Ever since Siri became the must-have feature of the iPhone 4S, the Apple development has been hard at work on bringing Siri, or at a very Siri-like experience, to owners of older iOS hardware. Ultimately, though, many users look to Apple in the hopes that it will someday end this current period of Siri exclusivity, and bring the service to the rest of its users. While there’s no hard evidence that the company is working on such a thing, one of the changes introduced in the iOS 5.1 beta 3 provides a hint that just shine some light on Apple’s future Siri plans.
¬In this episode of the iOS App Picks we demonstrate five applications in 30 seconds each. These apps will allow you to edit and share you photos, create a chronological order of your life, and keep you entertained. To download these apps directly to your iPhone, just click on the title of the application and the iTunes software will automatically launch to the app in the App Store. If you have the free Google Search app installed on your iPhone just snap a picture of the QR-Code using Google Goggles or any other QR-Code scanner that will launch the App Store on your [...]
Sony has released its Android client for the Qriocity-powered streaming service plus online syncing offering, dubbed Music Unlimited, back in June 2011. It appears that there are plans to bring the service to Apple’s iOS-powered devices.
Tim Schaaff, head of Sony Entertainment Network, announced that a free application for the iPhone and iPad are in the works and should land in the AppStore by the end of this quarter. The iPhone flavor will also offer offline caching for subscribers as well as the ability to save playlists for offline listening.
If the principle [...]
Verizon is determined to take 4G LTE seriously and to testify to that, Keith Lampron, Verizon’s associate director of device marketing, called the technology a “hard requirement”.
He also revealed that the carrier is not committed to only supplying Android and Apple devices; Windows Phones and BlackBerry smartphones are more than welcome to join the line-up, as long as they support 4G LTE. This probably explains the lonely HTC Trophy on Verizon but with the Titan II and Lumia 900 Windows Phones proving 4G LTE support on AT&T, everything is possible. [...]
With all the news and fresh bits coming out of CES in Las Vegas, Apple enthusiasts are somewhat marginalized since the Cupertino company is continuing its non-presence at the show. However, Apple released a new beta of its iOS platform to developers.
iOS 5.1 beta 3 is wearing build number 9B5141a and is available to download from the source link below (or should be pushed over-the-air to devices with beta 2). Aside from a variety of bugfixes and improvements over the previous beta, the current iteration is bringing back the lost 3G toggle switch. Apple removed the option as of [...]
Netflix is among those offerings which really needs no introduction. What it needs (or what potential users need) is expansion to more regions and on that very same note the on-demand Internet streaming media offering is now live in the U.K.
If you have an Apple iPhone or an Android-powered device, you can head over to the respective source links to access your platform’s market to download the Netflix app for free. You’ll still need a £5.99 per month subscription to go with the app but once you’ve got that too you’re all set. Check out their catalogue [...]
Samsung’s plans for its own Instant Messaging tool, called ChatOn, were made public back in October. We were told of a cross-platform application that will come preloaded on Bada and Android-powered Samsung devices, with plans for BlackBerry and iPhone up the sleeve too.
After launching the Android version of ChatOn, available for anyone to download from the Android Market, it is now time for the iPhone iteration to be up in the Apple iTunes App Store.
Described as “a Global Mobile Communication Service that enables you to have better relationships with your [...]
In this episode of the iOS App Picks we demonstrate five applications in 30 seconds each. These apps will help you find an inexpensive airline ticket, let you stay up to date on your financial accounts, and keep you entertained. To download these apps directly to your iPhone, just click on the title of the application and the iTunes software will automatically launch to the app in the App Store. If you have the free Google Search app installed on your iPhone just snap a picture of the QR-Code using Google Goggles or any other QR-Code scanner that will launch the App Store on your [...]
According to Verizon’s Chief Financial Officer, Fran Shammo, who talked at a Citigroup conference in San Francisco on Wednesday, the carrier managed to more than double its iPhone sales for the last quarter of 2011, compared to the one before it.
The launch of the iPhone 4S had definitely a very important role in helping Verizon sell 4.2 million Apple-phones in the fourth quarter last year. Competing directly with AT&T — which, according to estimates, sold more than 5.5 million units during Q4 2011 — Verizon is closing down the gap but until official [...]
Whenever we head into Settings (regardless of the platform the phone runs) and decide to password lock our devices, it is because we want to limit other people’s access to information on our devices. Apple’s latest iOS allows users to snap pictures quickly without the need to unlock the phone; after all, some moments only last for a couple of blinks.
There seems to be a bug in iOS 5 that could allow an unauthorized person to take a look at your photos, without the need to unlock the device. It is a bit tricky but nevertheless a security issue. Normally one would only [...]
If you’re an Apple fan you probably heard about rumors regarding a possible event in January. So far rumors were talking about iPad(s) and Apple TVs but according to the latest reports, it will be all about iBooks and publishing.
The event allegedly coming later this month in New York will focus on publishing and digital books with no hardware whatsoever. The event will be nothing major, the report notes, and even the attendance will be “more publishing industry-oriented than consumer-focused”. Expect some improvements in the iBooks segment, an offering which [...]
Cracked applications for Apple’s iOS have found a home in Apptrackr’s index but Apple isn’t just sitting on the sidelines. According to a recent blog post from the creators Apptrackr, Cupertino is laying down as much roadbumps as possible.
“Apple has been severely scraping Apptrackr for links and sending huge takedown notices for a lot of content”, says the blog post. Cupertino has to fight in order to protect the platform and its developers from what seems to be already a problem. Apptrackr on the other hand is also making a couple of moves in [...]
Apple’s Senior Vice President of Industrial Design, Sir Jonathan Ive, is responsible for some great designs over the years with the company, including the iPhone.
He received the Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire title in the 2012 New Year Honours list for his services to design. Ive declared he was “both humbled and sincerely grateful” and, while Mr. Ive can now call himself Sir Ive, he said the honor is “absolutely thrilling” and that he is “keenly aware that I benefit from a wonderful tradition in the UK of [...]
Well, Jailbreaking any device has its own share of risks. Even though lots of people celebrated the Dev-Team finally releasing a fully untethered jailbreak for iOS 5.0.1, many of the people that used it were already rocking the past version that allowed a tethered jailbreak. Many of these users ran into trouble because the jailbreak would case MobileSubstrate-based apps to stop running.
The good news is that all this is a work in progress. The Dev-Team has just released an updated verso Redsn0w, which is now 0.9.10b3 and fixes this problem. According to the post:
The b3 [...]
There’s no denying that any iOS device, whether it’s the iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch are all great gaming devices. The only sad part of playing any game on a touch screen is when your fingers cover the players on any sports game. Touch controls are a nice idea, but for those of us that grew up with a full Gamepad, touch controls can become a sort of novelty. Sadly, all the recent attempts to provide iOS devices with a game controller haven’t been quite as functional as we’d want.
60beat has just come with a cool Gamepad that uses your iPhone’s [...]
If yesterday we heard from Mr. Android himself that there were 3.7 million Android activations for Christmas, today we have new information according to which iOS might have beaten Android in terms of activation volume.
According to recent reports, Apple iOS device activations could have surpassed Google activations on Christmas Day. Here’s the logic: 6.8 million iOS and Android devices combined were activated worldwide on Christmas Day, according to a Flurry report.
Andy Rubin was tweeting about 3.7 million combined for 24th and 25th. A week earlier, average [...]
¬In this episode of the iOS App Picks we demonstrate five applications in 30 seconds each. These apps will help you find your way around and airport, view the stars in the night sky, and keep you entertained. To download these apps directly to your iPhone, just click on the title of the application and the iTunes software will automatically launch to the app in the App Store. If you have the free Google Search app installed on your iPhone just snap a picture of the QR-Code using Google Goggles or any other QR-Code scanner that will launch the App Store on your iPhone.
Whether the gift-wrap is off, or you simply strolled into an Apple Store on Christmas day, your iOS device is here. We know you decided to wait a while and see if it was really worth purchasing one in the first place, and as results show so far, Apple’s current line-up of iOS devices is worth every penny.
Now, with all that hype regarding all the new features included on iOS 5, or the fact that there are hundreds of thousands of apps on Apple’s App Store, you’d wonder where to begin. While we know some of you have owned iOS devices for some time and already [...]
The ongoing legal war between Apple and Samsung (and maybe other OEMs too) is probably going to be a bit more interesting now that Cupertino has managed to secure an important iPhone patent.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted Apple a patent for the “core iPhone multi-touch”. When Cupertino first introduced the iPhone in 2007, multi-touch was just one of the approximately 200 innovations Apple filed patents for. Without going deep into technical explanations related to the way multi-touch works, it is definitely described as “sensing a plurality of [...]
As many eyebrows as this might raise, Argentina reportedly imposed a sales ban recently for Apple’s iPhone and Research in Motion’s BlackBerry devices. To be even more specific, Argentina has in fact imposed a sales ban on all foreign-made smartphones.
The measure should be able to stabilize the economy of the country even though the two phone-makers account for more than 60% of the smartphone market in Argentina. Apparently, the only workaround would be to build a factory in the country — something which companies like Samsung, Nokia, Motorola and LG already [...]
If you were with us over the past couple of days you probably heard that Pod2g has given the Chronic Dev Team all the details concerning the A4 untethered jailbreak so work can be done in parallel for the A5-chip powered devices too.
Christmas in just one-day late as the solution has been released for the public. If you have an iPhone with an earlier than A5-chip running iOS 5.0.1, redsn0w 0.9.10b1 for OS X and Windows are live and should help you apply some untethered jailbreak goodness. While we’re happy for our friends rocking the iPhone 4, we are crossing our fingers [...]
If you are interested in the weather forecast beyond what you read in the papers or see on TV, you definitely know about Weather Underground, the first online weather service. Now Weather Underground has free applications for Android and iOS.
Following the appropriate market link below you will be able to download the new Weather Underground apps for your phone. We already looked at the iOS iteration in our latest iOS App Picks episode but for those who missed it, the application brings the “most reliable and in-depth weather data for locations across the world”. [...]
According to local authorities, China’s Henan province has plans to build the world’s largest manufacturing base for smartphones. The target set out is 2012 and the location will be the Foxconn Science Park in Zhengzhou.
Predicted cost of expansion is roughly around 7 billion yuan ($1.1 billion) but it will bring $20 billion in sales revenue in 2012. Foxconn is already the largest Apple contractor; after the expansion that will bring 95 additional production lines, the daily production of iPhones could go as high as 200,000, with the help of 130,000 people joining [...]
Just a couple of days ago we heard of a legal Siri port for iOS 5-powered iPhone 4 devices that is in the works, wearing the name i4Siri and now here’s another bit. Even though different, called Spire, it does the same thing: brings Siri to the iPhone 4.
Developers Grant Paul and Ryan Petrich unleashed a new tool “for installing Siri on previously unsupported, but jailbroken, devices”. Spire will download 100MB worth of data from Apple’s servers consisting of Siri itself (hence being legal) so make sure you run it while on WiFi. You can find Spire in the [...]