10 Reasons Why Your Blog Is Underperforming

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It’s true that 47% of consumers read between 3-5 pieces of blog content before making a purchasing decision.

Are you making sure your content is connecting with your audience?

Millions of businesses are writing content every single day (myself included) but you will find that they aren’t achieving the results they are looking for.

Writing content is time consuming, but after understanding what doesn’t work, you will find that the time you are spending writing content, will pay off for you.

After understanding my audience, and thousands of successful pieces of written content over the last nine years, I want to share with you 10 reasons why your blog is underperforming.

1. Un-Engaging Headline

When it comes to creating written content, the first thing someone will see is your headline, and one of the biggest reasons why your blog is underperforming is because your headlines are not engaging with your audience.

Research your industry to see what your audience are most engaging with, and take a look at your past articles to understand the type of content your audience wants to read.

2. Having A Boring Tone Of Voice

Every single company you come across that has a successful marketing strategy will have their own tone of voice that connects with their customers. People will always buy from people, so your brand has to have emotion, and a personality which they can connect with and relate to.

3. Using Short Keywords For Your SEO

Using one word keywords for a focus keyword for your metadata will not drive you traffic. You need to get more niche, and use long-tail keywords to make sure that when people are searching for the type of content you are creating, your blog is showing up in their search results. Think about how your audience searches, and make your long-tail keywords more conversational.

4. There’s No Powerful or Persuasive Hook

When you are writing content, you need to make sure that you are sharing compelling facts and statistics to connect with your audience. Having a powerful hook by writing something that will persuade your audience to read your content will help you when it comes to building trust and helping your prospect make that purchasing decision.

5. Lack Of Variety

You will notice that I have articles which are just written content, and then I will also have other articles that have visuals. It is important that you are always varying the type of content you create, as your audience want information in a variety of different ways.

6. No Call-To-Action

This is something I have been doing more of over the last 12 months. I always make sure to offer a call-to-action at the end of my blogs whether this be to sign up to a webinar, resource or just answer a question. Use a call-to-action as a way to encourage a two-way conversation.

7. Short Content

Just two years ago, optimum content used to be around the 300-word mark, but now, content that is 600 words + is performing better. I make sure that my content is at least 700 words long. If you find it hard to write longer content on a more regular basis, focus on writing less content that is longer, and more in depth.

8. You’re Not Telling A Story

In every piece of content I write, I like to share some sort of anecdote to give what I am saying credibility, and use it as a way to connect with you audience on a more personal level. Think about how you can talk about your story to help your audience.

9. Repurposing All Of Your Content

Only recently I discovered that repurposing every single piece of content, and sharing it on the likes of LinkedIn Pulse and Medium within a week of posting on my website actually decreases the traffic I get to the article. Because LinkedIn Pulse and Medium are considered more “authoritative” websites, content of yours that sits on your website, and on these sites within a month of each other are in essence competing for traffic and you don’t want that.

10. Not Promoting Your Blog

Are you sharing your content across all of your Social Media platforms? To get traffic back to your website, sharing a link to your blog posts on Social Media is important. You should also look at other ways to promote your blog including email marketing, and other forms of digital marketing.

I hope that the above 10 tips will help your blog perform more effectively for your business.

Over the last nine years I have written over 1,000 articles, and have acquired more than ONE MILLION visitors reading my blogging content. How would you like to be able to achieve the same?

In the modern world, every business needs to communicate with their customers through content, and the best way to do this is through blogging.

To understand whether this webinar is for YOU, I have four questions I would like you to ask yourself:

  1. Do you know how to set up a blog?
  2. Are you happy with the blog traffic you are generating?
  3. Are you on the first page of Google for your blog content?
  4. Do you know how to find your target customers online?

If you answered NO to the above questions, this will be one of the best blogging learning opportunities you’ll have this year, and it’s 100% free, certified and live!

Here’s Why You Should Care:

  • Websites with a blog tend to have 434% more indexed pages
  • 47% of buyers view 3-5 pieces of content before engaging with the company
  • B2B marketers that use blogs get 67% more leads than those that do not

In my NEW and EXCLUSIVE 1 hour webinar, I will share with you how I have generated thousands of leads through the content I create on a weekly basis.

As a small business, writing content is something that should be a huge focus for you, especially if driving traffic is important to your success.

Join me on the 21st June at 7pm and in just 60 minutes I will take you through my formula to small business blogging success that has helped me generate thousands of leads, and can be attributed to a 6-figure income.

Places limited to 100 people, so be sure to sign up below to secure your place. If you cannot make it live, still register to make sure that you receive a link to the recording post-webinar!

This is one of the best blogging learning opportunities you’ll have this year and it’s 100% free and certified.
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Widgets in iOS 10: Notifications, streaming videos, 3D Touch and more

Apple’s use of the term “widgets” may not match what Android users consider a widget, but at the end of the day the two distinct approaches serve the same purpose: To provide snippets of information at a glance.

With iOS 10, widgets are still displayed in the Today view, and can still be accessed by sliding down the Notification Center and swiping to the left.

However, you can now access widgets in more places and they can and (eventually) do more.

More than just notifications on your lock screen

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iOS 10’s lock screen has completely changed. Beyond the new unlocking method (which requires you to click the home button), you now swipe to the left to view your widgets. Using this same gesture, you can view widgets to the left of your main home screen on an unlocked device.

On an iPhone, you’ll see a single column, while on an iPad there are now two columns of widgets. You can edit the left and right side, or the single column but scrolling to the bottom of your widgets and tapping on Edit. Select the green “+” icon to add a widget, or the red “-” to remove one. Tap and hold on the three lined icon to put your respective widgets in order.

On a locked device, when you attempt to view a widget where personal information can come into play, such as the Activity widget, you will need to place your finger on the home button to unlock your device. Notice, you don’t actually press the home button to open the home screen. With your device unlocked, information in the Activity or Find My Friends (just two current examples) will fill in.

3D Touch

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Beyond iOS 10 widgets hiding just off the left side of your screen, apps that have been updated for iOS 10 can now show a widget when you Force Touch on its icon.

Pressing on an app icon reveals the standard shortcuts, plus a widget regardless of whether or not you’ve added it to your curated list in the Today View.

If you haven’t added a particular widget but want to, you can tap on the Add widget button when viewing it.

Streaming video, interaction and more!

Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/CNET

Now that we know how to access widgets in iOS 10, let’s talk about just what you can do with widgets.

While viewing your widgets, you will notice a button in the top-right corner of some widgets that says “Show more.” Selecting it will expand the widget. For something like the Calendar widget, you’ll see more of your upcoming agenda, whereas the Weather widget will show you the week’s forecast along with current conditions.

During the iOS 10 announcement, Apple used a sports app to demonstrate viewing stats for a basketball game and video highlights directly within the widget. This is an area of iOS 10 that will undoubtedly grow in feature set now that iOS 10 has officially launched and as developers begin to push updates to the masses.

[Source:-Cnet]

10 things learnt from 10 years of blogging

10 things learnt from 10 years of blogging

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For the past 10 years I have been writing a blog about Melbourne’s visual arts. My first blog post on Black Mark, Melbourne Art and Culture Critic was on February 16, 2008. It was ‘Faster Faster Pussycat’ about Phibs, Debs and other street artists painting a wall in Fitzroy. Now over a 1000 blog posts later this is what I have I learned about blogging.

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    1. It can motivate you The first thing I learned was that writing a blog was motivation to do more in life; I was already going to many art exhibitions but now there was more motivation to go to places, meet people and do other fun things. Soon I started to get invitations to do more things and meet more people. Blogging changed my life; although it wasn’t actually the writing, nor the taking endless photos, or the posting online that really made the change.
    2. You probably won’t make money Do not expect to make money from advertising on your blog but there are a variety of other ways that you can use a blog professionally from promotion to networking. My friend Professor Alison Young, who I met through blogging, uses her blog Images to Live By, to introduce herself. Middle-aged academics are not a typical part of the street art/graffiti scene but now Alison is ‘Banksy favourite criminologist’.
    3. You can make friends I have made many new friends through writing the blog, which has improved the quality of my life. One reason why I have made so many friends blogging is that I mostly write about what other people are doing.
    4. You learn how to manage enemies I have learned how to deal with hostile comments, trolls and other idiots. You can’t predict what will get people to write hostile comments – it could be pigeons in Coburg. I have never shied away from controversy, writing posts about the persecution of Bill Henson and Paul Yore. When I have hostile comments I always remember that the person writing them will forget about it after a day or two. If they don’t, that I can always block them from making comments, but I’ve only had to do this once in ten years. Comments are not indicative of anything; no comment does not mean a bad post. Out of 1,077 post I have only had 2,099 comments; half the comments are my own because I generally reply to all comments but I avoid feeding trolls.
    5. You need a focus My blog is focused on Melbourne’s visual arts but I do post about other things on it. Having a clear focus for a blog is important but it is a balance between a very narrow focus and ranging too far. With 13 categories on my blog I’m not sure that I’ve got it right but it is a lesson I’ve learned.
    6. You get to do a lot of people watching Vox pops can make a good local blog post. These don’t have to be direct quotes, but observations on how people are reacting. I like to watch how small children react at art exhibitions; are they engaged or bored? ‘Why does a tree need a sweater?’ is an example of how one observation of an angry man made a successful blog post about yarn bombing.Another local blogger and people-watcher is the writer Jane Routley, who writes about her day job in Station Stories, life as a Station Assistant.
    7. You might get a book published In 2015 my first book, Sculpture of Melbourne, was published by Melbourne Books. I started writing and researching the book on my blog and before I started my blog I couldn’t have imagined writing a history of Melbourne’s public sculpture. I am now working on my second book about true art crimes in Melbourne.
    8. You should follow your analytics I learnt from watching my stats the there was an interest in Melbourne’s public sculpture. What the public wants to read about art is different to what many arts writers want to write about. There are a lot of different kinds of feedback that you can get on blogs from comments to stats. Lots of stats, numbers of subscribers, views, repeat views. In ten years I’ve had approximately 537,000 views from 155 countries around the world (still no views from Greenland, Cuba, Iran, South Sudan and various central African countries). Stats can be addictive – you get the idea.
    9. Blogs can be works of art.My blog isn’t but the artist Peter Tyndall’s blog was exhibited at the NGV in 2013’s Melbourne Now exhibition and there are other less notable examples.
    10. It is hard work but satisfying

You are your own boss, your own editor and you make your own deadlines. Ignore the advice about blogging that you have to post regularly. Writing a blog may not be for everyone but it has worked for me and I will continue.

[Source:-Arts Hub]

iOS 10: Widgets und das Kontrollzentrum

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Widgets! Die kleinen Helferlein gibt es bei Apple schon länger, doch in iOS 10 wird ihnen auf dem iPhone mehr Raum eingeräumt. iOS 10 funktioniert übrigens von den beiden neuen 7er-Versionen bis runter zum iPhone 5, auch wenn es dort etwas langsamer laufen dürfte.

Widgets: Wann fährt der nächste Bus?

Eine App suchen und starten dauert. Das geht mit Widgets schneller. Jeder Entwickler kann für seine Anwendung so ein „Helferlein“ anbieten. Wischen Sie im ersten Startbildschirm auf dem iPhone nach rechts. Ganz oben ist das Spotlight-Suchfeld, gleich darunter Wochentag und Datum. Nun folgen die Widgets. Es sind Informationen aus installierten Apps. Man sieht die Informationen, ohne die eigentliche App öffnen zu müssen. Ist mein Paket schon angekommen? Wann fährt der nächste Bus an meiner Haltestelle? Gibt es hier in der Nähe ein nettes Café? Wann und vor allem wo beginnt mein nächster Termin? Die Widgets liefern Antworten.

Im Widget-Fenster sieht man auch Nachrichten-Schlagzeilen aus der Apple-App News. Praktisch, doch kann man die Inhalte leider nicht seinen Wünschen anpassen, da die App immer noch nicht im deutschen App-Store (Stand: 13. September 2016) verfügbar ist. Ich hoffe, das holt Apple bald nach.

Welche Widgets und vor allem in welcher Reihenfolge Sie sehen, legen Sie fest. Wischen Sie bei den Widgets ganz nach unten und tippen auf Bearbeiten. Nun können Sie installierte Widgets löschen (Einfahrt-verboten-Symbol) oder verschieben (drei Linien gedrückt halten und verschieben). Weiter unten finden Sie verfügbare Widgets Ihrer installierten Apps, die Sie mit einem Fingertipp auf das grün-weiße Plus aktivieren.

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Kontrollzentrum: alles im Griff

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Das Kontrollzentrum bietet Zugriff auf die wichtigsten Einstellungen des iPhones

Im Kontrollzentrum wird es bunter. Die Icons zum Flugmodus, WLAN, Bluetooth, Nachtmodus und der Ausrichtungssperre werden farbig, sobald sie aktiviert sind. Wer sich jetzt fragt: Kontrollzentrum, wo ist das denn? Einfach mit dem Finger vom unteren Bildschirmrand hoch wischen.

Hier kommen Sie schneller zu den Einstellungen für AirPlay, AirDrop und dem NightShift-Modus. Außerdem bietet es Zugriff auf die Taschenlampe, Taschenrechner, Kamera und alle Uhr-Funktionen (Wecker, Stoppuhr, Weltuhr, Timer und jetzt neu: die Schlafenszeiten.)

Ein Wisch des aktiven Kontrollzentrums bringt Sie zur Mediensteuerung. Hier sieht man, welcher Titel gerade (im Hintergrund) läuft. Sie können pausieren, in der Playliste vor- oder zurückspringen und die Lautstärke verändern (was natürlich mit den seitlichen Knöpfen am iPhone schneller geht). Praktisch ist am unteren Rand die Auswahl des Wiedergabegeräts. Musik- und Hörbücher können nicht nur über die iPhone-Lautsprecher gehört werden. Hier sehen Sie die zur Verfügung stehenden Kopfhörer, AirPlay- und Bluetooth-Geräte.

Ob Sie das Kontrollzentrum auch bei aktiven Apps oder im Sperrbildschirm „hoch wischen“ können, legen Sie unter Einstellungen > Kontrollzentrum fest. Nachteil: Bei wilder Spiel-Action wischen Sie eventuell das Kontrollzentrum ins Bild und Ihr Spiel ist unterbrochen. Vorteil: Sie lesen einen Artikel, schauen in einer App während gerade Musik läuft. Der aktuelle Titel ist doof, einfach das Kontrollzentrum hoch wischen, ein Wisch nach links und in der Mediensteuerung einen Song weiter springen.

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Gallery: 10 JIRA plugins to make software development even more agile

Make JIRA work for you

Software suites like JIRA are complicated, and each company needs it to do something just a little bit different. Atlassian knows this, which is why JIRA is relatively barebones: They expect you to supplement it with some of the hundreds of plugins available in the Atlassian Marketplace.

Here are 10 plugins that are sure to add much-desired features to any JIRA setup.

Image: Atlassian

[Source:-Tech Republic]

10 Mistakes People Make When Guest Posting

Guest blogging can be an excellent way to build your business. It gets you and your work in front of people who may never have otherwise  heard of you, and helps you build authority in your niche.

However, when guest blogging is done wrong, it can be completely ineffective, and even harmful to your brand. This post will look at 10 common mistakes to avoid when engaging in guest posting for your business.

1. Writing about your business.

If you’re lucky enough to get a guest posting opportunity on a great site, don’t blow it by writing a blog post about your business or products.

Most likely, the blog owner won’t even accept your post in the first place. They know their readers don’t want to read an ad or promotional post, and probably won’t be thrilled that you tried to use their platform for your own purpose.

Even if your post does make it onto the blog, your promotional post is unlikely to get many views, shares or links – the very reasons you’re engaging in guest blogging in the first place.

2. Not linking back to your website.

While SEO shouldn’t be the main purpose of your guest blogging efforts, including a link back to your site is still vital. Without a link, readers will have no way to find you or to read more of your content.

Keep in mind that sites may or may not allow links within the body of your post. However, the vast majority of sites who are curating content will at least let you include a link in your author bio. This bio (and link) will be the key to generating referral traffic and leads.

If you’re allowed to include links within your content, use that opportunity to provide additional valuable resources to your readers that relate to your topic. While you’ll definitely want to link to other, outside sources for your article, including a couple of links to your own (relevant) content is usually just fine.

3. Not including an enticing offer.

If the primary goal of your guest blogging is brand recognition, including an offer in your author bio isn’t absolutely necessary. In fact, in my own bio, I rarely share anything except a brief introduction to myself and my business, and a link back to my homepage.

However, if you’re looking to generate leads through your guest post, I’d strongly encourage you to include a free offer in your bio. This could be a free ebook, guide or other downloadable resource, and should ideally relate directly to the topic of your guest post (e.g., offering a free ebook on how to get clients when posting on a business-related site).

4. Writing for a site that won’t send targeted traffic.

The appeal of writing for a popular, high-traffic site is undeniable. Many business owners work on the assumption that all traffic is equal, and that a site with tons of visitors is better than a smaller site with less traffic.

However, it’s also important to consider the quality and relevance of that traffic. A small, niche site with a loyal and responsive audience is often better than a larger site that covers a wide variety of unrelated topics. These niche visitors will be more likely to engage with you one-on-one, and to be interested in your offer (see # 3 above).

[Source:-Forbes]

10 tips and tricks for Samsung Gear S3

Samsung’s Gear S3 is a fully capable smartwatch, although CNET’s Scott Stein would love to see more apps available for the watch.

Whether you received a Gear S3 over the holidays, or have had it for a while, odds are there are some features and aspects of the watch you have yet to explore. Here are 10 tips and tricks to help you out.

The box is a charging stand

Instead of tossing the box in the trash, convert it into a charging dock for your watch. Other than assembling some pieces, no work is really required on your part. Turn to the included Quick Start Guide (page 5) for instructions detailing how to assemble the stand.

Pair with any Android device

To use the Gear S3 with almost any Android device, you’ll need to jump through a few hoops. First, you’ll need to make sure your Android device is running Android 4.4 and above along with 1.5GB RAM. Next, you’ll need to install the Samsung Gear app from the Play Store.

During the setup process, the app will ask you to install two or three more apps, which are required for the watch and your phone to talk to one another. Follow the prompts and install the various plug-ins and services.

Change watch faces

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There are plenty of watch faces for the Gear S3, most of which you will need to use the Gear app on your Android device to browse and install.

Changing between watch faces can be done on the phone as well, or on the watch itself. Long-press on your current watch face, then swipe left or right to browse installed faces. If a “Stylize” option is shown below the preview, tap on it to change colors and customize it to your liking.

Use Samsung Pay

One of the standout features of the Gear S3 is total Samsung Pay compatibility. Meaning, you can pay on NFC terminals as well as older credit card swipe machines using your watch. I spent an entire weekend using it, and it’s awesome.

Long-press the tip right button on the watch to begin the setup process. You’ll need to add a card on your phone, but the app walks you through it and it’s easy.

Then, when out and about, long-press the same button, tap on the card you want to pay with, and hold your watch up to the payment terminal. Magic.

[Source:-CNET]

How to . . . enable the Windows 10 dark theme – and why

The dark theme in Windows will get rid of some of the glaring white and bright backgrounds for the operating system.

The Windows 10 Anniversary update introduced last year brought a few new tricks, some that have proved very useful. One of these is the new Dark theme that takes all the apps in Windows 10 and gives them a bit of a makeover at the click of a button.

What does it do?

The dark theme in Windows will get rid of some of the glaring white and bright backgrounds for the operating system.

Maybe you like using your laptop late at night or in low light without burning your retinas out. Maybe it’s an aesthetic preference. Some people feel it’s less stressful on the eyes working for long periods of time with a darker theme. Whatever the reason, it’s nice that Microsoft is offering an easy option for this.

Enabling the dark theme in Windows 10 used to require a bit of messing around with the registry, but these days the process is as simple as toggling it on from the settings menu.

Click on the Start Menu. Click on the Settings cog, then Personalisation>colours and scroll down to the end of the menu. You’ll see an option to choose your app mode. By default it’s set to light. Change it to dark and you’ll see an immediate effect.

When you go into Windows apps, you’ll see the background colour has now been changed to black, making your desktop an altogether more tolerable place to work if you prefer more muted tones.

However, some things retain their white background – File Explorer, Edge and Microsoft Office, to name but a few. It also won’t have an impact on third-party software.

There are options, however.

For desktop applications such as File Explorer you have the choice to use the built-in high-contrast settings or go for a third-party theme. If you opt for the high-contrast settings, the main goal here is to make the screen easier to read rather than to present a slick, dark theme. In other words, it’s not the prettiest, but it does the job.

You can also customise certain parts of it – what colour hyperlinks show up as, how highlighted text looks, and so on – and create you own customer dark theme. To do this, go to the Personalisation menu mentioned previously, go to Colours, and at the very bottom of the menu, click on high-contrast settings. From there you can choose what high-contrast theme to enable and customise.

Edge:

If you are using Microsoft’s built-in browser you will have to enable the dark theme within its settings to dial down the brightness. Open Edge and click on the menu button (the three dots) in the top right corner. Select Settings and under Choose a theme, select Dark from the drop-down box.

Third party-browsers:

If you are using Chrome or Firefox, enabling Windows 10’s dark theme will have no effect on your colour scheme within those programmes. You can, however, download extensions or add-ons that will turn down the lights. For Chrome, try Morpheon Dark or Slinky Elegant, both available free. For Firefox, take a look at the Dark Fox theme.

Microsoft Office:

You can enable the dark themes for each programme you want to use – Word, Excel, etc – so you can have dark themes in Word. for example, without having it for your spreadsheets too. Or you can enable them across the board.

For the former, open the programme you want to turn dark. Go to the File menu>Options>Personalise. In the drop-down menu select Black. Click OK.

To enable it across all Office programmes, go to the File Menu on one Office programme, click Account and, under Office Theme, select Black from the drop-down menu.

[Source:-IT]

¿Nuevo iPhone o iPad? Cómo configurar y exprimir los widgets en iOS 10

Mañana de Reyes, regalos que se abren en casa con la familia. Acabas de recibir un iPhone o iPad nuevo y ya estás trasteando con él. Estrenar un dispositivo nuevo y que te gusta es estupendo. Ahora que estás poniéndolo a punto, trasladando tus datos desde iCloud e instalando apps nuevas, es el momento de configurar los widgets en iOS 10.

Los widgets hicieron aparición en iOS 8 y desde entonces, los usuarios de iPhone, iPod Touch y iPad podemos utilizarlos. Sin embargo, muchos usuarios desconocen cómo pueden ayudarles en su día a día. Veamos cómo aprovechar los widgets de iOS 10 al máximo.

¿Qué es un widget en iOS 10?

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En informática, un widget es un elemento de la interfaz que nos muestra una determinada información. Los widgets se han trasladado desde los ordenadores a los smartphones, convirtiéndose en una parte que muchos usuarios consideran fundamental en sus dispositivos. Android los introdujo mucho antes que iOS. Hace dos años y con el lanzamiento de iOS 8, los usuarios de iPhone y iPad también podemos disfrutarlos.

¿Cómo accedo a un widget en mi iPhone o iPad?

Existen dos formas principales de acceder a los widgets en un dispositivo con iOS 10. La primera es desde la pantalla de bloqueo, deslizando la pantalla hacia la izquierda (en sentido contrario al acceso de la cámara). La segunda es desde la Home o pantalla de inicio, también hacia la izquierda en la primera página de apps.

Existe una tercera manera de acceder a un widget, aunque se limita a solo dos de ellos: el buscador de Spotlight y las sugerencias de apps de Siri.

¿Para qué sirven los widgets?

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En su versión más simple, los widgets en iOS 10 nos proporcionan información concreta sobre apps o servicios determinados. Por ejemplo, el tiempo que hace en nuestra ciudad. Al acceder a los widgets veremos la información sobre el tiempo meteorológico de la ciudad que hayamos escogido: temperatura (actual, mínima y máxima del día), estado del tiempo (sol, nubes, lluvia, etc.) y probabilidad de lluvia.

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Algunos widgets ofrecen la posibilidad de ver más información con un botón que dice “Mostrar más”. En el caso del tiempo, veremos el pronóstico de los días siguientes. Además de mostrar información, sirven de acceso directo a la app de la que muestran información. Es decir, si tocamos el widget del tiempo, nos abrirá esta app automáticamente.

Otras apps como Mapas o Google Maps pueden mostrar rutas rápidas hacia un destino determinado o el tráfico que hay hasta nuestra próxima cita en la agenda. La utilidad varía en función de la app.

¿Cómo configuro los widgets en iOS 10?

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Desde cualquiera de las dos “pantallas” de widgets. Ve al final del todo hasta que veas un botón de editar con forma circular. Accederás al menú desde el que puedes añadir o quitar widgets en iOS 10, además de cambiarlos de sitio.

En la parte superior y junto a un símbolo menos en un círculo rojo, están los widgets activos. Debajo de ellos se encuentran el resto de widgets disponibles que puedes activar pero que no se muestran en tu pantalla de widgets. Para añadirlos, toca el botón verde con el símbolo más.

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También podremos organizar el orden en el que aparecen los widgets. En este mismo menú y en la parte de los widgets activos, cada uno tiene tres líneas paralelas. Si tocamos y arrastramos este símbolo, podremos mover el widget donde queramos.

Widgets no oficiales de terceros

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Algunas de las apps que vienen de serie en iOS tienen widgets propios. Las apps que descargues de la App Store también pueden integrar sus widgets y hay algunas que así lo hacen. Dropbox, Google Maps, Flipboard y Shazam son algunas de las apps más populares que ofrecen diferentes widgets.

Su funcionamiento y configuración es exactamente igual que los de Apple. No tendrás más que editar, añadir y mover para tener tus favoritos a mano.

Utiliza apps de automatización avanzada

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Si lo tuyo es un uso más avanzado de los widgets, hay dos apps que no te puedes perder. Se trata de Workflow, de la que Cristian Rus nos habló hace tiempo, y Launch Center Pro. Se trata de dos apps que automatizan acciones en iOS con el objetivo de ahorrar tiempo y pasos en tareas repetitivas.

Para los que le interesen la automatización o ya utilicen esta app, incorporar algunas de sus acciones a los widgets de iOS 10 es una gran idea.

Menos es más

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Esto es una recomendación más personal. Como hemos visto, los widgets tienen por objetivo mostrar información con rapidez y proporcionar accesos directos a determinadas apps y acciones. Por tanto, la rapidez de acceso y visualización es primordial.

Es por esto que la mejor manera de aprovechar los widgets de iOS es eligiendo sólo los que son esenciales. En mi iPhone tengo configurados seis de ellos: actividad, sugerencias de apps, batería, tiempo, destinos en Mapas y consumo de mi tarifa de datos. Si tienes que estar deslizando la pantalla hasta encontrar el que necesitas, al final cuesta más tiempo que acceder a la propia app.

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10 things you might not know about Apple’s AirPods

Apple fans, we have good news and bad news. The bad news is that if you want to get your hands on Apple’s hot new truly wireless earbuds anytime soon, it’s the same old story. You can either keep your eyes glued to one of several available AirPods inventory tracking websites, or you can pay a bit of a premium and order them on Amazon. The good news is that if you’re among the thousands upon thousands of people who have already managed to score a pair of AirPods, we’re going to show you some cool features that have been hiding under your nose — or rather, in your ears — this whole time.

You can pair AirPods with any Bluetooth device. Many people are under the impression that AirPods use special wireless technology enabled by Apple’s W1 chip, and they only work with iPhones and iPads. This is a classic example of Apple’s marketing magic sending the wrong message. The W1 is cool and it simplifies the pairing process with compatible Apple devices, but AirPods are Bluetooth headphones. That’s right, regular old Bluetooth headphones. They can be paired with any Bluetooth device.

You can see the AirPods’ remaining charge in Control Center. With your AirPods connected to your iPhone, swipe up from the bottom of any screen to open the Control Center, then swipe over to the music tab. Tap on your AirPods and you’ll see the remaining charge.

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You can see the AirPods’ remaining charge on the battery widget. Add the battery widget to your iPhone’s widgets page and you’ll always be a tap and a swipe away from knowing exactly how much juice is left in your AirPods. If you don’t see them listed in the widget right after you add it to your widgets page, tap the “show more” link on the widget.

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You can see remaining charge in your AirPods and your case by opening the case next to your iPhone. If you have an Apple device equipped with the W1 chip (iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus only, for now) you can see the remaining charge in your AirPods and the carrying case simply by opening the case next to your phone. You’ll then see a little pop up that looks like this:

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You can see the AirPods’ remaining charge on your Apple Watch. Have an Apple Watch? As long as your AirPods are connected to your iPhone, you can see the remaining charge in your AirPods by swiping up from the bottom of your Watch’s home screen and then tapping the battery button.

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You can rename your AirPods. Open the Settings app on your iPhone and then tap Bluetooth. Tap the “i” icon next to your AirPods while they’re connected, and then on the next page tap the “Name” field.

You can change the double-tap function on AirPods. On that same screen within the AirPods settings, you’ll see a section titled “double-tap on AirPods.” Beneath that, you can change the setting so that a double-tap on an AirPod will play/pause/answer/hang up instead of waking Siri. You can also turn double-tap off completely.

You can transfer voice calls from your iPhone to your AirPods automatically. One last time on the same screen in the Settings app, make sure “Automatic Ear Detection” is toggled to on. As long as it is, you can move a voice call from your iPhone to your AirPods simply by placing one of them in your ear.

You can adjust the volume on your AirPods using the Apple Watch’s digital crown. This is an awesome tip for AirPods users who also have an Apple Watch. Open the Music app on your Watch while music is streaming to your AirPods and you can increase or decrease the volume on your AirPods simply by twisting the digital crown in either direction.

No, the AirPods don’t feature contactless wireless charging. Apple’s AirPods design is fantastic, but there’s a misconception out there that the charging case features contactless wireless charging. Sadly, that’s simply not true. The metal tip at the bottom of each AirPod stem is more than just a sleek design feature. Those metal tips also touch charging contacts when the AirPods are seated in the case.

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