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Monday
Aug062012

YouTube Won’t Come on Next iPhone

File photo. iStockphoto/Thinkstock/YouTube(NEW YORK) -- Get a new iPhone or iPad and you’ll get a handful of preloaded apps — Apple’s Calculator, Newsstand, App Store, and YouTube, just to name a few. But when Apple releases the next version of its iOS software — iOS 6 — in the fall, the YouTube app won’t be on the list.

“Our license to include the YouTube app in iOS has ended. Customers can use YouTube in the Safari browser and Google is working on a new YouTube app to be on the App Store,” Apple’s Trudy Muller told ABC News. Google, which owns YouTube, didn’t immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

While the YouTube app will stay in iOS 5, those who update their iPhones or iPads to iOS 6 in the fall will no longer have the YouTube app out of the box; they’ll have to download it separately from the App Store. And YouTube isn’t the only Google app that will be missing in iOS 6 — Apple’s replacing Google Maps with its own Maps app, which was previewed earlier this summer.

Apple and Google have continued to battle it out in the mobile phone market as Apple sues Samsung for copying its products, including its hardware and software. Samsung’s phones and tablets all use Google’s Android operating system. AllThingsD suggests that Google might have already been compromising on the app with the lack of ads and missing content.

iOS 6 is expected to launch in September alongside the new iPhone (which many think will be called the iPhone 5). Google has not said when it plans to release its standalone YouTube app.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Jul032012

Facebook’s Email Change Results in Changed Address Books, Fix on Way

Peter Foley/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Last week Facebook launched a new setting that changed all users’ default email addresses to [name]@facebook.com, so that messages would be forwarded to Facebook profile inboxes rather than their regular email addresses. The change aggravated many users, but now, to make matters worse, that change has affected the contacts and address book settings on some smartphones.

The switch has caused the email addresses of many to change on some users’ phones. What that means is that some who have Facebook contact-sync enabled on Android, BlackBerry and iOS 6 devices have been emailing their contacts at their Facebook.com address rather than their usual email addresses. That in turn has caused important messages to be missed by recipients, since messages are going into other email folders.

After hearing numerous complaints, Facebook has attributed the problem to a bug in some of its apps and has issued a fix for it.

“For people on certain devices, a bug meant that the device was pulling the last email address added to the account rather than the primary email address, resulting in @facebook.com addresses being pulled,” a Facebook spokesperson told ABC News. “We are in the process of fixing this issue and it will be resolved soon. After that, those specific devices should pull the correct addresses.”

That fix, however, still won’t change the fact that the visible email address now defaults to your @facebook.com address. You can still change that option in your profile settings by following the steps below.

1. Go to your profile page.

2. On your Timeline, you should see a button that says Update Info. Click that. (You can also click on the About page.)

3. On the Contact Info box, click Edit.

4. The first item will be Emails, and you should see a new @facebook.com email address. Move your mouse cursor over the symbol that looks like a No Smoking sign.

5. Click the down arrow and select “Hidden from Timeline.” Here is where you can choose which email address you want to have on your profile. All users need a personal email address to sign up for a Facebook account, so your original email address should still be listed here. Just change the setting next to the email address you want to use for Facebook alerts and messages to “Show on Timeline,” or the open circle symbol.

6. Click Save.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
Jun152012

New in Apple's iOS 6: Gay and Lesbian Emoticons

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The next version of software for the iPhone and iPad will include gay and lesbian emojis for the first time. Emojis are the small emoticon-like icons or pictures included in some phone operating systems. They can be inserted into text messages or emails.

The new emojis in the iOS 6 operating system feature both lesbian and gay couples holding hands. There are also ones of heterosexual couples. Apple has publicly supported gay rights.

Apple’s iOS 6 operating system is due out later this year. It was detailed earlier this week at the company’s WWDC conference in San Francisco.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Jun122012

Apple iOS 6: A Closer Look at Facebook, Passbook, Apple Maps

AppleBy JOANNA STERN, ABC News Technology Editor

(SAN FRANCISCO) – Apple didn't hold back Monday on its plans for the iPhone and the iPad. Scott Forstall, head of iOS software, demoed 10 new features coming to iOS 6 this fall. There are a lot of new features to be excited about, but below are our top picks.

1. Facebook Integration:  In iOS 5, we got Twitter integration; in iOS 6, we're getting Facebook. Apple has finally integrated Facebook at the OS level, meaning you will be able to sign into Facebook right on the phone (without the app), see your Facebook contacts in your contact list, and easily share and send messages to them from that list. Apple is also integrating Facebook "likes" into the App Store.

2. Apple Maps:  Apple is, indeed, giving up Google Maps for its own home-brewed mapping service. The new Map app has a basic map interface, but also a 3-D and a fly-over view. The fly-over option is jaw-dropping in terms of visuals. When we got a look at it, we couldn't believe a phone was processing life-like renders of cities and buildings. But you might forget about all that eye-candy as soon as you hear that the app finally has turn-by-turn navigation. Yep, Siri and her melodic voice guide as you navigate through new neighborhoods. There's also real-time traffic gathered by others who are using the iPhone and the Maps application.

3. Passbook:  Think of Passbook as your virtual wallet or travel document holder. It's an app that puts all your passes or tickets -- airplane tickets, movie tickets, royalty cards -- into one place. Instead of having to launch each app and find the bar code, Passbook puts it all in a well-organized app. But the best part is that it integrates with your lock-screen screen and knows when you need that pass to pop up based on your location and the time of day.

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Monday
Jun112012

Apple iOS 6: Facebook Integration, Improved Siri, New Maps

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Apple today showed off iOS 6, the feature-laden successor to its current iOS 5 software for iPhones and iPads. It will bring 200 new features to the iPhone and iPad, the company said, including Facebook integration, Apple's own 3D maps, and improvements to its voice-activated Siri virtual assistant.

"iOS 6 is a phenomenal release," said Scott Forstall, Apple's senior vice president for iOS software. The new system should be shipped to consumers this fall; an early so-called Beta version will be available to software developers today, Forstall announced to a packed house at Apple's World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco.

Among other enhancements, Siri will, for the first time, be included in the iPad, said Forstall. And users will be able to move seamlessly between one device and another.

Forstall showed Siri's improved ability to give turn-by-turn directions if one is driving, make restaurant reservations and show schedule and gate changes in real time if your plane is delayed.

The navigation system will be activated by an "eyes-free" button in some new car models; Apple said it is working with BMW, GM, Mercedes, Land Rover, Jaguar, Audi, Toyota, Chrysler, Honda and other automakers.

Apple said it has partnered with such online services as OpenTable for reservations, RottenTomatoes for movie reviews and times, and several gaming companies.

The new operating system is designed as something of a threat to Google, with its comprehensive map software. Apple said it will now have its own, including flyover views of major cities to help give you a sense of where you are.

"In iOS 6 we have built an entire new maps system from the ground up," said Forstall.

Facebook will be a central part of the new system, said Apple. Log on and almost anything you're doing on your iPad or iPhone can be shared instantly with friends.

And phone calls will be easier. There is a new "Do Not Disturb" feature, plus other ways to send quick messages if someone calls while you're busy but don't want to ignore them. Apple said iOS 6 will remind you to get back to those people later.

"Only Apple can make such amazing hardware, software, and services," Apple CEO Tim Cook said on stage at the conference. "These products can change the world."

The company, however, made no mention of a new iPhone, what has been rumored to be called the iPhone 5. Talk has been swirling about the new phone for months and the new device is expected to have a larger screen, a different dock connector, and a new design.

The WWDC developers' meeting has over 3,000 attendees this week. The attendees are Apple developers, or those who create software for Apple's iOS and Mac OS X operating systems.

Apple stock, which had been up in the morning, lost about one percent of its value after the announcement finished.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Jun112012

Apple to Preview iOS5, New MacBook Pros at Conference

DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Apple CEO Tim Cook on Monday will take the stage at the company's annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco, where he is expected to preview quite a bit of the tech giant's new products, including the next version of the iPhone operating system (iOS 6) and new Apple MacBook Pro and Air laptops.

Speaking at the All Things D conference two weeks ago, Cook discussed that both Siri improvements and more Facebook integration was coming to the iPhone and iPad.  Both those new features are expected to be large parts of the forthcoming iOS 6 operating system for the iPhone and iPad that will be previewed on Monday.

Cook and Apple executives will also discuss other new features coming to the iPhone and iPad, including a possible new maps application.  The Wall Street Journal reported last month that Apple was planning to replace the Google Maps app on the iPhone with its own 3D mapping solution.  Last week, Google held a Maps event, but would not discuss its relationship with Apple.

iOS 6 is not expected to be released to the public for a couple of months.  On Monday, like in years past, it will likely be released for developers that build apps and other accessories for the iPhone.

Apple is not expected to discuss the next iPhone or the iPhone 5 at the WWDC.  Industry experts and analysts expect the new iPhone hardware, which has been rumored to have a larger display, to be released in the early fall, when iOS 6 is officially available for all to download.

On Monday, Cook is also expected to focus on Apple's laptops and desktops, and Mountain Lion, Apple's next version of its Mac operating system.  Along with a preview of the new software, Apple is heavily rumored to be releasing new MacBook Pros and Airs with brand new high-resolution Retina Displays.  ABC News previously reported that the MacBook Pros will have Nvidia graphics and Intel's new Ivy Bridge processors.

Apple is also likely to provide details on the future of its iCloud service, which provides users cloud storage space and access to music, contacts, and apps from any device.

The WWDC is scheduled to kick off at 1:00 p.m. EST.

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