Apps

Apple which purchased Beats earlier this year in May for $3 billion to optimize music streaming is doing what might seem the correct next move. According to the Financial Times Report, Apple will now bundle up its Beats music service into an upcoming version of iOS which will instantly reach its millions of users. It is expected that Beats will be re branded under the iTunes moniker when it relaunches in 2015. It also suggests that the subscription service will be launching globally which was limited only to US till now.

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The timing of this announcement is particularly interesting as Apple recently admitted that it’s sales of music downloads has declined. [click to continue…]

iPhone users are mostly considered immune to malware and viruses. There are risks involved when you jailbreak your phone, but thanks to the tight controls of the App Store, finding iOS malware is almost impossible. So, if you didn’t jailbreak your phone you simply don’t have to worry about any virus. Until now!

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Security researchers at Palto Alto Networks have found a new family of malware called Wirelurker. It is called Wire Lurker because of its ability to sense when you connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer running OS X. The malware is speeding through the Maiyadi App Store which is a third party source for OS X software in China. [click to continue…]

A smartphone without apps is not a smartphone but a feature phone! If you are using an iPhone in India, then these apps are a must have. It will not only help you save your time but will also make your life much easier.

 

 

Freecharge (Download from App Store)

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Developed by Indians and currently the most popular app for Indians to recharge their phones, DTH and Data Card is only getting better and better with time. Freecharge enables you recharging instantly with the help of credit card and debit card. [click to continue…]

As an entrepreneur you face the constant pressure to stay on top of your business and are greatly responsible for everything that happens. So, being able to work on the go is one of the skills you ought to master. But it’s not always possible to work off your laptop, especially while travelling or meeting people. This is where your iPhone can come in handy! Here is a list of 8 useful apps which can help you keep a check on things at all times:

1. Highrise

Highrise is a customer relations management app that helps you keep track of all the interactions you have or are having with your customers. With Highrise, you can check a client’s profile, his preferences and his history with your company, in just a few clicks!

The UI is sleek and easy to use. The app has an in-built audio player, which helps you record and store voice notes for every contact. Also, you can view any file type that is attached to the notes or emails right from the app.

When you launch the app, it will download your contacts and tasks to the app database. The fun part is, that while you wait for the download to take place, you can play tic-tac-toe. The download progress bar remains at the bottom while you tap your time away trying to beat the computer . [click to continue…]

Ever wanted to use your iPhone in the middle of a desert or in the middle of an ocean or high above a mountain and you find no signal reception? A satellite phone offers you with calling and data services anywhere in the world but is very bulky, uncool and expensive. Thanks to Thurya’s SatSleeve now you can use your iPhone as a satellite phone anywhere in the world. SatSleeve is an iPhone sleeve that supports iPhone 5/4S/4 and also extends itself as a external battery offering up to 48 hours of additional battery backup. The only downside to all this is a case that cost $500 and calling charges starting with a minimum of $1 and extending up to $8 depending on your location and the location you call.

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I have been using Nexus 4 since few days now. And completely loving the way how far Android has come down to. It’s been an amazing experience on this device. Nevertheless, there are so many great features which Apple could pick from Android to improve App Store in iOS 7. First, we all know how HTML interface of App Store sucks. It takes significant time even on high speed internet connection for the UI to surface once the app is opened. Of course, there’s a workaround to make it work faster, but then it remains a mess for many people.

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I figured out that there are many ways by which Apple could learn from Play Store or Android and improve App Store for the future. Some of them are listed below -

Ability to install Applications from the iTunes Store (web interface)

This feature has been on Android from quite sometime now. For those who don’t know, you could install applications from the web as well on your phone without even touching your smartphone. I admire this feature a lot. For example, if i’m on my Macbook and found out an app link on Twitter or Facebook, all i could do is to directly use the link to install app on my device. That’s it, i don’t even need to open Play Store on my device, search and then install. And your email account decides what device you own for the purpose to install apps seamlessly. [click to continue…]

Fiksu, a mobile app analytics firm released their latest reports on App download statistics for February 2013 saying that the number of downloads from top 200 apps on the App store for iPhone has declined by nearly 810,000 down to 5.2 million per day in February from 6.01 million per day in January which gave a strong holiday season sales figures. App developers spend huge amounts on advertising their apps during holiday season in an effort to tap new customers who purchase new devices, Fiksu says that the app discovery and visibility efforts continued well into January 2013 as well and fizzled out in February which gives a right indication of things to come for later part of the year.

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Since Marissa Mayer took over as CEO of Yahoo she has been making tremendous number of changes to turn the company into a global leader. Amongst the many changes is her effort to turn the company into a mobile first and web second company. Yahoo announced that acquisition of an iOS app, Summly, developed by a 17 year old Nick D’Aloisio. Nick first came into limelight when he started his first version of content summarisation algorithm back in 2011 when he was 15 year old. His idea took over well and got pretty good response with Hong Kong based Li Ka-shing announced his interest in funding his app and build it further. This is when things started shaping well for Nick as he could hire a proper team and build his app Summly. Other investors for the app include Wendi Murdoch, Ashton Kutcher and Yoko Ono.

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After the much hyped launch of Mailbox email client for iPhone people started making their reservations to get queued up and try out the app on their iPhones. Mailbox put up a blogpost explaining the wait list process and the need for a wait list saying that an email client would need immense hardware support and that Mailbox cannot afford to crash and disappoint their customers. To handle this issue Mailbox’s servers have been designed in a way to scale themselves up and add new users to the system. Recent Mailbox announced that they could successfully give access to 1 million users using their app right now.

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Well, it is nothing new to hear about the vast range of applications and uses an iPad has but it is definitely new to hear a clinic prescribing an iPad app to his patients. A clinic in US, Cleveland Clinic, has launched its new iPad app named Today which basically provides access to patient’s electronic medical records (EMR), a feature to request an appointment with the clinic’s doctors, find more details about the clinic’s doctors, health and wellness tops, healthy recipes, quizzes and videos. The app is being provided for free of cost to app users but certain parts of the app like EMR and appointment scheduling are exclusively reserved for the clinic’s patients.

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