May 19

OxygenOS on the OnePlus its not perfect, no 4K

OxygenOS on the OnePlus its not perfect, no 4K

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With OnePlus and Cyanogen Mod departing ways after some disputes between the two companies OnePlus One has decided to make there own OS for there devices. While the the companies have departed you can still download nightly updates for Cyanogen Mod on the OnePlus.

One of the first things you will notice when downloading Oxygen to your device is thats its pretty much running stock lollipop Android. On top of this you get some added customisation. Some note worthy features include the new drop down menu with settings to move the icons around. Another new great feature are the lock screen gesture shortcuts, for example if you were to tap on the lock screen twice it will open. Another is to draw a V to open up the flashlight and again to turn it of.

These new added features are great but there are also some major flaws that need tot be addressed with the camera. As its running stock android it is using the native Google Camera app which does not allow you to access all of the potential resolutions of the camera such as 4K and 1080p. Even if you were to download third party camera and gallery apps you still loose out as they are not compatible with the OxygenOS. This may be a huge speed bump for potential buyers who were looking to use the 4K features on the device.

Overall the new OxygenOS is very fluid and clean, that doesn’t go without saying that there are some issues that need to be addressed. OnePlus One is still a very new company and do have great hardware so there is still promise for the OS to catch up.

Apr 13

Screen and Webcam record on a Apple MacBook

Screen and Webcam record on a Apple MacBook

If you would like associate your face with your YouTube videos or for a product the screen and webcam recording is a great tool to do so. Also if your are doing game play or tutorials add a video box of yourself is great as it allows the watcher to connect you with the content you are providing.

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This is very easily done by using the pre-installed software on all Macs which is Quicktime. By using this software you are able to do select areas to record and also webcam recording on its own. Below you can watch the video tutorial.

Mar 30

Build a minimilist WordPress Site in under 20 Minutes

Build a minimalist WordPress Site in under 20 Minutes

You may may asking how was this website made? Or for any website for that matter. Well in reality it really isn’t that difficult, actually its really easy. In fact the hardest thing you will encounter is making unique and interesting content that people will search for.

Well simply put there are 3 factors that you need to account for when build a website. These include.

  1.  Hosting account (Host Gator)
  2. Domain provider (GoDaddy)
  3. Building format (WordPress)

These are the 3 things that you should research and things that are critical in building a website. The above suggestions of the providers are the ones I use and I do not receive any money on recommendations. They are just really reliable and affordable platforms to start building a website.

You can also watch a in-depth tutorial on making a website from start to finish which also includes mobile formatting for iPhone and Android devices to gain more traffic.

Thanks for visiting.

Mar 30

How to Screen Record on a MacBook in Yosemite

How to Screen Record on a MacBook in Yosemite

If you own a MacBook device it is unbelievably easy to screen record your actions while using the desktop. All you have to have is the Apple Quicktime software installed. This software comes default with all new MacBook devices, if you don’t have this software you can download it straight from the Apple website. You can also find Quicktime in the Launcher located in the doc.

 

If this tutorial has helped you in anyway please share how it went.

Dec 28

iPhone isn’t charging correctly – not charging how to fix

iPhone isn’t charging correctly – not charging how to fix

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If your iPhone 3 / 3GS / 4 / 4S / 5 / 5S / 5C/ iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is not charging or keeps fading in and out of charging it can be a huge pain and can cause some major problems. This problem occurred to me a while back when randomly my iPhone 5 just would not charge. After research and some inspection there are some fixes and solutions that should help the iPhone no charging problem. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 20

Facebook videos have no sound on iPhone or iPad How to Fix

Facebook videos have no sound on iPhone or iPad How to Fix

More often that not when your watching videos on Facebook the sound seems to not play at times. Thankfully there are easy fixes for these no sound and speaker problems.

Step 1

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The first step and generally the most overlooked one is to ensure that the silent/ loud toggle button on the side of the device is switched to the loud mode. If the toggle is showing and orange colour then it is on silent so just flick that the other way. Once it is switched on to loud mode you then want to turn up the volume from the side buttons or from the side up menu.

Step 2

Sometimes there will be a glitch in the Facebook app so you will have to exit the app. Double tap on the home button which will show the apps running in the background. Once you come across the Facebook app slide it up or hold and press the red x if running later that iOS8.

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Step 3

Similar to the above step this may eliminate any glitch that is causing the sound and speaker problems. This fix seems to be very successful. So you want to restart the iPhone/ iPad by holding the home and lock screen buttons together for 10 seconds and more. The device will turn off and restart within 30 seconds. This will NOT remove any data, phots etc.

Step 4 

Another good step is to delete the Facebook App and reinstall, before you reinstall the app check for updates in the app store and also if there is a new iOS.

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If any of these fixes or solutions have worked for you please share your experience as it all helps, Thanks!

Dec 20

Sound and speaker not working with YouTube on iPhone or iPad how to fix

Sound and speaker not working with YouTube on iPhone or iPad how to fix

With YouTube being one of the most used apps and websites on the iPhone and iPad it can be very frustrating when your sound/ speaker/ headphones decide not to work.  Below you will find some steps that may help you resolve this sound and speaker issue.

Step 1

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This one is very simple but I think everyone makes this mistake at some point when owning a iPhone or iPad. Look to the exterior of the iPhone/ iPad and you will find a toggle button which goes back and forth. Simply switch it off silent mode and insure that the volume is turned up on the iPhone and within the YouTube video as well.

Step 2

Another step is by deleting the YouTube app then reinstalling, this may eliminate any temporary glitch that may have occurred.  Also before you reinstall the app check for both updates in the App store for the YouTube app and also in your setting to see if there is a new iOS update.

Step 3

Also a step you can do is restarting the iPhone/ iPad by holding the home and lock button together for 10 seconds which will result in a restart that my eliminate any glitch that could be on the device. When you restart this will not lose any data, contacts, apps etc.

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Step 4

Instead of using the YouTube app you could alternatively use the web browser option using safari, Google chrome etc.

If you have tried any of these solutions or fixed please share your experience as it all helps, thanks!

 

 

Dec 20

HTC One sound is not working with speaker or headphones how to fix

HTC One sound is not working with speaker or headphones

There have been several reports and issues that are popping up with sound and speaker problems on the HTC One and other HTC devices. With any smartphone device there will be sound issues no matter what device you own. Some issues that you may be encountering include no sound with headphones speaker, YouTube, games and the music player. Thankfully the fixes are pretty similar across the board, below are some simple and tested steps and fixes that may resolve the no sound and speaker issue.

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Step 1

This one is pretty simple but make sure the silent mode isn’t on and the sound is turned up, I know that I have been guilty of that a few times.

Step 2

This solution seems to be quite successful across the board, so what you want to do is insert your headphones into the headphone jack and then pull them back out. You want to repeat this for about 30 seconds. This is done as sometimes the phone thinks it is in headphone mode and this should eliminate the glitch.

Step 3

Similar to the above step you want to clean the headphone jack with a cotton wool bud or a toothbrush, this should remove any dust or grime that has accumulated in there. So if there was a good amount of dirt it may be blocking that connectors resulting in a bad connection.

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Step 4

Also there may be a glitch within the device itself so try a restart by going into the settings app.

Step 5

Another step that seems to be quite successful is going into settings and turning off and on or disabling the beats audio.

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If any of these steps or solutions have fixed your no sound or speaker issue then please share what did as it really does help. Thanks!

Nov 11

Sound and Speaker Is Not working on iPod Touch How To Fix

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.

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  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.  [gard]
  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 😀

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.

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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.

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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!

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