then only take action on apps you suspect are draining that power without cause.

With great power stats comes great responsibility, so check out battery usage on iOS 8 and tell me how it works for you!

Posted Sunday September 21 2014 10:20 in News | Comments (0)

Instapaper Updated for iOS 8 With Enhanced Saving Features, Now Free to Download

Popular read-it-later app Instapaper today received a significant update for iOS 8, bringing a redesigned user interface, enhanced saving capabilities, and deeper integration with notifications. The app is also now available for free, as users also have the option to pay for premium features.


Users can now save content to Instapaper from any application that supports iOS’ built-in share functionality by way of a new app extension. The app also includes text-to-speech functionality, and curates saved articles in iOS 8′s Notification Center on a daily basis. A $2.99 per month or $29.99 per year subscription to Instapaper Premium unlocks a number of other features, including full-text search, unlimited highlighting in articles, and text-to-speech playlists.

Instapaper is a free app for iOS devices and can be downloaded from the App Store. [Direct Link]

Posted Sunday September 21 2014 10:20 in News | Comments (0)

Best iPhoneography of the week

Every day, millions of photos are taken around the world, and a good chunk of those are taken on an iPhone. It’s no wonder why — the iPhone is super portable, has an amazing iSight camera and an incredibly easy to use Camera app. Combine that with the ability to share photos instantly via Twitter, Instagram and other social networks, and you have the perfect solution for capturing and publishing any moment imaginable. So, each week we’re going to scour the social networks for uplifting, inspiring, touching, and all around amazing photos using #iphone #iphoneography #vscocam and similar hashtags and embed the best of what we find. And since iMore has an Instagram account now, if you really want to get our attention and get featured, use #imoregram to make sure we don’t miss it. Enjoy!

Old Motel near Ruckersville. #iphoneography.

— Don Rosenberger (@donrosenberger) September 18, 2014

Another RP image from tonight #iphoneography @PRO12rugby @dragonsrugby

— Simon Latham (@Welsh_Si) September 12, 2014

Remember to tag your photos with #iphone #iphoneography (and especially #imoregram if you want to make it super easy!) for next week. And if you want to take your iPhonegraphy to the next level, check out:

What was your favorite iPhone (or iPad — we don’t judge!) photo of the week? Drop a link in the comments below!

Posted Sunday September 21 2014 04:20 in News | Comments (0)

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