Month: February 2014

A popular iPhone app was yanked from stores after its difficulty spurred national uproar.
A bird flaps its little wings through a maze of obstacles, guided by an iPhone user whose sole task is to tap the screen repeatedly to steer the bird clear of metal pipes lining its path. Sounds like a simple mobile app, right? Not exactly – and neither is the story behind it. The app…

Sochi is the site of this year's Olympics - and some really bad hotels.
In a display of patriotism and good marketing, Samsung is throwing its hat into the ring as an official sponsor of the Sochi Olympic Games. But is that support coming at the expense of Olympians being able to use their iPhones? That is what Cult of Mac is reporting, with an article claiming that Samsung…

Battery swelling has been known to cause explosions in iPhones.
In a recent post we told you the story of a very unlucky eighth-grade girl whose iPhone exploded in her pocket due after the battery ballooned inside the device. When we said it wasn't an isolated innocent, we weren't kidding. In fact, our tech manager has experienced and dealt with a similar problem. The situation It…

An iPad only charges when plugged into the computer. What's wrong?
The situation A customer from St. Louis reached out to us because they were experiencing charging issues with their iPad. The device charged fine when plugged into the computer, but when the customer tried their USB Charging cube, no such luck. Getting to the root of the problem We delved deeper into the customer's report…

Apple's most recent ad was shot entirely on a iPhone.
The Macintosh turns 30 this year, and with that anniversary comes a wave of nostalgia from Apple and an effort, commercially, to celebrate by doing what its marketing gurus do best: play to human emotions. Thirty years to the day after Steve Jobs announced the Mac's debut on Jan. 24, 1984, director Jake Scott set…

Don't have 22 million minutes to wait? Then it might be time to restore your device.
The situation A New York woman reached out to us in a state of distress. Her son's iPod had been disabled. Accompanying the breakdown was an announcement that it was disabled – with the screen displaying a much more alarming message telling her to try again in 24,000,000 minutes. She tried several reset options but…

One eighth grade girl learned the hard way that iPhone batteries can get a little fiery.
Apple products usually set off a firestorm of popularity, but now they are actually just setting people on fire. What started as a normal day for an eighth-grade girl in Kennebunk, Maine ended with a trip to the hospital. The girl had just sat down to her first class of the day. Like so many…

Samsung's newest tablet could find particular applicability in the workplace.
Office Depot is helping debut Samsung's newest tablet. The Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 is an Android tablet. As its name suggests, its screen size is 12.2 inches, two inches larger than its predecessor, the Galaxy Note 10.1. Though it's not set for actual release until Feb. 13, Office Depot is currently accepting pre-orders on its website.…

The iPad Air presents a more efficient alternative to laptop computing in many situations.
There was a time not too long ago when laptops seemed like the perfect tool for merging efficiency and mobility. But with the emergence of the iPad Air and other tablets, the age of the laptop for expeditious mobile computing appears to be over. Yet there are times when a laptop is undeniably better than a tablet.…