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Bluetooth 4.2 details: safer and direct web connections and better battery life

December 4, 2014 by Tom in Hardware News, Software / OS with No Comments.

The Bluetooth Special Interests Group has released details of the connectivity standard's update. Bluetooth 4.2 will bring faster transfer speeds, direct connections to the web and better battery conservation. Version 4.2 will allow devices to connect to the internet directly through IPv6/6LoWPAN without a go-between, doing away with the need for specific access points or hubs. Data transfers will run 2.5x faster too with a big packet capacity increase. Battery consumption will also be improved. Privacy is also big here - the government-grade connection will mean that when using beacons users can't be tracked unless specific permission is given. Via androidcentral and bluetooth

New Moleskine notebook made specially for Adobe apps and iOS

November 24, 2014 by Tom in Accessories, Other, Software / OS, Uncategorized with No Comments.

As far as demographics go, this new product is bang on target - we all know one or two Moleskine-toting, iPhone and iPad-using 'graphic artists', illustrators or serial doodlers. Some might even use the 'h-word'. Tick one Christmas present off your list - this is what you're getting them. The new Moleskine notebook uses dots on the corner of each page to let the accompanying iOS app to capture the page and import it into Adobe Creative Cloud, where it becomes a bitmap JPG and a vector SVG for Illustrator. Looking at the image, it does a nice job of transferring doodles to digital and it's a novel gift to boot. The hardback notepad is 8x5-inches and has 160 pages. It costs £25.50, which should include the app too. Via gizmodo

Apple iOS to get Beats Music service in 2015

November 24, 2014 by Tom in Apple, Audio, Software / OS with No Comments.

Apple will further its acquisition of the Beats Music brand in 2015 with a Beats bundle incorporated into iOS. Financial Times reports that the incorporation of Beats into iOS could come as soon as March but details beyond that are speculative. It's thought it could be a pre-loaded Beats branded app that appears on all users' screens or it could be incorporated directly into iTunes. Apple's forged ahead with headphones, including the recent Solo2 Wireless set - now Apple's probably thinking it's time to get the $3 billion purchase out to more users. Via gizmodo

Happy iOS 8 day!

September 17, 2014 by Tom in Apple, Other Phone, Phone, Software / OS with No Comments.

Apple's latest mobile OS, iOS 8 will be available sometime today, September 17th. Two days ahead of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones, all Apple users will get a refresh with the latest OS, which is all about convergence with Mac OS X Yosemite and Apple Pay. For a full list of what to expect, check out the Apple iOS 8 page. Via techradar and Apple

Tom Hanks launches typewriter passion project for iPad

August 20, 2014 by Tom in App News, Other Tablet, Software / OS with 1 Comment.

Hollywood star Tom Hanks loves typewriters. He can't get enough of the click-clacky manual machines. Not one to be outdone in the digital age, Hanks has launched Hanx Writer - a writing tool app for iPad that replicates classic typewriter tones and layouts. The app shot to number one in the App Store and is available for free but offers in-app purchases for additional features and themes. Hanks wrote about his love of typewriters in the New York Times last summer and thanks to the App Store, we can all share his passion. Via pocket-lint

Xiaomi’s MIUI 6 OS looks familar

August 18, 2014 by Tom in Phone, Software / OS with No Comments.

Apple users might notice an ever so slight resemblance to iOS 7 in the new OS from Chinese company Xiaomi. If imitation is the most sincere for of flattery, MIUI 6's direct lift if almost everything shows true love. Check out below for side-by-side comparisons. To its credit, it looks quite nice, despite the obvious influences. Via gizmodo

iOS 8 beta round-up – what to expect in the fall

August 8, 2014 by Tom in Apple, Other Phone, Phone, Software / OS with No Comments.

Pocket-lint has complied a comprehensive guide to the changes made in iOS 8, which has recently been released in beta form. Changes include fine-tuned notification options, embedded Podcasts app, Family Purchases displayed in the App Store, a "Raise to Listen" option for Messages, WiFi calling for selected networks, lots of Health changes, credit card scanning for online purchases, and much more. Check out the full list here at Pocket-lint.

Ahoy m’hearties: pieces of iOS 8

June 3, 2014 by Tom in Apple, Software / OS with No Comments.

At today's Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple called the forthcoming new mobile operating system, iOS 8, a "giant" release. Hyperbole is a key note in keynotes, but there are still going to be some notable differences and some cool new features linked to the upcoming Mac OS Yosemite. Not all the details have been announced but so far we know there will be changes to Notifications Centre: the swipe-down menu will have more swipe gesture controls and added widgets, such as weather, calendar, eBay, etc. Contacts has been buffed with circles that indicate who you've been in touch with recently' mailis all about added gesture controls; Spotlight takes in the world around you to tailor search results to location-based options as well as phone-based; QuickType has got smarter; G

Your touchscreen patterns are unique enough to be used as security

April 19, 2014 by Tom in Software / OS with No Comments.

You're so predictable. The way you jab your tablet and phone is just soooo typical of you. That's what researchers at Georgia Tech have found out, and from that they've developed software that locks down your tablet if the usage isn't in-keeping with your usual patterns. Called LatentGesture, the software constantly monitors usage to develop a 'touch signature' and uses this familiarity to make sure it's still your fingers tapping at it. Accuracy has been up at 98% for smartphones and 97% for tablets, which is pretty impressive. Even at this stage it can accommodate multiple users on a single device. There's thought that it could become a secondary security solution after the lock code's been broken. Via gizmodo

Firefox OS 2.0 screens point toward more mature build

April 11, 2014 by Tom in Software / OS with No Comments.

The current incarnation of Firefox OS for mobile hasn't set the world on fire(fox) but new screens of the Firefox OS 2.0 update look promising. Simple, sleek and seemingly intuitive, mockups of the 2.0 version appeared on the Mozilla blog, which also explained new features for the update. Alongside the graphics and UI tweaks are new features such as selecting, copying and pasting text, music controls and notifications on the lock screen, a FindMyFox phone locator, Firefox account integration, smart typing input and more. Via cnet

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