How to add music to your iPhone without iTunes using WALTR

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 18, 2017

Transferring music files to your iOS hardware is not for the faint-hearted, let alone for novice users, but I suppose you don’t need me to tell you that. Because third-party apps are not permitted to save songs to the music library on your device, the process officially sanctioned by Apple requires syncing your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with the bloated mess that is desktop iTunes.

Thankfully, specialized apps such as Softorino’s excellent WALTR 2 (free trial available – or $39.95) let you simply drag and drop media files on WALTR’s drop zone and rest assured they’ll be transcoded into iOS-friendly formats and saved into appropriate apps. In this brief tutorial, we’ll lay out the process of adding music to iPhone without iTunes, using the WALTR app. Read More

 

How to disable inertial scrolling on your Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 17, 2017

When the original iPhone launched ten years ago, it instantly captivated audiences with its smooth implementation of the multi-touch user interface and attention to detail like rubber band scrolling, which continues to scroll content after your finger has stopped moving, until it gradually comes to a halt.

Also known as inertial scrolling, this feature eventually made its way into macOS to support Mac computers with a multi-touch trackpad or Magic Mouse. Since this behavior may not appeal to everyone, we’ve put together this quick tutorial to teach you how to disable inertial scrolling with just a few clicks. Read More

 

How to delete your Safari web browsing history for specific days

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 17, 2017

If you use Safari as your default web browser on your Mac, it’s possible to delete your browsing history for a just a specific date, while still leaving all the rest of your browsing history intact.

Not only will this appear less fishy when someone looks into your browsing history than deleting everything would, but it also lets you annihilate only a chosen portion of your web browsing history, which can be infinitely useful for protecting your privacy depending on how you use your machine to browse the web. Read More

 

How to set up and use multilingual typing on iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 16, 2017

Beginning with iOS 10, Apple’s predictive QuickType keyboard supports multiple languages without switching keyboards. This lets you type in multiple languages simultaneously and take advantage of the auto-correct function to receive appropriate suggestions without having to switch between different keyboards manually. This tutorial explains how to set up multilingual typing on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Read More

 

How to save jailbreak tweaks on your device with redeb

By Joaquim Barbosa on Jan 16, 2017

Sometimes a developer’s repo goes down, they withdraw a tweak, or they update the tweak on their repo and don’t leave your favoured previous version up. In these cases, you may want to save the tweak to your device so as to have it for later use.

The trouble is that Cydia removes the install files, saved in .deb format, after it has finished installing the tweak to your device. So unless you save the .deb file after you download it from Cydia, but before it installs (which is unlikely as it’s cumbersome and easy to forget to do), you would seem to be out of luck. But are you? In this guide, we’ll show you how to repackage already installed tweaks into .deb files for safekeeping, using redeb. Read More

 

Tip: quickly share your Activity rings, workouts or achievements as standalone screenshots

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 16, 2017

Our in-depth tutorial explains the process of sharing your Activity data with friends, family or even a personal trainer.

But there are times when you may simply want to brag about meeting your daily goal by sharing just your Activity rings or the workout you just finished or an achievement you won rather than go through the whole process of setting up Activity sharing.

In this brief tutorial, you’ll learn how to quickly share your workout, achievement or Activity rings as a standalone image. Read More

 

How to use Activity sharing

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 13, 2017

Apple’s Activity app on iPhone and Apple Watch includes a social feature that encourages some friendly competition by pitting your own fitness data against folks who are willing to share it with you. This lets you see if you can beat a friend in closing all three Activity rings, permit your trainer to keep an eye on your daily progress and so forth.

This how-to lays out all there’s to know about sharing Activity data, including getting progress update from friends, engaging in smack talk, viewing shared Activity rings, removing a friend from shared Activity or muting their notifications for the day and more. Read More

 

How to preserve your iPhone camera settings

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 13, 2017

Prior to iOS 10.2, iPhone’s stock Camera application always defaulted to the factory Photo mode. ForIf you were recording video, for instance, Camera would switch to Photo mode as soon as you exited out instead of keeping the selected Video mode on. Similarly, taking pictures with one of the built-in live filters was cumbersome because Camera would set the filter to None after exiting out. This behavior used to be quite a hindrance for iPhone photographers who rely on a specific capture mode.

On iOS 10.2 and later, new user-facing toggles in the Settings app permit you to preserve your last-used shooting mode, live filter and Live Photo settings so they’re don’t reset every time Camera launches. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to preserve camera settings on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Read More

 

How to customize the “About This Mac” section of a Mac

By Joaquim Barbosa on Jan 13, 2017

The “About This Mac” window contains information relating to your computer specifications and OS version, and is useful for quickly checking any of those details. However, it’s a little impersonal, and often (on a Hackintosh), incorrect. If, like me, you enjoy customising your machine to your own personal taste then this guide should help somewhat, by jazzing up the “About This Mac” section. Read More

 

How to fix crackly audio with AirPods or Beats Solo3 headphones

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 13, 2017

New devices like Apple’s AirPods and Beats Solo3 headphones are among some of the simplest Bluetooth devices you can use with your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, thanks to the new pairing process that’s made possible by the proprietary W1 chip. But they’re not perfect.

As many of the early reviews have already pointed out, including the one published right here on iDB by my colleague Sebastien, AirPods are especially susceptible to what’s described as ‘cracking’ while audio is being streamed from your device to the receiver in the Bluetooth headphones. Read More

 

How to verify your .shsh2 blobs with img4tool

By Joaquim Barbosa on Jan 11, 2017

We recently reported how some of the .shsh2 blobs saved with previous versions of tihmstar’s TSSChecker were faulty. One problem affected all iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus blobs, rendering them useless. This issue has now been fixed going forward, though past blobs are invalid.

The other problem was more complex and affected only certain models of certain devices. It is also fixed for blobs saved from now on, but given these occurrences, it is important to be able to check whether the blobs you saved in the past are in fact valid and fit for use with Prometheus.

In this article, we’ll go through how to use another tool from tihmstar’s Prometheus suite, img4tool, to verify that your .shsh2 files are good. This method will clarify whether you are affected by the second problem mentioned above, but will also work in general, when checking the validity of your blobs in future.

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How to move emails from one inbox to another in your Mac’s Mail app

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 10, 2017

The Mail app in macOS is a multi-email handler and supports a wide variety of email platforms. That said, it you wanted to move some of your emails from one of your email account inboxes to another, you could.

This is a handy feature to know if you sent or received an email via the wrong account and wanted to keep your emails organized under the correct email inbox, so we’ll show you how it can be done in this tutorial. Read More

 

Tip: quickly fix mispronounced Siri queries with “Maybe You Said” suggestions

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 9, 2017

You may be probably aware that there is already a feature in iOS that sort of lets you type in your questions to Siri instead of using voice commands. It’s quite handy for those situations when talking aloud isn’t an option or Siri fails to recognize repeatedly what you said. Starting with iOS 10, Siri includes a “Maybe You Said” feature.

Taking advantage of machine learning and artificial intelligence, it suggests corrections for mispronunciations or incorrectly recognized queries. In this post, you’ll learn how to leverage this feature to avoid having to manually correct any mispronounced words. Read More

 

Mac tip: change the behavior of Control, Option, Command and Caps Lock keys

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 9, 2017

macOS Sierra provides an enhanced keyboard remapping feature that allows you to change the behavior of the special modifier keys on your Mac’s keyboard, such as Caps Lock (⇪), Control (⌃), Option (⌥) and Command (⌘).

For example, you could remap the Caps Lock key to trigger the Escape command.

This feature is especially useful if you’re familiar with a keyboard layout different from your current keyboard or are an experienced touch typists who finds some of the default modifier key actions a bit awkward to use. In this tutorial, you’ll learn about remapping the Mac’s modifier keys to non-default actions. Read More

 

Prometheus downgrade tool released: here is what you need to know

By Joaquim Barbosa on Dec 28, 2016

Today hacker tihmstar released his tool Prometheus, which can be used (in some cases), to upgrade or downgrade iOS to currently unsigned firmwares.
The tool is not foolproof however, so in this article I’ll briefly explain what its limitations are and how to follow tihmstar’s guidance on the tool.

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How to use AirPods like a pro

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 28, 2016

So you’ve treated yourself to AirPods, Apple’s first-ever earphones based on Bluetooth technology that use its in-house designed W1 silicon for some cool smarts.

Though intuitive to use right out of the box thanks to W1-enabled features like zero-configuration pairing, automatic ear detection, gestures and seamless switching between devices, there’s more to AirPods than meets the eye. In this tutorial, you’ll learn everything there’s to know about setting up, using and customizing your AirPods like a pro. Read More

 

How to check if your Mac supports Auto Unlock

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 28, 2016

macOS Sierra debuted a new feature called Auto Unlock that lets you get into your Mac without typing your account password simply by wearing a passcode-protected Apple Watch. With Auto Unlock, you just wake up your Mac and if it senses you’re nearby and wearing your watch, it’ll log you in automatically. Yes, it just works!

Auto Unlock imposes certain hardware pre-requisites in terms of modern Bluetooth and Wi-Fi chipsets. Here’s how you can quickly check if your Mac supports Auto Unlock. Read More

 

How to log out of all active Facebook sessions from your iPhone

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 22, 2016

If you have a Facebook account, then chances are you access it on more than one device. You might forget from time to time to sign out of sessions on other machines you don’t intend to use again, such as those in schools or at the workplace, potentially handing over access to your Facebook account to the next person(s) who uses the machine.

Facebook fortunately comes with a feature that lets you sign out of all active sessions on your account with just a few taps. We’ll show you how you can do this in this tutorial. Read More

 

Error messages popping up from failed automatic iOS updates? Here’s the fix

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 21, 2016

Your iPhone and/or iPad can perform over the air (OTA) software updates automatically during the night while you’re sleeping, so long as it’s connected to a power source and you’ve given it permission first. While this feature is incredibly convenient for anyone who doesn’t have the time to wait for software updates during the day, it can sometimes be problematic.

There are all kinds of error messages that might pop up, but one of the more common messages you may come across, especially on iOS 10 devices, will look a lot like the one you see above. In this piece, we’ll talk about troubleshooting steps you can take to fix various types of similar error messages once and for all and get your device up to date. Read More

 

How to save your .shsh2 blobs automatically online with TSSSaver

By Joaquim Barbosa on Dec 20, 2016

A couple of days ago, we covered how to save your .shsh2 blobs manually with tsschecker, and many of you have reported back saying you managed to successfully grab them. However, if you haven’t got them yet and don’t feel tech-savvy enough to mess around with the Terminal commands required, you can try this online tool instead which should save them for you.

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