Archive for April, 2013

Safari 6.0.4 and 5.1.9 Updates

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Apple released updates to Safari today that allow users to enable the Java plug-in on a per website basis.  We generally recommend that users keep Java disabled, but in the event that you do need it, you can now choose when you want to use it.

When using Safari 6.0.4 (Mac OS X 10.7 and 10.8) and Safari 5.1.9 (Mac OS X 10.6), if you should go to a site that attempts to load a Java applet, a dialog box will appear on your screen to ask if you want to block or allow the Java applet.  You can also view a list of websites that have attempted to load Java applets by going to Preferences in Safari, clicking on the “Security” tab, and then clicking “Manage Website Settings…” You can then choose to block or allow these sites to use Java plug-ins.

There’s also a Java for OS X 2013-003 update that provides improved security by updating Java SE 6 to 1.6.0_45.  Per Apple’s notes:

“On systems that have not already installed Java for OS X 2012-006, this update disables the Java SE 6 applet plug-in. To use applets on a web page, click on the region labeled “Missing plug-in” to download the latest version of the Java applet plug-in from Oracle.”

Experiencing Battery Drain on Your iPhone 5?

Friday, April 12th, 2013

I’ve had a couple calls from clients (can you say alliteration?) about a sudden drain on their iPhone 5 battery.  In both cases, the users noticed the drain after updating to iOS 6.1.3.  I took a peak at the Apple support boards and it seems like some other users are experiencing similar issues.

We’ll keep an eye out for a statement from Apple on the issue, but in the meantime, here are some simple tips to follow to get the most out of your iPhone battery:

1. First, take a look at your usage. Settings icon > General > Usage. Scroll to the bottom and find “Time since last full charge,” and you’ll see 2 things: “Usage,” which is the amount of time your iPhone has been up and in use since its last full charge, and “Standby,” which is the amount of time your iPhone has been powered on since its last full charge.

2. Turn off push notifications (unless you really need them). Settings icon > Notifications. Look at the items “In Notification Center” and click on the ones that you don’t need push notifications from. Slide the “On” to “Off.”

3. Turn down the brightness on your screen. Settings icon > Brightness & Wallpaper. Move the bar closer to the dimmed sun icon.

4. Turn off location services that you don’t need. Settings icon > Privacy > Location Services. Go through all the applications that you don’t really care about (does IMDb really need location services on? Fruit Ninja?).

5. Go through at least one charge cycle per month. Apple defines this as charging the battery to 100% and then completely running it down.

Above and beyond all this, you can always pick up a mophie juice pack air, which is a case that gives up to an additional 8 hours of talk time on 3G (10 hours on wifi).


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