April 20, 2013
We speak very little French, so negotiating the Paris Métro was difficult until we thought to search for an iPad app. We entered our current location and where we wanted to go. The Paris Métro app listed the stations and transfers we needed to reach our destination. We'll never again travel without our iPad. It allowed us to feel more like a Parisian than a tourist. Paris Métro app, free for iPad and iPhone Paula Horn Nipomo, Calif.
April 19, 2013 |
Siri isn't just a pretty voice with the answers. It's also been recording and keeping all the questions users ask. Exactly what the voice assistant does with the data isn't clear, but Apple confirmed that it keeps users' questions for up to two years. Siri, which needs to be connected to the Internet to function, sends all of its users' queries to Apple. Apple revealed the information after Wired posted an article this week raising the question and highlighting the fact that the privacy statement for Siri wasn't very clear about how long that information is kept or what would be done with it. Technically Apple keeps Siri user data for six months, associating that data with the user.
April 18, 2013 |
Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael -- the turtles, not the artists -- made their way onto smartphones and tablets for the first time Thursday, in a new app called " Rooftop Run . " The new video game is available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch and lets users control the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as they try to stop an invasion by their enemies, the Kraang. Similar to the game "Temple Run," "Rooftop Run" lets users scroll through a city for as long as they can fight off enemies, collecting power ups so they can attain the highest score possible.
April 16, 2013 |
Facebook is releasing an update to its iPhone and iPad apps Tuesday that will include many of the new features it has promised over the last several months. The social network said the apps will now feature the redesigned News Feed it announced in March. Facebook says the change will be most notable in its iPad app; the new design will emphasize photos more than it has in the past. The app update also adds a new feature called "Chat Heads" that Facebook introduced earlier this month when it announced Facebook Home, its new interface for Android smartphones.
April 12, 2013 |
Looks like the iPad is about to cause another casualty. The latest victim: Netbooks. You remember those small, cuddly laptops launched just a few years ago, with lower power, less functionality and lower prices to match. They were kind of computing 'tweeners designed to fill the perceived gap between big, honkin' laptops and the new, gee-whiz smartphones. That was fine, for about a minute, according to a report from IHS iSuppli . Then along came the iPad in 2010, and that, as they say, was that. PHOTOS: The top smartphones of 2013 According to the report, shipments of netbooks in 2013 will be mere 3.97 million, a nosedive of 72% from the 14.13 million shipped last year.
April 9, 2013 |
In its latest move against Apple, Samsung said Tuesday the Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet, a competitor to iPad mini, will hit stores in the U.S. this Thursday. The South Korean electronics giant said the small tablet will only be available in a Wi-Fi version and sell for $400. The model comes with 16 gigabytes of storage. Samsung originally announced the Galaxy Note 8.0 in February. The company said the tablet comes with an 8-inch, 1,280-by-800 pixel resolution screen that has a 189-pixel density.