Category Archives: Apple

How to make your iPhone flash when you get a text

Your iPhone can alert you to text messages and calls in a rather clever way — by flashing your iPhone LED flash.

If you’re in a scenario when your phone to be set to silent, or you’re just trying to practice good phone etiquette, this is an ideal way to visually see when a message comes through without any noise.

Change your Settings

  • First, head to your iPhone’s “Settings” menu, then scroll down to select the “General” option.
  • From the “General” menu, go into your “Accessibility” submenu.

Enable LED alerts

  • Now, scroll down and look for the section entitled “Hearing.” The LED flash setting is part of Apple’s suite of tools to help the hearing impaired.
  • Toggle the “LED Flash for Alerts” to on, so you see a green oblong under the virtual button.

Now, when your phone’s screen is locked and you get an SMS, MMS or phone call, your iPhone’s flash will go off several times to alert you.

Keep in mind this will adversely affect your iPhone’s battery life.

To turn the functionality off, just toggle the “LED Flash for Alerts” option back to off.

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Apple releases iOS 9.3.4 with ‘important security update’

Attention iPhone and iPad owners: now is a great time to make sure your software is up to date.

Apple has released iOS 9.3.4, which includes “an important security update” that the company says all iOS users should get.

If your device hasn’t prompted you to install the update already, you can find it in the main settings app under General —> Software Update.

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Apple Releases iOS 9.3.3 With Bug Fixes and Performance Improvements

Apple today released iOS 9.3.3 to the public, marking the third minor update to iOS 9 since iOS 9.3 launched in March of 2016. In testing since May 23, there were five betas of iOS 9.3.3 released to developers and public beta testers ahead of the public release of the software.

Today’s iOS 9.3.3 release is available as an over-the-air update for all iOS 9 users and it can also be downloaded through iTunes.

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As a small update, iOS 9.3.3 focuses mainly on under-the-hood performance improvements and bug fixes rather than outward-facing changes.

iOS 9.3.3 is the ninth update to the iOS 9 operating system. iOS 9 will be followed by iOS 10, which has already been provided to developers.

iOS 10 brings a host of new features, including a revamped Lock screen experience, an overhauled Messages app with new functionality and its own App Store, a new Photos app with object and facial recognition, a redesigned Music app, a centralized HomeKit app, and a Siri SDK for developers.

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Apple Promises to Fix the 1970 Bug But Still Won’t Say What Causes It

Apple posted on its website this morning that it “officially acknowledges” setting your iOS device’s date to May 1, 1970 or earlier will render it completely unusable. But an upcoming software update will prevent the insidious bug from bricking your handheld.

Some internet tricksters want you to believe that setting your iPhone’s date to 1/1/70 unlocks a retro Apple theme. In reality, however, this will brick your phone, likely due to an old quirk with Unix time. Apple still hasn’t explained exactly what’s causing the bug, and it’s unclear if the update that the company’s pushing to prevent the bug will help the poor souls with functionless phones. Regardless, you should contact Apple support if you fell for the evil Easter Egg and now own a $700 paperweight.

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Know Fast Teaches You Something New Every Day with Short, Informative Videos

Know Fast for iPhone delivers short (less than four-minutes), informative videos to you each day, in categories you choose. It’s a great way to spend a few minutes learning something new and interesting in a field you’re interested in, or just to expand your horizons a bit.

The app itself is fairly simple. Once installed, select categories that interest you, like technology, science, finance, cooking, culture, history, DIY, and more—then watch a short video from one of those categories. Rate it, so the app can deliver better ones to you in the future, share it with your friends if you like, and then sit back and wait for a fresh video to be delivered to you tomorrow.

If it seems a little slower than, say, going to YouTube and binging on all of the DIY videos, it’s intentional—the goal is to give you a quick way to learn something interesting in a short period of time between other things, so it’s easier to make room for it. The videos are also hand-picked, too, so you get good ones (even better if you help rate them.) It’s a quick, simple way to explore a new field, or just make your commute home or idle time more interesting—and educational. The app is free, and available now.

Know Fast (Free) | iTunes App Store via Know Fast

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Scam Of The Week: Apple ID Suspension Phish With A Twist

Scam Of The Week: Apple ID Suspension Phish With A Twist
OK, this scam is widespread enough to alert your users about it. The email claims to be from Apple Support and says your Apple ID and iCloud are both going to be suspended because you did not complete verification on time. With the massive amount of new Apple devices being sold at the moment, this attack may hit many employees.

Supposedly Apple sent you an earlier email about this but they did not receive a response. The email has a “Verify now” link that allows you to complete the verification process and save your account from suspension. (Yeah, sure.) If an employee clicks the link, they land on a bogus Apple login page asking for their credentials. But wait, there’s more!

You will be taken to a second fake page that asks for a large amount of your personal and financial information including credit card and banking details. The page is designed to look like a real Apple webpage and even includes seemingly legitimate information explaining in detail why you need to complete the verification process.

This scam even has retaliation against investigators testing the phish. If you enter false data that includes words such as ‘scam’ into fields on the fake form, your browser will automatically redirect you to a preconfigured Google search for pornography.

I suggest you send the following to all employees, and while you are at it, friends and family will also benefit.

“You need to watch out for a phishing scam that seems to come from Apple. The email is supposedly from Apple Support and they threaten that your account is going to be suspended because you did not reply to an earlier verification email. The phishing email has a link that allows you to “verify now” but if you click the link, you land on a bogus webpage that looks like it’s Apple but is a fake, and it tries to manipulate you into giving out your password, credit card and other personal information.

Don’t fall for this scam. Always go direct to the website of your vendor and do not click on links in emails that look like they are legit. Think Before You Click!” Happy and Safe Holidays.”

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iOS 9.2 is out, features numerous bug fixes, improved Safari view controller

Apple announced the second major update to iOS 9 since its September launch. iOS 9.2 features a number of bug fixes as well as updates to Apple Music, iBooks, Podcasts and News.

Rather than just relying on algorithmic sorting, as it had done previously, Apple is now going to use human editors to curate a top list of news stories it thinks you’ll want to see each morning and afternoon. The about-face is an interesting one, and should add additional value to a native app that I’m quite fond of already.

Aside from the bug fixes, which are much-needed, the coolest feature update in my opinion is a tweak in the way Safari View Controller handles third-party apps.

The update allows integration with third-party applications so that you have access to LastPass or other applications from within the View Controller window of non-Apple apps, like Narwhal, the popular Reddit app for iOS.

Additionally, iBooks gets 3D Touch support and other native apps, such as Music and Podcasts get minor updates to improve functionality.

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Apple’s Indoor Survey App Creates Building Interior Maps Using an iPhone

Apple has quietly released a new iOS app that allows users to map out the interior spaces of a building using just an iPhone.

While the apps doesn’t show up in search within the App Store, you can grab it using this direct link, first spotted by developer Steve Troughton-Smith. The app’s description reads:

“By dropping ‘points’ on a map within the Survey App, you indicate your position within the venue as you walk through. As you do so, the indoor Survey App measures the radio frequency (RF) signal data and combines it with an iPhone’s sensor data. The end result is indoor positioning without the need to install special hardware.”

Apple bought the start-up wifiSLAM two years ago, and with it the company’s ability to analyze and track RF signals from Wi-Fi access points to maps and determine a user’s location. It seems like at least some of that expertise has crept into Indoor Survey.

Apple’s been experimenting with a series of indoor positioning technologies over the past few years, testing its iBeacons in retail stores and inviting retailers to to submit indoor maps of large, successful stores for use in Apple Maps. Using Indoor Survey to crowdsource indoor maps may finally make them a more common addition to the world of digital navigation.

[Apple Insider]

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Facebook Implements Fix for iOS App Battery Draining Issues

Facebook’s newest iOS update, released yesterday, fixes a major battery draining bug that some Facebook users have been experiencing in recent weeks. Affected users were seeing large amounts of battery drain on their iPhones due to Facebook running in the background, something that happened even when background app refresh was toggled off in the Settings app.

While the latest Facebook app release notes don’t include a reference to the issue, Facebook engineering manager Ari Grant wrote a post explaining the issues behind the battery drain and what Facebook has done to fix it. According to Grant, there were several factors that contributed to the problem, including a “CPU spin” in the network code and silent background audio sessions that kept the app awake even when it wasn’t open.

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The first issue we found was a “CPU spin” in our network code. A CPU spin is like a child in a car asking, “Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?”with the question not resulting in any progress to reaching the destination. This repeated processing causes our app to use more battery than intended. The version released today has some improvements that should start making this better.

The second issue is with how we manage audio sessions. If you leave the Facebook app after watching a video, the audio session sometimes stays open as if the app was playing audio silently. This is similar to when you close a music app and want to keep listening to the music while you do other things, except in this case it was unintentional and nothing kept playing. The app isn’t actually doing anything while awake in the background, but it does use more battery simply by being awake. Our fixes will solve this audio issue and remove background audio completely.

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Find My Friends is now accessible on iCloud.com

Apple has finally made its Find My Friends app available on iCloud.com. The app, which allows users to share their location with friends and family, has become a core app in iOS 9 and can no longer be deleted. (In previous versions of iOS, Find My Friends was an optional download.) Apple has also included Find My Friends in OS X El Capitan, as a Today view widget in the notification center.

Apple has quietly beefed up the slate of apps available on iCloud.com. Last week, the company removed the beta tag from its iWorks suite of apps, bringing the total number of apps available through a desktop browser to 12.

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