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Software

16

Oct

What’s Going On With This Thing?

  • By Integr8

 

No matter what the manufacturers say, it might seem as though we just can’t get optimal battery life from our mobile devices.  In most cases, this has nothing to do with the hardware, but instead, how we’re using our phone.  Actually, more like how certain apps are using our phone.  Prior to iOS 8, we weren’t able to easily see which apps were draining our battery without setting up a Genius Bar appointment at the Apple Store.  Now, we can get this information directly from our phone by following these steps.

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14

Oct

The Anticipation Is Killing Me

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Please leave a comment picking the from the list below, the feature you are most excited to use or learn about and why. This will help me ensure I’m delivering the most relevant content on my blog.

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14

Oct

iOS 8 Steps Up Its Safari Game

  • By Integr8

safariWith the new larger displays on the latest iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, you might find yourself using the device to surf the web even more than before.  I personally have increased my data consumption significantly because the larger screen is enough reason to reach for my iPhone 6 Plus instead of my iPad.  This isn’t always the case; however, when I’m on the go, it tends to be more convenient to use my phone.  In this post I’m going to share two new features that were previously reserved for using Safari on your computer.

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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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