The new iPhone 11

Honestly, nothing spectacular this time around.

If you really want to upgrade, upgrade but, I’d rather wait for next year or even switch.

IOS is quite unstable lately and I don’t really like losing my contacts without warning or my phone stalling and rebooting for no good reason.

So, what’s new?

Apple reduced pricing for the new iPhone 11, not rediculously high like last year.
They’ve also cut prices on the iPhone Xr and the iPhone 8.

There are two models. The iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone Pro Max. Now, I’m just waiting for the new iPhone 11 Pro Max Extreme Plus, or something silly like that. Seriously though, what’s with the stupid naming convention?

The new A13 Bionic chip, which is capable of performing up to one trillion operations per second and includes the latest-generation Apple machine-learning technology, will be packed in both the new iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max.

The chip uses a 7nm manufacturing process, only because they couldn’t design a 5nm, and includes over 8.5 billion transistors, with all of its cores being up to 20% faster than the A12 Bionic – while also being more power-efficient.

It won’t make a big difference in my life, to be honest. Apart from saving some battery life, it translates into nothing practical. At least your phone will crash quicker. Nice to know.

The iPhone 11 Pro has a 5.8 inch screen and the Pro Max a 6.5 inch screen.

Both will come with iOS 13, FaceID, IP68 rating, lightning ports, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, A13 Bionic processor, 3 12MP cameras at the rear and 1 12MP camera in the front.

Storage options includes 64, 256 and 512GB. No SD card slot.

The iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max will be available from 27 September in South Africa.

I am not upgrading this time around.

Cash Reader – App for recognizing currency

NOW YOU CAN SEE HOW MUCH MONEY YOU HAVE WITHOUT ASKING YOUR NEIGHBOR’S COUSIN!

Cash Reader is a commercial money reading mobile app for the blind and vision impaired that enables the user to distinguish amongst a variety of currencies.

Some of the currencies that this app can currently recognize include South African Rand, Bolivian Boliviano, Russian ruble, Swiss franc, Icelandic króna, Kenyan shilling, etc.

In my case, I am living in South Africa and thus, I’m rather happy to note that this app is able to recognize South African currency with absolute ease and accuracy.

This application can be downloaded for both Android and iOS operating systems and the Free version recognizes only two or three lowest denominations for every currency.

At present, only the iOS version is able to recognize South African currency.  According to the developer, implementation will be completed soon.

What impressed me about the app is the fact that you do not need an internet connection in order for it to successfully identify currency.  The other feature that I find useful, is the fact that you can simply point your phone in the approximate direction of the currency in order for it to start recognition, which takes place almost instantaneously.

Additionally, you can choose to hear the denomination announced in speech or with vibrations for the more privacy aware.

The initial setup and getting started is really easy for novice users.

At R99 per year, or R279 for life, this is a must have app for every blind and vision impaired person in South Africa.

Download your free 14-day demonstration version today and take this beauty for a spin!

For Android users, download the app from the Google PlayStore.

For iOS users, download the app from the Apple App Store

If you have any further questions, please visit the Cash Reader website at https://www.cashreader.app.

How to Change your iTunes Backup Location in Windows 10, 8 and 7

How to Change your iTunes Backup Location in Windows 10, 8 and 7

Disclaimer: I take no responsibility if you break your computer or your nose out of frustration. Read carefully through the instructions below before executing anything.

Introduction

I have iTunes installed on my root ssd drive, a 128 gb Samsung. However, this drive is kind of running out of space, especially since I have about 60 gb of content on my iPhone. This is a problem as stupid iTunes doesn’t allow you to change the location for backups. I had to solve this problem and thus, I’m sharing what I’ve done, here with you.

Please read the following carefully before you get started:

iTunes keeps the iOS backup folder directly on the system drive, usually the C: drive, like in my case.

By default, iTunes will store the backup files in the following path:

  • iTunes backup location on Windows XP:
    \Documents and Settings\(username)\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\
  • iTunes backup location on Windows Vista/Windows 7/8/10:
    \Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\

iTunes is hard wired to put all backups into the path shown above and it is not possible to instruct iTunes to store it elsewhere. Quite typical of Apple to dictate and limit but, this is neither here nor there.

We are going to create a new backup folder in another hard drive on the PC, such as D drive, E drive and so on. And then link the original backup folder to the new backup folder. Once we have linked them, every time iTunes tries to save a backup to the C: drive, the files get saved in the new created backup folder, even though iTunes will be (under the impression) that it is saving it in its default location. So yes, basically we’ll be fooling iTunes.

How to Change iTunes Backup Location on Windows

Step 1. Create a New iTunes Backup Folder on another drive

Firstly, you should create a new iTunes backup folder on D drive, E drive or any drive that has more free storage space. This includes portable external drives. You can name this folder anything you like, e.g. iTunes Backup.

I named mine:

d:\itunes backup

Step 2. Rename old iTunes backup folder on system drive

The default iTunes location can be found above, just make sure it’s the correct one and corresponding with your version of Windows. Now, rename the folder name “Backup” to something else, e.g. “Old Backup”. This is what I’ve done.

Step 3. Change iTunes backup location on Windows

We are now going to create a symbolic link. It’s fine if you don’t know what it is. Just follow the steps below and you should be just fine.

  1. Still in the default itunes location path from earlier, press SHIFT key and press the applications key on the old iTunes backup file location, you will get a pop-up menu.
  2. Select “Open command window here”.

    You should now be in the command prompt.

    In my case, it shows:

    C:\Users\User\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\old Backup>
  3. In the command prompt window, manually type in the following command where D:\ is the new drive location (drive letter may vary depending on what you have selected earlier) and “itunes backup” is the name of the iOS backup folder you just created:

    mklink /J “%APPDATA%\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup” “D:\itunes backup”
  4. You will now see the command prompt window return a success in creating a junction. And a new folder shortcut called “Backup” will appear in the original location.
  5. Now, delete the old iTunes backup folder that you renamed earlier.

Go ahead, connect your iPhone or whatever Apple device you want to sync with iTunes and backup.

South African Banking Accessibility Survey for blind and visually impaired persons

If you are living in South Africa and live with a visual impairment, you are no doubt one of those who might have received terrible service from your bank.

 

Or, just perhaps they might have amazed you with their accessibility of their products and/or services.

 

You may also recall the difficulty that I’ve had with FNB in the past and ABSA who joined them in ignoring our calls for action on fixing the inaccessibility of their services.  If you haven’t read those articles, let me just say that their attitude stinks and that FNB still dismissed my request for dialogue even though I have approached them as the representative of Blind SA, a national consumer organization of and for the blind.

 

Either way, we have finally launched the South African Banking Survey that you can now complete.

 

The purpose of this survey is to gain a greater understanding of the service needs of people with visual impairment who are making use of products and/or services provided by banks in South Africa.

 

We are seeking people who are blind or visually impaired (or their caregivers), who are willing to complete a few questions.

 

If you want to be contacted for assistance to complete the survey, please let us know on Facebook or on Twitter.  Optionally, please phone us on 0127533663.

 

Thank you to Unlocking Abilities (PTY) Ltd. for hosting the survey.

Who’s got the cheapest Apple iPhone 6s or 6s Plus deal on contract out there?

So, now we all know what the pricing looks like.

 

Cell C is rather aggressive and taking in to account how (well) the Rand is performing, it is actually quite amazing how they’ve pulled this off.

 

So, do you buy the iPhone 6s cash?  Or would a contract be a cheaper option? Continue reading Who’s got the cheapest Apple iPhone 6s or 6s Plus deal on contract out there?