Why Apple?

Why Apple?

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Recently I was asked why do I promote Apple and wear a jacket with the famous Apple logo on it.

I suppose the simple answer to that is that everything just works so well together if you buy in to Apple’s Walled Garden.

I call it a Walled Garden because Apple protects you. Consider,  the Mac OS gives you the control, which you can override, to only install Apps that either come from the Mac App Store only and thus have been vetted by Apple for safety, or that come from the Mac App Store and developers that have been approved by Apple. On iOS devices, Apps are sandboxed which means that Apps cannot interfere with other Apps thereby creating a Malware situation.

On the Android side, any App can be put into the Google Play store without review and so the potential for harm is much greater.

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Syrian Rebels Aim Mortars(Guns) With The Help Of iPads ..

     

     Reuters took an incredible photo of Free Syrian Army rebels on Sunday as they used an iPad to guide mortar fire in the country’s brutal civil war outside of Damascus.

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Speculation around the photo has suggested that the rebels are using an iPad app such as iHandy Level Free to aim the mortars in the absence of sights.

“It is something they have been using for a while,” Eliot Higgins, a British-based weapons analyst, told the Times of London. “Some are also using smart phones. It’s quite common.”

Though civilians may be surprised to see a tablet used in the context of war, Apple anticipated it. The licensing agreement all iTunes users sign reads: “You also agree that you will not use these products for any purposes prohibited by United States law, including, without limitation, the development, design, manufacture or production of nuclear, missiles, or chemical or biological weapons.”

Source : http://www.huffingtonpost.com

Mid Air flip technology by Apple to protect phones… Nice one ..

 

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Apple’s patent application number 20130257582 — “Protecting an electronic device” — aims to minimise breakages by causing your phone to flip in mid-air and land on a specifically ruggedised edge.

The system would work by using a motion sensor to detect if the device is being dropped and having that sensor communicating with a processor that determines the orientation of the phone — ie, what surface is currently hurtling towards the ground.

From there, it gets particularly clever:

The electronic device further includes a motor in communication with the processor and a mass operably connected to the motor. The processor is configured to drive the motor when a drop event is determined, and the mass is configured to rotate with respect to the motor to alter the orientation of the device.

So, the idea is that this motor would spin the mass in such a way as to ensure the device falls on to a protected area. There is a small mistake in the image but yu got the idea right??..

Even better, Apple goes on to suggest that a different method could be to use a “propulsion system” to direct the fall of the device. “The propulsion system may be implemented as a fan, a jet or other suitable propulsion device,” according to the patent application.

So, if Apple has its way, we might not have flying cars, but we will have jet-propelled phones.

Source : http://www.cnet.com.au

iOS, Android, Windows phone… Which one would yu prefer ???

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   To put it bluntly, I can ask yu a direct question.. Will yu prefer a completely customisable Android or the fully customized iOS or the developing and self updating tiled Windows platform? But there is much more to it…

iOS  

Image   If I pick up an iPhone to make a call, I feel, like the phone is talking to me and saying,

“Hey yu !! Yes yu… Yu picked me up to make a call, so why don’t yu just go on with it and leave me alone!!“

   I mean, there is nothing in there to hover around like some animated backgrounds, nice app widgets like the gallery widget or music widget or the BlinkFeed etc like that on the android or there aren’t any self updating live tiles that of Windows. I mean no sparkly stuff. Its simple which become dull after yu spend some time on it. Everything is predetermined, regulated and CONGESTED… Oh my god!!!

   But the result is a clean, snappy and lovely to use devices. The elegant design and the integration of iDevices with iTunes, iStore, Appworld etc takes yu to a whole new world where yu make your iDevices a part of your daily activities, more like a part of your body (They integrate with yu like the sword in the hands of Achilles(Brad Pitt)). Yu need not spare even a single minute modifying or redesigning any part of your software. Yu will love the experience though yu will get bored with the interface soon.

Android

Image   Coming to android, it’s an open operating system. Some companies apply their own flavor to it and if they fail to impress yu, then yu can apply your own (like different launchers). One can install third party apps. Yu can laugh at a person who buy apps on android play store as premium apps are freely available all over the internet. Still doesn’t like it, open ROM s are available all over the internet. Just jailbreak it and apply your own ROM by following some simple instructions.

   That was really funny when Eric Schmidt said few days ago that “Android is more secure than Apple iOS” . Just look at the following

  • 72% of all Android apps on Google Play access permissions they shouldn’t.
  • 21 percent (more than 86,000) access five or more.
  • 2% (more than 8,000) access 10 or more permissions flagged as potentially dangerous. 

   When Blackberry announced bbm for android and iOS, nearly 10 to 15 apps appeared on android play store on the release date with the same name ‘bbm’ and the same logo as that of blackberry s bbm. Google being such a huge company will be expected to be have minimum degree of regulations, but there seems to be none. One can see only the company’s intentions to cross Apple store in the total number of apps that it host. Only quantity, not quality.

Windows  

   Coming to Windows OS, neither there are countless number of apps that we want to talk of, nor complete customization. Windows entered with a little bit of customization from the users end. The companies that undertake this OS can’t modify it or the users can’t poke it. But I found that elders are able to cope up with this much better than others and that might be because of the clear black display and the bigger fonts. A fairly closed OS with clear UI.

Think about which one yu guys prefer???

   And finally, the kind of rivalry that we see between Apple and Google in smart phones and tablets market reminds me of what happened between Apple and Windows on computer segment. Similarly like the then Windows desktop operating system, Google s Android smartphone OS might make Larry Page and Eric Schmidt the richest people in the world.

After all that is what made Bill Gates the richest person right???

Isn’t it surprising that the new iPhone 5S doesn’t have NFC ??

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   “The most forward thinking iPhone yet” as purported by Apple for its new flagship phone iPhone5S fails to include the new NFC (Near Field Communication) sensor. All other manufacturers are ready for a ‘tap-to-go’ or ‘tap-to-swipe’ and our iPhone 5S isn’t ready for that yet. While Japan (Sony), Taiwan(hTC) and South Korea(Samsung) and India (Micromax, Karbonn) are competing in the technology race by including everything from an infrared blaster to NFC on their flagship models, did Apple forget to include or is it ignoring it and concentrating on something else which might replace the nascent NFC technology? Bypassing this Apple managed to insert a 64 bit processor which wasn’t welcome. Many people are ready to forego the 64 bit processor to a better battery.

What is NFC?

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   Means Near Field Communication. (I don’t want to go to Wikipedia to define it) NFC means just wave your Smartphone in front of NFC tag, and make your device do whatever yu want. Eg: Yu went to a movie and in the theater yu happen to come across an NFC tag and yu waived your smartphone, then your device automatically opens the movie reviews, show timings, wallpapers, ticketing details and also the profile of your device can be adjusted according to the theater.. What ever yu want, feed it to the NFC tag and wave your phone for it to be done.

Why Apple choose to ignore NFC?

  Apple likes to keep things simple, plain and easy to use (The main reason why Jobs hated a tablet with stylus in the first place). It doesn’t let anyone intrude into its operating system (Like touch wiz, timescape, sense on android). Its Apple’s ATTITUDE and many people like that attitude. Apart from the lot of things NFC is presently doing, NFC can be mainly used in railway stations, metros, ATM center s etc. For all these to happen there is a lot of infrastructure development which is not even ready in the developed countries yet and which takes lot of time and money to happen. And by the time everything comes equipped with, iPhone 5S will be long outdated.

   So Apple ignoring NFC on its new flagship phone can be justified to some extent but a mobile phone which costs 60,000 Indian rupees lacks a feature that is simply available in a mid range android and windows phones.

Google announces that its Document editor is free for iOS and Android…

Google’s QuickOffice

 

  While Microsoft dallies on bringing a standalone version of Office to phones and tablets, Google’s firing back by slashing the price of its QuickOffice apps to ZERO.

The free app, which was previously restricted to Google Apps business users, is now available to all users on iOS and Android. Google had offered a $15 version to all users before, called QuickOffice Pro, but that version will be discontinued according to Android Police.

  Until now, Google Drive was the search giant’s answer to Office for non-enterprise users. But Drive has one big drawback: It cannot directly deal with Office formats such as .doc and .xls, so it has to convert them to Google Docs files first. That’s a hassle, and it can introduce compatibility problems. QuickOffice lets you open and edit those Office documents without converting them. (Strangely, the opposite drawback applies for Google Drive files: You can view them within QuickOffice, but you can’t edit them.)

  Google acquired QuickOffice in June of last year, and it’s reasonable to imagine that the program will merge with Drive over time. In fact, QuickOffice already lets you save and load document files directly to your Drive storage. But for now, you’ve got one program for Drive documents, and another for Office documents.

  Microsoft, meanwhile, is just gingerly dipping its toes into iOS and Android with its Office software. Its apps are only designed for phones, not tablets, and their editing capabilities are basic.

That’s not to say QuickOffice is robust by comparison. It lacks its fair share of standard Office features, such as link insertion, table creation and line spacing. But unlike the mobile version of Office, which requires a $99 per year Office 365 subscription, you can use QuickOffice on phones and tablets for free. It’s worth checking out if you need a basic Office file editor. If you hook it up to your Google Drive account by September 26, you’ll also get an extra 10 GB of free storage for two years.

Source : http://www.techland.time.com

BBM(Blackberry messaging) app for android and iOS

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  BlackBerry messaging app which I grew up hearing about and which was revolutionary in those old days and only exclusive for blackberry user will be available for Android and iOS users as well… Yay …

It will be available for free download from tomorrow (21st sept) for Android users and the following day for iOS users. But it will be a tough job for bbm to get a hold in the market as the market is flooded with similar apps like WhatsApp, Line, Viber and the Chinese aggressively advertised app WeChat.

  With such a huge competition ahead, BBM should have something new in order to attract the users right ??? And so it does have some cool features which I thought of when I was using WhatsApp. There is this excellent privacy feature that will go on help the app compete against others. Each BBM user will receive a unique PIN, meaning that they won’t have to share their phone numbers with new or casual contacts which is missing in some other apps as boasted by BlackBerry … So let’s wait and see …

 

 

Source : http://www.gizbot.com

Youtube to add offline viewing to its mobile apps in November

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   This might be a very bad news to a friend of mine who recently purchased a youtube downloader app on ios and to many app developers who made such apps or who are planning to make them. The revolutionary video sharing website youtube which has its own app on mobiles and tablets lets yu save the videos for offline viewing. This solves many problems. Infact my of us are expecting this to happen. This update will be rolled out in November but the exact details about how it is going to work etc are unclear for now. And as windows app store and blackberry store lack an official youtube app, this will be available for ios and android users. We very well know that recently youtube updated its app to play a video on the background while yu can browse other videos… and this addition was received well by the users.