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iPhone OS 3.1 Non-Responsive

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I updated my phone to iPhone OS 3.1 yesterday, since then my phone randomly becomes non-responsive.  I did some research and found that others are having the same issue on the Apple forums.  The phone randomly stops responding to anything, neither the home button nor lock button are recognized.  The only way out is by performing a hard reset.  This is very frustrating since I don’t know if it’ll shut off (assuming it’s shutting off, I don’t know what’s happening) in the middle of the night–it’s my alarm clock.

There’s a video below showing that the phone won’t do anything. I didn’t shut off the phone and make it look like it’s non-responsive, what would be the point of that?  I did notice the phone locks up after a it’s been jerked around; that makes me wonder if the accelerometer is causing an issue. Anyway, if you’re having the same issue post it in the Apple forum and comment below.

In case you’re wondering, it’s an iPhone 3G.


Written by Samir Banjanovic

September 10, 2009 at 7:31 pm

List of Changes to iPhone OS 3.0

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Here is the official list of changes to iPhone OS 3.0.  It’s basically a lot of stuff that’s been speculated by sites such as Gizmodo and Engadget.   After reviewing the list I realized that my old flip-up SonyEricson had some of these features, and Apple is just now introducing them to the iPhone. Better late than never. Right Apple?

iPhone OS 3.0 Software Update

This update contains over 100 new features, including the following:

• Cut, Copy & Paste with shake to undo
• Landscape keyboard in key applications
• Enhanced Messages application
– Send and receive photos, contacts, audio files, and location via MMS*
– Forward and delete single or multiple messages
• Added search feature in Mail, Calendar, Notes and iPod
• Spotlight search across iPhone
• Support for CalDAV and subscriptions in Calendar
• Improvements to Safari
– Performance
– HTML 5 support
– HTTP Streaming audio and video
– Auto-fill usernames and passwords
• New Voice Memos application
• Sync Notes with a Mac or PC via iTunes
• Internet Tethering over USB and Bluetooth*
• Browse and download movies, TV shows, and audiobooks from the iTunes Store**
• Stereo Bluetooth***
• Wi-Fi auto login
• Enhanced Stocks application
• More Parental Control options for Apps, Music, Movies and TV Shows
• iTunes account creation and login**
• YouTube account login and access to subscriptions, ratings and favorites**
• Shake to shuffle
• New languages, dictionaries, and keyboards
• Find my iPhone and Remote Wipe via MobileMe (subscription required)**
• Support for more Exchange policies
• Create and send Exchange meeting invitations
• Search mail on server (Exchange Server 2007 and supported IMAP servers)
• Search LDAP company directory
• VPN on demand and VPN proxy support
• Encrypted configuration profiles
• Encrypted iTunes backups
• 1,000 new developer APIs, including:
– In App Purchases
– Apple Push Notification Service
– Accessories support
– Peer to Peer Connectivity
– Embedded Maps
– iPod Library Access
• Bug fixes

Products compatible with this software update:
• iPhone
• iPhone 3G
• iPhone 3G S

* Compatible only with iPhone 3G and iPhone 3G S and requires support from your wireless provider.
** Not available in all regions or in all languages.
*** Compatible only with iPhone 3G and iPhone 3G S.

Written by Samir Banjanovic

June 17, 2009 at 8:36 pm

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Apple App. Store Down -High Traffic

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Traffic Fail.

Traffic Fail.

I’ve been trying to download an update to Shazam (iPhone 3.0 Tested) but the App. Store seems to be down.  I’ll update when the App. store seems to be getting back up.

Update: Friend of mine having same issue. Now I know it’s not my phone.  More updates coming.

Update 2 (7:35pm EST): Getting a new error now, and app is gone :(.

That can't be good.

That can't be good.

Update 3 (7:40pm EST): Seem to be making progress accepting iTunes Terms and Conditions. And got a warning message informing me that Shazam may contain mature content. That’s new.

I am older than that. Thanks.

I am older than that. Thanks.

Shazam is back on the phone. Now you can tweet what song you tagged. Cool. I probably shouldn’t tweet every song I tag. Damn you Miley Cyrus.

Be careful what song you tweet :)

Now the whole world will know.

Written by Samir Banjanovic

June 17, 2009 at 7:07 pm

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iPhone 3.0 – iPod Changes

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If you’re anything like me you’re using your iPod more than anything on your iPhone.  There havn’t been any visual tweaks since the introduction of iPhone OS 2.0, and why should there? The title and information have always been easy to read and the iPod icons on the locked screen were always helpful.

In 3.0 Apple decided to tweak the iPod UI a little.  This time around when you’re in your locked screen and you bring up the iPod controls, assuming you have them enabled, you simple press the home button twice.  Now you are presented with the author’s name, song name, and album name. Just like when you’re using the active iPod application.

The more the marrier

The more the marrier

Sometimes it’s the little things that make people happy. Prior to 3.0 I wouldn’t be sure what artist is playing if I have two similar artists with identical song titles on my iPhone. Now? No problem. All the information I need is given to me at the lock screen.

Less is more.


Written by Samir Banjanovic

June 17, 2009 at 12:43 am

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Using Select and Select All function for deleting text on iPhone 3.0!

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Sometimes we do things we regret. Send a drunk text message that nobody understands. Call someone at 5a.m. (also while drunk). Or just not writing a girl’s phone number down (while sober.)

Thanks to Apple the drunk text messages are now easier to delete before you send them off.  In previous versions you had to hold the delete button to delete all the text you were about to send off.  However, 3.0 allows you to use the select and select all pop options to delete large chunks of text.

For example, this is what you might attempt to send after having had a drink or two (or 12).

Yeah...about that.

Yeah...about that.

As you can see spelling becomes an issue as well.

Let’s imaging that a friend took your phone before you pressed send, and they were kind enough to delete it all.

To do so they have to double tap on the text field to bring up a  little pop up menu. Then they chose select all.

It's ok buddy. It'll soon be over.

It's ok buddy. It'll soon be over.

With the click of one button (is it really click on a touch screen?) they’ve saved you from a very embarrassing morning story.

That’s it. Just make sure to tell all your friends how to do it so they know the proper steps.

You guys can thank me later.

Note: Text messaging also allows for a landscape keyboard, I just didn’t use it.

Written by Samir Banjanovic

June 16, 2009 at 3:53 am

iPhone 3.0 – Copy and Paste walkthrough – and Landscape keyboard!

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To follow up on my first iPhone 3.0 post I’ve decided to post information about copy, paste, and landscape keyboard (in e-mail specifically).

After 3 years of begging and pleading Apple has finally given us copy and paste, and a landscape keyboard in all major applications. How does it work? Absurdly amazing. It’s nearly as simple as doing it on a keyboard. But you know…not really. However, I do think it’s simpler than doing it on a smart-phone with a physical keyboard, because you don’t have to use two fingers to activate the shortcut.

Follow these easy steps!

To bring up the copy and paste option you tap on the cursor on the screen which brings up a small pop up menu.

To pop up copy/paste menu just tap the cursor

To pop up copy/paste menu just tap the cursor

If you chose “Select” a small anchor will appear at that location, followed by another anchor at the end of the word. Obviously I don’t need to explain what select all does. (note: I am not sure if those things are called anchors but just go along with it. OK? Thanks)

If you tap and hold an anchor you can extend your selected field

If you tap and hold an anchor you can extend your selected field

Once you’ve selected what you want to copy and paste, you release whichever anchor you were holding.  Once you let go of the anchor another pop up will appear giving you the options to copy or cut.

Once you've decided on your selection the cut/copy pop up appears

Once you've decided on your selection the cut/copy pop up appears

Once you’ve clicked to copy or cut the text is placed in the clipboard, which is global. Meaning you can copy and paste from e-mail to text message, to Safari, to Notes, or to whatever else your little heart desires.    To paste something all you have to do is move the cursor to your desired location and then tap it to bring up another menu, with the options to Select, Select all, and Paste.

Tap the cursor and menu to paste will appear

Tap the cursor and menu to paste will appear

I am not sure why Select, Select all is giving as an option since you’re in a new line.  When I clicked select it selected the word app (two lines above) and all the empty space up to the cursor; I think it does this as long as text is present.  I believe had I started a blank e-mail the option to paste would have only been given. At least that’s how it was when I went into other apps  (i.e. Messaging App and Notes)

Anyway. Assuming you clicked paste, the text we previously selected will appear like magic!

It's like magic - oh my!

It's like magic - oh my!

Wow. Sham. Bam. ShamWOW! (?).

Copy and Paste away my children.

Written by Samir Banjanovic

June 16, 2009 at 3:14 am

iPhone OS 3.0 – First Impressions

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Thanks to gizmodo I was able to get my hands on the iPhone OS 3.0 before it officially comes out. I haven’t been using it for a long time, so don’t take think of this as a complete review, consider it the first part to a series of updates. If you’re interested in getting your hands on the same image I currently run on my iPhone then hit up your favorite torrent site and look for one of the follow three.

  • 1st Gen. iPhone: iPhone1,1_3.0_7A341_Restore.ipsw
  • iPhone 3G: iPhone1,2_3.0_7A341_Restore.ipsw
  • iPod Touch: iPod2,1_3.0_7A341_Restore.ipsw

Sometimes you’ll have to edit the name of the file you’re looking for. I know I had to when I was looking for the image. The size of the 3g version 230MB (241,229,233 bytes to be exact) keep that in mind when looking at the torrent information. I am not encouraging you to go out and download the image; whatever you do you’ll be doing so at your own risk.

Warnings and hints aside. The third version of the iPhone OS isn’t much of a drastic change as when 2.0 introduced with the apps capability. However, there are minor tweaks that do make the phone more enjoyable.


First of all, it works great, it’s pretty swift to run through your phone and locate whatever you search for, the only complaint I have is that it’s a local search. I would love for it to be like the Pre’s global search. If something isn’t located on the you are given the option to search Wiki, Google, etc. However, it’s still

pretty awesome.

I’ve found myself using Spotlight a lot. I’ve used it to search my e-mails, music, and contacts. It’s by far my favorite feature in the entire iPhone OS.

I am not sure how I did without it until now. It’s very thoughtful of Apple to make it such a quick and responsive addition. I’ve used it while listening to music without having my music cut in and out. Now, that could be because there isn’t all that much to search on my phone. There’s about 5.9GB of music on my phone, and about 100 contacts. So yeah, it’s not nearly as much as some people will have, but I imagine it’s still rather swift regardless of the amount of data on your phone.

I forgot to mention the range of Spotlight’s search. I felt lazy and didn’t want to type up the range. So, I give you a picture! You can re-arrange the way the searchdisplays results, which I really like.

With spotlight the iPhone is now more awesomer.

Phone Call Information

Since the first version of the iPhone you had to estimate how long your phone conversations were. Apple has finally realized that there are some teenagers out there that like to brag how long they talk on the phone to “that guy” or “that girl.” So Apple decided instead of over estimating, and people constantly nagging for evidence they’d finally include that information.

Pretty awesome, right? Now you have prove that you talked to a girl for longer than 30 seconds. Props to Apple. Side note, the provided screen shot isn’t “that” girl.

Camera Application Changes

Whatever Apple did to tweak the camera application it worked. It opens much faster and is a lot more responsive. The only weird thing that I noticed in the app is a black square in the lower left (look at picture. Note: I don’t live in a dungeon, the iPhone sucks at low light environments). I am still disappointed that Apple didn’t give 3G users video recording. It can’t be that hard. Jailbroken phones have been doing it since there is jailbreaking. I’ll wait it out and see what Apple’s reasoning is. Better be good. Funny stuff happens to me and I

can’t record it to show to you guys.

UPDATE: The black square displays the last picture taken. In this case I took a picture that was very dark, thus it looks like a black square.  No problem!

Final Thoughts

That’s it for now. I’ll keep this going as 3.0 get’s officially released and they finally give us push. I am looking forward to trying out the Push Notification System Apple promised us with 2.0.

I am done here. Behave until I come back.

Written by Samir Banjanovic

June 13, 2009 at 12:25 am

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