iOS8.1On October 16th at the end of the press conference, iOS 8.1’s release was firmed up as being Monday the 20th, iOS 8.1 is thought to bring with it a myriad of bug fixes – including the case of the notification bar that blankly refuses to disappear and a hand full of new features which should please iOS fans who also own OS X based hardware.

There are three features in particular which are causing the most buzz on the news networks – those features are as follows:

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update availableApple have today announced the availability of the latest update for their popular mobile operating system iOS 8. This update (8.0.2) fixes several bugs introduced by the previous update (8.0.1) which was available for less than 24 hours. Apple found 8.0.1 to be causing issues with making and receiving calls and SMS messages, among other less show stopping bugs. Although the bugs only affected a small percentage of iOS 8’s user base Apple was quick to pull it from their production store and replace with 8.0.2

You can download the update via iTunes of via your device, by visiting settings > general > software update. Alternative you can use the download links below:

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SecretA Brazilian Judge from Victoria Paulo Cesar de Carvelho, has called for the social networking application named Secret to be completely removed from the AppStore and all devices it’s currently installed on.

The app has been featured in The New York Times, Wired, BBC, The Guardian and more. It’s essentially an anonymous social network. We’re friends can post and reply without the world knowing who’s doing the posting.

The whole concept of the app opens up the potential for cyber bullying, as previous seen with the popular site Ask.fm

It’s currently unclear as to whether the demand for removal of the app is focused solely on Brazilian based devices or if the action would include devices owned by visitors to Brazil.

In potentially a first of it’s kind action Apple would also have to add the app to the AppStore blacklist, which iOS devices periodically poll. This would mean that any device trying to run the app would fail to launch it, rendering the app useless.

This court ruling was heard on Tuesday, with a note that should Apple not remove the app they will face fines of approximately $8,860 per day that the application is still in service.

The application is also available on Windows and Android devices, so both Microsoft and Google have also been told to remove the application from their stores.



A recent tweet from Australian based Sonny Dickson is believed to contain a photo of an Apple listening cable with one major difference… Which is the fact it has no right or wrong way up on either side of the cable!

For many years, people have been baffled by a standard USB cables refusal to enter a USB port on what appears (on first glance) to be the correct way up. In something that only manifests its self in the IT world, the USB port phenomenon is well-known. No man has yet been able to insert a USB cable on first try (maybe?) – however, if the rumours are in fact to be believed, Apple will have quashed this issue once and for all.

The introduction of the ground breaking lighting cable saw Apple fans the world over rejoice, as fumbling round for that much-needed juice in the middle of the night in their dimly lit rooms was a thing of the past.. In a ground break move, Apple had finally brought out a charger which had no right and wrong way up.. At least at one end! For all intense and purposes this new cable, (should it in fact not be a figment of someones imagination) will mean that both ends can now easily be inserted in the dark without the need for the standard “Attempt one way, reverse plug, attempt second way, reverse plug again, insert USB with original side up without issue” method.

Normally I would take prelaunch blog posts such as Sonny’s with a pinch of salt, however Sonny has somewhat of a proven track record for outing details of Apple hardware long before the official launch date. Personally I think it’s a cable improvement that is long overdue, and hope its true.. The next thing I would love to see, is a completely uniform design of charge cables. So no one manufacturer differs from the next. Which I know is a long way off, however – we can dream!

Whats your thoughts on the new cable? Do you think it will pavé the way for all future USB cables?



OS X YosemiteUnlike Microsoft Windows, by default OS X hides system files from end users. There is a perfectly reasonable explanation for this. Some of the files which are hidden, are important and damaging them could prevent your system from booting all together.

However – on the flip side, there is often a valid reason for needing access to those files. Anything from needing to change a system setting to removing files an unruly application has left behind.

There are several ways to show hidden files in OS X, the easiest would probably be to follow this tutorial on how to build an Automator script. This will give you an icon that you simply have to double-click on to show or hide the files.

Alternatively, if you are just looking for something in your Library folder, did you know that if you click “Go” in the menu bar whilst in Finder, then whilst the menu is expanded click the Alt key on your keyboard the Library menu will appear.

Another method would be to run a command in a terminal window to change the system setting. To do this all you need to do is:

  1. Open Finder
  2. Open the Utilities folder
  3. Open a terminal window
  4. Copy and paste the following line in:
    SUDO defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles YES; killall Finder
  5. Press return
  6. Enter your administrator password when prompted
  7. Press return

You should find the finder window will disappear, along with the icons on your desktop. However, if you now launch a new finder instance you will now be able to see any hidden files or folders. Once you are done, perform the steps above however, replace the terminal command in step 4 with:

SUDO defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles NO; killall Finder

If the above is not working for you, you may want to try switching YES/NO to TRUE/FALSE .. Beware that this is case-sensitive!

defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE

If you are experiencing issues using the examples above, please post a comment using the comments system below.




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