IOS 10.2 – The Important Stuff – The New Emoji…

For us in the UK, who aren’t yet getting the TV app for our iOS devices, the most important update in relation to the newly released iOS 10.2 is without a doubt – Emoji. 

And if you are curious what all these new emoji are, wonder no more because here they are…

🤣 Rolling On The Floor Laughing

🤠 Face With Cowboy Hat

🤡 Clown Face

🤥 Lying Face

🤤 Drooling Face

🤢 Nauseated Face

🤧 Sneezing Face

🤴 Prince

🤶 Mother Christmas

🤵 Man In Tuxedo

🤷 Shrug

🤦 Face Palm

🤰 Pregnant Woman

🕺 Man Dancing

🤳 Selfie

🤞 Hand With Index And Middle Fingers Crossed

🤙 Call Me Hand

🤛 Left-Facing Fist

🤜 Right-Facing Fist

🤚 Raised Back Of Hand

🤝 Handshake

🖤 Black Heart

🦍 Gorilla

🦊 Fox Face

🦌 Deer

🦏 Rhinoceros

🦇 Bat

🦅 Eagle

🦆 Duck

🦉 Owl

🦎 Lizard

🦈 Shark

🦐 Shrimp

🦑 Squid

🦋 Butterfly

🥀 Wilted Flower

🥝 Kiwifruit

🥑 Avocado

🥔 Potato

🥕 Carrot

🥒 Cucumber

🥜 Peanuts

🥐 Croissant

🥖 Baguette Bread

🥞 Pancakes

🥓 Bacon

🥙 Stuffed Flatbread

🥚 Egg

🥘 Shallow Pan Of Food

🥗 Green Salad

🥛 Glass of Milk

🥂 Clinking Glasses

🥃 Tumbler Glass

🥄 Spoon

🛑 Octagonal Sign

🛴 Scooter

🛵 Motor Scooter

🛶 Canoe

🥇 First Place Medal

🥈 Second Place Medal

🥉 Third Place Medal

🥊 Boxing Glove

🥋 Martial Arts Uniform

🤸 Person Doing Cartwheel

🤼 Wrestlers

🤽 Water Polo

🤾 Handball

🤺 Fencer

🥅 Goal Net

🤹 Juggling

🥁 Drum With Drumsticks

🛒 Shopping Trolley

iOS 9.1 now available – Activates Apple News App for the UK

If you live in the UK, are an Apple user and have updated your gear to iOS9 you have probably been left wondering where on Earth is this news app I heard all about?

Apple released it to the US in iOS9 but to ensure it worked, allegedly, the rest of the world had to wait. (Workarounds did exist such as changing your phone’s region). 

Well now the wait is officially over. Download and install iOS9.1 and you will be greater by that nice new shiny News app sitting right there on your homescreen!

iOS9 Software Update Failed : An Error Occurred Downloading iOS 9.

Try iTunes : iiOS9 Software Update Failed : An Error Occurred Downloading iOS 9.

The web is frantically reporting the following error :

iOS9 Software Update Failed : An Error Occurred Downloading iOS 9.

iOS9 Software Update Failed : An Error Occurred Downloading iOS 9.
iOS9 Software Update Failed : An Error Occurred Downloading iOS 9.

At the moment there seems to be nothing you can do to get this update over the air other than keep trying.

In the meantime make sure your phone is backed up and all your important data saved by either preforming an iCloud Backup or a iTunes Backup, preferably both!

When you have got yourself backed up get yourself over to iTunes and try the software update from there, it is currently downloading without issue for me and numerous other users are reporting the same…

Try iTunes : iiOS9 Software Update Failed : An Error Occurred Downloading iOS 9.
iOS9 Software Update Failed : An Error Occurred Downloading iOS 9.

What time to download iOS9?

So what time should the world expect to be able to download iOS9?

Big question, and the truth is no one has that answer outside of Apple HQ. 

However going in recent form here are my predictions :


Apple Inc. normally seeds iOS updates between 9 and 10 a.m. PST. 

Eastern and Central time zones can then expect to get the updates from about 12 noon to about 1 p.m.

The Mountain time zone should be ok to start downloading the newest iOS update from about 11 a.m. up to 12 noon. 

London – 5 to 6 p.m.

Moscow – 8 to 9 p.m.

New Delhi – 9:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Shanghai – 12 midnight to 1 a.m.

Tokyo – 1 to 2 a.m.

Melbourne – 2 to 3 a.m.

Auckland – 4 to 5 a.m. 

£1000 for a iPhone – Are you all Crazy?!?

That is the question that is getting fired about everywhere at the moment!  Just look on your Twitter Feed or Facebook Page and you will see it cropping up everywhere, from friends, from tech companies, from idiots, from Apple Haters, but one thing will be common amongst them all, they will be Android Users.  From some reason Android Users are Apple Haters.


However not all Apple Users are Android Haters.  I can testify to this first hand, as an absolute Apple fan I am also the proud owner of a 2nd Generation Nexus 7 – and a great device it is.

So what is it with Android Users and their exclusive hatred of Apple?  It is weird, but it is definitely misguided.  It is the sheep comment that I love,  ‘I am not a sheep!  I don’t just mindlessly follow Apple and buy what they tell me!  I am an individual and I use Android because it doesn’t lock me down and allows me to be an individual!’

Oh Really – Let’s put it in figures – Android has in 2014 an 80% market share.  Apple hovering about 15%.  It seems that really you are indeed a sheep and one of a much bigger flock.

As for being locked down, what have you customised?  What have you programmed?  What have you hacked, installed, or written that Apple wouldn’t have let you?  Pirate movies?  Pirate TV, anything else?  Probably not.  Oh but you have a nice Incredible Hulk theme on your Home Screen!  Ah now I see your point.  I know, I apologise the sarcasm is hanging out of this post, but it will stop soon for some facts and figures, honestly.

Let’s stop being juvenile about it, some like Apple, some like Android, and you know what, thats ok.  But lets be realistic a high end of the market Android phone isn’t exactly cheap either.  A brand new Galaxy S5 is sitting at £409 delivered from Amazon, an iPhone 5s 16Gb is only £459 delivered, so the Galaxy S5 is cheaper than an iPhone but it is only £50 of a difference, and it ridiculous to be comparing an iPhone with for example a Moto G at £80, although a great phone we need to compare like for like.

Now down to the nitty gritty – the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.  The cries of £1000 for a phone, are you mad ring across the planet!  Well firstly :

It is not £1000! The most expensive variant, the iPhone 6 Plus, 128 Gb will cost you £789, that is £211 less that £1000 or over 20% less, so it is a considerable enough difference to not be negligible.

So what do you get?  You get an absolute bag full of tech compressed into a 5.5 inch screen and remember of course you can go smaller and take the iPhone 6 which will cost even less £££s, but lets stick with what you get, and the simplest way for me to put it is you get this…

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iPhone Mail Message Stuck in Outbox – An Easy Solution…

This happened to me today, so I thought I would share the easiest solution ever to sorting this problem out. Basically an email message was stuck for whatever reason in my Out Box on my iPhone(5) (running iOS6). It was stuck all day and as the battery has enough issues in lasting the day this really didn’t help. So if like me you were puzzled as to how to resolve this, (because as it is trying to send you can’t click on ‘Edit’ and subsequently delete the email) here is the solution.

1. Go to ‘Settings’
2. Put the phone into ‘Airplane Mode’
3. Go to ‘Mail’
4. Go to your ‘Out Box’
5. Click ‘Edit’
6. Delete the problem message.
7. Go to ‘Settings’
8. Turn off ‘Airplane Mode’
9. Continue with an enjoyable stress free day!

Flipboard : Your Social news Magazine Updated to v2.0

Flopboard, everyone’s favourite iOS App has been updated to version 2.0 and along with the nice new version number we get an impressive list of new features.

If you don’t know what Flipboard is you need a good shake but obviously that’s not going to happen so a brief explanation will have to suffice.

Flipboard is basically a magazine that you make and control by selecting your interests such as tech, motors, news, nature, photography and so on. You can also link in your favourite social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. Flipboard then pulls all the latest news from your feeds and interests from across the web, categorises them for you within the app presenting them in a user friendly and intuitive manner, giving you your own tailored interactive magazine.

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iOS Mailbox App Join the Queue!

So having read about the launch of a new iOS e-mail app by the name of ‘Mailbox’ I have decided to join the queue.

That’s right this app has a queue for you to join to use it.

Apparently this is to stagger use to enable their servers and such to cope.

All I know is is that it is a GoogleMail client that has swipe gestures and is meant to be supremely easy to use.

I’ll get to try it out when the 385,000 users ahead of me get their Mailboxes.

I’ll update soon. If it warrants an update that is!


HOW TO : Moving iPhone / iPad / iPod Backups to an external drive

If Santa has just brought you a nice new shiny SSD or you are running out of space on your HDD / SSD and are disgusted by how much space is actually used on backups of your iDevices you need this guide, it could save you gigs of space and is pretty easy to sort out!

The simple fact is we all need backups, but why not put them someone you want it to be instead of cluttering up vital space.

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