FYI , StifleStand works great on my iPad1 with IOS5 but to have it work with IOS6 you must reboot the phone and click on "Hide Newsstand" the moment it is recognized by the app .
MBP 13' Mid-2010 Mountain Lion
iPad Mini 32 GB
10-10-2012 01:59 PM
Glad you caught that.. Thanks for info. to share..
Mac Pro '08
LATE December 27" iMAC. 10.8.4
Ipad1, AND 3. Ipod2, 4. iPhone 4 6.1
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The app has been updated today so maybe it will work better with IOS6 ... I haven't tried yet .
MBP 13' Mid-2010 Mountain Lion
iPad Mini 32 GB
Reorient Maps to Run North & South Again in iOS
Apple’s new Maps app includes a really handy feature that lets you rotate the direction of maps on screen by swiveling your fingers, making it easier to follow directions and roads. While the maps are rotating, the compass will keep telling you where North is, as you’ll find when using the turn-by-turn navigation.
If you ever want to reorient Maps back to north/south though all you need to do is tap the compass icon in the upper right corner. This causes Maps to immediate situate back to North being at the top of the screen, which was also the consistent setting in Maps prior to iOS 6.
If you find ever yourself lost or disorientated somewhere, use this in conjunction with the compass tap to figure out exactly which way you’re facing.
Your iOS 6 Device Is Tracking You For Advertisers, But It’s Easy To Turn It Off
With iOS 6, Apple has officially deprecated the UDID as a valid means for advertisers to track app users. The UDID functioned sort of like a Social Security Number for your iPhone, allowing advertisers and third-parties to track your behavior across multiple apps… a troubling privacy concern for many. But UDID tracking also had many beneficial advantages, like allowing developers to troubleshoot crashing apps and the like, which inspired some third-parties to come up with their many companies started releasing their own alternatives to UDID.
Apple wasn’t going to leave advertisers and developers without an alternative to use in their apps, though. New in iOS 6 is two new IDs: IDFA and IDFV. Yes, both IDs still track you, and the IDFA is specifically used by advertisers to collect data on you. But the good news is that this tracking can easily be turned off, and it’s much less invasive than the UDID.
Despite a rather alarmist story by Business Insider about the IDFA, the truth is that the new IDFA is actually a lot better for both advertisers and users than UDID tracking.
For advertisers, one benefit of IDFA is that it acts like a persistent cookie, not a permanent number assigned to a device. Using UDIDs, if a user gave away or sold his iPhone, the UDID went along to the new owner. With the new system, a new IDFA is generated for the device, which leads to more accurate data for advertisers and publishers.
From a user’s perspective, it’s also better. Instead of being tracked invisibly by developers and publishers, you can turn off IDFA tracking. It’s not in an intuitive place (Settings > General > About > Advertising > Limit Ad Tracking) and tracking is on by default, but it’s simple to fix.
Should you turn it off? Even BusinessInsider, which seems pointlessly worried about IDFA, has a hard time concluding IDFA is harmful. “Again, IFA doesn’t identify you as a person to advertisers. What it does do, however, is provide advertisers with “a really meaningful inference of behavior.”" Whether you want advertisers to infer anything is up to you.
Wondering Where Those Emergency Alerts in iOS 6 Are? It Depends On Your Carrier
Sure would be nice if we all were able to access these, right?
Way back in June, we told you that iOS 6 would have new, integrated emergency alert and AMBER Alert notifications. When you go looking for them, you may not find them. Even if, as some folks out there like to say, you “scroll all the way to the bottom” of the Notifications pane in the Settings app, if your carrier hasn’t implemented the alerts, yet, you won’t see them in there.
I suppose you can keep trying, but we’re here to keep you from wasting your time.
It’s a great idea, right? The SAFE Port Act was signed into law by George W. Bush on October 13, 2006, and it relies on SMS broadcasts to push notifications to your iPhone (or other smartphone) to warn you about weather threats, Amber Alerts, and other “Presidential” alerts. The system was live in 2011 starting in New York City, and should be available around the US by now.
If, that is, your carrier supports the alerts.
Macworld found that, in the San Francisco Bay Area, at least, only Sprint and Verizon users saw the settings to enable or disable the alerts. They also noted that the availability can vary with location; their informal Twitter poll showed that some Verizon users in some parts of the country see the settings, while others do not.
The forums over at MacRumors seem to confirm this, with many users on different carriers both seeing and not seeing the notification settings.
So, how about you, Cult of Mac readers? Let us know your carrier, and where in general you live, and whether you see the Government Alerts section in your Notification settings. We hope that all the carriers and locations can build this out and implement the abilities already in iOS to help users know when an emergency is pending, and what to do to get to safety.
Access Drafts from Mail in iOS Quickly with a Tap and Hold
Most people will tap back from their inbox to Mailboxes and then Drafts to access any email drafts on an iPhone or iPad, but rather than doing that you can quickly jump to a list of Drafts in Mail app by just tapping and holding on the Compose icon.
Doing so will present you with a list of all messages stored as drafts in the current mail account, and you can scroll down to access drafts saved far in the past. If you don’t see the message you’re looking for immediately, you can use the pull-to-refresh gesture to download the most recent ones from the mail server.
This is different from holding the Compose icon on previous versions of iOS, which jumped directly to the last saved draft instead.
Set Location Based Reminders with Siri
Siri is getting more and more useful, and one of the better uses for Siri are location based reminders. With location reminders, you can have Siri remind you to do things like make copies when you get to work, feed the cat when you get home, and just about any other task that would be helpful to be reminded of upon arrival or departure. This tends to work best with iPhone, but it works with iPad too as long as Siri is enabled.
For Siri to adequately serve you location based reminders, you will need to have locations defined for yourself for places like Home, Work, School, etc, and addresses set for contacts. Don’t worry, if Siri doesn’t know the address for a contact or common place, you will be asked to provide one. You will also need to have Location Services turned ON for Reminders and Siri. This can be done through Settings > Privacy > Location Services.
Create Location-Based Reminders with Siri
To set a new location dependent reminder, summon Siri as usual then use verbiage like the following:
Remind me to ___ when I get home
Remind me to ___ when I leave home
Remind me when I get to school to ___
Remind me to ___ when I leave work
Remind me to ___ when I get to work
Remind me to ___ when I get to ___ house
Remind me to ___ when I leave here
Example Reminders Dependent on Locations
Here are a few practical examples of how such phrases could work:
Remind me to overfeed the dog when I get home
Remind me to get gas when I leave
Remind me to say happy birthday when I get to Moms house
Remind me to pick up milk when I leave work
Remind me to turn in my assignment when I get to school
For the last example, you do not need to specify a location because Siri will assume you mean leaving your current location as determined by GPS or internet. The reminder will therefore appear whenever you depart the current location, regardless of where or what it is.
As mentioned before, if Siri does not know the address for a location you request or a contact you mention, you will be asked to provide one by adjusting that contacts details.
Though Siri is still in beta, Siri is undoubtedly becoming more and more useful, and if you aren’t using it yet to perform common tasks you should start doing so now, intelligent assistants will only be getting better.
Oh and finally, if you don’t have Siri, remember that Mac users can also set Location Reminders with OS X 10.8 and later, though they are dependent on internet access in order to know where you are. If you do have a Mac and an iOS device with Siri though, any created reminder will sync across everything as long as the same iCloud account is used on each device.
Change the Voice & Accent of Spoken Text Selection in iOS
The default voice for speaking text in iOS is the same voice as Siri, but if you want to switch it up and hear something different you can change the text-to-speech voice quite easily. Switching voices is a bit more fun than you’d expect though, at least with English, because you end up with different accents as well. To get use out of this you’ll first need text to speech enabled in iOS, you can do that along the way if you haven’t enabled it yet:
Open “Settings” app and tap “General” then “Accessibility”
Choose “Speak Selection” (turn it ON if you haven’t yet), then tap “Dialects”
Tap to choose your new voice and accent
To check what the new voice sounds like, switch over to any app with text, tap and hold on a word or phrase, then choose “Speak Selection” to hear the new voice.
If you want your iPhone or iPad to sound exceedingly proper, it doesn’t get much better than the British English voice of Daniel. I’ve always been a fan of Australian accents so I went with Australian English, but all voice choices are very high quality. Obviously changing back to the default Siri voice is just a matter of choosing your primary countries language.
These voices can also be added to the Mac if you want to change things up there too, you’ll need any version of Mac OS X later than 10.7 to do so.
Upload Images Directly from Safari in iOS 6
iOS now lets you upload images directly from Safari using standard web-based upload forms. Not only can you upload directly from the Photos library and Camera Roll now, but you can also upload an image directly from the camera after taking a picture.
There’s nothing fancy that you’ll need to do, just tap any normal upload button from Safari and you’ll see the pop-up image selector shown in the screenshot, whether you’re on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
This is obviously a great feature for anyone who shares pictures around the web through any of the many web-based image services, and also a nice change for bloggers, whether they’re professionals or just your moms simple blogspot. Prior to this, there wasn’t a way to do this outside of moving the photos to a computer and then uploading them that way, or using a native app that supported uploading directly to the given service.
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