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iOS Phishing Scam

10/13/17

iOS is the safest and most secure mobile device operating system due to careful vetting by the folks at Apple. Developers must adhere to strict guidelines in order for an app to be released to the App Store for the public, but every now and then a nefarious one can make its way through....

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iPhone 8 & iPhone X Cases Available Now

09/22/17

Protect your shiny new #iPhone8 or #iPhoneX with a trusted case. #iHospital carries a wide selection of top brands from OtterBox, Incase, mophie, Speck, LifeProof, and more...

 



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Apple Increases iPhone Repair Prices

09/21/17

After announcing the new iPhone 8 and iPhone X on September 12, 2017, Apple silently changed it's iPhone screen replacement repair prices across the board. We monitor these changes closely so we can bring our customers the best service at the most competitive rates...

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Apple Watch Screen Repairs

08/17/17

What should you do when the screen on your Apple Watch breaks? Take it to iHospital of course! Screen Repair Service is now available for all models of Apple Watch Series 1 & Series 2. This 1st Generation Gold Apple Watch Edition came into iHospital Naples in need of serious TLC...  

          

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Specializing In The Toughest Repairs

06/23/17

At iHospital, we do more than screen replacements and battery swaps. We take on the big challenges like returning an iPhone to a workable state after big falls, run-overs, and near dealth calamities.

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Coming Soon From Apple

06/08/17

At the World Wide Developers Conference in California, Apple announced several exciting new things coming by the end of the year. The special event kicked off at the beginning of the week with a Keynote address highlighting upgrades to its line of operating systems, showing off new iPad Pros and iMac Pros, and unveiling the much anticipated HomePod. You can watch the full Keynote address on Apple's website. Here are the highlights:

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iPad Run Over By A Car? We Can Fix That!

05/04/17

Here at iHospital our main focus is repairing your device to make it like new again. Think we can't fix an iPad run over by a car? Think again! We've seen it all... 

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Rough Day? We Can Fix That

04/28/17

At iHospital we fix more than broken screens and buttons. When life gets you down; bends and twists and thows you curve balls - we are here to help! This repair was completed at our Gainesville, FL iHospital location. D.i.D - Doctor of iDevices, Frank, was able to bring this iPhone back to life! 

 

 

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iPhone Product (RED) Modification

04/01/17

Photo Courtsey 9to5 Mac

 

If you’re interested in modifing the look of your phone, we can swap out the screen and other components to whatever combination of modification you prefer.

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Welcome To iHospital's New Website

03/30/17

 

 

We have worked tirelessly to redesign and overhaul our website to better serve our customers by providing up-to-date information about repairs, services, and products that iHospital offers. Here's what's new!

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Apple Warranty Changes

03/06/17

According to an internal company memo, Apple will no longer void the warranty on a device if previously repaired by a third-party. Apple is finally recognizing how important it is for the consumer to have a choice as to where they go for repair.

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Griffin iTrip Clip Bluetooth Headphone Adapter

02/10/17

The #Griffin iTrip Clip Bluetooth Headphone Adapter is available now at all #iHospital locations. The iTrip Clip is the ideal wireless solution to connect your headphones, car stereo, or home audio system to any smartphone. There's also a built-in handsfree mic that is perfect for video and audio calling. It works with #Siri too!

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Mophie Juice Pack Air for iPhone 7 Series

02/01/17

#Mophie's Juice Pack Air battery case for #iPhone 7 & 7 Plus is now available at all iHospital locations. This protective charging case has the power to extend the use of your iPhone to 27 hours.

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LifeProof Fre for iPhone 7 Series

01/03/17

Make sure you're covered for all of life's adventures.

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Ring Doorbell

12/02/16

Keep your home protected this holiday season and beyond. Never miss a visitor with Ring Doorbell. Motion sensors and video monitoring trigger instant alerts when you're home or away.

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iPhone 7 Upgrade Options

08/23/16

The next generation iPhone announcement is just around the corner! Are you ready?

If you are "leasing" your phone through a carrier upgrade plan like AT&T Next, Verizon Edge, or T-Mobile JUMP you are most likely eligible for a shiny new iPhone 7 when it comes out next month.

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Spider The Secret of Bryce Manor App Review - iTunes Free App of the Week

11/04/12

Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor App Review - iPhone, iPod touch and iPad Application - 4 IV's Here's what people are saying about this great free app:

  • "Game of the Year!" - TouchArcade
  • "Game of the Year!" - Independent Games Festival Mobile
  •  "Top 20 iPhone Apps of 2009" - Wired Magazine
  • "Platformer of the Year" - Slide to Play
  • “Best of the Year” according to USA Today
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Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manner App Review - iTunes Free App of The Week

11/03/12

Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manner App Review - iPhone, iPod touch and iPad Application - 4 IV's Here's what people are saying about this great free app:

  • "Game of the Year!" - TouchArcade
  • "Game of the Year!" - Independent Games Festival Mobile
  •  "Top 20 iPhone Apps of 2009" - Wired Magazine
  • "Platformer of the Year" - Slide to Play
  • “Best of the Year” according to USA Today
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Weird But True App Review - iTunes Free App of the Week

10/29/12

Weird But True App Review

Weird But True - iPhone, iPod touch and iPad Application - 4 IV's

  • Winner of 2012 Spring Parents' Choice Award
  • New York Times App to Keep Kids Happy
  • Chosen as New & Noteworthy, What's Hot, and Staff Favorites by Apple
  • This week's iTunes Free App of the Week

What is Weird But True?

Weird But True is a Books application created by National Geographic Society that is designed for both the iPhone and the iPad. It also happens to be this week's iTunes free app of the week.  It's currently rated 3.5 stars in iTunes based on 280 ratings.  Weird But True is compatible with the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad and it requires iOS 4.0 or later.

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Top 10 New iPad Mini Features

10/24/12

iPad mini features

Size doesn't matter when it comes to the iPad mini. Apple introduced the brand new iPad mini to the world today at a highly anticipated media event in San Jose, California.  Unlike other Apple media events, Apple offered a live feed of this event to Mac users, iPhone and iPad users and well as Apple TV users.  The event was kicked off by Apple's CEO Tim Cook who proudly boasted that the iPhone 5 sold out the first weekend it was launched selling more than 5 million units.  A brand new 13-inch MacBook Pro, Mac Mini and iMac  and an iPad 4th generation was introduced.   And then at 1:51 PM ET, the brand new iPad mini was introduced to the world.

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iHospital is Giving Away 6 iPhone Unlocks, Here's How to Enter!

10/22/12

iHospital iPhone Unlock Giveaway

iHospital is Giving Away 6 iPhone Unlocks!

Are you interested in winning an iPhone Unlock? iHospital is giving away iPhone Unlock's to six lucky iHospital fans!

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Solar Walk App Review - iTunes Free App of the Week

10/14/12

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Solar Walk App Review - iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad Application - 3 IV's

  • Halloween contest on facebook.com/starwalkapp
  • A Parents' Choice Gold Award Winner
  • Featured by Apple as Best Apps of 2010 and Best Apps of 2011
  • One of the first apps on the AppStore with real 3D TV Support

What is Solar Walk?

Solar Walk - 3D Solar System Model is this week's iTunes free app of the week.  It's created by Vito Technology. Interestingly, Vito is associated with a group of family-friendly developers called Moms with Apps and they promote quality applications for families and kids.  This free app fits into the education category and gives users the ability to investigate the solar system we live in.  Solar Walk is compatible with the iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S and 5; iPod (3rd Generation to 5th Generation) and iPad.  It also requires iOS 4.3 or later.  Solar Walk is also fully optimized for the iPhone 5.
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Pocket Planes App Review

10/11/12

pocket planes app review

FREE – Pocket Planes – iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch Game Application – 4 IV’s What's new in the latest version 1.0.5:

  • New planes
  • iPhone 5 and iOS 6 support
  • Support for syncing with Mac version
  • Bug Fixes
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LostWinds App Review – iTunes Free App of the Week

10/06/12

LostWinds app review

LostWinds App Review –  iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad Application – 3 IV’s

  • "Its blend of beautiful graphics and sound, compelling platforming, challenging puzzles and of course the intuitive one-finger controls, makes it one not to miss." TouchGen
  • "A wonderful treat, brimming with clever ideas and imaginative sights." PocketGamer
  • "Drop whatever you are doing and pick this up now, you won't regret it." AppShack
  • "Buy this, sit down with a cup of coffee in a peaceful house and enjoy the best few hours in gaming, and savour every moment." SmartPhone App Review

What is LostWinds?

LostWinds is this week's iTunes free app of the week.  It's compatible with the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd, 4th and 5th) generation and iPad. It requires iOS 4.2 or later.  It will take up 72.3 MB on your Apple device as well.

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Passbook is Finally Good for Something! iOS 6 Passbook Now Supports Starbucks and More

10/04/12

Passbook Enabled Apps

Despite an overwhelming amount of negative press, Apple's iOS 6 Passbook application is starting to gain some momentum among Apple fans.  This is largely due to the fact Passbook is now supporting a number of high-profile companies including Starbucks, Major League Basecall, Ticketmaster, Walgreens, McDonald's, Airbnb and Eventbrite.  You can find a complete list of Passbook enabled apps here.

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Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 App Review - iTunes Free App of the Week

10/01/12

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 app review

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 App Review -  iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad Application - 4 IV's

  • “The definitive golf game for…iPhone.” (Modojo)
  • “The most realistic golf game for your…iPhone.” (Touch Reviews)

What is Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12?

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 is this week's free app from iTunes.  It's available as a downloadable application from iTunes that is compatible with the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.  It's usual price is $0.99 but there's also a $4.99 version built especially for the iPad.  This week's free app from iTunes takes up 248 MB of space and has a 4.5 star iTunes rating based on 1064 ratings for the current version.  This app was developed by Electronic Arts.

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Albert App Review - iTunes Free App of the Week

09/24/12

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Albert App Review - iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch Application - 4 IV's

  • "Incredible art style. Neat faux-3d effect. Great variety of mini-games." – Gamezebo
  • "You'll be charmed by his strange and beautiful world." – Slide To Play

What is Albert?

Albert is this week's free app of the week from iTunes.  It has a 4.5 star rating based on 620 ratings in iTunes and it's located in the Games category.  It's compatible with the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, and requires iOS 5.0 or later.  The drawings

in Albert are created by renowned french Illustrator Chloe Mazio which look stunning on the Retina display.  Albert also uses a special holographic effect for extra image immersion.  You'll use your entire device when playing Albert including the multi-touch screen, microphone, speaker, accelerator, and speedometer.

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Fitocracy App Review

09/19/12

Fitocracy app review

FREE – Fitocracy - Fitness Social Network – iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch Application – 4 IV’s Here's what people are saying about Fitocracy:

  • "It’s about time someone created a RPG for fitness" - TechCrunch
  • "...the best example yet of a digital domain applying the basics of games to getting in shape." - The Globe And Mail
  • "...provided me with a motivational breakthrough." - Kotaku
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Run Roo Run Review - iTunes Free App of the Week

09/17/12

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Free App – Run Roo Run – iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch Application – 3 IV’s

What is Run Roo Run?

Run Roo Run is a games application created by game developer 5TH Cell.  Your character is a mother kangaroo who travels across Australia from Perth to Sydney looking for her captured Joey.  The current version of this game is rated 4.5 stars in iTunes based on 747 ratings to date. Run Roo Run is also this weeks iTunes free app of the week too! Make sure you download it prior to Wednesday as it will go back to its regular price on Thursday morning.

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Apple Announces Upgraded iTunes, iPod Nano, iPod Touch and iOS 6

09/13/12

iPod Touch Features

Apple introduced updated versions of the iPod Nano, iPod Touch, iOS 6 and iTunes, along with the iPhone 5 of course, at their huge media event yesterday at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.  As expected, the Internet is buzzing with Apple fan appreciation.  Here's a breakdown of all the new features you can expect to see with the iPod Nano, iPod Touch, iOS 6 and iTunes:

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Introducing the Brand New iPhone 5 Features!

09/12/12

iphone 5

We all knew it was coming and today it really happened. The iPhone 5 was introduced to the world today at a highly anticipated San Francisco event, and yes, it is called the iPhone 5! As widely expected, the new iPhone 5 features include a longer screen, LTE support and a new dock connector.  If you want to get your hands on the iPhone 5, Apple will start taking pre-orders this Friday and Apple will begin shipping them out on September 21, 2012.  You can get your hands on an iPhone 5 for as little as $199. Let's take a detailed look at all the new features and updates:

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Zombies Run App Review

09/12/12

Zombies Run app review

$7.99 - Zombies, Run! - iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch Application - 4 IV's Here's what people have to say about Zombies, Run! BBC NEWS - “The only way to save yourself is to run for real.” WIRED - “In the style of Runkeeper, with an exciting undead twist.” LIFEHACKER - “A really cool way to get outside and exercise.” CNN - “Turns exercise into a game - a terrifying, terrifying game.” NPR - "It gets you moving!" TIME.COM - "Takes all the fun of a zombie game and funnels it into a fitness app."

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Temple Run Brave Review - iTunes Free App of the Week

09/10/12

temple run brave review

Free App - Temple Run: Brave - iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch Application - 3 IV's

  • “Best endless running game in the App Store… You’ll love every minute” – AppleNApps.com
  • “A fast and frenzied iPhone experience.” – IGN.com
  • “Most thrilling and fun running game in a while, possibly ever.” – TheAppera.com
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Lo-mob Review

09/06/12

Lo-mob review

iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad Application - Lo-mob - $1.99 - 3 IV's

What is Lo-mob?

Today we're doing a Lo-mob review. Lo-Mob is a photo application that allows users to experiment with different vintage filters reminiscent of analog cameras.

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Extreme Skater - iTunes Free App of the Week Review

09/04/12

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Free App - Extreme Skater - iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad Application - 3 IV's 

  • "It’s exciting, loaded with unlockables and achievements, and looks sharp." - 148apps.com
  • "You want something tense, action-packed, and quick, filled with enough giant leaps to sate your lust for danger. You want something like Extreme Skater!" - pocketgamer.co.uk
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iHospital Will Be Closed on Labor Day, September 3, 2012

08/31/12

labor day slider  

We will be closed on Monday, September 3, 2012 in obersvance of Labor Day. All iHospital locations will resume normal operating hours on Tuesday, September 4, 2012. Have a great day off!

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Top 7 Wedding Apps

08/28/12

Best Apps for Planning Your Wedding

For anyone that has been involved with planning a wedding, you know it's a huge endeavor. Tasks include buying a dress, planning your reception, booking a venue, signing up for a gift registry and countless other tasks.  Wedding planners used to rely on notebooks and Microsoft Excel to track all of the important details and hope they didn't miss anything.  Thanks to Apple, we now have the ability to track and organize everything right from the convenience of iPhone, iPod or iPad via a number of handy applications.  You'll be appily ever after! Here are our top 7 apps for your wedding.

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IncrediBooth - iTunes Free App of the Week Review

08/27/12

IncrediBooth review

Free App - IncrediBooth - iPhone and iPad Application - 3 IV's

What is IncrediBooth?

Apple chose the hugely popular photo app IncrediBooth to be this week's iTunes Free App of the Week.  Like the name suggests, IncrediBooth offers old school photo booth images from the convenience of your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPod.  Skip the mall and have some nostalgic fun at home!

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FastCustomer App Review

08/23/12

FastCompany app review

iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad Application – FastCustomer App – Free – Score: 4 IV’s *"Top 10 Smart-phone App of 2011" - TIME Magazine*

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Top 5 Free iPhone Apps for the iPhone Beginner

08/22/12

Purchasing your very first iPhone is an exciting endeavor. Downloading free iPhone apps from Apple's App Store can be just as exciting. However, there are so many apps in the App store that it can be overwhelming for new iPhone users to sort through what's amazing from what's junk. Luckily for you, our D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices are here to share 5 free apps that are perfect for the iPhone beginner.

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iBlast Moki 2 HD - iTunes Free App of the Week Review

08/19/12

iBlast Moki 2 HD free app review

Free App - iPhone and iPad Application – iBlast Moki 2 HD  – 3 IV'S

  • Featured by Apple as Game of the Week on both iPhone and iPad
  • One of the best iOS Game ever with a Metacritic of 93
  • iPhone Best Puzzle Game 2009 - IGN 2009 Awards
  • Best Mobile Game 2010 - Milthon Award

 

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7 Things You Need to Know about Instagram's iOS update

08/17/12

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Instagram just launched an updated version of their hugely popular iOS application. This update includes a neat feature where users can see their photos arranged on a map of where the pictures were actually taken. Pretty cool right? [Related: 15 Terrific Things You Need to Know About Instagram Right Now!]

 

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Vanderbilt University

08/14/12

Vanderbilt University app review

Application - Vanderbilt University  – Score: 4 IV’s - FREE

What is the Vanderbilt University app?

The Vanderbilt University app is the official application of Vanderbilt (Vandy) University located in Nashville, Tennessee. It was designed to keep in touch with Vanderbilt University in an easy and enjoyable fashion. It also includes a very useful calendar feature.

 

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Kayak Pro - iTunes Free App of the Week Review

08/13/12

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The number one most popular Mobile Travel App, Kayak Pro, includes flight and car search, hotel reservations, flight tracker and My Trips. You can have your entire itinerary at your fingertips. iPhone and iPad Application – Kayak Pro – FREE – 3 IV’s

 

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Say Goodbye to the YouTube App in iOS 6

08/08/12

iOS 6 does not include YouTube app

The iOS 6 Beta 4 which was just released to developers does not include a dedicated YouTube app. This is a big surprise as the YouTube app has been included on the iPhone operating system since 2007. This is a surprising move as more and more people are using their mobile devices to watch YouTube videos. For example, according to YouTube:

  • Traffic from mobile devices tripled in 2011
  • More than 10% of global YouTube views come from mobile devices
  • 3 hours of video is uploaded per minute to YouTube from mobile devices
  • YouTube is available on 350 million devices

 

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360 Panorama - iTunes Free App of the Week Review

08/06/12

360 panorama review app of the week

360 Panorama is a realtime panoramic app that functions like a panorama camera for iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch 4G, iPad 2/3 iPhone and iPad Application – 360 Panorama – FREE – 3 IV’s “Instant, awesome panoramas” — CNET “Easy as pie … impressively sharp.” — Gizmodo “Feels like magic” — TUAW (The Unofficial Apple Weblog).

 

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WinterBoard Review for Jailbroken iOS Devices

08/02/12

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Jailbroken Applications – WinterBoard – FREE – Score: 4 IV’s

What is WinterBoard?

Winterboard is a must have application for any jailbroken iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. It allows users to customize almost every aspect of the iOS appearance. From text bubble colors to custom fonts, WinterBoard is a great tool for personifying your favorite Apple device. To get WinterBoard, you must have a "jailbroken" iPhone, and you can get WinterBoard from Cydia. Cydia is an alternative to Apple's App Store for "jailbroken" devices.

 

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Catapult King - iTunes Free App of the Week Review

07/30/12

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iPhone and iPad Application – Catapult King – FREE – 3 IV’s

 

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How To Get the NEW Emoji's

07/27/12

 

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Application - Emoji 2 - $0.99 - 4 IV's

What is Emoji 2?

Like the Emoji Keyboard we previously wrote about, Emoji 2 is a new and updated set of emoticons that you can insert into iMessages, Instagram posts and much more.

What did you like about it?

If you love adding emoticons to your iMessages, you'll love all of the 300+ new emoticons that come with Emoji 2.  Icons include updated smiley faces, planes, trains, automobiles, dragons, characters, animals, pictures and much more. The updated Emoji application also include 10 new fonts and text styles.  

What didn't you like about it?

Adding the new set of Emoji emoticons to your messages is a little different than the first Emoji keyboard.  You have to scroll through the keyboards and press numbers to bring up all the different characters.  It's a little tricky but easy once you get the hang of it.  There is a way to do it by adding the new Emojis to your contacts and using the Romaji keyboard but we don't recommend it.  The makers of this application are working on a method to add them to a keyboard and will update the application once done.

How do I set it up?

1.  Download Emoji 2 from the App Store. 2.  From the app, engage the new Emoji application. 3.  Enable the Japanese Romaji Keyboard.  This is done by: Settings > General > Keyboards > Add New Keyboard > Japanese (Romaji) 4.  From iMessage, tap the globe icon until the Romaji Keyboard appears. 5.  Tap a number from 1 to 7 to bring up all of the various emoticons. 6.  Tap the arrow to the right to bring up the full list of Emojis for that category

Where can I purchase Emoji 2?

You can purchase Emoji 2 with 300+ new features and symbols in App Store for $0.99. Review by D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices Frank Baldwin. Frank works at iHospital Gainesville. You can read our interview with Frank in our previous post, Meet iHospital D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices Frank Baldwin. Did you know you can protect and enhance your iPhone, iPod and iPad with Liquid-Armor? iHospital is currently offering this cool new service for $19.99 or at an additional $9.99 when you come in to iHospital for any repair. Drop in to one of our locations and have one of our D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices add a solid shield of durability to your beloved iDevice today!

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Flick Kick Football - iTunes Free App of the Week Review

07/23/12

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iPhone and iPad Application – Flick Kick Football – FREE – 4 IV’s

What is Flick Kick Football?

Flick Kick Football  is a sports game application designed for both the iPad and the iPhone created by Developer PikPok Games.   It also happens to be this week’s “App Store Free App of the Week”.  This is a perfect app to download as the Olympic Summer Games are just around the corner!  Check out our previous post, 5 Best Apps for the 2012 London Olympics, for more cool apps related to the games.

 

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Logitech Fold-Up Keyboard for the iPad 2

07/20/12

Logitech Fold-Up Keyboard for iPad 2 Review

Accessory - Logitech Fold-Up Keyboard for the iPad 2  – Score: 4 IV’s

 

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Twittelator Neue

07/13/12

Twittelator Neue application review

Application – Twittelator Neue  – $2.99 – Score: 4 IV’s

What is Twittelator Neue?

Twitterlator Neue is a Twitter client application that can be used with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. It requires you have iOS 5.0 or later installed on your Apple device.

 

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How to Browse Safari Like the Experts Do

06/29/12

how to browse Safari like an expert

Most of us take browsing the Internet for granted.  It’s simple right?  All you have to do is type in the web address and go from there.  But have you ever found yourself hopelessly confused when looking at a web page on your Safari browser that is full of animated GIFs that are driving you crazy? This post is all about how to browse Safari like an expert and take charge of your Internet browsing experience! We’ll also share how you can pause those annoying GIFs.

 

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How to Print to a Shared PC Printer

06/28/12

This post describes how to print from a Mac OS X computer to a shared printer that is connected to a Windows XP machine.   Many people have home networks set up to share files.  What happens when  people have both a Mac and a PC and want to print? Some people do it the hard way and disconnect everything from one computer and add it to the other each time they want to print.  Did you know there's an easier way? Our D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices wrote this article with you in mind!

 

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How to Change Your Apple ID on your iPhone

06/18/12

how to change your Apple ID on your iPhone

If you want to use an Apple service such as iTunes or the App Store you need to have what is called an Apple ID.  You can use the same Apple ID across all Apple services. There may be a situation where you want to change your Apple ID by either changing your current ID or switching to another ID.  This article will outline how to do this on your iPhone.

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WWDC 2012 Highlights

06/13/12

2012 WWDC

Mr. Cook enjoyed his time at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference today announcing new things like the new MacBook line, new Mountain Lion features, iOS6, a new and improved Siri as well as a new smart case for the iPad.  What people didn’t see was Apple TV or the next iPhone but those are expected in the fall of 2012.  This post highlights some of the most talked about news at the WWDC.

 

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How to Make Your Mac Talk with OS X

06/06/12

The iPhone 4S introduced us to the wonderful world of Siri, the spunky little voice assistant.  But did you know that you can enable your Mac to speak to you with Mac OS X? It's true, you can have your Mac read books to you from the Kindle app and convert text documents into audio files.  You can also change the voice tone and language of your Mac.  Cool right?

 

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Your Guide to Hidden Capabilities within iOS Built-in Apps

06/04/12

Hidden features for iOS apps

Your iOS device comes equipped with various apps like Mail, Camera, Clock, Stock and Safari. We use them everyday but are we using them to their full potential? Probably not! Here is your guide to all the hidden capabilities within the iOS apps we know and love:

 

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Phone5.com Domain Obtained by Apple

05/22/12

iPhone 5

We recently wrote about 3 reasons why the next iPhone will be called the iPhone 5, and we’re here to share reason number four! Earlier this month, the folks at Apple filed a claim with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to obtain ownership of the iPhone5.com domian.  Up until now, iPhone5.com was home to a small, independent forum. 

 

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Your Guide to iPhone Repair & Upgrades in New York

05/20/12

iHospital New York

There are many options when it comes to iPhone repair and iPhone upgrades in New York City. Do a quick Google search and you'll see exactly what we mean. We're here to take the guesswork out of the equation. iHospital New York City is your number one choice when it comes to iPhone repair and upgrades. Our D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices were kind enough to create this useful guide on what to do for all your iPhone repair and upgrade needs.

 

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Mac App Store Welcomes Apps that Use Global Hotkeys

05/18/12

Application creators all over the world are breathing a big sigh of relief. Why you ask? Well, reports came out early Thursday morning suggesting that Apple would disallow Mac App stores that enabled keyboard “hotkey” shortcuts. The popular Apple blog, Macworld, confirmed that this was in fact a rumor and these apps are definitely allowed within Apple’s App store. All of this hype came about because starting June 1, 2012, all apps that are submitted to the Mac App Store need to include Apple’s sandboxing requirements. For those of you that wonder what sandboxing means, here’s a little breakdown. Sandboxing is a term that refers to limiting what functionality and data a certain app can access for a user’s protection and security. Another popular blog called TUAW suggested that as part of these updates, Apple would shun new apps with global hotkeys too. These hotkeys are very common within in OS X. In fact, Apple includes many hotkey creations of their own, like Command-Shift-3 for taking a screenshot. Many apps in the App Store install their own global hotkeys: Twitter apps can offer a command to bring your timeline to the foreground or start composing a new tweet, or launching apps lets you bring up their interfaces with a global keystroke too. Overall, it’s definitely been confirmed that no hotkey ban is coming to the Mac Apple Store. Apple even offers developers many public APIs that simplify the work of creating global keyboard shortcuts, and we’re sure those APIs aren’t going away. All in all, as long as these hotkeys are implemented properly, the Apple App Store definitely won’t turn them away. Did you know you can protect and enhance your iPhone, iPod and iPad with Liquid-Armor? iHospital is currently offering this cool new service for $19.99 or at an additional $9.99 when you come in to iHospital for any repair. Drop in to one of our locations and have one of our D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices add a solid shield of durability to your beloved iDevice today!
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Want Siri But Don't Have an iPhone 4S? Read on!

04/30/12

Voice Assistant - iTunes App ($1) Search Google or YouTube using your voice instead of typing! Voice Assistant is a simple way to speak and instantly see your text or email messages, up to five times faster than typing on the keyboard. Are you looking for a Siri alternative for your iPhone 4 or 3GS? Make sure you check out Voice Assistant by QuanticApps.  Like Siri, Voice Assistant allows you to create email or text messages by speaking and you can also use it to update all of your social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.

 

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Sprint Will Offer Unlimited Data Plans for the Next iPhone with LTE

04/26/12

According to CNET, Sprint has confirmed plans to continue offering unlimited data plans for the next iPhone regardless of whether or not it supports LTE, which is expected to launch early in the fall of 2012.

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For Apple devices, Tampa's iHospital is a place of healing

04/10/12

Nikesh Patel, a “Doctor of iDevices,” works on a broken iPad at iHospital’s flagship Kennedy Boulevard location.

"Everyone knows that when they come to an iHospital, no matter what Apple device they have, our employees are trained for that device."

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In This ER, Doctors Operate on Pocket-Size Patients

03/20/12

 

 

The chain of repair shops is one of many firms that have sprung up and build their business largely by repairing Apple devices. Far from the dingy, box-and-cord littered shops of the past, these businesses have taken on the Apple ethos with slick presentation and savvy brand building. Their customers come hoping to pay less for repairs than at Apple's own stores.

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Who's "The King" of the Apple Community?

03/18/12

Guess who has been dubbed "The King" of the Apple Community? Our very own D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices Ross J. Newman, founder and CEO of iHospital! A Brief History Ross got the entrepreneur bug young... really young.  He opened his first business at the age of 12, a jewelry company appropriately called Ross Jacob Jewelers.  As he grew up, his passion for business continued to do likewise.

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Fans Celebrate Steve Job's 57th Birthday with Party at New York Store!

02/27/12

Did you know February 24th, 2012 would have been Steve Jobs' 57th birthday?  Steve's birthday was being discussed all over the world and even made Twitter's list of top trending topics worldwide. Steve passed away on October 5, 2011 from a long and hard battle with pancreatic cancer. Read more about his passing away in our previous post, Steve Jobs is Dead. Dedicated Apple fans who The Post post dubbed "a pair of Mac-obsessed entrepreneurs," celebrated Steve's birthday at the Apple Store on 5th Avenue in New York, nearby iHospital's New York City (Manhattan/NYU) shop. According to one fan, "If you want to respect his (Steve's) memory, the best way of doing it is focusing on a lot of the positive memories we have of him." They coined the event on Twitter a "guerilla bday party".  The pair didn't inform Apple about their plans to party down at the New York store, but, it looks as though the party was a hit according to one tweet "Thanks everyone who showed up out there today! was cold, wet, and great!! Thanks everyone who showed up out there today! was cold, wet, and great!! Check out this cool picture posted by Daniel Goodman on his Tumblr account of giant white balloons saying "Happy Birthday Steve! Love, @dr_brendan and @stackapple".  
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3 More Reasons Why iHospital Repairs Beat AppleCare+

02/06/12

According to the AppleInsider Blog complaints are on the rise about Apple's phone-based tech support call wait times and call automation which has led to an overall decline in customer satisfaction.  The report was compiled and published by Vocalab, and it shows that phone support has dropped significantly over the past 18 months.  Apple continues to lead the survey in overall tech support, but where Apple used to be well ahead in nearly every measure of service quality, there are no areas where Apple is tied with, or falls behind its competitors according to Vocalabs CEO Peter Leppik. The D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices at iHospital pride themselves on providing top notch customer service for each and every repair and/or upgrade.  We love what we do and it shows. 

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Boxcar

01/19/12

Boxcar Reviews

iPhone and iPad Application: Boxcar - FREE - Score: 3 IV's Tell me about Boxcar If you're a social media lover you'll find Boxcar very useful for push notifications. Boxcar supports notifications for Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Google Voice, RSS Feeds, email accounts, and more. This is by far, one of the best Push notifications app I've ever used! I like having all my notifications come in through one app instead of having notifications turned on for multiple apps. I also find Boxcar has more options for notifications than what Apple offers. You can set up different notification tones, choose quiet times and what app opens when a notifications comes in, etc.

 

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Contre Jour

01/19/12

Contre Jour Game

iPhone and iPad Application: Contre Jour  - $0.99 - Score: 4 IV's What is Contre Jour? Contre Jour is one of the coolest games I've played in awhile; a great and unique puzzler with style.  And, this game is also beautiful to look at, "blurring the lines between games and interactive art, Contre Jour welcomes you to a hauntingly beautiful world shaped by the interplay of light and darkness." -iTunes Description.

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iGotYa

01/09/12

iPhone Application - iGotYa - $5.99 US - Score: 4 IV's What did you like about iGotYa? This is a great app if you are a forgetful person and tend to leave your iPhone all over the place, and are worried about it getting stolen.  Or you might be the concerned boyfriend that thinks your girlfriend is snooping around in your iPhone. How will this app help you?  Here's where the magic happens.  This app will not only take a picture of the unknown assailant  from the front facing camera when the passcode is entered incorrectly, it will then email you that photo along with its location.  Stealth right? Additionally, you have the ability to disable your iPhone's power button AKA you can't turn the phone off unless you enter your passcode. This feature is great because if someone steals your iPhone, they can't turn it off, which will enable you to track it via Find My iPhone which only works when the phone is on. Read a cool story about how an iPhone user used iGotYa to catch an iPhone thief here! What didn't you like about iGotYa? The app is a paid jailbreak application but it's definitely worth the small fee to save your expensive iPhone. Where can you purchase iGotYa? Visit ModMyi to purchase iGotYa. Every Tuesday and Thursday one of our expert D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices review and rate Apple applications, accessories and upgrades.  Items are rated from 1 to 5 IV's (5 being the highest possible score).  If the item is a total waste of your time, money and energy, we'll give it the dreaded bedpan score of zero!  Without further ado, here is the review: Review by D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices Eric JabloniHospital Atlanta (Read his review on iPhone application Path too) As always, don’t forget to drop in to iHospital for all your iPod and iPod Nano repairsiPad repairsiPhone repairs and Mac repairs. No appointment is needed and all repairs are backed with a one year warranty. Repairs are done while you wait and some repairs take as little as five minutes! Come see us today! Click here for list of our locations.
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Mint

01/03/12

Mint App

iPhone and iPad Application: Mint Personal Finance - Cost: Free - Score: 4 IV's What is the Mint Personal Finance application? This is an app that helps you gain a better grasp of your financial habits. (We all need this right?). It's been named the Best Finance App by the 1st Annual App Awards and TIME Magazine's 50 Best iPhone Apps of 2011. Some of the features include:

  • track your available Balances from any type of accounts or investments.
  • categorize your purchases by different budgetary sections.
  • remind you when a bill is due
  • provide advise about your spending habits
  • assist with making a monthly budget

 

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Mocha VNC Lite

12/31/11

iPhone and iPad Application: Mocha VNC Lite - $5.99 US - Score: 3 IV's What is Mocha VNC Lite? This app allows you to use your iPhone or iPad to connect to a Windows PC or Mac OS X and open files and use programs just as you would if you were sitting at your desk.  It uses the industry-standard virtual network computing desktop sharing system. You can easily control your remote computer with just your fingertips. What did you like about it? Mocha VNC Lite is a seemless way to control your computer from an iPad or iPhone. The Lite version is free in the App Store and has most of the features an average user would need. It’s fast and very easy to set up! VNC Lite uses Apple’s Bonjour technology to find Apple devices on the same network. Mocha VNC Lite supports both portrait and wide screen modes and you can also zoom in and out using Apple gestures. What did you not like about it?

 

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Pandora Radio

12/30/11

iPhone and iPad Application: Pandora Radio - Free - Score: 4 IV's
What is Pandora Radio? This is one of my favorite applications that I use almost every day. It's a free, highly customizable radio app that only plays music you love - you can't ask for much more than that!  Start by entering the name of one of your favorite artists or songs and Pandora creates a personalized "station" that plays similar music.  It's easy to log in if you're already a Pandora listener on the web.  All of your existing stations will be playable on your iPhone or iPad.   There is a paid version called Pandora One for $3.99 US per month that offers ad-free listening, higher quality audio, desktop apps (on the web), custom skins and fewer interruptions. What did you like about it? This app lets you listen to music from a wide variety of artists and genres for free. The interface is very easy to use, I especially liked the artist info that is displayed for the song being played.  You can also buy songs you like or share them with your Twitter and Facebook friends.  Overall, the music quality is clear and it is sure to rock your headphones. The app is very responsive and snappy, even over 3g - music usually loads instantly.  The new HTML 5 design is ultra modern and fun to use.  You'll enjoy listing to music all over again. What did you not like about it? There is a very wide variety of music, however it sometimes feels that the same songs are just being repeated over and over. Pandora has noted this however and updates their music library regularly. Additionally, this app is missing original stations, playlists and on-demand streaming. Where can I purchase Pandora Radio? You can purchase Pandora Radio from the App Store here.
Every Tuesday and Thursday one of our expert iHospital D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices review and rate Apple applications, accessories and more.  Items are rated from 1 to 5 IV's (5 being the highest possible score).  If the item is a total waste of time and money we'll give it the dreaded bedpan score of zero.  Let us know if you'd like one of our D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices to review a particular application or accessory in the comments below - we'd love to help!
Review by John BahrsiHospital in Gainesville, Florida
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Volt

12/30/11

iPhone and iPad Application: Volt - $0.99 US - Score: 2 IV's
What is Volt?
Volt is an application that unleashes 3D lightning from your fingertips on your iPhone and/or iPad.  Volts are electrifying, highly customizable and perfect for practical jokes and funky wallpapers.  You can also duel with Jedi Force Lightning.  This app is ranked #1 in the Entertainment category in over 12 countries with over half a million downloads!  The app store also claims Volt is great for stress relief if someone is bothering you - simply add a photo and electrocute them for instant satisfaction. Talk about cool!
What do you like about it? 
It's a fun little app. The lots of flexibility with color and sounds! Best of all it keeps little kids and babies really entertained! This app mimics the electrostatic balls at museums and science fairs minus the hair standing straight up on your head part.  Get ready for a realistic electrifying sound, vibrating and energized colored bolts as you touch the screen.  One of the best features is you can choose a pic from your photo library and add some electrifying spunk.  It's also fun to prank people - make sure you turn the vibrate on as it's more realistic! What did you not like? Not loud enough and it would be great if it doubled as a taser! In all seriousness this is a gimmick app so don't expect to stay interested for too long.  You can't save an image as your in-app background either, it will revert to the default view each time you start the app.  You can't share pictures directly to social networking sites either - that would be cool. Where can I get Volt? You can purchase Volt in the App Store here. Let us know how you like it in the comments below!
Every Tuesday and Thursday our expert D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices review and rate Apple applications, accessories and more.  Items are rated from 1 to 5 IV's (5 being the highest possible score).  If the item is a total waste of time and money we'll give it the dreaded bedpan score of zero.
Review by D.i.D. Doctor of iDevice Bryan Smith, North Tampa iHospital 
Don’t forget to watch out for the iHospital Ambulance making house calls in your neighborhood to win free cases, coupons and shirts! Need a repair? Drop in to iHospital for all your iPod and iPod Nano repairsiPad repairs, iPhone repairs and Mac repairs. No appointment is needed and all repairs are backed with a one year warranty. Repairs are done while you wait and some repairs take as little as five minutes! Come see us today! Click here for list of our locations.
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How to clear your History, Cookies, and Cache on iPhones Mobile Safari

12/24/11

1. Click on the Settings icon

2. Click Safai towards the bottom of the screen.

3. The following menu will appear:

4. Select Clear History, and confirm you want to Clear History to continue

5. Select Clear Cookies, and confirm you want to Clear Cookies to continue

6. Select Clear Cache, and confirm you want to Clear Cache to continue

 

Hit the Home Button to return to your Home Screen when you are finished.

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Words With Friends

12/24/11

iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch Application - Words with Friends -  $0.99 - Score: 3 IV's What is Words with Friends and what do you like about it?  This application lets you play scrabble with Facebook friends and random people over the interent. It has the classic scrabble feel and the controls are easy to use. It keeps the same rules as the classis scrabble board game, any scrabble fan will like this game. The developers made a really cool mode that incorporates the iphone and ipad at the same time.  If you aren't ready to buy the paid version you can test out the free ad-supported version first.  It's easy to upgrade and your account and games will carry over automatically.  This is a highly addictive game with over 20 million users to date! What don't you like about it?  The game can be buggy at times, especially when multiple games are being played at once. What are some of the features?

 

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Adobe Ideas

12/23/11

Adobe IdeasiPad Application Adobe Ideas - $5.99 US - Score: 4 IV's What is Adobe Ideas? Adobe Ideas is a drawing app available for purchase on the iPad.  It's your own personal sketch book that lets you capture ideas anywhere you go. What did you like about Adobe Ideas? The quality of drawing and taking notes is very clean. Makes drawing with layers very easy.  I've tried other drawing apps for the iPad with multiple options but they almost had too many options.  The finished image was also too small to create images.  Adobe Ideas allows me to easily import to Photoshop at any resolution, or open it in Adobe Illustrator and edit it as a vector file.   You also have the option to produce additional layers (up to 10) within the application.  Overall, it's extremely simple to use and well designed.  Simple for kids to use too! What did you not like about Adobe Ideas? They don't offer too many colors, shapes or brush sizes.  It would also be nice to be able to sample colors because once you create a color, then later want to use it again, it's gone.  It costs 99 cents to purchase layers after you've already forked out $4.99 for the application. How does it work? It's a good idea to purchase a stylus when using Adobe Ideas so your drawings and notes will be precise.  Once you start up the application you can either create an image from scratch or open a photo to edit.  There is a basic toolset interface on the left hand side where you can draw, erase, define brush size, adjust opacity, select color and select themes.  The tools are vector based so the lines remain smooth, and the brush size tool support multi-touch as well. Where can I purchase it? You can purchase Adobe Ideas here from iTunes.  I think you'll really enjoy it! Every Tuesday and Thursday our expert D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices review and rate Apple applications, accessories and more. Items are rated from 1 to 5 IV's (5 being the highest possible score). If the item is a total waste of time and money we'll give it the dreaded bedpan score of zero. Review by D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices Nikesh Patel - North Tampa  (USF-Fowler) iHospital 
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Strategery

12/23/11

Strategery Rev

iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch Application (Game) - Strategery - $1.99 US - 4 IV's What is Strategery? Strategery is a fast-paced game of world domination built from top to bottom for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.  You can play against the computer or your friends (up to five players in pass n' play mode) for an epic battle of strategy and risk.  This is a tricky game of offensive and defensive strategy.  Overall, this is just a fun and well designed "time waster"! What Did You Not Like about Strategery? Can't complain at all! You get what you expect - a simple game to zone out with, this game fits the bill. This is the kind of game that will turn friend against friend, brother against brother, you get the point. How do you play? Dots in countries represent armies.  If you attack a neighbor country, you both roll a dice.  If you win, your armies take over the attacked country to expand your empire.  When your turn ends you get new armies for each country in your largest unbroken cluster.  You win when you control all countries.  It's simple, yet addictive. Features as listed by the developer:

 

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My3G

12/22/11

My3G

iPhone Application My3G - $3.99 US - Score: 4 IV's What is My3G? My3G is a nifty application that gives you the ability to utilize FaceTime outside of a WiFi connection.  You can also watch HiDef YouTube videos, use Kype/Fring/Other VOIP apps over the 3G network.  It's the app that tricks the iPhone into thinking it's on WiFi when on 3G. 

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iPhone Water Damage Repair in New York

12/21/11

Did you know iPhone water damage is one of the easiest repairs we do at iHospital in New York City (Manhattan/NYU)?  One of our blog readers from New York sent us a question regarding iPhone water damage and we wanted to share our response with you:

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5 Noteworthy Features of Facebook for iOS Version 4.1

12/19/11

Facebook rolled out Version 4.1 for iOS over the weekend which is now available via the App Store for free.  The new features includes the highly anticipated Mobile Timeline for the iPhone, access to friends lists/subscribers/subscriptions, and improved performance overall. The updated Facebook App isn't available on the iPad yet but will most likely roll out soon as it did last October, 2011 for the previous version.  This new update might bump iPhone back into the number one position for accessing the social network as Facebook for Android now has 58.3 million average daily users compared with an average of 57.4 for iPhone. We are really obsessed with Facebook aren't we? Want to outsmart your friends on what changed? Read on for the top 5 noteworthy features! 1.) Now you have access to Mobile Timeline on the iPhone as long as you've already upgraded your desktop profile.  Timeline profiles are viewed on iPhones as they would be on regular websites. Cool right? The new Timeline profile style is a drastic change - it sorts a user's posts, pictures and important dates/milestones (marriages, birthdays, etc.) chronologically in two columns of information.  A right hand navigation bar makes it easy to skip to certain months or years to see what was happening at that time in a user's life.  Finally, users can now set a large banner "cover" photo which appears at the top of his or her profile. This is by far one of the most notable features in the new upgrade. 2.) Friends lists have been added to the black navigation bar in the app which means you can add people to your lists, as well as view all of your lists in one convenient place. 3.) Version 4.1 also supports the "subscribe" feature.  It's easy to view who has subscribed to you, and who you subscribe too, as long as you have the subscribe feature turned on. 4.) It's a lot easier to navigate Facebook with the new update.  Instead of clicking the notifications button and being taken to a different screen, notifications and messages appear in a drop down box.  Some think the new box is easy to click out of and you can easily get back to the page you were on. 5.)  Pictures are uploaded faster and commenting is easier according to reports as well. Have you updated to the new Facebook for iOS Version 4.1? How do you like it? Let us know in the comments below! Don’t forget to drop in to iHospital for all your iPod and iPod Nano repairs, iPad repairsiPhone repairs and Mac repairs. No appointment is needed and all repairs are backed with a one year warranty. Repairs are done while you wait and some repairs take as little as five minutes! Come see us today! Click here for list of our locations.
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Path

12/19/11

Path

Every Tuesday and Thursday our expert D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices review and rate Apple applications, accessories and more.  Items are rated from 1 to 5 IV's (5 being the highest possible score).  If the item is a total waste of time and money we'll give it the dreaded bedpan score of zero. Review by D.i.D. Doctor of iDevice Eric Jablon iPhone Application Path - Free - Score: 4 IV's What is Path? It's a great new social network that keeps you connected to your friends and share your Path throughout the day. Its similar to Facebook but has a completely different layout that makes it new and exciting. Its also very user friendly so when you jump into it that first time you don't feel lost.

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D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices Training

12/16/11

iHospital's D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices are happy to announce that they are now offering in-house, on-site and video/online training and educational classes for your team!

Andrew Deeson D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices

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Carrier IQ is EVIL! Not really

12/05/11

Nobody likes to be spied on. We hold our privacy close to our hearts which is slightly contradictory in today's world of social media and online profiles. Yesterday we were yelling about Facebook selling our data to third party advertisers. Today, the biggest controversy is Carrier IQ, the software in our cellphones that logs our activity and passes some of that information on to wireless carriers.

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Will Apple Finally Embraces 4G With iPhone 5 and iPad 3?

12/01/11

Next year's iPhone 5 and iPad 3 will boast 4G LTE connectivity according to Gizmodo who heard the rumor from the consistently reliable Japanese publication Nikkei Business.  Apple is one of the last remaining mobile giants to embrace 4G technology.

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Hundreds Line Up at Apple Stores on Record Breaking Black Friday!

11/28/11

Were you shopping in the Apple Store on Black Friday? If so, I hope the crowd left the pepper spray at home unlike the Walmart crew! The dismal economy didn't seem to affect the Apple Store on Black Friday. In fact, reports claim that they even broke records for the best sales ever this past Thanksgiving holiday with MacBook Air's flying off the shelves.

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Unlocked iPhone 4S Sold Today - World Travelers Rejoice!

11/14/11

Starting today Apple is selling unlocked iPhone 4S's via their online U.S. store.  Shipping time is estimated at one to two weeks. The prices for the unlocked, contract-free iPhone 4S is $649 - 16GB, $749 - 32 GB and $849 - 64 GB.  It's important to note that the unlocked device is only compatible with GSM networks such as AT&T.  You can't use Verizon Wireless or Sprint as they are CDMA-based carriers. The neat part is if you travel outside of the U.S. you can purchase a micro-SIM card from a local carrier and you won't get dinged with all the roaming and long distance charges.  One poster on MacRumors posted the following rates:

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Grand Central-Apples Newest Location

11/01/11

Apple is opening up shop in Grand Central Station minutes away from the iHospital located in New York City.  Don't forget to stop by the iHospital for all your iPhone, iPod and iPad repairs! No appointment is necessary and most repairs are done while you wait by certified D.i.D specialists.

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Will Siri Power the New Apple TV?

10/28/11

Will you be throwing away your remote TV for a "siri-like" voice controlled Apple TV soon? The answer is yes according to biographer Walter Isaacson.  The New York Times reported yesterday that Steve Jobs was thrilled when he had an epiphany about how to make Apple TV work.  "I've finally cracked it!" he told his biographer, Walter Isaacson.

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iTunes Mach LIVE! Well Almost.

10/27/11

Developers were notified on Wednesday evening that Apple is wiping iTunes Match on October 27th, 2011 in in order to clean up the "overall quality and reliability" of the service ahead of its upcoming public launch. Wondering what iTunes Match is? It's an awesome service that provides users a convenient scan and match service that determines which songs on their hard drive are also available on the iTunes music store.

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Was Apple TV Steve Job's Last Frontier?

10/25/11

There's a lot of chatter about Apple TV on social networks and the Intranet this morning.  Steve Jobs biographer Walter Issacson suggested that Apple may have been working on an Apple-branded television set. Why is this such big news you ask?  Well rumors of an Apple television set have been swirling around for years and Apple has always doubted the profitability of entering a market where cable operators control everything. 

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6 Things You Need to Know about Steve Job’s Special on 60 Minutes

10/24/11

Walter Isaacson, authorized biographer of Apple founder Steve Jobs, was on 60 Minutes last night approximately 24 hours before his biography becomes available in book stores around the world. Here’s a rundown of what you need to know just in case you missed it.

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Five Ways to Boost iPhone 4S's Siri

10/21/11

The new iPhone 4S personal assistant Siri has been impressing users all over the world but did you know there's five ways you can improve your Siri experience? Read on Appleheads and let us know what you think:

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What Tim Cook Has to Say About the iPhone 4S

10/20/11

Interested in hearing what Tim Cook has to say about the iPhone 4S? Although he's a tad bit busy being Apple's CEO he continues to take part in a quarterly call with Wall Street analysts.  He discussed a number of topics and we're sharing what we think you'll find interesting. Enjoy!

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Was Steve Jobs Working On The iPhone 5 Until his Last Day?

10/19/11

Steve Jobs was the epitome of dedication. Rumor has it he was working on Apple's "next project"  - AKA the iPhone 5 - right up until the day he passed away.  We don't doubt it as Steve was extremely dedicated and always on the forefront of the latest technology. As one might expect, following the death of Steve Jobs, many rumors and legends have taken on a life of their own. 

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iPhone 4S Available by Reservation Only

10/18/11

Were you waiting for lines to die down before purchasing your new iPhone 4S? If so, you'll have to make an appointment.  The stockpiles must have been depleted! Apple has updated its "how to buy" page for the iPhone 4S to note that Apple retail stores in the United States and Canada are now selling the device on a reservation-only basis. Customers will need to visit Apple's site after 9:00 PM each evening to reserve a phone for the following day. iPhone 4S is available in store by reservation only. Reserve yours after 9:00 p.m. tonight for pickup tomorrow. When you come in, you’ll choose a carrier and plan, and we’ll get your iPhone up and running before you leave the store. MacRumors spoke to a representative at one Apple retail store who noted that that location continues to sell the iPhone 4S to walk-in customers but that supplies are "evaporating". But as supplies tighten Apple seems to be pushing customers toward the reservation channel in order to minimize lines and disappointed customers. It seems unlikely that Apple retail stores would refuse to sell unreserved iPhone 4S stocks to walk-in customers, so the company may simply be taking reservations and then distributing any remaining stock each day on a walk-in basis. Apple is placing some restrictions on iPhone 4S walk-in sales in other countries as well, noting that it will take reservations for both on-contract and SIM-free iPhone 4S models after 9:00 PM, but only on-contract phones will be offered on a walk-in basis in those countries. Limiting walk-in sales of SIM-free handsets is likely designed to discourage mass sales into the grey market, such as in China where the devices are selling for as much as $2000. Overall, the reservation system isn't too big of a hindrance. We think people would gladly wait to get their shiny new iPhone 4S's.  What do you think? Are you making an online reservation in another window as you read this post? Let us know in the comments below! Source: MacRumors iPhone 4S Sales Now Reservation-Only at Apple Retail Stores in U.S. and Canada
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Why the iPhone 4S Video Camera Rocks!

10/18/11

A video shot on the iPhone 4S from Benjamin Dowie on Vimeo. Reason #324 to purchase an iPhone 4S: mind blowing video quality. Calling all directors! Was becoming the next Steven Spielberg your life long ambition? Here is yet another reason why you must purchase the iPhone 4S. Just how good is the video camera on the iPhone 4S? If a short video from Benjamin Dowie is any indication, we’re going to chalk it up to “amazing.”

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Did the iPhone 4S's "Find My Friends" Nab a Cheating Wife?

10/18/11

Disgruntled spouses can now use their iPhone 4S's to nab cheating husbands and wives. Private investigators are striking globally.  Is there anything this phone can't do? Welcome to iCheers, where everybody knows your whereabouts. Both Apple and Foursquare are offering new tools for iOS5 that will let us know where our friends are at all times. The iPhone’s ‘Find My Friends‘ feature is pervasive tracking of any of your friends (who opt-in), whereas Foursquare’s Radar simply lets you know anytime a friend (who has opted in) comes into your vicinity, whether you have the Foursquare app running or not. You used to need a private investigator to keep track of people this closely. Now you can just install the ‘Find My Friends’ app on your wife’s new iPhone 4s without her knowledge and see if she goes where she said she was going to go on a Saturday night.

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iPhone 4S Call Quality: Can You Hear Me Now?

10/17/11

How many different types of mobile devices have you owned in your lifetime?  I've owned quite a few - blackberry, android and now (of course) the iPhone 4.  Call quality has never been a big issue for me but maybe that's because I live in Vancouver, BC and satellites are always easy to find. Call quality has never been a strong suit of the iPhone. But ever since iPhone 4 came out on Verizon, things have gotten just a smidge better. And the iPhone 4S reaffirms that Apple's improvements have been no fluke. We compared the iPhone 4S on ATT, Verizon and Sprint to a trio of new Android phones: Motorola Droid Bionic (Verizon), Samsung Galaxy S II (Sprint) and the HTC Amaze (T-Mobile). We placed calls to a landline phone and tested for not just for overall quality, but also the noise canceling capabilities of each phone. So how'd they fare? Voice Quality When comparing among iPhone 4S models to each other, the CDMA-powered Verizon and Sprint phones sounded better than the AT&T handset on both ends of the line. Yes, the CDMA handsets lacked a certain clarity and sounded a little more hushed, but the voices were full and soft, which made having a conversation easier on the ears. Voice quality on the AT&T iPhone 4S was tinny and shrill and generally less pleasant, even if voices came through bolder. On the Android side, the Galaxy S II was more or less on par with the AT&T iPhone 4S. Clear and upfront, but again, shrill. The HTC Amaze sounded the worst, sounding tinny and distant and surrounded by ambient noise. The Droid Bionic, on the other hand, sounded great. Striking a balance between clarity and richness of voice, it was the best sounding of all the phones. But it's also running on Verizon's 4G network, so it was somewhat expected. Winner: Droid Bionic Noise Cancellation For the noise cancellation test, I was sitting in an enclosed booth, so I just threw on a song with a lot of abrasive noise and proceeded to talk over it to my co-conspirator on the other line. All the iPhones eliminated about the same amount of noise, quickly recognizing when I was speaking and dampening the music, making my voice intelligible. When I wasn't speaking, the mic would hone back in on the background noise. The AT&T's noise cancellation was more noticeable, since the audio quality is brighter. Of the Android phones, the Galaxy S II and the Droid Bionic performed about the same, cutting out most of the unwanted sound and leaving my own voice intact. It took longer than the iPhones for each of the Android handsets to detect when I was speaking, but once they caught up, they performed admirably. The HTC Amaze's noise cancellation worked well enough, but it took the longest of any to kick in, and even when it did, it still let some background noise through. Winner: iPhone 4S Overall The call quality on all the iPhone 4Ses is the best yet of the lineage. That said, it still quite isn't on the level of the Droid Bionic, even the 4S has some awesome noice cancellation capabilities. And if you're looking for a top-to-bottom comparison, here it is: 1) Motorola Droid Bionic (Verizon) 2) iPhone 4S (Sprint and Verizon—tie) 4) iPhone 4S (AT&T) 5) Samsung Galaxy S II (Sprint) 6) HTC Amaze (T-Mobile) How is your iPhone comparing for call quality? Does it pass the test? Or does it have a long way to go? I'm 100% confident the good folks at Apple will keep improving on their service and iPhone will win on all categories with the next release! Source: Gizmodo iPhone 4S Test Notes: Call Quality
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Teach Siri to Tweet: iPhone 4S

10/17/11

Is there anything Siri can't do besides the obvious? I love finding posts like these that can actually make your life easier.  Maybe we'll be able to train Siri to work nine to five soon too?  But then we might have striking Siri's all over the globe and that would sort of defeat the purpose! One of the limitations of the iPhone 4S’s intelligent assistant Siri is its inability to speak your tweets into the iPhone‘s Twitter app. Here’s a quick workaround for that: 1. In your Mac or PC browser version of Twitter, you must first enable Twitter text messaging (if you've already done this, you can skip to step 5). Do this by clicking on the drop-down list on the top right (next to your twitter handle) and selecting Settings. Keep in mind that if you don't have unlimited texting, this could get expensive.

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25 Million Install iOS 5!

10/17/11

Good Afternoon Appleheads, I love reading articles about mind blowing statistics that prove Apple is by far one of the most innovative and forward thinking companies in this lovely sphere we call earth. You know the lame new iPhone 4S? The one that almost every tech writer called “disappointing,” or “not a real upgrade.” The iPhone that “only” added a great-seeming new camera, a way faster brain and a startlingly clever AI assistant? Well, Apple shifted four million of them in three days.

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Meet the Sexy New iOS 5 Camera

10/14/11

There's a new camera on the block and it promises to enhance your photo taking experience. Meet the new iPhone iOS 5 camera - are you interested yet? If not, read on. As the saying goes, the best camera you have is the one you have with you—and that makes your device’s camera one of its most important features. So it’s no surprise that Apple would bolster photography features with iOS 5. If you’ve bought photography apps from the App Store in the past couple of years, you may find that some of the new photo features in iOS 5 offer similar functionality. But now those features will be available for everyone, on every iOS device that has a camera, with no App Store shopping spree required. Instant access That saying about the best camera being with you? It doesn’t say anything about swiping to unlock, entering a passcode, finding the Camera app’s icon, and then waiting for the app to launch. Sometimes the right moment passes before your device is ready to be that “best camera.” With iOS 5, the act of removing your device from a pocket and snapping a photo is much simpler. Now if you double-press the Home button, a camera icon appears to the right of the unlock slider. Tap it once, and the Camera app will automatically open. If your device is usually locked behind a passcode, fear not: in this mode the Camera app is limited. You can take photos and view or delete images you’ve just taken, but you can’t access any other images from your Camera Roll. iPhone 4S owners will see an even greater speed boost. A faster processor means the built-in camera on that phone will spring to life a bit faster. Couple that improvement with iOS 5, and you’ll be able to take that shot you wanted to capture quicker than ever before. Physical shutter button Third-party photo app developers have tried to turn the iPhone’s Volume Up button into a shutter release before, only to get shot down by Apple. In iOS 5, Apple has taken the hint and made the hardware tweak itself. Now just tap the button to snap a picture. The Volume Up button isn’t in the ideal spot for a shutter button—the lens of the camera is in the lower right corner while you’re shooting—but as long as you are careful not to put a thumb in front of the lens it’s a great new option to have. Using the button should feel more natural to use than tapping the screen; it will also minimize camera shake. New to the Camera App To help you properly frame your shots, there’s a new Grid option that divides the screen into thirds. The addition of an optional grid overlay might be useful for photographers practicing the rule of thirds. To toggle the Grid view on and off, tap the Options button in the Camera app. (The Options button replaces the old HDR button—but the option to toggle HDR images now lives right next to the Grid option in this new menu.) You’ve always been able to tap once on screen to set the focus and exposure point for an image. But if you move the phone, or if the view changes too much, the Camera app will recalibrate and pick a new focus and exposure point. If you’d like to force a certain focus and exposure setting and lock it in place no matter where you point the camera, just tap and hold until the blue box appears and pulsates. The words AE/AF Lock appear at the bottom of your screen. Another new feature of the Camera app is the ability to use a Multi-Touch gesture to zoom in and out. If you want to zoom in, just stick two fingers on screen and spread them apart. The Camera app will do exactly what you expect it to do: Zoom in. Just pinch with two fingers to zoom back out. But perhaps the coolest new feature of the Camera app is its integration with the Camera Roll. Yes, you can still tap on a small thumbnail image to view the photo you just took. But there’s now a more intuitive way to view previously taken pictures: just swipe with one finger from left to right. It’s as if the camera interface is the most recent photo on the Camera Roll, with all your photos right behind it. It’s a good move: Swiping back to check your recent shots feels a lot more natural than tapping the thumbnail and navigating through the Camera Roll interface. New to the Photos app With iOS 5, Apple has at last brought a bit of photo editing to the Photos app. As in Apple’s iPhoto app for the Mac, the Auto-Enhance button (which is represented by a magic wand) will instantly improve an image by tweaking settings like sharpness, levels, and contrast, and automatically reducing red-eye. (There’s even a nifty animation that shows you it has detected incidents of red-eye and removed them.) You can also manually remove red-eye and rotate and crop images. When cropping, you can choose the crop ratio manually or choose from nine preset crop sizes; while in crop mode, you can also choose to straighten images by using a two-finger rotate gesture. Also new to Photos is the ability to create and edit photo albums directly on your device; previously, you could edit albums by using a third-party app or by transferring everything back to your computer for editing there. When you add a photo to a new album in iOS 5, it also stays in the main Camera Roll folder. The most inventive new photo addition is Photo Stream, which is part of the iCloud data-sync service. Photo Stream syncs your most recent thousand photos across all of your iOS devices, iPhoto on your Mac, second-generation Apple TV boxes, and, on Windows PCs, the Pictures Library. You turn on Photo Stream support via the Photos area of the Settings app. Once you turn it on, any new photos you take will be automatically uploaded to iCloud and downloaded on any other device with Photo Stream enabled. Like the name says, Photo Stream works only for still photos, not videos. And there’s no real control over what syncs—all your photos will make the move. Photo Stream isn’t limited to shots taken on your device’s camera. It also works for images imported to your iOS device (say, if you’re backing up your SD card to an iPad by using the Camera Connection Kit). New photos are stored only for 30 days, but if you want an image to stay on your device longer, you can save it to your Camera Roll. Your Mac or PC will keep all photos that come through the stream, not just the last thousand. Worth a thousand words The most important upgrades to photography in iOS 5 are the addition of the photo button on the lock screen and the support for the volume-up button as a shutter. Those two features go a long way toward making the iPhone work more like a dedicated camera. The upgrades to the Camera and Photos apps are great, because they set the bar high for all iPhone photography apps. That said, habitual Instagram and Hipstamatic users may not even notice they’re there. Are you impressed with the new iOS camera? If so, we want to see your work (only the PG stuff please).  Post album links below and show off your creativity.  Are there any features you would add? Let us know. Source - Macworld
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Are You Waiting in Line For The iPhone 4S?

10/14/11

Good Morning Apple-addicts, Hopefully you're reading this post on your shiny new iPhone 4S! If not, can you truly call yourself an Apple fan? All joking aside, lining up for the latest iDevice is becoming a familiar routine for techies all over the world.  There are even people who refuse $1500 for their prized place in line. Not everyone pre-ordered their iPhone 4S--plenty of people are nabbing Apple's latest handset the old-fashioned way: by waiting in line.

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Radar Foursquare's New Discovery Features Is Live For Apple's iOS 5

10/12/11

Foursquare on Wednesday introduced Radar, a new feature built into its iPhone app that will allow the New York company to introduce capabilities it had previously only dreamed of. Most notably, Radar will push Foursquare from not only being a check-in centric app but also toward being an app that also alerts users of places, people or things they might want to visit near wherever they are at that moment. Radar (if a user decides to activate the new feature) does this by using the location tracking and geo-tagging features built into Apple's iOS 5 mobile operating system found on the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. "We've always felt that Foursquare is about experiencing the world around you, and what's exciting about Radar is you can use Foursquare without having to actually pull your phone out of your pocket," Alex Rainert, director of product at Foursquare, said in an interview. With Radar on, Foursquare "can remind you and say 'Hey, you're near that burger shop you wanted to try,' or 'You're near that art gallery your friend was talking about.'" Foursquare's Radar feature hit iPhones qy in an update to its iOS app. "We think Radar is a really big step for Foursquare," Rainert said. "It's one of the things that really is at the core of where we see Foursquare heading in the future." Among the other things Radar can do is notify a user whenever they're near a location where three or more of their Foursquare contacts have checked in. "It's about getting you the right content at the right time without having to change your behavior," Rainert said. "You can get content to a user before they even know they want it." Users can also use Radar to follow a list, such as U.S. Soccer's list of places around the U.S. to watch its games, or create their own lists and Foursquare will push a notification to let a user know they're near a place on the list. Of course, if a user doesn't want any of these features they don't have to use them, and Radar can be turned off or on whenever the need arises, Rainert said. "It's always something you can turn on or off," he said. "We're excited to see how people respond to Radar. There will be some fine-tuning to do over the next few weeks since this is all so new and really just some things we couldn't quite do before." Another change in the new Foursquare app, albeit a much smaller change than Radar; the ball in the app icon is now green instead of purple. Source - LA Times
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Apple's Servers Crippled With The Demand for iOS 5

10/12/11

Were you one of the millions frustrated by Error 3200 while trying to update your iDevice to the iOS 5? Some users have also reported seeing a 3004 error followed by the bricking of their device. If you’re trying to upgrade your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch to iOS 5 this afternoon, there’s a pretty good chance that it isn’t going to go smoothly:

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Apple iOS 5 Comes With 200 New Features

10/12/11

Tens of thousands of people logged on today to download the new Apple iOS 5.  Reviews of the new features were favorable despite the update hurdles most users had to jump. With its new iPhone 4S scheduled to go on sale in two days, Apple on Wednesday released the iOS 5, the latest version of its mobile operating system for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices.

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iPhone 4S Pre-Order Sales Silence Critics with Record Breaking Sales

10/11/11

The highly anticipated iPhone 4S will become available in Apple stores near you in mere days.  Are you going to be waiting in line? The folks at iHospital are looking forward to checking out all the latest features, especially Siri - a virtual assistant that responds to natural voice commands. If initial sales figures for the iPhone 4S are any indication, Apple could issue a resounding “I told you so” to critics who initially panned the phone’s new features and unchanged physical appearance as disappointing. Perhaps even more telling: Solid sales of older iPhone models continue to prove Apple’s dominance in the smartphone space. The iPhone 4S sold over one million pre-order units in its first 24 hours of availability, trouncing previous record pre-order sales of 600,000 units for Apple’s iPhone 4. Early iPhone 4S purchasers are likely a mix of 3G and 3GS owners who qualify for an upgrade, those who just want Apple’s latest and greatest, and those unable to previously get access to the iPhone on their network, says Forrester analyst Charles Golvin. “It reinforces [Apple's] belief in their strategy, building the products that they think make the most sense,” Golvin says. The sales figures challenge a number of recent negative headlines that read like Apple had failed before the smartphone even launched. Business Insider wrote, “Is Apple’s decision to release just an iPhone 4S, not an iPhone 5, a huge disappointment, or just a regular sized disappointment? Depends on who you are, but either way it’s a disappointment.” The Daily Beast titled an article “Apple’s iPhone Letdown” and wrote, “In short: there is no new iPhone.” And even Apple darling The Wall Street Journal reported widespread disappointment and titled its story “Apple Underwhelms with iPhone 4S.” And the lukewarm 4S sentiment wasn’t just expressed in headlines. @redmusk tweeted me, “Very disappointed for not seeing major change in #iphone.”  Gadget Lab commenter Adam Johns said, “It looks the EXACT same as a 4…this is not an upgrade, this is lame.” The iPhone 4S shares its form factor with the iPhone 4, but features some dramatically revamped innards. These include an 8-megapixel camera with a faster shutter speed and backside-illuminated sensor, a voice-activated digital assistant called Siri that could revolutionize the way we interact with mobile devices, and a hot new A5 processor that provides up to 7x faster graphics processing. A video leak shows that the Safari browser is about twice as fast on the iPhone 4S than on the iPhone 4. “There are so many new features in the 4S, it might as well have been called the iPhone 5,” Gartner analyst Michael Gartenberg says. And although the 4S designation makes the new phone sound like it’s a minor upgrade from the iPhone 4, it’s not, Gartenberg says: ”I wouldn’t call it an incremental upgrade, I’d say it was an evolutionary update with revolutionary features.” One of the most revolutionary new features is Siri, a natural language voice-control tool. You can ask Siri questions, and “she” will pull data from websites, your calendar, or Wolfram Alpha, a dynamic search engine that uses linguistic analysis or advanced computations to provide information. For example, if you say, “Define mitosis,” she’ll provide the definition from Wolfram Alpha. If you say, “Find me a great Greek restaurant in Palo Alto,” Siri responds with “I’ve found 14 Greek restaurants, five of them are in Palo Alto. I’ve sorted them by rating.” You can also use Siri to find out information about your daily schedule, dictate emails and text messages. Siri will translate your dictation to text, and then dispatch your communiques. All in plain English. Or German and French. “Apple’s new Siri Assistant is a powerful harbinger of the future use of mobile devices,” Golvin said in a statement. Norman Winarsky, co-founder and board member of Siri prior to its purchase by Apple in 2010, thinks that Siri is a paradigm-shifting innovation. “This is a first. This is real technology, with real artificial intelligence. It’s a do engine, not a search engine,” he says. This is just the beginning of the era of virtual personal assistants, Winarsky says. Imagine calling an airline to make a reservation. Instead of suffering through a series of menus — misdialing or having a bot misinterpret your commands — you could call the airline, voice your exact request, and be quickly transferred to the right representative. Or you might even bypass the representative altogether. For example, saying something like, “I would like to make a reservation for the cheapest flight before noon on Oct. 14? would automatically present you with relevant options. With regard to the iPhone 4S’s improved camera hardware, photo expert and pro-retoucher Joe Gerarditold Gizmodo, “This is not just a bigger megapixel camera upgrade. The lens improvements combined with back-side illuminated chip with a dedicated image processing chip, all powered by the A5 processor really make this an impressive camera.” And Ryan Block of Gdgt expressed the significance of the iPhone 4S’s world phone functionality very nicely: “The GSM/CDMA worldphone functionality of the 4S is genuinely impressive … Antenna design is one of the most difficult engineering challenges in the handset industry, and I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a dual-mode worldphone engineered with as much (apparent) finesse as the 4S.” With the introduction of the iPhone 4S, Apple now has a full product portfolio, from the shiny new iPhone 4S to the budget-friendly free 3GS. And despite their “old age” (well, in smartphone years), the iPhone 4 and 3GS continue to dominate carrier sales charts. For June through August of this year, the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 3GS were the number one and number two selling smartphones, respectively, on AT&T, while the iPhone 4 was the top seller on Verizon (which does not carry the 3GS). Given their reduced prices, the iPhone 4 and 3GS will likely continue to deliver solid sales numbers, despite the fact that they’ve been eclipsed by the 4S. “I believe that Apple’s iPhone sales will continue to grow significantly, and not just due to the 4S, but because now there’s an iPhone for anyone, no matter what they can afford to spend,” said Golvin via email. Sixty percent of cellphone owners still use feature phones, so providing a cost-effective, entry-level option for consumers puts Apple in a strong position to gain wider adoption. Indeed, Apple has its ducks in a row, and seems poised to realize killer market-share figures over the next few months as consumers gobble up its handsets. The ball is in the Apple critics’ court. We want to know from you! Are you purchasing the new iPhone 4S or will you wait for the iPhone 5? Source: Wired
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iPhone 4S Processor is Throttled

10/11/11

Tech reports seem to point to the fact that the iPhone 4S has a throttled processor – like the iPhone 4.

The dual core A5 chip in the iPhone 4S is the most powerful iPhone processor yet. It even blows every other mobile phone out of the water in benchmarks. The power of this phone is absolutely astounding and it even competes with some of the highest performance tablets in speed.

The A5 processor is currently found in two of Apple's devices, the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4S. The iPod Touch does not have it yet; it remains at an A4 level processor. However, would you believe

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Facebook App for iPad Is Here

10/10/11

We are starting to hear form places like TechCrunch and a few other sitesthat the Facebook iPad app has finally arrived on the App Store. We are not ye seeing in there, but the news has apparently dropped according to a schedule run by Facebook itself, so the app should follow soon. The app looks ... about like you'd expect a Facebook iPad app to look, with a sidebar available in landscape mode, and a dropdown menu to browse the various sections in portrait mode.

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Unlimited data plan for the iPhone 4S Sprint Customers

10/06/11

Confirming earlier reports, Sprint has revealed that its customers will be able to purchase Apple’s iPhone 4S with Sprint’s unlimited data plans, which start at $69.99 per month. Sprint’s 3G mobile hotspot cap will remain at 5GB, however. Additionally, customers can pre-order the iPhone 4 now or wait until Friday, October 7th to pre-order the new iPhone 4S, which will launch on October 14th. Apple announced the iPhone 4S on Tuesday. It is equipped with a more powerful dual-core Apple A5 processor, an 8-megapixel camera capable of recording 1080p video, and the new Siri voice command system. Read on for the full press release from Sprint.

 
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Report: 4G LTE 'iPhone 5' In The Vault Until Next Year

10/05/11

We had to wait sixteen months between the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S. Next time around, however, we may only have to wait six to twelve months before the iPhone 5 is introduced. The iPhone many of us were expecting to see yesterday - a significantly redesigned 4G-capable iPhone - may drop in the spring of 2012, says analyst Will Strauss, president of Forward Concepts. "They're saving iPhone 5 for the LTE version and that won't be out until next spring," Strauss tells CNET. Given Strauss' close work with chip providers and even closer connections with companies that produce components for Apple's iPhone, his comments are stirring the pot. Although Strauss didn't cite specific sources, the general point of his claim - that the iPhone 5 will be dramatically different form the iPhone 4S - doesn't come as much of a shocker. "There's no way they could come out with LTE now," Strauss admitted, tangibly implying that it's pretty obvious many Apple fans were hoping for something bigger and better out of Apple's media event on Tuesday. In the long term, however, Strauss contends that Apple was smart for waiting to deploy any such futuristic mobile technologies.
Current implementations of LTE in phones like the HTC Thunderbolt are too kludgy for Apple's tastes...The Thunderbolt, for example, has an LTE baseband (modem) chip and a second 3G chip from Qualcomm for the voice functions.
As if a "kludgy" design wasn't enough to keep Apple at bay for now, there's another reason why waiting is better. "There are a lot of places today that LTE still doesn't reach," Strauss says, a reality that all but certainly will change dramatically during the next six to twelve months.   This article originally appeared on ModMyi and has been republished with permission.
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Apple Announces iPhone 4S, iOS 5, and iCloud

10/05/11

Apple today announced iPhone 4S, the most amazing iPhone yet, packed with new features like Apple’s dual-core A5 chip for blazing fast performance and stunning graphics; an 8MP camera with advanced optics; full 1080p HD resolution video recording; and Siri, an intelligent assistant that helps you get things done just by asking. iPhone 4S also ships with iOS 5 — the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, with over 200 new features — and iCloud.
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How To Properly Use iMessage In iOS 5

10/05/11

One of the biggest reasons to still be using a BlackBerry is BBM and with the release of iOS 5, the iPhone will have its own version called iMessage. It's better than normal texting but comes with its own qualms, including an endless array of scary social dilemmas which may arise. By being properly informed, anyone can navigate through iMessage and avoid an endless array of frustration. Below are some tips to use iMessage stress free:

 

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At 12:01 AM Pacific On Friday Pre Orders for iPhone 4S Begin

10/05/11

Earlier today Apple introduced the company’s next generation iPhone, the iPhone 4S. This iPhone includes a number of improvements including an improved camera, A5 processor, faster graphics, and support for the Siri personal assistant software. If you want a run down including a comparison between the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S, you can head on over to our breakdown of the device. The iPhone 4S will be available in the United States, Austrailia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, and the United Kingdom on October 14.

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Steve Jobs Has Passed Away

10/05/11

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs died Wednesday after a long illness. He was 56. Jobs, who reigned as Apple CEO for 14 years, resigned his post in August 2011 and was replaced by Tim Cook, who previously was the company’s Chief Operating Officer. Jobs, in turn, was elected as chairman of Apple’s board of directors. Both as the founder of the first successful personal-computer company and as the man who transformed a nearly-bankrupt Apple into one of the most successful companies on the planet, Jobs established himself as an American icon of business and technology.

 

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AT&T: "Our iPhone 4S Will be Faster than Verizon's and Sprint's."

10/04/11

A new iPhone, some new carriers, a new battle that will rage on AT&T has yet another thing to gloat about - besides being able to talk on the phone and surf the web at the same time. The iPhone 4S uses HSPA+ on the AT&T GSM network at speeds of 14.4Mb/s. On Verizon and Sprint - CDMA networks, the iPhone 4S will only achieve download speeds of the iPhone 4's top speed; 7.2Mb/s. The current lineup of Carriers leaves you with three choices - AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint. The only GSM option is AT&T because T-Mobile bowed out and chose not to support the iPhone in favor of seeing a future in Android devices. If you're wanting the best value out of your network, you may want the unlimited data option from Sprint. Just remember to consider that AT&T will be the only network capable of benefiting from the speed boost from the iPhone 4S's dual antenna system. Currently, the speed boost advantage of the iPhone 4S on a 3G network is capable of 4G speeds. Many are disappointed that the iPhone 4S doesn't support 4G, although 4G is a battery sore. I highly suggest this option over 4G simply because you will get comparable speeds and keep the mature battery life of 3G. The only difference is that you will not have a, "4G" icon in the top left of your status bar next to your carrier name. I'm sure they will develop (or have developed) a jailbreak tweak that you can trick yourself into feeling you have 4G, though. What network are you planning on using if you get the iPhone 4S? Share below! This article originally appeared on ModMyi and has been republished with permission.
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iPhone 4S Killer Feature "Siri" Personal Assistant Brings Man One Step Closer to Skynet

10/04/11




Scott Forstall asked the iPhone 4S running Siri "Who are you?"

"A humble personal assistant," Siri replied.

Right....for now.

Today Apple showed off their latest innovation in mobile technology (which we speculated about last night) and surprisingly it wasn't a brand spankin new device, rather it was an incredibly innovative voice
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iPhone 5 Will Not Go to T-Mobile

10/03/11

No iPhone for T-Mobile

Android dominates T-Mobile’s network as 90 percent of smartphones sold run Google’s mobile OS. However, that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t enjoy a little iOS love. T-Mobile Chief Marketing Officer Cole Brodman while speaking at the GigaOM Mobilize conference confirmed again that T-Mobile would not be joining the iPhone party during the iPhone 5 launch this fall.

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'Assistant' iPhone 5's Killer Feature

10/03/11

Apple’s Assistant—if the reports are true—could be an enormous leap forward in voice control and the must have feature of the upcoming iPhone. Assistant uses Nuance’s voice recognition technology in more ways than the previously reported voice-to-text function added to iOS 5’s keyboard. Assistant is a cross program voice control platform allowing users to handle a bevy of tasks by simply speaking.

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Gene Munster: Apple May Demo iOS 5 Voice Recognition Next Week

10/03/11

According to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, Apple's October 4th media event may deliver more surprises than we presently expect - a reality that will come to fruition should Apple unveil that which Munster teased in a note to investors this morning. Based on Munster's suspicions, Apple may reveal new voice recognition technology in iOS 5, something we haven't seen yet in the otherwise relatively expansive preview we've enjoyed about the next iOS revamp. Munster believes Apple has provided quite a clue as to the possibility of voice recognition in iOS 5 by way of the invitation the company sent out today to media outlets announcing next Tuesday's event.

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Early iPhone 5 Cases Could Be Based on Prototype Lost By Foxconn Worker

10/03/11

Chinese accessory manufacturers have been pumping out iPhone 5 cases all summer despite the fact the device isn’t scheduled to be announced for another week. Ebay, OEM suppliers, and a number of other online retailers/suppliers have even been selling “iPhone 5” cases for months. It is possible China is making an educated guess on what the next iPhone will look like and in turn making money by suckering enough people into making orders. But, that doesn't explain why every single early iPhone 5 case shares the same “teardrop” design.

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Apple Denying Retail Employees Vacation Time During Second Week of October

10/03/11

AppleInsider is reporting Apple is blacking out vacation time during the 2nd week of October. Apple is “quietly” denying employee requests for vacation time between October 9-12th and 12-15th. Apple commonly practices vacation blackouts during new product launches and the blacked out dates are usually the best indicator of when a new product will launch.

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All Hands to Be on Deck at AT&T for iPhone 5 Launch

10/03/11

AT&T is reportedly planning for the iPhone 5 release with excessive attention to detail and all that will be required to make the mad rush a seamless experience for those looking to obtain what is poised to become the hottest smartphone release since... well, the last-gen iPhone was released in 2010. Following the lead of Apple and Sprint (which have reportedly blocked employee vacation time within the release zone), AT&T has begun doing the same.

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Nearly Half of U.S. Mobile Users Plan to Buy iPhone 5, iPhone 4S Not As Much

10/03/11

According to mobile ad company InMobi, 41 percent of U.S. mobile users plan to buy the iPhone 5. InMobi questioned 1,086 users across an “even demographic split” and found that 50 percent of those planning to buy an iPhone 5 will do so within the first six months. PaidContent posits—based on this survey and others—there is pent-up demand for the iPhone 5. This coupled with Sprints 52 Million users being able to purchase the new phone could increase Apple’s overall market share.

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China Unicom Executive Leaks iPhone 5 HSPA+ '4G' Support

10/03/11

During a presentation at this week’s Macworld Asia a China Unicom executive reportedly confirmed the iPhone 5 will support HSPA+ “4G” technology. Japanese Blog Macotakara made the report with another Japanese site, PC Watch, snapping the above photograph.

 
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Evidence of 64GB iPhone 5, iPhone 5 Case Spottings, and New iPhone Speculations

10/03/11

Picture proof of a 64GB iPhone 5 has surfaced recently and tweeted by iH8sn0w, the developer behind numerous iOS device utilities such as f0recast, iDetector, iFaith, iREB, and sn0wbreeze. The picture shows an iPhone 5 label very similar to a previously leaked Chinese iPhone 4S label. The information that it provides is new though, providing proof of the existence of 64 GB capacities for the upcoming iteration of the iPhone said to be announced at Apple’s October 4th event.

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Check To See If You Are Eligible For An iPhone Upgrade

10/03/11

Everyone already knows that new iPhones are going to be announced on Tuesday October 4th during Apple’s “Let’s Talk iPhone” event. For those of you who are on AT&T and Verizon, you may be wondering if you are eligible for an upgrade with your carrier. It is widely known that if you don’t buy off contract, early upgrade fees can be extremely expensive for smartphones, especially for an iPhone. Instead of wondering if you’ll be eligible for the upgrade or calling in and sitting through generally horrendous customer support, there is an easier alternative for both carriers.

 

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Cheaper iPhone 4 Picture Proof Leaked

10/03/11

The folks over at Gizmodo have done it again. They managed to get their hands on one of the new iPhone 4’s said to be released on Tuesday ahead of time. The leaked images show proof of the N90A. The device codenamed “N90A” for clarification is not the iPhone 4S (which is codenamed N94). Although the iPhone 4S is still said to be coming, the photo is of the cheaper 8GB iPhone 4 which is also said to be launching next week too.

 

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iPhone 5 / 4S placeholders pop up at Cincinnati Bell, questionable specs in tow

10/02/11

It looks like the iPhone speculation train is gaining steam on the way to its final destination, and this time it's flying by Cincinnati Bell's pre-paid service, i-Wireless. A helpful tipster sent in the above screenshot of an iPhone 5 placeholder, accompanied by a $639.99 price tag and a handful of specs: 32GB, 4-inch screen and 4G data speeds. Our friends over at TUAW have also procured a screenshot (after the break) from the same site, displaying a $99.99 16GB iPhone 4S, sporting a 5MP camera, 3.5-inch screen and an A5 processor. Of course, there's also a chance these are just placeholders, but we're hoping Tuesday's announcement will bear dual fruits, nonetheless.

[Thanks, Cory]

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iPhone 5 / 4S placeholders pop up at Cincinnati Bell, questionable specs in tow originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 01 Oct 2011 17:44:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

 

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JBL On Tour iBT Bluetooth speaker now available for $150, iPad stand included

10/02/11

Have a soft spot for wireless speakers? There were tons of options out there already, but JBL just threw one more into the ring with its On Tour iBT. As we'd expect form the audio gurus, the system boasts wireless audio internals that play nice with both A2DP and AVRCP Bluetooth devices. In addition to four JBL Odyssey trasnducers, the kit packs a built-in microphone for Facetime or hands-free calls, an adjustable iPad stand and a USB connector for charging -- when the Katy Perry tune blastin' device is plugged in itself, of course. Interested? It can be yours now via the source link for $150, but if you'd care to take a closer look before committing, peep the gallery below.

Gallery: JBL On Tour iBT

JBL On Tour iBT Bluetooth speaker now available for $150, iPad stand included originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 02 Oct 2011 06:47:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

 

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TWCable TV app update brings captions, search, and parental controls

10/02/11

Time Warner has been streaming live TV to the iPad with its TWCable TV app since March and the most recent update brings even more traditional TV standbys to the tablet experience. Now live in v2.5.0 is a basic search function (titles or episode name only, keywords, cast and crew are coming soon), support for closed captions and the ability to block certain channels on the app for parents. There's also a few bug fixes for those experiencing audio issues or not seeing their HD channels in the lineup -- subscribers can check out the official blog for more details or just grab the free app on iTunes.

TWCable TV app update brings captions, search, and parental controls originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 02 Oct 2011 16:35:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

 

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Harman Kardon's MS 150 speaker dock supports multiple devices, $600 pricetag (video)

09/30/11

Some folks get along just dandy with an iPod and a speaker dock, but if you need a rig that'll handle more sources, Harman Kardon hopes to have you covered with MS 150 -- which bears more than a passing resemblance to the Zeppelin Mini. This stereo system comes loaded with an iPhone dock, CD drive and FM tuner, along with a flood of auxiliary connections not limited to its headphone jacks and subwoofer output. It's even sporting an LCD display so you'll know what's pumping out of its 30 watt drivers. The MS 150 is available now from Harman Kardon, but all of its functionality will cost you -- it's priced at a whopping $600. Hey, at least it comes with a remote. You'll find full details in the PR and video demo below.

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Harman Kardon's MS 150 speaker dock supports multiple devices, $600 pricetag (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 29 Sep 2011 19:24:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

 

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Griffin's Multidock system charges and syncs up to 30 iPads at once

09/30/11

Don't you hate it when all of your iPads collectively run out of juice? Well, praise Griffin for announcing its first business centric iOS "accessory" in the shape of the Multidock. It has its own power connection for simultaneous charging of ten iPads, but it can be chain-linked to two other docks for syncing of up to 30 tablets with a single Mac. With each server-esque tower measuring up at 18.6 inches (47.2 cm) tall and priced even higher at $700, this one's for IT pros and Scrabble aficionados only.

Griffin's Multidock system charges and syncs up to 30 iPads at once originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 30 Sep 2011 09:53:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

 

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Apple axes iPod click wheel games in iTunes, is the 'classic' model next?

09/30/11

We're all well aware that a new iPhone will see daylight next week. What's still a bit unclear is whether or not Apple plans on discontinuing the ol' faithful iPod classic. However, we may be getting a clue as to what fate the PMP may soon meet. The folks over at AppleInsider discovered that the link to iPod Click Wheel Games no longer appears on the App Store drop-down menu in iTunes. Since 2006, the folks in in Cupertino have been offering added entertainment for the popular mobile jukebox for $7.49 each, but only about 50 titles were available for purchase -- it's kind of hard to develop software when a third-party kit wasn't publicly released. So if you're planning on hanging onto your iPod classic for a little while, we hope you're content to keep playing Vortex, Klondike or whatever else you've already downloaded.

Apple axes iPod click wheel games in iTunes, is the 'classic' model next? originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 30 Sep 2011 16:42:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

 

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Plantronics intros Marque M155, its lightest Bluetooth headset for smartphone users

09/29/11

Along with providing hands-free convenience for mobile users on-the-go, Bluetooth headsets serve a fine purpose for crazies, giving them something to point to when they're rambling incoherently to themselves. Now, the latest offering from Plantronics brings greater comfort and style to both types of users. The Marque M155 heralds the company's smallest and lightest headset to date, which weighs in at just 7 grams -- approximately the weight of a ballpoint pen. Designed specifically for Android and iOS phones (though widely compatible with more), the M155 offers voice-guided pairing assistance, customized apps and the ability to answer or ignore calls with verbal commands. What's more, all purchasers will receive a one-year subscription to the company's Vocalyst service, which offers the ability to send email, update Twitter, check the weather, listen to news feeds and more -- all hands free. Available in jet black or arctic white, the Marque M155 will retail for approximately $60 and is available for pre-order beginning today.

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iPhone 5 cases and realistic unibody dummy show off incredible slimness

09/29/11

While we're only five days away from finding out the true appearance of the next-generation iPhone, our good friends over at BENM.AT went ahead and crafted their very own unibody dummy using CAD drawings, CNC tools and a block of aluminum -- seriously, that's how they roll! Granted, this work's only based on various data and rumor gathered across the web, but it's still a pretty convincing presentation -- the ultra slim teardrop design and elongated home button from previous reports are taken into account, and the mute switch has been relocated from the top left to the top right. BENM.AT told us that this dummy fits nicely into the supposed iPhone 5 cases that they obtained. Speaking of which, we also found some of these cases too -- read on to find out what they're like.

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iPhone 5 cases and realistic unibody dummy show off incredible slimness originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 29 Sep 2011 15:13:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

 

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iLuv unveils WorkStation docks, turns your iPad 2 / Galaxy Tab into a PC, sort of

09/28/11

We've seen all shapes and sizes of iPad cases, with varying degrees of utility. But, if you have use for a desktop PC-style dock / keyboard combo, you may want to check out some of the new offerings in iLuv's WorkStation Series. First up is the iMM737, featuring a wired keyboard with iOS function keys that can be stowed in the dock's base when you're not typing away, a tilting / rotating bracket for easy customization and built-in speakers. Next, the iMM517 boasts an adjustable slate holder of its own, a Bluetooth keypad and jAura Sound technology. Need something a wee bit more portable? Perhaps the iCK826 or the iSK912 Professional WorkStation Portfolio cases will suit your workflow. Both offer a wireless set of keys that are detachable, should the need arise. Only looking for a keyboard? That's an option too with the iBTKB20. You can grab any one of these you'd like for $180 to $50, from top to bottom. You'll have to wait until November to pick up the iMM737, though -- everything else will be hitting stores this month. Check out the gallery below for a look at all the above mentioned add-ons, or peep the full PR after the break.

iLuv unveils WorkStation docks, turns your iPad 2 / Galaxy Tab into a PC, sort of originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 28 Sep 2011 06:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

 

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iFixit busts Apple's Thunderbolt Display wide open, no creamy center inside

09/28/11

It's been more than two months since Apple unveiled its Thunderbolt Display, and the gadget sadists over at iFixit are just getting around to picking the thing apart -- quite literally. So what has this dive into the 27-incher revealed? Well, for starters, the iFixit crew found that the LG-made LCD display in this Thunderbolt monitor appears to be the same one found in Dell's UltraSharp U2711, though favoring a cursed glossy finish. That's also the same setup we saw in Cupertino's 2009 iMac. This teardown also features a slew of chips from the likes of Texas Instruments and Broadcom and a miniature subwoofer. For more under-the-hood discoveries and a healthy helping of disassembled Thunderbolt Display components take a stroll on over to the source link below.

iFixit busts Apple's Thunderbolt Display wide open, no creamy center inside originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 28 Sep 2011 15:37:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

 

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Crapgadget: 'it seemed like a good idea at the time' edition

09/27/11

We're sure that most inventors out there are genuinely looking to make the world a better place, but the best intentions don't always produce the best inventions, and while the following gadgets will all likely appeal to someone, somewhere, we can't exactly recommend, say, an ear-shaped iPhone case or a $300 toothpaste squeezer. But as the saying goes, "one man's crapgadget is another man's treasure."

 

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The White iPod Touch Is Here

09/27/11

The highly anticipated new iPod touch is coming to a store near you.  The 2011 version is very similar to the previous 2010 release except this time it’s white.  The hardware is reportedly receiving an oleophobic coating (to repel liquid such as the oil on your fingertips keeping the screen smudge free) on the display and a updated ambient light sensor.

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Apple wants to 'talk iPhone' on October 4th

09/27/11

Well, it's about freaking time! Apple has finally begun sending out invites for its upcoming press conference, and the company's being none too subtle with the hints, offering up some familiar app icons in the artwork and the tagline "Let's talk iPhone." As to whether it'll be an iPhone 5, 4S or some other new formation, we'll all have to wait until the event to find out -- and you'd better believe we'll be there at Apple's Cupertino headquarters to find out.

Apple wants to 'talk iPhone' on October 4th originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 27 Sep 2011 11:22:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

 

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Apple Again Tops ACSI Customer Satisfaction Survey

09/26/11

Apple has topped the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) in the personal computer category for an eighth consecutive year, achieving a score of 87 points. This is Apple’s highest score ever on the index and nine points ahead of second place HP. The ACSI includes tablets in the PC category, and the organization says in its press release, “Apple’s winning combination of innovation and product diversification — including spinning off technologies into entirely new directions — has kept the company consistently at the leading edge.”
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Rover App-Controlled Spy Tank gives your cats another reason to hate your iPad (video)

09/26/11

If the only thing standing between you and the purchase of an iPad is the existence of a large, remote controlled spy tank, we've got some rough news for your bank account. Brookstone is offering up the Rover App-Controlled Spy Tank, an iPad / iPhone / iPod touch-controlled toy tank that can capture audio and video and send it back to your iOS device. The tank can be controlled at distances of up to 200 feet and works around walls. The app is available as a free download and the tank will run you $150. That price includes six AA batteries, but apparently won't cover therapy for distressed house pets.

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Android powered 56 percent of smartphones sold in the last three months

09/26/11

When last we checked in with Nielsen (which was earlier this month) Google's mobile OS had a sizable lead, powering just under 42-percent of smartphones sold, while Apple had cornered a more than respectable 28-percent of the market. In the few short weeks since, Android has seen its share grow to 43-percent. More interestingly, of the over 25,500 surveyed who had purchased a smartphone in the last three months, a whopping 56-percent chose to go with the Goog. Apple held a steady 28-percent across the board. Big G's gains came at the expense of RIM (only 9-percent of phones sold in the last three months were BlackBerries) and the ambiguous "other" (Symbian, Windows Phone 7, Bada, MeeGo, etc... accounted for 6-percent of sales). More important than choice of platform though, is that smartphone sales in general are climbing -- accounting for 58-percent of all handsets sold in August and driving smartphone penetration to 43-percent.

Android powered 56 percent of smartphones sold in the last three months originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 26 Sep 2011 21:40:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

 

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Vic Gundotra's Thoughts on Jobs Resignation From Apple

09/19/11

iHospital was constructed to fix, repair and upgrade Apple iDevices and computers. As you can imagine we live, eat and dream about Steve Jobs. Not only is he the pioneer of digital technology, he successfully perfected it and then delivered it to the masses. Steve believes computers should promote human creativity through touch, feel and design - as well as sheer enjoyment. Shockingly, Steve Jobs wrote an email from his hospital bed on August 1st, 2011 breaking the news to the world he is battling Pancreatic Cancer.

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