Showing posts with label Apple. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Apple. Show all posts

Monday, June 10, 2013

What is iTunes Radio and how does it work

Apple have just announced their new music streaming service - iTunes Radio. The announcement was made by Tim Cook at the WWDC 2013. iTunes Radio is essentially a music streaming service which takes your likes and dislikes into account. The music that gets streamed to your device will take into account the genre of music you like and is customized accordingly. iTunes Radio can access the entire iTunes catalog, which means you have a choice of over 26 million songs to be streamed to your device. Companies like Sony, Universal and Warner have all joined the bandwagon.

iTunes RadioThe service will be free for all U.S users and will be ad supported if you have not subscribed to iTunes Match. You also have the ability to skip a track if it does not appeal to you. Once you have iTunes Radio you can start streaming radio stations to your device. You can add radio stations or share them - the app will also provide 100's of pre-built radio stations. You also have the ability to create your own radio stations and share them with your pals. iTunes Radio is built into iOS, iTunes on desktop, and Apple TV. Apple's iTunes Radio will arrive a little later in the US and the release should coincide with the release of iOS 7.

Siri will also play a huge role in iTunes radio. In addition to the personalized channels built just for you - Siri gets to give you more info on the songs you're listening to. You can ask Siri who plays that song or play more like this and Siri will do it.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Activate Siri on iPhone 5

Siri is the voiced based personal assistant available on almost all Apple products. If you get yourself an iPhone 5 you would need to turn on, activate or enable Siri -- before you can start asking questions. Once Siri is activated on your device, you can then have a lot of fun with this your one voiced-based-personal-assistant. You can ask Siri about the weather, which movies to watch over the weekend, driving directions and the possibility is limitless. Siri does not come turned on in auto mode, you would need to follow the below steps to set it up. On your iPhone 5 you can turn Siri on and off as you choose. One very handy time to have Siri is when you're driving. This way you can just speak your search request and Siri will answer you. How to activate Siri on iPhone 5.

Activate Siri on iPhone 5How to activate, setup or configure Siri on the iPhone 5
All you need to do is to go to Settings > General > Siri. Repeat the process to turn Siri on or off.

Now that you have Siri setup, how to ask or use Siri.
Hold down the home button till you hear two quick beeps. A microphone icon will light up and you should see the question 'What can I help you with?' on your home screen. Tap on the microphone icon to begin speaking. If you have your headphones on you would need to hold the center button to talk to Siri. To use Siri with Bluetooth hold the call button to bring up Siri.

How to troubleshoot if Siri is not found under the settings option.
Try setting your region format to US. This is if you're in another part of the world. Siri will get turned on and you can begin using.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

iPhone 6 and iOS 7 - in testing report suggests

The Next Web has begun reporting serious evidence that the iPhone might have a new version the iPhone 6 and the iOS might even get a new upgrade called iOS 7. How far this is true is left to be seen. Here are the reasons however that TNW use to prove it could actually be legitimate. Many app developers have started reporting that a new iPhone Identifier 'iPhone6,1 which runs on iOS 7. These developer logs which show among other things an IP address from Apple's Cupertino Campus for App requests. Which means the next iPhone and new iOS is in the works and could actually be ready for compatibility testing.

Apple LogoEven though OS and device data can be faked, the presence of the unique IP address says something else. Just because the IP address points back to Cupertino does not mean it's for real. Apple have been known to constantly push out new models of the iPhone and to keep upgrading the iOS. If however they are indeed testing a new iPhone - will it be called iPhone 6 or iPhone 5S is left to be seen. If a new iOS if rolled out will it be iOS 7. For now the rumor mills have started spinning and maybe Apple fans will be in for a surprise early with the release of the iPhone 6.
Source: The Next Web.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

How to design a product like Apple [Video]

Apple products are know for a lot of features like design, simplicity, quality and innovation. Apple also became the biggest company in history and for sometime had more cash in hand than the US government. People pride themselves to hold an iPhone or iPad in their hands but all of this comes with a price. Steve Jobs was know to be a perfectionist and a task master -- someone who always wanted the best and at any cost. He might not have been the most innovative as many of their products are not original ideas. The difference however lies in the fact that they did it better that anybody else. There are a few key principles that are not to be missed if you want to be innovative and bring out the next best product. These are also lessons for life. Apple was also responsible for making cloud computing and cloud services popular with iCloud. A cloud based storage system that allows you to store all your music and videos in the cloud rather than on your local device.

Design like AppleSome of the rules followed by Steve Jobs and Co, was that they would not compromise on design just because a part of the product was not in the customer's line of sight. Every employee must have a deep understanding of the product being built and how it'll benefit the end users and society in general. Apple also has the principle of 'being wrong' -- you need to be light on your feet, innovative and interested in being wrong. That's what design and innovation is all about. Good design is motivated by failures and optimistic about change. In the end people don't want products that are filled with bells and whistles but products that are clean, simple and something they can identify with. Check out the fun video below and let's continue this discussion in the comments section below.

Video: How to design like Apple

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

How to activate Siri on iPad Mini

So you've got your new iPad Mini and now wondering how to have Siri. Siri is the voice based personal assistant from Apple. Who can learn all your needs and help you in finding new places. Sharing photos on Facebook and also send out Tweets. Siri is very useful and can be used for a host of things. The iPad 2 did not get Siri but the iPad Mini did -- bringing the voice based assistant with full Facebook and Twitter integration to iPad Mini users. So this is how to activate Siri on the iPad Mini.

How to activate Siri on the iPad Mini
All you need to do is to go to Settings > General > Siri. Repeat the process to turn Siri on or off.

How to activate Siri on the iPad Mini.How to ask Siri something?
Once Siri has been activated, hold down the home button and you should hear two quick beeps and see -- 'What can I help you with? The microphone icon will light up and you can then ask Siri anything. Whenever you want to talk to it tap the microphone icon and begin talking. With headphones press and hold the center button to talk to Siri. With Bluetooth press and hold the call button to bring up Siri.

How to let Siri know who you are?
Settings > General > Siri > My Info -- this way Siri can use all your information and useful when you want to know how ot get back home or best places to eat or dance nearby.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

iPad 4

Apple has a new iPad out again, just 6 months after the iPad 3 made an appearance comes the all new iPad 4. One observer on Twitter, tweeting that Apple makes iPads faster than people make babies. The iPad 4 comes with an A6X chip which is twice as fast as the previous A5X chip. So graphic performance enhancement is something to be expected. it also comes with 10 hour battery backup. It also has an updated 720p Facetime camera. The iPad 4 has a release date set in October 2012.  Pre-oders start on Oct 26th -- Also, Apple stores will be open form 8 a.m to start taking orders on Nov 2. Prices in the US will look like this 16GB Wi-Fi only, $499,16GB LTE, $629,32GB Wi-Fi only, $599,32GB LTE, $729,64GB Wi-Fi only, $699, 64GB LTE, $829.

iPad 4

iPad Mini: All iPad features at a lesser price

This time it's official, Apple have just unveiled the iPad Mini -- a smaller version of its hugely popular iPad. The iPad Mini is definitely a little higher than the Android tablets available at that size. It comes with a 7.9 inch display and a whole lot of other features that iPad users have gotten used to. The iPad Mini has Facetime HD-Camera, iSight camera with 1080p HD video and ultrafast wireless. The price tag for the new iPad is $329 and is definitely placed a little higher that its rivals in that segment. There are a whole lot of Android tablets at that ranger that are a lot less cheaper -- the iPad Mini however does have all those Apps that can be downloaded from the Apple Appstore. The iPad Mini will be available for preorders starting Friday.

iPad MiniThe release of the iPad Mini brings to end all those rumors that were floating around regarding the device. Now we know a whole lot more and from the videos below you get to see for yourself. Here are some of the feature highlights of the Mini. It has the same display as the iPad, 275,000 apps built for the iPad and not tweeked phone apps, 10 hour battery life, A5 Chip for faster performance and both Facetime and iSight cameras. Not to forget that the iPad Mini does come with Siri the virtual voice assistant.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

How to update Twitter and Facebook with Siri

How to update Twitter and Facebook with Siri. To be able to update your Twitter and Facebook using Siri you will need to have the latest iOS 6 on your Device. Once you get it you can send out Tweets by simply speaking them and Siri will update Twitter with your Tweets. We do have a guide on how to get the latest iOS 6 on your device. Once you got everything setup and ready, you can now launch Siri and start sending Tweets based on your voice-based dictation. Once Siri has been opened all you need to do is say 'Tweet' followed by your update. Once you update is ready Siri will send out your tweet to all your followers. You can also tag people if that person's Twitter name is in your contacts. This way you can mention your friends in your Tweets. 
Update twitter and Facebook with Siri

Sending a Facebook status update is even simpler. Tell Siri 'Post to Facebook' and anything you say after Facebook will be used as your Status update. Once you message has been reviewed simple post and it get onto your Facebook status. We are sure there will be many other tips and tricks and if you do have some, please let us know in the comments section below. iOS 6 comes with such deep Facebook and Twitter integration that you can tweet from just about anywhere on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, like updating from your Photos etc.

iOS 6: How to download and install

iOS 6 has been released and you can now update your iPhone, iPad and iPod with the new operating system. If you want to know if your device is compatible with iOS 6, please check the image above, this is a screenshot from Apple and you can click on the image to enlarge. All iPhone 3GS and later can upgrade to iOS 6. All second generation iPad models and all iPod Touch models fourth generation and later can upgrade. So if you are ready to continue with the downloading and installing the new iOS 6, let's get started.

There are two ways to upgrade to iOS 6, Over the air and using iTunes.

1. Over the Air - Before you start it is advisable to sync your device to iTunes. You also need the latest version of iTunes on your device - iTunes 10.7 and you get can the latest download here. Also backup your data, nothing should go wrong but just in case. ON your device go to Settings > General > Software update. You should see iOS 6 and a download and install button below, tap it and agree to Apple's terms and conditions. Once downloaded onto your device - it will restart. Once your device comes on again, you will need to click on continue, sign-in with your Apple ID, enable location services - useful for Maps etc and your ready to go with iOS 6 on your device.

2. Update to iOS 6 via iTunes - make sure you'r using iTunes 10.7, now you can click on your device name under the Devices header on the left-hand corner. Under version tap on 'Check for update'. A pop-up will appear announcing the new iOS is ready for download and use. You can now tap the ' Download Only' button if you would download now and install later. Since it takes time to get it done and if you are in need of your phone choose only download now. If you have about an hour to space tap in the 'Download and Install' button. Once the download is complete keep your device connected until it restarts. Go through the start-up screens and then enter your Apple ID and password and you're ready to go.

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Samsung Ad 'The Next Big Thing' [Video]

iPhone 5

It seems Samsung is relentlessly pursuing Apple Fanboys -- going after the iPhone 5. just a few days ago Samsung ran a print ad called ' It doesn't take a genius'. The ad does a comparison between the iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy s III. Well the latest is a video called 'The next big thing is already here' - this time poking fun at the people waiting in line outside the Apple stores wiating to be the first to get their hands on the all new iPhone 5. The video cleverly shows how the Galaxy S 3 already has features that the iPhone 5 will be coming with and some features that have not yet come to the iPhone. For instance the large screen that the iPhone 5 is getting is already there on the S3, 4G LTE connectivity already available. Samsung also references the phone as 'GS3' bringing about the hip quotient. The biggest dog seems to be the guy who is waiting in line reserving a spot for his parents. This jibe at the iPhone 5 to show that the next big thing is already here and the iPhone 5 is already old before it comes out. So will the ad have an impact, let us know in the comments section below. 

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

iPad Mini - Rumors and features but no release date

Alleged iPad Mini device
Alleged iPad Mini device

The iPhone 5 has made a grand entrance and it's now time for new rumors and speculations to start circulating about other new devices from Apple. Enter the new iPad Mini rumors about the Mini have been circulating on the internet for about a year now - we had first written about the iPad Mini rumor a year ago. The same story has now been picking up speed and heat. Could there really be an iPad Mini out there. There is every possibility that Apple could indeed be working on an iPad Mini. If they make such a device available it would benefit a large segment of the market globally. Especially considering its cheap price and affordability to people globally, not to mention the usefulness of such a device in poorer countries.

So how did the latest rumors of the purportedly new device begin again?
A week ago the french blog Nowhereelse posted pictures of the rumored device. Sparking fresh rumors of the iPad Mini - the latest images from Chinese blog BoLoPad have just added more fuel to the fire. Already installed by the blog mactokara. We have attached an image from BoLoPad and you can see for yourself the 7.85 inch iPad Mini. Features that are seen include - rear/front facing camera, two speaker ports at the bottom, home button at the bottom. There is also no way of finding out if the iPad Mini will have Retina Display or whether it will be using the A6 or A5 processor. Or how much RAM or Storage the device will have or can it be used on cellular networks.
Via BoLoPad

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Monday, September 17, 2012

iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S 3

Samsung the Korean company released a print ad over the weekend taking a shot at the iPhone 5. The ad is called 'It doesn't take a genius' -- and listed below are features of the iPhone 5 compared to the Samsung Galaxy S III. The S 3 is now considered the main competitor of the iPhone 5 and there is also a rumor that Samsung will have the Samsung Galaxy S 4 available by March 2013. The S 3 to its credit has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. The iPhone 5 however has already surpassed 2 million in pre-orders, with the phone being available on Friday. The Galaxy 3 III last month became the top selling SmartPhone in the US. Apple fanboys however were not amused with the ad and retaliated with their own versions of the Ad.

It doesn't take a genius ad
It doesn't take a genius ad Samsung s 3 vs iPhone 5

Don't settle for cheap plastic
Don't settle for cheap plastic ad iPhone 5 vs galaxy s3

In high school it doesn't take a genius
In high school it doesn't take a genius - Samsung vs iPhone 5

Images via Cnet

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Sunday, September 16, 2012

The iPhone 10, iPhone 20 and iPhone 50 [Pics]

Ever since the announcement by Apple about the new iPhone 5 and how it is thinner taller and sleeker. The internet has responded in the only way it knows how -- creating taller and images of the iPhone 5. Starting a internet meme that is making its rounds on Reddit, Twitter and Google+. It is not a full blown meme but does have significant mentions on social media sites.  Here are pics we have found online of the iPhone 10, 20 and 50.

iPhone 10 


iPhone 20 


iPhone 50


iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S23 as weapon and shield



Saturday, September 15, 2012

Get the new YouTube App for iOS 6 and iPhone 5 [How-to]

YouTube App for iOS 6

Pre-orders of the iPhone 5 have already sold out and the iOS 6 is just days away from landing on people's phones. One thing that the new iPhone and iOS will not come with is the stock YouTube app. There are many reasons for this and the main one being the fierce competition between Google and Apple - a number of lawsuits persist between the two companies. Apple did announce that YouTube will come out with its own standalone app -- that is just what happened. Just days ahead of the release of iOS 6 YouTube launched its new stand-alone app in the app in the app store. The older stock version of YouTube available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod is something most users are familiar with. The new app however has added features and capabilities that make using it all the more better. 

Improved features found on the new YouTube app for iOS.
You can now browse channels you have subscribed to by swiping right from the left side of the screen.
New options for sharing videos with your Facebook and Google+ friends.
The search bar now comes with auto-suggestions and voice-search option.
Once you log-in using the pop-up screen you can design your YouTube homepage to display options that you want.
Subscribe button available below each video
You can play video both in-play and full-screen mode.
Get the new YouTube app for iOS here

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