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  1. Microsoft has a new ad out and it pits Windows Phone 8.1′s virtual assistant Cortana against Apple’s own Siri in a fight to prove which is the best. The assistants battle on the grounds of a Lumia 635 and iPhone 5s. Microsoft naturally picks its strong suits asking Cortana for things it knows it can do like set up a reminder for the next time a contact calls. In this instance it’s “when my wife calls remind me to tell her happy anniversary” – smooth move letting her call first. Siri plainly says it cannot do that. However when Siri can’t do something the words will appear on screen – in the ad Siri just has What can I help you with on screen. And while Siri cannot remind you something when a call arrives it will store a reminder for you to wish happy anniversary to your wife. Have a feel at the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0pjD4qpIpg Source
  2. Apple will be acquiring the Swell Radio service, according to the sources at Recode. The deal is worth $30 million and the app will shut down this week as part of it. Swell Radio is a news and podcast streaming service. It takes content from sources such as iTunes, NPR, ABC, ESPN, BBC, CBC, TED and more and turns them into personalized streaming radio playlists based on your listening preferences. This is the second major audio related acquisition by Apple in recent times, following the Beats Audio purchase for $3 billion a few months back. Apple is seemingly working on improving its own iTunes Radio and Podcasts services, neither of which are currently very popular. Source
  3. Apple has greatly expanded the availability of its 2-step verification process for Apple IDs. While it was only available in 11 countries previously, the feature is now available in 59 countries worldwide. For those not aware, 2-step verification or authentication puts an extra step between entering your ID and password and logging in. It sends a verification message with a code to a preset device or number and only upon entering that code will the person be allowed to log in. This way, even if someone gets access to your password, they still can’t access your account unless they have access to the special code. Apple 2-step verification is now available in the following countries: If you have an Apple device, then it is highly recommended you enable 2-step verification for your account. Or for any other service you might be using that supports this feature. Source
  4. Apple is set to begin mass production of the next-generation iPhone next week, the Economic Daily reported today. According to the report, the smaller 4.7-inch model will enter production in the third week of July, while the larger 5.5-inch variant will enter production in the second week of August. The bigger of the two models is said to be facing production setbacks that could lead to a much later launch date than its smaller cousin. iPhone manufacturer Foxconn added some credence to the timing of the production rumors by officially confirming plans originally reported earlier this month to hire 100,000 new workers to build the upcoming device. Sapphire crystal for the displays (which we’ve recently seen in multiple videos) has been in production at Apple’s Mesa, AZ plant for several months now in preparation for mass production. "Hon Hai yesterday (17) days in Henan massive Foxconn unwilling to comment on the issue of recruitment. It is understood that version 4.7 is expected in July inch iPhone6 the first three weeks to begin mass production, mass production time, compared with 5.5 inches the first two weeks in August." Some reports have claimed that only the larger model iPhone 6 will get a sapphire display, though that seems to be contradicted by the existence of the 4.7-inch sapphire displays seen in the aforementioned videos. Another improvement to the next-gen smartphone that will reportedly be limited to the higher-end model is optical image stabilization in the camera. Both devices will be the first to take advantage of Foxconn’s recently-purchased line of robotic production tools. The 4.7-inch iPhone is expected to ship to consumers this fall. The 5.5-inch model is rumored to be facing delays until as late as 2015. Source
  5. In the battle of the mobile personal assistants, Google Now seems to have the edge compared to Apple’s Siri. At least that’s what a study conducted by Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster has found. Google’s service has become slightly more accurate than Apple’s, despite the situation being the opposite last December. Munster used 800 questions about local information, commerce, navigation, general information, and OS commands. Half of those were asked indoors, and half outdoors. Google Now and Siri were tested in both how well they understood what was asked of them, as well as the accuracy of their answers. Google Now managed to give accurate answers to 86% of the questions it heard correctly, compared to 84% for Siri. Back in December, when a similar test was conducted, Apple’s assistant had the lead with 83% to 81%. This time around, Google Now was best at finding navigation data and local and general information. It fared worse than Siri at OS commands, though it has improved in this area lately. Siri was able to answer 4% of queries on its own, without directing the user to a search engine or website. That’s a marked improvement from December’s study, when it managed to do that in less than 1% of the cases. In the end, Google Now went home with a grade of B (up from C+ last year), and Siri had to make do with a B- (also an improvement compared to its C+ from 2013). Source
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    Pangu 1.2 Jailbreak Released

    The Pangu 1.2 jailbreak tool is out, and is available for download right now for Windows and Mac. This version brings with it a bunch of crucial fixes and enhancements. More details and download links can be found right here. From the get-go, you’ll notice that Pangu enhances the overall jailbreak experience for the user by implementing a bunch of bug fixes. Issues such as the dreaded boot loop for iPhone 4 / 4s users have been fixed along with other niggling bugs. The complete changelog of today’s release is as follows: Fix boot loop bug for some iPhone4/4s. Fix sandbox log issue. afc2 is included now. Add patch for task_for_pid. Add notification if jailbreak fail. The latest Pangu release supports the same firmware as before, and can be utilized to jailbreak iOS 7.1 all the way to 7.1.2. Apart from that, Pangu supports a wide range of devices that can be jailbroken untethered, which includes Apple’s latest lineup of 64-bit devices, such as the iPhone 5s, iPhone Air and iPad mini with Retina display. It’s also worth mentioning that if you’re already jailbroken using Pangu and are facing no issues whatsoever, then there’s no need to re-jailbreak your device. You can download the latest version of Pangu for both Windows and Mac from the links which we’ve embedded below. When you’re done downloading, simply head over to the tutorial which we’ve linked above, and follow the steps as they are, except that you’ll be using the Pangu 1.2 tool to jailbreak that you just downloaded. Download Link Pangu 1.2 for Mac Pangu 1.2 for Windows Source
  7. According to veteran Apple pundit John Gruber, Apple’s smartwatch effort will bear fruit next month, the very same month in which the iPhone 6 is expected to be unveiled in a dedicated keynote. But the revelation does not spill the beans whether or not the iWatch will indeed be announced alongside the iPhone 6 or whether it would be announced separately. It looks like Motorola’s designers tried to draw as much attention as they could to the 360’s stupid flat-tire display shape. The only way this could get funnier would be if it doesn’t even ship until after Apple announces their wrist wearable thing next month. Gruber has had a solid track record when it comes to Apple based news and rumors, so it’s highly likely that the guy has got this one spot on. Source
  8. Apple has reportedly scheduled a media event for Tuesday, September 9, which we can only assume will be the unveiling of its new iPhone lineup expected this fall. Apple has scheduled a big media event for Tuesday, Sept. 9 — a date to which Apple numerologists will strain to attribute significance. As with September events past, the focal point of this one is to be Apple’s next-generation iPhones, which are expected to feature larger displays of 4.7 and 5.5 inches and run speedy new A8 processors. Apple declined comment. While an event in the second week of September would line up nicely with past iPhone unveilings, there is still no confirmation on what exactly we’ll be seeing at the event. It looks like Apple has put the wheels in motion for scheduling the event, but it doesn’t appear that press has received invites or any confirmation from Apple. There has been lots of speculation about how Apple will introduce the rumoured 4.7 and 5.5-inch models of the next-generation iPhone. Recent reports claimed that the 5.5-inch model could be delayed until after October, or possibly into 2015, but it’s unclear what that might mean for the device getting stage time alongside a smaller 4.7-inch model in September. Source
  9. The Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, passed by Congress late last week, was signed into law by President Obama on Friday, making it fully legal to unlock mobile phones in the United States. The new law undoes a decision made by the Library of Congress in 2012 to not renew an exemption in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), and thusly made it illegal for consumers to arbitrarily unlock mobile devices. Almost immediately, petitions and new bills started to get drafted and indeed, a bill was proposed over a year ago to “fix” the DMCA, but nothing happened despite broad bi-partisan support. Undaunted, a new bill, sponsored by Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), was written and it pretty much flew through both houses of Congress late last week. President Obama’s signature makes it the law of the land, although, arguably only temporarily, as the “unlocking” law does not remove the obligation or power of the Library of Congress to examine if the reinstatement of this legal exemption shall remain, well, legal. That next review will happen sometime in 2015 which means the Copyright Office could make it illegal, again. While it will not likely see any visibility during the current session of Congress, there are bills being prepared that would make the unlocking provision permanent. Expect this issue to make the news again in 2015. Source
  10. Android tablets have been overtaking the market at a higher clip recently, and have been outselling Apple's tablets for a while now. But, as is Apple's aim, the iPad has continued to pull in more revenue than all of the Android tablets combined, until this last quarter. According to new data for Q3 of 2013, Android tablets generated more revenue than iOS tablets for the first time. Morgan Stanley's Katy Huberty said in a research note that for the first time, Android tablets earned 46.2% of the revenue share for Q3 2013, which bested Apple's revenue share of 45.6%. Of course, in order to beat Apple in revenue, Android manufacturers had to ship more than twice as many tablets. Android's share of units shipped grew to 66.7% for the quarter (up from 58.5% year-over-year); and, Apple saw a big drop from 40.2% in Q3 2012 to just 29.7% this year. The growth in the Android tablet market was said to be due to strong sales by Samsung and Lenovo. Q3 was expected to be a slower quarter for Apple since it had the new iPads ready for release in Q4, but that is still a precipitous drop from last year. It certainly looks like this may not be the last time that Android out-earns iOS in the tablet world. Source
  11. Google’s Android operating system managed to grab exactly 81.0 percent smartphone share in the third quarter of 2013. Rounding out the top four smartphone operating systems were iOS at 12.9 percent, Windows Phone at 3.6 percent, and BlackBerry at 1.7 percent. The latest quarterly figures come from IDC, which summarized its findings in the following chart: IDC estimates total Android smartphone shipments worldwide reached 211.6 million units, letting Google’s mobile operating system power four out every five of the 261.1 million smartphones that shipped last quarter. The figure allowed Android to push past the 80 percent market share mark for the first time. IDC noted that while Android moved forward as a whole, the vast majority of its vendors still struggle to find meaningful market share. Samsung accounted for 39.9 percent of all Android shipments for the quarter, while the rest of the vendors either saw single-digit market share or even less than 1 percent (as was the case for the majority). Apple’s iOS saw its market share decline during the past quarter, despite reaching a new high for third quarter volumes. IDC naturally blamed the fact the world was waiting for the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, which will likely drive record volumes, market share, and year-over-year growth in the last quarter of the year. Windows Phone posted the largest year-over-year growth worldwide of any of the leading operating systems (up 156.0 percent), once again largely thanks to Nokia, which accounted for 93.2 percent of all the Windows Phone-powered smartphones shipped during the quarter. On the other hand, BlackBerry recorded the largest year-over-year decline among the leading operating systems during the quarter, due to softer demand for its new BB10 operating system and despite demand for its older BB7 devices within emerging markets. It’s worth noting that IDC’s estimates are quite close to those of Strategy Analytics’ figures for the quarter. The latter had slightly higher percentages for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone, but showed the same overall trend: Android up, iOS down, Windows Phone up, and BlackBerry down. Original Article
  12. The iPad mini with Retina display was announced alongside the vastly revamped iPad Air, but while the reception to each new Apple slate has been one of general positivity, the talk of a larger iPad with 12.9-inch display has not slowed down one bit. It has been reported that there could be two different configurations of the bigger iPad, and a theory as to the reason behind this – as revealed by PadNews – is that one of the displays would be of a standard 2K variety, while the other, higher-end model would boast a 4K panel. Talk of 4K displays has been rife in general in recent times, with all kinds of devices and machines showing support of this higher definition standard. But while both the next-gen consoles offer 4K Ultra HD support to varying degrees, the new-found general interest from the consumer electronics industry doesn’t necessarily suggest that Apple is ready to take the plunge. The company is famous for going against the grain, and with LTE having only arrived last year, the Cupertino outfit won’t feel any pressure to conform. With that said, when it comes to display technology, Apple has been among the first to grasp the nettle, and you only have to look at its array of iOS devices and MacBooks to know that sharp displays are a top priority of Tim Cook’s men. In bumping up the size of the iPad to 12.9-inches – as a growing number of reports are suggesting – Apple will have to up the resolution somewhat to maintain that arbitrary Retina standard, so the suggestion of a 4K display isn’t completely preposterous. If there are to be two different variations of the augmented iPad, we’d expect that the second, 2K model would arrive with an iPad Air-like resolution of 2048 x 1536 or similar. Whether there’s a great deal of truth in these reports or not remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure – a 12.9-inch iPad with a 4K display would look superb. At around 400 pixels per inch, it would smoke anything else found on a mobile device, and with Apple’s iOS 7 already receiving the plaudits for its slick, crisp design, one can only imagine what it would look like at that kind of resolution. Source
  13. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas will be released for mobile devices in December, Rockstar has announced. No exact price or release date has been given. Originally released in 2004 for the PlayStation 2, the new mobile version of the game will feature an improved draw distance, a wider colour palette, and new character and car models. Rockstar adds that Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Mobile will also feature a tweaked checkpoint system, iOS 7 controller compatibility, and new touch controls. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Mobile will be released for "select" iOS, Android, Kindle, and Windows Mobile devices, according to Rockstar. Mobile versions of Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City are currently available, alongside a port of the Nintendo DS' Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars.
  14. With the World Cup, Football’s most revered and decorated tournament of them all, taking place in Brazil next summer, we’re going to be seeing a dramatic rise in the number of products related to the sport being released. The general interface, whilst pretty unspectacular, is clean and flat – a move many app makers have subscribed to since Apple introduced the ironed-out iOS 7. The Android iteration of the app appears to have been dealt many of the same characteristics, although since Google’s OS has been free of skeuomorphism for a long while now, the clean and minimal appearance looks good on Android as well. It covers all of the major leagues, including the States’ very own Major League, so no matter where you are, you can stay in sync with the goals, decisions and controversies around the clock. -|download links|- Google Play Store Apple iTunes Store Source
  15. Nowadays, saying ‘apple’ would bring associations with a tech company rather than a fruit, and things like iPod, iPhone and iPad are household names, but did you know that there is a hidden meaning behind the ‘i’, a meaning that was embedded in it when Apple launched its first iProduct? It all starts around 1997 when Steve Jobs made his return to Apple from NeXT Computers with a grand vision and with a company 6 months short of going bankrupt. Groups of Apple employees have formed, each one blaming others for the demise of the company, and Cupertino was practically all in shambles. Jobs spent the first few months cutting down on products and employees, and trying to regain focus. What remained were two product lines - the PowerPC and the Mac family, and it was time take a bet and put all chips on the table on one of these. It was the Mac family, with a plan for the first computer to ship with a new for the time Universal Serial Bus (USB) connector, and the first to shockingly skip the 3.5-inch floppy drive. This visionary approach to features will later become an Apple trademark. One more thing - Jobs had a radically different vision for its looks and design - it was not to be disassembled and upgradable (that was a stark difference from the vision of core Apple engineers like Wozniak), it was translucent and came in a fascinating array of vivid colors. It was like nothing else in the market, and right in its center was a CD-Rom drive. "We're betting the company on this computer," said Steve. "It needs a great name." As always, Jobs took the creative lead, thinking up names and he eventually came up with the name MacMan. Luckily, he was not the only one involved in the process. Ken Segall came to Apple directly from NeXT, with Steve Jobs, and he and his team were shocked when hearing the name. It must have taken a lot of convincing, but finally Steve agreed with his Apple co-workers to settle on a different name: iMac. "It's a full-powered Mac, so it can do a lot of things. But first and foremost, it will get you onto the Internet in 10 minutes, even if you've never used a computer before." And that’s where the ‘i’ in all succeeding Apple products comes from: ‘i’ for the Internet, the most important new feature of the iMac. The presentation board, however, liked the name for more than just that. The name was spot on - it was simple, it was obvious, it fit in the ‘Think Different’ Apple ideas. To them, it also stood for other things, things of different value like individual and imagination. These are the core Apple values built in the names of the current iPod, iPhone and iPad. We might also see an iWatch, and many other iDevices, but the values behind those products seem to remain a priority for Apple, don’t you think? Source
  16. The rumored iWatch smartwatch is not yet confirmed, but many top Apple execs as well as new hires are reportedly working on the product. An in-depth 9to5Mac profile of various existing and new Apple employees reveals that not only is the iWatch expected to look good and appeal to a variety of buyers, but also to offer plenty of smart features thanks to the many talents currently at work for it. Jeff Williams, senior vice president of operations; Bud Tribble, vice president of software technology; Bob Mansfield, special projects; James Foster, senior director engineering; Kevin Lynch, vice president of technology and Achim Pantfoerder, engineering manage are some of Apple’s execs involved in one way of the other in the iWatch project, at least according to the publication. Other iconic Apple employees including Jony Ive and Craig Federighi may also be involved with the project, considering that the iWatch is expected to closely work with other iOS devices. In addition to its well-versed team of designers and engineers, Apple has hired other professionals for their specific expertise, whether related to potential fitness, sleep or health features that may be related to a wearable device, or for their experience with designing and selling products that people want to buy. Jay Blahnik worked at Nike on the Fuel Band and other fitness companies until last year when he joined Apple. Roy Raymann, a recently Apple hire, researched sleep at Philips Research until leaving his position, and his résumé includes “extensive research into non-pharmacological methods of altering sleep quality,” and has experience in wearable sensors and miniaturization technology related to sleep. Ueyn Block is an optical engineering scientist who worked before arriving at Apple on technologies that can measure substances in the human body in a non invasive way. Nancy Dougherty joined Apple in late 2013 and is a hardware engineer with experience in medical products including wearable devices such as ingestible, Bluetooth-connected smart pills. Todd Whitehurst joined Apple last summer, and he previously worked on wireless smartphone-connected body sensors. Michael O’Reilly also joined the company last summer, after working among other things on an iPhone application for sensing pulse at his previous employer Masimo – O’Reilly was also included in Apple’s mid-December FDA meetings. Ravi Narasimhan joined Apple in late 2013, and he’s an expert in biosensors and wireless communications. The other day, Apple posted a job listing for a fitness and health devices tester, although that listing has since been removed. On top of potential iWatch features, other Apple recent hires will likely be involved in making the product look good. One such person may be Paul Deneve, former Yves Saint Laurent CEO who joined Apple in July 2013 to serve under Tim Cook for special projects. Former Nike designer Ben Shaffer, who worked on the FuelBand and other devices, will also be involved in the iWatch product. Angela Ahrendts, former CEO of Burberry, also knows a thing or two about selling fashion-related goods and could help with the iWatch product, although she isn’t specifically linked to this rumored iWatch team – instead she will be taking over the senior vice president of retail position. In a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal, Tim Cook assured customers, analysts and investors that the company is working on new products without confirming the iWatch, although given all the hires that Apple has made recently it’s pretty much a given. Source
  17. Correspondence between Apple and the U.S. Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) discovered by 9to5Mac and analyst Matt Margolis reveal that the iPhone maker wants to start operations at its manufacturing plant in Mesa, Arizona, as soon as February. As Tim Cook confirmed, without revealing too many details about it, the Arizona plant will make sapphire glass for Apple, a product that’s believed to be used on a larger scale in future Apple devices – currently sapphire glass covers the Touch ID button of the iPhone 5s and the cameras of the new iPhones. Margolis has recently speculated that there’s plenty of evidence to suggest that next-gen iPhones may have sapphire display glass covers that will include solar panels. While that can’t be confirmed at this point, it seems that Apple is very interested in seeing the sapphire plant live in order to meet an “aggressive” timeline. More interestingly, the documentation reveals that the plant will be working on high-tech components for high-end products, without revealing whether it’s talking about new iPhones specifically. “Project Cascade will conduct high-tech manufacturing of intermediate goods/components for consumer electronics. All finished components will be exported,” Apple wrote. “This high-tech manufacturing process will create a critical new sub-component of Apple Products to be used in the manufacture of the consumer electronics that will be imported and then sold globally. By pulling this process in the U.S., Apple will be using cutting edge, new technology to enhance and improve the consumer products, making them best in class per product type.” The wording of the description of the activity that Apple wants to conduct at the Arizona plant seems to indicate that the iPhone may be one of the product to be “then imported and sold globally,” and that the facility won’t be limited only to making Touch ID and camera sapphire covers, but components that will “enhance and improve” products. Apple’s aggressive schedule may also indicate that the components need to enter mass production soon, possibly in preparation of a late 2014 iPhone 6 launch. Furthermore, the document also lists several manufacturing components that will be used at the facility including diamond cutting wire and alumina block. The former is already being used to make components for iPhone and iPad models as well as the Mac Pro, while the latter is needed for making sapphire glass. Source
  18. According to Sun Chyang Xu, an analyst from China who made a prescient call on the Motorola Moto X, Apple is going to have a pair of launches for the Apple iPhone in 2014. According to the analyst, Apple will start trial production of the Apple iPhone 6 with production of 2 million to 3 million units starting in May. This phonewill feature a 4.7 inch screen with the same 640 x 1136 resolution used on its 4 inch models. The second version of the Apple iPhone to be released this year will have a larger 5.7 inch screen, with higher resolution than the iPhone 6. An earlier report from DisplaySearch Taiwan stated that the 4.7 inch iPhone will offer resolution of 720 x 1280, while the 5.7 inch version will have resolution of 1080 x 1920. Both handsets are expected to be introduced at WWDC in June, although the iPhone 6 will be available shortly after the developers' conference, and the larger screened model will be released later in the year. Apple launched two different iPhone variants last year, the Apple iPhone 5s and the Apple iPhone 5c, to keep up with the various Android models that are produced from a number of different manufacturers. The next step would seem to be Apple holding two different launches a year. The 4.7 inch iPhone 6 is expected to keep an 8MP camera on back so that the phone can remain thin. Confirming an earlier report, the body of the next-gen iPhone is expected to be a thin 6mm. Returning to the camera, the rear-facing snapper will offer OIS and an aperture of f/1.8, which should allow for some great photographs taken under low-light conditions. To put that in perspective, the aperture on the rear-facing snapper on the Apple iPhone 5s is f/2.2. The above report is very similar to another one we passed along at the beginning of this year. That report, out of Japan, had Apple producing both 4.7 inch and 5.7 inch models of the iPhone, just like the information unearthed by Sun Chyang Xu. The difference is that this report had Apple launching the 5.7 inch version in May as part of a brand new phablet line, while the smaller 4.7 inch version would be launched in September. While the two stories are not perfectly a match, the fact that they both talk of 4.7 inch and 5.7 inch variants of the iPhone could be a positive sign that we will see two iPhone versions launched this year, featuring screens with those dimensions. Source
  19. In the latest Apple vs. Samsung patent trial held in California's Northern District court, Judge Lucy Koh entered a summary judgment yesterday finding Samsung's Android-based devices as infringing on a specific patent held by Apple. Besides being found as infringing of the text autocomplete patent used in iOS, Judge Koh has also tossed Samsung's patent related to "multimedia synchronization method and device". Koh claims that the latter patent - purchased in September 2011 some 5 months after the start of patent disputes between the two companies - was only acquired by Samsung to use against Apple in court. The latest ruling increases Apple's likelihood of scoring a ruling in its favor once the multi-patent trial against Samsung begins on March 31 of this year. The summary judgment strengthens Apple's case for its patent related to the autocomplete function, not to mention the other four patents still in play. The dismissal of Samsung's patent leaves them with a total of four. Source
  20. A leaked photograph of some retail packaging appears to show a new case for the Apple iPhone that will be offered by AT&T. The case will feature a micro-NFC chip, which together with a free mobile app, will allow the iPhone to support the Isis mobile payment service. The Incipio Cashwrap will retail for $70 and is already in AT&T's inventory, according to published reports. At CES, a version of the case for both the Apple iPhone 4 and Apple iPhone 4s was revealed. The cases are expected to launch in March. While AT&T is involved in the release of the Cashwrap case, it is unknown whether the other two carriers involved in the Isis mobile payment service, T-Mobile and Verizon, will also offer the cases. By using the case and installing the Isis Mobile Wallet app, you can store credit cards and loyalty cards, using them to pay your bill by tapping the iPhone on an Isis Mobile Payment terminal. Source
  21. Developer Steven Troughton-Smith has posted a number of screenshots from Apple’s upcoming iOS in the Car release that show us how Apple is refining the user interface of its new car-centric mobile OS. For instance, notes that “the design shown in the images… show a user-interface that is strikingly different to the one shown at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in 2013,” as “Apple is toying with moving the horizontal status bar into the vertical position,” thus giving it “more space on the already small car touchscreen consoles.” A beta version of iOS 7.1 released late last year contained references to iOS in the Car, so it’s likely that Apple will release the new iteration of its operating system soon. iOS in the Car will essentially let your iPhone take over your car dashboard console to display applications such as iOS Maps and iMessage. Additional screenshots of iOS in the Car follow below. Source
  22. There has been plenty of back and forth regarding display size and other design elements that we can expect to see in Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6. While nothing is set in stone until Apple makes its highly anticipated announcements, obviously, several sources that have been reliable in the past have each painted a fairly similar picture. From the looks of things, we can expect two new iPhone models in 2014, an iPhone 6 and a new larger iPhone with a display that climbs into phablet territory. The exact size of each display had been debated by plugged-in industry watchers as Apple toyed with different designs, but a new report claims that the iPhone 6 design has now been finalized. We have heard from a number of different sources in recent months who have claimed to have inside knowledge of what size display Apple intends to use in the iPhone 6. DisplaySearch said it will measure 4.7 inches diagonally with a 1,600 x 900-pixel resolution while well-respected Apple analyst Peter Misek said it will measure 4.8 inches. KGI Securities analyst Ming-chi Kuo, who has the best track record in the business when it comes to Apple’s device plans, would only say that the iPhone 6′s screen will measure between 4.5 and 5 inches diagonally. Much of the mystery was attributed to the fact that Apple was testing iPhone 6 designs with a few different screen sizes, but now Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri says all that testing has been completed. In a note to clients on Wednesday picked up by AppleInsider, Arcuri stated that the iPhone 6′s design has been “locked down” and the phone will feature a 4.8-inch display. The analyst also says that Apple’s new iPhone will support faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity, and that Apple is planning ”key software innovations” in iOS 8 that will be a big focus on the new iPhone. That would certainly be fantastic news, considering iOS 7 was all about renovation rather than innovation. Apple is widely expected to launch the iPhone 6 this fall, though one recent report claimed that it will debut this summer at Apple’s annual WWDC conference instead. Source
  23. The Sonic the Hedgehog franchise is among SEGA's most successful game series ever. The spiky-haired critter has been the company's mascot for more than two decades and is one of the reasons for SEGA's success during the early era of video game consoles. Sonic is one of the most famous video game characters in the world. The second title of the series, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, which was released back in 1992, sold more than 6 million copies and became one of the most successful SEGA games ever. Yet, when an an iOS version of the game was released back in 2010, it wasn't very well accepted, because its visuals and controls weren't well-optimized for the touchscreen. Well, this wouldn't bother fans of the blue blur anymore. An updated and remastered version of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 has just been released for iOS. The classic title has been remastered by the same team of developers, who enhanced the iOS and Android versions of Sonic the Hedgehog 1 back in 2011. Christian Whitehead and Simon Thomley rebuilt Sonic the Hedgehog 2 from scratch with the aid of their custom-build Retro Engine. They have mostly focused on optimizing the touchscreen controls of the game, but it looks like the graphics of the title have been revamped as well. The familiar gameplay will still require you to collect golden rings and various bonuses while you endlessly jump and run. You'll have to prevent your archenemy, Dr. Robotnik, from completing his evil plans and taking over the world. Fans of the spiky-haired critter will be more than delighted to hear that the remastered version of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 will feature the Hidden Palace Zone. Although planned, the mythical level has never made it to any of the official releases of the game for the conventional gaming consoles. If you are sporting an iOS device and you've already bought the game, the remastered edition will be available as a free update. Otherwise, if you haven't bought the classic jump'n'run game, you can follow the link below and get it for $2.99. An Android version of the remastered game is expected promptly. Source
  24. Bluetooth, it is fair to say, isn’t too heavily lauded at consumer level. In fact, I’d hazard that many presume Bluetooth as a piece of technology that has remained the same since it first made its way to market – allowing us to wirelessly connect two, or multiple devices and or accessories to one another and beam content around at will. The fact is, Bluetooth is being improved and upgraded at arguably a faster rate than anything else, and with BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) having offered better performance while sparing battery life with Bluetooth 4.0, the Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group) announced the forthcoming Bluetooth 4.1 standard, as well as some of the changes therein. Naturally, the jump from 4.0 to 4.1 implies that the improvements and enhancements are largely rudimentary, and this does indeed appear to be the case for the most part. With that said, there are a couple of very noteworthy changes in this latest revision, and once again, the mobile device market will be the main beneficiary. With the widespread use of LTE radios now commonplace thanks to the rise in adoption rates of 4G-enabled smartphones and services, the Bluetooth Special Interest group has strived to ensure that both Bluetooth and LTE radios can work alongside each other in a harmonious fashion, without any mutually detrimental interference. One of the most interesting new features of Bluetooth 4.1 is its ability to allow a device to function as a simultaneous hub and peripheral. This versatility could not only bring about a whole host of new products, but could also make those currently available a great deal more versatile. The new Bluetooth specification is also said to make things a little easier for vendors and developers to control and use the technology to its full capacity. It’s often the case, particularly with regards to mobile devices, that good technology is not sufficiently arranged, and compatibility issues can then often result in certain elements of both hardware and software essentially going to waste. By allowing OEMS to control reconnection and disconnect thresholds, for example, Bluetooth 4.1 should prove more efficient standards before it, and our much-loved smartphones, tablets, and other such gadgets, will also improve as a result. Source
  25. Mobile gaming giant Rovio has launched its latest title on Android and iOS today. Angry Birds Go is a free "kart" racer based in the Angry Birds universe, featuring feathered friends from the popular artillery shooter. If you've played Mario Kart or any similar titles you'll know what to expect here — fast-paced 3D racing with a focus on power-ups and weapons, featuring familiar characters (birds and pigs, in this case.) There's a variety of game modes to choose from besides a straight-up race to the finish, including Time Boom, Fruit Splat, Champion Chase and Mega Match. Naturally you can also upgrade your vehicles by earning points in-game or buying them through in-app purchases — and you can add more characters to the game by capturing Rovio "Telepod" toys with your devie's camera. The base game itself, however, is completely free. -|dOWNLOAD LINK|-Apple iTunes StoreGoogle Play Store Source
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