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Apple iOS 5 for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch : Where is iMessage?

by on 13. October 2011 19:06

Where is iMessage? I can't find it anywhere...


I just updated my iPhone 4 with iOS 5 and am trying to take advantage of the wonderful iMessage app. I have several friends and family who have iOS devices and I want to be able to communicate "freely" with them. Ha.


Come to find out, it is easily integrated into one app, “Messages”. See below.


iMessage - iPhone 4 - iOS 5



Well, what is iMessage?

"Thanks to iOS 5, anyone with an iOS device can now easily keep in touch—for free!—by using Apple’s new iMessage service, found within the Messages app. iMessage works without any per-message charges from cellular providers or monthly texting plans; instead, you’ll send messages over your device’s 3G or Wi-Fi connection.

iMessage works with any iOS 5-capable device, sending anything an SMS or MMS can—text, photos, video, contact cards, or map locations. The feature allows iPhone users to talk to iPad users, iPad users to send video to iPod touch users, and so on. You won’t be able to use iMessage to contact people with Android devices or BlackBerry phones—that’s still the province of text messaging.

iMessage is easy to set up and use: All you need is an Apple ID, and you can start messaging your fellow iOS device users."


To set up iMessage, do the following:


“To start using iMessage, open the Settings app and tap the Messages menu. You’re prompted to enter your Apple ID—that’s the email address you use for buying apps in iTunes and logging in to iCloud. If you don’t have one, you’ll be prompted to create an account.


If you’re setting up iMessage on your iPhone, people who know your mobile number will always be able to use it to message you; you can also supply iMessage with an email address where other iOS device users can reach you. If you’re using an iPod touch or iPad, you can message people only by email address, so you’ll have to supply one during the setup. You can use any email address you own—such as your iCloud or Gmail account.


Once iMessage has verified your email address, you’re brought to the Messages settings screen. Here, you can enable or disable iMessage altogether; turn on Read Receipts, which lets others see when you’ve read their message; or allow the Messages app to send your text as an SMS if iMessage can’t get through. This applies to the iPhone only. Disabling this setting prevents your phone from automatically reverting to SMS—and racking up texting charges—should iMessage fail. It doesn’t, however, disable SMS entirely.)


Other settings let you choose the email address or addresses you’d like people to be able to reach you at. (You can associate multiple addresses.) There’s also an SMS/MMS section, which allows you to enable or disable MMS Messaging (iPhone only), Group MMS Messaging (iPhone only), Show Subject Field, and Character Count (iPhone only).”


Credits: Brief overview of iMessage from Serenity Caldwell




Apple | iOS | iOS 5 | iPad | iPhone | iPhone apps

Apple Mac Mini 2011 - Windows 7 with Apple Boot Camp Utility

by on 2. August 2011 14:45

Having issues installing Windows 7 in the Boot Camp Utility? I sure did!


Let's look a bit closer on those issues.


I bought the Mac Mini in hope of getting rid of my PC desktop, which was a great PC, but it was time to combine and make room for more stuff! Hehe. Anywho, not to spoil the story, but I did finally have success in installing Windows 7 on the 2011 Apple Mac Mini.


When opening the Boot Camp Utility on the Mac Mini, it basically asks you three things:

  1. Install Windows 7 on install USB flash drive
  2. Download Windows Support files
  3. Create Windows Partition or Remove Windows partition.


When you choose to unload a Windows 7 ISO to the USB flash, it seems to work fine. It unloads the files to the USB, then creates the partition. Once it completes, the Mac mini reboots and tries to boot to the new Windows partition. When it does this, I received two errors.


The first time, I received a "NLTDR is missing. Press CTRL-ALT-Del to restart" message. I believe this just means it couldn't find the proper files to install windows, but for more information on this, check out this link: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/318728.


Secondly, I receive  "No bootable device -- insert boot disk and press any key." Sadly, Cry, after speaking with Apple support, even though the Mac mini acted as if it would work with the USB Flash drive, it will not. Unfortunately for some users, you will have to get a USB optical drive (dvd or cd) and boot the Mac mini, hold "option" key, and select the optical drive as your startup, and use the Windows 7 installation disk.


Not so fast...


Once I was finally able to boot into Windows setup, I am told, "Windows must be installed to a partition formatted as NTFS." Even though I used Bootcamp to create the Windows partition, he wasn't compatible with Windows 7.


The quick and easy fix.


On the Windows setup screen, there a couple of buttons below the Partition list, one being Format. Select the appropriate partition, probably says, "BOOTCAMP." Make sure the partition size matches up with the size that you set for the Bootcamp partition. Once you have clicked that, you can click the Format button. It will format it pretty quickly, and then you can continue in the install of Windows 7 on that partition.


With all that said, installing Windows 7 on the 2011 Mac Mini is definitely possible. Was it easy, definitely not!


If you have any questions, please feel free to comment or e-mail me at dj@z5concepts.com.




Apple | OS X Lion | Mac mini | Apple Boot Camp

iPhone - What Should Be Your First iPhone App?

by on 1. August 2011 14:56

If I were to start over, I believe my first iPhone app would be Instagram,

followed by Air Force+ of course. :)





    One thing I love about Instagram is the Twitter integration that then integrates to my Facebook account. The ability to set the focus on each image is a big hit to me. And then you can apply some pretty neat effects to the pics to brighten them up, give them some 1977 look, or Gothamize them. :)


Another iPhone app recommendation.



    Air Force+.


    It provides a quick and easy way to stay on top of everything happening in the U.S. Air Force. Another great feature, especially for the Aircraft buffs, is the Aircraft feature. It gives great details for the most current list of aircraft that support the entire U.S. Armed Forces. Pretty neat!



    And thirdly, Songify. Songify is something fun for the whole family. We recently went on vacation, and everyone was begging to use my iPhone to create a fun song with the Songify iPhone app. It was a hit! I've really enjoyed the synthesizer making me sound great! LOL.


    I know there are a ton of apps on the Apple App Store, and it really comes down to preference. You will download many apps that you may just not like, and some that are your, "I can't live without" ones. Have fun and enjoy your new iPhone. 


Hope this helps! 


If you are a new-comer to the iPhone and want more suggestions on apps to download, check out this link.






Apple | iPhone | iOS

OS X Lion Launchpad - Launch pad duplicate apps - OS X Lion Upgrade

by on 22. July 2011 04:14

Anyone having issues with there Launchpad having duplicates of certain apps , such as Mail, iCal, etc? I have, and very surprised that Apple didn't resolve this issue for us. Anyways, the fix is rather simple. 

When we first tried running Safari, we received this CT Plugin error message:

The application Safari quit unexpectedly. The problem may have been caused by the ct-plugins plug-in

After getting pretty frustrated, googled it and couldn't find the exact solution. I was told to go to my Library folder and delete a bunch of files, but that didn't work. 

After some time, I realized, that whenever I went to the Applications folder, Safari worked fine. I then went to the Launch pad and noticed I had duplicate apps...

The issue seemed to be that I had created folders under my Applications folder and when the upgrade occurred, it set each application's folder back to the root folder of Applications.

So, if you have duplicate apps in the Launch pad, check your application's folder, and make sure you don't have duplicate sub folders with applications in them.


Apple | OS X Lion

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