Help: My iPhone won’t send Messages in iOS 7

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013 | Business | No Comments

iOS 7My wife texted me yesterday asking for some info.  I sent it.  5 hours later, she came home asking why I ignore her text messages.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple is aware there’s a bug regarding text messages in iOS 7 (particularly, with iMessages).

If you want to fix it now you can either restart your phone, or (MAKE SURE YOU KNOW YOUR WIFI PASSWORD, AS THIS RESETS THEM ALL):

  1. Turn off iMessaging (Settings -> Messages, then toggle “iMessage” off)
  2. Rest your network settings (Settings -> General – > Reset, then click on “Reset Network Settings”)
  3. Your iPhone will restart
  4. Turn iMessaging back on (Settings -> Messages, then toggle “iMessage” on)

Remember you just reset your network settings, so you will have to re-enter your WiFi passwords etc.


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Help: Wi-Fi broke on iOS 6 install

Thursday, September 20th, 2012 | Business | 1 Comment

iOS 6I’m hearing reports that WiFi is breaking on iOS 6 updated phones.

The best thing you can do is:

  1. Forget WiFi Network: Settings->Wifi->(select your network)->Forget This Network
  2. Restart your iOS device (iPhone, iPad, iPod, etc)
  3. Log back on your Wi-Fi network

Some people are reporting this is due to a proxy being assigned to your WiFi (it works but you can’t browser in Safari).

Please let me know if this helps, and if not, what does!

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Help: iOS 6 Upgrade / Update Frozen!

Thursday, September 20th, 2012 | Business | 1 Comment

iOS 6Yesterday I was installing the iOS 6 firmware on my iPad and iPhone.  My iPhone 4 (which was installed via iTunes on USB) installed without a problem.

My iPad was another story.  I tried the OTA (over the air) update, and it froze with the Apple logo and the progress bar (empty).

I waited an hour with nothing changing.

Finally I reset it:

  1. Unplug the iPad
  2. Hold the Home and Power buttons for a few seconds (it’ll turn black when it resets of course)

It came back, finished the update, and was ready to use a few minutes later.

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iOS 6 Released, How to Upgrade your iPhone/iPad/iPod

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 | Business | 1 Comment

iOS 6Apple has just officially released iOS 6.  The download just started for me!

iOS 6 is compatible with the following devices:

  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPhone 4
  • iPhone 4S
  • iPhone 5
  • iPod Touch (4th gen)
  • iPod Touch (5th gen)
  • iPad 2
  • The new iPad (I still hate that name)

To install the new iOS 6 you just follow these steps (you need iTunes 10.7 for this, to upgrade read after the iOS instructions):

  1. Connect your device via USB to your computer (at this point it may prompt you for an upgrade, go for it)
  2. Open iTunes (if it doesn’t open already)
  3. Click on your device below “devices
  4. Click on the “Summary” tab up top
  5. Click on “Check for Update
  6. Enjoy!
Alternatively you can do so without a computer:
  1. On your iOS device
  2. Settings
  3. General
  4. Software Update

If you don’t get the update, you probably still have an earlier version of iTunes.  Only iTunes 10.7 supports the new iOS 6.

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Google Drive is Live

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012 | Business | No Comments

Google LogoToday Google announced their newest offering, Google Drive.

Everyone gets 5GB of storage free.  Other price points are:

  • $2.49/month – 25 GB
  • $4.99/month – 100GB
  • $49.99/month – 1 TB (yes, 1000 GB)

Sure to be a major competitor to DropBox, as their prices beat out any competitor that I know of (if you know otherwise, let me know).

The new Google Drive service is available for PC / Mac, and Android devices currently.  iPhone and iPad apps are sure to follow soon.  Full integration with Google Docs is sure to push adoption of the technology (the instant sharing of edits is a great feature for remote collaboration).

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iTunes 0xE800007F Error: Wifi Sync Problems

Thursday, January 26th, 2012 | Business | No Comments

iTunesFirst off, I don’t have a fix. I wish I did.  If you have a fix PLEASE send it (via comment or contact form).

The problem has been annoying me since I setup WiFi sync.

From all the research I’ve done, I haven’t found any fixes.  The problem seems to be caused by the use of WiFi syncing.  I think it relates to the WiFi device becoming unavailable while doing a wifi sync.  A problem that wouldn’t occur on a normal sync, and that would be unique to WiFi.

You should be able to prevent this by disabling the Wifi Sync (in iTunes click on your device, uncheck WiFi syncing).

There was a fix floating around that had you deleting iTunes folders, and restarting.  That didn’t work for me.

As soon as I find a fix,  will post a link to it here, and will post it on the blog.

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Jailbreaking: Own Your iPhone

Thursday, January 26th, 2012 | Business | No Comments

In 2010, the US Copyright Office said that jailbreaking smartphone isn’t illegal according to the DMCA.

That statement will expire in 2012.

Jailbreaking isn’t illegal, and it shouldn’t be.

If the exemptions expire, it could be illegal to jailbreak your software (and you won’t be allowed to jailbreak or unlock your iPhone).

What can you do?

You can help the EFF get the exemptions renewed, and extended to include tablets and gaming consoles.

In order to get the renewals, the EFF needs to know how you depend on the ability to jailbreak devices.  How you use it to write software, to develop apps.

First prepare a statement that says (in notepad or something similar):

  • Who you are (developer, researcher, security professional, user, etc)
  • Which exemptions you support (would directly support your role) such as the mobile (phones/tablets), game consoles (not sure if this includes Apple TV like devices) or both.
  • Which device you need to jailbreak
  • Why you need to jailbreak that device
  • What would happen if you couldn’t jailbreak the device

Visit and fill out the official form. Make sure the uploaded comment includes your name, the type of works, and all other information on the comments form.


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5 iPhone App Development Tutorials/Resources

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 | Business | 1 Comment

So you want to get into iPhone development?

There are tons of great resources sitting out on the web right now.  Here are some of my favorites resources and tutorials on iPhone application development:

Apple iOS Dev Center

Apple provides the best, obviously, resources for iPhone App development.  There are many resources that are free and available for anyone to use.

You can check out the iOS Dev Center to get set up, and follow up by checking out some courses on iTunes U on Developing Apps for iOS.

No matter what you do in iOS development, you’ll need to get acquainted with the iOS Dev Center.

MIT: introduction to iPhone Application Development

MIT puts a ton of their courses online, and you can check out the one-week course on iPhone SDK development.

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Gigabit WiFi: 802.11ac

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 | Business | No Comments

In recent news (past few weeks) 802.11ac has been popping up quite frequently.

802.11ac is the emerging standard for gigabit wifi.  The standard is still a draft, but just like 802.11n, there are already products that support this “draft” standard.  802.11ac  will support up to 6.9Gbps (and in lesser forms down to 433Mbps).  It is sometimes being marketed as “5G” as the public has become used to the term.

Higher bit rates for 802.11ac tend to use multiple (up to 8) antennas to get the full bandwidth.

Broadcom announced a full family of 802.11ac chipsets at CES.

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Untethered Jailbreak for iPhone 4S and iPad 2

Saturday, January 21st, 2012 | Business | 2 Comments

iOS 5pod2g and the Chronic Dev Team have released an untethered jailbreak for the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 called Absinthe A5.  The jailbreak is only for the Mac OS X right now, but we should see a Windows and Linux one soon.

The site is on and off available due to the large demand for it.

The following devices can be jailbroken with the Absinthe A5 jailbreak:

  • iPhone 4S with iOS 5.0
  • iPhone 4S with iOS 5.0.1
  • iPad 2 with iOS 5.0.1

If you need to jailbreak iPhone 4 with iOS 5.0.1, you can check out the iPhone 4 jailbreak here.

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