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5 Flaws of iOS 8 Everyone Should Know

5 Flaws of iOS 8 Everyone Should Know

Applying software updates is a lot like playing a low stakes version of Russian Roulette–sometimes it will leave your technological device worse off than it was before. Last year, owners of the iPhone 4 experienced this when iOS 7 essentially took a functioning device and made it slower than old ketchup in a glass bottle. This year, no iPhone is safe from the numerous flaws and bugs present in this year’s iteration of Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS 8.

As an owner of the iPhone 4S, I was reluctant to download iOS 8, especially after seeing what happened to the iPhone 4. Right now I’m thanking my lucky stars that I had the foresight to stick to iOS 7, because, as you’ll see, Apple still has a lot of work to do to optimize iOS 8.

1. It will slow down your iPhone 4S.

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    Last year’s update, iOS 7, pushed the then-two-year-old iPhone 4S to its limits. The latest update only serves to throw it off the proverbial cliff. Though you might see comments across the web saying stuff like, “My iPhone 4S runs fine after iOS 8,” don’t listen to them. That is buyer’s remorse, because who wouldn’t want to shield themselves from the harsh truth that they downloaded an update that essentially put their phone on its last legs?

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    As the image from ArsTechnica reveals above, the facts reveal the truth. While a .89 second difference in opening Safari might not seem like much on paper, that difference builds up over time, and in terms of real world use your once snappy 4S will feel like it’s chugging along for dear life. Is this all a ploy by Apple to get you to upgrade your phone? Probably not. I’d argue that they’re doing the best they can to apply the latest updates to old technology, but doing so in a poorly executed manner. With proper optimizations, iOS 8 could run just fine on the 4S, as its dual core processor and graphics processing unit aren’t too shabby even by today’s standards.

    It’s possible that Apple will release an update in the future that applies these optimizations, but until then, stick to iOS 7, or even 6, if you own a 4S.

    2. It’s designed for iPhone 6’s larger screen.

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      At 4.7″ and 5.5″, the two new iPhones blow previous versions out of the water when it comes to screen size. What is the consequence of that? One of the major ones is that iOS 8 is designed with those larger screens in mind, meaning the iPhone 4S, 5, and 5S will experience a few problems due to the sole fact that they are equipped with 3.5″ and 4″ screens, respectively. As can be seen in the image above, the screen is more cramped on older iPhones, thanks to both the new notification system and the way that apps are programmed to be used with the larger screen on the iPhone 6. On the 4S, the new keyboard makes things nearly unusable in some instances. For example, in the e-mail app you’ll now only be able to see one line of text when composing a new message. Speaking of the keyboard, let me add a little aside: many users have reported instances of it actually disappearing entirely within apps. So, good luck with that!

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      3. It requires an obscene amount of free space to install.

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        Let’s forget for a moment that iOS 8 will slow down your phone and quite possibly make some apps unusable, or at the very least, unwieldy. Even if you wanted to install the update (which would make sense if you have a 5 or 5S), it’s nearly impossible to do so unless you first delete nearly everything you have on your phone. If you have a 32GB or 64GB model, you’ll be fine (probably, but who buys those anyways). If you are, however, unfortunate enough to have acquired an iPhone with only 16 or, heaven forbid, 8 gigabytes of storage, you’re pretty much out of luck. If you have a 16GB model you’ll probably be able to eke out enough space to install the update, though just barely. I make a point of deleting every app and photo on my phone that I no longer need or have made backups of on a regular basis, and I would still barely make the cut.

        It is true that you can download the update through iTunes, but even then, you’ll need at least a gigabyte of free space, which would still be quite an accomplishment these days on the 8GB models.

        4. It might ruin your iPhone’s ability to use wi-fi.

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          Though this has been an issue with previous iOS updates as well, it seems to be far more prevalent with this one. There’s not too much to say about it, other than that many iPhone owners have been experiencing wi-fi issues after updating their phones. These range from not being able to connect to any wi-fi, to cases where they can connect, but it’s such a slow connection that it might as well be useless. It’s likely that Apple will fix major issues like this in a forthcoming update, much like they did with iOS 7 (I’m hoping at least).

          5. Battery life may take a hit.

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            This one is a bit ironic, considering that one of the major new features of iOS 8 is the implementation of a “Battery Usage” monitor, pictured above, that lets you see what’s eating up your battery. Turns out what eats the most battery is the very update that gives you the battery monitor.

            Folks over on the Apple forums have already been talking about this issue and, curiously, it seems to be afflicting not only older models, but the iPhone 6 as well. That means that this may be more than an instance of older hardware struggling to keep up with a newer operating system. Indeed, what this reveals is that there are likely problems inherent to the operating system itself that are causing the battery to drain far faster than usual.

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            As always, Apple is likely to release some sort of update that fixes or at least tries to address this battery drain issue and the other problems listed above. That being said, it would have been nice if they had ironed these things out before deciding to release a buggy update to millions of iPhone owners. Software updates are always a bit of a crapshoot, at least initially, so know that your iPhone may have zero issues with iOS 8. Still, I think it’s best to not take any chances.

            If you own a 5, 5C, or 5S, do yourself a huge favor and wait until Apple releases an update to iOS 8 that fixes the major bugs and issues people have been experiencing. If you own a 4S, don’t even bother updating your device; iOS 7.1.2 is about as good as it’s going to get for us, and trying to force iOS 8 on your 4S won’t do it much good performance-wise anyways. Besides, you’re probably due for an upgrade relatively soon if you still have a 4S, so just hold on for a few more weeks/months. If you have an iPhone 6, all you can do is weather the storm (your phone luckily doesn’t suffer from some of the problems listed above anyways).

            How has your iOS 8 experience been so far? Find any flaws while using it? Comment below!

            Featured photo credit: iPhone 6 front / thronx via flickr.com

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            Published on September 20, 2018

            11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

            11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

            In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

            Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

            In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

            Minimizing Tabs

            Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

            Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

            Incognito Mode

            Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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            1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
            2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
            3. Download extension New Incognito Window

            This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

            Save Webpages as PDF Files

            Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

            Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

            Open Recently-closed Tabs

            Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

            One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

            The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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            Solve Mathematical Problems

            Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

            For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

            Play Media Files

            Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

            In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

            Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

            With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

            Stay Focus(e)d

            Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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            Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

            With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

            This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

            Grammarly for Editing

            Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

            You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

            Loom

            There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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            There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

            With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

            Chrome Calendar Extension

            No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

            Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

            Final Thoughts

            Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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