iPhone 4 Announced

8 Jun 2010  5 Comments

Mr. Jobs announced today the new iPhone 4 and iOS 4 to the world with no real surprises sadly as it was leaked a month ago with almost all details.

The phone will be released on June 24th and pre-order will start in a week (keep in mind they are carrier locked).

The main new features will be the front facing camera that enable Video chat (iPhone-to-iPhone only and via wifi only), higher resolution display and the new A4 CPU (iPad’s processor). Also it has some nice “theoretical” battery life, we will just have to wait and see.

Here is the promo video that explains the new features.

Make The Most Out Of Your iPhone’s Push Notifications Service – Use The Growl/Prowl Combo

4 Jun 2010  No Comments

Apple turned to “Push Notification” to work around the lack of multitasking capabilities on the iPhone. There are a large number of programs that use that service, I for one use it mostly to get the latest football scores. I really wanted a RSS app that used that service, but during my search I came across something better.

I found out that you can associate growl notification software (available for mac and PC) to push notifications to your iPhone via an app called Prowl ($2.99). So if a download is completed or if your  finished converting a file or even if you received a new tweet. you will be notified instantly via Apple’s push notification

To put it simply, if Growl displays it on your screen, it can push it to your iPhone. I found it a little handy. I’ve been using it for a few 2 months now. But because Apple’s notifications implementation is horrendous, I ended up turning off the RSS and twitter notifications. Why? because when I  receive more than one notification at the same time, I’ll miss the first one and will never now it existed, unless I go to the Prowl App, which defies the concept of notifications in the first place. I don’t need to go into an app to check my notifications, they need to be just…….THERE.

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This is an oldish post I just got around to publishing it.

USA vs Kuwait: Macbook Prices

23 May 2010  9 Comments



I just read on Frankom’s blog that the the new Macbook Pro’s are available in Electrozan. After reading the flyer I decided to do a little comparison.

The US prices below include NY sales tax and the free standard delivery charges, so its the final price you will have to pay.

You can also an extra KD30-KD60 if you order via Amazon to an address other than NYC. The problem with that is the same problem if you buy it from Electrozan. You wont be able to get the 15″ model in high resolution.

I Might Jailbreak My iPhone Just For This!!

18 May 2010  1 Comment

I am not using my iPhone at the moment and its collecting dust in the apartment, my partner in crime is the Nexus One which I think is a much better phone to carry around for daily use. But after seeing the WiFi syncing app for the iPhone I’m thinking of jailbreaking it now, I have already jailbroken the iPad just to get “Backgrounder” but WiFi syncing sounds good.

Top 8 iPad Apps

24 Apr 2010  7 Comments

So you just got your fancy iPad, what are you doing with it? are you just browsing the web with the flashless browser? here are some apps that I think should cater all tastes.

AirVideo

$2.99

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This is by far the best app you can get for your iPad, being able to stream all your video files via the internet to your iPad no matter what format it is is just great for anybody with any kind of a video collection. It does live conversion on the fly and  its pretty quick. and its just amazing on a local network.

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Zinio

Free

photo 3 (1) Do you read magazines? I’ve been using Zinio on my PC for more than 2 years now, and I was disappointed with their iPhone release a few months back but man is the new iPad version is just awesome. It has a very good variety of magazines and the annual subscription prices are just too compelling.

Offline Pages

Free

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This app lets you store a full webpage wth its formatting for offline viewing it later. This is great especially that this version of the iPad is wifi only, and this will really helpful when you are an a flight. its better than RSS reader in my opinion but needs a little bit more work.

LogMeIn

$29.99

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I’ve talked about logmein before, its a remote desktop controlling app. the free desktop version is just so compelling. I know $30 seems much but its the best remote desktop app there is I think. and it was an easy decision because I already purchased the iPhone version.

Evernote

Free

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This is the might not the best note taking app on the iPad but the ability to sync your notes to multiple platforms make this the most efficient one. I’ve got this setup on my Desktop PC, desktop Mac, Macbook pro, My windows laptop, my 2 Android phones , my iPhone and now my iPad. When I take a note on any platform it will be synced to my other devices automatically. Just great.

SoundHound

$4.99

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This is a very good app, its an upgrade to Shazam, in addition to the ability to recognize songs via the iPad built-in microphone, it can  be integrated to your iPad music library and search for music lyrics, videos, artist bio and discography.

GoodReader

$0.99

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This is a very nifty little piece of software, it gives you the ability to transfer file wirelessly to from your PC to your iPad and it has a built-in browser that you can download files in which is also great.

Notable Mentions:

NewsRack, Delivery Status, Kindle, IMDB, PenUltimate, Camera For iPad, Weather HD and Notes.

For more app considerations, check out Marzouq’s post.

Apple’s New iPhone Revealed!!! *UPDATED*

19 Apr 2010  7 Comments

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Gizmodo seems that they got there hands on a new iPhone (4G/HD) prototype and pimping it for all of us to see. and this is what they found:

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What’s new

• Front-facing video chat camera
• Improved regular back-camera (the lens is quite noticeably larger than the iPhone 3GS)
• Camera flash
• Micro-SIM instead of standard SIM (like the iPad)
• Improved display. It’s unclear if it’s the 960×460 display thrown around before—it certainly looks like it, with the “Connect to iTunes” screen displaying much higher resolution than on a 3GS.
• What looks to be a secondary mic for noise cancellation, at the top, next to the headphone jack
• Split buttons for volume
• Power, mute, and volume buttons are all metallic

What’s changed

• The back is entirely flat, made of either glass (more likely) or ceramic or shiny plastic in order for the cell signal to poke through. Tapping on the back makes a more hollow and higher pitched sound compared to tapping on the glass on the front/screen, but that could just be the orientation of components inside making for a different sound
• An aluminum border going completely around the outside
• Slightly smaller screen than the 3GS (but seemingly higher resolution)
• Everything is more squared off
• 3 grams heavier
• 16% Larger battery
• Internals components are shrunken, miniaturized and reduced to make room for the larger battery.

Full article here

UPDATE:

Seems that Apple have contacted Gizmodo and asked for their device back, so I guess this seals the deal and confirms that this *IS* an Apple device. Final version or prototype? we have to wait and see.

Link

Android vs iPhone

19 Apr 2010  2 Comments

Android vs iPhone

iPhone OS 4.0 Breakdown – Front Facing Camera Coming to new iPhone?!

9 Apr 2010  4 Comments

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Apple announced the iPhone OS 4.0 yesterday with a handful of new features, one of the features that they announced is a feature that was requested ever since the iphone got released back in 2007, Multitasking. and also a few other additions to the OS that are more than welcome.

Apple’s version of multitasking is very impressive. Its not your current version of multitasking and its not “true” multitasking, when you exit an app its no longer running in the background but rather is in a suspended state ala Windows Phone 7, but what Apple did is very clever, new API’s are available that gives 3rd party developers access to certain processes to accomplish “multitasking”. Those services are:

  • Background Audio
  • Voice Over IP
  • Background Location
  • Push Notifications
  • Local Notifications
  • Task Completion
  • Fast App Switching

So its not true multitasking but should cover most of the regular user’s need.

More details after the break

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The iPad Review

8 Apr 2010  14 Comments

After using the iPad for 5 days I think I have a very good idea on the device and can really give my opinion on it.

Hardware

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The iPad design is beautiful and minimalistic. its just like a large iPod Touch (you are going to here this a lot in this review, why? because its true) with metal casing.  the screen is great 9.7” LED with IPS technology that has a 1024×768 resolution  and a little too big black bezel. Home button at the bottom of the screen a volume control on the right side, also a screen rotation lock switch and the usual power button.

 Speaker

I was a little disappointed with the speaker a bit, its not very low but its only on one side witch make the sound sometimes low especially if you are trying to share the screen with someone.

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iPad Arabic Support – UPDATED

6 Apr 2010  17 Comments

I’ve been asked this questions a few times via comments, twitter and email. so I thought I might as well post about it.

As you can see from the image above, a screenshot of our friend Frankom’s blog, The iPad can handle arabic text, it reads it easily. I had some formatting issues with arabic PDF files like Al-Qabas and Al-Watan news papers.

But there is no arabic keyboard, so there is no way of inputting arabic text.

Hope this clears a few issues.

UPDATE:

Just tried the arabic keyboard app that Khalid suggested, its a standalone app the you have to input text and then copy/past it to where you want, wether it being notes WordPress or whatever. It has a email icon that will popup the keyboard on the email interface/app.


But its not very useful, especially if you fast type. Every time you hit a letter with more than one variation you get a popup giving you a choice of letters. Let me be clear once you just press a letter (not the default press and hold that the iPhone uses) so fast typing is out of the question as 10 out of the 29 letters on the keyboard have more than one variation.

For people looking for an arabic keyboard, I suggest holding off and see what iPhone OS 4.0 has to offer.


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