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G4Games reports today on a new leak of pictures of what is said to be a case for the forthcoming iPad Air 2.
Possibly the most interesting thing about these new pictures is that they appear to show a new portal close to the main camera, which nobody is quite sure what it actually is. As G4Games notes, it could in fact just be the location of the microphone, or could it possibly be something to do with the camera, especially as it is located in close proximity to the camera. It’s possible that the space is for some sort of laser-focusing device, or an LED flash. If it were to be the latter, this would be a first for an iPad.
Apple is expected to launch a new range of iPads some time before the end of the year, presumably once everyone has got over the excitement of the iPhone 6 launch!
And given the unprecedented and record-breaking success of said iPhone launch, expectations will be higher than ever for the next generation of iPads.
AppleInsider reports that Apple is looking to add another layer of security protection for third-party apps and programs with the introduction of app-specific passwords for iCloud access.
The news comes via a Support Document that was posted to Apple’s website, which states that this new security measure will be required of all third-party apps or programmes that want to connect with iCloud, even if the programs do not support two-step verification.
Apple also states that using app-specific passwords ensures that your Apple ID password will not be collected or stored by third-party apps.
When the system launches on October 1, iCloud users will be able to go to My Apple ID home page to create new passwords via the Password and Security settings section.
AppleInsider notes that this app-specific password protection system is similar to other systems used by Google, and makes it easier to protect the user’s iCloud account. It is also an easy way of shoring up security for those many apps that don’t support two-step authentication.
We have a major warning to share with iOS users. Today is the day that Apple is making iOS 8 available to the public. There will be a number of reasons you will want to get iOS 8, but during the installation it is absolutely critical that you do NOT upgrade to iCloud Drive when the iOS 8 installation prompts you. This is especially important if you also use a Mac as your personal computer.
The reason for this is because iCloud Drive will only sync with devices running iOS 8 or OS X Yosemite (which hasn't been officially released yet). The full official version of Yosemite is expected in the next month or so. We are sure there are several of you who may be trying out the pre-release, but we must reiterate that iCloud Drive is NOT COMPATIBLE with iOS versions 7 and older, and it is NOT COMPATIBLE with OS X 10.9 Mavericks or older.
Additionally, if you mis-click this option, you will not be able to go back and undo this decision. This is why this article is so emphatic. Of course, if you are running the pre-release version of Yosemite, and you are able to upgrade all of your devices to iOS 8, then you can use the iCloud Drive option. You just need to weigh this carefully for your needs.
We have verified this with several sources. Here's a quote with more details from one of them,
Sometimes you see a product hit the streets and it just makes you say... "Wow! Why didn't someone think of that sooner!" Here's a prime example: the Universal Mobile Keyboard from Microsoft. It basically does exactly what it sounds like it should do... you can use this on your Windows device, your iOS device or your Android device.
It basically offers the "platform agnostic" mobile hardware junkie the best of all worlds for their various tablets and other devices. It's designed to make things much easier when you actually need to be productive on your tablet, and don't feel like lugging around (or breaking out) your laptop.
This universal keyboard uses Bluetooth and even works on most of the phones from Android and iOS. Check out the video above for a demo. The keyboard is a bit pricey at $79.95 on Microsoft's Store, but the versatility and virtual elimination of extra junk could provide extra value.
Thanks for the tip, leeshor!
Source: Microsoft Store
DNA India has a really nice article today about how the state Cabinet of Andhra Pradesh has gone totally paperless and is now using iPads during Cabinet meetings.
Led by Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, his Council of Ministers held the first meeting of what has been dubbed an “eCabinet” yesterday, which is the first of its kind in India.
DNA India says that for the first time, the regular state Cabinet meeting was entirely paperless, with the government members all using iPads during the meeting. The meeting agenda and minutes were also all recorded electronically, and when more detailed discussion and explanation was needed, PowerPoint presentations were used.
According to DNA India, the government of Andhra Pradesh was known as being a pioneering force for eGovernance during Chandrababu’s previous time as Chief Minister from 1995 to 2004.
After a successful trial of the new eCabinet yesterday, the iPads are expected to be a fixture of all Andhra Pradesh state Cabinet meetings from now on.
Source: DNA India
Prepare to be fascinated and informed. Charlie Rose had Apple CEO Tim Cook on the hook for an hour long interview. The talk included a wide variety of topics, including Apple's recent big announcements and future plans.
One of the most intriguing things Tim Cook shared was that Apple is actually working on devices which have not even been rumored yet. This whet our appetite for more, but of course, Cook didn't divulge anything concrete.
The entire 54 minute video was hosted on Hulu, so we couldn't embed it here, but here's a link: Hulu - Tim Cook Interview by Charlie Rose 2014
The day has finally arrived when we can start preordering our shiny new iPhone 6 (and/or iPhone 6 Plus). It's been 7 years since the first iPhone first changed the face of mobile technology forever. Now the next big step in the evolution of the product is soon to be in our hands and this seems like a perfect time for a bit of nostalgia.
The folks at 7dayshop.com created a timeline infographic for every iteration of Apple's iconic iOS, from 1 through 8. It's obviously so huge we couldn't contain it in this first post, but you can check it out in the thread below.
Sound off and let us know how many of these devices you have owned at one time or another.
The original sim game, SimCity, is still going strong on several different formats, including iOS, of course, and that success looks set to continue with MacRumors reporting today that EA has announced SimCity BuildIt for iOS.
Sticking to the tried and tested SimCity formula that we all know and love (except for when those pesky natural disasters come along and ruin our perfect cities!), SimCity BuildIt sees players building and maintaining a city, building businesses, homes, government buildings, and much more.
EA says that the game will have “vivid 3D-quality graphics,” with players being able to pinch, zoom, and rotate when building and running their city.
SimCity BuildIt is the second iOS SimCity game to be released by EA, with SimCity Deluxe appearing on iPad back in 2010. However, it will be the first SimCity game also available on iPhone, as SimCity Deluxe was iPad-only.
EA has not yet announced the game’s release date, or how much it will cost, but says that it will be revealing more features and details very soon.
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