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April 2014

Five Android apps that prolong your smartphone’s battery life – CNET

Not every smartphone comes with extreme power-saving measures. That’s where other apps come in. Josh Miller/CNET Have you ever found yourself wishing that your Android’s battery would last longer? Don’t answer that — I already know. Be it an app that’s too greedy on resources, ever-larger display sizes that use up power faster, or our constant desire to play mobile games that keep our screens lit up for hours at a time, we’re eating up battery life faster than we’d like . It isn’t all bad news. As a platform, Android keeps getting more efficient at task management, and multitasking is smarter than ever. Still, battery life never seems to live up to our hopes or expectations. Thankfully, several high-end Read More

Solution to ‘FaceTime’ Problem Observed in iOS 6, iOS 7 and OS X – International Business Times AU

<!– Like us on Facebook –> The ‘Only’ Resolution According to Apple, the problem pertaining to FaceTime is due to an ‘expired certificate’ that is blocking the devices with older versions of its operating systems to access the application. The easy and only solution to fix this problem is to update to the latest version of the operating system i.e. iOS 7.1.1. Notably, this problem affects devices running on iOS 7 versions older than iOS 7.0.4, and iOS 6 versions older than iOS 6.1.6, according to reports. In addition, Macs that do not have the latest security updates are also affected. It is worth noting that, iOS 6.1.6 can be installed only on the fourth Read More

Angry Apple Fans File New Class Action over iOS 7 Problems, the "Grayed out … – Patently Apple

  Nature of the Action   This is a consumer class action brought by Plaintiff on behalf of himself and all others similarly situated who acquired, in the United States and its territories and its protectorates, Apple’s iPhone 4, iPhone 4s and iPhone 5 (collectively, the “iPhones”) and experienced reduced functionality of their iPhones as a result of the updates to iOS, essentially forcing consumers to render their iPhones obsolete.   Apple debuted the iPhone in 2007. Since the first generation iPhone, Apple has released a new iPhone model every year: the iPhone 3G in 2008, the 3GS in 2009, the 4 in 2010, the 4s in 2011, the 5 in 2012, and the Read More

Jury has questions in Apple vs. Samsung case – USA TODAY

Your submission didn’t go through. Please try again. Jury has questions in Apple vs. Samsung case – USA TODAYhttp://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&ct2=us&usg=AFQjCNGSCdn3_FHYwOM4bL–BIu8BOMoGQ&clid=c3a7d30bb8a4878e06b80cf16b898331&cid=52778489660543&ei=8lBiU6C5Ian2mQLAhgE&url=http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2014/04/29/apple-versus-samsung-case-goes-to-california-jury/8492249/

The Winner of Apple-Samsung Patent Fight? Their Rivals – Wall Street Journal

As Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. squabble in court over who copied whose phone features, the companies’ grip over the smartphone industry is slipping. The two companies account for nearly all smartphone hardware profits. But they are losing market share to Chinese rivals with lower-priced phones, particularly in developing nations. Two years ago, Apple and Samsung accounted for more than 55% of world-wide smartphones… The Winner of Apple-Samsung Patent Fight? Their Rivals – Wall Street Journalhttp://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&ct2=us&usg=AFQjCNEXkIYwW3wy0cbrCI_Hu-nAZZoF0w&clid=c3a7d30bb8a4878e06b80cf16b898331&cid=52778491502390&ei=8lBiU6C5Ian2mQLAhgE&url=http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303948104579533900322128362.html

iOS 7.1.1 on iPad mini with Retina Display Review – Gotta Be Mobile

Last week, Apple pushed out its latest iOS 7.1 update in the form of iOS 7.1.1. The incremental bug fix update touched down for all iPhone and iPad models running iOS 7, the company’s operating system that launched back in September. After spending a week with the iOS 7.1.1 on iPad mini with Retina Display, we want to take a look at how it’s performing on Apple’s current 7.9-inch iPad. When the iPad mini with Retina Display finally arrived on shelves in November, it was running Apple’s iOS 7 update, the update that debuted alongside the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c in September. And like other iOS 7 powered devices, the iPad mini with Retina Display has seen its fair Read More

Facebook’s Stock Picks Up Momentum After Announcing Its Mobile Ad Network – TechCrunch

On the back of an analyst upgrade based on optimism about the future of its ad products, Facebook today picked up around 2.8 percent in the public markets. After starting the day at a deficit, Facebook has picked up momentum as its f8 developer conference announced several new products, including the Facebook Audience Network. Facebook Audience Network is an important product for Facebook, as it allows the social giant to monetize off properties that it doesn’t control. Facebook’s user-data advantage has long been a boon to its mobile ad efforts. Its run from having nearly no mobile ad revenue to generating the preponderance of its advertising top line from mobile usage has been little short of revolutionary for the company. To see Read More

A Eulogy for Twitter – The Atlantic

We’ve been trying to figure out the moment Twitter turned, retracing tweets to see whether there was something specific that soured the platform.  Something is wrong on Twitter. And people are noticing.  Or, at least, the kind of people we hang around with on Twitter are noticing. And it’s maybe not a very important demographic, this very weird and specific kind of user: audience-obsessed, curious, newsy. Twitter’s earnings last quarter, after all, were an improvement on the period before, and it added 14 million new users for a total of 255 million. The thing is: Its users are less active than they once were. Twitter says these changes reflect a more streamlined experience, but we have a different theory: Twitter is Read More

Zuckerberg Announces More Privacy, Better Ads in Facebook Keynote Speech – The Wire

Apr 30, 2014 5:27PM ET  /  15,583 Views By Arit John There are too many poor people enrolled in Medicaid, too many sick people in the risk pools and, now, too many new patients driving up health care spending over the last three months. Zuckerberg Announces More Privacy, Better Ads in Facebook Keynote Speech – The Wirehttp://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&ct2=us&usg=AFQjCNFfnp59RizFA-2378FsAZpCW9MWjA&clid=c3a7d30bb8a4878e06b80cf16b898331&ei=WjhiU8imFenBmQLSJw&url=http://www.thewire.com/technology/2014/04/facebook-privacy-targeted-ads-f8/361455/

Google splits up Drive with new iOS and Android productivity apps – Ars Technica

Google announced its Drive cloud storage service just over two years ago, if you can believe it. Drive competes with Dropbox, OneDrive, and other cloud services, but at the time it also consumed Google Docs, the company’s Web-based productivity suite. To view and edit any documents you created in the Web version of Drive on your phone or tablet, you’ve always needed to install and use the Google Drive app, but Google has now altered course a bit: the company just released new, standalone Google Docs and Google Sheets productivity apps for Android and iOS, breaking document and spreadsheet editing out from the Drive app for the first time on mobile devices. The apps are compatible with iPhones and iPads running Read More