iTunes 9.1 Not Recognizing iPhone [ Solved]

Few days back I told you about latest iTunes 9.1 and yesterday when I was connecting my iPhone to iTunes, it was not recognizing my iPhone 3GS 32 Gb. For an instance I find it big issue for me as I was stuck nowhere.

itunes9.1 Here is the simple solution to this problem:

  • Restart your iPhone and Reconnect Else
  • Restart your iTunes and connect Else
  • Restart your Laptop/PC

In my case last one worked and I’m sure it will help you, if you find yourself in such issue.

15 iPad Pros and Cons : Think Before You Buy

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The Apple iPad is a revolutionary tablet and no doubt almost all the products Apple launched under their brand name in last few years, has become a huge success. Not only, technical people but also general brand conscious people are jumping for Apple product and buying it.

Without any doubt, Apple iPad is an amazing piece of device and if you happen to be a Tech savvy user, you can easily utilize iPad for it’s maximum productivity. Though, newbies who are just planning to buy an iPad, they are not sure of iPad pros and cons and if they should really invest money into buying an iPad. Specially, when there are many cheap android tablets are available in the market.

Before, I start let me tell you I’m an Apple lover and I don’t hare android. In fact some of the app on Android are truly amazing but when ever I talk about usability, I always found issues with Android tablets in term of app crashing and so on. Where as, iPad usability and user experience is amazing. I initially bought iPad, then upgraded to iPad II and now I’m looking forward to grab the new iPad. For a geek, Apple iPad worth every money and if you are a frequent traveler, having an iPad with data plan will keep you on all the time. And you will be able to do many important office work on iPad screen.

Here are few Pros and Cons of iPad , which you must consider before buying iPad:

Pros of Apple iPad:

  • 10 hour battery life
  • Built in Speaker and microphone
  • Awesome App Store with Pandora of iPad apps.
  • Wi-fi + 4G
  • Good inbuilt storage: 64 Gb, 32Gb, 16 Gb
  • Retina Display
  • A5 CPU for great performance
  • 5 Mega Pixel Camera
  • Facetime for Video conferencing
  • Video chatting at 30/fps
  • Assisted GPS

Cons of Apple iPad:

  • Missing Flash support
  • No USB support.
  • No Multitasking
  • No Drag and Drop file management
  • No SD card reader.
  • iTunes dependent for syncing with system
  • Can”t connect as disk drive to computer without apps.
  • Expensive compared to other tablet in the market.
  • Supports HD connector Kit but another $39 for the same.
  • Quick update will make your iPad look like old generation stuff.
Well, these are some of the pros and cons of iPad that I can think of. For budget conscious people, Android OS is great but if budget is not an issue and you need a tablet for performance, productivity, design and look, The new iPad has no compeition. It”s worth each and every penny you spend on it. After using it for one and half year, I have no second thought recommending you to buy an iPad as your first tablet.

You won’t get all the features in single device and iPad is no exception, What is your insight about iPad? Is it worth buying?

How to Watch Videos in iPad

Since iPad launched 2 days back and people started using it, most of users are new to this device and we will help you to grab the most useful tutorial around the web to make you familiar with iPad.

Gizmodo has prepare a complete tutorial on how you can watch videos on Apple iPad. This tutorial will help you to get started with Video feature in iPad. If you are existing iPhone user, you will find this tutorial very simple.

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Guide on watching videos on the iPad

Do you own a iPad or planning to get one soon?

4 Free and Useful iPad Applications

iPad is getting mixed reaction from around the web. Few people are loving iPad and few people are kind of ok with what iPad is delivering. I will be waiting for the next update from iPad when we will see some of the useful features, which are missing in iPad. But before that who already purchased iPad, here is collection of 4 useful iPad application which you can try :

Tweetdeck

Tweetdeck-iPad

I’m a big fan of Twitter and Tweetdeck is first application which I will be installing in my iPad. The tweetdeck iPad application supports almost all the features which native desktop tweetdeck application have. Must have for twitter love with an iPad. <link>

iPad Dictionary Application

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Dictionary is one of the application which I Install on my desktop, iPhone and now iPad. With this application you can look out synonyms,antonyms and meaning of 1,000,000 words from Dictionary.com and Thesaurus.com. <Link>

Stumble Upon for iPad

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If you are regular internet Surfer, you must be a fond of Stumble Upon. If you don’t know Stumble upon, it’s a useful site which let you discover lots of interesting content. This application is optimized for iPad and you will love to use it on your latest gadgets, to find interesting sites. <link>

iPad Kindle application

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Kindle application for iPad is from Amazon.com and it also works with iPhone.  Using this application You can discover and read over 450,000 books in the Kindle Store, including the latest best sellers and new releases. <Link>

We will keep coming with more iPad news and iPad applications for you. Don’t forget to subscribe to our Email updates and also let us know which is your favorite iPad application?

Where to Download iPhone Firmware from

Here is the complete list of links to Download iPhone Firmware for your Apple iPhone directly from Apple. Refrain from downloading firmware from sources other than Apple, as they might have intrusive code attached.

Download iPhone Firmware

Other Authentic Direct download links for  iPod Touch / iPad Firmware IPSW from Apple:

Download Device Codes:

  • 1,1 = iPhone 2G
  • 1,2 = iPhone 3G
  • 2,1 = iPhone 3GS
  • 3,1 = iPhone 4 GSM
  • 3,3 = iPhone 4 CDMA

iOS 1.0 to 3.1 Firmware Download Links:

iOS 4.0 Firmware Links:
iOS 4.1 Firmware Links:

*This list is up to date at the time of publishing of this post, and all links have been checked to be active and functional. We will keep updating the list with latest version of iOS firmware download links.

How to Create Free Photo Collage using Picasa Software

Google Picasa desktop software is one of my favorite desktop image management tool. I also use it to upload my images to my Picasa album instantly from desktop. Picasa also introduced the face recognition technology sometime back.

Here is a cool tip which you can use to create collage from your photos quickly.

Open Picasa, select multiple images by holding CTRL and click on create photo collage at the top of it.

Watch this screenshots for more info :

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You can change lots of settings here and fine tune your photo collage.  One done click on create collage.

Now go and create collage of your friends and stick it on your facebook wall.

Apple iPad VS Amazon Kindle

Earlier in our previous discussions on the Apple iPad, we only contemplated upon reasons to like and dislike the iPad. We largely agree that Apple itself has raised the bar for device standards and user expectations and it is indeed a difficult task to sell a new device. That apart we did not quite look into the competition that the iPad might already have in the market, so let’s see how the iPad fares against its rivals.

As we mention rivals to the iPad the first picture formed in our minds is that of the Amazon Kindle. So we shall first look how the iPad compares to the Kindle.

Beyond e-books

The Kindle does allow the reader to effortlessly read ebooks but beyond that? In today’s world we need access to media that goes beyond books. We regularly follow blogs, newsfeeds, screencasts, podcasts and even the twitter feeds from those who interest us. This is where the iPad has significant advantages over the Kindle.

Battery Life

While the iPad may beat the Kindle at other multimedia features it still is way behind in terms of battery life for obvious reasons. Owing to the E Ink technology the Kindle can offer more than a week of reading time against ten hours on the ipad, and that is largely going to appeal to the book readers. Book readers don’t need simultaneous applications while they are reading a book of their choice, so the iPad has yet to appeal to this segment of the consumers.

Price factor

The Kindle is priced similarly to the iPad. So it does make us feel that the Kindle is overpriced. Amazon would have to definitely revamp its device to be able to match up to the price tag. Also, the iPad’s prices will further come down in the future like the iPhone. It may be subsidized similarly by network providers as well as publishers.

Choice of store

While the iTunes store might have an upper hand over Amazon in terms of music and videos the same cannot be said about books. Amazon has a well developed catalogue for books and its recommendations are very helpful. The iTunes store is going to take a while to appeal as much as Amazon to the book-loving community.

So this comparison leads to more than just one conclusion. Firstly, the iPad and Kindle are not exactly targeted at the same consumer segment, at least not yet. The iPad is neither a netbook nor an ebook reader so it has to build for itself a new category as Jobs stated at the device launch.

Tell us what you feel about the iPad and the other ebook readers in the market.


How to Transfer Sim Contacts to Iphone

When I bought iPhone 2G for the first time I was a complete newbie to iPhone. The first thing which I look for a way to import all my sim contacts into my iPhone contacts.  FYI iPhone has inbuilt feature using it, you can quickly import your Sim Contacts into iPhone.

To use this Sin contacts transfer feature all you need to do is.

Go to Settings > Mail contacts and calender > scroll down > Click on Import Sim contacts

iPhone Sim contacts

Make sure your iphone is charged enough before performing this feature.

How to Stop Automatic Songs Sync between iPhone and iTunes

iTunes is a complete management software for your iPhone. Though one thing which I never liked is when ever I connect my iPhone to my laptop, itunes start syncing music folder with my iPhone 3G s.

To stop this automatic syncing, you need to make a small change in the settings.

Follow the simple process :

Connect your iPhone to your laptop. Open iTunes and click on your iphone name. In the summery field , put a tick mark on the option which says :

Manually manage music and videos.

Find this screenshot to see how you can do it.

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From now on, your itunes will not automatically sync music with your iPhone.

How to Create Ringtones for iPhone using iTunes

I’m a big fan of custom ringtones and despite of famous iPhone pre built ring-tones, I always prefer to create ringtones for iPhone by myself.  There are many iPhone apps which let you create ringtone directly from iPhone but here we will be using iTunes to make ringtones for our iPhone. I have been using this tutorial for my iPhone4 ringtones .

iPhone ringtones can easily be created using iTunes. To create ringtone for your iPhone follow these simple steps.

So lets get started with simple 1-2-3 step and create our first ringtone. All you need to pick is a nice song, which you want to convert into ring-tone.

Create Ringtones for iPhone with 1-2-3 step:

Select a song for which you want to create ringtone. Right click and click on get info.

In the option tab , select the start and stop time for your ringtone. Keep it lower than 35 seconds.

Create ringtones for iPhone

Now right click on song and click on Convert To AAC. In this case it will create a 30 second Aac file. Now right click on newly created aac file and click on show in explorer. Rename the file with extension .m4r

For example if your song name is songs.aac rename it to song.m4r , once done, all you need is to transfer the audio file to iPhone and from settings on your device, you can select the newly created ringtone. I’m sure it’s not something tough and anyone with little computer how to knowledge can end up making unlimited songs.

You can also upload these custom tones for your iPhone on file sharing sites and forums. Do let us know if you are stuck in middle or finding it hard to create one for your phone.

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