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iPhone 4S Launch And BlackBerry Trade Ins

10/31/2011 09:07:00 AM - 0 comments
Recently over half of the planet lost their BlackBerry connectivity because of a hardware failure somewhere in RIM’s inner workings. This connectivity loss lasted for days and this meant days where BlackBerry users found their smartphones all but useless.

RIM has finally managed to stabilize its infrastructure and with it has come the fallout and the counting of the cost of this catastrophe. This cost could be considerable according to trade in company Gazelle who claim to have received a record number of BlackBerry handsets.

RIM did try to sweeten the blow to its customers by offering them $100 worth of free premium apps. The problem really couldn’t have come at a worse time as it just so happened that the Apple iPhone 4S launch was in full swing. The media was all over this launch and BlackBerry owners instantly tuned into the potential of the iPhone as RIM’s network fell apart. In the space of a few days RIM was seeing a massive loss. Gazelle stated that they have no doubts that this is the reason for the influx of BlackBerry trade ins. This is the highest volume of BlackBerry trade ins they have ever seen.

Whether or not RIM can recover from such a massive outage remains to be seen but with customers leaving the platform in droves how long will it take before all they have left is their select business customers.

InstaTweet For iPhone and iPad Now Available For Download

10/28/2011 09:05:00 AM - 0 comments
If you are online at all then social networking is no doubt an integral part of your daily life. Most smartphone users are logging in, posting content and interacting with each other via the likes of Facebook and Twitter. There really is no shortage of apps that allow you to take the social networking experience to a new level but InstaTweet is something different.

InstaTweet is a new app for iOS 5 devices and it really is great. It is a complete no frills, no fuss app which concentrates on one thing only and that is tweeting. When you are on the go all you want to do is send a quick tweet without any fuss or having to find the app and then locate the function you need to do so. InstaTweet takes advantage of the iOS 5 Twitter integration which allows users to initiate the Twitter pane, click the button and tweet away.

InstaTweet has no extra function and you can’t check your Twitter account or direct messages either. You can see your timeline either. There is an official app for that and all InstaTweet does is allow you to send your tweets in an instant. To use InstaTweet you need an iOS 5 device and if you are a regular tweeter and you spend a lot of time sending tweets this could be the thing for you. It works for both the iPhone and the iPad and allows you to quickly post your thoughts. It is available from the Apple App Store right now.

Slide To Unlock Patent Granted To Apple

10/26/2011 09:02:00 AM - 0 comments
A patent system can be a very long drawn out system and today we want to report that Apple can finally call the iconic Slide to Unlock gesture its own after the United States Patent & Trademark Office granted Apple its patent.

In his biography, Steve Jobs is said to have wanted to destroy Android claiming that it was a stolen product based on various Apple technologies. Steve Jobs was also very animated about Slide to Unlock and for all the right reasons too because when the iPhone first launched in January 2007, he staid to unlock the phone all he had to do was take his finger and slide it across. He claimed that they wanted something that you couldn’t do by accident in your pocket.

Although Slide to Unlock is very simple its ingenuity cannot be denied. While many aspects of Apple’s iOS have been flawed and subject to change it is very hard to think of an easier unlock strategy. It seems that no matter how advanced the iOS is to become it is highly unlikely that the Slide to Unlock will cease to remain a fundamental part of it.

In total, Steve Jobs took an amazing 313 patents with him and these range from the click-wheel of the iPod to the key design aspects of the iPhone 4. He really is going to be missed especially when it comes to key note speeches but for now we leave you with the great news that Apple has finally been granted the patent for the Slide to Unlock.

Web Browser Speed Comparison iOS 5 vs iOS 4

10/24/2011 09:00:00 AM - 0 comments
iOS 5 was released just over two weeks ago and it brought with it a number of great changes. With over 25 million users already enjoying the delights that iOS 5 has to bring we decided to take a look at exactly what users can expect to gain over their previous version iOS 4.

With iOS 5 users get the newly designed Notification Center and improved camera along with iCloud and some less publicized changes that have taken place. One of the changes we want to tell you about is the increase in web browsing speed. Pages now load more than twice as fast using iOS 5 than when running iOS 4.

These statistics actually come courtesy of New Relic who actually performed side by side tests on 3,000 web app using Safari 5.1 on iOS 5 and Safari 5.0 on iOS 4. New Relic haven’t however stated what device they used but we are guessing that it was an iPhone 4 or iPod judging by the infographics they released.

This information showed that on average, pages load in 9.6 seconds using iOS 4 and just 4.1 seconds when running iOS 5. Apple have always spent a lot of time with the rendering engine that is built into Mobile Safari and it is a good thing too. Even if you don’t upgrade your iPhone to the new iPhone 4S you will still see an increase in web performance if you update your software. iOS 5 is available as a free update for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

iPad 3 On The Way?

10/21/2011 09:37:00 AM - 0 comments
According to reports to hit the internet it seems that the Apple iPad 3 could actually be going into production before the end of this year. This news comes from Jeffrey Fidacaro who is an analyst over at Susquehanna Financial Group.

According to his report, manufacturers have been ordered to start manufacturing one million iPads in the fourth quarter of this year. This news comes from a number of analysts who are trying to predict what the iPhone 4S means for the future of Apple as a company and where they stand fiscally for the company’s last two quarters including this one.

Fidacaro in his report references his colleague’s report on the iPad where other analysts are questioning the current increase in iPad production:

We believe AAPL pulled production forward to ensure sufficient availability of iPad during the holidays, and such a move is consistent with a production decline in advance of the new model launch (we believe iPad 3 starts production in 4Q, as noted below). Thus, we believe that recent competitor reports, which only noted the 4Q production volumes two weeks ago, were misinformed. iPad 3 appears on the forecast for 4Q production start. Our checks indicate that iPad 3 has now shown up on AAPL’s production forecast for a late-4Q production start. We believe 0.6 mln-1 mln units are forecasted for 4Q production.

This is great news if it is correct and hopefully the iPad 3 will pave the way for the new iPhone 5. BGR is also speculating that there will be an announcement for a new iPad mini which will be less expensive and will compete with the new Kindle Fire. We do hope that Apple will continue to provide some great devices and if their iPhone 4S sales are anything to go by there really is more to come.

The New iPhone 4S Sells More Than 4 Million In First Three Days

10/19/2011 09:03:00 AM - 0 comments
Apple have just released a formal statement about the sales of their brand new iPhone 4S which according to them has sold over four million units in its first three days since launching on the 14th of October.

This news comes directly from Apple in a press release statement that was released. It stated that a whopping 4 million units of the iPhone 4S were sold in the first weekend. According to Apple this is a record breaking number and no other phone has sold this much in such a short time. This is more than double what the iPhone 4 sold last year. Here’s what Apple had to say:

From Apple:

Apple® today announced it has sold over four million of its new iPhone® 4S, just three days after its launch on October 14. In addition, more than 25 million customers are already using iOS 5, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, in the first five days of its release, and more than 20 million customers have signed up for iCloud®, a breakthrough set of free cloud services that automatically and wirelessly store your content in iCloud and push it to all your devices.

The iPhone 4S was announced at Apple’s Let’s Talk iPhone event on October 4th to what appeared to be a mixed response to us, according to an informal poll we held on Facebook in which majority readers voted that they would be waiting for the iPhone 5.

As it turns out, demand for the iPhone 4S is way, way higher than what any informal poll could suggest or predict: the general public is going crazy for the iPhone 4S! Over a million units of the phone were pre-ordered in its first 24 hours alone with Apple calling it their most successful iPhone launch ever.

The iPhone 4S can be ordered right now, but since demand is so very high, don’t expect it to arrive at your doorstep before a week or two. There are three models of the iPhone 4S available based on internal storage: 16GB ($199), 32GB ($299) and 64GB ($399). There are two colors available: black and white. It is available on three carriers in the US: AT&T, Verizon and Sprint on a two-year contract. Alternatively, you can get one factory-unlocked and contract free for $649, $749 and $849 for the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB model respectively.

Add Google Search To Your iOS 5 Notification Center

10/17/2011 09:28:00 AM - 0 comments
It seems like no matter what happens Google wants to be a part of it. Google has become a part of most people’s lives and let’s face it, most of us can’t do without it. Google search is the most commonly used item on the internet and with smartphones now connecting to the internet Google is always in demand.

Apple does give its users a couple of ways to use Google in its iOS software and on all iOS devices. This is done through the search bar in Mobile Safari and the Spotlight screen just to the left of the home screen. Both of these options work very well and they are easy to use but if you want something more there is always Google’s own iOS app.

If you want something more there is a brand new app called StatusGoogle and this also makes use of the Notification Center. This brand new app can’t be found in the App Store though and it can only be downloaded from Cydia which is the jailbreak app store. That’s right, StatusGoogle is a jailbreak tweak and when you download this it adds a new search bar to the notification center which is iOS 5’s new way of handling all your notifications.

Once you install StatusGoogle all you have to do is type in your search and hit return and you will automatically be in mobile safari with your Google search loading automatically. We do hope that Apple will begin to allow third party app store apps to take advantage of the notification center soon but until then if you want to take advantage of it you need to jailbreak your idevice.

Untethered Jailbreak For iOS 5?

10/14/2011 09:05:00 AM - 0 comments
iOS 5 is due to be officially released any day now and what most people are now anxious to discover is if, when and how and untethered jailbreak will be released. Redsn0w already provide a tethered jailbreak for iOS 5 as does Sn0wbreeze but the majority of jailbreak enthusiasts are looking for an untethered solution.

An untethered iOS 5 jailbreak will give users the freedom to reboot their device without having to reconnect to the PC each time. I0n1c who is a prominent figure in the jailbreaking community tweeted that the iOS 5 untethered jailbreak is covered but he didn’t give away any further information. We are assuming that he is referring to the Chronic Dev Team who may be working on an untethered jailbreak tool for iOS 5.

At the first annual jailbreak convention that was held last month, Chronic Dev Team members P0sixninja announced that the hacking group has discovered five new userland exploits in Apple’s latest mobile operating system. This gave everyone hope that an untethered jailbreak for iOS 5 would be announced as soon as iOS 5 was officially launched. The cryptic tweet from i0nic only helps to create even more anticipation.

As the exploits that were discovered were all userland, it would suggest that the jailbreak solution for iOS 5 should work on all iOS devices on all exploit ready iOS versions. This will be much like the easy to use JailbreakMe 3.0 which finally jailbroke the iPad 2. As with all jailbreak solutions, we do have to wait until the official word is released before we can tell you exactly what you are going to get and we are hoping that when it comes to an untethered iOS 5 jailbreak this will be sooner rather than later.

Facebook For iPad Now Officially Available For Download

10/12/2011 09:32:00 AM - 0 comments
Great new for everyone today, Facebook for iPad is finally here. It has been officially announced and is now available for all iPad owners to download. Now you can enjoy Facebook on your iPad.

The Facebook app for the iPad has been officially released and users can expect to experience bigger and better photos. Users can enjoy high resolution photos in an easy to flip through album. This new Facebook for iPad app also focuses on what matters and has less on the screen which makes it easier to zoom in on stories and updates. All users have to do is tap, slide or pinch to get from one screen to another and back again and there is a really simple navigation system in place. Players can also enjoy their favorite Facebook games on a bigger screen too. There really is lots of great features in this app and just too many to list in this blog post.

Facebook seem to have really taken their time with the development of the official iPad app and according to one of the developers it has been complete since May but Facebook decided to delay it. You may remember that the Facebook of iPad app was actually leaked back in July and there was information published on how you could install and use it on your iPad using a jailbreak tweak called FaceForward.

You don’t need to have a jailbroken iPad anymore though because the Facebook for iPad app has now been officially released and it is available to download free of charge right now from the app store.

JailbreakMe.com Distributing Malware?

10/10/2011 09:29:00 AM - 0 comments
JailbreakMe.com was recently sold to an untrustworthy owner and we are reminding all jailbreak enthusiasts to be aware of this. JailbreakMe is a service that allows iOS device owners to jailbreak their device and has always been very safe and trusted.

This jailbreaking tool is now going to be hosted on a new domain name and the news comes straight from jailbreak developer and iPhone hacker MuscleNerd. He sent out a series of tweets where he informed his followers that Conceited Apps has sold the domain jailbreakme.com. They has previously allowed Comex to host his jailbreaking tool here.

MuscleNerd stated that jailbreak enthusiasts recognize the domain name as it was where the JailbreakMe tool was hosted but the domain name has now been sold to an absolutely unknown, untrusted and unsafe owner and there is no web-based jailbreaking solution available here now. Below are MuscleNerd’s tweets:

It’s sad @ConceitedApps sold out jailbreakme.com for $$. Luckily we have jailbreaks.me and won’t ever sell out.

@aksansai @conceitedapps the new owner of jailbreakme.com is absolutely unknown, untrusted, and unsafe..in perfect place for iPhone malware

@ModMyiDevices yep, all the web-based JBs will be at jailbreaks.me now. And we won’t ever sell out like @ConceitedApps, guaranteed

As you can see, MuscleNerd has stated that Comex’ JailbreakMe tool will be available on the new jailbreak.me domain and it will be available for anyone who wants to jailbreak their iOS device running on iOS 4.3.3.
We are warning everyone to stay away from the JailbreakMe.com website as the new owner could use it to spread iOS malware.

New iPhone App Improves Eyesight

10/07/2011 09:25:00 AM - 0 comments
There is a new iPhone app coming out that could actually reduce the amount of time that you need to wear glasses or contact lenses. This new app is called GlassesOff and it is being developed by Ucansi and is expected to be released in the next couple of weeks.

The GlassesOff app has been found to improve eyesight in people of 50 to that of a 40 years old and this was after just 40 sessions of using the app. Sounds pretty great doesn’t it? Studies have also shown that this app can help people to read sentences more quickly.

When you purchase this app and use it you will get a grey screen with a white circle and then images at random places on the screen. These images can be blank or have blurred lines or patterns on them and what you have to do is pick out the specific gabor patches that pop up where the white circle is. What happens is that eye muscle gets a workout which helps to keep the eye young and healthy.

If this sounds like something you would like to try out then be warned, it is going to retail at £60 for three months when it hits the app stores. Seems pretty pricey but if it really does do what it says it will work out cheaper than laser eye surgery. It is going to be available in the App Store later this year and if it does well I’m sure we will see some other developers producing similar apps that will be available in the Cydia store.

iPhone 4S Is A Definite After All

10/05/2011 09:22:00 AM - 0 comments
The German Vodafone website has been in the news again and this time it is because they have again released information about upcoming iPhone models. On their website looking at the iPhone 4 bumper it was clearly shown in the drop down that this bumper will fit a black or white iPhone 4S 16GB, 32GB and 64GB model.

With this information leaked it does raise the question as to whether the iPhone 4S might be the only phone that will actually be shipped over the next few weeks. A 64GB iPhone 4S is going to be really expensive which might lead to the current iPhone 4 being the affordable model people have been talking about.

This information tells us that the iPhone 4S will be sticking to the same physical appearance as the iPhone 4 and will be the same size and have the same display, width and length. What is also important to note is the fact that there was no mention of an 8GB model which means there won’t be a dirt cheap model. There is no mention on their website of the iPhone 5 which can mean two things, either the iPhone 4S will have a dual core processor inside and will be what everyone was assuming was the iPhone 5 or that the iPhone 5 will actually have a bigger display as the rumours have suggested and this bumper won’t fit it.

All that we can is see what happens.

New iPhone To Be Unveiled This Week

10/03/2011 09:16:00 AM - 0 comments
The news we have all be waiting for has finally been announced. Last week Apple Inc. e-mailed invitations to their media even last Tuesday. This invitation says “Let’s talk iPhone” which implies that Apple intends to show off the latest version of the iPhone at this event.

It has been 15 months since Apple rolled out the iPhone 4 and now fans worldwide are gearing up for the next generation model the iPhone 5. The event that is to be held this week is going to be the first event without Steve Jobs and his successor Tim Cook is going to take the lead.

A new iPhone is expected to be revealed with a number of changes. The biggest changes are expected to be inside the phone with the introduction of Apple’s latest iOS mobile software, iOS 5, which was due to be released in the autumn. iOS 5 is said to include things such as wireless device setup and content synching and a beefed up camera. Email and web browsing apps are also said to be improved. A new iMessage service will also allow iOS 5 users to send text messages to each other over Wi-Fi or wireless camera. A new folder called Newsstand is going to contain all newspaper and magazine app subscriptions so it will be easier to find.

A new iPhone is also expected to include Apple’s forthcoming iCloud service which will store content such as music, apps, photos and documents on Apple’s servers and let users access them wirelessly on different devices.

The new iPhone isn’t expected to look that much different from the iPhone 4 but it is thought that it could be thinner and have a bigger screen. An improved camera is also expected. A new hardware change that is to be expected is the inclusion of Apple’s dual-core A5 processor which should improve things such as multitasking and gaming.

All the questions and rumors that have been circulating for some months now will all be laid to rest at this event and once we have the news you will be informed.