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We know that Apple has a U.S. Patent showing that it has been working on an iPhone with flexible wraparound display. The people at the great tech magazine T3 have created a 3D rendering of such an iPhone. The rendering is complete with specs. The flexible wraparound display has 1615×1800 resolution. There is no Home button. In fact all but the power button appears to have a virtual.
Click below to see what iPhone 6 could look like:
Incase you have been living under a rock; Apple gave Google Maps it’s walking papers when iOS 6 came out. It replaced it with its own Maps app. Only problem was, this app was not up to Apple specs. Truth be told the app was worthless. I like many had to find an alternative. Waze became my go to.
We now have good news! Google Maps came out on the Apple AppStore last night. Well, really this morning. Go download it ASAP before Apple finds a reason to pull it. We are going to set are new default navigation app Waze aside for today to give Google Maps a full run through.
So far it has voice navigation, local search, Street View and the much needed transit feature. Download Google Maps at http://t.co/gjZ9RJb9
Look for our review soon.
Sprint’s financial results for the second quarter of 2012 does not look so good. Even though the carrier added a net total of 442,000 postpaid subscribers and sold 1.5 million iPhones’s. That multi-billion dollar gamble on the iPhone seems to not as of yet paid off. Sprint lost $1.4 billion, on $7.3 billion in sales. Last year they only $847 million.
Churn (Customer Turnover)was at a low 1.69%. I guess that bit of good news was enough for Sprint raise its forecast for calendar 2012 to $4.6 billion from $4.5 billion. I for one love Sprint but know they are on a timer. It is only a matter of time before they get brought out or hit bankruptcy. At which point the last Unlimited data sanctuary will be lost forever.
Jeans with a pocket for your iPhone may seem a bit much but then again why not. I’m thinking that it is the most nerdy thing I have seen since the BookBook by TwelveSouth for the iPad and iPhone. Although I can see the appeal because you don’t have room in your pockets. The convenient thing about the pocket is that you can use the phone while it is in the pocket. The DELTA415 Wearcom jeans from Alphyn Industries let you hold your phone and look stylish. The transparent iPhone pouch has a protective denim cover flap that can be zipped shut. The iPhone pocket also has button hole for your earphones. The jeans the same price as a pair of nice diesel jeans at $160. You can get a pair here and while you’re there pick up the sweatshirt below.
Apple is never one for putting out more than is needed. They seem to have the same thought with names. Apple has unveiled a new app specifically for podcasts, called Podcasts. The creatively named app is available for both iPhone and iPad. Apple says it is a better way to organize and discover podcast on your iDevice but it falls a little short. The design UI and controls are in sync but when compared to Downcast, Podcast just does not hold up.
Podcasts app is the easiest way to discover, subscribe to and play your favorite podcasts on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Explore hundreds of thousands of free audio and video podcasts from the Podcasts Catalog, and play the most popular podcasts, organized for you by topic, with the all-new Top Stations feature.
• Enjoy all of your audio and video podcasts in a single app
• Explore hundreds of thousands of podcasts including shows in over 40 languages
• Try the innovative new Top Stations feature to find new podcast series in a variety of topics, including arts, business, comedy, music, news, sports, and more.
• Browse by Audio or Video podcasts, or see what’s most popular in Top Charts
• Tap subscribe for your favorites and automatically receive new episodes for free as they become available
• Stream episodes or download to listen while offline
• Skip forward and back using simple playback controls
• Turn on Sleep Timer to automatically stop playing a podcast while listening in bed
• Share your favorite episodes with friends using Twitter, Messages and Mail
• Optionally sync your favorite episodes from iTunes on your Mac or PC
• Sync your episode playback for seamless transition between devices
• Requires a device with iOS 5.1 or later
• Optionally syncing episodes requires iTunes 10.6.3 or later
• Streaming or downloading episodes requires internet access over a Wi-Fi or cellular data connection
Pro: This is a clean easy to use unapologetic simplistic Podcast app. It is free to use.
Con: The app works but it could have been designed just a little bit nicer. The load times needed to be faster. Even over wifi the speed at which podcast downloaded was not acceptable.
Aye/Nay: This is a Aye. This program is simple to use and although it does not come close to the loveliness that is Downcast, Podcast is free. $0 is worth it.
iTunes Link: Podcasts
Apple did a refresh of their AppStore last week. The focus was on the Games. They have combined all the previous game bundles collections which will be called..wait for it, wait for it..Game Collections. Game Collections is something that should have been there from the start and that AppAdvice does very well already on their site. The organization was much needed. Looking for games was like looking in a mosh pit for an iPhone. These pages are a quick helpful guide of types of games are available. Apple also says the collections will be updated on a regular basis.
Game Collections includes:
- Games Starter Kit (App Store Essentials)
- Benchmark Games
- Big Name Games
- The Best Games You’ve Never Played
- Quick-Fix Games
- Hardcore Games (App Store Essentials)
- Turn-Based Games
- Game Center
- Racing Games
- Great Platformers
- Sports Games (App Store Essentials)
- Music Rhythm Games
- Retro Games
- Great Role-Playing Games
- Hollywood Hits
- Flight Games
- Galactic Games
- Games for Kids
Ford Keyfree is the best thing since well..The iPhone…OK, that’s a bit much but you get the idea. Ford’s Keyfree login lets you unlock your social networking websites just by placing your iPhone near the computer. It sounds crazy but this thing really works. It is currently in beta and there are a few hoops to jump through but it is well worth the effort.
The steps or hoops as I call them are pretty simple. First you have to login to your social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Gmail using the app. Then you download “Ford keyfree login” Chrome extension. That is correct the app will only work on Chrome. I am a Chrome user anyway so that works out fine. Sorry IE and Firefox. Unfortunately at the moment it only works on Macs. That is not fine however. 3rd t simply place your iPhone near the computer. That’s it. Now each time you are near your computer and you have the app running; Ford’s Keyfree login will login any social network that you bring up on your computer. To logout just walk away with your phone.
Sounds great right? The video makes it seem even better. There is one big catch. The product is not out to the masses just yet.
The iOS app Flipboard has been my default RSS reader since I discovered it last year. Now it has made it’s way to the Android world. I say world because it has previously been exclusively available on Samsung’s Galaxy S III. The app is a basic carbon copy of the iOS version.
The app not only supports RSS feeds but also all your social networks. I particularly love the Instagram integration on the app. You can Like and comment on a picture directly from within the app. The same goes for Facebook and Twitter. Flipboard is free and should be download right now. While it will work on tablets it is currently only optimized for 7-inch Android tablets. You do need to have a phone with at least Android 2.2 or higher. The app is again as stated free. Go get it at the local Android shopping locations; Google Play Store, Amazon Appstore, Nook Store and Samsung Apps store.
That Apple vs Samsung case is not going away anytime soon. For one thing Apple still needs Samsung to provide lovely screens for its device. Samsung still needs Apple to buy these screen. How much information Samsung uses to make its own device is unclear but by the looks of their devices, a fair amount. However, Samsung has won a case and may collect damages from Apple. The court also ruled that the Apple and Samsung reach a compensatory deal.
A District Court in the Hague, Holland, has ruled that iPad, iPad 2, iPhones 3G, 3Gs, and 4 violate one of Samsung’s 3G patents. The patent is “EP1188269, which protects Apparatus for encoding a transport format combination indicator for a communications system.” This court does not play sides since it was the same court that shot down Samsung’s other patent claims. Samsung will still have to pay Apple for the two cases it lost. The fight is not going to be over for a long time.