Posts tagged with: iOS
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    The road from an abstract concept or idea to a mass-produced commercial device can often be quite long and convoluted in the tech décor, especially when talking about Apple, which very rarely takes risks on “experimental” gadgets or features. Cupertino delayed the inevitable IPS LCD to AMOLED iPhone transition for as long as humanly possible, so naturally, it seems highly unlikely the tardy move will occur simultaneously with folding screen technology adoption. But a patent filing with the USPTO from yesterday, January 21, does at least prove Apple is testing the “electronic device ...

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    There’s no question Apple’s proprietary web mapping service greatly evolved in the past few years, in terms of stability, capabilities and especially iOS popularity, but in many ways, it remains a poor man’s Google Maps. Thankfully, Cupertino seems to acknowledge that, and spare no effort to update Apple Maps every month or at least every couple of months. The latest system revision doesn’t appear to quash any bugs (mostly because there are way fewer than ever), instead taking care of the spread of such beloved features as Flyover, Nearby, Traffic, and Transit. With Flyover, you ...

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    Traditional computers are dead dying, tablets have gone out of style, smartphones are starting to stagnate due to saturation, and smartwatches remain “a category waiting for a market”, lacking a clear focus and compelling use cases. Unsurprisingly therefore, everybody in the tech business is scouting for the “next big thing”, which many analysts seem to believe lies in virtual or augmented reality. Enter Google Glass, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Microsoft HoloLens, and… nothing from Apple? That’s sure odd, although Cupertino’s made it a habit of very carefully exploring the ...

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    Imagine a world where, aside from Windows Phones featuring Bing as their default search engine, both Androids and iPhones would at least offer their users a choice between Google and its counterparts upon setting your device up. Or how about if iOS products used, say, Yahoo’s services for your initial online search needs? If you’re thinking the company currently dependent on Alphabet would lose hundreds of millions of dollars, you may want to add a couple of zeros. That’s because, following Android income figures, Google’s ongoing legal war with Oracle has just revealed how much ...

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    Microsoft seems to be a diligent player in another company's walled garden. With the introduction of the iPhone 6s and the iPad Pro, two new iOS interaction methods have changed up what it means to be an app on an Apple device. And Word, Excel and PowerPoint are on it. All three apps are taking up new features, including: "Annotate with Ink," accessible via the new Draw tab and now takes the Apple Pencil A 3D Touch menu which allows you to immediately create or open a project Download fonts from the cloud on demand Files are now searchable on Spotlight (iOS 9) PowerPoint also now ...

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    If you needed fresh proof the wearable market has flourished and matured surprisingly quickly, the nichey Garmin Quatix 3 essentially caters to an audience of a few thousand people. Literally, as beyond general fitness functions, the Android and iOS-compatible timepiece aims to stand out with a robust set of smart maritime features. Both amateur and professional sailors should find great comfort on their wrist, with a full “navigational and marine toolset” pre-loaded, including easy access to speed, depth, temperature, wind data and “more”, no matter where you’re located on your ...

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    While a lousy password can work as an open invitation for the most inept hackers to take an unauthorized gander at your personal and technically confidential information, using no password whatsoever to protect your devices and data is even worse. You’d think everybody knows that, yet according to Duo Analytics, no less than 1 in 3 Androids snub standard lock screen passcode security. That’s around 33 percent of a pretty large sample surveyed by the Duo Labs team, while only 1 in 20 Apple devices lack this basic measure of sealing one’s apps and especially web browsing info. Of ...

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    Roses are red, violets are blue, Android has more fans than iOS, but with less money to spend on both hardware and software. Facts of life or exaggerated urban legends? You know, like Apple’s alleged mobile security advantage, disputed in numerous reports of late. Unfortunately for Google, its device-making partners, and especially friendly app developers, the same can’t be said about Cupertino’s edge when it comes to App Store revenue. That one’s no myth, and in fact, iOS titles generate more income overall, despite considerably lagging behind their Android counterparts in terms ...

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    The Microsoft Build developer conference is up, coming and a year beyond Build 2015. It was then that the company announced its efforts to close the Windows Phone/Windows 10 Mobile app gap with a development bridge between the above platforms and Android and iOS. What was called Project Astoria lies in stillwater, but sources signaled that Project Islandwood has turned up green lights. Today, Microsoft published the first of several tutorials for "Building a Simple App with the Windows Bridge for iOS." The process involves both a Windows 10 PC running Visual Studio 2015 and the Bridge ...

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    Samsung's next big smartphones are nearly here, as we look forward to seeing the Galaxy S7 family make its debut in just a few more weeks. When those phones finally arrive, we're sure to see all sorts of new efforts by retailers and carriers alike to move existing Galaxy-series stock, whether in the form of discounts or special bundle offers. Today we're checking out an early instance of one of the latter, as AT&T encourages shoppers to pick up a new Galaxy smartphone with the promise of a free Gear S2 smartwatch. For a limited time, customers buying a new Samsung Galaxy phone on ...

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    CES this year was all about accessories, and out on the show floor we saw no shortage of headphones, keyboards, and tools ready to turn your mobile device into a music-creation powerhouse. You don't always need fancy hardware to cook up some compelling tracks, though, and today Apple brings its users both one new and one updated tool to keep them cranking out some of their own hot tunes. The new player is an app called Music Memos, and it gives musicians the ability to quickly and easily capture some off-the-cuff jams in a high-quality lossless format. Beyond simple recording abilities, ...

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    Connectivity options for smartphones are going through some big changes right now. USB type-C is making its presence felt on Android and Windows 10 Mobile alike, and while right now that means some bumpy periods of adjustment (how many times have you needed to charge your type-C phone and couldn't find a suitable adapter lying around?), that's one change that promises to bring us into a bright future full of broad cable interoperability. Apple users may be facing some serious shifts in cable connectivity, as well, and one of the most prolific (to say nothing of controversial) rumors ...

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    Apple's most recent iOS work has been proceeding with at least two simultaneous forks: Beta builds of iOS 9.2.1 started headed out to devs back in mid-December, and earlier this moth we saw the first test release of iOS 9.3 land. We were hoping that meant that a final iOS 9.2.1 public release could be right around the corner, and today we come back from lunch to find just that waiting for us, as Apple begins sending iOS 9.2.1 out to its users. The name of the game this release is “bugfixes,” and while Apple isn't yet providing a comprehensive list of what unwanted behavior's being ...

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    Aside from new 3D Touch shortcuts, more Siri languages, better Apple Pay – Wallet interaction, and the adoption of a cool Night Shift mode for smart screen color adjustment in low-light conditions, iOS 9.3 should bring a fair share of your typical bug patches to the table as soon as it’s ready to move out of beta. Of course, the ninth major version of Cupertino’s acclaimed operating system is far from unstable, especially after its .2 December maintenance update, but at least one vexing glitch will need to be thoroughly repaired before long. For the time being, you can dodge it by ...

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    The US Dollar is stronger than ever before, inching closer and closer to parity with the Euro, and while the global financial implications are a little too intricate to discuss on a tech-centric website, gadget enthusiasts will certainly be upset to hear they’re looking at costlier iOS app purchases very soon. Within the next 48 hours or so, App Store prices should be “updated” in Canada, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, and South Africa to better reflect the current conversion rates between local currency and the USD. Expect slightly higher fees charged for both apps ...

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    Long before Apple owned Beats, and long before we had Apple Music, there was iTunes Radio. Launched alongside iOS 7, the streaming service gave users access to free ad-supported content – or ad-free for those also paying for iTunes Match. With the arrival of Apple Music, it's been clear that change was coming to older streaming offerings like iTunes Radio, but how, and on what timetable? Apple's just shared some of those details with its users, and it looks like the clock has just about run out on iTunes Radio. In just a couple weeks, the iTunes Radio we once knew will be no more, as ...

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    Typically, when a product or service reaches the dizzy popularity heights of WhatsApp, its creators and overseers start thinking of new ways to make money. But Mark Zuckerberg is taking the literally opposite approach for the evolution of the mobile cross-platform instant messaging client, ditching subscription fees just as WhatsApp exceeded 900 million active user accounts. The app’s seemingly insignificant $0.99 yearly charge was its only direct means of income, so naturally, you must be wondering whether intrusive third-party ads are in store. Fortunately, the answer is a definite no, ...

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    Waiting with bated breath for an Apple Watch 2 capable of delivering better bang for buck than its predecessor? Standalone cellular connectivity, maybe, some extra health functionality, superior activity tracking, those kinds of things? Unfortunately, while rumors of a new wearable model might hold true, this is unlikely to be a “full 2.0” version. Instead, insiders quoted by Techcrunch now claim, you could be merely looking at the same old hardware with a FaceTime camera added in the mix and “not much else.” Worse yet, not even that minor-sounding rehash is confirmed for a ...

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    Nothing can be truly original in this day and age as far as technology goes, on both the hardware and software fronts, but that still doesn’t make Apple’s treatment of acclaimed sleep-improving app Flux very fair. Flux, alternatively spelled f.lux, is currently available as a free download for Windows, Mac, and Linux, while on iOS, it was never accepted in the official App Store, also being forced out of the Xcode-enabled side loading channel after an unusual wave of initial popularity. Cupertino is now cooking up its own Flux, which will likely be baked into iOS 9.3 by default, and ...

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    Overall 2015 global smartphone sales numbers are in, at least from research firm TrendForce, and the single-digit growth predicted by IDC just last month was exceeded. Not by a lot, but it’s pleasing to hear almost 1.3 billion intelligent handhelds were shipped worldwide in the past 12 months, despite mature markets reaching saturation and many formerly emerging countries looking to follow suit. That represents a year-on-year progress of 10.3 percent, and it was all mostly due to fast-rising Chinese brands, which reportedly seized no less than seven of the top ten manufacturer slots. ...

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    It comes out of nowhere and looks like a scam: a notification telling you that someone has stolen your Twitter account. It actually came from a new social media app that was a mix of Risk! and Foursquare in which users would "buy" a friend's Twitter account — not the actual account, but in the form of a "trading card" within the app's social sphere — and then be able to "sell" or "trade" it along with making status posts on behalf of that account. Still, Stolen! was an iOS app up until today, when it was taken down its owners, Hey, Inc., at the request of lawmakers and after consumer ...

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    If Microsoft is able to make good on all the promises we heard in the months leading up to the release of Windows 10, we're looking forward to a future where app availability is no problem at all for the company's platform, as it provides developers with tools to quickly and easily bring their existing code to the Windows 10 ecosystem. Unfortunately, things haven't been looking too great on the Android-porting side of it, but at least progress with iOS apps was coming along nicely. Back in November we got an update on where things were headed next, and heard about plans to launch an ...

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    It’s no longer just the UK government that wants backdoors implemented into all of today’s smartphones for “safety” and terrorism-opposing reasons, as soon enough, New Yorkers may not be able to buy or lease fully encrypted handhelds in the fourth-most populous American state anymore. If a piece of legislation currently in debate at the NY state assembly is ultimately passed, “any smartphone that is manufactured on or after January First, Two Thousand Sixteen, and sold or leased in New York, shall be capable of being decrypted and unlocked by its manufacturer or its operating ...

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    Advertising is such a pervasive part of our mobile device experience, yet one that's all too easy to take for granted: there are tons of ads out there, they pop up in our apps and mobile browsers, but who are the players behind them? On iOS, Apple's been holding the reins with its own iAd platform, giving developers a convenient way to embed advertisements within their App-Store-sold titles, making even free-to-download apps a potentially hugely profitable endeavor. But last year we started to pick up on some changing attitudes at Apple when it comes to the company's relationship with ...

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    Synthetic benchmarks: are they the end-all, be-all of device rankings? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Really, though, even if the dream of a single figure that reliably reflects a model's performance is an elusive one, a well-executed benchmark can still give us a useful point of comparison, and when we run enough of them, we just might start to close in on some respectable rankings that really do show how one phone's sheer processing power measures up against another's. With 2016 now in full swing, AnTuTu's looking back on all the phones that passed through its database last year, ans has crunched the ...

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