Google has released the latest version of its Google Earth app with 3D imaging. You can download the app to the new iPad, iPad 2, iPod touch and iPhone 4S. The app is available in the iTunes store.
As Peter Birch, Google Earth product manager, blogged, “With today’s release of Google Earth for iOS you can literally fly through breathtaking 3D city landscapes and images and follow virtual tours of places you’ve never been — all with a simple swipe of your fingertip.”
Birch’s blog post highlighted the app’s Tour Guide feature that lets users browse through thumbnails to explore any city or landmark. Some of the photos are user generated.
Birch writes that Google is adding new locations “as fast as we can.” The cities that are 3D-viewable right now are Boulder, Boston, Charlotte, Lawrence (KS), Long Beach (CA.), Los Angeles, Portland (OR), San Diego, Santa Cruz, Tampa, Tucson, and the San Francisco Bay Area. On the international scene, the Google Earth app will show you Rome in 3D.
By the end of 2012, Google plans to have the 3D imaging available in metropolitan areas with a combined population of 300 million people or more.
The Japanese blog Macotakara reports that the new iPod Touch will sport a 4-inch screen, the same dimensions we expect for the display on the iPhone 5 and a nice expansion to the current 3.5-inch screen. And that isn't the only thing the Touch will have in common with its Apple siblings.
The new device will come equipped with the same A5 processor that iPhone 4S uses, and its case will have the same aluminum back that the iPad has and come in both a black and a white version.
Here is a feature that has everyone stumped. Macotakara also reports that the iPod Touch case has a hole in the lower end of the rear shell. Anyone want to guess what it's for?
A new study released byNielsen indicates that mothers more commonly own smartphones, are active bloggers, and frequently use social media such as Twitter and Facebook. According to Nielsen, Fifty-four percent of moms now own a smartphone compared to 50.4 percent of all mobile subscribers in the United States.
American mother's are more likely than overall women own a smartphone such as Apple iPhone 4S, Samsung Galaxy S3, etc.., are more than 18% more likely than overall women to have a smartphone, and smartphone adoption by moms has grown 64% in the last two years. According to “21st Century Mobile Mom Report” indicates 53% of moms say they purchased a smartphone as a direct result of becoming a mom. Simply put American Mom's love their American Smartphones. During a mother's transition to motherhood, the most important features of a mom’s phone change from her address book and text messaging to her camera, up 78% to #1, and video camera, which increased by 167% to #2. Shopping ranks as the No. 1 way most moms (81 percent) use their smartphones.
Carey Witmer, EVP/President, Meredith Parents Network said. “Today's moms are media omnivores and controlling their voracious diet is so important to them that they are constantly creating new rules about how and when media intermingles with their busy lives via their various devices, screens and networks.”
Other Nielsen studies are reporting that more than 68% of American Moms that moms use their smartphone like HTC One X, BlackBerry Bold 9790, etc, For shopping, 46% of moms also claim the most convenient time to receive information about a product is when they are in the store and another 62% of American Mothers use shopping applications to research or compare store pricing. Moms are using Smartphones from everything ranging from health and wellness to Social Networking such as Twitter and Facebook. Mom’s three top smartphone activities include reading social newsfeeds, updating their social status and d reading answers to posted questions.
Some other interesting facts about moms and their Smartphones include:
81% of moms said shopping was the #1 way they use their Smartphone.
Moms have an average of 13 applications loaded on their phones.
Two-thirds of moms say that less than half of their applications are for their kids.
The same day Apple released another stellar earnings report, it announced that the long-anticipated Mountain Lion, otherwise known as OS X 10.8, would go on sale first thing Wednesday morning.
Mountain Lion is available in the Mac app store only at a price of $19.99. Those who bought a new Mac on or after June 11 are entitled to a free upgrade.
In July 2011, Apple released the last version of the Mac OS - OS X 10.7, known as Lion. According to Apple, Lion is used by 40% of Mac owners, and 50% still use the previous version - Snow Leopard. Mountain Lion is a significant upgrade to Lion. It is rumored to add more than 200 new features, including integration with the iPhone and iPad operating system - iOS. Reminders, Messages, Notes and other notifications that will automatically sync between devices.
The Mountain Lion update is only for current Lion or Snow Leopard owners. If your Mac operates on a previous OS version, you’ll have to upgrade to Snow Leopard before buying Mountain Lion. For those with a pre-2009 Mac, your computer probably won’t have enough processor to run Mountain Lion.
Nearly 56% of Smartphone users such as Samsung Galaxy S3, HTC One X, etc in the United States have spent money on mobile applications on at least one occasion, more than 70% of users spend little to nothing on Android or Apple applications however, while the highest 3% of all spenders account for nearly 20% of the total amount spent. In the last two years the competition between Smartphones Applications especially Android and their Apple counterparts has been an immense increase in innovation, ingenuity and creativity. In 2011 with Android operating system reaching a dominant position in the world’s Smartphone market, developers have taken a sudden interest in developing applications that can more than rival their Apple counterparts. Some of the best Smartphone Mobile Applications have been developed by Android and Apple and include applications such as Google Music which lets a user upload 20,000 songs from a PC or Mac to the cloud; the Android application instantly syncs those tunes and playlists, so there’s no longer any worry about plugging a mobile device into the desktop to download their music. SPEAKTOIT ASSISTANT is the next best thing for Android Smartphone users next to Siri, the personal assistant for the Apple iPhone 4. However, while it doesn't have the same capabilities are Siri it does include , it opens a Google search with a few key words from your request, which is often faster than typing. Maybe it should have closer comparison to Dragon Naturally Speaking Software.
According to Nielsen’s latest survey of mobile applications, 36 % of American consumers have a a Smartphone whether an Android or Apple Smartphone. Apple iOS (iPhone) and Google Android OS mobile phones represent the majority of the Smartphones market in the U.S. and 74 percent of mobile users who download applications. Apple iOS and Android OS Smartphones have more applications on their mobile phones than those with other kinds of Smartphones, with an average of 48 applications on iPhones and 35 applications on Android phones. More than 68% of of applications download with iPhone 4S and 60 percent of those with Android phones reported using their mobile applications multiple times throughout the day.
However, its important to note that Smartphones applications that are provided for free usage for both the Apple iOS and Android -want something in return, and the tradeoff often comes at the expense of users' privacy. It's important to be careful especially when it comes to dealing with free applications for either Apple Smartphone or Android Smartphones.
"The presence of aggressive ad networks in mobile applications is one of the most prevalent mobile privacy issues today," said Lookout CTO Kevin Mahaffey in a recent interview. Earlier this year, for example, iOS apps Path and Hipster were found to be leaking contact data. While technically that either application development firm was grabbing people's contact information for nefarious purposes, the wholesale transmission of people's address books in unencrypted format certainly did nothing to protect the privacy of users' data. It's just another important reminder on how especially careful Apple and Android Smartphone users such as Samsung Infuse, BlackBerry Touch 9900, etc should always be.
Smartphones are an essential part of our daily lives from driving, grocery shopping and talking or texting our loved ones. Smartphones are an integral part of our daily lives that we cannot live with or without whether we're a tween, teen, a busy mother on the go, a father recording his son's first home run or a grandparent’s joy at seeing photographs of their first grandchild. Smartphone applications are a reflection of that diversity and individuality of every Smartphone user from the most necessary to the funniest applications available for every Smartphone user. Here's a list of the Top 10 Funniest Applications for Smartphones:
1.) Pocket God is an episodic and exciting application available for Android and Apple Smartphones that allows its users or players to determine what type of God they would be if they were all powerful. Players can choose whether they're a benevolent or vengeful God of their very own island with up to six islanders per island, an availability of five different islands and a number of forces of nature are yours to control and manipulate. Pocket God is a fun application for any Smartphone user especially if you have a little time to kill, after all its not everyday your God of your own island.
2.) AgingBooth is your more than typical application that shows people what they might look like when they get older. AgingBooth was launched by PiVi & Co the creators of both FatBooth and BaldBooth, some of the most popular iPhone 4S application. Now AgingBooth for Android is available to download for free on the Android Market.
3.) The Moron Test is currently one of the best selling applications well...since the introduction of the Smartphone with millions of players worldwide. The Moron Test features simple, addicting gameplay, five sections featuring hundreds of fun puzzles and even hilarious characters, sound effects, and music.
4.) BaldBooth is similar to AgingBooth and instead shows the user what they might look like if they had no hair rather than simply being older. BaldBooth is a hilariously fun way to instantly make people bald on photo with your HTC OneX and other smartphone which can be shared with family, friends or colleagues via email, MMS, FaceBook, and Twitter.
5.) Talking Lila the Fairy will allow Smartphone users to discover Lila's world of magic and songs. Lila is a flower fairy that lives in a meadow who loves to sing and cast magical spells over the Smartphone users like Nokia Lumia 900, Galaxy S3, etc. Lila the Fairy can create flowers, animals, stars and other items with the help of her fairy dust.
6.) Talking Santa is a free Smartphone application that lets you tickle Santa and make him laugh, you can also poke or slap him but that may cause Santa not to give you gifts anymore. If you're nice to Santa by bringing him milk and cookies or naughty by running him over with a giant snowball will determine what types if any presents he brings you for Christmas.
7.) GhostRadar is a paranormal application for the Ghost-hunters in your life. The GhostRadar will continuously run sensors on your Smartphone to determine if there is anything strange happening around the user. GhostRadar applications has set the standard in ghost hunting because it analyzes the readings from sensors giving indications only when interesting patterns in the readings have been made and has a voice to let you know when interesting words have been detected.
8.) Talking Tom Cat is your perfect pet cat that responds to your touch and repeats everything you say. He can be especially fun for children and even allows you to record your own videos of Tom Cat and share them on YouTube and even Facebook.
9.) SackDude: If you're feeling a little stressed or a little irritable, Sack Dude is your interactive Smartphone stress ball. So if you’re having a rough day, just remember Sack Dude can be smacked, set on fire, tickled or electrocuted and is your perfect stress reliever.
10.) FatBooth: if you are feeling a little fat FatBooth will really show you might look like carrying those few extra pounds. Or if you are having a really bad hair day FatBooth could make you feel much better about how you look now.
The Good News is that all these applications only cost $.99.
The idea for a “Smartphone” was conceptualized as early as 1973 by Theodore George Paraskevakos introduced combing intelligence, data processing and visual display screens with telephones. The first Smartphone was created in 1994 but the term was not officially coined until 1997 by a Swedish Corporation known as Ericsson. Here's some more interesting and fun facts about Smartphones.
1.) Android Smartphones are currently the most popular in Japan with more than more than 55% of its users in the country vs. 39% for the Apple iPhone. In other countries Android's popularity includes 41% in New Zealand, 40% in the United States and more than 38% in China but unfortunately it does not dominate in any other surveyed country except Argentina.
2.) However, the Apple iPhone has a substantial lead in Switzerland with more than 52% iPhone users vs. 23% of Android users. Other countries where the Apple iPhone is extremely popular is Australia where 49% are iPhone users vs. 25% of Android users, Canada has 45% of iPhone users vs. 23% of Android users and 23% of Blackberry users and France has 43% of iPhone users vs. 25% of Android users. Android continues to be the most popular Smartphone operating system, with 38 percent of Smartphone consumers owning Android devices. However, while Android also leads among those who recently purchased a new Smartphone, it is the Apple iPhone that has shown the most growth in recent months.
3.) More than $187.51 is spent on manufacturing Smartphones including Android and the Apple iPhones. The screen and the memory are the most expensive components of a Smartphone and more than 1 billion Smartphones are expected to be used worldwide by 2016.
4.) More than 90% of applications that are downloaded are not used more than 10 times,61% of Smartphones are used for games and more than 9% have downloaded a health or fitness applications.
5.) More than 68% of Smartphone users have accessed maps on a Smartphone is via an application, more than 27% of the 4 billion mobile phones worldwide are Smartphones. Other interesting facts include more than 25% of Smartphone owners go online mostly on their phones and 35% of adults in the United States own a Smartphone.
6.) According to Gartner Group mobile devices will pass PCs as the access device of choice by 2013. 53% of mobile users would share their location to receive more relevant ads. More than 50% of mobile users watch 3 hours and 37 minutes of video on their phones per month according to Neilsen and more than a 1/3 of American teenager’s text at least 100 times per day.
7.) There are more than 1.08 billion Smartphone users in the world, out of which, 91.4 million are from the United States. With more than five billion mobile phone users in the world, 1.08 billion are Smartphone users. Of those 1.08 billion users more than 89% of Smartphone users use their smart phones throughout the day, more than 92% of Smartphone users use their Smartphone to send text messages to other phones and more than 84% of users use their Smartphones for browsing the Internet.
8.) More than 62% of United States Smartphone users are between the ages of 25-34 years old, 50% of Android Smartphones and 43% of Apple iPhone users are younger than 34 years old and 53% of Smartphone users are male and 47% are female.
9.) The average Android Smartphone users consume the highest amount of data at 582 Mbs a month, while iPhone4S owners on consume 492 Mbs of data a month on average. Whereas Apple iPhone users download the maximum applications per month, which is 48Mbs. Downloading applications is the most popular data usage activity for smartphone users. Singapore has the highest Smartphone application rate.
10.) On an average day a Smartphone users will spend 25 minutes browsing the Internet, 17 minutes on Facebook or other social networking websites, 13 minutes a day playing games or downloading applications, 16 minutes listening to music, 11 minutes making phone calls, 10 minutes text messaging and 3 minutes taking photographs.
Choices, choices, choices and oh so many choices what PC Tablet should I choose to own. Well let me help as here's a list of some of your many PC Tablet Options to own.
1.) Most PC Tablets have a screen ranging from 7- up to 13-inches with no definite static and blurry boundaries as Smartphone screens get larger displays. The Toshiba AT200 was released in January 2012 and features a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 TFT display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 5MP rear camera, 2MP front camera and a decent array of ports including micro SD, USB and HDMI. The Toshiba AT200 is literally the world's thinnest 10-inch tablet with price tag between $399 to $499.
2.) The Sony Tablet Swas released in September 2011 featuring a unique design angle, styled to resemble a folded over paperback book and an Android 3.1 operating system. The Sony Tablet S also features other exclusive content including various for the Sony PlayStation titles which you won't get on other Android tabs. It also includes a very user friendly touch-screen and unique shape which definitely makes it a standout. Sony Tablet S& Sony Tablet S currently retails for $349 for 16GB and $429 for 32GB.
3.) The ASUS Transformer Pad 300 was recently release in May 2012 featuring the power of a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, a 10.1-inch display and 12 hour battery life. The tablet also comes with running Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box meaning it'll already up to date with most Android Operating Systems. The ASUS Transformer Pad 300 retails for $399, its price difference is most notable with when it comes to the materials used to build the ASUS Transformer Pad 300.
4.) The Apple iPad 2 is a favorite among many tablet users that was released in March 2011 that still features a top tablet experience with access to the Apple store and iTunes libraries. Unfortunately the iPad 2 is currently only available in 16GB and retails for between $399-$699 depending on your chosen iPad features.
5.) The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 was released in October 2011 featuring smaller and lighter Galaxy Tab 8.9 which is perfect for reading books, checking emails and browsing the Internet. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 is great for those who want an e-reader with extra media functions, or for those who are more weight than screen size Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 is perfect for budget friendly tablet shoppers ranging between $300-400 depending once again on your chosen features.
6.) The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 was released in July 2011 and features 10.1-inch (1280 x 800) display, 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor, 1GB RAM, 3.15MP rear camera with 720p video recording, 2MP front camera and the choice of 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 claims to be “smaller, thinner and lighter than the new iPad 3, and with a screen which matches the iPad 2 the Galaxy Tab 10.1 provides a real alternative in an Apple-dominated tablet market.” The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1retails for $399.
7.) The Samsung's Series 7 Slate features was released in September 2011 and features a powerful touch-screen Windows 7 PC, with a very Windows-8-like optional interface. The Samsung Series 7 S late isthe fastest Windows 7 tablet we've tested, and paired with its optional accessories providing one of the best tablet laptop experiences you ever have. However, its $1400 price tag may be a bit too expensive for most consumers.
8.) The ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 high resolution screen is a rival to any other PC tablet because of its sharpness and clarity display, the applications load exceptionally quickly and is described as being “a state of the art PC Tablet.” The ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 also features a Tegra 3 chip and 8-megapixel camera, but it adds a higher-res, 1920 x 1200 display. The ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700retails for $499 with some pending price cuts.
9.) The Toshiba Excite 7.7was just released earlier this year in 2012 featuring a AMOLED screen, a quad-core processor, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. This PC Tablet also measures 8 inches wide, 5.31 inches tall, is about a fourth of an inch thick and is a lightweight contender at 0.77 pound which is lightweight and easy to handle. The display has a resolution of 1,280x800 pixels, which makes watching videos that fit its 16:10 aspect some of the best video you'll see on a PC Tablet. The Toshiba Excite 7.7retails for between $479.99-$599.99.
10.) The Samsung Galaxy Tablet 2 10.1 is the newest member of the Android Tablet family that was just released in summer 2012. The Samsung Galaxy Tablet 2 10.1features offers near-identical specs, including a 10-inch, 1280 x 800 PLS display, dual-core 1GHz TI chip, 1GB of RAM and a minimum of 16GB of internal memory storage as its predecessor the Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. It also features a 1280 x 800 PLS panel and is slightly thicker 1.29 pounds / .41 inches thick vs. 1.25 pounds / .33 inches than its predecessor. The Samsung Galaxy Tablet 2 10.1retails for between $399-$499 depending upon your chosen memory chosen.
Last week, Apple posted a $2.6 million bond in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California to ban the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet from being sold in the United States. As soon as Apple got their preliminary injunction and posted their bond, Samsung filed their appeal for a stay of the injunction. Judge Lucy Koh, the same judge who has decided many of the recent lawsuits, will hear arguments sometime soon.
Apple and Samsung are the world's two biggest makers of high-end phones including the Apple iPhone 4S, Samsung Galaxy S3, Galaxy S2, Galaxy Note and Galaxy Nexus. They’ve been accusing each other of copying designs and technology for mobile devices and are locked in patent battles all over the world. What’s at stake are profits from the $119 billion global tablet market.
One of the biggest banks in the world, Wells Fargo, has confirmed that the Apple stock deserves the “Outperform” rating and said that the next-generation iPhone “will be the biggest product launch in consumer electronics’ history.” We’ve heard that before.
And Apple rarely fails to disappoint consumers, reviewers or the investment community. The fall release is definitely going to make big news. iPhone 5 and the new iOS together are sure to create a feeding frenzy among new and old iPhone device owners.