Posts Tagged ‘Apple’

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Just unwrap a new iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad? Of course you’ve heard of the products, but now that you have a real, physical unit in your hands, what’s next? Here, we cover nearly every single aspect of iOS and the iDevice world to get you up and running, and include some useful tips as well!

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Starting with iOS 5 your device is now PC free which includes an on-device setup process. When you power on your new device, you’ll now be presented with a screen that says either iPhone, iPad touch, or iPad depending on your device. Just swipe to set up and you’ll be greeted in many different languages. Select your language or tap the arrow to see other languages. You then need to do the same when choosing the region. Hit the blue ‘Next’ button to move forward.

Once you chosen your language and region you’ll be asked if you wish to enable Location Services which use helps determine the location of your device. Hit the blue ‘Next’ button to move forward. You will now need to connect to a wireless network in order to activate your device. Select your network and enter in the password (if you have one, which you should). If you do not have a Wi-Fi network, connect your device to iTunes to continue. Hit the blue ‘Next’ button to move forward if you have a Wi-Fi network. The device will now activate through Apple which could take up to three minutes.

Once the device is activated you will have the option to:
Set up as a new device – Self explanatory, but we’ll help you get started!
When you select to set up as a new device will you need to configure your Apple ID. You can create a free Apple ID when you’ve selected this option or you can sign into an existing Apple ID account that was previously created. You can skip this step.
Restore from iCloud – Restore to a backup that you made previously on another iOS device via iCloud.
The option will restore your brand new iOS device to a previous backup. Be patient as this can take a while. You will need to sign with your Apple ID which houses the backup.
Restore from iTunes – Restore to a backup that you made previously on another iOS device via iTunes.
If you didn’t backup with iCloud on your previous device you can plug your device into iTunes and restore from a backup.
Once you’ve configured your device either restoring from a backup or signing in with a newly created Apple ID you’ll be asked to use iCloud and then from there your location for a backup (iCloud or your computer). You can then enable Find My iPhone which is used to locate your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch if lost or stolen. Moving forward you can disallow iOS from sending diagnostic & usage reports back to Apple from here or you can go to disable go to Settings > General > About > Diagnostic & Usage > and set it to ‘Don’t Send’ if you wish to adjust this later. You’re done here.

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iTunes

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Regardless of if you want it, you’ve gotta have it; literally, you will be lost without a PC or Mac to sync your iDevice to. iTunes is, luckily, very easy to use, and for the most part, requires little effort on your part. Here’s what you have to do:
Download/ update iTunes: If you are on Windows, go here and simply download iTunes by selecting your operating system, and clicking ‘Download.’ If you already have iTunes on a Mac or PC, simply find the Apple Software Update utility, and check for updates. Download the new version (if available), agree to any licenses that may pop up, and let it install.
Connect your device: In that box that your shiny new iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad came in, there should be a cable with a USB connector on one end. The other should have a thinner, elongated side that connects to the iPod, iPad, or iPhone (note: this is what we call a ’30-pin dock connector’). Simply connect the USB side to a port on your computer, and the other side to the bottom of your iDevice.
Create an iTunes account: You now have an Apple product, and you will need an iTunes account to access the universe of apps, music, and videos awaiting you. A credit card or iTunes gift card (redeemable in the iTunes). is required to be able to buy free apps and other media until you have purchased an iTunes gift card. Alternatively if you do not have a credit card or iTunes gift card there are instructions on the bottom of this post.
Let iTunes do its thing: This is where your new iPod, iPad, or iPhone will be set up so that you can use it for daily use. When you connected your device, iTunes should have automatically recognized it and brought up a screen saying that you need to set it up. For different devices, this process will be different. Basically, read through what iTunes is asking you, and don’t sweat it… Apple didn’t get their ‘easy to use’ reputation for nothing!
The initial sync will range from 1 minute to 1 hour, as it is completely dependent on how much media and apps you have in your library. After it is over, you should be all set up and able to download new apps, music, play games, browse the web, and enjoy all the new features of your new iDevice.
If you have any media on your computer from ripped CDs, or from the various stores like Amazon, etc. you’ll have to add them manually. Luckily, it isn’t very difficult:
Select ‘File’ from the top
Select ‘Add file to library’ if you are only looking to add single files of media such as .MP3s, PDFs or ‘Add folder to library’ if you are only looking to media folders.
Browse to the file that you are looking for and click it
That’s it! You may want to double check, just to be sure that it did indeed get added. You can repeat this procedure for as many times as you need to add media.
If you have any music CDs laying around that you’d like to rip to your computer using iTunes:
Pop in a music CD into the CD/DVD drive.
A dialog will appear ‘Would you like to import the CD “name of CD” into your iTunes library?’
Click Yes.
If the dialog did not appear, click on the CD and click “Import CD” button. The CD will begin importing your tracks.
You’ll see a green check mark next to tracks it’s finished importing. The track it’s currently importing will have an orange circle next to it.
That’s it! You may want to double check, just to be sure that it did indeed get added. You can repeat this procedure for as many times as you need to add media.
To create a free Apple ID without a credit card on your Mac or PC

1. You’ll need to download iTunes from Apple.com/iTunes and then open iTunes on your Mac or PC.
2. Once downloaded, install the application and open iTunes.
3. Click on the grey bag called ‘Store’ and locate a free Podcast, Application, Song, Video or anything in the store that is free. We’ll be using the free iBooks app for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad to create our Apple ID.
4. Click “Free” then select “Download.”
5. You’ll be asked to login select “Create Account” at the bottom right coroner.
6. You’ll need to agree to the Terms and Conditions. Once you’ve read and agreed to the Terms and Conditions, click the checkbox next to ‘I have read and agree to these terms and conditions’ to and click ‘Continue.’
7. You will now need to enter in:
A valid email address as this will be your Apple ID.
Your date of birth and security questions.
A password of at least 8 characters in length that contains numbers, capital letters and doesn’t repeat the same letter 3 times after each other for a more secure password. You can generate a password here.
8. Once you’ve filled out the form, click ‘Continue.’
9. Under payment select “None.” You can only use iTunes Store gift cards to make purchases in iTunes. You can redeem an iTunes gift card now if you have on at hand. You can always enter in a credit card later.
10. Enter in your address and phone number.
11. You will need to verify your email address. Check your email inbox for a verification email from Apple.
12. In the verification email you receive from Apple, click the ‘Verify Now’ link.
13. You’ll new Apple ID will be activated.
14. Enter your email address and the password you’ve just used to create your Apple ID to begin to make free purchases in iTunes.

To create an free Apple ID on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch

1. Open up the App Store or iTunes Store and locate a free Podcast, Application, Song, Video or anything in the store that is free. We’ll be using the free Hero’s Call app for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad to create our Apple ID.
4. Click “Free” then select “Install App”.
5. You’ll be asked to login select “Create Account” at the bottom.
6. Select the country in which you are located and tap ‘Done’ then tap ‘Next’ to continue.
Note: you can create a US Apple ID even if you don’t live in the states. Works for all countries.
7. You’ll need to agree to the Terms and Conditions. Once you’ve read and agreed to the Terms and Conditions, click the check box next to ‘I have read and agree to these terms and conditions’ to and click ‘Continue.’
8. Enter your email address as this will be your Apple ID and a password of at least 8 characters in length that contains numbers, capital letters and doesn’t repeat the same letter 3 times after each other for a more secure password. You can generate a password here. Once that is all done tap ‘Next’ to continue.
9. Fill in your date of birth and security questions, tap ‘Next’ to proceed.
10. Under payment select “None.” You can only use iTunes Store gift cards to make purchases in iTunes. You can always enter in a credit card later. Tap ‘Next’ to continue.
11. Enter in your address, first and last name, phone number and other personal details to continue, tap ‘Next’ to continue.
12. You will need to verify your email address. Check your email for a verification email from Apple. Tap ‘Done’ to finish up.
13. In the verification email you receive from Apple, click the ‘Verify Now’ link.
14. You’ll new Apple ID will be activated.
15. Enter your email address and the password you’ve just used to create your Apple ID to begin.
iMessage

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This is an official application designed by Apple that allows you to send text messages to other iOS devices over Wi-Fi or 3G. It’s compatible with any iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad that is able to be upgraded to iOS 5 and Mac OS 10.8. This is another new iOS feature that his strikingly resemblance to another company’s features, this time it being RIM’s BlackBerry Messenger (BBM). To set up iMessage:
Open up Settings.
Select Messages.
Turn the toggle switch for iMessage to on.
A new box will open asking you for an Apple ID, enter in your Apple ID.
You should see a message saying “Activating”.
iMessage will be activated, so you can send messages to your friends with other iOS devices.
FaceTime

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Apple’s video calling service used to communicate with other iOS devices. FaceTime Requires Wi-Fi and is currently only supported via phone number on iPhone and Apple ID email address on iPod touch 4th, iPad 2, 3 and Macintosh. To set up FaceTime:
Open up the FaceTime app on your home screen or open Settings and tap the FaceTime panel.
You should see a “Getting Started” screen, tap the “Get Started” button to get started. This will take you through the process of setting up FaceTime by signing in with your Apple ID.
If you do not have a Apple ID you can create one here.
FaceTime will activate with Apple.
You will then be asked to specify the email address you wish to use as your FaceTime address. Its default set to your email address associated with your Apple ID, but you can choose to use any other email address that which may not be associated with another Apple ID.
You can continue to add add additional email addresses to use as your FaceTime address.
Game Center

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Apple’s gaming portal, similar to Xbox Live or PSN where you can discover new games and share your game’s scores, and gain achievements with friends from around the globe. To set up Game Center:
Tap on the icon to open Game Center.
Sign in with your Apple ID if you have one.
If you don’t you can create one here too.
Onced you’ve signed in your enter in your Nickname. This is how other people will find you within Game Center, so you can play multiplayer games with each other.
You can continue to add add additional email addresses to use as your Game Center address which will help other find you on Game Center.

A new iPhone, a new Samsung ad attempting to shoot it down. Does the marketing team at Samsung honestly believe that, by mocking Apple customers who wait in line for the iPhone 5 and other latest gadgets, it is going to attract these people to their own brand? I’m surprised that Samsung isn’t already embarrassed enough from the massive legal battle that it lost against its arch rival Apple, in which it owes the iPhone maker over $1 billion in compensation. But if you really want to watch the latest round of Samsung trivializing new iPhone 5 features, the video is down below for your pleasure. SAMSUNG its soo gelous on the new iPhone !!!

UNBOXING THE IPHONE 5 !!!

Posted: September 19, 2012 in Apple New's, Technology
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unboxing the iPhone 5

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Google is working on its own native app with similar functionality to Game Center for iOS, according to a source familiar with the matter for Business Insider. The app will replicate several features of Game Center, including a social achievement system, which awards trophies and points for completing in-game tasks, and a leaderboard for seeing how your high scores stand up against your friends.

Android developers currently resort to a myriad of different third-party social gaming platforms for implementing high scores and achievements into their apps, but the success of mobile gaming on the iPhone has changed Google’s perspective. The search engine giant now understands that it is vital for Android to have a native social gaming app akin to Game Center to stay competitive in the bursting mobile games market.

“They are starting to really understand all of the needs and wants to make a game really successful,” an industry source close to developers told us. “As recently as even a year ago, that really wasn’t part of their institutional DNA, But I think they’re getting there.”

It is likely that this Game Center equivalent for Android would be integrated closely with the Google+ social network, in which users would sign in with their Google-based online identity. Google’s chief executive Larry Page has been pushing employees to strengthen the ties between Google products, and this integration would certainly fulfill that initiative.

Google is also said to be working on an easier payment system for Google Play to become more competitive with the App Store for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Android developers currently earn less money than their Apple counterparts, and the ease of purchasing apps — or lack thereof — is a contributing reason to that statistic. It is unknown when Google will launch their social gaming app for Android, and a company spokesperson refused to comment on the matter.

More rumors coming out of the infamous hit-and-miss Taiwanese publication DigiTimes today, this time claiming that Apple will release a 7-inch iPad in August, a new iPhone in September, and a 10-inch iPad later in the year, according to sources within Apple’s supply chain. This isn’t the first time we have heard rumors about a 7- to 8-inch iPad, but most speculation has pointed towards a 7.85-inch iPad.

Pegatron Technology reportedly has landed orders for a new-generation iPhone to be launched in September and a 10-inch iPad to be launched in the fourth quarter, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers. Pegatron is currently an OEM for the iPhone 4S and new iPad.

While the 10-inch iPad and new iPhone will be manufactured in part by Pegatron Technology, the report claims that Foxconn will be responsible for production of the 7-inch iPad later in the year. While talk of a 7-inch iPad and launch of a new iPhone in September are not unheard of, the 10-inch iPad definitely seems less likely. All we know for certain is that Apple definitely has something up their sleeves for the remainder of 2012.

Imagine you’re sitting on an airplane, and your iPhone suddenly explodes in your hands. That’s exactly what happened last November, when an iPhone was left shattered and glowing red after self-combusting on an airplane that had just touched down in Sydney, Australia. The incident raised discussions about the safety of these batteries on flights, since this was a dangerous situation that could easily be repeated purposefully for the wrong reasons. But, the cause of the problem is probably not what you would expect.

Australian government officials have concluded their investigation of the incident, and have determined that the cause of the combustion was due to a loose screw that managed to puncture the iPhone’s battery after a faulty screen replacement procedure by an unauthorized service center.

The loose screw made its way to the battery casing and punctured it, which created a short circuit and caused the battery to overheat. Thankfully, nobody was hurt on the airplane; however, it is still a big reminder of the dangers that can be associated with carrying electronic equipment on flights. Do you fly with your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad?