There’s more to the Mobile World Congress than just flagship Android phone launches. The congress gives us a glimpse at the technologies that future mobile devices will integrate, or pursue to integrate, in the next few months and years.
From The Editor's Chair
Just last week Apple pulled the iOS apps for 500 px from the App Store because it was too easy for kids to fine nude images. Okay, that’s fine. Sort of. It would take several steps—including going to a desktop browser—to turn “safe search off”, but no matter. Over the weekend the new hot app/social network Vine made a 6 second porn video an “editor’s pick”. A quick search for “#porn” in Vine yields all the nudity you’d care to see. So why is Vine still in the App Store?
When I finally bought an Apple TV late last year, beyond streaming music and videos, one of the first things I did was to fire up a few games I knew had some kind of dual screen experience. Frankly, there weren’t too many to try, and really none of them blew me away to the point where I’ve played another game through my Apple TV.
Seems like a shame, doesn’t it? Which begs the question, why aren’t there more games that take advantage of AirPlay and why aren’t the ones that are available better?
Remember back when Windows 95 and NT were OSes to beat and Mac OS had reached a pinnacle point? That’s about the time when NeXT and BeOS started to get major attention. Both are gone today, but I think it’s safe to say that all OSes have some parts influenced by those early players. Recently Canonical announced a preview of a mobile phone (and tablet?) OS based on Ubuntu and today Mozilla has announced new Firefox OS developer preview phones.
If all the hints and info from CES are to be believed, Samsung is going to release the Galaxy S4 phone in the next couple months. According to the Wall Street Journal, we’re seeing iPhone-like hype about the Galaxy S4. Here’s the question, is the interest we’re reading about true interest or just hype from the tech journalist echo chamber?
By and large I love the iWork and iLife apps for iOS, but… But iMovie confounded me at first (and still confuses me at times). Sometimes I’m not quite sure if it’s as easy as iMovie on the Mac or maybe it’s easier. One thing that is for sure once you get the hang of iMovie for iOS, it’s a great video editor for quick and dirty videos on the go. As powerful as iMovie on the Mac? Nope, but sometimes that’s okay. In this video demo I give you a few tips and hints for using iMovie for iOS
Earlier this week we showed you how Guided Access could be used to mute notifications while in an app (for example recording a video of a demo or just wanting to be focused). Then we realized that many of you might not even know about this awesome, hidden feature in iOS 6 that you can use to improve game play or just control how an app is being used.
Readdle released the successor (update really) to ReaddleDocs for iPad as Documents. An iPad app intended to be your go-to app for viewing and editing documents on your iPad. Best of all, it’s free.
Yesterday it was widely reported that Apple’s reduction in component orders was a sign of soft demand for the iPhone 5. Other analysts have offered an alternate take on it: demand is still strong, Apple just needs fewer extra parts to make the device. Don’t forget that the iPhone 5 has been one of the hardest to manufacture, hard to manufacture also means more extra parts needed to make units that can be shipped.