Posts Tagged ‘iPad’

iPad Mini Vs. New iPad (iPad 3): brief comparison

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

At my advice the iPad Mini is a shrieked version of the New iPad (aka iPad 3), with a very few differences, some borrowed from the iPad 2.

  1. Mostly significant, and brand new:
    1.  THINNER borders design.
    2. mounts Micro-SIM
    3. uses the ‘Lightning’ connector
  2. The weight is almost the half of the New iPad, 308g against 601g.
  3. The screen is NOT retina
    1. same resolution as the iPad 2: 1024 x 768
    2. 168dpi vs 132dpi of iPad 2 vs 264dpi as New iPad
  4.  the process is the Dual-Core A5 (same as iPad 2) vs the Dual-Core CPU/Quad-Core GPU A5X (New iPad)
  5. ..and of course, the dimension is… MINI

all the other features are the same as the New iPad (iPad 3).

 

How-To Fix “Some of your photos were not copied to the iPad, iPhone, iPod because they cannot be displayed on your iPad, iPhone, iPod”

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

It happens, fortunately not so frequently, that during the Photo synchronisation of my iDevices via iTunes I get an error about the copy of my pictures to my iPad or iPhone:

"Some of your photos, including the photo "IMX_xxxx",
were not copied to the ixxx because they cannot be displayed on your ixxx."

I notice that this problem comes out usually after an update or upgrade of Aperture, and having a look around the web it is not a problem isolated to Aperture but it also shows up when you use iPhoto and in rare cases also when you sync your pictures directly from the Pictures folder of your account.

The only solution that worked for me in the time and in different Macs has been to force a complete regeneration of the iPod Photo Cache (se References at the bottom).
According to what software, if any, you use to manage your pictures, you will need to remove the following folders:

  • If you synchronise from the Pictures folder:
    /Users/<username>/Pictures/iPod Photo Cache
  • If you synchronise from the Aperture Library:
    • From the Finder navigate to the Picture folder.
    • Select the Aperture Library archive.
    • Right Click on it and choose Show Package Contents.
    • delete the iPod Photo Cache folder
  • If you synchronise from the iPhoto Library:
    • From the Finder navigate to the Picture folder.
    • Select the iPhoto Library archive.
    • Right Click on it and choose Show Package Contents.
    • delete the iPod Photo Cache folder

This operation will force iTunes to analyse the entire pictures archive and to generate all new copies of the pictures suitable for your iDevice.

In a few occasions I also found useful to proceed the  Rebuild Aperture Database procedure that will force Aperture to reanalyse all the masters of you photo library and regenerate all the preview and thumbnails.

To rebuild the aperture database you need to start Aperture holding the key combination of “Alt+Command” and then confirm the operation, that could take a very long time depending on the dimension of your pictures library.

Hope that this will help you.

 

References:

iTunes: Understanding the iPod Photo Cache folder

MacRumors 

 

 

WordPress 3.1 update: “Could Not Open the Page, Too Many Redirects”

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

This morning after upgrading my blog to WordPress 3.1 the front side of my blog suddently stopped working.
All my browsers got stuck trying to load www.marcomc.com and Mobile Safari on my iPad and my iPhone was complaining about: “Could Not Open the Page, Too Many Redirects”.

After 1 minute digging the problem on wordpress.org I found the fix at this thread:

http://wordpress.org/support/topic/windows-server-infinite-redirect-after-upgrading-to-31?replies=35

I was still able to access the admin back-end fortunately, just in time to apply this nice plug-in that fix the problem:

Permalink Fix & Disable Canonical Redirects Pack

Apparently this problem is limited to WordPress residing on Windows based hosting. Guess what my hosting is then 😉

How-To find the List of my Apple Registered Products

Monday, January 10th, 2011
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If you, like me, are an Apple fan since a long time, you may have owned many i-Products. Some of them may have been lost, stolen, gifted or still in use. Do you remember about all of them? Do you have a list of your Apple devices?

If you have been diligent you may have registered these products, Mac Books, iPod, iPhones, iMacs or iPads in the Apple webpage to check they guarantee status or to submit a request for support.

Did you ever wanted to have a full list of your Apple Registered Products? Did you ever noticed that logging into the Apple Support there is no way to obtain such list?

Now our wish has been fulfilled! Apple has just inaugurated a new support page called My Support Profile that among the usual support services we have been used to see is listing as well the brand new ‘Product Pane’ where it’s possible to register, list, delete and give nicknames to all of your Apple product!

When I’ll be 90 years old who knows how many devices I’ll have listed?
Maybe this is a new advertising strategy that will lead contests between people to demonstrate their fidelity to Apple!

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How-To enable VoiceOver feature in your jailbroken iPad

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

Supposed that we are in possession of a jailbroken iPad if we want to enable VoiceOver feature in the iPad there is not a Cydia package unfortunately.

We can anyway accomplish to this task manually following three simple steps:

Step 1 – preparation

You need to install and enable the OpenSSH service first. Once this is done you need to log into the iDevice via command-line or via Cyberduck or any through other SSH client. Unless you changed them for security reasons (as suggestes) the passwords for the root and mobile users are well known:

  • username: root, password: dottie
  • username: mobile, password: alpine

Step 2 – configuration

Once logged into the iPad you need to reach and edit (with ‘vim’ or any other text-editor) the file K48AP.plist at this path:

/System/Library/CoreServices/SpringBoard.app/K48AP.plist

and add the following line :

<key>voice-control</key>
<true/>

as shown below:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
<plist version="1.0">
<dict>
<key>capabilities</key>
<dict>
            <key>voice-control</key>
            <true/>
            <key>720p</key>
             <true/>
      .........

Step 3 – conclusion

As last you need to reboot your iPad, after that you can activate the VoiceOver feature control, holding for a few seconds the ‘Home’ button.. and start speaking!!

What is the difference between Apple’s AirPrint and HP’s ePrint?

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

“Apple’s AirPrint allows iPhone, iPad and iPod touch customers to print wirelessly to a local printer on their wireless network through an embedded OS print function. HP ePrint allows for printing from anywhere in the world from any mobile device to an HP ePrint enabled printer using the HP cloud – that means the customer can attach a file or document to an email and send it to the printer’s individual email address. Both solutions remove the need for drivers or software downloads.”

from HP’s official “Frequently asked questions about ePrint enabled printers and Apple’s AirPrint

What are the username and password to access my iPhone and iPad via SSH?

Friday, October 22nd, 2010
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As jailbreaking procedures are now legalised, we can freely speak about jailbroken iPhones.

After jailbreaking your iPhone or iPad one useful Cydia package that you may want to install, is OpenSSH that gives you access via remote console (shell) to the entire iOS (iPhoneOS) system.

Once installed OpenSSH via Cydia the first thing you want to do is to log in to the system via an SSH connection, the first question that arise is “how do I log in since I did not create any user account?”.

Unfortunately the answer is too easy (as it consists in a security hole),  Apple has defined by default these users:

user: root (with superuser/administrator privileges)
password: alpine
user: mobile (limited user privileges)
password: dottie

As said this consists in a security threat because as soon as you install the OpenSSH service your iPhone is exposed to unexpected access by anyone that is aware of this default configuration.

Of course we cannot blame Apple for such ‘threat’ as Apple doesn’t give is acknowledgement to install OpenSSH (this is the reason why you find it in Cydia).

Fortunately it exists an easy fix that any unix administrator knows, CHANGE THE PASSWORD! This is a task that you can easily accomplish logging in as root via any SSH client and make use of the command ‘passwd‘ to change the root’s password and then force the change of password for the user mobile as well:

# passwd mobile

Instant Search for iTunes and App Store

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

These are very interesting instant search engines to explore the content of the App Store and iTunes catalog in an extremely fast way thanks to the ‘search-as-you-type’ feature.

iTunes Instant

App Store Instant

Enjoy!!!

Snow 303 Notebook

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

My personal notebook made in preparation for the Snow 303 exam for the Apple Certified Specialist – Security and Mobility 10.6 certification on Mac OS X Server 10.6 Snow Leoaprd.

Mac OS X Mobility and Security v10.6

This notebook can be used complementary to the book Mac OS X Security and Mobility v10.6 by Robert Kite, Ph.D., Michele Hjörleifsson, and Patrick Gallagher published by Peachpit Press.