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Top Tips for Freeing up Space On iPhone and iPad

5/21/2015 04:26:00 PM - 0 comments

In today’s post we want to share with you some of the top tips for freeing up space on your iPhone or iPad. This is going to be particularly useful is you own one of the 16GB iOS devices. Space is something that every iPhone and iPad user is always looking for and if you find that your device is running low, take a look at our top tips and see how much space you can retrieve.

Clear Safari History and Website Data

First up we target Safari. If you haven’t cleared Safari data in a while you may be surprised to find that you can retrieve up to 1GB or more of storage space on your device. To clear it all you have to do is go to Settings > Safari > Clear History and Website data > Clear History and Data. That’s it, free space.

Turn OFF My Photo Stream

Photo Stream automatically saves your last 1,000 photos from your Camera Roll and then pushes them to other iCloud enabled devices. In some cases, Photo Stream can also take up some space on your device too. You can turn it off if you need to save valuable storage space. Do this by going to Settings > iCloud > Photos > My Photo Stream

Turn on iCloud Photo Library

The new iCloud Photo Library saves everything in your Camera Roll to iCloud so you can choose whether or not to keep the original version of your photos on your device or not. Turn on iCloud Photo Library and move all your photos to the cloud by going to Settings > iCloud > Photos > iCloud Photo Library. It is important to be aware of the fact that each account only gets around 5GB of free space on iCloud and after that you will have to upgrade your iCloud storage plan.

Delete and Reinstall Apps

There are lots of apps that cache files to help them load content faster. This may sound like a good thing but the negative effect is that the cache files often use up space on your device. The likes of Spotify and Facebook can use a lot of data so it is no harm to delete and reinstall these every once in a while. Also just so you know, if you do delete and reinstall any of these apps, you don’t lose any of your information. If you have Spotify and you delete the app, when you reinstall it all your playlists and preferences will still be there. Deleting the apps only clears all the temporary cache files so you get your storage space back.

Delete Music and Stream Via Cloud

Apple allows you to stream all the music you have bought on iTunes from iCloud without having to download them to your device. To do this, you will first need to delete all the music stored locally. Once done, you will see all your music titles from iTunes showing up in your Music app ready to stream via iCloud. Alternatively, you can also switch to one of the many music services such as Spotify, Beats Music or Sound Cloud and more.

Delete Large iMessage Threads

If you share lots of photos and videos via iMessage it can take up lots of storage space. Deleting large threads and those with lots of photos and videos will help free up space.

Update to the Latest Version of iOS

If you are not concerned about jailbreaking and you are running an earlier version of iOS, then it really is time to update. Earlier versions of iOS 8.x are known to take away lots of storage space and Apple has since fixed this problem in their latest firmware releases. You can update to the latest iOS firmware via OTA by going to Settings > General > Software Update.

By going through your devices on a regular basis and doing some general tidying you should be able to free up a lot of storage space. Delete apps that you no longer use. It doesn’t matter because if you want to use them again they will be listed in your purchased apps on the App store. We hope you found these tips useful and if you have any that you would like to share please do so in the comments below.


New Report Reveals Apple Watch OS 1.1 and TVKit

5/19/2015 03:14:00 PM - 0 comments

Reports are always coming out but the one we want to talk about today surprised us because it states that Apple is already working on Apple Watch hardware and software updates. This comes just a month into the release of this wearable gadget. Supposedly, these upgrades include better security, health and fitness features, and a bunch of connectivity enhancements including support for more Apple products. The report also suggests that Apple is also working on a new SDK – TVKit - for the Apple TV.

Even before the Apple watch with its Watch OS 1.0 went on sale to the public, it was evident that Apple’s first ever wearable would receive some major software and hardware updates within a year, pretty much like the iPhone. According to sources that have been cited by 9to5Mac, the details are beginning to come to light about what Apple fans can expect from the next version of the Watch OS which could be 1.1 or 2.0.

It looks like top of the list for the Apple Watch updates will be the much needed “Find my Watch” app which will still rely on the iPhone to help a user locate it. The reports that we have seen suggest that the watch will “use its wireless signal to establish a location relative to the iPhone, and will optionally be able to notify a user if the iPhone is accidently left behind. There is also talk about Apple improving the Watch so that it will support the next-generation of Apple TV, where the Apple Watch is intended to be used as a primary input device for the set-top box.

Work is also underway for allowing developer to build native apps for the iWatch, while Apple will also be working on allowing support for third-party watch face Complication as, which includes “small widgets indicating activity levels, battery life, alarm clocks, upcoming calendar events, and the current temperature on many of Apple included Apple Watch clock faces. So yes, there is a lot of work going on behind the scenes to improve this wearable device in the coming months.

The next generation Apple TV is also expected to get an announcement this June and according to reports, this next generation model could support Siri and have added support for third-party apps. The rumoured “TVKit” will be targeted at developers to support them in building apps for the platform. The sources have added that the new device will also integrate with “Live TV”, which is Apple’s upcoming cable-replacement service. The final release of the new Apple TV is expected to come in a slimmer box compared to the existing one.

As you can see, there is a lot to look forward to from Apple over the next while and personally we can’t wait to see the Apple Watch and Apple TV evolve.


Bleep For iOS – The Private Way To Chat

5/14/2015 03:06:00 PM - 0 comments

BitTorrent has officially updated and launched Bleep. This is their first secure messaging service and it is a P2P Messaging App with end-to-end encryption. It is available for iOS, Android, Mac, and Windows platforms and we are so excited to share it with you. All the messages are encrypted and operated through a direct peer-to-peer connection. This means that no conversations are stored in the cloud.

Bleep was first seen back in July last year when BitTorrent released the messaging app as an invite only pre-alpha, before going public with experimental builds for Android and Mac in September of last year. What has kept fans interested is that fact that this app isn’t interested in your personal information. You don’t need it to set up an account and all you have to do is pick a nickname. You can also find users using specific Bleep keys.

The end-to-end encryption and no cloud storage make Bleep one of the very rare secure messaging apps that are out there. You don’t have to worry about leaks or snoops. On the features front, Bleep offers Whispers, which is similar to snapchat, in that your text or pictures that you have sent to a user will disappear after they have been read/seen. You do get the choice of whether to use standard messaging or Whispers so if you want to store the messages or pictures on your device you can. With that being said, there is no way to avoid the screen grab for now but Whispers is going to resist it somewhat by blurring nicknames and texts.

Bleep also offers the ability to make calls over the internet which will also be encrypted. There are only some services that offer end-to-end encryption including iMessage and Blackberry messenger. With these however, your conversations are still stored in the cloud so if you want something completely private, Bleep could be the thing for you.

At the moment you can only have Bleep on one device per user but multi-device support is said to be coming in the next update and you will be able to sync your messages across all connected devices. Bleep is free to use and is available right now in the App store. You can also check out the video below for more information.


Apple’s iMessage Is More Secure Than Google’s Hangouts

5/12/2015 12:10:00 PM - 0 comments

Online security and data encryption technology has never been more important. It is something that most people are now aware of and it is often on their mind whenever they use the internet. We all send so much information every single day and we often forget that it might not be as secure as we would like it to be. This is a very modern problem and one that won’t be going away.

Apple have always said that their iMessage features end-to-end encryption that should theoretically stop third-parties from listening in on your conversations. Google on the other hand has been very tightlipped about what encryption they use for their messaging service, Hangouts. Until now that is.

Speaking at a recent Reddit AMA – Ask Me Anything, Google security executives Richard Salgado and David Lieber fielded questions from the public, and The American Civil Liberties Union’s top technologist Christopher Soghoian couldn’t help but take advantage of this opportunity. His question to them was, “Why has Google refused to be transparent about its ability to provide wiretaps for Hangouts?” He went on to say that, “Given Google’s rather impressive track record regarding surveillance transparency, the total secrecy regarding the company’s surveillance capabilities for this product is quite unusual.”

The answer that was given from Salgado was simply that, “Hangouts are encrypted in transit.” What this means is that, theoretically at least, Google has complete access to what goes out via Hangouts because it is only encrypted on its way to Google’s servers. Once it gets there, it’s an open season as pointed out by Reddit user reddit_poly.

For those reading this that are not technically minded, this means that Hangouts are only encrypted on their way between your computer and Google’s servers. Once they arrive at Google’s end, Google has full access. In short, this is confirmation Google CAN wiretrap Hangouts.

Google has since confirmed the statement that Hangouts does not use the more secure end-to-end encryption which may set a number of red flags flying for those who are concerned about their privacy. If this concerns you, we suggest not using Hangouts or, at the very least, being particularly careful about what information you send using this service.


Apple Launches New ‘Everything Changes With iPad’ Microsite

5/07/2015 04:31:00 PM - 0 comments

Apple has just launched a brand new microsite. This new offering is called “Everything Changes with iPad”. It offers a host of sections that provide key information on what the company’s iPad is capable of. We have all the information you need in the post below.

The new microsite section that has been unveiled by Apple seeks to make it easier for consumers and enterprise users to discover the advantages of owning an iPad. Back in 2010, there was a lot of debate and questioning over the necessity of the original iPad when we already had the iPhone. Now however, there is no debating that the larger display can offer users so much more than a mere handset.

The “Everything Changes with iPad” microsite is divided up into a number of different sections. These include, Cooking with iPad, Learning with iPad, Small business with iPad, Traveling with iPad, Redecorating with iPad, and Why iPad. This means that no matter what your aim or goals may be, there is something that the iPad can do for you to improve your experience. Each of the different sections also includes details of apps that you can use to help you. The sections are also well organized providing lots of information that is in addition to Apple’s main website.

Despite Apple’s efforts to conquer the education and business sectors, there is still the feeling that the iPad is a bit of a luxury product and that its primary purpose is consumption. The downloading of games, watching movies and browsing the web seem to be among the most popular pastimes for the average iPad user, so the purpose of the new microsite is to make sure that everyone knows exactly what they can do with the iPad.

The iPad line-up consists of the 9.7 inch iPad Air and the iPad mini, but according to reports, these will be joined by a larger model in the very near future. There are rumors of an iPad Pro that will have a 12 inch display. This will compete with the likes of Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3. For now though, the iPad Air and the iPad Mini cover the needs of most users and if you would like to find out a little bit more about what the iPad is capable of, just visit the new iPad microsite and have a look for yourself.


Here’s How Kids React To The Apple Watch

5/05/2015 06:22:00 PM - 0 comments

Everywhere you look this week, there is something about the Apple Watch. Apps are being updated and popular sites are talking about this new wearable device from Apple. What we wanted to bring you today was a video that shows how kids react to the new Apple Watch and how they feel this product will do in today’s market.

Kids today have a knack for using technology and where the iPhone is typically a household name, what do kids really think about the new Apple Watch. The video that we have in this post, is from YouTube and shows the reaction of a group of kids when they are given an Apple Watch to test for the first time. These videos are really popular and where they have usually been showing the kids technology that is pretty old, the producers decided to shake things up this time and give the kids something new.

As you will see from the video, kids are given the Apple Watch and most of them have no idea that this wearable is Apple branded. Their reactions are great and it is enjoyable to see them talk about the watch’s purpose and what they thought of it. The reactions are great and very positive until the kids are told that the Apple Watch requires an iPhone for the majority of its functions. They are all very disappointed by this and one kids even says that it’s just dumb whilst another of the kids says that “it’s kind of disappointing that you have to have a thing with you to make it work.”

Some of the children thought that getting calls and texts on the watch was pointless because you have your phone with you and you can’t type a reply to the texts either because you don’t have a keyboard. They felt that it would be just as easy to take your iPhone out of your pocket because you need it with you to get the watch to work anyway. One of the children referred to the Apple Watch as an “accessory” to the iPhone and most didn’t feel that it would be a big hit. You can watch the video for yourself to see their reaction and how the youth of today really felt about the latest Apple Device. Be sure to leave your comments and tell us what you think of the Apple Watch. Will you be getting one and what will you use it for?


Apple Watch and Wrist Tattoos Don’t Mix

4/30/2015 11:17:00 AM - 0 comments

The new Apple Watch is in all the headlines of late. These news stories are both good and bad. The smartwatch is a brand new category for Apple and for most people this is the first time they have seen a smartwatch. There are plenty of questions and point of confusion doing the rounds and it seems there is a lot for us to learn with the Apple Watch. One problem that has come to our attention is that of wrist tattoos and the new wearable device.

It seems that wrist tattoos and the Apple watch don’t mix. This is not a problem that would have ever crossed our mind and probably not one that Apple would ever have considered either. It seems thought that some people are unable to use the Apple watch because of their tattoos and the setting they choose on the device.

There is a Reddit thread at the moment that is getting an awful lot of attention. It seems that people with heavily tattooed arms are finding that the Apple Watch’s wrist detection system is getting confused by their ink. Seemingly, the way the Apple Watch system works involves infrared and other types of light being reflected back from a user’s skin. The problem with tattooed wrist is that the light being used by the Apple Watch is being absorbed by the ink used in tattoos, and this means that the Apple Watch doesn’t know when if it is on someone’s wrist or not.

Now you might wonder why this is a problem. Well, it means that the watch will keep locking itself because it doesn’t think it is on its owner’s wrist leaving people having to enter their PIN unlock code all the time. It also means that Apple Pay won’t work which is a real nightmare too. There is a workaround for this problem but it means that users have to disable the wrist detection inside the Apple Watch app on their iPhone, but when they do this, it rids the watch of some of its best functionality. It also makes the Apple Watch a non-starter and this is a real shame.

So far we haven’t seen or heard anything from Apple about this issue, but those with tattooed arms are being advised to find some open skin to attach their Apple Watch to if they want to keep the wrist detection turned on and working.

It really is a very strange problem to be reporting on and one that we are sure nobody thought of beforehand. Still, it is a problem and it does make this device useless to a large number of people. We are curious to see how Apple fixes this problem and as soon as we discover a solution, we will be sure to let you know.


Facebook Messenger App Now Allows Video Calling on iOS and Android

4/28/2015 02:15:00 PM - 0 comments

The Facebook Messenger app offers some really great tools and features even if it has been the cause of a lot of talk over the last year. The app caters to most users’ requirements, but the one thing that has been missing when it comes to standing up to their rivals is video chat and specifically the lack of it. If you have always wanted to see this feature being made available, the official announcement from Facebook will really please you. It has been confirmed that video calling will soon be included among the features of the Messenger app, with iOS and Android users across 18 different countries benefiting from it right away.

This announcement came via the company’s official Newsroom, face-to-face video chat is coming, and starting up a video conversation is as simple as tapping the video icon in the top right corner of the in-chat display. With VoIP already part of the Facebook Messenger package, it was somewhat inevitable that video calls would join the party at some point. Even though it has just been announced, it appears that the company is saying that it is fast, reliable and high quality.

Well it can’t be any worse than WhatsApp’s VoIP chat, which has, in recent months, been pushed out to Android and just recently iPhone. The company that Facebook stumped up $22 billion for just over a year ago may be regarded as the go-to Instant Messaging app for most of the world, but its voice calling feature really does leave a lot to be desired so we are hoping that Facebook Messenger’s voice chat is a little bit more refined.

Facebook have stated that this new video calling feature will begin rolling out immediately and there are 18 different countries that are going to get it upon launch. This is available for both iOS and Android users in Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, France, Greece, Ireland, Laos, Lithuania, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, the UK, the US and Uruguay.

The feature will then continue to roll out to other locations over the coming months. We of course will bring you further information as to the where and when as we receive it. But for now, if you are in one of the 18 countries listed above, why not give the Messenger’s video chat a go and come back and let us know what you think in the comments below.


Make Free Voice Calls on iPhone With WhatsApp

4/23/2015 04:29:00 PM - 0 comments

WhatsApp have been making improvements to their messaging app for a while now. They have been looking to improve the features that there app offers so that it can better compete with rivals. Voice calling is one of these new features and it gives users the opportunity to communicate VoIP. This means that WhatsApp’s territory has not extended into that of Viber, Skype and others. The WhatsApp voice calling feature has been available to Android users for a while now so it is great to see that iPhone users can now join the party.

The latest version 2.12.1, which is now available to all iPhone users, includes voice calls, but even if you download and install it right now, you may not be able to use the feature straight away. This is because the feature is to be rolled out over the next couple of weeks according to the app’s release notes so you may just have to wait for your call feature to be activated.

The great thing about this is that like Viber and Skype, the calls are going to be completely free of charge, so you can spend as long as you like chatting to friends and family. However, since data is transmitted via your cellular connection of Wi-Fi, you may find that carrier limits on how many megs and gigabytes of data you use are reached more quickly. If you are planning to make a lot of calls using your cellular data, you need to keep an eye on how much data is being used so you don’t go over your limits.

This is a great feature to add to WhatsApp and it could very soon become the go-to service for those looking to chat and talk in real time for free. The instant messaging part of the app has helped to make this app really popular especially in Europe. Apart from the voice calling feature, WhatsApp also brings iOS 8 extension support that allows users to send photos or videos to their contacts from an app that supports the share sheet feature. You can read the full list of improvements on the App stored and if you haven’t already downloaded WhatsApp 2.12.1, you might want to get it now. This is definitely an app that you will want to have on your iPhone.


3 Million Apple Watches Have Been Pre-Ordered Meaning $2 Billion In Revenue

4/21/2015 04:34:00 PM - 0 comments

The Apple Watch is the most talked about device at the moment and according to new estimated by two different sources, the Apple Watch is likely to hit the 3 million sales mark in the first two weeks of it going on pre-order, generating massive revenues of $2 billion. These reports are suggesting that Apple’s new wrist gadget could actually end up being the company’s most profitable product ever.

The Apple watch was initially available in limited stock on the 10th of April when pre-order commenced for this device. This limited stock was sold out in a matter of hours and according to reports, Apple has sold more Apple Watch devices in the first 24 hours than all Android Wear smartwatches combined till date, with rough estimates pinning the total pre-orders at almost 2.3 million units nearly a week ago.

Carl Howe, who is a leading technology analyst, believes that of these 3 million Apple Watch devices that Apple is likely to sell in the first two weeks of launch, 1.8 million of these will be the Sport model, while sales of the steel variant will be at approximately 1.2 million units. The gold Apple Watch Edition which is really expensive is set to sell around 40,000 units. According to Howe, the Apple Watch has a gross margin that will likely exceed 60% given that the components used in the device don’t cost too much. Howe explained how Apple will gain huge amounts of profit with the Apple Watch and said: “while adding Gold cases and designer bands add cost to the bill of materials, the costs are small compared to the price premiums paid for these products. Unlike in the consumer electronics business, I see no pressure for prices to fall and if anything manufacturing costs will, resulting in a very profitable business.”

What we should point out, is that these are all merely predications based on data that already exists, and as suggested by Howe, some of the information is reflective of the U.S. market only, so there is a good chance that the figure reached are understated with respect to global sales of the Apple Watch. It has been stated that the Gold Apple Watch Edition will only hold a tiny portion of the total Apple Watch sales, but even so, this will account for almost a quarter of the total revenue. I don’t know about you, but we won’t be able to afford the Gold Apple Watch Edition and most of us will be only too happy to give the Sports or steel versions a go. What about you, have you pre-ordered your Apple Watch or are you waiting to see what the reaction and reviews are like when the products actually hit the public?