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iOS 9.3 Is Causing Some iPhone 6′ To Crash When Opening Links And Apps

iPhone 6 repairMany users are reporting a glitch in iOS 9.3, according to hundreds of reports flooding the Apple Support Forums. The malfunction has been primarily affecting the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, although other Apple products have also been experiencing the strange malfunction. The cause of the technical difficulties has not yet been discovered, but the error leaves users unable to open links while browsing in Safari, as well as open Instant Messages, e-mail, or use certain apps. Instead of opening links in Safari, apps are simply crashing, freezing, or hanging up.

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Some users have reported that tapping links has no effect, while holding the link simply causes a crash. No solution has been offered, and Apple is declining comment on what might be the cause. Some users have found that turning off JavaScript partially fixes the malfunctioning links in Safari, but the problems still remain while running apps.

Considering the issues are predominantly involving iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus phones, some are speculating it could be an issue with the 3D Touch. There have also been certain isolated incidents in iOS 9.2.1, giving the impression that the issue isn’t isolated to iOS 9.3.

No solution for the glitch has yet been found, and Apple is still declining to comment. We’ll stay posted for any updates or fixes. We hope a solution is found soon, or the iPhone 7 comes sooner rather than later.

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Things To Do In March In Melbourne

Telstra Melbourne MarchSummer might be over officially in Australia, but March is when things really start to heat up in Melbourne! It’s no wonder they call it Mad March in Melbourne.

Here’s a list of some things to see and do around Melbourne this month. There’s something amazing happening almost every weekend, for you to check out, snap some photos, and share them with your friends and family via some of the thousands of free Wi-Fi hotspots offered by Telstra throughout Melbourne.

Things To Do In Melbourne In March

  1. Melbourne International Comedy Festival: It’s time to get your laugh on, starting the last weekend of March, with the 30th annual Melbourne International Comedy Festival. The MICF has risen from its humble origins of 30 small venues, in and around Melbourne, to being on of the largest comedy festivals in the world. It’s happening right in your backyard, so don’t miss out!
  2. Melbourne Food And Wine Festival: Come enjoy the finer things in life, with one of the world’s longest running culinary festivals. Come get a deep, insider’s look at Melbourne’s foody culture, with numerous expos featuring some of the city’s finest vineyards; fermented treats; cheeses; desserts, and chefs from all over the world, in a variety of beautiful and inspiring locations. Some of the tickets are selling very fast, so think fast!
  3. Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival: Speaking of the finer things in life, the 20th edition of the VAMFF festival covers the rest of the bases, with music and fashion. A number of premium, as well as regular, runway shows, from some of the fashion industry’s top publications and most recognizable brands, including L’oreal, Estee Lauder, and Vogue, will be showcasing brand new fashion lines. The summer may be ending, but the fashion is sure to be hot, at the 20th anniversary VAMFF, and not to be missed. A number of these runway shows have already sold out, so think fast, lest ye be stuck wearing last year’s fashion!
  4. Of course you’ll want to make sure your gear is all up to code, before you go, so stop by a Telstra shop in Melbourne to upgrade your camera phone, get a new battery, find out about cloud storage, or any number of other things that are so much easier to do in a Telstra store in Melbourne, rather than online.

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Telstra Turns On Free Wi-Fi Across Tasmania

Melbourne TelstraTelstra have been actively engaged in upgrading the Australian information infrastructure, not only in Melbourne, but all across Australia. Now they’re shifting their sites overseas, to Tasmania, rolling out a series of Wi-Fi hotspots, in cooperation with the Tasmanian government.

Head of Telstra Wi-Fi Neil Louis has claimed that Telstra will provide free Wi-Fi to locals and tourists at some of Tasmania’s most iconic locations.

According to Louis, “This partnership involves rolling out more than 150 Wi-Fi hotspots across 47 locations in Tasmania. This will deliver Wi-Fi coverage to places like Cradle Mountain and Launceston Airport as well as commercial precincts including the Seaport precinct in Launceston and Elizabeth St. Waterfront in Hobart.”

There won’t be any data restrictions, either, with limits being placed, instead, on devices. Each individual can use a wi-fi hotspot for up to half-an-hour a day, per device. Likewise, individuals with a home data plan can use their home data allowance at public hotspots, with no time limits.

The motivations behind the program extend beyond the financial, helping the Tasmanian culture in a variety of ways.

“The availability of Wi-Fi means locals and tourists can connect and share experiences online as well as allowing businesses to benefit by attracting and retaining visitors to their locations,” Mr Louis said.

This program follows in the footsteps of Telstra Air, Australia’s most popular Wi-Fi network, which allows millions of Australians to use their broadband account at thousands of hotspots across Australia, as well as overseas.

Telstra is partnering with retailers and city councils to bring Telstra Air and fast, reliable Wi-Fi to community spaces all across Australia.

To login, users can look for the Tasmania Free Wi-Fi signs in the parks and throughout the city. Telstra customers can find out more about Telstra Air at:

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iPhone Sales Decline For The First Time Ever

iPhone 5 repairsAccording to Gartner, Apple experienced its first decline in iPhone sales since their initial release, during the final quarter of 2015.

Is the beginning of the end for the mobile media juggernaut?

Not hardly.

Apple still did a healthy business, despite being 4.4% lower than the previous year, selling 71.5 million mobile phones, instead of 74.8.

Huawei and Samsung were the only two mobile phone manufacturers to report an improvement in sales last year.

When taken together, smartphone sales representatives from around the globe managed to sell 403 million handsets in the fourth quarter of 2015 – 9.7% increase the fourth quarter of 2014, but still being the slowest growth percentage since smartphones hit the market.

Samsung is leading the pack, with 20.7% of the market share, compared to 19.9% in 2014. Apple, coming in at Number Two, fell a couple of points, from 20.4% in 2014 to 17.7% in 2015.

Huawei came it at Number Three in the mobile market, ascending to 8% market share, from 5.7% in 2014. Lenovo and China’s Xiaomi were close behind, securing 5% and 4.5% of mobile handset sales, respectively.

Overall, mobile markets sold 1.4 billion units in 2015, up 14.4% from 2014.

Gartner’s Research Director Anshul Gupta speculated on the cause of these trends, claiming “Low-cost smartphones in emerging markets, and strong demand for premium smartphones, continued to be the driving factors. An aggressive pricing from local and Chinese brands in the midrange and entry-level segments of emerging markets led to consumers upgrading more quickly to affordable smartphones.”

Also, according to Gupta, many of the emerging Asian/Pacific market are anticipated to upgrade their devices quickly, to the same brand they already own.

It’s interesting to speculate on the reasons for the falling figures. While it’s tempting to blame a faltering economy, or the public’s attention being diverted to some new fad, the fact of the matter is, many/most people don’t need a brand new phone every single year, no matter how powerful or trending it might be.

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What We Know About The iPhone 5E

Iphone 5 repair MelbourneUnsurprisingly, Apple has been dropping most of its resources into the iPhone 6S and 6S+, following the success of the two iPhone 5 upgrades, the iPhone 5S and 5C.

The mobile technology monolith has not yet abandoned the popular iPhone 5, apparently, as the Internet has been abuzz with ruzors of the as-yet-unannounced iPhone 5 variant, the iPhone 5E.

Despite Apple’s reluctance towards launching a “phablet”, the iPhone’s have been gradually increasing in size, with each successive generation. Of course, not everybody wants a big phone, leading to the speculation that the iPhone 5E will be a slim, trim 4″.

Little is known, definitely, about the new iPhone 5 variant. Even the name is still uncertain, with some speculating it will be released as the iPhone 5se. If this is true, this will be the first iPhone with two letters after its name.

Specifications Speculations:
  • RAM: Sourches predict the iPhone 5E (or iPhone 5se) will featyre 1GB of RAM DDR3, making it identical to the iPhone 6.
  • Storage: The new iPhone 5 should come with at least 16GB. However, little is known about its maximum storage capacity. A 128GB variant is unlikely, but a 64GB variant of the iPhone 5 isn’t hard to imagine. Most likely, Apple will only feature 16GB and 64GB model, similar to the iPhone 6.
  • Camera: Most likely, the iPhone 5E will feature the rear-facing 8Mp and 1.2Mp front facing cameras that the iPhone 6 has
  • Battery: Some Chinese manufacturers are reporting a 1642mAh battery, which would make it slightly smaller than the iPhone 6, which has 1810mAh, and the iPhone 6s, which comes with a 1715mAh battery, but larger than the iPhone 5c, with a sparse 1510mAh.
  • Connectivity: The iPhone 5E is expected to come with a NFC chip, Bluetooth 4.2 and, here’s hoping, the enhanced 802.11ac WiFi chip that comes with the iPhone 6s.
  • Design: The iPhone 5E’s design is expected to be identical to the iPhone 6.
  • Colours: The iPhone 5E is anticipated to be released in exactly the same colours as the iPhone 6s: Gold, Silver, Space Gray, and Rose Gold. Recent reports have also suggested that there will be Hot Pink and Bright Pink variants, as well.
  • Other features: It remains to be seen if the iPhone 5E will include the Touch ID, but it seems likely, for now, that it will be included.

That’s about all that we know, for now.

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