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Buying An iPhone? Check The IMEI/Serial Number To Make Sure It’s Not Stolen

If you’re looking for a good deal on an late-model iPhone, you’re in luck. Since the arrival of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, folks (like me) are putting up their slightly-used, mint-condition iPhone 4/4S/5/5C/5S up for sale on sites like eBay and Craigslist, or flooding their social media networks. The phones are in ample supply, and you may come across a seemingly “too good to be true” deal.

Before you make, phone calls, putting in bids, or starting message threads, you might want to make sure you won’t have the cops (or some vigilante owner) hunting you down after you’ve purchased a hot iPhone. Apple has released a quick little tool to help make sure you’re not buying an stolen iPhone.

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Where To Sell Your Old iPhone

So, you were one of the lucky ones that rose from the ashes of the awful iPhone 6 preorder effort with an email confirmation in your inbox. Consider yourself blessed. Many folks will minimize and shrug off your win simply because they won’t be able to share your victory.

For what it’s worth, the haters should be the least of your iPhone 6 worries. What you should be focusing on this week is shopping for cases and other accessories, hitting the ‘refresh’ button on your shipping company’s website, and figuring out the best way to sell your old iPhone.

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How To Complete An iPhone 6 Preorder With Your iPhone

The Apple Store app keeps getting better and better. So much so that you can save yourself some headache and quickly place an iPhone 6 preorder in a matter of minutes…Here’s how.

Note: Pre-orders start 12am Pacific time. For folks on the east side with me, you will have to wait until 3am to place your order. Also, you’re going to want this process to go as quickly as possible because the Apple servers will crash (Never forget…the Apple event live stream), so make sure your billing, shipping, and credit card information is correct, so you don’t fumble on the 1 yard line.

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[How-To] Back-up Instagram Images to the Cloud with IFTTT for iOS

Instagram IFTTT backupI’m all about automating my digital life. IFTTT (If This, Then, That) is a easy-to-use but powerful tool that lets me do just that. If you’re not familiar, with IFTTT you can activate “channels” of frequent digital services you use to create “recipes” that are made up of triggers and actions that carry out certain tasks.

Honestly, the possibilites of IFTTT are endless. To make matters worse, IFTTT for iOS was recently released that lets you quickly create recipes and view current activity from your mobile device. So to wet your appetite, I thought I’d put together a little tutorial on creating a recipe to automate a task I suggest everyone do: Back-up Instagram images.

I’d like to think that I’m a pretty frequent Instagram user. Earlier this year, I’ve looked into having more control over my photos for two reasons:

1. As a result of the hub-bub that went down with Instagram’s ToS changes ealier this year in regards who can do what with my photos

2. Since I frequently use Instagram images elsewhere, but don’t like the Instagram search function for browsing my images (hint: There isn’t a search function for browsing my images).

I figured the best way would be to back-up all my Instagram photos, just in case I need to find a particular image, or if Facebook Instagram starts tripping about their photos again. Yeah, I know…Within Instagram there is an option to “Save Original Photos” to my camera roll. Honestly, I don’t want to jam up my phone with any more pics than I already have…and the search option on my phone sucks (hint: There isn’t a serch function for browsing my images).

All that to say, since I already have a ton of cloud storage space I’m not using, might as well re-puropose it as “online media backup space”. That’s where IFTTT comes in. I’ve created a recipe that essentially searches my public Instagram profile for new pictures and downloads them to my cloud storage account. Since the IFTTT for iOS makes it even to create recipes than on the web, I created this recipe as well as the entire tutorial on how to back-up Instagram photos to the web on my iPhone.

(Shout-out to Skitch for making it easy to mark-up screenshots, and Guidecentral for creating and embedding the tutorial)

How to back up Instagram images to the cloud with IFTTT by brothatech

Relax, if you don’t have an iPhone, you can create this same recipe by visiting IFTTT on the web. With IFTTT, you can do a kinds of cool little tricks. I use it to back up Facebook photos, to share all my new blog posts to Twitter and my Facebook page, to share my “tribe” posts, send package tracking updates to my Pebble watch…and some other stuff I can’t think of right now.

Be sure to try out IFTTT and let me know what kinds of recipes you can cook up.

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Ask a Brotha: iPhone 4S Or Wait For iPhone 5?

iPhone 5 Concept
iPhone 5 Concept Drawing Courtesy of Uptown Magazine

Every once in a while, I get tech questions via social media networks and other channels. So I decided to start a new area on my blog where I answer some of those questions in order to help a larger audience who my have the same questions. So don’t go getting all up in your feelings if you ask me a public question and it shows up here – Consider your question as inspiration for a blog post…You’re welcome.

This one comes via Twitter:

“Bro Terrance is it worth waiting for i-phone 5…..In fall maybe? or just go with 4S”

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uME iPhone app – Leave Your Business Cards at Home

More ways to ditch your physical business cards

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We have all walked out of the door on the way to a networking/business event and half way there it dawns on you: You left your business cards at home! Even in this mobile technology age, you KNOW everyone at the event is going to ask “Do you have a business card?” The uME app for iPhone is cool way to send your virtual business card, and then some.

Using uME is pretty simple, you create your business card (or multiple business cards depending on the event…or which personality you want to present at the event), and when the time comes to swap cards, you can shoot them fully a formatted card via email, complete with a note to the person and a location of where you met them – all in-app…

uME - Business Cards - ID2 LLC

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