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iOS 13 – What’s New?

It’s that time of the year again – Apple releasing it’s latest version of the iOS mobile operating system. iOS 13 appeared on my iPhone Xr back on Friday (2019-09-20), and I took the plunge and installed it on my phone yesterday.

It’s also the time of year (for me) to do a clean-up of my phone. I install A LOT of apps, plus there are a ton of photos, podcasts, and music files which I’ve gathered throughout the past year. I always like starting fresh when a new OS drops, so, after copying all of the files which I hadn’t backed up to my home media server off of my phone, I hit the magic “Erase All Content and Settings” button and restored my phone to its out of the box factory default settings.

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Technology

Testing The New iOS 13 Swipe Keyboard

iOS 13 is here and I wasted no time installing it on my iPhone. One of the many features introduced in this version of Apple’s mobile operating system is the ability to swipe between letters on the keyboard instead of tapping on each letter to type. This is a feature which 3rd party keyboards like Google’s GBoard and SwiftKey already have. It’s early, but I have to say that the accuracy and ease of use of Apple’s implementation, QuickPath, is impressive. For now, I see no reason to install another keyboard and I can’t wait for this feature on my iPad once iPadOS 13 comes out.

By the way, I wrote this entire article on my iPhone using QuickPath.

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Technology

iOS 12.1.4 Update Now Available

Apple has released the latest update to their iOS mobile operator system for iPhone and iPad. This update fixes the Group FaceTime bug which was discovered a couple weeks ago. Please download and install this update on your iOS devices as soon as you are able.

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Technology

Major iPhone FaceTime bug lets you hear the audio of the person you are calling … before they pick up – 9to5Mac

Strongly recommend iPhone users disable FaceTime on their devices IMMEDIATELY until Apple releases a fix.

A significant bug has been discovered in FaceTime and is currently spreading virally over social media. The bug lets you call anyone with FaceTime, and immediately hear the audio coming from their phone — before the person on the other end has accepted or rejected the incoming call. Apple says the issue will be addressed in a software update “later this week”.

Naturally, this poses a pretty privacy problem as you can essentially listen in on any iOS user, although it still rings like normal, so you can’t be 100% covert about it. Nevertheless, there is no indication on the recipient’s side that you could hear any of their audio.

Update: There’s a second part to this which can expose video too …

Source: Major iPhone FaceTime bug lets you hear the audio of the person you are calling … before they pick up – 9to5Mac

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Technology

Pocket Casts 7

Pocket Casts is already one of the best, if not THE BEST, podcast apps available. Forget the built in apps for iOS or Android. You will have the best podcast listening experience with Pocket Casts. Today, they’ve gotten even better with the release of version 7 of Pocket Casts.

ZOMG. It’s here. Release day is here! We couldn’t be prouder, happier or more thrilled to share all the details of Version 7 with you today. It’s a funny thing to work on a big update for so long, you see the app change, you see it grow, you see it evolve but you have to keep it all under wraps! Well not anymore, let the reveal commence!

Check the link for all of the details as well as links to each app store where you can purchase Pocket Casts. The money is well worth it.

https://blog.pocketcasts.com/pocket-casts-7/

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Mobile Apps

Upgrade Your iOS Home Screen: Calendar

When the iPhone first came out, the functionality of the Calendar app was limited. You could track your calendar on the iPhone, but, since the iPhone couldn’t sync with an Exchange calendar at the time and, even if it could, Google wouldn’t release Google Exchange Sync for two more years, you could not sync your iPhone calendars over the air. Your only option was to plug your iPhone into your PC and sync with a desktop application like Outlook. Much has changed since then. Now you can not only sync your calendar wirelessly, you can do so with multiple calendars, whether they are with your work’s Exchange calendar, with MobileMe (now iCloud), or with Google. Still, there’s some room for improvement. For example, you can only look at your calendar in Portrait mode, not Landscape (this may change in iOS5). You also only have three calendar views in the default app. Fortunately, there are many iOS apps out there which can turn you calendar into the full fledged powerhouse that you need to keep organized. I’ve reviewed three of the best, although, in my opinion, one stands out above the others.

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Mobile Apps

Upgrade Your iOS Home Screen: Messages

One of the great things about the various iOS devices (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad) is that, out of the box, there is a ton of functionality built in, allowing you to utilize the many functions of a cell phone, personal information manager, camera, and multimedia player in just one screen. While this is a lot of power in a user’s hand, there is room for improvement. To that end, I am going to take a look at each of the apps on the iOS home screen and offer alternatives which can either replace or augment what Apple offers.

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Mobile Apps

App Review: 2011 French Open (iOS)

20110523-104343.jpgMy wife and I both consider the French Open to be our least favorite of the tennis Grand Slam events. Personally, I have to say the same for the iOS app. While the mobile apps for the Grand Slam events of the tennis world are designed by IBM, the French Open app, sponsored by European wireless carrier Orange, has a completely different feel than the apps for the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open. Unfortunately, those differences result in an app which comes up short compared to it’s siblings.

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iPhone Mobile Apps

App Review: March Madness (iOS)

I don’t normally follow the NCAA tournament outside of the championship game, but this app makes it hard not to. The NCAA has released their own official March Madness app for iOS and it is chock full of awesomeness. If you own an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad, you could conceivably follow the entire tournament from your device. Even the casual college basketball fan will find this app useful.

The app is very informative, as one would expect from the NCAA. you get a full bracket of matchups, including seedings, game times, and TV channels for each game. When you first set up the app, in fact, you also choose who your cable provider is so you can see what channel number to turn to for each game. There is also the option for taking part in the CBSsports.com Bracket Challenge, although that was closed before I could join. If you already signed up, you can log into your account and see how your bracket is doing.

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Mobile Apps Reviews

App Review: Evernote (iOS/Android)

In the past, when I focused on iOS apps which added Outlook functionality to my iPhone, the one area I neglected to cover was that of note taking. The iPhone and iPod Touch both are able to sync with your notes in Outlook when you plug the device into your PC and perform an iTunes sync. My overarching goal, however, is to cut the cable, regardless of what device I’m using. While using the iPhone, I came across a free service called Evernote which fulfilled this goal while also adding functionality which Outlook notes just don’t do. Now that I’m working with both iOS and Android devices, it is definitely time to take a close look at the Evernote service and the corresponding mobile apps which sync with Evernote.

First, let’s look at the Evernote website, which can be found at http://www.evernote.com/. The site serves as a central repository for information. The premise is simple – Anytime you need to make note of something, whether it be text, audio, or visual, you create a note in your Evernote account and put the information there. With these notes stored in the cloud, you can access them from any computer with a web browser and an Internet connection, which is pretty much any computer on the planet you’ll touch. The free account has a set amount of monthly usage, based on the size of your notes, but I’ve yet to get anywhere near the maximum data cap for a month. You can also download and install a desktop app for your PC which gives you instant access to your notes as well as the ability to format them much like you would a Word doc.