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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.

Check how Apple Watch will look on your wrist before it releases

Every true Apple fan out there is excited about new Apple Watch release. Apple announced it’s new device which is a wrist watch which will be released in about a month from now. Pre-orders are starting on April 10th but, how to know which size is right for you?

Well, there is always an answer on the internet. ARWatch app will allow you to check how the Apple Watch fits on your wrist. ARWatch uses augmented reality which scans a small piece of paper on your wrist (PDF explains) using iPhone camera and then puts a 3D version of watch on your wrist when looked at your phone screen.

1. Print this PDF in 100% and cutout the marked area. (Click here to download PDF)

If you are too lazy to print the PDF, check image below.

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2. Download the App by scanning the QR code in the PDF. (If you don’t know how to do it then, open this link on your iPhone)

3. Put the cutout on your wrist.

Put the cutout on your wrist as if it's the dial or face of your watch.
Put the cutout on your wrist as if it’s the dial or face of your watch.

4. Open ARWatch app and point the camera towards the cutout.

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I was thinking 42 mm is right for me but turns out 38 mm fits best. Hope this helps you decide the right size for you Apple Watch.

New Pebble Features: Activity Tracking and Quick Launch

Pebble is a smart watch designed to work as an accessory to work with your smart phone. Pebble is one of the first smart watches out there came to reality as a Kickstarter project. Despite from tough competetion from Android Gear, Samsung watches and now the announced Apple watch Pebble developers are not giving up. They are adding more and more features in almost every update they release.

Pebble has recently added a couple of new features;
1. Activity: It uses the motion censor inside your pebble to count steps you have taken throughout the day. It uses similar kind of algorithm to measure the step count as other leading activity trackers.
2. Quick Launch: This feature could be huge for pebble users, especially for the ones who don’t use Glance (only Android). Feature gives native capability to create long hold shortcuts to Top and Bottom buttons of Pebble. I am using it currently for Starbucks and Evernote Apps.

Check release notes below for more details about this update by developers.

Pebble Firmware 2.6 Release Notes
NEW: Activity. Activity tracking apps (e.g. Jawbone, Misfit, Swim.com) for Pebble now work seamlessly in the background. View installed Activity apps and toggle preferences in the Pebble Settings menu. An Activity icon is visible within Pebble menus when a compatible app is installed and running.
NEW: Quick Launch. Set shortcuts from a watchface to your favorite Pebble apps with a long press of the Up or Down buttons. Enable Quick Launch and set app shortcuts in the Pebble Settings menu. Battery icon is now persistent within Pebble menus.
Select button once again dismisses notifications when paired with an Android device or iOS device on iOS 7 or lower. iOS 8 users get notificaion dismissal for both Pebble and the paired device when pressing Select. Bug fixes and improvements.

Read more about Pebble here.

Messaging, Video Among Top Battery-Draining Apps | Re/code

Source: Messaging, Video Among Top Battery-Draining Apps | Re/code.

Is your smartphone suffering from a case of battery fatigue? Do you find yourself hunting for electrical outlets in unfamiliar places?

The problem may not be with the phone, but with the apps you’re using, according to a new study from Alcatel-Lucent that evaluates the efficiency of mobile applications.

Facebook Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, BlackBerry Messenger, Viber and Nimbuzz rank among the worst offenders when it comes to battery drain. These apps, by their nature, are constantly rousing the phone to send or receive a message.

In an attempt to provide users with instant gratification, some apps constantly contact the mobile networks, instructing it to alert the phone whenever an incoming message arrives. This repeatedly wakes the device from its dormant state — serving as a silent battery-killer. To counteract this problem, some apps hold a radio channel open to the device so it can continue sending and receiving messages over a period of time. This also drains the battery.

“It’s the sort of thing people do not necessarily know,” said Josee Loudiadis, Alcatel-Lucent’s director of network intelligence.

Alcatel-Lucent used its mobile network analytics technology to measure app usage by more than 15 million subscribers on mobile networks in North America, Asia and the Middle East. A study to be released April 30 seeks to identify which of the leading mobile applications most tax network resources, consume the most data and deplete battery life fastest.

The applications that put the most demand on mobile networks are, not surprisingly, the most popular: Google Search, Facebook, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and YouTube. These account for the greatest data volume and require the most signal capacity (that is, the need to open a radio channel for each device to attach to a network to send or receive information).

Network operators know their data consumption is about to skyrocket whenever consumers download iTunes, launch video streaming service Netflix or post photos and videos on Facebook and Instagram. These are all well-known bandwidth hogs. But other, less obvious apps, such as Internet radio service Pandora and photo pinning site Pinterest, also devour resources.

Among data-intensive video apps, YouTube depleted battery life fastest, as users jump from one video to the next, watching multiple videos in sequence.

Another factor Alcatel-Lucent weighted in determining an app’s efficiency is “chattiness” — a measure of how often it connects to the mobile network to send or receive data. The chattier the app, the more it drains the battery.

Among social media apps, BlackBerry Messenger is the chattiest, sending out a radio signal 343 times for every megabyte of data — compared with Windows Live Messenger, which makes five times fewer connections to the network. Google is almost twice as chatty as Yahoo during searches and Internet browsing, the study found.

The most efficient applications are among the first to appear on mobile devices: Mail apps including Gmail, Yahoo Mail and AOL mail. Developers have refined these apps in a way that reduces the demand on networks (and devices), downloading mail when a user opens the app instead of sending continuous notifications when each new message arrives.

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.

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Image source: www.macstories.com

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.

iPhone 5S and 5C unvealed

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On Tuesday Apple revealed their new next generation iPhone, actually there are two to beat your previous iPhone this year. iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C were presented as two newest additions to the iPhone family at Cupertino in the iPhone event. I have summarized a few points below to give people a general idea of what they will get from their favorite (or not) next generation of the phone.

Let’s talk about iPhone 5C first and keep the other one at the end as main event 😉

iPhone 5C – I think C is for both Colors and Cheap

What’s good:

  1. Comes in vibrant colors: Good for people who always bought phone covers just to have a colorful phone and not to protects it from falls.
  2. Slightly faster than previous generation iPhones: It comes with A6 chip which iPhone 5 and some other iDevices carry.
  3. Comes with iOS7: All the new 5Cs will come with pre-installed iOS7 which is a fantastic, new and yet pretty familiar OS. This will bring a lot of features to the device.
  4. Cheaper than iPhone 5S: Price ranges are 16GB-$99, 32GB $199 and 64GB $299 of course with new contract with carrier.

What’s not so good:

  1. Plastic, not glass: All 5C are made from quality plastic and not from aluminum and glass. This to some people might feel a bit cheap.
  2. Price is not that luring as just for $100 more you can get iPhone 5S with higher processor power and a lot of other features.

iPhone 5S: Faster, thinking ahead of time and lighter

What’s good:

  1. Processor: Newly developed Apple A7 chip is a dual core processor and has 64 bit architecture. This will definitely run your apps and games faster than before with double the speed for the same battery life as Apple claims. Of course consumers will have to wait until their favorite app comes in 64 bit versions from respective developers.
  2. New chip: M7 is the newly introduced chip apart from the processor in an iOS device. This is a dedicated processor to continuously monitor motion related data off iPhone 5S. This will make gaming better and will support upcoming future health and fitness apps. Guess you have to dump that Nike band now.
  3. Finger print sensor: This is advanced feature compared to the current consumer technology, this scanner will unlock your phone and enable iTunes and AppStore (for now) purchases just with a swipe of your finger.
  4. iSight Camera: Upgraded camera flaunts new aperture at f2.2 which fives you more depth of field and allows more light to come onto the image sensor. Hold the shutter release button to take continuous shots at 10fps (this is faster than my Canon T2i). Shoot 1080p videos at 120 fps (high speed videography).
  5. Lighter in weight: iPhone 5C weighs less than iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S is lighter than iPhone 5C.
  6. Color: Now comes in Champagne Gold along with White and Space Gray.

What’s not so good:

  1. Body: Apple following the S tradition did not change the body of iPhone this time. So, if you didn’t like iPhone for the way it looks. You still have to wait for next year.
  2. Apps: Many of the apps currently are designed for 32 bit architecture. They will work on 5S but the speed still will be restricted to that of 32 bit as the code is only built for it. If you are upgrading for the sole purpose of speed then you might have to wait until developers update their apps.
  3. Cannot pre-order this phone, only buy in store starting 20th. For now only Apple stores are selling new iPhones if there is new news we’ll post it here. 5S comes in 16GB for $199, 32GB for $299 and 64GB for $399 of course with new contract with carrier

Pre-orders: iPhone 5C pre-orders have already started today 12 am PST. You cannot pre-order iPhone 5S currently, it will be available in Apple Stores starting 20th Sept. 2013 8 am.