Tomorrow is October 12 and Apple has promised the whole world with a new treat, iOS 5. Yes, iOS 5 will be available for upgrade tomorrow for iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch and iPhone 4S. However, if you want to be able to do that, you’ll have to download the latest version of iTunes.
Apple has just released iTunes 10.5, which now comes with official iOS 5 support, iCloud, WiFi syncing, but no iTunes match. To be able to upgrade to the latest version of iOS that will be released tomorrow, you’ll need to upgrade to this version of iTunes now. It’s available for both Windows and Mac and can be downloaded from the official Apple iTunes site or just by opening iTunes. You should get a notification saying that there’s an update available on your iTunes.
Okay, so the main features in iTunes 10.5 are iCloud, which will let you sync all your music, apps and book purchases to the cloud so that you won’t have to download anything that you already have. WiFi sync brings wireless syncing to iTunes, no more cables. And it also brings automatic downloads, which means that when you download a song on one of your iOS device, it’ll automatically be downloaded on to your other iDevice.
If you’re a guy, you must’ve at least heard of Top Gear. If you haven’t, I don’t what to say. But anyways, Top Gear is the number 1 car show in the world that also doubles as the world’s funniest show. How? Well, it’s mainly because of the hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May who turn a car program in to something that will hurt you stomach and bring tears to your eyes, in a good way of course.
Let’s get back to the topic, the Tom Tom navigation devices that almost everyone and every car that is technologically advanced has it these days. The company has launched a special edition called the Tom Tom Go Live Top Gear Edition that makes Jeremy Clarkson your personal navigator. Now how cool is that? Not just that, but you can also set the GPS device in Stig Mode, which will turn it silent. You’ll also get special directions to Top Gear race-tracks and other race tracks and roads of interest nearby you. It’ll also warn you of nearby speed cameras. They’ve also included an years worth of free Traffic updates that Tom Tom will use to guide you away from the traffic.
Featuring TomTom’s congestion-busting TomTom HD Traffic technology, the new GPS device will steer drivers away from traffic jams and is packed with Top Gear features including special Top Gear start-up and shut-down screens and car icons. When embarking on their journeys, users can select The Stig mode, which renders the device instantly silent, or select Jeremy Clarkson’s voice to guide them along the way.
All of this for just $269.95 and will be available in Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, the UK and the US. So who’s buying the Tom Tom Top Gear Edition?
It’s been a long time that we’ve talked about Motorola, hasn’t it? One of the main reasons is that they haven’t really brought out anything insanely new to the mobile or tablet world since the Motorola Xoom and Atrix 4G. But, it looks like they’re at it again, sending out invites for an October 18 event where they probably will unveil something awesome again.
Motorola and Verizon have sent out invites to potential invitees about an event that is supposed to unveil a Faster, Thinner, Smarter and Stronger device on October 18. I wonder whatever happened to the ‘most powerful Android smartphone ever’, the Motorola Atrix that they were so proud about. The thing about Motorola is, they never sell enough of their products to reach the spot where their phones would be easily recognizes as amazing products in the industry.
According to Engadget, the invite unintentionally revealed some details of the product that’s going to be launched at this event. While downloading the invite, the file name said ‘spyderlaunchinvite’, which I believe even a 2 year old kid can decipher. The Motorola Spyder is a rumored device with a 4.3 inch qHD Super AMOLED display and is LTE powered. There are also some other devices that Motorola could unveil at this event, such as the Droid Razr. Check out the teaser video for the event after the break, like all Motorola videos, this is a must watch.
As the video contains lot of red in it, the signs for a Droid device, it could mean that some new Droid labeled device is going to make the stage. We can only wait until the event actually happens to find out what this is all about. Motorola Droid X4 anyone?
As a Generation Yer, I’m often criticized along with my peers for being too involved and distracted by my smartphone. But it seems the landscape of the smartphone market is changing dramatically, and it’s no longer just the youth that has been trading in their flip phones for the application capable mini-computers that make social networking, among many other things, so much easier.
In fact, among the steep competition in the smartphone market between top competitors, Apple, Android, and Blackberry, it’s hard to imagine a recession hit at all, with sales of smartphones increasing by a whopping 36% for Android, 26% for Apple, and 23% for Blackberry. In fact, the masterminds at WebpageFX even discovered that the yearly revenue for apps in 2010 alone could purchase enough iPhone 4’s to stack as high as 6700 Empire State Buildings!
But to really understand the huge success surrounding the smartphone market you can reference this really great infographic which compares the different mobile app stores, especially since there is such little data out there on the Android vs. iOS battlefront. See who has been coming out on top in the market, and they aren’t playing Jedi mind tricks on you!
Apple unveiled iOS 5 back at the WWDC 2011 event, and it has about 200 new features, including the camera shortcut next to the slider. iOS 5 has taken cue from many jailbreak tweaks and added them to the list of it’s new features. One such example is the camera shortcut button that appears when you double tap the Home button on the lockscreen. Earlier this only used to bring the music player, now in iOS 5, it also brings the camera button.
This is an iOS 5 jailbreak tweak, so if you want to try it out, make sure that you’re running on iOS 5 GM. CameraLocker for iOS 5 is a pretty useful jailbreak tweak that always shows that Camera button shortcut next to the slider, instead of it appearing only when you double tap. This could be useful when you want to take a quick snapshot of something. Double tapping the Home button and then select the camera shortcut could take longer that intended and you could miss that lovely car whose picture you wanted.
CameraLocker is a free jailbreak tweak and can be found in the Big Boss repo, however, you can also search Cydia for it and install it. After installation all you have to do is respring your iOS device. There are no settings for this tweak, this only makes the camera shortcut stay visible all the time.
If you’re not on iOS 5 and want a similar feature, you should try out FlashCam, which adds both Camera and Flash shortcuts on your lcokscreen. There’s also FlashLock, which adds a flash shortcut instead of the camera shortcut, next to the slider.
Do you think this could be a useful tweak for you? Are you an avid iPhonographer?
So, you’re probably waiting impatiently to get your hands on that spanking new iPhone 4S, the one that you just pre-ordered. Must be proud of yourself about contributing to the 999,999 others who helped Apple set another record. I bet you ordered the 4S just because of Siri, the personal assistant that you always wished you had. Well, it does have a faster processor and a newer camera and some other cool stuff, but it’s Siri that interested you the most, didn’t it?
You must be practicing what to ask Siri, when you actually get the iPhone 4S that is. But, yes it’s good to prepare yourself, you never know how Siri’s going to react to what you asked. Actually, I’m going to help you out here. Set things right for your first date with Siri, so you’ll know what exactly to ask her and how. Here are some things that you can say to Siri and yes, there are quite a lot of things that you can say to Siri, your iPhone 4S personal Assistant.
What’s Michael’s address?
What is Susan Park’s phone number?
When is my wife’s birthday?
Show Jennifer’s home email address
Show Jason Russell
Find people named Park
Who is Michael Manning?
My mom is Susan Park
Michael Manning is my brother
Call my brother at work
Set up a meeting at 9
Set up a meeting with Michael at 9
Meet with Lisa at noon
Set up a meeting about hiring tomorrow at 9am
New appointment with Susan Park Friday at 3
Schedule a planning meeting at 8:30 today in the boardroom
Move my 3pm meeting to 4:30
Reschedule my appointment with Dr. Manning to next Monday at 9am
Add Lisa to my meeting with Jason
Cancel the budget review meeting
Asking about events
What does the rest of my day look like?
What’s on my calendar for Friday?
When is my next appointment?
When am I meeting with Michael?
Where is my next meeting?
Wake me up tomorrow at 7am
Set an alarm for 6:30am
Wake me up in 8 hours
Change my 6:30 alarm to 6:45
Turn off my 6:30 alarm
Delete my 7:30 alarm
Checking the Clock
What time is it?
What time is it in Berlin?
What is today’s date?
What’s the date this Saturday?
Using a Timer
Set the timer for ten minutes
Show the timer
Pause the timer
Reset the timer
Email Lisa about the trip
Email Jennifer about the change in plans
New email to Susan Park
Mail Dad about the rent check
Email Dr. Manning and say I got the forms, thanks
Mail Lisa and Jason about the party and say I had a great time
Any new email from Michael today?
Show new mail about the lease
Show the email from Lisa yesterday
Responding to Messages
Reply Dear Susan sorry about the late payment
Call him at work
Checking Up on Friends
Where is my sister?
Is my wife at home?
Where are all my friends?
Who is here?
Who is near me?
How do I get home?
Show 1 Infinite Loop Cupertino California
Directions to my dad’s work
Find coffee near me
Where is Starbucks?
Find some burger joints in Baltimore
Find a gas station within walking distance
Good Mexican restaurants around here
Tell Susan I’ll be right there
Send a message to Jason Russell
Send a message to Lisa saying how about tomorrow
Tell Jennifer the show was great
Send a message to Susan on her mobile saying I’ll be late
If you’re an Android user, then I bet you love to customize your device, because that’s one of the most impressive things about the Android OS. And if you’re such an user, you must’ve heard of CyanogenMod. They’re like the best Custom ROM developers for Android phones, and are trying to make the world a better place by including the latest Android OS in their ROM’s, even if they’re unofficial.
Most of the mobile phones aren’t treated well, they’re just made and then forgot about. Some phones still run on Android 1.6, when Android 2.3.7 is where the world currently is at. CyanogenMod understands that and tries to do the best they can on this matter. So, the team from CyanogenMod have released version CM 7.1 based on Android Gingerbread 2.3.7 and it is now available for download for 67 devices.
Here’s the complete list of all new devices that have been added to the growing list:
HTC Desire S
HTC Incredible S
HTC Incredible 2
LG Optimus 2X and T-Mobile G2x
Motorola Backflip (Motus)
Motorola Cliq / Cliq XT
Motorola Droid 2
Motorola Droid X
Samsung Galaxy S
Samsung Galaxy S2 (multiple carriers)
Sony Ericsson Xperia X8
Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini
Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro
Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo
Sony Ericsson Xperia Play
Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray
Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc
However, other independent developers who can be found at various forums all over the internet will be cooking Custom ROMS for even more devices. So, if you’re device is not in the list, then you can do a Google search to find out other places where you can get a ROM for your device. Remember to root your Android device before you try any of this and take a backup.
Recently we told you about a jailbreak tweak that can be used to delete music from iPod app directly, instead of heading over to iTunes. Now, the same developer has created another new jailbreak tweak that adds another useful functionality to the iPod app.
iPodMail for jailbroken iOS devices is a free Cydia app that adds a Mail Songs option to the iPod app, using which you can email music to your friends/family. You can also use it send videos. The jailbreak tweak adds the same functionality like the DeleTrack and a new option that says ‘Mail Songs’ will appear on your iPod app.
To install this amazing tweak, head over to Cydia and search for iPodMail and install it. Now open your iPod app and select More. You should be able to see a Mail Song option. Once you’re inside that option, you can just select any music or video and it’ll directly open the Mail app. Slap in an address and the song/video you selected will be shipped to the recipient. Easy as that.
The first tweak did receive some complaints from users stating it did not work on their iPod app. Well, maybe you did something wrong or your iOS version is to blame. Both these tweaks worked perfectly fine on my iPhone 4 running iOS 4.3.5 and I can guarantee you that both of them are really useful. Many a times, my friends have asked me to send songs to them over email and stuff, and now this tweak is going to make it real easy.
Oh, I almost forgot, you do need a jailbroken iOS device for this!
Do try this app out and let us know what you think of it.
iOS 5 final version is just days away. It’s only normal that people are also expecting it to be jailbreak friendly like all the beta versions and even iOS 5 GM. Also, according to a recent tweet by i0nic, an untethered iOS 5 jailbreak is under development too. What’s the first thing you do after you jailbreak your iOS device. Many of us would install certain basic and very much required tweaks the moment we’ve had a successful jailbreak. And among them is the all time favorite SBSettings.
We love SBSettings, not only because they’re really useful, but also because it’s free and makes iOS even better. Now, you must be wondering what will happen once iOS 5 is out. Will there be SBSettings for iOS 5? The answer is Yes, there will be and we’ve also got a demo of how it’ll look on iOS 5. The developer of SBSettings made it clear that a beta version for iOS 5 is now available for testing and that it does everything that the old one did, even better.
If you remember, we had written a piece about UISettings, which was supposedly going to be the replacement for SBSettings in iOS 5, but that is no longer needed. SBSettings beta for iOS 5 brings all the features that were available in the previous version, plus adds some more. Check out this complete walkthrough video showing all the features of this amazing Cydia tweak.
If you’re running iOS 5 GM right now then you should definitely give this a try. To download SBSettings beta, add this repo in Cydia http://thebigboss.org/ios5beta. This beta version has new themes, better styling, Activator actions and everything that you’ve always liked about SBSettings.
When Apple first introduced the iOS 5, we were all really excited and when started giving out beta’s we tried and enjoyed it. One of the most important reasons why many non-developers tried it too is because it could be jailbroken. Even though it was a tethered jailbreak, which meant that every time you had to reboot your device, you had to connect it to your computer and fire up RedSn0w or other jailbreaking tools.
However, just few hours ago, Apple iOS hacker and developer, i0nic, sent out a tweet saying that an iOS 5 untethered jailbreak is very much in the pipeline, but is being developed by other people. That’s what we all want don’t we? An iOS 5 untethered jailbreak would be of great help when Apple drops the final version to the public on October 12.
Many users don’t jailbreak their iDevices if it means that they’d have to keep connecting their device to the computer to reboot, every time the battery runs out or something. I don’t like it very much either. I’m running a tethered jailbreak on iOS 4.3.5, which is not really very convenient. This is what i0nic stated on his twitter account;
This is the guy who originally discovered the untethered exploits for iOS 4.3.1, 4.3.2 and 4.3.3 and although he did not actually point to anyone, it is very much likely that he meant the Chronic Dev Team. Those guys have been at it from the day the first iOS 5 beta was delivered.
If there’s no untethered jailbreak for iOS 5, then not many iOS users will want to upgrade, so hopefully there will be one soon. Are you waiting for an untether too?