Apple’s “Do Not Disturb” iOS 6 bug to fix itself on January 7th

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Jan 022013
 
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Apple today posted a support document acknowledging that the “Do not disturb” feature is currently not deactivating itself at the scheduled end time. The bug first surfaced on New Year’s Day. In the document, Apple explained that the feature will resume working correctly on January 7th:

Do Not Disturb scheduling feature will resume normal functionality after January 7, 2013. Before this date, you should manually turn the Do Not Disturb feature on or off.

To turn off the scheduling feature, tap Settings > Notifications > Do Not Disturb and switch Scheduled to Off.

The timing of the bug is particularly ironic given that Apple launched a new ad touting the feature on the same day that it first surfaced

It’s not the first time that Apple and the iPhone have run into a New Year bug. Non-repeating alarms did not function correctly on New Year’s Day back in 2011. They started working again correctly on January 3rd.

What is it with Apple and New Year’s bugs?

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Samsung to address Galaxy S III mainboard failures with software update

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Jan 022013
 

Samsung Galaxy S IIISamsung has acknowledged to Dutch site Tweakers that the Samsung Galaxy S III can abruptly die to a mainboard failure. The issue is apparently limited to “a very limited number” of the 16GB model, according to spokeswoman Anne ter Braak. While this would suggest to most that a hardware issue is the culprit, Samsung has identified the root cause and promises to resolve it with a software update.

Users reporting the issue indicate that the smartphone will randomly fail after between 150 and 200 days of use. It affects both stock and rooted devices. To date, Samsung has been replacing affected handsets under warranty.

Samsung has now identified the issue as a firmware bug. This will allow it to fix it with a firmware update rather than having to modify its manufacturing processes.

Samsung has yet to provide a specific schedule as to when it will provide the update but it promises that it will be done as soon as possible.

Read more: Tweakers (in Dutch) [Google translation] (Source: Phandroid)

SwiftKey working with Google on Android 4.2 update bug

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Dec 042012
 

If you upgraded to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, you may have run into an issue where your SwiftKey keyboard has disappeared. It may be completely gone or simply disabled. SwiftKey is aware of the issue and is working with Google on a resolution:

This is a rare but unfortunate report that we’ve recently been made aware of. We have contacted the Android development team to understand what caused this in their code. We are doing what we can on our end to resolve this issue for those affected.

While SwiftKey works on a permanent fix, there is a fairly simple fix: Redownloading and reinstalling SwiftKey. Be sure to download it using the same account and store you bought it from originally to avoid being charged a second time.

It does not affect everyone – Gadgetorama’s own Nexus 7 did not exhibit this behaviour either during the 4.2 or the 4.2.1 upgrades.

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Windows Phone 8 random reboot fix coming in December

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Nov 272012
 

Microsoft Windows PhoneThere is good news today for Windows Phone 8 users who have been suffering from a random reboot issue. Microsoft today confirmed that it has identified the issue and is now working on a fix. In a statement to AllThingsD, it said:

We’re continuing to investigate some reports of phones rebooting and have identified a cause with our partners. We are working to get an over-the-air update out in December.”

Unfortunately, Microsoft provided few details on the cause itself. It did not identify what (if not all) devices might be affected, whether certain apps cause it, or whether it was limited to certain carriers.

Given that it’s unclear exactly when a fix will be ready, it also means that users may be dealing with this issue for a while yet. It’s not even clear if trying to get a device exchanged for a new one would solve the issue.

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Google Android 4.2.1 begins rolling out to Nexus 4, 7, and 10

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Nov 272012
 

With December only days away, Google has begun to push out Android 4.2.1. According to xda-developers forum users, the OTA update is landing on the Google Nexus 4 smartphone as well as the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets.

Google Android 4.2.1

The update is only 1.1MB in size. It fixes the missing December issue in the People app and may also fix some Bluetooth issues experienced by some. A changelog has yet to be posted so it’s not clear what other changes could also be included.

As always, the rollout will be staggered so you may not see the update notification immediately. You can also check manually via System updates in your device’s Settings.

Read more: xda-developers (Source: TalkAndroid)

Fix coming soon for missing December in Android 4.2 People app

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Nov 202012
 

Google has taken to Google+ to indicate that it is working on a fix for an Android 4.2 bug that has caused December to vanish from its People app:

We discovered a bug in the Android 4.2 update, which makes it impossible to enter December events in optional fields of the People app (this bug did not affect Calendar). Rest assured, this will be fixed soon so that those of you with December birthdays and anniversaries won’t be forgotten by your friends and family.

Missing December in Android 4.2 People app

The December bug in the People app is limited to Android 4.2 which is only found on the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 as well as updated Nexus 7 and Galaxy Nexus devices.

Google has not provided a specific timeline to fix and deploy the fix. With December just around the corner, it’s likely that we won’t have too wait too long for it though.

Read more: Google Android [via Google+]

Google People app loses month of December in Android 4.2

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Nov 192012
 

Google AndroidAn interesting bug has surfaced in Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Somehow, Google has lost the entire month of December in the People app. When trying to add an event to a contact, you had better hope that nothing happens in December. In the screenshot below, you can see that the calendar jumps right from November to January:

Missing December in Android 4.2 Contact App

Google has acknowledged the issue and is working on a fix. Hopefully an OTA update will follow shortly to let us remember key events in December. In the meantime, you can still add December events to your contacts via GMail on your PC.

The bug is limited to Android 4.2 which means that only a smaller number of devices are affected. These are the new Google Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 which have just begun to ship as well as Google Nexus 7 and Galaxy Nexus smartphones that have been upgraded to Android’s latest.

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Sony Xperia Tablet S sales to resume in mid-November

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Oct 272012
 

Sony Xperia Tablet SSony halted sales of its Xperia Tablet S in early October after discovering a manufacturing flaw, a small gap between the screen and the case, that made the water resistant tablet more susceptible to water damage than it should be. Sony Japan has now confirmed that sales will resume “gradually” in mid-November.

In the meantime, Sony has been offering free checkups and repairs for tablets already in the hands of customers.

Read more: Sony Japan (in Japanese) [Google translation] (Source: XperiaBlog)

Sony halts Xperia Tablet S sales over manufacturing defect

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Oct 052012
 

Sony Xperia Tablet SSony has halted sales of its Xperia Tablet S just a month after its launch. Sony spokeswoman Noriko Shoji explained that the manufacturer made the decision after finding a manufacturing flaw that creates a gap between the screen and the case.

The Sony Xperia Tablet S is supposed to be water resistant but the gap makes it more susceptible to water damage.

Sony has shipped about 100,000 tablets so far to Canada, the U.S., and other markets. It is offering free checkups and will repair tablets already in the hands of customers.

Sony has yet to announce when it will resume sales.

Read more: Reuters

HTC to modify HTC One X design to fix Wi-Fi hardware issue

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Jun 182012
 

HTC One XHTC has confirmed that some HTC One X smartphones suffer from an odd issue where Wi-Fi connectivity can improve when squeezed a certain way, suggesting a loose connection between some components. A statement issued by HTC Europe adds that it is already modifying its manufacturing process to improve the Wi-Fi antennae connection points:

“After investigating isolated reports of WiFi connectivity issues in the HTC One X, we have identified a fix that strengthens the area of the phone around the WiFi antennae connection points. While many customers have not experienced any problems with signal strength, we have taken immediate steps to implement a solution in our production process to prevent this issue from happening in the future. HTC is committed to making sure every customer has a great experience and we apologize for any inconvenience this issue may have caused while we conducted a thorough investigation.”

While it is still unclear how widespread the issue really is, the news suggests that HTC One X users experiencing this issue should be able to get their devices replaced under warranty.

Update: AndroidCentral has received confirmation from HTC that only the quad-core Tegra 3 version of the One X appears to be affected. If you suspect that you are affected by this issue, contact HTC customer support in your country.

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Messaging notification issue on limited number of HTC One X devices

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May 092012
 

HTC One XA “very small number” of HTC One X smartphones suffer from a messaging issue whereby incoming message notifications don’t work. Both status bar notifications and icon notifications are affected, leaving users to having to open the app to see the new messages.

Not only does the issue only some devices but it also appears to be random. The incoming message notification may work sometimes and not some other times.

HTC has confirmed the issue and is already working on a fix. There is no ETA as to when it will be pushed out but HTC expects it to be “as soon as possible.”

Read more: The Verge

Nokia Lumia 900 data connectivity fix now available in Canada

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Apr 232012
 

Nokia Lumia 900Good news for those in Canada waiting for the Nokia Lumia 900 data connectivity patch. Nokia Canada promised it “around April 20th”. It took a few extra days for it to show up but it is here now confirmed Nokia Canada via Twitter today.

The update is available through Zune for Windows (or Windows Phone 7 Connector if you have a Mac).

Nokia Canada is also offering a CA$100 Rogers Wireless bill credit to everyone who purchased a Nokia Lumia 900 before April 21st.

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Nokia Canada announces Lumia 900 patch coming April 20th

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Apr 182012
 

Nokia Lumia 900Nokia Canada today confirmed via Twitter that a software patch to fix a data connectivity issue that plagued some Nokia Lumia 900 devices will be available “around April 20th:

Good news, all! The latest software update to the Lumia 900 will come around April 20th. ow.ly/an9X5

The update will be available through Zune for Windows (or Windows Phone 7 Connector if you have a Mac).

Nokia Canada is also offering a CA$100 Rogers Wireless bill credit to everyone who has already purchased a Nokia Lumia 900 or who will purchase one before April 21st.

The patch has been available in the U.S. since late last week.

Read more: Nokia Canada (via Twitter)

Nokia Lumia 900 data connectivity patch now available

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Apr 132012
 

Nokia Lumia 900Very good news for Nokia Lumia 900 owners! Nokia today released a patch for a data connectivity issue that plagued some Nokia Lumia 900 devices.

We promised a software fix for April 16th but today, we’d like to share with you that the update is already available – three days ahead of schedule.

The update is now available through Zune for Windows (or Windows Phone 7 Connector if you have a Mac).

The offers that Nokia made earlier in the week remain in effect: Customers can replace their affected Lumia 900 with an upgraded one through AT&T stores and anyone who purchases a Lumia 900 by April 21st will get a $100 credit (both in Canada and the U.S.)

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Nokia confirms Lumia 900 data connectivity issue and upcoming update

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Apr 112012
 

Nokia Lumia 900On the heels of the launch of the Lumia 900 in both Canada and the U.S., Nokia has confirmed that it has identified “a memory management issue was discovered that could, in some cases, lead to loss of data connectivity.” If there is good news to be found here, it is that the issue is purely a software problem rather than hardware or even something with AT&T’s network.

A fix is already in the works. Nokia is aiming to release a software update to correct this issue on April 16th. The update will be pushed through Zune.

In the U.S., Nokia is also offering to swap out affected units with new upgraded ones. It will also give anyone who purchased or will purchase a Lumia 900 by April 21st a US$100 credit on their AT&T bill.

Update: Good news! Nokia has also confirmed that Canadians will also be entitled to the refund: According to Phil Schwarzmann, Nokia’s Head of Social Media for North America: “For our friends in Canada – Anyone who has already purchased the Lumia 900 or purchases it from now until April 21st, will be getting a $100 credit on their Rogers bill.”

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