Apple Officially Announces iOS 8.0

Apple has recently announced its latest mobile software version, the iOS 8, which adds more than a few new features compared to earlier builds. The iOS 8 is built upon the functional iOS 7 with its long-awaited Control Center. Apple latest software version offers an enhanced form of notifications, which allow users to swipe down and perform relevant action, such as replaying to social network posts or text messages. We could do this right from the lockscreen and a simple swipe may unlock certain app-specific option sets.

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It is also interesting to note that the iOS 8 will finally feature widgets, but they won’t work similarly to what we see on Android devices. Instead, widgets on iOS 8 devices would be located only on the Today tab, within the notifications bar. During the WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference), Apple demo’d some real time functionality, including bidding on eBay and watching game scores.

The much-loved Siri now includes some welcome upgrades and like Google Now, users could wake her up by saying “Hello Siri”. The personal assistant supports Shazam’s song recognition, improved iTunes purchases and controls for smart appliances at home, using the new HomeKit API. Siri could also now speak 22 additional languages.


iPhone 6 Could Be Thinner Than 7mm

It has been a while since first alleged component of iPhone 6 came straight from the assembly lines in China. The latest leak seems to show us the rear part of the upcoming 4.7-inch handset and it appears to be quite similar to early dummy units. There a couple of separated areas at the top and bottom. Overall, the photo indicates a larger device. This time, the alleged iPhone 6 seems to be constructed completely of metal material, eschewing the metal-glass structure of previous iPhone models.

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To maintain the current aspect ratio and pixel density of iPhone 5S, the iPhone 6 could have 1704 x 906 screen resolution. Other things to expect are improved cameras, more powerful A8 64-bit processor and smoother implementation of TouchID fingerprint scanner.

As we can see, the iPhone 6 could be somewhat thinner compared to current iPhone models and rumors on an Apple smartphone model with sub-7mm thickness could become a reality. The slim iPhone 6 may arrive on September this year, followed by a phablet like model with 5.5-inch display. Overall, both devices should be ready for sale during the peak of holiday season this year. At the same time period, we would see the release of multiple Quad HD Android smartphone models.

7 Business Apps Every Professional Should Download

Smartphones have given today’s mobile workers the ability to not have to worry about having everything they need before they get moving. Which is great, until they end up in a conference, airplane, or other no-reception zone without the crucial One Thing I Need. Good smartphone and tablet tools don’t just provide access – they think ahead and plan for contingencies, like a personal assistant. They’re the tools that can make your job a whole lot easier.

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1. TripIt

TripIt is a personal assistant for travel, especially if you give it access to your email inbox and let it scan for tickets and itineraries. Afterward, you literally don’t have to do anything except open the app to see all the details: your confirmation number, your departure time, the address of your hotel, the distance to the conference center, and the website of the restaurant you’re supposed to eat at Friday night. Open it up at least once before you journey and TripIt will hold your travel details for offline viewing, in case you don’t want to spring for WiFi on the plane. (iPhone/iPadAndroid)

2. QuickOffice

There are all kinds of mobile business apps that claim to work well with Microsoft Office documents, but only so many offer only read-only access. Those that do offer editing tools often want to tie you into their own cloud storage schemes. Not QuickOffice. This app was recently acquired by Google, but it still works as a utilitarian open, edit, and save solution for quick views and adjustments. We’ve talked about the importance of information mobility, and this app provides a great way for mobile workers to access documents on the go. (iTunesAndroid)

3. Pocket (or Instapaper)

Which app looks and works better is a matter of taste, but both Pocket and Instapaper do their jobs remarkably well. That job: take blog posts, news articles, and other content on the web (including everything at WorkIntelligent.ly – shameless plug), strip it down to just the text and necessary images, and save them to your device for reading when you have time. Big offices used to have such “clipping services” way back when, but they didn’t let you choose your favorite font. (Pocket: iTunesAndroid; Instapaper: iTunesAndroid)

4. Agenda (or Fantastical)

It’s odd how unhelpful the default calendar on an iPhone or Android can be. With how much design has gone into the OS of each, how can something as simple as a calendar cause so many headaches? Why can’t you just get an agenda view of everything that’s happening today when you start it up? Why does entering the time and date of an event feel like unlocking a bank vault? My own fix is Agenda Calendar 4, which makes smart guesses about when you want to schedule things, shows your day in a well-designed glance view, and generally gives you more information and links from an event than Calendar. If you frequently use the iPhone’s Reminders function, you might instead try Fantastical 2, which ties directly into the iPhone’s alerts and reminders systems. (Agenda: iTunesAndroid; Fantastical: iTunes)

5. Chrome

Chrome is Google’s own browser. Your iPhone already has the Safari browser, and your Android phone likely has its own default browser. So why would you bother to install a browser that shows the same web pages as either of these? One big reason: if you use Chrome on a desktop computer and sign in on both your desktop and phone with your Google account, you can see and open any tab you had open on your desktop browser when you left it. Or just start typing in a few words from the page you already went to into Chrome’s search bar, and Chrome should come up with it. It feels magical (and maybe a bit creepy). (iTunesAndroid)

6. CloudCube (Android only)

Maybe you already feel backed up, cloud-connected, and ready to grab your files from anywhere. So cloud-connected, in fact, that you sometimes have a hard time remembering in which cloud you stored that certain file, and where you have room to put that next big one. CloudCube works with all the notable syncing services: Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive, Box, SugarSync, and more. Move files between clouds, see what’s inside each account, and even sync folders between your Android device and your services of choice. (Android)

7. IFTTT (If This Then That) (iPhone only)

Wouldn’t it be neat if every time you took a screenshot of your iPhone, that screenshot was automatically saved to where you want it? Or if every time you completed a Reminder on your phone, it emailed the appropriate person to let them know, automatically? Or if you could see, on your phone, every photo you’ve been tagged in from Facebook? With IFTTT (short for If This Then That), that kind of two-step, non-thinking action is entirely possible. The hardest part is thinking up the “recipes” that you want for your phone, but after playing with the website a bit, you should get a real sense of just how many things can be done without your having to even think about it. Be sure to install this iPhone app so you can take full advantage of that set-and-forget productivity. (iTunes).

Sony Xperia Z2

The Good The Sony Xperia Z2 has a glorious screen, tonnes of power, a great camera and a beautiful design. It’s waterproof too, so it won’t conk out when you drop it in the bath.

The Bad It’s expensive, its regular autofocus adjustments during shooting can spoil videos, and the camera resolution is throttled when using the full automatic mode.

The Bottom Line Sure, it costs a bundle, but the Sony Xperia Z2 is everything you should expect from a top-end phone. Its impressive performance rivals the Samsung Galaxy S5 for smartphone top dog, but the Z2’s slick glass and metal design trumps the S5’s plastic body. If you’re looking for both style and substance from a phone, you’ve come to the right place.

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The Sony Xperia Z2 is the latest flagship super-phone from Sony, replacing the Xperia Z1 released last year. The new phone keeps the same aluminium-edged design, sexy glass front and back, Full HD display, quad-core processor and impressive 20.7-megapixel camera. Like its predecessor, it’s completely waterproof.

You might wonder, then, exactly what is new on the Z2?

Well, it has a slightly larger 5.2-inch display, a slimmer bezel around the edge, a marginally faster 2.3GHz Qualcomm processor, the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat software and a camera capable of capturing 4K video. Although those are only marginal upgrades, the Z1 was already a smashing piece of kit, and it might be slightly too soon for a full overhaul, given that it was only released in September last year.

It’s available to preorder in the UK and wider Europe now for an eye-watering price of £600 (€700). The company is yet to confirm if it will ever get a US release, but I wouldn’t get your hopes up — the Z1 never got a proper release in the States, and the Z1S was announced at CES earlier this year as a US variant of the older phone. It’s listed as “coming soon” on Sony’s Asia site (with no pricing given), but there’s no sign of it yet for Australia.

Design

The Xperia Z2 is physically very similar to its predecessor, but that’s by no means a criticism. It has the same glass front and back and aluminium band running around the edge. It looks stunning and feels extremely luxurious to hold. It certainly feels more premium than the lightweight, plastic-bodied Samsung Galaxy S5.

The HTC One M8, with its all-metal body, feels similarly luxurious. It’s entirely down to personal preference whether you like the smart glass and metal of the Z2 or the industrial milled metal of the M8. I personally can’t pick a favourite — I think they both look superb — but the M8’s curved back makes it more comfortable to hold in one hand.

The Z2’s glass panels do make it rather more susceptible to scratches from keys in your pocket, so if you want to keep it looking pristine — which I imagine you will, given how much you’ve paid for it — you should pop it in a case. Like its siblings, the Z2 is completely waterproof, but the waterproof rating has been slightly increased. It’s IP55 and IP58 rated which basically means you can completely submerse it in up to 1.5 metres of water for up to 30 minutes at a time.

Not only does that mean it won’t break the first time you accidentally drop it in the toilet, it also lets you get snap-happy with the camera underwater — that’s great news for snorkelers. The screen won’t register your taps when wet, but there’s a dedicated camera shutter button on the edge to help with those snorkelling shots.

The screen size has been increased from 5 inches to 5.2 inches. Thanks to a slimmer bezel however, the phone’s body hasn’t increased too much, but it’s still a big phone. If you’re more used to the 4-inch iPhone 5S, it probably won’t be to your taste, but the 4.3-inch Xperia Z1 Compact has a cracking lineup of specs and is much more pocketable, so may be a suitable compromise between size and performance.

Around the edges you’ll find a microSD card slot and a micro-USB port hidden under a waterproof flap, a flap-free 3.5mm headphone jack and the same sticking-out power button you’ll see on all of Sony’s recent phones. There’s also a little hole in the edging allowing you to pop in a lanyard to make it slightly more secure to hold up when you’re taking pictures. Sony doesn’t actually provide a lanyard in the box, so you’ll have to try and find one on an old camera you’re not using.

The speakers now sit on the front of the phone at the top and bottom. Like the HTC One and One M8’s BoomSound speakers, they’re designed to direct the sound towards you, rather than away. They’re much smaller than the One’s though, so don’t provide as big a sound, but their position means it doesn’t get muffled when you lay it flat on a surface.

Display

The 5.2-inch display packs the same 1,920×1,080-pixel resolution as the previous Z1. As the Z2 is marginally bigger, the screen has a slightly lower pixel density — 423 pixels per inch against the Z1’s 440 — as the same number of pixels are being stretched over a larger area. In reality though, it’s not a difference you’re ever likely to notice.

The IPS display is extremely crisp, with small text on Web pages, icon edges and high definition photos looking pin sharp. Sony boasts that the display uses the same “Triluminous” technology as its Bravia TVs, which makes it more vivid. Whatever Sony has done, it’s worked, as the Z2’s display is absolutely superb. It’s not only very bright, it has rich, vibrant colours with plenty of contrast and excellent viewing angles to boot.

It’s a brilliant screen for watching glossy Netflix shows like “Breaking Bad” or even for just flicking through your sunny holiday snaps — my shots from Tuscany looked glorious on the Z2. You’re also able to tweak the colour balance in the settings if you prefer things to look a little warmer, but I personally found the automatic mode to look the most natural.

Software and processor

The Z2 arrives running the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system, Android 4.4.2 KitKat. You’d be right to expect the latest version of software on new launches, but Sony does have a habit of using older Android iterations — the Z1 Compact launched only recently with the ageing Jelly Bean — so it’s refreshing to find the latest software on board as standard.

Sony has thrown its usual software tweaks into the mix. Although it functions in much the same way as any Android phone, with multiple homescreen panels, a multitasking carousel and an app tray, you’ll also find a customisable app menu, Sony’s own image and video galleries as well as access to its Music and Video Unlimited streaming subscription services (though these will cost you extra).

Hop into settings and you can change the theme of the phone. It comes preloaded with standard colour palette options, but you can download extra themes that drastically change the interface to give a nautical wood effect, for example, complete with compass icon for the home button. It’s hardly a killer feature, but if you like putting your own stamp on your technology it’s fun to play around with.

It’s all powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor clocked in at 2.3GHz, backed up by a very generous 3GB of RAM. That’s a seriously potent lineup of specs so I wasn’t at all surprised that it gave a very strong performance. It achieved an impressive score of 3,822 on the Geekbench 2 benchmark test, easily rivalling both the Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8.

Navigation was swift and lag-free with no noticeable delays when switching between open apps, diving into menus or flicking around the notifications panel. It handled demanding gaming extremely well too. Riptide GP 2, Asphalt 8, Dead Trigger 2 and GT Racing 2 all played with high frame rates for smooth, enjoyable gameplay.

Camera

Around the back of the phone is the same 20.7-megapixel camera you’ll find on both the Z1 and the Z1 Compact. It’s an impressive amount of megapixels, but it doesn’t necessarily guarantee better pictures. To see what it’s capable of, I took it for a spin around an unusually sunny London.

Immediately I hit a snag. You aren’t able to shoot in intelligent auto mode — or use any of the scene modes or HDR modes in manual — when at the full 20-megapixel resolution. You’ll need to knock it down to 8 megapixels in order to use those modes. Luckily then, the settings it chooses when shooting at full resolution can still be superb.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Improved Camera vs Apple iPhone 6 Smart Rear Camera 3D photography

In The News Tribe’s previous post we have compared rumoured Display specifications of both the most anticipated smartphones. In Today’s post we will compare Camera functioning of both the phones.

iPhone 6′s Edge in Camera So Far

For last many iPhone series phones, camera functioning remains more or less the same irritating Apple’s fan who overate US tech giant ability regarding innovation. But iPhone 6 could really be an innovative device at least in Camera functioning.

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1. Smart Rear Camera

Some reports have suggested that iPhone 6 will be equipped with a Smart Rear Camera, perhaps Sony’s 13 Megapixel sensor with much awaited flash upgradation.

An analyst even predicts that Apple’s iPhone 6 will have a better camera system including f2.0 aperture and enhanced LED Flash Light to give iPhone users a unique experience of snapping their memorable moments.

2. 3D Imaging Camera

3D photography will really be an innovative move, if Apple has decided to integrate it into iPhone 6.

A detailed report in Patently Apple has discussed in length about Apple’s achievement in inventing killer 3D Imaging Camera for iOS devices. International Business Times, based on this report, claimed that Apple could use this 3D imaging technology in upcoming iPhone 6.

““One sensor would capture a polarizing image, while two other sensors would capture two different nonpolarizing images, and Apple’s system would combine the images into a composite,” an earlier report of The News Tribe said.

But still iPhone 6 will not be the first one to use 3D photography as HTC Evo 3D is already using the same technology.

3. Timer for Photographer

Another exciting camera feature could be ‘Time for Photographer’ sensing technology in iPhone 6.

This feature ensures a photographer’s presence in any memorable family event or friends party by sensing his or her face.

An aerial view of these camera functions really giving a look of the Killer Camera for iPhone 6.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Improved Camera

So far, there is no revealing information leaked about Galaxy S4 camera except that it will have 13 Megapixel camera. Galaxy S3 had a 8MP camera.

But Samsung fans are expecting something unusual and innovative in camera functioning of Galaxy S4. One report claims that Galaxy S4 camera aperture could be f2.2, apparently more powerful than rumoured f2.0 aperture of iPhone 6 Camera.

Camera with f2.2 means that Galaxy S4 could take high quality snaps even in low light conditions.

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Introducing iPhone 6 – 3D concept video

This Could be the Next Apple iPhone!– Introducing Retina 2 – YRGB Pixels– SolarCharging via iPhone screen– Bigger Screen 4.7 inch – Same body size– 10 MegaPixels Camera– 4K Video Recording– 500 FPS Video Recording– Lightning 2 – 10 X Faster Data Transfer – Battery Charging– To make the Design thinner, Apple has to come up with MINI AUX– Stereo Sound

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Hands on Motorola Moto E

 The Moto G took the budget market by storm last year. Within five months of being on sale it became Motorola’s best-selling handset ever.

There was clearly a pretty easy meeting at Moto HQ: do that, but cheaper. That’s come in the form of the Motorola Moto E – the firm’s latest offering to the low-cost mobile arena. It’s not replacing the G, rather sliding in below as Motorola’s new entry-level device.
If you’re in the UK you’ll be able to get your hands on the Moto E right now for just £89 (that’s around $150, AU$160) SIM-free. With that price tag the Moto E finds itself rubbing shoulders with the Samsung Galaxy Fame,Nokia Lumia 520 and Vodafone Smart 4 Mini.
For that you get a 4.3-inch display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, 5MP rear camera and a 1980mAh battery.
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The screen comes with a pleasingly sharp 540 x 960 resolution, giving it a 256ppi density, thus making it the sharpest display ‘in its category’.
It’s pleasing to use and I found that text and images rendered crisply, making for a comfortable viewing experience. It’s obviously not in the same leagues as the flagship phones, which pack in nearly twice as many pixels per inch… but then again, you could buy five Moto Es for the price of oneGalaxy S5 and still have change.
The screen has been covered with Gorilla Glass 3, providing a tough layer of protection on the front of the phone, while a plastic removable cover features on the rear.
There’s also anti-smudge coating on the glass, although during my time with the Moto E it managed to pick up its fair share of fingerprints, so I’m not convinced by the coating’s effect.
In terms of design the Moto E is very similar to the Moto G, with a solid build quality making this plastic phone feel well made and tough enough to take a few knocks.
As I’ve mentioned that rear cover can peel off and Motorola is offering nine different coloured shells which you can swap on the Moto E.
Additionally Motorola has also developed grip shells for the Moto E – available in five different colours – providing an integrated rubberised bumper which hugs the side of the phone as well as protecting the rear.
Couple the grip shell with the Moto E’s water resistant nano-coating and it will be able to tackle the more adventurous of activities.
The rear of the E is curved, allowing the handset to fit comfortably into the palm and I could easily wrap my hand around the 142g device.
It is a little on the chunky side, as at its deepest it measures 12.3mm, compared to 11.6mm on the Moto G and 9.9mm on the Lumia 520.
Motorola has managed to keep the bezels slender either side of the 4.3-inch display, although there is a sizeable amount above and below the screen.
It’s not enough to cause a problem, and with the internal speaker having been shifted from the back of the G to the front of the Moto E it helps disguise the additional space.
The 124.8 x 64.8mm frame allows some clever reorganisation of the buttons, with the power/lock and volume rocker keys on the right of the handset easy to hit during one handed operation, while the headphone jack can be found at the top of the handset and the microUSB port at the opposite end.
The 1.2GHz dual-core processor may not sound particularly impressive, but it is a Snapdragon 200 offering with 1GB of RAM backing it up and it does a good job of running Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
That’s the latest version of Google’s mobile platform, and Motorola has committed itself to providing the Moto E with an upgrade to the next major version of Android, as well as any incremental updates between now and then.
Navigation through homescreens, the app drawer and the multi-tasking menu was smooth and I didn’t experience any signs of slow down or lag.
It will be interesting to see if the Moto E can keep the same fluidity when you’ve filled up the storage with apps, movies and photos – but early indications are positive.
I was able to play Angry Birds Star Wars without any problems – hardly ground breaking, but a good test.
While load times may not have been as quick as the flagship phones on the market the power inside the Moto E and the Adreno 302 GPU ensured I wasn’t left waiting for long.
There’s no 4G connectivity available on the Moto E, but you do get 3G, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi b/g/n – and web browsing on the latter proved to be smooth.
Motorola’s suite of apps which appeared on the Moto G make the jump to the Moto E, with Migrate and Assist joined by newcomer Alert.
Motorola Alert allows the Moto E to automatically notify friends and family of your location, be it when you get to work, leave the house, or successfully arrive at a friend’s party.
You can also send friends your location after a concert so they can meet up with you, and emergency mode allows you to quickly sound an alarm and auto-dial a pre-determined number.

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung’s best Android smartphone gets even better with the Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung announced the Galaxy S5 Android smartphone at Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. The Galaxy S5, follow-up (naturally) to 2013’s Galaxy S4, has a 5.1-inch display at 1080p. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 801 processor at 2.5 GHz. (That’s still subject to change based on region.)

It’s also running Android 4.4.2 out of the box, with 16 or 32GB of internal storage, SDXC external storage, and sports a 16-megapixel camera with a new flash technology. The battery is 2,800 mAh.

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With the Galaxy S5, Samsung introduces some new design language for their version of Android, lovingly known as TouchWiz. Things are flatter, more dynamic, and everything has a little more polish that previous versions. There are also new Samsung applications to explore, and features like a heart-rate monitor and fingerprint scanner should provide for a unique experience.

For those looking for a little water-resistance, the Galaxy S5 has inherited the IP67 rating of the Galaxy S4 active, meaning you can submerge it for a short time without worrying about frying your phone. (Assuming that you’ve got the back cover and ports on correctly.)

Samsung has built on its success with the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4 here, and users coming from either device will feel right at home. At the same time, there are plenty of new and exciting features built atop of the things they’re familiar with. Samsung is introducing its second wave of wearables along with the GS5. Those include the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches, and the Gear Fit fitness tracker.