How To Update To iOS4 on iPhone 3GS, 3G and iPod Touch

will be out shortly, in-fact it is only a matter of few hours away. If you haven’t yet read about iOS4, it is a rechristened name for the OS 4, which has a lot of new features, including Multi-tasking, folders for apps, unified inbox, wallpaper support and more.

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iOS4 though also is a bit of a battery drain and can make you run for the charger faster than iPhone OS 3.1.3, however, with the slew of new features it is definitely a exciting upgrade. So how do you upgrade to iOS4? Read ahead.

How To Update iOS4 on iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G and iPod Touch

iOS4 will be released to the general public on June 21, this is different from the iOS4 GM release which was released for developers.

To upgrade to iOS4 on your iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G and iPod Touch, you will first of all have to upgrade iTunes 9.2, you can download or upgrade iTunes 9.2 using the Apple Update manager.

iOS4 Upgrade iTunes

Once you have updated your iTunes, connect your device, accept the terms and visit the summary page for the device.

On that page, you will see a button to “Check for Update”, click on it to see if the new iOS4 update is available for your device. If there is one you can then follow the normal upgrade process and your iPhone 3GS, 3G or iPod Touch will be updated to use iOS4. Enjoy.

iOS4 Update For iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G and iPod Touch Coming This Monday? Are You Ready?

Apple will be releasing a free update for 3GS, iPhone 3G and iPod Touch this Monday, this will bring a lot of new features to your devices including multi-tasking, so are you ready?

However, before you upgrade, here is what you should know. iOS4 was specifically created with the in mind, and for older devices it is a big battery drain. Here is a tweet one of my friends posted who is using iOS4 GM on an iPod touch.

iOS4 Battery Drain

So, with multitasking and wallpaper support, your older iDevice will drain battery much faster than the iPhone 4, which has a better and newer battery itself.

Again, you can save battery life by turning off Wi-Fi and lowering the brightness of the device, however, with normal usage it will only run for 3 hours or so.

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This goes on to show that other than iPhone 4, the earlier iDevices were not created for multi-tasking and iOS4 update will definitely have a huge impact on it. Of course, iOS4 brings a lot of new features, but those features come at a cost, so upgrade only if you are certain about it, because thanks to Apple, there will be no rollback.

Note: Multitasking and Wallpaper support will be enabled by default in iPhone 3GS, however, you can enable it in other devices if you jailbreak iPhone using redsn0w.

Facebook Application For iPod Touch/iPhone Updated

The Facebook application for the iPhone/iPod Touch just got updated. The Facebook application is one of the most popular applications for the iPhone/iPod Touch in the Apple App Store.clip_image001 The updated Facebook application is numbered version 3.1.3. The new version fixes many bugs, as well as adds new features.

The new features of the application include :

* Users can now view videos posted by their friends on Facebook.

* Ability to view and write on walls of events.

* The width of the uploaded photos has now been increased to 720 pixels.

The bugs fix list includes :

* Fixed the bug in which the birthday view showed months in the wrong order.

* Removed the bug where users could not upload pictures smaller than a certain size.

* Fixed the broken photo album link in the News Feed.

What I would really like to see is a Facebook application for the iPad. Even though I can open Facebook from Safari on my iPad, I cannot comment on others status update because the commentbutton is missing. I guess this is due to some incompatibility. Hopefully, Facebook will solve this matter soon or release an iPad version of the Facebook application.

iPhone 4 Wannabe User Camps Early Outside Apple Store

Looks like Apple fans are really fanatic about every new product Apple releases. A guy named Justin was spotted camped outside an Apple Store in Dallas, Texas to be first to purchase an .

iPhone 4 Camper

Way to go buddy, and I can Imagine the crazy lines outside Apple stores on June 24, the day the 4 will start selling officially. If you haven’t pre-ordered your iPhone 4 yet, you are too late, new iPhone 4 orders will only be shipped after July 14th now.

(Source)

512 MB RAM for Apple iPhone 4

It has been just confirmed by Apple, as reported by MacRumors, that the iPhone 4 showcasing the brand new IOS 4 comes with 512 MB RAM. This boost in memory is sure to give a notable performance jump to the iPhone 4. The earlier iPhones iPhone 3G had 128 MB and iPhone 3GS had 256 MB RAM respectively.

The higher amount of RAM will be particularly useful as Apple finally brings multitasking to its IOS 4. This multitasking feature has been present in Blackberry and Android for quite some time now. This is also the reason why the older iPhones will not get multitasking they simply do not have enough RAM to support it.

Apple unlike other manufacturers have not yet released a spec-sheet of the exact hardware for the iPhone 4. They are laying greater emphasis on the applications and features of the phone rather than the hardware.

The increased amount of RAM is not the only new feature for iPhone to boost. It also comes with a gaming social network called Game Centre where players can meet and greet, show off achievements and make friends. The iPhone is slated to come with a 5.0 MP camera. This will enable it to shoot 720p HD videos and even edit them with the iMovie app.

The iPhone 4 sporting the beautiful IOS 4 is surely the product to look forward to and like all Apple products, it has the potential to be a definite trend setter.

Redsn0w 0.9.5 To Jailbreak iOS4 Now Available for Windows

The iPhone Dev-team have released a new update for Windows which will allows users to jailbreak iPhone 3G and iPod Touch 2G (non-MC version) running  Golden Master using redsn0w 0.9.5.

Redsn0w Beta 0.9.5 Windows

redsn0w 0.9.5 beta will turn on multitasking and homescreen wallpaper by default. You can also deselect these features if you don’t want them.

Please make sure to read the Dev teams note before using redsn0w 0.9.5 beta:

YOU SHOULD STAY CLEAR OF THIS BETA SOFTWARE IF YOU RELY ON A CARRIER UNLOCK. That’s because the beta redsn0w works only if your device has already been upgraded to the stock 4.0beta1/beta4/GM IPSW from Apple, which contains a baseband update. If you installed that IPSW, you’ve already lost the carrier unlock until the next planned release of ultrasn0w and blacksn0w.

You can also jailbreak iPhone 3GS running iOS4 using PwnageTool. You will require to download iTunes 9.2 in order to install iOS4. However, if you have jailbroken your or iPod touch using the Spirit jailbreak tool, do not upgrade to iTunes 9.2 as of yet.

More instructions and the download for redsn0w 0.9.5 Beta for Windows can be found here.

600,000 iPhone 4 Pre-Ordered In One Day

In a record of sorts, Apple has sold 600,000 pre-orders of their next-gen device. This revelation came from Apple through a press release, earlier AT&T had said that they sold 10 times more pre-orders for the 4 than they had for the iPhone 3GS.

Apple’s Press Release for the iPhone 4 pre-orders read as follows (emphasis added):

CUPERTINO, Calif., June 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Yesterday Apple and its carrier partners took pre-orders for more than 600,000 of Apple’s new iPhone 4. It was the largest number of pre-orders Apple has ever taken in a single day and was far higher than we anticipated, resulting in many order and approval system malfunctions. Many customers were turned away or abandoned the process in frustration. We apologize to everyone who encountered difficulties, and hope that they will try again or visit an Apple or carrier store once the iPhone 4 is in stock.

The amount of pre-orders for iPhone 4 is not surprising though as it is a huge refresh from the iPhone 3GS and has an awesome display along with front-facing camera, better battery life and more. (iPhone 4 Features and Specs)

Now that is a huge number and Apple might sell millions of iPhone 4 devices in June itself. iPhone 4 pre-orders are still available, however they will now ship in July instead of June.

(Source: BI)

iPhone 4 Out of Stock in US, New Orders Will Ship In July and may Delay 18 Country Launch

Looks like the is under heavy demand and Apple ran out of stock on the first day of opening their pre-orders. If you go to Apple to pre-order a iPhone 4, you will be shown a message that new orders for the 4 will ship starting July 2 14.

iPhone 4 Out of Stock, Ships July 2

So if you go and pre-order an iPhone 4 now, it will ship 8 days after the original June 24 launch date. Of course, you can always hop on a Plane and fly to UK or Canada to pick up an unlocked iPhone 4, however, don’t book your tickets to Canada yet since the iPhone 4 will only be available there in September, however, UK users will be getting it on June 24.

The unprecedented demand for iPhone 4 may also put Apple’s 18 country July 4 launch in jeopardy, considering that they weren’t even ready with enough units for the US launch. Let’s hope everything goes fine there.

Vuvuzela iPhone App Clocks 1 Million Downloads

If you have been watching the World Cup 2010, you might have heard the ear-shattering African trumpet Vuvuzela, which fans have been blowing in stadiums. However, it also looks like the Vuvuzela madness as spread to users too.

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The iPhone app called iVuvuzela has been downloaded more then 1 million times to annoy people with that blaring sound.

iVuvuzela iPhone App

iVuvuzela is a free download and is the #1 app download in Argentina, Austria, Brazil, France, Germany, Greece, Portugal, Italy, Netherlands, UK and South Africa. The app seems to be highly popular and addicting and was created by couple of Dutch developers.

So if you want to annoy the hell out of your friends or neighbors with about 90 decibels of noise during the World Cup, go ahead and download the iVuvuzela app from here.

(Source)

Image credit Reuters

Read e-Books on Your PC, iPad, iPhone, Android, Mac or BlackBerry with Kindle Apps

fbreader-iconMost of you would agree that Amazon.com is one of the best places to look for and buy new and used books. Amazon is also the force behind the Kindle, which is a well known e-book reader device.

kindle-at-amazon The combination of Amazon’s book selection, easy shopping and the Kindle are a nearly unbeatable trio that others have been trying to match for years. The Apple iPad may have a good chance of competing with them, but I’m guessing that the other vendors can only look on with envy and hope.

If you don’t have a Kindle, you don’t have to keep wishing you could read all of those books in an electronic format. Amazon offers free applications that allow you to download Amazon books and read them from your favorite device.

I’ll show you what the Kindle for PC application looks like.

  • If you have other devices such as an iPad, iPhone, Android, Mac or BlackBerry, see the download section of this post.

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A few months ago, I posted an article telling you how to Find and Read Tons of Free E-Books with FBReader. If all you need to do is read free e-books, that’s the application I would recommend for your PC. However, if you plan to do any shopping at Amazon for non-free books, you could install Kindle for PC and give it a try.

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The Kindle app isn’t very large and doesn’t have a confusing set of features. It gives you easy access to the Kindle Store and also allows you to view many of the 1.8 million free e-books at archive.org.

After installing Kindle for PC, you will be prompted to either create an account at Amazon, or login with your existing account. Since I already had an account, it was simple for me to sign in. Here’s what the Kindle app looked like when I first launched it.

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Since I hadn’t bought any books at Amazon, I used the Shop in Kindle Storebutton, which launched my web browser. I found and followed the links to the free books at archive.org.

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Once there, I found a book that I thought I might read.

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I chose the Kindle version of the book and downloaded it.

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All I had to do was double click the book (.mobi file), and it instantly opened up in the Kindle application. As you can see below, it’s not a complicated interface and while you are reading, you can bookmark pages, highlight text and add notes. That’s everything you need while studying or writing. It also remembers where you were reading last and takes you to that section when you reopen the Kindle app.

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If you have other devices you’d like to read books on, you can also find Kindle readers for the iPad, iPhone, Mac, Android and BlackBerry.

If you have a Kindle device, these software versions may allow you to synchronize your e-books between the host device and the Kindle device. You may also want to look at our post telling you how to Copy (and convert) Books From PC to Amazon Kindle.

Do you want to try the Kindle reader apps?

Techie Buzz Verdict:

The free Kindle for PC is a pretty good e-book reader. It’s not fancy, and it will surely save you time if you like to shop for books at Amazon. The apps for other devices are probably just as useful, but you’ll have to judge for yourself unless you are willing to send me one of these devices.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5