Updated (1) : Three (3 Mobile) The One Plan Comes to a Crashing End – for me anyway.

So yesterday I got the dreaded letter from 3 (Three Mobile) @ThreeUK / @ThreeUKSupport informing me that The One Plan was coming to an end for me.

Anyone who knows the One Plan knows that it was an amazing deal offered by Three that basically meant you gave them £15 hard earned pound coins and they gave you unlimited calls, texts and data, truly unlimited that even allowed tethering.

If you didn’t know about it, unlucky, you missed out.

One problem though, as with everything good it was abused.  People cancelled their broadband and such, streaming and downloading TBs of data every month.  Of course this then made such a plan unsustainable and caused Three to bin it.  I understand that.  It is what happens next that I do not understand.

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Text Message Crashing Apple iPhones – Here’s  the fix!

The original article can be found here : http://www.techradar.com/news/phone-and-communications/mobile-phones/this-single-text-message-is-crashing-people-s-iphones-here-s-the-fix-1295019

This is not written by me but seems to be serious enough that it deserves a share!

This single text message is crashing people’s iPhones.  

A new bug is a massive pain in the iMessage

Apple’s iMessage platform has been subject of a new bug that shuts down your entire iPhone after receiving the message “effective. Power لُلُصّبُلُلصّبُررً ॣ ॣh ॣ ॣ 冗”.

The second half is Arabic and if you’re not currently in the iMessage with a person it’ll send your phone into a reboot no matter what it’s doing – it’s proved very frustrating for some users and it’s not certain what the long term effects are.

Here’s the fix: head into your Settings app, then the Notifications tab, Messages and then switch off the slider called “show on local screen and under “alert style when unlocked” choose “none”.

It’s a pretty simple fix but it means if you’re sent any more pesky iMessages you’re not going to be sent into the reboot again.

Over and over

We contacted Apple for some comment on the matter and the response suggested Apple can’t see the problem on their end, but that’s apparently not the case for many people who have taken to the internet to confirm the bug,.
Hundreds of forum users are reporting the issue. JoeyTheBoey on Reddit said, “I have an un jailbroken iPhone 6 and it resprings my phone, but only if I’m not in the messages app, then it will show the message notification badge when I get back in.”

Jjc123cj on Reddit said, “Don’t test this on your iPhone 6! I sent it to myself and now my messaging app crashes when I try to open it ):”

Apple News on Twitter has spoken to Apple’s Senior Engineers who admitted they know there is a problem. and are hard at work trying to fix it.

£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.

Period.

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 5 / 5s Bear Grylls Action Case UnBoxing

I have always been a fan of the rugged style cases for my phone.  The offer great drop protection and keep the phones in immaculate condition when being used in everyday life.

Whilst out shopping I noticed a ‘Bear Grylls Action Case’ with a nice yellow reduced sticker in a local supermarket.  Reduced is always good and also it was bright orange.  Thats a good way to sell me something – make it available in funky colours.  The case was also available in a range of Camouflage colour options (wood land, DPM, and urban – there may be even more, as well as grey and plain black).

The cases are identified by a large BG logo on the bottom third which to be fair I am not convinced on.  The rest of the case definitely gets my vote on aesthetics, however the big logo is just a little too garish for me.  (Even though it bright orange.)  I mean c’mon does anyone actually want to walk about advertising Bear Grylls?

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Windows Phone 8 – Getting Started Tips & Tricks.

I have just got myself a new Nokia Lumia 620, running Windows Phone 8. My initial impressions are this is a quality phone and is running a quality operating system.

Now I am an Apple fan, but I have to say the WP8 OS is exceptionally nice.

When I have used it a little more I will post up more detailed thoughts, however in the mean time I have found this as an excellent starting point;

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