iOS

Here’s How Apple Changed Sending a Photo in Messages in iOS 12

Before iOS 12, in order to send a photo in the messages app, you would simply tap the camera button, which allowed you to send a preexisting photo, or take a new one. In iOS 12, Apple changed things so tapping the camera button only lets you take a fresh photo. Now, to find and send a photo that’s already in Photos, use the Photos mini-app in Messages. If necessary, tap the Apps button to the left of the message field to show the Messages apps, and then tap the Photos button to see a list of recent photos. Tap one or more to add them to the message, and you’re ready to send!

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Build Relationships in iOS with Siri

Siri_helpWhen speaking Siri commands, you can refer to people by relationship, rather than name. So, if you want to call your mother, you can say “call my mother” instead of saying something like “call Natasha Jauch-Hoechstetter.” But to do this, you need to introduce Siri to your family.

First, make sure you have a “card” in the Contacts app for yourself, and then go into Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars, scroll down to find and tap My Info, and select your card. Next, make sure you have a contact card for your mother, and then tell Siri, “Natasha Jauch-Hoechstetter is my mother.” Or, if Siri doesn’t hear you correctly, open Contacts, edit your card (not your mother’s!), scroll down, tap “add related name,” tap the default relationship to pick “mother,” tap the info “i” icon, select your mother’s card, and tap Done.

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Sleep Better with Night Shift and f.lux

According to the National Sleep Foundation, about 60% of Americans experience sleep problems nearly every night, and part of the blame for that lies at the feet of our iPhones, iPads, and Macs. It’s not just that technology is a bit addictive—it can be hard to resist checking email or Facebook before bed—it’s that our devices emit blue light that that suppresses levels of the sleep-promoting hormone melatonin. Other research findings suggest that the use of light-emitting electronic devices before bedtime prolongs the time it takes to fall asleep, delays the circadian clock, reduces the amount of REM sleep, and reduces alertness the next morning. Ouch!

The obvious solution is to refrain from using your devices for a few hours before bed. If you’re shaking your head and thinking, “Yeah, right,” you’re not alone. We know how hard it is, and for many of us, watching a relaxing TV show in the Netflix app on the iPad or reading a book in iBooks on the iPhone is what we do to wind down from the day.

Happily, computers are remarkably flexible, and back in 2009, developers Michael and Lorna Herf came out with a donationware utility called f.lux to address the problem. Compatible with both the Mac and Windows, f.lux changes the color temperature of the computer’s display throughout the evening, based on when the sun sets at your particular location. At sunset, f.lux starts warming up the color temperature of the display, with the goal of making it look like a page of a book under your normal room lights. You can tweak a variety of settings within f.lux to achieve this goal, and if you’re a designer who cares deeply about accurate color (and you have to work at night!), you can always disable f.lux for an hour at a time.nightshift1

What about your iPhone and iPad? Apple won’t allow f.lux in the App Store, but in iOS 9.3 the company added a feature that mimics what f.lux does.

Night Shift, as it’s called, appears in Settings > Display & Brightness, where it offers options to warm the temperature of the screen automatically on a schedule, enable the temperature warming manually until the next day, and control just how warm you like it. In terms of scheduling, the default approach is from sunset to sunrise, but you can also set custom times, which might be useful if, for instance, you work nights and need to flip your sleep schedule.

Night Shift and f.lux are easy to try and absolutely worth testing if you have any problems with going to sleep or waking up in the morning. And, if surveys are any indication, that’s all too likely. If technology is going to be part of the problem, it can also be part of the solution.

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