How to change the DNS server on your iPhone and iPad

August 5, 2015

How to change the DNS server on your iPhone and iPad

DNS, or Domain Name System, is a server that translates domain names like apple.com to IP addresses, a numerical sequence of numbers that can locate servers on the internet. Your ISP has its own DNS server that is used by default on all your iOS devices, but you can also point it to a different DNS server.

Why would you want to change the default DNS server? Most ISPs’ DNS servers aren’t fast enough, and because DNS lookups are performed very often, this could greatly impact your browsing experience. Many ISPs also redirect you to unwanted sites on some occasions for commercial benefit. If you’ve ever experienced a situation where a site opens up on other connections, but not on your connections, changing the DNS could fix the issue.

So here’s how you change your DNS settings:

  • Open the Settings app on your device, and tap on the Wi-Fi menu.
  • Find out your Wi-Fi connection from the list of available networks, and tap on the “i” button on the right.
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  • Scroll down until you see the DNS section, and tap on the numbers to the right.
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  • A keyboard should appear, and you can now enter the new DNS server address. Tap on Wi-Fi to go back, once you’re done.

What DNS server to use

Of course, you’ll want to know which DNS server you want to use, so here are the options:

  • Google DNS: Google operates a free DNS service that promises speed, performance and security. To use Google’s DNS, use any of these addresses in the DNS field:
    • 8.8.8.8
    • 8.8.4.4
  • OpenDNS: Open DNS is another free DNS service that promises speed, reliability, and security. You can enter either of these addresses to use OpenDNS:
    • 208.67.222.222
    • 208.67.222.220

There are of course a lot of other DNS servers available, and to find the one that’s the best for you, you can use a tool like Namebench.

Reference: http://www.iphonehacks.com/2014/08/change-dns-iphone-ipad.html

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How To Hide Apple Music in iTunes & iOS, If You Don’t Use It

August 1, 2015

Apple Music

If you’re not using Apple Music or listening to the subscription service, with no plans to pay for it after the free trial period, you can choose to hide Apple Music from iTunes on a Mac and from the Music app on an iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Hiding Apple Music is perhaps most useful on the iOS side, where doing so will return the Music app tabs to what existed prior to the release of Apple Music, making it a bit easier for some users to browse existing song libraries.

Obviously by hiding Apple Music you won’t have access to the streaming service at all, so if you are paying for the subscription plan or plan on subscribing after the trial period is over, doing this would not be recommended.

Disabling Apple Music on iPhone, iPad, IPod Touch

  1. Open the Settings app in iOS and go to “Music”
  2. Unde the ‘Apple Music’ section, flip the switch for “Show Apple Music” to OFF
  3. Exit out of Settings and return to Music app to see the change

Disable Apple Music on iPhone & iPad

With Apple Music disabled in iOS, the “New”, “For You”, “Connect”, and “My Music” tabs will be gone in favor of the prior tabs in Music app, including the simple Playlist tab.

Hiding Apple Music in iTunes on Desktop

  1. Open iTunes if you haven’t done so already, and go to the ‘iTunes’ menu to choose “Preferences”
  2. Under the “General” tab, look directly under the library name and uncheck the box for “Show Apple Music”
  3. Exit out of Preferences in iTunes to see the change take effect immediately throughout iTunes

Hide Apple Music from iTunes

Disabling Apple Music in iTunes basically makes iTunes behave much like it did before the release of the subscription service.

Do note that if you hide Apple Music in iTunes or iOS you can continue to listen to the Beats1 Radio channel by using the iTunes Radio feature to do so.

Heads up to iDownloadblog for pointing this out.

Reference: OSXDaily


How to Adjust Automatic Renewal of Apple Music Subscription

July 30, 2015

How to Adjust Automatic Renewal of Apple Music Subscription

(via OSX Daily)


2013 — The year that was

February 10, 2014

I was accorded with unaccountable blessings in 2013. The most memorable ones are the travels I made. One of which was a 5-day trip to Istanbul and a 3-day trip to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Imagine not spending a single cent from my pocket for the journeys. Everything was being sponsored. I hope 2014 will bring me more such blessings. On that score I wish all readers (albeit a little late) a “Happy and Prosperous New Year 2014”. Better late than never, huh?

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Happy New Year 2013!

December 31, 2012

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Happy New Year 2013!
May this new year bring us happiness, prosperity and peace all over the world!


Happy New Year 2013!

December 31, 2012

Happy New Year 2013!

Wishing all friends and readers a Happy New Year 2013! May this year brings us good fortune, prosperity and the best of health. Amin!

★ ˛ •. HAPPY ★ • ★ ° ˛. ★ ★ NEW YEAR 2013 *. *. ° ˛ ˚ ★ • ★ HAPPY ° ˛. NEW YEAR 2013 *
★ ★ ˛˛ • ˛ • ˚ * HAPPY ★ ° ˛˛ * ★ • *• NEW YEAR 2013

We bade 2012 farewell. We welcome 2013!


A verse was reason enough for an atheist to become a Muslim

December 3, 2012

Many verses have been direct reasons for idolaters to became Muslims at early era of Islam, during the time of the revelation of the Qur’an. Today these verses still have the same power to touch non-Muslims hearts and minds. Should we Muslims humble our hearts to Allah, too…

This atheist was denying the existence of God and mock at those who believe.

He was proud of his disbelief and being an atheist, he always say: “If Allah exists, why He does not show up himself?”

Allah willing to teach him an unexpectedly lesson.

So, he dreamt as if he were drowning and at the moment he came close to death he found himself screaming: “O God!”

He woke up upon his cry, both his body and the deep of himself were shaking. He was astonished, whispering to himself: “how could it be! how could I feel the presence of God while I’m Ultra-atheist?”

The next day the same scene repeated in his dream, and he resorts to God the moment he is about to get drowned, and he woke up frightened, but intended to read the Qur’an.

To his astonishment, he was going through a verse describing himself drowning and resorts only to God to save him!

He has never expected to read such a meaning in the Qur’an!:

“And when harm touches you upon the sea, those that you call upon vanish from you except Him (Allah Alone). But when He brings you safe to land, you turn away (from Him). And man is ever ungrateful. (“—Al-Israa, verse 67).

He said at once, “O, these words couldn’t be issued by a man who lived 1400 years ago in  a desert, didn’’t even sail even once during his lifetime. How could a man like him describe exactly the feelings for who ever was drowning. O, Allah, he is a truthful prophet. Sincere in his claim”.

This verse was the reason he became a Muslim. Praise be to Allah for the blessing of Islam.

Dear brother in faith, please share this article, hoping it will be a reason for guidance to anyone reading it, Allah willing.