12.5 C
New York
Thursday, September 24, 2020
Tags Apple

Tag: Apple

Motorola Hopes to Lure iPhone Owners to Moto X with New iCloud Data Migration Tool [iOS Blog]

Google's Motorola arm is attempting to streamline the process for iPhone users to switch to its flagship Moto X device by enabling it to extract ...

Apple’s Massive ‘Steve Jobs Patent’ for the iPhone Reconfirmed in its Entirety

Last December, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in response to a challenge preliminarily invalidated the so-called "Steve Jobs patent", a massive 364-page patent ...

Moto Maker now offers automatic transfer from iCloud to Google

If you’re looking at coming to Android from an iPhone, then this could be of interest. Over at Moto Maker, where you can create and ...

iOS App Runtime Inspector ‘Reveal’ Launches for OS X [Mac Blog]

Software developer Itty Bitty Apps has launched Reveal, a runtime inspector for iOS apps that runs on OS X. The software integrates tools such as ...

Verizon Activates 3.9 Million iPhones in Q3 2013, Just Over Half of All Smartphone Activations

Verizon today became the first of the major U.S mobile carriers to report financial results for the third quarter for 2013, giving the first piece ...

Apple Quietly Raises Prices of iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c in France [iOS Blog]

Apple has quietly increased the price of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c in France, reports iGen.fr . The 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB variants of ...

Moto Maker now automating iCloud-to-Google switching

Moto X conversion

Moving from an iPhone to Moto X? Motorola's hoping to make things a lot easier

Switching between mobile platforms is never easy, but Motorola's hoping a new addition to its web-based Moto Maker service will make things a little less painful for iOS converts. According to a Google+ post by Motorola's Punit Soni, it's now possible to migrate your iCloud account over to Google as part of the Moto Maker customization process.

First, users enter their iCloud login details, then they're given an estimate of how long the conversion process will take. Then, after a successful conversion, they're linked to their new calendar and contacts on Google. The Moto X help page advises switchers to use Google's built-in tools to check for duplicates.

Many other manufacturers, including HTC, Sony and Samsung, have their own software-based solutions for porting over iOS users' stuff to their handsets, but this is the first time we're aware of that it's been done over the web. And it's especially slick that this can be done as part of the ordering process, so the new phone arrives pre-populated with the customer's stuff.

Soni says "there is a long way to go, but its a start."

Source: +Punit Soni, Motorola

New iOS 7 Icons for GarageBand and iPhoto Appear, Hinting at Upcoming Redesign [iOS Blog]

Simpler, flatter icons for the iOS 7 versions of iPhoto and GarageBand have been spotted within the iCloud Storage Management section of the iOS Settings app, hinting that the apps will receive an iOS 7 makeover in the near future, possibly at Apple's iPad media event on October 22. The icons, which feature bright colors, can be seen by accessing Settings --> General --> Usage --> iCloud Manage Storage.

ilife2
As noted by 9to5Mac, the icons for iCloud Storage management are handled over the air, so it is likely that the icon images were prematurely uploaded to Apple's servers. iPhoto is one of the Apple-made iOS apps that has not yet received an update for iOS 7. iBooks, iMovie, and the iWork suite of apps are also awaiting an update.

Apple could be planning to use its iPad event to display the redesigned versions of both iPhoto and GarageBand, as Apple has touted the iPad's productivity capabilities with those apps in the past.

iPhoto for iOS is a free universal app for new iOS devices and $4.99 for other users. It can be downloaded from the App Store. [Direct Link]

GarageBand can be downloaded from the App Store for $4.99. [Direct Link]
    






Anki Drive AI-Controlled Cars Will Be Available on October 23 for $199

First introduced at WWDC, Anki's iOS-controlled AI-based racing game is set to debut later this month. Unlike standard racing toys, Anki Drive is largely self-operating and is described by the company as a "video game in the real world." The concept is similar to slot car racing, with added enhancements that include artificial intelligence, machine learning, and smartphone-based controls.


The Anki cars are placed on a specially designed vinyl track and connect to an iPhone with Bluetooth-LE. Using software and tiny cameras, the cars calibrate their positions on the track and handle steering on their own. Players control the gas and the guns using an iPhone and the Anki Drive app, shooting at other cars on the track to score the highest number of hits.

ankidrive2
Hits translate to points, and points can be used to both upgrade cars and weapons. Each of the Anki Drive cars has its own unique name, personality, and statistics, with some offering greater acceleration speeds while others have more energy. Engadget went hands-on with the Anki Drive and has a description of the gameplay:
As soon as you're done, you can simply set the cars on the track and away they'll zoom; there's no need for you to hit an accelerate button at all. Indeed, the cars will even know just where to turn. We wanted to see if we could mess it up, so we picked up a car and turned it the other way around to see what would happen. The answer: It just flipped around and went back on the right direction.

So if the cars can drive themselves, what do they need you for? Well, you can affect the race by tilting the phone either left or right to force it to make a wider or sharper turn. There are also special weapons you can deploy if you’re in a competition – a couple of starter ones include a tractor beam to slow down an opponent and a gun that you can use to mow them down afterward.
Anki Drive has several different gameplay modes, including a multiplayer mode that allows several players to compete against one another and a single player mode where one of the cars is controlled through AI. Each of the Anki Drive cars has its own name, personality, and statistics, with some offering greater acceleration speeds while others have more energy. No car can be fully upgraded to match the others, which makes each one unique.

ankidrive
Anki Drive will be available in the United States and Canada on Apple’s website and in retail stores beginning on October 23. Each bundle, which includes two cars, chargers, and a race track, retails for $199. Two additional cars can be purchased for $69 each.

The Anki Drive app can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]
    






Executive Tweet Suggests Cellular iPads Coming to T-Mobile

Back in August, T-Mobile CEO John Legere hinted in an interview that T-Mobile would soon be carrying a "whole array of Apple products", with the company expanding their offerings of devices from Apple.

tmobile
Today, in a tweet linking to a story about Apple's upcoming media event on October 22, T-Mobile CEO John Legere writes:
What has two thumbs and is excited for October 22? #thisguy
The tweet may be the CEO's cryptic way of hinting that next-generation cellular iPads may soon be available from Apple and T-Mobile stores preloaded with T-Mobile SIM cards and optimized for the carrier's LTE bands.

Of course, T-Mobile customers have long been able to put SIM cards from the carrier into iPads as Apple's cellular-equipped tablets are not carrier-locked, but being able to purchase them with a T-Mobile SIM already installed will be an added convenience.

AT&T, Sprint and Verizon already offer cellular-equipped iPads at their retail stores and Apple's various retail outlets.
    






10 years ago today Apple shipped iTunes for Windows, and hell froze over

10 years ago today iTunes shipped for Windows. Slightly more than 10 years ago, an argument rippled through the ranks of Apple over whether or not to do just that - to make their new music platform accessible to their rival's all-but-eclipsing comput...

Apple Environmental Chief Lisa Jackson Driving Sustainability Efforts

Former EPA chief Lisa Jackson, hired earlier this year to head up Apple's environmental efforts, told a sustainability conference that she plans to get Apple to use energy more efficiently and with cleaner power in the company's data centers and other buildings.

According to GigaOm, Jackson said "Tim Cook didn't hire Lisa Jackson to be quiet and keep the status quo. We understand our responsibility and we do care."
Jackson talked about the challenges of pushing and developing sustainability projects within Apple. One of them is the challenge of collecting solid data and being able to measure projects and their success rates. This includes Apple’s method to calculate the energy use and carbon footprint of its operation and products, the manufacturing of its devices and the supply chain and customers’ use of the products. Jackson pointed to the life cycle analysis that Steve Jobs publicized back in 2009 in an effort to change the company’s image, as an example of Apple’s attention to creating sustainability metrics and data.
GigaOm says Jackson's team currently counts 17 people and she is responsible for recruiting more environmentally conscious employees from within the company to help with Apple's sustainability projects, including getting feedback on how to cut wasteful energy use.

apple_100_renewable
On a related note, DataCenterKnowledge writes about Apple continuing to grow its new Prineville, Oregon data center, constructing a new power substation to go with new buildings going in. Apple's new data center is close to a new center from Facebook.

Earlier this year, Apple said its data centers were running on 100 percent renewable energy -- solar, wind, hydro, and geothermal power -- while the company's corporate facilities are running on 75 percent renewable, up from 35 percent two years ago.
    






Oyster E-book Subscription Service Now Available on iPad [iOS Blog]

Oyster, an e-book subscription service that originally launched on a limited basis for the iPhone last month, has been expanded to the iPad and is now available for all users.

Described as Netflix for e-books, Oyster offers access to more than 100,000 e-books for a $9.95 monthly fee. The service is currently limited to iOS and is growing rapidly, with additional titles being added on a regular basis.

Oyster for iPad functions similarly to other e-book reading apps like iBooks, allowing users to select content from a dedicated library that can be read within the app. Pages are turned via scrolling, and it incorporates a darker night time reading mode. The app functions in both landscape and portrait mode, and books that are downloaded can be synced between devices.

oyster
Download the app to get unlimited access to thousands of books, available anytime, anywhere. Requires an Oyster paid subscription.

With Oyster, members enjoy instant access to more than 100,000 titles including everything from international bestsellers and celebrated classics, to cult sci-fi and seminal biographies. Designed and developed for mobile reading, our editorial sets, related titles, and personalized recommendations get you into a book you’ll love in as few taps as possible.
In addition to iPad support, the new update also brings an iOS 7-style redesign and better content discovery in the form of additional recommendations and genre-based recommendations. Newly added books are also readily available, featured directly on the home screen. Book opening animations have been improved, and a number of bug fixes have also been included.

Oyster is a universal app that can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link] The service costs $9.95 per month, but the company is currently offering all new users 30 days of free access.
    






Intel Delays Next-Generation Broadwell Chips Until 2014 Due to Manufacturing Issue

Intel yesterday confirmed that it is delaying the production of its next-generation Broadwell processors on account of a manufacturing issue. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich announced the news during Intel's earnings call, stating that production on the chips will begin during the first quarter of 2014 (via PCWorld).

Intel's Broadwell chips are designed to be the successor to its existing Haswell chips, manufactured on a 14-nanometer process as opposed to Haswell's current 22-nanometer process.

intelbroadwell
Intel ran into some problems with the 14-nanometer process used to manufacture the chips and will have to fix them before it can resume production, CEO Brian Krzanich said during Intel’s earnings call on Tuesday.

Intel normally releases new chips like clockwork on an annual basis, and the manufacturing problems are a rare misstep for the company. Krzanich said there were problems with the "yield"—or the number of good chips the company gets per silicon wafer.
The Broadwell chips, which will eventually find their way into Apple's line of MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros, are said to be 30 percent faster and more power-efficient than Haswell, leading to even greater increases in battery life and performance. The inclusion of Haswell chips in Apple's MacBook Air boosted battery life to 12 hours on the 13-inch version and nine hours on the 11-inch version.

Based on Intel's prospective timeline with production beginning during the first quarter of 2014, Broadwell MacBooks could make an appearance at next year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, which is where the Haswell MacBook Airs debuted.

It is unclear whether Apple had planned to introduce Broadwell updates earlier, and whether Intel's delay will affect its future release plans. Apple's scheduled desktop updates, for its iMacs, will not be affected as they will incorporate updated Haswell architecture rather than Broadwell chips.

Apple has yet to release a Haswell Retina MacBook Pro, which is expected to come before the end of 2013 and should bring significant improvements to battery life.

According to Intel, the delay of Broadwell will not affect the company's next line of processors, Skylake, as the chips are based on new architecture. Broadwell, however, will have a shorter lifespan due to Intel’s manufacturing issues.
    






New Accelerometer Supplier Could Be Causing Incorrect iPhone 5s Level and Compass Measurements

A new supplier for the accelerometer part in the iPhone 5s could be causing incorrect level and compass measurements in the new device, an issue that was first noticed earlier this month. RealityCap CEO Eagle Jones read into the Chipworks teardown of...

Early Prototype of Apple’s Touch ID Demoed by AuthenTec Co-Founder

Apple's Touch ID fingerprint sensor, one of the core features of the iPhone 5s, has received universally positive reviews due to its simplicity, its speed, and its position as a feature that is far from gimmicky, unlike some competing products.

The fingerprint sensor technology came from AuthenTec, a small semiconductor company based in Melbourne, Florida, acquired by Apple in July of 2012. AuthenTec co-founder F. Scott Moody detailed both the company's acquisition and the technology behind Touch ID during a presentation that took place on at North Carolina State University on Tuesday, which AppleInsider attended.
[Moody] explained to the students that it’s AuthenTec’s technology behind an 8-millimeter by 8-millimeter sensor found beneath the iPhone 5s home button.

"We're looking at pores, structures of ridges and valleys, and instantaneously tell who you are," Moody said. "Every time you use it, it learns more about you. Because it knows, 'This is Alex,' every time you use it gets easier and easier."
Before Apple’s Touch ID, AuthenTec worked on the FingerLoc, a product that originally attracted Apple’s attention. FingerLoc was a bulky solution housed in a box much larger than an iPhone, which connected via ribbon cable to another, larger box.

fingerloc
Like the existing Touch ID fingerprint sensor, the FingerLoc incorporated a metal ring that functioned as a capacitor. According to Moody, AuthenTec teamed up with several dermatologists in order to perfect the capacitor, which is designed to send a signal through the outer layer of skin. "With other sensors, your ridges would collapse into the valleys," said Moody. "Ours doesn't."

Over the course of several years, AuthenTec revised and improved the FingerLoc, shrinking the size of the sensor and lowering the price point until it came up with a final product that interested several technology companies, namely Apple.
When AuthenTec came out with their final product, the company generated interest from a number of customers, including Apple, Motorola and Fujitsu. Apple, in particular, “ate it up,” Moody said, and eventually bought the entire company in 2012 for $356 million.

"We had a great team of engineers — which I think is highlighted by the fact that Apple kept the engineering team," he said.
According to Apple, AuthenTec’s Touch ID sensor captures a high-resolution image of a fingerprint, which it then analyzes to provide accurate readings. Though fears have been raised the fingerprint storage process and the security of the system, Apple has assured users that the iPhone 5s stores only fingerprint data, publishing an extensive knowledge base article detailing Touch ID.
    






New iPhones Score Well with ‘Consumer Reports’, but Display and Battery ‘No Match’ for Android Competitors

Influential ratings and review magazine Consumer Reports has reviewed Apple's new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c models, giving them high scores but calling the 4-inch Retina display and 8-10 hour battery life "no match" for Motorola's latest Droid smartphones. The full mobile phone ratings are behind the magazine's paywall, but the summary blog post outlines the magazine's thinking on the issue.
The iPhone 5s tops the already great iPhone 5 with a surprisingly reliable fingerprint reader, a faster processor, and better-than-ever camera. And the affordable iPhone 5c is a compelling offering for budget-minded buyers. Consumer Reports testers found both phones delivered better performances than the iPhones they succeed—they even have longer talk times (a tad less than 7 hours). [...]

Yet, battery life was still notably shorter than on other phones in our tests, including three of the latest Droids from Motorola, which ran for as long as 24 hours. Also, their small screens, while sharp and bright, can't beat the larger, sharper displays that adorn flagship models from Samsung, LG, and HTC.
iphone_5s_5c
Many Android device manufacturers have been increasing the size of their devices and displays, pushing into so-called "phablet" territory, but Apple has so far kept to smaller displays facilitating one-handed operation. In a minor change, Apple increased the height of the iPhone's display with the iPhone 5 last year, but the 4-inch display now standard on Apple's latest iPhone and iPod touch models remains much smaller than seen on many competing devices.

Apple has reportedly been testing prototype iPhone designs with larger displays measuring between 4.8 and 6 inches diagonally, with a particular focus on 4.8-inch models. Apple does, however, routinely test a variety of different prototype designs and it is unclear if the company is planning to launch the larger-screen designs with the next iPhone hardware update presumably scheduled for next year.
    






Samsung’s Request to Delay Investigation of Apple-Nokia Patent License Leaks Denied [iOS Blog]

apple_samsung_logos After Apple filed a new motion for sanctions against Samsung for unlawfully obtaining sensitive information about its 2011 patent license agreement with Nokia, Judge Lucy Koh has denied three Samsung motions intended to slow the investigation, reports FOSS Patents.

Samsung had asked Judge Koh to overrule the findings of Judge Paul S. Grewal in the original filing by Apple because of alleged errors, but Samsung's request was denied by Judge Koh, who proceeded to call Samsung's lack of information during the three-month time period since the alleged violation "inexcusable".
Judge Grewal had said in his order last week that "[t]here is reason to believe the rule [that confidential information made available only to outside counsel won't be disclosed to the party itself] has been breached in the present case", and at the related hearing he suggested to Samsung's counsel again and again and again that the occurrence of violations could and should be admitted because the facts are so very clear. Samsung then brought a set of motions asking Judge Koh to overrule Judge Grewal because some of his findings were allegedly erroneous and contrary to law. Judge Koh, however, has concluded that Judge Grewal's related decision was "eminently reasonable".

Samsung and the law firm representing it in this case now face an even bigger problem than before because Judge Koh's order makes clear that there has been some wrongdoing:

Footnote 1 (page 9):

"Samsung's exhibits to its motions for relief show that Quinn Emanuel did in fact improperly disclose information about the other Apple licenses to Samsung's employees."
Judge Koh also mentioned in the court order that the case at hand involves multiple parties that have upcoming trials within her court, and that the issue of Samsung's unlawful actions must be solved quickly in order to allow the other trials to proceed normally. The hearing for this case will reportedly be held next Tuesday, October 22, barring an inability to hold trial due to the ongoing shutdown of the U.S. government.

Since 2011, Samsung and Apple have been in a long, ongoing legal battle over patent and design issues, with the first U.S. trial awarding $1 billion to Apple in 2012. However, a judge voided nearly half of that amount in March, and a new trial between the two companies is set for this November. Apple senior vice president of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller and former senior vice president of iOS software Scott Forstall may also take the stand in the retrial.
    






Olloclip Releases New Clip-On iPhone Photo Lens with Refined 4-in-1 Capability [iOS Blog]

Olloclip has released a new version of its quick-connect photo lens for the iPhone, which has been redesigned to now include four refined optic modes. The lens includes dual-sided functionality with a fisheye lens and a 15x macro lens with a 12mm focus distance on one side and a wide angle lens and a 10x macro lens with an 18mm focus distance on the other side.

olloclip2013_1
The four new quick-change lenses are similar to those available with larger DSLR cameras, yet fit easily in a pocket and palm of the hand. Simple, elegant and unobtrusive, the olloclip 4-IN-1 lens connects to the iPhone within seconds. With the fisheye and wide-angle lenses on opposite sides, selecting a lens is as simple as flipping the lens over. The macro lenses are cleverly revealed by unscrewing either the fisheye or wide-angle lens.
olloclip2013_2 The lens also works with all apps, including the official Olloclip app [Direct Link] in both photo and video mode, and is designed from a new aircraft-grade aluminum material that houses a new version of the coated, precision-grounded optics. The Olloclip 4-in-1 lens is compatible with the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, and iPhone 5s, along with the iPod touch 4th and 5th generation, and is now on sale for $69.99 through Olloclip's online store.
    






Pandora CFO Sees iTunes Radio as ‘Credible Threat’, Calls iTunes ‘Detrimental’ to Music Industry [iOS Blog]

Pandora CFO Mike Herring this week made several comments about Apple's iTunes Radio service in an interview with CNET. The executive addressed on a number of topics, including how he sees competing music streaming services as viable threats, the issue...

Latest Reviews

AG DEALS: Gadgets and gear on sale today

Who doesn’t like a good bargain on tech and gadgets? If you’re like us, you’re always on the hunt for something new and fun to pick up, especially if it’s on sale.We’ve gathered up a handful of best-selling products in the AG Deals Store and are sharing them below.The products span a range of different topics, but each of them has a common feature: excellent pricing. Be sure to look around the entire store, though, as there are tons of great things to grab.RokBlok: The World’s Smallest Wireless Record Player ($89.99)As seen on Shark Tank, RokBlok is the world’s smallest, wireless record player. This handy device combines classic and modern. Rock out to your favorite records with RokBlok’s built-in speaker. Simply place RokBlok on a record, and raise the control lever to start playing. You can even wirelessly send your music to any Bluetooth device for an even bigger sound. Use RokBlok to listen to your favorite records anywhere you can find a flat surface. $89.99JOT Battery Base for Google Home Mini ($16.99)JOT is a portable, battery base for your Google Home Mini designed to provide rechargeable, cord-free mobility at your fingertips. Simply nest the Google Home Mini securely into JOT to untether and enjoy cordless use anywhere in your home. $16.99MOGICS Power Bagel: Travel Power Strip ($36.95)The MOGICS Bagel is the world’s first and only travel power strip with 5 international AC sockets, dual USB ports, 3ft integrated length-adjustable power cord, and an ergonomic AC plug. The adjustable cord comes with auto-lock stoppers to keep it all neat and organized. No more messy flying cords with MOGICS Bagel! $36.95Sinji Flexible Borescope Camera ($29.95)The Sinji Borescope is a flexible inspection camera to provide a quick and easy overview of hard to reach areas. Investigate your blocked drain pipe or a defective machine part, take photos, or record a video. The waterproof camera is equipped with a 2-meter microUSB to USB cable and a ø8mm camera lens. With included hook and magnet, you can also use this borescope to retrieve lost keys and other items. ($29.95)OMNIA UVC+ Ozone Sterilizer Box with Fast Wireless Charger ($69.99)The OMNIA UVC+ Ozone Sterilizer Box kills 99.9% of bacteria on small personal items such as smartphones, watch, headphones, jewelry, credit card, makeup brushes, and more. With a simple press of a button, you can sterilize your stuff at a standard 18-minute period or superior 30-minute mode. Not only that, this device also lets you refresh and charge your item while sanitizing thanks to its aromatherapy and wireless charging function. It’s three gadgets all in one! $69.99Samsung Galaxy Buds Bluetooth True Wireless Earbuds with Wireless Charging Case (No Box) ($99.99)Pair Samsung Galaxy Buds with your phone or tablet and go. Listen and chat during the day, then wirelessly recharge for 15 minutes to get up to 1.7 more hours of play time. Tuned by AKG, Galaxy Buds deliver clear calls, your favorite podcasts and the music you love while keeping you aware of your surroundings when walking, working or working out. water proof IPX2 (Splash resistant).Battery Capacity (Earbud) 58mAh. Battery Capacity (Case) 252mAh. $99.99

Arlo adds two cameras to Essential line

Arlo on Tuesday added two new cameras to its portfolio of wireless cameras. Both devices, the Arlo Essential and Arlo Essential Spotlight XL, are set to arrive in the coming months.As part of the Essential line of cameras, these are more affordable than the Pro line, and give consumers a wallet-friendly way of outfitting their home. The two more or less bookend the already-available Essential Spotlight camera.The cameras are designed to work indoors or outdoors and can even handle heat, cold, rain, and sun. Moreover, they’re compatible with your favorite digital assistant and can be tied to IFTTT for automation.The Arlo Essential will be offered later this holiday season for $99.99 and features 1080p HD video, two-way audio, and a 130-degree viewing angle.Arlo Essential FeaturesFull High Definition Camera: Capture clear details in full high definition with the ability to record video in 1080p2-Way Audio: Hear and speak to visitors clearly with superior audio qualityBuilt-in Siren: Siren can be triggered automatically or manually from the appNight Vision: Black and white night vision turns on automatically once its dark so you can see even without a lightWeather-Resistant: Designed to withstand heat, cold, rain or sun and can be used indoors or outdoorsMotion Detection and Alerts: Alerts sent directly to your phone when motion is detectedRechargeable Battery: Convenient and long-lasting battery with six-months of battery life on one charge130° Viewing Angle: Keep an eye on more of what matters with a wider field-of-viewPlatform Compatibility: Works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and IFTTT for easy interaction, automation and controlThe Arlo Essential XL Spotlight is basically the Arlo Essential Spotlight (read our review) with an extended battery. According to Arlo it will last up to one year on a full charge. Customers can pre-order the camera for $149.99 today; the launch date is not clear.Arlo Essential XL Spotlight FeaturesExtended Battery Life: One year of battery life on one charge, perfect for high traffic locations or areas that are difficult to reach so you can charge less frequently1Integrated Spotlight: Let’s you see what’s lurking in the dark with a bright spotlight to illuminate the area of activity; spotlight can be motion activated or manually turned on2-Way Audio: Hear and speak to visitors clearly with superior audio qualityBuilt-in Siren: Siren can be triggered automatically or manually from the appColor Night Vision: See color even at night thanks to an integrated spotlightFull High Definition Camera: Capture clear details in full high definition with the ability to record video in 1080pWeather-Resistant: Designed to withstand heat, cold, rain or sun and can be used indoors or outdoorsMotion Detection and Alerts: Alerts sent directly to your phone when motion is detected130° Viewing Angle: Keep an eye on more of what matters with a wider field-of-viewPlatform Compatibility: Works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and IFTTT for easy interaction, automation and control

Create a mobile app for your business to maximize growth

The popularity of mobile apps is indisputable. The number of downloadable apps on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store is only increasing. Everyone who has a smartphone has at least one app on it. But what does this mean for businesses?Mobile apps have given companies a completely new way to connect with their customers, and they offer a lot of opportunities for small businesses to grow and expand. If you want to learn how to create an app and make money, you’ve come to the right place.Benefits of creating a mobile appCredit: Pexel (Pixabay)If you’re not completely sure how a simple mobile app can be beneficial for your business, you’ll probably be surprised by all of the reasons why you need to create an app. Not only does it help you keep up with trends, but it also allows you to expand your market and increase revenue.There are multiple ways mobile apps help you do this.Reach customers from all over the worldNot that long ago, businesses could only cater to local buyers, especially if they were small and didn’t have a large marketing budget. However, thanks to the mobile app revolution, you can now offer your products and services to people from different cities, regions, and even countries.While you will cater to local buyers at first, once you start growing, you can use geo-location technologies to expand your customer base easily. Furthermore, customers will have access to your store at their fingertips, no matter where they’re located.Easy to create brand awarenessBranding is very important if you want to grow your business. When you think of some of the most successful companies, you can probably see their logo in your mind’s eye as well. Branding plays a significant role in staying at the top of your customer’s mind and increasing visibility.When you have a mobile app, creating brand awareness becomes significantly easier. This is because when a customer installs your app on their phone, your company’s logo will be on full display whenever they look at their mobile screen.You can create better customer experienceUnlike mobile websites that depend on organic traffic to be even remotely successful, mobile apps only require the user to download it. Once a customer finds your app and installs it consciously, it is easy to turn them into a loyal customer if they find your app useful and helpful.Mobile apps can use optimized device features to create a more enjoyable experience for all users. Mobile payment technologies make transactions quicker and easier, while geo-location technologies can leverage more business opportunities by providing contextual and location-based advertising.Collecting user data is easierNowadays, it’s common practice to always have your smartphone with you wherever you go, and businesses with mobile apps can use this to their advantage. Since mobile devices have an array of device-specific sensors built into them, it’s easy to collect accurate user data.You will be able to find out a plethora of valuable user-specific data such as location, demographics, buying habits, and preferences. This allows you to create better targeted marketing strategies.Advice for mobile app creationWilliam Iven (Pixabay )Before you create an app marketing strategy and start attracting users, you need to make sure your app follows some basic principles. After all, you need to be careful about every aspect of your app if you want to prioritize business growth.Don’t put too much information in your appKeep in mind that when someone installs your app, they do it because they’re already familiar with your business and products. There’s no need to over-educate them and provide them with the information they already know.Many business apps have long texts on their opening screens, which does nothing except annoy users. Replace these with tooltips that will tell your users more about the app and a tutorial that will explain how to use the app and what it’s meant for.Remove all sources of frictionThe smallest things can cause friction in your app, so you need to remove all potential risks.Make actions clear. Every screen on your app needs to have one clear action that makes it easy for users to move through the app without making any wrong choices.The CTAs need to be consistent. Every CTA you include needs to have the same superficial traits. This includes placement, color, wording, and font.Avoid cognitive load. Examine how much text you have on every screen and decide if all of it is necessary. If not, remove everything that doesn’t explain how to reach the next screen.Include positive reinforcementIt’s important to encourage users to go through your app, and the best way to do so is by rewarding them for every action no matter how small it is. This can be done by including checkmarks when they fill out form fields and including transition animations that will thank users after performing an action such as completing a purchase.Prioritize effective referral channelsA referral program needs to be an essential part of your app, as 92% of consumers trust referrals from people they know. In the early stages, offer multiple referral channels, but after some time, analyze their success rates to find the channels that yield the highest number of referrals. Once you do that, only keep those channels and focus on maximizing send volume from them.Make referral programs appealing to both sidesReferral programs can be a powerful tool that influences your business’ growth, but only if it appeals to both the people who invite their contacts and the ones who are invited. The best way to make your referral programs appealing to both sides is to offer double-sided incentives.For instance, you can offer a discount, a free sample, free shipping, or any incentive that would appeal to customers who love your brand. Just don’t forget that once new customers come to your app, you need to provide them with great user experience so they stay there long-term.Final thoughtsThe widespread use of mobile apps has made it easy for companies to utilize their power, attract more customers, and make their business grow. Now that you know all the benefits of mobile business apps and how to design a good one, there’s nothing stopping you from growing your business. All that’s left to do is create an app and start making money with it.Featured Image: Mohamed Hassan (Pixabay)EDITOR NOTE: This is a promoted post and should not be viewed as an editorial endorsement.

Samsung Galaxy adds another star with S20 Fan Edition

Samsung on Wednesday added another member to its Galaxy S20 family with the introduction of the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition (FE).With pricing that starts at $699, the S20 FE retains many of the popular and most-wanted features from the standard model.The Galaxy S20 Fan Edition packs a large (6.5-inch) AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate, triple cameras, and a generous 4500mAh battery with wireless charging capabilities.The handset is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor with 6GB RAM and houses 128GB internal storage. A microSD expansion card slot allows for up to 1TB external media.The triple rear camera setup is comprised of a 12-megapixel main, 12-megapixel wide, and 8-megapixel telephoto lens. The front packs a 32-megapixel selfie camera.Samsung Phone Buyer’s Guide (Fall 2020)Rounding out the specs, the Galaxy S20 FE includes an in-display optical fingerprint reader, sub-6GHz 5G support, IP68 rating against dust and water, and NFC.The phone will be offered in six colors: Cloud Mint, Cloud Navy, Cloud Lavender, Cloud Red, Cloud Orange, and Cloud White. Galaxy S20 Fan Edition 1 of 12 AvailabilityPre-orders start immediately for the $699 Galaxy S20 Fan Edition with general availability on October 2. It can be purchased through a variety of wireless service providers as well as unlocked through Samsung.Verizon will offer a version of the phone which also supports its mmWave 5G network. That model will be named the Galaxy S20 FE 5G UW.