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4 years ago

Microsoft announces Windows Phone 8, aims it head-on at iOS 6

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Microsoft announces Windows Phone 8, aims it head-on at iOS 6

As part of their Windows Phone Summit today, Microsoft has unveiled Windows Phone 8, the next generation of their next generation mobile phone operating system. Already surprisingly simple and elegant, Microsoft now seems ready to amp up the power and features. And a lot of them seem aimed squarely at Apple's upcoming iOS 6. Our Mobile Nations sibling site, WPCentral is live at the event, and here's what they've seen.

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4 years ago

iOS App Store generates more than double Google Play's revenue with fewer app downloads

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iOS App Store generates more than double Google Play's revenue with fewer app downloads

Analytics firm App Annie has recently published a fun little infographic called Game of Phones, which pits Android app ecosystem against Apple's. One of the key findings was that the App Store leads with a revenue share of 71% (compared to 29% for Android) even though total downloads through Google Play accounts for 35% of the total, versus 28% for iOS.

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4 years ago

Iranian Americans denied sale of Apple goods due to export policy

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Iranian Americans denied sale of Apple goods due to export policy

Americans of Iranian descent have been having a hard time picking up iPhones and iPads in the state of Georgia due to a U.S. import ban that has translated into a sale policy at Apple stores. On multiple occasions, shoppers were heard by Apple Store managers speaking Farsi and denied service.

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4 years ago

Google Offers for iPhone review

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Google Offers for iPhone review

Google offers is a Groupon-like service that offers huge discounts on things like restaurants, spas, travel, auto care, services, and more. The app is very well designed and offers many opportunities for users to save a good chunk of money on things they are in the market for -- or spend money on things they wouldn't have otherwise purchased.

Google Offers has a very pretty design and shows off a featured deal at the top of the Featured tab with a big, full-width photo and title. Underneath that hero offer is a list of more featured offers in your area. A picture thumbnail is on the left with a short description of the deal on the right including the business involved and location.

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4 years ago

LynkTec TruGlide Stylus for iPad review

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LynkTec TruGlide Stylus for iPad review

The LynkTec TruGlide Stylus takes a different approach to any other stylus pen we've looked at. Instead of having a silicone tip like the Pogo Sketch Plus, Kuel H12, or Wacom Bamboo, or a plastic disc like the Jot Pro, the TruGlide has a tip made of strong, woven, capacitive fibers. LynkTec claims these fibers are more durable and last longer than either the silicone tips or plastic discs of their competitors, and also provide a smoother, more friction-free experience on the iPhone or iPad. Does it work out that way?

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4 years ago

Apple alerts developers to new catalog reports, iTunes Connect Mobile 2.0, and 1024x1024 icon requirements

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Apple alerts developers to new catalog reports, iTunes Connect Mobile 2.0, and 1024x1024 icon requirements

Apple has sent an e-mail to developers informing them that new submissions will require icons that are 1024 x 1024 pixels starting in July. This is a sharp increase from the current minimum of 512 x 512, though apple has been recommending 1024 x 1024 for awhile now.

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4 years ago

FaceTime over cellular is possible under iOS 6, but will your carrier allow it?

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FaceTime over cellular is possible under iOS 6, but will your carrier allow it?

At WWDC 2012, Apple SVP of iOS, Scott Forstall, announced one of the major new features of iOS 6 would be FaceTime over cellular. Introduced in iOS 4, FaceTime has been Wi-Fi only up until now, despite the widespread availability of 3G and 4G networks, and despite rival products like Skype having access to video of cellular for a long time now.

So the question becomes, will carriers allow it now?

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4 years ago

Apple releases WWDC 2012 session videos

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Apple releases WWDC 2012 session videos

Barely a week after the WWDC 2012 keynote, Apple has released the session videos. For any registered developers who either couldn't attend WWDC, or who simply couldn't attend every session they wanted to, here's what you missed.

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4 years ago

Mathemagics for iPhone and iPad review

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Mathemagics for iPhone and iPad review

While at WWDC 2012, I had the opportunity to sit down with Shane Crawford of Blue Lightning Labs and take a peak at his Mathemagics apps, Mental Math Tricks and Easy Algebra Fast. These app are design to teach you special rarely taught tricks and tips that can be used when solving different types of math problems. Most of the techniques can be done mentally and make it possible so solve math problems at lightning speeds.

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4 years ago

Why Microsoft's Surface needs to beat the iPad

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Why Microsoft's Surface needs to beat the iPad

Microsoft has now officially announced the Surface -- more specifically the Microsoft Surface for Windows RT and the Microsoft Surface for Windows 8 Pro. The difference in branding between Apple's disyllabic iPad and Microsoft's mouthful of a brand highlights the almost diametrically opposed philosophies behind the two approaches as well.

iPad is singular and mobile native. Surface is bifurcated and seeks to bridge the divide between mobile immigrant and native. iPad is the epitome of Steve Jobs' obsession to simplify and democratize computing, desperate to dent the universe and drag the mainstream into the future. Surface is the epitome of Steve Ballmer's obsession with Windows, a Microsoft wounded and waylaid by anti-trust desperate to maintain some of their desktop relevance in the age of internet and interconnected devices.

Microsoft bet big on Windows, and with muscle and resolve they won what was up until now the biggest prize in technological history. But they lost badly on the internet. They've been bloodied in media, though the fight is far from over. And their mobile strategy has seen them ground-and-pounded through a mess of partnerships, Kins, and new partnerships.

Now they have Surface. And now they have to win.

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4 years ago

Pay with Square and Square Register updates add reward card and discount features

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Pay with Square and Square Register updates add reward card and discount features

Pay with Square and Square Register have both received updates that give merchants the opportunity to better connect with and reward their customers. Pay with Square now allows customers to keep track of virtual punch cards at their favorite merchants. Square Register for iPad has been updated with the ability to give discounts as well as a few minor interface enhancements.

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4 years ago

Flipboard to start pulling in Google+ content

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Flipboard to start pulling in Google+ content

Flipboard, the hugely popular social reader app for iOS, will be among the first to feature integration with Google's social network, Google+. Google's VP of Product Management recently revealed in an interview that Flipboard will soon be able to pull in stories shared by friends on Google+, much as the app can already for Facebook and Twitter. This is a big deal because Google has been taking their sweet time opening up a developer API to their fledgling social network.

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4 years ago

David Barnard of App Cubby talks Retina Macs, iOS 6, and more at WWDC 2012

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David Barnard of App Cubby talks Retina Macs, iOS 6, and more at WWDC 2012

We grabbed App Cubby honcho and Gas Cubby, Launch Center, and Timers visionary, David Barnard right after the WWDC keynote to get his thoughts on Retina MacBook Pros and iOS 6... then we grabbed him the next day to reshoot the whole thing with better audio. (He's a champ like that.) David did an excellent job intuiting Apple's path to Retina, and he elaborates on that here. Also, David dives into iOS 6 -- what it tells us about Apple, and what it means for developers.

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4 years ago

CamCard vs. WorldCard vs. Business Card Reader: card scanner for iPhone app shootout!

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CamCard vs. WorldCard vs. Business Card Reader: card scanner for iPhone app shootout!

Business card scanner apps for iPhone are a great way to minimize the amount of paper cards you've got to keep track of. Simply scan them into your iPhone via the camera app and they should read the information on the card and automagically fill out the fields and create an iOS Contact for you. CamCard, WorldCard, and Business Card Reader are all well known apps for this, but how accurately and speedily do they do their jobs?

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4 years ago

Mutant Storm for iPad review

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Mutant Storm for iPad review

Mutant Storm was released on the iPad last week, offering a classic arcade shooter experience complete with appropriately neon graphics. The game adds a few twists to the old formula though, including some rich 3D models and interesting difficulty scaling mechanism.

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