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Apple iPad Event Live Blog!

Posted by Kellex October - 16 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

I know that you all have a hangover from yesterday’s wave of Nexus and Lollipop announcements, but our work is not done. There will be more Nexus and Lollipop news today, guaranteed. However, before we get back on that train, we first have a live blog of another Apple event to get through! That’s right, one of our favorite collaborations in the world is happening once again – live commentary between the DL staff and readers during an Apple product unveiling. Few things are as entertaining as this. 

So, here is the deal. Apple is likely going to announce new iPads, new Macs (iMacs and Mac minis?), and hopefully, a stable release of Yosemite. That certainly doesn’t sound all that interesting to Android enthusiasts, but trust me, we always make it a good time in our chat (which is embedded below). Unintentionally hilarious things will be said (and mocked). There will be misleading slides galore. Invention will arrive. Reinvention too. Magical-ness. Yes.

The event kicks off at 10AM Pacific (1PM Eastern). Apple will stream the happenings live at their site, which you need Safari or an Apple device to watch.

Join us!

Apple iPad Event Live Blog! is a post from: Droid Life

SwiftKey for iPhone and iPad launches on Wednesday

Posted by Tom September - 14 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

Wednesday September 17 will see the release of the popular Android keyboard app, Swiftkey, on iOS devices.

Lauded as the best custom keyboard tool on the market, SwiftKey will make the transition to Apple iPhones and iPads, allowing a new degree of customisation – one Android users have already grown used to.

SwiftKey Cloud will also be available, allowing personal dictionaries and preferences to be saved across devices. It can also trawl your emails, tweets, etc. to find out how you write and customise autocorrects to your style and quirks.

Via slashgear

Apple is not so safe after all, right?

Posted by wicked September - 2 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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The whole world gives Android the cold shoulder when speaking of privacy and security. It’s often said viruses and attackers can get all over your phone and take all your information. It has been proven time after time that Apple’s hardware and software are far from being foolproof.

Last weekend was the perfect example of the misunderstanding revolving the tech community. Nude photographs of popular celebrities were posted all over the web, originally shared via 4Chan. This event was cleverly named as “The Fappening”, a day that will forever be remembered in the tech world.

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The hackers mention over 100 celebrities were affected, including Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Kirsten Dunst, Selena Gomez and many others.

The trouble for celebrities is that much of their personal information is not so secret.

While no information is 100% confirmed, hackers mention these images were taken straight form the users’ iCloud accounts. For those without knowledge of iCloud, it’s Apple’s cloud service, which syncs your images and videos across Apple devices through your account.

Metadata does show most of these images were taken with Apple devices, but iOS seems to be the standard OS used by most celebrities.

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Experts believe this could have been due to poor password choices or a vulnerability in one of Apple’s services. Others, like Rik Ferguson, believe the hacker probably already knew the affected users’ iCloud-linked emails, then simply used the “I forgot my password link” and answered a security question (which are often public knowledge for celebrities).

These are all assumptions, of course. The main argument here is that this person(s) claim to have pulled the images out of iCloud. We don’t intend to blindly bash Apple and fanboy our way into an attack towards the iPhone maker.

We just want people to know the claims that Android is less secure than Apple are, in most cases, pure bogus. Every platform has its defects and vulnerabilities, just like its strengths. Hackers have many ways of reaching you, but you can make it insanely hard on them if you know your tech.

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Many users are not vey strict with their password standards, for example. There’s a list of about 500 most-used passwords in the world. Can we really not get more creative? Also, we must consider our cloud services’ nature and know how to use services.

We are learning far too slowly to take care of our online persona. For example, even if you’ve deleted an image from your smartphone, it’s still out there somewhere on the internet…

I wouldn’t upload private images to any of my cloud services. And if I did, I would make sure they are not reachable, especially if I was a celebrity. You can easily turn off auto-upload, which is an easy solution.

We also don’t want to turn around the blame and say these celebrities are responsible for this. Of course, this was an attack and no one should access your information (even if your passwords is “123456789″). All we are saying is: in a world were information is worth more than possessions, we need to learn how to protect our private data.

Meanwhile, Apple says it is actively working on this issue and some patches have even been implemented, making iCloud more secure.


Via: Metro;

Samsung Galaxy Tab S goes to the street, compared with iPad Air

Posted by wicked August - 30 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

Samsung released a video yesterday that took its premier tablet – the Samsung Galaxy Tab S – to the streets of New York and asked seemingly random people to compare it with Apple’s current gen iPad Air. We say “seemingly” because, all things aside, it’s still a Samsung-produced video. Then again, we’ll give them half the benefit of doubt.

When the Samsung Galaxy Tab S launched, the South Korean gadget giant hyped a lot on the tablet’s fab looks – it’s sexy thin to ridiculous proportions. And it has a vibrant display, which it claimed was better than what most high-end tablets out in the market had. Now it was a matter of taking the Galaxy Tab S and have the people of New York compare it with Apple’s premium tablet.

It’s a marketing video, for all it worth. And of course, they showed the people who gave their tablet glowing reviews. But a couple of things are factual, though – the Galaxy Tab S is visible thinner than the iPad Air. More than that, it is comparably lighter, and this is a real-world variable that people consider from using tablet devices. Lastly, out in the New York sunshine, the Galaxy Tab S showed a better display – most likely by virtue of its higher pixel count.

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Overheating rumors aside, we can grant that most people would probably choose the Galaxy Tab S if on looks and display alone. When seen beside the iPad Air, the Galaxy Tab S looks undeniably fab – razor thin and that much lighter. Actual usage would take into consideration apps, processor performance, operating system and all that – that is when you can really say which the better tablet is. But for now, let’s allow Samsung this – they made a good looking tablet, that’s for sure.

SOURCE: Samsung

Tom Hanks launches typewriter passion project for iPad

Posted by Tom August - 19 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Hollywood star Tom Hanks loves typewriters. He can’t get enough of the click-clacky manual machines. Not one to be outdone in the digital age, Hanks has launched Hanx Writer – a writing tool app for iPad that replicates classic typewriter tones and layouts.

The app shot to number one in the App Store and is available for free but offers in-app purchases for additional features and themes.

Hanks wrote about his love of typewriters in the New York Times last summer and thanks to the App Store, we can all share his passion.

Via pocket-lint

Android usage is higher than iOS for first time in history

Posted by wicked August - 3 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

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What is used more? Android or iOS? This type of question will make a fanboy’s blood boil if their respective mobile operating system is not in the lead. Today, it is iOS’ turn to take the back seat as Android has, for the first time ever, become more used.

Net Applications, who is providing this data, says Android’s usage for July came in at 44.62% while iOS’ has slipped to 44.19%. In case you were wondering, Windows Phone usage rose a bit to 2.49% for last month. Although the difference is so small, it is still remarkable considering that this is the first time ever Android has taken the lead.

The reason for Android’s rise above iOS could be for various reasons, but Apple stalling when it comes to hardware innovation as of late could be a large one. Tablet sales across the board, not just for the iPad, have slowed down. And the iPhone’s screen is now greatly dwarfed by other handsets in terms of both size and resolution. That is why rumors of an iPhone with a larger display makes so much sense. Another year going by with a minuscule display could allow this gap to further widen.

Google, though, is pushing new software design for Android and hardware manufacturers for the platform have been creating a slew of devices with different focuses for years. At the same time, the company is trying to wrangle these manufacturers to clean up their software experiences. Now consumers can look to an Android experience as something just as clean as an iPhone (to an extent).

Source: Net Applications
Via: TechnoBuffalo

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Wacom Bamboo Paper app expands to Android, Amazon and Windows

Posted by Tom July - 22 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

The Wacom Bamboo Paper notebook simulator is no longer only for iOS users – it has launched on the Google Play Store, the Amazon App Store and Windows Store.

Do you still have that stylus you bought for those heady two weeks of playing Draw Something against everybody you ever met?

Dig it out and get sketching and making notes – the app is free but additional brushes, backgrounds and notebooks are all in-app purchases.

The basics, however, are fine for sketching ideas.

 

Via pocket-lint

Apple owners love mobile porn more than Android users

Posted by Tom June - 5 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

 

Pornhub has released figures that quantitatively settle the argument of who are the biggest w**nkers: Apple fans or Android folk. iPad users come top of the pile with this particular site, with 73% of the site’s 17 million daily mobile users accessing the site via the mobile version of Safari.

The site revealed how viewing patterns have changed: “Over the past year, Pornhub has seen a major shift in the types of traffic coming to our site,” said a spokesperson. “Of the 38 million people who visit Pornhub each day, over half are now using mobile devices like tablets and smartphones.”

Safari takes up the lion’s share, with Chrome across iPads and Android accounting for 13.6 visits and the built-in Android browser bringing just 7.8% of traffic.

Now, there are quite a few porn sites online (so we’re told), so maybe Android users have different tastes and opt for something other than Pornhub’s offerings. Also, iPads are the dominant tablet in the market so it makes sense they’re the biggest traffic drivers. Now we know that Pornhub stores user data and shares it readily, maybe its visitor numbers will drop across the board.

Via theguardian

Samsung mislead everyone about Galaxy Tab sales figures

Posted by wicked April - 11 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

A new document introduced in the latest Apple versus Samsung trial shines a light on an ongoing point of contention for market share statistics: sales versus shipments. Sales of devices don’t always translate to shipments, but the two are often confused. It seems the document suggests that Samsung’s performance in the tablet market may not have been as successful as we have been led to believe. In fact, they may not have had much success at all.


The trial, which has mushroomed into a war on integrity at this point, produced an internal Samsung document that showed their sales of Galaxy Tab devices was so slight they were being eclipsed by Kindle devices and Nook sales. Not only were sales known to be diminutive, Samsung knew about them, and purposefully mislead analysts and investors about the health of their tablet business.

In slides from the trial, which you can see below, Samsung spells out Galaxy Tab sales both quarterly and annually in the US. Quarterly sales were in the hundreds of thousands, while annual sales were roughly one million tablets for 2011. This was a contrast to — by Samsung’s own metrics — 17.4 million iPads sold, 5 million Kindle Fire tablets, and 1.5 million Nook devices sold in the US for 2011.

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This opens up discussion on two fronts: sales versus shipments, and device use statistics. Time and again, we find reports suggesting iOS devices — specifically iPads — have better web usage statistics. These reports are prominently rolled out just after the holiday shopping season, where it’s found that Apple’s devices command a much larger slice of both the browsing and online purchasing pie. Use of a device can be used to directly relate to sales.

It seems we now have a reason for those numbers, and it has to do with sales versus shipments — and how they’re reported, both to analysts, and to us. Samsung tablet sales simply weren’t what analysts and investors were led to believe, causing inflated metrics and market share statistics. That, in turn, is related to us as a false sense of popularity for Samsung tablets. We’ll keep in mind the slides shown are internal Samsung documents, which lends a damning credence to the revelations.

Source: Apple Insider

Russian ministers switch from Apple to Samsung over US spying concerns

Posted by wicked March - 27 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Confirming observations made by journalists, Russian minister Nikolai Nikiforov said that Russian government officials have swapped their iPads for Samsung‘s tablets not so long ago. This was supposedly prompted by fears of the US using Apple’s products to spy on the Russian government.

The US spying on other countries’ governments isn’t exactly news but recent incidents, particularly the situation with the Crimea peninsula, have only served to heighten Russia’s fears. Of course, Apple has always denied complicity in any of the US government’s spying activities, especially within the US itself, but that could just mean they aren’t explicitly aware of it.

To be clear, Nikiforov says that dumping the iPads isn’t a sanction on US products, in response to West’s own sanctions against Russia over issues involving Ukraine. They are, however, mindful that the US will now keep an even closer eye on Russia, prompting many in the government to rethink their preference of brands. The minister also pointed out that Samsung devices, especially more recent ones, exhibit special security features that are designed for the handling of critical information, most probably referring to the Samsung KNOX framework.

This recent move by government officials can practically open up the mobile device market not just to Samsung, but to Chinese manufacturers and even homegrown ones. Inside Russia itself, Yandex is poising itself to be the Google of the region, providing Yandex.kit, it’s counterpart to Google Mobile Services, for other Russian manufacturers to use for their own mobile devices.

SOURCE: AFP

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