Can Nexus 6 Topple the iPhone 6 Plus?

Posted by Kirhat | Saturday, October 25, 2014 | | 0 comments »

Nexus 6
With the new iPhone 6 Plus as the current benchmark of phablet performance, several companies have made it clear that they are not just sitting around and let Apple run them to the ground. They have upgraded their flagship smartphones and included features not available in iPhone 6 Plus.

One interesting option came from Motorola Nexus 6, which made its debut last 15 October and will compete with Apple's newly launched gadget.

It will be an interesting comparison though because Nexus 6 isn't like all the other Android smartphones out there. However, like the iPhone 6 Plus, the hardware and software were tailor-made and integrated to work together harmoniously.

One of the things that sets consumers back from buying iPhone 6 Plus is its somewhat fragile body as proven by the recent 'bendgate' controversy. While your iPhone 6 Plus might not necessarily bend, it isn't as strong as the other smartphones out there, such as the Moto X, Nexus 6 and Galaxy Note 4.

Nexus 6 was also adjudged as having the 'Best-in-Class' performance thanks to a Snapdragon 805 SoC. The ‘4K Ultra HD processor,’ is designed to enable end-to-end 4K Ultra HD mobile user experiences, including capturing and playing back 4K Ultra HD video at home and on-device, as well as more realistic gaming, and up to 55MP digital photos, along with outstanding battery life for premium smartphones and tablets.

Other advantages of Nexus 6 compared to iPhone 6 Plus include the following:
  • It was first smartphone to get Android L, which means it will also probably be first in line for Android updates in the near future.
  • It will be the smartphone showcasing Google's vision of Android, allowing it to offer an extremely modern and flawless user experience.
  • It has excellent imaging thanks to a 13 megapixel auto-focus camera with optical image stabilization and dual-LED (ring) flash.
  • The 6-inch QHD Display it featured is one of the best available and will result in some stunning visuals.
  • The casing is extremely solid build quality thanks to aluminium frame and sturdy design.
  • It has a sizeable 3220 mAh battery unit for all-day battery life (and maybe some more).
Despite the impressive features of Nexus 6, many experts still believed that it won't be enough knocking the iPhone 6 Plus off from its perch. While the 'bendgate' controversy may have scarred the product's reputation a bit, Apple's iPhone 6 Plus still offered one of the smoothest and most premium smartphone experiences out there in terms of performance, imaging and convenience.

The Nexus 6 may have powerful processing, solid imaging capabilities, and is expected to offer the smoothest Android experience on any smartphone out there, it is still a second ot third-best option. While some might like its 6in form factor, most smartphone users others are bound to find it a handful compared to iPhone 6 Plus.

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iOS 8.1's Interface Options

Posted by Kirhat | Friday, October 24, 2014 | | 0 comments »

iOS 8.1 Interface
When the first major update came out, iOS 8.1 encountered several criticisms about its storage requirement problem. Apple apparently failed to fix one issue of the latest OS version that will prevent many users from upgrading from iOS 7.

However, it cannot be denied that, with iOS 8.1, Apple introduces an entirely new level of interoperability among devices, allowing users to make calls from their Mac or even pick up a task started on their iPad using their iPhone.

The most notable upgrade to the software lies in its enhanced convergence with Mac OS X Yosemite. In particular, iOS 8.1 introduces the ability to make or receive phone calls or texts on an iPhone, iPad or Mac that are tied into the same WiFi network.

Similarly, tasks started on one of these devices (in Mail, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, etc.) and saved to iCloud can be accessed and edited from any of the others.

In terms of photo managing features, iOS 8.1 brings back the Camera Roll in place of the "Recently Added" folder. The update also introduces the beta version of iCloud Photo Library, which can automatically save images to iCloud, where they can be accessed from any other connected terminal. As a reminder, the iCloud service comes with 5GB of free storage, and upgrades are available at monthly subscription rates.

Finally, iOS 8.1 delivers Apple Pay, the new mobile payments solution that works with the NFC connection and Touch ID fingerprint reader on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The service is available only in the US for the time being.

When announcing the update, Apple also informed that it sold 39.2 million iPhones worldwide during Q3 2014, which represents a 16 percent increase over the same period in 2013. During their first three days on the market, the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sold more than 10 million units.

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Ellen Adarna Nude Photo Leaked

Posted by Kirhat | Friday, October 24, 2014 | | 0 comments »

Ellen Adarna Leaked Photo
Another case of leaked photos hit online stands and gossip blogs last 17 September, but this time it did not concern the hacked iCloud accounts of Hollywood actors. It involves nude photos of a local sexy actor and model Ellen Adarna.

It will be recalled that Esquire Philippines featured Adarna as its cover story a few months ago, including two versions of the sexy pictorial shoots showing her naked but covered with the magazine’s captions. The photos were taken by Jake Versoza. However, it seems that three fully naked photos not included in the issue of the magazine were leaked out and are now available at an image sharing website.

In a statement issued on 17 September, Esquire Philippines said it "condemns the unauthorized distribution of Ellen Adarna originally taken from a shoot the magazine staged for its April 2014 edition."

The rest of the statement reads:

"Esquire Philippines and Summit Media condemn the unauthorized distribution of photographs of Ellen Adarna that were originally taken from a shoot the magazine had staged for its April 2014 edition. She had agreed to be featured in Esquire Philippines with the understanding that no nude photographs taken of her then would be published or disseminated. The recent circulation of such sensitive photos without her (or our) knowledge or consent is in blatant violation of her privacy, and her right to dignity. We share her outrage; we are deeply angry; we will not hesitate to take the appropriate legal action.

The images in question, staged with photographer Jake Versoza, were never used in the magazine itself, and in most cases, were never even in the possession of the magazine. The images we did use from the shoot were treated to make sure any sensitive areas were artfully covered or obscured, as had been the agreement.

It is apparent as well to Esquire magazine that its own rights, as well as that of photographer Jake Versoza, have been infringed. We will take the proper measured action to protect its rights. Most importantly, we urge all not to participate in the dissemination of sensitive images that were not intended for public by the one person whose rights and dignity above all else’s should be respected at this time."
As for Adarna, she appeared unperturbed about all of this scandal. After hearing of the leak, Adarna responded by posting a photo on her official Instagram account with the caption: "Yesterday I received good and bad news. Today will be a f**king good day. Moving on... I'll just keep telling myself that in the end everything is gonna be okay, if it's not ok it's not the end."

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Is Apple Pay the Future of Credit Payment?

Posted by Kirhat | Thursday, October 23, 2014 | | 0 comments »

Apple Pay
In the immediate future, some people believe that they will get a chance to cast off their credit cards in favor of a smartphone application. Whether this is good or bad, remains to be seen, but for Apple that is the best-case scenario.

The tech giant has not ruled out widespread use of mobile application when it officially launched Apple Pay, the new mobile payment service that allows users to buy goods with their smartphones. Apple is betting consumers will no longer want to carry their wallets, credit cards or cash.

Here is how Apple Pay works: users walk up to a checkout line while hold their iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus up to a special reader. By simply pressing the fingerprint sensor, the transaction is completed.

For online shopping within apps, apple pay is also available on the recently announced iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3. The new service is enabled by a free software update to iOS 8.

"Taking out your credit card and swiping it is pretty easy," Eddy Cue, apple's senior vice president of internet software and services, tells CNBC. "We wanted to make something that was even easier than that."

With this new service, Apple is trying to capitalize on the swelling mobile payments market, which is set to quadruple to US$ 90 billion by 2017, according to Forrester Research. The company has not yet disclosed how it intends to monetize this service.

The iPhone maker already boasts an extensive network of retailers and merchants jumping on the mobile payment bandwagon at 220,000 locations across the country, including Whole Foods, McDonald's and Macy's.

Apple Pay also supports credit and debit cards from American Express, Mastercard and Visa. A wide range of banks have also signed on including Bank of America, Citibank and Wells Fargo.

Attracting more merchants could be a big hurdle though. To make Apple Pay work, stores have to install what's called an NFC reader at the checkout line. Currently, such devices are being used by fewer than 10 percent of merchants, according to research firm Gartner.
Industry analysts believe Apple Pay could prove an immediate hit with tech-savvy consumers, but some are cautious about the technology's broader appeal.

"It is very easy to conduct transactions with credit cards, debit cards and cash," says Bryan Yeager, an analyst at eMarketer. "You don't need a battery to be able to do that. Apple Pay will have to contend with ingrained consumer behavior when it comes to paying with credit cards."

Apple's Cue, however, disagrees with that analysis. He argues that Apple Pay will prove popular because it is much faster than traditional payment methods, and it is also more secure.

For the service to work, consumers use credit cards they already have on file with iTunes, or enter a new credit card number. A unique, 16-digit security code is then created each time a consumer authorizes a new purchase. That one-time code, if intercepted by criminals, cannot be used on another device – or by another person.

(Photo courtesy of NY Times)

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Storage Problems Hound iOS 8.1 Update

Posted by Kirhat | Wednesday, October 22, 2014 | | 0 comments »

iOS 8.1 Update
When Apple released iOS 8.1, the first major update for iOS 8 that brought some new features to users (such as Apple Pay for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus) last 20 October, it was programmed to fix several operational issues right away. Unfortunately, it miss on one important thing.

Apple has apparently failed to fix one issue of the latest OS version that will prevent many users from upgrading from iOS 7.

Users looking to update their compatible device from iOS 7.x or iOS 8.0.x to iOS 8.1 are reporting several storage requirements. The actual download seems to be minimal: 70MB on an iPhone 4S with iOS 8.0.2, 126MB on an iPhone 6 running iOS 8.0.2, 140MB on iPad Air with iOS 8 on board, or 999MB on an iPhone 5 running iOS 7.1.

However, it still looks like users need plenty of available storage space to make the jump from iOS 7.x directly to iOS 8.1, without hooking the device up to a Mac/PC to perform the update via iTunes rather than over-the-air (OTA). OTA requires a massive 4.8GB of storage available.

Apple’s own iOS stats for developers have recently revealed that iOS 8 adoption has almost stopped and is at a much lower rate compared to the previous iOS 7 upgrade. While there may be plenty of reasons for users to choose staying with iOS 7.x instead on jumping to iOS 8, many people have speculated that Apple’s massive storage requirements for the update are the real reason iOS 8 adoption is stalling, as many iOS device owners may be unaware they can update their devices with help of iTunes in order to bypass the storage problem.

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Apple Owns the Market with iPhone

Posted by Kirhat | Tuesday, October 21, 2014 | | 0 comments »

Apple Products
If you think that Apple is resting in its laurel after the impressive launch of their latest smartphone variants last 9 September, you better think again because the tech giant is still not finished impressing you.

Fueled by ingenious marketing strategy coupled with attractive design and features, Apple has just proven some skeptics wrong by selling a lot more than what was initially expected. Figures for the final quarter of Apple's fiscal 2014 year are out and it saw 39.3 million iPhones sold, along with 12.3 million iPads and a very respectable 5.5 million Macs, with the fading iPod category bringing up the rear with 2.6 million sales.

It cannot be denied that iPhone's growth year-over-year is the most impressive stat here, and it’s easy to see why the device fared so well this quarter: this is the first partial quarter of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus availability, and by all accounts, including Apple’s own, this is the most successful iPhone launch of all time.

Analysts had expected iPhone sales of just about 38 million iPhones this year, and around 13 million iPad sales, with just under 5 million Macs moved and a paltry 2.3 million iPods. Last year, Apple sold 33.8 million iPhones, 14.08 million iPads, 4.57 million Macs and 3.5 million iPods during the same period.

This quarter’s results are further proof that Apple’s big business is still the iPhone, with the iPad fading back to a position more similar to the Mac, with consistent performance but far less growth potential compared to its still-growing smartphone sales. The new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, and their sales performance, will be under scrutiny next quarter by those looking to ascertain the future of Apple’s tablet ambitions.

Overall, Apple’s iPhone revenue jumped from US$ 19.5 million last year, to US$ 23.7 million this year during the quarter, while revenue from iPad dipped slightly from US$ 6.2 million to US$ 5.4 million. Mac revenue climbed from US$ 5.6 million to US$ 6.6 million, however, making up for the ground lost by iPad.

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