Showing posts with label apple. Show all posts
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Smart Way to Use Hearing Aid with Your iPhone

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If you are looking forward to use hearing aid with your smartphone then stick to iPhone only as it offers best compatibility along with a set of features which can’t be found on other OS. Apple has done an incredible in the past to work extensively with the hearing aids manufacturers to develop next gen hearing aid and apps which can easily compatible with the iPhone. Simply checking out the page for “Use Made for iPhone hearing aid’ page right on the Apple’s website will showcase a rather lengthy list of models to choose from. Such a things isn’t possible for any other OEM or OS widely available in the market.

Apple offers more features

The best thing Apple is that it has a wide list of models which are approved by the Federal Communications Commission and meets its stringent compatibility requirements. Further Apple has also built a guide right into the iOS software related to its usage and other accessibility features. Apple site clearly mentions that the users should consult with their doctor or specialist before buying the hearing aid as well as understanding the technology and its benefits.

Hearing aids with ‘Made for iPhone’ label

A number of hearing aids had started flowing into the market with ‘Made for iPhone’ label. These labelled designs are specifically designed to work with the Apple iPhone from the model iPhone 4s and above. These hearing aids can even be used with a large number of iPad models as well as with the fifth generation of the iPod Touch and later variants. In short Apple has quietly brought a wide range of devices which comes with inbuilt support for the ‘Made for iPhone’ hearing aids.

Features of ‘Made for iPhone’ gear

Made for iPhone hearing not just offers ability to control the auditory experience in many ways but it also allows users to pipe sounds right from calls, music, videos, podcasts and other sources. On pairing iPhone with such hearing aids users get control over adjusting the volume, checking up the battery life as well as setting up audio presets for adjusting sounds in specific conditions. Apple also brings new feature called Live Listen which makes use of the iPhone microphone in order to pick up and transmit conversations and other sounds directly to the hearing device.

Using hearing aids on Android devices

Google has brought in simple features for the Android users which offer very basic accessibility features within the mobile operating system. Over the different phone and tablet makers has brought their own tools to enhance the accessibility features for the use of hearing on the Android devices. But the offering on the Android devices are not as polished and finished the Apple counterpart. However the silver lining for the ‘Made for iPhone’ device users is that a number of them can work with Android device offered by Google, Samsung and HTC. On other hand Microsoft has also brought support for the hearing aid with some of its models.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

iPhone Spying Bugs Revealed By Wikileaks Have Been Fixed, Apple Says

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Apple Security Susceptibility - Fixed

The technology company has stated that the store of Apple security susceptibility which the CIA could use in order to infect the iPhones of users has been fixed.Successions of `zero-day’ susceptibilities existing in the intelligence agency had been disclosed by Wikileaks recently. Most of the tools had apparently been established by the British spy agency, GCHQ which is based in Cheltenham. It had been mentioned by Apple that to the best of the company’s knowledge, the bugs which had been disclosed in the leak of 8,761 documents has been fixed in the latest version of iOS – the iPhone as well as iPad operating system.

A spokesman had commented that `Apple is deeply committed in safeguarding the privacy and security of their customers. The technology which has been designed in the present iPhone seems to represent the best data security available to the users and that they are continuously working in keeping it that way. Their products as well as software have been created to get security updates instantly in the hands of consumers with almost 80% of the users utilising the latest version of their operating system.

He had further commented that while their initial analysis portrays that several of the issues leaked had already been patched in the latest iOS and that they would continue to strive to quickly address any identified susceptibilities. They would always urge customers to download the latest iOS ensuring that they have the most modern security updates.

Mobile Development Branch

`Vault 7’ release of WikiLeaks, which is the leading publication of secret CIA documents in the history of the agency, apparently disclosed sequences of bugs which had been developed to let spies monitor targets via iPhones, Android phones, computers as well as Samsung smart TVs together with extensively used devices like Wi-Fi router is also being described by experts as bigger than the leaks of Edward Snowden on the National Security Agency.

The leak provided 14 various iOS vulnerabilities though several of them had been related to the older versions of the operating system. For a long time, iPhone had been considered as more secure than the phone running the competing Google Android software owing to them receiving security updates much more rapidly.

The announcement made by WikiLeaks demanded that the CIA has a specialised unit in its `Mobile Development Branch which is dedicated to iOS devices owing to the reputation of the iPhone in the area of social, diplomatic, political and business elites.

CIA Stored Serious Security Susceptibilities

The significant risk is that nasty groups like foreign government hackers could learn the susceptibilities wherein they could put the daily users in danger. By law the spy agency has been prohibited from gathering intelligence which specifies domestic activities of Americans and is also restricted in how it could collect USA data for counter-intelligence commitments.

Recently WikiLeaks had mentioned that the documents portrayed that the Central Intelligence Agencies stored serious security susceptibilities instead of sharing with the public as called for under a procedure recognised by President Barack Obama.

Tim Cook, chief executive of Apple had fought a public battle with the FBI in connection with the agency’s efforts of compelling the company to unlock an iPhone which belonged to a terrorist. The company had informed that manufacturing a tool of this type would create a backdoor which the criminals as well as foreign states would utilise.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Apple’s Performance in the Stock Market

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2016 was a disappointing year for Apple stock owners as the iPhone 6s Plus and 6s failed to meet high expectations. However, Apple has in the past been seen to overcome poor performances and so far, it is already buying back stock with iPhone7 and 7 plus, which are doing fairly well in the market. Early February 2017, the iPhone stock hit $133.82. This move pushed AAPL away from its 2015 intraday trading high of $134.54. However, compared to the previous year, it has been seen to give a better record from the closing price of $133.

Although analysts don’t expect it to beat its all-time highs of previous years, Apple is poised to exceed the current consensus significantly and move a notch higher in 2017. In early February, the iPhone maker reported strong earnings soon after the US stocks were closed. By being the largest US company in terms of market cap, Apple tends to have a great weighting in indexes. During this period, healthcare and tech shares rose by 0.7 percent, giving Nasdaq a boost as the real-estate stocks dropped by 1.1 percent.

Apple Inc. posted 0.16 percent improvement, which beat expectations, leading analysts to raise their price targets. The boost was linked to the strong iPhone sales registered around that period. The stock surge then pushed Apple to a $700 billion market cap. The next expected iPhone model has been reported to contain new features such as 3D sensing that could, in return, contribute to better sales.

In 2016, the annual sales of Apple.inc fell drastically for the first time since 2001, and this caused the firm to cut its CEO’s pay by 15 percent. However, the losing streak was seen to end towards the close of the final quarter of the year when the company began to grow again as a result of iPhone’s demand, especially the 7 plus. For the quarter, there were recorded sales of 78.3 million, which then set a new record. It was believed that the struggle that Samsung Note 7 was experienced helped Apple get on its feet again.

If Donald Trump lowers taxes as promised, Apple is sure to get back the $200 billion held in foreign countries back to the US. This money could be used for buybacks and acquisitions. While Apple stocks have shown a significant improvement, investors in the company hope to see more growth, technology and talent, which have not been managed too well in the past.

So far, Apple can be given credit for maintaining a healthy balance sheet, generating massive cash flow and driving its bottom and top line higher annually. Although Tim Cook is a competent CEO in terms of innovation, he cannot be compared to Steve Jobs who was known to drive sales to greater heights. Despite the comparison, Cook took measures in getting a solution when Apple was headed to the bottom by raising the prices of the iPad. This gave a strong margin and improved earning performances. He said that the sales of iPhone 7 in the first quarter did better than expected internally and that the company was unable to meet demand until January. Buyers may also have been motivated by the two-camera system. In the last quarter, the prices of the iPad were seen to rise, and customers began to shy away from making purchases. In order to gain market share, analysts say that Apple has to lower prices.

Apple is a well-run company that has high potential in the stock market, but right now, it is crowded by a weak consumer environment. The problem is that if the prices of its iPad stay up, it may lose market share. On the other hand, if it lowers the prices, weaker earnings and contracting margins may be experienced, the reason you need to keep watch on CMC markets to see how it will perform in the future. It is reasonable to say that 2016 was financially rough for Apple, but 2017 has a lot of promise. Even during that harsh period, the company was reported to make billions in profit from its massive revenues.

In the new fiscal year 2017, the latest financial results and the stock market shares suggest a positive story in the days ahead. The company has said it will show year to year records of growth, saying it expects to gain great revenue in the next quarter.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Apple Next iPhone Will Have Curved Screen

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Apple iPhone 8 rumors don’t tend to go down at all. The latest news has emerged from a reputable media house i.e. The Wall Street Journal which reported that iPhone will opt for a flexible display. It has been found that Apple has placed a huge order for flexible display for its mass production of the iPhone 8. Apple has been closely studying the flexible OLED displays for over a year and it has asked the supplier to furnish prototypes for further research and compatibility with the next iPhone.

If rumors turned out to be true then Apple iPhone will start offering direct competition to the Samsung top end Galaxy S Edge series. Samsung was first major OEM to bring curved screen on a flagship device with the launch of the Galaxy S6 Edge.

Apple testing multiple prototypes

A number of reports has are emerging from varied corners which are suggesting that Apple is investing its time in testing multiple prototypes for its iPhone 8. Apple is simply looking for the best prototype which brings the amalgamation of screen technology and material into the play for its iPhone 8.

Some proptypes makes use of the traditional LCD display while other others boast of OLED & AMOLED. Quite incidentally some of the prototypes don’t even have the classic home button which has become a staple design feature for the iPhones. Apple is performing high end testing of these displays for the glass, aluminum and ceramic chassis.

Enhanced storage for next iPhone

Another rumor has highlighted the fact Apple is considering to release just two models for the iPhone 8 with large storage capability of 64 GB and 128 GB. This means that iPhone will come at a price-tag of anywhere above $1000. It will make Apple iPhone a really high end device which only few will be able to purchase at the end of the day but it also suggests that low cost option will be dumped for once and all.

Just few months ditched the 16GB iPhone when it released the iPhone 7 with the smallest storage option set at 32 GB. It is likely that Apple will continue to follow the suit with setting 64GB at next new base line for the storage option on the iPhone lineup. Rumors related to iPhone 8 are so disparate that one suggests we will get to see three new iPhone models featuring 4.7 inch, 5.5 inch and 5.8 inch version while another suggests that there will be only two devices with 4.7 and 5.5 inch like before.

Like every year Apple next iPhone will be unveiled in the month of September where Cupertino based tech firm will finally showcase what it has been cooking all the year round. One should not forget that this year will be the 10th anniversary for the iconic device of this modern age and Apple will certainly want to bring something new on the plate for the fans and consumers alike.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

The iPhone May Soon be Able to Map Your Face for 3 D Selfies

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Well, science and technology has moulded our lives and given a new shape in this digital world. Innovation and discovery going hand in have led to the most astonishing products and made our dreams come true. Without technology, we are like nowhere. There is always a healthy competition between the top companies to ace the market. Well, ever since Steve Jobs led Apple has come into the market, they had reached a new height and now the legacy is continued by Tim Cook. Each year apple comes with iPhones especially in the end of September. There has always been curiosity and some speculations about the features of the upcoming about how it will change the market and put an impact in the tech market.

FEATURES

Well, the latest report about the upcoming iPhones is that there would be a 3-D selfie camera. To be more specific, it would be able to amp your face. It will involve both the process of authentication and augmented reality which the new iPhone will be having. The camera would also come handy when you want to check the distance of any object which is quite far away from the lens. If this feature comes into market, then it would only another feather into the cap.

THE COMPETITION

It already uses the technology to organise the photos based on the subjects that gets recognised in the images. To compete with the other stalwart companies like the Microsoft and Samsung which uses facial recognition to unlock the phone, Apple is also trying to bring something new. Well, apple promises to clear the bug or the faults that the users had in facial recognition with HP or other companies. The report states that the Apple has planned to use a depth sensing camera to remove the technical issues as well as other problems.

THE RESULT

The report says that the readings would be more accurate and the users won’t be having any sort of problem using this technology. Day in and day out, we are trying our best to match up to the latest technology and this will increase the desire to experience more. With the help of visual sensors, the make up or any sort of trick can be identified in the upcoming Apple iPhone. It can recognise the dark skin tones as well. The major concern would be the privacy. The technology would map your face but the major concern lies how the identification data would be used. People are still unaware of how Apple would solve this problem and it is a big curiosity among the multitude also.

RAISING EYEBROWS

The matter which would raise the eyebrows of the people is whether the privacy would be maintained by the company or not. And also whether the recognition can be disabled by the user or not. So for the confirmation, we just need to sit back and wait till the actuals beans are spilled. But one thing is pretty sure, that the people will enjoy a new experience from this.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Apple Leak Reveals Significant iPhone 8 Upgrade

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All the tech freaks and IPhone fanatics have been eagerly waiting for the launch of their latest device iPhone 8. This is believed to be a game changer for its eye watering price, innovative catch up features and all new design. According to new information, this latest iPhone is most expensive in its line, and its super upgraded features make the gadget worth the big price tag. Ming Chi Kuo, KGI security analyst stated that the most reliable and trustworthy Apple tipster is back again, and this time it is sure to cause a massive stir. Along with hosts of new and enhanced features this Apple gadget will feature a compact form factor, and will have a dramatically improved battery life.

Better view with bigger size 

Recently, Kuo revealed some of the features of this brand new Apple device, one of them being super compact design. He revealed, that iPhone 8 will have a 5 inch display, but will not be larger than their 4.7 inch phones. This is a standout feature considered to be extremely modern, and has been used till date in the monster phablets. The compact size will make it handy and easily usable with one hand. Apple is going to achieve this look of a 5 inch display in a 4.7 inch phone by cutting the bottom and top bezels.

The extra space available in most modern Smartphone is practically of no use and thus Apple has decided to use that extra space and create a screen extension. The touch ID and iconic home button will be removed and integrated within the display. Well, this technology is not entirely new and was announced by LG in 2016, but Apple seems to have accomplished it before them.

Improved battery performance 

Kuo also revealed that this high tech phone will feature a 2,700 MaH battery. It is almost 30% larger than iPhone 7’s 1960 maH battery. The phone will squeeze in this battery using a logic board design, and thus by using this board there will be extra space for fitting in this bigger battery.

Although, Samsung a rival company of Apple has already launched phone with 3000 maH, iOS has always managed to get away with small batteries. This new iPhone launch will feature an OLED display instead of the standard LCD and is sure to offer a better and enhanced experience.

Major leap for Apple 

Both externally and internally, iPhone 8 is being considered to be the biggest update in Apple’s history. According to speculations, this new gadget will be names iPhone X and its launch will mark the 10th anniversary of iPhone. During the launch of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 plus Apple had broken its two year design cycle, and had given the same traditional design to three successive generations.

For this, several critics had accused the mega tech giant company of losing its innovative ability. This had affected the company both in terms of reduced sales figures and lower profit margins. The new and enhanced designs and features of iPhone 8 will definitely accelerate the margin scale.

Friday, February 10, 2017

iOS 10.3 beta Hints Apple to Drop Support for 32-bit Apps in iOS 11

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Apple is all set to do away with the 32 bit apps on its iPhone and iPad with upcoming version of the iOS. This move by the Apple was first discovered by a developer named Peter Steinberger who very soon sent out a tweet that he had discovered this hint from the iOS 10.3 beta update. Therefore a number of apps based on 32 bit will not work at all on the future versions of iOS.

Therefore developers will have to update their app in order to improve the capability on iOS based devices in future. In iOS 10.3 beta version a similar error message pops up on the screen when accessing such mobile applications. This error messages are doing rounds on various forums where developers have found to their surprise that the Apple has stopped supporting the 32 bits apps together.

The slew of error messages in iOS

Users who have updated the developer version of iOS are frequently getting error messages like ‘the app will slow down an iPhone/iPad when opening a 32-bit app. Furthermore system also lays down the path for the developer to ensure the compatibility for this app in future by upgrading it at the earliest. The error messages further states “the app needs to be updated. This app will not work with future versions of iOS. The developer of this app needs to update it to improve its compatibility”. In short Apple is sending out message to the developer to get to the task of enhancing their 32 bit before next public updates hits the iPhone and iPad in upcoming months.

Apple iOS 10.3 beta brings a new Siri feature

Apple has bumped up the feature for Siri by bringing in ability to answer any question related to the cricket. This update brings an India specific feature for Siri where ‘cricket’ is a hugely popular sport. Quite incidentally Google Now already has support for answering queries related to the cricket but Apple is catching up with Google by bringing similar functionality for its assistant.

According to the Apple Siri will be able to effectively answer questions related to the cricket with this update wherein users can even get precise answers from upcoming 2016 IPL rankings, get to see stats for an individual players as well the trivia questions associated with this sport.

Apple support for 64-bit apps is not new

Apple going for the 64-bit apps is not a new thing as it was first on iOS after the launch of the iPhone 5s in 2013. In 2014 Apple put forward on the developer’s web page wherein it stated that all the apps developed from now on will have to offer 64 bit support. Later on in June 2015 Apple started ensuring that all the apps on App Store are 64 bit. In short Apple move to get rid of 32 bit apps on the iOS platform isn’t immediate rather it has been a calculated move.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

iPhone Secrets, Shortcuts and Hidden Features You Should Know About

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iPhone, which is the world’s smartest smartphone, provides you with the wide variety of features which you cannot experience in other smart phones. It has the power to bring the entire universe at the grip of your hand. The curiosity always runs down amongst us to know what enables the smartphone to bring on the applications on the front screen.

The answer to it is known now as the GPS renders the compass in a superfluous way that makes all the apps to appear on the front screen that provides a magnanimous view. As you can witness all your apps in one go hence, locating apps in shortest time will make you feel that everything is on the range of your fingers.

To delve in to an ocean of applications all you need to do is swipe the screen. Swipe towards the left and you can experience all the features that will make you feel that everything is under your control ensuring simplicity and comfort from all angles. By swiping towards left the compass of applications steps a level higher and utilizes the phones accelerometer which makes you understand that why this have been heralded as the smartest phone of the generation.

Along with availing a wide range of applications for yourself you can also experience the privilege of iMessaging. After the introduction of iOS 10 you can add several animations to your texts. Like you can make the screen or the upcoming texts go rippled.

You can simultaneously add effects of balloons to your entire screen that gives an artistic turn to your messages. It is also very easy to avail this feature as you can get all the effects by just pressing the arrow present down the text. You can also add animation like Slam, Loud, Gentle and Invisible Ink through the same procedure.

You can now click stills during video recording. You do not have to stop your video recording inorder to take pictures. You just need to press the white circle present on the downward corner of your screen. The photo won’t be exact that you click via full camera mode as it uses the resolution of the phones video.

You can also get an added benefit on the plus size models of iPhones called Reachability which enables you to bring the upper top of your screen to the middle position by just tapping twice on the screen. This is really beneficial for the ones who have short hands.

You can now call your favorite people with just a 3D touch. The four top contacts will appear and then you can ring them up without having to search through the entire contact list. You can also change the people who comes as your favorites by just sliding along the top four contacts. Just add your favorite according to the given program and call them whenever you want without any hassle.

The iPhones has come up with so many dynamic features and secrets that after buying it you will feel yourself to be highly prejudiced.

Monday, February 6, 2017

iPhone 8 Concept Shows Off Display Covering Entire Front of iPhone

 
iPhone 8
When it comes to standards of making mobile devices, Apple has set the bar pretty high year after year with their iPhone series. With its 10th Anniversary coming up, Apple is set to release its latest addition to the already glistening career of iPhones, the iPhone 8. Mobile geeks and tech enthusiasts from around the world have begun their speculation of what features would the new iPhone 8 have and how would it be different from its previous versions.

What can be expected from the new iPhone?

ConceptsiPhone has recently released a video detailing out the possible design that the new iPhone can have. The most eye catching feature that the video has is the display of the new iPhone, which covers the entire front of the device. Many reports suggest that the iPhone 8 will move towards an all glass design feature straying away from the usual metallic design they implement. However with the new iPhone 8 commercial, it can be seen that the new device will have a similar design as compared to iPhone 7 plus in addition to many newer features.

Apart from these features, the new iPhone 8 shown in the advertisement does not stray away from its original design that has been the company’s pride for many years. The volume button and the side switch designs are influenced by the original iPhone 4 models and a rounded metal frame falsifying the rumor about the new device being made in an iPhone 4 style.

A unique feature that the iPhone 8 can have is the dynamic Home button which performs similar function like the MacBook pro touch bar. However the biggest visual change in the 10th anniversary iPhone would be the use of a curved screen that uses OLED technology. This would mark the first time that an iPhone has a curved screen.

The iPhone 8 will be facing a tough competition with its release as Samsung and Google both are releasing their newest devices at the same time iPhone comes out. To keep its new innovation a step ahead, Apple has implemented an edge-to-edge display that does away with top and bottom bezels and holds features like Touch ID fingerprinting and front facing camera. The touch ID and the camera may be built directly into the display!
Special feature: Wireless charging

The new iPhone is rumored to have a state of the art long range wireless charging system, a first for any iPhone device. Long range wireless charging is superior to other wireless charging systems as it does not require your device to be in close proximity of the charging source.

The news of release of iPhone 8 has indeed caused a lot of stir and with tons of rumors and speculations flying around regarding its features and design. But all we can do is wait for Apple to officially release the iPhone 8 which is sure to be a popular indeed as it has been for many years.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Apple Attracts New iPhone Fans as Existing Owners Await Upgrade

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Apple iPhone 7 launch was heavily criticized by all both the tech critics as well as users but it hasn’t dull the Apple aura at all. Apple delivered its best quarters a year ago with the launch of iPhone 6s but such shipments volumes were not repeated with the iPhone 7 as most of the people vouched for waiting for better upgrade in upcoming years. However things are not as bad as it looks or appears to most of us. Quite on the contrary Apple has been able to attract whole new generation of iPhone customers during this last holiday season. The services revenue is raising steadily with the iPhone 7 shipments and the share for Apple rose to its highest level in as many as 17 months.

iPhone sales are driven by new customers

Apple has maintained that the iPhone users are upgrading to the iPhone 7 at the same rate as they upgraded to iPhone 6s last year. Apple has been able to sell about 3.5 million more phones in the third quarter of 2016 which were driven by new customers. iPhone 7 was snubbed by the critics as it offered modest upgrade over the last iPhone but it still brought a range of features which includes an improved camera, water resistance, improved processor and enhanced camera. 2016 being the 10 anniversary of the iPhone it was expected that Apple will bring turnaround changes in terms of designs and modifications of the smartphone but Apple failed lived up to the expectation.

Apple is working hard on the innovation front as its R&D spending had simply jumped by 19% and so far company has spent about $2.9 billion in the first quarter. During the holiday season of 2016 Apple’s total revenue increased by 3.3 percent to a commendable $78.4 billion and it has been able to earn about $3.36 a share. The major breakthrough made by the Apple in this holiday season is also attributed to fact that Samsung Note 7 were recalled due to battery explosions.

Apple iPhone is galloping

The US performance of Apple iPhone adoption or upgrading to latest iPhone is slow as carriers have plans wherein users get discounts on their new devices for next two years. This ensures that consumers stick with their older devices for longer time than necessary. However these kinds of plans came to an end in 2016 and it has opened up a greater audience ready or upgrade for Apple iPhone.

Apple year to year iPhone sale decline has reached its high during 2016 which forced Apple to give a push it services in order to keep generating revenue through its Apple Music, iCloud and App Store. Apple device ecosystem is closely linked with its range of services which brings a wide amount of revenue for Apple apart from keeping the user-experience streamlined across its devices. Quite recent Apple financial reports has shown that its services grown by 18 percent to a massive $7.2 billion. Apple has set its aim to double up the annual total to a goal of $50 billion by 2021.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Apple Strategy in "Smart Home" Race Threatened by Amazon

Homekit
Within a few years of launching the Echo speaker system in a bid turn modern homes into smart home Amazon is seen as a driving force in the ‘smart home’ segment. This particular system designed by the Amazon has shown its ease of use technology to the users wherein they can control wide array of gadgets within few commands.

The success achieved by the Amazon is set to get stiff competition not just from the Apple but also from the Google in upcoming future. Amazon has used open-system approach which results in quick development with more number of feature inclusion but Apple on other hand is taking a slower path which stems from its habit of keeping as much control over the technology as possible in order to infuse security and ease of use.

The key household devices which are finding their way in the emergence of the smart home include everything from the lighting system to the refrigerators. Amazon Alexa currently has over 250 devices working on its smart home system and Amazon brings a certain portion of financial incentives to its partners to keep them glued on its system. On other hand Apple’s Homekit has just 100 certified devices at the moment due to strict guidelines set by the Apple in order to ensure security as well as to bring rewards in returns.

Apple Homekit for smart home

In order to be a part of the Apple’s smart home and to be placed in the Apple’s gadget ecosystem manufacturers are required to insert a special chip in their devices. The price of this chip may vary anywhere between 50 cents to $2 as per the volume of the devices they are making at a single go. Apart from this chipset manufacturers will also have to buy certain specific WiFi and Bluetooth networking chips.

Furthermore manufacturers have to send their products to the Apple in order to test their compatibility with its system. This process is lengthy as it takes anywhere around three to five months and even device manufacturers are abstained from publicly stating that they are opting for the Homekit certification.

Amazon has an ‘open’ approach

Amazon has kept Alexa as a spate entity which deals with all the things ‘smart home’. It specifically deal with the smart home companies which happens to write software code and then submits it back to the Amazon for further review. Amazon has laid some simple yet influential steps to acquire the ‘Works with Alexa’ label for their products which will help in boosting sales on its shopping portal.

Startups are required to get their products physically tested by the Amazon before it showcases on the shopping portals. Amazon sacrifices the security portion on its smart home initiative as it can’t guarantee such in the third-party devices. Apple is actively working towards eliminating the security issue on its platform by keeping a strict guideline and policy which will eventually bring an advantage to Apple over Amazon.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Finder for AirPods Removed from App Store


Finder for AirPods
The latest model of the iPhone is causing stir in the present mobile market and rightly so, with its superior features and the brand name of Apple, it is the best phone to have. But iPhone 7 the advanced technical features of the iPhone 7 is not the main reason as to why it is catching everyone’s attention.

It is due to the unique Apples AirPods that is the world’s first small sized and wireless Bluetooth headsets for the iPhone.As much as these small devices cost, the growing concern about them is with how ease they can get lost. You thought put them down somewhere and the next moment you can’t find your 160$ Bluetooth headphone! Surely you don’t want that.

Finder’s for Airpods makes sure that you never lose them! 

Deucks Pty, a developer who has some experience in making gadget finding apps, came up with this excellent idea of creating a tracking app for the AirPods. What this app does is that it measures the Bluetooth signal from either of your lost AirPods and guides you using a “hot” and “cold” tracking system. Just launch the app if one or both of your AirPods go missing and it will get you to the spot where you misplaced your headphones.

The app helps you find your missing AirPod through graphic lines. A thin line means that you are far away from your AirPod while a thick line indicates you are getting closer to it. The app will also give you a visual clue as to how hot you are how cold depending on the signal from your AirPods wireless signature. Made from his own experience, Deucks has prepared this great app after facing the same issue of losing his AirPods the very next day he brought them.

Needless to say, we can be careless at times and loosing something as small as the Airpods is inevitable. Finder’s for airpods makes a good job at protecting your investment.

Does this app work? 

When dealing with any kind of technology there are bound to several factors that can go against it. Since the app uses Bluetooth signals, certain environment factors can cause hindrance to the apps working and slow down the process of connecting to the Bluetooth signature of your lost AirPod.

Another aspect that can act as a limitation to the working of this app is the fact that your lost AirPod needs to be charged to emit the signals. Once the battery levels are depleted, finding your headphones become extremely difficult. Since Bluetooth tracking requires the user to be in close proximity with the other device, finding your lost AirPod becomes effective.

Update on Finder’s for Airpods

As of now, Finder’s for AirPods which was up on the Apple store has been removed by Apple and was deemed inappropriate for the apple store. According to the developer people who have already bought this app can ask for refunds via their iTunes.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Apple MacBooks to Embrace New CPUs


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Apple has unveiled its new line of Macbook just a few month but they were found lacking in terms of upgrades over their predecessors. Apple is plagued with lack of innovation and motivation towards bringing cutting edge technology and enhanced experience which were highlight for its devices for quite some time.

A number of tech enthusiasts were left distraught with the launch of the Mcabook Pros which weren’t as ‘pro’ as they used to be in the past. One of the trusted the analyst from KGI Securities and Apple Nostradamus named Ming Chi Kuo has suggested last year that Apple will be bringing the touchscreen against the function for its Macbook line. Here are his predictions for this year of Apple’s Macbook lineup.

Apple to make decisive processor update in processors

Apple is set to bring Intel’s new Kaby Lake processors for its upcoming line of 13 and 15 inch MacBook Pro versions. These laptops are expected to launch in the third quarter of 2017 and before it Apple will try to ignite some frenzy among its users by enhancing the RAM power on its 12 inch Macbook range which currently possess 8 GB but it will start featuring the robust 16 GB RAM for more efficient user experience.

Apple is suffering from lack of innovation which was evident from the launch of the iPhone 7 in November. Apple did away with the 3.5 mm jack on its new iPhone in bid to make device sleeker and trendier than ever before but this move simply backfired with lower sales. Similarly the subsequent launch of the updated Macbook line in later months met with criticism both by the consumers and critics.

Apple aim towards moving to new processors and to enhance RAM on Macbook is an effort towards improving the battery life of its computing devices. Apple might even go for a 32GB RAM based Macbook as per Kuo in 2017 which will be designed to woo core art professionals who requires more processing power for photo, video and audio editing.

Kuo is reliable for Apple products predictions

Apple Macbook range is highly sought out item among the users for its incredible specification, amazing design and portability factor. It is widely popular among the creative professionals who are willing to shell out extra dollars in order to get high performing device. Macbook poor battery life was becoming a concern for heavy duty users and Apple is expected to take significant steps towards improving upon it by using new processors and enhanced RAM. It is getting stiff competition from rivals who are churning out value for money and affordable computing devices in quick succession.

Kuo is a reliable Apple products predictor and over the years he had quite a number of correct prediction regarding launches, features, specifications and much more. In 2016 he correctly predicted the redesign of the Apple Macbook Pro, the launch of Apple Watch 2 along with GPS functionality as well as the release of the smaller version of iPhone in 2016.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Apple iPhone 8 To Have All Glass Front and Back, Stainless Steel Frame?


iPhone 8
After being snubbed by the fans and critics with lackluster launch of the iPhone 7 which offered a minor upgrade over the iPhone 6s. Apple has decided to do away with ‘S’ model release this year and it is gearing up to launch iPhone 8 during the third quarter of 2017. Rumors mills are working overtime to come up with new insights into the iPhone 8 and this time it points towards a steel frame centre with all glass based rear and front for upcoming device. This means that Apple will do away with the aluminum frame which was seen on its last range of iPhones.

Going with ‘Steel’

This isn’t the first time Apple is going to use steel in the iPhone and it was last seen in the Apple iPhone 4S models. Since then Apple has opted for the aluminum finish for its iPhone range. In another rumor it was confirmed that one of the Apple’s manufacturing partner named Jabil is secretly working on the device body which will have two reinforced glass panels. The steel frame will be utilized to hold the two pieces of glass panels together.

Apple is also being criticized for not offering enough innovation on the table when compared to its rivals after the demise of Jobs. Though Apple has brought Airpods which is a wireless earphones but it doesn’t ranks high in terms of innovation. The subsequent release of the iPhone models are also not so great in terms of innovation when Sony, Samsung and some of the Chinese rivals are bring new hype worthy devices from their stable. Apple is decisively looking for ways of cutting through the competition and brings innovation back in the play by throwing everything in the development of the iPhone 8.

Next generation iPhone 8 to be bold

The new iPhone 8 is expected to sport a new bold design language along with a bezel less OLED display. Samsung will be providing the OLED display panels for this new phone which will render extremely stunning, crisp and beautiful resolution to the users. Apple generates a major portion of its revenue from the sales of iPhone devices. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S were highly successful device from Apple in recent years in terms of number of shipments. iPhone 7 failed to generate enthusiasm and with its slow sales Apple has decided to completely overhaul the design for iPhone 8.

Some of media reports suggests that Apple will be bringing a larger device this time around apart from its usual offering in 4.7 inch and 5.5 inch Plus models. Since the size will be larger so would be the price for the device. With iPhone 7 Apple ditched the 3.5 mm headphone jack and compensated it with Airpods- awireless earphone- which has to be bought separately. Secondly Apple is still fine tuning the performance of the Airpods resulting in missing the Christmas and New Year sales season. Rumors also suggests a sleeker design with invisible home button and wireless charging capability.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Apple Working with Carl Zeiss on AR Glasses to Debut in 2018

Zeiss

Apple might not be present at CES revealing its next line up of devices but a rumor has emerged from tech world which has excited a number of fans and critics. Apple is secretly working with Zeiss as per the insider news offered by an unnamed employee. Apple is developing a working pair of augmented reality or a mixed reality glass which is expected to make its debut in 2018.

This particular employee further pointed out that Zeiss has made its booth right in the middle of the AR section even though it doesn’t have AR, VR or mixed reality optics to showcase at the event. Now it is been widely speculated that Zeiss was gearing up to unveil the so called AR glasses with Apple during an event but the cat is out of the bag now.

This is not the first time Zeiss has done something for VR segment

Zeiss is already developing special optics for the VR One Plus. This special optic is designed to turn any kind of smartphone into a Virtual or augmented reality system. One Plus isn’t the only one to offer high quality VR headsets to the consumer Microsoft, Samsung, Google and a number of other companies has also emerged in this field with their own dedicated devices.

This rumor generated by the Zeiss employee however gives rise to the speculation Apple is trying to build its own dedicated hardware which will help it in reigning as a supreme leader in the VR/AR market in future. This tie in is a smart step on part of Apple to focus on core development not just VR devices but carefully integrating with it three different operating system namely iOS, Macbook OS and Apple TV OS.

Apple tryst with AR isn’t new

In November 2016, a noted analyst has made a prediction that Apple is actively working on a holistic AR solution. It was rumored that Apple is creating this as a standalone system which will take around to turn into reality in next one to two years.

Till now it isn’t clear what Apple is working in the field of AR. Augmented reality has become a craze with the successful launch of Pokemon Go game on the Android platform which showcases one of the possibility of AR. Apple move in the AR technology can be seen as a calculated way of improving and enhancing the user experience on the iOS and Apple TV OS devices.

Even Apple CEO has confirmed Apple tryst with the AR development as it is evident from the way Apple is quietly enhancing the internal AR team by making strategic hiring and essential segment purchases. Quite recently Apple has acquired ‘Faceshift’ (Motion capture specialist), ‘Perceptio’ (machine learning and computer vision startup, Flyby Media and Metaio (a German AR firm). Apple is working with these to increase the potential development of its transparent displays, AR Maps, VR headsets for iPhone and much more.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Apple sued over fatal 'FaceTime crash'


FaceTime
Smartphones or iPhones can be one’s favorite pass time as it includes several interesting features and applications that can add to your amusement. At least one member in every family uses iPhone and with the increase in its popularity and decrease in price almost everyone is aware of this gadget which is surely beneficial as you can get access to several things happening in and around the world. But, yes it can only prove out to be beneficial if proper measures are taken while using it otherwise your life can be at stake

With the increase in popularity of iPhones lawsuits against Apple has also increased in number. Several cases against the Apple company have been registered in recent times because the users have become so addicted to its usage that they do not even hesitate to risk their and their fellow beings’ life.

Once An American Couple lost their son in an accident, and when the investigation took place it was discovered that the boy who was 20 years old was using Face Time on his iPhone and on further note it was found that the application was running almost for over an hour before the accident took place which proves that the boy was hardly cautious in terms of driving and when suddenly another vehicle came from the other side he could not control his car and met with a fatal accident. When the cops found the phone of the boy at the accident spot they noticed that application was still running.After this revelation the couple filed a case against Apple but it is very obvious that no matter how hard they try they will not get back their son.

Another incident took place in India where a person while driving was busy doing video chat over his iPhone hit a women who was crossing the road with her daughter and unfortunately both of them died because of the carelessness of the driver. Similarly, there are several accidents taking place almost every day and everywhere.

After so many accidents taking place the court has issued a notice against Apple regarding their Face Time, iMessage and video calling features asking them that they should launch a technology, or a software should be fed in iPhone were anyone while driving will not be able to access these features.

Though the iPhone manufacturers have not yet yielded any response in favor of the allegations but it is sure that in near future they will definitely figure out a solution to these dead ends.

We all believe that technologically advanced gadgets are very beneficial but as users we should also remain careful while availing all these benefits given by Apple so that we do not risk our life as well as others. It is good to be advanced but it is simultaneously necessary that we are careful enough to use it in a proper manner. Take the advantages of the features but be sure that it does not leads to disaster instead of privileges.

Monday, December 19, 2016

How to get rid of Apple Calendar spam


Calendar spam
Apple devices and operating system isn’t full proof against spams which is usually believed by millions of people worldwide. Like Android its products and software doesn’t get huge amount of spam or being plagued by it to a great extent but when some spam makes its way into the Apple ecosystem it leaves users baffled. In similar fashion a number of iCloud users were left baffled by the surge of spam in Calendar application. These spam emails offered users cheap Ray-Bans Ugg Boots or Pandora Bracelets which were laced in the calendar invitation which makes them more irritating.

Apple’s operating system for Macbook series and iPhone and iPads are different yet alike. iOS and Mac Os works in the similar fashion as they scan the email inbox to check out the calendar invitation in order to make it easier for users to find it. When such mails are forwarded to the users then it pops up as a notification right on the phone or tablet.

Apple has seen a sudden spike in spam calendar notification in the recent past. It might be linked with the Black Friday or other recent data breaches wherein users have been able to steal millionsof email addresses. Therefore it has become a necessity to get rid of spam calendar at the earliest.

Smart way to get rid of Calendar spam

The major issue with iCloud invitation is that it can sent by anyone from loved one, colleagues to spammer with that particular email address. It does possess some good spam filters but it doesn’t result in complete control. If you wish do away with the notions then it has to be turned off or you can indulge in sifting through it in your leisure time.

There is a smart way of marking calendar invitations as spam in the iCloud using these steps.

  •  Log in to iCloud. 
  •  Give a double click on a spam invitation 
  •  Then select ‘report junk’ option. 

In order to shut the notifications in iCloud follow these steps.

  •  Go to iCloud.com 
  •  Log in and go to the calendar 
  •  Press upon the cog button present at the bottom left corner of the screen and then move to the ‘Advanced’. 
  •  Now change ‘Invitations’ from In-app notifications to receiving email 
  •  This will allow you to receive the calendar invites as emails. 

If you wish to delete the current invitations without declining then follow these steps:

  •  Go to the calendar app and create a new calendar.
  •  Go to the Edit option right at the top left corner and click on Add Calendar. Name it junk or spam as per your likeness. 
  •  Now select the spam event and move it right to the new calendar. 
  •  Simply delete the new calendar and you will get rid of the spam at once. 

In order to stop others from sending you spam sharing notification simply go to the Settings followed by Photos and turn off the iCloud Photo Sharing.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Apple’s Voiceover Guides Visually Impaired to Create Software


Apple’s Voiceover Guides Visually Impaired to Create Software
VoiceOver is an approachability option that offers the iPad and iPhone less demanding to work for the visually impaired and sight weakened. These things may incorporate imperceptible data, unmistakable data, and extra data requires exploring the screen. With it, anybody with an optical weakness can possess their iPad or iPhone's screen present to them, covering links, symbols, catches, and different interface components, and utilize signals to explore and choose their choices.

Since it is incorporated into Apple's UIKit system for designers, any application utilizing default keys receive VoiceOver bolster fabricated right in. Despite the fact that Apple's VoiceOver has been a part of the OS X working framework since 2005 and iOS since 2009, at first it wasn't that viable. Apple has enhanced VoiceOver radically from that point forward.

A key a portion of making everything open is VoiceOver, a screen-perusing innovation that talks portrayals out loud to clients. For instance, it assumes a key part in Swift Playgrounds, Apple's iPad application that shows children and grown-ups how to code.

Play areas give essential programming directions for making energized characters do things like gather gems, and it depends on the Swift programming dialect intended to make it less demanding for anybody to manufacture applications for the iPhone or iPad. Alongside describing Swift Playgrounds, VoiceOver likewise gives dazzle individuals a chance to take photographs or explore a city's open transportation framework all alone.

Apple incorporated VoiceOver with its iOS versatile programming in 2009 and from that point forward has joined other free elements that individuals already needed to buy. Individuals with visual debilitation once needed to spend a large number of dollars for innovation that amplified their PC screens, talked route bearings, distinguished their cash or perceived the shade of their garments. Hudson needed to work with human perusers when he was coding in school and how they'd some of the time nods off at work.

How to handle it-VoiceOver converts the motions in iOS keeping in mind the end goal to present it less demanding for outwardly impeded people to comprehend what they're touching before they really choose it. Some suggestions are given below to utilizingVoiceOver:

-Just tap anyplace on the surface and your iPad or iPhone will talk so anyone might hear the thing that you're hitting on.

-Twofold tap on a thing to choose it.

-To look over a page, utilize three-pointer. With VoiceOver with you ordinarily employ just a single pointer to scroll, however in VoiceOver you'll have to use three so that your iPad or iPhone doesn't misread a touch as a parchment.

-Twofold tap with three-pointers to flip voice summon the Lock Screen.

-A two-pointer twofold tap while playing out an activity will begin or end that activity. For instance, in case you're proceeding a telephone call, twofold touching the screen with two pointers will end the call. In case you're in the Camera application, twofold tap with two pointers to click any photograph.

-In VoiceOver choices you can modify and tweak choices, for example, regardless of whether you'd like the gadget to talk warnings.

Monday, December 12, 2016

iCar Release Date Rumours


iCar
We have so long heard rumors about Apple working on developing a self driving iCar but none has been supported or disapproved by the Apple. However a recent move by Apple suggests that it is actually working on developing its own self-driving car which might be dubbed as iCar to give some competition to others. Apple has forwarded a letter to the US transport regulars urging them to come up with set of rules and guidelines for the self-driving cars.

Earlier it has been believed that Apple has finally shied away from the iCar initiative but the recent letter to regulator was penned by none other than Apple’s director of product integrity. Apple has also once said that it is excited about the potential of the automated system which can be seen in many areas that included the transportation sector. None of it confirms that Apple is developing a self-driving car on its own.

Apple confirms sending out letter to US regulators

A confirmation has made by Apple that it has sent out a letter to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NFTSA. Apple has stated that the reason for sending message is attributed to its heavy funding and investment in the machine learning as well as th autonomous systems. Apple wishes to get list of best practices to be followed in transportation when it comes to self-driving vehicles in order to formulate or develop its self-driving technological capabilities within set boundaries. Apple has also urged regulators not to interfere with testing of the self-driving cars by unleashing a barrage of rules and terms rather focus on the usage and implementation n of the technology. This will ensure that the self driving testing and development remains for all without any unwanted challenge or restrictions.

Furthermore Apple also wants competitors and researchers to share information on the crashes and near-misses in order help each other over similar challenges in a neutral fashion. Such data will allow developers to make significant changes on the technology as per the need of the hour without going through similar testing which will eventually amounts to the loss of effort and resources.

Why suddenly move focus towards iCar? 

This year of Apple has not been as great as the last one since the iPhone 7 failed to garner enough support from the critics or fans alike. A majority of Apple revenue is still generated from the iPhone sales which has seen tremendous rise last year. During quarter four financial results Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has to face a number of questions on a variety of products which also included Apple Car. Quite smartly Cook did away with this question by neither confirming nor denying its existence. He mentioned that Apple is looking at some smart and innovative steps towards improving the customers experience on a wide range of products. On car front he even stated that there are already a number of technological evolutions are in progress which might end up revolutionizing the car segment.

In literal sense Apple was winking at other competitors that a revolutionary technology is indeed in development at Apple which possess the ability to rise above the competition.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

A Red iPhone Rumour

Red iPhone

Apple’s iPhone in Red


According to media report it has been rumoured that the Apple’s iPhone would appear in `Red’ and would retain the same design as the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Together with its usual 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch smartphones, the company would also be launching a third model which would be priced on the higher side than the iPhone 7.

According to the reports of appleinsider.com, it would also sport a 5.1-inch or 5.2-inch OLED display with invisible home button with all-glass housing and wireless charging and will rather see an improvement in hardware which is a new more powerful A11 chipset. The said new chip would be introduced together with the new Red colour choice.

The company is likely to adhere to `s year’ for its line-up for 2017. Possibly named the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus, the handset would be retaining the unchanged aluminium design, together with a faster A11 chip and the anticipated iPhone 8 model will be having an OLED display.

Merged by Foxconn-owned Sharp by 2018, Samsung and LG are said to the primary OLED suppliers of Apple. In a news report, Japanese Apple rumour blog Macotakara indicated that the successor to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus would now be in an all new colour.

Red iPhone – Next Sensation


The site also informed that Apple would be adding a red casing colour together with the prevailing ones of Black, Jet Black, Silver, Gold and Rose Gold choices. The line-up of flagship phones of Apple usually tends to play it safe with white, blacks and mellow metallic.

Though a red iPhone flagship would be making a big change, as informed by Japanese Apple blog Macotakara, the 2017’s 10th anniversary iPhone would be iPhone 7s and would be the convention for odd-numbered years of Apple. The Jet Black iPhone 7 colour choices had made great waves and had become quite popular.

The demand for Jet Black iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus had been quite high wherein Apple had faced shortage together with delay in shipment since they were unable to meet up with the demand. It is said that each time Apple tends to introduce a new choice in colour, it increases its demand and the latest upgrade seems to be the most wanted product.

The Rose Gold iPhone and Jet Black iPhone had met with the same response and the supposed red iPhone 7s reported to debut in 2017 could be the next sensation.

Red – Charitable Organization – Bono


Offering a red iPhone, according to CNET would be bringing the colourful option of the iPhone 5c to the forthcoming year’s iPhone, reflecting the commitment of Apple to Red, the charitable organization of Bono which tends to assist in providing HIV/AIDS medication.

The collaboration of Apple with `Red’ had earlier led to many red products. It seems that the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus could be another incremental improvements with enhanced specs though nothing over the top. However the third 2017 iPhone 8 would be delivering the renovation.Apple on its part had refrained from confirming the report.