Category: Tricks

Do you want super rad bonus money? Happy New Year Coupon inside!


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2016 is almost one week old!! WHAT! HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?


Well, it’s a cause for celebration here at iPhone Antidote, for no other reason than we really like to celebrate! AND GUESS WHAT? We’re giving all our loyal Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and blog followers a free $10 bonus coupon code!



Until the 20th on January, 2016 sell your used, broken or water damaged iPhone to us, use coupon code NEWYEARS10 and you’ll automatically receive an extra $10 on your quote!


Boom! Ten Dollar Boom!



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Get free cell phone service! Right now!


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How do you guys feel about free cell phone service? Do you feel good about it? Yeah? Read on fools!


Ringplus has an eggzellent deal on right now – pay $12 upfront, buy a special SIM card (unless you have a Sprint cell phone) and you get a no-contract cell phone service that allows you 1200 real cellular minutes, 1200 texts, and 1200 MB of LTE data per month, plus tethering.


For free. All of it. Free!


It’s called the Leonardo 3 Free plan and there’s a couple of very, very minor catches. Numero uno – when you call someone, instead of hearing the dial-tone, you’ll hear ads. Let some wheelers and dealers bend your ear for however long it takes you friend to pick up.


Before you sign up, you’ll also need to take a short survey and link your Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn account. If you don’t currently have one of those, you can add it within 3 weeks after sign up.


As we said, you’ll need a special SIM unless you already have a Sprint cell phone.


You can buy a SIM from RingPlus here for $15. According to reports, you can also go into an Apple store and ask for a Sprint SIM to fit into your phone and they’ll give you one for free.


If you’re an iPhone guy or gal, you’ll need an unlocked or Verizon iPhone 5C or above. Alternatively, you can check out some sweet $40 phones that will work with the service, like the Sprint Prepaid – Motorola Moto E 4G with 8GB Memory or the VM 1GB Nokia Lumia 635 4G, both currently on sale at Best Buy.


The initial $12 payment is for overage, and if your Top-Up balance reaches $0, another $12 auto Top Up will be automatically charged to your credit card on file.


The service uses the Sprint network, so if  you know that it’s sketchy in your area, you should take that into consideration.


The deal is available Tuesday December 8, 2015 from 12 Noon PST until Thursday December 10, 2015 at 12 Noon PST.


Go get it!







Amazon Drones are coming


Have you guys heard of Amazon’s drone delivery service?


The concept has been in the works since 2013, and now we have not one but two brand new teasers as well as an updated Amazon page that gives us an idea of the design and processes of the drone system that will one day be, they assure us, as normal as seeing mail trucks on the road.


The eventual goal is to deliver packages weighing 5 pounds or less within half an hour.



Check the 2 new teasers out below!















Black Friday Deals!

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Black Friday is SOON y’all. Like, tomorrow soon. While you’ve got your hands full with stuffing that turkey, cast your eyes over the tech & gadget deals you can get the day after Thanksgiving. Happy browsing!



*Kohls is offering Black Friday deals online right now through November 27th, and in store beginning November 26th at 6PM local time. They have some great deals, namely a HP Deskjet 2545 All-in-One Printer for $19.99: $79.99 is the normal retail price! WHAT! This deal is only available until 1 p.m. Friday, but Kohls is ALSO offering $15 for every $50 spent. You can get a 15% coupon here for purchases in store and online until November 27th.



* Dell is offering one of the best Xbox deals out there this Black Friday – Xbox One Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Bundle Plus Fallout 4 & Extra Controller for $299


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Best Buy stores will open at 5:00 PM on Thursday, November 26, closing at 1:00 AM on Friday, November 27. Stores will reopen at 8:00 AM on Friday, November 27 and remain open until 10:00 PM on Friday, November 27.


All times are local and as per usual, may vary at select locations. Most deals are also available online between November 26-28.



*You can get a Vizio 55-inch 4K TV for $699, down from $880. Also check out the 65-inch for $1000, down from $1500.


*The GoPro Hero 4 Silver comes with an $80 Best Buy gift card


*Canon’s PowerShot Sx710 is $100 off, down from $350.


*With the purchase of select smartphones from AT&T that include the iPhone 5c, 5s, 6, and 6 Plus, Best Buy is offering a free $200 Best Buy gift card. To get the gift card, new customers must purchase the iPhone using AT&T Next with an AT&T Mobile Share Value plan.


* Best Buy are heavily discounting the 49-inch Toshiba 1080p LED HDTV. You’re looking at paying $149, down from $479.


*Replace your whole damn entertainment system! Get a 40-inch Samsung HDTV, Xbox One game console and “Lego Movie” game bundle for a measly $500, saving $230 at Best Buy.


*Get yourself an iPad mini 4, either 64GB and 128GB storage, for $399 and $499 respectively.


*Best Buy is offering the Apple Watch at a $100 discount.


*Best Buy will be selling the 16 and 64GB Wi-Fi only iPad Air 2 at a $100 discount, dropping the price to $399 and $499, respectively. The 128GB Wi-Fi only iPad Air 2 will be available at a $125 discount, dropping the price to $574. Best Buy’s iPad Air 2 deals are all doorbusters.


*Best Buy will be selling the 64GB and 128GB Wi-Fi only iPad mini 4 at a discount of $100 off, dropping the price to $399 and $499, respectively.


*The 2015 13-inch 2.7GHz Retina MacBook Pro with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage will be available at a $150 discount, dropping the price to $1,349.


*Best Buy is discounting the 2015 Retina MacBook with a 1.1GHz processor, 8GB RAM, and 256GB storage by $150, dropping the price to $1,149.99.


*The 2015 entry-level 11-inch 1.6GHz MacBook Air with 4GB RAM and 128GB is going to be available at $774, down $125.


*The Late 2015 21.5-inch Retina iMac with a 1TB hard drive and 8GB RAM will be available at $1099, down $200


*iPods are on sale with up to $50 off


*Select Apple Watch accessories are up to 50 percent off


*Beats by Dre Powerbeats are $100 off, down to $99.99


*iTunes gift cards are Buy one, get one 40 percent off


*Get the Pebble for hella cheap! $69.99, $30 off.



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Walmart’s Black Friday deals will be online starting at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time on Thanksgiving morning. In-store Black Friday sales will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.


*Walmart will sell the 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad Air 2 in Gold for $399, a discount of $100. Walmart has a 1-hour guarantee on this deal, which means anyone who shows up at a Walmart between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day is guaranteed an iPad Air 2 at this price.


*The 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad mini 2 will be available for $199, down $69.


*Grab yourself the Canon Rebel T5 DSLR bundle with a bag and 75-300mm lens at $200 off.


*Beats Studio headphones are $169


*Grab yourself a Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player for just $20.00


*Nintendo Wii U Super Smash Bros. and Splatoon Deluxe Console Bundle are on sale for $249.00


*Get a 70″ VIZIO E70-C3 1080p 240Hz LED Smart HDTV for just $898.00


*Get ready for being the best Christmas gift giver ever with a Nintendo 3DS XL Handheld Console Bundle with Super Mario 3D Land  – a steal at $129.00


* Or save $200 on the DJI Phantom 3 Standard Quadcopter, White for $599.99


*Walmart is offering the equivalent of $200 off of any iPhone purchase made through AT&T Next or Verizon Device Payment, coming in the form of a $100 carrier bill credit and a $100 Walmart gift card. Walmart will begin taking appointments at 6:00 p.m. local time on Thanksgiving Day for activations beginning at 9:00 p.m. that evening.


*Fitbit Flex – $59, down $40


*16GB iPod touch – $165, down $30.



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These guys have some good discounts on Macs, check it out below for the different models.

1.1GHz/8GB/256GB – $1,179, $120 off
1.2GHz/8GB/512GB – $1,429, $170 off
21.5-inch 2.8GHz/8GB/1TB – $1,179, $120 off
21.5-inch 3.1GHz/8GB/1TB – $1,349, $150 off
27-inch 3.2GHz/8GB/1TB – $1,629, $170 off
27-inch 3.2GHz/8GB 1TB Fusion – $1,799, $200 off
11-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB – $799, $100 off
11-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/256GB – $979.99, $120 off
13-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/256GB – $1,079, $120 off
6-core 3.5GHz/16GB/256GB – $3,499, $500 off
13-inch 2.7GHz/8GB/128GB – $1,179, $120 off
13-inch 2.7GHz/8GB/256GB – $1,349, $150 off
13-inch 2.9GHz/8GB/512GB – $1,629, $170 off
15-inch 2.2GHz/16GB/256GB – $1,799, $200 off
15-inch 2.5GHz/16GB/512GB – $2,249, $250 off



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Staples’ Black Friday sale will begin in stores at 6:00 a.m. local time on Friday, November 27. Online sales will start on Thursday, November 26.


*Staples will be selling the 64GB Wi-Fi only iPad Air 2 for $449, a $150 discount off the regular price of $599. The 16GB Wi-Fi only model will be discounted by $125, dropping the price to $374. The discount will be available on Silver, Gold, and Space Gray models.


*Staples is selling the 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad mini 4 for $299, a $100 discount off the regular price of $399. The discount will apply to Space Gray and Gold models.


*Beats by Dre headphones – Up to $100 off


*Save $300 on a HP 14-inch laptop, for $299 at Staples.


*Bose headphones and speakers – Up to $100 off



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Target’s Black Friday deals will kick off at 6:00 p.m. local time on Thursday, November 26, which is Thanksgiving Day. Some deals will be available early on Wednesday, November 25.


*With the purchase of any Apple Watch model, Target will provide a free $100 Target gift card.


*Xbox One Bundle – get a $60 gift card with the regular Gears of War bundle at the same $299 price.


* Snatch up a Canon EOS Rebel T5 bundle with 18-55mm lens and 75-300mm lens for $400, down $100.


* Get the GoPro Hero+ LCD comes with a 64GB microSD card and a $60 gift card.


*Target is offering a free $150 Target gift card with the purchase of any iPad Air 2 model.


*Target is offering a $100 Target gift card with the purchase of any iPad mini 4 model.


*Target is offering an $80 Target gift card with the purchase of any iPad mini 2 model. iPad mini 2 pricing starts at $269. T


*Target is offering a $100 Target gift card with the purchase of any original iPad Air model. P


*With the purchase of an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus on a device installment payment plan from Verizon, Sprint, or AT&T, Target is offering a $250 Target gift card. This deal will be available beginning at 9:00 p.m. on Thursday.


*Target is offering all Apple TVs at a 25 percent discount.


*iPods are 20 percent off


*Beats wireless headphones are 25 percent off


*Pebble Time is $129.99, down $70


*You can get the Samsung 55-inch 4K display for $798.


*Get a Westinghouse 55″ 1080p LED HDTV  for only $250- saving you $350 clams.





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*eBay’s deals site will be offering new deals every hour starting Wednesday, 11/25 at 9:00 p.m. Pacific Time.


*16GB iPhone 6s Rose Gold – $629, 3% off on Thursday


*64GB iPad mini 4 – $459.99, 8% off on Thursday


*Fitbit Charge HR – $114.95, 23% off on Thursday


*11-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB MacBook Air – $729, 19% on Friday


*16GB iPad Air 2 – $359.99, 28% off on Friday


*64GB iPhone 6s – $719, 4% off (Friday)





Go forth! Black Friday! Because it’s a verb now! But first, and most importantly,


Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at iPhone Antidote.





Get Gmail’s new feature!

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Answering all of our email specific prayers, Gmail has just rolled out a new feature that will prevent all kinds of brain fart mix ups. Yup, we’re talking about the ‘undo send’ feature. Yess.


If you’re a Gmailer – go to settings, click “General,” and check the box that says “Undo Send.” When you do find the need for the feature, you’ll still have to act quick, with the choice of four time frames – five, 10, 20, and 30 seconds – before the undo send is no longer feasible.


This feature is currently only available on the web version of Gmail.



iPhone balloon case

Need a phone case real quick? No, we can’t think of why you would either, but hey, life’s weird, so better to be prepared, right? Right!


Now, you have your trusty balloon handy, right? Of course!


Inflate that sucker, place your phone on top, slowly deflate the balloon, and Voila! Nifty emergency iPhone case.



Watch below.







How to set up and use your Apple Watch!


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Did you get a shiny new Apple Watch today?  HERE’S HOW TO USE IT!!


First things first: Make sure you have an iPhone 5, 5s, 5c, 6, or 6 Plus running iOS 8.2.


Secondly things secondly: Your watch should come with about 50% charge, but charge your watch if it needs it.


Power on the Watch by pressing the side button, and follow the prompts to select a language etc. Launch the Apple Watch App on your iPhone (it was automatically installed when you updated to iOS 8.2) and Tap “Start Pairing” on the main screen. Hold your watch up to your iPhone’s camera so the screen is aligned with the yellow outlined box on your iPhone’s screen, and follow the instructions on your iPhone screen.


If you open the Settings App on your shiny new watch, you’ll find the options to customize your brightness, sound, text size, silencing ability, and Do Not Disturb functions.







Your new best friend is the Digital Crown. Tap it to get back to the home screen, use it to zoom in maps/photos, press it in conjunction with the side button to take a screen shot, press and hold to activate Siri, and double click it to jump to your most recently visited app.


Your second best friend forever is the SWIPE! YES! Swipe up from the watch face to see what Apple calls ‘Glances’ which contains information such as calendar events, weather, heart rate, location, and the ability to access the option to ‘Ping’ your misplaced phone.


Swipe down to see your notifications. Swipe left on a notification to quickly clear it. Check your heartbeat by swiping up to expand Glances and swiping left to the heartbeat card.


Tapping is the cool guy you thought you knew that has a surprise twin brother that seems pretty cool. The Watch is pressure sensitive, so light tapping will have a different effect than if you ‘force touch’ – a slightly longer, firm press.


There are a number of uses for the force touch that become more apparent the more you play with the device. For instance in the maps app, you force touch to get to the search feature. Force touch the watch face to change its design, or on the notifications ‘red dot’ to clear them all, or on the Messages inbox to compose a new text.







In Glances, tap to get more information on any of the applications.


Raising your hand will activate the display and show you the time, the last notification if you’ve received one, or activate Siri if you say “Hey Siri” at the same time. Lowering your wrist after receiving a notification will dismiss it. Putting your hand over the watch face will silence an incoming phone call.


You can also use it to control Apple TV, which could be useful, and also could be super annoying to anyone else in the room (which, yes, can be excellent).


To use Apple Pay, double click the side button and hold the face of the watch near the card reader. POOF, MONEY EXCHANGED!


We’ll be bringing you more Apple Watch updates and user guides as we get to know more about the device, and in the mean time, you should also check out the Apple video guides here.


Happy Weekend Kids!





Deals Of The Week Wednesday!

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Welcome back kids!


Ready for some deals? Yup? Here they are comin’ ‘atcha:



*T-Mobile are offering 4 lines for $100 a month with up to 2.5 GB of 4G LTE data per line until 2016 if you switch your family to T‑Mobile’s Simple Choice Plan. It’s a pretty stellar deal –  take a look to see if it’s right for your family here.



* Also at T-Mobile, but if you’re not currently on a plan, get a T-Mobile Prepaid Phone SIM Card Activation Kits for just $1 + Free Shipping. Go here and enter code SIMDEAL99 at checkout.



* Save 20% AT BEST BUY on one regular-priced small appliance and enter coupon code  SAVE20SMALLS at checkout to receive your savings. Expires: 10-12-14



*Get a Bunta Frosted Macbook Hard-Case Shell with a Silicone Keyboard Cover for $19.99 from Groupon. Because they funky AND protecty. Gotta love that.






* Best Buy have Beats Mixr On-Ear Headphones on sale for $199.99 down from $249.99 plus free shipping. Get an extra $100 off with an .Edu email student discount. 





*Get a Foscam FI8910W Wireless Camera with Optional 9dBi Antenna for $54.99 from Groupon. Unsure what you would use it for? We use ours to spy on our Guinea pig. So you could do that. (Not on our Guinea Pig, you weirdo)






*Get $10 Off $80, $12 Off $99 or $15 Off $120 Coupon for Brookstone online with coupon code AFF625. Expires: 11-30-14



*12-Month Xbox Live Gold Card for $49.99 From Groupon.





* Get $15 Off $75 at HP online with coupon code 15HPSAVE. Expires: 11-05-14



* Got an old car? We’re so cool with that, because old cars are gangsta, duh. But sometimes they need gadgets to bring them up to date. Get an A.M.P. Bluetooth Receiver for $18.99 from Groupon.








Aaaaaaaand we’re dealed right out. Happy shopping, campers.








Celebrity nude photo hacks being investigated by Apple.



Unless you’re living under a rock, or some other no-media penetrated secluded villa in the south of France, you will have heard about the hundreds of photos leaked onto the internet. Naked photos, specifically, of celebrities purportedly taken from their iCloud accounts and posted on the dark website Tor, before landing on 4Chan and leaking alll over the internet, as something as viral as naked celebrity photos was always destined to do.


Some of the celebrities involved have claimed that the photos are fake, whilst others have been confirmed to be legitimate.


Bad news.


Apple gave a statement to the guys over at Re/code advising that they will be undertaking a full investigation into the matter, which is great. “We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report,” said Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris.


Apple has since today come out with confirmation that the iCloud feature was not breached, instead the hackers were able to access and steal the photos using a targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions.


From the sauce:


“We wanted to provide an update to our investigation into the theft of photos of certain celebrities. When we learned of the theft, we were outraged and immediately mobilized Apple’s engineers to discover the source. Our customers’ privacy and security are of utmost importance to us. After more than 40 hours of investigation, we have discovered that certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the Internet. None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud(R) or Find my iPhone. We are continuing to work with law enforcement to help identify the criminals involved.”


This validates what security experts suggested yesterday – that the hackers were able to get ahold of the photos because of a combination of weak passwords and the lack of two-step verification. Two-step verification is a feature Apple introduced in March last year which requires a security code and a trusted device to log into your iCloud account as well as a password.


Although originally suspected of being used in the hack, it appears that a tool shared a few days ago on Github, a code-sharing website, was not used by the Hackers. This tool would have allowed hackers to repeatedly guess passwords without being locked out of an iCloud or Apple account but was fixed by Apple as of Monday morning. Attempting to use the tool now locks an Apple ID after five attempts to guess a password.


As always, if you’re concerned about your privacy we recommend using strong passwords and making use of the two-step verification.  


Strong passwords will include numbers, symbols and a mixture of capitals and lower case letters, and will not create a word or sequence of numbers that can be related to any of your biographical information by anyone but yourself.


To find out more about how to set up two-step verification, visit the Apple support page here. 




Image courtesy of Apple.

Tip of the day! Screenshots edition




So this is an oldy but such an important goody!! We’re talking SCREENSHOTS PEOPLE!!


So much of our lives are lived on our computers and devices these days (which we are all for, btw, as long as it’s not on the Kim Kardashian App…) and sometimes it’s just NECESSARY WITH CAPITALIZATION to show someone what’s going on in your deviceland. And maybe it’s just us here at iPhone Antidote, but sometimes it’s stupidly hard to remember how to take a screenshot, so here’s what you do:


For your iPad/iPhone: Press the top right hand power button at the same time as the Home button which is in the middle at the bottom of the phone. BAM MAGIC PHOTO SAVED RIGHT INTO YOUR PHOTOS APP


For your Mac: Press and hold the Command button,  the Shift button and the number three button all at the same time. BAM YOUR WHOLE SCREEN IS FROZEN IN TIME AND ACCESSIBLE ON YOUR DESKTOP AS A FILE


For your PC: If you’re using  Microsoft Windows XP,  click the window you want to capture. Press and hold down the Alt key and  the Print Screen key at the same time. BAM YOU”VE GOT A SCREENSHOT ON YOUR PC BUT WHY ARE YOU USING A PC AGAIN?


For your iWatch: Oh wait, that doesn’t exist yet, our bad. Don’t tell anyone we know stuff from the future k? K.






Command Key by Walt Stoneburner is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0