Sunday, April 22, 2012

Apple iPhone 4S vs Nokia Lumia 900




Friday, April 20, 2012

Apple defends 4G Branding Down Under



In an ongoing battle in Australia over the use of 4G in the iPad name, Apple's now arguing that its naming convention adheres to the standard use of the term 4G. According to a report in The Australian, Apple claims, 
"The descriptor '4G'... conveys to consumers in Australia that the iPad with WiFi + 4G will deliver a superior level of service in terms of data transfer speed (consistent with accepted industry and regulatory use of that term), and not that the iPad with WiFi + 4G is compatible with any particular network technology promoted by a particular mobile service provider in Australia."
...More at iPad 4G branding strategy defended by Apple in Australia


Friday, April 13, 2012

Galaxy Player vs Apple iPod Touch



Samsung's Galaxy Player 3.6 is the South Korean company's answer to Apple's iPod touch. 
Photo: Ariel Zambelich/Wired

"When Apple first debuted the iPod a decade ago, it redefined mobile audio technology. Other companies had already launched “MP3 players,” but Apple propelled portable digital music hardware into the mainstream. Sony and Creative Labs struggled to compete, but ended up with fail on their faces. 
And now we have Samsung, the latest to throw its hat into the portable media player ring with the release of the Galaxy Player 3.6. This hardware is aimed at anyone considering the iPod touch, and emerges in a long line of copycat devices — Samsung has followed Apple’s lead into phones, tablets and ultrabooks. 
But does the Galaxy Player 3.6 pack enough features and performance to capture the hearts (and wallets) of customers, especially when the smartphone is fast becoming the only portable media device we really need?
Possibly. First off, it’s cheaper. The Player 3.6 costs $150, while the cheapest iPod touch, the 8GB version, costs $200. It’s powered by Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) with Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface sitting atop the operating system — just like Samsung’s smartphones. 
In fact, the Player 3.6 almost is a Samsung smartphone — sort of like a neutered Galaxy S.
Unlike Apple’s hardware, however, the Samsung media player feels lightweight in the hand, and even a bit cheap and chintzy. And, of course, if you’re comparison shopping against Apple hardware, you’ll be giving up the iPod’s superior App Store selection. And, hell, this little Android-based media player isn’t even running Google most advanced mobile OS, Android 4 (Ice Cream Sandwich)."




Photo: Ariel Zambelich/Wired

Thursday, April 12, 2012

25 iPhone Tricks and Tips You Might Not Know


 Most of these following 25 suggestions will work with all versions of the iPhone, but be sure to have the latest software installed (iOS 5.1).
OK, here we go:
Take a photo with your headphone cord: Now that you can use the volume up or down buttons to snap a photo, steady your hand while framing up the photo and when you're ready to take the picture, press the button on the cord so it won't shake the iPhone. Voila!
Dry out a wet iPhone: You're not the first one to drop an iPhone in a toilet or sink. If this happens, don't turn it on as you can damage the smartphone by short-circuiting it. Lightly towel dry the phone. Don't use a hairdryer on the phone as it can further push moisture into areas that aren't wet. Submerge the iPhone in a bowl or Ziploc bag of uncooked white rice and leave it overnight. If you have it, try using a desiccant packet you might find with a new pair of shoes or leather purse.
Dismiss suggested words: If you're typing an email or note and the virtual keyboard is suggesting the correct spelling of the word — and you don't want to accept it — you don't need to tap the tiny "X" at the end of the word in question. Simply tap anywhere on the screen to close the suggestion box.
Take photos faster: Even if your iPhone is locked you can double-tap on the Home button and you'll see a camera icon you can tap to open the camera immediately. Now you can use the volume up button to snap the photo, too. You can also use the volume up on the headphone cord to take a photo (if you want to) and pinch the screen to zoom instead of using the slider bar.
Use location-based reminders: You probably know Siri can be used to set a reminder, like saying "Siri, remind me to call mom at 4pm today." But did you know you can set location-based reminders on your iPhone 4S? Say "Remind me to call mom when I leave here" or "Remind me to call mom when I get home" and you'll be notified accordingly.
Get word definitions: Apple has recently added a built-in dictionary and you can access it in most apps that let you select a word. Simply press and hold on a word — such as in an email, reminder, iBooks, and so on — and you'll see a pop-up option for "Define."
Revive a frozen iPhone: If your smartphone freezes on you and pressing the Sleep/Wake button on top of the device doesn't do anything, don't panic. Instead, press and hold the Home button and the Sleep/Wake button at the same time. You'll be prompted to swipe the "Slide to Power Off" tab. This so-called "hard reset" resuscitates the frozen iPhone. You'll first need to wait through a full shut down and restart.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

The New Apple iPanel TV?




"Apple's rumored television set could be called the iPanel. Photo: Jon Snyder/Wired

If you owned the branding for a multibillion-dollar tech corporation, and were choosing a name for your first-ever television set, you’d probably spend a good amount of time choosing the perfect name for your product. 
But whatever that name is, it probably won’t be iTV, Jefferies analyst Peter Misek told Barron’s. Nope, Apple’s rumored-to-be-in-development television should be called the iPanel, because the display will be “far more” than just an ordinary television set. 
“It is a display, gaming center, media hub, computer, home automator, etc.,” Misek wrote.
Why not iTV? Well, in addition to the device’s multiple talents, Apple would also likely have difficulty getting naming rights from the UK TV network ITV..."

Read More via Apple Insider...More at Apple’s Rumored Television Should Be Called iPanel, Analyst Says


Monday, April 2, 2012

Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs for Movie

"The Two and a Half Men star Ashton Kutcher will play the late Steve Jobs in the indie film "Jobs", Variety reports. 
Also Reported: Ashton Kutcher and John Cryer get two more years on Men... but no raise? 
The Movie "Jobs" will follow the Apple co-founder from early hippie to starting and running one of the most successful computer companies in the world, Apple!. Matt Whitley wrote the script and Joshua Michael Stern (Swing Vote) will direct the film. 
Kutcher, who is currently negotiating a deal to return to Men next season, will start shooting "Jobs" in May while on his break from the CBS sitcom. 
ER star Noah Wyle previously played Jobs opposite Anthony Michael Hall as Bill Gates in the 1999 TNT movie Pirates of Silicon Valley. 
Jobs died in October 2011 at the age of 56 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer."

Report gathered from TVGuide.com and Variety.com

Applenewsonline's take: While we were pulling for Noah Wyle to return to his fantastic role as Steve Job's, we think it an intersting pick for Kutcher as the role of Job's...but hard to see it as he has done mostly comedy and Wyle more dramatic roles...so we shall see how this plays out.