iPadiPhoneTips & How-to

How To Prevent Accidental App Purchase On iPhone

January 13, 2011 — by Gaurav Kheterpal10


My four year old daughter simply loves my iPhone. In fact, there are days when she ends up using it more than I do. She has her own little world of Talking Tom, Angry Birds, Tap Tap Revenge, Read Me Stories and a plethora of other interesting games. While I don’t mind her playing games and solving puzzles on my iPhone, I was in for a rude shock last week when I received several emails titled “Your receipt #xyz” from iTunes Store. These mails were followed by a scary credit card statement which I could hardly believe.

One quick look at the receipts and I knew that my little one had accidentally made several in-app purchases. Needless to say, the damage had been done and the next thing I did was to look for a solution to prevent such accidental In-app purchases for future.

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Why There is no “None” Option when Registering iTunes Account

January 9, 2011 — by Simon Ng185


I’ve written a post about how you can register an iTunes App Store account without credit card. Thanks for all the positive comments and praise.

As I read the comments of the post today, quite a number of readers mentioned the procedures no longer work on iTunes 10. There is no “None” option even they followed the procedures precisely. The post was written nearly two years ago. So the procedures were tested on older version of iTunes. With increasing comments complaining about the procedures on iTunes 10, I just tried to register another iTunes App Store account again and see if the “None” option is still there.

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Reload Web Page in iPhone Safari using Pull To Refresh Hack

January 6, 2011 — by Simon Ng2


If you love the “Pull to Refresh” feature on Twitter or Facebook app, I’m sure you’ll also love this hack that brings “Pull to Refresh” feature to iPhone’s Safari app.

Developed by an iPhone develop known as “xh”, the “Pull to Refresh Safari” is a nifty tweak for mobile Safari. With the hack, other than using the reload button, you can simply pull down to refresh a web page. That’s very similar to the refresh feature you can find on other iPhone apps such as Twitter and Facebook.

The hack doesn’t just let you refresh a web page. While the web page is loading, you can also pull down the web page to stop it from loading.

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Hack To Rename App Icon on iPhone

January 4, 2011 — by Simon Ng0


Do you ever wish to rename the app icon on iPhone? If you own a jailbroken iPhone, there is a hack for that. The iPhone developer, Ryan Petrich, has released a hack on cydia called “Icon Renamer” that allows you to rename any icon with just a single tap.

As usual, the hack only works on jailbroken iPhone and it only supports iOS 4.0 (or up). To rename an app icon, simply tap and hold the icon until it enters the wiggle mode. Then you can just tap on the icon you want to rename and edit the text. Once you hit the “Apply” button, the icon title will be changed.

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iPhone Tip: How to Sync Note to Your Mail Account

December 25, 2010 — by Simon Ng5


Before the release of iOS 4.0 for iPhone, all your notes created using the built-in Notes app are stored locally. The only way to transfer your notes from iPhone to computer is by using iTunes sync. That means, every time you need to sync the note, you need to connect the iPhone with USB and wait for the sync. That’s pretty inconvenience if you just want to sync your notes to the computer.

With the debut of iOS 4.0, Apple has added a new feature that allows you to sync notes over-the-air to your IMAP email account. No more USB connection is required. This guide will walk you through how you can configure your iPhone to sync note to your email account. We’ll use Gmail as example but it should work with other email accounts such as Yahoo and Hotmail.

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HandBrake: the Free & Best iPhone/iPod Video Converter

December 21, 2010 — by Megha Bassi5


handbrake-logo.pngThe search for the perfect Video Converter for your iPhone is finally over. With the vast number of free & premium video converters out there it sure does get confusing. That’s why we decided to share with you this one stop free and open source video converting solution.

HandBrake is a cross platform software which works on Mac, Windows and Linux. It’s the VLC player of video converters. Point it to any video file you have, choose a device preset like iPhone or AppleTV and click on Start. As simple as that.

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iPhone Tip: How To Save and Dial Phone Extension

December 20, 2010 — by Simon Ng6


Save Phone Extension in iPhone Contacts #1I believe every iPhone user should know how to save a phone number in Contacts. That’s trivial. But how about a phone number with an extension number? Do you know how you can save phone extension in Contacts?

Increasingly, businesses are using automated menus to answer customer phone calls. It’s not uncommon you hear a mechanical voice prompting you with instructions like:

Banking services, please press 1.
Credit card services, please press 2.
Insurance services, please press 3.
If you need to talk to our customer service office directly, press 8.

Sound familiar to you, right? You need to input appropriate extension to select the corresponding option. Sometimes, you even need to key in several inputs before you can reach the right service. That’s really annoying. Is there any way to save these key sequences in contact so you don’t have to dial them again and again?

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Hack to Keep App Store Opened While Installing iPhone Apps

December 13, 2010 — by Simon Ng3


app store stay openedOne thing that annoys me much about iPhone is the use of App Store. Once you choose to purchase an app in App Store, the App Store closes automatically and proceeds with the app installation. Hey, when quit the App Store? I still want to browse the store and download other apps. Probably you got the same experience. You have to re-open the App Store again and again when you need to download or purchase multiple apps. That’s really annoying.

Developers from NakedProduction are also tired of such annoying user experience of App Store and created a hack called StayOpened to resolve the issue. As the name suggests, StayOpened keeps the App Store opened while you’re downloading and installing the apps. With the hack, the app installation process is performed in background and you can keep browsing around the App Store.

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Show Contact Photo in SMS App with ChatPic

December 12, 2010 — by Simon Ng1


chatpic cydia iphoneWhen you are texting with your friend, do you want to show the contact photo next to the text message just like what you used to have in other IM applications? If you’re using jailbroken iPhone there is a hack on cydia called ChatPic for that.

ChatPic allows you to display the contact photo of your friend next to the text message in Messages app. The contact photo is retrieved from your address book and is compatible with Facebook photo sync, a feature in the Facebook app that automatically pulls down the contact’s profile picture.

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How To Fix Battery Drain Issue After Jailbreaking

December 9, 2010 — by Simon Ng5


Earlier, we covered how you can unlock your iPhone 3G/3GS on iOS 4.2 using the latest version of Ultrasn0w. As reported by some of iPhone 3G/3GS users, they experienced battery drain problem after upgrading the baseband to 06.15 for ultrasn0w unlocking. The iPhone Dev team has confirmed the issue and advised to use “Subscriber Artificial Module (SAM)” hack developed by @sbingner to resolve the battery issue.

The battery drain issue should only experienced by users who hacktiviate the iPhone. If you use legitimated SIM card (such as the one from AT&T) to activate the iPhone, you shouldn’t experience the issue.

Without proper activation, even your iPhone is unlocked via Ultrasn0w, it still constantly looks for a valid Push certificate via WiFi or over 3G network. This continual action significantly shortens your iPhone’s battery life.