Gadget FAIL? Try turning it off and back on again in 27% of cases

Gerald Lynch Gadgets, TD Tips, Tech Digest news 1 Comment

Ever taken a screwdriver to the innards of a beloved, dying gadget in the hopes of breathing new life into it? Well you shouldn't bother according to the Gadget Helpline, as in many cases there is a much simpler solution;…

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First generation fat PS3s bricked by new 3.21 firmware update

Gerald Lynch Features, Gaming, Tech Digest news 17 Comments

If you've got an old-style bread-bin PlayStation 3 now would be a good time to switch off your internet router. The latest update from Sony's servers is causing nightmares for first generation PS3 owners, bricking their consoles and stopping them…

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Apple support throws up fix for iPad Wi-Fi woes

Gerald Lynch Apple, iPad, Tech Digest news 1 Comment

Quite a few iPad owners have been complaining that their new tablet devices wont play nice with their Wi-Fi internet connections. Weak signals and unrecognisable Wi-Fi networks are being blamed on the iPad's small antenna, but Apple believe they may…

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WordPress servers crash, 10.2 million blogs affected

Gerald Lynch Internet, Tech Digest news, Web 2.0, Websites 1 Comment

WordPress, a massively popular blogging and hosting platform suffered severe problems yesterday, causing some 10.2 million blogs to go offline for almost two hours. It has been estimated that 5.5 million page views were wiped, the worst outage WordPress has…

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Virgin launch gadget help service

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It can be mighty frustrating, settling down for a marathon internet-trawling session only to be bombarded with error messages to let you know that, as ever, your Wi-Fi connection has gone up the creek. The ever-industrious Richard Branson and his…

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BREAKING: Zunes worldwide hit by mystery crash

Duncan Geere Digital Music, MP3 players 16 Comments

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This morning, I woke up and turned on my beloved Zune MP3 player. It got to the end of the loading bar, then just stopped. After the regular “hold back and up to reset” trick didn’t work, I did what any self-respecting citizen of the modern age would do, and turned to Google. Turns out there’s a lot of people with the same problem.

Across the internet, there’s a variety of threads on forums complaining that Zunes have frozen in exactly the same place, at exactly midnight PST. Given that we’re so close to the New Year, it’s likely to be a bug in the code, but I’m sure it won’t stop thousands of Mac fanboys across the land cooking up conspiracy theories along the lines of “Microsoft never expected to last this long in the market”.

More info, and a fix, as we get it.

Zune is frozen (via Google)

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UPDATE: Apple acknowledge iPhone faults & pledge software update 'cure all'

Ryan Weir iPhone, Mobile phones 1 Comment

Following my colleague Duncan’s report earlier today that Apple have been accused of using low-quality chipsets in their iPhone range, I’m happy to announce that Apple have responded promptly to the issue by releasing an apology (of sorts), and confirming that the next software update, due in a month or so, will fix the current issues with poor quality reception – thereby effectively ending the intense speculation that Apple might have to recall the phones.

Wildfire rumours have rumbled across the net for days saying that Apple were going to have to do the ‘dreaded deed’ and recall all iPhones for a costly and humiliating hardware upgrade, but Apple’s confirmation of a software fix promptly douses all of that. Until today, the main blame has been focused on the Infineon chip, and how reliable a chip they actually are. If software really is to blame then it backs up Infineon’s Chairman, who has repeatedly told deaf ears that “Our 3G chips are, for example, used in Samsung handsets and we are not aware of such problems there”.

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