iOS 5

Windows Phone overtakes RIM in developer interest

Windows Phone overtakes RIM in developer interest

Windows Phone 7 has apparently overtaken RIM's BlackBerry OS to be the third most interesting platform for app developers, according to new research, with Microsoft's partnership with Nokia a key driving factor. Apple's iOS remains in the top spot for developer attention, Appcelerator's Q4 2011 report suggests, with 91-percent of those coders questioned reporting that they were "very interested" in creating iPhone apps; in contrast, 38-percent said the same about Windows Phone 7, with 28-percent saying they were keen to code for the Nokia Lumia 800 in particular.

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iTunes Match library reset signals imminent launch

iTunes Match library reset signals imminent launch

Apple's long promised iTunes Match feature may finally be nearing launch after the company missed its end of October deadline. Developers received notice today that Apple will be resetting and erasing their iCloud libraries on November 12 at 10AM PST so that the company can prepare for the launch of iTunes Match, although it did not specify when the service would publicly debut.

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iPhone 4S iOS 5.0.1 battery fix falls short

iPhone 4S iOS 5.0.1 battery fix falls short

Apple's iOS 5.0.1 update looks to have been a smooth first test of the company's new OTA distribution system, but feedback on whether it has addressed widespread battery problems is less positive. Apple Support Forums are awash with owners complaining that the issue - where an iPhone running iOS 5 sees faster than expected battery drain - remains or, in some cases, has apparently been made worse with the new patch.

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iOS 5 hides Android-style autocorrect bar for keyboard

iOS 5 hides Android-style autocorrect bar for keyboard

Having used both Android and iOS smartphones over the years, I have some experience with the autocorrect systems on both devices for typing. The common theme is that both autocorrect systems seem to be out to make us look like idiots much of the time. If you prefer the look of the Android autocorrect bar to the one in iOS, you can turn on an Android-style version on your iOS 5 smartphone.

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Amazon quietly buys Yap to build Siri competitor

Amazon quietly buys Yap to build Siri competitor

Amazon may have quietly snapped up a voice-to-text and speech recognition software company called Yap that could help it keep pace with Apple's Siri intelligent voice-controlled assistant feature. Although the purchase was made back in September, neither Amazon nor Yap have made any announcements.

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Apple seeds iOS 5.0.1 early to select users

Apple seeds iOS 5.0.1 early to select users

Apple is seeding the iOS 5.0.1 update early to select users through the AppleSeed program. Two beta versions of the update have already been released to developers and now the company is sending out an email to certain customers based on referrals from AppleCare, inviting them to participate in a pre-release update program.

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iOS 5’s hidden Panorama mode uncovered

iOS 5’s hidden Panorama mode uncovered

It's well known that iOS 5, Apple's current iteration of its mobile operating system includes a camera application and functionality built in - what you might NOT have known is that there's a hidden feature in there by the name of Panorama. While such a tiny feature might not strike the fancy of your everyday average mobile device user using, for example, Android, here in iOS such a revelation can be life-changing. What this official Panorama mode signifies is more than just the ability to capture long areas of space with your iPhone or iPad 2, it shows that Apple doesn't always keep its tiny secrets hidden - let the searching continue!

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iPod Touch vs Galaxy Player 5.0

iPod Touch vs Galaxy Player 5.0

Let's be real here: the Samsung Galaxy Player is the first real competition for the iPod Touch since its inception, and although smartphones have far surpassed the specifications of either device, they're here to battle one another, not anything else. What you've got here is a device, on the Samsung side, that's not quite as large as the Galaxy Note, a device that's still got a data connection, and isn't nearly as small as the iPod Touch, which only comes in one size - that being a 3.5-inch display. So what will we compare? Sound quality? Pixel density? How about the ability to put the device in your pocket?

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Apple iOS 5.0.1 BETA 2 seeded to developers today

Apple iOS 5.0.1 BETA 2 seeded to developers today

It's time for the update to the next version of Apple's mobile operating system, but not to you, oh readers, to developers only. Yesterday there was a similar download, and today there is another download still, each of these downloads made much more than likely to alleviate the problems users have been having with their batteries, these issues popping up most often in the iPhone 4S. Of course you could be sneaky and find a way to grab the download for yourself by becoming a developer for iOS, but then you might as well go the full mile and start making apps!

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US Cellular turned down iPhone 4S deal: here’s why

US Cellular turned down iPhone 4S deal: here’s why

It should be well known by now that an iPhone on any carrier inside the United States is a big deal for that carrier, but this week we're to understand that one carrier in particular, US Cellular, turned down the opportunity. The original exclusive carrier of the iPhone was AT&T, and it was only this past year that Verizon was allowed in on the party. With the iPhone 4S, the doors were opened to several carriers including little-known group C-Spire.

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