Posts Tagged ‘Smartphone’

So TheTechSpy has been busy this weekend playing with his iPhone and like all Gadgeteers out there, couldn’t wait for a glimpse of iOS 7 on a device.

Now let’s get the boring stuff out the way, we were testing the beta software for reviewing purposes only and in no way condemn you putting this beta software on your iOS device before its official launch unless you are a developer. TheTechSpy does not recommend any of the software used or take any responsibility for them, these are just the ones we used.

It is quite a simple process, so here is what we did;

1: Backed up our iPhone to iTunes

2: In the mean time we downloaded the beta software for our iPhone 5 CDMA A1429 from here

3: And then downloaded a DMG extractor

4: Use the free DMG extractor to open the downloaded file and extract the DMG/IPSW and put this in a location that you know (it will be the biggest file in the folder)

5: Once complete, we clicked on our device name on the left pane of iTunes.

6: Clicked the Summary tab

7: With our finger on the Shift key, click the “Restore” button and point the browser to the file you have just downloaded.

8: iTunes then began to restore the iPhone with the iOS7 beta software.

We are very pleased with the firmware version and are looking forward to the official launch in September to get our teeth really into this software.







Sapphire Screen

Krystal Screen

We have all tried at some stage in our lives to apply a screen protector to our smartphones delicate face preserving its pristine display for another day. Some of us have even managed to do it successfully….but the rest of us still have the air bubbles and mis-alignment to show for it!

The boys over at XGear are promising to launch a screen protector for you iPhone different to all the rest! “Crafted using state-of-the-art manufacturing processes, this one-of-a-kind screen protector keeps your device’s screen safe and untouched by scratches. XGear is proud to be the first company in the world to release a GENUINE Sapphire product to the public! Be one of the very first to receive this newest technology!”

If the demo video on Kickstarter is to be believed, the screen withstands pretty much everything, as they show even the iPhone’s display taking an impact from a hammer a number of times. Scientifically, sapphire can only be scratched by diamond, so the chances of actually marking this product is slim. Although this is meant to be one of the most protective screens on the market, it still seems to keep the high sensitivity we have all grown to love from the iPhone screen.

The screen is being Kickstarted for a hefty $60 with a $10 international shipping charge, and promises to be delivered in May 2013.

Krystal Screen Protector


Apple have filed a patent for quick access to certain apps directly from the iPhone’s lock screen.

Apple have said that the patent application outlines a system of rotating the “slide to unlock” slider on the iOS lock screen upwards, providing access to apps directly, without having to unlock the phone itself.

The patent does mention a touch sensitive home button on the slider which after a certain gesture would let you get access to certain apps.

Apple file a lot of patents, not all of them actually get used in final products, but this is the one that we think really needs to be implemented as the functionality in the lock screen is very limited compared to its competitiors.

Slide to unlock

40 years ago today, Motorola engineer Martin Cooper made one of the most important phone calls in the mobile phones history. Mr Cooper in New York, called Joel Engel of AT&T (a rival firm) and said “Joel, this is Marty. I’m calling you from a cellphone, a real handheld portable cellphone. I’m ringing you just to see if my call sounds good at your end. ” This call not only symbolised a turning point in the technology’s history, but also marked the end of the race to produce the first portable phone, handing Motorola the win.

It was on a Motorola DynaTAC 8000x which measured 9in tall, and had over 30 circuit boards within it. Its average talk time was 35 mins but needed 10 hours to recharge the huge battery.  It’s hard to believe that current smart phones descended from this device. Nowadays we worry less about the quality of the phone call and more the quality of internet access, maps, games and apps which our phones are powered to command.

Portable phones were primarily aimed at business men who needed to make calls on the go, now most of us could not imagine a life without the trusty smart phone in our hand as the industry alone generates annual revenues of around £800bn globally.

The Tech Spy can’t wait to see what the next 40 years of technology in this field brings the humble mobile phone.

Happy Birthday!

Old Phone


A spring/summer launch for the next iPhone is looking more and more likely as yet another report has been released indicating production of the 5S is about to start.

WSJ reported the 5S as being of similar size and shape as the iPhone 5 just with upgraded hardware, which follows closely with all other iPhone releases. Expect to see a faster processor, more RAM and a better camera, but nothing else really to excite us.

Recent patent filings have indicated a cheaper iPhone being launched with a ceramic based shell to compete with the lower end of the market, still retaining its 4-inch retina display. This makes sense as they have been throwing this idea around for a long time and will look to displace the likes of Sony, Samsung and Blackberry from the hands of the younger end of the market.

All reports are indicating a summer announcement with release weeks after.


One of the risks of having such great tech is the fact it is even easier now for criminals to target you to make easy money.

We are all guilty of walking down the road, openly looking at our smart phone without a care in the world, this could not be a better sight for any thief. Imagine walking down this same road, but holding £300 in cash, would you do this? It’s basically the same, and unfortunately this is the way that thieves view you and your phone. The good news is that you can protect yourself with certain tweaks which a lot of iPhone owners do not know about.

Firstly, make sure you have Apple’s very own “Find iPhone” app which can be downloaded from the app store, as this will allow you to track your iPhone if it has been lost or stolen. With this app you can remote wipe the phone to at least give you some peace of mind. This can be accessed via the internet on any web browser through

Now, criminals have got tech savvy and have realised that merely deleting the “Find iPhone” app and switching off location services disables the tracking feature which police can use to track the phone down, so here is how to stop them doing this;

  1. Click on Settings
  2. Hit General
  3. Select Restrictions – at the point you will be asked to setup a pass code, do this!
  4. Click “Enable Restrictions”
  5. Scroll down and look for Deleting Apps and toggle the switch to “Off” – This stops people deleting “Find iPhone” which aids in locating the phone after its been stolen.
  6. Scroll down to the section labelled Privacy
  7. Click on Location Services and then click “Don’t Allow Changes” – This stops location services from being disabled without your pass code.
  8. Lastly, scroll down to the Allow Changes section and click on Accounts, then hit “Don’t Allow Changes” – This will stop anyone disabling your iCloud account and will allow the phone to be tracked as long as a Sim card is in the phone.

This makes it impossible for your phone to be disabled, so if you do encounter the worst and your iPhone is stolen, call the police and hand over your iCloud account details and let them track your phone.