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Apple unveils iOS7 - out this Fall

Today, Apple announced a new Operating System - iOS7 due out this Fall. Here are a few key updates:

The Control Center:

Control Center gives you quick access to the controls and apps you always seem to need right this second. Just swipe up from any screen — including the Lock screen — to do things like switch to Airplane mode, turn Wi-Fi on or off, or adjust the brightness of your display. You can even shine a light on things with a new flashlight. Never has one swipe given you so much control.

The Notification Center:

Notification Center lets you know about new mail, missed calls, to-dos that need doing, and more. And a new feature called Today gives you a convenient summary of, well, today. One glance at your iPhone and you’ll know if it’s a certain someone’s birthday, if you’ll need an umbrella, or if traffic will slow down your commute. You’ll even get a heads-up on tomorrow. You can access Notification Center from any screen, including the Lock screen. Just swipe down. And get up to speed.

The Camera:

Camera in iOS 7 puts all your shooting formats — still, video, panorama, and now square — front and center. With a swipe, you can capture what you want the way you want. Fast. And new filters let you do even more with each image. Give it a retro feel. Dial up the contrast.
Or go black and white. Artistic license is all yours.

Filters on Camera:

You can apply filters to still and square photos. Pick a filter and see the effect before you take the picture. Or just take the shot and apply it later. If you ever change your mind and decide no filter is the best filter, you can simply remove it.

AirDrop:

Sending a photo or a document to someone via text or email is fine. But if that someone is right next to you, a text or an email suddenly feels like too many steps. Enter AirDrop for iOS. It lets you quickly and easily share photos, videos, contacts — and anything else from any app with a Share button. Just tap Share, then select the person you want to share with. AirDrop does the rest using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. No setup required. And transfers are encrypted, so what you share is highly secure.

iTunes Radio:

iTunes Radio features streaming radio stations you’ll love from day one — from the best selection of music. The more you listen, the more personalized it becomes. And it’s available on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC, and Apple TV for free. It’s radio re-imagined.

The iOS 7 beta software and SDK are available immediately for iOS Developer Program members at developer.apple.com. iOS 7 will be available as a free software update for iPhone 4 and later, iPad 2 and later, iPad mini and iPod touch (fifth generation) this fall.

Check out more features over at the Apple Website

This gizmo gets my prize for most horrifying/fascinating thing to come out of the Consumer Electronics Show, which is exploding all over Vegas right now. It’s a fork that vibrates when you’re eating too quickly. It’s called a HAPIFORK (HAPPYFORK!). (via Remind Me Not to Buy This Fork That Keeps You From Eating - Alexis C. Madrigal - The Atlantic)

Gerd adds: this is positively hilarious. Only in America !! :)

One serious Note! - Samsung Galaxy Note Hands-on

Well, hi there! It’s been a while since I visited my blog and actually posted an entry here - and yep I don’t consider my instagram posts as actual entries. Hahaha!

I’m here to share my views and experience on Samsung latest phablet - Samsung Galaxy Note 4. I’ve been a fan of the Note series since it was launched 2011. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to experience the first generation of the Samsung Galaxy Note since I’m stucked with Samsung Galaxy S2 back then. So I promised myself that I’ll be getting next generation of the Note series and the rest is history! 

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 still packs the 5.7” screen but the resolution was boost to 1440 x 2560 pixels resulting to 515 pixel density. I must admit my Thirdee (my Note 3) looked pale when placed side by side with Four (yup, all of my gadgets has a name) as you can see in the picture below.

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The colors are much more brighter. And even under direct sunglight, Four remains to be legible which is a big plus for me :)

Oh, I almost forgot - Samsung Galaxy Note 4 runs on Android OS v4.4 KitKat with the latest TouchWiz UI and is powered by Quad-core 2.7GHz Krait 450 CPU, Adreno 420 GPU; Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chipset with 3GB of RAM. It has a 32GB of built-in storage with a microSD card slot that support up to 128GB. The phone seems more fluid compared to Note 3 -“Sarap gamitn”

SGN4 combines a curved glass, metal frame and faux leather similar to Note 3 to give it a premium feel worthy of a flagship phone . Even though it has same screen size, it is slightly taller and thicker than its predecessor.

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Camera

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has a 16MP OIS camera that can record 2160p video recording @ 30fps, 1080p @ 60fps, 720p @ 120fps respectively. The front camera was bumped to 3.7MP for better seflies. Speaking of selfies, the camera a feature wide angle selfie. This is one is similar how panorama works but uses the front camera instead. See the sample picture below.

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I think these two pictures, one with HDR off and the other one with HDR on.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has a feature similar like the ones found in Lumias. It takes a series of pictures and allows to the user to select the focus type and the picture adjusts accordingly :)

S Pen

What sets the Galaxy Note series from other phablets out there is their S Pen. And with Samsung Galaxy Note 4 comes the redesigned S Pen. I personally love the quick action memo for jotting down notes and now with its new features like Smart Crop. Creating notes is much more easier.

Conclusion

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is one hell of a phablet. I just wished that is water resistant like S5. I know there are other great phablets out there like Nokia Lumia 1520 (excellent camera) Huawei AscendMate 7 (awesome design) and iPhone 6 Plus (Apple’s first ever phablet) but at the end of the day, you choose what really suits your lifestyle and for me Samsung Galaxy Note 4 fits perfectly. :)

So there you have it! My so-called review of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

P.S.

I still have a bunch of pictures that I was hoping to include in this post. Unfortunately, Tumblr won’t let me upload additional pictures. i keep getting an “Error uploading photo” message. Maybe I’ll try to upload those some other time. 

Look at all my gadgets. The only thing not seen is my camera, which I used to snap this pic.

You might be a guy if…you spend hundreds on electronic goods, but consider cleaning supplies an unnecessary expense. My house looks atrocious, but fortunately no woman will probably ever step foot here.

Auris – A 30-pin Bluetooth Dongle For Your Speaker Dock

Good news to all new iPhone 5 owners. You won’t need to upgrade your current speaker docks anymore. Your 30-pin docks will stay relevant thanks to auris – a Bluetooth dongle that directly connects to any 30-pin docking station to wirelessly stream the music playing on any Bluetooth capable device (iPhone, iPad, Android… you name it). You could even be playing a game or watching a movie on your iPad with the sound blasting through your music dock!


Available through Kickstarter

What is Your New Year’s Resolution? These Techs Might Help

The New Year has finally unrolled. We have finally and totally let go of all the strongholds from 2013—or have we? Here are the techs to help you have a breakthrough with your New Year’s resolution.

iPad CF and SD Card Readers

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a bigger viewfinder on your camera when checking photos mid-shoot? Not necessarily IMAX big but, you know, bigger.

Designed to get images from a DSLR to an iPad quickly and with zero fuss, these tiny CF and SD iPad Card Readers can give you just that!

Since the dawn of time*, it’s been one of our pet peeves that the iPad doesn’t come with a card reader. These little guys more than make up for that.

Simply plug one into the iPad, pop in a memory card and the Photos app will open — letting you upload files in one step. You’ll be back to shooting before you know it!

Not only are there no nasty cables, but the readers also boast USB input for flash drives and cameras with internal memory — bonus!

So from now on you need never squint at that little screen on the back of your DSLR again. Good news for you, not such good news for your optometrist.

(vía Photojojo!)

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