I forced Siri to tell me a bedtime story. Here is what I got.

Siri tells a bedtime story

Siri tells a bedtime story

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iOS 7 beta screens from iPhone 4s

iOS 7 beta screens from iPhone 4s

Update: iOS 7 on iPhone 4s works very well indeed. Doesn’t feel slow or heavy, good performance, no issues so far. Now back to the original post:

iOS 7 beta is out!

Since I was really impressed with the keynote, I decided to accept the risk of installation of the beta software on my daily workhorse – iPhone 4s. Remember, you need to be a registered developer with your UDID number registered with Apple – only then you are allowed to install beta operating system – otherwise you are very likely to brick your phone. You have been warned; if you are not familiar with the terms above, don’t try this at home.

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Has been enabled – thank you, Apple. At least.

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Two-step verification for Apple ID confirmation

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One Direction gets Grumpy Cat blessing

One Direction gets Grumpy Cat blessing

What you see here, is the response from 4chan to Apple’s offer on 12 Days of Christmas app, when they offered free One Direction “music” video.

12 Days of Christmas – free app from Apple. Once a year, over the Christmas time, offers the selection of apps, featured for free only over that time. It used to be very attractive, for instance, last year they offered SnapSeed (one of the best photo editing apps for mobile devices, from German NIK software) or Need for Speed.

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Google Maps for iPhone is back

Google Maps for iPhone is back

Google Maps for iPhone is back – and it is just awesome. After long absence – it was removed along with the introduction of the iOS6 and replaced with widely hated Apple Maps – it is back, for now only for iPhone. iPad version is not yet available.

New, improved interface, live traffic, directions, Street View – it all there and it works like charm. Yes, it’s good to have it back. Even a turn-by-turn navigation works brilliantly, even when in background, it displays messages along with voice guidance by the notifications bar at the top of the screen. Clever!

Update:

Of course, as expected, Google Maps got a very warm welcome from iOS users all over the world. At the moment, is it the most downloaded application in App Store, got to the top of the Top Free iPhone App category in just few hours with over 1500 mostly five star positive comments. Way to go, Apple!

Google Maps for iPhone - most popular application in the App Store

Google Maps for iPhone – most popular application in the App Store

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What you see is the first pictures of iPad mini. I was not convinced to it, since I own iPad 2 – so why change something bigger to something smaller? But when I put my hands on it, I got enlightened – and I must say, it is brilliant. Elegant, small, surprisingly thin and light – and gosh, it’s fast, really fast. The screen, not Retina though – it’s very, very good. When you have a chance – have a look. It is worth it.

What you see on those pictures is a size comparison to old iPad 2, iPhone and iPod Touch.
What you at the very bottom – is what happens when we got carried away a little.

iPad mini first pictures - size comparison with old iPad 2

More pictures below.

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Apple Maps, widely hated replacement of Google Maps. It is not that bad, in general I like it, it’s much much faster, I like the traffic service and turn by turn navigation. It’s not as good as Navigon I use, but since it’s very new – it’s ok. Having said that, I have asked Apple Maps to navigate me from Grodzisk Mazowiecki (outskirts of Warsaw, Poland) to Poleczki street south of Warsaw.

Normally, Route 1 from the picture below is what you want, but since I got the option to take Route 3, leading via S2 ring road of Warsaw, that was due to be completed for Euro 2012 (June), I armed myself with my MTB bike and off I went.

PS: Click the images to see them bigger.

Apple Maps leading via not completed ring road of Warsaw

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Apple Store is closed, waiting for iPhone 5

iPhone 5 has been announced, plenty of new features, I especially like the new camera with panorama function. I can’t wait. You can read more about this here

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New Facebook app for iPhone and iPad

Today Facebook finally launched new application for iOS, for both iPhone and iPad.
Get it, it’s all true what it says. It’s fast, it works great – finally!

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Mac OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion installation screen

Ok, for starters, it’s not a Mac OSX anymore. It’s OSX – Apple wants us to forget about the Macintosh or Mac, for some bizzarre reason. Anyway – OSX Mountain Lion is here.

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