Smartphone chat

smartphones-pileNot everyone is a smartphone owner or user and many may have no thoughts of acquiring one. Nevertheless,  the smartphone has been on the market for the past 10 years, yes really, so maybe it is time to look at what makes a smartphone and what makes it tick.

If you already have such a device, and I know that many of you do, you will forgive me for backgrounding a bit, and if you are thinking of perhaps joining the ranks then what can you expect to find.

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MAC ATTACK. True Story. Whatever do you do ? . .

October 2015. An evening, operating system, upgrade from Apple (Mac) OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 to 10.10.5 went well on the internal iMac hard (disk) drive. Until. It. Did. Not. Finishing-up and rebooting into the updated OS failed. Completely. What in the Hey (euphemism) is happening? Longer story shorter, the internal HD isn’t booting, at all. Failure to boot with an eerie silence as the usual HD booting sounds fail to happen. Black screen. Epic fail. Feeling the perspiration begin to rise through my epidermis as the immediate physical response to flee or to stand ground and face down the blooming realities of the catastrophic hardware defection occupy my immediate now. What to do?

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Apple iPad/iPhone Charger Plug Recall

Many of our members have Apple iPhones and iPads (incl iPad Minis) which they use constantly. Without wanting to cause any alarm (because there’s no need for any!), I want to draw your attention to an official recall of the removable plugs from the power adapter. Apparently in a very small number of cases, the international plug adapter component (called a DuckHead) has broken potentially exposing users to electric shock. You can Continue reading

Digital Death

It comes as a shock to many when they realise that the apps and content on their computers and mobile devices are not their property to do with as they wish. This mostly becomes an issue when someone dies and the relatives try and get access to apps, accounts and content.

This story was published in “the”  and was written by Director of UWA Centre for Software Practice, University of Western Australia, and the story is about a Canadian widow who recently tried to get her deceased husband’s Apple ID password from Apple in order to continue using apps on their shared iPad. The widow, Peggy Bush, ended up being told by Apple support that she would need to produce a court order before they would be able to give her access to her husband’s account.
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What is Google up to?

Goggle strengthThat Google is pretty powerful we already know, and that their Android operating System is used widely we also know, but just how dominant they have become is beginning to exercise concern as some of the major countries like USA and Europa take up the question of competition and misuse of dominant position.

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