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Need to contact the Mac at home.

We have a several Macs at home. We want to securely connect to any of them from outside of home, via other Macs or iPhone or iPad and pull off files or use the home computer via the remote Mac/iDevice if needed. Talk to us like we're not tech savy and tell us how to do this. All the macs are running 10.9.2.
posted by sock, the puppet on May 11, 2014 - 9 answers

IFTTT on iOS used 7.5GB of cellular data

I just received a huge cellphone bill due to excessive data usage. I checked my iPhone's cellular data usage, and the IFTTT app has used 7.5GB (yes, gigabytes) of data in the last month. WTF! [more inside]
posted by krunk on May 9, 2014 - 14 answers

Best way for a UK citizen to manage money and cellphones in Europe?

I'm a Canadian/UK citizen living in London and I'm going travelling in Europe for three months. What's the best way for me to manage my money/cell phone plan while I travel? Requirements and details over the fold. [more inside]
posted by Cpt. The Mango on May 9, 2014 - 6 answers

Oddity with Linked Instagram and Twitter posts...

I have my instagram and twitter handles linked. So if someone tweets their own instagram post with my handle included in the text, then it also translates and correctly tags my twitter handle on twitter. My problem follows... [more inside]
posted by cinemafiend on May 7, 2014 - 2 answers

Probably the answer is to not text so damn much?

My iMessages keep stacking up/not getting delivered to my phone and I don't know how to fix this. On a typical workday my boyfriend and I exchange hundreds of messages (ugh I know), mostly on our computers. The problem: when I check my phone at the end of the work day, the messages are not there (which is no big deal) but they proceed to download over the next hour or so, preventing new messages from being delivered and churning through my battery at an alarming rate. [more inside]
posted by mskyle on May 6, 2014 - 11 answers

How to unsync old calendars from iPhone

I have Gmail old calendars from an old workplace on my iPhone that it all of a sudden revived and seems steadfastly opposed to allowing me to remove. They're no longer there when I open my Gmail calendars in my browser, but I've unlinked and relinked my Gmail account to my iPhone and they're still there, driving me fucking crazy with hourly reminders about shit I will never have to do again. Please help me restore sanity. [more inside]
posted by namesarehard on May 1, 2014 - 4 answers

How best to use an iPhone in Europe

I am taking my iPhone to Europe and want to use it wifi-only. I use StraightTalk as a provider. Is there anything in particular I should know before I go? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Apr 30, 2014 - 12 answers

iPhone Recall Loaner: Can I Just Keep It?

I went to get my 16GB iPhone 5 repaired or replaced under the iPhone 5 Sleep/Wake Button Replacement Program today, and after some testing and such I was issued a loaner phone (also a 16GB iPhone 5) and told that mine will be repaired in about 6-8 days. I think I'd like to just keep the loaner, and it seems like that may not be encouraged but may be possible... [more inside]
posted by rollbiz on Apr 28, 2014 - 3 answers

Graphic designer for an iPhone app

I'm currently coding an iPhone messaging client app which could use a designer for the screens and the app icon. I've tried oDesk.com and I'm having doubts about the quality of some of the applicants. Are there any good suggestions for websites that can provide a good designer? I'm looking for high quality work and I'm willing to pay a reasonable rate for it (though I would rather pay per project - currently I set $1000 for the project).
posted by antgly on Apr 28, 2014 - 5 answers

This isn't my music

I normally listen to podcasts streamed from my iPhone 5 to my car over bluetooth or occasionally via USB. A few times, I've plugged in the phone only to have it start playing a random track, one which I have never downloaded and which (I have confirmed by searching on my phone and on a synced computer) is not in my iTunes music library. I don't think it's through iTunes radio, either, as the songs do not appear in my radio history and are unlikely to be generated by the stations I have developed. Where are these songs coming from??? This morning it was something by Of Montreal, if that's helpful.
posted by karbonokapi on Apr 22, 2014 - 11 answers

Help me iMacguyver my broken iPhone!

My iPhone 5 speaker randomly stopped working 18 months after I bought it. I have to use speakerphone or headphones to talk on the phone. I can make it work temporarily if I press on the top right corner where the speaker is (as described here). I found that theres a point about halfway between the speaker and the right edge where, if I clip a binder clip, then the phone works! See here and here The "genius bar" genius solution was that, since I didn't get Apple care, that I dish out another 500$ for a new phone. Help me figure out a better way? [more inside]
posted by cacofonie on Apr 22, 2014 - 8 answers

Leechblock for iPhone?

I'm trying to cut down on online procrastination and leechblock has been awesome for that, but I end up cheating on my iPhone. Is there any equivalent app? [more inside]
posted by raeka on Apr 22, 2014 - 1 answer

Collecting data via iPhone - regularly, quickly, securely, non-web-based

We're going to have some folks filling out the same simple form on a regular basis. Is there an app-based solution where they can enter the data and upload it securely to a central repository at the end of the day? A web solution may have been easier, but we're worried connectivity might be an issue during parts of the day. We want users to tap an app and be able to fill out a bunch of forms, then upload them all (securely) at the end of the day. A simple, elegant, fast interface would be a real plus. [more inside]
posted by borborygmi on Apr 21, 2014 - 4 answers

iOS app for custom tables / dice results?

Looking for an iOS app that will let me set up a table (of dice scores and results), then roll on that table by pushing a button. For example, I might set up a table 'FOO': 1-2 = A, 3-4 = B, 5-6 = C. I could then push the FOO button, and it'd roll a d6 and give me A, B or C. Does this sort of thing exist?
posted by obiwanwasabi on Apr 21, 2014 - 2 answers

Android in a Apple world?

The ghost of Steve Jobs and I disagree on smart phone design. Can I make an Android phone work with all my existing Apple stuff? And if so, which Android phone should I get? [more inside]
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts on Apr 20, 2014 - 16 answers

Google My Maps on iPhone

Can anyone update the answers to this question about viewing the Google maps I've created (My Maps, My Places, or whatever it's called now) on an iPhone? [more inside]
posted by Joleta on Apr 18, 2014 - 4 answers

Tips and advice for migrating from Droid to iPhone 5c?

I'll be migrating from and old Droid to an iPhone 5c in the next few days, and I have a iPod Classic, so I'm not wholly unfamiliar with the world of iTunes, but fairly new to iOS. I'm looking for tips and apps to make the best use of my iPhone, and how to best use it in my otherwise 100% Windows environment. And I'll need a good grippy case. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Apr 17, 2014 - 12 answers

Selling on ebay, does this sound legit

Yesterday I put up an unlocked iPhone 4s on ebay for sale. It literally sold in about a minute. This old phone sold at the price it was originally purchased for. I sent the buyer an invoice. They paid it with another minute. For this old phone, that's about 3 versions behind. This makes me leery, especially since the email from ebay says SHIP NOW. Shouldn't I wait for money to appear in my Paypal account? Is it odd that this old phone sold so quickly at such a high price to buyer in the continental United States? If it's legit, do I really ship NOW?
posted by sock, the puppet on Apr 15, 2014 - 19 answers

Text message archiving for businesses

Is there an all in one solution that will archive text message conversations for multiple styles of phones? Even more caveats inside... [more inside]
posted by dukes909 on Apr 15, 2014 - 5 answers

How do I make IMAP work for me?

IMAP is supposed to be able to preserve message state information across clients. So why is it that my email read/unread states aren't transferring from my Macbook to my iPhone? [more inside]
posted by capricorn on Apr 14, 2014 - 5 answers

Android can't get txts from iphones. Have done ALL known fixes.

My new Android phone won't receive txts from iPHones. this is a known issue in iMessage from Apple. I have done ALL the known fixes that have been suggested. I have read 10 articles and Already done all suggested fixes: I shut off iMessage, deregistered from Apple, asked people to delete me from contacts and delete all txt threads.
posted by quiverandquill on Apr 11, 2014 - 6 answers

Multiplayer Sudoku App?

Is there a good app that lets one play Sudoku against friends? I'm looking for something that is non-crappy and has both IOS and Android versions.
posted by Yakuman on Apr 8, 2014 - 1 answer

Have I been hacked by the PLA?

Why did my Safari start screen change to China/Chinese favorites when I upgraded to iOS 7.1? [more inside]
posted by Dansaman on Apr 8, 2014 - 4 answers

How to sign a check online, using iPad or iPhone?

The CEO of a small business that is one of my clients insists on "signing all the checks" – he likes to keep an eye on everything that is being purchased and all money that is being spent. The accounting department would like to help modernize the process, and he's on board with signing them online, using a touch screen device. (He wants to use his iPhone, he does have an iPad, too.) [more inside]
posted by visual mechanic on Apr 1, 2014 - 3 answers

Smartphone upgrade: Android, iPhone 5c and a Sony Smartwatch

I have an original Droid with a slide-out keyboard with Verizon, and I'm looking to upgrade. I also have a Sony Smartwatch, first edition. I've been looking at iPhones longingly for a while, and Verizon had a deal on the iPhone 5c that expired yesterday, so without much thought, I ordered one. It's on backorder, and I have 14 days to try it and return it without penalty, and I'm only now doing proper research on my options. So here I am, looking for insight and input. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Apr 1, 2014 - 3 answers

Galaxy vs iPhone

Help me decide between a Samsung Galaxy S4 and an iPhone 4S. [more inside]
posted by peanut_mcgillicuty on Mar 31, 2014 - 24 answers

Unlocking an old AT&T iPhone

The spouse and I upgraded from an iPhone4 and 4s on AT&T to newer iPhones on AT&T. Then someone mentioned we can sell the old phones on ebay, but to be sure and unlock them first, as they're worth more that way. But the old phones are no longer are active phones and AT&T is refusing or can't unlock them. Is there any way to unlock (but not jailbreak) an old iPhone 4 and 4s on the AT&T network that are no longer active as phones?
posted by sock, the puppet on Mar 25, 2014 - 13 answers

What's the quickest/easiest way to get audiobooks from a CD to iphone 4?

I can rip the audiobooks from the compact disc to itunes quite easily, but the problem is if they are just added to my phone under the music icon, it won't save my place in the book. What is the easiest and fastest way to make this happen. I am willing to download apps that cost $ if necessary.
posted by skjønn on Mar 24, 2014 - 5 answers

More Like InstaClose, Amiright?

Why does my iPhone keep dropping Instagram, and how do I fix it? [more inside]
posted by Parasite Unseen on Mar 24, 2014 - 2 answers

Help me restore app data (only) to a clean iPhone 5S running iOS 7.1

After a complicated chain of circumstances involving a SIM migration, a grandfathered prepaid data plan that transferred from an iPhone 3G to a 4 to the current 5S, and many hours (no exaggeration) at the AT&T store while their employees talked to level 2 tech support, I was left with: It is not an option to restore the entire phone from the backup. Help me restore just the user data for selected apps. [more inside]
posted by RedOrGreen on Mar 21, 2014 - 4 answers

Best way to store iPhone videos on Flickr?

I need help with getting my iPhone videos (home videos, all 2 minutes or less) to upload to Flickr - ideally using their app, but open to other ways as well. Why can't I do it? [more inside]
posted by widdershins on Mar 18, 2014 - 3 answers

Buzz off!

My iPhone keeps buzzing with a calendar alert that does not have a reminder set. Help me turn it off! [more inside]
posted by peanut_mcgillicuty on Mar 9, 2014 - 4 answers

Can I mirror iPhone camera output - without the controls?

Hi - in a pinch, I need to use my iPhone to feed live video to a projector. I have a VGA adapter, so I can mirror my camera, but I can't feed "clean" video without all the on-screen camera controls, etc. I feel like the answer is easy, but I'm flummoxed. Is there an app or way to get just plain camera output without the controls? thanks!
posted by smelvis on Mar 4, 2014 - 3 answers

Getting my work and personal schedules in sync, with technology.

How can I better organize my schedule through better use of my work and personal calendars across platforms? My primary calendar at work is through Outlook/Exchange, but for personal correspondence I use gmail/google calendar, mostly accessed through my iphone or a browser on my mac. Right now I am just inviting Work Email Address Me and Personal Email Address Me to events (like meeting invitees) but perhaps there is a better way. Suggestions of articles/resources to help me figure this out also welcome! [more inside]
posted by NikitaNikita on Mar 3, 2014 - 4 answers

iPhone question: silencing all media except one app?

I like to listen to my white noise app on my iPhone while I work, but the alerts from email, texts, etc. disrupt my zen zone. Is there a way to silence my phone, text alert, and email alerts (basically everything except this app) without having to go to Settings and set each one's ringtone to "None?" Thanks!
posted by quixotictic on Feb 28, 2014 - 4 answers

iPhone won't sync after software update and janky cable

Trying to get my iPhone 4S to restore and sync from recent backup via iTunes and no love. [more inside]
posted by *s on Feb 27, 2014 - 6 answers

iWanna Get My Pool Party Jammy-Jam On

Can I use an iPhone as a wifi range extender to another iPhone? [more inside]
posted by joelhunt on Feb 27, 2014 - 5 answers

Something like Instapaper, but for email threads?

Is there an equivalent of Instapaper or Pocket, but more or less optimized for saving and decluttering (long) email threads? (Gmail, specifically?) [more inside]
posted by (The Rt Hon.) MP on Feb 26, 2014 - 1 answer

I'm looking for a bluetooth button. No features. Just. A. Button.

So I used WAZE for my morning commute on my iPhone. It's on my dash and out of easy reach. But sometimes I get an idea for a thing I need to do when I get to the office. Or a text I need to send. So I have to stretch and reach over for the iPhone button to hold it down and dictate it to Siri. Then I thought: What if I just had a button. On me. So that's what I'm looking for. A button I can have close to me that I can press to activate the same function on the iPhone. Not a headset. Or a speakerphone. My car's functionality there works great. Just a button to trigger the thing that's a foot out of easy reach. Now It'd be great if it was like a pin on and didn't look awful so it could be semi decorative. But frankly even if it was big and ugly and I could mount it on the wheel that would work too. So...anyone know any straight button options?
posted by rileyray3000 on Feb 18, 2014 - 10 answers

Help make my iphone 5s messaging not horrible?

A convoluted story about failing to get an iPhone 5S to successfully do all messaging over SMS/MMS rather than iMessage. I would like a way to keep my cellular network turned off, but still be able to send and receive messages without constant errors. [more inside]
posted by Buckt on Feb 16, 2014 - 5 answers

Retrieving Iphone notes

Looking for a program that will help rescue my lost notes... [more inside]
posted by sprezzy on Feb 16, 2014 - 5 answers

Diagnose my iPhone

Text messaging consistently does not work on my phone (iPhone 4s, AT&T). 2 failure modes: 1) The blue "Sending" bar does not go all the way to complete in iMessage 2) I'll send a text successfully, and the other person will text me back right away, but I won't receive their reply. When I do get their reply, however, it'll say the correct timestamp (from when they sent it, which is often hours earlier.) This always happens with some people and never with others. It happens to both iMessage and regular texts. I'm wondering whether to take it to the Apple store, the AT&T store, to do a factory reset, or to fiddle with some other settings. Has anyone else encountered this and been able to fix it?
posted by estlin on Feb 16, 2014 - 8 answers

This question is not about Flappy Bird. Yet.

Is it possible to transfer apps between iOS devices without jailbreaking? [more inside]
posted by griphus on Feb 14, 2014 - 6 answers

Clay-signal For IPhone?

I need an app for the IPhone that will allow my partner to press a single button to send me a pre-written text message or pre-determined photo. This will be a sort of personalized Bat Signal (we'll call it "The Clay Signal") and will let me know that she needs my attention. [more inside]
posted by Clay201 on Feb 13, 2014 - 17 answers

Is there an app for that?

I’m interested in the DURR, a simple display-less “watch” that vibrates every 5 minutes to influence your perception of the passing of time. Since DURR is not currently shipping and I already own an iPhone with a clock and a vibrating buzzer, I feel like this should be doable with an app. There’s already a Pebble app so I’m sure it’s not crazy. If this doesn’t currently exist, how hard might it be to write one myself? I’ve compiled things in XCode before but not written my own from-scratch Objective-C, so I’d be approaching this as a newcomer.
posted by migurski on Feb 9, 2014 - 10 answers

Can My Company Remote-Wipe My iPhone?

How do I check that the mail account I've set up on my iPhone is fetching using IMAP and not Exchange ActiveSync? [more inside]
posted by applesurf on Feb 9, 2014 - 6 answers

Voice and Text from one number on an iPhone or a Mac?

I want one phone number to use for talk and text, and I want to be able to send and receive texts on my iPhone or from my Mac without using a browser or a second phone number. Currently, Google Voice does this, but it looks like Google is merging Google Voice into Hangouts this spring, and 3rd party apps will no longer work. GAH! I love being able to send and receive texts for my real number on my Mac (I use GrowlVoice). I'm currently on AT&T for my iPhone, but I'm more than willing to switch to another carrier. What are my options?
posted by 2oh1 on Feb 8, 2014 - 11 answers

iPhones in Europe/Israel. Talk to me like I'm sloooooow. Please.

I'm so overwhelmed by the information I get when I go online… can someone give me the for-dummies explanation here -- tell me what to do and exactly how? I need to be told how to use either an iPhone 5S or a 4s, in Italy and Israel, to be able to make/get local calls and texts, and access interactive maps, without incurring surprise fees. [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes on Feb 8, 2014 - 5 answers

Does this exist

My latest annoyance is that this used iPhone 4s that I bought has the headphone jack on the top. This makes getting it in and out of my jacket pocket and holding it annoying for me. And I can't just turn the phone upside down like an iPad does. Is there such thing as a case that either replicates the headphone jack on the bottom, or has its own built-in headphones originating from the bottom? I found this one but the headphone cord still comes out of the top. Alternatively, recommendations for bluetooth headphones that have comparable good battery life and sound quality to the plugged-in kind.
posted by bleep on Feb 6, 2014 - 5 answers

Advanced methods for Hotmail password recovery/reset?

My dad had his computer reformatted and now he doesn't remember his Hotmail password because it used to be saved in his browser. We tried to recover the account by going into the "Can't access your account?" section, but we were unsuccessful. He can still access his emails via the Mail app on his iPhone. [more inside]
posted by kag on Jan 31, 2014 - 2 answers

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