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Email More Than Five Images At Once From The Stock Photos App On iPhone Using ‘Mail More Photos’

The photos application that comes as stock on Apple iOS devices is probably one of my favorite apps on my iPhone and iPad. I know, it seems like a bizarre statement to make considering the amount of amazingly innovative and beautiful applications that exist amongst the 543,000 on the App Store. However, the simple nature of Photos App, mixed with its functionality and deep integration into the operating system has made me fall in love with it.

 

 

But, as we all know, falling in love is easy, it is human nature after all, but the difficult part is remaining in love. I am now onto my fourth iPhone and second iPad and there is a consistent, niggling little gripe that I have with the Photos App that could have produced a ripple in our otherwise perfect relationship. I am far from being an accomplished photographer, but I do love taking photographs. Whether it is a shot of a loved one (usually my dog), or a quick snap of a shop window when I am out and about, my Photos App is full of a random collection of images. Imagine my distress when I was out of the country, trying to email some photographs home and my beloved Photos Application let me down by refusing to allow more than five images to be selected for emailing.

Prior to this, I had never known there was a limit to how many photographs you could send to the Email App from within Photos. I guess it is one of those limitations that you never come across until you come across it, and then you are totally perplexed by its existence. iOS 4 and 5 brought some great improvements to the application, with the ability to create individual user albums from your camera roll and actually seeing a world map which shows the locations of where photographs were taken thanks to a clever geotag embedded in the photograph at the time of capture.

Thankfully, Cydia has come to the rescue again with the recently released and aptly named ‘Mail More Photos’ tweak. An iOS developer known as ‘noppers’ has entered the Cydia store with an initial 1.1 release of his tweak, released onto the ModMyi repository. So often is the case in the jailbreak community, a developer comes across an issue which causes them distress and they decided to ‘fix’ it, which I like to think is the case in this instance.

The Mail More Photos tweak hooks directly into the Photos App and effectively allows an infinite number of photographs to be selected and shared via email. A very nice extra with the tweak is the real time update it performs on the navigation bar of the application when the user is selecting photographs to share. The nav bar is actually updated to show how many photographs are selected and what the total size is in terms of megabytes, which is extremely useful if you are intending to email the images to an email address with an inbox receiving limit.

 

 

Mail My Photos is available now for $0.99 on the ModMyI repository within Cydia and requires a device running iOS 4 or above.

You will obviously need to have jailbroken device to run it. For jailbreaking iOS 5 untethered, follow our complete step by step instructions posted here to jailbreak iPhone, iPad, iPod touch on iOS 5.0.1 using Redsn0w.

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Posted by plates55 - January 7, 2012 at 10:24 am

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Lock Screen Weather: Display Local Weather On iPhone Lock Screen Without Jailbreaking

One thing that never ceases to amaze me is the level of creativity that developers seem to muster up in order to bypass the restrictions imposed upon them by the Apple developer guidelines. In the past month alone we have seen a number of popular applications accepted into the App Store and then subsequently be pulled from sale by Apple due to a breach of the guidelines.

Lock Screen Weather

The developer App Store and human interface guidelines that are given to iOS developers offer an intriguing insight into the world of Apple, and are regularly criticized by developers on other platforms for the strict restrictions they place. However, if you take the time to read through them, the first thing you notice is they are generally common sense, designed to give the best user experience for the customer. Secondly, they are written in an extremely casual manner with one part saying:

We will reject any apps for any content or behaviour that we believe is over the line. What line, you ask? Well, as a Supreme Court Justice one said, “I’ll know it when I see it”. And we think you will also know it when you come across it.

The new Lock Screen Weather application by Pavel Kozarek adopts an interesting approach to produce an app which would otherwise be rejected by Apple for a breach of the guidelines. Lock Screen Weather allows us to display local weather information and graphics directly on the devices lock screen. This doesn’t seem too revolutionary, considering weather widgets tools have existed within Cydia for a number of years. However, the interesting thing about this application is that it is available directly within the App Store and does not require a jailbreak.

If having the weather on your lock screen is important to you, then you can expect the following features from Lock Screen Weather:

    • Current weather conditions on your lock screen (location configured through settingspanel).
    • An optional five day weather forecast.
    • Support for tens of thousands of cities around the world.
    • Current weather and future forecasts updated regularly.
    • Both Fahrenheit and Celsius units supported.
    • An original set of weather graphics for every conceivable weather condition.

Perhaps the most interesting and unorthodox thing about this application is the way in which the developer has gotten around the developer guidelines. The weather application works by playing a silent track via the devices iPod app and taking advantage of the lock screen album art display. Due to the way the iPod app dynamically handles the album artwork of a playing track, the screen is updated whenever the device is locked.

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Lock Screen Weather is clearly a very clever application, and from a technical mindset it is a very clever implementation. However, to work effectively it requires a constant playing track through the iPod which in turn would stop the user from playing their own music. If the feedback on the App Store is to be believed, the application also bypasses all sound notifications other than the ringtone meaning alerts such as text messages will no longer work.

Download Lock Screen Weather for iPhone and iPod touch [iTunes link]

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Posted by plates55 - December 30, 2011 at 11:35 am

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Apple chosen as top online electronics retailer in customer survey

A new customer satisfaction survey has again placed Apple as the top computers and electronics retailer with the second-highest score overall, behind only online retail giant Amazon.
ForeSee Results published the results of the holiday edition of its U.S. E-Retail Satisfaction Index early Wednesday, as noted by TechCrunch. According to the survey, which polled more than 8,500 customers using the American Customer Satisfaction Index methodology, Amazon had the highest satisfaction rating with a score of 88 out of 100, while Apple tied for second overall with several other retailers, including Avon and JC Penney.
Among electronics retailers, Apple was first with a score of 83, followed by Newegg.com with 82 points. The Cupertino, Calif., company also took the top spot among electronics retailers last May.
A score of 80 is “generally considered the threshold for excellence,” the report noted. Amazon’s score of 88 was the highest score ever reported since ForeSee initiated the survey. The firm has conducted the survey twice a year for seven years now.
Apple and Amazon have overlapped as retailers for years, but 2011 saw increasing competition on Amazon’s part. The company opened up its Amazon Appstore, which sells applications for Google’s Android operating system, in March, in spite of a trademark lawsuit from Apple over the “App Store” name. In November, the retailer released its Kindle Fire tablet, which is believed to have quickly jumped to second place in the tablet market, behind only Apple’s iPad.

 

While the two companies were among the winners for customer satisfaction this holiday season, the report named Netflix as a loser in 2011. After a rocky few months following several missteps, Netflix, which had been neck-and-neck with Amazon in years past, saw a sharp drop in customer satisfaction, losing 7 points to receive a score of 79.
The company upset customers earlier this year by increasing prices for physical DVD rentals. Subscriber backlash prompted Netflix to spin off its DVD-by-mail service. However, a second wave of customer dissatisfaction caused Netflix to cancel the spinoff.
But, Netflix’s losses were a rare exception this year, as, customers were, overall, one point more satisfied in 2011 than last year, when the average score was 78. This year’s rating matched the record high of 79 set in 2009.
According to the firm, customer satisfaction plays a strong part in the long-term prospects of online retailers. Highly satisfied shoppers reported being 64 percent more likely to consider a retailer again when compared to shoppers who were dissatisfied with a website. Satisfied consumers were more likely to return to the retailer’s site, recommend it and stay loyal to the brand.
Satisfaction also appears to have a direct effect on a retailer’s revenues. On average, a one-point change in satisfaction of a website resulted in a 14 percent change in online revenue.

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Posted by plates55 - December 28, 2011 at 9:43 am

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Microsoft Lync 2010 for iPhone and iPad released

Microsoft Lync 2010 for iPhone requires a Lync Server or Office365/Lync Online account and will not work without it. If you are unsure about your account status, please contact your IT department.

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Download for iPhone: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-lync-2010-for-iphone/id484293461?mt=8

Download for iPad: http://itunes.apple.com/dk/app/microsoft-lync-2010-for-ipad/id484222449?mt=8

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Posted by plates55 - December 27, 2011 at 8:04 am

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Windows 8 App Store Promises Apple App Store Battle

Microsoft has pushed back the curtain from the app store it plans on integrating into Windows 8, in the process kicking off what will surely be a vicious competition with Apple and its own app storefront for Mac OS X Lion.

Unlike Windows Phone, whose own app store is growing at a relatively slow rate (and whose total number of apps on offer lags well behind that of Apple’s App Store for iOS), Windows comes with a sizable user base. Third-party developers will want to leverage those hundreds of millions of potentialcustomers for profit, and will thus scramble to build “Metro“-style apps to fill the Windows 8 app store. At least, that’s how Microsoft hopes the process will unfold.

In order to sweeten the deal for developers, Microsoft will give them 80 percent of every dollar generated off an app’s sale, provided the app in question earns more than $25,000. Less than that, and Microsoft will pay out 70 percent, a ratio that has become something of an industry standard.

Microsoft is also designing the store with businessesin mind.

“Enterprise developers have been asking about their path to market with Metro style apps,” Ted Dworkin, partner program manager for the Windows Store, wrote in a Dec. 6 posting on the new Windows Store blog. “And, in turn, IT administratorshave been asking about deployment and management scenarios, such as compliance and security.”

Microsoft’s way of fulfilling those enterprise needs, apparently, centers on giving businesses direct control over app deployment. “Enterprises can choose to limit access to the Windows Store catalog by their employees, or allow access but restrict certain apps,” he wrote. “In addition, enterprises can choose to deploy Metro style apps directly to PCs, without going through the Store infrastructure.”

Windows 8 beta will arrive in February 2012, with the final release later that year. Unlike previous versions of the operating system with their desktop-style interface, the upcoming operating system’s start screen centers on a set of colorful, touchable tiles linked to applications–the better to port it onto tablets and other touch-centric form factors

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Posted by plates55 - December 8, 2011 at 11:13 am

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