How is the World’s First Ubuntu Phone Different from Android, iOS and Windows

The world’s first Ubuntu phone – the Aquaris E4.5 – has arrived and it will be available through a series of flash sales in upcoming weeks. I’ve previously written about the specs and details about the sales, read it here. Here I’ll be talking about the difference this Ubuntu phone brings to the smartphone scenario.

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Why the new smartphone players don’t succeed?

The current smartphone market is ruled by Android and iOS, and this market doesn’t allow the new players to establish themselves. It has been a long time since Windows Phone was launched and it is yet to make a significant user base. The problem that engulfs the aspirations of newer operating systems is the need of an efficient and supportive app ecosystem. Without apps, users won’t support the new OS. The Linux-based open source OS Ubuntu tries to tackle this problem in a different manner.

The world’s first Ubuntu phone won’t be having apps. Instead, the Aquaris E4.5 will be having a new user environment called Scopes.

What is Ubuntu’s Scope and what’s new about it?

Jane Silber, CEO Canonical calls the first Ubuntu smartphone a “significant milestone.” It will feature Scopes – Scopes are contextual home-screen dashboards which are a lot simpler and faster to develop than the usual intrinsic apps. Scopes are kind of a reinvention of mobile user interface by presenting a faster way to access the important services like social, music, internet, pictures etc. They do it by putting the content from different providers together on a single screen. The photo Scope will feature pictures from your phone library as well as the Picasa and Flickr web albums – all on the same screen.

“Ubuntu presents users with an entirely different way to engage with their devices – Scopes guide you to content you want – in the same way you think about it – to deliver a smooth, engaging experience,” says Cristian Parrino, VP Mobile of Canonical.

While all the operating systems depend on the apps to interact with users and provide them services, Ubuntu has tried to offer them something different. Forget all the sugar-coated terms like material design, tiled layout, and whatnot; Ubuntu has tried to provide something different in a real sense with Scopes. Apps offer different content on different screens, whereas user just wants to access the information provided by the apps.

How is it beneficial for developers?

Canonical has tried to go with the Scopes by keeping in mind the flooded smartphone market. Developers are busy making apps for Android and iOS which account for about 90 percent of all the devices. Parrino says that Scopes can be developed with a fraction of the cost of conventional app developing. It is simple to make new Scopes with an easy to use and cheaper user interface toolkit.

Right now, it has managed to score some well knows partners like Facebook, Twitter, eBay, Yelp, Grooveshark, SoundCloud, Amazon, Dropbox, Spotify and Time Out. This has been possible due the tag Canonical and Linux attached to it. It’s clear that Canonical will rely heavily on a vast and dedicated community of Linux coders for more Scopes.

What to expect from the world’s first Ubuntu phone?

Ubuntu is a whole new concept and Canonical is targeting the developer and open-source enthusiasts with this phone. I won’t expect this to top the sales or break any records. Instead, it will show how tired of the app interface the users are.

Alberto Mendez, CEO at BQ says: “Ubuntu is a totally different concept in mobile operating systems and we are proud of the fact that our customers will get to enjoy it before anyone else in the world. At BQ, we support diversity in operating systems because it brings positive benefits for the technology sector and also for the user, who has the freedom to choose.”


How to replace your Android or iOS keyboard

Simple and easy ways to replace your Android or iOS keyboard.

Android handsets are much competent however if user still needs to replace their keyboards both Android as well as iOS users have the option to opt for the third party replacement. We have divided the article into 3 segments which will help users to understand the procedure better:

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1. First we will check the easy methods to change the Keyboard settings of the phone and prepare for installing a third-party keyboard:
Android Phone: These settings are for the Android version 4.4.4. i.e. Kitkat version.
Users need to go to ‘Settings’ then click ‘Personal Section’ then click ‘Language & Input’ then to ‘Keyboards & Input Methods’. This category will show a list of keyboards which has been installed in the device. The active keyboard have a check mark on the left hand side.
Now to change the active keyboard user needs to first tap on the ‘Default Settings’ and then choose from the various keyboard options given to them from the ones which have already been installed in handset.
Alternatively user can also click the button on the right of the installed keyboard and change its settings.

iOS Phone:
Users need to go to ‘Settings’ then click ‘General’ then click ‘Keyboard’ with these steps users will reach the main screen that has the iOS Keyboard details. Now click on the ‘Keyboard’ option and it will give a list of active keyboards on the iPhone or iPad, usually there is only one keyboard set as default which is based on the language selected by user.
Now to add more keyboards user will need to go to the keyboards in different language. Then tap on the option of ‘Add New Keyboard’ which allows users to select any keyboard from the list of keyboards in different language, user can check any option that they want from the list.

Further users can click on the arrow on the right hand side of the keyboard to get more layouts from which they can select. For example: English keyboard user would get an option of QWERTY, AZERTY, and QWERTZ layouts.
In case user does not want any keyboard then they simply need to go to the ‘Keyboard’ screen and just tap delete and get rid of the keyboard. Other method is to tap ‘Edit’ and drag the right hand side button of the keyboard and thus rearrange the keyboards in the list.

2. Now that users know how to reset their keyboard settings in Android and iOS phones so the next thing which we need to understand is how to install the third party keyboards in Android and iOS phones. This procedure is much easy user would need to follow some basic instructions given below:
Android Phone: Go to the Google Play Store and choose the Keyboard which you like then install the app as is done for any normal app. Now, a new third-party keyboard appears in the ‘Keyboards & Input Methods’ list. User needs to check the check-box of the newly installed keyboard and then select it by clicking on the ‘Default keyboard’ setting.
iOS Phone: Go to the Apple App Store and choose the Keyboard which you like then install the app as is done for any normal app. User will be able to see the downloaded keyboard when they click ‘Add New Keyboard’ on the Keyboards setting screen, under the Third-party Keyboards heading. User would need to tap the new keyboard and it gets added to the list of active keypads.

3. This section we will see some Third Party Keyboards that are available and can be used for Android as well as iOS phones:
SwiftKey: The SwiftKey keyboard is free with the in-app purchases for Android and iOS phones. This keyboard has 2 basic features for both the phones: It enables the “Swipe” typing which helps on faster typing accompanied with the auto correction features with the EMOJI features (emotional characters). The other major feature is that the keyboard scans the social networking posts of the user and based on that it can predict the word which user would want to use. Also it has a feature that it can take up word and phrase from the Cloud. In addition to these features in Android phones there is a variety of customization options with an array of free themes options and the additional feature to change the size of the keypad.

The Android version has also won awards for its beautiful features. Android users can click https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.touchtype.swiftkey&hl=en to download this keyboard. iOS phones user can download the keyboard from https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/swiftkey-keyboard/id911813648?mt=8
Fleksy: The Fleksy keyboard is available as free in-app purchase as well as paid for Android and for iOS it is a paid version. This keyboard is one of the fastest and most customized keyboards. The keyboard is barely of only 3 rows and has minimum alphabets. With some practice one can easily use this keyboard. The free version can re size the keyboard and paid versions provide a variety of themes with the keyboard to make it more customized. Both the Android and iOS users need to log in to http://fleksy.com/ and download the required keyboards.

GO Keyboard: The GO Keyboard is again a free in-app purchase for Android as well as iOS with an array of colorful themes some of the themes may fall under premium versions. This gives users a personalized keyboard accompanied with the EMOJI and also auto correction feature. It also has the feature of typing out whatever user speaks which means accepts voice inputs. It provides a variety of layouts like QWERTY, QWERTZ and AZERTY keyboard and optional plug in for tablets. Android users can check this site to download the GO keyboard: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jb.gokeyboard&hl=en. For iOS users they need to click on this link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/go-keyboard-colorful-theme/id916226412?mt=8

Swype: Both the Android and iOS users need to avail a premium version of the Swype keyboard. Swype was the first one to introduce the swiping idea to the smartphone instead of typing. All other keyboards have now taken up this feature wherein user just need to swipe to type the words. Other keyboards which we saw earlier have additional customization color themes which is not there in Swype. It has the feature of proving layouts like QWERTY, QWERTZ and AZERTY keyboard. Users can download this keyboard from the following link: http://www.swype.com/product-features/android/features.html.

With the help of the instructions given above users can try out to replace their keyboards and enjoy the different features provided by the third party keyboards instead of using the boring keyboards of the smartphone.

Just a word of caution for users is that some of the third party keyboards may ask for “Full access” to users keystrokes and this it does so as to smartly put up the words when user is typing out something however user should never give full access as it may also read some sensitive data like passwords and account numbers.

New Microsoft Office Update Extends Support to iCloud Storage

Microsoft is expanding its horizon and is releasing app upgrades equally for all platforms. They’ve recently taken commendable steps to ensure everyone gets the chance to use their services, without being restricted to Windows. Today, the company updated the Microsoft Office app to Version 1.6, adding iCloud support for iOS customers. The new upgrade allows users on Apple devices running iOS 8 or above, to open, edit, and save Office documents to iCloud.

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With the new version, users don’t have to pay for an Office 365 subscription or to use OneDrive. They can view, edit and create docs for free. The upgrade could be a bit confusing for the regular iCloud users as the new version doesn’t allow you to add iCloud as a place in Word, Excel or PowerPoint. One has to tap on ‘More’ section to access the saved documents on iCloud.

File type is also a hurdle and users wouldn’t be able to overwrite the docs created with TextEdit on Mac. But you can always create a new document. Simply share your work with others by emailing a hyperlink, the file or a PDF.

Windows 7 for Apple iPhone full download

If you are a fan of Windows 7 and would like to have its look and feel on your iPhone then you might want to try this Windows 7 theme which works on jailbroken iPhone. If you don’t know how to jailbreak your iPhone then you should first read the following step by step guides depending on which device you want to jailbreak:

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Installation Instructions:

You will need to install Winterboard from Cydia to get this theme working. Start Cydia, search for “Winterboard” and then install it:

After installing Winterboard, go back to Cydia and search for “Windows 7”: and then install the following:

Windows 7 Theme: Includes icons, wallpaper and dock.

Windows 7 Sound Pack: Includes lock, unlock, sent mail, mail, text, voice mail, text sent.
Windows 7 Slider: Will replace the slider button on lock screen with Windows Orb. Slide to unlock functionality will remain same.
Once you have installed the installation packages listed above, Close Cydia and Start Winterboard. Select the following options:

Now press the “Home” button on your iPhone. Winterboard will take few seconds before it changes the theme of iPhone to the one shown below:

Earlier, we posted about a Windows 7 theme for Windows Mobile phones which was created

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iPhone 6 concept shows A7 processor larger display camera

A new iPhone 6 concept has been revealed, exposing a bigger retina display, A7 processor and a new, larger camera

An iPhone 6 concept has been revealed to show off a bigger camera lens, A7 processor tech and larger Retina display.

The concept, by Giorgi Tedoradze looks exactly like the iPhone 5, but new features make it look a little more advanced.

The 4.5-inch retina screen looks to be larger, but the front plate is the same size, making the display more edge-to-edge than previous iterations of Apple’s smartphone.

A note on the concept says this display features “much more pixels,” suggesting Apple has managed to make a bigger retina display than the iPhone 5’s 4-inch number.

Around the back of the device sits a larger camera. The concept description says this is a 12-megapixel iSight camera and coupled with Apple’s new iOS 7 camera features, it will probably be a pretty impressive offering.

iOS 7 was announced Monday and of course the iPhone 6 will launch with the newest OS.

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Features for this update include:
Notifications menu on the lockscreen
Control center for switching connections and features on and off
Parallax effect making the iPhone’s screen almost look 3D
Improved Siri
iTunes Radio for creating and listening to streamed music
The iPhone 6 in Tedoradze’s concept shows the device with an Apple A7 processor — which hasn’t even been announced yet. The A7 is due to launch next year, so maybe the iPhone 6 could be the debut outing for this particular processor.

According to Tedoradze’s design, the iPhone 6 will apparently measure 130mm x 60mm x 7mm and weigh 110g.

The iPhone 6 is rumored to launch in Q1 2014, following the launch of the less-revamped iPhone 5S

What You Should Do Before Downloading iOS 8

Apple will launch iOS 8 software for the iPhone and iPad on Wednesday, but before you download the upgrade, set some time aside to prevent any glitches that might surface.

The upgrade — which should be available around midday ET on Wednesday, if last year’s arrival is any indication — promises a collection of useful new features, including time-lapse capture for video, a smarter Siri, a dedicated health app, a battery usage indicator, interactive notifications and a better keyboard.

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iOS 8 is compatible on devices as far back as the iPhone 4S, the iPad 2 and the fifth-generation iPod Touch.

As typical of new upgrades, especially long, extensive ones like iOS, there will probably be kinks in the process, so you’ll want to make sure everything is backed up ahead of time.

This will cut down on the panic of realizing the upgrade accidentally wiped your pictures, music and other files.

This will cut down on the panic of realizing the upgrade accidentally wiped your pictures, music and other files.

Back up your data in iCloud or to your computer, manually. With the recent news of iCloud vulnerabilities and the celebrity nude photo hack, you may be worried about storing everything there, but Apple recently strengthened its security. Now, if you log into iCloud on a web browser, you’ll be prompted to enable two-factor authentication — the digital equivalent of double-locking your doors at night — and an option to remotely sign out of all browsers.

If you’re using iOS 5 or a more recent version, Apple backs up the most important data to iCloud automatically, but the feature must be enabled. To set this up, visit Settings > iCloud > Backup & Storage. This will back up your iPhone on a daily basis as long as the device’s screen is locked, is connected to a Wi-Fi network and plugged into a power outlet.

Before you download iOS 8, we suggest doing a manual backup. To do so, follow the same steps as above (Settings > iCloud > Backup & Storage) and then tap “Back Up Now.”

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The hardest part of this process is patience. It takes some time (even an hour or so, in some cases) to complete a full backup. For those who have maxed out storage, Apple may tell you it’s unable to complete the backup. In this case, either transfer files (like photos) via an Apple connector to a computer, delete a few apps you haven’t used in awhile, or make room elsewhere.

Just to be safe, we recommend backing up your iTunes library, too. Connect your device to a computer to sync with iTunes, but note this might be disabled if you have iCloud backup turned on. Right-click the device in iTunes under Devices and select Back Up. You can also back it up by tapping the file menu and select Devices > Back Up.

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Keep in mind that updating iCloud Drive via iOS 8 will complicate the process for older devices. Since the new upgrade breaks the way new apps sync, you may not want to update iCloud Drive on iOS unless you plan to upgrade all of your iOS devices to the new software.

Apple unveils the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 with Retina HD screen

Tim Cook took the stage at the start of today’s event and almost immediately announced the new iPhone 6. The Apple iPhone 6 is based on iPod touch looks and has a 4.7″ screen.

The screen is protected by “Ion-strengthened glass”, which is curved around the edges for a more seamless experience when swiping. The screen itself is an LCD with “Retina HD,” which translates to 750 x 1,334 pixels. This pushes the pixel density to 326ppi.

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Despite the new resolution, apps will “just work” thanks to a desktop-class scaler. This will only be needed until devs update their apps to support the new resolution.

The 8MP iSight camera is back for a fourth year in a row. Apple claims the camera has been improved now – it still has 1.5µ pixels, but features phase detection autofocus and sits behind an f/2.2 aperture. There’s no OIS though, it relies on digital stabilization. The camera can shoot panoramas up to 43MP.

The video resolution is kept at 1080p but the 60fps has now been promoted to the max FullHD resolution (up from 720p @ 60fps). Slo-mo video can shoot at 120fps and 240fps, but at a lower resolution.

The chassis is made of anodized aluminum with a stainless steel Apple logo. The body is just 6.9mm thick.

The Apple iPhone 6 is powered by a second-generation chipset, the Apple A8. It offers 25% more CPU power and 50% extra GPU oomph. The chipset is built on a power-efficient 20nm process, which also makes it 13% smaller physically than its A7 predecessor.

Apple promises the battery life for the new iPhone 6 will be equal or better than the 5s. It will do up to 14 hours of talk time. Aside from the regular GSM calling, it supports VoLTE (Voice Over LTE) and Wi-Fi calling (for T-Mobile in teh US and EE in the UK). LTE has been updated to support up to 150Mbps downlink (Cat. 4) and supports up to 20 bands.

Other connectivity upgrades include Wi-Fi 802.11ac for three times faster Wi-Fi speeds. Finally, there’s also NFC now, which enables Apple’s new Apple Pay service for wireless payments.

The M8 co-processor succeeds the M7 and is coupled with a barometer. The two accurately track changes in elevation and can even count the steps you’ve taken.

The Apple iPhone 6 will cost $199 for the base 16GB model (with two-year contract). There’s no 32GB model this year, $299 buys you 64GB instead and there’s a $399 128GB version. Pre-orders start on September 12, the phones will ship on the 19th.

Apple officially announces the iPhone 6 Plus with a 5.5″ display

The Apple iPhone 6 Plus is now official. It’s built around a 5.5″ IPS LCD display with an Retina HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels or, in other words 1080p). The pixel density is 400 ppi and iOS 8 has been tweaked to take full advantage of the larger display.

The back of the iPhone 6 Plus is made of anodized aluminum and the stainless steel frame of the phone ensures its rigidity.

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The user interface has been optimized to take advantage of the larger screen and offers split-screen mode in several apps like earlierleaks suggested.

The new 64-bit A8 chip that powers the Apple iPhone 6 Plus is built using the 20nm manufacturing process. Thanks to this it’s more power efficient, while still offering 25% more CPU power and 50% GPU boost.

The iPhone 6 Plus supports 20 LTE bands, but only 150Mbps cat4 LTE, rather than the latest 300Mbps Cat 6. On the positive side the phablet comes with VoLTE and Wi-Fi 802.11ac, which promises 3x faster Wi-Fi compared to the iPhone 5s. Wi-Fi calling is also a new feature, which will work on T-Mobile in the US and EE in the UK.

Further on, the iPhone 6 Plus packs NFC, another first for the company. Thanks to it, you’ll be able to make payments by using Apple Pay – Apple’s own NFC payment system.

At the back, the iPhone 6 Plus uses a 8MP iSight camera with a True Tone dual LED flash. The pixel size is the same as on the iPhone 5s at 1.5μ and the aperture is unchanged at f/2.2. However the iPhone 6 Plus has an optical image stabilization – a first for the company.

There’s also phase-detection autofocus that should improve focusing speed twice. It is enabled by the A8 chip, which also includes powerful image signal processor designed by Apple.

The Apple iPhone 6 Plus camera records 1080p video at 30 and 60fps. There’s a slow-mo shooting available, too, at 240fps, but its resolution hasn’t been specified.

The Apple iPhone 6 Plus will start at $299 for the 16GB version, while the 64GB and 128GB will retail for $399 and $499, respectively.

 

Samsung takes a stab at Apple for joining the phablet word

It took Apple a crazy 5 years to finally consider increasing the screen size of its beloved iPhone from 3.5-inches to 4 with the iPhone 5. Even so, many believed that there was more opportunity for growth as Apple continued to push for the importance of one-handed usability. Yesterday’s launch of the bigger iPhone 6, and the gigantic iPhone 6 Plus marks a complete contradiction to the company’s mentality, and as a result, competitors begin chiming in.

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The Samsung Mobile crew in Philippines tweeted a photo that repeats a famous phrase from the late Steve Jobs: “No one is going to buy a big phone,” and with some added text that reads: “Guess who surprised themselves and changed their minds,” along with some added publicity for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Steve Jobs became famous for saying this at Apple’s Antenna Gate event for the iPhone 4 after referring to devices like the Motorola Droid X and the HTC HD2. Jobs even went as far as to call these two particular phones “Hummers.”

If you think of it, Samsung has a point. You could argue that Apple doesn’t care about being late to any particular game as long as it does things better than the competition, but it’s hard to find any improvements in the iPhone 6 Plus when compared to any of the Galaxy Notes ever launched.

Google Updates Gmail App With Better Google Drive Integration

While sharing documents and files between Gmail and Google Drive has been a nearly seamless experience on the web for some time, integration between the two apps on the mobile side has been lacking— until now.

Google rolled out an update to Gmail’s iOS app Thursday that makes it easier for users to view and share documents and files between Drive and Gmail.

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Gmail users on iOS can now view and save files on Google Drive directly from the Gmail app with “Save to Drive” and “Insert from Drive” options. Users can also now edit a file’s sharing settings from within the Gmail app.

“The apps will even tell you if your file isn’t shared with the person you’re sending it to so you can change the sharing settings before you send it,” Google software engineer, Simon Forsyth, explained in a blog post.

The update also brings new account management options for users who have multiple Gmail accounts. Those who have more than one account can choose which accounts appear within the app while remaining signed into the account elsewhere on their device.

Gmail’s settings menu has also been tweaked so users can swap out their profile photo from within the app. The updated iOS app is available in the App Store. A similar update rolled out to Gmail’s Android users earlier this month.