iOS 7 http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/ios-7/news en-MY Slide to unlock: 10 iPhone shortcuts to make your life easier http://www.stuff.tv/my/10-iphone-shortcuts-make-your-life-easier/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Get more done with your iPhone in less time </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Slide to unlock: 10 iPhone shortcuts to make your life easier" alt="Slide to unlock: 10 iPhone shortcuts to make your life easier" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iphone.png?1408514896" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We all spend heaps of time on our iPhones, and probably think that we know all there is to know about our phones by now. But you&rsquo;re wrong.</p> <p class="p1">Tucked within the recesses of the iOS intelligence are yet more ways that you never knew you could use your phone. For significant time-saving moves, read on.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Shake to untype </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="480" src="https://vine.co/v/MQ0qYJthdj5/embed/simple" width="480"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Situation:</strong> Say you&rsquo;ve just typed a really long sentence but had a sudden change of heart and want to go with something else. You&rsquo;d think the only way to erase what you just typed is to repeatedly tap the backspace key or tap and hold it, right? Wrong. There&rsquo;s another way to undo what you just typed.</p> <p class="p3"><strong>Solution:</strong> To undo what you just typed, all you have to is shake your phone and the undo prompt will pop up. Have another change of heart and want to redo what you just undid? Just shake your phone again and the redo prompt will pop up to restore your text. This shortcut works across all typing apps, so happy shaking, you fickle typer.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Triple Click to invert </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="480" src="https://vine.co/v/MQ90BMJMTwI/embed/simple" width="480"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Situation:</strong> If you&rsquo;re one of those who likes to use their phone in the dark just before going to bed and find all that white in your display awfully glaring, there&rsquo;s another way to ease the strain on your eyes aside from turning the brightness on your screen down.</p> <p class="p2"><strong>Solution: </strong>Invert the colours by going to <em>Settings</em>, <em>General</em>, followed by <em>Accessibility</em> where you scroll right to the bottom and hit <em>Accessibility Shortcut</em> and choose <em>Invert Colours</em>. So whenever the lights are off, just triple click the home button to invert the colours on your display.</p> <p class="p2">This feature is meant to help people with dyslexia make out detail better, but we find it also comes in handy for using your phone discreetly in a darkened room without it casting a ghostly glare on your face.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Where’s the word? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="480" src="https://vine.co/v/MQ01xLVpYLx/embed/simple" width="480"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Situation:</strong>&nbsp;You&rsquo;re trying to find a particular word or phrase on a site. You don&rsquo;t have to read through the entire article to find what you&rsquo;re looking for. There&rsquo;s an easier way to get to it.</p> <p><strong>Solution:</strong>&nbsp;Type the word or phrase directly into the address bar and the phone will bring up a list of results. To find it on the page, scroll all the way down to see <em>On This Page</em>, tap on it and it will highlight the word in yellow and take you through all of the matches till you find what you&rsquo;re looking for.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Use EarPods to take a shake-free photo </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Situation</strong>: Whether it&rsquo;s tapping the capture button or pressing the volume up or down buttons to take a photo, there&rsquo;s a chance that a little bit of movement could be introduced into your photo as you&rsquo;re applying pressure on it. Did you know you can take a photo without having to touch the iPhone at all?</p> <p><strong>Solution</strong>: EarPods (or any other made for iOS earphones) to the rescue! Just stick them into your iPhone, activate the Camera app and &nbsp;use the remote as a temporary remote for your camera app too. Hit either the volume up and down buttons to take a shake-free photo. Also works for more natural-looking selfies.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Use EarPods to take a shake-free photo" alt="Slide to unlock: 10 iPhone shortcuts to make your life easier" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/earpods.jpg?1408514896" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> More than meets the eye </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="480" src="https://vine.co/v/MQ9x6Vdlwq6/embed/simple" width="480"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Situation:</strong>&nbsp;Typing in the name of a foreign European address? Chances are there are a few accents in the words you&rsquo;re using. How about the symbol for cents? Bet you didn&rsquo;t realise that your keyboard hides more keys than those that are laid out.</p> <p><strong>Solution:</strong>&nbsp;To find the key you need, all you have to do is tap and hold the corresponding key. For example, if you tap and hold down the &lsquo;$&rsquo; key, you&rsquo;ll also find the currency keys used to denote cents, pounds and even yen. Doing the same on alphabet keys bring up accents.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> View more in landscape </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="480" src="https://vine.co/v/MQ9En6b0B0e/embed/simple" width="480"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Situation:</strong>&nbsp;Want to view&nbsp;more in your calendar but frustrated by its small screen and hence the limitations of what it can display? There&#39;s a trick to viewing more than one day at a time.</p> <p><strong>Solution:</strong>&nbsp;Just turn your phone sideways to landscape view when in Calendar to see a full five days. Also, doing so when you&rsquo;re using Calculator brings up additional scientific calculator functions.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Time travel to the top </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="480" src="https://vine.co/v/MQ0MnMBbeE5/embed/simple" width="480"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Situation:</strong>&nbsp;You&rsquo;re utterly engrossed in a website and have read a really long article all the way to the end. Want to get back to the top to another tab on the site you want to visit? You don&rsquo;t have to rub a blister on your thumb by repeatedly scrolling downwards.</p> <p><strong>Solution:</strong>&nbsp;To get back to the top, just double tap the time at the top of your screen to fly right back to the start.&nbsp;Works for Instagram and Facebook too, when you get carried away browsing long feeds.&nbsp;Simple, huh?&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Swipe back or forth </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="480" src="https://vine.co/v/MQ0gLwhrMVZ/embed/simple" width="480"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Situation:</strong>&nbsp;You&rsquo;re browsing web pages and scrolling makes the navigation toolbar disappear. To go back to the previous page, you don&rsquo;t have to constantly tap on the screen to make it reappear, which can be laggy when the page is still loading.</p> <p><strong>Solution:</strong>&nbsp;More intuitive are these gestures: swipe to the left to go forward or to the right to go back. Just make sure you&rsquo;re doing it right from the edge to make the gesture properly register. Works in Mail and Safari.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not disturb mode </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="480" src="https://vine.co/v/MQ90rIIUDIB/embed/simple" width="480"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Situation:</strong> The Do Not Disturb mode is a great way to allow you to focus by restricting the type of calls allowed to your phone. You can silence selected calls and notifications, and even only enable a call when it&rsquo;s the second time the same number is calling. Great for light sleepers who don&#39;t want to be disturbed. But what if you forget to set it up?</p> <p class="p3"><strong>Solution:</strong> You can choose to do it manually if you want a certain period of focus everyday. But if it&rsquo;s a daily occurrence, remember to switch off <em>Manual</em> mode and tap on <em>Scheduled</em> to set your desired do-not-disturb time period, say 11pm to 7am when you sleep. It will kick in every night to keep your precious snooze time from being interrupted, and you don&rsquo;t even have to set it up every night before you sleep.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Shorter cuts for typing </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Situation:</strong> Do you have your very own phrases that your mates understand but autocorrect clearly doesn&#39;t? Or are you just tired of having to always type your long email address, character by character, to people? There&rsquo;s a shortcut for minimising typing action.</p> <p class="p3"><strong>Solution:</strong> Create your own keyboard shortcuts by going to <em>Settings</em>, <em>General</em>, then <em>Keyboard</em>. Scroll to the bottom of the page to add a new shortcut that&#39;ll expand into the phrase of choice. Just make sure you remember what they are.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Shorter cuts for typing" alt="Slide to unlock: 10 iPhone shortcuts to make your life easier" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/wordshortcut.png?1408514896" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Unearth these hidden iPhone shortcuts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Slide to unlock these secret features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone.png?1408514896" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/10-iphone-shortcuts-make-your-life-easier/feature#comments iOS 7 iPhone & iPad Mon, 21 Jul 2014 07:10:34 +0000 Elissa Loi 1442712 at http://www.stuff.tv Hands-on with Volvo's Apple CarPlay stereo, the iOS-friendly infotainment system http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/hands-volvos-apple-carplay-stereo-ios-friendly-infotainment-system/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Swedish firm takes a step towards beautiful simplicity with its new infotainment system – featuring Apple&#039;s iOS-friendly interface. Stuff tries it out… </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Volvo Apple CarPlay stereo" alt="Volvo Apple CarPlay stereo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-carplay-volvo-hands-on-01.jpg?1398309538" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple&#39;s latest version of iOS is taking to the road with <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple-carplay-puts-your-iphone-your-car-dashboard/news" target="_blank">CarPlay</a>.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/leonpoultney" title="View user profile.">Leon Poultney</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Scandinavian design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&ldquo;This user experience will reflect the simplicity and design of the beautiful Volvo ES Concept we revealed earlier this year,&rdquo; Soderqvist explains as he points towards an attractive touch screen display in the middle of the room.</p> <p>The black piece of glass sits atop an extremely simplified play module that features a volume dial, play and pause buttons, as well as a small smattering of essential car functions such as heated windshield and hazard lights. Everything else is run from a high-resolution touch screen display &ndash; that is, appropriately, around the same size as an iPad.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Volvo Apple CarPlay stereo" alt="Volvo Apple CarPlay stereo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-carplay-volvo-hands-on-04.jpg?1398309538" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Simplified user experience </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The touchscreen user experience is as gloriously simple as Volvo&rsquo;s recent concept offerings, featuring just four stacked tiles that operate in-car essentials including navigation, entertainment, the phone and one other application of the driver&rsquo;s choice. &ldquo;This simple system makes it impossible to get lost in the interface,&rdquo; explains Soderqvist.</p> <p>Touch the tile you want to access and it&#39;ll expand, while the other three tiles remain contracted and available at any time. A home button, similar to that found on Apple products, allows you to head back to the main, four-tile home screen at any time. Once all tiles have been contracted, the most important information &ndash; such as the next navigation command or the track name &ndash; remains in its corresponding tile.</p> <p>Swipe to the left and all of the vehicle&rsquo;s main settings are accessible, from traction control to tyre pressure monitors. Swipe right and the entire multimedia menu is available, displaying any downloaded apps.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Volvo Apple CarPlay stereo" alt="Volvo Apple CarPlay stereo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-carplay-volvo-hands-on-05.jpg?1398309538" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple CarPlay </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Drivers will be able to &lsquo;pin&rsquo; an application of their choice to this fourth tile &ndash; which in this case is Apple CarPlay. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve taken all of the features that users love about iPhone and selected the ones that make most sense in the car,&rdquo; explains Stephen Chick. &ldquo;Everything seen here is driven directly from the iPhone and run through Siri, so the driver barely has to take their eyes off the road ahead&rdquo;.</p> <p>The user interface is as simple as using your iPhone; simply click on the application and Siri awaits vocal instructions. A small home button lets you return to the app selection screen at any time. &ldquo;The beauty of this system is that is works in harmony with Apple CarPlay,&rdquo; explains Soderqvist. &ldquo;If you decide to use Apple Maps, the Volvo navigation system will pause and the same goes for entertainment,&rdquo; he adds. Siri will also read out emails, transcribe text messages and provide local information, meaning the driver can remain focussed on, erm, driving.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Volvo Apple CarPlay stereo" alt="Volvo Apple CarPlay stereo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-carplay-volvo-hands-on-02.jpg?1398309538" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Two minds are better than one </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Volvo has worked hard to make the user experience as simple as possible and that also means the driver can switch between Apple&rsquo;s Siri voice command or the Swedish marque&rsquo;s built-in counterpart at the press of a button. &ldquo;Every menu and function is accessible via Volvo&rsquo;s own voice command system,&rdquo; says Soderqvist. &ldquo;But if the driver wants to ask Siri something, say &lsquo;where&rsquo;s the nearest car park&rsquo;, they simply have to hold the voice command button on the steering wheel down for a couple of seconds,&rdquo; he adds.</p> <p>&ldquo;We already created something called Siri Eyes Free, so we have experience of optimising Siri for an in-car environment,&rdquo; explains Chick. &ldquo;This system takes it further as it&rsquo;s fully optimised to work with Volvo&rsquo;s hardware,&rdquo; he added. Volvo has also optimised its cabin and microphone set-up to work perfectly with voice commands, ensuring Siri and the on-board voice recognition software isn&rsquo;t confused by tyre rumble, wind noise and other pesky distractions.</p> <p>If you&#39;re not in the market for a new Volvo, of course, there are other ways to get aboard the CarPlay bandwagon. Pioneer has announced a range of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/pioneer-reveals-apple-carplay-compatible-receivers/news" target="_blank">CarPlay-compatible head units</a>, and other manufacturers are sure to follow suit. We reckon it&#39;s the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-carplay-future-car-infotainment/feature" target="_blank">future of in-car tech</a>&nbsp;&ndash; so it&#39;s as well to sign up early.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Volvo Apple CarPlay stereo" alt="Volvo Apple CarPlay stereo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-carplay-volvo-hands-on-03.jpg?1398309538" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hands-on with Apple CarPlay </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/hands-volvos-apple-carplay-stereo-ios-friendly-infotainment-system/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/hands-volvos-apple-carplay-stereo-ios-friendly-infotainment-system/news#comments Apple Cars iOS 7 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:49:09 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1436050 at http://www.stuff.tv iOS 7.1 is out and it's gunning for your car http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/ios-71-out-and-its-going-invade-your-car/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New firmware update comes with CarPlay and a host of new improvements </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="iOS 7.1 is out and it&#039;s gunning for your car" alt="iOS 7.1 is out and it&#039;s gunning for your car" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ios%207.1.jpg?1394587497" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple has finally rolled out the first major update for iOS 7, adding some great new features and welcome improvements to the gorgeous interface.&nbsp;</p> <p>The highlight of 7.1 would of course be the inclusion of CarPlay. CarPlay pushes the iOS interface onto compatible car dashboards, allowing users to control specific features like Apple Maps or even compatible third-party apps via touchscreen or dedicated controls in the cars themselves. It&#39;s almost like getting an iPhone or iPad embedded in your vehicle.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/nigel-yap-0" title="View user profile.">Nigel Yap</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Although CarPlay compatible cars have yet to be launched, there&#39;ve been a couple of manufacturers who&#39;ve integrated the feature into their recently unveiled cars, including Volvo, Mercedes-Benz and Ferrari. In fact Volvo even has a demo video on how it&#39;ll work, and you can see it&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/ios-invade-your-cars/news" target="_blank">here</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Other updates include improvements to Siri, including the option to manually control when Siri &lsquo;listens&rsquo; to you. Besides adding more natural-sounding male and female voices in major languages, there are also a bunch of other UI tweaks and bug fixes too, including a setting to automatically enable HDR on the iPhone 5s.</p> <p>For the complete list of updates that&rsquo;s been rolled out on iOS 7.1, head on over&nbsp;<a href="http://www.apple.com/ios/feature-availability/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p>Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.apple.com/ios/feature-availability/" target="_blank">Apple</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="iOS 7.1 is out and it&#039;s gunning for your car" alt="iOS 7.1 is out and it&#039;s gunning for your car" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/carplay.jpg?1394587497" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/ios-71-out-and-its-going-invade-your-car/news#comments Apple iOS 7 Tue, 11 Mar 2014 03:39:33 +0000 Nigel Yap 1433552 at http://www.stuff.tv In-store location tracking to optimise your Apple shopping experience? http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/store-location-tracking-optimise-your-apple-shopping-experience/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> iBeacons rumoured to be coming to US Apple Stores “in the next few days” </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="5th Avenue Apple Store" alt="5th Avenue Apple Store" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-store-5th-ave.jpg?1385052465" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We&rsquo;ve written about iOS 7&rsquo;s innovative <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/ibeacons-how-ios-7-s-secret-weapon-could-kill-nfc/feature" target="_blank">iBeacons</a> technology before &ndash; and if rumours are correct, we might get to see it in action very soon.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Being helpful – or badgering? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The tech &ndash; which would work on any iOS 7 device with Bluetooth 4.0 on board &ndash; could also be used to encourage shoppers to attend Apple&rsquo;s in-store workshops. So if you&rsquo;re loitering around the iMac area, your iPhone will get an alert informing you of the next iMac workshop session.</p> <p>If all this is true, Apple has to tread carefully: there&rsquo;s a fine line between being helpful and badgering &ndash; but the company is doubtless aware of that. Apple Store employees tend to be among the best-trained when it comes to customer service, and manage to maintain the balance well. We would hope any iBeacons system does the same &ndash; but 9to5Mac points out that the alerts will be optional, with shoppers able to silence them if they want.</p> <p>The report also says that in-store mapping will be added to Apple&rsquo;s Maps service soon, meaning you won&rsquo;t even have to speak to employee to find your way to the charging cable section: you can merely consult your iPhone.</p> <p>[Via: <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2013/11/16/apple-stores-to-implement-ibeacon-location-technology-to-improve-service-boost-sales/" target="_blank">9to5Mac</a>]<br />&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="iBeacons slide" alt="iBeacons slide" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ibeacons-slide.jpg?1385052465" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple Store Hamburg" alt="Apple Store Hamburg" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-store-hamburg.jpg?1385052465" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/store-location-tracking-optimise-your-apple-shopping-experience/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/store-location-tracking-optimise-your-apple-shopping-experience/news#comments Apple iOS 7 Mon, 18 Nov 2013 15:39:29 +0000 Elissa Loi 1429220 at http://www.stuff.tv 9 essential 64-bit apps every iPhone 5s owner should download http://www.stuff.tv/my/64/eight-essential-64-bit-apps-every-iphone-5s-owners-should-download/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple&#039;s iPhone 5s is packing a new A7 processor that&#039;s the first to bring 64-bit computing to your hand - we went hands-on with the first apps optimised for it to find the best </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="950" height="534" title="Apple&#039;s A7" alt="Apple&#039;s A7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/a7-apple.jpg?1388089238" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Expect a slew of new and updated apps in the coming months as developers begin to unlock the power of the A7 and its sidekick, the M7 motion processing chip. We&#39;ve been trying out the first to hit the app store, and there are some real sparkly gems in there.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/mark-prigg" title="View user profile.">Mark Prigg</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Infinity Blade III (US$6.99) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The app even Apple uses to show off the 5s, Infinity Blade III has been fully rewritten in 64 bit code, and it&rsquo;s jaw-droppingly impressive.</p> <p>The animation, detail in characters and speed is unlike any other game we&#39;ve seen on iOS, and approaching what the current generation of consoles can do.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s an essential purchase, if only to show off to your friends when they ask you why you upgraded - and a great game to boot.</p> <p>[<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/infinity-blade-iii/id610003290" target="_blank">Download</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/6ny6oSHyoqg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1184" height="981" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ib3-devices.png?1388089238" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Garageband (free update) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Of the slew of Apple apps updated this week, Garageband is terrifyingly powerful in its 64 bit incarnation, letting you create music on the move. There&rsquo;s no problem with having multiple tracks, each with their own effects, playing at once, and it&rsquo;s surprisingly simple to get the hang of.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="982" height="604" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hero.png?1388089238" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Djay 2 &amp; Vjay (US$9.99and US$2.99) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of the first apps to get an update, these video and music mixing apps use the A7&#39;s power to give you some really impressive real time controls, allowing you to create your masterpieces.</p> <p>One of the most impressive is the real time harmonics matching in Djay 2, letting you analyse the pitch of a song in real time and match up songs for seamless mixing - something that simple wasn&#39;t possible with previous versions.</p> <p>[Download from <a href="http://www.algoriddim.com/" target="_blank">Algoriddim</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/mSsXrPxJ2rc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Call of Duty: Strike Team (US$6.99) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Activision&#39;s latest CoD outing in all its 64 bit glory, where players find themselves in 2020 where they must lead a joint Special Operations Team to find who is responsible for an attack on the U.S.</p> <p>The graphics are stunning, and much faster and more responsive than previous generations. Apart from looking nice, it also tries its best to mix fighting and strategy aspects, and while this doesn&#39;t always work, it&#39;s a great example of how the 5s is bringing gaming closer than ever to console quality.</p> <p>[<a href="http://www.callofduty.com/striketeam" target="_blank">Activision</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/VbQkwsW8GlU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sky Gamblers: Cold War (US$4.99) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If ground-based fighting just isn&#39;t enough, take to the skies with this excellent aeriel dogfighting game. The speed of the game is really exhilarating as you take to the sky in a range of different fighters, and it quickly turns into one of the more manic games we&#39;ve enjoyed in recent months.</p> <p>[<a href="http://www.atypicalgames.com/ColdWar/" target="_blank">Atypical</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/VERAvyEHC3k" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Total Conquest - (free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&#39;ve always harboured a secret desire to take over Rome, there&#39;s no better time to live out your fantasies in the safety and privacy of your iPhone.</p> <p>Gameloft&#39;s latest is a cartoon-style app that lets you build up an army, expand and then go on the rampage, Roma-style in nearby villages.</p> <p>[<a href="http://www.gameloft.com/iphone-games/total-conquest-free/" target="_blank">Gameloft</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="568" height="320" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/screen568x568_0.jpeg?1388089238" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 123D Creature Show (free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Autodesk&#39;s app lets you customise your photos by adding in fully poseable 3D characters. It&#39;s weirdly addictive, and will certainly liven up your Instagram feed if nothing else.</p> <p>[<a href="http://www.123dapp.com/creature" target="_blank">Autodesk</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/t5gAkoGE6hs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sing! Karaoke (free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Smule&#39;s hugely popular karaoke app has raised its game with its latest update, harnesseing the A7 processor to let you add real time effects to your voice, minimising your chances of sounding like an X-Factor reject. Probably.</p> <p>[<a href="http://www.smule.com/" target="_blank">Smule</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="320" height="568" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/screen568x568%20%281%29_0.jpeg?1388089238" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Moves (US$2.99) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>OK, so this one isn&#39;t 64-bit, but rather is optimised for the iPhone 5s&#39; M7 motion coprocessor to save battery instead (forgive us - it&#39;s still a good use of the hardware).&nbsp;</p> <p>Moves is an activity tracker app that&nbsp;builds up a rich picture of your activity: exercise completed, time taken and locations visited that it calls your &ldquo;Storyline&rdquo;. It&#39;ll capture steps taken, miles run, minutes cycled and calories burned, and is even capable of working out when you&rsquo;re on a car or bus. The visual representation it creates is rather gorgeous and super-simple to understand, and you can connect other apps to use the data you&#39;ve collected, so your phone can become even better at making you fitter, healtheir, more productive.</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/my/app/moves/id509204969?mt=8" target="_blank">Download it here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moves-iphone-5s_1.jpg?1388089238" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/64/eight-essential-64-bit-apps-every-iphone-5s-owners-should-download/feature#comments 64 Apple iOS 7 iOS apps iPhone 5S Smartphones Thu, 26 Dec 2013 20:21:01 +0000 Elissa Loi 1428379 at http://www.stuff.tv 11 ways to make Android look even better than iOS 7 http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/11-ways-make-android-look-even-better-ios-7/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Your Android smartphone is a caterpillar trapped in a cocoon. Here&#039;s how to turn it into a beautiful butterfly </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="11 ways to make Android more beautiful than iOS 7" alt="11 ways to make Android more beautiful than iOS 7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/android-theme-main.jpg?1382465052" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>iOS 7's release saw Apple level the playing field against Android's cleaner and&nbsp;comparatively&nbsp;more modern experience. The end result? <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/node/1426771" target="_blank">The most beautiful mobile OS in history</a>.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What is a launcher? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Press the Home button on your Android phone. Boom. Say hello to your home screen.</p> <p>The home screen is actually part of the launcher, along with your app drawer and all of your app icons. The launcher is therefore a pretty big deal - it's the soul of your smartphone and dictates its appearance.</p> <p>Manufacturers like HTC, Samsung, Sony and LG replace Android's stock launcher with their own, using their own icons and skins to dictate your device's appearance. Samsung's rather garish TouchWiz (above) is one famous example of a pre-loaded manufacturer-made launcher.</p> <p>But you don't have to shackle yourselves to what you're given. You can download replacement home screens and supercharge your Android phone with good looks and useful functionality.&nbsp;</p> <p>There are plenty of good launchers in the Play Store, and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.teslacoilsw.launcher" target="_blank">Nova Launcher</a> is widely regarded as one of the best. If you like eye candy then you'll love its selection of 2D and 3D home screen scroll effects, which offer more exciting transitions between different home screens. You can even auto-hide the status bar for a cleaner style.&nbsp;But looks aren't everything…</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="1056" title="11 ways to make Android more beautiful than iOS 7" alt="11 ways to make Android more beautiful than iOS 7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/note-3-screenshot.jpg?1382465052" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Clever stuff </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Nova also allows you to set gesture controls – a feature so useful that we couldn't ever go back to anything else. </p> <p>For larger 5in-and-above smartphones it can be quite tricky to pull down Android's Notification bar one-handed. The solution? Set up Nova launcher so that swiping down on any of your home screens will bring down the Notification bar.</p> <p>If you want to go for a minimalist approach, you can even do away with the app menu button altogether. All you have to do is set up a swipe up gesture to open up your app drawer, and you're done. </p> <p>Oh look, that clever little trick means you've freed up an some space on your dock. And you can have up to seven items on it too. </p> <p>Another useful gesture is the ability to use a single icon to open two different apps. Take the camera app icon for example. A single tap will open up the camera. But swiping up on the icon instead can fire up the Gallery app. Two apps, one icon, less clutter. Efficient eh?</p> <p>And it gets better. One of our favourite features on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">LG G2</a> is its ability to double-tap its home screen to turn off the phone, and you can use Nova to achieve the same effect. There's an app on the Play Store called <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.katecca.screenofflock" target="_blank">Screen Off</a> which, you guessed it, turns off your screen. You can set up a Nova shortcut to launch the Screen Off app everytime you double-tap one of your home screens.</p> <p>You're pretty much only limited by your imagination. You can even make your app drawer transparent so that you can see your wallpaper behind your numerous apps, instead of the usual boring black background. Apps can also be arranged in folders to help sort out the chaos and you make the icons smaller so that you can fit more apps onto a single page.</p> <p>And that's all just the tip of the iceberg...</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="1058" title="11 ways to make Android more beautiful than iOS 7" alt="11 ways to make Android more beautiful than iOS 7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g2-es-screenshot.jpg?1382465052" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pushing the right buttons </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Icons can transform the look of your home screen, dock and app drawer and there are hundreds of icon packs available on the Play Store catering to all tastes. From minimal and flat to bold and three dimensional, you can automatically replace most of (if not all) of your app icons to suit your tastes.</p> <p>The better larger icon packs are updated with new icons for new apps and you can even mix and match icons manually.</p> <p>In launchers like Nova or <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.anddoes.launcher" target="_blank">Apex</a>, it's just a simple case of going into the launcher settings and choosing the icon pack you want to use. A few clicks is all it takes to become an Android plastic surgeon and many icon packs or compatible between different&nbsp;third&nbsp;party launchers.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" title="11 ways to make Android more beautiful than iOS 7" alt="11 ways to make Android more beautiful than iOS 7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tersus-icon-pack.jpg?1382465052" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don&#039;t overlook the basics </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Your wallpaper is the foundation of your home screen and it's probably the first thing you'll want to select before matching up icons to it.</p> <p>You can go the traditional 'wonders of nature route', but we think that abstract backgrounds are like, so 'in' right now, and we've linked to a few wallpaper dumps at the end of this feature for you to peruse at your leisure.</p> <p>"But what about iOS 7's beautiful moving Parallax wallpaper"? we hear you cry. "It looks so pretty and shiny, and it moves around when I tilt my phone"!</p> <p>Indeed it does. But fret not. Android offered interactive live wallpapers long before iOS 7 came along and you can even get a very decent <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.vinwap.parallaxwallpaper" target="_blank">copy of Apple's Parallax background from the Google Play Store</a>, complete with moving 3D effects to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/ios-7s-motion-effects-are-triggering-vertigo-and-nausea-symptoms/news" target="_blank">make you nauseous </a>too.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="11 ways to make Android more beautiful than iOS 7" alt="11 ways to make Android more beautiful than iOS 7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/prism-wallpaper.jpg?1382465052" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="407" height="763" title="11 ways to make Android more beautiful than iOS 7" alt="11 ways to make Android more beautiful than iOS 7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/parallax-wallpaper-nexus-4.jpg?1382465052" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wonderful widgets </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ah widgets. Android's ace in the hole against iOS. You're probably familiar with the standard weather and clock widgets by now, but did you know they can look so much prettier?</p> <p>Two apps you'll definitely want to check out are <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=in.vineetsirohi.customwidget" target="_blank">UCCW</a> and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.zooper.zwfree" target="_blank">Zooper</a>, both of which offer unparalleled customisability over pre-made widgets. From gorgeous calendars to minimalist weather&nbsp;forecasts, these two apps can be used to provide you with important information at a glance, in styles never-before thought possible.</p> <p>Once you've installed either app and browsed through their pre-loaded widgets, you can hit up the Play Store for the likes of 'Zooper weather widget' for example, install extra widgets and tinker away at your leisure.</p> <p>Found a nice weather widget but disappointed that it doesn't display the max temperature? No problem. Open up the widget's settings and add the feature in yourself from a list of pre-defined options. Powerful stuff.</p> <p>Some choice Zooper widgets include its default DaveDate clock/calander widget (shown above) as well as the flowery <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.maped.zwskin.ubuclock" target="_blank">Ubuntu clock </a>inspired by the yet-to-be-released&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ugobe/new-video-ubuntu-phone-os-has-android-and-ios-its-sights/news" target="_blank">Ubuntu mobile OS</a>.</p> <p>If you go the UCCW route then the <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.hbk.ribbon" target="_blank">Ribbon skin</a> is quite fun while the <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ryanmkelly.me.playbar" target="_blank">PlayBar </a>offers a blend of bold colours and useful shortcuts.</p> <p>Take a few for a spin and search around the Play Store for more. Once you get the hang of it, you can even take a stab at designing your own widget from scratch.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="506" height="643" title="11 ways to make Android more beautiful than iOS 7" alt="11 ways to make Android more beautiful than iOS 7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/zooper-dave.jpg?1382465052" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="601" height="451" title="11 ways to make Android more beautiful than iOS 7" alt="11 ways to make Android more beautiful than iOS 7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ubu-clock.jpg?1382465052" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This all sounds like a lot of work… </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Well yes, it can take a little time to set up your phone just the way you want it, but the payoff is worth it. We spend around seven hours a day glued to our phone screens (give or take a couple of hours) and we take pleasure in using something that looks beautiful, which we've customised to our tastes.</p> <p>If you're feeling lazy however, then you're in luck. A couple of launchers are on the horizon, and one of them – Themer – aims to automate the whole theming process. Simply browse through the catalogues of user-built themes, hit select and that's it. Welcome to your new phone.</p> <p>Two of the apps below are currently in the invite-only beta stages, but it's well worth getting an invite if you can before they hit the Play Store proper.</p> <p><strong>Themer:</strong> Based on the Android theming site <a href="http://www.mycolorscreen.com" target="_blank">mycolorscreen.com</a>, <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mycolorscreen.themer" target="_blank">Themer</a> takes all the fuss out of setting up a customised Android experience by letting you browse through pre-set themes. Find one you like, hit apply, and marvel at the instant transformation. Wallpapers, icons, widgets – all are automatically applied and laid out instantly. Sign up for beta activation code at <a href="http://www.themerapp.com" target="_blank">themerapp.com</a></p> <p><strong>Aviate:</strong> Sadly another invite-only launcher for the time being (sign up at <a href="http://www.getaviate.com" target="_blank">getaviate.com</a>), <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tul.aviate" target="_blank">Aviate</a> takes a slightly different approach. Instead of having a library of pre-built themes, Aviate allows less customisation and has a rigid layout. The layout itself is very easy on the eye, however, and will appeal to fans of minimalism and function. Doing away with clutter, Aviate automatically categorises apps for you (work, travel, games etc), saving you from having to create your own folders. It also puts them in alphabetical order on a third screen. It's able to automatically change which information it displays throughout the day, with your work email and tasks displayed in the day while weather information and your calendar events are prioritised in the morning.</p> <p><strong>Smart Launcher:</strong> Special mention also goes out to <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ginlemon.flowerfree&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Smart Launcher</a>, which unlike Aviate and&nbsp;Themer, is out now for everyone to take for a spin. Like Aviate, Smart Launcher provides a pre-defined launcher experience, based around a ring of icons which you can&nbsp;customise&nbsp;to open your most-used apps. It's also got a handy&nbsp;customisable&nbsp;shortcut&nbsp;bar which you can drag in from the left-hand side of the screen.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="1053" title="11 ways to make Android more beautiful than iOS 7" alt="11 ways to make Android more beautiful than iOS 7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/aviate.jpg?1382465052" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="500" height="857" title="11 ways to make Android more beautiful than iOS 7" alt="11 ways to make Android more beautiful than iOS 7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/themer-2.jpg?1382465052" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="500" height="856" title="11 ways to make Android more beautiful than iOS 7" alt="11 ways to make Android more beautiful than iOS 7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/smart-launcher.jpg?1382465052" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Reading list </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>So there you have it. You can mould your Android device to fit around your taste and lifestyle, making it prettier and cleverer than ever before. If you fancy taking a crack at your first Android theme, then here are the useful links that should help you get started:</p> <p><strong>Android Themes</strong>: This <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/androidthemes" target="_blank">reddit community</a> has daily theme submissions and is an excellent starting point and source of inspiration, with lots of icon packs and wallpaper suggestions floating around. It's a helpful community which should answer any questions you might have, and some of the submissions are <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/androidthemes/top/" target="_blank">truly spectacular</a>.</p> <p><strong>Wallpapers:</strong> <a href="http://imgur.com/a/iPb59" target="_blank">This</a> is a huge wallpaper dump of 1080p backgrounds to get you started. And <a href="http://imgur.com/a/RZWCf#0" target="_blank">here</a> are some abstract ones that we like, thrown in for good measure. Oh and <a href="http://imgur.com/a/yB6Pn" target="_blank">these</a> too. Thanks again to reddit.</p> <p>We've also uploaded a few of our personal favourite wallpapers <a href="http://imgur.com/wO1Wd0l" target="_blank">here</a>, so feel free to take a browse and save the ones that tickle your design fancy.</p> <p><strong>Launchers: </strong>The launchers we've mentioned above are <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.teslacoilsw.launcher" target="_blank">Nova</a>, <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.anddoes.launcher" target="_blank">Apex</a> and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ginlemon.flowerfree&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Smart Launcher</a>, but feel free to sift through the rest on Google Play to see which ones you like best. There's also <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mycolorscreen.themer" target="_blank">Themer </a>and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tul.aviate" target="_blank">Aviate</a>, both of which are currently in beta.</p> <p><strong>Widgets:</strong> Both <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.zooper.zwfree" target="_blank">Zooper</a> and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=in.vineetsirohi.customwidget" target="_blank">UCCW </a>offer powerful widget customisation options with slick pre-made widgets&nbsp;to&nbsp;get you on your way to creating your own super-powered widgets.</p> <p>And that's about it. Good luck on your journey to re-awesomising your Android device. May your widgets be forever accurate and your launcher's animations sleek and smooth.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="11 ways to make Android more beautiful than iOS 7" alt="11 ways to make Android more beautiful than iOS 7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/redittor-theme.jpg?1382465052" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Image Credits </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Main image:</strong>&nbsp;'Bar None' by HonestBawb - <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/androidthemes/comments/1dhrbs/bar_none/" target="_blank">reddit</a></p> <p><strong>TouchWiz screenshot:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/10/review-the-galaxy-note-3-is-big-and-it-pulls-some-benchmark-shenanigans/2/" target="_blank">Ars Technica</a></p> <p><strong>Reasing List image:</strong>&nbsp;by wittyusername902 - <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/androidthemes/comments/1l0oh2/my_latest_theme_check_the_link_in_the_comment_for/" target="_blank">reddit</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/11-ways-make-android-look-even-better-ios-7/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/11-ways-make-android-look-even-better-ios-7/feature#comments Android Android apps Apple Google iOS 7 Tue, 22 Oct 2013 14:40:09 +0000 Elissa Loi 1428215 at http://www.stuff.tv GarageBand set to become free iOS 7 app http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/garageband-set-become-free-ios-7-app/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple&#039;s iPhone 5S page shows GarageBand joining free iLife and iWork apps in iOS 7 upgrade </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="GarageBand for iOS 7" alt="GarageBand for iOS 7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/garageband.jpg?1382361692" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Cash-strapped musicians rejoice – you won't have to drop $5.98 on GarageBand for iOS any more.</p> <p>Yes, that three quid can now be spent on precious fuel to get your van to the gig (or your choice of recreational mind-altering substances) – Apple has revealed that GarageBand will be joining iOS 7's suite of free iLife and iWork apps.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/garageband-set-become-free-ios-7-app/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/garageband-set-become-free-ios-7-app/news#comments Apple Apps and Games iOS 7 iOS apps Mon, 21 Oct 2013 11:50:31 +0000 Elissa Loi 1428139 at http://www.stuff.tv Video review: iOS 7 – radical redesign, beautifully crafted http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/video-review-ios-7-radical-redesign-beautifully-crafted/video <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Big changes always incite big reactions and Apple&#039;s radical iOS facelift has done exactly that. We think it&#039;s the most beautiful mobile OS in history – but what do you think? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Video review: iOS 7 – radical redesign, beautifully crafted " alt="Video review: iOS 7 – radical redesign, beautifully crafted " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen%20Shot%202013-10-08%20at%2013.22.35.png?1382447421" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-2719664053001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2719664053001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/video-review-ios-7-radical-redesign-beautifully-crafted/video#comments Apple iOS 7 iPhone 5C iPhone 5S Wed, 09 Oct 2013 01:29:35 +0000 Nigel Yap 1427669 at http://www.stuff.tv iBeacons: how iOS 7’s secret weapon could kill NFC http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/ibeacons-how-ios-7-s-secret-weapon-could-kill-nfc/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple’s Bluetooth tech could also provide a new dawn for indoor navigation </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Apple iPhone 5S" alt="Apple iPhone 5S" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iphone-5s-gold_4.jpg?1381312824" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>One of the lesser covered new features from iOS 7 is support for something called iBeacons.&nbsp;</p> <p>Don't feel too bad if this tidbit passed you by – even Apple didn't really mention the iBeacon as being part of the new OS’ super powers. Indeed, the word has only appeared once from Apple, at the bottom of a slide full of other stuff, back in July.&nbsp;</p> <p>It turns out, however, that iBeacons could be a lot more interesting than they were given credit for. Like, kill-NFC clever.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/will-findlater" title="View user profile.">Will Findlater</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Seriously? iBeacons? It&#039;s like the company is becoming an iParody of itself </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yeah, we weren't too taken with the name either. Especially as it's yet another technology which isn't proprietary to Apple and so will probably be known by more than one name when it gets out. Remember Firewire/LINK/Lynx/IEE-1394a? PayPal has already announced something like iBeacons called Beacons, which are probably the same thing, and Google may already be supporting it under a different name too.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="iBeacons" alt="iBeacons" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ibeacons_508.jpg?1381312824" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> iBeacons on Android? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Well, sort of. Since Android 4.3, Google has supported a technology called Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), and that's what iBeacon is based on. The thing is, only a small start-up called <a href="http://estimote.com">Estimote</a> has really gone into detail about iBeacons – other companies are still saying that they're under a strict NDA from Apple which means the silver collar around their neck will explode if they try to tell you what <a href="http://redbearlab.com/ibeacon">iBeacons</a> are.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You know I can almost see Tim Cook pressing that button, while stroking a white cat </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Just look at Jonathan Pryce in Tomorrow Never Dies and tell me you don't see the truth.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> So iBeacons, then. Nothing to see here? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>I didn't say that. Estimote has released a video that rather gives it all away. You can see it above. From that, it looks like the best way to describe iBeacons is like that technology in Minority Report, where advertising billboards are personalised and change as you walk past a shop. Only, instead of the billboard changing, it's the screen on your phone.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/sUIqfjpInxY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> That always creeped me out, if I&#039;m honest. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Maybe, but iBeacons do look like they could be useful. What they do is make your phone location aware while it's indoors and that means they have tons of uses – just like GPS does when you're outside. iBeacons are better than GPS, though, because they can send information as well as location. So with iBeacons positioned strategically around a shopping centre, for example, your phone would know if you were looking at a pair of jeans and might be interested in a 20% off voucher or be able to guide you to the nearest Starbucks for a coffee when you tell Siri you need a caffeine shot.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Carry on… </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There's even speculation that iBeacons are Apple's answer to NFC for contactless payments with the handset, so you can leave your cards at home. Instead, you might be able to take your phone to an iBeacon-enabled till and beam money from your electronic wallet to the register. The speculation on top of that is that Apple will use its fingerprint sensor to authenticate payments too.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="iOS 7 Passbook" alt="iOS 7 Passbook" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ios-7-passbook.jpg?1381312824" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Really? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yes, but don't hold your breath. Even where NFC readers are installed in shops, no-one uses them for contactless payment. Don't expect iBeacon payments to catch on any quicker for that – it'd have to be approved and adopted by all the major banks, for example, and fingerprints may not be the best way to secure payments any way. If the banks were seriously testing iBeacon on the scale they've been testing NFC, it's unlikely it would have been such a well kept secret up until now. Plus, they've invested /a lot/ into NFC, they aren't going to dump it now.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Still, I&#039;m starting to warm to this whole Minority Report idea. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Quite. The key thing about iBeacon is that is uses BLE, which as its name suggests is a very low energy radio transceiver that barely uses any power at all. So in theory, it can be left on sniffing for iBeacons broadcasting their location all the time without affecting battery life. Because it only works over a very short range – around five metres or so – if the iBeacon is broadcasting its location as well as a discount for a pair of Levis your phone can be pretty confident about where it is physically.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="iBeacon" alt="iBeacon" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ibeacon01.jpg?1381312824" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> I can&#039;t wait to try it out… </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It looks like it could be fun. Estimote's iBeacon kit is basically a colourful blob of plastic which is stuck to a shop counter to let you know its there, which is at least a bit more 'in your face' than the discreet NFC payments symbol.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/G8uOddjwXSI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/ibeacons-how-ios-7-s-secret-weapon-could-kill-nfc/feature#comments Apple iOS 7 Sun, 06 Oct 2013 18:39:08 +0000 Nigel Yap 1427551 at http://www.stuff.tv Video review: Apple iPhone 5c – more than just an iPhone 5 with a fresh paint job http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/video-review-apple-iphone-5c-more-just-iphone-5-fresh-paint-job/video <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sure, the iPhone 5c may just be last year&#039;s model with a brightly coloured makeover – but Apple&#039;s plastic offering marks a sophisticated and radical new look for Apple&#039;s iThing </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Video review: Apple iPhone 5c – more than just an iPhone 5 with a fresh paint job" alt="Video review: Apple iPhone 5c – more than just an iPhone 5 with a fresh paint jo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen%20Shot%202013-09-28%20at%2012.10.37.png?1381309850" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-2700648767001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2700648767001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> iPhone 5C video review </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/video-review-apple-iphone-5c-more-just-iphone-5-fresh-paint-job/video#comments Apple iOS 7 iPhone 5C Smartphones Sat, 28 Sep 2013 11:11:35 +0000 Elissa Loi 1427238 at http://www.stuff.tv How to improve iOS 7’s battery life http://www.stuff.tv/my/ios-7/how-improve-ios-7-s-battery-life/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> If your iPhone or iPad’s turned into a volt vampire, here’s how to reduce its appetite </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="2048" height="1536" title="How to improve iOS 7’s battery life" alt="How to improve iOS 7’s battery life" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/0-intro.png?1380074234" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Although iOS undoubtedly has <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/indoor-sat-nav-physical-gamepads-and-killer-new-apps-ios-7s-secret-brilliance/feature" target="_blank">a number of great new features</a>, it’s also prone to battery-life issues.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. Make use of Control Center </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to access Control Center. This provides a number of single-tap options for toggling services. Airplane mode is the one likely to save the most power, but renders your device incapable of accessing networks. If that’s too brutal a fix, try disabling Bluetooth and Airdrop when you don’t need them. Also, reduce the brightness setting of your screen to the lowest level you’re comfortable with.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2048" height="1536" title="iOS 7" alt="iOS 7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/1-control-center.png?1380074234" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2. Avoid high-impact apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Most of Apple’s battery tests are reasonable-case scenarios. They deal with ‘typical’ usage, mostly surrounding listening to music and browsing the web on Wi-Fi. Other apps are likely to chew through battery life rather more rapidly. Advanced games are major culprits, so avoid them when out and about.</p> <p>However, also keep an eye on battery life when using other apps, because sometimes even simple 2D efforts and video-playback can be power-hungry. For a more granular battery readout, use Settings &gt; General &gt; Battery Percentage on supported devices.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="960" height="640" title="iOS 7" alt="iOS 7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/2-high-impact.png?1380074234" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3. Limit visual effects </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This one’s admittedly a little contentious, because it’s not yet entirely clear how much impact iOS 7’s eye candy has on battery life. However, try going to Settings &gt; General &gt; Accessibility &gt; Reduce Motion and turning it off.</p> <p>Additionally, ensure your wallpaper (Settings &gt; Wallpapers &amp; Brightness) is chosen from your photo library or Apple’s ‘Stills’ collection, not ‘Dynamic’. These options will reduce two different types of home-screen motion, theoretically decreasing battery drain.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="640" height="960" title="iOS 7" alt="iOS 7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/3-visual-effects.png?1380074234" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4. Reduce background activity </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As iOS matures, there’s more going on behind the scenes. This can save time when you switch to apps or need certain services, but it can also impact on battery life.</p> <p>Therefore, try the following: turn off background app refresh (Settings &gt; General &gt; Background App Refresh) — at least for all non-essential apps; disable app auto-updating (Settings &gt; iTunes &amp; App Store &gt; Updates); streamline location services (Settings &gt; Privacy &gt; Location Services) — again, down to only the essential apps for which you need GPS to be triggered.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2048" height="1536" title="iOS 7" alt="iOS 7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/4-background.png?1380074234" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5. Fine-tune further settings </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There’s a sense of diminishing returns on saving battery life once you get past the big-hitters, but there are nonetheless further things you can do. In Settings &gt; Privacy &gt; Advertising, limit ad-tracking; if you have a 4G-capable device but don’t need the speed, disable 4G in Settings &gt; Cellular; in Settings &gt; Notification Center, turn off notifications entirely, or prune them to the bare essentials.&nbsp;</p> <p>Each of these things might only eke out a little extra power, but all of the tips within this feature combined might be the difference between your device getting through the day and it awkwardly deciding to go dark when you’re on the side of a rainy, dark A-road, with a flat tyre and a long walk ahead of you.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2048" height="1536" title="iOS 7" alt="iOS 7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/5-notifications.png?1380074234" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/ios-7/how-improve-ios-7-s-battery-life/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/ios-7/how-improve-ios-7-s-battery-life/news#comments iOS 7 Tue, 24 Sep 2013 12:07:59 +0000 Elissa Loi 1427054 at http://www.stuff.tv Video review: Apple iPhone 5s – ingenious, forward-thinking and powerful http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/video-review-apple-iphone-5s-ingenious-forward-thinking-and-powerful/video <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The iPhone 5S delivers an improved camera, a nifty fingerprint sensor, and a next-gen CPU and motion-tracking chip. It&#039;s not a must-have upgrade, but it&#039;s easily the most advanced iPhone yet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Video review: Apple iPhone 5s – ingenious, forward-thinking and powerful " alt="Video review: Apple iPhone 5s – ingenious, forward-thinking and powerful " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen%20shot%202013-09-23%20at%2021.03.04.png?1382074282" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-2686639163001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2686639163001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple iPhone 5s video review </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/video-review-apple-iphone-5s-ingenious-forward-thinking-and-powerful/video#comments Apple iOS 7 iPhone 5S Smartphones Tue, 24 Sep 2013 06:35:12 +0000 Nigel Yap 1427008 at http://www.stuff.tv iOS 7's motion effects are triggering vertigo and nausea symptoms http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/ios-7s-motion-effects-are-triggering-vertigo-and-nausea-symptoms/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> &quot;Aggressive&quot; animations, transitions and parallax effects are making some users feel sick </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple’s new app switcher’s zoom and slide animations are too much for some users, but cannot be disabled" alt="iOS 7 app switcher" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ios-7-app-switcher.jpg?1379828483" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>A major change in Apple’s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/ios-7/ios-7/review">iOS 7</a> update was its sleek, minimal aesthetic; however, the amount of motion now found within is anything but minimal.</p> <p>The screen zooms in and out as folders and apps are open and closed; the app switcher zooms and slides; full-screen slide transitions are commonplace; and a faux-3D parallax effect exists on home screens, with icons appearing to float and move independently of background wallpaper.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple’s blind spot </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As Coppock said, this isn’t a new problem, and it certainly isn’t isolated to Apple mobile hardware. Beyond iOS, OS X is full of similar animations, and so too are other operating systems; beyond that, motion sickness can be triggered by videogames, theme-park rides and sitting in moving vehicles.</p> <p>However, Apple has a strong reputation regarding catering for accessibility needs, yet there on the surface appears to be a blind spot regarding vestibular disorders.</p> <p>On its Facebook page, the Spin Sisters podcast <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=602762499767562&amp;set=a.532254433485036.1073741828.531648853545594&amp;type=1">remarked</a>: ”We’re all for advancement, but this is getting personal. Who wants to use a mobile device that triggers vertigo, dizziness [and] nausea[?]”</p> <p>With iOS 7’s release coinciding with <a href="http://vestibular.org/news/06-04-2013/balance-awareness-week-2013">Balance Awareness Week</a>, the organisation urged people to “rise up” and send a concerned email to <a href="mailto:accessibility@apple.com">accessibility@apple.com</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Be still </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Right now, there’s little further you can do on discovering iOS 7 triggers motion-sickness symptoms. Only the parallax effect can be disabled (Settings &gt; General &gt; Accessibility &gt; Reduce Motion); otherwise, it’s a case of closing your eyes while transitions occur.</p> <p>Some developers, though, have recognised the problem and set about solving it themselves. James Thomson, creator of <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/pcalc-the-best-calculator/id284666222?mt=8">PCalc</a>, integrated options to disable animation in the iOS 7 update to his leading app. He told Stuff he’d suffered from motion sickness while playing 3D videogames, but had only recently heard of negative reactions to the full-screen animations now commonplace in operating systems.</p> <p>On PCalc’s latest update, he said: “I’d worked on a number of accessibility options in the most recent PCalc release, such as increased text size and speech support. I saw Apple added an option to reduce motion in iOS 7 and thought I should add my own.”</p> <p>Activating this option removes full-screen transitions everywhere within the app, including on standard navigation controllers. He hoped this would make things easier for some people, but thought a better solution would be for Apple to follow suit: “There needs to be a similar option at the system level, so developers don’t individually have to add one. Apple already has a very wide selection of accessibility options, and it would make perfect sense for the company to add this too.”</p> <p>When asked for comment, Apple had no statement at the time of writing.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Reduce Motion accessibility option removes the parallax effect from home screens, but other animations and transitions remain" alt="Reduce motion" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/2-reduce-motion-l.jpg?1379828483" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The latest PCalc added its own animation-disabling setting" alt="PCalc" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/3-pcalc.jpg?1379828483" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/ios-7s-motion-effects-are-triggering-vertigo-and-nausea-symptoms/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/ios-7s-motion-effects-are-triggering-vertigo-and-nausea-symptoms/news#comments Apple iOS 7 Sun, 22 Sep 2013 05:41:23 +0000 Nigel Yap 1426939 at http://www.stuff.tv What you need to do before you install iOS 7 http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/what-you-need-do-you-install-ios-7/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple&#039;s new mobile OS arrives today – here&#039;s how to secure your data before upgrading, in case of disaster </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="What to do before you install iOS 7" alt="What to do before you install iOS 7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-ios-7-02.jpg?1379578884" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>You might be looking forward to going “oooh” and “aaah” over the stark minimalism of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ios-7/ios-7/review">iOS 7</a>, but you’ll be going “argh” if you try to install the new OS and everything goes horribly wrong.</p> <p><em><a>Read our full iOS 7 review here</a></em></p> <p>Such disasters are rare, but that will be of little consolation if it happens to you.&nbsp;Before gleefully tapping the “GO! GO! GO!” button (or whatever Apple’s labelling it these days), you should therefore back-up your iOS data. Twice.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Set up iCloud </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You get 5 GB of space on iCloud for free. Use it. Ensure you’re on Wi-Fi, open the Settings app and select iCloud. Turn on relevant options that aren’t already activated, to send important data (calendars, reminders, browser bookmarks, and so on) to the cloud.</p> <p>Scroll down to and select Storage &amp; Backup. Tap Back Up Now. One of two things will happen — either you’ll get a progress bar, telling you how long the back-up will take, or you’ll get a ‘Not Enough Storage’ warning. In the latter case, tap Manage Storage, select your device, and under Backup Options, deselect any items you can easily restore from elsewhere. (For example, if you back-up your photos to your PC or Mac, you can disable Camera Roll, often the biggest block of data.)</p> <p>Your iCloud back-up will include app data, Camera Roll content, iTunes Store purchases, contacts and messages, notes and calendars, network and email account passwords, preferences, and Safari autofill data.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="What to do before you install iOS 7" alt="What to do before you install iOS 7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/1-icloud.jpg?1379578884" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="What to do before you install iOS 7" alt="What to do before you install iOS 7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/2-not-enough-storage.jpg?1379578884" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Back-up to iTunes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yes, we know: iTunes is horrible. Tough — deal with it. Hold your nose, launch the app, select your device and click the Summary tab. (Depending on your existing setup, you may need to, like some kind of techie throwback, first plug your device in via its USB cable for your computer to see it.)</p> <p>Under Backups, click Back Up Now. This will back up your iOS device’s data to your PC or Mac, and you can recover from this back-up in the event of a disaster. (If you use the iTunes sidebar, you can also right/Ctrl-click your device and select Back Up.)&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1280" height="800" title="What to do before you install iOS 7" alt="What to do before you install iOS 7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/4-itunes.png?1379578884" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Safeguard your photos </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Photos are often records of precious memories (or precious drunken selfies) and losing them can be painful. Therefore, if you’re not using Photo Stream, start using it (activate it in the aforementioned iCloud section of Settings); this stores shots from your last 30 days, from which iOS devices will show the most recent 1,000. This does not count towards your iCloud storage limit.</p> <p>Next, plug your device into your computer. If you’re using a Mac, use iPhoto, Image Capture or Aperture to make copies of your photos. If you're using a PC, select your device from the Portable Devices section, right-click, select "Import pictures and videos", and follow the wizard.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1280" height="800" title="What to do before you install iOS 7" alt="What to do before you install iOS 7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/5-iphoto.png?1379578884" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do more things! </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Post-install (or pre-install if you’re more organised), you’ll likely have to update a ton of apps so that they won’t blow up under iOS 7. Some won’t work at all and will never be updated, in which case it’s time to say cheerio and send them to oblivion (tap-hold until they all wiggle, and tap the close button to annihilate zombie apps).</p> <p>Prior to doing so, you can always use the free <a href="http://www.macroplant.com/iexplorer/">iExplorer</a> to access such an app (from Apps in the sidebar) and save its Documents and Library folders to your computer. These can then be sideloaded back later, if the app gets a surprise update. (This technique can also be used as an ultra-paranoid data-securing method pre-upgrade for ensuring your progress in a game will be very safe indeed.) Note also that iTunes doesn’t back-up music, and iCloud only holds content you’ve bought from Apple. iExplorer can be a quick way of getting music off of your device via ‘Media Library’, again in the sidebar. If you’ve local back-ups taken using iTunes, they will also be searchable.</p> <p>You’ll also need to update iTunes (spit) to continue periodically backing up to your computer, which we assume you’re also backing up, right? (Stern look at camera. Theatrical about-turn. Exit into moody sunset, with ‘our work here is done’ vibe.)</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1280" height="800" title="What to do before you install iOS 7" alt="What to do before you install iOS 7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/6-iexplorer.png?1379578884" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/what-you-need-do-you-install-ios-7/feature#comments Apple iOS 7 Thu, 19 Sep 2013 08:21:25 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1426848 at http://www.stuff.tv iOS 7 http://www.stuff.tv/my/ios-7/ios-7/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple&#039;s skillfully plundered its rivals to build the most beautiful mobile OS in history [UPDATE: now includes full iOS 7.1 review] </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/General.jpg?1394793372" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/tony-horgan" title="View user profile.">Tony Horgan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple hasn&rsquo;t just caught up with Android. Instead of simply closing the features gap with a quick sprint, it&rsquo;s taken iOS 7 for a detour through a Color Run doused with dazzling splashes of virtual paint. With the bonfire of felt, stitching and shelves still smouldering, the potential of additions like AirDrop have left Jelly Bean panting in the wings. And more so than any previous overhaul, iOS 7 really will give millions of iPhone and iPad users a whole new device.&nbsp;</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> RM0.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Squeaky clean, modern look </div> <div class="field-item even"> Automatic app updating </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Control Center brings all-important functionality </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> If you were holding out for widgets, you’ll be disappointed </div> <div class="field-item even"> No AirDrop compatibility with Macs </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Some transitions seem a bit slow </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Flying Icons </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple&rsquo;s stuck with the concept of horizontally scrolling pages of tiled icons, so in terms of basic use there&#39;s nothing crazy to get your head around when you approach iOS 7. One of the first things you&rsquo;ll notice is the design tweak when opening and closing apps. Now when you select an app, its &quot;splash screen&quot; emanates from the app icon to fill the screen as the icons around it are pushed aside. It&#39;s such a subtle change that you&#39;ll wonder, &quot;Wasn&#39;t it always that way?&quot;.</p> <p>Similarly, when you close an app with the Home button, the app&#39;s icon zooms back into its place in the grid, and when you unlock your iPhone, the homescreen icons fly into place with a little more panache. It&#39;s not like anyone ever criticised Apple&#39;s transitions, but with ever slicker Android skins and launchers hitting the market, Apple&rsquo;s upped its game to stay a step ahead.</p> <p>And iOS 7 deserves some quality getting-to-know-you time as the attention to detail is beyond anything we&rsquo;ve ever seen on a mobile OS. The animation for downloading apps is a timer wheel revealing more of the icon underneath, almost making you wish iMovie would take longer than 30 seconds to appear. It&rsquo;ll have designers drowning in drool at the very least. And the first time you hit the Home button from the Camera app, as it blurs the screen and zooms back into place on the homescreen, you&#39;ll immediately open it back up and do it again. At least nine more times.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="iOS7 home screen and compass" alt="iOS7 home screen and compass" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/timer-compass-iOS-7.png?1394793372" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="ios7 unlock flying icons" alt="ios7 unlock flying icons" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FlyingIcons.jpg?1394793372" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="iOS7 download progress circles" alt="iOS7 download progress circles" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Downloading.jpg?1394793372" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Control Center: Déjà vu </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple knows a thing or two about protecting its own designs, but with iOS 7 it hasn&#39;t been shy about pinching ideas from rival operating systems. Swiping up from the bottom of the screen brings up a very Android-esque settings panel named Control Center. With Android you&#39;ll swipe down to get much the same thing.</p> <p>Along the top of Control Center are toggle switches for Airplane mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Do Not Disturb and Orientation lock, with a brightness slider beneath that. Being able to change the brightness without going into the settings is a useful timesaver, albeit a timesaver that&#39;s taken its sweet time making it to iOS. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Aside from its utility, what we like best about this mini menu is the way it appears as an opaque pane of frosted glass on top of whatever is displayed beneath, whether that&#39;s the homescreen or an app that&#39;s already running. Typical Apple panache.&nbsp;</p> <p>But there&#39;s more to it than a few toggles: there&#39;s a miniature music player interface, controls for the new AirDrop wireless sharing feature, a one-button torch function (that removes the need for a dedicated torch app) plus shortcuts to the clock, calculator and camera apps. If you&#39;re one of those people who always keeps the Settings icon pinned to the bottom of the homescreen, today is the day to remove it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/airdrop-control-center-iOS-7.png?1394793372" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Notifications and Search: Blurring the lines </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Notification pull-down that appears from the top of the screen has been given a similar makeover, at least stylistically. It&#39;s much the same in terms of what it displays, which you can specify in Settings, but the grey hessian is out in favour of coloured icons, bigger text and a blurry hint of the homescreen colours underneath. If you were hoping the Today pane was going to be a Google Now-rivalling selection of automatically gathered information that appears before you know you need it, you&#39;re going to be disappointed, but it does get a little more useful and intelligent the more you use it, and we suspect this is just the start for the feature.</p> <p>Another slight change is how the global search is accessed. Where once scrolling left from the leftmost homescreen page was your one-stop shop for searching your phone for apps, contacts and messages, now it&#39;s done with a downward swipe from any homescreen page, with the search bar then perched above your apps. Give it a day or two and it becomes second nature.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="iOS7 Notifications pull down menu" alt="iOS7 Notifications pull down menu" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Notifications-iPhone.jpg?1394793372" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="iOS7 search" alt="iOS 7 iPhone search" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Search-iPhone.jpg?1394793372" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> My week of bickering with Siri </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>I&#39;ve been lucky enough to have been living with the iPhone 5s for about a week now. You can read what I think about of it in our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank">review</a>, but I thought here was a good place to vent about my troublesome relationship with Siri. You can play the part of the counsellor.</p> <p>Like everyone else, Siri was fun when he first came on the scene. His fairly amusing answers to silly questions, his excuses for not being able to answer something, and the way he deflected criticism was all very charming. But before long the shtick started to become repetitive and his limitations became apparent. We went on a break.</p> <p>With the arrival of iOS 7 I decided to give Siri another go, and at first I found him to be very useful for my testing - he&#39;d take voice memos and notes without fail, change (most) settings quickly and easily, and I liked his new, wavey look. I even pretended to give a monkeys about what Stuff&#39;s Dep Ed Tom Wiggins had been saying on Twitter, and Siri promptly showed me his latest tweets (the usual rambling about gig rules, of course).</p> <p>But as with so many break-ups, it was his navigating that was the final straw. I told him to navigate to Heathrow Terminal 1 and he tried to direct me to the very centre of London. Later I told him to set a route to a street near my flat and he tried to take me to a Chinese takeaway. I suggested a different street near my house and he tried to take me to the very same Chinese takeaway. I wasn&#39;t even hungry, so this clearly wasn&#39;t a some new mind-reading tech. Besides, I&#39;m pretty sure that would have been mentioned in the iOS 7 press release.</p> <p>And when I finally got Siri to understand where I wanted to go he used the still flawed Apple Maps to plot a route straight into a 30min traffic jam. We fell out in spectacular fashion. I&#39;m not proud to admit I said some very hurtful things that stunned him into silence. And that was how the relationship ended for the second time. Siri&#39;s definitely going to have to buck his ideas up if I&#39;m ever going to take him back again.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-box-out-byline"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/tom-parsons" title="View user profile.">Tom Parsons</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Buttons: Clean. Clear? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The new design is without a doubt cleaner and more modern in its trappings than iOS 6, although it can be less obvious what&#39;s what. For example, because the standard buttons and controls no longer have backgrounds and outlines, it&#39;s not always clear if a white space or a bit of text is something to be tapped or not. At points, it feels as if usability has been ever so slightly compromised in the pursuit of design purity.&nbsp;</p> <p>That minimalist approach goes a bit too far in places, too. In the Videos app, you&#39;ll no longer see the names of your video files beneath their thumbnails. It&#39;s a bit of an oversight, so we&#39;re hopeful that it&#39;s just a glitch that&#39;ll be fixed in future.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="iOS7 iPhone interface" alt="iOS7 live wallpapers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Wallpaper-iPhone.jpg?1394793372" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Carry on Tweaking </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Some of the design changes appear to have been made purely for the sake of change. If you tap on a folder of app icons, now you&#39;re shown a maximum of nine apps at once and if you have more in that folder you&rsquo;ll need to scroll across to the next group of nine. Or the next. This looks a bit smarter and less cluttered but it slows the process of finding and launching an app down a touch. &nbsp;</p> <p>It&#39;s a bit frustrating to see this sort of change being made when there&#39;s more important work to be done, such as giving the user a simple and intelligent method of tidying up app icons automatically. As time goes by, apps are downloaded and apps are removed, which can leave you with a dozen partially populated homescreens. It&#39;s a problem that&#39;s been with us since day one, so it&#39;s strange that nothing&rsquo;s been done about it.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="iOS7 app folders" alt="9 apps per folder" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/AppFolders-iPhone.jpg?1394793372" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Why iOS 7 has made me want an iPhone in my life again </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Six months ago I gave up on my aged iPhone once and for all, consigning it to a long stint in the Gadget Trunk. It wasn&#39;t that I&#39;d fallen out of love, it was that it had a smashed front and back, with a jammed-in power button and a home button that needed four presses for anything to happen. Jumping ship to Android in the interim, I&rsquo;ve been revelling in bigger, higher res screens, calendar and notes widgets, HTC Zoe, S Health and simpler media moving &ndash; so long iPhoto.&nbsp;</p> <p>But minutes into my time with iOS 7, I was frowning at the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/htc-one/review">HTC One</a> wondering what I ever saw in Sense 5, and shaking my head at the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/lg-g2/review">LG G2&rsquo;s alternative multi-tasking tricks</a>. It&rsquo;s not perfect, but iOS 7 has so many more UI delights to offer than its rivals &ndash; maybe it makes me a bit sad, but using this mobile OS has made me Smile Out Loud at least a dozen times.&nbsp;</p> <p>The camera app brings to mind retro rangefinders, without veering into skeumorphism, Control Center&rsquo;s sci-fi styling is spot-on and I just calibrated the Compass by rolling a little red ball around a circle for the second time even though I&rsquo;m chained to my desk for the afternoon. I&rsquo;m not sure I can abandon Android &ndash; I mean, burying &lsquo;Limit Ad Tracking&rsquo; in Settings is a sneaky move by Apple, and my oaf hands struggle a little with the smaller keyboard. But iOS 7 and the slow-mo camera skills of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank">iPhone 5S</a> could prove too tempting.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-box-out-byline"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Multi-tasking: House Of Cards </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Another element borrowed from a rival OS is the new multi-tasking system, which owes a lot to the ill-fated BlackBerry PlayBook. Also seen in previous versions of HTC Sense, a double press of the Home button now displays a horizontally scrolling carousel of cards, each of which represents an app that&#39;s currently running in the background, or one that has been recently. You can tap a card to re-enter that app or swipe it up to quit it. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Behind the scenes, iOS 7 has the ability to work more intelligently with apps in the background. For example, if an app has been updated to use the new scheduling feature, when it&#39;s in the background it should only download extra content when other apps are taking a break and don&rsquo;t need the resources. The main benefit of this should be increased battery life when multi-tasking.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="iOS7 multitasking, iPhone" alt="iOS7 multitasking, iPhone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Multitasking-iPhone.jpg?1394793372" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The browser: full screen and fancy </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One big change is the built-in Safari web browser, which now has a frameless display on the iPhone, with controls for forward, back, sharing, bookmarks and new tabs popping up along the bottom of the screen when you scroll to the top or bottom of a page. That devotes more of the screen to the content you&#39;re after but it can be a bit of a pain if you want to access those controls from the middle of a long page. That is, until you figure out that you can go back and forth by swiping horizontally from the edge of the screen &ndash; just like in Chrome. &nbsp;</p> <p>You can also have a rummage through your recent history by bringing up the Tabs browser, which presents your previous web footprints in the form of a Rolodex-style carousel. Predictably, Flash remains unsupported, which leads to a few blank screens but YouTube works just fine via the browser or the official app.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/safari-browser-iOS-7.png?1394793372" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> AirDrop: no hook-up to Macs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In terms of features, AirDrop is one of the biggest. It&#39;s handy, but it&rsquo;s also a bit half-baked. This Wi-Fi-based device-to-device file transfer system only works between certain iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches at the moment, not between iThings and Macs which is disappointing as it could have streamlined the process of offloading pics and video shot on your phone, or loading up your device with music and video from a Mac without connecting via iTunes.&nbsp;</p> <p>AirDrop compatibility is limited to a small number of recent iThings (the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iphone-5/review" target="_blank">iPhone 5</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/iphone-5c/review">5C</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/iphone-5s/review">5S</a>, plus the iPad 4, iPad Mini and 5th-gen iPod Touch), which for now will grate with anyone who also has an iPad 3, iPhone 4S or older devices still in use around the home. That&#39;s because it relies on modern Wi-Fi radios, so it&#39;s never going to be backwards-compatible.</p> <p>But despite our grumbles, in use AirDrop is quick and simple. It&#39;s accessed as an additional option from the updated Share menu, which can be summoned whenever you find yourself dealing with compatible content, such as website URLs, map directions, pictures or video. You can set your phone or tablet to be discoverable by anyone nearby, only those in your contacts book or turn it off completely. Once someone has accepted your invitation to share, transfer is speedy and painless and the files can then be opened in the relevant app or saved to Photos. It&#39;s a neat way to swap pictures and links between phones but it does feel like a bit of a letdown without integration with AirDrop on a Mac.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="iOS7 AirDrop on iPhone" alt="iOS 7 AirDrop picture sharing" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/AirDrop-iPhone.jpg?1394793372" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera and Photos: so much more than Instagram Lite </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The camera app is good. Really good. So good, it&#39;ll feel like it&#39;s giving your old phone a new lease of life. Swapping between modes is done with the flick of a finger across the screen, and there&#39;s now a sort of &quot;Instagram Lite&quot; built in. Depending on which device you&#39;re running iOS 7 on, you can add retro colour filters during and/or after shooting stills, and there are also options for correcting red eye, cropping and auto colour correction. Square format and panoramic stills are thrown in (again, on selected devices), and for the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/iphone-5s/review">iPhone 5S</a> there&#39;s a fantastically fun and easy-to-use 120fps slow-mo video mode. &nbsp;</p> <p>Once you&#39;ve taken your pics you can enjoy the new Photos browser, which arranges your shots into groups called &quot;Moments&quot;, &quot;Collections&quot; and &quot;Years&quot;, rather than the single chronologically ordered stream of the old style Camera Roll with the option to create your own albums as before. The Share option has been tidied up, with distinct rows for AirDrop, social media sharing and messaging, and another for AirPlay, AirPrint and other options. You also get the chance to add more pictures or video directly from the Share page without having to go back to the main Camera Roll &ndash; a nice touch. In fact, there are similar nips and tucks all over iOS 7 which aren&#39;t big news in themselves but all contribute to the fresher, more modern feel.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/CameraFilters2.jpg?1394793372" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/CameraFilters1.jpg?1394793372" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/camera-iphone-3.png?1394793372" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The App Store: the long-awaited automatic updating </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Any newly purchased iOS 7 device now gets free access to some of Apple&#39;s own apps, such as iMovie (for video editing), iPhoto (for photo editing), Pages (for word processing), Numbers (for spreadsheeting) and Keynote (for presenting), but not GarageBand. These are all superb apps that go a long way to showing off the potential of the iPhone and iPad. Android still has nothing comparable.</p> <p>The App Store interface has been given a light makeover and the first time you access it you&#39;ll be prompted to turn on automatic updating of apps (finally, it&#39;s here!). We suggest you do so to avoid storing up a backlog of apps that need updating &ndash; it&rsquo;s always been one of our least favourite sights in iOS. From our experience thusfar, the updating works seamlessly.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="iOS7 AppStore iPhone" alt="Automatic updates" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/AppStoreiPhone.jpg?1394793372" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="iMovie, free with new purchases" alt="iMovie, free with new purchases" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iMovieiPhone.jpg?1394793372" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict: still no widgets:; this is iOS, just prettier and more capable </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&rsquo;ve been feeling apprehensive about the iOS update, don&rsquo;t fret. It may be sexier but this is essentially the simple, downright efficient mobile OS we&rsquo;ve all been used to and the reason iDevices started selling in their wagonloads in the first place.&nbsp;</p> <p>That does mean no widgets or Live Tiles &ndash; the notifications pull-down is the closest you&rsquo;ve got &ndash; and very little customisation. Sure, you can change the wallpaper on the home and lockscreen to tone down the initial shock of iOS 7&rsquo;s colour scheme but plenty of stalwarts stay pretty much the same &ndash; like the excellent and eerily accurate keyboard.&nbsp;</p> <p>By refusing to add a top layer of social media feeds, news tickers and weather forecasts, Apple has kept the focus on apps, which it clearly recognises as one of the major selling points of iThings over Android rivals. A more sparky, widget-based front end would most likely have pushed these gems into the wings, and that&#39;s something we&#39;d hate to see happen. However, if 90% of your phone and tablet use is based around Facebook, Twitter, music, video and the web, it&#39;s unlikely that this latest edition of iOS is going to light your fire.</p> <p>As a family oriented OS it&#39;s still unbeatable, and remains a far safer, less vulnerable environment than the more liberal but less disciplined wolrd of Android.</p> <p>It&#39;s no longer a question of which is the best OS, it&#39;s a matter of which is the best for you. If awesome apps, a slick interface and a sense of security are top of your list, iOS7 is a clear winner. If you prefer to do things your way, the customisability of Android Jelly Bean can&#39;t be beaten, thanks to its wide range of widgets, launchers and lockscreens. iOS 7 gives you just one option but it&rsquo;s an OS that&rsquo;s as beautifully crafted and worthy of gadget pride as iPhone and iPad hardware itself.</p> <p>Words: <a href="https://plus.google.com/106422809643177538618/posts">Tony Horgan</a> and <a href="https://plus.google.com/100316166955509219073">Sophie Charara</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> iOS 7.1 [update 12/03/14] </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We liked iOS 7. It wasn&#39;t the complete reinvention we&#39;d hoped for but it gave the iPhone and iPad a much-needed spring clean. Now iOS 7.1 is available, which introduces an all-new CarPlay feature along with minor tweaks and fixes to Siri, the iPhone 5s camera app, fingerprint recognition, the Calendar app and an overall speed increase for iPhone 4 users.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Apple-ios-7.1-review" alt="Apple-ios-7.1-review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ios-7.1-review-main-001_1.jpg?1394793372" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-12"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> iOS 7.1 - CARPLAY </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Probably the biggest single change is the introduction of Apple CarPlay, which enables those of us taking delivery of a new Ferrari, Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes or Volvo to look forward to a new level of integration between our iPhones and in-car media systems.</p> <p>Apple CarPlay allows users to connect their iPhone to their car, upon which the car&#39;s own display takes its feed from the phone. The car&#39;s touchscreen or hardware controls - such as knobs, dials and buttons in the central column or steering wheel - can be used to control certain compatible apps running on the iPhone. For instance, Siri can be summoned and ordered, music can be selected and played, and if you see fit to replace your existing in-car sat-nav with Apple&#39;s own Maps app, that can be done too.</p> <p>Right now that&#39;s not something that will impact greatly on the lives of the masses, but it&#39;s an important investment in the future. Many of the world&#39;s major car brands are set to include CarPlay functionality further down the line, although it&#39;s interesting to note that, at this point, the list which includes Ford, BMW and Toyota makes no mention of the VW Group (which encompases Audi, Seat and Skoda).v</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Apple iOS 7 review CarPlay" alt="Apple iOS 7 review CarPlay" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ios-7.1-review-carplay-001_1.jpg?1394793372" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-13"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> iOS 7.1 - Siri </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&#39;ve never been that keen on Siri. Its speech recognition can be hopeless, and its insistence on making wild guesses as to your utterances and then phoning random numbers from your contacts without checking with you first is infuriating. iOS 7.1 attempts to improve matters by giving you the option of telling Siri when to stop listening.&nbsp;</p> <p>The idea is that you release the Home button when you&#39;ve said your piece, but in our tests so far it hasn&#39;t improved the situation by any notable degree. Those complete communication failures are still in evidence.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Apple iOS 7.1 review Siri" alt="Apple iOS 7.1 review Siri" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ios-7.1-review-Siri-001_1.jpg?1394793372" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-14"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> iOS 7.1 - Performance </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The original iOS 7 update resulted wasn&#39;t always good news for older devices, with the iPhone 4, 1st-gen iPad Mini and iPads from 3rd-gen backwards all suffering a loss of smoothness when switching orientations and even some lag during simple operations.</p> <p>We&#39;ve now updated an iPhone 4, 1st-gen iPad Mini and 3rd-gen iPad, and they all benefit from improved response times and smoother animations on the home screen. The iPhone 4 still shows a small amount of lag, but there&#39;s a big improvement, particularly, when opening folders containing groups of apps.</p> <p>There&#39;s not a whole lot else that&#39;s changed from iOS 7. The &quot;Slide to unlock&quot; text now has a shinier highlight and there seems to be a little more fluidity to the parallax wallpaper animation as you tilt your device. If you have an iPhone 5 you can set the camera to automatically switch to High Dynamic Range mode when it thinks the situation demands it (for more even exposures of high contrast or low-light scenes), the Calendar app has had a little make over and the fingerprint recognition has been improved.</p> <p>So overall, while iOS 7.1 isn&#39;t a huge update, it does fix a few things, particularly for users of older iDevices. We can&#39;t see any reason not to upgrade.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Fresh faced and fluoro, there&rsquo;s no radical shift here but iOS 7 wins on function as much as (virtual) form &nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/ios-7/ios-7/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/ios-7/ios-7/review#comments iOS 7 iPad 4 iPad Mini iPhone & iPad iPhone 5C iPhone 5S Wed, 12 Mar 2014 14:02:34 +0000 Nigel Yap 1426841 at http://www.stuff.tv