The iPhone accelerometer is, for all practical purposes, a good addition to a handheld device. However, sometimes it can be annoying, especially when trying to show off your favorite picture. The picture can flip between portrait and landscape modes over and over again as you move the phone or hand it off to a friend. The orientation change is enough to make you dizzy, but not if you use this tip.
Go to the Photos app and select a picture and while it is displayed, in either landscape or portrait mode, just tap and hold onto the picture with one … Read more
Music theory is a stumbling block for many amateur and would-be professional musicians. Major and minor scales are basic, and pentatonics and harmonic minors come up a lot in certain types of rock music, but when it comes to the modes, everything starts to sound like Greek--literally. (Modes are basically a major scale from one key played in a different key, and many have Greek names like Dorian and Phrygian.) If you're forming your first punk band, you probably don't care. But if you want to play with more sophisticated musicians, you have to know your scales and … Read more
Google encountered problems with Gmail Thursday morning for a "significant subset" of users using POP to get messages into Gmail.
The company posted a notice on its Apps Status Dashboard that was picked up by Techcrunch notifying Gmail users of "difficulties or delays receiving mail fetched via POP from external mail providers to Gmail." The problems began at some point this morning, and a more recent notice said that Google has fixed the problem for "a majority" of users.
Google said your e-mails that get imported from other accounts aren't lost; they're … Read more
MIAMI--It's not fancy, nobody talks about "monetization," and there are no "breakout sessions" on the schedule.
Despite, or perhaps because of this, dozens of young Web developers swear by the annual Future of Web Apps conference in Miami, an annual winter event put on by tech events firm Carsonified. They came from up and down the East Coast, from local tech start-ups in Florida and even from Europe--for the most part, hailing from locales well outside Silicon Valley, hoping to soak up a bit of that insider knowledge.
Many in the developer community say that … Read more
MIAMI--The overwhelmingly young and male audience at the Future of Web Apps (FOWA) event this week tells you that it's one of those conferences where the attendees don't tend to be marketers, finance guys, or advertisers: they're the kids who write the code.
A company like Facebook obviously wants to be there, and at past FOWA events it's used the soapbox opportunity to market developer initiatives like its application platform and Facebook Connect log-in tool. But this year the focus was instead on open source, with relatively recent hire David Recordon taking the stage rather than … Read more
Commercial music radio may be an artistic wasteland, but independent-minded stations like Seattle's KEXP, Silicon Valley's KFJC, and New Jersey's WFMU are still great ways to learn about new music. Plus, if you want to hear talk radio, news, or live sports in your car, radio's still your best choice.
The iPhone and iPod Touch lack a built-in radio tuner, but there are plenty of ways to listen to radio stations on these devices, including podcasts and a multitude of apps that offer near-live streams delivered over the Internet. Tuesday morning, the App Store added another … Read more
Late last week, Apple notified developer Chillifresh that its Wobble iBoobs application was being removed from the App Store due to its "overtly sexual" nature. Since then, it appears that Apple has gone on a rampage of sex-oriented app removals.
Chillifresh claimed in a Saturday post that a discussion with Apple revealed that more than 5,000 apps have been affected by its new App Store content policy. Apple said the change was triggered by numerous customer complaints, according to Chillifresh.
"Whenever we receive customer complaints about objectionable content, we review them," Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller … Read more
Last week, Apple announced that iPhone OS developers can distribute their apps to customers in 13 more countries than were previously allowed via the iTunes App Store. This is a boon for developers, increasing the App Store's reach from 77 countries up to 90.
The new countries are:Armenia Botswana Bulgaria Jordan Kenya Macedonia Madagascar Mali Mauritius Niger Senegal Tunisia Uganda
Developers must manually log in to iTunes Connect to view and update the countries where their apps are available for sale.
By now you may have heard the news: Apple appears to be waging a war on smut, having pulled at least some sex-themed apps from the App Store.
Plenty of others remain--but for how long? In a letter received by at least one developer (as reported by TechCrunch), the company discussed plans to "remove any overtly sexual content from the App Store."
For the moment, let's overlook the frequently puzzling and often arbitrary decisions Apple makes when it comes to app approval--and removal.