The Amazon Fire tablet range is being updated to Fire OS 5.3.1.
This release of Amazon’s Android based distribution adds some new features to the Fire tablets and adds the On Deck feature to older fourth generation Fire tablets.
There is now an option for encryption of your device, which should make keeping your data safe simpler.
Blue Shade Automatic Activation makes Blue Shade turn on and off gradually at times users can set. Great way to reduce eye strain during those late night Man In The High Castle binge sessions.
Has your Fire tablet updated? What do you think of this update? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter.
We’re big into Spotify in our house. Since my wife got the service as part of her Vodafone contract she’s always upgraded with them purely to keep the deal. Now she’ll happily gobble through a massive 10GB monthly data plan just to get the inclusive Spotify offering for two years.
I’ve only got a 4GB data plan. Is that wrong?
Have I failed as a man by having a smaller package than my wife?
That’s probably worth another article.
Spotify is claiming that Apple are making it harder for them to compete by blocking a new iPhone app. Spotify have asked lawayers to pen a letter to Apple stating that the block is “causing grave harm to Spotify and its customers”. The rejection, according to Apple, is that Spotify needs to meet “business model rules” and must use the Apple billing system.
Spotify lawyer, Horacio Gutierrez, stated that …
This latest episode raises serious concerns under both U.S. and EU competition law. It continues a troubling pattern of behaviour by Apple to exclude and diminish the competitiveness of Spotify on iOS and as a rival to Apple Music, particularly when seen against the backdrop of Apple’s previous anticompetitive conduct aimed at Spotify … we cannot stand by as Apple uses the App Store approval process as a weapon to harm competitors.
Meanwhile Apple is said to be sniffing around Jay Z’s Tidal streaming service. Apparently this is so that Apple can get access to big names like Madonna and Kanye West. Tidal have denied the rumours.
I'm not even gon lie to you. I love me so much right now.
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 24, 2016
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On June 27th HTC updated this app. It’s called the “HTC Service PNS”, and is basically their push client supporting HTC services and apps.
Since this got updated HTC M8 and HTC M9 owners have started having problems with their camera app. HTC 10 owners seem unaffected so far, but open the camera app after updating the HTC Service – HTC PNS application and, well, it’s not good. The camera fires up but then gets “stuck”. Instead of showing a live preview as normal, it just displays a frozen image of whatever first appeared. Portait or landscape, it’s all the same. Craig Clark, who got in touch with us about this, has tried everything to fix this (rolling back, wiping data etc) but has been unable to get it working. Indeed, we’ve had a nose around the comments and reviews of the app and there’s a definite trend of negative feedback.
As a work-around, Craig has started using the Open Camera application, but HTC really need to get this sorted out.
We’ve been in touch with HTC and will let you know if they respond.
Update – HTC state…
Sorry to hear you’re having troubles with the camera after the update.
Can you try going to Settings > Apps > Camera > Storage > Clear Cache/Data > Uninstall Updates if available.
Once done, go to Settings > Apps > Speak > Storage > Clear Cache/Data > Uninstall Updates if available as well.
If the Speak app is not on the list, tap on the 3 dots on the upper right of the screen then tap “Show System”.
Restart the phone then check if the Camera app will work properly again. If the steps provided does not fix the issue, at the moment, we suggest to temporarily use 3rd party camera apps.
We already coordinated with our experts to get a fix for this issue. We will send you an update right as soon as we get a feedback.