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Viber finally restyled for iOS 7 

[From Hans] Viber gets the iOS7 love. “It’s not clear what took so long, but it’s finally here so we’re not complaining. The update is now live in the App Store so go ahead and grab it now while checking out screenshots of Viber’s nicely flattened interface” Read in full.

New Renders Show Off 'iPhone 6s' and 'iPhone 6c' Concepts  

[From Nacho] Nice concepts. “Following a concept that showed off a possible look at the iPhone 6 based on recent leaked info, French website Nowhereelse.fr [Google Translate] and graphic designer Martin Hajek have once again teamed up to showcase renders for an “iPhone 6s” and “iPhone 6c”, which are based off of Apple’s current iPhones and alleged iPhone 6 design drawings posted by Japanese magazine MacFan.” Read in full.

Meet the One, OnePlus' 

[From Hans] A rather nice looking phone. “Let’s take a look at the specs again. As promised, the One packs Qualcomm’s latest SoC, the Snapdragon 801 with a quad-core 2.5GHz CPU, Adreno 330 GPU and 3GB of RAM. The display uses JDI’s 5.5-inch 1080p IPS LCD panel, and it’s protected by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 3. You’ll also find a built-in 3,100mAh battery, a speedy 13-megapixel f/2.0 camera (Sony Exmor IMX214 sensor with a 6-lens module and dual LED; 4K video; 720p slow-motion at 120 fps), a 5-megapixel wide-angle selfie cam, loud stereo speakers (tuned by JBL) and tri-microphone with noise cancellation.” Read in full

In the Battle for Best Smartphone, Apple Still Beats Samsung 

iPhone beats Samsung Galaxy S5. “Over the last couple weeks, many of my colleagues in the tech press have published reviews of the Galaxy S5, Samsung’s newest top-of-the-line smartphone. They all arrived at more or less the same conclusion: The S5 is a very nice device.” Read in full

Apple releases iOS 7.1.1 with additional Touch ID fixes

[From Hans] Downloads at the ready. “Apple has just released iOS 7.1.1, a maintenance update containing “improvements, bug fixes and security updates.” According to the official changelog, iOS 7.1.1 contains improvements, bug fixes and security updates.” Deets after the jump

Learning a new language on my iPod

[From Mahkish] Sammy I am learning a new language and I’m using my iPod to learn new vocabulary by listening to podcasts and phrases. It really does help me learn the lingo.

My non tech friends know a great deal about Google Glass

My non tech friends seem to know a great deal about Google Glass. Surprisingly more than one of them want a pair and who’d blame them.

Why I like cloud computing


I think cloud computing is great, this morning I was able to purchase an album on my Macbook using the iTunes store. I am now, thanks to the cloud, able to listen to the music on my iPad and iPhone without having to download the music, it saves me both time and precious memory on my mobile devices and for that I am thankful. It really does make me appreciate cloud computing. I hope that you are having a great day.

Google Glass lets iPhone owners get SMS 

[From Mike S, NYC] Get your iPhone SMS notifications to your Google Glass. “Even though Google Glass’ firmware was just updated to Android KitKat, the wearable computer is bringing more features to its users’ right eyes this week. SMS for iPhone beams text messages to the line of vision of iOS users who love their Glass, but refuse to give up their Apple handset for an Android phone.” Read in full.

Samsung Gear Fit review 

[From Hans] A good review. “Fitness trackers and smartwatches come a dime a dozen, but devices that combine the best of both? Still exceedingly rare. Now, however, Samsung thinks it has the perfect solution in the Gear Fit, a fitness band with a beautiful, curved screen, as well as a heart rate monitor, pedometer and a few smartwatch features thrown in for good measure. It’s an ambitious product, no doubt, but unfortunately, this $200 fitness-tracking smartwatch hybrid didn’t quite meet my expectations. Here’s why.” Read in full.

In Brazil and how people are using their mobile devices.


I’m in Brazil at the moment and I am seeing a variety of various mobile devices in use, for example a lot of people are using iPhones, especially iphone 5 devices. I can see Samsung phones and I have seen a couple of Note devices I cannot tell whether they are Note 2 or Note 3 devices but there are a number of them being used. I was surprised at the number of people ware using iPads at the beach, quite a few people using them as ebooks, personally I use my iPad to read magazines, I have a of Brazilian magazines that I like to read and as I can speak portuguese it makes a nice change. I did see someone using a Palm device earlier today and it was a m515, great to see people still using Palm OS PDA’s. Anyway I hope that you have had a peaceful Easter for those that celebrate the tradition, we have a great week ahead, more throwaways so stay tuned.

Can Google Glass Make Flying Safer?  

[From Mike S, NYC] Sammy will like this one. “Specifically, the two students – Head of Training Juan Riquelme and Head of Flights Diana Rodriguez – used an app developed by Droiders and were the first two pilots reportedly to ever use Glass on an airline company flight.” Read in full

The Google Glass "Try Before You Buy" Home Kit.  

[From Mike S, NYC] Try Google Glass before you buy. “Google is offering a “home try-on kit” for free to anyone that wants to see what Glass feels like and looks like. The kit includes Glass in four colors with all of the new frame styles, and also has prepaid return labels. This is all free, but Google will put a $50 hold on a credit card until the kit is returned.” Read in full

Mike Shorting rejoins PalmAddict concentrating on Google Glass


I am pleased to say that our good friend, Mike Shorting will be joining our volunteer of writers, Established readers of PalmAddict will know Mike, who is based in New York City, from his writing days on the site from 2003 - 2005. Mike will be concentrating on Google Glass news as we will feature this emerging platform on the site. Mike joins our volunteer writers such as Stephen Trew, Hans, Peter Arts, Dave Coombes and of course Eric Mann who has been submitting news to the site since our inception in 1999, almost 15 years ago.

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