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  1. geeteam

    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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. When shopping for a new smartphone, we tend to have our own ideas regarding what specific features and assets will lure us into making the purchase, and an interesting piece of research on smartphone buyers has shown that while, generally speaking, men and women look for the same kinds of features and functions, there are some notable differences. The survey, compiled by Nielsen, found that while, perhaps unsurprisingly, the male population sampled looked at things like processor speed, display size and operating system, female subjects were rather more considerate of finer details, such as contract terms and pricing. But even though, as cynical men and women would argue, it seems like the two genders are of different species at times, certain, staple features seem to unite smartphone purchasers of both the male and female variety. Battery life, for example, is a big deal, and although, as the Nielsen survey across more than 58 countries found, less than half of men and women considered battery performance to be essential, it was, behind price and features, still an important factor to assess when going out and buying a new smartphone. The fact that features – only by a slight margin – were of higher consideration than battery life, is telling of the times. Often, we’re so consumed by what a smartphone can offer us that we forget about the battery that needs to keep everything ticking over, and even though, with any new handset purchase, we spend that initial honeymoon period enjoying the great features packed therein, we normally pay the price for this immediate gratification with a waning, poor battery retention rate through the remainder of the contractual agreement. In other findings, it turns out that men and women are fairly united when it comes to the camera and carrier, although females seemingly pay more attention to the small-print of the contract. Despite what this research may tell us about men and women’s specific requirements when purchasing a smartphone, though, it’s clear that, for the most part, we all want the same things; a good runner that can hold its battery life, for a price that we can afford, and some of the latest and greatest features included. Source
  6. We’ve mulled other what seems like thousands of concepts pertaining to the so-called Apple iWatch, and even though designers and fans of the idea have been tripping over themselves to put a face to the name, we’re still none the wiser as to what the fruit company has in its plans. Today, designer Gábor Balogh has come through with a rather interesting take on the iWatch, which sticks with the recognized form factor of a normal wristwatch while cramming in all of the digital niceties that appease us tech fans. Check it out after the break! We know, or at least, we think we know that Apple will be coming through with its inaugural smartwatch at some point this year. The device, unofficially dubbed the ‘iWatch’ for obvious reasons, has been threatening to hit the market for a number of years according to some analysts, and with news of a dedicated team of staff working solely on its development, it is hoped that 2014 will finally see Apple take on the likes of Sony, Samsung and Pebble in the emerging ‘wearable tech’ game. Tim Cook has alluded to the idea of new product categories, which is promising in itself, but until we see or hear of some concrete evidence, it’s all speculation. Still, on a positive note, the uncertainty has drawn some quite magnificent concept designs, and Balogh’s vision of the iWatch is very appealing indeed. Sure, it’s probably a bit too much akin to a normal watch to serve as even a vague depiction of what Apple may eventually come through with, but with a large face ready to beam through info, notifications, apps and other necessary smartwatch goodies, it keeps both watch aficionados and geeks sufficiently amused. The creator clearly likes subtlety with regards to his tech products, and judging by some of the negative responses to the appearance of Google’s Glass, perhaps wearable technologies could do a lot worse than to try and adopt traditional aesthetics as they attempt to make their mark across the digital spectrum. Still, whatever Apple has in store for the iWatch, we’re definitely fans of Balogh’s effort, and if you are too, feel free to drool over some more concept images below: Source
  7. The latest comScore numbers are out, giving us an idea of who’s gained and lost over last quarter. While the overall movement isn’t shocking, there were a few surprises. We’re starting to think a recent big transaction is having negative a impact some may not have anticipated. Apple still reigns supreme, commanding 41.6% of the smartphone market when compared t other OEMs. Samsung is second, naturally — they hold onto just over 1/4 of the market at 26.7%. LG ranks a distant third with 6.9%, which is just ahead of Motorola at 6.4%. HTC checks in as well, claiming 5.4% of the overall smartphone market. When it comes to platform, we all know what the answer is. Android is still king with a 51.7% market share, while iOS has 41.6. Blackberry is holding steady with 3.1%, closely related to Microsoft’s 3.2%. Symbian is still hanging on with 0.2%, bolstered by those emerging markets where other platforms are still finding their way. Two things stand out in this study: Apple and Motorola. Apple’s iPhone sales were up 1.0%, as was iOS. In terms of platform, iOs was the only one to pick up over last quarter — Android fell 0.5%. Motorola was also a loser, dropping 0.6% and out of third place for OEMs. We really hope the Lenovo purchase hasn’t hurt them. Source
  8. If you think poking fun at others is something we get over when we grow up, well, tech companies beg to disagree with you. Be it Apple, Samsung, Nokia, HTC, or any other OEM, these companies don’t miss a chance of making fun of competitors. The latest one being Nokia, which we thought was done for this month after pointing a finger at Samsung’s blurry images, but it has now taken on Android and iOS. In a new self-appraisal video, Nokia talks about the number of apps that Windows Phone has snagged in the last one year. While it acknowledges iOS and Android’s jam-packed app stores, at the same time it makes fun of the redundancy among their apps. “Do I really need a thousand apps to turn on my flashlight?” asks the video narrator. Over the last few years, Nokia has managed to bring about 200,000 apps to the Windows Store. While it isn’t close to what Android and iOS have to offer, it sure has a reasonably good amount of alternatives, if not the same apps that most people actually care about. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=iJbz1NZMCzI Now, for the big fail in its advert. Apparently, Nokia didn’t run a fact check before handing over the script to its over confident presenter. According to the video, you can’t tweak a PowerPoint presentation on Android and iOS. Well, actually you can, on iOS you have Apple Keynote that lets you create and edit PowerPoint files; whereas for Android, QuickOffice suffices such needs, though Office Mobile from Microsoft is also available, but requires a 365 subscription. Coming to the second part, Nokia thinks that Android and iOS users can’t control Xbox, when in fact they can. The irony is that Microsoft itself has developed an app for that, called Smartglass. Furthermore, while Nokia does have so many cool apps, Instagram isn't really well-made, Internet Explorer leaves a lot to be desired, and the time it takes for an app to reach the Windows Phone Store is ridiculous. While Nokia may have bragged a bit here and there, overall the advertisement is a win. Nokia and Windows Phone have grown pretty strong recently, and the video puts that point across quite brilliantly. Just to point out a few things, the video was found on the Nokia Canada channel, which isn't verified. Source
  9. Two consumer groups today filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission that asks the agency to investigate Facebook's pending acquisition of WhatsApp. According to the Electronic Privacy and Information Center (EPIC) and the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD), Facebook is likely to use WhatsApp user data to its advantage, which is not what WhatsApp users expected when they signed up for the messaging app. "Acting in reliance on WhatsApp representations, Internet users provided detailed personal information to the company, including private text to close friends," the complaint said. "Facebook routinely makes use of user information for advertising purposes and has made clear that it intends to incorporate the data of WhatsApp users into the use profiling business model." EPIC and CDD said the move violates WhatsApp users' understanding of their exposure to online advertising and constitutes an unfair and deceptive trade practice, which the FTC should investigate. Facebook disagreed. "Facebook's goal is to bring more connectivity and utility to the world by delivering core Internet services efficiently and affordably – this partnership will help make that happen," a Facebook spokeswoman said in a statement. "As we have said repeatedly, WhatsApp will operate as a separate company and will honor its commitments to privacy and security." Facebook announced plans to acquire WhatsApp for a stunning $16 billion last month, a deal that could be worth as much as $19 billion if certain targets are met. Facebook has said that WhatsApp will remain an independent company, like Instagram, which the social network also owns. But according to Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg, WhatsApp is on its way to 1 billion users, and any Internet service that tops that milestone is extremely valuable, according to Zuckerberg. Going forward, WhatsApp will help Facebook toward its goal of connecting the world, he said. Source
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Last week, app developer Steven Troughton-Smith shared a series of screenshots of what seemed to be Apple's "iOS in the Car" feature announced by Apple as "coming soon" to iOS 7 devices. The feature is intended to allow an iOS device to take over the in-dash display of a car, providing access to navigation, phone functions, messages, and music. Troughton-Smith has now posted a video showing iOS in the Car in action, via a barebones implementation that is actually present in the already released iOS 7.0.3 but not accessible by default. The video shows the feature being run in the iOS Simulator software for developers, with the in-dash display represented by a separate 800x480 window. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5OZMu5u0yU In notes posted alongside the video, Troughton-Smith points out that the iOS in the Car feature supports multiple resolutions of external displays, touch input and hardware controls, and voice input. - Supports Multiple Resolutions - Supports touchscreens (presumably single-touch?), hardware buttons, wheels and touchpads - Does not support multitasking - car display will always show same current on-screen app as iPhone (which can be locked/asleep) - Whitelisted to specific Apple apps - no public API for developers [yet?] - Has no keyboard UI - voice recognition as input - UI clearly subject to change - Missing functionality in video is due to iOS Simulator not containing all the stock iOS apps Troughton-Smith does also point out that the user interface is subject to change, and while the demo shown in the video resembles the screenshots shown on Apple's site, his earlier screenshots and a Twitter response indicate that the overall look has indeed seen a redesign for iOS 7.1, bringing more of the blue text and overall feel of iOS 7 to the in-vehicle display. Source
  15. Apple has been recently rumored to run a trial production of iPhone models that have sapphire glass displays, but there may be another reason the company is interested in such panels for future devices, aside from increasing the durability of the screen. At a time when the competition is offering wireless charging batteries and developing new means to make the technology more user-friendly, Apple may be working on a totally different kind of wireless battery charging for the next iPhones. One analyst from Seeking Alpha believes he has found evidence that sapphire glass will actually include tiny solar panels that would help you charge iPhone batteries by simply using the power of the sun. Matt Margolis says the iPhone 6 and the 2014 iPod touch (if there will be one) may come with a display capable of increasing battery life. Margolis’ extensive analysis of Apple’s recent actions shows that the company has a variety of patents on solar charging capabilities for computer and mobile devices that have been discovered last year, describing ways of charging a laptop, smartphone or tablet battery through solar cells. The analysts also reminds us that Apple has recently posted job ads looking for a Thin Films Engineer with solar experience (in September 2013), as well as Manufacturing Design Engineers (in January 2014) who may help with building mobile device components, a job that may also include responsibilities such as using lasers to add solar cells in sapphire glass. Both positions are related to Apple’s mobile business. Furthermore, in early November 2013 the company revealed it signed a $578 million contract with GT Advanced Technologies for sapphire cover displays and announced later that month that it will spend $10.5 billion in capital during fiscal year 2014 for various technologies including cutting edge lasers that may be used to place those tiny solar cells in sapphire glass. The company is also believed to have placed a $68 million order with German company Manz AG for solar cell coating equipment – the German company announced the order on January 15, identifying the buyer as a “leading smartphones manufacturer,” a hint that Apple may be involved in the purchase of “innovative vacuum coating systems” and “laser process technology,” which would be needed for producing solar-charging sapphire glass. From a different point of view, Apple will use solar energy in its new headquarters in Cupertino, another piece of evidence that suggests the company is indeed exploring ways to make more use of solar power, including bringing the technology to some of its products. Obviously, there isn’t any confirmation from Apple regarding any sapphire-related plans for the iPhone 6 at this time. In an interview last week, Tim Cook did confirm that the Arizona investment is related to sapphire glass without expanding on the matter. Source
  16. Recently leaked NSA documents have shed a new light on the agency's assault on the data leaked bysmartphone apps. By targeting the app configuration data, the NSA and GCHQ are able to pull data ranging from general characteristics like age and ethnicity to specific location based on GPS. The documents outline multiple tactics for unearthing this data, including a direct tap on app configuration data and information sent to ad networks. Using app data permissions as a jumping off point, the NSA is able to obtain any data advertisers have access to, plotting data collected in this manner against the Marina database of web-based metadata. The documents point out Angry Birds as an example of an ad-supported app that sends potentially useful data to ad networks, allowing the NSA to grab the data in transit. The documents also specifically instruct agency staffers in "intercepting Google Maps queries made on smartphones, and using them to collect large volumes of location information." A 2010 documents also highlights Android phones as sending GPS information "in the clear" (without encryption), giving the NSA the user's location every time he or she pulls up Google Maps. More advanced capabilities were also on display from the agency's targeted malware program. One slide lists targeted plugins to enable "hot mic" recording, high precision geo-tracking, and file retrieval which would reach any content stored locally on the phone. That includes text messages, emails and calendar entries. As the slide notes in a parenthetical aside, "if its [sic] on the phone, we can get it." Source: The Verge
  17. By John Callaham 1 hour ago Microsoft has just released the first Skype app update for 2014, adding some new features and improvements to the iOS version. The 4.17 build is available for download for iPhone and iPad devices and now supports using push notifications for all Skype chat messages. The official Skype blog states: With this version, all your chat messages will now be pushed to your iPhones and iPads using Apple’s push notification network. This means we can deliver your messages in a timely way which will then show up in your notification center and on your lock screen as expected. As long as you are signed into Skype, your private (1:1) chat messages will be delivered just like any other push notification. Microsoft adds that the new iOS version has removed the offline timer setting which it claims improves the push notification experience. The Skype team is also working to support adding push notifications for group chats in the future. Besides the chat improvements, the Skype iOS app now supports two way HD video calls on the new iPad Air and the iPad mini with Retina display. Finally, Microsoft says there have been some minor layout changes on both the iPhone and iPad versions. http://www.neowin.net/news/skype-for-ios-417-released-adds-push-notifications-for-chats
  18. Apple and Samsung once again top the ranks of smartphone sales, ending Q4 of 2013 with increased numbers from the previous year. Overall, Apple lifted themselves up by 7% from 2012, grabbing 42% of all US smartphone share in Q4 of 2013. Samsung had increased numbers as well, and grew their users by 4% from 2012, grabbing 26% of all US smartphone share in Q4 of 2013. While these numbers aren’t leaps and bounds over their previous year, increases are increases, and that’s more than can be said for other manufacturers. A report from The NPD Group shows the most recent figures from the fourth quarter of last year, and while Apple and Samsung had gained users of their popular handsets, those users had to come from somewhere, and it seems that they came from Motorola, HTC, and Blackberry. NPD notes that six out of ten cell phone users in the US owned a smartphone by the end of Q4 in 2013, making up 56% of all cell phone users in the US. That’s an overall lift from 52% in 2012. As smartphones offer us more and more tools to enhance our daily lives, more and more people are realizing the benefits that they can offer. Smartphone ownership wasn’t the only thing that increased over the last year though. With increased number of smartphone users came an increased amount of data usage, with more people taking advantage of the web connected apps and features that their devices offer them. In Q4 of 2012, smartphone users were racking up 5.5GB of data usage each month, while in Q4 of 2013 smartphone users had increased that amount to about 6.6GB each month. While lots of things on the smartphones of today offer web connected features, one of the biggest factors in the data usage increase can attributed to streaming music, with 52% of smartphone owners in Q4 of last year using a music app to stream their favorite tunes, as opposed to storing their own music locally on the device. By those numbers, it would seem that music streaming could be one of the highest data consumption features we use. Source
  19. Reports pertaining unreleased Apple gadgets are aplenty, particularly at this time of the year when analysts and commentators try to piece together the release calendar using clues, tip-offs, historical context and some good, old-fashioned conjecture. And now a new report has just popped up which is backed by some research, and believes that Apple may be preparing an iPhone 6 with a 5.5-inch display, while the screen of the so-called iWatch device may be comprised of flexible AMOLED. If either were to ring true, they’d certainly be firsts given that the company has stuck with the small phone form factor from the get-go, while AMOLED is something that only rivals have utilized. The original iPhone offered a 3.5-inch display, and although things got a great deal sharper and generally more beautiful with the iPhone 4, it wasn’t until the iPhone 5 – released only late in 2012 – that Apple pushed the boundaries and offered (an admittedly stingy) 1/2-inch increase. There is a growing faction of Apple fans looking for something larger, though, and with the likes of the HTC One easily competing with the iPhone in terms of aesthetics, the Cupertino outfit knows that it cannot afford to rest on its laurels for too much longer. Almost every year, we’ve heard rumors pertaining an iPhone with more display real estate, but only this time around does it actually seem as though we may actually get it. As well as the 5.5-inch model, the 4.7-inch, lower-end model will be made to suit those with smaller hands and pockets. This second configuration would still represent a significant leap from the 4-inch panel of the current flagship iPhone 5s, and with a 1,600 x 900 resolution offering 386 pixels per inch, it’ll be both comfortably within Apple’s arbitrary "Retina" zone and sharper than any other iPhone we’ve seen to date. The iPhone roster’s major changes could well be upstaged by the introduction of the alleged iWatch, which will, if what we’re led to believe is true, compete with the likes of the Pebble, Sony and Samsung in the smartwatch field. Unfortunately, despite having heard a lot of it, we’ve yet to really learn about its tech specs, form factor, or any otherwise interesting details, but according to the report, its display will be Apple’s first AMOLED. Moreover, the report mentions flexible AMOLED with a pixel density between 278ppi and 348ppi, depending on whether the display’s diameter stands at 1.3 or 1.6 inches. Source
  20. Gameloft has announced its plans to launch The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The successor to the game that got almost 1 million downloads in the Google Play Store is going to bring improved graphics and new storyline. The gamemaker says The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will stick to the plot of the movie as a result of the ongoing collaboration with Marvel Entertainment. Gameloft plans to launch the game in April for iOS, Android and Windows Phone. There’s no information regarding pricing yet. The original game costs $6.99 on iOS and Android (currently it’s on a discount, by the way), so we expect its successor to be similarly priced. Check out the announcement trailer below. Source
  21. By Jacob Siegal on Jan 9, 2014 at 11:50 PM The mobile app for Facebook, much like its desktop counterpart, is constantly seeing tweaks and revisions, but when the team switched from custom to native development on iOS and Android, they lost the ability to A/B test their releases. In the latest post on the Facebook Engineering Blog, Ari Grant and Kang Zhang detail the complex system they built to take the place of their previous method. Airlock, the new system Facebook has implemented, allows the company to send out “10 or 15 different variations of a single experiment and put it in the hands of millions of people,” and then receive data to find out what worked and what didn’t. Once the team has settled on which experiments should make it to the broader public, they push out an update that will reach every single user on the platform. According to Grant and Zhang, the new approach is the best one yet. “Airlock has made it possible to test on native and improve our apps faster than ever,” they claim. “With the freedom to test, re-test, and evaluate the results, we’re looking forward to building better and better tests and user experiences.” http://bgr.com/2014/01/09/facebook-mobile-updates-ios-android-apps
  22. The latest bit of news about Apple's next flagship smartphone is regarding the phone's camera. There had been some rumors claiming that Apple was planning to bump the camera to a 16MP sensor; but, a new report from China is saying that Apple will stick to an 8MP sensor and offer improvements in other ways. We are all pretty familiar these days with the fact that megapixels aren't such a great determinant of camera quality, and it seems that Apple believes that. The report says that Apple will stay at the 8MP mark for the iPhone 6, but will offer optical image stabilization (OIS), as well as other improvements. Unfortunately, there isn't any word on what those improvements may be. Apple's iPhone 5s also stuck with an 8MP sensor just like the iPhone 5, but improved performance in other ways - making the pixel size larger for better low-light performance, making the aperture wider, changing the lens material, adding dual flash, and slow motion video. Apple apparently doesn't see value in following other companies who use higher megapixel counts as a replacement for optical zoom. Nokia is tops in this with its 41MP Lumia 1020 and 20MP Lumia 1520; Sony's flagships offer 20.7MP cameras; and, Samsung's Galaxy S5 is rumored to feature a 16MP sensor. Source
  23. Even after so many rounds of patent disputes in court, and many wins and losses, Samsung and Apple always manage to make the headline from time to time, one way or the other. Everyone involved in this dispute knows that things can’t continue down that path all the time, which is why the CEOs of Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics have agreed to meet as part of a mediated session on February 19th. Both companies are preparing themselves and their respective legal teams for yet another court room battle in March relating to alleged infringement of smartphone patents. The mediated meeting will be attended by Apple CEO Tim Cook and Samsung CEO Oh-Hyun Kwon as well as a set of in-house lawyers. A court filing, made public yesterday, states that the company’s legal teams had already met on January 6th with the intention of discussing potential settlement deals to try and avoid further legal action. If the meeting proves successful and opens up the arena for debate then it’s highly possible that the planned March court battle could be averted. The bitter legal wrangle between the world’s top two smartphone vendors has been ongoing for longer than most of us care to remember and involves a hotly contested battle of various smartphone patents. The complexities of the case are made worse by the fact that the issues exist in multiple countries across a wide array of smartphone and tablet devices. If the outcome of the meeting is negative and next month’s trial can’t be avoided then it will be yet another major appearance to add to the two trials that have already occurred in San Jose, California. Previously released court documents show that Apple has paid approximately $60 million to its external law firm to bring these allegations against Samsung, which seems like small change when you consider the legal system has awarded upwards of $900 million in damages to the Cupertino based company. Source
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    iPhone 6 Specs

    A new report from South Korean publication ET News says the iPhone 6, which it calls “iPhone Air,” will be just 6 millimeters thick when it is unveiled later this year, making the handset significantly thinner than its predecessors. Comparatively, the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5 have a 7.6 millimeter profile while the iPhone 5c is thicker, at 8.97 millimeters. The publication says the news comes from Chinese media, but it certainly can’t be verified at this point. The iPhone 6 will still be made of metal, although it will be a bit heavier than previous models, the same source says. The design of the iPhone 6 will reportedly be based on the iPhone 5s, although the upcoming iOS handset is said to be bigger than the 2013 flagship model. The phone is expected to be unveiled and launched at some point in September. Recent reports have suggested that this year Apple is going to launch iPhones with bigger displays than the 4-inch screen found in current models. The company is rumored to consider 4.7- to 5.7-inch displays for future generation devices, although that’s also a report that can’t be confirmed at this time. Interestingly, the same etnews says that the price of the iPhone 5s will go down to $100 at some point in May, presumably in the U.S., for on-contract purchases. Source
  25. Opera MediaWorks is out today with its latest report on the state of mobile platforms for Q3 2013. The report, which gathers data from billions of ad impressions each month, notes that iOS continues the lead for mobile advertising, with around 44.4% of all ad requests and 50% of revenue on its platform. That’s compared to 31.32% for Android, but the lead for Apple is mostly thanks to gains from iPad. Remove tablets from the equation and ad impressions on iPhone and Android smartphones fall to just 31% vs. 30.3%. There might be good reason that more ads are being served on iOS despite Android being the larger of the two smartphone platforms. A somewhat unbelievable number in a report yesterday claimed that iOS ads are generating up to 1,790 percent, or almost 18x more return on investment than ads on Android. The numbers come from advertising platform Nanigans, which studied more than 200 billion ads on Facebook for the study. According to the report, iOS ads aren’t just generating more ROI than on other platforms, but returns on Android are typically a 10 percent loss vs the cost of the ads. That means Nanigans is seeing investors increasingly upping their advertising budget on iOS and decreasing it on Android. Opera MediaWorks report today also estimates that around 61.09% of iOS users have upgraded to iOS 7 since it’s release on September 18. That compares to just 49.77% for Jelly Bean on Android since its release back in July 2012. Opera’s number seems to be slightly lower than the almost 70% on iOS 7 estimated by app marketing platform Fiksu’s usage tracker as of today. The results above are from the analysis of over 60 billion ad impressions per month that reach around 400 million consumers worldwide on mobile devices through over 13k sites and apps. source
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