How to enable multiple dictionaries in the define feature on your iPhone and iPad
The Define option in the iPhone and iPad text selector popup gives you dictionary definitions for most common words. It’s convenient because it can be accessed in only a couple of taps. But what if you’re in England and the U.S. dictionary keeps coming up? What if you also speak Italian or Japanese or Chinese and want to access those definitions as well? What if you’re traveling and want access to French? Luckily, iOS makes it easy to add and manage additional dictionaries so you can have the languages you want right where you want them!
1. Hold down on the word you’d like to define.
2. Tap on Define in the popup menu.
3. Tap on Manage in the bottom left hand corner of the Define section.
4. Tap on the Cloud icon to the right of the dictionaries you’d like to download.
Now try defining a word again and you should see all the dictionaries you have installed in iOS now.
That’s all there is to it. If you ever want to remove a dictionary just tap the “x” next to the dictionary name.
How to use a Bluetooth keyboard with your Apple TV
Typing in characters with the little [silver remote] that comes with the Apple TV can be painful. While the Remote app can help ease the pain, nothing beats a full blown keyboard when it comes to typing. As it happens, you can use a Bluetooth keyboard with your Apple TV. Here’s how to pair them:
Before beginning, keep in mind that not all Bluetooth keyboards will work. Most will but some keys may not function if they don’t use Apple’s layout. Mostly all Apple wireless Bluetooth keyboards should work just fine.
1. Make sure your keyboard is On and Discoverable.
2. Click on Settings from the main menu of your Apple TV.
3. Now click on General.
4. Now choose Bluetooth.
5. Your Apple TV should find your keyboard. Click on it in the list of Bluetooth devices your Apple TV finds.
6. A four-digit code should appear on the screen of your TV. Enter it on your keyboard.
7. If the pairing was successful, you should now see the word Connected next to your keyboard in the Bluetooth menu of your Apple TV.
That’s all there is to it! You should now be able to use your Bluetooth keyboard with your Apple TV.
Paste an address and Contacts will parse it
I’m not sure how long this has been the case, but if you copy an address, say from a web site, and paste it into the first address field (street) in Contacts, Contacts will parse appropriately.
For example, try:
1234 Easy St
Pleasantville, CA 43402
When pasted into Contacts it will correctly place the City, State and Zip into the appropriate fields.
5 iPhone speaker amplifiers that you already own
The speakers on the iPhone are fine for text tones and chirps from Angry Birds, but they don’t really fit the bill for high-quality music. If you don’t have your headphones handy but still want to rock out to some booming tunes, give these household objects a try. They work like a megaphone for your music, and you’ll be surprised by how much better your iPhone can sound.
The old standby, tossing your iPhone in a mug is the most common way people add some muscle to their iPhone’s speakers. It’s handy, and you probably have one on your desk right now.
A Measuring Cup
Thick glass measuring cups are just as good, if not better than a simple coffee mug. The plastic versions don’t work nearly as well, so don’t bother with those.
Ceramic pottery — like an unused vase or planter — will give add some serious “boom.” You want to make sure the object you’re using is at least as tall as your iPhone, as the effects aren’t nearly as noticeable in a shallow bowl or dish.
A Pringles Can
Don’t toss that snack sleeve out once you’ve enjoyed its tasty contents, just slide your iPhone in and enjoy the sweet sounds of louder, more crisp musical notes.
If you’re really in a bind and don’t have any of the above objects within reach, you may still be able to give your iPhone some amplification by using an empty drawer. Smaller drawers work better, and you’ll want to make sure it’s only open about half way. Oh, and don’t try this if you have a bunch of junk in the drawer, because it’ll kill any positive effects.