Liam Regan is the winner of the last throwaway and I am now ready for a new one. So I shall choose one person at random to have my 15 inch Macbook Pro with Retina display. Now it’s 9 month’s old, works and looks great and we have used it a couple of times in the office. All you need to do is let me know how you use your mobile device whether it be for business or pleasure. Your mobile device can be anything whether it’s an iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry or Windows Phone, it can be anything. No emails saying why you want the device as they will be deleted.
Please write PALMADDICT in the subject line and email me, remember I will choose someone at random to have my MacBook Pro Retina. Email - email@example.com
Spritz's speed-reading tech shows up to 1,000 words a minute -
I’ve received a umber of emails about this mostly from friends and weave it a go and it seemed to work which I wasn’t expecting. “Two weeks ago, we were so busy getting hands-on with the new Samsung GS5 and Galaxy Gear 2 smartwatch that an exclusive app for the two devices flew completely under our radar. That “app,” as we call it, isn’t really an app at all: it’s Spritz’s speed-reading technology, and if all goes according to plan, it will soon be embedded into loads of websites, apps and wearables devices. For now, though, the tech is making is debut on the GS5 and the Gear 2, with a public SDK set to come out in a few weeks.” Read in full
Apple iOS 7 update fixes fingerprint, motion sickness and iPhone 4 woes | tech | theguardian.com -
[From Lindsey D] It seems that iOS 7.1 fixes motion sickness apparently. “One accessibility tweak deals with the complaints that some users had about getting “motion sickness” from iOS 7’s “zoom” effects. The “Reduce Motion” option in the Accessibility part of the Settings (Settings -> General -> Accessibility) will turn off zooming and movement in the Weather app, Messages app and the multitasking user interface animations.” Read in full
Next-Gen iPhone Rumored to be a Cross between the iPhone 5C and 7th-Gen iPod nano -
[From Hans] This would be an unusual designed iphone. “With Apple expected to launch a new, larger iPhone model this year, a recently released report from Japanese blog, Macotakara, claims the external design will take numerous cues from the company’s midrange iPhone 5C as well as its seventh-generation iPod nano. Citing a trusted source, the report mentioned that Apple has designed two larger iPhone models, sporting 4.7- and 5.7-inch displays, which are final candidates for launch later this year.” Read in full
iOS 8: Apple polishes Maps data, adds public transit directions service -
Apple Maps looks like it will be interesting. “Apple is readying an upgraded version of its iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch Maps application for the next major release of iOS in an effort to battle Google for mobile maps supremacy, according to sources briefed on the plans. Apple CEO Tim Cook, Senior Vice Presidents Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi, and Maps head Patrice Gautier are using the new app to move toward fulfilling a promise to users that the iOS Maps application will eventually live up to the “incredibly high standard” of Apple’s customers…” Read in full
KitKat hits Samsung Galaxy S4 and Note 3 in the UK -
[From Hans] Yayy this is good news. Samsung’s KitKat rollout for 2013 devices continues with the arrival of Android 4.4 for the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 in the UK. Updates are rolling out today for the unlocked UK GS4 and Note 3 (region code “BTU”), along with certain carrier variants. The OTA file size from 300-400MB, and brings these phones up to the latest version of Android, 4.4.2 KitKat, while adding some subtle visual tweaks, including white notification bar icons. Graphical changes aside, Samsung owners will also benefit from standard KitKat features like immersive mode, translucent notification bars in some apps, native cloud printing support and lock screen album art.
SoundCloud Downloader lets you… download music from SoundCloud directly to your iPhone -
I use Soundcloud and this sounds a great way to download music to your jailbroken iPhone / iPad device. “SoundCloud Downloader Pro makes it possible for you to find music, stream files online, and download tracks for offline listening. Create a playlist to hear your favorite SoundCloud songs anywhere…”
This is good news for Apple. “According to newly released data by Statista, Apple’s iTunes Radio appears to have carved out 8% of the US streaming music market, placing it ahead of Spotify, which is sitting at 6% share, and just behind second-place iHeartRadio, which came in at 9% of the market. Pandora remains far and away the market leader with a 31% share. Google Play All Access took fifth place with 3%, followed by Rhapsody, Slacker and TuneIn Radio, all of which held an equal 2% share. The figures from Statista are based on a 2014 survey of 2,023 Americans aged 12 and older.”
Tracy and Matt Blog show pictures of what could possibly the new HTC One. -
Tracy and Matt Blog show pictures of what could possibly the new HTC One. “The All New HTC One has had another leak, this time coming from China. Several picture of the device appeared on the local social network Weibo. The All New HTC One (Anho) will be officially revealed this month, on March 25 and has been referred to by many names over the last few month like the HTC Two, HTC One 2.” Read in full
More Android powered wearable a coming soon. “Google is branching out in the wearable technology market, with the release of a software development kit. It would allow developers to create wearable devices such as smartwatches and fitness trackers using the Android operating system.” Read in full
[From Hans] At last iOS 7.1 is released. “Apple’s latest iOS update finally introduces CarPlay support, fixes a bug that caused devices to crash, and brings along some nice UI tweaks.” Deets after the jump
Samsung withdrawing some claims. “Samsung agreed to dismiss without prejudice (i.e., it could reassert in subsequent litigation) three of its asserted patent claims. As a result, its offensive case at the upcoming trial involves one claim each from two non-standard-essential patents , but no standard-essential patents anymore.” Read in full.
This actually looks really cool and very useful. “This may appear to be a power strip at first glance, but PowerQube says their product differs because it can provide the power any device, from any manufacturer, needs. Unlike most power sources, PowerQube isn’t designed with one manufacturer’s devices in mind, and it determines and provides the amount of charging power to each device.”
[From Hans] This is a great utility. “The iPhone Calendar app replacement, miCal, has been optimized for Apple’s iOS 7 in a brand new application. Promising users “the calendar you’ve always wished your iPhone or iPod touch had,” the new miCal 7 can be downloaded for $1.99 on the App Store now.”
[From Stephen Trew] I can’t see this going anywhere. It looks like a $400 iPod nano. “The age of the iPod might be over, but music artist Neil Young doesn’t believe portable media players are dead. On March 15th, he’ll offer pre-orders on Kickstarter for the PonoPlayer, a $399 triangular digital music player designed to sound worlds better. The company describes the sound as “studio master-quality digital music at the highest audio fidelity possible,” giving listeners the ability to “experience music the way the artists intended.”“