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Augmented Reality Apps Improved by iPhone 4s Gyroscope

July 20, 2010

Augmented Reality Apps Improved by iPhone 4s Gyroscope.

Fridays with your iPhone…I’ve got it, now what?

July 16, 2010

July 14, 2010 is a day that will go down in history, at least for me. It was the day I finally got the iPhone 4. So far, it hasn’t disappointed. Only one dropped call, which is actually much better than my 3GS. Most of the things I love so far are just enhancements that came with the iOS4 upgrade: Folders, Multiapp function, Wallpaper, etc… I think you have to be a true junkie to really understand how beautiful it is. The first thing I did was find some text and zoom in as far as I could to see the 3.5-inch so-called “retina display” that manages to display a maximum resolution of 940 x 640 pixels, for a pixel density of 326 ppi. If this all sounds GrEEK to you, simply put you can actually see everything on the screen and it is beautiful.

As I was visiting with the AT&T folks during my upgrade, they mentioned that they wished there was a class that people could take to learn how to use their new iPhone. I explained to them that I teach iPod classes, but that those classes were directed to teachers. They said that if I taught a course on how to use the iPhone it would do well and they would send people to the course. This has me thinking that there really is a need out there for iPhone users to truly understand the functions of their iPhones. Stay tuned there may be more to come on iPhone training…

Fridays with your iPhone….Are you thinking about an upgrade?

July 2, 2010

I don’t know about you but I am counting down the days to my upgrade to the iPhone 4. Unfortunately, it is looking like I am going to have to wait until October to stop counting. Meanwhile, I continue to enjoy researching all its new features. I thought I would share one of my favorite reviews with you today:

It’s Here! It’s Here!

June 25, 2010

Apple just released iOS4 for the iPhone and iPod touch, and now that you’ve downloaded and upgraded to the much-hyped iDevice update, here’s a look at the new shortcuts, settings, and features you’ll need to know—and want to use.

The New Shortcuts

On a little device with just one button and no major forms of interaction beyond tapping a screen, shortcuts can be serious timesavers. Here are the new shortcuts in iOS4 you’ll want to know:


  • Hold then drag-and-drop to create app folders: You can now create folders to store and organize the apps on your iPhone’s home screen, particularly handy if you’re a bit of an app junkie. To create a folder, tap and hold any icon on the home screen until they all start wiggling. Then drag and drop any application on top of another to create a folder with those apps together.


  • Double-tap home for quick app switching: The quick app switching shortcut pulls up your most recently opened applications whenever you double-tap the home button. Then just tap on any app you want to quickly switch to it without going back to the home screen. Note: You’ll need at least an iPhone 3GS or later generation iPod touch to use multitasking. Photo via Gizmodo
  • Hold to kill background apps: Currently in iOS4, if an application supports multitasking, it’ll run in the background by default—kind of a strange choice, considering Apple asks you to confirm push notifications for apps. What this means is that as more apps start supporting background processing, you may end up with a ton of apps running in the background that you don’t really need or want running. To remove an application from running in the background, just pull up your quick switch drawer (double-tap the home button), then tap and hold on an app (like you do when you want to delete an app from the home screen until you see a red minus sign (-) on the corner of the app’s icon. Tap it to kill the app.
  • Swipe to the left in the app drawer for iPod controls: For some quick app-switching access to simple iPod controls, double-click the home button to bring up the app switcher, then swipe to the left for pared down iPod controls. Note: 3GS and above only.

The New Features You’ll Want to Use

These are the handy new iOS4 in-app features you’ll want to get familiar with:


  • Unified inbox: If you access multiple email accounts from your phone but you’d prefer to be able to read through them in one unified stream, Mobile Mail now has a unified “All Inboxes” feature that does just that.


Mail Archives Rather than Deletes Gmail Messages: The whole archive vs. delete problem with Gmail on the iPhone has always been a bit annoying. In iOS4, the swipe-to-delete shortcut and regular old mailbox management defaults to Archive rather than Delete.


Name your new playlists: For years, creating new playlists on an iPod created a default “On-the-Go” playlist that you could later sync to your computer and rename from there. Now you can just create and name a proper playlist each time (rather than “On-the-Go 1”, “On-the-Go 2”, etc.).


Built-in spellchecker: The new spellchecker introduces those oh-so-familiar red underlines for words that your device thinks you’ve misspelled. That’s nice to have, but even better, tapping on a misspelled word will suggest proper spellings.


Smart links for dates: A lot of calendar events start off as email conversations. Now when you get an email with a date and time in it, Mobile Mail turns it into a link that can create a quick event in your Calendar and save the hassle of manually entering in that date that’s right in front of you. It’ll even automatically use the email’s subject as the event title. Handy!

  • Bluetooth keyboard pairing: One of the things that’s made the iPad extremely handy for writers is that you can pair it with an external Bluetooth keyboard for fast, hardware-keyboard typing. To pair a keyboard, go to Settings -> General -> Bluetooth, make sure it’s turned on, then walk through the normal discovery/pairing process. Note: Bluetooth keyboards are not supported on 3G and earlier devices.

New Settings You Should Know

Now that you’ve learned the need-to-know shortcuts and features, here’s a quick peek at the settings you should know:


  • Threaded email: Mobile Mail now has a Gmail-like threaded email option to keep related email messages close together. This feature was actually enabled by default when I upgraded, but just in case, you can find it by going to Settings -> Mail, Contacts, Calendars and making sure Organize By Thread is toggled to the On position.


  • Turn off your cell data: Now that AT&T’s moving toward metered data plans, you may have times that you get close enough to your limit where your best course of action will be to turn off your cellular data connection altogether rather than flirt with an extra $15 charge you don’t need. To turn it off, go to Settings -> General -> Network and toggle Cellular Data to the off position.


  • Change your home screen wallpaper: Okay, this one’s mostly for eye candy, but if you always ached for some personality in your home screen background, fire up Settings -> Wallpaper, pick an image you want to use, and set it as your home screen wallpaper. Note: We can’t really imagine what possible reason there is for this one, but you can’t set a wallpaper for the home screen on 3G or first generation iPhones. Photo via Gizmodo


  • Strong alphanumeric lock codes: A few months back we showed you how to add an alphanumeric passcode lock to your iPhone. Now to do the same, all you’ve got to do is go to Settings -> General -> Passcode Lock, toggle Simple Passcode to off, and enter your preferred alphanumeric pass.
  • Tethering: Okay, you’ll have to pay AT&T a whopping $20 a month for the privilege of tethering, but at least it’s finally an option. To turn it on, head to Settings -> General -> Network -> Internet Tethering.


  • Tweak your keyboard layout: If you prefer a different keyboard layout from the standard QWERTY, head to Settings -> General -> Keyboard -> International Keyboards -> English to try out an alternative layout for your software or connected hardware keyboard.

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IOS 4….Something all iPhone Junkies can get excited about

June 8, 2010

My husband called me today to tell me about the announcement of the new iPhone. I think he is ready for me to get an upgrade so he can have my 3GS. He has been a holdout on the iPhone. He even took one back worried that he would break it. Well, he has come a long way from calling it an iPhone thingy to making sure I am eligible for an upgrade on June 24. As I investigated the new iPhone 4, I stumbled across the announcement of the new iOS 4. This is something we can all get excited about. Here are just a few of the highlights:

Now you can run your favorite third-party apps — and switch between them instantly — without slowing down the performance of the foreground app or draining the battery unnecessarily.

Organize apps into folders with drag-and-drop simplicity. Get faster access to your favorites and browse and manage up to 2160 apps.

Even better Mail
See messages from all your accounts in a unified inbox, organize messages by threads, open attachments in third-party apps, and more.

More than a great ebook reader, iBooks is also an amazing place to browse and shop for books, day or night.

Create playlists
Create custom playlists right on your iPhone.

5x digital zoom
Get closer to your subjects by zooming in up to 5x.

Tap to focus video
While shooting video, tap the display to choose where to focus.

Faces and Places in Photos
View photos based on who’s in them and where they were taken.

Home screen wall paper
Change the background wallpaper on your Home screen.

Gift apps
Send apps as gifts to your friends or family.

Spell checking
A built-in spell checker works in Mail, Notes, and other apps.

Wireless keyboard support
Pair a keyboard based on Bluetooth wireless technology with your iPhone.

So, if you’ve been counting the days until your eligible for your next upgrade to the iPhone 4, you will soon enjoy many of its features for free. Stay tuned… next week we will look at some of the new features of the iPhone 4.

Friday’s with your iPhone/iPod/iPad….Streaming Live Video with Knocking Live

June 4, 2010

Ever wanted to stream live video to a friend or family member? Try Knocking Live. It is direct mobile to mobile live video and pics. Where you once got a call, or an e-mail, or a text or pix message, now you get a knock. In fact you hear a real knock on your mobile device or smartphone. When you answer you see live video or pics from your friend’s smartphones anytime, anywhere, instantly. It is truly on of the fastest, easiest, and most intriguing ways to share. Knocking is instant visual messaging. What’s important about knocking is that it’s truly live. For the first time, everyone can experience what anyone is doing, as it’s happening.Even more surprising, knocking technology allows owners of older Apple iPhone models (2G, 3G), even iPod Touch to receive live video! Yes, even without a camera. In fact, you can even view it on the new iPad!And this is all just the beginning. The knocking live experience will soon be growing to include new features and platforms. Imagine a “knockcast” (knocking broadcast) to ALL your friends at once, or sharing an event LIVE with your entire family, no matter where they are. Stay tuned.

Fridays with your iPad/iPod/iPhone….3G or not 3G….that is the question….

May 27, 2010

3G or not 3G? That is the question. At least, that has been the most popular question I have had in the last two weeks regarding the iPad. The answer is crystal clear: it depends. Here is my take on some possible scenarios and what I would choose:

1. Scenario: You have wireless Internet at home and wireless Internet at work. You only plan to use your iPad at home and at work. Choice: no 3G. The 3G will only provide you with the same capabilities as an iPhone with no phone. Your wireless networks will provide everything you need to get all the capabilities of the iPad.

2. Scenario: You have wireless Internet at home and wireless at work, but you travel on a regular basis and would like to use your iPad on the road. Choice: maybe 3G. If you only have an iPad and no other device (i.e. a laptop computer, iPod, iPhone) that would enjoy using a wireless network, then get the 3G. However, if you would like to use any other device with a wireless network, you may consider a portable wifi hotspot rather than the 3G. For about the same price as AT&T’s data service for the iPad, you can get a Verizon Myfi that will allow up to five devices on a very portable wifi network. And, you will not lose any of the capabilities of the iPad.

3. Scenario: you plan to use the iPad for personal use only and do not have Internet access at home and you only plan to use it at home. Choice: it depends. If you have other devices you would like to use on a wireless network, look into either a portable wireless hotspot or a broadband wireless router. If you do not have any other devices, consider 3G. But, only if you are able to get a 3G signal at home. Ask one of your friends or family with an iPhone to come over and see if they get a 3G signal. If you find that you cannot get a 3G signal, go back to the portable wireless hotspot or a broadband wireless router. Just make sure you check around to see which carrier has the best signal in your area.

I hope this helps you if you are considering a 3G iPad. The bottom line is: The 3G iPad can provide wireless access to the Internet for the iPad and the iPad only. If that is all you want, then get the 3G. If you would like to have wireless capabilities for other devices, no 3G necessary.