How Can I Delete Photos from my iPhone’s Photostream?

Thursday, January 19th, 2012 | Business | No Comments

iOS 5I’ve gotten a few people asking this question.  How can you delete photos from your Photostream?

In reality you can’t.  You can “delete” the entire album, but not photos individually.  This is because Photostream is meant to make your photos available on all of your devices.

I don’t agree with it, but that’s how it is.

You can, however, reset your Photostream if you want to remove all the photos (and start fresh):

  1. Go to iCloud.com
  2. Log in (with your Apple ID, probably your Email address, and the password you have to type every day on your iPhone)
  3. Click on your name in the top right corner to bring up the Account options
  4. Click on Advanced
  5. Click “Reset Photo Stream

You can also turn Photo Stream off, if you want to do that:

  1. On your iOS device (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch)
  2. Open Settings
  3. Click/touch iCloud
  4. Click/touch Photostream
  5. Toggle On/Off

Hope that helps achieve whatever you wanted to achieve.

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Liquipel – Waterproof your iPhone

Friday, January 13th, 2012 | Business | No Comments

Can’t wait to get this on my iPhone, thank you Liquipel for a cool product.  Wonder if it will work with underwater cameras?  Will my dive camera in a few years not even need a casing?

Interesting to think what impact putting your device in water will have, if it doesn’t short out your phone.  Does water get stuck in the case?

I want this on my iPhone 5 (Apple, please make note)

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iPhone4: How can I Jailbreak iOS 5?

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012 | Business | 1 Comment

iOS 5If you haven’t ever jailbroken your iPhone before, you should know some things:

  • This could be risky
  • If Apple releases an update, you may have to wait before you can get it
  • Backup your device before jailbreaking

I’ve done it before on my iPhones, but personally I don’t run a jailbroken iPhone.

To do a jailbreak you must install software written specifically to jailbreak your phone.  This software can sometimes look seedy.  By all means, you should be careful.

If you already jailbroke your iPhone, and want to untether your iPhone, you just need to install Coronoa Untether 5.0.1 in Cydia.

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Gorilla Glass 2.0 Demoed at CES

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012 | Business | No Comments

I’m suspicious, supposedly the Gorilla Glass 1.0 was in my iPhone that broke.

I’d love to see a real world “drop” test with this glass.

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Help: My iPhone/iPad is SLOW, how can I make it FAST?

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012 | Business | No Comments

When you first got your iPhone it was fast, and now … not so much.

Sometimes it just takes a few seconds for the keyboard to start working, or for an app to work when you launch it.

What can you do to speed up your iPhone or iPad?

  1. Make sure you have the updated Firmware
    Connect your device, and open up iTunes.   Under devices, click your devices and click “Check for Update”.
  2. You should regularly reset your iPhone
    To restart the iPhone, you press and hold the power button (up top) and the home button for a few seconds.  You will see it go black, and the Apple icon pop back up.
  3. You should close out your apps
    Yup, every app you ever opened is still “running”.  If you double click your home button you’ll get the taskbar.  You can scroll right to see all the applications you have ever used.  To “close” the apps, hold down one of the apps until it starts to shake and gets that red sign in the top left corner.  To close the app, tap that close button.  Your apps will still be on your phone, and keep their data, they just won’t be stored in memory.  I do this every few days to keep my iPhone going fast.
  4. If all else fails .. you can reset your iPhone settings
    Check out my post from a year ago, Help: My iPhone 3G or 3GS is slow, how do I fix it?  It will tell you how to reset your settings to speed up your iPhone

That should at least speed up your iPhone or iPad a bit.

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iPhone Lost Contacts – Windows Address Book Fix

Friday, December 23rd, 2011 | Business | 8 Comments

iOS 5Many people have visited my iPhone Lost Contacts post (5 solutions to the problem) from a few months ago.  Apparently everyone still has iPhone issues.

A recent visitor (thanks garykob!) to the site posted a possible “Solution #6” that involves Windows XP and leverages the Windows Address Book.  You can see his solution on the Apple Support Forums, or you can follow his steps below.

As a note, I believe this only worked because at some point, the contacts were stored in Windows Address Book.  It’s very likely that your contacts might be there, and you may not even know it:

  1. iTunes -> Devices -> My phone -> Summary Tab -> change [ ] Back up to iCloud to [x] Back up to this computer
  2. iTunes -> Devices -> My phone -> Info Tab -> [x] Sync contacts with Windows address book -> Apply/Sync -> Success!

The discoverer of this fix says that Windows address book was never synced to, and this worked.  Again, I expect at some point something sync’d with Windows address book (and the fix isn’t complete).

Please let me know how it works for you!

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Apple and Amazon, Let us Choose!

Friday, December 9th, 2011 | Business | No Comments

First hand, I only have experience with the iPhone / iOS devices.

I had run across a review on the Kindle Fire at TechnologyRight (he had linked to one of my articles, and I was checking out his site).  He mentions that it is too easy to buy content on the Kindle Fire.  Definitely a problem (especially if you have kids, as John mentions).

One minor annoyance for me, is how I have to put my password in every time I want to buy, update, or sometimes use content on my iPhone.  It is 2012, can we not decided whether to remember our password or not?  It’s too hard to buy something.  If I want to, let me click on everything and pay $0.99 every time I make a mistake.  I want that option.

Personally, being without kids, it would be great to be able to hit “Update All” and not have to enter a password.  After all, we can password protect our devices.

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Carrier IQ: How to Disable Tracking on Your iPhone

Friday, December 2nd, 2011 | Business | 3 Comments

There has been a lot of news surrounding Carrier IQ recently.

Is Carrier IQ on your iPhone?  Yes.

Apple has said that it’s not on every device, and while that might be true, it’s probably running for a lot of us.  If you have Diagnostics & Usage turned on, then it is running on your iPhone (that’s how Apple dances around it, iOS 5 asks if you want to turn it on).

iPhone: Disable Carrier IQHow do you turn off Carrier IQ?  It’s very easy on the iPhone:

  1. Open Settings
  2. Go to Location Services
  3. Scroll to the bottom and go to System Services
  4. Turn Diagnostics & Usage off
It sucks that Carrier IQ is on our iPhones, but it’s nice that we can turn it off

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iOS 5.0.1 Update to fix Battery Life Problems

Thursday, November 10th, 2011 | Business | No Comments

iOS 5To fix some iOS 5 battery life issues, Apple released an update.

According to the update it:

  • Fixes bugs affecting battery life
  • Adds Multitasking Gestures for the original iPad
  • Resolves bugs with Documents in the Cloud
  • Improves voice recognition for Australian users using dictation (I’d love to hear the problems with that)
It isn’t yet available as an OTA (over the air) update, but is available as an iTunes update.

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My iPhone is Fixed, Thanks Apple!

Thursday, November 10th, 2011 | Personal | 1 Comment

Yesterday I had a bad day.

I dropped my iPhone 4 coming down the stairs, and it shattered.  (picture is in yesterday’s post)

My phone is used heavily throughout the work day, so I needed to get it fixed / replaced.  First thing I do is make an appointment at the local Apple store (Providence, RI), and head on out.

On the way to the Apple store, I see the “flat tire” indicator turn on.  Ok, I can drive with a tire that’s going flat no problem…


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