Do you use the alarm on your iphone to wake up for work? Warning … The alarm clock of the iPhone is not working since 1st January, 2011. A similar issue arose in November with a similar bug in the iOS which affected the alarm clock on the iPhone.
The iOS iPhone Alarms issue affects once-off alarms only! It does not affect countdown timers or repeating alarms. Therefore the solution to fix the iPhone Alarms issue is as follows;
1) Start the Clock app and click Edit to edit an existing alarm. Or indeed add a new alarm with the + symbol.
2) Edit the alarm so you have a Repeating Alarm, eg. Select Repeat for Mon to Fri if you want a weekday alarm… i.e set your repeat interval.
3) Now press Save to save the alarm.
You should now have something like this.
That’s it. In this way you can fix the iPhone Alarm bug through a change on alarm settings. Some sources say it should fix on it’s own on Jan 3rd 2010. Lets see!
Don’t forget to share your thoughts on this issue, in the comments area below.
NDrive is a Tom Tom style Sat Nav for the iPhone and is available on iTunes from €6.99. This covers Ireland & Uk however NDrive provide apps for other regions also. There are other Sat Nav systems and apps out there but many are priced from €20 up to €80 – not naming any names!
I downloaded this iPhone Sat Nav App based on price first, thinking that for €6.99 there was no way that a Sat Nav app for this price would work. But it did!
The app has many features including POI (points of interest), find an address, route to your home address plus much more. The NDrive Sat Nav App has a speech interface so turn by turn, you get a nice lady telling you to “in 400 metres turn left” and the usual “Turn Around” if you don’t follow the instructions.
I tested the NDrive App from a service station on the Naas Dual Carriage-way outside Dublin to Waterford.
The route was estimated to be 1hr 48 minutes which turned out to be only 8 minutes out but traffic is not considered. Also I did use the route via the N9 via Thomastown however the App suggested using the N10 via Kilkenny. I did this deliberately to see what would happen. It initially told me to “When safe – Turn Around” but on entering Gowran it recalculated the route and continued using the N9 which was nice.
The app has a powerful address search engine, and it remembers recent searches to minimise input requirements. There are also features like Itineraries, Alternative routes, Lane Assistance, TTS, POIs, Traffic and Business Search. NDrive won’t use your 3G or Edge data connection to show you the map. The entire Ireland & UK map is stored in your iPhone and even if you lose coverage (which will happen a few times between Waterford and Dublin), your navigation won’t be interrupted.
It will be interesting to see how long it takes the system to update the mapping to include the new M9 from Danesfort Kilkenny to the Carlow section of M9 which opens on September 9th.
The routing and positioning is very accurate. Only one or two small bugs, including one where it told me to turn right up a road which was blocked off & closed in 2005.
The NDrive app provides great value, a good interface, good service and also it does exactly what it says on the tin.
Apart from that I am very happy with the NDrive Ireland & UK iPhone App and it is available to download from the App Store, search for NDrive!
Link : http://www.ndriveweb.com/software-iphone/
NDrive iPhone Sat Nav App
With over 1.8m new iPhones sold there is a flaw coming to light affecting the signal strength of the iPhone. Apple are to fix this within weeks.
Apple is set to release a new update to the latest iPhone within weeks of the release. The iPhone went on sale in five countries, including the US & UK, on June 24th but iPhone fans in Ireland are not happy as the iPhone 4 will not be available in Ireland until July 30th. The official release date for the iPhone release in Ireland and 16 other countries was announced and confirmed by Apple at a press conference on Friday 16th 2010.
Apple have admitted there is a problem with how the iPhone calculates its signal strength. Some iPhone users had complained that holding their iPhone near where the antenna is located caused a reduction in signal strength and sometimes dropped calls. Apple defended this saying “Gripping any mobile phone in certain ways will reduce its reception by one or more bars. This is true of iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, as well as many Droid and Nokia phones. …. Users observing a drop of several bars of signal when they grip their iPhone in a certain way are most likely in an area with very weak signal strength, but they don’t know it because we are erroneously displaying four or five bars. Their big drop in bars is because their high bars were never real in the first place”
Apple have released a statement promising a software fix within weeks for the signal strength error. The iPhone seems to misrepresent signal strength and this is not just for the new iPhone 4G but apparently the signal strength error affects the previous iPhone 3GS and 3G models.
Apple said ,”…We were stunned to find that the formula we used to calculate how many bars of signal strength to display is totally wrong. Our formula, in many instances, mistakenly displays two more bars than it should for a given signal strength…”
The new iPhone software fix is promised within weeks and should make the signal strength calculation more accurate … watch this space!
iPhone OS4.0.1 is now available which fixes some of these issues so download now!
Today Apple will hold a press conference to discuss the iPhone 4.
The reason behind the Apple press conference is not yet known officially but rumours persist that Apple will discuss the antenna and signal problems which are affecting the iPhone 4G.
Other rumours also include that the iPhone 4 press conference will see a price drop for the iPhone 4G, or in a worse case scenario that Apple will recall the iPhone 4 an that the signal issues are hardware issues and not software issues.
Apple had said that a software update would be available soon to fix any signal related issues and it is quite possible that todays press conference will be 90% relating to the signal strength issues.
The Apple press conference is set to take place at 10AM PT (6pm GMT) Friday, July 16th.