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[Fix] What and Why are these Blue Dots on iPhone [iOS New Feature]

There is a new UI feature in the new iOS7 which puts a blue dot behind the name of the application which has been recently installed or which has been recently updated. Now in this post I will tell you that what does this signify and if your iPhone is automatically putting this in front of every application now and then (even if you don’t manually update it), then what is the reason behind it.

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This blue dots just tell you that after the install of that application or after its latest update you have not opened it once. The moment you open it, this blue dot will go away and there is not provision to completely remove it. However, if this comes on every application even if you don’t update it, then there is a small unknown setting on iPhone which has been doing this.

Reasons Why They Exist

Open the Settings section and then search for the option of App Store. Here you will see that the automatic updates option is toggled as ON, which means that as soon as the update arrives it uses the WiFi network through which your iPhone is connected and then updates that application. Hence, you see that Blue dot without doing anything.

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It may also happen if you will update the applications on your iTunes on desktop or laptop and then once your iPhone is synced with it, iTunes will replace all the old applications with the new updated versions and thus again you will see the same dot before the name of the updated applications (as they have not been opened since updated.)

Conclusion

This feature has really troubled many of the users. I just took a look at one of my friend’s iPhone and told him that you have not used this application till now. He was surprized that how did I tell him and so here goes the trick in this post. Please let us know if you face problem while following this tip or if you face any other problem on your iPhone.

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How To Check Cellular Data Used by Applications on iPhone [iOS7 Feature]

Till iOS6 we have been installing many application to know that what amount of cellular data is being used by what all applications on the iPhone. So, that we could limit the usage of the application while we are using the Cellular data. Luckily this feature is now one of the new features which have been introduced in the new iOS7 and in this post we will be telling you that how can you check the data usage by every application installed on your iPhone. You can also choose to revoke the access of cellular data for that application.

If you are on WiFi and you have switched off the Cellular Data and then the screen will look like this.

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Go to the Settings section and then choose the Cellular Data as the option, scroll down on the screen and you will see all the applications with the cellular data being used.

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Switch ON the cellular data option and you will be able to see all these application with a toggle button to revoke their access to Cellular data. If you feel that some of the application use your cellular data a lot then you can use this toggle button and thus they will only operate over the WiFi.

The applications are sorted as per the last application which used the Cellular Data. Please let us know if you have any query related to this tip. With the help of this feature you will be able to check the data usage on behalf of all the applications on your iPhone.

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iOS 7.0.2 Does Not Prevent the Lock Screen ByPass on iPhone

There has been a vulnerability in iOS7 which has been exploited by users to bypass the unlock screen on iOS7 and it really simple to do. The same has been demonstrated in the video mentioned below and I know this no big news to be talked about but the twist is that after Apple released their iOS 7.0.2 to take care of this problem. Users have found another way to bypass the lock screen, in other words this problem still persists.

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Initially if you could launch the control center and then tap the alarm icon, then long press the power button and then cancel the power off option. Now double press the home button and then choose any other application which has been opened on your iPhone. You will be able to access those applications. With the update of iOS 7.0.2 you will not be able to bypass the screen in the same but as per the video mentioned below you will be able to bypass it by following other steps.

You will use the help of Siri or the Voice Control to call through Facetime and then once the dialing screen appears click the sleep button. Now swipe towards the right to give the unlock gesture to the phone which will again take you back to the call. You will the facetime call and then you will reach the phone application which will leave out all the applications open to you as mentioned in the previous trick.

To overcome this problem you can toggle off the option to access Siri from the locked screen and this save your iPhone to get accessed by unwanted elements. I wish if Apple could be able to launch applications specific locks which could really save lots of trouble for the iPhone users. This feature will even help the iPhone users who do not want to lock their phone with passcodes but are only doing so because as per their workplace policy if they configure their iPhones with the Exchange server then it should be locked with a passcode. Please let us know if you face any problem while following the steps of this tutorial.

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Apple will award 10,000 USD to user who downloads 50 billionth App

These days Apple is talking about their App Store as the reason being they are closing in their target of 50 billion downloads of the applications on their App Store. The countdown of the same can be seen here on this link. Once you reach out to this page, scroll down till the end of the page and you will see the countdown there. Now when they are already over with 49 billion downloads, Apple wants to speed up the things and they want to reach to the 50 billion mark as soon as possible.

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To meet this requirement they have released a claw that the user downloading the 50 billionth application from the iTunes App Store will win the gift card of 10,000 USD which can be used to download any number of application for their iPhone, iPad or any other Apple Device. Now this is something really attractive to speed up the downloading speed on the App Store.

The countdown is running at a very high speed of almost 850 downloads per second (approx). We wish you luck for the same and we are also going to try our luck for the same. Please us know if get to be the lucky one.

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iOS 6.1.3 Ends The Jailbreak Patch – Not Good News For iPhone Users

Well, iOS 6.1.3 is available for all the iPad, iPhone and iPod users and as they mentioned they have corrected the security flaws but still the screen lock bypass bug which they mentioned to be corrected is still there on the phone. Take a look at the video mentioned below to see that security flaw working in detail, you will just have to initiate the call by voice and then eject the SIM of that phone and then after few steps, you will be taken to the contacts screen bypassing the security code on that phone.

They have recovered many security flaws out of them they have given the credit to the team named as evaders (which was responsible for creating the jailbreak application named evasion). Some of the exploits which were used by evasion (the jailbreaking tool) have been patched so now you will not be able to use to for jailbreaking your iPhone, iPod or iPad. Moreover, Apple has not stopped signing in of iOS 6.1.2, so you will not be able to downgrade your device also.

But evaders claim that they still have some exploits in their reserve and they were already prepared of this step taken by Apple. So, you will be able to see the jailbreak tool again in future. Moreover the Apple device with A-4 chip can still be jailbroken but (in tethered way) with the help of the latest version of Redsnow.

Apart from these security flaws I cannot see much change in the battery backup which was promised to be improved after getting rid of the Exchange Calendar bug. Well, I hope that Apple will into this major security flaw and release another upgrade for this bug. Another thing apart from fixing the bugs is that the Apple has also improved the maps in Japan.

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Force Close Apps on iPhone

Sometimes while using your phone, you must have observed that your phone hangs onto some application and no matter how many times you press that Home key but it will not get away. Most of the times this problem is faced by the users who have got their iPhone jailbroken and now their phone lags after a while. Recently a bug was discovered in the jailbreak patch that it takes really a long period of time to restart the phone after jailbreaking and in some cases it does not start at all. In this post we will tell you a method which can be used whenever your phone hangs due to any reason, you can force shut down your force with this tip.

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Press and hold Home button and lock button simultaneously for few seconds unless you screen goes off (black) and then release both the button at the same time.

Wait for a while and then press the lock key again to start the phone, then after a while Apple logo will appear and then the phone will start normally. If the iPhone was equipped with untethered jailbreak patch then it will start with jailbroken iOS only.

Bonus Tip

If you want that an application should crash reason being it has hanged your iPhone and is not letting you do any other task on it, then you can follow this step.

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1. Press the lock button until the power off option appears and as soon as you see that option leave that lock button and then press and hold the home button (do not TURN off the device).

2. After a while you will see that the app will close automatically (as soon as this happen leave the home button and then you will be directed to the home screen).

Conclusion

You can use these tips to close a single app and to force shut down your iPhone. Please note that if your iPhone is jailbroken then it might start in the Safe Mode but then you can normally restart it to get it working normally. If you want to get rid of this problem completely then, launch Cydia and install the evasi0n updates they will help you to get rid of all the bugs appeared after patching your iOS (they are really important for your iPhone to work properly when jailbroken).

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Fraud SBSettings Under Top Paid Application on iPhone App Store

If you have been using your iPhone over a long period of time, then ‘SBSettings’ will definitely be familiar to you. SBSettings is a UI jailbreak tweak which can help you to control the brightness, Cellular Data, Wi-Fi, respring, restart, shutdown or few more functionality on your iPhone. This jailbreak tweak is a must, if you have jailbroken your iPhone. Luckily I could see this application in the Top Charts of App Store under the section of ‘Top Paid Applications’.
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This is one of the most old jailbreak tweak which has never been available on App Store but now you can see this in Apple App Store. Apple has never any application on App Store to alter the UI of iOS, as it is considered as one of the many important reasons for rejecting the applications from App Store. The screenshot available in the description of the application clearly show that it is changing the UI or I should say these are the exact images of the ‘SBSettings’ jailbreak tweak which is available on Cydia.
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Surprise Factor-1

It was really surprising that even if this application does what has been mentioned in the description, then how it can be on App Store.

Moving on to the section of reviews and ratings, 26 users have rated this application, out of which 24 have given it a single start rating and have mentioned a ‘STAY-AWAY’ kind of comments for this application. Users have mentioned that this application is will only put a clock on your screen, everything mentioned in the details of the applications is fraud.
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Surprise Factor-2

If out of 26 ratings, 24 are the worst then how can Apple put this application under the ‘Top Paid Applications’ chart and promote it more towards the user.
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Surprise Factor-3

Now when almost every user has complaint about this application, then why till now no action has been taken?
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Introduction of this fraud application on App Store has led to wastage of money of many users or this way users may also lose their trust from the mentioned description of the application.

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Apple iCloud Services iMessage, Siri, Apple ID Status Reporting Webpage

You must have been troubled by some of the problems related to iCloud services or iTunes services in past. These troubles sometimes occur due to the outage of the service by Apple, outages are not a problem but these outages should be notified to the users. Keeping this provision in mind Apple has created the common notification point for the status of all the services offered by them. Now whenever you face any problem while using any of its services, then you can go to that link and then check the status of that service. In this post we will talk about that portal.

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Click here to reach out to that page, you can see that all the services are mentioned in a sequence with their status symbol highlighted in front of them and all the services have been mentioned under broader categories. The significance of the symbols can be understood from the highlighted portion in the screenshot. Green indicates that the service is fluent and it does not have any problem whereas ‘Light Orange’ signifies that its’ facing some issues.

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Moreover below that table you can see a timeline bar, where you can see the issue faced by the services throughout the day. On the left hand side you can see the description of the problem and the name of the service associated with it. And on the right hand side in the graph, you will see the duration for which the problem occurred with the specific start and end timestamps. You can change the dates with the arrows and check the status of the services at any day.

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If everything is fine and you cannot see any issue related to the services then you can click the link named ‘Contact Support’ and then they will help you out. So, next time if you face any problem then you can get back here and get it resolved.

Conclusion

This portal is really useful when you are using lots of iCloud services because they get usually halted through the day. Whenever you want to check the status just visit the page and keep on refreshing it manually to check the status at a specific point of time because the status in front of you is only valid for that particular minute. Please let us know if you have any doubts.

Apple iCloud Service Status Page

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Schedule an App to Gift in App Store on iPhone, iPad [Buy App For Someone]

You all must have observed that when the new version of iOS was launched, then ‘gifting applications’ feature was revoked. But now it has returned back, now you can gift the applications to your dear ones. This does not mean that you will have to upgrade the iOS6.0 to iOS6.0.1, it was a feature of App Store and it came back. In this post we will tell you about the whole process of gifting an application.

Go to App Store and then click an application which is to be gifted. Now click on the highlighted area to get the various options out of which one will be having a gift symbol which actually allows you to buy an app for some one and send it via email with a link with which they can install the app on their apple device for free.

Buy App For Some One Send It Via Email Using Apple App Store App in iOS 6

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Click on the Gift icon. Now enter the details. You will not be able to change the e-mail address of yours, but you can alter the name and provide the email address for the receiver. Below that you can enter the message for the gifting occasion.
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Scroll download to select the time of gifting this application. Either you can choose ‘Today’ or you can go for scheduling any other date but it should within 90 days from now.
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You can select the date as mentioned below.
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Now you will select the theme in which this gift will go to the receiver, select the design and then tap Next.
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Now on this screen, your gift will be confirmed and now you will have to buy it. Once you click on Buy, It will ask you for the Apple ID password and the other details required to making the payment.

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That’s it, your gift will reach to the receiver at the scheduled date with the theme and the message.

Conclusion

This feature has been renewed with the features of adding a theme and deciding the date for the gift to be sent, as it will help you in not missing to give the birthday presents on the birthday events.

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New Google Maps for iOS 6 Review – Turn by Turn Voice Directions, Traffic and Public Transport Explained

Google Map has been missed by many of the users since the iOS6 has been released with iPhone 5. Apple Maps was supposed to take the place of Google Maps on our iPhones but it stood nowhere near to it. So, after a long wait we can see Google Maps on our iPhone that too without Jailbreaking it. Let us go through all of its features and see what all new things can be done.

Search and Save a Location in New Google Maps For iOS 6

You can search any location as you do it on desktop version of Google Maps, by just typing the name of it in the ‘search’ text field and once a place has been located you can navigate to the place by using the turn by turn voice guided navigation in new iOS google maps app.

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To save the location tap on the result and then you will have some options through which you can save and share the location.

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Getting Directions

You can get the directions is 2 ways: first you can search the location as mentioned above and then tap the name of the location at the bottom of the screen to get the further options. Among those options you can get the directions for that location. The other option can be to tap on the highlighted area on the screen and then provide the name of the location. In both the ways you will be able to get the directions in all the formats as available in the desktop version of Google Maps (as a pedestrian, using public transit, using your own vehicle).
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You can enter any other location or by default it will take your current location to provide you the location.

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Google Maps Navigation Modes [iOS]

Unlike the previous Google Maps and Desktop version you will not be able to view the hybrid mode of the maps i.e. Satellite view and Normal view at a time. Apart from that you will have few new options like watching out the traffic and the routes of Public Transit.

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The traffic intensity will be highlighted by red, orange and green lines drawn along the roads where red indicating the highest, orange indicating not too high and green indicating Good to go.
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Public transit feature indicates the routes of your Subway trains and Metro train and Google Earth option will take you that application, if you have it on your iPhone or to App Store.

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Satellite view is good, as it is already hybrid with the road information but the font used to denote the data in the maps is difficult as it will merge in the colored background.

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Enter Your Work and Home Address in Google Maps

You can save the information of address related to your profile like Home and Work address. These addresses will be saved as your favorites and so you can just say home or work to navigate to these places from anywhere using the voice guided navigation.

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Conclusion

This application is a life saver now though it has some UI lag and you cannot expect it to be as fluid as it was working with previous version of iOS but this can be ignored when you are getting accurate information about the locations and routes. New features are working just fine and unlike Apple Maps, Google Maps gives preference to all the other countries also (not only US).