Apple now allows users to see whether a device has Activation Lock enabled from the web

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Apple has unveiled a new tool for users to help determine whether an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch is configured to use Activation Lock. The page works much like the tools used by carriers such as AT&T to determine whether a potential trade-in device was protected with the feature. You enter the IMEI or serial number of the device, fill in a CAPTCHA, and press “Continue” to get your results (via iDownloadblog).

If the device is protected, you’ll find instructions for disabling the security measure before selling it. You’ll also find help for removing a used device from another user’s account, in the event that you were sold a phone and the original owner had not disabled it (of course, all of those options involve contacting the previous owner and having them do it, for security purposes).

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The new page seems to be part of the Find My iPhone web app, but there doesn’t yet appear to be any way to get to it from there without typing in the address, which may prevent some users from actually taking advantage of it.

Activation Lock was introduced alongside iOS 7 and worked so well to prevent theft that governments are now mandating a similar system be included on all new phones. It’s enabled by default starting with iOS 8.
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Following its rivals, Verizon brings more data to More Everything plans

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Following the lead of AT&T and Sprint, Verizon Wireless will now be giving subscribers of its More Everything plans even more data, though you’ll have to sign up this month to qualify. More data begins with the 12 GB plan, which will now net you a 15 GB data bucket each month, and goes all the way up to the 50 GB data plan, which through the promotion will double your data to a whopping 100 GB to consume. That’s a lot of Netflix streaming to consume each month! imageimage
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Apple releases tool to check the Activation Lock status of iOS devices

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Apple recently released a tool that lets anyone check the Activation Lock status of iOS devices. Introduced along iOS 7, Activation Lock is a security feature that prevents anyone from erasing or activating your iOS device without entering your Apple ID and password first. The feature must be disabled before a device is passed or sold to another person. Failure to do so renders the device unusable for the new owner.

With the release of this new tool, Apple wants to make the process of checking for Activation Lock easier, and prevent people from buying a device that might have been locked because it was lost, stolen, or simply because the previous owner forgot remove the device from his account…. Read the rest of this post here
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Announcing the ‘Weekly Photo Contest: Messy’ winners!

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Another weekly photo contest has come to a close, and while the number of entries wasn’t staggering the quality of each one certainly was. We had a couple dozen great entries that followed the prompt “messy,” making it tough to narrow down. In the end we were able to bring it down to just two winners, each getting a prize for their efforts this week. Read along and see the winning images. imageimage
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iOS 8 causing Bluetooth issues for some users

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If you’re having problems with Bluetooth in iOS 8, you’re not alone. A number of users are reporting Bluetooth connection bugs after updating to the firmware, or purchasing a new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus—particularly when trying to pair their handsets to their vehicles.

Looking at this lengthy thread on Apple.com, and this one in the MacRumors forums, the issues appear to be fairly widespread. Within the last two weeks, users have complained of hitches including not being able to pair their devices at all, and random disconnects…. Read the rest of this post here
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Bleacher Buddy helps you find what channel the game is on

iDownloadBlog imageBleacher Buddy is an iPhone app built to answer the age-old question: “what channel is the game on?” It’s not a new app by any means, but I came across it for the first time today, and with the fall sports season now in full swing, I figured it’d be pertinent to mention it.

Using Bleacher Buddy is as easy as you’d expect it to be. You start off by giving it your zip code, and then selecting your satellite or cable TV provider. Once that’s done, tell the app what sport, or specific game, you want to watch, and it will tell you which channel to turn to…. Read the rest of this post here
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Honda brings Android Ice Cream Sandwich to Civic’s dash

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Honda is teaming up with NVIDIA to bring a Tegra-powered embedded Android experience to the Civic’s infotainment system. Dubbed Honda Connect, the system is powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra processor and runs a skinned version of Android 4.0.4 on a 7-inch touchscreen in the car. Honda Connect, which is different than Google’s Android Auto initiative, will debut on the Civic, Civic Tourer, and CR-V in Europe early next year. imageimage
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Verizon won’t throttle its heaviest unlimited data users after all

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Verizon is backtracking on its plan to begin throttling data hogs on grandfathered unlimited plans on its 4G LTE network today. Originally, the carrier announced that starting on October 1, unlimited customers who use excessive data on a strained cell site may see their data speeds temporarily reduced, but after public backlash the carrier is now reversing its policy so that there will be no throttling. imageimage
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A first look at Brightkey for iOS 8

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I’m of the philosophy that if you are going to add a third-party keyboard to your iPhone, there is no reason to waste time with boring designs. The brighter, the better. My fascination with third-party keyboards starts with how different they look than Apple’s standard one.

Brightkey for iOS 8 is just about as different as they come. It features eight different skins, including five candy-colored keyboards. I just want to eat my iPhone it’s so cute. Plus, this keyboard has one standout feature that you’ll love…. Read the rest of this post here
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