How To: Fix an iPhone’s Unresponsive Home Button

Are you having an issue with your iPhone’s unresponsive home button and don’t know how to fix it? It’s a pretty easy fix if you know how.

  1. Open an Apple application.
  2. Push the power button until the ‘Slide to power off’ slider appears.
  3. Push the home button until the application closes.

That’s pretty much all there is to it. However, another cause of an iPhone’s unresponsive home button could be dirt in the button. In this case, turn the phone off, press the home button, and clean the area that the home button’s housing with an earbud lightly that’s been lightly moistened with rubbing alcohol.

Path Limits You To 50 Friends, Is Much Less Maintenance Than Facebook

Today saw the launch of Path, a “Personal Network,” not meant to replace your current social networks, but to expand on them instead. Path limits your friends to only 50 people, and by doing this it becomes more exclusive than conventional social networks like Twitter, where the goal is to accumulate followers and Facebook, where you may have many “friends,” yet your closest friends and family are only a fraction of that number.

Path iPhone

Path truly is personal. This San Francisco-based startup wants to keep their network personal by allowing users share moments with close friends and family with confidence. You can simply post moments as you like without having to think twice. Path is the network where you can let your hair down and be yourself.

Path is starting out as an iPhone app on the App Store for now, available for iPhone and iPod Touch. If you don’t have an iPhone, you can check Path out at Path.com, but you really lose out on the experience.

Path is built on the premise that nearly all of us carry camera phones, and photos tell great stories. So why not use our cameras to share the stories of our lives? Simply take a photo, wrap it in some context in the form of tags for people, place and thing, and choose whether you want to share it or not. You won’t find likes or comments here, and there is no option to share it with your other social networks.

Path iPhone Pic

Why did Path choose 50 people? The number is based on research of Oxford Professor of Evolutionary Psychology, Robin Dunbar, who suggests that 150 is the maximum amount of social relationships our brains can handle at a time, and 50 people is the limit for personal networks.

Path has arrived at a good time, when our conventional social networks have become a little crowded and we have to be careful who we share with, put friends on lists, and hide people from our news feeds. Quite frankly, Facebook has become a lot of hard work. Twitter by comparison is much less maintenance, yet not quite as personal. Here’s to the rise of the Personal Network.

WhatsApp: The Smartphone Messaging Alternative Minus The Costs

WhatsAppWhatsApp is an instant messaging (IM) app for smartphones to send messages to each other, without having to pay the rates for normal text messages. It works with your smartphone’s internet connection and while it closely resembles standard text messaging, it’s way more powerful at only a fraction of the cost.

The app only costs a dollar and the only catch is that your friends also have to have the app installed on their phones. Once downloaded, it’s really easy to set up. The app has a wizard which walks you through the setup, registers your number on the WhatsApp network, and scans your contacts for WhatsApp users, which will appear in your Favorites list.

If you’re an early adopter amongst your friends, you can simply invite them via email or text message to download WhatsApp. Blackberry users have Blackberry Messenger (BBM), which only was limited to Blackberry users, and you have to invite friends and use pin codes. WhatsApp is simple. No need for pins or invites, your Favorites list gets populated automatically as your contacts start using WhatsApp.

Another bonus is that it’s not limited to one brand of handsets. At the time of writing, WhatsApp is available for iPhone and Blackberry, and there are working beta versions for Android 2.x and Nokia S60 phones.

Besides sending text messages, WhatsApp for iPhone, Blackberry and Android allows you to send images, video and audio recordings. You can share your location if your smartphone is GPS enabled and you can share contacts. Similar to BBM, you can set a status message, and if WhatsApp is linked to Facebook, your WhatsApp status message also gets shared on Facebook.

All in all, I think it’s an awesome app. It finally lets iPhone users send IMs to other smartphone users and also gives delivery reports, indicated by two green ticks, something which has been absent from standard iPhone text messaging. The price for data used by WhatsApp will still be significantly less than that of text messages, and you can monitor WhatsApp’s data usage within the app.

WhatsApp can be downloaded here.

How To Make A Glossy iPhone Icon in 4 Easy Steps

Everyone loves Apple’s icons, from the organic ones on the Macs to the square icons with rounded corners on the iDevice icons, we just can’t get enough. In fact, Steve Jobs even said, “We made the buttons on the screen look so good you’ll want to lick them.”

Now you can make your very own iDevice icons with the help of the Online iPhone icon maker. And the process is dead simple.

  1. Choose the file of the image you’d like to convert to an iDevice icon.
  2. Check the “Add Glossy Effect” box if you’d like that lickable, glossy shine.
  3. Click the “Make Icon” button. You’re now presented with your custom icon on a variety of backgrounds, from black through to white and a preview of what your icon would look like on an iPhone. iPhone icons
  4. Simply right click on your icon and “Save Image As…”

To use your new icon as a favicon for your website, add the following code in your header: <link rel="icon" type="image/png" href="http://path/to/your/image.png" />. We could even take it a step further. With the arrival of iDevices, the users can add website links to their iDevice’s home screen, by clicking the + button in mobile Safari. The subsequent icon that is displayed on your screen is a screen grab of the site you’ve added. The creative folks at Apple have made provision for website owners to specify an icon to be used instead of the screenshot. Simply add the following code to your header: <link rel="apple-touch-icon" href="http://path/to/your/custom-icon-name.png"/>.


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