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Apple Music for $5 per month is not a bad idea

Buying music was never my thing until I was introduced to iTunes. I used to listen to radio or just pirate my music whenever I really wanted to hear those famous songs. Yes, I downloaded music when I was staying with my parents and paying for my tuitions. everyone out there does that, so get over it.

Now I buy music but, now that is an old thing too! Last year when apple released their Apple Music streaming service I was excited because it came with 3 months of free subscription. In those 3 months I really didn’t use any streaming because I had all the latest music that I really really wanted to listen to and didn’t feel the need of buying any new music. Once the free trial period got over I absolutely did not want to pay $10/month for the music I love and not keep it with me if I choose not to pay monthly fees anymore.

Recently I came across one amazing option that will still allow me to listen to new music and just in half the price. I sure am a music love and absolutely cannot live without it. So to stay sane in life $5 is really not a bad price. iTunes is one of the reliable source to the highest quality music out in the world.

Even though I think Apple Music is the best quality music streaming service out there I still wouldn’t pay $10/month for it. So how to get Apple Music for $5/month? You need to have a student’s account. If you are a student, you can get Apple Music for half the price of their individual subscription. You can validate your account with your school email. Click the link below and verify your account as student account and start using Apple Music for $0.99 for first 3 months and at discounted price later.

Visit https://www.myunidays.com/perks/view/applemusic/online for validation of your student account.

Caution: If you reach 48 months of Student Membership or they find that you are not a student anymore, your membership automatically becomes an Apple Music Individual Membership. Because, once you’re hooked on them they will rip you off any way. Until then, enjoy!! 🙂

How to remove iPhone, iPad or Mac from iCloud account?

Removing iCloud account from the device settings is the easiest way to disassociate from an iCloud account. But, in case you don’t have access to the device then, follow steps below.

Step 1- Sign in to your iCloud account.

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Step 2- Click “Find My iPhone” and wait for the application to attempt to sync with the device you want to delete. If it is unsuccessful, the “Delete” icon will display next to the device name. If it does connect successfully, you must disconnect the device from the Internet and wait for it to appear as “Offline.” Once device is offline click on it to get more options.

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Step 3- Click “Remove from Account” to remove the device.

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In addition, if you have access to device perform further steps. Otherwise you are done.

Step 4- Tap the “Settings” icon on the device’s menu and select “iCloud.”

Step 5- Move the Find My iPhone slider to the “Off” position.

Get more from your iPhone Battery with these changes

Every year cell phone manufacturers claim more battery life with newer version of their smart phones. Then why these phones start behaving the same way as it’s predescessor after a few weeks? The answer lies in using habits and battery results change per user. I am an iPhone user and the other day I heard my friend complaining about the battery life of his new iPhone 6. I thought, I would give a check before he visits the Apple Store to replace the device (considering Apple Store are still seeing long lines of buyers for iPhone 6). This is what we changed which helped him get his original battery performance back.

Background App Refresh:

iOS has been supporting backgrounding apps for a few previous versions. Background processing is a good and a bad thing. Android users already know that a running app in background can dramatically drain battery. In iOS 8, Apple allowed app developers to enable backgrounding regardless of what type of that app is. So now, users will make the ultimate decision instead of Apple. This change helped a lot of users to use all the desired apps in background. 

My friend had many of the apps which he doesn’t use everyday running in the back ground which we disabled. Apps like Amazon, Best Buy, Pinterest or even Instagram doesn’t need background processing. Because regardless of what setting you keep these apps refresh when they are opened. Also, if you are worried about deals, app notifications do the job, no need for app to keep running in background. 

This is how to disable Background App Refresh on iOS8;
Go to Settins > General > Background App Refresh
Enable only a few apps which you really use multiple times everyday.

Use notifications wisely:

If you are not the person who likes every app installed on phone to buzz on your lock screen, then this is one of the best way to conserve battery. Only keep important app notifications to show up on the lock screen, for everything else there is always the Notification Center. 

Getting notifications to view on the lock screen every time keeps the screen light up for about 10-15 seconds. Those are the 10-15 seconds, you are not using your phone at all (well except for reading meaningless notifications). Configuring only required notifications to show up on lock screen will save a lot of back light up time. Here’s how to change it;

Go to Settings > Notifications > Select the app you want to change notification settings > Disable ‘Show on Lock Screen’ option.

Location services:

This is one of the best feature of iOS when you set up location specific reminders. Location reminders is a cool feature which alerts users when they arrive/leave within a specified range of a particular geographic location. This location could be Office, Home or even a coffee shop. Location reminder requires Reminders app to use location i.e. GPS of the phone which often is the major reason of battery drainage. 

Along with inbuilt Apple Apps, a lot of other third party apps from App Store support location services for many of their functionalities. Example would be Swarm app which alerts users when their friends are near by. But, not all apps need to know what your location is, and this is how to control it.

Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > Select app to change it’s settings > Choose among options Never, Always and if available While Using the App.

Status bar shows a small arrow pointer to indicate that an app is using location services.

Check indicators below to know status of location services on your phone.

Know your battery usage:

iOS 8 has a way to show battery usage report per app so you know what is using your phone battery the most. For best results charge your phone to fullest on your normal day and then let it drain until it shuts off. Here’s where to find battery usage information.

Go to Settings > General > Usage > Battery Usage

After making a few changes in these settings my friend has seen a huge improvement in the battery issue and also he now knows which apps he actually uses and which he doesn’t. Our small drill also helped him save some space on his phone.

Hope this helps you. After all, we all love our smart phones.

PS: These tips would work for all smart phones and tablets, considering installed mobile OS has these features configurable.

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Fantastical 2: Last app you will ever need for Calendar and Reminders

We are in smart phone era where all the phones (even dumb phones) have native calendar and reminder apps. iOS 7 comes packed with many features but, still lacks the ease of use. That’s where fantastical comes in picture. I have been user of Fantastical 1 for long time but, since Calendar and Reminder apps were more appealing in iOS7; I stopped using it. Fantastical 2 again is two steps ahead of all personal manager apps by merging iOS Calendar and Reminders into one fabulously looking and easy to use app.

Fantastical 2 for iPhone
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Highlights:

  • Integrates Calendar events, reminders and contacts with locations in one seamless interface
  • Intuitive event and reminder creator allows users to create new entries with use of natural language
  • Speak in natural language to create events/reminders the way you want, it understands what you are saying
  • Never go into separate calendars (e.g. work, personal) to create events, it all can be done in one line
  • Custom amount of reminders before timed event allows users to set multiple reminders for same event
  • It syncs! This app syncs flawlessly with iOS with help of background processing
  • Dark and light themes
  • Calendar view with event highlights
  • Options to choose what shows as badge number on app icon, I have it set for pending/today’s events and reminders
  • App also has a Mac version for $15, not that you need to have it but it’s made very simple to use from Mac menu bar.

Fantastical users can get this app for $2.99, for new users it’s $4.99. This app is on the top of ‘last personal manager app you ever asked for’ list.

Download from AppStore, click here.