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How Do I Get the Apple iOS 6 Update?

Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod users can now rejoice…because the wait for iOS 6 is over. The update is now live and available for download.


With the new Maps app available with iOS 6, certain cities—like San Francisco—are showcased in dazzling 3D.

To get the update all you need to do is hook up your iDevice to your computer and launch iTunes. Apple will take it from there.

If you prefer to go wireless, you can download directly through your device, by opening your iDevice’s Settings, then selecting “General” and clicking on “Software Update.” Download times will vary and depend on a few things, like your connection speed and your current iOS. For example, if your iDevice OS is a few versions old, it could take significantly longer than if you’ve updated the OS regularly.

iOS 6 Features
The update (600 MB in size) is a goldmine, packed with more than 200 new features. Like Apple’s new Maps app, which replaces Google Maps as the iDevice choice for navigation assistance. In addition to offering voice-based navigation that tells you where to make each turn, “Maps” even contains a dazzling feature (“Flyover”) that uses a 3D display to showcase certain cities.


The Passbook app in iOS 6. No more fumbling for boarding passes or movie tickets.

For fans of social media, Facebook is integrated into the OS, while users familiar with Google Wallet will enjoy Passbook—which operates like a virtual wallet, storing digital items like movie tickets and airline tickets in your iDevice.

And if you’re an iPad user who’s felt jealous of your iPhone-carrying friends because they’ve gotten to know Siri, you can relax because there’s now plenty of Siri to go around. The iOS 6 update enables users of the third-generation iPad (as well as the new iPod Touch) to issue voice commands to Siri, who always responds with good advice spoken pleasantly. Plus, thanks to this update, she does even more now, including finding information about movies, restaurants and sporting news, and posting your direct comments to your Twitter or Facebook page.


Hottest new sportscaster of the year? Soon Siri will be delivering more sports news than ESPN.

It’s clear that iOS 6 represents a significant leap forward for the iOS—which is not surprising since the iOS will come standard on the iPhone 5. For programmers who are already exploiting the features of the last iOS, iOS 6 gives app developers a chance to really showcase their skills.

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What Did Apple Announce at WWDC? A Guide to iOS 6

This week in scenic San Francisco, Apple is wowing both companies and developers that make software and apps for Apple’s various platforms at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC).


Apple’s new CEO Tim Cook gave WWCD’s keynote address on Monday. This was the first time WWDC was not addressed by Steve Jobs.

It’s a conference that often telegraphs Apple’s game plan for the rest of the year. In the past, the conference has been the forum where two iPhones and various Macs have been introduced. On Monday morning, Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage, giving the conference’s keynote address.

Numbers Game
Cook started his Monday morning keynote by dazzling the crowd with some spectacular numbers:

  • Apple largely owns the digital marketplace. Apple has paid out an estimated $5 billion to app developers since the App Store was started just four years ago.
  • There are now more than 66,000 apps, resulting in more than 30 billion downloaded apps.
  • Some 400 million consumers have their credit card information on file with Apple.

One of today’s major announcements involved Apple’s latest iOS (the iOS is what developers use to make apps for the iPad or iPhone). In a nutshell, the iOS powers Apple iDevices…and it’s about to change dramatically:

Driving Developments
For years, Google Maps has been the default mapping app for Apples iDevices, but that’s about to change. Apple’s iOS 6 will introduce its own tweaked-up version of Maps, and it promises to offer some capabilities that Google Maps can’t match. This includes turn-by-turn navigation, voiced by Siri, Apple’s personal assistant program.


Apple’s new Maps app will help you find your way.

Not only will Siri guide drivers to their destinations, she’ll also provide estimated trip times, and when the speed limit changes. If traffic slows (because of an accident or other event), she’ll  suggest an alternate route. Siri will also help you find gas. Finally, the new Maps app will feature a photographic 3D view of numerous cities called “Flyover,” in addition to offering a traffic view so you can visually plan the best route for your drive.

Siri-ous Improvements
Siri will be updated with iOS 6, too – and she’ll be featured on the new iPad. For most users, the biggest improvement will be the ability to launch apps with a single voice command, which many users have been vocal about desiring. Siri will also be given a new “Eyes Free” mode that will work in conjunction with your car by simply pressing a button on your steering wheel. (To make this a reality, Apple is already partnering with numerous auto manufacturers, including Toyota, Honda, GM, Audi, Jaguar, Land Rover and Mercedes-Benz.)

And not only will Siri become more convenient to access; the program will become smarter and know more about a wider range of subjects. For example, if you’re looking for sports scores and schedules (and even stats), Siri can now be your go-to expert. The same applies to other entertainment, such as movies (with Siri able to serve up reviews, showtimes and trailers).

And when it comes to grabbing a bite to eat after a game or before a movie, Siri will have you covered there, too. The personal assistant will soon be able to give you a sneak peek at restaurant menus and even help you make dinner reservations.


Attendees are flocking this week to San Francisco’s Moscone Center (West) from around the world. The conference will last through Friday. 

Social Affairs
It’s a social-media world, a fact not lost on Apple. So iOS 6 will fully integrate Facebook, just as iOS 5 brought system integration for Twitter users. With iOS 6, once you log into your Facebook account from the Settings app, you can remain logged in…even if you open different apps, and (here’s the best part) you won’t be required to log in multiple times.

With this new integration, Facebook events will appear in the Calendar app. And let’s say you use both Facebook and Twitter. With iOS 6, both social media sites will be included within the notification dropdown. So if you need to post a new status, you can do it once in this location and the change will be made to both the Facebook and Twitter accounts. iOS 6 enables all of these improvements, not to mention the ability to post photos and preferred apps directly to Facebook.

“Pass Go” with Passbook
iOS 6 will feature a new app called “Passbook.” It works like Google Wallet. Passbook stores a wide variety of items (such as movie tickets, gift cards and airline tickets) in one convenient app. Passbook works in conjunction with the notification center, helpfully reminding you if you arrive at a location where you might be able to use one of the items stored in the app.

Silence-is-Golden 
Another improvement? A “Do Not Disturb” feature for iPhones that keeps things on the down-low. Don’t worry; you’ll still receive notifications when they come but you just won’t have to hear about each and every one of them.


The Do Not Disturb feature lets you customize interruptions, such as when to activate and who to accept calls from.

Making the “VIP” List
The new iOS also gives you a way to prioritize the Mail app with special instructions based on the names of your inner-posse members. By accessing the “VIPs” feature, you’ll be able to receive special notification when you receive messages from those you’re tight with. The feature will also let you batch all incoming messages from the crew with a single tap. Mail will now let users add pix and flix to message, as well as view marked messages.

Setting the Pace
The announcements made at Apple’s WWDC often have a global impact, and influence the world of personal computing for the next year. Coming up in Part Two: We look at new changes coming to the MacBook line.

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How Will CISPA Affect Me?

A new law called CSIPA could permanently change the way the Internet and the U.S. Government would interact. CISPA directly affects your online privacy. Should you be concerned? 
If CISPA is passed into law, the government will gain direct and unregulated access to your personal online information.

Since the Internet’s rise, the federal government has generally taken a hands-off position concerning the online activities of American citizens. But that’s all subject to change with CISPA—the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act—which already cleared the U.S. House of Representatives on April 26th and is now awaiting discussion in the U.S. Senate.

What CISPA Will Allow Government Agencies to Do: CISPA will enable easier and faster cooperation between government counter-terrorism forces (such as the National Security Agency) and Internet providers – as well as social media networks and other web-related companies.

Under CISPA, outfits like the NSA will be able to review any online data generated by U.S. citizens, without following federal wiretapping guidelines (which they’re currently required to do when gathering data).


Like SOPA, CISPA is hotly debated. The battle lines have been drawn. Which side are you on?

CISPA Supporters: Legislators, Movie Studios, IBM, Facebook
Their Position: They say CISPA is absolutely necessary for waging an effective war against terrorism and protecting America’s intellectual property – to help stop the pirating of movies and other media.

The Motion Picture Association is a huge proponent of the bill. And so is Congressman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), who chairs the House Intelligence Committee and authored the CISPA legislation:

“In just the last few years, criminals have stolen enough intellectual property from defense contractors that would be equivalent to 50 times the print collection of the U.S. Library of Congress,” Rogers explains, “(Criminals are) literally stealing jobs and our future. We also have countries that are engaged in activities and have capabilities that have the ability to break computer networks…You can’t just reboot. It means your system is literally broken. Those kinds of disruptions can be catastrophic when you think about the financial sector, or the energy sector, or our command and control elements for all our national security apparatus.”

Against CISPA: The Obama Administration, Microsoft, Verizon, the EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation)
Their Position: CISPA’s opposition claims the bill will be used to create a “Big Brother” environment in which the government will be given absolutely free rein to spy on U.S. citizens, even if the need for that surveillance has not been legally established. Microsoft recently dropped support of CISPA for privacy concerns.

CISPA’s wording is left intentionally broad and vague. According to the White House, CISPA “effectively treats domestic cybersecurity as an intelligence activity and thus, significantly departs from longstanding efforts to treat the Internet and cyberspace as civilian spheres,” which means that the Administration thinks the federal government should stay out of online matters as much as possible.

Online Communication Breakdown 
For their part, many communication providers already cooperate with government agencies. On various occasions, Verizon and AT&T have supplied billions of customer records to the NSA. Verizon has also freely shared its customer data with the FBI – without being ordered by a court to do so.

How Will CISPA Affect You? 
If CISPA passes and cyber surveillance begins, the average Internet user would probably never know they have been monitored unless they’re arrested or prosecuted. It’s unclear how and to what degree CISPA’s passage would affect the business of developing websites, or the creation of any other online content.

Does CISPA Have a Chance of Becoming Law?
At first glance, the answer seems doubtful. CISPA faces a rockier road ahead in the Senate than it did in the House, and even if passed by the Senate, the Obama Administration has stated its intention to veto the legislation.


Opponents of CISPA fear giving the government “Big Brother” powers, as in George Orwell’s classic novel “1984.” 

The nature of online privacy remains an ongoing concern. Recent years have brought a widespread erosion of online privacy, whether that trust has been violated by the criminal efforts of professional hackers or through the sloppy neglect of online providers themselves, who have not always safeguarded their customers’ information. It remains to be seen if America’s counter-terrorism forces will take part in an even wider erosion—one designed to protect American security at the expense of online privacy.

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Free Texting: iMessage VS What’s App

It’s something you probably do every day, and while the technology exists to do it for free, many people are still paying for it. We’re talking of course, about texting.

The iPhone 4S and iOS deliver the promise of free texting with iMessage. 

Think about it, in an age when eon -mails and other forms of advanced electronic communication (such as Skype, Twitter, and Facebook) are basically free, wireless carriers are still charging for SMS (short messaging service) or texts.

We get it; cellular networks are costly to maintain and upgrade. But when others are already delivering texts for free, you’d think wireless carriers would follow suit – if for nothing more than to make up for all the dropped calls we’ve already endured as customers. The truth is free text poses threats to carriers.

Apple to the Rescue
Leave it to Steve Jobs to make technology companies (in this case, your cellular provider) work harder to provide you with better service and products. Apple’s latest iOS5 features iMessage, which is a free app that serves up unlimited texting to ANY Apple device running iOS 5. The good? Once you update your iOS, iMessage is ready to go. You can send texts, images or video. And like Facetime, it looks like iMessage is headed for the Mac OS. The bad? iMessage is only for Apple users running iOS 5. That means if your friend is a PC, or using an Android phone, you have to find another way to text him, like…


WhatsApp versus iMessage! Which is best? It depends on what devices your friends use…

WhatsApp!
In this corner, WhatsApp, the free texting app that works across different OSs and even multiple devices, such as the iPhone, BlackBerry and Android. WhatsApp also allows you to send images and video in addition to texts.

While there’s no cost for texting while using WhatsApp, and you can connect with people internationally using it (again also for free), take note: you’ll still be using data from your data plan when you’re using your provider to connect to the Internet to send a text.

Texting, by the numbers (Source: NY Times):

  • 2 trillion: The number of text messages sent each year in the U.S.
  • $20 billion: Revenue generated from texting by wireless carriers.
  • $7 billion: Amount Verizon Wireless generates annually from texting (it’s 12 percent of the company’s total revenue or about a third of its operating income).
  • 1/3 of a penny: What it costs wireless carriers to send a text message.
  • 10-20 cents: What cellular providers charge to send and receive a text message. That’s more than a 4,000% markup.

Companies such as AT&T use services like texting as a profit center, charging users as much as 20 cents per text message for texts either sent or received. It’s a good thing there are free alternatives; texting apps are putting enterprising developers and their app development skills to good use.

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Facebook is World’s Largest Photo Library

Facebook’s users have stored a massive 140 billion photos on the service. That’s a collection more than 10,000 times larger than the Library of Congress photo collection.


Online photo service Flickr even eclipses the Library of Congress. 

History of the Image
People have been taking and sharing photos at least since 1838, when the oldest known photo of a person was taken. One of the first digital cameras was the Sony Mavica. Today, people take pictures with their smartphones, digital cameras and other devices, even laptops. In 1900, the first consumer camera was made available for $1- the Kodak Brownie. Photography certainly has come a long way:

Digital cameras are now ubiquitous – it is estimated that 2.5 billion people in the world today have a digital camera. If the average person snaps 150 photos this year that would be a staggering 375 billion photos. That might sound implausible but this year people will upload over 70 billion photos to Facebook, suggesting around 20% of all photos this year will end up there.


Photos of all kinds: more than 200 million photos per day are uploaded to Facebook. 

“Currently there are over 200 million photos uploaded per day, or around 6 billion per month. Almost 90 billion photos total,” says Justin Mitchell, an engineer for Facebook. Simply put, Facebook is, by far, “the largest photos site on the Internet.”

There’s a full range of photographers – from beginning photographers learning filmmaking using a DSLR camera to professionals polishing their craft. Everyone takes photos and today’s technology makes it easier than ever to do so. Need more proof? Just check out Flickr’s massive 6 billion photo collection.

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Facebook Privacy Setting: Updated Features

As several analysts predicted, Facebook is starting to look a little more like Google+. Today Facebook announced it would release easier privacy controls for its users. The changes will begin happening this Thursday when Facebook starts to give users more control over how they share their content.


Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg

The changes, which Facebook has apparently been working on since the launch of Google+, were announced today by Facebook’s Chris Cox. The update will contain several new privacy options, including many that Facebook users have been clamoring about for some time. The update will also help reduce clutter on Facebook pages, and will give users a better handle on how photos and posts get added to their Facebook pages and more control over who sees them.

New Privacy Settings
- Facebook users are now able to adjust and change your privacy settings each time you post and share. Facebook is adding a drop-down menu at the bottom of the entry field where users enter a status update, or other post. Post/privacy options include “Friends,” “Public” and “Custom.” This is a lot like Google+’s “Circles” feature, and like Google+, Facebook will also include an option for users to change the privacy setting of an update after it’s been posted.

- Privacy settings are now easier to access. Now there’s a drop-down menu next to the profile you want to change. Before, Facebook privacy settings were buried in a settings page.

Tag, You’re It…And Out
- Tags can now be pre-approved by the tagged user. Tags link a person’s profile to a photo or other post. Facebook now provides an option for users to approve any tag in a photo or post before the content is actually linked to their profile. Users also have the ability to approve any tags added to their photos and posts by others.

- Facebook Places is being phased out. Now you can tag your Facebook friends, and tag any posted content, with a location.

The Face of Social Media Continues to Change
Facebook also announced in an interview that it’s looking to acquire about 20 more companies this year. Facebook bought 13 companies in 2011. Google+ has definitely caused Facebook to sit up and take notice, in many ways forcing the company to update its network when before, even Facebook’s own users couldn’t force such changes. Now, more and more, Internet development is at the forefront of technology and Facebook and Google+ lead the social space.

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