The Error 53 was in news last week where several users were getting their devices bricked because they had gotten parts of the phone repaired from an unauthorized Apple service center. Apple claimed that it was to ensure that it protected the devices as well as the data of its users so that they would not get their devices repaired from people who could potentially damage it. Apple does not issue the pairing tool, which is a must when a component is replaced to rest of the hardware and that was causing for the phone to die out.
Last week, Apple iPhone users were taken aback, when reports started to surface that a mystery bug is causing iPhones to die all of a sudden. The Error in question was Error 53 and it spread fears across the iPhone community that randomly any phone could get affected and knock itself off. However, truth cannot be further away from the same as the Error will affect only a very small percentage of iPhone users. So what exactly is the mystery error and who is vulnerable to it?
We recently wrote about how sweet is the iOS 9.3 update, which brings features like Night Shift Mode and Lock to the Notes app. The update in itself was a bit of a surprise as it dropped on to us, like a bomb with absolutely nobody expecting it. Nevertheless, the update allows Apple’s developers or those who are registered under the Developer program to get their apps ready and running after testing it under iOS 9.3 and see if they have anything interesting to contribute back.
Microsoft has been making apps for platforms other than Windows for a while now. Remember the excitement around the users when the Office was released for Macs, which prompted Steve jobs and Bill Gates to come face to face? Looks like not a lot has changed and Microsoft is very much, still interested in developing apps for Apple owned ecosystems. It’s been happening for OSX and iOS and yet again, yesterday, Microsoft announced an app that it has developed for iOS. The application is called Selfie and will be available to those with an iPhone, iPod Touch or an iPad.
If you are looking to pick up an iPhone with Touch ID or just need a phone that is slightly diminutive in size but works well and has a strong backing of the ecosystem, then the iPhone 5s is a great choice, even after two years of its release. The device is still good for a secondary phone and works as a great entry gateway into the world of Apple. We may have gone from iPhone 5s to iPhone 6 to iPhone 6s, but the reality is that out of the three devices, the iPhone 5s design has perhaps been perhaps the most appreciated one since the days of the iPhone 4s.
Apple has recently announced a smart battery case, which is basically a power jacket that we have seen the likes of Mophie make in the past. The case basically doubles up as a silicon case and a battery juicer. However, the case has come in for a severe criticism thanks to a rather ugly design, very uncharacteristic of Apple. While we can see the utility of the case and why Apple chose to do it, especially given that going forward, it would save Apple some criticism of including a smaller battery in their quest to make iPhone thinner by the year.
Take it as first steps or signs of how seriously Apple is taking the accessories market, or just a plain simple admission that they screwed up with te battery life, but Apple has released a power jacket for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s. Another way of looking at the move is that, perhaps, Apple would now get away by making the next generation of iPhones
Buying gadgets today is kind of a big deal. The phones have become expensive, the computers were never cheap and the upcoming wearables also cost a bomb. If you are a fan of technology and want to own them all at one go, then really, the only option for you, unless you are born with a couple of diamond spoons in your mouth, is to look for an EMI based purchase so that you do not have to pay a lot of money at one go. EMI generally is given on a credit card, which not a lot of us have. This is where, Bajaj Finserv, has hit the ball out of the park for a massive six.
Using their recently launched app on Android and iOS, you will be able to apply for a personal loan and pay off using an EMI plan. No more, hassles of approvals or issues of limits. You can login to the app, using your Aadhar card, Facebook, Google+ or Twitter credentials and get instant approval of personal loans on Durables, Electronics, Mobiles and Furniture. Once the application is accepted after applying under ‘Quick Apply’ you can use the generated code to shop across more than 12,000 stores that support Bajaj Finance. You need to carry one of the mentioned documents in the app, when you buy the device of your choice.
Some of the features of the application are:
• Login with Aadhar Card, Facebook, LinkedIn or Google
• Share only the first 6 digits of their Credit Card to get an extra advantage. This increases their chances of getting an approval, and also makes them eligible for higher loan amounts. No money will be deducted from their card and Bajaj Finserv does not use your Credit Card details for any banking purpose.
• Convenience of applying from anywhere, anytime
• Edit their personal details easily
• Post approval, shop across any of Bajaj Finserv’s 12,000+ partner outlets in, over 150 cities
• Track their loan application
At the recent F8 conference facebook stressed the need of becoming a platform for other apps to run on to. they encouraged developers to build apps on top of the platform rather than bundling features within one app alone. It looks like a similar approach is being followed by Instagram, which is now a Fecebook product. Instead of bundling all the features into one application, Instagram has been rolling out new applications like Hyperlapse and Layout. An addition to that list now is Boomerang, which is the new application that lets you record one second GIFs.
The application in itself is extrmely simple in the sense you really have just two controls. You have the control to switch the cameras on your device and simply start and stop recording. The one second clip will then be shared either on across on either Facebook or Instagram itself. Make note that there is no explorer for users to see the GIFs in the app itself. The moment you fire the application up, you are required to record the GIF and then simply share it.
In fact Boomerang is one of the very few apps that at release itself is available both on Android and iOS for download right at the launch.
Apple has introduced a Beta program where it allows its users to try out the Beta build of its software, be in on OS X or iOS, a couple of years back. Likewise, a beta program was introduced, both for iOS 9 and El Capitan OS X 10.11 when they were announced at the WWDC. Since then, several enthusiasts have taken to the programs and given invaluable feedback to Apple allowing them to polish the software flaws before releasing the new iOS and OS X updates to public. iOS 9 was released to the public on September 16th (announced on Sept 9th) while OS X El Capitan was made public on September 30th. However, if you are a part of the Beta testing program, your devices will continue to prompt you to install the latest beta build made available.
It is a possibility after juggling with beta builds, you may want to stick to the official release for a while without being disturbed by the notification in App Store to update to another beta build. Doing this on iOS requires you to do a clean install of iOS 9 by entering the recovery mode, connecting your iPhone to iTunes and downloading the official iOS version. Things are a little bit simpler for the Mac though. So, if you are on a beta version of OS X El Capitan and want to opt out of the program, now that the stable release is here, first you need to get rid of the beta version of the OS X.
Make sure you install the latest stable build of OS X 10.11 El Capitan by visiting the App Store. You will need to search for ‘OS X El Capitan’ and download the 6 GB file on your Mac. This is obviously assuming, you have a Mac that is supported. Once you have downloaded the update, just go ahead and apply it like you normally would, and the stable update will override the beta version of OS X El Capitan. You will notice, once you have updated to the final release, you will still have a prompt for the latest beta update, which at the time of writing the post was for OS X 10.11.1 when you are in the App Store. To opt out simply follow the following steps:
Open the ‘System Preferences’ app on your Mac and find the icon for ‘App Store’ in the fourth pane of the settings panel.
When you click on ‘App Store’, you will see several option open in front of you which basically helps you decide whether to download the apps and OS updates directly or not. Look carefully and you will see the message stating that your computer will receive beta software seeds. Click on the Change button that is right next to it and you will see a pop up window open.
In the pop up, you simply need to click on the second option of ‘Do Not Show Pre-Release Updates’. Once you do that and confirm, you can go back and check the App Store, you will have no prompt for updating to any Beta software build for OS X.
It is worth noting that once you opt out of the Beta program for OS X, you will not be able to go back to receiving these updates. In order to do that, you will need to re-enable yourself to be a part of the Beta program when it is launched, which is similar to what it is on iOS 9. This is obviously needless for those who are running the new Macs that will ship with El Capitan or iPhone 6s/ iPhone 6s Plus users who will get iOS 9 out of the box. So, be mindful of the same before you decide to opt out of it.
We hope this little tip would be helpful and allow you to run a more stable software on your Mac after a strenuous experimental phase.