How to restore your iPhone from an iCloud Backup

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When you first set up your iPhone or iPad, you are encouraged to enable iCloud and offered the option to back up your data to Apple’s iCloud service. Before the advent of iCloud in iOS 5, backups took place locally on your Mac or PC, using iTunes. While still an option, there is no questioning the simplicity and ease of using iCloud. One of the main advantages is that your data is secure. Local backups can be problematic. I always encourage folks to have a backup strategy using a secondary hard drive, NAS or service like Crashplan, Backblaze or Carbonite. What happens if your hard drive crashes and you don't have a backup in place? Not only are your files gone, but you no longer have access to your iPhone backups. By using iCloud, that's no … [Read more...]

How To Restore iPhone To Factory Settings Without iTunes

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There are a number of reasons why you might want to restore your iPhone factory settings. If for some reason your iPhone isn’t working properly or maybe you are selling it, so that you can upgrade. If you have access to a Mac or PC, you can restore using iTunes, which we'll also cover in this guide. But when disaster strikes, not everyone has access to iTunes. If you are away from your computer, it’s very easy to restore your iPhone to factory settings. And when you do, you can easily restore to the last known backup using either iTunes or iCloud. Simply follow these steps. As a reminder, make sure that you have synced all of you data to your computer or to iCloud. A factory restore means that means all of your data and personal information … [Read more...]

Understanding the Reset Settings On Your iPhone or iPad

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In iOS, there are a number of reset options for your iPhone or iPad. They all function differently and there are different scenarios for why you might use one versus another. In this guide, we’ll present all of the reset settings on iPhone and iPad, what they do and when to use them. If you are having a problem with your iOS device, at times these can be a quick and easy fix. They are also helpful to know should you plan to sell or trade-in your iPhone. Updated for iOS 7 and iOS 8 Reset All Settings Erase All Content and Settings Reset Network Settings Reset Keyboard Dictionary Reset Home Screen Layout Reset Location and Privacy Reset All Settings This will reset all settings. This will not delete any data. If … [Read more...]

10 photo composition tips to improve your iPhone photography

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As an iPhone owner, you hold in your hand a phone that can produce beautiful photos. Having quick access to our phones, makes it easier than ever to capture moments or events without having to dig out our point & shoot or bulky DSLR. Take a moment to think about how photography has changed since 2008. It's really quite amazing. The iPhone's camera is both capable and meets the ever so important characteristic of the best camera being the one you have with you. While it meets all of the technical criteria for taking excellent pictures, taking truly great photos often depends on the one behind the lens. Ok, having an incredibly cute kid or pet does help, but what you do can transform good pictures into great. When you take a photo, you … [Read more...]

How to add or remove a card from Apple Pay

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Apple Pay is a great and secure way to pay for goods and services. Ultimately, you are using a traditional credit or debit card to make a purchase. By using Apple Pay, you don't have to physically hand a stranger your card information and your full name. Payments made using the new service wirelessly transfers a unique Device Account Number specific to your iPhone, coupled with a transaction-specific dynamic security code. This information is used to process your payment.  In the past year or so, big retailers like Target and Home Depot have had data breaches. If you have a credit or debit card, it's not uncommon to have to be issued a new card from your bank due to security concerns. When this happens, you're left scrambling to update … [Read more...]

Unreleased Apple Watch Companion App Reveals New Details

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Apple has provided plenty of information regarding their forthcoming and highly anticipated Watch, yet many details remain unknown. They continue to work on refining the software and part of the Apple Watch experience will rely on the interoperability with the iPhone. Yesterday, Apple released iOS 8.2 beta 4 to developers, a release that provides support for Watch Kit. Using this latest release, developer Steven Troughton-Smith to reveal screen shots on an upcoming companion app, aptly titled Apple Watch Companion app for iPhone. The application serves a central destination for users looking to make changes to settings and to manage settings for supported third-party applications. The application revealed a number of new features that help … [Read more...]

Continuity and Handoff Master Class: The Ultimate Guide

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iOS 8 introduced a number of new features. Continuity and Handoff are two which can be deemed incredible or incredibly maddening, depending on your preference. With Yosemite and iOS 8, your computers, iPads and iPhones are more integrated than ever. Pardon the reference, but some folks don't like peanut butter in their chocolate. For others, this union seems like an inevitable and natural transition, allowing all of your devices to work seamlessly together to keep you use more productive and more in touch. Whatever your position, these are extremely powerful features. iOS 8 doesn't ship with a manual, so we're breaking out all the stops to provide you with the ultimate guide on Continuity and Handoff. Our handy table of contents makes it … [Read more...]

Chinese Smuggler Had 94 iPhones Strapped To Body

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The latest in absurd acts revolving Apple products comes to us courtesy of a Chinese smuggler who was caught with 94 iPhones strapped to his body. The iPhone-clad gentelmen looked like a myriad of packing packing tape and technology. The valiant effort to get past security proved insufficient when security personnel noticed a weird posture and joint stiffness. Despite what others may tell you, iPhones are not as flexible as you ligaments. These images were shared on a Chinese social media site. … [Read more...]

iOS 8.2 Beta 4 Released To Developers

Apple today released iOS 8.2 beta 4 to developers. The update is the fourth release en-route to the public release. It represents the first update in three weeks, with the holidays likely impacting the update. iOS 8.2 will be a significant release as it will usher in official support for the Apple Watch. This should not be confused with iOS 8.1.3, which is rumored for release early this week. Developers can download the update either OTA (if currently running iOS 8.2 beta) or via the developer portal. Apple has yet to provide details on when the Apple Watch will be released, other than a vague 'Spring' timeframe. … [Read more...]

Apple TV To Play Role In HomeKit Control

This week at CES, a large number accessory makers used the event to showcase their Apple compatible products. With the Internet of Things becoming a growing trend, there was a big emphasis on home automation products. Specifically, manufacturers were showcasing outlets, light bulb adapters, locks, power-strips and garage door opens that support Apple's HomeKit. Though they used the event to showcase their products, none have yet to receive the all important MFi (Made for iPhone) certification. In fact, one parter commented that Apple "had a lot of work to do." One common theme was the importance Apple TV will play in HomeKit. … [Read more...]