Monthly Archives: November 2010

Set Up Find My iPhone

Owners of an iPhone 4, iPad or iPod touch (4th generation) are now eligible for Apple’s free “Find My iPhone” service. So in case you loose your iPhone you will be able to locate its position, send a text message or wipe out all your data. What you need is the latest iOS 4.2 on your favourite portable device and an Apple ID. You can use any browser or the free Find my iPhone app to access the service. Check out Apple’s step by step guide over here.

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Traditional Thanksgiving Recipes

Chow’s cooking app by CBS Interactive helps you to prepare the prefect Thanksgiving meal. The app tells you what to buy and how to prepare it. From the roasted turkey and stuffing to the gravy and cranberry sauce. It’s all there described in simple steps easy to follow. Chow Thanksgiving Dinner Coach is free.

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Safari Supports Text Search on iPhone/iPad

Another new and very useful feature of iOS 4.2 is quick search for web pages. If you are looking for a specific word on a web site you are viewing in Safari, simply type it into the standard search field (top right corner). You will get a list of results for the Internet as well as your current page. Scroll down to the end of the list “On This Page” and tap on “Find (whatever your search term is)”. Safari highlights the word in yellow and lets you jump to the next one. Apple gives you all the details in the official iOS 4.2 user guide (PDF download).

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iPhone and iPad Learn Printing with iOS 4.2

Finally Apple has released its big update for the iPad (and iPhone for that matter). It implements many long wished for features, such as music streaming (AirPlay) and printing. Thanks to AirPrint you can now access any printer shared by a Mac via WiFi to print e-mails, pictures, PDFs or web pages right on your iPad and iPhone. Just remember to activate printer sharing under “System Preferences” –> “Print & Fax” of your Mac. Your iOS device and Mac have to be connected to the same WLAN of course.

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Pandora & the Hotspot Shield

Even though the popular internet radio service Pandora is required to restrict access outside the US, it has many fans in other parts of the world. And here is how you can listen to your personalised music stream anyway. Grab yourself the little VPN tool called Hotspot Shield for free and connect to their servers. Afterwards the music will flow like a charm.

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Watch It All With AVPlayer

$2.99 will buy you probably the best media player for the iPhone. The AVPlayer handles most video formats (DivX, XviD, MKV, AVI, WMV, H264, FLV and ASF). It supports subtitles (SMI, SRT) too and you can transfer video files via WiFi or USB connection. The app works very well on the iPhone 3GS, though depending on video resolution and codec you may need the faster processing power of the iPhone 4. The iPhone 3G is not supported.

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Airbnb’s Rentals On Your iPhone

Everyone looking for great, exotic places to stay should give Airbnb a try. “From a private apartment to a private island,” you have 1942 cities in 168 countries to choose from – right on your iPhone. And there’s a section on special deals as well. Search by city, price range, number of guests or location. You can even rent out your own place on this community marketplace. The app is free.

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Secret iPhone Emoticons

Some developers over at Apple have hidden more than 400 emoticons and other symbols in iOS3 and iOS4. To activate them, just download the App “Emoticons” or “Emoji Enabler” from the App Store (they are free) and follow the instructions. You might have to reboot your iPhone. Afterwards the smileys will show up as an additional keyboard in your normal text writing window. The secret emoticons can only be used between iPhone users.

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Touch LCD

This turns your iPhone into a digital retro clock (makes typical beeps too). Touch LCD supports two time zones and features an alarm clock, a stop watch and a timer. You can adjust a plethora of things to your liking. The alarm also works when the iPhone is locked. $1.99 or €1,59

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BeoSound 8 iPhone Design Stand

Our favourite Danish design company has just come up with an elegant stereo dock for the iPhone, iPod and iPad. The BeoSound 8 offers simple beautiful design and a material mix of aluminium and six fabric speaker covers in lavender blue, purple, green, yellow, black and white. There’s a USB Line-in and it comes with a remote control, table stand and wall bracket. No word on the price yet, but it will hurt!

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Mac OS X Anti-Virus Software

Worried about malicious viruses, worms and Trojans coming to your Mac? There hasn’t been a serious fast spreading threat ever, but if you prefer to be prepared Sophos now offers a free Anti-Virus Home Edition for Mac users. It supports Intel Macs and PowerPCs running Tiger, Leopard and Snow Leopard. Another option to protect your favorite computer platform is the popular open source project ClamXav.

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The App Store Hall of Fame

Apple just opened the doors to their shiny new App Store Hall of Fame. It presents the 50 “very best of the best” iPhone and iPad apps. No word on how Apple selects the “App Store Essentials” but the current 50 iOS apps are well known and popular. Among them: Angry Birds, Facebook, Flight Control, Pulse and Jamie Oliver’s 20 Minute Meals. Want to see Apple’s finest for yourself? Well, step inside, Sir!

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iOS 4.2: Stream Music from your iPhone & iPad

With iOS 4.2 coming to iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPad anytime soon, there are several great features to look forward to. One of them is AirPlay. AirPlay means you can now stream almost any audio source from your iPhone or iPad to an AirportExpress, Apple TV or a stereo supporting Apple’s new streaming standard. The relevant apps will let you set your iPhone or WLAN as output and start streaming. It works with links in Safari, YouTube, Radio apps… you name it. Video played with VLC on the iPhone is out of sync though at the moment.

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