Cut Back on iOS 7’s Thirst For Battery


If you’re upgrading your current device to iOS 7, you will see a noticeable decrease in battery life.

If you’re looking to avoid dead batteries, here are a few settings you can tweak to keep iOS 7 from sucking your iPhone’s life.

iOS 7 lets certain apps refresh even when you’re not using them, which is both super convenient and a big problem for users who want the most out of their batteries.

For some apps, like Maps, this makes a lot of sense, but if you’ve authorized other apps (Twitter, Facebook) to track your location without actually using the in-app features that go along with it, you should turn it off. If you don’t use the apps to begin with, turning off the GPS tracking won’t do much, but if you can disable tracking for a few of your most-used apps, you could see a decent boost in battery life.

iOS 7 introduces AirDrop to the iPhone for the first time, but even if you find yourself using the handy Dropbox-style feature from time to time, you should be turning it off when you don’t need it. From here, it’s just two taps to either enable or disable AirDrop, and while you’re here, you can also disable Bluetooth and/or WiFi to help save additional battery life when you’re not using them.


What’s The Best Way to Take Notes?

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I’ve always been a big fan of Evernote and of Livescribe pens and paper.  Both are using modern technologies that help you store everything you write down and even the audio from meetings, lectures, etc.  But what’s the right technology for you?  Lifehacker takes a close look at some of the technologies and rates them for the average note taker.

You have about a billion options for notes apps on your computer and your smartphone. Picking one that works for you is surprisingly tough, and chances are that none of them are going to perfectly fit your needs. For apps, these usually fall into two categories: the “everything bucket” of something like Evernote, or the minimalism of a plain text app like Simplenote. Here’s who those apps are best for, as well as when pen and paper does the job just as well.

While we might associate note-taking with school, it’s something most of us continue doing for the bulk of our lives. Everyone takes notes a little differently, and everyone needs something a little different from their notes app. Whether you’re a student, a designer, an accountant, or anything else, here are the pros and cons of the various notes apps out there:

Evernote: Lets You Save Everything, Forever

Evernote does all kinds of things from digitizing your paper notes to working as a massive reference system. Think of it as a digital bucket of information that wants to hold every idea, business card, note, picture, screen shotto-do,journal and meal you’ve ever had.

Good, Old-Fashioned Jotted-Down Notes

Evernote (and apps like it) aren’t for everyone. They’re complicated, take a while to use, and since they can handle everything, it often takes longer to open up the app and get to a note then it does to actually write that note. If that sounds too complicated, plain text might be the best way for you to take notes.

Simplenote syncs across devices, provides a tagging system to track down old notes, and allows you to easily organize those notes with headers. When you open the app, you’re greeted with a simple screen where you can instantly start typing your note. You don’t need to worry about where it goes or organizing it. Just type your idea and get out of the program.

LiveScribe: Write it down, capture the audio while you write and then review/share it.

I’ve recommended LiveScribe to everyone who’ll listen.  I’ve had their CEO on the show before. (Listen here and here).  Record everything you write, hear or say. Replay your meetings or lectures simply by tapping on your notes.

Transfer your notes and audio to your computer via USB cable and Livescribe Desktop will save everything for fast, easy access to what’s important.  You can even get a pen that’ll automatically upload to Evernote.  Doesn’t get easier than that, and for once, you’ll never forget.


Looking to Upgrade Your iPhone? Where to sell it, and for how much

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Apple‘s next iPhone is coming next week, which means it’s time to consider chucking your old phone for a shiny new one.   Here’s where you can get the most cash for your soon-to-be-outdated iPhone.

eBay: You’ve got to auction it off to the highest bidder, with a used 16GB iPhone 5 in good condition going for around $200, and a mint condition phone of the same storage capacity going for around $430.

Craigslist: With a little patience, this is probably where you’ll get the most cash back, but Craigslist also requires the most effort. 16GB iPhones listed for as much as $550, and while it’s unlikely if you wait that you’ll actually get five hundred, if you act now, you’ll probably get fair value.

There’s also the lazy man’s way.  You can get gift cards for your trade-in from Best Buy, and Walmart.  iCracked, Gazelle, BuyMyTronics, NextWorth and Glyde all offer between $80 to $400 for your old iPhone — but hurry.  As of next week, prices are likely to drop :-)


Samsung Smartphone Users Switching to Apple iPhone at 3x Rate

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The latest market data shows that Apple is winning over Samsung users from Android at three times the rate that the Korean firm is wooing iPhone owners into the open source fold.

The data, based on four quarterly reports between June 2012 and July 2013 from analyst house Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, showed that 33 per cent of people who changed phones to Apple were previously Android users, while just 11 per cent switched from iOS to Samsung.

Apple also lured over more than twice as many disaffected BlackBerry users to iOS than Samsung managed with Android. But it’s not all bad news for Samsung; the company convinced 37 per cent of feature phone users to move to a more powerful platform compared to Apple’s 26 per cent.

Apple’s strong in the 18 to 34-year-old segment and Samsung is stronger in the over-35 crowd. Meanwhile, barely a third of Apple buyers earn less than $50,000 a year, compared to nearly half of Samsung buyers, and Apple has nearly double the number of users who pull in more than $150,000 per year.

Over half of Samsung buyers only have a high school diploma or “some college” education, compared to fewer than 40 per cent for Apple.

Around three-quarters of Apple and Samsung customers upgrade their phones every two years, and only four per cent kept their handset for three years or more.


Had a Denied Warranty Claim at the Apple Store for iPhone or iPod With “Water Damage”?

This past April, Apple agreed to the terms of a US$53 million class-action settlement stemming from Apple’s warranty practices regarding water damage on older-generation iPhones and iPod touches.

Both the iPhone and iPod touch contain Liquid Contact Indicators which change color when they come into contact with water. The crux of the issue, however, is that these Liquid Contact Indicators were also prone to change color in humid environments.

To qualify for a cash refund, you must: (a) be a United States resident; (b) Apple denied warranty coverage for your iPhone on or before December 31, 2009, OR for your iPod touch on or before June 30, 2010; (c) when it was submitted to Apple for warranty coverage, your iPhone or iPod touch was covered either by its original one-year limited warranty or by an AppleCare Protection Plan; and (d) Apple denied warranty coverage because Apple stated that your iPhone or iPod touch had been damaged by liquid.

The chart below is instructive, but note that the amounts are subject to change depending on how many folks actually file claims.