iOS 9.0.2 Update: 5 Things to Know With Time Almost Up

iOS 9.0.2 Update: 5 Things to Know With Time Almost Up is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Apple hasn’t made an official announcement but it’s clear that the iOS 9.0.2 update’s reign as the most current version of iOS 9 is almost over. With an iOS 9.1 update looming on the horizon, we take a look at what you need to know about the iOS 9.0.2 update at the three week mark.

Three weeks ago, Apple released its third iOS 9 update, fourth if you count the iOS 9.1 update that’s currently in the company’s beta programs. That update is iOS 9.0.2, a bug fix update that corrects some of the iOS 9 problems plaguing iPhone and iPad users.

For three weeks, we’ve been monitoring the iOS 9.0.2 update, its performance and some of the other details that iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners around the world should be aware of. iOS 9.0.2 is a small update but its certainly left its mark.

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iOS 9.0.2 is the most current version of iOS 9 but it will be replaced soon. Apple hasn’t announced an iOS 9.1 release date but it looks like one could arrive any day now. And while the spotlight is starting to shift to the iOS 9.1 release, there are some things you should know about the iOS 9.0.2 update at the three week mark.

This roundup will take a look at iOS 9.0.2 performance, some reasons why you might want to wait for iOS 9.1, and when you can expect the iOS 9.1 release date. Keep all of these in mind as we progress into the month of October.

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iOS 9.0.2 Performance: Three Weeks Later

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iOS 9.0.2 Performance: Three Weeks Later

Three weeks ago, we installed the iOS 9.0.2 update on a number of devices. The list includes the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, and iPad mini 2. And throughout those three weeks we’ve been testing the update, looking at key areas like battery life and connectivity, to see how the software is performing. 

The iOS 9.0.2 update is performing well on most devices at the three week mark. We haven’t run into any battery drain issues or any problems with Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. The performance issues we’ve seen have been very limited. 

Google Chrome continues to act up on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6. It continues to crash with great frequency, something that simply didn’t happen on iOS 8.4.1. Over this past weekend, the app crashed 20+ times on the iPhone 6s, sometimes with just one tab open on ESPN’s website. We’re still thinking about switching to Safari. 

We also continue to experience UI slowdown and lag on the iPhone 5. The three year old iPhone has been a slug since the iOS 8.1 release last year and it continues to give us problems with the iOS 9.0.2 update on board. A factory reset is in the cards if iOS 9.1 doesn’t improve things. 

For most of you, iOS 9.0.2 should be fine. If you own an older device though, you might want to think about waiting for iOS 9.1

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iOS 9.0.2 Update: 5 Things to Know With Time Almost Up is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Virgin Mobile launches giving campaign when Canadians buy new goods

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Virgin Mobile announced today a new fundraiser connected to Canadian sales of the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime smartphone and the Universal Power Bank. The Galaxy Grand Prime has been named the next RE*Generation phone available from the carrier. With that status, for every device sold Virgin Mobile will donate $5 to help at-risk and homeless youth.

Recent statistics show there are around 225,000 Canadian youth who are not working and not in school and thus are considered at-risk. Of those, over 6,000 are homeless and sleep on the streets. The Virgin Mobile RE*Generation program provides funds to a variety of charities throughout Canada who help connect these youth with training and other opportunities to secure meaningful jobs and breakout of their current status. According to Joseph Ottorino, managing director for Virgin Mobile Canada,

“By providing young people with the experience and training they need to get a stable and meaningful job, we can help break the cycle of youth homelessness. We’re excited to be partnering with Samsung, a company that shares our passion for linking youth with the skills, connections and opportunities they need to succeed.”

In addition to the proceeds for phone and charger sales, Canadians on Virgin Mobile can elect to participate in the Change for a Dollar program that adds $1 per month to their bill to be donated to the Virgin Mobile RE*Generation program. All Canadians can text REGEN to 30333 to make a one-time $5 donation.

You can read the full press release below.

Virgin Mobile asks Canadians to get the goods that do some good

Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime revealed as next RE*Generation Phone

TORONTO, Oct. 20, 2015 /CNW/ – Starting today, $5 from the sale of every Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime and Universal Power Bank purchased from Virgin Mobile will help connect at-risk and homeless youth with the training, skills and opportunities they need to secure meaningful jobs and emerge from the cycle of homelessness.

A recent Virgin Mobile study found that 1 in 3 Canadians know someone who has been homeless. Virgin Mobile RE*Generation was created to give Members and Canadians a chance to help at-risk and homeless youth gain skills to get jobs. Currently, there are approximately 225,000 Canadian youth out of work or not in school, and more than 6,000 of them sleep on the streets on any given night. Donations to Virgin Mobile RE*Generation, through programs like the RE*Generation phone campaign, support charities across Canada that train youth to develop the in-demand skills employers are looking for.

“By providing young people with the experience and training they need to get a stable and meaningful job, we can help break the cycle of youth homelessness,” said Joseph Ottorino, managing director, Virgin Mobile Canada. “We’re excited to be partnering with Samsung, a company that shares our passion for linking youth with the skills, connections and opportunities they need to succeed.”

Canadians can purchase the RE*Generation phone at Virgin Mobile retail and online locations. The Universal Power Bank ($24.99) is available at Virgin Mobile Stores across Canada. Virgin Mobile Members can also help at-risk youth get jobs by adding Change for a Dollar to their monthly phone bill to donate$1/month to Virgin Mobile RE*Generation. Members and all Canadians can also text the word REGEN to 30333 to donate $5 to the cause.

“We’re proud to team up with Virgin Mobile and its RE*Generation program to once again provide a smartphone that leads to smart social change,” said Paul Brannen, Senior VP, Enterprise and Mobile Solutions, Samsung Electronics Canada. “By picking up the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime through Virgin Mobile, Canadians can make a real difference in the lives of at-risk and homeless youth.” 

Samsung supports the RE*Generation phone program through Samsung Hope for Children, the company’s philanthropic initiative to address children’s issues in the areas of education, health, and environmental sustainability.

With a powerful 1.2 GHz Quad Core processor and slim design (only 8.6 millimeters thick), the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime combines stylish sophistication with fast multi-tasking performance. The Galaxy Grand Prime also offers a long-lasting 2,600 mAh battery and a 5 MP front camera with an ultra-wide view angle of 85 degrees. In addition, Virgin Mobile’s Universal Power Bank allows you to charge your smartphone and tablet anytime, anywhere (USB & MicroUSB charging cable included).

To read about how your donations make an impact in the lives of at-risk and homeless youth head to our Members Lounge blog. For more about Virgin Mobile RE*Generation, head to www.virginmobile.ca/regen.

ABOUT VIRGIN MOBILE RE*GENERATION
In 2008, Virgin Mobile RE*Generation was created to empower a generation to help its own and support at-risk and homeless youth. This initiative gives Virgin Mobile Members and Canadians a chance to help at-risk and homeless youth gain skills to get jobs. Donations are invested in training programs run by leading youth-serving charities across the country. The goal is to help 450 youth get jobs by 2017 and that’s just the start.

Join Virgin Mobile RE*Generation to help youth emerge from the cycle of homelessness. Visit www.virginmobile.ca/regen for more information.

ABOUT VIRGIN MOBILE CANADA
At Virgin Mobile, you’re not a customer, you’re a Member and “Members Get” exclusive deals from awesome brands, a shot at VIP access and one-of-a-kind experiences to events in Canada and around the world. That’s on top of super-hot smartphones on ridiculously-fast LTE speeds and plans with loads of extras built right in! Virgin Mobile Members and Canadians can do some good in their local communities by helping at-risk and homeless youth in Canada gain skills to get jobs with Virgin Mobile RE*Generation.

Wanna hook up? There are loads of ways: head online or call 1-888-999-2321 to get in the know. Get personal with Virgin Mobile Canada on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest.

ABOUT SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CANADA
Samsung Electronics Canada inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies, redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, cameras, digital appliances and printers. Samsung is a leader in the Internet of Things space through, among others, our Smart Home initiatives. In 2014, Samsung was ranked one of the top 10 most influential brands in Canada, based on a study by Ipsos Reid. Committed to making a difference in communities across Canada, its Samsung Hope for Children corporate giving program supports children’s education, sustainability and health-related issues. Globally, Samsung employs 319,000 people across 84 countries with annual sales of $196 billion.

To discover more, please visit www.samsung.com.

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HTC Launches The HTC One A9 — Specs & Details

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The HTC One A9, at first glance, looks like an iPhone. Specifically speaking, the back of the HTC One A9 bears uncanny resemblance to the iPhone 6’s back. Now, HTC greatly emphasized that the design of the A9 is evolutionary, as it borrows the “signature design language of the HTC One family” and builds upon the original HTC One M7’s full metallic unibody design. But there’s still no denying that the one can confuse the One A9 with the iPhone 6 rather than with the One M7. Design-wise, the phone features a thin metal frame with pleasing curves on the sides, but a rather flat back which is unusual to HTC devices as they tend to sport gentle curves on the back.On the front, you’ll find a deep-set capsule-shaped fingerprint sensor, but not the much-acclaimed front facing stereo speakers as the single speaker grille has now made its way to the bottom of the device.

bg-payThe bottom of the device also features an off-center standard micro-usb port (not Type-C), a microphone hole and the headphone jack. On the right of the device are the volume buttons and the power button, which featuree a ridged design and texture, making it easier to identify just by touch. The left side of the device features the slots for the SIM tray as well as the micro-sd card tray. The top of the device is barren, while the back features the rear camera module at the top centre with a dual tone LED flash.

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Moving on to specifications, the HTC One A9 sports a 5″ FHD AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4, which coupled with what HTC claims to be an edge-to-edge display (although it’s clearly not), should make for a decent sized phone. For the processor, the phone rocks a mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor, with four Cortex A-53’s clocked at 1.5GHz and another four clocked at 1.2GHz. This is accompanied by Adreno 405 in the GPU department. The RAM of the device varies depending on the storage option, with the 16GB internal memory variant coming with 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM and the 32GB storage variant getting a bump to 3GB of RAM. There is also micro-sd card expansion, which is a good addition to see these days, especially in phones that follow the metallic unibody design language. The phone comes with a 2,150 mAh battery with Quick Charge 2.0 support out of the box, with Quick Charge 3.0 also supported, making the device a bit more relevant for the future. The standard edition of the device comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow (and HTC Sense) out of the box, making it the first device from a major manufacturer outside of Nexus to do so.

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bg-multi-modeHTC also emphasized greatly on the camera prowess of the One A9. The phone features a 13MP rear facing camera with an f/2.0 aperture, OIS and PDAF (Phase Detection Auto Focus), along with a dual tone LED flash. The phone also supports RAW image capture, along with one-touch auto processing for these images. The camera can also record videos in hyperlapse, where essentially the entire video is sped through in a dramatic manner. For the front camera, HTC retains its 4MP UltraPixel camera with a f/2.0 aperture.

HTC’s decision to give stereo speakers a bottom stage may disappoint the fans that it made for its prominent front-facing speakers from the M lineup. However, HTC has improved upon personal audio experiences with an improved audio jack, which now features an increased output of 1V. With the other improvements in place, the sound output from the headphone jack should now have higher fidelity and better stereo separation, all of which should finally do justice to good earphones/headphones.

Image 004The HTC One A9 also has one more trick up its sleeve. In addition to carrier variants, HTC will also sell a completely unlocked variant of the device, which will not only work across all major carriers, it will also come with an unlockable bootloader, which will also not void the warranty of the device. The focus here is definitely a developer, as the phone is also promised to be updated to every version of Android released in the next two years, and that too, within 15 days of Google rolling out the update to Nexus devices. The unlocked edition will also come with a 6 month subscription to Google Play Music, and 12 months of coverage for accidental damage (including cracked screen replacements and water damage) under HTC’s Uh-Oh protection program for devices purchased via HTC.com. These phones will also come with a 30 day trial period wherein users can return the phone if they do not like it.

The HTC One A9 comes in four colors: Carbon Grey, Deep Garnet, Opal Silver and Topaz Gold. Three of these are available for pre-order in the USA starting today, for $399.99 for the base 2GB|16GB variant unlocked variant. Global availability is scheduled for first week of November, with more news on this front expected to come soon.

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All in all, the HTC One A9 does seem like a very decent mid-ranger. It may not pack in the best of the specs, nor offer the offer the best bang out of buck. It does however, provide a different product for HTC fans and a another device to bank on for HTC.

Does the phone fit into your criterion of a good phone? Let us know your thoughts below or in our discussion!

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Verizon’s now rolling the Lollipop update for the Xperia Z2 Tablet

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Verizon has at last begun rolling out the long-awaited Lollipop update to all its carrier-branded variants of the Xperia Z2 Tablet located in the United States. In terms of added functionality, this upgrade brings the latest version of the Android operating system to the slate, together with a multitude of much-needed bug fixes and stability improvements.

Hit the break for the full changelog.

  • Material Design: You will quickly notice a whole new colorful look and feel to your device – from fluid animations to new application and system themes, colors and widgets.
  • Notifications UI & Priorities: In order to alert you to the mosttimely and relevant information, the format and behavior of notifications have evolved:
    • notifications will appear on the lock screen and are intelligently ranked by type and who sent them.
    • you double-tap to open one, swipe left or right to clear one, or clear all notifications from the bottom of the list.
    • you can set the priority and privacy of notifications for each application.
    • very high priority notifications will pop up briefly over other applications so that you can take action.
    • when you dismiss a notification on one device it will be dismissed on your other Android devices, if they are connected to the Internet.
    • you can further tailor how notifications behave with the new Downtime and Ambient Display settings (see below).
  • New Interruptions & Downtime Settings: You can tailor how interruptions behave, choosing to allow all, none, or only priority interruptions.  You can personalize what counts as a priority interruption (reminders, events, calls, messages) and even tailor them to be from only contacts you specify.  The Downtime setting will allow only priority interruptions during the times and days that you specify.  e.g. allow only priority interruptions on the weekend.
  • Recent Apps (Multi-tasking): The redesigned Overview space (formerly called Recents) will include both applications and separate activities within those applications.  For instance, each open tab in Chrome will also appear here along with recent applications; both your Gmail Inbox and a draft email message will appear as separate cards.  This provides a consistent way to switch amongst tasks.
  • Flashlight: Lollipop includes a new flashlight option as part of Quick settings (swipe down with two fingers from the status bar to see it).
  • Pin a view/app: Screen pinning allows you to keep a specific app or screen in view. For example, you can ‘pin’ a game and your child will not be able to navigate anywhere else on your phone.
  • Battery: The Battery settings panel now shows an estimated projection for how much time you have left while discharging or charging.  You can also enable a new battery saver mode that will save power by reducing performance and most background data operations to extend your battery life.
  • Smarter Internet Connections: With Android Lollipop, your phone will not connect to a Wi-Fi access point unless there is a verified Internet connection. This feature improves hand-offs between Wi-Fi and cellular connections, helping to maintain your video chat or voice-over-IP (VoIP) call as you switch.
  • Performance: Your phone now uses the new Android Runtime to help optimize application performance.  After upgrading to Lollipop, your applications will undergo a one-time optimization process.  Note that the optimization for ART requires more space.
  • Security: Encryption can now use a stronger 256-bit key to help protect your data.  Note that the stronger key willonly be used after you perform a factory reset on Android Lollipop.  Otherwise encryption will continue to use 128-bit key.  You can turn on encryption in the Security settings menu.

As is the norm, the update is being pushed out in stages. To see if it’s ready for your device head into Settings, scroll to the bottom and tap on “About Device”, hit “System Updates”, then select “Check for updates”.

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Verizon reports quarterly earnings, exceeds expectations

verizon new logoU.S. carrier Verizon just underwent another spectacular quarter. The company well exceeded its expectations producing an overall revenue of $23 billion this past quarter alone.

With $23 billion in generated revenue, Verizon’s quarterly earnings show a 5.4% increase from this time last year. The company reportedly added an additional 1.3 million subscribers this quarter alone, which is also incredible growth for the company. However it should be noted that service revenues were slightly down from last year due to an increase in equipment revenue.

As a result, Verizon’s new shift to month-to-month payments rather than 2-year contracts has paid off. This shift is also showing increases in other carrier’s revenue as well. This accounted for 58% of all smartphone activations this quarter, which a tremendous increase over this time last year which was only 12%.

The company also saw significant gains in its Fios TV service. During the period, Verizon managed to add 114,000 net subscribers to its broadband internet service as well as 42,000 new members to its video service. This is up 2.8% from just a year ago.

It’s great to see the company continue to set records. This only makes us wonder, “when will growth come to a stop?”

Source: Verizon

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