Category : iPhone

USB 4 Finally Here – 40GB Throughput

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Finally USB 4 is out and should be something to consider when purchasing your next computer.  The new standard is based on Intel’s Thunderbolt protocol and supports a range of features, including data transfer rates of up to 40 Gbps, display interfaces, and power delivery.  Its support to be released around May 2019.  The new interface will use USB Type-C connectors and will maintain backwards compatibility with USB 2.0, USB 3.2, and Thunderbolt 3 interfaces.

What Blue Light May Be Doing To Your Sleep Cycle

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What Is “Blue Light” and Why Is It Harmful? 

By now, most of you have probably heard that blue light from your devices may be affecting your sleep. If you are like most people, you fall asleep reading your tablet or articles on your phone, streaming TV apps or simply browsing the internet. The blue light that your device’s screen emits, stimulates your brain and fools it into thinking that it is daytime. Researchers have discovered that this is eating away at your sleep. In an article from Business Insider, “Studies have shown that being exposed to the blue-and-white light given off by phones, laptops, and other electronic gadgets at night prevents our brains from releasing melatonin, a hormone that tells our bodies it’s nighttime.” Thus, prolonging the time it takes to fall asleep. Researchers believe that after several years of exposure to blue light, your body’s internal clock may suffer.

Studies suggest that you do not use any devices for roughly an hour before bedtime to prevent this. There are also options available on your devices under the display settings to adjust the screen’s temperature to a warmer color and filtering out blue light. Please see link below for device specific instructions. How to stop blue light on your gadget







Is WiFi Assist Swallowing your Data?

wifi assist iphone apple If your iPhone software is up to date, meaning iOS 9 and the most recent iOS 10, then you have “WiFi Assist”. WiFi Assist is a feature that allows you to stay connected to the internet even when the WiFi connection is poor. Meaning that if a webpage is having trouble loading or your Instagram won’t refresh due to poor internet connection, the cellular data on your smartphone will step in to bridge the gap. When this feature is turned on you will see the cellular data icon in the status bar on your device. Apple’s website warns that because of the obvious (the feature is using cellular data here) you might use more cellular data than usual, but should only be a “small percentage higher than previous usage”. Despite what Apple recommends, I read a decent amount of hoopla from consumers outraged by the increase in data usage when their phone bill arrived at the end of the month.

I turned my WiFi Assist feature off, and I have noticed no difference in my performance. However, I have a strong WiFi connection both at my house and my office – hey I do work for an MSP after all :) !

I will be interested to see how it holds up in other environments. Regardless I can always turn the feature back on.

Want to turn off WiFi Assist and maybe save a little cash? Watch my video!

Settings > Cellular > Scroll alllllll the way down till the end of your apps > WiFi Assist toggle

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Pegasus Spyware Detected – Upgrade to iOS 9.3.5 ASAP


Malware that spies on user phone calls and text messages, has been alleviated thanks to the latest iOS mobile operating system upgrade, and the wise proceedings of a human rights activist. Canadian cyber security research group, Citizen Lab, published a report that a human rights activist, Ahmed Mansoor, received a text message with a malicious malware link attached. Thankfully Mansoor was not tempted to click on the link.

Rather he passed the link to Citizen Lab where researchers identified the correlation between the link and the NSO Group, an Israeli company notorious for selling a government-exclusive spyware product, Pegasus, that is described as a “lawful intercept”. Most have dubbed this the most sophisticated spyware software detected and Apple, Android and Blackberry smartphone users are the target. The main difference between this malware and others is Pegasus’s ability to infect the powerhouse of the operating system, the kernel of the phone. This allows the software to intercept any conversation before encryption ever takes place, so encrypting such apps proves pointless against Pegasus. The link would have been capable of jail breaking the iPhone and installing surveillance software used to access the camera and microphone. Mansoor’s WhatsApp and Viber calls would have been especially vulnerable in addition to his GPS location services.

Citizen Lab wrote in its report that “[w]e are not aware of any previous instance of an iPhone remote jailbreak used in the wild as part of a targeted attack campaign.”

Last Thursday Apple released the latest version of iOS 9.3.5, which I highly advise upgrading to if you have not already done so. The update improves how iOS devices access memory and adds a patch that prevents visits to maliciously crafted websites from remotely executing arbitrary code.



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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.

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.

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


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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.