I’m a huge fan of social networks. I use Facebook, WordPress (duh), Twitter and Instagram.
Even thought I use these on a daily basis, I wouldn’t say that I’m ”addicted” to them. They are just part of my interests and I enjoy seeing what my friends are up to – usually, they are doing something better than me.
Recently, Instagram changed their terms of service which translated to the fact that Instagram is allow to sell your photos other companies. This created a HUGE problem with people deleting their accounts, deleting their photos or just stop using Instagram altogether.
But what is the point of Instagram in the first place?
Some would say that it’s like twitter, only for photos. That’s true to some extent.
You can post photos to Instagram but you can also change the image using filters. These are like layers that you add to the image to change the look.
Is there a need for these filters?
Yes. Yes there is. Filters can make your photos interesting and fun to look at. They enhance the look, if you will.
At the same time, they ruin beautiful pictures that simply have to be seen in raw to be appreciated.
iOS 6.1 doesn’t seem to feature any huge, noticeable changes for the end-user. iOS 6.1 features some more Mapping tools for developers to add the new Maps into their apps. This means that developers will be able to make better use of the new Mapping software which was introduced in June 2012.
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iOS 6.1 Beta 1 Features:
“REPORT A PROBLEM” (or two)
The “Report A Problem” button in Maps is now more prominent, taking up two buttons worth of space. Looks like Apple is really keen on knowing every thing they can do to fix the Maps app. The buttons are also much slimmer. Here is a comparison of the old and new style:
NEW LOCK SCREEN MUSIC CONTROLS
Apple has finally reflected the new Music app on the lock screen with these new look controls. They are essentially the same with more spacing and with that new silver look. The clock moves to the status bar. You can get to them by double-clicking the home button on the lock screen. And yes, the volume slider icon does reflect in the light when you tilt the device, just like in the Music app. A very similar interface has been added to the iPad, but it also has an option to scrub through the song – right from the lock screen.
“RESET ADVERTISING IDENTIFIER”
There is a new option in About >; Advertising, that allows you to “Reset Advertising Identifier”.
BOOK CINEMA TICKETS WITH SIRI VIA FANDANGO
Soon, you’ll be able to book movie tickets using Siri via the Fandango service. You can already book tables at restaurants, and the ability to book movies will be even better.
WI-FI NETWORKING TOGGLE
In System Services, a new toggle has been added which turns ‘WiFi networking’ on and off.
iOS 6.1 Beta 2 Features
PASSBOOK MAKES DEFINITIONS
When Apple introduced Passbook in June 2012, they didn’t really make clear what it actually was. They described it roughly as ”an app to hold your tickets and boarding passes”. It left end users confused. Apple has now added a sample card in Passbook describing what it does and how to use it. They even describe what the ‘App Store’ button was for.
POSITION OF LENGTH OF SONGS CHANGED
The minutes and seconds of a song are now listed beneath the song title. It was moved to make space for the iCloud icon for downloading music down from the cloud.
HEARING AID MODE RELOCATED
The hearing aid mode is no longer turn on with a simple toggle in Accessibility. You now have a new menu for it called ‘Hearing Aids’.
NEW LIVE LISTEN FEATURE
A new feature has been added in that new hearing aid menu. It’s called Live Listen and lets you use your iPhone as a remote microphone.
This is not a feature per se, but iOS 6.1 beta 3 seems like a bug fix release than anything else. It also feels a lot more stable and snappy. It is unclear if there is a signature feature missing from 6.1 that will debut at launch but you can expect a GM release soon.
ICLOUD SETTINGS UPDATE
Apple has updated it’s iCloud settings and in this beta of iOS 6.1 you are asked to confirm your Apple ID password for FaceTime and iMessages when starting your device for the first time after installation. It asks you to confirm how people can reach you and tells you that you can change these settings at any time. It is not clear if the end user will also see this screen when the software is finally released.
PASSBOOK SAMPLE CARD SLIGHTLY UPDATED
The small text on the sample Passbook card has been updated – the UK version at least. The updates to the card are very minor with some American English words written in British English – such as ‘movie tickets’ replaced with ‘cinema tickets’. Below, the UPDATED card is on the RIGHT.
IMPROVEMENTS TO RESET ADVERTISING IDENTIFIER
Previously, when you clicked ‘Reset Advertising Identifier’, nothing would happen. The button would just blink because it didn’t actually do anything. Now, you are given an option to confirm your choice and it is now working.
VOICE DIAL ONLY
With the advent of Siri on more and more devices, it seems weird that Apple would update something that is as old as the iPhone 3GS, but if you still use Voice Control, there is a new section in the settings for it that allow you to set it to ‘Voice Dial Only’. You can choose a language from the list to use Voice Dial with.
NEW MOBILE/CELLULAR DATA OPTION
There is a new toggle for mobile/cellular data for iTunes. It was removed in the previous betas. It’s made a come back and by default, it is turned off.
iOS 6.1 Beta 4 Features
GENERAL UPDATES WITH IOS 6.1 BETA 4
There doesn’t seem to be any huge or noticable changes in the latest build of iOS 6.1. Seems like yet another a bug fix release, with minor changes. This could all change with the GM release expected next, preceded by an Apple Keynote. Since there isn’t many new features in this beta, you should scroll down to the ‘Other Notable New Features in 6.1″ section of this post.
On Monday 17th December, Apple released the 4th beta build of iOS 6.1. This section is currently being updated with beta 4 content. Please check back soon for the most in-depth beta coverage on the internet!
APPLE MAPS – REPORT A PROBLEM
Despite the return of the superior Google Maps on iOS, Apple still wants to know to do with their Maps app. When you report a problem in Maps, you now have more options to choose from.
Unless Apple made a mistake, Beta 5 is not available OTA (Over The Air). It must be downloaded from the developer website and its just over a gigabyte large.
Since there isn’t many new features in this beta, you should scroll down to the ‘Other Notable New Features in 6.1″ section of this post.
SPLIT KEYBOARD TOGGLE
Apple has quietly added a toggle for turning the split keyboard on or off on the iPad. It can be found in General > Keyboard > Split Keyboard. Split Keyboard is a feature which was first introduced in iOS 5.
OTHER NOTABLE NEW FEATURES WITH iOS 6.1
Slightly revised music app with the ‘Artists’ tab more consistent.
Snappier experience with iPad 3rd Generation and iPhone 4S
Improved App Store experience
When checking for updates in the App Store, clicking the inverted triangle for an update is more accurate.
More cities in Maps are in 3D (this is expected with every release of iOS 6)
Maps is a bit more accurate in the sense that more countries are covered with better satellite imagery
Album art is better centered on the lock screen.
4G LTE on the “EE” network in the UK has been improved
4G LTE software support has been added to a network in Denmark
Improved Siri functionality over Wi-FI
Performance on iPhone 4, 4S and iPod touch 4G is greatly improved.
New lock screen Music controls on iPad
Download single tracks from iTunes Match, rather than whole albums
Improved battery life on iPhone 4S and iPhone 4.
iOS 6.1 Beta 3 is more stable than the previous beta versions of 6.1
New setup for users running the 3rd beta version of 6.1.
4G LTE enabled on the Portugese network; TMN
Ability to delete music from device while keeping a copy of the track in the cloud for download later
The YouTube icon in the share menu has been updated to match the downloadable YouTube app icon
Improve noise cancellation during calls on iPhone 5
Notification bug fixed with the release of beta 4
Removal of background audio playing from Safari
Safari improvements (seriously, its true!)
Split Keyboard toggle for iPad 2, 3rd gen, 4th gen and iPad mini
KNOWN ISSUES WITH iOS 6.1 OVERALL
The Panorama mode on iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 is broken and crashes. FIXED
iOS 6.1 is not working too well on iPad 2. Seems laggy.FIXED
Using Siri on 3G networks is slower (A confirmed bug, that Apple is said to be improving over the next few days) FIXED
Exchange doesn’t seem to be fixed properly
Bluetooth MAP doesn’t seem fixed properly
Weak WiFi on some devices.
Poor sound quality from A5 processor and later devices FIXED
App Store says there are updates pending, when there isn’t.
Even if you are using Wi-Fi, iPhone indicates that you are using 3G. Going to the Wi-Fi settings will temporarily fix it.
iPhone 5 loudspeaker problems – although some users are reporting that this has been fixed
Lag on iPhone 3GS with beta 3 – REDUCED
Problems accepting the iTunes terms and conditions. Can be done if you try again though. FIXED
A bug in the Mail.app causes it to freeze (hang) FIXED
With beta 4, some updates appear in the app store again, even though the app may already have been updated.
I wanted to take the opportunity to just give you an update on whats happening and stuff:)
I’ve started the second part to my IT course at school and it’s a lot harder than last year. I actually miss how easy last year was. I’ll hopefully pull through ok this year too. Fingers crossed! My timetable is very different from last year. I finish school really late sometimes and don’t get a chance to do a lot when I get home. That sucks.
It’s been nearly 5 months since I gave Imagine A World a revamped design and I’m still looking for ways to improve it. I don’t think I will go back to using an image as my header for a while. I prefer to use text to describe the site (thoughts?).
I had a chance to visit my local Apple Store recently and I saw the iPhone 5. On first blush, it looked weird because of it’s elongated screen, but it’s actually really nice to hold. The screen gives you more space to breathe and the design of the iPhone 5 is really nice. I prefer the white version ;). I wont be buying the iPhone 5 or the 5S. We will see about the iPhone 6 though haha. Buying Apple products is a really expensive hobby.
Talking about Apple, it might seem weird, but I actually spent money to buy the new EarPods. I got them from the Apple Store for just £25.00. I know I could get better headphones for the same price but I wanted to see these strange new earphones and see how they perform. Their shape is very different and ‘pod’ shaped. I really like the name “EarPods”, but I heard people don’t really like it. The EarPods are really awesome and are MUCH better than the old earbuds. The bass is really good and I’m really using them everyday. I’m not a fan of over ear headphones because they can get in the way and can be expensive, and these are just right. They fit well in the ear too.
I don’t know what else to write about. Apart from the fact I’m looking for a part time job and McDonalds is really tasty these days. I also watched Mamma Mia the other day as it was on TV. It’s a really awesome movie and anyone who has not watched it, should. Its a really uplifting movie!
I posted my last post a week ago and it feels like only yesterday..
I recently got my results for the course I have been doing for the past year. Suffice to say that I really proud of my achievement as I got a “D*” or “Distinction * “! I should tell you what the course was about. I have been studying an ICT course where we learnt about inside the computer, about the computer, how the computer is used in business, how we can store data accurately in Excel and Access and more.
There were a series of 7 assignments (mini exam type things that can be done at home and school) and each assignment is graded with PMD. Thats; Pass, Merit and Distinction. Pass is having a basic understanding of the unit. Merit is a bit more than that and Distinction is having total knowledge and justifications. The more of one you have, overall you will get a good result. So I had 7 Distinctions so overall I got Distinction*.
I tried my hardest to get the highest possible marks this year and it was totally worth it! Distinction* is the highest possible mark in the course :P)
As much as I’m proud about my result, I am also proud to see how my blog is performing. I have seen a growing number of visiters to my blog for my iOS 6 post. I am so passionate about Apple and it’s software and it is great to see people really appriciating my hard work! Yeah, it’s just taking screen grabs, adding text and posting it – but it’s alot harder to keep up with it than it looks!
So I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who is visiting, even for that one post. Thank you.
“It’s almost here”. Well, that’s what Apple says anyway.
Apple has issued invites for an event on the 12th of September. We can all safely say we will see a brand new iPhone showcased but we know little about it. We have seen some ‘pictures’ of the supposed iPhone but photos are just photos. I thought it would be fun to throw my preditions on the interwebs and it would be great if you commented yours!
1. An all new design
Steve Jobs was always one to have a unique looking product. Remember when the iPhone 3G looked awesome? With the iPhone 4 next to it, the 3G looks chunky and outdated. I’m prediciting an awesome new design for the next iPhone. I also think we will see some sort of taller screen on the next iPhone. I think it will be like a flatter iPhone 4S.
2. 4G LTE
Something we can’t take advantage of in the UK but it will be awesome for Verizon and AT&T customers in the US. 4G LTE provides fast data downloads over your mobile network. The new iPad has this so its given that the next iPhone will.
3. NFC Chip
NFC or Near Field Communication is a way for devices to share small amounts of information. You can use it to pay for coffee or buy a meal at a restaurant. Google has their own app for their devices called “Google Wallet”. Could Apple be using their new Passbook app for their NFC technology?
4. New dock connector?
Apple has been famous for including the same port on all of their devices. From iPods to iPads, there has been one connector called the “30-pin dock connector”. Apparently, Apple is going to forget about it and move on to another standard of connectors. We’re not sure how many pins it will have or if it’s really true but it will be interesting to see how it will work. If it is true, that means hundreds of accessories will be incompatible with the new iPhone.
5. Upgraded cameras
The iPhone 4S packs one of the best rear facing cameras on a mobile phone. Can it get any better? Perhaps we’ll see a 12MP camera on the back of the next iPhone. If Apple doesn’t update the rear facing camera, it wont be a big deal. The front facing camera might get a needed update, bringing it from the current VGA to 1.3MP – naming it a FaceTime HD camera.
6. Nano-SIM Cards
The current iPhone SIM card is micro and the next generation of SIM cards are called “nano SIMs”. They’re even smaller and I think all it will do is make it harder to upgrade to the next iPhone. There’s a small chance it will be nano though!
7. Longer battery life
We can’t get enough of using our devices so why not increase the battery life again? I’m expecting the battery to be even longer to power that beautiful larger screen!
8. A good name
The naming of the next iPhone is really undecided right now. Technically, it is the 6th generation iPhone, but that doesn’t mean it will be called the iPhone 6. Some people say that it will just be called “The new iPhone”, but more people believe it will be called “iPhone 5”. Thats what I think too. It will be called iPhone 5, and I’m saying this because of Apple’s previous naming strategy – 3g, 3gs then 4, 4S, 5?
Those are my predictions for the next iPhone. I had more but that’s all I could remember 😆
Yesterday, over 1 billion viewers witnessed the amazing coverage by the BBC from their living rooms. It was the day millions of people (including me) had waited for. The London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony.
There were many mysteries though. Like, where’s the cauldron? Who will finally light it? What will it look like? How will it be lit? Does the Queen want to light it?
The coverage started at 9:00PM UK time and ended at about 12:30AM. It was quite a lengthy ceremony, but that was the most fun. It was something you had to watch in glorious high definition as the normal standard definition was not going to give you the feeling of being there.
It all started with a cinematic live play about Great Britain from the beginning. We saw what it was like years and years ago and through the Industrial Revolution with Isambard Kingdom Brunel. We saw how music had changed and everything of the like! Truly inspiring. Well done to everyone who took part!
Over 204 countries were represented and each country was in the spotlight as they came in. They each brought in a copper petal. At first we didn’t know what this was. Was it a tradition or something?
Towards the end of the broadcast, Her Majesty the Queen declared the Olympics open and we were ready to go!
At around 12:25AM, we got our answer to those metal petals, as we got our first sighting of the cauldron. If you didn’t know, the cauldron was to be lit by the last Olympic torch and will remain lit for the rest of the Olympics. The copper petals were part of the cauldron! The cauldron itself was lit by 6 young athletes – inspiring a generation.
And what a sight it was. It was spellbinding. Truly magical and something that will be a part of history. The cauldron was lit on the ground and it carefully closed upwards, symbolising unity.
I think the organisers have done an amazing job and hope the closing ceremony will be just the same!
Each participating country will be allowed to take a petal home as a souvenir 😉