How To Change The Country Or Region For Your Apple ID

An Apple ID is region specific. It works only for the regional/country store it was created for. The App Store apps on both iOS devices and Macs detect which store an Apple ID was created for and switch you to it. The point is to control the geographical distribution of apps. For example, Pokèmon Go was initially only available in the US App Store. Users residing outside the US had to create a new Apple ID for the US store (if they didn't already have one) to download it. This works fine if you don't mind having multiple Apple IDs and if you don't intent to make an purchases in the App Store. If instead you'd like to change the country or region for your Apple ID instead of creating a new one, there's a pretty simple way to do just that. Be warned that this will require a credit card that works in the country/region you want to switch to.Read More

Get An Alert When AirPods Are In Stock At Your Nearest Apple Store

Apple has finally released its wireless earbuds; AirPods. The AirPods were a great joke up until they were actually released but Apple is having the last laugh by limiting their availability. Within seconds of the AirPods becoming available, their delivery times went up. It can now take a whole month for your AirPods arrive, maybe even longer. Most stores you visit will not have them in stock, or they might be bought before you get to the store or are able to reserve them. Is In Stock is a little web app that lets you sign up for when AirPod are back in stock. You can pick the store you want to buy them from and get an email alert when the store has them in stock.Read More

Check Which iOS Device Is Compatible With The New AirPods

Apple's September event has come and gone with the announcement of the new iPhone 7. The latest iPhone certainly has quite a few impressive features but people can't seem to stop talking about the Apple's other newest product; the AirPods. AirPods are being hailed as both an incredibly innovative and bold step to redefine technology, and as a completely idiotic move. The AirPods look pretty cool but are small and very easy to lose. People might actually prefer untangling their headphones over losing the new $159 pair of AirPods which have to be bought separately. During the keynote, the technology that went into developing this new accessory was also mentioned and that raises the question of compatibility. Which iOS devices can actually support the new AirPods?Read More

How To Stop Apple Software Update From Popping Up All The Time [Windows]

As a long time iPhone and Windows user, the only Apple app I've ever downloaded is iTunes and that too because there is no other way for me to add music to my phone. Unfortunately, Apple makes it a point to push the iCloud desktop app and QuickTime on to Windows users through the Apple Software Update app that anyone running iTunes is stuck with. The app pops up regularly telling you that updates are available and you can download these two apps. If you want to stick to just using iTunes and want Apple Software Update to stop badgering here's how you can make it stop.Read More

Price & Specs For The New iPhone SE & 9.7 Inch iPad Pro

Apple's March 2016 event has just concluded and just about everything from Apple TV to the iPhone will see either an update or a new device added to the existing lineup. To get right to the point, iOS 9.3 will be released today and it features the much awaited Night Shift feature as well as the ability to have password protected notes in the Notes app. Apple TV will also receive an update that brings Siri integration among other things. The major product highlights though are the new 4 inch iPhone SE, the 9.7 inch iPad Pro and the serious price reduction of the Apple Watch that is now available starting $299. Here's the complete price range and specifications of the iPhone SE and 9.7 inch iPad Pro. Preorders start March 24, 2016 and begin shipping March 31, 2016Read More

How To Turn Off The Apple Music Splash Screen In The Music App [iOS]

Apple Music is a subscription based music service that, because it's from Apple, is forced on to you when you open the Music app on your iOS device. When the service first debuted, users were offered a three month trial even if the service wasn't available in their region. You could of course dismiss it and proceed to your music library. The screen continues to appear each time you launch the app and many times, it's gotten stuck on my device. I've had to turn my WiFi off, quit and relaunch the Music app just to get to my music until I found the Off switch. If the splash screen is a source of annoyance for you, here's how you can disable it.Read More

Apple September 2015 Event All Device Specs & Pricing

The Apple Event has just ended (just the music part left now) and that pencil got me drooling. A larger iPad has indeed been announced and it comes with lots of improvements. There's Apple TV with Siri now integrated in it. The App Store can now be accessed from Apple TV and then there's a Smart Keyboard that you can hook up to the new iPad Pro. Here's a brief look at the devices announced today complete with price and specs.Read More

How To Watch The September 2015 Apple Event Online

Apple September 9, 2015 event where the next iPhone and iPad models will be announced is only hours away. Apple invites the media to witness and report the event live but it also lets anyone who's interested in viewing the event and owns an Apple device to watch it live. Here's where you can watch the event live and which devices you can watch it from.Read More

Can’t Receive Messages After Switching From iPhone To Android? Now There’s An Official Fix From Apple

Apple is known to poach Android users, and when someone decides to switch from an iPhone to an Android phone people are more than just curious as to why anyone would make a decision like that. Whatever the reason to switch may be, anyone who previously went from an iOS device to an Android device or Windows Phone would have experienced a delay or a complete failure to receive messages sent by iPhone using friends. Try as one might, they just couldn't get iMessages or even regular texts to find their way to the new Android phone. This happens when you don't disconnect iMessages from your  phone number. You may have removed your Apple ID from a device but iMessages is a service that must be turned off and simply removing your Apple ID from a device just doesn't cut it. Unfortunately, not a lot of people will know this until it is too late. This very issue got a significant amount of attention in the blogsphere earlier this year, and Apple has just released a tool to let you deactivate iMessages from any browser using your Apple ID.Read More

Flagship Android, iOS & Windows Phone Smartphones: Specs Comparison

With each passing year, the number of smartphones that hit the market keeps rising, even as the brutal tech market forces certain manufacturers to throw in the towel. While the head honchos of the market dish it out, constantly trying to one-up each other in the hardware specifications race, the consumers find themselves spoiled for choice. Low-end and mid-range devices might satisfy the regular user, but a technology enthusiast will seldom settle for anything but the best an OEM or developer has to offer. The list of choices for the latter is only relatively short, the key word here being 'relatively'. One would still have to skim through a lot of specs sheets and device reviews to make an informed decision. To make the first part easier for you, we're going to be compiling and comparing the specifications of current flagship Android, iOS and Windows Phone smartphones from major manufacturers and developers right here.  Read More

Could Interface Get In The Way Of An App Submission Being Approved By Apple? [Case Study]

When it comes to what apps make their way into the iTunes App Store, Apple’s policies are rather ambiguous, at best. Developer forums across the internet are riddled with complaints of app rejections, despite a lot of otherwise-similar submissions making it past the Cupertino giant’s scrutiny. There have been fiascos like the infamous I Am Rich app, an insanely-expensive and ridiculous app that just splashed a fancy icon on your device’s screen, telling the world that you’re rich (the app was priced at a mind-boggling $1,000!), and had no other function or use whatsoever. Then, a simply Google search for App Store rejections would provide you enough tips on what to do and what not, to get your app past Apple’s strict and inconsistent regulations. This article, however, is neither aimed at making you an app submission champion, nor will it point out the flaws in Apple’s policies. This here is a case study into a certain variety of apps that got approved after several rejections, which our friends over at Sparkling Apps were kind enough to share with us, and anyone who’d benefit from this knowledge.Read More

[Giveaway] Defense zone HD Is A Stunning, Challenging 2D Tower Defense Game For iPhone & iPad

Tower defense games never get old. With an abundant choice of such time-wasters available for iOS devices, there are a few that manage to stand out from the rest and demand respect. Defense zone HD comes as a fresh breeze for the tower defense genre, with a very simple gameplay and controls that one grows to understand in a few minutes. With graphics and animations worth awing at, and destruction satisfaction at its best, Defense zone will keep you occupied for hours as it begins challenging your strategies moving through the levels. The difficulty, unless you play with the it set to Easy, will mess with your head, enough to make you want to strangle someone. More about the game after the break.Read More

Convert Videos To A Format & Resolution Supported By Your Apple Or Android Device

Gone are the days when there was only a single CD or DVD player in the house, which allowed you to watch movies on TV. Today, almost everyone has their own portable device which can play movies, songs, open documents and do pretty much everything. However there’s a catch; all the devices have their own video format that can be played. The world famous Apple & Android devices also have certain limitations when it comes to playing videos. Apple devices require different formats and resolutions for each device, while the Android devices have different screen sizes and supported resolutions. Today, we are reviewing two applications from the same developer, called Apple Video Converter Box and Android Video Converter Box, which allow you to easily convert video files to Apple and Android specific formats and resolutions in a quick way. Read on to find out how to use Apple Video Converter Box and Android Video Converter Box.Read More

Speaktoit Assistant: Worthy Siri Alternative For Android, Now Available On iOS

The iPhone 4S’ most advertised, and arguably most distinguishing, feature was Siri – the virtual personal assistant that you’d have either come to love or hate, if you’ve been interacting with her. Despite the beta tag that Siri carries, it works pretty smooth, and has been a cause of envy for most iOS users that didn’t have the iPhone 4S. On the jailbreak front, solutions like Spire Siri port piqued a lot of interest, but they remain heavily dependent on a lot of features (jailbroken device, for one, and working iPhone 4S keys for another). Then there have been apps like Dragon Dictation and Dragon Go!, but none really compared to Siri when it came to ease of use. Speaktoit Assistant, however, looks at changing that, and for good. Details past the break.Read More

iOS 5 Untethered Jailbreak Demo Released [Video]

iOS 5.0 untethered jailbreak demo video has spread like wildfire on the Internet! iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users are all gripped in excitement since renowned hacker and developer pod2G released a video of what seems to be the iPod 3G running iOS 5.0 jailbroken, but unthered. Now what is even more awesome, is the recent tweet by pod2G, that the very jailbreak demonstrated in the video, will actually work for iOS 5.0.1 as well. This has to be a huge relief for people who had updated to iOS 5.0.1, only to hear news that they might not be able to jailbreak their devices because the untethered jailbreak we all have been looking forward to, will work only on the iOS 5.0. Phew! Glad that scare is over.Read More

Change Notification Center Color In iOS 5 [Winterboard Theme]

It is quite amazing to see that with the potential that the new Notification Center in iOS 5 has, Apple left it all dull and simple aesthetically. Earlier we covered a post on enabling transparency in the Notification Center with the help of a Cydia tweak and today, we are bringing you a theme for it, but this time the aim is to change the color of the Notification Center while retaining the fabric like texture on it as well. Enter ColorNotificationCenter, the theme that brings you a set of 5 colors to choose from for your iOS 5 Notification Center. Read on for screenshots of all the colors available, download link and installation instructions.Read More

Enable Smooth Cover Flow Scroll In iOS 5 [Cydia Tweak]

If you followed the news around the time the first iPhone was about to be launched, and the hype that surrounded it owing to some truly revolutionizing features, you would have most definitely awed at the sight of the beautiful cover flow feature in the Music app that apple provided for it’s first iOS version. Cover flow, was and still is, one eye candy feature that, to be honest, is not really that practical. However, that’s just one man’s opinion. So we’re into the iPhone 4S and looking at iOS 5, but for some odd reason, where the OS and hardware have been upgraded to an awesome level, the Cover Flow is still as choppy as it used to be. Well, if your iDevice is running iOS 5 and jailbroken, you can now remove that choppiness with the help of SmoothCoverFlow, a subtle yet effective Cydia tweak.

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Disable Passcode Lock When On Wi-Fi For iPhone, iPod Touch & iPad

If you ever wished that your iDevice was smart enough to disable passcode once you get home, or say are amongst trusted friends, your iDevice might just be able to pull that off thanks to a clever Cydia tweak called, CleverPin. Now before we go all praise on this tweak, you should know that this tweak costs you a minor $1.99. However, that being said, with the purpose and functionality in mind, and the fact that we found no alternative for this tweak, some people might gladly pay for this tweak. Why? The tweak allows you to define the Networks, connecting to which, the tweak disables the passcode. While that alone is impressive, the tweak has a few other tricks up its sleeve as well.Read More

Enable Semi Transparent Notification Center On iOS 5 [Cydia Tweak]

We all love the new Notification Center in iOS 5, but it surely feels like Apple could have done a a lot more with this feature than it actually had. It is no surprise, that Cydia is becoming populated with all kind of tweaks for the Notification Center on jailbroken iOS 5 devices. One such recent tweak to hit Cydia, is BlurriedNCBackground. Judging by the name initially we thought it might actually allow the users to use a custom wallpaper on the Notifcation Center, but when we installed the tweak it came out something entirely different but yet very awesome. This tweak will give your Notification Center a hint of transparency and whatever screen you’re on, would be shown as the background but blurred to keep the Notification Center well focused.

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