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Apple has finally released an iOS 5 patch that is designed to fix existing issues present in the mobile operating system’s initial launch. The patch fixes bugs affecting the iPhone 4S’ battery life and some security holes. The iOS 5.0.1 update adds multitasking gestures to the first generation iPad tablet, which was absent in the initial release of the OS; fixed some issues with Documents in the iCloud; and fixes issues with the battery life “bug.” According to the update screen, the release also “improves...

A rumored panorama feature in Apple devices that run iOS 5 turned out to be true, according to findings by developers. The secret feature, which was uncovered by developer Conrad Kramer, enables users to capture panoramic photos by taking pictures and sweeping the camera from left to right. A tweet posted by @conradev says, “So, I found out how to enable Panorama is the iOS Camera app. Set the key ‘EnableFirebreak’ to YES in com.apple.mobileslideshow.plist” Hidden features like this are common on Apple’s Mac...

Apple’s new speech-powered personal assistant, Siri, that’s exclusive to the recently launched iPhone 4S has experienced its first major outage. The intelligent feature is experiencing a server outage, affecting users across the United States, which sparked an outrage in the micro blogging site Twitter. iPhone 4S users began posting tweets that they were experiencing problems using Siri, as it fails to respond to voice commands. Some users said that it is activated correctly, but was not connecting to the server to process...

A native Gmail app for Apple’s iOS devices could see the light of day soon, after more than three years since the company launched the App Store. Tech news writer M.G. Seigler wrote in a blog post that a number of sources told him that the app’s release is imminent. “Google is on the verge of launching their native Gmail app, multiple sources tell me,” Seigler wrote in his blog. “In fact, I believe it has already been submitted to Apple for review. If it gets approved, it should be out soon. And I think it’s...

Apple’s GarageBand, the popular DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) for the Mac OS X operating system and the iPad tablet, is now made available for the company’s more mobile devices, the iPhone and iPod Touch. The app, which was released for the iPad in March this year along with iMovie, has been scaled down to fit the screens of the smaller iPod Touch and iPhone. The app is now available in the App Store for £2.99. The good thing about the release is if you already own the iPad version of the app, you can re-download the iPod...

Apple Inc. engineers are contacting new owners of the newly released iPhone 4S in an attempt to solve problems with the phone’s battery life. According to some reports, the iPhone 4S users observed that the phone’s battery dramatically drops down for unknown reasons. A report by The Guardian quoted an iPhone user who said he was contacted by Apple, asking him to install a monitoring program to diagnose the problem. “My battery life was extremely poor – 10 percent drop in standby every hour. I noticed that the usage...

With the Apple 4S finally launched, waves and waves of accessories have begun to show up and will soon be seen in tech stores around the world. Now, a cool peripheral has surfaced, taking advantage of the iPhone 4S’ most popular feature, the Siri personal assistant. Called the Iris 9000, this device enables users to control the Siri personal assistant feature from about 50 feet away. Siri allows users to perform a number of tasks just by speaking into their phones. Unlike the voice recognition technology of the past, the Siri voice...

Apple Inc. is charging $199 and $399 for its new smartphone, the iPhone 4S. One question is asked by users: how much does it cost to make one? According to IHS iSuppli, a 16 GB iPhone 4S costs $188 to make, and will jump to $196 if you throw in the manufacturing costs. Adding higher storage capacities does not really increase the cost, as a 32 GB iPhone 4S model costs $207 to make, while a 64 GB model costs $245. While the iPhone 4S looks very similar to its predecessor, the iPhone 4, IHS iSuppli found a “wealth of innovation”...

If Microsoft has the Blue Screen of Death in its Windows operating systems, Apple’s new iPhone 4S now has a mild case of yellow screen (not of death, of course). According to a report by PC Magazine, a number of users of the company’s new mobile handset are reporting problems with their screens. The publication said that reports started coming in last weekend on the discussion forums of Apple, with claims ranging from their displays being “washed out” in terms of clarity and contrast to their screens displaying...

Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer of Microsoft Corp., does not have anything good to say about the Android operating system and Google apps, as he appeared at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco. Ballmer attacked Google’s Android, saying that the operating system is too hard for ordinary users to handle. “You don’t need to be a computer scientist to use a Windows phone and you do to use an Android phone,” he said. “It is hard for me to be excited about the Android phones.” Though not excited about Android...