How to Fix an iPhone / iPod Touch with a Frozen Safari App

How to Fix an iPhone / iPod Touch with a Frozen Safari App

Nothing words than an iPhone App which Wont Start ! - Fix non starting Safari App problemsI was asked today how to fix a iPhone (or iPod Touch) which had a Frozen Safari app (Apples Internet Browser).

The problem was that Safari on the iPod Touch would not accept any touches to the address bar, search bar or bookmarks – basically the Safari GUI on the iPod was frozen.

The solution to fix this is fairly easy, but not everyone knows it. To fix and unfreeze the iPhone Safari App , do as follows;
– Load the Safari App on the iPod Touch / iPhone
– when Safari has loaded, press and hold the home button (the circular button in the middle of the iPod) until Safari quits
– your iPhone / iPod Touch should return to the home screen.

If this does not work you can try do an iPhone reset. The iPhone / iPod Touch reset is done by pressing and holding the home button and the power on/off button simultaneously, until you see the Apple logo and then release – while ignoring the “slide to turn off prompt” when doing this.

Its probably useful to clear your cache and cookies when this has resolved; this can be done by Going to Settings > Safari and select Clear History, Clear Cookies, and Clear Cache.

You can also ensure no further issues occur by turning off and repowering the iPod/iPhone once finished this.

Hopefully, this should solve any problems if you have an iPod Touch or iPhone with a Safari App which is Frozen.

If you are very unfortunate and your iPod / iPhone won’t start at all, review this fix which resolves this issue.
Click Here to Read this iPod Full Reset Fix

iPhone 5 to have new Payment Technology?

The iPhone 4 is only out under a year and already iPhone 5 is being discussed. Rumours are surfacing that a new iPhone 5 might have, whats called a ‘wave and pay’ functionality and also says that the iPhone 5 is due out later this year.

This was news to me, as the hype and celebration which came when the iPhone 4 came out in 2010, I didn’t expect any new iPhone releases (apart from software updates) for a good while.

Apparently the new payment technology which is rumoured to be included in this new iPhone, is based on a technology called ‘Near Field Communication’ which can be used to pay by placing a device, such as an iPhone, within 10-12cm of a POS. This system stores financial data and links specific devices. Initially I though it would be using RFID but this new technology is more secure than that.

Before you start planning your payment via iPhone, the Apple corporation has declined to comment on any new developments on the new iPhone5 – so is this all guesswork or is it based on facts?

Well Apple already has your credit card number via iTunes so technically it could be linked in that way – you pay using NFC on your iPhone and your iTunes account credit card is charged. The downside is that all the retailers wanting to use this iPhone payment system, would have to have a NFC reader in order to pay in this way. Also, if your iPhone is stolen its a less secure risk than if your wallet is stolen. I think there may have to be a pin based system on the phone to authorise the sale.

Either way its exciting news for iPhone fans and we will have to wait and see if 2011 brings a new iPhone and a new way to pay for your goods and services.

iPhone Signal Strength to be fixed by Apple for iPhone 4G, 3GS & 3G

iPhone Signal Strength to be fixed by Apple for iPhone 4G, 3GS & 3G

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 iPhone 4G

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!

World Cup Score Predictions – Friday June 25th

With the last of the World Group Matches today there are some matches which could have the possibility of an upset.

North Korea v Ivory Coast
No chance of an upset here, I can’t see North Korea doing anything only losing.
Ivory Coast need a good few goals to stand a chance of qualifying.
I think Ivory Coast should win this one by 3 or 4 clear goals.

Portugal v Brazil
This is where we might see an upset – Brazil looked good in the past few matches and if they take Portugal lightly I think it could end a draw or Portugal might even edge it.
I’m Sitting on the fence ; 1-1 draw.

Chile v Spain
Spain, favorites at the start of the World Cup, need to win and I think should win if they get on top of their game.
Chile 0 – Spain 2 (or 3)

Switzerland v Honduras
Switzerland need to win to stand a chance. They could put a few past Honduras and if they win by 2 more goals than Spain, they will qualify even if Spain win.
Switzerland 3 – 0 Honduras

How to Install WordPress : Installing WordPress

WordPress Blogging software is one of the best and one of the easiest to Install and Setup.
This is a basic guide to installing WordPress.

This is a very quick guide to installing WordPress is aimed at those who already have a working knowledge of concepts such as FTP, Config Files, MySQL Databases and have access to their own web server. This WordPress Install Guide is guided towards Apache servers running on Linux with PHP installed and a MySQL Database available.  For version 2.9.2 (version available at time of writing this install guide) the minimum requirements for installation are PHP version 4.3 or greater and a  MySQL database version 4.1.2 or greater. If you are unsure contact your website hosting company or check your control panel (e.g. cPanel). You will also need FTP Access to your web server and FTP Software – I recommend FireFTP which is a FireFox Plugin and is quite a good FTP Client.

Step 1 : Download WordPress & Extract WordPress on your PC

WordPress is Free and you can download it at http://wordpress.org/download/

The software downloads as a compressed ZIP file and is about 2.2Mb which would take under a minute on decent broadband.

Once Downloaded, you can extract this on your PC. Depending on your PCs setup you can usually right click on the zip file and select “Extract Here…” – a folder should then appear with all the source code in the root directory and 3 subfolders.

Step 2 : Upload your WordPress code to your webserver

Next you need to connect to your web server by FTP.

Usually you will be brought into / or if you are lucky /public_html/

The /public_html/ directory is where your homepage’s files are located – if you want your blog to be your homepage you can install the software here – Be warned if you already have content in this directory overwriting it could stop your current site from working.

However if you want to have www.yourdomain.com/blog then create a folder called “blog” in /public_html , and upload the code into that directory. You can call the directory anything – but if you are writing about for example Social Media, a good address would be /social-media-blog/ giving you keywords in your web address (always try use keywords in your web address)

Uploading the code to the server could take up to 10 minutes. Only when your files have been uploaded , visit the web address where you installed your blog, e.g. www.yourdomain.com/blog

If everything was uploaded correctly, you will be presented with a screen telling you that you have to create a configuration file – click the button to create your WordPress config file on-line.

Step 3 : Config – Setting up the WordPress Configuration File

You will be asked for the following;

– Database Name   … This is the name of the database which you want to link to
– Database Username … This is the username for your WordPress database
– Database Password … This is the password for the database you wish to use fro WordPress
– Database Host … usually localhost but some hosting providers may differ
– Table Prefix … set to wp_ but you can change this if you wish for security.

If you have entered the details correctly you will then be able to run the Install Script – click the button to start Installing WordPress.

Step 4 : Final Parts of Installing WordPress

For this next step you will be asked for the following;

– The Blog Title, e.g. “My First Blog” or “Shanes World of Social Media and Blogging”
– Your Email – as administrator you will be notified of major events on the blog
– All blog to appear on search engines – Make sure you tick this box so that the WordPress Blog notifies search engines when you post new content.

Click Install

You will then get a username of admin and a cryptic password.
Very important that you now copy this password (ensure it is copied) and click  Log In.

Log in as admin with the password you got above.

Thats it – Installing WordPress is finished … Congratulations you now have a WordPress Blog installed.

I hope to extend this install guide to cover how to add plug-ins and themes in the future.

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