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Monday, December 15, 2014

11 Google Tricks That Will Change the Way You Search

Google Search’s learning curve is an odd one. You use it every day, but still all you know is how to search. But the search engine has plenty of tricks up its sleeve.
Here’s an overview of some of the most useful Google search tricks, from basic tips to new features just recently released.
1. Use quotes to search for an exact phrase.
This one’s a well-known, simple trick: searching a phrase in quotes will yield only pages with the same words in the same order as what’s in the quotes. It’s one of the most vital search tips, especially useful if you’re trying to find results containing a specific a phrase.
2. Use an asterisk within quotes to specify unknown or variable words.
Here’s a lesser known trick: searching a phrase in quotes with an asterisk replacing a word will search all variations of that phrase. It’s helpful if you’re trying to determine a song from its lyrics, but you couldn’t make out the entire phrase (e.g. “imagine all the * living for today”), or if you’re trying to find all forms of an expression (e.g. “* is thicker than water”).
3. Use the minus sign to eliminate results containing certain words.
You’ll want to eliminate results with certain words if you’re trying to search for a term that’s generating a lot of results that aren’t of interest to you. Figure out what terms you’re not interested in (e.g. jaguar -car) and re-run the search.
4. Search websites for keywords.
Think of the “site:” function as a Google search that searches only a particular website. If you want to see every time TIME.com mentioned Google, use the search “Google site:TIME.com”.
5. Search news archives going back to the mid-1880s.
Google News has an option to search over 100 years’ worth of archived news from newspapers around the world.
6. Compare foods using “vs.”
Can’t decide between a burger or pizza for dinner? Type in “rice vs. quinoa,” for example, and you’ll receive side-by-side comparisons of the nutritional facts.
Google Search Tips Tricks
Courtesy of Google

7. Filter search results for recipes.
If you search your favorite food, and then click “Search Tools” right under the search bar, you’ll be able to filter recipes based on ingredients, cook time and calories. It’s the perfect tool if you have certain dietary restrictions.
8. Use “DEFINE:” to learn the meaning of words—slang included.
Streamline the dictionary process by using, for example, “DEFINE: mortgage.” For words that appear in the dictionary, you’ll be able to see etymology and a graph of its use over time alongside the definition. Google will even sift the web to define slang words or acronyms. Try out “DEFINE: bae” or “DEFINE: SMH”.
 
 
9. Tilt your screen by searching “tilt.”
This is one of the fun additions built in by Google engineers. Try it out yourself (search without quotes).
10. Play Atari Breakout by searching it on Google Images.
The legendary brick breaker game is available for easy access on Google. Just search “Atari Breakout” (without quotes) on Google Images and enjoy.
11. Search images using images.
Ever come across a photo that looks strangely familiar? Or if you want to know where it came from? If you save the image, and then search it on Google Images (with the camera button), you’ll be able to see similar images on the web.
12. Press the mic icon on Google’s search bar, and say “flip a coin” or “heads or tails.”
The feature released last month lets Google flip a coin for you when you don’t have one on hand.
Courtesy of Google

13. Press the mic icon on Google’s search bar, and say “give me a love quote” or “I love you.”

The love quote generator is also a feature released last month for those in need of a little romance.

Monday, November 24, 2014

10 amazing things #Android #Lollipop can do which Android #KitKat cannot

#LOLLIPOP FEATURES




We might have not been this excited as children to have a candy lollipop as much as we are to have the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop update installed on to our devices.

The time finally arrived when our Android OS would get a quick makeover and offer us with either some simple; or extravagant changes. But are these changes going to make our lives easier? Is Lollipop far advanced than KitKat? We check out some of the prominent changes that have been brought about in the latest update.

1. Inbuilt Flashlight

It would always be puzzling as to why Google did not pin a flashlight in our notifications panel just like iOS has in its control center. Lollipop brings out that change. Without installing any third-party apps, users can simply use the flashlight by pulling down the notification panel. Make sure your smartphone has an LED flash.

2. Battery changes

Battery seems to be given priority in Android Lollipop. No longer do users have to lay bets on how long their battery would last for. The new OS has two new and much needed features which were not available on KitKat. It shows you how long it would take to charge your phone and a small graph showcasing how much time is left before the battery runs out. After you have plugged in your phone for charge, your home screen will show you the time until full charge.

3. Guest user

We all have people around us who lay their hands on our phones. Thankfully, Android Lollipop helps us with this issue. Just like different Users in Windows, Lollipop gives you the liberty to add guest users or even create a profile for a friend/relative. This way, you can limit the amount of information that others can view. You can add a guest by simply going to Settings – Users – Add Guest.

4. Flappy Bird easter egg

If Flappy Bird wasn’t frustrating, Lollipop offers you a modified version of the game. Instead, here you have an Easter egg to unlock. Users can go to Settings – About phone and click several times and you will get the android robot in place of the bird.

5. Notification panel

Needless to say, the notification panel has been made too simple for the user. It’s simplicity in design is the plus point. Unlike KitKat, the most useful feature added here is the ability to view your detailed notifications on your lock screen. Though this might be a problem around work spaces if you leave your phone unattended, anyone can have a look at your notifications even though your phone is locked. It can be disabled by going to Settings – Sound and Notification – When device is Locked – Don’t show notifications at all.

6. Trusted Places

Trusted Places is a smart feature which has been added in to Lollipop. Though most of our phones have passwords, it would be a task to disable it when we enter familiar premises such as our car or home. Trusted Places is a feature where a user can declare certain locations as safe and they wouldn’t need to unlock their phones once they enter those spaces. You can set the location by heading to Settings – Security – Smart Lock.

7. Soft key redesign

Soft key buttons receive a change in this update and it is a rather, a surprising change. The icons are smaller and look compact. A very simple yet pleasant design.

8. Multitasking

Multitasking has completely changed in Android Lollipop. The feature allows you to scroll through your notifications in a simpler manner. It is easier and allows you to see more details even before you enter the app.

9. Prioritize apps

It can be super annoying if your phone is filled with umpteen apps and throughout the day, you are bombarded with notifications. Lollipop gives you the liberty to prioritize your apps so that you can receive notifications from the ones you want. It works out perfectly during sleep hours as you can only receive notifications from important apps and not games or check-in notifications.

10. Quick access to Chromecast

No need to install any third-party apps once you have the updated your phone to Lollipop. There is an official app now from Google to solve our problems. For the people who love to stream media from dongles, it is as simple as going to the notification panel and taping on Cast Screen.

Source: Tech2

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Nexus 6 To Go On Sale In India

Google’s latest flagship – Nexus 6 is expected to go on sale from 18 November via Flipkart.
There has been no official confirmation from Google, but as per the landing page of Flipkart, there is a countdown timer saying “1 Days to Go for the Nexus 6”. This clearly hints for the launch of Nexus 
6 in India on 18th of November.



The new Google Nexus 6 is manufactured by Motorola. The smartphone is also listed on the Indian version of the Google Play Store website with the price tag of Rs. 44,000 for the 32GB model of the phone and Rs. 49,000 for the 64GB model.
Nexus 6 comes with latest version of Android – Android Lollipop. It is powered by 2.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor and has 3GB RAM.
The other features include — 4G LTE, 5.96 (1440×2560 pixels) 16:9 AMOLED display with 493 ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, 13MP rear camera with dual LED Ring flash, Sony IMX 214 sensor, f/20 aperture, 4K video recording, 2MP front-facing camera and 3220 mAH of battery.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Maruti Suzuki launches the new Alto K10 at Rs 3.06 lakh


Maruti Suzuki launches the new Alto K10 at Rs 3.06 lakh


Maruti Suzuki has launched the new Alto K10 starting at Rs 3.06 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The new Alto K10 gets styling as well as mechanical updates in its new avatar. At Rs 3.80 lakh, the Alto K10 is the most inexpensive automatic car to be sold in India.
As a part of its styling upgrades, the Alto K10 now gets new bigger headlamps, a new two-piece grille with a chrome strip at the upper part and a big Suzuki logo. The fog lamps are integrated at the lower half of the new bumper. At the rear, the tail lights, bumper and the chrome strip at the bottom of the boot, is new.
The engine bay of the car is now shorter, the width and height of the car has increased by 1.5cm, all this should contribute to greater space inside the cabin. The new updated cabin now gets a new dashboard, instrument cluster, steering wheel and upholstery.
The car uses the same three-cylinder, 1.0-litre K10 engine producing 67bhp and 90Nm of torque that is commonly found in other Maruti models. It can be bought with either a five-speed manual or a five-speed Automated Manual Transmission (AMT). Maruti has used improved combustion techniques and an ECM remap to make the car more efficient, which at 24.07kmpl (ARAI) has the best in class fuel economy figure.
Maruti has priced the Alto K10 very competitively and the AMT variant gives it an USP over its competitors. It is also the country’s cheapest automatic car and with the Celerio we have seen that there is a market for small automatic cars. This seems like another winner from India’s leading carmaker.
Introductory prices for the Alto K10 (ex-showroom Delhi)
Maruti Alto K10 Lx : Rs 3.06 lakh
Maruti Alto K10 Lxi: Rs 3.21 lakh
Maruti Alto K10 Lxi CNG: Rs 3.81 lakh
Maruti Alto K10 Vxi: Rs 3.37 lakh
Maruti Alto K10 Vxi (O): Rs 3.56 lakh
Maruti Alto K10 AMT: Rs 3.80 lakh

Source: CW

Saturday, November 1, 2014

#SAMSUNG Galaxy A5 and A3: Meet Samsung’s slimmest phones ever

Samsung has announced it’s new Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3, which are full metal unibody, extra-slim, mid-range smartphones. The Galaxy A5 and A3 are Samsung’s slimmest smartphones to date, featuring refined full metal unibody designs that are 6.7mm and 6.9mm thin, respectively.

​“The Galaxy A5 and A3 offer a beautifully crafted full metal unibody, slim design, superior hardware and the best possible social media experience,” said JK Shin, CEO and Head of IT & Mobile Communication at Samsung Electronics in a press release. “These devices make our advanced Galaxy experience even more accessible to young and trend conscious consumers.”

Here’s a quick look at the specifications:

The Galaxy A5: The Galaxy A5 has a 5.0-inch HD Super AMOLED screen, with a 1.2GHz Quad-Core Processor and a 13-megapixel rear camera with AF and LED flash. The biggest plus is the 5-megapixel front camera on both phones, which according to Samsung will offer excellent selfies. It has features we saw in the Note 4 such as Wide Selfie, Palm Selfie, Animated GIF, Beauty Face Features, and Rear-cam Selfie, etc. The phone is 4G enabled and supports LTE Cat4. It has 16GB Internal memory + micro SD slot (up to 64GB) and comes with 2GB RAM. The OS is Android 4.4 KitKat and the battery is 2300 mAh. The phone supports Bluetooth: 4.0 and NFC but only in the LTE version of the device, and sensors included are: Accelerometer, Proximity, Geo-magnetic, RGB ambient light, Hall Sensor.

The Galaxy A3: The Galaxy A3 has a smaller 4.5-inch qHD Super AMOLED screen, which means it’s 960×540 pixels. The rear camera resolution 8 megapixels, though it has the 5 megapixel front camera. It has a 1.2GHz Quad-Core Processor and will come in LTE and 3G supported versions. The memory is 16 GB with micro SD slot (up to 64GB) and 1GB RAM. The battery is 1900 mAh and sensors included are: Accelerometer, Proximity, Geo-magnetic, RGB ambient light, Hall Sensor. It supports Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC as well.

Other features: Samsung has introduced its own software features like the Ultra-Power Saving Mode, Private Mode and Multiscreen in these phones as well.

The Galaxy A5 and A3 will be available in select markets including China starting in November 2014. Both devices will come in a variety of colours, including Pearl White, Midnight Black, Platinum Silver, Soft Pink, Light Blue and Champagne Gold colours. It is, however, not clear is what the price of the smartphones will be and by when they will be launched in other countries.

Source: FP

Maruti Suzuki to launch new Alto K10 in India on November 3

Maruti Suzuki will be launching the new Alto K10 in India on November 3 in New Delhi. The updated car isn't just a facelift and carries cosmetic as well as mechanical changes.

The headlamps in the 2015 Maruti Alto K10 are now bigger and flanking them is two piece grille with a chrome strip running in the upper half. There are also dark plastic fog lamp enclosures. The tail lamp design too has been revised.

Maruti engineers worked on making the engine bay shorter and this has contributed to a perception of roominess inside the cabin. This and the 1.5cm increase in width and height should ideally make the Alto K10 a bit more spacious than before. The instrument cluster, the upholstery, steering wheel and dashboard are all new and lend some fancy elements to an entry level car.



The major change has happened under the hood with Maruti employing improved combustion techniques as well as a remapping to achieve a class best ARAI-certified fuel efficiency of 24.07kmpl. The 1.0-litre K10 petrol engine though makes the same power and torque figures as before but now comes with an optional AMT transmission.

Source: IBN

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Google announces Android 5.0 #Lollipop

After an extended testing and preview period, Google has announced the final release of Android L, its latest version of the world's most popular mobile platform. Android 5.0 Lollipop is debuting on three new Nexus devices — the Nexus 6 smartphone, Nexus 9 tablet, and Nexus Player streaming media device — and will be available on the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and Google Play Edition devices in the coming weeks.

Lollipop's most obvious new features come in the form of visual enhancements and user interface changes, which Google has dubbed Material Design. The platform has new, more fluid animations, a cleaner design with a bolder color palette, a revamped multittasking menu, and offers new ways to interact with your voice. Many of the new Material Design features can be seen in the recent updates that Google has released for its own Android apps such as Google+. The Material Design initiative is meant to unify the software's look and feel across various form factors, whether that's a tablet, smartphone, home media streamer, or something else.

In addition to a visual overhaul, Lollipop brings over 5,000 new APIs for developers to tap into and lets multiple different Android devices with various form factors work better together. Google says that things such as songs, photos, apps, and recent searches can be seamlessly synced across various Android devices. Lollipop also includes new notification controls to limit alerts during meetings and other times, a new battery saver mode that can eke out 90 more minutes of life between charges, multiple user accounts, guest user modes, and new ways to secure your device via trusted Bluetooth connections. Lollipop will also include a protection against resetting the phone to factory defaults, which is designed to make it difficult for phone thieves to use a stolen device. Many of these features have been implemented by various Android device makers on their own smartphones and tablets for some time, but Google is now making sure they are part of the core Android experience.

Android 5.0 Lollipop is a big release for Google — it's the most significant visual update to Android since 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich was released in 2011, and it lays the foundation for Android to grow as a platform outside of smartphones and tablets. Google is very clearly pushing Android as the software for the future, and it wants Android to be on every connected device we interact with. Lollipop is the first step to getting there.

Source: Verge

Nexus 6: Google’s fantastic Trojan horse

For all the pomp and show that precedes a product launch these days, Apple's is perhaps the gold standard when it comes to marrying substance with hype.
No wonder then that Google's decision to announce the launch of its refreshed Nexus devices on Wednesday through a blog came off as a little odd, even timid by a big margin.
The complete absence of showmanship also led many to say that perhaps Google is not attaching much importance to the launch or that it simply lacks faith in the new line-up. But let’s get this straight: the Nexus 6 is Google boldest pitch to the high end smartphone market yet.
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Google's new line of Nexus devices, (from left) Nexus 9, Nexus 6 and Nexus Player (Photo: Google)
The LG-made Nexus 5 was a solidly designed phone with near high-end specs, an impressive piece of hardware that was tremendous value for money.
The Nexus 6 made by Motorola though is a flagship device that can stand its ground in front of any high-end handset by Samsung, LG or Sony while offering a pure Android experience.
With the Nexus 6, Google has announced its arrival in the high-end smartphone battleground, but unlike Samsung, Sony or LG, regardless of who does well, its Google which is going to win eventually.
This is because Google’s star attraction is not the Nexus 6 but Android Lollipop, the biggest update to Android since ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’. Lollipop is driven by a completely overhauled user interface called ‘Material Design’ and offers a strong degree of scalability across multiple screens and devices.
So for Google it doesn’t really matter if you choose to buy a Nexus 6 over a Samsung, LG or Sony phone as long as you are buying a phone with Android Lollipop.
The Nexus 6 is simply the first (but a very impressive) step to push the newest version of Android into the hands of high-end smartphone users. And in a way it's Google’s first effort to breach into Apple’s territory.
The ultimate battle between the two tech giants will take place on every electronic device with a screen you will buy from now on. Everything from your watch, phone, tablet, TV and even your car’s entertainment system will run scaled versions of Android Lollipop or iOS 8.

The goal is to coax the consumer to adapt a particular ecosystem and stick with it. The iPhone 6 and Nexus 6 are simply Trojan horses that will push you towards that, the Google device being more so. On that count the Nexus 6 is a fantastic start for Google.
Source: HT

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has been launched in the India at Rs 58,300

Just a month after its global unveiling, Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has been launched in the India at Rs 58,300. The phablet has hit the market just ahead of Diwali and will face fierce competition from Apple's first-ever phablet, iPhone 6 Plus.

As part of its introductory offer, Vodafone is offering up to 2GB of data per month for subscribers who are not active on data packs. Subscribers with active data packs will get up to 1GB per month for two months.

Commenting at the launch, Asim Warsi, VP, mobile and IT, Samsung India, said, "The new device exhibits people inspired innovation with its unique combination of an enhanced S Pen, large and vivid display and superior productivity features to provide the most refined Galaxy experience to our customers."

Galaxy Note 4, which is now the top-end phablet in Samsung's portfolio, has a 5.7-inch display. Samsung has upped the display resolution in Galaxy Note series, from Full HD (1080x1920p) in Note 3 to QHD (1440x2560p) in Note 4. Other smartphones in India with QHD screen resolution are Oppo Find 7 and LG G3.

Despite a higher-resolution display, Samsung says that Galaxy Note 4 will deliver 7.5% more battery life than its predecessor due to an optimized interface. The phablet has a 3,220mAh battery (just 20mAh more than that of Galaxy Note 3), and features fast-charging technology, so the battery can go from 0% to 50% in 30 minutes.

Under the hood, the Indian version of Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has an octa-core processor (1.9GHz quad-core + 1.3GHz quad-core). The phablet comes with 3GB RAM and the only storage option now is 32GB, with support for 64GB microSD cards for more storage.



The rear camera has 16MP resolution and comes with Optical Image Stabilization, a feature that has become common among smartphones nowadays. Samsung has become a part of the selfie brigade with a 3.7MP front camera that allows users to take wide-angle selfies (120-degree).

Galaxy S5 features like fingerprint sensor embedded in the Home key and heart rate monitor on the back also find a place in Galaxy Note 4. Samsung has also included a barometer and hall sensor in its new phablet.



On the software side, Samsung has used an interface that is largely the same as that of Galaxy S5. The Galaxy Note 4 phablet will come pre-loaded with support for 14 regional Indian languages, including Hindi, Punjabi, Bengali, Gujarati, Urdu, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi, Oriya and Assamese.

It also comes with additional software optimized to make use of the S Pen stylus. Compared to Note 3, users can multitask better in multi-window mode of Galaxy Note 4, which supports minimizing apps as floating widgets. It also has better text selection and crops selected areas on the screen for later viewing. The S Note app gets its own widget on the Galaxy Note 4, so that users can access the core functions of the stylus as soon as they unlock it.

Along with the phablet, Samsung has launched its latest smartwatch, named Gear S, in the country. Priced at Rs 28,900, it is the most expensive smartwatch in the country and is the only one in the market to have 3G and Wi-Fi capability, which enables it to work independent of a smartphone.



Gear S comes with multiple sensors, including heart rate monitor, gyroscope, barometer and UV sensor. It conforms to IP-67 standards, meaning that it can withstand being dropped in up to 1 metre of water for a period of 30 minutes and is also resistant to dust. It accepts voice commands as well as text input via the on-screen keyboard.

Apart from the standard strap, Samsung is offering buying diamond-studded Swarovski edition straps for Gear S.

About Gear S, Warsi said, "Samsung has significantly contributed to the wearable industry by taking the lead in offering unique smart wearables and the launch of Gear S will further set a new standard in the mobile communication space."

Samsung has not said when it will launch the Galaxy Note Edge, its first mass-market smartphone with a curved display, in India. The company has also not launched the Swaroski and Mont Blanc edition of covers for Galaxy Note 4 in the country as of now.

Source: TOI

Monday, September 29, 2014

Blackberry Releases the Passport in India for Rs. 49,990

The Blackberry Passport, which was launched just a few days back in the international market, has now been launched in India. The device has a one of kind square display and flaunts top of the line specs.

The smartphone will be available for pre-order from today at BlackBerry exclusive stores and Amazon.in. The folks who book the Passport between today and October 10 will get a gift voucher worth Rs 5,000 on Amazon as well as 5,000 frequent flyer miles on Jet Airways.



The 4.5 inch square display is the USP of the device

The most prominent feature of the device is the 4.5 inch square display. It has a display resolution of 1440x1440p and a pixel density of 453 ppi. It features a 10 point multi-touch and is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

The device also comes with three-row QWERTY keyboard that gives users more typing accuracy and is also touch-enabled. It’s responsive to touch so the user can scroll web pages, flick to type or slide along the keys to move the cursor.

It is powered by a 2.26 GHz Snapdragon 800, quad-core processor and has 3 GB RAM, equivalent of the Note 4. The internal memory stands at 32 GB and is expandable up to 128 GB. The device also has NFC for mobile payment and file transfer.

The Passport runs on BlackBerry’s new BlackBerry 10.3 operating system and also features a Siri-like voice assistant. The device is priced at Rs. 49,990 and is competitive and justified for the features it offers. The phone might easily find customers in the corporate or government sectors or even from folks looking for a different mobile experience.

Source: IG

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Motorola's new Moto X (2nd generation) launched at Rs 31,999 onwards in India

 The much-awaited Moto X (2nd generation) smartphone, which was unveiled early this month, has now got a price tag. Motorola has priced the new Moto X at Rs 31,999 in India. The smartphone will go on sale on Flipkart.com starting from midnight of September 24.
At Rs 31,999, the new Moto X is Rs 8,000 dearer than the first-gen Moto X that was launched in India at Rs 23,999 onwards.
Motorola says the base variant of the Moto X will be available for Rs 31,999, while the wood finish and the leather back panel variants are priced at Rs 33,999.
The 2nd generation Moto X features a 5.2-inch 1080p display and a curved back encased in a metal frame. The specifications of the new Moto X include a 2.5GHz quad-core processor, 2GB RAM and water-resistant coating. Moto Voice in the Moto X accepts new voice commands and lets users control their favourite apps with voice commands.
The phone has a 13 megapixel rear camera with dual LED ring flash and a 2 megapixel front-facing camera. The phone runs Android 4.4 KitKat and its 2400mAh battery is claimed to offer up to 24 hours of usage.
The Moto X smartphone was unveiled on September 5 alongside the new Moto G.
According to research firm IDC, smartphone sales in the country grew almost three-fold to over 44 million in 2013, buoyed by affordable devices made by local firms.




Source: IBN

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Top 10 Secret Features of iOS 8

10. Rich Text, Videos, and Animated GIFS In Notes

Top 10 Secret Features of iOS 8
Notes now support rich text and videos, which is great if you want to make more stylized notes. More importantly, Notes now supports animated GIFs. Just copy and paste a GIF or select one from your photo library to insert it as an animated GIF. 

9. Scan Credit Card Numbers

Top 10 Secret Features of iOS 8
If you don't want to mess around with typing out a credit card number when you order something online, you can now take a picture of of your credit card and iOS 8 will pull up the number. When you're presented with a credit card field in Safari, you'll also have the option to snap a picture of your credit card. 

8. "Hey Siri"

Top 10 Secret Features of iOS 8
Apple talked about this in the press conference, but it kind of disappeared with everything else going on. You can now use Siri entirely hands-free when your phone is plugged into a charger, but you have to enable a setting first. Head to Settings > General > Siri and tap the "Allow "Hey Siri" option. Now, when your phone plugged in, you can initiate Siri by just saying "Hey Siri" out loud. It sounds simple enough, but it makes using Siri in a car a million times better.

7. Hide Photos

Top 10 Secret Features of iOS 8
Don't want your mom seeing all those party photos? You can now hide them. Tap and hold on a picture and photos and you'll get an option to hide it. It'll still be visible in your albums, but won't been seen in Moments, Collections, or Years. 

6. Swipe to Interact with Notifications in Notification Center

Top 10 Secret Features of iOS 8
You can now swipe to interact with notifications in Notification Center. Just swipe to the left to do it. Each app works a bit differently, but you can usually snooze, reply, or dismiss.

5. Personalized Share Sheets

Top 10 Secret Features of iOS 8
You can now customize and organize how the Share Sheets work in iOS. Just tap the share icon in any app that supports it (like Safari), scroll over to "More" and customize it from there.

4. Grayscale Mode

Top 10 Secret Features of iOS 8
If you're not a fan of color, iOS 8 features a new grayscale mode. To enable it, head into Settings > Accessibility and select "Grayscale." Everything in iOS will lose it's color and go grayscale.

3. Create an Empty Home Screen

Top 10 Secret Features of iOS 8
Want a truly minimal home screen? In iOS 8 you can move everything off the first screen if you want. Just hold down on an app and when they start jiggling, drag them away from the first homescreen. You can make it completely blank if you'd like, or just leave a few apps in the menu bar tray at the bottom.

2. Set Up Notifications for Specific Email Threads

Top 10 Secret Features of iOS 8
Have an important email thread going on but don't want to enable email alerts for everything? Just swipe left on an email, select the "More" option, and then select "Notify Me..." Now, you'll get notifications from that email thread.

1. Battery Usage Statistics

Top 10 Secret Features of iOS 8
Wondering what apps are really draining your iPhone's battery life? Now you can finally get to the bottom of it. Head into Settings > General > Usage > Battery Usage to view all the apps sucking up your battery.
Source: LH