Dec
17
2014

 

Before you sell your iPhone

 

 

Before you give away or sell your iPhone, get it to its factory default state for the new owner. Remove all your personal data and any valuable information in order to protect your privacy. Here is how you should proceed:

Back up your device.

Sign out of iCloud. To achieve this, tap Settings > iCloud. Scroll down, then tap Sign Out (in iOS 7 or earlier iOS, tap Delete Account). Tap Sign Out again, tap Delete from My iPhone and enter your password. Go to Settings > General > Reset, then tap Erase All Content and Settings. This procedure will erase your device, including any credit or debit cards you added for Apple Pay.  All photos, music, contacts, apps will be also deleted. iCloud, iMessage, Game Center, FaceTime and other services will be turn off. Thus your iPhone will be completely erased and removed from your account so that the next owner can activate it.

Keep in mind that your content won’t be deleted from iCloud when you erase your device.

If you are not using a SIM-card, you should contact your carrier for guidance on transferring service to the new owner. When the new owner of the iPhone turns on the device for the first time, Setup Assistant will offer its services and guide them through the setup process.

If you didn’t follow the steps above before selling or giving away your iPhone, ask the new owner to erase all content and settings as described above. However, if you’re using iCloud and Find My iPhone on the device, you can erase the device remotely by signing in to icloud.com/find, selecting the device, and clicking Erase. When the device has been erased, click Remove from Account. After you erase the device, you’ll need to wait 24 hours before you can activate iMessage on your new device.

Important note: deleting documents, contacts, reminders, documents, photo streams, or any other iCloud data while signed in to your iCloud account will lead to the removal of all this content from the iCloud servers and from all of your devices that are signed in to iCloud.

If you’re using Apple Pay, you can remove your credit or debit cards at iCloud.com: choose Settings to see which devices are using Apple Pay, then click your device and click Remove next to Apple Pay.

If you’re unable to erase your iPhone, change your Apple ID password. Changing the password won’t remove any personal information that is cached on the device, but the new owner won’t be able to delete your information from iCloud.

 

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Dec
16
2014
The Uber’s mobile app
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The Uber’s mobile app

 

 

Uber is a private held company and ride sharing service founded in 2009, which operates throughout the world. This company uses a smartphone application to receive requests for a ride. The Uber’s mobile app – for both iPhones and Android phones – was launched in 2010. This app allows dispatching requested trips out to Uber’s drivers. On their hand, customers use the app to track their reserved vehicle’s location. The UberX program includes any qualified driver with an acceptable vehicle. In fact, Uber can offer lower fees, so the service became extremely competitive with traditional taxi services, expanding Uber’s appeal to a broader cross-section of the market.

The service is available in dozens of countries and hundreds of cities worldwide.

Since its beginnings the company has met with protests from taxi drivers and taxi companies who state that ride-sharing companies are illegal taxicab operations that compromise passenger safety and are engaged in unfair practices.

A taxi license or a taximeter are not requirements for Uber’s drivers. All payments are made through the Uber’s mobile app. The pricing is similar to metered taxis, although all hiring and payment is handled exclusively through Uber and not with the driver personally. During high demand times such as Halloween, New Year’s Eve, or severe inclement weather, Uber increases its prices to “surge price” levels, attracting more drivers.

In 2013, USA Today named Uber its tech company of the year. Today the company faces competition from lower-cost real-time ride sharing startups such as Lyft, Sidecar and Haxi. To compete at lower price levels, Uber has introduced UberTaxi – partnerships with local taxi commissions – and UberX – non-luxury cars such as Toyota Prius hybrids programs.  Let’s remind you that Uber’s mobile app can be used on both iPhones and Android phones.

 

 

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Dec
15
2014

 

Prepare an iPhone for Sale the Right Way

 

 

Many iPhone owners think about upgrading and selling their devices to jump to new models. Before trading your iPhone trading in the market, regardless of whether you are selling it on eBay, Craigslist and so on or just giving it away to a family member, always be sure to prepare your smartphone for sale the right way.

You should back it up, clear out all of your data, and deactivate the device from your cell service provider.

To prepare an iPhone for resale:

Back it up twice, to iTunes & iCloud: Take the time to back up the device beforehand. With backups in place you will be able to upgrade to a new iPhone easily by picking up exactly where you left off, with settings, apps and all. Many experts recommend making a double backup, one stored locally on a computer, and another stored in iCloud. This procedure guarantees that you will have an accessible backup available when your iPhone arrives. You specify a backup to restore to and you’ll be on your way with all your settings, apps and all o the new device.

To back up locally to the computer: Connect the iPhone to a computer and launch iTunes, select the iPhone – Backups – This Computer – click Back Up Now.

To complete the second backup, from the iPhone itself, open Settings and go to iCloud. Go to Storage & Backup, tap Back Up Now.

Disable iMessage: Disabling iMessage insures that the number won’t accidentally get inbound iMessages aimed at you after it changes ownership.

To disable iMessage, open Settings,  go to Messages. Flip the switch for iMessage to OFF

Unregister the iPhone with Apple: Unregistering your smarthphone removes it from your associating with your Apple ID.

Log into Apple support with your Apple ID. Select the iPhone from the list of devices, choose Unregister and confirm that you want to unregister your iPhone with your Apple account.

Unlock the iPhone to Boost Resale Value: If you have an AT&T iPhone, request a carrier unlock. The reason to bother is that it increases the value of the iPhone, because once unlocked it can be used on alternate GSM carriers throughout USA and throughout the world.

You will need to contact your carrier directly to inquire about its unlock.

Anyway, unlocking a device is most valuable for resale on the private market, it may be unnecessary if you intend on trading the iPhone in to Apple or another reseller service.

Remove the SIM Card / Deactivate the iPhone:  Deactivating the device prevents the iPhone from making and receiving calls or transferring data. But remember that you do not want deactivate the cellular account, and instead only the device itself (otherwise you may lose your phone number).

Erase the iPhone & Reset to Factory Defaults: Only do this after you have made a backup, otherwise you will lose everything you once had on the iPhone itself.  Launch Settings and go to General, scroll to the bottom and choose Reset. Select Erase All Content And Settings, and confirm the reset by selecting Erase iPhone.

Your iPhone is now ready to go!

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Dec
14
2014
iPhone: A Silent Partner
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phone is silent parnter

 

 

Or how to be confident in yourself while talking over a phone

There is nothing more compelling than confidence. Confidence and self-belief can get you anywhere, because it`s much easier when you feel good about your talents, your abilities, about yourself. What convinces is conviction and you have to believe in you. If you don’t, you’re as good as nothing. Your vis-à-vis will sense that something isn’t there, on the other side of the phone.

There is no substitute for genuine self-belief. But getting into confidence and self-belief is a daily process, because it is a myth that most people are always confident. Confidence is not something you are born without or with. Generally, people feel self-assured in some situations and not in others (for example, if you are confident arranging a job interview over the iPhone, you may be very nervous when asking someone on a date). Thus the essential step in achieving a success in your life is developing confidence and self-belief, and you can develop and nurture it through the right mind-set!

It is not a simple task, as you develop self-belief and confidence by identifying your qualities, your values, your targets and so on.

While talking over a phone, you can practice the following exercises which will help you:

1.Take a iPhone, don’t turn it on! Close your eyes and imagine that you are a nicest and happiest person in the world. Your family is perfect, your health is excellent, your career is going very well. You are truly successful and happy. And you are quite confident in yourself.

2.Think about what people would say that will make you happy and just imagine that they are saying it, forget that your device is silent and disconnected.

3.Explain to your invisible vis-à-vis why you are happy (from wealth, from your relationship with your family and fellow employees, from fame, etc.). Tell him about everything you have achieved. Do it in a secure, impressive and self-confident voice.

4.Ask your opponent to contradict you and listen very carefully to what he is saying, even though you are talking to a “meant”. But this will help you understand where you are and what you want to attain.

Do this exercise twice a day, for about 10 minutes each time. It is not as simple as that. But this practice will show you what is important. It will shape your behavior and help you  understand where you are going and realize what obstacles you’ll have to overcome to attain your goals.

NB – Well, you might decide not to sell your old iPhone after all, and just use it for this exercise, which you can do everywhere at any moment, but remember, the device must be real even if your imaginary friend is not!

If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves (Thomas A. Edison)

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Dec
13
2014
Reinstall OS X Mavericks
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Reinstall OS X Mavericks

 

 

Sometimes you may want to erase some or all files from the hard drive of your Mac. To erase your Mac computer and reinstall OS X Mavericks on your Mac, you can use the built-in recovery disk. Your files and your user settings will not be lost. To reinstall OS X, you must be connected to the Internet.

Before you erase your computer, back up your data or at least all essential files using Time Machine or other backup methods for OS X Mavericks or Mountain Lion. If you’re installing OS X Maverick on a portable computer, make sure your power adapter is plugged in.

First, choose Apple menu > Restart. Once your computer restarts and the gray screen appears, hold down the Command () and R keys.  If you’re not connected to the Internet, choose a network from the Wi-Fi menu, in the top-right corner of the screen.

Next, select Disk Utility and click Continue. Select your start-up disk on the left. Click the Erase tab.

Choose Mac OS Extended (Journaled) from the Format menu, enter a name,click Erase. After the disk is erased, choose Disk Utility > Quit Disk Utility.

Select Reinstall OS X, click Continue and follow the onscreen instructions. In the pane where you select a disk, select your current OS X disk – note than in most cases, it’s the only one available.

If you erase all the data before you sell your Mac or give it away, after you erase all data, reformat your hard drive and reinstall OS X, your Mac will restart to a Welcome screen and ask you to choose a country or region.  Don’t continue with the setup of your system. Instead, press Command-Q to shut down the computer. The Setup Assistant will guide the new owner through the setup process as soon as he or she turns on their new device.

 

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Dec
12
2014
Mac Pro
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Mac Pro

 

 

The new Mac Pro looks unlike any other computer. By rethinking the architecture of its internal components, Apple had the chance to rethink the entire enclosure. And since everything centres around a unified thermal core, the company was free to design a much leaner, lighter, quieter and far more streamlined structure. The unique design and beautiful finishes of the Mac Pro are executed to an extraordinary degree of precision. And at just 25.1 cm tall with a diameter of just 16.7 cm, it’s a pro desktop computer that can actually sit on your desk.

The Mac Pro line is a series of Intel Xeon–based workstation and server computers. In most configurations, as well as in terms of speed and performance, Mac Pro is the most powerful computer that Apple offers. The Mac Pro delivers state-of-the-art performance across the board. The computer is engineered around workstation graphics with dual GPUs, PCIe-based flash storage, high-performance Thunderbolt 2, new-generation Xeon processors, ultrafast memory and support for 4K video.

Every component is optimized for performance. It supports up to 64GB of memory and delivers up to 60GB/s of memory bandwidth. A four-channel DDR3 memory controller runs at 1866MHz which means you can fly through even the most compute-intensive tasks in no time.

The first generation of Mac Pro has a rectangular tower case which outwardly resembles the last version of the Power Mac G5, and has similar expansion capabilities.

The new Mac Pro packs an unprecedented amount of power in an unthinkable amount of space, because the ingenious unified thermal core. Rather than using multiple heat sinks and fans to cool the processor and graphics cards, everything is built around a single piece of extruded aluminum designed to maximize airflow as well as thermal capacity. It works by conducting heat away from the CPU and GPUs and distributing that heat uniformly across the core. That way, if one processor isn’t working as hard as the others, the extra thermal capacity can be shared efficiently among them. No computer has been built this way before. Thus Apple positions itself as a leader in non-linear digital editing for high-definition video, which demands storage and memory far in excess of a general desktop machine.

Mac Pro is equipped with all kinds of connections for all kinds of peripherals. USB 3 gives the versatility to hook up dozens of different types of external devices. Two Gigabit Ethernet ports let user connect to multiple networks. And an HDMI 1.4 port provides support for the latest televisions, projectors and displays, including Ultra HD TVs. As you rotate Mac Pro to plug in a device, it senses the movement and automatically illuminates the I/O panel.

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Dec
11
2014
Recovery Disk Assistant
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Recovery Disk Assistant

 

 

 

If you want to protect your Mac using OS X Lion or OS X Mountain Lion, the Recovery Disk Assistant creates a Recovery System on an external drive. This system has the same capabilities as the built-in Recovery System of your computer.

With a Recovery System created by the Recovery Disk Assistant on an external drive, user can repair the disk using Disk Utility, reinstall OS X, restore the system from a Time Machine backup. User can also browse the web with Safari.

If you cannot start your Mac with the built-in Recovery System, you can use then the external drive. You can use this Recovery System in the event you have replaced the hard drive, and a new one does not have OS X installed.

Requirements: Mac using OS X Lion or Mountain Lion with an Recovery System on its start-up volume; an external USB hard drive or thumb drive; at least 1GB of free space on your external drive.

Note than owners of a newer Mac can use Internet Recovery to start up from an Internet-based version of the Recovery System. This method can be more convenient than using this utility. Users can also create a bootable OS X installer in OS X Mavericks or OS X Yosemite.

Note also that the Recovery Disk Assistant will erase all data on the external drive which you use to create the Recovery Disk. If you need that date, you should either backup it before running the Recovery Disk Assistant, or create a new partition on the external drive you have selected for a Recovery System (to create a new partition on the external disk, open Disk Utility, located in the Utilities folder in Launchpad; select the drive on which you would like to install the Recovery System and add a partition at least 1 GB in size; click Options and make sure GUID Partition Table is selected; make sure the format for the partition is Mac OS Extended (Journaled) and click Apply. Now ppen Recovery Disk Assistant and follow the on screen instructions to create a Recovery System on the external drive.

To access the external Recovery Disk, connect the drive, restart your MAC and hold the Option key. Select your external drive from Startup Manager.

The external recovery drive you create with this utility should only be used with the computer using OS X Lion or OS X Mountain Lion. Other Mac models may not be able to start from this recovery drive. If your system was upgraded using the OS X Lion or OS X Mountain Lion installer purchased from the App Store, the external recovery drive can be used with other similarly-upgraded systems.

 

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Dec
10
2014
Sway
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Sway

 

 

Sway is an app which allows users to express their ideas across their electronic devices, helping them to shape the future.

Thanks to Sway, users save time and stop switching between different apps to pull together their content. Consumers can use Sway to easily create and share a web-based canvas of their ideas with fellow colleagues, friends, family and so on.

Sway App incorporates machine-learning intelligence and is seamlessly integrated with OneDrive, devices, social networks and the Web, so any user can drag and drop his content right onto his canvas. The built-in design engine takes the hassle out of formatting various pieces of content by integrating them into a cohesive layout. From there, it is easy to adjust the design to create a look and feel that reflects a unique style of any author. The app makes sure a creation looks great on any screen.

In its most basic form, Sway allows anyone to create a beautiful website from just images and text without any effort, and it’s all what you see is what you get a modern and simple version of FrontPage.  Microsoft is using the company’s powerful Azure cloud servers to suggest page layouts and quickly render content on the fly.

Sway will format text and pictures in a way that its algorithm feels is appropriate, even picking colors from photos to apply to the site.

Microsoft execs are touting Microsoft’s new Sway aggregation and presentation app as an example of the way the company is expanding the definition of productivity.

Microsoft launched Sway in preview on October 1, 2014, as the first new product joining the Microsoft Office product family in years. The premise of this app is simple: users create presentations for the Web using text, pictures, and videos, regardless of what device they’re using. The Sway preview debuted for Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. Microsoft promised an iOS app would arrive next, followed by Android and Windows Phone versions.

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Dec
9
2014
Activation Lock
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Activation Lock

 

 

Activation Lock is enabled when you turn on Find My iPhone on a device using iOS7 or later. This app has been designed to prevent anyone else from using your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch if it’s ever lost or stolen.

With Find My iPhone Activation Lock, you’ll need your Apple ID and password before anyone can turn off Find My iPhone on your device, erase your device, reactivate and use iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

This feature helps keep your device secure, even if it’s in the wrong hands. It also can improve your chances of recovering the lost or stolen device, because even if you erase it remotely, Activation Lock can continue to deter anyone from reactivating your device without your permission. All you need to do is remember your Apple ID and password and keep Find My iPhone turned on.

Find My iPhone Activation Lock works as follows: when you enable Find My iPhone, your Apple ID is securely stored on Apple’s activation servers. It is linked to your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. From that point on, anyone who’d like to turn off Find My iPhone on your device, erase it, reactivate and use your device, will need a password. Activation Lock is enabled automatically on a device using iOS 7 or later.

To turn on Find My iPhone: Tap Settings – Tap iCloud – Sign in with your Apple ID, if necessary – Turn on Find My iPhone.

If you ever misplace your device or if you think it may have been stolen, you should put it into Lost Mode immediately using Find My iPhone. Lost Mode locks the screen of your device with a four-digit passcode and lets you display a custom message with your phone number to help you get it back. You can remotely erase your device if needed, but this message will continue to display even after the device is erased.

Activation Lock works in the background to make it more difficult for someone to use or sell your missing device. Lost Mode indicates to anyone who finds your device that it still belongs to you and can’t be reactivated without your password. To put iPhone, iPad or iPod touch into Lost Mode, sign in to icloud.com/find from a Mac or PC or use the Find My iPhone iOS app.

Don`t forget to turn off Find My iPhone before giving away your device to someone else. Doing so, you’ll ensure that the other person will be able to activate and use the device normally.  To turn off Find My iPhone, and remove the device from your iCloud account, go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings.

Activation Lock works only with iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch devices using iOS 7 or later.

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Dec
8
2014
Office Delve App
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Office Delve is an app

Office Delve App

 

 

Office Delve is an app that is part of Microsoft’s productivity generation, produced by Microsoft’s Applications and Services Group (ASG). It is the part of the company leading the so-called “Digital Life + Work” charge in order to help people be more productive. Indeed, new devices, new apps and new services are created regularly and Microsoft rethinks its tools in answer to the constant changes in technology.

Delve is part of the Microsoft Office 365. With Delve, for office workers, the gruesome task of looking through a long list of email for a particular document will be made much easier, as this app pulls together all relevant and interesting documents to a particular user. This app works hand in hand with Lync, Sharepoint and Yammer. It accumulates information and gathers documents that consumers need to interact with co-workers in a more efficient manner.

The more a group of fellow employees work together, by viewing, editing and sharing each other’s documents, the more useful Delve will be for all of them. The app learns from how a team works. It tailors the information to each of its members, but what one person sees in his views in Delve is different from what his colleagues see in theirs.

Office Delve never changes any permissions, so any user only sees documents that he or she already have access to. Thus other people can’t see private documents belonging to their colleagues, for example documents that a particular user stores in private folders in OneDrive for Business.

Two other new Microsoft apps are Sway, is a lightweight content creation platform and Revolve, anapp for Windows phones which combines aspects of a calendar and contact manager. It has been designed o helps users by presenting information about meeting schedules (Revolve collects data from different sources).

 

 

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