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

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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.

Few more hours away from iOS 7 .. Want to see what s new ???

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Apple announced its new iOS 7 operating system and will be rolled out tomorrow that is on 18th of September 2013. Cant wait to get my hands on it. The entire OS is redesigned. The people at Apple claim that this update is like buying a new device itself. The update is given to the newly released iPod touch, iPad starting from iPad 2, iPhone s from iPhone 4 ..

   So get ready guys 🙂 and if yu want to see whats new with iOS 7 then click on the link below

http://www.apple.com/ios/whats-new/

 

 

Advertising not only mean promoting ourselves, it also means bashing others – By Microsoft

   Microsoft’s promotion about its Surface RT tab has gone a bit aggressive. Instead of promoting its own products, it started criticising others. For its Surface RT ad it used Apple’s Siri voice and made fun of Apple’s iPad (Just go through the given video once). Initially it started with accusing Google of being Scroogle and now with Apple.  Some people have looked at these ads as the reverse of Apple’s “Mac vs PC” campaign. Anyways lets see where Microsoft goes with this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wE7AQY5Xk9w

Steve, The Perfectionist

Steve Jobs …

 The name itself has become a symbol of perfection. One other name that come into my mind when I think of Steve is Bill…Yeah, Bill gates. I happen to read an article in some magazine recently saying that there is no relationship in history like that of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. I don’t know history much but I feel that’s true. When I was reading Steve jobs biography written by Walter Isaacson, I was really impressed by the absolute perfection Steve was trying to achieve at every point of his product making. Every inch of the product should be like the way he wanted and he is willing to go to any extent to achieve the desired perfection. The credit is not Steve s alone. He got the inspiration from his father.

“Jobs remembered being impressed by his father’s focus on craftsmanship. “I thought my dad’s sense of design was pretty good,” he said, “because he knew how to build anything”

                                 Steve with his father Paul Jobs

                                              

 “When he built our fence, he gave me a hammer so I could work with him. Fifty years later the fence still surrounds the back and side yards of the house in Mountain View”.

His father loved doing things right. He even cared about the look of the parts you couldn’t see. The same was inculcated by Steve. Steve not only was careful of the exterior design of the product but he was very much concerned about how the device looked from the inside.

Some words by Jobs friend about his products design and perfection.

“Jobs had always indulged his obsession that the unseen parts of a product should be crafted as beautifully as its façade, just as his father had taught him when they were building a fence. This too he took to extremes when he found himself unfettered at NeXT. He made sure that the screws inside the machine had expensive plating. He even insisted that the matte black finish be coated onto the inside of the cube’s case, even though only repairmen would see it.”

 “At most other companies, engineering tends to drive design. The engineers set forth their specifications and requirements, and the designers then come up with cases and shells that will accommodate them. For Jobs, the process tended to work the other way”

 And one more aspect of him that I liked a lot, is that he wants complete control over the products that he invented(I think I can use the word invented because the concept of iPod and iPad was brought by Steve). He doesn’t want everyone messing around with his products. So he completely sealed off his products, not even for changing the battery. “Apple discovered in 2011 that third-party repair shops were opening up the iPhone 4, so it replaced the tiny screws with a tamper-resistant Pentalobe screw that was impossible to open with a commercially available screwdriver. By not having a replaceable battery, it was possible to make the iPhone much thinner. For Jobs, thinner was always better. “He’s always believed that thin is beautiful,” said Tim Cook. “You can see that in all of the work. We have the thinnest notebook, the thinnest smartphone, and we made the iPad thin and then even thinner.” These are some words from the book. Some incidents that I liked from the book ….

Ice Water in Hell

Once for a joint interview, both Steve and his friend and rival Gates agreed to give a joint appearance. Jobs arrived before Gates and was being interviewed. iPod became very popular by then and Apple designed iTunes for Windows after turning down many requests for it. He was asked like what it was to be a Windows developer, since iTunes program was by then installed on hundreds of millions of Windows PCs.

He quipped: “It’s like giving a glass of ice water to someone in Hell.”

                                                              During the interview

                                                      

 When Gates later arrived and heard about the comment, he was, naturally, enraged, because my partner Kara Swisher and I had assured both men that we hoped to keep the joint session on a high plane.(these people were the interviewers and in their own words).

 In a pre-interview meeting, Gates said to Jobs: “So I guess I’m the representative from Hell.” Jobs merely handed Gates a cold bottle of water he was carrying. The tension was broken, and the interview was a triumph, with both men acting like statesmen.

 

 When the technology strategist Lise Buyer, who was in the audience, asked what each had learned from observing the other. 

 “Well, I’d give a lot to have Steve’s taste,” Gates answered

 “The way he does things is just different and I think it’s magical. And in that case, wow.”

Jobs stared at the floor. Later he told me that he was blown away by how honest and gracious Gates had just been. Jobs was equally honest, though not quite as gracious ;-), when his turn came”

 

 What exactly inspired Jobs to create the iPad?

 One of the people who was building Microsoft’s tablet was friendly with Jobs’ wife, Laurene Powell. He asked Jobs and Powell to come to his fiftieth birthday party. Jobs went, reluctantly, says Isaacson. At the party, the guy was telling Jobs about the Microsoft tablet and how great it was going to be. This did not go over so well. Here, in his own words, Jobs describes what happened, and what he did next:

“This guy badgered me about how Microsoft was going to completely change the world with this tablet PC software and eliminate all notebook computers, and Apple ought to license his Microsoft software. But he was doing the device all wrong. It had a stylus. As soon as you have a stylus, you’re dead. This dinner was like the tenth time he talked to me about it, and I was so sick of it that I came home and said, “F**k this, let’s show him what a tablet can really be.”

Jobs says he went into Apple the next day and asked for a multi-touch tablet with no keyboard or stylus. He got one six months later. Instead of making it a tablet, though, Apple shrank it and made the iPhone.

Later on, they released the iPad.

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                                                         Steve, when introducing iPad

 

 A fascinating insight. And hey – Microsoft still can’t manage to release a tablet that people will actually buy!

 

Steve’s opinion about other companies

 Rather than his opinion about other companies I would say his dissatisfaction about the entire field. These were in his own words … “I have my own theory about why decline happens at companies like IBM or Microsoft. The company does a great job, innovates and becomes a monopoly or close to it in some field, and then the quality of the product becomes less important. The company starts valuing the great salesmen, because they’re the ones who can move the needle on revenues, not the product engineers and designers. So the salespeople end up running the company”

“Some people say, “Give the customers what they want.” But that’s not my approach. Our job is to figure out what they’re going to want before they do.”

 

Jobs about Gates

 “They were very good at the business side of things. They were never as ambitious product-wise as they should have been. Bill likes to portray himself as a man of the product, but he’s really not. He’s a businessperson. Winning business was more important than making great products. He ended up the wealthiest guy around, and if that was his goal, then he achieved it. But it’s never been my goal, and I wonder, in the end, if it was his goal!”