A robotic system called Liam to take apart junked iPhones and recover valuable materials that can be recycled

A robotic system called Liam to take apart junked iPhones and recover valuable materials that can be recycled

The move is an attempt to address criticism that Apple’s products, while sleek and seamless in design, are so tightly constructed that their components can be difficult to disassemble, refurbish and reuse. More »

Best Price iPhone SE

Best Price iPhone SE

EE iPhone SE with 16GB storage The lowest price EE is offering the 16GB iPhone SE for is £27.49 monthly on a 24 month plan and an upfront cost of £49.99, but it More »

Apple Gets Smaller With 9.7-Inch iPad Pro and iPhone SE

Apple Gets Smaller With 9.7-Inch iPad Pro and iPhone SE

iPhone SE The iPhone SE is essentially a 4-inch clone of the iPhone 6s, and it features the same A9 processor introduced in the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. The iPhone SE More »

Apple simmering relationship with American law enforcement

Apple simmering relationship with American law enforcement

APPLE is the most valuable listed company in the world. It has also become the most controversial. Tim Cook, Apple’s boss, is in a heated battle with America’s Federal Bureau of Investigation More »

Iphone / iOS Upgrade in 10 Steps

Iphone / iOS Upgrade in 10 Steps

Just as they do each year around this time, smartphone sales have slowed down while most of us wait to get a new iPhone or install the latest iOS. If you intend More »


Way to a less overloaded, more organized iPhone or iPad

For smartphone users, especially iPhone, iPad or iPod touch storage media is very important that a smartphone can run normally. Sometimes if the remaining space is up then your smartphone will run slower, and the application does not run normally. And how can you Make smart decisions about what to keep and what to delete? Follow Reviews These few simple steps, and you’ll be on your way to a less overloaded, more organized iPhone or iPad. taken from http://www.pcmag.com some tips

1. Check Your Total Usage
Go to Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage.

At the very top, you’ll see Used and Available space. Those fields refer to the space on your iPhone or iPad. Below them, you’ll see your iCloud space. For the purpose of this article, however, we’ll just focus on local storage, the top numbers.

You don’t need to understand these numbers deeply, and there are no hard and fast rules about how much space you need to leave free on your iPhone$649.00 at Apple Store or iPad$599.00 at Apple Store or iPod touch$199.00 at Apple Store. If you simply want to have enough free space so that you can take new photos and install new apps without worrying about hitting an obstacle, give yourself at least 1GB of free space (1GB=1,024MB). I’m more comfortable leaving at least 2GB available.

Note that when you add your available space and the used space, they won’t add up to the total size of your phone (e.g., a 16GB iPhone may appear to have only about 12.3GB total space) because it doesn’t include the space being used by the operating system.

2. Analyze Which Apps Are Taking the Most Space
Tap on Manage Storage. Here you’ll see a list of all your apps, in order of how much space they consume.

Select any app, and a new page shows the usage into two parts: the amount of space the app itself uses (in light gray at the top) and the space used by the app’s data and documents.

For example, my favorite podcasting app Downcast$2.99 at iTunes Store takes up 622MB total: 17.1MB for the app and 605MB for documents and data.

Sometimes, this information helps you see that it’s not the app that takes up so much space, but rather what you store in it. In my case, the Downcast app is listed first when I go to the Manage Storage page, meaning it is the app that takes up the most space of all my apps, so I know I can make big gains by getting rid of any excess data in it. And I have some options. I could listen to the podcasts that are saved in the app and delete them afterward. Or I could change my settings in the app so that new podcasts only download to my phone when I want to play them. Or I could change the settings to only stream podcasts with a video component and never download them.

3. Check Your Photo and Video Use
A lot of people find that the Photos & Camera app takes up a lot more space than they realized, so let’s deal with that app directly.

When you tap on that app to see how much space it uses, you’ll see both Photo Library and Shared Photo Stream.

Right now, just focus on Photo Library, as that’s the space being used locally on your iPhone or iPad.

If you have more than 1GB here, you should consider copying photos and videos to another storage space so that you can delete them from your iPhone and free up a lot of space. In my opinion, one of the easiest ways to do it is to use Dropbox to offload your iPhone photos. You can use any cloud-based syncing and storage service you like, such as Box, SugarSync, etc. It doesn’t have to be Dropbox per se, although ideally you want the service to have a mobile upload feature in its iPhone app, as Dropbox does.

You can find complete instructions for transferring photos and videos off your iPhone or iPad and into Dropbox in the article linked above, but to summarize, you’ll turn on the Camera Upload feature and let it run. When it’s finished, log into the Dropbox app and verify that you can find and open your images. Then, delete them from the Photo app. Finally, open the Photos app, go to Albums, and select Recently Deleted. Tap Select, and then at the bottom tap Delete All. If you skip that last step, you won’t free up any space for a month, as your iOS device will hang onto deleted photos for 30 days, just in case you change your mind about deleting them. When you use the Dropbox upload tool, you don’t have to worry about it because you’ve already made copies of the photos and saved them to Dropbox.

Other apps that often take up a lot of space because of their data include music players, podcast players, Voice Memos, and office apps. You probably want to keep the app itself, but you might be able to free up space by deleting files that are no longer relevant.

To delete documents and data, you have to open the app where they’re contained and remove them there. In other words, you can’t delete them from the iPhone or iPad Settings area.

4. Target Apps You Don’t Use
Go back to the Manage Storage page. Scroll through the list of apps and look for apps you don’t use. It’s much easier to find apps you no longer need here, where they’re in a neat list, than on your home screens, where they are likely to be scattered across several pages and bunched into folders. (See also my tips for how to organize your iPhone or iPad apps among the home screens.)

If you find apps you don’t need or don’t use, or which you only use in specific contexts, such as only using travel apps while traveling, consider deleting them. Any app you’ve purchased in the past is always available for you to download again at no extra charge. Apple keeps track of apps you’ve purchased in the past so that you don’t end up paying for them twice.

To delete apps, go to your iPhone or iPad’s home screen and press and hold any app. You’ll see all the apps shake on screen. A small X appears on each icon. Press the X, and confirm to delete.

When you’re done, press the home button.

5. Remove Unwanted Music Tracks and Albums
Multimedia, such as audio tracks and videos, takes up a lot of space. There are two ways to delete audio files and videos.

From Settings Go to Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Manage Storage.

Scroll down the Music app and tap it. The next screen summarizes all the songs and albums you have stored locally.

Clean out all the tracks in any album by swiping it right to left. You can also use the Edit button (top right) to delete multiple tracks and albums in one shot. Both of these actions delete all the files associated with the entry or album.

From Within the App Open the Music app. Go to Artists > Only Downloaded Music. Toggle that button on. Now you’ll only see music that’s stored locally and taking up space.

Delete track by track, album by album, and so forth, by tapping the song or album and hitting Delete. If you notice a lot of duplicate tracks from music you put on your iPhone or iPad from iTunes, you’re better off cleaning them up in iTunes rather than on your mobile device. You can get help from software that specifically handles deduping in iTunes, such as Leawo Tunes Cleaner.

6. Empty Safari’s Cache
One final smidgen of junk to wipe off your iPhone or iPad is the cache for the Safari Web browser or other mobile Web browsers you use.

For Safari, go to Settings > Safari. Tap Clear History and Website Data.

Other mobile browsers may have slightly different instructions for dumping the cache. Try looking in the app’s settings if you can’t find the option in the iOS Settings.

Source : http://www.pcmag.com


Apple’s security operation has been in flux

SAN FRANCISCO — Now that the United States government has cracked open an iPhone that belonged to a gunman in the San Bernardino, Calif., mass shooting without Apple’s help, the tech company is under pressure to find and fix the flaw.

But unlike other cases where security vulnerabilities have cropped up, Apple may face a higher set of hurdles in ferreting out and repairing the particular iPhone hole that the government hacked.

The challenges start with the lack of information about the method that the law enforcement authorities, with the aid of a third party, used to break into the iPhone of Syed Rizwan Farook, an attacker in the San Bernardino rampage last year. Federal officials have refused to identify the person, or organization, who helped crack the device, and have declined to specify the procedure used to open the iPhone. Apple also cannot obtain the device to reverse-engineer the problem, the way it would in other hacking situations.

Making matters trickier, Apple’s security operation has been in flux. The operation was reorganized late last year. A manager who had been responsible for handling most of the government’s data extraction requests left the team to work in a different part of the company, according to four current and former Apple employees, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the changes. Other employees, among them one whose tasks included trying to hack Apple’s own products, left the company over the last few months, they said, while new people have joined.

The situation is in many ways a continuation of the cat-and-mouse game Apple is constantly engaged in with hackers, but the unusually prominent nature of this hacking — and the fact that the hacker was the United States government — creates a predicament for the company.

“Apple is a business, and it has to earn the trust of its customers,” said Jay Kaplan, chief executive of the tech security company Synack and a former National Security Agency analyst. “It needs to be perceived as having something that can fix this vulnerability as soon as possible.”

Apple referred to a statement it made on Monday when the government filed to drop its case demanding that the company help it open Mr. Farook’s iPhone. “We will continue to increase the security of our products as the threats and attacks on our data become more frequent and more sophisticated,” Apple said.

Apple has been making many long-term moves to increase the security of its devices. The company’s chief executive, Timothy D. Cook, has told colleagues that he stands by Apple’s road map to encrypt everything stored on its devices and services, as well as information stored in Apple’s cloud service iCloud, which customers use to back up the data on their mobile devices. Apple engineers have also begun developing new security measures that would make it tougher for the government to open a locked iPhone.

For now, with the dearth of information about the flaw in Mr. Farook’s iPhone 5C, which runs Apple’s iOS 9 operating system, security experts could only guess at how the government broke into the smartphone.

Forensics experts said the government might have attacked Apple’s system using a widely discussed method to extract information from a protected area in the phone by removing a chip and fooling a mechanism that blocks password guessing, in order to find the user’s password and unlock the data.

The authorities may have used a procedure that mirrors the phone’s storage chip, called a NAND chip, and then copied it onto another chip. Often referred to as “NAND-mirroring,” this would allow the F.B.I. to replace the original NAND chip with one that has a copy of that content. If the F.B.I. tried 10 passcodes to unlock the phone and failed, it could then generate a new copy of the phone’s content and try another password guess.

“It’s like trying to play the same level on Super Mario Brothers over and over again and just restoring from your saved game every time you kill Mario,” said Jonathan Zdziarski, an iOS forensics expert.

Newer iPhone models may be less susceptible to NAND-mirroring because they have an upgraded chip known as the A7, with a security processor called the Secure Enclave that has a unique numerical key not known to the company and which is essential to the securing of information stored in the phone.

Security vulnerabilities in Apple products have become increasingly prized by hackers in recent years, given the ubiquity of the company’s mobile devices. Yet as interest has grown in attacking Apple’s hardware and software, the company’s own security teams have been in flux.

Apple previously had two main security teams — a group called Core OS Security Engineering and a product security team. The product security team included a privacy group that examined whether data was properly encrypted and anonymized, among other functions, according to three former Apple employees. The product security team also had people who reacted to vulnerabilities found by people outside Apple, as well as a proactive team, called RedTeam, which worked to actively hack Apple products.

Last year, the product security team was broken up and the privacy group began reporting to a new manager, the former employees said. The rest of product security — the proactive and reactive pieces — was absorbed by the Core OS Security Engineering team, which itself experienced shifts.

The leader of the Core OS Security Engineering team, Dallas DeAtley, left the security division last year to work in a different part of Apple. Mr. DeAtley was one of the few employees who over the years had taken care of government requests to extract data from iPhones. Mr. DeAtley did not respond to requests for comment.

A few other members of the team also departed. Others joined Apple as the company acquired a handful of security outfits last year, including LegbaCore, which previously found and fixed flaws for Apple.

Some of the departures had more to do with market forces, the former Apple employees said. Security professionals are some of the most sought-after engineers in the technology sector.

Whether Apple’s security operation will ever obtain information about how the government hacked into Mr. Farook’s iPhone remains unclear.

It’s possible that the government won’t say how it opened the iPhone because the method is “proprietary to the company that helped the F.B.I.,” said Stewart A. Baker, a lawyer at Steptoe & Johnson and the Department of Homeland Security’s first assistant secretary for policy.

Within the security community, researchers and professionals said they were incensed that they — and Apple — may not find out how the F.B.I. was able to crack Mr. Farook’s iPhone.

“There is very little debate that it is in everyone’s best interest that Apple find out about this vulnerability and everyone should be asking why that is not the case,” said Alex Rice, the chief technology officer at HackerOne, a security company in San Francisco that helps coordinate vulnerability disclosure for corporations.

Source : http://www.nytimes.com/


A robotic system called Liam to take apart junked iPhones and recover valuable materials that can be recycled

The move is an attempt to address criticism that Apple’s products, while sleek and seamless in design, are so tightly constructed that their components can be difficult to disassemble, refurbish and reuse.

Apple Inc on Monday unveiled a robotic system called Liam to take apart junked iPhones and recover valuable materials that can be recycled, such as silver and tungsten.

Liam, which has been under development for nearly three years, will initially focus on the iPhone 6. Apple plans to modify and expand the system to handle different devices and recover more resources, the company said.

The system started to operate at full capacity last month and can take apart one iPhone 6 every 11 seconds to recover aluminium, copper, tin, tungsten, cobalt, gold and silver parts, according to Apple.

At that rate and working uninterrupted, Liam likely can handle no more than a few million phones per year, a small fraction of the more than 231 million phones Apple sold in 2015.

Greenpeace welcomed Apple’s initiative as an example of how the company is committed to keeping more products out of land fills, but the environmental group questioned how much of an impact the Liam robot would actually have on overall iPhone recycling volumes.

Independent e-waste recyclers, which handle the bulk of discarded iPhones, will not have access to Liam.

“If it’s easy for a robot, that’s great,” said Gary Cook, senior IT analyst for Greenpeace. “But making it easier for a human, who will be doing most of this, is part of the solution.”

Greenpeace urged Apple to build more products using recycled metals, and to make its devices easier to deconstruct. Cook said Apple has been an industry leader on some environmental issues, such as asking suppliers to run on renewable energy.

“A lot of the sector has followed their lead because they’ve helped change the supply chain,” he said.

Another robot in Europe
The world is awash in discarded electronic equipment, with the United States and China accounting for nearly a third of it. Less than a sixth of global e-waste is properly recycled or made available for reuse, according to an April 2015 United Nations University report.

Apple does not disclose how many of its devices are turned in for recycling every year. Under its existing program, the company offers customers store credit for recycling certain devices and will recycle old products for free.

The Liam system consists of 29 robotic modules on a single site near Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California. It will focus initially on iPhone 6 phones sold in the United States, where Apple gets about 40 percent of its revenue.

A second Liam is being installed in Europe, Apple said.

Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives, said Liam can help push the technology sector toward more recycling, by manufacturers and consumers.

“We need more R&D if we are going to realize the idea of a circular economy in electronics,” she said.

Jackson, who was US Environmental Protection Agency administrator from 2009 to 2013, spoke to Reuters before she unveiled Liam at Apple’s spring product launch on Monday.

Some environmental activists have criticized Apple for not making its products more green. In the ultra-thin MacBook Air, for instance, the chips, hard drive, battery and processors cannot easily be upgraded. The units use bespoke screws or glue to hold them together.

Computers made by other companies tend to be more modular and easier to break apart.

Kyle Wiens, co-founder of iFixit, an open-source repair manual for devices, said one reason iPhones, iPads and iPods are difficult to pry apart is that their batteries are glued into the devices.

A large number of older iPhone models are resold to consumers in China and parts of Africa, which have more limited recycling options. Putting robots in California and Europe may not address that problem, he said.

“It’s notable that they (Apple) are talking about this, but unless you get one of these robots inside every recycler in the world, it’s not going to have an impact,” Wiens said.

“On the one hand there is this really cool robot, and that’s great. On the other hand there are a lot of realities on the ground that will make this not really have an impact,” he added.

Jackson said Apple’s design approach will not change, but the company is working on better ways to disassemble its devices and recover reusable materials.


Best Price iPhone SE


iPhone SE with 16GB storage

The lowest price EE is offering the 16GB iPhone SE for is £27.49 monthly on a 24 month plan and an upfront cost of £49.99, but it does mean you’ll end up with just 500MB of data and 500 minutes, though texts are unlimited. For £34.99 per month you could get 4GB of data, unlimited texts and data and no upfront fee.  Further pricing details are available http://shop.ee.co.uk/mobile-phones/pay-monthly/iphone-se-16gb-space-grey/details?bundleNo=-1.

iPhone SE with 64GB storage

The cheapest 64GB deal is £37.49 over 24 months with no upfront fee, 1GB of data, 1,000 minutes and unlimited texts. The best deal is £44.99 monthly for 4GB of data, unlimited texts and minutes with no upfront charge. More details are available http://shop.ee.co.uk/mobile-phones/pay-monthly/iphone-se-64gb-space-grey/details?bundleNo=-1.


Vodafone customers who pre-order their Phone SE 16GB or 64GB on a Vodafone Red 2GB Bundle for £34 per month (£9 upfront cost) or £40 per month (£9 upfront cost) respectively, will enjoy unlimited texts, unlimited minutes and 2GB of data.

Alternatively, customers can pre-order either version on a Vodafone Red Value 4GB Bundle, at £44 per month for the iPhone SE 16GB or £49 per month for the iPhone SE 64GB.  Again, both have a £9 upfront cost and include unlimited texts, unlimited minutes and 4GB of data, as well as a choice of free access to Netflix (available until 31 March 2016), Sky Sports Mobile TV, Spotify Premium or a NOW TV Entertainment Pass for 6 months. More details are available https://www.vodafone.co.uk/brands/apple/iphone-se/index.htm#Rose%20Gold/16.


iPhone SE with 16GB storage

O2’s cheapest tariff for the 16GB version is £24 monthly over 24 months for 500MB of data and unlimited texts and 500 minutes with a upfront cost of £99.99, but the most reasonable deal is £36.50 for no prior cost, unlimited texts and minutes and 3GB of data. More details are available https://www.o2.co.uk/shop/tariff/apple/iphone-se/?productId=4da381e2-df23-45b8-a1a1-61e49f4eaa8f&planId=&contractType=paymonthly.

iPhone SE with 64GB storage

The cheapest 64GB version is priced at £29.99 monthly over 24 months for 500MB, 500 minutes, unlimited texts and an upfront fee of £69.99. The best deal is £40 per month for 5GB, unlimited texts and minutes and an upfront cost of £39.99. More details are available https://www.o2.co.uk/shop/tariff/apple/iphone-se/?productId=4da381e2-df23-45b8-a1a1-61e49f4eaa8f&planId=&contractType=paymonthly.


The iPhone SE

What is it?
Apple has developed a new 4-inch iPhone to cater for those who aren’t keen on the new larger iPhone sizes of 4.7-inches and 5.5-inches. They’ve called it the iPhone SE
What features will it have?
It has a 4 inch screen, 12MP iSight camera, A9 64 bit processor and will be available in 16GB and 64GB
When will it go on sale?
Available for order from March 24, and available from March 31
How much will it cost?
It’s launching at £356 for a 16GB model and £439 for the 64GB model


No upfront cost on a 24 month contract:

  • £17.81 per month or £359 for 16GB version
  • £21.77 per month or £439 for 64GB version.

 Carphone Warehouse

Carphone Warehouse’s best deal for the iPhone SE 16GB with no upfront cost is through O2 for £26 monthly and 500MB of data, while the best deal for the 64GB version is £34 a month for 500MB of fata, also through O2. More details are available http://www.carphonewarehouse.com/apple/iphone-se .


Three is not charging any up-front costs for either of the two models, and is offering all-you-eat texts and minutes across all its deals.

three iphone se deals

source : www.telegraph.co.uk


Apple Gets Smaller With 9.7-Inch iPad Pro and iPhone SE

iPhone SE

The iPhone SE is essentially a 4-inch clone of the iPhone 6s, and it features the same A9 processor introduced in the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. The iPhone SE has the same graphics performance as the 6s and 6s Plus with an embedded M9 coprocessor. Basically, Apple decided to make its most powerful iPhone yet even smaller.

Device iPhone SE
Processor Apple A9 (with M9 Coprocessor)
Storage Options 16 GB, 64 GB
Cameras 12 MP iSight (Rear Facing), 5 MP Facetime (Front Facing)
Pricing $399 (16 GB), $499 (64 GB)

The 12 MP rear-facing camera can capture 4K videos, which can be edited right on the device (similar to the iPhone 6s). The front-facing 5 MP camera features a Retina Flash, which momentarily brightens the screen to improve picture quality in low light.

iphonesearray-800x620Starting at $399, Apple heralds the new iPhone SE as the lowest introductory price for an iPhone in the company’s history.

9.7-Inch iPad Pro

Apple also introduced a tinier version of its iPad Pro, now offering a 9.7-inch version of the productivity tablet. It features a new True Tone display, which uses four-channel sensors to dynamically adjust the white balance of the display to match the ambient light around you.

Device 9.7-Inch iPad Pro
Processor Apple A9X (With
Display 9.7-inch Oxide TFT 2048 x 1536 True Tone Display
Storage Options 32 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB
Cameras 12 MP iSight (Rear Facing), 5 MP Facetime (Front Facing)
Connectivity 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Optional LTE
Pricing $599 (32 GB, Wi-Fi Only)
$749 (128 GB, Wi-Fi Only)
$899 (256 GB, Wi-Fi Only)

The 9.7-inch iPad Pro also features an A9X processor. Apple claims that the 12 GPU cores in the embedded M9 motion coprocessor makes the device more powerful than an Xbox 360. The new display is smaller, but with a resolution of 2048×1536, it keeps the same pixel-per-inch rating as the 12.3-inch iPad Pro (264 ppi). For the first time ever, the company is offering a 256 GB variant (the 12.3-inch iPad Pro also gains this storage option), and Apple also has LTE versions of the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

ipad_pro_new_size_coloursThe cameras on the 9.7-inch iPad Pro are also better than its predecessor, offering a 12 MP iSight rear-facing camera and a 5 MP Facetime (front-facing) camera (compared to the 12.3-inch iPad Pro’s 8 MP and 1.2 MP cameras, respectively). The new 9.7-inch iPad Pro also weighs less than a pound (0.96 lbs to be precise).

Both the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and the iPhone SE will be available for order on March 24 and will begin shipping on March 31. The iPad Pro and iPhone SE both come in space gray, silver, gold or rose gold.

source : http://www.tomshardware.com


Apple simmering relationship with American law enforcement

APPLE is the most valuable listed company in the world. It has also become the most controversial. Tim Cook, Apple’s boss, is in a heated battle with America’s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), which wants the company to help it unlock a terrorist’s iPhone. Mr Cook says complying with the FBI’s request would have dangerous consequences, and is refusing to do so. The standoff has sparked a fierce public debate about how to balance personal privacy and public safety. Americans are divided about whether Mr Cook is a hero fighting on behalf of privacy rights or a publicity hound who is out of touch with the public mood. Some 51% of Americans think Mr Cook should assist the FBI, according to a survey by Pew Research Centre, while only 38% side with Apple.

This standoff escalated on February 16th, when Tim Cook posted an open letter on Apple’s website explaining why the company did not want to comply with a federal judge’s order to help the FBI unlock the phone of Syed Rizwan Farook, who, along with his wife, murdered 14 people at a holiday party in San Bernardino last year. The FBI has requested Apple to design a solution to bypass one of its security procedures, which deletes the contents of an iPhone if the password is guessed unsuccessfully ten times. A federal court has ordered the firm to comply with the request, but Mr Cook is refusing, on the grounds that doing so would have dangerous consequences. It would enable the FBI to gain access to the contents of the phone, which, granted, could provide helpful clues to law enforcement. But Apple says that such a tool does not yet exist and that building one could put its users at risk. Once a key exists, it could be used by law enforcement to unlock people’s private information in less justified cases. Apple also suggests that this would set a dangerous precedent; if Apple is forced to build something like this for America, what would stop other foreign governments from requesting something similar?

Apple may not have picked the right case over which to grandstand. Every other request made by government for Apple’s help has been in lower-level criminal cases like drug dealing; this one concerns the most deadly act of terrorism on American soil since September 11th. If Apple is hoping to show off its willingness to stand up for customers’ privacy, this case is also not clear-cut. The owner of the iPhone was actually Mr Farook’s employer, the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health, a government agency that wants to see the iPhone unlocked. However, Apple is right to be concerned that complying could trigger an avalanche of requests and potential privacy concerns. Governments have not always shown a respect for privacy, as Edward Snowden’s revelations of government spying proved in 2013.

The outcome of this case will be watched closely, and both law enforcement and Apple have a great deal at stake. Apple is expected to file an application for relief by February 26th explaining why it should not have to assist the FBI. After that there will be a formal hearing on March 22nd. The Department of Justice has already filed a motion in support of the FBI in this case, dismissing Mr Cook’s rhetoric as glorified marketing to help the firm sell more iPhones to customers who care about privacy issues. But such a charge misses Mr Cook’s ambition. He has become a sort of statesman, campaigning for public support and trying to shape policy. The law is murky when it comes to privacy issues in the digital domain, and Mr Cook is hoping to play a role in helping decide how laws should apply in this new era of mobile technology. (He is of course also advancing Apple’s interests.) No one elected Mr Cook to this cause; he has nominated himself.

Source : http://www.economist.com/


Iphone / iOS Upgrade in 10 Steps

Just as they do each year around this time, smartphone sales have slowed down while most of us wait to get a new iPhone or install the latest iOS. If you intend upgrading iOS or your iPhone, here’s what you need to know.

Step 1: Check

Unlike previous releases iOS 9 runs on most current iOS devices, though not all features work on all of these. What it means is iOS 9 runs iPhones starting from 4S up to 6 Plus; or iPads from iPad 2 on (including iPad Air and iPad mini). This support implies current models will all hold value well once new models ship.

Step 2: Market

Price comparison site Flipsy.com tells me iPhone market values drop between 15-40 percent in the weeks before a new iPhone launch. To get the best price you can on your existing iPhone you have two choices, sell it early and make do with your mum’s old Nokia, or search out a ‘price lock’ deal that agrees a price now which is then frozen so you sell when new models ship (or try T-Mobile). Flipsy.com is one place where you can check current second user iPhone prices and search for buyers offering price locks. Now you have a picture of what your phone is worth and may have agreed a sale price so you can quickly upgrade when the new iPhone ships.

Step 3: Edit

Upgrade time is a good time to review your stuff. Do you still use all those apps? Watch all those movies? Have you archived and sorted through your images? No? Digital lives create so much data it’s good practice to delete or archive things from time-to-time. Take a look at Settings > General > Usage > Show All Apps to vet what apps you have and the space they consume.

Step 4: Home

Now you’ve deleted some apps you might need to manage your Home screen. Put the apps you use most on the front page, while putting groups of apps in folders elsewhere.

Step 5: Traces

Unlink your device from Apple Pay, Find My iPhone and iCloud services before you sell it. To delete everything on your device use Settings>General>Reset and choose then ‘Erase All Content and Settings’. If you have Find My iPhone enabled you’ll be asked for your Apple ID.

Step 6: Backup

I hope you backup your regularly, but you should certainly do so before sale of upgrade. You can backup through iTunes on your computer or via iCloud (subject to paying for sufficient space). While iCloud will backup automatically, iTunes needs you to run a manual sync. The big iCloud advantage is it lets you restore your device backup online from anywhere, not just your Mac.

Enable iCloud backup:

Settings>iCloud>Storage & Backup. Enable iCloud Backup. To restore from iCloud go to Settings>General>Reset All Settings and choose Restore from iCloud Backup from the options you find.

Enable iTunes backup:

Launch iTunes and select your device.

Open File>Devices>Backup

First time you’ll be asked to select what content you wish to backup. To restore a device, connect the device and choose ‘Restore from Backup’.

Optional step

To protect my library I like to offload photos and video to additional storage media, such as the reliable SanDisk Connect series of iOS-friendly drives.

Step 7: Account

Please ensure you know all your iCloud account details (email, passwords) and your device passcode as you’ll be asked for these when you upgrade iOS or setup your new iDevice. Users of more advanced services (such as VPNs) may also need to note any relevant passwords/information for these before they upgrade.

Step 8: Patience

Every year millions attempt to install the new OS the moment it becomes available, and downloads are slow. Be patient, wait a day, and you’ll have a better upgrade experience.

Step 9: Verify

When you upgrade iOS or set up a new iPhone, it sometimes makes sense to check through Location and Notifications settings to ensure no apps have cheekily given themselves permissions to use these services if you didn’t want them to.

Step 10: Enjoy

Source : http://www.computerworld.com


Speed up performance of your iphone or ipad on iOS 9

If your iPhone or iPad seems slower now you’ve installed iOS 9, please try these simple tips – they may be all it takes to get things running smoothly again.

Don’t panic
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If you’ve only just installed iOS 9 on your device then performance will lag slightly while your iPhone or iPad indexes itself. The more data you have on your device, the longer the process takes, but it is only temporary, so be patient.

Apps control

You can easily end up with a host of currently running apps. Double-click the Home button to see them, if you have dozens running it makes sense to switch them off, as this may improve overall device performance so soon after an upgrade.
Also read: 15 iOS 9 details you might have missed!


If you’ve given your device a good amount of time to sort itself out, then it makes sense to Reset Network Settings and/or Force Restart your device.

  • Force Restart: I think the best solution for most iOS problems is the forced Restart. Press and hold both the sleep/wake button and Home button for at least 10 seconds until you see the Apple logo.
  • Reset Network Settings: Settings>General>Reset>Reset Network Settings. You will need to enter passwords for any WiFi, VPN or other networks you use, so make sure you have these to hand.
  • Reset All Settings: If the other resets don’t seem to work, try choosing this option in Settings>General>Reset. You’ll be asked for your Wi-Fi passwords once again and you will need to re-pair any Bluetooth devices you use.


Opinions differ and I understand this is a lot more challenging for iOS users with 16GB devices, but do check how much storage capacity you have available. (Settings>General>Usage>Storage). As a rule of thumb I like to leave around 10 percent (or more) free space, as my perception is that doing so improves performance. If your device is full, please delete some unused apps, images or video.


Apple is expected to ship iOS 9.1 in a few weeks, alongside OS X El Capitan and the iPad Pro, and this may help improve performance. However, if you’ve tried the above steps and still want more, try these:


You can boost performance a little with these:
Reduce transparency, motion

Switching off some of iOS 9’s attractive visual effects can improve device performance. This does prevent some of the fun user interface effects, but should deliver the performance you crave.

You find controls for both Transparency and Motion in Settings>General>Accessibility.
For transparency now choose ‘Increase Contrast’ and select the ‘Reduce Transparency’ option, toggle this to green (On).
For Motion in the Accessibility menu choose ‘Reduce Motion’ and toggle this to on.

Disable Siri suggestions

It seems a little pyrrhic to disable one of iOS 9’s newer features, but if you really want better device performance you can achieve some gains by doing so. To disable Siri Suggestions open Settings>General>Spotlight Search and toggle Siri Suggestions to off from the default green.
Background App Refresh

Active apps run in the background on iOS, updating themselves with new information so they are completely up to date next time you look at the app. If you switch Background App Refresh off then you’ll really only notice a few seconds of annoyance when you open an app, as they’ll only update themselves when they are active. Switch the feature of in Settings>General> Toggle Background App Refresh to off.

Source : http://www.computerworld.com


The Best 10 News APP for Iphone and Android

The past year has been all about the technology industry infiltrating the publication world. Facebook announced Instant Articles, Google launched an open source platform for publishers with Twitter, and Apple announced its own proprietary News app. At the same time, Flipboard, Yahoo, LinkedIn, and AOL all issued major updates to their respective news apps, showing there is a lot of interest in the world of news on mobile platforms. That said, below are our top picks for the best news apps, whether you’re a die-hard news junkie or merely a casual purveyor of the world affairs.

1. New York Times Now
The New York Times has one of the best news apps around in NYT Now. Not only does the app sport a cool icon, but it also offers free access to the most important news stories of the day, including those from other sources. A simple refresh will bring up new stories throughout the day, and you can read briefings for different times of day. Sadly, it’s not available for Android (yet).

2. BuzzFeed
BuzzFeed took the world by storm with its viral listicals and other fun content. The app consolidates everything in one place, while allowing to customize the types of articles you see to suit your tastes. You can also browse the menu to view quizzes, what’s trending, or news if you want to further hone your search. BuzzFeed also has a hard news app

3. SmartNews
SmartNews brings you trending stories and categorizes them based on the subject. It’s clutter-free, easy to browse through, and good at digging up fresh content that you’ll actually want to read. Partners include NBC News, Medium, USA Today, TIME, Bleacher Report, Quartz, VICE, Reuters, AP, Perez Hilton, and more.

4. Google News & Weather
It isn’t Google Reader, but Google News & Weather offers a wide variation of news stories from multiple publishers. Alongside the headlines and local weather, users can browse “Suggested for you,” an area for news stories catered to your most recent searches. Users are also able to highlight an individual topic, such as technology, for all of the current news

5. Feedly
The death of Google Reader was a tragedy for a lot of avid users, but for Feedly, it was a blessing. The news aggregator noticed a huge wave of new users within weeks, and has since improved its mobile service to make it easier to save, read, and bookmark articles. You can select multiple publications from Feedly’s search board, sort them into topics, and save articles for later viewing with bookmarks.

6. Flipboard
Flipboard created a new type of reading experience on mobile, one focused on engaging the reader with the most exciting stories of the day and a magazine-style aesthetic. Hundreds of publications are now available on the news reader, and Flipboard offers a generous amount of topics, whether you’re into technology as a whole or the Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

7. Yahoo News Digest
Yahoo’s $30 million acquisition of Summly was all about redesigning News Digest, and the finished product is a marvel. It offers 10 of the top stories in your region, capitalizing on Summly’s artificial intelligence technology as it does to present the information in a tidy package. The news changes every few hours, too, giving you important updates throughout the day.

8. Reddit
There are plenty of options for Reddit, but we recommend Alien Blue for iOS and Reddit Relay for Android. For anyone that hasn’t tried Reddit, users submit posts to relevant subreddits — Android news would be submitted to /r/Android, for instance — and users upvote popular content and comment on it.

9. Apple News
Apple News comes pre-loaded on every iOS device, and sadly, like most of Apple’s apps, it remains unavailable on Android platforms. The News app places a big focus on images and quick loading videos, and publications such as The New York Times and National Geographic have partnered with the company to make their content readily available. Users are also able to follow trends or individual topics, ranging from vague areas like politics to niche topics such as HTML5.

10. Inside
Inside uses human curators to find the best news on the Web, with 270-word updates giving all of the important information. Users are able to quickly view the top curated pieces and topics, alongside a rotating feed of trending articles. The service prides itself on finding the very best articles for any given topic, while offering you a wide selection of publications to choose from.

source : http://www.digitaltrends.com