When Steve Jobs introduced the original iPhone in 2007 he spent some time talking about its sensors - the capacitive multitouch sensors in the screen that let you use your bioelectric finger as the best pointing device ever, the accelerometer that triggered it to rotate the interface when you rotated the phone, the ambient light sensor that adjusted brightness to fit the environment, the proximity sensor that turned off the screen and capacitance to save power and avoid accidental touch events when you held the phone up to your face. Over the course of the next year, Jobs also introduced Wi-Fi mapping and then GPS so the iPhone could chart location, and later still, a magnometer and gyroscope so it could understand direction, angle, and rotation around gravity. From the very beginning, the iPhone was aware.
Safari received lots of new features in iOS 7 with one of those being a smart search field that turns the address bar into a unified smart search field. That means you can not only type in web addresses but search bookmarks, web history, Google, and find text on the page or within a PDF. Here's how:
Google has today announced a raft of new apps with support for its $35 TV dongle, Chromecast, that suddenly makes it a whole lot more useful and appealing. While a public SDK still eludes us, the latest apps with support for Chromecast includes such popular names as Plex, Songza and VEVO.
We can look forward to seeing Leap Motion-powered gesture control on tablets starting in late 2014. Right now, Leap makes a sensor that lets you use hand gestures to control your PC or Mac without touching anything.
Viber, the popular VOIP calling service, has announced Viber Out, promising worldwide low-cost calling to any regular phone number. Skype already offers a similar service – funnily enough called Skype Out – but Viber's key differentiator is its pricing. More to the point, the promise of seriously undercutting Skype, with credit for calls obtained by way of an in-app purchase.
The SURFACE Case is the perfect hard case; combining a super-slim design, protective outer shell and a magnetic kickstand for convenient viewing. The retractable stand comes in handy when watching movies, slideshows or displaying your calendar or clock in a landscape position.
iPhone owners who pick up an iPad are often surprised to find that, while many things about iOS are the same, the built-in apps are not. Apple's Weather, Stocks, Calculator, Compass, Phone, and Voice Memo apps, all front-and-center on the iPhone, are nowhere to be found on the iPad Air or iPad mini. The why - that Apple perhaps didn't feel the interfaces scaled well to the big screen, or simply didn't think they were as absolutely necessary on a tablet as they are on a phone - doesn't really matter. What does matter is that the App Store has us more than covered with several excellent weather, calculator, stock, and voice memo apps for iPad to choose from. Which ones are the very best, however, and more importantly, the best for you?
Apple's music library matching service, iTunes Match, has expanded its reach with the news it is now supported in the Scandinavian countries of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark. iTunes in the Cloud now also becomes available in these countries. Elsewhere, it appears that iTunes in the Cloud support has been expanded in Bulgaria and Portugal to now include movies.
Following on from the Usain Bolt update, Imangi Studios has now pushed out some new, more festive goodies for Temple Run 2 fans to get their hands on. Available now via the App Store, Santa hats for your characters, a water slide and even the opportunity to play as jolly old St Nick himself are included.