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Apple’s iOS 7 introduced some confusion when it comes to Apple IDs. But the change was intentional because Apple’s desire was to make iOS much more secure. As part of the upgrade process, iPhone and iPad users are required to set up an iCloud account and associate it with Find my iPhone. This process will (hopefully) cause the number of thefts of iOS devices to decline because people will be required to enter their iCloud password in order to restore their device to factory settings. But this new requirement is causing issues and confusion for many iOS users, new and existing. So which Apple ID do you use for the iTunes App Store, iMessage, FaceTime, iCloud and Find My iPhone?

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I was one of the confused actually. And it “broke” my previous configurations that I had set up as the IT administrator at home for all Apple devices. Within iOS 6, I was able to set up an account on each iOS device for Find My iPhone, all using a single Apple ID account. When you have kids (or absent-minded adults), devices are frequently misplaced. It was very nice to be able to log into Find My iPhone using a single Apple ID and see all of the devices under one account. With iOS 7, you simply can’t do that. You have to have individual Apple IDs for each person who controls a device.

For iTunes App Store, you can share this login across multiple devices so that you only have to buy an app or song once and share with your family. For iMessage, FaceTime, iCloud and Find My iPhone, you need to have unique Apple IDs – one for each person.

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The day has finally arrived! Apple’s latest mobile operating system, iOS 7, is now available. Most people can simply connect their iOS device to the latest version of iTunes (be sure to download version 11.1 which is now available as well), update your apps, do a sync, make a backup and THEN install iOS 7. For those people who were on the iOS 7 beta (developer) track, you might need to download the final IPSW. This short article provides you with direct download iOS 7 Final IPSW links for the latest iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch devices (remember, older devices might not be supported).

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If you have an iPhone 4, 4S, or 5, an iPad 2, 3 or 4, an iPod Touch 5th generation or an iPad mini, you can either connect to iTunes to install iOS 7 (which will download it automatically) or you can use one of the direct download iOS 7 Final IPSW links that I have listed below. If you choose the direct download path, you can do a Restore within iTunes and select the IPSW that you downloaded. You can do that by clicking either Shift (on Windows) or Option (on Mac) and click the Restore button within iTunes at the same time.

Direct Download iOS 7 IPSW Links

Here are the direct download links. Be sure to select the proper one for your particular device
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With Apple’s new iOS 7 for iPhone and iPad GM (Golden Master) now available to developers and the release to the general public just around the corner, I wanted to share 12 useful iOS 7 tricks that you probably want to know. I have been reading public information about iOS 7 as well as using the developer beta for a month or so and have learned quite a few things about the dramatically new design. So, while you will still need to become accustomed to the new interface, you might want to also know some other helpful things.

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#1 – Turn On/Off Emergency Service Notifications

Only good for iPhone 4S and higher, there is a toggle within Settings > Notification Center that shows “AMBER Alerts” and “Emergency Alerts”. When these are enabled, you will receive localized alerts to your phone for child abduction and/or other local or national emergencies. You need to scroll all of the way to the bottom of the toggles to use them.

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I’m not sure how much further Logitech can go with their Harmony universal remote line. With the new Logitech Harmony Ultimate out (which is a great Father’s Day gift, by the way), I’m really curious what the next generation Harmony remote would bring. I’m thinking that it will have some sort of mind reading integration or something because the new Logitech Harmony Ultimate is pretty much as full featured as it can go. The Harmony Ultimate remote is truly that…the ultimate remote. It is not only the last remote you will probably need, but also has the ultimate in configuration and control, making it head and shoulders about the competition.

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I seem to have a passion for collecting remote controls…not by choice, mind you. They come with every lazy person’s device that you get: TVs, DVRs, DVD players, receivers, streaming players, gaming systems, etc. And what starts to happen is that you get a pile of remotes. That wouldn’t be that bad if you didn’t have to remember which remote controlled what device. And, as more and more TVs and HiFi receivers have multiple types of connections (HDMI, component, composite, coax, etc.), it is practically impossible to remember which input you need to select to have your TV light up with the proper A/V content that you want. And, to top that off, try explaining to someone how to get everything running properly. I used to print out cheatsheets that I would leave for my family, guests or babysitters that would explain how to do it all, but it always ended up with the same thing, a frustrated phone call.

Logitech Harmony Ultimate Hub

Logitech Harmony Ultimate Hub

A few years ago, I reviewed the Logitech Harmony One, which at that point, I thought would be the remote to end all remotes. This month, thanks to Logitech, I got my hands on the new Harmony Ultimate. This is a universal remote control on steroids and it extends well beyond the remote that comes with it. Let me explain. With the Ultimate, you do get a remote (obviously) but you also get what they call the Harmony Hub. The Hub is what brings the “ultimate” power to your system. The Hub is an RF (Radio Frequency) Receiver. That means that it can receive commands without having line-of-sight and can go through walls. The Hub also has 2 IR (Infra Red) “blasters” that you put in your A/V cabinet. The Remote transmits an RF signal which the Hub then translates into IR commands.

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Instagram Users – How to Clear the Instagram Cache & Save Space on your Smartphone

June 14, 2013
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If you are a heavy Instagram user, you might not know this but the more you use Instagram, the photo-sharing service and mobile application, the more space the app will consume on your iOS or Android device over time. Originally, when you install Instagram, it only uses about 24 MB (on iOS), but it can […]

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Apple WWDC 2013 – HighTechDad’s LiveStream

June 10, 2013

In anticipation of the Apple WWDC 2013 event, I thought that I would test out something new by trying to cover some of the event via a live stream. Note, this is completely an experiment. You probably can get faster live stream feeds from some of the other major sites or directly on the WWDC […]

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How To Fix a Broken iPhone Home Button – A Free & Easy Software Fix

March 13, 2013
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Yesterday I received a panicked call from one of my daughters – “Daddy, my iPhone’s home button is broken!” Tears and wailing ensued. But, as with any broken gadget, I was up for the challenge, knowing that I could either replace the iPhone home button myself or figure out some other way to breath a […]

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How To Change Your iOS Device’s Root & Mobile User Password After Jailbreak and OpenSSH Install

February 5, 2013
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As many of you may know, the latest untethered jailbreak tool for iOS called Envisi0n was released to the general public yesterday (2/4/13). As a consequence, the Cydia installer which manages all of the repositories for 3rd party app that you can install on your jailbroken iOS device was pretty much hammered. Things are coming […]

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