Monthly Archives: December 2012
It is hard to argue against the fact that Apple products have long been a perfect example of the phrase 'Neighbor's envy, owner's pride'. As popular as some competing laptops, tablets and smartphones may have turned out to be, Apple's devices seem to hold a special kind of prestige factor that no other tech company can muster up for its products. Now, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has used that very lining of thinking to justify the rising crime rates in his state.
Picture chatting has received a recent popularity bump with Snapchat and its Facebook clone, named Poke. Snapchat let you send pictures to your friends, which come with a self destructive timer. When the photo or video has been viewed and after the timer runs out, the photo or video disappears from the app forever. Snapchat has been gaining tremendous popularity among teens, who continue to use it despite the security risks such a service presents.
Snapchat has taken a number of security measures to prevent the users from saving the media they receive. While users might take screenshot of the image they receive, the sender will be immediately notified. Also, any photo or video can only be viewed for a maximum of 10 seconds, while the sender has the option to set the timer as low as 1 second. These precautions might make the service safe for casual chatting, but not safe enough for sending highly sensitive data.
A bug has been recently discovered, due to which expired videos can still be accessed by using a simple file explorer for iPhone. The surprising part is, those videos remain on the phone memory even after being deleted completely from within the app. Anyone can permanently save the video by connecting their iPhone to the computer, and accessing the iOS file system using a file manager. The bug is present in Facebook’s Poke as well, and is being fixed right now. It should suffice to say that both these services are far from perfect and should be used with caution.
Apple rumors never cease to appear, keeping the company always in limelight. The latest rumor originated in an Asian news website, claiming that Apple is working with Intel on smart watch. This smart watch will connect to your iPhone wirelessly and enable you to perform various functions, including voice calls, on your phone.
The news was first published in a Chinese publication called 163.com, which explained that the watch will be powered by Intel, and will be released by Apple sometime in first quarter of 2013. The watch will connect to your iPhone via Bluetooth 4.0 and will have a 1.5 inch OLED screen to display notifications. The screen is reportedly being manufactured by a Chinese maker of OLED displays. The name of this manufacturer is Ritek, and it’s based in Shenzhen, China. The touch sensitive screen will have an indium tin oxide (ITO) coated glass layer over it.
While skepticism about this news remains high, geeks and tech enthusiasts maintain that an Apple smart watch is an obvious thing. This might be the ultimate accessory people are waiting for, which will work seamlessly with their iPhone and iPads. The concept of a smart watch is definitely not new; Sony had released an Android smartwatch which could connect to an Android smartphone via Bluetooth. The watch failed to generate much interest among users because of the presence of too many bugs and miserable battery backup.
As surprising as it might sound, the widely popular microblogging service, Tumblr had no official app for iPad until now. So far, iPad users had to turn to the mobile web version of the service on their Mobile Safari, which had tons of limitations. During the course of last year, Tumblr released major upgrades to the iPhone version of their app. A native version of the app was released which was easier to use and much faster than the previous versions.
Once the iPhone app had been perfected, it was only a matter of time before a full-fledged iPad version of Tumblr came out, and it did come out last week. The new app is several times faster than the web version, and allows you to reblog and follow new blogs with single touches.
The app also comes with a sidebar for navigation, which makes it a lot easier to access various features. The app also has landscape view support, which particularly improves the photo viewing experience within the app. Other useful features include the ability to reblog while being offline, and access to the device camera from within the app.
Overall, the new Tumblr app is feature rich, easy to use, has faster load times and uses the full real estate of the iPad screen. Regular bloggers have been requesting for a long time, and this app can be considered to be Tumblr’s own way of wishing them Merry Christmas.
Japanese blog Macotakara has claimed that Apple has a fifth generation iPad lined up for a March 2013 launch, less than six months after the launch of the fourth gen iPad. It is apparently a thinner and lighter version of the bestselling iOS tablet that borrows a lot of the design ethos that has gone behind making the iPad Mini.
It's the festive time of the year again, as Christmas is right here. Luckily for iOS users, app developers choose to put a cherry on top of everyone's festivities with a whole lot of sales and steep discounts on their very best apps. Read on to find out about the iOS games from EA that have gone on sale in the App Store this holiday season!
Facebook has launched a new iOS app called Poke. It is an app that lets its users send messages, images and videos that are set to expire after a certain amount of time. There are plenty of ways to put a spin on it, but long story short, it is an almost exact copy of the popular Snapchat app that has been merged in to Facebook's own 'poke' function.
Cut the Rope had been a simple puzzle game from an indie Russian developer called Zepto Labs that made it big - very, very big. The simplicity of the game play, the occasionally brilliant art work and the game's sheer ability to just be addictive across multiple devices of varying shapes and sizes made it one of the runaway mobile gaming hits of all time. Now, Zepto Labs has moved on beyond Cut the Rope to launch a new game - one that they have named 'Pudding Monsters' .
Die hard comic fans will be delighted by this week’s free app of the week: Avengers Initiative. Originally priced at $6.99, the combat centric brawler developed by Wideload Games will be available free of cost throughout this week. The game allows you to play as The Hulk, which is the only character supported at this time, with more characters to be added in the subsequent versions of the game.
The app store description of the game reads:
“In the wake of The Pulse, The Vault, a top‐secret S.H.I.E.L.D. facility in the Rocky Mountains, has busted open, releasing all of the super‐powered criminals and monsters imprisoned there. Aboard the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier, Nick Fury recruits a reluctant HULK to round up all the monsters he can while S.H.I.E.L.D. can assemble the rest of THE AVENGERS to figure out who opened the doors to The Vault‐ and why.”
Avengers Initiative derives a lot from the Infinity Blade series, so if you are a big fan, you’ll love this game as well. The game has been praised for its complexity, requiring you to be on-the-edge all the time. Hulk can be upgraded as you level up, improving his health and attack. There are a lot of in-app purchases available if you’re finding the normal course of play a tad too difficult. A solid storyline makes Avengers Initiative engaging, but the gameplay might feel repetitive and monotonous at times.
There’s no denying that Apple’s latest release has been a huge hit. The pace at which the iPad mini has been selling is enormous, outselling even the full sized 4th generation iPad. As is the case with every other successful Apple product, the rumor mills have started churning out information about the next generation iPad mini.
The biggest drawback of iPad Mini was said to be its substandard screen. The lack of Retina Display in the device was a deal breaker for most people. Plus, the availability of cheaper devices such as Kindle Fire, with better screens were one of the causes of concern for Apple.
If sources are to be believed, there’s absolutely no doubt that the next installment of iPad Mini will sport a Retina Display screen. There is of course no official confirmation of the fact that the 2nd generation iPad Mini even exists, but according to the RBC Capital Market analyst Doug Freeman, "iPad Mini Gen-2: Apple's gen-2 iPad mini is getting pulled-in, and is likely to have several new suppliers, with TXN gaining content."
This means the next iPad Mini might come out earlier than expected; after all, Apple launched iPad 4th generation just 8 months after releasing the 3rd generation model. The 7.9 inch tablet is already selling like hotcakes, and by releasing a new version will only improve those sales numbers.