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Apple iPhone 5s Metal

We love this video by Apple showing off the cool metal iPhone 5s.


iOS 5.1.1 released


We just got the news that iOS version 5.1.1 has been released. No news on the major changes yet, but we will keep you posted.

This update contains improvements and bug fixes, including:

• Improves reliability of using HDR option for photos taken using the Lock Screen shortcut
• Addresses bugs that could prevent the new iPad from switching between 2G and 3G networks
• Fixes bugs that affected AirPlay video playback in some circumstances
• Improved reliability for syncing Safari bookmarks and Reading List
• Fixes an issue where ‘Unable to purchase’ alert could be displayed after successful purchase

For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:


iOS 6 with Maps


Will Apple release their own flavor of Maps to replace their Google Maps implementation ? We think that this will be one of the key features in iOS6, and it’s been a long time coming.

Read the rest : - iOS 6 with Maps

Quick access to camera

With the new version of iOS from Apple, they’ve made it easier to take photos. In the latest update of iOS 5.1 you can see a new icon on the bottom right of the screen. Here you don’t need to tap twice to get it, rather you can drag it all the way to the top, and as you do the camera shutter is revealed. We quite like this improvement as it allows us to be able to take those quick snaps on our phone.


In a recent update Apple enabled the feature where you can use the plus volume button on your phone to take pictures. This is especially handy if you have your phone in the portrait mode. 

The shutter appearing as we are opening the camera via the quick slide.


6 Apps to learn German Grammar

Here is a list of apps that one of our friends is currently testing. He wants to learn German, and with special focus on German grammar. This list might help you in your studies of the German language. Learning a new language is tough, you have vocabulary, conversational skills, listening skills and grammar and you somehow have to piece it all together. These can be all dry subjects, but by using these apps  in your free moments will help to reinforce your understanding of at least grammar. Repetition is your friend here to learning new words and grammar. Whether you are studying for an exam (written, or spoken) or you are planning a trip to Germany (or Austria or Switzerland) then these apps will help train your brain.

In researching training apps, we did find a lot of low quality apps, either they didn’t have a lot of words in the system, or they simply didn’t function as a good app should  work. Our list includes both free and paid apps, and appear in no particular order. All I can say is that these 6 are at least worth trying, and if you are stuck for cash, the 3 free ones are certainly worth checking.

  1. German Quiz: Articles & Adjectives Free
  2. German Noun Gender Quiz Free *TOP TIP*
  3. Learn German Vocabulary Free
  4. Verben – German Verb Trainer $2.99
  5. DE Prepositions $1.99
  6. Masters German Level 3 $4.99

Thanks Mel for sharing this list ! 


Get extra info on podcasts

You may have had the problem of not being able to see all the information about a podcast. Often the title overruns and you can’t be sure whether you’ve seen it or not. One hidden iOS feature we came across is that if you hold down on the title, the part you can see, it will display the full title. Here is a view of what it shows for 5by5 podcast that we like listening to. Here you can see that the name John Siracusa is cut off in the author field, and the end of contribute is cut off from the show title.



iOS 5.1 released

The latest version of the Apple iOS software has been released. You can download it over the air (OTA) if you are on wireless & have more than 50% of your battery remaining. You can find it under Settings > General > Software Updates.


This version is to support the latest iPad3, as well as fixing some bugs. 5.1 is pretty stable, and everyone running an older version of the software should consider upgrading. Here is the screen of our iPhone, saying that it’s 189MB small.


Tracking UPS via your phone

Tracking UPS via your phone

You may not have seen this great functionality on your phone, but if you regularly receive packages, there’s a nice secret function for your phone. The iPhone will automagically detect the tracking link in your emails and make it into an easy to use clickable link to launch the tracking website. This functionality works for the following shipping companies and their tracking links : More…