13 Hidden Features of Apple iOS 6

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Think You Know Apple’s New iOS 6?  With over 200 new features, it’s doubtful.

Here are 13 hidden features of Apple’s new operating system for iPhones, iPads and iPod touches.  Read the whole article here.

  1. Apple’s completely redesigned Maps app replaces Google Maps in iOS 6. Simply pinch to zoom out, like you normally, and keep doing it until the map becomes a globe.
  2. Panorama mode actually works with any iOS device that has a dual-core processor.
  3. You can finally insert photos into an e-mail draft. Tap and hold on a blank area in the email until the cut-and-paste menu appears.
  4. The YouTube app has been removed from the default install of iOS 6. But if you want it back, you can download the new YouTube app from the App Store.
  5. Sharing Calendars can now be done straight from iOS 6.
  6. Email now has a mark as unread function. Tap on the flag to choose from flagging an e-mail or setting it as unread.
  7. With iOS 6, each e-mail account can have its own unique signature.
  8. On the iPhone the default Navigation voice can be alarmingly loud, especially if connected to a car stereo. To adjust the speaking volume of your robot navigator, go to Settings > Maps
  9. Photo Stream now offers a pretty easy way to share photos with groups of friends without posting them to the Internet for all the world to see.
  10. Now you can customize alarms for certain days of the week and set a song from your music library as your alarm tone.
  11. New ability to delete both artists and individual tracks lets you remove these offending tracks. Just slide from left to right on an artist or track to bring up the delete button.
  12. Although the new Passbook function isn’t fully available with application support yet, one of the best things about Passbook is the option to access it from the lockscreen. Go to Settings > General > Passcode Lock.
  13. Apple has provided clearer controls with regard to ad tracking and to granting apps access to your data.


The Best Summer Gadgets for Kids

Some of the most popular and latest gadgets at http://www.bestbuy.com for this summer.

  • If you travel with kids, then you can keep them busy with items like portable DVD players, personal gaming consoles (Nintendo DS or Sony PSP) or maybe even their own Flip video camcorder to record their travels and have fun. You can check out kids product section for more about these products. Pick up any of these, which makes kids interesting and enjoy. Fewer bored kids are asking “Are we there yet?”
  • There are some ultimate outdoor entertainer such as Wireless speakers for listening on your deck, the backyard BBQ or pool party. Maybe talk about the new iPod touch and how you can drop that into a dock for a virtual party jukebox.
  • You can also stay in touch while travelling. While some people use vacations to check out, many love to stay in touch and integrate technology into their routine. You can pick up any of the smart phones, which is loaded with Google Maps and Google satellite images during this summer. This will make real difference and you can find your perfect place to eat and walk right by it without knowing it was even there. You can use wireless Aircard or smartphone or mobile broadband, which can be easily connected to your laptop for checking e-mail.
  • Picking the right digital camera is really confusing and has lots of options. Do I want to go waterproof? Do I need to buy extra memory? A very quick-and-dirty on what’s out there now. Shooting waterfalls, climbing mountains, wildlife photos, rivers, like a professional photographer is a real fun. You can buy any of these digital cameras from bestbuy and become a nature photography. Trekking on the mountains with your walkies or mp3 players makes your trekking really amazing and fun. So check out the real digital cameras here at best buy.
  • You can reach your destination easily with your GPS. With GPS, you can make any strange town as familiar as the back of your hand. Today’s GPS systems are super easy to use, incredibly accurate and have the potential to save a lot of time and money. And they could help you find that great local restaurant you never knew existed. These handy units will tell you where you are, where you’re going and indicate points of interest along the way – everything from the canyons to the cantinas. Another way to have more fun with Geocaching, a high-tech treasure hunting.
  • You can talk about how prices have come down using GPS. And did you know they have a feature to help find cheapest gas prices? The Boston Herald earlier this week on it. Check it out

This one is strictly for fun. I wouldn’t call this breaking news or ‘stop the presses’ by any stretch. But I think of it as one of those great “conversation starters.” I think of this as a modern-day version of “If you could take one thing with you on a deserted island, what would it be?” Hope you guys can use it.

Best Buy routinely does surveys, and in a recent one (see end of this note to show that it’s a real survey with legit methodology) they asked the question:

“If you were going on vacation this summer, which one gadget would you have to bring with you?”

Responses were:

  • Cellphone 47 percent
  • Digital camera 28 percent
  • mp3 player 6 percent
  • Blackberry or other smartphone 4 percent
  • GPS unit 3 percent
  • Portable DVD player 2 percent
  • None 10 percent

A couple of interesting things to note: When you break it down by age and gender, mp3 went up some for younger males (not much of a surprise, right?).

  • mp3 10 percent
  • 50-plus 1 percent
  • men 10 percent
  • women 3 percent

The findings are the results of a total of 1,000 interviews conducted April 18-21, 2008 as part of GfK Roper’s weekly omnibus. A random digit dialling (RDD) sampling method was used to ensure a nationally representative sample of Americans ages 18+ across regions and demography. The margin of error for the total sample at the 95% confidence level is +/-3 percentage points.

Pat Kerrigan – A biography

Pat Kerrigan is the Customer Experience Manager for the Best Buy in Braintree. He’s been with Best Buy for four-and-a-half years. Pat’s been a tech & gadget junkie since he was a kid, with a special interest in home theatre. Pat notes that he jumped on the TiVo when it first came out in 2000. At the time, the best model could record up to 30 hours of programming; now a TiVo can record more than 180 hours. His passion for consumer electronics is what led him to a career with Best Buy. Pat’s a Boston native born on the South Shore who has followed Boston’s sports teams his whole life. He graduated from Bridgewater State College in 2007 with a degree in communications.

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