I personally will hold off using it until there is more information out on how the Apple Pay feature works – and how secure it is. If you are ready to try it, here is some information about how to control it. It is available on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. With the iPad Air 2, you are limited to online purchases.
Tap the Settings icon.
Scroll down and tap the setting for Touch ID & Passcode.
Tap the setting to Add a Fingerprint. At the next screen, place your finger on the Home button. The next screen will ask you to repeatedly lift and rest your finger on the Home button as it reads your print. The final screen will capture the edges of your fingerprint, so tap the Continue link and again keep tapping on the Home button.
After your fingerprint has been registered, the next screen will tell you that Touch ID is ready. Tap the Continue button to proceed.
Touch ID requires that you set up a passcode to serve as an alternative security method just in case your fingerprint is ever unable to access your phone.
Enter a 4-digit passcode and then enter it again to confirm it. Both Touch ID and your passcode are now set up.
Mr. Number – cost:Free, Android – With this app, you can block calls and SMS messages from specific people, code prefixes, and whole area codes.
Google– cost:Free, Android and iOS – Say “Ok Google” and find everything from nearby restaurants to the calories in cheesecake. Google also shows you the info you need before you ask, like updates on your favorite teams and traffic alerts.
A new feature of iOS 8 is the ability to add widgets for your favorite apps to the Notification Center. Here’s a great example – ESPN SportsCenter – it’s free, of course. ESPN SportsCenter can keep you up to date on scores and even stream live radio right from the Lock screen of your iPhone, thanks to widget support. Once you’ve configured your teams and a few other settings, you’re good to go!
Tip of the month
Taking quick notes on Android or iPhone
How often do you have an idea or something passes through your mind that you need to write down quickly so as to not forget? There are a few ways to do this on either Android or iPhone devices that may not have occurred to you, so I’ll list one for each.
On the Android device…
You can type your thoughts without evening un-locking your device. Make sure lock-screen widgets are enabled. Settings – Security, then make sure the box next to Enable Widgets is checked.
Lock your phone, click a button to activate the screen, then swipe left or right from the edge of the display until you see a big ‘+’ button. Go ahead and tap it, then unlock your phone.
Scroll through the list of available widgets, find Google Keep (or your favorite note-taking app), then tap to add it to your lock screen.
Now, lock your Android device again, swipe from the edge of the screen to flick through your lock-screen apps, then tap in the top-left corner of the Google Keep widget to add a quick text note. (Yes, you can also record voice memos with Keep’s lock-screen widget by tapping the microphone icon.)
On an iPhone…
Take a video selfie! You can access your iPhone’s camera from the lock screen without having to unlock your device.
Simply swipe the camera shortcut in the corner of the screen, tap the red Record button, say your piece, then tap the button again.
Once you unlock your iPhone or iPad, you’ll be able to share the video via email or text message.