For Apple AAPL +0.63% and the iPhone, 2017 is the big one. It marks the 10th anniversary of the iconic smartphone and leak after credible leak has told us about radical design changes and revolutionary new technology. But are they wrong?

According to new information from Mac Otakara, the 2017 iPhones could be very disappointing indeed. Citing a “Taiwan supplier”, the site says that instead of the so-called ‘iPhone 8’ Apple will instead follow tradition and simply release an iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus which will be virtually identical to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

If correct, this would be the fourth successive generation where Apple has stuck with the same design and the move would likely anger fans as iPhone rivals continue to cut down bezel sizes to fit larger displays into physically smaller phones. Other than one brilliant exception 

How seriously should we take this frustrating news? Well Mac Otakara has a good track record and it was the first site to reveal Apple would remove the headphone jack from the iPhone 7 at the start of the year (though I predicted the move in 2014).

For those looking for an upside to this leak, Mac Otakara does point out a couple of notable changes are on the way in 2017. It says the iPhone 7S will increase its screen size from 4.7 to 5-inches while both the iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus will have dual cameras that are arranged vertically rather than horizontally, as they are on the iPhone 7 Plus.

Breaking these down, the increased screen size for the iPhone 7S would align it more closely to leading Android rivals but also make the phone larger if the core design is not going to change. For users who prefer smaller phones, that won’t be a popular move.


Meanwhile dual cameras on both iPhones would be a step forward after the iPhone 7 missed out on this feature, while the switch to a more traditional vertical orientation for both camera modules implies Apple has rethought how the setup works. Currently the second camera is used as a 2x optical zoom and for a cool portrait mode, but dual cameras can also be used to take the same photo at different exposures to boost image quality (a kind of optical enhancement for HDR).

Dual horizontal camera would be a major change from the current iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus cameras pictured. Image credit: Gordon Kelly

Dual horizontal camera would be a major change from the current iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus cameras pictured. Image credit: Gordon Kelly

The good news for those still disappointed by this report, however, is Mac Otakara says Apple won’t finalise the specifications for either new iPhone until the second quarter of Apple’s 2017 fiscal year, which is in April.

As such these leaks could be backups in case Apple’s more radical iPhone 8 plans don’t come to fruition or even, as some have speculated, the iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus may be released in addition to a more expensive overhauled iPhone 8 giving customers the choice of three premium models for the first time.

Personally I think this latter theory is the most likely. After all, with iPhone sales slowing in recent years, a triple play would allow Apple to increase profit margins by retaining current pricing for models which hold onto older designs for longer while introducing a new and more expensive flagship model as the brand’s posterchild. After all, as the new 2017 MacBook Pros demonstrated, price rises are not something Apple worries about.

So if the Mac Otakara news does anger you, keep your hopes up for a) Mac Otakara’s usually reliable sources getting it wrong this time and being the real source of your anger, or b) an iPhone triple play in 2017, for which I would suggest you start saving now…

Author : Gordon Kelly

Source : http://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2016/12/27/iphone7s-design-camera-changes/#2f8cfd1c3801

Categorized in News & Politics

Apple is planning to release a new 5-inch iPhone with dual cameras in a vertical orientation next year, according to a Macotakara report. Additionally, the company allegedly plans to release new 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 7s models.

The basic specification is the same with the iPhone 7s・iPhone 7s Plus, and the iSight Duo cameras are installed vertically instead of horizontally, and various specifications are still under consideration. Furthermore, the officials are saying that the final specifications will be finalized at the second quarter of Apple's 2017 fiscal year.

We've been hearing reports for some time that the 10th anniversary iPhone will be a major update. It will purportedly have a front glass cover and chassis, joined by a metal bezel and an edge-to-edge display that has no bezels on the top and bottom. Additionally, the front camera, Touch ID, speaker, and other sensors will apparently be embedded into the display. Another report claims that the device would be a clear piece of glass with a next-generation OLED screen. More recently, Apple is said to have be equipping the phone with wireless charging and a 3D camera.



Author: iClarified
Source: http://www.iclarified.com/58464/apple-to-release-new-5inch-iphone-with-dual-vertical-cameras

Categorized in Internet Technology

On 9 January 2007, one of the most influential entrepreneurs on the planet announced something new - a product that was to become the most profitable in history.

It was, of course, the iPhone. There are many ways in which the iPhone has defined the modern economy.

There is the sheer profitability of the thing, of course: there are only two or three companies in the world that make as much money as Apple does from the iPhone alone.

There is the fact that it created a new product category: the smartphone. The iPhone and its imitators represent a product that did not exist 10 years ago but now is an object of desire for most of humanity. There's the way the iPhone transformed other markets - software, music, and advertising.


But those are just the obvious facts about the iPhone. And when you delve more deeply, the tale is a surprising one. We give credit to Steve Jobs and other leading figures in Apple - his early partner Steve Wozniak, his successor Tim Cook, his visionary designer Sir Jony Ive - but some of the most important actors in this story have been forgotten.

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50 Things That Made the Modern Economy highlights the inventions, ideas and innovations which have helped create the economic world we live in.

It is broadcast on the BBC World Service. You can listen online or subscribe to the programme podcast.

Ask yourself: what actually makes an iPhone an iPhone? It's partly the cool design, the user interface, the attention to detail in the way the software works and the hardware feels. But underneath the charming surface of the iPhone are some critical elements that made it, and all the other smartphones, possible.

The economist Mariana Mazzucato has made a list of 12 key technologies that make smartphones work: 1) tiny microprocessors, 2) memory chips, 3) solid state hard drives, 4) liquid crystal displays and 5) lithium-based batteries. That's the hardware.

Then there are the networks and the software. So 6) Fast-Fourier-Transform algorithms - clever bits of maths that make it possible to swiftly turn analogue signals such as sound, visible light and radio waves into digital signals that a computer can handle.

At 7) - and you might have heard of this one - the internet. A smartphone isn't a smartphone without the internet.

At 8) HTTP and HTML, the languages and protocols that turned the hard-to-use internet into the easy-to-access World Wide Web. 9) Cellular networks. Otherwise your smartphone not only isn't smart, it's not even a phone. 10) Global Positioning Systems or GPS. 11) The touchscreen. 12) Siri, the voice-activated artificial intelligence agent.

Apple's Jonny Ive jokes with actor Stephen FryImage copyrightGETTY IMAGESImage captionApple's designer Sir Jony Ive has been widely lauded for his contribution to the iPhone's success

All of these technologies are important components of what makes an iPhone, or any smartphone, actually work. Some of them are not just important, but indispensable. But when Mariana Mazzucato assembled this list of technologies, and reviewed their history, she found something striking.

The foundational figure in the development of the iPhone wasn't Steve Jobs. It was Uncle Sam. Every single one of these 12 key technologies was supported in significant ways by governments - often the American government.

A few of these cases are famous. Many people know, for example, that the World Wide Web owes its existence to the work of Sir Tim Berners-Lee. He was a software engineer employed at Cern, the particle physics research centre in Geneva that is funded by governments across Europe.

And the internet itself started as Arpanet - an unprecedented network of computers funded by the US Department of Defense in the early 1960s. GPS, of course, was a pure military technology, developed during the Cold War and opened up to civilian use only in the 1980s.

Other examples are less famous, though scarcely less important.

a pile of smartphonesImage copyrightTHINKSTOCKImage captionSmartphones have all benefited from government investment in technology

The Fast-Fourier-Transform is a family of algorithms that have made it possible to move from a world where the telephone, the television and the gramophone worked on analogue signals, to a world where everything is digitised and can therefore be dealt with by computers such as the iPhone.

The most common such algorithm was developed from a flash of insight from the great American mathematician John Tukey. What was Tukey working on at the time? You've guessed it: a military application.

Specifically, he was on President Kennedy's Scientific Advisory committee in 1963, trying to figure out how to detect when the Soviet Union was testing nuclear weapons.

Smartphones wouldn't be smartphones without their touchscreens - but the inventor of the touchscreen was an engineer named EA Johnson, whose initial research was carried out while Johnson was employed by the Royal Radar Establishment, a stuffily-named agency of the British government.

The work was further developed at Cern - those guys again. Eventually multi-touch technology was commercialised by researchers at the University of Delaware in the United States - Wayne Westerman and John Elias, who sold their company to Apple itself.

A woman using a touch-screen tablet computerImage copyrightSCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARYImage captionTouchscreen technology has gone on to drive the development of tablet computers

Yet even at that late stage in the game, governments played their part: Wayne Westerman's research fellowship was funded by the US National Science Foundation and the CIA.


Then there's the girl with the silicon voice, Siri.

Back in the year 2000, seven years before the first iPhone, the US Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency, Darpa, commissioned the Stanford Research Institute to develop a kind of proto-Siri, a virtual office assistant that might help military personnel to do their jobs.

Twenty universities were brought into the project, furiously working on all the different technologies necessary to make a voice-activated virtual assistant a reality.

Seven years later, the research was commercialised as a start-up, Siri Incorporated- and it was only in 2010 that Apple stepped in to acquire the results for an undisclosed sum.

Lithium-ion batteriesImage copyrightGETTY IMAGESImage captionIncreasingly sophisticated lithium-ion batteries have been essential for smartphone growth

As for hard drives, lithium-ion batteries, liquid crystal displays and semiconductors themselves - there are similar stories to be told.

In each case, there was scientific brilliance and plenty of private sector entrepreneurship. But there were also wads of cash thrown at the problem by government agencies - usually US government agencies, and for that matter, usually some arm of the US military.

Silicon Valley itself owes a great debt to Fairchild Semiconductor - the company that developed the first commercially practical integrated circuits. And Fairchild Semiconductor, in its early days, depended on military procurement.

Of course, the US military didn't make the iPhone. Cern did not create Facebook or Google. These technologies, that so many people rely on today, were honed and commercialised by the private sector. But it was government funding and government risk-taking that made all these things possible.

That's a thought to hold on to as we ponder the technological challenges ahead in fields such energy and biotechnology.

Steve Jobs was a genius, there's no denying that. One of his remarkable side projects was the animation studio Pixar - which changed the world of film when it released the digitally animated film, Toy Story.

Even without the touchscreen and the internet and the Fast-Fourier-Transform, Steve Jobs might well have created something wonderful.

But it would not have been a world-shaking technology like the iPhone. More likely it would, like Woody and Buzz, have been an utterly charming toy.

Tim Harford is the FT's Undercover Economist. 50 Things That Made the Modern Economy was broadcast on the BBC World Service. You can listen online or subscribe to the programme podcast.

Source : http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38320198

Categorized in Social

It’s hard to believe that it’s already December. But if the iTunes App Store is anything to go by, all the Christmas-themed apps can mean only one thing – the holidays are just around the corner. From games and stories for the little ones, to recipe and planning apps for the grown ups, there’s something for everyone, to ensure that this Christmas season is a tasty and fun-filled holiday.

To get you in a festive mood, here’s a list of 10 Christmas themed iPhone and iPad apps and games, available for download for free from the iTunes App Store.


Christmas!! [iTunes link] is an iPhone-specific app with all sorts of goodies packed into one little app. With a Christmas countdown, an Advent Calendar filled with surprises that you can unlock each day, including iPhone wallpapers, jokes and a gift list. The app is the perfect companion to get you into the Christmas spirit as you count down the days to Christmas Eve.

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Christmas Tale

An interactive Christmas story for kids of all ages, Christmas Tale is available in both iPad [iTunes link] and iPhone versions [iTunes link]- although it really comes to life on the iPad screen. Have the story read to your kids, or have them read it themselves, while also discovering little gems hidden in the gorgeous pictures on each page of the story from a Christmas wish list to helping Santa get the presents under the tree.

christmas ipad

Amateur Surgeon Christmas Edition


It may not be entirely Christmasy but the developers behind Amateur Surgeon (the $2.99 iPhone game) have, strangely enough, put together a free Christmas edition [iTunes link] of their popular game. Rather than pull out shards of glass and nails from your patients (starting with an elf), how about Christmas lights, candy canes and crackers instead? You might never have imagined a Christmas take on the grizzly game, but they’ve somehow managed it, and are sharing the cheer for free.

christmas ipad

Christmas Sound Shelf Free

Want to get some Christmas sound effects going? The Christmas sound shelf [iTunes link] has a variety of sound effects that you can play against the background of either Jingle Bells or Silent night. From sleigh bells, to a crackling fire, kids will have fun creating all the sounds that come with Christmas. Unfortunately, recording or continuous playback are features that are sorely missing from the free app.

christmas ipad

Christmas Tree Maker

Decorating the Christmas tree is probably one of the main events for kids in any family. Why not let them practice with the iPhone/iPad app, Christmas Tree Maker [iTunes link] which lets them choose the tree, lights, and decorations. When they’re done, they can share the tree with their friends via email.

christmas iphone

Christmas Snow

ChristmasSnow [iTunes link] is another kid-friendly iPhone/iPad app perfect for holidays. Throw snowballs across the screen to uncover where the presents are hidden. The game is simple, and so is suitable for the much younger children in the family.

christmas iphone

Waitrose Christmas

From the UK supermarket chain comes an app, suitable for mum and dad – Waitrose Christmas [iTunes link]. Jampacked with Christmas recipes, tools, planners and gift guides, the app has left no stone unturned. Avoid any disasters in the kitchen this Christmas with their Turkey Timer and Canape Calculator.

christmas iphone

Fuzzle Christmas

Another developer to release a free version of their paid game, Candy Cane are offering Fuzzle Christmas [iTunes link] for free. The free version does have its limitations – not all levels are available – but if you want to keep your kids busy for a bit with the ornament themed game – it will do the trick. Align five ornaments next to each other to make them disappear, while making sure the board doesn’t fill up.

Yummy Christmas

If you want to get your kids involved in Christmas cooking, try some of the easy, child-friendly recipes in the free iPad app, Yummy Christmas [iTunes link]. From pineapple christmas trees to ice cream santas, the recipes are easy and will be lots of fun for the children. A word of warning, you may want to mute the music after a while, as the one song playing over and over could easily grate on your nerves.

Removem Christmas

Removem is yet another iPhone game offering a free Christmas edition [iTunes link], packed with Christmas music and pictures, from snowmen to Christmas tree to ornaments. Play the traditional removem game, removing balls from the screen of the same colour that are side by side. The aim of the game is to clear the screen, or at least get the highest score possible.

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Authot:  Nancy Messieh

Source:  http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/10-free-christmas-iphoneipad-apps-festive-mood

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The App Store has a great selection of Christmas apps, covering everything from holiday music to greeting cards. While these apps are not delivered by Santa and his reindeer, they are a festive addition to your iPhone or iPod touch this holiday season. Here are our picks for the best Christmas apps.

1 Dr. Seuss Camera - The Grinch Edition

The Grinch Edition of the Dr. Seuss Camera is an adorable Christmas app for kids or anyone who could use some extra holiday spirit. It includes 20 “Grinchmas” cards that you can personalize with your own photos -- and who doesn't want a picture of themselves dressed as the Grinch? The cards can be emailed to friends or saved to the app’s photo library. If you’re only going to download one Christmas app this season, make it this one.  

2 Salvation Army Christmas Music

Proceeds from The Salvation Army Christmas Music app go to -- you guessed it -- the Salvation Army. The app includes a variety of holiday music stations, including classic Christmas songs, Christmas hymns, oldies, and children’s songs. You can’t select specific songs to play, but you can skip songs within each station. 


3 The Christmas List

If you are overwhelmed with holiday shopping each year, the Christmas List app is for you. It’s a full-featured list app with email support, address book integration, and plenty of sortable categories. I especially like that it tracks your spending so you don’t exceed your gift budget. And the app is password-protected to hide your list from prying eyes. 

4 Santa's Christmas Village

Santa’s Christmas Village (Free) includes more than 13 games with fun holiday themes. It’s got solitaire, checkers, hangman, minesweeper, and more. Twenty holiday songs are also included. Even if you’re not a big game fan, Santa’s Christmas Village is a perfect kids app for keeping them entertained during the holidays. 

5 Christmas Radio

The Christmas Radio app won me over with its festive interface and collection of more than 31,000 radio stations. The app is based on SHOUTcast radio, so you can search the stations by keyword and save your favorites for quick access later. Music can be streamed over EDGE3G or Wi-Fi, but you’ll want to stick to 3G or Wi-Fi for the best experience.

6 Christmas!!

If holiday anticipation is killing you, the Christmas!! app (Free) will keep you sane until the big day arrives. The app includes a Christmas countdown, advent calendar, and a small collection of holiday songs. An in-app gift list will also help you keep track of your holiday purchases. The content in this Christmas app won't be unlocked until December 1, but you can use it year after year.  

7 Christmas Sudoku

Even Sudoku apps are getting into the holiday spirit. Christmas Sudoku has three modes of gameplay -- easy, medium, and hard -- and 30 levels within each mode, so you won’t be bored with this one for a while. You can play the traditional game with numbers or spice things up with Christmas icons, in addition to playing with friends over Bluetooth

8 Good Food Festive Recipes

The BBC’s Good Food Festive Recipes app includes more than 100 holiday recipes with step-by-step instructions and photos for each dish. Vegetarian recipes are clearly identified, and the built-in turkey timer will certainly come in handy over the holidays. The app also includes a helpful tips section where you can master basic kitchen techniques.

Author:  Tanya Menoni

Source:  https://www.lifewire.com/top-christmas-apps-iphone-1999344

Categorized in Others

Samsung may be the first to release a foldable phone next year, according to some reports, but it won’t be the only top company looking to launch such devices. A new report says that foldable smartphones are in the works from several tech giants, Apple included, and they may become more and more popular by 2019. But could Apple release its first foldable iPhone as soon as 2018?

To make a foldable phone, you need a flexible display, and a flexible type of glass. OLED is flexible, whereas LCD isn’t, and Apple is already expected to launch its first OLED iPhone with a curved display next year.


According to The Korea Herald, there’s just one company in the world that can mass produce colorless polyimide, the glass that would protect the foldable OLED screen, and that’s Kolon Industries.

“Around three to five tech companies are expected to mass produce foldable phones in 2018 globally. The devices will then grab around 20 percent of the total smartphone market here,” Kolon Industries’ colorless polyimide division head Kang Chung-seok told The Herald.

The company is apparently supplying materials to Samsung, LG, and BOE. Apple may also be one of the companies looking at such components.

The Kolon exec said the first foldable devices could have a bend radius of 5 millimeters rather than the 1-millimeter radius that would allow a wallet-like smartphone fold, where the glass on the face of the handset would actually touch itself.

“The bend radius of 1 millimeter is the most ideal, but that may cause a safety issue. So, tech companies are likely to unveil the bend radius of 5 millimeters first and then gradually unveil devices with less bend radius,” Kang added.

Kolon finished the development of its flexible colorless polyimide glass in August and expects to mass produce films for around 100 million units of foldable devices in 2018.

Apple has traditionally been very cautious about adopting certain technologies, choosing to only bring some of them to market in the iPhone when they have met its performance and quality standards. It’ll be interesting to see how fast the company will release a foldable iPhone — or iPad, for that matter — especially considering that the iPhone will receive it’s first major redesign in four iPhone generations next year.

That said, Apple already has various patents describing foldable devices, including the kind fold just like a wallet.

Source: This article was published on yahoo.com by Chris Smith

Categorized in Future Trends

A growing number of iPhone users who have been experiencing serious problems with their batteries were anxiously anticipating the release of iOS 10.2. For those unaware, Apple has acknowledged a problem with some iPhone 6s units and older iPhone models where the phones shut down once the remaining charge reaches 30%, as if they had run out of power. The hope, of course, was that Apple’s new iOS update would include a fix for the aggravating issue. Sadly for some users, however, the battery problems plaguing many older iPhone models have only gotten worse for some users.

After acknowledging a problem that was seemingly impacting only a small number of iPhone 6s devices, Apple admitted earlier this month that the problem was more widespread than it initially thought.

“Outside the affected batch, a small number of customers reported an unexpected shutdown,” Apple said in a statement on its website, aimed specifically at the Chinese market. “Some of these shutdowns may be normal because the iPhone will shut down to protect its electronic components. To gather more information, we will add an additional diagnostic feature to the iOS software update that is released next week. This feature collects a variety of information in the coming weeks that may help us improve algorithms for managing battery performance and shut down operations. If such improvements can be achieved, we will deliver them through further software updates.”

Apple has launched a battery replacement program for people impacted by the issue, but it is only available to users with an iPhone 6s manufactured in September or October of 2015. That’s upsetting news to begin with, but it because even more upsetting for some people who found that the problems have gotten even worse since iOS 10.2 was released.

A Forbes contributor wrote about the issue in a recent blog post, and we’ve heard from several readers who say that their iPhones are affected. Impacted models range from the iPhone 6s all the way back to the iPhone 5, and the newly exacerbated issue presents itself in a few different ways. Phones are still shutting down when they reach 30%, but now users are also reporting that battery readings are getting stuck at a higher percentage. One user said his iPhone 6 sometimes sticks at around 50%, and then suddenly dives to 30% and shuts down.


Unfortunately, there’s currently no indication as to when Apple might finally fix the problem or expand its battery replacement program to include all impacted iPhone models.

Author : Zach Epstein

Source : https://www.yahoo.com/tech/saying-apple-ios-10-2-made-iphone-battery-182544004.html

Categorized in Internet Technology

When I was a kid in the late 1990s, most everyone I knew had a Windows 95 PC — myself included.

But I had this one friend whose family owned a Mac, one of those multicolored iMacs that were the company's first big product launch after Steve Jobs returned to the company.

I loved video games, and he loved video games, but he especially loved games on his Mac. Well, one game in particular: "Marathon," a first-person shooter, which was only for the Mac.

We got into fierce, weeklong arguments about it, in the way that only 10-year-olds can. He said the Mac may have less software, but what was there was simply better. I said the Windows PC was way more versatile. Each of us begrudged the other everything.

Apple stoked the flames with its famous "Get a Mac" ads circa the late 2000s, in which actors John Hodgman and Justin Long played a PC and a Mac, respectively, showing how the PC was old and stodgy but the Mac was young and hip. It was a big part of Apple's turnaround story — the iMac brought the company back from the brink of disaster, paving the way for the massive success of the iPod and then the iPhone, which turned Apple into the most valuable company in the world. Sometimes, it feels as though those days never ended.


People are still crazy protective of the computers and phones they use. When Business Insider published a piece a little while back saying that Microsoft's Surface Book laptop might be abetter buy for most people than the newest MacBook Pro models, we got some hate mail from the Apple crowd.

surface book review 0786Microsoft Surface Book. Melia Robinson/Business Insider

Well, guess what? The world has moved on. And it's less of a "choice" than ever before.

Because so much of what we do these days is based in the browser and in the cloud, Mac versus PC is no longer a lifestyle decision like it was back when boxed software ruled all.

It's just a matter of taste. Even Microsoft knows it.

And in the exact same way, because of the rise of the App Store model, iPhone versus Android is barely a thing anymore to most people. That's why analysts now believe that iPhone versus Android is "stable" — nobody cares anymore.

The operating system wars are over

After many years of being a Mac faithful, I've been using Windows 10 for the past year and a half or so. I found a lot to like (touch screens, Cortana, window management) and a lot that was annoying (random crashes, peculiar device issues).

Every so often, like today, I switch back to the Mac just to make sure I stay familiar with both sides. And I'm rediscovering that there's a lot to like (performance, stability, iPhone-related superpowers like iMessage) and a lot that's annoying (no touch screen, no Cortana).

They both fill a niche. And they're both successful for their parent companies in their own ways. Macs are highly profitable for Apple, which is still primarily a hardware company. Windows is everywhere, from cheap laptops to premium machines like the Surface Studio, and that's good for Microsoft, which is still mainly a software company.

cortana movie gameCortana on Windows 10. Matt Weinberger

They can both win. Windows and Apple have their die-hard fans, sure, but they can happily coexist.

The same goes for the mobile platforms, too.

Apple and Google both won. Apple's iPhone is ridiculously profitable, while Android dominates with something like 87% of the market. Each of them got exactly what it wanted from the smartphone business. Apple is selling a lot of profitable iPhones; Google gets its web services and search engine in front of more people.

So while iPhones and Androids may have few features that set them apart, they are still, by and large, running the same major apps, connecting to the same big services. Each phone operating system has its pluses and minuses, but each is pretty much as useful to a vast majority of people as the other.


Maybe you like Instagram on iPhone better than Instagram on Android, but Instagram is still Instagram.

It's all about the service

Indeed, it's service that's going to make the difference going forward.

Switching between a PC and Mac was simple because even my handwritten notes from the Windows 10 computer were stored in Microsoft's Office 365 cloud service. I didn't need to worry about syncing my music between computers because I use the Spotify service on my Mac and PC and iPhone.

This is why Microsoft is making sure Office apps and services are available for the iPhone and Android. It's why Apple is going to bring its new Apple Music service to Android. It's why Google invests so much in the Chrome browser, which runs on both Windows and macOS and in web services like Google Photos.

When the operating system doesn't matter, users are free to choose whatever service suits them, at any time.

iphone vs pixelAntonio Villas-Boas/Business Insider

It also means that picking a computer or a phone is no longer like getting sorted into a house at Hogwarts. Go where you want, do what you want.

So relax, and remember that you don't owe the big tech companies anything. Let them serve you, in the way that you want.

Author : Matt Weinberger

Source : http://www.businessinsider.com/apple-mac-vs-microsoft-windows-pc-is-over-2016-12

Categorized in Internet Technology

Many problems with the iPhone can be resolved by restarting it, but some more complex problems require putting the iPhone into recovery mode. This shouldn't be your first troubleshooting step, but sometimes it's the only one that works.


NOTE: This article mostly refers to the iPhone but it applies to all iOS devices.


When to Use Recovery Mode


You should use iPhone recovery mode when you:

  • Install an iOS update and your device gets stuck in a continuous restart loop. This happens when something goes wrong with the update or when your battery is extremely low during that installation
  • Update the OS or restore the device from backup, the process fails, and iTunes no longer sees the device when you connect it
  • Upgrade from a beta version of the iOS and there's a bug 
  • See the Apple logo or Connect to iTunes icon onscreen for a few minutes with no change.


Restoring your iPhone using recovery mode deletes all data on the device. Ideally you've got a recent backup of your data in iCloud or in iTunes. If not, you may end up losing the data between your last backup and now.






How to Put an iPhone In Recovery Mode


To put an iPhone into recovery mode: 

  1. Turn your iPhone off by holding down the sleep/wake button (on the right side on iPhone 6 and up, on the top corner on all other iPhones). Hold until the slider appears at the top and then swipe the slider. If your phone doesn't respond, hold the sleep/wake button and the Home button together until the screen goes dark (on an iPhone 7 series, hold volume down instead of Home)
  2. Connect your iPhone to your computer. If you don't have a computer, you'll need to go to the Apple Store or borrow one
  3. Perform a hard reset on the phone. Do this by holding down the sleep/wake button and the Home button at the same time (again, on iPhone 7 use volume down). Continue holding for at least 10 seconds. If the Apple logo appears on the screen, keep holding
  4. Let go of the buttons when the Connect to iTunes screen appears (it's the image of the cable and iTunes icon shown at the top of this article). The phone is now in recovery mode
  5. A window pops up in iTunes offering to let you Update or Restore the phone. Click Update. This tries to resolve the problem without erasing your data
  6. If Update fails, put your iPhone into recovery mode again and this time click Restore.


How to Restore iPhone


If you need to restore your iPhone, you can choose to restore it to its factory state or from a recent backup of your data. For instructions on how to do this, check out these tutorials on:





How to Get Out of iPhone Recovery Mode


If restoring the iPhone succeeds, your phone will exit recovery mode when it restarts.


You can also exit recovery mode before restoring your phone (if your device was working properly before. If not, recovery mode is still your best option). To do that:

  1. Unplug the device from the USB cable
  2. Hold down the sleep/wake button until the iPhone turns off, then let it go
  3. Hold it down again until the Apple logo reappears
  4. Let go of the button and the device will start up.


If Recovery Mode Doesn't Work


If putting your iPhone into recovery mode doesn't solve your problem, the problem may be more serious than you can fix on your own.

In that case, you should make an appointment at the Genius Bar of your nearest Apple Store to get help.



Author:  Sam Costello

Source:  https://www.lifewire.com/get-into-and-out-of-recovery-mode-2000261

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Many will make New Year’s resolutions, but few will actually keep them.

According to the research published in the University of Scranton’s Journal of Clinical Psychology, 25 percent of us will give up on our goals in just one week. By midyear, over half will have shrugged off what once seemed so important. And if past performance is an indicator, only 8 percent will see those pledges all the way through.

So what does it take to be part of that 8-percent club? Motivation? Dedication? General stick-to-itiveness? Probably.

But if you’re lacking in any of those areas, a little help in the form of apps perfectly suited to your chosen resolutions certainly couldn’t hurt.

Here’s a list of six annual objectives and six oh-so-apt apps:

1. Get moving

Resolution : I’m going to focus on fitness.

App solution: C25K


If you feel like 2016 is finally the year to get fit, there are plenty of app options to help you. But few take you from completely out of the race to really running.


C25K, the smartphone version of the popular Couch to 5K workout plan, does just that with guided daily programs that alternate between short bursts of walking and running until you’re ready to go the distance. To keep the run fun, you can listen to your choice of music (from your drive or other apps) while the a digital trainer chimes in to tell your what’s next.

Free in the App Store | Google Play

2. Count your calories

Resolution: I’m going to lose weight.

App solution: MyFitnessPal

In addition to helping out with that general get-fit resolution, MyFitnessPal excels as a diet tracker and calorie counter that figures out just how many calories you require each day (given your current weight and your goal weight) to drop pounds at your chosen pace.

As you enter your meals consumed so far, MyFitnessPal updates your remaining calories available for the day so there’s never any guesswork.

Free in the App Store | Google Play

3. Make bank

Resolution: I’m going to save money.

App solution: Mint: Personal Finance and Money Manager

Intuit's INTU -0.40% Mint makes it possible to track income and expenses, sync up with your existing financial accounts, set up a budget and start saving now. It even breaks down your current spending habits by category, to make savings opportunities clear.

You can access your information from multiple mobile devices, as well as your desktop or laptop computers.

Free in the App Store | Google Play

4. Get it together

Resolution: I’m going to be more organized.

App solution: 24me


Miss a bill deadline here or a meeting there? Forget all about a birthday or your kid’s softball game? Maybe it’s time for a pocket-sized personal assistant.

Getting organized gets easier with 24me, the to-do app that takes a peek at your calendars, contacts, notes and lists and manages it all with at-a-glance day plans and smart alerts.

Free in the App Store | Google Play

5. Work smarter, not harder

Resolution: I’m going to get ahead in my career.

App solution: Quip

Until Time-Turners and TARDISes are real, you can’t be in more than one place at once. But Quip, the team-player business suite, offers the next best thing.

No matter where you are, you can keep in close contact with your boss, employees or project mates. You can chat, dive into an active group document or just add a few essential points to a spreadsheet from anywhere.

Free in the App Store | Google Play

6. Be at home in your head

Resolution: I’m going to practice mindfulness and meditation.

App solution: Buddhify


Buddhify has over 80 guided meditations suited for just about any occasion you can think of, from waking up to sleeping to just surfing the Internet. Select the mindfulness exercise that best applies to you at any given moment, and nirvana — or a slightly less stressed moment — is just a few breathing or blinking techniques away.

But note, unlike all the freebies on this list, bliss comes at a price.

$4.99 in the App Store | $2.99 on Google Play

Author:  Ree Hines

Source:  http://www.forbes.com/sites/reehines/2015/12/30/6-iphone-and-android-apps-to-help-you-keep-your-new-years-resolutions-in-2016/#5aa391259496

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