PC running slow? 5 helpful tips to increase performance

Yes I know it’s a sad fact but computers just don’t get any better with age. Applications are hanging, the computer taking an age to boot, error message after error message. We hear you, and we would like to help.

Here are five steps to help improve your PC’s performance.

1 – Looking at the start up programs.

“My PC takes forever to start up”. If only I had a Euro for every time I heard this being said.
Well, have you considered exactly what you have been installing on your PC over the past
months and years for that matter? Only so much one’s hardware can take before it impacts
performance significantly. Having a look at what exactly is loaded up once your PC boots is a
great starting point. For most programs starting them when Windows boots is simply just a
waste of time, you may not require them for use, yet they sit in memory. Such a waste.
If you do not require the program to be loaded into memory immediately once your PC boots
then simply just disable it! Be careful though, don’t go unselecting everything. Only disable
what you are sure you don’t need running. Make sure the anti-virus software is left enabled.
On Windows 8 and 10 this is how you edit the startup options:

1. Open up Task Manager by right-clicking on the Taskbar.
2. Select the “Startup” tab.
3. Use the disable button on unwanted start-up services.

On Windows XP, Vista and 7 this is how you edit the startup options:

1. From the start menu Type MSConfig in the search box and hit enter. Click the
msconfig.exe.
2. Click on the “Startup” tab.
3. Unselect the startup item boxes that you would like to prevent from starting when
Windows boots.
4. Click OK and restart now or wait until you are ready for a reboot.

2 – Free up some disk space.

The more free space that you have on disk, the
better your Operating System (OS) will function. Besides your files, folders, videos, etc.
remember that your system is regularly downloading updates for operational and security
purposes as well as read/writes. The recommendation from Microsoft is to keep a minimum
of twenty percent of your disk space free for maintaining performance.
How can I free up some disk space quickly in three steps?

1. Go through your installed programs and uninstall those that you know longer require.
Think all those apps and games you never play anymore or software where the trials have
expired.
2. Run a disk clean-up. Once it runs a calculation, it will tell you exactly how much space
you can free up by deleting temporary/system files that you may no longer require. It's fast
and efficient way of quickly freeing up some space.
3. Download CCleaner. It’s a more aggressive method of cleaning out temporary junk files
and has been around for some time and is a well-trusted piece of software. CCleaner will also
delete those junk files you know longer require from any third party applications that you
have installed, something which Microsoft disk cleanup would not do.

Here is the download link: CCleaner

3 – Check for updates and more.

Two fundamental steps are coming up. Firstly, check that you have the latest operating
system updates installed. Are automatic updates enabled? Unsure well this is how to check:

  • How can I check for system updates on Windows 10?

1. Select the Start button, and then go to Settings icon.
2. Select Update & security than Windows Update.
3. Select Check for updates.
4. If Windows Update says your device is up to date, you have all the updates that are
currently available.

  • How can I check for system updates on Windows 7 and 8?

1. Click the Start button in the lower left corner.
2. In the search box, type “Update”, and then, in the list of results, click Windows Update.
3. Click Check for updates.
4. If you see a message telling you that important updates are available, or telling you to
review important updates, click the message to view and select the important updates to
install.
5. Choose the check boxes for any updates that you want to install, and then click OK.
6. Click Install updates.

Secondly, check for malware. It doesn’t necessarily have to be the
very nasty types of malware, but you could have some annoying software that’s just eating up
all your memory and slowing things down to a halt.
Consider running a scan with an application such as Malwarebytes (Jon.ie only
recommend programs that we have personally tried and trust). Malwarebytes will scan your
system and report back on the following. It has the following features which come with a free
14-day trial.

  • Real-time protection – Detects malware automatically, before it can infect. (14-day free
    trial).
  • Anti-exploit – Shields vulnerable systems and software from exploit attacks. (14-day free
    trial).
  • Anti-ransomware – Stops ransomware attacks before your data is held, hostage. (14-day free
    trial).
  • Malicious website protection – Prevents access to and from known malicious web pages.
    (14-day free trial).
  • Anti-malware/Anti- spyware – Detects and removes malware and advanced threats. (FREE).
  • Anti-rootkit – Removes rootkits and repairs the files they damage. (FREE)

You can download and learn more here: Malwarebytes

4 – Consider a reinstall.

If you are running Windows 8 or Windows 10 then this option could be the one for you. With the reinstall and refresh options built in you
could save yourself a lot of time and bother and just sit back have a coffee and wait. You’ll
have the options of keeping your important files such as pictures, documents and videos, etc.
or what could be the better option of backing up those files yourself first and then doing the
complete reinstall of windows. It sure does save time as it will do all the leg work for you,
getting rid of those troublesome programs, junk files and malware, etc.
If you want to go for the "Refresh" option this is what you do:

1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Settings, and then tap Change PC settings.
2. (If you’re using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse
pointer down, click Settings, and then click Change PC settings.)
3. Tap or click Update and recovery, and then tap or click Recovery.
4. Under Refresh your PC without affecting your files, tap or click Get started.
5. Follow the instructions on the screen.

If you want to go for the “Reinstall” option this is what you do:

1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Settings, and then tap Change PC settings.
2. (If you’re using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse
pointer down, click Settings, and then click Change PC settings.)
3. Tap or click Update and recovery, and then tap or click Recovery.
4. Under Remove everything and reinstall Windows, tap or click Get started.
5. Follow the instructions on the screen.

5 – Add some new hardware.

If all else fails, you could always add some hardware! Hardware for laptops and desktops is
getting cheaper and cheaper, and you don’t have to spend the earth to add a few upgrades.

Some hardware update considerations could be:

RAM. Standing for Random Access Memory. Adding more RAM will help deliver an instant
performance boost for slow running PC’s and help feed those memory hungry applications
that like to use it up. The more, the better. We recommend first though a visit over to this
website: http://www.crucial.com/. It will tell you the max amount of memory that your
system supports and then suggest some suitable upgrades.

Star Trek: Next Generation actor dies at 33

Jon Paul Steuer who played the memorable Alexander Rozhenko (Lt. Worf’s son) on the American TV show Star Trek: The Next Generation has died at the age of 33.

Although many differed actors played the role, Steuer was the first to play the character. The actor was one of few child actors at the time willing to sit in the make-up chair for three hours a day, to apply the Klingon makeup. However, the actor was not recast as the producers wanted an older person.

Later in his life, he became a musician.

His Band wrote on their Facebook page today, “it is with heavy hearts and saddened minds that we announce the passing of our dear friend and singer Jonny Jewels, AKA Jon Paul Steuer. The addition of Jonny to our dysfunctional band family was one of the best choices that we have ever made, and he brought a much needed sense of fun and lightheartedness to everything we did. He was only with us for a little more than a year, but we managed to cram a lifetime of great experiences into his tenure as our singer: dozens shows at home in Portland and across several states, an amazing European tour, and our best full-length release yet.
We’ve lost our singer, but far, far more than that we’ve lost a friend.
Rest in peace, Jonny…we love you.
Jon Paul Steuer March 27, 1984 – January 1, 2018

 

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Five easy ways to clear up disk space on your MAC

Five easy ways to clear up disk space on your MAC

1 – Removing Unwanted Applications.

Over time, if you’re anything like me, you will install apps and only use them once or twice. It might be a trial that has expired, a program that you required for a particular reason and no longer need it or just simply software that you don’t find any use. Whatever the reason this software is taking up space on your disk drive. Especially if you’re using an SSD drive, these tend to be smaller than regular disk drives so don’t allow the disk to fill up with unwanted software.

Have a look through what is installed on your MAC, uninstall those unwanted applications. It is an easy process:

  • Select “Applications” in the sidebar. Right-click the application’s icon, choose “Move to Trash.”.
  • You can also just do a drag and drop of the application’s icon to the trash can icon on your dock.

Note: You might be prompted for a password during the uninstall process. Unfortunately, this process can leave behind system preference files (they tend to be small in size), if you wish to remove the application along with all system files we recommend an application called “AppCleaner”. LINK:

2 – Delete temporary file data.

A lot of temporary files can build up and consume your precious disk space during day to day use. Chances are that these are files that you no longer require, so they’re just sitting there and of no use.

One program that is excellent at doing a clean-up of useless junk files, popular with windows OS users and also available on for MAC is called “CCleaner”. Yes, MAC does try itself to clean up temporary files but this program goes much deeper and gets great results.

At Jon.ie we only recommend programs that we have tried and tested and this is definitely a program that tops our list of must have’s on you MAC and Windows computers. CCleaner is free and you can get your hands on it here: LINK.

3 – Non-required mobile device backups.

If you have a MAC, chances are you might also have an iPad and iPhone. Well, as you might already know when you connect these devices to your MAC for syncing purposes, backups of certain files are also made and stored on your MAC. You only need the newest backups and it is safe to delete the old backups or the backups of the devices that you don’t have or use anymore.

If you are unsure of what you’re deleting just move the file to external storage before deleting.

Have a look in this location on your MAC: “Home”> “Library”> “Application Support”> “MobileSync”> “Backup”. Have a look at the dates and see what can be safely deleted. Select “iTunes”> “Preferences”> “Devices”> Pick the file you wish to remove> Select “Delete Backup”.

4 –Removing the language files.

The chances are that you use only one language on your MAC device. Applications come with language files for every language that they support. If you wanted to, it’s possible to switch between these languages. These files use quite a bit of space (several hundred megabytes) and are of no use if you’re not using them! If you’re running low on space then deleting them will give you a dig out and would be risk-free. Monolingual, which is a free application can help you reclaim the space used by these files. It can be downloaded here. LINK.

“Monolingual is a program for removing unnecessary language resources from macOS, in order to reclaim several hundred megabytes of disk space. It requires a 64-bit capable Intel-based Mac and at least macOS 10.12 (Sierra).

I don’t know about you, but I use my computer in only one (human) language — English. And I’m willing to bet that you do too, albeit perhaps not English. So why do you have a bunch of localization files for the operating system filling up your hard drive? Enter Monolingual — a handy utility for reclaiming your space for more useful things… like international mp3 files, email or whatever you like.

Version 1.7.3 is the last version for OS X 10.11 (El Capitan). Version 1.6.7 is the last version for OS X 10.10 (Yosemite). Version 1.5.10 is the last version for Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion), OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) and OS X 10.9 (Mavericks). Version 1.4.5 is the last version for Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) which also includes PowerPC support. Version 1.3.9 is the last version for Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger). ”

5 – Empty the trash.

This can be an effective way to clear up some free space. When you delete content from your MAC it goes to the trash can, similar to Recycling bin on the Microsoft Windows OS. Sending to trash rather than permanently removing immediately gives you the option to restore files that you may have deleted by mistake.

To empty the trash for your user account one can simply right-click the trash can icon that’s on the bottom-right of the dock and select “Empty Trash”. Doing this action deletes the files that you sent to trash via the finder. Simple yet effective.

 

 

10 random but interesting facts

Bored? 60 seconds to spare?

We have gone through an extensive list of interesting facts and pulled out what we think are the 10 best.

Enjoy and share.

1. Movie trailers were originally shown after the movie, which is why they were called trailers.
2. Tommy Lee Jones and Al Gore were college roommates.
3. Honey is the only food that never expires. The same honey that was buried with the pharaohs in Egypt is still edible.
4. Pirates wore eye patches so one eye would always be acclimated to the darkness, allowing them to see in the darkness below decks in an instant.
5. The Price Is Right and Grand Theft Auto use the same font.
6. Horses can’t vomit.
7. When hippos are upset, their sweat turns red.
8. Human saliva has a boiling point three times that of regular water.
9. The first American film to show a toilet being flushed on screen was Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho.
10. If you lift a kangaroo tail off the ground, it can’t hop.

Which was your favorite?

Hopefully, you pondered over some of these and found them as interesting as we did.

The 3-day gym split for beginners.

With it being January our fitness guru has put together some useful information if you are looking for a routine to get you started.

So, is this routine suitable for me?

This 3-day split is aimed at beginners, both male and female, those returning to the gym after an absence from training or looking to bring some structure to their existing gym routine. Being just 3 days of the week, it is very manageable, and you will have sufficient recovery time.

What does the schedule include?

You will workout Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The weekend and days in between you’ll rest. By rest if possible try and get some exercise in, just not a gym workout. Go for a walk with the dog, a cycle, play some sports, eat well (plenty of protein-based foods) and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

This gym routine should last you for 8 weeks or so before switching things up.

On Monday you will workout:
Back and Biceps.

On Wednesday you will workout:
Chest and Triceps.

On Friday you will workout:
Legs and Shoulders.

What are the exercises I’ll be doing on these days and how should I do them correctly avoiding injury?

Firstly, our focus is on the technique, not the weight on the bar or machine we’re using. Proper technique is EVERYTHING. If you are serious about building some muscle or getting definition, proper technique will prevent injury and get the best results.

Remember to warm up by doing some light cardio. Stretch before and after each workout and rest for apx 40 seconds between sets.

Back and Biceps:
Wide Grip Pull Up – 3 Sets, 8-10 reps.
The deadlift – 3 Sets, 8-10 reps.
Seated Row – 3 Sets, 8-10 reps.
Barbell Curl (Standing) – 3 Sets, 10 reps.
Hammer Curl (Dumbbell) 3 Sets, 10 reps.

Chest and Triceps:
Barbell Bench Press – 3 Sets, 6-8 reps.
Incline Dumbbell Press – 3 Sets, 10 reps.
Dumbell Flys – 3 Sets, 6-8 reps.
*Skull Crushers (EZ-bar) – 2 Sets, 6 reps.
Barbell tricep extension – 3 Sets, 6-8 reps.

*Please use no weights on the bar if trying for the first time…”skull crushers”.

Legs and Shoulders:
45 Degree Leg Press – 3 Sets, 10 reps.
Barbell Squats 3 Sets, 6-8 reps.
Leg Curl – 3 Sets, 10 reps.
Barbell Military Press 3 Sets, 6-8 reps.
Dumbbell Lateral Raise – 3 Sets, 8-10 reps.

For those that don’t live near a gym, or would prefer to workout at home keep an eye out for our upcoming article on a comprehensive home workout with no free weight requirements.

Guidance and form advice. Source -Thanks To Bodybuilding.com

If you are unsure about any aspect of these exercise then consider asking the personal trainer n your local gym for advice. YouTube also has some great tips, advice and form instructions so simply just search YouTube for the particular exercise you want help with.

Back and Biceps:

  • Wide Grip Pull Up

Take a wide grip on a pull-up bar, hanging freely with your arms extended. This will be your starting position.Pull yourself up by flexing the elbows and adducting the glenohumeral joint. Do not swing or use momentum to complete the movement. Attempt to get your chin above your hands.
Pause at the top of the motion before lowering yourself to the starting position.
Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions.

 

 

  • The deadlift

Approach the bar so that it is centered over your feet. Your feet should be about hip-width apart. Bend at the hip to grip the bar at shoulder-width allowing your shoulder blades to protract. Typically, you would use an alternating grip.
With your feet and your grip set, take a big breath and then lower your hips and flex the knees until your shins contact the bar. Look forward with your head. Keep your chest up and your back arched, and begin driving through the heels to move the weight upward.
After the bar passes the knees aggressively pull the bar back, pulling your shoulder blades together as you drive your hips forward into the bar.
Lower the bar by bending at the hips and guiding it to the floor.#

 

  • Seated Row

For this exercise you will need access to a low pulley row machine with a V-bar. Note: The V-bar will enable you to have a neutral grip where the palms of your hands face each other. To get into the starting position, first sit down on the machine and place your feet on the front platform or crossbar provided making sure that your knees are slightly bent and not locked.
Lean over as you keep the natural alignment of your back and grab the V-bar handles.
With your arms extended pull back until your torso is at a 90-degree angle from your legs. Your back should be slightly arched and your chest should be sticking out. You should be feeling a nice stretch on your lats as you hold the bar in front of you. This is the starting position of the exercise.
Keeping the torso stationary, pull the handles back towards your torso while keeping the arms close to it until you touch the abdominals. Breathe out as you perform that movement. At that point you should be squeezing your back muscles hard. Hold that contraction for a second and slowly go back to the original position while breathing in.
Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions.

  • Barbell Curl (Standing)

Stand up with your torso upright while holding a barbell at a shoulder-width grip. The palm of your hands should be facing forward and the elbows should be close to the torso. This will be your starting position.
While holding the upper arms stationary, curl the weights forward while contracting the biceps as you breathe out. Tip: Only the forearms should move.
Continue the movement until your biceps are fully contracted and the bar is at shoulder level. Hold the contracted position for a second and squeeze the biceps hard.
Slowly begin to bring the bar back to starting position as your breathe in.
Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions.

 

  • Hammer Curl (Dumbbell)

Stand up with your torso upright and a dumbbell on each hand being held at arms length. The elbows should be close to the torso.
The palms of the hands should be facing your torso. This will be your starting position.
Now, while holding your upper arm stationary, exhale and curl the weight forward while contracting the biceps. Continue to raise the weight until the biceps are fully contracted and the dumbbell is at shoulder level. Hold the contracted position for a brief moment as you squeeze the biceps. Tip: Focus on keeping the elbow stationary and only moving your forearm.
After the brief pause, inhale and slowly begin the lower the dumbbells back down to the starting position.
Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions.

Chest and Triceps:

  • Barbell Bench Press

Lie back on a flat bench. Using a medium width grip (a grip that creates a 90-degree angle in the middle of the movement between the forearms and the upper arms), lift the bar from the rack and hold it straight over you with your arms locked. This will be your starting position.
From the starting position, breathe in and begin coming down slowly until the bar touches your middle chest.
After a brief pause, push the bar back to the starting position as you breathe out. Focus on pushing the bar using your chest muscles. Lock your arms and squeeze your chest in the contracted position at the top of the motion, hold for a second and then start coming down slowly again. Tip: Ideally, lowering the weight should take about twice as long as raising it.

 

  • Incline Dumbbell Press

Lie back on an incline bench with a dumbbell in each hand atop your thighs. The palms of your hands will be facing each other.
Then, using your thighs to help push the dumbbells up, lift the dumbbells one at a time so that you can hold them at shoulder width.
Once you have the dumbbells raised to shoulder width, rotate your wrists forward so that the palms of your hands are facing away from you. This will be your starting position.
Be sure to keep full control of the dumbbells at all times. Then breathe out and push the dumbbells up with your chest.
Lock your arms at the top, hold for a second, and then start slowly lowering the weight. Tip Ideally, lowering the weights should take about twice as long as raising them.
Repeat the movement for the prescribed amount of repetitions.
When you are done, place the dumbbells back on your thighs and then on the floor. This is the safest manner to release the dumbbells.

  • Dumbbell Flyes

Lie down on a flat bench with a dumbbell on each hand resting on top of your thighs. The palms of your hand will be facing each other.
Then using your thighs to help raise the dumbbells, lift the dumbbells one at a time so you can hold them in front of you at shoulder width with the palms of your hands facing each other. Raise the dumbbells up like you’re pressing them, but stop and hold just before you lock out. This will be your starting position.
With a slight bend on your elbows in order to prevent stress at the biceps tendon, lower your arms out at both sides in a wide arc until you feel a stretch on your chest. Breathe in as you perform this portion of the movement. Tip: Keep in mind that throughout the movement, the arms should remain stationary; the movement should only occur at the shoulder joint.
Return your arms back to the starting position as you squeeze your chest muscles and breathe out. Tip: Make sure to use the same arc of motion used to lower the weights.
Hold for a second at the contracted position and repeat the movement for the prescribed amount of repetitions.

  • Skull Crushers

Using a close grip, lift the EZ bar and hold it with your elbows in as you lie on the bench. Your arms should be perpendicular to the floor. This will be your starting position.
Keeping the upper arms stationary, lower the bar by allowing the elbows to flex. Inhale as you perform this portion of the movement. Pause once the bar is directly above the forehead.
Lift the bar back to the starting position by extending the elbow and exhaling.
Repeat.

 

 

  • Barbell tricep extension

To begin, stand up holding a barbell or e-z bar using a pronated grip (palms facing forward) with your hands closer than shoulder width apart from each other. Your feet should be about shoulder width apart.
Now elevate the barbell above your head until your arms are fully extended. Keep your elbows in. This will be your starting position.
Keeping your upper arms close to your head and elbows in, perpendicular to the floor, lower the resistance in a semicircular motion behind your head until your forearms touch your biceps. Tip: The upper arms should remain stationary and only the forearms should move. Breathe in as you perform this step.
Go back to the starting position by using the triceps to raise the barbell. Breathe out as you perform this step.
Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions.

Legs and Shoulders:

  • 45 Degree Leg Press

Using a leg press machine, sit down on the machine and place your legs on the platform directly in front of you at a medium (shoulder width) foot stance. (Note: For the purposes of this discussion we will use the medium stance described above which targets overall development; however you can choose any of the three stances described in the foot positioning section).
Lower the safety bars holding the weighted platform in place and press the platform all the way up until your legs are fully extended in front of you. Tip: Make sure that you do not lock your knees. Your torso and the legs should make a perfect 90-degree angle. This will be your starting position.
As you inhale, slowly lower the platform until your upper and lower legs make a 90-degree angle.
Pushing mainly with the heels of your feet and using the quadriceps go back to the starting position as you exhale.
Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions and ensure to lock the safety pins properly once you are done. You do not want that platform falling on you fully loaded.

  • Barbell Squats

Begin with the barbell supported on top of the traps. The chest should be up and the head facing forward. Adopt a hip-width stance with the feet turned out as needed.
Descend by flexing the knees, refraining from moving the hips back as much as possible. This requires that the knees travel forward. Ensure that they stay align with the feet. The goal is to keep the torso as upright as possible.
Continue all the way down, keeping the weight on the front of the heel. At the moment the upper legs contact the lower legs reverse the motion, driving the weight upward.

 

 

  • Leg Curl

Adjust the machine lever to fit your height and sit on the machine with your back against the back support pad.
Place the back of lower leg on top of padded lever (just a few inches under the calves) and secure the lap pad against your thighs, just above the knees. Then grasp the side handles on the machine as you point your toes straight (or you can also use any of the other two stances) and ensure that the legs are fully straight right in front of you. This will be your starting position.
As you exhale, pull the machine lever as far as possible to the back of your thighs by flexing at the knees. Keep your torso stationary at all times. Hold the contracted position for a second.
Slowly return to the starting position as you breathe in.
Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions.

 

  • Barbell Military Press

Start by placing a barbell that is about chest high on a squat rack. Once you have selected the weights, grab the barbell using a pronated (palms facing forward) grip. Make sure to grip the bar wider than shoulder width apart from each other.
Slightly bend the knees and place the barbell on your collar bone. Lift the barbell up keeping it lying on your chest. Take a step back and position your feet shoulder width apart from each other.
Once you pick up the barbell with the correct grip length, lift the bar up over your head by locking your arms. Hold at about shoulder level and slightly in front of your head. This is your starting position.Lower the bar down to the collarbone slowly as you inhale.
Lift the bar back up to the starting position as you exhale.
Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions.

  • Dumbbell Lateral Raise

Pick a couple of dumbbells and stand with a straight torso and the dumbbells by your side at arms length with the palms of the hand facing you. This will be your starting position.
While maintaining the torso in a stationary position (no swinging), lift the dumbbells to your side with a slight bend on the elbow and the hands slightly tilted forward as if pouring water in a glass. Continue to go up until you arms are parallel to the floor. Exhale as you execute this movement and pause for a second at the top.
Lower the dumbbells back down slowly to the starting position as you inhale.
Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions.

 

 

For those that don’t live near a gym, or would prefer to workout at home keep an eye out for our upcoming article on a comprehensive home workout with no free weight requirements.

We hope that this article will help you reach your gym goals. Drop us an email and let us know what you think.

Apple apologises for iPhone slowdown

It’s a little too late for an apology – as far as annoyed  Apple iPhone customers are concerned. A long-suspected theory that Apple purposely slows down iPhones has come to fruition. Unfortunately, this acknowledgement did not initially come from Apple, but rather an Apple developer, and then later acknowledged by Apple. A real embarrassment to the company!

Since then Apple has issued a letter to their customers (available on their website) apologising for the ‘misunderstanding’.

In it’s carefully worded letter to Apple customers, Apple states “Our goal has always been to create products that our customers love, and making iPhones last as long as possible is an important part of that.”

Statement

We’ve been hearing feedback from our customers about the way we handle performance for iPhones with older batteries and how we have communicated that process. We know that some of you feel Apple has let you down. We apologize. There’s been a lot of misunderstanding about this issue, so we would like to clarify and let you know about some changes we’re making.

Apple states in its letter that batteries are “consumable components,” and is offering anyone with an iPhone 6 or later a battery replacement for $29 starting in late January and available worldwide through December 2018. Apple Also states in their letter in “early in 2018, we will issue an iOS software update with new features that give users more visibility into the health of their iPhone’s battery, so they can see for themselves if its condition is affecting performance. As always, our team is working on ways to make the user experience even better, including improving how we manage performance and avoid unexpected shutdowns as batteries age.”

The full letter is available to read here.

The Walking Dead: Rick Grimes Quiz

We have been following the TV Show ‘The Walking Dead’ up until the very latest season.

See if you can answer this short, simple quiz on the shows lead character Rick Grimes, it’s focus is on earlier episodes.

(if you can’t see the quiz below click here.)

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Fans Tweeted Tributes To Carrie Fisher On The Anniversary Of Her Death #CarrieOnForever

One year ago on the 27th of December, Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher died. Her friend and Star Wars costar, Mark Hamill, took to Twitter to commemorate her passing. Posting a tribute to her he started the hashtag #CarrieOnForever.

And soon the tweets started spreading throughout the galaxy.

(source) First saw Star Wars when I was 6. I remember loving Princess Leia for her feistiness,leadership,&sarcasm. I grew up&fell in love with her for being such a strong mental health advocate&finding out she deals with the same issues I do. RIP, Carrie.We all miss you. 

https://twitter.com/SWTweets/status/946044873785798656

 

 

Man Flu – There is real Science to back it

Oxford defines Man Flue “as a cold or similar minor ailment as experienced by a man who is regarded as exaggerating the severity of the symptoms”.

But according to a recent report by Kyle Sue, a clinical assistant professor in family medicine, there is a science to Man Flue. To assist in his report he looked at animal models, and found that females fared better when infected with the flu – that is to say that their immune response reacted differently.  Could it all be down to hormones?

In his report, published online (PDF) he reports:

“Some evidence clearly supports men having higher morbidity and mortality from viral respiratory illness than women because they have a less robust immune system. However, conclusions may be limited by author bias, inclusion of some low level
evidence, and not reporting a critical appraisal of the studies
cited.”

What to do?

The report which is worth reading in full here, suggests that ” perhaps now is the time for male-friendly spaces,
equipped with enormous televisions and reclining chairs, to beset up where men can recover from the debilitating effects of man flu in safety and comfort.

TAYTO will now feature the flavour as Gaeilge

There is nothing more Irish than a packet of Tayto. In fact, Tayto is treated the same way as ‘hover’ vacuums in Ireland, in regardless of the brand we refer to all crisps (or chips in the US) as Tayto.

I suppose being so Irish, it should come as no surprise that their crisp packets are now bilingual. But sure why not?

Cheese & Onion is now Brioscáin Phrátaí Faoi Bhlas Cáise & Oinniúin, Salt & Vinegar becomes Brioscáin Phrátaí Faoi Bhlas Salainn & Finéagair, and Prawn Cocktail becomes Brioscáin Phrátaí Faoi Bhlas Manglaim Cloicheán