Android running slow?

Even the latest android phones, can slow down a point where it impacts  basic usability, here are a few points that can help bring new life to your android device.


  • App review – How many installed apps are you actually using? Have a quick slide through the apps screen, more than you thought?  Exactly! Even though you may not be using them, these apps, may be hogging background services, slowing down your device using up valuable memory. Delete them! Even if you purchased them previously but don’t need them now, you can still download them again from the Play store for free when you need them.
  • Space – clearing out the cache and removing old photos and documents will help if your device is running low on space which could cause it to run slow. You can clean the cache by selecting settings > device > Storage > cached data > and the confirm you wish to delete data. Any data an app needs will be re-downloaded when it requires it.

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  • I hate to say this, but it works. Have you tried turning if off and on again? Seriously, it does help, a reboot can refresh the operation of your android device.
  • Start Fresh – Sometimes the only solution is to reset your device completely back to factory settings, make sure to backup first carefully!

How to delete/uninstall iPhone & iPad apps – iPhone 101 series


It’s possible to remove applications once you no longer need it from either your iPhone or iPad. This is very simple to do, and necessary if you are a iPhone app download junkie. It is also particularly useful if you don’t use folders. Removing them is very easy, thank’s to Apple’s way of thinking!

  • Hold your finger over the application you wish to remove until it starts to ‘giggle’ you will see a small ‘X’ to the left of the icon tap it you will then see this message: “Deleting this application will also delete it’s data”
  • Select ‘delete’ to remove the application from your device. It really is that simple, remember if you remove an application from your iPhone or iPad you are also deleting the associated data, as per the above alert. It’s always a good idea to sync apps you have bought first with iTunes, but of course you can always re-download them for free once you have bought them!
  • Note: If your are in the process of downloading a large application such as a graphics intensive game, which you no longer want, and it  is not finished downloading, you can use the same above process to cancel the download/install!

iPhone 101 is a series of blog posts by that makes no assumptions. If you are new to smart phones, iPhones or mobile phones, you will find this guide straight forward to use.

    (Updated) “Curing” Gay People? There’s an app for that

    Update: Apple have removed this application, but have not officially responded.

    Mr. Jobs:

    I am writing today to ask you to remove the Exodus International application from the iTunes store.

    Apple has long been a friend of the LGBT community, opposing California’s Proposition 8, removing the anti-gay Manhattan Declaration iPhone app, and earning a 100% score from the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index.

    That’s why I am shocked that this same company has given the green light to an app from a notoriously anti-gay organization like Exodus International that uses scare tactics, misinformation, stereotypes and distortions of LGBT life to recruit clients, endorses the use of so-called “reparative therapy” to “change” the sexual orientation of their clients (despite the fact that this form of “therapy” has been roundly condemned by every major professional medical organization), and targets vulnerable, suicide-prone LGBT youth with the message that their sexual orientation is a “sin that will make your heart sick” and a “counterfeit,” contributing to and legitimizing the ostracism of these youth from their families.

    Apple’s app guidelines released in September last year detailed rules on how the company decides what can and cannot be sold through its store: “Any app that is defamatory, offensive, mean-spirited, or likely to place the targeted individual or group in harms way will be rejected,” the company states.

    Apple would never allow a racist or anti-Semitic app to be sold in the iTunes store, and for good reason. Apple’s approval of the anti-gay Exodus International app represents a double standard for the LGBT community with potentially devastating consequences for our youth. This is unacceptable, and I urge you to take a strong stance against homophobia by removing this dangerous “ex-gay” iPhone app from the store.


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    Twitter updated with annoying Quick Bar

    Twitter 3.3
    Twitter 3.3


    Twitter have updated their iPhone and iPad application to include a new quick bar. This bar which can become a bit of an annoyance, as there seems to be no way to disable, will show trends without leaving your timeline. Swiping to the right or left will  cycle through various trends.

    • Quick Bar, shows trends and other important things without leaving your timeline! Swipe the Quick Bar left/right to cycle through trends
    • Trends based on your location
    • Cleaner, redesigned Tweet compose screen.
    • Automatically shortens URLs. Just paste them in and they will only count as 20 characters, no matter how long they are!
    • Autocomplete @usernames and hashtags
    • Easier photo uploading
    • Find friends using your phone’s contacts
    • Improved DM conversation view, now works similar to SMS/Chat
    • Cleaned up preferences
    • Bug fixes

    Irish iPhone radio apps – A list

    Irish radio apps
    Irish radio apps

    With the growing  popularity of the iPhone in Ireland the number of radio apps available is on the increase! Below is a list of official radio apps for Ireland which is a work in progress. This is an open post, please comment if you notice an application we left out, and we will update this post regularly. Continue reading Irish iPhone radio apps – A list

    Georgina Campbell’s Ireland Guide iPhone App Updated to version 2


    We just  installed  Georgina Campbell’s Ireland Guide iPhone app. The guide promises that you can “quickly and easily find all the very best places to eat, drink & stay across the island of Ireland”.  We love the idea behind this application, as a tourist this could be a little gem to have in your pocket.

    From Restaurants & Cafés to Pubs & Wine Bars to Hotels, Country Houses, Castles and B&Bs – all recommended establishments have been visited anonymously by experienced assessors who pay their bills like anyone else, it is a merit based guide with only the best getting recommended ensuring that we save you the time and hassle of extensive research. We do not charge for a listing thereby ensuring that we have all of the very best establishments.

    The iPhone app describes itself, not as not a directory but rather a selective , critical  guide. While the app has many features, we found the UI could use a little work, the graphics on our iPhone 4 were not retina display enabled (although this is not a must). We also found the navigation to be a little confusing, streamlining the app to a more iPhone interface experience would perfect this app and increase it’s popularity in our opinion.

    Despite this element, we found the app to have great potential, so if you are a tourist visiting Ireland this application might be worth having. There are many articles on this app a tourist would find valuable. Georgina Campbell’s Ireland Guide app for the iPhone also has the ability to find nearby things to do including places to eat, drink and stay, using the iPhone GPS. It’s great to see this in iPhone apps, as it shows a lot of work went into development.

    It is worth noting this application has a yearly subscription for premium content, but the good news is the cost is only 2.39, and there is a free trial!

    Version 2 has a number of new areas:

    • Golf Courses
    • Gardens
    • Festivals/Events
    • Special Offers
    • Articles
    • Area Guide
    • G Club
    • Improved mapping & route finding functionality
    • Images of establishments
    • Everything is interlinked – so find local golf courses, events, special offers etc wherever you are.

    Version 2.0 is of the very highest quality with fantastic features and is
    very user friendly, but we never stand still and are already planning the
    third build which will incorporate a new Tourist Attractions sections,
    Augmented Reality section, a new “Search by Map” area with colour coded pins
    and any requests for feature amendments, new features, bug fixes etc that we

    The Ireland Guide is available now in the iPhone app store [Free to download, free trial for premium content]

    Latest Amazon Kindle update for iPad upsets readers?

    Amazon Kindle
    Amazon Kindle

    It seems, all is not well with loyal Amazon Kindle readers. In the latest update to the Kindle app for the iPad and iPhone, the landscape orientation was adjusted to a two column mode for the iPad. The implementation is not exactly smooth, there is no divider separating the two columns and they are very narrow indeed. The idea is great, but you as you can see it’s implementation pales in comparison to iBooks.  Additionally iPad, users are used to looking at the screen in full in landscape, if you change something like this you should allow an option, to revert to the previous view.

    Irish users, have yet to comment in the app store, but the US store is starting to get busy with upset customers, a few examples have been outlined below. What do you think, are you happy? Do you even read in landscape mode? Let us know in the comments.

    Let us choose how we want to see the material. I can’t stand the two column in landscape. Please change this soon.

    Hate the new two column view. The lack of that is why I picked the Kindle app and store over the apple iBooks app and store for my ebooks. Hopefully the next version makes it optional. I can see how others may like it but it is definitely not for me.

    the two-column page was foisted on us. I realize that some people like it, but for me it just breaks up the page into two too-narrow columns, with no divider between them. It also limits my ability to appreciate graphics (maps, photos) that are in landscape. Since I do most of my reading in a landscape format, this is a real disappointment. If I wanted an app that looked like iBooks, I’d use iBooks. Could you please make this an optional setting on the next update? Soon??

    Hat tip to George Fisher for the tip off.

    Kindle for iPhone & iPad updated to version 2.3

    Kindle for iPad
    Kindle for iPad

    Kindle for the iPhone and iPad have been updated to version 2.3. Included in this update, aside for some bug fixes, is the display of two columns instead of one, in landscape mode. This is the same functionality as iBooks, and not a bad idea, as it has a more natural “book”  feeling.

    • Books display in two columns when reading in landscape orientation on iPad
    • Book Extras including character lists, plot summaries, and series information are available for many popular books. Book Extras are powered by the community and can be accessed from the Go To menu while reading.
    • Bug fixes that improve app stability

    Apple TV about to ship! – Will you buy? (poll) (Update: Shipped)

    Apple TV
    Apple TV

    Update: Now shipped. Original: It seems, that according to our order status on the Apple Ireland store, that Apple TV is ready for shipping. We won’t get netflix in Ireland, and new version has no internal hard disk, but draws content from the net with the ability to stream from your iOS devices (that’s your iPods/iPhones and iPads) and your PC to your TV using Apple Airplay, for around 120 euro is a little too tempting to resist? Click through to vote in our poll. Continue reading Apple TV about to ship! – Will you buy? (poll) (Update: Shipped)

    Apple takes a chunk of change from the $10 billion gaming industry

    According to US website flurry the iPhone OS now dominates 5% of the gaming market, which in the US is valued at about 10 billion USD. This is pretty amazing when we remember we are taking about a device that primarily is not a gaming system. That not withstanding more that 30,000 games have been released via the app store on the iPhone.

    US video games by revenue
    US video games by revenue

    This 5% is creating a small hole in handheld device gaming units like PSP and Nintendo, who will need to move quickly to react to this piece of news. The graph posted above makes for some interesting study which shows iPhone taking a bigger piece of the pie in 2009. And with the iPad on the way, interesting changes are going to happen in the gaming industry.

    With a larger screen and powerful processing tools, the iPad is bound to build on this with big names in gaming such as Gameloft already have there games ready for launch in the US.

    In Ireland a number of games  appear popular in the app store, with the likes of classics such as Sonic the hedgehog (€4.99) , and Street fighter (€7.99) and newer games like Trisim (€2.99) and The Sims 3  getting great reviews!

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