25 Tips to Master iOS 5, Unleash Siri and Maximize iCloud

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With the introduction of iOS 5 and iCloud, Apple has brought a collection of new features and functionality to the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. The new iPhone 4S also has all of these new features, plus the added bonus of Siri. Siri is a virtual personal assistant, that can perform actions based by your […]

How To Keep Your Reading List In Sync With iOS 5

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Apple has made iCloud a big part of the iOS 5 experience on the iPhone and iPad. This new feature is built into Safari, and allows you to sync a reading list between all of your iOS devices and Safari on your computer. The free service makes it possible to save a page to read […]

How to Enable Private Browsing in Safari on iOS 5

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One of the lesser talked about features that Apple included in its iOS 5 update for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch was the ability to turn on private browsing in the Safari browser. And because it hasn’t been talked about extensively, it’s possible that many of you either haven’t heard of it or have […]

iOS 5 on iPhone 3GS: Final Impressions and Performance

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Shortly after Apple released iOS 5, I loaded it up onto my iPhone 3GS and expected a chaotic, sluggish experience. However, as you might know, my first impressions of iOS 5 were much different. I was pleasantly surprised with how well the software ran on my two year old phone and I began recommending the software to […]

How To Tell If You’re Sending an iMessage or a Text on iOS 5

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iOS 5 and the iPhone 4S have only been out for a short time, but I’m already getting asked a lot of questions about the new iMessage app. Common questions include, “Why there are green bubbles and blue bubbles?” and “Why can’t I send iMessages to a friend’s iPhone?” These are all good questions, and I hope to help […]

iPhone 4S Pre-Orders Begin in 22 New Countries

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If you’re living in a country outside of the initial batch where Apple made the iPhone 4S available and you’ve been waiting for your chance to pre-order it, today is your lucky day as Apple has launched pre-sales for the latest-generation iPhone in 22 more countries around the world. The countries that are now officially […]

How To Teach Siri Contact Relationships

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Siri is a pretty impressive personal assistant for your iPhone 4S. Siri is even more impressive, because she can remember relationships. you can use Siri to add contact relationships in seconds. If you go look at your contact card in iOS 5, you can add your spouse easily enough, but if you want to add many more, the […]

Why iCloud Enabled Apps Are Awesome

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With the introduction of iOS 5, Apple brought iCloud to the majority of iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch units. iCloud is best known for syncing your photos to all of your Devices with Photo Stream and allowing you to backup your iPhone or iPad to the cloud every night, but it also keeps your phone apps and […]

Google Should Put a Muzzle on Andy Rubin

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Is Google’s Andy Rubin off the reservation, speaking the truth, or just dealing with jet lag? At the AsiaD conference that is coinciding with the announcement of Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and the Galaxy Nexus phone, Rubin is making some statements that make it sound like: Google is on the defensive Google is struggling […]

iTunes Match Button Appears in iOS 5

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It looks like the iTunes Match service might be getting closer to launch. AppAdvice noticed that the button magically appeared in the iOS 5 Music Apps settings today. Sure enough it appears in mine as well. iTunes Match is designed to let you have music you did not purchase through iTunes available through Apple’s iCloud […]

iPhone 4S vs. Motorola Droid RAZR: Features, Pricing, Software

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A few days ago, Apple launched the iPhone 4S to much fanfare. The carrier has already sold millions of new iPhone 4S’ but we just get the feeling that there are those that decided to hold out to see what Motorola and Samsung had up their sleeves on October 18th, today. Well, Motorola’s announcement has […]

Siri As Unintended Stress Relief

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Well now. Today has been one of those days at the office. We had a major internal communications foul up (not technology related, but human related) that has left me with a bucket load of biological waste to clean up. So much for excrement rolling down hill. Anyway, it was one of those foul-ups on […]

How to Sync Email, Contacts and Calendar with iCloud

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The new iCloud replaces MobileMe, Apple’s previous tool for syncing personal information data like email, contacts and calendars. While I would recommend using something more feature-rich like Google Apps, which has all three and adds Google Docs and much more, you still might want to use the new iCloud feature to have a second copy […]

iOS 5: How to Use the Camera on the iPhone 4S

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The camera on the iPhone 4S includes some significant improvements. First, it takes less time to open and snap a photo (or shoot video) because now you just hit the home button twice and the lock screen will reveal a camera icon in the lower right corner. Tap it and you have the camera app […]

Apple’s Innovation Schizophrenia Apparent with iCloud Services

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Beta. Step by step. Baby steps. Slow and easy. Snakebit. Cautious. All of the above can be used to describe portions of Apple’s roll out of iCloud. Of course that roll out is coming into a world where Apple is not only playing catch up to Google, but increasingly is full of consumers demanding instant […]

Top 10 Settings to Change on Your iPhone 4S

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The iPhone 4S is ready to go right out of the box, but if you want an optimal experience, there are a number of steps you should take shortly after getting your new iPhone. I already showed you the First 5 Things to Do When you Get your iPhone 4S for Setup and Security, but […]

Apple Sells Over 4 Million iPhone 4Ss in 3Days

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Well, many, myself included, called it an incremental hardware update. Some thought Apple might have lost its magic touch. That’s history now. Apple has announced that it has sold over 4 million new iPhone 4S devices  since the launch on Friday, October 14. For some context the iPhone 4 sold 1.5 million in the same […]

How to Set a Blinking Indicator (of sorts) on the iPhone 4S

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Throughout the iPhone’s evolution there has been much discussion about the design and the late Steve Jobs’ desire for a clean piece of hardware that had few buttons, no indicator lights and such. In fact there was some speculation that the iPhone’s home button would disappear on the still to be seen iPhone 5 or […]

How To Set Customized Vibrations in iOS 5

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If you turn your iPhone to vibrate often while you’re in meetings then you know that feeling of feeling your iPhone vibrate but you can’t distinguish if it’s that important call or not. In another catch up move, Apple now allows iOS 5 users to set up custom vibrations that are assigned to your various […]