New iPhone 7 Fights Galaxy S7 As Emotion Defeats Power

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Apple’s iPhone 7 will be revealed later this week, and it’s ready to take on Samsung’s Galaxy S7 family. According to data from iQuanti, search engine traffic for the iPhone 7 is substantially ahead of the volume for the Galaxy S7 in the run up to Samsung’s event earlier this year. Dig deeper into the data and you can see how Apple has claimed victory… it has targeted emotions, not specifications.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge (image: Ewan Spence)

As the search terms reflect the biggest interests, one of the smallest touches that the geekerati will likely gloss over is cosmetic. After the pure ‘iPhone 7′ term, up next is ‘iPhone 7 Color’. The availability of the iPhone 7 in a new colour (likely to be a choice of black finishes, rather than deep blue predicted earlier this year) will have no impact at all on the performance, the functionality, or the capability of the new handsets, but has obviously captured the public’s attention.

I wonder if Apple has enough of the new color in the supply chain, or if there’s going to be a useful ‘sold out’ flag going up against the colorful model just after pre-orders open on this Friday?

With the appearance of a dual-lens camera expected, finding out more about the optics is second on the list with ‘iPhone 7 Camera’. Although direct and close comparisons of images from the competition put the iPhone further down the quality ratings than Cupertino would like, it still outshoots every low- and mid-range handset on the market.

Lurking in third is a term that illustrates a danger for Apple. The people searching for ‘iPhone 7 Wireless Charging’ are likely gong to be disappointed with the lack of charging options on new handsets. In fact anyone looking for new technology may struggle with this iteration of the iOS-powered smartphone with much of Apple’s innovation being held back for the iPhone 8 in 2017.

The rest of the list highlighted a hunger for information about the battery (likely providing the same endurance as the iPhone 6S), the display and screen sizes (again no change from last year’s model) and the iPhone 7 design (yes, you’ve guessed it, no change).


10 unique iOS apps that Android users can’t enjoy

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The battle of the major OSes doesn’t seem to end. While Android occupies a gigantic market share in terms of the number of smartphones running its platform, Apple is said to make the most money out of its apps. Also, as both operating systems improve with every iteration, they also come closer to bringing the same privileges to the end user.
While both Android and iOS have abundant apps to offer in their respective app stores, there are plenty that are still exclusive to each platform. Here’s a look at 10 unique iOS apps that Android users can only dream of.
1. Hyperlapse from Instagram
Hyperlapse from Instagram lets iOS users create professional-looking time lapse videos from an iPhone or iPad. You can share your creations on Instagram and Facebook directly from the app, while you can share it on YouTube, Vimeo or email from the Camera Roll. Too bad for Android users, Hyperlapse currently available for free only for iOS devices
2. Hanx Writer
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Hanx Writer is a typewriting app by none other than Hollywood star Tom Hanks. Hanx Writer, which brings the typewriting style to modern on-screen keyboards, lets you email, print and share personalised documents using an iPad.
3. Code School
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Code School is an educational app that teaches various programming languages using fun, interactive visual elements. Students earn badges for successful completion of courses and there’s a Code TV area gives that gives them access to a collection of study material in the form of videos. Students can download videos and watch them on the go.
4. Alien Blue
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Though there are several third-party Reddit apps available on Android, Reddit’s official client is available only to iOS users by the name Alien Blue. Reddit is a popular entertainment website and the official app lets users browse the full website, upvote comments, subscribe to their favourite communities and upload images. As a plus, the app also has a special night-mode that lets iOS users read in the dark.
5. Facebook Rooms
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Available only to iOS users in the US and UK, Facebook’s Rooms app lets people create virtual “rooms” to chat about whatever they wish using a pseudo name. The application puts a smartphone spin on chat forums that were popular during early Internet days.
6. Adobe Photoshop Sketch
Adobe offers its complete CC range of apps exclusively for iPad users, including the Photoshop Sketch. The app lets iPad users create beautiful drawings and provides unlimited creative options using Adobe’s Brush CC and other drawing tools. It’s also integrated with Behance, where artists can showcase their creations.
7. LinkedIn Job Search
iOS users get to enjoy a standalone job-search app by the provider of the world’s largest professional social network – LinkedIn. Job Search is LinkedIn’s dedicated app for those looking for a new job. The app guarantees complete privacy so that your contacts don’t know a thing about your job-switch plans, along with location-based search results to find out which job opportunities are available in your area.
8. Microsoft Snipp3t
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Snipp3t (pronounced as “snippet”) is an app that lets you follow and track your favourite celebrities by aggregating celebrity news across the web. You also get to like and comment on the news stories and create a social network to discuss your favourite celebrities with other fans.
9. MailMag
MailMag is a unique, magazine-style email app only available on the Apple App store. It pulls all emails with attachments into one place, which makes it easier to search for emails containing movie or flight booking tickets, documents and photos. You can create filters, or ‘Magazines’, to filter emails from a particular contact, which is quite rare among smartphone email apps. You can personalise your magazines by selecting custom covers.
10. Videolicious

Videolicious lets you quickly combine together snippets of video clips, photos, music and more to create a single professional-quality video. The app is considered useful for journalists, educators and students as it lets them weave together several pieces of video into one. It lets you add filters and post them on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
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Mozilla to eat a poisoned Apple — bringing Firefox to iPhone and iPad

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Apple makes some really great products. Quite frankly, you really can’t go wrong with anything it makes. Sure, I prefer Windows and Linux distributions on the desktop, but OS X is a fine operating system too. The true bread and butter for the fruit-logo company, however, is not its desktop operating system, but mobile — iOS. I own an iPad and enjoy it for what it is, but I find iOS to be a spectacularly terrible operating system, as it is too restrictive and dumb-downed. For some, the designed simplicity is a benefit, but for advanced users like myself, lack of a user-accessible file system is a non-starter.
The truly terrible crime, however, is that Apple does not allow browser engines other than its own. Google chose to offer a neutered version of Chrome for iOS, but Mozilla famously did not bring Firefox. I was rather proud of Mozilla for sticking to its beliefs and refusing to give in to Apple’s policies. Yes, it sucks not having Firefox on iOS, but I supported the decision. Today, however, Mozilla concedes that it is bowing down to Apple in an effort to target more users. In other words, Mozilla is biting into a shiny red apple, but I fear that it is poisoned!

         Mozilla’s Release Manager, Lukas Blakk, rocked the world with a short Tweet with a huge impact:

It’s hard to blame Mozilla for targeting users and trying to get a larger install base — hard, but not impossible; I do blame it! As a Firefox user and supporter, I do not want the open source browser to be powered by WebKit instead of Mozilla’s Gecko on iOS.
Quite frankly, if Apple will not allow Gecko, I would prefer Mozilla stick to its guns and continue its boycott of the operating system. Hell, iOS does not even allow the user to change the default web browser from Safari! Caving to Apple’s unfair policies is a loss for the open web overall.
What do you think of Mozilla’s plan? Tell me in the comments.

Windows 8.1 Adoption Grows as Windows XP Falls: Report

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While Microsoft’s latest Windows 8.1 iteration has been increasing its user base worldwide, the much older and still much used Windows XP version has been following the opposite trend in 
the market, highlighted in latest statistics for the month of November.

Notably, out of all the major desktop operating systems in the world, including Windows 8, Windows NT, Mac OS X 10.9, Mac OS X 10.10 and Others, Windows 8.1 stands at 12.1 percent in November, which is slightly lower than Windows XP’s 13.57 percent, as per the latest report published by Net Applications. Windows 7 however, still dominates the PC OS market by 53.71 percent.
Last month, Windows 8.1 was at 10.92 percent as compared to Windows XP’s 17.18 percent. Notably, Windows XP dropped considerably by 17.65 percent whereas Windows 8.1 rose by 9.46 percent from November last year.
However, Windows XP is now likely to fall at a much faster rate given than seen in the recent past, with Microsoft having already ended the OS version’s extended support in April this year. Windows Vista, which dropped down by 0.17 percent to 2.65 in November this year as compared to October, will have its extended support finished by April 2017 as per the Microsoft’s Lifecycle page.
marketshare_net_november_report_os_share_screenshot.jpgAs for Windows 7, last month’s report added that the firm finally stopped selling the consumer version of the Windows 7 to OEMs. This means that supply of consumer machines coming preloaded with Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium, and Windows 7 Ultimate will end shortly, and this will greatly affect the OS’ market share. Surprisingly, as compared to October’s 53.05 percent, Windows 7 saw a growth in November by 3.36 percent.
As for worldwide desktop browser share, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer by virtue of being pre-installed on Windows devices racked up 58.94 percent, while Chrome stood at 20.57 percent, Firefox at 13.26 percent, Safari at 5.90 percent, Opera at 0.88 percent, and the rest accounting for less that 0.26 percent.

Mozilla releases Firefox 34 with Yahoo as its default search engine.

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CALIFORNIA – Mozilla announced the next version of Firefox today – Firefox 34. In this new update, the company has broke up it’s long term relationship with Google as its default search engine.

Mozilla has replaced the default Google search engine with Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO) in the update and will be keeping the same in all future updates. However, users can still switch back to Google from browser settings.
Usually browser updates go unnoticed, but today’s Firefox update got the attention because of altering the default search engine experience.
In addition to this, with Firefox 34, Mozilla’s WebRTC powered chat tool – Firefox Hello has moved out of the beta channel into a mainstream release. With this service you can perform audio and video chats with other Firefox users right from the browser.
In case if you don’t see Firefox Hello in your updated browser, then you need to wait as the company has rate limited access to the service in order to prevent system from getting overloaded. Only 10 percent of Firefox users are currently using it.
Other things featured in the version 34 are improved search bar for users in the U.S. and the launch of WebIDE in the stable release channel. SSL 3.0, which has a number of known security issues, has been cut from this release.