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iTunes in the Cloud - Cannot enable automatic downloads on iPad

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If anyone else has a similar problem, you may find the following snippet useful.

My iPad 2 was not showing (on my Mac) as a device associated with my iTunes account . On closer investigation, I appeared to have  trouble enabling the automatic download feature on the iPad using SettingsStore. Each button for Music, Books and Apps would switch off by themselves after a few seconds.

Simple fix is to Sign Out of your account on the iPad then sign back in. Buttons would then remain switched ON and the iPad correctly appeared as a device in the iTunes account on my Mac.

iOS5 and iCloud

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iOS 5 includes more than 200 new features for your iPad (1 and 2) , iPhone (3GS, 4 and 4S), or iPod touch (3rd and 4th generation). It has been available from 12th October and initial reports indicated the Apple servers were suffering from the deluge of download requests - hopefully it is better now.

Read all the details at

In conjunction with iOS5, iCloud effectively provides you with your own hard disk space on the internet and is always available - as long as you have an internet connection, of course. It allows you to access your data from whatever device you are using and is supported for iOS devices, MACs and PCs.

5GB of free storage space is available but the storage of purchased music, apps and books doesn't count towards your usage. There is also an option to purchase additional storage if you find yourself running out of space.

Apple Apps on your iOS devices have been integrated with iCloud including iTunes for downloading your music, Photo Stream to automatically push new photos to all devices, Documents, purchased Apps and Books, synchronised Mail, Contacts and Calendars.

An additional use of iCloud, scheduled for the future, will be iTunes Match which will let you store your entire music collection even if you haven't purchased all the items from iTunes. At a current proposed cost of $24.99 a year, iTunes will determine which songs from your collection are already available in the iTunes store. Items which have a match will be added to your iCloud library otherwise you will have to upload a copy to your iCloud. As the iTunes store currently holds more than 20 million songs there is a good chance that your music is already in iCloud. Once this exercise is completed, you will be able to stream and store your music on any of your devices. All the music iTunes matches is played back from iCloud at 256-Kbps AAC DRM-free quality.

Steve Jobs Resigns as CEO of Apple

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Apple's Board of Directors announced yesterday that Steve Jobs has resigned as CEO and his replacement  will be Tim Cook, previously the COO.

Read the Resgination Letter at

and the Apple Press Release at

Jobs has been elected as Chairman of the Board and will continue to provide Apple with 'his unique insights, creativity and inspiration'.

Predictably, the 'financial gamblers' overreact  with shares in Apple dropping by more than 5% within 25 minutes of the announcement !!

Mashable have posted a series of 10 videos showing 'the most ionic moments from Steve Jobs' career at Apple'

Perhaps one of the most significant events was the introduction of the Macintosh back in 1984.

Apple Patent - Projected Display Shared Workspaces

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Ever since I first explored the use of Pico Projectors, I've mentioned that it was only a question of time before Apple looked to incorporate the technology into their iOS devices, and here is a patent application from Apple which goes some way to proving that theory.

United States patent application US 2011/0197147 was originally filed in Feb 2010 and is called Projected Display Shared Workspaces.

Generally, the patent talks about how 2 or more projected displays, each from a separate device, could be displayed adjacent to one another to produce a shared workspace. Images displayed on one of the projected displays may be copied or transferred  to another projected display within the shared workspace.

Each  device may also contain a cameras that can be used to detect gestures on its projected display so that a user can transfer images between displays using simple gestures.

Devices that could be used include any type of electronic device capable of displaying projected images and recognizing gestures through a camera.

Suitable devices which are specifically mentioned as examples  include an iPod,  iPhone and MacBook.

Also mentioned is the important realisation that whereas a single camera can be used to determine movement in x and y spatial directions relative to the projected display plane - 2 or more cameras may operate in conjunction with one another to detect the spatial z direction .

One or more communication interfaces will provide channels that allow the devices to share information and control settings for the shared workspace.

Other related topics are discussed in more detail in the patent (see link above).

Now, I believe, it's only a question of time before some of these features start appearing  in the market.


iOS 5 - Coming Soon

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Over 200 new features are incorporated into the next version of iOS 5 which is due for release in the Autumn 2011. See all the details prior to the release at

New features include:

  • The Notification Center allows you to manage all your notifications in one place
  • iMessage is a new messaging service for all iOS 5 users that will allow you to send unlimited text messages from your iOS device to anyone else with an iOS device.
  • Newsstand organises your newspaper and magazine subscriptions in a separate folder for quick access
  • Reminders is a system for managing your to-do lists. Reminders can be location base so that you can receive an alert based on your current location . They are alo integrated into iCal, Outlook and iCloud and will update automatically on all devices and calendars.
  • Twitter is integrated directly into iOS 5, for direct tweeting.
  • The camera has various new features including single tap exposure and focus locks and you can simply press the volume-up button to take a picture.
  • You no longer need a PC or Mac to update your device, as you can download iOS software updates directly.
  • Thers are also numerous improvements to existing applications such as the Mail and Calendar apps, Games center, wi-Fi synchronisation and AirPlay

You can watch a video about iOS 5 at:

OS X Lion

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OS X Lion is the next version of the OS X operating system from Apple.

It introduces more than 250 new features some of which appear very similar to what you can see on iOS devices.

In summary, some of the available features include:

  • Improved support for Multi-touch gestures, as long as you have a multi-touch trackpad, ( is the Apple Magic Trackpad supported ? )
  • Full-screen apps
  • Mission Control which shows a view of everything running on the machine and improves the navigation between them.
  • Launchpad for arranging and managing your apps.
  • New and improved mail system
  • Autosave feature
  • Resume - reopens an app exactly as you left it
  • AirDrop provides the ability to send and receive files wirelessly with no need for cables between devices.

Available for $29.99 (£20.99) but only as a digital download from the Mac App Store