Tag: app

iPhone Problem – Any Advice?

My iPhoneI finally joined the masses and grabbed myself a 32GB iPhone about two weeks ago. Ever since then I have been hunting around for the best apps and downloading a fair few, especially game and utility apps.  I will probably do a round-up post detailing the apps I have soon, offering my recommendations.

However, this blog post is to ask the question – Is there a way of running a diagnostic on my iPhone while at home? The reason I’m asking such a question is due to a recent problem I had with my new phone:

I recently took the phone out of my pocket only to find the device was turned off. This struck me as odd, as not only does the iPhone require a button hold in addition to an on-screen action in order to turn it off, but the battery was also showing a 60% charge around two hours prior to this happening.

After several failed attempts to power up the device I was somewhat concerned. Luckily, I was in Liverpool for the weekend visiting family, and an Apple store was close by. I popped in to seek advice and was told by the stores staff that the new phone “looked fine” and that I should try plugging the device into one of the many charging stations in-store. Having done this, and failing an Apple employee repeated the process in another charger, this time to some success. The device powered up, however it took over 3 minutes to reach the home screen, it had worryingly also lost around 30% of it’s charge.

The helpful Apple staff at the Liverpool One branch suggested that a rogue-app may have been the cause of the problem, adding that if this (currently isolated) issue was to happen again that I come in to have the iPhone checked.

So do any of you guys know of a way to run a diagnostic check on the iPhone, at home? I would like to see if any of my apps are sapping away my battery or causing my phone to crash. Any comments or emails on the issue would be highly appreciated.

Notify – Cool Gmail Notifier

Yesterday a friend pointed me in the direction of Vibealicious’ Notify, a really neat clean alternative to Googles own Notifier. The application Notifyis for Mac users only, and all you need is a Gmail account.

Notify works in a very similar way to the official Google Notifier, but has some added touches that sets it apart for me. It has Growl notifications built in, along with support for multiple accounts via a tab interface, and an overall better user experience for quickly getting a glance at whats in your inbox. You can set the the app to check for new mail at a number of set intervals, and I have mine set to check every minute.

Of course a lot of Mac users will opt to use the Apple app ‘Mail’, but for those that just can’t break the habit of using Gmail on the web then Notify is a slick solution to knowing when you’ve got mail. If you give it a go, be sure to let me know your thoughts.

Share Screenshots Easily With GrabUp

Sure there are plenty of of image hosting sites out there, but it can often be a pain to take a screen, upload it, get the link and so on. Especially say if your trying to explain something to someone quickly, visual cues sure can help.

Grab Up Logo

GrabUp is a new application exclusively for the Mac which makes sharing screenshots a complete breeze. It’s as simple as taking the screenshot, waiting a second, then hitting Apple + V. No website involved, no clicks, no browser needed. It’s surprisingly fast, and hopefully stays that way over time.

If you want a really, really simple way to upload screenshots, then I can’t recommend GrabUp enough. Congratulations to Jon from j0n.org on such a neat time saving app.