Best Siri Parody

Filed under: Videos | Tags: , |

I know there have been a lot of Siri spoof videos. But, this one takes the cake. Watch out the language is NSFW!


iPhone Add-on Lens Roundup Review: Owle vs Olloclip vs 3-in-1

Filed under: iPhone iPad iOS | Tags: , , , , , , |

All lenses sizes small

Getting ready for the Macs in Law Office annual conference (MILOfest), I have been checking out 3 add-on lens for the iPhone:

  1. Olwe Bubo – “The Heavy Weight” in all criteria: size, weight and price ($169) offering wide angle and macro lenses (no fish-eye). $169 USD
  2. Olloclip – “The Challenger” A small fish-eye, wide angle & macro combo lens. $59 USD
  3. 3 in 1 Camera Lens Kit – “The Kid.” The 3-in-1 camera lens kit has the features of the Olloclip (fish-eye, wide angle and macro combo lens) at a bargain price. The 3-in-1 also comes with stick on rings which the 2 lenses magnetically attach to. $30 USD
Let’s take a look at each of them: Read the rest of this entry »


Cool iPhone Trick: Sliding Notification Launches App

Filed under: iPhone iPad iOS | Tags: , , |

Cool iOS trick. You can slide the notification to unlock your screen on iOS devices (iPhone or iPad) to unlock your screen and go directly to the app.

Got a Facebook notification? Slide left to right (just like the unlock bar) and your phone goes directly to the Facebook app. Same for other types of notifications. Of course, if your phone is locked, sliding the notification icon will take you to the unlock screen first, and then to the app.

Cool, huh?


Expand text on iPhone using Shortcuts

Filed under: Mac Tips | Tags: , , , , |

| apple-command | iOS 5 comes with text expansion. You can type “omy” and your iPhone and iPad will type out “On my way.”

Sure, you could use the widely available Text Expander app. However, one benefit of iOS “Shortcuts” – what Apple calls its expansion system is that it is system wide. This lets you use snippets, er shortcuts anywhere on your iOS 5 device.

Turn on Shortcuts in Settings > General > Keyboards. Click the “Add New Shortcut” button to add a snippet.

 

Type in the full phrase you want your iOS device to type, and the shortcut (the abbreviation).

Read the rest of this entry »


How to turn on Emoji in iOS5 for iPhones

Filed under: Mac Tips | Tags: , , , |

Emoji, those Japanese pictograms, are built in with iOS 5. So, you no longer have to buy a separate app. However, they are not turned on by default and they are pretty well hidden in the iPhone or iPad settings.

Here is how to turn on Emojis on your iPhone:

1. In Settings, click the “General” button

Read the rest of this entry »


How to use Google for Voicemail on iPhone

Filed under: Mac Tips | Tags: , , |

Red Public Phone Boxes -  Covent Garden, London, England - Thursday September Thirteenth 2007Instructions on setting up the iPhone to use Google Voice’s voicemail for iPhone messages were all over the web a few years back. However, when I tried to find them so I could set up my iPhone 4S, a lot of the original sites were gone. So, let’s review how to make this happen.

I am using the instructions originally found on Lan Bui.

To forward missed calls, rejected calls, and calls when the phone is off or in airplane mode to Google Voice, dial the following into the phone application keypad: Read the rest of this entry »


Where did tethering go on the iPhone 4S?

Filed under: iPhone iPad iOS | Tags: |

20111018-102928.jpg

If you just got a new iPhone 4S and had tethering through AT&T, you may be wondering:

Where is the option to turn tethering back on?

I have gone through the setting several times trying to find this myself without much luck.

It seems that tethering is available through Settings > Network > Personal Hotspot.

I could swear I had checked there. Several others on the web confirm that the setting magically appears after the phone is reset, or they have a “one moment it just appears there” experience.

Since the setting has “appeared” in that menu, I cannot recreate the event. Has anyone else noticed the Personal Hotspot setting magically appearing in the Network menu?

Thanks to AT&T forums.

 


iPhone 4S – Should Lawyers Upgrade?

Filed under: iPhone iPad iOS | Tags: , |

Apple Store, 5th Ave., NYC, 7/12/08 - 13 of 19

Well, I’ve writing about the iPhone 4s for about a week now; from my disappointment that Apple did not release a 5, to the anticipation about Siri.

This isn’t going to be a review of the iPhone 4S. There are plenty of them around the web. Check out Gizmodo or Ars Technica if you are looking for an overview. Now, if you are a real geek, you got one already.

However, if you are on the ledge, deciding if there is enough there to justify toprice, here is what you need to know:

  1. The camera rocks! Colors are more natural and images are more lifelike. It is hard to quantify, but photographs taken on the iPhone 4S are noticeably better than on the iPhone 4. Low light photos are clearer with less grain. Just don’t expect to be able to take shots in near darkness.
  2. Video makes every other portable video camera obsolete. The killer feature is video stabilization. Videos have much less jitter. While the iPhone 4S won’t give you steadicam, the screen movement is smooth and less distracting.
  3. Speed. Apps feel snappier, load, and switch faster. In Facebook moving between posts and comments feels quite a bit faster. Starting up the camera app from the homescreen is several second faster. However, when I last left the camera in video mode, I was still able to count 10 seconds before the camera was functional.
  4. Siri.Two words: it works. I have no doubt that in short order people will be complaining about Siri’s limitations: no turn by turn directions, recognition errors, lack of an API, reduced functionality from the original Siri app. However, straight out of the box, Siri is a game changer. Read the rest of this entry »


i-Day

Filed under: iPhone iPad iOS | Tags: |

“Siri… when will AT&T  let me activate my phone? Siri?”


Siri Seriously?

Filed under: Editorials, iPhone iPad iOS | Tags: , |

Uhura Uniform, Dearly Photographed

One of the flaws with voice control on the iPhone (before the amazing and magical iPhone 4S — let’s hope anyway) was the delay before you could give a command.  Press the main button and hold for 1… 2… 3…  screen comes up 4… /boop-boop. Finally, it is ready.

Yes, this is so much better while driving. Ok. It probably is. However, holding a button for 4 seconds to show the phone you really mean to issue a voice command is, well, lame.

Look, what I really want is Star Trek, okay? Tap the communicator, instant /boop-boop, and talk!

Can you imagine if they had to stand there pressing the communicator for 4 seconds before it turned on. Well, there would have been a helluva lot more dead crew members.

So, with Friday’s iPhone 4S (“S” for “It’s not the 5 Sucka!”), I’m hoping 1) voice control works, and 2) it doesn’t take so long to activate that I just never want to bother using it.

Creative Commons License photo credit: Orin Zebest