Direct Download Links for Apple iOS 8 & Prep and Install Tips [UPDATED]

Apple's newest version of their operating system (Apple iOS 8) for iPhones and iPads is now available. There are a few ways that you can update. You can plug your compatible iOS device (iPhone 4S and newer, iPod Touch 5th gen or iPad 2 or newer) into your computer and connect with iTunes and do the upgrade that way, you can use the OTA (over the air) update, or you can download the upgrade file manually and then update via iTunes on your computer. I have found that sometimes downloading the .ipsw… [more]

Direct Download Links for Apple iOS 8 & Prep and Install Tips [UPDATED] Direct Download Links for Apple iOS 8 & Prep and Install Tips [UPDATED]

Running Flat But In Style – Likes & Dislikes of the 2014 BMW X5 xDrive35i

I've been test driving cars for a several years now. It's definitely a lot of fun to try out the latest and greatest designs by a car manufacturer. Other than having to sometimes pry the keys from my hands with some cars when I have to return them, for the most part, I haven't had any type of issues. That is, until I test drove the 2014 BMW X5 xDrive35i. I had a major "problem" with that car.Before I go into the details of the 2014 BMW X5, I'm pleased to share that this review is sponsored… [more]

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How to Turn Off Facebook’s Auto-Play Videos & Save Data

If you are anything like me, you watch your cell phone's data consumption very closely. And given that I have 4 other people on my family shared plan (3 of them being teens & almost a teen), there are some apps that simply gulp down data. Tweens and teens absolutely LOVE image and video apps (think Instagram, Vine, SnapChat and others) and while many kids are not gravitating toward Facebook, Facebook is typically a high-consumer of data. The Facebook mobile app has a very sneaky way of gobbling… [more]

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How To Change the Default Browser on Mac with Chrome Canary and Chrome

Google recently released a 64-bit version of its browser, Chrome Canary. If you want what Google calls "the bleeding edge of the web" type of browser, you can download and install Google Chrome Canary for Mac (or Windows).  It has the latest features and is targeted towards early adopters, developers and the like. I had been using the beta channel (and dev channels) for my "regular" version of Chrome on my Mac, but I wanted to test out the 64-bit version of the browser as it was supposed to be "faster."… [more]

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HighTechDad Does the ALS “Ice” Bucket Challenge – #IceBucketChallenge

The ALS #IceBucketChallenge has been spreading like wildfire across the Internet and honestly, I think it is brilliant. Supposedly, it wasn’t even a campaign thought up by the ALS Association which is a non-profit organization working to fight Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Regardless, the #IceBucketChallenge has done wonders to raise awareness of the disease as well as the organization and even charitable donations and activities in general.The… [more]

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Apple’s newest version of their operating system (Apple iOS 8) for iPhones and iPads is now available. There are a few ways that you can update. You can plug your compatible iOS device (iPhone 4S and newer, iPod Touch 5th gen or iPad 2 or newer) into your computer and connect with iTunes and do the upgrade that way, you can use the OTA (over the air) update, or you can download the upgrade file manually and then update via iTunes on your computer. I have found that sometimes downloading the .ipsw (that is the file extension for the iOS image) is faster than waiting for iTunes to download, so here are the direct download links for Apple iOS 8.

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Tips Prior to Updating to Apple iOS 8

As mentioned, the process it pretty straight forward with the 3 options listed prior. Just be prepared for Apple’s servers to be initially heavily loaded when iOS 8 is release. That being said, here are some quick tips/reminders prior to updating:

  • Be sure you have free space on your iOS device (a couple of GBs is usually a good rule of thumb)
  • Try to have a good internet connection (the servers will be slammed initially)
  • Don’t do an OTA update on cellular only (unless you want a big data bill or have a slow process)
  • Typically, doing a “Restore” vs and OTA update is better for the performance of your iOS device
  • BACK UP your device prior (it’s important to have a backup in case you need to restore – and if you use the manual process, you DO need to follow the restore process)
  • Don’t get frustrated if it takes a while (downloading and installing is a slow process)
  • Update your apps prior to installing (always helps to ensure that you have the latest and greatest)
  • Be sure you have a compatible iOS device (iPhone 4S and newer, iPod Touch 5th gen or iPad 2 or newer)
  • Back up your Purchases and Apps that you downloaded on your iOS device to iTunes
  • Remember there may still be some bugs or “unsupported features”
  • Be sure you have the latest version of iTunes installed on your computer!

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I’ve been test driving cars for a several years now. It’s definitely a lot of fun to try out the latest and greatest designs by a car manufacturer. Other than having to sometimes pry the keys from my hands with some cars when I have to return them, for the most part, I haven’t had any type of issues. That is, until I test drove the 2014 BMW X5 xDrive35i. I had a major “problem” with that car.

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autonation_logo-on-blackBefore I go into the details of the 2014 BMW X5, I’m pleased to share that this review is sponsored by AutoNation BMW of Fremont and AutoNation, America’s Largest Auto Retailer. Buying a new car? There are over 20,000 AutoNation Associates at 250 new vehicle franchises across 15 states. Looking for a used auto? Get CARFAX history report, 135-point safety inspection, 3-day/150 mile money-back guarantee and more.

 

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If you are anything like me, you watch your cell phone’s data consumption very closely. And given that I have 4 other people on my family shared plan (3 of them being teens & almost a teen), there are some apps that simply gulp down data. Tweens and teens absolutely LOVE image and video apps (think Instagram, Vine, SnapChat and others) and while many kids are not gravitating toward Facebook, Facebook is typically a high-consumer of data. The Facebook mobile app has a very sneaky way of gobbling up data, especially because of the feature that auto-plays any videos in your news feed. Luckily it’s easy to prevent this from happening in Facebook auto-play settings.

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I took a quick look at my cellular data consumption of my Facebook app, and it showed it was one of the biggest consumers of data (read on and I’ll tell you how to check those amounts on the iPhone). So, I wanted to find out how to turn it off in certain situations.

How To Turn Off Facebook’s Auto-Play for Videos

The process is pretty straight forward, once you know where to look.

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Google recently released a 64-bit version of its browser, Chrome Canary. If you want what Google calls “the bleeding edge of the web” type of browser, you can download and install Google Chrome Canary for Mac (or Windows).  It has the latest features and is targeted towards early adopters, developers and the like. I had been using the beta channel (and dev channels) for my “regular” version of Chrome on my Mac, but I wanted to test out the 64-bit version of the browser as it was supposed to be “faster.” However, I ran into an issue. Since I already had Chrome (not Chrome Canary) installed and it was the default browser, every time  clicked a link (e.g., in email), the “older” version of Chrome (not the Canary version) would open. Here’s how to correct it.

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Normally, when you launch a new install of a browser on a Mac, it asks you if you want to set it as the Default Browser. However, since I already had Chrome installed (and it was set as the default), I wasn’t prompted.

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So, I went to the settings of Chrome Canary to set the default there, but was presented with an interesting error:

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HighTechDad Does the ALS “Ice” Bucket Challenge – #IceBucketChallenge

August 28, 2014
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The ALS #IceBucketChallenge has been spreading like wildfire across the Internet and honestly, I think it is brilliant. Supposedly, it wasn’t even a campaign thought up by the ALS Association which is a non-profit organization working to fight Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Regardless, the #IceBucketChallenge has done wonders to […]

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NETGEAR ReadyNAS Review – Enterprise Network Attached Storage for the Home

July 21, 2014
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I was dreading writing this review actually. And it wasn’t because the product is bad, quite the opposite actually. The product is actually quite good. It’s the number of features and configuration options that were making me drag my feet in doing my review. I was a bit overwhelmed as I had a couple of […]

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Has the Magic Kingdom lost its Magic?

June 30, 2014
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My family and I headed down to Disneyland a few weeks ago. It was to reward my kids for a successful year at school and a way for all of us as a family to do something together before we splintered off in different directions during the summer and even the coming years. So, I […]

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15 Things Families Can Like about the 2015 GMC Yukon Denali

June 24, 2014
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I decided to take a slightly different approach to this automotive review. For a week (which included a road trip down to LA to Disneyland), my family and I experienced the 2015 GMC Yukon Denali. We compiled our thoughts and came up with a list of about 15 features of the Yukon that we particularly […]

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