Posts Tagged ‘apple’

App Store and iTunes is down

February 5th, 2016 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

sad apple logo App Store and iTunes is downThere’s been a fair amount of complaining on social media, about Apple’s various outlets being down. One problem sees users being told that they’ve been frozen out of their iTunes account, being asked to validate their details, only to find they still can’t get in.

Other services are on the blink too, with problems arising with the App Store, iTunes Store, Mac App Store, Apple TV, iBooks Store, iTunes in the Cloud, iTunes Match and the Volume Purchase Program. Looks like there’s issues with some iCloud services too.

People have also been reporting problems with iMessage too.

So, basically, if you’ve been trying to buy stuff through Apple, or update your apps, and been having a nightmare with it all, don’t worry yourself unduly – it isn’t just you. Of course, it is really irritating, but at least there’s a load of you that have fallen foul of it, rather than something being wrong with your account.

If you look on DownDetector, you can see that this is a global problem across multiple Apple services. There’s no word on what’s happening yet, but it is safe to assume that Apple are trying to get it all fixed as quickly as possible.

Three new Apple devices next month?

February 3rd, 2016 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

apple Three new Apple devices next month?Do you like spending money on Apple gadgets? Well, you’re in luck, because it looks like there’s going to be three new things you can buy in March - the iPhone 5SE, the iPad Air 3 and a new version of the Apple Watch.

Some rumours are so specific, that the date for the new devices is March 15th, so if you like watching glitchy livefeeds of Apple events, you should mark the date in your diary. Or not. No-one’s forcing you. Of course, it might just be an announcement, rather than Apple showing off their new wares, so don’t get your hopes up.

The new phone is rumoured to be the iPhone 5SE, the 6C, or a 7 Mini, depending on who you’re listening to, and it’ll be a new entry level phone, to replace the 5C. You can assume it’ll be lighter, faster, have a better camera, and all the usual things you’d expect from an updated handset.

It should act as a teaser for the iPhone 7, which is due to hit the shelves some time in September of this year.

As for the iPad Air 3, quite a few people thought that we’d see that just before Christmas. Again, it’ll be an updated version of a previous model, and will be lighter, thinner, and will have improved speakers – possibly something tied in with Beats.

The new Apple Watch won’t be a huge change from previous models, apart from some new software and no doubt, a load of new straps you can buy for it. There’s talk of a FaceTime-camera being built into the smartwatch.

Obviously, these are all just unconfirmed mutterings, which will be met with a mixture of excitement from Apple fans, jaded sighs from people who think Apple isn’t as good as it used to be, and outright anger from people who don’t like Apple at all. It wouldn’t be Apple if it wasn’t for all three.

Alphabet topples Apple

February 2nd, 2016 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

alphabet 300x149 Alphabet topples AppleWho is the most valuable company in the world? Well, if you’re able to deduce things from headlines, you will have guessed that Alphabet Inc are now top of the pile, knocking Apple from the top spot.

If you’re all ‘Alphabwho?’, then remember, that’s what Google changed their name to.

Why should some arbitrary list be of any importance? Well, there is something to be said about being top of this list. Once upon a time, IBM were top, who were then surpassed by Microsoft, who were in turn toppled by Apple, who have now been replaced by Alphabet.

Looking at that list, you can see how certain companies just start to fall out of favour, and given that Google and Apple were once best buds, before falling out over the development of the Android platform, this could be seen as something of a power shift.

Of course, this meant that Alphabet shares shot up this week, and in total is worth $568 billion, while Apple are worth $535 billion.

There’s been numerous analysts and reports, saying that Apple’s appeal is softening of late, and that they’re not shifting the amount of phones they once did. One problem market for Apple is China, where they’re just not that interested in new iPhones and the like.

Google/Alphabet meanwhile, have been doing a roaring trade since the restructuring of the company, while Apple seem to have spent half their time in court with Samsung and other.

Alphabet are hoping that Google’s search engine carries on being as popular, as well as YouTube videos, and not to mention the imminent self-driving cars, the mysterious X research division which does all the secret, weird stuff, and the smart-home thingy, Nest. They’ve got a lot of irons in the fire, and people seem to be responding to that.

The scrap between Apple and Alphabet is on!

Apple to go into virtual reality?

February 1st, 2016 1 Comment By Mof Gimmers

apple Apple to go into virtual reality?All the tech firms are looking giddily toward a world of virtual reality, and Apple are no different. There’s rumours that they’ve got a secret team working on VR and augmented reality headsets, in a big to take on HTC Vive, Sony’s efforts, and the Microsoft Hololens.

Of course, there’s also Facebook’s Oculus, so this is not a bunch of small-fry hobbyists making their way into this field. However, any involvement from Apple means that there’s going to be increased interest in new technologies.

This follows Apple honcho Tim Cook, praising VR, saying that it is ‘not niche’ and does have ‘some really interesting applications’. Like their other forays into wearable technology, such as the Apple Watch, it looks like the company are going to let everyone else go first to see what the take-up is like, and then, if there’s interest, they’ll swoop in with their own product.

There’s a lot of money to be made in this field – Sony’s PlayStation headset is going to cost around £300, which is more expensive than the console you’ll be using it with. If people go crazy for VR and augmented reality, then the companies that get it right, or have a loyal fanbase, stand to coin it in!

This is the year when things are really going to hot up, and get pushed in this area, so don’t be surprised if Apple start making a lot of noise about it soon.

Product Recall: Apple AC wall plug adapter

January 29th, 2016 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

affected adapter Product Recall: Apple AC wall plug adapterApple are doing a product recall for some of their AC wall plug adapters. These a devices that have been used in “continental Europe” as well as Argentina, Australia, Brazil, New Zealand and South Korea.

Apple say: “In very rare cases, affected Apple two-prong wall plug adapters may break and create a risk of electrical shock if touched. These wall plug adapters shipped with Mac and certain iOS devices between 2003 and 2015 and were also included in the Apple World Travel Adapter Kit. Apple is aware of 12 incidents worldwide.”

Now, they say that this won’t affect any chargers that have been designed for use in Ireland, Britain, the US “or any Apple USB power adapters”.

If you live outside of any of these places, or just want to double-check, the affected adapter is pictured above, or if you prefer, you can click here to see all the details of the recall, and obviously, there’s information about what you need to do to get a replacement.

 

Safari is down, knackered, and not working

January 27th, 2016 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

sad apple logo Safari is down, knackered, and not workingIf you’ve been wondering why you can’t open Safari on your Mac or your iPhone today, let us tell you – it isn’t working. There’s a bug that has busted it for everyone, and looks like it is affecting all versions of iOS and OS X.

It seems that on the iPhone, the browser keeps crashing, and on OS X, Safari is locking up. Some people are not experiencing this, but many are. Presumably, they can’t read this article, so let us take this opportunity to slag them off, by commenting about the size of their nose and how much they smell like the inside of a cheap pie.

If you want to fix the issue, go to the settings on your iPhone, hit Safari and disable ‘Search Engine Suggestions’, and hopefully, you’ll be able to launch your browser.

As for a temporary work around For Mac OS, you need to disable ‘Include search engine suggestions’, which you’ll find in the Safari preferences, and ‘Search’.

Apple say: “We are currently experiencing a global outage with Safari and working to get this resolved for everyone.

This is not related to the story we wrote yesterday, about the prank site ‘CrashSafari’, but if you want mess with some Apple users after this problem is fixed by making their browser crash again, you know what to do.

apple So, the new iPhone wont have a headphone jack thenYou only have to mention a rumour about a new iPhone, and someone will start yelling about ‘fanboys who will buy anything’, or someone bemoaning about ‘clickbait’ articles. Apple do that to people. That’s why they’re really rich.

Either way, the biggest rumour surrounding the next iPhone they release, concerns a lack of headphone port. This’ll be annoying for a lot of people if it turns out to be true, because it means they’ll have to buy new, special headphones for the occasion.

And the mutterings won’t go away – an iPhone jailbreaker found a reference in the iOS 9.3 beta software which says “Headphones.have.%sinput.NO.”, which is obviously irrefutable proof that Apple are doing away with the usual socket. Obviously.

Please note, ‘irrefutable’ was used sarcastically in the previous paragraph, and shouldn’t be read literally. It could be spot-on though, which means Bluetooth headphones or special ones that work with the Lightning port, would be needed to listen to music through your iPhone. Handily enough, Apple own Beats, who make headphones.

Of course, there’s a lot of complaints about this, and even an online petition (which as we know, fixes everything), but obviously, Apple are rather good at keeping things secret, so we’ll have to wait until we’re closer to the release of the new iPhone, before we get a proper idea of what’s going on.

Is this what the new iPhone looks like?

January 21st, 2016 4 Comments By Mof Gimmers

There’s a lot of talk about the new iPhone getting rid of the headphone jack. Well, there’s a video that’s appeared which shows off what could be the new iPhone, and a look at what could be featured in iOS 10.

No news of the headphone jack though.

While this is a concept, rather than a leak from Apple themselves, there’s a lot of new features on the device – a lot of which already exist, especially those who use Android, but let us not get into a pointless slanging match about operating servers, as that’s the lamest bit of tribalism since people took sides in the Glam Rock wars.

Anyway, here’s the video.

The home button featured in this video is the coolest thing, with gesture control features so you don’t have to open your phone properly to access stuff. It also vanishes when you’re not using it.

“This is not to be taken as an iPhone 7 leak, but rather as a design study that allows for fantasy and creativity to take over,” said Steven at iPhone-Tricks. “It is purely hypothetical and aims to please your inner Apple geek. However, we do think that our design concept is pretty realistic and might be close to the real iPhone 7, as we have taken multiple recent rumours into account.”

So, it looks like a Samsung Edge phone, and features a homescreen which is more customisable. If you’re an iPhone fan, is this the kind of thing you’d like to see Apple doing?

How to fix your iPhone battery nonsense

January 19th, 2016 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

apple logo How to fix your iPhone battery nonsenseHave you been having grief with your iPhone 6s and 6s Plus phones? Has the battery indicator been doing your head in?

Well, Apple have explained what’s going on, saying that the battery life indicator is showing a higher percentage than the battery actually has. Don’t worry though – there’s a quick fix you can do, and we’re going to tell you how to do it.

Ready? First off, restart your iPhone. Then, when it is back on, go to Settings, then General, and then go to Date & Time. Make sure that Set Automatically is turned on. And that should be it. If you want to make extra sure, then restart your iPhone twice, so it can detect the right timezone, and it should be fine after that.

Seems like a nonsense that you should have to do that, but there you go. It seems to fix the problem, which is software based according to Apple. Quite why the battery indicator and timezone of your phone are connected, is another matter.

Either way, this came to everyone’s attention after a number of iPhone owners started complaining about it online, saying that their iPhone 6s and 6s Plus models were running out of juice much faster than the battery indicator was showing. At least this isn’t a problem with the battery itself, as that would be a pain to sort out and live with.

Apple haven’t found a permanent solution yet, but we can assume they’re working on it, now they’ve acknowledged the problem and say they’re aware of the complaints. Until then, follow the instructions above.

iTunes Radio ditching free access

January 18th, 2016 4 Comments By Mof Gimmers

apple iTunes Radio ditching free accessHave you been enjoying iTunes Radio for free? Well, not for long, as Apple are changing things up.

Some people will have received an email, telling them that free iTunes Radio stations will soon not be available – on the 28th January to be precise. Now, these algorithm-generated channels will still be available, but now, they’ll be part of Apple Music, and that requires a subscription.

You’ll still be able to listen to the Beats 1 radio station without subscribing, but you can’t customise that, which might bother some users.

If you’ve been enjoying iTunes Radio, and want to keep using it, then you’re going to have to cough-up £10 per month, although, if you’re a new user, you can get a three month trial for free.

If that doesn’t tickle your pickle, then you can still use Spotify’s free, ad-supported thing, where you can listen to music on desktop and via mobile (although that gives you limited access) and Google Play Music has their free, advert-filled radio stations too. So you’ve got options, if you’re not really prepared to stump-up a subscription.

There’s always normal radio stations too, if this all sounds like a faff, or listening to mixes on Mixcloud. Either way, you won’t be using iTunes Radio for free for very much longer.

Apple to make it easier to move to Android

January 11th, 2016 1 Comment By Mof Gimmers

apple android Apple to make it easier to move to AndroidIt has been reported that Apple are working on a thing that will make it easier for you to move from Apple to Android. Of course, this isn’t a gesture of goodwill, and neither are Apple doing it because they’ll cockily assume that no-one would ever want to do such a thing, but rather, it comes from pressure from European telecom operators.

So, in the future, it should be pretty easy to migrate yourself from iOS to Android.

You may know about the Move app, which Apple released last year, which let Android users easily transfer their data to iPhone. Now, it looks like they’re opening the channel the other way too.

Now, with Apple having so many people tied up in their ecosystem, it is interesting to see Apple giving users an easy way out. That said, Apple haven’t released this app yet, and it might not even see the light of day.

Either way, telecom companies would like to see more movement between the two systems, as it will increase their bargaining power with Google and Apple. We also don’t know how many iPhone users actually want this, but while Apple are getting it in the neck from the people who help them to sell phones, they’ll have to keep working on it.

More news of release dates and the like, when it happens.

If you want to migrate from iPhone to Android, and can’t wait for Apple to get this service out, then there’s a good guide on how you can do it yourself, here.

Apple want to scan your face for emotions

January 8th, 2016 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

apple Apple want to scan your face for emotionsThose crazy swine at Apple are up to something, and it involves your emotional state. Seems like the phone vendor would like to be able to read your emotions through your devices. How? Well, they’ve bought a company that uses facial-recognition technology to read your feelings.

If you’re sad, or amused, or thoroughly jaded, your Apple Watch might be able to understand it.

Apple has acquired Emotient, which is an American start-up which is able to detect the slightest changes in your expressions, which aims to determine what your emotions are. The company refers to itself as “the leader in emotion detection and sentiment analysis based on facial expressions”.

Seems a bit creepy.

We’re not sure how you make money from this, but we can assume Apple have seen a goldmine in something to do with advertising, as that’s where the cash is. Maybe they’d sell user information on how happy, disgusted or whatever, a user’s response is to commercials and product placements. Who knows?

Just last year, Emotient said that they were planning to develop software for Google Glass, which would let people who work in shops see how customers respond to them. You can assume that means bosses could see if the assistants were making people happy or not, rather than the assistant themselves, not being able to trust their own eyes.

Apple confirmed the deal, saying that they “buy smaller technology companies from time to time”, and left it at that. Like we said – Apple – they’re up to summat.

Apple pay out £235m to settle tax probe

December 30th, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

apple Apple pay out £235m to settle tax probeApple have paid £235m to Italian authorities, to settle a dispute with them over allegations of sidestepping tax. The tech behemoth was being probed after allegedly failing to declare over a billion euros (£700m), according to a report by Italy’s La Repubblica newspaper.

A spokesperson for the tax office said that the report was accurate, but didn’t give any more details on the case. Either way, this all came after negotiations which have been going on for months, and Italian authorities asked for the full amount relating to tax years from 2008-13.

Apple Italia is part of the tech giant’s European wing, which is based in Ireland and has one of the lowest levels of corporation tax in the EU. Of course, these arrangements (or similar) are being enjoyed by a number of huge companies, and is part of a big controversy about the taxes paid by multi-nationals.

Google and Starbucks have been under a lot of fire for their arrangements, which are legal, but to many, are irritating.

Apple’s gaffer Tim Cook is not impressed with all these accusations. Recently, he referred to the furore as “political crap” and was adamant that “we pay every tax dollar we owe.”

This won’t be the last of these court cases we see, that’s for sure.

How to… free up space on your iPhone

December 15th, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

how to expert 300x300 How to... free up space on your iPhoneThese days, everyone seems to be a techie, and when you ask them for help with something, they’d rather scoff at you than help. So, to those who find this advice searingly obvious, you pat yourself on the back and go back to your smirk.

For the rest of you, who didn’t learn all that stuff – here’s a thing that might help you: if your iPhone is getting too full and it is causing you bother, here’s some great ways of freeing up space on it, so you can stop swearing at your handset.

These are all super easy to do, so don’t worry!

Lose Pointless Apps

We’ve all got apps on our phones that we never use. Do you really need Facebook’s ‘Pages’ app? Their apps are pretty large, and could be eating up your storage space. Likewise, do you have a bunch of games that you used to play, but haven’t touched them in yonks? Well, get rid of them! Uninstall them! Delete iPhone apps by tapping and holding an app’s icon, and it’ll ‘wiggle’. Hit the ‘X’ that pops up, and woosh, you’re done.

Cloud Storage

Are you storing a load of stuff in the cloud that you’re not bothered about? Well, go to Settings, then General, then Storage and iCloud usage. Under Manage Storage, you’ll be able to see everything that’s hogging up your phone. There, you’ll probably find out that iPlayer is taking up a lot of space (don’t need it? Bin it) and photographs. Go through your Photo Library and delete all the ones you don’t need anymore.

You might have a load of music on there that you don’t listen to anymore, or remember, if you have Apple Music, you can stream everything from there with WiFi or 4G. That way, you won’t have a load of tracks weighing your phone down.

Clear Your RAM

You can also clear your phone’s RAM to make everything quicker. While your phone is unlocked, hold down on the top power button until the ‘slide to power off’ slider appears, and then hold down the bottom home button for five seconds. If you’ve done it correctly, your home screen will reappear, and your phone’s RAM will be cleaned out!

Careful Of Newsstand Apps

If you have a load of digital subscriptions with Apple, some mags don’t auto-delete old issues. If you get the Metro delivered to your phone, they save everything, forever. That is GB’s worth of stuff that you don’t need! Easy way to lose all those is, don’t delete individual papers, but rather, delete the app.

Auto-Delete Old Messages

Old messages can really clog up your phone, so you can set up your messages to auto-delete in iOS 8. Go to Settings, then Messages, and then hit Keep Messages. You can toggle the settings there, for 30 days, or a year. Toggle the settings for Audio and Video messages too. Get those to expire after a couple of minutes.

Apple TV pause live television

December 10th, 2015 1 Comment By Mof Gimmers

apple Apple TV pause live televisionApple were all set to start offering a live internet-based TV service, which is kinda fancy… but they’ve decided to knock it on the head for the time being, instead, focusing on being a platform for companies to sell directly to customers through its App Store.

Everyone’s getting into television, now that Netflix has been such a hit! Even Amazon are making TV shows (which don’t look very good, but what are you going to do?).

Of course, Apple aren’t getting rid of the notion completely, but basically, their plan to sell a package of 14 or so channels for $30 a month has not been wholly welcomed by media companies, as they all seem to want more money from Apple for their shows.

Over in America, pay-TV bundles cost an average of $85 per month, so Apple have got wiggle room to charge more if they want to, as it doesn’t look like the TV companies are going to budge any time soon. CBS chief executive officer Les Moonves thinks it’ll all work out eventually. He said at the Business Insider Ignition conference: “This will happen. It has four major networks and 10 cable networks, let’s say, and the price point will be in the $30s, $30 to $35, $40 maybe. People will not be spending money on channels they don’t want to watch.”

While Apple tangle with the TV stations, they can open the App Store up for developers, so customers can be sold to directly. That’s just selling apps though, isn’t it? Just like every other platform.

Apple will be aware that they need to work fast, as Amazon are also looking at their own live TV service.