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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.

When Should You Start Building Your Mobile Apps for iOS 5?

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With the release of iOS 5 today, there has been some debate at my organization of which OS version we should build for in future iOS apps, iOS 4 or iOS 5. Building to accommodate multiple OS versions is more time consuming which translates to greater costs, and is not always an option. In general, we lean towards the safe side and build to accommodate more users by building for an older OS. However, this also limits what new APIs we make use of in development.



Facebender App Review

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Facebender is an entertainment app where you can warp, bend, twist, and change any picture that can be uploaded.  The options are vast and with additional updates; there isn’t any doubt that more features will become available.  But, let’s take a minute and dissect the app to really show its capability. 



iOS 5 out today! In-depth review from AppleInsider

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Today's the day for iOS 5. It adds over 200 new features, apps, and services. You can read an in-depth review on AppleInsider. The new features include iCloud, which will automatically back up your photos and other content to the cloud, Notification Center, which does a much better job of handling push notifications, and Newsstand, an iBooks-like app that gives you access to a range of publications. AppleInsider gives you details on the new Reminders app, which finally gives iOS a to-do function.



Video demos of Siri language understanding in iPhone 4S

I've collected a number of demos of Siri so you can get an idea of how well it works. First up is one from Macworld's Jason Snell. He puts Siri through its paces, showing the range of questions and requests it can understand — and examples of how it doesn't always work.

Stuff.TV also has a good demo. Siri has an answer for the question "How far away is the moon" and has no trouble with requests such as "Send an email to my mom" and "Wake me up tomorrow morning at 7 am." In this one you can also see how the background noise doesn't interfere with Siri's language understanding.



iPhone 4S: Siri is mind-blowing

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I'm convinced that Siri is the killer feature of the iPhone 4S, and David Pogue of the New York Times characterizes it as "Crazy good, transformative, category-redefining speech recognition" in his review.



Get our New iPhone Life App!

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We're excited to announce the release of our new and improved iPhone Life app!

Through our app you can:

  • Stay on top of the latest iOS news and stories,
  • find the best apps and gear,
  • read articles from past issues of iPhone Life magazine,
  • and learn the latest tips, tricks and how-tos to get the most from your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. 

This new version also has many more photos and improved sharing features.

Get it here: www.iphonelife.com/ourapp



Facebook for iPad finally released in App Store

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Facebook's app for iOS devices just received a major update — and finally includes a new interface specifically for the iPad. Hurray! The app is very different from the iPhone app and effectively takes advantage of the larger screen. It includes access to Facebook games, apps, and chat, and a number of other features. Photos are high resolution, and you can flip through them like a photo album. Navigation is optimized so that you can quickly access features and return to where you were.



WINNERS: iPhone Life's Weekly Weekend Giveaway 10/10

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Thanks to everyone who entered the iPhone Life Weekend Giveaway this week. We have selected the winners of this weekend's Giveaway. We gave away 5 apps and 2 GripStand/GripBase Bundles for iPad!

And the winners are...(drumroll please):   Junior Rolon, Talmon Murphy, Brandon Colley, Yvette Washington, Farjad Baig, Gary Kemper, and Nicole Newland!



Over 1 million iPhone 4S units ordered in first 24 hours -- a record

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Apple has done it again. The iPhone 4S has stoked frenzied enthusiasm, and over 1 million people preordered the phone in the first 24 hours — a new record for Apple. You can read more in Apple's press release from earlier today. The previous record was 600,000 for the iPhone 4. If you order one now, you'll have to wait a week or two. The iPhone 4S will be available in stores this Friday. No doubt there will be long lines again.



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Jim Karpen's picture

Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.

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