Posts tagged with: iOS 7
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    Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice-president of software engineering, took a jab at Android and NFC at WWDC this year when he said "There's no need to wander around the room, bumping your phone." He said this in reference to AirDrop and iBeacon, which was introduced with Apple's iOS 7. But, before we get into iBeacon, let's talk about NFC -- Near Field Communication. Many smartphones powered by Android, Windows Phone 8, and even BlackBerry come with NFC inside. NFC is awesome! With NFC I can change profiles on my phone for home, work, or car mode. I can automatically join a friend's WiFi ...

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    Fun fact: flame wars, petty bickering, and troll hijinks aren't just confined to the online world; they find a ready home in corporate tactics as well. That's a reality we were reminded of this week, as Apple announced its new iPad family on the same day Nokia unveiled not just its first Windows-based tablet, but also the first-ever Windows Phone phablets, at its Nokia World event in Abu Dhabi. Predictably, the Apple news obliterated Nokia's announcement in the news cycle - but, the Pocketnow Weekly being a platform-agnostic, equal-opportunity podcast, we're gonna cover both new device ...

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    Just a couple of weeks ago, we all waited and forgot about BBM reaching iOS and Android, since first of all it didn't happen, and second, it's not like if we had any buddies left in the platform. The company has gained and lost buyers in the last couple of weeks, and it all seemed like if the cross-platform BBM project was silently abandoned in favor of securing an economic future. All the drama came to an end two days ago, or at least part of it, as the app was finally launched on both iOS and Android at the same time, and if you thought that people didn't really care about BBM, think ...

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    Not content to let the folks at Nokia and Microsoft claim the entirety of today's mobile news cycle, Apple this afternoon announced two new tablets for 2014: the iPad mini and the iPad Air. And we were there (in virtual spirit) to cover it. With few exceptions, we're big tablet fans here at Pocketnow. From stock-Android slabs like the Nexus 10 to skinned specialty slates like the Galaxy Note 10.1, we do an awful lot of work and play in the space between the smartphone and the notebook - including the strange crossover zone where Microsoft's Surface Pro lives. But though tablets existed ...

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    It's amazing how, a little over three years ago, nobody cared about tablets. They had existed for almost 8 years, and still, they were either too pricey, or simply not powerful enough to justify their purchase. Fast-forward to today, and it's amazing that all it would take was to bloat a smartphone to make people want them. Still, there's no denying that the market exists, it's huge, and Apple still dominates it. Tomorrow we expect more iPads to be announced, and unless Apple hasn't caught up with the recent reviews of Google's Nexus 7, there's a lot of great competition to worry about. ...

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    Watch our Top 5 predictions for what to expect on Apple's October 22nd event, where the most probable theme is iPad. That said, we've this could be Apple's last event for the year, and judging from the fact that devices like the Apple TV haven't seen an overhaul, we could be in for more than just tablets. The biggest question we have is what'll we get and what'll we miss from this event. We're expecting new iPads, but we've also heard rumors of an iWatch, a full-fledged Apple TV, meaning an actual television and not just a box, and obviously new computers. As competition has aggressively ...

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    Some interesting news have just happened, as the US Patent office has decided to uphold the patent No. 7,479,949 after pretty much invalidating it in December of 2012. Why is this important? Well if we all remember the Apple vs Samsung trial, among other lawsuits that included Palm and HTC, Apple has actually won cases against Samsung because of this particular patent, and it has been key in banning Samsung products years ago. This patent focuses on the iPhone's capability to ignore unintended swipes while you scroll from top to bottom or left to right. You'll notice that if you start ...

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    Apple's iPhone 5C is basically last year's iPhone 5, in a plastic casing, instead of the high-quality aluminum body you are by now used to; that's not to say the iPhone 5C is not premium: it's just aluminum vs this year's plastic. Compared to the iPhone 5S, this year's flagship, the 5C is "the lower end phone", and that, according to reports, reflect in poorer sales. The Wall Street Journal report is citing anonymous sources and "people familiar with the matters", claiming that Apple has allegedly contacted its suppliers with smaller orders and subsequently, a reduction of these, for the ...

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    The iOS YouTube app offers a lot of features and functionalities but Google continues updating its client for iPhone owners. The latest version of the application bring a lot of improvements, alongside the user's ability to choose video quality while playing back movies over WiFi. Other notable feature include accessibility improvements, as well as fixing compatibility issues with Apple's latest version of iOS, iOS 7, running out of the box on the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, as well as on many other supported devices that have been updated to the new platform. You can download the app by ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Microsoft's bash on their own Surface RT, and their hope that the Surface 2 can do better. Amazon and HTC are next as both companies are already hard at work at bringing us their first smartphone collaboration. Nokia is next as apparently the company is working on bringing us their first music player, dubbed the Nokia Guru. We then talk about the Nexus 4, which is rumored to stay alive for another year along the Google Nexus 5. We end today's show talking about Apple's October 22nd event, and some of our predictions that involve a lot of iPad. ...

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    More than 25 countries is what Apple adds to the list of markets where the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C will be available starting October 25. Furthermore, starting November 1, that list grows by an additional number of at least a doze, according to the press release. Currently, the two phones are only available, officially, in the US, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK. The October 25 markets are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, French West Indies, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, ...

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    We've already talked about the advantages and disadvantages of 64-bit versus 32-bit when it comes to smartphones and tablets. To recap, 64-bit should be faster and enable the inclusion of more RAM as compared to 32-bit, but the OS and apps will need some fairly heavy work before they'll be able to take advantage of the advancements. Due to that, processor manufactures, app developers, and OS authors find themselves in the classic "chicken or the egg" conundrum: you can't have one without the other. So given the paradox, when will Android support 64-bit chips? Apple now has a 64-bit product ...

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    Pocketnow Daily gets an average of 300 to 500 comments a day, and sometimes even a thousand. We'd like to thank you all for participating in our question of the day, and we love your feedback so much, that we decided that since we can't respond to ever single one of your comments, we should at least feature a couple in a weekly video. This is the Pocketnow Daily Recap. Since we only have 3 minutes on every Daily video to go through the hottest news, the weekly recap will serve as a more extensive discussion where we also include your thoughts on the subject. Sadly, for the sake of time, we ...

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    Fingerprint scanners are all well and good, but what happens when someone decides to lift that print for his own nefarious purposes? Benchmark results are important to some folks out there, but what good are they when major manufacturers repeatedly cheat the system? And the rumored HTC One Max looks to be a beast of a device ... but what exactly it being built to compete with? Those are the highlights from the news of the week and letters from the listener mailbag for the week ending October 4, 2013. All that -plus Brandon Miniman's first thought thread in quite some time- awaits you in ...

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    We got two iPhones this year. The lesser model, the 5C, is ideal for those who want an iPhone but want to save a Benjamin and have color choices beyond the typical black or white. The premium model, the 5S, is ideal for those who want the best iPhone. It's the same as the outgoing iPhone 5, save for three areas: CPU, camera, and fingerprint security. Oh, and there's a new gold color if you want to stand out a bit. Are such minor improvements enough to satisfy the increasingly demanding smartphone buyer? Read our full iPhone 5S review to find out! ...

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