Try FaceTime with an Apple representative

28 06 2010

As they comment in Softpedia, Apple has contacted early iPhone 4 purchasers and invites customers to test out FaceTime for free. The new video chat function is typical to the company’s new-generation smartphone, and currently supports calls over Wi-Fi networks between two identical devices (namely, iPhone 4). FaceTime does not use cellular minutes.

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The invitation in question (above) encourages customers to give Apple a call and talk to a representative who will then take them through the settings configuration and Wi-Fi connectivity. “Give us a call”, Apple entices iPhone 4 owners. “An Apple representative will show you the basics and a few advanced tips. Before you call, make sure you have a Wi-Fi connection. Call 1-888-FACETIME from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. CDT”, Apple’s message ends. Customers finally engage in a FaceTime conversation, with the Apple rep explaining the particularities of this new feature.

FaceTime is an open standard announced by Apple at its Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this month. Introduced alongside iPhone 4 (thanks to the addition of a front-facing camera), the feature currently requires a working Wi-Fi network and another iPhone 4. It may be possible to use FaceTime over cellular networks and between different vendors’ devices in the near future.

“People have been dreaming about video calling for decades”, Apple proudly states on its web site. “iPhone 4 makes it a reality. With the tap of a button, you can wave hello to your kids, share a smile from across the globe, or watch your best friend laugh at your stories — iPhone 4 to iPhone 4 over Wi-Fi. No other phone makes staying in touch this much fun.”

According to the Cupertino, California-based Mac maker, there is no need to set up a special account or screen name to use FaceTime, as the service works “right out of the box”. The company provides examples of how to use the function, saying“Let’s say you want to start a video call with your best friend. Just find her entry in your Contacts and tap the FaceTime button. Or maybe you’re already on a voice call with her and you want to switch to video. Just tap the FaceTime button on the Phone screen. Either way, an invitation pops up on her iPhone 4 screen asking if she wants to join you. When she accepts, the video call begins. It’s all perfectly seamless. And it works in both portrait and landscape modes”. Visit Apple here to learn more about FaceTim

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Apple’s iProducts are not private any more!

28 06 2010

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The U.S. Congress has requested an explanation for the changes Apple has made in its privacy policy regarding the geolocation information as IPAD and iPhone products. Now users have to accept that Apple uses its location information if they want to enjoy all the benefits of their devices. 

In a letter sent on 24 June to two congressmen Steve Jobs echoed the concerns of some media about their new privacy policy, including the admission that Apple may collect and share geographic data users . If users disagree with this policy and do not accept this update of the document can not use some features of the products. Although the information is collected anonymously, the fact is that you can use to identify users based on their behavior patterns. 

That is why Steve Jobs asking him to answer a few questions related to the frequency of data collection, the amount of users which collect such data storage procedures used and who are the ‘partners and licensees ‘with which Apple may share this information. The document, signed by two congressmen, calls Steve Jobs a response by July 12.stevelaughing.jpg

Photo: Steve Jobs laughing at you with his brand-new iPhone 4





Long wait for an iPhone 4…

28 06 2010

Yes, as the say in Gizmodo it’s very difficult to get an iPhone 4 because you have to wait for a long time…

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“As you know, it was released the iPhone in the U.S. in April. One of the Gizmodo team (www.gizmodo.com) began to queue 20 minutes before they opened. Summary and video of the queue of more than five hours after the loooong break.

Watch a video of the queue here:

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Their friend in USA began to wait at 6:40 am at the Apple Store in Soho, New York. The store opened at 7:00. The queue moved so damn slow. Well, to be precise, there were two queues: one for those who had booked (as their colleague, named Adam) and one for those who do not.

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Adam had reserved, and apparently reached its goal at 12:00. 
He says the temperature was 35 degrees, and Apple employees were handing out SmartWater (I guess some flavored water or a sports drink) and ice cream. And he was in the line of those who had booked, which was significantly faster (or less slow) than the other! 
When he reached the door of the store, asked the guy next door from what time was there. He said that from 3:00 in the morning. That is 9 hours for the queue of those who booked, so, to keep the pace, someone who put in that line when the store opened at 7:00 … come at 4 o’clock. 
Now is when one wonders what the hell the type of the queue and its congeners have been in line for 9 days. Being able to get it in 9 hours, does not seem to make much sense, unless you want not only to have it, if not also be the first to have it. Or something escapes me or goes against logic.”





Apple sells 3 million iPads in 80 days

27 06 2010

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Apple makes some cash with the iPad. The company has sold three million digital tablets in 80 days since it was released in the U.S. Next month, Apple will sell the iPad in nine other countries. Many analysts in technology industry are wondering if the fourth version of iPhone, will disturb the iPad’s sales.





iPhone 4 problems

27 06 2010

It happened with the original iPhone, then with the iPhone 3G, 3GS, also with the IPAD and now comes the turn of the iPhone 4. The truth is that every release of Apple’s products is inevitably accompanied by complaints from users whose units have some problems arising from the assembly line or of an overall design. The question in all these cases, as argued in any market study, is that only will come out negative cases … since they are the ones that move us to search (or force) solutions, and pose an outlet for frustration, something totally understandable considering how it must feel who has invested hundreds of dollars on a product that has been looking forward to for so long and, once in their hands, does not meet the expectations expected. 
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Anyway, these seem to be the main weaknesses of the new iPhone 4. Some of them with a solution, other are simply more or less serious according to the person using the device and how to use it: 

The volume buttons, unlike
The rush is never good counselors and this is what seems to have happened in the iPhone assembly line in April, since it seems that some units have the volume adjustment buttons mounted upside down. 

Ie, labeling as “-” takes up the volume, while the button labeled “+” will reduce the sound.“Solution? Simply apply for replacement by another … or live with it. It all depends on what each one requires money paid for the iPhone 4. 

Yellow screens
Some displays seem to yellowish spots in certain areas of the screen. There seems to be nothing serious and, in fact, it is also something about the rush on the assembly line. One of the products used in the manufacture of the screen requires a certain amount of time for proper evaporation. With a bit of use for a few days, experts indicate that the problem be solved without more. 

No coverage
What appears to be the most serious of all problems is related to the fact that Apple has used in its design the casing as an antenna, so that depending on how you hold the phone can you run out of full coverage conversation. They have come to light some videos showing the problem, but it is also true that many users are not experiencing (most perhaps?). Watch this:


In any case, it is rumored that is an issue that can be solved by a software update operating system (IOS 4.0.1) and in fact could be published next week. 

For those who really are a severe problem of coverage Apple’s CEO (Steve Jobs) provides you with another solution: use a case or hold it “another way”.





And apple released iPhone 4…

27 06 2010

Hi, this is appletackle, the admin of this blog, and I think I’m starting blogging about this…

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After weeks filled with rumors, leaks and uncertainty, the iPhone 4 has finally seen the light. As expected, Steve Jobs introduced at Apple’s WWDC10 keynote, where he also announced the different release dates around the world on June 24 will be released in the United States, France, Germany, UK and Japan, in arrive in Spain in July. The iPhone 4, which is 24 mm thinner than its predecessor, has stainless steel housing, resistant glass screen scratched and integrated antennas. One of the new phone features is the so-called Retina display: the pixel density is multiplied by four, resulting in 326 pixels per inch (the human eye perceives only 300). The screen, 3.5 inches, features a resolution of 960 x 640 pixels. Other new features of the iPhone 4 is, as expected, the appearance of a front camera, besides the traditional. The cameras, 5 megapixel, able to record video in HD. The video can be edited on the phone through the integration of iMovie for iPhone. The front camera is what allows one of the great innovations of the phone: video calling. “I grew up watching Star Trek,” Jobs confessed, “and dreaming of video calls.” This new functionality, which have called Face Time, will only be possible, for now, with wireless connectivity. The iPhone 4, whose battery has been extended to 300 hours in stand-by (7 hours of talk time via 3G), will cost $ 199 (166 euros) in its version of 16GB, 299 (250 euros) in its 32GB version.AT & T and you can get both black and white. The presentation of the Apple CEO did not lack the technical problems due to the saturation of wifi or indirect references to the pictures had been leaked on the phone. “There is much more than what meets the eye,” he said Jobs at an event that in the end, did not attend or Steve Ballmer or Lady Gaga. Also was expected the introduction to a new FREE MobileMe and a new streaming iTunes, but that didn’t happen.