Monthly Archives: September 2013

How To Manually Back Up Your iPhone To A Computer If It -The iPhone – Is Wearing A Mophie Battery


In a word or two? You can’t.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my Mophie products. I have a portable battery and a wearable one as well for my precious iPhone 5.

But, with the iOS 7 update looming, I thought perhaps it was time to do a manual back-up in addition to the back-up on my iCloud storage plan.

So, I plugged the iPhone into my iMac – something I had not done in a while – and I waited and waited and waited. Nothing happened.

I rebooted, restarted, unplugged, updated both my iPhone and iTunes software. Still nothing.

Well, this was not good.

So, I took a break and went to purchase some Tim Hortons donuts for my America’s Got Talent Performance Finale Party tonight and then it hit me.

My Mophie Battery! Now, maybe it was the Timmies talking, but I had a revelation.

I was using the USB recharging cable from my Mophie product because this is basically how I charge my iPhone every night. Both the battery and iPhone are “joined at the hip” and I just assumed that the USB end of the cable would communicate with my Mac.

Well, guess what? It doesn’t! My iPhone 5 was craving its lightening cable big time.

So, I disconnected the bottom of the battery unit and exposed the original lightening port, plugged in my lightening USB cable and watched the magical import process begin on my iMac.

And that is it. Not a big how-to but important enough nonetheless. Better than tearing out your hair, right? And, if you are reading this and it made your day, then – you’re welcome. 🙂


Is IBeacons The Next Big Thing From Apple?

Just when we thought Apple was losing its magical touch, this article from Computerworld.Com surfaced on this fine Saturday, September 14th morning:

“Computerworld – Nearly a year and a half ago, I predicted that Apple was hatching a “secret plan to kill the cash register.” Now that plan has a name: It’s called iBeacons.

At the end of this column, I’m going to tell you a stunning fact about iBeacons. But first, let’s understand what Apple is hatching.

Apple cryptically introduced the iBeacons initiative at its developers conference in June, identifying the new technology as a feature of the iOS software developers kit (SDK).

In fact, iBeacons is a Bluetooth-based micro-locations system (think very accurate GPS that can be used indoors). But instead of being used by people to determine their own locations, it’s used by retailers, museums and businesses of all kinds to find out exactly where people are, so they can automatically serve up highly relevant interactions to customers’ phones.”

So, what does this all mean? Yes, I was confused at first as well but ComputerWorld lays it out quite nicely for all to envision. Here are the possibilities:

  • Stores reaching out and giving coupons and advertising to passersby on the sidewalk or in cars.
  • E-Z Pass”-style building access — doors would unlock and open as authorized users approach. A more secure version of this might require a fingerprint scan on the iPhone.
  • Far-more-accurate Passbook location-based alerts.
  • Tour-guide features that could give specific, detailed information on a phone or tablet within a single museum or across an entire city (with iBeacons placed at the specific landmarks and attractions).
  • Theme park family tracking, E-Z Pass-type access to rides and quick, wireless concessions sales.
  • Navigation aids for sight-impaired or physically disabled users inside buildings.
  • Self-service checkout. A customer could scan the labels on clothing, process the transaction on the phone, then stroll out of the store with purchases in hand (the alarm would be de-activated for those items).
  • This is way too cool and I, for one, am embracing it full on when it arrives. IBeacons Technology! Incredible!

    In a nutshell, in the future, if you own an iPhone, you will receive automated coupons from stores based on your location, won’t have to stand in line, will be able to enable self-checkout via your iPhone and on and on it goes. Absolutely incredible.

    So it appears that the iTouch Technology Apple introduced at their iPhone event on Tuesday, September 10th has far greater Implications than many of us could ever envision.

    And, apparently, every ” iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s already supports iBeacons and everything iBeacons can offer — that’s probably about 200 million actively used phones (give or take 50 million), with Apple’s selling dozens of millions more per quarter”, says ComputerWorld.

    I know that many of you would find this an infringement on your privacy but I am sure you will have the option to enable/disable iBeacons at your whim. Apple is all about privacy – always has been – so I have no doubt that your experience with iBeacons will be a secure one.

    Bye bye cash registers! Hello self-checkout! Do you think that iBeacons will be Apple’s “Next Big Thing”?

    GTG Live Blog Of The Apple iPhone Event Scheduled For September 10th At 1:00 Eastern


    The Apple Store is down. My Apple TV Unit is acting wonky. I can’t connect to iTunes.

    So, this can only mean one thing.

    Apple is ready to shove a bunch of new products in our faces and, like giddy excited children on Christmas morning, we cannot wait to unwrap the goodies under the old Apple tree.

    So, this blog topic is ready to go and live updates will be added below throughout the morning.

    Additionally, I will live blog this event courtesy of Mashable.Com and iPhoneInCanada.Ca.

    IPhone in Canada has an excellent Rumour Roundup of what we can expect at Tuesday’s event. It’s very exciting.

    Of everything I have read so far, I am pretty hyped over the fingerprint scanner and the gold iPhone. And no cheap phone for me. I want the expensive one because, well, you only live once so why not?

    So stay tuned my lovelies and the updates will be added as I receive them. And, at 1:00 Eastern, I will begin the live blog party.

    Comments are now open for business. Any Senior Geeks out there? C’mon, I know you are lurking. Come and join the party.

    Live Updates inside:

  • Predicted availability dates from iPhoneInCanada.Ca
  • Again from iPhoneInCanada – some live update links for today’s App,e Event:

    So with that being said, here are some live blogs to follow which are at Cupertino right now:

    The Verge
    TechCrunch (seems the best so far)
    ABC News
    We will be also live tweeting relevant news on via Twitter from @iPhoneinCanada. Don’t forget to read our last minute ‘predictions’ post on today’s event. Stay tuned.

  • Following Mashable’s Live Update beginning now.
  • Via Mashable – Waiting for the presentation to begin
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  • Someone commented that they think the rumored iPhone 5C is a children’s phone. The C stands for “children” not “cheap”. I like that idea.
  • Tim Cook is on stage talking about iTunes Festival and showing a video.
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  • Apple Store Update. Huge. Pavillion Design
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  • Craig Federighi up to talk iOS. Okay, now we’re getting somewhere!
  • New controls, notification center. Device actually learns where and when you commute. Computes commute with current traffic conditions
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  • The new camera is really great. Built-in square photo mode for Instagram. Photos automatically grouped by moments based on location and time they were taken.
  • Year View of Photos. Plus Airdrop sharing has faster capabilities.
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  • As always iOS 7 will be available on Sept 18
  • iWork now consists of the best-selling productivity apps on any platform. iWork highlights the fact that iOS devices are not just great for consuming content, great for creating content.
  • All 5 of these industry-leading iWork apps are now free with any new iOS device.
  • iPhone 5 helped take out iPhone business to an entirely different level. Woah! There will be two new designs allowing us to serve my customers
  • Phil Schiller is on stage talking about the new, colorful iPhone 5C
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  • Five colors, made of plastic. When you pick up and hold the iPhone 5c, you’ll be blown away by quality and how rigid it is.
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  • $99. Are you kidding me? This is fantastic! $199 for 32 gigs.
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  • “More powerful, more intuitive and ultimately more useful.” iPhone 5C is beautifully, unapologetically, plastic.”by Lance Ulanoff 1:30 PM
  • Single piece of poly-carbonate and insert the steel chasis that creates bespoke assembly that doubles as an antenna. Haha what does that mean? Has to be good, right?
  • iOS 7 complements the iPhone 5 C. Another great example of how we design and engineer our products in concert.”
  • Next up – the iPhone 5 S
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  • In black, gold and silver.
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  • The picture says it all.
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  • Graphics is 56 times faster. Complex enviroments running in real time. Runs 5 times faster than it would on iPhone 5. Great news for gamers – of which I am not. Still very impressive.
  • Finally! The home button. There’s a ring around the home button
  • New part in the iPhone 5S – it’s called the M7. Takes all the measurements from acceleromter, gyroscope and compass: makes possible a whole new level of health and fitness solutions
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  • Camera system announcement…Check it out in the picture below.
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  • New Flash: The truetone flash
  • Ambient light varies in color temperatures. The flash in the iPhone 5s solves for this with two LEDs. One brighter and one warmer. Truly a breakthrough!
  • Also new – auto image stabilization. Woo!
  • Burst mode 10 frames per second as long as you hold down the shutter. Incredible.
  • Now, something else the slow-motion camera. What the what?
  • 120FPS HD video? Christina 1:54 PM
  • Panorama 28 megapixel. Now you can adjust exposure level as you pan the scene
  • Now Touch ID. It reads your fingerprint at an incredibly detailed level. 70 microns thin, 500 pixels per inch. It sits on the HOME button.
  • You can use it for so many things for making iTunes purchases for example
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  • Touch the home button to unlock your phone. Perfect now I don’t have to push on that stupid home button
  • Prices are based on a two-year contract.
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  • Available for purchase on September 20
  • Tim Cook back on stage showing advertisements.
  • Elvis Costello takes to the stage. I think we are just about done here. Hmm.
  • So strange – they never addressed the battery issues. I guess time will tell.
  • And I believe that is a wrap. Happy? Disappointed? I am the former. Both phones sounds fabulous but the photo advancements on the iPhone 5S sound extraordinary.
  • Bye for now everyone! Happy Shopping!
  • Apple’s iPhone Event Scheduled To Take Place On September 10th

    So much is resting on the success of Apple’s Press Conference on Tuesday, September 10th. So. Much.

    As astutely demonstrated in this CNN article, Apple’s iPhone has taken a bit of a tumble from grace due to Samsung’s stronghold in the Smartphone Market.

    Here is an excerpt from the CNN article:

    “But as phones running Google’s Android operating system, particularly Samsung’s, have gained in popularity, iPhone owners have increasingly found themselves looking around and wondering, “Why can’t my phone do that?”

    Many Android phones have bigger screens than the iPhone. Some are water-resistant and can even snap photos underwater. Android apps can update automatically. Users can control Motorola’s new Moto X phone with their voice, without touching it. And that’s just the beginning.

    Add to that the fact that many in the tech world saw the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 as incremental advances, not the seismic leaps forward we’d come to expect from Apple, and you’ve got the more pressure on the company to ramp up the “wow!” factor.”

    It really is quite perplexing isn’t it? It’s almost as if there has been a major shift in Apple’s chain of command.

    And, indeed, this is what has happened. With the untimely demise of Apple Co-Founder, CEO and visionary, Steve Jobs, I truly believe that the company has remained rudderless for some time. They are beginning to realize that one cannot duplicate genius at the drop of the hat.

    And, although Steve made certain that the company was firmly solidified with the proper personnel once he resigned, he forgot one important missing element – HIM.

    So, on Tuesday, September 10th, all scrutinizing eyes and ears will be on Tim Cook and Co. as they present two new iPhone models (one expensive and one less so), an upgraded Apple TV unit and what? That’s it? Oh yes, the iOS 7 upgrade and, perhaps, a fingerprint sensor in the high end iPhone.

    Which, for me, is fine. I mean, really, what else can we expect? Technology has proceeded at such a frantic pace that we need a bit of a breather just to absorb it all.

    And enjoy it!

    I am excited for the new iOS 7 platform and especially excited for the fingerprint sensor. And if I never have to use the HOME button again, it will be huge cause for celebration around here. That button is one glitchy, annoying hot mess. It’s time to bury it.

    So, here’s to tomorrow and all that it brings. It all begins at 10:00 AM Pacific.

    I will add another topic tomorrow and live blog the event right here. Now can someone please tell me what the S stands for in the proposed iPhone 5S? Perhaps, as a family member suggested, it merely means $!

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