Jan 25

iTunes LogoIf you’ve just updated iTunes on your Windows PC to version 11.1.4 and are no longer able to sync your iPhone or iPad, it’s likely that the new software has disrupted the drivers for your iOS device. 

To repair the problem:

1. Shutdown iTunes.

2. Connect your iOS device to your PC via USB cable.

3. In Explorer, navigate to this folder:

C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\Drivers\

4. Locate and right-click the file called usbaapl64.inf and select Install from the menu.

5. Reboot your PC and the problem should be resolved.

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Sep 03

Apple Event Invitation September 10, 2013

Apple made its long-rumored September 10 event official today, sending out invitations to a select few in business and media.  The event will showcase the new iPhone model, which is widely expected to be called the iPhone 5S.

The iPhone 5S will be physically similar to the current iPhone5 but will ship with iOS 7 and include upgrades to the camera and processor.  There may also be a fingerprint reader for device security included.

In addition to the flagship 2013 iPhone, Apple is also expected to announce a second, lower-cost iPhone model, which many believe will be called the iPhone 5C.  This model would feature more mid-range hardware and come in a variety of colors.

There’s only a week left for such speculation, though; the event begins next Tuesday at noon CDT.

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Jun 29

Chrome Browser for iOS

Yesterday when Chrome hit the iOS App  Store, I allowed myself a moment of geek excitement; Chrome is my preferred browser on the PC, so I was looking forward seeing that experience translate to the iPad. 

Meh.

It’s nice, and has a familiar look and feel, but under the hood – as suspected – Apple’s app restrictions keep the browser from being much more than Safari with a Google facelift.

As confirmed by John Herrman on Buzzfeed, Apple hasn’t lifted its software restrictions, so Chrome for iOS is hobbled and not even really Chrome at all.  The result is an experience that shares little with the real Chrome browser, and one actually slower than Safari on the iPad. 

One good thing about the browser is that it allows syncing your content with Chrome on your Mac or PC.  Actually… that’s about the only good thing.

M. Nichols, Products Editor

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Jun 26

Apple's new Podcasts iOS App

One of the rumors about iOS 6 was that Apple would be moving podcasts from the Music app to its very own application on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.  Well, the rumor was true, but iOS 6 isn’t required:

This morning Apple released Podcasts, a new standalone podcast app for all iOS devices.

Here’s what Apple says about Podcasts:

Podcasts app is the easiest way to discover, subscribe to and play your favorite podcasts on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Explore hundreds of thousands of free audio and video podcasts from the Podcasts Catalog, and play the most popular podcasts, organized for you by topic, with the all-new Top Stations feature.

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Jun 11

iOS 6Apple announced, as expected, iOS 6 today at WWDC.  iOS 6 will be available with “over 200 new features” for select iPhones, iPads and iPod touch models in the fall.

Here’s iOS 6 in a nutshell:

New Siri Features: The new-and-improved Siri can tell you sports scores, game times and player stats, give you restaurant ratings (powered by Yelp) and make reservations, give movie ratings (powered by RottenTomatoes), actor and appearance information, dictate tweets, and launch apps.  There’s also support for integration with select car companies who’ll add Siri buttons to steering wheels.  Full Siri is also coming to the 3rd Gen iPad.

Facebook Integration: Facebook gets Siri support, and you can also post to Facebook from many apps.  Facebook has been added to Notification Center, the App Store and iTunes, contacts, calendar, etc. 

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