Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Home Share iTunes Movies to iPad

There are times when you want to download movies from your desktop to you iOS device so that you can watch the movie while on an airplane or other remote location; however, there are times when you are at home and you want to watch a movie from your iPad that is only stored on your computer. You could sync the movie to your device and watch it and then delete when you are done or you can leave it on the desktop and simply stream it to your iPad wirelessly. All you need is a library of movies on a Mac or PC with the Home Sharing feature enabled, a wifi network and an iPad.

iTunes Home Sharing is a great feature that lets you share your iTunes 10.2.1 library wirelessly with anyone on your local network. This means you can share any Mac or PC’s media library with any iOS 4.3 compatible iPhone, iPod, iPad, or Apple TV, in addition to any other Macs and PC on your network.

We’ll walk you through setting up iTunes home sharing, and then show you how to access these shared libraries from any compatible iOS hardware, in addition to other Mac’s and PC’s.

Enable iTunes Home Sharing
First, you will need to enable Home Sharing on each Mac or PC who’s media library you want to share, here’s how:
Launch iTunes
Click on the “Advanced” menu and then select “Turn On Home Sharing”

You’ll see a Home Sharing login screen, enter your Apple ID and password to identify your Home Shares

With your Apple ID entered, click on “Create Home Share”

The computer's iTunes library is now setup to be shared, so let’s access this library from an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad…
Launch the Video app on the iPad. Notice that there is a "Shared" tab at the top right of the screen. The single Music video is the only video on the iPad.

After you click on the "Shared" tab, your iTunes Library link appears.

After you click on the "Library" link, new tabs appear at the top of the screen: Movies, TV Shows & Music Videos
Clicking on the "Movie" tab, will display all of the movies that are physically stored on the remote computer.

Clicking on the "TV Shows" tab, will display all of the TV shows that are physically stored on the remote computer.
Clicking on the "Music Videos" tab, will display all of the music videos that are physically stored on the remote computer.
Below is a video of the Home Sharing in Action.

Sharing has been around in iTunes for a while now but iTunes Home Sharing has really refined this feature, especially since you can access the media from now any Mac, PC, iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or Apple TV.

This is a great feature of iOS, have fun with it!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Paid iOS Game of the Week: A Long Way Home

As mobile gaming platforms continue to evolve, so do they level of gaming that we can get on them. The iPad and the influx of great, creative, indie games is no different. A Long Way Home created by Johnathan Mulcahy is the newest indie game to catch my attention.

The idea is basic in theory, you are an astronaut caught in space, and to get home you must collect dark matter which can be used to create a black hole. Each black hole takes you back a single light year, with you being 100 light years from home. The game becomes more challenging when you have to launch yourself between many different asteroids, as they spin in different directions.

A great change of pace for the action-adventure genre, A Long Way Home is less about quick flinch decisions, and more about slow, methodical, thought out planning.

Similar to a lot of independent games we are seeing recently, the visuals and music are superb. With a phenomenal two-dimensional design, the space backdrop is something that is great to look at. The music also does a good job of adding to the feel of the game.

Within the realm of quick pick up and play games, this is an easy choice. I can find nothing negative to say as I continue to make my long trek home, and most people will agree. Although it is slower paced I highly recommend it for $0.99 and anyone with an iPad running iOS 3.2 or later.

Source: iTunes Link

By Nolan Earl

iOS 5 to Make Jailbreaking Tougher on Users, iPhone Dev Team Explains

[Apple to Prevent iDevices from Being Rolled Back to Previous iOS Versions; iPad 2 Jailbreak Not Announced Yet]

Apple has always taken an offensive approach to Jailbreaking. In the webOS (HP's acquired OS from Palm) world, it is embraced by HP and called HomeBrew apps. What HP embraces, Apple fights vigorously. Most updates from Apple include some OS changes that hopes to hamper any progress that the Jailbreaking community had previously made. It is funny that they fight it, yet monitor it for ideas to "borrow" for their own use. iOS 5 is continues the fight.

According to the iPhone Dev Team Apple has stepped up its game when it comes to preventing iOS jailbreaking. iOS 5 is now said to prevent users from rolling the firmware back to a previous version.

We have some important updates for you today, jailbreak fans, which come “officially” all the way from the iPhone Dev Team. And before you start fantasizing about the iPad 2 jailbreak, which some people expected today, we’ll tell you right from the start that today isn’t a fun day.

The iPhone Dev Team talked about Apple’s plan on making your jailbreak experience a bit more miserable by preventing your devices from being rolled back to previous iOS versions. The new changes will occur once iOS 5 becomes official but what’s important here is that all current iDevices, up to the iPad 2, will be jailbreakable for life even after iOS 5 arrives.

It also means that some of you may not be able to install older iOS versions on your iDevices even if you have those SHSH blobs saved. But let’s take a look at the full jailbreak update that the iPhone Dev Team released today:

It looks like Apple is about to aggressively combat the “replay attacks” that have until now allowed users to use iTunes to restore to previous firmware versions using saved SHSH blobs.

Those of you who have been jailbreaking for a while have probably heard us periodically warn you to “save your blobs” for each firmware using either Cydia or TinyUmbrella (or even the “copy from /tmp during restore” method for advanced users). Saving your blobs for a given firmware on your specific device allows you to restore *that* device to *that* firmware even after Apple has stopped signing it. That’s all about to change.

Starting with the iOS5 beta, the role of the “APTicket” is changing — it’s being used much like the “BBTicket” has always been used. The LLB and iBoot stages of the boot sequence are being refined to depend on the authenticity of the APTicket, which is uniquely generated at each and every restore (in other words, it doesn’t depend merely on your ECID and firmware version…it changes every time you restore, based partly on a random number). This APTicket authentication will happen at every boot, not just at restore time. Because only Apple has the crypto keys to properly sign the per-restore APTicket, replayed APTickets are useless.

This will only affect restores starting at iOS5 and onward, and Apple will be able to flip that switch off and on at will (by opening or closing the APTicket signing window for that firmware, like they do for the BBTicket). geohot’s limera1n exploit occurs before any of this new checking is done, so tethered jailbreaks will still always be possible for devices where limera1n applies. Also, restoring to pre-5.0 firmwares with saved blobs will still be possible (but you’ll soon start to need to use older iTunes versions for that). Note that iTunes ultimately is *not* the component that matters’s the boot sequence on the device starting with the LLB.

Although it’s always been just “a matter of time” before Apple started doing this (they’ve always done this with the BBTicket), it’s still a significant move on Apple’s part (and it also dovetails with certain technical requirements of their upcoming OTA “delta” updates).

Note: although there may still be ways to combat this, a beta period is really not the time or place to discuss them. We’re just letting you know what Apple has already done in their exisiting beta releases — they’ve stepped up their game!

While Apple goes on the counteroffensive with iOS 5 when it comes to jailbreaking and installing older firmware on its mobile devices, I don’t think the hackers working on jailbreak tools will sit by and let Apple have its way. On the other hand it’s way too early to talk about iOS 5 jailbreaking (and I do mean the final iOS 5 version, not the two betas which can already be jailbroken) so we’ll have to wait for iOS 5 to become official to see what’s next in the iOS jailbreaking world.

By Carl W. Brooks

HP Touchpad ready to take on Big Apple and its iPad Tablet

Apple has been the big dog on the tablet block, practically defining the industry with the release of its iPad, and while Android is fast on its tale, a third player, HP is hoping to make a dent with a drastically different approach.

HP -- who's acquisition of Palm gave it the high-regarded WebOS software -- believes that its philosophy to the world of tablet software will win out over the paradigms defined by Apple and Google.

HP vice president of developer relations for its "WebOS" software, Richard Kerris, said that its upcoming TouchPad, which uses the WebOS, will make for an environment that app-developers and businesses prefer.

Apple and Google have it wrong, he said.

"I don't think android has done a great job with the honeycomb of tablets," Kerris told Fox Business. "There's a lot of fragmentation for example, and developers are frustrated."

Fragmentation refers to the fact that multiple versions of the Honeycomb software exist. Since the system is open, manufacturers are free to make tweaks to match their own products, but that means developers can never be 100 percent sure what environment their apps will be playing on.

It's akin to "the wild wild west," Kerris says, "and it's fragmented and it's anything goes. And that's kind of frustrating to developers. "

Apple on the other hand controls its software and hardware precisely, giving stability to developers, but also curtailing some of the creative process.

"And here we come in the middle. We make our own hardware. We make our own software, and by providing a confident and consistent environment for both developers and customers, they are going to have an experience of one they will really like.

But like Google, Kerris says that HP isn't afraid to open up, and in fact encourages development.

"We support what we call the homebrew community which allows you to go off the beaten path if you want and explore other areas. And some phones or tablets will call that jailbreaking, but not us, we think that's really great to do. So I think we have a nice spot in the middle here."

By Carl W. Brooks

Thursday, June 23, 2011

NBC App offers show information instead of allowing iPad users to view NBC shows

NBC released a free NBC iPad app today which features clips of popular shows, photo galleries, games, trivia and schedules. Users can create a custom "my feeds" dashboard for keeping track of their favorite NBC programming.

What users can't do is watch full episodes of NBC shows. So why would you want this app? I don't see a reason to get this app as it stands. ABC has had their ABC Player app available since day one of the iPad launch. It has been a personal favorite from the beginning. In fact, it have watched more ABC shows on the iPad than I have on any TV in my home. With the NBC app, this is not possible.

NBC execs apparently have missed the objective of an iPad app. This NBC app is not competing with ABC Player app which allow iPad users to view complete episodes of their shows. A recent Flurry study noted that an average of 22 million people per day look at iOS apps. That's greater than NBC's own Monday Night Football audience and just shy of American Idol's typical pull.

You can grab the app here if you want to look at trailers, clips and information, but if you want to actually watch TV programs on the iPad; get the ABC Player app instead.

By Carl W. Brooks

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Kickstarter: "MyPadLife - The Most Functional iPad Case EVER"

I love Kickstarter and how it allows everyday people to help other everyday folk to bring to market products. They always have great iPad apps and accessories.  Maybe someone in the group could be the next one with their idea coming to life.

I like MyPadLife functionality (not sold on the name). When I go to the gym, the iPad is the perfect tool for keeping busy while working out - except there is no way to mount the iPad on the machines.  Can't wait for this to come to market.  I am a backer, so I get my own when it does. 

This is the 2nd project I have backed. These are early products that usually don't have market alternatives.  This is not the source for purchasing ready made and ready for sale products. This is a site for supporting people with good ideas and people that need funds to make it happen. 

I recommended that you check out "MyPadLife - The Most Functional iPad Case EVER", a Kickstarter project by saad alam.

Use the search tool at the top of the site to search for "iPad" or other topics you may have an interest in. 


Carl W. Brooks
iAmThereforeiPad, Founder and Chief Editor

iPad News, Reviews and How-To-Dos.  
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Friday, June 17, 2011

The iPad may be getting a Facebook App (Finally, Maybe)

When the first iPhone apps hit the market in 2008, Facebook was one of the first ones out of the gate with its own app. The same cannot be said for the iPad, which lacks a native Facebook app. However, that is about to change, according to The New York Times.

Having been tested internally for nearly a year, the Facebook for iPad app is expected to hit the App Store very soon. And when it does it will offer features not currently available via the Facebook website.

For example, the app may include the ability for users to shoot and upload photos and video directly from the iPad’s built-in cameras.

According to a person who has seen the app:

“The photo and video experience is amazing, offering full resolution and full-screen images.”

The New York Times believes that a native iPad app for Facebook could be a boom for the social networking site and for Apple.

They state:

Mobile applications and optimized mobile Web sites have been a major area of growth for Facebook, with the company saying that there are now more than 250 million Facebook users actively accessing the service on a mobile device. Facebook is approaching 700 million users worldwide.

It will be interesting to see what Facebook has cooked up for its iPad app, assuming this report is correct. In the meantime, you can download the Facebook app for iPhone.

What do you think? What would you like to see in a Facebook for iPad app? Let us know by using the comments below. There are non-official Facebook apps available, with one of the more popular being the Friendly app.

By Carl W. Brooks

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

How to Create App Folders On The iPhone or iPad

Create App Folders On The iPhone or iPad
Did you know that an iPad or iPhone with OS 4.0 or later, you can create App folders to store and categorize your Apps?

This long awaited functionality will allow you to hold over 2000 Apps on your device, whereas previously it was limited to 180 Apps.

Not only can you store more Apps, but folders makes it far easier to organize your iPad or iPhone.

Follow these simple instructions to learn how to create App folders.

Difficulty: Easy

Things You'll Need
iPad or iPhone
OS 4.0 or later

1. First, in order to create App folders you need to be sure your iPad or iPhone is updated to iPhone OS 4.0 or later. Consult the manual or internet if you are unfamiliar with how to do this.

2. Next, press your finger on an App and hold until the App icons start to shake. This is the same process (up to this point) that you would do in order to rearrange Apps.

3. Next, drag one App on top of another to create a new folder containing both those Apps. A new folder icon will appear when you do this.

4. Continue to drag and drop more App icons to that folder if you wish to add them to that particular folder. That's all there is to it.

Folders will automatically be named based on the App Store category the included Apps are from. The folders can also be renamed to something more descriptive.

Bonus: Make your most important folder(s) available from any page by dragging the folder(s) unto the tray at the bottom of the page. Watch the video below.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Help with decision on which iPad Model to Purchase

On Jun 12, 2011, at 12:29 PM, Lois W. wrote:

> My friend has a request. She wants to get an IPad 2 and will use it for work documents, email,photos web surfing , and reading books.
> She wonders if she should get the 32 3G WiFi Verizon or the 64 3 WiFi Verizon
> Thanks for your help

While the obvious choice is to suggest the larger storage space, I
think the question deserves a different answer. It appears as if the
friend is trying to stay around a certain price; with one choice
opting for smaller storage for the benefit of the 3G versus a larger
storage device with wifi only.

If the friend had to choose only from these 2 choices, I would go with
the 32 GB 3G & Wifi model if she is moves about from one location to
another frequently. The iPad device is a different beast WITHOUT the
Internet available.

If she will primarily be at one or two locations (like home and work)
where wireless Internet is available or if the places she frequents
have Internet too (school, doctor's office, library, etc), I would go
for the 64GB Wifi only.

Here is the kicker though. Whichever device she decides to buy, she
should consider that for an extra $100 to $130, she could double her
storage or add 3G. Sure it seems like a lot of money at the time, but
it is nothing after the fact. If later she runs out of space or
decides she needs more access to the Internet while out and about, it
will hit home; neither $100 or $130 was too much. Later the choice is
worse because she will have to try and sell her current device so she
can get the bigger iPad.

The bottom line is that if at all possible, she should get the 64GB
with the Wifi and 3G. This way she has total capacity and total


Carl W. Brooks
iAmThereforeiPad, Founder and Chief Editor

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Saturday, June 11, 2011

ICloud Communications Sues Apple

ICloud Communications Sues Apple

Another day, another lawsuit. In a suit filed yesterday in the US Disctrict Court in Arizona, a company named iCloud Communications claimed trademark infringements against Apple over the use of the name iCloud, reports "The Next Web" (

The company claims Apple’s heavy promotion of the iCloud product is damaging to its business and has all but removed the branding of the name from itself and placed it onto Apple.

"The goods and services with which Apple intends to use the 'iCloud' mark are identical to or closely related to the goods and services that have been offered by iCloud Communications under the iCloud Marks since its formation in 2005," says iCloud Communications. "However, due to the worldwide media coverage given to and generated by Apple’s announcement of its 'iCloud' services and the ensuing saturation advertising campaign pursued by Apple, the media and the general public have quickly come to associate the mark 'iCloud' with Apple, rather than iCloud Communications."

Unveiled Monday at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, iCloud s a set of free new cloud services that works with applications on your Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or PC to automatically and wirelessly store your content in iCloud and automatically and wirelessly push it to all your devices. When anything changes on one of your devices, all of your devices are wirelessly updated almost instantly.

iOS 4.3.3 Lets Users Get a Peek at the iCloud Service

Apple unveiled its new iCloud service earlier this week at the company’s annual World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco. One of the features CEO Steve Jobs touted was the ability to re-download app and music purchases without having to re-pay. This feature would be available with iOS 5 in the fall of 2011.

You will have to wait until the fall for most of what iOS 5 and iCloud offers; however, if you update your iPad to iOS 4.3.3, you can take advantageous of the "previous purchase download" features now.

To get the latest version, simply connect your iPad to your PC or Mac and use the update option in iTunes (Boy I can't wait for the fall when I can do this without using a computer or iTunes).

Accessing your previously purchased content, whether it’s an app or song, is easy to do. Here’s what it takes, for example, to download apps you already paid for:

On your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch running iOS 4.3.3, launch the App Store app.
On the iPhone and iPod touch, tap Updates, look to the top of the list and tap Purchased. On the iPad, tap the Purchased option on the tool bar at the bottom of the app display.


Apps that aren’t installed but are available since they were previously purchased include an iCloud download button. Just tap the button to start the download.

Look for the Purchased and Download buttons to re-download apps.

Downloading previously purchased songs works pretty much the same:

Launch iTunes on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

Tap Purchased in the toolbar at the bottom of the app display.


Just like apps, purchased music that isn’t on your device includes an iCloud download button. Just tap the cloud button next to the tracks you want to add to your device.

Re-downloading apps isn’t new, although offering users a clear way to tell what they have purchased — along with making it clear that re-downloads aren’t new purchases — is a refreshing change to the interface Apple previously offered. Letting customers redownload music for free and to their other owned devices, however, is new and long overdue.

All screenshots can be viewed here

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Apple's iCloud Explained

Apple announced, at their Worldwide Developers' Conference (WWDC), its new iCloud service. Cloud services are offerings we have seen offered by technology companies over the last few years. It basically means that storage space is provided on the Internet (the cloud) for consumers to access their data regardless of which device they are working on. Some companies try to give you everything, like Google. Some providers give you some things, like Amazon and their music cloud services. Apple is offering some storage, synchronization, services and integration in one free solution.

iCloud is more than a hard drive on a server connected to the Internet. It is that plus the software to sync and share your iOS content to your iOS devices and to your desktop. iCloud stores your content so it’s always accessible from your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Mac, or PC. It gives you instant access to your music, apps, latest photos, and more. And it keeps your email, contacts, and calendars up to date across all your devices. No syncing required.

When you sign up for iCloud, you automatically get 5GB of free storage for all services except your purchased music, apps, books, and Photo Stream which don’t count against your free storage. So the 5GB is used mainly for your mail, documents, Camera Roll, account information, settings, and other app data. 5GB is tiny compared to what Gmail provides for just mail and suspect that Apple will increase this over time; however, it should be fine for a typical user.

When you update your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to iOS 5, your Apple apps become seamlessly integrated with iCloud. Just like that. So all your content and information is available and up to date, no matter which device you’re using.

With iCloud, the music you purchase in iTunes appears automatically on all your devices. You can also download your past iTunes purchases. Where you want, when you want.

When you buy and download music from iTunes, no matter which device you are on, it will be stored in iCloud and your music automatically appears on your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Mac, and PC. So basically, Apple is able to tie all of your purchases to your account (finally) and show those purchases or free downloads on any device that can access its ecosystem.

iCloud automatically downloads any new music purchase to all your devices over Wi-Fi — or over 3G if you choose. Which means you can buy a song from iTunes on your iPad at home, and find it waiting for you on your iPhone during your morning commute. All without having to sync. Finally you can see your entire iTunes music purchase history without digging through a pile of digital receipts. If any of your music isn’t on one of your devices, just tap to download it.

As someone who downloads a lot of apps, I have often expressed my displeasure with Apple's lack of purchase history. Finally, I will see my purchased apps in one convenient place in the App Store. Making it easy to download them again — at no additional charge — to my iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. And when new apps are purchase I can have iCloud automatically push them to all your devices. Of course these devices have to have my same Apple ID assigned with a maximum of 10 devices.

Open the iBooks app on your iOS device or the iBookstore on your Mac or PC, and get a personalized reading list of your past book purchases. Just like with apps, you can download these books again to any of your devices. Buy a new book, and it appears everywhere. And when you start reading on one device, iCloud conveniently saves your place. Just leave a bookmark, highlight text, or make a note and they’re automatically pushed to all your other devices, too. Apple is providing Kindle-type syncing of your books across all devices.

Documents you’ve written, presentations you’ve prepared, spreadsheets you’ve made — your iWork apps can store them in iCloud. Which means you can view and edit the same document, in its latest state, on all your devices. And since iCloud automatically updates any changes you make, you don’t even have to remember to save your work. Apple apps are seamlessly integrated with iCloud, and Apple has given developers the tools to make their apps work with iCloud, too. So you’ll be able to paint a masterpiece, play a game, create reminders, edit stock lists, and more — and have it all stay with you on all your devices.

Apple's iCloud provides a way to back up your info.
You have all sorts of important stuff on your iOS device. iCloud automatically backs it up daily over Wi-Fi. But rather than backing up your information from scratch, iCloud uploads only what you’ve changed. It’s quick and efficient, and it makes Backup convenient and nearly effortless.

Restoration that’s not a huge project. When you set up a new iOS device or need to restore the information on one you already have, iCloud Backup does the heavy lifting. Just connect your device to Wi-Fi and enter your Apple ID and password. Your personal data — along with your purchased music, apps, and books from iTunes — will appear on your device. As if they’d always been there.

iCloud stores your email, calendars, and contacts and automatically pushes them to all your devices. The MobileMe service, that used to cost just under $100 a year, is now free and part of the iCloud services So you can switch from one device to another and still go about business as usual.

When you set up iCloud, you get a free email account. iCloud automatically pushes new email messages to all your devices, so your inbox is up to date everywhere you check it. And iCloud keeps all your folders in sync, no matter which device you’re using.

Update your schedule in one place and see your changes everywhere. When you have multiple devices, iCloud updates them with your most recent appointments — saving you time for all the other things you have going on. You can also share calendars with other iCloud users. A datebook your whole family can add to. Or a team schedule that every player can access. As soon as someone adds or edits an event, iCloud updates it wirelessly on everyone’s devices. Boy have we been asking for this since the Palm OS days. Google's Gmail services has allowed similar functions, but mostly with 3rd party paid apps and services

With iCloud, your entire address book is on whichever device you’re using, anytime you need it. Say you add someone to Contacts on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. iCloud automatically sends the new contact to Address Book on your Mac or to Outlook on your PC. So you don’t have to connect your device to your computer to keep track of all those names and faces.

With iCloud, when you take a photo on one device, it automatically appears on all your other devices. No syncing. No sending. Your photos are just there. Everywhere you want them.

Whether you take a photo with your iOS device or import a photo from your digital camera to your Mac or PC, iCloud stores it automatically to your iCloud account after you take them or import them.

Take a photo on an iOS device or import a photo from your digital camera to your computer, and iCloud automatically sends a copy of the photo over any available Wi-Fi network (or Ethernet) to the Photos app on your iOS devices, iPhoto on your Mac, the Pictures Library on your PC, and the Photo Stream album on your Apple TV. So you can show off your shots to friends and family from whichever device you’re using at the time.

One thousand of your latest photos. With you all the time.
iCloud helps you manage your photos efficiently so you don’t run out of storage space on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. When photos are sent to your iOS device, they appear in a Photo Stream album that holds a rolling collection of your last 1000 photos. iCloud stores new photos for 30 days, so you have plenty of time to connect your device to Wi-Fi and get your most recent shots. Once they appear in your Photo Stream, you can save your favorite shots to your Camera Roll or any other album on your device. So with a 1000 photo cap and auto deletion of the oldest picture, you will have to do some management of this Photo stream.

Make your photos a big deal with Apple TV. With Photo Stream and Apple TV, you can view your recent photos on your HDTV for some truly entertaining reality television. A special Photo Stream album lets you access photos stored in iCloud. So you can, say, take pictures during your daughter’s softball game, then watch a photo play-by-play with the family gathered around the big-screen TV.

By Carl W. Brooks

Is Your Mac protected? Orbicule's Undercover for Mac

Hey gang, many of you have Macs so I'll share this with you. I know Kris recently had his iPad stolen and most of you already kno...