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iPhone Battery Draining Too Fast? Try Calibrating The Battery

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iphone battery drainingMany people are complaining that their iPhone batteries are draining too fast after they installed iOS 6.  Check out this thread in the Apple Support Communities for a long discussion on the causes and the remedies. The most common complaint is that after a full night of charging the battery to 100%, it drops to 75% or so within an hour with little or no usage.  Although this is perceived to be a common issue, it’s been noted that there are similar complaints each time a software update has been issued by Apple.

No matter the cause, it’s extremely frustrating to have an iPhone battery that dies quickly after a full charge.  One remedy is to calibrate your iPhone’s battery.  This should only be done after you’ve tried the following: resetting your network settings; turning off Bluetooth when not in use; disabling notifications, iCloud, location services, and usage reports. These settings are easy to adjust and should help retain your iPhone’s battery life.

How to Insert a SIM Card into an iPhone 5

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Today we’re discussing how to insert a SIM sim card into an iPhone 5.

1) The first step is to get your nano SIM card.  Please note a conventional SIM card can’t be used in the iPhone 5. Don’t worry if you don’t have a nano SIM card, your carrier will be happy to replace your traditional SIM card with a nano.  This nano SIM can be converted back to the traditional form if needed.

2) The second step requires you to find your SIM eject tool.  Depending on the model, you may have gotten a SIM eject tool with your purchase. If not, a bent paperclip will work just fine. 

3 Quick and Easy iPad Tricks

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iPad tips and tricks

Here at iHospital, our main goal is to keep you up to date on all the latest and greatest iPad tips and tricks.  Today, our D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices are sharing 3 quick and easy iPad tricks to get the most bang for your buck on your trusty iPad.  If you have any additional iPad tips you would like to share, please feel free to leave in them in the comments section below!

Quick and Easy iPad Tricks

How to Add Customized Words to The iPad Dictionary Via Keyboard Shortcuts

This is a great tip if you have to type in last names and other pesky words that are not included in the dictionary on your iPad.  Adding words is very easy via keyboard shortcuts.  Go to Settings on your iPad, tap General, tap Keyboard and then tap Add New Shortcut.  Simply type in the word you wish to add to the iPad Dictionary and leave the Shortcut field blank.  Easy!

How to Make Your iPad Speak

This tip is all about how to make your iPa

How To Reset an iPad

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how to reset an iPad

We love our iPads and have come to depend on them for just about everything.  Despite its flashy applications and leading edge technology, Apple’s iPad is similar to a computer and comes with the same problems.  Sometimes our trusty iPad applications freeze and it becomes tough to use your iPad.  We would call this situation a crash which means your iPad won’t respond to the home button, on/off button or the touchscreen. To fix this problem, you need to reset your iPad.  Our D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices wrote this brief tutorial to help you get your iPad back in tip top running condition.

How to Reset an iPad

1)  The first step in resetting your iPad is to press the home button and the on/off button down at the same time.  The home button is the round one at the bottom center of the iPad’s front and the on/off button is located on the top right corner of the iPad.

2) After you hold down the on/off button and home button, you will have one of the two following things happen. First, the screen will flash and go dark, or a red slider will be displayed at the top of your screen. If you see the slider, slide it to the right to turn your iPad off.  You also have the option to cancel the reset from this screen.

How to Connect a Keyboard to Your iPhone

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how to connect an iPhone to a Keyboard

Here is a brief tutorial on how to connect a keyboard to your iPhone.  This is a great time saving idea if you need to type in large amounts of text into an email or iMessage, and you’re tired of tapping away on your iPhone screen.  Your iPhone must be updated to iOS 4.0 to be able to interface with a Bluetooth keyboard.  Don’t forget, a wireless keyboard will work from approximately 30 feet away from your iPhone.

How to Connect a Keyboard to Your iPhone

1) Turn your iPhone on and make sure that Bluetooth is enabled.  This is done by going  Settings > General > Bluetooth > On.  This may seem like a no-brainer but many people turn off Bluetooth to extend the life of their battery.

2) You’ll see a “Now Discoverable” notice pop up on your iPhone’s screen with a list of paired Bluetooth devices.  These are all the devices that your iPhone knows how to connect too.  

How To Download YouTube Videos on Your Mac

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QuickTime 7 (Photo credit: Daniel Semper)

Did you know that over 4 billion hours of YouTube video are watched each month? The popular video website also receives over 800 million unique visitors each month.  This post explains how to download YouTube videos on your Mac for offline viewing.  Downloading YouTube videos to your Mac’s hard drive is a great idea for when you don’t have an Internet connection. All you need is your Safari browser and QuickTime 7 Pro.

How To Download YouTube Videos on Your Mac

1)  Find the video you wish to download on YouTube.  There are many ways to find videos using a variety of search functions. After picking your desired video, make sure you determine the video resolution you want. These options include 360, 480, etc.  Also, it’s important to only download videos that are in the public domain that don’t violate copyright rules.

2)  Open the Safari Activity Menu by selecting Window > Activity.  Afterwards, find the URL of the video that is loading. It will be shown in the Activity dialog box. It will let you know the current download status as well.  Double-click the downloading file and a new window will open in Safari.  After this new tab opens, copy the URL that appears in the S

3 Easy Mac Tweaks All Apple Fans Should Know

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Finder (software) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of our recent blog posts was all about how to pick which Mac is right for you.  Hopefully you’ve purchased your Mac and have become an Apple fan! Today, we’re discussing three easy Mac tweaks to make your life easier when using your Mac computer.

Enable Desktop Widgets

By default, Apple widgets are located in the dashboard that pops up when you hit certain keys or a hot corner.  Also, the more widgets you have running, the longer they take to start up the first time you activate them after a restart.  If you’d like to have your widgets available on your desktop, type in the following command into your Mac terminal: “defaults write devmode YES”.

How To Restart a Frozen Mac

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how to restart a frozen macIs your Mac throwing a high-tech temper tantrum that’s driving you crazy? This blog post will show you how to force your Mac to shutdown so you can back to your busy day.  We’d like to warn you that this process will force a shutdown of your Mac computer and you will lose all unsaved work.  All important activities will stop as well.  Have any questions? You can always contact one of our D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices using the contact form on our website or via Twtter at @iHospital.

How to Restart a Frozen Mac

1) The first step to restart a frozen Mac is to find the power button. If you have an iMac, you’ll find the power button on the back of the computer near the left bottom corner. If you have a MacBook Pro, the power button is on the right speaker.  For Mac Mini’s, the power button is on the back, near the right corner.  For MacBooks, the power button is at the right corner of the base.  Finally, the power button can be found on the front of Mac Pro’s.

How To Create Free iPhone Ringtones

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how to create free iphone ringtonesAre you interested in how to create your own free iPhone ringtones? If so, this post is for you. All you need is a non-protected audio file (wav, mp3, etc), iTunes and your trusted Mac computer.

Our D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices thought you’d enjoy this short tutorial on how to create your own free ringtones for your iPhone.

1. Open iTunes on your Mac.

2. Look for the song you’d like to make into a ring tone and select it.

3. Right click by pressing Control then Click and select “get info”.

4. Click on the “options” tab from the next window.

How To Add Safari Shortcuts to Your Home Screen

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This post is about how to easily add Safari shortcuts to your home screen on Apple devices. Want to quickly view your favorite website on your iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone? This article is for you!  Safari allows you to easily save websites for easy viewing later on. An icon with the shortcut will appear on the home screen of your device.

How to Add Safari Shortcuts

1.  Using the Safari Internet browser on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, visit the website you wish to bookmark. We have used iHospital’s website for this example located at After the website has fully loaded, tap the right facing arrow at the bottom of the page.

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