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Tips and Tricks for Apple Watch OS2

Personalize your watch face

Use the Force Touch on the watch face and select customize. You can also use your own face as a background by Force Touching on a photo of your choice and selecting “Create Watch Face”

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Use Apple Watch as an Alarm Clock

To activate Nightstand Mode go to Settings>General>Nightstand Mode and switch “on.” This features lets you keep tabs on time, date, battery percentage, and alarms. You can also activate the snooze by pressing on the digital crown.


Reply to Emails with Custom Messages

Although it’s not designed for lengthy messages, with watchOS2 you can respond to emails. The device will provide you with a set of pre-set replies that you can customize with your iphone. Just go to My Watch>Mail>Default Replies. Take note that any emails sent will be accompanied with a “sent from my Apple Watch” tagline.


“Wake” the Apple watch display for longer

First generation Apple watch users are used to having the display turn off after only 15 seconds. With the watchOS2, you can keep the display on for 70 seconds. Change this setting by going to My Watch>General>Wake Screen and then selecting “Wake for 70 Seconds.”


10 day weather forecast

Check out what the weather is looking like over the next ten days by simply opening the weather app and swiping upwards.

ten day forecast

Time Travel

With the new feature Time Travel you can be presented with future events such as appointments and weather. Simply rotate the digital crown and you can view notifications of the past, present, and future.

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Left handed Use

The initial setup asks whether you are left or right handed. However, you can change this by going into Settings>General>Orientation and then selecting “Left.”

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Change Your Move Goal

Set your goals to get into better shape by opening up the Activity app and applying Force Touch to change.

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Play Music to Bluetooth headset or External Speakers

Use force touch while within the Music app to stream to speakers or a headphone.


Send Read Receipts

Let people know you have read their messages by opening the Apple Watch app on your iphone and toggle the Read Receipts function in Messages.


Explore different Stopwatch Modes

Four new stopwatch display options are now available.

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Turn off progress updates

If you’re uninterested in getting updates and alerts about your physical activity, you can turn them completely off by opening the Apple Watch app on your phone and changing it through Activity>Progress Update and either turning off the notifications entirely or have them less frequently.


Looks like Rain

Be presented with the likelihood of certain weather conditions such as the chances of rain at any given time.


Send texts responses as audio clips.

Although this is not a new feature, it is worth highlighting. You can send audio clips of transcribed texts by going into Apple Watch on your iPhone and choosing My Watch>Messages>Audio Messages and Select the “Always Audio” Option.

Power Reserve Mode

This mode is a great way to conserve your battery life, but it turns off most of the device’s functionality. Long press the side button and your watch will bounce back to life.


iOS 9 Tips and Tricks

For those who have upgraded to iOS9, you may have noticed a few distinct differences from iOS 8. Aesthetic differences such as a new font and Siri’s colorful waveform animation are some of which that are notable.  Although there have been past mobile operating systems that haven’t gone so smoothly, 50 percent of iOS users have upgraded to iOS9. Time will tell if the jump is worth it, but here are some tricks and tips that will give you the most out of your upgrade.

Move to iOS: Helps people move off the Andriod platform to a device running iOS9. Data including contacts, photos, mail, calendars, and message history can be moved into iCloud.



Six digit backup security code


Search box inside Settings


Manually go low power: Go into Settings >Battery and it’s at the top. This mode conserves battery life by turning off a lot of background functions like app refresh, automatic download, location services, and visual effects. The battery life indicator turns yellow when activated



Drag to select photos: If you have a whole page of photos to delete, you can click select and drag your finger across the images. The selected images will get a blue check mark.


Shoot high-speed video: Default setting is 1080p video at 30 fps. You can double this at 60 fps to be extremely smooth by going into Settings >Photos & Camera> Record Video. You can also drop the quality to 720p HD at 30 fps to save space.


“Hey Siri”: You can turn on your digital assistant and train the phone to recognize your own voice by saying “Hey Siri.” To set up go to Settings>General>Siri and turn on the “Hey Siri” option.


Spotlight Search: When you swipe right, Siri has app suggestions you may want to open under the Spotlight search. You can turn off the Siri suggestions and keep that area empty until you type in a search term.


Turn Siri off: If you’ve experienced Siri’s voice feedback go off unexpectedly you can turn her off when switching the ring to off/mute on the side of the phone. Go into Settings>General>Siri>Voice Feedback and select “Control with Ring Switch.”


Lowercase keys: Lowercase letters are shown without using the shift key. You can turn this off at Settings>Accessibility>Keyboard>Show Lowercase Keys


Apple Maps: You can tap the Transit option on the upper right of Apple maps to help with commuting.


Access Apple Wallet quickly: When your phone is locked, double push on the home button.


Selfie Album: There is an album dedicated just for selfies in the Photos app.


Turn off Shake to Undo: Go into Settings>General>Accessibility>Shake to Undo.


Wi-fi Assist: This feature automatically switches you to your cellular data when you are in an area with poor Wi-Fi. If you don’t have unlimited data be wary of this feature as it could consume a lot of your data allowance.


Health App now has reproductive help: You can track sexual activity, menstruation ovulation tests, and basal body temperature.


Photo scroll: At the bottom of the Photos App you can go through the whole photo collection.


Ad Block in Safari through the App store.


Get desktop Website: Hold your finger on the refresh icon in the address bar to get the “Request Desktop Site” button if you do not like a mobile website.


Make a website PDF: Press the share button within a Safari website. On the top row on the Share Sheet you’ll see Save PDF to iBooks. You can then go into the iBooks app to share the PDF.


Notes Update: Notes integrates better with Mail, Photos, Safari, and Maps. You can create checklists, change font size, and make handwritten notes.


Mark Up Email: You can easily attach a photo by holding a finger down in the message to get a pop-up menu that gives you an option to insert a Photo or Video. You can also select Markup and draw on the image.


Share and save a voicemail: The voicemail area of the Phone app now has a share button. You can send it over to Email, Notes, Messages, or Facebook Messenger.


iOS 9 Lockscreen Bypass Allows Access to Contacts and Photos

An iPhone user recently discovered a trick that allows people to bypass the devices passcode and gain access to Contacts and Photos apps.  If you use an alphanumeric rather than a four-digit passcode, you probably have nothing to worry about.

The exploit itself has quite a few steps:lockscreen bypass

  1. You first enter the wrong PIN four times.
  2. On the fifth attempt you enter three numbers and bring Siri up by holding the home button.
  3. You ask for the time once Siri is up, click on the World Clock tab, and add a new clock.
  4. After entering a few letters, select them to share in a text message. You then have access to iOS’s Contacts app, which also grants access to photos.

Although it is a few steps to take, it can be done. However, even though you have access to contacts and photos, there’s not much else you can do as the phone is still technically locked.

If this is a concern, you can weaken this exploit by disabling Siri on your lock screen.

iOS9 Skyrockets Cellular Usage. Wi-fi Assist Feature May Be Responsible

ios9Noticing a significant increase in data usage since installing iOS9? Wi-fi assist may be the cause.  The feature switches your iPhone to cellular usage when it detects you’re in a spot where wi-fi coverage is lacking. For those with unlimited data this wouldn’t be an issue; however, for those who are under a metered data plan this could result with an alarming bill next month.  With this setting you could potentially be consuming your data allowance even when you’re just at home or in the office.

It’s a useful feature, but may not be appropriate for all circumstances. The default for this feature is on, but you can switch it off under Settings>Cellular and scroll down to the bottom.  Also, you can check out your data usage by using the Reset Statistics feature found below the Wi-Fi- Assist if you want to keep a watchful eye.

Apple Removes Infected Malware from App Store

appsApple continues to preserve its reputation of preventing malicious intrusions from iPhones and iPads. However, there was a substantial outbreak of malware in the App Store, and Apple is persistent in its efforts to clean up the attacks. Reports have shown that 344 infected apps were removed from the store.  The said apps were carrying Xcode Ghost, a compromised copy of Apple’s Xcode that was injected prior to sending apps to the App Store, some of which were highly popular apps with iOS users. WeChat, China’s largest messaging app, was among those that had been hit.

Up until now, it is believed that only five infected apps reached the App Store. Thankfully, no real damage has been detected thus far. However, despite the fact that this intrusion didn’t have devastating effects, it does illustrate that the iOS public is not completely invulnerable to malware.

Updated Microsoft Office Apple Compatibility – New Microsoft Office Software Review | BVA IT Consulting Blog

Microsoft is showing off its new updated Office software and its surprising capabilities of working well with Apple. The Office team at Microsoft have updated its features for Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OneNote, Outlook, and Translator for you to benefit from Apple products. This is great news for Apple lovers as now you can take advantage of these refined Microsoft applications on the iPad Pro, iOS 9, and WatchOS 2.

split viewFeatures include multi-tasking functions such as the Slide Over and Split View in iOS9, which will easily allow you to toggle between Office apps on your iPad. You can work on a PowerPoint presentation as well as check your email without leaving an application by simply sliding over. As for split view, you can have two apps open at the same time. This will give you the ability to copy numbers down from an Excel Spreadsheet, for example, to a Word document.  Another helpful feature is Microsoft’s intelligent search, which will now include OneNote notes and Outlook messages in iPhone and iPad searches.

For Apple Watch users, you can literally get your incoming email directly on the watch face as well as check upcoming appointments. The newly introduced Translator service allows recent translations to be played back through the watch Office-updates-watchOS2speakers, so travelers can take advantage of the devices ability to articulate common phrases in a local language.

All the updated Office apps will be accessible along with the arrival of the new iPad Pro, iOS9, and WatchOS 2.

New Apple TV Updates: Control Your Apple TV With Siri | BVA IT Consulting Blog

apple_tv_2015_roundupVoice controlled television is now available with the emergence of Siri-enhanced Apple TV. With the touch of the Siri button on the new remote, you will be able to voice command your virtual assistant to pull up your favorite shows, music, movies, and apps.  With the new Apple TV you will also be able to conveniently execute a universal search across all the available apps rather than searching through one app at a time. At the time being, Apple TV will initially work with the apps iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and Showtime; however, Apple has affirmed that there are more to come.

As demonstrated in a demo, Siri seems to be capable of a lot more than just searching for a name of a show or movie. You can command for a specific episode of a show that includes a guest appearance from a certain actor for example and even have her skip back 15 seconds by simply asking ‘What did he say?’ You can also ask information about a movie such as “Who is that actor?” and the answer will display at the bottom of the screen.

The iOS-based operating system, tvOS, is what Apple TV will run; therefore, iOS games will be available for play on Apple TV. You will be able to sync Apple TV with other Apple devices, so games on your iPhone can be pulled up on your TV.

Hardware wise, Apple TV uses a 64-bit A8 chip and has HDMI and Ethernet ports. Pointing the remote to the television is now a thing of the past as the remote uses Bluetooth.

The Apple TV arrives to 80 Countries in October. The cost will be $149 for the 32GB and $199 for the 64GB.

What Is Better About The New iPhone: iPhone 6s and 6s Plus Improvements | BVA IT Consulting Blog

With the new iPhone, you not only get a few new and innovated features such as the 3D Touch and Live Photos, you get some other upgrades as well. The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus come equipped with iOS 9, a faster touch ID sensor, an improved 12-megapixel camera, the ability to take 4K videos, faster performance with a new 64 bit A9 processor, and a new motion coprocessor which allows more features to run while low on battery.

Furthermore, the Riphone6setina HD displays of the new phones are made with the security of the strongest glass of any smart phone and the modern, custom made 7000 series aluminum is the same alloy used in the aerospace industry.

iPhone 6s and 6s Plus Release Date and Cost Analysis | BVA IT Consulting Blog


iphone cost

The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are set to arrive on September 25th, 2015. However, for those of you who can’t wait to get your hands on the new iPhone upgrade, preorders begin on September 12th.  On contract, the iPhone 6S will cost $199 for 16 GB, $299 for 64GB, and $399 for 128GB. The iPhone 6s Plus will cost $100 more for each GB configuration. On the other hand, the iPhone 5 will be free on contract and the iPhone 6 will drop to $99 and $199.  Also, Apple has implemented a new way to shift away from stiff contracts by introducing the “iPhone upgrade program. For $32 dollars a month, you can be guaranteed the newest iPhones yearly. This could be a good choice for people who love getting the most cutting edge technology on their phones every year.

New 3D Touch iPhone Feature – iPhone 6s and 6s Plus 3D Touch Feature Review | BVA IT Consulting Blog



On the surface, the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus appearance is very similar to its former predecessor with the exception of the addition of a new ‘rose gold’ color. However, there are a few different and notable internal enhances that are worth taking in to consideration when deciding whether or not to obtain the new upgraded iPhone, one of which is the 3D touch. Those of you that have a Macbook Pro or Apple Watch will be familiar with the Force Touch feature, which is comparable to the new 3D Touch for iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. 3D touch is essentially the Force Touch, but for the iPhone. It not only recognizes the touch of your fingers but also senses the force and pressure you apply, adding a new element of control you have over the content you seek to view. Simply add a slight pressure to open a sub menu of options/take a glimpse of something such as a picture or firmly press down to open its content in a full screen.