This application allows you to receive money that is used to donate to food banks when you eat out at restaurants. It is only running in San Francisco, San Diego, Ventura County, Los Angeles, Orange County, and Phoenix so far, but its growth looks promising. They use a tracking feature to analyze the number of people that would be attending food banks to look at the need for this.
Sift makes a personalized storefront from your email inbox and social media interests. This app is new but has great potential from its introduction through the past few months.
Apple has released an Apple Store application for the iPad. It allows users to compare Apple products with gestures such as swiping or pinching, and then purchase them through the application. It also has a nearby store locator and a “Now Trending” feature which allows users to see popular items.
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If you’re a fan of Battlefield 4 you’ll be excited to hear about the new app Electronic Arts released for tablets. An article on idownloadblog states “the Battlefield 4 Tablet Commander app provides a no-compromise second-screen experience letting you command the battlefield and compete with the opposing teams commander directly from your iPad, using easy touch gestures and drag-and-drop interface.” Also, “other features include the ability to jam the enemy’s radar using EMP, call in UAVs to scan the area, send reinforcement, supplies and vehicles to your troops on the ground, all via the nicely done drag and drop controls.”
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Earlier this week Apple released iOS 7.0.3, a much needed update to fix a few bugs that had been plaguing the mobile operating system since its release a month ago. Many of the more than 200 million users of i0S 7 experienced issues with their iMessage failing to send messages. Apple’s release notes seem to indicate that this was due to a bug that prevented iMessage from properly activating. Another important fix with the minor update was the accelerometer calibration issues for the new iPhone 5s and 5c. Many users noted that the compass and new level applications available in iOS 7 were significantly off on the new 5s and 5c devices compared to the older iPhone 5. Apple also fixed a bug that allowed users to by pass the lockscreen after a doing a series of specific tasks and they enhanced the option to reduce the motion effects for the fair number of users that experience sickness due to the graphics. In addition to all the fixes Apple added some new functionalities including iCloud Keychain and Password Generator. These have been a part of iOS 7 but they are now fully integrated due to the release of OSX Mavericks. Read More…
Apple has announced the iPad Air as the newest generation of the iPad. It should have the same screen size as previous iterations, but will be thinner and lighter. According to Apple, it is the same processor as the iPhone 5s, so it should be about 8x faster than the old iPad. There will be a marked graphics improvement, they will be approximately 72x better. This is the most recent iPad update since 2011. Overall, the machine seems to be nothing more than an update to the iPad.
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A new app by the name of cannonball has been created for iPad. The app is made to make sorting through emails easier for users. The app functions best with iPad. A user can sort through their email like they are actually sorting through real mail. There are multiple sections to sort emails, just as you would with mail. There is junk, bills, coupons, letters. The app also allows the user to look through different emails they thought they would never pay attention to. The design of the app could be the reason behind why it’s popular. The realistic feel it gives to users could be a good thing. The app does have some problems, such as searching for different emails, because of it’s unique searching tool. The app was created in Massachusetts by two MIT alumni.
Apple and Android have had a fierce competition in the mobile industry and one way to tell which is ahead may be where advertisers are spending their money. This idownloadblog article explains new numbers show that Apple’s iOS is vastly surpassing Google and its iPad is leading the way. It states specifically that the iPad was the target of 91% of mobile ad impressions. In addition, the article explains that Apple’s iPhone actually brings in more ad revenue than competing Android handsets.
Microsoft’s outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer stated recently that Microsoft Office 365 is being worked on for iPad. While it has been available for the iPhone there has not been a compatible version for iPad. Microsoft explained however that the iPad version will come out after they create a touch-optimized version for Windows. It is likely that it will require ownership of a copy of Office 365 which can cause several problems for Microsoft thanks to its competitors. Both Google and Apple have released productivity apps for free that compete with Office. It’s hard to compete with free.
With every new technology comes new bugs to work out. Apple has just released new hardware and software, both of which have bugs that are being found. For instance some 5s units are having calibration problems with their gyroscopes and accelerometers. Some users are reporting that they are unable to send messages through imessage, a problem that can be fixed by turning imessage off. To read about more issues click here.
Tirecheck is a new app the iphone that uses your phone camera to check your tire pressure. Just put in your make and model, then snap a quick picture of your tires. The app will tell you if your tire pressure is low and how much money you could save by inflating your tires. It is an interesting concept and the company claims it is accurate within 2 psi; however, I would recommend keeps a tire pressure gauge anyway. The app struggles with overinflated tires. Overall, the concept is promising, but too new to be trusted alone.
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Airlines have never put mobile technologies to serious use until now. Boeing has officially released a series of apps that allow their employees to service their massive jets. The app suite contains several apps that allow them to quickly access manuals, maintenance documents, retrieve information about part availability, collaborate with coworkers and much more. Furthermore, it is estimated that this switch to using an iPad will save 4000 pieces of paper per day.
Adobe will pair hardware devices with its creative software suite next year when it launches a cloud pen and a digital ruler that work with tablets. This article explains what the Adobe’s Mighty Pen, Napoleon Ruler and Parallel App will do for the iPad.
With the new look of iOS 7, many companies are updating their apps. Companies are updating their apps in order to give a look similar to the flat interface of the iOS 7. Since they are already spending time to update, many are adding new features. Kindle has released a way to group books into collections. This is something that will help users organize their varying reading interests on their iPads.
For those of you who haven’t watched Apple’s Key Note event debuting the new iOS7, and even for those who have, this shows 12 different features that you probably have yet to discover. Even for those that did watch it, like myself, there are still some little tid bits that I wouldn’t have normally stumbled upon without some serious digging into the Settings. Although, the first one about Text Size is definitely in the old iOS6, the others are worth checking out.
Occipital just launched a Kickstarter campaign for its very first hardware project: the Structure, a portable 3D sensor that straps to the back of your iPad that should ship by next February. Small and clad in colored anodized aluminum, it doesn’t look anything like the clunky 3D sensors you may have already been exposed to. That’s a testament to the sort of fastidious tweaking that went into making the Structure what it is — there’s a full-sized PrimeSense Carmine sensor in there, but it was up to Occipital to cut out the physical cruft so the Structure could fit in a pocket. Power consumption also had to be cut dramatically since it runs off the iPad 4′s battery (though it’ll technically connect to any iDevice in your arsenal that has a Lightning dock connector). This new device is a huge disruption to 3D scanning in that it is so portable that it can be used on any iDevice.
While many industries in the U.S. have undergone massive changes in the last 10 years, the educational system appears much the same as it did 100 years ago. While timely and effective communication is critical to K-12 education, says co-founder and CEO Brett Kopf, schools still continue to use the same old physical intercoms, phone trees and PA systems to communicate with students they always have. Because text messaging has become the primary mode of communication for most students, Remind101 has developed a mobile platform — with apps for iPhone, iPad and Android — that allows teachers to quickly send reminders to both students and teachers via text or email. Whether these notifications are about deadlines or permission slips, Remind101 acts as the middle man between each group, while ensuring that communications remain secure and private.
Opera has released a new browser for the iPad. It is called Coast. It appears to act just as an iPad home screen, despite the intentions of the Opera team to be “futuristic.” Square icons are used for websites, much like if they were applications. They can be rearranged and the intention of the team was to create something that felt like you were in a Coast environment, using websites as if they were applications. Opera is also using Web of Trust, which helps inform users about how trustworthy a site is.
Yahoo is auditioning for a bigger role on iPhones and iPads with the release of its first mobile application tailored for watching video on touch-control screens. With the huge success achieved by the popular internet video subscription service, Netflix, Yahoo has decided to build its own mobile application to provide a video watching service similar to Netflix at no cost whatsoever. This is disruptive technology at its finest. Even though I do not see Netflix going out of business any time soon due to this new application, the free aspect of Yahoo’s app is enticing to consumers to say the least. As we have talked about in class many times, you can’t beat free. I believe this application might be something that could really catch on and not only become popular over time, but influence the experience of mobile video watching in several ways.
The Italian tech company IK Multimedia recently released what it claims to be “the most versatile compact audio interface in the world”. Their newest product is called the iRig Pro. It’s core function is to allow musicians to connect their microphones, guitars or MIDI devices to their Mac, iPhone, iPad or iPod touch devices. The iRig Pro is packed with features including built-in Lightning, 30-pin and USB ports allowing it to connect to just about any device. Even better, the iRig Pro is small enough to fit in your pocket.
The Mini Jambox is a slimmer, sharper version of the original. Gone is the rubber that capped the top and bottom; the new device is cool metal all the way around. In terms of first impressions, it might seem slightly less friendly than the first Jambox, but it proves no less touchable. Jawbone has modified the audio to a level of quality unheard of in mobile devices. And, once you get your hands on it, it exudes superior quality–not unlike the difference between the iPhone 3GS and the iPhone 4 that followed it.
Google has long offered an awesome way for Android users to share links from the desktop to a mobile device. Just recently iOS has been given the same privileged.
With this new Google offering, both Android and iOS users will be able to send web pages from Chrome on their computer to Chrome on their Android phone or tablet, iPhone or iPad.
You’ll find the extension in Chrome under a new name… Chrome to Mobile.
– According to the apple development team, the exploit, which was used four months ago to jailbreak iPad 2 on iOS 4.3.3 through JailbreakMe 3.0, can still be replicated on iOS 5.1.
– This is interesting to me because the apple team could easily patch whatever glitch allows users to jailbreak their apple devices but don’t.
– “We can confirm that the method used to jailbreak the iPad2 4 months ago (before corona) still works even in 5.1. That means we’ll at least be able to get our foot in the door to get the required kernel dumps on the iPad 3.”