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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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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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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Happy New Year 2012

Friday, December 30th, 2011 | Business | No Comments

I wish you readers all the best in 2012.

If you haven’t seen it, check out the imgur Best of 2011.  11 of the most viewed image collections on  One of my annual favorites to check out.

What do I expect in the next year?

  1. Much more WordPress work (on more complex and demanding sites)
  2. A trip somewhere, maybe Europe.
  3. To redo at some point.  The site is becoming more popular (we get thousands of visitors every day) — and the site now deserves some love.  What web developer/blogger websites do you like most?
  4. To actually use my SEO knowledge on my own sites!
  5. Introduce an “Ask A Question” button on the site.  If you don’t know, I welcome any and all feedback.  You can Contact Me anytime if you have a questions not answered on the site.
  6. New monitors (I’ve had my 3 monitors since 2003?) — it’s time.
  7. Even more social interactions!  The facebook and Google Plus buttons have been popular this year.  Next year I will build dedicated brand pages (and maybe a Twitter brand page, if they open it up)
  8. I may even migrate this “blog” out from under the “wordpress” directory and to the root of my site!  Craziness.

Finally, I want to thank all the people that have shared this site in 2011.

Some viewership numbers:

December 2008 – 200 readers/week
December 2009 – 1000 readers / week
December 2010 –  1,800 readers / week
December 2011 –  9,000 readers / week

So I appreciate all those Facebook likes, those tweets, and links to some of my posts.

If there’s anything you’d like to see covered in 2012, please shoot me a message.

Happy New Year
– Sean

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Twitter’s NewNew UI Keyboard Shortcuts

Friday, December 9th, 2011 | Business | No Comments

TwitterI didn’t know, but Twitter implemented quite the set of keyboard shortcuts in the NewNew Twitter design.

You need to “navigate” your twitter feed to use the actions.  So to “reply” to a tweet, scroll down using J and K (and space).  You can see which tweet is highlighted.  Then you can do an “action” such as hitting T to retweet.

For the “Timelines” you need to hold down G and hit the 2nd key, so to go to your profile, hold G and hit P.

Web developer should be thinking more and more of these keyboard shortcuts as your websites become more like applications.

Here’s a short of the help menu (you can hit “Shift+/” or “Shift + ?” to get this in twitter):

Twitter Shortcuts

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Twitter’s New Interface Introduces Brand Pages!

Friday, December 9th, 2011 | Business | 1 Comment

TwitterEarlier today I was able to download a new Twitter app on my iPhone, now the whole Twitter site is updated.

In case you haven’t seen the design yet, here are some new things:

  • New nav bar (Home, Connect, and Discover)
  • Tweets are on the right, and your other “data” are on the left (ohhhhhhh)
  • Clicking on a tweet will pop up, as opposed to slide out on the right.  I find this slightly annoying as it obscures other tweets.
  • Brand Pages!

Part of the redesign includes brand pages.  Think of it as Twitter’s version of the Facebook page.

All you social networking experts are gonna eat this up.

Check out the Disney Pixar twitter brand page.  Nice eh?

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Firefox 8.0 Released

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011 | Business | No Comments

FirefoxDevelopers over at Mozilla have released Firefox 8.0, Mozilla Firefox Adds Twitter Search and New Features that Make Web Browsing Easier.

Some features in the new release are:

As far as us developers are concerned:

  • input and textarea now support selectionDirection and setSelectionRange()
  • Focus ring on elements using the tabindex
  • insertAdjacentHTML is implemented
  • Nested label event handling is fixed
  • window.postMessage() will pass File and FileList objects between windows
  • .contenteditable areas now back to paragraph entry mode (shift enter is <br>)
  • Fixed text-decoration rendering in quirks mode
  • Console now has a dir() command that will display a list of the properties of an object.

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iPhone 4S Arrives October 14th, No iPhone 5

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011 | Business | 2 Comments

Today Tim Cook, at the Apple “Town Hall” announced the new iOS 5 and iCloud alongside the new iPhone 4S.  Here are summaries of the things announced today (skipping the marketing material, which took 30 minutes).

The iPhone 4S will be available for Verizon, AT&T and Sprint (we saw that coming).

No sign of iPhone 5.

iOS 5

Available October 12

  • More than 200 user features
  • New Notifications Center (swipe from top to bottom)
  • Lock screen has more notifications
  • iMessage – works on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.  Text / Photos / Videos and pushed to all devices (replacement for text messages)
  • Reminders (pick up dry cleaning, dinner reservations) – includes geofences to remind based on location
  • Twitter integration – sign in once, integrated to Photos, Safari, YouTube, Maps
  • Newsstand – easier to read newspapers / magazines on iPad (subscriptions)
  • Camera Upgrades – Lock screen shortcuts to camera, you can use volume to take a picture (optional), grid lines, auto-exposure and autofocus lock (doesn’t it do this?).
  • Game Center upgrades – Add photos of friends, achievement points, recommendations
  • Safari updates – Reading list, Tabbed Browsing (iPad)
  • Mail updates – rich formating, indenttions, moving addresses, flagging
  • PC Free – (not just Windows) you can activate an iOS device without a computer

iPhone 4S

iPhone 3GS for FREE
iPhone 4 8GB for $99
16GB for $199
32GB for $299
64GB for $399
(all with 2 year contract)

Available October 14th (pre-orders starting October 7th)

  • Dual core A5 chip (same as iPad 2)
  • Same form factor as iPhone 4
  • Battery: 8 hours of 3G talk time, 14 hrs of 2G talk time, and 6 hours on 3G browsing
  • Battery: 10 hours of video, 40 hours of music
  • Improved wireless System (ahem, dropped call fixes?)
  • Improved data speeds (HSDPA) looks like double the download speed max (up to 14.4 Mbps which is AT&T and T-Mobile)
  • World Phone – Both GSM and CDMA (single model)
  • 8MP upgraded camera (3264×2448, perfect 8×10 glossy photo) with backside illuminated sensor (73% more light per pixel than iPhone 4), 33% faster capture, hybrid IR filter, five element lens
  • New Image Signal Processor to enable face detection (interesting) and 26 percent better white balance
  • 1.1s to first picture, 0.5s between pictures (crap, my wife will have more pictures of the dog)
  • HD 1080p video, with image stabilization and temporal noise reduction
  • Wired or Wireless AirPlay Mirroring (assuming with an AppleTV hooked up for wireless)
  • Siri voice assistant (this might be a very cool feature, if it works well and is flexible) features so far are time, alarms, weather, stock, directions, text messages – a very impressive demo even by photo / text.
  • Geofencing will be a cool thing (I know, it’s been on the droid for years now)
  • iPhone takes dictation as opposed to typing
  • Siri learns your voice over time.


iCloud available on October 12

iTunes Match available end of October

  • 5GB free, you can buy more if you want (who here only has 5GB of data? keep in mind if Apple knows the song, it may not count towards your total)
  • Stores all content, wirelessly pushes to devices
  • Can re-downlod music or media anytime (and apps)
  • Find my Friends – you can share locations of your family / friends.  Temp events let you only share location for a few hours. with parental controls.
  • iTunes Match – can see playlists, create new, scan iTunes, stream music.  Will upload non identified songs.  Ships at the end of the month.

iPod Nano

8GB for $129
16GB for $149

Available October 12 

  • Nano has easier navigation with larger icons
  • Nano supports tracking walks & runs without additional hardware
  • New Nano clockfaces for those who wear it as a watch.  Some are actually pretty cool
  • 8GB for $129, 16GB for $149

iPod Touch

8GB for $199 (down from $229)
32GB for $299
64GB for $399

Available October 12

  • Runs iOS 5 (yeah… and?)
  • That’s it.


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Week in Web: jQuery Menus, Flowplayer update, Stylesheet removal, drop shadows, Gury, Sliders, etc

Friday, February 18th, 2011 | Business | No Comments

I’m going to start publishing, every Friday, a list of some useful / interesting links I’ve visited throughout the course of the week.

Usually this will involve whatever I am working on at the moment.  If you like these links, you can follow me on Twitter to get them as I find them (as opposed to waiting for Friday).

This week I’ve been working a lot with jQuery (nothing new), Flowplayer, and CSS.  An average week for a web developer.

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Bloglines Shutting Down

Sunday, September 12th, 2010 | Business | 1 Comment

To my sparse readers using Bloglines, it is being shut down in a few weeks by it’s owner,

Here’s the update:

Today, let our users know that we will shut down Bloglines on October 1. Not an easy decision, especially considering our loyal and supportive (not to mention patient) user base, but, ultimately, the right one given business reasons simply too hard to ignore.

It is true, RSS really isn’t an “end” anymore … it is just a way for content to be syndicated over the net.

Feel free to follow on Twitter, or read directly from the site (there’s also a bunch of other ways to follow me, but I’m too tired to write them).

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