Monthly Archives: February 2013

How to download and delete individual songs on your iPhone and iPad with iTunes Match

iTunes Match, Apple’s streaming service for music, matches your entire music library and allows you to stream music directly to your iPhone or iPad wherever you have a data connection. There may come times where you don’t have a data connection and would like to download certain music to your iPhone or iPad for use when you don’t have service. As of iOS 6.1, you can now download and delete individual songs, instead of whole albums, right on your iPhone and iPad.

Here’s how…

Before proceeding any further, you’ll need to make sure you’re subscribed to iTunes Match. It’s a paid service that Apple offers for $24.99 per year. If you aren’t already signed up, here’s a guide to get you started before you continue any further.

  • How to set up and start using iTunes Match

Once you’re all signed up to iTunes Match and have your library matched, continue on.

  • How to download an individual song on iPhone and iPad with iTunes Match
  • How to delete an individual song on iPhone and iPad with iTunes Match

How to download an individual song on iPhone and iPad with iTunes Match

There are many reasons you may want to physically download music to your iPhone or iPad. Whether you’re planning on being on a plane or in an area that doesn’t have good cell service, you can download your content from iTunes Match straight to your device for playback anytime.

  1. Launch the Music app from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Find the artist name for the song you’d like to download. (You can also use album or song view, whichever you’d prefer to search with.)
  3. Drill down to the song you want to download by album.
  4. Next to the name of the song, you’ll see a download button to the right. It looks like a cloud with a download icon in the middle. Tap on it.
  5. You’ll notice that the song of your choice has now begun to download to your device. Give it a few seconds to finish download and that’s it. It’s now physically downloaded onto your device for playback whenever you’d like.

How to delete an individual song on iPhone and iPad with iTunes Match

Storage space can be precious and if you’re running out, clearing out songs if you’re an iTunes Match subscriber is a perfect option. You’ll still be able to play the songs you delete via streaming wirelessly, they just won’t be taking up actual space on your iPhone or iPad.

  1. Launch the Music app from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Find the name of the artist or album for the song you’d like to delete.
  3. Drill down to the actual song. You may find the title using whatever search method you’d like.
  4. You’ll notice that there is no download icon next to the song name because it’s already downloaded to your device’s physical storage.
  5. Swipe across the name of the song to the right.
  6. You’ll notice that a Delete button has now appeared. Tap on it.
  7. You should now see a download button appear to the right of the song title. This means it was deleted from your actual iPhone or iPad and you can download it again whenever you want or stream it from wherever you have an active data connection.
  8. That’s all there is to it!

Twelvesouth introduces the SurfacePad, a luxury leather cover for your iPhone

Well known high end Apple accessory manufacturer Twelvesouth has announced its latest accessory for the iPhone and it is something just that little bit different. Say hello to the “SurfacePad” which Twelvesouth is calling an ultra-slimluxury leather cover for the iPhone. Yep, it is not a case according to Twelvesouth, it’s a cover for those that like to keep their iPhone safe from life’s daily dangers while still allowing its beautiful design to shine through.

Made from luxury Napa leather, SurfacePad dresses up iPhone unlike any other cover. At less than 1/10th an inch thick and weighing less than one ounce, this thin leather jacket does not interfere with the buttons, ports or camera on iPhone. Since the cover wraps around and protects the front and back surfaces, the tell-tale profile of the iPhone remains on display. At a glance there’s never any doubt what phone you’ve chosen to run your world.

SurfacePad is thin, light and shows off your iPhone – but it also makes a design statement all its own. It adds a pop of color to your iPhone. It makes your phone distinctive and sophisticated in a sea of silly plastic. With its razor thin profile and supple touch, SurfacePad is the first cover worthy of your iPhone, and shares the same design sensibilities as well. Sleek, modern, minimal – both device and cover are cut from the same cloth

The SurfacePad for iPhone is available for the iPhone 4, 4s and 5 and comes in three different colors too. You can have it in Jet Black, Modern White or Red Pop. The SurfacePad also has a built in stand sewn into the back cover which lets you watch videos or even set your iPhone down in a position suitable for use as a bedside clock radio. If you fancy getting your hands on one of these rather innovative covers for your iPhone they are available right now from Twelvesouth and will cost you $34.99.

What do you think about the Twelvesouth SurfacePad for iPhone?

Source: Twelvesouth

Twelvesouth introduces the SurfacePad, a luxury leather cover for your iPhone

 Sky inks deal with Sony Pictures to boost its exclusive movie content on Sky Movies and Now TV

Tightening its vice-like grip on movie content in the UK, Sky has announced a new deal with Sony Pictures Television that will allow its Sky Movies and Now TV customers to enjoy exclusive access to the studio’s blockbuster movies six months after they hit theaters, offering films like Django Unchained, This is the End and After Earth for at least a year before its UK rivals.

The partnership will see Sky Movies customers gain access to Sony Pictures’ back catalog of hit movies — which includes the Spiderman Trilogy — also becoming available on its Internet-TV service Now TV, if they subscribe to a Sky Movies monthly pass.

It’s a blow for Netflix and Amazon’s LoveFilm, which are rapidly expanding their own catalogs (Netflix is also investing in original content), but find themselves unable to match the buying power of its BSkyB-owned rival.

In September 2012, Sky signed a similar movie deal with Warner Bros., adding films like Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, and The Dark Knight Rises to its catalog. It later added all eight of the Harry Potter films, just in time for the Christmas holidays.

Earlier today, we reported that Sky would add Premiership football and other major sporting events to its Now TV service for a flat rate of 9.99 a day. While expensive, the addition of one-off fees for sporting events could see Sky push revenues higher, as sports fans connect to the service on their smartphone, tablet and PC to watch their favorite teams and sports stars while they are on the move.

Sky says all movies will be available on demand, via its Sky Go service, in both HD and 3D (if supported), while Sky Go users can download content to their smartphone, tablet or computer for an extra 5 per month. Those that subscribe to Virgin Media, UPC and TalkTalk are also able to enjoy the new movies via a dedicated Sky Movies subscription.

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charity 520x245 Givey lands $960,000 to improve its social donation platform and support more fundraising events

Social donation platform Givey has announced that it has raised $960,000 to recruit new staff and help more charities, businesses and event organizers to create new fundraising events.

The latest round of investment came from the Innovation in Giving Fund, an initiative created by the UK government and managed by the independent charity NESTA. Northstar Ventures, the IP Group and a number of UK-based investment angels were also involved in the round.

Givey, based in London and Newcastle, is a service that allows people to donate to charity at any time through Twitter or a text message. Users simply register on the Givey website and link their profile-specific hashtag to a PayPal account. Once the two are linked, you can donate at any time by referencing the recipient’s hashtag in a text, tweet or website message.

The community aspect is designed to make it much easier not only to find worth causes, but also promote your own. Givey also processes donations through the PayPal Giving Fund, formerly known as MissionFish, which means that 100 percent of the donation goes to the charity.

As the global recession continues to bite, charities are looking at new methods to try to attract fresh donations. The UK Giving 2012 Report found that donations dropped by 15 percent in 2011/12 – a trend that Givey founder and CEO David Erasmus hopes can be reversed.

“No one in the charity sector has successfully combined the wallet and social communication,” he said. “People want to find out what their friends and family are doing for causes. They want to find out what matters to the people that matter to them, and they want to be able to help them without jumping through hoops.”

Givey graduated from the ignite100 accelerator in Newcastle last year, and has been teaming up with a multitude of events and charities to try to stimulate donations. These have included a campaign with Chasing Zero on World Aids Day 2012, called #FreezeAids, as well as a 24-hour fundraiser for UNICEF in March called StickAid.

On the technology side, Givey is working on a new partnership with fitness app RunKeeper called ‘The Burner’, whereby friends and family can bet against someone taking part in a charity challenge. If the challenge is completed, all of the money goes to the person’s charity of choice, but if they fail – it’s rerouted to the backer’s preferred charity instead.

The company says a Windows 8 app for the ‘The Burner’ will be launching soon.

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A new stick styled mini PC has been launched this week in the form of the new MTB025 Android Mini PC , which is equipped with a WM8850 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor, supported by ARM Mali-400 graphics.

As with other similar stick mini PCs we have featured here on Geeky Gadgets the MTB025 is fitted with a HDMI port at one end and a USB connection at the other.

MTB025 Mini PC

This week Polytron has unveiled the world’s first fully transparent smartphone prototype to the world. The Taiwanese company has been developing the design for sometime and the only visible components on the transparent smartphone are its board, memory chip and camera.

The transparent smartphone is mainly constructed from glass, and is equipped with a touchscreen interface positioned in the centre of the device, which at the moment provides just simple functionality.

Transparent Smartphone Polytron


RIM has been struggling to keep its hold on the market with Android and iPhone offering better devices, more apps and a decidedly cooler experience. Their Blackberry handsets could be seen in every executive’s hands but not any more. Research In Motion went back to the drawing board in an attempt to reinvigorate their sluggish sales and their concentrated efforts gave birth to the Android\iPhone clone Z10 and the familiar looking Q10.

The Z10 is a sexy beast of a phone, reminding one of the reborn Motorola RAZR line. It packs 1280 x 768 pixels in a 4.2 inch screen, 2GB of RAM, a dual-core 4470 1.5GHz processor, 16GB of on board storage, LTE, WiFi, NFC, an 8 megapixel backside camera, 2 megapixel front facing camera and is capable of up to 1080p video recording. It’s also the first full touchscreen Blackberry minus the famous keyboard.

Verizon is the only carrier announcing pricing for the Z10 – $200 on a two-year contract. AT&T is sure to announce pricing soon and probably also right at that magical $200 mark. U.K. Blackberry lovers will be able to snag one up tomorrow but U.S. folks will have to wait until March.

Blackberry also wanted to keep the keyboard jockeys happy with their Q10, hit the break for details on that bad boy…

The Q10 (Quen?) keeps the QWERTY keyboard but also stuffs in a 1.5GHZ processor, 2GB of RAM(expanded with the MicroSD slot) and an AMOLED 3.1 inch 720 x 720 display. Along for the ride is the standard 8 megapixel front side camera and a 2 megapixel backside camera.


The newest Blackberry will launch sometime in April, carriers and pricing are to be determined.


Ofcom has announced that bidding is now under way on its 4G spectrum auction.

Seven companies, including the UK’s top four mobile providers, will bid to secure new airwaves suitable for superfast mobile broadband services.

Vodafone, Telefonica O2, Everything Everywhere, 3 owner Hutchinson 3G UK, BT subsidiary Niche Spectrum Ventures, backhaul specialist MLL Telecom and HKT (UK) Company are the confirmed bidders.

The interested parties will compete for 28 lots of spectrum in two separate bands – 800MHz and 2.6GHz. The two bands will amount to 250MHz of additional mobile spectrum, compared to 333MHz currently in use.

“This combination of low and high frequency spectrum creates the potential for 4G mobile broadband services to be widely available across the UK, while offering capacity to cope with significant demand in urban centres,” said Ofcom in a statement.

Spectrum will be sold through a “combinatorial clock” auction in which bidders attempt to acquire a combination of spectrum lots from across both 800MHz and 2.6GHz bands by telling Ofcom what they are willing to pay for specific combinations.

At the start of each round, the governing body sets a price for each lot and the bidder specifies which combinations they are interested in. Price will be increased for the most in-demand lots as the rounds go on until supply meets demand.

A further round of bidding will see unsold lots go under the hammer, with the winner bidder paying the smallest amount they would have needed to bid in order to win.

Ofcom has set a reserve price of 1.36 billion for the spectrum, but the UK government is targeting a windfall of 3.5 billion.

Article: RSS via Digital Spy

“App store volume has become a non-story,” Dan Rowinski reports for ReadWrite. “Quantifying the quality of apps between iOS and Android is a different matter altogether.”

“The general perception is that iOS apps in Apple’s App Store are of better quality than their Android counterparts in Google Play. There has been really no way to quantify that though the history of the mobile app ecosystem,” Rowinski reports. “Until today. We can finally say, through quantifiable data, that iOS apps on aggregate are of better quality than Android.”

Rowinski reports, “By uTest’s metrics, iOS apps have a mean Applause Score of 68.53. Android apps average Applause score is 63.34. The margin of difference between the two is ~8%… iOS ranks higher in nine of 11 top app categories…”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Non-news for anybody who’s tried both iOS devices and the best iOS device wannabes out there: In general, iOS apps are simply better than their Android counterparts.

Smart developers focus on iOS. Fragmandroid is an afterthought, if it’s bothered with at all.

“The question of Office for iOS has burned for a year, but a release is still up in the air after comments by Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer at yesterday’s “new” Office 365 launch,” Liam Tung reports for ZDNet. “Asked about Office for the iPad, Ballmer gave a terse reply: ‘I have nothing to say on the topic.’”

“‘We’re very happy with the product that we’re putting in market,’ Ballmer told Bloomberg. ‘It makes sense on the devices like the Mac and the PC. We have a product that we think makes a lot of sense. We do have a way for people always to get to Office through the browser, which is very important. And we’ll see what we see in the future,’” Tung reports. “In meantime, the only tablet on which Office is available is Microsoft’s own Surface.”

MacDailyNews Take: Which is exactly the same as not having Office on tablets:

Crash and burn: Windows RT tablet sales in 2012 likely to total less than one million units – – January 30, 2013

Tung reports, “The fundamental issue thought to be behind the delay in bringing Office to iOS is Microsoft’s unwillingness to pay Apple’s 30-percent commission on apps sold through its App Store.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Keep your dogshit in your own yard, Microsoft. We don’t want it and, best of all, it’ll only hasten your demise. iPad and iPhone are already firmly ensconced into the Fortune 500 and SMB without Microsoft’s bloated morass of insecure spaghetti-code. The world is rapidly learning that it can live without Office and, by failing to pollute iOS devices with their crapware, Microsoft is spreading the news better than anyone.

For the record, Steve Ballmer is the greatest CEO the world has ever seen – unmatched – certainly the best we’ve ever witnessed. We like his strategy, we like it a lot.

May Microsoft’s shareholders and BoD remain forever comatose and may Mr. Ballmer remain Microsoft CEO for as long as it takes!

(Which, at this rate, shouldn’t be much longer.)