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Re: iPods

Post by Gordon » Sat Apr 17, 2010 3:35 pm

frogblast wrote:
Gordon wrote:Also iPhone OS 4 (beta 1) seems to like eating up battery by leaving everything running in the background.
My understanding is that it doesn't leave things running, just keeps them in memory, kind of "frozen". Unless they tell the OS that they have a specific task to complete, in which case they will be kept running till that completes, then "frozen". (I think only certain types of background tasks are allowed - things like file uploads and playing music for example, but as far as I know not just any old task). If memory gets low the oldest apps are quit (after getting a chance to save their state) and the memory released. It's not like multitasking on a desktop OS; things like IRC won't work, and IM will still have to rely on push notifications, since I don't thinks apps will be allowed to sit there with an open network connection indefinitely.

Of course I've not read the new developer documentation since it's super sekrit and NDA'd.
All I know, is if "I" leave apps running in the background it eats up battery. This is with, for instance, Grand Theft Auto running there because one has to remembered to double-click home and quit the app from the task-switcher...

Still, seems nicer than jailbreaking.
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Re: iPods

Post by Gordon » Wed Apr 21, 2010 9:57 am

Not sure if this is still on-going, but Lonely Planet have been offering a shed-load of their iPhone city guides for free on iTunes as some sort of weird volcano-related sale. I've probably downloaded about £130 worth.
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Re: iPods

Post by Woodbine » Tue May 18, 2010 8:03 pm

Has anyone else been playing iHobo? Above anything else it's a really interesting/ingenious piece of charity marketing.

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Re: iPods

Post by Gordon » Wed May 19, 2010 6:09 pm

I tried it for a bit, but it was a little bleak. Obviously.
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Re: iPods

Post by Gordon » Fri May 21, 2010 1:34 pm

Do people like free apps?

They should go to these websites:
http://freeappaday.com/index.php
http://freegameoftheday.com/

and for now:
http://twitter.com/Gameloft_UK

So anyone on openfeint or plus+, yet?
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Re: iPods

Post by Gordon » Mon Jun 07, 2010 10:22 am

New iPhone probably being announced today.
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Re: iPods

Post by Big Nose » Sat Jun 12, 2010 7:16 pm

Magical my arse.
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Re: iPods

Post by Wheatabeat » Sun Jun 13, 2010 8:30 am

Gordon wrote:New iPhone probably being announced today.
I'm going to upgrade my 3G one. O2 say it'll cost £180 to pay off the remaining 10 months of my contract, but then they'll buy my 3G one off me for £143. It's a reasonable upgrade for me and the main thing I'm looking forward to is it being faster zipping in and out of apps. The 3G is pretty sluggish with some of them.
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Post by Gordon » Mon Jun 14, 2010 2:33 pm

I want it, obviously, but can probably wait.
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Re: iPods

Post by Gordon » Wed Jun 23, 2010 5:26 pm

So the terrible battery life of iOS 4 on my iPod Touch seems to have been fixed by a restore. Which is nice.

Still haven't installed it on the iPhone as I like my jailbroken apps too much (and 'Categories' is better than iOS folders).

Net effect is I do not yet have Winnie the Pooh in my pocket.
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Re: iPods

Post by islandhopper » Wed Jun 23, 2010 6:32 pm

Here's a handy tip for iPhone users. Don't leave it lying in your sporran with coins and proceed to vigorously ceilidh dance. A lesson for us all.

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Post by Trev » Thu Jun 24, 2010 9:35 am

So whats OS4 like? Just doing the update to my iphone this morning.

Am I in for tears and tantrums after it trashes all my settings and stuff?
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Re: iPods

Post by Wheatabeat » Thu Jun 24, 2010 12:55 pm

Trev wrote:So whats OS4 like? Just doing the update to my iphone this morning.

Am I in for tears and tantrums after it trashes all my settings and stuff?
It took me hours when I clicked update, but I didn't seem to complete. Just sat there with the progress bar stuck seemingly. So I backed up my iPhone and just did a clean restore. As long as you do a back up you should be fine. Doing it this way meant it only took about 40 minutes in total. Oh, it will lose your wi-fi settings, and any bluetooth devices so you'll need to re pair them again which is straightforward enough.

As for the actual update, certain things on my 3G are definitely slightly slower to launch, such as settings and camera but safari is actually slightly faster. The folders are brill, means I've reduced my 6 pages of apps to 2 pages. Can't multi-task anyway and there's a useful spellchecker now. Unified email doesn't bother me much as I only have one email account synced to it. A couple of apps no longer work but that'll probably change once they update to support iOS4.

For 3G users, the updates a bit cack really, I think you get more with the 3GS. One high point which may be more to do with restoring rather than the update itself it is that certain games were getting sluggish before but this seems to have fixed it. Which reminds me, I probably need to reinstall Windows on my rapidly-getting-sluggish desktop PC too.
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Re: iPods

Post by Woodbine » Sat Jun 26, 2010 9:40 pm

I've just done the iphone software update and amazingly nothing went wrong, which astounded me - although it did take ages. Being the daredevil maverick that I am I didn't bother backing up or saving any of my settings and everything seems intact. Hurrah!

However, my colleague was telling me that it's meant to give you a few swanky new things, like a background (I mean one behind the apps icons rather than one when it's in standby mode) and folders to organise your apps into, but I either don't have those options or they're very well hidden. Does anyone have any ideas? As far as I know she's got the same model as me.

Haven't noticed much difference yet other than the icon reflections at the bottom and the fact that moving between things seems to be a bit quicker. I wonder if it will make my battery power any less shit? Probably not. Think it might have to go to the doctors.
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Re: iPods

Post by Wheatabeat » Sat Jun 26, 2010 10:42 pm

Woodbine wrote:However, my colleague was telling me that it's meant to give you a few swanky new things, like a background (I mean one behind the apps icons rather than one when it's in standby mode) and folders to organise your apps into, but I either don't have those options or they're very well hidden. Does anyone have any ideas? As far as I know she's got the same model as me.
Is your model the 3GS Gina? Or just the plain old 3G? The background wallpaper is an update on the 3GS although not for 3G and the folders is on any.

For the folders, hold down on one of the apps until they go all wobbly and have x on them, and simply drag onto another icon to create a folder. You can then name it how you like but by default the iPhone will "guess" going off what category they tend to fall in.
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Re: iPods

Post by Big Nose » Fri Jul 02, 2010 6:33 pm

This thread needs a troll, oops, I mean a critical voice of reason....

Oh no....

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/10490572.stm
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Re: iPods

Post by Wheatabeat » Tue Sep 21, 2010 6:40 pm

Latest favourite game: Slice it! Anyone played it? The later levels are bloody hard for a cack-handed sod like me.
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Re: iPods

Post by Gordon » Thu Sep 30, 2010 9:03 am

Yep, it's good, although I think I'm still a 'fruit ninja' man.

So it's that time of the year when I ask is anyone on Game Center or OpenFeint?
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Re: iPods

Post by indiansummer » Wed Oct 20, 2010 11:35 am

i'm sure the solution to this is really obvious, but i'm having a dense moment. i've just noticed that all my 'greatest hits' albums have sorta merged into one giant album, presumably because they've got the same title.

i can't pretend that it's not fascinating having one 60-track compilation of Devo, ELO, The Fucking Champs and NWA, but i'd like to separate them if possible.

where have i gone wrong, folks?
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Re: iPods

Post by tonieee » Wed Oct 20, 2010 12:32 pm

I once tried to use the Amarok music player and it did the same thing so I switched straight back to my nice easy non-GUI music player. I already organise all my music files in directories that suit me, I don't need the music player to then reorganise it how it wants to. Sorry I've not been much help...

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