How to Install iOS 8 on Your iPhone or iPad

iOS 8 ImageApple released the iOS 8 software for their mobile devices on 17 September 2014. It contains some significant new features and enhancements from iOS 7. Many of these features will be discussed in future articles, but for now, we will focus on how to upgrade your device to iOS 8.


The iOS 8 software is available from Apple as a free download for the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPad 2, iPad third and fourth generation, iPad Air, iPad mini, and the iPod touch fifth generation. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are delivered with iOS 8 preinstalled from the factory.


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How to Send a Text Message From Email

Email to TextMany cellular providers today provide unlimited text messaging as part of their service plans. However, there are still times when someone may be limited in their texting options or simply may be away from their cell phone and need to send a text message.

Most major cellular providers offer the capability to send a text message from an email address to a cell phone. This capability, known as an SMS gateway, has been around for a long time, but many people still don’t know it exists.

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Can I Monitor Text Messages on My Child’s iPhone?

textingMany parents are concerned about the texting habits of their children and with whom they communicate. I receive many questions from parents wanting to monitor text messages on their child’s iPhone. Unfortunately, there is no quick, easy, and free solution that will allow you to monitor all the various ways your child can communicate with others.

There are ways to keep track of your child’s iPhone activities. However, it can be a little challenging because of all the different ways your child can communicate with others.


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Why Am I Not Receiving iMessages?

iOS 7 Messages IconApple’s iMessage service provides the capability to send and receive messages between Apple devices. This is helpful for sending messages from an iPad, iPod touch, or a Mac computer that does not support regular SMS text messaging like the iPhone.


The iMessage service is typically very reliable. However, on rare occasions, you may find that iMessages seemed to have stopped working and are not being delivered to your device. If you have an iPhone, you will still receive SMS text messages from non-iPhone users, but you won’t receive iMessages from iPhone users. If you have multiple devices, you may notice iMessages are delivered to one device, but not another.

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Night Mode Makes Low-Light Reading on the iPad Easier on Your Eyes

Night Mode IconMany electronic reader apps such as iBooks, Kindle, and Instapaper offer a night-time reading mode that allows easier reading in low-light conditions. The night mode simply reverses the default white background and black text to a black background with white text. This creates less strain on your eyes when reading in a dark or dimly lit environment.


Night mode can be a handy feature, but not all apps have this functionality. Luckily, the iPad and iPhone have a capability similar to night mode that can be applied to any app.

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