Earlier I posted some great tips on iOS6: Everything You Need to Know About iOS 6.
Now here is even more about the latest iOS from Apple – this time from Gizmodo:
Today is the day iOS 6 arrives, and it’s going to make your iPhone better than it’s ever been before. Why should you upgrade? There are so, so many reasons.
Maybe the best and most overdue addition. (Almost) everyone uses Facebook, so the deeper it’s stuffed into the soul of iOS, the better. Now, just like Twitter, you can directly link your Facebook account with your iOS, allowing your phone to talk directly to Mark Zuckerberg’s big beautiful brain. You can directly post photos from your photo album to Facebook, update your status from the notification center, and sync your contact list with each person’s corresponding Facebook account. It’s terrific stuff, and takes a big step into the turf of Windows Phone—the current lord of social media integration. We want to see more of this.
Easy, beautiful panoramas
There are a kazillion apps that stitch together panorama shots already, but now it’s a built-in feature with your iPhone’s camera—240 degrees of wide-wide-wide shooting, melded together automatically. Those should be a lot of fun to text around.
Siri: now with 400% less suck. Your iPhone GF now provides sports scores, movie times, restaurant ratings courtesy of Yelp—and will even help you book a table reservation. Now that’s service worthy of Zooey’s adoration. However, it still trips up on some words, (Siri often thinks I’m asking about Syria) and requires you to speak more clearly than you would to any adult human.
There’s no NFC in the new iPhone, but you’ll be able to use your screen as a scannable gift card/plane ticket/voucher/etc. with Passbook, which creates a virtual bundle of all those annoying cards you cram into your wallet. Here’s an ideal little scenario for you: a free cup of coffee at Starbucks, because you’ve got a $25 credit built right into your phone. Hand it to the cashier, beep, coffee, slurp, bye.
Apple kicked Google out of its mapping party, and made its own. It’s a very mixed bag, but there are some terrific changes:
Vector based vs bitmap graphics
The new maps are not bitmap-based anymore. Say goodbye to the horrible and slow tile loading. Now they are vector based, which means faster loading-it still loads sectors, but very fast based in our hands on experience-and smoother, much better graphics.
At last, Apple’s Maps will provide with turn-by-turn navigation, just like any other car GPS app. It looks quite good. We have tried and it seems quite neat, with Siri driving directions and 3D view, with clear signs.
Business information card
Now every location in Maps includes a card that gives you all you need to know about it. If it’s a restaurant, it will show you reviews and ratings, along with photographs.
Siri is completely integrated with Maps. You can ask for directions with your voice, it will guide you while driving and, if you ask her something like “Are we there yet?”, she will answer you with the estimated time of arrival. And tell you to shut up.
This is great stuff! It’s definitely faster than Google’s go at it, and the 3D terrain feature is a cool novelty, if not much more. The lack of integrated public transit directions (you’ll get pushed over to a 3rd party app for that) and Street View is conspicuous.
Facetime over 3G
It took a couple years, but now FaceTime is as fantastic as it could have been all along: make video calls from anywhere you have a cell signal. It’ll kick your capped data plan in the shins if you have one, but the difference between cell data and Wi-Fi is minor. Video quality is decent. This is killer. Now you can pause during a hike, call your uncle, and show him the majesty of nature while he sits in his basement.
Unless you have AT&T, that is, in which case you’re mostly screwed.
This one’s simple: there’s now a list in settings of all the apps that have requested access to your location, contacts, calendars, reminders, and photos. Turn on or off access as you see fit, or set a Do Not Disturb timer to keep your phone from ringing from all but the most important calls.
Easier, prettier sharing menu
The old one was ugly! It was just a drab list! Now, if you want to share that dong shot you just took, you’re presented with a neat graphical grid of services—email, Facebook, Twitter, SMS—your pick. It’s easier to scan, ergo easier to share.
A modern iPod
The Music app ditched its old skin for a darker, simpler, monochromatic getup. It functions the exact same, but steps closer to OS X in appearance. Maybe you’ll like it more than the old look—if not, you’ll quickly forget what the old look looked like, anyway.
Tons of new emoji
All emoji are good emoji. And the old iOS 5 set was pretty great. But just look at the artistry and detail in each of these teeny tiny animals. Notice the chicken’s softly shaded feathers. The poodle’s regal pose. That blow fish! Now return to your old iOS 5 emoji animals—they basically resemble balloon animal heads with beaks.
Screening your calls and generally avoiding mankind is streamlined in iOS 6. Want to ignore someone? You can reject their call with a reminder to hit them back later, or send a pre-programmed “hey sorry man I’m busy what’s up” excuse text while simultaneously rejecting the call. All it takes is a quick swipe up while the call is incoming, choose your method of avoidance, and with a couple taps you’ve managed to dodge another call. If you want, you can customize your reply messages with all sorts of zany excuses. It’s brilliant.
Remodeled iTunes/App Stores
Talk about stale! The stores on your phone were never easy to get around: too many lists, too many sections, too much scrolling. In iOS 6 they get a chic makeover, highly reminiscent of the glamorous Apple TV storefront. The new stores also add clever horizontal scrolling through lists and categories, which is less of a pain and allows for a more digestible spread of information on a non-television screen. Featured albums, apps, videos, and the like are all sorted together with big eye-easy graphics. It won’t cost you any less, but you’ll spend less sanity on your downloads.
It’s here! Apple’s latest iOS! Take a look at almost everything you need to know about the latest and greatest – details from Lifehacker:
iOS 6 is out and ready for download. Here’s everything you need to know, from how to update your device(s) to getting started with Apple’s latest OS upgrade.
It is coming – tomorrow (don’t you wish it had the feature shown here: iPhone 5 New Concept Featured?)! Well at least it will be announced. IF you want to sell your existing iPhone and maximize the dollars you get – here are some great tips from Gizmodo:
How much: $309-$400
How to do it: You can go one of two ways with eBay—you can either sell it right now for about $330 or you can wait it out and let it go to the highest bidder. Many of those sales seem to be closing below $400 at this point. With the announcement coming tomorrow, it might be better to cut your losses and take the cash now—if you wait around, there might not be as many people interested in the iPhone 4S once there’s a new model running around.
How much: $104-$405
How to do it: Amazon is offering Amazon gift certificates in exchange for your phone. $405 sounds really enticing, but this is only if your phone is in absolute mint condition and you’re willing to trade your charger too (that shouldn’t be a problem considering the 30-pin connector is expected to shrink). Most iPhones in good condition should earn around $344.
How much: $73-$250
How to do it: Just want the cash without the hassle? RadioShack will straight up fork over a nice $250 if you’re ready to part with your phone, if it’s in perfect condition. But if you accidentally ran it through the spin cycle, RadioShack says it will still give you $73, which is something. You can recoup your pesos by visiting your local RadioShack or mailing your phone off.
How much: $199 and up
How to do it: You’ve got to be willing to put in some work here. That means wading through spammers, scammers, and people with awful email etiquette. But if your phone has taken a beating, this is your solution. You’ll see everything from brand new phones to devices that are totally borked. Be sure to check out your local Craigslist page to gauge the kinds of prices iPhones are going for. Though this takes more work, you’re bound to get at least a little cash back.
If you go with this option, we recommend you meet in a public place like a bank, so you avoid getting screwed out of money/murdered.
Gazelle, InstantSale, Buy My Tronics, NextWorth, Glyde
How to do it: Hate human contact? Here’s the route you need to take if you want the best price without any hassle. Get an estimate on your iPhone’s worth based on it’s condition, then mail it in. These companies will then assess your phone and send you money for it. Check out various sites to see where you can get the best offer, because it totally varies.
For example, on the lower end Gazelle will give you just $37 for a completely borked phone while BuyMyTronics will fork over just $75. On the other hand, mint condition will earn you $290 from Gazelle or $360 from Glyde. Prices fluctuate often and will just keep dropping, so do your homework before you collect.
Whichever virtual pawn shop you choose to shed your old iPhone, make haste. With every day that passes, these soon-to-be passé phones depreciate. Right now there’s still more demand than supply; the longer you wait, the less that’s true. And that’s money out of your pocket.
Are you going to buy the new iPhone 5 when it is announced this week? After seeing this (especially the new feature around the one minute mark) I think it will be widely popular! Check this out:
New iPhone 5, New iPad & iPad Mini come together in this iPhone 5 concept must see video. This CG iPhone 5 has a longer iPhone design, iPhone 5 new larger home screen, iOS 6, fingerprint scan, iPhone’s new notification center with siri updates and stretchable or rubberband electronics.
Prior to the release of the iPhone 5 official video or the iPhone 5 review, this concept iPhone 5 commercial is set to entertain iPhone and technology enthusiasts globally.
We do hope you enjoy this CG iPhone 5 video whose features significantly leapfrog today’s iPhone 4S with Siri, iPhone 4 or iPhone 3gs.
Happy iPhone 5 unboxing post the iPhone 5 release!
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This is near and dear to my heart – where have our basic manners gone?!? Especially cellphone etiquette! It is almost too much these days – take a look at this from Mashable:
Good manners have gotten a whole lot more complicated. Gone are the days of please, thank you, pardon me — the mobile takeover has spawned bathroom phone calls, mid-sex texts and behind-the-wheel browsing. Emily Post did not prepare us for this.
Online College collected data and created this infographic about mobile bad manners. We think you’ll blush at how relatable these stats can be. Among them, aMashable favorite: 10% of people under 25 admit to texting during sex.
Even more unsettling are the statistics of the bathroom variety: 247.5 million cellphones have visited the bathroom. A fifth of those have seen the inside of a toilet, and studies show that 16% have traces of fecal matter. Consider that the next time you pick up a phone call near a plunger.
With this information, let’s make a wager: How many people do you think are reading this in the bathroom right now? Let us know in the comments.
A while back I posted about a cool free iPhone app called LodgeNet Mobile (see here: LodgeNet Mobile App Makes Your Smartphone a Hotel TV Remote Control). Well they have recently updated it and you can now check-out of your hotel room using it – very cool!
LodgeNet Mobile has announced the addition of mCheckout capabilities for the app.
With the new feature available across 2,600 hotels in North America, guests now have a convenient option to check out of their hotel room from any location via their mobile device. Receipts can also be automatically sent to guests, via email, upon completing the mobile checkout process.
If you are interested in learning more about the new feature and the impact that it has on travelers, check out their website: LodgeNet Mobile App.
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