Halide Camera App – Alternative iOS Camera App : Review

Having recently been restricted to using only my iPhone at a couple of motorcycle road races I found the native iOS Camera App lacking. Thankfully I found the Halide Camera App.

Until this point I had tried a few iOS Camera apps but always found myself going back to the original iOS Camera. ‘It just worked.’ It was handy, wasn’t full of fluff – a proper point and shoot experience, which to be fair is probably what 99% of camera phone users need 99% of the time.

Generally for motorcycle racing events I would have used my Panasonic TZ80 or Cannon DSLR – the ability for a fast shutter is obvious when motorcycles scream past you at speeds I could only guess.

For reasons outside of my control I found myself at the 2019 Cookstown 100, and 2019 Tandragee 100 road races with only my iPhone X. It was instantly apparent that the native iOS app was not going to produce images that were in anyway usable for me – I should be more specific – the native iOS was not going to produce images of the racing and moving motorcycles that were in anyway usable.

2019 Tandragee 100 native iPhone X Camera
2019 Tandragee 100 native iPhone X Camera

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Bumblebee Movie – A 1 Minute Review

Bumblebee Movie
Bumblebee Movie

As a huge fan of Transformers when the trailer dropped for an origin movie for Bumblebee it would be fair to say I was excited.

The movie was released and off I zipped to the cinema.

Movie Synopsis :

“On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow VW bug.”

I don’t like to read too much about movies before I see them, but one preview I did read stated this :

“The perfect blend of action, heart and humour.”

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Apple iPhone Xs / XR Wallpapers

iPhone XR Wallpaper Sample
iPhone XR Wallpaper Sample

With the arrival of iOS12 just mere hours away and the first deliveries of the iPhone Xs series less than a week away you could well be one of the lucky ones upgrading to the latest iDevice.

If, like me, you may not be planning to upgrade on this cycle – you may well like the idea of a facelift for your current phone and no better way to do that than the latest wallpaper.

Apple are renowned for their gorgeous wallpapers and this refresh is no different.  The wallpapers for the new iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max are beautiful.  There is some dispute as to what the wallpapers actually depict, some claim they represent planetary surfaces, others that they are bubbles – the patterns coming from an oil type effect on the surface of said bubbles.  The latter being the theory that I am going for.

But it doesn’t stop there.  Of course the latest flagship iPhone is causing a lot of buzz on the tech front but what seems to be causing even more at the moment is the newly announced iPhone XR – the more modestly priced, LCD screened, single camera’d, and multi coloured iPhone XR.  With it comes a whole range of wallpapers each designed around the base colour of an iPhone XR.  These follow the same bubble theme and come with a single or double bubble variant.

iPhone XR Range
iPhone XR Range

So without further ado read on to see all the wallpapers that will be coming with the new range of iPhones and download your favourite.  All the images are full resolution so will work beautifully on whatever phone you currently use – your facelift awaits…

Keep scrolling… right to the bottom… there’s a link to download all wallpapers in a handy zip file (31.2Mb)

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Apple iPhone X – Release Date 3rd November but eBay is Already Flooded! They

The iPhone X has only just been announced, preorders have not even started and the phone won’t be in the public domain until 3rd November 2017.

However the scammers and scalpers eBay resellers are already out in full force on eBay.

The iPhone X is already being listed on eBay at hugely inflated prices and the concerning thing is people are bidding on them!

Not only that scalpers resellers are selling multiples. How? They are going to queue up with their scalper friends and scalper family and hope for the best. They do not have early access. They are not special customers. They are scalpers. Pure and simple.

Firstly such sales are against eBay’s policies :

https://pages.ebay.co.uk/help/policies/pre-sale.html

The problem the scalpers face at the moment is they can not guarantee postage within 30 days. That may change come 4th October 2017 as they will then be in the 30 day range.

It is questionable how they will be able to guarantee one though? I doubt Apple are selling their stock off to eBay scum sellers resellers.

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A bit of Retro Fun – The Original iPhone Wallpapers / Backgrounds 

At the moment retro could not be more current. The Mini NES bringing back retro gaming into the mainstream, Nokia re-release the most classic and iconic handset of all time – the Nokia 3310 – RetroPi bringing pretty much every game ever released for all the classic systems right into your living room!

Retro is so cool and everyone agrees, well everyone agrees until you use it. Forget gaming, because retro gaming is awesome, but what about the rest of it?  The truth is  – retro tech suffers, because technology moves on, when we go back to old tech we instantly think – “Wow, how did we cope with this?  It is so slow!”

Go back to the start of the mobile web, remember it?  Chances are you could be reading this post on a mobile device and thanks to 4G, and responsive web themes you can get the full enjoyment and all the information from this site and pretty much every other site on the internet on any device from one in the palm of your hand to another on a full 5K 27 inch screen!

Do you remember what we had for mobile devices before that?  (Tablets didn’t really exist at this point either). It was called WAP.  If it interests you you can read all about here : https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wireless_Application_Protocol but basically this is what we had from 1999 to the late noughties. What happened next?  In a nutshell the iPhone happened (other operating systems popped up to, Symbian, Android…

From this HTML became accessible by handsets and then tablets (as we now know them) popped along.  Fast forward a little now we are right here, right now. 

And then back to the point of this post. We look back on all things retro with great nostalgia and think “how great was that iPhone”. Truth is it was great, but technology has moved on so much that those devices we hold so highly would now be unusable, if not unusable at least so frustratingly slow that we wouldn’t want to use them.  Out 2G original iPhone wouldn’t even be able to load this web site at any sort of useful speed, whereas with 4G it loads like lightning in glorious technicolor.  But our original iPhone was so cool and retro is cool. So here you go, here is the idea :
Here are the original iPhone backgrounds. Save them to your device and add them as your wallpaper. You now have the best of both worlds. The cool as hell retro backgrounds from the original iPhone, wrapped in the shell of an up to date and completely usable device. Let’s be honest that’s what we want anyway, the retro chic with the functioning of the latest tech. 

Now get back to your Mini NES and guide that little heroic plumber to save his bride. Oh and talking of which, when the Mini SNES is announced, get it preordered – it’s going to be in high demand. That’s my prediction for this Christmas anyway!

Original iPhone Background Wallpaper - The World
Original iPhone Background Wallpaper – The World

Original iPhone Background Wallpaper - Clownfish
Original iPhone Background Wallpaper – Clownfish

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!
  

Add iCloud Drive to your Home Screen on iOS9

Putting iCloud Drive on your Home Screen iOS 9

Putting iCloud Drive on your Home Screen iOS 9
Putting iCloud Drive on your Home Screen iOS 9

If you use iOS9 and iCloud, it is really easy to have the icon for your iCloud Drive pop up on your home screen, just follow these simple steps and enjoy some easy App convenience.

  1.  Open Settings on your iPhone.
  2. In Settings select iCloud.

Putting iCloud Drive on your Home Screen iOS 9
Putting iCloud Drive on your Home Screen iOS 93.  If you are already logged in to your iCloud account you will see the account name and how much storage you have left. Select  to continue.

3.  If you are already logged in to your iCloud account you will see the account name and how much storage you have left. Select iCloud Drive to continue.

Putting iCloud Drive on your Home Screen iOS 9
Putting iCloud Drive on your Home Screen iOS 9

4.  Flick on the Show in Home Screen option…

Putting iCloud Drive on your Home Screen iOS 9
Putting iCloud Drive on your Home Screen iOS 9

5.  Job Done, check out your Home Screen, it is there!

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.