Mobile Phones

It seems at times that our problems sometimes never go away. However much we strive to transform and overcome difficulties, more problems pop up; the iOS 9 software update is one example. Users are reporting problems with some of the features. Quel horreur, as the French would say. Is it really so terrible? Well, yes, the Apple forum is awash with grumblers; those who have updated report that the “use cellular data” option (called “use mobile data” in the UK) is causing problems. In apps like Spotify, Apple Music, Wallet and other apps that use a data connection in the background, you can stream data over 4G as opposed to just connecting over Wi-Fi when it’s available. After the iOS 9 upgrade, all is not as it should be: the toggle keeps jumping back to off. One user wrote: “The “use cellular data toggle” won’t stay on for Spotify, Apple […]

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Upgrades on operating systems will inevitably throw up bugs despite careful testing. Apple’s iOS9 is no exception with some irritating problems when you download the new OS. 1 Slide To Upgrade Sometimes, nothing happens on sliding on iPhone or iPad. In other words, iOS 9 is installed on a completely unusable device. Apple advise forcing a restart and restoring the device from your back-up – if you made one before you upgraded to iOS 9 At least then you will have a phone or tablet you can use. The big promise from Apple for the future is that it will be fixed but for now, it’s back to the iOS 8. 2 Game Centre doesn’t work Gaming fans have been annoyed that iOS 9 borked their Game Centre – Apple’s app that collates your scores and achievements in games played on your iKit. Opening the Game Centre app, they are […]

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The European Parliament has set a date to end the punitive EU roaming charges, for June 30th 2017. This will come as a welcome relief for travellers, who up until now have been paying premium rates to make, and receive, calls from back home. The ruling has been made after two years of tireless negotiations and backtracking as the European Union battled with EU states worried about the financial impact the move would have on their respective telecom industries. Many of these arguments were made with regard to poorer European countries, who would be hit the hardest by the decision. Proposals to stop roaming were first rumoured back in June. Former vice-president of the EU Commission, Viviane Reding, praised the ruling, saying that: “After 10 years of tireless fighting, roaming is over. A victory for consumers and a stepping stone towards a truly European digital single market.” A set timescale […]

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iOS 9 came to earth only a week ago; like the Eagle, it may have landed but it arrived, alas, with a host of bugs that weren’t exactly popular. Bugs mean problems; problems mean inaccessibility and a phone that comes to a juddering halt. The good news is that Apple has now released an update and hopefully, the bugs have gone to ground. One of the biggest issues that faced users and caused no amount of irritation was that they found that in upgrading to iOS 9 a host of difficulties meant completing the set-up was a no entry zone. The road to nowhere prevented users from being able to manage this first essential step. After that, there is nothing. iOS 9.0.1 will fix the issue. Just like that. It will fix others too. There was the problem of the frame which became mysteriously distorted when a video was paused […]

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  No sooner has the LG G4 been around than along comes the next in line for the throne, the LGG5. It is a mere 5 months since the LG G4 was put on the market and it would appear the incubation period is up as its successor appears. If rumours are to be believed, you can pack your bags, so to speak, with a 20MP camera. A notably reliable source, cited by GforGames, claims it will possess a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and a 20-megapixel camera. It’s not only hatching out, the camera is bursting forth with major improvements. It sends the G4’s 6-megapixel sensor running for cover. As if that isn’t enough to whet the most camera shy appetite, apparently it will also feature a custom 1/2-inch Sony sensor; this is in comparison to a rather tired, more off-the-shelf component sitting rather lazily in other smartphones. The big […]

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The discovery of a patent, filed in July and referring to 3D Force Touch by Apple, has aroused speculation and interest in the world of smartphones. Whilst there is already a bank of knowledge surrounding the latest touch sensitive technology which should appear in the new iPhone 6S, this finding will add fresh insight. The question that might now be on some peoples’ lips is whether it is going to be even more ground breaking? After all, the inclusion of Force Touch in the iPhone 6S has been debated and discussed around the table for a while now. This new finding throws the full spotlight on iPhone 6S as we tentatively await its arrival. The filing, unearthed by Patently Apple, talks about touch pressure on the screen in terms of the “sum of three components.” This reference equates to the measurement of force needed to be applied to the screen […]

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The countdown has closed and the next iPhone is here; the 2015 arrivals are landing after Apple held its press conference on September 9th. Apple did not send out the usual guessing game signals as in the past when sending out invitations to its launch event; there were none of the often expected text hints either that were meant to tempt and set the gossip ablaze. Instead, came the call for the Apple team to demand of the iPhone’s Siri voice service if there were any more tasty titbits of news to be garnered about the features of the phone, other than just the showcasing event. However, if you were so bold as to ask, you would have received the equivalent of a voiceover headshake; after this would come the graceful acknowledgement of ignorance whereupon you would be firmly re-directed to an iPhone rumours blog. This would have given you […]

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