Tag archive for ‘Apple’

5 Plans Apple has for Future iDevices

by VISHAL GAIKAR - on Oct 8th 2015 - No Comments

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn, one of the smartest business minds in the world, posited in early 2015 that Apple is the world’s first trillion-dollar company. Why is Apple so valuable? The company’s dedication to innovation combined with its legions of loyal followers means that every new Apple product is likely to become...

Top Five Android Alternatives to iPhone 6

by Pankaj Gaikar - on Sep 28th 2014 - No Comments

There are so many blogs, technology compilations. 10 things about this 20 things about that. And here we are, with a new one but in this case is a special one because we will present up to five android alternatives for the newly introduced iPhone 6. No doubt that since the day of presentation the new smartphone from Apple is one of the...

Google Creating Majel, Android’s Response to Siri

by VISHAL GAIKAR - on Dec 15th 2011 - No Comments

The only real novelty of the iPhone 4S is undoubtedly Siri. This is one of the only business case for Apple in new ad campaign for this holiday season. Google is working on its own voice assistant for Android to compete with Siri, Codename: “Majel” .

A new unverified report claims that Google is working on a similar solution with its own voice recognition assistant for Android. This would be called Majel , according Androidandme as a tribute to actress Majel Barrett Roddenberry, she had lent her voice to the Starship Enterprise’s computer on Star Trek.

More than a voice service, Majel would be a real virtual assistant. It could analyze natural language as Siri. Other clues come to confirm this rumor, Google has to redeem CleverSense, the publisher of the mobile application Alfred. A year ago, it was the company Phonetic Arts, which was acquired by Google, they specialized in speech synthesis.

In short, Majel should arrive in a few weeks. Patience.

Source : Apple Insider

Google Currents : Magazine Style News Aggregator for iOS and Android

by VISHAL GAIKAR - on Dec 11th 2011 - 1 Comment

Google’s long-awaited magazine styled newsreader app for android and iOS, Google Currents has been released. This is the strong competitor to apps like Flipboard and Zite. Google Currents delivers beautiful magazine-like editions to your tablet and smartphone for high speed offline reading. You can browse, read, and share favorite content, presented in a swipable magazine format.

Google Currents, a new application for Android devices, iPads and iPhones that lets you explore online magazines and other content with the swipe of a finger.

With the Google Currents, Google is joining a crowd of companies packaging digital content in a magazine-like format for mobile devices. Google Currents is a brand new way of exploring your favorite news and RSS feed subscriptions on your Android & iOS.

Publisher editions – Publishers such as Forbes, Techcrunch, Saveur, Popular Science, Good, 500px, Fast Company and more have produced hundreds of editions including in-depth articles, videos, fine photography, slideshows, live-maps, and social streams.

Google trending editions – Google Currents uses Google search technology to hourly build a set of editions tracking the five most recent trending stories in categories such as world, entertainment, sports, science, and more. Each story is presented through a fresh edition of articles, videos, and pictures.

So Guys, with this new app you can instantly turn your Google Reader subscriptions, or any of your favorite blogs/feeds into a beautiful edition with a magazine feel.

Google Currents for iOS and Android

Gmail for IOS

by VISHAL GAIKAR - on Nov 4th 2011 - No Comments
Finally Googlehas released native Gmail application for IOS and is available through the App Store. Works on both iPhone, iPod touch as iPad.

Among other things, the application has the following features:

  • Alert messages through notifications and sounds
  • Search / find emails in seconds
  • AutoComplete email addresses from Gmail contacts or device address book
  • Upload photos with one click, using the attachment button
  • In iPad, you can browse the mailing list and view the contents of an email at the same time

Google aims to speed efficiency and trying to bring the same system of organizing emails the web version of an application. There is no cost and works with any Apple device with at least iOS 4.

Download Gmail From iStore

WhatsApp for IOS becomes free

by VISHAL GAIKAR - on Oct 15th 2011 - No Comments
The arrival of iOS 5 that among all the news, came with an instant messaging application, IMessage. This application, in the end, I remembered a little inbreeding of BlackBerry Messenger, that is, only the users could enjoy this platform and, if you have friends in the world of IOS, WhatsApp could stop having sense. Thinking is not displaced, WhatsApp has decided to eliminate the only insignificant, a barrier that had in the world iOS: iOS WhatsApp becomes free.

Although WhatsApp is a very popular service, and allows communication between users of multiple platforms, IMessage was a risk for WhatsApp service since it took the same philosophy of BlackBerry Messenger: a totally integrated into the platform to which is added the special to allow communication devices without phone connection (like the iPod and iPhone without 3G modem). While 79 cents is not a very large capital, to have a free system, fully integrated in IOS was a threat that is better not to risk when you can offer, as well as other platforms, your application for free.

Click here to download WhatsApp from the AppStore.

Microsoft launches Bing for iPad app with voice search

by VISHAL GAIKAR - on Apr 8th 2011 - No Comments

After launching Bing for iPhone back in 2009, Microsoft has come up with Bing for iPad. This is the first application that Microsoft developed for the iPad. 

Bing for iPad starts with typical Bing homepage with Bing Photo of the day. Users can  browse news, movies, Bing homepage images, local business listings, etc.

The search app, or a decision engine as they call it, really takes advantage of the iPad’s display that comes into play when performing media-rich searches like movies, Bing homepage images, local businesses and so forth. The full list of features and screenshots below:
 • swipe through our touch enabled movie listings, news articles, trending topics, local businesses and other rich, immersive search results
• stay current with the latest news, traffic, weather, stock quotes, movies and popular searches from the main screen
• Bing Local and Map integration to help you find the places you are looking for from directions with real-time tracking to immersive road, traffic, aerial and “bird’s eye” views
• follow the latest news and trending topics with beautifully iPad optimized results with rich images and magazine inspired layouts
• tell Bing what you are searching for with voice activated search
• wonderful touch friendly, grid view of image searches, with source site details and full page preview
• easily navigate between Bing results and websites as Bing frames the site to make it easy to return the search or to launch a new one

Apple’s iPad Still Has No Competition

by VISHAL GAIKAR - on Feb 27th 2011 - No Comments
It’s been almost a year since Apple released the iPad and we’re less than a week away from the unveiling of the iPad 2, and still there’s no competition.
There are a few very good reasons for Apple’s success and why its competitors are finding it difficult to gain any traction against the king of digital devices. There’s the infrastructure, the combination of hardware and software, and the fact that its competitors are content to settle for second best.
Let’s look at these separately.

Apple didn’t invent the tablet, but it did popularize the concept and how it fits into our lifestyle. Clearly the evidence of this is that every tablet announced or released since the iPad looks just like it.
The fact that every company making a tablet is trying to compete with what Apple offers means that they aren’t looking to make something better than the iPad. They are just trying to catch up. Apple has done everything it can to make sure they are No. 1 in the tablet market, but the competition is ensuring they will stay there.
Nobody is willing to make a bet on where the market is going to be, so they go to where the market is and, right now, Apple controls the puck. Until someone decides to step outside of Apple’s shadow, they will never be better than No. 2. That’s where the fight is right now.
Since the tablets are all very similar, how do companies set themselves apart? It’s not the operating system. No matter how good Google makes Honeycomb, the fact is, almost every company out there will be using it.
On the other hand, Apple controls the operating system and hardware. If Apple makes advances in iOS, they are Apple’s to share with their customers and nobody else.
There are two companies that stand out in the tablet market that make their own hardware and operating systems: HP and RIM. The problem is that they haven’t done anything. RIM announced its PlayBook last September; they announced the PlayBook 4G in January; and they announced the PlayBook 4G LTE, HSPA+ and Mobile WiMAX models in February. So far, not one has hit the market. I think RIM needs to settle down and ship something.
HP has an interesting offering with WebOS. From everyone I’ve spoken with, WebOS has the biggest potential to be a hit among consumers. However, HP wasn’t exactly forthcoming with detailed information during its TouchPad event, so it’s hard to know where the product will land once pricing information is available.
Motorola has the Xoom, but so far the reviews haven’t been the best. Honestly, I’m not sure consumers will flock to Motorola anymore, certainly not like they did in the days of the RAZR. Even if Apple’s competitors were able to get past the hardware and operating system issues, there is still one component that can’t be overcome—the infrastructure. Apple didn’t create the iPad in a year or two. They have been working on it for almost a decade. Around the same time they started working on the iPad, they released iTunes, which created a music and video foundation that continues to dominate today.
With iTunes and the ability for users to purchase music, movies, TV shows, and educational content, Apple is giving its users a one-stop shop. Buy, download, sync, and take everything with you. If you add the App Store to that equation, Apple has the bases covered. There doesn’t seem to be a piece of the puzzle that’s missing.
Over the next six months, iPad competitors will be coming, and there will be a lot of them. Unfortunately for them, as they release some worthy competitors to the iPad 1, Apple will be releasing the iPad 2 and then moving on to the iPad 3.
Apple’s R&D is already years ahead. It’s hard to imagine that they will be brought down anytime soon.