There is a lot of independent music out there, that much is for certain. Whether or not it is good is subjective, but a lot of it has been flowing across my desk lately. So how to discern one group from the next? Aside from the quality of music (which is the first thing I listen or look for) I try to focus on the groups that are doing something, anything different. Sometimes, like the guys from One Like Son, they seek me out. The Alabama-based group bills themselves as “powerpop with heart” and does not disappoint on that level. For their third album, Start the Show, they decided to do things a bit differently.
After a user allows an application on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch to have access to location information, the app can copy the user’s entire photo library without any further notification or warning, according to app developers.
Zack’s Preschool Games - Beach Fun, an educational app for kids that comprises 10 amusing mini games for preschoolers, is available on the App Store. Each of the mini games focuses on its own aspect of preschool learning teaching children the basics of counting, spelling, differentiating colors etc. The gameplay of the app is designed specifically keeping the littlest ones in mind. There are no confusing menus and after successful completion of a task the kid is offered to solve the next one.
Apple has often been called, for better and sometimes for worse, the luxury automobile of personal computers. Now it seems that metaphor has influenced reality as Mercedes-Benz has announced plans to integrate the iPhone and Siri’s voice control functions into its new A-Class vehicle, according to a PSFK report.
When Hector Siliezar visited the ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza with his wife and kids in 2009, he snapped three iPhone photos of El Castillo, a pyramid that once served as a sacred temple to the Mayan god Kukulkan. A thunderstorm was brewing near the temple, and Siliezar was trying to capture lightning crackling dramatically over the ruins.
A new iPhone app has been released that lets users send large images and videos, even up to 30 images at a time.
Kicksend for the iPhone lets consumers send original high quality photos directly from their iPhone to anyones email address or desktop privately. As Kodak shutters their camera and video manufacturing business, mobile sharing is on the rise.
When Apple added China Telecom as the second wireless carrier to sell the iPhone 4S in China, we wondered when the world’s largest wireless carrier, China Mobile, would get to launch the phone. Almost as if in reply, Qualcomm announced the launch of its fifth-generation Gobi platform that would “support multiple LTE bands on a single device.” 
Twilio (http://www.twilio.com), the market leader in cloud communications, is announcing the launch of Twilio Client for iOS. The product, which is a simple software development kit (SDK), makes it incredibly easy for mobile developers to integrate voice over IP (VoIP) capabilities into their iPad, iPhone and iPod touch apps, essentially turning any part of an app into a fully functional VoIP phone. With Twilio Client for iOS, developers can add VoIP features to existing apps or build totally new kinds of apps from scratch.
When the iPhone first launched, you synced your calendar by syncing your iPhone itself. You connected it to your Mac via USB, and your Mac’s copy of iCal and your iPhone would share calendar events. That’s a clunky approach to sharing data, even after iOS 5 introduced Wi-Fi syncing to the picture. Even with over-the-air syncing, you still have to re-sync your devices every single time you want your calendars to be current.
Recent rumors have alternately suggested that Apple is working on a quad-core “A6” or an improved dual-core “A5X” processor for its next-generation mobile devices. But buried within the yet unreleased iOS 5.1 are references to two unreleased mobile processors, suggesting Apple is actually working on both at the same time.
While hundreds of techies eagerly waited to buy their iPhone4s as soon as the new design hit stores, thieves waited too. NYPD Transit Bureau Chief Joseph Fox said incidences of subway cellphone theft have ballooned since the iPhone4 was released in June 2010, according to The New York Post.
“We’ve seen mobile traffic triple since we launched our original iPhone app in early 2011,” said Joseph Schmitt, lead mobile developer at Vimeo. “Now, we’ve taken what we learned while creating our previous apps and applied it to the updated iOS to improve overall design and usability. We’re especially pleased with the awesome iPad user interface, which the Vimeo community has eagerly awaited.”
The HTC One, unveiled this week at Mobile World Conference, isn’t just one smartphone (despite the name). It’s a lineup of three new smartphones, on at least two carriers in the U.S., in different spec ranges and price points.
Visually, the three phones all look different. But there are important similarities “under the hood,” so to speak, and all three are under the same flagship brand, sort of like how Verizon’s Droid brand covers multiple different smartphones.
In 1989, I wrote a piece in one of my internationally syndicated columns about a mobile computing concept that was very modular. Back then, portable computers were pretty bulky and heavy and having to lug them around the world with me was a pain. That led me to think about what future portable computing might look like, and I took a stab at this idea of a modular approach to personal computing.
A STOLEN Apple iPhone has created a rather embarrassing situation for police that followed its GPS signals to the wrong address. Coppers tracking down the stolen iPhone used what has become a tried and tested method of tracking, turning on the tablet’s GPS and following it.
The United States Postal Service is in the midst of massive layoffs and soul-searching about its future, as it looks to cut 35,000 jobs as a way of dealing with its $18.2 billion annual loss, but it’s still trying to innovate in a digital era when hand-delivered mail seems quaint.
Last month we reported on the launch of Evi, a new iPhone (iTunes link) and Android app (link) which was very Siri-like in its capabilities. Maybe it was too good at acting like Siri? Yes, Evi can’t do Siri’s trick of adding things to your iPhone Calendar or hook into reminders.
MUNICH - Apple’s German arm has been forced to stop automatically alerting iPhone users when they receive an email after it lost a patent battle to Motorola.
It is being viewed as a significant development as it is the first time that the smartphone industry’s high-stakes patents wars have affected iPhone users directly by restricting the capabilities of their handset.
In October 2009, I explained why “iPhone cannot win the smartphone wars”. Many of the reasons then still hold true today. But I wrote that analysis before Apple released iPad. So, 10 months later I followed up with “Apple can still win the mobile platform wars, but it won’t be easy”. Now, 18 months later, as Mobile World Congress starts in Barcelona, Spain, I claim: Apple is winning the mobile platform wars, but achieving ultimate supremacy won’t be easy.