What I want to see in iOS 6

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What I want to see in iOS 6

What I want to see in iOS 6

Posted: 07 Jun 2012 04:44 PM PDT

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As is always the case with every Apple event, there's really no way we can know what the company will announce at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference keynote next Monday, June 11. I'm personally hoping Tim Cook will walk out there with the iPhone 5 (my iPhone 4 is getting a little rough around the edges), but others are saying that won't come until fall. We're probably about due for a Mountain Lion update as well, but many are saying that won't be here until later in the summer either.

Of course that leaves a ton of possibilities, from new laptop refreshes to Apple TVs, and who knows what else Apple has up its sleeve. But most people agree that an announcement about iOS 6 will probably be a major part of the presentation this Monday.

With that in mind, I've got a few things on my personal wish list for iOS 6.

Apple, add a cleanup button to slide apps to earlier pages so there are no spaces.

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A cleanup button It might just be me, but there must be other app lovers out there who agree. Have you ever tried to organize apps? Sure, you can organize your apps in iTunes and you can touch-and-hold an app on your iPhone and move stuff ... [Read more]

Microsoft's default Do Not Track not dead yet

Posted: 07 Jun 2012 04:34 PM PDT

Microsoft wants Windows 8's Internet Explorer 10 to come with Do Not Track activated by default -- but that may not happen.

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The news sounded bad for Microsoft. Barely six days after the company announced an aggressive stance on blocking advertisers from tracking you in the coming Internet Explorer 10, a new standards draft from the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) appeared to kill the plan.

Except the new standards for the Do Not Track (DNT) browser header did nothing of the sort.

Microsoft's Chief Privacy Officer Brendon Lynch told CNET in a statement, "We are engaged with the W3C, as we are with many international standards bodies. While we respect the W3C's perspective, we believe that a standard should support a privacy by default choice for consumers."

For its part, the W3C has acknowledged that the DNT standards draft is just that -- a work-in-progress draft. Aleecia McDonald, a co-chair of the W3C Tracking Protection Working Group, wrote in the minutes from the meeting during which the draft was written that, "it will be quite a while before we have a final recommendation with which to comply or not. As I posted before, until there is a final recommendation, there is no way for a user agent (or anyone else) to be complying or not complyi... [Read more]

How to permanently disable speed dial in Firefox

Posted: 07 Jun 2012 11:10 AM PDT

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In the latest release of Firefox, new tab pages display your nine most frequently visited Web pages in an easy-to-see thumbnail layout. You can customize the sites that are displayed and even hide the new tab page, but if you prefer disabling the feature permanently, here's how:

Step 1: In the Firefox address bar, type about:config and hit Enter.

Step 2: When the warranty warning appears, click on the "I'll be careful, I promise!" button.

Step 3: Type browser.newtab.url in the search box.

Step 4: Double-click on the preference name, then change the string value from about:newtab to about:blank. Click OK to save.

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That's it. Now when you bring up a new tab in Firefox, it'll be blank, rather than displaying the thumbnails of your most frequently visited sites.

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Evernote Food now serving Android users

Posted: 07 Jun 2012 09:02 AM PDT

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Evernote, the company whose mission is to "help the world remember everything," is now giving Android users a way to keep track of their meals, with the just-released Evernote Food app for Android. This means, if you're an Android user, you can now join your iOS friends in taking pictures of your meals, the restaurants where you eat them, and the people you are with, and saving it all on your Evernote account.

To get started with Evernote Food, you first have to log in with your Evernote account. Next, just hit the "+" button up top to pull up the New Meal screen. Here, you can add pictures (as many as you like), captions, tags, location (powered by Foursquare), and other pertinent info. The app can even help you out if you leave your title field blank by generating a title based on the time of day and location of your meal. Once you're done, your meal note will go right into your Meal List, which you can search through by keyword, location, and more.

Because Evernote Food is part of the Evernote family, everything you save is automatically synced across all of the other Evernote mobile apps that you use. You can also access your Food notes through your Evernote account on the Web. One nice feature that takes advantage of this seamless connection is Related Notes. At the bottom of every meal screen, the app shows you other notes in your Evernote account that it thinks are related based on location,... [Read more]

Foursquare gets a face-lift for a better all-around experience (First Take)

Posted: 06 Jun 2012 09:01 PM PDT

Foursquare checks in with a new interface

By now, "checking in" at coffee shops, bars, restaurants, and sporting events is a common practice across many apps, but it was Foursquare that really made this social activity popular.

Before the announcement, I had a phone interview with Alex Rainert, head of product at Foursquare. Rainert says Foursquare has listened to user feedback and has torn apart the current app for both iOS and Android and rebuilt it anew to make browsing locations around you an easier and richer experience.

The new layout of the Explore tab offers results based on your location and data collected from other people on Foursquare.

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With the latest version of Foursquare, the interface has been completely reworked to a much cleaner design so you can get to what you want quickly using only three tabs across the bottom of the screen (the former design had five buttons across the bottom). The Friends tab (which used to be only about checking in) now offers big photos you can swipe to browse along with tips, lists, and places your friends have saved. From here you can "Like" or comment on activity by touching a button for each. The new layout seems much better organized from what I've seen and should make it easier to ... [Read more]


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