Apple alarm clock is back on track and working!

Normally when you hear the beeping of your alarm clock you will moan and groan, however as people are waking up today Jan. 3rd they will rejoice to the sound of the iPhone alarm clock finally going off.

As we reported in the past the iOS alarm clock wasn’t working according to plan for the first two days of 2011, however now everything is back on track, (at least until the next alarm clock bug) we can confirm that after testing our alarms all went off as expected!!!

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Apple acknowledges alarm clock problem

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Recently we reported on the problem that many iOS users were experiencing with their iDevices, now Apple has officially confirmed that there is an iOS bug where non-repeating alarms fail to ring on the first few days of the new year, recommending that users set recurring alarms until Jan. 3, when the alarms will resume working properly.

Apple spokesperson Natalie Harrison responded to the reports by confirming to Macworld that Apple is aware of the problem.

“We’re aware of an issue related to non repeating alarms set for January 1 or 2,” Harrison said. “Customers can set recurring alarms for those dates and all alarms will work properly beginning January 3.”

So in other words, like we posted earlier if you need to use your alarm clock, set it to recurring. We think it is great that Apple acknowledges the problem, and since it seems to resolve itself by Jan. 3rd there isn’t really much Apple should/could do.

UPDATE – PROBLEM FIXED!

CNN releases iPad app.

Like the network’s Web site, the new app lets users choose a preference between the national or international editions of CNN headlines. Users can view top headlines in a grid, a list, or via a slideshow. Stories offer text, related video, and the ability to share the content via e-mail or social networks. Stories can be saved for later perusal—although an initial test of the app revealed that only the text, not the video, of a saved story was available for offline viewing.

CNN’s app also features optional push notifications for breaking news, and features a list of stories viewed by the user. The live video option doesn’t include feeds from CNN’s cable networks, but instead offers raw live footage of breaking news and other major events.

CNN App for iPad is free, and compatible with iPads running iOS 3.2 or later.

HP updates printers to work with AirPrint

Copied from macrumors.com

Late last month, Apple CEO Steve Jobs reportedly responded to a customer email regarding the dearth of printer support for the company’s new AirPrint wireless printing functionality for iOS devices, noting that there was “lots more coming soon” for the feature.

As HP notes on its AirPrint site, the first expansion of AirPrint functionality since the feature’s launch occurred yesterday with the release of firmware updates for six existing HP printers that will allow those printers to support AirPrint.

– Officejet 6500A e-AiO5
– Officejet 6500A Plus e-AiO5
– Officejet 7500A Wide Format e-AiO5
– Officejet Pro 8500A e-AiO5
– Officejet Pro 8500A Plus e-AiO5
– Officejet Pro 8500A Premium e-AiO5

In developer beta versions of iOS 4.2, AirPrint had initially offered support for printing to printers shared via Macs or PCs, but Apple pulled that aspect of the functionality before the public launch, leaving only a small number of HP printers officially supporting the feature via direct printing for the time being.

How to use find my iPhone

One of the more interesting news yesterday was the fact that Apple made “Find my iPhone” free for everyone to use. Therefore we have decided to create this How To… Guide, which will hopefully make it easier for you to set up the App.

This works on the iPhone 4 iPad and iPod touch, however for it to work you must update to iOS 4.2.1, once you have made sure you are up to date, follow the steps below.

1. Click on settings –>Mail, contacts, calendar

2. Click on the “add contact” button, then MobileMe

3. Now enter your Apple-ID as well as your password, these are the same as the ones you use for the App Store. If you don’t have an Apple-ID, there is the option to create one right there in the section.

4. Your device will now try to verify your account, if this is your first log in with this ID, then Apple will send you a verification mail.

5. The program will now ask whether you allow contact to be made with your device, simply click “allow”

When this has been completed your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch Will be ready for detection, to test it simply log into me.com or through the “Find my iPhone” app from the App Store.

You can try the different options, locate on map, send a message or play a sound, however be careful not to wipe your phone completely.

Apple releases iOS 4.2!

Today is the day that we have all been waiting for! Finally. Apple is shipping iOS 4.2 to iPads, the iPhone 3G, 3GS and 4, and second, third and fourth generation iPod touches.

Those of us that have an iPad gain the most, since we will be getting app folder enhancements and multitasking for the first time. The update also includes Game Center, AirPlay and AirPrint for all devices. Furthermore Apple has announced that Find My iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch is now free to use without a MobileMe subscription.

The update should be available for downloading around 10:00 AM PST today. You’ll need the latest copy of iTunes (version 10.1) so make sure your Mac is up-to-date. Afterwards tether your iOS device to your Mac and check for updates in iTunes after the appointed time.

Check out Apple’s press release for complete details on this exciting new iOS release.

For those who prefer the direct downloads, here are the links!
Direct download for iPad here.
Direct download for iPhone 4 here.

Apple brings Ping to iPad.

Last week Apple launched Ping for the iPad, could this be an indication that iOS 4.2 is just around the corner? Once you’ve authorized Ping in iTunes 10 on the Mac, you can access your stream through a Ping tab at the bottom of iTunes app. Just like the desktop version, Ping for iPad integrates with Twitter and automatically tweets every time you like or post something on Ping.

You can like and post songs available in the iTunes Store, check on your profile and see your activity. There’s also a concert-specific section that shows local concerts, bands on tour and links to purchase tickets on ticketmaster.

iOS 4.2 gets pushed back, might not be released before Nov 24th.

While many iPad owners were hoping that today would finally be the day that iOS 4.2 would hit the market, it just didn’t happen, it simply doesn’t look like iOS 4.2 is going to drop today.

According to several news sites, a significant bug has been discovered in the iOS 4.2 GM that has prompted Apple to delay the final release. The bug apparently involves WiFi and causes the connection with the local network to drop every few minutes on both the iPad and iPhone 4.

The sites don’t seem to agree on the next supposed due date, MacStories is saying that this bug will end up delaying iOS 4.2 for as long as two weeks, according to 9to5Mac it wont take that long: they’re pegging Tuesday, November 16th as the new iOS 4.2 launch date, and finally MacRumors are saying it might be pushed back as far as November 24th, the day before Thanksgiving.

We will keep you in the loop and let you know as soon as we hear any news!