Have you found that your iPad or iPhone has recently started auto-correcting perfectly normal words to really strange ones?
This can happen in any IOS app which uses Apple’s built-in auto-correction, auto-complete and spell-checking mechanisms. This includes BlogPad Pro, although we’re currently looking into other options to get around this issue.
But why does this happen?
IOS uses a unique dictionary which ‘learns’ new words depending on the words you use. If you reject an auto-corrected word twice, the dictionary assumes the new word is correct and adds it to the dictionary.
This can result in strange phrases and misspelled words replacing proper words.
So what can I do to fix the problem?
One way of fixing this is by disabling these features. To do this go into your iPad or iPhone settings:
Settings > General > Keyboard
Once you’re in keyboard settings here are three options you can disable:
Another option is to reset your keyboard to factory settings.
To do this go to your iPad or iPhone settings:
Settings > General > Reset > Reset Keyboard Dictionary.
Please bear in mind that this sets your keyboard to default settings and will delete all custom words.
This is really for parents whose kids use their iPads to play games. We’ve all heard the horror stories about the huge bills incurred by some parents (like the unlucky parents whose child racked up a huge £1300 bill playing ‘free app’ Tap Zoo!).
These horrendous costs are generally incurred through in-app purchases, and no matter how much you trust your child, they can sometimes do this without even realising. There are 2 changes you need to make, it’s not JUST your In-App Purchase settings!
You can easily disable these easily by tapping: Settings > General > Restrictions > Enable Restrictions
Then scroll down to Allowed Content and swipe In-App Purchases to OFF
Also – DON’T FORGET to change your password settings too. By default your device remembers your password for 15 minutes which allows your child to buy anything during this time. A friend of ours had in-app purchases disabled and still lost over £150 because of this!
Just underneath ‘In-App Purchases’ you can see ‘Require Password’. Set this to ‘Immediately’
How to close a running app on your IOS device including iPad, iPhone or iPod touch
Since Apple introduced multitasking on IOS devices you’ve been able to run different apps on your device and leave them running in the background while you use another app.
This is great, but sometimes you want to close the app – sometimes it’s because your iPad is running short on memory or maybe an app has stopped responding. Closing and relaunching the app quite often fixes this.
1. To close an app double-tap on your home button (below)
2. The bottom bar now shows a list of all the apps on your iPad which you are currently running:
3. Tap and hold one of these icons until they wiggle and red minus signs appear next to each icon.
4. To close an app just tap on the minus sign next to it. This won’t delete your app, it will just close it.
To exit this mode just press the ‘home’ button again.
iOS 7 Update
Closing an app in iOS 7 is slightly different. When you double-tap on the home button it goes to a screen like this (below) which shows all your open apps:
There are no hard and fast rules about this but basically categories are for a broad grouping and tags are more specific. For example if your blog is about food and your post is about lasagna, you would perhaps use the categories: Recipes, Pasta, Dinners and the tags: lasagna, tomato, beef, cheese.
I use categories for organising my blog and tags for telling people what a post is about.
Do you keep hearing people mentioning widgets, but have no idea what they are? Basically widgets are little tools which you can add into your blog, and are generally seen on the right sidebar or footer. On this blog the widgets I’m using include text widgets (in the right sidebar) for social media links, plus the Follow Blog widget to make it easy for readers to subscribe to blog posts.
Widgets can do all sorts of things: from integrating with your social media accounts (Facebook, twitter, Meebo, Flickr etc) to showing site stats, recent comments and followers and lots more – we’ll get into that later on.
Your blog has set areas where you can drag and drop widgets – usually in the right sidebar or footer areas, although this depends on the theme you have chosen.
To get to widgets click on appearance in your left menu, then select widgets from the sub-menu underneath.