Forgot your Passcode iPhone X, 8, 7, 6, iPad, iPod

The step by step video on how to fix the forgotten passcode.

The Problem – Forgot your Passcode

So you have restarted your iPhone and you have forgot your Passcode. This can happen because you use your finger print scanner or face recognition software and when you restart your iPhone it asks you for your passcode. This can be really frustrating however we should be able to step you through this problem.

Step 1 – Remember the Passcode

The first and easiest thing to do is to try and remember the passcode. This might seem obvious, but it might be easier than wiping your device which is what we will have to do to get rid of it.

Step 2 – Computer with iTunes

Next up you will need a computer with iTunes. This is because you will actually need to restore the iOS software on your phone. Kind of like reloading the iPhone so it is the new as if you just brought it from Apple.

Forgot your passcode
Forgot your passcode, restore your iPhone with iTunes.

Once this is done the next step here is too put the iPhone in recovery mode screen. Depending on your model the steps to do this are different. Watch the video above for more info on recovery mode for your iPhone. You should know what your device is in recovery mode as it will come up with a lighting USB picture on your phone or it will come in with a message in iTunes that your device is in recovery mode.

Next you will have three options: Cancel, Update and Restore. Now is a good time to mention that this process will wipe any data on the iPhone including your passcode. So just try to remember your passcode one more time before going to the next step.

Next click restore and then next option will be restore and update. Then your iPhone should reset itself and you should be able to setup your device again from scratch. Good luck ! πŸ™‚

Apple iPhone 8 – is it still good in 2019?

Apple iPhone 8 video.

The new features for the Apple iPhone 8 are wireless charging and fast charging. The iPhone also comes with the A11 6 core CPU which powers the cameras along the back. It also comes with louder speakers, Bluetooth 2.0 and has true tone technology on the display.

The recommended retail price is $599 USD or in Australia $1149. The iPhone comes in three different colours Silver, Space Grey and Gold. You can also choose two different capacity 64 GB or 256 GB. Next up you can choose the iPhone to be carrier unlocked and go sim free.

The iPhone 8 is capable of fast charging, however it doesn’t come with a fast charging adapter out of the box. So you will have to buy that separately. Standard wired ear pods which connected to the lighting port on the bottom of the phone. Fast charging allows you to charge half the device in 30 mins.

For the first time on the iPhone 8 it comes with a glass back panel which allows you to charge the phone with wireless charging. So if you are in the market for a protective cover for the phone make sure you check that it works with the wireless charger you wish to use.

The Apple iPhone 8 comes with a 4.7 inch retina display with a resolution of 1334 x 750 which is good for 326 ppi. However its still an IPS display, however it looks fantastic and it gets about 625 nits of Max brightness.

Apple iPhone 8 Gaming
Apple iPhone 8 Gaming with the A11 6 core cpu

A better CPU works really well for Gaming, but it also works well for the powerful 12 mega pixel camera. The camera on the back of the phone also supports five times digital zoom.

How to clean the iRobot Roomba – Step by step

Cleaning the cleaner! How to clean the iRobot Roomba.

Running the iRobot Roomba on a weekly basis means that you will have to clean the Vacuum itself. We will show you how to clean the iRobot Roomba so that your RoboVac stays in tip top shape. Once the RoboVac has cleaned your floors, the steps below will tell you how to keep it operating.

Empty the iRobot Roomba bin

Step 1: Empty the bin. The bin is the main tray on the iRobot Roomba that gets full from doing the household vacuuming. It is located on the back of the iRobot Roomba. To empty the bin simply press the button on the back of the RoboVac and it should slide out. So once you pulled the bin out, there is a door on the back that which you can open and simply pour out the dust. You will need to pour the dust out after every use because it will fill up.

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Empty the bin on the back of the iRobot Roomba.

So remove your blue filter you can take it about and clean it. Because it catches the fine dust.

Step 2: If you turn the iRobot Roomba over you will see some brushes and two yellow tabs which you can lift and remove those brushes. The roller brushes are used to sweep dust into the bin of the iRobot Roomba and you will need to remove duct and hair that gets caught around these rollers.

Step 3: So the next step here is to clean the castor wheel and it allows the iRobot Roomba to steer. Use your fingers to pull the whole wheel out. Sometimes it gets hair around it. This will need cleaning every two weeks.

Step 4: This is the last step. You will need to clean the side wheel, but first remove it with a screwdriver. Turn the screwdriver to remove the wheel and simply clean as you need it.

Don’t you miss out on our last video which will show you the iRobot Roomba unboxing.

iRobot Roomba 637 – The Best RoboVac?

Unboxing of the iRobot Roomba 637

In this video we will take a look at the iRobot Roomba 637. This is the base model of the iRobot Roomba range but does a great job of cleaning.

When you start looking at the iRobot Roomba vacuums there is actually six different models and they all have different features like scheduling, WIFI connection and tangle free brushes.

iRobot Roomba Virtual Wall.

The iRobot Roomba comes with a Virtual wall which is just an invisible sensor that stops the vacuum from going into a certain areas. You can use this device to block off parts of your floor like stairs or cables.

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Virtual wall that stops the RoboVac from going to areas you don’t want it to.

Stop it going where you don’t want it to go!

The docking station also has a sensor on it so you can use the docking station to stop the RoboVac going to an area which you don’t want to. So in my case I stopped it from going near my dog door.

But if you want the RoboVac to do a really good job. Just pick up anything that might get in its way. Think about how you can make your own Vacuuming job allot easier and faster by pickup clothes, kids toys. Its the same deal with the RoboVac. Because the easier you make the job for the RoboVac, the better job it will do.

If it doesn’t have to stop and go around objects then it will clean allot more space faster and do a much better job. This model does a really well along edges as well. It has a little brush that sweeps any dirt from the edges of walls and cabinets and then that dust is sucked up by the main rollers of the RoboVac.

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$20 Strip Light vs $200 Strip Light – Philips Hue

This video and article will compare a $20 Strip Light vs $200 Strip Light.
The two Strip Lights I am going to compare today are the Philips Hue, which needs a network bridge and a generic $20 Strip Light. The later you can get off Amazon or eBay.
So the starting price for the generic strip lighting is $20 and the Philips Hue range will be around $200. This will depend on which country you are from.
If we take a look at the $20 strip light first. The box contains the RGB Control Box. This control box allows us to power the strip lighting and it also allows us to use the infrared remote control to change the colour of the LED strip.

The remote control is a nice feature as it allows you to start using the strip light straight away without the need to download an app on your phone. What if you don’t have a phone? πŸ™‚ However on the Philips Hue range you need to have a phone and a phone app to be able to customise the lighting.

Depending on your lighting needs this can be a hassle. I know personally it was much easier for me to pick up a remote press two buttons for my background video lighting. But for the Philips Hue I would have to pick up my phone open my phone press on the app.

The other big issue I found was that the Philips Hue app didn’t have allot of functionality and rather to get great app features you would have to pay a 3rd party fee for a better app with more functions. Personally I found this annoying for what I needed the strip light to do. But if you have a big light show production with many lights I can see how having 1 phone with an app would be very handy comparing it to maybe five or 10 different remotes.

Another benefit of the Philips Hue range over the Generic range is the quality. The Philips strip come wrapped in protective plastic and would be less likely to brake. Where as the generic brand doesn’t have this protective cover and could break.

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Light Strips side by side with the Philips phone app and Generic remote control.

Lastly the quality of the colour thrown out by the Philips brand is much brighter and I have been told it throws out a True colour.

Want to fix your MacBook Pro by resetting SMC click here.

Fix MacBook by resetting SMC

This video will show you how to Fix MacBook by resetting SMC System Management Controller.

This should be a pretty straight forward easy one. Sometimes your Macbooks will play up and you will need to Fix it by resetting the SMC. If you are having issues suggested in the picture below then resetting the SMC should resolved these issues.

Fix MacBook by resetting SMC

You will need to hold down a combination of buttons and it will vary slightly depending on which MacBook model you have. I have tried to cover all models in the video.

I should add first to reset SMC on older MacBook’s try this video here.

Ok to get started you will need to shut your MacBook down. So just power it off. Once the Mac is powered off, Press and hold down the Shift, Ctrl and Option buttons are the same time. While holding down these buttons next press and hold the power button for 10 seconds while still holding down the Shift, Crtl and Option buttons.

Once this is done hold your power button down again to start your Mac up. This should now have reset your SMC and any issues that you were experiencing should now be gone.

If you want to check out the original Apple SMC reset page you can do that on the link here.

Macs with the T2 chipset you will need to shutdown again. Once the Mac is shutdown you will need to hold down the T2 button again for 10 seconds and this should reset the SMC and this should fix MacBook.

Lastly, shutdown your Mac again.press and hold down the right shift key. and the left option key and hold it for 7 seconds. And then press and hold down your power button for 7 seconds keeping the right shift key and left option key held down. Let them all go power on your Mac and you should have reset the SMC.

I hope this helps!

MacBook Pro Unboxing Benchmark

MacBook Pro Unboxing Benchmark

This video & article will show you a MacBook Pro Unboxing Benchmark. You will find it helpful if you are in the market of buying a MacBook Pro.

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My After thoughts are that the MacBook Pro its a great laptop for web browsing some video editing, but still these MacBook’s lack a strong GPU for people who also want to do some Gaming. Another issue that I should mention is that heat is a problem on such s small computer as a result you will hear the fans spin up quite high when the laptop is under load. I have added these details in the video so you can hear the back ground noise that they make.
Mac OS Mojave light or dark featureis pretty cool too, it allows you to set your Mac OS to light or dark mode.

MacBook Pro Unboxing Benchmark

This model has the following specs:

Retina display
13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology; 2560-by-1600 native resolution at 227 pixels per inch with support for millions of colors
500 nits brightness
Wide color (P3)
CPUs
2.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz, with 64MB of eDRAM
Configurable to
2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 4.0GHz, with 64MB of eDRAM
Storage SSD
128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, 2TB
Memory
8GB or 16GB
Graphics
Intel 640, Intel 655
Two Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports with support for:

Charging
DisplayPort
Thunderbolt (up to 40 Gbps)
USB 3.1 Gen 2 (up to 10 Gbps)
Wifi
Bluetooth
720p FaceTime HD Camera
Stereo Speakers, Two Mics and 3.5 headphone jack

Battery
Up to 10 hours wireless web
Up to 10 hours iTunes movie playback
Up to 30 days of standby time
Built-in 54.5-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery
61W USB-C Power Adapter
Size and Weight
Height: 0.59 inch (1.49 cm)
Width: 11.97 inches (30.41 cm)
Depth: 8.36 inches (21.24 cm)
Weight: 3.02 pounds (1.37 kg)3

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How to sync Samsung Phone contacts to your Google Account

How to sync Samsung Phone contacts to your Google Account

This video & article will show you How to sync Samsung Phone contacts to your Google Account.

If you ever wanted to back up your contacts on your sync Samsung Phone contacts to Google, then this article should help with achieving that.
The first step is to create a contact. You probably already have contacts so I will skip this step.

Next click your 3 little dots in the top right hand corner of the screen and click manage contacts.

Samsung Phone Contacts

With the option move contacts from phone, this is the button you want to use, but if you don’t have this option make sure you have added your Google account set under accounts section of your phone.
For the next step you will need to select the Google account that you want to send your contacts too. So select the correct account.

To sync the contacts, make sure you go into your Settings > Cloud and accounts > Accounts > Select your Google account then Sync accounts.

And tap the Sync contacts menu. This should then sync all your Samsung phone contacts to the Gmail account.

Google Contacts

Once this is done go into your Gmail account and check to see if the contacts have shown up in the contacts section of your account. If you don’t have them there simply go back through the steps see if you missed anything. Once this is done you should be pretty stress free about losing your phone and the contacts on the phone.

Other videos that might be of interest are:
How to make your Phone Number private on Samsung
A quick video to show you how to hide your phone number on a Samsung.
iOS 12, Is it faster? Benchmark & Features
A good videon for the iOS fans who want to find out if the latest iOS 12 is actually faster.