Reports of iPhone 6S & Plus Randomly Powering Down

Smartphones have moved on leaps and bounds over the last decade, the processing power which is confined within a portable device is quite mind-blowing. But, these devices do have their problems which include generally poor battery life and a tendency to break if dropped, unlike that Nokia 1100 model which would puncture the floor while leaving the phone unharmed.

Talking of glitches, there seems to be a new problem which has been reported by many consumers who have upgraded to iOS 9 while using the iPhone 6S and iPhone Plus. According to reports via various tech forums, the devices in question “randomly and unexpectedly power off” which is certainly inconvenient. Users also report that their phones power down even if the battery is fully charged while others have noticed the home button felt warm or even hot. These reports have been mainly attributed to the above models, although one consumer noted similar problems on the iPhone 5S.

Below are responses from consumers concerning this issue

“I overslept this morning, because my phone quit working overnight! (no alarm) I tried the power button, but it was unresponsive. When I went to try a hard reset, I BURNED my finger on the home button”

The screen was off, and the phone rang. The screen remained dark, but the ringing kept going, but couldn’t be answered. The home button was EXTREMELY hot, and the only way to get the screen back on was to hard boot it (home and power buttons)”

“Happened twice, bought 6s+ (9.1 beta 2) on Friday was dead on Saturday night while charging. Happened again Monday afternoon. Reset all settings and nothing since. Am currently running beta 3.”

Consumers have since upgraded their phones to iOS 9.0.2 and are waiting to see if the problem reappears. There is speculation although no firm conclusion as of yet that the glitches might be down to the A9 processor within the iPhone 6S, which had two manufacturers; TSMC and Samsung.

Unfortunately, the nature and power of these phones will always lead to glitches and errors, Apple will need to ensure such instances are dealt with in a speedy manner with the aim of avoiding potential negative consumer views of the brand. Consumers will also be hoping that any bug fix updates do not introduce new problems to their devices, as in the case of the botched bug fix for iOS 8.

Thank you cnet and macrumors for providing us with this information.

YouTube’s Most Popular Gamer Is Sick of the Comments

Felix Kjellberg, better known as PewDiePie, has had it with the YouTube comments and is blocking all comments on his future videos. Felix has the most popular gaming channel on YouTube and recently passed the 30 million subscribers, an impressive milestone. With that amount of followers, the spam is endless and it has become impossible to find the real comments between the spam, self-promotion and troll posts.

“I go to the comments, and it’s mainly spam, it’s people self-advertising, people that are trying to provoke, people who reply to all these…just all this stuff that, to me, it doesn’t mean anything.”

Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg doesn’t abandon his fans though, in the sense that he still would like their feedback, just not the spam. So he is considering to move the comments to either Reddit or Twitter in the hopes that it could improve the overall experience for everyone. This isn’t the first time that Felix has expressed his frustrations with the YouTube comments system, but this time the decision to block feedback on his videos seem final.

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He explained his current predicament as a primarily functional problem. Having more than 30 million subscribers leaves him with a lot of spam and other unwanted material to sift through every single day, as he explains in the video. The usual joy when coming back from time away from the YouTube channel, like on his recent personal vacation, was gone. All the great welcome-back feedback he usually gets was buried under a pile of spam as big as ever.

“I just want to connect with you bros,” he says in the video, which went live last Friday. “That’s all I care about. If you bros aren’t with me, what’s the point, really?” 

This is a very common problem on YouTube as well as many other online services, and so far no viable solution has been presented nor does it look like one is being worked on.

How exactly it’s going to work is something that’s still is to be seen, as Felix himself doesn’t know yet. He posted on twitter a couple of days after the YouTube announcement that he’s still trying to figure out the best way to do this. On the road it was also discussed to make the comment section open to people who donated to charity, that however seemed an impossible thing to create and unrealistic.

When it comes to Mr. Bros’ PewDiePie there are two options, either you like him or you don’t. There isn’t really a middle way, just like it is with Linus. His decision to block the YouTube comments however is something I think we all can agree on. Personally I’ve stopped even looking through YouTube comments a long time ago, as only one our of hundreds is worth the time it takes to read.

 Thank you Kotaku for providing us with this information

Image and Video courtesy of PewDiePie.

FCC Receives Over 1 Million Comments on Net Neutrality!

The FCC issued a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) on Net Neutrality a couple of months ago, with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, as well as the remaining four members of the FCC’s panel voting to approve the notice. Once this was approved the FCC entered what is known as a comment period, which was planned to end on July 15th, but the level of responses they were receiving forced them to push that deadline back until this week.

The FCC got so many comments that their website completely crashed several times,  so the deadline was pushed back to give everyone time to voice their concerns and there were a lot of concerns. FCC’s own Gigi Sohn took to twitter yesterday to reveal that they had well over 1 million comments.

This is huge, given that the comments for FCC rulings usually peak at no more than a few hundred. The FFC said they’ll take everyone’s comments into account, but with over 1 million it remains to be seen if they’ll read every single one. Even without reading all the messages, it’s clear that a lot of people are upset about potential changes the fundamentals of how the internet is used. Mess with the eco system and you’re going to end up with over a million angry people knocking on your door.

Thank you Bright side of news for providing us with this information.

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The FCC Receives Almost 650,000 Comments Regarding Net Neutrality

The Federal Communications Commission is apparently hoping to roll out a new law that would deny Internet Service Providers to allow prioritized traffic for companies who could afford to pay a large amount of money for the privileges.

Having the ISPs able to decide which site is granted more traffic will make the Internet a not-so-free space where users will get flooded with traffic they do not want and wait huge amounts of time for their websites to load with what traffic is left from the ISP. It is said that companies such as Netflix, ESPN and even Disney will lose, along with startup companies as well as internet users themselves.

Though this is currently not the case, it is a glimpse of what is to be expected in the future if nothing is done. It might seem that nobody cares, but the FCC tends to disagree, along with the 647,000 people out there who already sent their comments to the organization.


“We’ve received about 647k #netneutrality comments so far. Keep your input coming — 1st round of comments wraps up July 15.” tweeted Tom Wheeler, chairman of the FCC.

On July the 15th, the FCC is said to enter the “reply” phase, having the first batch of comments becoming public and accessible by anyone on the Internet, as well as having to grant internet users the ability to express their support and disagreement on this matter even further.

Thank you TechCrunch for providing us with this information
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