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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.


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.

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Bose Sounddock III (3) to work only with iPhone 5

Bose Sounddock III (3) to work only with iPhone 5

A source from Bose has confirmed that the newest SoundDock, the SoundDock III, will only support the iPhone 5 and will launch within a week or so from today, November 28th, 2012.  I had previously discussed alternative solutions to make the iPhone 5 play on the Bose SoundDock II.

The new Sounddock III (3) will charge and play music from the iPhone 5 through its speakers, as many people have been anxious for.  We weren’t sure if it was going to be called the SoundLink III / SoundDock III or if it would support Bluetooth, but we now know that it is going to be called the Bose SoundDock III and will not support Bluetooth Playback.

If you were waiting for the newest generation SoundDock to use on your iPhone 4 or 4S, unfortunately, the newest SoundDock III will only support the iPhone 5.

What if I have an iPhone 4 or iPhone 4s, will that work on the new SoundDock III?

For families that own an iPhone 5 and an iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S, I would recommend purchasing the Bose® SoundLink® Bluetooth Mobile Speaker II – Nylon, as it supports Bluetooth playback, which can be used on all Apple Devices, Samsung Galaxy S3, and all phones that support Bluetooth Speakers. It will also work to play music from your Computer, provided it has Bluetooth capabilities.  It is also a portable Bose speaker that features a battery that will last for up to 8 hours of playback.  It can be used outside at BBQ’s and you can play music to it from your phone in your pocket.

Check the following link for the best prices on the SoundLink II on Amazon:


New Bose Dock That Will Natively Charge iPhone 5

New Bose Dock That Will Natively Charge iPhone 5

Update 11/28/12: Bose SoundDock III

As per a phone conversation I had with a representative working for Bose’s Sale Department, Bose will be coming out with a new Sounddock or Soundlink that will have a charge and play for the iPhone 5.  Currently, it is still up in the air if you can use Apple’s Lightning to 30-pin adapter to play music from your iPhone 5 – the most updated information I have received is that it only charges the iPhone 5, but doesn’t play music.

There is still solutions you can use if you can’t wait and need to play music through your iPhone 5 and Bose system.

A Quick Summary of those solutions:

  • Wireless Bluetooth Music Receiver Adapter for Bose Sounddock – This is a receiver that uses Bluetooth technology to connect to your iPhone or any other Bluetooth capable device and is placed into the Bose Sounddock.  If you are having a party, you can control the tunes in your Sounddock from the phone in your pocket.
  • SoundLink Bluetooth Mobile Speaker II – If you have never purchased a Sounddock in the past, and are looking for a solution NOW, this is for you.  It combines Bluetooth Technology and Bose Speakers.  This is a Mobile Bose Sound System, meaning you can take it anywhere with you.  With Battery Power that can last for up to eight hours, this is perfect for a Tail Gate, BBQ, or anywhere you want to listen to your tunes.  When the battery is dead, it takes about 2-3 hours to charge to 100%.  Even when Bose launches their newest dock, this will still be a comparable alternative, if not, more favorable.

Lightning Adapter Security Chip Updates

Lightning Adapter Security Chip Updates

Now that Apple has started shipping the Lightning adapters, ChipWorks has torn it down to find out why those cheap knock offs will not work!

Their finding did conclude that the Lightning cable does have four chips embedded in it. Two of these chips are very simple with just a couple transistors, and the third is an NXP NX20P3.  The fourth and most interesting of their findings is the Texas Instruments chip, that is not documented anywhere by TI (a big secret!).

Chipworks claims:

It is actually very interesting that we may have found a security device in this cable. Previously, we have analyzed security devices regarding medical printer media (armbands), printer cartridges, flash drive memory, batteries, and smart cards, but this is the first secure cable we have seen. The security does not come close to the herculean approaches that are used in (for example) today’s printer cartridges, but resembles the level of effort that cartridge manufacturers used to implement in the olden days. This is likely a calculated decision by Apple to keep costs to a minimum knowing that their core customer base prefers to shop in Apple stores or for brand name peripherals. In these places, piracy is not a concern. In other words, at this time the security is “just enough.” With future generations of Apple and non-Apple products, we may begin to see even stronger security and control if the market forces merit it.

For the time being, it seems like a win for Apple.  If you are looking to save money on the Lightning Dock connector, you’re going to have to wait.  This will only slow down the 3rd party vendors from figuring it out, and being able to implement a chip in their designs.

If you are looking for a solution to use the new iPhone Lightning adapter in a Bose dock, please check out the previous article on that topic.

Alternatives to the New iOS6 Maps Application

Alternatives to the New iOS6 Maps Application

If you are like myself, who was very much looking forward to the new Maps application, and was deeply disappointed by the Maps app, there is alternatives.  Not only is there an alternative, but it is FREE!

Apple advertised the turn by turn navigation, which is a standard on all android devices.  What actually turned out happening, was that Apple only pushed the turn by turn feature to the iPhone 4s, and the new iPhone 5.  I didn’t learn of this until after already upgrading (drag).  However, MapQuest offers a FREE turn-by-turn Application with voice navigation, and it works Great.

Bing also has an application where you can use their Maps within the app that have the birds eye view, which is very similar to Apple’s 3D maps.

Don’t be incredibly disappointed about iOS6 maps, there is a solution!  Let me know if you have heard of anything else, or if you are using another app that you recommend!


How to use your iPhone 5 & iPhone 5S/5C with older Bose Sounddock’s

How to use your iPhone 5 & iPhone 5S/5C with older Bose Sounddock’s

Update January-12-2017

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 plus can use the following adapters also.
I have also wrote about how you can charge and listen to music at the same time on the iPhone 7.

With the new release of the iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus, there are many people asking them selves “How do I make my Bose Sounddock work with my new iPhone?”

Update November 17th, 2014,

All of the links below are still applicable to make your iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus work with your older Bose Sound Docks.  It is also a great way to make it work with any iHome Alarm Clock, or Stereo.

Apple’s Lightning to 30 pin adapter– Apples official cord will work, but DOES NOT provide Bluetooth capability.

CableJive dockBoss Smart Audio Input Adapter for iPod/iPhone Docks – Good for turning your Bose Dock to accept a 2.5mm headphone input. (will not work for iPhone 7)

TekuOne Wireless Bluetooth Music Receiver Adapter for Bose Sounddock – Works great for all model iPhones, as well as linking your Bose dock to your laptop, or other Bluetooth enabled devices.

Update December 2, 2013:

Given that Apple has released the iPhone 5S, and iPhone 5C, I have been asked many times lately about how to accommodate them into use for older model Bose Sounddock’s without the lightening adapter.

To make your iPhone 5, 5S, 5C, and iPad Mini work in your older model Sounddock’s, you need to use one the following options:

Apple’s Lightning to 30 pin adapter – You can use the adapter with the longer cable for the iPad
CableJive dockBoss Smart Audio Input Adapter for iPod/iPhone Docks
Wireless Bluetooth Music Receiver Adapter for Bose Sounddock


UPDATE 11/29: New Bose SoundDock 3 will be coming out any day now, to be here for the holidays.  Also, I have evaluated and can confirm the functionality of Apple’s Lightning to 30 pin adapters with the SoundDock speaker products. I recommend using the 0.2 meter “cable” style adapter to prevent potential IR remote control issues.

UPDATE 10/22: I have heard reports from many people that the Lightning adapter is only charging and not playing music.  At the moment, the only confirmed way for music to play through your Bose Sounddock on the iPhone 5 is with a CableJive dockBoss Smart Audio Input Adapter for iPod/iPhone Docks.  If you want to spend the extra few bucks, you can also pick up a Wireless Bluetooth Music Receiver Adapter for Bose Sounddock for less than $40.  Both of those adapters will work with all types of docks, not just the Bose Sounddock (iHome and others).

If you have never purchased a Bose Sounddock, and are looking for something immediately, you can pick up a SoundLink Bluetooth Mobile Speaker II. This Bluetooth Bose speaker allows you to play music through your iPhone, Computer, and any other device that has Bluetooth capabilities.

In theory, to make this work, you are going to need the Apple Lightning to 30-pin Adapter.  Apple has them for sale for $29.00.  Simply take the adapter, place it into your dock, and put your iPhone 5 into the adapter.  There is no confirmation from Apple or Bose as to there being Audio out, though it will most likely be good to charge your iPhone 5 if nothing else.  They have noted on their website

*Some 30-pin accessories are not supported.

There is somewhat conflicting information going around whether or not there the Bose Sounddock will play music from the iPhone 5.  Apple also noted on their website that there is “Support for analog audio output, USB audio, as well as syncing and charging. Video output not supported.”

The net-net: No one really knows for sure, but as soon as Apple starts shipping the 30-pin to Lightning Adapters, I will keep you updated.

Apple is not shipping until October due to supply problems, so for the time being, you are going to have to make due without bumping your music from the iPhone 5.

It has been noted that the knock-off models of this adapter will not work due to Apple requiring an authentication chip.  Be leery of the adapters that are selling on Amazon and eBay not made by Apple as they most likely do not have the authentication chip required by Apple.


The iPhone 5 is coming soon

The iPhone 5 is coming soon

With rumors swirling of a September or Octotober 2012 release of the iPhone 5, Sprint has announced it’s slashing prices on the iPhone 4s by $50.  They are also waiving their $36 activation fee.  Making it the cheapest iPhone 4s to date.  I may be leery of Sprint’s service, but it’s hard to beat an iPhone 4s for less than $200.

Although the iPhone 4s is soon to be outdated, it is still a great phone.  If you are eligible for an upgrade or if you have a broken iPhone, it may not be a bad idea to take advantage of this offer (if you can’t wait until September).  It is only one of two apple devices that offer Siri, and an 8MP digital camera.  Besides, it has been rumored that Apple is replacing the charging port on the new iPhone, going away from the standard port it has used since the first iPod back in 2001.


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