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iOS9 battery life and CommCenter CPU usage when on EE

There is a bug with the iOS 9 betas if you are running on EE. This bug causes massive battery drain. You can read the related threads on reddit and macrumors. I’ve spent days diagnosing this problem have found some interesting things including a solution: Poor Battery Life and hot iPhone is due to CommCenter process …

Apple watchOS beta 4 is looking good

Apple watchOS beta 4 is a huge improvement over beta 3!Here’s things I’ve noticed already: Apple Pay is now enabled. The screen brightness at maximum has improved. Animations are very smooth again. Beta 3 was extremely slow. UI bug with customising a watch face while time travel is enabled fixed. …

Automatically deploying TeamCity Azure Build Agents into specific virtual networks (vnets)

Jetbrains has recently added support for using Azure as cloud build agents. It supports start and stopping existing virtual machine instances or start and stopping new virtual machine instances created from an image. Unfortunately the plugin currently doesn’t support creating new virtual machine instances within a specific virtual network (vnet) which can complicate setups where you want to keep …

Opening the back cover of a Tesco Nokia 100

I just bought a Tesco Nokia 100 phone (only £9!!) to use for my apartment’s annoying GSM based intercom. It’s got 35 day stand by battery so that makes it a good for the job. Following the instructions for opening the back cover will make you extremely frustrated. Here’s a short video showing the easiest …