May 252013
 

Apple has released the new version of iOS 6, iOS 6.1.4 update, for iPhone 5 users for a span. You may have heard about some opinions about it. Some people would have a passion for it since it helps users to better enjoy iPhone 5 to its potential, while others would complain about some shortcomings of it, such as after the update, they lost data on iPhone 5, or it is hard to jailbreak. In fact, we recommend you should go to experience this update for it can really make a difference on your iPhone 5 and we would like not to specify the benefits of it. Here we prefer to mention some important things you should pay attention to before you go to the iOS 6.1.4 update for your iPhone 5.

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The first thing you should note is that any iOS update would cause data loss on your iPhone. Whether you are using Apple iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5 or even the later modles, you would never get rid of losing data and other information during or after iOS update. It is a big defect, isn’t it? However, you can avoid data loss if you back up your iPhone 5 before you update it to new iOS 6.1.4.

After you have the serious awareness of knowing iOS update would cause data loss, the next significant thing you should pay attention to is to find out ways to back up your iPhone 5. Conventionally, you may know that using iTunes is a good way for backup. You can just Sync with iTunes and iTunes would automatically backup almost all of your data, settings, and other information. Or you can also right-click (control-click) your iPhone 5 under Devices and choose Back Up. iTunes would help to store your data in your computer. Besides, to back up your data into computer, you can use iPhone 5 Data Recovery to help your freely transfer data into computer and select a save path to back up those data into your computer.

Moreover, if you don’t like to use hard drive to store your iPhone 5 data, you can make backup with iCould. Go to Settings > iCloud > Backup & Storage. Your iPhone 5 data would be backed up into the cloud.

The next important thing you should watch out is whether your iPhone 5 gets enough available storage or not to store the new iOS update. When updating, your iPhone 5 needs enough space to download and install the update. If “Download and Install” is grayed out or you get the message saying “This update requires at less XX GB of available storage”, this means you would not be successful to update iOS 6.1.4. So before you go to update, make sure you have enough available storage.

May 162013
 

Apple offers iTunes service for its product users and you can use it to backup your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and other Apple devices. This post is specified on several aspects to help you better understand iTunes backup.

  1. 1.       Backup Apple Devices with iTunes

Backing up Apple devices is a helpful way to prevent data loss on your iPhone 5/4S/4/3GS, iPad 4/3/2/1, iPod touch 5/4, etc. If you deleted your data or lost files, you can use iTunes to recover them.

You can backup your Apple devices via iTunes in 2 ways: sync your devices with iTunes. But this is now workable when you have iCloud backup turned on. Or you can right-click (control-click) your devices under Devices in iTunes and choose Back Up.

  1. 2.       Locations of the iTunes Backup files

After you backup Apple devices with iTunes, the data are stored in different locations according to different operating systems on your computer.

For Mac OS X system: ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/

For Windows 8: Users>USERNAME>AppData>Roaming>Apple Computer>MobileSync>Backup.

For Windows 7/Vista: C:\Users\uer\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup

For Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\user\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Bckup.

  1. 3.       Delete a Backup in iTunes

If you don’t want some files in your iTunes and want to delete them, you can try the following steps:

Open iTunes Preferences. If your computer runs Windows system, you can go to Edit > Preferences. If you are using Mac, go to iTunes > Preferences.

Click Devices, use your mouse pointer to locate the backup for your iOS devices and select the backup you want to remove. Click Delete Backup and click OK.

  1. 4.       Encrypt Backups in iTunes

Encrypting backups can help to prevent others’ access to your data and information if you don’t want other people to get your files. If you want to encrypt the information in iTunes, go to iTunes Summary screen, and select “Encrypt iPhone backup”.

However, if you encrypt the backups in iTunes and then forget your password, you won’t get access to your files, such as photos, contacts, SMS, etc. If you want to recover those data from iTunes, you can try iPhone Backup Unlocker to help you. This tool can recover lost backup password that restores iPhone, iPod, iPad and other Apple devices’ data.

  1. 5.       Recover Lost Data of Apple Devices from iTunes

When you accident deleted or lost data from iPhone 5/4S/43GS, or other Apple devices, you can restore the lost files from iTunes backup.

You can connect your devices to your computer and sync the devices with iTunes to get back the lost data. However, if your devices have new data and settings, syncing will delete all the current information.

Try iPhone Date Recovery if you don’t want any current data lost. This software can help you optionally preview and selectively recover any wanted data.

There are, of course, many other aspects we should pay attention to in order to better understand iTunes and take advantages of iTunes into its potential. If you have your own opinions about the iTunes backup, you can share with us and we would highly appreciate it.

May 102013
 

Have you ever met such problems that you can’t send messages with your iPhone 5 or can’t receive any messages? This can really drop you into a world full of headache when you met message problems since text messages are really a life helper to better communicate with others.

Here are some tips for you to deal with these issues.

If You Can’t Send or Receive iPhone 5 Text Messages (SMS)

When you find that you cannot send any messages, neither can you receive SMS, the first thing you should do is to restart your iPhone 5: press and hold the Sleep/Wake button for a few seconds until the red “slid to power off” slider appears, and then slide the slider. Or you can press and hold the Sleep/Wake button until the Apple logo appears.

If restarting iPhone 5 is unworkable, you can check to update your device to the latest iOS software. Here we take the new version of iOS 6, iOS 6.1.4 as an example to update iPhone 5.

Update iPhone 5 via iTunes: connect iPhone 5 to computer, select the device when it appear in iTunes under Devices, click “Check for Update” in the Summary pane, click “Download and Update”.

Update iPhone 5 without iTunes: connect iPhone 5 to a Wi-Fi network, go to Settings > General > Software Update. When the iOS 6.1.4 update is prompted, tap “Download” and “Install”.

If you still have the message problems after the above operations, you can follow the methods below.

  1. Check to make sure that every iPhone 5 number in your contacts list includes an area code.
  2. Ensure that your contacts include the full phone number instead of just the information needed to dial locally when you send messages to existing contacts.
  3. Contact your current carrier to verify that the porting process has successfully completed when you have recently ported your number from another carrier.
  4. Check to make sure that your wireless carrier supports MMS.
  5. Make sure that MMS Messaging is turned on in Settings > Messages.
  6. Ensure that your iPhone is can access cellular data.

 

If you prefer to reset your iPhone 5, you can press and hold the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button together for at least ten seconds, until the Apple logo appears.

If you accidently deleted or lost your iPhone 5 text messages, use iPhone Data Recovery to help you recover all messages or selectively restore any wanted SMS.

 

Apr 282013
 

Would you mind that someone log into your Windows 8 and check your information? To protect Windows 8 on PC, you need some secure ways to prevent others from accessing your Windows system without permission. Here I’d like to introduce 4 solutions for you to better protect your personal information on Windows 8.

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Solution 1: Use traditional user account and password

Just like in the previous Windows systems, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, etc. you can create a user account to protect Windows 8.

1: Go to the Windows 8 Start Screen, and click “Settings”, “Change PC settings”.

2: Click “Users”, “Add a user”, and “Sign in without a Microsoft account”.

3: Click “Local account”, type a new name, password, the password hint, click “Next”, and click “Finish”.

Solution 2: Use a Microsoft account

Microsoft account is a new way for users to protect Windows 8. It contains your email address and the password.

  1. Go to the Windows 8 Start Screen, and click “Settings”, and “Change PC settings”.
  2. Click “Users” and “Add a user”.
  3. Enter your email which you frequently use, click “Next” and “Finish”.

 

Solution 3: Create picture password

The picture password is also a new way Microsoft offers to Windows 8 users to better protect the new system. It is said that this new way is much more secure because it is harder for others to guess what the password is.

  1. Go to “Control Panel”, “User Accounts and Family Safety”, “User accounts”, “Make changes to my account in the Settings App”,
  2. Click “Users”, “create a picture password”.
  3. Confirm with your local account or Windows 8 Account password and click “OK”.
  4. Choose a picture, draw three gestures and confirm it to set up picture password.

 

Solution 4: Create PIN Logon

PIN Logon is another new way to protect Windows 8. It consists of 4 digits as your password.

  1. Go to Setting panel and display the PC Settings page.
  2. Click “Users”, “Create a PIN”, and type your current password
  3. Enter your PIN and confirm it.

With the above 4 ways to protect Windows 8 on your PC, you can put your heart at rest. However, you yourself may forget password and can’t log into Windows 8. You can use Windows Password Recovery Tool to help you reset lost password and regain assess to your PC.

Apr 202013
 

Keyboard shortcuts are combinations of two or more keys that you can use to perform a task that would typically require a mouse or other pointing device. With the release of Windows 8 and Windows RT, users can use many new keyboard shortcuts to navigate these two operating systems. If you are using a tablet, of course it is very easy for you to handle all things by just tapping on the screen. But if you don’t have a touch screen, it is faster and easier to work with your PC by using the correct keyboard shortcuts.

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Here are the 23 popular and useful keyboard shortcuts for Windows 8 and Windows RT

  1. Windows logo key + start typing: Search your PC.
  2. Ctrl + plus (+) or Ctrl + minus (-)/Ctrl + scroll wheel: Zoom in or out of a large number of items, like apps pinned to the Start screen.
  3. Windows key + C: Open the Charms menu
  4. Windows key + E: Open File Explorer to the “My Computer” which shows all your drives.
  5. Windows key + F: Open universal search menu and set it to search files.
  6. Windows key + H: Open Share menu for the current app.
  7. Windows key + I: Display the Settings menu for the current app. For example, if you’re in Internet Explorer 10, this key shows Internet options. If you’re on the Start menu, it shows general OS settings.
  8. Windows key + J: Switch the main app and snapped app.
  9. Windows key + K: Open the Devices charm.
  10. Windows key + O: Lock the screen orientation (portrait or landscape).
  11. Windows Key + M: Open desktop mode and minimizes all windows.
  12. Windows key + Q: Bring up the apps search menu that allows you to search your list of installed programs.
  13. Windows key + W: Open universal search menu and sets it to search settings.
  14. Windows key + Z: Bring up app menu, which shows contextual options for the active app.
  15. Windows key + spacebar: Switch input language and keyboard layout.
  16. Windows key + Ctrl + spacebar: Change to a previously selected input.
  17. Windows key + Tab: Cycle through open apps (except desktop apps).
  18. Windows key + Ctrl + Tab: Cycle through open apps (except desktop apps) and snap them as they are cycled.
  19. Windows key + Shift + Tab: Cycle through open apps (except desktop apps) in reverse order.
  20. Windows key + Pg Up: Move the Start screen and apps to the monitor on the left (Apps in the desktop won’t change monitors)
  21. Windows key + Pg Dn: Move the Start screen and apps to the monitor on the right (apps in the desktop won’t change monitors).
  22. Windows key + Shift + period (.): Snap an app to the left.
  23. Windows key + period (.): Snap an app to the right.

 

Never mind your unfamiliarity with those keyboard shortcuts. Practice makes perfect and I’m sure you will easily and quickly to handle them all to work for your need. To be added, if you forget your Windows password, try Windows Password Recovery Tool to help you reset password and get access to your PC.

Apr 132013
 

 

T-Mobile’ first iPhone 5 marketing spot is live, as T-Mobile is kicking off its official sales of the iPhone 5 from Friday.

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According to the T-Mobile’s new Uncarrier plans, the iPhone 5 can be bought at $99, with $20 monthly payments for 2 years to cover the balance, or for free if you switch from another carrier and bring a device in for trade.

T-Mobile is also offering iPhone 5 both in retail and online. You can pick from either of the two monochrome extremes and if you wish to spend a little less, you can pick up iPhone 4S or iPhone 4 instead. However, you can get the same subsidized pricing from Apple directly. If you want to pick up the concessions, you need to scroll through the options at the Uncarrier source and make sure you have got well prepared for the Coachella stream.

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For both Apple and the small carrier, the big market is absolutely good news. T-Mobile’s potential reach only shows about 26.1 million total additional subscribers for Apple, which is not a big number in global subscriber terms but gives Apple space to enlarge its smartphone dominance in the US. This can supply Apple a late-stage bump for the iPhone 5, which is going to face more and more pressure with the furious competition of flagship devices, such as Samsung Galaxy S4.

T-Mobile has been left out of launch day hype for many times surrounding the release of Apple’s iPhone, with the carrier relegated to watching from the sidelines as AT&T, Sprint and Verizon locations saw customers queue for the iPhone 5 back in September.

The iPhone 5 and the carrier’s new model could be a big attraction for many switchers, but is still needs time to wait and see if that impacts the overall distribution of U.S. wireless customers in any significant way.

Tips for iPhone 5 Backup Password

In many cases, you may have back up your iPhone 5 data with iTunes before updating, but your iTunes asks for a password even though you never put a password in. if you want to recover your iPhone 5 backup, you can try iPhone Backup Unlocker to help you, which is designed for disabling backup passwords for iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, and any other Apple devices.

Apr 062013
 

Apple has reportedly cut its shipments of the iPad mini to between 10-12 million units for the second quarter of 2013, according to DigiTimes. The figure is based on shipment information given from multiple sources who provide various components for Apple’s iPad mini.

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The decrease may be as high as 20% monthly during April, the sources noted, and may continue to slightly decrease throughout the quarter to bring total shipments of the iPad mini to as low as 10 million units during the quarter.

The iPad Mini has been a hot seller. Together with the iPhone 5, the Mini awarded Apple with a 20.3 percent share of all connected devices in the fourth quarter and a 30.7 percent share of all revenue for such devices, IDC said this week. The iPad Mini has even grabbed sales from the fourth-gen iPad, say many analysts.

DigiTimes’ sources further claim that Apple recently adjusted this year’s shipment estimates for the iPad and iPad Mini:  33 million for iPad and 55 million for iPad mini.

If the reports are true, why would Apple cut shipments of its most popular tablet? Here are two possible explanations from sources:

Apple could be preparing for the next-generation iPad Mini launch in the third quarter. In January, KGI Securites analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who’s usually on the money, projected a third-quarter release for both the iPad Mini 2 and the iPad 5. Companies typically cut shipments of an existing product in advance of a new model. However, the sources also noted that Apple’s cut is because of increased competition from various 7-inch Android tablets.

The reported drop in iPad Mini shipments could easily be a combination of both factors. Or it could simply be business as usual, assuming the drop isn’t too severe.

Apple has faced questions in the past over cuts in shipments and component orders. In a January conference call about Apple’s fiscal first-quarter results, CEO Tim Cook challenged the accuracy of supply chain rumors, saying that Apple has “multiple sources” for product components.

“Yields can vary, supplier performance can vary,” Cook said, according to MacRumors. “There is an inordinate long list of things that can make any single data point not a great proxy for what is going on.”

Tips for iPad mini Data Recovery

You may lose important data from iPad Mini for various reasons: viruses attack, mishandling of the iPad like drop it to the floor or you may just delete data from iPad by mistake. In the event of such miseries, the best choice is to seek some professional help from data recovery tools. You could try iPad Data Recovery, which recovers not only iPad mini data but also recover files from iPad 4, iPad 3 and lower versions.

Mar 282013
 

Apple’s iPhone launch causes more sensation among consumers than the Korean electronics giants Samsung’s Galaxy S4, as a quick look at Twitter activity during the two tech giants’ flagship device announcements shows the latest iPhone 5 netted five times more as many messages compared to the Galaxy S4, says one analyst.

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That study, done by Investing Analytics, showed that the iPhone 5 was mentioned in more than five times the number of tweets than the Galaxy S4 on the same post-launch time period. The S4 has draw greater attention than Samsung’s previous releases, but the numbers is far less than that of Apple’s traditionally high metrics.

“We believe a Twitter analysis of tweets about the iPhone 5 launch compared to the Galaxy S4 launch demonstrates that the iPhone continues to hold more mass appeal with consumers,” said Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster in a note about the data set.
“We believe this demonstrates that while interest in the Galaxy S4 is growing, Apple continues to hold a meaningful lead as the smartphone with the broadest consumer appeal,” analyst Gene Munster added.

The actual tally during that time period was about 2.4 million tweets about the iPhone 5, whereas Samsung’s Galaxy S4 racked up around 440,000. Even so, Munster says the majority of the tweets about Samsung’s product (81 percent) were positive, up from the iPhone 5′s 73 percent.
While, whether all this is a precursor to the strength of Samsung’s S4 sales is totally unclear. Apple took the wraps off the iPhone 5 last September, whereas Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S4 at an event in New York earlier this month.

Tip: Try iPhone Data Recovery to recover data from iPhone for you whether you lose data from iPhone after jailbreak, iOS updates or other reasons.

Features of Samsung’s Galaxy S4 — Samsung’s device, which is a follow-up to the popular Galaxy S3, sports a higher-resolution 5-inch display, faster processor, and better cameras and battery than its predecessor. The phone also has a sensor that lets users move their hands to the left or right to scroll between different websites they have opened or through songs or photos in an album without having to touch the phone, designed to make it easier to change the song playing.

In addition, the phone will enable users to hover a finger over an email inbox or a photo gallery to get a glimpse of more details of what’s in the email or which photos are in an album. Another feature includes the option to automatically put a copy of details from a photograph of a business card into the phone’s contacts database or call a number in the business card.

Mar 212013
 

Ever wonder what the iPhone would look like with a dash of color? Dutch industrial designer Martin Hajek came up with a series of stunning images that visualize a colorful budget iPhone with rounded corners.

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Hajek — who originally created the images for Dutch Web site iPhoneClub – based his vision of the budget iPhone on consistent rumors that Apple could debut a colorful low-end version of the smartphone (with a mixture of fiberglass and plastic casing) alongside the expected iPhone 5S reveal this summer.

The renderings show the iPhone in two different colors and sizes, with the red featuring the now-standard 4-inch screen (introduced with the iPhone 5), and the blue version stretching the screen out to 4.5 inches, keeping in line with the current trend of larger-screened smartphones.

To create his realistic renderings, the designer uses Arion by Randomcontrol. In a conversation with Crave, Hajek noted that he’s worked in the field of design for about eight years, and has been making iPhone/Apple renderings since last year. Be sure to check out his other works, which include a smart mockup of the iWatch and other exciting visions.

I agree with most APPLE funs that Tim Cook will not give up the long-established APPLE philosophy by creating a cheap-looking. While, still there are people who are waiting for the cheap-looking iPhone – “I think having an IPhone with multiple colors and with polycarbonate material would actually make it even better. Although I like the gorilla glass that apple used on the iphone 4/4s alot, I think for a cheaper IPhone polycarbonate and multiple colors would be a really good option.” said Maxi on his blog.

The budget iPhone is also expected to feature a plastic chassis, and be marketed mainly to customers from emerging markets such as China and India.

Tips: How to backup iPhone and recover deleted files from iPhone

With data and information becoming an important paet of our life, one thing we have no escape of is data loss. When we lose important data on iPhone, such as contacts, messages, notes, call historys, what should we do? Luckily, software developers have iTunes Data Recovery which could help us extract iTunes backup to PC.

Still, if we have no recent iPhone backups, there is iPhone Data Recovery that enables us to rescue data directly from iPhone. Both the tools could save data loss problems for our iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 and versions below.

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Mar 142013
 

Apple and its manufacturing partner are readying the next-generation processor expected to be used in future iPhones and iPads. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, or TSMC, is expected to tape out – one of the final steps before manufacturing — Apple’s A7 chip this month, according to a report in Digitimes.

That will set the stage for pilot production by TSMC this summer and commercial production by the first quarter of 2014.

The A7 will use TSMC’s future 20-nanometer manufacturing process — which isn’t expected to be ready until 2014.

Apple, in fact, is designing products now based on the TSMC’s 20-nanometer process, according to sources contacted by CNET who are familiar with TSMC’s plans.

To date, Samsung has been the exclusive manufacturer of Apple’s A series processors — including the current A6 chip — for the iPhone and iPad. But Apple has been looking to diversify beyond Samsung.

Down the road, that diversification could also include Intel. One school of thought has Intel making chips for Apple on its 14-nanometer process, possibly in 2014.

As we are waiting for the next generation iPhone with brand new processors, we might also worry about another thing: what should we do when lost data from iPhone?

How to Recover Lost or Deleted Files from iPhone with iPhone Data Recovery

iPhone Data Recovery is the tool that help us recover data on iPhone 5, iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 without iTunes backup. It recovers messages, contacts, call history, and other files directly from our iPhone. As a result, you must be sure that your iPhone is at hand when we do the text message recovery.

Step1: Enter into DFU mode

After we connect our iPhone to the computer and launch the program, we have to set iPhone to DFU mode. 

DFU mode is the only mode from which we could load data from iPhone to the program. In order to set our iPhone 5 to DFU mode, we should first hold Home and Power button at the same time for 5 seconds after starting the program. If your iPhone has been powered off already, click “Start” button to enter DFU directly. Secondly, keep holding Home and Power button until the device screen turns to black. At last, release Power button and keep holding Home for 10 seconds.

set iPhone to DFU mode

Step2: Preview and select files to recover 

We can preview before recover data from iPhone 5, iPhone 4S and iPhone 4.

Step3: Recover text messages from iPhone 5, iPhone 4S and iPhone 4

In the end click “Recover” button to recover contacts from iPhone 5, iPhone 4S or iPhone 4 to your PC.

In the end, I’d like to remind you back up iPhone regularly. Because by doing so, you can still have your data even you lost your iPhone. If you still have your iPhone, I think the best choice is to recover from iPhone with the help of iPhone Data Recovery.

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