Dec 4, 2012

The iPhone Blog

The iPhone Blog

Create a time capsule of your life with little memory for iPhone

Posted: 03 Dec 2012 02:52 PM PST

little memory is a an app that helps you remember the little things in your life by showing you what happened in your life exactly one year, month, or week ago. Every day, you simply make a small entry of what you'd like to remember and once you have enough entries, little memory will show you past memories. It's easy to remember big things, but little memory will help you remember small things like that trip you took to the park with your baby when she thought woods chips were simply amazing.

To help you remember to make a daily entry, little memory will send you a notification at a specific time every day. For many people, you'll probably want to choose a time at the end of the day when the kids are in bed and you're winding down before bed, as this is when you'll be most likely to actually make an entry. The beauty of little memory is that it actually restricts you to short entries (max of 210 characters) so keeping up with your journaling doesn't feel like a chore.

In addition to text, little memory also allows you to attach one photo to each entry, adding a visual element to your memories. What's great about this is that if you can't think of what you'd like to add for the day, you can simply browse through the photos you took that day since you only take photos of things you think are interesting. Then you can add a sentence or two about why you took the photo. Unfortunately, little memory only includes 7 photo credits and you must purchase a subscription to get an unlimited number of them. You are able to view your memories on the web, so I assume that's why they don't allow unlimited photos to begin with.

If you like, you can share you memories with your friends over email, messages, Facebook, or Twitter. I definitely see myself sharing past memories about my kids with my husband so that we can think back to those special moments together.

In addition to seeing old memories, little memory will also give you insights about your entires that looks for patterns like commonly used words and emotions so that you can see a snapshot of what you write about most and how you're feeling. These insights go back 3 months, but if you signup for the previously mentioned subscription, you can go back to when you first started using little memory.

A subscription to a premium little memory account is $3.99 per month, $22.99 per 6 months, or $42.00 per year. Don't let these prices scare you off, though, as little memory is very usable without a subscription plan. I wouldn't even consider signing up until I had been using the app for at least 3 months.

The good

  • see what happened in your life a year/month/week ago
  • daily reminders, so you don't miss a day
  • attach a photo to a memory
  • be inspired by your own words with a morning notification
  • all your memories are private and personal (requires password)
  • see the length of your longest streak of memories
  • see insights of words used and emotions graphed over time
  • invite your friends via email, messaging, facebook, or twitter
  • get an archive of all your memories for your own backup/safe keeping
  • easily share your memories over email, messaging, facebook, or twitter

The bad

  • Only includes 7 "photo credits". To get more, you must purchase subscription
  • Can't choose how photos get cropped

The conclusion

I just picked up little memory, today, but I look forward to using it on a daily basis. I love to blog and journal, but it's often times a bit of a chore to actually do because I feel obligated to put in at least a little bit of effort. With little memory, all I need to do is enter a sentence or two about something I want to remember about my day (good or bad) and I'm done! I have a habit of spending a few minutes on my iPhone while laying in bed every night, so this is when I plan to make my entries. I can't wait until I start seeing past memories.

State of the Mobile Nations Survey: We need your opinion!

Posted: 03 Dec 2012 01:05 PM PST

State of the Mobile Nations Survey

With new Apple, Android and Windows Phone 8 devices hitting the market this fall, and new BlackBerry 10 phones just around the corner in early 2013, there have never been so many amazing phones on the market to choose from.

Before the holiday season hits, we wanted to pause for a moment and check in to see where everybody is at. It'll only take a minute or two to fill out this State of the Mobile Nations survey, and we'll love you forever if you do. Thanks for participating!

Take the Survey!

Enter now to win the iPhone, iPad, or iPod of your dreams from iMore!

Posted: 03 Dec 2012 12:51 PM PST

Win the iPhone, iPad, or iPad of your dreams from iMore!

Have you been dreaming of a new iPhone 5 for Christmas? An iPad or iPad mini for Hanukkah? An iPod touch for Festivas?

Well you're in luck! Every week for the next four (4) week we're going to be giving you a chance to win the iOS device of your dreams! (Technically four (4) $350 U.S. Apple Store gift certificate for you to buy (or put towards) whichever Apple device or devices you wish!)

You can enter each contest, each week, for a total of 4 chances to win! And entering this week couldn't be simpler:

  • Just leave a comment below telling us which iOS device you want and why!

We'll announce winners each week when we announce the next way to enter. That's it. That's all.

Enter NOW!

Travel back in Christmas time with Holiday Time Machine for iPhone

Posted: 03 Dec 2012 12:05 PM PST

Holiday Time Machine is fun little app that includes over 2,500 Holiday videos from 1898 to 2012. That's over a century of history! You get to browse by year and choose from 1-60 different videos for each year. The types of videos include famous scenes from television shows, commercials, trailers, and even sometimes entire motion pictures (for the older videos). For example, in 1990, you can watch a 2 minute trailer for Home Alone and in 1992, Mariah Carey's performance of "All I Want For Christmas Is You" is available.

Holiday Time Machine is a universal app for iPhone and iPad and supports Airplay so that you can easily share to your AppleTV or other Airplay supported device. Want to bring your friends with you on your blast to the past? Share your favorite videos to Facebook and Twitter so that they join in on the nostalgia with you.

There's also one video that we are all familiar with that can be accessed quickly at any time -- the Virtual Yule Log! Just tap the tree icon in the upper lefthand corner of the screen to get to it.

What I love about Holiday Time Machine is the memories that some of these videos remind me of that are completely unrelated to the videos themselves except for the fact that my brain associates them with the same year that something else significant happened. Holiday Time Machine is also helping me create a list of movies I want to watch this season due to all the trailers. Unfortunately, there isn't a way to mark videos as favorites, so I have to keep track of this list elsewhere.

If you pick this one up, let us know what you think!

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Starbucks for iPhone now supports iPhone 5

Posted: 03 Dec 2012 11:13 AM PST

The Starbucks app for iPhone has finally been updated to support the iPhone 5's larger display. Starbucks has also added back the sound effect that was removed when stars were added to your cup. For those who don't like the sound, they can disable it in the Settings section.

All I really have to say about this update is: finally!

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Apple seeds iOS 6.1 beta 3 to developers

Posted: 03 Dec 2012 10:00 AM PST

Apple seeds iOS 6.1 beta 3 to developers

Apple has released iOS 6.1 beta 3 to developers. If you're a paid iOS developer, head on over to Settings > General > Software Update to update in place, or to download and install manually via iTunes.

iMore show 328: Wasted pixels

Posted: 03 Dec 2012 08:49 AM PST

Rene talks with Seth Weintraub of 9to5Mac about the nature of Apple rumors, the trouble with keeping secrets, Apple vs. Android, the future of iOS devices, and more. 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

MObile Nations Movember Final update - The aftermath!

Posted: 03 Dec 2012 08:44 AM PST

Total Mobile Nations Network Movember Funds Raised: $14,409 (USD)

December is here which means the month of Movember is over and our moustaches have been shaved off. This is the first time we participated in the event as a network and it was an outstanding success. Together we raised over $14,000 for prostate and men's mental health research... MO-MAZING!!

Be sure to watch the video above to take a gander at the many men who participated in this year's event. And below we give special props to the tremendous fundraising efforts of a few of the team members that went above and beyond the call of duty, and also pay tribute to our favorite moustaches grown this month. We'll be reaching out to these invidividuals to hook them up with some special prizes, courtesy of MObile Nations.

Big congratulations to everyone that participated, and see you all back here next year for Movember at MObile Nations!


Top Fundraisers

Mike Whitton
Mike Whitton in Canada raised a total of $1762 (USD)


Daniel Kollehn
Daniel Kollehn in Australia raised $1105 (USD)


MObile Nations Movember Final update
Joel Kuipers raised $410 USD and Jeffrey Smith raised $400 USD. Awesome!


Favorite Moustache - the Most Dapper Look

Graeme Flack
Graeme Flack, Captain of Wheatley Associates Mo Bros


Favorite Moustache - the Best Handlebar

Mark K
Mark Kashman in the US aspired for handlebar greatness.


Dirty Moustaches... The Mobile Nations Mo-staches

Kevin, Jakob, Adam, Seth
Clockwise: CrackBerry Kevin, Jakob Adolfsson, Adam and family, and Seth Ballard

MObile Nations crew
Clockwise: Simon Sage, James Richardson, James Falconer, Bla1ze, Kevin, and Tom Kaminski.


Be sure to click through to our Mobile Nations Network page and you can check out all of the individual pages for each member on the team. Huge congrats and thanks go to everyone who participated, donated and supported Movember this year. The moustaches will be back next year!

Chris’s gift picks: 2012 holiday guide

Posted: 03 Dec 2012 07:37 AM PST

Chris's gift picks: 2012 holiday guideThis season we're asking everyone here at iMore to share some of their favorite gift ideas. Sure, there'll be iPhone, iPad, and Mac apps and accessories included on everyones' lists, just as you'd expect, but there'll also be other stuff, great, geeky, gorgeous other stuff that's as multi-facted and fun as the people themselves. It's my turn and I've found a couple must-haves for the gadget fanatics you'll be shopping for this year.

iPad 2

iPad 2 I didn't upgrade my trusty iPad 2 to the new iPad or the iPad 4th generation and I am still glad I didn't. The iPad 2 does everything I need it to do in a lighter form factor and it has saved me a fortune too. I would still recommend (and have for that matter) the iPad 2 to people who don't really care about a razor sharp screen or have any need for it either.

For me, it is the best iPad made so far, lighter and cheaper than the newer models out there now. I have had it for nearly two years now and it still makes me smile every time I use it. If you don't want to pay the extra for the Retina display, don't be put off by the iPad 2. It is still the best tablet out there in my opinion and should not be dismissed as yesterday's technology. The fact that it can be easily jailbroken and used as an XBMC client is the icing on the cake!

Soundwave SW50 Bluetooth Speaker (UK)

Soundwave SW50 Bluetooth Speaker I have been on the lookout for a reasonable priced good quality Bluetooth speaker that I can use in my bathroom and bedroom. Sure the Jambox is a lovely solution but the price is just a bit too tasty for me. Instead I decided to go for the Soundwave SW50 Bluetooth speaker and I am really glad I did.

I ordered it from Amazon here in the UK and it cost in total with free shipping, just £20 or $32 and to say I am impressed is an understatement. Once I paired it with my iPhone 5 (which was very straight forward) I started to play some music through it and the quality was excellent. The most impressive part is the bass reproduction for a speaker that fits in the palm of your hand; it is really loud, more than good enough to fill a reasonably sized room. It even comes with a rechargeable battery which uses micro-USB to charge it and it can even be used as a Bluetooth speaker-phone.

The Soundwave SW50 is a real bargain and is now sitting in my bathroom. It is compatible with any phone, mp3 player, tablet or laptop that supports the Bluetooth A2DP profile. It's available from Amazon in the UK.

If you're not in the UK, check out the Jambox.

TuneLink Auto

TuneLink Auto This accessory was an absolute must after I upgraded my iPhone 4S to the iPhone 5. I listen to music and podcasts all of the time when I am driving around and my iPhone 4S had a kit that allowed the audio from the dock connector to be piped straight into my car stereo. Due to Apple' change in dock connector from the 30 pin to the Lightning connector, I could no longer use this when I switched to the iPhone 5; this is where the TuneLink Auto comes in.

The TuneLink Auto is a Bluetooth stereo audio interface that plugs into your car's 12-volt power socket and then into your cars AUX 3.5mm input. Your iPhone can then connect to the TuneLink via Bluetooth and it plays your music through your stereo all without wires. It also comes with a USB port so you can plug in your Lightning cable and charge your iPhone 5 if needed. The sound quality is fantastic and as soon as you start your car the iPhone pairs to the TuneLink and your music or Podcasts start playing without any interaction needed. It works perfectly every time.

If your car doesn't have an AUX input, fear not, the TuneLink also has an inbuilt FM transmitter included too so you can tune it to a free radio station and listen to your music that way; the sound quality using the FM transmitter is nowhere near as good as with the wired solution. The TuneLink is a top piece of technology and I love it!

If you want something that can be used both in the car and around the house, check out the BlackBerry Music Gateway:


Tweetbot If you love know someone who just getting started using Twitter, then you must give them Tweetbot. It is quite simply the most elegant and functional Twitter client for iPhone. It has been designed from the ground up to take advantage of the buttery smooth animations found when developing for the iOS platform. Not only does this app look the best it performs the best and has the best features too.

From multiple timelines to smart gestures, push notifications to mute filters, this app has them all and so much more.

Pocket Casts

Pocketcasts I love listening to podcasts, I subscribe to loads of them and need an app that helps me stay organized and tells me when new episodes are available. Thankfully I discovered Pocket Casts which fits into my life perfectly.

Pocket Casts has a fantastic clean user interface and features in abundance. It can download new episodes in the background; notify you when new episodes have been released and so much more. It is an excellent app and one I use on a daily basis. If you know someone who needs a good podcast app, gift them Pocket Casts.

Apple launching iPhone 5 in in 50 new countries this month, including South Korea, Brazil, and Russia

Posted: 03 Dec 2012 07:00 AM PST

Apple has announced that they're launching the iPhone 5 in 50 more countries this month. Friday, December 7 will see the iPhone 5 coming to South Korea. Friday, December 14 will see it come to Albania, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Ecuador, Grenada, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica, Jordan, Kuwait, Macedonia, Malaysia, Moldova, Montenegro, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela. And Friday, December 21 will see come to Barbados, Botswana, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Egypt, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Morocco, Niger, Senegal, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St.Vincent & the Grenadines, Tunisia, Uganda and Vietnam.

In addition to the 47 countries that already offer the iPhone 5, there launches will bring the total to 97 by the end of 2012.

The Daily going dark: News Corp stopping the digital presses on December 15

Posted: 03 Dec 2012 06:16 AM PST

The Daily going dark: News Corp stopping the digital presses on December 15

The Daily, the flagship magazine launched at a special event on February 2, 2011, is closing down on December 15, 2012, just shy of its second birthday. A bold attempt at embracing tablet-centric publishing with the support of Rupert Murdoch and Apple, News Corps announced the shut down as part of a large overall restructuring that will involve their news division keeping the name News Corps, their entertainment division splitting off under the name Fox Group, and Jesse Angelo, who was editor-in-chief of the Daily, will become published of the New York post. Here's what Murdoch had to say in the News Corps press release:

As part of a digital restructuring initiative, the company will cease standalone publication of The Daily iPad app on December 15, 2012, though the brand will live on in other channels. Technology and other assets from The Daily, including some staff, will be folded into The Post.

"From its launch, The Daily was a bold experiment in digital publishing and an amazing vehicle for innovation. Unfortunately, our experience was that we could not find a large enough audience quickly enough to convince us the business model was sustainable in the long-term. Therefore we will take the very best of what we have learned at The Daily and apply it to all our properties. Under the editorial leadership of Editor-in-Chief Col Allan and the business and digital leadership of Jesse, I know The New York Post will continue to grow and become stronger on the web, on mobile, and not least, the paper itself. I want to thank all of the journalists, digital and business professionals for the hard work they put into The Daily."

News Corps also says some technology, staff, and other assets will get folded into the New York Post.

The Daily has been an interesting ride. Traditional publishers have been reticent to do digital-first publications in the past, and it was great to see News Corps try to blaze a trail into that new frontier. However, they did it in a very traditional way, and their analog strategies and business models never seemed to mesh with the realities of digital content gathering and distribution.

It doesn't feel like a great news magazine can't be made exclusively for tablets, it feels like News Corps realized their weren't making the right one, the right way.

Marco Arment's The Magazine does a great job re-inventing short-form articles for mobile in general, and Newsstand in specific. Perhaps it will likewise take a new person or organization to figure out news-gathering and reporting.

Source: News Corps

iTunes Store looks set for Russian launch, small event to be held in Moscow on December 4

Posted: 03 Dec 2012 05:54 AM PST

iTunes Store looks set for Russian launch, small event to be held in Moscow on December 4At long last, the iTunes Store looks like it will be officially launching in Russia. For a few weeks now, we have heard rumblings that it may be launching very soon, some users have already seen songs for sale in music searches at extremely competitive prices. Now Apple has supposedly sent out invitations to a small number of people to attend an event in Moscow tomorrow; the news comes from a report by TechCrunch

A tipster has forwarded us an email, in Russian, inviting a small group of people to an iTunes event in Moscow on the evening of December 4. The email does not give much away, simply noting that team iTunes will be holding a musical evening, and that it's a small, invitation-only affair, at one of the city's swanky shopping centers, GUM, located on Moscow's Red Square.

The email was sent out by one of Apple's PR people in the country, Irina Efremova. We have contacted Apple to ask about the event and will update this post as we learn more. People have been anticipating a launch of iTunes in Russia for some time now. It was originally planned for the October of this year, and then delayed to November, according to sources cited by the RIA Novosti Russian news agency from November 20. That report had also said the launch was now "delayed indefinitely."

The news that the iTunes Store will be launching in Russia will be welcome news, not only to the Russian public but to Apple too. Android phones dominate the market in Russia with iPhones having just 2% market share. If Apple could offer its iTunes music services, that would surely open the door to an increase in device sales as well as an increase in revenue from music sales.

Source: TechCrunch

Monday Brief: iTunes 11, an official launch window for Windows Phone 7.8, BBJam Asia, and more!

Posted: 03 Dec 2012 05:40 AM PST

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