The Gadgeteer reviews a Samsung Galaxy Camera. “If you own a smartphone, it’s likely that you no longer carry around a point and shoot camera too. Not only are p&s cameras just another item that will take up space in your gear bag, but they really aren’t needed for casual snapshots now that the cameras built into our smartphones have gotten so good. Don’t get me wrong, there will always be a need for stand alone cameras, but for everyday snapshots that you want to share with your friends via email, Facebook, etc, smartphone cameras are perfect. ” Read in full
[From Hans] Microsoft office arrives for the iPhone. “As we reported at the end of last week, a Microsoft Office app finally arrived on the iPhone over in the US (rolling out to other markets soon) – but the fact that Redmond is so late to the game on this one means that many people simply won’t use this app. Sure, many workers and students absolutely rely on Office, but they’ve learned to live without it for so long on the iPhone that getting users to adopt it now may be an uphill battle.” Read in full
[From Hans] Designers be aware, “Heads up all of you designers and concept artists. The entire GUI (graphical user interface) for iOS 7 has just been uploaded to the web.” Deets after the jump
I love this, this is the absolute ideal battery/power pack that I take with me on all my travels. Thankfully it powers my devices wherever I am, in my case the iPhone 5 and my iPad. You can see from the photograph just how powerful the battery pack is and I totally recommend it for those that travel a lot like me.
As always keep sending me your user thoughts on how you are using your mobile device no matter what mobile tech you are using. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
42% battery left on my iPhone 5 at 9pm. Not bad going considering I’ve used it loads today without a charge.
I cannot remember the last time I used, or sent a text message. Everything I do in terms of communicating is now either by telephone, Facetime, iMessage or I simply use whatsapp. These are excellent apps and they save me so much money in terms of communicating. Facetime for example I can spend a great amount of time actually seeing the person I wish to communicate with, and it doesn’t matter where in the world they are providing they have Wi-Fi or I guess cellular we can talk for hours. And the quality of the conversation is excellent. I’ve never really experienced a time when the communication has broken up. When I was in New York City recently I was at a farmers market and I was showing somebody back in the UK what the farmers market was like. We took advantage of the Wi-Fi in New York to make the FaceTime call and that person was able to choose what they wanted from the market simply using Facetime. I’m not saying Apple worthy innovators in this form of communication but they have made it very easy through the means of the iPhone and iPad to be able to communicate with people with similar devices. Take WhatsApp for example even people on devices other than iPhones, such as android and Windows phone can communicate, we can take part in group conversations. I often take part in group conversations with friends using WhatsApp. A number of us can be using the app, we can talk about where we’re going to meet, what we’re going to do the next day, where we will meet, say for example which beach especially if we are out of the country. Whatsapp is a great form of communication and it costs very little especially compared to the likes of SMS, text messaging. The phone carriers must really be cheesed off with the likes of the these Free all minimal costs of communication. And I guess with the likes of blackberry messenger these inexpensive ways of communication will continue to develop and maybe we have seen the last of the SMS, text messaging as we know it. I hope you are having a great day.
[From Eric Mann] Now this will be cool. Instagram is to get video. “We’ve been working on getting more details on a press event that Facebook is having this week. Earlier, we wrote it could launch a news-reading app, but we have since heard more details that point to something else entirely. On June 20, a source says Facebook will unveil that Instagram, its popular photo-sharing app, will begin to let people also take and share short videos. Call it the Vine effect.” More on this story
[From Hans] Skype today launches its video messaging service across all its major platforms. “Out of beta and free, Skype today launches its video messaging service across all its major platforms. Previously, video missives were limited to 20 free attempts during early testing, but free on premium subscriptions. You can now send unlimited video messages to your Skype contacts on Windows 8, Windows desktop or Mac, while mobile options encompass iOS, Android and BlackBerry. A Windows Phone version is, however, conspicuously MIA.” More on this story
[From Hans] Wow $260 for an iPhone case. “You know what I’m thinking? I’m thinking that it’s been three whole days since I posted about a wooden iPhone case. And since the last one before that was maybe at the beginning of last week. I’m thinking that it’s about time for another one. So here it is: The Colors Handcarved Wood iPhone 5 Case” Read in full
Flightaware is an excellent app, it’s detailed and allows you to trace flights, routes, present status of the flight too. For example this was my flight to the UK earlier today from Brazil, you can see exactly the route it followed. It’s available I believe for both iOS and Android.
A couple of comments regarding iOS 7 from friends on twitter. Trevor first, “I miss it, so I’m probably going to reinstall 7 later today”. Secondly here is a comment from Lee, “deff makes it a better phone. Regarding the battery, drains abit quicker, i guess because its not optimised yet and i don’t get multitasking and whats changed”.