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12

Oct

Bluetooth Woes With iOS 8.0.2 Update And How To Fix Them

  • By Integr8

bluetooth_logoApple has recently released the iOS 8.0.2 update for those who wish to partake.  There were some bug fixes; however, some users including myself noticed a new bug that emerged upon updating.  I didn’t notice it immediately, but there was indeed a problem with Bluetooth connectivity and my vehicle.  While I haven’t found a list of vehicles this impacts, my 2013 Toyota Tacoma happened to be one of them.

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06

Oct

Buying A New iOS Device? Check This Out First.

  • By Integr8

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As many of you might be aware already, Apple has taken steps to help protect it’s customers from becoming victims of hardware theft.  With iOS 7, they introduced a feature called Activation Lock.  When you sign in to iCloud on your Apple mobile devices, not only do you have access to Find My iPhone but in the event that it is stolen, the device will be useless without having the proper username and password for the iCloud account associated with it.  Apple’s goal with implementing this feature was to deter criminals from stealing Apple technology.  While in a perfect world, this would mean that no one would ever steal your iPhone again; however, the fact is, there are some people out there who don’t seem to care. Apple is aware of this reality and has yet again given us a tool to help protect us.

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01

Oct

What’s New With Sending Pictures and Videos Via Text Message?

  • By Integr8

sunsetWe’ve already seen the cool new feature where you can respond to a text without actually going into the Messages app, so today I’d like to share with you how to easily send photos and videos via text messaging.  I truly believe that Apple has done a phenomenal job making this much more user friendly. While the ability to send photos and videos isn’t new, how you interact with this feature is so let’s continue on to explore the differences.

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29

Sep

Respond To A Text Within Different Apps

  • By Integr8

message_iconOne thing that always frustrated me with prior iOS releases was the requirement of leaving my current app in order to respond to a text.  In all reality, this seems like a small task; however, it has increased my productivity quite a bit.  I can be checking or writing an email, researching something in Safari or posting something on the Integr8 Facebook page when a text comes in.  Before, I’d have to close the app I was currently in and open the Messages app to respond, then switch back.  If I decided to finish my first task before responding, I found that I’d forget to even respond back to the person.  Now, I don’t have that problem.  The following screenshots are examples of what it looks like to receive and respond to a text within a separate app.

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24

Sep

Data recovery for the iPhone? Yes, it is possible.

  • By Integr8

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I recently had a client who’s phone wasn’t able to be retrieved under any circumstances. When I got the call I was reminded of numerous past experiences I’ve had when working at the Apple Store. Luckily, the stars were aligned and we were able to work together in getting the information that was on the device, even without the device present. It was because of this success story that I’m posting this blog.

After getting the phone call, my heart sank a bit knowing that most of us keep some valuable things on our phone that we can never imagine losing. Immediately, I started researching what kind of options there were for getting some if not all of the important data back and accessible to my client. I came across Dr. Fone, a data recovery software by a company called Wondershare. While Dr. Fone is compatible with iOS devices, it also works with other platforms such as Android. For todays purposes, we will be covering how it works with Apple’s mobile devices.

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18

Sep

Sync And Back-up With iTunes

In a previous post, I covered the inner workings of iCloud. I explained that iCloud consists of both syncing and backup services. You also learned the difference between the two services. If you need some clarification on the topic, I encourage you to check out, Syncing and Backing Up With iCloud, prior to venturing too far into this post.

In this post we will cover how iTunes syncs and backs up your iOS devices, what data is synced, what data is backed up, where this information is stored, and I will include some important pointers about syncing using iTunes. Keep in mind, this isn’t a step by step tutorial but instead, it’s meant to work in conjunction with, Syncing and Backing Up With iCloud, to help you make the decision on how to best protect your data.

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18

Sep

Sync And Back-up With iCloud

iCloud has now been around for quite some time but I still get questions about it all the time. These questions are valid and incredibly important to have the answers to. This post will cover the inner workings of iCloud, explaining how it works, what data is and is not backed up.

The overall explanation of iCloud is that it’s a service offered by Apple that can back up some data from your iOS devices while syncing other data across most of your Apple devices. All of this data is stored securely on Apples servers for you to access at a later time, if needed. You can back up your devices over a Wifi network either manually, or automatically. iCloud syncs your data not included in a backup over WiFi or a cellular internet connection, in real time.

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18

Sep

What’s Your Backup Plan?

SafeNo one can deny that we are now, well into the digital age. You store contacts, calendars, emails, passwords, documents, photos, videos, and countless other important data on our computers and mobile devices. I have already covered the topic of backing up information found on our iPads, iPods, and iPhones, and in this post, I’ll cover what you need to think about to create the best backup plan possible.

To put the importance of a proper backup plan into perspective, here is a list of a fraction of the things that can happen to a computer:

• Theft / Loss
• Accidental damage
• Something in the software becomes corrupt over time
• Important photos and documents are accidentally thrown in the trash
• Hardware failure

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