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It looks like Google is willing to go to great lengths to keep their search engine at the top of the list in the mobile platform. So much so that they have agreed to share a percentage of their revenue with Apple to keep their search bar up, front, and center.

 

This is according Annette Hurst, Oracle’s attorney during a hearing in federal court. She specified that at one point in time, the revenue share was 34 percent, and in 2014, Google paid Apple US$1 billion.

 

Oracle Corp.’s filed a copyright lawsuit against the search engine giant in 2010 over claims that Google used its Java software without paying for it to develop Android. The damages Oracle seeks may exceed US$1 billion since it expanded its claims to cover newer Android versions.

 

According to Bloomberg, the transcript containing this information has vanished without a trace from electronic court records. This is no surprise as Google has requested for the transcript to be blocked saying the disclosure could severely affect its ability to negotiate similar agreements with other companies. Although the request was denied by the magistrate judge.

 

“The specific financial terms of Google’s agreement with Apple are highly sensitive to both Google and Apple. Both Apple and Google have always treated this information as extremely confidential,” said Google in their filing.

 

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Apple has just released a new app called Music Memos, that was clearly designed with musicians in mind.

At its heart, Music Memo is a recording app and draws a lot of inspiration from Apple’s own Voice Memos app. The idea is to take Voice Memos and improve it for musicians by adding features for songwriting and developing ideas for songs and music.

To begin, once you launch Music Memo, the app is intelligent enough to begin automatically recording once it hears that you are playing or singing.

Once you are done, the file is saved in an uncompressed file format, so you don’t lose any audio fidelity. Users can then name, tag and rate it to organize their recordings.

Beyond that, the app can also analyze your recording and can split your recording to measures, and suggest what chords you were playing. It can even fill in with drums and a bass line to help you get your song going.

That said, you can’t add tracks or dub in other musical instruments, these functions will require the more capable GarageBand app.

Singer-songwriter Ryan Adams said, “Sometimes ideas come faster than I can get them into my notebook so I’ve used Voice Memos and Notes to quickly capture songs before they’re lost. Music Memos is like if those two apps came together to form some kind of superpower for songs. It quite literally blew my mind how Music Memos could transform a single guitar idea into a whole composition with a virtual drummer loose enough that it felt like you were having your mind read by some A.I. musician and a choice of stand-up or electric bass accompaniments.”

Unfortunately, I can’t play any instrument to save my life, but hey, if it’s good enough for Ryan Adams, I guess it should be good enough for most musicians too.

Music Memos is available for download now from the App Store.

Yes, that’s not an iOS device, but the offline navigation feature works in a similar fashion on iOS devices.

If you happen to be spending this Christmas season travelling overseas without a mobile data plan, you might want to consider updating the Google Maps app on your iOS device to the latest version before you embark on your escapade, as it will allow you to download offline maps for future use.

Once downloaded, you’ll be able to search for local destinations (along with all their contact details and operating hours) and get turn-by-turn navigation without requiring an active Internet connection. And that means you won’t be needing to constantly depend on free Wi-Fi hotspots to get your bearings straight.

The good thing about these offline maps is that you won’t have to worry about them occupying too much of your iOS device’s internal storage over time, as they will automatically be deleted a month after you’ve downloaded them.

Google has already implemented offline navigation into the Android version of Google Maps last month, so there’s really no reason for you to end up losing your way in a foreign country anymore.

 

3D Touch, which made its debut on the Apple Watch as Force Touch, is coming on the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, set to launch this Friday, September 25.

 

Previous iPhones recognized multi-touch gestures like tap, swipe and pinch. 3D Touch recognizes pressure– pressing down on the screen triggers a new command, called Peek, pressing down even harder triggers the second new command, called Pop. Watch how 3D Touch works in action:

According to the Businessweek feature, 3D Touch took Apple “multi, multi, multi years” to develop. While Apple understandably doesn’t delve too deeply into the details, Craig Federighi, the company’s Senior VP of software engineering, gives a clue on how hard it was to make 3D Touch work:

 

“It starts with the idea that, on a device this thin, you want to detect force. I mean, you think you want to detect force, but really what you’re trying to do is sense intent. You’re trying to read minds. And yet you have a user who might be using his thumb, his finger, might be emotional at the moment, might be walking, might be laying on the couch. These things don’t affect intent, but they do affect what a sensor [inside the phone] sees. So there are a huge number of technical hurdles. We have to do sensor fusion with accelerometers to cancel out gravity—but when you turn [the device] a different way, we have to subtract out gravity. … Your thumb can read differently to the touch sensor than your finger would. That difference is important to understanding how to interpret the force. And so we’re fusing both what the force sensor is giving us with what the touch sensor is giving us about the nature of your interaction. So down at even just the lowest level of hardware and algorithms—I mean, this is just one basic thing. And if you don’t get it right, none of it works.”

 

The entire article is a rare look into the process behind building a new tentpole feature for Apple’s flagship product, and one underlying theme is how much Apple is willing to bet on its team of designers. Apple’s design projects have no start and finish dates, and designers can be exploring new directions for months that eventually turn out to be dead ends.

 

Jonathan Ive, Apple’s Chief Design Officer, puts it in the article as, “You know, it’s so very hard to measure [what designers do]. We can be working on something for a long time and still not know quite how it’s going to work out.”

 

But arguably, betting the company on its designers has paid off in billions for Apple. Steve Jobs, Apple’s co-founder and previous CEO, believed in it so much that Jonathan Ive reported directly to him and him alone; and Ive continues to do the same with Tim Cook.

   

A thriving app ecosystem is vital to the success of a mobile device and it seems that the Apple Watch has what it takes to succeed.

Aside from the plans to launch the Apple Watch in more countries by late June, Apple CEO Tim Cook also revealed that there are over 3,500 apps available for the wearable device. The interest and response from developers have been overwhelming, which helped Apple exceed its own expectations.

TechCrunch – “We’re far ahead from where we expected to be from an application point of view,” Cook said in today’s briefing. “We had an internal goal of beating that 1,000 [that the iPad had] and we exceeded that.”

It is noteworthy to mention that developers were only allowed to start submitting their apps for approval from March 31st and within a month, there are already more than 3,500 apps designed specifically for the Apple Watch. To put that into context, the first generation iPhone and iPad launched with 500 and 1,000 apps respectively. Here are the app numbers at launch for some of its rivals:

  • Samsung Galaxy Gear – at least 70 apps
  • Pebble – more than 1,000 with the launch of the Pebble App Store
  • Sony Smart Watch 2 – more than 300 apps

The Apple Watch App Store currently has a variety of categories such as communication, family, work, travel, creativity and health & fitness. If you are one of the fortunate ones to have received your Apple Watch, do check out the App Store and try the apps out.

Ahead of the Apple Watch’s launch on April 24th, Apple has released a series of video guides showing how the Watch works. You can catch them on Apple’s website or on Apple’s YouTube channel (or just watch them all here).

 

Right now, you can watch an overview video, see how to use Messages on the Watch, change the Watch face, as well as how the new Digital Touch function works. These are the first of 11 videos, with seven more videos listed as ‘coming soon’.

 

The Apple Watch will launch first in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the UK and the US, with pre-orders opening on April 10th.

 

From April 10th, Apple Watch will be available for preview, try-on by appointment in Apple’s retail stores in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the UK and the US. On April 14th, Apple Watch will be available online or by reservation in Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorised Resellers in China and Japan, one of which looks like this store in Isetan, Japan.

 

The Apple Watch will be on sale, starting from US$349 for the Apple Watch Sport to a whopping US$10,000 and above for the Apple Watch Edition.

 

No word yet on when the Watch will arrive in Malaysia, the only clue is that the Apple Malaysia site has the words “Available in 2015” on it. Not sure if the Watch is for you?

 

 

Depending on which report you read, sales of smartwatches are expected to reach somewhere between 200 and 400 million units annually by 2020. Although analysts cannot agree on how much the smartwatch category will grow, what they can agree on is that growth over the next few years will be exponential and that the Apple Watch will be a catalyst for this.

The world’s first glimpse of the Apple Watch was in September last year when Apple finally revealed it has been working on a smartwatch.

There’s a lot of excitement surrounding the Apple Watch and it is not hard to see why. Not only is the Apple Watch the company’s first wearable device and smartwatch, it is also Apple’s first all-new device in five years – the last being the iPad. Apple first announced the Apple Watch in September last year and we were there to see it. Like so many other Apple devices, the Apple Watch looks and feels like a premium product. However, apart from its looks, and the fact that it will be available in two sizes (38mm and 42mm) and that it will be offered in various case materials and watch bands, we know little other details. Fortunately, Apple has just spilled all the beans and this article will cover all the important bits that has just been announced at Apple’s Spring Forward event, which was held specially for the Apple Watch.

What can the Apple Watch do

The Apple Watch is interesting because it has a couple of features that are not found on any other smartwatch in the market. First and foremost, the Apple Watch will work only with the iPhone at this point, and will feature a display that is highly customizable. And like any other smartwatch, the Apple Watch will display notifications from your phone. By default, the Apple Watch will display any notification that you programmed your iPhone to display and that can be weather updates, sports results, app notifications and so on.

Take calls on your Apple Watch like Dick Tracy.

Needless to say, the Apple Watch can also receive calls and text notifications (SMS or third-party messaging apps). However, what’s cool about the Apple Watch is that you can use it to take calls – a functionality missing on most smartwatches. This is because the Apple Watch has a built-in speaker and microphone. Users can also use the Apple Watch to reply text messages. In the demo, we saw Kevin Lynch, Apple’s VP of technology, reply text messages using SIRI and emoticons. There does not seem to be an option for an onscreen keyboard, which is logical since the Apple Watch’s display is not going to be large enough to display a full QWERTY keyboard anyway. SIRI can also be activated simply by uttering, “Hey Siri” and can be used just as you would on your iPhone.

Speaking of notifications, what’s cool about the Apple Watch is that it connects to your phone via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, so you need not be within Bluetooth range of your phone to receive notifications. This was a severe restriction with other activity trackers and smartphones and it is good to see that Apple is taking a different approach with the Apple Watch.

Glances is like Control Center on the iOS. Here, the user can use Glances to control music on his/her iPhone.

There’s also a new feature called “Glances”, which is similar to the Control Center on iOS. Simply swipe upwards from the bottom of the Apple’s Watch’s display and you will be greeted with quick summaries of the information that you use most, such as your weather, music controls, your heart rate, and your daily activity progress.

Another unique feature of the Apple Watch is something called “Digital Touch.” Using the touchscreen display, users can draw on the display and then send their sketches to other Apple Watch users. They can also send taps and even their heartbeats to other Apple Watch users. This is something new and while it sounds a little gimmicky at this point, it should be quite interesting to see how people will end up using it. We would imagine that it is a little creepy to be receiving someone’s heartbeat.

According to Apple, the Apple Watch will offer up to 18 hours of battery life from a “typical day.” This confirms earlier rumors that Apple was targeting for around 19 hours of battery life. As for water resistance, we hear early reports from people who have had hands-on time that the Apple Watch will have a water resistance rating of IPX7, which means it is only water-resistant and not waterproof. More specifically, this means it is fine to take it into the shower, but it cannot be submerged and it most definitely cannot go swimming. This makes sense as the the Apple Watch does not have a screw-down crown like dive watches do.

Apps, apps, apps

Track your activity levels and progress with the Activity app.

The iPhone and iPad are so popular not only because of their design and performance, but also because of the apps that they could run. Likewise, Apple demoed a lot of cool apps on their new Apple Watch. To kick things off, the Apple Watch will come with some standard apps like your iPhone and iPad, and one of this Workout. As its name suggests, Workout is an app that tracks and measures your workouts. However, it’s worth pointing out at this point that the Apple Watch does not have an in-built GPS, so it remains to be seen how the Workout app will map your runs. Moving on, there’s also the Activity app that tracks your daily activity progress and even sends you a summary at the end of each week and provides advice on how to be healthier. Apart fitness apps, Apple also demoed the Apple Watch running Instagram, WeChat, and even Shazam. Now, you no longer need to pull out your phone to find out what song is playing, simply use Shazam on your Apple Watch.

Check into the hotel with your Apple Watch and later use it again to unlock the doors to your room.

But beyond these apps, the Apple Watch can also be used in ways to make other lives easier. The Uber app will let users call for a ride without pulling out their phone. And if you are near the airport, the Apple Watch can automatically retrieve your boarding details from the Passport app. Already, Starwood Hotel and Resorts have developed an app that will allow Apple Watch users to automatically check into the hotel and unlock their hotel rooms with the watch.

Apple CEO Tim Cook was obviously very excited about these developments and said that he cannot wait to see what kind of apps developers will come up for the Apple Watch. To learn more about the Apple Watch, there’s a new Apple Watch app that will be available on iOS 8.2, which is available for download right now. Apart from managing the Apple Watch, the Apple Watch app will also let people learn more about the watch itself.

Pricing and availability

Pre-orders of the Apple Watch will begin on April 10 and shipping will begin later on April 24, but only in selected countries. There are nine countries and they are:

Malaysia is not on the list.

Sadly, Malaysia and Singapore are not in the list and there is no mention on when Apple will bring the Apple Watch to countries outside of this list.

As for pricing, Apple will adopt different prices for the two sizes. With the exception of the Apple Watch Edition, the 42mm model will cost US$50 more than the 38mm model. Additionally, the choice of strap will also affect the price. The most affordable model will be the Apple Sport Watch, which has an aluminum case and elastomer sports band. The smaller 38mm Apple Watch Sport will cost US$349, whereas the larger 42mm model will cost US$399.

The Apple Watch, which has a stainless steel case, will be available in a variety of different straps – sports band, leather, steel bracelet and milanese loop. Prices of the 38mm model will begin at US$549 and can increase up to US$1,049, depending on your choice of strap. The 42mm model will be priced between US$599 andUS$1,099. The priciest models are the ones with a black DLC stainless steel case and steel bracelet.

We are not kidding, the Apple Watch Edition can cost as much as US$17,000.

Finally, prices of the Apple Watch Edition, which Tim Cook has called the most beautiful expression of the Apple Watch. The Apple Watch Edition has an 18k solid gold case and prices will begin at US$10,000 and will top out at a staggering US$17,000. This not only makes it Apple’s priciest ever product, the Apple Watch Edition is also now amongst the most expensive digital watches in the entire watch market. Again, the final price is dependent on your choice of strap. The Apple Watch Edition will only be sold at select retailers and is available only in limited quantities.

Nuisance calls are the bane of the modern age. If you’re not being rung up by a teenager in a call centre about signing up a credit card, apply for personal or some promotion call. They’re enough to turn the advantages of a mobile phone – easy communications, wherever and whenever – into a curse. Fortunately you can block specific callers, enabling you to avoid them safely without having to cut yourself off from the people you want to talk to.

  

This features has been waiting long by the iPhone user since their previous version of iOS, finally this features delivered together with the latest iPhone OS, iOS 7. The following are the step how to block any unwanted incoming call to your device.

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1. If you are on iOS7, you can block the number from your settings.

 

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2. Open your call log. From the Phone icon, select “Recents” at the bottom. The call log is called “Recents.”

 

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3. Find the number you want to block. You may need to scroll up or down to find it.

 

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Touch on the “i” next to the phone number, and select “Block This Contact” towards the bottom of the screen.

This will block the number from contacting you on calls, texts, Facetime, anything. You won’t even know they called.

 

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5. It works the same way in your message log and Facetime log, should you want to block from there.

 

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6. You can also view your blocked list from the settings icon.

After launching your settings, you can choose Phone, Messages or Facetime. You can then view your block list from there, and either add or remove numbers.

Alternatively, if you have your iOS device jailbroken, you may looking for alternative apps from Cydia than using the default features in the phone to block the unwanted incoming call using the apps such as:

  • Call Bliss
  • Call Blocker
  • iBlacklist

Most of the apps from Cydia provide more features than iOS default blocked call features. You can try it out and share with us.

  

  

  

PayPal is allegedly set to gain a role in the Apple’s mobile payments service, online media outlet recode.net reports.

 

According to the source, eBay-owned PayPal has been pitching Apple on helping Apple bring its payments initiative to fruition.

 

PayPal is essentially willing to white-label parts of its payment service to be used in an Apple mobile payments system — anything from fraud detection to back-end infrastructure, even possibly down to the processing of payments.

 

Source: The Payper

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Apple has confirmed that its developer center website was hacked. Its developer center website was down for the past couple of days and earlier, a notice said that it was undergoing maintenance. However, the extended downtime led many to suspect that there had been some sort of a security breach, and this was confirmed by Apple earlier.

“The website that was breached is not associated with any customer information,” Neumayr said. “Additionally, customer information is securely encrypted.”

Although, Apple said that the website affected was not associated with any sensitive customer information, it did not rule out the possibility that developers’ names, mailing addresses and email addresses could have been compromised.

To prevent such an occurrence from happening again, Apple is overhauling its developer systems, updating its server software and rebuilding its entire database.