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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Best Apps for March Madness

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 03:00 AM

"The month of March has become almost synonymous with the frenzy of college basketball fanaticism known as March Madness."

Of course ESPN Sport Center app is the go to app for anything sport related, but for March Madness it is tough to be the NCAA March Madness app. You can watch all the games via WiFi or 3G as well as monitor your March Madness bracket. There are several other options listed but in my book, it's tough to beat these two.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Like Feature for iTunes Enabled for iPad with iOS 4.3

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 04:00 AM

"In addition to a few big features, yesterday's release of iOS 4.3 brought several nice-to-haves such as password reentry for in-app purchases and the ability to comment on songs or like them directly in iPad's built-in iPod application (no, not "like" as in "Facebook like")."

I don't use this too often since I don't have any iTunes friends (don't be sad for me, I'll activate it soon enough just to test it out and then I can find some Ping friends I'm sure!). But if you use the feature then it is nice you can also access it via your iPad. You have to register with the Ping service and this only works on music purchased via iTunes. Do you use Ping? What are your thoughts?

Tags: software, ipad, ios, 4.3, ping

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

More to Like in New Instapaper 3

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 09:00 AM

"Insatiable consumers of Internet content, rejoice-developer Marco Arment has released "the biggest update ever" for Instapaper, his Web service and iOS app for saving content to read later, right in time for the iPad 2's release."

Social Integration seems to be the direction where software is heading, and this new Instapaper version now allows (controlled and managed) sharing of news stories and personal content. Facebook and Twitter are the biggies, and even Evernote notes can be shared. In addition to adding a social layer to the app, improvements include more speed (always a welcome addition), search capability, support for higher resolution images, and other tweaks and additions. The new version requires iOS 3.1 or later, costs $4.99 for a new purchase, and is a free upgrade for all existing users.

Password Requirement Added to iOS for In-App Purchases

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 05:00 AM

"Partially billed as a way to keep children from picking up their parents' iPhones and going crazy with in-app purchases and partially billed as a way to keep less-than-ethical iOS developers from making it deceptively easy to buy a ton of in-app content without knowing you're agreeing to spend money, Apple's latest update to iOS forces you to enter your password to accept in-app purchases for a 15 minute window."

At least this will hopefully prevent those surprise 4-digit bills, unless you are careless with your password. And I like the fact that they have given it a 15 minute window so you don't have to enter it every single time as long as you are within that window.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Did The Daylight Savings Time iPhone Bug Hit You?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 10:21 AM

"If a broken clock is right twice a day, Apple's is off twice a year these days -- once each time Daylight Savings Time needs to be calculated in territories that depend on it."

I had this happen to me last year, where my alarms never went off, however this year they worked perfectly. And I always use recurring alarm. How about you? Anyone have problems with the alarm this year?

Not So Fast With Your GarageBand Project

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 05:00 AM

"Apple posted a KnowledgeBase article Thursday clarifying that GarageBand projects created with the Mac version of the software and the iPad version are not interchangeable. this means that users won't be able to start something on their iPad and finish it on their Mac, or take something on the road with them on the iPad that was started on a Mac."

The Knowledge Base article is here, and it does note that in future releases you will be able to interchange the different projects between your Mac and your iPad. GarageBand is available now in the iTunes store for $4.99 USD [affiliate link].

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Is Apple Influencing the PC Industry's Decisions?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 06:00 AM

"Apple has some hot products on sale, and its designs push many an envelope. But are its decisions skewing the PC industry somewhat? The answer is yes."

I don't think there is any doubt that the announcement of the specs and pricing of the iPad 2 surprised some of the competitors. They control the supply, they buy in bulk, and when they change suppliers they can affect an entire industry. When you have that much control as well as control the operating system component, you pretty much dictate what the market does, especially evidenced by how they are playing catchup like they are doing with the iPad and upcoming iPad 2. At least that is how it appears to me. So do you think Apple is leading the way in technology for the betterment of an industry or is it more sinister? Or could it be both?

Monday, March 7, 2011

AT&T Restricting Hotspot to Three Devices? Or Are They...

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 05:00 AM

"Say it ain't so! According to this here slide, which details a bit of insidery AT&T information about the impending release of iOS 4.3, Ma Bell's iPhone 4 will have its Personal Hotspot restricted to use with just three devices."

I don't know that it is that big of a deal, I normally would only have one or two devices sharing my hotspot anyway. And it turns out based on documentation with iOS 4.3 it's actually the software that limits you to 3 devices and not AT&T. If you want to have 5 devices, you have to use Bluetooth or USB to add the other two. This was found on the Apple site about iOS 4.3: "You can share your connection with up to five devices at once over Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and USB - with up to three of those connections using Wi-Fi."

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Digital AV Adapter to Stream Content From Your iOS Device

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 06:00 AM

"Apple introduced the iPad 2 today and along with it rolled out a few new accessories to accompany its new tablet. One new cable to hit the retail shelves is the Digital AV adapter which can be used to pipe content from your iOS device to your TV."

This device can also be used with the iPhone 4, 4th generation iPod and the original iPad, although it will limit the output to 720p. If, however, you use it on the iPad 2, you will get 1080p streaming and also have the mirroring functionality. This handy adapter will be available on March 11th as well for around $40.00 USD. I'm thinking this is going to be one of those must buy items, especially if you want to make your iPad into a set top box for your TV.

Evernote Update Brings More Versatility

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 05:00 AM

"Evernote today launched a redesigned version of its iPhone software, adding new views and features that further help to organize thoughts on the go."

I love Evernote, and use it at least once a day. The new version has improved tagging features, and also has changed the interface for adding notes. Now it shows a split screen so you see what you are saving in the top half, and the bottom half gives you options to add images, audio, tags and location specifics. Even with my usage I have yet to bump up against the data limit (60 MB) on the free version, so I don't feel the need yet to purchase the premium plan for $5.00 USD per month, or $45.00 USD per year. Great app that is free in the Mac App store or via iTunes for your mobile version, and one that is also universal.

iOS 4.3

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 03:30 AM

"In addition to the iPad 2, Apple on Wednesday took some time to take the wraps off the long awaited iOS 4.3 update."

Big news for me was the personal hotspot option that AT&T says they will allow on devices on their network. This may convince me to give up my unlimited plan for the convenience, and can then I can get rid of my Verizon MiFi. But that's not all there is to 4.3, as they are also updating mobile Safari with performance enhancements from the Nitro JavaScript engine that OS X uses. And with updates to AirPlay, you can now stream video from the device to your HDTV. In addition, they have added iTunes Home Sharing that allows you to stream media from your iTunes library straight to your mobile device. Lots of functionality added to this update, so which feature or features do you think you will get the most use from?

Tags: software, update, ios, 4.3

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Blog It Soldier, That's an Order!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 07:00 AM

"It's not quite an about-face for the Army, but the release of a blogging app does show the service is willing to embrace social media and smartphones as it reaches out to young, technologically-inclined recruits."

There are more details at the press release site, but it doesn't look like it's restricted to just military personnel. Any Army supporter can use the app, and they expect it to include photos and videos, provide information on the US Army as well as connections to the Army's sites such as the recruiting site and the official US Army site. It's available now as a free download in iTunes [link].

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

AT&T Updates App to Include U-verse

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 05:00 AM

"In an effort to make life a little easier for their U-verse customers, AT&T has chosen to rebrand their myWireless Mobile app in order to support both wireless and U-verse account management. The newly updated app is now simply called myAT&T."

The free app, available in iTunes [link], now allows you to manage your U-verse account along with your wireless AT&T account. So now just like with your wireless account, you can pay your bill and check your domestic and international usage right from the app.

Monday, February 28, 2011

PDF Expert for iPad Updated

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 12:00 PM

"PDF Expert lets you read and annotate PDF documents, highlight text, make notes, draw with your finger and save these changes which are compatible with Preview and Adobe Acrobat! Moreover, PDF Expert is the only iPad application that can fill in PDF forms!"

If you work with PDFs, this is really a handy program. Now they have updated it so you can "flatten" filled data forms after signatures so they can't be changed, something lawyers and real estate agents will find essential. What it also allows is for you to view the PDF document with any PDF reader, and it can also modify the PDF to allow annotations so email recipients can edit them. All in all very handy and it's available now in iTunes for $9.99 USD [affiliate link].

Thursday, February 24, 2011

iOS App Store Just Breaks Even

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 07:00 AM

"Apple runs its popular App Store for iOS mobile apps just above the breakeven mark, according to Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer. Mr. Oppenheimer made the announcement during today's Apple shareholder meeting - one of the few revelations unveiled during the event - in response to a question about the company's iOS subscription plan for newspapers and magazines."

This was from the stockholder's meeting yesterday, during a question and answer section with Tim Cook, Phil Schiller and Peter Oppenheimer. I remember reading about similar statements, mostly about iTunes and the fact that it wasn't operated as a profit generator so I can't imagine them planning on operating any of the app stores as profit generators either. It certainly generates some profit, but their goal has always been the hardware sales and keeping customers involved in the Apple infrastructure, or ecosystem as some analysts have called it.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Volvo Embraces iOS With Their Own App

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 03:00 PM

"Volvo's upcoming diesel hybrid automobile, the V60, will allow users to run their car on electricity alone. However, one major downside electric cars have, is the time they require to recharge - between three and 7.5 hours, in the V60′s case. Fortunately, Volvo is planning on making the wait a little easier for its customers. They have developed an iPhone application, which allows V60 owners to check their car's charge status on the go."

Always excited to see industries embrace the iPhone and iOS, like Volvo has done here with their app to monitor the charging status of the V60. GM and BMW have also embraced it with functionality tied to the iPhone and the iOS. You can see it in action if you skip forward to about 2:37 in the video above.

Friday, February 18, 2011

The Daily Extends Free Period Until February 28th

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 05:00 AM

"When the iPad-only news subscription app The Daily launched, it debuted on the App Store with a free two week trial courtesy of Verizon. Today, it has emerged that the free trial has been extended until February 28 as News Corp. awaits the release of Apple's iOS 4.3 firmware update."

Two more weeks than they initially offered, so that's a bonus. Some financials for this app are that it cost $30 million to set up and will cost approximately $500,000 per week to keep afloat. That is a lot of subscriptions, and while some of the interface is rather clunky for me, I do enjoy the quality of the writing.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Backup Your Jailbroken iPhone with AptBackup

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 07:00 AM!5762257/how...-with-aptbackup

"While you can't fully backup and restore everything if you lose your jailbreak in a software upgrade or restore, AptBackup is a free app available in Cydia that can help alleviate the trouble of getting all your jailbreak apps back where they belong."

It won't restore your settings, but at least it will automate the re-download and installation process if you need to restore all of your apps. And it does look pretty easy to do, re-download the app and hit the restore button. Done.

Just How Many Apps Are Involved in the Android Versus iOS Battle?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 05:00 AM

"The mobile OS gods have weighed in today with official app counts. In the lead by a considerable, albeit diminished margin, is OS with "over 350,000 apps" followed by Android with 150,000. With the tremendous number of tablets and smartphones announced during CES and MWC, how much longer until Android takes the crown?"

In case you were wondering, 350,000 versus 150,000 so far.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Hey Jailbreakers, Greenpois0n Has Been Updated

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 06:00 AM

"The recently released Greenpois0n jailbreak tool has been updated to release candidate 6 today, and this particular version will allow you to jailbreak your second-generation AppleTV and install the popular NitoTV software, adding a few great new features to your device."

If you are into the jailbreak scene, then you should be familiar with Greenpois0n. With this you won't have to tether your devices to jailbreak them, which is pretty convenient. You can download RC6 now, for either Mac or Windows, from here.

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