Common Apple Phone Issues that Can Easily be Repaired

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Apple phones are one of the most sort after pieces of tech. Any new product they launched by them is eagerly anticipated, and the queues are always long regardless of where you are in the world.

They have a reputation for making phones, Macbooks and tablets that work flawlessly, as well as look good. For the most part they do function well, but after heavy use any gadget, regardless of how well made it is will eventually start to wear out, and go wrong. Unfortunately, that is certainly the case with the iPhone. There are a few common issues that users are likely to experience, after a couple of years. Fortunately, all of these issues can be repaired, providing you use someone that has access to the right tools, and enough relevant experience.

Poor signal problems

One of the most frustrating iPhone issue is a poor signal. There is nothing worse than not being able to make a phone call or browse the web when someone sitting next to you has no problem whatsoever.

Sometimes removing unnecessary software, or doing a factory reset is enough to solve signal problems. If that does not work, do not worry, because the problem is likely to be the antenna, which can easily be replaced.

Broken screens

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Any phone or tablet screen is likely to break if you drop it on a hard surface. Unfortunately, this happens a lot, so repairers everywhere are kept busy replacing device screens.

Some people try to fix this issue themselves, and in theory, it is possible to do so. The problem is that you need specialist tools to be able to do the job right. Usually by the time you have bought the necessary tools, and learnt how to use them, you may as well have sent it off for repair. The fact that repairers buy screens in bulk means that they can often carry out the repair for a fraction of the cost it would cost you to do the job yourself.

Charging issues

All makes and models of phones will eventually have charging issues. This is largely down to the fact that batteries degrade over time. Often replacing the battery solves the issue. If that does not work, you need to eliminate a faulty charger as a possible cause. You can easily do this by borrowing a friend’s charger, and seeing if that solves the problem. If that does not work, the charging port may need replacing, by a iPhone repair specialist.

Fix Apple Now is one such company. They offer their services in North America, but this service is also available in other parts of the world. The fact that most of them offer repair via the mail, or use courier services, means that there really is no reason to throw your old tech away anymore. This is good for you, good for the planet, and a great way to pass your old kit on to friends, family or charities that can make use of them.

If you would like to learn more about narrowing down the root cause of any problem you have with your iPhone, you can do so by clicking this link.

Apple announces iPhone 6 launch date

Apple announces iPhone 6 launch date amongst other product launches.

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It’s the most hotly anticipated technology of release of the year and now Apple have confirmed what we’ve all been waiting for: the launch party date for the iPhone 6.

“9.9.2014. Wish we could say more,” says a teasing a press release for the official launch party, which will take place at in Cupertino, California. The exclusive event at the Flint Centre for the Performing Arts will have a nostalgic theme to it, as it’s the same place in which Apple founder Steve Jobs first launched the Apple Mac some 30 years ago.

The event is expected to be the launching platform for a number of Apple products, including both a 5.5 inch and a 4.7 inch version of the iPhone 6 handset.

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Amongst its already varied roster of products is the highly-speculated ‘iWatch’, a hand-held device which is rumoured to monitor the health of its wearers, amongst other futuristic features. (Geeks Have Landed first wrote about the apple iwatch back in May 2013)

Apple wishes it could reveal more, but the rumour mill is already churning out a whole host of highly advanced upgrades for the new device. After releasing the iPhone 5S and 5C last summer, Apple has this time round promised a complete re-invention of the iPhone we know, rather than a few upgrades.

The newest handset will be a gamer’s paradise as it’s alleged it will feature a flexible, scratch-proof sapphire screen with a Retina display+ which will boast a 1,704×904 screen resolution. With mobile games like www.riverbellecasino.com/ca/online-blackjack taking over smartphone users’ time at an exponential rate, the newest release from Apple will only serve to prolong the shelf life of the mobile gaming industry.

Amongst other rumours surrounding the new phone are those of the highly anticipated iOS 8, which will have a huge focus on the aforementioned health monitoring. As part of the iWatch’s features, heart rate and fitness monitors will allegedly come as standard, and users will be able to track their progress with their smartphones.

All these new features are not likely to come cheap, and the market retail price is rumoured to start at around £550 / $650 / AU$869. This is hardly likely to deter technology freaks however, and with an official release date set to be one week after the launch party, Apple could soon find itself selling out of its latest products in a matter of hours.

Apple has quite a lot to live up to if the rumours turn out to be true, but with the success of its previous models considered, it shouldn’t have any problem making it to the top once again.

Penguin Ahoy ! FREE App

I thought I would share this new fun Penguin game with you.

This is a FREE app (the kind I like the best) available through the Apple App store.

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The game is very simple a little Penguin has sneaked on-board a  Royal Caribbean ship, the aim is to get as far as you can without getting caught.

The user is encouraged to avoid sprinklers, dodge basketballs, and slide under inflatables to keep the penguin running for as long as possible without being caught by the crew.

Easy to play with simple touch and swipe controls, users can also invite and compete with their friends to see who can collect the most coins, cupcakes, special powers and gain extra lives. How far can you run? Are you the best?

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Here is a promotional trailer for the game.

 

This App is from Royal Caribbean International, in partnership with Hi Mum! Said Dad a mobile marketing agency based in London.

 

 

New NARR8’s ‘STORYBUILDER’ Editing tool.

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If you haven’t yet heard of NARR8, allow us to introduce you. 

NARR8 is a free mobile app available on for iOS (iPad and iPad Mini), Android 4.0+, and as of Mon. June 24, Amazon Kindle Fire. A digital publisher of motion comics, interactive novels, and educational nonfiction series in a slew of genres, NARR8 boasts stories for all tastes: horror, mystery, action, science fiction, and more, bringing all original content to life with fluid animation, HD effects, interactive and gamification (games within the digital content) elements and full music soundtracks.

 What’s most exciting about NARR8, however, is that as of early June, NARR8 is allowing you, the reader, to write the stories. Enter StoryBuilder, NARR8’s new user generated content editor tool allows for anyone – indie artist, aspiring writer, hardcore fan, to create his or her very own fan fiction with the help of a single tool. A web-based program with supplied graphics, animations, word processor, sound effects, and more, StoryBuilder is easy-to-use, designed to allow users to focus on the assembly of their very own masterpiece. Soon, StoryBuilder will allow artists to upload their own graphics, as well!

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Once complete, user stories will face a review period of up to 72 hours (things such as unnecessary profanity, lewd or crude content will not be admitted). After the review period, users creations will be uploaded directly to the NARR8 platform, alongside NARR8 original series, shared with the app’s 800,000+ users.

 “It has always been important to NARR8 to be able to assist talented artists and creators, most importantly our readers. By implementing ‘StoryBuilder,’ we are allowing our creative fans who wish to share their stories with our 800,000+ users all over the world. We’re excited to continue evolving the NARR8 product and look forward to what this great addition will bring,” said Founder Alexandr Vashchenko.

 StoryBuilder will also include a payout for the user, eventually. NARR8 shared with Geeks Have Landed that although user generated content will be available for free, their eventual plan is to license popular fan fictions to their platform, giving creators a cut of the proceeds once monetization of the series begins (monetization will begin if and when the user title reaches over 1,000 downloads).

 StoryBuilder is available to all registered NARR8 users, who will need their account login information to access the website.

 As mentioned, NARR8 is free to download, and can be downloaded on the Apple Appstore, Google Play, and the Amazon Appstore.

 Check out the StoryBuilder tutorial videos.”

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If you love Puzzles you will love the free app “Can You Escape”

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If you love Puzzles you will love the free app “Can You Escape”

It’s available for Iphone, Ipad and Android users which will keep everyone happy.  This is currently a free app with constantly updating rooms.

The purpose of the game is to break out of the room you are in.  This is done by solving the puzzles and finding the hidden objects which are used in the room to help you leave and advance to the next floor.

For instance in the first room you have to solve a picture puzzle which opens a cupboard to give you a handle for the draw, in the draw is a screwdriver to open the vent, behind the vent is a safe, solve the combination open the safe and there is a key to unlock the door to access the next level.

You get the idea, look around the room and click on objects to enlarge them and look for clues.

There are 10 levels at the moment with another 5 promised soon

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Positives

  • Free to install and play
  • Fun and challenging game that will sharpen your powers of observation.
  • Increasing difficulty with each level.

Negatives

  • Not enough levels only 10 at the moment which is very quick to finish although more promised soon
  • Like most apps they are funded by adverts which I suppose if you can live with them lets you play the game for free (a payment of will remove the adverts) but it does give you the chance to try before you commit.
  • Adding more levels will also incur a cost but if you like the game this shouldn’t be too bad.

Overall an excellent and addictive app but they need more levels as it is completed quickly and once you have lost your players it’s hard to get them back. Candy Crush have the right idea keep the interest by having many levels although probably too many.

As its free give it a go if you like solving puzzles you will love “Can You Escape”

Android vs. iOS: 3 Reasons Why Android is in the Lead

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Android vs. iOS: 3 Reasons Why Android is in the Lead

By Andrea Fisher

Remember the board game, Monopoly— where you buy different properties, charge rent and slowly watch your empire skyrocket and grow? The purpose of the game is to develop faster than the competition; ultimately taking over and…monopolizing.

For the past six years, since the launch of the first iPhone in 2007, we have watched Apple make revolutionary advancements in digital mobile technology.  From Apple’s highly evolved processors and touch screen features, to their introduction of the iPhone App Store, Android and Windows phones simply couldn’t keep up.

There were cell phones and there was the iPhone—the only smart phone of its kind. But every winning streak ultimately comes to an end. For the iPhone, that time is now; and Android has slashed its way to the top.

Let me ask this, ‘What is an iOS device without its Apple name?’

Apple’s ingenious marketing campaigns keep them as a leading contender in the mobile world; however, they have become too cocky during their time at the top. User loyalty can last only so long— before being outweighed by competitive technology.

Already, according to http://cnet.co/14WXnBU, the number of Android devices activated outnumbers iOS devices— 750 million Android to 600 million iOS.

Mobile users are finally seeing the outdated methods of Apple— flocking over to Android devices for a customized and extensive user interface.

Let’s take a look 3 Reasons why Android is in the lead:

  1. The iOS 7  is mimicking features long used by Android’s Interface

Apple has recently released the new iOS 7 interface, which uses a couple of Android-like features in its latest design. An iOS Control Center, which is brand new to Apple mobile devices, has been long used on Android devices. It gives users fast access to Bluetooth/ WiFi settings, screen adjustment settings, and the rear LED flash as a flashlight.

The iOS 7 still has the same basic grids of shortcuts. The home screens, still all feature the same four docked shortcuts at the bottom. The bookshelf has been stripped away— the wooden bookshelf with books and magazines that you can fill is no more.

Instead, Apple gave their home screens a larger, flatter, less cluttered appearance. This new look aims to step up to the popular look of Android’s Jelly Bean interface.

2.  Widgets and Home Screens

It all boils down to cell phone customization. Do mobile users want to have more personal options or do they want standard features that are upgraded from time to time? Want options; choose Android. Want standard features; go the iOS route.

What is truly distinct about Jelly Bean is that widgets can be placed on the home screen—something that iOS still lacks.

Android operating systems are based on the idea of utilizing a fully customizable user interface. Wallpapers, widgets and desktops can all be modified to suit the individual. Android widgets, which are downloaded from Google Play, provide a flexibility that the iOS 7 interface cannot match.

These widgets allow important information (like social feeds, email, etc.) to be stored at the heart of the device. In the contrast, iOS 7 users must use Apple’s standard icons over the pre-designated desktop pages.

When forking over several hundred dollars on a mobile device, it might be nice to be able to place and locate items as you like— just a thought.

  1. Non-Market  Apps

 Adding to Android’s flexibility, its users have the freedom to download and install apps from virtually anywhere. Android may as well be synonymous with word choice; the opposite seems to be the case with iOS devices.

iOS only allows self-made apps with a developer’s license or those that have been evaluated by Apple’s App Store censors.

Apple has helped shape and mold today’s smart phone; however, it also sparked a digital mobile race— one which drives Android to constantly step up and utilize innovative features. Apple has had a good run, but if they don’t address some things soon, they will fall further down the wayside.

All in all, Android platforms have come a long way since 2007. Their fast operating systems, boundless apps, and their individualized interface are nothing short of astonishing. In the race to catch up to the iPhone, Android devices now lead—taking the forefront.

 

Guest contributor Andrea Fisher is an online marketer and content specialist for  Detection Security Systems.

 She is a published journalist & blogger with an English degree and political science minor from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

 

Why the iPhone 5 Lightning to 30-pin adapter costs so much

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If the thought of buying an iPhone 5 and then having to shell out a further £25 for the Lightning to 30-pin Adapter – just to use your own speaker dock – has left a bitter taste, prepare for some sweet news.

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Geeks Have Landed have just had a chat with Apple about the steep price of that Lightning connector and it’s been revealed to us why. As you may have noticed the Lightning port is purely digital, but the old 30-pin connection in your car or on your speaker dock uses an analogue signal. Apple’s Lightning to 30-pin Adapter has its own DAC (Digital-to-Analogue Converter) allowing the iPhone 5’s digital signal to be understood by your analogue dock – which isn’t a cheap or simple piece of kit.

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With the cheapest DAC on What Hi-Fi starting at £150 and topping out around the £500 mark, the £25 price and compact body suddenly don’t seem so bad. Of course if you just want to charge your iPhone 5, or attach via USB, there’s a Lightning to Micro USB Adapter for just £15, but that may not help much with your Apple speaker dock.

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Apple iWatch: features, specs and more

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We take a look at all the latest rumours circulating about Apple’s upcoming iWatch

Wearable tech is big business and looks to be one of the biggest trends of the coming year. Google has its glasses and Apple and Samsung have their respective watch projects. But how would an iOS-powered watch work? What would it do? And how much is it likely to cost?

Concrete information is decidedly thin on the ground at present but we do know the company has put together a highly skilled team including engineering director James Foster and program manager Adam Pantfoerder to work on the project – and we’re hearing that the whole thing is being overseen by none other than Sir Jony Ive – so it’s fairly safe to say that this is no half-hearted venture on Apple’s part.

So what can we expect in the way of USPs from Apple’s effort?

Specification

To say that little is known about the device’s rumoured spec would be a gross understatement. Apple has this project sewn-up tighter than a sardine’s swimming costume. What we do know is limited to scraps of gossip emanating from supply chain sources, as is always the case with unconfirmed up-and-coming devices.

The iWatch is believed to feature a curved – perhaps even flexible – 1.5-inch screen, fronted by an as-yet undetermined Corning product. Could it be the oft talked about Corning’s flexible Willow Glass? Perhaps. Multiple sources, including CNET, are reporting that Corning’s bendy-flexy display could appear on devices as soon as this year.

The device is also suspected to make heavy use of Bluetooth for syncing and communicating with larger devices like the iPad and iPhone. NFC is also a possibility in this regard also, bringing both connectivity and payment technology into the fray.

Features

Current rumours suggest Apple is looking to give the device a full operating system, rather than a shrunk-down ‘lite’ offering. That means features like Siri, Apple Maps, iMessage and iCloud could make an appearance. Siri also seems like a no brainer at this stage.

We’d also expect hydrophobic and shock-proofing capabilities as standard aboard the iWatch. How many times have you jumped in the shower with your watch on?

Release Date

The rumour mill is divided over this one. Many so-called sources predict that the iWatch could be set for a Q1 2014 launch. Bloomberg disagrees, claiming the product will be with users around the end of 2013, just in time for Christmas.

Price

There’s next to no information currently available about the device’s projected price-point. Knowing Apple, the device will retail with a premium price tag – anywhere from £200 to £800. And because it’s a watch, there’s plenty of scope for variations on design and build materials over time, meaning we could eventually see multiple types of iWatch aimed at varying price-points.

When Apple eventually do ship an “iWatch,” can anyone guess what Samsung’s next product will be?

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Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd Appear in Samsung Ad

What’s the only thing better than humorous technology adverts? Humorous technology adverts with people who can act. Paul Rudd and Seth Rogen, as well as Bob Odenkirk, are the stars of this latest Samsung advert, where they play members of the company’s marketing team, trying to come up with an idea for a Superbowl advert. However, due to their recent patent complications with Apple, the trio attempt to create the ad without using the term ‘superbowl’.

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