David Chartier, a former Mac World writer, revealed that nearly 50% of the iPhone users ignore to sync their iPhones with iTunes after unboxing the phone. Call it laziness or lack of awareness of the iPhone user to keep their devices up to date, whatever it is, it shows that so many iPhone devices are on the same initial state, absent critical security updates.
With half a billion apps mounting in Apple store, finding the right app is a real challenge. Bing, Microsoft’s search engine, brings an app discovery solution to easily search for Apple iPhone apps. Bing introduced a new app for iPhone that provides search capability and recommends other relevant iPhone apps.
Pioneer has introduced AppRadio, an in-car entertainment system capable of integrating and displaying iPhone apps on its screen. AppRadio is basically a 6.1-inch multi-touch display with WVGA (800×480) resolution designed to be mounted and completely integrated to your car. It can be viewed as a secondary peripheral display for the iPhone 4 apps. Before the apps could run on the AppRadio they need to be adjusted to be rendered on the secondary screen. This is normally a simple task that many developers could probably finish in a couple of days.
Cydle i30, a new iPhone case/gadget plans to transform your iPhone into a portable digital TV. The i30 case from Cydle has a built-in speaker and a retractable antenna for ATSC M/H reception, allowing you to watch free, live TV on your iPhone as long as you are within the ATSC signal range.
In a recent article on the status of the could music battle between Amazon, Google and Apple, I tendered my opinion that victory wouldn’t be based on chronological order, but on a litany of factors. I also touched on the fact that Apple has a storied history of entering the market later than competitors with a superior product and almost immediately leaving said competitors to fight for a very distant second place. Well I’m not one who revels in saying ‘I told you so’ (that’s an absolute lie, I love it) but a recently unearthed patent application strongly suggests that Apple’s cloud-based music service could be a game changer.
Fraudulent emails have started surfacing that announce the imminent availability of the new iPhone 5GS from coming Friday. These emails are part of a new wave of phishing scams and are likely to be an attempt to hack Apple IDs and passwords.
The Apple ID of a user is his/her core identity in the eyes of Apple Inc, and any cyber criminal can get to enjoy all the services that Apple has to offer on your behalf. The hacker would have unlimited access to all of user apps and can utilize the user’s money (which is some cases is a lot) to buy new ones.
TuneWiki understands that to survive in the highly competitive world of social media it’s essential to evolve. That’s why the free music app — already doing quite well for itself on Android-based devices — is looking to expand even further through its new update.
The initial gimmick behind TuneWiki was its ability to supply kareoke-style lyrics as a song plays, something that worked to enrich the usual listening experience. BlackBerry users heavily supported the app, turning it into one of the most prominent music downloads available on App World and providing plenty of incentive for the recent interface revamp and multi-platform service expansion.
TuneWiki isn’t dropping any of the features that made it such a hit; rather it’s looking to add additional perks that bolsters the existing experience. Alongside the announcement of a desktop TuneWiki Beta, listeners can now use the mobile app to access three sections (My Music, Discover and Connected) that provide new ways to interact with others through the app.
The new Discover section is, perhaps, the most exciting aspect of the overhaul. It offers users the ability to perform creepy/cool tasks like accessing the Song Map (a geographic view with pinpoints highlighting what global TuneWiki users are listening to), friending others and managing a list of Muses (users with similar tastes that can automatically recommend their favorite songs and artists). Connected adds streaming radio support (complete with lyrics) while My Music is simply the new name for the traditional, pre-update listening experience.
I don’t care if you’re a war buff or what sport you’re into, you’re going to be hard pressed to find a more back and forth battle than that for supremacy of the cloud music market right now. Increasing definitive headlines all proved to be premature: “Amazon wins cloud war”, “Google and Apple will acquire licensing before releasing music lockers” and “Apple to beat Google on cloud music.” Now that the dust is somewhat beginning to settle, the only thing that can be said with complete surety is that the enormous number of variables involved promises a very interesting future for the business of cloud computing.
Highly ambitious lyrics database, musiXmatch, has just received a major windfall in the form of $3.7 million in series A funding — an amount that will no doubt help the company in reaching its goal of creating an “IMDB for music metadata”.
The mixtape is a dying art but 8tracks, initially contributing to the compilation revival through their website, is continuing to bear the brightest torch for the practice. The launch of 8tracks Radio, a mobile version of the website’s (fantastic) concept, furthers the company’s efforts by bringing the joy and discovery inherent in the form to users in the most convenient format yet.