New iPhone to be Announced on Oct. 4? Don’t Forget iOS 5 is Coming to Current iOS Devices Too

With so much attention and speculation being focused on the possible new iPhone model or models next week, it is easy to forget that people who currently own an iPhone 3GS or 4, iPod touch 3rd or 4th generation or iPad 1 or 2 are going to get a lot of benefit out of the iOS 5 update that should ship very soon as an Over The Air (OTA) update.


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With so much attention and speculation being focused on the possible new iPhone model or models next week, it is easy to forget that people who currently own an iPhone 3GS or 4, iPod touch 3rd or 4th generation or iPad 1 or 2 are going to get a lot of benefit out of the iOS 5 update that should ship very soon as an Over The Air (OTA) update.

Apple Announces October 4 Event: Let’s Talk iPhone

iOS 5 will bring:

– A notification center that resembles Android’s pull-down notification function
– iMessage group messaging that works with the iPod touch and iPad as well as the iPhone
– Newsstand for magazine and newspaper app subscriptions
– Reminders: A supercharged to-do list
Twitter integration
– Option to use the Volume Up button as a camera shutter button (an idea that got the Camera+ app banned from the App Store for a few months)
– iCloud file syncing
Safari web browser enhancements
WiFi Sync to a Mac or PC
– Multitasking gestures for the iPad
– AirPlay Mirroring to display whatever is on an iPad display to an HD TV via an Apple TV

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First-Generation iPad: The Perfect Hack for Focus?

Think about it. We know that multitasking does not work (with the exception of a select group of “super-taskers”). It has been proven again and again and again. Still, we are addicted to it. As a result, much of the current writing on productivity focuses on ways to increase self-discipline (or trick ourselves) so that we can suppress the urge to multitask.

The first-generation iPad has the unique benefit of being a beautiful device that forces you to uni-task. A recent WIRED article touted the tablet as a great learning device, commenting: “On the iPad, any application you run takes over the full screen. So, when you launch your note-taking app for class it’s the ONLY thing you see. It improves focus and makes it more difficult for our easily-distractable students and employees to browse away to Facebook.”


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When Apple released the iPad this spring, one of the biggest complaints from early adopters centered on its inability to multitask. That is, the current operating system won’t allow you to toggle between apps, email, and browser windows as we are so accustomed to doing on our laptop and desktop computers.

When multitasking finally came to the iPhone this summer, we wondered how we ever lived without it. Now, it’s set to debut on the iPad with the release of iOS 4.2 in November. But this time around we’re wondering: Is multitasking really a good thing?In the months since the iPad’s release, a growing volume of committed users have noted that the power of the tablet as a productivity device comes not in spite of the lack of multitasking but as a result of the lack of multitasking. You must use it in a single-minded manner – you have no choice.

Think about it. We know that multitasking does not work (with the exception of a select group of “super-taskers”). It has been proven again and again and again. Still, we are addicted to it. As a result, much of the current writing on productivity focuses on ways to increase self-discipline (or trick ourselves) so that we can suppress the urge to multitask.

The first-generation iPad has the unique benefit of being a beautiful device that forces you to uni-task. A recent WIRED article touted the tablet as a great learning device, commenting: “On the iPad, any application you run takes over the full screen. So, when you launch your note-taking app for class it’s the ONLY thing you see. It improves focus and makes it more difficult for our easily-distractable students and employees to browse away to Facebook.” Leer más “First-Generation iPad: The Perfect Hack for Focus?”

Apple Introduces “Ping” Music Social Network and iTunes 10


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Apple has revealed iTunes 10, the newest version of iTunes complete with a new logo, new features and its very own social network for music called “Ping (Ping)” that he described as Facebook (Facebook) meets Twitter (Twitter) for music.

Ping allows users to follow others, just like Twitter. You can follow artists or your friends to find out what they’re listening or what they’re creating. It has custom song and album charts, a news feed, 17,000+ concert listings, and is available to 160 million iTunes users. Ping will be available not only for iTunes on the desktop, but for iPhone and iPod touch as well. Leer más “Apple Introduces “Ping” Music Social Network and iTunes 10”

iTunes to Double Song Sample Length [REPORT]

Are you frustrated by the fact that song samples on iTunes are only 30 seconds in length, which is often hardly enough time to get a true taste of the song?

If so, you’re in luck: according to CNET, which cites multiple sources with knowledge of the matter, Apple plans to extend the length of song samples to a far more enjoyable one minute.


Are you frustrated by the fact that song samples on iTunes are only 30 seconds in length, which is often hardly enough time to get a true taste of the song?

If so, you’re in luck: according to CNET, which cites multiple sources with knowledge of the matter, Apple plans to extend the length of song samples to a far more enjoyable one minute. Leer más “iTunes to Double Song Sample Length [REPORT]”

Keyboard Shortcuts to Speed Up Typing on an iPhone or the iPad

The current breed of iDevices (iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad) share an almost similar on-screen virtual keyboard and therefore, you just have to master a common set of keyboard shortcuts to type a little faster on any these devices.

Let’s quickly recap the 10 most useful typing shortcuts for your iDevice:.

Tip #1: If you want to type special characters with accent marks (like the letter à or è), simply tap and hold the corresponding alphabet key for a while and it will pop-up a list of related accented characters for you to choose from. Don’t release the key before making a selection else the choice will disappear.


The current breed of iDevices (iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad) share an almost similar on-screen virtual keyboard and therefore, you just have to master a common set of keyboard shortcuts to type a little faster on any these devices.

Let’s quickly recap the 10 most useful typing shortcuts for your iDevice:.

Tip #1: If you want to type special characters with accent marks (like the letter à or è), simply tap and hold the corresponding alphabet key for a while and it will pop-up a list of related accented characters for you to choose from. Don’t release the key before making a selection else the choice will disappear.

Accented Characters like in French Language Leer más “Keyboard Shortcuts to Speed Up Typing on an iPhone or the iPad”

73% Of Android Users Are Male


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Google’s Android mobile operating system is predominantly owned by males when compared with other smartphones on the market. The result comes from AdMob’s latest Mobile Metrics Report which revealed that 73% of Android users are male. On the other hand, owners of the iPhone, iPod Touch and Palm platforms has a more even male-to-female ratio. Despite the evenness, males were still the majority on those devices, accounting for 54% to 58% of the users. Leer más “73% Of Android Users Are Male”