[From Stephen Trew] Another good review of messaging apps. “iMore’s guide to the best, most reliable, and most widely used cross-platform messaging apps that are available for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone.” Read in full
[From Stephen Trew] Just like the good old days for Woz. “Steve Wozniak was the first guy to power up the vintage Apple I, the computer that gave the world Apple, Inc. and lead to all the products that followed: the Mac, the iPhone, the iPad and more. Now Steve Wozniak is powering up the Apple 1 again, this time ceremonially for the History San Jose Museum.” Read in full
[From Hans] Interesting editorial. “The interface design has attracted the most attention so far and has polarized views. However, it could also be that the new OS is a platform for enterprise innovation. If so, it continues Apple’s recent history of building platforms that other people use to innovate and drive revenues (for example iBeacon looks like being a specification that third party manufacturers will use to sell new hardware). ” Read in full
[From Will] this from Will which made me laugh, “iOS 7, you are under arrest for iPhone battery homicide. Anything you upload or download may be used against you in a court of law.”
[From Hans] Mow this could be good even though I dislike Linkedin. “Looks like it might be time for both Facebook and Twitter to move over as it looks like Apple is planning to add a third social network to the system-wide share sheet in iOS 7. According to a recently discovered code-based reference found inside the first beta, the Cupertino California company is testing deep LinkedIn integration. ” More on this story
[From Hans] This is a nice story, thanks to Hans for the heads up. “Apple won a contract this week with the Los Angeles Unified School District to provide iPads to its students, netting Cupertino $30 million across the next two years. The agreement will roll out iPads to students at 47 campuses; the iPads cost $678 apiece (nearly $200 more than a standard entry level iPad) and come loaded with unnamed educational software. Bizarrely, with tablets priced at $678 apiece, $30 million only nets LA schools approximately 45,000 iPads, while the school district comprises 640,000 students — we’ve asked Apple to provide more clarity here.” Read in full
A new Nexus on the way? “The next generation of the Google Nexus 7 will likely be hitting the streets pretty soon. It was just spotted at the FCC with Android 4.3 and a couple different radio versions in tow (GSM and WIFi). Specs for the device are even available through some indirect sleuthing by several websites. The way it was determined that the tablet at the FCC is actually the Nexus 7 required some deductive reasoning and several different puzzle pieces. I won’t bore you with the rundown, but here are the specs. ” Read in full over at Tracy and Matt blog
Flightradar24 is one of my favourite apps. I can look up at the sky and find out what planes are flying above me, where they are coming from, where they are flying to, height, speed, and airline. It’s really great to see all the aircraft above you and where they are flying to. And it’s in real time so you can point your iPhone at the plane and it will tell you all the details about that specific aircraft. Yes it is my favourite app. You can download it for iOS, android and Windows phone.
[From Stephen Trew] Another must watch. Lovely icon flying animation. “Wondering what iOS 7 will look like running on an iPad? Then look no further than this video from Russian blogger Rozetked, which shows just that.” More on this story
[From Stephen Trew] I find this hard to believe. Processors are becoming more efficient all the time. Why the need for liquid cooling? “Of course, DigiTimes isn’t the best source, so we advise you to take its rumors with a pinch of salt — particularly when they’re as farfetched as this one. But according to “sources from cooling module player [sic],” Apple, Samsung, and HTC are all “showing interest” in adopting liquid-cooling technologies for new smartphones that will launch later this year.” Read in full
[From Stephen Trew] This means Siri can live on your Mac without an internet connection. You will soon be able to annoy fellow passengers on planes by dictating to your Macbook. Read in full
[From Stephen Trew] A MUST watch video clip. I kind of think he is right and wrong at the same time. Computers do become obsolete quickly, but we won’t forget how Apple computers, and Steve Jobs particularly, changed the world. Even in 200 years time. More on this story
I’m sat on my roof garden with my iPhone 5, dictating this, enjoying the sunshine with a glass of wine. Today has been a good day. However I’m noticing that I’m using my MacBook Air less and using my iPhone and iPad more. Obviously my mobile devices are capable of undertaking and completing the tasks that I usually use my computer for. This is good because it means I don’t have to take my laptop with me everywhere and most of my tasks are accomplished on my iPhone including updating PalmAddict. Whilst I’m undertaking tasks on my iPhone I am listening to Spotify which I am addicted to. I am listening to Brazilian music which is running in the background whilst I send emails from my iPhone. I have also booked flights today on my iPhone and checked the flight status of my trip to Milan this weekend. As I say I’m able to accomplish a lot more using my iPhone and iPad which means I am not as dependable on my desktop or MacBook Air as I have been in the past. I hope you are having a great Wednesday.
[From Hans] A little good news for Blackberry as shares increase. “RBC Capital’s Mark Sue published a note Tuesday morning voicing a slightly more optimistic view on BlackBerry (NASDAQ: BBRY). In addition to boosted unit estimates, Sue also raised his earnings and sales estimates for BlackBerry. Sue is now looking for BlackBerry 10 device shipments around 3.5 million in Q1 and around 4 million in Q2. The analyst had previously estimated units at 2.75 million for Q1 and at 3 million for Q2. Sue raised his CY13 unit estimate from 11 million to 14 million.” Read in full