How to Sync iPhone Notes with Gmail Account

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Apple iOS offers many great stock apps, and one of them is notes app. This app will let you take quick notes, and you can also sync it online with iCloud and Gmail. But not many people know about it or how to use it. This tutorial will show you how to sync iPhone notes with Gmail or any other email service over IMAP. This is very useful, when you are working online, and use iPhone notes app to take quick notes. This way, you will be creating a backup copy of notes in your Gmail account too.

How to Sync iPhone Notes with Gmail:

Before we Sync our notes we need to first setup our iPhone to use Gmail via IMAP. If you already have it configured skip these steps and jump right ahead to enable notes syncing. For those of you who need instructions to configure Gmail via IMAP on iPhone please read our tutorial How to Configure IMAP/Push for Gmail on iPhone

Now that we have an IMAP account setup let’s proceed to the next step.

iPhone Notes Sync Gmail

Under account settings turn on Notes.

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Now you might wonder what happens next. Here’s what. Gmail will create a new label called Notes automatically for you. Once you click on it you will be able to browse through all your Notes from your computer’s browser.

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Please note that the Sync is one way. Any changes made to notes on iPhone will reflect in your Gmail account but you cannot edit it there. The notes can only be edited on the iOS device, be it your iPhone or iPad.

Multiple iPhone Notes Accounts?

If you enable Notes sync on more than one account, all of them will feature under Accounts in the Notes app. You can choose to access all or just the ones from a particular account.

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There are many advantages of syncing your iPhone notes online. I’ll save that for another post. Meanwhile, why don’t you temme how can you find this feature useful. If you are a new iPhone user, here are few more tips that you should not miss:

 

3 iPhone Puzzle Games That Test Your IQ

For those who love iPhone Puzzle games you will find almost an endless supply in the Appstore. Puzzle games are great for casual gamers and I have singled 3 which are the best in the Appstore.

iPhone Puzzle Games

1. Doodle Fit by Gamelion Studios:

Doodle Fit is a game in which you must fit different shaped blocks so that it matches the large outlined shape on your screen. The game will start out very easily by giving you shapes such as a square and rectangle but as you progress you the shapes become more difficult such as insects and letters. There are a total of over 100 different shapes that are divided into 4 levels and the game offers hints for those who need a little extra help. Doodle Fit features amazing chalkboard graphics and upbeat music and is available for only $.99

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2. Slice it! by Com2uS:

In this game you must try to slice equal sized shapes into the required number of pieces. Each of the sliced pieces will be graded by accuracy and if there is a large difference between the sizes then you will have to redo the level. You will be given 1-5 stars for perfect cuts or a 5 stars which will give you a hint. These hints can be used in the later levels when you are stuck and there might be many of these occasions in the 60 levels available. Slice it! features a nice paper background with fun music and is only available for $.99

3. Cut the rope by ZeptoLab.

In this game there is a rope that is dangling with candy. You must cut the rope in the right place while dodging different obstacles such as spiders or air guns so that the candy lands in the monster’s mouth. The rope will bounce around realistically and features a fantastic physics engine. Cut the rope has some really cute graphics and has 100 brain boggling puzzles for only $.99!

Do let us know your favorite iPhone puzzle game?

How Much Data Does a FaceTime Call Use?

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So what did we find out?

Now that we have made FaceTime an integral part of how we communicate, we decided to find out how much data it is consuming. This is important for a lot of users who may not be on an unlimited data plan be it 3G or wi-fi. Keeping an eye on how much data Facetime is using, will make sure you never cross your data limit, and don’t get over billed for the usage.

For those living under a rock, here are some FaceTime related articles:

Facetime Data usage test:

Facetime is free, and works best when you are using high speed internet connection (Wi-fi, 3G, 4G).  We made a FaceTime call from our iPhone 4 (over 3G) to our new iPod Touch 4G which recently shipped. The results for the test call are as follows:

  • Call Duration: 10 minutes
  • Data Sent: 14.6 MB
  • Data Received: 15.1
  • Total Data (Sum of above) : 29.7 for ten minutes

We can conclude from the above that FaceTime is using approximately three megabytes per minute. So, an hour long conversation would involve around 180MB of data. A similar test conducted by 9to5Mac yielded the same results. Though, this result may vary depending upon which version of iOS device you are using.  So, when you are choosing a wi-fi plan at home go for unlimited connections to avoid huge data charges. Similarly, make sure you consider data charges on all the networks before you choose a 3G connection from the upcoming providers in India.

Vine iPhone app

How to use Vine for Beginners

Twitter is for sharing thoughts in 140 character limits. Normally, when Twitter users want to share videos through the platform they tweet a link to it. Their followers then click the link to be taken to another website to see the video. It’s up to them whether they come back to Twitter or not.

Then came Vine, the new IOS app everyone is buzzing about.

Twitter bought Vine in October 2012 and debuted it for free download in January 2013. The app allows users to capture and upload six second video loops to Twitter that followers can see in their stream without leaving the Twitter interface. Although Twitter says it’s developing the app for other platforms, Vine is currently only available for the iPhone and the iPod Touch. Originally, the app’s minimum age was 12 but due to the influx of adult themed videos, Twitter has raised it to 17 years old.

Benefits of Vine:

Vine iPhone appVine is good for Twitter for two reasons. The first is that it adds a richness to the platform that it lacked previously. Adding a new element to the content makes just makes the Twitter experience better overall.

The second reason is that it keeps more users on the platform instead of sending them out to third party websites to watch these videos. The more it keeps those users within the platform, the higher its traffic and usage stats. Those numbers affect advertising prices among other things.

There are benefits for users, too. In terms of sharing, individuals and brands have gotten used to using post updates and images to reach their audiences. Video is an option but most of the time it’s an involved process to create the longer videos you see on Youtube and other video sites. Vine is a quick and easy way to connect with others through moving images. It also is the most hassle free way to upload video to Twitter at the moment.

Getting Started with Vine

Using Vine is a lot like using Instagram, but there are still a few things you need to know about the services. Here are some facts to keep in mind:

Expect simplicity. Vine is super simple. Just hold the create button to make a video and let go when you’re done. There are some users who will be disappointed by the lack of advanced features of the app. But the fact that you don’t have to be a genius to use it well is part of the design.

It’s all about keeping it short. Long videos aren’t for Vine. Like Twitter, Vine is about an abbreviation of an experience. You may think six seconds is too short to make an impression but it’s not. It just means you have to get to the point right away.

It’s not just about the video. After you’ve created a video, that’s not the end. You also can add captions with hashtags and location information.  This gives your followers some sort of context to your creations. It’s also important to making your Vine videos searchable through the app, Twitter, and other platforms.

It’s not just about Twitter. Vine is a separate app and platform from Twitter. You don’t have to be on Twitter to use Vine. You create a separate profile and have a separate follower count on Vine. And while you can share your Vine videos to your Twitter account, you can also share it to Facebook. Other sharing options may be added in the future.

Don’t forget to explore. Vine is to Twitter what Instagram is to Facebook. It’s connected but separate. And just as you can use Instagram to search the app to find new and interesting content, Vine’s explore option allows you find interesting videos through hashtags and keywords.

Go ahead and try Vine, and let me know if you still have any questions. You can also subscribe to our Email newsletter for more updates.

Top Cydia Repos That You Should Use

Top Cydia ReposLot of people don’t know what to do once they’ve Jailbroken their iOS device, they don’t know where to find all the cool stuff. Of course it’s all available in Cydia’s Sections tab, but that’s just too much to search from. In such cases, it is necessary to add certain repositories, repo as we know it, to Cydia wherein you can get all the benefits of having a Jailbroken iOS device.

Now, the difficult part is that there are many repos to chose from, and you can go on adding them and almost all of them have similar content. Here I’ll be writing about the top cydia repos that you can add to get the most out of your Jailbroken iOS device and enjoy all those free and premiumr apps. Also I’ll be telling you how to add repos to Cydia later on in the post.

Top 5 Cydia Repos and Sources

Cydia usually comes with ModMyi, Telesphoreo Tangelo and the BigBoss Repos, so I’m not going to count those. These Cydia repos are updated for iOS 6.1.1, and after Evasi0n jailbreak, you can add them manually.

iPhoneCake Repo

If you’re a game freak, and want access to many gaming titles then this is the repo for you. It has games such as Need for Speed, Asphalt, FIFA and much more.

You can add iPhoneCake repo to Cydia from Manage>Sources>Edit>Add:

http://cydia.iphonecake.com

Sinful iPhone Repo

Another repo that contains a lot of themes and apps to customize your jailbroken iOS device. The collection is not as large as that of BigBoss Repo, but it has some good apps and themes that will make your iOS device even better.

To add Sinful iPhone Repo go to Cydia>Manage>Sources>Edit>Add:

http://sinfuliphonerepo.com

iSpazio Repo

The iSpazio repository is mainly an italian one, but it has many international apps, themes, wallpapers and games as well. It’s good to have this on your list of top 5 repos and enjoy awesome customization of your iOS device.

To add iSpazio Repo to Cydia go to Manage>Sources>Edit>Add:

http://ispaziorepository.com

iModZone Repo

Last, but not the least, the iModZone repo, for all your crazy theming and wallpaper needs. Browse through the repo once it’s installed to see what I mean by crazy themes and wallpapers.

To add iModZone Repo to Cydia go to Manage>Sources>Edit>Add:

http://cydia.imodzone.net

That’s the Top 5 repos that I would suggest you to add in Cydia. Now if you don’t know how to add a repo in Cydia, then follow these steps.

How to add repo to Cydia:

  • Enter Cydia, and then go over to the Manage tab.

Cydia Repos

  • Now select Sources and tap on Edit>Add(on the top left corner).

Cydia Sources

  • A dialogue box will appear where you’ll have to enter the required repo address. Enter one of the address from the above list and it’ll be automatically added to your Sources.

Cydia Adding Sources/repos

  • Now to browse through the repos, enter Source and then browse, install, preview as many apps, themes, ringtones, wallpapers as you want.

Enjoy and do let us know which is your favorite repo for apps, themes etc.