Apple releases first iPhone 4S Siri commercial (video)

The first Apple iPhone 4S TV commercial has gone on air. The advert concentrates on Siri, the 4S’ intelligent personal assistant, giving a few real-world uses of the feature. Some Siri examples from the commercial:

  • Looking up Google Maps directions (to a hospital)
  • How to do something (tying a bow tie)
  • Checking the weather
  • Location-based reminders
  • Playing music from the iPhone music application
  • Setting up alarm clocks
  • Sending text messages

Its here: iOS 5

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Apple has finally released the final consumer version of its popular mobile devices operating system, iOS 5. The update comes with a host of new features, over 200 of them, and can be downloaded right away from the iTunes Store.

iOS 5 is compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, third- and fourth-generation iPod touch, as well as both iPad 1 and iPad 2. However, some features are resource-intensive and thus only available on recent devices, with Siri exclusive to the iPhone 4S only for the time being.

As promised, Apple has also released iCloud today (and a host of other things too!).

Video: Dear Apple, this is what i want in iOS 5

Apple’s next major operating system for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, iOS 5, is set for release shortly and, though we already know what iOS 5 has in store for us, some Apple enthusiasts still expect some secret last-minute inclusions from Apple to accommodate the soon-to-be-releasing iPhone 5. Jumbled up in your imagination? Take a look at what others want, in this like-able iOS 5 concept:

RIM launches new BlackBerry Curve 9350/9360/9370

In an effort to regain its lost glory, Research in Motion (RIM) has delivered the last blow up its stride, releasing a new BB Curve model following the launch of the new Bold, Torch and Storm variants. So, what is the new Curve all about? Is it worth purchasing? Gauge past the break for our in-depth analysis. Continue reading “RIM launches new BlackBerry Curve 9350/9360/9370”

iOS 5 beta 2 gets demoed, explained, manhandled (video)

Apple released iOS 5 beta 2 a couple of days ago, bringing in some cool new features as previously promised. With iOS 5 beta 2 comes Wireless Sync, a stylish new lock-screen design, comfort typing view, iCloud logo changes color, new notification style when screen is locked, support for OTA updates, etc. Too many? Well, either you go through the above lines again or be wise and watch this video walk-through of the iOS 5 below:

Hit the source link for more hoopla.

Video: Apple copies Microsoft, others as legal battle looms large

2011: Year of the copycats? This was Steve Jobs’ message about 3 months ago during the launch of the iPad 2. Now, ironically, it seems that Apple is doing the catching up.

Last week at their annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Apple released a lot of new stuff, including iOS 5. As you might be already aware by now, a lot of the features of iOS 5 seem to be inspired by competing operating systems like Android, BlackBerry OS, and Windows Phone 7. Obviously, Apple made a few changes to it and tried to better the efforts of their rivals while integrating it in their OS. For instance, Notification Center, which works by swiping down on the status bar, is lifted from Android’s notifications bar. Both work on the exact same principles, although Apple’s implementation is a bit cleaner.

iMessage, Apple’s new instant messaging service, works a lot like RIM’s BlackBerry Messenger (BBM). You can send unlimited text messages via 3G/WiFi to anyone with an iOS device at no extra cost. You can send text, photos, videos, contacts and locations. Group messaging is also available. Yep, very much like BlackBerry Messenger!

Then you’ve also got Twitter integration, WiFi Sync and the updated camera app. All these features were implemented in Windows Phone 7 when it was released last year. Apple worked upon them as well, bettered it, and integrated it in iOS 5.

However, there is one feature in iOS 5 which is exactly, and I mean exactly, the same as a feature on Windows Phone 7 which Apple have ripped off: Camera Swipe to Camera Roll.

What this feature does is allow users to swipe to the right to reveal the most recently taken photos. So, instead of having to open up the camera roll, users can go straight to their snapshots from the camera app itself.

Microsoft even has a patent for this feature called “Integrated Viewfinder and Digital Media”:

A user interface can display active and passive content. For example, a camera viewfinder image can be displayed on a screen, as part of a strip, concatenated with one or more other images, for example, images that were previously taken with the camera. A user can cause the viewfinder image and the other images to move together across the screen. This can allow a user to easily examine the other images and the viewfinder image without, for example, switching between different screens in a user interface. Media captured with a device can be associated with a media category by positioning a user interface element near one or more other elements associated with the category.

(via USPTO)

So now, technically, Microsoft can sue Apple over this patent infringement. But will they or won’t they is a far difficult cry than it seems. Of course, if Microsoft do decide to go ahead with the lawsuit, then what will follow will be a nuclear war of sorts, fought within the consignment of legality. Remember, it takes only one to spark something. The rest just follow.

Anyway, i’m a bit disappointed that a company of Apple’s caliber, who have always been the trend-setters, have resorted to such cheap tactics. I mean, changing it here and there and bettering it is smart business, but copying it as is and integrating it in your OS? Not acceptable!

Video: A closer look at Windows Phone 7.5 ‘Mango’

Microsoft demos Windows Phone 7.5 Mango business features (video)As you know, Microsoft has named the next major update to strike Windows Phones as ‘Mango’, which will change the OS from 7.0 to 7.5 thus making it Windows Phone 7.5.

The announcement came at Microsoft’s TechEd 2011 event where they also demoed the awesomeness of the ‘Mango’. The update will just revolutionize your Windows Phone and bring in a host of updated functionality, including major improvements in its business features and synchronization with its desktop services through Office 365 and Microsoft Lync. Below are some of its benefits:

  • Pinnable e-mail folders, which – straightforward as it sounds – will allow you to pin a folder to the start screen for quick access. RSS feeds or emails from a specific person are just one example for the possible use.
  • Conversation view in e-mail, which is your typically useful threaded e-mail view.
  • Server search, which grants you access to those long forgotten emails, which are still stored in the depths of an Exchange server.
  • Lync, which lets you stay in touch with co-workers and have access to company-specific services.
  • Complex password, which gives you the option to type in an alphanumeric password.
  • Information Rights Management, which translates into better protection for documents.
  • Support for Hidden SSID or access to hidden Wi-Fi networks.
  • Office 365 and Windows Live SkyDrive documents save, share and sync.

Microsoft demos Windows Phone 7.5 Mango business features (video)

Microsoft will unveil more of ‘Mango’ in a specific event hosted for the platform on May 24th (next Tuesday).

In the meantime, catch this video below which our friends at WinRumors recorded Live from Microsoft’s TechEd event:

Samsung Galaxy S II arriving in India in May, might set you back by 30k

One of the most eagerly-awaited and most liked super-phone of 2011, Samsung’s Galaxy S II, is making its way to the world’s largest telecom market in India next month, announced Samsung at the Samsung South West Asia Forum held in Delhi yesterday.

The phone, announced on the 13th of  February, is Samsung’s flagship device and comes pre-loaded with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The S II also boasts a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display, an 8-megapixel camera with LED Flash, a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, and full support for HD video recording and playback. Other features include WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Direct support, Bluetooth 3.0, DLNA capabilities, 16GB internal memory and a 1650mAh battery. It also features the Samsung Social Hub, Game Hub, Readers Hub and Music Hub.

We are yet to get an official statement on the availability and price of the phone, but the strong word is that it’ll fetch for around Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 35,000, and arrive by the end of May.

In the meantime, see how the S II fares against HTC Sensation 4G, Motorola Atrix 4G, and LG Optimus 2X / G2X. [Also see how it fares against the iPhone 4!]

Facebook for iPhone gets new features!

We all like newbies, don’t we? Facebook for iPhone just got bigger and better with many new features added in the update released yesterday. Key features at a glance:

  • Added Map View for Places
  • Added the ability to Check in to Events that you’re attending
  • Added the ability to unfriend from the phone
  • Improved News Feed
  • Improved notifications UI

Download the freebie from iTunes today!

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Apple reminds of iPad 2’s arrival, offers free personalized setup

Getting your hands on an iPad 2 is just hours away now, and Apple is leaving no leaf unturned as they remind us of its arrival so we don’t miss out on getting the second generation of Apple’s magical device on launch day.

Apple’s ready with everything and we are good to go…just a slight correction — the launch has been postponed by an hour. So for people PT, the time is now 1am (instead of 12am), and for East Coast it is now 4am (instead of 3am).

Some more clarifications as per Apple’s Press Release:

  • GarageBand and iMovie for iPad go on sale today for $4.99 each
  • Online orders now begin at 1 a.m. PT (not 12:00 that Apple reps had previously been reporting)
  • Every customer who buys an iPad 2 at an Apple retail store will be offered free Personal Setup service
  • Apple Store opens iPad 2 sales  at 5PM (be prepared to wait while people get their iPad 2′s set up)
  • 5 p.m. will also be for AT&T, Best Buy, Target, Verizon Wireless, Walmart and select Apple Authorized Resellers
  • iPad 2 will be available in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK on March 25; and in many more countries around the world in the coming months. Further international availability and pricing will be announced at a later date.
Press Release

iPad 2 Arrives Tomorrow

CUPERTINO, California—March 10, 2011—Apple® today announced that iPad™ 2, the next generation of its magical device for browsing the web, reading and sending email, enjoying photos, watching videos, listening to music, playing games, reading ebooks and much more, will be available tomorrow at 5 p.m. local time at all 236 Apple retail stores in the US and through the Apple Store® (www.apple.com) beginning at 1 a.m. PT. Every customer who buys an iPad 2 at an Apple retail store will be offered free Personal Setup service, helping them customize their iPad 2 by setting up email, loading new apps from the App Store℠ and more, so they’ll be up and running with their new iPad 2 before they leave the store. iPad 2 will also be available beginning at 5 p.m. local time at AT&T, Best Buy, Target, Verizon Wireless, Walmart and select Apple Authorized Resellers.

iPad 2 features an entirely new design that is 33 percent thinner and up to 15 percent lighter than the original iPad, while maintaining the same stunning 9.7-inch LED-backlit LCD screen. iPad 2 features Apple’s new dual-core A5 processor for blazing fast performance and stunning graphics and now includes two cameras, a front-facing VGA camera for FaceTime® and Photo Booth®, and a rear-facing camera that captures 720p HD video, bringing the innovative FaceTime feature to iPad users for the first time. Though it is thinner, lighter, faster and packed with new features, iPad 2 still delivers up to 10 hours of battery life* that users have come to expect. iPad 2 is available in black or white, features models that run on AT&T’s and Verizon’s 3G networks, and introduces the innovative iPad 2 Smart Cover in a range of vibrant polyurethane and rich leather colors.

Pricing & Availability
iPad 2 with Wi-Fi will be available in the US on March 11 for a suggested retail price of $499 for the 16GB model, $599 for the 32GB model, $699 for the 64GB model. iPad 2 with Wi-Fi + 3G will be available for a suggested retail price of $629 for the 16GB model, $729 for the 32GB model and $829 for the 64GB model. iPad 2 with Wi-Fi + 3G compatible with the Verizon network will be available in the US only for a suggested retail price of $629 for the 16GB model, $729 for the 32GB model and $829 for the 64GB model.

iMovie® and GarageBand® for iPad apps are available today for $4.99 each from the App Store on iPad or www.itunes.com/appstore. The Smart Cover is available in a range of colors in vibrant polyurethane for $39 or rich leather for $69.

iPad 2 will be available in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK on March 25; and in many more countries around the world in the coming months. Further international availability and pricing will be announced at a later date.

*Battery life depends on device settings, usage and other factors. Actual results vary.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork, and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple is reinventing the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced its magical iPad which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.

Web OS tablet features-Cloud Storage,Touchstone dock,Tap to Share and a lot more

The WebOS tablet which is to launch in March will have some exciting new features.

The rumored features are as below-

a.Touchstone-This is an awesome new feature which no other tablet has until now. The Touchstone feature will let you charge your WebOS tablet via a wireless charging dock which will transform the tablet into alarm clock,digital photo frame or a GPS unit.This means that while your WebOS tablet is charging it can be used as a photo-frame and many other such things.

b.Tap-To-Share-This is a feature that will let the users transfer any media or document from the tablet to the phone and vice versa.

c.Cloud Storage- The cloud storage will make be quite similar to the one in the Chrome OS notebook where any tablet could be yours as all your data will be on the cloud.

Some other features that the Web OS tablet will have are-

1.The browser will support flash

2.Phone-to-tablet communication-This means that your smartphone can be answered on your tablet also.

3.Access to your music from WIFI or 3G data (using cloud storage maybe)

4.Multitasking

Via-Engadget

HP Web OS tablets to launch throughout the year starting march

HP is all set to launch the HP tablet/slate very soon. In fact the first of its tablets(Topaz) will launch in March while the other one (Opal) would launch sometime in September. Web OS phones have been quite good though android has taken over Web OS in the phone department but in the tablet department with HoneyComb and Web OS tablet both in the market at almost the same time would make it interesting to see who wins the battle.

Apart from android’s Honeycomb there are a few others too in the tablet market.The competition will be intense.
The Big Tablet making companies and more about them

1.Apple-Their iPad has already hit the markets and have about 95% of the tablet market in their hands.

Apple also has plan to launch the iPad 2 which is expected to be more successful than the original iPad. It is also rumored that the iPad 2  might launch in April which is not far away from the launch of the WebOS tablet.

2.Adam Notion Ink TabletThe adam’s tablet is all set to ship today and with its low price and awesome features(on paper i.e. not yet tested) it might give the iPad a real competition.

3.Olive Pad– The Olive Pad is really an amazing product. Its and android tablet and gives almost all features that the iPad provides at a lot cheaper rate. Infact it has some additional features like TV viewing and MMS which the iPad does not have.You can also view a iPad vs OlivePad compare chart here.

4.Microsoft-At CES we also saw one of the biggest tech company Microsoft to launch some new tablets. If Microsoft get things right they can really get a excellent market share.

Via-Engadget