Posts Tagged ‘iPhone’

What to look for in iOS 9

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Apple promises that the new iOS is loaded with improvements that will help users’ every day productivity. Among the new features are:

  • Multitasking on iOS 9 for iPad – users can work with more than one application at once! SplitView is an app for iPad that allows you to view two different apps in a split screen (ergo the name).
  • News – a new app that will be added to the home screen, and which will collect stories that you are likely to read based on topics that you are most interested in.
  • Proactive – a Siri-like assistant that will “learn” from your iPhone usage and predict what you are interested in doing with your device.

For all the ins-and-outs of the new iOS 9, which is slated to be out this September, check out Apple’s preview on their site here.

OS X 10.9.2 Released – Fix for SSL Security Flaw Included

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

The OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 update was released a few hours ago. This update is recommended for all users who are running OS XMavericks. It addresses an SSL security flaw that was announced by Apple in its security notes for iOS 7.0.6 — an update for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch that was delivered at the end of last week.

In addition to the security fixes, the 10.9.2 update also improves compatibility with Gmail archive mailboxes (something many of our clients have been waiting for) as well as includes improvements to Gmail labels.

For more information on the update and how to update, visit Apple’s support page for 10.9.2 here. As always, be sure to backup up your machine before updating!

For more information on iOS 7.0.6, visit Apple’s security page here. Update on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch via Settings > Software Update.

Apple Security Updates: Apple TV 5.2.1 and iOS 6.1.3

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Another round of security updates were released by Apple a couple of days ago, and clients have been asking if they should update.  Yes, yes, please!

The iOS 6.1.3 update fixes a bug that could allow someone to bypass the the passcode (and also adds improvements to Maps in Japan) .  The Apple TV 5.2.1 update fixes a number of security issues that are addressed by Apple here.  The Hulu interface has also been redesigned so users will see this after the update.

Halloween Apps

Monday, October 15th, 2012

I have to admit that I’m kind of getting into the Halloween spirit this year. I found a collection of old monster movies on Netflix Instant, and ended up watching “The Mummy’s Curse” and “Son of Frankenstein” recently. This, of course, made me start thinking about fun Halloween iPhone apps, so I started doing a little bit of research and found the following goodies:

1. Monster Dash – A fun and addictive game from Halfbrick, the makers of Jetpack Joyride and Fruit Ninja. While Jetpack and Fruit Ninja are ok for little kids, Monster Dash (like Age of Zombies, which is also a Halfbrick creation but not as fun IMHO) is definitely an age 12+ game due to some of the adult themes.

2. Pumpkin Creation – Here’s a free app that the kids can enjoy. Dress up and illuminate your pumpkin! Different types of pumpkin, eyes, noses, mouse, lights, skin and ornaments are available so you can be as creative as you like. Spooky background music makes the experience extra fun.

3. ZombieBooth – This one is just goofy fun. With this app you can instantly make your face into a 3D, animated zombie. You can even record and share videos of your zombified friends! Or, as shown in the image below, zombify your pet.

4. Make A Zombie – If you’re not content with just zombifying your friends, you can always make your own little zombie.

5. Scary Sound Effects + – This free app has a lot of fun, freaky, and frightening sound effects that you can use to scare trick-or-treaters or friends at the touch of a button.

Happy Halloween everyone!


Ashtanga Yoga – There’s an app for that?

Monday, August 27th, 2012

After a year’s absence from my regular Mysore Ashtanga practice, I was finally able to return yesterday! I had a great practice with my amazing teacher, Amy, at goodyoga in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. goodyoga is a really lovely, peaceful yoga practice space, and the folks who run it are super friendly and helpful.

During my practice, I realized that I had forgotten some poses and also jumbled up the placement of a few poses in the sequence. In retrospect, I probably should have taken a peek at the primary series sequence before practice. I have a great practice manual by David Swenson, but I would have had to really look at it carefully before I walked out the door because it’s kind of a heavy book to carry around. While I’m not a proponent of yoga apps and DVDs in place of actual practice with an experienced teacher, I feel like an Ashtanga app would have been helpful in this instance — just as a reference guide.

I was surprised to find that there are actually two Ashtanga yoga apps for iPhone and iPad, one of which was created by Richard Freeman, a renowned teacher of Ashtanga. While I would never bring a cheat sheet to practice, I don’t think it would hurt to have an app on my iPhone to help jog my memory when I’m on my way to practice.

Apps for keeping up-to-date on the 2012 Olympics

Friday, July 27th, 2012

The London 2012 Olympics are here, and I know a lot of us don’t have time / free schedules to watch the games live, so here are a few apps for iPhone to help you track what’s happening in the Games:

London Official Results App for the Olympic and Paralympic Games – Free

NBC Live Extra – Free

London 2012 Spogger (I’m not making this name up) – $1.99

For me, I think the highlight of the Olympics will be this moment:



Awesome Photo Apps for iPhone, iPad, and Mac Desktop

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

It’s mid-summer and I know everyone is out there snapping away whilst at the beach, or the lake, or the pool. Instagram is great and all, but I just wanted to share a few of our other favorite photo apps.


Unfortunately, Poladroid was rejected by Apple so this great app is only available for desktop. It’s still a lot of fun to use, though, and you can run the same image through the app several times and get different effects (see example below). The final image saves as a hi-res jpeg with a Polaroid-like border. Poladroid is a shareware, so please donate to this awesome project when you download!


I love my Holga, but I don’t have as much time as I’d like to get into the darkroom to develop and print. Luckily, I stumbled upon the Hipstamatic app a few years ago. Hipstamatic really replicates the unpredictable nature of a Holga or a Diana camera.  In fact, it’s pretty much like having a Holga built into my iPhone. Hipstamatic is available on the App Store for $1.99.


And then there’s Snapseed. This fabulous app is available for iPhone, iPad, and Mac desktop. You can run any photo through it and make it look absolutely out of this world amazing. I love old vintage postcards so I ran this photo (see below) that I took in Colorado through Snapseed and was able to get a similar effect. There are so many creative adjustments and enhancements that you can make with Snapseed. It’s really worth trying out on your iPhone or iPad for $4.99, and once you get addicted, you can buy the desktop version for $19.99.

Photo by Sara Rychtarik


iOS 5.1.1 released: fixes several bugs

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Yesterday, Apple released iOS 5.1.1, an update that fixes several known issues for all iOS 5-compatible devices. Apple lists the following improvements and bug fixes in its support document:

  • Improves reliability of using HDR option for photos taken using the Lock Screen shortcut
  • Addresses bugs that could prevent the third-generation iPad from switching between 2G and 3G networks
  • Fixes bugs that affected AirPlay video playback in some circumstances
  • Improves reliability for syncing Safari bookmarks and Reading List
  • Fixes an issue where an ‘Unable to purchase’ alert could be displayed after successful purchase

To update to iOS 5.1.1, go to Settings > General > Software Update on your iOS 5-compatible device.  Alternatively, you update by going to iTunes, selecting your iOS 5-compatible device in the sidebar, and click “Check for Update” on the screen.

iOS 4.3 quick review

Monday, March 14th, 2011

So it looks like iOS 4.3 is a safe update.  The user who reported bricking his iPhone with the update seems to be an anomaly.

Improvements / updates include:

  • Safari Performance – the new Nitro JavaScript engine powering Safari runs JavaScript up to twice as fast as in iOS 4.2.
  • Personal Hotspot for iPhone 4 – when you enable Personal Hotspot on your iPhone 4, you are now able to share your cellular data connection with your Mac, PC, iPad, or other Wi-Fi-capable device.
  • iPad Side Switch- you can now customize the switch on the side of your iPad to lock the screen rotation or mute the volume.
  • AirPlay Enhancements – in addition to music, movies, and photos, AirPlay now streams video from your Photos app.
  • iTunes home sharing – play anything (music, movies, podcast…) from your iTunes library from anywhere in your house on your iPhone, iPad or iPod over your shared Wi-Fi network.

Don’t rush to update your iPhone to 4.3!

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Attention fellow Mac users!  We’ve already had a report of a user bricking his iPhone when he updated to iOS 4.3.  We caution all our clients and users out there to wait until we’ve had a chance to read through the reports being posted on the interwebs and test it out ourselves… on Twitter