Archive for December, 2011

ComScore says iPhone market share has increased but Samsung still reigns (Appolicious)

Dec 30 2011 Published by under General Interest

Appolicious – The latest numbers in the battle for smartphone supremacy show that Apple’s share of the pie has increased in the U.S., but it is still being out-paced by Android-making rivals.

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    Collages take just a tap in Grid Lens photo app (Appolicious)

    Dec 30 2011 Published by under General Interest

    Appolicious – I have quite a few photo apps on my iPhone, but most of the time I forget to use them and only rely on the native camera app. But new app Grid Lens, for iPhone and iPod Touch, is making me sit up and take notice — I don’t think I’ll be forgetting I have this app.

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      Apple applies for patent concerning face recognition on iOS devices (Digital Trends)

      Dec 30 2011 Published by under General Interest

      Digital Trends – Perhaps an upcoming feature on the next version of the iPhone or iPad, Apple filed a patent today with the United States Patent and Trademark Office that outlines a method of face recognition for taking an iOS device out of sleep mode. Likely built into a future version of iOS, an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad would recognize that a user is in the vicinity after the user picks up the device and utilize the camera to scan the user’s face to turn on the device automatically. While security would be a concern to anyone that currently uses a password to lock their iOS device, Apple mentions that the software would isolate unique facial features in addition to specific skin tones to recognize a face. The software would memorize the attributes to the face, but the user may potentially have to reset the scan after any form of facial plastic surgery or something as simple as a sunburn.  

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        2012 Tablet Spending Spree By SMBs Predicted (NewsFactor)

        Dec 30 2011 Published by under General Interest

        NewsFactor – Tablets are high on the 2012 shopping lists of small- to mid-sized business hardware buyers at companies based in the United States, according to NPD Group’s latest SMB survey. And Apple’s iPad remains the top preferred brand among purchasing decision makers at U.S. companies with fewer than 1,000 employees, which collectively employ 121 million people.

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          Batman-like armored iPhone dock brings mobile protection for you and your smartphone (Digital Trends)

          Dec 30 2011 Published by under General Interest

          Digital Trends – Sure iPhone docks keep your Apple phone safe and charged, but if you’re really serious about protecting your iPhone , why not take it to the next level and protect yourself as well as your precious iPhone with the Armstar BodyGuard.

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            Biscotti: The Best Product Packaging Since the iPod? (Mashable)

            Dec 30 2011 Published by under General Interest

            Mashable – A cookie-shaped, easy-to-use, $199 video-conferencing solution is impressive, but wrapping it up in packaging that resembles a mash-up between Apple’s design elegance and Henny Youngman’s penchants for one-liners is an altogether different level of accomplishment.
            Introduced last month at the Consumer Electronics Association’s annual New York-based CES Unveiled preview event (CES 2012 kicks off on Jan. 9 in Las Vegas), the Biscotti TV Phone is a home video-conferencing gadget that works with your HDTV. Each biscotti-cookie-shaped unit cost $199 and works with any other unit via Biscotti’s proprietary network. You can also chat with anyone on GChat (sorry, no Skype). That’s all pretty cool and I’ll be test driving shortly to see if Biscotti works as advertised.

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              Nanoparticles Could Let You Wear a Computer Made Out of Cotton (Mashable)

              Dec 30 2011 Published by under General Interest

              Mashable – Tablets and ereaders are so 2011 — a global group of material scientists have found a way to turn cotton into transistors and electrical circuits. In the (not so distant) future, Apple’s newest product might just be a t-shirt.
              That might be a bit of fantasy but the science is very real. The group of scientists — from top universities in Italy, France and America — created two kinds of transistors, an organic field-effect transistor (OFET) similar to those found in a computer’s CPU and a lower-voltage organic electrochemical transistor (OCET), ExtremeTech reported.

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                Apple’s Original Brand Strategy: Get Ahead of Atari in the Phonebook (The Atlantic Wire)

                Dec 30 2011 Published by under General Interest

                The Atlantic Wire – Related: Steve Jobs Has Recently Lived 200 More Pages of His Biography

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                  Apple grabs patents for Photo Booth, Fitness Center apps (Appolicious)

                  Dec 30 2011 Published by under General Interest

                  Appolicious – New patents awarded to Apple by the U.S. Patent Office suggest the iOS mobile platform creator may be creating a fitness app to add to its stable of iPhone and iPad apps.

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                    Review: ‘W.E.L.D.E.R.’ leads parade of iPad gems (AP)

                    Dec 30 2011 Published by under General Interest

                    This product image provided by Highline Games, shows ”W.E.L.D.E.R.” which combines elements of “Bejeweled,” “Boggle” and “Scrabble” in one of the iPad's most addictive word games. (AP Photot/Highline Games)AP – So you just got an iPad for Christmas. You already have all the essentials loaded — Facebook, Twitter, iBooks, whatever news app you prefer.


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