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  • Apple Maps flaws flooding in
    Posted on September 21, 2012 by kduggan


    If see you someone with an iPhone in their hand and they look a little lost, bring up Google Maps on your phone and get them straightened out. Apple dumped Google Maps for their own iOS 6 mapping function, and the early word is that it’s terrible.


    A city is in the ocean, a farm is now an airport, and highways end in the middle of nowhere.There’s even a disturbing screenshot of a post-apocalyptic Brooklyn Bridge.



    Welcome to the new world of Apple Maps that iPhone and iPad users were faced with after they downloaded the new iOS 6


    The problems are so widespread that a new Tumblr blog, called The Amazing iOS 6 Maps, has been set up for uses to register their grievances about wrong turns, poor graphics, and streets that have been deleted from the map. And once you've downloaded  iOS 6 there's no going back. It erases Google Maps from your device.


    You might want to think about carrying a spare smartphone with you.



    This post was posted in Apple and was tagged with The Amazing iOS 6 on Tumblr, iOS 6 update, Apple mapping function, Apple Maps

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  • Apple devices that can handle iOS 6
    Posted on September 20, 2012 by kduggan

     


    We’ve been hearing about the fantastic-ness of Apple’s iOS 6 for way too long, but at last it’s on the street. For those who haven’t already snapped it into your devices, it’s time to get to it.


    Download yours by going to Settings > General > Software Update, or head to iTunes and pull it in. If you have any trouble with the connection to Apple or the speed of the download, Apple is pleading for patience. Between iPhone 5 pre-orders and iOS 6 downloads, Apple’s servers have been slammed.


    Besides, the iOS 6 update is massive update. - clocking in at a hefty 2.5 GB. It may take some time to get an "over the air" upgrade.


    Not all phone, tablet and iPod generations will be able to handle iOS 6. Older devices don’t have all the features they need to operate on a full-blown iOS 6 version You’ve got to have an iPhone 3GS or newer, iPod Touch 4th generation or newer or an iPad 2.


    TechCrunch put together a great summary of what device gets what features.


    Which Apple devices can manage which iOS 6 features. Chart courtesy of TechCrunch.

     


    It’s too bad that the iPhone 5 and iPod touch 5th gen are the only devices that are up to the challenge of a fully-loaded iOS 6. But it's also one more reason to get in line for your iPhone 5 today.



    This post was posted in Apple, New Releases and was tagged with Apple new releases, iOS 6 compatibility, iOS 6

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  • A Windows Phone 8 exclusive from Red Bull
    Posted on September 19, 2012 by kduggan


    Consumers haven’t yet weighed in on whether the Nokia Lumia will be some serious competition for Android phones (let alone Apple’s iPhone), but now that a Red Bull app is in the works, it looks like the Nokia/Microsoft partnership might get a nice boost.


    Red Bull just announced that it will release the World of Red Bull app exclusively in a Windows Phone 8 version for the Lumia and Nokia’s Series 40 debuting later this year. The Red Bull app lets you pull your favorite content, Red Bull athletes and stories into a customizable platform. The app, also known as “My Red Bull,” has a nice mapping feature for spontaneous meetups.


    This is a big deal because developers aren’t yet clamoring to create apps for Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 OS. Since the Nokia phones that run on that OS haven’t caught on with consumers, developers are slow to do the app designing.


    Microsoft is trying to help the stalemate by paying developers to give some attention to Windows Phone 8-version apps. But they’ve got a huge mountain to climb. Apple’s App Store inventory totals more than 700,000 apps and Google Play has crossed the 600,000 mark for Android devices. Microsoft is the laggard at 100,000. Still, that’s a pretty good start for a brand new system on a limited number of devices.


    What do you think? Would a Red Bull app (and more like it to come) be enough incentive to consider switching to a Windows Phone 8 device?



    This post was posted in General, News and PR, Nokia and was tagged with Red Bull app, Windows Phone 8, Nokia Lumia

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    If the LIFX Kickstarter-funded project gets to market, you’ll be able to control your home's lighting system from your smartphone. Like the remotely-controlled thermostats that are also on their way, your home’s Wi-Fi connection can be used to remotely control “LIFX” LED bulbs.


    Kickstarter is the world’s largest crowdfunding platform for creative projects. As a result of their posting on Kickstarter, the inventors of LIFX raised $260,000 of their $100,000 goal in two days.  LIFX's position on top of the tech section for the social news website Reddit doesn't hurt either.


    Using the LIFX app that controls the bulbs you can turn them on and off and adjust their brightness from your smartphone. LIFX bulbs are designed to save energy and should last up to 25 years. The bulbs screw into the same light sockets as any other bulbs. The app will be available for both iOS and Android.



    In addition to turning the bulbs on and off, the project creators are designing the app so that you can choose brightness for individual bulbs, a room full of them or every bulb in your house. The lighting system in your home is directed by a “master” bulb that connects to your home router box via 802.11n and then onto all the other LIFX bulbs in your home via an IPV6 802.15.4 mesh network.


    In trade for funding dollars, backers of the project who pledge $69 get one LIFX bulb, $99 for two and $196 for 4. Serious investors willing to commit $5,000 receive 100 LIFX bulbs.


    Could you see yourself using a home lighting system that you can run from your smartphone or other wireless device? What would you be willing to pay for one of these bulbs?




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  • Here’s a pretty great idea – US Cellular is helping its customers save money on their mobile bills. They have a new app that get their customer's mobile devices off the network wherever possible, saving customers data usage as well as reducing traffic on the US Cellular 3G and 4G networks. US Cellular calls the program “Wi-Fi Now”.


    Tapping into the system requires downloading the Wi-Fi Now app available for free in the Google Play Store.


    Basically, the app runs in the background watching for "partner" Wi-Fi hotspots. Once it locates one it automatically connects your device and stops your data usage - saving you money on your bill. There’s no additional action required on your part to make the connection and no sign-in required. This applies to your home network as well as hotspots on the road.


    US Cellular says that not just any network will qualify for the bounce. They have designed the app with at least some security in mind. Here’s how it’s described in the Google Play Store listing: "Wi-Fi hotspots are tested for functionality and quality service."


    This app is only available only to US Cellular customers.




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  • We knew the hardware was going to be spectacular, and now that we know it’s called, when can we get our hands on the Apple iPhone 5?


    Apple will begin accepting pre-orders for the iPhone 5 on September 14. They have already set up a landing page for the device on its online store.


    On September 21st the iPhone 5 will hit store shelves in nine countries -- the U.S., U.K, Canada, France, Germany, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore.


    The iPhone 5 is priced at $199 for a 16GB version, $299 for a 32GB version and $399 for a 64GB version. Getting phones at those prices from AT&T, Sprint and Verizon require a two-year contract.


    Apple’s website now shows the unlocked pricing for the iPhone 5.The site’s compare tool shows that the 16GB model starts at $649, the 32GB at $749, and the 64GB at $849.


    If you’re in the mood for an Apple iPhone but don’t mind an older version, Apple has their usually deal for you. They’ve reduced the price of the 16GB iPhone 4S by $100 to $99. The 16GB iPhone 4 is now free. The discounts require a two-year contract with the big three U.S. mobile carriers.



    This post was posted in Apple, News and PR and was tagged with iPhone sale price, iPhone 5 on sale, iPhone 5 launch, iphone 5 pre-order

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  • On Apple’s big day there was pi in the sky
    Posted on September 13, 2012 by kduggan

     


    Pi in the sky

    Yesterday an awesome and inspiring event took place in San Francisco, but it didn’t have anything to do with Apple’s big day. It was all about pi.


    Up in the San Francisco sky three jets succeeded in writing the first 10,000 numbers of pi. That’s right, pi: the old ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter. Most of us know it from high school math class as “3.14159… - the number that never ends.


    The planes wrote the numerals in smoke in dot matrix format a quarter-mile high. Each plane wrote every third number in a string that extended for 150 miles around San Francisco.


    An artist and a design company came up with this incredibly creative work of art. They may have just eclipsed the launch of the latest flagship product of one of the most innovative companies in the world. As expected, Apple provided a terrific iPhone, and we can’t wait to see the iPad mini unveiling. The project on the ground was impressive, but it wasn't as hypnotic as what Apple used to deliver. But those on the ground couldn’t keep their eyes off what was happening in the sky.


    Someday soon Apple, please hypnotize us again.



    This post was posted in Apple, Odd And Interesting and was tagged with San Francisco sky, pi in the sky, pi, Apple iPhone 5 launch

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  • The big Apple event everyone was waiting for took place today. Now we have the iPhone 5 to line up for later this month.


    Here is a summary of what the iPhone 5 is all about:


    A 4-inch screen with a resolution of 1,136 x 640 or 326 pixels per inch - still a “retina” display, as Apple defines it. The larger screen has a widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio. The iPhone 5 is a little bit longer because of this, but it accommodates six rows of apps on the screen: five rows on the “pages” along with the permanent single row along the bottom.


    The case is made of aluminum and measures 7.6mm thick - 18 percent thinner than the iPhone 4S. It's also 20 percent lighter at 112 grams.


    The new Retina panel is 1136 x 640, which clocks in at 326ppi. It also provides better color saturation with full sRGB rendering.


    The iPhone's A6 processor has been significantly shrunk down in size yet gives more powerful performance. The claim is that it doubles CPU and graphics capabilities. The result is pages loading up 2.1x faster than iPhone 4’s speed.


    The smaller processor is also more energy efficient. It should provide 8 hours of talk time even with the LTE. When using Wi-Fi you should get 10 hours of life out of the device.


    The camera is about the same as the one in the iPhone 4S, just a little bit slimmer. It's a backlit 8 megapixel sensor with a 5 element lens and an f/2.4 aperture. The shutter speed is supposed to be 40 percent faster. There's also a new panoramic shooting mode.


    The iWork suite, Garage Band and iMovie have all been updated.


    Older apps will still work, and they’ll be displayed in a letterbox format until Apple provides an update.


    Yes, the iPhone 5 has high-speed 4G LTE capability and still has HSPA+, EV-DO and EDGE capability. In the U.S., AT&T, Sprint and Verizon will all support its 4G LTE connectivity. In Canada, Rogers, Telus and Bell will also have 4G.


    The launch of the iPhone 5 will undoubtedly put Apple back on top. Over the last quarter, sales of the older iPhone models have dropped significantly - from 35.1 million to 26 million. That’s all going to change now. Some analysts are predicting Apple will sell 10 million units in just the first three weeks.



    This post was posted in Apple, iPhone, New Releases and was tagged with iPhone 5 launch, Apple iphone 5, iphone 5

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  • How we all benefit from Apple's new iPhone
    Posted on September 11, 2012 by kduggan


    If you buy an Apple iPhone 5 you’ll be something very good for the U.S. economy. The chief economist at J.P. Morgan, Michael Feroli, estimates that sales of the new iPhone could possibly add from 1/4 to 1/2 percent to the annualized growth rate of U.S. gross domestic product in the last quarter of the year. Since the nation’s total GDP is only expected to grow 2% in the last quarter, the iPhone 5 alone could make up 25% of the entire country’s economic growth!


    A Feroli put it in financial geek-speak, “Calculated using the so-called retail control method, sales of iPhone 5 could boost annualized GDP growth by $3.2 billion, or $12.8 billion at an annual rate.”


    Analysts at J.P. Morgan predict that Apple will sell 8 million iPhone 5s this year, each with an expected retail price of around $600. Add in a couple of adjustments to account for the fact that most of us up our carrier contracts rather than pay full retail, and the price of each phone still puts $400 into the economy.


    Feroli added that his estimate for annualized growth should be taken with a grain of salt, as it “seems fairly large,” but he points out that the iPhone 4S launch a year ago significantly increased retail sales that month. Both online sales and computer sales had their largest monthly increase on record.


    Remember this when you’re handing over a few hundred bucks for your new iPhone. You’re making a contribution to putting the U.S. back on the road to prosperity.


    Apple’s press event, where they are expected to tell all on the new iPhone, is scheduled for Wednesday Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET).



    This post was posted in Apple, New Releases and was tagged with iPhone 5 sales, iPhone GDP, Apple new iPhone, Apple iphone 5

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  • During last weekend’s Disrupt SF Hackathon events, 147 teams had 24 hours to design, build, test and present their products to judges. Only three teams had the chance to demo their projects in front of the crowd. The first place team was awarded a $5,000 grand prize.


    Techcrunch, the sponsor of the event, invited hardware hackers to “Build toys, robots, Arduino cases, or whatever you want and enter the Disrupt Hackathon as an inaugural hardware hacker. We dare you.” 400 hackers took TechCrunch up on their challenge.


    While the Sirious Margarita Maker “a highly complex system that allows you to tell Siri to make you a margarita, and the Memstash app “that helps you memorize anything” gave the winners a run for their money, three other teams beat them and everyone else out of the top prize.


    First Prize: Livebolt


    Livebolt is a cloud-based identity management system. It consists of a metal block that slides on the back of a physical lock. The block responds to an order from an iPhone app. Once a user passes authentication, the iPhone app can authorize the metal block to lock or unlock the user's door.


    Runner-up #1: Autopus


    Autopus is an app that lets sellers on sites like Craigslist to conduct auctions on their own listings. As bids are placed on their stuff, sellers gets notified and can monitor activity in almost real-time.


    Runner-up #2: HeatData


    HeatData provides a way to track the gestures of mobile website users. Knowing how users interact with pages helps vendors determine how to improve the design and UI for their mobile app.


    Many of the other teams didn’t go home empty handed. Sponsors like AT&T, Evernote, dotCloud, Ford, Locu, Microsoft Bizspark, Dropbox, New Relic, Pearson, Qualcomm Innovation Center, Qualcomm Labs, SAP HANA, SkyDrive, TokBox, Twilio, and Zypr all awarded prizes to the teams that made the best use of their services.


    TechCrunch Disrupt is one of the most anticipated technology conferences of the year, and it's underway this week through Wednesday.


    Hold onto your smartphones, tablets and any other device with a broadband connection. There's a lot of innovation going on out there.




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