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Monthly Archives: October 2011

iOS 5.0: Photo Stream


Another great benefit of iCloud, introduced in iOS 5.0, is Photo Stream. Photo Stream seamlessly synchronises your last 1000 photos (photos and screen shots taken on your iPhone or iPad) across all your iCloud enabled devices. Take a picture on your iPhone and the next time you pick up your iPad, the same photo is…

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New version of Steve Jobs autobiography


I received an email today informing me that there was a new version of the Steve Jobs autobiography available to download. No big deal, I shall open up iBooks and no doubt the new version will make itself known and automagically download itself and leave me with the new version. It didn’t work like that….

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Define, another iOS 5.0 gem


Another iOS 5.0 gem is the addition of a dictionary. Simple enough but very useful for anyone churning out text on iOS devices. To invoke the dictionary, double tap a word, click the arrow and select Define. A box appears with dictionary definitions of the word highlighted. That’s it. It’s simple but it’s effective. I…

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iOS 5.0: swiping notifications


I don’t know how well published this feature is. I’ve not seen it specifically called out anywhere and yet I find it to be one of the most useful features of the new iOS 5.0 notification system. It may be very widely known but I discovered it by accident so wanted to share. When confronted…

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iOS 5.0: Twitter integration


One of the most useful features of iOS 5.0 is, in my opinion, Twitter integration. In the new OS it’s baked right into the heart of pretty much everything. If, like me, you tweet a lot and get tired of copying something out of one app and pasting it into your Twitter app, you may…

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Getting to grips with iCloud


So, you’ve updated to iOS 5.0. Congratulations. It’s Apple’s finest mobile OS to date, introducing many new features, tweaks and improvements (especially for those with the brand spanking new iPhone 4S). Hopefully, if upgrading an existing iPhone from the previous iOS 4.3.5, the process was fairly painless. As an early adopter I couldn’t wait until…

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iOS 5.0 battery life


The jury is still out on whether battery life under iOS 5.0 is the same, worse or better than in previous builds of the iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch software. In the meantime, if you are experiencing much faster battery drain, there are a number of things you can try. Firstly, makes sure you only…

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50GB free box.net account for iOS users


If you are an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch owner, you can grab a free 50GB (for life!) box.net account, with increased maximum file size upload (100MB instead of the normal 25MB). There are some great collaboration tools available with box.net and, if you are an iPad user, you can connect to the box.net service…

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Welcome back notes app


The introduction of iCloud to Apple devices has had a greater effect than I thought it would. I’ve never really used the Notes app on my iPhone or iPad, finding it too limited to the device on which it is being used. Notes I created on the iPhone were stuck on the iPhone. That made…

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iOS 5.1?


I anticipate an update to iOS 5.0 in the not too distant future. Alongside reports of faster battery draining I’ve certainly noticed some odd behaviour here and there. The most obvious is a blanking of the screen when switching between apps, predominantly when switching back to Safari. There have been a few instances of a…

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