How to Update Samsung 840 Evo SSD Firmware using your Mac

A few months ago Samsung released a Drive Restoration Tool for the Samsung 840 Evo SSD which also included a firmware update for the SSD. You simply needed to run the Restoration Tool and let it do its business, which took a few minutes.

The Restoration Tool was designed to fix performance issues relating to read speeds when accessing older files, whilst also updating the drives firmware. Sadly it looks like the fix was not successful, but don’t worry Samsung has released a new firmware update (EXT0DB6Q) which should and remaining issues.

The 840 Evo SSD itself is a great piece of hardware and has proven itself time and time again in benchmarks and stress tests so with this firmware update I would recommend this drive to anyone in the market for an SSD, its is at a great price point right now.

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Access Hidden Settings Menu in Instagram’s Hyperlapse App

Instagram’s Hyperlapse app is a great way to capture timelapse video on your iOS device. The results are silky smooth video with very little effort on your part.

You can also use Hyperlapse at 1x speed to generate great results that look like they have been filmed using a steadicam.

After playing with the app for a few days I noticed the output video was only in 720p, and to make things worse there didn’t seem to be an option to change this as there is no settings menu…..or is there?

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Install iOS 8.3 Public Beta without an Invite

So Apple have decided to offer iOS 8.3 in the form of a Public Beta, the problem is for now at least it seems to be invite only. I am already a member of the OS X Public Beta but still wasn’t worthy enough to be chosen for the iOS 8.3 Public Beta. No matter this can be easily fixed by following the simple steps below.

This method DOES NOT require your iOS device to be jailbroken, you also don’t need to have an Apple Developer Account.

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How to enable Gzip Compression on your WordPress Site

Enabling Gzip on your website is a great way to speed things up a little. Gzip can reduce your page sizes by over 70%, which in turn will allow your site to load faster. This could also have SEO benefits due to search engines like Google preferring faster sites, this could potentially allow your website to rank higher in search results.

Let us not kid ourselves here. Enabling Gzip is only one of many ways to speed up your site so don’t expect your website to shoot to No.1 in the Google search results there are many factors Google take into consideration. But as they say…every little helps.

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Apple Releases iOS 8.1.3

As updates go iOS 8.1.3 is far from a major release, it is purely a Bug Fix and Performance release. That being said its still worth updating if your like me and spend a good portion of your day on your iOS devices.

If you are jailbroken I would recommend holding off until its been confirmed that you can jailbreak 8.1.3, but I would imagine Apple has patched a few vulnerabilities which the jailbreak would need.

You can update your iOS device to 8.1.3 by going to Settings > General > Software Update. I would suggest backing up your device via iCloud or iTunes before updating.

If you would like to know what fixes and performance improvements have been made in this release checkout the changelog below.

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Apple Updates OS X Yosemite with 10.10.2 Bug Fixing Update

In the last few minutes Apple has released OS X Yosemite 10.10.2, which includes a number of bug fixes and security updates.

I am sure most people are in the same boat as me and praying this update finally fixes the Wi-Fi issues that have plagued OS X Yosemite. The update is available through the Mac App Store as normal.

To see a full list of changes/fixes in this version of Yosemite check out the full Changelog below.

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Add a Favicon, Apple Touch Icons and more to your Website

One of the main issues when creating websites is ensuring they look good on all platforms and browsers. This is not always as straight forward as we would like due to the many factors which need to be taken into consideration.

Something which was fairly straight forward was adding a favicon to your site, this is a unique icon that is usually displayed in the web browsers address bar or open tab. The icon is usually branded with either the websites logo or initials.

The problem now is websites also need to cater for Apple Touch Icons, Windows 8 Tiles, Windows Task Bar Icons and more. But don’t worry, you can now generate all the required code and icons by simply uploading a single image.

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Turn any printer into an AirPrint Printer using your Mac

Printing from your iPhone or iPad still seems to be harder than it should be unless you buy a dedicated AirPrint printer, which seem to cost allot more than other consumer printers.

I personally use an Epson BX305 Inkjet Printer which is wireless but does not support AirPrint, so the only way I can print from my iOS devices to this printer is using the Epson iOS app. This method works but the app itself is clunky and using a dedicated app for printing is not good for most workflows.

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WordPress Twenty Fifteen Child Theme Download

With WordPress 4.1 came a new WordPress default theme, Twenty Fifteen. The theme is a clean and responsive design and perfect for most bloggers to get their work online. If you are looking at modifying any WordPress theme you need to ensure you create a Child Theme, this allows you to modify the theme to suit your needs without theme updates overwriting the modifications you have made.

I have created a WordPress Twenty Fifteen Child Theme and packaged it in a .zip file to save others needing to create there own.

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Jailbreak iOS 8.1.2 using your Mac with PP Jailbreak

A new tool called PP Jailbreak for Mac OS X has been released which allows you to Jailbreak your iOS device running iOS 8.1.2. PP Jailbreak is of course an untethered jailbreak, which as most will know is the best type of jailbreak. PP Jailbreak is compatible with iOS 8 to iOS 8.1.2.

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