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How to Sync iPhone Notes with Gmail Account

Apple iOS offers many great stock apps, and one of them is notes app. This app will let you take quick notes, and you can also sync it online with iCloud and Gmail. But not many people know about it or how to use it. This tutorial will show you how to sync iPhone notes with Gmail or any other email service over IMAP. This is very useful, when you are working online, and use iPhone notes app to take quick notes. This way, you will be creating a backup copy of notes in your Gmail account too.

How to Sync iPhone Notes with Gmail:

Before we Sync our notes we need to first setup our iPhone to use Gmail via IMAP. If you already have it configured skip these steps and jump right ahead to enable notes syncing. For those of you who need instructions to configure Gmail via IMAP on iPhone please read our tutorial How to Configure IMAP/Push for Gmail on iPhone

Now that we have an IMAP account setup let’s proceed to the next step.

iPhone Notes Sync Gmail

Under account settings turn on Notes.

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Now you might wonder what happens next. Here’s what. Gmail will create a new label called Notes automatically for you. Once you click on it you will be able to browse through all your Notes from your computer’s browser.

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Please note that the Sync is one way. Any changes made to notes on iPhone will reflect in your Gmail account but you cannot edit it there. The notes can only be edited on the iOS device, be it your iPhone or iPad.

Multiple iPhone Notes Accounts?

If you enable Notes sync on more than one account, all of them will feature under Accounts in the Notes app. You can choose to access all or just the ones from a particular account.

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There are many advantages of syncing your iPhone notes online. I’ll save that for another post. Meanwhile, why don’t you temme how can you find this feature useful. If you are a new iPhone user, here are few more tips that you should not miss:

 

3 Smart & Quick Ways to Transfer Photos From iPhone to Mac

Transfer photos from iPhone to MacIn case you were looking for the most efficient ways to transfer or remove photographs from your iPhone using your Mac, here’s the right place. We show you three fastest ways to do it. Best thing is that you don’t need to download any extra app. We’ll be using apps already on your Mac. iPhoto users may read on for a faster alternative.

Apple has made downloading images from your iPhone to your Mac a painless deal. I will be showing you how to accomplish this task using three applications – iPhoto, Image Capture and Preview app on Mac OS. Also, with the new generation of iPod Touch and its inbuilt cameras, iPod Touch users will be needing this guide too.

How to Transfer photos from iPhone to Mac OS:

iPhoto

While iPhoto has some great features available it’s a little slow if you just need a screenshot or temporary image transfer. However, if you wish to keep the photos for long and want to keep them organized in albums this is the best way to do it. iPhoto will help you browse photos as albums or event.

Also, you have a nice set of editing and slideshow tools available to further enrich the experience. Most of you are already familiar with how to import photos using iPhoto. For those not, here’s how. Open iPhoto, Connect your iPhone over USB. In less than 30 seconds, your iPhone should appear in the device list.

Trust me on this, running iPhoto first and then connecting iPhone is the best way to do it. Once you see the iPhone appear select as many or all pics and click on import.

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The photos will be copied to iPhoto album and you will be asked whether to delete them from the phone or not.

Delete iPhone photos

There are times when I don’t want to save them in the iPhoto album (temporary images like screenshots) and just wish to save them manually and quickly. For that, we have the following two ways to attain the task.

Image Capture

Believe it or not, this app has always existed in your Mac’s Applications folder. Just go to Applications > Image Capture or use Spotlight to search for the same.

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Your iPhone will appear under the list of devices on the left. Just select the pics you want and click on import. Alternatively, drag the pics out to any finder window or your desktop and you’re done. Yes, it’s that simple. In fact pretty much the way you have been doing it on windows to transfer iPhone pics. You can also delete as many pics as you want by clicking the small red button in the bottom.

Image Capture Mac photo import

Preview Application

How could we miss this out. Preview lets you view practically anything on the Mac right? Right from PDFs to images. Now let’s use it to transfer pictures from the iPhone. Just run Preview, in case it already isn’t.

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Hit the file menu and click on import from iPhone. The name of the device depends on what you called your iPhone in iTunes. The process of importing and deleting pictures remains same as that in the previous case of Image Capture.

Mac Preview app

I’m sure just like me, most of you did not yet know about all of the three ways to import iPhone photographs. Go ahead and try it out for yourself. If you run into any issue feel free to use the comment box.

3 iPhone Puzzle Games That Test Your IQ

For those who love iPhone Puzzle games you will find almost an endless supply in the Appstore. Puzzle games are great for casual gamers and I have singled 3 which are the best in the Appstore.

iPhone Puzzle Games

1. Doodle Fit by Gamelion Studios:

Doodle Fit is a game in which you must fit different shaped blocks so that it matches the large outlined shape on your screen. The game will start out very easily by giving you shapes such as a square and rectangle but as you progress you the shapes become more difficult such as insects and letters. There are a total of over 100 different shapes that are divided into 4 levels and the game offers hints for those who need a little extra help. Doodle Fit features amazing chalkboard graphics and upbeat music and is available for only $.99

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2. Slice it! by Com2uS:

In this game you must try to slice equal sized shapes into the required number of pieces. Each of the sliced pieces will be graded by accuracy and if there is a large difference between the sizes then you will have to redo the level. You will be given 1-5 stars for perfect cuts or a 5 stars which will give you a hint. These hints can be used in the later levels when you are stuck and there might be many of these occasions in the 60 levels available. Slice it! features a nice paper background with fun music and is only available for $.99

3. Cut the rope by ZeptoLab.

In this game there is a rope that is dangling with candy. You must cut the rope in the right place while dodging different obstacles such as spiders or air guns so that the candy lands in the monster’s mouth. The rope will bounce around realistically and features a fantastic physics engine. Cut the rope has some really cute graphics and has 100 brain boggling puzzles for only $.99!

Do let us know your favorite iPhone puzzle game?

How Much Data Does a FaceTime Call Use?

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So what did we find out?

Now that we have made FaceTime an integral part of how we communicate, we decided to find out how much data it is consuming. This is important for a lot of users who may not be on an unlimited data plan be it 3G or wi-fi. Keeping an eye on how much data Facetime is using, will make sure you never cross your data limit, and don’t get over billed for the usage.

Here are iOS apps that you can use to calculate data usage used by apps on your Smartphone or iPad:

For those living under a rock, here are some FaceTime related articles:

Facetime Data usage test:

Facetime is free, and works best when you are using high speed internet connection (Wi-fi, 3G, 4G).  We made a FaceTime call from our iPhone 6 (over 3G) The results for the test call are as follows:

  • Call Duration: 10 minutes
  • Data Sent: 14.6 MB
  • Data Received: 15.1
  • Total Data (Sum of above) : 29.7 for ten minutes

We can conclude from the above that FaceTime is using approximately three megabytes per minute. So, an hour long conversation would involve around 180MB of data. A similar test conducted by 9to5Mac yielded the same results. Though, this result may vary depending upon which version of iOS device you are using.  So, when you are choosing a wi-fi plan at home go for unlimited connections to avoid huge data charges. Similarly, make sure you consider data charges on all the networks before you choose a 3G connection from the upcoming providers in India.

Top Cydia Repos That You Should Use

Top Cydia ReposLot of people don’t know what to do once they’ve Jailbroken their iOS device, they don’t know where to find all the cool stuff. Of course it’s all available in Cydia’s Sections tab, but that’s just too much to search from. In such cases, it is necessary to add certain repositories, repo as we know it, to Cydia wherein you can get all the benefits of having a Jailbroken iOS device.

Now, the difficult part is that there are many repos to chose from, and you can go on adding them and almost all of them have similar content. Here I’ll be writing about the top cydia repos that you can add to get the most out of your Jailbroken iOS device and enjoy all those free and premiumr apps. Also I’ll be telling you how to add repos to Cydia later on in the post.

Top 5 Cydia Repos and Sources

Cydia usually comes with ModMyi, Telesphoreo Tangelo and the BigBoss Repos, so I’m not going to count those. These Cydia repos are updated for iOS 6.1.1, and after Evasi0n jailbreak, you can add them manually.

iPhoneCake Repo

If you’re a game freak, and want access to many gaming titles then this is the repo for you. It has games such as Need for Speed, Asphalt, FIFA and much more.

You can add iPhoneCake repo to Cydia from Manage>Sources>Edit>Add:

http://cydia.iphonecake.com

Sinful iPhone Repo

Another repo that contains a lot of themes and apps to customize your jailbroken iOS device. The collection is not as large as that of BigBoss Repo, but it has some good apps and themes that will make your iOS device even better.

To add Sinful iPhone Repo go to Cydia>Manage>Sources>Edit>Add:

http://sinfuliphonerepo.com

iSpazio Repo

The iSpazio repository is mainly an italian one, but it has many international apps, themes, wallpapers and games as well. It’s good to have this on your list of top 5 repos and enjoy awesome customization of your iOS device.

To add iSpazio Repo to Cydia go to Manage>Sources>Edit>Add:

http://ispaziorepository.com

iModZone Repo

Last, but not the least, the iModZone repo, for all your crazy theming and wallpaper needs. Browse through the repo once it’s installed to see what I mean by crazy themes and wallpapers.

To add iModZone Repo to Cydia go to Manage>Sources>Edit>Add:

http://cydia.imodzone.net

That’s the Top 5 repos that I would suggest you to add in Cydia. Now if you don’t know how to add a repo in Cydia, then follow these steps.

How to add repo to Cydia:

  • Enter Cydia, and then go over to the Manage tab.

Cydia Repos

  • Now select Sources and tap on Edit>Add(on the top left corner).

Cydia Sources

  • A dialogue box will appear where you’ll have to enter the required repo address. Enter one of the address from the above list and it’ll be automatically added to your Sources.

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  • Now to browse through the repos, enter Source and then browse, install, preview as many apps, themes, ringtones, wallpapers as you want.

Enjoy and do let us know which is your favorite repo for apps, themes etc.

3 Free Cydia Apps to Change iPhone’s Carrier Name

When you see a custom name instead of the operator’s name on anyone’s iPhone or screenshots on the internet, you might have wondered how do they do this. This tutorial will show you three free cydia apps that can change iPhone’s carrier name. Now you can change it to any fake carrier name or even your own name. We have tested these to work on the latest versions of iOS including iOS 6.1.1.

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1. Fake Operator

This application does not have any icon for itself. You need to configure it through the settings app on your iPhone.

While it does not need a reboot or respring to change iPhone’s carrier name, you do need to quit Settings for the changes to take effect. Works perfectly with iOS 4.3.1+

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It can be downloaded for free via Cydia. Since, it is hosted on the BigBoss repo no need to add any new repo to Cydia. Just search for Fake Operator using the search tab.

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2. FakeCarrier

This app is similar to Fake Operator in functionality. It does have its own icon but that’s not why I like this the most. The good part is that you do not have to quit the app for the changes to be effective. Just type fake carrier name and tap on set to apply it. I have tested FakeCarrier to work on the latest iOS version 4.3.1 on iPhone 4.

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Again no extra Repo needs to be added as it is hosted on BigBoss repo. Just go to Cydia and search for FakeCarrier.

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3. MakeItMine

MakeItMine is an app by Erica Sadun. Since, this app hasn’t been updated in a while it does not work for iOS version 4.2 and later. Also, it requires you to respring iPhone for changes to take effect. Even though respring feature is included, it is inconvenient compared to the previous two apps.

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You can install MakeItMine from the ModMyI repo, which is a default repo in Cydia.

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Do let us know, which is your favorite fake carrier application for iPhone and what did you finally change the carrier name to?

Air Playit : Stream Multi-Media Content from Computer to iOS Device

Air Playit is going to change the way you transfer video and music from your computer to iPhone/ iPad, just say goodbye to the days when you have to sync the media from iTunes. As long as long as your iPhone or iPad is connected with WiFi, 3G/4G network, just play your desired videos and music on your iOS device directly, irrespective of the file format.

Here I would like to introduce this innovative video and audio streaming software to you. Air Playit is composed of a server and a client application, and the connection between them is the wireless network (WiFi, 3G or 4G). The server is mainly for sharing the videos and music folder, and the client application is used mainly for staying connected with the server to get the media streaming from it.

Air Playit

Setting up Air Playit server onto the desktop is simple and quick. Run it and click “Shared Folder”, you can not only add video/music folder from hard disk but also import the iTunes playlist for streaming. Other functions could also be found here, for instance, click “Permission” tab and users can set permission level (Admin, Kid and Public) to the shared file. Under the “Information” tab, the IP address of your server computer is shown. The “Web” tab allows users to access the shared media using any web browser with the URL shown on the server.With Air Playit installed, you can transfer your videos and music wirelessly with little time and effort.

Key features of Air Playit:

Live conversion

Built in 320 different video/audio codecs, Air Playit offers real-time conversion for the HD and SD videos when streaming, so that you can play any video and music on your device instantly.

The supported video formats include the HD videos MKV, M2TS, AVCHD, TP, MPEG-TS, AVC and MOD etc and regular videos such as MPEG1/2, WMV, ASF, AVI, MOV, RM/RMBV, FLV, MP4, H.264, M4V, WTV, WebM.

Air downloader

Air Playit also works as remote video converter software for you to add/manage video conversion tasks on your iOS device, which enables you to download the audio video files to your device wirelessly over WiFi, 3G/4G network and play them offline at any time.

HTTP server

Air Playit enables users to access the videos and audios stored on a PC or Mac using any web browser.

Besides the above features, Air Playit has even more to offer. For instance, it enables users to add remote server by specifying IP address and supports multi-audio tracks video for you to choose any language in the video file. It can also remotely power off your computer after finishing watching. Compared with other video/audio streaming software, Air Playit has an innovative feature- TV out that empowers you to stream video & music to TV via iPhone iPad etc. It is a good idea to use Air Playit and start a new way to transfer your videos and music and play them on your beloved iOS device.

How to use Air Playit to transfer media from computer to your iOS device.

Download Air Playit server (both Mac and Windows versions are available) and install it onto the computer, and then install the client app for iPad or client app for iPhone on your iOS device.

Run Air Playit server, click “Shared folders” and add the video or music folder that you need to stream to your iPad or iPhone.

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On your iPad or iPhone, run the client app and add your server and tap it. The client app will detect and connect to the server automatically by Bonjour service. If sometimes it can’t find the Bonjour connection information, you need to manually input the server address which is shown on the server or close the firewall for a try. Here I would like to take iPhone for example.

Browse the shard folders under the server, then tap your desired folder, select any file that you need and click “Play”, just play the music and video on the go without waiting for the conversion.


Using this software will certainly take care of pain of transferring multi-media files from your desktop to your iOS device. Do let us know your review of Air playit or any other streaming software if you are using?

What Are The Difference Between DFU and Recovery Mode

This tutorial tells you the basic difference between iPhone’s DFU and Recovery modes and what mode is used for what purpose. If you already know the difference between the two modes and looking for just the instructions on how to put iPhone into the two modes read:

Difference Between DFU and Recovery Mode:

What are these modes for and why should I know about them?

If you are a new iPhone user or don’t care about jailbreaking chances are that you might have never come across these two modes and won’t need to in the future either. But if you use Cydia or custom IPSW firmware on your iPhone or other iOS devices you will definitely come across this.

DFU stands for Device Firmware Update. Both of the modes can be entered by pressing a particular series of buttons on your iPhone. They help you update or install firmware when the normal iTunes method fails. Here are some situations when you might need to use these modes.

  • Reset iPhone if your forgot Passcode
  • Downgrade Firmware version
  • Install beta iOS Firmware
  • When iTunes returns errors like 1013, 1603 etc.

iPhone Recovery mode vs DFU mode:

iPhone Recovery Mode:

Recovery Mode boots your iPhone and stops at the Connect to iTunes screen. You can use it to install the latest firmware but not downgrade. You can click on Restore in iTunes to let iTunes download firmware and install. Alternatively, you can download firmware from here and press Alt + Restore(Shift + Restore on Windows) to browse for firmware manually.

iPhone Recovery Mode

The recovery mode and iTunes will prevent you from restoring to older firmware than the current firmware. You will keep getting error in iTunes every time you try doing it. This is because iPhone has already booted and knows the current firmware version.

iPhone DFU Mode:

DFU mode on the other hand does not fully start up the iPhone or iPod Touch. The screen remains off and appears as if your iPhone is turned off but it will be recognized in iTunes and be ready for restoring to any firmware. Since, the firmware is not booted you can downgrade iPhone to previous versions or even custom firmwares with Cydia and other packages created from jailbreak tools like PwnageTool.

iPhone DFU Mode
Learn how to put iPhone into DFU mode:

So now you know the difference between the two modes. Let us know if you have any related questions via comments.

How to SSH into iPhone on Windows System

If you are an iPhone lover and a Geek, I’m sure you must have jailbroken your iPhone by now. By Jailbreaking your iPhone you can install many applications which are paid, have root access to your iPhone . After Jailbreaking your iPhone you can also SSH into iPhone via Windows or Mac using any SSH client.

In this tutorial, I will be sharing how you can SSH your iPhone. This will be a step by step guide and before we move ahead you should learn basic of SSH from Wikipedia page.

To get started with OpenSSh, follow the complete guide below:

OpenSSh iPhone starter guide for Jailbroken Devices:

You need to have a jailbroken iPhone with Cydia installed to get started with sshing into iPhone. First thing which you need to do is install OpenSSH from your jailbroken iPhone using Cydia. Search for open SSH in cydia or else you can find it under networking category.

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Obtain your iPhone IP address:

Before we start transferring file to your iPhone using SSH, we need to connect to iPhone using any SSH client. To start with we need to find iPhone IP and here you can get started with this. Go to settings > Wi-fi click on connected Wi.-fi connection name and you will see your IP address detail.

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Using WinSCP to SSh into iPhone

So by now we have installed openSSH into iPhone, we have also obtained your iPhone IP and now next step is to install a free SSH client on your Windows system and connect to your iPhone.

Download and install WinSCP here. Once you are done installing WinSCP, open it in the IP field add your iPhone IP and for username use this credential:

  • U-Name: root
  • pass: alpine

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You might get fingerprint warning, for that you can click yes and if you have done everything as stated above, you will successfully SSH’ed your iPhone.

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See the above screenshot and now you can ssh into iPhone and can do many things like access installous download folder . I will come up with more iPhone hack later. Don’t forget to join us on Facebook for latest updates. If you like this post, do share it on twitter and Facebook.

Audiko.Net : Youtube to iPhone Ringtone Creator

There are many ways to create iPhone ringtone and we have recently talked about creating ringtones for iPhone using iTunes and today we will look into one more online service call Audiko.net. I found Audiko very different from other websites which let you create iPhone ringtones online. Apart from all traditional method of uploading music file and cut it into iPhone ringtone length, Audiko also accept youtube videos.

Create a ringtone from the song on your computer, a file hosted online or even from a YouTube video. Creating iPhone ringtones is no more a painful process. You can do it online with Audiko the easy and free way. No need to download any software or pay a premium.

Audiko.Net

Creating iPhone ringtones could not any easier. No more downloading premium applications. Since, there is no application download involved this guide will work both for Mac and Windows Users just as well. Just point your computer’s browser to Audiko and follow these steps.

How to create ringtones using Audiko.net site:

You can choose among three sources for your ringtone song:

  • Upload a local track on your computer
  • Point to any song hosted online
  • Point to a YouTube Video

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Youtube to iPhone Ringtone

Step One:

I choose to go ahead with a file hosted online. I pasted the link for the song “Don’t Give it Away” and clicked on Upload as you can see in the screenshot.

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Step Two:

Once the uploading is done a floating tool appears over the song’s timeline. The maximum allowed duration of a ringtone is 30 seconds so drag the slider to your favourite part of the song and select Fade-In and Fade-Out for better effects.

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Step Three:

Once you’re satisfied with the results click on Create Ringtone. A download link will appear next. Click on it and save the file to your computer.

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Transfer custom ringtone to your iPhone:

Step Four:

Drag the file you just saved into iTunes and it will appear under the Ringtones view.

Step Five:

Connect your iPhone and go to the Ringtones tab and select all or the specific ringtone you want. In this case, I just selected one ringtone. Click on Sync.

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Step Six:

Once the Sync is over and the ringtone has been copied you are ready to Use it on your iPhone.

Go to Settings > Sounds > Ringtone

Here you should be able to see the ringtone you just created under Custom group.

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Well, I’m sure all your ring-tones lover will like to browse Audiko.net and if you use any other similar websites to convert Yioutube videos into iPhone, do let us know. If you want to save your own ringtones on the site and share with people do Register yourself on the site.You can also browse from the ringtones other people have created on the site and choose from them. They also have Audiko iPhone app which is available via Cydia and you can download it from Cydia by searching for “Unlimtones” and you can download Android version here.

Here is a video tutorial for using Audiko.net to convert Youtube videos into Ringtone:

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