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Mac OS X running out of RAMShaun McGillTue, 02 Sep 2014 20:35:56 +0000http://www.lostinmobile.com/home/mac-os-x-running-out-of-ram52bd65a0e4b0aee2c11d35b4:52bd9eb3e4b09f4528ffce36:54062a33e4b0b0a7e18ab3a2 The box on the right shows the free memory 5 minutes after the first without actually doing anything.

The box on the right shows the free memory 5 minutes after the first without actually doing anything.

I have had a problem with my iMac ever since I installed Mavericks and it is something that seems to be getting worse so I am turning to you clever people in the hope that one of you will be able to explain what is going on.

I am using a mid-2011 iMac and it has 12GB of RAM installed. This should be more than powerful enough to cope with daily demands, but the RAM is running out every hour or so at which point everything slows to a crawl. I read somewhere that an operating system should use all of the RAM available to it to ensure the best possible performance which is fine, but when the RAM runs out I cannot get things moving again until I free some with an app.

At this moment I am running Sparrow, Firefox, TweetBot, Seashore, Bean, Reeder, NoteFile and a few others, but the RAM is still being eaten up at an alarming rate even when I am not doing anything specific. I have tried different browsers, email clients and other alternative apps to no avail. So, do any of you understand what is going on and if so, what can I do to fix it?


Mac OS X running out of RAM  View ?

The box on the right shows the free memory 5 minutes after the first without actually doing anything.

The box on the right shows the free memory 5 minutes after the first without actually doing anything.

I have had a problem with my iMac ever since I installed Mavericks and it is something that seems to be getting worse so I am turning to you clever people in the hope that one of you will be able to explain what is going on.

I am using a mid-2011 iMac and it has 12GB of RAM installed. This should be more than powerful enough to cope with daily demands, but the RAM is running out every hour or so at which point everything slows to a crawl. I read somewhere that an operating system should use all of the RAM available to it to ensure the best possible performance which is fine, but when the RAM runs out I cannot get things moving again until I free some with an app.

At this moment I am running Sparrow, Firefox, TweetBot, Seashore, Bean, Reeder, NoteFile and a few others, but the RAM is still being eaten up at an alarming rate even when I am not doing anything specific. I have tried different browsers, email clients and other alternative apps to no avail. So, do any of you understand what is going on and if so, what can I do to fix it?

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(02/09/2014 @ 22:35)
iCloud was not hacked  View ?

We wanted to provide an update to our investigation into the theft of photos of certain celebrities. When we learned of the theft, we were outraged and immediately mobilized Apple
(02/09/2014 @ 20:46)
(02/09/2014 @ 20:31)
Banksy hits out at phones and corporations  View ?

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Banksy has published the above sketch on Twitter which is open to interpretation by each individual. To me, however, he is commenting on how modern phones are becoming a part of us and how so many are struggling to detach themselves.

He also published the above sketch which is presumably a dig at the likes of Microsoft, Disney, Apple and other giant corporations. Interesting stuff. Thanks to Jennifer for the links.

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(02/09/2014 @ 20:24)
Apple's confusing iCloud strategy  View ?

I raised a support request yesterday and had a conversation with Apple today concerning downgrading my iCloud allowance. Last month I raised the allowance to 15GB (the free 5GB + 10GB at £14/year) and a few days ago I raised it to 25GB for £28/year. This was done to back up all 4 iPhones in our house, but I soon realised that I did not need the second upgrade.

The problem started when I tried to downgrade. I chose the 15Gb option in Settings on my iPhone and not a lot happened. On my Mac and iPhone it still showed 25GB and after some digging I realised that I would have 25GB until the end of the year so I raised a support ticket. The process for obtaining a refund from Apple for an iCloud downgrade is to 'contact Apple' which seems quite vague and very un-Apple. Throughout there was no clarity and the simplicity of the online billing options for this service are too simple to make sense of.

Apple called at the allotted time, as always happens, and a very polite man asked what the issue was. I explained that all I needed was the 15GB option and that I would like a refund for the storage I had paid about that amount. Apple clearly states that a refund is applicable if cancelled within a certain time- "If you upgrade or renew your storage but no longer need it, you can cancel. If you cancel your storage plan within 15 days of an upgrade or within 45 days after a yearly payment, you can contact Apple for a full refund. After this period, you can downgrade your storage for the following year. "

He was more than happy to arrange this for me and then announced that I currently had 35GB of iCloud storage.

"Um, no I don't. I have 25GB- it says so on my iPhone and my iMac."

"No sir. You upgraded and added 10GB and then you added another 20GB."

"No I didn't. It clearly states that I have a 25GB allowance and so does the billing screen."

He then advised that he was going to speak to his supervisor. After 2 minutes he came back on the line and advised that I have 35GB of iCloud space, as was confirmed by his supervisor.

A 5 minute discussion ensued at which point he went to speak to his supervisor again. After some more time he came back on the line, apologised and explained that they had gotten confused by the options.

So, we were all set to downgrade my service. The problem was, however, that he had no way to downgrade it to 15GB. He had to completely cancel the extra 20GB and I then had to purchase the extra 10GB again to get it back to the point I started with. He explained that a refund would arrive in 3-5 days for the £15.53 I had recently paid and I fully expect that to happen.

What I don't understand is why the process is so half-backed. When you click the downgrade option on a device, it just puts a tick next to it and nothing changes. You then need to manually ask for a refund at which point I happened to speak to support people who were not really sure how the iCloud storage and pricing worked. And then they had to go through a convoluted process to arrange the refund.

Don't get me wrong. As ever, the support rep was very helpful, very polite and I still left the call feeling good, but I sort of felt sorry that he had to deal with a situation that is purely of Apple's making. The billing setup for iCloud is non-transparent and most unlike every other part of the Apple online services I have seen. It is a manual process to obtain a refund and not a lot of it makes sense. As it happens he also asked why I did't need the extra storage and I explained that iCloud is good for backing up my devices. but not for much else. I added two notes to the Notes app last week on my iMac and they appeared 2 days later on my iPhone. iMessages routinely get muddled up between the iMac, iPhone and iPad and I have also lost a handful of non-important files in the past month which I didn't have time to investigate.

I will gladly pay a premium for Apple hardware because the support alone offers peace of mind and the knowledge that I will be able to use said products every single day without any major interruptions. I will not, however, pay a premium (even though the pricing is soon to drop considerably) for a service which is not even competitive with the likes of Google and Dropbox in terms of speed and reliability.

iCloud is the one major product Apple offers which does not work as it should (in my experience) and to discover that the billing processes do not seem to have been thought through either was a shock. I just hope that Apple is putting a lot of people and effort into building a cloud service that works as it should because this feature is becoming more and more important every day and it feels as though Apple is being left behind.

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(02/09/2014 @ 19:44)
Siri vs. Cortana   View ?

I don't think this commercial quite works, but I do like the last comment from Siri.

(02/09/2014 @ 15:12)
Samsung Gear S Swarovski edition  View ?

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. and Swarovski, the global leader in cut crystal and fashion jewelry, today announced the release of the Samsung Gear S Strap, the latest addition to its

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(02/09/2014 @ 15:05)
10 phones, five watches, and more  View ?

Rumors, leaks, teaser videos, and even initial announcements have appeared over the last couple of weeks showing that this week will keep smartphone fans busy as many then look to the iPhone 6 announcement the following week.
Most announcements will be coming at IFA in Berlin with four other devices likely being revealed by Motorola in Chicago. Here is a rundown of what we can likely expect this week, in alphabetical order... More at ZDNet.

A huge number of mobile devices are incoming.

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(02/09/2014 @ 15:00)
Power Jacket For iPhone 6  View ?

An ergonomic design of portable back-up battery pack for iPhone 6 (4.7 inch). It can be used as a protective cover, protects your iPhone 6 (4.7 inch) from strong momentum and provides excellent console protection... More at Brando.

I wonder how many of these 'early' devices end up either not working or fitting properly.

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(02/09/2014 @ 09:30)
webOS lives  View ?

As a mobile operating system, we

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(02/09/2014 @ 09:27)
MOTA Smart Ring  View ?

Update yourself from calls, texts, and social media with vibrations from your finger. The MOTA SmartRing lets you live your busy schedule, but still be able to interact with your social life and what

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(01/09/2014 @ 20:50)
The Triplette chair  View ?

Well off topic, but I felt the Triplette chair deserved a link because it is so clever. Click this link to see how it works.

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(01/09/2014 @ 18:51)
The Truth About Beats  View ?

Excellent and informative as ever from Marques.

(01/09/2014 @ 18:50)
Apple's iPhone wallet  View ?

Apple Inc. plans to turn its next iPhone into a mobile wallet through a partnership with major payment networks, banks and retailers, according a person familiar with the situation.
The agreement includes Visa Inc., MasterCard Inc. and American Express Co. and will be unveiled on Sept. 9 along with the next iPhone, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the talks are private.
The new iPhone will make mobile payment easier by including a near-field communication chip for the first time, the person said. That advancement along with Touch ID, a fingerprint recognition reader that debuted on the most recent iPhone, will allow consumers to securely pay for items in a store with the touch of a finger... More at Bloomberg.

This could be transformative.

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(01/09/2014 @ 18:45)
What does Apple need to do for you next week?  View ?

No matter how much you dislike Apple or how much you believe that the company is hyped to an outrageous extent, next week's event is shaping up to be the biggest tech moment of the year. The rumours have been swirling for a long time and there is a sense that we have already seen the form of the 4.7" iPhone 6. There are still many unknowns, however, and the wearable is likely the biggest one.

Will Apple launch something that makes the current crop of wearables look backwards? Will the company create another 2007 iPhone moment? I don't know, but I sense that next Monday will be a big day because I believe the company needs one and that it has been too quiet for too long. Something has been happening in the background and we are about to see what it is.

So, what do you want to see announced? If you are an ardent Android fan or an ardent Apple hater, what could the company do to make you think twice? If you are satisfied with the current iPhone, what would make you even more satisfied? It's the battery for me, it really is just that.

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(31/08/2014 @ 19:36)
Stealing PIN codes with an iPhone  View ?

Well that was worryingly easy...

(31/08/2014 @ 11:22)
What caused Robert Scoble and others to switch from iOS to Android?  View ?

Later, Moto X showed me that there's yet again, more innovation coming on the Android side of the fence (you can't talk to your iPhone without touching it first), but on Moto X it just listens for you to say "OK Google Now." Since it is illegal to touch a phone while driving, both Glass and Moto X are big deals for me since I drive 1.5 hours every day to the Rackspace Studio in San Francisco and back. 
That all said, I still have an iPad and am watching the Apple ecosystem closely. Most users won't follow me, there aren't enough advantages -- yet. But with Paul's note, and my observations, there is something happening on the Android side of the fence and I think it'll become more obvious next year that Android has taken the innovation crown away from Apple (and everyone else)... More at Quora.

Robert Scoble has added some thoughts to Quora on why he moved from iOS to Android. He makes some valid points, but of course each person has different priorities. Thanks to Paul for the link.

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(31/08/2014 @ 10:51)
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The palmtop void  View ?

The clamshell has proved as hard to push aside in the PC world as it's been hard to bring back in the mobile world. In the late '90s, operating systems such as Windows CE and Symbian powered palmtops such as the Philips Velo and the Psion Series 5; the latter showed that you could create a usable keyboard in a pocket-size clamshell device.
But the need for on-the-go productivity gadget hasn't disappeared. Thumb keyboards are handy for typing out a quick e-mail reply, but they can become tiring if used for more than a few minutes. Surely there's a significant enough base of people needing to type out accurate notes at impromptu meetings when there's no laptop or tablet around. And yet, for all the niche products that have sprung forth from the Kickstarter genie, no one's attempted to create a modern palmtop, perhaps one running Android... More at c|net.

I was reading the above article yesterday when Jah also sent it to me with the comment "I'd love to see a 5MX for factor running a modern OS."

Some people believe that those of us who still look back at the Psion range of palmtops are out of touch, but I swear blind that I could write full-length articles on a Psion 5MX keyboard now if the software were updated.

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(31/08/2014 @ 10:34)
Nokia (and the rest) still need to learn from Apple  View ?

A few hours later I receive a call from Nokia Care, this time a man, but once again the call is from somewhere in the Philippines, not Nokia Care UK. The man listens patiently to me, I explain that I sent a 64gb phone in for repair, and received a 32gb in exchange and that it has a damaged sim tray. He say no problem, if the sim tray is damaged it can be replaced, then in roundabout way asks if it is possible that I had made a mistake about the capacity of the 1020 I sent for repair. I actually have the box sat in front of me on my desk, I offer to send him a picture, he tells me that they will be able to tell from the IMEI, I comment that had they checked that in the first place, this whole problem wouldn

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(30/08/2014 @ 19:31)

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