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15
Nov
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Must have been an Android fan: Man gets rejected despite using 99 iPhones in proposal



99 iPhones in proposalPeople do some pretty kooky things for love, and while some attempts end up outrageously romantic, others fall flat on their face. This is one case where the attempt has failed pretty spectacularly when a Chinese man purchased 99 iPhones, specifically the iPhone 6, in his proposal attempt to a young lady. The young lovestruck fellow, who proposed in the city of Guangzhou, even arranged the 99 devices in a heart shape (see above) and gathered friends around the heart to witness the supposedly romantic event.

99 iphonesUnfortunately, the lady in question didn’t feel the same way, leaving the young man standing in the middle of $85,000 USD worth of Apple products – I wonder if Android devices would have been cheaper/more successful. The unsuccessful proposal apparently cost the gentleman ¥500,000 in local currency, though he shouldn’t have too many issues finding buyers – the iPhone 6 is in hot demand in China. In fact, people have offered body organs in exchange for Apple products in the past so the man shouldn’t be short of lifestyle choices should he engage in bartering instead of cash.


Just remember kids: you can’t buy love.

What do you think about this man’s proposal with 99 iPhones? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Weibo via BGR


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15
Nov
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A Polaroid-style phone case can print selfies in under a minute


The allure of instant photo printing may have passed for most folks, despite some semblance of Polaroid hanging around, but a French startup is looking to rekindle the habit. The company is working on Prynt: a phone case that packs a compact printer inside a frame that resembles a point-and-shoot camera. Right now, prototypes are capable of putting ink to paper for physical copies in just under a minute; however, final models will reduce that time to under 30 seconds. The shell also houses 10-30 sheets of paper for individual prints, and thanks to a companion app, outputs can be used to view captured videos with bit of augmented reality magic. There’s a physical connection to your phone too, so you won’t have to rely on Bluetooth or WiFi to send flies along. Of course, Prynt has a long way to go, but a Kickstarter is planned for early next year where the first units will be available for $99.

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Via: Tech Crunch

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10
Nov
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Apple finally releases tool for de-registering phone number from iMessage


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If you or anyone you know has switched from an iPhone to an Android phone, you might be aware of Apple’s infamous iMessage bug. If you upgraded to a new device without turning off iMessage on your old iPhone first, some of your text messages would still be send and received through iMessage, not as regular text messages. This is obviously a problem when you’re using an Android phone, or literally any other kind of phone, because iMessage is exclusive to Apple devices. This bug would cause messages to never be received and sent correctly, which is a massive headache.

Apple has finally come to their senses and released a web tool for fixing this issue. All you have to do is head to the site and punch your number and Apple ID in, and the service will send you a confirmation SMS with a code that will turn off iMessage for your account. Quick, simple, and effective.

Apple obviously doesn’t want users switching out of their ecosystem, but at least they’re playing fair and giving users an easy way out. I doubt this will cause millions of iPhone users to defect tomorrow, but it’s handy nonetheless.

source: The Verge

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6
Nov
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The new Office for iPhone is everything it should have been on day one


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I remember when Microsoft first came out with Office for iPhone. It was actually kind of exciting. Here was this thing that for years had only existed in the form of rumors and leaked documents. And there it was, at last: the killer iPhone app, ready to download. Or so I thought. Maybe I was expecting too much, but I came away feeling underwhelmed. That first version of Office Mobile was a watered-down gimp of a program, with pitifully few editing tools and an occasionally confusing layout (imagine having no way of knowing what size font you were using). Compared to some apps, like Google Drive, it wasn’t that bad, but it still wasn’t as feature-rich as Apple’s own iWork suite. Worst of all, the software has received few feature updates in the 17 months since it debuted. Is this what we waited so long for?

At last, however, Microsoft seems to have come to its senses. The company is getting rid of Office Mobile and replacing it with three standalone iPhone apps for Word, Excel and PowerPoint, just like on the iPad. In fact, because these apps share code with the iPad version, they arrive with the same robust feature set, along with a couple tricks designed specifically for the iPhone. In short, then, the new apps are everything the original Office for iPhone should have been.

If you’ve spent any time with Office for iPad (or if you read my review), you’ll notice right away that these new iPhone apps have generally the same UI as the tablet version. The icons are the same, as is the layout of the home screen, where you can create new documents, view recently opened files or poke around any storage accounts you may have linked. Speaking of the sort, whereas you once needed a Microsoft OneDrive or SharePoint account to open something stored in the cloud, you now have the option of connecting your Dropbox account as well. It’s a brilliant solution when you think about it: Dropbox doesn’t have built-in office tools like OneDrive or Google Drive, and meanwhile Microsoft has caught flak for not supporting enough storage services. Everybody wins, especially users.

Though the UI is similar in style to the iPad version, Microsoft did have to make a few tweaks to ensure Office ran well on the iPhone’s smaller screen. For instance, while the iPhone apps have the familiar “Ribbon” interface, it now shows up at the bottom of the screen, not the top. Just hit the fourth button from the right in the top pane, and you’ll see a menu pop up at the bottom of the screen, exactly where you’d normally expect to see the onscreen keyboard. Because of that, the Ribbon never feels like it’s in the way: If you’re used to constantly having a soft keyboard taking up the lower half of your phone screen, then Office’s “vertical Ribbon” setup should feel quite natural.

From there, you can tap through all of the usual Ribbon options (“Insert,” “Review,” et cetera). As you’d expect, the menu of options will change depending on the context, but regardless of what you’re doing, the controls are large and easy to hit with your finger. Wanna change the font or color of your text? No problem. Want to program a cell to calculate a formula? Easy peasy. Need to add a transition to your PowerPoint slides? You get where I’m going here. The point is, for an app that offers such a large number of options, it’s impressively well-organized. Best of all, because the main Ribbon menu sits at the bottom of the screen, it should be easy to reach with your thumb, even on the larger iPhone 6 Plus.

Additionally, Microsoft added viewing modes to Excel and Word that make it easier to read documents on the iPhone’s smaller screen. In Excel, there’s a full-screen mode, which is exactly what it sounds like: a view-only mode where you won’t have to worry about hitting any random cells with your finger. In Word, this works a bit differently. There, it’s called “Reflow,” and it’s kind of like the difference between a mobile website and the full desktop version — the high-fidelity original looks better, but Reflow view makes it easier to read on that small screen. With PowerPoint, there’s no special mode, per se, but you will find that it runs mostly in landscape mode.

This would also be a good time to talk about performance. In particular, I like how quickly my iPhone 6 toggles between the standard and Reflow views — in that sense, it’s really not like switching between mobile and desktop websites! In general, too, the three apps feel responsive. Which isn’t surprising, really — Office for iPad runs briskly, as does Office 2013 on the desktop, for that matter. All the Office apps I’ve used recently have been fast.

All told, I’m pretty smitten with the new Office for iPhone apps. Now that they have feature parity with the iPad version, there’s very little I would change. (It is annoying that you still can’t add images to documents unless they come from the Camera Roll — what about OneDrive?) For some people, particularly those who depend heavily on Google Drive, the new Office for iPhone won’t be enough — at least as long as Microsoft continues to not support Google accounts. For everyone else, though, the new Office may have just made every other productivity app obsolete.

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6
Nov
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New Apple malware can infect your iPhone or Macbook via USB


China and Apple devices still aren’t getting along super well, it turns out. WireLurker’s a malware that’s been attacking Cupertino’s ecosystems in the region for the past six months, and according to cyber-security firm Palo Alto Networks (which discovered it), it’s the biggest that’s delivered via trojan-horse OS X apps. What’s more, it’s the first that can infect iOS applications like a traditional virus, and even auto-generates infected software. Some 467 apps have been infected and downloaded over 350,000 times, and could have affected “hundreds of thousands” of users. And here’s where the regional issue comes into play: the malware is hosted on Maiyadi, a Chinese, third-party app store.

That isn’t the only way for WIreLurker to attack, though — it can gain access to iOS devices via USB as well, and even through a charger it seems. Oh, and you can infect an OS X device by connecting your iPhone or iPad via USB, too. Sounds fun, right? That isn’t the half of it as once your device is compromised, WireLurker will snag your phonebook and read through any iMessages. The malware’s ultimate goal, however, isn’t clear just yet. Palo Alto Networks says to avoid it, don’t connect to any unfamiliar devices (desktop or otherwise) to one another and avoid any strange chargers too. We can’t imagine that Justin Long is super happy about any of this.

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Via: New York Times

Source: Palo Alto Network

5
Nov
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Swype for iOS 8 understands 16 new languages and suggests emoji


Still sticking to the default keyboard on your iPhone or iPad? Nuance is hoping you’ll give Swype a try, that’s why the company has updated its virtual keyboard with support for 16 new languages. These include Hungarian, Romanian, Russian and even Hinglish (that’s a hybrid of Hindi and English, if you didn’t know), bringing the total number of supported languages to 21. Plus, Swype now automatically suggests emojis to use, depending on the words in your message. For instance, if you use happy, excited words, expect the keyboard to suggest some grinning, party-loving smileys — and vice versa.

You can now also access all available themes on the iPad, as well as switch to QWERTZ or AZERTY keyboard layouts (or another one designed specifically for the iPad) , if you’re tired of QWERTY. You can get all these, along with the new auto-space feature, when you update or download Swype from iTunes for $1. But if you’ve never liked Swype on Android and would rather try something else, check out our list of third-party keyboards for iOS8.

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Via: 9to5mac

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4
Nov
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iDrive promises unlimited cloud-based phone backups for $5 per year


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You probably know to keep backups of your smartphone’s data in the cloud, but backing up everything can be an expensive proposition in an era when 128GB phones are a practical reality. That won’t be quite as much of a sore point now that iDrive’s new Unlimited Mobile Backup option is here. As the name implies, the subscription service lets you back up your Android, iOS and Windows Phone devices without fretting about storage limits. Everyone can at least safeguard calendars, contacts and media (including Facebook and Instagram photos); if you’re on Android, you can also preserve call logs, text messages and whole apps.

The backups are encrypted to prevent snooping, with multiple versions of files in case you need to revert to earlier copies. You can even restore backups across platforms, so you don’t have to worry about losing valuable info when you switch ecosystems. The real allure, however, is the price. iDrive’s unlimited mobile plan lets you back up as many as five devices for $5 per year — not too shabby when it frequently costs much more to get general-purpose online storage.

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4
Nov
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Steve Jobs memorial dismantled in Russia because of Tim Cook’s sexuality


After Steve Jobs died in 2011, a Russian holding company called the West European Financial Union (or ZEFS, in Russian) erected a big, iPhone-shaped memorial statue that told visitors about Jobs’ life outside a St. Petersburg college. An innocuous tribute, no? Nothing about the memorial itself was intrinsically troubling, but it’s been recently dismantled all the same because of two reasons. First, ZEFS is looking at the act as a way of condemning the company for allegedly spying on users across the globe and “informing US security services about them.” The second reason, however, sits on the fence between “mind-boggling” and “patently offensive.” In accordance with a controversial law meant to curb gay “propaganda,” ZEFS took down the statue “to abide to the Russian federal law protecting children from information promoting denial of traditional family values.”

Seriously.

These people are concerned that the statue — which specifically paid tribute to a past, dead Apple CEO and not the one who publicly and bravely acknowledged his sexuality in a Bloomberg Businessweek piece last week — could erode the hearty Russian familial structure. Won’t someone please think of the children? Oh wait, the Russian government has, and that’s why its been trying to limit the “propaganda of homosexuality and other sexual perversions” minors should have access to. The location of the statue didn’t help matters much, either — its proximity to a school sparked concerns that it could lead bright youngsters passing by down a path of sin, because apparently laying your eyes on a statue is all it takes to completely rewrite your sexual preferences. Some future we live in, huh?

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Source: Reuters

29
Oct
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Reserve’s restaurant concierge app lets you forget about the bill


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You can already organize fine dining excursions through a single app like OpenTable, but you still have to pull out your phone or wallet to pay when the night’s over. You won’t have to worry about the bill with Reserve’s new concierge service, though. The currently iOS-only platform lets you not only find and book tables based on your preferences, but automatically bills you after each meal (tip and all); you’ll be charged a $5 fee for the convenience, but that’s tiny in the world of haute cuisine. If your favorite eatery is busy, you can even offer to pay more than usual in hopes of securing a spot. Want to give it a whirl? You’ll have to eat in Boston, New York City or Los Angeles during the current beta testing phase, although San Franciscans will get to try it relatively soon.

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Via: VentureBeat

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25
Oct
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IRL: Keeping a journal with Day One


Trying to keep a journal has always been difficult for me. Before the age of smartphones, I tried to rely on text files or a physical notepad. If I wasn’t forgetting to write down my thoughts, I was losing the file or my handwriting was so bad it would make a doctor jealous. I did the LiveJournal thing, too, except it fostered too many passive-aggressive entries. Finally, while browsing the App Store I come across an interesting-looking piece of software called Day One. The features, design and presentation prompted me to give journaling another go. And I’m glad I did.

If you’ve never heard of Day One, here’s a quick rundown: It’s a journaling app with an emphasis on ease of use. MultiMarkdown text allows for cleaner, faster writing, and you can import location, activity, music and weather data from the apps. More recently, the app added a Publish feature that allows you to share entries with Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare. Think of it as having a personal blog without every entry being public.

With the latest version, Day One made some tweaks to take advantage of some of the new features introduced in iOS 8. Previously, I would have had to go into the app to attach a link or photo. I can now share directly from any application where developers have taken advantage of Apple’s new “extensibility” feature. I can now use Touch ID to unlock my journal. Entering a PIN isn’t hard, of course, but using a fingerprint feels more secure over the standard four digits. Apple also added a widget option, allowing you to view two random picture entries as well as journaling stats for the last 50 days, all from the iOS Notification Center. For the most part, these aren’t the kind of changes that make or break the product. Instead, they’re the type of updates that help round out an already good experience.

When I first tried Day One, I had trouble making everything work. At the time I was using an Android phone, but unfortunately, the app is iOS-only. This proved to be an issue because I had no way of capturing thoughts or photos on the go. Sure, I could have taken a picture of that awesome graffiti I saw on the street and write about it when I got home, but without fail I would end up forgetting. The desktop client offers a notification option, but it’s too easy to dismiss by telling myself “I’ll do it later.” Getting an iPhone is what really made using Day One a more regular part of my routine.

Creating new entries is an easy experience. Whether I’m writing an entry or snapping a picture, the app makes it effortless. One feature I didn’t think I’d fully appreciate is MultiMarkdown. This style of text input allows me to write new entries with detailed formatting — without HTML messing up the flow. Simply wrapping a word in an asterisk can italicize it, or if I want to create a link, I can use brackets and parentheses instead of writing a full HREF statement. The app even has a swipeable bar to quickly input different Markdown tags so I’ll never forget how to bullet a list or insert a link. It seems silly to spend time discussing writing syntax, but it makes for more efficient writing.

Tagging — a pretty standard feature in any archiving service — is also present in Day One. This has always been beneficial with bookmarks, but I’m getting a lot of utility out of it with journaling, too. I use it for tracking potential medical issues as well as my hobbies. For example, I have one called “Invisalign” where I’ve been writing once a week about my experience with this alternative to traditional braces. Before my next visit, I can pull up the tag to quickly remind myself of any issues I ran into. I’m also a huge coffee fan. I enjoy trying out different roasters, but tracking the various bags can be time consuming. Using a modified Launch Center Pro action, I can quickly create an entry with pre-filled fields. Triggering the actions brings me to a series of boxes asking for roaster, origin, method, rating and tasting notes. All of this gets formatted into a clean-looking table, then auto-tagged for easy reference later.

With the help of If This Then That (IFTTT) and Launch Center Pro I can also automate some of my entries to make life a little easier. Using the two services, I can notify my phone of any photo I post to Instagram with the tag #dayone. Interacting with the alert will pre-populate a new post with the image and the text from the tagged ‘gram. I also combine them with Strava to auto-create entries for any new activities I complete. This allows me to stay on top of my training log, something I’ve tried to do numerous times over the years to little or no effect.

The downsides to Day One? As I mentioned, there’s no Android app — it’s currently only available for iOS and OS X. Unfortunately, Windows and Linux users are out of luck, too, though the team does link to a few tools for generating entries. As for Android, I’ve seen a few apps offering import/export abilities, but I personally haven’t used them so I can’t report on how well they work. Additionally, you may be turned off by the prices: $4.99 for the iOS app and $9.99 for the desktop client, or $15 total. That’s something I questioned at first since there are cheaper journal solutions, but after using Day One for a while, I’m convinced the cost is more than justified.

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