Tag Archives: iPhone

iOS 4.3.1 on the ramp

Apple is releasing iOS 4.3.1, which, as Jacqui Cheng from Ars Technica explains here, “[…]

brings with it fixes for a fourth-generation iPod touch graphics glitch as well as bugs that caused iPhones to have trouble activating and connecting to cell networks. The update also addresses flickering issues that occur when connecting a device to certain HDTVs with Apple’s Digital AV adapter and “resolves an issue authenticating with some enterprise web services.”

The release notes don’t make specific reference to fixing some of the battery issues reported around the Web or patching iPad jailbreak vulnerabilities, though rumors had suggested that iOS 4.3.1 would address both of these topics. It’s possible, however, that they (and other fixes) could fall under Apple’s umbrella of general bug fixes.  […]”.

I think that a wrong release could happen to anybody, but releasing a fix only after 2 weeks is a signal that Apple is a little bit in a hurry in their releases.

This post as a comment also here

Using iTunes Home share feature

Kelly Clay at Lockergnome (http://www.twitter.com/kellyhclay) wrote a good tutorial on how to use Apple Home Share feature. Simply “[…]

  1. Open iTunes on one computer connected to your home network.
  2. Select Home Sharing from the sidebar of iTunes.
  3. Enter your iTunes account information.
  4. Authorize this computer, if not authorized yet.
  5. Repeat steps 1-4 on each additional computer of the home network. Keep in mind you can only authorize 5 computers for each iTunes account, so you may want to set up your kids or leeching roommates with their own accounts, or create a new iTunes account

[…]” (full article at http://www.lockergnome.com/windows/2011/03/04/how-to-use-itunes-home-sharing-at-home-or-work/).

Please remember you can authorize at most 5 computers.

Mobile traffic to increase 26x by 2015 but will infrastructures support it?

Matthew Lasar at Ars technica (http://arstechnica.com/author/matthew-lasar/) reports some figures by Cisco Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast (source here).

Here are the highlights:'[…]

  • There will be 788 million mobile-only Internet users by 2015.
  • Global mobile data traffic will increase by a factor of 26 by 2015.
  • World mobile data grew by a factor of 2.6 in 2010 from 2009.
  • Average smartphone usage doubled: 79 MB per month, up from 35 MB per month in 2009.
  • Android operating system data use is rapidly catching up to the iPhone.
  • In 2010 almost a third of smartphone traffic was offloaded onto fixed networks via dual-mode or Femtocells.
  • Millions of people around the world have cell phones but no electricity, and by 2015 a majority in the Middle East and Southeast Asia will live “off-grid, on-net.”

[…]” (full article at http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/03/world-mobile-data-traffic-to-explode-by-factor-of-26-by-2015.ars)

I think that supporting such an expansion is also a challenge of network support, that, in most cases is running at nearly full capacity.

I’m not confident that in 4 years we can build and reinforce networks more than was done in last 10 years.

The other fact that is really worrying is that nearly 1/3 of world population will live “on net and off grid”. This is a radical shift, because moves mobile access to primary needs, and I think that accessing the net is important, but not vital nor for development, nor for surviving.

This post as a comment also at http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/03/world-mobile-data-traffic-to-explode-by-factor-of-26-by-2015.ars?comments=1&p=21385440#comment-21385440


Some free resources from Open Culture

Open culture published some free cultural resources worth a read:


iPhone applications tracking your habits

David Zax at Fast company (http://www.fastcompany.com/user/253232) reports that “[…] reveals that over half of all iPhone apps gather and share the device ID code–and they do it without the users’ knowledge. The study, [was] conducted by Manuel Egele […]” (full article at http://www.fastcompany.com/1720580/which-iphone-apps-are-tracking-you).

I’m quite surprised that Appple, that has a so strict approval policy on application sold through App store, omits checking the data monitored by applications.

This post as a comment also at http://www.fastcompany.com/1720580/which-iphone-apps-are-tracking-you

iOS Home screen going home?

John Gruber at Daring Fireball makes a comment on the rumors of a completely gesture based family of devices (full article at http://daringfireball.net/linked/2011/01/12/gestures-home-buttons).

Apple devices had success for marketing ad usability more than for theri hardware.

I don’t think that is so useful for the most part (business or not) user to have a gestures not as an option but as the only way of  using the device.


VLC pulled from Apple app store

Matthew Humphries at geek.com informs us that Apple has excluded VLC player form Apple store due to supposed terms of licence under GNU (full article at http://www.geek.com/articles/apple/vlc-media-player-pulled-from-the-app-store-2011018/).

Could be for this or to avoid that the service for renting and selling films is put under discussion by the ability to read divx films inside Apple devices?

I really love iPhone, iPad and Mac, though I use mainly Linux and windows for work. But is not with this kind of things (or by trying to exclude porn) that Apple can reinforce the position against competitors.

This post as a comment also at  http://www.geek.com/articles/apple/vlc-media-player-pulled-from-the-app-store-2011018/comment-page-1/#comment-3968386

Open culture delivers ebooks for free

The guy at Open culture are linking a Kaplan initiative for giving access for a limited time to around 130 useful ebooks (full article at http://www.openculture.com/2011/01/130_free_ebooks_from_kaplan_publishing.html).

Is a good initiative worth a read.

Books are available for most common ebooks readers and platforms.

iPhone alarm failure

I read from many sources Apple has declared that will fix the bug that didn’t make the alarm ring.

Ok, is a bug that can cause problems and should be fixed. What sounds strange to me is that is exposed worldwide with quite the same level of coverage of Facebook and Skype outage.

I think that more “weighting” of news should be done in the internet, as well as in printed paper.

Developing apps on iOS, a free Course

The guys at Open culture gave the link for 20 free lectures from Stanford University on how to develop applications on iOS (full article at http://www.openculture.com/2010/11/developing_apps_for_iphone_ipad_a_free_stanford_course.html), direct ItunesU link at http://ax.itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=395631522.

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