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Apple iPhone 5 Cable Not Working? Try Removing Dust from Charger Slot With Screwdriver

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iPhone 5. Photo courtesy of http://computer-help-please.blogspot.ca/

iPhone 5. Photo courtesy of http://computer-help-please.blogspot.ca/

I have an iPhone 5 by Apple, and have used iPhones for the last few years. I recently had a problem where my iPhone 5 wasn’t charging using my cables. I immediately dismissed those cables as old and faulty, and looked for knock-off versions.

Imagine to my chagrin that I still received an error that “This cable or accessory is not certified and may not work reliably with this iPhone.” Aargh!

After looking high and low for a solution that would work, a friend of mine tried something so primitive that it worked. He took a small screwdriver and cleaned the small space on the bottom where the charger cable goes into. There was a surprisingly large amount of dust inside, preventing a proper charge from happening. After 15-20 seconds of cleaning the space out of dust, my phone was able to charge with any cable once again.

iPhone 5C vs. 5 – Get the iPhone 5

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iphone-5c-all-colorsWith all the hype about the iPhone 5C on a different choice of colours, it makes for a good discussion on it. Many people have clamoured over a choice of iPhone colours for a while and Apple delivered. The hard case and different phone backgrounds makes it a popular, low-cost solution to Apple’s flagship phone. My issue is with the technical specs.

Apple claims that the iPhone 5C has a slightly better battery and Facetime camera than the iPhone 5. However, this has yet to be proven. What I see in the iPhone 5C is a phone that’s similar to the iPhone 5 in every way except:

1. The hard plastic case is easier to crack than the iPhone 5’s metal case

2. You can have an iPhone 5 with double the storage space at the same cost as the iPhone 5C. For example, a 64 GB iPhone 5 is the same price as a 32 GB iPhone 5C.

3. The iPhone 5C doesn’t come with storage spaces higher than 32 GB, meanwhile the phone’s camera takes pictures requiring large storage space.

Noting the above, I don’t see any reason why to get the iPhone 5C when the iPhone 5 does the same with more storage.

How To Repair A Broken iPhone Screen

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From an instructor who does the repairs if you can’t.

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Simply put, this is plain cool. Now if only I knew where to find a replacement screen…

10 Reasons Why I Chose the Apple iPhone 5 Over an Android Phone – Namely Samsung Galaxy S3

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samsung-galaxy-s-iii-anti-iphone-5-ad-full-sizeAs per my personal blog, I had purchased the Apple iPhone 5 through Best Buy on a Rogers plan, then fought with Best Buy and Rogers shortly afterward through Twitter. Some might wonder why I chose to get the iPhone 5 when I could have chosen an Android device. Here are some reasons:

1. I Like It

That should be # 1, always. You should always like what you are getting. I like the iPhone 5, hence I got it.

2. The Apps I Already Have

While Google Play has drastically improved it’s list of apps, there are a number of Apps that I already purchased through the Apple store for my old iPhone and I didn’t want to re-purchase them for the Android if I didn’t have to. Also, there are certain specialty Apps that the Android simply doesn’t have right not.

3. My iCloud Contacts

As I have done before with other phone transfers, one of the most challenging is successfully transferring ALL contacts. With iCloud that’s not the case as the contacts download to your new iPhone seamlessly.

4. The Consistency

Whatever Apple device you get, you know what are getting. And, it doesn’t crash or get viruses easily. Being that Android is on many different devices, it can operate differently depending on the device it’s installed on. Android has also been reported to operate sluggishly on many devices.

With iPhones you are getting a device that works well almost all of the time, even on half the RAM (1 GB) that the Samsung Galaxy S3 has (2GB) and a relatively slower processor (A6 is dual-core whereas SnapDragon is supposedly Quad-Core). There are other components that somehow make an iPhone “just work,” and well.

The iPhone 5 has already been speed- and performance-tested side by side with a Samsung Galaxy S3, which shows that the iPhone 5 by far outperforms the Galaxy despite the less powerful features. Something was done right.

5. The Durability

The iPhone 5 will survive most common “drops” that can accidentally occur at any moment at any day while at most leaving small nicks. When a Samsung Galaxy phone, though, drops, it doesn’t nick: it cracks and sometimes shatters! While the HTC phone has proven to be waterproof, it makes things more complicated when choosing a phone, doen’t it?

Here is a great video of a sample drop test between a Samsung Galaxy S3 and an iPhone 5. However, if you go onto YouTube to search drop tests you will see others as well with similar results.

6. The Display

Say what you will, but the Retina display of the iPhone 5 makes “white” look more like “white,” and produces sharper colors. The Samsung Galaxy S3 Android phone has a new display type called AMOLED, which makes colors more vibrant but you can tell that there is something lacking.

7. A Closed System

Okay, this is not really a reason for getting the iPhone 5, but still. Apple has long been criticized for being a closed system. For better or worse, this really protects the phone from incompatible programs that can slow down the phone, and even viruses.

8. The Feel When Holding It

IMG_1622This was another big factor in my decision making. At a recent event I met two family members, one with the iPhone 5 and one with the Samsung Galaxy S3. I was able to hold one phone on each hand and knew what I wanted. The iPhone 5 felt thinner and being made of metal felt more comfortable and more “authoritative” at the same time, which was great. The Samsung Galaxy S3 though felt like cheap plastic, and the wideness as well as the overall size made it feel like I was holding a tablet to make calls, which can get uncomfortable after a while. I didn’t like that and right then and there “just knew” which phone I wanted to get.

9. The Camera

Yes, believe it or not, I also got the iPhone 5, in part because of the Camera. While the Samsung Galaxy S3 Android phone has many more photo features than the iPhone 5, most of those are in fact rarely used, which can complicate things. Also, the Panorama feature was simply something I felt I needed to have, which I felt the iPhone did better than the Samsung.

10. The Software Updates

This is important as most Android devices don’t make it easy to simply upgrade your Operating System. the iPhone provides free software upgrades as they come out, offering more and more features.

Conclusion

Both phones otherwise were comparable. Apple’s Siri goes head-to-head with Android’s many alternatives, namely Maluuba. Samsung has Near Field Communication (NFC), a revolutionary technology allowing multiple Samsung phone users to share encrypted data with one another. This is huge when utilizing “S Beam” to transfer photos and videos. Again, Apple (and Android) has Bump which does a great job on its own.

Can Apple duplicate NFC and “S Beam” in the near future? Perhaps, as Apple recently was awarded a patent for an NFC alternative. On the other hand, perhaps not as it’s not clear that the technology will really help out in the long run. Keep in mind though that the “S Beam” feature involves a LOT of data usage, so expect to pay a pretty penny there. That’s something that Samsung will never admit in its commercials 🙂

For the record, the iPhone has its own S-Beam feature in a special app called “Bump” (https://bu.mp/), which I have used to transfer photos just the same.

The war goes on and it really boils down to a matter of personal preference.

All that having been said, I’m no fanboy, but I love all types of technology and love what works, and works well. At home I utilize Windows, Apple/Unix and Linux devices, each for different purposes. I am honestly sick of one product being bashed over another.

I learned a while ago that it’s silly to say that one product is always better than another in the name of brand loyalty. This is why the following video resonates with me big time:

But hey, that’s what competition is all about, right?

Again, this post is not why one phone is better than the other, rather why I want one phone over another.

 

Note: Check out how deadly a Samsung Galaxy phone can be: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2359281/Exploding-Samsung-Galaxy-phone-leaves-teenager-degree-burns-smelling-like-burnt-pig.html

The Evolution of the Modern Computer

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The evolution of the modern computer is a fascinating tale, and one that spans several centuries. The term computer used to refer to a person who worked out calculations or computations. This term was coined in 1613 and did not change its meaning from “guy who knows math really well” to “that mechanical marvel that carries out computations” until the middle of the 20th century.

History of the Computer

The computer started out as an automated machine that calculated figures and, though it is difficult to find a specific date as to the first time the human mind didn’t have to struggle through complicated figures all on its own, there are quite a few machines that are worthy of honorable mention, such as the Sumerian abacus and the Antikythera mechanism which was used to compute astronomical positions.

In 1642, smack dab in the middle of the Renaissance, the first mechanical calculator, which could perform all four basic mathematical functions without the help of human intelligence, this was the seed from which computers sprouted.

In their infancy, around 1800, computers performed simple tasks, like keeping track of employees’ workday. And in 1837, Charles Babbage designed the first fully programmable computer, however it was his son Henry Babbage that completed and built the first actual computer, this happened in 1888.

In the mid to late 1880’s Herman Hollerith ran with this idea and built the first machine-readable medium for recorded data.

Computers in the 1900’s

Jumping forward a few hundred years, to the first half of the 20th Century, many scientific computing needs were met by increasingly sophisticated versions of the analog computer. And in 1936 Alan Turing provided the blueprint for the modern computer with his Turing machine, which made use of an algorithm to compute more complicated data.

During the 1950’s computers used vacuum tubes as their electronic elements, but these were quickly replaced by semiconductor transistor-based machines, which were cheaper to produce, smaller, which made it easier to create the personal computer, required less power, and were much more reliable. In 1953 the first transistorized computer was demonstrated at the University of Manchester.

In the 1970’s the integrated circuit was invented which paved the way for the microprocessor. This further decreased the cost, size, and malfunctions with computers.

Today’s computers

In the 1980’s computers entered the home and it the personal computer was born. Later, with the invention of the Internet, computers became a form of communication with the outside world, growing to replace and rival the telephone and the television.

The defining characteristic of the modern computer is its programmability. This sets it apart from other household appliances and increases it functionality in the home and workplace as a tool or as a vehicle for your entertainment. There are many great companies out there to get a good computer for your family, look at dell.ca for great deals.

Quicktime Crashes on Mac OSX: DO NOT Uninstall!!! Here’s What to Do

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Okay, you’re using an Apple Macbook or Mac desktop workstation running Mac OSX, and you want to play a certain video clip through Quicktime. you notice that a previous video you had watched keeps popping up and freezes the entire Quicktime program. You force quit, run it again, and the same problem happens. What do you do?

One thing you do is: DO NOT Uninstall!!!

If you have the urge to drag Quicktime to the trash can or run a custom uninstaller, you will not be able to re-install it. Quicktime is built on the Mac OSX as an operating system “structure.” If you dare to uninstall it you likely will need to re-install the Operating System, possibly formatting your hard drive and erasing your data in the process.

Here’s What to Do on a Mac OSX

What you would need to do in this case is run a disk repair, and right afterwards repair disk permissions. On a Mac OSX, if you forget to repair disk permissions after repairing your disk, bad things can happen. Do both.

I was a bit skeptical about this at first, but had an open mind and it worked for me! Quicktime, iTunes, and Safari are as integrated into the operating system as Internet Explorer is to Windows systems – you can never completely uninstall it (though they say that you can on Windows 7 and 8 – haven’t tried it though).

How to Repair Your Disc on a Mac OSX

The following was taken straight from the University of Winconson KnowledgeBase (permission pending):

Mac OS X – Using Disk Utility to Repair a Disk

This document explains how to use Disk Utility in Mac OS X to repair a disk. Disk Utility is included with
OS X and can be used to repair system file permissions and minor errors in a disk’s directory structure. It
is located in the Utilities folder within the Applications folder on the hard drive. Disk Utility can also
be run from a Mac OS X installation disc.

Repair Disk

Disk Utility cannot repair the directory structure of the active startup disk but in Mac OS X 10.4 or newer it can
verify the active startup disk. To repair an OS X system disk with Disk Utility, you must startup the
computer using an Apple Software Restore disc (included with newer Macs) or a Mac OS X Install disk (must be the same version). Insert
the disc, restart the computer, and hold the C key when you hear the startup sound. You can
release the key when the gray Apple appears.

It is normal for the computer to take longer to startup from a CD or DVD. The disc will automatically
start the OS X installer but you do not need to reinstall OS X. If you are prompted to select a language and
you do not see the menu bar at the top of the screen, click the right arrow button to proceed to the next
screen.

The method of opening Disk Utility varies depending on the version of OS X on the installation disc.

Mac OS X 10.2.x through 10.3.x:Select Open Disk Utility from the Installer menu at the top of the screen.
Mac OS X 10.4.x through 10.6.x:Choose Disk Utility from the Utilities menu at the top of the screen.

The Disk Utility window should look similar to the picture below. Select the name of the hard drive (e.g.
Macintosh HD) on the left side of the window and click the First Aid tab if it is not
already selected. To check the directory of the disk and attempt repair of any problems found, click the
Repair Disk button. If it finds any problems, it will list them. Otherwise, it will say
“The volume Macintosh HD appears to be OK.”

Note: If no disks are found, it may be an indication of a more serious problem. [The University of Wisconson provides free support for students, called DoIT Help Desk. For the rest of us, contact either the Apple Store or the place you purchased your Apple computer from, provided you are still under warranty. – RafiCall the DoIT Help Desk at 264-HELP (608-264-4357).

Note: If it does find any problems, you should click Repair Disk to
scan again. If it finds the same problem(s) during the second scan, it means Disk Utility cannot repair the
disk and a more advanced utility is required. Call the DoIT Help Desk at 264-HELP.

Repair Disk Permissions

System file permissions can be verified or repaired on the startup disk so it is not necessary to restart
from a CD or DVD. To check and repair system file permissions, select the name of the hard drive on the left
and click the Repair Disk Permissions button.

S.M.A.R.T. Status

Some hard drives are capable of reporting problems before a hardware failure occurs. This is known as
Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology or S.M.A.R.T. A hard drive’s S.M.A.R.T. status (if
available) is only displayed when the the drive (e.g. 57.3 GB IBM IC35L060A…) is selected on the left side of the
window.

The version of Disk Utility included with Mac OS X 10.4 or newer can display the S.M.A.R.T. status while running
from a CD/DVD or the hard drive. The 10.3 version only reports S.M.A.R.T. status while running from the hard
drive. The version of Disk Utility in 10.2 does not report S.M.A.R.T. status.

In Mac OS X 10.3 or newer look for the S.M.A.R.T. Status at the bottom of the Disk Utility window. If this
line is missing, it means the drive does not support S.M.A.R.T. If the status is Verified, it means the hard
drive is probably functioning properly (although there may still be directory issues that S.M.A.R.T. does not
check). If the status is Failing, you should backup your data and replace the hard drive.

Apple’s “The Woz” (Steve Wozniak) has a new Toy – The Samsung Galaxy!

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Last month The Woz (Steve Wozniak) was reported by Business Insider for buying an Apple iPhone 4S. Yesterday he was caught buying a Samsung Galaxy phone with Google’s Android operating system, Apple’s biggest Smart Phone competitor, straight from Google’s headquarters!

The Woz yesterday at Google's Headquarters getting the Galaxy with the Android 4.0 Operating System

Steve Wozniak with his iPhone 4S in October 2011The Woz yesterday at Google's Headquarters getting the Galaxy with the Android 4.0 Operating System

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I guess that he’s showing his honesty – that the iPhone 4S Stinks!

***Update***

Steve Wozniak recently posted on his Facebook profile that he bought the Android phone to test around with, but that he has no time and is currently happy with his iPhone 4S. Whatever.

R.I.P. Steve Jobs – Former Apple CEO Dead at 56 Years of Age

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The world just lost a visionary in Steve Jobs today. At 56 years of age, Jobs battled numerous health problems and lost the battle on cancer. He will be missed.

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From a technology perspective, Apple’s mantra has been that “Apple innovates and everyone else imitates.” I find this to be true to an extent. During the turn of the 21st Century, Apple’s iMacs were the first ones to lack a Floppy drive, relying instead on CDs and USB Keys. The iPhone was the first “really” successful Smart Phone in the market. The iPod redefined what an MP3 Player was. The Macbook Air was the first portable computer that lacked a CD drive and promoted everything being digitally downloaded. The iCloud came shortly after. I can go on and on.

At the same time, one cannot ignore Apple’s imitation of a GUI for an operating system after Steve Jobs took a tour at Xerox labs, where Xerox had the first “real” GUI system. If Steve Jobs never went on that fateful tour, Xerox would be the industry leader in desktop computers and not Apple. Or, how about where Steve Jobs tried to make money off a computer building concept that Steve Wozniak had come up with.

Nevertheless, the point is, we just lost someone who’s visionary skills may be found lacking in others for years to come.

Signing off. Stay hungry, stay foolish.

Apple’s version of CTRL+ALT+DEL

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Apple’s version of the “three finger salute” is Command (Apple) + Option + Escape. This will bring up a menu that lets you kill any application. If you end up in a rare situation where the computer is completely and utterly unresponsive, you can hold the power button down. You shouldn’t really need any of the other uses of Ctrl-Alt-Del on a mac.

Apple Mac’s (Macintosh’s) Task Manager

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This is possibly one of the most frustrating issues when switching over to a Macintosh Computer from a Windows PC. How does one get the task manager in case an application freezes and one wants to kill that application?

  1. Try Activity Monitor in Applications => Utilities – BEST.
  2. Or if you just want a simple way to quit programs, click on the Apple icon in the top left corner and select Force Quit (the keyboard shortcut would be Command + Option + Esc).
  3. Don’t forget the “heads up” task switcher. Press CMD+TAB together and you will get a clever task switching display. You can switch now by continuing to hold down CMD and use the arrow keys to move between the available applications. Windows has a similar function… ALT+TAB.

Keep in mind that with an Apple computer you rarely will need to use the Task Manager, but just in case…