App of the week: Screens VNC


If you rely on VNC protocol to access your desktop computers remotely on your iPad or iPhone, then Screens VNC is as best an app you could get. Screens VNC is pricey at $19.90 for an iOS app, but the app gets it right by implementing features that make it easy to use touch based interface to maneuver the cursor on the desktop. Screens app is an universal app with iCloud and AirPlay integration. And a free Screens Connect helper app enable you to access your desktop from anywhere with an Internet connection.

Screens VNC on App Store

iOS 5.1.1 is released


Apple has released iOS 5.1.1, which contains mainly of bug fixes. Among them are reliability improvements to HDR in Photo app, AirPlay video playback and Safari bookmarks and Reading List syncing. The update is for iOS 5 devices, which include iPhone 3GS and above, iPod touch third-generation and above, and all iPad. You can update iOS 5.1.1 directly on your iOS device from Settings app->General->Software Update.

iPad keyboard prototype shows Apple how touch editing can be better

Daniel Hooper has a clever idea that shows Apple how touch editing on the iPad can be better. As he shows in the video, the fix to current iPad keyboard is to make use of the keyboard itself as trackpad for selection, caret movement and shift key. There is no promise Apple will ever implement it, but we all hope iOS 6 will spot at least some of his idea after watching the video.

Tickets for WWDC is on sale. June 11-15 at Moscone Center San Francisco


Apple has announced the June 11-15 date for this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) at Moscone Center San Francisco. Conference passes are on sale now for $1599 and is restricted to members of Apple’s developer programs.

Tickets are expected to be sold out quickly and Apple is expected to focus on the coming release of iOS 6 and Mountain Lion for the more than 100 technical sessions in WWDC 2012.

Mountain Lion is the next release of OS X and is expected to be released in late summer. Apple has released Mountain Lion preview for its developers. iOS 6 is expected to be released together with the next iPhone and developers will get a glimpse of iOS 6 details for the first time in WWDC 2012. 

Apple’s announcement

WWDC website

Updated: Tickets have sold out in less than 2 hours. For comparison, WWDC tickets were selling out in eight days for WWDC 2010 and under 12 hours last year.