Category Archives: Apple

Update your iPhone right now

iPhone Update Version 9.3.5A chain of Zero-day exploits was used to target a human-rights defender in the United Arab Emirates.  The researchers describe the process of simply texting a link to an iPhone, allowing them to remotely install malicious spyware to any iPhone from iOS 7 to the brand new iOS 9.3.4! Remotely jail-breaking an iPhone from a link or SMS is about the worst kind of exploit you can have.

And there is, of course, no doubt that OUR government makes use of these kind of back-doors all day long, but with this one being discussed in the wild, it is only a matter of time before it spreads like wildfire. Apple responded promptly to the notification given by the research team, and have pushed iOS 9.3.5 in response.

Anyway, go to: Settings->General->Software Update and get 9.3.5!

 

Moto 360 and Apple Watch Side-by-Side

Got my 42mm Apple Watch today, and the first thing I did was put it side-by-side next to my Motorola Moto 360 Android watch.  The 42mm actually seems a bit smaller than the Moto 360, but I don’t really mind. I think the Apple Watch is a bit more polished, and just looks better.

Apple Watch vs Moto360

If there was any doubt that the 42mm might be too big (compared to the 38mm), that doubt is now gone. 42mm is not big. Feels “just right”.

Bluetooth headphones to use with your Apple Watch – Only $22

Bluetooth HeadphonesIf you were lucky enough to get in early on the pre-orders, your Apple Watch should be arriving later this week!

One of the cool features about the watch is that it comes with its own storage, and Bluetooth capabilities. What this means is that YES, you can finally have music on your run when you take ONLY your watch!

If you need a pair of decent Bluetooth headphones for workouts / jogging, Amazon has a great deal on these today.  Regular $69, on sale for $22 after using code PDB68PMR.

I’ve been waiting for a deal like this. This should also work with Android Wear.

Link to purchase

Hidden Tethering App in App Store! Hurry!

tetherIf you have an unlimited data plan (AT&T), and don’t want to jailbreak your iphone, act fast, because there is an app in the App store that has tethering as a hidden feature. Somehow this app flew under Apple’s radar.

The app is called FlashArmyKnife and you can get it by clicking here.

Some quick instructions to access the hidden tethering feature in Windows 7:

  1. Open the Network and Sharing Center
  2. Set up a new connection
  3. Choose “set up wireless ad-hoc network”
  4. Create the network
  5. On the iphone, go to WiFi settings and choose the new network you made
  6. Open the FlashArmyKnife app on the iphone
  7. This is where you start to access the hidden feature: open the calculator part of the app, then press: 1642, M+, C, 1452, M+, C, 1943, M+
  8. Now go to the web tab in FlashArmyKnife and load any site
  9. Back in the iPhone Wifi settings, open the network details. If you see an IP address, take note of it, and you’re on to the next step. If you don’t see an IP yet, try entering the digits again into the calculator (step 7) and loading a site.
  10. To set up the computer, go to Internet Options, then click the connection tab and then “LAN Settings”
  11. Click the checkbox for Proxy server, and enter the IP that you saw on the iPhone. Use 6667 for the port.
  12. Click the “Advanced” button and then uncheck “use the same proxy server for all protocols” option.
  13. Enter the IP again for the socks address, with port 6668. Click okay out of everything.
  14. Back on your phone, open the app again and back to the calculator. Press “C” and then put this string in again: 1642, M+, C, 1452, M+, C, 1943, M+
  15. You should be all set! Just keep that app running, and turn off the autolock on your iPhone, and you should be able to tether away!

Some more help can be found in this video or this link.

The non-existent iPhone alarm time-out setting

iPhone AlarmI’ve come to love my iPhone 4. I feel it truly is a game-changer. I use it as my phone, GPS, remote control, instant messenger, web browser, schedule book, and alarm clock .But if I could change one thing about it, I would fix the limited alarm clock abilities.

The most annoying thing in the world is to come out of the shower, or from anywhere after leaving my iPhone alone in a room while the alarm was going off, to find the alarm STILL buzzing away, 30 or 45 minutes later, with my battery just about dead.

Apple, please just add a simple configuration in the alarm edit screen to allow how LONG we would like the alarm to sound to be set.

And, yes, I know there are alarm-clock apps out there, even free ones, that will accomplish this. But this seems like a simple enough request for Apple. And I’m sure everyone else in my house would appreciate not listening to my iPhone buzz away for hours on end.