How to take the perfect selfie with your iPhone ( VIDEO )

Taking the perfect selfie with your iPhone can be a challenge. It’s hard to make sure you get just the right angle, and harder still to keep your own arms out of your way. Luckily, there’s an easy fix! Just grab the Apple earbuds that came with your iPhone, plug them in, and then watch the video!


iPhone Selfie in Youtube Video Here

How to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone

1) On your old phone, make sure that you’re logged into your iCloud account and connected to WiFi. To check if you’re logged in, head to Settings> iCloud – if your name and Apple ID are displayed at the top of the page then you’re logged in and ready to get started.

2) Once you’re logged in, make sure that the option to sync contacts is toggled on.

3) Go to Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup and tap “Back Up now”. The length of time this takes depends on how much content you’re backing up and the speed of your Internet connection.


New iPhone 6c Concept Teases Future of Apple

While it remains unknown if Apple will ever release a new budget smartphone to succeed the iPhone 5c, which was a plastic-backed carbon copy of the iPhone 5, a new gallery of renders from 3D Future provides an early look at what the so-called “iPhone 6c” could look like. The concept smartphone essentially combines an iPhone 5c and iPhone 6 into one, which would seem like a logical move if Apple ever releases an iPhone 6c.

The concept iPhone 6c features several design attributes adopted from the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, including a slimmer design, rounded edges, pill-shaped volume buttons, circular speaker grilles and a slightly protruding rear-facing camera. The smartphone also appears to have a 4.7-inch display and is pictured alongside the iPhone 6 for a side-by-side comparison.


It is important to note that these mockups are not based on any leaked specifications, design attributes or other information. Apple did not release an iPhone 6c alongside the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus last September, prompting debate as to whether the company will hold off until the iPhone 6s next September or eventually phase out the mid-tier model from its lineup entirely.

Apple is expected to release its flagship iPhone 6s next September. It was reported in November that the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus could have the “biggest camera jump ever” with a dual-lens, DSLR-quality system. The smartphone is still expected to retain an 8-megapixel rear camera and is rumored to feature an improved Touch ID fingerprint scanner with reduced errors. At this point, it remains unclear if an iPhone 6c is also in the works, but these artistic renditions provide a teaser of what could be.

iPhone 6S release date rumours features 3.5x faster 3D touch technology

Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus arrived just five months ago in September 2014, but that hasn’t stopped Apple watchers from looking ahead now that 2015 is well under way and wondering what Apple’s smartphone plans for the year might be. Here, we round up all of the rumours about the iPhone 6’s successor, dubbed iPhone 6S, including release date rumours, specs and new features.

In this article, we’re focusing on the next-generation of iPhone, that is, the 4.7in iPhone 6 that launched in September 2014. If you’re looking for rumours about the next generation of Apple’s 5.5in iPhone, the iPhone 6 Plus, see our iPhone 7 rumour round-up.

If you’re after information about the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, visit our iPhone 6 review and iPhone 6 Plus review. See also: iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus.


Also, find out what’s in store for the year: Apple predictions 2015

Updated on 13 February with new information about the iPhone 6S’s power boosts, patents involving enhanced Touch ID fingerprint sensors, the news that Corning has created new, extra-durable glass and more.

iPhone 6S release date rumours: When is the iPhone 6S coming out?
The most likely release date for the iPhone 6S is September 2015, which would follow Apple’s iPhone release schedule history. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were released in September 2014, the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C in September 2013, the iPhone 5 in September 2012 and the iPhone 4S in October 2011.

However, it’s possible that Apple will choose to begin releasing new smartphones twice a year, to keep up with the ever growing and improving competition from rivals such as Samsung, HTC, LG, Sony and more.
In fact, the latest rumour (albeit a particularly shaky one), suggests that the iPhone 6S could arrive in spring 2015 alongside the Apple Watch, which is also expected around that time.

That rumour comes from Stabley Times, which claims: “Our source says that Apple is hesitant about launching the iWatch [sic] in the spring of 2015 without a new iPhone to go along with it, as it could give hesitant consumers an excuse to wait on buying both until the fall.”

Note that the report calls the Apple Watch the ‘iWatch’, a name that was widely rumoured for Apple’s smartwatch but wasn’t used by the company.

The report goes on to suggest that the iPhone 7 (which we assume would be the successor to the iPhone 6 Plus), is the smartphone that’ll launch in September 2015. Unless, of course, it launches in spring 2016. (We did warn you that the rumour might not be completely reliable).

Despite the sketchy nature of the report, it’s not completely incomprehensible that Apple would launch a new iPhone alongside the Apple Watch next year, but it does seem much less likely than a September launch to us.

However, a report that emerged in early December, however, seems to dismiss the idea that the iPhone 6S will arrive in spring 2015. Economic Daily News reports that, while the Apple Watch is still likely to arrive in Spring, the iPhone 6S’s A9 chip (which you can find out more about later in this article) has not yet entered mass production, which suggests that a Spring launch is off the cards after all.

iPhone 6S rumours: What new features will the iPhone 6S have?
Rumours about the next generation of iPhones haven’t picked up pace yet, but we can expect to see them tumbling in daily as 2015 continues.

For now, though, there are a few rumours floating around about the iPhone 6S’s new features, specs and design, which we’ve collected below.

iPhone 6S rumours: Launching alongside new iPhone 6S mini?
Rumours that hit the web just ahead of Christmas suggested that the iPhone 6S will be joined by an ‘iPhone 6S mini’, a new 4in smartphone from Apple that will launch alongside the iPhone 6S and 5.5in iPhone 7 in 2015.
That was according to sometimes accurate analyst Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company (via Apple Insider), who says his sources claim that it is “possible” that Apple could launch three new versions of the iPhone next year. Find out more about the rumoured iPhone 6S mini (or iPhone 6c) here.


However, there’s yet another rumour that dismisses that idea (we’re noticing a trend, here). In early January 2015, a Chinese website called cited sources within Apple’s supply chain who say that there’s not going to be another 4in iPhone after all.

iPhone 6S rumours: Design & display
We’re expecting Apple to stick with the 4.7in display for the iPhone 6’s successor, as it’s a display size that seems to have gone down well with fans so far.

We also don’t think that the overall design of the iPhone 6S will be much different to the iPhone 6. Apple tends to keep the same external design for its iPhones for two generations, so expect the same slim, light and rounded design that’s sported by the iPhone 6 to be present when the iPhone 6S arrives.

There have been some rumours to the contrary, though, particularly one that suggests the iPhone 6S’s display could wrap around the edges of the smartphone in a similar way to the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge.

This rumour was inspired by an official Apple patent, which describes “sidewall displays” that extend onto the sides of the iPhone, providing interactive or touch-sensitive portions that provide access to the slide-to-unlock feature, music player controls, messaging readout, caller ID, system controls and more.

There’s some debate about whether the iPhone 6S will be more durable through the use of new materials including sapphire glass and Liquidmetal, but the bankruptcy of Apple’s sapphire partner has put a spanner in the works there, to say the least.

GT Advanced Technologies partnered with Apple to produce sapphire glass at an Apple-owned factory in Arizona that could have been used to manufacture 200 million 5in iPhone displays per year, so without that partnership, the likelihood of sapphire glass being used in an iPhone any time soon is significantly damaged.

Corning, the company behind the durable Gorilla Glass that’s used in Apple’s current iPhones, has revealed a new type of glass, codenamed “Project Phire,” that could be used instead of Sapphire, because it’s apparently just as durable.

“We told you last year that sapphire was great for scratch performance but didn’t fare well when drop,” said Corning Glass president James Clappin. “So we created a product that offers the same superior damage resistance and drop performance of Gorilla Glass 4 with scratch resistance that approaches sapphire.”

Liquidmetal is still on the cards, though. Apple has an exclusive license to the material, but currently only uses it for the SIM-removal tool, despite its desirable qualities such as durability.

In January, rumours began surfacing about a 3D pressure sensor for the iPhone 6S’s display, which could mean that Apple is planning to bring the Force Technology that it uses in its Apple Watch to enable the iPhone 6S to differentiate between a tap and a press, which could provide an interesting new way to interact with the smartphone.

That rumour was further discussed in February 2015, suggesting that US-based company Avago Tech will provide the 3D touch technology for the iPhone 6S.

iPhone 6S rumours: Camera
Rumours that emerged in November 2014 suggest that we should expect great things from the camera in the next generation of iPhone. In fact, the claim is that the iPhone 6S’s camera will represent the biggest camera jump in the history of the iPhone.

The rumour comes from reliable blogger John Gruber of Daring Fireball, who said on a podcast that his source claims that the iPhone 6S’s camera will have a two-lens system that could help allow users to capture “DSLR-quality imagery.”

A new rumour that hit the web in mid-January also suggests big improvements are coming to the camera in the iPhone 6S. Chinese website United Daily News says that Apple’s iPhone 6S will have a dual-lens camera that offers optical zoom capabilities. The aperture is likely to improve, too.

Then, in February 2015, a new rumour from Taipei Times suggested that the iPhone 6S will keep the 8Mp camera, but we’re choosing not to believe this one!

iPhone 6S rumours: Processor
It’s highly likely that the iPhone 6S’s processor will be named the A9 processor, following on from the already powerful, 64-bit A8 processor. It’ll be joined by the M9 co-processor, which handles efficiency by taking all of the jobs carried out by the sensors away from the main processor.

The A9 is rumoured to be being manufactured by Samsung, which was apparently in talks with Apple about becoming the sole manufacturer of its chips, a role it once had before the responsibility was handed over to the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC).

Those talks have apparently resulted in a deal that means Samsung will instead supply around 75% of chips for the iPhone 6S, according to South Korean Newspaper Maeil Business. The A9 chip is believed to be being manufactured at Apple’s Austin factory, so the processor could be a ‘Made in America’ component, according to the Korean Electronic Times.

TechNews believes that the iPhone 6S will have 2GB or RAM rather than 1GB found in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which could indicate that iOS 9 will have better multitasking features that would be possible thanks to the extra memory. It’s something we’ve been hoping for some time now, but it’s possible that it’ll mean an unwanted price bump for the iPhone 6S.

The good news is that ARM holdings, the company behind the technology that goes into Apple’s processors, has said that its next generation Cortex-A72 processors will have a 3.5x performance boost but be significantly more efficient.

iPhone 6S rumours: Touch ID improvements
The Touch ID fingerprint sensor currently resides beneath the Home button, but a patent filed by Apple and published by the US Patent and Trademark Office in February 2015 hints that the company is interested in making a Touch ID sensor that’s built-in to the display.

That sensor could detect the user’s fingerprint anywhere on the display, or even identify multiple fingers at once or even the whole palm to further enhance security.

iPhone 6S rumours: Gaming joystick Home button

This rumour is a bit out there but is completely justified as it comes from Apple itself. A recently discovered Apple patent reveals that the company is considering turning the iPhone’s Home button into a gaming joystick.

Yes, that’s right, the Home button could have a spring beneath it that allows it to pop up and become a joystick for when you’re playing one of the many amazing games available on the iOS App Store.

It sounds like a great idea to the iPhone gamers here at Macworld, with one potential downfall being the Home button’s susceptibility to damage if it’s able to pop up from its standard position. It’s probably unlikely that this feature will come to the next generation iPhone, but it’s certainly a possibility for the iPhone after that!

iPhone 6S rumours: Battery life
There have been some rumours about different charging methods for the iPhone 6S, including wireless charging (that didn’t arrive with the iPhone 6 as predicted, but was introduced to the Apple Watch as inductive charging), as well as a new, reversible USB charger.

In August, rumoured about the new charger emerged on YouTube, thanks to a view that showed a prototype cable in action with a reversible USB connector as well as the already reversible Lightning connector.

iPhone 6S rumours: Concept images
There are already some concept images of the iPhone 6S (but no leaked components or shots from the production line yet), so we thought we’d share them with you as food for thought.

Designer Martin Hajek, who is becoming well-known for his technology concept illustrations, has come up with the concept image below for Business Insider, as well as the image featured at the top of this article.

Engineer Nikola Cirkovic has created a concept of the iPhone 6S, as picked up by Business Insider.

It has a 5.2in screen, two thin lines that act as sensors that can tell whether the iPhone is in your pocket or on the table, for examle, and finger sensors instead of switches and buttons on the sides.

Behance user Grisha Serov has also come up with an iPhone 6S concept based on the Apple Watch’s steel design. Check out the full gallery on Grisha’s portfolio.

How to Access Computer with Android Mobile or Iphone

How would it be if you could have access to your computer data without really sitting in front of it with a keyboard and a mouse. Yes you heard it right. All you need is the Polkast app, which you could download for free and have access to the data on your computer. There could be numerous reasons why you cannot have everything saved on your cell phones, memory issues, privacy terms, etc,etc. Polkast is a cloud service through which you can create your own personal cloud with this app. Any file on the pc can be now accessed from your mobile phones itself, irrespective of the fact wherever you are.

o make the polkast app work we need to install the server app on your computer and the client app on your mobile device such as phone or tab. Both the server and client versions of polkast are available as a free download from the Polkast.Com website.


Steps to help you access your computer with the phone :

Go to the Polkast website and click on the DESKTOP option.

This directs to the download page. First, download the server version that is the computer app version of the Polkast.

Click on the download option for windows. As soon as the download is complete, you will see the Polkast app active on your computer screen. Install the Polkast server app on your system and register an account for yourself.

After the registration process is completed it directs you to Polkast working on get started now option.

Select the set of folders you want to have access to via Polkast app.

Polkast adds the selected files and documents to the library. Now you need to download the client server on your phone. Once downloaded, visit the app store on your phone.

When you start Polkast on your mobile phone or tablet, it asks you to login to your polkast account.

The moment you log in, Polkast will automatically connect to your own personal cloud.

Connection once successful, the app dashboard will be displayed on the screen, this allows you to remotely access,browse,search and also download files from your computer.

Why the iPhone is better than Android

Apple is better than Google. Google is better than Apple. The iPhone is better than Android phones. Android is better than the iPhone. The argument will rage on for years to come, and the truth is all four of those statements are accurate. The iPhone is better than Android… at some things. Android is better than the iPhone… in some ways. And so on.

We’ve covered a few posts in recent history that explain various ways Android phones are better than the iPhone, and now it’s time to take a look at the flip side of the coin and examine why the iPhone is better than Android handsets.

A number of tech blogs have tackled the various reasons Apple’s smartphone lineup might be better than rival Android devices, and the latest to do it is Business Insider. The site points to nine key reasons the iPhone is superior to Android handsets, and each and every one of the site’s points have merit.

To start things off, many talented developers still launch new apps for iOS first and then release Android versions somewhere down the road. This is a big advantage for iPhone users who like to be ahead of the curve.

The blog also notes that the design of Apple’s iPhone lineup is far better than most Android phones. With a few exceptions that match the iPhone or even top its design in some ways like the HTC One M8 and the Motorola Moto X, we definitely agree.


Other checks in the iPhone column include Touch ID, Apple Pay, better parental controls and Apple’s superior customer service, which is undeniably better than anything offered by any Android phone vendor. Check out the link down in our source section for more.

Interestingly, the one area the site doesn’t touch on is Apple’s overall app ecosystem and the quality of third-party iOS apps compared to Android apps.

For us, this has been Apple’s biggest advantage for years, and we’ve written about it at length several times in the past. The simple fact of the matter is that while Android developers have far more freedom with their apps, the app experience on iOS devices is almost universally smoother and more user-friendly than it is on Android phones.

Even in instances where the same exact app is available on the iPhone and on Android, the iPhone experience is almost always vastly superior. iPhone apps look better, they’re more fluid and the user experience is better by a good margin.

We use both platforms on a daily basis, and you would be hard pressed to find anyone with extensive experience on both platforms who disagrees. There are plenty of areas where Android has the edge over the iPhone, but user experience and the supporting app ecosystem might never be among them.

iPhone 7 Rumors

The iPhone 7 rumors have already started pouring in even though the iPhone 6 just came out.

Fans are speculating about the release date and features for the iPhone 7, among other aspects.

Mac World notes that it could actually be referred to as the iPhone 6S.


“However, it’s been rumoured for a few years now that Apple is considering dropping the ‘S’ naming convention, as it’s beginning to be perceived negatively. After all, it does make it seem like it’s not a completely new device, but rather a stepping stone to the next iPhone,” it said. “Another option is that the iPhone 7 will be called the iPhone Air.”

The release date is initially pegged as sometime in September 2015, although it could come as early as next spring.

While it’s likely that the iPhone 7 will have new features, it probably won’t have a new design.

But the design could incorporate “sidewall displays,” which extend onto the sides of the device, or “a display that extends onto the sides of the device, providing interactive or touch sensitive portions that give access to the slide to unlock functionality, music player controls, messaging readout, caller ID, system controls and more.”

There are rumblings that Apple could try for a sapphire display for a future iPhone, maybe the iPhone 7.

But DisplayMate president Ray Soneira says that it wouldn’t be a good idea, because the displays give off to much glare.

He said in a note that the anti-reflection screen coating that is used on the iPad Air 2 should do the work.

“Presumably Apple’s future products will have the same Anti-Reflection coatings as well,” he said, “so forget about Sapphire on future iPhones because if you apply an Anti-Reflection coating to Sapphire, which has a very high 8 percent Reflectance all by itself, you lose its very high scratch resistance because the softer coating is now on top.”


Meanwhile, Flickr user Jan-Willem Reusink has come out with some interesting iPhone 7 renderings.

They show a sharper body style as well as a reimagined home button.

Other improvements from the iPhone 6 include an edge-to-edge display, a completely solid back panel, and five application columns on the home screen as opposed to four.

Republic Day Discounts on iPhone 5s Nexus 6 and More

This week all major online retailers are celebrating Republic Day with flash sales throughout the extended weekend. We’ve picked out some of the best offers from the sales, along with some healthy tips to help you make the most out of these offers.

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Pro tips for Republic Day weekend sales

Almost all major online retailers are running Republic Day sales this weekend. The sales start from today, and will run up to 26 January, 2015. Here are some tips to help you make the most of this weekend’s massive flash sales:

1. Always do a basic price check on other sites before hitting the buy now button on a deal. Most online retailers will match each other’s prices during a sale. A basic rule of thumb is to do a price check on Amazon, Flipkart, and Snapdeal to ensure you get the best offer.

2. Keep mobile apps ready. Online retailers will push their mobile apps to increase usage, and will offer better discounts when you buy using their mobile apps. If you spot a great on the web, add it to the cart, but try and checkout from the mobile app itself.

3. Bundle deals with cashback offers on specific cards. Flipkart has a cashback offer for HDFC Bank cards, while Amazon has a promotion on its mobile app purchases for HDFC Bank and American Express card useRs.You can get similar cashback offers on Snapdeal’s website and mobile apps.

4. Brace yourselves for slower deliveries. It’s simple – if you want it quick, pay for a quicker delivery option if you get one. There’s no point whining about slower deliveries after a massive flash sale weekend.

1. Google Nexus 6 32GB
You can grab a brand new Google Nexus 6 32GB for as low as Rs.40,990 on eBay this week. The Nexus flagship is normally available for Rs. 43,999. The Nexus 6 (Review | Pictures) features a 6-inch QHD AMOLED display running at a resolution of 2560×1440 pixels, protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 coating that should keep the display safe from minor scratches. The smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 quad-core processor, supported by 3GB of RAM. Nexus 6 features a 13-megapixel primary camera, and includes a dual-LED flash to lighten up those dark interiors. The smartphone is a decent choice if you can handle a phone with a large display.

Coupon code: EBAY09DEAL

eBay Price: Rs. 40,990 (regular Rs. 43,999)

2. iPhone 5s Deals
iPhone 5s prices picked up after the Diwali sale last year. Even with the iPhone 6 launch in India, Apple India pretty much saw to it that the iPhone 5s prices don’t fall to ridiculous levels. But with most online retailers now running Republic Day sales, there’s a slight discount on iPhone 5s prices too. Both Amazon and Flipkart are selling the 16GB variant of the iPhone 5s for around Rs. 37,500. You can bundle this with a cashback offer applicable on both the sites to get another Rs. 2,000 off that price, making it a sweeter deal at Rs. 35,500. That would have to be the lowest price we’ve seen lately. You can use an HDFC Bank card to get an instant discount on Flipkart while checking out, or use an American Express or HDFC Bank card to get a cashback on Amazon’s mobile app. Please note that you’ll need to buy the iPhone 5s using Amazon’s mobile app to avail the cashback offer, and cashback for American Express card users will be in the form of an Amazon gift card only.

Price: Rs. 35,500 (effective)

Links: Flipkart, Amazon

3. Xbox One and video games
You can expect a decent deal on an Xbox One every single time Amazon runs a massive flash sale. This time around Amazon is offering multiple Lightning Deals on the Xbox One console as well as the older Xbox 360 console. You can grab the Xbox One console bundled with Kinect, three games, and an additional controller for Rs. 40,990 (regular Rs. 45,990) during the sale. Amazon will also sell the standalone version of Xbox One (without Kinect) for around Rs. 35,000 (regular Rs. 39,990) during its Lightning Deals this weekend. Amazon is also selling Xbox One games at a discount this weekend. There are several games being sold for under Rs. 3,000 during the sale. You can get an additional 10% (maximum Rs. 2,000) cashback when you buy them on Amazon’s mobile app, and pay using HDFC Bank cards.

Amazon Price: Rs. 40,990 (regular Rs. 45,990)

4. Discounts on Amazon Kindle ebook readers
Amazon has slashed prices on its Kindle ebook readers by Rs. 1,000 on its Republic Day sale again. The discounts are valid on all Kindle variants, and are applicable till 26 January, 2015. You can buy the Kindle Paperwhite for Rs. 9,999 (regular Rs. 10,999), Kindle Paperwhite 3G for Rs. 12,999 (regular Rs.13,999), or the all-new Kindle with touchscreen support for Rs. 4,999 (regular Rs. 5,999). The all-new Kindle is the cheapest Kindle e-reader you can buy today, that comes with touchscreen support now. It’s a great device for reading books. If you need an ebook reader with a backlight, go for the Kindle Paperwhite, and if you need 3G connectivity to buy and sync books on the go, get the Paperwhite 3G variant.

Amazon Price: Starting from Rs. 4,999

5. ADATA PT100 10000mAH power bank
If you’re eyeing a decent 10000mAH power bank, possibly an alternative to the Mi 10000mAh power bank, the ADATA PT100 will definitely suit your needs. Amazon is selling this power bank at a lower price of Rs. 999 (MRP Rs. 2500) this weekend. That makes it equal to the Mi power bank in terms of pricing. The ADATA PT100 includes dual USB outlets, that means you can charge up to two devices at a time. It comes with a battery indicator that enables you to see how much juice you’ve got left in the power bank. There’s an LED flashlight too, just in case you were looking for more features. The power bank comes with 1-year standard manufacturer warranty. This is as good as it gets at that price point of under Rs. 1,000.

Amazon Price: Rs. 999

6. Extra discounts on computer components at Snapdeal
If you’re assembling your own PC this weekend, you might want to check prices at Snapdeal. The online retailer is offering an extra 7% discount on computer components above Rs. 1,499, up to 40% off on cabinets, and has a wide range of components to choose from. While all products may not match the offline retail price point, we found some components much cheaper than their offline retail counterparts. Power supply units from Corsair and Zeb are much cheaper than what most offline retailers are offering, and Snapdeal has a decent number of cooling fans to choose from. Snapdeal also has a limited period offer on the AMD FX-Series four-core edition. Bundle these with additional cashback offers from State Bank of India, HDFC, and American Express cards to get even sweeter overall discounts. Link: Snapdeal

Google comes Microsoft HoloLens

Less than a week after Google said that it would stop selling prototypes of its Glass wearable, Microsoft announced today that it’s coming out with its own computerized headset.

During Microsoft’s much-anticipated Windows 10 event, the company said it is working on a what CEO Satya Nadella said will be the world’s first holographic computing platform. Dubbed HoloLens, the wearable enables the user to view high-definition holograms with surround sound and understand voice commands and hand gestures.

“It was a special moment this morning when we were able to share that Windows 10 is the world’s first holographic computing platform – complete with a set of APIs that enable developers to create holographic experiences in the real world,” the company said in a blog post. “With Windows 10, holograms are Windows universal apps… making it possible to place three-dimensional holograms in the world around you to communicate, create and explore in a manner that is far more personal and human.”

The device is scheduled to be released in the Windows 10 timeframe, according to Microsoft. The company posted this video of the device on its website.


“My initial response was that they may have nailed it,” said Patrick Moorhead, an analyst with Moor Insights & Strategy, who tried out HoloLens yesterday. “Google should be worried as Microsoft’s approach is spot-on and Glass is coming off as a miserable failure.”

The device, which looks like a pair of goggles or wrap-around sunglasses, has a transparent screen, allowing users to see the hologram in front of them while also seeing the real world. Gestures and voice commands can be used to create, bring up and size the holograms.

Using HoloStudio, a developer tool, users should be able to 3D print the objects they’ve created in their holograms.

Microsoft said NASA will be using HoloLens to take images sent back to Earth from the Mars rovers and view them as 3D holograms, helping them better explore the Red Planet. The wearables are intended to enable scientists to feel as if they are walking on the Martian surface.

“If successful, HoloLens will ultimately expand the way people interact with machines, just as the mouse-based interface did in the 1990s, and touch interfaces did after the introduction of the iPhone in 2007,” said Forrester analyst James McQuivey, in a statement. “HoloLens will expand the way brands interact with consumers forever more, working its way through industry after industry, much the way Web and mobile experiences did before it.”

Of course, much of the exuberance is reminiscent of Google’s Glass project, which created a prototype of computerized eyeglasses with a small display screen that sits in front of the user’s right eye.

With Glass, which has been used by more than 10,000 early adopters, users were able to read their email and see maps. They also could take photos and videos that could be posted to Twitter or Facebook.

After initial positive attention, Google’s device began to lose momentum, raised concerns over privacy and was banned from some businesses.

Google stopped selling its Glass prototypes this week and shut down its early adopter program.

Google said it’s not canceling Glass, but is moving the project from the GoogleX research umbrella and placing it under the direction of its own team, much like the company’s search and Android teams.

Apple sued over false advertising on device memory

When you buy a 16 GB iPhone or iPad, you do not actually get 16 GB of available memory. Same goes for a 32 GB iOS mobile device or a 64 GB iOS device. Despite the memory capacity advertised on the device packaging or marketing materials, the increasing size of Apple’s iOS operating system means buyers have less and less memory left over after the OS is installed. This has led a couple of enterprising young class-action lawsuit entrepreneurs to sue Apple, Inc., alleging that a misrepresentation of available device memory constitutes “unfair, unlawful and fraudulent business acts or practices.”

On one hand, these two fellows totally have a point. Apple’s iOS is getting massive, cutting deeply into buyers’ available memory and burdening systems with a slew of pre-installed bloatware apps. In many cases, the available memory on an iOS device is more than 20 percent less than advertised.

On the other hand, when you see two guys from Florida filing a class-action lawsuit in California, it ought to set off some sort of “typical class-action lawsuit that has no merit” alarm bells.


And that’s the story of the lawsuit against Apple. The suit was filed in California on Dec. 29 by attorneys for Paul Orshan and Christopher Endara, two guys who bought 16 GB iPhones and found them to have only about 12.7 GB of that memory available.

“Reasonable consumers do not expect this marked discrepancy between the advertised level of capacity and the available capacity of the devices, as the operating system and other storage space unavailable to consumers occupies an extraordinary percentage of their devices’ limited storage capacity,” the plaintiffs state in their complaint.

The amount a user is “shorted” depends on the device. By the plaintiffs’ calculations, a 16 GB iPhone 6 only comes with 13 GB of space. A 16 GB iPhone 6 Plus comes with 12.7 GB of space, and a 16 GB iPad Air comes with 12.6 GB of space. (Again, these figures are merely the plaintiffs’ calculations. These are not verified totals, but they do sound about right.)

The plaintiffs also argue that Apple engages in an extortion scheme by charging users money for extra iCloud storage. The 99 cents per month for 20 GB does not sound like much “extortion.” But the $19.99 per month for an extra TB of storage can really add up.

“Using these sharp business tactics, defendant gives less storage capacity than advertised, only to offer to sell that capacity in a desperate moment, e.g., when a consumer is trying to record or take photos at a child or grandchild’s recital, basketball game or wedding,” the plaintiffs complain.

You can certainly argue that Android phones and tablets engage in the exact same scheme, and this is technically correct. But Android phones and tablets generally come with expandable storage via a microSD card. iPhones and iPads do not come with any expandable memory card capacities, and you never know how much of your available memory the next version of iOS is going to take up.

It should be noted that there is no guarantee this class-action lawsuit will move forward. The complaint has simply been filed, and the judge could take one look at it and toss it right out. Additionally, any monies won by the plaintiffs surely will not be shared with a larger population of iPhone users, or maybe a few users will get checks that amount to just pennies. That is the nature of class-action lawsuits.

But if these guys’ lawsuit results in more honest labeling of iPhone and iPad memory capacities, I would thank these guys for the memories.