Dear readers,

This post is our modest effort to spread the word about John Draper's (aka Captain Crunch) illness and the fundraiser to help this legendary person.

For many, he might be a stranger but for the geeky guys and gals out there Captain Crunch is a true legend.

John Draper developed EasyWriter, the first word processor for the Apple II, in 1979.

Voice activated menus, which you probably use regularly, was made possible by the technology also developed by Mr. Draper.

And did you know why he was nicknamed Captain Crunch? Because he used a toy whistle that came in a box of cereal to carry out one of the most interesting phreaking tricks. In a nutshell, with the trick Captain Crunch could disconnect one side of a phone line while the still connected side could enter an operator mode. What possibilities this could give, you can give imagine yourself.

People like John Draper are driven by passion and idea, not money. Despite his contributions to the technology, Mr. Draper is not a wealthy man and now he needs our help to fight his illness and focus on recovery.

Thanks to the Internet we can help. The smallest donation can make a difference and it's really quick and easy to do so on the fundraiser organized by John's friends. Act now!

iPhone 6 problem saga continues with the latest "-gate" being nothing more nothing less but a hairgate. Not easy to demonstrate as a bendgate, hairgate might actually be issue. But let's first quickly overview the problem.

According to a brief post at 9to5Mac, your hair may get caught in the gap between the glass and aluminum. When trying to free it out, it hurts obviously.

Some commentators have dismissed the issue and dabbed it as a nonsense. However, given the fact that people have experienced similar issues with other high-end devices, it might be true. However, unlike the bending problem, this hair problem is much more subjective.

And of course, it is less costly to verify too. After all, you don't need to bend and destroy your brand new iPhone.

Does your hair get caught in the gap? Have your say.

More and more users report Bluetooth problems. The problem is significant if you used your iPhone with your car Bluetooth system.

Based on the information available on Apple forums, many new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices are affected, as well as previous models with an OS update.

Most frequent symptoms are refused or failed pairs or no audio playing even after a successful pair. Disconnects of already paired devices are also common.

Unfortunately, the Bluetooth problem is one of the many problems that have been literally pouring in since Apple started rolling out the iOS8 update.

What is your experience? Have you been affected by the update adversely? Have your say.

According to the news from Bloomberg, Apple is about to launch a gold iPad. The 9.7 inch iPad in Gold variant shall hit the market by the end of this month. If you own a gold iPhone, you can now match it with the gold iPad.

More interesting is the news about the larger version of iPad. According to the same sources, Apple is about to unveil as 12.9 inch iPad. The device most likely will miss this holiday season and shall be officially available sometime next year.

The gold versions of the devices might not appeal your taste. However, the larger iPad is certainly something more interesting, at least for us.

It's not a secret that there are all sorts of devices for iPhone out there from car diagnostic gadgets to health care devices. But the device that we're going to talk in this post is a really cool invention.

If you are like us, you don't like waking up in the morning. To make getting up early easier, there shall be some motivation. What about the smell of bacon? That's precisely what "Wake Up And Smell The Bacon" from Oscar Mayer's can do for you.

This strange device and the corresponding app is all you need to make your waking up less painful and more pleasant. Simply, set the alarm and you will wake you up with the sound of sizzling bacon and pork-scented perfume.

The only bad news is that the device is not on sale yet and the only way to own one is to participate in a contest at the official website. Ready for a tasty morning? Try to get your device here.

Apple has finally confirmed that a fix to the security problem found earlier in OS X will be coming "very soon". While we still don't know how much time is implied under "very soon", one thing is for sure that the programmers at Apple are doing their best to address this huge security flaw as soon as possible.

Unfortunately, the list of the affected applications is considerable longer than initially thought. The root of this security problem is in one of the software libraries and therefore any app using the library is affected. This includes FaceTime, iMessage, Twitter, Calendar, Keynote, Mail, iBooks, Software Update, and probably some others.

If you are Mac OS user, you can check your computer by visiting in Safari. However, this will only check if your computer has been affected or not. To protect yourself, try not to use untrusted and unsecured WiFi networks while traveling. Also, try to update to iOS 7.0.6 if you have not yet installed it on your iOS device (iPhone or iPad).

Picture source: security researcher Ashkan Soltani

Bad news for Flappy Bird copy-cats. Apple is rejecting apps with a word Flappy in the title. At least Vancouver-based game designer Ken Carpenter's game was rejected by the App Store.

As soon as the original Flappy Bird was removed from the App Store by its developer, a gazillion of other clones of the game tried to capitalize on the popularity of the original Flappy Bird.

Obviously, some of the clones achieved considerable success and such games are now simply re-branding their names: Flappy Bee has become Jumpy Bee.

This is the right move from Apple to clean the app store. What do you think?

Source: iMore

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who is famous for predicting Apple's product releases, issued a report on Saturday. In the report obtained by AppleInsider, Ming-Chi Ku predicted that overall iPad shipments will actually decline this year. The logic behind this prediction is based on the assumption that Apple will only refresh iPad Air in 2014. The device shall be gaining a next-generation A8 processor and Touch ID fingerprint sensor late in the third quarter of the year.

Ming-Chi Kuo also predicts that Apple's resources will be directed towards development of the next iPad Air and a new 12.9-inch iPad. The bigger iPad also requires considerable rework of Apple's operating system. As a result, Kuo said that the chances of a new iPad mini model in the second half of 2014 are "slim."

Kuo also speculates, that higher priority has been placed on finishing the iWatch operating system. iWatch is expected later this year.

Try to live a single day without your smartphone and you will see how heavily we depend on our mobile companions these days. The digital content that we create and consume has increased dramatically these past couple of years and there seems to be no end to this trend. When was the last time you actually printed a photo? Your photos, call logs, text messages, e-mails, notes, videos, memos, calendars, documents and probably a gazillion other files live permanently on your smart-phone.

With greater power and flexibility come greater risks!

What if the unthinkable happened and you lost or damaged your device? This might well be your worst nightmare and is why all modern devices come with backup capabilities of some description, be it an iPhone, iPad, Android or BlackBerry device.

However, there is one problem.

The backups created by these devices are not often human-readable or accessible directly by users. Theoretically, a power user may be able to retrieve their data from a backup, or so the theory goes.  In reality, it would be extremely difficult, even for a programmer, to extract all the data in reasonable time. For the average user, this task is way beyond practical.

But now, there is no need to do so - meet phoneMiner from Amrak Software. Who said that an application that specializes in complex data cryptography needs to have a cryptic GUI? phoneMiner features a clean and sleek interface and is such an easy to use tool - even your grandma would like it.

Let's see what phoneMiner can recover from your backup files:

• Photos
• Contacts (Address book)
• SMS messages
• Emails
• Calendar
• Call logs
• Movies
• Memos
• Tasks
With phoneMiner you'll be able to recover the above mentioned content, sync your contacts to Google and even transfer your data to other phones or simply export your data to Microsoft Excel, PDF, vCard, XML and more.

You can use the app with an iPhone/iPad, BlackBerry and Sony/Ericsson devices. To use phoneMiner, you'll need a Windows computer running practically any flavor of Windows, from XP to 8.

phoneMiner is free of trojans, viruses and malware and comes with a 30-day money back guarantee.

You have insured your health, house and car? It's time to insure your digital content too and phoneMiner from Amrak Software is your best bet yet. Sound good? Give it a try.
According to the Korean version of ZDNet, the head of the mobile division at Samsung Electronics, JK Shin and Apple's CEO Tim Cook met in the US last week.

While not confirmed by Samsung, the meeting is nevertheless very important for the two companies as the verdict is approaching quickly. According to the sources, the top executives failed to reach an agreement.

The court will announce its final verdict after the 19th. For Samsung this may translate into $930 million of damages payable to Apple.

This is not the first lawsuit that the two technology giants have been involved in since 2011.


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