By Sébastien Page on Oct 16, 2014
The best thing about having my parents in town is that I get inundated with troubleshooting questions about iOS, providing me with an almost endless flow of topics to write about. The latest troubleshooting request relates to a mysterious case of missing iCloud contacts that would have apparently disappeared after updating to iOS 8.
In this post, I’ll share one simple tip to restore iCloud contacts that might have gone missing. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 14, 2014
As I’ve worked on coverage for the imminent release of OS X Yosemite, I’ve found myself needing to reset the look of the Dock back to factory settings again and again. Perhaps you, at one time or another, have thought about how handy it would be to have a factory reset button in OS X—one similar to the reset buttons found in iOS.
Unfortunately, no such button exist within OS X, but there is a handy terminal command that you can use to quickly make your dock look and work like new again. Inside, I’ll share the command on video, and walk you through this super-simple process. Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 11, 2014
Instagram’s recently released Hyperlapse app, built for recording time-lapse videos, has received a lot of praise for its UI design and function, but there’s no denying that it’s a bit short on features—or so we thought. Apparently the app has a hidden menu with several options, including 1080P video capturing and more. Read More
By Jim Gresham on Oct 6, 2014
Although there is no iOS 8 jailbreak, there is still a way to add a Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) emulator. Because Nintendo is missing the opportunity to make millions of dollars by releasing their games to the Apple App Store, people have turned to emulators for years. Since the iPhone was jailbreakable, it seems there was some way to play the old classics.
Thanks to a tip from @flawlessfox, whom you may recognize as one of the JailbreakCon organizers, we tested the SNES emulator “SiOS” and can confirm it works quite well, especially on the iPhone 6 Plus. Step inside for quick step-by-step instructions and you will be enjoying your favorite SNES games in about 5 minutes time. Yes, you read it correctly, there is no jailbreak required. Read More
By Sébastien Page on Sep 26, 2014
Along with iOS 8, Apple introduced a new feature in the App Switcher that allows you to have quick access to your recently contacted contacts, as well as your favorite contacts. In essence, this is a great feature that can save you time, but it arguably also is a feature that has nothing to do in the App Switcher to begin with. What if you only want to see your favorites in there? Or what if you don’t want to see any contact at all in the App Switcher? There is a solution.
In this post, we’ll show you how to select what kind of contacts you want to show in the App Switcher (favorites and/or recents) or how to hide these contacts altogether. Read More
By Sébastien Page on Sep 24, 2014
Earlier today, Apple released iOS 8.0.1 which was supposed to fix a few bugs, but as users quickly realized, this update did more harm than good as it would disable cellular service and Touch ID on affected devices. We’ve already published instructions on how to downgrade back to iOS 8 for those users who downloaded and installed the update.
But for those who have only downloaded the update and not installed it yet, there is a way to delete it from your device and make sure you don’t accidentally install it. Read More
By Sébastien Page on Sep 23, 2014
Accidents always happen to others. That’s what we tend to believe anyway. Besides being largely misguided, thinking you’re less likely to get into an accident than the person sitting next to you can be dangerous, mainly because it can lead to you being unprepared in the event you would get into an accident.
There aren’t many ways you can be ready in case something happens to you, but there is one thing you can do right now, directly from your iPhone, and it shouldn’t take you more than a couple minutes. Read More
By iDB Staff on Sep 17, 2014
We previously wrote a guide on how to setup a new iPhone from an iCloud backup, but that is limited by the fact that Apple only gives you 5 GB of free storage. If you have more than 5 GB of music, apps and other data, and you do not wish to pay for additional iCloud storage, you will have to resort to an iTunes backup. Read ahead for step-by-step instructions on how to setup a new iPhone from an iTunes backup… Read More
By iDB Staff on Sep 17, 2014
I know quite a few iPhone users that upgrade their smartphone once every few years, often coinciding with the two-year contract they locked into with AT&T or other carriers. For some reason, a lot of these people seem to think that transferring all of their content over to the new iPhone is a daunting task. In reality, the process is actually fairly simple. Read ahead for step-by-step instructions on how to restore an iCloud backup on a new iPhone… Read More
By Cody Lee on Sep 16, 2014
Last week, Apple announced that it would be releasing the latest version of its mobile operating system, iOS 8, on September 17th. Of course, developers have been testing the new software since June, but this is the first time it will be available to the public.
As such, we’ve been getting a lot of questions from readers who want to know what they need to do to prepare for tomorrow’s release. Rather than answer each person individually, we created this quick guide on how to ensure your devices are ready for iOS 8. Read More
By Sébastien Page on Sep 11, 2014
Every year it is the same scenario: Apple unveils a new iPhone, and we all start wondering what we’re financially able to afford. The question on everybody’s lips then becomes “am I eligible for an upgrade?” If you bought your device 2 years ago, then chances are you are already eligible for an upgrade. If you’re not sure what your current status is, we have a way for you to check if you’re going to be able to pick up the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus at the subsidized price, or if you’ll have to break that piggy bank you’ve been preciously keeping on your dresser for the past 15 years. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 7, 2014
Many Mac users are unaware that copying a file or folder in the Finder, or moving it to another location, does not preserve the permissions and ownership data attached to it.
In most circumstances, that’s not a problem as you’ll be moving stuff within your own user account. Hence, the default behavior of changing ownership/permissions is actually desirable for most users, in most cases.
But on occasion, you may need to override the default setting when, say, copying a file into another user’s folder, dropping a document into the Guest account and so forth. In these kinds of scenarios, preserving the original file’s ownership and permissions can save you headache down the road.
But worry not — the Mac’s Finder includes a pair of hidden features, Paste Item Exactly and Duplicate Exactly, that get the job done. The following tips will teach you how to leverage them to ensure that the file’s ownership information and permission data has been kept intact after the copy/move operation. Read More
By Lory Gil on Sep 7, 2014
As we prepare for Apple’s big media event on Sept. 9, many of us are wondering what to do with our old iPhone devices. You could give it to a family member, keep it as an emergency backup, or try to make a little money back off of your investment by selling it.
There are a number of ways you can sell your iPhone, whether it is on Ebay, Craiglist, or any number of gadget reseller websites. We’ve got a list of where you can get the most money for your much loved, but now outdated iPhone. Read More
By Sébastien Page on Aug 22, 2014
There are several reasons why you would want to delete all the data and information contained on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Maybe you want to sell your device to someone else, or give it to a family member. Or maybe you just want to start from scratch on a clean slate.
No matter what your reason may be, there are two ways to go at it. In this post, we will show you how to erase all content and settings on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch directly from your device, or from iTunes. Both methods can be used to delete music, videos, photos, apps, messages, emails, contacts – everything! Additionally, all your settings will be completely reset. Read More
By Sébastien Page on Aug 18, 2014
Duplicate photos always seem to find a way to creep into your iPhoto library, eating up precious storage space on your Mac. You could just let it go and forget all about it – after all it’s just a few duplicate photos – but if you’re anything like me, you just want your iPhoto library to be perfect.
The only way to get to perfection is to delete those duplicate photos in your iPhoto library. Strangely enough, iPhoto doesn’t have a feature that lets you find and delete duplicates, so you have to download a third party application to do this. The Mac App Store has plenty of such apps available, but I personally use Duplicate Cleaner for iPhoto.
In this post, I will show you how to use Duplicate Cleaner to find and delete duplicate photos in iPhoto. Read More
By Alihassan Mahdi on Aug 18, 2014
If you’re a jailbreak enthusiast like me, you’ll probably end up installing a bunch of jailbreak tweaks that will pile up over time. Sooner or later, you might forget about them and after a period of time, you’ll end up with a lot of unused tweaks which may have a negative impact on the performance of your device and can slow it down or cause lags. Surely, it’s easy to remove one or two tweaks that you don’t need, but it becomes a hefty task if you want to delete a lot of tweaks that you no longer use.
Fortunately, there’s a workaround that allows you to uninstall all the jailbreak tweaks that you don’t need in a single tap. This involves queuing all of them together and performing a batch uninstall. To find out how, follow our step-by-step guide outlined below. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Aug 17, 2014
OS X includes a nifty Dictation feature which allows you to control your Mac and apps with your voice. You can use “speakable items”, basically a set of spoken commands, to open apps, choose menu items, email contacts and convert whole spoken sentences to text, wherever you can type text.
This is much like iOS’s Dictation feature as both iOS and OS X use the same Nuance-powered technology that turns speech to text. iOS devices have limited computing power so the Dictation feature on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad requires network connectivity in iOS 7 (iOS 8 supports streaming voice recognition and 22 new languages).
On the Mac, computing resources like CPU power, battery life and RAM are not of paramount importance as on mobile, Therefore, OS X Mavericks provides a new Enhanced Dictation feature which converts your words to text without utilizing Apple’s servers.
In other words, server-based Dictation lets you dictate without an active Internet connection. Because voice recognition processing runs locally on your Mac, text appears instantly as you speak. That is: continuos, streaming dictation with live feedback is made possible.
In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to turn on Enhanced Dictation in OS X and take advantage of speech-to-text, even when you’re off the grid… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Aug 16, 2014
Keeping all your photos on an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad is one way of filling up your devices and Sebastien has already explained how you can remove unwanted photos in order to conserve storage.
If you’re anything like me, perhaps you keep a few movies stored on your iPhone.
I personally prefer having some entertainment handy in order to make long flights more bearable, or simply to catch up on the latest episode of my favorite television show while commuting, waiting in the bank to have a simple question answered and so forth.
The problem is, nothing eats up on-device storage more quickly than high-resolution movies and it’s all too easy to forget deleting videos right after you’ve watched them. In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to free up significant amounts of storage by removing heavy video files from your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.
I know, many of you already know how to do this. Nevertheless, I’d encourage you to take a peek at this how-to because you might learn a few new tricks… Read More