Instapaper is a popular application that allows you to store and read articles later. But since the launch of iOS 5 last week, the service seems to have lost its value, the Reader function of Safari has a lot in common with the application. Therefore it isn’t entirely surprisingly that Instapaper 4.0 has just been released. This new update has a complete new interface and some additional new features. They also integrated Search Subscription, a paid service of Instapaper into the application.
The new layout replaces the long list that you were normally used to. You now only see the headline of the article, the source and a brief summary of the article. Whenever you swipe over the article, you can move, remove or copy the article.
If you want to read an article that was previously saved, you will need the “Search Subscription” plan. You pay $2.99 for a 3-month subscription; this is almost required since you are not searching for the article on your iPad but on the servers of Instapaper.
The Friends tab has also been completely redesigned, the application can look at Facebook to see what your friends are sharing and you will be able to directly read it within the application.
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.2 or later.
Navigating on the iPhone doesn’t have to cost you a penny. With the free navigation application Waze, you can navigate to also every place on the world. The application has today been updated to version 3.0 with several small and big improvements. Waze doesn’t use Google Maps or OpenStreetMap, but uses data that is generated by other road users. When using the application you can easily inform the application where big traffic problems are on the map. There however have been some problems with the application, but with the latest update everything runs smoothly and the new interface is also a big improvement.
The update version of Waze also features a new interface, the majority of the screen now shows the map and your route and it will still give you directions by voice. There are only two buttons on the screen; the left one will open a pop-up menu where you fill in the location where you want to go to. The right button allows you to report events like a mobile speed control, accident, speed camera, and a problem with the map or traffic jam.
The search function now also works with Bing, Foursquare and Yelp, but it doesn’t work perfectly. We use the term ‘pizza’ and the closest place to get a pizza was 4000 miles away from our current location, it may be that it doesn’t work in every country or that the GPS was having problems.
Other features in version 3.0 is the ability to show yourself on the map as a Waze user, the preview of the location that you want to visit, and a pop-up when something changes on your route.
Waze doesn’t store any maps on your iPhone, so be sure that you have a data bundle that allows you to use unlimited traffic, or keep close track of the data usage.
Download: Waze 3.0 (Free)
Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
Samsung will reportedly still supply the A6 processor for the next generation Apple products. Despite fierce competition and several patens cases between the two, it seems that Apple will keep relying on Samsung, earlier rumors showed that Apple could change to TSMC for their new chips.
The A6 processor is likely to power the next-generation iPhone, which is set to be released next year, according to The Korea Times. Samsung will produce the 28-nanometer chip in Austin, America. The iPad 2 and iPhone 4S are currently equipped with the dual-core A5 processor.
Initially the rumors were indicating that the Korean company TSMC would produce the A6, since Apple and Samsung are in a fierce battle, suing each other about several patents. TSMC already produced a test batch for Apple; this was reportedly a quad-core processor.
A renewed partnership between Samsung and Apple is remarkable. The patent cases in various countries are still increasing in numbers, and the legal battle between the two seems becoming more and more violent. Today the Korean manufacturer announced that it wants to ban sales of the iPhone 4S in Japan and Australia.
Neither Samsung nor Apple is willing to respond to the news.
Whenever your are working on the PC or Mac, chances are high that you worked with Adobe Reader. The good news is that is now also finally available for iOS devices, many years users were forced to use applications like Photoshop Express and Create PDF or the built-in PDF reader. Adobe also developed it is a universal app, which means that it is also optimized and available for the iPad. Synchronizing your documents on iCloud is however not yet possible.
Adobe wasn’t in a hurry to port their poplar PDF reader to iOS, since it already has a built-in PDF reader. After installing the application, you can now also open PDF documents with the Adobe Reader. Whenever you receive a PDF file via the e-mail, and you want to open the attachment it will now show an extra option: “Open in Adobe Reader”. With the Adobe Reader you can view your documents in three different views: zoomed in, full page zoomed in or continued. You can of course still use the pinch-to-zoom gestures to zoom in and out; by double tapping on the screen it will show the entire document again.
The default iOS mail client supports adobe Reader, but the reader also has support for other cloud services like Dropbox and Evernote. Every document that is opened in Reader will appear in the documents folder on your iDevice. If you perform a swipe motion over the file, you will be able to delete it again.
The only thing that is missing is support for iCloud, which launched last Wednesday, October 22th. But it is likely that Adobe will update their application soon, to bring support for the cloud service.
Download: Adobe Reader (Free)
Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 4.2.5 or later.
If you are running into problems with your Time Capsule, it may be time to reset your Time Capsule settings to factory settings, without losing the data that is stored on your hard disk.
But you will first have to try and restart your Time Capsule, this solves in many cases most of the problems, you can restart your Time Capsule by using the AirPort configuration application. When this doesn’t solve the problems, you will have to reset the Time Capsule to the default factory settings by performing a hard reset.
When performing a hard reset, Time Capsule will lose all the settings including authorization access and radius data. The backup data of your system and the name of your Time Capsule will however be safe on your Time Capsule.
You can reset your Time Capsule by pressing and holding the reset button on your Time Capsule for at least 5 seconds, until the orange LED on the front of your Time Capsule starts to blink. The Time Capsule will automatically restart itself after you let go of the reset button.
During the process, the LED on the front will keep blinking until the software has been completely reloaded and the hardware initialization has been completed. This process will take about 30 seconds, after that you will be able to configure Time Capsule again with the AirPort Utility.
In iTunes there are a number of ways to view your albums or tracks, one of the most attractive view is obviously Cover Flow. But many iTunes users don’t know a special feature that is implemented in Cover Flow, that allows you to easily copy tracks and albums to a portable or other folder on your computer.
When you drag a music track or album in iTunes to your desktop or folder it will automatically copy the track to the specified folder, which almost everyone knows about.
But you can also drag a cover from Cover Flow to a folder or your desktop; it will then automatically copy the full album to a new folder. If you are dragging a single music track, it will not automatically create a new folder.
The red indicator next to the icon shows how many files that are being copied.
Apple has announced that it sold more than four million iPhone 4S models in the first weekend. The iPhone 4S was available for the first time on October 14th, which means that Apple reached these numbers in just three days. It is also another milestone for Apple; the iPhone 4 did “only” two million in the same timeframe last year, which was also caused by the limited number of available iPhone’s.
“iPhone 4S is off to a great start with more than four million sold in its first weekend—the most ever for a phone and more than double the iPhone 4 launch during its first three days,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “iPhone 4S is a hit with customers around the world, and together with iOS 5 and iCloud, is the best iPhone ever.”
The iPhone 4S launch last Friday in the United States, Canada, Australia, England, France, Germany and Japan. On October 28th, 22 other countries will get their launch.
iPhone 4S will be available on October 28 in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
Apple also announced that more than 25 million iOS users, updated to iOS 5. Their new cloud service; iCloud was also doing well with over 20 million registered users since it launched last Wednesday, October 12th.
Developer Troughton-Smith has ported the voice control assistant Siri from the iPhone 4S to the iPhone 4. There is however still a limitation, Apple blocks Siri on the iPhone 4 when it tries to connect to the Apple servers, making the voice control feature almost useless.
According to Troughton-Smith this is the only limitation, Siri already works perfectly on the hardware of the iPhone 4. The developer also says that it is even possible that Siri will run on the 3GS, which was released in 2009. There is however no way that it can run on the iPhon3 GS, because iOS 5 is not available for the phone.
The developer has enabled Siri on the iPhone 4, by removing the files from the sandbox of the iPhone 4S. In the first version the software was quite jaggy since it couldn’t use the GPU of the phone, this is however fixed and Siri now works perfectly on the phone.
The main problem remains that Apple does not allow that Siri on the iPhone 4 performs searches on their servers. This means that every query that needs Internet access will not work on the phone; this also includes the speech-to-text functionality that can be enabled by using the icon on the keyboard. Troughton-Smith however still thinks that it will be possible to spoof files on the iPhone 4, this will however need a jailbroken device and could be infringing on copyrights of Apple.
Siri is a voice-controlled assistant that is exclusively available on the iPhone 4S, it will not only do what you say but it will also give you feedback. The software works with the speech recognition software from Nuance. Apple currently only has support added for the iPhone 4S, only a few languages are available, and functionality like searching for bars and restaurants are limited to the United States.