So, the day has come and gone and Apple has unveiled iOS 8, the biggest release since the launch of the App Store, giving users incredible new features and developers the tools to create amazing new apps. So what’s the big deal? Well, there’s a ton to discuss about this release, however, to kick things off, here’s just 8 of the coolest things that you can expect from iOS8:
In 2006, Blackberry devices dominated the global enterprise and business community. From small to medium enterprises, including the Fortune 500 global companies, Blackberry handsets were the top choice for office/field productivity with 10 millions users in 2007, due to its high security and encryption level (which can protect one’s private data), intuitive smartphone applications such as Document viewer and push-email support, and ergonomic design brought about by its QWERTY keyboard layout. But, the consumer behavior has changed dramatically since Steve Jobs introduced the very first touchscreen smartphone in 2007 – the 1st generation iPhone
We now have a plethora of high-end gizmos from Apple, HTC, LG, Samsung, and even Huawei that could pass as a great business device. For this entry, we’ll give you our four recommended smartphones that offers a great value for your organization’s money. Enter the iPhone 5S, HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy S 5, Nokia Lumia 1520 and others…
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Seems the UK Ordnance Survey is in the mobile app making business as the UK data provider for teh Government has released OS Ride, a mobile app for iOS featuring routes for the Tour de France. OS Ride features detailed routes of the first three stages of the Tour de France, which comes to Great Britain in July 2014. The easy to use app uses Ordnance Survey’s detailed outdoor mapping, enabling cyclists to successfully navigate and track their progress as they ride the routes ahead of Wiggins, Froome, Cavendish and co. OS Ride contains mapping for all three British stages of the 2014 event which take place on 5, 6, 7 July 2014, as well as high quality route maps for historic stages of the tour when the world’s most famous cycle race came to Great Britain in 2007, 1994 and 1974. Each stage has also been split into smaller segments making the app a fantastic tool for all levels of road cycling.
The free iOS app is available to download from the App Store – https://itunes.apple.com/GB/
You may notice faccbook getting loads of attention on the wires this morning… that’s due to a new app called Paper – This morning, Facebook is announcing a new standalone iPhone app called Paper. Contrary to earlier rumors, it’s much more than just a news-reading app — it’s a complete reimagining of Facebook itself. Once you’ve used it, you may never want to open the standard Facebook app again. It may not replicated every feature of Facebook’s main app, but it does fulfill the majority of people’s needs. Simply put, it’s much, much better
Something pretty interesting, and perhaps a little creepy from FastCompany as they disclose how to discover the “secret” location tracking that your iOS 7 device is doing for you. Nothing totally new here as the tracking data “issue” had already been discussed loads back when iOS 6 was rolled out as well – See the article titled The scoop: Apple’s iPhone is NOT storing your accurate location, and NOT storing history from Peter Batty
From the article… Both iOS 7 and Android (via Google Now) are constantly logging all your locations as a first step in offering useful contextual information about your surroundings. And while it may still seem a bit high on the creepy scale, it can also be really useful to have access to the same location information your phone does.
The crew at Spatial Networks has continued to work on the Fulcrum mobile app (Think mobile data collection), most recently releasing version 2.0 for iPad and iPhone (See more here) . Recently, the team described some of the very cool functionality that users can leverage by spatial filtering and searching data with Fulcrum’s web dashboard (where administrators or managers can login, create or edit their apps for deployment).
This from the team… In addition to the current data management dashboard features, allowing you to browse your data on a map, table, or split/combined view, we just added a few other big improvements to make data review, QA, and field service management tools even more powerful.
You can keep tabs on Fulcrum via Twitter @FulcrumApp
So, the new iPhone 5 will be available to consumers very soon, as will iOS 7. So, which iPhone… the 5S (sexy) or 5C (cheap)? The iPhone 5C and 5S devices will be available very soon so you may be wondering which one to get?
An interesting visualization takes a close look at the iPhone, where it’s made and more. Just some of the facts you will discover: Did you know that it only takes 15 days to hire 8, 700 engineers in China to manage 200,000 factory workers, while in the US it could go for as long as nine months? Did you know that 90% of all the rare-earth minerals used on an iPhone 5’s circuitry, screen, speakers, and glass cover are mined in China and Inner Mongolia? And did you know that 85% of all iPhone 5s produced were manufactured in China?
Summer is a great time to load up on those handy mobile travel apps. Just in time for Memorial Day and the unofficial kick-off of summer, Sprint has shared a few tips for road warriors. Taking a road trip this summer? Here are some suggestions:
- The TripIt trip planner helps you organize, plan and store all of your travel plans in one spot. Create a master travel itinerary with hotel, dining and shopping destinations, and access your itinerary planner on your mobile device – even share your updates on the road with friends.
- Hotels.com app lets you browse more than 157,000 hotels in more than 60 countries, store favorites, track rewards and make reservations directly from the app. Whether traveling last minute or planning a family getaway, you can read reviews and get the best deal for your location.
Are you Creating Location Aware Apps and Mapping Apps for Apple iOS 6 and the iPhone 5? Here’s 10 Must have documents for developers looking to migrate to iOS 6 or those looking to get started creating location-aware apps and services for the iPhone 5 or iPad. The Apple Dev Center is a great starting point and there’s a wealth of material there. Of particular use to developers and those wishing to get started with iOS 6 are the following 10 documents and developer resources: