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When asking Siri for directions Just add “via transit” to your command!

Since Apple maps don’t include transit options, you’ll be presented with a selection of Transport Apps, which will include Google Maps if you have it installed. The location information will be handed off to Google Maps. This can be a lot easier than entering the address directly into the Google Maps app. No jailbreak required.

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I’ll get straight to the point, I’ve found some ringtones that do not have both a Name and an Artist listed for the ringtone won’t sync to my iPhone (iOS 6x). Get Info on the track in iTunes, add the missing metadata and sync again. Strange but true.

If you already have an Artist listed and think this doesn’t apply to you but still can’t sync up the ringtone, try deleting and then reentering the Artist info and then sync up again. Stranger but equally true.

Other common faults are that the tone is longer than 40 seconds or that you haven’t enabled the iPhone to synch all or this specific ringtone under the Tones tab against the device in iTunes.

Links How to create your own custom iPhone ringtones

Answers the question: Why won’t my ringtones or Tones sync with my iPhone?
Addresses the problem: iPhone ringtones or Tones will not sync from iTunes

You’d like think that Apple would disable an option to track users by default, not so? In iOS 6 for iPhone they introduce IFA or IDFA, which stands for identifier for advertisers, and leave it on by default. That’s questionable enough. But then not to say much about it to users and also bury the setting to disable it in a counter-intuitive location? That’s deceptive, and when you see where they buried it you’ll agree — it’s a shameful abuse of their user interface and experience. Read More »

You lose Google’s maps when upgrading from iOS 5 to iOS 6, or when buying the new iPhone 5. Some say that Apple’s map solution is immature and ask “How can I restore Google maps to my iPhone?”

Here’s how: As a web app! Follow these simple instructions …

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9to5mac.com is reporting that AT&T will start unlocking paid-up, off-contract iPhones from this Sunday.

This applies to those of us whose two-year contract has run out, something to consider on you current iPhone 4 before upgrading to 5 later — so you can use your old phone on a different/cheaper SIM card while traveling internationally.

Link: 9to5mac.com’s In response to rising number of complaints, AT&T is unlocking iPhones starting Sunday (AT&T Statement)

With .mac’s iDisk going away soon, what to use instead? I’m liking DropBox, only 2Gb free, but you get 500Mb extra (as do I) when you accept an invite from a friend.

So, if you need a great way to store files in the cloud which you can access from your iPhone, please take this link — and help both of us. Thanks!

You can get up to 16Gb free through referrals. Remember both the referrer and the invitee get the extra credit.

http://db.tt/9dFN1VQa

An iOS 5 update to your iPhone or iPad can take an hour — or three, or four. I recommend you choose to “download only” first and then “update” later. In so doing you can untether your iPhone/iPad and leave iTunes to take its time downloading the file. If you choose “update” you cannot untether the device from your computer and you may be in for a very long wait.

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Steve Jobs
February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011

Our paths crossed a few times, I wish there would have been more. Read More »

By all accounts, from googling the experiences of others, issues from clock time to full memory can trigger the iPhone and iPad App Store “Error 1004 please try again later”.

I was simply trying to update my installed apps. The problem hit me simultaneously on iPhone and iPad — which is a hint that the problem is server side.

No amount of waiting to try again later made a difference. Not resetting the time. Nor restarting my iPhone/iPad. Nor rebooting my iPhone/iPad. Nor deleting a couple of videos to recover memory (even though I wasn’t short on available RAM to start with). Nor even switching between 3G and WiFi, thereby excluding router issues.

For me the solution was different and simple. Read More »

What the hell is Apple thinking? New Apple patent US20110128384 will allow 3rd parties to disable your camera … Read More »

There’s a Mac desktop iPhoneTracker.app which displays which cell towers your iPhone was in communication with — on a map, by date.
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My youth was not entirely misspent, but I was addicted to one particular arcade game: Atari Tempest. To the extent that I purchased a game console at auction and installed it in my apartment in Hillbrow, Johannesburg and played it to perfection. Read More »

AT&T have recently been sending out letters offering some wireless customers a free Cisco MicroCell™ — a letter they can redeem at a local AT&T store. I believe they’re doing this because AT&T want to buy loyalty from good but wavering customers. I was one such wavering customer, except I did not come by my free AT&T microcell so easily. Many subscribers got unsolicted letters for a free microcell. I had to argue for mine.

Here’s how to do it … Read More »

I’m an AT&T subscriber, but that hardly makes me biased in their favour. Welcome to the iPhone Verizon, I think the competition will be good for keeping AT&T on their toes. I considered switching but there’s a killer problem with Verizon’s service which AT&T isn’t playing up very well to their advantage — so I’ll say it here. Read More »

This is a quick DIY procedure for Apple Mac users who want to create, store and stream movies (converted from DVD, downloaded online or from TiVo etc.) to their Macs — or at some very nominal cost, to iPod Touch, iPhone and/or iPads too. I do this to time-shift videos in a format that works for me, so I can watch them on demand — whenever, wherever and however I find the time to enjoy them.

When streaming a movie from server to client the movie is not downloaded — it plays on demand. No need to take time out to copy videos to the client device before watching them — using up valuable disk or RAM space in the process. The videos are stored in one location, the server, and are available for playback on one or more remote clients — on demand (just wait a few seconds for the initial buffer to set up). In lieu of the video being locally stored, you need to have a good network connection to your server. Read More »