iphone http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/824/ en Kill Switch in iPhone is Working, Microsoft and Google to Follow Suit http://www.maximumpc.com/kill_switch_iphone_working_microsoft_and_google_follow_suit_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/activate_iphone.jpg" alt="Activate iPhone" title="Activate iPhone" width="228" height="201" style="float: right;" />iPhone thefts are down as a result of kill switch technology in iOS 7</h3> <p>One of the debates in the mobile phone industry is whether or not so-called kill switches can actually reduce smartphone theft. Well, early indications suggest that they do. <strong>Authorities in New York and San Francisco -- two locations where smartphone theft is a growing epidemic -- say they've seen a drop in iPhone robberies</strong> since Apple implemented its Activation Lock feature in iOS 7.</p> <p>Looking at data in the six months before and after Apple implemented the feature, police said iPhone theft in San Francisco dropped 38 percent. Those in London -- another place where smartphone theft happens far too often -- fell 24 percent. As for New York, robberies involving Apple products dropped 19 percent, and those involving grand larcenies went down 29 percent in the first five months of 2014 compared with the same time frame in 2013, <a href="http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/06/19/antitheft-technology-led-to-a-dip-in-iphone-thefts-in-some-cities-police-say/?_php=true&amp;_type=blogs&amp;_r=0" target="_blank"><em>The New York Times</em> reports</a>.</p> <p>Police have long believed that this type of antitheft technology would discourage crooks from stealing smartphones, and the data up to this point shows they're right. However, kill switch technology might not deserve all the credit. There are other factors at play, such as an increased effort on the part of law enforcement and tech companies to educate consumers on additional security measures to protect their handsets -- things like setting up passcodes.</p> <p>Regardless of the debate, the industry is moving forward with kill switches. As it stands, both Google and Microsoft have plans to implement antitheft technology into the next version of their respective mobile operating systems. Between the three platforms -- iOS, Android, and Windows Phone -- almost every new device will have a kill switch.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/kill_switch_iphone_working_microsoft_and_google_follow_suit_2014#comments android Google iOS 7 iphone kill switch microsoft mobile Security smartphone windows phone News Thu, 19 Jun 2014 15:20:23 +0000 Paul Lilly 28035 at http://www.maximumpc.com Top 8 Apple Successes and Failures http://www.maximumpc.com/top_7_apple_successes_and_failures_2014 <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u154280/imac.png" alt="Apple" title="Apple" width="342" height="228" style="float: right;" /></p> <h3>Sweet and sour apples</h3> <p>Following our <a title="microsoft success and failures" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/microsofts_5_greatest_successes_and_failures_2013" target="_blank">Microsoft</a> and <a title="google success and failures" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/top_7_google_successes_and_failures2014" target="_blank">Google successes and failures</a>&nbsp;stories, we’ve heard some of you clamoring for an Apple Successes and Failures list. Since it also happens to be Apple's big WWDC week, we decided now would be a good time to oblige and reflect on Apple's history. Yes, we’re the biggest PC fanboys around, but we can’t deny that Apple has had some financially successful computing devices. Plus, it's also fun to take a look back at some of the company's biggest blunders.</p> <p>Here's a list of eight successes and failures Apple’s had over the last few decades.</p> <p>Is there a company that you would like us to analyze next? Let us know in the comments below!</p> <p><em>Update: We've updated the list to include more successes and failures.</em></p> <p><span style="font-style: normal;">Follow Chris on&nbsp;</span><a style="font-style: normal;" href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/117154316323139826718" target="_blank">Google</a><span style="font-style: normal;">+&nbsp;or&nbsp;</span><a style="font-style: normal;" href="https://twitter.com/chriszele" target="_blank">Twitter</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/top_7_apple_successes_and_failures_2014#comments apple failure Hardware iMac ios iphone success wwdc Features Mon, 02 Jun 2014 22:45:45 +0000 Chris Zele 27189 at http://www.maximumpc.com NSA Reportedly Hijacks PCs to Install Spyware, Has Backdoor Access to iPhones http://www.maximumpc.com/nsa_reportedly_hijacks_pcs_install_spyware_has_backdoor_access_iphones2013 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/iphone_5s_0.jpg" alt="iPhone 5S" title="iPhone 5S" width="228" height="111" style="float: right;" />Nothing is out of bounds</h3> <p>By far the biggest revelation of 2013 was that of the U.S. government's overreaching National Security Agency (NSA) and its PRISM surveillance program. Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden blew the whistle on the government's ability to spy on various forms of communication by leaking several documents to the press, and since doing so, new information keeps coming out. One of the most recent reports claims the <strong>NSA routinely intercepts computer deliveries</strong> in order to exploit vulnerabilities to aid with spying.</p> <p>Citing a German magazine, <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/report-nsa-intercepts-computer-deliveries/2013/12/29/dc14c3da-70a2-11e3-bc6b-712d770c3715_story.html?clsrd" target="_blank"><em>The Washington Post</em> reports</a> that a division of the NSA known as Tailored Access Operations (TAO) specializing in intercepting data from tough targets, or "getting the ungettable." TAO has access to all kinds of goods to help do that, such as computer monitor cables designed to record what's being typed across the screen, fake base stations that intercept mobile phone signals, and the list goes on.</p> <p>Planting these items sometimes involves intercepting computer pacakges, according to the report. In addition, TAO also installs spyware in order to track and spy on specific targets. According to one document, intercepting computer equipment ranks as one of the NSA's "most productive operations."</p> <p>A <a href="http://www.dailydot.com/politics/nsa-backdoor-iphone-access-camera-mic-appelbaum/" target="_blank">related report</a> in <em>The Daily Dot</em> that cites the same German magazine says the NSA can also snoop on almost every communication sent from an iPhone. According to the report, leaked documents reveal the NSA plants spyware on iOS devices with a 100 percent success rate. It's part of a program called DROPOUTJEEP and it allows the NSA to read SMS messages, access contact lists, locate a phone using cell tower data, and activate the device's microphone and camera.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/nsa_reportedly_hijacks_pcs_install_spyware_has_backdoor_access_iphones2013#comments Hardware iphone malware nsa Privacy Security Software spyware News Tue, 31 Dec 2013 16:39:22 +0000 Paul Lilly 26977 at http://www.maximumpc.com Apple Bullies Popular iPhone, iPad Inventory Tracker Sites into Shutting Down http://www.maximumpc.com/apple_bullies_popular_iphone_ipad_inventory_tracker_sites_shutting_down2013 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/apple_evil.jpg" alt="Apple Evil" title="Apple Evil" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />Is this a sign that Apple's 2nd Gen iPad mini is in short supply?</h3> <p><a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/apple"><strong>Apple</strong></a> devices are incredibly popular and it's not unusual for there to be a shortage of whatever new gadget just came out. Coming soon, the hot new item Apple will be pimping is a new iPad mini with Retina display. There have been plenty of rumors leading up to the 2nd generation iPad mini's launch suggesting Retina panels for the device are in relatively short supply, which might explain why Apple is suddenly interested in shutting down inventory tracker websites.</p> <p>Apple-Tracker.com's founder Mordy Tikotzky <a href="http://www.apple-tracker.com/" target="_blank">claims he received</a> a DMCA takedown notice from Apple's legal department saying that his website, along with iPhone-check.com, are operating in violation of Apple's Internet Service Terms of Use. Tikotzky's websites scraped Apple's retail store sites to determine how much inventory was available.</p> <p>"I have a good faith belief that the the website identified by URL below is unlawful because, among other things, the page scrapes and collects data from Apple.com in violation of the Apple.com Internet Service Terms of Use," Apple's attorney stated in the notice.</p> <p>Tikotzky expressed regret for having to turn off his websites, adding that he's "not really interested in picking a fight with Apple." It's an unfortunate turn of events for consumers who, prior to the takedowns, could input their ZIP code and find out whether a particular product was in stock locally.</p> <p>In <a href="https://twitter.com/tikotzky/status/398215129101516800" target="_blank">subsequent Twitter posts</a>, Tikotzky said he <a href="https://twitter.com/tikotzky/status/398240022023135232" target="_blank">released the source code</a> for his websites and tracking tool. While Apple may have successfully shuttered the original tracking sites, it's only a matter of time before copycat sites pop up, giving the company's legal department plenty to keep busy with.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/apple_bullies_popular_iphone_ipad_inventory_tracker_sites_shutting_down2013#comments apple Hardware Internet inventory iPad ipad mini iphone online News Thu, 07 Nov 2013 15:36:13 +0000 Paul Lilly 26650 at http://www.maximumpc.com Amazon Reportedly Working With HTC On New Smartphones http://www.maximumpc.com/amazon_reportedly_working_htc_new_smartphones_2013 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u162579/htc-productdetail-overview.jpg" alt="HTC One" title="HTC One" width="170" height="148" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3><span style="font-weight: normal;">Amazon-branded smartphones could be on the way</span></h3> <p><a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/htc" target="_blank">HTC</a> has been in a <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/htcs_profits_sink_titanic_down_83_percent_q2_2013" target="_blank">bit of trouble</a> after the launch of the HTC One, but things might be looking up for the Taiwanese phone manufacturer. According to a report by the <a href="http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/8751175e-35ab-11e3-b539-00144feab7de.html#axzz2hpA4S5qv" target="_blank">Financial Times</a>, <strong><a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/amazon" target="_blank">Amazon</a> </strong>is partnering with HTC to get into the smartphone market, but we probably won’t be seeing a completed phone for a while.&nbsp;</p> <p>Although one of the three devices being considered is “at an advanced state of development,” the FT states that the launch timeline has already been changed once and that Amazon might not even release the device.&nbsp;</p> <p>The entire agreement is remarkably similar to Google’s partnership with LG which resulted in the Nexus 4 and might have <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/lg_most_likely_candidate_build_googles_nexus_5_smartphone2013" target="_blank">continued over</a> to the unreleased Nexus 5. It’s also the first time that Amazon has worked with a well-known phone maker like HTC. All of Amazon’s Kindles have been designed in-house.</p> <p>This isn’t HTC’s first attempt at a partnership. The HTC First—otherwise known as the Facebook phone—was a collaboration between the hardware designers at HTC and the developers at Facebook.</p> <p>What do you guys think about Amazon and HTC getting together to make branded Android phones? Let us know in the comments!</p> <p><em>Follow Ben on <a href="http://twitter.com/benjkim" target="_blank">Twitter</a>!</em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/amazon_reportedly_working_htc_new_smartphones_2013#comments amazon android htc iphone kindle News Tue, 15 Oct 2013 21:26:59 +0000 Ben Kim 26507 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft Goes After iPhone Users with Minimum $200 Trade Offer Towards a Windows Phone http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_goes_after_iphone_users_minimum_200_trade_offer_towards_windows_phone <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/microsoft_store_0.jpg" alt="Microsoft Store" title="Microsoft Store" width="228" height="150" style="float: right;" />Trade in program kicks off on Friday</h3> <p>Tired of your iPhone? Not digging the direction Apple is going with its recent iOS 7 update? If so, Microsoft has at least 200 reasons why you might want to consider ditching your iPhone 4S or iPhone 5 in favor of a <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/windows_phone"><strong>Windows Phone</strong></a>. Starting this Friday, Microsoft Stores will begin offering a minimum $200 in-store credit for recent iPhone models, and while you can spend the gift card on anything you want in the store, it's Microsoft's hope that you'll grab a Windows Phone.</p> <p>It's part of Microsoft's Time to Switch campaign, <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/kellyclay/2013/09/24/microsoft-to-offer-cash-for-your-iphone-with-trade-in-program/" target="_blank">according to <em>Forbes</em></a> and its "inside source" that's leaking out company info. If it turns out to be true, this would follow a recent program in which Microsoft was encouraging iPad users to ditch their iOS tablet for Surface.</p> <p>Of course, you can always sell your device on eBay or Craigslist for a nice sum, assuming it's in good condition, but $200 for an iPhone 4S isn't too shabby on Microsoft's part. Plus, you avoid the hassle of potential non-paying bidders, buyer disputes, seller fees, etc.</p> <p>Microsoft's Windows Phone platform is in a distant third place behind iOS and Android, though it did recently surpass BlackBerry in market share.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/113266473617484509826?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_goes_after_iphone_users_minimum_200_trade_offer_towards_windows_phone#comments iOS 7 iphone microsoft mobile smartphone windows phone News Thu, 26 Sep 2013 17:54:21 +0000 Paul Lilly 26381 at http://www.maximumpc.com Logitech Harmony Ultimate Hub Turns Android and iPhone Devices into Killer Universal Remotes http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/logitech_harmony_ultimate_hub_turns_android_and_iphone_devices_killer_universal_remotes2013 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/logitech_harmony_ultimate_hub.jpg" alt="Logitech Harmony Ultimate Hub" title="Logitech Harmony Ultimate Hub" width="228" height="167" style="float: right;" />Teach an old smartphone new tricks</h3> <p>Today's smartphones are essentially mini PCs. They're fast, well equipped, and can handle all kinds of different tasks, from productivity chores to gaming and everything in between. Heck, you can even make a phone call on one if you really wanted to. Thanks to <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/logitech"><strong>Logitech</strong></a>, you can also <a href="http://news.logitech.com/press-release/corporate/logitech-introduces-harmony-ultimate-hub-turning-iphone-and-android-smartpho" target="_blank">control your television</a> with your iPhone or Android device, provided you drop on a C-note on the company's new Harmony Ultimate Hub.</p> <p>The Harmony Ultimate Hub is a puck shaped receiver that helps consolidate your multiple remote controls into a simple smartphone app. It's already included as part of the Logitech Harmony Ultimate and Logitech Harmony Smart Control products, and now it's available as a standalone item.</p> <p>Downloading the accompanying app is free, and with it you can consolidate up to eight different remotes. Harmony is compatible with over 225,000 home theater devices, turning Wi-Fi signals from your smartphone into IR and Bluetooth commands.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/harmony-ultimate-hub?wt.mc_id=global_news_harmonyhub" target="_blank">Harmony Ultimate Hub</a> is available now for $100 MSRP.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/113266473617484509826?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/logitech_harmony_ultimate_hub_turns_android_and_iphone_devices_killer_universal_remotes2013#comments android harmony ultimate hub iphone logitech mobile remote control universal remote News Fri, 21 Jun 2013 16:59:10 +0000 Paul Lilly 25781 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft Office Casually Moseys Over to iPhone, Caveats Follow http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/microsoft_office_casually_moseys_over_iphone_caveats_follow2013 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/office_mobile.jpg" alt="Office Mobile" title="Office Mobile" width="228" height="191" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>"You have to call me Dragon."</h3> <p>Remember that scene in Step Brothers when Dale Doback and Brennan Huff <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7BIodgJtJM" target="_blank">meet for the first time</a>? They stare each other down and insist on being called Dragon (Dale) and Nighthawk (Brennan). It's a scene that immediately came to mind when we found out <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/microsoft"><strong>Microsoft</strong></a>'s Office productivity suite had wandered over to iOS to meet the iPhone -- and only the iPhone -- in the form of Office Mobile.</p> <p>You read that right -- Office is (finally) available for iPhone via iTunes, though not without caveats. Though it's a free download (yay!), it's only accessible to Office 365 Home Premium and ProPlus subscribers (boo!). The other caveat is that Office Mobile is only optimized for iPhone, not the iPad or iPad mini, both of which offer larger displays to work with.</p> <p>Regardless, it's a first step -- and a big one at that -- in bringing Office over to iOS.</p> <p>"After signing in to an Office 365 account, you can access, view and edit Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents from anywhere," Microsoft stated in a <a href="http://blogs.office.com/b/office-news/archive/2013/06/14/office-mobile-for-the-iphone-is-now-available-for-office-365-subscribers.aspx" target="_blank">blog post</a>. "And, you can count on Office Mobile to keep all your content and formatting intact so the document still looks great when you're back on your PC or Mac."</p> <p><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/nDR150tAOkk" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>Microsoft promises a consistent Office experience across platforms, meaning your formatting and layout will remain intact when going from PC or Mac over to iPhone. The software maker also touts the ability to make quick edits and share documents from your iPhone, with the ability to save directly to SkyDrive, Microsoft's cloud-based storage locker.</p> <p>Office Mobile is <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/office-mobile-for-office-365/id541164041?mt=8" target="_blank">available to download</a> right now.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/113266473617484509826?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/microsoft_office_casually_moseys_over_iphone_caveats_follow2013#comments ios iphone itunes microsoft Microsoft Office office 365 productivity Software News Fri, 14 Jun 2013 14:57:15 +0000 Paul Lilly 25737 at http://www.maximumpc.com Survey: Teens Love iPhones, Beats by Dr. Dre Headphones http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/survey_teens_love_iphones_beats_dr_dre_headphones2013 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/beats.jpg" alt="Beats by Dr. Dre" title="Beats by Dr. Dre" width="228" height="215" style="float: right;" />Piper Jaffray thinks it has teens figured out.</h3> <p>According to the results of <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/piper_jaffray"><strong>Piper Jaffray's</strong></a> 25th bi-annual teen survey, Android is growing in popularity among today's teens, but the iPhone is still the most sought after smartphone. Almost half of those surveyed -- 48 percent -- already own an iPhone, up from 40 percent last fall, while nearly two-thirds -- 62 percent -- plan on purchasing an iPhone the next time they buy a handset.</p> <p>That latter stat is virtually unchanged from Fall 2012, as is the inclination to buy Android, which jumped a percentage point to 23 percent in the latest survey.</p> <p>Teens are just as infatuated with iOS in the tablet category. Out of the 51 percent who own a tablet, 68 percent wield an iPad, though that's down from 72 percent. Some 17 percent plan on buying a tablet in the next 6 months, and out of those, 68 percent say they'll either get a full size iPad or iPad mini.</p> <p>The survey didn't just focus on mobile devices, but on a number of categories, including fashion, video games, social media, and more. It even looked at headphones and found that Beats by Dr. Dre is the most popular brand among teens, followed by Apple and then Skullcandy as the top three.</p> <p>Check out the <a href="http://www.piperjaffray.com/private/pdf/Taking_Stock_Teach-in_Spring_2013_MV_2.pdf" target="_blank">full survey (PDF)</a> and let us know what you think.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/113266473617484509826?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/survey_teens_love_iphones_beats_dr_dre_headphones2013#comments apple beats by dr. dre Hardware headphones iphone mobile piper jaffray study teenagers teens News Wed, 10 Apr 2013 16:30:24 +0000 Paul Lilly 25332 at http://www.maximumpc.com Mozilla Confirms They Won’t Develop Firefox For iOS Until Apple Allows Alternate Rendering Engines http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/mozilla_confirms_they_won%E2%80%99t_develop_firefox_ios_until_apple_allows_alternate_rendering_engines123 <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u46173/mozilla-4.jpg" alt="Firefox" title="Firefox" width="228" height="128" style="float: right;" /></p> <h3>Mozilla is intentionally ignoring Apple’s mobile platform.&nbsp;</h3> <p><strong><a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/ios">iOS</a></strong> users have a ton of alternate browser choices these days, but only if you don’t mind using a severely gimped and re-skinned version of Safari. Google for example has chosen to port over a version of its highly successful Chrome browser, however unlike the situation on the desktops, iOS Chrome is significantly slower than Safari. Apple currently forces competitors to make use of its much slower UIWebView rendering engine, while the built in version of Safari has access to the significantly faster Nitro engine. This policy ensures competitors are unable to match Safari in the speed department, and Mozilla claims this is the primary reason why they currently <a href="http://news.cnet.com/8301-14013_3-57573440/mozilla-says-no-plans-to-return-to-ios/?part=rss">have no intention of developing for the platform</a>.</p> <p>Mozilla vice president Mike Sullivan was on hand at this years SXSW, and confirmed that his company wasn’t interested in simply skinning an in-superior version of Safari. Sullivan stated clearly that Mozilla would only revisit iOS if they were given the opportunity to natively port the IonMonkey engine currently being used on other desktop and mobile platforms. Mozilla faces similar challenges on Windows RT, and given how stubborn both Apple and Microsoft can be, we aren’t surprised the company is pursuing its own mobile OS.</p> <p>Will Apple ever open up their platform to proper competition? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.</p> <p><em>Follow Justin on <a style="font-style: italic;" href="http://www.twitter.com/justinkerr">Twitter</a>&nbsp;or on <a href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/102706118778464605651?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/mozilla_confirms_they_won%E2%80%99t_develop_firefox_ios_until_apple_allows_alternate_rendering_engines123#comments apple browser wars firefox ios iPad iphone mobile Mozilla Software News Sun, 10 Mar 2013 19:53:53 +0000 Justin Kerr 25158 at http://www.maximumpc.com Nearly 7 Out of 10 Smartphones are Rocking Android http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/nearly_7_out_10_smartphones_are_rocking_android <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/android_rock.png" alt="Android Rock" title="Android" width="228" height="229" style="float: right;" />Android is by far the most popular smartphone platform on the planet, according to data by the IDC.</h3> <p>You can't really call it a <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/smartphone"><strong>smartphone</strong></a> battle royale when the only armies on the battlefield are <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/android">Android</a> and <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/ios">iOS</a>. Google's open source platform closed out 2012 with a 70.1 percent share of the global smartphone market by way of 159.8 million handset shipments, making it by far the most popular platform. Next in line is iOS (iPhone), a distant second with 47.8 million iPhone sales to claim a 21 percent share of the market. Together, the two platforms accounted for just over 9 out of every 10 smartphones sold last year.</p> <p>The rest of the field is comprised of also-rans, including BlackBerry (7.4 million shipments, 3.2 percent share), Windows Phone and Windows Mobile (6 million shipments, 2.6 percent share), Linux (3.8 million shipments, 1.7 percent share), and all others (3 million shipments, 1.3 percent share), according to the latest data by International Data Corporation.</p> <p>"The dominance of Android and Apple reached a new watermark in the fourth quarter," <a href="http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS23946013#.UR1DlaX_l8F" target="_blank">said Ramon Llamas</a>, research manager with IDC's Mobile Phone team. "Android boasted a broad selection of smartphones, and an equally deep list of smartphone vendor partners. Finding an Android smartphone for nearly any budget, taste, size, and price was all but guaranteed during 2012. As a result, Android was rewarded with market-beating growth.</p> <p>"Likewise, demand for Apple's iPhone 5 kept iOS out in front and in the hands of many smartphone users," added Llamas. "At the same time, lower prices on the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S brought iOS within reach of more users and sustained volume success of older models. Even with the Apple Maps debacle, iPhone owners were not deterred from purchasing new iPhones."</p> <p>Will 2013 prove any different? Windows Phone 8 is just now starting to gain some traction, and BlackBerry will look to make a run with its BlackBerry 10 platform. Still, it's hard to imagine the landscape looking decidedly different at the end of the year, given how far out ahead iOS and Android are.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/113266473617484509826?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/nearly_7_out_10_smartphones_are_rocking_android#comments android BlackBerry Hardware idc international data corporation ios iphone smartphones Software Symbian windows phone News Thu, 14 Feb 2013 20:35:13 +0000 Paul Lilly 25029 at http://www.maximumpc.com Best Holiday Apps to Gift http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/best_holiday_apps_gift2012 <!--paging_filter--><h3>This holiday's best digital stocking stuffers</h3> <p>Just about everyone has a smartphone or tablet these days, so in addition to buying family/friends <a title="Christmas gifts gadgets electronics" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/geek_holiday_gift_guide_2012" target="_blank">physical gifts</a>, why not gift a few apps this holiday season? Ranging anywhere from $1 to $30, apps are like digital stocking stuffers, perfect as last minute purchases that won’t break your budget.</p> <p>They’re particularly great for those who use iOS devices. In iTunes, you can <strong>gift</strong> an <strong>app</strong>, song, or album by clicking the arrow near the Buy button and selecting “Gift This App.”</p> <p>Android has the next most populated app store, and in many regions, it’s also the most popular smartphone platform. Unfortunately, the Google Play Store doesn’t have a gifting feature, so apart from hacking your way into your recipient’s phone and buying an app for him (and slipping the money into his pocket while he isn’t looking), your best choice is to purchase some <a title="Google Play Gift Cards" href="http://play.google.com/intl/en_us/about/giftcards/" target="_blank">Google Play Gift Cards</a>, available in $10, $25, and $50 values, and then tell them which apps they should buy.</p> <p>If you’re having trouble thinking of some good apps to send off to your friends and family’s virtual stockings, we’ve put together a list of some of the more popular paid apps out there. If you have any gift suggestions of your own, make sure to let us know in the comments!</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/best_holiday_apps_gift2012#comments android apple apps Christmas dad games gifts Google Holiday iphone itunes mobile mom phones tablets Features Web Exclusive Thu, 13 Dec 2012 20:40:56 +0000 Paul Escallier 24670 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft Office Headed to Android and iOS in 2013 http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/microsoft_office_headed_android_and_ios_2013 <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u69/office_android_ios.jpg" alt="Android iOS Office" title="Mobile Office Image" width="228" height="156" style="float: right;" />Microsoft is reportedly in the process of porting its <strong><a href="http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/" target="_blank">Office</a></strong> productivity suite over to iOS and Android devices. This isn't the first we've heard of Office Mobile, nor has Microsoft officially confirmed the news, but screenshots and inside information have all but tipped the release as imminent. It will ship first to iOS and then Android, starting in early 2013, perhaps as early as February.</p> <p>This information comes courtesy of <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2012/11/7/3612422/microsoft-office-mobile-ipad-iphone-android-screenshots" target="_blank"><em>The Verge</em></a>, which received its intel "through several sources close to Microsoft's plans." As <em>The Verge</em> tells it, Office Mobile will initially be offered as a free app that allows iOS and Android users to view Microsoft Office documents (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel). Using it will require a Microsoft account.</p> <p>Those with an <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/microsoft_reveals_pricing_info_office_365_subscriptions">Office 365 subscription</a> will be able to edit documents in Office Mobile, and there will be an option to purchase a subscription from within the app. Look for this to include basic editing functions and not the full assortment of tools available in the desktop version.</p> <p>As previously mentioned, iOS users get first dibs on Mobile Office, either in late February or early March of next year. An Android release is scheduled for May.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/113266473617484509826" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly">Facebook</a></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/microsoft_office_headed_android_and_ios_2013#comments android ios iPad iphone microsoft Microsoft Office mobile office Office Mobile productivity Software News Wed, 07 Nov 2012 16:23:26 +0000 Paul Lilly 24461 at http://www.maximumpc.com No BS Podcast #190: Gordon Returns and an Intern Appears http://www.maximumpc.com/article/no_bs_podcast/no_bs_podcast_190_gordon_returns_and_intern_appears <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u154082/featuredcontentimage.jpg" alt="No BS Podcast" title="No BS Podcast" width="300" height="300" style="float: right;" /></p> <p>This week it’s a full-house in the Podcast room as Deputy Editor Gordon Ung is back from vacation (and IDF) and is joined by Online Managing Editor Jimmy Thang, Editor Josh Norem and our new intern Chris Zele who was offered the gig despite previously working for the Geek Squad at Best Buy.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Kicking things off we have Gordon dishing the dirt he uncovered at the Intel Developer’s Forum. He tells us all about all the gear he saw including Intel’s Ivy Bridge successor, code-named <a title="Haswell" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/what_does_intels_haswell_platform_mean_future_computing" target="_blank">Haswell</a>. He then tells us what he thinks about AMD’s current situation. We also talk about new GPUs from <a title="nvidia" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/nvidia_rounds_out_kepler_line_budget_friendly_geforce_gtx_660_and_650_graphics_cards">Nvidia</a> and possibly <a title="AMD" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/amd_readies_new_flagship_radeon_hd_8000_series_graphics_card" target="_blank">AMD</a>, how Borderlands 2 is awesome, the <a title="Dream Machine 2012" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/hardware/dream_machine_2012_future_now">Dream Machine article</a> which was (finally) posted online, everyone’s favorite Apple phone and <a title="Steam big picture" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/how-tos/how_enable_steam_big_picture_mode_beta">Steam’s new Big Picture mode</a>.</p> <p>To wrap things up we answer your questions from <a title="facebook" href="http://www.facebook.com/maximumpc">Facebook</a> and <a title="max pc twitter" href="https://twitter.com/maximumpc">Twitter</a>, and Gordon concludes the show with a profanity-laden rant about – what else? – <a title="iphone 5 jimmy kimmel" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/jimmy_kimmels_iphone_5_prank_hilariously_depressing">the iPhone 5</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Click <a title="No BS Podcast 190" href="http://dl.maximumpc.com/maxpc_190_20121003.mp3" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a> to listen to the podcast. You can also subscribe to us on <a title="iTunes" href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/maximum-pc-no-bs-podcast/id213247824?mt=2" target="_blank">iTunes</a>. And if we need to spell it out even further, this podcast is made by adults, for adults, and foul language is present &nbsp;- you have been warned.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/no_bs_podcast/no_bs_podcast_190_gordon_returns_and_intern_appears#comments amd chris zele geforce gordon mah ung Intern iphone Jimmy Thang josh norem maximum pc No BS Podcast 190 No BS Podcast Wed, 03 Oct 2012 22:30:50 +0000 The Maximum PC Staff 24282 at http://www.maximumpc.com Jimmy Kimmel's iPhone 5 Prank is Hilariously Depressing http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/jimmy_kimmels_iphone_5_prank_hilariously_depressing <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u69/kimmel_iphone_5.jpg" width="228" height="158" style="float: right;" />Imagine, if you will, a world in which blind loyalty trumps common sense and critical thinking, where the power of marketing and the corporate hype machine are so strong that reasonably intelligent consumers are reduced to social status seeking nitwits on a late night television talk show. Sadly, you don't have to imagine such a place. It already exists, as Jimmy Kimmel proved when his camera crew took to the streets of Los Angeles and handed people an iPhone 4S, and then asking them what they thought of the new <a href="http://www.apple.com/iphone/">iPhone 5</a> they where holding.</p> <p>"Oh, it's way better...that's definitely noticeably better," the first test subject exclaims, who said he owns the iPhone 4S.</p> <p>Most agreed that the iPhone 4S, masquerading as an iPhone 5, felt "a lot faster" and lighter than the iPhone 4S, save for a Hulk Hogan lookalike, who said it felt heavier (he also said the colors are brighter).</p> <p>"Oh my God, it feels a lot lighter and just more, um, just a lot higher quality," a man says, as he holds the fake iPhone 5 in one hand and his own iPhone 4S in another.</p> <p>Grab a box of tissues so you can weep for society and check out the minute-and-a-half viral clip below.</p> <p><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/rdIWKytq_q4" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/113266473617484509826" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly">Facebook</a></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/jimmy_kimmels_iphone_5_prank_hilariously_depressing#comments Hardware iphone iphone 4s iphone 5 jimmy kimmel maximum tech mobile smartphone News Mon, 17 Sep 2012 14:47:01 +0000 Paul Lilly 24171 at http://www.maximumpc.com