Posts tagged 2013
Apple has just announced that tickets for WWDC 2013 will go on sale tomorrow, 25 April at 10:00 AM PST. This announcement was expected but unlike last year, Apple has given a days notice so everyone can be prepared. Last year the announcement was made the same day tickets went on sale and many in Europe and Asia missed out.
WWDC 2013 will be held in San Francisco June 10-14.
Here is what you need to keep in mind when you are preparing to order your tickets according to Apple:
To buy a ticket, you must be a member of the iOS Developer Program, iOS Developer Enterprise Program, or the Mac Developer Program as of the announcement of WWDC (5:30 a.m. PDT, April 24, 2013) and at the time of your ticket purchase. Developers between 13 and 17 years of age must have their ticket purchased by their parent or guardian who is an eligible member.
Ticket purchases are limited to one (1) per person and five (5) per organization. The same credit card may be used up to five (5) times to purchase all of the tickets for your organization. However, each team member must sign in with their own Apple ID and purchase their own ticket.
As is usually the case with this event, WWDC 2013 is expected to be a sold out affair. Last year tickets sold out in less than an hour and there is no reason to expect this year will be any different. With announcements expected around iOS 7, the next OS X and other product information, this will be a big event.
For those who are time zone challenged, 10:00 PST means:
03:00 Sydney (+1 Day)
More information can be found at this Link
With the 2013 Major League Baseball season only weeks away, the league has just updated their iOS universal app MLB At Bat for the 2013 season. The update brings all of the latest news, information and updates from around the league now in Spring Training as well as the upcoming regular season and playoffs. 2013 marks my 3rd season of using the MLB At Bat app and I have every intention of doing so even though I now live in England. It is the definitive sports app. Period.
While the latest release of MLB At Bat is focused on the 2013 season, there is a good list of updates and improvements in the app. The Release Notes for version 6.0.0 highlights some of those changes and improvements.
New for 2013 (additional features coming Opening Day)
- Multi-platform live audio access for At Bat 13 subscribers (portable to Mac/PC with a valid MLB.com account)
- Universal support for At Bat 13 subscribers, accessible on iPhone, iPad and other supported smartphones and tablets
- Batting, pitching and fielding statistics (iPad)
- Re-designed individual team pages (iPhone)
- Updated news section interface (iPhone)
- Classic games library (iPhone and iPad)
- Re-architected navigations (iPhone and iPad)
- Additional push notification options (iPhone)
As was the case in the 2012 version of MLB At Bat, the app itself is free and there are in-app purchases to get you more detailed information about games including video highlights and play-by-play audio. First, if you are a MLB.TV subscriber, the app is free as part of your package. If you are not a subscriber, then the in-app purchases give you two options:
- One-Time fee of $19.99 for the entire 2013 season, Spring Training through to the World Series
- Monthly recurring subscription of $2.99/month
Finally, if you link the app to your MLB.com account, you can listen to radio broadcasts of any came on your Mac or PC as well as in the MLB At Bat app.
Apple has announced on their Investor site that the next Quarterly Earnings conference call will take place on January 23rd at 2:00 PM PST/5:00 PM EST/10:00 PM GMT. The call will cover the sales and company statistics for the the 1st quarter of Apple’s Fiscal Year 2013 which runs from October through December (calendar Q4). The Q1 report is always the one investors like to hear because the sales figures from the Christmas holiday shopping season will be included.
This report will also be the first time we get real sales numbers for the iPad Mini from Apple. All indications are that the newest iPad has been a rousing success but numbers are numbers and we will know for sure come the 23rd.
You can get more information about Apple financials by visiting their Investor site.
Apple has released an acknowledgement that the sporadic issues with Do Not Disturb are legitimate and are being addressed. On the Apple Support site yesterday, Apple posted article TS4510 which outlines the problem of Do Not Disturb mode staying on even after the scheduled time for it end has passed. The resolution to the issue is interesting:
Do Not Disturb scheduling feature will resume normal functionality after January 7, 2013. Before this date, you should manually turn the Do Not Disturb feature on or off.
What makes this interesting is the “resume normal functionality” statement. Does this mean that whatever this bug is, likely algorithm related, runs its course on 7 January and things return to normal? Or does it mean that we can expect to see a hot patch of some sort for iOS 6 to resolve the issue on 7 January? It really doesn’t matter but the blogosphere is alight with the idea that this will be a software patch – I’m not convinced yet.
A deeper question – and I’d like to hear your thoughts – is why does Apple have a difficult time with the calendar rolling to a new year and Daylight Savings Time? They have been plagued with issues related to one or the other or both in iOS 4, iOS 5 and now iOS 6.
You can read TS4510 here and remember to turn off DND manually between now and the 7th.
There have been some reports via Twitter and a few other Apple centric sites this morning about a bug impacting scheduled Do Not Disturb and the rolling of the calendar to 2013. I can report that I’ve seen the bug on my iPad (3rd Generation) but my Scheduled DND turned off as normal on my iPhone 5.
Take a look at this screen capture I made this morning from my iPad. Note the scheduled DND is still enabled even though the time is past the scheduled end time of 08:00. I had to manually turn of Do Not Disturb instead of it disabling itself automatically as it did throughout 2012.
The interesting thing is that I did not see this problem on my iPhone 5. The Do Not Disturb is set up exactly the same way on it as it is on my iPad and it disabled itself as normal this morning. Others have reported this being a problem on their iPhone 4S and 5 so it doesn’t seem to be isolated to just the iPad. In other words, it could be the worst kind of bug: No method to the madness.
I will update this post as I gather more information or if Apple releases any statement regarding this maybe-or-maybe not bug.
2013 is officially here and much of today’s conversations will revolve around three main topics:
- Looking back at how crazy/great/sad/wonderful/challenging 2012 was for you/us/them
- Who will win the college Bowl Games in the US/Who is going to win the Premier League in England
- 2013 Resolutions
Depending on who you are, it may not be in that order but you can bet that last year, next year and sports will come up in every. single. conversation. Looking forward to 2013, are you setting resolutions or setting plans to change something about yourself or your lifestyle? There is a reason that many of us set resolutions at the beginning of the year: It is a easy place to remember where you started from on your quest. The tricky bit is keeping that resolution going come the first day of February.
We live in a world driven by apps for mobile devices and when it comes to resolutions and keeping them, developers may be the unsung heroes for many of us. These apps can help keep you on track on any life changes you want to effect in 2013 and frankly make it easier than it ever has been to be successful.
Tricia and I have put together a list of the apps we use the most in some key categories & we think that they could help you as well in kicking off your 2013 resolutions the right way. No this list isn’t exhaustive and in fact you will see that we don’t always have the same apps in mind. That’s because we are individual users, just like you.
Weight Management/Weight Loss/Diet Monitoring/Food Service Apps
Clinton: My documentation of the amount of weight I’ve lost in the last few years is out there and I’ve made no secret that I use to be a big, big boy. In the last two years I’ve dropped just shy of 80 lbs and I’ve more-or-less kept it all off (+/- 5 lbs.). I do that through MyFitnessPal. MyFitnessPal is a service that allows you to track your exercise, diet and set weight loss (or maintenance) goals that is realistic in expectations and in targets. This isn’t an app that will tell you that you’ll lose 10 lbs in a week. No, this is about lifestyle changes and maintenance and it is the best for it as far as I’m concerned. Just scan the barcode of the item you are eating or do a search in the hundreds of thousands of items in the MyFitnessPal database and you can track your caloric intake easily and accurately. Plus, if you couple in exercise devices such as a FitBit, the two services will automatically synchronise so you don’t have to manually enter in your exercise. Brilliant, eh?
Tricia: Caffeine survival (Starbucks): Coffee addiction aside, this is one of the greatest consumer apps I’ve found. No need to rifle through your Mary Poppins bag of stuff to find your wallet. Simply navigate to the app, scan and that sweet caffeinated nectar of the gods is yours. Also earn discounts and rewards to maintain your addiction.
To all of our readers, we wish you a happy, safe and prosperous New Year!
2013 is going to be another exciting year for those of us who are Apple fans and followers. Rumours of a real AppleTV persist, Retina displayed iPad Mini’s and a new version of OS X and iOS are expected this year and we will be here with you each step of the way. In between these big announcements from Cupertino we will have a normal mix of How To’s for both OS X and iOS, reviews of the latest apps and accessories and of course Tricia will be continuing the highly popular TechMomTuesday series.
Before looking forward we have to take a moment and look back. 2012 was an amazing year for Apple on nearly every front. Their stock reached a high of over $700 per share this year, not one but two iPads were released in 2012 along with the all new iPad Mini. OS X got a significant update that brought Twitter and Facebook integration to the Mac desktop while iOS got similar updates and iCloud continues to grow in functionality and features. New Macs were announced – including two Retina displayed MacBooks – along with refreshed MacBook Airs and iMacs. Of course we can’t forget the phenomenal success that has been the iPhone 5 – the 4″ display revolutionised the iPhone for Apple and users.
2012 was also an amazing year for AlliOSNews. In all there were over 500 articles published on the site in 2012 including 47 How To’s on iOS and OS X. You can check out every How To, nearly 60 in all, on the How To’s page. In all we say a staggering 2230% increase in visitors to AlliOSNews in 2012 when compared to 2011! We are humbled and thank you so much for your regular visits! Without you, there is no AllIOSNews. Our Twitter followers have grown steadily over the course of 2012 and we launched our Facebook page in 2012 and it is growing slowly. We hosted our first live streaming from two Apple events, the first one actually causing the site to crash there were so many of you looking in live as the iPhone 5 was launched! I had to do a little bit of explaining to my ISP but so totally worth it!
So thank you!
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See all of you right here throughout 2013!
As I write this post, I’m looking at the blowing rain from my home office here in England – pretty confident that I have little-to-no chance of seeing fireworks to bring in 2013 tonight. Fortunately I’m covered for only .99 Cents.
Real Fireworks HD app launches in an automatic fireworks show mode. User can still use the swipe gesture to add more fireworks. The app has seven different preset modes, including one that allows you to draw your own images. The app includes multitouch controls, five color options, the ability to capture and share your works of art, and TV-out support.
When turning off the automatic fireworks show mode, the app can be used as an interactive visualizer that responds to the swipe gesture. Disabling both the automatic show and sound generates more particles when touching the screen. The best user experience can be achieved when connecting the iPad to a TV using a TV-Out kit, which can be bought for under $40 from many places.
The full version features the following:
* Customizable Realistic Fireworks Show
* Interactive Visualizer
* Smooth Graphics
* Easy to Use
* TV Out
You will need an iPad to use Real Fireworks HD and the sale lasts through New Years Day. Normal price is $4.99.
Whether you are a serious F1 fan or the casual follower, the app to have for the pentacle of motorsports is the F1 Timing App from Soft Pauer. I have purchased this app every year since it was first released in 2010 and there is no better way to watch the race while getting live scoring and track maps on your iPhone or iPad at the same time. The improvements and features of this app improve each year and the 2013 version is no exception.
Now through the end of New Years Day you can get the 2013 version for only $25.99, a savings of $10 off the normal price. That purchase gets you live coverage of all 19 races for the 2013 season along with some other great features:
- Tyre Information – Who’s on the Prime, Option or has gone to Inters?
- DRS Zones
- F1 News Notifications
- Real-Time Tracking of Drivers on a 3D map
- Live Timing Data direct from FOM – this is the same screens the teams use in the paddock
- Select & follow your favourite driver throughout a race
- Live Leader boards
- Downloadable Race Packs to get the race after it is completed – all the sessions from FP1-3, Q1-3 and the Race
- Live Text Commentary in the Race
- Race Control Messages to let you know flag conditions or if an investigation is ongoing
- Corner Views so you can see how drivers are going through your favourite corner on a track (Eau Rouge anyone?)
F1 2013 Timing App is available now in the App Store. It is a Universal app for your iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch
In light of the recent uproar over the privacy and policy changes at Instagram, apps that provide services are, understandably, treading cautiously with any terms, conditions and privacy changes going forward. Instagram suffered an almost instant backlash publicly but it seems debatable how much real damage was done to the company with their recent snafu.
Yesterday Foursquare sent out an email to all of its members highlighting changes that are coming in 2013 to the social networking app and service. The email lays out in plain English the changes that are coming and where you can read all of the detailed legal bits should you want to do so.
The first change to come 28 January is that your full name will be displayed, not just your first name and last initial. The email explains that, “Currently, Foursquare sometimes shows your full name and sometimes shows your first name and last initial (“John Smith” vs. “John S.”). For instance, if you search for a friend in Foursquare, we show their full name in the results, but when you click through to their profile page you don’t see their last name.”
The second change is for businesses on Foursquare. This change means that businesses on Foursquare will be able to see who checked in to their location over the course of a day, not just the past 3 hours (the current limit). As an individual user you can of course opt out so a business won’t see your check-in.
The full policy can be found on the Foursquare website but it is clear that the afterglow of the Instagram debacle has made companies think carefully and clearly about policy changes. Having read over the policy I don’t see anything alarming but your mileage may vary.