Recent Problems for Apple Inc with Devices and Updates:
The launch of Apple's iPhone 6 was an extravagent affair, as always, but many users reported problems with their new smartphones. The most famous term for the issue is "bend-gate", with numerous customers indicating that their iPhone 6 would bend it too much pressure was applied to it.
Several websites began tracking "bend-gate" claims on social media websites. There were some claims that close to 200 iPhone 6 devices had suffered from extreme bending when placed under the wrong kind of stress.
The issue of bending with the iPhone 6 came when users would sit down with the phone in their pocket. Apple countered the claims by indicating that only nine people had contacted their customer service team with the bending issue.
iOS 8.1 Battery Issues:
A lot of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users reported that their phone's battery was being drained at a dramatic rate. These users also said their phone would be hot to touch when they were barely using it, which almost never happens with Apple devices.
It turns out that a glitch in the Apple App system was causing several background apps to run unauthorized. These apps not only drained the battery unnecessarily, but also caused the CPU to work in overdrive. When a couple of hard resets are performed to these devices, they return to normal function and battery life.
iOS 8.1 WiFi Issues:
Apple's latest iPhone OS may offer some great features, but users were struggling to connect to Wi-Fi networks when it first came out. Many iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users said that their home Wi-Fi, which works fine with other devices, was suffering from connection problems.
Most Wi-Fi issues could be resolved by reseting all the connections, while some problems required tinkering with the DNS settings.
iOS 8.1 Safari Web Browser Issues:
Safari seems to be the root cause of a lot of problems on iOS 8.1. Users of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus said that their web browser would often get stuck on specific pages. The browser would take minutes to load a page that should be done in seconds, especially when a Wi-Fi connection was established.
Safari would also create a huge memory cache in some instances, which would use up a lot of RAM and slow down the entire phone.
Yosemite Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Issues:
A lot of users complained that they were suffering from Wi-Fi connectivity problems as soon as they upgraded to Yosemite. The Yosemite slow down stemmed from the new interface was having trouble recognizing their default Wi-Fi connection. In other cases, Yosemite would connect to the Wi-Fi but operate at an unusual and incredibly slow speed.
Bluetooth issues also emerged with the latest upgrade for Macs. A lot of users took to social media and internet forums to complain about the lack of Bluetooth connectivity on their devices. Connecting accessories, phones and other devices to their Macs was no longer possible with Yosemite.
Apple eventually found fixes for both the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth issues, but the PR damage was done by then.
Yosemite Mail and Notification Center Problems:
Users also reported that their Apple Mail application was struggling to perform with its regular efficiency after the Yosemite update. Some users said that their accounts were not recognized, mail would not download, or their password was not being accepted. Most of these problems could be corrected by unchecking the "Automatically detect account settings" button, which was causing Yosemite to make unauthorized changes to outgoing and incoming mail servers.
Another issue that erupted with Yosemite was related to the Notification Center. Several Mac users reported on Apple's official forums that they could not save the changes made to the Notification Center. Changes would save during the existing boot, but every time they restarted the computer those changes would be gone. Apple eventually provided a complicated "two reboot" solution to the problem.
Yosemite Slow Speed Issues:
A general lack of speed was the most common issue reported about Yosemite. Apple upgrades often cause slight decreases in speed, but a lot of users reported a light and day difference in their Mac's performance.
Some people's computer took at least five minutes to wake up from sleep mode, when Apple Macs usually wake up within seconds. This problem was reportedly related to automatic upgrades being downloaded and installed correctly.
There were other speed issues reported in relation to Safari, the Notification Center and general graphics performance. People were unhappy about the performance of their Mac when they watched high definition video, had a lot of Safari tabs open, or played high end graphics games. Things that were working perfectly fine on the previous Mac OS were stuttering on Yosemite. Some of these speed issues have been resolved, but some still remain a problem.
iGO Electric has taken to Kickstarter to raise the $100,000 they need to create and manufacture their new all terrain iGO Electric FatBike.
The iGO Electric FatBike has been specifically designed to provide the ultimate mid-drive electronic off-road bicycle and iGO hopes to take their eight years of ebike building experience to the next level. Watch the video the team has created below to learn more about their Electric FatBike project.
Features of the iGO Electric FatBike include : MPF Drive 5.2, multifunctional display to provide constant updates on the drive system and 432WH Panasonic battery capacity, together with a 2×10 SRAM Drivetrain to name a few. The team behind the project explains :
“After 8 years of building a wide range of ebikes, we were ready to take our passion and experience tothe next level. It was time to develop a high-performance, multi-terrain, super-tough FatBike. In other words, the ideal electric bike.
We wanted our FatBike to not only engage current riders, but attract new riders who never would have considered owning a performance ebike. With our experience in the ebike business, along with real-world customer feedback, we began to design a new line of high performance cycles. And they would have to not only compete with the best, but be the best.
To build bikes that meet the needs of North American riders, it only made sense to build them right here in North America. So every new FatBike will be engineered, assembled and packaged in our state-of-the-art facility in Montreal. These bikes are going to excite people.”
The SolarHug Bracelet project is currently over on the Kickstarter crowd funding website looking to raise $110,000 in pledges to make the jump from concept to production.
“What makes it special is a built-in flexible solar panel that allows the device to produce its own energy. In fact, it is kind of ‘private power plant’ right on your wrist, close to the devices that you can use and charge in the same moment.
The surface of the gadget is large enough to charge the bracelet even if you can not see the sun itself. You can even charge it indoors if the light is strong enough. Besides that, if exposed to the Sun it charges continuously. SolarHug is not covered by solar panel as you knew it before. Our solar panel is almost indestructible and flexible.”
The Samsung ChatOn messaging service is going to be shut down next year, Samsung has officially confirmed that the service will be shut down on the 1st of February 2015.
Samsung will shot down ChatOn in every country expect the U.S. on the first of February next year, the company has not given an exact date on when the service will close in the U.S.
The Samsung ChatOn messaging service will apparently be closed in the U.S. by the end of quarter one 2015, so that would be at the end of March at the latest, you can see a statement from Samsung below.
On February 1, 2015, ChatON will be discontinued in all markets except the United States, as we strive to meet evolving consumer needs by focusing on our core services. We remain committed to offering services that cater to our consumers’ lifestyles and add value to their everyday lives.
The other day Apple stopped selling its devices in Russia, the news came after major currencyfluctuations in Russia, and now the company has increased its App store prices.
The prices of apps in the Apple App store has now been changed in line with the current exchange ratebetween the Ruble and the Dollar.
Prices off apps in Russia are now up some 100 percent on where they were previously, and a $0.99 app now costs 62 rubles in Russia.
Apple’s online store in Russia is still offline, and Apple is apparently reviewing its pricing of its products in line with the current currency fluctuations, as yet there are no details on when the devices will go onsale again.
Source App Advice
Instagram recently announced that they had hit 300 million monthly active users, the company also announced that they planned to delete fake or spam accounts.
The company has now deleted all of the fake and spam accounts, and a number of Instagramers, including some celebrities have lost a lot of followers.
Instagram have removed accounts that were either spam accounts or ones that violated the company’s terms of service, their own follower count dropped by some 18 million.
Celebrities like Justin Bieber lost 3.5 million followers, Kim Kardashian lost 1.3 million followers and Beyonce lost 830,000 followers, and web developer Zach Allia has created a list of the top 100 accounts, and now many followers they lost, you can see full details here.
It appears that a lot of people are upset about loosing their followers, and some people have seen massive drops, including some celebrities, Ma$e went from 1.6 million followers to just $100,000, and then decided to delete his account.
Source The Verge
Many gamers have been waiting eagerly for this one. They needed time for the title to be prepared for PC and now the wait is over. Right in schedule, Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes for PC has been released and it is available right now through Steam.
Until now, the title was available only on consoles like PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. But now PC players get to join in on the fun.
This is the second MG title to be released for PC after Metal Gear Rising a few months ago. And since it is available, you’ll want to go get it and get playing. Gamers will play as Snake and will have to break into a Cuban military base to rescue hostages. If you haven’t played it yet, now is your chance to see if it lives up to the hype. This game is the first time that 4K compatibility has been used in the Metal Gear Solid series, so I think you will enjoy it visually for sure. MGS: Ground Zeroes for PC is on Steam for only $19.99.
The Grand Theft Auto universe is getting some new additions this week. One is a Holiday Fun update to Grand Theft Auto V, the other a platform-first. The latter is Grand Theft Auto Chinatown Wars, which will be heading to Android devices. The game was previously released for Xbox and PlayStation consoles and iOS for iPhone and iPad. Now it is available on Android smartphones, tablets, Amazon Fire TV, and Google Nexus Player. GTA fans rocking Android will be very busy this week.
Chinatown Wars is also being updated for iOS devices, where it will get new “highly customizable” touchscreen controls and work with physical controllers from the get go. It also features a full “Retina Display” resolution of iOS and “high resolution widescreen display” for new Android and Amazon Fire devices.
The other bit of news is that Grand Theft Auto V’s Grand Theft Auto Online system has a “Festive Surprise” for players. All residents of Los Santos will be able to get a new set of weapons, gear, vehicles, and snow. Enough snow to make snowballs and have a snowball fight. A number of fixes to the game will also accompany those goodies. The Snow Days are rare, but they’ll pop up when you’re least expecting them and you can have a snowball fight.
App or Widget? How to Tell the Difference
A new smartphone is a blank slate, a tiny package full of possibilities just waiting to be tailored to your individual needs. Customizing your smartphone starts with downloading useful apps and widgets to give your device the features you’ll use every day such as games, a coupon app or social media utilities. However, many people do not know the difference between an app and a widget, and although the distinction isn’t severe, not knowing it can cause significant confusion when setting up your new smartphone.
Short for “application,” a mobile app is a computer program designed to run on smartphones, tablets and other internet-connected devices. They are most commonly available though distribution services such as Google Play and Apple’s App Store, and can be free or paid.
An app can be aimed at productivity, functionality or entertainment, and the term “app” represents the full functionality of a program from its main content to any peripheral features such as search, posting and activation. Opening an app results in a new screen in most cases, temporarily changing the primary function of the smartphone to the primary function of the app.
While an app is a full computer program intended for use with a smartphone, a widget is a very simple interactive extension of the app designed to provide quick access to its most essential features. Some widgets also offer access to the full app, but the option to do so can usually be turned on and off by the user.
Widgets are most commonly found on the home screen of a device to serve as an extra control button for the most frequently used apps, usually representing functions such as turning Wi-Fi on and off or quickly setting an alarm. These widgets can be activated quickly without the need of opening an app, making them ideal for basic functions. Check out the new packages available for the new iphone at http://www.iinet.net.au/phone/mobile-phones/handsets/iphone-6/
A widget can also form a heads-up display for critical information contained within an app, placing updates front and center without having to activate the full app. Examples of this kind of widget include user-set clock and calendar displays on a home screen or a 5-day forecast from a weather app. Widgets such as these make using apps more convenient by ensuring the most important information is available at a glance.
Widgets make apps more intuitive to use by allowing the user to perform one of its most important functions as quickly as possible. The difference between an app and a widget is fairly subtle, but being aware of it is the best way to unlock the full potential of your smartphone.
3D printing company 3D Systems has helped disabled Derby the Dog run with the aid of 3D printed prosthetic front limbs using 3D System’s ProJet 5500X multi-material printing technology, that has been specifically designed to provide comfort and speed.
The new 3D printed prosthetic front limbs enabled Derby to run down the street for the first time, after being born with a congenital deformity, characterised by small forearms and no front paws. Watch the video after the jump to learn more about the 3D printed prosthetic project and see Derby in action.
“Until now, only able to get around on soft surfaces. Hard surfaces, like sidewalks, cause severe abrasions on his front extremities. Having fostered Derby through the dog rescue group Peace and Paws in Hillsborough, N.H., Tara Anderson decided to help. Tara, as a 3D Systems employee, knew that 3D printing afforded an unmatched level of design freedom, functionality and speed. Using 3D technology, she knew it would be possible to rapidly design and manufacture prosthetics customized to Derby’s morphology.
Marshaling help from Derrick Campana, a certified Orthotist at Animal Ortho Care in Chantilly, VA, and 3DS designers, Kevin Atkins and Dave DiPinto, data of Derby’s forearms and 3D scan data of a cup design, created by Campana, were used to create the 3D design. The team utilized Geomagic Freeform, 3DS’ digital sculpting platform, which allowed them to create perfect organic shapes and smooth curves for Derby’s shape.
The ProJet 5500X delivers multi-material 3D printing in a single build, so Tara and the designers could build complete prosthetics with comfortable cups in rubber and rigid spokes and base. Ready in a few hours, the prosthetics were shipped to Derby for testing.”
Source: 3D Systems : i09
The Solofy Mesh One backpack comes with an output of 10 Watts (2A), and it can be used to charge a wide range of gadgets, the developers are raising €3,200 on Kickstarter to but the device into production.
The goal was to create a lightweight, foldable backpack with a low profile and a unique design, focusing on simplicity yet providing function. Something that incorporates easily into everyday use without requiring attention or concern. Solofy Mesh One is built for adventure, it handles weather very well and provides the required power to sustain the recharging needs of iPads, iPhones and any other USB chargeable device. The limitations of previous solar backpacks do not apply as Solofy Mesh One aims to provide a no compromise solution. Charge quick and efficiently while securing devices in the water resistant tough mesh fabric, inside its 12L capacity.
You can find out more details about the Solofy Mesh One solar backpack over at Kickstarter at the link below, the device is available for €119 or $149.
Users of the MTV Android and iOS applications will be pleased to know that the new update has been rolled out this week which brings with it the ability to view MTV live feed footage directly on your iOS or Android smartphone and tablet devices.
Previously the MTV app only allowed users to view the catch up service on mobile devices but from this week MTV viewers can now watch their favourite episodes live.
The latest MTV Live Feed update has added the ability to watch MTV and MTV2 live right from your smartphone and tablet devices allowing users to enjoy TV directly from their mobile devices. The latest update MTV 2.6 released yesterday also brings with it a number of performance tweaks, but fixes and enhancements and is 22.5mb in size. MTV explains :
“Watch MTV shows anytime, anywhere from your favorite Apple or Android device. Just sign in with your TV provider to watch recent episodes from current MTV series including Teen Wolf, Finding Carter, Teen Mom 2, Awkward and more! Access is included with your TV subscription to participating providers. If your provider isn’t listed, don’t panic! We are working hard to get all TV providers to participate.”
For more information on the new MTV Live Feed update jump over to either the Apple iTunes App Store or the Google Play Store website for ability to download and update the free application on your mobile devices.
Source: Engadget : App Store : Google Play
Amazon has launched a new app called Amazon Prime Now, and the new service is exclusive toAmazon Prime members, and it aims to deliver items to you within an hour.
Amazon Prime Now is available in parts of Manhattan at the moment, the company also plans to roll out the app to other cities in the U.S.
The app is designed to let you order ‘essential daily items’, and if you want something delivered within the hour there is a delivery charge of $7.99, although if you can wait up to two hours then delivery us free.
You have better things to do than go to the store. Skip the trip and shop for tens of thousands of daily essentials and gift items through the Amazon Prime Now app. Choose free two-hour delivery or get one-hour delivery for just $7.99. Prime Now is available from 6 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week in select areas of Manhattan.
The Amazon Prime Now app is available for iOS and Android, you can find out more details about this new one hour delivery service over at Amazon at the link below.
Source Amazon, The Next Web
Google has released a new version of their Inbox by Gmail app for Android and the latest version of the application comes with a range of new features.
The updated Inbox by Gmail app is now compatible with Google’s Android Wear platform, and you can now read emails, mark them as read and reply from your Android wear device.
As well as some performance and improvements and bug fixes, the latest version of the app also comes with an update and improved versions specifically for tablets.
• Improved tablet experience
• Works with Android Wear—view messages, mark as done and reply without taking out your phone
• Suggestions as you type (or tap!) help you create Reminders faster
Source Google Play
BlackBerry have been teasing their new BlackBerry Classic smartphone over the last few months, the handset is now official and we have all the specifications on this new classic BlackBerry device.
The BlackBerry Classic is equipped with a 3.5 inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 720 x 720 pixels and 294 pixels per inch.
The handset comes with BlackBerry 10 OS and it features 2GB of RAM and 16GB of included storage, there is also a microSD card slot which supports up to 128GB cards.
The new Classic comes with front and rear facing cameras, on the front of the device there is a 2 megapixel camera which can record HD video in 720p, on the back of the device there is an 8 megapixel camera with auto focus, backside illumination, image and video stabilization, 5x digital zoom and the ability to record Full HD video in 1080p.
The BlackBerry Classic features 4G LTE, dual band WiFi, an FM Radio and Bluetooth 4.0 LE, it also comes with NFC and a range of sensors.
The handset is now available to buy in the US and Canada for $449 in the US and $499 in Canada unlocked, it is also headed to a range of mobile carriers, which include AT&T and VErizon in the US, and Bell, Rogers and TELUS.