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Apple recently patented a new technology which will help protect your phone from damage suffered due to being dropped and it just might change everything.
The patent, which was awarded on Tuesday and first reported by AppleInsider, describes how an electronic device in free fall could change its position in mid-air to minimize the damage caused by impact.
The patent application depicts a device behaving very much like a cat. “The first thing a cat does when it’s falling is to try to figure out which way is up,” says Destin Sandlin, a missile engineer who runs a science channel on YouTube that includes falling cat experiments. “It does this either with a gyro in its ears or with its eyes.”
You can read more about the new patent here. Unfortunately, this type of technology won't help if you drop your phone in the toilet. (C'mon, you've done that at least once haven't you?)
Apple announced its earnings for the first fiscal quarter of 2014 on Monday, and the numbers being thrown about were nothing short of staggering. The Cupertino giant earned a $13.1 billion profit out of a revenue of $57.6 billion. It managed to sell a frankly incredible 26 million iPads and 51 million iPhones. Both of these figures beat Apple’s own records for sales in a single quarter, but it may still not have been enough to meet Wall Street’s expectations. Regardless, read on below the break to know more.
There's been a lot of talk about what Apple's next iPhone(s) will be like. Some of the rumors have verged on the outlandish, with 5.7" iPhone (iPhablet?) models being thrown about by the press. Now, an analyst has claimed that Apple has finally zeroed in on what it actually wants to do with the iPhone 6, and he claims that they have 'locked down' its screen size, among other things. Read on below the break to know more.
There had been a furor about the ease with which in-app purchases could be used to rack up huge credit card bills with little warning about it a few months ago. The proliferation of freemium apps has led to in-app purchases being more common than ever, and it made it more likely than ever for anyone to max out someone’s credit card on the App Store with in-app purchases (inadvertently or not) with little chance of a refund. This became a systemic issue when kids using their parents’ iPads ended up racking up bills as much as $2600 according to recent reports, and a lawsuit filed against Apple in the Federal Trade Commission over this regard has ended with Apple having to pay $32.5 million to settle the case. Read on to know more.
Icycle : On thin ice is one of the most bizzare games on the App store. You get to play as a naked man riding a bicycle through an ice riddled wonderland. The strangeness of this game is its most curious aspect and make you want to try it out.
The uniqueness of Icycle is not its gameplay, but rather the eerie artwork and graphics which are part of a weird symbolism. Gameplay wise, Icycle is a side scrolling adventure game, with a pretty simple control scheme. The protagonist of the game is named Dennis, and he can ride his bicycle in either forward or reverse directions. He can also jump and can open an umbrella so slow his descent to the ground.
The game is quite short, with only 20 levels, most of which are not very long. This also works in the favor of the game because each level flows naturally to the next providing a seamless and complete experience.
The game is available on the App store for 99 cents, which is quite less for a game this good.
• A thrilling platforming adventure from award-winning studio Damp Gnat
• Breathtaking worlds that are as beautiful as they are dangerous
• Stunning soundtrack and unique surrealist visual design
• Unlock a wardrobe full of garments to dress and humiliate Dennis
• Upgrade vacuum cleaners and umbrellas to reach hidden items
• Complete 80 missions to unlock bonus features including the original Icycle game!
Daddy was a thief is a Rebel Twins' game, which can best be described by the phrase "endless faller". In this game you get to play as a dad who has to escape after robbing a bank. There is some backstory provided in the splash screen of the game, which tells us that the guy has been fired from his job, so to provide for his family, he decides to start robbing banks.
Each time the game starts, dad is seen escaping from a bank by jumping onto the roof of the adjacent building to escape the authorities. The character is always running from left to right, changing direction whenever he encounters the wall or furniture. The controls are simple; you can either swipe up to jump or swipe down to smash through the floor and go to the floor below.
Since the character is always running, you have to time your jumps efficiently. The goal is to smash as many objects possible and cause destruction, and ultimately, collect more coins. The game is aesthetically beautiful, with different color on each floor. The arrangement of furniture too is random on each floor, so that the game does not feel repetitive.
You might encounter some angry grannies, shrink rays, and random missiles on your way which make your escape much more challenging. There are also policemen on some floors that can kill you with one hit. The coins you collect can be used to purchase power ups and other one time use items that make your job easier.
The game is available on both Android and iOS stores for $1.99.
Apple's free app of this week is a kids' app called Toca Builders. It is a creative building app, aimed at kids between ages 6 and 8. The game resembles Minecraft a lot, which means that players can create 3D worlds using colorful cubes.
Upon starting a game, the player gets to choose from 6 different builders. Each builder has his own particular set of skills. For example, Blox the Hammer can drop blocks when he moves. He can also destroy blocks that he encounters in his path. For painting, you can use Cooper the Ball who can be controlled using a ball shapped controller. To undo any changes, you can use Connie the Crane, who can move the blocks around. There isn't a separate undo button in the game.
Toca Builders is a great fun app for kids that can easily keep them engaged for hours. It is available free of cost on the app store right now, so download your copy now.
Key features of the app as mentioned on the iTunes App store are as follows:
• 6 super builders
• Build whatever you want - drop, spray, lift and smash!
• Color each individual blocks as you want
• Unique controls of the builders - spin, roll, aim and move
• Autosave guarantees your progresses is saved
• Use the snapshot feature to take a photo of your creation
• Easy-to-use, kid-friendly interface with incredible creative possibilities
• Incredible creative possibilities
• Beautiful original graphics
• No rules, stress or time limits – play any way you want
• No third-party advertising
• No in-app purchases
Samsung has announced a new phone in its lineup and it is none other than the Galaxy Grand successor, Glaxy Grand 2. Images of the new Galaxy Grand were leaked recently on a technology portal, but there was no official news about this 5.25 inch device. Named after its immediate predecessor, Galaxy Grand, the Galaxy Geand 2 comes with improved and better hardware and new design. The device adopts the faux leather stiched back from Samsung Galaxy Note III and it comes with a wide 5.25 inch display screen with 1280x760 high definition TFT display.
Galaxy Grand 2's processor and RAM too have got a massive boost. It comes with a 1.2Ghz quad-core processor and a 1.5GB of RAM,a new before combination for Samsung phones. Also, there is an 8-megapixel primary camera at the rear end of the phone which is coupled with a 1.9 megapixel high definition secondary camera at the front end.
Additionally, there is 8 GB of internal memory alongside the miscoSD slot that can be used to expand the memory supporting upto 64 GB. The additinal hardware features of Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 include WiFi, Bluetooth4.0, GPS, dual-sim support slot and a 26mAH battery that supports 10 continuous hours of music playback and 17 hours of talk time for voice calls.
Galaxy Grand 2 runs the Android 4.3 OS and the user interface is the Samsung UI overlay. Other software features are Samsung Hub, Story Album, Group Play, S Translator, S Travel, Sound & Shot, Best Shot and more.
Though the price of the phone is still not revealed but it will be available in black, white and pink color schemes.
Combo crew is an unusual fighting game. While most such mobile games employ virtual on screen controls which actually are very cumbersome to use, Combo Crew uses multitouch gestures which make the gameply immensely satisfying.
Players have to fight hundreds of minions to advance and ultimately battle the boss, aptly named Mr. Boss. The game has got everything in it, including evil looking bad guys, great visuals and animations, lots and lots of action and amazing control scheme.
You can attack an enemy by swiping your finger on the screen in the correct direction. The one finger swipe is the most basic attack move in the game. Since the character automatically moves to whoever you are trying to attack, there are no directional controls. A two finger swipe initiates a combo attack, and you can choose out of 4 different combos to use, by swiping up, down, left or right. There are different characters to choose from and each character has his or her own fighting style. The game is currently available free on the App store as the free app of the week.
Below is a snippet from the description of the App as seen on the app store:
"Play this action-packed brawler alone or call in your whole crew! You can rescue online friends from KO (or have them rescue you) and compete for high scores on global leaderboards. Quick melee brawls in arena-style levels make Combo Crew perfect for intense bursts of gaming on the go. But with hundreds of missions, unlockables, and an endless mode, you’ll keep coming back for more."
After months long battle between the two technology giants of the elctronics sector , Samsung and Apple, over the patent rights, the jury finally announced its verdict on Friday for the same. It is decided by jury that Samsung should pay a sum of $ 290 million to Apple in damages of patent infringement of Apple's original product concept. Apple accused Samsung for copying its key features from iPhone and iPad devices. Apple also claimed that its iPad mini is not inspired by the trending 7-inch tablets in the market rather, an original idea.
In August last year, Samsung was found guilty by the US jury for infringing of Apple's patents for a host of devices. It was initially decided by the Jury that Samsung should pay $1.05 million indamages of patent infringement, but on further digging into the case , judge Koh determined that the amount jury has decided is not proper corresponding to the damanges reported. Subsequently , the jury had to cut down the amount to nearly its half , a sum of $600 million approximately.
The current subject of the retrial case was the balance of the amount for the damages. A total amount of $290,456,793 as finally decided by the jury is due to be payble by Samsung to Apple. Though Apple was requsting a settlement including $380 where as Samsung was targeting a mere $52 million in damages retrial.
After a half an hour long review meeting , the legal representative teams of both the companies met again to discuss over the final settlement. Apple after arguing over a mere two million finally accepted the judgement, with no objections from Samsung.
Though soon after the verdict got announced, Samsung voiced its disappointment over the verdict and said in a statement that it will move forward with the post-trial appeals and motions. " We're disappointed by today's decision, which is in large part on a patent that the US patent and the Trademark Office has recently deemed invalid" said the Samsung's spokesperson. Apple too had said that " for Apple this case has always been about more than patents and money" continuing the statement by saying " it has been about innovation".
Samsung is now planning to appeal against the $290 million lawsuit verdict. A third trial of the case was expected in early 2014, with Apple claiming that Samsung has copied its key features for newest Samsung products.