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8 Helpful Tips for Updating Your iPhone Software

Updating your iPhone Software8 Helpful Tips for Updating Your iPhone Software

I want to start this off by admitting I have an iPhone 3G. It’s true.   Working at a tech company, I feel like admitting I have this version is like carrying around a Zach Morris phone. Truth is, I hardly ever plug my iPhone into my computer and when I do, it is just to upload music. But sometimes, you are forced to update.

Recently, I headed to the gym and started my Netflix app, only to find out it wasn’t working. When I tried to download my new update, a tiny box popped up saying, “requires iOS 5 or later.” I knew it was time.  I had seen the nightmares on Facebook of people losing contacts, pictures, and even their email set-ups. I couldn’t stand to part with my pictures of my beloved beagle or lose the phone numbers of friends I plan on calling (sometimes).  In order to avoid losing your precious memories, here are some quick tips to remember when running updates.

  1. Make sure you are running the most recent version of iTunes.  Ensure that you have the most recent version of iTunes for compatability.  The most current version to date is 11.0.2. If you are not sure which version you have, go to the top bar in iTunes, click “help,” and then select, “Check for Updates.” If there is an update available, iTunes will locate it here.

 Check for Updates

2)      Make sure to back-up your phone.  If you are in more recent versions, you will be able to do this in the cloud. I did mine manually by plugging my phone into a computer. Once you’ve plugged your phone in hit “File,” then “Devices,” then choose “Back-Up.”  Backing up is different than syncing, so be sure to hit the right tab.

 Back up your iPhone

3)      Check to make sure your applications and music are synced. From what I understand, there is really no way to see if your contacts, messages, and photos are synced, but you can see what time it was when you last backed up on your “Summary” page in iTunes.

 

4)      Use a solid wifi or internet connection. When I tried to update my phone on my computer at home, I kept getting errors regarding my network connection. Despite my numerous troubleshooting attempts, I was unable to get the connection strong enough to download. Wherever you choose to download, you should have a strong enough connection to fully finish the download.

 

5)      Make sure your phone is fully charged. If you choose to download your update through the cloud, be sure to charge your phone.  Having the phone die in the middle of an update could mean big trouble. If you really want to be on the safe side, plug your phone into a charger.

 

6)      Read any and all pop-ups before you update.  iTunes is pretty good about telling you the possibilities of what could happen if you haven’t backed up your phone or transferred your purchases. Make sure to read all of your pop-up messages before you update to avoid any mishaps.

 

7)      Do not unplug your phone or disconnect.  The time it takes to download a software update can vary.  Make sure that you allow plenty of time for your phone to update. Depending on the amount of files you have and network speed, it can take up to a few hours. From what I’ve read in other forums, it usually takes about an hour on average.

 

8)      The software update will only download your most important applications. In order to get the rest of your music and applications you will need to sync with your computer.  If you backed up before you did your update then you should have no problems.   In order to sync your music, apps and movies, just scroll through the summary bar and select.

 How to sync music

 

 Now, I’m sure that we can have tips for days, but these are just a few of the most common mistakes people make. If you have any helpful tips for updating your iPhone, please feel free to comment below!

 

Unidev’s Favorite Fitness Apps of 2013

On January 1, 2013, I grabbed a notepad and (like most) began scribbling down goals for the New Year. Eat healthy, workout more, drink more water.  My first two weeks were great. I hit the gym and cooked healthy meals.  By week three, I began feeling burned out. Not wanting to quit, I turned to my trusty iPhone for some much needed motivation. There were so many fitness apps, that I didn’t know what to pick.  I asked around the office and researched a few of the Unidev Favorites!

 

CaitlinCaitlins Favorite App

Favorite App: Fitocracy: The Fitness Social Network 

Price: Free

Fitocracy is an application that helps you track your workouts and compete head-to head with users around the world.  Need to find a new workout? Never fear. Fitocracy has them preloaded. If you are up to the challenge, you can master one of their many “quests,” to “level up,” and earn points. While friends keep you accountable, the countless workouts make sure you are always challenged.  For a real calorie burner, try the Widowmakers under the “Quest” Function.

 

 

Amanda: 

Favorite App: MyPlate by Livestrong.comAmanda's Favorite App

Price: $2.99

Livestrong.Com currently has a calorie tracker, that helps you track your fats, carbs, and protein intake with just a click.  According to the iTunes stories, this app boasts over 1.3 million food and restaurant items.  MyPlate comes with functions to track your weight and water intake, and also allows you to join support communities for extra motivation!

 

 

JamieJamie's Favorite App

Favorite App: My RunKeeper

Price: Free

 My Runkeeper is a GPS Personal trainer that tracks your runs, walks, bike rides, and hikes using the GPS on your phone.  With a dual function, it allows you to still listen to your music while you are running. When you finish it allows you to post a map of your run  Facebook as well as take notes for next time!

 

 

Chelsea

Favorite App: MyFitnessPalChelseas favorite app

Price: Free

Why she loves it: My Fitness Pal is an application that allows you to track your meals and exercise.  The function ensures you are eating the optimal amount of calories for a healthy lifestyle.  With a “calories in versus calories out,” model, you can gain extra calories to use for eating out or after work happy hours. Accessing your meal plan is easy on-the-go and Chelsea finds it essential as she plans her upcoming wedding!

TBAN 2.0

TBANUnidev is a new board member of the Technology Business Alliance of Nevada (TBAN). The board is focusing on the creation of a central unit in which the Nevada technology community can come together as one. One of the first major changes TBAN is implementing is the President’s Board. TBAN is bringing together representatives from local and state Government, the Las Vegas Chambers and the Regional Development Authority (RDA). The goal of the President’s Board is to unify the voice of technology, create synergies and communicate the goings on of each organization in efforts to encourage and advance the growth of the technology sector in Southern Nevada. Mike Gardineer, President of TBAN says, “We’re thrilled with the direction and momentum of TBAN. The Board, our generous sponsors, our membership and the community in general are all enthusiastic about solidifying and codifying the way in which technology contributes to the Nevadan economy and culture.”

 

TBAN also intends to get involved with VegasTech and the rest of the startup community. The hopes of TBAN are to facilitate a forum in which startup entities can pose questions and obtain advice and mentoring. TBAN is extending a free one year membership to all new startups that are in their first year of business in efforts to demonstrate their benefits to the startup community. In addition, TBAN will put on events and workshops that will help these young companies cultivate their futures with respect to understanding operational costs, available local resources, procedures associated with applying for trademarks and patents and how to attract investors.

 

TBAN is moving its TechNevada Honors awards to January 2013, intending to start the year off with a bang! The Awards will honor the work of local tech leaders for the past year and pave the way for a productive future. TBAN is working towards the completion of the awards’ nomination paperwork. Please visit our new website at https://www.tban.com for updates.

 

 

Tour de Switch

Switch CampusThe Las Vegas Unidev office is a half a mile from the amazing Switch. Switch is the world’s largest and most powerful data center and technology ecosystem.  A data center is used to store computer systems whether it’s for back-up or communication tools.

Last week Catherine Harris, Unidev’s VP of Mobile and Web Development toured the Switch facility with me.  The Switch facility is no ordinary data center. Since 2006 Switch and Rob Roy have over 125 claims at the patent office. This Includes 42 awarded and 83 additional designs pending release in 2012.  The data center has 2,200,000 square feet of space and 24/7/365 on site security, safety, operations, and critical infrastructure personnel. 

Switch is not only the largest data center, but they have the most powerful technology ecosystem called CORE.  CORE stands for Combined Ordering Retail Ecosystem.   Check out all the companies involved with CORE by clicking on this link http://www.switchnap.com/pages/all-things-switch/connectivity_2.php.   According to their website, no single enterprise in the world has the buying power of the combined groups that exist today in the SuperNAP client ecosystem.  This is also one of the benefits of using Switch for your business.  They have saved business thousands and thousands of dollars by offering this service to their customers.

Mobile Payment Movement Leads to Concerns Over Security

Earlier this month, Starbucks bet big on mobile payment company Square, investing $25 million in the rapidly growing startup and adding its CEO Howard Shultz to Square’s Board of Directors. August also brought an announcement from Google that their mobile payment solution, Google Wallet, now works with any major credit card. These major changes indicate the rapidly growing mobile payment movement, an industry some experts predict to reach $74 billion dollars by 2015.

Google Wallet Mobile Payment

Google Wallet interacts with the Mastercard PayPass system.

But the convenience of mobile smartphone payments have many concerned over security issues with the new payment platform. Both technical and personal concerns have arisen, and the companies heavily invested in mobile commerce are making efforts to ensure consumers stick around.

Many personal concerns stem from a fear that easy payments mean easy money for criminals who get their hands on consumer smartphones. However, most mobile applications that process payments have built in features to make them possibly more secure than traditional credit cards.

First, most mobile commerce apps require a pin number to activate the NFC (near-field communicator) antennae. Coupled with pin-based locks screens on smartphones themselves, consumers often have two layers protecting their digital wallets. Also, stolen smartphones can be tracked with the built-in GPS capabilities and shut down remotely. While these features aren’t universally true of all mobile payment applications, major players like Google and Square lead the market with these security features.

From a technical standpoint, things get more interesting. With a new transactional platform, new methods of exploitation arise. Indeed, Square has already been hacked twice since 2011. However, it seems that these breaches in card security aren’t significantly different from fraud issues facing credit cards.

Some experts even feel that mobile payments are safer from exploitation than traditional 16-digit credit card accounts. Because credit cards have been in use so long, much more developed and sophisticated methods for cracking these accounts exist. Mobile payment systems may have the added security benefit of simply being new.

While valid concerns surround this new method of payment on the go, the security issues currently facing mobile payments seem manageable at this point. With the continued rapid growth in market share, it seems that the mobile payment movement will continue to march onward.

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