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23
Apr

Djay for Apple Watch puts decks on your wrist


Desktop, laptop, tablet, phone and (now) watch. That’s a list of things you can DJ (or rather, djay) on, thanks to a multi-platform update to the eponymous(ish) app from Algoriddim. As Apple Watch (kinda) hits stores this week, you’ll be able to update Djay 2 for iOS (the Watch version isn’t a standalone app) so that it works with your new timepiece. Of course, features are stripped back, but you can do most things you need to keep the music flowing, such as browse your iTunes library, add and sync tunes to a “deck” or use Force Touch and have the software do it all for you (aka “Automix” mode). It’s a tough life for the wearable DJ. If you prefer to mix on the other devices we listed, Algoriddim has updates for you, too.

If you’re too cool to be seen DJing with a watch, maybe then perhaps djay Pro‘s new features are more your style? The latest version of the Mac app adds the ability to mix videos — whether that’s music videos themselves, or VJ-style visuals to go along with your tunes. The visuals can be fed to an external display, or even piped over Airplay — a feature with “house party” written all over it. If you prefer to leave the laptop alone, and do your thing on real decks, there’s also native support for a slew of Pioneer’s pro DJ kit. High end gear found in most clubs — including the CDJ2000/CDJ900 and XDJ1000 — will act as a controller for djay Pro out of the box, including advanced features like Slip Mode, waveform display and showing cue points. The same update also bundles in support for higher quality Spotify music (320kbs files) if that’s your preferred source of music.

The Pro update is free for existing owners, (djay Pro costs $50), and a premium Spotify account is needed for the integrated features. Djay 2 for iPhone ($3) and iPad ($10) will be free for a week — go go get it.

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22
Apr

Vine makes it easier to share videos everywhere at once


Vine sharing on an iPhone

So you’ve discovered a catch Vine video that you know your friends will instantly appreciate, but they’re scattered across multiple social networks. Will you have to sit there diligently tapping the share button over and over again to make sure everyone sees it? Not after today. Vine has updated its iOS app (Android is coming soon) with a revamped sharing feature that posts those six-second clips on multiple services in one shot. All you have to do to spread the word is mark the social networks you want to include (such as Tumblr, a new addition) and hit the share button. There’s still no Instagram option, to no one’s surprise, but this could otherwise save you a lot of effort.

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Filed under: Cellphones, Internet, Mobile

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Source: Vine Blog, App Store

22
Apr

Vine makes it easier to share videos everywhere at once


Vine sharing on an iPhone

So you’ve discovered a catch Vine video that you know your friends will instantly appreciate, but they’re scattered across multiple social networks. Will you have to sit there diligently tapping the share button over and over again to make sure everyone sees it? Not after today. Vine has updated its iOS app (Android is coming soon) with a revamped sharing feature that posts those six-second clips on multiple services in one shot. All you have to do to spread the word is mark the social networks you want to include (such as Tumblr, a new addition) and hit the share button. There’s still no Instagram option, to no one’s surprise, but this could otherwise save you a lot of effort.

https://vine.co/v/ea5Pgalr6bv/embed/postcard

Filed under: Cellphones, Internet, Mobile

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Source: Vine Blog, App Store

20
Apr

At some point in life, you’ll want a marble iPhone case


Wood and leather are so yesterday. What you really want is some genuine marble on your precious gadgets. At least that’s the pitch from Native Union, which has recently announced its Clic Marble iPhone 6 case, available in matt black or glossy white — the latter consisting of the nice Carrara white marble from Italy. Don’t be fooled by its simple look, as the company took a year and a half to figure out how to carefully slice marble at just 0.8mm thick, and then reinforcing it with fiberglass to keep it flexible plus shatter-resistant. The case does add 2mm of bulk onto your device, and it does ask for $79.99 in the US or £69.99 in the UK, but these are the kinds of sacrifices that some are willing to make in return for that cold luxurious feel.

Filed under: Cellphones, Peripherals, Mobile, Apple

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Source: Native Union

20
Apr

How to Previewing documents on Iphone


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Just like on the Macintosh, the iPhone SDK contains a technology known as Quick Look for previewing documents. By using a CLP review Controller object, you can easily view multiple documents of several formats, including Microsoft Office, Apple work, PDF, rich text, images, and more. Next you’ll see how, with just a couple of lines of code, you can create a simple PDF viewer, complete with paging and touch enabled resizing. This example can, of course, be extended to work with any of the document types supported by Quick Look. In this example, you’ll view the iPhone Users Guide, which can be downloaded from Apple at http://manuals.info.apple. com/en/iphone_user_guide.pdf.

To create a PDF viewer:
1. Create a new view-based application, saving it as Quick Look Example.
2. Drag the iPhone Users Guide PDF into the Resources section in the Groups & Files pane. Make sure that the “copy items into destination group’s folder (if needed)” check box is selected F.
3. In the Groups & Files pane, expand the Targets section, right-click your application target, and select Get Info.
4. Making sure the General tab is selected, click Add (+) at the bottom of the Linked Libraries list, and add the
Quick Look framework G.
5. Open Quick Look Example View Controller .h, include the Quick Look.h header, add the protocol QLP review Controller Data Source, and create an instance variable to hold your Quick Look view controller (Code Listing 6.4).
6. Next, switch to Quick Look Example View Controller .m, uncomment the view Did Load method, and add the following code: live Controller = [[QLP review Controller allot] init]; ql View Controller. Data Source = self; [self create]; Here you are simply creating a Quick Look preview controller and setting its data source. You also call the create method, which adds the button that will be used to show the Quick Look preview controller.
7. Next, create the show Preview method: [self present Modal View Controller: ql View Controller animated: YES]; which simply shows the Quick Look preview controller on the screen.

8. Now you need to implement the two QLP review Controller Data Source data source methods so that the Quick Look preview controller knows what to display. First you implement the number Of Preview Items in Preview Controller: method. In this example, since we have only a single PDF file,
You simply return the number 1. Return 1; you then implement the preview Controller: preview Item at Index:
Method: Nesting *document Location = [[Unbundle main Bundle] path For Resource:@”iphone_user_guide” ofType:@”pdf”];NSURL *myQL Document = [NSURL file URL with Path: document Location]; return myQLDocument; Here you retrieve the path of your PDF and use it to create and return an NSURL object.
Code Listing 6.5 shows the completed code.

9. Build and run the application tapping the Show Preview button causes the Quick Look preview controller
to load . You can navigate through the pages of the PDF by flicking your finger up and down on the screen. Note how your current page is displayed in the top-right corner and the document name is displayed in the title bar H. By pinching or double-tapping the screen, you should be able to zoom in to read the document in greater detail. For more information on Quick Look, refer to the Quick Look Framework Reference in the developer documentation.

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Sussan Deyhim is from Electrician Durham and a University Lecturer. She loves to write on technical topics like Electrician Chapel Hill. She is writing from last three years

17
Apr

The best iPhone 6 case (so far)


This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a list of the best technology to buy. Read the full article below at TheWirecutter.com.

After surveying almost 1,000 Wirecutter readers and testing close to 100 iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus cases over a period of about 50 hours (so far), our current pick for the best all-around case is the NGP from Incipio. The NGP line has protected several generations of iPhones (and many other devices) and has a reputation for providing solid protection and a good fit at a great price. It’s slim enough not to detract from the iPhone 6’s svelte dimensions while still offering comprehensive protection for the handset’s body, including its buttons. Openings along the bottom allow for compatibility with a wide range of accessories.

How we picked

Our first round of cases for testing. We’ve since tested many, many more.

Truth is, there are plenty of good iPhone cases out there. A bad case is actually a pretty rare thing. But in looking for a few cases that work for most people, we sought out a case that can adequately protect your phone without adding too much bulk or unnecessary embellishment while doing so. Apple sets forth very specific guidelines for case developers, with the main thesis being, “A well-designed case will securely house an Apple device while not interfering with the device’s operation.”

From our perspective, a respectable degree of shock absorption is important, as is a tight fit. The case should cover as much of the iPhone’s body as possible, including a raised lip around the screen to keep the display from getting scratched when laying flat on a surface. The best cases also offer button protection with great tactility, mimicking (or in some instances even enhancing) what you’d feel with a bare iPhone.

Our pick

The NGP from Incipio in translucent teal.

Incipio’s NGP ($10 at street prices) is the best iPhone 6 case for most people because it offers full-body protection against drops and scuffs while adding minimal bulk. Including the protective lip around the screen, the case adds a little more than 2 millimeters to the total thickness of the handset, which is about half the extra thickness of our previous pick, Speck’s CandyShell. While those with butterfingers may benefit from the extra protection provided by the CandyShell’s dual-layer design, the NGP’s slimmer-but-still-shock-absorbent profile offers the best compromise between protection and aesthetics.

The NGP is made out of a single piece of flexible polymer material that the company calls Flex2O. This sounds fancy, but it’s really just a variant of standard thermoplastic polyurethane, which you may know as TPU. But there are a lot of TPU cases that can be had for half as much as the NGP, so why pay extra? It comes down to little things like fit, button feel, and quality control. As with all good cases, port openings are properly aligned and buttons depress readily without requiring noticeably more pressurethe button protection doesn’t dampen the clicking sensation. This is important because even a little unpleasantness adds up to a lot of annoyance when repeated dozens of times each day.

The iPhone 6 Plus edition of the NGP is an equally strong pick.

Flaws but not dealbreakers

There are only two small issues with the case. The first is the height of the screen lip. At 0.6 mm tall, it falls below the 1-mm threshold Apple recommends in its case-developer guide. But we feel it’s enough to still adequately protect the screen.

The other issue is even more of a trifle. A black ring around the camera opening is meant to help prevent color issues when the flash is used for photos. On our first review unit, the paint was slightly unevennot enough to affect pictures, but enough that perfectionists might notice. However, we haven’t seen the same issue on subsequent samples of the case.

Other great cases

The Speck CandyShell offers more protection if you’re prone to drops.

If you’re the type of person who’s always cashing in on AppleCare, we suggest something with more protection, such as Speck’s CandyShell ($35), our previous top pick. The two layers of materialplastic on the outside, rubber on the insideoffer more protection than cases that are just one or the other. At 10.9 mm thick, the CandyShell is on the chunky side, but it doesn’t feel especially thick, and it’s one of the only cases we tested that meets military drop-test standards. A wide range of colors is available, as well as variants with rubbery grips (CandyShell Grip), credit card holders (CandyShell Card), or graphic prints (CandyShell Inked). Unfortunately, the company doesn’t offer the standard CandyShell for the iPhone 6 Plus, but you can get the CandyShell Grip and CandyShell Inked; each is a very good option.

If you’d rather not carry a phone and a wallet, we recommend CM4’s Q Card Case ($40). The body is sturdy rubber and fits securely, protruding in front to form a 0.8-mm screen lip. On the back, there’s a faux-leather pocket that can hold up to three cards, plus some cash. (Without any cards in the Q Card Case’s sleeve, the case is only about a millimeter thicker than the standard CandyShell; its thickness increases with the thickness of each card you add.) While the sleeve can’t hold more than three cards, the growing availability of Apple Pay and other electronic-payment options makes using the Card Case more viable than it was just a year or two ago. Again, there’s an equally strong model for the iPhone 6 Plus.

The Q Card Case can hold up to three cards, replacing the need for a wallet for some.

The problem with many cases is they prevent you from using your phone with dock-cradle speakers and similar accessories. STM’s Harbour ($25) addresses this problem better than any other case thanks to a flip-open bottom. Similar in construction to the CandyShell but costing $10 less, the matte-finish Harbour is smaller in every dimension. There’s a model for the iPhone 6 Plus, too.

The biggest advantage to the Harbour is that flip-open bottom. When closed, the case’s bottom edge has one opening for the phone’s headphone jack and microphone and a second opening for the Lightning-connector port. While these openings are large enough to work with many accessories, you can flip the bottom 1.25 inches of the case up and behind on a rubber hinge, allowing full access to the bottom of the phone for docking or compatibility with larger accessories. It’s a best-of-both-worlds scenario: full protection during normal use and accessory access when you need it. We tested the strength of the hinge by bending it back and forth 250 times, and we saw no wear; we first recommended the Harbour in October 2014, and we’ve received only a single reader complaint about durability with the hinge.

Many cases designed to add minimal bulk also provide minimal protectionthey prevent scratches, but they won’t absorb much of the shock of a drop onto concrete. So we don’t recommend these cases for most people. That said, many people (including a number of Wirecutter editors) want a super-thin case and are willing to sacrifice shock protection for it, so we took a look at some of the better options available. Caudabe’s The Veil comes in versions for iPhone 6 ($15) and iPhone 6 Plus ($16). At only 0.35 mm thick, the plastic case almost disappears when installed on the handset, and it’s the only case of the style we’ve come across to offer a small lip around the screen as well as a raised ridge around the phone’s protruding rear camera for protection.

Apple’s own cases are actually pretty good, especially the Leather option.

We also have an editor’s choice case. Apple’s $45 Leather Case isn’t as protective as our other picks, but we like it anyway. It leaves the bottom edge of your iPhone exposed, and it won’t wear as well (in terms of durability) over time as plastic, but it offers enough coverage to protect the handset from the majority of scuffs and minor drops. And at 9 mm thick, it’s one of the thinner cases around that still has a lip protecting the screen. The iPhone 6 Plus version costs a few dollars more. The lighter color options show dirt sooner than one might like (though one man’s “dirt” is another’s coveted patina, making the case more unique), but it looks and feels great overall, especially in darker colors. It’s like the difference between a hiking boot and a leather dress bootsure the hiking boot is more protective and comfortable, but if you’re not hiking, sometimes it’s worth forgoing a bit of protection and comfort for style and luxury points. Several of our senior editors use Apple’s Leather Case as their day-to-day case.

In closing

There are a lot of good choices when it comes to iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus cases, but the best pick is the NGP. Protective and inexpensive without sacrificing aesthetics, it’s the case to beat going forward. We’ll continue to test it over the long term and see how it fares as newer cases are released.

This guide may have been updated. To see the current recommendation please go to TheWirecutter.com.

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17
Apr

Google Chrome for iOS gets easier to use with one hand


Pull to refresh in Chrome for iOS

Don’t like that Chrome makes you use two hands to comfortably surf the web on your iPhone 6? Your life just got a bit easier. Google has updated Chrome for iOS so that you can pull down to not only refresh web pages, but open and close tabs. At this rate, you might only have to reach up when you want to type in a site address. There’s also a Today View launcher widget that includes voice search, suggested answers for common searches and support for password managers like 1Password and LastPass. All told, you should spend more time browsing and less time stretching your fingers — that’s a worthwhile upgrade in our books.

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Source: Google Chrome Blog, App Store

15
Apr

The Galaxy S6 is more durable than the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Galaxy S6 Edge, and even the Galaxy S5


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SquareTrade already started a swarm of speculation that the Galaxy S6 Edge is more bendable than the iPhone 6 Plus, but this new video is a little more positive for Samsung.

It pits the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 plus against each other to find out how they compare as far as durability. The Galaxy S6 took 1st place overall, which is surprising in that I would have figured that the S5 would win this one. The S6 was found to be the least bendable at 110 pounds of pressure, and all three Galaxy phones survived the drop test with flying colors.

The S6 came in with a Breakability Score of 4, which is considered medium risk. Here’s the complete rundown of the results….

  • Galaxy S6  4.0
  • Galaxy S5  4.5
  • iPhone 6   4.5
  • Galaxy S6 Edge  5.0
  • iPhone 6 Plus  6.0

Check out the video below showing the above mentioned tests as well as a slide test and dunking test, in which each phone was submerged in water for 10 seconds.

Click here to view the embedded video.

source: VentureBeat

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14
Apr

Apple finally realized that audiobooks aren’t music


An audiobook in iOS 8.4

Have you scratched your head wondering why Apple would put audiobooks in iOS’ music player, rather than… y’know, a book app? So has Apple. Besides a redesigned music app, the early iOS 8.4 beta also moves audiobooks into iBooks, where they arguably should have been all along. You’ll also get must-have playback features like chapter selection and a sleep timer. It’s not certain when 8.4 will be ready for the public (WWDC, perhaps?), but it’s already obvious that this is much more than a simple bug fix.

Filed under: Cellphones, Tablets, Software, Mobile, Apple

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Source: 9to5Mac

14
Apr

Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference begins June 8th


WWDC 2015

If you’re wondering what Apple will do next with its mobile devices and the Mac, you won’t have to wait too long to find out. The tech giant has announced the 2015 Worldwide Developer Conference, which starts on June 8th. It’s not providing too many clues as to what will be there, but you can apply for tickets now — and you’ll have the option to stream sessions live if you can’t make it out to San Francisco. It’s safe to say that the event will include news on software for the Apple Watch, iOS and OS X, and it won’t be shocking if Apple has something to say about a new streaming music service or a next-generation Apple TV. Whatever happens, you know we’ll be there to give you the full scoop.

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Source: Apple Developer, Apple

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