iOS7.1.2 freezing on updating

iMore does a great summary of how the latest iOS update might trip up some folks. Have a read here

I’ve done two devices now – my iPhone5 froze two thirds of the way through, and needed to be hard reset; my iPad mini went fine, althought the screen went blank and the little progress bar also didn’t move, both for what appeared ages (hint – don’t watch – have a cuppa instead)


The article misses an important step that I’ve instituted as a regular practice for each and every update, after getting stung with an update that wiped my iPhone and I hadn’t backed up recently. Oops. Never again:-
1. Connect device to itunes – sync with backup – disconnect
2. Repeat (1). Thus there are now two backups on your computer as, well, backups.
3. Start the update process as normal (meanwhile I learnt something here – adding a new step zero – hard reset before starting everything)

And then finally, do a hard reset again once the device is fully updated. Job done. Back to work. Sigh. Check facebook instead.

So to summarize the update iOS process:- Hard Reset. Backup. Twice. Update. Hard Reset.


Don’t know how to do what I call a hard reset? Push home and power button until it turns off, KEEP HOLDING until Apple appears.

Check out this wiki, but be aware that what they call a “soft reset” is what I call a “hard reset” whilst what they call “hard reset” I call a “wipe and restore” which is higher up the Richter Scale of resets. Sorry if the phraseology is confusing, but knowing these procedures (call them what you like) is very useful.

It is recommended to carry out a soft reset when your phone starts presenting peculiar behaviour, as this clears the phone’s memory and can solve many minor problems. Some people recommend a soft reset regularly (Ed: I do, weekly 😉 Some poorly written apps or ones that crashed can leave things in the phone’s memory, and this action clears them out. Powering off the iPhone is similar to the soft reset but not quite as effective in clearing out the phone’s memory (yup, hard reset is better)


QBright iOS app wrecked by new update

The recently updated excellent little iOS app that goes by the name of Qbright is now “under new management” and all the new reviews are saying that it’s been ruined by the latest update, and turned into an ad platform. It’s a paid app!! My findings are the same. I believe the old version was much better (yes, the new control panel in iOS7 is good for quick adjustment of brightness, but it’s three taps to get the effect that Qbright can give in one). There is lots of advice in the reviews to avoid the update – I concur.


Thankfully I have a backup copy #Qbright

Here’s a YouTube that explains (in Spanish) in a very straightforward way how to work the older version of the app

Recommended apps for android

My last post about apps covered iPhone and iOS,

and I can claim some working (and acquired) knowledge about these apples.


But android is a mystery to me, as I’ve never owned one of these phones,

and no-one I know does for me to have a play with and learn.


So when @MrPennski tweeted that he has a little list,

I offered to put it here for our future reference.


If I have personal experience with the app (on iOS), I’ve rated it on a scale:-


PP = use

PPP = love


Over to @MrPennski:-


Android Apps: Ones listed as iOS may not be on Android Marketplace, so check first.

Here’s the list (with my pScores as applicable):-


Dropbox                            PPP
Evernote                              PPP
Waze                                    PPP
eBay                                     PP
Foursquare                         PP
Pinball HD iOS
Find Me TV iOS
IMDB                                   PP
Zeebox iOS
TV Catchup iOS                 PPP
Love film                            PPP
iPlayer                                 PPP
Skype                                  PPP
Nearest Tube iOS
Splashtop iOS
UK Roads iOS
3G Watchdog
Android Booster Free
History Eraser
Camera 360                      PPP
GO Launcher EX
Launcher Pro
Launcher 7
Appy Geek
Google Goggles
Gun Bro’s
NFS Hot Pursuit
FPse for Android 
Awesome Facts
Vlingo                                 P
Tasker £3.99
Viber                                    PP
Dolphin Browser HD
Lookout Security & Antivirus
RoidRage £1.30
App Protector Pro £0.94
Antivirus Free
GO TwiWidget
Wifi Finder
Astro Filemanager
Train Tickets
GO Taskmanager Widget
Pulse News

And an addition from me:-

CamerAlert by @pocketgpsworld – free and brilliant                            PPPPPP(!)



from zdnet

BTW if you knew the Aussie definition of the word “root”,

you might stop wanting to root your phone.