Passwords The greatest attribute to Keychain Access is the storage of passwords. … Read more
It's easy to get songs on to an iPhone; it's notoriously hard to get them off. Whenever you plug someone else's iPhone or iPod into a computer, iTunes wants to erase everything on that player. Here's an easy way to get your songs and videos off your iPhone.
Thanks to Alan for sending along a link to Pod to PC. It's free software that allows you to take the files off your iPhone without messing with iTunes. You can download the software from CNET's Download.com.
Once you have it installed, launch the program. … Read more
As you probably know, the iPhone attempts to auto-correct as you type. If you key in "blogget," for example, it'll automatically replace it with "blogger" when you hit the space bar. But did you know the iPhone can compensate for missing punctuation as well?
Try it. Type "can't" without the apostrophe (and then hit Space). Presto: the iPhone fills it in for you. Same goes for words like "don't," "isn't," and "you're."
What this means is you can tap along without switching to … Read more
By default, every e-mail you send from your iPhone includes the same signature: "Sent from my iPhone."
Nice as it is to crow about your hip, trendy choice of communicator, you might want to consider something different. For example, maybe you don't want the boss to know you're out and about instead of slaving away at your desk. Or maybe you feel the sig needs a dose of your sparkling wit.
Whatever the case, it's easy to change your e-mail signature. Tap the Settings icon, then tap Mail, Contacts, Calendars. Scroll down until you find … Read more
This how-to for Mac users will help you get a little bit more out of the apps you've purchased for your iPhone or iPod Touch. We'll look at exploring what Apple calls "application bundles," showing you how to extract content from them for your personal use.
You could use the media in personal projects, school projects (such as essays), your personal blog where you review apps, or possibly to make ringtones for your iPhone. (Keep in mind, however, that media you find may or may not be copyrighted. Make sure to follow copyright laws for your … Read more
Updated April 3, 2009 at 11:00 am PT with more questions and answers.
I'm going to answer some of the most frequently asked ones here, but if you've got more, you know what to do. Put 'em in the comments.
First of all, some context. Skype for iPhone is a voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP, communications application that lets you chat with other Skype members for free, plus call landlines and mobile phones when you buy Skype Out credit. It is available in every country in which the App Store can be found, and it has already made a splash in the United States, Japan, and Europe.
Apple requires Skype and other voice applications to use Wi-Fi to place iPhone calls, not the hardware phone. Now without further ado:
1. If you've already got an iPhone, what's the point of having another calling application?
At least at first, Skype was primarily used to place international calls for free to other Skype users, or to landlines at a reduced rate on par with a calling card, for example. If you've got family and friends living abroad, the application's potential is a no-brainer.
Sure, you might not need to use Skype if everyone you know and love lives within a 500-mile radius of you. Yet users have already chimed in with examples of domestic uses, like if your home has a weak cellular signal but strong Wi-Fi; or if you eat through your free-talk minutes, a low-rate VoIP service like Skype will cost you less than the carrier's charge for each minute you go over your plan.
Also, don't forget that iPod Touch owners can use Skype and other VoIP applications (like Truphone and Fring) to make calls, even though the iPod has no telephone hardware--you just need earphones equipped with a mic.
2. If you're on the road, you still can't use your iPhone to make free calls with Skype, unless you can track down a Wi-Fi connection somewhere.
If you're in the United States, AT&T allows iPhone users free access to AT&T hot spots without incurring extra charges, though if you're attempting a call, you might not want to start it in the middle of Starbucks.
Also, even when you've got a laptop or desktop handy, and could use VoIP on the desktop, a calling client on the mobile phone gives you the freedom to wander. You won't be able to see your pals with the Webcam from the iPhone, though, so there is a trade-off.… Read more
This is a start-to-finish guide for creating iPhone ringtones using GarageBand on your Mac. To prepare for this tutorial, find a couple of songs you enjoy from your iTunes Library. You will be pulling your favorite 30 seconds from them to create your ringtone. These steps were created using a MacBook Pro running Mac OS X 10.5.6, iTunes 8.1, iLife '09, and an original iPhone running iPhone OS 2.2.1.
To create your ringtone:1. Open GarageBand and create a new iPhone Ringtone "Example Ringtone" project from the template chooser window. Name and save … Read more
One of the most important sets of information on your iPhone is your contacts. Many users have been faced with an issue when trying to sync their iPhone contacts with their computers. If you've entered your contact information on your iPhone first (not on your computer) and would now like to retrieve those contacts for your computer, CNET's MacFixIt has a how-to to help you. (Make sure to read the entire post before attempting.)
To Sync your iPhone contacts from your iPhone to your computer visit CNET's MacFixit.com.
For the past week, I've been able to play with the beta version on the new iPhone OS 3.0. As you probably know, the 3.0 update brings a long list of features to the iPhone including multimedia messaging, cut and paste and a landscape keyboard. As I said last week, iPhone 3.0 has more many more hits than misses, particularly since it finally adds some very basic features that almost every other cell phone has.
Since this is a beta version, I'm not going to get hung up on the obvious bugs. Yes, my iPhone is much slower, and it has a tendency to crash more often, but such problems are to be expected on an OS that's not quite ready for the real world. Instead, I will tell you about my general experience form a usability standpoint.
Cut, cop and paste This is just as Apple execs described at the OS 3.0 announcement. Just double tap a selection to get the cut/copy/paste commands to appear. You then can change the highlighted area by dragging the blue "grab points" around the page. Once you get to your pasting area, just tap the screen again and select the "paste" button. I like the "shake to undo" option, as well. There's just one caveat: at present it seems to be working for notes only.
Landscape keyboard This is one of those "careful what you wish for" situations. After haranguing Apple over the past twenty months to give us a landscape keyboard for texting, notes and e-mail, I have to admit that it does take some acclimation now that I have it. Though the landscape keyboard is much wider with larger buttons, it's also a lot shorter. It did take me a couple of days to get the hang of it. Don't think that I'm not complaining, though, as it's quite the opposite. I love… Read more
The iTunes App Store has been around for eight months and now lists more than 25,000 apps. If you're like me, you've probably purchased a dozen or more of these apps and hopefully, you're backing up your computer regularly to protect your purchases.
But backups only work if you know how to use them to restore lost data. Frequently, the iPhone and iPod Touch require complicated restores and multiple layers of backup; this how-to will show you how to conquer the restore beast.
Step 1: Reinstall your apps in iTunes
A friend recently experienced a power … Read more