Scam – Some limitations have been placed on your Apple account

Wow, this is a pretty convincing email that appears to be coming from Apple. Right down to the links at the bottom. I get emails from Apple all week long, and this is how they look for the most part. Before I clicked the “Verify Now” link, which is an odd request from Apple, I checked the sender address. That’s where I spotted the “.RU” at the end.

Please don’t be fooled by these types of scams. Always verify the sender information. Apple would always address you by name and seldom would ask you to verify your info in this way.

BTW at the bottom of the email, is a broken graphic. That graphic is most likely used to verify your email address and track that you’ve opened the email. Which means that even if you don’t get fooled and click the links, you can look forward to months of new Spam.

apple-spoof

App Store or iTunes Store account set up error – not Admin

“You are not a member of the Administrator group”

If you are trying to set up a new iPhone or iPad device,  you may come across this obscure error. It happens because you may have tried to create an Apple ID during the initial set up or on boarding. (Personally I skip this step. I use a different Apple ID for iCloud and iTunes accounts.)  While you are setting up a new Apple ID, you are asked to enter a valid email address. However before you can use the ID you have to verify that you can access the email account. Apple sends a verification email.

After you have tried to use your newly minted Apple ID to make a purchase without verification, you will get the “You are not a member of the Administrator group” error. Check your email and respond to the verification. That should solve the problem. You may also need to go to a desktop computer and search from MyAppleID and finish the verification.

There is one more thing…

When you do go to make your first download (even for a free app) you will have to enter your credit card information.

Stop swiping to quit apps. Your battery will thank us.

The original article, The Ultimate Guide to Solving iOS Battery Drain by Scotty Loveless, describes his experience as an Apple Store Genius. He describes the tests he was involved with and imparts some insider knowledge on battery drain on the iPhone:

The Ultimate Guide to Solving iOS Battery Drain

Here are the highlights:

1. Turn off Location Services and Background App Refresh

So I tried disabling Location Services  and Background App Refresh  for Facebook, and you’ll never guess what happened: my battery percentage increased. It jumped from 12% to 17%. Crazy.

2. Stop swiping to close apps. Launching and quoting apps draws power as the app loads into RAM.

What most people tell you is that closing your apps will save your battery life because it keeps the apps from running in the background.
Wrong.
Yes, it does shut down the app, but what you don’t know is that you are actually making your battery life worse if you do this on a regular basis.

Thanks to @sethfri for sharing it.

Writing apps to work with twitter – avoid 403 error.

I’ve been working on some social networking apps, by following examples. It’s really frustrating to find that the authors haven’t tested their code, before, during or after publishing. So here are a couple of things I’ve found.

If you are attempting to post or read from Twitter’s API, you must use HTTPS.

Hopefully, this will save you some head scratching.

ViaRail WiFi tip

You may find that your Mac or PC has trouble connecting to the Via Rail wifi network. The free service requires that you login and accept the terms of use on an internal web page. However you may not be able to load this web page – if you have your DNS servers hard coded (entered by hand) to something like Google’s DNS servers.

The preferred way to connect on these “guest” networks is to leave the DNS entry blank. When you connect to the service the internal network server will supply the DNS that allows your computer to find the web page, where you can accept the terms.

This DNS snafu may also apply on a guest network at a hotel or coffee shop. On My Mac, I made a new location called “ViaRail WiFi” and left the DNS empty. When I get back to my home/office network, I will switch it back to my own preferred settings.

Cocos2d 2.x vs iOS 7

A quick note about getting lots of errors when building your cocos2d app under Xcode 5.1 and iOS 7.1. It took me by surprise  after updating Xcode, so I thought I post this.

Cocos2D 2.x is not 64-bit ready. So you will need to set your Architecture to 32-bit.

Select your target.
Choose Build Settings.
Change the Architecture to $(ARCH_STANDARD_32_BIT).

Screen Shot 2014-04-08 at 12.38.02 PM

 

Apple should allow users to review apps while they are in the app!

In my experience the majority of users do not tend to share their true feelings about apps – because it is not convenient to do so. One of the most popular apps, Clash of Clans, crashes constantly, several times a day. The developers, Super Cell, get 100s of reviews a day, mostly 5-stars and very few 1-star reviews. You really have to dig to find reviews about the crashing.
Unfortunately Apple has set up a horrible peer review system that is severely under utilized. It takes users great effort to write a review, good or bad. It is far easier to say nothing, or simply delete the annoying app. The developers are left completely in the dark. It would be best if Apple provided a way for users to review the app while still in the app! People will only act if they don’t have to leave the situation.
It’s horrible because new users DO read the reviews and decide whether to download or delete your app. Developers have been pleading with Apple to fix this for years. Apple is too busy building data centers or reducing the weight of the next iPhone.

 

Had enough with annoying iOS Notifications?

notificationsIf you’re like us, you (or a younger version) may have installed a Game or app on your device that insists on using Notifications. Often at the most inappropriate times. Notifications are handy for the developers to keep you engaged with their app or game. However there’s nothing worse than being notified that your “Gold storage has been updated!” in the middle of your company presentation.

Admittedly it’s better than it used to be. In previous iOS versions, you had to deal with Alerts!

So with iOS 5, Apple added the Notification center, so users could decide which apps could send them alerts.  However its not clear enough IMO why you still get banner notifications (see next paragraph.) To properly disable the notifications, of choose which will appear, switch off “Badge App Icon“, “Sounds“, “Show in Notification Center“, “Show on Lock Screen” AND set the Alert Style to “None“. (The last part is the one area I keep forgetting. It’s not that obvious).

Once you’ve set most (but maybe not all) of these settings, the app will move to the “Do Not Include” list. However one or more of these items may still be active. Annoying is to light a term IMO. So make sure you make all the settings you need. (maybe Apple should add a “Partial List” of apps.)

Xcode – Missing content in Quick Help Inspector found!

For the past couple of months, I have not been able to see any content in Xcode 5’s “Quick Help Inspector” pane. Having googled around and asked other senior developers, I could not find a solution to the mystery. I almost resorted to the most helpful suggestion – wipe the screen with a damp cloth.

I just discovered the solution by accident (I suppose I could have read the documentation or watched an online video  course.) However I just discovered the solution… in any Inspector pane you can hide or show the content by double-clicking the section title. (A really annoying feature IMO!) I had just happened to notice that hovering over the hidden section will reveal a “Show” quick tip, which disappears in short order.

So I’m posting this article in case any other developers are stumped by a missing section in Xcode.

Quick Help Inspector content hidden
Quick Help Inspector content hidden
Quick Help Inspector content revealed.
Quick Help Inspector content revealed.