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Users say Apple Software Patch 5.0.1 Doesn't Fix iPhone Battery Life

clock November 14, 2011 23:27 by author Jeremy

It's been 3 days since the release of Apple's Software Update (5.0.1), which was meant to fix a few of the battery life issues being heard 'round the world. Users have been seeing frequent drops in battery life on their new iPhone 4S'. But if this latest patch hasn't fixed it, then what will?

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Some speculate that it's a hardware issue, while most people have determined the problem to lie in the software. And while this patch has smelled some with their battery woes, others who weren't experiencing the problem are now claiming to after the patch.

The best fix for all this? Carry an external battery or charging cable around with you everywhere, because it looks like the problems aren't fixed just yet. Check out ebatts.com for more info on these products.

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Apple stays on trail with iPhone 4S, not iPhone 5

clock October 5, 2011 00:24 by author Jeremy

The biggest news to emerge from today's Apple event is, of course, the unveiling of their latest iPhone, dubbed the iPhone 4S. This will come with quite a few new specs, particularly iOS 5. The iPhone 4S itself can be pre-ordered starting Oct 7th and will be available Oct. 14th. Meanwhile, iOS 5 will be released on Oct. 12th. So let's take a look at what we're dealing with, shall we?

The iPhone 4S will have the same retina display and back glass-casing as the iPhone 4, but comes with the brand new A5 chip. This chip is said to be twice as fast as its predecessor and has dual-core graphics. A new battery will provide 8 hours of talk-time, 6 hours of browsing (or 9 if done through WiFi), 10 hours of video and 40 hours of music, all done via the supposed 14.4 Mbps download speeds. And with AirPlay Mirroring, you can view some of these things on a bigger screen, either through a wired or wireless connection.

A new 8 megapixel camera is provided as well, bringing 60% better performance over the iPhone 4; this camera will also take in 73% more light, has 26% better white balance and an IR filter for more accurate colors. Plus, it's faster: a mere 1.1 seconds required to take one picture and only 0.5 seconds to take a second picture.

Perhaps the biggest new feature of the iPhone 4S/iOS 5 is Siri - originally a company that handled a voice recognition app, but was bought out by Apply in early 2010. Finally, Siri is bringing their expertise to the table by becoming Apple's (very intuitive) voice program. Quite a few examples were done at Apple's event today, with various questions/demands being asked: "What time is it in Paris", "Do I need to wear a raincoat today", "Find me a great Greek restaurant in Palo Alto", "Wake me up tomorrow at 6 AM", "Search Wikipedia for...". With each command, Siri either responded in kind or brought up the specific app that would help (such as a web browser with a wiki-page open).

Of course, the iPhone 4S and iOS 5 weren't the only news (granted, they were what everyone was waiting for) - the iPod Nano and iPod Touch both got a few touch-ups and price-alterations today. The iPod Nano, which now has a multi-touch display for app-swiping and 16 new clocks (including a Mickey Mouse clock!), will be available for $129 (8GB) or $149 (16 GB). Meanwhile, the iPod Touch, which now has iMessaging - bringing texts from your Apple devices to your iPod - will be for sale at $199 for 8GB, $299 for 32GB, or $399 for 64GB.

Also fresh off the Cupertino-grill is iTunes Match, the long-awaited music service that works with iTunes. This feature will scan your library, find the corresponding songs in iTunes for you and gives you the same benefits that iTunes-purchased-music would. This will be live at the end of the month.

Definitely an exciting day for Apple loyalists, and an exciting day for Sprint customers too - it was officially announced today at the event that Sprint will be getting the iPhone as well.

Oh, and as if all the news above wasn't enough, here's a last piece of joy for you: the iPhone 4S will now be available in white as well.

Sources: 9to5Mac, engadget (pictures)



Apple Invitations Sent for Oct. 4th: "Let's Talk iPhone"

clock September 27, 2011 23:27 by author Jeremy

Well, the title pretty much says it all...or does it? This may look like just a regular invitation picture, but all around the world, people are clamoring as to what the event will unveil. The past has shown that Apple likes to throw little hints in their invites, so perhaps there's more to these icons than what first glance shows us.

Most people immediately jump to the long-awaited iPhone 5, or possibly even the iPhone 4GS/4S, both of which make sense (the message does read "iPhone" at the bottom, after all). But considering there's only "one missed call", one would think that only one phone is being released.

Meanwhile, emphasis on the word "talk" may indicate voice-recognition services. Roughly 18 months ago, Apple acquired Siri, a start-up  that delivered voice-activated personal-assistance programs. This could be Apple's foray into voice-recognition.

No matter what gets unveiled though, there's no denying that Apple's simple invitation has garnered enough attention to keep folks interested until Oct. 4th.

Sources: ibtimes, wsj



Microsoft Windows 8 at Build Developer Conference

clock September 14, 2011 00:49 by author Jeremy

Windows-fans out there got a taste of Christmas early this year: Microsoft previewed their latest rendition of Windows 8 earlier today during the BUILD Developer Conference.

One of the alluring facts about Windows 8 is that it'll be available and fully-functional on tablets, but that much was already known. Today did confirm a rumor, though - ARM-based processors will be compatible with Windows 8. This is bound to open up a slew of possibilities for Microsoft within the tablet market, which may just give it a fighting edge needed in the battle against an iPad-held market.

The interface on the tablet-version of Windows 8 is quite simple: it'll utilize what Microsoft calls the "Metro-style" interface, which is similar to Windows Phone 7. A series of tiles make up the screen, which can be swiped, tapped and pinched to change in size, depending on your preferences. The best part of this, though, is that the Metro-UI is not limited to touch-screen tablets, so expect to see these colorful, adjustable tiles on your PC's too.

On the actual developer side of things, Microsoft showed just how easy creating an app could be. One app only had 58 lines of code in it. This simplicity could help to win over developers for the upcoming OS.

Sources: WashingtonPost, CIO



Battery Life: iPad 2 vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

clock June 17, 2011 01:00 by author Jeremy

A recent article on AllThingsD by Katherine Boehret compared the differences between the iPad 2 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. While the prices are the same for each ($499 for the 16GB WiFi model, $599 for the 32GB WiFi model), differences include the camera, the physical size, and the app market.

Most importantly, however, was the difference in battery life. Boehret's testing (which included 75% screen brightness, WiFi-enabled, and a video loop) concluded that the iPad 2 would last just slightly over 10 hours, while the Galaxy Tab ran at a measly 5 hours 38 minutes in comparison.

Sure, the Galaxy Tab may be just a bit thinner (and really, who doesn't like sleek?) and have better camera quality; but is it worth half the battery life? Granted, it's doubtful people will be using the battery constantly like Boehret did in her testing, so I'm sure that the battery lasts longer than 5 hours on average. Nonetheless, it's something to consider when purchasing a tablet.

Source: AllThingsD

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