Can’t Wait for the New iPhone 5? Order Online for Pickup and Bypass the Wait

As of right now, those who order the new iPhone 5 will be required to wait anywhere from 3-4 weeks for home delivery. However, an unadvertised loop hole may allow some to get the iPhone 5 the very next day. Apple is allowing a retail store pick up here between the hours of 10 PM and 4 AM on a first come, first served basis. You can check upgrade status as well.

To upgrade immediately, check out the Apple link here.

Will you be taking advantage of this?

 

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Apple Fixes iOS 6 Wi-Fi Bug

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Yesterday, after the iOS 6 update went live, some were experiencing a bug where they could no longer connect to Wi-Fi or stay connected to Wi-Fi. Some even mentioned that the option to connect to Wi-Fi was greyed out.

However, today, Apple apparently found the cause and fix to the problem. Users should now be able to connect to Wi-Fi according to Apple.

What about you? Did you experience any issues downloading/updating to iOS 6?

 

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Trouble with the iPhone 4s iMessaging and iOS 6?

Some early reports from those downloading the iOS 6 is that the iMessaging isn’t working properly. Mainly, some are getting a “waiting for activation” and “cannot connect”. Generally, that issue is resolved after just a momentary wait.

However, some are reporting that the number is grayed out forcing iMessaging to use your Apple ID email rather than your phone number. We’ve found a simple solution for this. Simply perform a hard reset and the probably should fix itself. This is done by hitting the home button and the sleep button simultaneously and holding. Usually it takes about 15 seconds for the reset to take place. Once complete, you can turn on the device if it doesn’t turn itself back on.

 

That should fix the problem. If it doesn’t, you may need to contact support or do some more digging.

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How to Update to iOS 6

There are two ways to update to iOS 6: using your iDevice or you computer. It is always a good idea to back up your phone or device before updating. Below are both methods of updating:

To update your iDevice over the air, follow these steps:

  1. Connect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to power. You don’t want the update to stop part-way through because you ran out of battery.
  2. Open the Settings app.
  3. Tap the General tab.
  4. Tap the Software Update tab.
  5. Wait for your device to check for updates. When it finds an available update, install it.
  6. Wait for the update to download and install. Don’t do anything with your phone while it does.

To update your iDevice with iTunes on your computer, follow these steps:

  1. Connect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to your Mac or Windows PC and open iTunes (if it doesn’t open automatically).
  2. iTunes may tell you that an update (iOS 6) is available for your device. If it does, confirm that you want to install it. If not, click on your device in the iTunes sidebar and tap the Check for Updates button. When an update is found, confirm that you want to install it.
  3. Wait for the update to download and, when finished, confirm you want to install it.

Upon completion, the device will restart. It is likely you’ll have to go through a few update screens after updating.

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Get Ready: Apple to Release iOS 6

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Get ready everyone. Make sure your iTunes account is up to date with the latest version and that you have a power cable. iOS 6 is set to be released today. If history is any indication, the release should be at 10 am PST/1 PM EST. It’s uncertain whether you will have to plug in as updates to iOS 5 have been over the air. There are still a few hours but we should know soon.

 

 

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Apple: Can They Sustain Their Edge

Apple has risen from the ashes of near collapse over the past decade and a half, becoming one of the world’s largest and most profitable companies under the helm of its visionary founder, Steve Jobs. The death of Jobs in 2011, however, left the company rudderless, if only in the minds of those who had put so much faith in the brilliance of its former CEO.

The Present

Now Apple is approaching the biggest test since Jobs shuffled off this mortal coil; it is about to launch the iPhone 5. This is to be the sixth iteration of its flagship smartphone range and will either prove that Apple can exist in a post-Jobs world or that it is in dire need of a new direction.

Early indications are that Apple is unlikely to tumble spectacularly from its perch of dominance, if only because its past efforts have given it an almost impeccable reputation for quality and the loyalty of its fans alone might be enough to buoy the sales of the iPhone 5 beyond those of previous generations.

There are those who have detected a change in the tone of Apple since Jobs’ death, which is said to be evidenced by its recent court victory over South Korean rival Samsung. With a billion dollars in damages won as part of a patent infringement case, Apple is now being seen as the aggressor rather than the innovator that it once was.

While Apple has long been involved in courthouse battles as both the plaintiff and the accused, this is an area of its operations that is coming into the public eye now that Jobs is no longer at the helm. While this has little bearing on the types of products that Apple will produce in the short term, it does seem to distort its public perception away from one of benevolence towards a more corporate, greed-oriented ethos.

The Future

Of course, the truth of the matter is that predicting the future of any company, no matter how successful and powerful it may seem at the time, is very difficult.

Apple is certainly bigger than Steve Jobs alone and has the talent to produce world-class smartphones. However, much of its business is built around presentation and superficiality, no matter how user-friendly this makes its devices appear. This does not mean that the iPhone 5 or iPad Mini will be less capable devices, but simply that customers are increasingly willing to consider offerings from the competition.

The following is a guest post by Daley. Daley is a huge technology fan and wouldn’t be able to live without his smartphone. He works with Mobile Insurance to help fellow phone fans make informed decisions about their mobiles.

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Alternatives to the iPhone 5

The iPhone 5 is still some while away and naturally technology enthusiasts worldwide are running impatient. With so much hype around Apple’s upcoming smartphone model and such little actual truth available on the device, one would be correct in asking if all the commotion is even worth it. Tech geeks might actually just find solace with another phone option altogether, and here are a few worthy choices for those too impatient for the iPhone 5.

Samsung Galaxy S3

Let’s be honest with ourselves, we all know why the Samsung Galaxy S3 is the first phone on this list. Quite easily the most stylish and highly regarded smartphone on the market, the Galaxy S3 even betters the iPhone 4S. In fact, speaking of the phone’s comparison to the 4S, the Galaxy S3 boasts a faster browser speed with its quad-core processor of 1.4GHz.

The phone’s Super Amoled HD screen boosts both the phone’s design and user experience. Both games and films are thus a joy on the smartphone which receives envious glances when pulled out in public.

Motorola Droid Razr M

Some of those awaiting the iPhone 5 will not be holding their breath for the release date, but for the period in which the phone will be dropped in price to a level far more affordable for the average consumer. Such people will undoubtedly be waiting a while.

The Motorola Droid Razr M however makes this wait considerably easier, as the phone can be bought for under a hundred quid.

Its design is slim and stylish, with a sizeable 4.3inched screen. Speaking of the screen, tech consumers will be happy to know that it’s AMOLED, HD.

The Droid Razr M also runs on Google’s latest mobile operating system, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

The New iPad

Of course, many of those too eager to wait for the iPhone 5 are Apple devotees. These tech geeks have two options. For first is to check up iPhone 5 deals. The second – and latest option – is to buy The New iPad.

Dubbed The New iPad, Apple’s wondrous innovation probably has all the major features we’ll soon see in the iPhone 5. The New iPad also boasts 4G internet connectivity and a whooping screen resolution at 2048×1536 pixels, which is better than any smartphone, laptop or tablet PC available on the market.

Plus, it also has a 5-megapixel camera with 1080p video recording! Need I say more?

The following is a guest post by Daniel Richardson, a British technology blogger.

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What’s The Difference Between the iPad and iPad 3

When it comes to high-tech phenomena, few, if any, are as important and as fascinating as the iPad. The reason for this is simple – the iPad was the first tablet that Apple introduced, and in the first three months of its existence, from Aril until the end of June 2010, more than 3 million iPads were sold. By the end of 2010, almost 15 million iPads had been sold, and 2011 started brilliantly for Apple. Furthermore, history repeated itself with the iPad 2, which was released in March 2011 and which recorded even better sales – namely more than 15 million pieces were sold, bringing Apple over $9 billion of profit from the new unit. Logically, everybody is now interested in the newest model of the iPad, the iPad 3, and we will here cover the main differences between the iPad 3 and the previous model of Apple’s tablet computer.

The Main Differences Between the iPad 3 and the iPad 2

There are a lot of differences between these two units, but we will here cover the most important ones:

  • Camera – As opposed to the not so impressive 0.7-megapixel camera found on the back of the iPad2, the new model has an indeed impressive 5-megapixel camera with 1080p HD still, 5x digital zoom, and 30 fps. Quite a big step in the camera department, as well as a step that has made a big difference between the two models.
  • Price – With prices starting at $499 for the base model and reaching a hefty $829 for the 64GB Wi-Fi + 4G model, it can be said that Apple didn’t want to give away their new iPad. However, it seems that the higher price is not a reason not to get the new iPad.
  • Dimensions and weight – Even though the difference in dimensions is not great, it is still noticeable. Namely, the new model is a bit thicker than the previous (0.37 inches vs. 0.346 inches), and the iPad 3 generally weighs more when we take into account all the different models available.
  • Display – The display size is the same with all the models of the iPad, but the newest model has gone miles from the previous when it comes to the resolution and the number of pixels. Namely, the screen resolution has been doubled (1024 x 768 vs. 2048 x 1536), and the new Retina display, among other things, is exactly what can justify the higher price of the new model.
  • Wireless – In simple words, the 4G model will bring you amazing Internet speeds, and this is all you have to know about this subject. If you liked the iPad 2 3G model, then the new iPad 3 4G model will leave you speechless.
  • Processor – When it comes to the processor, the new model rocks a 1 GHz dual core A5X system-on-a-chip, which basically means that you will be able to do everything and anything you want with much more speed and fewer lags – if any at all.

All in all, it can easily be concluded that the new iPad 3 is most certainly a great choice, especially when you take into account that the ones who already have an iPad will be able to sell it and knock a couple of hundred bucks off the price of the new model.

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Look Out Creative World, Pinterest Announces New Apps for Android

Yesterday Pinterest announced their apps for Android and iOS. The announcement reads,

“It may sound funny, but our goal has never been to keep you online. Instead, we want to inspire you to go offline and do things that you love. Today, we’re making it easier to take your inspirations with you by providing new apps for Android, iPad and iPhone.”

Undoubtedly, many will find this news exciting. Pinterest has been growing at phenominal rate since it’s inception. And now that it’s open to the public, expect others to  try this ‘pinning thing’.

For more information, read the original article here.

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Best 10 Android Apps To Protect Your Smart Phone From Viruses

There is always news each day about Android security issues and it involves malicious forms of Apps showing up somehow in Google Play App Store. There are also cases of mobile malware being spread by SMS and the list goes on from there. All of these problems with Android security do say one thing that is both loud and abundantly clear. Android devices need to maintain a certain level of security protection on them to protect them from these very real hindrances that seem to plague them and the best way to achieve this is by putting an Android security app on them to keep them from getting a virus.

There are large amounts of security apps that can do the trick effectively. However, it would be next to impossible to list all of them, being that there are far too many of them in number. Therefore, only the ten best android apps to protect your smart phone from getting a virus will be listed here. These ten choices are excellent when it comes to providing the level of security that all Android smart phones should have from the onset of usage by an individual. As it is far better to be safe than sorry later on.

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  1. Lookout Security & Anti Virus – This form of antivirus is free to use and it protects against malware, spy ware, Trojans, the list goes on. Lookout Security & Anti Virus has a virus scanner that the user can utilize to set up their own scans at certain times, and this program automatically scans anything that is downloaded by itself in the form of new apps or files the second they are being downloaded. Some of its additional features do include the ability to be able to find a phone that is either lost or stolen on a Google map. A shrill alarm can be activated to find the lost or stolen phone. There is also an option to be able to back up and restore a user’s contact list. If a decides they want more protection beyond the free protection offer. They can pay an additional $2.99 a month to get Lookout Premium that has phishing protection, privacy protection, and lots of other extras in addition.
  2. Avast! Mobile Security – This form of antivirus offers a wide range of functionality in a number of ways and this includes a very reliable Anti Virus Scanner that performs on-demand, detailed scans of every app and file that is installed on the device itself and SD card too. It will also scan any newly installed apps the second they are set to be executed after installation. There is also a Privacy Director that shows all sorts of detailed information about installed applications. Some of the information for these apps includes the intention of installed programs, any access rights, and also if any of they do pose a threat as far as being a security risk. It also has an Anti-Theft feature that can disguise the device with a name of the user’s choosing.
  3. AVG Anti Virus Free – This form of antivirus is also of no charge and does scan everything from apps to files to media to beyond in real time. It also guards against any phishing attempts, gets rid of tasks that can slow down or freeze up the mobile device, blocks entrance to any malicious type of websites, and allows a user to find a lost or stolen phone using Google Maps.
  4. NQ Mobile Security – This is also another very good free antivirus application that does successfully block viruses, malware, spy ware, denies access to phishing sites, and gets rid of Trojans. It also has a built-in privacy protection monitor that watches any apps closely that do examine your personal data and system optimization that immediately shuts down any apps that are running in the background without a user knowing it.
  5. Trust Go Antivirus & Mobile Security – This is also another free form of anti virus that has either schedule or on-demand scans that look for viruses, malware, spy ware, Trojans, and other malicious things. It will remove anything that it deems a threat with this virus scanner. Also, it has a Secured App Finder, which will assist the user in finding apps that are only safe to download.
  6. Norton Mobile Security – Norton Mobile Security is not a free antivirus to use. But is definitely well worth the price of $19.99 a year to have for overall antivirus protection indeed. Norton is a leading name when it comes to antivirus protection for both computers and mobile devices. It will constantly scan all apps as well as updates for them to seek out any threats. It also utilizes information from Norton users about any specific threats in addition. Norton has many capabilities from blocking unwanted texts and phone calls for users to denying access to phishing sites or blocking them.
  7. McAfee Mobile Security – McAfee Mobile Security is also not a free antivirus to use. Nonetheless, just like Norton, it is a big name when it comes to antivirus protection. McAfee has anti virus scanning, the ability to backup and restore any personal data, does not permit access to know malicious websites, amid its many functions. It costs $29.99 a year to use.android virus
  8. Webroot Secure Anywhere Mobile – This antivirus is free to use in the basic version, but there is a premium version called Webroot Secure Anywhere Mobile Premier, and it costs $19.99 per year to use. The free version of this antivirus program scans all applications and files for virus and other malevolent threats. Some of its other functions do include blocking entrance to phishing sites, can also blocks calls and texts that are not wanted, and allows users to track a lost or stolen phone using a map. The phone can then be locked remotely and an alarm sounded off.
  9. Trend Micro Mobile Security Personal Edition – This antivirus program is another one a user has to pay for to use. It is $29.95 a year for membership and does offer numerous functions from scanning all apps and files for any virus, or other forms of threats, to blocking undesired texts and calls to denying access to phishing sites. It also has the ability to lock the mobile device from being entered should the SIM card be taken out of it.
  10. Sophos Mobile Security – This is another very fine antivirus application that is free of charge and does also have various functions. It has an on-demand scanner that scans all apps and files installed, and this even applies to what is on the SD card too. It also has a Privacy Advisor that informs the user of which apps to filter due to their risk potential on the mobile device itself.

Author Bio:

Mason Brown is marketing lead at Arcapps.com, which provides quality Android App Development using advanced technologies. It is my passion to write on technology subjects, because this is the age of technology revolution.

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