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Notification Center gets rid of pop-up messages for good in iOS 5

iOS 5 notification center

Notifications are about to get a much-needed facelift in iOS 5. We've complained many times about how, with the growth of apps using push notifications, unlimited text messaging packages, and local notifications, the pop-ups were simply getting out of control. With iOS 5, they're gone. Instead, as announced this morning during the Apple WWDC 2011 keynote, they're replaced by a simply notification at the top of the screen that doesn't interrupt you in the middle of whatever you are doing. You can also swipe down from the top of the screen to get to a list of all your recent notifications in one spot (they call this Notification Center.) Finally, you can also choose to have your recent notifications displayed right on your lock screen. Swipe an app icon to the right, and you are opened right into that app. This definitely takes a bunch of cues from MobileNotifier, a jailbreak-only notification app (that we use and love,) and improves upon it in many ways. In fact, Apple recently hired the developer of MobileNotifier, so this all makes perfect sense. iOS 5 launches this fall.


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iOS 5 to bring major improvements to Camera app

iOS 5 camera app

During today's WWDC 2011 keynote, Apple's Scott Forstall introduced some major upgrades to the Camera app that will ship with iOS 5. Some of the features that have us excited are things like direct access to the camera app right from the lock screen. Next to the swipe to unlock is a camera button that you can tap to take a picture quickly. Secondly, when you're in the camera app, you'll be able to use the volume-up button to snap the photo, rather than having to tap on the screen. Third, you'll be able to edit your photos right in the photo app. Apple is aiming to make their Camera and Photo apps your one-stop shop for images on your mobile devices.


Apple’s iOS 5 launches this fall

iOS 5 WWDC 2011

As part of the WWDC 2011 keynote, Apple's Scott Forstall announced that iOS 5 will be available to all users this fall. It'll work with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPhone 5 (although they didn't mention the next iPhone, it's a no-brainer) as well as iPad and iPad 2, and the 3rd, 4th, and 5th generation iPod touch. The fall release date is a good indicator that we won't be seeing the launch of new iPhone hardware until the fall as well. We will have a wrap-up of some of the best iOS 5 features that were demoed today in just a bit!

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Best Tech Deals of the Day

Xperia PLAY

We've got your latest list of items that fall under the best tech Deals of the Day for you, including a few standouts like free apps, an awesome deal on the XPERIA PLAY Android smartphone, and some nice deals on a few key video games. Be sure to hit the jump for the fill list.

Don’t forget, if you’re looking for other deals, be sure to check out our Newegg Promo Code thread. Oh, and if you're on Twitter, be sure to follow @TechPromos for the latest deals, or you can Like TechPromos on Facebook.

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Lion + iOS 5 + iCloud = WWDC 2011

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Software

WWDC 2011 banners icloud

Just in case you weren't sure how influential iCloud would be next week at WWDC 2011, here's a look at one of the banners that is going up at the Moscone Center. Yep, iCloud gets top billing, right next to Mac OS X Lion and iOS 5. Apple must see iCloud as a pretty big deal, and it already told us as much. Now, we wait.


Deal of the Day: The big weekend list

We've got your latest list of items that fall under the best tech Deals of the Day for you, including a few standouts like free apps, heavily discounted HP and Dell laptops, and a nice Xbox 360 deal as well. Be sure to hit the jump for the fill list.

Don’t forget, if you’re looking for other deals, be sure to check out our Newegg Promo Code thread. Oh, and if you're on Twitter, be sure to follow @TechPromos for the latest deals, or you can Like TechPromos on Facebook.

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Amazon has the 32 GB iPod touch for 18% off!

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Handhelds, Music

iPod touch sale

For about the next 30 minutes, Amazon's featured Gold Box deal is the 3rd gen 32 GB iPod touch. They're selling it for 18% off, which makes it $244.99, and shipping is free. Hurry if you want in!

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iOS 4.3.3 jailbreak available with redsn0w 0.9.6b15

redsn0w 0.9.6rc15 jailbreak

If you're waiting for a jailbreak before updating to iOS 4.3.3, you might be happy to know that redsn0w 0.9.6b15 will do the trick. This is the same untethered jailbreak that we've seen since iOS 4.3.1, which we don't mind at all. Just download the latest version of redsn0w, and go for it. This'll work with iPhone, iPod touch, and first-gen iPad. iPad 2 is still being fairly unreasonable about allowing itself to be jailbroken for the time being.

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Deal of the Day: 73% off Mophie Juice Pack Air

Mophie Juice Pack Air iPod touch

If you've grown tired of running out of battery power on your iPod touch, eBay has your answer. Today they're offering a whopping 73% off the Mophie Juice Pack Air, which essentially doubles the battery life of your device. These normally sell for $70, but today's deal brings it to you for $19, saving you $51--and shipping is included in that price. They've got limited stock, and this deal will only last for a few hours. If you're interested, head on over:

Save 73% on Mophie Juice Pack Air

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iOS 4.3.3 now available (4.2.8 for Verizon,) fixes location tracking “bug”

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Cell Phones, GPS, Software

iOS 4.3.3

Apple just released iOS 4.3.3, an update aimed to fix the location tracking issue that raised a bunch of concerns over the last couple of weeks. With this update, the consolidated.db database that stores the location data will be reduced in size, and that database will no longer be backed up to iTunes. In addition, if you turn Location Services off, the cache gets deleted entirely. Plug your iPhone in and have iTunes check for the update when you get a chance--jailbreakers, you'll wanna wait until there's a compatible fix.


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