Everyone’s looking forward to the unveiling of the iPhone 6. While the iPhone is still a cornerstone smartphone in the market, let’s face the fact: The screen behemoth, the Samsung Note series, blew open a major trend in smartphones – the bigger the screen, the better.
Short of being as big as a tablet, the trend, post-Samsung Note, has been to have phones as big as 4.5” up to somewhere near 6”. So when the iPhone stayed on the 3.5” form factor, everyone got bored with Apple’s singular-design sensibilities.
But post-Steve Jobs, the landscape is changing at Apple. While Steve Jobs brought a certain stubbornness in maintaining Apple’s design sensibilities, Apple’s design direction, under the leadership of Tim Cook, seems to have opened up to trends and popular opinion, instead of Apple’s stubborn, rigid, independent stance.
And so, Apple’s iPhone 6 is rumored to follow the big screen trend started by Samsung. It has also been touted to be rounder and, gasp! More similar to Samsung.
Whether this rumor proves true or not, the iPhone 6’s release is upon us. Until then, though, we wait with bated breath, and content ourselves with releases from rumors.
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Instant Messaging users on iPhone can finally stop complaining about no support for third party keyboard apps. With iOS 8, Apple is playing catch up with Android and introducing features that customers have demanded for long. It’s making its operating system flexible and more open to core changes like having a third party keyboard.
So iPhone users will soon be able to use swype keyboard on their favorite IM client. It’s a welcome move for avid texters who have fallen in love with third party Android keyboards. Apple made it clear at the WWDC that third party apps will have system wide access to apps and services on iOS devices.
This will naturally open a floodgate of third party keyboards, but if you can’t wait for that, than you can try Apple’s QuickType keyboard, which is similar to swype and learns from your typing habits. It will be available when devices are updated to iOS 8. With these announcements by Apple, it’s becoming clear that iOS is aggressively looking to compete with Android feature by feature. The strategy from Apple will become clearer when it releases a bigger screen iPhone later this year.
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You love your iPhone; everyone does. But a lot of touch screen smart phone owners aren’t really happy with how they type on their glass screens. A lot of blackberry owners who migrated to iPhone sorely miss the physical keyboard the Canadian giant offers in its phones. But now there’s a solution, not a perfect one if you ask me but hey it’s good for people who prefer to type on physical keyboards.
It’s a keyboard case or type cover called ‘Typo’ partly funded by Ryan Seacrest. The company has recently been in the news for more bad things than good as BlackBerry looks to protect its IP by attempting to block sales of the Typo keyboard cover. But that hasn’t stopped Typo from taking pre orders and shipping devices to customers in January. It’s essentially a physical keyboard add-on that is designed as a cover. It snaps onto your iPhone and gets connected with Bluetooth within seconds. That’s all that is required to set it up.
It’s designed to work only for the iPhone 5 and 5S, so all the colorful 5C owners will be left out. The keyboard cover itself is pretty light and thin. You’ll notice a striking resemblance to BlackBerry keyboards when you look at it and its performance is nowhere close to what BB devices can do. The keys are a bit wobbly and don’t offer you a tactile feel. Apart from that the biggest drawback I see is that it takes up a lot of space on your iPhone and also hides the home button. So you’ll have to let go the accurate touch id sensor on the iPhone 5S if you’re looking to use this keyboard in its present form. It can be nice addition for avid IM users who love to type on a physical keyboard. However, there are still quite a few rough edges that can make this unusable. There is a lot of battery drain to your iPhone, the keys are not tactile, keys are cramped, it takes a while to re-connect, does not integrate well with iOS and the list goes on. We quite like the idea Typo has brought to the table but it would need to go through a lot of revisions and iterations before it can become a successful product. It’s seems grossly underdeveloped right now but people are still buying it at $99 a piece probably because Ryan Seacrest has managed to garner some support. You can pre-order it here; their first pre-orders have already been delivered. Let us know your thoughts on this idea in the comments section.
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Have you ever come across an iPhone game that makes your phone smell? There’s one newly released game on the iPhone that does just that. You heard that right. Popcorn maker Pop Secret has released a game called Poptopia and a kernel-shaped plastic dongle called The Pop Dongle which when connected the headphone jack, emits smell of freshly popped popcorn. The game is simple enough goal to feed kernels to an “Almighty Mouth” but the fun is when you manage to grab the chunk of butter that appears on the screen, the dongle releases the fresh popcorn smell that I love personally. It makes me have some Popcorn.
It more of a marketing effort to promote the Pop Secret brand but it’s rather a novel way to do that. The dongles itself are in very limited supply, just a few of them being sent to journalists and 3 pieces put up on eBay for auction. It’s pricey right now and seems as if Pop Secret is just testing waters before it releases this for the masses if that actually happens.
But what interests me is how experiences can now be augmented with smell. We have all seen the buzz and possible potential of wearable tech but smell is an untapped resource for game developers. Microsoft did consider using smell cartridges to release smell of burning rubber while playing racing games for the new Xbox but the idea never saw the light of the day. But a Japanese company called Scentee is already serious about using smell to connect and engage users. They are currently selling dongles that emit different scents on FB likes, email notifications and alarm. I think it’s a smart idea to enhance the user experience and bring them closer to the game. As Nathan Martin CEO of Deeplocal the company behind developing the Pop Dongle puts it “You’re playing a game about popcorn (and smelling it),” Martin says. “That’s what makes it real.”
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IM is a popular choice for communicating, simply because it’s very straightforward, a log of the conversation is kept, and people can communicate in real-time. This is compared to sending SMS texts, and awaiting for a response.
You are wise to look into using IM on your smartphone, because of the fact that there are apps available, and it is very user friendly. Many people already have IM screen names, because they have email accounts. When you add your friends to your IM contact list, you can send and receive messages quickly between one another. Furthermore, using IM messaging apps do not cost money like an SMS plan does. Lastly, with IM, you will also be able to send and receive pictures and audio notes.
Usually people with smartphones are generally logged in to their email account through the day, so that they can check new emails as they receive them. Majority of smartphone users also utilize IM apps as a part of their email experience. Not only do instant messages appear instantly, email messages are also displayed in an instant message notification for people to be aware. When you start using IM apps on your smartphone, you’ll see the convenience and ease of the process yourself.
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With each passing year new applications come into the market, and old ones are often replaced. If you want to stay up-to-date with the latest technology it can be a good idea to know what is out there. Everything from messaging programs, to advanced photo manipulation programs exist, and these can help you increase productivity and enjoy yourself at the same time.
A list of the top three iPhone apps is listed below for your reference:
Adobe Photoshop Express
With this well known software application now being ported to the iPhone, you have the capability to make minor edits to photos almost anywhere.
This application allows the people using it an easy time accessing their favorite social networks, while giving them real time updates on their current list.
You can use this program as a digital wallet and password manager, with options for upgrading it being available for people who need even more power.
Each of these programs offers something useful, and almost anyone who has an iPhone can make use of them. They are all free and some even come with premium options for those who want more out of the application. You can get a lot of use from these basic programs and end up increasing the amount of work you get done on the go as well.
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In the current market there are many choices available for smartphones, with many of them coming in multiple styles that can fit just about any lifestyle. When trying to decide what one to choose, carefully pouring over the options presented to you can provide the needed information to make the right choice.
Of the styles that exist, the most prevalent among them is the ubiquitous tablet-shaped version that usually comes pre-loaded with many applications, though other types are available for people. Knowing how each one works can benefit you by teaching you the initial setup of the programs.
Smartphones can install instant messaging programs, like Brosix, to help people contact each other more easily. Be sure to read the reviews of any applications you install before doing so.
When it comes to styles of smartphones, Many colors exist as well so you end up with something that is not only useful, but also fits your personality as well. Each phone will have a learning curve with it, but in time you will begin to understand the peculiarities of each one. The main operating systems of most smartphones are iOS (iPhone), Android, Blackberry, or other proprietary software.
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A large number of tech items exist, and many of them provide instant messing services, along with a range of other options for improving productivity. You can use many of these items, which range from smart phones, to PDAs, and even tablets for a wide range of purposes.
A list of the top gadgets people use o improve their productivity:
- iPhone: This well known device is everywhere, and provides a range of options for people on the move, such as instant messaging programs and even games.
- Android Tablet: Working with tablets can speed up productivity, especially when they are touch screen versions. This device comes with a range of capabilities such as messaging and workflow programs.
- Acer Netbook: People with netbooks tend to get work done faster, as they are able to work anywhere with it. The low cost of them coupled with their versatility makes this a great choice for active people.
These devices offer people that use gadgets the ability to contact multiple recipients on the go, with many capabilities that can be added on as well. If you need to send messages faster you should consider the new phones just released, as they often have additional features many older versions do not. These devices provide just what someone needs to get work done, and have a fun and enjoyable time using them for just about anything technology need they may have.
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Taking your business on the go for most people is lugging around a laptop, charger and an extra battery. Rely on your iPhone instead to get through the business day with these five apps.
iTerminal: Process credit card purchases on the go with this app. When someone hands over a credit card to you for a business purchase all you do is type it in and it will accept or decline the card instantly.
FlightTrack pro: If you’re willing to pay $10 this app is worth it. Business people who fly the friendly skies can use this app to tell you if your flight has been cancelled or delayed, closures, gate numbers, flight times, botched reservations and alternate flights/schedules.
Analytics App: Webmasters and bloggers will enjoy this $5.99 app. The app is Google Analytics for the iPhone. Page views, bounce rate, visitors, unique visitors, average time spent on site and a graph is just the tip of the iceberg.
Quickoffice Mobile Office Suite: MS office has gone mobile with this application. Check Powerpoint presentations, Excel spreadsheets and Word documents as well as edit them before a conference meeting or during a conference call.
Worldcard Mobile: Change the way you use business cards with this app. A standard bsuiness card is scanned into the phone. The app takes as much info as possible and stores it for later use.
The Brosix Instant Messaging app is also available for iPhone!
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