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

Click to con­tinue read­ing: The unstop­pable rise of the smartphone

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

Click to con­tinue read­ing: Best Olympic ads so far…?

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