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Apple’s iPhone 4S: Everything You Need to Know

Apple’s iPhone 4S: Everything You Need to Know

    Yesterday in Cupertino, a little company announced the coming release of a new cellular phone. Maybe you heard about it?

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    Apple will release the next generation of their popular iPhone, iPhone 4S, on October 14th in the United States. Here is the rundown of the new device in a handy-dandy list for you list nerds.

    The List

    • iPhone 4S will come to AT&T, Verizon, and now Sprint in the United States
    • It will be priced starting at $199.99 for 16GB, 299.99 for 32GB, and 399.99 for 64GB while the last generation model will be reduced to $99.99 for 8GB. Of course a two year commitment is required for this pricing.
    • 4S comes in white or black (for some reason, Apple is pushing the white version hard in their promo materials)
    • The new 4S features an upgraded 8MP, 5-lense camera which will take sharper photos, have better white balance, and will supposedly challenge some of the better digital point-and-shoots on the market.
    • 4S has the updated Apple A5, 1GHz dual-core processor that has previously shipped with iPad 2.
    • 4S supports “rich” 1080p HD video recording up to 30 frames per second.
    • The antenna design has slightly changed and now 4S is a truly global device sporting CDMA and GSM bands. This allows for global use.
    • The general look and feel of the device hasn’t changed from iPhone 4; the exterior has the same dimensions.
    • iPhone 4S will sport the new Siri Assistant program that allows the user to search for things, schedule and move appointments on their calendar, email, text message, play music, dictate anywhere on the phone – basically anything that they can do on their phone – with their voice alone. Siri Assistant was the company that Apple purchased a couple of years ago for their voice technology. The company “went dark” since the purchase and yesterday was the unveiling of what they have been working on. Of note, on the iPhone 4S will contain the Siri Assistant (total bummer). This may be due to the processing demands but more likely because Apple wants you to upgrade.
    • There is a new Cards app that allows iPhone users the ability to create greeting cards right on their device with pictures from their library. The cards can then be mailed my Apple (yeah, like Postal Service, real kind of mail) to friends and family for $2.99 in the USA or $4.99 abroad.
    • iOS 5 ships on October 12th for existing iPhone customers and will be shipped with the iPhone 4S on the October 14th release date.
    • iCloud will also be able to be used on October 12th. With iCloud you can host your email, photos, calendar, contacts, music and more. 5GB for free and low prices for more storage after that.

    Thoughts

    Many pundits and news outlets are throwing around words that the new iPhone is “underwhelming” and that Apple hasn’t “delivered to their full potential”. In a world where we want more, better, faster (and want it all right now), this reaction is understandable. But, Apple delivers products that are polished and complete. Yes, the hardware is mostly the same, besides the upgraded camera and A5 processor, but I think that this announcement is about much more than the hardware.

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    Apple has single-handedly threatened Hallmark, “GTD” app makers, Gmail, Google Calendar, Instapaper, and even Dropbox by giving users new apps and access to iCloud. I am in no way saying that these apps are going anywhere soon or will be knocked-out by Apple’s stock offerings. What I am saying is that Apple is integrating services into their hardware and software lines to engrain users into their ecosystem further.

    With the announcement of Siri, iPhone 4S users will be able to use their phones like mini HALs and will truly be doing some 21st Century feeling stuff. Just take a look at the iPhone 4S promo video (click on the video link under the big iPhone banner) with the man running and scheduling appointments. It’s unbelievable.

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    Yeah, it’s an evolution

    So, while the 4S isn’t revolutionary and the software has been done on Android and other devices before, Apple has made it accessible and easier to use. Apple does an excellent job of providing their customers with use cases whereas their competitors just pile on a list of features and specs expecting that their users will just inherently know what to do with them. This is why iPhone 4S and Apple as a company is a big deal.

    So, will you be picking up a new iPhone next week? Or do you think that the iPhone is gibberish and will be going for something else entirely? Let us know your thoughts and concerns in the comments!

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    Last Updated on October 12, 2020

    10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track in 2020

    10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track in 2020

    The success of our day is largely dependent on the quality of our planning. Not to miss out anything in their to-dos, some people prefer to make a list of upcoming tasks in a notebook, while others have long started using digital technology solutions.

    Calendar applications are some of the main tools that are worth using to organize our life and plan your time carefully.

    Many people have switched to specific tools; however, there are still some who do not use calendars on a daily basis. They may find some applications uncomfortable to use, non-functional, or expensive.

    In this article, we are going to check out the best calendars apps to help you stay organized.

    Before You Download

    As you are no doubt aware, there are all kinds of calendar apps available. Instead of you sifting through the hundreds of them, we’ve handpicked 10 of the best calendar apps you can get. On top of glowing reviews from each one, we’ve considered the following aspects when creating this list:

    • User Interface – How you navigate the app should be smooth and simple. The buttons on the app should be clear, obvious and easy to move through.
    • Synchronization – Whether it’s with other calendar apps or with other apps, syncing apps should be easy and enhance your overall experience with the app.
    • Additional features – Since there are so many options for calendars, many of these apps offer additional features. These features make the apps stand out from the other apps and provide unique experiences to you.

    1. Any.do Calendar

      This calendar has direct integration with Any.Do To-Do List, which gives you a unique tandem of two applications.

      Apart from its extended functionality, Cal Calendar is easy to use. The creation of events is very simple and fast.

      What is more, depending on the name of the event, the application automatically adds contacts and geolocation data to the entry description. You can even import your lists and entries from Any.do.

      Any.do Calendar is a great option for any type of user. It is very convenient and doesn’t overcomplicate the mode of display.

      Another good thing is that this tool is available for free, so you can use it without spending a dime for the software.

      Download Any.do Calendar here!

      2. Google Calendar

        Google Calendar is the official calendar for Android devices that has been tested out by many users around the globe. If you are right now trying to get away from it, consider changing your mind.

        Since this application is installed on most Android devices by default, many users think that there is nothing special in this program. They are wrong.

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        Google has been updating its calendar for quite a few years, and now it comes in Material Design with advanced event features, direct integration into other Google services (for example, supports reminders and Google Now), and comes with Exchange support.

        The program is super easy and will not cost a dime for you. It is a good thing, right?

        Download Google Calendar here.

        3. Calendar

          Calendar is a relatively new app. It works as a web app and for both iOS and Android devices. It is an intelligent app that learns your contacts, schedule and tasks. It also helps you schedule and arrange meetings according to your available time slots.

          A good thing about Calendar is that it allows you to sync up with other calendars you use such as Apple Calendar and Google Calendar. And so you can manage all the calendars you have in one place.

          Calendar also gives you analytics of your meetings, giving you a clear picture on how you can improve your time management.

          Download Calendar: Meeting & Scheduling here.

          4. Business Calendar

            Business Calendar is geared towards people who use their calendar for work purposes and business task planning. It offers different modes with wide configuration capabilities.

            The application gives a default view mode by months, and events can be marked in different colors. Display modes/ sorting can be adjusted to your needs (by month, day, year, or events).

            You can also set a multi-day viewing mode to see how things look for the next few days. Scrolling up and down moves you by month, and if you check a few days, they will be shown in a more detailed form.

            The day display mode offers hourly scheduling, and the schedule mode provides a detailed schedule for a single event.

            Business Calendar is a great tool for planning/ scheduling cases, tasks, and events. There is a support for recurring events, which can be set up in just a few clicks.

            Having purchased software, you can use it to import and export other calendars, delete, copy, or move several events at the same time.

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            Android Business Calendar application may seem somewhat chaotic, but it works fine and is easy to work with if you play with it for a while.

            A full version of the application is available for $4.99, but you can also find a free version for the app test drive.

            Download Business Calendar here.

            5. aCalendar

              aCalendar opens our collection of top 10 calendar applications available on the market today. With its appealing design, easy navigation, and great functionality, it is one of the most popular calendar apps in our list.

              Some of extra functions include color schemes for each case type (48 colors to choose from), different types of demonstrations, different widgets, moon phases, and much more.

              Taking into account it functionality, aCalendar is a reliable calendar application that has an easy-to-navigate interface with three display options. Scrolling from side to side allows you to switch between the display modes of the month, week and day.

              When scrolling down and up, you are moving through the calendar at intervals in accordance with the selected display mode.

              Apart from its time planning feature, aCalendar synchronizes photos from contact lists or social networks to remind you about birthdays, anniversaries, or any other special dates.

              The program also supports data transfer through NFC and full-screen widgets, which eases your work with any data.

              The program is available for free, but you can also get even more features if you buy the extended version of software for $4.99.

              Download aCalendar here.

              6. DigiCal Calendar

                DigiCal Calendar is very similar to Cal Calendar in the fact that the application focuses on design more than on its functionality. However, this doesn’t mean that the application doesn’t serve the purpose.

                With this calendar application, you can synchronize all your calendars and view them in different ways.

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                Along with the basic functions, this program comes with support for Google Calendar, Outlook, and includes some unique and interesting features. You can match keywords to the image or set up a dark theme.

                The app can even show you the weather forecast for three days. There are many other features that deserve the attention of people who really like to use calendar applications.

                Download DigiCal Calendar here.

                7. SolCalendar

                  SolCalendar can be called a universal application. It claims to be an all-in-one digital solution having a basic calendar functionality combined with some other advanced features, such as weather forecast for a specific day.

                  The application supports Google Calendar, as well as tasks, widgets, lunar calendar and even Foursquare.

                  Those searching for a calendar application to cover just everything in its functionality, SolCalendar is a program to consider. There are a lot of interesting things in this application; the program does an excellent job working in “all-in-one” mode.

                  Test SolCalendar – the application is available for free. You can test it out without purchasing the service.

                  Download SolCalendar here.

                  8. IRL Event Social Network

                    One of the most unique apps on this list is the IRL Event Social Network app. As you can guess from the name, the core focus of this app is social networking. Unlike other social media platforms, you can consider this platform to function similar to Meetup.com. It’s a site where you can connect with other people within your area that share a similar interest.

                    IRL is that while also providing a convenient calendar for you to schedule events and plan out your day. Though due to it being a secondary focus, you’re lacking a lot of the syncing aspects that other apps have on this list. Regardless, because of this huge social feature, it’s worth considering for those who want to make more connections.

                    Download IRL Event Social Network here.

                    9. Today Calendar

                      Today Calendar is one of the most hip and edgy calendars in our list. The solution was one of the first ones that really embraced Material Design and remains one of the few that adhere to the neat style.

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                      The calendar application offers bold colors, simple controls, and great functionality. This is not as heavy an application as many others; it will not eat all the memory of your device.

                      If you are not searching for something complicated and over-functional, Today Calendar is what you need. You can always test the application before paying for it – the program is available for free.

                      Download Today Calendar here.

                      10. Timepage

                        Timepage is an intuitive calendar app that will manage your time in a way that other calendar apps can’t. It offers the same sort of functions that you’d expect from other calendar apps: opportunities to record events, notifications and reminders, weather, and driving duration to a particular event. However, the app goes beyond those functionalities in two ways.

                        The first way is that while the app sends you notifications, it also has reminders for you for what is coming up next. That bit of extra time can allow you to prepare and make adjustments to your day if need be.

                        The second function – which is more important – is the heat map when you go to see the full view of your calendar. This heat map indicates what days you are most busy and other days where you are freer. This heat map provides a quick glance to determine broadly what days are good to add more events and other tasks.

                        Download Timepage here.

                        Our Verdict

                        Searching for the right application to manage your various calendars and plan your busy day can sometimes turn into a streak of obstacles.

                        Most of us need flexible applications that can be easily used to manage our tough schedule. The application should have all necessary time planning functions and be intuitive.

                        Stylish design and limitless compatibility also matter. It is not always easy to find such a program.

                        The above digital calendar solutions fall under the category “worth” of being used. They are modern, multifunctional, easy, and easy. Pick the one you like!

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