Syncing to iTunes – Difference Between Syncing and Syncing

So I’m not sure why this is, but I had previously updated my iTunes libraries to “match” so that I could sync my iPhone to 3 of my computers – my laptop, my home office and my office computer. It worked fine, but with the release of iTunes 10, Apple has apparently nixed this and I haven’t wanted to test (waiting for some other poor sap to try), so I’ve just been plugging my phone into each computer seperately as always, there are some things that puzzle me though.

My home desktop computer is now new, doesn’t have a matching iTunes library ID #, however when I plug my iPhone in to it, I am still able to manage pictures, music, movies, etc. I can copy anything that I want to/from the phone. When I click the “Sync” button on the bottom right from the iPhone Summary page in iTunes, the phone runs through its normal syncing process. No problems at all. Same thing when I plug it into my laptop of office computer. Weird, right?

Update on Syncing to multiple computers

So I found out what is happening. You ARE able to sync/copy content form multiple computers (it seems), however you cannot change settings on your phone on a computer other than the main computer that your phone is synced to. When I try to change the setting “Manually manage music and videos” from unchecked to checked, I get the following message:

Does this make any sense? I don’t know why Apple doesn’t just remove their restrictions.

The Simplest Way to Accept Money – The Square iPhone Dongle

This is great! If you’re the type of business owner that frequents trade shows, or travels, or needs to be able to accept money on the fly, you need to check out Square! This isn’t a paid advertisement, or post, I just came across the Square website while browsing for payment options and thought this was great. The company I was looking for is currently all online, but this is definitely something that I can recommend to all of my other clients. This could come in handy at a multitude of events and will definitely revolutionize the way that payments are made and accepted.

Check out Square today!

How to Edit the iPhone User Dictionary – Add Custom Words to iPhone Dictionary

If you have some commonly used words that aren’t recognized by the standard iPhone dictionary, you can add your own words to the dictionary, it just requires a little “trickery” to get there. For some reason, Apple didn’t directly build in the ability to edit the iPhone dictionary, but it’s easy enough to add without having to hack or jailbreak your phone.

First, navigate to Settings > General > Keyboard. Once here, you should see that you have 1 (maybe 2 depending on if you have emoji enabled) International Keyboards.

Once here, click International Keyboards > Add New Keyboard. Then find Japanese Ten Key.

Now click the home button, then go back to Settings > General > Keyboard. You should now see the Edit User Dictionary option as specified below. You can click into there and add all your own words, terms, abbreviations, etc.

There is no SIM card installed in the iPhone you are attempting to activate.

I recently bought a new iPhone 4 and I took my old SIM card out of my 3GS and shredded it. After doing that, I restored the phone to the factory settings, and come to find out, I actually need the SIM card so that I can jailbreak it. Now when I plug my iPhone into iTunes, I get the following iTunes error:

There is no SIM card installed in the iPhone you are attempting to activate.
Please disconnect and insert a SIM card in the iPhone.

Even though the goverment just made jailbreaking legal, Apple is going to make it as difficult as possible for people who don’t have a SIM card. I’m in the process of tracking down a SIM card just so I can open the phone and go to – once this is done, I’ll be free and clear and will no longer need the SIM.

Has anyone found a way around this without using the SIM? Is there a iOS4 jailbreak that works through the USB connection rather than through PDF security hole in iOS 4.0 and 4.01? I’m about to find out. I’ll keep you fools updated!

iPhone Sound Coming From Earpiece and Not Out of Speaker

So far, I’ve been extremely happy with my new iPhone 4 and iOS 4. No complaints, great apps, and with availability of a super easy jailbreak from the iPhone 4 has left me nothing but happy… until recently. I’ve been noticing this problem more and more. It was to do with the audio output getting messed up and basically getting turned off. When trying to listen to a podcast, or any audio for that matter – even notifications and keyboard clicks, all audio output is transferred from the standard iPhone speaker output to the iPhone earpiece, so of course, listening to the iPod or hearing notifications or your phone ringing becomes very difficult, if not impossible to hear.

After doing a little bit of reading, it turns out that it is the Skype application that is corrupting the audio output. Apparently, if you make a Skype phone call and the person you’re talking to hangs up before you do, it corrupts the iPhone audio causing all sound to come out of the earpiece rather than out of the speaker which is why many of you will be suffering from what is described as muted iPhone audio or muffled iPhone audio.


  • Restart your iPhone
  • Open Skype, place a call to the Skype Call Test account. Hangup immediately.
  • Double click home button, remove Skype from open apps.

How to Fix Skype Multi-Tasking on Jailbroken iPhone

If you have recently jailbroken your iPhone/iPod/iPad with the newest and easiest jailbreak ever –, then you may have also encountered the problem with Skype not multi-tasking or not running in the background. There is a simple fix that involves updating your Mobile Substrate through Cydia. Simply do the following and Skype should start working for you again:

  1. Open Cydia
  2. Tap Manage
  3. Tap Upgrade – You’ll need to update all packages, Cydia, Mobile Substrate, etc.
  4. Once complete, it should prompt you to reboot your device. After reboot, Skype should work properly.

If you’d like to see more info about Mobile Substrate, you can look here: Cydia Mobile Substrate Package

Skype Does Not Allow MultiTasking on Jailbroken iPhone iOS 4

Upon the release of the jailbreak for iPhone 4 and iOS 4, I quickly installed it – especially after seeing how easy this jailbreak was compared to past jailbreaks. The thing that is really irritating me is the fact that Skype has created its software to not support multi-tasking on jailbroken iPhones. I find this hard to believe, particularly because of the fact that the fed recently issued a ruling that declared jailbreaking phones perfectly legal. Upon starting Skype on my newly jailbroken iPhone, I was presented with the following message:

This version of Skype is only supported on unmodified iPhone OS 3.0.x, 3.1.x, and 3.2.x

I really don’t understand why Skype would limit themselves by doing this. I’m already looking for other solutions rather than using their software. Not too happy about the fact that they don’t allow their software to work on a jailbroken iPhone 4 running iOS 4.01.

Has anyone else encountered this problem or found a work-around? If so, please share in the comments below.

iOS4 Jailbreak Released – the Easiest Jailbreak Ever

Well, the newest iPhone firmware iOS4 has finally had a jailbreak released for it, and this jailbreak is being touted as the easiest jailbreak ever. Simply open Safari on your iPhone, iPad or iPod and go to – pull the slider across the screen and follow the instructions. Simple, right? It really can’t get much easier.

iMovie on iPhone – Audio Clip Shorter in Export Than in Preview

I’ve been messing around with iMovie on my iPhone 4 and I’m realizing that the songs that come with the iMovie themes vary in length upon being exported. For instance, the song by Phoenix that comes with one of the themes, I have it playing until the very end of the movie (when I preview it), but upon exporting the movie, I have about 10 seconds of silence at the end. What is the reason for this? Does the audio/video playback speed slow down or speed up on export?

How to Tell Which Contacts Have FaceTime for iPhone 4

The release of the iPhone 4 and FaceTime will revolutionize the way that we communicate. Sure there are (and have been) other services out there that allow us to video chat, however with the release of FaceTime for iPhone 4, I think video chat will be revolutionized for one reason and one reason alone. It is no longer necessary to create an account with a 3rd party service like Skype. You just need your phone number (and obviously the $199 iPhone 4).

So no that you have the iPhone 4 and FaceTime working, how do you tell which of your contacts also have FaceTime? That was the first question I asked myself when I started playing around with my new iPhone 4, “How can I tell which friends have FaceTime?” The simple answer is, you can’t. Just try calling each of your contacts with FaceTime to find out if they have it.

To make a FaceTime call, just open up a contact, scroll to the bottom and click the new FaceTime button. Best of luck!