At last Podcasts app from Apple was updated. It’s renewed and now you can see the true value of it. A number of new features are available. Apple offers an opportunity to create custom stations automatically updated as new episodes. The app also now includes some improvements for stations and playlists. Thanks to iCloud support, all stations can be in step with the time on all your iOS gadgents. Now it’s possible to download or subscribe to audio and video podcasts and they will be synced when you sync the device with iTunes.
One more ability is On-The-Go playlists, an option to support syncing playlists from iTunes. It let your stations start playing with the latest episode.
On some podcast pages you can get information about an artist, rating, category, and add it to your library.
The app also offers a renewed “Now Playing” opportunity. It allows to see playback controls as pictured screenshots. There are other performance improvements:
• Custom stations. Now they will update new episodes automatically for you.
• Opportunity to start playing with new or old episodes.
• iCloud support, that allows all your devices to be in step with the time.
•Your own lists of episodes in an On-The-Go playlist.
• Synced playlists are now in the Podcasts app.
• A renewed Now Playing option with ability to use playback controls.
Apple’s Podcasts app was improved and received a lot of features that broaden your opportunities. In June 2012, when it was released, the app received a lot of negative comments concerning a bad design and limited abilities. We’ll hope, new enhancements will improve the situation and attract a lot of users.
Users recently reported the situation to Macworld, noting that instead of relegating the possibly pornographic emails to a spam folder, iCloud is “pre-filtering” or automatically deleting the messages with no notification to sender or recipient. When a user tries to send an email containing words such as “barely legal”, iCloud will automatically block the message. Apple responded, saying, “Occasionally, automated spam filters may incorrectly block legitimate email. If the customer feels that a legitimate message is blocked, we encourage customers to report it to AppleCare.”
As part of the iCloud’s Terms and Conditions, the company notes that it can pre-screen or otherwise modify content at any time: You acknowledge that Apple is not responsible or liable in any way for any Content provided by others and has no duty to pre-screen such Content. However, Apple reserves the right at all times to determine whether Content is appropriate and in compliance with this Agreement, and may pre-screen, move, refuse, modify and/or remove Content at any time, without prior notice and in its sole discretion, if such Content is found to be in violation of this Agreement or is otherwise objectionable.
iCloud’s so-called “silent email filtering” raises questions as to the reliability of Apple’s service as an inadvertent phrase flagged by the spam blocking system could cause a user to never receive a message. The situation is concerning given both iCloud users and senders have no way of knowing an email was not received as the messages are simply deleted.
Other services, like Google’s Gmail, Yahoo Mail or Microsoft’s Outlook, are not known to have such measures in place and funnel spam into appropriately tagged folders.
Apple launched a new iCloud beta website for iOS and OS X developers; it features a new Find my iPhone, an updated Calendar, and Notes and Reminders app versions for the Web. All the registered developers can access the new beta version at beta.icloud.com.
The Notes in the beta version look like the Notes app on iPad and on Mountain Lion. The app has the same yellow sheet of paper, the same fonts and the same possibility to ransack for a certain note through the entire collection via Search.
The Notes web app goes hand in hand with the new Reminders web app, allowing users to create various lists of date and time reminders that are completed with a note. The Reminders app, too, looks similar to the app on iOS and Mountain Lion.
On the other hand, the Find my iPhone app is entirely revamped: it has a new design and it includes a Lost Mode. The Notifications settings also changed in both Find my iPhone and Calendar apps.
The iCloud.com beta version was launched yesterday and no other details concerning the official release date were given.
Source: 9to5 Mac
Apple’s last month debates with HBO have come to an end, thus, iCloud users can now download content from Universal Pictures while 20th Century Fox remains reticent.
Due to HBO’s constraints, Universal was unable to integrate its movies with Apple’s iCloud in March, but this weekend the Universal content became available through iCloud. These are some good news especially for the users who previously purchased Universal movies from iTunes, now being able to re-download them for no cost.
In iTunes, the movies from Fox contain a warning that accentuates the fact that “when purchased, this movie will not be available from iTunes in the Cloud.” Meanwhile, the Universal content was absolved from this warning.
20th Century Fox is still negotiating with HBO and expects to make its movies available through iCloud as soon as possible
MobileMe is set to be shut downed on June 2012 and Apple is advising its users to move to iCloud. The company firstly announced the intention of shutting down the service same time they officially launched iCloud, but now, they highly suggest the migration of MobileMe users to iCloud through email messages.
Apple explains on its website:
“The core services provided by MobileMe have been rewritten to work seamlessly with iCloud. MobileMe will no longer be available as a paid sync service. If you had an active MobileMe account as of June 6, 2011, your service has been extended through June 30, 2012, at no additional charge. After that date, the MobileMe service will no longer be available”
iCloud provides almost the same services MobileMe did, except for keychain sync and iDisk – Apple’s online storage solution, but they still have time until summer to try offering these missing services also. In exchange, they offer new possibilities specific to iCloud:
- iTunes in the Cloud
- Photo Stream
- Documents in the Cloud
- Automatic downloads and purchase history for apps and books
- Backup and restore
You can find further information on the subject and see how this move will affect you from Apple’s support section.
Apple has just released yesterday updates for Airport Utility network software with a very simple user interface but impressive graphical map of the wireless base stations and how they interact to each other enhancing the listing option. This new version, 6.0, works with latest AirPort Express Extreme and Time Capsules supporting 802.11n. It seems that, this new simplified interface is missing the capacity to detail clients’ wireless signal strength, MAC addresses and some network statistics. Also, internet connection settings and other technical specifications are organized in a more convenient way, to increase its usability and make it easier for end users.
Beside the Utility update, Apple also released the AirPort firmware update 7.6.1 for security improvements and wireless performance, where the most interesting of the improvements is the possibility to remotely access a Time Capsule’s hard drive or a hard drive connected to an AirPort device through USB. This feature previously existed on Apple’s MobileMe online service, but became unusable once users moved their accounts to iCloud. Before applying the firmware update, it is recommended to install at least AirPort Utility 5.5.3.
We notice, Apple continues to progressively improve its wireless technology and, as I said in a previous article, it’s expected to add the new 802.11c standard support for Gigabit Wireless.
The application is a very good cooking assistant which helps you innovate, prepare and cook your meals. It has been named the best lifestyle iPad app in App Store Rewind 2011, in the US. It has reached Version 2.1, being now available for all iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch and being on-sale in the iTunes Store at only $4.99. Beside the over 2,000 recipes, excellent functions and layout, one of its greatest features is the Voice Command support, which let your hands free to do whatever needed and avoids messing up your devices’ screen.
You can add your own recipes with photos, rate existing ones and see the most popular dishes. For every dish you are aware of the level of difficulty, the amount of time and the ingredients needed. More, you can save your favorite recipes, use the Meal builder for easy meal planning, sync your recipes and shopping lists between your devices through iCloud, watch recipes and videos on your screen TV via Apple TV and Airplay.
I personally like very much the prepare mode, with the recipe being nicely displayed and remotely read by a cook and the kitchen tools such as timers, substitution lists and measurement convertors.