In early 2009 with the arrival of the newest Apple creation and innovation, the Apple iPhone a teenager in France claimed that he was injured after his girlfriend's iPhone exploded, sending shattered glass toward his eye. It got even worse when a man in the Netherlands had his iPhone 3G burned a hole in the seat of a car. In a statement released in September 2009 Apple told the Commission earlier this week that "these are isolated incidents and that there is not a general problem.” However here's some of the Funniest (Human) iPhone Catastrophes caused by human error, an accidental mistake or even a simple oops moment.
1) “My iPhone went through the washing machine.” Yes, as we all know water is an electrical devices worst enemy. It's been discovered that the iPhones have a red line on the base of the phone where the charger attaches aka its also known as a liquid submersion indicator. Unfortunately, water seems to be the cause of the highest mortality among iPhone users because of the thorough and prolonged penetration of the water.
2) “I plugged my iPhone into my car charger, and it started to smoke.” Whereas most 12 volt electrical system of today's modern car are necessary and primarily for headlights and interior lights was not designed to handle the loads of modern cars with their big stereos, myriad gadgets and electronic features. The good news is that your iPhone can an be repaired cheaply, unlike the iPhone in the washing machine. Usually it simply means you'll need an inexpensive dock connector replacement because most Apple iPhones have a built layering of surge protection.
3) “I dropped the iPhone and the screen cracked.” The average iPhone users dispatched their iPhones at least 40 times per day whether putting or pulling the Smartphone in and out of your purse, pocket or handbag. Luckily, once again most Apple iPhones have a built in screen connector and worse case if it does get cracked or scratched screen is easily replaceable or fixable.
4) “My iPhone won't charge.” Too many iPhone users tend to assume when their iPhone battery won't charge it's a conspiracy against Apple Corporation and a secret iPhone Lemon Battery scandal. The good news is the rumors aren't true and the advice is simple: take care when plugging the cable into the iPhone and always verify you're using the right cable and have plugged it into the right charger or outlet. Apple advises to to run the iPhone completely dead and then charge it until it can't take anymore charge and the repeat the process because this will allow the chips to become fully synced again.
5) “I tried to repair my iPhone myself, and now it doesn't work.” This is the worst mistake any novice Apple iPhone user can ever make or attempt to make. If you don't know what's wrong with your iPhone, its always best to seek a second opinion and usually from someone who knows something about iPhones i.e. an Apple Corporation Repair Technician.
6) “My son (or daughter) says nothing happened, it just stopped working.” There are two kinds of parents in this world those that believe everything their child tells them and those that tend to know better. Sometimes it's a parent's intuition to know that their iPhone was dropped in water or that an iPhone was accidentally jammed the wrong cable into the iPhone dock connector.
Most women don't want or need a Smartphone that is covered in frills, lace and a pretty decorative glittery pink colored case. Don't get me wrong women love vibrant colors, tasteful designs, compact-ability and comfortability. Women also value smartphones that also offer great functionality for not just work but also play. So please give us smartphones that offers sufficient fun features for ringtones and personal pictures, a user interface that's easy to text our co-workers and friends and a compact size that fits comfortably in our purse or handbag. Here's a list of the Ten Best Smartphones for Women, some of these smartphones are already out, while others will hit the market soon.
1.) The iPhone 4S is one of the most popular smartphones for women, although while it may not be the newest, it has the most female recommended favorites with its splendid retina display, the iOS 5 – Siri, and the 16/32/64GB memory setup. The iPhone 4S should make every woman would be proud carrying this Smartphone around in her handbag.
2.) The soon to be released Huawei Ascend D Quad will feature a 1.5 GHz Huawei quad-core processor, 4.5-inch HD display, 8-megapixel camera, and Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). The Huawei Ascend D Quad is expected to be the world’s fastest quad-core smartphone that should be the pride of every women's purse and pocketbook with expected pricing of $99-$299.
3.) With its sleek and curvy design and lightweight features the HTC One S would be an asset to any professional woman's gadget collection. The HTC One S also features a 4.3-inch, 960-by-540-pixel, Super AMOLED glass capacitive camera, a quad-band EDGE and tri-band HSPA+ 42 with download speeds ranging from e 4 to 7 Mbps range, not the highest speeds available but still at a good midrange collection.
4.) The Sony Xperia P features an array of colors including black, red and silver. The Sony Xperia P also sports a ‘WhiteMagic’ display will surely be enticing enough with an added white pixel to the RGB panel. With its curved back side, the sharp edges, the glowing transparent strip the Sony Xperia P is certain to make any woman blush.
5.) Women are becoming the latest and greatest of the technology freaks soon to be bypassing the male population in knowledge and know how. So what can impress woman even more than a smartphone is a 3-in-1 smartphone, a tablet and a laptop. The ASUS Padfone features a better battery life, great cameras, powerful processor, ICS OS and 4.3-inch Super-AMOLED qHD-screen. Sigh.....what more could a woman want.
6.) The latest smartphone to steal the spotlight is the HTC One X which includes 8-megapixel primary shooter is capable of simultaneously capturing video and still images in HD with an HDR capture mode and the 4.7-inch screen that is such a stunning feature of the One X. The HTC One X also features Super IPS LCD 2 technology that, while it lacks the vivid color reproduction which really brings games and movies to life.
7.) The Panasonic Eluga is the first smartphone of its kind that embraces style and resists water with its super-thin frame and big screen with 66% display area ratio.
The Panasonic Eluga runs on a pretty dated 1GHz dual-core processor -- a Motorola staple -- alongside 1GB of RAM and a 1,150mAh capacity battery.
8.) Women love to share personal pictures with friends and family via Facebook, Email and their Smartphones and the Samsung Galaxy Beam is the perfect Smartphone for the job. With its Android based 12.5mm thick smartphone allows you to beam photos anywhere, anytime. The Samsung Galaxy Beam ‘pocketable projector’ phone is the perfect choice for the picture friendly woman.
9.) While many women love to share pictures, they also love to point and click their smartphones for pictures too. The Nokia Pureview is the perfect 41-megapixel ‘out-of-the-world’ camera alone is a ticket enough to be entered into the list. The Nokia Pureview also features Symbian OS, and sports a 4-inch sub-HD display and 1.3GHz processor.
10.) Of course we save the best smartphone for last which is the Sony Xperia S with its 342ppi pixel-density, it offers a sharper and clearer imagery and its dedicated 1GB RAM, microSD card slot of upto 32GB and the liberty to pick between 16GB and 32GB of internal storage. The Xperia S carries a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm processor on the MSM8260 Snapdragon chipset, powered by Qualcomm's new Adreno 220 GPU. This Smartphone is sure to be an Android lover's favorite phone.
Instagram made a lot of Apple and Android users very happy this week with the launch of an iOS version 2.5.0 and an Android version 1.1.4.
The iOS app got the biggest update. Its “Explore” tab that organizes popular photos includes a search box where you can find both photos and users by hashtags. The Android version of the app got more bug fixes than improvements.
Nokia’s Lumia 710 is proof that you don't need to pay big bucks for a phone that's powerful, quick, simple and filled with pretty sophisticated features. This is the Windows Phone equivalent to an Android or iPhone at considerably lower price. Its primary market is likely the millions of people who are shopping for their first smartphones – for themselves or their kids.
The phone is feature-filled and far more consistent and responsive than most Android devices in its price range. Rogers offers it for $49.99 on a 3-year term or $254.99 outright. We’re betting that when Microsoft updates their OS in a year or two, they won’t leave out their lower-end smartphones the way Android would do, so you could have a well-updated phone for years to come.
Nokia has put together in its 710 is well thought-out: a nice introduction to the Windows Phone OS in the following video:
This is everyone’s Windows Phone. It’s simple, powerful and capable. If you’ve been looking for an inexpensive, entry-level smartphone, you may have just found it. Here’s why.
A rundown of the Lumia 710’s specs and features:
Windows Phone 7.5 Mango OS
3.7″ 800 x 480 ClearBlack TFT display with Gorilla Glass
Swappable covers, changeable home screen colours
4.4 ounces total weight
1.4Ghz MSM8255 Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
512MB RAM / 8GB internal storage8 (no slot for micro-SD cards) plus SkyDrive cloud storage
The Lumia 710 is a middle-of-the-road, “it just feels good in my hand” kind of smartphone. At 12.5mm, it’s relatively thick when you compare it to the latest flagship Androids, but the phone is nicely curved, giving it a slimmer look and feel.
The 710 has a soft-touch rubber finish on the back of its case. It’s made of durable matte plastic that will help to hide greasy fingerprints. The back is removable and designed to be interchangeable – you can buy replacements in a range of colors. The back cover is encircled by a plastic bezel that encases the 3.7-inch Gorilla Glass screen in the front.
Nokia has a new display technology called "ClearBlack" that makes black look deep and rich. In some lighting conditions, it's tough to tell where the screen ends and the phone's black bezel begins.
When mixed with the rich blacks and covered by the screen’s Gorilla Glass the Lumia’s colors are short of vivid, but they do appear crisp. The ho-hum reds and blues are likely due to the colour accuracy of the TFT technology. And yes, those whites are tinged with gray.
The “back”, “home” and “search” hardware buttons are positioned below the screen under a single piece of translucent plastic. The piece sticks out a bit, but just using it for awhile should make it unnoticeable. It’s too bad that Nokia didn’t chose capacitive buttons over the ugly hardware keys. Capacitive would have been more expensive, but that plastic distracts from the overall level- look of the front of the phone.
We love Gorilla Glass. It’s very responsive to touch – a big help with accuracy of typing. It’s a perfect overlay for the Windows Phone keyboard. Heads up here - the back cover matte finish might hide fingerprints, but Gorilla Glass loves them.
With a Windows Phone you don’t have to guess at what you’re going to be in for. The Lumia’s 710 has a 1.4Ghz single-core processor and 512MB RAM. You may find it comes up short with only 8GB of non-expandable memory. While you can’t store a lot of music or movies on the device, Microsoft provides 25GB of free Skydrive storage.
The Lumia 710 offers snappy and smooth performance in a simplified Windows Phone environment. While the buzz in the Android world is all about dual- and quad-core processors, a single-core processor is more than adequate with the design of the Windows Phone OS. Like iOS, it manages data completely differently. It focuses its attention on the task on the screen. Tasks in the background are handled by predefined APIs in a dedicated environment.
If you’re a heavy app user, this may be a problem as apps cannot stay active in the background. If you press the home button the app’s state is saved, but in order to resume using the app, you have to hold the back button to engage the multitasking menu. The extra effort needs mentioning, but remember who the phone is designed for – not the average app-junkie.
You’re not going to get the pixel density or 3D experience you’d need for the high-end iOS or Android games. For most users of this phone, the Marketplace games and Microsoft’s Xbox Live products will give you lots of great choices.
The UI runs smoothly, but complex web pages take awhile to load. The 1.4Ghz Snapdragon processor in the Lumia powers the browser, and pages load very quickly over Rogers’ network. The text on desktop pages realigns to the screen well, but you might notice rendering tendencies like Twitter loading the basic mobile page.
The Windows Phone OS provides one of the best camera experiences out there. The UI is simple, and it’s easy to share pictures and video with social media and other apps. Skydive really comes in handy here. Uploading to the cloud is easy and can be set automatically; no more manual syncing to a computer of or emailing shots to yourself.
And on the downside: there is no front-facing camera. The Lumia 710’s 5MP rear camera takes clear pictures at a decent speed, but enlarge them, and they become fuzzy and grainy. The flash doesn’t help with indoor shots. They just appear gloomy most of the time.
You can operate the dedicated camera button even when the screen is off, and set focus and white balance before taking the photo. The shutter button has a slight curve to it, so it might take some practice to get it to work as you intend it to, particularly when you want to hold the shot but not snap it.
The 720p-capable video is smooth but the picture quality is a little soft. Overall, for a phone at this price, the camera’s video performs surprisingly well.
The Windows Phone OS does well more often than not. Its Mango 7.5 version manages all phone features in a logical and clutter-free way. Live Tiles let you see at a glance weather forecasts, missed calls and unread email numbers. People Hub consolidates updates from Twitter, Facebook and Windows Live with your public timeline and individual contacts.
Sync contacts, calendars and tasks with email. Gmail uses Activesync. Hotmail is Microsoft (so don’t doubt the quality of its assimilation.) Enough cannot be said about the Windows Phone keyboard. It’s only bested by Apple’s iOS, and not by much. Even the fastest fingers are no challenge to the Lumia 710’s keyboard, and for those of us who can’t seem to get the spelling part right or hit the right keys, WP7′s autocorrect is a big help.
The Lumia is pre-loaded with office for Windows Phone, providing the whole Microsoft suite - Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote in simplified versions just for its smartphones. Files are automatically saved and uploaded to Skydrive.
Because Microsoft mandates it, you can delete any app you don’t want (unlike on Android). If you change your mind, you can download them again from the Windows Phone Marketplace.
Here’s what Mango doesn’t have that we wish it would.
Attaching multiple photos to a single email.
Pop up message retrieval. If one appears at the top of the screen, it quickly disappears with no way to get it back. You can set up a Live Tile on your main screen to keep this visible though.
Less cumbersome multitasking is cumbersome. To return to a “saved-state” app you have to hold the back button, otherwise pulling it up will cause it to restart.
For you gamers, the OS’s Xbox Live integration syncs to your gaming history with the console. While the phone cannot, the console will keep each game’s state in its portal. Your multiplayer matches are consolidated in the Requests tab, too.
Rogers and Nokia have both included a few of their own apps, the best of which are Drive and Map. Nokia Drive is exclusive to Nokia’s Lumia line of phones. In a lot of ways, it’s better than Bing’s. It features turn-by-turn navigation and worldwide maps. Just like Apple’s new map app and the upgrade to Google maps, you can download your maps for offline use. It’s nice not to have to be tethered to a cell signal when you’re lost.
Your Lumia 710 package also includes Rogers’ music streaming/buying app and My Account. Both are functionally identical to those offered with iOS and Android.
There are plenty of third-party apps to choose from, but shop carefully. App quality isn’t as finely policed by Microsoft as it is by Apple. It’s hard to know what you’re getting without trying them first, but Microsoft has thought of that with time- and feature-limited trial periods from the Marketplace.
We do love our apps. Nokia may have a tough time peddling their devices to the app-happy crowd with this OS. It is an issue for more sophisticated and technically savvy smartphone users, but that’s not the target market for this phone. There are millions of people who don’t live and die by the apps they load on their phones. The platform does seem to be a lower priority to developers, but they’ll figure it out as Windows Phone becomes more popular.
The Lumia 710 has a 1300mAh battery. Microsoft designed so much of the Windows Phone OS around maximizing battery life, including limiting juice-use by operating apps in the background where they aren’t going to use up charge, so its performance is pretty impressive.
On average, the Lumia 710 lasts about as long as an iPhone, or about 12 hours under normal usage. If you leave the phone idle overnight, you’ll probably lose less than 10%. Video time ran for almost 5 ½ hours. Not bad for a fairly lightweight battery.
Call Quality and Network Speed
With average download speeds of 3-5Mbps and upload speeds of 1-2Mbps, the Lumia 710 is rated at 14.4Mbps on Rogers’ network. Its network performance compares to the more expensive iPhone 4S.
Nokia always seems to come through on call quality. With the powerful headpiece and sensitive microphone The Lumia 710’s is excellent. Calls are clear going both ways. At maximum volume, the headpiece is loud enough to hear on a crowded street, and there is a second microphone on the back to help cancel out noise. Headphone and Bluetooth had no distortion. The Lumia syncs flawlessly with the Bluetooth headset. Voice dialing also performed well.
The back speaker, like most mid-range smartphones, is ok but plagued with tinny highs and no lows. The entire bottom half of the battery covers is a speaker grate, there’s only a small mono speaker underneath it.
To sum it up
This is Nokia’s first Windows Phone in Canada. This is an impressive entry-level smartphone. It lives up to the truism: ”the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” The camera was the only big disappointment, but it’s still fine for casual use.
The Nokia Lumia 710 is available from Rogers for $49.99 on a 3-year term and $254.99 on a month-to month. That is an excellent price for such a high-quality and feature-rich smartphone.
In a marvelous feat of technical ingenuity, a BlackBerry PlayBook developer, businesscat2000 has adapted iOS apps for PlayBook. Before this, no one has ever been able to successfully design functional iOS apps outside their native environment without Apple’s help.
The PlayBook and its QNX operating system is known for its compatibility and this is just more proof of that. This is an example of what could be the future of cross-platform app development.
The developer says he is able to adapt iOS to QNX because the two systems share a basic ARM-based architecture, making it possible to render specific open libraries such as OpenGL. In businesscat2000’s words:
“The CPU isn’t emulated on Playbook (though it is on Windows). It works very similarly to how WINE works to run Windows applications on Linux. The app binary is mapped into memory and imports are resolved to point to my own implementation of the various APIs needed. iOS actually uses a few open APIs already, which Playbook supports just as well (GL ES, and OpenAL). The bulk of the work has been in implementing all of the objective C classes that are required. The ARM code of the applications run as-is – the armv6/v7 support on PB/iDevices are pretty much identical, and the code is designed to run in USR mode. No SWIs, GPIO accesses or any of that kind of shenanigans.”
BlackBerry’s owner, RIM, has no arrangement with Apple. By modifying Apple’s applications for PlayBook businesscat2000 is violating Apple’s Rules & Regulations. Unlike PlayBook’s official Android Player apps, these are not sanctioned.
Apple has announced that it will release a new version of OS X called Mountain Lion, the successor to OS X Lion. Like Lion, Mountain Lion offers apps that are already familiar to iOS users. This OS X release includes iMessage, Notification Center, Reminders, Notes, Twitter integration, Game Center and AirPlay Mirroring.
Here is an introduction to some of the Mountain Lion upgrades:
Integration of Notification Center and iMessage – if you get a message on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch you will now see the same message on your MacBook . It syncs between devices and eliminates duplicates.
For users of iPhone 4S and iPad 3, the new OS X features will allow for tab syncing in Safari and document syncing through iCloud.
AirPlay Mirroring will send a 720p video stream of what’s on your Mac’s screen to the Apple TV.
Game Center lets Mac gamers find friends, match gaming prowess, and play against each other.
And due to the new sandboxing requirement in OS X, apps have to share with one another. Apple is forcing compatibility in order to ensure top-level security.
This week, Mac developers will be able to download a developer release of Mountain Lion. They’ll have a few months to update their apps in order to take advantage of the new features in the release.
Mountain Lion will be a paid upgrade to OS X and only available through a Mac App Store download. Apple hasn’t yet set a price or a release date. This is only the first disclosure by Apple about what’s in Mountain Lion. Since we’re four to seven months away from Mountain Lion’s arrival, there might even be more developments that Apple has let us know about yet.
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The update was also released as an OTA download for devices running iOS 5 and later. It eats only a spare amount of space at 54MB. For those with an iOS device with a version older than iOS 5, connect to iTunes to download the latest update.
The following is the official description of the new update from Apple:
The word “exclusive” doesn’t seem to have any meaning in the world of app development. When Samsung released its Galaxy S3 it touted exclusive access to the Flipboard app for Android. That lasted all of a few days. The app is now available for download on the XDA-Developers website. It seems some rogue developer has been able to extract Flipboard’s .APK file for use on all devices.
Flipboard for iOS is a very popular news aggregation tool. It consolidates your news sources from sites like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and Google Reader, and displays them in expanding “cards” that can be vertically flipped from one page to another. This is an improvement because vertical flipping is more of a natural motion on a phone while horizontal flipping works better on a tablet device.
The Flipboard Android app function matches the iOS version. It will sync with any account, and move all custom content perfectly. You can add “read it later” services like Pocket and Readability to Android devices, but Instapaper is only available for Apple.
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Flipboard for Android still has issues with its built-in web browser. If the RSS feed doesn’t show the full article you’re forced to use double-tap on the screen to zoom in. It doesn’t support pinch-to-zoom.
The app’s design and performance equals the iPhone’s. On many Android devices, Flipboard even has a leg up on the iPhone - you’re using it on a larger screen. One more reason to appreciate the larger screen on devices like the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the HTC One X.
To download Flipboard, head on over to XDA-Developers. You will need to know how to side-load apps. If you want to get the widgets working, you’ll need a rooted device with a file manager such as Root Explorer. The APK must go in the system/app folder and you’ll need to change permissions to get it to work.