Apr 20

Essential Easter listening: TechTalkUK Podcast 71 -

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.

OneNote for iPad Review -

image [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.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 -

[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.

Samsung data center fire causes outage, errors on smart TVs and phones (update: fixed) -

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 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.

Galaxy S5 Tips, Tricks and Secret Features -

image [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.

'Leaked images of phablet iPhone 6' posted on Weibo -

[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 .

Apr 19

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

Flipboard for Windows Phone looks great – but you still can’t have it -

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.

Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone fingerprint sensor hacked -

[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

VLC for iOS introduces folders, new file types, subtitle improvements and more -

[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.

Watchout for Unflod, a malware targeting jailbroken devices -

[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.

Nike fires majority of FuelBand team -

[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.

iOS 8 leak -

[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.

Leaked pics show EMBIGGENED iPhone 6 screen -

[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.

Could This iPhone 6 Be The Most Accurate Mockup Yet? -

[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