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Microsoft confirms Cortana for Android and iOS

Published by on May 26th, 2015, No Comments

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Microsoft officially confirmed today that plans are in place to bring the firm’s digital assistant, Cortana, to other mobile platforms, and that an iOS and Android release will be available shortly.

Cortana will make use of separate apps on each mobile operating system to run efficiently outside of Windows, and will be able to respond to the same commands as found on either the forthcoming release of Windows 10, or on Windows Mobile.

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iOS 9: the rumour roundup

Published by on May 18th, 2015, No Comments

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2015 looks to be a busy year for Apple; fresh from introducing its premier wearable – the Apple Watch – and ahead of a possible iPhone 6s/7 launch in September, the company is also set to unveil its iterant update to iOS.

With just less than a month to go to WWDC, let’s review the major rumours circulating the internet and round up the most speculated features to be introduced to iOS 9.

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Is Apple developing its own search engine?

Published by on May 7th, 2015, No Comments

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Apple’s next stab at Google might not just be limited to smartphones, operating systems, web browsers and mapping – if recent news reports are to be believed, Apple is in the midst of developing its own search engine.

A recent addition to Apple’s support site details a web crawler named Applebot; web crawlers are used to index web pages for search terms, and the confirmed existence of Applebot is the first time the Cupertino company has publicly confirmed an in-house web crawler.

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Rumour: Is Apple making an iPhone 6c?

Published by on Apr 21st, 2015, 1 Comment

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Nearly a year and a half since Apple introduced a “budget” iPhone in the form of the slightly more affordable plastic iPhone 5c, rumours pinpoint that Apple again intends to return to making a lower-cost smartphone, in the form of the iPhone 6c.

Recent leaks seemingly confirm this, showcasing a bright pink plastic iPhone 6 that seemingly houses a 4″ display.

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Apple confirms 2015 WWDC dates

Published by on Apr 14th, 2015, No Comments

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For Apple developers and enthusiasts everywhere, the date has been set: the Cupertino company will hold its annual World Wide Developer’s Conference this year from the 8th to the 12th of June.

Due to high demand, Apple has opened ticket applications as of today, and will be accepting applications up until Friday the 17th of April. Apple is expected to showcase its itererant update to iOS, alongside a next-generation Apple TV carrying a brand new plethora of apps.

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Updated iOS Nokia HERE navigation app available on iTunes

Published by on Mar 13th, 2015, 2 Comments

Nokia HereApple released Apple Maps back in 2012 and to be honest, as an Apple user I have never used it. All my navigation is done through Google Maps and the reason is obvious. Apple Maps had a disastrous debut and hasn’t really recovered since then.

I know there has been a lot of advances made with Apple Maps but still most iOS users prefer to use a different navigation application. Apart from Google Maps there are other options, and the best is Nokia’s HERE Maps. The updated HERE application is now available for iOS on iTunes. (more…)

Google reportedly preparing Android Wear for iOS

Published by on Mar 4th, 2015, No Comments

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Google is reportedly preparing to release an Android Wear app on the App Store for iPhone and iPad, according to a French technology website.

The report claims Android Wear with extended iOS support could be announced at Google’s I/O developer conference in late May, although Google may push the agenda depending on sales of the Apple Watch. (more…)

YouTube releases child-friendly app

Published by on Feb 23rd, 2015, No Comments

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To the relief of all parents anxiously watching their children navigate the minefield of the internet, the YouTube - under Google - has released a child-friendly app client aptly named YouTube Kids.

YouTube’s group product manager, Shimrit Ben-Yair, cites that the decision was made following many requests from parents to help make navigating YouTube a far more child-friendly experience. “Parents were constantly asking us, can you make YouTube a better place for our kids”, Ben-Yair says.

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