A patent filing from Apple, published last Thursday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office reveals the company’s intentions of making a navigation system for creating routes based on user input as well as real-time accident reporting.
Apple’s patent application also includes a method for generating car travel routes based on user preference and real-time traffic data — just like the crowd-sourced navigation app Waze. Read more »
The Apple App Store’s 5th birthday is approaching (July 10) and Apple is already preparing to throw it a big party. The PR team has started sending out App Store timeline posters to the media reps.
The poster illustrates the growth of the AppStore during these five years, including important milestones in the number of downloads, the revenue paid to developers. All key device released and best-selling apps are marked as well. Read more »
Vine has updated the iOS version of its app with several new features. First of all, there are some new camera tools such as grid mode, focus and ghost. Focus allows you to tap on the screen to focus at a particular point (usually tapping on the screen starts the recording). Ghost places a translucent overlay of your last shot on the viewfinder to make composition easier.
The other new feature is channels. There are now 15 channels that you can upload your videos to, such as comedy, music, art, cats, dogs, etc. and you can also choose to view Vines from a particular channel. Read more »
The line of cheaper iPhones which Apple is supposedly preparing to launch alongside the iPhone 5S have leaked several times already, including this latest image below, which purports an iPhone mini name.
Besides new color schemes and more cost effective materials, the latest rumors surrounding the budget iPhone range include mass production of the models currently under way, as well as leaked pricing. Turns out budget version isn’t that cheap after all. Read more »
The latest episode of the original Angry Birds title is called Red’s Mighty Feathers and brings 15 new levels. Those feature new gameplay where you have to defend eggs from all the pigs trying to steal it.
There is a new red bird with special power for this episode. The three-star system has changed too, now you should meet some requirements for each star. Read more »
We have seen some leaked panels of what is allegedly the low-cost version of the iPhone that Apple is expected to announce later this year, along with the successor to the iPhone 5. The panels give a fair idea of what the device might look like but leave you wanting for a better look.
Mac Rumors probably felt the same way so they decided to go ahead and get high resolution renderings made from the images that have been leaked so far. What you see above is not real but if the leaks were authentic, this is pretty much what you can expect to see from Apple later this year. Read more »
A lot of rumors have been floating around the web regarding an Apple-designed smart watch running iOS, but we have seen little official evidence. Now, however, the company has filed an application to trademark the ‘iWatch’ moniker in Japan.
Noticed by Yahoo Japan, the trademark filing occurred on June 3, suggesting that the company is indeed working such an accessory. Read more »
What looks to be schematics of the upcoming fifth edition of the Apple iPad have surfaced, showing it is set to inherit the visuals of the iPad mini.
As the image above shows, the iPad 4 has rounded edges, while the iPad 5 will get rid of them in favor of more straight lines, just like those if the iPad mini. Read more »
Couple of weeks ago, Microsoft released Office Mobile app for Office 365 users on iOS. Now Microsoft has released a new app for iOS as well as Windows 8 for SkyDrive Pro users.
Like the one before, the SkyDrive Pro app is only for Office 365 users. You sign in using your account details and then you will be able to access, view and upload documents in your SkyDrive Pro folder. You can download these files for offline viewing, create new folders and share your content with others. Read more »
More Skype news today. The iOS version of the popular VoIP and messaging service has been updated and brings with it free and unlimited video messaging. The feature was recently introduced but had limitations on the number of times you can send messages with a non-premium account but that restriction has now been lifted.
Other changes include audio and video quality stability improvements, greater reliability for sharing photos, improved accessibility for video messaging and general fixes and improvements. Read more »
Google has updated its Google Earth apps for Android and iOS. The new 7.1.1 version brings a few major improvements including Street View.
The rest of the improvements in the new Google Earth include a new left hand panel for easier browsing and switching between layers. There is also updated directions and search results. Read more »
Dropbox has launched a minor update for its iOS app, bringing it to version 2.3. While not really substantial, the update brings some improvements as well as bug squashing for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
You can now share entire folders right from the application, as well as share single or multiple files at once, which is convenient. Read more »
Gameloft’s popular first person shooter has received a massive update that adds several new game modes and maps. The update was released a few days ago on iOS but is now available on Android as well.
Among the changes in the Meltdown Update are three new multiplayer maps: Fracture, Extraction and Backfire. There is also a new Demolition specialization that brings with it seven new perks, such as ability to carry 50% more ammo, increase reload speed, dropping a grenade whenever you die, etc. Read more »
Microsoft has teamed up with Japanese mobile game studio KLab to bring its best-selling title Age of Empires to Android and iOS devices, according to Reuters.
KLab will be responsible for sqeezing the game onto smaller screens and making the real-time strategy thumb-friendly. Read more »
Siri’s pronunciation isn’t always spot on, especially when it comes to names, which ranges from annoying to problematic. With iOS 7, however, Apple has made its digital assistant smarter, allowing you to teach it the current pronunciation without having to type in the phonetic spelling manually.
Siri will ask for help if it has troubles with a name or you can simply tell it it’s wrong – ” That’s not how you pronounce <a name>”. Read more »