The potential benefit of this screen technology isn’t quite clear yet, but Samsung is touting a new feature called “Round Interaction,” which allows you to look at information such as missed calls, battery life, and the date and time when you tilt it on a flat surface with the screen off. Samsung also claims that switching between home screens will feel like one continuous transition, and has worked on new tilt- and tap-based interactions for the music and photos apps.
Samsung yesterday unveiled the Galaxy Round, one of the world’s first–if not the first–smartphones with a curved OLED display. What do you think of the device? BGR was especially harsh, saying “The curved shape of the phone adds nothing of value to the user experience and once again, Samsung didn’t even attempt to add any useful new functionality to the device. It’s a gimmick.”
The iPhone could play a section of a song or a video, but it couldn’t play an entire clip reliably without crashing. It worked fine if you sent an e-mail and then surfed the Web. If you did those things in reverse, however, it might not. Hours of trial and error had helped the iPhone team develop what engineers called “the golden path,” a specific set of tasks, performed in a specific way and order, that made the phone look as if it worked.
So it turns out that the iPhone barely worked on the day it was introduced. Steve Jobs went as far as requiring his team to develop special hardware that would allow the device’s screen to be mirrored in live time on the screen. He had to perform certain actions in a certain order to keep the phone from crashing. Here’s the story of the employee who’s fault it would have been if the demo fell apart. Fascinating.
Ever gotten in a car and fired up Siri only to find her (or him) unable to provide you with any kind of response? This is a pretty frequent occurrence for me, and there’s a reason for it: My iPhone likes to hold onto its Wi-Fi connection as long as possible even if it has full signal on AT&T LTE. As I’m driving away from my house trying to have Siri play a song for me, she’s still trying to access my home Wi-Fi network which I’m now hundreds of feet from.
Yes, my iPhone eventually realizes that there’s no longer a Wi-Fi connection there and stops trying, but it takes a while. Rather than just using the LTE connection and dropping the Wi-Fi connection immediately upon finding it unusable, my iPhone keeps trying to connect to a Wi-Fi network that’s no longer there. This may be a minor annoyance, but it’s one of a few scenarios that have been remedied as yesterday in an unannounced iOS 7 feature called Multipath TCP. (more…)
The lines are forming across the world for the release of Grand Theft Auto V, which makes its highly-anticipated launch at midnight tonight in several countries. It’s the first new game in the Grand Theft Auto series in five years, and should be one of the last major game titles released for both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
The ongoing GTA V Wishlist discussion thread within the forums shows just how much enthusiasm there is for the game. If you have pre-ordered or plan on lining up for a midnight launch in your area, be sure to let us know how it goes. Let’s see who can be the first user to post their freshly packaged copy of GTA V in the comments.
Apple launched the beta of iWork for iCloud at its WWDC 2013 conference in June, but at the time the suite was only available to registered developers. Since then, Apple has been welcoming in batches many non-developers to use the new service. Last Friday, however, Apple opened up the beta of iWork for iCloud to anyone who might wish to use it. As 9to5Mac reports, the service has seemingly seen an “overwhelming response” and access has been limited due to this.
We’ve had an overwhelming response to Numbers for iCloud beta. Please check back soon.
In the meantime, you can continue to store your spreadsheets in iCloud.
The apps that make up iWork have long been a very popular part of Apple’s productivity line-up, and iWork for iCloud intends to bring this software to the cloud for document editing via any of the most popular browsers. the expected launch for the service is expected this fall.
This weekend at WWJC, Saurik talked law.. and a LOT of it. While a lot of what he was talking about seemed as if it was legal mumbo-jumbo, this is what I personally got out of it.
The DMCA wants to lock down what we have rights to, such as unlocking, repairing or modifying out electronic devices. Although, there have been exemptions for the jailbreaking of “telephones”. While that’s all good and dandy, what about devices that aren’t telephones? The iPad, iPod Touch or Apple TV would not be included in any of these.
The copyright laws were also made exempt in respect to piracy, as someone that jailbreaks an iOS device is not always one to steal applications. Although to this day, the DMCA still isn’t specific enough to making the act of jailbreaking exempt to tablets and other things, because they don’t really know what to call these devices. Sure, they’re called iPads and iPods, but what category do they both really fall under? (more…)
Today on iFans is a new column that features some of the most interesting forum threads started on any given day. They can include the most viewed, most insightful, most helpful or even the most controversial topics started on any given day by any given user. These are hand picked and represent healthy and productive discussion.
- Is it a bad time to buy an iPad?
- Post your next-gen iPod touch wishlists
- What actually IS the Google Chromecast?
Feel free to jump in to those threads and more!
If you think your thread, how-to, question, poll, or discussion should be featured here, be sure to tag my forum username (@steqheu) in the thread with the phrase “Today on iFans” included somewhere. This post will always lead to the comment thread of the first post on the list. This thread has been selected as the most useful, insightful, or interesting.
Photos.app is pretty good at viewing photos, but what about animated images? As you most likely know, these photos are most commonly saved in .gif format. As you may also know, you can save these photos to your camera roll. Sadly, though, you can’t actually view them (yes, I know you can view them if sent as a text message). This doesn’t help much because when viewing them in Photos.app, they’re just a still placeholder. You can’t even tell that they’re gifs unless you send them.
But for those of you still hanging out on Apple supported–but jailbroken–iOS 6, there’s a tweak to fix that. It’s available on Cydia store right now for $0.99 and it’s called Giffy.You can use it to view gifs within the native Photos app, or at any other time your device pulls up the image picker. Once installed, there’s nothing to configure.
Worth 99 cents or not? You decide.