Category Archives: iOS
Apple is known for having what tech buffs like to call the “reality distortion field,” where whatever the company says becomes true within the Apple nation, but now it seems Microsoft may be attempting to cultivate a similar atmosphere around its own products. Speaking with TechRadar, Microsoft’s Surface UK Lead Ally Wickham not-so-subtly hinted that Apple is actually trying to catch up to the Surface, not the other way around.
“I think a lot of tablet manufacturers are starting to catch on that people want to do more with their tablets. More and more tablet manufacturers realize that people want to get things done and put more productivity software on them… we recognized that from the beginning,” she said.
Livescribe has announced its Livescribe 3 smartpen today. The latest version of the popular print-to-digital pen features an ARM9 processor and a lithium-ion battery that lasts for up to 14 hours. Using a high-speed infrared camera at the top of the pen, it captures everything you write and draw and sends that data via Bluetooth to the companion iOS app. Once recorded by the app, users can:
- See your entire page of notes exactly how they were written, via Page View.
- Feed view splits your notes into useful snippets that are arranged chronologically — allowing you to work with the specific pieces of information you need.
- Search your handwritten notes to easily find what you need, when you need it.
- Flip any snippet to convert handwriting to text. Use the text to create Tasks and Reminders, set up Calendar events, add Contacts and more.
- Sort and organize your notes by adding tags directly from paper or from Livescribe+.
- Pencasts give your notes more depth by syncing recorded audio to everything you write and draw.
- Add photos and text memos to your Feed to provide more context to your handwritten notes.
- Send and share PDFs of your notes, memos and photos through Mail, Messages, Evernote, Dropbox and more.
Several TUAW readers have reported that iOS 7 features a Daylight Saving Time bug that could cause the Calendar app to show the wrong “current time” line in Day view. The bug was first noticed this weekend here in the UK when British Summer Time officially ended at 2AM Sunday morning.
Though iOS 7 devices did indeed roll back the clocks automatically as they were supposed to, when users open the Calendar app and look at Day view the current time line appears one hour after the actual time — even though it displays the right time. For example, in the image above you’ll notice that the red current time line reads 9:18 PM (which is correct), but it appears one hour later than it should (18 minutes past the grey 10PM time line).
Chromic is a free iPhone app — with the seemingly inevitable in-app purchases — that provides some very high quality filters for the videos you’ve already created, and it will also provides the opportunity to shoot live and render effects later.
The app includes 8 built-in filters, and filters can be purchased in sets for US$0.99 or $5.00 for all 54 of them. The video player runs full screen in landscape mode on the iPhone, and scrubbing is done by swiping your finger back and forth on the video. When you are done, you can export the rendered movie to your camera roll.
The quality of the filters is very high, as the software imports your movie as a “digital negative” and then adds the filter from there. Effects are nondestructive, and before you render them you can try several options.
Earlier this week at Apple’s latest media event, the Cupertino company finally released the newest Mac operating system: OS X Mavericks, to the world. Alongside this release came a more silent release of iOS 7.0.3 which brought with it full iCloud Keychain compatibility to go along with Mavericks. If you’re unaware of what iCloud Keychain allows you to do, think of it like browser saved passwords, for all of your Apple devices. Once you have set up this new feature, you’ll be able to sign into all of your favorite websites in Safari without having entered any of your passwords. It even stores your credit card details for purchases. Don’t worry, the data is all encrypted locally, so Apple won’t be handling all of your credit card numbers without your permission.
As with everything Apple, the setup process is relatively hassle-free, with the only slight issue I ran into being a prerequisite setting which I had altered in the past. I’ll be walking you though every step to setup this new feature in the video walkthrough that can be found below. This new addition certainly is welcome to anyone who regularly uses Safari on their iOS devices. I, myself, tend to use Google Chrome more than Safari, but that’s purely because I regularly switch between both iOS and Android. If your main platform is iOS, it makes sense to use Safari for the extra speed that it brings. The addition of a cloud-based Keychain syncing service is a big win for Apple in the browser department.