Nov 11

Sound Is Not working on iPod Touch

Sound Is Not working on iPod Touch – How to Fix

After writing the post on the iPhone sound issues and fixes it occurred to me that there may also be some sound problems with the iPod and iPod Touch ranges from Apple. As it turned out there are similar problems and issues with the speaker and sound on the iPod Touch. Since the iPod Touch and the iPhone are such similar products the fixes and solutions are pretty much the same. Below you will find out how to fix the sound and speaker issues on the iPod Touch and the iPod.

  1. This one s the most simplistic solution and usually the most overlooked one. Open the music player app or if you have an updated iOS you can also slide up from the bottom up.  Once this is done ensure that the device is not on mute and the sound is turned up. To test play a few songs or even a YouTube video as the music files might be broken.
  2. With this step you want to unplug the headphones from the headphone jack to make sure there is nothing inserted. Then you want to inspect the headphone jack port to insure there is not dirt or grime that may be lodged in there. Also look for any signs of damage or anything that looks out of place. If there is dirt or debris you can remove it by using a q-tip or blowing in the headphone jack to remove any of the dust. This is done as sometimes it tricks the iPod Touch into thinking its in headphone mode.
  3. This is similar to the above method but instead you want to follow the same the steps but apply it to the docking area or charging area of your iPod Touch or iPod. If there is any debris or dirt remove it as it can cause the iPod Touch into thinking its on a music dock and will not play sound through the headphones or speaker.  
  4. There may be a glitch on the iPod Touch so simply restart the device by holding down the sleep/ wake button and the home button in sync for 10 seconds. The screen should cut off and the Apple logo will appear. You will not loose any data doing this step.
  5. With this step you want to close all apps that are in progress, simply double tap the home button and you will see the icons that are in use. If you are using an older iOS hold on to any of the app icons and you will see them jiggle with a red button. Tap all the red buttons on the apps to close. If using an up to date iOS do the same step and slide the apps up to close.  [ gard]
  6. Finally you want to connect your iPod to iTunes and check for any updates that may have been released as it may have been a software issue. While your on iTunes you can also restore your iPod device. Ensure the iPod is backed up as this is a full reset and you will lose all data.

Hope this helps fox your iPod Touch sound and speaker problems. If any of these solutions have worked or if you have tried something different then please share :D

Oct 30

where to buy cheap used iPhones using craigslist and gumtree

where to buy cheap used iPhones using craigslist and gumtree.

With a new iPhone being released on a yearly basis it is very easy and quick for your current iPhone to feel like its ancient. If you have the budget to fork out cash every year or few months that’s great but if your on a budget it makes things a bit harder.  So there are options out there to buy cheaper iPhone’s, Samsung, HTC and so on.  So straight off the bat the big players here are eBay, craigslist and gumtree.

When buying off eBay insure you read the description in full and make sure there are no faults with the iPhone or smartphone. Also look for any cosmetic damage as that is usually a sign for internal damage. Another important thing to do is look the sellers history, usually the more transactions the better. This is not always true as the person may only be buying item so look out for items the person has sold in the past. You can purchase cheap iPhones from Craigslist, while purchasing coupons from rebateszone to get a discount on your order.

When looking to buy on craigslist or gumtree similar rules apply, if the item has lots of photos and a good description it is usually a good sign. As usual you want to look for any cosmetic damage as they normally sell very cheaply. If you don’t mind the odd scratch then you may be able to find a good deal. If you do have any questions just ask the seller, if it sounds to good to be true it most probably isn’t. Since craigslist and gumtree usually work on a pick up system ( never pay for a item without seeing it! ) there are a few things to do when you go to see the iPhone/ smartphones. First is to remove the case and asses if there is any damage, insure the iPhone is on so you can check the responsiveness, sound, signal and also if the wi-fi works. Another god tip is to take a charger and plug it in to see if it charges ok.  Also since you are meeting up with strangers, make it a good location and don’t be pressured to buy anything.

Hope this has helped, happy buying!

Oct 30

How to change iphone alarm sound

How to change iPhone alarm sound.

We rely so much on our iPhone these days and one of the most important and underrated features is the alarm. In my experience it is the first thing I wake up to in the morning and it seeds the pace for the day. If i need to wake up quick smart then I will use something alarming and jolting. So it is very important to know how to change the iPhone alarm sound.

Simply open the Apple clock app > select alarm > select edit in the top right hand corner.



From here you can great a new alarm or edit an old one. Once selected you can

  • change the alarm wake up time
  • repeat
  • label
  • most importantly change iPhone alarm sound
  • snooze on/ off options



Once you have set up the above options, press save and happy dreaming. Hope this helps! What’s your favourite alarm sound? Are you a snoozer?

Oct 21

How to remove predictive text in ios8

How to remove predictive text in iOS8

Whether you hate it or love it predictive text is here to stay in the latest iOS8 update for the Apple iPhone. There has been a flood of complaints from users who claim that it is unresponsive, buggy and just plainly horrible at predicting text.  Also with the smaller screen on the iPhone 5 / 5S 5/C and iPhone 4 / 4S it chews up quite a lot of valuable real estate.

At first I was searching through the settings on the iPhone to see if you could disable the predictive text, which ended with no result. But the solution couldn’t be more simple and you would likely never notice it unless told.

step 1

Firstly open a App that supports text writing such as messages or notes. Once the predictive text bar appears you want to hold your finger down on any of the predictive words that are shown. You will only need to hold it for a few seconds, while still having your finger pressed down in the same area you will need to swipe down. If done correctly it should minimize it completely only leaving a thin line above the keyboard.

step 2

If you decide you miss the predictive text bar you can always revert it back to normal. Similar to above, you want to hold your finger on the thin bar located above the keyboard. Then you want to slide up and the predictive text bar should reappear. In usual Apple fashion you have to discover these short cuts.

Oct 18

Beware Cygnett cases will damage and destroy iPhones

Beware Cygnett Apollo case damaged my iPhone for all the wrong reasons.

This is just going to be a quick review on the Cygnett Apollo iPhone 5/5s Case. As you can tell from the title not all is well. I have been using the Cygnett Apollo iPhone case for about 8 months and it was doing the job of protecting my iPhone 5. So I thought.

So after having the case during this time I decided to remove the case and clean my iPhone. Once I took off the case I was surprised to see abrasions all the way around the iPhone. At first I was fairly confused as to what had caused this damage. After all the iPhone had been in the case since the phone was purchased. At first I though there may have been some rocks that had lodged themselves into the back of the iPhone and scratched the aluminium exterior of the iPhone.


After looking more closely at the case I could see silver marks all the way around the interior of the case. Mmmm that is strange. Once I saw this I started playing with the case and noticed when bent that there were some hard plastic spokes that revealed themselves. So the cause was found and is put down to very poor design that has essentially destroyed the exterior of the iPhone. This has pretty much ruined any possibility of resale down the line. From the photos its hard to tell but the abrasions on the iPhone are VERY deep as if someone has used a file.


This Cygnett Apollo case will “protect” your iPhone while also damaging it. Overall very poor design that has not been fully thought through, so BEWARE! If you have had a similar experience or have another Cygnett case please share your thoughts below.

Oct 16

iPhone 5 speaker and sound review

iPhone 5 speaker and sound review

After owning my iPhone 5 for 2 years I have decided to write a review on the speaker and sound performance. Over this time I have used other phones such as the Galaxy S range and the HTC one.
  • Crystal clear sound.
  • Good depth and mid tones.
  • Sounds are well played.
  • Performs well with nearly every genre from classical to dub step.
  • It doesn’t have the tinny cheap feel that you get from the Samsung Galaxy range.
  • Although sound are great it does lack that extra punch that you would get on a HTC or Samsung Galaxy.
  • The speaker is based in the bottom of the phone instead on the exterior back which some people see as a negative.
  • The speaker itself tends to get quite dirty as fluff and dust gets lodged in. This can can muffle the sound but is only minor and hard to pick up. Also this can be fixed just by maintaining your iPhone and keeping it clean.
It comes as no surprise but the iPhone 5 has great sound quality and good depth. What I really like about the iPhone 5 sound is that Apple decided to not compromise on the quality. It may lack that extra oomph but it makes up for it in the sound quality. This comes as no surprise  really as its what Apple is notorious for, good products. Considering its a device that fits in your pocket it really is hard to go wrong with the iPhone 5.
What are your thoughts? Have you experienced something different? Comment below and share!

Mar 19

iPhone 5S Specifications

Here is a up to date list of specifications for the recently released iPhone 5S from Apple. With its new camera sensor, intelligent flash and its most popular accessory is the finger print recension.

iphone 5s specifications


GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – all models
CDMA 800 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 – A1533 (CDMA), A1453
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 – A1533 (GSM), A1453
CDMA2000 1xEV-DO – A1533 (CDMA), A1453
HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 – A1457, A1530
4G Network LTE- all models
Announced 2013, September
Status Available. Released 2013, September
BODY Dimensions 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm (4.87 x 2.31 x 0.30 in)
Weight 112 g (3.95 oz)
- 500 dpi pixel density fingerprint sensor (Touch ID)
DISPLAY Type LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 640 x 1136 pixels, 4.0 inches (~326 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass, oleophobic coating
SOUND Alert types Vibration, proprietary ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
MEMORY Card slot No
Internal 16/32/64 GB storage, 1 GB RAM DDR3
Speed DC-HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, LTE, 100 Mbps; EV-DO Rev. A, up to 3.1 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth Yes, v4.0 with A2DP
USB Yes, v2.0
CAMERA Primary 8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, dual-LED (True Tone) flash, check quality
Features 1/3” sensor size, 1.5 µm pixel size, simultaneous HD video and image recording, touch focus, geo-tagging, face detection, HDR panorama, HDR photo
Video Yes, 1080p@30fps, 720p@120fps, video stabilization,check quality
Secondary Yes, 1.2 MP, 720p@30fps, face detection, FaceTime over Wi-Fi or Cellular
FEATURES OS iOS 7, upgradable to iOS 7.1
Chipset Apple A7
CPU Dual-core 1.3 GHz Cyclone (ARM v8-based)
GPU PowerVR G6430 (quad-core graphics)
Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Messaging iMessage, SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email
Browser HTML (Safari)
Radio No
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
Java No
Colors Space Gray, White/Silver, Gold
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– AirDrop file sharing
– Siri natural language commands and dictation
– iCloud cloud service
– iCloud Keychain
– Twitter and Facebook integration
– TV-out
– Maps
– iBooks PDF reader
– Audio/video player/editor
– Organizer
– Document viewer/editor ((Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
– Image viewer/editor
– Voice memo/dial/command
– Predictive text input
BATTERY Non-removable Li-Po 1560 mAh battery (5.92 Wh)
Stand-by Up to 250 h (2G) / Up to 250 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 10 h (2G) / Up to 10 h (3G)
Music play Up to 40 h
MISC SAR US 1.12 W/kg (head)     1.18 W/kg (body)
SAR EU 1.00 W/kg (head)     0.80 W/kg (body)
Price group
TESTS Display Contrast ratio: 1219:1 (nominal) / 3.565:1 (sunlight)
Loudspeaker Voice 68dB / Noise 66dB / Ring 69dB
Audio quality Noise -93.6dB / Crosstalk -90.3dB
Camera Photo / Video
Battery life Endurance rating 54h

Aug 09

Samsung Galaxy S4 Specifications

Galaxy S4 Specifications 

Samsung Galaxy S 4 is the successor of the Samsung Galaxy SIII. It is powered by Samsung’s latest Exynos 5 Octa 5410 Octa core processor and 2GB RAM. It comes with 5 inch 1080p display, 13MP Camera.













This is a comprehensive list of the Galaxy S4 Specifications


Technology / Frequency Bands GSM : 850/900/1800/1900 MHz HSDPA : 850/900/1900/2100 MHz


Type Li – Ion
Capacity 2600 mAh
Standby 370 hours
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Aug 09

Rumored “cheap iPhone 5C”

These are the new rumored photos of the a cheap iPhone 5C a plastic alternative compared to it predecessors. It is understandable that Apple is making a strategic move to a cheaper iPhone as they have lost there dominance in the smartphone market place.  With this device hopefully they will be able to memorize the more price savvy consumers that have alluded the iPhone bandwagon in the past.

cheap iphone 5c

cheap iphone 5c

Jan 22

iPhone no service solutions

iPhone no service solutions

After hearing some problems about the iPhone 3G, iPhone 4, iPhone, iPhone 5 , iPhone 5S and 5C service problems and no service at all I thought I would inquire on the Internet to find some solutions. Here is a list of of iPhone no service solutions and steps that will hopefully fix the issue if your iPhone has no service. None of these are in particular order of what works the best so try some out and comment below on how you went.

iPhone no service solutions #1

A simple fix for iPhone no service is to simply restart the iPhone. Hold the power switch and home button together for 10 seconds. This is done in case you went into any signal dead areas, sometimes the iPhone will think it is still in the location where there is no signal and does not update the signal strength. This will restart your iPhone but you will not lose any media, contacts, data, etc.

iPhone no service solutions #2

This problem is widely known by iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S owners as the notorious service drop out caused by holding the iPhone antenna firmly. This is a design flaw on Apples behalf as when your holding the iPhone firmly it completes part of  the antenna  circuit through your hand and causes the signal to drop. The black lines that separate the aluminium antenna is meant to prevent this but can be problematic. The simplest way to bypass this is to use a iPhone case or bumper so that your hand does not touch the actual antenna.

iPhone no service solutions #3

According to a post by iphonehacks a sim card tray issue may be causing complete service drop off, partial drop off and slow download speeds. “The metal part of the sim card is not centered and is contacting the sim tray. The sim tray is steel and the sim tray is contacting the outer antenna band. Once you touch the phone, this could be causing a sim issue. If when you touch the antenna line on the lower left it changes the state of frequency, power or what ever, it might actually be messing with the sim card. The metal on the sim is connected to the sim tray, the sim tray is connected to the antenae and the antenae is connected to your hand when you touch the phone. Take a look at your sim card and see if the metal is just off center enough to touch the tray.” 

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