Tag Archives: iPad

What the iOS 7 app update icons mean

iOS 7 has introduced many features including changes to the icons in the Updates section of the App Store. Here is what the new app update icons mean.

The first screen after being notified in the App Store that you have updates will show as below. You can still update apps individually or Update All at the top.

iOS 7 update notifications

iOS 7 update notifications


After clicking the Update for each app or the Update All at the top you will see the icons change to the the below image.  Notice the blue open circle. While it spins it is checking for the valid update and prompts you for your Apple ID and password.

The iOS 7 font color

Everyone is talking about all the changes in iOS 7 including the font color, lock screen, status bar and folder changes.  One of the things driving me crazy is how iOS 7 decides the font color under the applications on the home screen and bottom application bar.

iOS 7 font color

As you can see above, the application titles on mine are now black.  They were white with one of the default backgrounds that I had chosen way back in maybe iOS 5.  It seems that iOS 7 picks the predominate color of your wallpaper and then assigns black or white to the font color.  That is it.  No other choice or option.  This is fine on super dark backgrounds when it chooses white.  Or the reverse on all white images (like the one I hunted down) and it chooses black.

But for those images that sit somewhere in the middle. Maybe edging is darker and the middle more white.  Maybe there is light colors at all the wrong places.  No matter what the reason, iOS 7 takes it upon itself to make the decision for you. You can spend more time looking for new backgrounds that work well than just having a solid color background and calling it a day.

I also disike the Parallax feature so I disabled it but you still need the right images.  My current site to hit for images is Parallaxize.  They are awesome.


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TheSocialNetworker Episode 16 – Skype iPhone video bug

While testing the new Skype client released for the iPhone/iPod/iPad today, Carl Tyler of Epilio found a big with the video switching.  We did a test so we could record the conversation and get screenshots to share.

Following is how we should appear in the windows on the iPhone or iPod with Skype using the front facing cameras.

(Carl could warn me next time I am blinking before he snapshots)  So that is his front facing camera on the iPhone 4 while we video conference test.  All is well, as he appears in the smaller window and me in the larger.

Next he switches to the back facing camera so he can conference and walk around  and you will see below how the iPhone and iPod Touch 4 both have flipped the video picture in picture (PIP).

I am now in the smaller one and he sees his own camera in the larger portion.  Would would anticipate that this would be reversed and act as the front facing.

We both also suffered freezes ending calls and having to reset the Skype client to get back for more tests.

For enjoyment, we also record his dog Jessie doing tricks like dead and electric food.  Enjoy the demo and get your client updated!  You can also watch this video in HD on YouTube on the new Spiked Studio channel.

Book review: Best iPad Apps by Peter Meyers

When I first got this book,  Best iPad Apps: The Guide for Discriminating Downloaders by Peter Meyers (O’Reilly published), I was sure that so many things  had changed and applications created, there was not much I would get from this book with over 200 pages.  I was wrong, plain and simple.  Amazon has this book on sale right now for $13.29 or in the iBooks store for $9.99.

The book itself is broken into sections, with colored page edges for quick sorting of each main category:

  • At Work
  • At Leisure
  • Creative Corner
  • At Play
  • At Home
  • Out and About
  • For Your Health

Each main section then had subsections with the best of application for each category well defined.  The logo, description, reasoning, costs and image were included.  Some of subsections even had honorable mentions when the competition was close.

By just over 50 pages in I had numerous apps downloading already from the iTunes store.  It became clear that with the sheer number of applications in the store, you cannot find them all.  Reviews are always all over the place, with a few complaints able to simply change your mind.

So why would you choose this book over the numerous web articles always showing the Top 10 iPad Apps?  I wondered that as well.  Now I get it.  The book goes category by category.  Web listings seem to have the same ones over and over.  You never get a good feel for what is out there and how deep the catalog is in capabilities.

Much like we do with all of the social media screencasts here and Twitter application reviews on EverythingTwitter, the author of the book claims to have personally tested thousands of applications to make this catalog.

The book was done in extremely high quality coloring and screenshots.  The layout is landscape mode, making it easy to hold pages open as you read and search on your iPad.

A couple notes I wanted to make.  Sure, there is so many games for the ipad.  But there is also great busienss value and I was shocked to see the awesome amount of content in health and wellness I would have never even thought about.  Some of the HD content is amazing to have right in your hand.  Also, the index in the back matches the table of contents, so nothing was gained there.

Overall, an excellent book for those looking to find applications already tested and ready to go.  The price at the time of writing is shown, but check for yourself before saying it it too much as I found a few on sale or discounted now.

I recommend Best iPad Apps: The Guide for Discriminating Downloaders by Peter Meyers.

(Yes, the above links are affiliate links on Amazon as usual)