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Instagram Gets Updated For iPhone 5′s 4-inch Screen And iOS 6 ©

 DARRELL ETHERINGTON

The new big happy Facebook family is certainly on the ball with iPhone 5, delivering and update not only for its own app, but also one for new subsidiary Instagram designed to work on the new iPhone and iOS 6. The update now ensures that you’ll be able to check out your photos using the iPhone 5′s full 4-inches of glory.

Use of the larger screen doesn’t bring any major interface changes to the table: you’ll just see more of your feed at once. Would’ve been nice to see some additional use of the extra space, but at least the app, which is all about a pleasant viewing experience, isn’t letterboxed anymore. You’ll also get a new onboarding process for new users, useful if you’re just picking it up for the first time, as well as better password recovery options. It’s available now as a free update from the App Store.

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RIM Fleshes Out BB10 App World With Music, Movies, And TV Shows; Devs Can Access It “Immediately” ©

 CHRIS VELAZCO

 

 

BlackBerry 10 is still a ways away, but RIM VP of Business Development Martyn Mallick has revealed that the operating system’s App World storefront will sport plenty of new content very shortly. Despite the potentially limiting name, RIM’s App World will soon play home to music, movies, and television shows for the company’s 80 million users to browse and buy.

Naturally, details are still a little light at this point. Mallick noted that consumers would be able to both rent and purchase video content, and that there’s no streaming to be found here — all of the media is moved directly onto the device. What’s more, users will be able to view trending songs or videos to help make that all-important purchasing decision just a little bit easier. All that said, Mallick made no mention of any media partnerships, so exactly what kind of content we’ll find in the App World is still up in the air.

Developers toting around their Dev Alpha devices (including the fancy new Dev Alpha B) will see the new-and-improved App World “immediately,” though RIM was quick to note that the ability to actually, y’know, buy things, doesn’t work just yet.

The RIM employees on-stage let out a joyous yelp at the prospect of “one stop shopping,” and with good reason. Rival smartphone players Apple and Google have invested heavily in building up their respective media ecosystems, and RIM clearly doesn’t want to be left behind this time. Of course, this could all be for naught if RIM doesn’t wrangle up some strong content partners so we’ll just have to see what the folks in Waterloo and Hollywood come up with.

Via techcrunch


Pinstagram Turns Instagram Into Pinterest

For some reason or another, Instagram has yet to release a web-based interface for its billion-dollar social network. No worries, though—a bunch of companies have already picked up the slack. One of our favorites isStatigram. There’s now a new one called Pinstagram that, as you can guess, takes the format everyone’s recent favorite photo-sharing site. You know how we feel about Pinterest, but we can’t front—this is a great way to view Instagram.

[via FWD]

[complex.com]


Apple ‘planning to sell £150 iPad Mini AT A LOSS in order to kill off Android tablets’

  • Claims suggest Apple will launch iPad Mini this October for between $200-$250
  • Dramatic price-point will help Apple compete with cheaper Android tablets
  • Apple’s $100billion cash reserves may soften blow of loss-making device
Like this, but smaller: Apple has now released three generations of iPad - and rumours suggest a baby brother is on the way

Like this, but smaller: Apple has now released three generations of iPad – and rumours suggest a baby brother is on the way

Apple is planning to launch an assault against the burgeoning Android tablet market by releasing an ‘iPad Mini’ – at a loss-making price of around £150, according to new claims.

The bargain-basement priced tablet will even feature the same ‘Retina’ display featured on its big brother, bringing the same 3.1million pixels to a smaller 7-8″ display.

Sources told Apple fansite iMore that the aggressively-priced tablet will launch in October this year, with Apple potentially selling the sub-$250 tablet at a loss in order to leave no room for competition.

With Apple sitting on cash reserves of $100bn, the tech giant should at least be able to stomach such a move financially.

iMore reported: ‘Today’s claim says that Apple is going to step-up the pressure on Android tablet manufacturers with an iPad mini that will sell for a surprisingly low $200-250.

‘That’s a bit hard to accept in the light of the other major claim this rumor makes, that the iPad mini will keep the full-sized iPad’s 2048×1536 resolution.

‘If this is true, Apple might have to take a serious cut to its margins, if not sell the mini at a loss. Considering the kind of cash Apple has on hand, though, it might be willing to take the hit just to help kill-off competition from Android tablets.’

If the iPad sells for $250 in the States, that would translate to £150 in the UK, although whether Apple would respect currency rates is up for debate.

With the screen as a premium feature, it is likely sacrifices will be made in other parts of the tablet, such as reduced storage space of, for instance, 8GB for your apps, videos and music.

This will likely cause issues for users as that amount of space will be used up quickly, marking this out as very much a budget tablet.

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However, it will also appeal to people who want an iPad for casual browsing and occasional use of apps and movies, but who are not willing to shell out £400 for the bigger brother.

iMore and another website, Daring Fireball, have separately heard that Apple has already built the seven-inch device, and the only decision left is whether to ‘go to market’.

Both iMore and Daring Fireball have proven to be reliable sources of internal Apple discussions in the past.

Something new to the table(t): Previously there has only been two flavours of iPad - black and white

Something new to the table(t): Previously there has only been two flavours of iPad – black and white

Android tablets can be found at around the £200 mark, including the Android-based Amazon Fire, held here by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos

Android tablets can be found at around the £200 mark, including the Android-based Amazon Fire, held here by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos

Steve Jobs' feelings towards seven-inch tablets was reported in his official biography, among other places

Steve Jobs’ feelings towards seven-inch tablets was reported in his official biography, among other places

Steve Jobs hated the thought of a smaller iPad, calling them ‘dead on arrival’. He said people did not wish to use smaller tablets for video-playback, and feared a smaller tablet would serve as a bridge between the iPad and the iPhone, resulting in app-makers simply ‘stretching’ their phone apps for the tablet.

In a 2010 earnings call, he said: ‘One naturally thinks that a seven-inch screen would offer 70 percent of the benefits of a ten-inch screen.

‘Unfortunately, this is far from the truth. … The reason we won’t make a seven-inch tablet isn’t because we don’t want to hit a lower price point, it’s because we think the screen is too small to express the software.’

Another big problem – which Android is struggling to deal with – would be the resulting fragmentation, with app-makers having to invest more money for coding different versions of their apps for different devices, something Apple has almost entirely succeeded at avoiding so far.

With the Android tablet market maturing, and competitors like Amazon launching their own tablets such as the Kindle Fire at less than $200, it would make sense for Apple to join the burgeoning cheaper market, although the company may be concerned about devaluing their premium brand, which is associated with high prices but also high quality.

However the company has previous form with cheaper models. The iPod music player was released in 2001, and in 2004 and 2005 the iPod Minis and Nanos were released, bringing elements of Apple’s flagship device to a cheaper market.

In March, a source from within competitor Samsung made a ‘mini’ indescretion while talking to the Korea Times.

While discussing Apple and Samsung’s $9.7billion deal for Samsung to manufacturer parts of the iPad, an official said: ‘The contract is expected to rise to $11billion by the end of this year as Apple is planning to release a smaller iPad, probably with a 7.85-inch screen, and to sell more of its MacBook Air PCs using Samsung’s faster solid state drive storage.’

[dailymail.co.uk]



UnGoogleable: The 9 People You Meet On Instagram

@ocugwu takes the road less queried.

With over 47 million users, a long-awaited recent expansion to Android and a big move to Facebook earlier this month, Instagram is spreading like dye through a Polaroid. If you haven’t yet been lured by the photo-based social network, peer pressure to join its retro-glam ranks is only mounting. The app already contains multitudes—scores of pro-am photographers of all shapes, colors and creeds who have accepted its central promise: to replace a Twitter/Facebook world of self-consciously composed sentences with a brave new world of self-consciously composed and carefully filtered photographs.

On Instagram, every shot is a self-portrait. Herewith, a working guide to the ecosystem’s most notorious types.

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[complex.com]


Your card details are ‘stolen out of thin air’: Information could be ‘robbed by radiowave’ thanks to new contactless technology

Insecure: Radio frequency identification (RFID), transmits bank details via its own radio signal and could be a fraud risk

Insecure: Radio frequency identification (RFID), transmits bank details via its own radio signal and could be a fraud risk

Millions of credit and debit card users could be ‘robbed by radiowave’ because of new contactless technology being brought in by banks.

Almost 20million shoppers are now able to buy goods by simply waving their card in front of a reader at the tills, even if it is still in a wallet or a purse.

But industry experts have warned that the information emitted by the cards can be stolen by fraudsters using handheld receptors that cost as little as £7 on the internet.

It means cardholders – most of whom are given a contactless card automatically when their old one expires – can unknowingly surrender their personal bank details to a thief by simply walking past them in the street.

The technology in the card, known as radio frequency identification (RFID), transmits bank details via its own radio signal, and is accepted in many High Street chains, including Co-op, Boots and Pret-a-Manger.

t does away with the need for a customer inputting their PIN when buying goods, and was designed to reduce queues at the checkout.

However, a fraudster with a contactless card reader can easily collect the 16-digit credit card number, expiry date and name – known as RFID skimming – from anyone who walks past carrying one of the new cards.

Vulnerable: Cards can be protected from RFID skimmers by being wrapped in tin foil or being kept in special foil-lined wallets

Vulnerable: Cards can be protected from RFID skimmers by being wrapped in tin foil or being kept in special foil-lined wallets

They then have enough information to rack up huge bills at any internet shopping site – such as Amazon – that does not demand the three-digit security code on the back of the card.

David Maxwell, a former policeman and director of RFIDprotect, a firm which specialises in protection against card fraud, said: ‘It has been a big problem in America for a while and is getting to be a big problem over here.’

Cards can be protected from RFID skimmers by being wrapped in tin foil or being kept in special foil-lined wallets.

Customers should also call their banks as soon as they suspect their card is being used fraudulently.

Ron Delnevo, of independent ATM operator Bank Machine, said: ‘Nobody really wants this technology yet it is being handed down to us by the banking industry. It is putting us all at increased risk of fraud.’

[dailymail.co.uk]


Google’s ‘Eye on the World’ releases hand-picked gallery of best shots of our changing planet – as seen from 425 miles up

The GeoEye-1 satellite is capable of capturing details as small as a dustbin as it hurtles past our planet at 17,000mph – and its creators have hand-picked views that show off the majesty of our planet.

GeoEye provides exclusive imagery to the Google Earth and Google Maps applications.

It captures around 270,000 square miles of Earth’s surface ever day – an amount of geographical data equivalent to the size of the State of Texas.

This image shows ice fields near Adelaide Island (on the west) which is a large, mainly ice-covered island, 75 miles long and 20 miles wide, lying at the north side of Marguerite Bay off the west coast of the Antarctic Peninsula

This image shows ice fields near Adelaide Island (on the west) which is a large, mainly ice-covered island, 75 miles long and 20 miles wide, lying at the north side of Marguerite Bay off the west coast of the Antarctic Peninsula

Towra Point Nature Reserve located on the southern shores of Botany Bay at Kurnell, within the Sutherland Shire, in southern Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Towra Point consists of 603.3 hectares (1,491 acres) and is situated on an ancient river delta deposit

Towra Point Nature Reserve located on the southern shores of Botany Bay at Kurnell, within the Sutherland Shire, in southern Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Towra Point consists of 603.3 hectares (1,491 acres) and is situated on an ancient river delta deposit

Space Shuttle Endeavour on Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Florida, awaiting launch to the International Space Station - its last flight

Space Shuttle Endeavour on Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Florida, awaiting launch to the International Space Station - its last flight

Markings on the ground in Xinjiang China. Such satellite images are often the subject of conspiracy theories - but are usually used to calibrate satellite imagers

Markings on the ground in Xinjiang China. Such satellite images are often the subject of conspiracy theories - but are usually used to calibrate satellite imagers

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