iPhone 4S – the Siri feature

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Siri Features for The iPhone 4S: Apple has done it again with a futuristic and innovative design set to impress anyone who loves a sleek new gadget. The iPhone 4S is the latest iPhone to be released and comes with a multitude of fascinating and ridiculously smart technology. One of their dynamic features includes the Siri feature. What is the Siri feature, you ask? Well, you can ask Siri yourself and get an actual response. The iPhone 4S Siri feature is an advanced app that provides assistance, preforms various functions and provides information on more than the basic inquiries. Simply voicing a command to Siri will get the task done. Ask Siri to send a text or email and you will see the message be produced and sent without typing a word. You can even tell Siri to check your voicemail or read a text aloud. Siri can also update Facebook and Twitter statuses according to your commands.

iPhone 4S – Siri

Apples Homepage about Siri
“Siri on iPhone 4S lets you use your voice to send messages, schedule meetings, place phone calls, and more. Ask Siri to do things just by talking the way you talk. Siri understands what you say, knows what you mean, and even talks back. Siri is so easy to use and does so much, you’ll keep finding more and more ways to use it.”

The Siri technology enables you to converse as if you are communicating with an actual person. For example, asking Siri, “Where can I get my dog a chew toy?”, will have Siri providing you with a list of pet stores in your area. You will not have speak simple and robotic with Siri, because it will understand what you want. If you want to know some fast facts, Siri has access to advanced search engines, such as WolframAlpha and access to services like Yelp that gives restaurant reviews and directions. Siri also recognizes contacts in your phone, therefore, you can simply tell Siri to call or text a specific person, and it will know who you are referring to. You can have Siri set reminders and have it alert you, for example, right after you get up in morning. Siri will know when your alarm goes off in the morning, therefore, it knows to send you the reminder you asked for the previous day. If Siri can do this much now, just imagine what it can do in the future.

Read more about Siri and the iPhone 4S on apple.com

Best WordPress Stats Plugin

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Keeping statistics on your website allows you to detect how many visitors arrive at your site and how they go there, among other things. WordPress, one of the most popular and widely used blogging platforms, has various plugins that you can use to keep statistics about your visitors. One of the best plugins is Slimstat 2. A basic plugin, it requires you to have WordPress 2.9 or higher and only 5 MB of web space and DB space. You must also have MySQL 5.x or higher and PHP 5.1 or higher in order to properly install and run it. The information stores directly on your server and is completely private, so only you have access to the information.

It keeps track of user sessions for up to 30 minutes and tacks both outbound downloads and links, along with internal searches to allow you to manage and view how visitors are navigating around your site. So you can tailor your site to the majority of visitors, it also keeps track of the browser that your site was accessed on and the screen resolution. Your site should be designed to accommodate a variety of screen sizes and resolutions. Information about each visitor is recorded including their IP address, users, permalinks and how they arrived at your site. This enables you to track which links are generating traffic to your site. You can also specify the settings to exclude pageviews based on a specific browser, IP address, referrer or permalinks if you need to get them without factoring this specific set of viewers. The world map that comes with the plugin also enables you to see just where your visitors are coming from, literally.

If visualization is your preferred method of viewing information, the real-time charts allow you to view trends with visitors as they happen. The plugin doesn’t require you to do complex customization and can be enabled or disabled with a simple click. Thousands of users have currently downloaded and use the plugin to track their sites so they can be more responsive to their viewer’s needs. You can also get Slimstat as an wp-plugin on wordpress.org

Best Word Processing App for IPad 2

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If you are looking for the best word processing app for the Apple iPad 2, the following are the applications receiving the most attention at present. What follows is a list of four, beginning with the as yet best rated by customer reviews on the iTunes App Store.

iA Writer by Information Architects, Inc.
If you are looking for a simple and straight-to-the-point word processor, this app offers a no-distraction interface. By removing the multitude of options for formatting what you are writing, iA Writer creates basic formatting on its own, allowing you to focus on your writing. And speaking of focus, this application has a unique FocusMode which eliminates the tendency to cross-edit what you have already written. Importing and exporting as plain text, iA Writer syncs flawlessly with iCloud, Dropbox, the built-in Mail program and iTunes File Sharing. Currently priced at a discounted rate of $1.99 in the iTunes App Store, iA Writer holds a customer review rating of a solid 4 stars.

Pages by Apple, Inc.
Created by the makers of the iPad 2, the Pages application allows you to view and edit Pages ’09 (.pages), Microsoft Word (.doc and .docx) and plain text (.txt) files, while exporting under your choice of Pages ’09, Microsoft Word or PDF extenstions. With a drag and drop feature, this app syncs to iCloud and automatically keeps documents up to date across all iOS devices. Pages includes 16 Apple templates, the use of the onscreen or a wireless keyboard, as well as charts and tables for organizing data. iTunes File Sharing allows for easily importing from Mail, the web, a WebDAV service or any other PC or Mac computer. Currently priced at $9.99 in the iTunes App Store, the Pages app holds a 3.5 star rating for the currently released version and 4 stars for all versions.

Office2 HD by Byte2
This application offers a complete office suite for your IPad 2, allowing you to open, view, create and edit files from Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint. A video providing an overview of the program can be found here: http://bit.ly/iK1vFT. Office2 easily connects to stored documents from Google Docs, DropBox and MobileMe iDisk. Byte2 also offers a more basic app which works only with .doc and .docx formats, Doc2 HD. Currently priced at $7.99, Office2 carries an average of 3 stars in the iTunes App Store.

Documents to Go Premium Office Suite by Data Viz, Inc.
Doc2Go offers similar services as the Office2 Suite listed above. With the same rating of 3 stars, this app is priced at $16.99 through iTunes App Store.

Rumors about the iPhone 5

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Rumors about the iPhone 5- What is the latest buzz? iPhone is probably one of the most coveted line of multimedia smartphones manufactured and marketed by the Apple Inc Company. iPhone 4S is the 4th generation of iPhones released till date. The next generation of iPhone, iPhone 5 is due release in the upcoming year. The iPhone series comes with high end features like video camera, media player, email and internet browsing facilities. It has inbuilt Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity and can also send as well as receive visual voice-mail. The user interface includes multi touch screen with a virtual keyboard and certainly the device contains a wide range of Apple application software like various games, GPS navigation, social networking via Facebook, Twitter, Skype along with options to watch films and television shows.

Though Apple Inc would not reveal all the features and specifications of the new iPhone 5 before it is officially available in the market, we can still deduce some of the major features that can be expected in the new smartphone such as a higher resolution camera than its predecessor and a larger screen size. Some rumours circulating about the iPhone 5 are as follows:

• It might have multi touch gestures bringing with it over 200 unique features which would include an improved News Stand, Notification system and iMessage facilities.

• The new iPhone 5 is expected to come with the advanced iCloud feature which is a cloud storing and computing attribute from Apple. It allows users to store data such as music files, video files on remote computer servers. It also allows access to wireless remote music from computers and all mobile devices. The iPhone 5 will automatically synchronise with the iCloud facility so as to enable users to store pictures, applications, calendars, emails, contacts, bookmarks, and other data without having to store them into the phone’s memory.

• Another feature could be an A5 chip main processor that comes with dual core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU and NEON SIMD accelerator as well as dual core Power VR SGX543MP2 GPU which will enable the iPhone to perform twice the work of the current iPhone 4S. The speed of the processor will be around 1.5 Ghz and its RAM will also be around 1GB.

• The phone would have a rear facing 8MP dual LED flash camera and a front facing camera to enable video chatting. It will work to the 360 Panorama in the Application store. The video resolution of the iPhone 5 can be a full 1080p for HD recording. The screen size would be about 4 inches with a higher resolution.

According to information leaked by Lulzsec, the iPhone 5 may also offer 4G connectivity and will have Long Term Evolution network compatibility. The International Business Times has it, that the new iPhone will also feature a new SIM less design with 2 to 3 internal antennas for GSM and CDMA compatibility. This will make the iPhone literally a world class device.

Best Travel Apps for iPad 2

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When planning your next vacation, whether you’re flying or driving, there is no better travel companion than the iPad 2. With hundreds of travel apps to choose from you’re sure to find exactly what you need to make your trip go as smoothly as possible. Let’s take a look at some of the more helpful travel apps for the iPad 2.

Before your trip begins you’ll want to download Essential Travel Checklist. This app offers separate checklists for every aspect of preparing for your trip from pre-trip preparations to things to pack for the kids and what to keep in your carry on so you can travel with peace of mind that you’ve forgotten nothing.

Booking.com is a simple and fast way to find and reserve one of over 175,000 hotels. This app allows you to enter your destination city and accommodation details and will give you a list of area hotels along with pricing and a brief description of each one.

If you’re going to be flying, FlightTrack Pro is an excellent app for keeping up to date on flight status, gate changes and weather reports. If your flight gets delayed or cancelled you can easily find other flights without getting out of line. With the offline feature you can even access your flight route while in the air.

No vacation would be complete without access to Tripadvisor. There is no better recommendation for a hotel, restaurant or entertainment venue than one from someone who has been there and done that. It even allows you to write and post your own reviews.

Tripadvisor App for the iPhone

Yelp offers a quick link to any type of business you may need. Whether it’s a dry cleaner for that mishap during dinner, the nearest gas station to top off your tank, or a specialty store to shop for that perfect gift, Yelp provides information and reviews provided by the locals of the town you’re in.

There are hundreds more apps for iPad 2 ranging from GPS apps to games for keeping the kids entertained. Search the web for the apps that best suit your needs. Many are free, and others are offered for a minimal fee.

the best wordpress plugins

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WordPress Tips: Finding the Right Plugin: With the wealth of plugins available on the WordPress platform, it can be a difficult task to determine which ones are right for your site. There are many basic tips and tricks that can help you with this, but ultimately, only you (and your readers, perhaps) know for certain which plugins will be the most useful for your site. In many cases, choosing the best WordPress plugins for your site depends largely on the type of content you produce. For example, a news blog may rely heavily on high volume readership, so you would want to install a plugin that easily allows users to share the content on your site with their friends. This can be in the form of email, but willy most likely be on sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. Virtually any social media plugin should accomplish this task with relative ease.

Meanwhile, an e-commerce site may choose to install a shopping cart plugin that allows users to make purchases directly from the WordPress platform. This is a useful (and free) alternative to using third party services that can sometimes frustrate visitors. There are some plugins that most, if not all blogs should find useful. These include items like SEO packs, contact forms, anti-spam comment filters, and advanced search options for your site. Email subscription tools are also popular because they allow visitors to see the latest happenings of your site without having to leave their inbox.

Depending on your blogs’ content, you may also be tempted to monetize your blog. Rest assured, there are plenty of plugins available for this purpose. However, remember to place ads in such a way as to not frustrate and alienate your visitors. People don’t like being interrupted from reading by pop-ups or ads that appear over content. Placing relevant ads tastefully can be difficult, but it is the best way to ensure that you will gain maximum results without losing traffic. As engineer of your blog, you are tasked with finding which specific plugins meet the needs of both you and your visitors.

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