How To Set Up A Wifi Hotspot on Your iPhone or iPad in 3 Minutes

Volume Buttons on the iPhone 5S Gold

This update is current as of March 2014. This article was originally published on December 3rd 2011. OS: iOS 7 Devices: iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini Do you need WiFi for your laptop in the middle of nowhere? Would you rather pay $20 a month for Wifi, rather than $30 an hour? If the answer is yes, read on. Activating the WiFi hotspot feature on an iPhone or iPad is actually quite easy once it's set up. Note that it doesn't work on phones before the iPhone 4, or the original iPad. Step 1: The right data plan To set up your hotspot, you're first going to need the right data plan. This … [Read more...]

Apple’s Touching Holiday Ad Was Shot Entirely on An iPhone 5S

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As they say, "the proof is in the pudding". Apple showed off the iPhone 5S's camera in one of the more brilliant smartphone ads of all time, "A Harris Family Holiday", an ad launched yesterday, set to Judy Garland's "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas". The ad was a family holiday montage shot entirely on an iPhone 5S - a standard iPhone 5S. Complete with slow motion, rich colors, and stop motion animations, the commercial stated exactly how capable the iPhone was, without once mentioning the product, or the competitor. There are shots in the snow to emphasize durability, and even a few … [Read more...]

How Apple Uses Color

the many colors of mac, ipod, and iPhone, and Steve Jobs's color strategy

Apple's history with color is pretty black and white. First they release a product in black, or white. Next, they release a version in the color not previously released. Lastly, they release a variety of colors, and laud their brilliant (emphasis: mine) new colors. It's really pretty predictable. The good news of course is that Apple is sticking to the pattern - indicating a bit of normalcy in the chaos that has descended upon the company since Jobs died. What chaos? The stock price falling, and failure to release some expected major products, as well as a new civil war. The Colorful … [Read more...]

How To Fix An iPhone 5S Freeze Or Crash

Did your shiny new iPhone 5S Freeze or crash? Don’t worry. You’re not alone. Due to the completely redesigned iOS 7, there are still some software bugs that may leave your phone frozen for extended periods. Here are the short-term and long-term un-freezing solutions.  In particular, I found that iOS 7’s mail app seemed to have a memory management issue that caused it to freeze. The Quick Un-freezing Fix What we’re going to do to fix your broken phone is called a “hard” reset. It doesn’t actually reset your phone’s software, or affect data. It just quickly quits out of any active … [Read more...]