Monthly Archives: August 2016

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.


How to factory reset your Android Wear watch


Resetting your Android Wear watch is as simple as a swipe and a tap.

The time has finally come to factory reset your Android Wear watch. Whether you’ve picked up a new phone that you need to pair your watch with, or you’ve decided to wipe your data before selling, you’ll have to do a factory reset. Thankfully this process is extremely easy, and I’m here to walk you right through it.

  • First you need to head to your Settings screen. This can be done by swiping down from the top of the screen and selecting the gear icon, or by swiping to the left to pull up your menu and choosing it from there.
  • Next you need to scroll all the way down to the bottom of the menu, where you will find the option to unpair your phone.



  • When you tap on the screen, a small dialog will pop up informing you that your watch will factory reset and delete all user data. Tap on the check mark to confirm that this is what you want to do.
  • After that, you’re good to go. The phone will now factory reset itself over the next few minutes and be devoid of any information what so ever.

That’s all that you need to do in order to factory reset your Android Wear watch. It actually is as simple as a swipe and a few short taps.


Major Qualcomm chip security flaws expose 900M Android users

Four major security holes in the Qualcomm chips which power modern Android devices have left as many as 900 million users vulnerable to a range of attacks.

According to Israel-based security firm Checkpoint, the flaws—dubbed “Quadrooter”—found in the firmware which governs the chips, could allow potential attackers to “trigger privilege escalations for the purpose of gaining root access to a device” using malware which wouldn’t require special permissions, allowing it to pass under suspicious users’ radars.

Qualcomm makes chips for the majority of the world’s phones, holding a 65 percent share of the market. Most of the major recent Android devices are expected to be affected by the flaw, including:

  • BlackBerry Priv
  • Blackphone 1 and Blackphone 2
  • Google Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, and Nexus 6P
  • HTC One, HTC M9, and HTC 10
  • LG G4, LG G5, and LG V10
  • New Moto X by Motorola
  • OnePlus One, OnePlus 2, and OnePlus 3
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung S7 Edge
  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra

Three of the four holes have already been patched, with a solution for the fourth on the way. However, most users are at the mercy of their handset manufacturers if they want these patches applied. Owners of Google’s Nexus devices have already had patches pushed to their phones, but other manufacturers have historically been less interested in patching flaws found in their devices after release.

According to Checkpoint—which revealed its findings over the weekend at the Defcon security conference in Las Vegas—the “vulnerabilities can give attackers complete control of devices and unrestricted access to sensitive personal and enterprise data on them.”

Since the vulnerable drivers are pre-installed on devices at the point of manufacture, they can only be fixed by installing a patch from the distributor or carrier. Distributors and carriers issuing patches can only do so after receiving fixed driver packs from Qualcomm.

This situation highlights the inherent risks in the Android security model. Critical security updates must pass through the entire supply chain before they can be made available to end users. Once available, the end users must then be sure to install these updates to protect their devices and data.


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.


Sling TV is bringing NFL Network and Red Zone to cord cutters this Fall

This Fall, even cord cutters will be able to watch football. Sling TV has announced it is bringing the NFL Network and NFL Redzone to subscribers later this year. I don’t know exactly when the content will arrive; Sling only says users should expect it “in the coming weeks” and that it will roll out fully by the time football season is here. It joins PlayStation Vue as an option for NFL Redzone without the need for a subscription to cable.

Pricing also has not been announced or if it will be added to the existing sports package.