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Top 10 Copied iOS 5 Features that May Leverage iPhone 5, iPad 3 to Stardom

August 31st, 2011 amacstudio No comments

iMessage: The iMessage feature lets people communicate in real time, just like the Blackberry Messenger on Blackberry devices. Users can now send text messages, photos, videos, contacts, and group messages from any iDevice. This information can be sent via WiFi or 3G from iPad, iPhone or iPod touch to anyone. The feature also works using the push notifications infrastructure built by Apple.

Widget Functionality: One of Android’s strongest features is the ability to have “widgets” on the screen. Widgets let the user have a quick access to information without having to open different apps on weather, stocks, news and similar other services. Now Apple has started doing the same.

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Twitter Integration: Apple previously announced that it is bringing Twitter integration to all of its iOS-based devices and to many of its own apps that includes Camera, Photos, Safari and Maps. The integration also extends to Contacts, where the user will able to link their contacts to their Twitter handle and keep their information updated accordingly.

Notification: The recently unveiled iOS 5, like Android-based handsets, has a “notification bar” enabled in it. This is perhaps the most transparent copy of an Android feature to the iOS. The recently added “notification center” in the Apple iOS will help users get all their alerts in one place. Now, users will get new email and text notifications, friend requests and weather updates, among other things, all in one convenient location, just by swiping down from the top of any screen to enter the notification center.

Wireless Synchronization: During their introduction to iOS 5, Apple said one of the features included among 200 new features was WiFi Sync. Users will now be able to wirelessly sync their iOS device to their Mac or PC over a shared WiFi connection. Every time an iOS device is connected to a power source, it will automatically sync and back up any new content to iTunes. Previously, Android-based smartphones have allowed users to sync their music, movies, tasks, bookmarks and contacts wirelessly between the phone/tablet and a PC/Mac.

Cloud: The Cloud lets the user sync notes using a Web server even when the user is not near the PC. The sync can be performed from anywhere where there is an access to the Internet. The list of popular cloud applications include, Animoto, Google Apps, Dropbox (service), Google Cloud Connect, Google Docs, Google Fusion Tables, MobileMe, LiveChat, Evernote, OurGroceries, Amazon’s Cloud Player, Gmail, Google Music Beta and Kindle.

The iCloud service enables users to store data such as music files for download to iPhones, iPods, iPads and personal computers running Mac OS X or Microsoft Windows on computer servers owned by Apple. The feature also replaces Apple’s MobileMe program and acts as a data syncing center for email, contacts, calendars, bookmark, notes, to-do lists and other data.

Split Keyboard Feature: iOS 5 brings a split keyboard for easier typing with thumbs. The user just has to swipe down with four fingers to reveal it. The virtual keyboard customization is already offered in the Android OS.

OTA (Over-the-Air) Compatibility: Most Android phones are able to receive updates over the air without syncing to a computer. The iPhone 5 is now rumoured to finally offer over-the-air updates. Users will now be able to update their smartphone’s operating system via the Web rather than plugging it to their computer. New iOS versions will be pushed directly over the cellular network without any need for iTunes synchronization. There is no need for a USB cable or a computer running iTunes.

Tabbed Browsing convenience: Apple previously was dependent on alternative browsers for the iPhone or iPad. Recently, however, Apple announced that its Safari browser would feature the tabbed browsing option.

Multitasking Feature: Starting with iOS 4, on 3rd-generation and newer iOS devices, multitasking is supported through seven background APIs (which include Background audio, Voice over IP, Background location, Push notifications, Local notifications, Task finishing and Fast app switching). Before iOS 4, multitasking was limited to a selection of the applications Apple included on the devices.

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The attitude: Love Him, Hate Him, Steve Jobs Has Transformed Your Life

August 26th, 2011 amacstudio No comments

The attitude about Steve Jobs’s resign, from the PC world editor:
Steve Jobs is still Chairman of the Board at Apple, and he is still going to be involved in steering the iconic tech company, but he has officially handed the CEO duties over to Tim Cook. Whether you are an avid fan of Apple, or an ardent Apple-basher, Steve Jobs has had an undeniable effect on technology and the world around you.

Here’s the thing. I am not an Apple fanboy. I have never owned an Apple computer. Ever.

I have never met Steve Jobs. I have never seen Steve Jobs live. I have never stepped foot in Cupertino.

For years, Apple to me represented technology that was simply out of my price range. I was aware of the Apple II, but I got a Commodore 64. I got to use a Macintosh when I was 14 thanks to a friend whose mother worked for Apple, and I wanted one–but I got a Tandy 1000.

I am a PC. I am a Microsoft MVP. I have been a dedicated Windows user since Windows 3.1. I spent decades bashing Apple for making overpriced toys that could never compete against “real” computers. Yet, I didn’t really think anything of it when Bill Gates stepped down and turned Microsoft over to Steve Ballmer.

I have always had some appreciation for the Mac, but I’ve never been able to justify the cost when PCs with comparable hardware could be purchased for much less. The iPhone and iPad have changed that for me. These Apple devices have taught me that technology can not be measured by comparing hardware specs on paper. The user experience is an intangible.

Four years ago, I had never owned anything made by Apple. Now I have an iPhone 4, and an iPad 2, and I am anxious to go out and buy a MacBook Air. I hadn’t even really heard of Apple TV, but then my wife got me one for my birthday and now I can’t imagine not having it. I can’t wait for the iPhone 5, and iOS 5, and iCloud.

But, even if I never bought an Apple product, I wouldn’t be able to deny the impact that Apple and Steve Jobs have had on my life. Without Macintosh, would we have Windows? Without the iPhone, what would smartphones look like today? Without the iPad, would tablets even exist (I mean tablets as we know them today–not the failed tablets from a decade ago)?

Thanks to Steve Jobs, Apple has had a transformative impact on virtually every technology and service it has touched. Even if you don’t appreciate Apple technology or culture, you have to at least have some respect for the ways that Apple and Steve Jobs have influenced the technologies you use and appreciate every day. I do.

I have to say that I am more than a little shocked at the emotion I feel over Steve Jobs resignation. For starters, it is really just a semantic change of title. Jobs has already been out as CEO on a medical leave of absence for over a year. Tim Cook has already been at the helm, guiding the company during that time. This isn’t a dramatic shift in leadership like when HP ousted Mark Hurd and brought in Leo Apotheker.

Apple is on top of the world–literally and figuratively. Thanks to Jobs genius and vision, Apple has transformed not just mobile computing, but personal computing as a whole, with the iPhone, iPad, and MacBook Air. It has transformed media with iTunes, iCloud, and Apple TV. The impact of Apple on technology is evident in small ripples and big waves everywhere you look.

There are similar products and services available from competitors, but it is like saying there are other theme parks and movies aside from Disney. It is like saying there are other NBA players aside from Michael Jordan. Steve Jobs is to Apple as Walt Disney was to Disney, or Michael Jordan was to the NBA–the “Willy Wonka” that sees beyond reality to bring that magic.

I’d like to believe that Steve Jobs is resigning now because he has accomplished all he hoped to at Apple, and that he is confident in the executive team he has in place. Even if both of those things are true, though, it is hard to ignore the reality of Steve Jobs recurring health issues.

Regardless of where the future takes Steve Jobs, I want to personally thank him for his genius and vision that have helped to shape where the future will take me.

Repost- China orders to shut fake Apple stores

July 25th, 2011 amacstudio No comments

 Chinese authorities shut two stores in Kunming that used Apple Inc’s logo without the company’s permission because they lacked the proper business licenses, a newspaper run by the southwestern city’s government reported.

Three separate unauthorized Apple stores, which were also investigated, had operating licenses, according to the Dushi Shibao newspaper report, which was posted on the Kunming city government’s website. Officials inspected more than 300 vendors of electronic products in the city, Dushi reported.

The move comes about a week the “BirdAbroad” blog began posting photographs of fake Apple stores in the Chinese city. The emergence of the unauthorized retailers underscore the company’s inability to meet surging demand for iPads and iPhones in the world’s second-largest economy.

“In areas outside of the biggest cities, it’s difficult to find Apple products, and there is strong demand,” said Jim Tang, a technology analyst at Shenyin & Wanguo Securities Co in Shanghai. “For a big country like China, Apple’ sales network doesn’t go far enough, and the company needs to expand.”

The city government hasn’t received any requests from Apple on the matter, the report said. Apple declined to comment on the findings, according to the report.

‘Doing Apple a favour’
Yu Cheng, who owns three stores that sell Apple products in Kunming without the company’s permission, isn’t violating any Chinese laws, Deng Hai, a lawyer with Sichuan Law Offices representing the businessman, said in an interview.

After “doing Apple a favour” by mimicking the retailer’s design, Yu now wants to become a legitimate part of the Cupertino, California-based company’s network, Deng said. Yu has applied for authorization to sell Apple products and use the company’s logo, Deng said. Carolyn Wu, a Beijing-based Apple spokeswoman, declined to comment on Yu and his three stores.

Xinhua News Agency reported July 23, citing an unidentified worker at the municipal industrial and commercial department, that Kunming officials had started inspecting local electronics shops. Inspectors will examine business licenses, permits authorizing brand use and purchasing channels, the official news service reported.

‘Negative impact’
“The authorities should stop these fake stores from operating and selling whatever they want,” said Xie Yonglin, an employee at Nanfang Yuan, one of Kunming’s authorized Apple sales agents. The unauthorized stores “have a negative impact on our products and brands.”

Apple operates four stores in China, all in Beijing and Shanghai, and has more than 900 authorized sales agents across the country, in addition to a distribution agreement with carrier partner China Unicom (Hong Kong) Ltd. Apple’s stores in Beijing and Shanghai generate, on average, the company’s highest traffic and revenue, Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer said in January.

“The Chinese are suckers for iPhones and iPads, just like everybody else,” said Paul French, founder of Shanghai-based market research company Access Asia. “Apple should police their supply chain a bit better.”

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