Apr 24

Google Releases XE 16.11, Offers To Replace Bricked Glass Units -

image [From Mike S, NYC] Has the update bricked your Google Glass, do not worry Google will sort it, “As you likely know, Explorers began reporting problems with XE 16 shortly after its release last week — sluggish performance, unexpected rebooting, etc. Yesterday, Google quietly pushed out XE 16.1 in an attempt to solve those bugs, but things got even worse for some Explorers: Their Glass went into an “infinite reboot” and was unusable. Google turned off the 16.1 auto-updates last night and announced today that it had figured out the problem and was working on a fix.” Read in full.

Samsung tablet use doubled in the US in the last year -

[From Hans] iPad usage falling, Samsung tablets are a rising, “According to Chitika, web usage on Samsung’s tablets in the US doubled in the one-year period since April 2013, rising from 4.7 percent to 8.3 percent. Compared to Apple, which holds 77.2 perncet of tablet web usage with its iPads, that figure is quite puny, but it’s still a major jump compared to the others.” Read in full.

Review: Anker Keyboard for iPad Air competes with the big boys for $30 -

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.

The Weather Channel app updated with all-new iOS 7 design -

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.

Apple's iPhone 'lock-out’ patent could end texting while driving -

[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.

Windows Phone 8.1 Preview reportedly installed on over a million devices in one week -

[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.

Apple's iPhone 6 Rumored to Sport Curved Edges and Display Glass -

[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.

Apple shares jump on iPhone sales -

[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.

Apr 23

Viber finally restyled for iOS 7 -

[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.

I like the new Apple Ad

New Renders Show Off 'iPhone 6s' and 'iPhone 6c' Concepts -

[From Nacho] Nice concepts. “Following a concept that showed off a possible look at the iPhone 6 based on recent leaked info, French website [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.

Meet the One, OnePlus' -

[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

In the Battle for Best Smartphone, Apple Still Beats Samsung -

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

Apr 22

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

Learning a new language on my iPod

[From Mahkish] Sammy I am learning a new language and I’m using my iPod to learn new vocabulary by listening to podcasts and phrases. It really does help me learn the lingo.