iPhone http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/iphone/features en-MY What Apple Watch can tell us about iPhone 7 and iPad Air 3 http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/what-apple-watch-can-tell-us-about-iphone-7-and-ipad-air-3/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple’s fond of taking iOS back to the Mac, so we imagine how Apple Watch ideas could influence the next iPhone </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="900" height="675" title="Apple Watch" alt="What Apple Watch can tell us about iPhone 7 and iPad Air 3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/watch-0.jpg?1410917555" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>On September 9, Apple announced <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iwatch/review">Apple Watch</a>, its latest new product line.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iwatch/review">Stuff has been hands-on (and wrists-on) with the new device</a>, and came to the conclusion that while it&rsquo;s probably not revolutionary solely from a hardware standpoint, Apple&rsquo;s software, ambition and partnerships could make it the device that brings the smartwatch to the masses.</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"> Pressure-sensitivity </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 Watch has a display that can detect the force of a touch and respond accordingly. A light touch is interpreted as a typical tap or swipe, but a more forceful one activates context-specific controls, akin to a right-click or two-finger tap. On a much larger display, this technology is more complex to implement, but it would have plenty of applications on iOS, from art apps through to digital instruments.</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="800" height="449" title="Pressure" alt="What Apple Watch can tell us about iPhone 7 and iPad Air 3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pressure1.jpg?1410917555" /> </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"> A sapphire display </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>During the introductory video for Apple Watch, Jony Ive noted that the display uses sapphire glass, sapphire being, the &ldquo;second hardest transparent material after diamond&rdquo;.</p> <p>Prior to the unveiling of the iPhone 6, rumours suggested that device would also be getting a sapphire display, but it turns out that material was reserved for Apple Watch, presumably due to issues relating to cost, scale and a lack of flexibility (increasing the likelihood of a screen shattering when an iPhone is dropped). However, advances in technology and falling prices could change this by the time the iPhone 7 arrives.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iwatch/review">Hands on with the Apple Watch</a></strong></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="800" height="449" title="Sapphire screen" alt="What Apple Watch can tell us about iPhone 7 and iPad Air 3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sapphire.jpg?1410917555" /> </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"> Fluid Home screen navigation </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 Watch&rsquo;s screen is small, and so apps are navigable by swiping and zooming a potentially infinite field. It makes the concept of &lsquo;pages&rsquo; on the iPhone (and, for that matter, most competing smartphones) seem comparatively quaint and old-fashioned.</p> <p>Perhaps Apple&rsquo;s thinking different for a smartwatch will lead to new thinking on its other touchscreen systems, although icons without names could make navigation tricky with large app collections, so we&rsquo;re not sure we&rsquo;d want to see that specific aspect of Apple Watch on an iPhone or iPad!</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="800" height="449" title="Home screen" alt="What Apple Watch can tell us about iPhone 7 and iPad Air 3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fluid.jpg?1410917555" /> </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"> A sense of focus </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>Something evident during Apple&rsquo;s iPhone 6 demos was a sense it was all about showing people <em>more</em> - a &lsquo;density of information&rsquo; as Apple put it. But Apple Watch is all about efficiency: apps that provide basic options for fast actions and replies, and a card-like &lsquo;Glance&rsquo; system for rapidly checking through important information.</p> <p>iPhones and iPads have analogues of these things to some extent, but it would be good for Apple to keep fighting for providing people with <em>more important</em> information rather than just <em>more</em> information. In a sense, it&#39;s what Google already does on both Android and Android Wear, with Google Now providing the info it thinks you most need.</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="1266" height="710" title="Focus" alt="What Apple Watch can tell us about iPhone 7 and iPad Air 3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/focus.jpg?1410917555" /> </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"> Inductive charging </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>An Apple Watch would look dreadful if it had a Lightning port, and Apple therefore wisely introduced inductive charging to the line and combined it with the company&rsquo;s MagSafe technology. It&rsquo;s smart and intuitive, and makes charging an iPhone with a wire feel positively prehistoric.</p> <p>We could see updated charging technology for the iPhone in particular being a very popular decision on Apple&rsquo;s part.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-doomed-company-goes-days-without-launching-new-product-line/feature">Apple doomed as company goes several days without launching new product</a></strong></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="800" height="449" title="Inductive" alt="What Apple Watch can tell us about iPhone 7 and iPad Air 3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/inductive.jpg?1410917555" /> </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"> Smarter interface 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>With iOS 7, Apple went for a kind of flat design, but with subtle levels and shading adding some depth. However, the limitations of screen size on Apple Watch have forced a more overt kind of minimalism when it comes to important controls.&nbsp;A great example is a select menu, which is flat and simple, versus the 3D &lsquo;wheel&rsquo; monstrosity on iPhones and iPads. </p> <p>But Apple Watch also has a sense of bold colour and playfulness that&rsquo;s lacking in the rather sparse and overly serious iOS. The iPhone and iPad interface could learn a lot from the newcomer.</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="800" height="449" title="Smarter" alt="What Apple Watch can tell us about iPhone 7 and iPad Air 3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/smarter.jpg?1410917555" /> </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"> Subtle and human communication </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>Communication with Apple Watch can be very different, often subtle, and frequently human. Users are encouraged to send each other little doodles and even heartbeats, or get someone&rsquo;s attention with a tap; and the device can communicate with the wearer by vibrating in different ways to indicate the direction in which they should travel.</p> <p>Of course, neither of these things is beyond an iPhone, but software as it increases in complexity too often - as Jony Ive puts it - inhibits rather than enables communication. iPhone and iPad equivalents have already become a little entrenched, and could again learn a lot from Apple&rsquo;s latest device.</p> <p>With Apple Watch, Apple has been forced once again to reimagining interfaces and user interaction, and we can only hope the lessons learned soon positively impact on the company&rsquo;s other devices.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">Apple iPhone 6 hands-on review</a></strong></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="800" height="449" title="Subtle" alt="What Apple Watch can tell us about iPhone 7 and iPad Air 3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/subtle.jpg?1410917555" /> </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/what-apple-watch-can-tell-us-about-iphone-7-and-ipad-air-3/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/what-apple-watch-can-tell-us-about-iphone-7-and-ipad-air-3/feature#comments Apple iPad iPhone iPhone 6 Watch Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:59:50 +0000 Elissa Loi 1447841 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple gets Siri-ous about voice recognition http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-gets-siri-ous-about-voice-recognition/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> iOS 8 could see debut of deep neural nets to rival Microsoft and Google </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="847" title="Will iOS 8 see a smarter Siri?" alt="Will iOS 8 see a smarter Siri?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iOS8.jpg?1404265532" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Siri is about to get a high-tech upgrade in iOS 8 to improve its voice recognition abilities, according to a report in Wired.</p> <p>Apple looks set to ditch Nuance&#39;s technology for an in-house solution and has poached one of Microsoft&#39;s top scientists to head its team.</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-harris" title="View user profile.">Mark Harris</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"> Deep thought </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>All modern speech recognition systems use neural networks - software composed of virtual neurons that can be trained to match an input to an output by varying the links between them, a bit like the way real brains work.</p> <p>The latest iteration of this mimicry reproduces the layers of neurons found in human brains to create a deep neural network. Microsoft&#39;s Cortana speech recognition system embedded in Windows Phones has multiple layers that enables it to model a wider range of speech, including accents. Now that technology might be coming to Apple&#39;s Siri virtual assistant, too.&nbsp;</p> <p>The risk for Apple is that it could experience another fiasco on the scale of 2012&#39;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/updated-internet-gets-angry-about-ios-6-maps/news">epic Apple Maps fail</a>, where ditching Google Maps for inferior home-brew navigation infuriated thousands of iPhone users.</p> <p>If Siri suddenly develops cloth ears this autumn, deep neural nets could simply be another&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/tim-cook-apologises-apple-maps/news">deep PR hole for Tim Cook</a>&nbsp;to dig himself out of.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/ios-8/review">Apple iOS 8 preview</a></p> <p>[<a href="http://www.wired.com/2014/06/siri_ai/">Wired</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="1200" height="987" title="Microsoft&#039;s Skype Translator" alt="Microsoft&#039;s Skype Translator" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/skype%20translator.jpg?1404265532" /> </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-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/apple-gets-siri-ous-about-voice-recognition/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-gets-siri-ous-about-voice-recognition/news#comments Apple iPhone Microsoft Tue, 01 Jul 2014 22:54:22 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1440696 at http://www.stuff.tv App of the week: Riders http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/app-week-riders/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Become the extreme sports star you&#039;ve always secretly wanted to be with Riders for Android and iPhone </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" title="Riders app review for Android and iPhone" alt="Riders app review for Android and iPhone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Riders-1.jpg?1403279181" /> </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>Here&#39;s the truth: at first, everyone is rubbish at skateboarding, mountain biking, snowboarding and all that kind of stuff. Nobody was born with the inate ability to perform a Backside Wallride Nollie Out. These things must be learnt, and <em>Riders</em> is here to teach you.</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> <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"> Pick your trick </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 list of disciplines in the current version includes aggressive inline skating, BMX, mountain bike, longboard, scooter, skateboard, ski, snowboard and wakeboard. Some sections have more content than others. For example, the newly added inline skating section has 20 tricks while skateboard has over 200, along with an extensive dictionary of skateboard terms.</p> <p>Dipping into the Tricks menu lets you filter your preferred discipline and then choose a trick from a number of categories. The combination of succinct text instructions and slow motion videos makes it seem pretty easy. As the intro to the 180 Tailwhip explains, it&#39;s just &quot;the regular tailwhip except this time you need to do a 180 and ride fakie&quot;. No sweat.</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="The quality of contributions from other Riders users is often superb" alt="Riders app review for Android and iPhone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Riders-2.png?1403279181" /> </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="Once you&#039;ve learnt a trick, record yourself doing it for real and upload it for everyone else to watch" alt="Riders app review for Android and iPhone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Riders-5.png?1403279181" /> </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"> Share and share, or like </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>That would be rather nice in itself, but it&#39;s the user-generated content and interaction with fellow knee-grazers that&#39;ll keep you coming back to the app. There&#39;s an option to upload stills or videos of your own tricks to any of the existing entries, and there are some fantastic contributions for you to learn from.</p> <p>Once someone has added a their own footage or picture, other users can comment or ask questions. There&#39;s a community feel here which is refreshing, devoid of the insults and inanity you&#39;ll find on YouTube and the like. The social aspect continues with the ability to follow other riders via the app.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/icheapskate-25-best-free-apps-iphone-and-ipad/feature" target="_blank">The Best Free Apps for iPhone and iPad</a></strong></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="You can like or comment on user&#039;s uploads – the vibe is refreshingly positive" alt="Riders app review for Android and iPhone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Riders-3.png?1403279181" /> </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="It&#039;s not all skatepark action; mountain biking, water sports and winter sports are included too" alt="Riders app review for Android and iPhone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Riders-8.png?1403279181" /> </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"> Let them entertain you </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;d rather just browse and get some inspiration, there&#39;s an Editor&#39;s Picks section that highlights some of the best new stills and vids, which can also be filtered to include just uploads from those you&#39;re following. Even though it&#39;s the tutorial side that&#39;s more likely to bring you to the <em>Riders</em> app, this stream of Vine-style mini movies and cool photos is what will keep you checking back whenever you get a few spare moments.</p> <p>In fact, the quality of the user uploads is often brilliant: pin-sharp, super-steady tracking cams, pro-standard photography and quite a lot of fast-slow-fast footage. The videos loop too, so you can watch the same trick over and over to analyse what&#39;s going on. We&#39;ve been watching Daiki Ihara busting out a tidy sequence of grinds and flips on the streets of Japan for the past ten minutes. It&#39;s quite mesmerising.</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="Kick back and have a look through the latest Editor&#039;s Picks" alt="Riders app review for Android and iPhone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Riders-9.png?1403279181" /> </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 videos are short and sweet and loop automatically, so you can watch them over and over again" alt="Riders app review for Android and iPhone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Riders-7.png?1403279181" /> </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"> Riders review summary </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>Regardless of your age and abilities, <em>Riders</em> is an ace distraction for anyone with an interest in messing about on wheels and boards. It works well purely as entertainment but the interactivity and potential for learning and developing your own skills and styles makes <em>Riders</em> and essential download.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/app-week" target="_blank">Click here for more fantastic Apps of the Week</a></strong></p> <p>Review by <a href="https://plus.google.com/106422809643177538618#106422809643177538618/posts">Tony Horgan</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="1200" height="900" title="Riders app review for Android and iPhone" alt="Riders app review for Android and iPhone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Riders-10.PNG?1403279181" /> </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>An inspirational, educational and entertaining app for all skaters, boarders, skiers and bikers</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/android/app-week-riders/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/app-week-riders/review#comments Android Android apps App of the Week Apps and Games iOS apps iPhone Tue, 17 Jun 2014 15:55:42 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1439430 at http://www.stuff.tv The iPhone Photography Awards exist and here are its winning snapshots http://www.stuff.tv/my/iphone/iphone-photography-awards-exist-and-these-are-its-winning-snapshots/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We’re not kidding, it’s an official photography competition and the submissions are simply stunning </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="713" title="The iPhone Photography Awards exist and here are its winning snapshots" alt="The iPhone Photography Awards exist and here are its winning snapshots" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/21-CRAIG-HARVEY-3rdLandscape.jpg?1402898336" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The iPhone Photography Awards (IPPAWARDS) have been in judgement of global iPhone-tography since 2007 and are in no way affiliated to Apple - just in case you think this is another marketing gimmick.</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"> 1st Place - Photographer of the Year </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><em>By Julio Lucas</em></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="950" height="713" title="By Julio Lucas" alt="The iPhone Photography Awards exist and here are its winning snapshots" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/01-JULIO-LUCAS-1stPOTY.jpg?1402898336" /> </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"> 2nd Place - Photographer of the Year </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><em>By Jose Luis Barcia Fernandez</em></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="950" height="950" title="By Jose Luis Barcia Fernandez" alt="The iPhone Photography Awards exist and here are its winning snapshots" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/02-JOSE-LUIS-BARCIA-FERNANDEZ-2ndPOTY.jpg?1402898336" /> </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"> 3rd Place - Photographer of the Year </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><em>By Jill Missner</em></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="950" height="713" title="By Jill Missner" alt="The iPhone Photography Awards exist and here are its winning snapshots" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/03-JILL-MISSNER-3rdPOTY.jpg?1402898336" /> </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"> Ist Place - Seasons </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><em>By Cocu Liu</em></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="950" height="950" title="By Cocu Liu" alt="The iPhone Photography Awards exist and here are its winning snapshots" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/40-COCU-LIU-1stSeasons.jpg?1402898336" /> </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"> 1st Place - Nature </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><em>By Felicia Pandola</em></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="950" height="534" title="By Felicia Pandola" alt="The iPhone Photography Awards exist and here are its winning snapshots" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-FELICIA-PANDOLA-1stNature.jpg?1402898336" /> </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"> Ist Place - Trees </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><em>By Aaron Pike</em></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="950" height="711" title="By Aaron Pike" alt="The iPhone Photography Awards exist and here are its winning snapshots" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/52-AARON-PIKE-1stTrees.jpg?1402898336" /> </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"> 1st Place - Travel </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><em>By Adrienne Pitts</em></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="950" height="950" title="By Adrienne Pitts" alt="The iPhone Photography Awards exist and here are its winning snapshots" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/49-ADRIENNE-PITTS-1stTravel.jpg?1402898336" /> </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"> 1st Place - Sunset </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><em>By Little Su</em></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="950" height="710" title="By Little Su" alt="The iPhone Photography Awards exist and here are its winning snapshots" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/46-LITTLE-SU-1stSunset.jpg?1402898336" /> </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"> 1st Place - Still Life </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><em>By Sofija Strindlund</em></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="950" height="1215" title="By Sofija Strindlund" alt="The iPhone Photography Awards exist and here are its winning snapshots" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/43-SOFIJA-STRINDLUND-1stStillLife.jpg?1402898336" /> </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"> 1st Place - People </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><em>By Lauren Smith</em></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="950" height="950" title="By Lauren Smith" alt="The iPhone Photography Awards exist and here are its winning snapshots" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/37-LAUREN-SMITH-1stPeople.jpg?1402898336" /> </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"> 1st Place - Panorama </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><em>By Kyle G. Horst</em></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="1335" height="350" title="By Kyle G. Horst" alt="The iPhone Photography Awards exist and here are its winning snapshots" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/34-KYLE-G.-HORST-1stPanorama.jpg?1402898336" /> </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"> 1st Place - Others </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><em>By Terry Vital</em></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="950" height="950" title="By Terry Vital" alt="The iPhone Photography Awards exist and here are its winning snapshots" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/31-TERRY-VITAL-1stOthers.jpg?1402898336" /> </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"> 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"> 1st Place - News Events </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><em>By Gerard Collett</em></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="950" height="713" title="By Gerard Collett" alt="The iPhone Photography Awards exist and here are its winning snapshots" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/28-GERARD-COLLETT-1stNewsEvents.jpg?1402898336" /> </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"> 1st Place - Lifestyle </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><em>By Brandon Kidwell</em></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="950" height="712" title="By Brandon Kidwell" alt="The iPhone Photography Awards exist and here are its winning snapshots" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/22-BRANDON-KIDWELL-1stLifestyle.jpg?1402898336" /> </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"> 1st Place - 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><em>By Elena Grimailo</em></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="950" height="713" title="By Elena Grimailo" alt="The iPhone Photography Awards exist and here are its winning snapshots" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/19-ELENA-GRIMAILO-1stLandscape.jpg?1402898336" /> </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-15"><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"> 1st Place - Food </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><em>By Alexa Seidl</em></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="950" height="713" title="By Alexa Seidl" alt="The iPhone Photography Awards exist and here are its winning snapshots" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/16-ALEXA-SEIDL-1stFood.jpg?1402898336" /> </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-16"><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"> 1st Place - Flowers </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><em>By Jenny Anderson</em></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="917" height="917" title="By Jenny Anderson" alt="The iPhone Photography Awards exist and here are its winning snapshots" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/13-JENNY-ANDERSON-1stFlowers.jpg?1402898336" /> </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-17"><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"> 1st Place - Children </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><em>By Danny Van Vuuren</em></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="950" height="713" title="By Danny Van Vuuren" alt="The iPhone Photography Awards exist and here are its winning snapshots" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/10-DANNY-VAN-VUUREN-1stChildren.jpg?1402898336" /> </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-18"><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"> 1st Place - Architecture </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><em>By Yilang Peng&nbsp;</em></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="950" height="713" title="By Yilang Peng " alt="The iPhone Photography Awards exist and here are its winning snapshots" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/07-YILANG-PENG-1stArchitecture.jpg?1402898336" /> </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-19"><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"> 1st Place - Animals </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><em>By Michael O&#39;Neal</em></p> <p>For even more winners, head over to the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.ippawards.com/index.html" target="_blank">IPPAWARDS&#39; site</a>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/8-things-you-didnt-know-iphone-camera-could-do/feature">8 things you didn&#39;t know the iPhone camera could do</a></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/6-pro-tips-taking-killer-instagram-pics/feature">6 pro tips for taking killer Instagram pics</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="950" height="950" title="By Michael O&#039;Neal" alt="The iPhone Photography Awards exist and here are its winning snapshots" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/04-MICHAEL-O%27NEAL-1stAnimals.jpg?1402898336" /> </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/iphone/iphone-photography-awards-exist-and-these-are-its-winning-snapshots/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/iphone/iphone-photography-awards-exist-and-these-are-its-winning-snapshots/feature#comments iPhone Fri, 13 Jun 2014 02:24:27 +0000 Elissa Loi 1439010 at http://www.stuff.tv 5 underrated iPhone apps and their hidden functions you should know about http://www.stuff.tv/my/iphone/secret-uses-native-iphone-apps-you-formerly-thought-useless/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> They are more useful than you give them credit for, once you know how to tap into their full potential </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="582" height="439" title="The hidden functions of 5 underrated iPhone apps" alt="The hidden functions of 5 underrated iPhone apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apps.jpg?1403582925" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Abandoned in a musty corner of our iPhones, these native Apple apps have been shunned for the more obviously useful downloaded fresh from the app store.</p> <p class="p3">While not immediately evident, these made-by-Apple apps have their own little ways of adding convenience to your life. You just have to know how to work them. Luckily for you, we&rsquo;ve outlined the secret uses of these formerly neglected apps for you to master before <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/ios-8/review">iOS 8</a> rolls out.</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"> 1) Compass </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>What:</strong> It isn&#39;t just a one-trick pony for outdoorsy types only. Nah, homeowners will find the Compass app useful too.</p> <p class="p2"><strong>How:</strong> Open up the app, do the 5-second roll around calibration and you get the usual compass. But there&rsquo;s more to it than meets the eye. Simply swipe to the left to unlock its other neat trick - as an inclinometer, a lot more useful for the non-outdoorsy iPhone user.</p> <p class="p2">Hold up your phone in landscape mode to hang a picture on right, or lay it flat on the surface you&rsquo;re trying to level, like your latest table purchase from IKEA.</p> <p class="p2">In either situation, if you don&rsquo;t agree with your phone, just tap and hold the screen when it&#39;s at what you think is the optimal levelness to make that stick.</p> <p class="p2"><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/icheapskate-25-best-free-apps-iphone-and-ipad/feature">iCheapskate: the 30 best free apps for iPhone and iPad</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="Oooh, tilty" alt="The hidden functions of 5 underrated iPhone apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/inclinometer.png?1403582925" /> </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"> 2) Stocks </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>What:</strong> Did you know you can track currency conversion rates using this app? Guess you didn&rsquo;t. The Stocks app will deliver the latest in exchange rates using Yahoo&rsquo;s currency conversion tool. Very handy for when you travel.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>How:</strong> Simple. Tap on the Stocks app, tap on the other options icon in the bottom right hand corner, then the plus sign at the upper left hand corner to bring up the search bar to add in your new option to keep an eye on.</p> <p class="p1">What should you enter? Key in the ticker symbol of &quot;MYRUSD=X&quot; to find out the rate of US dollar to one Malaysian ringgit. (Follow the text template to find out prevailing rates for other currencies as well.) Swipe through to see the graph over time (if you&#39;re the analytical sort) and any additional related information you might be curious about.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/ios-8-winners-and-losers/feature">iOS 8: The winners and the losers</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" title="BIG MONEY" alt="The hidden functions of 5 underrated iPhone apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/rmusd.png?1403582924" /> </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"> 3) Safari </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>What:</strong>&nbsp;The iPhone&rsquo;s diminutive 4in screen isn&rsquo;t capable of packing that much at one go. While it&rsquo;s great for apps specially designed to fit its screen, browsing the Internet isn&rsquo;t that much fun while you have to scroll through the ads and pictures that pepper your most-read sites.&nbsp;There&rsquo;s a way to cut through all that unwanted fluff.</p> <p><strong>How:&nbsp;</strong>See that icon of lines in the address bar? It isn&#39;t for you to format anything. That reader function will convert your image-riddled webpage into lines of easy-reading text that you can share with other people over your usual social outlets.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/wwdc-2014/ios-8-gives-apps-more-power-ever-cupertinos-still-control/feature">iOS 8 gives apps more power than ever, but Cupertino&#39;s still in control</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" title="Apply fluff remover" alt="The hidden functions of 5 underrated iPhone apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/reader%20function.png?1403582925" /> </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"> 4) Reminders </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>What:</strong>&nbsp;While you may have used this app at least once,.&nbsp;You can set a reminder to pop up at a certain time on a certain date. Nothing special about that. But some reminders are dependent on your location. For example, a reminder to pick up a new carton of milk when you hit the grocery store? Or to purchase that book you&rsquo;ve seen on the best-sellers list when you drop by Kinokuniya? We bet you haven&rsquo;t realised the full scale of its potential.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>How:</strong>&nbsp;To set location-based reminders, add a new reminder, tap the &lsquo;i&rsquo; icon to the right of your reminder and tap &ldquo;Remind me at a location&rdquo;. A &ldquo;Location&rdquo; bar will pop up and you&rsquo;ll be able to enter a specific address or use your current location, and toggle between &quot;When I arrive&quot; or &quot;When I leave&quot;. It definitely worked for us; the reminder to write this article popped up once we neared the office building this morning. Not that we needed reminding or anything...&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/icheapskate-25-amazing-free-games-ipad-and-iphone/feature">iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone</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" title="Reminder on arrival" alt="The hidden functions of 5 underrated iPhone apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/reminders.png?1403582925" /> </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"> 5) Maps </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>What:</strong> For all the flak that Apple has drawn for the Maps app in the beginning, it has underappreciated features that might tempt you back to Camp Apple.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>How:</strong> All you have to do is drop a pin on the map, and tap the Quick Route button next to it to get driving directions to that spot almost immediately. Share your location easily via Facebook, Twitter, AirDrop, Messages and Mail. And if you are more pedestrian than driver, go to &quot;Settings&quot;, then &quot;Maps&quot; and tweak &quot;Navigation Voice Volume&quot; (so that that voice doesn&#39;t bellow out your destination in public) and &quot;Preferred Directions&quot; to always get walking instead of driving directions.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/8-things-you-didnt-know-iphone-camera-could-do/feature">8 things you didn&#39;t know the iPhone camera could do</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" title="Where do we go from here?" alt="The hidden functions of 5 underrated iPhone apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/maps_0.png?1403582925" /> </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"> Think these 5 default iPhone apps are useless? </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"> Think again, they&#039;re actually very useful if you know how to use them </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/apps_0.jpg?1403582924" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/iphone/secret-uses-native-iphone-apps-you-formerly-thought-useless/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/iphone/secret-uses-native-iphone-apps-you-formerly-thought-useless/feature#comments iOS iPhone Thu, 12 Jun 2014 08:31:39 +0000 Elissa Loi 1438956 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple’s iPhone ad shows off health gadgets instead of an iWatch http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-s-iphone-ad-shows-health-gadgets-instead-iwatch/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The iDevice maker is upping its push into the health space with gadgets and apps that motivate, train and track </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’s iPhone ad shows off health gadgets instead of an iWatch " alt="Apple’s iPhone ad shows off health gadgets instead of an iWatch " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/appl.jpg?1401966359" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The tech industry is currently obsessed with fitness &ndash; if you don&rsquo;t believe us, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/samsung-gear-fit/review">Samsung Gear Fit</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/smartwatch/tomtom-s-fitness-watches-are-purely-cardio/news">TomTom&rsquo;s new sport watches</a>, <a></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/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</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"> Many tools, one function </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 saw what looked like the Misfit Shine, Zepp Golf sensor, Wahoo bike sensor, Withings scale, Nike+ running, Argus, and Strong Lifts products and apps on the ad. You should be able to identify them too &ndash; if you scrutinise the products carefully and aren&rsquo;t distracted by their activities.</p> <p>And the ad&rsquo;s release timing is noteable, too &ndash; Apple recently revealed its Health apps and Healthkit at <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/wwdc-2014">WWDC 2014</a>, during its presentation of iOS 8. Although there was no mention of the iWatch, we&rsquo;re not complaining &ndash; we got to see a bunch of tools that can be used with the iPhone for now. &nbsp;</p> <p>Besides the fact is that we actually find &ldquo;Chicken Fat&rdquo; pretty catchy.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">Apple iPhone 6 preview</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> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-s-iphone-ad-shows-health-gadgets-instead-iwatch/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-s-iphone-ad-shows-health-gadgets-instead-iwatch/news#comments Apple Health and fitness iPhone Watch Thu, 05 Jun 2014 10:57:42 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1438612 at http://www.stuff.tv Don't be surprised if Apple emails you with four words: upgrade your old iPhone http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-may-contact-you-iphone-upgrade/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Cupertino-based company might remind you to trade in your antiquated smartphone for an iPhone 5C or iPhone 5S </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 may contact you for an iPhone upgrade" alt="Apple may contact you for an iPhone upgrade" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iphones.jpg?1399625073" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple has been making lots of changes to push new sales. It most recently <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-buying-beats-expect-changes-its-headphones-and-itunes/news" target="_blank">bought over Beats for US$3.2 billion</a>&nbsp;(RM20 billion)&nbsp;, and it&rsquo;s not stopping there in its attempt to grab market share within the mobile space.</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/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</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"> Smart move? </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 move to deplete its existing stock comes just weeks before its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apples-wwdc-set-2-june-ios-8-here-we-come/news" target="_blank">Worldwide Developers Conference</a>, scheduled for 2 June, where Apple may be launching new iPhones.</p> <p>If you believe the latest rumors, Apple has two new devices in the works (an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">iPhone 6</a> featuring a 4.7in display, as well as an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-s-iphone-phablet-too-thin-existing-batteries/news" target="_blank">iPhone phablet</a> with a 5.5in screen).</p> <p>But we think the move might either be a hit or miss. If customers decide to wait a few more months to get their hands on the latest models, that could affect the sales of the current product range.</p> <p>If you think you&rsquo;re eligible for an upgrade, and want either of the two models, you&#39;d better check your emails constantly.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.cnet.com/news/apple-plans-enormous-iphone-push-this-week-report-says/" target="_blank">CNET</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/here-comes-green-apple/news" target="_blank">Want a green Apple? Be part of their recycling program</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="Apple may contact you for an iPhone upgrade" alt="Apple may contact you for an iPhone upgrade" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple_1.jpg?1399625073" /> </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/apple-may-contact-you-iphone-upgrade/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-may-contact-you-iphone-upgrade/news#comments Apple iPhone Smartphones Fri, 09 May 2014 08:41:14 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1436813 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Instagram hits 200 million users, Apple sells half-billion iPhones, scientists creates mini-Mars simulation http://www.stuff.tv/my/iphone/fully-charged-instagram-hits-200-million-users-apple-sells-half-billion-iphones-scientists-cr <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Have a nice cuppa and relax with this evening&#039;s tech news </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="Fully Charged: Instagram hits 200 million users, Apple sells half-billion iPhones, scientists creates mini-Mars simulation" alt="Fully Charged: Instagram hits 200 million users, Apple sells half-billion iPhone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/instagram_stuff.jpg?1395826517" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><br /></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/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</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"> Hundreds of millions of selfies! </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, thanks to selfies and possibly many, many cat photos, Instagram is now 200 million users strong, the service says on its blog. Even more impressive is that 50 million of them joined up in the last six months.</p> <p>How many photos have been shared of late? Instagram claims at least 20 billion Instagram photos, filtered and unfiltered have been uploaded on the site.</p> <p>Now, the big question is: how will Instagram find a way to monetise this?</p> <p>[Source: <a data-cke-saved-href="http://blog.instagram.com/post/80721172292/200m" href="http://blog.instagram.com/post/80721172292/200m">Instagram</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-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><br /><br /><br /></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-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"> Halfway to a billion iPhones! </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 2007, Apple said 'surprise!' And the iPhone was born, with the rest of us looking on quizzically. Who knew that years later, by the end of 2013, Apple would have sold 487 million iPhones.</p> <p>Analysts have estimated that from then until now, another 38 million iPhones have been sold (at least). So likely earlier this month, Apple quietly passed this new milestone of half a billion iPhones or 500 million iPhones.<br /><br />Puzzling that Apple has as yet to crow about the success as it is quick to celebrate similar sale achievements like oh, a billion apps on the App Store. But perhaps there'll be an aside during the next refresh of the iPhone.</p> <p>[Source: <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/markrogowsky/2014/03/25/without-much-fanfare-apple-has-sold-its-500-millionth-iphone/" href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/markrogowsky/2014/03/25/without-much-fanfare-apple-has-sold-its-500-millionth-iphone/">Forbes</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/iphone%20stuff.jpg?1395826517" /> </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><br /><br /></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"> 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"> Hello, mini-Red Planet </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>Apparently the dust on Mars is so fine and loaded with tiny silicates that could potentially affect machinery not made to withstand all that super-fine Martian dust.</p> <p>That is why scientists over in Spain have created a simulator of the Mars planet's environment that recreates the conditions on the planet, including pressure, temperature, atmosphere, radiation levels and, oh, the pesky dust.</p> <p>It is not a very big simulator - it sits on an a platform that is eight-inches square and made primarily of copper. But the 'MARTE Machine' as it is called manages to simulate an atmosphere that has temperatures as low as -129&nbsp; degrees celsius to 149 degrees celsiusy, with less than 100 times the atmospheric pressure of earth. Then there's the gaseous mix - 95 per cent carbon dioxide, definitely not the kind we can breathe in without help. That is why, kids, science is cool.</p> <p>[Source: <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.cnet.com/news/scientists-build-a-mini-mars-in-spain/" href="http://www.cnet.com/news/scientists-build-a-mini-mars-in-spain/">CNet</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/marte_chamber_stuff.jpg?1395826517" /> </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><br /></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> http://www.stuff.tv/my/iphone/fully-charged-instagram-hits-200-million-users-apple-sells-half-billion-iphones-scientists-cr#comments Apple Apps and Games iPhone Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:10:29 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1434334 at http://www.stuff.tv The FLIR One iPhone case tells you how hot you are http://www.stuff.tv/my/flir-one-lets-you-check-how-hot-you-are/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You are so hot right now. </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="The FLIR One iPhone case tells you how hot you are" alt="The FLIR One iPhone case tells you how hot you are" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/FLIR01.JPG?1394850937" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We don&#39;t normally get that excited about an iPhone case, especially a large, heavy one. But the FLIR One isn&#39;t really a case; it&#39;s an infrared camera that uses your iPhone 5/5S as a screen.</p> <p>Most things emit more infrared radiation the hotter they are, so the FLIR One can see heat. It can see if your house is poorly insulated, it can see through smoke and in total darkness, it can tell you exactly how hot your porridge is, just by looking at it.</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-dunn" title="View user profile.">Will Dunn</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"> hot shots </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 opens up some interesting, if limited, creative options for photography, but mainly the FLIR One is about practical applications: it can see through walls to a certain extent, so you can use it to avoid drilling through your water pipes, or to see where heat is escaping from your house.</p> <p>The man who demonstrated the FLIR One to us at MWC also suggested that a woman driving into a dark car park at night could use it to check for potential assailants. Unless they&#39;ve coated themselves in mud, like Arnie does in <em>Predator</em>.&nbsp;</p> <p>If your job involves needing to know the surface temperature of things, this could be seriously handy. If it doesn&#39;t, it&#39;s probably good for about two days of Centigrade-based fun. You can preorder one from <a href="http://www.flir.com/" target="_blank">the FLIR website</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff" target="_blank">CLICK HERE FOR MORE STUFF THAT&#39;S SO HOT RIGHT NOW</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="1200" height="900" title="The FLIR One iPhone case tells you how hot you are" alt="The FLIR One iPhone case tells you how hot you are" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FLIR02.png?1394850937" /> </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/flir-one-lets-you-check-how-hot-you-are/news#comments Apple Geek accessories Hot Stuff iPhone Fri, 14 Mar 2014 12:42:11 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1433739 at http://www.stuff.tv Abuse your smartphones with OtterBox's new Preserver and Symmetry series cases http://www.stuff.tv/my/iphone/otterbox-unveils-its-preserver-and-symmetry-series-cases/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Protecting your precious smartphones from accidental dents, dings and dips </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="OtterBox unveils its Preserver and Symmetry series cases" alt="OtterBox unveils its Preserver and Symmetry series cases" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/otterbox_main.jpg?1394765217" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>OtterBox is well known for having obscenely sturdy phone cases that range from the slinky slim rubberised variety to the tough-as-nails sort that look like they could put a hole in the floor.</p> <p>The same can be said for its latest Preserver series, which is drop proof up to 2 meters as well as dust and water proof up to IP-X8 and IP-6X standards. Perfect for the outdoor enthusiast and our butterfingered brethren who need to suit up their iPhone 5s without having to resort to the bigger, bulkier Defender cases.</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/cheryl-bates" title="View user profile.">Cheryl Bates</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>The Symmetry, on the other hand, is a sleeker and more stylish case built for the iPhone 5c. Doubling as both a protective case and making a fashion statement, it may not have the same waterproofing feature as the Preserver but it does has the same shock-absorbing interior and one-piece design that makes it similar to OtterBox&rsquo;s Commuter cases. The series is available in Eclipse (white), Candy (red), Snowcone (blue) and Apple Green.</p> <p>The OtterBox Preserver retails for RM309 while the Symmetry cases retail at RM149 for the plain coloured cases and RM169 for the patterned ones.</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="426" title="OtterBox unveils its Preserver and Symmetry series cases" alt="OtterBox unveils its Preserver and Symmetry series cases" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/symettry.jpg?1394765217" /> </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/iphone/otterbox-unveils-its-preserver-and-symmetry-series-cases/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/iphone/otterbox-unveils-its-preserver-and-symmetry-series-cases/news#comments iPhone Fri, 14 Mar 2014 02:46:58 +0000 Nigel Yap 1433665 at http://www.stuff.tv ZX Spectrum resurrected as a Bluetooth keyboard, of course http://www.stuff.tv/my/ipad/zx-spectrum-resurrected-bluetooth-keyboard-course/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> More than 30 years after it first launched, the rubber-keyed icon is making a comeback </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="ZX Spectrum Bluetooth keyboard" alt="ZX Spectrum Bluetooth keyboard" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/zx-spectrum-bt-keyboard.jpg?1387788505" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The ZX Spectrum is coming back &ndash; but it&rsquo;s coming back as a Bluetooth accessory for your phone.</p> <p>Elite Systems has announced that it&rsquo;ll be resurrecting the 1982 computer as a Bluetooth keyboard that&rsquo;ll work in tandem with an iOS app (and later, apps for Android, Windows Phone, PC and Mac).</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"> Party like it&#039;s 1982 </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>Elite Systems&rsquo; idea is that you can use it to play their extensive collection of Spectrum games from the App Store (such as the officially-licensed <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/zx-spectrum-elite-collection/id391336343?mt=8">ZX Spectrum: Elite Collection</a>) in authentic ZX fashion &ndash; yes, rubber keys and all. It will, naturally, work as a regular Bluetooth keyboard too, so it should jive nicely with pretty much any app or game.&nbsp;Imagine pairing it with an iPad to create a totally incongruous portable work setup.</p> <p>The company is preparing a <a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/952953995/1706707152?token=178af0ea">Kickstarter campaign</a> for the keyboard, which it says will cost between &pound;40 (RM215)and &pound;50 (RM269) when it arrives. Quite when that will be is not yet clear, but we&rsquo;ll keep you posted.</p> <p>[<a href="http://bluetoothzxspectrum.elite-systems.co.uk/">Elite Systems</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> http://www.stuff.tv/my/ipad/zx-spectrum-resurrected-bluetooth-keyboard-course/news#comments iOS games iPad iPhone Mon, 23 Dec 2013 08:49:54 +0000 Nigel Yap 1430357 at http://www.stuff.tv iPhone-controlled SmartPlane lets us become pilots after all http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/iphone-controlled-smartplane-lets-us-become-pilots-after-all/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Take to the air in this miniature iPlane and you&#039;ll be terrorising pigeons in no time </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="901" title="iPhone-controlled SmartPlane lets us be pilots after all" alt="iPhone-controlled SmartPlane lets us be pilots after all" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/smart-plane.jpg?1386899538" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Our dreams of being pilots were shattered the day we realised that we were afraid of heights, but a new iGadget means we might be able to earn those wings after all.</p> <p>The SmartPlane is a Bluetooth-controlled miniature plane which you can control via an easy-to-use iPhone app, and it promises a micro-flying experience that stands out from the already-available quadrotors and RC copters already available.</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"><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>Built from expanded polypropylene, it&#39;s designed with bumps and crashes in mind, for those moments when its in-built auto-adjustments are overcome by your overzealous controls.</p> <p>The SmartPlane packs in the latest low-power Bluetooth 4.0 standard and a simple tap is all that&#39;s needed to pair it to your iPhone.</p> <p>Its Lithium-Polymer battery provides 30 minutes of flying time on a single charge, (provided you practice your soaring and gliding), or five minutes at full throttle.</p> <p>It&#39;ll juice up again via microUSB in 15 minutes and it can be yours to snap up from <a href="http://www.smartplane.net/#buy" target="_blank">smartplane.net</a>.</p> <p>Happy flying, and give those pigeons hell.</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/kGzY54bt1rE" 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/iphone-controlled-smartplane-lets-us-become-pilots-after-all/news#comments Apple Geek accessories iPhone Fri, 13 Dec 2013 01:52:19 +0000 Nigel Yap 1430066 at http://www.stuff.tv How the iPhone 5s has made me fall in love with iPhones all over again http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/how-iphone-5s-has-made-me-fall-love-iphones-all-over-again/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Craig Grannell explains how Apple&#039;s latest smartphone rekindled his iPassion </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="940" height="705" title="How the iPhone 5s made me fall in love with iPhone all over again" alt="How the iPhone 5s made me fall in love with iPhone all over again" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iphone-5s-review-main.JPG?1385603528" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The iPhone 5s has been hailed as a hit but also slammed as merely iterative and lacking in innovation.&nbsp;</p> <p>Two months later, now the initial wave of excitement and hype is over, Craig Grannell explores what life is really like with Apple&rsquo;s fingerprint-scanning, 64-bit smartphone. (Short version: life is pretty good.)</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"> A stale marriage </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 treasured my first iPhone, a 3GS. To get it off of me, you&rsquo;d have had to prise it out of my cold dead hands. Even then I&rsquo;d have found some way to return as a zombie, eat your brains, and get my iPhone back. It did convergence right for the first time: email, web, reading, photography, video, gaming, mapping, music-making. It looked good too.</p> <p>Subsequently, I got the feeling of diminishing returns, despite Retina displays freeing my eyes from the horror of visible pixels. By the time the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iphone-5/review" target="_blank">iPhone 5</a> arrived, upgrade enthusiasm had dwindled. I didn&rsquo;t really care, a feeling cemented by a demo model that lurked in my office for weeks while put through its paces. It was too big, too light, and the new connector irked.</p> <p>But Apple apparently laces devices with pixie dust that soaks into your skin and reformats your brain. I&rsquo;d not thoroughly enjoyed the iPhone 5 experience, but my iPhone 4s suddenly felt cramped, squat, slow and heavy.</p> <p>I started to read rumour sites about the iPhone 5&rsquo;s successor, alternating such episodes with pouring bleach into my eyes to take away the pain I was experiencing from the sheer deluge of stupid. (&ldquo;Apple rumoured to be working on seven different iPhones, two of which are made from koalas&rsquo; tears.&rdquo; &ldquo;Sources state iPhone 5s to be a pyramid that sings Tom Jones songs.&rdquo;)</p> <p>Eventually, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank">iPhone 5s</a> arrived, championed by Stuff as &ldquo;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank">ingenious, forward-thinking and powerful</a>&rdquo;, although the same review added that the iPhone was &ldquo;stuck in its ways&rdquo;. Two months of daily iPhone 5s use later and I&rsquo;m inclined to agree &mdash; but Apple&rsquo;s latest nonetheless reinvigorated my passion for the line.</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="940" height="705" title="The iPhone 5 couldn&#039;t light my fire" alt="The iPhone 5 couldn&#039;t light my fire" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-new-main%20%281%29.jpg?1385603528" /> </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="375" title="Remember this chunky thing?" alt="Remember this chunky thing?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iPhone-3GS_0_0.jpg?1385603528" /> </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"> SCREEN SAVER </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 still hate the screen, but I also love the screen. Hate first: there&rsquo;s that nagging irritation of not quite comfortably being able to reach everywhere with a thumb when holding the device one-handed. I have to stretch a bit &mdash; a real first-world non-problem &mdash; but reason that at least I don&rsquo;t need the kind of banana fingers required to operate certain Android monsters.</p> <p>What&rsquo;s better about the bigger screen is it feels more natural for the content that&rsquo;s usually welded to my iPhone: in portrait, Twitter, Safari and other text-oriented apps show more content; games in widescreen are less obscured by fidgeting thumbs, thereby making me approximately one per cent better at <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/my/app/boson-x/id660600531" target="_blank">Boson X</a>. (If you have a Boson X addiction, you&rsquo;ll know just how terrifically important this is.)</p> <p>Like the 5 before it, the 5s&rsquo;s case design to integrate the larger display is rather clever. Apple almost managed to retain the older iPhone&rsquo;s dimensions, meaning you get a lot more screen in an only slightly longer unit. It&rsquo;s still very pocketable, even when entombed in a natty cover (or, in my case, one that looks like a cassette tape, because I&rsquo;m old). Two months in and I wouldn&rsquo;t go back &mdash; not that I could, with Apple being a one-screen-size-fits-all kind of company. But the device feels about right to me, and having also used a Nexus 4 (more on that later), I&rsquo;ve no desire for a significantly larger display.</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="Can you see the pixels?" alt="Can you see the pixels?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC01942_2.JPG?1385603528" /> </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"> POWER-HOUSE </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>An apocryphal internet yarn claims an unsuspecting frog in cold water won&rsquo;t notice if you slowly cook it. An entirely true internet yarn (this one) states a certain writer won&rsquo;t notice as technology slowly degrades around him until it&rsquo;s, in technological terms, &lsquo;cooked&rsquo;. Make of that what you will &mdash; perhaps an angry frog with a warm behind should be writing this feature.</p> <p>That I perhaps stick with devices for too long means I also notice leaps in power. It was immediately apparent on first using the iPhone 5s and firing everything I could think of at it. Music apps! High-end games! Art apps! It just shrugged off my pitiful attempts to introduce lag. &ldquo;Is that all you&rsquo;ve got,&rdquo; it seemed to growl, although that might have been something I heard after one too many sessions of <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/my/app/death-ray-manta-drm/id592858193" target="_blank">Death Ray Manta</a>.</p> <p>A swift look at specs explains all. My old 4s was wheezing along with 512 MB of RAM and an 800 MHz A5 chip; the 5s boasts twice the RAM and a super-powered 1.3 GHz A7, presumably composed entirely of ground unicorn.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s an argument today&rsquo;s Apple concentrates too much on specs, notably at press events (to the point you want to hurl a Mac mini at an overly chatty exec&rsquo;s head, just to shut him up). But it&rsquo;s hard to complain too much when the result is a device practically begging you to challenge it with the newest, most powerful apps, which enable you to have fun and create new things.</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="MOAR POWER" alt="MOAR POWER" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/118563_682x512_2.png?1385603528" /> </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"> A PRETTY PICTURE </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 iPhone&rsquo;s camera was once a laughing stock, although it was primarily laughed at by point-and-shoot cameras. Over time, the iPhone point and shot &mdash; lots of photos and all of the cameras. On Flickr, it rose to the number-one spot and never relinquished it, evolving technology combining with a bewilderingly large app ecosystem to make even the most ardent Lomography advocate consider going digital.</p> <p>I realise now that my photo-taking antics had slowed with the iPhone 4s. It&rsquo;s not much cop waiting seconds for everything to warm up when life around you moves so quickly. But the iPhone 5s has nailed it, retaining the satisfying volume press to activate the shutter, but ramping up other aspects of the hardware and software.</p> <p>One big change is the weird pink fringe effect I found when using the iPhone 5 demo unit&rsquo;s flash &mdash; this appears to have been banished. The new flash has two LEDs &mdash; one each of white and amber &mdash; and software figures out a scene&rsquo;s colour temperature, determining the intensity and colour of the flash it should use. The result isn&rsquo;t always perfect, but I do more often get photos that don&rsquo;t need colour-correction.</p> <p>Then there are new toys in the form of Burst Mode (ten frames per second) and 120fps slow-motion video, previously the domain of third-party apps, and noticeable improvements to image stabilisation and speed, especially when shooting panoramas. Spec-wise, the iPhone remains nothing special on paper (although the front-facing camera is now HD, thereby excitingly showing extra wrinkles in perfect detail when using FaceTime), but the combination of hardware and software has got me taking loads of photos again, much to my Schnauzer&rsquo;s chagrin. (He&rsquo;s really against privacy invasions, unless first bribed with a biscuit.)</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="Life through a lens" alt="Life through a lens" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC01893_3.JPG?1385603528" /> </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"> BETTER CONNECTIONS </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>When I had the iPhone 5 demo unit, I was irritated by the Lightning connector. I stubbornly decided it was the Worst Thing Ever, which in no small part was driven by my owning so many 30-pin Dock cables that I could fashion a rope from them and flee my upstairs office via the window should the need arise.</p> <p>Meanwhile, the press and the EU frothed that surely Apple if it needed to change should use micro-USB, because micro-USB is more commonly used. They cunningly ignored contrary arguments, as did I &mdash; until I had my iPhone 5s for a couple of days.</p> <p>The moment it clicked was when I without thinking just plugged in the charging cable. I&rsquo;d not looked to see which way round it was, because I didn&rsquo;t need to. That might not sound like much, but small changes can make a big difference to user experience, and also, as it turns out, reduce those occasions when you&rsquo;re dead tired, bleary-eyed and trying to mash, say, a micro-USB cable into a device upside-down.</p> <p>People cleverer than I note that Lightning has many other benefits: a higher power capacity (handy for iPads); the means to add to the tech via firmware updates; increasingly common usage as a device support in docks; quality control (which ups costs but lowers risk); and bi-directional power, enabling the device to charge an accessory.</p> <p>Really, though, I&rsquo;m just happy with my never-upside-down power cables, because I&rsquo;m apparently astonishingly easy to please but fast to rile. (Hits dodgy micro-USB lead with a hammer.)</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="Spot the difference" alt="Spot the difference" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iPhone-5-review-versus-iPhone-4S-speakers-thin_1-resized_0.jpg?1385603528" /> </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="567" height="425" title="Dramatic weight loss" alt="Dramatic weight loss" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-5-review-lightning-connector-14_2-resized_0.jpg?1385603528" /> </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"> PERFECT TOUCH </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>Every time Apple releases new hardware, there&rsquo;s a laundry list of complaints about what the company didn&rsquo;t add. But Apple doesn&rsquo;t do bullet-point lists, instead adding technology people will actually use, even if it&rsquo;s not immediately obvious why these choices were made.</p> <p>At first, Touch ID &mdash; the iPhone 5s fingerprint identity sensor/system &mdash; looked like a gimmick, but after two months of use, it&rsquo;s such a natural part of using the device that I miss it when I grab an iPad. Instead of unlocking the phone by tapping in a four-digit PIN, like some kind of caveman, casually holding a finger or thumb on the Home button for a second does the trick.</p> <p>The same&rsquo;s largely true for app purchases. This is about sweating the details and inserting some joy into technology. With the device storing an abstraction of your prints on the A7 chip and not online, the system&rsquo;s also secure, which is reassuring. (That said, if anyone wants to hack off my digits to access my device for nefarious purposes, I suspect I&rsquo;ve got bigger problems.)</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="Thumb wars" alt="Thumb wars" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC01944_2.JPG?1385603528" /> </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"> REALITY CHECK </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&rsquo;s never really been a point where I&rsquo;ve seriously considered ditching iOS and venturing elsewhere, but I did grab a Nexus 4 a while back. This was in part to see how &lsquo;the other side&rsquo; lives, but also an attempt to rekindle my technology spark. It didn&rsquo;t really work.</p> <p>The Nexus 4 is a perfectly fine device, and Android does some things I wish Apple would steal, &lsquo;like an artist&rsquo; (not least the alphabetical list of on-device apps, and being able to install new apps from the web), but the experience in general just felt a bit cheap, from the plasticky and overly large device itself through to the Android operating system. It certainly wasn&rsquo;t bad, but there wasn&rsquo;t anything compelling that made me want to switch permanently.</p> <p>The iPhone 5s, while not revolutionary and perhaps while, yes, playing it safe, remains in a different ballpark &mdash; at least for my usage, which is more about getting things done and being creative than tinkering with the operating system or embedding myself so much in the Google ecosystem I legally have to start calling myself Craig Schmidt.</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="A familiar face" alt="A familiar face" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC01967_0.JPG?1385603528" /> </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"> APPLE OF MY 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>It&rsquo;s not all plain-sailing. The iPhone remains a bit battery-hungry, due to iOS 7&rsquo;s background tasks (which can, mercifully, be disabled), and there&rsquo;s a definite sense of design-before-usability in some of Jony Ive&rsquo;s interface texture whitewashing.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s no wonder he wears T-shirts so often in Apple videos, given how much he seems to hate visible buttons. Also, putting the headphone port at the bottom of the device was just plain wrong, and if you disagree, you are also just plain wrong.</p> <p>Furthermore, there&rsquo;s the reality that part of the value of any item you own is in the investment. Do I like the iPhone 5s more than the 5 I had hanging around because it&rsquo;s mine, and because I paid for it? Is part of my rekindled fondness for the iPhone line rationalisation?</p> <p>Undoubtedly, but I&rsquo;m far from alone in that, and _objectively_ the iPhone 5s after a couple of months remains the best iPhone &mdash; and best smartphone &mdash; I&rsquo;ve used. It&rsquo;s suitable, stable, fast and smart, boasts the best app ecosystem, and has new features that are genuinely useful.</p> <p>After the hype died down, the new features are ones I continue to use daily, rather than getting excited about them once or twice but then never using them again. And although Apple might have played it safe, the iPhone also still understands that the details &mdash; the small things &mdash; really matter.</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="Pretty, isn&#039;t it?" alt="Pretty, isn&#039;t it?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC01917_0_2.JPG?1385603528" /> </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/how-iphone-5s-has-made-me-fall-love-iphones-all-over-again/feature#comments Apple iPhone iPhone 5S Smartphones Wed, 27 Nov 2013 17:17:15 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1429523 at http://www.stuff.tv Get ready for the iBall - Disney breakthrough could lead to round phones and realistic robot eyes http://www.stuff.tv/my/galaxy-round/get-ready-iball-disney-breakthrough-could-lead-round-phones-and-realistic-robot-eyes/ne <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disney has found a way to 3D print tiny spherical screens - and gadgets may never be the same shape again </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="2500" height="1600" title="Disney&#039;s robots" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/CoverImage.png?1381398327" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Forget flexible screens, Disney's research lab has invented a new 3D printing process that can make tiny, round screens that could lead to a new generation of spherical gadgets.&nbsp;</p> <p>The firm has even worked out how to make the text readable on a round screen, meaning even apps could be usable - and raising the prospect of round phones, and screens far more curved that the flexible screens currently being shown off by Samsung and LG.</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"><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"> The eye&#039;s have it </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 dir="ltr">Called Papillon, Disney showed off the technique at the SIGGRAPH conference with three small toys, Beep, Boop and their dog-like pet Igg.</p> <p dir="ltr">The characters had wildly expressive eyes, and responded to the gestures of human visitors.</p> <p dir="ltr">‘Papillon is a technology that is scalable and flexible,’ said Ivan Poupyrev, a senior research scientist who leads the interaction team at Disney Research Pittsburgh.</p> <p dir="ltr">The team say it could first be used in toys. </p> <p dir="ltr">‘We envision it being used for building interactive toys, supplemental characters for videogames, robots or perhaps eventually even human prosthetic eyes.’</p> <p dir="ltr">‘One of our goals was to create minimal displays, to figure out how much resolution do you really need to express emotion,” said Eric Brockmeyer, a Disney Research Pittsburgh research associate who worked on the project. ‘It turns out you really don’t need that much to convey a compelling interactive experience.’ </p> <p dir="ltr">'The advent of 3D printing, however, has made it possible to create customized optical elements, or “printed optics,' Disney said. </p> <p dir="ltr">'These elements include such structures as light pipes, which can direct and bend light much like a fiber optical element. </p> <p dir="ltr">'Papillon can thus enable video projection in even small characters and at a fraction of the cost of bundled fiber optic.</p> <p dir="ltr">To make sure images on the round screen aren't distorted, the team developed an algorithm based on Fibonacci spirals that minimizes distortions - meaning your emails, text messages and apps could be shown on the round screen and remain usable.</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/JEAoCM7l7Zg" 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="1410" height="863" title="Hypno-toad" alt="Hypno-toad: Disney&#039;s latest screens in a toy toad" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Frog.jpg?1381398327" /> </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="3000" height="1267" title="The tiny round screens can show a range of emotions" alt="The tiny round screens can show a range of emotions" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/emotions.jpg?1381398327" /> </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="2400" height="1590" title="Iggy the dog" alt="Iggy the dog: The technology could soon be seen in other gadgets" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Iggy3000.jpg?1381398327" /> </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/galaxy-round/get-ready-iball-disney-breakthrough-could-lead-round-phones-and-realistic-robot-eyes/ne" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/galaxy-round/get-ready-iball-disney-breakthrough-could-lead-round-phones-and-realistic-robot-eyes/ne#comments Galaxy Round iPhone Smartphones Thu, 10 Oct 2013 09:41:11 +0000 Nigel Yap 1427734 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple's swipe-friendly keyboard patent uncovered http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apples-swipe-friendly-keyboard-patent-uncovered/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dusty patent suggests that the basic iOS keyboard could get a swipetastic makeover </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/iOS-swipe.jpg?1380073876" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It appears that Apple is aware of just how ungainly its well-worn iPhone keyboard is, judging by a patent for faster swipe-based keyboard input to replace the current finger-hammering technique.</p> <p>The patent has only just been made available online, but it was in fact first registered in June 2007 around the time of the launch of the first iPhone.</p> <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"> Swipe for the 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>Since then, apps such as Swype and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/swiftkey-update-brings-host-cloud-features/news" target="_blank">SwiftKey</a> have perfected the art of swipe-to-type on the Android platform, making typing a more pleasurable experience. Unlike Android, iOS doesn't allow third-party keyboard apps, leaving it stuck in the dark ages of touchscreen typing.</p> <p>The patent is mainly concerned with using swipe gestures to input punctuation: "For example, leftward, rightward, upward, and downward swipes can be assigned to inserting a space, backspacing, shifting (as for typing capital letters), and inserting a carriage return and/or new line."</p> <p>It also mentions the use of "multi-fingered swipe gestures" for the addition of other functions.</p> <p>For the moment, iOS users will have to drum their fingers and wait to see if Apple decides to add a swappable keyboard to its next update.</p> <p>[Sources:&nbsp;<a href="http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/09/24/apple-experimenting-with-multitouch-swipe-gestures-for-ios-keyboard" target="_blank">AppleInsider</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://techcrunch.com/2013/09/24/apple-keyboard-swipe-patent/" target="_blank">TechCrunch</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> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apples-swipe-friendly-keyboard-patent-uncovered/news#comments Apple iOS iPhone Tue, 24 Sep 2013 14:24:23 +0000 Elissa Loi 1427052 at http://www.stuff.tv