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Apple iPhone changed the smart phone industry for ever, and introduced a functional touch screen phone that worked, for the first time. Using the iOS operating system We have all the latest news, reviews, and discussions on apps and games for Apple’s iPhone.

iOS 4.1 bug – allows users to make phone calls while device is locked!

iOS  4.1 security flaw

iOS 4.1 security flaw

A security flaw discovered in Apple’s iOS will allow unauthorized users access to the dialing screen on an iPhone running iOS 4.1 (the latest version). This flaw is a big one! Anyone who has password protected their iPhone to prevent calls being made if their device is misplaced or stolen are  wide open to unauthorized access.

The flaw does not however allow access to the home screen, so it seems that your apps are safe enough, it is just making calls that’s as easy as described below! This  is not the first such security flaw Apple have had, and one they could do without!

All that needs to be done to make a call if the iPhone is passcode protected is the following:

  • Press the Emergency Call button, enter a non-emergency number such as ###
  • Tap the call button and immediately hit the lock button.
  • The iPhone’s dialing screen, from which calls can be made is now visible!

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Cut the Rope for iPhone & iPad – On the way to number 1!

Cut the Rope

Cut the Rope

Chillingo have done it again! The company behind Angry Birds (but not the same developers) have topped themselves in the app store with a new game. ‘Cut the Rope’ which has a free and paid version in both the iPad and iPhone store has reportedly sold over 1 million copies already!  The game sounds simple enough, but it gets more  complex and fun as you advance through the various levels.

The ingenious game combines physics oriented gameplay with bright and colorful visuals in deviously designed challenges. A range of obstacles and pesky enemies provide an almost infinite number of solutions to discover. Don’t forget to collect the stars and get the candy to the hilarious creature Om Nom though!

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How to edit app notifications – iPhone 101 series

iPhone notifications menu

iPhone notifications menu

You might ask a particular application  not to alert you, only to change your mind at some point! How do you reactivate those notifications again? It’s actually very simple, you don’t need to open the app itself, as notifications has it’s own management area in the settings app.

Here are a few simple steps to amend the notifications on your iPhone. For this example we have selected Angry Birds as the app we would like to change the notification settings, of course this can used for any app you wish. Continue Reading →

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New MacBook Air: What would happen if the iPad and MacBook had children?

Steve Jobs wondered to himself one day…  What would happen if the iPad and MacBook had children? The result is the new MacBook Air. With entry level models at 999EURO (Ireland) and 999USD, the MacBook Air is now available for sale online.  The hardware of MacBook Air is a product of the success of the iPhone with features including:

  • All-Flash Storage – Designed exclusively around flash storage, MacBook Air is fast, reliable, and snaps to life in an instant.
  • Long-Lasting Battery – Get up to 5 hours of battery life on the 11-inch MacBook Air, up to 7 hours on the 13-inch model, and up to 30 days of standby time.
  • Multi-Touch Trackpad – Over 10 different gestures.

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Apple TV – Hands on review

APPLE TV

APPLE TV

The all new Apple TV is an attempt by Apple to change the way we watch content on our televisions. Instead of directly downloading content  to a media drive connecting to a TV and watching – you now just stream content that is already on your PC directly, not storing anything on the Apple TV.

A good idea? Maybe? But as usual Apple have been restricted in allowing what we can stream, it’s not all bad  there is a redeeming factor with Apple TV which nearly makes it worth while and it’s called Airplay, and we have a little more on that later.

So what did we think of Apple TV. We like it,  the consensus  on Apple TV is that we wont be handing over our media drives just yet.  Steve Jobs has described Apple TV as his hobby. And while this may be nice for him, with Google TV on the way, Apple need to take ATV a little more serious.

If you were to ask, in a nutshell what is Apple TV,  we would say Apple TV is primarily a streaming device, with the possibility to become so much more, encompassing:

  • Apple TV is a place to rent movies and TV shows (TV shows in US only) in HD and SD format. Programs are displayed on your television in a simple elegant graphical layout, with descriptions , reviews, and previews available.
  • Apple TV allows you to stream content to your television from your PC, however it is somewhat limited on file formats that are compatible with the device. You can stream iTunes music, films, TV shows (in the correct format), and photos.
  • Apple TV allows you to stream content from Netflix (US), youtube and flickr.

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Latest Amazon Kindle update for iPad upsets readers?

Amazon Kindle

Amazon Kindle

It seems, all is not well with loyal Amazon Kindle readers. In the latest update to the Kindle app for the iPad and iPhone, the landscape orientation was adjusted to a two column mode for the iPad. The implementation is not exactly smooth, there is no divider separating the two columns and they are very narrow indeed. The idea is great, but you as you can see it’s implementation pales in comparison to iBooks.  Additionally iPad, users are used to looking at the screen in full in landscape, if you change something like this you should allow an option, to revert to the previous view.

Irish users, have yet to comment in the app store, but the US store is starting to get busy with upset customers, a few examples have been outlined below. What do you think, are you happy? Do you even read in landscape mode? Let us know in the comments.

Let us choose how we want to see the material. I can’t stand the two column in landscape. Please change this soon.

Hate the new two column view. The lack of that is why I picked the Kindle app and store over the apple iBooks app and store for my ebooks. Hopefully the next version makes it optional. I can see how others may like it but it is definitely not for me.

the two-column page was foisted on us. I realize that some people like it, but for me it just breaks up the page into two too-narrow columns, with no divider between them. It also limits my ability to appreciate graphics (maps, photos) that are in landscape. Since I do most of my reading in a landscape format, this is a real disappointment. If I wanted an app that looked like iBooks, I’d use iBooks. Could you please make this an optional setting on the next update? Soon??

Hat tip to George Fisher for the tip off.

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Sonic 4 for iPhone coming in October (video)

Sonic 4

Sonic 4

We love ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’  here at iPadiPhoneBlog.com and were delighted to see Sonic 4 for the iPhone (and other platforms) expected release is now October. Sega have posted some pretty impressive video captures of everyone’s favourite blue animal zipping his  way through worlds. However we are not sure which device the game play footage is from. Videos after the break. Continue Reading →

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WordPress for iPad and iPhone Updated (iOS) – Hello video!

Wordpress for iOS

Wordpress for iOS

Automattic, the folks  behind wordpress blogging platform have updated their iPhone and iPad app, which allows you to manage many features of your wordpress powered blog from your iOS powered device.

With this update the ability to upload video is introduced, you can now upload video directly to your website using the app. “With 2.6 you can now record, upload, attach, and play videos within the app”.

The developers also re wrote some code to manage the way local drafts are managed. Autosave and post revisions are also now available in the app.  The developers are also turning their focus to media management “What would a new video feature be without a new Media Library to go along with it? We’ve taken the old Photos tab and turned it into a new Media Library more along the lines of what you’re used to with WordPress.”

  • Video. Record, upload, attach, and play videos within the app. Yay for being able to catch your friends’ and co-workers’ most embarrassing shenanigans creative moments with iPhone video and publish them immediately for all the world to see on your WordPress site.
  • A total rewrite of the way local drafts are handled, to prevent the unintentional loss of your pending posts.
  • Autosave/post revisions. Bam! One of the “oh, thank goodness” features of the web app makes it into the iOS version.
  • Easier setup. Faster and easier process for adding your sites to the app.
  • Media Library. We’re gradually getting closer to the media management you’re used to in the web app.

Check out the iOS wordpress blog for a full breakdown of the deveopment and features of this application for iOS.

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Apple TV about to ship! – Will you buy? (poll) (Update: Shipped)

Apple TV

Apple TV

Update: Now shipped. Original: It seems, that according to our order status on the Apple Ireland store, that Apple TV is ready for shipping. We won’t get netflix in Ireland, and new version has no internal hard disk, but draws content from the net with the ability to stream from your iOS devices (that’s your iPods/iPhones and iPads) and your PC to your TV using Apple Airplay, for around 120 euro is a little too tempting to resist? Click through to vote in our poll. Continue Reading →

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Spare iPhone charger – ZAGG sparq 2.0

ZAGG sparq 2.0

ZAGG sparq 2.0

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