iOS 5 tips and tricks videos

Which new features of iOS 5 do you think is the best? Which do you think didn’t get enough attention? Do you know of any that is not well known? I will try to feature some of the new features here, I am sure to miss some – so let me know which I missed out on.

Text expansion

This is potentially very nice to save time. We all have phrases that we write all the time, being able to make your own shortcut/abbreviation for them that will save you lots of time.

Custom alert tones and ring tones

With iOS 5 its finally possible to customize both ring tones and alert tones. Apple has included lots of fun alert tones and ring tones in iTunes, but you don’t have to shell out lots of money to use this new feature – you can create your own ringtones and alert tones.

Since alert tones can be ring tones, and vice versa. Its the same process to create an alert tone as it is for creating a ring tone.

Custom vibrations

You probably need to have your phone on silence once in a while, wouldn’t it be cool to know who calls before you take your phone up? With custom vibrations you can customize vibrations for important callers, so you don’t have to look at your phone to know if you need to excuse yourself to answer.

What hidden features of iOS 5 would you like to share?

Let me know in the comments.

Why Sugarsync rocks more than Dropbox, and how to get free space

Sugarsync vs Dropbox

Don’t know what Sugarsync is? In a few words: Easy backup, 5 GB of free space, and an easy way to share your files (especially the big ones) with other people.

If you want even more free space than those 5 GB, use this link to sign up. That way I will get some more space, and you too! And if you decide to sign up, you will get 10GB for free, on top of the package you choose.

So why should you bother with Sugarsync?

If you, like me, need to be able to send huge files wherever you are, you know how hard a task that can be. Even if you have the huge file on your laptop AND the laptop with you, you will often need to try to find a good hotspot, or connection on your mobile device. And if your luck is as bad as mine – that connection will suck.

With Sugarsync you can have all your huge work files uploaded as you create them, as well as previous versions of them online – so you are safe in case of a disk crash (god forbid!). But the really cool part is that you can use their apps on Android or iPhone to easily share that huge file with anyone you want to.

Why Sugarsync is better than Dropbox

While its possible to put something together with Dropbox to do backups of folders etc, you have to set up all kinds of extra programs or scripts to do it. With Sugarsync you just tell the Sugarsync client (Windows and Mac) what folders to sync, and you are done.

Size matters

If you are going to use a service like Dropbox, iCloud or Sugarsync for backups, and you actually have something to backup – it will become pretty clear that you will need more space. With Sugarsync that is no problem. Sugarsync has a plan that allows you 500 GB of space, thats 5 times more than Dropbox and 10 times more than iCloud! But you can choose whatever plan you like, and most of the time Sugarsync will be less expensive than its competitors.

Easy sharing

With Dropbox you need to make sure that the files you want to share is put in the public folder, with Sugarsync you can share any file you have made backups of, by creating a public link (they stay private to anyone that don’t know that spesific link).

Sharing a file from your backup with someone using Sugarsync is just a matter of finding your file on your computer, right clicking and choosing “Get public link” and you are ready to send the link to the file to anyone you want to. Or you can use the app and have that send off an e-mail with the link.

What other differences are there between Sugarsync and Dropbox?

Sugarsync has made this video that really tells more than all the words I have already wasted, sorry to spring it on you so late in the article ;)

What are you waiting for? Get backup-ing and get your free 5 GB of online storage now.

Where is the iPhone 5?

iPhone 5

The anticipated iPhone 5 has been expected to be released late summer 2011, today its the 20th of september and we still have not heard a word about any release date.

The rumors has been going that the iPhone 5 would be released in september, but that is not going to happen. New rumors now point to a release in the middle of october. For that to happen the announcement would have to happen very soon.

When do you think we will get to see the new iPhone 5? Or do you think the next update will be a speed update (such as the 3GS).

Previous releases:

iPhone: June 29th 2007
iPhone 3G: July 11th 2008
iPhone 3GS: June 19th 2009
iPhone 4: June 24th 2010

A new start for the blog

A new dawn

If you still have me in your RSS-feed you are a patient soul. Its been almost 2 years and 2 months since I have posted on this blog.

One reason is the lack of time, another is the lack of a functioning system to blog on. I had been using Movable Type since 2002. It started out nice, but has gotten old as time has moved along. So today the blog has been moved to WordPress, latest version and using their latest theme.

It will give me easier ways to blog in english. My norwegian blog has been up and running on WordPress a long time now.

I will be blogging about technology, the net and gadgets. Most probably about WordPress, PHP, databases, Apple products, and all other things I have fun with on a day to day basis.

Another reason for starting up my english blog again is that I will be moving to the other side of the planet – that is to say, to New Zealand within a year or two. So this blog will also be filled with stories about how that move goes. I hope you come along for the journey.

If you wonder what theme I am using, I can tell you I am using WordPress Twentyeleven (Default theme with WordPress 3.2.1) and the child theme NonNom - I will be telling you more about my favorite themes and plugins in future blogposts, so get subscribed if you aren’t already.

iPhone feedback to Apple

Just submitted this bug report to Apple regarding their serious management and policy problem regarding iPhone application submissions to the AppStore.

For more on this story, ready Gizmondo: Apple’s Chickenshit Approval Process Has Gone Too Far and There’s no app for that. and for some comic relief in the mist of it all: Oops, @MarissaMayer Deletes Sensitive Tweet That Can Still Be Found. A really good and insightful article about the possible fallout and consequences of the AppStore approval scandal: Bad Apple: An Argument Against Buying an iPhone (Lifehacker)

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There seem to be a bug on management level within your company. Pulling apps that uses Google Voice (and not allowing for the Google Voice app from Google) and not allowing for Google Latitude native app speaks to something terribly wrong with your app approving process.

I have been a fan of iPhone since the first version, I own both the first and second version of the phone and was looking forward to iPhone 3 GS launching in Norway. Now I am considering wether to continue being an Apple customer. I am a satisfied Apple customer that with a steady regularity buys software and hardware from your company, including a Macbook Pro, a Macook, a Airport Extreme etc. Your actions in the iPhone apps area has me considering not continuing my support for your company and products in the future. It just tastes too darn bad. I am sure I am not alone in feeling this way.

I really think you have made one serious mistake in not allowing the Google apps to be taken into the App store, and that includes third party developers. I think you are doing a huge disfavor to your customers and ultimately to your own company behaving the way you have in this case.

I am sure this will just be ignored. So I will make sure to blog it and spread it to all my Twitter contacts and in turn ask them to spread the news onwards.

Hope the bugs in management and policy will be fixed soon.