iPhone Slowing Down After Recent Upgrade

A New Phone Comes Out. Yours Slows Down. A Conspiracy? No. – The New York Times:

It happens every year: Apple releases new iPhones, and then hordes of people groan about their older iPhones slowing to a crawl.

Just look at the recent data. Between September and early November — when Apple made the iPhone 8 available, followed by the iPhone X — Google searches for the keywords “iPhone slow” jumped about 50 percent.

The phenomenon of perceived slowdowns is so widespread that many believe tech companies intentionally cripple smartphones and computers to ensure that people buy new ones every few years. Conspiracy theorists call it planned obsolescence.

That’s a myth. While slowdowns happen, they take place for a far less nefarious reason. That reason is a software upgrade.

Let’s say, for example, you have an iPhone 6 with 100 apps installed, four email accounts and 2,000 photos. It is more likely that a quality-assurance engineer tested installing a new operating system on a blank iPhone 6, rather than an iPhone 6 with the same setup as yours.

So if you want to minimize the chances of something going awry, resist the easy update path and opt for a clean install. For smartphones, I recommend backing up your data to your computer. For computers, you could back up your data to an online service or a portable drive. After the operating system installation is complete, you can then safely restore your data and apps to the device from the backup.

Here’s something many people don’t realize: Just because your iPhone or Samsung phone has 64 gigabytes of storage doesn’t mean you should fill it all the way up. The device will generally run faster if more of its storage is available.

I also recommend freeing up a huge amount of space by managing your photo library in the cloud. You can upload all your albums to a service like Google Photos and periodically purge all the images from the device itself. I did this recently on my iPhone 7 that was nearly full and seemed to be slowing down; purging the photos freed up about 50 gigabytes of data, and the iPhone feels as good as new.

Some great points here. Try it – if you feel like your iPhone is slowing down, make sure you have an up to date iCloud backup, then wipe the iPhone and put a fresh install of the operating system on your iPhone before restoring all your data.

Best Network for iPhone: Three

 

Best network for iPhone: best 3G and 4G for iPhone – How to – Macworld UK:

So we can confidently say that Three is the UK’s best mobile network of 2014. Both on 3G and 4G Three completed more tests than did any other network. Three was the fastest network with excellent average and peak scores in our speed tests up and down the country.

A very good runner up to Three in the UK’s best mobile network of 2014 category was EE.

Since switching to Three from EE, I have been very impressed with their consistent performance and coverage but what stands Three out from the rest for me is the unlimited data package.

Brodit, the ultimate car dock system for your iPhone or iPad

 

Ben Lovejoy Reporting for 9to5Mac:

First, quality. Once installed, a Brodit mount looks like a factory fitment, and is rock-solid. The look and feel is worlds apart from a cheap mount.

Second, flexibility. Brodit takes a two-part approach to mounting systems: the vehicle mount you attach to your car (which Brodit calls the ProClip), and the cradle which holds your device. By mixing-and-matching these, you can attach pretty much any device to any car, and put it right where you want it.

It also means that when you come to update your phone, you only have to replace the cradle that holds the device: the car mount remains in place. Conversely, if you change your car but keep your phone, you can simply replace the car mount.

Having used Brodit holders for various iPhones (and cars) over the years, I echo Ben’s choice of Brodit for being the choice for the most solid, factory fitted-looking iPhone holders on the market.

Belkin iPhone Controlled Coffee Maker

Hot on the heels of the iPhone controlled iKettle being released, Belkin have announced The Mr. Coffee Smart Coffee Maker which is an iPhone controlled and programmable coffee maker.

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The Mr. Coffee Smart Coffeemaker enabled with WeMo is a smartphone-controllable coffeemaker which gives users remote access to all of the coffeemaker’s functions. Perfect for busy weekday mornings and lazy Saturdays alike, the WeMo-enabled coffeemaker ensures coffee is always freshly brewed. Set a schedule to have coffee ready every weekday morning at 7:30 for the morning commute or hit brew from the dinner table so coffee’s ready just in time for dessert during a dinner party.

With the WeMo app, users can start or monitor the coffeemaker from anywhere. Through the app, users can also schedule a week’s worth of brew times, check to make sure the coffeemaker has a full tank of water or the carafe is in place, setup reminders, and receive alerts when the water filter needs changing, or the coffeemaker needs to be cleaned. The Mr. Coffee Smart Coffeemaker enabled with WeMo also works seamlessly with the entire WeMo family of products and partner products.

In addition to WeMo’s connected capabilities, the Mr. Coffee Smart Coffeemaker is also a state-of-the-art, artisan-style coffee maker with optimal brewing technology for more flavorful, rich coffee. By heating up to an ideal brewing temperature of 205 degrees and a 10-cup, stainless steel thermal carafe, coffee stays hot until the last sip. Additionally, total brewing time for a full pot is just eight minutes, which is 20 percent faster than the average initial brew speed of the competitive coffeemakers tested.

  • Start and monitor brewing from anywhere via smartphone or tablet and the WeMo app
  • Set schedules, receive reminders and alerts
  • Removable brew basket – easily add filter and grounds and clean up quickly
  • Brew button – for manual operation when brewing without the WeMo App and smart device
  • Sleek, sophisticated black and chrome design
  • 10-Cup Thermal Carafe, double walled and vacuum-sealed to keep coffee hot
  • Optimal Brew™ Technology – brews coffee faster and ensures full coffee flavor

Availability and Pricing:

The Mr. Coffee Smart Coffeemaker enabled with WeMo is available now at Belkin.com, Mr. Coffee.com and Amazon.com with for an MSRP of $149.99. The WeMo app is available at no cost for download now at the App Store.

USB stick offers infinite iPhone storage

 

Oddball USB stick offers infinite iPhone storage | Cult of Mac:

The iBridge comes with a Lightning connector on one side that you can plug into your iPhone, and a USB on the other so it can double as a regular USB drive. Unlike other iPhone storage expansion options, like Mophie’s Space case, iBridge works both with and without a case, thanks its odd J-shape that wraps around the back of your iPhone or iPad to beef up your storage.

iBridge will require users to download its app to add files to the storage drive, but now that iOS 8 lets apps into the share sheet, tossing pictures, music, videos, and other files onto this thing should be a breezy.

Leef tells us all the details will be revealed later this month, with the first units hitting stores before Christmas. For now though they’re keeping quiet on price and how much storage it comes with, but as long as it lets me carry my entire music library without taking up any space, I’ll be happy.

Finally.

Microsoft releases Office apps for iPhone, makes basic editing features free

 

Microsoft releases Office apps for iPhone, makes basic editing features free | 9to5Mac:

Microsoft announced today that it’s rolling out standalone Office apps for iPhone after releasing the Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps exclusively for iPad earlier this year. Microsoft previously had an “Office Mobile” app for iPhone that integrated features of all three Office apps, but today’s release of standalone Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for iPhone are officially replacing Office Mobile as Microsoft’s Office solution for iPhone.

Microsoft is also delivering updates for the Office iPad apps that include new features along with the ability to create and edit for free.

Sensible from Microsoft to remove the paid restriction of creating and editing in these apps and change to freemium. Between Microsoft Office, iWork and Google, the 3 big players now have equal footing on the app store.

Arguably, Google’s office-based apps are best for collaboration, Apple’s iWork are best for design and how your documents will look whilst the Microsoft Office suite has the power.

[Link] Photo Storage in iOS 8 Will be Solved

 

Rene Ritchie Reporting for iMore:

iOS devices are currently limited to between 8GB to 128GB of storage. Many people have 16-32GB devices. In an age of 8mp photos and 1080p video, that fills up fast. So, keeping photos and videos all locally on the device is a problem because you’ll run out of space, and sooner rather than later. It’s especially bad if you’re anxiously trying to capture a special moment only to be told there’s no space left and then having to quickly, under stress, figure out which older moments you’re willing to sacrifice.

Purely offloading all photos and videos to the cloud isn’t a perfect solution either. If they’re all stored online and you end up with a slow, limited, or non-existant internet connection, you lose immediate access to any photos or videos not stored locally on your device. That’s also a problem.

Apple’s solution is to cache a manageable portion of photos and videos on your device and keep the rest of them safely up on the cloud. Recently added and viewed photos and videos are the most likely be cached locally, and potentially in scaled-to-device sizes to make the most efficient use of storage.

There might be some situations where a photo or video you haven’t viewed in a while isn’t available in full resolution when you’re offline, but for most people most of the time, it will be far, far better than either losing content due to the 1000 photos/30 day limit, or running out of local storage on the iPhone or iPad.

For me, this is the most important feature of iOS 8 – everybody and I mean everybody needs a definitive solution to the photos and videos they take on their iPhones on how and where to store them.  If Apple’s new Cloud Kit addition can handle the photos and videos so it automatically uploads them and subsequently manages your locally stored copies to then free up space on your device so the user doesn’t have worry about this – well, then that is the solution – finally.

[Link] Eve Irrigation System hopes to make your garden perfect

 

Plaid Systems Eve Ecosystem Preview – CNET

Hop over to Kickstarter this morning and you’ll see the smart gardening platform the Eve Ecosystem launched its crowd-funding campaign. Built specifically to work with the SmartThings home automation hub, Eve is designed as an irrigation controller that automatically adapts to the conditions of your yard. It can manage up to 16 different watering zones of your home’s existing sprinkler system. You can control each zone individually from your smart phone or tablet, or let Eve do the scheduling for you. It’ll process data from its moisture sensor — called Adam — placed in your yard, and take into account any weather info gathered by the SmartThings hub, to give your lawn the exact amount of water it needs.

Love the integration with SmartThings and quite a similar product to Edyn but this has the integration that Edyn currently does not so I will certainly keep an eye out for this.

[Link] What the deceptive Samsung “wall-hugger” ad doesn’t tell you

 

Steven Sande’s view on the Samsung Ad:

Yeah, I don’t know about you Galaxy S5 owners, but I bought my iPhone 5s for its high-resolution Retina color display. Frankly, I don’t think that “black and white colors” are going to cut it in Apple-land, where everything is colorful and happy. And it also shuts down “all unnecessary features in your S5” — hmmm, I wonder what those could be? How exactly does Samsung provide all of this amazing battery life in ultra power saving mode?

In addition to measures in power saving mode, Galaxy S5 ultra power saving mode saves additional battery in the following ways:

Change the screen from color to grayscale; Limiting the number of usable applications; Turning off mobile data when screen is off; Turning off WiFi and Bluetooth

So, let me get this straight. If I put my amazing Galaxy S5 into ultra power saving mode, I’ll see everything in grayscale, I’ll only be able to run a few apps, mobile data will be turned off when the screen is off, and WiFi and Bluetooth are totally disabled.

In other words, not only do I have a boring grayscale device in ultra power saving mode, but I can only run a few apps. What apps are those?

In ultra power saving mode, you’ll have access to some basic apps, like the ability to send text messages, make phone calls, and browse the web with Samsung’s browser.

You can add some other apps available when your Galaxy S5 is in ultra power saving mode. Of course, the apps are limited to some stock apps only. This includes, Phone, Messaging, Internet, Calculator, Google+, ChatON, Memo, Voice recorder and Clock.

So I can’t use Twitter or Facebook, take photos or shoot video, edit documents, write posts and upload them to the TUAW CMS, or do anything else very productive? I think I’ll take my iPhone 5s and just carry a couple of big battery packs with me, thank you. And almost 15 million people have watched this video on YouTube? Must be a lot of Galaxy S5 users who are wishing they’d waited for the next iPhone to appear…

That’s ads for you – If you don’t look deep into things and get suckered, then Samsung’s ad strategy works…

[Link] Mannequins With Beacon Tech Trialled In UK

 

From Window Shopping To Retail Clicks: Mannequins With Beacon Tech Trialled In UK | TechCrunch

Mannequins that send details of the clothes they’re displaying to nearby shoppers’ phones are being trialled in three UK bricks-and-mortar stores.

We covered the underlying VMBeacon tech earlier this year, which combines a low powered indoor transmitter Bluetooth beacon with shop mannequins or other visual merchandise — with the aim of turning window shopping into retail clicks.

The system also offers retailers a way to gain analytics on their window displays — by generating reports on customer in-app engagement with display items, although users of the Iconeme app can choose which of their details (age, gender, location) to share with shops.

The startup behind the VMBeacon, Iconeme, has now kicked off the first trial of its tech in the wild. The UK shops participating in the trial are House of Fraser’s Online Store in Aberdeen (which, despite the name, is a physical retail store); Hawes & Curtis in London; and Bentalls in Kingston upon Thames. Iconeme said further stores will be announced soon — with retail partnerships focused for now on the UK and the US.

The main barrier to entry for Iconeme’s system is that the user needs to be using the companion  app (iOS or Android) in order to be sent window display information. So it’s opt in marketing — which will limit uptake but at least avoids the risk of feeling too spammy.

Info is fired out to app users as an automatic alert when they come within a 50 meter range of a VMBeacon enabled mannequin. Details sent can include info on the clothes and accessories displayed such as price and links to purchase items directly from the retailer’s website, and where they can be found within the store. The app also lets shoppers view more detailed photos and product descriptions, save looks for later, share with friends and access additional offers and rewards.

A recent ABI Research report predicts that in five years’ time the Bluetooth beacon device market will be some 60-million units strong. The early focus for the low power transmitter tech has been on linking retail environments with nearby shoppers via the medium of their smartphones — opening up a local mobile marketing channel.

Not too far away from Tom Cruise in Minority Report where he has his eyeballs scanned