Posts tagged with: iOS 7
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    Apple's iOS 8 has been out for a day now. And understandably, plenty of iOS users are flocking to update their hardware to this very latest version of Apple's mobile operating system. But not everyone's quite so keen to be an early adopter, and traffic stats from a number of trackers are revealing a pattern, showing far slower iOS 8 adoption than we saw last year with the release of iOS 7. Obviously, a lot of factors are going to affect the timetable by which an Apple user upgrades to a new version of iOS – maybe they're worried about early bugs and are waiting for Apple to iron-out any ...

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    Every now and then, a crazy application or device comes along that makes you wonder what the people in charge were thinking. Surely some of us said this about products like the Samsung Galaxy Note, and look how that story ended up, but there are also cases of products that simply don't make sense. We've seen a couple of applications here and there dare the odds of logic, but there's a new one that just took the cake. A new application called Vizzywig 4K was recently approved at the App Store, and the only reason why we're covering this in the news, is to give you a polite "buyers beware." ...

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    We're a little over two months removed from the release of iOS 7.1.1, and a lot's happened since then. The attention of devs and users alike may be soundly focused on iOS 8 by this point, but in the days leading up to WWDC 2014, we picked up on the rumor that a new 7.1.2 update was imminent. It may have taken a little longer than we expected to get here, but today finally brings word that 7.1.2 is arriving for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models. The release is Apple's build 11D257, and the OTA weighs-in at a little over 30 megs. So what's new? Well, that problem with mail attachments not ...

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    One thing that's been fairly common throughout the many years iOS has been around is the promise of lock screen vulnerabilities -- many versions of the operating system to date have fallen victim to tricks bypassing lock screen security. iOS 7 seemingly is no different, with YouTuber EverythingApplePro having discovered a method to gain access to iOS devices without proper authentication. The bypass, which we've been unable to verify as working on our iPhone 5 (as that device is on the iOS 8 beta), is fairly simple to use, unlike others of years past. First of all, you'll need to have a ...

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    Even though many of us complained harshly at how Apple slept in its laurels with iOS 6 and all its previous variations during more than seven years, you'd be amazed at how many people still prefer it. Surely Apple has boasted how fast people have adopted iOS 7 in recent months, but that doesn't mean this is what everyone wants. iOS 7 has been met by some polarizing acceptance, and some of us even feel that it's the sloppiest version of iOS yet, but it seems that if you decided to stay away from it, Apple wants you using it whether you like it or not. Apple has recently launched a support ...

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    Smartphone manufacturers have turned it up to 11 this year. For many, it's do or die. Take HTC for example. Its sales, revenues, market share, and mind share have all been consistently dwindling over the last several years. Even while the company has remained relevant and maintained its habit of creating spectacular, beautiful, competitive devices, its stance in the market, particularly in comparison to Samsung and Apple, is paltry. And despite bringing home handfuls of awards with the One (M7), little has changed for the company. Granted, HTC has the means of keeping its business afloat ...

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    Neither is what you’d call a “budget phone” - in fact each goes out of its way to avoid being painted with that particular brush. But they’re both devices that cater to a customer looking for something just shy of full flagship status. If you think you might be that customer, strap yourself in because we’re about to compare them. These smartphones aren't necessarily new to us. We reviewed Apple's iPhone 5c shortly after its release, and we spent some hands-on time with Sony's Xperia Z1 Compact at CES 2014. As you know, though, nothing beats having them side-by-side in the testing ...

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    With last year's launch of the Android Device Manager, Google took some important steps to bring new security features to its platform, helping users both locate missing hardware, as well as protect the data on that hardware from falling into the wrong hands. For Apple fans, though, this was all old hat, as iOS has offered its own Find My iPhone (or iPad, or Mac) service for years now. Being around for as long as it has, iOS users have learned to put a lot of faith in it, but that may be something they want to reconsider, with the discovery of an attack that lets a malicious user disable ...

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    Swifkey is probably one of the best inventions to ever reach the Android ecosystem. It's not only one of the smartest and better looking keyboards in the Play Store, but for those of us that live abroad, it makes it extremely easy to handle multi-lingual typing over the same UI, with no need for a language-switch button. We all heard the rumors of the service reaching iOS to some extent, and that's now a reality. Say hello to Swiftkey Note, the company's new app for iOS. Sadly, as opposed to Android where you get a full keyboard replacement, Swiftkey is a just a Notes application. There ...

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    Facebook has been rumored to release its own news application, and the social network did exactly that. The app is called Facebook Paper, and it will be available on the iPhone starting February 3, which is next Monday. There's no word on an Android client, at least not for now, and not in the initial press release. While you can better understand what Paper is by checking out the video below, expect it to bring you news, as well as information from your friends, in what appears to be a beautifully designed application. Structured in stories and sections, Paper will contain your News Feed ...

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    After a four-year break, the iPhone is back on Megafon, Russia's second largest carrier, according to a recent Reuters report. The carrier announced that it has managed to sign a direct contract with Apple for supplying its smartphone, after failing throughout the years to guarantee volumes required by the manufacturer, according to unnamed sources. The deal between the two companies is a three-year agreement under which the carrier will buy various iPhone models from Apple, following Vimpelcom's example that signed a similar contract at the end of last year for the iPhone 5s and iPhone ...

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    As much as we know that lot's of you celebrated the launch of iOS 7, that didn't include all of us. Aside from its clear aesthetic differences to iOS 6, it has proven to be less stable and more polarizing as well. Still, one of the advantages of being an iPhone or iPad user is that you don't have to beg your carrier or OEM for updates, and if you were wondering how many people are actually using iOS 7, the news are in. Just four months after the launch of Apple's new mobile operating system, the company has now posted an 80% adoption of the platform, leaving 17% to iOS 6 and 3% to any ...

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    While we haven't necessarily experienced it ourselves, iPhones running iOS 7 have been reportedly crashing and rebooting, generating a black/white screen of death; according to reports, it is basically the splash screen which is either black on white, or vice versa, depending on the hardware color of the phone itself. Talking about this with Mashable, Trudy Muller, an Apple spokesperson, said: "We have a fix in an upcoming software update for a bug that can occasionally cause a home screen crash". The fix is expected to be part of iOS 7.1, which is currently in beta version -- with its ...

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    The end of the year in tech is already dominated by lists - best of, worst of, top 5, bottom 50 - you get the picture. So rather than foist another array of numeric bullet points upon you on our last podcast of the year, we've decided to dedicate this show to you, the listener ... and more specifically, to those of you who've written to us. That's right - just like we did back in the summer, for the last show of 2013 we're focusing entirely on listener mail on this, episode 076 of the Pocketnow Weekly. The backed-up emails in our inbox span the full array of tech topics, ranging from ...

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    When Apple Maps turned out to be a fiasco in the early days, the company's CEO issued an apology letter at the end of September 2012, in which Tim Cook also suggested some alternatives to Apple's own solution. Among the recommendations, there was a line to "use Google or Nokia maps by going to their websites and creating an icon on your home screen to their web app". Soon after, Nokia made its own Here Maps available for iOS users; however, the app has been silently pulled. "We have made the decision to remove our HERE Maps app from the Apple App Store because recent changes to iOS 7 ...

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    20 million Taiwan Dollars -- which is, today, roughly $668,000 -- is the amount the Fair Trade Commission got Apple fined in Taiwan for, according to a statement on Wednesday. The reason for the fine is, according to the TFTC, Apple's interfering with pricing of mobile service providers and handset distributors. To be specific, article 18 of Taiwan's Fair Trade Act has been violated by Apple, who reportedly told Taiwan's three main operators exactly how much to sell iPhones for. Apple also reportedly asked also asked Chunghwa Telecom Co., Far Eastone Telecommunication Co. and Taiwan ...

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    I'm a bit of an app addict. Each time I setup a new phone, I install somewhere in the ballpark of 50 applications. That number varies, and over the year it has grown. The more apps I buy, the larger the number inevitably gets. That also means I've spent a lot of money on applications. Between iOS and Android alone, I've probably spent upwards of $600 on applications, games, and other digital content. That may seem like a lot of money, but it's been spread out over five years. And not everything was purchased at full price. In fact, a lot of the games, applications, books, and movies I ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the iOS 7 Jailbreak, and the reason why we recommend you wait a little. Then we go through the possible launch dates for iOS 7.1, and even the iPhone 6, which is rumored to launch early. We later cover the leaks of the Nokia Lumia 630/635 which is rumored to even include a dual-SIM slot. Samsung follows the news as we talk about their terrible new Galaxy Gear ad, which has gone viral in a negative way. We end today's show talking about the Samsung Galaxy S 5, and what to expect about curved displays. All this and more after the break. Stories: ...

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    On December 6 we have heard about rumors of Apple striking a deal with the world's largest mobile operator, by users, China Mobile. Now Apple confirms the information via a press release, telling the world that the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c will be available on the Chinese carrier starting January 17, 2014. The deal is a "multi-year agreement" and the phones will be available both in operator retail stores as well as Apple retail stores across mainland China. "Apple’s iPhone is very much loved by millions of customers around the world. We know there are many China Mobile customers and ...

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    Ever since iOS 7 was released on September 18 for compatible devices, users of the Apple OS didn't really have too many options at a complete jailbreaking solution. However, thanks to the team behind evasi0n, you can now experiment with evasi0n7, the iOS 7.x untethered Jailbreak. You have to have a Windows (XP minimum), Mac OS X (10.6 minimum) or Linux (x86 / x86_64) machine to be able to apply this to your iPhone, iPad or iPod running iOS 7.0 through 7.0.4. However, as the official page warns, "many Cydia tweaks are not yet compatible with iOS 7" so you'll have to acknowledge the usual ...

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    Just what use would an iris scanner be on a smartphone? When will 2K displays take over the smartphone world (and why should we care)? How exactly does one spell "Magotes," anyway? If these questions have ever crossed your worried minds -and even if they haven't- the second-to-last episode of the Pocketnow Weekly's 2013 season is right up your twisted alley, friend. But even if you're not interested in such tomfoolery, there's still plenty here to ping your pong. In this episode we talk headline-grabbing rumors like the Galaxy S 5 and wooden Moto X, yes - but we also spend a lot of time ...

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    Looking at the latest round of iPads, it's easy to say we've come a long way. In just under four years' time, Apple has managed to make the latest full-sized iPad 211g lighter than the original. It's also 2.8mm shorter, 20.2mm narrower, and almost half the thickness – 7.5mm versus the 13.4mm thickness of the original. The outward appearance has drastically changed, as well. It's lighter, more premium, more comfortable hold, and, well, prettier. All the while, Apple has maintained the same screen size, 9.7-inches, and quadrupled the resolution, effectively doubling the density – 264ppi ...

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    Let’s face it, tablets aren’t perfect. We’ve had numerous editorials talking about it, and we don’t think twice about pointing these imperfections out in our reviews. Surely in life nothing is perfect, but there are surely those companies that try harder, and those that don’t. There are companies that’ll charge you the same amount of money for lesser quality products than others, and there are those that would rather lose a premium in oder to sell you what you paid for. Now that said, tablets aren’t new. We’ve used them for over a decade, and it’s interesting to note that ...

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    Appsfire is a company focused on app discovery services, and they apparently closely monitor the status quo of the Apple ecosystem. A little more than a year ago it claimed that Apple has approved 1 million applications for the iTunes app store, but so far we have not seen that number materialize neither in reality, nor in any official mention -- though Apple usually makes a big deal out of its iTunes diversity. In a recent blog post, Appsfire claims that there are now 1 million apps ready and available to download in the AppStore, out of the 1.4 million "ever approved" by Apple. The same ...

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    Earlier today, while we were busy hanging with some of you fine folks on the latest episode of the Pocketnow Live, a lot was going down elsewhere. Our LG G Flex review was in the final polishing stages; our own Taylor Martin was kicking out some coverage on Motorola's mold-breaking budget wonder, the Moto G; and friend of the show Marques Brownlee was interviewing Dennis Woodside, CEO of Motorola Mobility. All that activity demands a followup, of course, and what better venue for an end-of-week wrapup than the Pocketnow Weekly podcast? We can't think of any, either. So whether you're here ...

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