iOS in the Car, which was announced last year with iOS 7, is now ready to hit prime time–and the service is also getting a new name: CarPlay. (more…)
Apple recently released a white paper describing the methods they take to keep certain information safe, including fingerprints stored from TouchID. The white paper is 33 pages long, and is available for everyone to view at Apple’s website.
The release of this is somewhat ironic in the face of the just-patched SSL bug, but still — it’s an interesting read, and it’s good to see a large company release such documents.
Clear — my personal favorite task manager on both iOS and the Mac — is available for free for 24 hours, following RealMac’s promise to allow users of its defunct Clear+ app an upgrade path. The app is still showing as $4.99 for most, but the price change should be shown soon as the iTunes servers are updated.
The act of unlocking a smartphone was perfectly acceptable in the United States until January of last year, when an exemption in the Digital Millenium Copyright Act expired and thereby made the process illegal. All one had to do is look at the White House petition that gained over 100,000 signatures to realize how much consumer backlash ensued, but the issue was largely swept under the rug until recently… (more…)
Echoing my thoughts from yesterday:
I don’t find the Galaxy S5 to be exciting whatsoever. It’s just another boring refresh over the Galaxy S III and Galaxy S4 with some modest hardware improvements. I’m hoping Apple doesn’t do the same with the iPhone 6 or this could be another boring year for smartphones. At least the next-generation HTC One appears to have some hype.
Do you agree that smartphone upgrades are becoming too iterative?
Android Central had a chance to use a pre-release Samsung Galaxy S5 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and what it discovered is something we’ve seen before: the just-announced smartphone has half its internal storage taken up by the Android operating system and TouchWiz bloatware. Just 7.85 GB of an advertised 16 GB storage is available… (more…)
Ben Lovejoy at 9to5Mac writes:
I can’t help thinking there’s a lot of office technology that could use the Jony Ive touch. I’m not just talking about aesthetics. Anyone who has ever set up a typical wireless printer will likely remember the pain for some time. As Ive himself has said, design is not just about how a product looks, but also how it works.
I have always wondered why Apple has largely avoided the computer peripheral market. I can understand why it chose to drop printers from its product lineup when it was struggling in the late 1990s, but the company is sitting on billions of dollars in cash today and has no reason not to experiment… (more…)
David Fincher, director of The Social Network, among other films, is in talks to also direct the upcoming Sony-backed Steve Jobs biopic. The film is supposedly based on the Walter Isaacson biography of Jobs, and Aaron Sorkin has already completed the script.
Fincher is the natural choice, and he has a history of great movies. If he does land the directing job, it’s a safe bet that the Jobs movie will be worth watching.
Mobile World Congress has been taking place in Barcelona for the past few days, and the iPad Air has walked away as the top tablet for the year. The sleek HTC One was named the best smartphone, making it even more exciting to see what the Taiwanese company can deliver with its next-generation handset. Ahead is the official statement for the iPad Air
The official description of the iPad Air follows… (more…)
Flappy Bird may no longer be available on the App Store, but that hasn’t stopped the folks at Twitterrific from pouncing on the opportunity to bundle a lookalike mini-game within its popular Twitter client. As discovered by a gentleman named Andy, and demonstrated on video by Jeff Benjamin at iDownloadBlog, the all-new Twitterrific 5 has a hidden easter egg… (more…)