• blackberry,  blackberry os

    BlackBerry Tip: Erasing the Calendar

    I stumbled across a great tip today while testing out a new Exchange 2007/BlackBerry Enterprise server sync solution.

    I needed to clear out the calendar on my BlackBerry Storm2, but I didn't want to have to hard reset the device.

    Turns out that there is a secret command of sorts that will allow you to clear out the BlackBerry calendar database without having to wipe the phone.

    Note: The BlackBerry smartphone must be running BlackBerry Device Software 4.5 to 5.0 to perform this task.

    1. Open the calendar application on the BlackBerry smartphone.
    2. Press the Menu key and highlight Options.
    3. Select the calendar to be reloaded, e.g. "Desktop" for a BlackBerry Enterprise Server enabled BlackBerry Device.
    4. With the calendar highlighted type rset on a QWERTY keyboard or ER,ER,AS,AS,ER,TY on SureType.
    5. Click Yes when asked to reload the specific calendar to continue.

    You can read the full Resarch In Motion article on the BlackBerry support website.

  • apple,  ipad

    Oh No! I Have A “Dead” iPad!

    I got home from work last night and grabbed my iPad to catch up on what has been happening while I was toiling way at work.

    I started checking email, Twitter, and a few websites.  Everything was fine.  Then disaster struck!  I pressed the Power button to turn off the screen and take care of a few things.  I came back about 5 minutes later to check the weather and I couldn't wake up iPad!

    I was finally able to wake the iPad up from it's deep sleep by pressing and holding the Power button and the Home button simultaneously for about 10-15 seconds.  I was greeted by the white Apple logo and then a few seconds later the password screen appeared and I was able to start using my iPad.

    Knock on wood, I've never had a problem with my Apple hardware, so I was a little surprised that my iPad decided it was on a break.  I knew the battery was at 76% so it wasn't like the battery was so low that it wouldn't turn on.  I tried pressing and holding the Power button, pressing the Power button in rapid succession, pressing the Home button, connecting the iPad to my MacBook Pro, and even letting the iPad charge up for 10 minutes.

    While I was troubleshooting I was having images of having to trek down to a "local" Apple Store a good 45-60 minutes away and then having to deal with the sea of people in the store to get to the Genius Bar to have someone look at my iPad.  Luckily for me, things weren't that bad.

    The moral of this story, is that you should keep a level head, and try troubleshooting before having to call Apple.  If you need troubleshooting tips, manuals, or other support options for your iPad, you can visit the Apple iPad support website.  Need help with a different Apple product?  Visit the full Apple support website.

  • apple,  ios,  ipad,  iphone,  rumors,  touch

    Rumor: iOS 4.3, Periodical Subscriptions Coming in December

    It seems like just yesterday Apple rolled out iOS 4.2.1 to bring a number of new features to the iPad and refinements to the iPhone 4, both models of iPhone 3, and recent model iPod touch handsets.  Oh!  Wait!  It was just yesterday!
    But today is a new day, and with it came new rumors that Apple is already at work on iOS 4.3 which is rumored to have enhancements for AirPlay will feature a new set of application program interfaces, or APIs, that will support a new type of for pay subscription system for digital periodicals, like New Corp's "The Daily" digital only "newspaper."
    It is also rumored that Apple will make some noise with this update and will hold a media event.  This is where things can get a little bit sketchy.  According to an article that appeared on MacStories.net today, a source indicated that Apple had planned to have iOS 4.2 out within the first two weeks of November, with a public announcement and release of iOS 4.3 about a month later in the first half of December.  It is not clear what impact the discovery of a Wi-Fi bug in iOS 4.2 will have on the iPad maker's plans for iOS 4.3 within the first fifteen dates of December.
    What will happen between now and when we close the book on 2010 is anyone's guess right now.  Be on the look out for an Apple media event on or about December 9 and for iOS to start hitting iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches on or about December 13.
    Personally, I'm looking forward to a digital daily news paper, and will try out News Corp's "The Daily" for about $4.25/month.  I'm also still looking for digital subscriptions to the paper magazines that I already subscribe to.
  • apple,  ios,  ipad,  iphone,  ipod,  itunes,  touch

    How To: Upgrade to iOS 4.2.1

    Apple's iOS 4.2.1 software update that was rolled out today is a nice tweak for iPhone and iPod touch users already running iOS 4.0 and a huge leap forward for iPad owners.  This guide is intended to help you make the jump to the latest iOS release for current model iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

    Step 1: Install iTunes 10.1 on your Mac or Windows PC if you haven't already done so.  (Use the Apple Software control panel to check for the iTunes software update.)
    Step 2: Connect your iDevice to your computer to sync your data and back it up.
    Step 3: Select your iDevice from the iTunes "Source" list.
    iTunes 10.1 Devices Source List
    Step 4: Click the Check for Update button.
    Click the Check for Update Button
    Step 5: Click the Next button to begin the upgrade process.  Follow the on screen directions.
    Click Next to Begin the Install Process
  • apple,  ios,  ipad,  iphone,  itunes,  mobileme,  touch

    Find My iPhone MobileMe Service Become Free

    As an early Christmas present along side the iOS 4.2.1 update, Apple has made the Find My iPhone feature of the $99/year MobileMe service free.

    Apple descrbes Find My iPhone (or iPad or iPod touch) on their website as the following:

    Find My iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch — the MobileMe feature that helps you locate your missing device and protect its data — is now free on any iPhone 4, iPad, or fourth-generation iPod touch running iOS 4.2.3 Once you set it up, you can find your lost device on a map, display a message on its screen, remotely set a passcode lock, and initiate a remote wipe to delete your data. And if you eventually find your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you can restore everything from your last backup.

    You can download the MobileMe Find My iPhone client for iPhone/iPod touch/iPad from the iTunes App Store (iTunes link).

    Once you have the Find My iPhone client installed, check out Apple's easy to follow setup directions for iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.

  • apple,  ios,  ipad,  iphone,  itunes,  mobileme,  touch

    Apple Releases iOS 4.2.1 for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Makes Find My iPhone Free

    Looks like Apple will make good on their September promise that iOS 4.2, now 4.2.1 after a few Golden Master resets, will be available in November.  In addition to bringing iOS 4 to the iPad, Apple has also chosen to give iOS users free access to the Find My iPhone feature that is part of the $99/year MobileMe subscription service.

    You can read my first impressions of iOS 4.2.1 for iPad; which were posted over the weekend.

    CUPERTINO, California—November 22, 2010—Apple® today announced that iOS 4.2, the latest version of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, is available today for download for iPad™, iPhone® and iPod touch®. iOS 4.2 brings over 100 new features from iOS 4.0, 4.1 and 4.2 to iPad including Multitasking, Folders, Unified Inbox, Game Center, AirPlay® and AirPrint.

    “iOS 4.2 makes the iPad a completely new product, just in time for the holiday season,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Once again, the iPad with iOS 4.2 will define the target that other tablets will aspire to, but very few, if any, will ever be able to hit.”

    iPad users can now run their favorite apps and switch between them instantly, while preserving iPad’s legendary battery life. Users can organize their apps with drag-and-drop simplicity using Folders, and Mail now features a Unified Inbox, fast inbox switching and a threaded message view.

    The Find My iPhone (or iPad or iPod touch) feature is now free to use without a MobileMe℠ subscription and helps you locate your missing device.* The Find My iPhone app is a free download on the App Store℠ and lets users easily locate a missing device on a map and have it display a message or play a sound. Users can even remotely lock or wipe data from a lost device to protect privacy.

    Other new features that iOS 4.2 brings to the iPad include: the ability to rent TV episodes directly to iPad using the iTunes® App with a 30 day viewing window and a 48 hour session window once playback is started; the ability to easily find and highlight specific words and phrases on web pages in Safari®; enhanced enterprise support so businesses can take advantage of stronger security features, new device management capabilities and improved enterprise integration; industry-leading accessibility enhancements; and support for 25 additional languages, including Korean, Portuguese and Traditional Chinese

    Availability

    The iOS 4.2 update is available today to download to iPad, iPhone and iPod touch by syncing the device with iTunes 10.1. iOS 4.2 is compatible with iPad, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, second and third generation iPod touch (late 2009 models with 32GB or 64GB) and new iPod touch. Some features may not be available on all products. For example, Multitasking requires iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, third generation iPod touch (late 2009 models with 32GB or 64GB) or later.

    *The free Find My iPhone feature is available for iPhone 4, iPad or new iPod touch (4th generation).

    To install the update on your current model iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, connect your iDevice to your computer, launch iTunes 10.  Once your device has completed it's sync, select it in the left section of the iTunes window, and then click the Check for Update button.

    You can read the full Apple iOS 4.2 press release on the Apple website.

  • facebook,  homebrew,  lifestyle,  palm,  pixi,  pre,  web os

    Palm Updates (Beta) Facebook Client

    The other day I posted that new mobile Facebook clients for iOS, BlackBerry OS, and Google Android had popped up in their respective app stores.  On Friday evening, Palm posted their v1.4.5 update to the beta Facebook client which now includes support for the Facebook Paces feature.

    To learn more about how to install Palm beta applications on your webOS phone, hit the "Read more" link for some helpful information on how to get started.


    Since this is a beta application, it doesn't show up in the App Catalog - version 1.4.0 shows up there, which introduced support for multiple webOS cards for Facebook.  (Think of webOS "cards" as separate browser windows or tabs.)

    To install the beta version of the Palm Facebook client, you must first install two pieces of software: WebOS Quick Install on your PC, and Preware on your Palm webOS phone.

    If you are unfamiliar with Homebrew apps, or installing WebOS Quick Install, then head over to PreCentral.net where you can read all about Homebrew apps and for the download and directions for installing WebOS Quick Install (free PreCentral forums registration is required.)

    Once you have WebOS Quick Install loaded on your Palm webOS phone, you are ready to install Preware, which is a fairly easy task when you use WebOS Quick Install.

    After you have installed Preware and launched it on your webOS phone, you can search for Facebook and find the beta client.  You install apps in the Palm beta channel the same way you install applications in Palm's App Catalog and you're ready to rock-n-roll.  To check for future updates to the beta Facebook client, launch Preware on your Palm every now and again and check the Updates section of the Preware screen.

    Sure, this all sounds really geeky and strange if you haven't played with Homebrew apps on your Palm Pre or Pixi before, but it is really easy to do and opens the door to hundreds of great app that aren't available directly from Palm.