The Bricked-iPads Edition Saturday, May 21, 2016

Apple Pulls iOS 9.3.2 For 9.7 Inch iPad Pro Following Reports Of Bricked Devices With ‘Error 56’ Issue, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

Apple has today pulled iOS 9.3.2 for the 9.7 inch iPad Pro, following reports that users were seeing their iPads bricked after updating to the latest iOS release on Monday. The bug does not affect the larger, 12.9 inch iPad Pro. After updating, users seeing the bug would be prompted to Connect to iTunes on the iPad display. However, aside from an Error 56 debug message, the device could not be restored through iTunes or DFU.

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The Teenager Obsessed With Retro Apple Tech, by Zoe Kleinman, BBC

"Originally my goal was to get them, work on them, play retro games and learn the history," Alex said.

"Then I realised, showing my friends, that they'd never seen them. Dad and I got this vision to start a museum and that's been our goal."


How To Make Your iPhone Or iPad Charge Faster, by Allyson Kazmucha, The App Factor

When tested, Airplane Mode also worked to make my iPhone charge faster as well. This is because Airplane mode turns off all cellular radios, WiFi, and Bluetooth. That means connected devices, bad service, and incoming notifications that light up the screen don’t slow your iPhone or iPad from charging.

Sharing iTunes Store Purchases, by J. D. Biersdorfer, New York Times

Family Sharing allows up to six people with separate Apple ID accounts to share one another’s iTunes, iBooks and App Store purchases as part of a “family group.”

Going Paperless Still Requires Bringing Order To Digital Chaos, by Jeff Carlson, Seattle Times

But, although the clutter has reduced, the amount of digital information has increased and become more complicated. The advantage of going paperless is to be able to quickly search that data and find what I need. When it’s all on a hard drive as bits, retrieving records is simple.

But what about all of the other data that’s arriving or being created digitally? Plenty of apps and solutions help organize information. Although I don’t yet have a system I like, I’ve realized it’s time to start bringing order to it all as my needs have changed for how I deal with it.

Dragon Anywhere Review: Much More Powerful Than Siri Dictation, by David Sparks, Macworld

With Dragon Anywhere, you can dictate for long stretches of time without getting shut down. Just press the app’s big green button and start dictating without worrying about it quitting midsentence.


Project Ara Lives: Google’s Modular Phone Is Ready For You Now, by David Pierce, Wired

It’s been more than a year since Google showed Ara to the public, and a lot has changed. The mission hasn’t: Build a smartphone out of interchangeable parts that you can swap on the fly to make your phone exactly what you want right this second. Add a wide-angle camera module for your hike. Swap it for a telephoto—and add a larger battery—for the soccer game. Replace the screen with an E Ink display for reading on a long flight. The idea is, the ability to swap modules would lengthen the life of a smartphone—devices can last five years instead of two—and lessen the waste accrued in the rush to upgrade.

It’s the how, not the what, that was problematic. Today, Rafa Camargo, Ara’s technical project lead, wants to show me what he’s made. He picks the black phone up from the white table in front of him, flips it over, and taps the power button. It turns on. Next, he picks up a camera module from the table, pops it into the phone, opens the camera app, and quickly takes a crisp photo. “There’s your camera, live,” Camargo says.

OneCore To Rule Them All: How Windows Everywhere Finally Happened, by Peter Bright, Ars Technica

The Windows 10 Anniversary update, due later this summer, represents a major landmark for Microsoft. As well as being a significant update for Windows 10 on the desktop and Windows 10 Mobile on phones, the release is also coming to the Xbox One. For the first time, the Xbox One will be running essentially the same operating system as desktop Windows. Critically, it will also be able to run many of the same applications as desktop Windows.

In a lot of ways, this represents the realization of a vision that Microsoft has been promoting for more than 20 years: Windows Everywhere. Always important to Microsoft's ambitions for Windows as a platform, the Windows Everywhere ideal has a renewed significance with Windows 10 and CEO Satya Nadella's promise that Windows 10 will have one billion users within the first three years of its availability. The purpose of that promise is to send a message to developers that Windows is a big platform, a platform that they should still think about and create software for.

How Technology Is Changing Our Hands, by Darian Leader, The Guardian

What if, rather than focusing on the new promises or discontents of contemporary civilisation, we see today’s changes as first and foremost changes in what human beings do with their hands? The digital age may have transformed many aspects of our experience, but its most obvious yet neglected feature is that it allows people to keep their hands busy in a variety of unprecedented ways.

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Now that Apple does public beta testing of operating systems, I would have thought incidents such as an OS updates bricking devices shouldn't be happening?


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