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  • Is Apple’s porn ban damaging the future of media?

    Everyone knows that Steve Jobs has banned porn and any sexual content from the iPad but is this a wise move? I just started reading Nick Bilton's book "I live in the future & here's how it works" and the first chapter is about his investigation of the porn industry to see if there are any lessons to be applied to the media industry. I've long been an admirer of the porn industry's innovative...

  • Apple presents musical social network

    On Wednesday the 1st of September, Apple introduced a music-centric social network called Ping, and unveiled updates to its lineup of iPods and Apple TV. Ping is built into the new iTunes 10, and is available for download to its 160-million users with immediate effect. The service will allow users to discover new music by allowing them to follow and view their friends' music reviews, purchases and planned concert attendances. Bands can also use Ping as a platform to communicate new releases, concert tours and events to their fans. Just about every iPod in Apple's arsenal got refreshed with new versions...

  • Four usability fails the iPad must get right

    The iPad is in many ways an iconic and revolutionary device, clearly filled with breathtaking potential. But despite the obvious beauty, hype and charm, it's important to keep a firm focus on some "usability fails" of the iPad if it is to fulfill its potential and become a major leap forward in personal computing. Here are four areas where the iPad needs work. Fail #1: Anything can be the UI Partly because of the touch interface, and partly because as a medium the iPad is fairly revolutionary, there are no strict rules and standards in place as to what the User Interface...

  • Why you should be using Apple’s MobileMe

    MobileMe, a suite of internet-based services from Apple, has been been available for the last 10 years. But when Apple recently updated their online mail app to very little fanfare, it became clear that many people are missing out on the superb services available from MobileMe. At $99/R850 for single users or $149/R1350 for a family pack (5-user) the service is not cheap, but it's well worth the money for a world-class service that includes mail, address book, calendar, online storage and a web hosting service. What is now known as MobileMe was launched in 2000 in the form of "iTools"...

  • The best of jailbreak: 10 apps worth hacking your iPhone for

    Now that can legally jailbreak your iPhone, you might be asking yourself why bother? After all, ISO4, 3 and 2 have brought so many improvements, and Apple has approved so many apps it used to block from the app store. What can jailbreaking my iPhone offer me? Check out these 10 great jailbreak apps that could convince you to take a leap of faith and crack your iPhone. If you're unsure how to do it, follow our jailbreak guide here. Most of the apps listed will install using Cydia, the iPhone...

  • Jailbreak your iOS4 iPhone legally: A step-by-step guide

    If you're an Apple fanboy you probably know that the US government has ruled you can now legally jailbreak your iPhone, which means freeing your phone from the limitations imposed upon it by Apple. The Associated Press reports that "the US government approved a handful of new exemptions to a federal law that prevents the circumvention of technical measures preventing users from accessing and modifying copyrighted works." So what does this mean for the average iPhone user? In a nutshell, you can now legally jailbreak your iPhone without feeling like Jack Sparrow and having to worry about being drawn and quartered....

  • Is Flipboard the killer iPad app we’ve all been waiting for?

    It's only been 24 hours, but Flipboard -- a brand new iPad app -- is already living up to the hype of revolutionising the way we consume and interact with social media. By creating an interactive magazine format populated by content from your Facebook and Twitter accounts, Flipboard  has taken a solid step forward from what social media and aggregator tools like Tweetdeck and Hootsuite have been doing for some time -- de-cluttering the social media space. The company calls Flipboard the "world's first social magazine" and says its mission is to "fundamentally improve how people discover, view...

  • It’s all going wrong for the iPhone 4

    The new iPhone 4, Apple's latest installment of their acclaimed smartphone, seems to be having a less than ideal launch, with consumers around the world reporting bugs and issues with the new device and its operating system. Most prominent among these seem to be that the iPhone 4 has some serious antenna issues, in some cases it loses signal completely if held in a specific way. This is particularly acute for left-handed people. Various videos have popped up all over the web showing the phone's signal bars dropping as the antenna area is touched. Mashable reports that it appears to...

  • How to fix your iPhone’s IOS4 upgrade problems

    It seems thousands of Apple fanboys across the world are encountering issues when upgrading to Apple's newest iPhone, iPad and iPod operating system. And this is consistent with my own experience when I tried to update my ageing iPhone 3G. On Tuesday evening iTunes told me that it was time to update to IOS 4. After immediately clicking "download and install" and waiting in anticipation as every minute passed, I sat up till 12 that evening but it seems my iPhone was just not destined to update. It would eventually finish downloading the following morning... half the planet was...

  • iPhone 4: The stats you need to know

    With some of the details of the new iPhone 4 leaked a few months ago by tech blog Gizmodo, the hype around last night’s launch of Apple’s latest version of the iPhone was always going to be more about the finer detail Apple CEO Steve Jobs would provide. With a vastly-improved camera-operating system, a richer display, video calls, and some real advancements in the hardware department, the new iPhone 4 demonstrates...