Verizon JustKids Plan + A Quick Trick to Turn Your iPhone Into a Magnifying Glass


Verizon JustKids Plan

Early last month Verizon released a new postpaid plan specifically designed for kids called “justkids”.  It’s cheaper, has parental controls built in, and can be limited to how many people they can call and text etc. Check out more details here if you would like to see plan comparisons and more details about the justkids plan.


SnoreLab

Losing sleep due to snoring?  You’ve got to check out SnoreLab! Download it onto your iPhone and it will track and record snoring.  It will show you how loud you are snoring and for how long, and will give you ideas to help reduce your snoring. It turns out there are TONS of different products to help with snoring. Of course all of them will tell you theirs is the most effective, but people snore for different reasons, so that product may or may not help. If you’re serious about improving your sleep, try out different products and record them with SnoreLab so you can see what’s effective for you.


iTunes built into TVs

Earlier this year, Samsung announced that its smart TVs will include direct support for Apple’s iTunes movies and TV shows, without needing an Apple TV streamer. They are also going to support Airplay so if you’re playing music on your phone and want to stream it to your TV with an awesome sound system, you’re only a couple taps away. Keep an eye on Samsung if you’re looking for a new TV.


A Quick Trick to Turn Your iPhone into a Magnifying Glass

Did you know you can turn your iPhone into a magnifying glass?  Just add the Magnifier button to Control Center in Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls. Then swipe up from the bottom of the screen (or down from the battery meter on models without a home button). The special camera viewfinder is zoomed automatically, but you can change the zoom level with the slider, tap the flash icon to turn on the LED light, enable a filter to change the color or contrast, or lock the focus by tapping the lock icon. You can also freeze the image by tapping the white shutter button, which is great for grabbing a picture of a tiny serial number on the back of some device (tap that button again to resume using Magnifier). To leave Magnifier, press the Home button or swipe up from the bottom of the screen.  Pretty sweet huh?


Clean Up Old Tabs in Safari in iOS with This Quick Trick

Did you know that every time you tap a link to open a Web page in Safari on your iPhone or iPad, it automatically opens a new tab?  To close all your old tabs in one fell swoop, press and hold on the tab button, then tap Close All X Tabs in the popover that appears.

Cleaning these up won’t make your device run any faster, but if you dislike clutter and you’re finding it difficult to locate the things that are useful to you, this could be easier than closing all of them one-by-one.


Can’t Remember When Your Warranty Expires? iOS 12.2 Lays It Out

Go to Settings > General > About, where you’ll find a new entry that’s either called Limited Warranty (the basic Apple warranty) or AppleCare+ (the extended warranty and insurance you can buy). The entry shows the expiration date, and tapping it provides more details on the Coverage screen. If your iPhone or iPad doesn’t have AppleCare+ but is eligible for it (within 60 days of purchase), you can even buy it from this screen. You won’t see anything if your device is out of warranty and no longer eligible for AppleCare+.

Unfortunately it’s not quite as easy to check the warranty on your Mac, though it is hoped that they will add a similar feature to a future update. In the meantime, you can check your Mac’s warranty by visiting checkcoverage.apple.com and entering your serial number, which can be found in the menu > About This Mac.


AMBER and Other Emergency Alerts on Your iPhone?

Have you ever gotten an emergency alert on your iPhone, telling you about a public safety emergency? That’s the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) system, at least in the United States.

This system replaces the Emergency Broadcast System that has been in use for years. I’m sure you remember the tests on your television with the colored bars and the long beep. But since few people watch television anymore, a new way was created to alert people in case of emergency.

Unfortunately, the alerts aren’t always helpful or well targeted. Worse, they break through the Do Not Disturb cone of silence, and there’s no way to change their tones. Fortunately, if you’re in an important meeting when one of these go off, you likely aren’t going to be the only one getting them.

In iOS 12 in the US, you’ll see three categories of government alerts at the bottom of Settings > Notifications: AMBER Alerts, Emergency Alerts, and Public Safety Alerts.

In most countries, Apple lets you turn off all three categories, but you will still receive so-called “Presidential Alerts,” which are meant to reach everyone in the country during a national emergency.