Nov 20, 2012

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The iPhone Blog

Oprah tweets her love for the Microsoft Surface from an iPad

Posted: 19 Nov 2012 03:35 PM PST

Oprah tweets her love for the Microsoft Surface from an iPad

Oprah Winfrey is supporting the Microsoft Surface, and one of the ways she chose to promote the tablet was to sing its praises through a tweet claiming to have purchased several for Christmas -- from an iPad. Unfortunately, whoever runs Oprah's Twitter account, be it Oprah herself or an assistant, failed to realize that using an iPad to send a tweet promoting a Surface could send mixed signals. The official Twitter clients no longer show which app someone is tweeting from, but several third-party clients, in this case Tweetbot, do. In this screenshot from ZAGG, Oprah's account is clearly shown tweeting about the Surface from Twitter for iPad:

Oprah tweets her love for the Microsoft Surface from an iPad

Now, most of Oprah's Twitter followers won't notice or care, because they're probably using Twitter on the web or one of the official apps for their phone, but this is just lazy. If Oprah loves the Surface so much, it can't be that hard for her to find one to tweet from -- especially since she's apparently bought 12 of them. Oprah has an absolutely huge reach, so it's not asking too much to put a little more care into how she promotes products. If she loves the product so much, why is she choosing an iPad over a Surface? If this is the work of an assistant, there is a simple solution for that: give them a Surface.

Source: ZAGG

Nettelator for iPhone is Twittelator for

Posted: 19 Nov 2012 03:17 PM PST

Next to Tweetbot, one of the most popular Twitter clients for iPhone is Twittelator neue, and just like Tapbots, Big Stone Phone has released an (ADN) client that closely resembles their popular Twitter client; it's called Nettelator.

Nettelator is almost identical to Twittelator Neue when it comes to interface and design featuring the same inline horizontal strips of photos, gestures, and even a similar icon. I have always been a huge fan of Twittelator Neue, but am left feeling a little disappointed with Nettelator.

First of all, the icon of an egg doesn't make sense for ADN like it does for Twitter (Twitter's logo is bird, ADN's logo is the greek letter alpha). Second, the profile pages are a huge disappointment, because instead of taking advantage of one of the things that sets ADN apart from Twitter, cover images, Nettelator uses it's signature in-line photo with the user's profile image. That just feels like laziness to me.

In general, I am not a fan of having identical apps for Twitter and ADN. I do understand the appeal of a seamless transition between the two services, but for me, I want my experience of the new service to also be new. When I use apps like Netbot and Nettelator, I get confused and forget which service I'm using, Twitter or ADN?

Am I crazy, or do other share the same sentiment?

For those of you who do like to have an identical experience on both ADN and Twitter and are also Twittelator Neue users, what do you think to Nettelator? Sound off in the comments below!

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Kaleidoscope 2 goes into public beta, compares your images, text, and code to keep you on track

Posted: 19 Nov 2012 11:41 AM PST

While Black Pixel usually operates quietly, behind the scenes, doing some of the best work you don't even realize you're using every day, they've also acquired and begun working on a small collection of their own apps. First out the gate is Kaleidoscope 2. Kaleidoscope, originally created by the now-Facebook owned Sofa, is a tool that lets artists, writers, designers, and developers compare versions of their work to spot subtle differences and merge best aspects to make sure they're producing the absolute best products possible. Here's what Black Pixel's CEO, Daniel Pasco, has to say about it:

Designers can use Kaleidoscope to compare photos and graphics in powerful ways to quickly spot the differences between comps or UI elements. Writers can use Kaleidoscope to tell the difference between text content and merge that content into a final document. Developers can use it to diff and merge their source files, powered by direct integration with your source control system of choice. And just about anyone can use it to compare folders to see what has changed and copy files back and forth.

Kaleidoscope 2 integrates with Git, Subversion, Mercurial, and Bazaar and best of all, the public beta is available as a free, 15-day trial so you can try it and make sure you like it before you buy. If you do like it, Black Pixel will make the full version available to you at 50% off retail -- $34.99. Why?

We want your feedback and you get a great product at a fantastic discount.

If comparing characters, pixels, and bits is something you can't get enough of, head on over to Black Pixel's fancy, fantastic-looking new website and grab the Kaleidoscope 2 public beta now.

Source: Black Pixel

How to shop for Apple products using Siri

Posted: 19 Nov 2012 11:24 AM PST

How to shop for Apple products using Siri

The Apple Store app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch is a great way to shop directly from your device without ever having to get on a computer. If you've got a Siri enabled device, the task is even easier. Siri can help you get pricing and shop for Apple products quicker and easier than ever. All you have to do is ask!

Download the Apple Store app to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

If you haven't already, you'll need to have the Apple Store app installed on your Siri-enabled device before you can start asking Siri to help you shop.

Ask Siri to find what you're looking for

  1. Press and hold down the Home button to activate Siri.
  2. You can say things like "Help me order an iPad mini." or "I want to order an iPhone 5.
  3. Siri will then launch the Apple Store app based on what you've asked her.
  4. From here you can add items to your cart and continue to shop just as you would normally use the Apple Store app.

iMore show 326: Because Apple hates you

Posted: 19 Nov 2012 10:09 AM PST

Rene Ritchie is joined by Mobile Nations chief media officer, and founder, Kevin Michaluk to talk iPhone 5 in a world where, following the launch of BlackBerry 10 in two months, Apple will have the oldest platform in mobile. This is the iMore show.




You can reach all of us on Twitter @iMore, or you can email us at or just leave us a comment below.

For all our podcasts -- audio and video -- including the iMore show, ZEN and TECH, Iterate, and more, see

AuthenTec sells security division to Inside Secure for $48M

Posted: 19 Nov 2012 09:20 AM PST

AuthenTec sells security division to Inside Secure for $48M

AuthenTec, whom Apple was rumored to be interested in buying for $350M, has just sold off their inside security division to Inside Secure for $48M. While we have our ideas of what Apple could be doing with AuthenTec and its list of patents, we can probably assume now that it is something other than their security technology. NFC World reports:

The sell-off of non-essential parts of AuthenTec's business today probably helps Apple accomplish a couple of things. If the initial Reuters report of the acquisition remains accurate (and it should, according to government records), it recoups investment on parts of the business which aren't essential to Apple's plans. It also ensures that once any deal is finalized, there will be less to worry about in terms of Apple gaining undue control over tech essential to the securing of its competitors products, which might raise red flags with regulators.

It is quite possible that the sale of AuthenTec's security division may help Apple in some ways considering acquiring patents that are heavily relied on by manufacturers such as Samsung, LG, Motorola, and more may put the FCC and other regulators up in arms.

It still remains to be seen exactly what Apple's plans are with AuthenTec but it's becoming more apparent that they are more interested in AuthenTec's NFC and fingerprint technology. Apple has stated that NFC was never planned for the iPhone 5 and that features such as Passbook more than solve consumer's immediate needs. It doesn't mean that won't change over time and Apple could simply be securing technology that could be implemented in the future as they've done in the past.

Source: NFC World

Apple reportedly working on Siri, Maps, for Mac with OS X 10.9

Posted: 19 Nov 2012 07:26 AM PST

Apple reportedly working on Siri, Maps, for Mac with OS X 10.9

Apple is reportedly working on bringing Siri and iOS 6 Maps to the Mac in the forthcoming OS X 10.9. If accurate, this would represent part of the 3rd wave of Back to the Mac which have seen hardware and software innovations from iOS devices and iOS brought to Mac laptops and desktops to both improve feature sets and consistency between platforms. Mark Gurman from 9to5Mac reports:

Early builds in testing of the next-generation Mac operating system, OS X 10.9, point to Siri and Maps integration coming to Mac computers next year, according to our reliable sources.

As with the Back to my Mac event itself in 2010, and OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion in 2011, it makes a lot of sense for Apple to keep leveraging assets between platforms. It's more efficient for them and more consistent for users.

While a lot of Siri and Maps' value come from being available on mobile devices, both would also provide huge benefits, including accessibility, on the Mac as well.

Plus, since Apple doesn't offer Maps on the web like Google does, and presumably won't any time soon, having Maps on OS X means locations shared from iOS will have a way to resolve on the Mac. Like iMessage, the functionality will become common between both of Apple's platforms. (Though, of course, with no-joy for Windows users.)

Given that Mountain Lion was previewed on February 16 of this year, there's a chance we could see the first real hints of OS X 10.9 in the next few months as well.

Now lets just hope someone at Apple is also working on getting iBooks ported over to the Mac. Because, damn.

Source: 9to5Mac

Deal of the Day: 46% off the Incipio LGND Hard Shell Convertible Case for iPad 4th gen and The new iPad

Posted: 19 Nov 2012 07:19 AM PST

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Monday Brief: BBM Voice, the HTC Droid DNA, a T-Mobile Nokia Lumia 810, and more!

Posted: 19 Nov 2012 06:49 AM PST

Ora case puts eight speakers around your iPad

Posted: 19 Nov 2012 06:48 AM PST

If you're dissatisfied with the audio quality of your iPad's speakers like so many others, you'll be happy to hear about Ora, a new accessory hitting Kickstarter today. Ora is an iPad case for audiophiles, complete with its own 10-hour power supply, data pass-through, and a reversible cover that doubles as a stand, much like Apple's Smart Covers. Eight speaksers built into the frame provide front-facing, finely-tuned audio output from the device while still sticking close to the original design aesthetic. The iPad is installed thanks to some quarter-friendly screws on the back, which should keep it nice and secure. On the downside, the Ora is built with 30-pin iPads in mind, so only second- and third-gen models. 

Ora's Kickstarter campaign is offering a bunch of different models to backers, starting at $99 as an early bird special, going all the way up to the exclusive premium $199 model. The question is, is audio a big enough deal for you to warrant the added bulk, or would you need to be able to tap the Ora's power supply as back-up for the iPad for it to be worthwhile? What's your preferred solution for iPad audio while on the move? Who's backing?


AC/DC finally gives iTunes the green light, complete collection now available to buy

Posted: 19 Nov 2012 05:02 AM PST

AC/DC finally gives iTunes the green light, complete collection now available to buyAfter The Beatles music finally made its way onto iTunes, AC/DC were one of the only huge bands that did not have a presence with the iTunes Store. Thankfully that has now changed and you can finally get all of their brilliant albums directly from iTunes.

All of the albums have been specifically remastered for iTunes and are available at different prices depending on how popular they were. You can also buy single tracks if you prefer to do it that way. AC/DC also have two huge compilations, "The Complete Collection" which includes every AC/DC studio album to date as well as well as live albums and compilations, this costs $149.99. The other box set is called "The Compilation" and just includes all of the studio albums, you can pick this one up for $99.99

If you're into rock 'n' roll, you really need to be adding some AC/DC to your iTunes collection, there are so many classic tunes like Highway to Hell, Thunderstruck, Whole Lotta Rosie and Back in Black to name just a few!

AC/DC on iTunes

Last Chance to Enter to Win an iPhone 5, iPad and more in our Mobile Nations Passport Contest!

Posted: 18 Nov 2012 09:12 PM PST

Click the image below to jump over to the official contest thread and leave a comment on that post for your chance to win!

Remember, leaving a comment to this post won't get you entered... click the image above to head to the contest post and leave a comment there. Good luck!

The Contest ends at 12 Noon PT on Monday, November 19th, 2012, so HURRY UP AND ENTER! 

MObile Nations Movember Week 3 Update: I got 99 problems but my Mo ain't one!

Posted: 18 Nov 2012 08:41 PM PST

Mobile Nations Network Movember Funds Raised so far: $9358 (USD)

Is this a new boyband, or the MO-bile Nations crew in Winnipeg?

Welcome to our third Mobile Nations Movember update. We're be bringing you these updates every Sunday throughout the month of Movember (formerly known as November) as we grow out our moustaches and raise awareness and funds for prostate cancer research and men's mental health issues.

When we embarked upon our Mobile Nations Movember mission I thought it would be great if we could raise $10,000, and we're almost there! There's still a lot of Movember left, and we've already raised over $9,300. Maybe it's time to up our goals to $15k? The facial lip growth is really starting to blossom now, so hopefully we'll see the 'staches and the fundraising continue to accelerate right through to the end of the month.

If you haven't donated yet, we'll love you forever if you do. Donations can be made easily over the web. Simply jump over to our Mobile Nations Network page, click on the name of any of the inidividuals listed as part of the network, and hit the donate button. All funds donated to an individual will pass through to the network total.

Keep reading for more on Movember and to see some great moustache photos from the team!


What is Movember?


Week 3 Photos from the MO-bile Nations Movember Network

Click on the names to jump over to the user's page on for more photos and to donate!

Adam Zeis
Adam Zeis puts his best 'stache forward. Anyone else think he looks a bit like Mario?


Kevin Michaluk
Kevin is a walking billboard for causes... his BB10 hair is flowing and his MO-stache is coming along.


Benoit Landelle-Théberge
Benoit Landelle-Théberge in Canada shows off his growth.


Bill Power
Up in Canada, Bill Power is filling in nicely, and has brought in several donations!


Casey McCarthy
Casey McCarthy, Captain of microstache in the US, is looking good.


Eric Blade
In the US, Eric Blade is a webOS Nation-er and is growing for the cause.


Jordon Herzog
Jordon Herzog poses for an updated photo of his mo-stache.


Richard Case
Richard Case in the UK is keeping us all up-to-date on his mo-grow with lots of pictures.


Props to all the Mo Bros for posting their mugs to the web for a good cause (and props to all the Mo Sistas for supporting their men). Be sure to visit our Mobile Nations Movember Network page for more photos from all our team members. You can click through to any team member's name to see their Mo Space pages and to donate to them. All donations made to individuals show up in the Mobile Nations Network totals.

Note to Mobile Nations Movember participants: Be sure to update your Mo Space with updates, photos and videos. And send us an email at with your favorite photos and other details. We want to tell your story and help spread the the Mo Love!


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