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Customize the Privacy Options of Hangouts on iOS and Android devices

On Google Plus anyone can invite you over a video Hangout or anyone can comment on your posts unless the privacy section is dealt particularly. Google Hangout application for iPhone and Android devices have the provision to control the privacy with which they followers or friends can interact with you Hangout either on the desktop or the applications for both the platforms. The screenshot and the tip has been mentioned for the Android devices, but the exact same steps can be used to do the same for the iPhone application as well.

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Open the application and then go to its Settings section. Now tap the Customize invites option.

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Privacy has been differentiated as per the circles affiliated to your Google Plus profile. Let’s say, Friends will directly invite you to the hangout session and you will just have to click the link to start the hangout, whereas in the case of other circles like entertainment the people will be able to send you an invitation for the Google Hangout on the acceptance of which the Hangout will start.

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Here hangout refers to both way to interaction, i.e. video and audio both. You can change the level of this invitation to the hangout for all the circles related to your profile.

If you are still facing lots of invitation on your profile then you can opt to snooze the notifications for the next 72 hours or you can go to the settings section and then uncheck the checkbox for the notifications for Hangout Invitations. This will save your phone from buzzing every time any tries to invite you to the Hangout.

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Two Best Free Applications to Create Your own Music on iOS devices

Few days ‘GarageBand’ went free as one of the applications on Apple devices as the part of ‘iLife’ application pack and today we also have another application which has been stated as the application of the week on the App Store of iOS devices. These two are the best applications if you want to produces your own music over the Apple iOS devices. Obviously, ‘GarageBand’ leads the way but it is really heavy for iPhone 4 to operate and it may crash frequently and the same story goes for the iPhone 3GS, so we are stating the second application for those users.

1. GarageBand

This music generation application has most of the general beats and rhythm played by most of the instruments and thus they can repeated and used again and again to generate your music, you also have the option to record the music through the microphone of your iPhone. So, you can play your guitar and sing to record your voice in it. Most of the smart rhythm packs of the application will have to be bought at 5$ but still the features are worth trying.

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It seems as if the Apple have really started forging their policies in a different directions. Firstly it was the updates of Mac OS (I.e Maverick) along with the free iLife pack and now the Freemium version of Garageband. I cannot see that where Apple people are heading towards but these are good for us, so no worries.

Download: Garageband | App Store

2. Figure

It is a really great application if you want to produce nice and DJ type beats over the best percussions music. This will give you all the possible percussion music with the beats and you will be able to align them in order to get best electronic music. The application is really good and it has both already programmed percussion sets (4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10 and more beats) along with the feature of producing the beats with the help of finger taps.

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These are the best music producing application which are available over the App Store, if you have a better choice then let us know or you can ask anything related to the feature of these applications.

Download: Figure | App Store

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How To Check Cellular Data Used by Applications on iPhone [iOS7 Feature]

Till iOS6 we have been installing many application to know that what amount of cellular data is being used by what all applications on the iPhone. So, that we could limit the usage of the application while we are using the Cellular data. Luckily this feature is now one of the new features which have been introduced in the new iOS7 and in this post we will be telling you that how can you check the data usage by every application installed on your iPhone. You can also choose to revoke the access of cellular data for that application.

If you are on WiFi and you have switched off the Cellular Data and then the screen will look like this.

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Go to the Settings section and then choose the Cellular Data as the option, scroll down on the screen and you will see all the applications with the cellular data being used.

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Switch ON the cellular data option and you will be able to see all these application with a toggle button to revoke their access to Cellular data. If you feel that some of the application use your cellular data a lot then you can use this toggle button and thus they will only operate over the WiFi.

The applications are sorted as per the last application which used the Cellular Data. Please let us know if you have any query related to this tip. With the help of this feature you will be able to check the data usage on behalf of all the applications on your iPhone.

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See who is Online on Google Hangout app [iPhone]

Google hangout has been updated with a feature of voice calling, though video calling was embedded in it but now you also have the option of calling the other users through audio. Usually for this feature we have been using some of the applications like line, Viber and Skype on our phones but now it seems that when all the users already have their primary contact stored on their Google Account. Especially when most of them have started using Android devices which uses their Google account only.

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Users will prefer Google Hangout over the other applications, obviously. So, if you want to use this feature then you will just have to update this application and once you open the application you will see an introductory screen of this application. Apart from this you will always see a phone icon on the first screen of this application, which can be tapped to open the keypad dialer.

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It also shows the call log for the calls made through Google Hangout. Another good feature which has been updated in the application is the availability of the online presence symbol for the contacts. The users who are currently online will have a small green colored icon on the right hand corner of the photo. So, now when you will open the new hangout windows, then you will be able to know that who all users are online as of now.

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These are the two new features which have been updated in this application and second one has not been highlighted much. Please let us know if you face any problem while using this application. For all the users who are using iPhone 4 with iOS7, this application will really lag a lot in Graphical User Interface and there is no remedy to completely remove that from the application.

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Google Maps Updated with Tips and Tricks and Faster Navigation

Slowly and slowly the applications for iOS devices are getting revamped and they are getting the feel and the looks of the new iOS7 which is really good. The new applications like kik, Soundwave and RunKeeper are going famous just because the UI of these application has been aligned with the new iOS7. Google is yet to do the same with their applications on iOS and I doubt that they will be doing that any sooner.

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Recently the Google Maps have been updated and now they are visibly faster as compared to the previous version. You will clearly see that the map now gets loaded pretty quickly as compared to the previous version and another new feature which has been added in the application is the Tips and Tricks section.

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To take a look at this section you will have to go to the option bar and at the end you will be able to locate this. This section contains some of the how to which users try to go through in order to customize their maps (like saving few of the locations which are to be visited regularly or adding a new location over the maps.) This section involves all the tips starting from the people who are about to explore this mobile application for the first time and who have been using it over a long period of time.

You can also open these tips Chrome or Safari from the Google Maps application. Apart from all these features they have also come up with the fixes for the bugs in the previous versions. Please let us know if you face any problem using any of the old or the new features.

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Unable to Download App Bug on iOS7

There is a bug on in the new iOS7 that even if your WiFi is working perfectly then also the error message mentioned below comes up and it does not matter how many times you tap that option of ‘Retry’ it will not download the application and it will rather keep popping the same message again and again. If you have been facing this problem then I have solution to it. Please follow the steps mentioned below.

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Now most of the users prefer to download or update the applications on the WiFi network rather than doing the same on the cellular data because cellular data packs are way expensive that the WiFi Connection. The remedy to this is very simple. Try to update an application and whenever it shows this error message tap the option named ‘Done’.

Now go to the settings section and then switch on the cellular data and try to initiate the downloading of the application using the cellular data. Once the downloading starts, quickly go to the settings section again and then turn on the WiFi network (as the priority of the WiFi network is high it will take-over the cellular data and you will see that the icon of 3G will be replaced by WiFi icon).

After switching ON the WiFi, go ahead and switch OFF the cellular data to make sure that the Cellular data to make sure that downloading of the application is not utilizing any of the Cellular data. That’s it!! Now the update will be downloaded and installed on the WiFi network and if this problem happens again then I will suggest you to follow the same steps again. Restoring your iPhone will not be a solution because I have already tried that and it did not work.

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How-To get rid of iMessage Bug [iOS7]

There have been certain complaints from the users that while sending and receiving the messages through iMessage service sometimes the messages are not sent and sometimes they are not delivered to the recipient. This is happening for no reason because they network to which their iOS device is connect is working just fine.

Apparently Apple has recognized this issue and has promised to get this resolved in their next update. We suspect that Apple will be taking sometime to collect all the issues like lock screen problem, this iMessage problem and battery drainage issue and they will try to fix them in a single update. For the users who are facing this problem we have a solution for you.

Just follow these steps, Turn off the iMessage feature by going to Settings and then under Messages options you will see a toggle option named ‘iMessage’. Turn that off.

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Now go the General section and then scroll down to the last option to tap the reset option. You will have to tap again on the reset network option to reset the settings for the iMessage also.

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Now go back to the same screen as mentioned above in the first step and then turn on the feature of iMessage. The initial amount which was added onto your phone bill as the activation charges of iMessages will be charged again and now this time iMessage will work just fine.

If still the problem persists then another solution can be to restore the device or create a new Apple ID and then use that ID on your iOS device. Again if these tips also don’t work then wait for the next update of iOS. Please let us know the exact problem where you are stuck.

[Credit: MacRumors]

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Stop Background Operations of Applications To save your Battery [iOS7-New Feature]

Users have been facing a battery problem on their iPhones a lot after this iOS upgrade but actually this is due to a new option which has been added in the Settings section of new iOS7 and is you have discovered it by now then I suppose battery issue must have been taken care of.

Usually till the last version of iOS we never had any control over the applications usage which are operating in the background (when you have exited them by pressing the home button) but now you have this control and believe me these background operations are the major reasons of your battery getting drained quickly.

Just follow these steps and you will be able to turn off the whole background operations for all the applications or you may do it for the specific applications. Go to the Settings section and then press general. Now scroll down a little to see the option named ‘Background App Refresh’. Tap it.

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You can see the control to toggle the feature as a whole or for certain applications. My suggestion will be to target those applications who usually use the location services in background as this is the main reason to drain off your battery at a quicker rate. Toggle the options as preferred by you.

Bonus Tip

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Check the Home screen of your iPhone and look out for the icon of the clock application. Take some time and look it closely, you will see that the icon shows you the real time as the date shown by the icon of the calendar application. This is something new and has not been captured by many users till now. Please let us know if you face any problem while following the tips.

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How To Monitor and revoke Cellular Data for applications [iOS]

Whenever we install an application on our iPhone and then it does not ask access to the cellular data of your iPhone as it does for the access of Bluetooth, Photo Gallery, Location services and camera. But whenever you are not in the range of any WiFi hotspot you tend to use the cellular data on your phone which has a certain limit for the month. So, who will you do to stop the certain applications to use the cellular data on your iPhone in order to minimize the usage of Cellular data on your iPhone?

The answer to this question is very simple, just follow the steps mentioned below and you will know how to do it. Before going further let me tell you that you will be able to alter these settings only when you have switched on the cellular data service on your iPhone.

Go to the Settings section and then tap the cellular network option. Now, enable the cellular data option.

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Now scroll down a little and you will see the list of all the applications installed on your iPhone which have the right to use the cellular data. Not only this, but you will also be able to see the data which has been used by these applications till date.

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So, this will really help you to point out the correct application which actually take up most of the data out of the limit which your pack carries. By simply toggling the button you can turn off the option to stop the usage of cellular data for that application. Please let us know if you face any problem while following up with this tip. Stay tuned to such tips for new iOS7.

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iOS 7.0.2 Does Not Prevent the Lock Screen ByPass on iPhone

There has been a vulnerability in iOS7 which has been exploited by users to bypass the unlock screen on iOS7 and it really simple to do. The same has been demonstrated in the video mentioned below and I know this no big news to be talked about but the twist is that after Apple released their iOS 7.0.2 to take care of this problem. Users have found another way to bypass the lock screen, in other words this problem still persists.

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Initially if you could launch the control center and then tap the alarm icon, then long press the power button and then cancel the power off option. Now double press the home button and then choose any other application which has been opened on your iPhone. You will be able to access those applications. With the update of iOS 7.0.2 you will not be able to bypass the screen in the same but as per the video mentioned below you will be able to bypass it by following other steps.

You will use the help of Siri or the Voice Control to call through Facetime and then once the dialing screen appears click the sleep button. Now swipe towards the right to give the unlock gesture to the phone which will again take you back to the call. You will the facetime call and then you will reach the phone application which will leave out all the applications open to you as mentioned in the previous trick.

To overcome this problem you can toggle off the option to access Siri from the locked screen and this save your iPhone to get accessed by unwanted elements. I wish if Apple could be able to launch applications specific locks which could really save lots of trouble for the iPhone users. This feature will even help the iPhone users who do not want to lock their phone with passcodes but are only doing so because as per their workplace policy if they configure their iPhones with the Exchange server then it should be locked with a passcode. Please let us know if you face any problem while following the steps of this tutorial.