How to use your iPhone as a Wi-fi Hotspot

iPhone Wi-Fi

If you have a family, chances are, you’re sharing some sort of data plan with your iPhone. Most of the time that’s not a bad thing.  In fact, with minor free data increases our family currently shares 15 GB of data a month.  Most of the time the data is only shared between our three iPhones, but we also have an iPad under the same plan.  Add to that the ability to carry over used data each month, and we rarely approach our allotted limit.

With this in mind, sharing data with our iPad’s and laptops that our limited to internet access on Wi-fi only has helped on more than one occasion. All you have to do to share your data connection is to turn your iPhone into a Wi-fi hotspot–and here’s how.

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How to install a third party keyboard on your iPhone

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For years Apple would not provide an option to download and install any third-party keyboard for iPhones.  Like it or hate it, that’s just how it was–and to be honest, most iPhone users were ok with that.  In fact, I would wager that the majority of iPhone users to this day, aren’t aware that since the introduction of iOS 8, we finally have choices when it comes to what keyboard we choose to use on our iPhones. Luckily there are now options for those who want to use Swift, Flesky, Swype, or any number of other available choices.

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Review: Apple’s Silicone Case in Midnight Blue

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Apple’s Silicone Case wasn’t actually my first choice for a case. I bought their leather Saddle Brown case and used it for about a month. I loved the way the leather felt and looked on the device, and I thought the warmer-looking Saddle Brown was a huge improvement over the basic Brown leather case. However, I also like to wear jeans most days of the week, and the Saddle Brown dye did not appreciate that in the least. It didn’t take long for me to sub out the leather case for a silicone one.

The white case was actually most appealing to me, but I was worried of repeating the blue staining I’d experienced with the leather case, so I went with Midnight Blue. I’ve had about six months with this case now, and although it isn’t exactly exciting, it’s definitely a keeper.

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9 Months With iPhone 6S Plus

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I’ve spent a good nine months with the iPhone 6S Plus. I didn’t go for Apple’s larger phone when they released the first iteration. I liked having an iPhone that was large enough to read on, but small enough to remain pocketable with any pair of pants. But battery life issues (caused by my Apple Watch) and curiosity eventually overcame me. I had to see what the fuss was all about and see for myself whether the larger screen really was a game changer.

Da Bigger Screen

It’s usually Apple’s powerful marketing campaigns that convince me that I really should try their shiny new thing. But in the case of the iPhone 6S Plus, it was actually my friends that were the biggest influence. I have a lot of non-techie friends at work who don’t normally care about which device they keep in their pockets, but the larger phone really made a difference to them. They used the 1920 X 1080 screen for quick references during presentations, viewed storyboards, and even wrote articles on the thing.

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How to set-up Apple pay on your iPhone

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One of the most exciting new features Apple added to the iPhone lineup was the introduction of Apple Pay.  You can use your iPhone at an expanding number of retailers for payments of goods and services, as well as within some apps.  Apple Pay has developed very quickly since it was first introduced in October 2014. It is now accepted in over a million stores and counting. With that in mind, it’s important to know how to set-up Apple Pay as quickly and easily as possible so you can start taking advantage of the most convenient way to checkout at your favorite establishments.

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The first (5) apps to download after buying an iPhone

 

Apple-App-Store

When you’re setting up your new iPhone of the first time, you probably already have in mind at least a few apps you might want/need right away.  This is especially true for users who have owned previous iPhone versions.  However, maybe this year you’re buying your first iPhone and you’re not exactly sure where to start.  Or, perhaps you are switching from another mobile platform, and you might be unaware of some stellar apps that are only available on iOS.  This is where we can provide some guidance, and suggestions based on years of experience and trial and error from our own interaction with the App Store.

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How to set-up and use Parental Controls on your iPhone

parental-controlsIf you have kids, you’ve probably handed them your iPhone a time or two to keep them occupied while out to dinner.  Perhaps you’ve introduced them to an educational game, or let them use your device for homework or to practice math skills like my youngest son does every week. The earlier you introduce them to technology, the faster they master it.  I know my kids are very tech savvy, more so then I ever was at their age.

However, along with this shared interest in technology, we as parents have a responsibility to keep them safe, and manage what apps they use, and the websites they visit on our devices. I’m _really_ tired of reading posts about parents claiming that Apple needs to refund them for purchases they didn’t authorize. If your young son or daughter uses your iPhone, especially if they know your passcode and Apple ID password, you should be held responsible for purchases made on that phone.

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The first (5) things you should do after buying a new iPhone

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Every new year since the introduction of the original iPhone back in 2007, Apple has released a new version of their “flagship” phone.  Whether this is your first iPhone, you’re on a yearly upgrade cycle, or you ride your current iPhone into the ground before buying a new one, one thing remains the same–you will need take a little time to set-up your phone before using it for the first time.  After you get home and take your iPhone out of the box, there are a few important steps you should follow so they you can start enjoying your new gadget ASAP.  Here is our list of the first (5) things you need to do after your purchase.

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