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CCBackground updated for iOS 8, allows you to customize the background of Control Center

If you were jailbroken on iOS 7, then you may have heard of a tweak called CCBackground. If you were a fan of this tweak or you’ve never heard of it, then keep on reading. CCBackground has been updated for iOS 8 and allows you to customize the background of your Control Center. Let’s go ahead and check it out.

To begin with, this is a free tweak so trying it out won’t cost you anything. Once you install it, it’s really simple to set up. Just go into your settings, make sure that it is enabled and then tap on “Select Image”. This will bring you to all of your albums that you have on your device. You can then choose which image you want to be set as your background on your Control Center.

Once you’ve selected an image, you can enable the image on the Control Center in landscape mode as well if you’d like just by selecting that option on the settings screen. Now that you’ve set it up the way you’d like, tap on “Done” in the top right hand corner and it will respring your device.

After respringing, you’ll see when you slide up your control center you have a nice and shiny new background. Here’s what mine looks like right now.

Apple and JDI in talks to build a $1.7 billion display factory in Japan

A report from Japanese website nikkan claims that Japan Display — popularly known as JDI — is currently in talks with Apple to help it finance a factory in Ishikawa, central Japan. The factory will be used to manufacture small sized liquid crystal displays, which is currently used by the Cupertino company on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. 
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New leaks further indicate that Samsung Galaxy S6 may look a lot like the iPhone 6

If the sketches and renderings of the Galaxy S6 made by Korean website UnderKG are to be believed, Samsung’s upcoming flagship is going to look a look like the iPhone 6. The sketches and renders are based on the actual dimensions and design cues of the Galaxy S6, which the website received from its sources. 
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Apple enables uploading to iCloud Photo Library in beta site

Apple has just added support for uploading images to the Photos app on the developer beta version of its website.

As noted by MacRumors:

On the iCloud beta site, it’s now possible to upload JPGs, but the site does not currently accept other image and video formats like .PNG, .MOV, .MP4, and more. When a file is uploaded to the site, it syncs instantly to all of a user’s iOS devices, much like a photo taken on an iPhone or iPad or added to iCloud Photo Library via the iOS Photos app.

On the beta site, there’s a new toolbar option for uploading new photos, beside the option for selecting existing photos to download or delete. This upload option is currently unavailable in the public version of the site, but it’s expected to be added after its beta testing period.

Launched alongside iOS 8.1, the Photos app on offers access to a user’s iCloud Photo Library, including photos and videos stored in the cloud and kept up to date across iOS devices. Although still in beta, iCloud Photo Library can be enabled on an iOS device by turning it on in the iCloud section of the Settings app.

Alto’s Adventure should be the next iOS game you buy from the App Store

Snowman, the awesome development team behind Checkmark for iOS, has turned its attention to game development for a new title called Alto’s Adventure. It’s a gorgeous yet simple snowboarding game unlike any other you’ve played, and you’re going to want to get it.
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Smartphones are actually better than most wearables in tracking activities

Many people usually purchase wearables because they are presumably better at tracking activities and step counts than smartphones. As it turns out though, smartphones are as good as dedicated fitness wearables in tracking the steps you walk during the day and other activities you make take part in.
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Apple’s stunning new China store has a floating second floor

Apple has built some beautiful retail stores all around the world, but its latest location in Hangzhou, China, will surely make your jaw drop. At first glance it looks a lot like all the others, but look a little closer and it seems like its second floor is almost floating in mid-air.
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Google app will help you get paid Android apps for free

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Android apps started out a bit shaky, but over the past couple of years the quality of applications in the Google Play app store has improved dramatically — and of course, the new look and feel of “Material Design,” which Google introduced alongsideAndroid 5.0, will help developers improve their apps even more.

While Android users were once able to get along just fine without spending a penny on paid apps for their smartphones and tablets, high-quality Android apps are now definitely worth paying for. But did you know that Google has an app that will help you get awesome paid Android apps for free without any limits?


Google’s “Google Opinion Rewards” app has been around for quite some time now, but it recently popped up in a thread on Reddit so we thought it would be a good time to remind our readers about it. With this awesome official Google app, users are asked to share their opinions in new surveys each week, and are given Google Play credits after completing each survey. Those credits can then be used to download paid apps, movies, music or other content for free.

Here’s the app’s description from the Google Play app store, and a download link can be found at the bottom of this post.
Answer quick surveys and earn Google Play credits with Google Opinion Rewards, an app created by Google Consumer Surveys.

Getting started is easy. Download the app and answer basic questions about yourself. We’ll then send you surveys around once a week, although it may be more or less frequent. You’ll get a notification on your phone when a short and relevant survey is ready for you, and can receive up to $1.00 in Play credits for completing it. Questions can range from, “Which logo is best?” and “Which promotion is most compelling?” to “When do you plan on traveling next?”

Download Google Opinion Rewards

How to customize the On/Off color for toggles on your iPhone with Tintch [Jailbreak Tweak]

One of the best reasons of jailbreaking your iOS 8 device is that you can customize it to a great extent and give it a fresh new look. If you’re fond of customizing your iOS device, you should consider checking out Tintch.
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No iPhone 6 Plus recall, but Apple is making some changes to avoid crashing bug

After a number of 128GB iPhone 6 Plus owners who had installed a large number of apps on their devices complained about unexpected crashes and reboots, a report from South Korea suggested Apple might considering a recall for the device, as the bug might be caused by a certain type of memory modules. The report has been refuted since, with 9to5Mac saying Apple is aware of the limited issue, and Digitimesadding that memory makers said that particular memory isn’t at fault for crashes.

But now, Business Korea said on Friday that Apple is apparently ready to replace that particular memory type (triple-level cell NAND or TLC NAND) from 128GB iPhone 6 Plus and 64GB iPhone 6 units in order to avoid similar issues in the future. Apparently, in addition to some 128GB iPhone 6 Plus owners, some 64GB iPhone 6 buyers have also experienced similar crashes.


Apple is reportedly planning to use multi-level cell NAND in these models, but existing units will supposedly be fixed with the upcoming iOS 8.1.1 update. Apparently, the memory controller IC, which is made by Apple’s Anobit division (a company purchased in 2011), is to blame.

Business Korea further adds that TLC NAND can store more data per cell, but it’s also slower than MLC and SLC (single-level cell), and cheaper, which could be one reason Apple used it in its high-capacity iPhones.

Apple has yet to officially comment on this particular iPhone 6 / iPhone 6 Plus issue.

iFile is now compatible with iOS 8, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

iFile for iOS 8, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

iFile is the best way to browse the entire iOS filesystem on your jailbroken iPhone or iPad, with supports for viewing all file types, including images, documents, plists, and also installing .deb packages.

It has been one of our favorite jailbreak apps of all-time. The good news is that iFile has just been updated for iOS 8-iOS 8.1, and also for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Here’s the complete change log for iFile 2.1.0-1:


Added Hebrew localization.
Added iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus support.
Added icons for iPhone 6 Plus.
During search in file list the search magnifying glass icon gets replaced with an activity indicator.


Fixed problem in not listing some external viewers, e.g. Whatsapp, Dropbox, iMovie etc.
Fixed issue that Bluetooth transfers via GameKit were not working on iOS 7+ anymore.
Fixed issue that stored URL from a 2nd tab will be stored back to 1st tab.
Fixed that status bar was black on black in Audio Player.
Fixed bug in Box SDK that lead to crash on launch on iOS 8.
Updated “Pull down to refresh” arrow with iOS 7 styled one on iOS 7 and later.
Fixed that integer numbers containing a decimal indicator (, or .) got interpreted as floats in Property List Editor number fields.

Here’s a video demo of iFile on iOS 7:

iFile is a full-blown file manager for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, which comes with tons of features such as compressing, deleting, viewing, copying, moving, renaming files and much more.

The update is available for free. If you’ve bought it yet, then it is available on Cydia for $3.99, and comes with a free trial.

Pebble to reportedly unveil a thinner watch with color e-paper-like display and built-in microphone

Earlier today, Pebble updated its website to include a timer to tease the launch of something. Now, according to the sources of 9to5Mac, the cat is out of the bag: Pebble plans to announce an update to its Pebble watch.
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iPhone 6 Plus users consume twice as much data as iPhone 6 owners

Choosing an iPhone 6 Plus over an iPhone 6 could have a big impact on your data consumption, new research has found. Owners of Apple’s larger device tend to use it more like a tablet — watching more video and playing more games — which means they’re eating up their data allowance much faster.
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‘Masque Attack II’ reportedly still bypasses Apple’s prompt for trusting apps

Near the end of 2014, security research firm FireEye found malicious software that it dubbed “Masque Attack,” which could fundamentally bypass the prompt issued by iOS to either trust or not trust some apps. Now, “Masque Attack II” is reportedly causing the same issues.

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Apple Pay Overview

Apple Pay, aka ?Pay, is Apple's new mobile payments service. Like the new Apple Watch Apple has adopted the Apple symbol (?) followed by "Pay" for the service's name, though the company also refers to it as "Apple Pay."

Apple Pay was released to the public through an update to iOS 8.1on Monday, October 20. Apple's retail partners and several of its app partners were ready to go with Apple Pay support on launch day, allowing customers to head right out to try the new service.

Apple Pay is designed to allow iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users in the United States to make payments for goods and services with their iPhones, both in stores and within participating apps, using an NFC chip built into the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus, and the upcoming Apple Watch.

Apple Pay also lets users make one-tap purchases within apps that have adopted the Apple Pay API. Devices capable of using Apple Pay within iOS apps include the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus, the iPad Air 2, and the iPad mini 3. All of these devices contain an NFC controller where the "Secure Element" of Apple Pay is located, keeping customer information secure.

To keep transactions secure, Apple uses a method known as "tokenization," preventing actual credit card numbers from being sent over the air. Apple also secures payments using Touch ID in the iPhone 6 andskin contact with the Apple Watch.


Apple is aiming to replace the wallet with Apple Pay, and the one-step process prevents people from needing to dig through a purse or wallet to find credit cards. As it is built on existing NFC technology, Apple Pay will work anywhere NFC-based contactless payments are accepted.

According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, Apple Pay will "forever change the way all of us buy things," and thus far, Apple Pay has seen some early success, garnering more than 1 million credit and debit card activationsduring the first 72 hours after it was released.

How to use AirDrop to share Photos, Videos and other files between your iPhone, iPad and Mac

AirDrop is a feature in iOS and OS X that lets you share files between devices locally. AirDrop was incompatible across Mac and iOS earlier, but with OS X Yosemite and iOS 8, it works across iOS and Mac, so you’ll be able to transfer files from your iPhone to your Mac, and vice versa.


To transfer files between two Mac computers or a Mac computer and an iOS device, you need one of the Mac models listed below and OS X Lion or later.

  • MacBook Pro (Late 2008 or newer)*

  • MacBook Air (Late 2010 or newer)

  • MacBook (Late 2008 or newer)*

  • iMac (Early 2009 or newer)

  • Mac Mini (Mid 2010 or newer)

  • Mac Pro (Early 2009 with AirPort Extreme card, or Mid 2010)

*The MacBook Pro (17-Inch Late 2008) and the white MacBook (Late 2008) do not support AirDrop.

You also need the iOS device running iOS 7 or later to transfer files between two iOS devices or an iOS device and a Mac computer.


To Send Files

  • Open Finder, and navigate to Go > AirDrop from the menu bar, or select AirDrop from the Finder window sidebar.

  • You’ll see all your AirDrop compatible devices here. Drag and drop the file(s) you want to share on the device avatar.

  • Click on Send.

airdrop yosemite

Alternatively, if you have a file open in an app that has the Share icon, you can just click on it, and select AirDrop. You’ll see a share sheet, as shown below, with a list of nearby devices. Clicking on any of them will initiate the transfer.

airdrop app transfer

To Receive Files

If you’re receiving a file from a device belonging to the same iCloud account as yours, you won’t have to do anything. The file automatically gets added to your Downloads folder.

If you’re receiving a file from a device that doesn’t belong to your iCloud account, then you’ll get a popover asking if you want to Save, Save and Open or Decline the transfer. Clicking on Save or Save and Open will save the file in your Downloads folder.

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Sending a file from your iOS device to Mac isn’t any different from sharing a file via AirDrop between iOS devices. You’ll just notice that in addition to all your iOS devices, you’ll also see your Mac in the nearby devices list:

  • You can share files using AirDrop via the share panel. So you will be able to share things via AirDrop from any app that has the share panel. Out of the box, you will be able to share photos, videos, contacts etc.

  • If there are any iOS devices with AirDrop enabled, they will automatically show up in the Share panel. As you can see in the screenshot below, you will see your contact pictures. You need to tap on the Contacts to send whatever want to share.


  • When you receive an AirDrop, you will get an alert with a preview of the photo or video, and with options to Accept or Decline it. If for example, you accept a photo via AirDrop, it will automatically launch the Photos app after the transfer is complete. It shows the progress with a circular animation during the transfer process.


  • AirDrop is enabled by default, however you can turn it off by tapping on the AirDrop option in Control Center. You also have the option to make yourself discoverable to everyone or people in your contacts.


Note that for AirDrop to work, you need both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled. You however don’t need to be connected to the same network. Your devices need to be in proximity, within a range of 30 feet (9 meters),

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There are so many great offers in the iPhone Hacks Deals Hub that it’s easy to miss one. We try to alert you to all of the best deals around, and this is your chance to catch those savings that may have otherwise slipped through the cracks. Take a look at the best deals of the week from the iPhone Hacks Deals Hub. You’ll be glad you did, and your wallet will thank you, too.

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How to Decode iPhone Serial Number

In case you are not aware, the serial number provides some interesting information about your iPhone, including the week it was manufactured and the factory id.

Folks at OS X Daily tell us that the serial number on the iPhone tells you the week it was manufactured, the factory where it was made and somethings which you already know such as the color and the size of the storage.

The first step is to locate the Serial Number. The easiest way to find it is to open your Settings app and navigate to General -> About -> Serial Number. You should also see the Serial Number in the Summary tab in iTunes when your iPhone is connected to the computer.

Serial numbers come in the form AABCCDDDEEF which can be read as follows:

  • AA = Factory and machine ID

  • B = Year manufactured (simplified to final digit, 2010 is 0, 2011 is 1, etc)

  • CC = Week of production

  • DDD = Unique identifier

  • EEF = iPhone model, color of device and size of storage

VR0 (iPhone 2G Silver 4GB)
WH8 (iPhone 2G Silver 8GB)
0KH (iPhone 2G Silver 16GB)
Y7H (iPhone 3G Black 8GB)
Y7K (iPhone 3G Black 16GB)
3NP (iPhone 3GS Black 16GB)
3NR (iPhone 3GS Black 32GB)
3NQ (iPhone 3Gs White 16GB)
3NS (iPhone 3Gs White 32GB)
A4S (iPhone 4 Black 16GB)
A4T (iPhone 4 Black 32GB)

E00 (iPhone 4 White 32GB) – Courtesy IyonUK

For example, the serial 79049XXXA4S is from factory 79 (presumably Foxconn), was manufactured in 2010 in the 49th week, and is a black 16GB iPhone 4.

Note: It’s not clear what’s the last three characters for all the white iPhone 4 models. So if you have one do let us know.

Unfortunately, Apple has changed the serial number generation with the CDMA iPhone 4, so this is not applicable for the CDMA iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S.

But no worries, OS X Daily reader Michael points out that this website decodes the serial number of not only previous generation iPhones but also iPhone 4S  (except it is wrongly reporting that our iPhone 4S is the sixth generation iPhone).

Let us know if you were able to decode your iPhone’s serial number.


New report claims Apple is working on a self-driving electric car

Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple is working on its own electric car codenamed Project “Titan.” Today, Reuters is weighing in with their own sources on this matter, who states that Apple’s electric car will be a self-driving one. 
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iOS 7 Feature: Activation Lock makes Find my iPhone more fool proof


Apple introduced Find My iPhone back in 2010 as a way for iOS users to locate their device in case it was lost or stolen. It also offers an easy method to remotely delete all the data on your device to protect sensitive information.

They’ve quite a few success stories reported in the media about people using the service to find their lost or stolen devices.

Unfortunately, it had a major weakness, it was very easy for someone to erase and restore the device as a new device, and use it again.

Apple has addressed this limitation with a new feature called Activation Lock in iOS 7, that ties your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with your Apple ID. Apple describes the new changes in Find My iPhone service in iOS 7 as follows:

Losing your iPhone feels lousy. Thankfully, Find My iPhone can help you get it back. But if it looks like that’s not going to happen, new security features in iOS 7 make it harder for anyone who’s not you to use or sell your device. Now turning off Find My iPhone or erasing your device requires your Apple ID and password. Find My iPhone can also continue to display a custom message, even after your device is erased. And your Apple ID and password are required before anyone can reactivate it. Which means your iPhone is still your iPhone. No matter where it is.

Here’s what’s new in Find My iPhone in iOS 7:

  • The user interface of the Find my iPhone app has been redesigned to match iOS 7 design language.


  • There isn’t a new setting to enable or disable Activation Lock, the feature has been integrated with Find my iPhone.


  • In iOS 7, if Find my iPhone is enabled (Settings > iCloud -> Find my iPhone), it won’t be possible to turn it off without entering the Apple ID password. This is to ensure that someone who has access to your iPhone, cannot disable it without your knowledge.

  • You also can’t restore the device if Find my iPhone is enabled. iTunes will inform you that the device cannot be restored as Find my iPhone is on. So the only way to restore it is to first turn off Find my iPhone, which as we mentioned earlier, will prompt you to enter the Apple ID password.

  • If someone tries to erase all the content and settings from the device via the Settings app, he or she will be prompted to enter the Apple ID password.

  • You can restore the device by putting it in DFU or recovery mode when it is Lost mode, however after restoring your device, the person will be prompted to enter the Apple ID and password, so it won’t be possible to use the device.

  • In iOS 7, if you remotely wipe the data on your lost or stolen device using Find my iPhone, you will still be able to display the custom message with your phone number on the Lock screen. iTunes will also display this message when you connect the device to a computer running iTunes.

  • If you are lucky to get your device back, you can reactive it by entering your Apple ID and password, and restore it using iCloud or iTunes if you had remotely wiped the data.


  • It is however possible for someone to turn off the device when it is Lost mode, so someone can still prevent the device from being tracked.

It doesn’t offer features such as the ability to take a photo remotely, which could be handy in finding the person who stole your iPhone, that is possible using jailbreak tweaks like iCaughtU Pro. It also doesn’t record audio from the microphone, or give you remote access to the recent call list, which is available on Android apps like Cerberus. But with features like Activation lock, Apple has made it next to impossible for someone to use your device without entering your Apple ID and password (another reason to use a strong password).

At the end of the day, no system is foolproof, but these changes should deter thieves from stealing iOS devices. Government officials also seem to be happy with the improvements made in combating smartphone theft.

Find my iPhone with Activation Lock will be available when iOS 7 is released next month.


How To Get First Position In Google Search Results

First Position In Google Search Results
This is the dream of every blogger that he may get the first position on Google search results. It is in the Google's hand to rank any post or page but something is called SEO. We can surely get the high SERP by optimizing the search engine. Today here we're going to discuss that how can we bring a blog post on first position in Google search results. These tips will surely help you in achieving the good rank if you try each and every tactic. Even I also tried and got the good result from it. First let me show my own results to you.


If you're regular reader here then you probably know that few days ago, we discuss that how can we offer giveaways on blogs. And that was ranked on the second page of search results. .
You can see in the above image that mine post is ranked on the second page and at the bottom. After seeing this result, I did little research about bringing it on first position and also did the experience about it. I got success in bringing it at the first place as you can see the below image.
So you can look in the above image that same post is on the first position. And Yeah! I'm going to share the tips which I've tried. Some people say that I'd logged in the Google account and your own post will appear first. Yes, I agree with them that when you're logged in the Google account then Google shows our posts first but here I'd logged out, cleared cookies and even I used Mozilla firefox browser to search because Google Chrome is my default browser.

So below I'm going to share these tips about bringing a blog post on the first position. Read them carefully and also try them. I'm sure you'll get benefit from it.

1. Create Unique, Lengthy and Loved Content

In the blogosphere world, content matters a lot. This is extremely important to create the unique and most loved content for your blog and readers. The unique content is always loved the Google and it's algorithms that can help in getting high SERPs. If you write the lengthy content for your blog then surely it will be ranked higher in search results because Google ranks the quality content first. Don't care for Google ranking only, you should take care that what your readers like. Ask them and give them what they want from you. This will help in increasing the relationship between your blog and readers.

2. Completely SEO Optimize Your Post

You have to do the on-page SEO for your blog post. There are many things in optimizing a post but I'll explain these all in a short. First, You've to choose the most searched keyword for your post title. I mean do the keyword research for post title. Optimize images in your post by the use of ALT and Title Attributes. Create short Permalink of your post which may have the main keywords only. Insert the good meta description for your post. Improve the internal linking in your article. Avoid keyword density and keyword stuffing. In the last, insert the multiple keywords in your post. You can insert multiple keywords in your post like first in the post title, second in permalink, third in meta description, in the content and also in the comment area.

3. Create Backlinks For Your Post

So this is the off-page SEO and here you've to build some backlinks for the post which you want to bring on the top. I strongly recommend to do the commenting on CommentLuv enabled blogs. But before commenting, make sure that the blog on which you're commenting is having the good rank and domain authority. Also make sure that the post on which you're commenting is relevant with you post. For the quick result, I'll recommend to do the guest posting in which you'll get the dofollow backlink to your post and that will really helps a lot. 

4. Do The Social Promotion

Social Promotion also helps in bringing a post in the first position on Google search results. You can easily share post in some groups on Facebook and believe me it works like a charm. This will not only help in getting higher SERP but also in increasing the visitors of your blog. Don't always use Facebook to do social promotion, there are also other social sites like Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and StumbleUpon. After publishing post I usually share my post on all the above mentioned social sites. 

5. Avoid Copying Content

This is the worst habit of many bloggers that they copy the others work. Even in the beginning of blogging, I also did this mistake and really my all the efforts wasted. You should know that Google has an algorithm named Google Panda. It detects those blogs/sites which are stealing content from other sites and deindex that page from Google. If you're using Blogger then automatically that post will be deleted. It is highly recommended to build the own content instead of copying others work.

Final Words

So these were some tips which I use to rank my posts. I hope these will help you in gaining organic traffic. If you've more tips then please do share with us. Any problem ? Feel free to ask in the comments area. Don't forget to join us and leaving your feedback. Take Care!

Poll: Should Apple change the iPhone’s form factor in order to accommodate a larger battery?

Christopher Mims of the Wall Street Journal recently called out Apple for making its iPhone handsets so razor thin that the phone’s battery life is compromised. The question for our poll today is “Should Apple change the iPhone’s form factor in order to accommodate a larger battery?”

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4 Ways To Really Make Money On Twitter

How to make money on twitter
Well, guys there are thousands of ways you can earn a decent money from internet. Working on internet and getting bucks of dollars is not such a difficult job, anyone who has a 24 hours internet connected to his home can work easily and support his/her family through internet earnings. Today, we are going to reveal just a super method of earning money on internet and that is Earning Money Through Your Twitter Account.

Interesting thing is that you just don't need any website or blog to earn money through twitter and its a very easy method to make pretty awesome dollars. You just have to link your twitter account with some websites and publish tweets regarding them and you will be paid for just this.

Ways To Make Money On Twitter

1. Sponsored Tweets

Sponsored tweets is one of the best website online that offers you to make real money with your twitter account. Its a type of ads network and you can set your on CPC (Cost Per Click) rate on it for the ads you will tweet. Its minimum requirements are that, your twitter account should be at least 60 days old, you should have minimum 50 followers and you should have 100 tweets before. So, these requirements are not very strict and you can make money easily through Sponsored Tweets.

2. is yet another good source for generating income through your twitter account. Its also much popular these days but through this you will not get PPC (Paid Per Click) instead you will have to create a profile based on your interests and than the advertisers will chose your account to publicize a campaign based on their desires. You should have to agree to send some tweets at regular intervals and in turn you will get paid. 

3. My Likes

My likes is something you should try. Its also an ads network and you can use it on your twitter account, YouTube or even on your blog. You can chose thousands of advertisers and you can also schedule your tweets to be published. You can earn around 0.50$ per click through it and you can get the payout every week.

4. Rev Twt

Its yet another good platform to make money through your twitter account but you should have some good of followers on your twitter account to make a good money, means the more followers you have, the more money you will generate. You can also add several twitter accounts to increase the ratio of your income. Minimum payout is $20 which can be made through Paypal.

Last Words!

So Guys! these were the best ways to make money online with your twitter account which we shared with you today. We hope your liked and understood everything well. If you have any queries or you think you have some better ways please do share us by commenting below. We will meet on our next post till than Happy Blogging!

Pushbullet is a cross-platform solution for sharing content across iOS, Mac, Android and more

iPhone owners with a Mac, especially those running OS X Yosemite, can appreciate the seamless syncing of data such as text messages, documents and browser tabs between their devices via iCloud. This sharing, however, doesn’t apply if you work in a mixed environment that includes older OS X versions, Android devices, and Windows PCs. To bring a subset of these sharing options to your heterogenous setup, you should check out Pushbullet, a cross-platform syncing solution that allows you to send links, photos and more to your connected devices.
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If you’re a fan of Five Icon Dock Modoki jailbreak tweak, then we’ve some good news.

A new jailbreak tweak called betterFiveIconDock has just been released which lets you add a fifth icon to the iPhone dock in iOS 8, and on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

The five icons in the dock looks great on the iPhone 6 Plus as the icons are well spaced out as you can see in the screenshot above, and doesn’t look cramped as on the iPhone 5/iPhone 5s (you can always fix that reducing the size of the icons). It also works well in the landscape mode on the iPhone 6 Plus.

Here’s how to get five icons in your iPhone dock:

  • Launch Cydia

  • Tap on the Manage tab, then tap on Sources

  • Next tap on the Edit in the top right corner, followed by Add

  • Add the following repo:

  • This should add the Repository and show up under Sources, tap on it

  • Then tap on betterFiveIconDock from the list of packages

  • Then tap on the Install, followed by Confirm button.

  • Tap on the Restart SpringBoard button when prompted.

You can check out the video walkthrough of the jailbreak tweak in action below:


Last Chance to Pay What You Want for the Learn To Design Bundle [Deals Hub]

When you come across a gorgeous piece of design work, do you wonder how it’s made and wish that you were capable of the same type of creation? If you put your mind to it and apply the skills you’ll pick up in the Learn to Design Bundle, then you’ll be able to wow others in the same way. Get it for a price you pick right now in the iPhone Hacks Deals Hub.

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Enter to Win in the Macbook Pro Giveaway [Deals Hub]

iPhone Hacks Deals has been offering great deals for some time now, and every once in a while we’re able to offer a great giveaway. This time around, we’re offering perhaps one of the greatest giveaways ever. Why can we make that claim? Because we’re giving away an 13″ MacBook Pro for free. Find out how you can get your entry in and have a chance to land the most powerful laptop around from the iPhone Hacks Deals Hub.

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Pangu iOS 8 Jailbreak Utility Released for Mac OS X

The PanguTeam has released a Pangu8 utility for Mac OS X that can jailbreak iOS 8.0 - 8.1.

You can download the latest version of Pangu8 jailbreak utility for Mac and Windows from here.

We will be posting tutorials on how to jailbreak your device shortly. It is imperative that you update to iOS 8.1 and jailbreak your device as soon as possible. Apple has already blocked the Pangu jailbreak in the beta version of iOS 8.1.1 seeded to developers.

How To Customize Blogger Blockquote

How To Customize Blogger Blockquote on your blog easily? Today we are providing you how to highlight the Html codes on your blog. You can highlight the html codes on your blog with change inbuilt Blogger Blogckquote. Blogger have already blockquote feature but it’s provide white background so you need might changes to show blockquotes in your post. In this article we will help you to customize blogger blockquote.
Customize Blogger Blockquote

Customize Blogger Blockquote

First please search a good looking background image for your blockquote, after search an image please follow below steps to customize blogger blockquote:

Step 1

Go to Blogger dashboard and click on Template at the left panel than click on Edit HTML button as shown in below picture.Blogger Blockquote

Step 2

Now search below code with the help of CTRL + F:
.post blockquote

Step 3

Now replace above code to below code:
.post blockquote{
background:#ffffff url("");
border: solid 1px #EFEFEF;
padding:10px 0;
.post blockquote p{
padding-left:55px; margin:0;
.post blockquote:hover {
-webkit-border-top-right-radius: 10px;
-webkit-border-top-left-radius: 10px;
-webkit-border-bottom-right-radius: 10px;
-webkit-border-bottom-left-radius: 10px;
border: solid 1px #CCC;
-moz-box-shadow: 1px 1px 5px #999;
-webkit-box-shadow: 1px 1px 5px #999;
box-shadow: 1px 1px 5px #999;
Tips: Replace Image link with your image link. You can also change width and height as your website.

Step 4

Now click on Save Template button.

You can add blockquote with click on blockquote icon to select/highlight codes which you want to blockquotes.

Tips To Get More Traffic To Your Blog

You have finally decided to create your blog. You set up your hosting and you bought that URL you have always wanted for your site. You have thought about your niche and you finally publish your first article.
You get all excited but after some time passes, you notice that there is no one going to your site and no one leaving any comments (or if there is, it’s very minimal). It is every new blogger’s dream to get traffic to their site, but getting the traffic you want might be a bit tricky.
When I started out with my personal site, I was a bit frustrated at first, but did not lose heart. I worked on it and found some extremely helpful solutions to getting traffic and loyal readers to my site. I intend to share with you here what I did and hope that you find these tips useful for your own site as well. There are several ways to get traffic to your site, some may be costly and others are free.
Tips To Get More Traffic To Your Blog
Tip #1 – Offer informative and useful content 
You might say that you have heard or read about this before, but I cannot stress enough the need to have the best content you can offer your readers. Share or offer original and varied content. Share information that will help others with real solutions, ones that are tried and tested by you, the author of the article.
Keep the articles fresh as well.  I am guilty of not being able to write a lot of new articles on my personal blog, and I’ve learned that traffic decreases when that happens. So I have vowed to myself that I will certainly write at least one new article each week. The number of articles you publish will depend on your time and your energy. I will not recommend you to write or put up articles that are half baked. Quality is always more important than quantity.  Image Source
Tip #2 – Boost your search engine ranking Tips To Get More Traffic To Your Blog
You can boost your search engine ranking by focusing your content on keywords related to your topic. This is also calledSearch Engine Optimization. This will allow your website or blog to be searchable via the web. Use words that come naturally to people of all ages when looking for your type of site.
To guide you, please note that your keywords should not be focused on just your title and pages only, but also on “meta-tags.” Meta tags are software codes that search engines see. Please make sure that you do not over do the keywords though. No matter how great your article is, if it not searchable then people will not be able to get the chance to read your masterpiece. Image Source
Tips To Get More Traffic To Your Blog
Tip #3 - Promote your blog or website
Just like in anything we do, when we want to be heard, we need to shout out and make sure to promote ourselves. The best way to get traffic is by promoting your blog or website. There are so many ways you can promote yourself. You can hold a contest or announce a giveaway, but make sure that the contest rules or mechanics are skewed to your reader’s interest.
Another way to promote your blog is via social networking platforms like FaceBook and Twitter. You can share your links on the sites, just remember the golden rule:  Do not spam – share it once or twice in a day for Twitter and do not tag people on FaceBook that often, you might just end up annoying people rather than getting them interested in reading your articles.
Tips To Get More Traffic To Your Blog
Tip #4- Be an active participant in blogging communities 
Another good way for increasing traffic to your site is by actively participating in other blogging communities by doing the following activities:
1. Give constructive and useful comments on other blogs – When people see that you have useful things to share, then the chance of them going to your site to read more about you is higher.
2. Be willing to write guest posts – Writing guest posts will allow you to reach more people, especially if the site has a large following already. Just make sure that the topic is not far from your own niche.
Tips To Get More Traffic To Your Blog Tip #5 – Do the obvious
We sometimes overlook the obvious, but there are simple things that we can do to bring people to our site. One great way is to add your site’s url on your email signature. Most emails, even the free ones, offer a signature file. Usually this feature is found under the heading of “options” in the email program. One note: Be sure to include the “http://” before the Web address so a link will be created for people who receive plain text emails as well as html.
Another way is to include your site’s url on your business cards. Simple, yes, but it will get the word out that you have a site that they can go to. Be creative and share a statement under your site’s url, make it something catchy. Last but not least, the most obvious thing you can do is tell others about it.  I don’t think it would hurt sharing with your friends and coworkers that you have a blog that can help them with information they need!
Writing and maintaining a blog is no easy task. You put your heart and soul into writing the articles in hopes of being able to share your ideas and opinions to the masses. Doing the simple and yet important actions mentioned above to bring traffic to your site will definitely make it all worth your while. If you have other suggestions, please feel free to share them with us and to our readers.

BiteSMS update for iOS 8 – iOS 8.1 coming in next couple of weeks



Delicious Inc., the developers of biteSMS, have said that they’ll be updating their popular jailbreak app for iOS 8 in the next couple of weeks.

The developers were reportedly waiting for the release of the Pangu jailbreak update with Cydia, which came out earlier today. reddit user RTCanada relayed a message received from a biteSMS forum moderator:

Just got an email back from one of the moderators, they wanted to wait for the official release of Pangu w/ Cydia bundled to try and update their tweak to work with iOS8. Said it might take awhile and should be released in the next couple of weeks.

The update will be free for existing users. The free version of biteSMS is ad-supported. But users can pay a one-time fee of $7.99 to remove the ads after a 7-day trial period.

biteSMS is one of the most popular alternatives for the Messages app, and probably one of the main reasons users jailbreak their iPhone. It enhances the messaging experience on the iPhone with number of features such as Quick Compose, scheduled SMS, delivery reports, signatures etc. that are not available in the native Messages app. Here’s a video demo of the app:


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Poll: Will you be disappointed if the iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus features an 8-megapixel camera again?

Apple was rumored to be updating the 8-megapixel camera module in the iPhone 6s with a possible dual-lens camera that would boost image quality, but that rumor may not pan out, claims analyst Jeff Pu. The question for today’s poll is “will you be disappointed if the iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus features an 8-megapixel camera again?”
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iPhone 5s

iPhone 5s


Everything you need to know about iPhone 5s

Apple unveil iPhone 5s – their hotly anticipated 7th generation iPhone at a special event on Tuesday, September 10.

The new iPhone looks very similar to the iPhone 5  with the anodized aluminum backplate and glass inlays along the top and bottom giving it the two-tone effect.

It will come packed with these features and improvements:

  • Touch ID fingerprint sensor

  • Faster and more powerful 64-bit A7 Chip

  • New iSight Camera with True Tone flash, slo-mo videos, Burst mode and more

  • Improved battery life


iPhone 5s will most likely be available for $199 for the 16GB model, $299 for the 32GB model, $399 for the 64GB model for a two-year contract, and $649, $749 and $849 for the unlocked versions.

Selling your old iPhone:

If you want to buy an iPhone 5s, then check out this post to find out when is the best time to sell your iPhone and the best places to trade-in your old iPhone. Don’t forget to follow these simple steps to erase data from your iPhone to get it ready for resale.

Apple sued for allegedly poaching battery experts from A123 Systems

Apple has been hit by an unfair competition lawsuit for allegedly poaching key engineers from A123 Systems, a company that specializes in batteries and energy storage systems. The Cupertino company has reportedly hired five A123 employees since last June.
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Download Pangu, a tool released to jailbreak the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Pangu8 1.0.0 (Mac): Pangu8_v1.0.0.dmg [Mirror 1]
Pangu8 1.2.1 (Windows): [Mirror 1]

Pangu8 1.2.0 (Windows): [Mirror 1]
Pangu8 1.1.0 (Windows): [Mirror 1]
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Video: Woz talks Apple Watch and what Apple might do next


Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak can’t wait to get his hands on the Apple Watch, which is “going to be so special,” he told BBC News in his latest interview. Woz also revealed his thoughts on what Apple might do next, being played by Seth Rogen in the new Steve Jobs movie, and more.
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Tim Cook: The Apple Watch is about helping people ‘change the way you live your life’

The Apple Watch is right around the corner, as already previously confirmed by Apple’s CEO Tim Cook, but the scope of the goals that the company has for their upcoming wearable may have been a bit undersold up until this point.

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25 hidden iOS 8 features you really need to know about

iOS 8 FeaturesImage Source: Apple Inc.

IOS 8 has been out for more than a month now. In fact, we already saw Apple release its first major update to the platform last month when iOS 8.1 brought bug fixes and a few new features such as Apple Pay. But as long as some of us have been using iOS 8— and we say “some” of us because there are still millions of people who can’t update their devices — there are still plenty of new features we don’t know about. Apple packed in so much new functionality that it’s impossible to find and remember it all.

Of course, we regularly provide compilations of good iOS 8 tips and tricks to help people get the most out of their iPhones and iPads, and now we have a new list to share.


The Guardian on Friday put together a list of 25 hidden iOS 8 features that are definitely worth sharing. Not all of them are exactly “hidden,” and we have covered many of them on BGR in the past, but each and every function listed is useful and it’s nice to have them all in one list.

For starters, did you know that you can create an emergency health ID card in Apple’s new Health app? It’s as easy as tapping over to the Medical ID tab in the app and filling out your critical data.

There are also several great tricks for iOS’s new camera app. For example, tapping on the display and dragging up or down will manually adjust the exposure. You can also easily recover photos you accidentally delete and hide risqué images from your photo stream.

iOS 8 and iOS 8.1 let users send self-destructing messages as well, and shortcuts make it easy to send a selfie in just one second.

Want to learn about all these tricks and more? Follow the link below in our source section.

The FCC has voted to enforce net neutrality, will regulate ISPs under the Communications Act

At the tail end of 2014, the President of the United States, Barack Obama, issued a statement that supported net neutrality. In February of this year, it was reported that the Federal Communications Commission would propose stronger net neutrality rules, following plenty of backlash from earlier in the year.

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Can I bypass iCloud Activation Lock?


In iOS 7, Apple added a new anti-theft feature called Activation Lock to the Find My iPhone service, which ties your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with your Apple ID so that your lost or stolen iOS device, cannot be used or restored without the login credentials.

Ever since Apple has introduced that feature, one of the most frequently asked questions has been: Can I bypass iCloud Activation Lock?


It is not possible to bypass iCloud’s activation lock. [Update: Please check the update below]. It would be a critical security flaw if someone can bypass it, so if someone does figure out a way to bypass it, you can expect Apple to fix it as soon as possible. Please note that any site claiming to be able to bypass iCloud activation is a scam, so stay clear from such scam sites.

Forgot iCloud ID/Password

If you want to bypass the iCloud login because you’ve forgotten the login details of your iCloud account, then you can use iCloud’s Forgot ID/Password feature to retrieve your login details.

Purchased a used iPhone

If you’ve purchased a device with Find my iPhone (and Activation Lock) enabled then you need to ask the seller to disable it. In case you’re not aware, it is possible to disable Find my iPhone remotely. Check out this article to learn how to disable Find my iPhone remotely. If the seller is not reachable then it is probably because the seller was aware that it was a lost or stolen device. So you should figure out a way to get a refund for it.

If you’re planning to buy a used iPhone then it is extremely important that you get a confirmation from the seller that Find my iPhone is disabled. If someone is trying to sell an iOS device for rock bottom prices then you should be skeptical as it is possible that the device is stolen with Activation Lock enabled, which will make it impossible to use the device.

Lost and found

If you’ve found a device with Activation Lock enabled, then you should hand it over to the law enforcement so they can contact Apple to return the device to the rightful owner.


Use DoulCi Server V2  to bypass Apple’s Activation Lock feature (ETA SOON)

iOS 8.1.1 release imminent, you should restore to iOS 8.1 now if you want to jailbreak your device in the future

Jailbreak iOS 8.1

As reported earlier, Apple has released iOS 8.1.1 beta, which kills Pangu 8.1-8.x.x jailbreak. saurik has also confirmed that Apple has fixed at least one of the exploits used by the Pangu jailbreak.

This means that when Apple releases iOS 8.1.1 to the public, you won’t be able to jailbreak your device on iOS 8.1.1 with the Pangu jailbreak. So if you have been on the fence about jailbreaking because Pangu jailbreak for iOS 8-iOS 8.1 hasn’t been stable, then you should at least update/restore to iOS 8.1 right now. Here’s what you should do based on which iOS version you’re on currently.

iOS 7.x.x:

I know a number of people are still on iOS 7.0.x because they don’t want to lose their jailbreak. If you’re currently on iOS 7.0.x, and did not upgrade to iOS 8 because you were waiting for the jailbreak, and now waiting for your favorite tweaks to be updated to support iOS 8-iOS 8.1, then it is important to note that most of the initial issues have now been fixed and a number of jailbreak tweaks are now compatible with iOS 8-iOS 8.1.


If your favorite tweaks haven’t been updated yet then it should be updated to add support for iOS 8-iOS 8.1 very soon. So you should strongly consider upgrading/restoring to iOS 8.1. The added benefit is that you will not be able to use the new features and improvements in iOS 8 – iOS 8.1.

iOS 8.1 via OTA update

If you had updated to iOS 8.1 via OTA then it is recommended to restore it again with iTunes before jailbreaking, as you could run into issues during the jailbreaking process if you had updated your device using OTA update.

iOS 8.0.x

If you’ve jailbroken your device on iOS 8.0.x, it may still be a good idea to upgrade to iOS 8.1 and re-jailbreak your device, so you can

So you should consider restoring to iOS 8.1 now, as you won’t have an option if Apple releases iOS 8.1.1 if you wait for that to happen. It is also important to note that Cydia developers at some point may start releasing tweaks only for iOS 8.

Mac users

Pangu Team has said that they’re focusing on the Mac version of the Pangu jailbreak. However, there is a high chance that Apple will release iOS 8.1.1 before Pangu jailbreak for Mac is released. If you’re waiting for the Mac version of the Pangu jailbreak, then you should try to install Windows on your Mac using Parallels. You can check out our guide if you need any help:


How to install iOS 8.1

You should update to iOS 8.1 by using the restore option in iTunes. You should not update using OTA update. If you need help, check out our guide for the step-by-step instructions.


How to jailbreak iOS 8.1

With the release of Pangu 1.1.0 jailbreak, it is a lot easier to jailbreak your device, as you don’t need to install Cydia separately as Pangu 1.1.0 or later installs it during the jailbreaking process. If you need any help then check out our guide for the step-by-step instructions.

What do you plan to do? Let us know in the comments below. Please feel free to drop us a line if you’ve any questions.


Enter To Win A 50? LG TV and Soundbar in this Great Giveaway [Deals Hub]

We spend most of the day looking a smaller screens—our phones, tablets, laptops—but when you get home at night, you deserve to stretch the screen as wide as you want. That’s why we’re giving away a 50-inch LG TV plus a Sound Bar for a great home theater experience. Enter to win now in the iPhone Hacks Deals Hub.

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Enter To Win A 50″ LG TV and Soundbar in this Great Giveaway [Deals Hub]

We spend most of the day looking a smaller screens—our phones, tablets, laptops—but when you get home at night, you deserve to stretch the screen as wide as you want. That’s why we’re giving away a 50-inch LG TV plus a Sound Bar for a great home theater experience. Enter to win now in the iPhone Hacks Deals Hub.

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Spotify for desktop update brings Musixmatch integration and more

Spotify has released an update for its desktop app that brings Musixmatch integration to the app. The new Lyrics button will grab the lyrics of the song you are listening to from Musixmatch’s catalogue thereby allowing them to sing along to their favorite tunes.
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Apple Maps now has ‘real-time’ animations in 3D Flyover, Big Ben shows the actual time

Apple has just given you a great reason to open up its Maps app by integrating “real-time” animations into 3D Flyover. Users will find the actual time displayed on Big Ben, and they can watch the London Eye turn as Flyover pans around it.
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This is the Galaxy S6, Samsung’s answer to the iPhone 6 – What do you think about it?

Samsung is set to announce its new Galaxy S6 at an Unpacked event on March 1, but thanks to these leaked pictures, you don’t have to wait until then to see it. In fact, it may already look familiar, because it appears to take many design cues from its biggest rival, the iPhone 6.
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How to switch to 2G, 3G or LTE for Cellular data on your iPhone

Apple released iOS 8.1 on Monday, October 20 with a number of bug fixes, improvements and new features.  iOS 8.1 also addressed one of the major annoyances for users in some countries where there is still poor 3G or 4G LTE coverage by giving users an option to switch to 2G, 3G or LTE.

Since there are still quite a few areas in some countries that have poor 3G coverage, iPhone users who lived in such areas used to disable 3G to extend their iPhone’s battery life, and relied on the slower 2G (EDGE) connection, which was possible in iOS 7 or earlier. So they were annoyed when the option to disable 3G was not present after upgrading to iOS 8.

As mentioned in the release notes, Apple has added an option to select between 2G, 3G or LTE for cellular data. It’s quite simple, here’s how to switch to 2G, 3G or LTE for cellular data:

Note: This option is available only in iOS 8.1 or higher.

  • Launch the Settings app.

  • Tap on Cellular/Mobile.

  • Then tap on Voice & Data.

iOS 8.1 Cellular Settings - Voice & Data

  • Tap on either LTE, 3G or 2G from the list of options.

iOS 8.1 Cellular Settings

That’s it. Your iPhone should now use the appropriate mobile speed for cellular data.

We’ve received quite a few complaints from our readers that they’re not seeing the Voice & Data option. I’m not sure why exactly everyone is not seeing this option. This could be related to your carrier. You may want to check if there are any new Carrier Settings that you need to download to address the issue.

Update Carrier Settings

To manually check if a new Carrier Settings is available for download, connection your iPhone running iOS 8.1 to the computer, launch iTunes and click on the “Check of Updates”. If there is a new Carrier Settings, then you should get the following popup informing you that “An update to the carrier settings for your iPhone is available”. Click on Download and Update button to install the new carrier settings.

You should get an option to update carrier settings automatically, but you can check it manually like this. If you’ve the latest carrier settings, then you’ll get a message telling you that “This version of the iPhone software is the current version.”

Carrier Update

If that doesn’t help then you may want to contact your carrier to find out how to fix the issue. You can find the version number of the carrier settings in the Settings app (Settings > About > Version).

Let me know how it goes in the comments.


Apple seeds the first OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 beta to developers

OS X Yosemite logo

It has not been too long since Apple officially released OS X Yosemite, the company’s newest desktop operating system, but now the first beta for an upcoming update has just been seeded.

The beta software is specifically meant for developers in an effort to prepare the software for a public release at some point in the near future. This build is numbered 14B17 and it is available through the Update software option on machines that are still running beta software. It’s also available through the Mac Dev Center.

As of the time of this writing, it is unclear just what Apple is aiming to fix with this particular release, but with reports of many OS X Yosemite users suffering from Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity problems, it could very well be meant to address those.

Adapting to change: a review of Apple's larger 4.7-inch iPhone 6 vs. the smaller 4-inch iPhone 5s

The jump from the iPhone 5 series's 4-inch form factor to the 4.7-inch display on the iPhone 6 is a big change that might not appeal to everyone. Thankfully, Apple offers a 14-day return policy, and still continues to sell the 4-inch iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, for those who might find themselves with an oversized case of buyers' remorse.

I really like the iPhone 6, but I want to love the iPhone 6. Unfortunately, in my first days of using Apple's latest flagship phone, I have found myself struggling to come to grips with it.

As someone who has made efforts to cut down on jangling keychains and oversized wallets in my pocket, and who never used a protective case on their iPhone, I like my phones small. Frankly, my purchase of the iPhone 6 was an apprehensive one. And the gigantic iPhone 6 Plus wasn't even a consideration.

After spending a week with the iPhone 6, I've discovered that pocket space isn't my issue — loss of control is.

You see, the iPhone 6 is a wonderful two-handed phone. It's light and thin and feels great. The screen is gorgeous. Typing is also much easier — as long as I have two hands free, of course.

But holding and controlling the iPhone 6 with one hand is both frustrating and precarious.

Having used an iPhone since 2007, I've become accustomed to holding my handset with a sort of "death grip." I've never used a protective case on my iPhone. I didn't drop my iPhone, and never cracked a screen, because I could securely grip it.

The iPhone 5s "death grip," safe and secure without a case.

But gripping the iPhone 6 with one hand results in loss of control. And that loss of control means it may not be for everyone.

A long time coming

A bigger iPhone didn't always seem inevitable.

When the first iPhone was released in 2007, its 3.5-inch screen was one of the largest on the market. "Smartphones," at the time, weren't very smart at all.

Things quickly began to shift, though, and in a race to outdo the iPhone, competitors packed in more features; early high-speed cellular radios, for instance, that drained battery at a considerable clip. To compensate for this, smartphones started to get bigger, because a bigger phone can hold a bigger battery.

Of course, no one wants their phone to get thicker, so it was the display that grew. More screen space means more room for a larger battery in a "candybar"-style handset.

And while jumbo-sized phones may have initially been introduced to consumers for different reasons, in the end people liked and even preferred them. Big, bright, beautiful screens display more content, are easier to type on, and make activities such as watching a movie far more enjoyable.

Cradling the iPhone 6 one-handed to reach more of the screen.

It turns out a lot of people don't mind carrying a "phablet" in their pocket.

By the time it launched in 2013, the iPhone 5s had the smallest screen size of any flagship smartphone on the market. The world had changed for the bigger.

The truth is, Apple was leaving money on the table by not catering to consumers who prefer larger screen sizes. Though the company prided itself in offering one-handed smartphone usage, consumers indicated they were willing to sacrifice that convenience to gain the advantages of a bigger screen.

In the end, a bigger iPhone became inevitable.

Going bigger

My first week with the iPhone 6 has shown me that my traditional one-handed "death grip" that kept previous iPhones secure isn't going to work anymore. Squeezing the iPhone 6 between my palm and fingertips restricts my thumb too much.

Instinctively, I will still pick up my phone and grip it in this manner before realizing I cannot reach where I want. Apple has attempted to compensate for this with its new "Reachability" feature that brings the display down to a more manageable area for a single screen press before automatically re-expanding.

Reachability aids one-handed use, but it's a somewhat clunky fix.

I'm glad Reachability is there, but I don't find myself using it. It's unnatural and somewhat inconvenient, and it doesn't work with some functions like handling banner alerts for notifications. Instead, I've found myself adjusting my grip to reach the top of the screen. But even there, old habits die hard.

Using the iPhone 6 with one hand works best when cradled — not squeezed — with my thumb positioned about halfway up the screen. This allows me to extend my palm to allow my thumb to reach the top far corner of the display, while also keeping the home button at the bottom accessible.

To have this much reach, I simply cannot comfortably grip my fingertips on the other side of the phone. Maybe people with bigger hands than me could manage, but my relatively normal-sized hands are not capable of this.

Cradling, not gripping, an iPhone 6 feels precarious.

Instead, I'm forced to rest my iPhone 6 on my fingertips. No more death grip.

It feels like dropping it is inevitable.


Thankfully, it's not all bad. Apple's decision to adopt rounded edges with the iPhone 6 is a welcome change. I hadn't fully realized how uncomfortable the chamfered edges of the iPhone 5s were in my hand before spending a week with the iPhone 6.

Similarly, the rounded edges of the display are also a fantastic change. Side-screen gestures, like swiping to go back in Safari and other iOS apps, feel much more comfortable with these softened edges.

The rounded edges of the iPhone 6 are more comfortable than the sharp chamfered edges of the iPhone 5s.

Moving the lock button to the right side of the iPhone 6 does take some getting used to, but after a week I've adjusted.

Here again, my biggest problem has been my grip: I've found myself squeezing both sides of the phone to lock it, which on numerous occasions has led to me pressing one of the volume buttons at the same time. Simultaneously pressing the lock button and a volume button prevents the phone from being locked. It's only been a week, but I'm adapting.

My iPhone 5s is still around, and I've been switching between the two phones. Every time I go back to pick up the iPhone 5s, I'm torn.

The smaller 4-inch screen is much better for one-handed use. It just feels right.

The chamfered edges stick out too, though. They never bothered me before, but now they do.

In a pocket or in an armband, the iPhone 6 doesn't feel much bigger. In the hand, it's a different story.

Some iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c or even iPhone 5 users will try the iPhone 6 and they'll want to stay put. The screen size is a big change, and I imagine a fair number of people don't want it.

For those switching from another platform, or from an even older iPhone with a smaller 3.5-inch screen, Apple still offers the iPhone 5s in capacities of 16 and 32 gigabytes. The iPhone 5c is still around too, for those who don't care about Touch ID. Both are still great phones, and will make compelling options for many users.

But how much longer will the 4-inch size stick around? It's beginning to look like the end, and I've decided to adapt.


I am going to stick with the iPhone 6, but mostly because it's something of a necessity. I write about Apple for a living, and owning the company's latest and greatest technology is an important part of staying familiar and current. But to be fair, there are other reasons I'm sticking around.

Apple Pay is around the corner, and I'm looking forward to being able to pay for things with my phone. The NFC-based Apple Pay won't support previous-generation handsets like the iPhone 5s.

Reaching the entire iPhone 5s screen while securely gripping it is not an issue.

The larger screen does make it easier to type with two hands. The improved camera, even though it protrudes, is a nice upgrade. The rounded edges of the iPhone 6 make holding it and performing edge swiping gestures more comfortable. And the beefed-up A8 processor that powers the iPhone 6 helps seal the deal.

But in testing the iPhone 6 for a week, every time I went back and picked up my iPhone 5s, it felt nice. It fit securely in my hand, and it felt more manageable.

Prior to the launch of the iPhone 6, Apple was the only company making first-class smartphones with smaller screens in the 4-inch range. Today, it's still making those phones, but in the form of previous-generation models. Extinction feels imminent.

Is the 4-inch screen size now in Apple's rear-view mirror? Maybe. But after spending a week with the iPhone 6, I've realized that I would like a handset with its same design — aluminum back and rounded edges — featuring a smaller screen. I'm guessing I'm not alone.

Users looking to upgrade who are reluctant about the screen size of the iPhone 6 should try for themselves and keep an open mind. I found myself worried about pocket space, but in the end came away more concerned with usage.

Apple has a 14-day return policy, so those with buyers' remorse can always change their mind. The upgrades and improvements in the iPhone 6 are too significant to ignore, but ultimately, for some people, may not offer enough to justify the jump.

I'm staying put with the iPhone 6, and, for the first time ever, I will probably put a protective case on my handset, for fear of dropping it. In that respect, the iPhone 6 is less of an upgrade and more of a compromise.

Here's hoping that, in the years to come, Apple compromises, and doesn't forget about us one-handers.


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