[From Hans] Fancy jailbreaking iOS 7? There could be a reward. “Is iOS 7 jailbroken yet? No. But if you’re the one that can turn that answer into a yes, there’s a growing bounty of crowdfunded dollars awaiting you. That’s the idea behind isios7jailbrokenyet.com—a site where people can go to donate money to fund an open source jailbreak for iOS 7.” Read in full
[From Dave] So WhatsApp us bring updated for Windows Phone. “When WhatsApp isn’t pushing out public updates on a regular basis for Windows Phone, they’re busy jamming them out behind the scenes for their private beta. Looking at the latter, version 2.11.318 is making the rounds and it has been discovered that a few new features are on board. (The current public version is 312).” Read in full
I was on a telephone conference call a day or so ago to listen about Google Glass and I have too admit it has got me excited. I guess I was hooked in from the beginning, I can see how Google Glass will make a difference, wearable technology is certainly something I look forward to seeing and using. I may have said in the past smartwatches are not for me and I still agree with that however wearing glasses or something similar which presents you with emails, Twitter updates or whatever information I may need instantly does interest me. For example it will be great to get weather updates, information or stock updates, data I normally have to think about checking on a computer or looking on my iPhone, however if the information is pushed to me using the likes of Google Glass, I don’t have to think about it, then I can see that being a benefit. Or I could be walking to a subway station and information about delays on when the next train will be then automatically appears. Yes I guess the information could be pushed to my iPhone however it easier if it was just presented in front of you. Say for example you visit another country, you may be unfamiliar with the language. You visit restaurants, open a menu and you are met with dishes you may never have had of let alone understand what is in them. Google Glass and other similar tech could interpret what those products are, making your selection a lot easier. So these are just a couple of examples of how Google Glass will certainly help me, I am very much excited about the future of this awesome technology. I hope, in the meantime you are having a great Thursday.
[From Stephen Trew] iPhone sales will shoot off the charts when this happens. “Apple has reportedly signed a deal for China Mobile, the world’s largest carrier, to start selling the iPhone later in December. China Mobile’s rival carriers, China Telecom and China Unicom, have been selling the iPhone for years already. The rollout is expected to coincide with the launch of China Mobile’s 4G network on December 18” Read in full
[From Hans] In the UK the G2 gets smartphone of the year. “LG’s G2 beat Apple’s iPhone to be named the smartphone of the year in the annual awards of technology magazine Stuff.” Read in full
[From Hans] This is good news for Apple in China. “Following a number of rumors and reports over the past few weeks, The Wall Street Journal is reporting this evening that Apple and China Mobile have finally inked an iPhone deal. The outlet says it’s scheduled to launch later this month.” Read in full
[From Stephen Trew] Some up-to-date details on the Post PC era. “What’s dragging them down? Declining PC usage and greater PC lifespans. As consumers increasingly turn to mobile devices to perform daily computing tasks like email and Web browsing, they’re using their PCs less. And they’re replacing their PCs less frequently for the same reason. And longer PC lifespans mean large PC-market contractions.” Read in full
[From Hans] Google Wallet has been updated, useful app. “Following a significant delay, the Internet giant Google finally released its free Wallet for iPhone app back in September 2013. But in bringing its troubled mobile payment service to Apple’s platform, Google left out some of the capabilities found in Wallet’s Android counterpart, such as the ability to make in-store payments with the app (not surprising considering iPhones lack NFC).” Read in full
[From Hans] Good to see. “Google is reportedly preparing a beta release of a toolkit that will help developers create native Chrome apps for iOS and Android. The move is said to be a part of a bigger initiative to bring based Chrome packaged desktop apps to mobile platforms.”
iPhone 6 rumours by the Daily Mail. “They introduced a fingerprint sensor for unlocking the iPhone 5s and now Apple has been granted the rights for an even more advanced means of security - the face. The tech giant was yesterday awarded U.S. Patent No. 8,600,120, which is a ‘personal computing device control using face detection and recognition’.” Read in full
[From Jason Harris from Connecticut] It has been almost a year since the wife and I cut our satelite cord. I never thought I would ever not have a subscription to cable, satelite, or even the basic channels. We would love to have the basic channels, but we live in an area where we don’t get even local channels. We rent the occasional Redbox movie or get movies from libraries. We also get DVDs from Netflix and stream movies on our iPads.
I use my iPhone and my local news’ channels apps to know what is going on in my town and state. Sometimes I miss hearing the anchors and especially the meteorologists. Sometimes it’s easier to understand the weather from hearing them then reading about it since they bring in so many ifs about a weather pattern. It could go this way or that way depending on this front happens here or something else can happen over there if things come together over hear. It could leave you with a headache. No matter what I’m glad my iPhone keeps me connected and makes me feel like I’m not living underneath a rock somewhere not knowing what’s going on.