Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Apple starts seeding iOS 7.0.3 with lots of bugfixes

After announcing iOS 7, the fans and haters of Apple, both, were left with no choice but to turn their heads towards the unveiling. After a long time and process of releasing Beta versions of iOS 7, when it finally hit the general masses, it had some anomalies which Apple has been trying to fix since then. And they just took the biggest step forward.

Apple started seeding iOS 7.0.3 today in hope to be able to answer most, if not all, the problems of its huge and loyal customer base. It fixes some of the major issues, such as iMessage activation problems, accelerometer issue and lockscreen bypass vulnerability, along with many minor issues which nagged the users in daily usage.

Although Apple has taken a step in right direction but there are still some things that can be done to improve the usability of Apple's latest smartphone operating system, something it already is a pioneer in.

IPSW (iPhone SoftWare) files for iOS 7.0.3 as well as previous generations can be downloaded from here.
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Apple unveils the new iPad lineup

Apple is the one that started it all for the tablet market and it has been at the top ever since. Android OEMs have been trying to figure out a way to get ahead but everytime they try to do that, Apple comes with the next generations of their tablets and swup ahead of the competition. After all the leaks, all the rumors, that's what has happened again. Apple has release two new tablets - iPad Mini 2 and iPad Air (the successor to iPad 4).

iPad Air

Apple has now renamed the lineup and iPad Air is the new successor to iPad 4. It is powered by the latest Apple A7 processor chipset and comes along with the M7 motion co-processor. It has still got the same 9.7" 1536 X 2048, retina display, screen. It also comes with 4G LTE support in the Wi-Fi + Cellular model.

The major change Apple has introduced is in the design department of the iPad Air. It is now 20% thinner than the previous one at just 7.5 mm, has much narrower bezel at 43% less than the previous one and has lost quite an amount of fat from 653g to 469g.

Unlike iPhone 5S, iPad Air does not a feature a Touch ID sensor. iPad Air comes in two color options - Silver and White, and Space Gray. And the storage options extend all the way upto 128 GB. It is supposed to hit the market on November starting from a price tag of 499$.

iPad Mini 2

The second unveiling of the day was the second iteration of Apple iPad Mini - Apple iPad Mini 2. It is powered by an Apple A7 processor as well and the M7 motion co-processor is present too. Although the screen is still a 7.9" IPS panel but the resolution has now been quadrupled to 1536 x 2048 cranking the pixel density to a crisp 324 ppi.

Again, TouchID Sensor is absent from this package as well but there is a bigger disappointment then that - the increment in thickness (of 0.3mm) as well as weight (331g). This may have been done to reinforce the internals so that the brand new shiny retina display remains a bit more secure but its a disappointment nevertheless.

It also has the two new color finishes, the Silver and White one, and the new Space Grey finish. It also comes in storage space option of upto 128 GB starting from 399$ and going all the way upto 829$.

Apple is already quite ahead of the competition in the Tablet universe but,now, with a practical 8" segment tablet and an amazingly light and powerful 10" segment tablet in its stores, its going to make everyone crave for its all-new babies.
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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

BBM is here on iOS and Android

BlackBerry's BBM service is the granddaddy of all the messaging services and applications available today but because of its constraint of being only available on BlackBerry device, other services got a chance to race ahead in terms of volume. BlackBerry announced quite a while back that they will be release BBM service for the two most popular smartphone platforms of today - iOS and Android. It came as scheduled but was pulled back. Now, the real deal is out.

To save its servers from crashing, like they did last time, BlackBerry has come up with an unique slot reservation based system to handle the influx of the horde of iOS and Android users trying to register themselves for BBM. BlackBerry has reserved slots for those who had pre-registered on thus allowing them to skip the slot lines.

The free messaging world is getting is interesting with the one that started it all now jumping into inter-OS waters. You can download the BBM for iPhone app by clicking here and BBM for Android app by clicking here.
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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Samsung's curved display phone's specs appear

At this year's CES, Samsung unveiled curved OLED display smartphones. And since the news that LG and Samsung are bringing this cool tech to the primetime spread, the rumor mills are abuzz. Now, information about specifications of Samsung's curved display device, Galaxy Note 3 Active, is making rounds on the internet.

According to the guys over at AndroidSas, the device from Samsung will feature a quad-core processor, 2 gigs of RAM and a 4.7" 720p display. It will come with an 8 MP snapper at its back with dual LED flash to contribute to its low-light shooting abilities. As expected, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean is the operating system of choice for the device by Samsung. There is no info about the battery capacity of the device but considering Samsung's history, it is safe to say it won't be meager.

There is no official confirmation of the info and neither the source has a lot of proof so this should be taken with a heavy pinch of salt. Knowing Samsung is supposed to reveal the device by the end of this month, it shouldn't be long, now, before we get to know the device officially.
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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Koreans planning to unveil curved OLED phones

Smartphone tech is reaching an uber cool status these days with fingerprint based security in iPhone 5S and now the start of curved display smartphones. At this year's CES, Samsung showcased curved OLED technology with the help of YOUM series of smartphones. And now the word out of Korea is that both LG and Samsung are planning to unveil curved OLED display based smartphones in the near future.

Samsung has already confirmed a curved display phone released within the period of October to be named as Galaxy Note 3 Active while LG is taking it to the next level with their to-be-unveiled Z series (Z as in Z-axis of 3D geometry) of smartphones which is likely to feature a concave display of Full HD resolution. The first smartphone in the Z series is supposed to be in production already and will be released by LG by the end of this month.

Although the displays on both devices will be curved, none of the giants has the tech to release actual flexible phones because internal circuit boards and batteries can not be made flexible yet. Both will feature a curved unbreakable display thus requiring less bezel in the device and hence the "Active" moniker of Samsung's upcoming device.

Both the Korean giants will have to suffice with limited availability when they launch the devices as none of them has mass production abilities as of now. LG and Samsung both will launch the devices in the month of October and it will be fun to see how it affects and heats up the smartphone market.
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