Download iOS 8 GM now for iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch

As you have probably heard, Apple released the details of the iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus and the AppleWatch last night. Along with these releases, Apple also released the “Gold Master” version of iOS 8 to developers. Now, if you’re like me and you want to get your hands on iOS 8 GM early, here’s what you need to do…

If you just want more info or details of Apple’s Announcement last night, watch the keynote here. Or Check out iOS 8, iPhone 6 & 6 Plus and AppleWatch.

Before you carry on with the steps below, please be aware that you are doing this AT YOUR OWN RISK!

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iOS 7.0.2 Update

Maybe you’ve already updated to it, maybe you haven’t. Either way, Apple released their latest version of their new iOS 7 software is for download on the 26th of September. With a relatively small update in size, the iOS 7.0.2 update is available for iPod Touch, iPad 2 or newer and iPhone 4 or newer and it:

  • Fixes bugs that could allow someone to bypass the Lock screen passcode
  • Reintroduces a Greek keyboard option for passcode entry
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iOS 7 Battery Saving Tips

If you’ve already updated to iOS 7, you may thoroughly be enjoying all the new features packed into the Apple operating system. But, let’s be honest for a second, between some of the new features like Control Center, AirDrop and iTunes Radio, as well as some of the updates to things like Notification Centre, Multitasking, Photos, Siri and the awesome Parallax effect,you might not be using all of them. There are probably some features you could turn off that are adding unnecessary strain on your iDevice battery. If this sounds like you, here are some iOS 7 Battery Saving Tips to prevent your battery from dying too quickly.

iOS 7 Battery Saving Tips

1. Disable Background App Refresh

Settings > General > Background App Refresh

A nice-to-have feature that isn’t so nice to the battery...

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iOS 6… What You Need to Know

For those of us in South Africa, the WWDC took forever to arrive. Eventually the time came and we got to see exactly what Apple has in store for the new iOS, iOS6. Here are some of the features you can expect to see in the [South African Spring] launch of iOS6:

iOS 6

iOS Keynote Screnshot

iOS Maps
First up is the new Maps Software.

For iOS 6, Apple has moved away from using Google’s mapping service and began their own. True to Apple, the new Maps will be vector based images, which means map images will be highly detailed and allow you to zoom in without having the images distort of sorts. The new Maps with traffic and 3D flyover mode. Flyover mode will allow you to “see cities and landmarks from the air.” Another awesome feature in the new Maps will be turn-by-turn with spoken directions.

iOS Maps Features

Siri Updates
Siri has also been to schoo...

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Keyboard Dictionary Wont Reset? Here’s How To Fix That!

Have you noticed that after some time, while typing, your auto-correct stars suggesting or correcting to words that’s spelt incorrectly or if you type in another language/slang, it starts suggesting words you often use?

This is because built into the operating system (iOS) the keyboard auto correct / dictionary has a learning mechanism that learns words you type and use often and eventually takes them as the norm, and so it starts suggesting them to you while typing, simply trying to make your life easier…

When this gets a bit much, you always used to be able to go to your settings and just “reset keyboard dictionary”… But for some reason, since the release of iOS5, a few people have an issue where they can’t reset their keyboard doing the above method… Last night, after playing around wit...

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Apple Users: Make Your Own Ringtones

Variety is the spice of life, right? So, because of this, in this article I will show you how to make your own ringtones, using ONLY iTunes, for your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

Worth noting is that once you have correctly made the ringtone, it will be usable on your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

Making your own ringtone is done in 3 main steps:

  1. Specify time
  2. Duplicate
  3. Sync

For this you will need the following:

  • A computer with iTunes installed
  • iTunes Open

If you don’t have iTunes on your PC, you can download it by clicking here.

*Please note that throughout the steps below, you can click on the image to enlarge the photo, if needed.

Step 1

Once you have opened iTunes, find the song you want to use as a ringtone...

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[Update 2014-11-06] WhatsApp Closing? WhatsApp Starting to Charge for Use? Hoax!

Over the past few days more and more rumours about WhatsApp have come up. There are 2 main messages making the rounds, one of which is supposedly about WhatsApp closing on the 28th of Jan 2012 saying:

“Whatsapp is shutting down on 28th Jan Message from Jim Balsamic (CEO of Whatsapp) we have had an over usage of user names on whatsapp Messenger. We are requesting all users to forward this message to their entire contact list. If you do not forward this message, we will take it as your account is invalid and it will be deleted within the next 48 hours. Please DO NOT ignore this message or whatsapp will no longer recognise your activation. If you wish to re-activate your account after it has been deleted, a charge of 25.00 will be added to your monthly bill...

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See How Easily You Can Get Your iPhone 4S To Work on Cell C

The title of this article is slightly sarcastic… But here is why:

I recently got my iPhone 4S. Very excited to set it up and get it working, I went to my service provider, got a mico-sim and went home to set it up. I put my micro-sim in and tried to set up the iPhone, only to hit a problem when iTunes tries to activate the phone, with the following error:

Could Not Activate iPhone

Could Not Activate iPhone

Frustrated, I started checking what the cause of the issue could be. I noticed that the sim-card didn’t seem to be active and the iPhone kept showing “Searching” where the signal should be displayed. Eventually I tried using a different micro-sim and used my father’s Vodacom micro-sim and the process went through and I was able to set up my new iPhone.

While I was syncing all my content to my iPhone, I put my Cel...

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What You Should Know About Music Formats and Sound Quality

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AAC, AIFF, Apple Lossless Encoder, MP3 and WAV are some of the music formats you should have heard of in the past, some possibly more than others though. These also happen to be the music formats supported by iTunes and therefore also by your iDevice… So which of these is the best music format to use and what should you look out for to unsure the best music quality of your songs to enjoy crisp, clear sound?

Lets get stuck into a quick introduction to the music formats:

AAC

Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) was designed to be the MP3 format’s successor. AAC boasts better sound quality than MP3 at similar bit rate, which is generally achieved.

With AAC the following improvements over MP3 were achieved:

  • More sample frequencies (from 8 to 96 kHz) than MP3 (16 to 48 kHz)
  • Up to 48 channels (MP3 su...
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16 Quick iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch Tips That Every User Should Know

Sometimes a quick reference guide to some tips and tricks to remember is all you need. So below are some quick tips of things to keep in mind or use. I’m using iOS 5 and therefore some of the things you may come across below won’t be the same as your device if you do not have iOS 5.

*Please note that throughout the steps below, you can click on the image to enlarge the photo, if needed.

1. How To Take A Screenshot

You may or may not be wondering how I added the pictures of my screen on the iPhone and iPad when I did some of the other articles. It’s actually pretty easy and you will be surprised how useful this little trick comes in! I use it quite often.

So to take a screenshot on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, all you need to do is the following:

Press your “Sleep / Wake” button and the...

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