Category Archives: Product Information

The only official Snapchat instruction manual is buried in its IPO filing

Snap Inc. filed to go public today, and part of the paperwork involved in setting up its initial public offering includes visual descriptions of how the Snapchat app actually works. This is neat development, if only because Snap has long prized its obtuse design as a hip badge of honor for younger smartphone owners. Now, these illustrations are offering a fascinating inside look at how every facet of Snapchat is built and to what end. It will surely be useful for the many Wall Street investors who have likely never used Snapchat and would be incapable of wrapping their heads around it even if they tried.For all the flak CEO Evan Spiegel and crew have gotten over the years for “bad design” or “crappy UI,” these descriptions also make clear that every part of the app has a distinct purpose and every screen a carefully constructed layout. Here, for instance, is how Snapchat constructs its home screen, which notably was the first mainstream social app to open straight into a camera:

Credit: Snap Inc


It’s also a testament to the ever-expanding complexity of the app that Snap put together multiple versions of these diagrams to fully explain every bit of the software. There’s illustrations detailing how lenses work, including sponsored lenses from companies like Taco Bell. There’s also detailed breakdowns of the “send to…” screen and the chat window.

Here’s the rest of the illustrations found in Snap’s S-1 filing, which you can read in full here

By Nick Statt – The Verge

Do This One Thing On Your iPhone To Save Your Life

Aren’t iPhones incredible? Not only can you look at the Internet all day long, your iPhone is capable of so much more. For example, ‘Word Lens’ means you can point it over a foreign word and get it translated in real time… plus your iPhone could save your life one day.
Doctors are urging iPhone users to do this one small thing immediately for one simple reason – it could be a lifesaver.

What is it?

It’s basically the Emergency app – in the bottom left hand corner you can dial 999 but it lets you store all your Medical ID – like your blood type, any allergies you may have – and also a next of kin.

Doctors can access all this info even if your phone is locked.

Most people who end up in hospital with a locked phone and no info in their Medical ID – and having that info to hand could save precious minutes in an emergency.

It only takes two minutes – so update this info on your phone ASAP!

But before you go praising your iPhone and cuddling it into your chest, remember cell phones aren’t just lifesavers. They can have some negative effects too.

They make us more stressed – which is ironic as they’re supposed to make things easier and make us feel more connected than ever.

But they make us feel like we can never “switch off” and unwind – so try and have a digital detox once in a while and you’ll realise how much you were missing out on.

Mobile phones can also cause chronic neck and back pain.

Uh oh! It’s all that hunching over the phone, scrolling for hours on end, going from Instagram to Snapchat to checking your emails then back to Facebook. Remember to stretch once in a while.

People are also reporting increased migraines, headaches and blurry vision.

Like with your laptop of computer, you should try and look up every ten or fifteen minutes from the screen. This lets your eyes adjust. Being on your phone right before bed can also lead to sleeping problems – if you can try and put it down an hour before bed, that would be idea. If that’s just never going to happen, you can put it on “Night Mode” – it’s in Settings. You can even time it to go into Night Mode at night. It changes the colour of the screen and it will help your eyes and your sleep.

Apparently there is more bacteria on iPhones than toilets.

Gross! Considering we put it to our ear every day, give it a wipe with antibacterial spray every so often.

And mobile phones also cause car accidents.

Goes without saying that you shouldn’t use it when you’re driving.

Words Laura Hamilton

Featured Image Credit: PA Images

Apple Investigating Issue With AirPods Randomly Disconnecting During Calls

Apple is investigating multiple reports from iPhone owners of AirPods randomly disconnecting and reconnecting during calls, MacRumors has learned.

A long thread on Apple’s Support Communities website has been generated by AirPods users who are regularly experiencing Bluetooth connection dropouts during phone calls, despite the fact that the wireless earphones almost never lose their connection when used to listen to music or anything else.

At present, the issue appears to be limited to iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus devices, with several users reporting no such problems after upgrading to an iPhone 7. MacRumors was also unable to replicate the problem on Apple’s latest handset.

Initial reports suggested the dropout issue only occurs if users also have an Apple Watch paired to their iPhone, but MacRumors was able to replicate the problem with a Fitbit Blaze, suggesting a more general conflict when other Bluetooth devices are also connected.

Unpairing and then repairing the AirPods does not appear to solve the problem, neither does rebooting nor resetting the iPhone. Until Apple offers a solution, users are advised to use only one AirPod for conducting calls, as the dropouts only seem to occur when both earpieces are in use.

By Tim Hardwick -MacRumors

Prank crashes iPhones with rainbow emoji messages

Jokers are exploiting a bug in iOS and are sending messages stuffed with 🌈 emojis which cause recipients’ iPhones or iPads to freeze

Boobytrapped emoji messages filled with white flags and rainbows are causing Apple iPhones and iPads to crash. Photograph: Alvy / Microsiervos/Flickr


A bug in iOS is being exploited in a prank aimed at crashing iPhones and iPads using the power of simple text, flag and rainbow emojis.

The bug has two variants. One text string includes a waving white flag emoji, a zero, a rainbow and a hidden character called a variation selector, which can be copied into an iMessage conversation and sent to anyone. The other is the same string of characters, but embedded within a contacts file, which can be shared via iCloud Drive to an iMessage contact.

Both will crash and iPhone or iPad to varying degrees, although the text string sent via a standard iMessage only appears to affect iPhones and iPads with iOS 10.1 or below. The boobytrapped contact card affects all versions of iOS 10, including the latest iOS 10.2, the Guardian can confirm.

The bug was originally reported by YouTuber EverythingApplePro, which has a history of reporting on iPhone crash pranks.

Watch here to see how it’s done
French iOS developer Vincent Desmurs, who claims to have discovered the bug, suggested that the issue is caused by Apple’s handling of the variation selector and the emojis beside it. He said: “What variation selector 16 (VS16) does in this case essentially is tell the device to combine the two surrounding characters into one emoji, yielding the rainbow flag.

“The text you’re copying is actually a waving white flag, VS16, zero, rainbow emoji. What I’m assuming is happening is that the phone tries to combine the waving white flag and the zero into an emoji, but this obviously can’t be done.”

Users sent either the emojis via iMessage or the contact card see their iPhone or iPad crash after a short period of time, either resulting in a full lock up requiring a reboot, or a partial lockup that triggers a quick reboot. The irony of the prank this time is that by using the contact card it is quite difficult to avoid crashing the sender’s smartphone or even Mac computer, if sent through the desktop Messages app.

Users will need to delete their iMessage conversation with whichever prankster sent them the booby-trapped emoji to avoid repeated crashes on opening the messages. Some users have reported having their iPhones repeatedly lock up without being able to delete the conversation. Some have reported being sent a new message, or creating one with Siri before opening Messages to clear the block.

Apple’s iOS has a history of abnormal strings of text or videos causing crashes, which are then used to prank iPhone and iPad users, crashing their devices and in some cases preventing them from re-opening certain apps without clearing the prank messages.

Apple declined to comment.

By Samuel Gibbs – The Guardian

Apple Might Offer iPhone 6 Users Replacement Due To Faulty Battery

There are rumours swirling about that tech giant Apple might be planning to offer replacements to iPhone 6 users.
Lots of people have complained that their battery died at only 30 per cent and I think we all know that misery.
The Five Worst Times Your Battery Can Die

1. When you’re lost, it’s dark and late and using Google Maps to find your way. It’s not that you’re scared or anything but WHAT THE FUCK WAS THAT NOISE?!

2. When it’s 3am and you’ve locked yourself out of your flat. It’s so cold outside, sniff.

3. When you’re about to swipe right on your perfect woman on Tinder. Shit, you’ll never find her again! You were sure to be a match.
4. Following the live updates of a match on the train – someone was about to score! You’ll have to wait until you get home to find out who won.

5. When you lose your friends at a music festival. Oh well, you’ll just have to make new friends.
Apple admitted last year there was a problem with the 6s, and set up a programme to replace iPhone 6s with battery problems. The issue was only in China, however, and Apple said it was only a few phones.

Apple said: “We found that a small number of iPhone 6s devices made in September and October 2015 contained a battery component that was exposed to controlled ambient air longer than it should have been before being assembled into battery packs.

“As a result, these batteries degrade faster than a normal battery and cause unexpected shutdowns to occur.”

I think we can all agree that all Apple iPhone batteries “degrade faster” than they should do.

In 2014, there was a similar problem with the iPhone 5 and Apple set up a scheme to replace faulty phones. It seems that it’s only the iPhone 6 that doesn’t have its own programme to replace phones – but now that people are reporting battery issues, that might be set to change.


The rumours are allegedly coming from within Apple itself – so we’ll have to wait to see if they officially say anything.
Words by Laura Hamilton

Featured Image Credit: PA Images

TrackR Announces New Tracking Devices and Home-Mapping Smart Plug


With CES gearing up in a few days, some companies have begun revealing new products ahead of the show, and today TrackR has unveiled new updates to its range of Bluetooth tracking devices that help users keep tabs on where their most precious items are located (via The Verge).

One of the new additions is the TrackR pixel, which the company is introducing as a cheaper and more colorful entry to the aluminum-cased TrackR bravo that is already on sale. Like the bravo, the pixel can be attached to an important personal item — such as a key ring — and with a connected iPhone and Android app, users can find anything lost with a GPS locator that shows when they are getting closer or farther away. When TrackR is far out of range, the company’s “crowd GPS network” of users will anonymously help in rediscovery of the item in question.


The original TrackR wallet has also been updated to a 2.0 version, making the Bluetooth tracker visually similar to a credit card and the “thinnest item-finder on the market,” according to TrackR. Otherwise, the wallet functions the same as the pixel, offering users close-range Bluetooth tracking through a smartphone app, and long-range crowd-sourced discovery. Each TrackR device includes a battery that lasts for about a year, but unlike Tile, users can replace the battery without having to purchase an entirely new tracker.

iPad Replacement Parts Been Added to Our Website Before Christmas

By Lee O’Connor

It’s been a few stressful months in 2016 trying to source the right supplier for our products and after all the hard work it has finally paid off and we can start stocking up on our proud products again.

Our aim was to get most products online before Christmas this year but we was having problems with a supplier for our iPad parts so we never thought we would get there but now we have done it, We have started adding iPad Replacement Parts on to our website. Our Team of Web Designers are working today on Christmas eve till 3pm to get these products online and available for dispatch after the seasonal period

Have a look at our iPad parts by clicking here

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So Please Keep Updated on our Website, Facebook or Twitter for all the latest information.

 

WhizzKid Repairs would like to wish everybody a Merry Christmas & All the best for 2017.