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Friday, August 31, 2012

All About The Redesigned iOS 6 Beta App Store

Apple has brought its new App Store design to iOS 6 – the recently updated iOS 6 beta comes with the redesigned App Store for all iDevices, featuring new search result layout, Genius recommendations turned on and more.

Currently available to those a part of Apple’s Developer Program, App Store on iOS 6 beta has scored a nice layout change recently. Namely, when searching for an app, the results are displayed in swipeable cards on both the iPhone and iPad. The cards present a screenshot of the app, along with the five-star rating and a handy button to install the app on their devices.

Moreover, the Genius recommendation section has also been enabled. This feature provides apps that may be in users’ interest to download. Along with the changes described above, the purchased section has also joined the party; now displaying all the apps a user has downloaded to their account. This does make it effortless to re-claim favorite apps. And the last, but not the least change is that the iTunes store has been credited the ability to once again search for podcasts – when the podcast list is open, it requires Apple’s Podcast app is to listen. We have provided the video below, describing the changes within the iOS 6 beta App Store in details.

With Apple expected to finally make the iOS 6 available to masses this fall, further details are expected to be announced at the company’s rumored September 12th media event, along with the iPhone 5 introduction. So stay tuned, we’ll keep you updated as soon as more information becomes available. Before then, check the screenshots provided below and do not hesitate to have your say.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Latest iPhone 5 And iPad Mini Rumors That Make Sense

With September around the corner, the rumors and speculations about the sixth generation smartphone by apple do get out of control. Along with some claiming senseless statements, such as the iPhone 5 will be powered by Android 4. 1 Jelly Bean, there are some more significant rumors that do make sense. Some of these close-to-the-truth suggestions are discussed below more specifically.

The latest reports spread all over the internet recently claim that there will be two separate events for introducing the new iPhone and the iPad Mini. The rumors suggest that Apple is planning to introduce the new iPhone in September, while we will see the resized version of the iPad in October. There are even the concrete dates specified - the next-generation iPhone will more than likely be showcased on September 12th before going on general sale nine days later on September 21st, while the smaller, cheaper iPad Mini is expected to follow at some point in October.

This does make sense, if we consider the fact that the price for the iPhone 4S, which is the latest smartphone by Apple so far, has dropped to $148 in one of America’s largest retail outlets, Walmart. Moreover, official Apple Reuse and Recycle Program website will now offer you up to $345 for an old iPhone 4S. This is a very common method for selling out the older devices that many companies apply before the major launch of the new product.

Another significant leak suggests a completely assembled 6th-gen iPhone front panel with Home button and front camera, based on the images that have surfaced separately before. These images draw quite a clear picture of what the upcoming iPhone may look like when it finally arrives.

As for the iPad Mini, the Cupertino Company seems to be doing its best to keep the upcoming tablet as mysterious as possible. However, some still managed to identify the price tag of the upcoming tablet, which will reportedly vary from $249 to $299. With the main competitor of the upcoming iPad Mini considered to be the Nexus 7 by Google, Apple has to introduce something really exciting to convince customers pay an extra $100 for the same-size tablet, as price is what does influence purchase decisions nowadays.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Did Samsung Really Pay Apple $1Billion In Nickels?

Several recent reports claim that more than 30 trucks arrived at Apple’s headquarters in California early this morning, filled with 5-cent coins, amounting $1bn in total. This is the sum that Samsung has to pay Apple for the damage, as the verdict, reached by the jury at United States District Court, Northern District of California; San Jose Division has pled the Korean manufacturer guilty in a patent case.

But let’s get back to the case. The reports spread recently claim that the security company that protects Apple’s facility said the trucks were in a wrong place. However, shortly after, Tim Cook received a note from the Lee Kun-hee, CEO of Samsung, explaining that the trucks were carrying the ordered fine ruled by the district court recently.

The story wouldn’t seem to be a joke at the very first glance, as there is no single specified method of paying the fine identified in the official docs. This does entitle Samsung to pay the billion dollar damage the way the company deems best.

However, this is a hoax, a big hoax indeed. Despite the fact that there is no response from the major news outlets, the story seems to have stemmed from a Spanish website, which reads that Lee Kun-hee, Chairman of Samsung told the media that his company is not going to be intimidated by a group of "geeks with style" and that if they want to play dirty, they also know it.

"You can use your coins to buy refreshments at the little machine for life and make computers or merge with them, that's not my problem; I already paid them and turned to the law," Mr. Kim said according to the report.

The report even cites some unspecified “experts”, who claim that Samsung would indeed be able to get away with something like this, as the court documents do not specify how a company or person is to pay of a judgment. In this case, the fine can be paid in whatever denomination the guilty party would like, as long as it is paid off in the currency that is stated in the verdict.

What makes the story abundantly senseless is that Samsung has explicitly declared that the company is not intending to pay the fine unless they get the verdict after the appeal ruling. With the hope to avoid paying $1bn and recovering the damaged reputation, it seems somewhat irrational that the Korean manufacturer would change its mind and decide to pay the fine before the final verdict without any specified reason.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Invigorate The Spirit Of Life With All-in YOGA

For those who aim to have “a healthy mind in a healthy body”, All-in YOGA provides 300 Poses & Yoga Classes for helping individuals to transcend the self and attain enlightenment. With more than 3,000,000 people around the world using yoga apps by ARAWELLA CORPORATION , All-in YOGA app for iOS provides over 300 poses with photo, video and audio guides in HD-quality, plus 3D muscle models for EVERY pose. Additionally, over 30 breathing exercises are also available, along with the detailed how-to guides to make sure do it right from the very beginning.

This easy-to-use app with many other top features is designed for proper relaxation, stress relief, meditation, breathing and exercising. All-in Yoga is developed by expert teachers, whose guidance will help you along your way to healthy and active lifestyle with a harmonious vision of life. The app will make each day of your life complete and peaceful by achieving relaxation and revitalizing your nervous system, help you release muscular tension and tranquilize the body and mind with dozens of pre-designed programs that are available for all levels – from beginners to gurus. The programs are suitable for all goals: health, body shape, stretching, breathing, de-stressing, etc. and are even customizable, so users are offered options for quick and simple creation of custom programs by setting the order and duration of poses. Editing the ready-made programs of the app is also available for your best Yoga experience.

Extra Premium-Content of All-in YOGA includes:

20 yoga programs designed to help you improve your health!
Our professional yoga teachers will create a custom program, designed just for you!
10 music tracks for yoga workout  and 10 relaxation tracks;
Options to add your own poses to the database;
Ability to send custom poses and programs to your friends' devices.

Additionally, the app stores user’s data and programs in their personal profiles, so one app can be used by multiple users. Each program is followed by the restring period, enabling users to choose one of 3 tracks and set the duration. All-in YOGA also gives users the ability to add a track from their iPod list for better relaxation. To help you determine the right time for transition from one pose to another, there is a sound timer available. A workout history in a colorful calendar with motivational, yoga-related quotes is also available, making your yoga experience much more enjoyable. And finally, you’re allowed to share your yoga successes with your friends on Twitter and Facebook!

So go and grab All-in YOGA  right from the Apple App Store now and better understand your body’s feelings and needs; boost your energy and invigorate the spirit of life!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Stay On Top Of New Apps And Discounts With AppZapp!

With the huge and ever-increasing amount of apps available in the Apple App Store, it is fairly hard to find the one that will be customized to all your needs. But here comes the AppZapp, promising to be the best Bargain Guide for the App Store. To make sure you never miss a discount again, take a quick glance on the review and confirm that to all!

The  600.000 + apps available via iTunes at the moment is no constraint for AppZapp to find all changes extremely fast and show them in well sorted lists to you. With this app in your phone you are guaranteed to always be on top of what’s going on in the App Store in real time!

With the clean and intuitive UI, it is made extremely easy to find the apps that suit you best. The incomplete list of numerous useful features AppZapp boasts with includes:
Always up-to-date price and seller alerts;
App-Community – for discovering your friends Apps;
All Paid Apps gone free;
All sales, free apps and what’s new easy accessible;
Benefit from our highly functional service;
Detailed information of every App and seller;
Become a part of the AppZapp Community ... and much more!

Additionally, AppZapp delivers the top newcomer apps, most viewed, most liked and probably the most extensive list, the Top 400 with the help of a specially developed algorithm. Even if you are not sure what you’re looking for, you’ll effortlessly find the app for you! Moreover, the community of AppZapp users will help you make the right choice with their likes and comments on each and every app available.

AppZapp is available worldwide exclusively through all the App Stores in 123 countries and supports 11 languages. Select the AppZapp version that suits you best in the list below and get one right now:

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Apple VS Samsung Patent Trial – Verdict Reached!

Given the complexity of the issues the jury of nine at United States District Court, Northern District of California, San Jose Division had to deal with, it has been quite a long time till the 20-page verdict has been reached.

It seems it’s not only Apple that considers Samsung as a copycat, as the court has plead the Korean Giant guilty for infringing multiple software and hardware design patents, as well as trade-dress dilution. However, the punishment that Samsung will have to face is much heavier than what the British court forced Apple to do – the Korean manufacturer will now have to pay whole $1.049 billion to Apple in damages that can be broken down by the offending devices as follows:

$954,060 for the Transform;
$3,350,256 for the Replenish;
$44,792,974 for the Infused 4G;
$53,123,612 for the Mesmerize;
$57 million for the Samsung Prevail.

However, this is not all. Apple has filed to have 8 of Samsung’s devices banned from the market, majority of which represent the Galaxy S line. The list of devices that Cupertino-based company attempts to ditch from the market include Samsung Galaxy S II for T-Mobile, AT&T, the Epic 4G Touch, the Skyrocket, the Galaxy S Showcase, Galaxy S 4G, the Samsung DROID Charge, and the Samsung Galaxy Prevail. Each “X” in the table provided below reflects a jury finding in Apple’s favor, so check it to find out which phones are violating which patents.

It seems we’ve come up to the most important part of the story - Samsung has recently sent out memos to its employees, commenting about the lost lawsuit. You can take a look at the full version of the memo distributed by Korean manufacturer to its employees below.

“We initially proposed to negotiate with Apple instead of going to court, as they had been one of our most important customers. However, Apple pressed on with a lawsuit, and we have had little choice but to counter-sue, so that we can protect our company.

Certainly, we are very disappointed by the verdict at the US District Court for the Northern District of California (NDCA), and it is regrettable that the verdict has caused concern amongst our employees, as well as our loyal customers.

However, the judge’s final ruling remains, along with a number of other procedures. We will continue to do our utmost until our arguments have been accepted.

The NDCA verdict starkly contrasts decisions made by courts in a number of other countries, such as the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, and Korea, which have previously ruled that we did not copy Apple’s designs. These courts also recognized our arguments concerning our standards patents.

History has shown there has yet to be a company that has won the hearts and minds of consumers and achieved continuous growth, when its primary means to competition has been the outright abuse of patent law, not the pursuit of innovation.

We trust that the consumers and the market will side with those who prioritize innovation over litigation, and we will prove this beyond doubt.”

Moreover, Google has also commented on the verdict, claiming that the final decision of the jury does not relate to what they call a “core Android”. Check Google’s comment in full below:

“The court of appeals will review both infringement and the validity of the patent claims. Most of these don't relate to the core Android operating system, and several are being re-examined by the US Patent Office. The mobile industries is moving fast and all players — including newcomers — are building upon ideas that have been around for decades. We work with our partners to give consumers innovative and affordable products, and we don't want anything to limit that.”

However the final verdict has yet to be made about banning Samsung products in the US market. Whatever the case may be, Apple has already won not only the lawsuit, but the reputation and $1.049 billion, of course.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Handle Multiple Time Zones On iDevices With The World Clock Free

We’re proud to introduce the winner of our Weekly Free App Poll – The World Clock Free by Andrei Kolev! This free app for iOS consist of two parts- a simulated real-time view of the earth showing a day and a night time. With the images streamed from Visible Earth Project by NASA, users are allowed to browse an attractive real-time Earth day-night map which is being continuously updated. Moreover, the users can easily slide it either into the future (to the left) or into the past (to the right). Getting back to the present is made easy with the “now” button that appears every time you change to a different day than the actual date.

The free version of The World Clock supports almost every feature that the full version boasts with, including network time synchronization, time converter, comprehensive information on daylight savings time transitions, more than 192 000 populated places from more than 230 countries around the world and more. The incomplete list of the app features includes:

Option to display additional information, e.g. GMT offset, time difference, day of week, true solar time, sunrise, solar noon and sunset times for the selected locations;
Network time synchronization for sub-second precision (requires 3G or Wi-Fi network connection; corrected time and the measured time difference displayed, system time change not allowed by the OS);
Auto-update of the timezone database over the network ;
An info button, shown after tapping on the clock. Allows quick access to information on date, time difference from the current location, GMT difference, next DST transition and more;
The scrollable map which turns The World Clock into interactive time converter for different timezones;
Display 1 to 4 clocks (full version supports up to 24 clocks);
Selected places shown on the live map;
2 clock designs - 1 analog and 1 digital (the full version supports 9 clock designs - 5 analog and 4 digital);
Full screen clocks view - hide or show the map with a single swipe;
User-editable location names and many more…

Additionally, the option of adding the meetings directly to your calendar from inside The World Clock is also available. The app even allows you to set an alarm once the meeting is scheduled, reminding you about setting it before the gathering starts.

Both free and paid versions of The World Clock are available in iTunes and require iOS 4.0 or later to be fully functional.

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Monday, August 27, 2012

10 Impressive Facts About The iPhone

By Stephanie Kopf

June 29, 2007 was a historical day that would change the lives of many, and also the future of one of the world’s biggest tech companies. The first iPhone was released by Apple in the US. Four updates and a staggering 218 million sold iPhones later (as of March 2012), 58% of Apple’s revenue has so far been generated by their sleek Smartphone. Consequently, the company’s value has become the highest in the world. 

With so much going for the iPhone, we’re always hungry for more information. After all, it’s one of the greatest and most successful devices ever invented. Feast your eyes on these 10 great statistics about the iPhone.

1. A total of 30 billion apps were downloaded from Apple’s App Store in June 2012. Compared to one billion in 2009, that’s an impressive leap indeed! According to a recent survey by 148apps, the top three most popular app categories include games, entertainment and education.

2. Based on forecasts, the total number of people using iOS on their Smartphones will only keep growing, hitting more than 355 million by 2015. The future is Apple.

3. The gender distribution of iPhone users in the US was almost equal in 2011. 52% were male, while 48% were female. We’ll see what happens in a few years – we girls don’t stay behind for long. As for the age of the users, based on a survey by ComScore, also from 2011, the iPhone was most often used by people from 25 to 34 years of age.

4. In 2010 the iPhone 3GS went through its fair share of accidents. 76% of these were caused by dropping the iPhone – that was the leading cause, while 20% of accidents were caused by the iPhone taking a bath or going for a swim.

5. According to a survey by Crowd Science, 71% use their iPhones both for work and for play, although 28% for play only.

6. Four years ago the iPhone was already on a winning streak in more ways than one. 55% of respondents for a survey by Rubicon Consulting said they went online more frequently on their iPhone than on their other Smartphone. Vive le mobile internet!

7. In 2011 Greystripe wanted to know about mothers letting their kids use iPhones. Overall younger mothers (18-44 years old) allowed more use, whether it was for downloading games or educational content. 
8. Most app developers (87%) would like to develop apps for the iPhone, making it the most popular platform for app producers (Survey by Appcelerator).

9. More than 37,000 US college students liked the iPhone brand on Facebook last year, putting it in first place.

10. From July 2008 to January 2011, the number of apps available in Apple’s App Store grew from 800 to 400,000.

Statista produced this great infographic for the iPhone’s 5th birthday. At such a young age, it has certainly achieved a lot. We’re excited to see what will happen next and are waiting with bated breath for the iPhone 5…

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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Get WinX DVD Ripper for Mac For Special Back To School Price!

WinX DVD Ripper Platinum  brings outstandingly fast DVD ripping solution in the market, offering Windows users a worry-free conversion of DVD to AVI (DivX, Xvid), MP4, MPEG, WMV, 3GP, MOV, FLV to make DVD compatible with all popular media players.

To meet users' up-to-date DVD backup demands, WinX DVD Ripper Platinum  is built in 3 innovative DVD copy modes, making it available to clone DVD disc to ISO image; copy DVD title to multi-track MPEG2 file with all videos/audios/subtitles; backup main content of a DVD and many more.

WinX DVD Ripper for Mac  is an all-in-one Mac DVD ripper program designed to rip DVD or DVD ISO image to all prevailed video formats, e.g. rip DVD to MP4, H.264, iTunes, MOV, FLV, MPEG, AVI, and faultlessly convert all DVDs (including the latest protected DVDs) to iPhone/4S, iPad/3, iPod, Apple TV, Android, etc. It works perfectly on Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion/Tiger/Leopard/Snow Leopard. Being fully customer-oriented, this three-step Mac DVD ripper ensures all users to handle with facility. Multi-core CPU (up to 8-core processor) and Hyper-threading supported, it gives you ultra-fast ripping speed. Furthermore, this Mac DVD ripper helps copy DVD to hard drive/USB with original video and 5.1 Channel AC3/DTS Dolby audio within 5 minutes!

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Friday, August 10, 2012

New Video Concept For iPhone 5 Based On Leaked Parts – YouTube App Still Present

Folks over at TechRadar have taken each tiny piece of iPhone 5 leaked facts and put together a fairly elegant looking 3D render of the alleged device, presented in glorious full HD video. With the particular attention paid to the new dock connector design at the bottom of the device, along with the relocated headphone jack, the video demonstrates rather an innovative-looking device.

Despite the fact that those working on a video have tried their best to make a mock up as realistic as possible, there still is a great mistake that makes us think the video is just a concept that is quite far from being true:  a YouTube icon is still present (the first one in the second row at the home screen). For those unaware – the native YouTube app is missing in the iOS 6 Beta 4, released recently.

However, the rest is in order- the demonstrated device features a larger screen, is longer in size and both front and is suggested to be made with two-tone back brushed aluminum alloys. Check the video provided below and try not to be very sarcastic while expressing your opinion in the comments.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Get Up To $49.01Discount For iPhone 4S And 4 - Apple Retail Stores Matching Prices!

With the suggested new iPhone release date to be September 12th, number of retailers and carriers are beginning to drop prices on the Apple’s existing smartphones. However, standard on-contract pricing of $199/$299/$399 for the iPhone 4S, $99 for the iPhone 4, and free for the iPhone 3GS has been strictly maintained by Apple.

If you happen not to be hindered by the approaching introduction of the iPhone 5 and still intend to buy an iPhone despite all of the signs pointing at early September release date, there is some good news for you. Apple's retail stores are now offering to match the prices at major carriers and retailers, as the source has told MacRumors today. If you check the picture provided by the same source, you’ll notice that Apple stores can take up to $49.01 off of the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4. 

Remarkably, the price corresponding policy relates only to Apple's retail stores and is not available for orders via the online store. What the customers are required to get the discount is to cite the source offering lower price tag for the same iPhone model – this is for Apple to honor the price match.

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Latest Images Of The New iPhone And iPad Mini Compared To Existing iDevices

With the great hope that Apple’s September 12th media event will finally bring the new iPhone along with two new iPods versions and a baby iPad, the designers are suggesting different versions of the upcoming iDevices every day.

The rumors of so called iPad Mini have been shared by the sources like the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Bloomberg and Apple's unofficial PR department, so it seems the device is a sure shot. The latest mockups suggested show what the upcoming smaller iPad may look like compared to the current iPad model. The images are based on the rumored specifications: a 7.85-inch display, the new mini-dock port and a back camera. The renders are also based on an assumption that Apple will maintain its industrial design language, as it usually does.

So check the images provided below and do not hesitate to express your opinions in the comments.

As for the upcoming iPhone, unofficially referred to as iPhone 5, the French NoWhereElse suggests the image demonstrating the bottom side of the upcoming smartphone compared to existing iPhone model. The new iPhone shown on the image is indeed 7.6mm thick, which is a 1.7mm reduction on the current generation iPhone 4S. With no official proof about the credibility of  the images, the device shown features the relocated 9mm headphone jack, and is actually on the right-hand side of the bottom bezel, while it has been shown to be on the left-hand side of the device according to previously distributed renders.

With the official announcement from Apple getting closer as days fly by, what we officially hear from Apple on September 12th will eventually put us out of this endless guesstimation. Till then, stay tuned not to miss the latest speculations, news, rumors and suggestions! 

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Scandalous Evidences Presented By Apple Prove Samsung Is A Copycat

Samsung has been accused of ripping off the intellectual property behind the iPhone and iPad since the last year, when Apple filed the patent suit against its Korean competitor. Samsung has not only attempted to defend its reputation, but has even countersued and alleged that Apple violated some of its patents.

The patent war seems to be never ending since then. Many have considered Apple’s argument about the trade dress of its devices as a “senseless” one about a rectangle. With both suits currently on trial, Apple has just presented the comparison of different icon designs, claiming that "Samsung is also infringing Apple's icon trademarks by advertising and selling a wide variety of products using confusingly similar icons. The icons on these products were intentionally designed to look like Apple's icons and infringe Apple's trademark rights." 

So it is not about just a rectangle, but Samsung is now accused of snatching the ideas and work put into the graphics for its devices. The devices Apple claims are equipped with stolen icons include: Samsung Captivate; Continuum; Droid Charge; Epic 4G; Exhibit 4G; Fascinate; Galaxy Ace; Galaxy S (i9000); Galaxy S 4G; Galaxy S II (AT&T Edition, 4G); Galaxy S II (T-Mobile Edition); Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch; Galaxy S II Skyrocket (4G LTE); Galaxy S Showcase; Gem; Gravity Smart; Indulge; Infuse 4G; Mesmerize and Vibrant.

On the other hand, lawyers of the Korean manufacturer argue that the designers working for Samsung have just been inspired by Apple’s products, while the devices are extremely different in important ways, considering company’s long history of innovation.

Even an inexperienced eye will find it effortless to say that the icons by Samsung look like mash ups of different iTunes logos. However, the jury is still in process of making decision about whether this is a violation of Apple’s patents or not. The trial is widely expected to continue till the end of the week, so stay tuned not to miss any important notice about the topic. Check the images provided below and judge yourself : is Samsung a copycat or not?!

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Check What The New iPhone Will Look Like In Your Hand!

With the anticipation of the new iPhone, we can hardly escape publishing at least one mockup a day- that’s the nature of Apple’s upcoming products. Along with the numerous beautiful iPhone 5 concepts we all wish to be true , the recent renders demonstrate how the next iPhone – unofficially dubbed as the iPhone 5 – would look to and feel in your hand.

Suggested specs and alterations of the upcoming device include a larger screen, smaller dock connector, re-positioned headphone jack and a rather eye-catching aluminum unibody. 

The new 9-pin dock connector has been recently spotted in internal iOS 6 Logs as well. The image provided  below demonstrates the internal information from the firmware hints at a new hardware feature called 9Pin. Despite the fact that there is nothing yet known for sure, the guesstimation suggests the spotted “9Pin” is referring to the support for the new dock connection Apple is planning to implement in its upcoming devices.

With the images displaying devices with quite a similar-to-iPhone 4S form factor, the upcoming iPhone would definitely make majority of white apple product owners revert to the black one, if the new iPhone suggested on the photos appear to be accurate illustrations of the final product.

However, there is an opposite opinion as well, claiming the new iPhone to look somewhat similar to the old AV Sony designs of that decade-like their first CD player. This does strengthen Samsung’s claim of Apple copying Sony  to some degree, but anyway, even those thinking so agree that the smartphone on the renders is astoundingly beautiful!

Check the images provided and do not hesitate to express your impressions in the comments below.

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Useful iPhone Headphone Tricks For Your Daily Use

For the majority of iPhone users the ubiquitous white iPhone headphones is just an accessory for listening to music or just look cool. Surprisingly, the headphones are much more functional than you may ever think. Read through to learn how to make the standard Apple headphones a powerful tool for controlling your iPhone!

Majority of the users are unaware that Apple's intelligent voice assistant Siri can be activated by pressing and holding the center button on the headphones. This “hidden” feature is especially useful when the device is in your pocket or bag, while Siri’s help is essential!

Additionally, the volume up (+) button can be successfully used to take a photo with the Apple's Camera app. You get the same result as if you’re using shutter release cable to avoid shaking your device when it’s mounted on a tripod. Moreover, it’s a great way for getting high quality self-taken photos of you.

Headphones can be quite useful while placing and receiving phone calls as well.

For declining an incoming phone call, holding the center button for about two seconds and then releasing it is quite enough – two beeps will notify you that the call is declined. 

However, if you wish to answer it, you can do it via just squeezing the center button. You can also hang up the call with the same gesture. 

As a final point, if you're answering a call, while the other call comes in, switching between the two is effortlessly available with an instant squeeze of the center button – hold the center button for two seconds when another call is coming in to switch to the new call and hang up the original call.

Hope these tricks make your iPhone experience even better! If you happen to have captured some other headphone-related cunning, do not hesitate to tip us below in the comments.

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

iOS 6 Beta 4 Available And Jailbroken, YouTube App Is Missing

The eventual date when iOS 6 becomes officially available is getting closer with every passing day – Apple has just released the Beta 4 version of its latest mobile OS! The fourth Beta of the software is now available to all registered developers to participate in the bug identification/fixing process. This guarantees that the final product will definitely be faultless!

The iOS 6 Beta 4 update is available via the developer member center for those who have a registered Apple ID connected to a paid development account. Along with the way of accessing the beta via iTunes Connect, OTA update is also available for those who already have the beta installed on their test devices.

With Apple getting closer to the new hardware release in September, the company should ensure that everything is in perfect shape in its software side, so the iOS 6 latest Beta is expected to bring more stable and noticeably enjoyable experiences.

There have been quite a few early reviews of the latest iOS update, distributing both positive and negative news. The good thing to know is that Jailbreak team has already “pwned” the update, as RedmondPie reports:

“As is usually the case, the iPhone Dev Team are ahead of the game in providing the ultimate freedom to our devices with the latest version of Redsn0w, which is 0.9.13dev3, still capable of jailbreaking the fourth beta of Apple’s sixth-generation release of iOS on A4 capable (iPhone 4, iPod touch 4th gen, iPhone 3GS) devices.”

The thing to note is that the jailbreak is for beta software only, as the iOS 6 is yet only available for the developers. For those still interested in the process, here  is the complete guide on how to free your devices.

However, there is some negative news as well - with the observant users noticing that YouTube links stopped invoking the YouTube app in iOS 6 Beta 3, the logical continuation of the process is that the YouTube app has been totally removed from the iOS 6 Beta 4! With Apple replacing Google maps with its own 3D software recently, the removal of the YouTube app has led to the speculations of strained relationship between the two giants. However, the official statement distributed by Apple claims this is not the case:

“Our license to include the YouTube app in iOS has ended, customers can use YouTube in the Safari browser and Google is working on a new YouTube app to be on the App Store.”

Some suggest that Google is planning to build their own YouTube app for iOS, which will reportedly be available for free from the Apple App Store, similarly to Gmail and Google Drive apps. On the other hand, this removal may lead us all to the beautifully designed remote YouTube app, in difference with what was present in the iDevices before recent the removal.