You may find yourself in a situation where your iPhone app updates number won’t reset or clear. This can happen after restoring a phone using iTunes. It could happen if you’ve updated the apps in iTunes and synchronized your phone, but the App Store on the phone doesn’t acknowledge that the apps have updated.
There will be a notification on the iPhone App Store icon indicating a certain number of updates are pending, but when you check they have already been updated. Restarting the phone won’t fix the problem.
At some point, additional apps on the iPhone will have updates available. At that time, the App Store will recalculate the number of available apps and display the correct number.
Most mobile devices these days have built-in tracking features that are very convenient for a variety of reasons. For example, health and wellness apps that monitor your activity require location tracking to be turned on. Location tracking can help find lost or stolen devices.
Because of privacy concerns, location tracking is typically an ‘opt-in’ service. Those who decide to not permit location tracking for their devices will not be able to have them easily located and recovered.
For users of Apple mobile devices, you’ll need to enable location tracking prior to attempting to find a lost device.
These are the steps you can follow to find a device:
- Go to http://www.iCloud.com
- Login using your Apple ID.
- Click on the Find My Phone icon as shown below.
- The Find My Phone service will display a map with your device or devices indicated on the map with dots. in the example below there are no devices displayed, but when you use the service hopefully your device will show up. Under the All Devices drop-down menu, your available devices
Samsung includes biometric security in their premium smartphones through a fingerprint reader on the home button. Unfortunately, the system requires two hands to operate. Holding the phone in one hand and trying to swipe the thumb (for example) typically won’t work. Also, their system only learns a maximum of three fingers.
If fingerprint biometrics is a convenience you’d like, you may want to consider an Apple iPhone.
Apple first introduced biometric security in their iPhone 5S. A really nice feature about the Apple implementation of a fingerprint reader is that you simply need to touch the home button, and it reads your fingerprint — and it does it quite consistently with great accuracy. This means that you can hold the phone with one hand and unlock it — while carrying something, holding hands with your date, or while riding a bicycle (for example).
Apple also allows you to record up to five fingerprints, enough to accommodate those you choose to share your phone with.
When performing a search of your contacts on the iPhone using iOS 8, you may notice that the name at the bottom of the list can’t be seen or selected if the search results fill more than a screen. The last contact in the results will be hidden below the viewable area on the screen.
You can move the search results page up (by pushing it up), but it snaps back again and the last name on the list again returns below the viewable screen area.
In the example below, a search for “wireless” in contacts produces many results. The last few results at the bottom of the list are shown.
By pressing up on the list (scrolling down), the hidden result shows.
The only work-around for this at present would be to create a contact entry that will show up at the very bottom alphabetically for the search result.
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Apple iOS devices have several categories of photos:
- Photos. This is a presentation of the photos in your device based on date and location.
- Shared. If you have iCloud sharing turned on, you can store, backup, and share photos in the cloud, including having a PhotoStream for easy sharing between devices.
- Albums. These are collections of photos organized by galleries of your choosing, rather than organized by date or location.
Photo Organizing Overview
It’s best to move photos and images off your device onto your desktop computer for permanent storage and backing up. You can also use your desktop device to organize the pictures you’d like to keep on your mobile device. Keeping lots of photos in the camera roll for sharing later is complicated because the camera roll doesn’t allow for creating and organizing sub-folders.
Photo Transfer Procedure
Follow these steps to transfer and organize your photos:
- Image Capture. Use Image Capture to copy your photos to your local drive. After copying, double-check to make sure they all copied properly. If they are really important, you could back them up as well. Then, using Image Capture, choose Select All and Delete them. This is easier than trying to delete photos in your iOS device.
- iPhoto. Usually people connect their iOS device and go directly to iPhoto. However, this isn’t a good idea because the folder structure in iPhoto makes it difficult to easily copy, backup, transfer, or work with other programs. So, you’ll want to keep your original images organized in folders on your hard drive before copying them into any image editing program. If you have pictures you’d like to keep on your iOS device, the best way to do that is to use iPhoto and make Photo Albums. Import the photos you’d like to work with into iPhoto. Then make albums. If you’re using iCloud with iPhoto, you could make some photo galleries in iCloud that will show up on your different devices. Otherwise, exit iPhoto and continue to the next step.
- iTunes. To get selected photo galleries / albums into your iOS device, you’ll need to use iTunes and synchronize the device. When synchronizing, you can choose what songs, movies, photos, and other content you’d like put on your device. Choose the photo galleries you created in iPhoto (step #2) above.