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How to charge your iPhone 7 and listen to music at the same time – Belkin Rockstar

How to charge your iPhone 7 and listen to music at the same time – Belkin Rockstar

I am sure many of you were equally as frustrated as myself when you first purchased your iPhone 7 and the headphone jack was MIA.  As soon as the iPhone 7 was announced, Belkin has announced their Rockstar product which was to allow charging, and headphone use, but the timeline was uncertain.

I am happy to share with you, that they have FINALLY released the Belkin RockStar.  It allows lightning charging and headphone use.  Bottom line, it works.  If you are looking to charge your iPhone at the same time while you listen to music, then this is the item for you.

You do need to know that this cord does require you to still use the iPhone 7 3.5 MM jack that comes with the iPhone 7. It is also important to understand that there are some limitation with this cord.  The RockStar delivers power in to your iPhone, and Audio out. It does not support syncing or any other USB data, or similar protocol like Serial or UART. It only supports Lightning Audio. All compatible Lightning Audio headphones are supported. It will only work with: MFi-certified Lightning Audio headphones.

It is better represented visually:

Zik 2.0 Headphones Making Clicking Noises – FIXED

Zik 2.0 Headphones Making Clicking Noises – FIXED

If you get the chance to try out a pair of Parrot Zik 2.0 headphones, you will be equally as eager to get them out of the box and onto your ears.  As soon as I un-boxed them, I plugged them right into the computer.  This is when I heard an awful clicking noise.  I thought for sure I received a defective pair.  I know after spending $400 on a pair of Zik 2.0, I would expect them to NOT be making a clicking noise. After searching online, there was no help in finding a solution.

I decided I must have a defective pair – but, I did something so basic, so simple, that I was kicking my self for not doing it first.  I ASSUMED that the battery was built into these headphones.  I was way wrong, and if I had continued to open the package all the way, I would have seen a battery in the packaging.  I took off the ear pad on the left ear, popped the battery in, and viola, the clicking sound disappeared, and my ‘defective’ headphones are not working as good as new!

I should add, that I am, by no-means, an audiophile but I am very very impressed by the sound of these headphones!

I recommend buying a Parrot Hard Case for Zik Headphones to keep your investment nice and safe, and perhaps a battery backup to boot.

Streaming Media to your Amazon FireTV or Amazon FireTV Stick using Plex.

Streaming Media to your Amazon FireTV or Amazon FireTV Stick using Plex.

Maybe people have asked how to set-up a home media center using the cheapest method possible.  Amazon has just released their Amazon FireTV Stick, which for the next 2 days is only $19.00 (after that $39.00).  That coupled with an existing computer, and the Plex App ($4.99) you can turn your home TV into a modern day Media Center.

Users can start a movie on their iPhone, resume on their Windows laptop, and pick up where they left off on their Amazon Fire TV. Plex allows effortless content streaming to a wide range of devices, including Mac, Windows 8, Linux, iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Roku, Chromecast, and now Fire TV. The Plex app for the Amazon Fire TV and Kindle Fire is available on the Amazon Appstore.

You will need to download the Plex Media Server for your laptop/computer from the following link:

Once you install the media server, and the app on your Amazon FireTV or Amazon FireTV Stick, you can follow the step by step video and documentation from Plex’s website here:


FIXED: iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Loss of Service and touch ID after Update 8.0.1

FIXED: iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Loss of Service and touch ID after Update 8.0.1

If you are one of the unlucky ‘guinea pigs’ that upgraded to 8.0.1 on your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus & your cell service is now broken (along with the Touch-ID), please follow the following steps to get your phone back in working order.  You MUST have access to a PC or Mac for this to work!

  1. Go to and download the iOS IPSW for 8.0 for your respective model.
  2. On a Mac – Go to iTunes and Option-Click “Check for Update” (For Windows users that is ‘shift-click “Check for Update”‘) –
    1. Select the downloaded 8.0 IPSW and update the phone. It will revert back to 8.0 and cell + touchID will work.

You will not need to backup & re-download all your stuff – it works like a normal upgrade works (with exception to this broken update, obviously!).

If you’re getting “this phone isn’t available for this update,” you’ve selected 8.0.1 which is no longer being signed by apple.  Make you you have downloaded 8.0 for your device and you’ll be good to go following the above steps.

Earn Free Amazon Giftcards Every Month For Doing Next to Nothing

Earn Free Amazon Giftcards Every Month For Doing Next to Nothing

Everyone likes free stuff, and everyone likes Amazon

Not only can you get free Amazon gift cards, but this reward program has other rewards such as:

  • Applebee’s gift cards
  • Game Stop gift cards
  • Groupon vouchers
  • Hulu Plus memberships
  • Skype credits
  • Starbucks gift cards
  • Much more.

This is one of the few ‘next-to-effortless’ ways to get free Amazon gift-cards every month.

Using Bing Rewards, all you have to do is visit Bing every day to earn credits just for searching.  You can check your credit counter in the top right to see your current Rewards tally.  Every day you need to check out the dashboard for fun search ideas that can pay off.  Now peek inside the goodie box, and pick something for yourself – or charity.

Once you register, you can move up the ‘ranks’ and earn different levels of Bing Rewards.  To achieve Silver status, all you need to do it.

  1. complete the Welcome to Rewards tour
  2. complete the Welcome to Bing tour
  3. pick a reward and set it as your goal
  4. earn 200 lifetime credits

The longer you stick with the program, you can earn gold status, which gives you a discount on the redemption options by completing the following steps:

  1. redeem credits for your first reward
  2. earn 750 lifetime credits
  3. each month, do 150 reward-able searches, up to 20 per day

Yadda Yadda.. but ‘how is this effortless?’, you ask.

Make sure you are signed into your Bing Rewards account, and use the following:

Set up the number of searches you want it to do.  For every 2 searches you get 1 reward point, up to 15 a day, even though some people are given 30 rewards a day (random and if you get 30, consider yourself lucky).
All I ask is that you SIGN UP using this link.

The Best Apple TV Jailbreak Alternative – Matricom G-Box MX2 XBMC/Kodi Box

The Best Apple TV Jailbreak Alternative – Matricom G-Box MX2 XBMC/Kodi Box

As you can tell by most of my other posts, I am a huge proponent for Apple Products.  I own almost one of everything they have released in the last 3 years.  I have a MacBook Pro, iPhone, iPod, Apple TV, and an iMac.  While I don’t need to go into detail as to why I have switched to the Mac-side, I do feel that I need to sway people away from the Apple TV.

The Apple TV is great, don’t get me wrong, but my number one question when people ask me if they should buy an Apple TV is “Why do you want the Apple TV, what are you going to use it for?”

The standard response involves Netflix, Streaming Photos, Playing Music through the TV.  While these are all valid reason for wanting an Apple TV, If you can justify paying $100 to have your pictures and music show up on your TV, by all means, buy it.  But if you are the least bit resourceful, there are much cheaper alternatives to doing the both of these.  If you would like me to go into details on how-to, please ask me, and I will do a comprehensive write up on the issue.

This leads me to why I bought an Apple TV.  I was very much interested in jail-breaking the Apple TV to get XBMC/Kodi (soon to be Kodi) installed on it.  For those of you that don’t know, XBMC/Kodi turns the Apple TV into a powerhouse.  I donated one of my Apple TV’s to my pals house, and they have coined it ‘the magic box’.  XBMC/Kodi allows you to stream EVERYTHING you could imagine straight to your TV.  I’m talking TV shows, Movies, Live PPV UFC, Boxing, XXX, and even network TV streams.

Jailbreaking the Apple TV only works up until the Apple TV 2nd Generationwhich you can see by clicking, it’s going for 3 times the cost of when Apple released it.  This is where being a smart consumer comes into play.

Q: Why do you jailbreak the Apple TV?
A: For the XBMC/Kodi capabilities.

So you want XBMC/Kodi? You don’t need to spend $300 to make it happen.

This is why I recommend the G-Box Midnight MX2 Android 4.2 Jelly Bean Dual Core XBMC Streaming Mini HTPC TV Box Player For a little over $100 you can have your XBMC /Kodi on your TV streaming whatever you want in a matter of 10 minutes from power on.


iOS 7 iMessages Sending Out From My e-Mail Address

iOS 7 iMessages Sending Out From My e-Mail Address

So you’ve just updated your iPhone to the newest version of it’s operating system, iOS7.  All of your friends and family are selling you they are receiving your iMessages from your email address.  Odds are, when you were going through the prompts to start using iOS7, you completely skimmed over all of the prompts it was asking you for.  One of these sections pertained to iMessages, and the ways you can communicate through it.  Fortunately, this is a very easy fix.

How to fix:

  • Go into Settings and Click into the Messages Settings:
    iOS 7 Messages sending from e-mail
  • Scroll down and tap into the ‘Send & Reeceive’ section:
    Send & Receive Settiing iOS7
  • Once you are here, this shows you all of the different ways someone can send you an iMessage.  It also lets you control whom your outgoing iOS7 iMessages will come from.  Whether it’s your e-mail address, or your cell phone number, this is where you’d make that change.
    Choose the correct outgoing setting.
  • Under the ‘Start New Conversations From’ – make sure you select your cell phone number.

There you have it.  I hope you are able to fix your iMessage issue in iOS7 so that it does not send from your e-mail address and sends from your phone number.


How to install Dell v715w AIO printer on Mac OSx 10.7.4 Lion

How to install Dell v715w AIO printer on Mac OSx 10.7.4 Lion

I had a client who was having issues installing the Dell v715w All in One printer on Mac OSx 10.7.4 Lion.

Dell doesn’t actually manufacture their own printers, they have Lexmark make them, and they slap their name on them.  Needless to say, Dell doesn’t announce that to many people, and those having a hard time getting their printers to work tend to find themselves at at dead end.  In order to use the Dell v715w AIO you need to download and use lexmark pro700 driver from here and download also need Gutenprint for Mac OS X.

Install the Gutenprint first, then install the lexmark pro700 driver, and you should able to print to the Dell v715w AIO from your Mac.

Bose SoundDock Series 3 Released

Bose SoundDock Series 3 Released

As of December 8th, the Bose SoundDock Series 3 has been released.  The SoundDock III features the Lighting charger to support playback and charging for the iPhone 5.  We were skeptical for release of the SoundDock 3 before the holiday season, but Bose has finally released it’s newest dock at the retail price of $249.99.

If you have only the iPhone 5, I suggest the new Bose SoundDock 3.

The SoundDock Series III digital music system lets you play music from any iPod or iPhone model with an Apple Lightning connector, and enjoy it with Bose quality sound.

  • Proprietary acoustic design delivers a unique combination of small size and proven performance.
  • Convenient remote controls the system and basic iPod or iPhone functions, including playlist navigation.
  • Works with and charges iPod and iPhone models with an Apple Lightning connector – With Apple’s newest technology, it appears this SoundDock will be the one to get going forward.
  • Auxiliary input located in the rear of the SoundDock – lets you play other audio devices.

For those who have an iPhone 5, and want native charging from the Bose SoundDock, the new SoundDock 3 is the Bose Dock for you.

If you want to use the SoundDock for your iPhone 4, 4S and iPhone 5, I highly recommend the Bose® SoundLink® Bluetooth Mobile Speaker II – The Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Mobile Speaker II Features Bluetooth Capabilities for all Smart Phones and computers.

I have previously written up an article on how to make the Bose SoundDock II work with newer generation iPhones.

The Bose SoundLink Speaker will accomodate users with older, current and future iPhone models.

For the most recent prices for the iPhone 5 Bose SoundDock 3, check the following link:

iPhone 5 Bose SoundDock Series 3 cheapest price.

Tips and tricks for avoiding iPhone spyware

Tips and tricks for avoiding iPhone spyware

Most iPhone users used to laugh at their Android counterparts whenever the subject of Android spyware or malware would surface; but we live in changing times and most iPhone users are now finding that they’re not all that different when it comes to apps stealing and misusing their personal data. Apple itself has come under fire for acting like most cell phone spy software does – it even had a class action lawsuit filed against it for privacy invasion. The saddest part is multiplatform malware is now riding the iOS wave with the most recent one hitting Windows through app strategically placed in the App Store. However, the more important point is that iOS isn’t safe from malware/spyware, but with a few precautions most iOS lovers can keep their devices clear from all malware or spyware infested waters.

They’re like cockroaches

Since they can hide so well sometimes and then they’re in your face. While nuclear blasts can’t kill them an effective insecticide does the job pretty quick – let a decent antivirus do the same for the malware/spyware on your iOS device. Just like there’s malicious apps that can hurt your iPhone there are apps designed to find problems and rid your life of them. So do a scavenger hunt on the App Store and find yourself an app that can not only find existing problems but protect your iPhone from future trouble as well.

No get out of jail free card

There really isn’t one for people who jailbreak their phones. What you’re effectively doing is ensuring that your iPhone doesn’t have a warranty – and of course jailbreaking does a little more than just let you have free apps, it creates a free pass and multiple opportunities of infiltration for malware as well. While the App Store has of late started having trouble with malware the fact is that Apple has an A+ on its report card when it comes to finding and destroying malware so far. And iPhone’s that haven’t been jailbroken were touted as virtually impossible to penetrate for a long while – with Apple waging war against malware with such tenacity one should feel a little more secure. However, a jailbroken iPhone is another story altogether.

No poison Apples

Apple won’t feed you one. If you venture outside the realms of the official App Store you have no one to blame but yourself for the repercussions. The trouble with iPhone, which is much the same as the trouble with Android phones, is that it won’t allow you to choose what permissions you hand over to your apps. You either give them what you want or you don’t install them. In that case venturing to the outside world for an app maybe a catastrophe because you don’t know what information or data your app maybe sending off somewhere else, but if it’s from the App Store at least you can sure it doesn’t have any malicious intent.

When there isn’t a door don’t open a window  

If you don’t want an app to have access to everything in your phone then don’t install it. You can’t control every aspect of permissions; once you install an app it takes what it wants. In some cases this has proved to be a problem because information has then been taken and sold to advertisers at large. Go through the permissions on your app properly before you download it. Twitter of all people admitted to storing user data even if they’ve deleted the app for Twitter itself. If big tech firms can’t respect your privacy you really can’t trust small developers to. Whatever detective work you want to do has to be done before you install the app and use it, once it’s on your system the information it touches may not be as easily erased.

Author Bio:

Natalia David has become a reliable name in the sphere of technology. Her work has earned her great recognition from readers who appreciate it for keeping them up to date with the latest happenings in the trade of the technology world. You can also follow her on twitter @NataliaDavid4

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