Apple Update – iOS 4.2

The free iOS 4.2 Software Update brings all-new features to your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Just connect your device to your computer to download the update.
It’s free. It’s easy. And it lets you do even more with the world’s most
advanced mobile operating system.
This recent iOS update includes many new features.
Just to list a few:
Multitasking on iPad

Something new for the iPad

Folders on iPad
Also new for the iPad, the iPhone and iPod Touch's have had this feature for
 quite some time now. It will be great to see it on the iPad now.

AirPrint

AirPrint makes it simple to print email, photos, web pages, and documents right
from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
AirPlay
AirPlay lets you stream digital media wirelessly from your iPhone, iPad, and
 iPod touch to your Apple TV and AirPlay-enabled speakers.
Find My iDevice
This brand new app helps you locate your missing device and protect its data.
 Once you set it up, you can find your lost device on a map,
display a message on its screen, remotely set a passcode lock,
 and initiate a remote wipe to delete your data. And if you eventually find your
iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you can restore everything from your last backup.
Messaging with text tones - (iPhone Only)

Know who’s texting without looking at your screen. Choose from 17 new alerts
and assign custom tones for people in your contact list.
TV show rentals
Rent TV shows commercial free in HD for just 99¢ an episode and start watching
them in minutes.
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For more information check out iOS 4.2 on Apple.com
http://www.apple.com/ios/

An Update for you!

Many people have asked me, wondering why I don’t blog anymore, and when I am going to live stream. Here is the explanation and answers.

Ever since the end of summer 2010, I have been very busy offline with school, work, and family.

My plan is to get a schedule back up for my live broadcasts and shows. The current schedule is on http://live.techzany.com.

For blogging on the other hand. My plan is to either write a post once a week or if that isn’t possible that week then I’ll have someone else post on techzany.com. As you may have seen recently, there have been some content on the blog not written by me.  Thank you Sonicorp, Techiegeek, Techit, our game reviewers and many others for contributing.

My apologies to everyone who has been confused and waiting for me to get back online.

As of today, updates and schedules should be back on track.  Remember, I will be updating the broadcast / show schedule on http://live.techzany.com very soon.

Thank you to all my viewers, readers, listeners, network sponsors and contributors.

Tech on!

7 inch iPad running Android OS

What do you think about an Android OS tablet media device similar to the iPad? It’s called the iPed. Created as “iPad knockoff”, this 7 inch device features a 600mhz CPU, 128mb RAM, along with some other features very similar to Apple’s tablet.

This device has touch control and runs most applications that would run on any other Android device.  I am doubting the abilities of the touch screen on this inexpensive iPed.

The image above shows an iPed compared to an older model of the Apple iPhone.

If you ever come across a device similar to the iPad, maybe even advertised to be an Apple iPad, be careful! You never know what you are getting yourself into when ordering one of these portable devices.

Leave a comment below letting us know what you think of the iPed. Will there ever be a real 7″ Apple iPad?

For more information and additional specs checkout the Wikipedia page on the iPed.

Back to the Mac Event – October 2010

Today Apple held there “Back to the Mac” event showing off there latest in software and hardware. Next year is going to be a great year for Apple with the release of Mac OS 10.7 Lion. So if you missed any part of the Apple event or didn’t have a chance to watch it live, below are some of the highlights announced during the event.
MacBook Air

Apple announced two new flavors of the MacBook Air today, starting at $999 for a 64GB Air that has no hard drive or optical drive. The $999 MacBook Air has an 11.6-inch screen while a 13.3-inch Air, starting at $1299, will start at 128GB flash storage.
Both MacBook Airs have unibody construction with the SSD chips placed directly on the logic board. The 11-inch MacBook Air will have up to 5 hours of battery life, the 13-inch will have 7 hours. Both will last up to 30 days in standby mode.
The 13-inch MacBook Air has a 1.86 GHz Core 2 Duo processor (upgradeable to 2.13 GHz), 2GB of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM (upgradeable to 4GB) and a NVIDIA GeForce 320m graphics card with 1440×900 screen resolution and up to 256GB flash storage.
The 11-inch MacBook Air has a 1.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor (can upgrade to 1.6 GHz processor), 2GB of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM (upgradeable to 4GB) and NVIDIA GeForce 320m graphics card with 1366×768 screen resolution and up to 128GB flash storage
The new MacBook Air is available today.
Mac App Store

Apple today has announced a Mac App Store based upon their popular iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad App Stores. The Mac App Store will offer one-click download of Mac apps, auto-installation, auto-updates, a 70/30 split for developers, and all the apps you buy are licensed for use on all your personal Macs.
A Mac App Store is something that has been suggested in the past by press and readers alike, but few thought one would ever materialize. It will be interesting to see how Mac developers respond to this and if any major developers (like Adobe, Microsoft, etc.) join in. The Mac App Store will be a stand alone app available for Snow Leopard and Lion. Application submissions start in November and the store opens 90 days from today.
FaceTime For Mac

Apple just announced FaceTime for Mac, allowing people to video chat with iPhone 4 and iPod Touch users right from their computer. You can download a beta version today.
People always wanted the ability to FaceTime with other people by using a Mac. Well now you can video chat with people with any of your contacts even if they are on a Mac, iPhone 4s or iPod Touch like you would expect.
There’s not much to it even Steve himself said the demo was a short one. One interesting bit to note is that FaceTime isn’t integrated into iChat, it’s its own app. Typing is a hassle and video chatting makes it more easier.
Mac OS X 10.7 “Lion”

Steve Jobs has just announced the eighth iteration of OS X, dubbed Lion, complete with a monumental new feature, the Mac App Store. Other changes are still pouring in, such as improvements to syncing, full screen app displays, auto-updates, Mission Control (a combination of Spaces and Expose), gestures and more.
Read more about OS X Lion on Apple’s site here.
Updates: Lion will be available summer 2011. The Mac App Store will be available in 90 days.

iLife ’11

Apple announced iLife ’11 today, available immediately for $49 for those wanting to upgrade an existing iLife suite, or free with the purchase of a new Mac.
iLife features overhauls of iPhoto, iMovie and Garageband. Missing from any mention at the “Back to the Mac” event is the fate of iWeb and iDVD. They appeared in the row of icons, but no new features were announced. Apple’s iLife site has not updated yet, and the Apple Store is still down, but as soon as we get more information we’ll let you know!
iMovie

Steve Jobs said that the top feature request for iMovie was an overhaul of the audio editing. This is the highlight of the just-announced iMovie as part of iLife ’11, with a new audio editing panel with the ability to add effects. Other features include:
? One-step effects with the ability to add several complex effects in one step.
? A people finder to isolate clips with certain people in it. This uses the face-detecting technology currently found in iPhoto.
?News and sports themes
? The ability to construct movie trailers which has some fantastic effects, logo and the ability to showcase your family and friends in your latest action-packed flick.

iPhoto

Apple has announced a new version of iPhoto in iLife ’11, and it brings a boatload of new features to the table, including:
? Full screen browsing of all Events, Albums, Maps, and pretty much everything else.
? “Smart” slideshows that use your location information from Places to create dynamic shows that use maps from places you’ve been.
? Floating menus that allow for operation of the entire app from the full screen mode.
? Deep Facebook and Flickr integration that syncs all of your photos both ways, regardless of whether or not they were added by iPhoto.
? A new email template feature that creates some stunning HTML email galleries of your photos.
GarageBand

Xander Soren with Apple’s product marketing showcased several new features in iLife ’11?s Garageband including:
? Groove matching, termed an automatic “spell checker” for bad rhythm
? Flextime to make an audio clip longer or shorter
? Piano and guitar lessons built into the software that includes music recorded by an Indiana chamber group. You get scored on lessons and can see exactly where you missed

Written by Mark Kwan of Sonicorp – http://www.Sonicorp.ca/

Twitter Apps and You

From a Twitter e-mail.

Over the coming weeks, we will be making two important updates that will impact how you interact with Twitter applications. We are sending this notice to all Twitter users to make sure you are aware of these changes.

What are applications?

There are over 250,000 applications built using the Twitter API. To use most applications, you first authorize the application to access your Twitter account, after which you can use it to read and post Tweets, discover new users and more. Applications come in many varieties, including desktop applications like TweetDeckSeesmic, or EchoFon, websites such as TweetMemefflick, or Topsy, or mobile applications such as Twitter for iPhoneTwitter for Blackberry, or Foursquare.

Update 1: New authorization rules for applications

Starting August 31, all applications will be required to use “OAuth” to access your Twitter account.

What’s OAuth?

  • OAuth is a technology that enables applications to access Twitter on your behalf with your approval without asking you directly for your password.
  • Desktop and mobile applications may still ask for your password once, but after that request, they are required to use OAuth in order to access your timeline or allow you to tweet.

What does this mean for me?

  • Applications are no longer allowed to store your password.
  • If you change your password, the applications will continue to work.
  • Some applications you have been using may require you to reauthorize them or may stop functioning at the time of this change.
  • All applications you have authorized will be listed at http://twitter.com/settings/connections.
  • You can revoke access to any application at any time from the list.

Update 2: t.co URL wrapping

In the coming weeks, we will be expanding the roll-out of our link wrapping service t.co, which wraps links in Tweets with a new, simplified link. Wrapped links are displayed in a way that is easier to read, with the actual domain and part of the URL showing, so that you know what you are clicking on. When you click on a wrapped link, your request will pass through the Twitter service to check if the destination site is known to contain malware, and we then will forward you on to the destination URL. All of that should happen in an instant.

You will start seeing these links on certain accounts that have opted-in to the service; we expect to roll this out to all users by the end of the year. When this happens, all links shared on Twitter.com or third-party apps will be wrapped with a t.co URL.

What does this mean for me?

Thanks for reading this important update. Come and check what’s new at http://twitter.com.

Thanks,
The Twitter Team

What are your thoughts on the new Twitter updates? Post them in the comments section.