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Daily Wrap: Facebook Profile Suggests Future Job Performance and more

February 21st, 2012 02:04 admin View Comments

dailywrap-150x150.pngA new study finds it’s possible to judge your potential job performance using your Facebook profile. This and more in today’s Daily Wrap.

Sometimes it’s difficult to catch everything that hits tech media in a day, so we wrap up some of the most talked about stories. We give you a daily recap of what you missed in the ReadWriteWeb Community, including a link to some of the most popular discussions in our offsite communities on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+ as well.

What Facebook Says About Your Potential Job Performance

What Facebook Says About Your Potential Job Performance

How you appear on Facebook matters more and more each day. A new study suggests it may be possible to gauge a potential hire’s potential performance by checking out their Facebook page.

From the comments:

Helder José – “users who socialized were more likely to be extroverted and friendly.”

Well, I guess that bias rules out as prospective employees people such as Larry Page and many of today’s business leaders who happen to be introverts and prefer to work in solitude and spend time maturing their ideas instead of drinking and socializing. Steve Jobs was not that friendly either, I guess I can also safely rule out anyone whose personality resembles that of Steve Jobs.

I guess Facebook is not as useful as you suggest. It might be useful to find the most profitable rat racers but for outstanding top people: not so much. I can hardly imagine top people investing much time on Facebook.

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A Year Later, the BlackBerry PlayBook is Finally Fully Baked

A Year Later, the BlackBerry PlayBook is Finally Fully Baked

Better late than never, right? Research In Motion has released the next iteration of its BlackBerry PlayBook OS that (finally) brings some core functions to the tablet that were missing when the slate was released in April 2010. That includes a dedicated email client with a unified inbox, calendar and contact apps, improved document editing and an updated BlackBerry Bridge. It will also run select Android apps. (more)

What People Hate About Their iPads and Kindle Fires

What People Hate About Their iPads and Kindle Fires

People love their tablets. The devices have only been a hot consumer gadget for about three years, but already they’ve changed so much about how people read, browse the Web, watch video and get work done. Apple still leads the pack, having sold more than 15 million iPads in the last quarter alone, but Android-based tablets like Amazon’s Kindle Fire are selling like crazy as well. (more)

Bottlenose 2.0 Is a 6th Sense for the Social Web

Bottlenose 2.0 Is a 6th Sense for the Social Web

I just received surprise news that Bottlenose hit version 2.0. It’s an intelligent social dashboard, but don’t think “another social dashboard.” Here’s the breakdown: If you think in customers, use Nimble. If you think in interpersonal connections, use Engag.io. But if you want a social dashboard for ideas, that’s what Bottlenose is for. (more)

The App Store Is A Republic

The App Store Is A Republic

It comes down to this fundamental question: How much responsibility do you want for the workings of your device? The religious divide between iOS and Android hinges on this point. There are nerds – and I always use the term affectionately – whose nerdliness depends upon that responsibility. Without it, they feel no control over their computer. There is no doubt that Android places more of that responsibility on the user than iOS does. (more)

Apache 2.4 Sets Sights on Cloud

Apache 2.4 Sets Sights on Cloud

Apache 2.4 is going to take a lot of pain out of managing Web servers, says Jim Jagielski, president of the Apache Software Foundation (ASF). The 2.4 release, which has been about six years in the making, brings a host of performance improvements, reduced memory usage, and a number of features that make the Apache HTTP Server more suited for cloud environments. (more)

Storify, Loving You Isn't Easy: Here's Why

Storify, Loving You Isn’t Easy: Here’s Why

Storify has been teasing an update, seemingly associated with advanced search features, and like most Storify users, I can not wait to see it. While the bulk of the product is fabulous, there are a few constant issues with the service that drive me to distraction. (more)

Options Evolving for Mobile HTML5 Developers to Get Paid

Options Evolving for Mobile HTML5 Developers to Get Paid

The groundwork for a robust mobile Web app ecosystem was laid in 2011. The HTML5 spec evolved and major players began taking note that, hey, there might be some potential with the mobile Web … if only it could be monetized. Mobile developers are certainly testing out HTML5 apps and where the developers go, the tools providers will follow. (more)

Google Flight Search Goes Mobile

Google Flight Search Goes Mobile

Last year, Google added a new category of in-house search results for flights to Google.com on the desktop. They’re now available on mobile as well. It will take you all the way to checkout, but you can’t buy tickets directly through Google. Yet. (more)

China Can Try, But It Can't Censor Its Social Web

China Can Try, But It Can’t Censor Its Social Web

What do Eric Schmidt, Mark Zukerberg and the Chinese government have in common? They’ve all made failed attempts to remove anonymity from the social web. For different reasons. (more)

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Source: Daily Wrap: Facebook Profile Suggests Future Job Performance and more

A Year Later, the BlackBerry PlayBook is Finally Fully Baked

February 21st, 2012 02:41 admin View Comments

RIM_150x150.jpgBetter late than never, right? Research In Motion has released the next iteration of its BlackBerry PlayBook OS that (finally) brings some core functions to the tablet that were missing when the erstwhile slate was released in April 2010. That includes a dedicated email client with a unified inbox, calendar and contact apps, improved document editing and an updated BlackBerry Bridge. It will also run select Android apps.

The question for RIM is whether or not these updates will actually give consumers and enterprises incentive to buy the tablet. Most people’s minds were made up on the PlayBook last year and it is doubtful that a software update, no matter how badly it was needed, will entice new users. It has been 10 months since the original release and the reviews at launch were that the PlayBook was half-baked. Fully baked now, will consumers care?

BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2 will include the first release of Mobile Fusion, RIM’s mobile device management software that frees the BlackBerry Enterprise Server from being a RIM-only platform. Mobile Fusion will allow enterprises to manage devices from any manufacturer or platform provider. While it is interesting to see and early release of Mobile Fusion, it does not mean much in the grand scheme as it will only be available to BlackBerry smartphones and the PlayBook until the full release in late March.

The calendar app has baked-in social integration with the ability to update contact cards with real-time information from Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. Contacts have also become a social hub with information from the three social networks. That is an entry out of the Android and Windows Phone arsenal that automatically search your social networks and email contacts and update contacts appropriately.

From an enterprise perspective, there are new document editing functions, a “Print To Go” app and deeper control of personal and business information with BlackBerry Balance. There is also a new keyboard that institutes SwiftKey-like auto correction and predictive word completion.

With all the new core functionality, the BlackBerry Bridge app that connects the tablet to a BlackBerry smartphone becomes an obsolete feature. The Bridge was intended to provide contacts, calendar and email to the PlayBook by attaching it to your BlackBerry smartphone and was a stopgap measure until these core functionalities were released. Bridge is now being featured as a “remote for your PlayBook” and a way to share content between your smartphone and the tablet.

The Bridge app was one of the poor decisions that RIM made when releasing the PlayBook. In talking to RIM executives last year before the tablet was released, they believed that the potential market for the PlayBook would be anybody that owned a BlackBerry smartphone. At the time, that was about 55 million people. The vision was to see smartphone sales drive tablet sales and vice versa but that proved not to be the case. By muffing the PlayBook’s original release with no native email and contacts support, the tablet was essentially doomed and users resented the fact that they had to have a RIM smartphone for such basic functionality. Bridge is now a feature as opposed to a necessity and that is the way it should have been from the beginning.

The biggest selling point for the PlayBook could now be the fact that it can run select Android apps. RIM promised Android functionality in March 2011 and delivers in February 2012. The addition of Android functionality (that RIM built itself as opposed to using a third-party system like Myriad’s Davlik) greatly increases the quantity of apps available to the PlayBook. This would have been a killer feature a year ago before we saw affordable Android tablets like the Amazon Kindle Fire hit the market. In April 2010 there was not yet an Android tablet worth its weight in salt and the PlayBook had potential to steal the market if it was released with Android functionality on top of all the goodness BlackBerry is known for. A year later, the PlayBook is an also-ran in the ecosystem.

One good thing we learn from PlayBook OS 2 is that BlackBerry 10 will likely be issued with all the features originally missing from the original QNX operating system. So, whenever RIM gets around to releasing a new BlackBerry smartphone running the QNX-based BlackBerry 10 it will likely have dedicated email, calendar, contacts and Android apps. That should be good news to BlackBerry fans that have not had much good news in the past several years.

BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2 is available for download today.

Source: A Year Later, the BlackBerry PlayBook is Finally Fully Baked

Engag.io Is the 1 Inbox To Rule Them All

February 15th, 2012 02:59 admin View Comments

shutterstock_inbox1_150.jpgEngag.io launches to the public today. Imagine a Gmail inbox (in a good way), but for all your online conversations. That’s Engag.io. But on top of that simple idea, Engag.io has features no one else provides for finding, following and expanding online conversations. If you’re active in lots of places on the social Web, Engag.io will keep you sane.

A Gmail inbox for the whole social Web is what Fred Wilson, one of founder William Mougayar’s first backers, asked him to build. It was a basic need conceived in conversation on AVC, Wilson’s indispensable site. Now that Engag.io is built, Mougayar has closed a $540,000 seed round. The wired world feels such a need for the perfect unified inbox, and Engag.io has people coming out of the woodwork to bring it into being.

Why Is Engag.io the One?

engagiologo.pngEngag.io is hardly the only unified inbox idea out there. I’ve been using it since the private alpha in December, though, and it’s the only such product that’s lasted this long in my workflow.

In fact, Engag.io is so helpful, it has given me a more realistic picture of my online activity than the one I had in my head. I don’t really talk to as many people as I thought. I talk to some people way more than the rest. I don’t really need a complex solution to make my online life more manageable. I just need a simple convenience, and Engag.io is certainly that.

It’s organized to feel like it does less than other social media management tools, and that’s a good thing. The very reason we want a unified place for this is to reduce the overwhelming number of options. It connects to Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Hacker News, Tumblr, Foursquare and LinkedIn, but the home location is just an inbox with a number.

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Conversations

Each conversation thread gets its own row, like an email thread in Gmail. The participants are listed on the left. The date and time is on the right. In the middle is just enough of an excerpt to know what it’s about, and there’s a favicon to indicate where it happened, be it Twitter, Facebook, or in the comments on a blog.

You can reply to messages in the correct channels from within Engag.io. That used to come with a “sent from Engag.io” message, but Mougayar took that out in response to feedback. It’s not a pushy service. It’s just helpful.

Engag.io also has a search box, which you can filter by comments or by contacts. If you search contacts, you can find the person you’re looking for across all the networks. If you search comments, you find all the conversation threads about a topic, as well as a box showing you the people with whom you’ve talked about that topic most.

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Contacts

Engag.io really starts to stand out when you click ‘My Contacts.’ Instead of an inscrutable list like you get in Gmail, your contact list can be sorted by several highly relevant factors. You can sort by name, of course, but also by total number of interactions, or just by ‘From Me’ or ‘To Me.’ You can also sort by how long you’ve been in contact with the person. Hovering the mouse over their name or face creates a pop-up showing all the ways you’ve connected with the person. If they aren’t on Engag.io, you can invite them.

There’s an advantage to inviting someone to Engag.io, too. Once you’ve established your connection within Engag.io, you reveal your email addresses to each other, so you can be more formally introduced.

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Discovery

Think of the problem that solves. There’s someone with whom you interact constantly, but only in one place. Perhaps it’s Twitter, or it’s the ReadWriteWeb comments section, but that’s it. Those conversations will appear in Engag.io, and it gives you the chance to really introduce yourself (while inviting them to an incredibly useful service at the same time).

Another way to see this in action on Engag.io is by clicking ‘Sites.’ That shows the websites where you comment most, as well as the top sites for your top contacts. So now you can discover new websites and communities because your favorite contacts are active there.

Engag.io Scratches the Internet’s Itch

Engag.io was conceived within the comments of a website, which is a perfect illustration of the value of tracking those conversations the way Engag.io does. Mougayar was a power commenter on Fred Wilson’s blog. Wilson is renowned for his hatred of inbox overload, and it’s a problem familiar to all of us. Out of those conversations sprang this idea, and now it has substantial support of investors and early users alike.

Fred Wilson was the first investor, and the rest of the funding conversation started on AngelList. Mougayar wanted to be sure I mentioned that, because the warm community support there made this possible. The $540,000 round announced today is led by Rho Canada, along with Fred Wilson, Real Ventures, Bullpen Capital, Michael Yavonditte and Extreme Venture Partners.

But it’s not just funders who are excited about Engag.io. It’s users as well. Mougayar says they’re enthusiastically suggesting changes and features to fine-tune this necessary tool. Now you can try it at Engag.io. It will be Your Precious.

Source: Engag.io Is the 1 Inbox To Rule Them All

No One Cares That Novell Has A New Version of GroupWise

January 23rd, 2012 01:00 admin View Comments

Today Novell released its 2012 version of its email software GroupWise, and the announcement was greeted by most with a big yawn. GroupWise? Seems so, last century. (Actually, the last updates to the software were for version 8 back in 2008-2010.) According to one analyst, “GroupWise has 10,000 customers and is used by 47 of the 50 US state governments.” Whether that means anything to you isn’t clear: it has been a distant third to Exchange and Lotus Notes for years, and many GroupWise customers have switched over to Google Apps in the past several years.

GroupWise 2012 comes packed with nifty features such as an iPad client, better Web access, integration with Vibe and uses Skype for presence detection. Some of this is certainly late to the game, for sure. The software sells for $143 per seat, and Novell will even throw in a free SUSE Linux server too. Here is an example of its unified inbox from the new version:
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While I am glad to see this product still get engineering mind-share from Novell, it is sad to be reminded of how poorly Novell’s stewardship of GroupWise has been. Let’s set our wayback machine for January of 1996 Mr. Peabody, when GroupWise was still a player and probably at the height of its market share.

Microsoft had just come out with Windows 95, the first version of Windows to really embrace TCP/IP and the Internet. Outlook hadn’t yet been invented, and the world was running for the most part on Novell’s Netware networks, which long had its own directory services and distributed architecture before Microsoft copied them into its Windows equivalents. Novell also had purchased GroupWise and it could be found in numerous enterprises as their email solution. Email for an entire enterprise was still a new concept to many, and while many corporations had Internet access, it was still somewhat novel to send emails from one corporate domain to another.

GroupWise was ahead of its time in many areas: it was the first to offer an integrated scheduling and calendar in your inbox, something that Outlook came out with eventually.
Here is an example of what that unified inbox looked back in the day.

Back in 1996, using a Web browser to read your email seemed clunky, mainly because broadband connectivity was sparse and because the UIs were miserable. When Exchange came out with its first Webmail client, it couldn’t view email attachments for example. That would be unthinkable now.

One of its best features was what we’ve called the “save your job” button. You could recall any unread messages in case of a change of heart. This was something that was part of the product ever since the early days when it was called Word Perfect Office. It also had for a long time the ability to check-in and check-out documents from pre-specified libraries.

Well, GroupWise was certainly ahead of its time, at least back in the 1990′s. Will this update make anyone switch from Exchange or Notes? Doubtful. Certainly, the few existing users will rejoice.

Source: No One Cares That Novell Has A New Version of GroupWise

Engag.io: A Tool to Track All Your Conversations Online in One Place

December 12th, 2011 12:09 admin View Comments

engagiologo.pngSocial media is supposed to be all about engagement and authenticity, but sometimes it can feel so distributed and overwhelming that conversations get lost. A new web app called Engag.io has tackled this classic problem and offers a pretty good solution that I think you’ll want to check out. It’s in private alpha right now but we’ve got an invite code at the bottom of this post. That someone is making an app like this gives me hope that there are still great ideas that can be built on top of the most basic building blocks of the social web.

Engag.io, which gets its name from being the place for your online engagement input and output, is like an inbox for all your conversations on Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, Foursquare and blog comments. It’s an inbox with analytics. It’s built by the team behind content curation company Eqentia. Eqentia is ambitious but a little too complicated; Engag.io is very simple and the value of it will be immediately obvious to many people.

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In order to get started with Engagio, you have to authenticate with different services you use around the web. Fortunately, this has become super easy to do and very secure with just a few clicks. The open authentication standards that have been developed over recent years make mashups like Engagio really easy to implement and that’s awesome.

You can log in with your accounts on Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, Google Plus, Disqus, Hacker News and Tumblr. Then Engagio will watch for comments posted to and from you on any of those services and give you one unified inbox to track the conversations inside of.

“We believe that having a universal Conversation Inbox could become a daily time saver,” says the Engagio blog. “It will save you time because you don’t have to check the multiple source sites where you have placed your comments. And you can for example focus on replies first, before you get to other commenting.”

That’s pure gold, right there – but a few days later I’d already forgotten who said it to me, where to find it, etc. Enter Engagio Comment Search and boom! All my problems are solved.

The ability to search your comments is really nice too. It’s already coming in handy for me. The other day on Twitter I was talking about the concept of the Project Triangle: Fast, good, cheap – pick two. I was saying that I’ve been thinking about how different companies in my life relate to that equation and author-from-the-future Todd Sattersten says to me, “@marshallk dropping one to get the other two is a faulty construct. Vary 4th element Scope to allow all 3 #agile…My review of @kmaney Trade-off http://t.co/RrejjqJQ and check out my ebook Fixed to Flexible for more use http://t.co/6nygC7OX.”

That’s pure gold, right there – but a few days later I’d already forgotten who said it to me, where to find it, etc. Enter Engagio Comment Search and boom! All my problems are solved.

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It’s a great idea and I’ve been returning to the site daily to try and stay engaged with people who took the time to respond to me around the web. It’s mostly Twitter conversations and some Google Plus threads in my experience, but I hope that Engagio will help me be all the more…in touch with conversations in other places too.

The analytics part of the service could really use some UI work, but the idea is that Engagio will show you who you’re interacting with the most. You might be surprised who some of your top responders are – and those are people you should probably engage with all the more. Or at least know, if you’re going to be as social as you might want to be in the social media.

The Engagio team could use someone to sit down with them and go through some real-life commenting experiences because I think the user flow could really be improved. Site founder William Mougayar is a commenting machine, he posts comments all the time everywhere, but I suspect his experiences are different from the way other people would want to use a service like this.

Super blogger and tech investor Fred Wilson, a man who gets more and more intelligent comments in response to his online activity than probably anyone else you’ll ever meet, has been a cheerleader for Engag.io. Wilson says he urged Mougayar to “make it like gmail for social conversations.” Gmail is deceptively simple though and Engagio will take more work to get close to that level of usefulness. As FAKE GRIMLOCK put it, “IS MVP. UGLY OK FOR NOW.” A minimum viable product it is, but one that I think many people will want to see developed further.

That this is a tool designed to make the living social graph more transparent and sticky is exciting. I absolutely love the idea. Several users have pointed out that a mobile interface would suit real user behavior especially well and I agree with that.

A small number of people can jump in and kick the tires now, using the code “rwwengage” at Engag.io.

Source: Engag.io: A Tool to Track All Your Conversations Online in One Place

Tumblr’s New Messaging System: Another Way To Avoid My Evil Email Inbox

June 10th, 2011 06:46 admin View Comments

I hate email. Hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate email. There’s just too much of it. It’s always flowing in. It never stops. And it’s getting worse.

As time goes on, even if inbox overload isn’t a problem for you right now, it will be. And I’m increasingly convinced that there is no actual solution. A ton of people are out there working on the problem — companies both big and small. Some of the “solutions” are nice and smart. But they’re all either masks or temporary fixes. No one wants to admit the ruth: only real way to solve the email problem is to blow email up and start over again.

But that will obviously be a massive undertaking that will likely take years to get everyone on the same page, using the same service/protocol — if it works at all. So for now, might I suggest you do what I do and use a bunch of smaller solutions to ease the email pressure? And a new one appeared today: Tumblr.

Of course, Tumblr is not billing their new inbox features as an email-replacement. But it does somewhat fulfill that purpose. You see, since I run my personal blog on Tumblr, a lot of people use the Ask feature to write to me. The problem has been that up until now the only way to respond to these messages has been publicly. Yes, it was essentially Formspring, but where every answer had to be posted to your blog. There would often be questions that I would want to answer, but did not want them posted to my site (either for clutter reasons, or because the person asking was revealing information they probably didn’t want me to publish). But the new “Private Answers” feature unveiled today by Tumblr allows you to message other users without posting anything.

Tumblr also added a unified inbox that resides in the top toolbar of the Dashboard which alerts you when you have a new message (and submissions if you have those enabled). And clicking into this area will show you the messages coming in from all of your Tumblr sites (if you have more than one, obviously). And there’s new option to delete all messages as well.

Yes, all of this stuff is rudimentary for a messaging system. But again, it does offer a small email relief in that it’s a new system with a slightly higher barrier to entry (you need to have a Tumblr account, unless you choose to allow anonymous messages). Mixed with Facebook Messages, Twitter, Twitter DMs, group messaging apps (Beluga, GroupMe, etc), and soon iMessage, I have a bunch of small work-arounds to avoid the nightmare that is my email inbox.

Tumblr’s new messages are the first of “a whole bunch” of new features they’re getting ready to launch alongside their newly updated (and slick) Dashboard.

Source: Tumblr’s New Messaging System: Another Way To Avoid My Evil Email Inbox

iOS 4 For iPhone And iPod Touch: Over 100 New Features Including Multitasking, Folders, Better Mail App & Lots More

June 21st, 2010 06:06 admin View Comments

WWDC 2010 Dates announced

Apple has finally released iOS 4 – its eagerly awaited next generation iOS.

Apple had given us a sneak peak of its next generation iPhone OS in April.

iOS 4 includes over 100 new features for iPhone users such as multitasking, folders, better mail app etc and more than 1500 new APIs for app developers. 

So let's take Apple's new iOS 4 for a spin to find out the new features.

iOS 4 is now available as a free upgrade to iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G, second and third generation iPod Touch users.

Here is the long list of new features in iOS 4:

Multitasking:

iPhone users will finally be able to run iPhone apps in the background. To achieve this Apple is offering developers seven multitasking services, which will allow their iPhone app to run in the background while preserving performance and battery life. We’ve started seeing multitasking enabled iPhone Apps available On The App Store since last week.

Unfortunately, the multitasking feature is available only to iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and the third-generation iPod Touch (32GB and 64GB models from late 2009) users.

Folders:

Users can organize iPhone apps on their iPhone home screen into folders. Users can also drag and drop apps into folders.

This means iPhone users will be able to install 2160 apps instead of the current limit of 180 iPhone apps.

When any of the apps inside a folder receives an alert, you'll be informed of the same with an exclamation point over the main folder icon.

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However, nothing describes this feature better than the video below. The video also gives a demo of the multitasking feature, which shows how you can close apps running in the background.

Better Mail app:

You will now be able to see messages from multiple email accounts in a unified inbox.

You can organize emails by thread in the Mail app just like in Gmail. Email threading option can be turned on or off via Settings -> Mail, Contacts, Calendar and turn on or off the 'Organize By Thread' toggle (this feature was demoed during the iPhone OS 4 event, the screenshot shows you how it can be enabled).

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Customize Homescreen Wallpaper:

Users can customize the wallpaper on their iPhone homescreen in iPhone OS 4.0 (screenshot below). You can change it by going to Settings->Wallpaper. You will now get an option to select "Set Home Screen" in addition to "Set Lock Screen".

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iBooks:

iBooks app for iPhone and iPod Touch is available on the App Store so you can browse, buy, and read ebooks. It also includes support for PDF.

New Enterprise features:

iOS 4.0 also brings new enterprise features such as data protection, wireless app distribution, mobile device management, SSL VPN support, allows users to set up multiple Exchange ActiveSync accounts and will also work with Exchange Server 2010.

Cellular Data Toggling:

You have an option to toggle cellular data on or off.

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Messages Character Count:

You can turn on the 'Character Count' option in Messages Settings in order to keep a tab on the number of characters while typing a message.

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Text Messages Search:

iOS 4 extends the iPhone's inbox search feature to text messages. You can finally search through your SMS messages.

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Camera Zooming:

As reported earlier, users taking a picture from their iPhone will now see a sliding bar at the bottom of the screen to zoom in and out while taking a picture (up to 5x digital zoom). Alternately, tapping on the screen will also allow users to zoom in and out while taking a picture.

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Web and Wikipedia Search:

As we had reported earlier, the global search screen on the iPhone now has two additional options – 'Search Web' and 'Search Wikipedia' to let users directly search for content on the web and Wikipedia.

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Document Border:

Previewing documents on the iPhone will now display these files without the borders. This is expected to help squeeze in an additional pixel or two of content.

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Add New Contacts:

The Contact window on the iPhone looks more streamlined in iOS 4 allowing users to enter more details about the contact without navigating away from the main screen.

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iPhoto Syncing:

iPhoto users can sync their photos to the iPhone via Events, Faces and Places. This will work for the iPad too.

Lyrics Data Toggling:

A new global toggling option gives you the ability to turn the display of lyrics on or off.

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Photo Resize Option:

Users sending large-size image files via email can choose to resize the photo on the go by selecting from the four different file size options.

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Create and Edit Playlist:

The on-the-go playlists are replaced by the 'Add Playlist' option in iOS 4 that will be automatically synced back to the users' iTunes account. You will also be able to edit the playlist on the iPhone.

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Album Info:

Browsing albums have traditionally displayed the tracks and the shuffle option. You can view the album thumbnail, track count, length of tracks and album release date.

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Location Services For Apps:

You can enable or disable location services for each location based apps via Settings -> Location Services. Also, you also get visibility on the apps that have most recently accessed this information using the compass arrow icon.

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Longer Passcodes:

Passcodes are no longer limited to just 4 numbers. You can select turn off Simple Passcode option to set a longer Passcode lock (Settings -> General -> Passcode Lock -> Simple Passcode).You can set a more secure alphanumeric and longer passcode for your iPhone. You can currently use the iPhone Configuration utility to achieve this.

iPhone OS 4.0 features

iPhone Tethering:

AT&T has also announced that it will finally allow iPhone tethering with the release of iOS 4. AT&T customers will have to pay $20 to enable it. But they will need to opt for DataPro plan to be able to enable it. Its not available if you decide to stick on to unlimited data plans or choose the DataPlus plan. You can check this article for more details about AT&T’s new data plans.

New APIs, iAd, Game Centre:

iOS 4.0 includes more than 1500 new APIs for app developers.

Apple has also launched iAd, mobile advertising platform for iPhone apps.

Apple has also announced that it plans to launch Game Center, the social gaming network later this year and has provided GameKit APIs in iOS 4.0 to develop for Game Center.

Other new features:

Here some of the new features that we discovered from iOS 4 release notes:

  • Calendar invitations can be sent and accepted wirelessly with supported CalDAV servers

  • Support for MobileMe calendar sharing

  • Suggestions and recent searches appear during a web search

  • Support for Bluetooth keyboards for iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS users

  • iPod out to navigate music, podcasts and audiobooks through an iPod interface with compatible cars

  • Support for iTunes gifting of apps

  • Wireless notes syncing with IMAP-based mail accounts

  • Persistent WiFi connection to receive push notifications

  • Visual Voicemail messages can be kept locally even if they have been deleted from the server

  • Control to lock portrait orientation

  • Audio playback controls for iPod and third-party audio apps

  • New languages, dictionaries and keyboards

  • Accessibility enhancements

  • Bluetooth improvements

  • Better data protection using the device passcode as an encryption key. But this will require you to do a full restore

  • Support for third-party Mobile Device Management solutions

  • Support for Juniper Junos Pulse and Cisco AnyConnect SSL VPN apps (available from the App Store)

If you’ve discovered a new feature in iOS 4 that hasn’t been mentioned here then please tell us about it in the comments.

Our Verdict

We really like the update, especially if you’re an iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 or third-generation iPod Touch user and have access to all the new features. Features like multitasking, folders were some of the most requested features but the manner in which Apple has implemented them is quite brilliant.

We believe the combination of Apple’s new iPhone 4 and iOS 4 will be very difficult to beat.

Please do drop us in a line in the comments to tell us what you think about iOS 4 and don’t forget to tell us your favorites features.

Source: iOS 4 For iPhone And iPod Touch: Over 100 New Features Including Multitasking, Folders, Better Mail App & Lots More

iPhone OS 4 Now Called iOS 4; Release Date Is June 21

June 7th, 2010 06:24 admin View Comments

WWDC 2010 Dates announced

Steve Jobs announced at today’s WWDC Keynote address that they will be renaming iPhone OS as iOS so iPhone OS 4.0 is now iOS 4.

It makes sense as iPhone OS for iPod Touch and for the recently launched iPad didn’t seem right. We’re also hearing rumors that the new Apple TV will also be based on iPhone OS.

Apple had given us a sneak peak of its next generation iPhone OS in April. So to recap, iPhone OS 4.0 includes 100 new features for iPhone users and more than 1500 new APIs for app developers.

Here are some of the major new features in iOS 4 that were previewed by Apple at the special event:

Multitasking:

iPhone users will finally be able to run iPhone apps in the background. To achieve this Apple will be offering developers seven multitasking services, which will allow their iPhone app to run in the background while preserving performance and battery life.

Folders:

Users will be able to organize iPhone apps on their iPhone home screen into folders. Users will be able to drag and drop apps into folders.

This means iPhone users will be able to install 2160 apps instead of the current limit of 180 iPhone apps.

However, nothing describes this feature better than the video below. The video also gives a demo of the multitasking feature, which shows how you can close apps running in the background.

Better Mail app:

You will now be able to see messages from multiple email accounts in a unified inbox. iPhone OS 4.0 will also allow you to organize messages by threads, and even be able to open attachments in third-party iPhone apps.

iBooks:

iBooks app will be available on the App Store for iPhone and iPod Touch users so they will be able to browse, buy, and read ebooks.

New Enterprise features:

iPhone OS 4.0 also brings new enterprise features such as data protection, wireless app distribution, mobile device management, SSL VPN support, allows users to set up multiple Exchange ActiveSync accounts and will also work with Exchange Server 2010.

New APIs, iAd, Game Centre:

iPhone OS 4.0 includes more than 1500 new APIs for app developers.

Apple has also launched iAd, mobile advertising platform for iPhone apps.

Apple has also announced that it plans to launch Game Center, the social gaming network later this year and has provided GameKit APIs in iPhone OS 4.0 to develop for Game Center.

In addition to the features announced by Apple, we’ve discovered the following hidden features:

Cellular Data Toggling: You have an option to toggle cellular data on or off.

iPhone OS 4.0 features

Messages Character Count: You can turn on the 'Character Count' option in Messages Settings in order to keep a tab on the number of characters while typing a message.

iPhone OS 4.0 features

Text Messages Search: iPhone OS 4 extends the iPhone's inbox search feature to text messages. You can finally search through your SMS messages.

iPhone OS 4.0 features

Camera Zooming: As reported earlier, users taking a picture from their iPhone will now see a sliding bar at the bottom of the screen to zoom in and out while taking a picture (up to 5x digital zoom). Alternately, tapping on the screen will also allow users to zoom in and out while taking a picture.

iPhone OS 4.0 features

Web and Wikipedia Search: As we had reported earlier, the global search screen on the iPhone now has two additional options – 'Search Web' and 'Search Wikipedia' to let users directly search for content on the web and Wikipedia.

iPhone OS 4.0 features

Document Border: Previewing documents on the iPhone will now display these files without the borders. This is expected to help squeeze in an additional pixel or two of content.

iPhone OS 4.0 features

Add New Contacts: The Contact window on the iPhone looks more streamlined in iPhone OS 4 allowing users to enter more details about the contact without navigating away from the main screen.

iPhone OS 4.0 features

iPhoto Syncing: iPhoto users can sync their photos to the iPhone via Events, Faces and Places. This will work for the iPad too.

Lyrics Data Toggling: A new global toggling option gives you the ability to turn the display of lyrics on or off.

iPhone OS 4.0 features

Photo Resize Option: Users sending large-size image files via email can choose to resize the photo on the go by selecting from the four different file size options.

iPhone OS 4.0 features

Add Playlist: The current on-the-go playlists will be replaced by the 'Add Playlist' option in iPhone OS 4 that will be automatically synced back to the users' iTunes account.

iPhone OS 4.0 features

Album Info: Browsing albums have traditionally displayed the tracks and the shuffle option. You can view the album thumbnail, track count, length of tracks and album release date.

iPhone OS 4.0 features

Location Services For Apps: You can enable or disable location services for each location based apps via Settings -> Location Services. Also, you also get visibility on the apps that have most recently accessed this information using the compass arrow icon.

iPhone OS 4.0 features

Email Threading: You can organize emails by thread in the Mail app just like in Gmail. Email threading option can be turned on or off via Settings -> Mail, Contacts, Calendar and turn on or off the 'Organize By Thread' toggle (this feature was demoed during the iPhone OS 4 event, the screenshot shows you how it can be enabled).

iPhone OS 4.0 features

Longer Passcodes: Passcodes will no longer be limited to just 4 numbers. You can set a more secure alphanumeric and longer passcode for your iPhone. You can currently use the iPhone Configuration utility to achieve this.

iPhone OS 4.0 features

Alerts On App Folders: iPhone OS 4 gives you the ability to sort apps into folders. When any of the apps inside a folder receives an alert, you'll be informed of the same with an exclamation point over the main folder icon.

iPhone OS 4.0 features

Flashlight mode:

An iPhone user has demonstrated the ability of the iPhone to act as a flashlight. This is done by pressing the power/lock button of an iPhone running iPhone OS 4.0 Beta 4 three times in quick succession, which lights up the iPhone display with a bright white screen. Pressing the power button one more time will replace the flashlight screen with the normal iPhone display.

You can watch the flashlight in action in the video embedded below.

Availability and Compatibility:

iPhone OS 4.0 will be available as a free upgrade to iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G, second and third generation iPod Touch users. Also the multitasking feature will be available only to iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and the third-generation iPod Touch (32GB and 64GB models from late 2009) users.

Release Date:

Apple has announced today that it will be releasing iOS 4 in two weeks on June 21. It will be seeding developers of its iPhone Developer program with iPhone SDK 4 GM (Golden Master), which is the shipping version and needs to be used by developers to submit their iPhone apps.

The combination of Apple’s new iPhone 4 and iOS 4 will be very difficult to beat. What do you think?

Source: iPhone OS 4 Now Called iOS 4; Release Date Is June 21

iPhone OS 4.0 Features: Multitasking, Folders, Better Mail App, iBooks And More

April 8th, 2010 04:06 admin View Comments

iPhone OS 4.0 wish list

Apple just given us a sneak peak of its next generation iPhone OS

iPhone OS 4.0 will include 100 new features for iPhone users and more than 1500 new APIs for app developers.

Apple previewed the following new features in iPhone OS 4.0 during the special event that was held at the Yerba Buena Centre for Arts in San Francisco:

Multitasking:

iPhone users will finally be able to run iPhone apps in the background. To achieve this Apple will be offering developers seven multitasking services, which will allow their iPhone app to run in the background while preserving performance and battery life.

Folders:

Users will be able to organize iPhone apps on their iPhone home screen into folders. Users will be able to drag and drop apps into folders.

This means iPhone users will be able to install 2160 apps instead of the current limit of 180 iPhone apps.

Better Mail app:

You will now be able to see messages from multiple email accounts in a unified inbox. iPhone OS 4.0 will also allow you to organize messages by threads, and even be able to open attachments in third-party iPhone apps.

iBooks:

iBooks app will be available on the App Store for iPhone and iPod Touch users so they will be able to browse, buy, and read ebooks.

New Enterprise features:

iPhone OS 4.0 also brings new enterprise features such as data protection, wireless app distribution, mobile device management, SSL VPN support, allows users to set up multiple Exchange ActiveSync accounts and will also work with Exchange Server 2010.

New APIs, iAd, Game Centre:

iPhone OS 4.0 includes more than 1500 new APIs for app developers.

Apple has also launched iAd, mobile advertising platform for iPhone apps.

Apple has also announced that it plans to launch Game Center, the social gaming network later this year and has provided GameKit APIs in iPhone OS 4.0 to develop for Game Center.

Availability and Compatibility:

Unfortunately, iPhone OS 4.0 will be available only to iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, second and third generation iPod Touch users. Also the multitasking feature will be available only to iPhone 3GS and the third-generation iPod Touch (32GB and 64GB models from late 2009) users.

Steve Jobs clarified in the Q&A session that Multitasking won't be available on iPhone 3G and iPhone 2G as the hardware just couldn’t support it. This is definitely going to make many iPhone users unhappy.

Apple has released iPhone OS 4.0 beta to developers of its iPhone Developer program. It will be released to iPhone and iPod Touch users in summer and iPad users in fall.

There are many features that Apple didn't talk about, but don't worry, we'll let you know as soon as we get more information on the features that were not announced.

Source: iPhone OS 4.0 Features: Multitasking, Folders, Better Mail App, iBooks And More

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