With the launch of iOS6 apple have replaced the existing Maps App, with an entirely new Maps application.
The new Maps app uses a different source of data and many users have found that the Maps are no longer of the same quality, and some key functionality is missing.
The original App used source data from Google and they also have a Web App version of their Maps App, which offers the same maps and similar functionality to the old style iPhone Maps App.
Until Google formally launch their official iOS Maps App, many users may prefer to switch to the Google Maps Web App.
To install the Google Maps Web App on your iPhone:
1) Open the Safari Web Browser
2) Navigate to http://maps.google.com in the browser
3) You’ll see a box inviting you to install the Google Maps Web App
Installing the Google Maps Web App
4) Tap the Arrow Icon
5) Select the Add to Home Screen option
The Google Maps Web App will now be installed to you iPhone’s home screen. Those familiar with the old iPhone maps App will have no problem in using the App.
Apple have recently released iOS6 for the iPhone3GS and above bringing several important updates. Previously you had to use iTunes to update your iPhone but if you are already running iOS5 you can upgrade straight from your iPhone handset.
In this very brief article, we’ll look at how to upgrade but before you do so make sure you have a backup of important files and also to plug your phone into the power supply.
To upgrade to iOS6 using your handset.
1) Open the settings App on your iPhone.
2) Select the General section
3) Select the Software Update option
4) Follow the instructions to upgrade to iOS6
Apple have recently released iOS6 and one of the significant improvement in functionality is the ability to take Panoramic Photographs without the need for any additional Apps, a feature which has been a main stay on other phones for a while.
Its not immediately obvious where the feature is but it has been implemented very well and the results are impressive, opening up a new form of photography to the millions of iPhone owning consumers.
Impressive Panoramas are now possible on the iphone
To take a Panoramic Photo on iOS6:
1) Open the Camera App
2) Press the Options Button
3) Choose Panorama
This will put the Camera into Panorama Mode.
Press the Panorama Button
4) To start capturing the Panorama hold the iPhone in a portrait orientation and press the capture button.
5) Follow the onscreen guide to capture the photo.
Follow the on screen Guide
6) Press the capture button to end the process and save the photo.
Today at a press conference in San Francisco Apple have formally announced its latest flagship phone – The iPhone 5.
Here’s the lowdown on whats new on the iPhone 5 :
1) The Display. The iPhone 5 has a larger screen then previous iPhone models measuring 4″. The new larger retina screen has a resolution of 1136 x 640 with a pixel density of 326ppi, and the screen ratio is almost 16:9 making it better suited for wide screen videos. The taller screen allows for an extra row of icons to be placed on the home screen.
2) The Processor. The processor in the iPhone 5 is the new A6 CPU. Apple claim that the A6 is twice as quick as the processor in the iPhone 4s.
3) The Size of the Handset. The iPhone 5 is significantly thinner then the iPhone 4s at only 7.6mm thick, and weighs only 112 grand.
4) Mobile Data Connectivity. The iPhone 5 supports several mobile data networks to help you get the best out the network in your location. You can connect on LTE, HSPA+, EVDO & EDGE networks.
5) The Camera. The iPhone 5′s Primary Camera is similar to that of the excellent 8mb camera on the iPhone 4S, and the secondary camera is now capable of recording 720p video.
The iPhone 5 now supports Panorama photography as standard.
The iPhone 5 will be available for pre-order on the 14th of September.
The iPhone 5 will start shipping on the 21st of September.
Despite the progress in Technology the most common way to share business contact details is still through the use of printed business cards, a practice which causes storage issues for mobile workers who need to collect and store the cards. Sharing contact details would be much easier if you could quickly and easily import the contact details into your electronic contacts list, fortunately there’s an App for that with this iphone business card scanner.
WorldCard is an App for the iPhone which can scan business cards, perform Optical Character Recognition and automatically input the data into your Contact list.
There are four ways of capturing contact details in WorldCard, the first and primary method is through the iPhones camera. Simply point the camera at a business card, capture the image press the recognise button and the App starts its magic.
WorldCard automatically recognises key fields e.g. name, business name, tel number, email address etc and puts them into the appropriate fields, the percentage of success on recognition is very high but you are given the chance to amend any of the fields if you wish.
It is also possible to capture contact details from previously taken photographs of business cards, email signatures or QR codes. You can also add social media contact details to help build a professional social network.
Text Recognition on Business Cards
You have choices on how you can store the contact details, you can choose to store the captured contact details in either your normal contact list, just in the App or in both. If you choose to only save contacts within the App then you can still interact with the contact in the usual ways.
There are very few Apps that can be considered to be essential purchases but if you use your iPhone as your primary work phone and meet many contacts then WorldCard Mobile is an essential app. You can download World Card Mobile from the App Store or by clicking here.
You can see World Card in action in the following video
Here’s a little racing gem with fantastic visuals from the App Store – CSR Racing on the iPhone.
Far from being an exact technical simulation of motor sport, CSR Racing provides a fun arcade experience focusing on the underground sport of street racing.
A wide selection of real life cars are provided and they look stunning with incredible models and beautiful lighting effects, in fact the whole game looks fantastic matching the visuals on home console games.
Plenty of Race Options are included
After you have chosen a car the game is controlled through a city map which highlights your potential races and process access through to mechanical services.
Races take several forms, including a daily challenge against a mystery challenger, regulation races against your own car and crew battles against a local street gang where you race 5 members of the gang through an increasing difficulty level.
The actual race mechanics are very simple but do take practice and skill to get right with steering being automatic and the main focus of the game on shifting up gear at the correct time. Getting off to a good start is also key to winning a race and you will need to experiment with the on screen accelerator peddle to learn how to get the best results. Optional Nitrous upgrades can also been used to give you a short lived speed boost.
Face & Furious Action
Each race only lasts a few seconds so this is definitely about short sprints rather than a long marathon.
Each car can be significantly upgraded in the garage to increase performance and this is vital as opponents get harder, winning races and sharing feedback through your social networks provides you with extra funds or in game currency can be purchase with real world cash. If you are very patient there is no need to spend real money which makes the fact that this game is free to download.
We have often talked about what makes a good mobile game, fun and quick gameplay along with touch screen centric controls are required to make mobile games fun and CSR Racing has this formula down to a tee.
CSR Racing looks incredible, is fun and is free to download so check it out.
Podcasts are audio or video recordings that are distributed over the Internet. They are generally released on a regular basis and some have very large followings of dedicated listeners. iTunes has provided Podcast subscription and management tools on computers for a long time but on the iPhone & iPad podcasts have been hidden away deep in the more section of the Music App, but this has now changed with the release of a dedicated Podcasts App from Apple.
The Podcasts App provides a user friendly way of accessing all of your Podcast subscriptions from your iPhone, including setting options for auto downloading new episodes, setting how many episodes to keep and when episodes get deleted. Previously it wasn’t possible to manage podcasts at this level from your device so this App is a welcome addition.
They are many many podcasts available, and getting started for the first time can be daunting, fortunately the Podcasts App can point you in the right direction. As well as providing direct access to the Podcast Catalogue the app provides access to a selection of ‘ Favourite Stations’.
The Favourite Stations section provides access to a small selection of highly rated Podcasts in many different categories, so by choosing a category that interests you, you are bound to find a high quality podcast to listen to, it’s a great feature and makes podcasts more accessible to everyone.
If you subscribe to Podcasts or are interested in giving them a try then now if the perfect opportunity to do so.
The Podcasts App can be downloaded free of charge from the App Store.
The iPhone and iPad become complete with one of the best and most usable virtual keyboards on any mobile device, but there are times when you need to enter a large amount of data where a physical keyboard is more appropriate.
Fortunately it is possible to connect a keyboard to the iPad and iPhone using their Bluetooth interface, turning them into powerful productivity mobile devices. Bluetooth keyboards come in many different shapes and sizes, some even double as carry cases, and generally there prices are reasonable.
To connect a bluetooth keyboard to your iPhone or iPad:
1) Make sure that your keyboard is switched on and then press the connect button to activate it.
2)From your home screen select the Settings App
3) Select the General option
4) Select the Bluetooth Section
5) The Bluetooth Options will now be displayed
6) Make sure that the Bluetooth option is turned on.
7) You should be able to see your keyboard listed in the list of available devices, select it.
8) You will be asked to type a number on the keyboard, simply follow the on screen instructions.
This will now pair your keyboard with your iPhone or iPad so that it will automatically connect in the future.
After you have connected to your keyboard, when you enter a text entry box the virtual keyboard will no longer be displayed on screen, instead you can just type on the keyboard.
We live ever increasingly busy lives where the quality of sleep you receive is important, and as your iPhone is with you or can be with you when you are preparing for sleep, it makes it the perfect tool to help you sleep better and here is a nice App to help you, Vita-mind Dr. Sleep.
Listening to calming music at bed time isn’t a new concept but Vita-mind Dr. Sleep features specially designed audio program’s to focus on your specific sleep requirements. In addition to soothing music an additional backing track is played at the same time to help you deep relax, the additional track adds a repeated bass line and depending on which program you start determines which bass line is played.
The interface on the App is well presented and simple to use, each provided program is explained in detail compete with listening instructions. It’s also possible to listen to individual tracks if you wish, but does it work? Listening to the sleep programs is certainly an enjoyable experience, and does bring a sense of calm as you prepare for sleep, which can only be a good thing.
If you need a little help sleeping then check out Vita-mind Dr. Sleep by clicking here.
One common problem when traveling abroad is the language barrier, impacting on activities such as business meetings and even reading a restaurant menu the inability to read a foreign language can cause embarrassing difficulties.
Fortunately if you have an iPhone then there is a great solution with the Worldictionary App.
The Worldictionary App provides a clever solution to this problem by using Augmented Reality to translate printed text across 26 languages.
Simply by pointing the iPhone’s camera at printed text, the App reads the word using OCR and translates the word, the translated word then appears on screen above the picture of the original word, and if you need to you can look up the meaning of words with a built in dictionary function.
The app can also play the audio of how a word is pronounced, which might be useful if you need to communicate with someone in a different language.
In addition it’s possible to capture a photo and translate it at a later time, this comes in handy if you are in a rush and need to translate text when you have a bit more time available, you can also load an image from your photo library.
You will need to remember that The Worldictionary App requires an activate data connection to perform the translation process although English and Chinese languages are available offline.
The Worldictionary App is a very useful and easy to use App for those who travel abroad frequently or for those about to go on holiday. You can download it from the app store or by clicking here.