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Monday, October 31, 2011

10 secrets about SIRI

One of the most useful functions of SIRI is ‘commands,’ also known as ‘talking to your phone.” Most people know its main abilities but here are some secret capabilities of the feature.

Did you know that SIRI can:

Understand many basic symbols, emoticons and punctuation marks, as long as you say them by the right name. Examples include “open parenthesis”, “close square bracket”, ” “frowned face”, “new paragraph”, “pound sign”, etc.
You should choose among and ask the SIRI [Punctuation/symbols/emoticons]

Play not just a song, but a whole playlist for you.
The keywords are Play playlist [playlist name]

Give you a short list of e-mails from the contact you ask for.
You should command the following words: Find all email by [contact]

Show you all your appointments for today, tomorrow, or any date, you wish.
You should say: what’s on my calendar for [date]

Search the competition for you, if Google is not your cup of tea.
Say the phrase: Search [Bing/Yahoo]

Search for. Whether you want the latest scores, show times, etc., if you phrase it just right, SIRI can often find it for you.
You need to say: Search [Google/Bing/Yahoo] for [specialized information] [time] [place]

Tell you the name of that actor you know you have seen before but just cannot remember.
To receive an answer, ask: Who was in the cast of [movie]?

Delete all alarms, not just individual ones.
Just say: Delete all alarms

Message your status right to it, if you have set it up on any social network that lets you update via SMS.
The keywords for Siri are: Message [Social network] [Status]

Re-spring the Springboard. It is not a full reboot, but it is faster.
Use the word Restart.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Improvements of iPhone camera

Quality of iPhone camera improves from generation to generation. The photo collage shows how much the iPhone camera has improved since 2007.
The iPhone 4S is dramatically clearer and sharper than previous iPhone versions. Using separate focus and exposure in Camera+ on the iPhone 4 & 4S significantly helped create a more balanced exposure.

The device steadily improved from 3-megapixels, to 5-megapixels, with the iPhone 4S serving up an 8-megapixel sensor and dramatically improved lens technology.

To see the comparison in full, click here.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Best iPhone Deals for UK

The endless queues at Apple stores are no surprise, as Apple continue to innovate the technology market. The more innovative the company is, the more people desire to get iDevices.  Apple has shown numerous examples of excess demand, because of which more and more people are left disappointed when stock shortages hit, and stores leave apple fanboys without desired devices.

The iPhone 4S has proven extremely popular, selling out around the world leaving many customers disappointed. Demand is still very strong, and iPhone stock levels very low. With iPhone 4S stock low, and available on all the major UK networks, demand is even stronger and competition fierce to attract new and current iPhone customers.

With every iPhone release we see the same problems of stock shortages, as customers struggle to get their hands on the new iPhone. Fortunately for the UK population, they can now get the best iPhone deals and up to the minute availability for iPhones can be found at their digital fingertips.

UK customers can now check iPhone Stock online from the service provided by, for UK networks. Their stock checker service checks online stocks throughout the day, and displays the latest iPhone availability directly on their website. Their iPhone 4S stock checker has allowed many UK customers to easily check online stock of the new iPhone and get their order placed quickly. 

They also provide UK customers with some of the best online iPhone deals as well as Vouchers and discount codes, and even updates you with the latest news about the topic. You’ll also soon be able to compare the best iPhone contracts deals, minutes, texts and data combos, limits and prices of different UK network iPhone contracts, including contracts on O2, Orange, T-Mobile, Vodafone, Three and Tesco Mobile. 

iPhone stock may seem to be somewhat altruistic at the first glance. However the website gathers the stock information the best iPhone deals within the UK and delivers it in an easy format. It’s a great service for UK customers looking to get their hands on an iPhone 4S, or those looking for a cheap iPhone contract or best iPhone deal.  

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

One more iDevice?!

Rumors about Apple’s upcoming products are endless… All of them include something sensational in them... But this one is something special, with some sparkle of truth in it… It has been said that we’ll see the Apple Television soon, but nothing is officially confirmed yet.

 This seems to be a television, not related to the existing apple TV set top box in any way. The rumor has been spread after the official release of Steve Jobs biography. The quote from the book says: 

“He very much wanted to do for television sets what he had done for computers, music players, and phones: make them simple and elegant. I’d like to create an integrated television set that is completely easy to use,’ he told me. ‘It would be seamlessly synced with all of your devices and with iCloud.’ No longer would users have to fiddle with complex remotes for DVD players and cable channels. ‘It will have the simplest user interface you could imagine. I finally cracked it.”

That being said that the revamped apple TV sold 1 million units within its first 3 months of release. The question is: would that be enough for the company to make a bigger bet on the segment? But it is doubtless that if the product is produced, it will add billions of dollars to Apple’s 2012 revenues.

Although until the company show it off on stage, that’s all just flights of fun and fancy.

Monday, October 24, 2011

IPhone 4S available in 22 more countries

It’s already 10 days since Apple began selling out its new product - iPhone 4S in several countries (U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the UK).  22 other countries have now been added to the list of the countries where iPhone 4S pre-orders are available. People have already paid for the phone which is not available in their country yet. These countries are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. Filling orders in these countries will begin on 28th October. By the end of the year iPhone 4S will be available in more than 70 countries in total.

On 16th October the company announced that Apple has sold more than 4 million units of iPhone 4S in a week. This is Apple’s record because it took 3 weeks to sell 3 million iPhone4 last year.

Friday, October 21, 2011

4 Quick Tips For iPhone4S

Locate your lost iPhone

If you’ve lost your iPhone, Find My iPhone can help you locate it on a map and protect its data. Display a message on its screen, remotely set a passcode lock, or initiate a remote wipe to delete your data.

Lock the screen orientation

Double-click the Home button to bring up the multitasking interface, then swipe from left to right. Now tap the portrait orientation lock once to turn it on and again to turn it off.

Scrub through audio and video

When you’re watching a video or listening to music or a podcast, the scrubber bar lets you skip to any point along the timeline. You can adjust the scrub rate from high-speed to fine scrubbing by sliding your finger down as you drag the playhead along the scrubber bar.

Tap to focus the camera

While shooting video or photos, tap the screen where you want to focus. iPhone will also adjust the exposure and white balance automatically.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

How To Teach Siri to Tweet

Here are 8 easy steps that lead you to teach Siri on your iPhone 4S to tweet.

1. In your Mac or PC browser version of Twitter, you must first enable Twitter text messaging (if you've already done this, you can skip to step 5). Do this by clicking on the drop-down list on the top right (next to your twitter handle) and selecting Settings. Keep in mind that if you don't have unlimited texting, this could get expensive.

2. Next, click the Mobile tab, third one from the left.

3. Enter your iPhone 4S mobile number with area code in that field labeled "Phone number," and then click Start.

4. You'll see this screen next, telling you it's waiting for you to verify your phone. (I've blurred the phone number for privacy) Pick up your iPhone 4S and move on to the next step.

5. Go to the Messages app on your iPhone 4S, and send a text to the number 40404 (or if you're not in the U.S., look up your twitter shortcode here), with your text message consisting of simply the word "go" without the quotes.

6. Go to your Contacts app on the iPhone 4S. Make a new contact by tapping the + sign, and name it as if its first name is Twitter. In the phone number field, type 40404. It will look like 404-04, which is fine.

7. Now you can start Siri as you normally do (by either holding down the home button on the iPhone 4S for a couple of seconds or just putting the phone up to your ear). Say "Text Twitter, and then tell it whatever you would like to tweet. Siri will read it back to you, and if it's correct, when she asks "ready to send it?, say yes. If Siri has misunderstood what you said, you can edit your tweet on the iPhone 4S screen by hand and then send it.

8. You can also have Siri read your tweets to you if you enable message notifications in the Twitter browser app. When you've finished making your modifications, click Save. You're done!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Siri Tips for Your iPhone 4S

Here are one or two useful little tips that you may not be aware of that can make everyone’s use or Siri a little more fun. Apple’s latest innovation to come to the iPhone gives users their very own digital assistant, which really boils down to voice-activated commands. It is, of course, a little more interesting than that, and the way users can talk to their iPhones in real-world language is, at times, a sight to behold. So here are the tips:
Changing Siri’s Definitions

* While the whole point of Siri is being able to tell it what you want to do using the power of your voice, it doesn’t always get it 100% right. We’ve noticed a couple of occasions when the system has recognized what we’ve said for the most part, but got a couple of words wrong. Rather than starting all over again, we noticed that you can actually tap on what Siri thinks you said, and then edit it. Once edited, you can then resubmit it. We’re not sure if that will help Siri to learn in the long-term, but we sure hope it does.

Change What Siri Calls You
* How to change what Siri calls you- you may have noticed that sometimes Siri refers to you by name during some of your conversations. If, like me, you prefer to be called something other than your full first name, you can actually tell Siri to do just that. Simple activate Siri and say “Siri, call me x,” where x is obviously your new chosen name. Siri will then confirm, and you’re done.

Tell Siri About Your Family
* How to tell Siri about your family- if you spent all your pre-iPhone 4S time watching Apple’s Siri demo videos, the chances are you noticed various overly-attractive actors asking Siri to call or message people using names like ‘Mom’ or ‘my wife’ instead of actual names. Just tell Siri what your relationships are to people in your contacts list. For example: “Siri, my wife is x” will result in the software asking for confirmation that your wife is indeed this ‘x’ person we keep talking about. This works for other relations, too. Fathers, mothers, uncles, in-laws — pretty much anyone.

Hopefully these tips will prove useful, and do let us know in the comments if you’ve got anything else to share. It’s the early days of Siri, and we’re all learning together!
Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Apple Honors Steve Jobs With Corporate Event

Apple CEO Tim Cook has declared that the corporation will honor the memory Steve Jobs with a staff event on Wednesday, Oct. 19. The event, open only to Apple workers, will occur at the company’s outdoor auditorium at its headquarters in Cupertino, California.

“I have experienced the saddest days of my lifetime and shed many tears during the past week,” Cook said in an internal email to employees. “But I've found some comfort in the extraordinary number of tributes and condolences from people all over the world who were touched by Steve and his genius.”

Steve Jobspassed away on Oct. 5 due to problems related to pancreatic cancer. Since his death, there has been an outburst of emotions by millions of people for the Apple co-founder. The full email from Tim Cook sent to Apple employees reads: 


Like many of you, I have experienced the saddest days of my lifetime and shed many tears during the past week. But I’ve found some comfort in the extraordinary number of tributes and condolences from people all over the world who were touched by Steve and his genius. And I’ve found comfort in both telling and listening to stories about Steve.

Although many of our hearts are still heavy, we are planning a celebration of his life for Apple employees to take time to remember the incredible things Steve achieved in his life and the many ways he made our world a better place. The celebration will be held on Wednesday, October 19, at 10am in the outdoor amphitheater on the Infinite Loop campus. We’ll have more details on AppleWeb closer to the date, including arrangements for employees outside of Cupertino. I look forward to seeing you there.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Four Ses of iPhone 4S

Speed- The most noteworthy specification amendment to the iPhone 4S from its forerunner is the bump to Apple's A5 processor, which presently inhabits the slim encasing of the iPad 2. As such, we can get a sense of the speed and battery life advantages by paralleling the original iPad to its sequel. While it has definitely resulted in a snappier experience and enabled creators to do new things by employing a superior graphics engine in their apps, it hasn't really made an ultimate difference yet. Conceivably the best reason to opt for the iPhone 4S's faster processor is that it should help run future versions of iOS better, as was the case for the 3GS.

Sprint- In several ways, the overview of the iPhone 4S was about escalating the iOS base. While there was no prepaid iPhone message, Apple did present the iPhone on Sprint, one of the major players in prepaid. At a Sprint event on Friday, the #3 carrier noted that the lack of an iPhone was the #1 reason for leaving the carrier, so having the iPhone and iPhone 4S presented to these customers for the first time should strengthen Apple's market share. 

Shooting- The iPhone 4S smashes the resolution of its digital stills from 5 megapixels to 8 megapixels (available in reasonable cameras even at the launch of the iPhone 4) and its HD video capture resolution from 720p to 1080p. Apple mainly talked up the photos during the overview. The improvement -- principally in conjunction with the speedy shot time and home screen camera launching feature of iOS 5 -- lasts the new emphasis on imaging that Switched On discussed when the iPhone 4 launched. Indeed, there are now a host of add-on lenses created for the iPhone 4 that should work well with the iPhone 4S's matching body.

Siri- The showstopper of the iPhone 4S introduction, it wasn't any news that Apple had acquired Siri, but the software has evidently come a long way since Apple bought it and is combined into core functions of the handset as well as Wolfram Alpha for getting responses directly from the internet. While there was no declaration of the long-rumored new mapping app from Apple this week, Siri however signifies Apple further proclaiming its online liberation from Google in avoiding its lists of links.

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Steve Jobs (1955-2011)

"Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything -- all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure -- these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart." – This quote is probably the most shared and emotional from numerous Steve’s quotes…

He is not among us anymore. After the long and tiring struggle with the pancreatic cancer, at the age of 56, Steve died peacefully yesterday, surrounded by his family. He no longer lives in the world, that only he managed to change!

I’ve heard the news from Mark Zuckerberg, sharing a status update several hours ago: “Steve, thank you for being a mentor and a friend. Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you.”… All I can add to this is that not just a mentor, but a phenomenal one!

He changed the way we watch movies, surf the net, listen to music, take pictures… Changed these all to better, convenient and darn easy way! He changed the way we think; now we think different. He managed to actually change the world! As president Barack Obama commented: “Steve was among the greatest of American innovators - brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it.”

Statement from Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, published on Microsoft Official website today, says:
“I want to express my deepest condolences at the passing of Steve Jobs, one of the founders of our industry and a true visionary. My heart goes out to his family, everyone at Apple and everyone who has been touched by his work.”

Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Disney, News Corp., Twitter (with the CEO Dick Costolo saying: “Once in a rare while, somebody comes along who doesn’t just raise the bar, they create an entirely new standard of measurement”) – fanboys and haters, friends and foes- all expressed their sympathies and all admitted (no matter the past competition and tense relationship) that Steve was an unrepeatable GENIUS!

The new era of the technology starts today, and deal with it, because now the world will suck a bit more without Steve’s love for perfection, his hyperbolic obsession with magical devices, his jeans and black shirt,   insanely great ideas and booms and "one more" things…

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Let’s Talk iPhone Report

Yesterday’s event at Apple’s Cupertino Headquarter was somewhat disappointing, with no iPhone5 unveiled, but Apple still bought some important positive changes to its users.

The emphasis was on a new product – iPhone 4S, that was introduced recently. To cut a short story long, we provide the list of features that iPhone 4S bought:

A5 Chip- promising faster performance, extended battery life enabling us 9 hours of Wi-Fi usage, 10 hours of watching videos and 40 hours of listening to music.

Wireless System-connectivity intelligently switching between two antennas for better functionality, even while on call. 

Enhanced Camera- 8 Megapixel camera that can audaciously compete with any shooting camera, enabling users to take better and faster photos with an easy access- a simple tap.

HD Video Recording-1080p HD video recording comes on the smartphones for the first time. The advanced iPhone 4$ camera allows video editing, image stabilization and temporal noise reduction as well.

AirPlay Wireless mirroring- now you can wirelessly stream what’s on your iPhone to your HDTV and speakers via Apple TV.6 And with AirPlay Mirroring, whatever you see and do on your iPhone appears on your HDTV at the same time.

And the most important feature of the Event – SIRI – on behalf of which the event was called “let’s talk iPhone”. Now you can use your voice to use your iPhone. Siri not only understands what you say, it knows what you mean. It figures out the right apps to use to find the right answer. Then, just like a personal assistant, it makes phone calls, sends messages, schedules meetings, sets reminders, and more.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Let’s Talk iPhone – Live Stream From Cupertino Event!

Several hours are left before Apple fresh CEO Tom Cook finally lights up the dark and announces iPhone5, iPhone4S or whatever! The event takes place at Apple’s Cupertino headquarters!

As we all are looking forward to what on the earth Apple has to introduce, some tech blogs have offered the live streaming from the event. Before you rush out and start searching where and when to track the event, hold on a second and find your time zone first:

07:00AM - Hawaii
10:00AM - Pacific
11:00AM - Mountain
12:00PM - Central
01:00PM - Eastern
06:00PM - London
07:00PM - Paris
09:00PM - Moscow
02:00AM - Tokyo (October 5th)

Once you're done checking, go to this page on the right time relative to your location and watch"Let’s Talk iPhone" live !

Monday, October 03, 2011

Top 10 iPhone5 Questions Before The Launch

The buzz about Apple’s “Let’s Talk iPhone” event is getting more and more strained. Several hours are left before we get to know what Tim Cook and his crew has to unveil, but by then, we all have our own expectations, suppositions and hopes. - the largest independent online news site dedicated to covering digital culture, social media and technology, has conducted a poll, to summarize what we all are expecting to finally be introduced. Here are the results:

On the question about what will be unveiled tomorrow at the company’s Cupertino campus, 48.11%of the respondents answered that they believe Apple will announce Both iPhone5 and iPhone 4S, that will be cheaper than iPhone4. The vast majority of more than 8000 participants answered that the new iPhone will definitely contain the iPad's A5 dual-core chip, and will have an upgraded camera.

75% of the sample also believes that the new iPhone will have system-wide voice interaction and larger display. As for the design of the new iPhone, 46.1% thinks the iPhone5 will look radically different, with new teardrop-shaped cross-section, inspired by the MacBook Air, but with the homebutton not redesigned at all. The respondents also hope that the turn-by-turn directions will be included, but 57% of them think that there won’t be any NFC chip inside the iPhone for easy wireless payments.

And finally, it’s known that Apple and Adobe will hold press events at the same time (10 A.M. PDT) on Tuesday morning. There has been a rumor that the companies have something in common to share with the public, but the audience seems not to hope that Apple’s problems with Adobe and Flash will ever be resolved.