RIC007GP

I am a retired South African currently living in Abu Dhabi. I am a self professed gadget freak and an Apple Fan Codger

My Gadgets = Fun, Fun, Fun.

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RIC007GP

I recently watched a couple of YouTube videos showing how fun is being used to encourage people to do things they don't usually enjoy doing, The first one showed how they turned a used bottle depository into a game with lights and bells and whistles. The second one showed how they encouraged people to use the stairs rather than the escalators in a Metro by turning the steps into a fully functional giant piano keyboard.

Watching these videos made me realise why iPhones and iPads are so popular and why people will happily queue outside an Apple store for days to get their hands on the latest models. Quite simply, using them is a load of fun. Even when using them to do mundane workday things one can pinch and swipe an touch the screens for hours on end.

The touch screen interface is made for games and fun which have made the iPhone the most popular games console of them all. One might be tempted to say that all the bells and whistles are just smoke and mirrors, but don't you agree that touching the bin icon and watching your email shrink into it makes the normally boring job of dealing with emails just that little bit less irksome?

Having upgraded all my Apple devices to iOS 5 a whole new arena of fun has opened up to me. In any screen I can swipe down from the top of the screen and todays weather details, the performance of the worlds stock exchanges and all my notifications are revealed to me. Fun. A double click of the home button from the lock screen gives me instant access to the Camera App and allows me to use the volume button to take a photo just like a real camera. Fun. Now instead of clicking the home button twice I can access my running Apps with an upward, four fingered swipe. Fun.

You are probably going to say that I am easily pleased, but I am willing to be that you haven't read this last paragraph because you have just hauled out your phone to try out some of the featured above. If so - Have Fun!!!!

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redsaid
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written by redsaid, October 19, 2011
How was your upgrade to iOS 5? Did it go smoothly? Because last week that wasn't so much fun for so many of the users who attempted it. But by all accounts so far, the upgrade sounds totally worth it!

Great blog, as always, by the way! smilies/smiley.gif
RIC007GP
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written by RIC007GP, October 19, 2011
Thanks Red. I upgraded two iPhones and two iPads. I started in the morning after the official release. I had no problems with the downloads. The backing up and updating of the devices is what took the time. This is due, I think, to the fact that it was a major release which required all the OS and firmware to be replaced and then the devices restored from the backups. The four updates took the best part of the day. All 4 devices seem to be working fine and we are loving the new features. I would love to get hold of a 4s. They are available here in the UAE in the Grey Market, but horrendously expensive.
Charmed
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written by Charmed, October 23, 2011
I'm loving iOS 5 so far. The notifications screen is my favorite feature.

So the question is - when are you gonna be making videos? or perhaps video blogging? smilies/smiley.gif
RIC007GP
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written by RIC007GP, October 23, 2011
Challenge? BTW is the editor iPad friendly these days?
Charmed
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written by Charmed, October 23, 2011
Yes - challenge! smilies/smiley.gif

I'll check and let you know. A MyDL app is in the pipeline. ITWeb launched theirs recently.
RIC007GP
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written by RIC007GP, October 23, 2011
Excellent. My Grandson is coming to visit this week so will try and rise to the challenge soon. smilies/wink.gif
Charmed
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written by Charmed, October 23, 2011
Awesome.. I once tried to get MyDLers to do a video blog as a challenge (a while back) but nobody took it up... maybe back then it wasn't easy shooting vids... but I hope yours will be the first of many!

Will look out for it smilies/smiley.gif

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