We told you guys the Nexus Prime + Ice Cream Sandwich announcement wouldn’t be far off. Alongside our source’s word that details of the new venue and date were imminent, a rumor swirled around saying that October 19th in Hong Kong would be the hosting site of what we expect to be the blockbuster unveiling of the year. Samsung has just confirmed with us this change of events which means the phone’s launch date was likely not compromised as rumors suggested.
Specific time in Hong Kong is 10:00am, which would be 7pm pacific and 10pm eastern on October 18th for those of us in the United States. I wish I could tell you guys we’d be there, but that’s up in the air at this point. Hopefully this date sticks! Keep YouTube.com/android bookmarked for when that day comes.
Reports have sprung up telling of a new update supposedly out for Google Translate today. The update is supposed to bring the number of supported languages for conversation mode up to 14, though we can’t find this in either the web version or mobile version of the Android market. We’ll be on the lookout for a link and will update this post when we can find it. In the meantime, genießen Übersetzung dieser Textzeile in Google Translate!
If you need a decent Samsung QWERTY device in your life, Verizon’s got something for you to check out. It’s the Samsung Stratosphere that’s long been talked about (but only because it was first rumored to be a potential Galaxy S II device).
Even though it’s not the monster many of you have probably wanted, it’s worth a look. Its 4 inch Super AMOLED display, 1GHz Hummingbird processor, 5 megapixel rear camera and 1.3 megapixel front camera makes us see it as another Galaxy S variant.
It’s similar to the Epic 4G in that it has a slide-out QWERTY and 4G LTE, as well, making it their first ever 4G LTE device with a hardware keyboard of any kind. They only want $150 for this thing so if you want a decent phone with 4G and what’s sure to be an above average 5-row keyboard hurry on over to this link.
Motorola Photon 4G Receives Maintenance Upgrade to Add Google Talk Video Chat and Lapdock 100 Support
The Motorola Photon 4G has just received a pretty sizable maintenance upgrade. Alongside general fixes and enhancements, we’re getting Google Talk video chat support, support for the new Lapdock 100, a fix for the erroneous proximity sensor and more. Lookout for build 45.3.6.en.US when checking for firmware upgrades in the settings menu. Don’t fret if it doesn’t immediately pull the update down as Sprint has likely employed a staggered rollout. [via SprintFeed]
A bogus Netflix app has been circulating around certain online forums, causing problems for those downloading the software. Taking advantage of users who may be seeking out a functional version of the app for unsupported devices, a mock log-in screen collects account usernames and passwords and ships them off to a central server. The app appears to do little else.
The question here is why would someone go through all the trouble of collecting Netflix account info? Once granted access to an account, the would-be thief has access to very little personal details and won’t be collecting on the limited credit card info provided. As CNET notes, it is possible the app is a test run for something a bit more devious, like a fake banking app, but that is speculation at this point. The more likely story? Someone didn’t want to deal with Netflix rate hike and was hoping to collect a nice list of freely accessible accounts. Who wouldn’t want all those free movies?
One of the most welcomed features in iOS 5 is the addition of a notification center. It's one of the things I found myself jailbreaking older iPhones in order to have. The notification center finally makes push notifications worth utilizing.
There are three flavors of notifications: Banner-style messages strip across any app you're using, including the phone's lock screen. You can also make a downward swipe from the menu bar to reveal full list of notifications. Finally, alerts are the familiar, large blue screens that pop up and demand action before being dismissed.
The banner-style notification is the one that I used the most in my testing. It was set up to push new mail messages, texts and BeeJive messages to me. If you tap the notification in the banner, it'll switch you to the app that sent it. They go away after about five seconds or so. Sometimes, you'll see several notifications at once if you're reconnecting to the Internet after being away for a while.
The notification center itself contains all these notifications and more, including widgets for stocks and weather. There are no third-party widgets supported at this time, and I hope that Apple opens up the Notification Center's API in the future to foster development.
You can customize a good deal of your apps to appear in the notification center as well as the style of notification each app uses. You also can get rid of the stocks or weather widget if you don't care to see then. Go into Settings, then Notifications and turn them off. This is where you can customize notifications for other apps and the style of notification that is received. You can also set sounds and whether or not the notification appears on the phone's lock screen.
Notifications are among the best of the new features in iOS 5, and it's worth taking about 15 minutes to fiddle with the settings to get them to your liking.
Gallery: iOS 5: Notification Center
For some of us, the addition of fully customizable SMS/alert tones in iOS 5 is the biggest improvement in the feature list. (Well, maybe not the biggest, but certainly one of the biggest.) Since alerts can be linked directly to contacts for incoming iMessages or SMS receipts, having a larger library of custom sounds means you can personalize your iPhone to deliver more context in less time -- and without having to look at it to know if that text message is from the spouse or the boss.
As iOS 5 has rolled out, the iTunes store (the iPhone version) has added a new section for Alert Tones -- you can find it by scrolling down in the Tones section, or from Settings --> Sounds by tapping the 'Buy More Tones' button. Once you get over the idea of paying US$0.99 for a tiny snippet of audio, you can shop to your heart's content among the sound effects; the Star Wars lineup is particularly popular at launch.
Of course, it's easy enough to use your own sound library or recorded audio to create your own custom ringtones and alerts with iTunes.
Apple's iPhone 4S press event showcased the talents and personalities of Apple's executive leadership including CEO Tim Cook and Phil Schiller. One standout was vice-president Scott Forstall who, in the absence of Steve Jobs, is expected to take a bigger role at Apple. In a lengthy article, Business Week takes a closer look at this up and coming executive.
Forstall's in charge of Apple's mobile software division and oversees the development of iOS. At the tender age of 42, he is Apple's youngest senior executive. He's also the most like Steve Jobs and the executive most likely to preserve Jobs's vision.
If you want to learn more about Forstall and his role at Apple, then you should take some time to read Business Week's six page profile.
Find my iPhone and Find My iPad have been around for awhile via MobileMe, and we've heard dozens of success stories where people used the service to recover lost or stolen iOS devices. Macs have been reliant on third-party solutions or clever hacking to enable the same functionality -- until now.
With iCloud comes Find My Mac, a feature that's essentially identical to what's been offered for iOS devices. If you have a free iCloud account and your Mac is running OS X Lion 10.7.2 or greater, has Wi-Fi access, has a recovery partition installed (more on that later) and has been set up beforehand in the iCloud preferences, you can use Find My Mac to locate your computer anywhere in the world using either iCloud.com or the Find My iPhone app on an iOS device.
Find My Mac is not enabled by default (possibly out of privacy concerns), so once you've met all the relevant prerequisites, go into System Preferences on your Mac, navigate to the iCloud preference pane, and tick the checkbox next to Find My Mac to enable it.
If you've used Find My iPhone before, you'll be familiar with how Find My Mac works. You can locate your device on a map with a fairly reasonable degree of precision, assuming it's connected to Wi-Fi. You can also "ping" it so that a message of your choosing will pop up on screen (along with a very loud sonar sound alert), or you can remote lock or remote wipe the device. Remote wiping the Mac should be a last resort, though, because after you pull that trigger you won't be able to use Find My Mac to locate it. If Find My Mac can't find your device right away, you can even tell the service to send you an email when it does finally locate your Mac. It's all quite slick, and it should bring peace of mind to MacBook Air and Pro owners in particular.
Find My Mac requires your Mac to have a recovery partition installed on it in order for the service to work. If you downloaded OS X Lion from the Mac App Store and did a normal installation, you already have a recovery partition on your Mac, so you don't need to worry about that requirement. But if you're like me and you used a third-party app to clone your Lion installation from an old disk to a new one, you likely missed out on that recovery partition and won't be able to take advantage of Find My Mac until you install one. There are various hacky solutions to this problem, none of them particularly user-friendly, but I found it easiest to simply re-install Lion completely and start fresh.
Since Macs don't have built-in 3G or persistent Wi-Fi when they're asleep (in most cases), iCloud is going to have a harder time locating stolen Macs than iPhones or iPads. It's still a very handy feature, and it significantly increases your chances of recovering a Mac that's mysteriously sprouted legs and gone walkabout.
For the first time ever, US customers will have three choices for a carrier when they go out on Friday to buy an iPhone 4S. With the exception of simultaneous voice and data which is likely limited on Sprint and Verizon, the iPhone hardware and retail price is the same across carriers. The biggest differentiator is the price of the calling and data plans.
CNN Money did most of the legwork and compiled the calling plans and data options for the iPhone 4S on Sprint, Verizon and AT&T. According to their analysis, Sprint is the best choice for high data users, Verizon for the average user and AT&T for the light user. Sprint is notable because it is the only carrier which still offers an unlimited data plan. You can check out the price breakdown in the CNN Money chart above.
iPhone 4S: comparing Verizon, AT&T and Sprint data plans originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 13 Oct 2011 10:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.