How to download areas in Google Maps for offline use

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 4, 2016

For those of you that love Google Maps more than iOS’ built-in Maps app, Google Maps has a wonderful feature built into it that lets you download maps from specific regions for offline use.

This feature is perfect for when you need a map and you know you won’t have any cellular coverage or you don’t want to waste your precious capped data on navigation tasks.

Right before a big road trip, you can follow this tutorial we’re about to walk you through so you can download any region on Google Maps for your offline viewing pleasure. So let’s get started! Read More

 

How to disable cellular data for specific iPhone apps

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 23, 2016

Cellular data is a great thing; it lets you access data from the internet in your favorite apps even when you’re not in range of a Wi-Fi network.

Unfortunately, many carriers impose caps on your data. For this reason, iOS includes a feature that lets you limit what apps are allowed to access the internet using cellular data. This is particularly useful for limiting those data-hungry apps from causing you unwanted cellular bill overages each month.

In this tutorial, we’ll be showing you how you can disable cellular data for specific apps on your iPhone or iPad. Read More

 

How to see how much data your iPhone apps are using

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 22, 2016

The use of cellular data when you’re using your iPhone or iPad while out and about is to be expected, but do you know exactly how much of your data each individual app or service on your device is using?

With the imposing caps cellular carriers like to put on their users, it’s important to be able to keep track of your data so you don’t hit expensive data overages each month.

In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through the steps to find out how much data your apps and services are using. Read More

 

Kommute for iPhone downloads websites for offline use and is better than Safari’s Reading List

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 25, 2016

Today’s websites are big, even more so taking into account that scripts from ad networks continue to gobble up data long after actual website content has been retrieved.

One valid approach to reading news involves adding articles you want to read later to Safari’s Reading List, but that will download each saved webpage to every device that has Safari enabled in Settings → iCloud.

A nicely done iPhone app called Kommute from developer Red Brick Labs might be a far better solution for those people who are eager to download their favorite websites in order to read them on the go, or when they’re not on Wi-Fi.

With Kommute, you just add any URL and the app intelligently fetches home page content along with deep links, for you to browse later. From my brief hands-on time with Kommute, I liked the app and the fact that it works as advertised. Read More

 

MiniStats shows detailed iPhone stats directly on your Apple Watch

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 15, 2016

If you’re looking for the next cool app to install on your Apple Watch, look no further than MiniStats, a useful utility and statistics app for the iOS platform that’s usually $0.99, but is currently free in the App Store.

This app lets you see various statistics about your iPhone usage on your handset itself, and even right from your wrist on your Apple Watch. Read More

 

T-Mobile is offering 4 lines of unlimited LTE for $150

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 3, 2016

T-Mobile has just made its existing Family Match promotion a little more tempting. As was announced this morning, the carrier is offering data-hungry families up to four lines of unlimited LTE data for just $150 per month for the entire family, which works out to $37.5 per line.

“Now get 2 or more lines of Unlimited 4G LTE for the price of a 10GB plan, or 10GB for the price of 6GB,“ teases the carrier. And for a limited time, T-Mobile’s customers on a Simple Choice Family plan can get a fourth line at no additional charge. Read More

 

Why I switched back to AT&T after just a week of using Sprint

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 11, 2016

Just before the new year, I decided to take on Sprint’s promotional event of cutting an AT&T, Verizon, or T-Mobile bill in half. Being with AT&T for more than 6 years, and having always wanted to try another carrier for the heck of it, I was lured in by being able to save a few bucks on my monthly bill.

Their offer to pay my contract breaching fees up to $650 from AT&T just about sealed the deal as well.

Knowing that Sprint didn’t have the best service in the world, I was wary, but since I really only use my iPhone for social networking, phone calls, and iMessaging, and wouldn’t be doing things like streaming HD videos on the go, I was going to take the plunge anyway and see whether or not Sprint would be a good fit for my needs.

If you too were thinking about Sprint for your next carrier, then read on, because what I’m about to share with you could make or break your decision and save you a ton of time of cancelling agreements and wasting time and money. Read More

 

AT&T resurrects unlimited data but only for DIRECTV or U-Verse customers

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 11, 2016

United States carrier AT&T on Monday announced a brand new unlimited data plan since removing that option a few years ago, but there’s a catch: you have to be using the carrier’s DIRECTV or U-Verse service.

According to the fine print, the new $100 per month plan is limited to smartphones. But what about those who’d like to take advantage of it on an iPad?

Well, they’ll have to pay an additional $40 per month to add a tablet device or another smartphone to the plan, or fork an additional $10 to add a smartwatch to the service. Read More

 

AT&T to increase price of grandfathered unlimited data plans in February

By Cody Lee on Nov 30, 2015

AT&T is going to announce a price hike for its grandfathered unlimited data plans early next year, reports CNBC. The outlet announced the news on Twitter this afternoon, saying it has learned that the carrier plans to increase the price from $30 to $35 in February.

The move is unsurprising, given that Verizon announced earlier this year that it’d be raising the price of its own grandfathered unlimited plans, and the two carriers tend to follow each others leads. AT&T’s price bump is significantly less though, at just $5 versus $20. Read More

 

Verizon offering More Everything customers 2GB of free data to try out GO90 app

By Cody Lee on Nov 24, 2015

Heads up Verizon Wireless customers, the carrier is currently offering a limited-time promotion that awards free data to those on its More Everything plan. The promo is good for an extra 2GB for three months, and all you have to do to take advantage of it is download Verizon’s GO90 app.

So for those of you on one of the aforementioned plans, grab GO90 from the App Store here or the Google Play Store here. Once it’s downloaded, you should receive a text message from Verizon telling you that the free data has been activated on your account, along with an expiration date.
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How to delete documents and data stored in iCloud

By Sébastien Page on Nov 19, 2015

Apps’ documents and data stored in iCloud can quickly add up, and depending on the size of your storage plan, you might need to do some cleaning in there from time to time to ensure that you don’t waste any of that precious space. In this post, we’ll show you how to delete documents and data in iCloud. Read More

 

AT&T wants to give you more data in exchange for your time and attention

By Sébastien Page on Oct 27, 2015

AT&T today introduced Data Perks, a program that allows qualifying customers to earn extra data for free by taking surveys, completing offers, and making purchases at partner websites.

The concept is simple, and to be honest, not so original. Using the free Data Perks app, you can accumulate data by giving time, attention, and sometimes money to a selection of partners. You can for example watch promo videos, attend online demos for products, sign up for free trials for services such as Gamefly, make purchases at partner websites, and more. Read More

 

Verizon raising price of grandfathered unlimited data plans by $20 in November

By Cody Lee on Oct 8, 2015

Verizon on Thursday announced that it will soon be raising the price on grandfathered unlimited data plans by $20. As noted by CNET, this will bring the monthly price tag of unlimited data to $49.99 per month, which is in addition to the standard talk and text plan, and the change is set to take place in November.

The amount of people affected by this move should be relatively small. Verizon says that less than 1% of its 100+ million subscriber base still has an unlimited plan, and those that do still have one and are currently under contract from a previous phone purchase won’t likely see the price hike until the contract expires. Read More

 

AT&T cutting prices of shared data plans and unveiling new ones tomorrow

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 14, 2015

U.S. wireless carrier AT&T announced this morning a few notable changes coming to its shared-data plans beginning tomorrow. For starters, customers on existing Mobile Share Value Plans with fifteen and twenty gigabytes of cellular data will now pay less for their high-speed 4G LTE data: the 15GB plan will drop from $130 to $100 per month while the 20GB tier will go from $150 down to $140 per month. Read More

 

This was the most played music on Beats 1 last month

By Cody Lee on Aug 12, 2015

As Apple and its executives continue to point out, what sets Beats 1 apart from other streaming radio services is its human curation. Instead of software algorithms, Beats 1 features real-life DJs that play whatever song they are feeling at any given moment.

But that doesn’t mean you won’t hear music get repeated. Quartz tracked the Beats 1 playlist throughout the month of July, and according to its data, out of 12,445 songs, only 3,371 were unique. This means that each song was played an average of 3.7 times. Read More

 

T-Mobile enforces 21GB soft cap on Simple Choice plans ahead of tomorrow’s Un-Carrier Amped event

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 24, 2015

As reported by the TMoNews blog, Deutsche Telekom-owned T-Mobile, the nation’s fourth-largest wireless carrier, has introduced a soft cap on data usage for its Simple Choice customers in the form of 21 gigabytes of high-speed 4G LTE cellular data. Exceeding this monthly allotment won’t incur additional charges, but your speed may be throttled during periods of network congestion.

Previously, T-Mobile would specifically throttle only the three percent of its top data-hungry subscribers. With today’s change, other users may see their speeds temporarily dropped after exceeding 21 GB of data usage during a billing period. Read More

 

Carrier Settings Update: what it is and how to check for it

By Sébastien Page on Jun 11, 2015

From time to time, you might see a Carrier Settings Update message pop up on your iPhone, saying that new settings are available, and asking if you would like to update them now. Admittedly, this message is somewhat cryptic, and doesn’t give you any information regarding what’s included in the update or where it’s coming from. Maybe even worth, I’ve had a friend ask me once if his iPhone got hacked as the message looked suspicious to him. In this post, we’ll tell you more about carrier settings updates, what they are, and how to check for them. Read More

 

How to export and import your Health data

By Sébastien Page on Jun 10, 2015

Apple has really changed the way I think about my overall health and fitness, starting with iOS 7 and the M7 motion coprocessor of iPhone 5s. I went from being completely oblivious of my weight and physical fitness, to being obsessed with them. Apple Watch has made that even more obvious, as I now feel accountable for everything I do. At the end of the day, I have the satisfaction of looking at my stats in the Health app and see my progress.

As someone who talks about Apple for a living, I am often restoring devices, moving data from one iPhone to another, and also upgrading hardware every year. This is part of the fun for me. But there is a downside to this behavior: every time I set an iPhone as a new device, I lose all of the data from my Health app.

In this post, I will show you how to export Health app data, and import that same data into a freshly restored device, or a new device, depending on your situation. Read More

 

Apple Maps gains data from NavAds, Yellow Pages and other partners

By Cody Lee on May 23, 2015

Apple on Friday updated the Acknowledgements page for its mapping software, adding a handful of new data partners. The page gives credit to TomTom, Yelp and other companies that provide Apple Maps with imagery and information.

Among the new partnerships added this week are E-WEGO, a business listing firm, navigational ad expert NavAds, and Yellow Pages. TripAdvisor and Booking.com are also now listed as official partners, following a report earlier this year. Read More

 

AT&T pulling back on throttling of unlimited LTE customers

By Cody Lee on May 7, 2015

AT&T is pulling back on its throttling efforts against unlimited LTE customers, reports ArsTechnica. The site noticed that the carrier recently changed its policy to say that it will only throttle users with unlimited LTE data plans who have both exceeded 5GB in a billing cycle and are in an area experiencing network congestion.

Previously, AT&T’s policy said that unlimited LTE users could experience slower data speeds after reaching 5GB, with no mention of location. The change comes after customers complained the carrier’s throttling—some reported speeds as slow as 0.5Mbps—was part of its strategy to sway them away from their unlimited plans. Read More

 
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