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Galaxy S6 vs iPhone 6: Are They Too Similar?

3/03/2015 02:09:00 PM - 0 comments

It was a big day for Samsung as they announced two new smartphones at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. These two new phones have caused quite a stir with many claiming that Samsung have just copied Apple. Below we have the details so that you can make up your own mind.

Samsung have announced the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge which are both identical except that the Edge has a curved screen towards the left and right edges. The phones are lovely to look at but what has been mentioned is that they look like a rip off of Apple iPhone 6. The phones are very similar right the way down to the iPhone's antenna lines. Looking at the bottom of the Galaxy S6 shows what at a first glance could be an iPhone 6 or an iPhone 6 Plus, even down to the speaker placement. Samsung used to have their speaker on the back but with the redesign of the Galaxy S6 this couldn't happen.

The new Galaxy S6 has a new glass back that is similar to what the iPhone 4 had. In another big twist and in a very iPhone way, the new Galaxy S6 doesn't have a removable battery or expandable memory. There is a protruding camera on the back and the back cover doesn't come off. Waterproofing that was a great feature of previous Galaxy models has also been ditched in favor of this new premium design. The new fingerprint sensor works very like the Apple Touch ID where you now just have to touch your finger to register the fingerprint as opposed to swiping on the Galaxy S5. Add to all of this the fact that Samsung have implemented their own mobile payment system called Samsung Pay and these new phones really do seem very similar to the iPhone 6.

According to some reports, and images are available on the web to confirm all of this, Apple's EarPods have seen their design being mimicked with the new Samsung phones coming with earphones that look very familiar.

We all know that Apple and Samsung have a long history of battling and legal issues and these latest announcements could see even more court cases ensuing. On the other side of all this though it just goes to show that technology that works is always popular and there are always going to be similar products and improvements that are copied and made better. What do you think of the new model Samsung Galaxy S6, is it too similar to the iphone? Let us know what you think below.

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Popular Wireless Printing App For iOS Has Gone Free For Just 1 Week

2/26/2015 04:21:00 PM - 0 comments

We love bringing you details of free apps and today we have a very special app to tell you about. Today, Printer Pro has gone free in Apple's iOS App Store. This app gives you even greater control over what is printed and how it is done. If you print to a wireless printer from your iPhone or iPad, Printer Pro is the app that you need.

Printer Pro, created by Readdle, normally costs $6,99 and has had over 2 million downloads since it launched. It has now gone free as part of Apple's App of the week promotions which means there has never been a better time to get your hands on this little gem.

The list of features for Printer Pro is a big one but the basic functionality involves giving users more powerful control over how they print from iOS. Using Printer Pro and its iOS 8 extension, you can print from almost anywhere. You also get some really great options that you can change too. These options include the ability to print pages within a range, print certain pages multiple times, and selecting the paper size before you print. You even get a print preview option too. You can also change the print orientation if you need to.

Printer Pro is available to download for free for the next week and then it will revert back to its usual price of $6.99. As with all these special free offers, we suggest that you download it now even if you don't plan on using it straight away. There is also a free companion desktop app available for this that adds additional options and improves print quality so be sure to check this out if you print on a regular basis. You can download Printer Pro right now for free in the App Store so be sure to grab it while you can.

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Download iOS 8.3 Beta 2 For iPhone And iPad

2/24/2015 11:56:00 AM - 0 comments

Links have just been released for iOS 8.3 beta 2. This is exactly two weeks after releasing beta 1 of iOS 8.3 and we are delighted to bring you details of what is new in this post. Apple seem to be very busy in their software development department of late with plenty of updates being released with some amazing features being added each time.

A lot of people were surprised when iOS 8.3 beta arrived two weeks ago especially given that iOS 8.2 is also currently being prepared for public consumption. It is a bit of an unusual step by Apple and rumors suggest that iOS 8.4 will hit the public market before iOS 9 arrives later this year. The traditional cycle of software development and release has definitely been sped up this time around. As part of the ongoing process, iOS 8.3 beta 2 has now been released and is available for download if you are a registered developer with Apple.

As we already mentioned when beta 1 was released, iOS 8.3 has some great new features including Wireless CarPlay. CarPlay was first introduced over a year ago with iOS 7.1 and its roll-out has been a gradual process. With iOS 8.3 CarPlay will offer a wireless solution allowing users to do away with their Lightning cables.

The iCloud Photo library is no longer in beta. There is also a new emoji picker that ties in nicely with code found in OS X 10.10.3, suggesting that custom emoji characters could eventually be a thing. CloudKit and iCloud Drive have seen some improvements and Apple Pay Support for the Chinese market has also been introduced with iOS 8.3.

This second beta of iOS 8.3 includes bug fixes and minor adjustments to all the new features that are coming with the official release of this firmware. If you are a paying developer, you can install iOS 8.3 beta 2 via Software Update in Settings > General. As a developer you will probably want to grab this update more so than iOS 8.2 beta 5 which will not see any further improvements as iOS 8.2 will release sometime in March.

If you do test out this new beta and you find anything interesting, be sure to drop by and let us know in the comments below.

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Improved Siri Voice With iOS 8.3

2/19/2015 05:17:00 PM - 0 comments

Apple are very busy lately with their software updates. We usually see one major iOS update around this time of the year and we have heard that Apple are already working on iOS 8.3, iOS 8.4 and, as some reports suggest, iOS 9. With the iOS 8.3 update the main focus has been on Apple Watch support but there are a number of other changes too. We have heard that Siri will be getting a little attention in this update too so in this post we want to focus on the voice assistant and how it will improve in the iOS 8.3 update.

Siri was first introduced with iOS 5 and generated a lot of hype and talk when it arrived. The novelty however soon wore off. From iOS 6 right the way through to now, Siri has unquestionably shaken off the lingering notion that it was just a gimmick. Microsoft have introduced Cortana and Google have Google Now. There is a nice element of competition now when it comes to voice assistants.

Over at 9to5Mac, they have an article about the upcoming iOS 8.3 that includes the fact that Siri is getting an overhaul. We all know that Siri is famed for sounding a bit like a drone, but Apple is now going to make Siri sound a little more normal as you will see from the video at the bottom of this post. It shows that certain words and phrases are going to sound considerably better.

We're not sure when iOS 8.3 will drop and since Apple has a fairly packed schedule for the next few months, it could be subject to delays. The last we heard, it was being scheduled for a March roll-out, and with the Apple Watch due to arrive in April, it will need to be ready by the end of next month. Whether there are more changes for Siri is a matter of speculation, but for the moment, we are looking forward to conversing with Siri to see exactly what changes have been implemented. Take a look at the video below and let us know in the comments what you think.

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Apple Watch Devs Invited To Cupertino Aheead of Launch

2/17/2015 04:18:00 PM - 0 comments

According to reports, the Apple Watch is now at the closing stages of preparation. CEO Tim Cook last month suggested that the company was on track to begin shipping the watch in April. To help the developers with the preparation of the first batch of apps in time for the launch, Apple has been inviting a number of developers to its campus over the past week. This is set to continue and over 100 app makers being invited in total.

We are all well aware that any new product category on the mobile market has to have a decent selection of apps available to it right from the go. The early Apple Watch customers won't be inundated with options but the company does seem to be taking steps to ensure that users will have enough to keep themselves occupied.

As part of this invitation program, Apple has selected a varied ensemble of developers, ranging from authors of productivity apps to sports related utilities. The aim of the program is to ensure that all apps are finished and ready for the launch. For Apple devs, this is a really exciting time. Back when iOS first allowed third party developers to create apps, there were those that stood out and established monumental brands as a result of the early-bird mindset. The likes of Angry Birds, Doodle Jump and Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock have all enjoyed success because they were available from the beginning. With Apple Watch just weeks away, many app makers old and new will be hoping for a quick start and a healthy user base among the early customers.

As well as developers, Apple has also been in talks with banks in light of the Apple Pay initiative, which was introduced with iOS 8.1. The contactless payment system has enjoyed a largely incident free first few months, and with Apple Watch set to play a major role in proceedings looking ahead, having the banks and big financial institutions onside is essential.

There are so many developers involved and it could be that Apple wants to showcase some of the apps at the special media event that will happen with the launch. All the developers that have attended so far have done so in secrecy and they are only identifiable by “unique number identifiers”, rather than real names.

We are all really excited about the arrival of the Apple Watch and we can't wait to get our hands on one of these devices so that we can report back to you on exactly what this little gem can do. Until then, we will supply you with any further updates that we receive.

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New Rules For Phone Unlocking In U.S.

2/12/2015 01:48:00 PM - 0 comments

When it comes to unlocking your mobile device, it has never been a very straight forward process an the rules change from carrier to carrier. That is all about to end because new unlocking standards approved by the CTIA back in 2013 must now be complied with by all major US carriers. These laws offer a degree of uniformity and this really is great news for anyone that wants to unlock their mobile device.

Up until now, you may have found that you came up against a brick wall when you were trying to get an unlock. The days of software unlocking are also gone for most of the high end handsets but the good news is that the carriers will now be much more compliant with your request. Not only will carriers unlock your device if you meet their explicitly stated terms, it is also completely free of charge. This means that you will be able to go ahead and use your smartphone or tablet with another network operator if you wish to so.

There are a few things that you need to note and these include:

  • you are eligible for an unlock once you've completed your contract term with your carrier.
  • Unlocking is absolutely free and you don't have to spend a dime on it according to the new rules.
  • Tablets can also be unlocked, provided they're locked to a carrier.
  • it usually takes approximately 2 business days for your device to be unlocked.

Different carriers will be doing things differently. AT&T will be using a web form for unlocking requests so you have to do this from their website where you will find all the information you need also.

Sprint will be doing the unlock through a specific phone number which is available on their website also with the small print that you really should read through. With Verizon you also have to ring a specific telephone number and ask for a SIM unlock. Again the terms and conditions and everything else you need to know can be found on their website. With T-Mobile it will be a phone number also and all the information is available on their website.

This standardized process is in place from today and all you have to do is visit your carriers website to find out what you need to do to get your unlock if you qualify for one. Remember, you can only unlock your device once your service contract has run its course. If you are using a prepaid device you are eligible for an unlock exactly one year after purchasing your device and both types of unlock are free of charge on tablets and smartphones.

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iOS 8.4 Update Coming Soon Here's What To Expect

2/10/2015 01:37:00 PM - 0 comments

A new report has suggested that Apple are working on iOS 8.4 even though we have only just seen the roll out of iOS 8.3 beta 1. Apple have been working concurrently on iOS 8.2 and 83 in beta and this new report suggests that 8.4 is also being worked on and it goes on to give us an idea of what we can expect to find when this update arrives.

The release numbers mean that new features are being added all the time and the more frequent the updates the more new features that arrive. As we've already seen with each iOS 8 incremental release, Apple has been adding more features more quickly and each “.1” increment has brought with it at least one major feature or change.

With iOS 8.1 we got Apple Pay and iOS 8.2 is going to play a significant role in the launch of the Apple Watch. With iOS 8.3 we are getting wireless CarPlay support as well as some other features that we will discover as time passes. This beta release only went live so it will take a little while before all the new features are discovered and reported on.

According to sources, iOS 8.4 is also in the works and is codenamed “Copper”. It is reported that this update will be released as the Apple Watch hits retail stage and with Tim Cook having indicated that the Apple Watch will be set for shipping in April, iOS 8.4 remains a little bit away yet. According to 9to5Mac, Apple is thinking about introducing the revamped Beats Music streaming service with iOS 8.4 so we can't wait to see what this will involve.

It is suspected that the release of iOS 8.4 will rely heavily on the roll out of the Apple Watch and if all goes according to plan, we could well see this update arriving long before WWDC in June. That is all we know for sure at the moment and given that the Apple Watch actually represents a whole new product category, we may not see iOS 8.4 before June, and WWDC could be used as the venue for the iOS 8.4 release. We will just have to wait and see for now but as always, if we hear any more about this subject, we will let you know.

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Download These 5 Paid iOS Photo And Camera Apps For Free

2/05/2015 01:54:00 PM - 0 comments

We're back today with some great free iOS apps for you all. These apps are all photo and camera based and that is because the rear-facing camera on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is amazing. It is capable right out of the box but you can also enhance it using some of the great third-party apps that are available. For a limited amount of time, usually 24 hours, the five apps we are showcasing today have gone free. If you use your iPhone for photos then be sure to check out the apps below.

InstaFisheye ($1.99 – FREE / iPhone)

This app gives you photos a range of fisheye lens effect with some great results. Check it out today while it's free and see what you think of it.

Fisheye Pro ($1.99 – FREE / iPhone)

This app is very similar to the one above but it brings with it some great vintage effects like old films and lenses.

Reflection ($1.99 – FREE / iPhone)

This app adds reflections to your images so that they look like they are reflecting in a river or other body of water. It is a great idea and you can add different wave and ripple effects on your photos. This is definitely one to try and if you grab it today it's free.

Splitter Pro ($1.99 – FREE / iPhone)

Splitter Pro lets you clone objects or people and then reproduce them in the same shot. You can use your imagination to come up with some amazing results and have fun too.

Framatic Pro ($1.99 – FREE / iPhone)

This is a collage app that let you stitch together multiple images and add fantastic frames for some really great results. It is ideal for Instagram and provides a polished experience.

So there you have it, five great free apps that you can get your hands on free of charge today. Remember these apps are only free for a very limited time so if you want to test them out do it straight away to avoid disappointment later. All the apps are available on the App Store.

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Adobe Flash Vulnerability Found – Disable It in Your Web Browser Now

2/03/2015 02:31:00 PM - 0 comments

A major vulnerability has just been found in Adobe Flash. Now we know that this won't surprise too many people as there have been a number of these before and it is yet another issue for this video plugin software to add to their collection. This particular one however leaves PCs susceptible to hijacking. If you want to protect yourself from this, we recommend that you disable flash immediately in whatever browser you are using. We have the information below to help you do just that.

Over the past 10 years, we have seen Adobe's Flash Player come under a lot of scrutiny. It is resource-hungry, buggy and sluggish and it seems to be throwing up vulnerabilities all the time. The latest, CVE-2015-0313, has left Adobe with its third exploit to patch in just two weeks. There are large numbers of people in the tech community shunning Flash altogether and below we will show you how to disable this add-on once and for all.

Firefox

The first thing you need to do is open your firefox browser. Next hit the Settings icon which is the three horizontal lines in the top right hand corner. Click Addons, and then Plugins. Next to any Shockwave or Flash-related objects, you'll see a drop down menu. Click on it and set it to “never activate”.

Chrome

The first thing you need to do is open up your Chrome browser. Then in the URL bar type “about:plugins”. Go down to Adobe Flash Player and select “Disable”.

Internet Explorer

Open your IE browser and hit the Settings icon which is the gear-like image at the top right hand corner. Select “manage add-ons” from the drop down menu. Under the “show” drop-down, select “all add-ons”. Finally, select Shockwave Flash Object, and in the bottom right hand corner, select “disable”.

Opera

Open up Opera. In the URL bar, type “about:plugins”. Scroll down till you find Adobe Flash Player and select “disable”.

Safari

Open Safari and then click on Safari in the Menu Bar. From here click on Preferences. Next click on “Security” and then click on the “website Settings...” button next to “allow plugins”. Select Adobe Flash Player from the left hand side menu and then select “block” in the “when visiting other websites” drop-down menu.

That will disable the Flash Player add-on in your browser as there is no fix as yet for this latest vulnerability. There is no harm is disabling Flash and leaving it this way as you no longer need it for browsing as most websites have moved over to HTML5 including YouTube who made the move late last month.

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YouTube Default Web Player Is Now HTML5

1/29/2015 02:09:00 PM - 0 comments

We have waited a long time for this and we can finally report that YouTube has officially dropped Flash support in favor of HTML5 for its Web Player. Yes you read that correctly, HTML5 is now the default for the YouTube Web Player. We have all the information you need coming up in this post.

Adobe's Flash platform has been losing its appeal in the mobile and desktop arena for quite some time now. It was nearly three years ago when we saw Android pull the plug on Flash when Android 4.1 Jelly Bean was released. Apple, more specifically Steve Jobs, had always been pretty vocal about the shortcomings surrounding Adobe Flash. He often mentioned the problems with performance.

In recent years we have seen the emergence of HTML5 with many software developers, particularly in the gaming industry, opting to use this platform instead of Flash. It was the Flash based Web Player for YouTube that allowed it to skyrocket to become the top streaming company in the world today. HTML5 has been touted as a far superior technology that removes all issues that developers seem to have with Adobe Flash.

We know that YouTube has been experimenting with HTML5 for a number of years now, with the streaming giant offering playback on a number of platforms, including iOS that doesn't support Flash. However, with HTML5 not meeting the website's requirements at the time, the changeover didn't happen. Almost five years later, advancement has led to HTML5 being incorporated as the default player in most modern browsers and we are more than happy to see YouTube making their changeover official.

HTML5 is superior to Flash and if you are wondering why it has become the leading technology behind the player on YouTube, we can tell you that it offers higher video quality at a reduced bandwidth by as much as 35 percent. Also the adaptive Bitrate for streaming has reduced buffering by more than 50 percent globally and as much as 80 percent on heavily congested networks. That is quite a significant difference wouldn't you say.

YouTube will now be using HTML5 as the default player in Chrome, Internet Explorer 11, Safari 8, and the beta releases of Mozilla's Firefox browser. HTML5 is now being used in smart Tvs and other streaming devices as well and in order to reap the benefits that extend beyond modern desktops, YouTube realized that Flash has to go. What do you think of this move? Are you happy to see HTML5 replacing Flash? Let us know in the comment below.

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