November 8th, 2012

Microsoft Office coming to iPhone, iPad and Android in 2013

Microsoft Office for iOS and AndroidMicrosoft will make its Office software suite available to mobile devices running Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android in 2013, according to reports in The Verge.

The reports state that Microsoft plans plans to enable users to access Office branded mobile versions of Word, PowerPoint and Excel. The Apple iOS and Android apps will be free to download and will provide basic document viewing functionality to all users. Access to a premium version of Office will require a Microsoft Office 365 account.

The Verge adds Microsoft will sell Office 365 subscriptions as in-app purchases, although sources indicate the mobile versions will not replicate all the features included in the desktop version. Click to continue reading: Microsoft Office coming to iPhone, iPad and Android in 2013

November 6th, 2012

Google’s Android now growing 6x faster than Apple’s iPhone

Android vs AppleAndroid turns up the heat on Apple’s iOS

The adoption rate of smartphones running Google’s Android operating system is increasing 6x faster than Apple’s iPhone, according to KPCB partner, Mary Meeker. This is up from 4x in May 2012.

By the end of 2013, Meeker believes quarterly shipments of Android devices will hit 160 million, followed by Windows at 100 million and iOS at 80 million.

Separately, research company IDC recently reported that 75% of smartphones shipped worldwide during the third quarter of 2012 run Android. Click to continue reading: Google’s Android now growing 6x faster than Apple’s iPhone

October 7th, 2012

Steve Jobs. Remembered one year on by Apple

Steve Jobs 1955-2011

 

A year ago the world lost a famous business visionary and the driving force behind Apple. Steve Jobs, CEO and co-founder of Apple, died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 56 on October 5, 2011.

 

Tim Cook, the current CEO of Apple, gave this statement to mark the anniversary:

 

Steve’s passing one year ago today was a sad and difficult time for all of us. I hope that today everyone will reflect on his extraordinary life and the many ways he made the world a better place.

One of the greatest gifts Steve gave to the world is Apple. No company has ever inspired such creativity or set such high standards for itself. Our values originated from Steve and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple. We share the great privilege and responsibility of carrying his future legacy into the future.

I’m incredibly proud of the work we are doing, delivering products that our customers love and dreaming up new ones that will delight them down the road. It’s a wonderful tribute to Steve’s memory and everything he stood for.

 

Apple posted this short tribute video, to honour Steve Jobs, on their website:

 

September 19th, 2012

Apple to release iOS 6 today

iOS 6Apple is due to release the next major update to its mobile operating system software – iOS 6 – later today.

As well as the new iPhone 5, it should comfortably work on the iPhone 4S, 4 and 3GS, the new iPad and iPad2 as well as the 4th and 5th generation iPod touch.

New features include:

Facebook sharing integrated into the operating system (as Twitter was in the latest version of iOS 5).

Maps updated. Now created by Apple, rather than Google, and include ‘turn-by-turn’ directions and ‘flyover’ 3D views.

Siri updated to perform more requests, including updating Facebook (But it still has a way to go to fulfil its potential as an ‘intelligent’ digital assistant)

Passbook – To keep your digital boarding passes, cinema tickets, retail coupons, loyalty cards, etc. An early indication of Apple’s intent in the battle for the mobile wallet and the one to watch.

Facetime – now works over cellular, not just wi-fi, to take advantage of the 4G iPhone 5. Will it kill Skype on the iPhone/iPad/iPod…?

New phone features (yep, the iPhone is a phone) including targeted “Do Not Disturb” and refuse a call with a text.

Updated Mail with a cleaner design and a VIP list.

Updated Safari, allowing offline viewing of saved pages and pick-up your use of Safari where you left off on other Apple devices.

Further details here:

http://bit.ly/Ud84Ml

September 4th, 2012

Wonder what all this is about…!

Apple sends out invitations to a media event on September 12th…

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July 30th, 2012

Microsoft Surface tablet will launch October 26

Microsoft SurfaceMicrosoft’s Surface tablet will launch at the same time as Windows 8, on October 26th 2012, according to a report in The  Telegraph.

The announcement appeared in Microsoft’s Annual Report but applies only to the less powerful version of the two Surface devices Microsoft has unveiled. The device, based on ARM processors rather than Intel’s, is the first computer that Microsoft has produced itself. The more powerful version, which will use Intel chips is expected in early 2013. Click to continue reading: Microsoft Surface tablet will launch October 26

July 30th, 2012

Next-gen iPhone, ‘iPad mini,’ new iPod nano to debut on September 12

iPhone 5 mockupApple will reveal the next-generation iPhone, which many expect to be called the ‘iPhone 5’, a much-rumored smaller iPad model that some have dubbed the ‘iPad mini’ and a new iPod nano on September 12th, according to unsubstantiated reports.

The same reports also suggest the sixth-generation iPhone will go on sale on September 19th, but a rollout date for the smaller iPad and iPod nano remain unknown.
Click to continue reading: Next-gen iPhone, ‘iPad mini,’ new iPod nano to debut on September 12

July 29th, 2012

The unstoppable rise of the smartphone

U.S. smartphone users now number 110 million, up from 9 million in 2007, according to a report by comScore Data Mine. The data covers the number of U.S. smartphone owners to May 2012.

comScore also reports that by the end of the year smartphone owners will become the new mobile majority in the U.S.

 

Rise of Smartphones May-2012

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July 27th, 2012

Best Olympic ads so far…?

Worth seeing, before it is inevitably removed, is this ad from Durex for their Performa Condom:

Durex Performa Olympic Ad

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July 7th, 2012

Don’t bank on NFC-based mobile payments. Apple won’t

IPhone WalletWhilst Google launched Google Wallet last year and Microsoft announced their own digital wallet last month, a mobile payment service from Apple remains noticeably absent.

The best that Apple has mustered is “Passbook” – due later this year – which will organise your loyalty cards, tickets and coupons but won’t link directly to your credit or debit cards.

According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Apple has decided to adopt a “go slow” approach to mobile payments, after conducting an in-depth investigation into embedding various payment methods into the iPhone last year and despite patenting a number of Near Field Communication (NFC) services. Click to continue reading: Don’t bank on NFC-based mobile payments. Apple won’t