Apple Re-Releases iOS 9.3 for Older Devices to Fix Activation Lock Bug

Apple Re-Releases iOS 9.3 for Older Devices to Fix Activation Lock Bug

Less than a week after the release of iOS 9.3, and its retraction for select devices, Apple on Monday made available a new build of iOS 9.3 that it claims fixes the activation bug that many older iOS devices were facing.

Last week, Apple pulled iOS 9.3 for select devices after many users complained that their iPhone andiPad were getting bricked. Some noted that they were not able to complete the activation process as it was showing inaccurate Apple ID in suggestions. The issue was only affecting users who either had aniPad Air or an even older iPad tablet, or an iPhone 5s or an even older iPhone model. Apple last week released a new build for iOS 9.3 for iPad 2, and on Monday, it released a new build for rest of the affected devices as well.

iOS 9.3 build 13E237, which is now available for all iOS 9 users with the aforementioned older devices as an over-the-air update or through iTunes, promises to complete the upgrade process without any hiccup. Additionally, Apple has also resumed the signing of the iOS 9.3 build, which it had stopped last week in the light of software issues.

Originally unveiled on Monday, iOS 9.3 comes with a range of new features. Chief among which is Night Shift that changes the tone of the display to make the display more easier on eyes. Apple says that Night Shift can improve a user’s sleep quality. Additionally, iOS 9.3 also comes with several features aimed at the education sector, and also brings the ability to password-protect a note.

Pandora Co-Founder Tim Westergren Returns as CEO

Pandora Co-Founder Tim Westergren Returns as CEO

Shares of Pandora plunged Monday as news that co-founder Tim Westergren was returning as chief executive failed to ignite confidence in the group’s long-term prospects.

Westergren, who helped found the Internet radio service in the early 2000s and served as chief executive from 2002 to 2004, replaces Brian McAndrews, who is stepping down.

“Tim is the ideal CEO for Pandora as we embark on our next phase of growth,” said chairman Jim Feuille.

“As the original founder, Tim carries the vision for how Pandora can transform the music industry and he is uniquely able to connect with listeners, music makers and employees.”

In midday trade, shares of Pandora were down 10.2 percent at $9.82.

Pandora shares have come under pressure as rivals such as Apple and Spotify have built up signficant Internet music businesses. In 2015, Pandora reported a loss of $169.7 million.

US media have reported that the company has hired Morgan Stanley to advise it on strategic options, including a possible sale of the company.

Westergren, a musician and composer who worked in the music industry for more than 20 years, helped launch Pandora’s Music Genome Project, which suggests new music selections to consumers based on their taste. The service caught on, enabling Pandora to go public in 2011 with more than 80 million registered users.

However, shares have fallen steeply over the last two years as competition has intensified.

Faced with slowing growth, the company has unveiled a plan of heavy investment to ramp up its on-demand service, expand its event ticketing operations and build a bigger international presence. The company in February said these initiatives would allow it to notch $4 billion in annual revenues within five years, compared with $1.2 billion in 2015.

However, reaching these goals will require “navigating multiple hurdles,” such as complex deals with record labels to build an on-demand service and overcoming historically lean profit margins in event ticketing, Morgan Stanley said in a February note.

112 to Soon Become Single Number for All Emergency Services

112 to Soon Become Single Number for All Emergency Services

People will soon have to dial just a single number ‘112’ for help during emergency situations such as availing services of police, ambulance and the fire department.

The proposal to have a single number for various emergency services, approved by the inter-ministerial panel Telecom Commission, would be similar to the ‘911’ all-in-one emergency service in the US.

All existing emergency numbers will be phased out within a year of rolling out 112, depending upon the awareness about this new facility.

“Telecom Commission has accepted Trai’s recommendation on single emergency number 112. It will now be drafted by the Department of Telecom and will require Telecom Minister’s (Ravi Shankar Prasad) approval. It will be rolled out within months rather than a year,” an official source told PTI.

The source said the panel has accepted recommendations of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) after including clarifications given by it.

In India, different emergency communication and response systems are in place police (100), fire brigade (101), ambulance (102) and Emergency Disaster Management (108).

Also, a number of states have notified various helpline numbers for assistance to special categories of citizens, like Woman in distress – 181 (Delhi), Missing Children and Women – 1094 (Delhi), Crime Against Women – 1096 (Delhi), Police Headquarter helpline – 1090 (Uttar Pradesh) etc.

A person in distress will now need to call 112, which will direct the call to concerned departments immediately for help.

The service will also be accessible even through those SIMs and landlines whose outgoing call facility has been stopped or temporarily suspended.

A user will be able to make communication even through SMS and the system will learn about the location of the caller that will be shared with the nearest help centre.

The service will be operated by a call centre like facility, which will have representatives speaking in Hindi, English and the local language.