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Foursquare-Deezer.pngDeezer has teamed up with Foursquare to give exclusive perks and rewards for going to see your favourite bands play live.

If you check-in seven times at concerts on Foursquare you could win a 3-month Deezer Premium+ subscription, giving you unlimited access to over 25 million songs.

How to unlock rewards:

1 - Simply like the Deezer page on Foursquare.

2 - Get out there and see your favourite bands. 1 check-in unlocks level 1, 2 more unlocks level 2, and 4 more unlocks level 3.

3 - Each level proves your dedication as a fan. Once your feet are aching, your throat is sore, and you have racked up 7+ concert check-ins, you'll be in with a chance to win unlimited music on Deezer!

Deezer is one of the most used music services around the world with over 10 million active users around the world with 4 million of those being subscribers to the music service. Deezer is available on a myriad of devices making your music available to you wherever you are.

ibooks-author.jpgTech Digest eBook Self Publishing Season - How to self-publish an eBook with Apple iBooks

Tablets and smartphones make for great reading devices, and you don't get better tablets or smartphones than Apple's iPad and iPhone. Through Apple's iBooks store, self publishing authors have a great market through which to tout their wares, and this guide will walk you through how to get your work onto the platform.

Note: This guide assumes that you've already written your book, at least as a draft. We won't be giving you advice on how to tie up that plot hole or name your main wizard character!

What is Apple iBooks?

iBooks is Apple's own eReader platform, and the name of its associated digital storefront. Available exclusively to iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users, it offers a slick touch based interface for readers to use and an easily navigable eBook store to browse. Thanks to the quality of the Apple devices' colour screens and processors, books published to the iBook store can take full advantage of multimedia features including colour images and videos.

Why publish through Apple iBooks?

It's incredibly easy for a writer to get their work onto iBooks, without ever having to deal with agents or publishers, while retaining 100% of the rights to the contents of their eBooks. In terms of royalties, Apple take a standard 30% cut of all profits. You claim all the rest, though you need to use an aggregating service to help with the publishing process, as Apple don't accept submissions from individuals. They too will take a cut of the 70% you're left with. It's by far the simplest way of getting your work on the store though as otherwise you'll need the backing of a traditional publisher, even if the aggregators take a cut of the profits too.

A new area of the iBooks store dedicated to promoting self published authors has also recently been introduced to Apple's iBooks. Called Breakout Books, it's an editorially curated section of the store picking out the very best from up-and-coming self published authors. Get your book on there and sales quickly go through the roof.

Apple also offer the iBooks Author publishing tool. It's a free piece of software for Mac that lets you make rich, multimedia-filled eBooks, complete with multi-touch touchscreen controls. It's as simple as dragging and dropping content onto a page, allowing you to easily make interactive texts. It's particularly useful for those looking to self-publish educational text books, and even has built-in tools for getting the books on sale in the Apple iBooks store.

Also, unlike Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing platform, you can offer your books for free through iBooks without limitations. This can be an incredibly valuable marketing tool, especially for authors working on an ongoing series - lure readers in with a gripping first novel, then charge them for the subsequent adventures in the franchise.

Limitations of publishing through Apple iBooks

There's an obvious one to begin with - publishing to the iBooks store only puts your novel in front of iPad, iPhone or iPod touch owners, as iBooks is exclusive to iOS devices. That's a user base far smaller than publishing to Kindle, seeing as Kindle eBooks are available across Android and iOS devices through the Kindle apps, alongside PC and Mac versions, as well as on Kindle eReaders. For the most part that shouldn't be a problem though, as Apple are pretty liberal in allowing self-publishing authors to sell their wares through other stores too.

However, there's also the fact that, if you make a book using iBooks Author that is sold through the iBooks store as a .ibooks file rather than given away for free, you will be unable to sell it elsewhere. That's obviously not a problem if you're not using the powerful iBooks Author tool, or using it to output in .pdf or .epub rather than the proprietary .ibooks format, but should definitely be taken into consideration if you do. What you gain in ease of creation through it you may lose in potential sales elsewhere.

Getting Started

First of all, you'll need to have that mind-blowing book written.

Finished? Great! That's the hard part done!

Before your would-be bestseller can be published, you'll need to make sure it's well edited and properly formatted. Here are a few basic guidelines to follow:


  • Make sure you've added a Table of Contents for the document, which is easily done using Word's and Page's built-in tools.

  • Insert page breaks after every chapter. It'll avoid inserting unnecessary stretches of white space when your final eBook is ready.

  • Make sure your cover image is added as a .JPG file, or it won't work properly. It'll need to be rectangular in shape and at least 600 pixels tall, and cannot contain hyperlinks or website addresses, nor any nudity.

  • Keep a check on your spelling and grammar if you don't have an editor. Have multiple grammar pedants read and re-read your text if possible to scan it for errors.

  • There's an upload limit of 2GB for the iBooks store, so make sure your eBook is smaller than that. That may be tough if you're using lots of multimedia content, so consider either cutting some, shortening some, or lowering the quality of audio, video and image files.

  • Apple will not publish materials that include erotica involving underage people, nor any texts that promote intolerance or discrimination. And rightly so.

Make sure your finished manuscript is in ePub format. There are plenty of free apps that will do this for you. We recommend Calibre, which is free and can output in a number of formats, and doubles up as an excellent eBook management application.

Aggregators

There are a number of companies that will go through the hassle of putting your book together in a form that Apple finds acceptable for submission. Which is great, as Apple won't accept submissions from individuals regardless. Either way, it's very useful to employ one of the aggregators - they'll go through the hassle of putting your book together in an attractive form, assign your book an ISBN number (as is required by Apple - a service that can cost a pretty penny even separately), and many will also help push your book out onto the Kindle, Nook and other digital stores alongside Apple's iBooks too. Pricing of the aggregators varies - some will take a cut of the sale price of every eBook sold, others will accept an up-front fee that covers lifetime sales of the book (which usually works out cheaper providing your books sells in reasonably significant numbers).

Click here for a list of services that can help.

Finding a Cover

Can you judge a book by its cover? Totally! The importance of great cover design is perhaps even greater for eBooks than traditional printed books, as they have to be attractive in a number of sizes, sometimes appearing tiny on mobile device store browsing lists. With just the image to work with, you can't employ any of the eye catching tricks that different materials provide to designers of physical books either.

Our advice? Make sure your cover communicates clearly what your book is about, and do it in an obvious rather than evocative way. If your book is about vampires, pop a good-looking blood sucker drooling the red stuff on the front, and then those looking for the latest Twilight rip-off will get all swoony. Hire a designer if possible - it's their natural habitat, and they'll know all the tricks to make your book leap out to a potential buyer.

And with all that, you should now be done! With much of the Apple iBooks submission process taken out of your hands by aggregators as a mandatory requirement, it's arguably even simpler than publishing through Kindle Direct Publishing.

Congratulations!

Click here for more from Tech Digest eBook Self Publishing Season - Guides, Interviews and More on How To Get Your Work Read

lightning-adapter.jpgApple's new iPhone 5 and iPod Touch, iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle models for 2012 were revealed last night, and all proved super-slim thanks to the use of a new Lightning connection for data transfer and charging.

Smaller than the standard 30-pin connection that's been a standard on Apple products for a decade, many feared that the Lightning connection would make their old stereo docks and accessories obsolete due to the size difference, but Apple promised that a £25 adapter for older kit would prevent such woes.

It now seems as though that may not be the case. Even if you do buy the 30-pin-to-Lightning adapter, some docking stations and accessories will not be compatible.

The problem lies with the way the Lightning connection handles signals. Lightning isn't capable of outputting an analogue signal, meaning that any kit that takes an analogue signal won't work. Worryingly, that's quite a large number of them.

The Apple website itself states that "some 30-pin accessories are not supported", and outright admits that "video and iPod Out [are] not supported" by the adapter.

The only possible solution would be that tucked away inside that tiny adapter is an even tinier DAC (Digital-to-Analogue Convertor). But at just £25, we think that's unlikely.

We're reaching out to Apple about this now, and will update when we hear word back.

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apple-earpods.pngAs well as revealing an all new iPhone 5 smartphone, iPod Touch and iPod Nano models, Apple tonight have also introduced newly-designed EarPod earphones.

Noting that loads of people stick with the boxed-in earphones that come with their iDevices, and that their standard has been low over the years, Apple have gone back to the drawing board for the EarPods.

Designed with the ear in mind first, rather than the speakers, they're the most comfortable fit ever according to Apple, directing sound directly to the ear canal.

Each bud now also features two small speakers, rather than a single larger one, which should deliver improved audio. A small remote with microphone is also included.

So confident in their new EarPods are Apple, that they're looking to sell them individually, as well as packaged in with iPods and iPhones. Shipping today, they'll set you back $29 (or18 directly-converted English pounds).

For more iPhone 5 launch news, click here

ipod-touch-2012-official.pngApple have revealed that new iPod Touch and iPod Nano models will soon be hitting stores at their iPhone 5 launch event.Note that this story is updating as we type, so we'll add more details and images as the night goes on.

A new iPod Touch for 2012 was revealed, measuring just 6.1mm thick, and weighing just 88 grams. It looks similar to the last generation iPod touch, except it too, like the iPhone 5, has a longer 4-inch Retina display screen, for improved movie viewing. It also introduced the iPod Touch Loop on the rear, where a user can attach a wrist strap for added security. Five colours will be available; alluminium, black, blue, yellow and red.

The iPhone 4S's A5 processor is now inside the iPod Touch too, offering dual-core gaming capabilities, making it 7x faster than the previous generation iPod Touch.

The iSight camera also gets a slight improvement, with a 5MP backside illuminated sensor, f.2.4, 5-element lens and a panorama shooting mode. The front-facing FaceTime HD camera also jumps to 720p resolution for improved FaceTime video calling.

Battery lasts for 40 hours of music playback on the new iPod Touch, and 8 hours of video, a slight improvement over previous models.
ipod-nano-2012-official.pngA new iPod Nano model was also introduced. Tiny at 5.4mm thick, it's 38% smaller than even the last minuscule iPod Nano, but still manages to squeeze in a 2.5-inch touch screen display. It'll be available in seven colours, including aluminium, black, purple, green, blue, yellow and red.

The Nano is now longer, with a large physical home button and a new homescreen with circular app buttons all fitting onto a bigger, longer screen.

Wireless audio streaming over Bluetooth is possible, while the new 2012 iPod Nano will make use of the same new smaller Lightning data and charging connection that the iPhone 5 does. 30 hours of music playback is on offer too, making for the longest battery life of any iPod Nano.

A new iPod Shuffle model was also briefly mentioned, though no further details were given.

All new iPods will be compatible with the new version of iTunes, which will launch in October.

No pricing or release date information has been given yet, though Apple are positioning them as their "iPod lineup for the holidays".

For more iPhone 5 launch news, click here

apple-logo.jpgHold on to your hats, Apple fans, as we may be headed for one of the biggest autumnal hauls of Apple gear of all time. While we've known for months that we're odds-on to see an iPhone 5 come the Fall, and maybe an iPad Mini too, the rumour mill is now suggesting we're also going to see the launch of a new iPod, a 13" Retina MacBook Pro and brand new iMac models too! How full is the penny jar looking?

According to Macotakara, the iPod touch is to get a redesign to bring it in line with the iPhone 5. They're suggesting that the screen size will get a bump up to 4-inches, while processing grunt will step up by using the iPhone 4S's A5 chip. The site also points out a mysterious small hole on the back of the new iPod that their sources have seen, but have no idea what it could be for.

Moving onto Apple's computing arm, and again launches look set for September.

A long overdue iMac refresh is on the cards, though again details remain slim on the ground.

Also, a 13" Retina MacBook Pro has been hinted at by analyst Ming Chi Kuo, which will come as no surprise to many who had expected to see it launch alongside the hi-res 15" model revealed at WWDC. However, this rumour has a concrete question mark next to it, as components needed for the displays are said to be in short supply.

If all this turns out to be true we're in for on of the busiest years for Apple launches in a long time.

Via: Tech Radar

ios-6.jpgApple are thought to be opening the doors of their World Wide Developers Conference on June 11th this year, and the star of the show is likely to be iOS 6 for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

According to a finding by Cult of Mac, the Cupertino company have booked up their old haunt the Moscone Center in San Francisco for the date. Though listed as a "corporate event" (which, we suppose, all WWDC events technically are) the date lines up nicely with the expected opening of doors for the annual event.

Last year's WWDC saw Apple lift the covers off iOS 5, which then made its way into the iPhone 4S that October. We see no reason why Apple wont use the event to introduce iOS 6 this year.

It's also likely Apple will have the full, final build of Mountain Lion on show at the event. Last year Apple showed off Mac OS X 10.7 at the event, and with Mountain Lion already doing the rounds in a preview build, it seems a bit of a no-brainer.

Traditionally, Apple used WWDC to show off the lastest iPhone model, but with the iPhone 4S bucking the trend last year, we expect a similar Autumn showcase for the iPhone 5, at a separate event.

iOS-5-thumb-2.jpgiOS 5.1, the latest version of Apple's touch-based mobile operating system, is now available to download for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users.

Launching alongside the Retina Display packing new iPad, iOS 5.1's biggest new feature is tailored for Japanese audiences, bringing Siri support to the land of the rising sun.

To grab the update, either hook your iOS device up to iTunes through your computer, or use the Software Update feature within iOS to carry out an over-the-air, cable free update.

Apple list the full line up of changes as follows:

o Japanese language support for Siri (availability may be limited during initial rollout)

o Photos can now be deleted from Photo Stream

o Camera shortcut now always visible on Lock Screen for iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch (4th generation)

o Camera face detection now highlights all detected faces

o Redesigned Camera app for iPad

o Genius Mixes and Genius playlists for iTunes Match subscribers

o Audio for TV shows and movies on iPad optimized to sound louder and clearer

o Podcast controls for playback speed and a 30 second rewind for iPad

o Updated AT&T network indicator

o Addresses bugs affecting battery life

o Fixes an issue that occasionally caused audio to drop for outgoing calls

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iPod Nano making a camera-packing comeback?

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After a September 2011 no-show from the annual iPod Nano range update, it now looks as if Apple are ready to reveal the next generation of their miniaturised MP3 players, and with it will come a much-missed returning feature.

Leaked images purportedly of the seventh generation iPod Nano show it packing both the rear clip AND video camera that had been dropped after the 5th generation of the device to scale it down even further.

The camera is said to be a 1.3MP snapper, but one with significant problems holding it back. According to MicGadget, its auto iris is causing images to blur, as well as capturing "overexposed photos".

It's not like Apple to release something with such notable problems, but as the blog states it's just a two-month old prototype, it's likely these issues will be ironed out before any eventual release.

That is, of course, providing that the leak is the real deal. Apple are rumoured to be re-launching the Nano in the Spring. We'll just have to wait and see what delights they eventually deliver.

Via: 9to5 Mac

Samsung-DA-E750.jpgComing slightly out of left-field here compared to the company's usual offerings, Samsung are to be showcasing a new range of high-end speaker docks at next week's CES show in Las Vegas.

A pair of high-end systems are on the way, with Samsung claiming that they've "raised the bar in sound quality for mainstream audio products."

First up is the DA-E670 Audio Dock. It's capable of outputting 40 watts of power, as well as packing in its own subwoofer. More unusually though is its ability to support both iOS devices (iPod, iPhone and iPad), as well as Samsung's own Galaxy S line of mobiles and PMP devices. We're not sure yet whether this means the device will also be compatible with other Android mobiles, but it'll be music to the ears of the legions that bought the Samsung Galaxy S II, looking to beef up its audio output potential.

Even more exciting is the audiophile-grade DA-E750. It uses Samsung's vacuum tube amplifier technology, and looks to combine the best of digital amps with the warmth you'd find with traditional vacuum tube audio systems. As with the DA-E670, it'll support Samsung's AllShare technology and Apple's Airplay.

Looking very intriguing indeed. No word on pricing or availability on this pair yet, but we'll hopefully get some ears-on time with the kit come next week's big tech show in Vegas.

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Both retailers Best Buy and accessory manufacturers Mophie have issued separate product recall notices following fears that batches of iPod and iPhone battery packs may be faulty, and potentially dangerous.

Best Buy have asked customers to return Rocketfish-branded iPhone 3G and 3GS battery cases with a posting on the US Consumer Product Safety Commission website. 31,000 products in the US may be affected alongside 1,000 units in Canada, with 14 reports of overheating in the US. This has lead to three customers suffering minor burns and four reports of minor property damage.

Mophie likewise have posted a recall notice on the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, after receiving 110 reports that their iPod Touch battery case line was becoming uncomfortably warm. This in turn has lead to 44 reports of the excess heat warping the product, and nine customers suffering burns.

Those affected by the recalls should get in touch with Best Buy or Mophie immediately. Those affected by the Best Buy recall will be compensated with a $70 gift card, while Mophie are offering replacement units.

ipod-classic-thumb.jpgRumours are stirring that Apple may be preparing to kill off the much-loved iPod Classic and iPod Shuffle models.

The move has been suggested for some years now (ever since the iPod Touch was introduced), but an anonymous TUAW source is claiming that the hammer has now finally fallen on all non-touchscreen iPod players. This is despite SteveJobs' claims back in March that there were "no plans" to kill off the iconic mp3 player.

iPod Classics, the closest iPod designs to the original ground breaking iPod, still have a considerable following, not least of all because of the huge hard drives (up to 160GB) they offer.

The Shuffle, according to the rumours, will be completely discontinued, and not replaced, with the touchscreen iPod Nano set to become the entry-level iPod model.

Apple have an October 4th press event lined up, with the iPhone 5 almost certainly the star of the show. However, the Autumn Apple event has traditionally been reserved for the iPod line. Could we find some new iPod products launched alongside new smartphone hardware next week too?


Tech Digest got a little starstruck at this year's IFA 2011 conference, as we got to meet electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre.

The electro star's presence caused quite a stir at the show, not least of all thanks to his startling AeroDream One iPad/iPhone/iPod dock.

Think you've seen all that the world of iPod docks has to offer? Think again; Jarre's AeroDream One takes Hi-Fi docks to a whole new level, with the emphasis on the "Hi" part. The docking port sits on top of an 11ft column, which necessitates the need for a fixed ladder on the side of the speaker to reach it.

It's also got enough punch to match its gigantic size, pushing out an ear-popping 10,000 W through its 5 channel amplifier.

The AeroDream One is very much a luxury item, and priced at € 399,000 (£349,873) is definitely a statement piece as much as it is a speaker system. As such, Jarre sees it just as at home in concert halls as the homes of the wealthy elite.

We have a chat with Jean-Michel in the video interview above, discussing his range of Apple product docks (which includes more affordable miniature versions of the AeroDream One among other designs), the state of the music industry and the inspiration behind his latest mad venture.

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The summer sun means plenty of on-the-go tunes running your iPod's battery down faster than you can say "Club Tropicana". Lucky owners of iPod Touch mp3 players today are offered a little extra juice with which to get into the groove thanks to Mophie.

They're launching their latest battery add-on for iPod Touch players, called the Juice Pack Air. A portable 1000mAh rechargeable lithium polymer battery, it clips onto the iPod, offering an extra 34 hours of audio playback or 6 hours of video playback, fully charging a near-dead iPod touch in just 100 minutes.

"We have created a solution for the new iPod Touch that combines the exceptional protection and power of a mophie Juice Pack Air case with enhanced design to improve the overall performance of the iPod Touch," says Susan Schedel, vice president of sales and marketing for Mophie.

"Our goal is to help people rock, talk, surf and send for as long as possible on one battery charge, and our Juice Pack line has been incredibly successful in achieving this for Apple users since the first iPhone and iPod Touch devices were introduced."

Pick up the Juice Pack Air for £39.95 from Amazon.


The JailBreakMe team have just announced the release of JailBreakMe 3.0, the latest in their series of hacks that counteracts Apple's security measures, giving you further customisation control over your iOS device and allowing you to access the unofficial Cydia App Store.

Working with any Apple iPhone, iPad or iPod that's running iOS version 4.3.3, it's one of the simplest jailbreaks to apply so far - simply head over to Jailbreakme.com from your device's Safari browser, click the Cydia install button and Bob's your uncle.

The team are claiming that this is the safest Jailbreak yet, and is easily reversed by a simple iTunes restore, but be aware that it does leave your device vulnerable to online attacks (especially if you use OpenSHH) and there's no gaurantee it'll play nicely with the iOS 5 ugrade due later this year.

As ever, apply at your own risk (but let us know how you get on if you do!)

ONBEAT_IMG3_800.gifName: OnBeat (JBL)

Type: iPad / iPod speaker dock

Specs: Click here for full specs

Price: £144.20 from Amazon

Image Gallery: Click here

review-line.JPGiPhone/iPod docks are two-a-penny these days, but iPad docks? Even more than a year after the tablet's launch, they're still a relative rarity. JBL's latest speaker dock, the JBL OnBeat, could well be your one-stop-shop dock when it comes to blaring out music from an iOS device, thanks to a dock that supports iPhones, iPods and larger iPad slates. But is it any good? Read on to find out.
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The JBL OnBeat has a rather snazzy oval shaped design, with swathes of silver edging and a peppered grille covering the speakers. Available in black or white, from the centre of the dock comes an interchangeable cradle arm. Two brackets (one for iPads and one for iPhones/iPods) are included, snapping easily onto the rotating arm that allows you to pop the iOS units into landscape mode.

While you can technically dock an iPad in landscape mode with the JBL OnBeat, we wouldn't recommend it; the arm seems designed to better distribute weight in a portrait position for iPads, and we'd imagine the arm would weaken over time. Of course, this isn't a problem for lighter iPods and iPhones.

Head around to the back of the OnBeat and you're greeted by the familiar and welcome 3.5mm aux input which will let you hook up practically any audio source that employs a regular headphone jack, as well as a USB port for firmware updates and a composite video output for pumping video content to a big screen.

A small 10-button remote is provided that offers basic playback controls (play, pause, volume up or down, track forwards or backwards, and a few menu navigation controls), and while it works perfectly well with iPods and iPhones, again iPad support causes problems. In this case it's purely down to industrial design; the iPad takes up more room on the front of the speakers, and depending on your angle in relation to the IR sensor for the remote, Apple's tablet may obstruct your remote inputs.

Sonically, the JBL OnBeat packs a punch, but no more than other docks in the £150 range. Mid range frequencies seem to benefit most of all, which leads to a warm sound that, while lacking a little in crispness, helps to prevent the dock from sounding tinny and cheap. Bass is a little lacking overall, and volume levels too high and lower frequencies distort noticeably. Treat the OnBeat then more as a casual player rather than a party centrepiece or audiophile unit and it won't disappoint.

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Verdict:

The JBL OnBeat sits at the top of the iPad dock pile, but that's not a particularly hard feat considering how few there currently are on the market. Not being able to place an iPad in landscape mode safely will frustrate users looking to add a little more sonic "oomph" to their tablet movies, but it's a perfectly serviceable unit for iPod and iPhone users. If your dock must be a jack of all trades when it comes to supporting a wide range of Apple products then the JBL OnBeat is for you, otherwise your money will be better spent elsewhere.

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iOS-5-top.jpegApple's Scott Forstall SVP of iOS software took to the stage today at WWDC 2011 for the iOS 5 announcements for mobile devices. According to findings from rankings experts Comscore, Forstall noted that "iOS is the number one mobile operating system, with more than 44% of the market," as of April 2011, with Android presumably a very close second. 14 billion apps have now been downloaded from the App Store, a simply mind-boggling figure, resulting in $2,500,000,000 being paid to app developers.

Calling iOS 5 "a major release" that would be "incredible for our developers and our customers", Forstall then dived into the new features.

To begin with, over 1,500 new APIs will be introduced, but gathering the biggest cheers was the news of a much-needed overhaul of the Notifications area. iOS 5 will feature a Notifications Centre that aggregates all pushed notifications into one place, accessed by swiping down from the top of the screen, much like in the Android OS. If a notification happens whilst you're in an app, a top-of-the-screen animated bar will let you know without interrupting your previous activities. It's also available from the lock-screen, meaning you can get to the message or notification quickly without unlocking and hunting down the corresponding app first.

Next up was the Newsstand feature. It allows you to easily manage the recently added subscriptions features, quickly pushing new issues to your iOS device. All issues are then collected in one place, presented like a real-life news stand, downloading issues in the background.

Twitter integration was the next key update. A single sign-in menu will configure Twitter with all compatible apps, saving your credentials so you don't have to re-enter them every time. Twitter will also be integrated into apps such as Camera and Photos, allowing you to quickly send snaps to all your Twitter contacts, as well as send Safari pages and Maps data.

The Safari browser itself also gets an update. A new Safari Reader button is added to the toolbar, which turns a page into simple text, removing unneccesary images and adverts, and allowing the text content to be emailed to a pal instantly. These pages can then be stored using the Reading List function, collecting all the Safari Reader pages in one location. These can also be organised by tags too. Tabbed browsing is also another welcome addition to Safari.

Next on show was the Reminders feature. It lets you create simple lists of things you need to get done, assign them to dates in the calendar, and even add a location too, geo-fencing your to-do list. It will sync across all your iOS devices, pulling the info into your Calendar app if you so chose.

A Camera button is added to the lock screen, allowing you to quickly snap an eventful moment without fussing with the lock slider. If you use a passcode you can still bypass that to access the Camera app, though your previously taken photos will remain protected should your phone have fallen into the wrong hands. The volume button can now optionally be set to take photos too.

Editing gets easier thanks to pinch to zoom within the Camera app, while holding a section lets you adjust exposure settings. You'll now also be able to crop, rotate and reduce red-eye from within the app, reducing red-eye if you and your pals are demon born.

Mail was the next feature to get updates. Rich-text formatting, indentation control, draggable addresses (from To: to Cc: or Bcc:) and flagging are all added, with S/MIME security added for good measure. Dictionary functions can now also be accessed within the Mail app.

New iOS owners without PCs or Macs will be glad to see the PC Free feature added. You no longer need to tether iPads, iPhones or iPods with a machine the very first time you use them, with a "welcome" screen running you through all the necessary set-up functions. Software updates are now available over-the-air, and as these are delta updates, only adjusting the specific changes made, you shouldn't be left with massive downloads. It also mean iTunes can synced over Wi-Fi too.

Game Center also gets updated. Its mostly a social update, displaying scores of your friends' friends, and also offering friend recommendations and game recommendations. Game downloads can now be made directly from Game Center, with turn-based games playing directly from the OS.

The iMessage messaging client was also revealed, letting you send souped-up messages between fellow iOS users, regardless of device. Text messages, photos, videos and contacts can be shared, and group messaging is also supported. Being cross-device compatible, all messages on an iPhone or iPod are mirrored on your iPad, and vice-versa. It works over both Wi-Fi and 3G, and isn't related to your network tariff plan.

Developers get the SDK for iOS 5 right away from today, hitting consumers' devices by "the fall". iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad and iPad 2, plus the third and fourth generation of iPod touch will all be supported. The iCloud features also revealed will be supported by iOS 5 too.

new-iPod-nano-patent-2011.pngRemember earlier in the week we showed you a spyshot of an iPod Nano with space in its chassis for a camera? Well, it looks mighty possible that it may well be the real deal after a very similar Apple patent application has now appeared online.

Uncovered by Apple Insider, the application shows an iPod Nano with a built in camera, as well as a host of other cool sounding new features such as temperature and motion monitoring tools, with stats visisble from a screensaver, which would further increase its usage as a fitness aid. There's also a microphone inside according to the patent, obviously necessary for capturing sound should it be capable of video recording too.

There's also a hint that iPod Nano apps will be on the way too, with games and calendar tools potentially featuring.

It's quite a lot to fit into that tiny Nano frame! With Apple's annual iPod refresh expected to be in September, we're sure we'll have more to share then.

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The next, seventh generation of the iPod Nano could bring back a camera to the range's list of features, if a spy shot of a new iPod Nano chassis turns out to be the real deal.

The leaked photo sees a camera hole sitting in the top left corner of the Nano's rear side, apparently dropping the device's clip in favour of snapping capabilities.

The 5th iPod Nano generation also featured a camera, but was dropped when Apple scaled the unit down dramatically for the 6th generation. The report over at Mac Rumours suggests that the camera in question here would be of the 1.3MP variety, meaning it is likely just to be used for low-res video recording and little else.

There's every chance of course that this is a knock-off fake too. Apple usually refresh their iPod line around September, so more details will undoubtedly surface then.

iphone-location-thumb.jpgFollowing the controversy surrounding recent reports that iOS devices were logging and saving every single place that a user visited, Apple have rolled out the new iOS 4.3.3 update which should "fix" the privacy invasion.

Rather than tracking every single movement you make, the update now means that only a week's worth of location data is stored, which is now no longer backed up to your computer. The cache of data is now also deleted from the iOS device should you switch off location services in the settings menu.

However, those using iPhone 3G and iPod Touch devices will not be supported by the update, meaning their location data is still being tracked and backed up.

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