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First Impression Review of Microsoft Lync for iPhone and iPad: The Best Comes Last?

It looks like Microsoft has not held back with its official Lync App for Lync Mobile for iPhone and iPad: This app apears to be the best yet with some features even the Windows Phone version does not have.

Some of the features I’ve noticed are unique to Lync for iOS:

  • Visual Voicemail and ability to 1 click call back callers
  • Most Developed Keypad: with dial tone feedback, visual notices
  • Tab showing Meetings and Online Meetings that can be Joined
  • Ability to select All and multi-select chats to be Deleted in the Chats windows
  • iOS Native Contacts are integrated into the Lync experience
  • Ability to Send Location in a IM/Chat

Some other small things I’ve noticed

  • iPad version does not have keypad for dialing. iPhone version has nice keypad dialing experience
  • The IM notification sound on iOS sounds just like the desktop Lync making the experience seem more similar


My Info Tab

This screen allows you to change your note, status, options and Simultaneous Ring settings.


Easily set your status/presence.



Lync and iPhone/iPad native Contacts are integrated into the experience. You can search for contacts directly from this same screen as well.



This is the window to see ongoing chats and move between them.


Below is the IM chat window. Pressing the upper right options” button allow you to take actions on this IM like: Invite more people to this chat, Voice call this contact, send Location and more.


IM Options


Location: When you are in an IM chat Window you can easily send your location.


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If you have meetings scheduled they will appear in this window. With 1 click you can see the details or join them.


Meeting details and join.

meeting details


The Lync for iPhone dialing keypad feels a lot like a mobile phone dial pad. (In contrast to the Lync for Windows Phone where the dialer is a text field you type in.) You can press and hold 1 to access the Exchange UM voicemail system. You can also copy number into the keypad dialer.


Visual Voicemail on the Lync for iOS clients gives the ability to instantly select the voicemail that is of interest to you. You can listen to a voice and delete or callback the caller. You can start listening or move part way into the voicemail using the progress slider.


Visual voicemail notification



The Lync Mobile for iPhone and iPad appears to be the most full featured and refined Lync Mobile client from Microsoft yet.

Some items that are missing are calling history list (missed, dialed, completed) and conversation history is not automatically saved to Exchange list on Lync Desktop. (you can Send as an email) As with all the Lync Mobile clients, VoIP, video and meeting visuals are not included.

Microsoft has put a lot of thought into fit and finish. With features like Visual Voicemail and the more complete keypad dialing (on iPhone) and small things like very snappy feel/transitions and using the Lync desktop ring tone, the iOS client feels more like the desktop Lync experience than the earlier released Windows Phone and Android Lync Mobile clients.

checkout this video about Lync:

Download from AppStore:
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iPad: Click Here

Samsung accused of lifting iPhone screenshot for Galaxy Player promo

Consumer electronics maker Samsung appears to have used a nearly three-year-old screen capture of the Maps application on the iPhone to promote its own Galaxy Player 50 portable media player.

John Gruber of Daring Fireball noted on Monday (via Jeremy Philippe) that Samsung appeared to be using a maps interface that was an "ever-so-slightly modified rip-off" of the Maps application on Apple’s iPhone for a promotional image of the Galaxy Player 50 on its website. However, it was quickly revealed that the interface shown on the device is actually an exact copy of an iPhone screenshot from a blog post by Laura Scott on BlogHer in 2008.
AppleInsider originally posted Samsung’s pilfered iOS graphic last month in an article on GameStop’s Android gaming tablet plans and other attempts by Apple’s competitors to muscle into mobile devices beyond the smartphone, including the Galaxy Player’s attempt to rival iPod touch.
Marketing staffers have frequently taken photographs portraying Apple’s Mac products and replaced the screen with a Windows screenshot, or as Nokia did this summer, simply use stock photography of a woman using the iPhone 4 and emblazon the shot with a Nokia banner to produce a generic ad.
Samsung’s use of an old iOS Maps screenshot (evidently pulled from a Google image search) is particularly egregious because the graphic was purposely edited to incorporate an Android task bar in order to appear to be a feature of Google’s platform, and then used to market Galaxy Player as an alternative to Apple’s original iPod touch.
The issue is further complicated by the fact that Apple is already accusing Samsung of "slavishly" copying the design of its iPhone and iPad its own products.
Samsung’s line of Galaxy Player devices, announced last year, was widely viewed as the company’s response to Apple’s successful iPod touch, which blends the iPhone with Apple’s line of iPod music players.


The South Korean consumer electronics giant has recently faced several setbacks in its legal dispute with Apple. Late last week, a Netherlands judge denied the company’s request to block sales of the iPhone and the iPad in the country. In contrast, Apple in August successfully convinced a Dutch judge to order an injunction against three of Samsung’s smartphones.
The Federal Court in Australia recently issued a preliminary injunction against Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet after Apple assert several of its patents related to touchscreen and multitouch technologies. The ruling came on the heels of a similar decision in Germany that blocked the device.
Samsung could also face injunctions on Apple’s home turf. Last week, a Samsung lawyer was unable to distinguish between the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the iPad at a distance of 10 feet during a court hearing. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh has yet to issue a ruling on the matter, but she has said that she believes the Galaxy tablets do infringe on some of Apple’s iPad-related patents. However, Apple must still show that those patents are valid in order to win its case against its rival.
After Apple raised concerns with its rival last year, the matter went unresolved, prompting the iPhone maker to turn to the courts for help. The Cupertino, Calif., company first sued Samsung in April, and the disagreement quickly escalated, spanning more than 20 complaints across 10 countries.
Apple continues to maintain that the resemblance of Samsung’s products to its own amounts to theft. "It’s no coincidence that Samsung’s latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad … This kind of blatant copying is wrong, and we need to protect Apple’s intellectual property when companies steal our ideas," an Apple spokeswoman was reported as saying last week.
In September, Samsung was accused of borrowing Apple’s Safari and App Store icons to decorate the wall of a mini-store in an Italian mall after photos of the store emerged, but it turned out that the wall was actually part of the larger store’s design.

Problems with updating to iOS 5? No problems we got the workaround ;)


Like many of you, we have been waiting very impatiently for the upgrade to iOS 5. Between iCloud and the new notification system, it just seems like a really cool new thing with some awesome new stuff to keep my life even better organized.

So, like at least a few of you, we were dismayed when—after waiting all day and obsessively clicking the “check for new updates” button in iTunes—the new version arrived only to be unable to be installed because of a restoration error. Fortunately though, we found a solution.

For whatever it’s worth, the solution itself is very simple to execute, but be forewarned, you will end up having to completely rearrange all of your apps, resync all of your audio, video, and photos, and endure the headache that will inevitably come with that. That said, here is what you need to do to make iOS 5 happily install on your device:

1.) Sync and then disconnect your iphone without attempting to install iOS 5.

2.) In iTunes preferences (press cmnd+, to get to preferences while iTunes is open), go to ‘devices’ and select the iDevice you are wanting to install iOS 5 on. Now delete that backup file.

3) Take a manual Backup for the device.

3.) On your iDevice go to settings, then to general settings, and go down to the bottom to find the reset button. Click that and select ‘erase all content and settings’.

4.) Now reconnect your iPhone. Your computer should think it’s a new device: one you’ve never used before and as far as it cares, one it’s never seen before. Now try clicking the update button again in iTunes. It should work with no problems.

5) Now after updating to the latest release, restore your old settings by selecting Restore from Backup.

As we said, the downside of this is that you have to pretty much set up your iDevice all over again, but it seems like it should be worth it. Let us know whether or not this works for you. If it does, awesome. If it doesn’t I’ll do whatever I can to get to the bottom of the issue.

Adobe Delivers Flash Video to iPhone & iPad

Adobe has finally figured out how to deliver Flash video to Apple’s iOS devices, including iPhone and iPad. The company announced on Friday the release of Adobe Flash Media Server 4.5, which makes it possible for content providers to use Flash to deliver video streams to many platforms, including iOS, Android, Windows, OS X, and more.
We should note right at the top that Adobe is not announcing (or delivering) Flash support on iOS devices. Apple has chosen not to support Flash on its mobile devices, citing a variety of issues centered around performance and battery life. Instead, Apple supports HTTP Live Streaming, which is what YouTube and other video streaming sites use to deliver their content to iPhones and iPads.
What Adobe has done with Flash Media Server 4.5 is add in support for HTTP Live Streaming so that content providers can use the software to deliver their video streams in whatever form the user’s device supports. If a Mac or PC with Flash installed calls up the video stream, it will automatically be delivered via Flash. If an iOS device calls up the video stream, Adobe’s software will deliver it via HTTP Live Streaming, all without the content provider having to worry their pretty little heads about it.
This is significant for Adobe, because it removes a reason for its customers to leave Flash behind entirely as the needs of iOS device owners increasingly dictate online standards. The company has simultaneously increased the relevancy of Flash, but has done so in a way that keeps the burden of supporting the technology on the server side.
Please note (again) that this is not the same thing as “Flash on your iPhone.” Today’s announcement has nothing to do with playing Flash games on your iOS device or viewing other interactive Flash content. It is instead about delivering streaming video in a format that is already supported by iOS


Griffin Launches $49 iOS-Controlled Helicopter


Interested in an iOS-controlled model helicopter, but turned off by the Parrot AR.Drone‘s $299.99 price tag? Griffin has announced the Helo TC, a $49.99 helicopter controlled via an iOS app. It’s not nearly as fancy as the AR.Drone, but at 1/6th the price, it could be a fun toy for users looking to fly something with their iPhone. 

Instead of using WiFi, the Helo includes a “case” that the iPhone slides into and plugs in via the headphone jack. The headphone jack sends tones to an IR transmitter which talks to the helicopter — so users need to have line-of-sight to the helicopter at all times. The case is powered by 4 AAA batteries.

The Helo TC Touch-Controlled Helicopter is available for pre-order for $49.99 from Griffin’s website and will be available at retailers for the holiday season. The Helo TC app is available for free on the App Store, but it won’t do much good until the helicopter actually starts shipping.

Facebook backing up your iPhone contacts behind your back!!

Most of the Facebook users who own an iPhone, they use Facebook Application for easier connection and social networking experience.

Recently some users realized that the phone numbers stored on the phone are uploaded to Facebook, without us knowing about it.

to check  this, Go to the top right of the Facebook screen, click on ACCOUNT, click on EDIT FRIENDS, on the left side of screen click CONTACTS.

You will see all phone numbers from your phone (FB friends or not) are published. TO REMOVE, go to the right column, click on this page which will take you the page shown below:

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Click on REMOVE to remove the uploaded contacts.

Also you need to disable the SYNC option on your iPhone by going to Facebook App, as shown below:



iPod. iPhone. iPad. Why Apple is Done Inventing New Devices.


Most of Apple’s money comes from recently invented gadgets. More than two-thirds of Apple’s revenue comes from product types that didn’t even exist five years ago (iPhone and iPad). And 78% of Apple’s income is made by products unimaginable just ten years ago (throw in iPod and iTunes).

That means, in order to stay on the same growth curve in the current decade, Apple will have to invent product categories as new as the iPod, iPhone and iPad were, right?


The new products were part of a killer strategy Apple came up with in 1997. Apple will dominate the future by sticking to the strategy, not by trying to invent more product categories.


Beating the iPhone at any cost may prove too expensive for Google


When the iPhone was introduced in January of 2007, it caught the mobile phone industry flat-footed. The hardware on the market was archaic compared to the iPhone and the operating systems running on them were years behind Apples iPhone OS.

Even prior to the release of the iPhone , Google saw an opportunity to massively increase the amount of eyeballs seeing its mobile ads in a project called Android.  Android, a linux-based mobile OS that had been purchased by Google in 2005, was quickly polished up, priced irresistibly and offered as a lifeline to manufacturers floundering for an option.


Watani Online Goes Mobile Now!!!

It’s official now, NBK has declared their first Fully integrated mobile application. The application is designed for Apple iOS devices and Blackberry.


What you need to do to activate the application?

Hmm, let’s see. since I’m an iPhoner so I’m gonna tell how you should be doing it on iOS, which i believe would be much similar to Blackberry installation.

First, go to your NBK online website and logon to your account.


Second, go to Mobile Banking and choose Download Application


Select your device type and click on Send SMS (Make sure that your phone number registered with NBK is correct, otherwise you need to call them to update it for you before proceeding)


Third, you will receive an SMS which has the link to download the application, or simply just go to App Store and search for NBK and download the application.


Now After installation start the application on your phone and go to Enrollment.

you will find a registration code on your phone, now go to Watani Online again (from your PC) and go to Mobile Banking > Enrollment and type the registration code there


and then click on Submit.

Now, an authentication code is should appear. type the same in your mobile device application and choose enroll.

then you will be prompted to choose a password, make sure it’s complex (has letters, symbols and numbers)

Now you are ready


Also you will find that on your Watani Online webpage other options appeared under Mobile Banking which:


Forgot Password


Download Application


Saudi Arabia Bans iphones and Samsung Tabs


iPhones and Samsung Tabs are baned in Saudi Arabia.They has just issued a new ruling that would affect all iPhone and Samsung Galaxy Tab owners – they are no longer allowed to be brought into the country’s security institutions from this Saturday onwards. This ban was declared due to the security concern that these high-tech telecommunication gadgets can be infiltrated easily via hacking, according to London-based Asharq Al Awsat.

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