iOS 6.1.3 Release Fixes Lock Screen Security Flaw | Courtney Social Media Consultant in Los Angeles

But will iOS 6.1.3 fix more importnt issues?

iOS 6.1.3 Fixes Lock Screen Security Flaw
· Tuesday, March 19th, 2013 in Apps and Software · 0 Comments

Today’s iOS 6.1.3 Release fixes the Lock Screen Security Flaw that many users have been reporting since iOS 6.1.

Video Demonstration of Lock Screen Security Flaw:

The lock screen security flaw allowed unauthorized users to access the phone app by bypassing the lock screen. Basically, the flaw meant that users could call people from lost or stolen iPhones. Not cool.

I hope iOS 6.1.3 also fixes a flaw that I have with callers hearing me speak when my iPhone battery has less than a 60% charge, and most importantly, my overall cell reception. Since iOS 6.1.0 release, the reception on my iPhone has been horrible. Not only have I missed basic sms messages, but I’ve also missed a few group sms messages sent by someone sitting less than 5 feet from me. It’s pretty sad. I’ve resorted to turning my phone completely off at night, letting it fully charge, and just praying that it finds a good cell tower in the morning.

Hopefully, this iOS 6.1.3 software release will be more friendly than other iOS 6.1 releases.


Evernote 5 for iOS is Coming Soon! | Courtney Social Media Consultant in Los Angeles

An early look at Evernote 5

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· Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 in Apps and Software · 3 Comments

Evernote 5 for iOS is coming soon!
The Evernote team provided us with an early look of what’s to be expected in Evernote 5 on iOS.

We have some exciting news. Evernote’s team of developers and designers have spent months rethinking our app to make it as fast, uncluttered, and easy to use as possible. The result is the all new Evernote 5 for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. It’s a beautiful, re-imagined experience that puts everything you need no more than two taps away.

Evernote 5 for iOS - New User Interface

Evernote 5 for iOS Features

  • New Home Screen with updated Notebook UI & Access to Notestacks on iPad
  • Easy Access to create Quick Notes, take Quick Snapshots, and utilize the Page Camera
  • Easy access to premium features

I really love the way greater focus is given to the new note and photo capture buttons. The ‘notebook’, ‘tag’, and ‘places’ sections are now tabbed below the new note buttons with a cool new folder style user interface. And the fact that notes, notebooks, and notestacks are now distinguishable is a great boost in usability.


How-To: Quick iPhone Battery Life Fix | Courtney Social Media Consultant in Los Angeles

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· Friday, October 19th, 2012 in Apps and Software · 3 Comments

A lot of folks have been complaining about the battery life of their iPhone 4 / iPhone 4S while running iOS 6.
Here’s a quick tip to lighten your iPhone 4’s battery load.

The Quick Tip

Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services

Now, turn off everything except the “Cell network search”.

Most of us won’t be using the rest very often. By default, those settings are on, and it consumes a lot of battery power without many of us knowing it.


Did You Pre-Order the IPhone 5? | Courtney Social Media Consultant in Los Angeles

· Friday, September 14th, 2012 in Girl Geek · 0 Comments

Did you Pre-order the iPhone5?
Or are you having a TaskRabbit stand in line for you?
Or are you getting in line tomorrow so that you can get an Iphone5 from the Apple store?

I know I listed quite a few options.
I just thought I’d remind you that you had a few. Ha!




Review: Bamboo Stylus CS100 for iPad | Courtney Social Media Consultant in Los Angeles

· Wednesday, June 6th, 2012 in Reviews · 0 Comments

Since I’ve been required to draw more and more lately for clients at work, and for my new recreational site (TBA later), I’ve been forced to invest in a better stylus for my iPad.

After purchasing two (2) different styli from eBay, I decided to use my brain and find some reviews and recommendations for best styli used for drawing on the iPad 2.

MacWorld seemed to have the most extensive reviews. But most of the the recommendations I found around the web are the same, in that they rank the Bamboo Stylus for iPad by Wacom quite high on their lists. Next in line was the SGP Kuel H10, which was actually half the price. However, being that I’ve got 2 of these things lying around already, I figured I should just “splurge” a little and get what I paid for this time.

Well…so far, so good. And that’s saying a lot for a company who pissed me off and cost me a re-stocking fee with their original (beta-style) Bamboo Tablet five years ago.

Yep, the Bamboo Stylus CS100 is winning.


Review: Want! | Courtney Social Media Consultant in Los Angeles

· Thursday, January 12th, 2012 in Reviews · 0 Comments

It wasn’t what I was expecting.

I mean, Want! looked great in the App Store, so I thought I’d try it on for size.

Want! was launched early last year, and cited as a “Window Shopping” application that allows users to “like” the things that they Want! in real life. Not only that, but it allows the user to create categories and walls of images – to organize their wants.

The Huge Process of Registering and Logging In.

  1. I wasn’t able to register to actually use the app through the offered Social Media Accounts: Facebook or Twitter. The app kept crashing each time I selected to register with Facebook or Twitter.
  2. I thought it was my phone, so I rebooted.
  3. I attempted registering with my Facebook and Twitter accounts once more before I gave up.
  4. I had to register directly with Want.com through the app which meant that I had to enter all of my details by hand instead of having them pre-populated with Facebook or Twitter.
  5. Once I hit the final “Register” button, the app hung and crashed.
  6. The only reason I knew that the registration went through was because I received three welcome emails. THREE.
  7. Once I logged in, it crashed again.
  8. The second time I logged in, I was able to get as far as clicking around to view a few other “Want” items from other users. But the second I hit “Add Want”, the app crashed again.
  9. In a last stitch attempt, I logged in to see if I could at least look around a little more…
  10. And then I realized that all of the location listed were in New York.

The app was made primarily for those people who live…in New York.

Fail.

There’s Hope for a Great Concept.

I mean, “Window Shopping” is a great concept.

Want! is similar to another “window shopping” app that I downloaded last year. But, I ended up deleting that app for the same reason. It was primarily for those users in Los Angeles. I’ll update when I remember the name.

You can create category-specific “Walls” to organize and display your wants.

You can add wants from other users to your “want walls”.

Want! allows you to click and visit the actual online store for the item.

If they really wanted to, they could figure out a way to leverage the redirect, and score some affiliate points.

Wish I could offer more of a review, but the registration and login process was a beast and I kind of lost interest.


Jailbreak 5.0.1: Must-Have Apps | Courtney Social Media Consultant in Los Angeles

· Friday, January 6th, 2012 in Apps and Software · 0 Comments

Below you’ll find a list of must-have apps (Cydia Packages) for your new Jailbreak 5.0.1. These apps are some of the most used apps, and will have your iPhone functioning as it should have been under iOS 5.0.1. – screenshots coming.


UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE (1/07/2012)

NoLock prevented my iPhone from dimming after lighting up on a lockscreen alert. This decreased battery life tremendously. Fail.

KillBackground

KillBackground has been my favorite app (outside of MailEnhancer) to-date. It allowed me to create an Activator event that kills all apps, except the music app) with a Short Hold of the Home button. Score.

A Little Background

Yes, I “have a little fun” with Blackberrys, and Blackberry Themes. Yes, I enjoy building iPhone Web based apps, and iPhone/iPad ready websites. Two years ago, I purchased the iPhone and was using it mainly for business purposes, but never setup my Exchange mail accounts because I didn’t like having to type out different signatures for the different Exchange accounts every time I wanted to send an email. I have 7 different email accounts on my iPhone and 10 different email accounts total. This is an integral feature that Apple’s iPhone needs in order to establish itself as a business phone. Another feature the iPhone needs is text replacement. Rim’s Blackberry will continue to win as it offers these two features as default with its operating systems.

It wasn’t until about a year after I purchased the iPhone that I found MailEnhancer and went ahead with untethered Jailbreak 4.3.1. MailEnhancer is the only reason that I do not upgrade my iPhone when new iOSs are released. I refuse to be without it. And I refuse to upgrade the iOS until a jailbreak is released that will allow me to continue using MailEnhancer.

Now on to the goods…

The Jailbreak 5.0.1 Process & How-To

I installed Jailbreak 5.0.1 on my iPhone on Wednesday following the process found here: Jailbreak 5.0.1 Untethered (iOS 5) – iPhone 4, 3GS, iPad, iPod Touch 4G, 3G

The process wasn’t too difficult to follow. However, I had jailbreak 4.3.1 installed, so I had to backup and do a clean install of iOS 5.0.1 with iTunes prior to running the jailbreak software provided at the link above.

Of the apps that I had installed previously, I am only using about 4.
I used AptBackup (BigBoss & Chris Featherstone) to run a backup list of the apps I had installed prior to wiping the iPhone. AptBackup doesn’t backup the actual apps, it simply creates a list for you to restore those apps. Once you reinstall Cydia, you open AptBackup, hit “Restore” and it will find and restore the apps for you.

Unfortunately for me, a few apps that I used under Jailbreak 4.3.1 weren’t working under Jailbreak 5.0.1. But fortunately for you, that meant I spent a good 9.75 hours scouring Cydia finding the apps that would work, and didn’t cause Springboard to crash. hello.

The following is the list I generated of the Must-Have apps for Jailbreak 5.0.1. Enjoy!

AdBlocker

This is great for blocking the ads that appear in iPhone apps like Angry Birds, and Safari.

AnyLockApp

Change the lockscreen camera button to a different app.

biteSMS

Great for using QuickReply and QuickCompose

BlackBadge (non-retina)

I didn’t like having a red notification count above my icons. Black looks better.

BytaFont

I like to change the standard iOS font. I’m using Tuffy font this time.

CameraLocker

This make sure that your lockscreen always shows the camera shortcut. And I use “AnyLockApp” above to replace the camera shortcut with Twitter or Facebook – depending on the week.

Infiniboard

iPhone limits you to 12 apps per page. Inifiboard allows you to have an infinite number of apps on each page. I prefer to have one long page that I can swipe up and down – like my Blackberry, of course. (wink)

Infinidock

iPhone limits the number of apps that you have in your dock.

Infinifolders

iPhone limits each folder to 12 apps per folder. Infinifolders allows you to have an infinite number of apps in each folder you create. I have quite a few social apps, so I had to move some apps into an alternate folder. This eliminates my having to do that.

Invisible Folder

iPhone folder apps have a white/greyish border which doesn’t look too great on dark backgrounds. This makes the background invisible.

Lockinfo

This allows me to display notifications on my lockscreen.

MailEnhancer

This app allows you to have multiple signatures for your email.

This is the reason I installed the jailbreak on my iPhone in the first place. And this was the reason that I would not install iOS 5.0.1 until there was a jailbreak for it.



NoLock

iPhone dims the background image on the lockscreen. This removes that.

QuickLock 2

This app creates a “lock” app on your iphone – like the Blackberry.

I actually spent about 2 hours trying to determine what was crashing Springboard. I had installed QuickLock (1) instead of QuickLock 2. QuickLock (1) was apparently for the previous jailbreak version. But the notes aren’t really indicitive of that. And I didn’t notice that there was a QuickLock 2 until I was looking for an app to replace the app that I thought was causing the crash. hello.

Shrink

This allows me to make my app icons smaller. In coordination with Infiniboards, this app allows me to fit more apps on the screen and scroll less.

SmartFolders for Mail

This app allows you to filter your email.