Monthly Archives: June 2010

FarmVille for iPhone

A few days ago, FarmVille was released for the iPhone, iPod Touch, as well as the iPad after being announced at Apple’s WWDC, earlier this month.

The FarmVille application allows you to view and manage your farm without having to be at a computer to so.

When you first launch the FarmVille application, you’ll first see a Zynga logo and then you’ll see a screen where there is a “Let’s Farm!” button. When you tap on that button, a dialogue box will appear, asking you to enter your e-mail address in order to create a Zynga mobile account.

After entering your e-mail address, another box should appear, asking you to connect your FarmVille account to FaceBook.

Once you’ve provided FaceBook with your account credentials, the game should begin loading, which can take a little while if it’s your first time loading your farm on the application.

After your farm is done loading, you should be able to see your farm, just like you would on a computer. From there, you can plant crops, tend to your animals, as well as many other functions, such as visiting your friends’ farms and fertilizing their crops, as well as adding new neighbors and sending gifts to your friends, right form the application.

If you click on the button that has a picture of strawberries, coins, fuel, and a cog wheel on it, you should be able to perform actions, such as visit the marketplace, dig a new plot of land, delete plots of land, as well as other things.

Also from this menu is an “Options” button, which takes you to a menu where you can do things such as enable or disable harvest and neighbor push notifications, as well as sound

The FarmVille application also enables you to have push notifications sent to your phone when it’s time to harvest your crops, as well as neighbor push notifications. Also, you can turn sound effects, as well as music on and off.

If you would like to try using the FarmVille application, you can download it for free from the iTunes App Store.

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iPhone 4 Launch Day

The well anticipated launch of Apple’s iPhone 4 has arrived today, with many people around the world lining up in order to get their new phone.

Many networks have been covering this event, including TWiT, which I have been watching throughout the day. Also covering the launch of the iPhone 4 are TechCrunch, CNET, Engadget, as well as other networks.

However, even though the launch of Apple’s new iPhone 4 has many people excited, there are a few reported issues regarding the iPhone 4, such as the fact that when dropped, the phone has the potential to get scratched and break, even though it’s made out of strengthened Gorilla Glass.

Some users are also reporting that there are yellow marks visible on the screen of their new phone, as well as the fact that people are losing reception if they cover the bottom left side of the iPhone 4, as that’s where the antenna is located.

Even though there are a few problems, the iPhone 4 includes some exciting new features, including the ability to video chat with your contacts using FaceChat, provided that you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network.

For more information regarding the iPhone 4 and it’s launch, please visit one of the websites listed above or you can visit Apple’s official website.

Google Voice Opens for Everyone

Yesterday, Google announced on the Google Voice blog that they are opening up the service to everyone.

Previously, in order to use Google Voice, you would have to get an invitation, either from Google or from someone who already had an account.

Google Voice is a free service that provides users with a phone number that can be used to ring multiple phones when you receive a phone call.

If someone calls you using your Google Voice number and you don’t answer their call, they can leave you a voicemail, which you can access online. The voicemail also gets transcribed so that you can read it using the Google Voice web interface.

Also, Google Voice allows you to send and receive text messages, either from your phone, using a Google Voice application, or by using the Google Voice web interface.

Another feature of Google Voice is that you can initiate phone calls from the web interface, which will call your phone and then call the person you wanted to talk to, as well as view your call logs online.

For a complete list of features, you should visit the Google Voice features page.

iOS 4 Review

As you probably know, Apple’s new iOS 4 was released yesterday. The new operating system is compatible with the not yet released iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G and the second and third generation iPod Touch.

iOS 4 includes over 100 new features, with some of the updates being:

Multitasking

Apple’s iOS 4 allows you to run multiple applications at the same time. If you double-tap the home button, you should be able see a list of applications that are currently running at the bottom of the screen. However, the new operating system only allows for seven applications to be running in the background. Also, most of the background applications can be paused in order to save on the operating system’s resources.

However, the multitasking feature only works on the iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS.

Folders

Another new feature included with iOS 4 is the ability to organize your applications in folders. If you would like to create a new folder, you should enter the editing mode by pressing on an application for a few seconds, until the icons start jiggling. Then, you should drag an application’s icon onto another application’s icon, thus creating a folder.

When you create a folder, a name will be suggested for the folder, based on what types of applications were put in it. However, you don’t have to use the suggested name for a folder and can rename it to anything you choose.

Custom Wallpapers

If you have always wanted to set a custom background for your iPhone or iPod Touch’s screen, you can now do so, in addition to being able to set a background for the lock screen.

If you would like to change your iPhone’s background, you can do so by going to “Settings” menu and then to “Wallpaper”, where you should be able to choose from one of the standard backgrounds or choose from pictures in your camera roll.

However, you are not able to set different backgrounds for each page of applications that you have.

Unified E-mail Inbox

Before the new iOS 4 update, you used to have to switch between your different e-mail account inboxes. With the new operating system, you are now able to view your e-mails from all of your accounts in a unified inbox, which eliminates the need to switch between inboxes.

Camera and Photo Gallery Changes

A new feature included with iOS 4 is the new 5x digital zoom for the iPhone’s camera. In order to zoom in, you should simply tap on the camera’s viewfinder and then you can either tap the plus or minus buttons or drag the slider in order to zoom in or out.

Also, the iPhone’s photo gallery was updated, giving users the ability to organize photos from a certain event, as well as organize pictures by the people appearing in them.

However, in order to organize your photos by event or person, you need to have already used the face recognition feature in either iMovie or Aperture and then sync your photos with iTunes.

Another new feature is that you can now use Geolocation in order to see where your photos were taken, which you can view on a map. You can also sort your pictures by location. If you don’t want to have Geolocation enabled, you can disable it by going to the “General” section of the “Settings” menu where you should be able to turn off “Location Services”.

iPod Playlists

Another new feature included in iOS 4 is the ability to organize your music into playlists, right on your phone.

Spell Check

Included in iOS 4 is a new spell check feature, which underlines misspelled words with a red line. This feature works when you’re composing text messages, e-mails, as well as when you’re using other applications.

Search

With iOS 4, you are now able to search for text messages using a new search box that appears when you go to the “Messages” application and drag down.

Also, users can now view web and Wikipedia results when they use the Universal Search box.

Safari also has a new feature that allows you to see the title of a webpage you recently visited, when typing in a web address, as well as the URL of a website.

iBooks

Another addition to the iPhone and iPod Touch is the ability to purchase and read books using the new “iBooks” application, which can be downloaded for free from the App Store.

 

Apple’s new iOS 4 has more features, which you can learn about by going to Apple’s iPhone Software Update page.

However, some of the new features included in iOS 4 are not available on all versions of the iPhone or iPod Touch.

If you would like to download and install iOS 4, you can do so by clicking on the “Check for Update” button.

iPhone 4 Available for Preorder

As you may have already heard, Apple’s iPhone 4 is now available for preorder from the Apple and AT&T websites.

The price of the iPhone 4 is $199 for the 16 GB version and $299 for the 32 GB version. However, you can only preorder the iPhone 4 in black, as the white model is not currently available for preorder.

Also, customers can preorder the previous version of the iPhone, the iPhone 3GS, for $99 for the 8 GB model.

Also announced was the new version of the Mac Mini, which features a new design, including a new 1.4 inch aluminum enclosure, called the “unibody”, which was originally developed for Apple’s MacBook Pro.

The new Mac Mini also has a built in power supply, eliminating the need for a “brick” type power adapter.

Another feature included in the new Mac Mini is a removable panel on the bottom of the Mac Mini that can be removed in order to add memory.

Also, the Mac Mini has an HDMI port, as well as a Mini DisplayPort, which enable you to connect your Mac Mini to an HD television.

If you would like to learn more about Apple’s iPhone 4 or the new Mac Mini, you can do so from the Apple website.

iVideoCamera

If you have an iPhone 2G or 3G, there is no built in video camera application that you can use.

However, there are video camera applications that you can download from the App Store, such as iVideoCamera that allow you to record video on your iPhone 2G and 3G, and even your iPhone 3GS.

When you launch iVideoCamera, you should see something similar to when you launch the iPhone’s camera application. You should see a view finder, a library button, as well as a button that looks like an arrow that will take you to the effects menu. Also on the effects menu, you can choose whether you would like to record your video in high or low quality.

While you’re recording a video, you have the option to zoom, as well as apply affects to your video.

Once you’ve recorded a video, you should see a menu telling you that your video has been saved to the library. Also, you should see a list of options, such as exporting your video to your iPhone’s camera roll, sharing your video, watching your video, deleting your video, or going back to the camera.

If you choose to share your video, you will have the option to upload it to a variety of websites, including YouTube, FaceBook, Vimeo, and more. Also, you have the option to send an SMS link, e-mailing your video, saving it to the camera roll, or sending it to a computer by using an FTP transfer.

If you would like to try using iVideoCamera, you can download it from the Apple App Store for $0.99.

DailyBooth.com

If you use a variety of social networks to keep up with what friends are doing, such as FaceBook and Twitter, perhaps you should also try using DailyBooth.

DailyBooth is a social networking website that allows you to post pictures, which can be viewed by your followers.

When you first log into DailyBooth, you should see your dashboard, which has a feed that enables you to see pictures that the people you’re following have recently posted, as well as comments, @replys, follows, and favorites.

Also on the dashboard, you can see how many messages you have, how many people are following you, how many people you’re following, as well as how many pictures you’ve posted.

On the dashboard, there four tabs next to the “Dashboard” tab, including "Add Pictures”, “Share”, “Settings”, and “People”.

The “Add Picture” tab allows you to either snap a picture using a web cam, upload a picture from your computer, as well as enable mobile and e-mail uploading.

The “Share” tab allows you view and edit your connections to other social networking websites, such as Twitter. Also, you can get a link to your latest picture, as well as choose the size of the picture that will appear when someone clicks on the link. The “Share” tab also allows you to view recent pictures, as well as see short URLs that you can send to people, linking to those pictures.

From the “Settings” tab, you can edit your general settings, such as your e-mail address, when you receive e-mails from DailyBooth, and your username. You can also edit your personal settings, such as your name, gender, country, “About Me”, interests, and more. Also from the “Settings Tab”, you can edit your password, mobile, and privacy settings.

The last tab, “People”, allows you to view a live feed of what people are posting to DailyBooth, as well as a live map, and suggested users.

DailyBooth’s privacy settings allow you to make your account private, so that nobody can view your pictures unless you approve them as new followers. You can also hide your account from both the DailyBooth live feed and the DailyBooth live map.

If you would like to try using DailyBooth, you can sign up for free at DailyBooth.com.