Like most adopters of Apple’s latest mobile operating system iOS 6 I too have been impressed with the all new Panorama mode of the built in camera software. This new mode enables you to take a full panoramic shot using nothing but a steady hand and the built in software.

By default, when launching into panorama mode it’s set to go from left to right. However, with just one single finger tap on the white arrow you can switch that so it goes from right to left! A simple little trick some people may overlook!


Popular Voice-Over-IP calling system ‘Skype’ has recently released an update to their iPhone application. Skype on iPhone works flawlessly for calling your Skype connected friends and family, and what’s more using Skype with ‘Skype out’ credits can often work out cheaper then using your standard mobile tariff.

Version 3.7 brings updates to the chat and dial pad view, along with lots of stability improvements and bug fixes.

If you have not had chance to test out Skype yet, you can download it from the AppStore for free.

Don’t forget Skype to Skype calls are free of charge (data usage charges may apply) and Skype to normal phones are charged at a reduced rate.

So last night a good friend of mine came over with an iPhone dilemma.. Stuck with iOS5 and a need downgrade.. We tried various solutions with non working completely. We then decided to try and jailbreak the device, to try and work around the issue. Knowing iOS5 jailbreaks are still in there very early stages we knew this would be tethered, but accepted its fate and carried on anyway.. The jailbreak went without a hitch, using RedSn0w all looked well! Apart from the fact it still didnt resolve the issue and now we were stuck with a tethered boot device for no reason at all.

On we went trying to un-break the device, using my MacBook pro, and as many ipsw’s as we could find.. All of which failed, with pretty much every error message found in iTunes. The most common one being “This iPhone is not eligible..” this proved to be the most persistent. Even standing when we tried to do the stock iOS5 install..

However.. The fix wasn’t as google suggested, it had nothing to do with the hosts file.. An TinyUmberella couldn’t help.. So I booted up my Windows 7 VM, installed iTunes 10.5 and straight away it restored the iOS ipsw without any error messages or questions asked!!!

Now, I’m not sure if it was OS X lion, or the fact I’d been messing with TinyUmberella all night long, but one things for sure.. The VM fixed it.. An I didn’t even have to touch my hosts file!

So my tip of the day is.. If iTunes doesn’t want to help, try another machine be it physical or virtual, before spending 4 hours trying to figure out why!!

Todays ‘featured’ application is based on one of my primary mobile operating systems (iOS), and aimed towards either hobby plane spotters, anxious spouses or just general plane enthusiasts.

This application developed by Pinkfroot Limited, and is essentially a real-time air traffic radar!

Plane Finder using an overlay to Google Maps technologies to display live flight information based on parameters you set.

Initially Plane Finder will find you current position using your devices built-in location hardware. Then upon loading will display a radar type display of all known charted airlines right above and around your location!

But wait… The features don’t stop there.. In fact far from it! Using the standard pinch gesture you can zoom inout and pan around the Google maps view, zooming out to track planes across the entire world all at the same time..

However, the sky’s a busy place, and finding that one particular plane that’s circling your current location could prove difficult. Which is where plane finders find and filter options come in.

The search window enables you to narrow down the sky’s traffic using the plane’s flight number or aircraft registration number, whilst giving you a brief overview of the planes originating and destination airports along with the planes model number.

If you would like to narrow your search/view down either further you can use the built-in filter options to specify details about the operator or plane you are looking for.


Once you have located a plane you would like more information about, tapping on it loads its details page:


This page also gives you the opportunity to set up ‘push’ alerts, for when the plane you have selected reaches a certain location or becomes visible/takes off. You can also view details of all the planes previous flights. Including originating and destination airports, actual flight path, approximate miles flown and flight number.

The details used by the application are obtained using ADS-B plane feeds, which all commercial planes use to transmit information to traffic control.

Plane Finder’s features include:

  • Live moving planes
  • Social Network Integration
  • Flight path contrails
  • Search by flight number or aircraft registration number
  • Bookmark locations
  • Aircraft illustrations
  • Aircraft photographs
  • Filter by airline and/or altitude
  • Detailed flight information
  • Technical flight information

The application is available in two flavours, there’s a limited free version and then a paid unlimited full version. Both available from the iTunes AppStore!


Apple have just released the Google+ app for download in the iPhone AppStore. The Google+ Android app hit the shelves a few weeks ago, with iPhone users being left in the dark as the iPhone app went through Apple’s stringent App testing and reviews. However, it has now been released, and is available to download.

Click here to view the app in the app store now!

NB: I still have some Google+ invites remaining if you are not lucky enough to already be part of the closed Beta.

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