Common iOS 10 problems and Their Solutions

Fear not. Help is here. iOS 10 update is out and as usual it is accompanied by certain problems .Here are some tricks and tips to take care of common iOS 10 problems.

  • How To Fix iOS 10 Installation Problems

Many iOS 10 users have reported some glitches and technical faults in the new update. One of the most common problems has been the installation. Users have stated that the installation process gets frozen. It can be depicted that this issue might persist to exist throughout the iOS 10 update’s lifespan.

Though where there is a will there is a way. This problem can be avoided and there is a way to jumpstart the installation process on your Apple product. When the installation of the iOS appears to be frozen or stuck, press down the home button and the power button simultaneously to perform a reset.

The device is bound to power down automatically within 10 seconds. It will soon then turn itself back on and you should be able to make it through to the iOS 10.

  • iOS 10 Battery Drain

Poor iOS 10 battery life has been experienced and here are few things you can do to get better results.

1. Turn off the Background App refresh. Go to general and from there to background app refresh. You will see apps that you do not usually use. They are just draining your battery

2. Turn off things like the Fitness Tracking and other non-essential apps present in Settings>Privacy > Motion & Fitness. Apps such as Trip Advisor and Waze just drain battery life.
3. When you are at home make sure that you are not connected to cellular instead of Wi-Fi. Turn off and on the Wi-Fi at appropriate times. When out,   disable your iPhone from continuously looking for open Wi-Fi networks when there are not any that it can join.

4. Display brightness has a massive effect on the battery life. Keep your display brightness in check and stop lighting up your iPhone every 3 minutes.

5. Detect the Apps that are draining your battery life heavily. Go to settings, then battery and check who are the main culprits.

  • How To Fix Touch ID Problems

The Touch ID is causing problems for the iOS 10 users. There are issues with the Touch ID in the App Store and the fingerprints not being detected. The first thing to do when your Touch ID suddenly stops working with iOS 10 is to delete your finger prints. Importantly make certain that the Touch ID is free from sweat and dirt and that oil is removed from your hands.

A nice clean print is needed. After that go to settings > Touch ID & Passcode and put in your passcode. Turn off iTunes & App Store, and then reboot your device. Go back to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode and turn on iTunes & App Store. Removal and the rescanning of your fingerprint might be required. To carry this out go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode and scroll down to the list of fingerprints.

Tap on the fingerprint you want to delete, then choose ‘Delete’ and restart your device. Once your device restarts, go back into settings and add your fingerprint. Touch ID is bound to work after. If the Touch ID does not work at all, you can reset the device by pressing down the home button and the power button simultaneously for 10 seconds or until your phone is restarted. If such a quick fix does not work, you can try a factory reset.

  • Your iPhone Loses Cellular Network And Can’t Reconnect

After the iOS 10 update another issue has been reported. When iPhone loses its signal, afterwards even if you are moving into an area where you know that you will receive a signal. Your device still cannot reconnect to a signal. If you restart your phone you may be reconnected to the signal. This is not a long term fix as when you will lose the signal again, your device might be unable to reconnect to the signal.

You can also switch to Airplane mode and then switch back to reconnect. A number of mobile networks are suggesting the reinstallation of iOS 10, this time updating it by plugging your device into your Mac or PC and using iTunes.

  • How To Fix iOS 10 iMessages Problems

If messages start causing trouble, we recommend shutting it off for a while and then switching it back on. Go into Settings > Messages > Toggle iMessage off then back on. If you are still having issues with receiving or sending messages from your Apple device, try restarting it. If that fails, go to your settings and reset the network settings.

Go into Settings > General > Reset > Reset network settings. Keep your Wi-Fi passwords in mind because this will cause the device to forget them.

  • iPhone Stops Vibrating After Updating To iOS 10

Many users have reported that their devices no longer vibrate when a message is received after the iOS update. In order to fix this try to restart your iPhone by holding down the sleep button and the Home button for about 10 seconds.

  • Cannot Delete Apps In iOS 10

There is another common problem with this update. Many users are having problems with deleting apps from their iPad or iPhone after they carried out this new update. The users have complained then when they try to delete and app all they see is a message saying ‘Waiting”, and there is no X icon, used to delete the app visible. In order to solve this issue, perform a hard reset of your iOS 10 device. This can be carried out by holding and pressing the power button and the Home button simultaneously for at least 10 seconds until and unless the Apple logo is witnessed.

If this effort fails, do make certain that no other app is being installed in the background while you are trying to remove other apps. To do this, open the App store and then select Updates> Purchased. Check if any of the apps have “’Installing”’ beside them. If that is the case, switch your mobile to airplane mode, then select the app to stop them. After doing so, switch back from the airplane mode and download the apps one by one. All the settings can also be reset. To do this open up the settings app and choose “’General”. Scroll down and choose “Reset” then “Reset All settings”.

  • Third party keyboard don’t work in iOS 10

Many iOS users have reported that when they use a third party keyboard, such as Swype or Bitmoji, it does not work. Many of the developers that are behind these keyboards are well informed of this problem and they have launched updates which are compatible to the iOS 10 in order to combat this issue. Hence the first thing that should be done is to check the App store to see if there is an update present for the keyboard.

If there is not such an update present, the keyboard should be disabled. This can be done by going to the settings>general> keyboard and Edit should be selected. After that, the minus button should be selected, or swiped left, on the keyboard that is to be removed.

  • Bluetooth Issues

Here are some ways to tackle Bluetooth issues.

Toggling Bluetooth

You can simply disable and then re enable Bluetooth. This can be done by going to the Control Centre or even on the settlings icon app on your home screen. Sometimes simply doing this can make things good.

Re pair with your Bluetooth Device

You can forget your Bluetooth device and try to repair again. Just head down to Settings then Bluetooth. You will see an ‘i’ on the very right of the connection in distress. Tap on this selection and ‘Forget this Device’. A re-pair works most of the time

Reboot your iPhone

We all have sought to the old fashion reboot once in a while and there is no harm in following this old fashion process. The process is easy but is different for specific models of iPhone. You can find yourself confused with Apple network settings as they change in every iOS update. Just reset them.

Install iOS 10 Again

Sometime a clean install of iOS 10 does the job for you. Give it a shot by installing the latest available version of iOS 10.

You can Book a Genius Bar Appointment

If you find everything failing than it might be just the right time to book a genius bar appointment. This may not be the ideal situation but it’s better than having a phone which does not support Bluetooth.

  • iOS 10 Safari Glitch

Since the release of iOS 10, complaints regarding the poor performance of the Safari Browser have been flowing in rapidly. Apparently the recent updates have not been able to tackle the problem. In fact some people have reported that pages load very slowly or even don’t load at all.

It is also rumored that a delayed response is observed when links and keyboard do not open. This problem can be linked up with the Wi-Fi and slow performance but this issue can be solved by simply scrolling, reloading the page you are on and reloading the app for that matter.

Below are some workarounds

  1.  You may go to Settings. Click on Safari then clear History and website data. This may improve the problem slightly but there is no guarantee he issues will not return.
  2.  Another solution people found to have helped is by going to Settings and clicking on Safari. Then they disabled Advanced and toggling JavaScript.
  3.  You may also switch off iCloud and toggling safari in the Settings icon
  4.  Simply go for another browser such as Google chrome or even Puffin Another Potential Solution is available too.

There isn’t a guarantee that it will work for sure but with the problems you’re suffering its worth a shot. Just try a factory reset. If you do opt for this option then avoid restoring a backup and set up your device as it was brand new.

  • iOS 10 syncing music Glitch

One Problem users face is that syncing music takes very long or doesn’t sync at all. This issue has been faced by many after the installation of the iOS 10 update.

In this scenario they restored the device and the syncing is a very long process. It can actually consumer 24 hours or more and sometimes even appears to hang on indefinitely. One workaround is that if you happen to have a lot of tracks then the artwork may actually be the culprit.

So simple delete the artwork in your library and give syncing another shot. Other potential solutions include

  1.  Use iTunes and select whatever Apple device you have from the left column. Once you have done that look for Summary in the options section. Once there you can ‘Manually manage music and videos’. If you happen to find the option already checked just uncheck and recheck again. This actually takes much sync to work and you may also have to toggle iTunes Match off in ‘Settings’.
  2. You can also connect your device to your computer and use iTunes. On your device go to Settings, tap on ‘General’ then usage and finally ‘Manage’. Here you should delete all your music. In iTunes uncheck ‘Sync Music’ and check’ Sync Music box’ one more time. This should solve the problem.

Captcha Does Not Block Pokemon Go Scanners, New Encryption Does

Pokemon Go is putting the spotlight on how weak widely used security technology really is. Niantic has enlisted Google security technology to block 3rd party developers from accessing Pokemon Go servers and extract the valuable location of spawning Pokemon. In addition to that, Niantic also relies on Google’s SafetyNet to block the Pokemon Go app from running on rooted devices.

Update: Niantic has released a new encryption of the protocol blocking all scrapers. It is not just Captcha now the 3rd party developers such as the creator of FastPokeMap have to deal with now. It is another reverse engineering job. They need to find out how the new encryption works before any Pokemon Go scanner or bot is going to work again. This can take days.

Both security technologies can be circumvented. Running apps on rooted devices that require SafetyNet verification as been possible before Pokemon Go. Before solutions that hide rooted have been known by relatively small group, now millions more use these techniques so they can run Pokemon on their rooted smartphone.

This attention and wide spread forces Google to improve their security technology. This happened earlier this week with SafetyNet. Solutions like Magisk stopped working. This changed has not just affected Pokemon Go trainers, but anyone who was running Magisk for instance to use Android Pay on rooted phone.

There are already methods to circumvent the new improved SafetyNet and Magisk is getting an update that will deal with the changes. This means there will be another round of SafetyNet changes coming soon. Google can’t give up the fight. Business partners including banks will come down on them. They already will have increased the pressure on Google.

The situation with reCaptcha is no different. Yesterday we reported that FastPokeMap, the largest Pokemon scanner, is going to fold, but things already changed. The creator of FastPokeMap found a viable solution to deal with the Captcha. First he increased the number of worker accounts significantly from the 500,000 the service used. This reduces the number of captchas FPM triggers. Yesterday they still had 10,000 captchas per second. Secondly, they made a deal with a Captcha solving service to solve the captchas they hit. The end solution is to redirect the captchas to the 15 million daily users of FastPokeMap. This is not trivial and will take some hacking.

Captcha solver and captcha solving services have been around since a long time, but now they get a lot of attention becaues of Pokemon Go. Not just large scale scanners have to deal with captchas. Anybody who is running a personal scanner or bot needs to deal with them and they do with similar methods as FPM. The fact that you can circumvent Google’s reCaptcha with a “earn money online” service scheme makes Google look bad.

Pokemon Go is going to make the web more secure by forcing Google to make its security solutions better. Banking and online payment services should lead that charge and not a game. More Pokemon Go News.

Black Moon Meaning and Everything You Need to Know

For centuries, the astronomical bodies and events have been a cause of speculation and fascination to man. Even when we know so much about the sun, the moon, the stars, the planets, and the cosmos and when there is still so much to be known, we are reminded of how foreign nature sometimes is.

The astrological events are a reminder that there are bigger forces at work, forces beyond our control, the signs that man has been seeing in the stars since the beginning are not unfounded.

They are there for us to witness, to remember, to wonder while science explains the phenomenon to the human race. Such an astrological event is upon us indeed, something we have come to know as Black Moon.

Black Moon: What is it?

You’re wondering what a Black Moon is? Is it a fake name? Will some alloy on the moon will cause it to change it’s color?

We have heard of so many other colors that have been referred to describe different lunar events. Red Moon is when there is a lunar eclipse and the Earth’s shadow causes the sun rays to fall in a limited ration on the moon, casting a shadowed color.

We also know the term Blue Moon. This astrological event is referred to by the astrologists and astronomical experts when there are two dull moons in the same calendar month. A black moon, the concept of it, could be understood with the help of the example of blue moon.

The Time for a Black Moon

Our annual calendar, coincides almost exactly with the lunar cycle. Every month, a moon completes one complete lunar cycle almost. That means that every month there is one new moon and one full moon. Once so rarely, there is a time that there might occur two full moons in the same month.

We call the second full moon a blue moon. Similar to that, on the same chance, there can be two new moons in the same calendar month. In that case, the second new moon has been termed as the black moon. Experts have estimated that this kind of event occurs every 32 months. It occurred back in 2014 and it will happen again in 2019, according to Telegraph.

The Science of the Black Moon

While it may sound cryptic in a way, the scientists have a perfectly sound explanation for the phenomenon. A new moon is typically the moon which has its illuminated side facing towards the sun and the shadowed side is facing the Earth.

No one can typically see a new moon as it is completely shadowed and dark hence the term black moon. A typical new moon occurs every 29.5 days in a lunar cycle.

However, sometimes, with different time zones in the Eastern and Western Hemisphere, the lunar cycle does not typically follow the calendar and the new moon comes twice in the same month. Scientists say that it is a probable phenomenon and had no extraordinary repercussions.

Eastern and Western Hemisphere

Contrary to popular beliefs, the lunar cycle in the Eastern and Western hemispheres are not the same. The different time zones can help explain the phenomenon of the time difference ranging across days across the world. In the far eastern hemisphere, the world climate is even different from that of the western hemisphere.

So it is not surprising that while black moon is a very probable phenomenon due to occur in the western hemisphere of the world, the eastern hemisphere, most of it, will not be experiencing the same phenomenon, according to The Sun.

For countries in the Western hemisphere like the U.S., the new moon occurring on Friday, Sept. 30, is a Black Moon. Officially, it occurs at 8:11 p.m. Eastern Time (5:11 p.m. Pacific Time).

For the Eastern Hemisphere (Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia), this new moon occurs after midnight on the calendar date of Oct. 1. So the new moon they will see on Oct. 1 will not be the black moon in the Eastern hemisphere because it will be the first new moon of the month.

These countries will have to wait till Oct. 30th for the black moon. For countries in the far eastern hemisphere like Australia and New Zealand, the black moon will occur on Oct. 31 which is Halloween night.

Seeing the Black Moon

If you think that you can go out and feast your eyes on the black moon, think again. Unlike the super moon or blue moon, the black moon is a new moon and completely shadowed and dark. It will be nearly impossible to see the new moon.

Many people think that the iconic crescent moon is actually a new moon. It is not. A new moon is completely dark to the naked eye and there is typically nothing to see, according to That means that the sky will be completely dark and you can’t take a moonlit stroll if you were planning one.

Religious Myths Surrounding Black Moon

This lunar event that occurs after every 32 months is being hailed as one of the signs of the nearing apocalypse. While scientists are reminding people that this phenomenon did occur in 2014 and will occur again in 2019, religious people and apocalypse theorists are hailing the black moon as a sign due to a solar eclipse that came earlier at the start of this month.

The Ring of Fire celestial phenomenon in which the moon falls in line with the Earth and the sun above Africa, making it appear as if the sun had darkened. To the naked eye, it seems like a ring of light with dark in the middle.

That followed by the black moon in the same month has got many quoting the holy versus from holy books, according to Express. They believe that these events occurring so close in time is a sign of the coming events of end of time when Jesus will return to the world and the end of the world will start again.

The people of the Wiccan religion also attach the dark forces to the occurrence of black moon and many Wiccan practicing citizens around the world may be engaging in their ritualistic prayers as the black moon occurs in the sky.

After the black moon, the Oct 2 will hail the Jewish New Year and the Islamic New Year will closely follow on Oct 3 so they will be preparing for that.

The black moon has only become popular in recent history. It has been signified by astronomers and astrologers and it’s name was given to it by them as well. For many, it is just another celestial event in nature while for others, it holds sacred meanings.

Portrait Mode on iPhone 7 Plus is Incredible for Web and Social Media

I have no talent for making good photos. I took once a DSLR class, but that did not help. I just snap and hope for the best. This is why I use my iPhone only for making photos since the last 2 years. As reported earlier, my black iPhone 7 Plus arrived yesterday earlier than expected. It is actually perfect timing as Apple just released the public beta of iOS 10.1 with the new portrait mode feature.

I installed the iOS 10.1 beta right away after getting the iPhone 7 Plus configured. The highlight of this iOS beta is the portrait mode feature. With the easy to use camera mode you can snap photos with a blurred background, so called bokeh. So far the bokeh effect is a feature mostly available in DSLR cameras.

When you select Portrait mode the display shows a depth effect label. Only if yellow than the depth effect is at work. The object or person you want to focus on needs to be within 2.5m.

I first did a test on the Apple Watch on my desk. This test shoot immediately made clear that you need a lot of light for a good photo. As the blur is not optical, but algorithmic, you get washout effects on the edges of the object your focusing on. I headed outside as the sun was peaking through the clouds. The results have been dramatically better in sunlight. Sharp lines made the object in focus pop out like the lion and mermaid you see in the photo gallery.

The iPhone 7 Plus Portrait mode is an incredible way to snap photos with the cool bokeh effect for web publishing and social media. For great hi-res photos, everything would need to be perfect. Professional photographers will definitely want to stick to DSLR cameras. If you only need low-res photos for web publishing or social media and you are like me not into using DSLR, the iPhone 7 Plus Portrait mode is incredible.

The feature is still in beta. We do not know if Apple’s engineers have still room for improvement and make the low light performance better. A great feature to have would be the ability to zoom in portrait mode.

An annoying limitation is that you cannot zoom in portrait mode for some reason.

The iPhone 7 Plus is in high demand and ships with a 2 to 3 week delay. The Jet Black model is delayed until November. Apple released the new iPhone 7 on Friday, September 16, 2017. Apple is likely selling more iPhone 7 than expected by industry insiders and analysts. The iPhone 7 is what the iPhone 6 should have been. The iPhone 7 looks like a real Apple product. The iPhone 6 with its ugly antenna lines and steampunk camera lens did never feel right. The black iPhone 7 Plus has solved both issues. The camera lens is still protruding, but the way Apple solved the necessity of this it is acceptable.

The iPhone 7S must be really out of this world to make me upgrade from the iPhone 7 Plus. It was a very easy decision to get rid of my iPhone 6S. No regrets besides a whole in my bank account.