The debut of Apple’s new 64-bit A7 Application Processor has been assailed by more than one industry figure insisting that the new chip isn’t anything special, but a series of iOS developers are reporting huge performance gains and already using the new chip to accomplish “desktop class” tasks that were not previously possible on a mobile device.
I am a recent Apple convert. For many years I had a windows based computer and got a lot of use from it. Programs came in packaged units with the one or two programs you wanted and a few you did not. This changed completely in December of 2012. My Dell of five years died on me. After two hours of diagnostic programs and computer that would not boot, I decided to get an Apple. I love the ability to just purchase just the apps I need. Pages is the word processing program and it is great. The templates are very easy to use. One can even take a template fax coversheet and customize it. All of this and more for $20. And now Apple is celebrating five years of apps. Check out the Apple iTunes store for more details. apple.com
If you’ve ever wanted to create and edit Word and Excel documents on your iPhone, the wait is over. Microsoft is launching Office for iPhone, bringing Word, Excel and PowerPoint to the world’s most popular smartphone.
The version of Office the iPhone’s getting is Office Mobile, which is nearly identical to the apps that already exist on Windows Phone. It includes phone-friendly versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint, but not other Office apps such as Outlook.
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Creating a version of Office for iPhone fits with Microsoft’s new strategy of treating its services as platform-agnostic, and it comes to iOS long after other Microsoft apps, including OneNote and Lync. It also fits with Microsoft offering Office 365 as a subscription service, accessible from many devices, rather than a one-time download for one machine.
“With Office 365 Home Premium and Pro Plus, we promised they’d work across all of your devices,” says Julia White, marketing manager for Microsoft Office. “Now that those are out, it’s time to expand think about other end points our users have said are important to them.”
Recent numbers by a market research firm appear to show that Android users spend 20 percent less time using their apps than iOS users spend.
That discrepancy largely has to do with how the two ecosystems have developed, noted Mary Ellen Gordon, director of industry insights and analysis for the research firm, Flurry.
Flurry analyzed four years worth of its own data to understand who is ahead in which contests, discuss the apparent strengths and weaknesses of the competitors, and consider the implications for the overall mobile ecosystem, according to the company’s blog.
Up to the introduction of the newer Samsung Galaxy S models, Android buyers were purchasing their phones for different reasons than iPhone users, she explained.
Apple has always positioned the iPhone as a mini-computer that you run apps on, she continued. On the other hand, many Android users came to the platform as an upgrade from a feature phone.
“That fundamental difference in mindset could result in a difference in the propensity to use apps,” she told PCWorld. “If you’re buying a device for apps, you’re going to use a lot of apps. If you’re buying it as a phone, you’re going to use it as a phone.”
Fragmentation in the Android market may also contribute to lower app usage. There are many screen sizes, device types, memory configurations, and versions of the operating system in the market. “It just makes it harder for app developers to develop for Android,” she said.
Online retail giant Amazon took a step to expand its footprint on the mobile platforms of both Apple and Google, introducing a Login with Amazon application programming interface that developers can integrate with their sites and apps in order to save time for their users.
The retailer touts Login with Amazon as a way for developers to save time and increase security for their customers. Instead of building the infrastructure to have user data and passwords saved, a developer implements the Login with Amazon API and Amazon handles user credentials on its end.
I’ve been complaining for years about not being able to send tunes from my MP3 player to my car except by burning CD”s, here’s hoping some devs fix that defect fast. Inter connectivity between home computers, mobile phones, pads, and the car dash board also leaves a lot to be desired. If I pull up a map on Google or Mapquest from home, I should be able to bookmark it to my car, etc.
Automakers, hoping to get ahead of the technology curve for once, are opening their dashboards and APIs to outside developers in a bid to ramp up the number of apps you can use behind the wheel.
Ford and General Motors rolled into CES saying they want to make it easier than ever for developers to create apps that will make their infotainment systems more entertaining, more engaging and more useful.
The moves are desperately needed, because developers have been slow to code for cars. Ford introduced its Sync AppLink platform here in Las Vegas three years ago and, like similar systems from its competitors, supports only a handful of apps, primarily for audio streaming. That’s got to change, which is why the Motown rivals announced development platforms designed to accelerate app integration and turn the trickle into a torrent. The announcements underscore just how important the infotainment space has become for automakers.
Each automaker is providing developers with an SDK through an online portal. As part of the Ford Developer Program, the Dearborn-based automaker is offering support from its own mobile app development house, jacAPPS, and app-testing partner Cetecom. Ford also will provide a Technology Development Kit that Julius Marchwicki, Ford’s global product manager for AppLink, described as “Sync in a box.” The SDK will allow apps to be developed in English first, “with other languages to come,” Marchwicki adds.
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii (NNS) — The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) tested two new mobile applications during the week-long humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) portion of the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012 exercise.
Military forces and government organizations from Canada, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand participated with local disaster responders in a simulated catastrophic disaster.
The Hermes and Glimpse initiatives are cellular based, geo-tracked, applications that allow operators to create and transmit near instantaneous information to a command cell. Developed by the NGA, Hermes operates on Android devices and lets users create real-time incident reports from the field.
“With Hermes, operators are sent out with either a (smart) phone or a tablet. These devices operate on the local cellular network and when running the Glimpse application, it allows for geo-tracking,” said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Trina Patterson of the NGA. “The operator can then submit a situation report consisting of images, (prerecorded) video, and the type of emergency. These reports will assist in determining the appropriate response.”
Glimpse is the visual portion of the software package that provides decision makers real time views of an event. First responders can send live streaming video while being geo-tracked from the mobile device. The streaming video is uploaded to a server where it can be accessed via a secure URL address. With live visuals, assets can be deployed with little delay.
I’m a big Apple fan having used their products since the Apple II (#1785) came out. I’ve always thought of them as a great company.
But they seriously screwed up when they offered a iPhone App from Exodus International. Exodus International is a ‘ministry’ that claims it can ‘cure homosexuality’. This App is supposed help with that.
Please sign the petition in the first link.