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How to “hard reset” an iPhone

The apple iPhone is essentially a computer and like many other computers it needs a reboot from time to time. Now a reboot is different from just turning it off and on again, a special process has to be followed to tell the device to fully close down all applications and start them again from the scratch (this does not mean wiping off everything you have stored).

On a handset with a removable battery the process was quite simple, taking the back cover off and removing the battery whilst the phone is on and then replacing it was the most common way of rebooting, iPhones are a little different.

Step 1 :- Press and hold the home button (the circle in the bottom centre of the handset as you look at the screen) and the snooze/awake button on the top edge.

Step 2 :- Continue holding both buttons until the screen changes and the phone begins to restart (this can take 15-60 seconds).

Step 3 :- Let go of both buttons when you see a silver apple logo on the screen (the phone is rebooting).

It may take some time for the phone to reload/reboot from this stage, don’t be alarmed just let the phone restart naturally.


BlackBerry seeks “strategic alternatives” – who is set to pounce?

On the 12th August 2013 the board of directors at BlackBerry announced they have formed a special committee to “explore strategic alternatives to enhance value and increase scale in order to accelerate BlackBerry 10 deployment. These alternatives could include, among others, possible joint ventures, strategic partnerships or alliances, a sale of the Company or other possible transactions”

Two phrases stick out for me on this one “possible joint venture” & “sale of the Company”

I would be surprised to see a joint venture with another mobile player or OS provider at this stage, the tight tie up between Nokia and Microsoft is slowly increasing sales numbers of the Nokia Lumia range, but there aren’t many other cases of it happening and my gut feel is that BlackBerry need something to move quickly for them.

So are they ripe for a “sale of the Company” to another manufacturer? I can’t think who would have the cash and the incentive to do so, apple have their ways of working, they certainly have the cash but the desire?

Samsung are nearing, according to figures we have seen, a domination of the smartphone market, so you would have to ask if they need BlackBerry to continue on this road.

So what about a network? There have been rumours in the past of Vodafone interest, but they have recently sunk an enormous amount of cash into the purchase of Cable & Wireless as they pursue their plan of being the number 1 choice for unified communications and not just a mobile telecommunications company.

All we can say is that the official statement is out there, at the time of writing shares have been suspended from trading, so moves may well be in place.

Regardless of what happens in my non-important opinion, a healthy, competitive BlackBerry are an important component of the telecommunications sector. Many of our customers still favour the security of BlackBerry and it’s proven ability to fire through emails on the move. Add to that, BB10 is such a leap forward in operating system from BB7 that I want to see them keep fighting back in the smartphone wars.

Good luck BlackBerry.

A message from the Arquillian in me – “Deliver the Galaxy”

OK, you may have to be a bit of a Sci-Fi fan to know what the hell I am talking about in the title, for those unsure a clue, the 3rd installment is out this Summer of the film series in which this message is sent.

Anyway onto the true context of today’s blog – The Samsung Galaxy SIII.

We have them on pre-order, we are excited, it seems that now is the time to get your large touchscreen smartphone product into the market before apple announces iPhone 5.

The 3 that have caught my eye have been, the Sony Xperia S (the phoenix from the flames?) the HTC One X (boy that is a big screen) and the launch last week of the Samsung Galaxy SIII (William Tell aiming to shoot apple from people’s heads).

All 3 use the android operating system with the HTC and Samsung using the latest 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich platform and the Sony eligible very soon for upgrade to this level.

Now from this humble bloggers point of view it is always horses for courses and personal preference around this sort of device and there are some things to look out for, the Sony has a screen issue on certain handsets with a particular build date but the guys at Sony will help you sort this here http://www.sonymobile.com/gb/support/contact-us/, the HTC will not suit people with little hands because that screen is so darn big, and with the Samsung you will have to wait until the end of the month just like the rest of us and for the early adopters you will be paying iPhone money for a SIM free device (over £500 inc VAT)

Regardless of the money and the wait, I want one, the interface looks brilliant, (although maybe not as intuitive as the Windows Mobile live tiles) and most importantly it will stop me looking like one of these

How important is size? Which one should I buy?

There is no doubting that the “new iPad” is flying off the shelves everywhere.

The main question we seem to be fielding about the latest and greatest from apple is not, “should I buy one?” but actually “what size do I buy?”

It will depend, as ever, on the media you may want to store on the device, how many songs, how many films and how many photos?

I have always found that a good rule of thumb around media storage is to allow 4MB for a 3 minute sound file and 1.5GB for a 90 minute film and 500k for a photo. Therefore even with my rudimentary maths that is 4,000 songs or 10 full length movies or 32,000 photos on a 16GB iPad.

Now previously we haven’t told people to worry too much about applications as the file sizes have been relatively small compared to their PC counterparts. However, things seem to have changed due to the new retina display on new iPad. For example one app called iMovie has grown from 70MB to over 400MB so if you are an “app happy” customer you may want to consider the next rung up on the iPad ladder.

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