Please keep in mind that this post is based off of a beta version of iOS 5. Apple can (and often does) change the behavior of features before the latest OS hits consumers hands. If anything drastically changes in regards to this feature in iOS 5, we will be sure to update the post.
When Apple announced a new Notification Center with iOS 5, it also revealed that iOS 5 would come with a couple of widgets: weather and stocks. The widgets are active in the Notification Center, the same place you will find the rest of your app alerts … Read more
Swype is one of the most popular alternative keyboards for Android devices. Here are seven tips for better Swyping:
Tip 1: Displaying numeric keyboard Press the Swype Key + 5 to open the numeric keyboard.
Tip 2: Displaying editing keyboard Press the Swype key + SYM to open the editing keyboard.
Tip 3: Swype punctuation Rather than pressing and holding punctuation, like periods, commas, question marks, and quotation marks, Swype them to the spacebar to enter the punctuation mark followed by a space.
Tip 4: Easy capitalization To capitilize letters, Swype the letter, then go above the keyboard before returning the finish … Read more
Finally, Apple has given users a way to sync their purchased music, apps, and books wirelessly. With iCloud, whatever you download on one device--your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or computer--can be set to automatically download on all other devices.
For example, when you purchase a song from iTunes using your computer, it'll immediately be downloaded onto your iPad also. Or, if you purchase a book on your iPhone, it'll be downloaded to your computer and your iPad as well.
More iCloud features, including calendar syncing and Photo Stream, will launch in the fall. Until then, you can use the iCloud beta for free to sync your music, apps, and books. Here's how:
Note: iCloud syncing is not yet available for Verizon subscribers.
When Steve Jobs announced iCloud last week at WWDC in San Francisco, he left us all asking questions about how exactly the product will function.
The books, apps, and music (U.S. only) components of iCloud are already available, but since the full product will only launch in September, Apple won't provide any support until then.
Below are your questions from throughout CNET, including e-mails, Twitter, and Facebook. Apple will offer complete details in September, but here's what we know so far.iCloud
Q: Can I use iCloud as a backup service for my music if my computer … Read more
One of the first things I did when I got my iPad 2 was turn off the spelling auto-correction feature. It only took a few close calls for me to realize that it didn't always have my best interests at heart.
It only takes one visit to the site Damn You Auto Correct to see the depths to which the feature can sink. One poor soul tried to type "bed spread," but it came out as "bed sores." Another's "woo-hoo" became the much less exciting "wool noodle." Somewhere in Cupertino, Calif., Steve Jobs is laughing.
The new 99-cent AutoCorrector app for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad is designed to renew your faith in auto-correction. It lets you add custom words and names to your iPhone's vocabulary or install a list of SMS shorthand words. There are a couple of swear words that AutoCorrector can't disable the auto-correct for, but otherwise it's highly effective.
I gave AutoCorrector a quick test drive. I started with one of my biggest auto-correct headaches by adding my last name to the list. Now my iPad no longer tries to change "Kooser" to "looser." I feel better already.
We have plenty of unusual town names around where I live in New Mexico. I just taught my iPad not to change "Tijeras" to "Tigers" or "To'Hajiilee" to "Toga oiler."
AutoCorrector won't absolve you of all auto-correct snafus, but it can reduce the chances for embarrassing typos. You will still have to be on your toes when messaging your friends about the stork clouds on the horizon, but at least "John Stamos" won't have to come across as "John Stamps."… Read more
T-Mobile could add another Android handset to its lineup this week with the entry-level Samsung T449 Dart. Based on the early leaked information, the handset certainly won't get a second look from folks ready to replace their current Android devices; however, it should appeal to new smartphone buyers.
According to information obtained by TmoNews, the Dart will be a touch-only device with a 3-megapixel camera, 2GB microSD card, and support for T-Mobile's 3G network. Although the exact version of Android is not given, the mention of Adobe Flash tells us it is at least Froyo (Android 2.2) … Read more
As U.S. Cellular promised last week, the carrier is launching its first Windows Phone 7 device this summer (and by this summer, we mean tomorrow). The carrier announced today that the HTC 7 Pro will be available on June 14 for $199.99 with a two-year contract and after a $100 mail-in rebate.
Similar to the HTC Arrive for Sprint, the smartphone features a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and a tilting 3.6-inch, WVGA touch screen. The HTC 7 Pro also has a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and a 5-megapixel camera with 720p HD video capture, along with the Xbox Live and Zune integration and other goodies that come with Windows Phone.
The HTC 7 Pro will require a data plan, which starts at $79.99 per month for 5GB of data, unlimited text and multimedia messages, and 450 voice minutes. Customers on one of U.S. Cellular's Belief plans will be able to get the smartphone at the $200 price without having to sign a new contract. … Read more
There are many different reasons that a phone may need to have a factory reset performed. You may be experiencing too many issues with apps loading slowly, or malfunctioning when they finally do load. Or perhaps a friend or customer service person suggested the process to help with connection issues. Luckily, a factory reset doesn't actually involve sending your phone off to the factory, just these few steps that you can do at home:
Important note: Make sure you save any information that does not sync to the cloud on your phone before performing this process. Your photos … Read more
Verizon is working on a mobile payments service for smartphones, tablets, and PCs with mobile payments start-up Payfone.
The two companies made the announcement today, but did not reveal many details about how the service would work or a target date for when it will be ready for customers.
According to the release, Verizon customers will be able to make "online purchases" from a phone, tablet, or PC and send the charges to their monthly Verizon bill, or "traditional payment methods through financial partners," which implies credit cards.
Payfone's system will handle the routing, pre-authorization, … Read more