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Apple’s Activation Lock is Bogus

Activation Lock

Activation lock is a service in Apple’s iOS and iOS compatible devices that (when enabled), keeps a device from being setup or reinstalled while  still registered in Apple’s iCloud. I recently face an iPad Mini that was legitimately owned, but mostly bricked because of this feature. I’ll show you how to get around this, and why it’s one of Apple’s worst ideas. 

Apple’s September 7, 2016 iPhone 7 Event

Apple Event Invite Sept 7 2016

I’m a big Apple product user. Currently, I regularly use a Macbook Pro for administration duties, a Magic Mouse v2, an Apple Wireless Keyboard, Apple Watch  1, and an iPhone 6s Plus. For the most part, I think these products are rock-solid and reliable (for what I do). Given this, every Apple announcement is generally met with great interest for me, mainly because I’ll probably be in there at 3am Eastern Time buying the next iPhone on Friday like many of you.

The 8 Biggest Announcements at Apple’s WWDC 2015

Apple's WWDC 2015 logo

In a very Canadian affair, Apple took to the stage at it’s developers conference to announce what’s new in its software platforms. Along the way, Canadian artists Drake, Weeknd, and even Poutine would make an appearance at the announcements. Along the way, the event would start with some real funny and end with music. Here are the 8 most important things about WDDC 2015 (to me, anyway).

iOS 8: Pondering Apple’s Newest Mobile Operating System

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Almost like clockwork, every year Apple offers a new version of it’s mobile operating system, namely iOS 8. I usually grab it right away and test out what I can. You might be considering the same, but aren’t sure if you’ll run into problems or issues. I can say, the upgrade will take forever, but so far I haven’t seen too many application compatibility issues. I might even go so far as call this a minor update, but let me explain.

First Look: Emojli – Chatting Only in Emoji Characters

Emojli - The emoji-only chat serviceCommunication is a challenge on the best of days, but what if we communicated only in small graphical characters? How would that change the way we talk to each other? A new service called Emojli opened up to invitees that only allows its users to talk with small graphical characters called emoji. These small characters are generally reserved for expressing a happy face, a kiss, or a pile of poop. Emojli is a chat service that forces us to talk in only these characters. Yes, really.

Apple’s WWDC 2014 Announcements

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Big Apple announcements are always greeted with interest. This time around you’ll probably have come across slew of blogs that talk about what Apple decided to release. In that vain, I guess I’m no different; but, as a user and supporter of most of Apple’s technologies, I’m usually in a position to offer some insight into how the uptake might be on this stuff. Without further adieu, let me get into what seems like a mostly software edition of WWDC.

BBM’s Location Sharing Tool Glympse Not Working On Your iPhone? Try This

BBM's Glympse Location Service ErrorOne of the biggest pains for iPhone users tends to be when companies use interface conventions that vary from the standard iOS style. While this may change in the future, Blackberry Messenger (BBM) on the iPhone is a real offender in this category. If you’re a user of the location tool in BBM, you may see an error “Can’t Access Location” even if location services are on. Here’s what to try.

The Phenomenon Of Flappy Bird

Flappy Bird developed by Dong Nguyen

This past week, one game seems to have risen and fallen faster than a bird without wings. The super-difficult Flappy Bird iOS and Android app recently made a name for itself – spreading like wildfire and then disappearing. Even more interesting was the game’s developer taking the game down for seemingly unusual reasons. Flappy Bird is gone, but for those of you that did get it, the game lives on. My own attempt at playing Flappy Bird yielded a score of 10. I wanted to take a closer look at this phenomenon to understand more.