We told you to put on your disappointment pants for the Galaxy Gear 2, but for the Rufus Cuff we suggest rolling up your absurdity sleeves. Seriously, given its three-inch screen you might just have to. This wearable boasts a built-in mic, a camera, a speaker, web browser, voice control, GPS and full access to the Google Play store — if the Cuff sounds like a smartphone that straps to your wrist, well, that’s basically what it is. It connects to your Android or iPhone via Bluetooth for mobile data, making calls and sending texts, but it’s running a full version of Google’s mobile OS and can hook on to WiFi if you’re in a cellular dead-zone or if your phone’s battery runs out.
While the gizmo doesn’t exactly look practical (we’re pretty sure that it won’t play nice with the cuffs of a slim-cut oxford), as of this writing it’s has raised over $150,000 of its $200,000 IndieGoGo goal, with a handful of days to go. If you dig the idea of strapping one of these monstrosities on your wrist, all it takes is a $249 pledge.
Skitch’s share screen for iOS just got a makeover, making it easier to send out and save your annotated, doodle-filled masterpieces. The latest iOS update now shows a preview of your image on the Share screen, where you can type in and attach a caption to the bottom of the photo, as well. On the same screen, simply swipe left to send a pic to friends or co-workers attending a meeting you’ve listed, or swipe right to save modified images. Once you’re done uploading, the updated app will now show a confirmation screen, which comes with options to edit and share the same image again or annotate a brand new pic. As a nice plus, a “Frequents” section will appear to speed things up once you’ve performed the same action several times.
Other than the shared screen overhaul, the updated app now also forms paragraphs when you resize the text box and comes with the option to buy PDF Annotation even if you’re not a premium user. You can get these and a few more changes by updating the Skitch app for iPhone and iPad, or by downloading it from iTunes.
Hail Britannia: One third of trade-ins for the Samsung Galaxy S5 in Britain have been iPhone owners, report Says
I can’t say I’m surprised, but it’s always nice to see it in action. A report from The Telegraph in the motherland (Britain) has said that one third of trade-ins for the Samsung Galaxy S5 seen by website CompareMyMobile have been lodged by iPhone users. The most traded-in device in this period has been the iPhone 4S, followed by the Sasmsung Galaxy S3 in second place, and perhaps most surprisingly in third place is the iPhone 5S.
While you might be thinking that this is completely down to iPhone users just jumping ship to the Galaxy S5, that’s actually not the whole truth. Though the report stops short of saying it directly while talking about depreciating trade-in values, these trade-ins may have more to do with the fact that the iPhone does not depreciate in value as quickly as the Samsung Galaxy phones do. That said, whatever the actual reasons for people trading in for the Galaxy S5, people being converted to Android can probably be counted as a win regardless.
What do you think about this report? Do you think the Galaxy S5 should be as wildly popular as it is turning out to be? Let us know what you think in the comments.
New photos showing what appears to be another case for Apple’s larger-screen iPhone 6 have been posted by Nowhereelse.fr [Google Translate]. While details about the case’s exact length are unknown, the images are said to have come from a Chinese accessory maker and show a case designed for the next-generation iPhone, similar to cases pictured last week and those on display at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair yesterday.
The case feature slightly rounded edges, similar to the design of the iPhone 5c and consistent with design drawings said to be for the iPhone 6. Like other cases and in line with a claim from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the case also includes a hole for a button along the upper right side of the device, which may be the new location of the power button. Rectangular volume control buttons similar to the fifth-generation iPod Touch are also notably present.
Rectangular volume (1) and right side power (2) cutouts (Annotated by Nowhereelse.fr)
Apple’s iPhone 6 is expected to launch in two sizes of 4.7 and 5.5 inches. The majority of leaks so far have depicted the 4.7-inch version, as it is reportedly on track for a release this fall. Apple is said to have been running into production issues with the 5.5-inch version, with that model likely seeing a release later this year or early next year.
Along with a larger screen, Apple’s next-generation iPhone is expected to include a thinner profile, upgraded A8 processor, Touch ID fingerprint sensor, and an improved camera featuring optical image stabilization. A report earlier this week from Jefferies analyst Peter Misek also claimed that Apple is negotiating with carriers to increase the price of the iPhone 6 by $100.
Need to brush up on your cooking skills, but only have your iPhone close at hand? Don’t panic: Google has quietly brought its Helpouts service to iOS. Much like the existing Android software, the iPhone-sized app (sorry, no iPad version) lets you schedule video chats with experts on topics ranging from baking to bike repair. Just be prepared to limit yourself to free advice — Google isn’t offering paid Helpouts in the iOS app. You’ll also need to go to the web if you want to create listings for your own instructional sessions. If neither of those limitations is a deal-breaker, though, you can start taking lessons today.
Via: 9to5 Mac
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Ahead of Apple revealing its first smartphone, Google’s plans for Android back in 2006 involved physical keys for control and no touchscreen input support. Revealed in court documents from the ensuing Apple-Samsung legal fray, the early specification says that “the product [Android] was designed with the presence of discrete physical buttons as an assumption. However, there is nothing fundamental in the product’s architecture that prevents the support of touchscreen in the future.” (The above render is from Google’s initial SDK, but by then, touchscreen integration was now part of the official spec.)
In this 2006 documentation, many of the Android staples (both in software and hardware) get a mention, including removable storage, third-party application support, widgets, notifications and all those Google services. Between the announcement of the iPhone and finalizing Android’s software requirements, touchscreen input was not only supported — multi-input touch was required, and our phones were never the same again.
The big US broadcasters like to tout the strength of their mobile TV apps, but actually viewing the apps’ content on a TV has frequently proven elusive. That’s a rather glaring omission, don’t you think? Some credit is due to NBC, then, as it recently updated its iOS app with AirPlay support. Unfortunately, it’s pretty basic at this stage. All you can do is turn on AirPlay mirroring and beam whatever is on your mobile device’s screen — you’re out of luck if you’d like to see optimized videos, let alone do something else on your iOS gear while you watch. Still, it’s good to see NBC catch up on features that services like Hulu have had for quite a while.
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Greg Christie may have played a key role in developing the first iPhone, but he won’t be hanging around Apple for much longer. The company has partly confirmed a 9to5 Mac report that the high-profile interface designer is leaving the company later this year after nearly two decades of working at 1 Infinite Loop. Just why he’s hanging up his badge isn’t certain. The 9to5 story contends that Christie and senior design VP Jony Ive had a “falling out” over iOS 7′s design direction, prompting Christie to head for the exit. An Apple spokesperson, however, says that the executive has been “planning to retire” and notes that he “worked closely with Jony for many years.” If there are any sour grapes involved, it’s not apparent from Cupertino’s official position.
Regardless of who’s right, the departure may have a big impact on Apple’s future design strategy. As the VP in charge of the Human Interface team, he has significant sway over the look and feel of both iOS and OS X. His retirement may be a significant loss similar to that of Scott Forstall in 2012. However, it’s not necessarily a turn for the worse. If Jony Ive will soon have greater control over interface design, as 9to5 claims, Apple’s hardware and software teams may work together more often — a potentially important move when the company has already said that it’s expanding into new product categories.
Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White is touring China and reports to investors that demand for the iPhone 5s in the Asian country is disappointing, while interest in Chinese brands like Xiaomi is on the rise. This cool sentiment towards the iPhone may change when an iPhone 6 model with a larger screen arrives later this year.
Interest in a large-screened iPhone model among Chinese vendors and carriers is reportedly very high, possibly making the next iPhone launch a “special” one for Apple.
In the near term, we sensed disappointment around demand for the iPhone 5S. That said, we heard great enthusiasm around the potential for Apple to introduce a larger iPhone form factor in China this year with the iPhone 6. In our view, the iPhone 6 with a larger screen (e.g., 4.7-inch, 5.5-inch) has the potential to meaningfully accelerate Apple’s growth trajectory in China during 2H:14. We have not heard this type of excitement in China around the iPhone in at least two years and thus we believe this could be a very special iPhone launch for Apple.
China has been a focus of Apple in recent years, with the company opening new retail stores and bringing both the iPhone and the iPad to wireless carriers in the Asian country. This year alone Apple has introduced a TD-LTE version of the iPad and launched both the iPhone 5s and 5c with China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile carrier with approximately 772 million subscribers.
Apple’s next iPhone model is expected to arrive in two display sizes, with one near 4.7 inches and the other at approximately 5.5 inches. The 4.7-inch model may debut this fall, while the 5.5-inch is rumored to land sometime in 2015.
IFTTT’s (If This Then That) recipes automate your apps and other tech tasks to make things a breeze, and the latest update allows the software to play nice on more than just that iPhone. Version 2.0.0 of the application tacks on full support for the iPad. There’s also the ability to assign an IFTTT recipe to beam a push notification to your device, so you’ll know when David Ortiz hits a home run or if you’ll need to pack a raincoat in the morning. Of course, you’ll want to check those application settings so that you’re not duplicating efforts here. What’s more, new recipe collections and a location-specific Photos Trigger have been throw in as well. If your trusty iOS device hasn’t alerted you to the update just yet, venture over to the source link and nab it up.
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