Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Fix: Apple iPhone Keeps Restarting With Vertical Lines on Screen

Is your Apple iPhone 4 or Apple iPhone 5 running iOS 7 or iOS 8 restarting every few minutes and displaying green, gray or pink vertical lines across the screen just before it powers off? This has happened to my iPhone a few times lately and, fortunately, there's a really simple fix that doesn't involve the hassle of a complete factory reset.

I first noticed a problem with my iPhone 5S restarting a few months back, but it happened only once so I didn't think any more about it. After the restart, the phone worked just fine so there didn't seem any reason to worry.

Last week, though, the iPhone started to restart more frequently and this got gradually worse with the iPhone eventually restarting every two to three minutes. Just before the iPhone powered off to restart, I noticed that vertical pink, green or gray lines appeared on the screen and then the screen gradually faded out to black before the Apple logo appeared.

So I tried everything reasonably possible to get the iPhone working correctly again, including a soft reset, hard reset, a factory reset and then a recovery mode/iTunes factory reset. Still the problem wouldn't go away. My worst fear was of some catastrophic hardware failure that would result in an expensive trip to the Genius Bar at my local Apple Store. Happily, though, there's a much easier solution that works perfectly.

Monday, September 1, 2014

How to Use Facebook Activity Log

Facebook's Privacy Shortcuts menu.
The Facebook Activity Log is a very much under-advertised feature on the social network but it can really help you review, organise and lock down privacy on all your Timeline activity.

The Activity Log doesn't just give you access to all your past posts, status updates and uploaded photos.

It also lets you see all the content from friends that you've liked, shared or commented on your own Timeline.

From the Facebook Activity Log screen, you can delete content, remove items from your Timeline, change the audience setting to refine who can see each item (although this isn't possible for your likes/comments on friends' content because they control the audience settings for the original post).

Step-by-Step Guide to Using the Facebook Activity Log

Monday, July 14, 2014

Troubleshoot iPhone 5 Wi-Fi Internet Connectivity Problems on Virgin Media

I generally can't fault Virgin Media's high-speed broadband service -- I'm on the 100 Mbps service and it's fast and reliable. However, my Apple iPhone 5 has experienced significant connectivity issues when hooked up to Virgin Media broadband via the Virgin Superhub router. Even though the Virgin Media Wi-Fi signal was strong, the connection on the iPhone 5 could be painfully slow and often hung for long periods of time.

Fortunately, a small tweak to the Superhub router network security settings has massively improved the iPhone 5 Wi-Fi connection, so I thought I'd share this tip in case it helps other people.