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I stumbled across an error when I was syncing my Apple iPhone 5S running on Apple’s iOS 8 with iTunes on my Mac. It was an iTunes Error 1723. Apple errors are always a bit cryptic and sometimes require you to do some searching to find a solution. So, hopefully you found this article while searching for “how to fix iTunes Error 1723″ or someone linked to this fix-it article. Anyway, the problem is quite easy to fix if you are encountering iTunes error 1723 on a Mac.

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The error states “The iPhone [insert iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch name] cannot be synced. An unknown error occurred (1723).” Cryptic, right? However, I had encountered something like this before and the fix was identical. I’m not sure if something may have been introduced within iOS 8 that could be causing this issue. They made some changes to how iPhoto (on an iOS device) works – essentially, they killed the need to have iPhoto and put robust editing capabilities right into the Camera and Photos apps.

How to Fix iTunes Error 1723

Luckily, in just a few minutes, you can fix this iTunes Error 1723. Here’s what you do (and NOTE, this is for users who sync their iOS devices on a Mac, not sure about PC or if this error exists on a PC): [click to continue…]

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Apple’s iOS 8 has been released and people are complaining that they have to delete applications and/or data and media in order to install the new mobile operating system. This is true if you do an OTA (Over The Air) update. Sometimes, even connecting to iTunes on your computer and trying to do the upgrade there prevents you from doing so if you don’t have enough free space on your iOS device. But there is a better way to install the update and NOT have to delete any data, even if you don’t have much free space on your iOS device.

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First some non-technical information on why Apple needs so much space to install the new iOS. If you choose the OTA upgrade process, first, your device needs to store the upgrade file. If you download the OS on its own (on a computer, for example), the size of the file is probably a couple of GBs. Most likely, Apple compresses the upgrade file for OTA updates. That means that it then needs to uncompress the file prior to upgrading your OS. It needs space to do that. Then it needs to swap out the old OS data files with the new ones. So at one point, during an OTA update, you have old and new files together which requires a lot of space. Eventually, the OTA file and the old OS files are deleted. While this process is potentially convenient (you don’t need to connect to a computer), it is not that efficient.

Similarly, you could try to do an upgrade by connecting your mobile device to iTunes on a computer. But this, as well, may require you to free up space in order to do the upgrade.

YOU DON’T NEED TO DO IT THIS WAY!

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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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Back in mid-2012, I wrote an article about the “dangerous” combination of Kik Messenger and Instagram. The article turned out to be quite popular (and controversial) in a few ways. Parents didn’t know about Kik nor how the “Kik me at” functionality was working with Instagram. Over 2 years later, Kik Messenger has taken a new approach to privacy and how strangers can or cannot interact with users.

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I received an early briefing on the new version of Kik Messenger and while I haven’t actually had hands-on experience with the app, what has been outlined seems to be potentially a positive step forward to giving privacy control back to the user.

The issue that I reported 2 years ago focused on the fact that strangers, people who are not necessarily friends, contacts or acquaintances of a Kik user could send messages openly. For children, that meant an increased possibility of “stranger danger” happening digitally. Messages on Kik are private and there was (and still is) an attraction by kids to put their Kik user name on other social profiles (the same holds true for kids putting their Ask.fm user names on other social profiles as well). While many of the popular social image and video sharing services have a way to chat or post messages publicly, kids, teens and adults also seem to want to have other means of chatting, many of them private. (Note: Instagram and Vine recently added private messaging as well but in those cases, the users knows or is connected to the person private messaging them.)

With Kik messaging, all that you needed to know was the Kik user name and then anyone could contact them privately via the Kik applications.

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Which Apple ID to use for iTunes App Store, iMessage, iCloud and Find My iPhone

October 7, 2013
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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 […]

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Direct Download iOS 7 Final IPSW Links for Latest iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch

September 18, 2013
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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. […]

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12 Useful iOS 7 Tricks To Know

September 10, 2013
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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 […]

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The Remote to Rule All Remotes – Logitech Harmony Ultimate

June 15, 2013

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 […]

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