The first thing you might notice is about Evernote's new iOS app (version 7.3.0, if you are scoring at home) is that the New Note buttons have been moved to the top. There are still five of them, although the old quick-note button that let you create a list of checkbox items has been replaced by a simple Text button. (You still have the option within a note to create bullet-point, … Read more
Mobile devices don't always interpret touch gestures correctly. A new patent application from Apple, which CNET also reported about here, suggests one way to improve their accuracy.
Published Thursday by the US Patent and Trademark Office, a patent dubbed "Gesture and Touch Input Detection Through Force Sensing" explains a way of adding force sensors to a touch screen. Such sensors would recognize certain types of swipes and better distinguish accidental gestures from the real thing.
As envisioned by Apple, three or four force sensors would be outfitted with a device's touch screen. But the sensors would … Read more
iPhone users who tweet photos will find much to like in the new version of the iOS Twitter app.
Released Wednesday, version 6.1 of Twitter for iOS adds several handy options for tweaking your photos before you share them with your followers. The gallery icon lets you quickly choose a photo from your camera roll. You can then crop and rotate it and view different versions of your photo as seen through different filters.
You can also select an existing tweet and then reply to it with a photo chosen through the gallery icon. And you can more easily … Read more
Apple has plans in mind for its new sapphire crystal plant that promise to "enhance and improve" its consumer devices.E-mails from Apple to U.S. Foreign Trade Zone officials point to a manufacturing process called "Project Cascade." Uncovered by 9to5Mac with help from analyst/investor Matt Margolis, the e-mails give some clues as to the work that will be done at the Arizona-based plant. This high-tech manufacturing process will create a critical new sub-component of Apple Products to be used in the manufacture of the consumer electronics that will be imported and then sold globally. … Read more
Lenovo's decision to buy Motorola's handset division will shake up other smartphone vendors. And Apple could be among those shaken the hardest, says JP Morgan analyst Mark Moskowitz.
Announced Wednesday, the $2.91 billion agreement will see Motorola's mobile phone business and associated patents switch parent from Google to Lenovo. The deal will boost Lenovo's smartphone presence from its home base of China to other major markets around the world. So how might such a force affect Apple?
In an investors note published Thursday, Moskowitz said that the move will futher consolidate the fragmented Android smartphone … Read more
A decline in smartphone sales at Verizon Wireless and AT&T is the primary culprit for iPhone sales that some on Wall Street have deemed disappointing.
That's according to Raymond James analyst Tavis McCourt, who calculated that 80 percent of the shortfall could be attributed to the two larger carriers, which sell the iPhone.
Apple posted record sales of 51 million iPhones in its fiscal first quarter, but Wall Street had expected sales of 55 million, and ultimately punished the stock for the shortfall.
Google recently updated Chrome for iOS with the typical bug fixes and a couple of new features. One of the new features is the ability to cut back on the amount of data used by your iOS device.
The feature reroutes non-SSL or Incognito Web browsing through Google's servers to compress the pages, resulting in less data being transmitted to and from your iDevice.
In order to use the new feature, and hopefully cut down on data consumption by Chrome, you'll need to launch the current version of the app and navigate to the Settings page.
Once in … Read more
We might finally have a clearer idea of how Apple believes iOS should look in your car.
A video put together by noted developer Steven Troughton-Smith places an iPhone and in-car display side by side using what appears to be an iOS simulator that Troughton-Smith says is available in the "public, shipping version of iOS 7."… Read more
iPhone owners who want to take better pictures with their phones may be interested in a new patent filing.
Published Tuesday by the US Patent and Trademark Office, an Apple patent called "Magnetic add-on lenses with alignment ridge" describes how a camera lens would be attached to the iPhone and aligned with its camera.
An entire camera module would come with magnets to lock securely onto the iPhone at various points. The module would align with the iPhone's camera, allowing it to extend the lens and tap into the phone's on-board optics and sensors. A voice … Read more
But that's exactly what happened late Monday, when the Cupertino, Calif., company reported selling 51 million iPhones and 26 million iPads. Champagne time, right? Well, Wall Street wasn't in the mood, as it was looking for sales of 55 million iPhones and a rosier revenue forecast for the current quarter.
Shares dropped 7.6 percent to $508.60 in recent trading Tuesday, after falling as much as 8 percent late Monday.
Call it a consequence of the Apple halo effect, expectations that are set … Read more