Enable AirPrint on Windows PC

December 25, 2010

In the last post, I showed you how to get AirPrint working on the Mac using Printopia.

Well Windows users you’re in luck because there is a free windows Airprint enabler out there which will allow you to print from your idevice to a network attached printer on your PC.

All you need to do is download the Windows AirPrint Installer here,(see image below)and you are good to go.

After you have installed and have selected the print option on the iphone, you will be able to select a printer which is on the same network as the PC and iphone and print to it!

Pretty cool eh?

Enjoy printing from you idevice to your PC!!

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How to Change SSH Root Password

November 17, 2009

The following guide is taken from:

www.iphonehacks.com

The recent spate of worm attacks in the past week has brought the focus on the importance of your root password.

Unlike feature phones, smartphones like the iPhone run on operating systems, which very much like our computer have administrator privileges.

It is hence that when the hackers get access to your iPhone’s administrator account, they can lay their hands on anything that is on the iPhone.

However, in a non-jailbroken device, this administrator account (called root) cannot be accessed as the iPhone has no console or terminal access and also does not run services like SSH.

But when an iPhone is jailbroken and SSH is turned on, it becomes imperative that you change the default password of your root since hackers now have an easy access to your iPhone. Here is a short guide on how to change your root password.

Instructions to Install Mobile Terminal:

Step 1: Tap on the Cydia icon on your jailbroken iPhone to launch the application

Step 2: Open the ‘Sections’ tab on the bottom of the screen and select ‘Terminal Support’

Step 3: From the list of packages, select and open ‘Mobile Terminal’

Step 4: Tap on the ‘Install’ button and choose ‘Confirm’ to begin installation

Step 5: Once installation completes, tap on ‘Close Window’ button to finish the installation process.

Once mobile terminal is installed on your iPhone, you can proceed to changing the root password.

Instructions to Change Root Password:

Step 1: Tap on the ‘Mobile Terminal’ icon on your iPhone Springboard to launch it.

Step 2: You are shown a black screen. Against the command prompt, type su and tap the return key.

Step 3: You are now prompted for the password. The default password for root is alpine. Input this text and tap the return key once again.

Step 4: You are now logged in as the root user. Against the command prompt, enter the command passwd and tap the return key.

Step 5: You will be prompted to enter a new password. Enter this new password and retype to confirm.

Your root password has been changed. Please do note that the root password is stored in encrypted format in the device and so in the event of you losing the password, it is quite a task to retrieve it. So, make sure to remember your new root password.

Good luck!


Google Calendar/Contact and now Gmail Sync

September 23, 2009

Google Over-the-Air Sync

UPDATE!!!!!!!

Today, Google announced that they are adding Gmail support to Google Sync. This will allow users to get push notification for their Gmail emails on both the iPhone and iPod touch.

Using Google Sync, you can now get your Gmail messages pushed directly to your phone. Having an over-the-air, always-on connection means that your inbox is up to date, no matter where you are or what you’re doing. Sync works with your phone’s native email application so there’s no additional software needed. Only interested in syncing your Gmail, but not your Calendar? Google Sync allows you to sync just your Contacts, Calendar, or Gmail, or any combination of the three.

If you already have Google Sync set-up on your iPhone for syncing Contacts and/or Calendar… you should be able to just toggle the Mail option On and the push notification will be automatically enabled. If you do not have Google Sync set-up yet, check out Google’s guide below.

Google Sync does use an Exchange account so, if you already have one Exchange account set-up on your device… you are out on Google Sync.…

Well whatdaya know! Only yesterday I posted about Nuevasync, a handy service to wirelessly sync your google calendar and contacts over the air, and low and behold Google has just released their own service!

It works great and is dead simple to setup. BUT BE WARNED, YOU MUST SYNC ALL YOUR CONTACT AND CALENDAR INFORMATION TO GOOGLE BEFORE YOU SET UP THIS SERVICE! In other words, if you haven’t synced google contacts with outlook or similar Mac application yet, then do that first. The same goes for calendar entries.

If you are happy that google has all your contacts and calendar info online, then you are good to go!

The following is taken from Google’s on blog:

Google SyncBeta for your iPhone

Synchronize the built-in calendar and contacts on your iPhone with your Google account.

  • Get Google Calendar events on your device
  • View multiple Calendars in different colors
  • Synchronize your Contacts with Google
  • Have changes pushed directly to your phone
During Sync setup, the iPhone will delete your contacts and calendar information. Please back up your data:
PC instructionsMac instructions.

Get Google Sync on your iPhone

This service is free from Google; carrier charges may apply.

Features

Synchronize your contacts. Get your Google contacts quickly and easily to your iPhone. With Sync, you can have access to your address book at anytime and place that you need it.

Get calendar alerts. Using your iPhone’s native calendar, you can now access multiple Google calendars, and be alerted for upcoming appointments with sound or vibration.

Always in sync. Your calendar and contacts stay synchronized whether you access them from your iPhone or from your computer. Add or edit contacts or calendar entries right on your device or on your Google account on the web.

Important! Google Sync uses the Microsoft© Exchange ActiveSync© protocol. When setting up a new Exchange ActiveSync account on your iPhone, all existing Contacts and Calendar events will be removed from your phone. Please make sure to back up any important data before you set up Google Sync.

This service is free from Google; carrier charges may apply.

Sync: Contacts Upload via iTunes (Mac)

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When setting up Google Sync on your iPhone or iPod touch device for Contacts, the iPhone will delete all Contacts. Please safely backup all your iPhone Contacts to Google before setting up Sync.Only the following information can be backed up:

  • People’s names and job titles
  • Company names
  • Email and postal addresses
  • Phone numbers
  • IM names, including the type of service
  • Notes

Other information, like custom ringtones and photos, are not backed up. Please sync them to your Mac address book first.

Backup Instructions

1. Connect your iPhone or iPod Touch to your computer using the USB cable.
2. Open the iTunes application.
3. Select your iPhone and click Info.
4. Check the Sync Google Contacts option.
5. Enter your Google username and password.

6. Press Apply to sync your device with iTunes.

(Note: After you have completed this step, your iPhone may contain unwanted Contacts from your Google account. Most of these will be removed when you complete Step 7 and sync your iPhone directly with Google.)

Sync: Contacts Upload via iTunes (PC)

When setting up Google Sync on your iPhone or iPod touch device for Contacts, the iPhone will delete all Contacts. Please safely backup all your iPhone Contacts to Google before setting up Sync.Only the following information can be backed up:

  • People’s names and job titles
  • Company names
  • Email and postal addresses
  • Phone numbers
  • IM names, including the type of service
  • Notes

Other information, like custom ringtones and photos, are not backed up. Please sync them to Outlook first.

Backup Instructions

1. Connect your iPhone or iPod Touch to your computer using the USB cable.
2. Open the iTunes application.
3. Select your iPhone and click the Info tab.
4. Check the Sync Contacts with option and select Google Contacts from the drop-down menu.
5. Click Configure and enter your Google username and password.

6. Press Apply to sync your device with iTunes.

(Note: After you have completed this step, your iPhone may contain unwanted Contacts from your Google account. Most of these will be removed when you complete Step 7 and sync your iPhone directly with Google.)

Sync: Set Up Your iPhone or iPod Touch

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To set up Google Sync on your iPhone or iPod Touch device, please follow the steps below.

Requirements and Back Up

1. Make sure your device has version 2.2 firmware or above. You can check your current version by going to Settings > About > Version.
To upgrade, follow the instructions at http://www.apple.com/iphone/softwareupdate/.

2. Back up any Contacts and Calendars from your phone to your computer before proceeding. The iPhone will delete Contacts and Calendars during setup.
Learn how to backup your Contacts with iTunes: PC UsersMac Users.

Getting Started

1. Open the Settings application on your device’s home screen.
2. Open Mail, Contacts, Calendars.
3. Tap Add Account….
4. Select Microsoft Exchange.

Enter Account Info

5. In the Email field, enter the name of the account (anything you’d like).
6. Leave the Domain field blank.
7. Enter your full Google Account email address as the Username.
8. Enter your Google Account password as the Password.
9. Tap Next at the top of your screen.
10. A new Server field will appear. Enter m.google.com.
11. Press Next at the top of your screen again.

12. Select the Google services you want to sync. Currently only Contacts and Calendar are supported.
Make sure that you have backed up your data before proceeding.

13. Press Sync twice when warned about data loss.

You’ve set up Google Sync for your iPhone. Synchronization will begin automatically if you have Push enabled on your phone. You can also open the Calendar or Contacts app and wait a few seconds to start a sync.


iphone MMS and DATA settings for Vodafone/Telecom XT Network

August 22, 2009

Here are the settings for to get data and MMS working on your iphone 3g or 3gs.

Telecom MMS Settings:

APN: wap.telecom.co.nz

Username: Blank (as in leave blank!)

Password: Blank

MMSC: http://lsmmsc.xtra.co.nz

MMSC Proxy: 210.55.11.73:8080

MMS Max Message Size: 61440

MMS UA Prof URL: Blank

Telecom 3g Data Settings (Internet):

Name: TelecomData

APN: internet.telecom.co.nz

Username: Blank

Password: Blank

Vodafone MMS setings

APN: live.vodafone.com

Username: N/A

Password: N/A

MMSC: http://pxt.vodafone.net.nz/pxtsend

MMS Proxy: 172.030.038.003:8080

One you have put in these settings you need to restart your phone, is working well and im using 3.0 (7A312g)

iPhone 3.0 NZ MMS PXT Settings

Vodafone Data Settings (internet):

APN: http://www.vodafone.net.nz

User: blank (blank as in leave blank!)

Password: Blank


CAPSLOCK

June 14, 2009

CAPSLOCK

This is a handy little tip that I was shown the other day (thanks Liz).

If you want to type more than one letter in uppercase, then simply tap the up arrow button on the keyboard twice. This will turn it blue and capslock will be on. To turn off just tap again.

Check the pic below.

Cool!


Nuevasync-Google Calendar & Contacts Sync-Over The Air

February 9, 2009

Nuevasync

This is an awesome free service for those of you that want to sync both google contacts and calendar for free over the air,wirelessly!

If you make a change to either contacts or calendar on the iphone, this will be reflected on the google server and vice versa, anything you change on the google site will automatically updated on the phone…bloody handy eh?

You simply sign up for free at www.nuevasync.com.

Configuring the service is easy as two steps:

nuevasync1 (1) configure your settings i.e calendar and contacts on the nuevasync website.

nuevasync21

(2) Set up you iphone

See detailed instructions below..

iPhone/iPod Touch Setup Instructions

Warning: this site is in beta use it with your data at your own risk. We advise testing with an emulator and test data.
WARNING: Apple devices WILL DELETE ALL YOUR EXISTING CONTACT OR CALENDAR DATA on the iPhone/iPod, when you configure sync.
This is a feature of the iPhone and is not under our control. Make sure you have made a backup with iTunes if you need your existing device data.

If you want to retain your existing contacts or events on your Apple device, you can upload your data to Google before configuring sync.
iTunes can sync contacts directly to Google. Calendar events can be synced using iTunes to a desktop calendar application
(iCal, Outlook or Entourage) and from there exported and uploaded to Google.

To configure your Apple iPhone� or iPod� touch to work with NuevaSync perform the following steps:

  • Before setting up your device, first configure your services on the NuevaSync site.
  • From the main menu screen open “Settings”.
  • Select “Mail, Contacts, Calendar”.
  • Select “Add Account”.
  • Choose “Microsoft Exchange”
  • Under “Email”, enter the e-mail address you used for NuevaSync registration.When you enter your e-mail address to sync, your device may warn you about a certificate being invalid. This is particularly likely if you use a GMail address. It isn’t referring to our certificate or our service, so don’t be concerned. It is part of Apple’s auto-configuration feature as it tries to guess the appropriate server name based on your info. Our SSL certificate is valid and secure.
  • Under “Username” enter your NuevaSync username.
  • Under “Password” enter your NuevaSync password.
  • Under “Description” you can leave the default or enter a description of your choosing.
  • Tap “Next”.
  • Your Apple device will display a message “Verifying Exchange account information” for a few moments.
  • When it has finished, it will display a new field, “Server”. Enter “www.nuevasync.com” as the value.
  • Tap “Next”.
  • On the next page, turn off “Mail”. Also turn off any other category you do not wish to sync. For example, if you want to sync only your calendar, make sure “Mail” and “Contacts” are both turned off. If you want to sync contacts and calendar, all you should turn off is mail.
  • Tap “Done”.

For calendar users only:

  • On the “Mail, Contacts, and Calendar” settings page, scroll to the very bottom.
  • Tap “Time Zone Support”.
  • Toggle “Time Zone Support” off. This will make sure that each calendar item is saved with the device’s complete time zone information.

If you have any issues, try troubleshooting.

I have been using this service for months………it rocks!!

Ants


Skip quickly to top of page in safari

January 19, 2009


This quick tip is probably well known to seasoned iPhone owners but if you are new to the software, this may help.

When you are anywhere on a web page in safari, even the very bottom of a page, simply tap the area up near the battery indicator bar. The page will automatically page up to the top again.

Cool eh?

Cheers

Ants