By Steffen Reich on Oct 17, 2016
Apple’s Find My Friends app has been much maligned over the years and for many served as a great example that Apple does bloatware just as well as the competition. With the arrival of iOS 10 and the ability to delete the stock apps some users might find pesky, Find My Friends certainly must be a contender for the title of most frequently trashed app on the Home screen.
This comes in spite of the fact that, over time, Find My Friends has actually inherited some redeemable qualities: next to a useful widget, one feature in particular has enjoyed little to no exposure, even though there are compelling real life use cases for it. Read More
By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 14, 2016
Your iPhone’s GPS capabilities can be really useful, whether you’re using them to navigate to a special event, play Pokémon GO, or even to just grant your favorite apps your current location so they can do what they were made to do.
Of course, like all things, GPS can sometimes be flaky and it doesn’t always want to work right, causing headaches for you. Fortunately, there is something you can do about it. There are a number of troubleshooting steps you can take that might help your GPS work properly. Read More
By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 13, 2016
A new feature that comes baked into iOS 10 shows you where you last parked your car right in the Maps app. On the other hand, it requires you to both have the latest version of iOS installed and to have a compatible head unit in your car, either with Bluetooth or CarPlay capability.
Since not everyone has an interest in updating, nor does everyone have a compatible head unit in their car, there is an alternative way to see where you parked your car right from your iPhone. All you’re going to need is a specialized 12v iPhone charger for your car and a free App Store app. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 7, 2016
Mashable is reporting that photo-sharing service Instagram has begun taking away Photo Maps from user profiles, a feature that renders photos on a world map based on where you took them as determined by the embedded GPS data. An Instagram spokesperson said they’ve begun ditching Photo Maps because they didn’t prove popular with users (your individual Instagram posts remain geotagged). Photo Maps will remain on your profile tab for now though Instagram plans to remove them from there, too. Read More
By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 5, 2016
You can use the Reminders app built into your iPhone or iPad to remind yourself to do things at certain times throughout the day, but it can also be used for location-based reminders. Among these, you can have the app remind you of things when you get in or out of your car. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can set your Reminders app to do this. Read More
By Anthony Bouchard on Aug 30, 2016
In one of its most recent updates, Twitter added a new night mode theme to its mobile app that makes the app easier on your eyes at night.
For jailbreakers who like the feature, but expected more than having to manually operate it all the time, a developer has figured out a way to make Twitter’s night mode more automatic with a new jailbreak tweak called NightOwl. Read More
By Anthony Bouchard on Aug 29, 2016
Ever since the removal of the footsteps feature from Pokémon GO, the crowdsource-based Go Radar app from the App Store has quickly become one of the most popular ways to help with Pokémon tracking.
The latest update (version 2.0) brings Pokémon scanning functionality that users have been requesting for some time, as well as improvements to the app’s workflow that helps users get more out of it. Read More
By Anthony Bouchard on Aug 25, 2016
Your location is an important piece of information, and sometimes apps ask for it. If you’re somewhat of a privacy monger, then you might like to keep a lot of apps from acquiring your true location and logging information about you.
With a new jailbreak tweak called LocationHandle, you can actually spoof your location. This tweak works on iOS 9.3.3, unlike many other popular location-spoofing jailbreak tweaks, and we’ll show you how it works in this review. Read More
By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 14, 2016
There’s a feature hiding inside of your iPhone’s Compass app that could come in handy in many scenarios.
You’ve probably downloaded third-party level apps from the App Store at one time or another to make sure that a picture frame or something you built turned out nice and flat without any signs of being crooked, but did you know you didn’t have to? Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jun 27, 2016
A second generation Apple Watch is rumored to embed not only cellular connection for network connectivity without its paired iPhone, but also a dedicated GPS for accurate workout logging without the need to carry the handset. That’s assuming you believe a sketchy report published this morning by 9to5Mac and credited to an anonymous source with unproven track record.
The same source also said that the Workout app on the Apple Watch 2 would gain the ability to track swimming. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jun 7, 2016
If every day is a game, then there should be prizes, right? Foursquare’s Swarm app has started offering just that, real-life perks depending on where and how often you check in. Called Swarm Challenges, this is yet another feature that Foursquare has brought back to Swarm from its main mobile application, which is now focused on places reviews while Swarm is all about the check-in game. Read More
By Sébastien Page on May 18, 2016
Newer iPhones come with a chip called a motion coprocessor which gathers data from the accelerometers, gyroscopes and compasses of the device to precisely measure motion and fitness data such as body motion, step count, stairs climbed, and more. Most people, including yours truly, do appreciate the data collected as it’s particularly helpful if you want to use your iPhone as a step counter and pedometer, for instance. Others are creeped out by this feature.
If you belong to the latter group of people, then I will show you a quick and easy way to stop your iPhone from tracking your steps and other fitness activity. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Apr 28, 2016
Location Services and Privacy settings on your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad certainly provide a very detailed breakdown of the apps and system services that have requested access to your location, or are motoring your location in the background.
Options in Location Services are incredibly complex so average users may be tempted to not bother and simply leave everything on. Others may disable Location Services altogether, which isn’t a very good idea either (from a usability standpoint).
Suppose you want to stop an iOS device from tracking your whereabouts, but without disrupting essential features or sacrificing much of the device’s functionality.
But how precisely does one accomplish that?
There’s no master switch in iOS that’d tell the device to stop monitoring your location. Plus, things get more complex if you don’t know exactly which switches in Settings need flipping and which ones must be left intact.
This easy to follow step-by-step tutorial will lay out exactly the features on your device that you must disable in order to limit or prevent unwanted location tracking. Read More
By Sébastien Page on Apr 22, 2016
Instagram, like many other apps, lets you tag your photos with the location of where they were taken. It’s a neat feature that can leave a trail of your whereabouts, and can also be used in the photo map of your profile to have a visual representation of where all your photos have been taken.
But sometimes, having your location out there can raise privacy concerns. I personally recently realized that a large number of my Instagram photos were showing on my photo map as being sent from my house. Although I had never manually geotagged these photos, a bug (or maybe more accurately, an “oversight”) in the Instagram app had pinned all my uploaded photos to the location where I uploaded them from (mostly from my house). This bug has been fixed since August of 2015, but still, all photos uploaded until then showed up on my photo map, even though I had never geotagged them to begin with.
Long story short, I really got a scary moment when I realized that any stalker could easily figure out the location of my house just by looking at my photo map. This led me to remove a lot of photos from my photo map, and made me realize that I should probably share this tip and make sure you also do a privacy check of your Instagram uploads.
In this post, I will show you how to delete the location from individual photos you have previously geotagged. I will also show you how to remove location data from photos appearing in your photo map. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Apr 21, 2016
Since launching in 2009, there have been over nine billion check-ins on Foursquare across the globe. Celebrating its seventh anniversary, the startup pushed an update to its mobile application on the App Store which includes a handy new history features.
Similar to location history on Google, the updated Foursquare app makes it simple for users to browse any place they’ve been and checked into via a new History tab.
In addition, Foursquare now has its own Photos extension which makes it super easy to share a photo as a tip, right within the context of the Photos app. Read More
By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 21, 2016
Apple Maps comes with a feature known as night mode. With it, after a certain point during the day when the sunlight goes down, Maps will enter a lower-light state with darker colors as to be easier on your eyes for night-time navigation.
If you really like night mode, and wish there was a way to keep it enabled 100% of the time (even during the day) then you might be interested in a new free jailbreak tweak called AlwaysNightMode. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Apr 18, 2016
Apple collects anonymous information about how you use your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and other devices so that it can improve its products in future releases. End users can easily opt in and out of diagnostic collection in the Settings → Privacy → Diagnostics & Usage section.
I have this enabled to help Apple improve their products, but privacy-minded people might opt out of diagnostic collection on the grounds that the logs include their approximate location.
In this tutorial, we’ll explore increasing your privacy on iOS by having your location excluded from diagnostic data that iOS creates. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Apr 13, 2016
With Photos for Mac, Apple pulled an iWork: that is, the re-imagining of how you should organize and manage your photos across devices originally wasn’t as feature-complete as the now phased-out iPhoto used to be.
That’s especially the case if you consider the need to edit location for some photos in your library: it wasn’t before the OS X 10.11.3 El Capitan software update that Photos for Mac got this ability.
Be that as it may, that’s a God-sent feature—in certain cases, Photos would place my pictures at the wrong geographic location, or location information wasn’t available at all when I snapped them. As I mentioned, these incorrectly located pictures can be fixed as of Photos 1.4 for Mac or later.
In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to create a smart album to automatically identify the photos without location data embedded in them and then use new features in the Photos app to add, remove or change location data for your photos and videos. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Apr 4, 2016
iOS has unassuming little switches in Messages and Find My Friends for permitting friends and family to see your current geographical location or receive continually updated location as you move about with an iPhone in your pocket.
It’s a really great feature for power users but also a privacy nightmare for parents. You don’t want your kids to walk around with a probe in their pocket, no?
Responsible parents will weigh pros and cons of location sharing and restrict the feature so that kids cannot share their location with a stranger, intentionally or not.
This tutorial will teach you how to leverage restricted features and other switches in iOS to stop built-in location sharing in Messages and Find My Friends, and disallow apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger or Viber to access iOS’s Location Services. Read More