What’s the video equivalent to 140 written characters for Twitter? Apparently it translates to 6 sec of video! That’s right, Twitter has now rolled out a new feature for the Twitter faithful – embeded video clips.
Google released an updated version of Gmail for iOS (2.0), both for the iphone and iPad. The much desired updated features include the following:
Set your calendars – Apple announces WWDC keynote for June 11th – 10am PST. Why should we be excited? iOS 6 and a possible new mapping app – Apple’s exodus from Google Maps is upon us. Most likely there will be no new hardware announcements but we’re hoping the boys from Cupertino and Devs have been up to some new shenanigans. Stay tuned!
9To5 Mac has posted supposed leaked images of Apple’s next-gen iPhone (back side). The images confirm long running rumors of a larger physical design, smaller dock connector, moved earphone jack (bottom corner) and larger speaker grill. The design looks more refined – more modern and more in-line with Apple’s unibody (metal) macbook line. More info coming….
Just as promised, the hard working boys over at the Chronic-Dev Team and iPhone Dev Team have brought home the goods – Absinthe 2.o! The iOS 5.1.1 untethered jailbreak with un-hinder your favorite i-device if it is one of the blessed: iPad 1,1 – 2,1 – 2,2 – 2,3 – 3,1 – 3,2 – 3,3 - iPhone 2,1 – 3,1 – 3,3 – 4,1 - iPod 3,1 – 4,1. Still interested, go and get your hands of that absinthe goodness.
After copious amounts of work and many sleepless nights Absinthe 2.0 is finally here to jailbreak your device. This release has been a large collaborative effort between Chronic-Dev Team and iPhone Dev Teams (Jailbreak Dream Team)
This jailbreak supports firmware 5.1.1 ONLY and is again one of the most easiest jailbreaks to use (so easy your grandma could do it ;D)
If you’ve been waiting to buy a tablet or smartphone, now might be a great time to get in on the fun….at a great price. Apple and third party retailers are having some great deals on iPads and iPhones – if you don’t care about the rumored iPhone 6 or iPad mini, this could be the deal of the year.
The iPhone cracks itself if siri perceives it as stolen. Before you go why siri why, self destruction is activated only if you have enabled the iphone unlock error security feature on the concept iPhone 5.
After 3 strikes, Siri radio quickly does an iPhone data transfer to your iTunes; and goes onto decimate all your information on the phone. You are notified on iTunes, where the iPhone data recovery is now available only to you, as it should be.
If you cant have the iphone, NO one can!
The question is not whether iPhone — Will it blend? but iPhone — Will it destruct?, if stolen. Go Siri!
Right on the heels of a massive blow-out Q2 earnings call, Apple today announced the dates for WWDC (World Wide Developers Conference) at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. The annual conference will start June 11th and run through the 15th – get your tickets today because last year it sold out the first day tickets were available. Additianlly, Apple has added a new “Student Scholarship” program for young app developers:
Apple released some cool celebrity studded Siri ads over the weekend, one staring Samuel L Jackson and another with quirky Zooey Deschanel. Both ads are unsurprisingly not that interesting and follow the classic Apple: “Normal people doing extraordinary things with their iphones” which is starting to get really old. That said, leave it up to the web to spice up the Samuel L Jackson ad – big time! Both videos are after the break…
We all heard the recent news about Facebook buying everyone’s favorite photo sharing app Instagram and how they just crossed over the 40 million user mark but have you ever wanted to download all your photos from Instagram, right to your computer? NO – then stop reading this article. Yes – well then, we have the right service for you.
Now that the “New” iPad is out and about, the rumor mill has moved their attention to the “New” iPhone or iPhone 5 or 6th generation iPhone (Above image is a concept design) and what’s the best way to get info on Cupertino’s next handset – ask anyone slightly associated with Foxcomm. This week’s star reporter is South Korea’s Maeil Business Newspaper and the info came straight from the mouth of a Foxcomm HR official…..so it must be true. Here’s the quote of the week:
In a massive policy change, it looks like AT&T will start unlocking off contract iPhones, so that they can be used on other carriers (frequency permitting). In a press release, AT&T said that:
…Beginning Sunday, April 8, we will offer qualifying customers the ability to unlock their AT&T iPhones. The only requirements are that a customer’s account must be in good standing, their device cannot be associated with a current and active term commitment on an AT&T customer account, and they need to have fulfilled their contract term, upgraded under one of our upgrade policies or paid an early termination fee…
Apparently, mounting pressure from customers about AT&T’s ridiculous and long standing position on not-unlocking iPhones and possibly Tim Cook, has lead Ma’Bell to change her mind. Keep in mind, that you’ll have to be in good standing with AT&T and off contract, so just ended your relationship with AT&T. Hope this is true.
nTelos, a US regional carrier operating in: “Virginia, West Virginia, and portions of Maryland, Ohio, Kentucky, and North Carolina. nTelos Wireless began acquiring PCS spectrum in western Virginia and West Virginia in 1995 and began operations in Virginia in 1997 and in West Virginia in 1998…” operating on PCS CDMA network, has just got the iPhone (iPhone 4 & iPhone 4S).
Wether this concept would do well in real life, especially with professional photographers, is up in the air - as a concept, I found it intriguing but the lens is overkill. There is no practical way to explain a lens that large of such a structurally thin body – it took the concept from reality to comedic.
The guys over at ADR studios, which have created some amazing Apple concepts, are at it again with the following iPhone 5 design. As you can see, the immediate design and emphasis is on a gorgeous enlarged screen, which has been rumored for the actual iPhone 5 (4-4.3 inch). ADR’s website has a complete write-up on their concept, so have a look below and go visit their site for some design brilliance.
First of all it’s sim-less: it doesn’t use a simcard by our phone mobile operator. It can grab your data directly by the mobile network, also in 4G LTE. It uses a new audio section, with two panel speakers, on the rear of it aluminum forged unibody. All the controls are now on the top and the edge is so thin! The great news is the new iPhone haven’t just one retina display.
It has three ones! One strip screen is on the top, to show you all the network infos, clocks, notifications and so on. The bottom one is for App dock, multitasking panel and so on. The central one is only for the desktop: more space, more freedom…
Source: ADR Studios
Over the last 3 months, Apple has been getting hit hard by articles and news stories accusing the iPhone/iPad maker of horride working conditions, specifically in its Chinese factories. The New York Times wrote several stories covering the supposed grievances, we wrote about it here and you can find the Times article here. Yet, the NYT wasn’t the only organization jumping on Apple over worker treatment, others were quick to point the finger at Apple (90% were hit pieces) and one of the loudest was the much beloved podcast: This American Life.
Back in January, This American Life ran a story, with the help of Mike Daisey’s, over the treatment of Apple factory workers in China and possible child labor practices. The piece was hard hitting, very animated (with the help of Mr. Daisey’s theatrical training) and explosive. It was another nail in the coffin for Apple’s continuing PR nightmare but Tim Cook (CEO Apple) didn’t take the accusations lightly, reiterating Apple’s stance on worker conditions:
We think the use of underaged labor is abhorrent. It’s extremely rare in our supply chain, but our top priority is to eliminate it totally. We’ve done that with our final assembly and we’re now working with vendors farther down in the supply chain. If we find a supplier that intentionally hires underage labor, it’s a firing offense….
The “Madness” starts March 13th and while this years tournament promises to be as spectacular as years past, we’re always presented with the same problem: How can you watch all 67 games? Well, that long standing issue just got solved – big time! The NCAA has released a mobile app (iPad,iPhone,iPod Touch, Android) which allows fans to tune in to all 67 games and watch them live, right on their favorite devices. If this wasn’t good enough, the price for all 67 games is just $3.99 – that is madness! Good to see a consumer friendly solution – looking right at you TV/Movie studios. Get your iOS app here or your Android app here.
Apps like PhotoSynth are amazing tools that help your create stunning panoramic photos and now we can add SpinCam to the list of apps that make iOS so powerful. SpinCam’s UI couldn’t be easier – essentially it has an onscreen guide that helps you along, as you spin around the object you wish to capture. After it has registered that you have gone 360 Deg, it processes the image data and produces the complete 360 photo. From there, you can share it across your favorite social media networks. Go and grab it….
…Go beyond a still photo and create visual real-time 360° captures anywhere and everywhere—and share with everyone. Now you can capture a moment with friends or family, a stunning view, or a piece of art, in a 360° Spin with your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad 2 camera…
Apple just recently announced that their app store had just crossed over the 25 billion download mark and while that is amazing for an ecosystem that is just about 4 years old, what people really wanted to know is: What’s the top 10! Well, Apple just released the list and we have it below – enjoy. If you want the complete list, as it’s more than just 10 apps – simply click here.
The insane thing here is…..wait for it….he was trying to smuggle them into China. Simply amazing.
By far, one of the best apps in Apple’s ecosystem (iPhone & iPad) has been Flipboard – hands down. For those not really familier with Flipboard, it essentially allows you to aggregate all your favorite content (on the web) into a simple to use flipbook app. Still unsure, check out the video below:
Version 1.8 brings several cool features: 1) The much loved “Cover Stories” feature is now on the iPad version as well – 2) The addition of a third content page for you to place your favorite web information – 3) New full-screen images and typography make for even more beautiful layouts – 4) International Content Guides with hundreds of recommendations for readers in the UK and Ireland, Canada, Australia, France, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Tap on the red ribbon to choose your Content Guide Edition – 5) Pick topics of interest when first using Flipboard, instantly setting up your Flipboard with great stuff to read. Go and get the update – click here.
Yesterday, Twitter released an update for their iOS app – version 4.1 doesn’t have a lot of changes but it has two much requested features. “Swipe Shortcuts” and “Copy/Paste” for tweets and profiles are features people have been asking for since the first Twitter app and while the first (Swipe) doesn’t sound that useful, with some practice, it’s a great help. As for “Copy/Paste” – every app – on every platform should have this feature……it’s frickin’ 2012!
Right on the heels of Microsoft releasing a “consumer preview” of Windows 8 (Feb 29th) and a much rumored iPad 3/HD event during the first week of March, this morning Apple dropped a bombshell – previewing Mac OS X Mountain Lion (10.8). Up until now, there wasn’t a whole lot of chatter about the next big cat update, since rumors of new iMacs, MacPros, Macbook Pros and iPads had drowned out what little noise Mountain Lion brought. Regardless, unlike the move from Leopard to Snow Leopard, Mountain Lion is a very significant release – furthering even more the marriage between Mac OS and iOS - scheduled for Summer 2012 as a paid upgrade.
Apple’s personal assistant (Siri) is all the rave on the iPhone 4s and while it can do some amazing voice controlled commands, apparently it isn’t very good at keeping secrets. Apple has said that it will bring Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Italian and Spanish language integration to Siri sometime in 2012 but it looks like Siri is already being updated for such additions. Currently, only English (several derivatives) French and German are available when speaking to Siri but it looks like things are going to get a lot more global.