How to disable Facebook's video autoplay on iPhone and Android

Facebook logo squareFacebook introduced their long-awaited video autoplay feature a few months ago, and apparently it’s been wreaking havoc with mobile data plans ever since. Autoplay is switched on by default, so when a video appears in your feed and you pause momentarily on it, the video will start to play.

Here’s the kicker: It’ll do this regardless of whether you’re on 3G or connected to wi-fi.

The fact is, if you’re downloading lots of video content over 3G, you’re going to very quickly hit the limit of your data plan. If you’re on a contract, you most likely won’t discover this until you get your next bill. Let me predict your next thought: how do I switch this autoplay feature off?

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1 quick trick to use Spotify with the Nike+ or Runkeeper running apps

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No matter how good you think your music collection is, it’ll never be Spotify good. They estimate that they have a collection of over 20 million songs…and growing every day. That’s a hell of a lot of tunes.

Which brings me to the next question any smart runner will ask: how can I listen to Spotify when I’m running? Continue reading “1 quick trick to use Spotify with the Nike+ or Runkeeper running apps”

IOS Tip: How to take a screenshot with your iPhone or iPad

Ever need to take a screenshot of what’s on your iPhone or iPad screen? Well, if you’re an IOS novice, you’ll be pleased to know that there’s a built-in shortcut to take a photo of your screen any time you need. No need to buy expensive third-party apps, here’s the simple ‘how-to’ to get you started.

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Instructions

As you can see from the image above, it’s a very straightforward process to take a screenshot on your IOS device. Actually, this tip should work on all versions of IOS running on iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad. Here we go:

  • Get the image you want to capture up on your iPhone screen (obviously).
  • Press the power button and the home button on your device simultaneously. You should hear a click like a camera shutter. Your screenshot has been taken.
  • Now, head into the Photos app and you should see the screenshot in your camera roll.
  • That’s it. Pretty simple, huh?

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How to stop the ringer vibration on your iPhone 5 alarm

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Like everybody else in the 21st Century, I use my smartphone as my alarm clock. And generally I’m happy with it, except for that panicky, frenzied vibration that the iPhone gives every time the alarm goes off.

So, how do you stop your iPhone alarm from vibrating and waking you up in a cold sweat?

I’ve got two solutions. One is a sledgehammer solution – you switch off all vibrations on your phone. The other is gentler – it involves switching off the vibration on just your phone’s ringtone. Either way, you’re going to be losing the vibrate when your phone rings, but if that’s acceptable to you, read on. I’m going to walk you through both methods.

Switch off the vibration on your ringtone only

This is my preferred solution. At least this way, you keep vibrations on other types of notification.

  1. So, on your iPhone, browse to the Settings app and go into Sounds
  2. Scroll down to Sounds And Vibration Patterns and click into your Ringtone.
  3. You should see an option for Vibration. It’s usually set to Alert (Default), but you should go to the bottom of this screen and choose None instead.
  4. Now, test this out by going to your Clock app and testing the ringtone on the Alarm settings. It should sound the ringtone you’ve selected, but not vibrate. Set the volume of the ringer to your desired level by using the volume buttons on the side of the phone.

Disable Vibrate altogether

This is the all-consuming solution that I talked about up top. You may be fine with switching off your iPhone’s vibrate function altogether, so here’s how to do it.

  1. Open your Settings app and browse to Sounds.
  2. The Vibrate function is at the top of the page. Simply switch off Vibrate on Ring and Vibrate on Silent and this should effectively stop your phone buzzing, including the alarm.
  3. Once again, I suggest you test this by browsing into your iPhone’s clock settings.

That’s my solution to silencing the annoying vibrating alarm clock in iOS6. If you’ve discovered a better way, feel free to share it in the comments below!