iOS 10 is amazing

Apple released iOS 10 to the public this week just days after unveiling the iPhone 7. While the iPhone 7 has proven to be disappointing with its lack of stellar new features and the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack, iOS 10 shows promise of what’s to come.

I was reluctant to upgrade to iOS 10 this week because Apple updates are notorious for their bugs that can leave phones or iPads “bricked,” or in an unusable state for a period of time.

However, I decided to take the plunge and see what Apple had to offer. They had a lot.

Perhaps the best new feature is how the phone wakes when you simply pick it up. No more reaching over for your phone and pressing the home button, which usually unlocked the phone because of touch ID.

Other exciting features include redesigned notifications, new messaging features, and the ability to delete those default apps that you’ve never used. You know, things like Stocks and Watch.

iOS 10 also just seems to run faster, and the interface seems cleaner.

iOS 10 is a breath of fresh air, and everyone should give it a try.

 

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Writing, Writing Again

I was inspired to write a little bit more in my novel yesterday. A Clash of Crimson has been the absolute biggest headache and the hardest project of my life, and it doesn’t look like it will ever be finished. But, I’m pushing forward.

I gave up on my rewrite at about the 30,000 word mark in the middle of Camp NaNoWriMo – July 2016. Now I’m trying to play catch up so that I’m ready to begin writing part 2 for NaNoWriMo in November. I figure if I can at least get a little bit of writing in each week, then I’ll be in good shape.

September 11, 2016

Starting Word Count: 30,177

Ending Word Count: 30,836

Difference: +659

Hiking the Glacier Basin Trail at Mount Rainier

Hello everyone.

Last week I went hiking with my brothers Justin and Brandon, sister-in-law Jackie, and their friends Jeremy and Arin. We decided to hit the Glacier Basin Trail, which starts at the White River Campground just a few miles from the Sunrise Visitor Center at Mount Rainier National Park.

It was a hike I had never done before. When we started out it was freezing and barely above 40 degrees outside. We wore layers of jackets and gloves as we walked through the forest and stopped to take pictures of the plethora of waterfalls along the trail.

Before long, we ended up removing all of the extra layers and continued on to Glacier Basin, where the forest was left far behind and we faced open meadows and the walkable Inter Fork of the White River. The views were breathtaking while they lasted, for dark clouds rolled in by the time we had finished our early morning lunch.

I took plenty of photos with the Nikon D5100, which I have been posting on my Instagram. We also filmed a video for the YouTube channel, which can be watched below.

I’d also like to take the time to announce that I will be back to vlogging on as normal of a schedule as I can. I’ll have new posts every week and I’ll be sure to share whenever we post a new video to our YouTube channel.

Until next time,

Chase.

I Went on a Road Trip

Hello WordPress.

The summer is drawing to a close, so I’ve trying to make the most of it. On Friday I left my house at 2:50 am to begin the 240 mile drive through North Cascades National Park and to the town of Winthrop, Washington.

I have never been that far north, and it was a very interesting trip. We attempted to summit Sourdough Mountain, but we only made it 4 miles in before turning around (buy hey, 8 miles is still a pretty good hike). We also stopped at Diablo Lake, which might be one of the coolest places on the planet! The water is incredible.

Then we stopped for the night in Withrop, a western-themed town along the Methow River in the middle of nowhere. The hotel was nice and the town is really quiet.

I recorded much of the trip, so feel free to watch my video below to see what I did during the first half of the trip!

Instagram problems again; this time, app won’t open for users

For the second time this week Instagram has been acting up. After an earlier incident where Instagram’s hashtag feature stopped refreshing, leaving users without their usual page traffic, the app now refuses to open for many users Monday night.

Yes. Instagram isn’t working….again.

This all comes after recent updates to the app, which Facebook owns, that introduced business profiles, analytics, and a new algorithm for showing posts on the main feed.

Instagram issued a statement on Twitter urging users to reinstall the app. This has worked to fix some, but not all of the crashes.

Once again, frustrated users have taken to Facebook and Twitter to vent over not being to access their beloved photo sharing app.

Instagram is broken: Hashtags not working, troubling smaller accounts

UPDATE 6:34 pm: The issue has finally been fixed, although Instagram hasn’t said a word.

Many users have noticed that over the past 48 hours hashtags have not been working properly on the widely-popular photo-sharing app Instagram. That’s right: Instagram hashtags are not working.

This may sound like a small issue, but hashtags are the source of pushing content to potential viewers on the app. Without a working hashtag system, many smaller accounts that rely on hashtags to get likes and traffic to their profile have seen a significant decline.

For myself, my photos that normally get 40-50 likes on a given day have been getting 10-20 likes and only from my followers. This is sad because the photos that I have been posting over the past 24 hours are some of my best that I really wanted people to see and share.

Now, I have a profile that’s almost dead. No traffic, no new likes, no new followers. Only the larger accounts with thousands or millions of followers haven’t noticed this and the issue has escaped the mainstream media.

Instagram itself hasn’t even acknowledged the issue, leaving its users in the dark about what’s happening and when it might be resolved. As a result, users have taken to other social media such as Twitter, using the hashtag #Instagramdown to voice their frustration.

This isn’t the way social media is supposed to work. It’s supposed to be a place to share content and inspire others to create new content.

So now I give a plea to Instagram for the thousands of frustrated Instagram users who have taken to Twitter and Facebook: FIX THE HASHTAGS AND ACKNOWLEDGE THE ISSUE.

Below: Instagram users have taken to Twitter:

https://storify.com/chasecharaba/instagram-s-hashtags-not-working

Vlog #10: Waterfall Wednesday – Victor Falls

Here’s the tenth vlog on the YouTube channel that my brother and I started. We explored Victor Falls, a 70-foot waterfall in Bonney Lake, Washington. It’s rare to have a waterfall in the middle of an urban area, especially in Washington. Plus it’s only a few minutes from our house, so we had to check it out!

Be sure to give the video a like (and maybe consider subscribing. It would mean the world to me) and comment that you arrived from this blog!