A mobile advertising platform is claiming to be able to offer Flash adverts on the iPhone, although the method by which they do so is unknown. Greystripe offer advertisers standard IAB-format flash adverts and "tailgate" games, in which promoted content is added into downloadable content.
Apple have released firmware version 2.2 for the iPhone, bringing with it Google Street View, over-the-air podcast downloads (using both WiFi and cellular networks) and public transport/walking directions. The 246MB download also includes the ability to share your location via email, increases the stability and performance of Safari, and reduces errors in the Mail app.
Apple are planning a Safari update to take on Google's new Chrome browser, with a non-linear history that would make tracking website visits more intuitive. That's the suggestion from a new Apple patent application, which discusses a non-linear, timeline threaded display of a user's browsing history that uses context and a timeline rather than simple forward and back. In a way, Apple make it sound like Visual Voicemail for your history.
What the iPhone did for touchscreens, so startup Sensel hopes to do for multitouch with Morph, a pressure-sensing touchpad for artists, gamers, and musicians. Embedding a rechargeable array of more than 20,000 touch- and pressure-sensitive sensors into a flat tablet roughly the size of an iPad, Morph can tell not only where you're touching but how hard each press is, with interchangeable overlays to tailor those touches to different apps.
While much has already been said of iOS 9's big features, including a revamped Siri, new health tracking options, and transit directions coming to Maps, we're now getting a fresh look at one of the smaller aspects of Apple's new mobile OS, but one that we use every day: the app switcher. In terms of the overall user interface, iOS 9 changes very little of what was established in 8 and 7, but switching and closing apps is a different story.
OS X El Capitan isn’t a big of an overhaul update as Yosemite, but there are plenty of new features and design elements that keep a smile on my face. There’s a lot to be said for “if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it” and that’s exactly what Apple has done. In El Capitan, it’s all about performance and experience, and that could pay real dividends not only for power-users, but for mainstream users wanting to squeeze the most out of their Mac.
As developers at Apple's WWDC even this week have had a few days now to play around with the new iOS 9 beta, Settings options and documentation have been discovered that suggest Apple will allow developers to build app focused on ad blocking and privacy. These features aren't being widely promoted, but were found deep in the iOS Developer Library. Called "Content Blocking," the feature relies on an API that will remove elements like images and cookies from web views.
We see wearables on the rise. But when we says "wearables", we mostly mean smartwatches and, more often and more ubiquitous, fitness bands. While the term "wearable" itself seems to cover a whole swathe of products, why is it that most, if not all, wearables in the market are those that we can only wear on our wrists? And why are almost all of them, even those that we don't wear on our wrists, seem to be focused, if not totally dedicated to fitness and health? Are wearables fated to be tethered to this particular use case?
The device you're about to see does not run Android Wear. This is the ASUS VivoWatch, and it's bucking the trend set by its competitors by running its own unique operating system. Inside you'll find 10-day battery life and software that lends itself to health and fitness tracking for its wearer. This watch isn't headed to smartphone stores, like so many other wearable devices released recently. Instead, the ASUS VivoWatch is headed to Goldsmith stores, Watches of Switzerland, and WatchShop dot com.
Kitchen tech is big money, and Googling a recipe on your iPhone while you try to remember how many tablespoons are in a cup is no longer cutting it. Orange Chef believes it has the answer with Countertop, a new smart kitchen platform that bakes in NFC and Bluetooth. Building on last-year's Prep Pad connected scale with the ability to recognize appliances from Vitamix and Crock-Pot, Countertop not only suggests - and tweaks - recipes but walks you through making them. I caught up with CEO Santiago Merea for a DIY smoothie and some kitchen geekery.
What does it take to create a smartphone design classic? For the HTC One M9, the answer is relentless refinement, improving what worked in its metal-bodied predecessors rather than chasing the latest trends. The smartphone spec arms-race is relentless, however, notable as much for its hyperbole as the minimal attention span of would-be buyers in carrier stores. If you can’t make your case in seconds, you’re going to lose the sale. Amid fierce competition, HTC doesn’t exactly have the greatest track record of playing up its strengths and capitalizing on its advantages. Has that changed in the One M9?