iPhone 7 defect

A few iPhone 7 models built with Intel chips were reported to overheat and completely stop working. Especially when reactivating the phone. It also applies to the A1660 model built with Qualcomm chips. Unfortunately, I had one of these lemons and the main cause of failure, the phone stopped working on cellular. The cellular radio works fine but a “switch”…

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Call a business from Android

Did you know that if you have a Google Pixel or Android phone with the latest Pie operating system that you can search from the phone app for the business you want to call without visiting the web or Google Maps first? You can choose to enable this feature in the phone app settings. Open the Phone app, tap on…

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Disable Flash in Edge and IE

About three years back most of the tech industry started to move away from using Adobe Flash Player on its computers. It is gone in Apple’s Safari web browser, Chrome has a “safe” version built in, and Firefox usually uses it if already installed by the user. But these days, you do not want to have it on your computer…

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macOS Mojave crawling

Recently I serviced an iMac that was running High Sierra at a good response speed and the owner kept getting the App store notification to update, which they did. Mojave brought the computer to a crawl and a click took literally five minutes before the action completed. It was the latest iMac available on the market with plenty of RAM…

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Google and Alexa assistants

I found out last week what the three big differences were between Alexa and Hey Google. First, Alexa needed three apps to work on a third-party speaker with Alexa built-in. Hey Google with Google Home installed just works. Second, asking Alexa to play a song, the only option was to play it through a subscription. Hey Google plays the song…

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