How to keep your iOS device running at peak efficiency with System Monitor

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Gmail messages disappearing from Apple Mail? Here’s a fix

Since upgrading to OS X Mavericks, Gmail messages have been disappearing from Apple Mail. I found a fix that worked for me, but it was buried in Apple’s support forums under the typical hostile debates over nothing useful…in this case, whether it’s Apple or Google’s fault. To save you that hassle, here’s how to prevent Gmail messages from disappearing from Apple Mail, and how you’ll get back the ones that went away.

Do It App Style: How to create blurred iOS 7 style wallpapers

When you turn on your iPhone and swipe to reach the password screen, iOS 7 creates this nifty blurring effect for your wallpaper, making it easier to read the text on top of it without throwing a boring flat color behind it. That blur effect is actually very easy to create yourself with an app called Blurify, and here’s how to do it.

AppleTell Gift Guide: How to create a custom NFL iPhone case

How do you represent your team when you can’t find decent NFL designs? You put together a couple different brands to create your own custom iPhone case. Here, I represent my fellow 12s by customizing my iPhone 5 skin colors at Slickwraps, then finish it off with an Esoterism Embrace-5 aluminum bumper. It allows you to get more creative with your gift, and you get a better case than the usual hunks of plastic endorsed by the NFL.

How to check the Apple online system status

Ever been in a situation where an Apple online service—like iMessage, Facetime, or iCloud—wasn’t working as expected and you weren’t sure if the problem was on your end or Apple’s? Well, there’s a handy web page you can check on that will tell you what the status is of every online service they support, including the various web stores and iCloud.


How to install the Evasi0n untethered jailbreak for iOS 6

Most of you probably already know by now, but we’re going to let you know again; iOS 6.0 and above has recieved an untethered jailbreak for all devices today courtesy of the relatively new jailbreak team the Evaders. Evasi0n will work on any device running iOS 6 or above (yes, that includes the latest iOS 6.1) including the new iPhone 5 and iPad Mini.

How to get the custom iPhone carrier logo you deserve, without Jailbreaking

Just like you, every day for the past 4 years with my various iterations of iPhone, I have been forced to look at an ugly carrier logo in the upper left corner of my screen. I’ve read for years that we can change this icon by jailbreaking our devices, but thanks to coder uhelios, we now have Carrier Editor for Mac which can change our iOS carrier’s logo in four simple steps.

How to redeem your iTunes gift card on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

Got yourself an iTunes gift card for Christmas? Sweet! Apple doesn’t do a great job of explaining how to redeem an iTunes gift card with the App Store app, but it’s very simple. Here’s how you do it. Remember, though, that gift cards have to be redeemed in the iTunes store of the country in which the card was purchased.


How to “gift” iOS apps now for delivery on Christmas day

The ability to “gift” apps has been available for quite some time now. And although the ability was dropped in the original release of iOS 6, it returned with a neat new feature…you can set the date on which the gifted app is actually delivered. If you plan to give an app for Christmas and don’t want to risk forgetting on Christmas day, here’s how to do it.

How to turn your “obsolete” 3rd gen iPad into cash

Are you amongst the many New iPad owners who were shocked after Apple announced a 4th gen iPad just seven months after the third-generation device was released? If you’re feeling angry or just a bit envious, you can always turn that “obsolete” third-gen iPad into real cash.

How MobileMe users can avoid the looming iCloud storage crunch

If you (like me) were a dedicated fan of Apple’s cloud services long before cloud services ever became a thing (iTools, anyone?), you may be bumping up against the new 5 GB storage limit in iCloud. Former MobileMe users got a one year free upgrade to 25GB of storage, but now that year is up and Apple has notified those users that their iCloud accounts are set to downgrade to the default storage limit on September 30th.


How to turn off Facebook access to Contacts in iOS 6, and why you should

I’m not a Facebook hater; I use the service every day to connect with friends and family members, share photos and links, and keep track of events. I do, however, maintain a very close eye on my privacy settings and am deeply suspicious of Facebook’s handling of my private data. This is why I viewed the idea of Facebook being integrated into iOS 6 with deep pessimism.