Clever iPhone trick lets you find ANY photo in your camera album in seconds

ALWAYS failing to find certain snaps in your iPhone camera roll? Apple has built a simple trick to help you track down old photos.

You can search for exact photos using keywords – just like a Google Image query – including "lake", "dog" or "cheese".

It's handy when you've taken a photo a while ago and can't find it manually.

Simply search for a key term in the app, and all the photos that match should appear.

That's because Apple has designed the Photos app to recognise senes and objects using machine learning.

You can even search for events, like a concert you went to: "Photos for iOS can use the time and location of your photos along with online event listings to find matching photos."

It's also possible to search by location, so you can enter a place name – like Birmingham – to track down photos of your trip to Brum.

How to search Photos on iPhone

First, open the Photos app on your iPhone.

Next, tap on the Search tab in the bottom right-hand corner – which has a magnifying glass as its icon.

Then simply type in the name of a place, a search term, or even a person's name (if they're assigned in your Photos app) to find matches.

And if you're worried this means Apple is snooping on your photos, don't.

iPhone tricks to try today

Here are some of the best…

  • Typing cursor – When typing, hold down the space bar to turn your keyboard into a trackpad, letting you move around words and sentences more easily
  • Close all Safari tabs – To do this in one go, simply hold the overlapped squares in the bottom right-hand corner, and press close all tabs
  • Delete lots of photos quickly – Hold down on a photo and then drag your finger diagonally in Photos to select lots of images at once, then hit delete
  • Convert currency quickly – Swipe down from the top of your Home screen (or swipe left to right on an iPhone X), then tap in the bar and type a currency (like $200) and it will automatically covert to your local currency
  • Check if you're due a battery upgrade – Batteries inside smartphones degrade over time. Just go to Settings > Battery > Battery Health, and check out the Maximum Capacity reading. Generally a battery is considered worn when you're down to 80% capacity. If you're below, you can buy a battery swap from Apple
  • Move apps around faster – Hold an app until it starts wiggling, then (while still holding) tap other apps, causing them to stack so you can move them around easier

All of the processing happens on your iPhone, rather than being sent up to Apple's servers in the cloud – so there's no risk that anyone at Apple can actually see your snaps.

"When you search your photos, all of the face recognition and scene and object detection are done completely on your device," Apple explains.

"Apple harnesses machine learning to enhance your experience — and your privacy. We’ve used it to enable image and scene recognition in Photos, and more, without requiring your data to leave your device."

In other news, there's an iPhone trick that makes it quicker to re-arrange your apps on the Home screen.

One simple button press can improve bad iPhone signal instantly.

And read our guide on how to text on your iPhone faster.

Do you know any genius iPhone tricks? Let us know in the comments!

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Google Stadia lets you play console games without an Xbox or PS4 – and there are THREE new free games to play

GOOGLE Stadia fans can play three new games absolutely free this month.

Stadia is the Xbox and PlayStation "killer" that lets you play games without a console – by streaming the visuals over the internet, a bit like Netflix.

Stadia processes game visuals at big data centres, so you can play games with high-end graphics on almost any device – including smartphones, or a web browser on a laptop.

Google releases new "free" games to members of its £8.99-a-month "Pro" tier each month – but the May batch is free to all users.

That's because gamers across the globe can currently play Google Stadia for free, plus get a free two month trial of Stadia Pro.

The offer announced earlier this month runs until early June.

New games for Pro members added next month are third-person shooter Zombie Army 4: Dead War, side-scroller SteamWorld Heist and 3D puzzle game The Turing Test. They're all available from May 1.

How to get free Google Stadia

If you’re new, playing on Stadia is simple:

  • First make sure you have a Gmail account
  • Then go to to sign up
  • Download the Stadia app on Android or iOS
  • Play on your laptop, desktop or Chrome OS tablet with your favourite (HID compliant) USB supported controller or mouse and keyboard
  • Play over Wi-Fi on Pixel or many supported Android phones
  • After the two months is up, you'll be charged $9.99 a month for Stadia Pro
  • However, you can cancel your subscription at any time by following this link

How to get free Stadia Pro games

  • Head to the Stadia webpage in Google Chrome, or open the Stadia app on Android or iOS
  • Open up the store at the top of your Chrome browser or at the bottom of the app
  • If you're signed in, it the "Stadia Pro games" menu option
  • Click or tap on any game you're yet to claim and hit "Claim"
  • For as long as you're subscribed to Stadia Pro, that game will remain in your library to play

What is Google Stadia?

Google Stadia is a game streaming service that lets you play console-level titles on smartphones and laptops.

Normally, a games console renders graphics on the machine – requiring powerful and expensive hardware.

Stadia renders the graphics on a Google computer and sends them to you over the internet, a bit like Netflix.

It means you can play games on really rubbish devices, including smartphones or the Google Chrome web browser.

The service costs £119, and includes a Chromecast Ultra and three months of access to Stadia Pro’s free library of games.

You can also buy additional games from the Stadia store.

A free tier called Stadia Base will be added in the coming months, which lets you buy your own games to play at 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second.

How does Google Stadia work and what do I need to play it?

To play Google Stadia on your telly, all you need is a Google Chromecast Ultra device and Google Stadia controller.

Simply plug the Chromecast into your TV and away you go.

On a PC or mobile, you need the controller and the Google Chrome web browser.

Google initially restricted mobile usage to its Pixel smartphone range, but has now opened it up to other smartphone-makers such as Samsung.

The Stadia controller directly connects to the remote computer running your game rather than to whatever device you’re streaming on.

Google says this reduces streaming’s main problem – latency.

Latency is the time lag between you pressing a button on the controller or keyboard and seeing the corresponding action on the screen in front of you.

If this isn’t near-instantaneous, games become unplayable very quickly indeed, like watching telly with the sound slightly out of sync with the video.

Early demos have been promising, with testers reporting no noticeable lag whatsoever.

You need a 10 megabytes per second (Mbps) broadband connection to play games in 720p HD quality with stereo sound.

That jumps to 35Mbps if you want to play them in 4K with 5.1 surround sound.

Google Stadia supported devices – here are the smartphones you can play on

The Stadia app works on a range of mobiles.

  • Samsung Galaxy S8
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 Active
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8
  • Samsung Galaxy S9
  • Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 9
  • Samsung Galaxy S10
  • Samsung Galaxy S10E
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus
  • Samsung Galaxy S20
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
  • Razer Phone
  • Razer Phone 2
  • Asus ROG Phone
  • Asus ROG Phone II
  • Google Pixel 2
  • Google Pixel 2 XL
  • Google Pixel 3
  • Google Pixel 3 XL
  • Google Pixel 3a
  • Google Pixel 3a XL
  • Google Pixel 4

It’s worth remembering that Google plans to add even more devices to this list over time, so don’t be too disappointed if your mobile isn’t on there yet.

Video game streaming – how does it work?

We explain it all…

  • When you watch a movie, the images you see are already prepared
  • That's why very unsophisticated computers inside your TV, DVD player, or computer can playback film footage
  • But video games render the visuals in real-time, because a game never knows what you'll do next
  • That means you need much more computing heft to produce game visuals, compared to a standard movie
  • So if you want amazing 4K PC-style graphics, you'll need to fork out for an expensive computer
  • Alternatively, you could use game streaming technology
  • The idea is that a company like Google, Microsoft or Sony would handle the generation of the visuals on powerful computers at its own HQ
  • Then it would send what's effectively a video of that game to your smartphone
  • You tap and play, and those commands get sent back to Microsoft or Sony, which then inputs them into the game, and sends you the visuals again
  • Because modern internet connections are so fast, this all happens in milliseconds
  • The resulting effect is 4K PC-style graphics on a smartphone – which is only possible because it's not the phone itself rendering the graphics
  • It also means that you could potentially be playing an Xbox or PlayStation game on your console, and then leave the house and carry on playing using your iPhone
  • This sort of technology could eventually kill off gaming consoles for good, because all you'd need is a TV with game-streaming tech built in, and a controller to play with
  • But game streaming hasn't had any great successes thus far
  • Sony bought a game-streaming called OnLive, but shut it down in 2015
  • And Nvidia has its own game-streaming service, but laggy performance has prevented it from becoming a mainstream choice
  • The next major service expected to launch is Google Stadia, which many are hopeful will be a success

Google Stadia games

Here are the games you can play on Stadia.

  • Assassin's Creed Odyssey
  • Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle
  • Borderlands 3
  • Darksiders Genesis
  • Destiny 2: The Collection
  • DOOM Eternal
  • Farming Simulator 19
  • Football Manager 2020
  • Ghost Recon Breakpoint
  • GRID
  • GYLT
  • Just Dance 2020
  • Kine
  • Metro Exodus
  • Monster Energy Supercross
  • Mortal Kombat 11
  • NBA 2K20
  • Rage 2
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration
  • Serious Sam Collection
  • Spitlings
  • SteamWorld Dig
  • SteamWorld Dig 2
  • SteamWorld Heist
  • SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamesh
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
  • Thumper
  • Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
  • Tom Clancy's The Division 2
  • The Crew 2
  • Trials Rising
  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood

In other news, the PS5 and Xbox Series X could cost a hefty £500 at launch.

Sony has already sent the official PS5 website live.

And both new consoles are expected to have thousands of games ready at launch.

Are you tempted by Google's offer? Let us know in the comments!

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Instagram now lets anyone raise money for charities using Live streaming or Stories

INSTAGRAM users can now raise money for their favourite charities by adding donation buttons to their live streams.

Users can fundraise for a nonprofit of their choosing n Instagram Live by including a new button added to the app yesterday.

⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates

The feature was already available on Stories – Instagram's ephemeral posts that vanish after 24 hours – but had not been launched on Live.

"People have stepped up in amazing ways to support the causes they care about during Covid-19," Instagram said in a statement.

"Instagram is making this even easier with 'Donations on Instagram Live'."

Live Donations rolled out worldwide on Tuesday with pop mega-star Liam Payne one of the first to take part.

The ex-One Direction singer raised almost £1,000 for UK food bank charity The Trussell Trust.

YouTuber Carrie Hope Fletcher also went Live for a Disney sing-along and raised over £2,500 for NHS Charities Together.

The new Live Donations feature lets anyone create fundraisers while live streaming, either alone or as a group.

To create a donation button in Live, simply set a Live as "fundraiser" before starting your broadcast.

Pick a non-profit you want followers to donate to and the app will show you who is supporting and how much you've raised.

To donate during someone else's live stream, look out for the option at the bottom of a Live.

Tap “donate” to begin and select how much you want to chip in.

When you’re done, you’ll even unlock a new “I Donated” sticker which can be shared on your Stories.

Live Donation is one of several new features launched by Instagram in recent weeks.

Users can now order food through the app, for instance, to help struggling small businesses.

Many restaurants, pubs and hotels around the world have been forced to close but delivery services still continue.

Instagram said in a statement: "You can set up food orders on Instagram to give people a way to support your business.

"When someone taps the Order Foodbutton on your Instagram profile or the Food Orders sticker in your Instagram story.

"They’ll be directed to your partner’s website to order food delivery or take-out from your business."

How to donate to a charity on Instagram Live

  • If you want to create a donation in Live, select a Live as “fundraiser” before starting your broadcast
  • Choose a non-profit you want followers to donate to
  • You’ll then be able to see who is supporting it and the money raised, in real time
  • If you want to donate, look out for the option pinned to the bottom of a Live
  • Tap “donate” to begin and when you’re done, you’ll also unlock the “I Donated” sticker which can be shared on your Stories

In other news, a new Snapchat 'six-foot circle' filter helps you follow social-distancing rules.

Instagram is testing self-destructing messages just like Snapchat.

And find out how to watch Instagram clips in a video call with six pals.

What's your favourite little-known Instagram filter? Let us know in the comments!

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Genius Spotify update lets you hide embarrassing songs in playlists – how to do it now

SPOTIFY now lets you hide embarrassing songs in playlists you've created – or rubbish tracks in ones made by others.

It means you'll no longer have to constantly hear that one song you simply can't stand.

And if you've created your own sweet playlist for a party, you can hide some of the more shameful tracks.

The feature is available starting from today, on both iOS and Android.

Of course, you'll need to update your app to get it – and it might not appear immediately, as roll-outs can often take a little time.

The other bad news is that this feature is only available to Spotify Premium members.

That means if you're not a paid-up Spotify subscriber, you won't be able to hide songs in playlists.

You'll have to put up with those dodgy tracks until you cough up some dough.

To use the new feature, first navigate to a playlist.

This can be a playlist you have created yourself, one made by Spotify, or one shared by another user.

Then head into the menu and select 'Hide Song'.

All songs that you hide will have a mark next to them, and will be skipped automatically as your playlist progresses.

These songs will also be ignored if you set the playlist to shuffle.

If you change your mind, you can unhide songs by repeating the process.

Simply go back into the menu, and untick the "Hide Song" option.

In other news, sending these iPhone codewords over iMessage will trigger hidden effects for your pals.

A clever iPhone trick lets you find any photo in your camera album in seconds.

This nifty WhatsApp trick lets you "pin" your favourite chats to the top of the app.

And, find out how to read deleted WhatsApp messages on your phone.

What new features would you like to see added to Spotify? Let us know in the comments!

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