iOS 6 Lost Contacts

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 | Business | 84 Comments

iOS 6I started seeing some people visiting my site asking about iOS 6 lost contacts issues.

You should check out our extensive post on lost contacts in iOS 5.  All the same approaches still apply in iOS 6 (if you let me know if it helped, I’ll mark iOS 6 next to entries that help iOS 6 users).

UPDATE: The TamTam Solution to iOS Lost Contacts

A comment by “TamTam” on this page has proven very helpful for a number of people, follow these steps:

  1. Connect iPhone to iTunes
  2. Go to iPhone Summary
  3. Switch from “Back up iCloud” to “Back up to Computer
  4. Go to info tab, at the bottom (in advanced settings) “Replace info on this iPhone
  5. Click on Contacts
  6. Sync!

Thanks TamTam!

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iOS 6 Released, How to Upgrade your iPhone/iPad/iPod

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 | Business | 1 Comment

iOS 6Apple has just officially released iOS 6.  The download just started for me!

iOS 6 is compatible with the following devices:

  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPhone 4
  • iPhone 4S
  • iPhone 5
  • iPod Touch (4th gen)
  • iPod Touch (5th gen)
  • iPad 2
  • The new iPad (I still hate that name)

To install the new iOS 6 you just follow these steps (you need iTunes 10.7 for this, to upgrade read after the iOS instructions):

  1. Connect your device via USB to your computer (at this point it may prompt you for an upgrade, go for it)
  2. Open iTunes (if it doesn’t open already)
  3. Click on your device below “devices
  4. Click on the “Summary” tab up top
  5. Click on “Check for Update
  6. Enjoy!
Alternatively you can do so without a computer:
  1. On your iOS device
  2. Settings
  3. General
  4. Software Update

If you don’t get the update, you probably still have an earlier version of iTunes.  Only iTunes 10.7 supports the new iOS 6.

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WordPress 3.4.2 Update Released

Friday, September 7th, 2012 | Business | No Comments

Another WordPress maintenance release

The WordPress team released the 3.4.2 maintenance and security update addressing some bugs and security issues.

The fixes:

  • Old browser fixes for the admin
  • Plugin compatibility fixes
  • Theme preview bug fixes
  • Address pagination rewrite fixes
  • Header image sizing fixed
  • Trackback error fixes

Download or update in your WordPress dashboard

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Help: Photoshop CS6 asks for Serial Number, after Signing Up for Creative Cloud

Thursday, August 30th, 2012 | Business | 2 Comments

Adobe Creative Cloud LogoI had a CS6 trial that expired.  After seeing the Creative Cloud offer (for $30/mo) I decided to sign up for it.

I signed up, but my Photoshop CS6 would still say the “Your Trial has Expired” and ask for me to “License This Software”.

It was licensed!

After clicking “License This Software” I’d log in with my Adobe Creative Cloud account, and be asked for a serial number.  Despite many internet searches I couldn’t find a way to get a serial number (you can’t, Creative Cloud doesn’t work that way).

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Twitter Changes their API Game

Friday, August 17th, 2012 | Business | No Comments

TwitterYesterday, Michael Sippey (@sippey) at Twitter posted an announcement detailing the Changes coming in Version 1.1 of the Twitter API.

In his post, he covered the changes to authentication, rate limitations, changes to the “Rules of the Road”, and reviews why Twitter is making these changes.

All web developers should know what’s going on.  As soon as Twitter’s API version 1.1 comes out we will have 6 months to address the modifications introduced.

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StumbleUpon Contest – Build Traffic

Thursday, August 16th, 2012 | Business | 1 Comment

StumbleUponThis is a simple contest.  Submit links to your sites (or any sites you like), and I will take a quick look.  If I like them, I will stumble them.

There really aren’t any rules, but you’re more likely to get a stumble if your site is related to web development.

Since I’ve never run this before, I don’t know how long it will be up (my bet is until 9/1).  When the contest is over I’ll post links and quick reviews to the Top 10 sites that I stumbled (if we get that many).

Why do this?  It’s a good way to generate traffic for me too, and I get to see whats out there that I wouldn’t otherwise see.  Finally I can share the better sites on this blog with the readers.

So … post your sites in the comments … go!

PS – Why not Stumble this page?  The more people who see this, will see your links too!

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Medium: Yet Another Social Network

Thursday, August 16th, 2012 | Business | No Comments

MediumFrom the creators of Twitter and Blogger comes Medium.

Time to learn the inner workings of another social network.

My gut reaction is to think Twitter is “small” so medium should be … a little longer but not quite a blog (like Blogger)?

According to Evan Williams:

We’re rethinking publishing and building a new platform from scratch. This is a preview.

Of course, you can find @Medium on Twitter.  They haven’t said much yet, but this is just getting started.

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jQuery 1.8 Released

Friday, August 10th, 2012 | Business | No Comments

jQueryjQuery 1.8 was released yesterday (I think it was later on yesterday, as I’m just hearing now).

You can read about the fixes at the official announcement on  There’s a lot in this release.

Some of the highlights are:

  • Faster Selector Engine!
    As the core of jQuery, this is important
  • Automatic CSS Prefixing
    One step closer to browser agnostic CSS syntax (why do we need -moz?)
  •  Slimmed down Code
    According to the blog, the code size is a few hundred bytes smaller.  Good to know we get more toys and performance with less code.
  •  Modular jQuery
    You can now build your own jQuery library stripping out the portions you don’t want.  We’ve seen hints of this coming in jQuery 2.0, good to start seeing it now.
  • Many IE fixes
    Looks like the jQuery team has been hard at working making sure things work great in IE8 and other “non optimal” browsers

You can use the following CDNs to link / get the code:

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Google Talk is Down

Thursday, July 26th, 2012 | Business | No Comments

Google TalkYup, a Google service is down, and the world stutters.

You’re not crazy, it’s experiencing problems.  Google stated:

We’re aware of a problem with Google Talk affecting a majority of users. The affected users are able to access Google Talk, but are seeing error messages and/or other unexpected behavior. We will provide an update by 7/26/12 5:20 PM detailing when we expect to resolve the problem. 

As of minutes ago, they are still investigating the issue.

Does that mean it’s time for a coffee break?

For what it’s worth, this is the first GTalk outage I’ve seen yet.  This makes us realize how much we rely on a technology, when it’s gone.

Stay tuned to this page, I’ll be posting updates as they come in.  You can also follow @seangw on twitter (me).

UPDATE 7/26 9:52 AM – GTalk Outage Continues

If you want to follow, Google is posting the Outage details and updates.

UPDATE 7/26 10:50 AM – Google GTalk coming back up

Rumors around the web say it’s coming back up.

From the official Apps Status Dashboard:

Google Talk service has already been restored for some users, and we expect a resolution for all users in the near future. Please note this time frame is an estimate and may change.

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Firefox OS to be built in HTML5

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012 | Business | No Comments

MozillaTechWeek europe posted today, Mozilla Wants Hundreds of Thousands of Firefox OS Developers.

The new Firefox OS will be built around Gecko, the engine behind Firefox.

According to the article, 75% of “apps” (I hate that term) are already written in HTML5, which is entirely likely.  Given the cross platform nature of HTML5 many of those “instant iOS” apps will have no problem migrating to the Firefox OS.

From the article:

The Mozilla Foundation has just renamed the project Boot to Gecko “Firefox OS”. But can we really talk about an operating system?
Absolutely. In terms of architecture, it is an operating system based on Linux, just as Android is. But we rely on Gecko, the Firefox web browser layout engine, to run applications written entirely in HTML5. We dropped XUL (the XML User Interface Language) in favour of HTML5, a language known to all web developers.

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