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How to re-download purchased apps and games on iPhone and iPad

How to re-download previously purchased apps and games on iPhone and iPad

If you frequently purchase apps and games on your iPhone or iPad, you may find yourself running out of space or cluttering up your Home screen with icons you barely launch anymore. Most people say they don’t delete apps and games in fear of not being able to get them back. Luckily, thanks to iTunes in the Cloud, part of iCloud, you can easily re-download any apps or games you previously purchased whenever you’d like, at no additional cost to you.

How to download a previously purchased app you deleted on your iPhone or iPad

  1. Launch the App Store app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on the Updates tab in the bottom navigation.
  3. Tap on Purchased at the top.
  4. If you have Family Sharing enabled, tap on the name of the person who purchased the app. If you don’t have Family Sharing enabled, you can just skip to step 5.
  5. Tap on the Not on This iPhone tab to filter out apps you already have installed.
  6. Tap on any cloud icon to re-download an app you previously purchased.
  7. If you know the app you’d like to re-download by name, pull down on the purchased section to reveal a search field. You can easily type in the name to quickly jump to it.

How to re-download previously purchased apps and games on iPhone and iPad How to re-download previously purchased apps and games on iPhone and iPad

Note: Originally published, July 2014. Updated, November 2014.

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Yosemite Save sheet growing too long to handle? Here’s the fix!

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Yosemite Save sheet growing too long to handle? Here’s the fix!

Runaway Save window in Yosemite? Here's the fix!

OS X Yosemite brings a new host of features and functionality to OS X, and some problems as well. One of the more vexing issues that’s popped up is a problem that causes the save screen to grow longer and longer until it scrolls right off the bottom of the screen.

Turns out it’s a bug, and a pretty ugly one too — I have no idea why Apple thought it was acceptable to let Yosemite ship with this glaring mess-up. Over at his Six Colors blog, Jason Snell explains what’s going on:

According to Jon Gotow of St. Clair Software, what happened is that Apple changed the file dialogs so that the title bar is now considered to be part of the window—and changed the math everywhere except in save sheets.

The trick to fixing it involves popping open Terminal and copying and pasting a command to delete a preference. Follow the link below for details.

Source: Six Colors

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Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath is now available for the iPhone and iPad

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Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath is now available for the iPhone and iPad

Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath, the acclaimed action-adventure game from developer Oddworld Inhabitants, is now available for iPhone and iPad owners in the iTunes store for $5.99.

The game was first released for the original Xbox console in 2005, and was the last game in the series from Oddworld Inhabitants. Developer Just Add Water created a graphically revamped version of Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath that was first released for the PC in 2010 and was later launched for the PlayStation 3 and the PS Vita consoles.

The game itself is a great mix of fantasy and Wild West themes as you control The Stranger, who tries to capture outlaws and collect bounties. Here’s a quick rundown of the features:

  • Explore living towns, lush forests, and massive industrial facilities
  • Seamlessly transition between first-person shooter and third-person platfomer
  • Scour your surroundings for live ammo
  • Work with a range of strategies to surprise, stun, lure, blast and bag devious outlaws
  • Meet incredibly odd, funny and smack-talking townsfolk, enemies and natives
  • Fight dozens of varied bosses with outlandish arsenals and outrageous names
  • Native iOS gamepad support
  • Intuitive touch controls + a redesigned mobile interface make playing & navigating a breeze
  • Incredible visuals that harness all the advanced graphics capabilities of today’s mobile chipsets
  • A hilarious script, theatrical soundtrack and compelling storyline with a shocking twist
  • English, German, Russian, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Finish, Swedish, and Polish language support
  • Leaderboards, Achievements and Cloud Save

The game should be launched for Android devices soon.

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How Apple keeps AirDrop files private and secure

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How Apple keeps AirDrop files private and secure

How Apple keeps AirDrop files private and secure

AirDrop, part of Apple’s Continuity features, makes it easy to share files between your iPhone, iPad, and/or Mac. It’s especially useful for files that are larger than Messages or Mail can comfortably handle, and for situations where you want to transfer directly, without any information going over the internet. You have to be within range of Bluetooth Low Energy (BT LE), and have Wi-Fi enabled to handle the actual data, but when you do, AirDrop makes it simple and easy to share any file from OS X, and almost anything that can call up a Share Sheet on iOS. Best of all, AirDrop keeps your files private and secure.

Encrypted identities

When AirDrop is turned on, a 2048-bit RSA Identity is created and stored on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac. A hash, based on the phone numbers and/or email addresses associated with your Apple ID, is also created. That’ll be used later to identify you in a way that maintains your privacy and security.

Proximity and performance

When you choose to share something via AirDrop, your device begins broadcasting over BT LE. Other devices within range detect the broadcast and, if they’re also enabled for AirDrop, respond back with a truncated version of the identity hash.

Because it’s BT LE, it doesn’t consume a lot of power, and because it has to be in range, you never risk a random device in a random location picking up or intercepting the share request.

The match game

If the device or person you want to share to has AirDrop set to “Contacts Only”, the identity hash is compared with your iCloud contacts to see if there’s a match. If a match is found, AirDrop creates a peer-to-peer Wi-Fi connection and advertises the connection over Bonjour (Apple’s name for zero-configuration networking). At this point, the full identity hash is sent over.

This process just helps ensure privacy, since no full identity is shared unless and until its established that contacts match (i.e. you know the device or person you’re sharing with.)

If the full contact hash matches, iOS will show you your version of the contact sheet picture and name. That makes it both more familiar to you, and protects the privacy of the other person. (Hey, who knows what picture or name they’re using for themselves!)

Once you select who you want to share with, transport layer security (TLS) is used to exchange iCloud identity certificates. iOS then verifies both identities against their own, local contacts.

At that point, the receiver is asked to accept the transfer. (If there are multiple receivers, each one is asked to accept the transfer individually.)

Then, and only then, is the data transferred over the TLS-secured peer-to-peer Wi-Fi connection.

Everyone action

When you use AirDrop with someone outside your contacts the process is necessarily different.

First, the recipient has to have AirDrop set to “Everyone”.

Second, since AirDrop can’t match or present local contacts, it shows only the default silhouette avatar, along with the name of the person as they’ve set it for their device. For example, Bob’s iPhone or Kim’s MacBook Pro.

That maintains privacy but enables functionality. You can send or receive without worrying about even your contact picture “leaking” to people you don’t know.

The bottom line

AirDrop isn’t email or messages, MailDrop or sharing Dropbox links. It’s not a way to attach files to remote communications. It’s a way to transfer data between people in the same location — in the same room at home or at work, in the same restaurant or park or club. It’s social, but at very small scale.

If that’s what you want to do, and you’re within range of Bluetooth Low Energy, AirDrop has you covered. And it has you covered privately and securely.

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Editor-in-Chief of iMore, co-host of Iterate, Debug, Review, Vector, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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Screens VPN is half off for Black Friday!

Screens for Mac

One of our favorite virtual networking apps, Screens, is going half off just in time for Black Friday. It’s normally $19.99, and is available now for $9.99. The Mac app, normally $29.99, is also half off and available for $14.99.

Here’s a quick rundown of all the wonderful things you can do with Screens.

  • Connect from Everywhere: Install Screens Connect on your Mac and make it easily reachable from anywhere in the world.
  • Stay Synchronized: Your saved Screens follow you on every iOS device you own through iCloud.
  • Quickly Connect to Nearby Computers: Initiate a single-shot connection to a nearby Mac or Linux PC without having to create a new Screen.
  • Connect Safely: Screens can connect back to your computer through a secured connection. Enable Remote Login on your Mac and you’re done!
  • Gestures Everywhere: Control your computer with all the trackpad gestures you’re used to and more!
  • Hot Corners: It’s like they were meant for Screens. Get more control over your Mac!
  • Shortcuts for Everyone: Screens’ scrollable shortcuts toolbar ensures that you’ll always have your favorite shortcuts close when you need them.
  • Display Selection: Do you have more than one display attached to your Mac? Screens supports multiple displays allowing you to always access what you need, no matter which display its on.
  • Full Hardware Keyboard Support: Don’t like that virtual keyboard and prefer to tap on real keys? No problem!
  • Clipboard Sharing: Exchange rich text, URLs, images and more via your local or the remote clipboard. Screens can also synchronize both clipboards.
  • AirPlay Mirroring: Send your computer’s display to your TV through AirPlay.
  • On Disconnect Actions: Screens can execute special commands before it disconnects from your computer. Execute one of them Hot Corners or get the remote user to log out.
  • Help Out Your Friends or Relatives: Have them download our free Screens Express utility and gain access their Mac to help them troubleshoot issues, update apps, etc.

We’ve got plenty more Black Friday deals on apps, Macs, iPhones, iPads, and accessories here if you’re looking for more savings.

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Olloclip for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus review

Olloclip is now available for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. And not only has the 4-in-1 lens system been completely redesigned for the new form-factors, but for the first time ever, Olloclip has been redesigned to work with the front FaceTime camera as well. So, how does it work?

What’s in the box

Olloclip for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus review

When you unpack the Olloclip for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus you’ll notice that you have a few more pieces than before. The colored pendants that you get serve two purposes, the most obvious is to protect the inside of the lenses. The second is to make it more convenient than ever to tote your Olloclip with you wherever you go. Just clip it on the included lanyard or to your keychain and your Olloclip can instantly go everywhere you go. As always, you also get the small nylon bag that includes two lens covers.

Olloclip offers a few different color combos so you can mix and match with the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus you own. These include silver, red, gold, and space grey.

How the Olloclip system works

The Olloclip 4-in-1 system includes four lenses: a fisheye, wide angle, 10x macro, and 15x macro. The macro lenses are on the inside of both the fisheye and the wide angle. Simply unscrew the top lens to reveal the two macros below them. This functions much in the same way as older versions of the Olloclip. The main difference now is how while one lens covers the rear lens, the other covers the front lens. You can easily swivel the Olloclip off by flipping it upwards in order to remove it or turn it around.

At first I was concerned with how you could tell the difference between the 10x and 15x macro if you unscrew both the wide angle and fisheye, but quickly found out that they only screw on to one side of the assembly. That means you can’t mix them up accidentally, no matter how hard you try.

There’s just one last thing to keep in mind and it’s that you can’t use the Olloclip with a case on your iPhone. For anyone who prefers not using a case, this isn’t an issue. But if you’re particularly clumsy, you may want to think about whether or not you’ll want to take your case on and off in order to use the system.

Now on to what you guys really care about….

Photo samples

Olloclip for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus review

You can plainly see that the wide angle lens in the Olloclip system does a great job of expanding what you can pull into a single frame. It’s my favorite lens of the four included and the one I use most frequently. Now that it works for the front facing camera as well, just think of how many people you can cram into a selfie if you want!

Olloclip for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus review

I don’t use the fisheye lens that often but for those that are creative, you’ll find wonderful ways of using it. I plan on trying to experiment more with it while traveling, particularly for more unique selfies or shots of architecture.

Olloclip for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus review

The 10x macro lens is great for grabbing detail on flowers, animals, text, and pretty much anything else you need to get close to. I was even able to capture a shot of my dog’s eyelashes despite the fact that he was panting while I snapped it. Some of this can probably be attributed to the iPhone 6’s improved camera as well. Pair this macro with burst mode, and it’s pretty simple to snag a useable shot. If something is still, like the driftwood in the first photo, you’ll have zero issue.

Olloclip for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus review

Holy crap the 15x macro can really get in there. Those are seriously carpet fibers on a rug. The first photo is the Safari icon on my iPhone 6 Plus. I purposely used the device that has the highest pixel count and I could still get in close enough to see individual pixels. Some discoloration happens of course but the fact that I can get in that tight is pretty incredible. However, if you don’t have a steady hand, the 15x macro is harder to control and not very good at capturing anything that may be moving. Luckily, that’s why we have the 10x macro too!

here are few color combos available too including silver, red, gold, and space grey.

When using the Olloclip with the front facing camera, you can clearly see that using the wide angle lens you get a lot more into a single shot. Like I said above, you can definitely cram in more people if you need to! Not only that, you can get more of the background. And then you also have options like fisheye and macro that work perfectly fine with the front facing camera as well.

The bottom line

The Olloclip is still my favorite lens system for any iPhone and I’m excited to take it with me when traveling over the holidays this year since I can now take advantage of it for selfies as well. Not only that, the wearable pendants makes it easier than ever to make sure I always have it on me, whether that be on a lanyard or on a keychain.

For those that already have owned an Olloclip lens system, it’s definitely worth the upgrade. And for folks who may be considering a lens system for the first time, the Olloclip won’t disappoint.

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This iPhone 5/5S hard case comes in 7 colors and is only $6.95 today

Deal of the Day Thu 27th Nov 2014 Only while stocks last!

Add style and flair to your iPhone 5S or iPhone 5 without the additional weight and bulk of other traditional cases.

This lightweight hard shell case features impact resistance in an extremely slim profile design, showcasing your iPhone 5S or iPhone 5 form and style. There’s cutouts for all ports and controls for instant access, and the cutout around your camera lens is raised and reinforced to prevent scratching when placed flat on a tabletop.

There is no covering over the screen so you have full access and functionality right at your fingertips. Keep things simple with Amzer’s Hard Shell Case for your iPhone 5S or iPhone 5!

Features:

  • Thin, lightweight design
  • Comes in a variety of colors
  • Easy to grip
  • Cutouts for all device features
  • Screen exposed for full functionality
  • Rubberized finish
  • Protects against drops

Please Note: Product images, including color, may differ from actual product appearance.

Promotional Pricing: Coupons are not eligible for this product today.


Works with: iPhone 5S, iPhone 5

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How to de-authorize devices linked to your iTunes account

How to de-authorize devices linked to your iTunes account

Authorizing an iPhone, iPod, iPad, Mac, or PC on your iTunes account means you can uses it buy new apps, music, movies, TV Shows, and iBooks, re-download previous purchases, access iTunes Match and more. Because of licensing agreements, you can only have 10 devices total, and a maximum of 5 computers total, authorized on your iTunes account at any one time. Once you hit 10, you’ll have to remove an old device to add a new one. If you give away, sell, or lose a device, you might want to remove it as well. Luckily the process it fairly straightforward and can be done right from iTunes on any Mac or PC.

  1. Launch iTunes on your Mac or PC.
  2. Click on your name in the upper right hand corner of iTunes. In the menu, click on Account Info.
  3. Type in your iTunes password when prompted in order to continue.
  4. When your account loads, click on Manage Devices under the iTunes in the Cloud section.
  5. Click on Remove next to the devices you want to remove.

How to de-authorize devices linked to your iTunes accountHow to de-authorize devices linked to your iTunes account

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Editor-in-Chief of iMore, co-host of Iterate, Debug, Review, Vector, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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