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iPhone 5 Ireland (updated)

iPhone 5 Mockup by Macrumors

iPhone 5 Mockup by Macrumors

We keep getting asked about the iPhone 5 release date in Ireland, wish we knew. It’s not been announced by Apple yet. We will update this page with the date, however we are opening this post to start the discussion. We are interested to hear what you have heard about the release date, or even to speculate on the device itself!

Update 05/10/2011: The iPhone 4s was announcted. No iPhone 5 this year more info here

 

 

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Apple working on touchscreen Macs(?)

Apple working on touchscreen Macs(?)

Apple working on touchscreen Macs(?)

A recently-filed patent shows that Apple may be planning to develop touchscreen iMacs and MacBooks.

A European patent filed by Apple this year clearly shows that the company is working on iMacs and MacBooks which will run both Mac OSX and iOS.

The patent, titled ‘Transitioning between Modes of Input’ (published in 2010 under number 006210 A1) describes how this would be achieved, and how users could switch between OSX and iOS simply by repositioning the screen. Continue Reading →

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Online versus on-the-go – WordPress

Wordpress

Wordpress

We all know what a blogging website is. WordPress.com is one of many, and also happens to be one of the most popular. It’s free, it’s easy to use, and it looks good – all boxes ticked. Registration is quick, and you can start sharing your noise with the world within minutes.

One of the nicest things about WordPress is the Dashboard section. The Dashboard is a visually pleasing overview of your entire blog, showing how many posts you’ve written, how may comments have been made on them, and so on. There are plenty of background themes you can choose from to give your blog a bit of a personal touch, and I also like the way other users’ blogs are laid out on the WordPress homepage, allowing you to sample other people’s musings.

The mobile app falls a little short, however. It has a meagre 2-star rating, which is a little harsh perhaps, but isn’t far from accurate. Upon first opening the app, you can either add your current WordPress blog to the list, or sign up if you’re a first-time user. Personally, I’d recommend registering on the website – I always find it a bit fiddly filling in forms on the iPhone. Once added/created, your blog appears in a list, and when selected gives a stripped-down version of the online-version’s Dashboard. In fairness, this app does exactly what you want it to, but it isn’t very nice to look at, which is a shame. It’s also a bit glitchy; posts appearing more than once in the list, things like that. According to one user, it fails to save posts, which is a frustrating waste of time (and seeing as I’m typing this post on the app on my iPhone now, I’m going to select all the text and copy it just in case).

Overall, in terms of functionality, it seems to do everything the web version does, and its geotagging function is pretty cool, though setting them up to actually appear on your online blog feels like more hassle than it’s worth. I’d say that for WordPress, it’s handy if you want to publish a post as a draft perhaps, but as another user – ‘Mandog2’ – put it, it really is just “clunky, dull, and hard to use.”

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Share photos with friends by high-fiving your iPhones

Bump for iPhone

Bump for iPhone

Bump Technologies’ data sharing app allows iPhone owners to share photos, contact details, and more quickly and easily – something that the iPhone has been lacking for quite some time.

The point of having a camera on a mobile phone is to take impromptu pictures. Showing them to friends and family is another part of it, but when someone asks to have one sent to them via bluetooth, iPhone folk are left floundering. Enter Bump, the app which finally allows this. Simply select as many photos as you want to share – maybe a couple of contact details and even a Facebook friend request as well – and bump the two phones together to make the trade.

A simple, straightforward user interface makes this app a pleasure to use, and after ‘bumping’ you can then have a conversation with the other person in a Facebook-style chat (but personally I don’t see the point).

The bad news about Bump is that sharing requires an internet connection, which has the potential to irritate people, unless you have a generous data allowance or access to WiFi. Other than that, I have no complaints. Although you might only use from time to time, it is well worth having on your phone, particularly as it does so much for an app which is free.

High: You can even swap calendar events.

Low: Why use our voices when we can text-chat on our iPhones!?

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