Why Is My iPhone Storage Full? (And What Can I Do About It?)

I love my iPhone. It’s not only a great phone, but a great texter, video- and photo-taker and -viewer, gaming device, and so much more. But all that wonderfulness has a silicon ceiling: storage capacity. If you’ve ever seen regular messages with variations of iPhone storage full, you know what I mean. Apple offers a variety of options for iPhone memory capacity, but show me the biggest iPhone SSD out there (like my iPhone 6s+ with 128 GB of storage) and I’ll show you a way to fill it, fast. How? iPhone’s Worst Space Hogs: Photos & Camera Videos Music Messages (especially if you send/receive a lot of photo and video messages) Games Other Apps Tip: You can see what’s stored (and where) on your iPhone by opening Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Manage Storage. iPhones Are Chock Full o’ Pictures Like other smart phone users, those of us with iPhones like to take a ton of pictures. But apparently we’re even more snappy than most: a 2015 study showed that iPhone users took an average of 250 photos per month — 65% more than the average Android user. That leaves a lot to be managed (not to mention a quickly… Continue reading Why Is My iPhone Storage Full? (And What Can I Do About It?)

12 + 6 + 7 Reasons Not to Hate on the iPhone 7

As any mystic will tell you, 7 is a particularly magical number. So it’s no accident that Apple doubled down on the religious experience its products can trigger in consumers (ever visit the Apple Chapel on a Sunday?) by announcing its iPhone 7 on September 7.  But if numerology was part of the launch strategy, it didn’t seem to take. Internet judginess was swift: AirPod headphones are like a tampon without a string for example. Ouch. Setting aside whether the iPhone 7 is the new New Coke, I wanted to focus specifically on the photo aspects of the new product, and whether phone photo fans (pretty much all of us at this point) should consider an upgrade.  First, the tampons AirPods. All the chatter leading up to the launch of the new iPhone was about whether or not Apple would ditch the headphone jack. Of course it did, in favor of the new $159 (yikes!) wireless ear buds. And while Apple is shipping a Lightning to 3.5-millimeter headphone jack adapter with the new phones so you can still plug in your old wired sets, the adapter goes into the same port your charger uses, so you won’t be able to listen… Continue reading 12 + 6 + 7 Reasons Not to Hate on the iPhone 7

Infographic: 10 Things You Didn’t Know Your iPhone Camera Could Do

In the elevator, the checkout line, (gulp) traffic: anywhere you look, people are staring at smartphones (assuming you’ve looked up from your own). By 2017, more than a third of the global population – 2.6 billion souls — will own a smart phone.[i]  And if the sheer number of digital photos projected for that year[ii] is any indication, a goodly number of us are using our phones’ built-in cameras. I have an Apple iPhone 6 and use its camera as much as my Nikon DSLR because my smartphone’s with me 24/7, its camera app is super handy, and it produces pretty darned good pictures. Since there are nearly 100 million more like me in the U.S. alone[iii] I thought I’d do my part to help us up our iPhone photography game. 1) Open the camera from lock screen Photos are moments, and moments come quickly, so you need to be fast on the trigger. To immediately access your camera app from the iPhone lock screen, look for the camera icon in the bottom right corner, place your finger on it, and swipe up. Done. 2) Multiple shutter release options Did you know the volume buttons on the side of your… Continue reading Infographic: 10 Things You Didn’t Know Your iPhone Camera Could Do

Creating your Digital Legacy with Mylio

I love talking to people about digital legacy. It’s a new problem, a product of the digital age that hasn’t had much consideration — how do you organize, safeguard and pass on stuff you can’t touch, like memories? So far, there are few solutions. Ancient humans told stories around the cook fire. Later, we took photographs to make memories tangible as they happened. We organized these into family albums, then got more creative with scrapbooks. But today, though we capture and share our memories like never before (we took over 1 trillion photos in 2015), most of them are intangible. Most of our pictures are somewhere in social media, websites, or  cloud services like Flickr, Google Photos, Apple Photos and Dropbox. We’re creating the most comprehensive data trail of any generation, yet we’re still in the infancy of managing our digital legacy. Take a moment and consider these important questions: Have I considered my digital legacy? Where do my precious memories and stories live? How will I pass on my story to my family and my friends? Am I in control of my life story? If you didn’t have an immediate answer to any (or all) of the above, you’re not alone. Most of us are too busy living for today and planning for the future to… Continue reading Creating your Digital Legacy with Mylio

Mylio Version 1.8 Crushes Photo Mechanic & Lightroom

(This is an excerpt from a recent customer review. You can read the full post here.) I’m always looking for faster and faster tools to process my images and it was the quest for speed that made me look at a new program called Mylio. Mylio is a funny little name, but if you know its origin, it makes a lot of sense. Break Mylio down and it stands for My Life Organized. And getting my nearly 1 million photo library organized, faster than any program I’ve used to date, is exactly what I love about Mylio.

Why Is My iPhone Storage Full? (And What Can I Do About It?)

I love my iPhone. It’s not only a great phone, but a great texter, video- and photo-taker and -viewer, gaming device, and so much more. But all that wonderfulness has a silicon ceiling: storage capacity. If you’ve ever seen regular messages with variations of iPhone storage full, you know what I mean. Apple offers a variety of options for iPhone memory capacity, but show me the biggest iPhone SSD out there (like my iPhone 6s+ with 128 GB of storage) and I’ll show you a way to fill it, fast. How? iPhone’s Worst Space Hogs: Photos & Camera Videos Music Messages (especially if you send/receive a lot of photo and video messages) Games Other Apps Tip: You can see what’s stored (and where) on your iPhone by opening Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Manage Storage. iPhones Are Chock Full o’ Pictures Like other smart phone users, those of us with iPhones like to take a ton of pictures. But apparently we’re even more snappy than most: a 2015 study showed that iPhone users took an average of 250 photos per month — 65% more than the average Android user. That leaves a lot to be managed (not to mention a quickly… Continue reading Why Is My iPhone Storage Full? (And What Can I Do About It?)

Do You Know Where Your Photos Are? (Really? Are You Sure?)

Let’s play a game: it’s called Where Are Your Photos? In today’s hyperconnected world, you’d think the answer would be “Right here, in my pocket,” but I did an informal survey recently, and it told a different story. Most folks said their digital photos — the data people say is their most valuable — were spread someplace across Facebook, Flickr, their personal mobile devices, and home computers, with the rest gathering dust in shoe boxes, family albums, and other analogue mediums under beds, in closets, and who knows where else. Which gives some insight into the most common answer to my highly unscientific study: “Um, actually, I’m not really sure.” You can probably see where this is going. Everybody’s taking pictures, but not so many are minding where they go next. Of course Apple and Google have horses in this race, doubling down on their cloud services and making Apple- and Google Photos competing cloud media managers, each with photo management apps tied closely to mobile device camera rolls. Because these apps are designed by the same people who brought you the mobile OSs on which they run, they get special privileges to shuttle pictures to and from each company’s cloud. Even while the apps aren’t in use. This set-it-and-forget-it solution works… Continue reading Do You Know Where Your Photos Are? (Really? Are You Sure?)

Dear Cloud, It’s Not You, It’s Me. No — Wait. Actually, It Is You.

Dear Cloud, I remember the day we first met. You wore white. And you came into my life promising so much: you promised to give me everything I care about, from anywhere. You were the latest fabulousness, the new it everyone wanted. You had a charming way of stopping complicated conversations with four little words: “It’s in the cloud.”  What more could anyone add? Mic drop. And so you promised to set us free with your vague magic. And yet… and yet. Cloud, I’ve been doing some work on myself, and I’ve come to realize what you actually do isn’t so mysterious. I’ve learned some things, and I’m writing to tell you we’re done. I’ll be coming by to pick up my stuff. I know this might sound harsh, and I guess we’ve been together long enough that I owe you an explanation. Please try and understand. You know – because you like older guys – that I’m from the first generation to grow up with personal computers. We started out with green text and Jimmy dying of dysentery on the Oregon Trail. These plastic boxes that lived in the corner near stacks of newspapers (never mind what those were)… Continue reading Dear Cloud, It’s Not You, It’s Me. No — Wait. Actually, It Is You.

Apple’s iMessage Security Flaw Exposes Personal Photos and Videos

Today, news broke that Apple’s iMessage service contains a security flaw exposing users’ photos and videos to hackers. This particular exploit gives hackers access to personal data stored not on a person’s device, but on Apple’s iCloud servers — highlighting the ever-present concern that our mobile Internet-connected devices, of which we have in increasing number, are as vulnerable as they are powerful. The flaw would allow attackers to access photos and videos stored on Apple’s iCloud servers. – INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES Hackers love cloud services, because the payoff for an exploit can be huge. A single vulnerability can give them access to personal data from millions of people (not to mention private pictures of naked celebrities, as in 2014’s iCloud hack, aka the Fappening).  And though sometimes the bad guys get caught (the man behind the Fappening recently plead guilty to felony charges), usually they don’t, and the damage to victims can’t be undone regardless. The hacker, 36-year-old Ryan Collins, has signed a plea agreement and agreed to plead guilty to a felony violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act… Collins is expected prison sentence of 18 months, although it could be as long as five years. – 9TO5MAC.COM So will cases like this act as a deterrent to future exploitation of personal data? Not… Continue reading Apple’s iMessage Security Flaw Exposes Personal Photos and Videos