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How To Reset Your iPhone Passcode

Written by iHospital. Posted in How To

how to reset your iphone passcodeDid you forget your iPhone’s passcode? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Thousands of people forget their passwords on a daily basis.  This blog post will teach you how to reset your iPhone’s passcode.

Before we get started, we’d like to share some of the most common iPhone passwords out there.  Maybe one of these will jog your memory: 1234, 0000, 2580, 1111 or 555? If you are using one of these you should definitely change it as these were listed as the five most common passwords by an iOS developer who anonymously captured them through an app. If these don’t jog, please follow the instructions below after reading the warning.

Warning: Following these instructions will restore your iPhone and you will lose all data on the iPhone and be back to factory settings.

How To Charge your iPhone Like the Pro’s Do

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How to properly charge your iPhoneDid you know that the average iPhone battery will last two to three years? Additionally, your battery’s life span is dependent on how you charge and take care of your iPhone. So what can you do to increase the battery life of your iPhone? It’s an important question we asked our D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices and here’s what they had to say.

Charge it Often and Use it Regularly

iPhone’s batteries are made of Lithium Polymer which means they perform best when you keep them “topped off”. This means you can charge your iPhone anytime you have a chance. It’s a common misconception you must let your battery completely drain prior to recharging it. Also, you should use your iPhone on a regular basis to keep the electrons moving. We’re sure this won’t be hard to do as we are all iPhone addicts on this blog!

How To Fix A Slow Mac

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How to fix a slow MacThis post is all about how to fix your slow Mac with Activity Monitor, a free app that is built right into Lion.  Your crawling Mac might be slowing down because of one particular misbehaving application, and Activity Monitor will identify and terminate the problem.

Here’s how to fix a slow Mac using Activity Monitor

1.  Go to the Applications Folder and open the Utilities folder.  Don’t forget you can type the letter “U” for Utilities while in the Applications window to jump right to the desired folder.

2. Inside the Utilities folder, you’ll find Activity Monitor.  Launch it by double-clicking as you would to launch any other program.

3.  The Activity Monitor shows all of the current processes and applications running on your Mac.  Here’s where you want to search for the pesky application that is dominating your Mac’s processors.  Sort Activity Monitor by the %CPU column by clicking on it twice to ensure the processes that are taking up the most space are showing at the top.

How to Set Up the Buffer Bookmarklet on Your iPad

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How to Set Up Buffer on your iPadIn this post, we will teach you how to set up the Buffer Bookmarklet on your iPad.

In case you don’t know, Buffer is a neat way to schedule and post great content you find on the web.  Top up your Buffer account at one time in the day and your articles and stories are posted at set times throughout the day.  You can schedule and share content via Buffer to your Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts.

If you love Buffer, and also own an iPad, you’ve probably wondered how to install the Buffer Bookmarklet on your iPad.  It’s not easy to figure out, so our D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices decided to do some research and write this post.

Best Practices for Travelling with Your Apple Devices

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Summer is almost here and our D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices wanted to share some tips and tricks for travelling with your Apple device such as your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPod.

Data Plan

Want to come home with a $3,000 data bill after your next vacation? That’s what could happen if you don’t adjust your network capabilities. Data roaming is one of the biggest dollar sucking features.  To adjust this, go to the Settings app, tap on General, and then Network.  Make sure Data Roaming is OFF.  This will allow you to make phone calls but won’t allow you to surf the web.

If you do use the web while globe trotting, turn off push email by going into Settings, tap on Mail, tap on Contacts and Calendars, tap on Fetch New Data and set Push to OFF.  You will still be able to check your accounts manually.

It’s also a good idea to check your local carrier’s data plans and international roaming as most have a variety of Global plans.  Make sure to check prior to your travel.


While travelling with your Apple device, you need to think about security risks such as having your device hacked while travelling through airports and other WiFi enabled areas.

Your Guide to Hidden Capabilities within iOS Built-in Apps

Written by iHospital. Posted in Applications, How To

Hidden features for iOS appsYour iOS device comes equipped with various apps like Mail, Camera, Clock, Stock and Safari. We use them everyday but are we using them to their full potential? Probably not! Here is your guide to all the hidden capabilities within the iOS apps we know and love:


Siri is a favorite application among many, but did you know the clock app has many functions including the ability to see what time it is all over the world, schedule alarms and timers as well as a nifty stopwatch.  But did you know you can also use Clock as a sleep timer for your favorite music or video?

First you launch the Clock application and then you tap timer.  Below the dials for adjusting the hours and minutes, tap on the When Timer Ends button.  Scroll past the sound effects and click Stop Playing.  Now, your iOS device such as your iPhone or iPod will stop playing whatever music or video is running when the timer runs out.

Become A Mac Keyboard Shortcut Genius with CheatSheet

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The CheatSheet App is a great application for new Mac Users that shows Mac keyboard shortcuts for Mac Apps in an opaque pop-up window.  It’s free and you can download it here. Please note it requires OS X 10.7 or later.

This is an extremely useful application as there are literally thousands of keyboard shortcuts available to users on Mac OS X.  The CheatSheet app is a great way to quickly learn the shortcuts you use most often.

Using the CheatSheet application is simple:

  1. Download the CheatSheet app here
  2. Place it in /Applications/folder and then launch the app
  3. Hold down the command key for a couple seconds and the entire list of shortcuts is displayed for the application you are currently using
  4. Navigate through the commands by continuing to hold down the command key and clicking on the command you want to activate it

How to “Pin” to Pinterest On Your iPad

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According to recent statistics, 1.5 million of you visit Pinterest every day.  You spend an average of 16 minutes on the site which is approximately 4 more minutes than you spend on Facebook!  Do you visit Pinterest on your iPad? If so, you’ve probably experienced some frustration as it’s tricky to “pin” photos and videos using your iPad. We did some searching and found a neat article explaining how to master using Pinterest on your iPad.  Here’s how:

  1. Download the Pinterest app on your iPad
  2. Login to the Pinterest app with your username and password
  3. Open this page from the article we referenced above
  4. Select the red text and copy it (make sure you capture it all):  javascript:void((function(){var%20e=document.createElement(‘script’);e.setAttribute(‘type’,’text/javascript’);e.setAttribute(‘charset’,’UTF-8′);e.setAttribute(‘src’,’’+Math.random()*99999999);document.body.appendChild(e)})());
  5. Create a new bookmark in Safari and put it somewhere you can easily find it.

How To Share your iOS Photos with your Mac Lightning Fast

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It’s easy to take and create beautiful photos with applications such as Instagram and the lateset photo app from Facebook, the Facebook Camera for iPhone. It’s not always easy to share these photos with your Mac. Sure you can send them via Messages but it’s not always the most efficient use of your time.

Here is an easy way to share your photos with your Mac lighting fast:

  1. The first step is to make sure you have your Photo Stream switched on in all of your iOS devices as well as your Mac.
  2. Go to your ~Library/Application Support/iLifeAssetManagement/assets/sub folder. Don’t worry, you’re going to see a bunch of odd named files with a bunch of numbers.
  3. Search for image files by typing kind:image in the search section and selecting Sub as the focus of the search.
  4. Save this search as a Smart Folder by clicking on the Save button that is located below the search field. By default, this folder will be saved in the Saved Searches folder, but you can easily check the box that says Add to Sidebar if you’d like to quickly access it later on from the Finder sidebar.
  5. Done! Now whenever you need to quickly see a photo or screenshot that you took on your iOS device, just open this folder and you’ll find it!

How To Check the Efficiency of Your Mac Hard Drive

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how to check the efficiency of your mac hard driveHere’s a question for you. How often do you check the efficiency of your Mac hard drive? Not very often right? Today we’re going to take a brief look at how you can check the efficiency of your Mac’s hard drive using Disk Utility. To keep your Mac in optimum running condition, you should do this procedure periodically.

Here are three simple steps to check the efficiency of your Mac hard drive:

  • Turn on your Mac and launch Disk Utility which can be found within the Utilities folder inside the main Applications folder. Tip: you can quickly launch the Utilities folder from Finder by clicking Command-Shift-U, and you can do the same with Applications by clicking Command-Shift-A
  • From the left side menu, select Mac hard drive, and click on the First Aid tab
  • Select Verify Disk in the right corner and let it run

This is where the fun begins. Your window will begin displaying all sorts of color-coded messages about the drive’s well being. Messages displayed in black indicate fine working order. Accordingly, messages displayed in red alert you that something is wrong. Most users will see a final message saying “The partition map appears to be OK” which indicates no errors.

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