iOS 5

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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Siri is down, iPhone 4S users lament

Siri is down, iPhone 4S users lament

Apple's much touted voice-controlled intelligent assistant feature called Siri is apparently experiencing a major outage, affecting users across the country. The feature was introduced with the recent launch of iOS 5 and is currently exclusive to the iPhone 4S. But today, several iPhone 4S users tweeted basically the same question: Is Siri down?

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iOS 5.0.1 beta fixes battery woes, enables iPad gestures

iOS 5.0.1 beta fixes battery woes, enables iPad gestures

Apple's iOS 5.0.1 beta - seeded to developers yesterday - not only promises to address the iOS 5 battery life issues many owners have experienced, but also fixes some of the more vocally complained about problems for the iPad and iPad 2. Original iPad owners discovered that the full release of iOS 5 removed the gesture support present in the beta version, something which has now been added back in with iOS 5.0.1, MacRumors reports.

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Apple confirms iOS 5 / iPhone 4S battery issues

Apple confirms iOS 5 / iPhone 4S battery issues

Since early after iOS 5 was released several weeks ago for iPhone, users have complained of battery issues, and today it's become officially confirmed by an Apple representative that not only are there several bugs, they're working to fix them all up in a single patch to be released soon. We've addressed this concern ourselves this past week and have confirmed that just a single switch in the settings panel alleviates much of the concern. What Apple has apparently spoken to The Loop today is that they'll be sending out a bug fix inside a few weeks.

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OLLOCLIP gives your iPhone 4S an enhanced lens

OLLOCLIP gives your iPhone 4S an enhanced lens

There's an invention out there, ladies and gentlemen, one called OLLOCLIP, one made for the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S that will not only add one single amazing lens to your onboard camera, it'll add three. Over at BiteMyApple they've got this clip which will give you iPhone owners no less than a Fisheye lens, a Wide-Angle lens, and a Macro lens, all of them in one simple little clip. Make your iPhone-only online album all the more awesome for less than seventy bucks!

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