Should you misplace your iPhone, you can forget about any warm fuzzies you might have had from setting up a passcode to prevent unauthorized access. As 9to5mac.com discovered, a flaw in iOS 4.1 makes it ridiculously easy to skip the passcode screen and start making calls willy nilly.
All a person has to do is tap Emergency Call, enter a non-emergency number, tap the call button, and then immediately hit the lock button. Timed right, this easy workaround opens up the iPhone app putting your contacts in plain view, as well as allows for calls to be made.
The latest global PC shipment numbers from Gartner and IDC have probably confirmed recent fears that tablets (effectively the iPad for now) are eating into secondary PC sales. Gartner expects media tablets to get even more ravenous as time goes on. The market research firm has forecast that media tablet sales will touch 19.5 million in 2010.
Next year might be 2011 according to the Gregorian calendar, and the year of the Rabbit as per the Chinese, but it’d truly be the year of the media tablet if Gartner’s sales forecast is proved correct. It expects tablet sales “to total 54.8 million units in 2011, up 181 percent from 2010.”
“Mini notebooks will suffer from the strongest cannibalization threat as media tablet average selling prices drop below $300 over the next 2 years,” Carolina Milanesi, research vice president at Gartner, is quoted as saying in a Gartner release.
“The all-in-one nature of media tablets will result in the cannibalization of other consumer electronics devices such as e-readers, gaming devices and media player.”
With the drives being DLNA certified, streaming content to DLNA compatible devices like the Xbox 360 and PS3 is a cakewalk. The same applies to iOS devices, thanks to a couple of free iOS apps the company launched recently. Available now in capacities ranging from 1TB to 8TB, and prices ranging from $189.99 to $1039.99, the drives are covered under a limited one-year warranty.
It seems like we've waited forever for Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 platform to launch, and now that it has, the big question is whether or not it can cut into the smartphone market and compete with the likes of Android and iOS. The answer? Probably not, according to some skeptical smartphone makers in Taiwan.
Those whose business it is to make and sell smartphones aren't expecting Windows Phone 7 to be a bust. After all, Microsoft has lined up an impressive collection of companies willing to support the platform, including AT&T, T-Mobile, Vodafone, Orange, O2, Telefonica, Dell, HTC, Samsung, and LG, to name a handful. But they just don't expect Windows Mobile to be a dominant force. Instead, Taiwan-based smartphone makers predict Windows Mobile will increase its market share from 5 percent in 2010 to 10 percent in 2011, and then level off.
One of the roadblocks, they say, is the high hardware requirements for WP7 devices, which will limit the platform to enthusiast smartphone models.
Do you agree with their assessment, or do you think Windows Phone 7 will finally get Microsoft's mobile business back on track?
If you read our recent "Smartphone Face-Off," then you know exactly where we stand in the mobile OS wars [SPOILER ALERT]. As far as we're concerned, "Android is the more flexible and powerful operating system" out of the the bunch (Android, iOS, BlackBerry, and Maemo), and as it turns out, we're not the only ones in love with Google's open-source OS.
Appcelerator, which makes the Titanium cross-platform mobile development software, recently pinged 2,363 developers and asked them to rate which mobile OS has the best long-term outlook. The result? Some 58.6 percent pointed to Android, compared to iOS at 34.9 percent. That's a 10.1-point widening of the gap since the last survey back in July, in which 54 percent of developers were betting on Android compared to 40.4 percent believing in iOS.
The gap widens even further when breaking down the findings. For example, 72 percent of developers said Android "is best positioned to power a large number and variety of connected devices in the future," compared to just 25 percent for iOS.
This isn't limited to just smartphones, either. When looking at connected TVs, 44 percent indicated they are "very interested" in developing for Google TV, versus 40 percent for Apple TV.
There's a whole bunch more to this survey, which you can read here (PDF).
Spatial will also be providing 3D content through a smartphone app called 3DeeCentral.The app will be available first for Apple devices and then in the Android Marketplace.
“Watch stereo 3D content on your iPhone and iPod touch with Spatial View's 3DeeSlide. It's an easily installed lens holder with Spatial View's lenticular lens technology for high impact viewing of stereo 3D image and video content. Works in portrait and landscape mode and supports touch-through. Available this fall,” reads the official product page.
Having just watched a 3D movie on an iPhone, the Business Insider folks are going gaga over Spatial's glasses-free 3D solution that is “expected to cost under $20.” But as it turns out, this is not the company's first attempt at providing an autostereoscopic 3D experience to iPhone owners. It is also responsible for the woefully bad protective skin called the Wazabee 3DeeShell, which “consists of a two-part durable protective skin and a removable lenticular lens for seeing content in stereo 3D,” and which gives us plenty of reason to remain skeptical.
It took 14 months, thousands of user protests, and an FCC investigation, but the Google Voice iPhone application has finally been approved. The app enables free phone calls within the United States, along with steeply discounted international calling, a move that likely won’t sit well with AT&T who charges a much higher rate for long distance calling. Google Voice also offers free voicemail transcriptions, the ability to listen to voicemail messages live, and several other indispensable call forwarding and number management tools.
The good news for iPhone users helps underscore Apple’s recent commitment to loosening up the reigns on app store approvals, but its hard to mistake this act of charity as anything less than a move to keep up with the competition. The iPhone platform finds itself increasingly competing for developer time with Android, WebOS, and now even Windows Phone 7.
Has Apple’s recent change of heart convinced you the iPhone is worth looking at? Or did you ditch the Retina display for an OLED long ago?
Audyssey is hoping to gain a foothold in the already crowded iPhone/iPod speaker dock market with the Audyssey Audio Dock: South of Market Edition. Audyssey chose San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood as the eponym for its maiden iDevice-centric product because of its “eclectic mix of restaurants, nightclubs, start-ups and artist lofts.”
As an audio system, it doesn't exclusively cater to the iPhone/iPod-brandishing crowd, but any bluetooth-enabled device can be used to wirelessly stream music to the dock. It has a built-in speakerphone for times when an important call takes precedence over an ongoing private listening session, allowing you to seamlessly “switch from a playlist to a conference call.”
The dock, when connected to a Mac or PC, allows you to stream audio, sync to iTunes, charge the iPhone or iPod and make VoIP calls. According to Audyssey, its looks are sure to be a talking point. But what it forgot to mention is that most of the conversations the dock evokes are likely to be critical of its design.
“The system is bi-amplified like a professional studio monitor and the sound quality is delivered by five of Audyssey’s proprietary technologies:Audyssey Dynamic Voice, Audyssey EQ, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Audyssey BassXT and Audyssey Dynamic Volume,” the company said in a release.
Audyssey still has a bit of time to reconsider the Audio Dock's $400 price tag. The dock is scheduled to make its debut in November.
A new report from Gartner Research claims that Google's Android operating system will grow rapidly in the remaining months of 2010, passing both Apple and RIM. If you don't follow the smartphone world closely, you could be forgiven for forgetting Nokia is still number one worldwide. While their phones are rarely offered by US carriers, the market in other nations often encourages users to buy unlocked phones. Those are often Nokia handsets.
In late 2009, Android had only 3.9% of the market - Apple had three times more. Google is expected to hit about 17.7%, which will clobber Apple's iOS, and just edge out Blackberry. While iOS is still growing, Blackberry has been falling. The tepid response to the Blackberry Torch isn't helping matters.
Android has spread to all US carriers, and more manufacturers are getting in on the fun. It's impressive to see Google come from behind so quickly, especially considering the state Android was in before the release of the Motorola Droid.
Apple and Google have begun sparring over who has the fastest growing mobile OS, with both gloating on the sheer number of devices they are activating each day. However, it is often difficult to extricate the truth from such unabashed preening. Maybe Quantcast's latest monthly mobile data usage report could offer a more balanced perspective.
According to Quantcast, Android emerged as a more popular web browsing platform at the end of August, gaining another 2% share of mobile Web usage in the US. It managed an identical leap in July as well. Android devices now account for a quarter of all mobile data consumption in the country.
Apple's iOS, while still the leading devourer of mobile data bandwidth, is slowly but steadily conceding ground to Android. After dropping 2% over the past two months, it now accounts for 56% of all mobile data usage in the US.