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Do you really want a bigger iPhone?

Yesterday I was reading a Gizmodo post “Battery Life Is the Only Spec That Matters” which had some valid points and others that were assumptions. However there was one good point, we are possibly to blame for the thinner iPhone 5. The reason I bring it up is because it is pretty much a common idea now that most people would have rather had a thicker iPhone 5. But although we say that and think why did Apple make it “Lighter” and “Thinner”? Perhaps we are the ones to blame. So ask yourself “Do you really want a bigger iPhone?”

Confused now well just bear with me and it will all make sense. So the new argument is that the size and heft of the iPhone 4/4s was great. So with the new machining process and materials used for the iPhone 5 having it at the same size and weight would have resulted in more battery. More battery would have resulted in phenomenal battery life and we would have all been over the moon. But would we? have been over the moon that is. It is easy to say it in hindsight but with competitors hot on the heels of the iPhone it’s hard to tell. There are blog posts and articles abound about how Apple is no longer innovating. I am one of the people who would have loved a fatter iPhone 5 with crazy good battery life. However don’t forget that battery life is different for each and every person. I get over 24 hours on each charge of my iPhone 5 so I only charge it once a day. However every user is different in the apps they use, web browsing habits, social media use and those are just a few of the things that make the battery life different in each case.

Now let’s just say Apple did make the iPhone 5 the same size and weight of the iPhone 4/4s and used the extra space to pack in extra battery. Some people, like me would have excellent battery life but still some would still have mediocre battery life. It’s those people who would then complain that even though the design is new the iPhone 5 was still the same size as the iPhone 4/4s and Apple wasn’t innovating. They would point at the competitors and all their “innovations” but most of all Apple would have lost more mind-share of consumers. The Gizmodo post highlights an excellent point, when the iPad 3 debuted with Retina Display it was slightly thicker and heavier than the iPad 2. Did people love the fact that the increased size gave them Retina Display with the same or better battery life? no complaints were all over the place about the increased size and that it was now heavier. So when consumers, blogs, media outlets react like that can we really blame Apple for making devices thinner and lighter instead of giving us more battery?

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How to get better iPhone battery life

Now that most smartphones will do most of the same things battery life is really what has become the deciding factor. Along with doing more a smartphone has to do more for longer. In order to get better battery life there is a mixture of settings and the usage of the smartphone that will help squeeze a little more life out of that battery. So here are a few settings you might want to check in my tip on how to get better iPhone battery life.

Every person’s battery life will be different because the way they use the iPhone will be different. So keeping this in mind there are a few things that are big drains on the battery life and using these things will result in a quick need for charging up your device. The first of these is the screen, the biggest part of the interface with the device. However it takes a lot of power to run the screen so the longer it is on the more of a drain it is on the battery. The next thing is the radios inside the iPhone, which provide data(3G,LTE) and Wifi. Browsing the web or using social media apps for an hour on LTE will definitely gobble up battery power in the 10-20% range. So keeping this in mind any setting that causes the screen to be on longer or the iPhone to connect to the internet will drag down battery life. So it is a balancing act and everyone will need to decide which is more important. I mean what is the use of having a smartphone if you don’t use the internet, check emails and your screen brightness is so low you have to squint to see the screen? Sure it may last an hour longer or more but what use are you getting out of that time?

On the other hand there are settings that are on by default which a user may not use that could be robbing little bits of battery life. So I personally put my settings at a point where I get the most use out of my iPhone for the things I need to do. When battery life gets low I charge it up but even though I would consider myself an advanced user there were two settings I hadn’t checked and updated even after doing updates of the Operating System(OS), iOS. As a result I was using a pedometer app and by the end of the work day my iPhone which would usually be at around 60-70% was at 34% a huge difference. The reason was beause the pedometer app was using the location services of the phone which uses both the radios(data and Wifi) to calculate my location. I didn’t need that I just wanted to know how many steps I took that day. So it was draining my battery by using a service I didn’t even need.

So if you’ve updated your iOS version recently and find that your iPhone battery is draining faster than it used to try checking and adjusting the following settings I’m about to show you.

Notification Center

This is where you can set which apps are included in the Notification Center and will send you notifications. The notifications will cause the screen to wake up and when they come in a user will spend time checking the notification to see what it’s all about. When an app is installed it is added to the notification center even though the user may not want or need to get notifications from the app. You can see which apps are in the Notification Center by:

Tapping “Settings” on the home screen

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Then tap “Notification” (pictured above)

There will be a list of all the apps in the Notification Center. You  can tap each app and there will be sliders to remove the app from the Notification Center as well as prevent the app’s notifications from being viewed on the lock screen. Remove any apps that don’t need to be in the notification center and don’t need to have notifications on the lock screen.

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Privacy

Next you will want to check under Privacy which is where you will find Location Services.

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This will be where all the apps that use location services will be listed along with device settings that you may also want to change. In the screen shots you will see that in the System Services I have turned off all the options except Cell Network Search and Setting Time Zone. That is because these are the only things that would be needed in my use of the device. So adjust the settings accordingly to your use of the device.

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4 Steps To Salvage Wet Electronics and Cell Phones

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Cell phone solutions

The first thing is to remember to act fast! You do not want your small electronic or cell phone to stay wet for no longer than in has too. I am sure all of us have been in this situation where we have dropped our iPhone, cell phone, or any small electronic in the swimming pool, a puddle of water, maybe ran it through the washing machine, or dropped it out of our back pockets into the toilet. The word “panic” and anxiety does not cover what we feel at that very moment; as like the panic of losing family photos, important contact information and downloads. Here are some steps to salvage wet electronics gear.

In addition, to replace a cell phone it is generally not covered under your insurance. Almost all cell phone companies do not have coverage for water damage. There are a couple of methods that you can try to remove the moisture. Such as using a can of compressed air, dry uncooked rice, or there are bags known as Bheesties. are a great product if you have them around at the time of your emergency. These were designed to dry out small Bheersties electronics and cell phones. These bags sell for $20.00 each plus shipping and handling, and are available at Amazon.com.

  1. The first step would be to remove the battery and the SIM card right away. Without trying to see if the phone is working or powers up. I know this is the first thing everybody wants to do in the state of panic is to see if you lost anything! Please avoid this temptation to avoid creating any short circuits. The goal is to try to speed up the drying process without damaging the device any further. I know many people have tried, or ran for the hair dryer, which is normally too hot for the device.
  2. In some cases if you do not have any of the following items to try, but you do have a hair dryer; you can do step one, following with the hair dryer on low, at the coolest setting.
  3. A can of compressed air can be used as another choice if available. Follow step one, and then go ahead and gently blow out the moisture from the electronic device.
  4. Okay, so you do not have compressed air or blow dryer. Please stay calm and go to the kitchen and find some uncooked white rice. Place a few handfuls of uncooked white rice into a bowl or plastic bag (Bag A), then place the cell phone or electronic device into another separate bag (Bag B).

When using a bag with the uncooked white rice you want to avoid placing the device directly in the rice, due to the dust from the rice. Do so by placing the device and battery in separate bags by themselves, and remember to leave the bags open. Place the bag onto a dry warm surface, not hot; wait for 6 to 12 hours, or 24 to 48 hours, depending on how wet the device is. Personally I have tried the rice method and it worked very well.

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Why Apple is still cool (NSFW)

There is one simple reason why Apple is still cool, celebrities. I read a post the other day that said teenagers found that Apple was no longer cool. The problem with that is teenagers as much as they strive to be “different” also follow whatever is popular. Our society has a fetish for following celebrities’ lives. It’s a lifestyle although no one would admit we would all love to emulate. It’s the reason celebrities sell everything from cars to cereal. It’s also the reason why Apple is still cool because iPhones, iPads, MacBook Airs they can all be found in celebrities’ hands. Not because they are paid to advertise it but because they use it in their daily lives. It’s the best form of free advertising out there.

So Will Arnett and Oprah might be in commercials or tweeting about how great the Windows Phone and Surface Tablet are but it’s a paid commercial. Which doesn’t have as much pull as seeing Justin Bieber, Hillary Clinton, Bow Wow or any other celebrity walking around town with their white headphones in their ears. The iPhone and iPad have even found themselves in rap lyrics from Fabolous on “My Time” and Ludacris on “Do sumthin strange”. In the hands of America’s former First lady and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and veteran actor Meryl Streep as they take a selfie.

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OKay so maybe there are two reasons why Apple is still cool and men everywhere will be thankful for this one, hot women! The iPhone camera has made smartphone cameras so popular it almost replaces many point and shoot cameras. The snapper on the iPhone 4 was so popular on the photograph site Flickr. It beat a seasoned Nikon DSLR in popularity and inspired a new type of photography, iPhoneography. So when hot women want to take self shots which smartphone camera brings it to us in stunning clarity? Yes that’s right the iPhone and guys everywhere are happy for it.

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iOS Do Not Disturb is down

Apple introduced Do Not Disturb mode in iOS 6. You can now set a time range when your iPhone will not ring, buzz or light up and disturb you. It’s great because the alternative previously was to put your iPhone into Airplane mode which would turn off the cellular and Wifi radios. Otherwise an email or text in the middle of the night would have dire consequences. However the implimentation in iOS 6 was half baked, not completely done, something that Apple is not known for. The option to set a Do Not Disturb time range is great but who has only one time range in a week  when they don’t want to be disturbed? Just like having different alarms people have different time ranges on different days when they don’t want to be disturbed. As an example getting up earlier during the week to go to work but then sleeping in on the weekends. Yes one time range does not cut it and rather than talk about the fact that iOS Do Not Disturb is down. I’m more inclined to think about why it is down?

Yes iOS Do Not Disturb is down even Apple admits to the problem and says it will be back to normal after January 7th. I noticed this over the holidays when my phone kept going off during the night. I looked and my phone was not in Do Not Disturb mode even though it was clearly during the time range. I am running a beta iOS so I figured maybe it was a bug and rebooted my phone a couple of times. Then I just ignored it and this morning I ran into the post linked above that got me thinking. Apple is working on both iOS 6.1 and also iOS 7 and multiple Do Not Disturb ranges is one thing on my list of iOS 7 wants. So are they possibly working on it? Is that why the service is currently down while they fiddle with it, who knows. I’m hopeful it is because I have already been woken quite a few weekends because my Do Not Disturb range ends at 6AM.

Whether this is why iOS Do Not Disturb is down right now or not. Apple give us the ability, just like setting multiple alarms, to set more than one time range. I want a weekday time range, a weekend time range and then a holiday time range. Anyone else with me on this?

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T3kd Weekly 53: Steal My Sauce

We start out with a very interesting conversation about who married who, then the podcast (as usual) just goes downhill from there. This week we talked about the iPhone 4S and its disappointing sales numbers, we talked about Google and Buzz, we talked about Siri and whether or not you will use it. We ended on a great conversation about the upcoming major game releases.

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T3kd Weekly Episode 53 for the Week of October 17th 2011Hosts
Vincent Hui
Matthew Weber
Ricky Williams

TITLE: STEAL MY SAUCE

Apple News
iPhone 4S Not As Disappointing as Expected? – Vince
http://t3kd.com/blog/2011/10/16/my-iphone-4s-experience/
http://t3kd.com/blog/2011/10/13/pros-and-cons-of-the-iphone-4s/

iOS Errors Galore – Matt
http://www.macworld.com/article/163029/2011/10/ios_5_installation_woes_waning.html
http://www.canada.com/technology/Problems+plague+Apple+iCloud+launch/5550707/story.html

iPod is Dead; Long Live the iPod? – Vince
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/hardware/visual-proof-that-the-ipod-is-on-the-way-out/15530

—INLINE ADVERTISEMENT—Is Siri For Real? -Ricky
http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/forums/viewthread/81655/
http://www.canada.com/technology/Siri+gives+iPhone+sass/5550410/story.html

It’s hard to believe, but we have been doing our podcast now for an entire year. Our first episode was very shaky, not well produced, and very unorganized. Let’s face it, nothing has really changed in 50 episodes. In celebration of our first year in podcasting, T3kd Weekly is giving away an iPad 2 to one lucky reader/listener. There are 3 ways to enter, you are allowed to enter a total of 3 times, once per method. The first way to enter is the Twitter method. First follow @t3kd on twitter. Next Tweet out what you would use the iPad 2 for using the hash tag #t3kd4ipad. That’s it you have entered that way! The second way you can enter is the Facebook method. First Like our FB page. Next post on our wall what you would do with the iPad. The last way to enter is by leaving a comment on the contest announcement post available at T3kd.com/contest. Tell us why you want the iPad. You can enter just once per method, so do all three so you can enter up to 3 times. No purchase necessary, some restrictions and conditions apply see site for details.

Sometimes Tech Stories are More About PR
RIM Sorry for Outage… World STILL Awaits Apology for Playbook – Vince
http://t3kd.com/blog/2011/10/13/rim-all-services-restored/
http://www.macworld.com/article/163018/2011/10/we_do_not_know_why_system_failed_says_blackberry_ceo.html
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/c41e21f4-f8a9-11e0-ad8f-00144feab49a.html

Microsoft Tries to Convince World IE is Safest Web Browser – Matt
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/networking/internet-explorer-is-the-safest-web-browser-ha/1546

How Does Google Do It?
This Week Google Buzz Died… We’re on a roll! – Ricky
http://www.macworld.com/article/163026/2011/10/google_kills_buzz.html
Google Still Beats Market Expectations in Q3 – Ricky
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/google-beats-street-expectations/article2200320/

Microsoft News
How to Kill An Already Flaky Product: Microsoft Completes Purchase of Skype – Matt
http://www.dailytech.com/Skype+Now+Officially+a+Division+of+Microsoft+85B+Cash+Deal+Closes/article23022.htm

Gaming
—INLINE ADVERTISEMENT— Tell Me if You’ve Heard This One Before: Sony Hacked and Apologizes – Vince
http://www.gamespot.com/news/6339842/soe-president-says-attempted-hacks-hit-dormant-accounts?tag=newstop%3Btitle%3B14

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Halo + Kinect = Fun? Seriously? – Ricky
http://kotaku.com/5850260/throw-grenades-by-voice-with-halo-anniversarys-kinect-functionality

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T3kd Weekly 52: WTF Are You Laughing At?

Okay, so despite all of Vince’s efforts, this podcast got out of hand a couple of times. We discussed professionally and sensitively the passing of Steve Jobs, we bashed and loved the iPhone 4S, and we discuss some of the weeks gaming news. There was also a period in there where Andy and Corrina couldn’t stop laughing, and no one knows what they are laughing about. Hence the title. Jump past the break for audio and download links, and of course the show notes.

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T3kd Weekly 51: iPhone Speculation Spectacular

This week we talked a lot of iPhone. Granted when this was recorded we didn’t know if it would be the iPhone 4S (which it turned out to be) or the iPhone 5. So you can hear us speculating up a storm. We also talked Amazon, iTunes Match, Facebook and our weekly dose of Canada tech news. Oh and it was our first live broadcast, so if the audio sounds janky, let us know.

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T3kd Weekly Live Episode 51, for the Week of October 3rd 2011

Hosts
Matt Weber
Ricky Williams

Amazon is on Fire  -Matt
http://www.engadget.com/2011/09/28/amazon-fire-tablet-unveiled-7-inch-display-199-price-tag/?a_dgi=aolshare_twitter
http://www.engadget.com/2011/09/28/amazon-kindle-fire-impressions/
http://t3kd.com/blog/2011/09/28/amazon-announces-200-kindle-fire-tablet/
http://t3kd.com/blog/2011/09/29/why-the-kindle-fire-is-not-an-ipad-killer/

Will they buy Palm?  -Ricky
http://www.bgr.com/2011/09/30/amazon-may-acquire-remnants-of-palm-and-webos-from-hp/
http://techcrunch.com/2011/09/30/report-hp-still-looking-to-offload-palm-amazon-named-as-top-contenter/

Apple News

Apple Event October 4th- Matt
http://t3kd.com/blog/2011/09/27/apple-sends-out-invites-for-iphone-event-on-october-4th/

Is it iPhone 5? -Ricky (Do not Mention iPhone 4S)
http://www.bgr.com/2011/09/29/iphone-5-case-mate-cases-appear-in-att-inventory-system/
http://9to5mac.com/2011/10/01/radio-shack-inventory-system-shows-sprint-iphone-5-others/

or iPhone 4S? -Matt (Do not mention iPhone 5)
http://9to5mac.com/2011/10/03/163264gb-iphone-4s-8gb-iphone-4-spotted-on-the-vodafone-germany-online-store/
http://9to5mac.com/2011/10/01/apples-cheaper-iphone-4-n90a-pops-up-at-foxconn-brazil/
http://9to5mac.com/2011/10/01/iphone-4s-with-iphone-4-design-dual-mode-capability-leaked-by-itunes/

iTunes Match international coming? -Ricky
http://9to5mac.com/2011/09/30/apple-negotiating-international-icloud-music-rights/

Death of a Classic? -Matt
http://9to5mac.com/2011/09/30/happy-10th-birthday-ipod-classic-now-its-time-to-die/

Canadian Tech News of Note

Canadian Startups Attractive to American Tech companies? -Ricky
http://www.techvibes.com/blog/hey-canadian-startups-68-of-american-tech-giants-want-to-acquire-you-2011-09-30

Sad or no? -Matt
http://www.techvibes.com/blog/rim-is-canadas-most-attractive-employer-2011-09-30

Does Anybody Care? -Ricky
http://www.techvibes.com/blog/microsofts-zune-pass-comes-to-canada-2011-09-29

Misc News

Facebook and Project Spartan, iPad app to be released on Tuesday? -Matt
http://techcrunch.com/2011/09/28/this-sure-looks-a-lot-like-facebooks-project-spartan-screenshots/
http://techcrunch.com/2011/09/29/facebook-ipad-spartan-event/

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