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Monday, November 21, 2011

Cards, Is It All It Could Be? Apparently Not...

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

"Introduced alongside iOS 5, Cards allows users to produce and mail made-to-order letterpress greeting cards with nothing more than an iPhone or iPod touch. Sounds pretty slick right?"

Indeed it does sound slick!! Apparently though, it isn't as slick as it first appears. But I do like that you can send a complete card postage included for $2.99 USD. They seem to have issue with the fact you cannot use iTunes account balance and have to use credit card, but that doesn't bother me too much. They also feel it is unpolished, but from what I have seen it isn't too bad. However, this is coming from someone that hasn't used it. How about you? Have you used it? If so what are your thoughts? Or have you used something similar with better/worse results?

Thursday, November 3, 2011

iOS 5 Causing Battery Life Problems

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 02:00 AM

"Apple has acknowledged that there is an issue in iOS 5 that effects battery life and said that the problem was due to some bugs in the software."

Those pesky bugs again, this time causing "a few" customers to have shorter than expected battery life in their iPhones, from what I gather just the 4S though. But a fix is in the works, as Apple acknowledged the problem and promised a software fix in a few weeks per All Things D. Have you experienced any battery problems after iOS 5?

Monday, October 17, 2011

How to Set Up iMessage

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

"Wondering how to setup iOS 5′s new iMessage service on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch? Using iMessage you can send text messages, photos, video and much more to other iMessage users around the world, all over your existing data connection. That's right, no texting plans or charges needed! Here's how to get started."

If you haven't set it up yet, it is pretty easy. I've found the best option is to keep it all sync'd so that I have the same conversations whether I'm on my iPhone or my iPad. But that's just me, what are your thoughts? How do you like iMessage so far?

How is Your Battery Life With iOS 5?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 02:00 AM

"Many users who have upgraded to iOS 5 have noticed decreased battery life, the problem seems to effect iPhone and iPad users the worst, but some iPod touch users have noticed battery reductions as well"

I haven't noticed a problem with my iPhone 4 and battery life under iOS 5 that other folks have, but this article has some good tips nonetheless. I usually turn off Bluetooth as well as location services when I'm not going to be using them for awhile, but that's basically it. How about you? Any problems with iOS 5 and decreased battery life? What have you done to improve it?

Just How Fast is This Over The Air Syncing?

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

"One of the big new features in iOS 5 is liberation from your sync cable. Now, you can sync your music, movies, and apps all over Wi-Fi-albeit a bit slower than over USB. How much slower? We put it to the test to find out whether it was still fast enough to be worth your time."

As you can see, and as expected, it is faster to do all of this over USB, however I think the convenience of sync and forget, which will allow you to continue to use your iDevice will be worth the negatives of the slower speeds. What are your thoughts?

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Well, How Was Your Experience Downloading iOS 5?

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

"Apple customers worldwide are experiencing difficulties updating their devices to iOS 5. The culprit? Popularity. iTunes is having difficulty authenticating the iOS 5 update with Apple's servers, probably because so many people are trying to upgrade at once. Once iTunes fails to upgrade, it refers the user to an iTunes help page with the URL referencing "error=3200," and is so widespread that "Error 3200" is currently trending worldwide on Twitter. As we noted earlier, simply downloading iOS 5 was taking a long time, but the problem has become a comedy of error (codes)."

I didn't attempt it much last night, only about twice before I gave up, and found success this morning about 5am Pacific Time. Now, getting everything switched to iCloud was a different story. The picture above is all I kept getting once everything was installed on my iDevices and I was ready to make the move. Sounds like it may be tomorrow as a likely day for the final task. How was your experience this time? Better or worse than the last time you did it? Thankfully this wasn't released on iPhone 4S day or it would have been even uglier don't you think?

Step by Step to iCloud Success

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 06:41 AM

"Some of you may have been able to download iOS 5 and the latest Lion update, so we're sure you're wondering how to get started with iCloud, the new backup service in the sky from Apple. If you're still getting errors, just be patient."

I was one of those having problems, but at 5am this morning I was finally able to get it installed on my iPhone. iOS 5 that is, I still had to set up iCloud and this was a handy setup guide provided by Apple. As with anything, make sure you back up all of your Contacts, Calendars and Bookmarks are all backed up and that you have the latest and greatest version of iTunes (10.5). After that follow the steps and let's hope it goes smoother than the iOS 5 install right?

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

In Depth Review of iOS 5

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 01:30 PM

"Apple's latest reference release of its mobile platform, iOS 5, isn't going to leave users wondering if they should upgrade. It's free, it has no real downsides, and has no competition among iPhone, iPod touch and IPad users. But here's a look at what's new and why it matters."

Now that iOS 5 has hit, it's not a bad idea to get a review of the features you will soon be using. This is a pretty informative quick read (only four pages) of information that will assist you in getting the most out of iOS 5. I haven't updated yet, so if you have, what features do you like best? Worst? Thoughts?

iOS 5 Update is Now Live

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 10:45 AM

According to my sources (my coworker sitting next to me), it appears the iOS 5 update is now live! Happy iOS 5 day everyone!

Jason Snell Runs Siri Through Her/It's/? Paces

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 10:30 AM

"In the video below, Jason Snell shows us the ins and outs of Siri, Apple's voice recognition feature which from the sound of it so far, may prove to be a killer software feature."

This feature may be what puts me over the edge since I'm on the fence about upgrading my iPhone 4. I still haven't decided, and I may try to wait in line to get one on Friday now that I've read some of the reviews. What are your thoughts on upgrading from an iPhone 4? Anything about the 4S that compels you to upgrade or are you just going to wait for the 5?

Get Your iPhone Ready for iOS 5

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 06:30 AM

"It's a big week for Apple. Tomorrow Today it will push out its latest mobile operating system, iOS 5, to the public. If you have an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad, you'll definitely want to upgrade. We've been using the developer version of iOS 5 since June, and we think it's the best yet."

And if you are going to get this latest update, and why wouldn't you, then you need to make sure your current iPhone is ready. Very simply, get the latest version of iTunes and sync your iPhone, making sure everything is backed up and all purchases have been transferred. And don't forget to back up those photos! Happy iOS 5 day everyone!

iCloud Appears to be Live

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 05:59 AM

"It's the 12th of October. Today is definitely iOS 5 day. After iTunes 10.5 was released yesterday, another part of iOS 5 has just gone live: iCloud."

If you want to access via your iPad or iPhone (or iPod Touch for that matter I suppose), you will have to be running iOS 5. And with iCloud you get 5GB of free storage, with options to buy more. If you are a current MobileMe subscriber however you get 20GB free until June of 2012.

Friday, October 7, 2011

AirPlay Mirroring for the iPhone

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

"We, like you, are still trying to take in all that was announced at yesterday's iPhone event. Besides announcing the iPhone 4S, Apple also announced that its impressive AirPlay Mirroring feature was coming to the iPhone for the first time."

This is going to be a cool feature to use, allowing you to share exactly what is on your iPad 2, iPhone or iPod Touch. I am not sure how often I would actually use it thought, what are your thoughts on this new addition to iOS 5? Something you would use?

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

How Are You Going to Watch the Apple Event Today?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Events" @ 04:00 AM

"Join me, along with several ZDNet bloggers, for a minute-by-minute commmentary and analysis of Apple's 'Let's talk iPhone' event as it happens."

ZDNet will be live blogging the event, set to start at 10am Pacific time today. Head over to this page and watch as it unfolds. They aren't the only site that will be doing this of course, so you have several other options including:

Where are you going to be watching the event unfold? Better yet, what are your predictions for what you will see?

Monday, August 22, 2011

Is Developer Access to UDID a Big Deal?

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

"There are a lot of changes being made by Apple to iOS 5. Each new beta reveals a little more about the changes everyone can expect after iOS 5 is released to the public in a few months. There is one big change that Apple hasn't said a lot about publicly and developers might be surprised by it."

The surprise is that Apple is going to remove access to the UDID or unique device identifier for developers to use. So what it means is that developers will have to come up with their own way to identify unique users. So what are your thoughts, has Apple taken privacy too far or is this a smart move?

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

iOS 5 Beta, Not For Amateurs

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 11:12 AM

"Answer these two questions really quickly: Are you a developer? Are you running the iOS 5 beta?

If you answered no to the first question and yes to the second, then this post is meant for you. You are doing it wrong, and on behalf of everyone everywhere, please stop."

I'm not brave enough to mess around with true beta releases, I'd rather wait until all the bugs are worked out (or mostly worked out) before I install something like this on my machine. But apparently that isn't the case for everyone, so if you are contemplating doing so, make sure you read this article. If you are a developer and that is your bread and butter, then by all means have at it, but I certainly don't think this guy was a true developer since he fell victim to something that apparently was common knowledge, namely that the beta expires after a certain time. How about you, do you ever install beta versions to experiment?

Tags: software, beta, ios 5

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Apple's iOS 5 Split Keyboard

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 12:30 PM

"When iOS 5 arrives this fall, the new split keyboard is one of the features that users will notice. After spending a week using the new split keyboard on the iPad 2, and comparing it to the split keyboard from SwiftKey on Android 3.0, I am a firm believer in doing it first doesn't always mean doing it best."

It works in portrait or landscape mode and you can move it wherever you need it on your screen, these two capabilities my friends make this keyboard so much better than what you can get on an Android device, or so says the author since I have yet to try it for myself. But it certainly makes sense, since by being able to move the keyboard you won't be blocking material you need to see while typing. And let's face it, sometimes you need to move to landscape mode (or switch back to portrait) for convenience and comfort.

His quote in the article pretty much says it all: "surprisingly, Apple is giving iPad users a lot of choice when it comes to the keyboard, and that translates into better user experience."

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

iOS 5 And The Weather App

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 02:00 AM

"Apple's new iOS 5 Weather app now delivers the local weather for your current location by default. Therefore you'll always have a "here you are" weather report each time you open the app."

I am always on the lookout for good apps, but I usually end up going back to the apps that Apple includes on the iPhone, and the weather app is no different. I have found that I just need some simple information and it usually is provided by what Apple offers. But it is nice they are giving the weather app a few updates, such as location based weather. How about you, do you use the iOS weather app now or have you found some other wonderful weather app to use?

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

More on iOS 5, The Contacts App

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

"Another interesting discovery related to the Contacts app in iOS 5. You can now, if you want, add ‘related people' to your contact cards. The Related People field is disabled by default so you add it first by tapping the Add Field option in the contact card editing interface. Choosing Related People at the bottom lets you pick among a dozen pre-populated labels such as mother, father, parent, brother, sister, child, friend, spouse, partner, assistant, manager and other."

More and more tidbits are coming out about iOS 5 as people delve further into it. This would be a pretty slick feature if you could then use iMessage to send messages to groups such as "family" or any other group label within contacts.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Airplay and Apple TV

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

"Since the second-generation Apple TV was released back in September of last year, people have wondered if and when apps would arrive on the device. After all, it runs on iOS software, so the underpinnings of app support are already present. But Apple hasn't opened up the Apple TV to third-party developers; or at least it hadn't before it unveiled iOS 5 on Monday."

Well you can't exactly get support for apps to run natively on the Apple TV, but the author found with AirPlay Mirroring that it was almost as good. You could do this with the Digital AV Adapter with iPad original and 2nd version, but with the wireless option it makes it an even better option. All you have to do is select your Apple TV as your output source in the multitasking menu bar and it works as designed. Anything you do on your iPad 2 from this point on will be reflected on your display connected to the Apple TV. Pretty slick.

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