20140622-173955-63595162.jpgSince the introduction of Apples “kill switch” preventing iPhones from being wiped or services being disabled while “find my phone” service is configured, iPhone theft has dropped dramatically. Giving owners the ability to render their phones stolen at the push of a button, turns a high value device into something a little harder to sell on.

Microsoft and Google have both recently announced they’re planning on following suit, and introducing similar systems into their own handset models.

Google recently launched their very own find my phone type system, which proved to be a little buggy at times. It’s believed that this system will gain the additional functionality of being able to disable phones on users request. Something Apple have been doing for sometime now.

This will be closely followed by a tightly bing maps integrated system by the guys over at Microsoft.

It would be great to fully stamp out phone theft, or at least make phones seem less desirable to thieves. Although this is properly unlikely to stop opportunist thieves it may stamp out some crime.



20140618-130431-47071787.jpgWith the recent release to the developer community of the latest iteration in the Apple TV firmware (Apple TV 7) it would appear that Apple are almost confirming the second generation Apple TV end of support life.

The latest version of the popular media centres operating system is thought not to support the second generation Apple TV. Leaving owners on the soon to be outdated TV 6 Firmware.

This will be no great shakes to early adopters. Unless of course your wanting to take advantage of the iOS 8 peer-to-peer air play facility, said to allow streaming from iOS 8 devices direct to Apple TVs running firmware version 7.

Those wanting to take advantage of the peer-to-peer streaming will need to purchase a third generation Apple TV (MD199B/A in the UK) then upgrade to firmware version 7 on day of public release. Which is scheduled for sometime at the end of this year.

Apple TVs have been available since January 2009, and proved hugely popular due to their ‘budget’ price for their media streaming capabilities. The third generation unit was first unveiled on March the 7th 2012. With a “revision” to the unit arriving on the 28th of January 2013. So far there has been no rumours of a fourth generation unit. However, the second generation unit was released in September 2010, so perhaps this September will see an all new fourth generation.



iPad ManAlthough Apple have always denied any wrong doing they have today announced they are to settle the class action recently filed against them by 33 US States and Territories regarding the setting of e-book price ‘fixing’. There are also several individuals also looking to sue Apple in an attempt to recover costs for overpaying for their e-books.

Apple have distributed e-books through their ‘iBooks’ platform for both iOS and OS X since November 2009 when iPad caused a rift in the personal technology market with the very first iPad.

Publishers sell their content to major e-book suppliers such as Amazon and Apple, leaving them to set their own onward retail price.

Apple had been cited for conspiring with 5 of the worlds largest publishing houses to set pricing of e-books, in an attempt to prevent Amazon selling the e-books at a loss.

Full details of the e-book class action have not been released by the courts, however it’s known that Apple had been accused of overcharging e-book purchasers a whopping $280m via their illegal price fixing talks. 

Although Apple’s CEO Tim Cook had always denied the companies involvement, this settlement is a complete about-turn from Apple.

The publishing houses have also agreed to pay more then $166m to settle the charges filed against them.



With the recent introduction of OS X Mavericks, Apple brought a new feature to the OS. The ability to sync the OS keychain up to iCloud and then from their down to iOS devices. (and vice versa)

Previously the only two applications which came close to being able to do this was LastPass.com and 1Password. The main downside to the two contenders was their reliance on additional applications, and the need to copy/paste between your password storage and your browser.

Apple may have just hammered another nail into their coffins with the introduction of the new iOS 8 operating system, and it’s ability to pull stored credentials from the keychain even inside applications on the device.

So going forward, not only will you be able to autofill credentials directly into website login forms, but also application logins to. This is a fantastic move in the right direction in my opinion.

I used LastPass for many years, but was reluctant to pay the membership fee simply for the mobile access to my passwords. Now with the keychain sharing as powerful as it is, I very rarely have to visit the LastPass site.

Of course, this iCloud sharing is not without it’s caveats. The biggest being, to gleam the benefits from it you’ll need to be using safari as your browser. You’ll also need iCloud syncing turned on, and the other small issue being, you’ll need to own a mac.

I’m looking forward to iOS 8s release, even more so with this new feature.



20140614-142034-51634606.jpgWe’ve all been there, found some amazing content you just to show the other people in the room.. But how many of us sit there an think “for god sake, don’t swipe left, don’t swipe right, don’t exit the application, don’t nosey else where.. Just look and hand back the phone!?”

Well – there’s a little hidden gem of a feature called Guided access, and it’s buried inside the accessibility settings menu.

With this feature switched on, you can actually “lock” your device inside an application, and what’s more, using simple drawing techniques you can disable buttons, menus or features.

Only users with the pass code are able to exit the guided access mode, making it perfect for handing your phone over to your more inquisitive friends.

To switch on guided access on your iOS device, goto Settings > General > Accessibility > Guided Access

Once there, be sure to set a passcode you’ll remember!

Now, to activate the guided mode head to any application, and triple tap the “home” button. Draw round any controls you want to disable, then hand your phone to your friend. Simple!




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