Wednesday, September 20, 2017

iPhone X Puts Exclamation Point on Apple's Pricing Strategy

Last Wednesday, Tim Cook, again disguised as Steve Jobs and with the Beatles as a soundtrack, featured the 3 new iPhones of the Cupertino company. Among them, the expected iPhone X that Cook himself defined as the "smartphone of the next decade." A terminal that in hardware does not present anything new (infinite screen, facial recognition or dual camera are present in most terminals of the high range) and although the software was always the strong, the question that the market is asking is whether it will be sufficiently deferential to justify the huge price difference with its competitors and even with other terminals of the company: the iPhone X costs 250 euros more than iPhone8 and 140 more than the iPhone8 plus, also presented on Wednesday. The answer seems quite simple: it does not matter. Apple has created a product that will not be bought for its hardware or software

As much as Cook disguises himself, his Apple has nothing to do with Jobs. The one that once was a company of disruptive innovation is today a company of marketing and commercial strategy. The most daring, disruptive and innovative of iPhone X is its price; not only because it is the most expensive terminal ever launched by the company (by far), but by an international pricing policy with differences that can exceed 33%. True, this policy is not new to Apple that seems to have prices for ready and for fools in which Spain is in the second group. Buying an iPhone X in Barcelona, Madrid or Bilbao will cost 30% more than doing it in Chicago, New York or Tokyo.

This data could indicate that the iPhone X positions itself as a smartphone in certain markets (USA or Japan for example) that must compete in price with its rivals but that in other markets, what it wants to be is a product of luxury out of price elasticity laws. Apple seems determined to show that in countries like China, India, Spain or Italy the price increase does not suppose a decrease in demand; the iPhone as a paradigm of the inelastic good that economists say. In other words, Apple is convinced that a very significant part of its customers will continue to buy their products regardless of the price of these.

How to explain that the price of iPhone X in India is 30% higher than in Japan or the US when purchasing power is vastly lower? Simple. In Japan or the USA, the iPhone X is a phone for those who value their performance. In India the iPhone X is a luxury item for an audience more concerned about the alleged exclusivity of the product than for its hardware or software and for them, the price is irrelevant as long as it is high enough that only a few can afford it.

As much as Cook insists, the iPhone X will not be the phone for the next decade for most. Of course, unfortunately, a huge minority will buy it only for that, because most can not have it. Zygmunt Bauman said that, in the neoliberal economy, to consume was to invest in one's own belonging to society. For some that 1.159 euros that costs iPhone X will be an entry price to a certain group. Pure consumerist fetishism :)

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

iOS 11: The 11 Best Features of Apple New Software

iOS 11
Welcome iOS 11 and its great innovations that promise to improve the experience we have on our iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

Tim Cook, chief executive of Apple, officially introduced during WWDC 2017 to iOS 11, the next version of the company's mobile operating system.

iOS 11 brings new features for iMessage, Apple Pay advances, more intelligence for Siri, new features for the camera and a new Control Center design. However, there are many more novelties that we collect below.

What's new in iOS 11 


New Control Center 

iOS 11 brings a new design for the Control Center to integrate all the tools in a single screen. In addition, this Control Center can be customized and compatible with 3D Touch, which allows enabling more control commands.

News in notifications 

Now you can slide your finger from bottom to top to see all notifications in one place on the lock screen. In addition, the Notifications panel now shows you the notifications of today and if you slide up it shows you a screen with notifications of other days. You need to swipe from the bottom edge to close the notifications panel and return to Start.

On the other hand, in the configurations you can select if you want to show notifications previews always, when unlocked or never, giving you more control.

Keyboard for one-handed use 

Hold down the emoji virtual key and select the handwriting to let the keyboard tilt to one side, similar to what different Android keyboards have offered.

iMessage in the cloud 

iMessage will now sync with iCloud to allow conversations to be synced across all your devices; so, if you delete one of the messages on your iPhone, it will be erased from your iPad.

Also, when you activate your new iPhone, your entire conversation will be rebuilt quickly.

Apple Pay to make payments between friends 

Apple Pay comes to iMessage to receive or send money to friends. The money will be stored in Apple

Pay Cash and you can use it to pay someone else or to make purchases with Apple Pay. Also, when someone asks you for money, the keyboard on your iOS device will suggest you use Apple Pay to pay.

Camera and photo optimizations 

The camera app now brings new filters that allow you to better highlight what you captured.

You can also create Live Photos loops, crop, play, and rewind a captured moment, mute, and get an extended exposure to create a drag effect.

In addition, the videos and photos will take less space, thanks to the new format HEVC and HEIF video that manages to occupy only half the space.

On the other hand, Apple will allow the depth information captured with the two cameras of the iPhone 7 Plus can be used by developers to create different effects and photos in low light can take advantage of the optical image stabilization of the cameras.

Also, now you can see Memories in portrait mode, not just horizontal.

Apple Maps are more efficient 

The Apple Maps app will be updated with iOS 11 to provide shopping and airport information.

In addition, Apple Maps will include the speed limits and will indicate which lane you must take to follow the navigation directions, similar to what Google Maps has offered for some years.

These new features of Apple Maps will only be applied in some cities and airports in the beginning but are expected to be extended to more places in the future.

New way not to distract while driving 

When you install iOS 11, you will receive the option to activate the new Do Not Disturb While Driving mode.

If activated, this new mode will detect that you are in motion and will turn off the screen and will not show you notifications. In addition, it will include an autoresponder message to indicate that you are driving, but it will show you some notifications of your favorite contacts, in which case they are emergency communications.

However, if you are not the one driving, you can activate the screen and select to deactivate that mode.

HomeKit, AirPlay 2 and Apple Music: Smart home with music AirPlay 2 lets you play music through different speakers in different rooms in your home, and you can control everything from the HomeKit app on your iOS device.

Also, Apple Music allows you to create public playlists so your friends can see it and even add their own songs.

On the other hand, Apple is opening up Apple Music so that other developers can access its catalog, including Nike and Shazam. For example, when you detect a song in Shazam you can add the song to your list of Apple Music with a single click.

New App Store

The Apple App Store, App Store, brings a completely new design.

The App Store now has different tabs including: Today, games, apps, updates and searches.

Today's tab lets you discover new apps and games, while the Featured app helps highlight popular apps and an organization in different categories.

What is more interesting is that the App Store now will show you tips and tricks of all kinds of apps and games, through video and photos.

On the other hand, Apple promises that with the new app store the company will be able to evaluate and approve apps in just 24 hours, although in many cases it could take an hour or two.

ARKit: Apple Augmented Reality

Apple is creating a new augmented reality platform directly on iOS 11. With this new tool Apple will allow developers to create all kinds of augmented reality experiences.

Core ML: The Apple Machine Learning Intelligence for Everyone

Apple is enabling machine learning so developers can take advantage of it and give their apps a little more intelligence.

Auto Setup

Did you buy a new iPhone? Just bring it closer to another device with iOS or macOS so that many of your iCloud Keychain settings, preferences and passwords are imported automatically.

File or File App: File Manager

The new Files app lets you browse, search and organize all your files.

Files not only allows you to manage files on your iPad, but also access files you have on other devices with iOS (on iCloud Drive), as well as files in services such as Box, Dropbox or Google Drive.

Siri is smarter:

Siri understands more of your life

Apple adds new intelligence to its virtual assistant, Siri, to offer suggestions for different apps. For example, if you visited a page of an event in Africa, News may suggest something related to that.

More natural language

Apple claims that in iOS 11 Siri will have a more natural language so that it sounds much more like a person of flesh and blood.

Offers translations (beta)

Siri will help you translate from English to French, Italian, German and Spanish, but hopefully in the future, it will work with more languages.

Communicate with Siri via text

iOS 11 will allow you to write to communicate with Siri with the function called "Type to Siri". Other new features in iOS 11:
  • Password autocompletion in apps
  • Changes to the Podcast app design
  • New NFC reading mode
  • New extension of fraud detection through text messages
  • QR Code Compatibility for Scanning with the Camera
  • Support for swapping Safari tabs using 3D Touch
  • Spotlight tab in Apple News lets you search for news
  • Business chat preview
  • Zoom on maps with one hand
  • Communicate through text with Siri
  • Function to record the screen
  • Status of flights in Spotlight and Safari
  • New feature for sharing files via iCloud
  • Emergency function (SOS) on the iPhone
  • HomeKit triggers based on user presence and duration
  • Wi-Fi password sharing feature from your device
  • Advanced Wi-Fi Network Analysis
  • New design to invert colors (Classic or Smart) by pressing the Start button three times
  • Family sharing plans iCloud storage
  • Settings titles, Mail, and other Apple apps are larger.
  • Additional functions for the iPad
  • New 'dock'
The new iOS 11 dock on the iPad will always be present so you can quickly access the apps that matter most to you. Although when you are using an app in full screen the dock will not be present, you can slide up to see it.

Best multi window

With the help of this new dock, you can drag an app to your screen to activate the multi-window functions in a simple way.

Support for dragging files

Although the dock is the one that allows you to drag apps to activate the multi-window functions, iOS 11 lets you drag and drop all kinds of files.

For example, now you can drag photos to an email so you can share what you want in a more intuitive way.
New App switcher or App Exchanger

The new apps exchanger now has a laptop design.

Annotations

With the Apple Pencil and iOS 11 in the iPad Pro, you can write and draw in the Notes app, screenshots or PDFs (including PDF books), just like the Mail app.

Scan function

iOS 11 will allow you to scan documents to be automatically adjusted. In addition, you can fill and sign fields with the Apple Pencil.

Devices Compatible with iOS 11 

iPhone 7
iPhone 7 Plus
iPhone 6S
iPhone 6S Plus
Iphone 6
iPhone 6 Plus
iPhone SE
Iphone 5s
Second-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro
12.9-inch first generation iPad Pro
10.5-Inch iPad Pro
9.7 inch iPad Pro
iPad Air 2
iPad Air
iPad 5th generation
iPad Mini 4
iPad Mini 3
iPad Mini 2
iPod Touch Sixth Generation


When can I upgrade my iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch to iOS 11?

The final version of iOS 11 will be available on September 19th as a free upgrade. The iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X arrive with iOS 11 the first time you turn them on.

First impression 

iOS 11 is focused on many refinements of what Apple was offering in its operating system for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, but the most interesting news will be received by the iPad. These changes make the iPad work more like a laptop, increasing the possibilities of what this device can offer. In addition, the new designs of some iOS 11 components refresh a little the experience we have in these devices.

In general, the changes are welcome and make iOS 11 feel like a more modern operating system.































Monday, September 18, 2017

How Face ID Works On iPhone X

Face ID
After months of waiting, rumors and scandalous leaks in macmyth.com, the iPhone X is now here. With it comes Face ID, the new method of user authentication that replaces Touch ID. The fingerprint gives way to us as an element to unlock the terminal, confirm purchases in the App Store or verify payments with Apple Pay. How exactly does this system work? Macmyth.com is here to explain everything about Face ID in iPhone X.

Firstly, Face ID is a system that uses a front camera and an infrared camera, as well as a support light and an infrared projector. This means that the iPhone X not only sees a front camera, in two dimensions but also does a three-dimensional recognition that detects the depth of the faces, as well as the extensions between factions: distance between eyes, shape, and size of the face. nose, etc.

Face ID emits 30,000 invisible infrared dots that help rebuild the mathematical model of the face that has been built. If an unspecified quantity matches, proceed to verify the user. This is interesting because it is a high enough amount to be able to detail and leave out mismatched elements that are very easy to change in a face.

For example, if one day we put on glasses or we change the ones we already have, if we go to wearing sunglasses if we make up if we leave a beard or shave, if we wear a hat ... All these variations, according to Apple, are controlled and will not be a problem when checking with Face ID.

A processor designed for Face ID


This verification takes place in real time thanks to the new processor, Aion Bionic. It brings a neural motor that uses neural networks and machine learning to adapt to the facial variations. We discussed before and learn what changes in the face of the user to anticipate as well and to be able to carry out the verification. Face ID can reach 600,000 million operations per second while processing the images it obtains by "looking" at the face. It's specific hardware to help facial recognition system, the new cornerstone of iPhone X.

According to the tests that Apple has spoken, Face ID cannot be deceived by photos, 3D facial molds or other forms of impersonation. Although he has not specified how he will achieve the latter (depth-first), he may employ life-sensing mechanisms common in advanced facial recognition systems.

In any case, it will also require attention. That is to say, in order to unlock it, you will need to be looking at the terminal, it will not be enough to be looking at something nearby or distracted, a measure designed to prevent accidental unlocking.

Apple has also explained, according to its evidence, the probability of obtaining a false positive. That is the probability that someone other than us will be able to access the terminal. For Face ID, it is a possibility between a million. Something far superior to what the Touch ID offers (one in 50,000) and of course the four-digit PIN lock (one in 10,000, that is, each combination between 0000 and 9999).

Xiaomi Mi A1: An All Rounder Budget Smartphone with Flagship Like Features

Xiaomi Mi A1

Xiaomi Mi A1 is seen on the Geekbench sporting a Snapdragon 625 processor

Xiaomi has started a blitzkrieg campaign in the social media which has helped in creating a positive buzz surrounding it upcoming device. Xiaomi a hugely successful smartphone maker from China has found a new home in India by making it way in the top three smartphone brand in India. On 5th September, it is expected to unveil a new device which can either be the Mi5x with stock Android or even the Mi 6 which hasn’t made its way to the Indian shores. The phone in question still under the mystery clouds but on social media buzz is strong this upcoming dual camera featuring device.

Xiaomi has even tried to supress the unwanted speculation of the new smartphone being Mi 5x by releasing teaser which states the upcoming device will be from new series. Quite recently eagle eyed tech enthusiasts has found a new smartphone from Xiaomi on the Geekbench website with a unique name ‘Xiaomi Mi M1. So, in the all likelihood the upcoming device will be named Xiaomi Mi A1 and it will be first device from Chinese manufacturer to offer dual camera set up to the users in India.

Xiaomi works with Google on this new device


Just a few months ago, it was announced that Xiaomi would be working the tech giant Google to develop an Android One device for the Indian market. It is very likely on the 5th September 2017 at the global launch event in India; Xiaomi will be launching the Mi A1 featuring stock Android.

This would also mark the first time when Xiaomi has launched a device with its popular user interface called MIUI. So far the Android One devices launched in India by varied Indian OEM has failed to generate any buzz or popularity among the masses due to their pathetic specification and cheap pricing. But Xiaomi has shown over the years that it has the ability to manufacturer competitive handsets even at low price points.

Everything you need to know about Xiaomi Mi A1


As per the specification listed on the Geekbench website Xiaomi A1 is a high-end Android One smartphone which doesn’t compromises when it comes to bringing the best to the users. It is powered by Snapdragon 625 processor clocked at 2.2 GHz along with 4GB RAM. This device will feature the stock Android experience to the users in the form of 7.1.2 Nougat OS.

As stated earlier this device will not feature the stable MIUI seen on the Xiaomi smartphones. This device has a screen size of 5.5 inches Full HD touchscreen display having a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. It is a dual SIM device with 4G capability.

The spec sheet does shows that Xiaomi has simply brought best iterant of the Android One smartphone for the users which promise quality performance, design and everything else. Quite incidentally no information is provided about the camera on the Geekbench which leaves us guessing how good the camera will be.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

LTE Apple Watch 'Series 3' tipped in leaked iOS 11

iOS 11
Just before the most awaited launch event of this year, tech enthusiasts has found that upcoming Apple Watch Series will come loaded with LYE connectivity. All this was revealed from a single images which was sent to the source showcasing an Apple Watch pairing screen for iPhone. Highly smart individuals with hawk like eyes were to fin small cellular signal bars right on the watch face. To be more precise these bars appeared nothing more than few dots which gave the first indication of having the LTE capability on a smartwatch. This screenshot also showed what appeared to be complication faced by the phone and GPS apps on daily basis.

Even a month before the ultimate launch of the Apple Watch Series a number of reports has emerged in the media claiming that new smartwatch will feature the coveted cellular capability which will be utilized by the users to download songs in Music and transfer data from one device to another with pairing.

Improved display and performance

Apple has done a lot of work on making the display brighter than ever before. This simply happens to be the brightest display Apple has ever produced for its range of products. This awesomely bright display is supported by a highly improved GPU which has been developed by Imagination Technologies which have a credible record of providing ground-breaking GPUs.

Apple has brought a new chipset on the Apple Watch Series 3 which has been dubbed as S2 microprocessor. This processor happens to be 50 faster than the processor present on the original Apple Watch. This is powerful enough to deal with some of the resource consuming apps. This processor is highly energy efficient which means user will be able to use the Series 3 Watch for a whole good day on a single charge.

Apple Watch Series success rests on the LTE Capability 

Even after adding the LTE and cellular capability on the smartwatch Apple claims that this device will be able last for 18 hours. This is more than enough to get through a day’s work without any need of charging but this claim isn’t tested by the users. Apple has claimed that in order to bring cellular capability to this device they had brought a new invention which people have failed to recognise so far. Apple engineers have developed one a kind antenna which is designed to make use of the display in order to both transmit and receive signals from the device.

Apple Watch Series 3 has been successful from the moment it was shown on the huge screen due to its breakthrough design which appears to be immensely inspired by iPhone X as well. We should note that in the past a number of cellular connected watches have made their way into the market and Apple isn’t the first one in this regard but all of them failed due to their bulky and unattractive design. Thankfully Apple designed first LTE smartwatch isn’t unworthy to look upon not it is too bulky to work around with ease.

Friday, September 8, 2017

How wireless charging will work in the upcoming iPhone 8?

Wireless charging feature has become a staple course on most of the high-end flagship devices by the smartphone manufacturers. Samsung was first OEM to deliver remarkable wireless charging capability to its premium Galaxy S models. But Apple has simply couldn’t bring this feature to its iconic iPhone range which are known for their terrible battery life and needs constant charging. But experts believe that this equation is all set to change with the launch of iPhone 8 next month.

How it will work on iPhone 8?

A number of rumours and inside reports have suggested that the one of the new premium models of the iPhone will feature the coveted wireless charging technology. It should be noted that Apple is all set to launch three iPhones this year which will include the ‘s’ models of iPhone 7 and Plus variants along with a special high-end iPhone 8. Apple is known for its secrecy surrounding the launch of the upcoming devices so there is no confirmation of the same from Apple but all hints points towards the same conclusion.

Some of the major tech companies like Samsung, HTC, LG and Huawei are already a member of the Wireless Power Consortium. This consortium has comes with the popular standard which is called Qi charging and it is designed to empower the wireless charging capability among the electronic devices. Apple has just joined this group which gives rise to speculation that Apple is aiming towards bringing the same technology to its smartphone line up.

This means that iPhone 8 will certainly possess this charging capability making use of the existing wireless chargers. Apple will also have to take requisite license in order to ensure that other devices are compatible with its new charging technology. Apple will certainly be bringing its very own range of wireless charging pad which will sold apart from the iPhone.

Is it right to being wireless charging on iPhone

Despite huge popularity wireless charging is known for being a slower and quite expensive technology than the usual plug-in method. In the wireless charging method the way energy gets transferred happens to be less efficient than the normal charging method. A number of firms are trying to enhance the wireless charging technology in order to make it faster and efficient than ever before. Firms are trying to come up with an advanced ‘magnetic resonant’ charging format which will enable users to charge multiple devices at once.

A number of places have started offering wireless charging option at their premises to help users charge their devices on the go. This includes some of the popular restaurants and hotels like McDonald’s, Starbucks, PremierInn and Ladbrokes. Sadly some of the rumours has emerged which proclaims that the wireless charging on iPhone 8 will be slowest when compared to other smartphones. All of these are mere speculation but having wireless charging capability on the iPhone devices will be better than not having it at all.

Friday, September 1, 2017

New iPhone 8 Leak Reveals Apple's Sneaky Secret

 iPhone 8

Oscar Luna Martinez

iPhone 8 – Various New Technologies

The upcoming iPhone 8 of Apple will be coming with various new technologies to its users and one of them is a mainstay of several Android handsets, namely wireless charging.

However, the implementation of Apple will be disappointing to those anticipating for the accepted protocols to be acknowledged. Tim Cook together with his team are expected to lock the iPhone 8 from utilising Apple’s own wireless charging units or the charging units which tend to adhere to the `Made for iPhone’ – MfI program that involves financial payment to Apple from the third-party dealers.

Earlier in the year, when Apple had merged with the Wireless Power Consortium, there seemed to be some expectation that it would adopt the industry standard Qi charging protocol. According to reports from Macotakara, recently recommend that the wireless charging utilised by Apple would be running at just 7.5 watts.

In comparison to the 15 watts that makes up the Qi 1.2 standard. Moreover, it also recommends that the third-party charging pads would require to be licensed through the MfI program. This would clarify in fragment why wireless charging would not be available out of the box rather than waiting for iOS 11 software update to turn on.

 

Qi Standard

 
Undoubtedly, part of the iOS charging process would be to verify that the pad providing the inductive power is said to be licensed by Apple and if it is not, the iPhone 8 will decline to receive the incoming charge.

The outcome is that the plethora of charging pads together with the accessories presently available in the markets which tend to be interchangeable with any device that supports the Qi standard would be unable to charge the new iPhones 8.

Apple had intended not to work with the increasing and accepted standard, rather than decide to put up a technological barrier between the charging community together with the iPhone, for instance, the swelling number of public `wireless charging’ spots from companies like AirCharge would be unable to get along with the latest device of Cupertino Company.

Once again Apple had opted to capitalize on the financial returns for its company while ignoring the greater good of endorsing a single standard.
 

Three Storage Tiers

 
Though it is appropriate within its right in doing so, the end result tends to give an impression of company which is closed to the wider acceptance of shared technology, is not open to equivalent collaboration.

Moreover it has not considered the extra manufacturing resource which would need to assist two competing standards. According to New York Times, the iPhone 8 would be come at an entry-level of $999.

Media reports for last few months have repeatedly endorsed that the iPhone 8 would be selling in the $1,000 approximate and it appears that Apple would be keeping the price just $1 under this mark in an apparent marketing strategy.

Since Apple will probably deliver three storage tiers with the iPhone 8 generation, it would mean that the most expensive model would be priced at $1,200 and this would surely be a big price for a cellphone. Apple need to firmly deliver an outstanding iPhone 8 unit if it is to validate such a figure.

Monday, August 28, 2017

How to Fix iPhone Home Button Not Working


iPhone Home Button: Ways to repair unresponsive button

The home button of your iPhone is no longer what it is supposed to be? Or does it work in the worst case scenario? Is at first glance looks like a hardware defect could have been superfluous after a simple calibration of the home button.

Unfortunately, it is synonymous with the expensive Apple iPhones despite high quality always times again to hardware problems. For example, it is a known problem that a broken on / off switch often makes anger on the iPhone. Thus, the button initially only shows its function and can only be used by pressing in the left area. After some time, the power button on the iPhone will not work. Many users also complain that the Home Button only works badly or not at all. However, all these problems can be handled with a simple trick.

Calibrate Home Button


Before we look at how a calibration of the Home Button works, we would like to point out that this instruction has not been officially confirmed by Apple. However, many iPhone users have reported in various Internet forums that this route has actually led to the desired success.

As a first step you open any pre-installed app on your iPhone, like the weather, share or calendar app. Keep this app open for the next step, making sure your iPhone does not lock automatically. Now press the power button until the power switch (do not turn off the iPhone). Now you keep the Home Button pressed down until the power off screen disappears and the app is closed.

You should now be back on your Homescreen and the home button of your iPhone should be calibrated again.

If the calibration does not work, you can do the above steps again if you think you have made a mistake.

Repair through AssistiveTouch


Apple offers on each iPhone the possibility to activate a virtual control button, called the Assist Touch. This way you get not only a virtual home button or a virtual on / off switch on your iPhone, but can also call other functions quickly via this button.

After activating the AssistiveTouch button in the settings under "Operating aids", you can now use the bypass switch by pressing the button, select "device" and then "screen lock". The home button can be selected and simulated directly using it.

The AssistiveTouch button is slightly transparent and is always visible in the foreground even when you are in an app. However, the button can be pushed back and forth at will, in some cases, the button is also intelligent and notices, if it is in the way and automatically shifts. If it is above the keyboard. Even multi touch gestures can be carried out via the AssistiveTouch button.

Adjust slipped home button with dock connector cable


A known problem with the Home Button of the iPhone is that it may move with the time minimally downwards - then one can hardly navigate through the menus with the smartphone. This defect can be fixed with a little fingertip feeling and with the dock connector cable of the iPhone. Connect the cable and push it gently upwards towards the screen so that the button is pushed back into the correct position. Experience shows that this is the most frequent way of repairing the home button.

Handle the home button with cleaning fluid or electric toothbrush

Contaminations can also be a problem for the home button - in this case you do not have to repair the button, cleaning can already be sufficient. For this purpose, there are several repair kits, which many iPhone owners swear by. It contains a special cleaning fluid that is applied to the button with a pipette, then the Home Button has to be pressed several times and pressed for a few minutes. Finally, you should leave the smartphone still 15 minutes to rest, as a rule, the stains are removed, and the Home Button works again.

An alternative is the handle to the electric toothbrush. Just press the Home Button and clean it with the brush, it also comes into the fine spaces. Important: Use an unused brush head so that no toothpaste residues penetrate the iPhone.

Lastly, replace the key


If a cleaning is not successful, the key must be replaced. The spare part is available online, you will find detailed instructions for installation also. However, the repair is only recommended if you have some fine mechanical skills and technique. Otherwise, its better give at Apple store for repair.

Summary


A slipped home button can often be adjusted with the Dock Connector cable

Care sets with special cleaning fluids can help in case of contamination

Cleaning with an electric toothbrush is also worth a try

The last possibility is the exchange of the home button - in self-government or through the Apple support


Friday, August 25, 2017

Open Wonder: Android Oreo Updates

Android Oreo
Android 8.0 Oreo is already official: here's the most amazing news about the new version

Android 8.0 Oreo is the official name that has finally unveiled Google for its new mobile operating system. It is the one we will see in the new smart phones of 2018, and the one that will face iOS 11 as an alternative in the 'Apple world'. It was an open secret and finally, it has been confirmed that as with Android 4.4 KitKat the Mountain View firm has reached an agreement.

Android 8.0 Oreo is already a reality and for that reason, we are going to make a review by all the novelties that incorporates with respect to the previous version and also to tell you when it will begin its landing in the different devices and which will be the first ones that will be able to enjoy it.

Just after the solar eclipse, which has been fully enjoyed in the United States, the Mountain View firm has made an extremely brief direct to unveil the figure that will decorate the entrance of its headquarters. It is the figure of the new version Android 8.0, and is an Oreo cookie with android arms. What it does mean is that the new version of its mobile operating system is called Android 8.0 Oreo.

What's New in Android 8.0 Oreo


With those words is how Google introduces Android 8.0 Oreo, and it is only because of the novelties of this mobile operating system. As explained in the website dedicated to Android Oreo, with this version the devices start up twice as fast - proven in Google Pixel -, and the management of multitasking is notably better because the system is responsible for limiting activity in the background. But that's not all, far from it.

They also tell us, in the summary of new features of Android 8.0 Oreo, that now certain tasks we will do much faster thanks to the Self-loading. It can be used in applications to make the login faster, without having to remember our passwords and usernames. Now, one of the most remarkable news and that also collect here, is that we have PiP -Picture in Picture, to be able to see two apps on the screen with one of them shifted to a corner and in smaller dimensions. For example, use a full-screen app and keep a reserved video call in one corner of the screen.

Notifications and icons changes


The truth is that the new version of the operating system includes many changes, including some that we had long expected. One of the points that have improved the most is almost everything related to the notification system, as it has awarded many improvements in this new version compared to the previous one.

But also with Android 8.0 Oreo has been introduced the system of advanced notifications: is that, in each app, is shown in the upper right corner a point with a numbering corresponding to pending notifications. And if we click it opens a small floating menu in which these notifications appear, and of course, we can access them more quickly. And speaking of applications, and speed, Instant Apps is one of the key points: to use applications without having to install them on the mobile, directly taking advantage of the Internet connection of the mobile.

In Android 8.0 we can discard notifications over a period of time and decide when we want to receive them again. In addition, we can categorize the notifications through channels and you will be much more visual, showing background colors and using a systematized iconography and typography.

Another change has to do with how they will be displayed in the notification bar since now notifications will not be displayed according to their order of arrival, but each will have its own space within it depending on the category to that they belong (calls, updates, reminders ...).

Another notable innovation comes with the icons because in Android Oreo these will be adaptive, being formed by two layers so that the developers can work on them and adapt them to the device so that they can change their design adapting better to the launcher.

Android Go and smart text selection


With this version of Android finally, comes a version for devices with few resources. This is Android Go, a reduced version of Android 8.0 Oreo thanks to which the low range, with fewer hardware resources, will not be unable to show off the latest version of the system.

Another important new feature in Android O is the intelligent selection of text, with which it will be able to deduce what it is that we want to do with respect to the text that we select. That is, if the selected words correspond to an address, Google will suggest that we open Google Maps.

Picture in picture mode, tones, and emoji


With this new version of Android comes the Picture in Picture mode that will allow us to split the screen in two to use two applications at once. In addition, we have another novelty that many will make happy: the possibility of adding our own ringtones and notifications sounds easily from the settings, without resorting to the computer or third party applications.

Of course, another news that has been most talked about and that has finally come true is the complete redesign of the emojis that stop being shaped like a drop to look a little more iOS emojis.

Google Play Protect is another aspect that has emphasized the signature because with this system the Google Play Store will be a safer place thanks to the analysis - with an own 'antivirus' - of the applications available there. And with this version have been introduced, in addition to security improvements, changes that affect autonomy. Without too much detail, Google ensures that with Android 8.0 Oreo will notice a better management of energy that, simply, translates into more hours of use with a single charge.

But ... what could not be missing? Undoubtedly, the emoji. From the hand of Android 8.0 Oreo comes a powerful update for the Google keyboard. In the same have been introduced all the new emoji that correspond to the last version of Unicode. That is, we can now enjoy new forms of expression that were recently approved and, similarly, will soon be available on devices from Apple and Microsoft.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

iPhone 8 Wireless Charger to be Sold as Separate Accessory

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Apple’s Wireless Charging – Separate Accessory

 
According to leaked information, the wireless charging feature of Apple’s iPhone 8 could be sold as a separate accessory. An Apple expert, John Gruder had mentioned that the iPhone 8 would operate with a wireless charger though would need an additional accessory for functioning.

Leaked images on the Chinese social media seemed to endorse that Apple has been working on a wireless charger much ahead of its release of the iPhone 8, next month. The charging pads portrayed in the images are likely to be designed for the iPhone 8 though will be sold separately. Moreover they would also work with two other devices possibly known as the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus.

Competitor Android smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S8 tends to have featured wireless charging for several years. The iPhone 7 probably could be the first phone of Apple to comprise of the technology which will permit users to power-up their device without the need of plugging it in by engaging it on an inductive surface.

According to reports, the images of the wireless charging pads are said to have appeared on Chinese social media platform – Weibo and their validity cannot be confirmed. But various reports regarding the iPhone 7 have recommended that wireless charging would be implanted in the phone.
 

Smart Connector

 
Robert Hwang, chief executive of Apple supply chain company Wistron, had earlier this year, revealed that the iPhone 8 would be coming with wireless charging and water-proofing. He had informed that new features like waterproof and wireless charging now needs some various testing and waterproof function would be changing the assembly process to some extent. Lead Dubzinski, Powermat CEO had stated that wireless charging would be a standard feature in the next iPhone.

 A separate report has claimed that Apple will be utilising the Smart Connector for wireless charging. Apple had earlier filed patents for charging smartphones utilising Wi-Fi signals. However, it seemed that the company would be choosing the inductive technology instead of the signal method for the iPhone 8.

The iPhone 8 if so named has been reported to comprise of an OLED screen, wireless charging, facial recognition, an edge-to-edge display and for the first time, no home button. It will probably be released in early September on 5th or 6th either Tuesday or Wednesday, since the Monday tends to be a US holiday.
 

Long Range Wireless Charging

 
In a tweet last night Gruber had explained that he had heard that inductive charging would be sold separately from the iPhone itself something which various other reports had claimed. He also mentioned that the new charging technology could be late and would not launch till iOS 11.1 is released. Gruber compares the delay of wireless charging to the delay of Portrait Mode with the iPhone 7 Plus.

While unveiling the device on stage, Apple had shown Portrait Mode but had not really made it available to the public till the release of iOS 10.1 device a month thereafter. Though at some point of time it had been rumoured that the iPhone 8 would comprise of some type of `long range’ wireless charging, recent rumours have instead attached the feature as inductive charging. Leaked images have hinted that the iPhone 8 would comprise of wireless charging competences depending on the Qi technology.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Apple Discontinues iPod Shuffle and iPod Nano

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Apple strokes iPod nano and iPod shuffle

Apple has quietly thrown the iPod nano and iPod shuffle out of the program. Both MP3 players will still have it in the stationary retail, but not for much longer. Apple justified this at Bloomberg with "simplifying the iPod series".

The iPod touch has not been updated since 2015. For this, he is not so bad with 230 euros for 32 gigabytes of memory and 340 euros for 128 gigabytes of memory.

In the Apple shop, only the iPod touch is sold cheaply: With 32 and 128 gigabytes of memory for 229 and 339 euros respectively. IPod Nano and iPod Shuffle are the only remaining stocks. This makes the iPhone-like iPod Touch the only digital music player that is still officially in the Apple program.

Apple spoke of a "simplification" of his iPod offer, the other devices would no longer sell. Apple is not likely to be more valuable, so far, only original unpacked, unused iPod have significantly increased in value.

Streamed music replaces older players


Apple had introduced the first iPod in 2001, later, it was available in smaller versions with less memory and also without display. The iPod Shuffle, for example, was no bigger than a matchbox and also played songs by random.

The downside: All songs have to be played on the devices via software. Only the iPod Touch is capable of internet access - so it is the only one that remains in the assortment. The original iPod does not exist any longer.

Of course, it is not a big surprise that the last two offline players are taken off the market. Music is streamed today and is no longer held locally. You could also use this argument just for a new kind of music player: a kind of modern radio station, where music comes from the Internet, but without a screen or further interactivity would have to do. An iPod nano that is connected to the Internet and does not know the difference between cached and streamed music.

For people who would like to have the advantage of streaming music (even if it is from their own collection) and still do not want to be automatically on, that would be a good compromise. And maybe that would open up the impasse in which audio player and streaming offerings are located. The triumph of streaked music from the Internet has gradually replaced players who can not resort to appropriate services. Apple has meanwhile its own music service ("Apple Music") and is thus very successful besides providers such as Spotify and Amazon Music.

The end of the two classic music players is not quite unexpected. Apple has already said several times that the iPhone will lead to the decline of the traditional music players. The music playback software installed on the smartphone offers at least the same functions in comparison. Users also do not have to carry a second device with them.

Current devices are also to be supplied with the new iOS 11 in autumn. In contrast to the now adjusted models, they can also play videos, access the Internet and download apps. And something else makes it more attractive for Apple: With the iPod touch users get access to Apple 's own in - house and paid streaming service Apple Music.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Different Web Hosting Types Explained

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When you need to find the best possible web hosting services for your site, it is important that you make a point of seeing what options are available first. The more time and effort you put into doing this research, the better your chances are going to be of getting exactly what you need. The type of hosting that you end up going with will really affect your website(s) quite a bit, which is all the more reason to make a careful decision.

Shared Hosting

The very first type of hosting that we will discuss is shared hosting, which a lot of people choose because it is so inexpensive. This is without a doubt the cheapest hosting option that you are going to have, but you will have to decide whether or not it is really the best. A lot of people who are just starting out with new websites pick shared hosting because they are on a budget and cannot really afford much more than that.

It is important to remember that with shared hosting your website will be hosted on the same server as many others. This means that if your site starts to experience a sudden surge in traffic, it could go down if the server cannot handle the additional load. Shared hosting might be a good idea for some people, but definitely not for everyone.

SSD Hosting

SSD hosting is known for being extremely fast and efficient, which is what most people want. If it is your goal to get the fastest possible hosting services for your website, you will definitely need to take the time to look into this hosting option right away. This type of hosting uses SSD hard drives, which do not have any moving parts like traditional hard drives. It is precisely because of these technologically advanced hard drives, you are able to get the supersonic hosting services that you need.

VPS Hosting

Virtual private server or VPS hosting is yet another good option that you will need to take the time to look into before you make a final decision on anything in particular. This type of hosting restricts you from changing any of the server’s configuration settings, such as security settings or the version of PHP. This really won’t be a big issue for most people, but it might be for you.

With a Virtual Private Server, there is a physical server that is split into several virtual servers. With this kind of hosting, each server is its own self-contained unit and it’s allocated its own guaranteed resources, including CPU, RAM, and disk space.

These days many people have started going with VPS hosting, simply because it is so extremely efficient and inexpensive. You will find that you will have all the power and functionality of a dedicated server, but at a fraction of the cost.

Dedicated Hosting

Dedicated hosting is a good option for those who have websites that receive a lot of traffic on a regular basis. This is a great hosting option for people who want to stay in complete control. If you want complete power and control over your hosting server, you will certainly want to at least think about this option and everything it has to offer. While it might be true that dedicated hosting is a bit more expensive than some of the other options that are available, it is well worth it when you consider all of the benefits you will get in return.

Managed VPS and Dedicated Servers

A lot of people who are thinking about upgrading to a VPS or a dedicated server worry about having to manage it. The fact is that you will be able to get exactly what you need while not having to manage a thing. A lot of people are turned to managed VPS hosting because it is such a great overall option. With this type of managed hosting you won’t have to worry about taking care of the security or anything else. This is really the best option for those who don’t really care about being in control of their hosting server too much.

Conclusion

It is pretty obvious that there are many different types of hosting options that you will have to choose from, and it is important that you take the time to find the right one. The more time you spend doing this research, the more likely you will be to pick the best hosting type to match your needs. Most people do not take nearly enough time to do this research, and as a result they end up suffering the consequences at some point. We think that you will definitely be happy that you took the time to get all of this information because of how much it can benefit you.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Apple Just Leaked a Key iPhone 8 Feature by Accident

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How a developer stumbled randomly over the new iPhone

A month before the official keynote of Apple, a developer stumbled over official details of the coming iPhone. The embarrassing thing: The Leak came this time from Apple itself.

When Guilherme Rambo saw the firmware of HomePod released by Apple, he initially thought of a mistake. The smart loudspeaker assistant finally comes to the market in December. Rambo's curiosity was aroused and he began to look at the code more closely. What he found, he probably expected at least: Apple's next iPhone.

While some details on Apple's high-end smartphone were already leaked, Rambo found more in the HomePod than rumors, he found Apple's own records of the greatest release in years. The code confirmed that the iPhone 8 or iPhone Pro - so exactly knows the name outside of Cupertino no one - would have a new design, a narrower frame, no home button, and a powerful facial recognition. The biggest Apple Leak comes for years - from Apple itself.

The firmware of the HomePod appeared a few days ago as an official Apple update. Rambo had just downloaded the code in the hope of finding interesting information about the Siri speaker when Apple noticed the error and took the code from the page. Like the iPhone, the HomePod runs on iOS. In itself is not noticeable, developers have access to the beta version of iOS 11 months ago. But Rambo, a Brazilian developer of an ecommerce company, made the decisive discovery: The released firmware was for iOS 11.0.2, two Update levels beyond the current state.

The code included some performance enhancements. Much more interesting, however, was that the update was not intended for the public. So Apple had not yet removed the mentions for unpublished devices - as well as the next iPhone, which will be released in September. It is a process that Apple goes through every year to ensure that developers can access iOS without experiencing anything about the new iPhone.

When he recognized the potential of his discovery, Rambo went to work. "I searched for lines in the firmware that confirm the alleged 'Face ID' feature," says Rambo. "I've searched for the word 'face' and noticed that it matches several icons in the BiometricKit, the Framework for Touch ID." These references do not actually exist in the iOS 11 beta.

Rambo was a bit big, he was safe, so he continued to search. As he walked through BiometricKit, he noticed that the terminology for adding a fingerprint ("EnrollTouchID") also had a counterpart for face recognition: EnrollPearlID. "Pearl ID" always appeared again, each time in connection with the topic of face recognition. Apple may like the face recognition to be quite different at the end, to call it "PearlID", but is not exactly a disguise tactics: "The code name makes it only easier to find all the appropriate code snippets in the operating system and see what function it has "Says Troughton-Smith. In other words, what Rambo had found was an unpublished, unannounced Apple feature.

Finding out what "Pearl ID" means, led to a much bigger find. "While I was looking for mentions of this 'Pearl ID' thing, I found a reference to Pearl-D22," says Rambo. "So I searched for D22 and discovered that this is the internal code name for the 'iPhone Pro' or 'iPhone 10'."

Although there are not very many mentions of D22, Apple leaves no doubt what the abbreviation means. How did Rambo get it? He found a file in the PassKit framework used by Wallet, named "Payment_glyph_phone-D22.caar". This is a file format in which Apple stores vector graphics for animated user interface elements. When Rambo read the picture, he saw an iPhone that he had never seen before. For the simple reason, because it does not yet exist.

Another mention of D22 resulted in a video file that was not present in the firmware, but the name "Enrollment_Tutorial_Loop-D22" indicates that it is a guide on how to register its face with Pearl ID. "There are also a few indications that the D22 model uses a new method to charge the battery," says Rambo. IOS 11.0.2 does not give any indication of what changes might be.

The extent of this leech is the biggest of its kind except for the premature debut of the iPhone 4 on Gizmodo. The minimal frame and the lack of the home button mark the biggest design change for years. And the FaceID feature seems to be a major consideration for the later presentation of the iPhone.

"Apple is now in a difficult situation," says Troughton-Smith. "It will surely cheer up many people internally that they themselves are the source of the only concrete leaks on design and functions." Apart from the disgrace, the impact on sales of the new iPhone will probably be rather small. "I believe that the people who hope for a new iPhone because of Leaks already know all the reports," says Jan Dawson, founder of the data analysis company Jackdaw Research. Dawnson notes that the revelation confirms existing rumors, but the real value is how well the new features work. A firmware has somewhere its limits.

Therefore, the biggest realization is that Apple's internal security has failed, as macOS Sierra days before the release already revealed the OLED TouchBar of the MacBook Pro. The current faux pas is even more striking. Apple expects more from the iPhone 8 than from the entire laptop line together. To see the details leak a month before the official revelation may end up causing financial damage. "We are watching an interruption in iPhone purchases, which is attributable to the increasingly frequent and early reports of future iPhones," said CEO Tim Cook in the past earnings call. This time, however, the blame hits nobody other than Apple itself.