New App Wants To Help You See if Your iPhone Has Been Hacked

New App Wants To Help You See if Your iPhone Has Been Hacked

If you have jailbroken your iPhone and are now worried about the security of your device, then this could be the app for you.

When you jailbreak an iPhone – you remove the software restrictions imposed by Apple on the iOS operating system and can install unapproved apps, change the look of your device and add extensions not available on the App Store.

Pebble Catches Up to 2013 with text message replies with #Verizon #iPhones

Pebble smartwatch owners that are using an iPhone on Verizon can now send text message replies from their wrist, according to an announcement from the company published today. The feature, which originally launched last year for AT&T iPhone users, lets Pebble owners reply to incoming messages with a voice note, emoji, or a customizable preset text response.

Apple Issues Quick Fix For iOS 9.3 Update Glitch

Apple Issues Quick Fix For iOS 9.3 Update Glitch

iPhone and iPad owners locked out of their devices because of a problem with Apple's latest mobile operating system have been provided with a solution.

The iOS 9.3 update caused some older versions of the phones and tablets to require the IDs and passwords previously used to set them up.

Many people complained that their machines had become unusable because they had forgotten or did not know the details.

Samsung answers critics: Galaxy goes Metal with the Galaxy Alpha

For years, Samsung has been criticized in the mobile marketplace for the cheap plastic construction of it's premium Galaxy line of phones. The main competitor for the Galaxy series, Apple's iPhone, has had a premium solid metal and glass design for years. And while the numbers on paper show that the Galaxy line still sells insanely well, even outselling the iPhone in most cases (S4, S5) it still left a portion of the marketplace in the cold and siding with Apple, solely on the merits of a more quality feel of it's product.

While Samsung frequently spouts sales numbers and profit as a means of detracting from the consumer complaints about build quality and to defend their lack of innovation, it appears they actually do listen to the customer. Either that, or in the face not only customer complaints, but the overwhelming tech press preference of the quality of construction of phones like the iPhone and HTC's One line, Samsung decided to answer the call. Because, who wants to be "that" kid on the block?

Enter the Galaxy Alpha. The first metal bodied Galaxy phone.

Meet the Galaxy Alpha

Meet the Galaxy Alpha

The specs on the new Alpha fall in line mostly with the S5, however it is worth noting, that Samsung is NOT trying to win major points here with a new "Flagship" Premium Phone. While the Alpha has a metal FRAME instead of a full Metal Body (more on this in a minute), it also has a smaller, slightly lower resolution screen than it's big brother, the S5. So while Samsung is capitulating and offering a more premium body, they are skimping in other areas. All in all, this feels like nothing more than a half measure to appease the critics.

Back to the body, the entire casing won’t be metal. The metal frame is confined to the four edges of the phone. On the front, of course, is a glass screen measuring 4.7 inches diagonally, while the “tactile soft back cover” boasts a stippled pattern reminiscent of the Galaxy S5.

The company said in its statement that it took “a fresh approach” to the hardware design, but remained virtually silent on software features. Most of the gadget’s specs, Samsung said, were the same as those on its flagship Galaxy S smartphones, with newly-unveiled features, including a battery-saving mode and a fingerprint scanner, part and parcel of the new Galaxy Alpha.

Samsung's Press Release states the following:

Setting a New Standard for Samsung Galaxy Design
Concentrating on elegant aesthetics and compact construction, Samsung has taken a fresh approach to design with the Galaxy Alpha. Created to help consumers express their unique style without sacrificing functionality, the refined Galaxy Alpha features a sophisticated design with a metal frame, elegantly curved corners and a tactile soft back cover. In addition, it is visually balanced, with the perfect contrast of both a calming, soft matte finish and an eye-catching reflection from the metal frame. At less than 7 mm thick, the Galaxy Alpha is also one of the slimmest Galaxy devices ever, and its uniquely compact construction and light weight provides consumers with maximum in-hand grip and control.

Powerful Samsung Galaxy Experience
Despite its slim and light design, the Galaxy Alpha provides users with the same powerful hardware and features users expect from a flagship Galaxy mobile device. The device is equipped with a brilliant 4.7-inch HD Super AMOLED display as well as an advanced camera and real time HDR for an unrivaled viewing and photo experience. The Galaxy Alpha also includes innovative and popular features such as Ultra-Power Saving Mode, S Health, Finger Print Scanner, Private Mode and connectivity with the latest Samsung Gear Fit, Gear Live and Gear 2 wearables.

The Galaxy Alpha will be available at the beginning of September. At launch, it will be available in Charcoal Black, Dazzling White, Frosted Gold, Sleek Silver, and Scuba Blue, with available colors to be determined by market. 

There's currently no word on how much the Samsung Galaxy Alpha will cost, but some rumours suggest it could well be around the same price as the Galaxy S5.

That would place the Alpha right a the top of the smartphone market, where it will be outclassed in many departments by the range of flagship Android handsets currently available. We're keeping our fingers crossed for a slightly cheaper price tag.

While we are as excited as anyone else at the idea of a manufacturer stepping up to criticism and answering those complaints with a new or improved product, this fails to cut it. Instead of taking the S5, improving on it's weaknesses and packing it all into a metal body for a more premium construction and offering it at the same price point or even at a small premium, they have actually just scaled back in size and screen quality to compensate for manufacturing costs. Apple has proven for years that if you make an exceptionally well designed piece of hardware, with a genuine premium build, people will pay far more than the device is actually worth as a sum of all it's parts. And they have made a FORTUNE doing so. If Samsung wants to stay relevant, and competitive, they will need to step up their game for sure. Especially with Apple's newest Flagship launching in less than a month.


iOS Spring Cleaning: Free up iPhone, iPad & iPod space with these 5 Tips

It's Spring Time!! That means it's time to clean up and get organized. One of the minor drawbacks with iDevices is the inability to upgrade storage. Have you ever encountered the dreaded “Cannot Take Photo. There is not enough available storage.“? That’s a message you don’t want to see on your iDevice. Especially if there’s a new iOS upgrade, which means you need at least 1 to 3GB of free storage. (i.e. iOS 7.0.6. or new versions like iOS 7.1) Whether you want to or not, it's time to clear up some space, fast! So let’s get spring cleaning started early this year.

Problem: What’s Using Up Most Of Your Storage?

Let's begin by looking at which Apps are using the most space. Go to Settings > General > Usage. Give the Storage section a few seconds to load. Once it's loaded, you’ll see all of the Apps installed on your iOS device, as well as how much storage space each is taking up.

The list sorts in order of most storage used to least. Pay close attention to the ones up top.

1. Delete Apps

Take a look at your installed Apps and ask yourself which ones you don’t really need or use. (Photo editors you never use, games you haven’t played in months, etc.) Now let's delete them by tapping on the App(s) you no longer want and then selecting "Delete App".


2.  Photos & Videos

Do you take a lot of photos? Shoot lots of videos? Snap ten selfies before you found the right one worthy of Instagram?  Videos files are huge and use up a lot of storage space. However, your photos can take up a huge chunk of space too. I'm sure you don’t need all those photos you’ve taken in your back pocket. (You do? Check out Dropbox.) So let's get to it, delete the duplicates (and blurry shots) and back up the rest.

  • Delete multiple photos at a time: Go to your Photo App. Open the images in thumbnail view, tap Select, and choose the photos you want to delete; tap the trashcan icon and then tap Delete Photos. Done!

3.  Music

Keep your music collection stored on your computer. Only keep the songs you really ,really love on your device. Besides, let's face it, do you really NEED 13+ HOURS of Music stored on your phone? (Try Spotify.)

  • Delete songs you haven’t listened to in months (YES, DO IT): Go to the Music App. In any song list view, swipe from right to left on a song, and tap the Remove button to delete the song from the device. (This won’t delete it from your iTunes library!)
  • Switch to iCloud: Think about keeping all your music on the cloud. Just hear me out. You’ll still have access to your music, but it won’t take up any storage on your device. Not bad, right? Word of caution: if you’re in NYC, you won’t have access to those jams underground. (Something to keep in mind.)
  • Use Music-Streaming Apps: Use a service like Pandora or Spotify to stream music. They take up FAR, FAR less space and you get to hear an almost unlimited supply of music without having to download them all. It’s a win-win move.

4. Clear Cache*

Cache stores information on your device daily and is meant to speed things up. It remembers what you’ve searched for, and keeps images from websites you visit so they load faster the next time. But, cache can take up more space than you think, so we need to delete that stuff.

  • Get rid of your cache: Go to Settings > Safari. Tap on Clear Cookies & Data. While you’re here, you might as well clear your history (tap Clear History). To delete data from certain websites go to Settings > Safari > Advanced > Website Data. Tap Edit, and select the red bar next to the ones you want to erase. Tap Delete.

*Heads up: clearing your cache will erase your settings from websites you’ve visited. Meaning, websites won’t remember you the next time you visit. You’ll have to enter your usernames and passwords again and you can expect them to load a bit slower.

5. Messages

If you send or receive more than just a handful of texts per day, DELETE some. You should also get rid of conversations with a lot of photo and video attachments. The photos and videos you receive are not saved to your Camera Roll. But, they take up storage space.

  • Delete iMessage threads: Get rid of conversations with lots of photos or videos. Go to Messages, decide which ones you want to delete, swipe from right to left, and tap Delete.
  • Delete individual messages: Don’t want to let go of entire conversations? Get rid of selected messages instead. Go to Messages, select a conversation, tap and hold on a chat bubble; tap More and select the messages you want to delete. Once selected, tap the trashcan icon on the left-hand side. Tap Delete Messages.