iOS 6 Announced At WWDC, 200 New Features

The long awaited 2012 WWDC conference has just finished, and there has been a few interesting releases by Apple. Notably, and the topic of this article, is the release of iOS 6.

The sixth mobile OS released by the company yearly since launching the iPhone back in 2007. The new operating system comes with 200 new features, some small and some big. Here are some of the notable changes.

Release Date: Beta is out today, Full release in Autumn.

iOS 6 (Developing)

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Facebook

Last year, as part of iOS 5, Apple released deeper Twitter integration. Meaning that you could tweet a website or image directly  from an app. Now, in iOS 6, the same idea has been transferred to Facebook. Now you can update a status, post a picture or website from just about anywhere on the operating system. You can also now update a status directly from Siri.

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Siri

Well, Siri is no longer an iPhone 4S only product. The voice assistant has now officially been ported to the New iPad, meaning sadly older versions of the iPad or iPhone are still left in the dark. Nevertheless, i’m sure in  no time at all, older iPad users will be able to get the new version of Siri on their tablets. What is this new version of Siri? Well, in iOS 6, Siri has learnt a lot more than in the last update. Now Siri can give updates on sports scores, film times and locations a lot better than it ever could before. It can also do things a lot smoother and life-like than it has been able to in previous versions.

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Okay, this is Android. But it's the same kind of idea.

Better Call Screen

In iOS 6 you can now send a text message or iMessage directly from the call screen. This means that if somebody tries calling you in a time where you just can’t answer, you can send a pre-stored message which explains that you can’t take the call, rather than hanging up and coming across as rude. This is one of my favourite features in Ice Cream Sandwich and while they may be accused of copying Android, this will certainly be a welcome addition to iOS.

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Browser

There hasn’t been a huge amount of changes to Safari on iOS 6. The only differences being you can now save pages on iCloud for offline reading, and landscape mode supports full screen on iPhone and iPad.

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Maps

As expected, iOS 6 has dropped Apple’s inclusion of Google Maps. Instead, Apple have opted for their own mapping system, which includes the greatly rumoured 3D maps, as well as a brand new turn-by-turn navigation system.

It’s also worth noting that the slides mentioned a re-designed app store. However there has not been much focus on this as of yet so there aren’t many details. I will update the app when more details surface.

Keep an eye on Geeks Have Landed for a review of iOS 6 Beta!

What’s your favourite feature of iOS 6? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Internet Explorer for XBOX 360 Announced

Later this year, Internet Explorer will come to Xbox 360, the first web browser ever available on that particular console.

The browser will look very similar to that of the IE on Windows 8, and will be heavily integrated with Kinect. Yes, that means more voice commands to get to where you want.

Also included now will be the ability to control the web browser on the TV using your tablet or phone, so that it’s easier to navigate than using a controller and so that everybody can see it.

 

Wake Up, Be Bold…..yawn

Research In Motion have launched WakeUpBeBold.com, a follow up to the ‘Wake Up’ campaign targeted towards Apple and their users.

Whereas other attacks at Apple are somewhat amusing, like Samsung’s videos which saw iUsers become jealous when seeing an SII in action, or Amazon’s advert in which a Kindle user pokes fun at an unnamed popular tablet’s reflective screen. However, RIM have completely missed the mark on this campaign.

When visiting the new website, a voice will emerge along with a scrolling script, which discusses the current state of business. The combination of a boring topic and a very demotivating narrator makes this one of the most boring attempt at a viral campaign in recent years.

What do you think? Leave your comments below!

The New BlackBerry 10 OS

Since the BlackBerry keynote yesterday (May 2nd) revealing the BlackBerry 10 OS I have been scouring the internet trying to learn all I can about what is to come. I love BlackBerry’s and have been a fan ever since the Pearl rolled out in 2008. Although there were some things I was saddened to learn, BlackBerry has held my fandom with some amazing new features.

Of course, this is all the OS, so when it all comes out on actual phones some things will be different from model to model.

There are a few unfortunate things for my fellow BlackBerry fans. Current phones will not be able to update to the new OS, and they’re going to make us wait until August for a phone with the new OS to even be revealed. It seems as though it will be worth the wait.

The New Keyboard

Unfortunately, BlackBerry is following the trend to have an on-screen keyboard. Fortunately, it seems to be the best of the lot. The keyboard is as large as can be managed on the screen. There are all sorts of swipe features that have been added. For instance, you can swipe to the left in order to delete. You can swipe down to switch to the numbers and symbols page. The prediction text has the words appear over the letter that the words begin with and you can simply swipe up to float the words up into the text. I love the idea of swiping to make everything go more quickly.

The Camera

The camera seems as though it will be wonderful. It has automatic face detection, and you take a picture by touching anywhere. My favorite part is the “miss the moment” feature. If someone blinks or sneezes or moves when you take the photo, you don’t need to retake the photo. You simply select their face and scroll back in time (several seconds are available) to a moment when they look better and it auto ‘shops the face from that moment into the photo. This is a feature I am really looking forward to.

Samsung Reveal ‘Pebble’ MP3 Player

Who said the MP3 player was dead?

Submerged inthe announcement of the Galaxy SIII, is the announcement of the S Pebble, a new MP3 player which good rival the iPod Nano.

The Pebble looks like it was designed by the same team as the Samsung Galaxy SIII, as it has the same curved casing. The MP3 player comes with just 4GB of storage and 17  hours of playback battery life.

You can put music onto the new MP3 player by simply plugging in your Galaxy phone charger and using the drag and drop feature we all love.

What do you think of the Pebble? It seems a bit odd that Samsung would announce a product like this on a day that they announce a phone that can no doubt do what the pebble can do and more. That’s the problem which may lead to the MP3 player’s failure as a whole – just about every phone has an in-built mp3 player anyway.

Samsung Galaxy SIII Launching on May 29th

Following months of leaked images, details and speculation, the Samsung Galaxy SIII has finally been annonced at Samsung Unpacked 2012.

It Looks Amazing!

The design looks like a cross between the Galaxy Nexus and the Galaxy Note. Packing the beautiful shape of the Nexus, with the huge screen of the Note. I’m not sure why, but it reminds me of this Mozilla Seabird concept

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The Galaxy SIII ‘predicts intelligence’. One of the ways it does this is with something called ‘Smart Stay’.

Smart Stay is almost creepy. The phone watches you using the front facing camera to identify whether you are looking at it or not. if you aren’t looking at it, the screen goes off, if you look at it…you get it.

The SIII comes with a voice feature, which lets you say ‘Hi Galaxy’ to turn the phone on. Then it becomes similar to Siri, in that you can ask it questions such as the weather. The voice recognition can also launch applications, such as the camera which was used in the demo.

Also new is Direct Call. ‘The instant you raise your Galaxy to your ear, it knows you want to call the person you are texting’. This is done with proximity sensors.

Smart Alert is a new feature which will alert you to any missed calls or texts you have as soon as you pick up your phone.

Social Tag is an addition to the Gallery which automatically finds your the people from your photos with their social network accounts, so you can tag them quickly.

S Beam is the new version of Android Beam we first saw with the Galaxy Nexus last year. Using a new Wi-Fi direct system, you can hold two phones together and tap the item you wish to transfer, which is apparently very fast.

Using, the SIII can recognize any of your contacts in any photo you take, and give you the option of sending them the photo as soon as you have taken it.

The Galaxy SIII is measures in at 8.6mm thick, and comes in blue or white (surprisingly no black). The new TouchWiz 4.0 interface is inspired by ‘nature and human emotion’. Nature UX uses natural sounds and live wallpapers to bring you a very relaxing experience. It also comes with an information lockscreen, which displays the weather and news before you unlock it.

One of my favourite features from the announcement is Pop Up Play. In the last few weeks we have seen true multi-tasking come to the iPad in an application which allows you to have more than one window open on the screen. A feature like this is going to be available on the new Galaxy, and will allow you to have a video playing while you search the web or text. Pretty amazing.

Samsung have introduced an ‘intelligent camera’ which has zero shutter lag, and takes less than a second to load up. The camera can take up to 20 images in a burst shot, and uses a new service which finds the best photo out of a burst of 8. I wonder how well this will work.

The camera also has an 8MP camera. Not as ground breaking as some of us may have hoped, but pretty good. It also comes packed with a HD front facing camera for brilliant quality video calling. Yet another feature of the camera is a feature which allows you to take a still image while you are videoing.

The super HD AMOLED 4.8inch screen is a lot bigger than the SII. They’ve done this by only expanding the size of the actual device a little bit, and greatly reducing the bezels.

Please note that I have written this article whilst watching a live stream, and will tweak it when I can.

My Opinion

Samsung have really outdone themselves. Earlier this year Samsung took part in an ad campaign which saw them basically make fun of Apple users as the waited outside an Apple store. I thought they were sort of clutching at straws, as they both had good features and the SII wasn’t so superior that it could be held high above the iPhone. However now, they can do that advert campaign and it would work.

The SIII has some ground breaking features, provided they work. I can’t wait to get my hands on one to try, the amazing design of both the user interface and the actual phone makes this one of the best sounding phones of all time.

 

Flipboard Coming To Android

Flipboard is officially coming to Android!

Revealed today, the social news reader previously exclusive to iOS will land on Android, starting with an exclusive window for the new Galaxy SIII.

You can sign up for the Android version of Flipboard here.

Flipboard is probably one of the best news readers available, and will no doubt challenge the likes of Pulse and FLUD, which have already secured a place in the Android Market.

Is This The Galaxy SIII?

Yes, we have yet another leaked image of the supposed Galaxy SIII, trouble is that each one we see is different to the last.

This morning several sites were sent this image, which appears to be an unreleased Samsung mobile, and could very well be the upcoming SIII.

Now, the obvious disappointment is that it’s taken with a camera far below average, which often indicates to it being fake as a high quality camera could give it away.

It looks quite similar to the Galaxy Nexus, however has a few different features such as the volume rocker being higher in this leaked image.

The Galaxy SIII is due for announcement pretty soon now, and you can read up on what to expect here.

YouTube Expands Partnership Program, Available To All

With the rise of video sharing over the last few years, and the YouTube partnership which pays video creators handsomely, you wouldn’t be completely mad for attempting to start a full-time career by simply uploading videos of your every day life. The problem up until now has been that in order to be paid by YouTube for your content, you must have a certain amount of views to be deemed ‘popular’.

But this changes today. An update to the YouTube partnership blog has revealed that anybody can choose to display adverts before their video, thus generating some revenue, no matter how popular the video is.

It’s a huge boost to those who want to start their own YouTube career, as it means beginners can slowly earn money to afford better quality cameras and production teams, to give them a better chance of making the big time.

Newbies haven’t been given all the partnership features though, with the option of having a custom banner being just one of the things which is still limited to popular YouTubers.

You can read more about the changes on the Official YouTube Partnership Blog.

April Fools 2012, Toshiba Reveal 3 New Tablets

Toshiba have joined the fun of April Fools day, announcing three new tablets each with it’s own unique design.

The company has released a video showing off three new designs. One, an oblong shape is seen used as a turntable in a nightclub. The second, ‘Rhombus’ shows some productivity purposes in a work environment, and the last, ‘Amore’ is shaped like a heart…

While i’m on the topic of tablet shapes, it’s worth mentioning that The Register has reported today that Apple have patented the rectangle. Unfortunately for Apple, this is one April Fools gag which wasn’t too hard to believe.

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