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Peter Diamandis: Humanity’s Go Fast Button

January 26th, 2012
Chairman/CEO of X PRIZE Foundation on what's driving the next generation of innovation.


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Peter Diamandis: Humanity’s Go Fast Button

January 26th, 2012
Chairman/CEO of X PRIZE Foundation on what's driving the next generation of innovation.


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Google+ Vs. Microsoft Office

January 21st, 2012
Google's VP of Enterprise on getting business to convert from Microsoft Office.


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Kortarsak – Photographic

January 11th, 2012
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4 Ways to Launch Your iPhone Camera More Quickly [Tutorial]

January 8th, 2012

iPhone Shutter

I’m sure you’ve experienced a time when you wanted to snap a photo and your iPhone camera just wouldn’t open in time.

Either it took too long to get to the Camera app icon and open it, or the screen lagged on the shutter for too long as it sometimes does.

Here are a few tips for getting your iPhone camera to open more quickly:

  1. Upgrade to iOS 5 for the ability to quick-launch the camera.

    In iOS 5, you can double-tap your home button while on the lock screen to bring up the Camera icon. Then tap the Camera icon to instantly open the camera.

    iPhone Camera Quick Launch in iOS 5

    This shortcut would be a lot quicker if you could double- or triple-tap the home button to automatically open the camera, but for now, it will do.

  2. If you have opted to jailbreak your iPhone, for $2 you can download an app called Snappy, which lets you set a shortcut to launch the iPhone camera as an overlay no matter what app you are in.

    I had Snappy on my jailbroken iPhone 4 and configured it so that a short-hold of the home button would bring up the camera. It was truly… snappy. This is definitely the quickest way to launch the iPhone camera.

    Note: As of this writing, Snappy is incompatible with iOS 5.

  3. The third way to launch your iPhone camera more quickly is to make sure that it’s always running in the background. That means that if you used your camera recently and it’s still running as a background process, it will open up more rapidly the next time you touch the Camera app icon.

    To check whether the Camera is running in the background, double-tap your home button to bring up the multi-tasking panel. If you don’t see the Camera in the list of recently-used apps, simply open it so that you can be ready for your next impromptu photo.

  4. A fourth way to launch your iPhone camera more quickly is to put it in the dock of your iPhone, where the Phone, Mail, Safari and iPod icons go by default.

    iPhone Camera in Dock

    With the Camera in the dock, it will be accessible no matter what page of apps you are currently on.

    To move an app out of the dock and replace it with the Camera, hold your finger on any app icon for a few seconds. All of the apps will begin to wobble, indicating that they can be dragged and dropped around the home screen. Simply press on the Camera app and drag your finger down to the dock to place the Camera icon in the dock.

4 Ways to Launch Your iPhone Camera More Quickly [Tutorial] is a post from Apple iPhone Review.



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Dispensing Keyboards Like Candy

January 6th, 2012
Gadget specialist doles out keyboards, mice and other necessities to employees snack-machine style.


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7 Ways Siri Could Be a Better Personal Assistant

January 4th, 2012

Siri Problems

iPhone 4S users,

Can we all agree that Siri has been a bit underwhelming?

While Siri is arguably the most advanced voice-powered personal assistant on the mobile market, there is still a lot left to be desired.

I often use Siri to send text messages, perform Google searches, set timers, and get directions — works great for all of the above — but there are some things that I would expect Siri to do and find myself surprised that it is incapable of doing.

Below are seven features that Apple should add to Siri to make it live up to the hype. Apple has admitted that Siri is still in its Beta stage, so let’s hope these changes are coming to Siri soon:

  1. Open apps. If you tell Siri to “open camera” or “open Photos,” it is incapable of doing so. At the moment, Siri can only perform tasks within the Siri interface. So if you tell it to send an email or write a text message, it will do so within the Siri interface and send it off without ever opening the app. But if you ask it to open any app, it will tell you that it does not have permission.
  2. Deeper integration with native apps. Siri interacts well with native iPhone apps. You can send messages, send emails, add calendar items and get directions within Siri. However, I would like to see Siri more deeply integrated within these applications. For example, it would be great if I could tell Siri when to alert me about a new calendar item, or to drop a pin at my current location in the Maps application.
  3. Interact with third-party apps. At the moment, Siri can’t interact with any third-party apps from the App Store, although I predict that Apple will introduce API’s for developers to incorporate Siri commands into their applications. I would love to be able to tell Siri to add a task in my Appigo Todo app, to add a new station in Pandora, or to Shazam the song that is playing in the background. The ability to interact with third-party apps would make Siri truly groundbreaking.
  4. Adjust settings. I wish Siri could change my iPhone settings with a simple voice command. Imagine telling Siri to adjust your screen brightness, or to connect to the nearest Wi-Fi network, or to turn on Airplane Mode.
  5. Read notifications. Currently, Siri can only read your latest text message to you. But I would love for Siri to be able to read all of my notifications to me. “Read unread emails” should prompt Siri to read my latest emails aloud, and “Read Facebook notifications” should prompt it to tell me who recently liked my statuses or commented on my wall.
  6. Say bad words. If you say a curse word, Siri will often understand it and repeat it, but if someone sends you a text message with the word “sh*t” or “f*ck” in it, Siri will simply say nothing, which is a bit confusing. Adult iPhone users should have the option to allow Siri to say bad words.
  7. iPhone 4 compatibility. Don’t expect this to ever be permitted by Apple, but I don’t see a reason why Siri shouldn’t be available on iPhone 4. Hackers have proven that Siri can be ported to iPhone 4 with no problems.

    Unfortunately, Apple often restricts software features to new hardware models, most likely in an effort to encourage customers to buy more of their products. This reeks of the time Apple prevented its multitasking feature from being added to the iPhone 3G, even though jailbreakers proved that the 3G could handle multitasking just fine.

What features would you like to see in the next version of Siri? Please add your recommendations to the comments.

7 Ways Siri Could Be a Better Personal Assistant is a post from Apple iPhone Review.



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How Microsoft’s CIO Fakes Xbox Score

January 4th, 2012
CIO Tony Scott rocks out on his guitar but can't dance.


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How Microsoft’s CIO Fakes Xbox Score

January 4th, 2012
CIO Tony Scott rocks out on his guitar but can't dance.


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