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How to Use Restrictions Parental Controls on an iPhone, iPad

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If you plan on giving an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to a child, take a moment to set up some very basic parental controls on the device by using the Restrictions feature of iOS. It only takes a minute to configure, and this will prevent the access of inappropriate content, avoid mature themed media, prevent in-app purchases and incidental charges, disable the ability to download and install new apps, plus prevent the removal of apps that have already been installed on the device.
Prevent Installing & Deleting Apps, In-App Purchases
Open Settings and go to “General”, then to “Restrictions”
Tap “Enable Restrictions” and set a passcode to control access to the restrictions panel
Under ‘Allow’, toggle the following to OFF: “Installing Apps”, “Deleting Apps”, “Explicit Language”, and adjust other apps and settings as necessary
Scroll down to “Allowed Content” and flip “In-App Purchases” to OFF
Restrict Inappropriate Content by Age Rating
Still within the “Restrictions” settings, look under ‘Allowed Content’ and tap on “Music & Podcasts” and turn Explicit to OFF
Toggle “Movies” and “TV Shows” to age appropriate settings (G and PG are perhaps most common, or consider turning the feature off completely)
Go to “Apps” and choose age appropriate settings, note that some standard apps like third party web browsers may be rated as “17+” because they could be theoretically used to access adult content
The screen shots below demonstrate this on an iPhone, with some of the most important restriction features enabled. If nothing else, turning off in-app purchases, app downloads, and
app removal in general are highly recommended.


Content restrictions can be defined by age to determine what is appropriate and what is not, this will impact what type of media can be viewed on the device:


Optionally, you may want to adjust Location Settings as well, though it’s best to be targeted with this and turn off geotagging with apps like camera and photos. Turning off all Locational functionality is often undesirable because it prevents the meaningful usage of apps like local encyclopedias, weather, maps, and those relentlessly fun and educational starry night apps.
These options are the same in practically all versions of iOS, though you will find past versions of iOS may label the Restrictions settings as “Parental Controls” instead. Additionally, iOS 7 includes an option to limit certain web content by age level as well.
Going further, you can also hide unwanted apps like Safari, App Store, iTunes, iBooks, FaceTime, or going so far as turning off all third party apps, and even disable the camera if you don’t want it to be used at all.
Finally, there’s the option of using Guided Access to lock an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch into a single application and prevent it from being quit. We like to refer to Guided Access as Kid Mode because it’s incredibly effective at keeping even the most curious youngsters from accidentally exiting out of an app or doing something undesirable on the device, and it can make for an excellent quick way to hand an iOS device off to a young one without worrying about accidental usage. Nonetheless, Guided Access is no replacement for using effective restrictions to prevent improper use of a device, and the features are best used separately with full understanding of their limitations and benefits.
These quick setup tips come to us from Mrs Anderson (thanks!), a teacher with a handful of iPod touches in their classroom. Obviously this is useful outside of educators as well, and many parents, grandparents, babysitters, brothers, sisters, just about anyone, should find some useful tricks here if they’re going to be sharing an iOS device with kids.


Dictation Commands for OS X & iOS

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Dictation is a feature of iOS and Mac OS X that lets you speak as you normally would, transforming your speech magically into text. It’s impressively accurate, letting you easily crank out notes, emails, diary entries, or just about anything else with it just by talking. To really get the most out of Dictation though you will want to learn a few extra commands, they will help with things like punctuation, creating paragraphs, jumping to new lines, and setting capitalization.
These commands will work in both OS X and iOS, so long as the Mac, iPad, or iPhone supports Dictation and has the featured turned on (here’s how to enable it in OS X and how to enable it for iOS, though it’s almost always turned on by default in the latest versions of both.)
Dictation Commands for iOS & OS X
These are to be spoken when Dictation is active:
“All Caps” to capitalize all of only the next word (e.g. START)
“Caps” to capitalize the next word (e.g. Start)
“Upper Case [letter]“ for making a spelling out acronyms (e.g. SAT)
“Caps On” to turn on caps lock
“Caps Off” to turn off caps lock
“No Caps” to use no capitals with the word
“Numeral [number]“ to type the number rather than word
“New Paragraph” to create a new paragraph
“New Line” to insert and start a new line
“No Space” to prevent a space from being between the next word
“No Space On” to turn off all spaces in the next sequence of words (helpful for passwords)
“No Space Off” to resume normal spacing between words
Adding things like periods and commas can be done automatically by pausing in speech, or, usually more accurately, by just simply saying aloud the punctuation needed.
Here’s an example of how to use Dictation to write a quick message that looks as if it was typed normally:
“Hey Homer [comma] [new line]
What time do you want to see a movie

I think the [numeral 5] showing is the [all caps] best [period] [new line]
Toodles [comma] Bart”
That would come out looking like this:
“Hey Homer,
What time do you want to see a movie? I think the 5 showing is the BEST.
Toodles, Bart”
There are a lot of other punctuation and special commands available, and even though most are common sense, you can find the full list below for convenience.

Punctuation & Special Character Commands for Dictation
Most of the punctuation commands are common sense, but here’s the full list of possibilities from Apple:
Command Result
question mark ?
inverted question mark ¿
exclamation point !
hyphen –
dash –
em dash —
underscore _
comma ,
open parenthesis (
close parenthesis )
open square bracket [
close square bracket ]
open brace {
close brace }
semi colon ;
ellipsis …
quote “
end-quote ”
back quote “
single quote ‘
end single quote ’
double-quote “
apostrophe ‘
colon :
slash /
back slash \
tilde ~
ampersand &
percent sign %
copyright sign ©
registered sign ®
section sign §
dollar sign $
cent sign ¢
degree sign º
caret ^
at sign @
Pound sterling sign £
Yen sign ¥
Euro sign €
pound sign #
smiley face (or “smiley”)
frowny face (or “sad face”, “frown”)
winky face (or “winky”)
Did we miss any particularly important commands for Dictation? Let us know in the comments.

Add & Merge Calls on iPhone to Create a Conference Call

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The iPhone’s phone app has a great feature that lets you add additional callers to an existing conversation to create a conference call, and it’s surprisingly easy to use:
While on a phone call, tap the + “Add Call” button, then use your Contacts list or keypad to dial another number
The original conversation is temporarily placed on hold while the call is made, once the call is connected tap the “Merge Calls” button to add the new contact to the existing phone conversation
Repeat as necessary to add more people to the conference call
There are many obvious uses for conference calling, try this out the next time you’re trying to arrange plans with multiple people. This feature may not work on iPhones using the CDMA network.

Change the iPhone Simulator to 640×1136 Resolution

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With rumors and some new evidence suggesting the new iPhone display will have a 640×1136 screen resolution, developers and designers may find it interesting to alter the iOS Simulator to accomodate such a resolution. This can be done fairly easily by adding a basic text file to a directory, and then altering a plist file within the the iOS Simulator to add the new dimensions.
Grab this text file, save it as plain text named “File.txt” into ~/Library/Application Support/iPhone Simulator/
Now locate the iPhone Simulator and modify the plist file stored at the following location – you will need admin privileges to edit the plist file:
/Applications/ (Retina).deviceinfo/Info.plist
Add the following keys near the bottom of the plist but before the closing dict and plist tags, like so:

Relaunch iOS Simulator and select iPhone Retina as the device type to see the changes
This was discovered by Cedric Luthi and works with the latest versions of Xcode.
By comparison, the current iPhone 4 and 4S retina display is 3.5″ and has a resolution of 640×960 pixels.