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Even though Apple has already seeded a few iOS 8.4 betas to testers, the most popular version of iOS is iOS 8.3 right now, especially on older handsets like the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 5S had a lot of issues with iOS 8 since it was launched, as Apple had omitted testing intensively to find iPhone 5S bugs that might occur for various users across the globe. The iPhone 5S is still one of the most popular Apple smartphones, right after the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus which have taken over the market this year. Although the iPhone 5S is an older smartphone, Apple still keeps it up to date with software updates and we expect that to be continuous for at least another year. Nonetheless, iPhone 5S bugs still occur on iOS 8.3, although the user experience is much better than on the rushed iOS 8.

iPhone 5S bugs on iOS 8.3 aren’t that many, as the Cupertino-based company managed to fix most of the issues that users encountered between iOS 8 and iOS 8.3. Still, there are some complaints in the community forums, so we thought that you guys would be interested in finding out what kind of bugs still occur in the iPhone 5S. Some people encounter iPhone 5S bugs and don’t even realize they are actually bugs, so this short list might be of help to them. Aside from listing the iPhone 5S bugs on iOS 8.3, I will also list possible fixes that users have proposed for them. Keep in mind that a fix that has worked for user A might not work for user B. But there’s a chance that it will, so trying never hurts.

The banner mail notifications bug is one of my favorite iPhone 5S bugs on iOS 8.3. It’s a favorite because I don’t even consider it a bug, although it is. If you have banner mail notifications turned on in iOS 8.3 and toggle show preview off, the notifications will still show you a preview of the email’s content, although only when the phone is unlocked. It’s a bug alright, but I for one am not bothered by it. I like seeing a larger preview of incoming mail, so I enjoy the feature. It’s inconvenient that you cannot turn them on, because not everybody may use the feature and Apple needs to work on that. But just so you know, this is one of the mildest bugs I’ve come across and about the only bug iOS 8.3 that actually doesn’t bother me or impact the user experience.

One of the more annoying bugs, and one of the biggest bugs in iOS 8.3 is the Touch ID bug. Apple is working on a fix for that, but essentially, Touch ID on the iPhone 5S will not work in the store, when you’re making purchases. We’re not sure why, but rumors say that there’s a security flaw and it’s better to not use TouchID in iTunes right now. You really can’t, so there’s not much to it. Most people explain this iPhone 5S bug by saying that they are prompted for their passwords each time they try to make a purchase. If you’re experiencing this problem, you should first check if TouchID is turned on by going to Settings> TouchID and Password > iTunes and App Store > ON. If that setting is on, theoretically it should work. If it’s on, and still doesn’t work, you could try a factory reset, but most people who did, did it without any results. We’re going to have to wait for iOS 8.4 to see this one fixed, it seems.

Some people have complained about iPhone 5S battery life and connectivity problems since installing iOS 8.3, but the issues seem pretty isolated and are not widespread. A handful of users have seen a huge battery life drop on their iPhone 5S after installing iOS 8.3, while others have seen no change or even an improvement. The same goes for connectivity: while some are off easy with no bugs, others say that their LTE connections keep dropping, Wi-Fi signals are occasionally lost and connections seems to be reset without no warning. A factory reset could help in these situations, but your best bet is to take it to a Genius Bar and see what’s up, because since these issues are pretty isolated, there might be a hardware issue involved.

The most widespread iPhone 5S bug is not entirely a bug, rather a side-effect of sorts. Many people have been complaining, since iOS 8, that their phones became slower, sluggish and encounter lag in apps pretty often. That hasn’t changed in iOS 8.3 and there are still iPhone 5S users out there who can’t get back to the smooth, speedy experience they had had prior to iOS 8. This issue seems to be rather mysterious, as some people claim factory resets and reboots improved things, while others said that clearing cache and memory had a positive impact.

If you’re having Wi-Fi issues, the easiest way to fix that is by doing a network settings reset. You can do that by going to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. It will take a minute or two and make sure you have the password for the connection on handy, but it might fix connectivity issues. As I’ve mentioned earlier, not every fix works for every user. Although these iPhone 5S bugs are similar, personal usage and habits can contribute to the issues that you’re having with your phone. The factory reset is the easiest way to find out what is causing your problems as you”ll notice pretty fast if an app is the issue. Although they don’t always work, they usually leave you with a blank slate to investigate further.

Thankfully, iOS 8.3 isn’t as buggy as previous releases and the iPhone 5S is actually doing pretty well with it, in most cases. As with any software, bugs are bound to occur and your phone will never be perfect. But as smartphone enthusiasts, I hope that everybody can accept that and find their own way in the world: set up your phone so that you like it, see what apps you really use and what apps you downloaded just because it was popular and recommended and delete those last ones. Although there’s not much customizing you can do on the iPhone 5S or iOS 8.3 for that matter, you can still make the experience personal and good at the same time.

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As for iOS 8.4, its release date is slated for early Summer, although there’s no official word about it. The iPhone 5S should be getting the next installment and we hope that the performance issue many have been complaining about will have been fixed by the time the update goes public. It would do everybody good, as Apple fans are starting to get annoyed by all the bugs they’ve been encountering in Apple’s new version of iOS.

As part of the editorial team here at Geekreply, John spends a lot of his time making sure each article is up to snuff. That said, he also occasionally pens articles on the latest in Geek culture. From Gaming to Science, expect the latest news fast from John and team.

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Threads finally starts its own program to check facts

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Meta’s latest social network, Threads, is launching its own fact-checking initiative after leveraging Instagram and Facebook’s networks for a brief period.

Adam Mosseri, the CEO of Instagram, stated that the company has recently implemented a feature that allows fact-checkers to assess and label false content on threads. Nevertheless, Mosseri refrained from providing specific information regarding the exact timing of the program’s implementation and whether it was restricted to certain geographical regions.

The fact-checking partners for Threads—which organizations are affiliated with Meta—are not clearly specified. We have requested additional information from the company and will revise the story accordingly upon receiving a response.

The upcoming U.S. elections appear to be the main driving force behind the decision. India is currently in the midst of its general elections. However, it is improbable that a social network would implement a fact-checking program specifically during an election cycle rather than initiating the project prior to the elections.

In December, Meta announced its intention to implement the fact-checking program on Threads.

“At present, we align the fact-check ratings from Facebook or Instagram with Threads. However, our objective is to empower fact-checking partners to evaluate and assign ratings to misinformation on the application,” Mosseri stated in a post during that period.

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Mark Zuckerberg reports that Threads has a total of 150 million users who engage with the app on a monthly basis

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Threads, Meta’s alternative to Twitter and X, is experiencing consistent and steady growth. During the Q1 2024 earnings call, Mark Zuckerberg stated that the social network currently has over 150 million monthly active members, which is an increase from 130 million in February.

Threads made significant progress in integrating with ActivityPub, the decentralized protocol that powers networks such as Mastodon, during the last quarterly earnings conference. In March, the firm granted U.S.-based users who are 18 years of age or older the ability to link their accounts to the Fediverse, enabling their posts to be seen on other servers.

By June, the business intends to make its API available to a broad range of developers, enabling them to create experiences centered on the social network. Nevertheless, it remains uncertain whether Threads will enable developers to create comprehensive third-party clients.

Meta just introduced their AI chatbot on various platforms like Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram. Threads was conspicuously omitted from this list, perhaps because of its lack of built-in direct messaging capabilities.

Threads introduced a new test feature on Wednesday that allows users to automatically archive their posts after a certain length of time. Additionally, users have the ability to store or remove specific postings from an archive and make them accessible to the public.

Threads is around nine months old, and Meta has consistently expanded its readership. Nevertheless, Threads cannot be considered a viable substitute for X, as Instagram’s head, Adam Mosseri, explicitly stated in October that Threads will not “amplify news on the platform.” However, Meta’s social network continues to grow in popularity. According to app analytics company Apptopia, Threads now has more daily active users in the U.S. than X, as Business Insider reported earlier this week.

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TikTok Shop is now introducing its collection of pre-owned high-end fashion items to customers in the United Kingdom

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TikTok Shop, the social commerce marketplace of TikTok, is introducing a new section dedicated to secondhand luxury items in the United Kingdom. This move positions TikTok Shop in direct rivalry with existing platforms such as The RealReal, Vestiaire Collective, Depop, Poshmark, and Mercari. The offering has been present at TikTok Shop U.S. for a duration exceeding six months.

The addition of this new category enables clients in the United Kingdom to conveniently buy second-hand luxury garments, designer purses, and various accessories from within the TikTok application. Upon its inception, the platform offers a selection of only five British brands, namely Sellier, Luxe Collective, Sign of the Times, HardlyEverWornIt, and Break Archive.

Since its introduction in 2022, TikTok Shop has generated sales of approximately $1 billion or more in merchandise value. Nevertheless, despite its triumph, some contend that TikTok Shop is undermining the short-form video-sharing platform, alleging that counterfeit and substandard merchandise are inundating the market. The purchase of pre-owned luxury goods online carries the greatest danger of encountering counterfeit products, even for major e-commerce platforms such as Amazon, eBay, and others, which also struggle with ensuring authenticity.

TikTok Shop, like other resale marketplaces, implements an anti-counterfeit policy that ensures a complete reimbursement in the event that a seller is verified to have sold a counterfeit item. Bloomberg has disclosed that the corporation is engaged in discussions with luxury goods company LVMH to enhance efforts to combat counterfeiting.

Every secondhand brand on TikTok Shop in the U.S. must possess certificates from third-party authenticators. TikTok collaborated with authentication providers Entrupy and Real Authentication to verify the authenticity of designer handbags available on the platform.

Concurrently, a representative from TikTok informed me that the five British brands each possess their own internal verification procedure. They declined to provide the commencement date for accepting secondhand brands other than their own.

TikTok Shop’s introduction of a used luxury category is a calculated maneuver to access the expanding market for previously owned high-end goods. The secondhand luxury market is a prosperous industry valued at around $49.3 billion (€45 billion) in 2023, with global sales of pre-owned designer items.

Moreover, this expansion is in line with the growing inclination of individuals towards adopting preloved fashion, and it creates new opportunities for secondhand brands in the U.K. to access a broader client demographic. The prevalence of secondhand fashion on TikTok is apparent, as seen by more than 144,000 TikTok postings utilizing the hashtag #secondhandfashion, resulting in nearly 1.2 billion views.

Today’s statement follows closely after the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill mandating that ByteDance sell TikTok or else risk a ban in the U.S. This bill seems to be gaining favor in the Senate. An embargo would have a significant impact on American merchants who sell their products on the application. As per the company’s statement, the brief video-sharing application produced a total of $14.7 billion in revenue for small- to mid-size enterprises in the year 2023.

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