Nice review by James Kendrick, “The Keyboard Cover is typical for the genre with a keyboard on one side of the flat device and brushed metal on the other. It attaches to the iPad Air via a magnetic hinge, much like various smart covers. Opening/closing the cover turns the iPad Air on/off.” Read in full.
Another beautiful weather app. “That changed this morning, though, as the app was updated with an all-new iOS 7-inspired look. It now features rounded, translucent UI elements and larger, sharper graphics. Users will also notice that the app is much faster thanks to a number of performance improvements…” Read in full.
[From Hans] I do not get annoyed often but I do when I see drivers using their iPhones whilst driving so I would be pleased if something like this is implemented. “A new technology proposed by Apple would seek to address the dangerous and ubiquitous problem of drivers who use their phone behind the wheel, according to experts. A new patent by the technology giant could “change the culture” and help stop driver distraction with an automated system that would disable certain smartphone functions when an iPhone user is driving.” Read in full.
[From Dave Coombes] Relatively good numbers for the latest update in Windows Phone. “It’s a little humbling to see that only 3.1% of the entire Windows Phone population is running Windows Phone 8.1. It was estimated by AdDuplex back in January that there were about 50 million Windows Phone 7.x and 8 devices in the world. Assuming that’s accurate, 3% would equal just over 1.5 million devices. The last time we checked with Microsoft, the Preview for Developers program had less than 200,000 users, making this some very significant growth.” Read in full.
[From Hans] More thoughts on the upcoming iPhone 6 designs. “Aside from the Galaxy S III, Apple’s supposed iPhone design is similar to an existing iPhone bumper made by Japanese company Squair. The metallic bumper, made out of Duralumin, features a largely rounded-off edge that protrudes from the iPhone’s chassis. It’s unclear if the iPhone 6 will boast such a severe curvature. To accommodate the rounded edges, a slightly curved display glass is also said to be part of Apple’s design plans. Based on the report, it seems like the top glass won’t feature a convex face but rounded edges to sit flush with the chassis.” Read in full.
[From Hans] Good to see Apple doing really well, blowing expectations out of the water. “Apple recovered its capacity for surprise with Wednesday’s earnings, as iPhone sales delighted Wall Street after a long spell of slower growth.
Driven by China, an unexpected 17 per cent jump in iPhone unit sales helped” Read in full.
[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.
[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.
[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
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
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.
[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.
[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.
[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
[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.
[From Hans] Do you wish to be a walking hotspot? “There are only two prototypes of the BB.Suit, and Akkersdijk knows that it has room to evolve; he’d like to work with technology companies to create a smart clothing platform. To him, smartwatches and other current head- and wrist-worn wearables are too ungainly. It may be a while before connected apparel is more stylish than this puffy design, though.” Read in full
A phone that uses holograms? “Sources say Amazon has already started showing off the phone to developers, and is planning to announce the phone in late June, with a release in September. Rumour has it that Amazon are hoping to turn some heads by using retina-tracking and will feature 3D-like holograms that seemingly jump off the display.” Tracy and Matt Blog after the jump.
[From Hans] Turning your iPad into a notebook. “But it’s so tiny — why bother? Because it makes typing much easier and opens up a huge range of uses for this super-compact computer. The argument over whether the iPad is a consumption device or a creative device may rage on, but in my mind the answer has always been the latter. Once companies such as Zagg, Logitech, and Belkin started turning out quality Bluetooth keyboards, the iPad instantly became my favorite computer for writing, and thus creating.” Read in full
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