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Set Up Gmail The Right Way And Have New Mail Pushed To Your iPhone [iOS Tip]

Apple makes it incredibly easy for you to set up a Gmail account on your iPhone — you simply hit the Gmail button when setting up a new account and enter your login details. But with just a little bit more effort, you can enjoy a much better Gmail experience — one that pushes new emails straight to your device as they come in.

Here’s how to set up Gmail the right way on your iPhone.

First, you need to begin setting up a new mail account, either through the Settings app, or directly within the Mail app if you haven’t set up an email account already.

Instead of selecting the Gmail option, however, you want to select Microsoft Exchange.

Now, in the ‘Email’ field, enter your full Gmail email address. Leave the ‘Domain’ field blank. Next to ‘Username’, you need to enter your email address again, including the “@gmail.com” portion. And next to ‘Password’, you need to put your password. In the ‘Description’ field, you can label your new account whatever you wish.

Now tap the ‘Next’ button in the top right-hand corner. If you get an “Unable To Verify Certificate” error, simply hit the cancel button and ignore it — it won’t stop you from connecting to your account.

A new field will pop up labeled ‘Server’. In this box, type “m.google.com” and then hit the ‘Next’ button again.

You can now choose to enable or disable mail, contacts, and calendar syncing with your Gmail account. I’m guessing you’ll want to keep the mail one on, otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this tip, but you can disable the other two if you do not use them. Once you’re happy, simply hit the ‘Save’ button and your new account will be created.

You can now access your Gmail account using the Mail app, and new mail you receive will automatically be pushed to your device.

The first time you open Mail and it syncs with the server may be a little slow, because it’ll need to download all your emails, but everything should be pretty snappy after that.

If, after using your Gmail account for a day or so, you find new emails aren’t being pushed to your device, you may have push services disabled. To enable this, open up the Settings app on your iPhone and then tap the ‘Mail, Contacts, Calendars’ tab.

Beneath your mail accounts, you’ll find the ‘Fetch New Data’ options. Tap on this and ensure the ‘Push’ toggle is turned on.

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Twitter Releases New iPhone App

Today, Twitter announced a new design for the popular micro-blogging site that will start rolling out over the next couple of weeks, which they hope will make it easier than ever to connect with other users and discover great new content.

If you go to Twitter.com, you won’t see the sexy new interface for a while yet, but as part of their push to update all officially supported Twitter platforms to the new paradigm, Twitter has pushed out a totally overhauled version of the Twitter for iPhone app.

Twitter for iPhone 4.0 is a free download, and by all accounts, it’s even faster and more pleasant to use than ever before.

The main addition to the new Twitter app is four new buttons that act as hubs for the way you interact with Twitter. The official description lays out the methodology of the hubs:

Home is where you start from: a personal collection of Tweets from the sources you care about. The Tweet details show rich information such as replies, retweets and embedded images.

Connect is the place to see who followed or mentioned you, retweeted or favorited one of your Tweets. It’s where you keep the conversation flowing.

Discover is where you can tap into the stories and trends people are talking about in your world. You can also find friends, browse interests, and explore hashtags here.

Me puts you and your interests front and center. From here you can exchange Direct Messages with your followers.

The new app looks great, but the changes haven’t yet come to the iPad version, so unless you have an iPhone or iPod touch, you won’t see any changes.

What do you think of the new Twitter app? Let us know.

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FLUD Version 2.0 Hits the App Store – Here’s Why You Might Like It More Than FlipBoard

Reading the news on the iPad is one of the absolute best experiences you can have on Apple’s magical tablet device. So when news hit yesterday that our two favorite iOS news reader apps came out with updates, we were pretty stoked. While you probably heard a great deal about the other reader app, we wanted to tell you about the awesome news reader you might be missing out on. It’s called Flud, and it was just completely redesigned yesterday.

Besides sporting a major facelift, what’s spectacular about Flud is its new ability to make reading the news a social experience. Rather than relying solely on an app to recommend websites and content to you, Flud users have the ability to see what their friends are reading in the app and share content back with them rather than spamming their Facebook or Twitter feed with the 15 news stories they’ve read throughout the day. Giving each user the ability to create a “news personality,” Flud aims to change the way we consume news much in the same way that Spotify and Rdio have changed the way we listen to music, by allowing users to inspire and be inspired by others based on what they consume.

The New Design

iPad owners that are familiar with Flud will be surprised by the changes the company has made to the user interface. Throwing away the mosaic interface that condensed multiple news feeds into a heavy stream of updating tiles, Flud’s new UI feels more like sheets of a magazine that you can glance at and flip through with ease. Explaining the reasons for the changes, Flud’s CEO, Bobby Ghoshal, told Cult of Mac -

We wanted users to focus on one news stream at a time so that they could get the most out of each source. We noticed a lot of users found the mosaic interface to be too inundating. There was too much to to look at. This new approach gives the content a lot more room to breathe.

Focusing on feed sources individually provides the reader with a feeling of comfort and security that the old design was missing. Rather than being bombarded by 50 tiles representing a different story from separate feeds screaming for attention, users can now swipe through individual feed pages, preview content and then swipe to the next feed page. It’s a lot like browsing the web, only a lot more efficient, and user friendly. Users can get a synopsis of 10 websites via Flud in the same amount of time it would take to do so on an internet browser.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Making News Social

The new focused view on feeds allows readers to take more time with each feed to really absorb the content. Keeping readers in the app longer also fosters the growth of a social community that Flud will need for the app to gain ground on its competitors. Sharing stories is easy. Simply hit the heart icon in the righthand corner of every story you want to “flud” to your followers and the app takes care of the rest. You can share stories straight to Facebook and Twitter but that’s not the emphasis of Flud because the team behind the app hope that sharing news streams will become a two way stream, rather than a one way broadcasting lane.

We see the media space as having four facets; music, video, photos and news. Then I think of all the networks I use for each of those, where each product says something about my taste. I’ve got Spotify and iTunes for my music playlists, Youtube and Netflix for video, Facebook and Instagram for my photos, and yet the industry falls short on giving me something great for news. Flud is in a position to fill that void with a much more meaningful social integration. After you and your friends use Flud for a few days, you get to learn some amazing things about each other. For example, I’ve worked with my cofounder for two years but had no idea he was into gaming; now because of Flud, I can see all the gaming stuff that he Fluds everyday and I think that’s pretty great.

The idea behind Flud’s social layer makes a lot of sense for internet users who read multiple websites a day. On Facebook we share a few choice links with friends, but what if you want to see more of what your friend reads? The current cultures on Facebook and Twitter don’t take too kindly toward regular users that post 5-10 links a day. With Flud’s social features, sharing will shape reading experiences even more deeply than the attempts of previous social networks.

 

 


Competing Against FlipBoard

There’s no denying that FlipBoard is currently the premiere reader app on iOS. They’ve got a great team that have built an amazing product. But what might surprise you is how much Flud has produced over the last year, despite having a smaller team and fewer resources. In five months Flud built two products (iPhone and iPad app), wrote 4 million lines of code that resulted in 4 mobile app versions being tossed out, and transformed from an app developer to a social company. It took FlipBoard one year just to release their iPhone app (granted they were also perfecting their iPad app at the same time).

Flud has some of the best design in the mobile app space, and Flipboard does too. Flipboard focuses their time on the “lean-back” experience. We use all our time worrying about how to make information access faster and how to make social more meaningful for our users. In that sense, Flud was built for speed and relevance.”

In a way Flud doesn’t necessarily compete head on with Flipboard in terms of interface design and philosophy. They’re both great reader apps. You should put both of them on your iPhone and your iPad, but which one you choose to use really just depends on what you want to get out of the experience at that time. There’s no cut and dry way to determine which is better; Flud or FlipBoard. They both execute their philosophies really well, and provide a ton of value to their users.

I turn to FlipBoard when I’m feeling lazy. I let their curators tell me what’s great, and for the most part, they provide some really great content. But when I’m feeling adventurous and want to be in control, I turn to Flud to discover new websites that I haven’t heard about. If I want to get my news as fast as possible with a UI that’s a hell of a lot more entertaining than Twitter’s boring text heavy interface, then Flud is where the party is at. If I want to filter out all the crappy stories and just read the juicy bits in a beautiful digital magazine format, then I trust FlipBoard to provide me with that experience.

 

Whichever news reader platform you choose you’ll likely be delighted with new discoveries everyday.

Let us hear it in the comments – Which of the two reader apps do you prefer? Why?

 

Flud for iPhone and iPad is available for free in the App Store. Make sure to add Cult of Mac to your list of feeds.
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OnLive Announces New iOS App That Offers Console-Quality Gaming On The Go

We’re huge fans of OnLive’s terrific cloud gaming service here at Cult of Mac, and we’re even more excited to hear that it’s coming to iOS devices. The company has announced that an OnLive app is on its way to the App Store, which will allow users to play top-tier console-quality games on the go.

In its press release, OnLive promises the app will deliver “the latest, top-tier, high-performance games,” to the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad:

OnLive, Inc., the pioneer of cloud gaming, announced that it is bringing console-class gaming to tablets and phones with the revolutionary OnLive app for tablet and mobile platforms. The latest, top-tier, high-performance games—previously limited to only consoles and computers—will be available for instant play via the free OnLive app on over 500 million mobile devices over Wi-Fi or mobile networks in the US and UK.

You may have already experienced OnLive on your Mac or PC, and if you have, you’ll know just how groundbreaking this service will be on mobile devices. Regardless of your device’s specifications, OnLive allows you to stream games from the cloud that are traditionally only available on the latest consoles or high-performance PCs.

All you need is a broadband connection that’s capable of both streaming video from the OnLive server, and sending your controls back.

OnLive says that 25 console-class games have been adapted for touch-based input on smartphones and tablets, including titles like L.A. Noire and LEGO Batman: The Videogame; but for an even greater experience, you can pickup an OnLive wireless controller for $49.99.

With the controller, you can play any of the games available through OnLive on any supported mobile device. To see just how impressive OnLive will be on your iPad, check out the video below from PocketGamer:



www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTvOtKxadJQ

Unbelievable, right?

The OnLive app will be free to download from the App Store — and it should arrive imminently — but you will need to pay to play OnLive games. However, anyone who downloads the OnLive app will get LEGO Batman: The Videogame for free.

[via MacRumors]

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Apple Launches iTunes 12 Days Of Christmas Promotion For European Users

Apple’s iTunes 12 Days of Christmas promotion is becoming an event that European users can depend on every year. A new app for its Christmas 2011 giveaway hit the App Store yesterday, and will offer iTunes users a free download every day between December 26 and January 6.

Like previous 12 Days of Christmas promotions, this year will see Apple give away a selection of songs, music videos, apps, and books:

You and your friends can download a fantastic selection of songs, music videos, apps and books for free. Each download will only be available for 24 hours. Get our special 12 Days of Christmas app to make it even easier to access your gifts while you’re on the go.

Unfortunately for those of you in the U.S., it seems this year’s promotion — like previous ones — will be limited to European and Canadian iTunes Stores only.

Once installed, the iTunes 12 Days of Christmas app will request permission to send you push notifications. Be sure to turn this on the app will alert you to new freebies each day — ensuring you don’t miss any.

Until December 26, the app is a little useless, and simply displays a message that tells users to come back on December 26. But again, it’s worth installing it now so that you don’t forget about it and miss any giveaways.

For those without an iOS device, you can download the daily freebie using iTunes on your computer.

[via MacRumors]

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OnLive brings cloud gaming service to mobile with iPad and iPhone app

OnLive has just announced (via TechCrunch) a new iPad app capable of accessing their cloud game streaming service previously only available to PC, Mac, and OnLive console owners. Launching in the US and UK first, 25 console titles have been ported to the smaller screen with touchscreen controls, and almost all 200 of the service’s library of console quality titles will be playable via the $50 OnLive wireless controller.

The OnLive service allows streaming of console quality games like Assassins Creed, L.A. Noire, and other titles typically reserved for consoles like the PS3, directly from the company’s servers. The service has received mixed reviews, mostly due to inconsistencies in performance. The same appears to be true for the mobile version, with an early hands-on by TechCrunch highlighting the same performance issues common on PCs. These are “console-class” games, but not always a console quality experience. It’s playable, but really laggy.

The free app should be launching in the App Store any second now, and will still of course require that you purchase or rent the games. Fortunately, any purchased or rented content is instantly playable through any compatible device. You can check out a full list of titles that have been ported with touch controls here. IGN already got their hands on the app for iPad (video below), and they seem to have better first impressions than TechCrunch:

OnLive has also launched an Android version of the app with support for a long list of devices including the Kindle Fire. Get the full story on 9to5Google.com.



You’ve Got to Check Out CameraBag’s Stunningly Fantastic Mac Beta

We absolutely love the CamerBag iOS app; some of us, including me, believe it to be the best photo filter app on the iPhone. But take a look at the free beta version of CamerBag 2 for Mac, the desktop version’s forthcoming update — because it takes things to a whole new level of awesomeness.

There’s some really great stuff here. I may be off here, but in addition to all the filters from the iOS version, I counted an incredible nine completely new filters, each one cooler than the last.

And that’s not even the tip of the iceberg. The interface has been revamped, and great little features, like the ability to modulate individual effects or even quickly turn them on or off, abound. Then there’s the interface. I don’t think I’ve ever seen any photo app quite as elegant or easy to use.

But hey, don’t take our word for it — the app just opened up to public beta, which means you can try the app for free. Developer Nevercenter says the app is very close to its final release version, and not much will change (indeed, everything seemed buttery smooth).

Seriously, grab this app now and start messing around with it. The beta will cease working when the final build is out. But If you like it, you can buy the original CameraBag now for $19 and they’ll give you version 2 for free — a great deal, because Nevercenter says version 2 will be more expensive when finally released sometime next month.

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