Monthly Archives : October 2015

iOS 9 is hitting snooze on your alarm with this bug

A new iOS 9 bug has been causing users rushed mornings due to Apple’s new overnight update feature.

According to a report from AppleInsider, the iOS 9.1 update, which was released last week, has a bug that turns off a user’s set alarm the morning after the update.

Numerous users took to Twitter to report and complain about the update, with one user, Batzian, tweeting, “iPhone: Would you like to update to iOS 9.1? Me: No thanks, do it overnight so my alarm doesn’t go off and I’m an hour late for work!”

It looks like the issue resolves itself after the installation, just not the morning after the update.

This isn’t the first alarm-effecting bug to hit the latest iOS, with iOS 9.0.1 bringing with it a fix for an issue where sometimes alarms and timers could fail to play.

Apple hasn’t responded to the issue yet, but we imagine a fix will be in soon.

How to watch NASA’s spacewalk live stream

Tomorrow morning, you’ll be able to watch US astronauts Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren venture outside the International Space Station for a space walk.

NASA will be live streaming the entire 6 and a half hour spacewalk, which will see the two astronauts performing maintenance and adding upgrades to the ISS and the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, which is a particle physics detector attached to the ISS.

The spacewalk will mark the 189th spacewalk for the ISS, and the 32nd for the US, and while spacewalks are generally pretty slow and not action-packed, you will be seeing astronauts donning heaving space suits floating around in space in a live stream rather than through the magic of movies.

To watch the live stream, you have two options: If you’re on desktop, you can head over to the NASA TV website; if you’re on mobile, you can download NASA’s app for iOS, Android or Kindle Fire.

Alternatively, you can follow live updates on the @Space_Station Twitter account.

The stream will begin at 6.30am ET on Wednesday 28 November, while the spacewalk is scheduled to begin 8.10am ET.

Android to get new emojis after Apple flipped the bird

A host of new emojis landed on iPhones and iPads earlier this week with the iOS 9.1 update, including middle fingers, unicorns and tacos, leaving Android users a little left out of the fun.

But Android users won’t be forever left without fun new emojis, with senior VP of Android, Hiroshi Lockheimer, taking to Twitter to announce the company is on the case.

“So I have a feeling y’all want new emojis?” Lockheimer tweeted.

He thanked users for their feedback, before saying “We’re on it!” and apologizing for (we assume) not having new emojis sooner.

Unfortunately, we have no idea when theses new emojis will be landing on Android, nor do we know what these emojis will be (though we assume a middle finger will be present).

All we know is that Google’s Android team is working on new emojis and that it is listening to its users’ requests.

Apple Car to cost US$55,000?

If you’re hoping your next car will boast the sleek lines of an iPhone 6S, the power of the Apple Mac Pro, and enough room for an iPad Pro in the dash, then you’d better start saving. Like any product from Cupertino, the Apple Car won’t be cheap.

At least that’s what tech analysts from Jefferies & Co are suggesting. According to alphr, a 68-page note from the analysts looking into Apple’s automotive endeavour predicts that the car will retail for an average price of US$55,000 (£36,000, AUS$75,000).

While that’s not as expensive as Tesla’s Model S, Apple’s vehicle, which is heavily rumoured to be electric, could be entering a very different market if it launches in 2019.

Spoilt for choice

In four years time, electric vehicles will be more widely accepted, to the point that Jefferies & Co’s analysts predict Apple will shift 200,000 units – compared with the 55,000 cars Tesla is forecast to sell in 2015.

Of course Apple’s brand recognition will also contribute to such an expansion of the electric car market.

Being an Apple product, it’s also highly likely the vehicle will come in a range of trims both pricier and cheaper than the speculated US$55,000 average.

Apple fans wanting a fruit-branded motor may discover a fleet that rages from a budget model with fluoroelastomer seat-belts, to a car with rose gold detailing that costs almost thirty times the entry model’s price.

Like magic, here are Apple’s new trackpad, keyboard and mouse

You may have missed it, but Apple refreshed its three computer input accessories at the same time it announced the new 21.5-inch iMac that outputs a 4K Retina picture.

Apple’s Magic Trackpad 2 sees the biggest change with an edge-to-edge glass surface that’s almost 30% larger than your now-outdated Magic Trackpad 1.

This mouse-replacing Mac accessory also has a lower profile and Force Touch, which is a first for the desktop. The changes make scrolling and swiping more productive and comfortable.

Long-term ease of use comes to the Magic Trackpad 2 via a built-in battery that lasts a month between charges and juices up with an included lighting USB cable. It all costs $129 (£109, AU$199)

Apple’s new Magic Keyboard and Magic Mouse

Changes to Apple’s Magic Keyboard and Mouse are more subtle. The keyboard, now $99 (£79, AU$165), reflects the low-profile scissor mechanism design of the new MacBook.

The right and left arrow keys are larger, as are the function keys at along the top. Apple, for some reason, is sticking with an eject button in the corner, where sleep/wake makes more sense on its mostly disc-less Mac line. Get ready to remap that one again.

The new Magic Mouse 2 is lighter and, like the Apple keyboard and trackpad, features a built-in battery that can be recharged using a lightning USB cable. It costs $79 (£65, AU$129).

These moderate changes come with a price increase. Of course, you won’t have to fork out any additional money for the Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Keyboard if you buy a new 21.5-inch iMac or 27-inch iMac, where these accessories come standard in the box.