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How to use our iPhone as if it were a Pen Drive to easily move large files

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Certainly, it is not its most common use, but in some circumstances we can need to use our iPhone as if it were an external storage. A way to take advantage of the space on our phone to easily move large files. Before, certainly, we will consider using the cloud, so ubiquitous today, but if this is not an option, our iPhone comes to the rescue.

Once we decide that our iPhone is the best option, We have several resources to transfer the files. For one, you’re using AirDrop—setting reception to All—which is the easiest method as long as we’re talking about transferring data from a Mac. On the other, there’s the ability to use a cable, a method that will work with Windows PCs.

A resource to take into account in some circumstances

Using AirDrop to transfer large files to our iPhone is undoubtedly the most comfortable and simple. However, let us take into account save them within the iPhone storage itselfnot in the cloud, to prevent the phone from trying to transfer all data to iCloud, thus consuming mobile data and battery.

To do this, all we have to do is open the app Records of our iPhone, enter the tab Exploretouch the button in the shape of three dots, touch Edit and activate on my iphone. Then, when we receive the transfer via AirDrop and choose to save the content in the Files app, let’s choose to save it on the iPhone.

So far the easiest method, since the situation changes a lot when using our iPhone as a pen drive with a Windows PC. Here, the first thing we will need is a third-party file management app, such as Documents, created by Riddle, Files Go or iFiles, for example. Once we have one of these applications on the iPhone, iTunes installed on the PC and the cable ready for the connection, we can proceed.

An unusual use of our iPhone that can get us out of trouble.

After connecting our iPhone to the PC we must open iTunes. If we are asked if we want to trust the computer, we say yes, both on the PC and on the iPhone. Next, we went to the iTunes synchronization section and enter the Files tab. This is the section that allows us to manage the content of applications like the ones we saw in the previous paragraph.

So what we have left to do is drag the files on top of the application in question or unfold the content of the application to drag the content to the PC. In the first case, all we have to do is wait for the transfer to take place, which will depend a lot on the size of the files. In the second, not even that, we can directly eject the iPhone and disconnect it.

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As we have started by saying, this is not the most conventional use of our iPhone, but in some circumstances it can save us from a predicament. In situations where we do not have an internet connection and we need to move, say, 80 GB of data, using our iPhone as if it were a Pen Drive is an excellent option.

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Seven little-known shortcuts for the iPhone, but essential in my day to day

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The Shortcuts app is that app on our iPhone —also iPad and Mac— that we never open it until some specific shortcut makes us see its usefulness and then we use it every day too. There are many times that I have seen this story up close and with that in mind today I have compiled seven little-known shortcuts that are essential in my day to day.

I generally try to keep my shortcuts to a minimum, to avoid having to dig through too many options once I’m in the app or on an item’s share sheet, but I use the ones I have very regularly. Some, in fact, are shortcuts of shortcuts, bringing together options with a menu to choose from. In any case, without getting ahead of events, let’s start at the beginning.

An app that always adapts to our needs

The shortcut that I use the most in my day to day is the one that ChatGPT brings to Siri, which we already talked about in another article. A shortcut that allows us talk to OpenAI artificial intelligence using Sirithat is, by voice, and at the same time being able to write directly, just a touch away on the iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple Watch.

My second favorite shortcut is very simple, but really useful. I call it SafariWatch and it allows me browse the internet from the Apple Watch very comfortably. It is true that we can open any website that we receive, for example, in a message, directly on the watch, but what I wanted was faster access to specific sites. When I launch SafariWatch, it asks me if I want to use my bookmarks or enter a URL, and I’m automatically on the site I want to see.

Another shortcut I use a lot is a really simple one. Word Count does exactly that, counting both the words and the characters, with spaces, of the text that is on the clipboard at run time. useful for see if a tweet or toot will fit on your site or if a headline is too long, for example.


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Creating a random and strong password in Safari is very easy, but sometimes we need a password and we are not registering with any specific site. In these cases how do we create a password? Easy with the Password shortcut that with a single execution copies a random password to the clipboard and also saves it in Reminders to prevent us from losing it by copying other elements.

Links is another shortcut that is vital in my day to day. It is quite personal, so I am not going to share it here, but I am going to tell you about its dynamics. It’s about a repository of important links that I have to access regularly. Instead of having to consult a note, for example, I run the shortcut and it presents me with a menu with all the options. A simple tap on the one I need and it’s copied to the clipboard, ready to paste wherever you need it.

Another shortcut that I find really useful deals with place Applesfera watermarks directly on photos which then has to be published. To simplify management as much as possible and make it as compact as possible, it contains the images in Base64 and, before executing the overlay action, decodes them. Then save the resulting images to your desktop, ready to be uploaded to any article.

Finally, my list is completed by a shortcut that we have already talked about in Applesfera. One that allows us to turn Safari into an RSS reader using a shortcut and the reading list. A form of be aware of some publications without having to resort to third-party apps or services and being able to check the news on our iPhone, iPad or Mac very easily.

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Undoubtedly each of us can make this same list and the result will be clearly different. In fact, this is one of the strengths of the Shortcuts app, which adapts to our needs and even evolves with the way we use our devices. An app that enhances any of the ones we already have and that brings our iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple Watch closer to greater efficiency.

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Apple and Google must ban TikTok according to a US senator

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Michael Bennet, a Democratic US Senator from Colorado, is calling on Apple and Google to ban the TikTok app from the App Store and Play Store respectively. He cites national security reasons.

Banned for TikTok?

The TikTok social network is controlled by the Chinese group ByteDance and it has already been accused of collecting user data and then sharing it with the Chinese government. The company has always denied these accusations, but doubts remain among some politicians, especially in the United States.

So here is US Senator Michael Bennet who wrote a letter to Tim Cook (Apple boss) and Sundar Pichai (Google boss) asking them to ban TikTok, saying that no company subject to the “The dictates of the Chinese Communist Party should not have the power to accumulate so much data on the American people or provide content to nearly a third of our population”. He writes :

TikTok’s vast influence and aggressive data collection pose a specific threat to US national security because of its parent company’s obligations under Chinese law. Article 7 of China’s National Intelligence Law decrees that any organization or citizen must support, assist and cooperate with state intelligence work. Article 14 gives Chinese state security agencies the power to demand cooperation from companies like ByteDance, while Articles 16 and 17 allow intelligence officers to access relevant materials and files and use its communication tools and facilities.

He goes on to cite a June 2022 article revealing that TikTok employees had access to US user data between September 2021 and January 2022. “Everything is seen in China”had indicated an employee of the social network.

In view of the situation, the senator concludes his letter by stating: “Given these serious and growing concerns, I urge you to immediately remove TikTok from your respective app stores”.

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South Korea buries Apple’s iPhone clamping case (Battery Gate)

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The case of the voluntary slowing down of iPhone by Apple (battery gate), which, a few years ago, had earned the Cupertino company several strap lifts from international regulators, is bouncing back once again in South Korea. Against all expectations, the South Korean justice has indeed rejected a class action that pointed to the voluntary clamping of the iPhone in order, according to Apple, to save battery power and avoid an unexpected shutdown of the device. The proceedings initiated in court also argued that this restraint was a form of planned obsolescence whose objective was to encourage the purchase of a new iPhone.

Apple therefore escapes a new trial and possible compensation. The plaintiffs claimed no less than 1.64 million dollars in damages, an amount which would have been to be distributed among 9,800 people (owners or ex-owners of iPhone). Admittedly, the battery gate All the same, it dates back to 2017 – the year in which an iOS update reduced the performance of the iPhone’s processor to avoid unexpected shutdowns – but for those concerned, this does not change much.

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