If you are looking out for a good podcast this weekend then tune into a favourite of mine and that is TechTalk which is available for your listening pleasure. “So its out with the err new, and back in with the not very old……The iPhones are in drawers, Kev and Nick talk about the M8 (again), the Samsung S5, and a few related tech topics.” Listen after the jump.
[From Hans] Good review of OneNote for the iPad. “OneNote is all about note taking. When you enter content into OneNote the experience has a free-flowing nature about it. Everything is entered into a container on a page. You can position a new container anywhere on the page you like, but sadly in the iPad version you can not move them around and reposition them on a page.” Read in full.
[From Hans] Flexible screens are already the talk for the Galaxy Note 4. “Flexible display tech is the rage now-a-days, along with wearable devices. However, if on the wearable side things are looking great, with Android Wear devices on their way and with Samsung and other smaller manufacturers testing waters with various concepts, many were left disappointed disappointed when the first smartphones featuring a flexible display have been released, towards the end of 2013.” Read in full.
Apparently Samsung had a data issue? Anyone else notice it? “Seeing an error message on your Samsung phone, tablet or Smart TV today? You’re not alone, as the Samsung.com website appears to be down and owners worldwide have reported anything from error messages to being unable to access apps on their smart TVs. Reports have spread on Twitter — mostly from a community news site called Wikitree — that a fire at a Samsung SDS building in Gwacheon, South Korea is the culprit.” Deets after the jump.
[From Eric Mann] Good tips and tricks page for the Samsung Galaxy S5. “The Galaxy S5 is the most feature-rich new phone of 2014. In true Samsung fashion, you really have to dig deep to find all the features it offers that the competition misses out on. But if you can’t afford to spend a month researching your phone to find out everything it can do, we have a big bunch of Galaxy S5 tips, tricks and secret features to help your get more out of your new phone.” Read in full.
[From Hans] Possible iPhone dimensions according to the Telegraph. “Pictures of plans and moulds rumoured to be part of the creation process for the iPhone 6 have been posted on Weibo. The prints appear to detail the production methods and dimensions of a 4.7-inch version of the iPhone, which is rumoured to be followed by a 5-inch version.” Read in full .
Android Smartphone Activation in the U.S. Triumphs Over iOS in Q1
[From Peter Arts] Android remains very popular. “Google’s Android platform dominated the smartphone market in the U.S. yet again with majority smartphone activations during the first quarter, while Apple’s iOS came in second place.” Read in full
Apparently they are still working on Flipboard for Windows Phone. “Flipboard is one of the lingering app omissions for Windows Phone, the news-reader app still limited to iOS and Android smartphones, but Microsoft brought along the latest version to Build 2014 to show it at least hadn’t fallen off the radar.” Read in full.
[From Hans] Not great for Samsung. “The fingerprint security on Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S5 phone has been hacked by a German team, who warn that its implementation is less secure - and its consequences potentially much worse - than on Apple’s iPhone 5S.” Read in full
[From Hans] Great app. “Back in January, VideoLan’s cross-platform media player, VLC, rolled out a major iOS 7-centric redesign of its iPhone and iPad client. It’s also fixed numerous bugs while adding the ability to stream media from Google Drive and Dropbox. Apps like VLC are needed to enjoy ”foreign” audio and video file types on iOS devices, stuff like mkv, avi, wma, divx and more.” Read in full.
[From Hans] If you have a jailbroken iPhone then read this and steer clear. “This being said, a new malware called Unflod has been targeting jailbroken devices for a few weeks. While there is still a lot we don’t know about Unflod, the little information we have about it is enough to raise concerns… The first mention of Unflod appeared on Reddit yesterday. After having many of his apps crash on his iPhone, Reddit user tdvx started disabling MobileSubstrate extensions and re-enabling them until he was able to single out a potential culprit: Unflod.dylib.” Read in full.
[From Hans] Cracks in wearables now beginning to show? “Nike is gearing up to shutter its wearable-hardware efforts, and the sportswear company this week fired the majority of the team responsible for the development of its FuelBand fitness tracker, a person familiar with the matter told CNET.” Read in full.
[From Hans] Speculation on iOS 8. “For starters, a bunch of new apps are clearly visible - TextEdit, Preview, Tips, Healthbook, a self-contained iTunes Radio app, and, again- Watch Utility. This app clearly isn’t made for the Samsung Gear 2, is it? Jokes aside, its second appearance so far leads us to assume that it’s going to be a part of iOS 8’s reveal at the upcoming Apple WWDC. And if Apple is to be showing said app, it can’t possibly do it without at least partially confirming the existence of its fabled iWatch, can it?” Read in full.
[From Hans] The rumours continue. “Fruity toy maker Apple’s next iPhone looks like it will definitely have a significantly bigger screen, if you believe the latest images to have found their way onto the Chinternet. One shot, which appeared on Sina Weibo (via VR-Zone), shows a front panel purportedly from the currently in-production iPhone 6 dwarfing a black iPhone 5S next to it.” Read in full.
[From Stephen Trew] Very nice mock-up. “Well-known Dutch designer and concept artist Martin Hajek has created a new iPhone 6 rendering, which might just be the most accurate one to date. Hajek had previously teamed up with Nowherelse to create a stunning mock-up based on the recently leaked schematics discovered by Macotakara apparently showing the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch variants of the iPhone 6.” Read in full
Show 224 of The Phones Show available for your viewing pleasure.
Got time this Easter then the latest edition of the Phones Show is available for your viewing pleasure. “News of Windows Phone 8.1, my hands-on review of the HTC One (M8) and a review of the Freedom Bluetooth Backlit keyboard”. Deets after the jump
[From Stephen Trew] Some great analysis here. “In the past, when Apple has grown the screen of an iOS device — for example, with the transition from the iPhone 4s to the iPhone 5 — Apple has taken pains to keep the pixel density the same. The Retina Display on the iPhone 5 is 326 pixels per inch, just like the iPhone 4s. This makes it easier for developers and helps prevent the widespread fragmentation seen in the Android operating system.” Read in full
[From Peter Arts] I think calling them ‘awesome’ is hyperbole. But a few of them are quite useful. “Developers usually make apps for the iPhone first, which means updates for Android and other platforms can take a little while to get to users of those platforms. But there are quite a few awesome apps that Android owners can use that their iPhone-using friends can’t.” Read in full
[From Hans] iPad sales have peaked apparently. “As highlighted by Fortune, analysts’ consensus on iPad sales for last quarter suggest that iPad sales will actually decline year-over-year by about 0.7%. Although the expected decline is small, this would represent a big shift in iPad momentum, especially since Apple saw a strong increase in sales for the holiday quarter, going from 22.9M units in the previous year to 26M this year.” Read in full.
Now this is pretty cool, the US Air Force using Google Glass. “Interesting news yesterday from VentureBeat, which reported that the US Air Force is testing Google Glass and its combat capabilities.” Read in full.
What quantity did Google sell of Google Glass this week? It seems a lot. ‘“We were getting through our stock faster than we expected, so we decided to shut the store down. While you can still access the site, Glass will be marked as sold out. We are leaving the site open so Explorers can still get any accessories they need.”” Read in full
[From Hans] Clearly good news for Apple. “An analyst has projected that Apple will most likely see gains in iPhone sales in the medium term due to early smartphone upgrade programs from a few major U.S. wireless carriers. BMO Capital Markets, Keith Bachman, issued a note to investors recently on closer looks to early upgrade programs being offered by Verizon Edge and AT&T Next. Both allow customers to upgrade their phones more than once every two years by having monthly installment payments. These programs are good for subscribers wanting to upgrade to new devices every year and Bachman predicts that the plans could represent more than 20% of users by the end of 2014.” Read in full.
If you are into your iPhone cases then this may well be a good review to read over at the awesome the-gadgeteer website. “I became an iPhone owner just a few weeks ago, after years of disgruntled Android usage. I’m almost embarrassed to admit that one of the key deciding factors in the switch over was the bevy of peripheral “toys” that can be added to an iPhone, including impressive case options. I have always had my heart set on a wood case; there is just something to be said about natural wood juxtaposed against glass and metal.” Deets after the jump
Well worth tuning into and available for your viewing pleasure. “Tracyandmatt.co.uk present this quick look at the technology news for the last week. Gareth Myles comments on some of the more interesting stories including the Samsung Galaxy S5 launch, an unboxing of the HTC One (m8,) a slew of Lenovo tablets and much more.” Deets after the jump.
[From Hans] Google Glass selling in China although I am unsure how legal it actually is. “Apart from Tuesday’s one-day sale of Glass to the general public, Google has sold the headsets by invitation only, but that hasn’t stopped China’s dauntless online merchants from getting ahold of the product. A simple search of Alibaba’s popular online Taobao marketplace turns up dozens of listings for Glass, many of which seem to be real. (The product is also available for sale on eBay in the U.S.)” Read in full
[From Hans] Sticking with Google Glass. “The Google Glass XE16 update that started rolling out earlier this week is now available as a factory image, for those interested in tinkering with the software on their Glass (or had been tinkering and broke it back enough that you need to start fresh). Photo replies in Hangouts and Bluetooth 4.0 LE are the biggest additions in the XE16 update, which also upped the base OS to Android 4.4.2 KitKat.” Read in full
[From Eric Mann] if you have Google Glass here is where not to work then. “Yesterday, Google kicked off its first big come-one-come-all Glass sale, opening up the future-forward, fashion-backward devices to people beyond the few thousand initially chosen to be beta “Explorers.” By 3 p.m. Tuesday, “Cotton”-color shades had already sold out. Google is now claiming that all the Glass sold out, suspending its sale just after midnight saying that “all the spots had been claimed” — though that tells us little because they never said how many of the $1,500 devices they planned to sell. We don’t know if they sold 500; 5,000; or 50,000.” Read in full
My favourite tech podcast is available for your listening pleasure. Essential listening, TechTalk UK.So its out with the err new, and back in with the not very old……The iPhones are in drawers, Kev and Nick talk about the M8 (again), the Samsung S5, and a few related tech topics.
[From Dave C] If you have Windows Phone then this may be useful. “The more we use Windows Phone 8.1 the more features we discover. Such as re-installing apps and games you’ve purchased in the past. In the past there were basically two ways to re-install an app or game you had deleted from your Windows Phone. First, you could hunt down the app in the Store and re-install it. Second, you could pull up the Windows Phone Store’s website and go into your account to view your purchase history to find the app or game to re-install.” Read in full
[From Hans] Come to Yahoo. “According to published reports surfacing Wednesday, Yahoo’s boss has a master plan. And it involves swaying Apple to favor Yahoo as the default iOS search engine rather than Google. “A number of Yahoo insiders I have talked to said her plan to pitch Apple on the idea as its marquee mobile search partner is far along,” explains Kara Swisher of Re/Code.” Read in full
[From Hans] Personally I think this is a good idea as I use Shazam all the time. “New reports were recently released claiming that Apple is looking to incorporate song identification into its new upcoming iOS 8 operating system, maybe as a part of Siri, and working with Shazam to release the capability. The featured song identification capability will gather sounds from an iPhone or iPad microphone, send it to the cloud, and then back to users, according to Bloomberg.” Read in full
[From Hans] iOS 7.1.1 is on it’s way. “Unsurprisingly, Apple appears to be readying a bug fix update to iOS 7.1 called iOS 7.1.1. Numerous visits to 9to5Mac from areas surrounding Apple’s campus on devices running iOS 7.1.1 have appeared in our analytics. The increase in views likely indicates that the bug fix update will come over-the-air to iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches in the near future. iOS 7.1 was released in March with user-interface tweaks, a new calendar view, and CarPlay support.” Read in full
[From Hans] Nice update from Yahoo. “MYahoo has just introduced Flickr 3.0, a major update for its photo sharing app. Flickr 3.0 sports an all-new design with new features such as the ability to record HD videos, improved auto sync feature and new way to rediscover and explore your photos.” Read in full
[From Peter Arts] This is a great editorial and I wonder why nobody ever thought of this previously. “Google’s “Project Ara,” an affordable smartphone with swappable and customizable hardware, could be the next big thing to shake up the mobile market. Details of the phone were unveiled at the first Ara developer’s conference on Tuesday, when leader Paul Eremenko announced it would go on sale early next year and retail for about $50.” Read in full
Who is already using Google Glass? “Doctor Steven Horng has credited the device with helping to save a patient’s life who was suffering a brain hemmorrhage. Dr Horng was able to instantly check the man’s medical history, who was allergic to a specific kind of blood pressure drug regularly issued to prevent bleeding, without having to leave him to leaf through papers.” Read in full
[From Hans] You have been warned. “2013 was the year of the smartwatch. In promise, anyway — maybe not delivery. Of the many, many different, colorful and unusual timepieces that would populate our blogroll, it was perhaps Samsung’s Galaxy Gear that made the most headlines. Why? Partly because it was a new product from one of technology’s biggest players, and partly because it was just so bad.” Read in full
[From Hans] This looks really good, I look forward to seeing how this develops. “The night before Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) division was supposed to show off the one and only functional Project Ara prototype to a room full of eager developers, someone dropped the phone and broke the display. At any other product reveal, this worst-case scenario would be a nightmare come true.” Deets after the jump
[From Hans] This is good to see. “A group of smartphone industry giants including Apple, Samsung, Google and Microsoft, signed onto a voluntary program which was spearheaded by the US wireless industry that looks to incorporate anti-theft technology into handsets by July 2015. Given the name “Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment,” the initiative was announced by the CTIA recently as a plan to stymie growth of smartphone thefts in the US.” Read in full.
[From Wendy Morris] I’m a personnel manager and I use my iPad to schedule interviews and make a note of questions that I wish to ask candidates. I also use the matrix system which helps me eliminate weaker candidates and helps me base a decision on criteria that I set.
[From Peter Arts] If you use Android then you would be advised to read this editorial. “Heartbleed is causing heartache on hundreds of servers all over the internet, but security researchers have also warned that the bug could allow direct hacks of Android, too. Here’s how to check if your device is at risk.” Read in full.
[From Stephen Trew] Amazon phone 1st picture. “Today we’re getting our first look at what may well be Amazon’s first foray into the smartphone arena, courtesy of a scoop from BGR. What we see here is a prototype, BGR writes, and clearly shows some of the interesting hardware features. A series of cameras on the front of the 4.7-inch device are said to be of the infrared variety, used to track your face and eyes to change how things look on the display, giving a 3D effect without the usual 3D hangups.” Read in full.
So will you purchasing a pair of Google Glass today? “The Explorer Program is designed for people who want to get involved early and help shape the future of Glass. To discover new places, sometimes we need to leave the map behind. And that’s what Glass Explorers do. They are the first to make, to tinker, to create, to shape, and to share through Glass. We’re expanding little by little, and experimenting with different ways of bringing new Explorers into the program. If you’re a US resident with a US shipping address, over 18 years old, and are interested in joining, you can sign up below.” Deets after the jump.
Watch this, interesting and insightful. “The BBC’s Technology Correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones tried out Google Glass for a week, documenting his work and home life. Google Glass will go on sale to the US public on 15 April for a single day, the company has announced. Apart from the opening, every image and video in the footage was shot by Glass.”
[From Stephen Trew] The long awaited Amazon phone may be coming soon. “Amazon will announce its own smartphone by June, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal. The device is expected to begin shipping a few months later in September. Amazon has reportedly been showcasing early prototypes to developers in San Francisco and Seattle in recent weeks. The Journal also corroborates previous reports that the upcoming phone will be capable of displaying 3D content without requiring users to wear special glasses.” Read in full
[From Antoine RJ Wright] So, here I am at the laundry mat and I am working on my google nexus 7 tablet while also trying to see what I can leverage from my nokia n 9 smartphone. Things are good at this point because all I’m doing is looking at an outline saved on my phone. And then I am using evernote, because there are some notes that need to get into my phone, but I am not going to use the internet to put it there yet.
[From Stephen Trew] Mac owners take note. This looks like a great image editor for the price. “Effect Stack is an OS X image editor that costs just $10 and weighs in at 3.9MB. It’ll process any image your throw at it, including RAW files, and its gimmick is that you can stack effects (hence the name) and shift the layers of this stack to switch things up.” Read in full
[From Stephen Trew] Rumour time - looks credible. “A single image showing what appears to be a larger iPhone screen has shown up on Chinese microblogging website Weibo. The photo — posted by user jiezhixc on Tuesday — depicts what looks like a current generation iPhone 5s being held up as comparison, showing how significantly larger the iPhone 6 could potentially be.” Read in full.
[From Stephen Trew] Rumour time. “Apple has chosen LG as its sole supplier for flexible displays to be used in the iWatch, according to a new report coming out of Korea. The report suggests that Apple is aiming to sell 9 million iWatch units by the end of 2014, that the device will be launched in September, and that the iWatch will come in two different size of 1.3 inches and 1.5 inches.” Read in full