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.
Next year will bring the release of the iPhone 6, a completely redesigned phone that is reported to feature a 5 inch 1080p display. In addition to the iPhone, it is reported that Apple with also introduce a phone to compete with the Galaxy Note. That display is said to be somewhere in the range of 5.5 to 6 inches. After the iPhone 5s release many consumers were disappointed that the phone did not feature a large screen than the earlier 5. Apple has been slow to introduce new technologies over the years because of their strict approach to user experience and large screens have a large affect on user experience in good and bad ways. The market is moving toward larger devices and it appears that Apple is now moving into that territory. Read More…
A app that has successfully spread in japan is starting to turn heads. Twitcasting is an app similar to twitter, however you broadcast and watch live video feed. The app also pushes the videos to your twitter feed so that people can see. It’s mostly popular in japan, with brazil and mexico not to far behind. The company is hoping to see how it goes in america, however they may have some legal issues with twitter itself. The app to download is very unusual, you must download two apps, one to make the video and the other to publish it. WE already have instagram video and vine that does it in one single app. Although twist casting has not become popular in america, it is available for download on android and iPhone.
Apple has prepaid for $578 million dollars of sapphire growth equipment for GT Advanced Technologies to use in their Arizona facilities. The new facilities that will be establish due to Apples funding will have the capacity to grow and produce 30 plus million 5 inch iPhone screen covers. Whether or not they sapphire will be used for screens is unknown. It is more likely that the sapphire production will be used on iPhone and iPad camera lenses and touchID sensors. If production were geared toward replacing the current Corning Gorilla glass screens the Corning company might have to worry because that would result in a huge loss of prodcution since 190 million iPhones are projected to be shipped in 2014. Read More…
The iKettle is the world’s first kettle to come with Wi-Fi and its own dedicated app for your smartphone. Once the kettle is safely connected to your Wi-Fi network, you can use the app to boil up some water regardless of where you are in the house, then keep the water warm if necessary. The iPhone and Android compatible app comes with an alarm, so when it wakes you up in the morning, you’re given the option to switch on the iKettle ready for a steaming morning beverage. Currently, the iKettle is an exclusive to Firebox.com in the UK, where it costs £100, or around $160, and it’s due for release at the end of November.
A new app called Knock allows users to unlock their computers without a password. For $3.99 Knock allows a Mac to be unlocked just by knocking on a paired iPhone. The two devices connect over Bluetooth LE, allowing a phone to automatically detect when it nears a paired computer. Though the knocking effect can also be achieved by waving an iPhone in the air, Knock suggests just tapping on it through your pants’ pocket, so you never have to pick up the device.
In a recent test done by Laptop Mag, the iPhone 5S and the Nokia Lumia 1020 were compared side by side in a photo shootout. The results placed the iPhone 5S as the winner. This is shocking considering the Nokia Lumia 1020 was built entirely around its massive 41 megapixel camera. The iPhone 5S is equipped with only an 8 megapixel camera, which won 8 out of 11 shots over the Lumia 1020.
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A little over a month since the release of the iPhone 5s and 5c in Apples major markets like the US, UK, Canada and China Apple is releasing the devices in 35 new markets. A majority of the 35 countries are in Europe but the expansion will include Russia, Thailand and South Korea to name a few. Apple hopes to get the device to more than 50 markets by the end of the year, making the iPhone 5s and 5c available in more than 300 countries. The iPhone 5 was only available in 240. With the release of the Apple iPad Air and iPad Mini this would be a huge step as both of those are set to launch in 42 countries right from the start. Read More…
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…
The world of iPhone photography is ever expanding as each newly released device has an increasingly impressive camera. With this comes the development of new third-party technologies to further the possibilities of taking creative photos with your mobile device. In the not so distant past we’ve seen products like Easy-Macro, a simple attachable macro lens for your iPhone. There’s a new product available though, it’s called The Smartphone Spy Lens. This product doesn’t actually turn you into a spy as the name implies, but it does add the possibility of taking clear 90 degree photos with your mobile device. This allows for some interesting angles for snapping pictures and is available for $20.
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.
Apps on iPhone 5s are crashing twice more often than on previous models.
Interestingly, according to the app platform Crittercism, iPhone 5s apps are crashing twice as often as apps on other models. This comes along with reports of alignment isssues, a blue screen of death, and other issues related to the new iOS 7 operating system. Updates have been released, but it is interesting to note that ‘some of the issues may have arisen simply from the fact that developers did not have enough time to adapt their apps to the new hardware and the 64-bit Apple A7 chip, which could be the culprit.’ <http://www.phonearena.com/news/Apps-on-iPhone-5s-are-crashing-twice-more-often-than-on-previous-models_id48204#4->
The current issues regarding iOS 7 adds to the field of mobile tech development as a somewhat cautionary tale. It is imperative to ensure that most bugs and issues are ironed out before releasing a product, as a period of glitches and bugs can cause issues with one’s brand and consumer goodwill. The performance and user experience must always be thought of to ensure that there is a continual desire to use the product. Additionally, if this is a continuing trend, there could be effects on the economic state of mobile development and technology, as users migrate away from what is perceived as a poor platform in favor for a superior one. There may also be an increased focus on testing, discovering, and removing these issues before release.
Apps not updated for iOS 7 getting hit hard in the App Store
The Apple iOS 7 created quite a change in the look and mechanics of the iPhone, which has had quite an effect on mobile developers. uTest uses their own software called Applause to analyze over 80 million reviews for over 800,000 applications. They’ve found that app reviews that mention ‘iOS 7’ have a much lower rating then those that do not mention iOS 7. The spread is large, with the difference being, on average, 2.81 stars compared to 3.65 stars.
This relates to the field of mobile development and the economic state of mobile development. As some applications are not yet developed for iOS 7, there will be issues with appearances or compatibility which will cause a lowering of the star rating. There can be a drastic drop in rating while an app is still being updated. With a poor rating, users will obviously seek out a different application. This could have the effect of losing users, loosing revenue from downloads, and being out competed by a differing app in a highly competitive market. This shows the importance of updating applications as soon as possible to ensure that there is not a monetary cost to developers.
Mobile gaming has become increasingly more popular on mobile devices as systems improve and touch screen controls are optimized. With the advent of iOS 7, Apple added in compatibility for the use of external gamepads to streamline, optimize, and enhance the mobile gaming experience. Logitech, so far, seems to be the only one taking this new development seriously.
Three days ago, a picture of one of Logitech’s controllers was leaked on Twitter by a source known for reliability in producing images of future mobile products. The image is of one of three style designs presented back in June at Apple’s WWDC (2013). This would completely negate the necessity for the current poor functioning Bluetooth keyboard hacks being used to simulate the button inputs of a gamepad. The obvious benefits of the materialization of such objects over current hacks are more precise button mapping and better response times, due to a physical connection. There is also a standalone gamepad model that was exhibited to communicate via Bluetooth, all of which would offer more precise tactile control with most or all styles of games that don’t function well with touch screens.
A last interesting tidbit takes into account the gaming revenues on both Android and iOS as they are beginning to rival handhold traffic from the big names like Nintendo. Depending on the orchestration of gamepad technology and development for mobile devices or the inclusion of dual analog sticks (as has been rumored), the current portable powerhouses might have new troubles to deal with. A wise decision to include this implementation on Apple’s part, I would say.
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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A week after its initial launch iOS 7 had made its way onto more than 60% of iPhones according to data collected by Mixpanel. iOS 7’s adoption rate is greater than that of any prior iOS release. This could be a strong indicator that a majority of people desired changed for their iPhones since they have been interacting with the same style interface on their iDevices for years now. Currently, the percentage has grown to nearly 65%. Despite the significant adoption rate it would be interesting to see how many of the users that update would want to downgrade back to a previous iOS and whether it would be based solely on the UI appearance of iOS 7.
See the stats here.
Shortly after it’s release, a bug was discovered inside Apple’s brand new iOS 7 operating system, which made it relatively easy to access the photo gallery, some emails, and social networking accounts on a locked iPhone. This article talks about how iOS 7.0.2 update fixes this problem.
Apple announced that they sold 9 million iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c devices during the debut weekend. But whats really interesting is that an analytics firm analyzed data from 20 million iPhone’s from September 20th to the 26th. The ratio of 5s devices versus 5c devices was 3.4 to 1. For more graphs about iPhones, click the link below
Hackers from the Chaos Computer Club claim to have successfully bypassed Apple’s new Touch ID fingerprint scanning security system. The method is complicated enough that most everyday thieves would probably not be able to achieve access. However, it involves photographing a left behind fingerprint and creating a glue model of it. Fingerprint readers have long faced vulnerabilities, but perhaps the most serious security issue here is really is a matter of user fingerprint privacy.
There is a simple bug that allows anyone to bypass the new iOS 7 lockscreen, access multitasking, and view photos. The bug is present on both the iPhone 4s and iPhone 5, as well as the iPad. Apple released iOS 7.0.2 today to fix this exploit.
This is another indication, along with ChinaMobile’s Chairman hinting in August that progress was being made, that Apple and China Mobile either have or are very close to partnering. China Mobile’s network has not been robust enough for the two companies to offer the iPhone but with 200,000 TD-LTE base stations installed by the end of this year, that could support 4 million active users, it should have enough bandwidth to support iPhones. China Mobile’s subscriber base hit 750 million in August with 159 million on 3G technology. This is big news for Apple because they will be gaining 4 million users.
Read the entire article here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/chuckjones/2013/09/26/china-mobile-poster-of-iphone-5c-and-5s-on-chinese-language-website/
Nokia took a jab at apple when Apple released it’s two newest iPhones, the 5s and 5c. However, Nokia went for the most colorful of the two, the 5c. Nokia’s marketing team took this time to take a jab at apple by tweeting one of the most retweeted tweets in twitter history. They simply said “Thanks apple” and added a picture of the Nokia Lumia family with all of it’s variety of color. Alongside the picture Nokia put in quotes, “Imitation is the best form of flattery”. This just makes the wars between smartphones go up another notch.
Lee Hutchinson, one of my favorite Senior Editors at Ars Technica, writes about his experience acquiring an iPhone 5s. He talks about the atmosphere that he is in as well as the people in line. He recounts the story of the woman behind him, who clearly had some huge sense of entitlement about getting a gold iPhone 5s. He raises some very interesting points..
While it is not of any cost difference, it is still flashy. The gold is offered as a standard option, however on release day, Apple imposes artificial scarcity on a product to add to its supposed ‘value’. From a tech perspective, it is just an Apple iThing like any other. But to her, it was the difference between whether or not people thought she looked like a lesbian, which is a huge concern for her. So much so, that Hutchinson structures the article like the steps to dealing with imminent death. This is clearly a psychological ploy executed with great subtlety, the monicker of a truly great marketing strategy. And just like that, Apple has taken itself from the realm of building technology for the sake of itself, and crossed the line into status symbol territory…
The launch of Apple’s new ‘gold’ iPhone 5s color has drawn considerable demand for todays release. The gold version of the phone was the first to sell out on the Apple website according to the fact that it was the first color to require a 7-10 waiting period after the initial batch sold out. Apparently Apple’s unexpected and seemingly improbable move to make a gold color iPhone has had enough to entice consumers from many countries into buying this new eye candy iPhone 5s. Read More…
This article contains the test notes on the new iPhone’s a7 chip benchmarks that were run earlier today. It’s interesting and relative to mobile technology because it explains how even though the iPhone has below average specs compared to other phones on the market, specs don’t tell the whole story. They discuss how the iPhone 5s has only a dual core 1.3Ghz processor, but it’s still far more superior to other phones on the market by its computation speed. This is a good read to learn more about how quad core processors aren’t very useful right now in mobile phones, and how Apple is making old technology run very fast.
With the release of Apple’s new iOS 7 for compatible devices, they have made one of the biggest changes to both how it looks and feels since its first release. Gone are the textures and familiar skeuomorphisms, replaced with simpler, flatter designs. Not being much of an iOS user except for my iPod Touch, I still find myself strangely saddened to see the character of the OS that I’ve enjoyed the past few years die off so suddenly, with so drastic a change. With the update, most things still function the same way, but everything looks different. There are instances where the visual changes are indeed most welcome, specifically the Stocks application which has gained visual appeal with its now highly contrasted display. Barring the few needed improvements, the majority of iOS 7 is alien and new. Change is almost always daunting and causes reluctance at first, but I think we will see how these design changes will pan out soon enough. It’s going to take me a little while to adjust to it, though.
Some side-by-side detailed comparisons (about 2 dozen) of iOS 6 & 7 at my source below:
Google is finally updating their iOS translate app with a feature that has been present on Android for almost two years. This is the first time the iOS app will be able to read your handwriting on the iPhone screen. The user interface and icon have been redesigned as well, to coincide with the new minimal iOS 7 design.
YouTube announced on Wednesday that a new feature will be introduced allowing users to “add videos to their device to watch for a short period when an Internet connection is unavailable.” The company will be relaxing their restriction on downloading videos and starting next month, users will be able to store videos offline on mobile devices for up to 48 hours.
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.
With the recently released iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s, Apple is also releasing iOS 7 for free download to any user with an iPhone 4 or later model. What does this mean for Apple? Most likely reduced sales of the new iPhone 5c and 5s. I was reading an article earlier talking about how Apple has been silent about their sales numbers for the iPhone 5c, and that is very unlikely of them. In the past, they would boast their sales numbers after the release of a new iPhone model, but this time they have not done that. Everyone that has an iPhone 4 or later can seemingly get a brand new device after downloading iOS 7 with the exception of the new features Apple added into the new iPhone 5s, such as the fingerprint scanner. I was thinking about buying the 5s before reading this article, but after finding out iOS 7 will be available for free download, I have changed my mind like many other users already have.
With every new iteration of an iPhone Apple tends to make the previous phone available for free as a budget iPhone. They have done the same with the release of the iPhone 5s but you won’t be getting your hands on the previous iPhone 5 for free but rather the outdated iPhone 4s. The idea behind it is that they are releasing the iPhone 5c as well, marked to be the new budget iPhone. The 5 and 5c are the same phone for all practical purposes, meaning consumers buying the 5c would be paying for less phone if the 5 were available for free. Also the 4s will only be offered with 8 gigabytes of storage where the the 5c offers up 16gb for $99. Read more…
T-Mobile Chief Marketing Officer Mike Sievert told CNET in an interview on Thursday that he believes the company posted a record market share in total gross post-paid customers in August. Also with the release of the new iphone 5c and 5s they expect their sales to rise even higher as they are a cheaper selection for mobile customers because there is no contract.
Read the entire article here : http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57602708-94/t-mobile-boasts-record-august-as-it-preps-for-iphone-5s-5c/
This is the perfect guide for anyone who is unclear about the new features of iOS 7. In here you will find everything from the new design, improved safari, siri, app store and more. Also talks about the new security feature ‘Find my iPhone’, and the improved integration between phone and computers. Lastly they explain which features will be working on certain devices, because older generation iPhones will not be able to use all the new features.
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.
This app allows for your emails to have the same look as most chat messengers. It includes some of the features that messengers use like doodles and real time message delivery (you can see when someone is typing). This is a change from the traditional email format that is currently dominate. The ping app could lead to less traditional email formats.
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.
T-Mobile will start carrying nano-SIM cards in mid October to allow owners of unlocked iPhone 5’s to jump carriers and join T-Mobile. They will be carrying unlocked iPhone 5’s in their stores and state that they plan to launch a few iPhone apps of their own. T-Mobile is hoping that with their more competitive priced rate plans this will lure more customers to their service. This also means that the iPhone 5 will now be available to more users. There is, however, a catch that customers should be aware of. The iPhone does not support T-Mobile’s 3G service. This means that if you don’t live in New York, Seattle, Washington, D.C., or Las Vegas, where T-Mobile’s iPhone-friendly 4G HSPA+ service is up and running; then you will only be receiving 2G speeds on your new iPhone 5.
Apple booked 2 million orders for the new IPhone 5 in one day. This caused the company to push back many of its delivery dates although Apple indicated it would deliver most of the IPhones as promised on Friday.
This is not the first time Apple had sold out of one of its products on the first day. The company’s IPhone 4 set a previous one-day record of 600,000 units while the IPhone 4S broke that record when over I million orders were placed in a day.
The stock market acknowledged the sale of the IPhone 5 as a share of Apple stock went up 1 percent to $698.50 in early morning trading.
Techinsights which is owned by UBM has estimated that it costs Apple about $167.50 for a 16-Gb version of the IPhone 5. This estimate is based on initial information released by Apple on September 12th. Earlier versions of the IPhone such as the 4S cost Apple about $35 less.
Apple plans to sell the new IPhone 5 for approximately $199 which is due to be released on September 21st.
A complete breakdown of the estimated costs to construct the IPhone 5 may be found at the following website:
“Modder Andy Rawson thinks he’s found the secret to turning smartphones into super-cheap thermal imaging hardware. Inspired by his quest to find leaks in his old home and the high cost of professional gear, he set about building his own. A 64-zone temperature sensor connects to his iPhone via the dock, overlaying the data onto his camera display. He’s planning to open-source the $150 hardware, and an Android variant of the hardware is currently in the works — although details for both are currently thin on the ground, you can see his announcement video after the break.” Engadget.
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.
Affordable Barcode Scanner Offers Businesses More Opportunities to Deploy Customized Data Collection Applications With iPad(R), iPhone(R) and iPod touch(R)
Apple’s iPhone is the most profitable product offered by the most valuable company in the world. With only three iPhone models in its lineup, the Cupertino-based technology giant shipped more smartphones last quarter than any other vendor in the world. Carriers that sell Apple’s sought-after smartphone enjoy huge activation figures each quarter as a result, but activations and unit sales don’t necessarily paint a complete picture. In fact, according to some industry watchers, carriers hate the iPhone. Read on for more.
Wireless carriers trip over themselves to offer Apple’s iPhone, especially in the United States. Sprint wanted the handset so badly it was willing to guarantee Apple $15.5 billion over four years for the privilege of selling its sleek smartphone, and it certainly didn’t help matters much in the fourth quarter when Sprint posted a $1.3 billion loss. T-Mobile is still sour over failed negotiations with Apple, and the carrier has resorted to offering up free microSIM cards to iPhone users willing to come aboard and forgo 3G data speeds.