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Skyrim Bleak Temple Bug Workaround

There is a relatively minor bug in Skyrim for the Xbox 360. It turns up in the the room with the iron gate and three statues around the middle of Bleak Falls Temple and initially it seems to completely block your progress. When you enter the room there are three statues on your left. These should rotate between three images which you need to get in the correct order in order to open the gate when you pull the lever in the centre of the room.

However, on some occasions when you get to these statues and activate them they do not move. In order to get around this bug simply go back, leave the temple and then reenter it again. When you get back to the room the statues should all be rotating normally. It's a strange one but at least it's easy to resolve.

Top 10 Podcasts Of 2011

With the Christmas season upon us and year end approaching I wanted to take this opportunity to recognise what I consider to be the Top 10 Podcasts of 2011. These are the shows that I always make sure I have up-to-date on the iPhone before I get into the car.

1. MacBreak Weekly - TWiT
2. CrackBerry Podcast - Mobile Nations
3. Mobile Nations Podcast - Mobile Nations
4. T3 Podcast - T3.com
5. Piers Morgan Tonight - CNN
6. AC360 - CNN
7. TWiT - TWiT
8. TWiG - TWiT
9. Motley Fool Money - Motley Fool
10. HBR IdeaCast - Harvard Business Review

Congratulations to Leo Laporte and MacBreak Weekly for taking the number one spot and TWiT Network for three top ten shows. I thought the handling of the Steve Jobs health stories and his sad passing was second to none and showed real professionalism and journalistic integrity. Keep up the great work guys.

iOS Mail App and Stability Issues

After using iOS5 on iPhone 4S and iPad 1 since it was available I've been noticing quite a few problems with the mail application. Composing long emails causes crashes but even more concerning at random times it just hangs. Unfortunately it doesn't crash so I don't even know its happened until I notice I haven't received mails in a long times and I try to access the application. At that point the UI is unresponsive and it eventually crashes and restarts. iOS is fully updated so it isn't fixed yet. Anyone have a fix for this problem? Removing accounts doesn't make a difference.

On the note of iOS problems, has anyone noticed a general instability with all applications on the OS especially on the older generation iPad. Random crashes really appears to be the norm even with over 2GB free. I really hope 5.1 resolves these because the bugs are very un-Apple like and very very frustrating.

How I Would Turn Around RIM

Over recent times I've seen one of my favourite technology companies slip from a position of smartphone leadership to the whipping boy of the technology and business press. While I am a user of Apple products, I own and have owned, a number of BlackBerry smartphones and now a BlackBerry Playbook, which I am actually using to type this post. In recent times it has become harder to recommend people buy RIM products. Management seem to have lost their vision and their ability to execute on any kind of strategy and the technology being developed is either horribly delayed, buggy or both. So, here's what I would do to fix RIM.

1. License iTunes DRM.
While this would be expensive it would be worth pursuing. Considering the lockin Apple gets from its vertical ecosystem this would help users transition to new platforms and still bring the content they paid for with them. This may require an anti-trust case through the courts initially as i would expect Apple to turn down any initial …

iOS 5 Battery Improvement Advice

If you're like me then you enthusiastically updated to iOS 5 the second it came out and then happily headed into work once the upgrade, which felt like it took days, was completed. Also if you're like me you have an iPhone charging cable everywhere you go, with good reason. But this time you may have found that your iPhone spent much more time dangling off the charging cable than usual. If so then here's a tip to get some of that performance back: remove weather and stock from notifications.

1. Tap on Settings
2. Tap on Notifications
3. Tap Edit in the top right
4. Drag Weather and Stocks out of the notification centre list by tapping and holding on the three bars on the right side of the weather and stock row and dragging it into the Not In Notification Centre list which is towards the bottom of the screen.
5. Once both are out of the list tap Done in the top right

I've seen a massive improvement in battery life and performance since doing this so it may be worth tryi…

iOS 5 Reminders Issue

One of the most useful elements of Apple's new iOS 5 is the Reminder app. However, within minutes of getting my 3GS updated and logging into iCloud I realised my Reminders app was useless. This isn't a judgment on the app it's because I couldn't create an item let alone actually be reminded of anything. Only the Completed list displayed and there was no little +.

If anyone else finds themselves in this position the fix is rather easy but strange. Navigate to iCloud under settings. If Reminder sync is off turn it on. Let it Sync up then head back to the Reminders app and everything should be ready to go. Strange bug but certainly a bug.

Steve Jobs Has Died

Goodbye Steve and thank you for all the memories

Predictions For Tomorrows iPhone Announcement

We are a only hours away from the launch of the new iPhone and iOS5. We already know most of the iOS features but what about the new iPhone? Well I'm predicting that we will see two iPhones tomorrow. The iPhone 4S will be a minor upgrade of the iPhone 4 with a a global chip, lower cost and most importantly a repaired antenna. The iPhone 5 will be the higher cost model with a design similar to the iPad 2, larger screen achieved by removing bezels, NFC, dual core processor and 1Gb of RAM. Tim Cooks final announcement will be the voice recognition and control system built into the iPhone 5.

I think we may also see Steve Jobs tomorrow for a very short time towards the end of the presentation. This will be a symbolic public handover and something of a goodbye to the Apple faithful.

Bored Of Apple?

The first computer I ever used was an Apple, my current laptop and desktop are both Apple computers and my iPad, iPhone and iPod are seldom away from me. That has made my feelings over the last few months a surprise and a gut wrenching disappointment, I think I've become bored of Apple.

That's a big statement. The company is on fire, the products are flying off the shelves, everyone seems to be carrying an Apple logo around and yet another new iPhone is on the way. So why the boredom? Well the medias handling of one item on that previous list is the first cause. It's nothing but iPhone 5/iPhone 4S in the news. The conversation in the technology world over the last few weeks can be summed up as:
Blog: Is it going to be an iPhone 5?
Blog: Yes
Blog: Is is going to be an iPhone 4S?
Blog: Yes
Blog: Maybe...No....Yes.....My unnamed sources say yes/no/maybe/who are Apple again?

It's been weeks of this. Leaked images of nothing in particular. Unnamed sources seem to be coming …

Steve Jobs: Why 2011 Is Not Like 1985

Last month Steve Jobs stepped done as CEO of Apple Inc. Before I go into the article I want to take the opportunity to wish Steve well in his role as Chairman and in his personal life as well as wishing Tim Cook well in his new role as CEO of Apple.

I think it's fair to say that the tech press has been divided over the future prospects of Apple. Many have looked back to the ten years between 1985 and 1995 when Steve was in the non-Apple wilderness of NeXT and Pixar. This look to the past tells the story of an Apple that wandered in it's own organisational and innovative wilderness. When Mr Jobs rejoined and became iCEO (interim CEO) Apple had only 90 days before bankruptcy. While Mr Jobs has not left the company he is now in a much more 'hands off' role and therefore this is a good time to ask: Is history going to repeat itself and will Apple look the same in 2021 as it did in 1995?

Well before we answer lets take a look at the Apple of 1985, the Apple Mr Jobs left be…

Problem Moving Email Accounts After BlackBerry Device Change

Recently I decided to move back to my BlackBerry Bold 9000 from the 9780. With the bigger keyboard, silver edges and, believe it or not, the trackball, I find the 9000 an absolute joy to use. I ran into a problem though, my email accounts would not move over. I used email setup as usual and got presented with the screen accurately saying that a new device had been detected and my accounts had to be moved. I agreed and entered the passwords for each one, nothing happened. They reported success but no activation mails, no nothing.

The solution I found is unfortunately slightly typical of RIM in that it's unnecessarily complicated. Here's the solution that worked for me:
1. Rather than going to Email Setup navigate to http://mobile.blackberry.com on your device browser.
2. Select your country from the drop down.
3. Scroll down and select to Email.
4. Scroll down on the next screen and select Integrate Email
5, You will be presented with a screen notifying you that a new device i…

Lion Preparing To Roar

I've been taking a look at the Mac App Store tonight and updates are beginning to appear for applications that will allow them to support Lion. It looks to me like the rumours may indeed be true. Lion could be on its way to us in a matter of hours. Let the refreshing of the App Store commence.

Image from Apple.com