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So what’s new in iOS6?

Posted: June 12, 2012 in FaceBook, Facetime, iOS6, iPad, iPhone, iPod, iTunes

If you were looking for new mobile features, then iOS 6, which Apple unveiled on Monday at WWDC, does not disappoint.

At WWDC 2012, Scott Forstall took the stage to unveil iOS 6to developers. iOS 6 features more than 200 updates and improvements when compared to iOS 5. iOS 5 already boasts more than 80% adoption rate across devices and Apple boasted figures about iMessage, Twitter stats, Game Center and push notifications.

So what’s new in iOS 6?


  • Siri can now launch apps
  • Siri can now Tweet
  • Siri is smart about sports. It can pull in scores, game summaries and player stats.
  • Siri integrates with Yelp and OpenTable for restaurant reviews and reservations
  • Siri in iOS 6 will also integrate with Rotten Tomatoes for movie times and reviews.
  • Siri is also available in a slew of new languages.
  • Siri will get hands-free integration in lots of in-car systems.
  • Siri is coming to the new iPad.

Facebook Integration

This is a big one. Just as Twitter received a big boost with its deep integration with iOS 5, Facebook will get the same treatment in iOS 6.

Users can login to their Facebook account in iOS 6 and have instant access to Facebook in apps, the web browser and Siri. Developers can also easily add access within their apps.

Facebook contacts will get integrated in iOS 6, but for us, the bigger news is that events and birthdays can also sync with the calendar.

New Phone App Enhancements

In the phone app, Apple has added a new mode that will make it easy for users to remind themselves to call or text-back later, if they can’t take a call right now.

There is also a “Do Not Disturb” mode. Messages will still come to your phone, but the screen won’t light up or make any noise. There are also new ways to group contacts and control how their calls are handled.

FaceTime Over Cellular

Look out Skype, FaceTime will now work over cellular connections. Even better, if someone calls your phone, you can choose to answer on your iPad or Mac.


Safari is getting offline reading lists, making the feature more Instapaper-like. These lists will also sync with the Reading List in Safari for OS X.

Another new feature is the ability to add “App Banners” to a website. This allows developers to easily show-off their native app. Users can touch the banner to get the app — and if, the app is installed, they can go directly to the app and open it up in the right place.


Users can now share groups of photos to their friends over iCloud. Think of this as a cross betweenGlassboard and Path, but just for your photos.

Users can comment on photos too.


There is a new VIP feature that will highlight mail from people you really want to hear from. I get way too much email, so I love this feature.

Apple is also adding the ability to open password-locked documents in mail and pull-to-refresh for messages.


Think of this as an app that replicates the loyalty card tracker from Google Wallet. It collects all of your loyalty cards, ticket information and other info into one neat place for easy access. Even better, it’s location-enabled so it knows what to show based on where you are (so you can get your movie tickets at the theater or your plane ticket at the airport).

Passbook looks great.


Another big one. Google is making good on some of its mapping acquisitions and launching its own mapping app.

The new Apple Maps integrates with Yelp. Apple is also building its own traffic service that can offer anonymous, crowd-sourced and real-time incident reports.

Moreover, Apple is bringing turn-by-turn navigation to the iPhone. It’s vector-based and voiced by Siri. Say goodbye to your TomTom and just use your iPhone!

From the on-stage demo, it looks like the level of detail on the maps and places is intense — and the rendering happens super-fast.

iOS 6′s Maps app will also highlight developer mapping apps inside the app, pointing out the best transit apps in the app store.

When Can I Get It?

Developers will have access to the first beta on iOS 6 later this afternoon. Customers can expect to see iOS 6 on their devices in the fall.

It will support the iPhone 3GS and later, the second and third generation iPads and the fourth generation iPod touch.

All-in-all, this looks like a fantastic release!


An RSS (Rich Site Summary) feed is an XML file used to describe the contents of your website. As your website content changes, your RSS feed changes. Other computer systems, known as ‘aggregators’ or ‘harvesters’, read your RSS feed everyt once in a while. If you have provided new information, the aggregator takes that information and sends it to readers around the world. Thus information about your site’s contents is ‘syndicated’, that is, rebroadcast to a much larger audience.

Step One: Getting Ready

Notepad: an RSS file is a plain text file. This means it can be created with any ordinary text editor. Windows Notepad will do the job. You can also use Wordpad or even MS-Word. But you will have to be sure to save your file as plain text. Any formatting breaks the RSS file. Save in plain text only. I prefer to use a text editor called NoteTab. It is a plain text editor and never surprises me with unexpected formatting. In Linux I use Bluefish.

The server: if you have a website, you have a server. The server is where your website is located. You need to be able to load files to your server. If you can put your home page on your server, you will use exactly the same process for your RSS file.

The beer: get a beer from your fridge or buy one from your local store. Open the beer.

Step Two: Find a Template

The easiest way to create an RSS file is to copy someone else’s. You don’t need to worry about this; you will be replacing all of their content, and the format of the file is freely licensed for use by anyone. Here is a short, simple template file you can use:

(Copy everything below this line, but not including this line)


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1" ?>
 <rss version="0.91">

 <description>OLDaily - By Stephen Downes </description>

 <title>Stephen's Web</title>

 <title>Attack Update</title>
 OK, here's where we stand. I have no email into
or out of - this means that if you are sending me
email to it will fail. It also means that
newsletter mailouts are failing (at least, I think they're
failing...). Additionally, all scheduled processes have
terminated, which means that Edu_RSS will be updated
manually. I have no tech support until at least tomorrow,
so it looks like we'll be limping along like this for a
bit. Again, please note, email sent to me at is
not reaching me. By Stephen Downes, Stephen's Web, July
22, 2003
 <title>Attack on</title>
 <description> was off the air for a few days
following a denial of service attack. We are back for now
but things are still touch and go. I'll keep you posted. 
By Stephen Downes, July 21, 2003

(Stop copying at this line. Do not copy this line.)

Take the text you have just copied and paste it into your text editor. Save this as a new file called (say) mysite.rss – you can call your saved file anything you want, but it is a lot easier if you indicate the name of your site and use .rss as an extension, just so people can tell by looking at the title what your file does. Remember to save the file in plain text format. Take a sip of the beer. You’ve earned it.

Step Three: Defining Your Channel

Now look at the file you have just copied into your text editor. Near the top, notice that there is a line that says <channel>. The information following this tag, and above the tag that says </channel>, will be where you describe your website as a whole.

You need to enter four pieces of information. The information goes between the tags, where information about my site is currently located. Delete the information about my site and type in the information about your site. Specifically:


    title: this is the title of your site
    link: this is the URL to the home page of your site
    description: this is a short description of your site
    language: this is the language your site is written in (you need to use the official format for this, so if your site in English, just leave this line the way it is)

You only need to create this part once. You can change it any time you want, but you do not have to. Once this part is done, therefore, it is done forever. Take a sip of your beer. You’ve earned it.

Step Four: Your Image

This part of your RSS file is optional; you don’t have to add an image if you don’t want to. Your image will be used by some aggregators to provide some visual identity to your RSS feed.

You will need to create an image first. Use any image editor (I use PaintShop Pro – ). Your image should be very small: my image is 90 pixels wide by 36 inches deep. You can either create a new image for your site image or do as I did: use PaintShop Pro to capture a bit of the site that looks nice, then reduce it in size.

You can put your image anywhere you want, but I recommend uploading it to the same directory as your RSS file.

Then describe your image in just the same way you described your channel: by replacing my text and using your own.


    title: the title of your image, usually the title of your website. This is often used as an image ‘alt’ tag.
    url: the location of your image on the web. Use the FULL url, including the http
    link: the URL people are sent to if they click on your image. This is usually the same URL as your channel link URL
    width: the width of your image, in pixels
    height: the height of your image, in pixels

As with the channel tag, once you’ve done this step once, you never have to do it again. This was a long step, so take a couple of sips of beer.

Step Five: Defining Your Links

Your site may contain one or more articles you want readers to read. This is the part that changes from time to time. For example, Technology Source publishes a set of eight or so articles every two months. So every two months, you need to change this list, to reflect the current contents of Technology Source.

Each article is described by an <item> tag. In the example above, I have included two items. You can see that the description for each starts at the <item> tag and ends with the </item> tag.

In between the item tags are some tags containing information about the article. To create information about an article, remove the information about my articles, and replace it with your own. If you have more than two articles, copy an article tag (everything between and , including these tags) and paste it below the second item, and above the </channel> tag. Then enter your content:


    title: this is the title of the article
    link: this is the URL of the article itself
    description: this is a short summary of the article. Note that I use description to include information about the author and the date.

Create an item for each article. Then save your file and have a sip of your beer.

Step Six: Escape Characters

Now we come to the trickiest part of creating an RSS file.

An RSS file is an XML file. Some characters are illegal in XML. So you have to ‘escape’ them, that is, insert a text string in their place. Here is the list I use (not all of these are strictly required, but using this full list ensures maximum safety).



      If your feed is valid, have a sip of your beer. Otherwise, correct the error and try again.

      Step Nine: Advertising Your Feed

      You need to tell people that your feed exists. They are not (necessarily) going to find it through Google. There are two major ways to do this.

      First, add an XML button to your home page. An XML button is a little organge image that links to your RSS file. You’ve probably seen them on other web pages. Get a copy of the image (one is located at ) and upload it to your website.Then place the image, with a link, on your home page. For example, place the following code on your home page:

      <a href=””><=img src=”xml.gif” width=36 height=14 alt=”RSS feed for this site” border=0></a>

      Second, you can submit your site’s RSS feed URL to various aggregators. This will tell them to start checking your RSS feed for updates. Here are some aggregators:


      Finish your beer. You’re done. Don’t forget to recycle the bottle.

      Note: these are instructions for creating a basic RSS feed. The RSS standard can be extended in a variety of ways. But this is a good starting point: your feed will be fully functional, and most important, it will work. Get to know and love your feed. After a time, you may want to look at the world of RSS 1.0 and RSS 2.0 and the various ways to add more information. When you add functionality, you will use the same process: find a template, apply the rules, and validate. But give it time. Be comfortable, then move on.

  • & – replace all instances of ‘&’ with the following: &amp;
    – Don’t forget the URL! Many URLs have ampersands in them.
    – If a link element is then you must change it to

    – change every full quote to &quot;
    – For example: He shouted, “Fire!” becomes, He shouted, &quot;Fire!&quot;


    – change every apostraphe to &apos;
    – For example: It’s his bike. becomes It&apos;s his bike.

    > – change every ‘greater than’ character to &gt; – but DO NOT change them in the tags.
    – For example, <description> am > three feet tall</description> becomes <description>I am &gt; three feet tall</description>

    < – change every ‘less than’ character tag to &lt; – but DO NOT change them in the tags
    – For example: “<description>I have < five dollars</description> becomes <description>I had &lt; five dollars</description>

    Step Seven: Uploading Your File

    Upload your file to your web server. It is best to put it in the same directory as your home page, though you could place it anywhere you want.

    You now have a working RSS feed. Congratulations. Have another sip of beer.

    Step Eight: Validating Your RSS File

    Strictly speaking, this step is optional, but it is strongly recommended since it’s easy to make a mistake on step six.

    To validate your RSS file, go to an RSS validator on the Web and enter the full URL of your RSS file into the form. Click the button. If there are any errors, the validator will tell you about them. Otherwise, it will validate your file.

    Here are some validators:


Not only did Apple lock Skype out of 3G calling with its latest beta update, Skype is now also calling out some jailbreakers who try to run the new Skype 1.0.2 on their jailbroken devices. iClarified got the scoop from a user in Switzerland who tried to run Skype 1.0.2  on a jailbroken iPhone.   They got the message you see below:

Why would Skype try to prevent users on jailbroken iPhones from accessing their software? It is simple. If you jailbreak your phone, you can use Skype over 3G.   AT&T is really serious about killing VoIP on its network.

It appears that not all jailbroken iPhones see the message, however ones that use the jailbreak to allow Skype to work over 3G are certianly targets.